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ally healing, so schedule them in! They soothe our adrenals, calm our nervous system and recharge and restore us. I’ve been getting in lots of gardening time, which for me is meditative, since I stand around a lot doing nothing—just watching the bees and listening to the sounds. It stops the chatter in my mind. I’ve also been eating lots of homegrown kale, cucumbers and parsley as part of a 21-day raw food cleanse, and I am happy to report that it completely energizes you if you do it right and stay hydrated. I’ve also checked “camping in Vermont with cousins” off my list. It was the height of firefly season, and my tent was perfectly positioned between a meadow and the pond. Fireflies out the left tent window, frog chorus out the right screen door … it was magical. And since there was no TV or even cell service, it was a total unplug. Very relaxing. Dana is happy to report that she has learned this summer that when you prioritize fun, you shift, and your work gets done around the fun. She’s been enjoying the Five Rhythms Dance in Cold Spring, Chung Yen Monastery in Kent and lots of family time by the pool. Go Dana! Nature is truly healing, and summer is the perfect time to both relax and be social. In this month’s Healing Ways column, “Multilevel Healing: Embracing All Dimensions of Well-Being,” you can learn about doctors and researchers in the emerging field of wholesystem science who are recognizing the important role that connecting with nature, experiencing joy, and having loved ones and a supportive social network play in our healing. Read more on page 46. Think you need lots of money to do things in our area? Not so, says local minimalist and guest writer Anthony Foppiano. Read “Living Small in the Hudson Valley,” on page 28, to learn ways to reduce spending and still have everything you need. This month we celebrate kids and families with lots of helpful info throughout the magazine, including the news brief section, local food on page 30, kids briefs on page 38 and the calendar. For an experience that’s both educational and fun, the floating Science Barge in Yonkers might be just the thing (see page 8). And there’s still time to take your family camping this summer—it’s just a short car ride away. The Greenburgh Nature Center’s Family Overnight Campout in Scarsdale is August 11. You can find the details on page 14. Other interesting events coming up include the first mushroom summit in our area. The New Moon Mycology Summit—a fungi-themed week of collaborative learning, networking and skill building focused on regenerative design, bioremediation and environmental justice—will take place August 6-12 at White Pine Community Farm in Wingdale. Read more on page 26. Make the most of August! Maybe we’ll see you at the beach.

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Lori Portka

former counselor and educator, fine artist Lori Portka delights in the favorite things that inspire her: nature, traveling, animals, yoga and friends. She lets her art pour out in boldly rendered images that burst from each canvas via saturated pastels, paints, chalks and inks, to forge a visceral connection between artist and viewer. “I make artwork that is a reflection of gratitude and joy in the world,” says Portka, whose expressive works fulfill her mission of spreading happiness through art. A personal loss led Portka to begin painting again at 30-something for the first time since the 10th grade, a process she says has opened her heart even more deeply. Inspired by Australian photographer and filmmaker Hailey Bartholomew’s documentary, 365 Grateful, about living on the sunny side of life, Portka embarked upon her own project, A Hundred Thank-Yous, creating and giving away 100 paintings to 100 people that have touched her life, she says, “in a beautiful way.” “I feel like I am on the right path, doing what I am supposed to do,” she explains. “Art feels like home to me.” View the artist’s portfolio and follow her blog at 8

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Summer Fun on the Science Barge in Yonkers


ugust is a busy month for Groundwork Hudson Valley, which creates sustainable environmental change in urban neighborhoods through community-based partnerships that promote equity, youth leadership and economic opportunity. The Science Barge, Groundwork’s floating urban farm and education center located at 99 Dock Street in Yonkers, will host several special activities for children, lectures for adults and handson events for everyone. This month’s Art & Science Sundays, for children ages 4 to 10, will include Crabbing: Catch and Measure the Famous Blue Claw Crab, on August 5; Jingles and Jangles: Rubik’s Cube With Trent, on August 12; Knots of Science and Lots of Science, on August 19; and Oyster and Oyster Art, on August 26. All programs take place from 2 to 4 p.m. There’s a suggested donation of $5 for supplies. To reserve a spot, RSVP to Barge Director Bob Walters at  Groundwork’s summer lecture series, held Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m., will include Finding Home on the River: Embracing a Place-Based Environmental Ethos, on August 2. Chloe Wang will reflect on her work at Bartram’s Garden in Southwest Philadelphia, where she facilitated environmental and community engagement with neighborhood residents as well as local college students. On August 9, Bob Walters will present The Untold Story: The Birth of the Hudson River Environmental Movement. He will describe how the residents of the Hudson Valley joined together to fight greed and arrogance by some of the most powerful corporations in America.  Every Thursday through early October, Groundwork Hudson Valley has an Open Harvest on the Science Barge, where people can learn about basic hydroponics and aquaponics with the Groundwork staff and participate in the donation-based U Pick Produce program. Next month, Groundwork will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Science Barge at its annual Urban River Party, which will take place September 26, from 6 to 9 p.m., at X20 Xaviers on the Hudson, in Yonkers. This year’s party will honor Nanette Bourne of Sam Schwartz Consulting, who leads major urban and environmental planning projects throughout the Hudson Valley; Floyd Myers of the National Park Service; and Anthony Simari of Yonkers law firm Spolzino, Smith, Buss & Jacobs. For tickets or sponsorship opportunities, contact Sara Brody at or 914.375.2151. For more info about Groundwork Hudson Valley, visit

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Free Holistic Networking Event in Ossining


he Natural Life Business Partnership (NLBP) and the Mariandale Center are hosting a free networking event for holistic entrepreneurs on August 22, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Mariandale Center. Holistic practitioners, spiritualists and earth-centered business owners are invited to attend this no-pressure evening and connect with like-minded professionals. According to organizers, the event is geared for anyone working (or interested in connecting with those) in natural health and wellness, such as massage therapists, naturopathic and integrative doctors, Reiki practitioners, movement teachers, counselors and therapists, and midwives and doulas, as well as business owners offering sustainable products or services. The Mariandale Center, located at 299 North Highland Avenue, in Ossining, offers retreats and programs covering various dimensions of spirituality and contemplative practices, including private, guided, directed and silent retreats. The Natural Life Business Partnership is a national, member-based, professional development organization for the holistic, spiritual and earth-centered business owner. Its members include professionals in food, medicine, the healing arts, agriculture and many other businesses. To register for this free event, visit

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New Movie Explores Dangers of Agricultural Chemicals


inema Libre Studio recently released Genetically Modified Children—documenting the link between agricultural chemicals and disease—on DVD and VOD, and at screening events throughout North America. The Scene from Genetically movie explores the Modified Children health effects of certain Monsanto products on low-income tobacco farmers, who face skyrocketing cancer rates while their children face more devastating repercussions, including severe physical deformities and mental disabilities.  Choosing between poverty or poison, Latin American growers must use chemicals such as the herbicide Roundup, made by Monsanto, and the insecticide Confidor, made by Bayer, if they want to certify and sell their crops to Big Tobacco.   The film makes the case that as patent and regulatory laws continue to favor Monsanto and other chemical companies, the tobacco produced in Latin America makes its way into the hands and mouths of consumers worldwide in Philip Morris products, while the poisons used to harvest the crops contaminate the farmers’ blood and are modifying the human genome, creating “genetically modified children.”  For more information or to order the movie, visit GMChildren. com or To watch a trailer of the movie, visit Vimeo. com/269081817 or


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StepWISENow Programs Prevent Falls by Improving Balance


tepWISEnow, a new fitness studio on Route 9 in Briarcliff Manor, is defying the conventional notion that the older you are, the more likely you Tai chi class at StepWISEnow are to experience a fall. “Many of the negative things we associate with aging are avoidable and reversible,” says Molly Roffman, a physical therapist and the owner and director of StepWISEnow. “Although it’s true that one-third of adults 65 years and older will have a fall each year, the New York State Department of Health has found that nearly all falls are preventable.” If falls are preventable, why are so many people falling? It’s all a matter of balance, Roffman explains. “Balance is a complex skill. To maintain our balance, we have to challenge it. In fact, studies show that one hour of tai chi twice a week for six months can make a meaningful difference in one’s mobility and stability.” StepWISEnow offers tai chi as well as many other programs known to be effective in reducing the risk of falls for older adults, she says. Those programs include line dancing, Zumba Gold, Ballet for Balance, Chair Yoga, Pilates and the studio’s gateway program, A Matter of Balance. “People who practice regularly make remarkable transformations,” she says. “I’ve seen it happen time and time again.” For more info and a full program schedule, visit, email or call 914.292.0602. See ad, page 55.

Alternatives to Violence Project Hosts Workshop in Scarsdale


he Alternatives to Violence Project is looking for peacemakers who want to become AVP conflict resolution workshop facilitators. “We are working to create peace in our communities and in our prisons,” says Fred Feucht, who has been the coordinator for the AVP program in Westchester for 35 years. Starting with one conflict resolution workshop in Dutchess County in 1975, Fred Feucht AVP has spread by word of mouth to 30 U.S. states and 55 countries. There are no special qualifications for becoming an AVP facilitator, Feucht says. New facilitators must take three weekend workshops: Basic Conflict Resolution, Advanced Conflict Resolution and Training for Facilitators. The first step is to register for an AVP Basic Workshop. The next one will be held August 10 to 12, at Scarsdale Quaker Meetinghouse, located at 133 Popham Road in Scarsdale.  The AVP program may be one of the world’s best-kept secrets, Feucht says. “Today there are workshops in Rwanda, with perpetrators of the genocide and families of victims of the genocide in the same workshop. There are also workshops in the Kurdish area of Iraq, with Kurds, Sunis and Yazitis in the same workshop. If AVP can work in Iraq, it can work anywhere.” Last year, AVP in Westchester provided 58 conflict resolution workshops at Sing Sing and Otisville Men’s Prisons and Bedford Hills Women›s Prison, as well as 12 workshops for community groups. This year, AVP is expanding its local reach even further. “Beginning in 2018, we are providing workshops in Brooklyn, the Bronx and Garner Men›s Prison in Connecticut. We need more facilitators to meet this need,” Feucht says. The August 10-12 workshop will include sessions Friday from 7 to 10 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (lunch and supper included); and Sunday from 1 to 8:30 p.m. (supper included). The fee for the workshop is $40 to $100, depending on income. “Any contribution beyond $40 will help to provide scholarship assistance to those who need it,” Feucht says. To reserve a space, contact Fred Feucht at 203.405.6103 or Make checks payable to AVP and mail to Feucht at 522A Heritage Village, Southbury, CT, 06488. For more info, visit

A Quiet Heart At the center of the most turbulent heart there is a place of peace, a place beyond time that cannot be touched by change or loss. No tumult can disturb the quietness, no shadow can dim the light. Here in this stillness is rest and healing. Nothing we suffer, nothing that we fear, can damage its perfection. ~Pam Brown August 2018


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Summer Camp and Fall Retreat Provide Breast Cancer Support


reast cancer patients don’t live in a vacuum. Their families— especially their children—also need support. That’s the mission of Camp Lightheart, which takes place this summer from August 5 to 8 at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck. There are few resources dedicated to Camp Lightheart 2017 the families of breast cancer patients, and so Breast Cancer Options—a grassroots nonprofit organization serving six Hudson Valley counties—launched Camp Lightheart in 2007 to help fill the void, says the organization’s executive director, Hope Nemiroff.






Therapeutic for Kids “Camp Lightheart has been an overwhelming success,” she says. “It gives children who have a parent with breast cancer, or have lost a parent to the disease, an extraordinary opportunity to have fun as well as discuss their situations in a safe, nurturing and loving environment with professional staff facilitators.” Through activities organized by skilled staff, campers are given opportunities to talk about their individual situations. Because they share the common bond of a parent diagnosed with breast cancer, they feel less isolated or different, Nemiroff says.   “The camp experience is something very special—something that is about them and for them. It is our belief that through deep listening and understanding as well as a lot of shared fun, we help each child develop individual strategies for coping. We also believe that the children offer much-needed support to one another. Our junior staff are all former campers that ask to come back because camp helped them when they needed it.” Nemiroff says family members have reported that their children come back from camp much less stressed and more willing to discuss breast cancer and their fears. The campers also tend stay in touch with each other and the staff.





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Metastatic Cancer Retreat Breast Cancer Options will host a retreat for women with metastatic breast cancer from October 22 to 26 at the Omega Institute, which is making an in-kind contribution of room, board, meeting space and the use of all facilities on its 195-acre campus. “We developed this free program in response to the feelings expressed by women with metastatic breast cancer that they need special services and are largely overlooked in the upbeat early detection-survivorship mentality that dominates public perceptions about breast cancer,” Nemiroff says. The retreat provides a supportive environment where participants share in guided discussions about issues specific to women with metastatic breast cancer, including living with unending and often-changing treatment, facing the specter of death, and dealing with difficult feelings and stress. Breast Cancer Options serves Ulster, Dutchess, Columbia, Greene, Orange and Sullivan Counties, providing peer-led support, advocacy and educational services for women with breast cancer. For more info, call 845.339.4673, email or visit

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Roots & Wings visit Claudia Joseph (fourth) at the Old Stone House permaculture garden

Permaculture Training in Dobbs Ferry


egistration is now open for Permaculture Accelerated Training Certification, which will be taught over six Saturdays beginning September 15, at Roots & Wings in Dobbs Ferry. Led by Claudia Joseph of the New York Permaculture Exchange, the course will include classes, fieldwork and projects. Remaining sessions will be on September 22, October 20 and November 3, 10 and 17. The course covers traditional permaculture topics used in whole-systems design, such as energy, climate, shelter, community, food, waste streams and water management, using current information from experts and practical knowledge from traditional sources. Joseph is certified by the Permaculture Institute of North America and Permaculture USA. As the director of environmental programs at the Old Stone House, in Park Slope, Brooklyn, she has designed and installed a permanent useful landscape and offers programs promoting community sustainability. She has taught for institutions including the New York Botanical Garden, New York City Parks and the New York Open Center. “I’ve never taught a permaculture course like this one,” she says. “Instead of talking about the coming climate change, it’s here. We need to come together as communities now more than ever.” So participants can step into the rapid transition that is happening now, Joseph will emphasize social cooperation and positive change. Participants will learn design skills and biological gardening through hands-on experience and direct observation, interact with a landscape designed to survive climate chaos and explore stewardship of an undefined public commons. Grant-funded tuition is $300 for those who register by August 15, or $400 after. Scholarships are available. For more info, visit or email See ad pg 19.


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Greenburgh Nature Center Holds Family Campout


he Greenburgh Nature Center’s members-only Family Overnight Campout will take place from 5:30 p.m. on August 11 to 8:30 a.m. on August 12, on the Nature Center’s grounds in Scarsdale. Families who aren’t members but would like to participate can purchase a membership and then register for the campout. The night’s festivities will include a barbecue dinner, a search for night creatures on the nature center’s trails, and making s›mores. No prior camping experience is necessary to participate, but campers should bring a tent and sleeping bags. The Family Overnight Campout is a great introduction to camping, says Greg Wechgelaer, director of education for the Greenburgh Nature Center. “It’s the perfect venue for families who have never camped before to gain experience. It’s a safe environment close to home where families can feel comfortable learning and having fun outdoors. A team of naturalist educators will guide them through everything they need to know about setting up their campsite.”   The Greenburgh Nature Center is a nature preserve and wildlife refuge with a mission to ignite passion, curiosity and respect for the natural world. The Nature Center’s 33 acres include a woodland preserve with hiking trails, Nature’s Discovery Playground, Native Plant Meadow and Live Animal Museum.   To register or for more info, visit or call 914.723.3470. The Greenburgh Nature Center is located at 99 Dromore Rd. (off Central Avenue), Scarsdale, NY. 14

nyone who has ever wanted to be a children’s author can take a four-session course in the subject this month at Merritt Bookstore in Millbrook. Karen Orloff and Della Ross Ferreri will offer ABCs of Writing for Children on August 14, 16, 21 and 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The $185 class series will cover how to get ideas, how to structure a story, creating great characters, revision techniques, writing query and cover letters and submitting to editors, among other topics. It will include in-class exercises, manuscript critiques and informal discussions over BYO brown bag lunches. It’s not necessary to be an illustrator to enroll. Orloff is a former editor and the author of nine picture books (two forthcoming) and three interactive children’s mysteries. Ferreri is the author of three picture books, two board books and two easy readers, and has written numerous poems and stories for children’s magazines.

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Merritt Bookstore is located at 57 Front St., Millbrook, NY. To register or for more information, contact Orloff at or 845.234.0685.

New Studio Makes Mind-Body Wellness Affordable


alance, a new Westchester wellness studio, is offering a variety of affordable mind-body classes and services provided by a community of licensed independent contractors. It’s the first studio in New York with a certified instructor of 3X3fit, which combines yoga and Pilates moves with weighted resistance rings. Located at 1851 East Main Street (Route 6) in Mohegan Lake, Balance offers hatha, vinyasa, mommy and me, teen, restorative, slow flow, beginner and YogaFit yoga; Pilates mat; 3X3fit; belly dance and sensual dance for adults; Reiki; holistic health workshops; and ladies’ night out parties. Founder Karen (Kat) Symington Muendell, a 200-hour certified yoga teacher and a certified group fitness instructor, says she created the busiBalance Wellness Studio ness model to make well-taught mind-body classes accessible to more people. “Exercising and eating healthfully, as well as learning and sharing new things, are my passions—I believe the best life is lived in balance,” she says. “Our certified and insured instructors are passionate about teaching what they love, so our students get the best classes taught with enthusiasm and extensive knowledge. By requiring that classes be booked online, our independent practitioners are able to pass the savings on to our clients.” Balance Wellness Studio is currently offering a summer special of $10 yoga and Pilates classes. For more info, visit

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Poughkeepsie Students Study Watershed Pollution

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igh school students are leading an effort to understand sources of pollution in Poughkeepsie’s Fallkill Creek, a tributary of the Hudson River. These students are part of the Mid-Hudson Young Environmental ScienPoughkeepsie students tackle pollution tist (MH-YES) in Fallkill Creek program, a new mentoring initiative designed to strengthen connections between members of the Poughkeepsie community and scientists studying the Hudson. Through MH-YES, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies is working with partners at Marist College to engage local high school students in authentic water quality research, says Rhea Esposito, MH-YES coordinator and the leader of the Cary Institute Education Program. “Our goal is to expose MH-YES students to the whole process of environmental research about their home ecosystem— from question creation to analyzing data and sharing results with their community,” Esposito says. “With this comprehensive approach, we hope to build students’ knowledge, skills, motivation and confidence in pursuing environmental science,” The program consists of two research teams, headed by Stuart Findlay, an aquatic ecologist at Cary Institute, and Raymond Kepner, an associate professor of biology at Marist College. Findlay’s team is studying the effects of salt pollution on terrestrial plant growth. They are also exploring soil characteristics that influence salt retention. Kepner’s team is investigating the role of aquatic vegetation in supporting fecal indicator bacteria— a sign of sewage contamination in freshwaters. Each team includes a mentor scientist, a science teacher from Poughkeepsie High School, an undergraduate student and three local high school students, all rising seniors. “This tiered mentoring structure is a unique and crucial feature of MH-YES,” Esposito says. “We wanted to give undergraduates and teachers the opportunity to mentor students in science research, which is an important yet often overlooked skill in any scientific career. These layers represent how good research teams actually work—where members have different knowledge, experience and skills that they bring to the project.” The teams will present their work at a project symposium on August 10, from 1 to 3 p.m., in the auditorium of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, located at 2801 Sharon Turnpike (Route 44), Millbrook, NY. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

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Holding Hands Reduces Pain Holdings hands with a loved one reduces physical pain, report researchers at the University of Colorado and University of Haifa that studied the brainwaves of 22 heterosexual couples between ages 23 and 32. When in each other’s presence, the couples’ brainwaves tended to synchronize, especially in the alpha mu band, a measure of focused attention; holding hands amplified this effect and markedly lowered pain levels. The more empathetic the man was to the woman’s pain, the more their brain activity synced and her pain decreased. Men that were less empathetic did not produce the same effect. 16

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Turmeric Helps Heal Skin Ailments Turmeric, with its renowned anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, seems to improve a number of skin conditions when taken topically or orally, concludes a review of clinical studies published in Phytotherapy. Researchers at Drexel University, in Philadelphia, and the University of California, Sacramento, selected the 10 strongest clinical studies on turmeric out of 234 published. They concluded that this spice, with its active ingredient curcumin, was effective in treating acne, oral lichen planus (mouth inflammation), pruritus (itchy skin), psoriasis, radiodermatitis (a side effect of radiation treatment), diabetic microangiopathy (bleeding of small blood vessels) and diabetic edema (swelling). Studies on other skin conditions were either inconsistent or ineffective, the report concluded.

Mediterranean Diet Cuts Risk of Prostate Cancer In a five-year study published in The Journal of Urology of 2,000 older Spanish men, those following a Mediterranean diet rich in fish, boiled potatoes, whole fruits, vegetables, legumes and olive oil that was low in juices had a significantly lower risk of aggressive prostate cancer compared to those eating a Western diet. This protective effect was not found in diets higher in fatty foods, red and processed meat, refined grains and sweets. The researchers also reviewed other science to date, confirming the protective effect of the Mediterranean diet as well as “healthy” and “prudent” diets, all consisting of greater portions of fruits and vegetables.


Vitamin D can’t be metabolized without sufficient magnesium levels. Thus, it remains stored and inactive for as many as 50 percent of Americans on nutrient-poor diets, reports a research review in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. “Without magnesium, vitamin D is not really useful or safe,” says study co-author Mohammed S. Razzaque, Ph.D., a professor of pathology at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Erie, Pennsylvania. As a consequence, taking vitamin D supplements can increase a person’s calcium and phosphate levels, even if they remain vitamin D deficient, he explains; and that can lead to vascular calcification if their magnesium levels aren’t sufficient. The magnesium factor may explain why vitamin D supplementation doesn’t necessarily help vitamin D deficiency-related disorders such as skeletal deformities, cardiovascular diseases and metabolic syndrome. Natural sources of magnesium include almonds, cashews and other nuts, bananas, beans, broccoli, brown rice, egg yolks, fish oil, green vegetables, mushrooms, oatmeal, soybeans, sweet corn, tofu, whole grains, and pumpkin, sesame, sunflower and flax seeds.

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Sodas Lower Fertility

Teens that spend the most time staring at screens while playing games, texting, surfing the Internet or engaging in social media tend to be unhappier than those with less screen time, reports a San Diego State University study of more than a million teens.

Expecting Moms Can Protect Against Autism Mothers that take folic acid or multivitamins before and during pregnancy can significantly lower a child’s risk of autism, according to the latest research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry. Researchers from Canada, Israel and the School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in New York City, studied 45,300 children, at the age of 10 on average, correlating children’s autism spectrum diagnoses with records of mothers’ supplementation. They found that women that took the supplements prior to pregnancy were 61 percent less likely to have a child diagnosed with autism. Taking supplements during pregnancy was linked to a 73 percent reduced risk. The overall likelihood of autism was 1.3 percent of the children. 18

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Fiber Lowers Blood Sugar In a study that offers hope for people with Type 2 diabetes, Rutgers University researchers have shown that a diet high in diverse fibers promotes the growth of certain gut bacteria, leading to improved blood glucose control, increased insulin production and improved average blood glucose (A1C) levels. In the six-year study published in Science, 27 diabetes patients in China were fed a diet of whole grains, Traditional Chinese Medicinal foods and prebiotics for up to 86 days, while a group of 16 similar patients ate a similar diet with less fiber. All took the diabetes drug acarbose, which helps turn starch into fiber. By the study’s end, 89 percent of those on the high-fiber diet and 50 percent of the lower-fiber diet group reached blood sugar levels in the normal range. Researchers theorized that the fiber increased numbers of the specific bacteria that break down carbohydrates, producing short-chain fatty acids that nourished gut-lining cells, reduced inflammation and helped control appetite. A shortage of short-chain fatty acids has been associated with Type 2 diabetes and other diseases.

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Women that drink one or more sugary sodas a day are 25 percent less likely each month to become pregnant. Men drinking the same amount are 33 percent less likely each month to father a child. Boston University School of Medicine researchers studied 1,045 men and 3,828 women that were tested for a period up to 12 menstrual cycles. Energy drinks had an even greater fertility-lowering effect than sugar-laden drinks; fruit juices and diet sodas had little impact.

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Climate Consensus

Researchers Raise Red Flags

A research paper, World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice, published in the journal Bioscience about the fate of humanity, has received more than 20,000 signatures and endorsements from scientists in 184 countries. Meanwhile, if humans don’t reduce greenhouse gas emissions drastically and maintain carbon sinks like forests within 10 years, the impact on our climate will be catastrophic, according to the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. Researchers there have developed a model that they believe could do the trick; it calls for fossil fuel consumption to be reduced to less than 25 percent of the global energy supply by 2100, a drastic cut from the 95 percent being used now. Deforestation also must be cut significantly to lead to a 42 percent decrease in cumulative emissions. The target is in line with the Paris agreement on climate change, which 194 countries have signed, but not the United States. 20

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Literacy Project

Dolly Parton Donates Millions of Books Singer Dolly Parton donated the 100 millionth book of her career via her nonprofit Imagination Library earlier this year. She began in 1995, donating books to children in her home state of Tennessee. Now, Imagination Library mails 1 millionplus books per month to children around the world. Parton celebrated the milestone by donating to and giving a reading at the Library of Congress. “My daddy couldn’t read and write, and that always troubled and bothered him, so I wanted to do something special for him,” says Parton. “I got the idea to start this program and let my dad help me with it, and he got to live long enough to hear the kids call me the ‘book lady.’”


Pete, a 34-year-old Amazon parrot, received a boot-like prosthesis made by a 3-D printer from a customized mold after his leg was ripped off by a fox. A day later, he was not only already starting to accept it, but also realized he could place his weight on it. “That in itself is revolutionary for a bird,” says Veterinarian LaToya Latney, service head and attending clinician of the Exotic Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s Ryan Hospital, known as Penn Vet. “He gets it.” In another case of an interspecies application of new medical technology, Lola, a Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle, the most endangered species of marine turtle, suffered injuries so extensive that a flipper was amputated. Losing a limb can make it difficult for a turtle to avoid predators or chase after prey. At the Key West Aquarium, in Florida, Iok Wong, Samantha Varela and Vivian Liang, three recent engineering graduates from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in Massachusetts, used their specialized skills and 3-D printing to create an effective, low-cost prosthetic turtle flipper.


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Plog On

Picking Up Litter While Jogging Becomes a Winning Trend

Sweden’s latest fitness craze, plogging, is a mashup of jogging and the Swedish plocka upp, meaning pick up, in this case, litter. There are plogging groups in Scandinavia, Germany and other parts of Europe. According to the Swedish fitness app Lifesum, which makes it possible for users to track plogging activity, a half-hour of jogging while picking up trash will burn 288 calories for the average person, compared with 235 via jogging alone. A brisk walk expends about 120 calories. The Washington Post reports that in the U.S., it’s just starting to catch on among exercisers fed up with rubbish along their routes. They carry trash bags and pluck litter and recyclables off sidewalks and bushes wearing gardening gloves for safety. The environmental organization Keep America Beautiful recently started promoting plogging to encourage trash-free communities, putting out the #plogging message to its 600 affiliates. Spokesman Mike Rosen reports that response has been surprisingly robust.

Big Melt

North Pole Rises Above Freezing

March 20 is normally close to the coldest season at the North Pole, but an extraordinary thaw swelled over the tip of the planet this year. Analyses show that the temperature warmed to the melting point as an enormous storm pumped an intense pulse of heat through the Greenland Sea. Temperatures may have soared as high as 35 degrees, reports the U.S. Global Forecast System model. Such extreme warm intrusions in the Arctic, once rare, are becoming routine, research has shown. A study published in Geophysical Research Letters in July 2017 found that since 1980, these events are becoming more frequent, longer-lasting and more intense. Study author Robert Graham, from the Norwegian Polar Institute, says, “Previously, this was not common. It happened in four years between 1980 and 2010, but has now occurred in four out of the last five winters.” The events are related to the decline of winter sea ice in the Arctic, with last January’s the lowest on record.

Sinking City

Rising Sea Levels Threaten San Francisco

A paper published in the journal Science Advances reports sea-level rise projections for San Francisco and the Bay Area in California that had not previously factored in a geological phenomenon called subsidence—the settling or sinking of the land. When too much groundwater is pumped out of aquifers, the land on top sinks. In San Francisco, subsidence is occurring in areas developed atop artificial landfill and mud deposits. The area around the bay is in jeopardy of being underwater by 2100, and factoring in subsidence increases the projected amount of land underwater from 46 to 166 square miles, including half the runways at San Francisco International Airport.

Hyperloop Hyper-Speed

Innovative Shortcut to Faster Travel A Hyperloop is a proposed vacuumtube mode of passenger or freight transportation moving enclosed capsules along on thin cushions of air; it was first named in an opensource “vactrain” design released by a joint team from Elon Musk’s Tesla and SpaceX companies. It could offer an affordable, lowcarbon and super-fast alternative to current transportation systems. Flying between Amsterdam and Paris usually takes an hour, but can be longer due to security procedures. Currently, the same trip on a Thalys railway fast train takes three hours and 17 minutes. Hyperloop passenger group and cargo capsules can theoretically travel at more than 700 miles per hour, thus making the journey in about 30 minutes. Hyperloop seems ideally suited to a small continent with many large urban centers. The Dutch team that won the SpaceX Hyperloop competition is rapidly working toward a commercial solution to connect all of Europe. Hardt Global Mobility has the backing of the Technical University of Delft, Dutch railway company Nederlandse Spoorwegen and multinational construction company BAM. August 2018


eco tip

Rethinking Toiletries

The maxim “less is more” applies well to skin care and personal hygiene. Overuse of products is costly and increases pollution. Both genders are prone to overdoing it when it comes to basic activities like washing, shampooing and shaving. Here are some helpful tips. Take fewer showers and spend less time in the shower to conserve water. A study by the Water Research Foundation ranks showers as the second-highest residential use of water at 20 percent, just behind toilets, at 24 percent. Some traditional soaps can strip natural skin oils. Dr. Doris Day, a dermatologist in New York City, suggests products labeled as “cleaner”, such as a body wash formulated to add moisture back into skin. An estimated 2 billion disposable razors are discarded annually in the U.S. Helpful ideas include using a long-handled safety razor to shave women’s legs; positioning it at a 20-degree angle with the proper pressure can significantly increase a blade’s lifespan, saving money and the environment. To streamline our personal care routine, Treehugger. com suggests we completely use up existing products, resist seasonal fads and new colors, and use products that serve multiple roles. For example, a good oil can serve as a makeup remover, skin and face moisturizer, lip balm, frizz tamer and shaving lotion. For men’s aftershave, it’s healthier to go natural, avoiding perfumed products that contain petroleumbased chemicals. recommends makers like Weleda, Herbal Choice, Burt’s Bees and Aubrey Organics, which offer skin toners and balms with natural ingredients like sunflower, coconut, lemon, St. John’s wort, witch hazel, myrrh, shea butter, beeswax and essential oils, including organic jojoba seed oils. Note that some products labeled as organic and natural can include synthetic chemicals when the term organic doesn’t apply to the entire formula.


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Patterson Property Owner Donates Land for Permanent Conservation the Great Swamp watershed, one of the largest freshwater wetlands in New York. The Stephens Brook flows through Birch Hill and empties into the East Branch of the Croton River, part of the New York City drinking water supply system. “Our family loves this land, and we are honored to be able to preserve it by donating a conservation easement to Westchester Land Trust,” Ciaiola says. “The WLT staff were very sensitive to our goals as landowners, and taught us how our property’s significant environmental features linked to the larger protected landscape around us.”


Birch Hill in Patterson, NY

estchester Land Trust (WLT) has reached a formal agreement with the owner of a 273-acre property in Putnam County to restrict development on the land in order to safeguard its important conservation values. The Patterson property known as Birch Hill expands a 2,000-acre conservation corridor that includes New York State’s Cranberry Mountain Wildlife Management Area and Putnam County’s Michael Ciaiola Conservation Area. Owned by Benny Ciaiola, Birch Hill will remain in private hands and will not be open to the public. Based in Bedford Hills, WLT works with public and private partners to preserve land in perpetuity and to enhance the natural resources in Westchester and eastern Putnam counties—a densely populated region under persistent threat from the pressures of development. Through conservation easements and outright acquisition, WLT’s land protection work benefits the long-term health of regional communities by safeguarding air quality, food supply and community character, as well as critical watershed areas. Since its founding in 1988, WLT has preserved more than 8,350 acres of open space, including 745 acres of 24

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Preserving environmental integrity The legal arrangement to preserve Birch Hill is the third-largest conservation easement WLT has completed in its 30-year history. “The Birch Hill conservation easement demonstrates WLT’s strategy to protect land that connects existing open-space corridors and safeguards public drinking water supplies,” says Nanette Bourne, who chairs WLT’s Land Preservation Committee of the Board. “We’ve known for a long time that this land is special and that incompatible development of it would jeopardize the environmental integrity of this region.” This area of Putnam County was specifically identified in the 2016 New York State Open Space Conservation Plan as a high priority for preservation due to its high biodiversity and watershed protection. The Birch Hill property is comprised of rugged, forested terrain with areas of steep slopes and rock outcroppings. The protected land buffers water flowing into

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A Cottontail Habitat Parts of Birch Hill are actively managed to protect New England cottontail, as part of a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service program to restore habitat for this species. The only native rabbit in the region, the New England cottontail has lost 85 percent of its habitat over the past century, and today remains in only five small areas in New England and eastern New York. It has been designated as a Species of Special Concern by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, whose goal in partnering with USFWS is to create 10,000 acres of suitable shrubland and young forest habitat by 2030. Caiola, who lives in Larchmont, will continue to own and care for the Birch Hill property. The permanent conservation easement will enable him and future owners to work with government agencies, conservation nonprofits and other partners to manage the property for biodiversity and watershed protection. “Now that we know our land is protected forever, we feel great about our decision and know that we’ve done the right thing for our family, our community and the region,” he says. For more info, visit

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he first Project is a 501(c) New Moon (3) nonprofit Mycology organization dediSummit (NMMS)— cated to providing a fungi-themed education and week of collaborative research in ecosyslearning, networking tem restoration, and skill building health and healing focused on regeneraand sustainable tive design, bioremecommunity dydiation and environnamics.  mental justice—will People from all take place August mycological and 6-12 at White Pine earth-based sciCommunity Farm in ences are invited Wingdale. The sumto apply to share mit will have two their skill sets, symbiotic compoknowledge, studnents, an Advanced ies and interests The edible Wine Cap mushroom is used in MycoRenewal mycoremediation to filter out E. coli in water at the NMMS, Course followed by a Tzogas says. larger weekend event featuring workshops, “The response has been incredible lectures and hands-on learning. already,” she says. “We welcome social Mycology, the study of fungi, is the justice organizations, organizers, commusubject connecting the week’s events, says nity leaders and others who fight for justice NMMS cofounder and organizer Olga in human and animal rights, earth defense, Tzogas. pipeline resistance, gentrification and simi “With fungi as the common thread, lar causes to set up tables and share their the New Moon Mycology Summit is an information and work.” intersectional experience merging diverse disciplines, trades and passionate ideas Advanced Mycorenewal while providing a platform for addressing Course themes of social justice, earth skills and the Tzongas says the Advanced Mycorenewal environment,” she says. Course, scheduled for August 6-9, will be

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a four-day immersion into the art and science of mycoremediation, where participants will turn theory into action. “Led by the members of CoRenewal, we will go beyond cutting-edge mycoremediation techniques, and study and practice what it takes for mycoremediation projects to become realities,” she says. Topics will include the ecology of bioremediation, soil biogeochemistry, sustainable fungal cultivation methods, mycomimicry in theory and practice, my-

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Living Small in the Hudson Valley by Anthony Foppiano

Biking on the Walkway over the Hudson


s a minimalist, I believe the true value of our possessions is in the service they provide. After all, the majority of the things we own are tools—a means to an end, not an end unto themselves. That being said, we in the Hudson Valley are uniquely positioned to avoid the clutter that can bog us down in our homes and lives. We have so much available to us without having to take on the expense and maintenance of keeping extra stuff. Let’s consider some common possessions that have eco-friendly, social-friendly and just overall life-friendly alternatives right here in the Hudson Valley.  

Swimming Pools

I often see them when I’m out bicycling in the Poughkeepsie suburbs, yet I rarely see anyone actually using them. When I consider all that goes into maintaining a pool, I can’t help but think it’s not worth the time, energy and money. The good news is you don’t have to own a pool to enjoy one. There are plenty of community pools in the Hudson Valley, many of which are free. Taking advantage of facilities like Tallman Beach and Pool Club, Hudson Valley Community Center and Spratt Park is a more efficient alternative.


Also during my frequent bike rides, I see large, well-manicured lawns that are not being used—nobody barbequing, nobody play28

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ing sports, nobody even lounging on a hammock. I see lawns being mowed, but not used. Large properties come with a higher mortgage, a higher land tax and the need for maintenance. Yet people still want a yard for the few times a year that they might host a barbeque or a kickball game. ���������������������������� The alternative to this scenario is to take advantage of the scenic parks that can be found all over the Hudson Valley. You can reserve space at many of them for parties, barbeques and such. Even if you have to pay, it’s probably still more cost and time efficient than owning property of your own. Bowdoin Park, Rockefeller State Park Preserve, Fahnestock State Park, James Baird State Park and Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site are just a few of the many beautiful public parks in our area.

How many of us have a weight bench collecting dust in the garage, or a treadmill being used as a coat rack in the living room? There are cheaper and more efficient ways to work up a sweat or build strength. Many of the public parks have running/hiking trails, or you can go for a walk or run on the HV Rail Trail or the Walkway over the Hudson. Too cold outside, or not much of an outdoors person? There are gyms throughout the Hudson Valley, and many offer low monthly rates. Computer/Internet Access  Students, sole proprietors or video game enthusiasts may use their computers daily, but many people use theirs just once or twice a week. While our consumerist mentality has convinced most of us that we need to own a computer and pay for internet, nothing could be further from the truth. One of the biggest untapped resources is our public library system. Nearly all the public libraries in the Hudson Valley have free-to-use computers with full internet access. What’s more, library membership is free. ����������������������������������������������������������� Just think of the benefits: no computer maintenance, no internet fee, less clutter and a more purposeful use of our computer time. Also, since we can handle most digital tasks on our smartphones or tablets, the necessity for actual «sit-down» computers is diminishing. Many businesses and public spaces now offer free Wi-Fi, and as this trend grows, the necessity for home internet service will diminish further.

Bowdoin Park, Rockefeller State Park Preserve, Fahnestock State Park, James Baird State Park and Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site are just a few of the many beautiful public parks in our area.

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The practice of lining the walls with bookshelves is getting hard to defend in the digital age. There are many clutterfree alternatives, from borrowing library books to using an e-reader, which can store more literature than most people can fit in their homes. Many e-books are available for free, and you can also get digital subscriptions to newspapers and magazines. Several e-readers have a special display that minimizes eyestrain, and most can sync directly with a smartphone or other mobile device.


Another thing our consumerist mentality tells us is that we must own a vehicle, no matter our transportation needs. Again, nothing could be further from the truth, particularly for people who are retired or work from home.  If you regularly commute more than 15 minutes to work, possessing a vehicle is likely the most viable option for you. I use the word “possessing” rather than “owning” here because leasing a vehicle is often more cost-efficient than owning one. Ownership is highly overrated, especially when it comes to vehicles, which decline in value the moment they’re driven off the dealer’s lot. If your commute is less than 15 minutes, or if you rarely commute to work at all, there are excellent alternatives for transportation when you do need to travel: For short distances, and if you don’t have much cargo, a bicycle or motor scooter will work just fine. Both are fuel efficient, and cycling is better for your health. Every county has its own public bus service with multiple routes. All major shopping centers and highly populated residential areas have bus stops. Details can be found online. Uber is a great option for those one-offs and is usually more affordable than a taxi (another one-off option). Just download the Uber app to your mobile device and call a ride from there. We live in a resource-rich community. Before you make any purchase, consider the service you’re really looking for and then see if there’s a more efficient way to get it. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by what you find.




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ost of us buy local not just because we love wholesome food and unique, handmade goods, but because we love the idea of supporting small farmers and artisans. Buying from Boni-Bel Organic Farm comes with something else to love: the children who benefit from the educational programs the farm funds. Located in Brewster, Boni-Bel Farm is part of Green Chimneys, a nonprofit special education school and residential treatment center for children with social, emotional and behavioral challenges. The farm serves as a vocational education site for Green Chimneys students. As a working organic farm, Boni-Bel produces vegetables, fruit, flowers, maple syrup and honey used in the Green Chimneys kitchen and classrooms, and sold at its Country Store and roadside farm stand. Locally made candles, cheese, knit goods, seasonings and fudge are also sold at the Country Store. On the farm, Green Chimneys School students learn to interact with nature as they learn about and become responsible for the many plants while discovering new skills, a concept known as Green Care. The students’ vocational training extends to the Country Store, where they learn about operations and customer service in a real retail environment. Boni-Bel Farm and Country Store are located at 301 Doansburg Rd., Brewster, NY. The store is open Tuesday through Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more info, call 845.278.2060 or visit 30

or the nearly 16,000 young people in Dutchess County who qualify for free and reduced lunch, summer is less a vacation from school than a prolonged struggle with hunger. That’s why school districts, nonprofits and local municipalities coordinate each year to run the Summer Food Service Program, which serves nearly 90,000 free meals to children at more than 20 locations throughout the county. The food served through the program follows United States Department of Agriculture nutritional guidelines and is Summer Food Service Program in Dutchess paid for by the USDA. By offering nutritious foods at locations in Beacon, the Village of Wappingers, Poughkeepsie, Dover, Hyde Park and Webutuck, the program teaches children how to build a healthy plate and establish good eating habits. Many of the locations offer more than food; they also offer educational activities, friends and a sense of community. There is no need to apply for the program or sign up ahead of time for the meals. They are free to all children and teens 18 and younger who come to one of the summer meals sites, which include schools, churches, community centers and other safe places. As sites and times vary throughout the county, families should text FOOD to 877-877 or call 866.3HUNGRY (866.348.6479) to find a summer meals site in their neighborhood. For a list of some of the Hudson Valley locations, visit and click on Nutrition and then Summer Food Service Programs.

Beef and Corn Are Favorites at Three Feathers Farm


hree Feathers Farm, in South Salem, is popular all year around as a source of pasture-raised Black Angus beef. But August is an extra special time at the farm’s self-service garden house, because that’s when its famous white sweet corn comes in. The garden house offers freshBlack Angus cows picked, non-GMO seasonal vegetables seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., from May through October, but its top-selling veggie is corn, says Jeanine Haberny, who owns and operates the farm along with her husband, Joe. “We should have white sweet corn by August 1, depending on the weather,” she says. “We’ve been told that we have the best corn around.” Everything sold at Three Feathers is raised or grown on the farm, which sells fresh roaster chickens in the spring and summer and Angus beef all four seasons. “We rotate our cows between five fields, so they always have green grass. We also bail our own hay, so we know exactly what our cows are eating. Our cows are happy and healthy, and it shows,” Haberny says. Three Feathers is not certified organic, but the farm practices organic standards, she says, adding, “Our customers continue to come back time and time again to purchase our beef, chicken and veggies, because they know exactly where they come from.” Three Feathers Farm is located at 371 Smith Ridge Rd. (Rte. 123), South Salem, NY, directly across the road from the Oakridge Shopping Center. For more info, call 914.533.6529 or email 

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MIGHTY MINERALS What We Need to Stay Healthy by Judith Fertig

Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for minerals, it’s not the most up-do-date or the most specific information according to gender, age or stage in life. The more current Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) are nutrient-reference values developed by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies—five private, nonprofit institutions that provide independent, objective analysis, located in Washington, D.C., Irvine, California, and Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Intended to serve as a guide for good nutrition by covering 40-plus nutrient substances and more demographically specific than the RDA, the DRI provides a scientific basis for the development of food guidelines in the U.S. and Canada. This list of important minerals, based on the worldwide studies collected in the journal Minerals, is a good starting point. Another good reference is the extensive chart from the IOM of the National Academy of Sciences at

Minerals—inorganic chemical elements or compounds that cannot be produced by the body, but occur in nature—play a key Our Body’s Periodic Table Sodium with Chlorine role in helping us function at our best.


ccording to the authors of Minerals: The Forgotten Nutrient - Your Secret Weapon for Getting and Staying Healthy, they are integral to our health. Joy Stephenson-Laws, the lead author and founder of the nonprofit Proactive


Health Labs, in Santa Monica, California, suggests getting a full-spectrum mineral test through a healthcare provider to identify any deficiencies or imbalances. Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gives a broad, general

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Why we need it: fluid balance, nerve transmission, muscle contraction

Food sources: sodium combines with chlorine in salt; Himalayan sea salt also contains 84 trace elements Recommended Daily Intake: 1,500 milligrams (mg) of sodium

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Why we need it: fluid balance, nerve transmission, muscle contraction Food sources: bananas, dried figs, nuts, avocadoes Recommended Daily Intake: 4.7 grams (g) Why we need it: strong teeth and bones, muscle relaxation and contraction, blood clotting, blood pressure regulation, immune system health Food sources: leafy green vegetables, fortified nut milk, dairy products, canned sardines/salmon, dried figs, oysters; plus mineral water brands labeled higher in calcium and lower in sodium, per integrative medicine pioneer Dr. Andrew Weil Recommended Daily Intake: 1,000 to 1,200 mg


Why we need it: joint function Food sources: fish, beef, poultry, egg yolks, beans, coconuts, bananas, garlic Recommended Daily Intake: 6 mg of sulfur-containing amino acids per pound of adult weight


Why we need it: works with calcium to build strong bones, repair cells Food sources: salmon, yogurt, turkey, lentils, almonds Recommended Daily Intake: 700 mg


Why we need it: thyroid function, healthy skin and nails Food sources: seaweed, turkey, cranberries, navy beans, iodized table salt Recommended Daily Intake: 150 mcg Why we need it: lowering cancer risk Food sources: Brazil nuts, tuna, halibut, turkey Recommended Daily Intake: 55 mcg


Why we need it: facilitates production of natural enzymes Food sources: lima beans, cauliflower, peas, soybeans Recommended Daily Intake: 45 mcg


Why we need it: reduces insulin resistance, helps lower cholesterol Food sources: lean meats, whole grains, broccoli, green beans Recommended Daily Intake: 25 mcg for adult females, 35 mcg for adult males We require macrominerals—those we need in larger amounts—as well as microminerals—those necessary in trace amounts. For a good overview from the Harvard University Medical School, visit Judith Fertig writes award-winning cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

Why we need it: strong bones, energy, mental health Food sources: leafy green vegetables, nuts, seeds and foods with fiber Recommended Daily Intake: 310 to 320 mg for adult women, 410 to 420 mg for adult men


Why we need it: helps make blood hemoglobin Food sources: breakfast cereals fortified with iron, white beans, dark chocolate, beef liver, spinach Recommended Daily Intake: 18 mg for adult women, 8 mg for adult men


Why we need it: healthy immune system Food sources: nuts, seeds, green leafy vegetables Recommended Daily Intake: 11 mg


Why we need it: to ward off colds, aid sexual function Food sources: oysters, shellfish, red meat, whole grains, nuts Recommended Daily Intake: 9 mg for women, 11 mg for men

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More Happiness by Deborah Shouse

Parents wishing to simplify child-raising seek less stress and more fun; less scheduling and more casual time; less “shoulds” and more “want-tos” less second-guessing and more confidence.


or a happier family life, experts encourage parents to stay true to their own values, strengths and sense of family purpose, focusing on the wonders of their children instead of endless daily tasks. It begins with each child feeling loved.

Learn Love Languages

For Gary Chapman, Ph. D., author of The 5 Love Languages of Children: The Secret to Loving Children Effectively, understanding each child’s particular needs for touch, affirming words, quality time, gifts or acts of service is foundational to parenting success. “Other than security, a child’s deepest need is to feel loved,” says Chapman, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. “If their love tank is full, children grow up emotionally healthy. Knowing a child’s preferred language helps parents effectively communicate their feelings. The question is not, ‘Do you love your children?’ It’s, ‘Do your children feel loved?’” As Chapman arrives home, his son rushes to hug him, grinning while his dad tousles his hair. Chapman’s daughter often 34

calls out, “Dad, come into my room. I want to show you something.” This is how he communicates with each child in their primary love language. Parents learn their children’s preferred communication style by observing their behavior, noticing how they express love and listening to them. They can also offer options and track results. For example: n Would you like to take the dog to the park (quality time) or for me to help you study for a test (acts of service)? n Would you like to wrestle (touch) or shop for your new shoes (gift)? “Ideally, we offer heavy doses of the child’s primary language and sprinkle in the others,” says Chapman. “Children who feel loved respond better to suggestions and discipline. They also learn how to express their feelings.”

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Avoid Unreal Idealizing

Some parents carry a mental snapshot of their ideal child, perhaps envisioning a kid that is into sports or even-tempered or academically gifted. Often, that picture is very different from the actual child. The first step to truly accepting the child is to allow ourselves to feel whatever authentic feelings pop up. The parent might think, “I love my son, but am struggling; I adore sports and may never get to share that with him.” “Give yourself time to process disappointment,” advises Susan Stiffelman, a Los Angeles marriage and family therapist, mother of one and author of Parenting Without Power Struggles: Raising Joyful, Resilient Kids While Staying Cool, Calm and Connected. “Then identify the things you love about your kids and share those with them.” As just one example, we might convey that we love the sound of their voice and how gentle they are with the baby. “Appreciating our children as they are is one way to keep our hearts open,” says Stiffelman.

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Focus on the Good

When Barbara Unell, a parent educator and author of Discipline With Love and Limits: Calm, Practical Solutions to the 43 Most Common Childhood Behavior Problems, birthed twins, she was initially daunted by the work of caring for them. Then she began simplifying by focusing on the “wow” factors. “Being a parent speaks to the core of our humanity. Experiencing the growth and development of a human being is miraculous. I started looking at parenting through that lens,” says Unell, who lives in the Leawood, Kansas, area. Asha Dornfest, of Portland, Oregon, a podcaster, co-author of Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More by Doing Less and mother of two, relates, “I paid more attention to my values and my family’s unique needs and was less influenced by parenting experts, social pressures and well-meaning peers.” Dornfest explored her own values by asking, “What did I learn from my parents?” and, “How do I want my family to be different?” She also practiced trusting her intuition. “Even when I’m not certain I’m right, I know I love my children, I’m doing my best, and I’ll make adjustments if necessary,” she says.

Create Rhythm and Rituals

Rhythmic activities ease the anxiety of family transitions and furnish warm solidarity, consistency and connectedness. “Increasing the predictability of meals, bedtime and other rituals also improves family life,” says Davina Muse, a mental health counselor and mother of two from Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Muse serves as training director for Simplicity Parenting, a program based on Kim John Payne’s book Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordi-

nary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids that offers a connective ritual families can merge with mealtimes. Each person describes a “rose” (one good thing from the day) or a “thorn” (one challenging thing) and a “bud” (one thing they’re anticipating). Such sharing builds a family connection and helps kids discuss difficult issues, notes Muse. Also, “Describing the bud lifts everyone’s mood.” Every Friday evening, the Dornfests share a Sabbath dinner, a low-key way for them to gather and talk. “This ritual adds a rhythm to our week and anchors us,” says Dornfest.

Elect De-Stress Over Distress

Everyone can sometimes become overscheduled and overwhelmed; a balance between scheduled time and downtime is necessary to well-being. In her daily checkin, Dornfest confers with herself and her husband, inquiring, “How are things going? Are they too hectic? Is our schedule energizing or draining?” She advises, “When I feel like I’m riding a runaway train, I slow down. There seem to be so many ‘shoulds’ in parenting; we instead need to discover what our family loves.” Before enlisting a child for an activity, Dornfest suggests we ask why it’s important: Are you making up for your own missed opportunities as a child? Are you worried your child will miss out? Do you equate these lessons with being a good and caring parent? Parenting is more than checking off lists and tasks. It’s about being connected with children. Build in playtime, roughhousing, chase each other around the yard, toss balloons or balls together, blow bubbles and welcome opportunities for laughter.

Soothing Quiet Time

Children that act out or withdraw may not have enough downtime. Take the kids outside to play. “Nature is very soothing,” says Muse. “Climb

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ncorporating love throughout the day keeps a child’s tank full. Consider these tips from love languages expert Gary Chapman.

Physical Touch – Get Close ¤ Greet the child with a hug ¤ Stroke their hair while they talk about a challenging day ¤ Snuggle while watching TV

Affirmations – Encouraging Words ¤ Put a positive note in the child’s lunch box ¤ Appreciate something the child did or said ¤ Create an encouragement jar, with praising words to use as needed

Quality Time – Periods of Undivided Attention ¤ Ask a specific question about their day that elicits discussion ¤ Schedule a date with each child ¤ Create something together, like a photo album

Gifts – Tangible Expressions of Love ¤ Make a special meal or dessert; maybe do it together ¤ Have some small gifts the child can choose from as rewards for positive actions ¤ Seek natural gifts, like a special feather, stone or flower

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Know the Power of Space

Most parents think their children would go crazy if half their toys and books were removed, but this isn’t true. “My trainers and I have worked with thousands of parents on decluttering, and the results have been powerful,” says Muse. The Simplicity Parenting approach encourages parents to discard broken toys, give away anything no longer being played with and attractively store current playthings. She observes, “As you decrease the quantity of toys and clutter, you increase the child’s attention and capacity for deep play.”

Build Resilience

Simplifying parenting means releasing the notion that children must be happy, wellbehaved and delighted with life and their parents at all times. Unell used the daily multitasking challenges with her twins as exercises in developing resilience and modeling these skills for them. If children spill milk, the parent comments, “No big deal. We all spill things.” When there’s a minor accident, “Let’s just get towels and clean it up.” A resilient attitude is, “Something goes wrong, we fix it.” It’s also about being flexible and coping with disappointment. “To build resilience, parents need to feel comfortable in the presence of an unhappy child,” says Stiffelman. “If parents don’t allow children to be disappointed, kids can become rigid, lack confidence and struggle with unreasonable expectations.” During meltdowns or disappointments, she recommends sitting quietly, listening, and then empathizing and helping put the children’s feelings into words. “This is not the time to lecture

or advise,” she says. “Upset children can’t really listen.” Yet, they can be heard—a key way to help them mature. Parents that learn to simplify happily discover that their children feel calmer and more loved, socially and emotionally adept, and resilient. Concepts focused on creating connections, rather than parenting perfection, are easy to weave into everyday life. Deborah Shouse is a writer, speaker, editor, dementia advocate, parent and grandmother. She’s also the author of Connecting in the Land of Dementia: Creative Activities to Explore Together (

True Happy Meals

When there’s a little time and energy, use these ideas to connect. ¤ Start by smiling upon seeing the kids. ¤ Throw together an impromptu picnic and eat on the living room floor, in the yard or at the park. ¤ Ask the kids to read aloud while parents cook. ¤ Balance a soft item on a spoon held between the teeth and stage a fun race. ¤ While cooking, keep kids busy prepar ing a restaurant-style menu, a place setting with utensils wrapped in paper napkins and a way to take orders. ¤ Put on aprons and whip up homemade pizza, cupcakes or something unusual, like BLT pancake sandwiches. ¤ Buy write-on, wipe-off place mats and have kids doodle while they wait to eat. ¤ Dress up for dinner. Wear old Halloween costumes, put clothes on backwards or eat in pajamas. ¤ Share thanks. Everyone shares one thing they are grateful for. Source: Adapted from 101 Fun Things To Do With Kids To Enjoy Everyday Family Life, by Sumitha Bhandarkar


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ing trees, searching for rocks and pine cones, playing with dirt, sticks, water and leaves all offer healing down time.” To escape from worries and distractions, Stiffelman suggests three or four minutes of meditation or simply designated quiet time. For little ones, lay a stuffed teddy bear on the child’s tummy and have them notice how the animal is moving. A parent and child can also be aware of the sounds they are hearing, plus incorporate a little mindful breathing into the bedtime ritual.




MJ is an abbreviation for the temporomandibular joint—the joint in front of the ear, connecting the jawbone to the skull. But the term TMJ is also commonly used to refer to a broader condition that can cause strain and imbalance in the jaw and neck muscles and the bones of the skull and face. (A more accurate abbreviation is TMD, or temporomandibular disorder.) TMJ disorder doesn’t just affect the head, neck or jaw; it can affect whole body. For example, correcting an underlying jaw problem has been known to relieve chronic back pain, breathing problems, difficulty walking, foot problems, digestive issues, fatigue and generalized stress. Because the symptoms can be so diverse and widespread, TMJ disorder is often overlooked and misdiagnosed. How is TMJ disorder corrected? Dentists who specialize in TMJ disorder tailor each treatment to fit the needs of the patient, beginning with a careful study to define the nature of the problem. This involves a thorough consultation and examination, including an evaluation of all sites of pain and related body systems. Plaster models of the teeth can help dentists understand how a patient’s bite contributes to his or her condition. In some cases, the dentist may take X-rays of the TMJ, conduct a computerized analysis of the jaw’s neuromuscular function, or use sonography to listen to jaw sounds. Once the problem is defined, the goal is to bring the TMJ and the jaw muscles into a comfortable and healthful balance. During treatment, the patient might be referred to an osteopath, a chiropractor or a physical therapist who can bring the neck and spine into alignment too. Once comfort and balance have been achieved, the patient might need to

see an orthodontist and/or restorative dentist to discuss bite correction. Who specializes in TMJ disorder? Many dentists treat TMJ disorder, but few have the depth of training and experience of Dr. David Lerner, a TMJ specialist in Westchester County, New York. In fact, Dr. Lerner knows just what TMJ disorder feels like—he began suffering from the symptoms when he was a kid. Dr. Lerner’s approach to treatment includes a number of alternative therapies and testing methods not often found in a dental office. In addition to having 40 years’ experience treating TMJ disorder, Dr. Lerner is also trained in acupuncture, applied kinesiology and craniosacral therapy. Using this broad training, he has helped many TMJ disorder patients who suffered from chronic pain and disability before finding their way to his Yorktown Heights office.

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Learn about Blue Rock School’s Unique Kindergarten Program


lue Rock School, an independent K-8 school in West Nyack, is hosting a free event for 4-and 5-year-olds and their parents on October 20, from 10 a.m. to noon. While the children play, their parents can learn about Blue Rock’s creative learning environment and tour the school’s wooded campus. “Children can enjoy a fall harvestthemed morning with Blue Rock’s kinStudents at Blue Rock School dergarten staff that includes storytelling, crafts, homemade snacks and outdoor play on our beautiful four-and-a-half-acre campus,” says Admissions Director Beverly Stycos. “Magical play spaces abound here, as the grounds have numerous creative play structures as well as a sandbox among the flower gardens.” Blue Rock School features small class settings and an interdisciplinary curriculum that emphasizes the arts, nature and play and encourages creativity, collaboration, depth of learning, critical thinking and confident self-expression. “As the Lower Hudson Valley’s only progressive, independent day school, Blue Rock is committed to fostering a non-elitist community of students from diverse ethnic, religious and economic backgrounds,” Stycos says. “We offer a unique discovery-based, test-and-grade-free learning environment that encourages and nurtures children’s natural curiosity and innate love of learning. It is a truly dynamic and joyful learning community.” The event will be held rain or shine. Space is limited. Blue Rock School is located at 110 Demarest Mill Rd. (off Germonds Road), West Nyack, NY. To register, contact Beverly Stycos at 845.535.3353 or For more info, visit See ad, page 41.

Birth Network Supports Hudson Valley Parents


hen Julietta Appleton cofounded the Childbirth Education Association in 1979, few people in the Hudson Valley knew what a doula was. Some 40 years later, thanks in part to the association’s efforts, many expectant parents in the Hudson Valley hire doulas—and take advantage of the variety of other healthcare professionals and services that support families before, during and after childbirth. Appleton is now secretary of the board of the organization she helped launch. Renamed Hudson Valley Birth Network, it is a consortium of professionals who work with women and families around pregnancy, birth, postpartum and parenting. It provides its members with opportunities for networking, mentoring, education, advocacy, support, access to resources and professional enrichment. It also provides mothers-to-be and their families with information, resources, education, support, access to healthcare professionals, advocacy and community. “Where we were once a small group of childbirth educators, we’re now nearly 100 birth professionals who offer so many things—psychotherapy, body work, midwifery, lactation consulting, parenting advice, childbirth education and, of course, doula services,” Appleton says. For more info, visit


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Sensory Support Calms Students with Special Needs


he children who come to Green Chimneys School struggle with socialemotional issues that can challenge their ability to cope in certain situations. The Sensory Space at the school’s Brewster campus is one of the most popular locations for students in need of a break, says Jennifer Milillo, director of marketing and communications. The converted classroom, outfitted with furniture, activities and personal items, allows students to practice calming strategies in a safe and isolated place. “Many students utilize the space to calm down in moments of stress, often by turning on the essential oil diffuser and listening to music or a podcast on Bluetooth headphones,” Milillo says. “Others blow off steam by jumping into the beanbag crash area or setting up an obstacle course of cushions and gym mats. Students returning from a home visit or arriving after a long bus ride often like to jump on the bounce disc or do a puzzle with staff, to ease their transition back into the program.” The Sensory Space’s popularity is spurring the addition of sensory tools in Green Chimneys’ classrooms, dorms and recreation activities, and the integration of sensory activities into its daily recreation programming. The school is also incorporating similar tools and activities into its programs for Putnam County youth. The Community Outreach Center in the Village of Brewster is planning its own sensory space to provide the youth it serves with access to calming and soothing environments. To learn more about Green Chimneys and its therapeutic approach, visit

Classroom Success Depends on Visual-Motor Development by Dr. Samantha Slotnick


he purpose of vision is to guide movement. During development, children gain more confidence in visual information as a substitute for the information that they once gathered through their mouth and hands. For example, a curious infant will immediately bring an object to his mouth to assess its size and shape. A toddler will say, “I want to see it!” and promptly grab an object to explore it with her hands. With experience, however, children naturally depend more on visual input for information, and less on motor and tactile input (a development referred to as the visual-motor hierarchy). Children who fidget excessively, have a hard time sustaining visual attention, have trouble with transitions, or tilt or turn their head during play might need guidance to support proper visual-motor development, which is critical to classroom learning. How Visual Learning Develops The building blocks for visual-motor development are already in place at birth. These are the primitive reflexes, automatic movement patterns that position children to engage in new learning and a visually guided exploration of their world: righting the head, learning to crawl, moving the limbs independently and setting their sights on a destination. From these early movements, children typically progress through several stages of visual-motor development. They learn to keep their eyes level, for better eye-teaming and binocular skills. They learn to follow moving targets with their eyes, and to respond to changes in motion with rapid eye jumps. They learn to estimate distances and the time it takes to travel them. Gradually, there should be greater integration of visual and motor skills, from simple actions (moving an object from hand to hand) to fine-tuned ones (handwriting). Revisiting Missed Learning Stages When children miss certain stages of visual-motor development, they can have difficulty in a classroom setting, which emphasizes visually based learning. Some behavioral optometrists offer specific assessment of the primitive reflexes, which are critical in visual-motor development. These specialists can help children of any age, and even adults, revisit those missed learning stages with homebased exercises that will enable them to gather and process information more efficiently. Samantha Slotnick, OD, has offices at 495 Central Park Ave, Ste. 301, Scarsdale, NY. For more information about primitive reflex assessment to help with learning, visit, or call 914.874.1177 to attend a free workshop. See ad, page 36.

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How to Power Up Their Defenses by Marlaina Donato


trong immunity is a cornerstone of optimum health, and may be weakened or enhanced by what we eat and how we manage our emotions. Starting young in incorporating good ongoing habits can go a long way toward building a better immune response to whatever a person encounters.

Kid-Friendly Foods Organic strawberries, brightly colored peppers, vitamin D-rich eggs or almond trail mix can turn a child’s brown bag lunch into an immune-boosting power meal. “Diet is one of the main pillars for children’s health. I teach parents and kids that food can be fun, and not to be obsessed with counting calories or portions,” says Dr. Alina Olteanu, a holistic pediatrician in Dallas, Texas. “I recommend an anti-inflammatory diet based on lots of colorful vegetables and fruits, and healthy fats like fish, nuts, seeds, avocado and olive oil. Eating fermented foods like 40

sauerkraut, pickled vegetables and kimchi supports a healthy microbiome.” Adequate protein supports healthy immunity, as does reducing inflammatory foods containing monosodium glutamate (MSG), caramel color, sodium nitrite, food dyes and chemical preservatives. Such measures help reduce the burden on a child’s immune system. According to Naturopathic Doctor Sarah Anne Rothman, of Thyme Integrative Health, in Pacifica, California, limiting or eliminating processed sugar is also recommended; studies by Loma Linda University, in Loma Linda, California, show that sugar consumption suppresses immune response for five hours. Olteanu notes, “Desserts can be fruits and a small amount of dark chocolate, which is rich in antioxidants and actually healthy.” Her favorite sweetener for kids older than 1 year is raw honey; however, she cautions against giving honey to infants during their first year.

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Exercise has been shown to increase blood and lymphatic circulation and in turn, helps move antibodies through the system and do a better job at fighting invaders, according to Harvard Health Publishing. Exercise is also a renowned stress-reliever, especially outdoors, which manifests the bonus of vitamin D fortification from healthy sun exposure. “I strongly encourage all my patients to spend at least an hour a day playing outside,” says Olteanu. Childhood stress is a real factor that can weaken immunity, yet juvenile anxieties may be dismissed or go unnoticed by adults. Caffeine-free herbal teas and glycerin-based tinctures such as chamomile, lemon balm, passionflower and lavender can be reliable double-duty allies for children, calming them while also promoting immune response. Essential oils are another boon. “The benefits of using essential oils on children are immense. Many oils are safe for all age groups and can elevate mood, induce relaxation and boost natural defenses,” says holistic nurse and certified clinical aromatherapist Patricia Springer, in Mason, Ohio. Springer recommends diffusing organic lemon or orange essential oil for 30 minutes two to three times a day in the house or applying one to two drops on a cotton ball and inhaling. Adding a few drops of Roman chamomile or lavender essential oil to Epson or sea salt makes a calming, immuneboosting bath.

Homeopathy Homeopathy is a system of natural healing to which kids often respond positively. There are well-known over-the-counter remedies that treat acute conditions without side effects, but certified classical homeopath Julia Eastman, a doctor of Oriental medicine in Naples, Florida, recommends a more thorough approach. “Homeopathy can be life-changing, but it’s a system based upon the unique physical, emotional and energetic constitution of the individual. Going to a board-certified classical homeopath is the ideal route, because they can profile the child’s complete

Germs Can Be Helpful

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Research from Professor Linda Harrison, of Charles Sturt University, in Australia, reveals that children that are exposed to other children in a daycare or school environment at an early age develop stronger immunity, even though they might sometimes get sick at the outset. According to a study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, daycare kids have a decreased risk of developing asthma and allergies later in life. Children also benefit from getting their hands into microbe-rich soil, say Brigham and Women’s Hospital researchers in a study published in Science. While germs can help kids build stronger immunity, common good habits like regular hand-washing curb the spread of viruses.

constitution, including patterns of illness and personality for the best possible result.” Treating children’s illness homeopathically when symptoms arise without taking the big picture into account can sometimes cause more harm than good. “Homeopathic remedies are not preventive medicine unto themselves, but using them constitutionally can help to improve overall health, immunity included,” says Eastman, who has witnessed dangerously high fevers in infants relieved within minutes when whole-care homeopathy has been applied. Health is wealth, and fortifying the next generation benefits us all. Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at August 2018


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by April Thompson

s fresh water becomes increasingly scarce worldwide, communities are coming together to find creative solutions to conserve it. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average American family uses some 300 gallons of water a day at home, nearly a third of which lands on lawns and yardscapes. Yet simple solutions like installing lowflow showerheads, turning off the tap while brushing teeth and installing drought-friendly landscaping can save a householder thousands of gallons a year and big money on water bills. The Irvine, California, Wyland Foundation created the Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation seven years ago to stimulate awareness and action around water waste by tapping into civic pride and a healthy sense of competition. “What we do at home has a big impact on what happens to natural resources 1,000 miles downstream,” says Steve Creech, executive director of the nonprofit, founded by marine life artist Robert Wyland to foster healthy oceans and waterways. The program pits cities against each other every April to see which one can garner the most water-saving pledges from residents. Prizes for participants include a year’s worth of utility bills paid, green home cleaning kits and low-flow shower heads. It also provides immediate feedback on rankings at MyWaterPledge. com. As of May, 616,000 participants in 4,800 towns and cities had pledged to save 3 billion gallons per year. “Many are attracted by prizes, but over time, become more interested in conservation and sustainability,” observes Creech. “Social modeling is important because people get activated when they see friends and family involved. Surveys also show that we 42

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look to local leaders on issues like this, so it makes a difference when mayors take a stance.” Mesa, Arizona’s thirsty desert lawns and gardens suck thousands of gallons of precious water a day. Nearly 20 years ago, the city joined forces with Phoenix and Scottsdale to launch a water conservation campaign that has become among the largest of its kind. Today, hundreds of private and public partners across North America use the Water – Use It Wisely program to turn the tide on water waste ( Creative approaches go a long way in encouraging households to save water, says Donna DiFrancesco, conservation coordinator for the city of Mesa. Its campaign newsletter speaks to 26,000 subscribers. Some 100 water-saving devices and symbols remind consumers to think about how they use water in everyday life. A traveling, 16-foot water tower made of water jugs represents the 120 gallons of water the average person uses per day in Arizona. They even challenge residents to “help your yard drink responsibly” through the Drab to Fab Backyard Rehab campaign, rewriting the narrative that sustainable is synonymous with sacrifice. In its second year, more than 11,500 entrants throughout the state put their creativity to work in revamping their backyards. To promote behavior change, Creech suggests that providing justifications for each water-saving action is key. When citizens become more conscious of how they waste the most water, they are more motivated to act. Repairing toilet and pool leaks and exchanging baths for showers are common fixes. “The 40 Gallon Challenge is designed to help people find the ‘low-hanging fruit’ in their water use—such as a leaky faucet or a long shower—that can readily help save 40 gallons a day,” says Ellen Bauske, program coordinator for this initiative of the Center for Urban Agriculture at the University of Georgia, in Griffin ( It’s designed to be flexible so states and municipalities can address the local context. “It’s been great to see the creative ways it’s been adapted; for example, one agent used the pledge as a scavenger hunt item for 4H clubs,” Bauske notes. More than 11,000 people have taken this pledge across America, potentially saving 1.9 million gallons a day. It can be difficult to measure the real water savings of such challenges, but DiFrancesco says that Mesa has seen a roughly 20 percent reduction in water use since 1999, when the local campaign began to take off. Drop by drop, small acts taken collectively by engaged citizens add up to big savings. Find water-saving tips at and Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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ccording to the Alliance for Water Efficiency, if every American cut their water use by 25 percent, the nation would save 2.8 trillion gallons in a year; household faucet leaks alone are estimated to waste 1 trillion gallons annually. Opportunities to save water are everywhere. Here are a few examples for the home, office and lawn, from Water – Use It Wisely’s 100+ Ways to Conserve Water ( Kitchen: Wash produce in a pot of water instead of running the tap, then reuse the water to quench house plants. Bathroom: Save up to 1,000 gallons per month simply by showering for less than five minutes. Laundry room: If city and county codes allow it, have a plumber reroute household gray water to irrigate exterior landscaping rather than losing it to the sewer line. Lawn: Save up to 1,000 gallons a year by refraining from watering the lawn on windy days, when most of the water can blow away. Landscape: Spreading organic mulch around plants helps them retain moisture and fend off evaporation, while deterring the growth of water-sucking weeds. Watering in the early morning, when temperatures are low, minimizes evaporation. Use a rain barrel for hand-watering and zone plants by level of drought tolerance. Pool: Use a pool cover and keep water levels to a minimum to reduce water loss and additions of fresh water and chemicals. Office: Conduct a water audit to see where it’s easiest to save water and put in place a water management plan to address any issues. Promote awareness through a company newsletter to encourage employee water-saving efforts. August 2018


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Why do you consider silence, “the new luxury”, more important now than ever before? Silence in itself is rich. It is a quality, something exclusive and luxurious, and also a 44

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xplorer, publisher, art collector and author Erling Kagge inspires us to find silence around and within us as a transformative experience. The lengths he’s gone to make himself an authority in this pursuit include being the first person to complete the Three Poles Challenge on foot—the North and South poles and Mount Everest summit. He has also traveled to Japan to meditate and practice yoga. The Norwegian’s seventh book, Silence: In the Age of Noise, selected as a 2017 Great Read from the Indie Next List, recounts his experiences and presents observations of many past and present poets, philosophers, artists and other explorers—including Plato, Aristotle, Søren Kierkegaard, Oliver Sacks, Blaise Pascal, Martin Heidegger, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Stendhal, Denis Diderot and Mark Rothko—in exploring where we find silence and how to invoke it to improve well-being. It provokes reader reflection, demonstrating the kind of active engagement Kagge believes silence invites. He explores why it’s essential to our sanity and happiness and how it can open doors to wonder and gratitude. Kagge, whose previous books address exploration, philosophy and art collecting, runs Kagge Forlag, a publishing company in Oslo, where he lives.

practical resource for living a richer life. Silence is a deep human need that in our age, has ended up being scarcer than plastic bags from Louis Vuitton. To me, silence is a key to unlock new ways of thinking. I wanted to write about silence because I consider it nearly extinct.

Which insight from the great thinkers cited in your latest book means the most to you? The Roman philosopher Seneca, 2,000 years ago, said, “Life is very short and anxious for those who forget the past, neglect the present and fear the future.

When they come to the end of it, the poor wretches realize too late that for all this time, they have been preoccupied in doing nothing.” Everything Earthly can be snatched away in an instant. Life is long if you know how to use it. Even if we were to live 1,000 years, our lives would feel short if we threw away this present time. We exist, but few of us actually live.

What have been the most helpful takeaways from your experiences? Your mind—in silence—can be wider than the sky. Silence is about getting inside what you are doing—experiencing, rather than overthinking, and not living through electronic devices and other people.

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Where may silence be found? It’s easier to find silence than many people think or believe. I walked alone to the South Pole for 50 days and nights under the midnight sun in search of total silence; but I never found it before I turned inwards toward inner silence and uncovered forgotten sides of a universe just as mysterious as outer space. One universe stretches outward, the other inward.

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Are there practical steps to achieve a state of silence? You can shut out the world and fashion your own inner silence whenever you run, cook food, have sex, study, chat, work, think of a new idea, read or dance. Silence is not about turning your back on your surroundings, but the opposite; it’s seeing the world a bit more clearly, staying on a course and aiming to love your life as much as you can. I had to use my legs to go far away in order to discover this, but I now know it’s possible to reach silence anywhere. One only needs to subtract. It’s about finding your own South Pole. Randy Kambic, an Estero, FL, freelance writer and editor, regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings. August 2018


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Multilevel Healing Embracing All Dimensions of Well-Being by Linda Sechrist


r. Wayne Jonas’ The author of Medical doctors are curiosity was How Healing Works: unaware of the body’s piqued after Get Well and Stay hearing stories of patients energy field because they Well Using Your Hidthat have experienced den Power to Heal, aren’t taught anything healing from chronic illJonas concludes, about it or physics in nesses or reclaimed wellmedical school. Although “Only 20 percent of being without following healing comes from the vast majority believe the treatment agent conventional medical advice. So he focused on there is no science be- the doctor applies. researching dimensions hind energy medicine or A full 80 percent of of healing that Western any that proves the body the healing potential, medical schools never which lies dormant even has an energy field, in everyone, comes taught him. The rewards it is real and has been were radical discoveries: from constructing a whole system science meaningful treatment measured. exploring the web of conresponse unique to ~James Oschman nections within the body; you. This is internal, the need to acknowledge highly personal and an individual’s core multi-dimensions— uses simple principles and components.” body/external, behavior/lifestyle, social/ During his 40-year career, Jonas was emotional and spiritual/mental—and what’s able to observe multi-level healings with needed to unlock each person’s inherent patients, as well as through other profescapacity for health and healing. sional roles. He’s served as director of the


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Office of Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, a research scientist at the World Health Organization, CEO and president of the former Samueli Institute and director of the medical research fellowship at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. Applying whole system science, Jonas developed the view of a patient as a veritable ecosystem. “We are more like a garden to be cultivated than a car to be fixed. Healing emerges when we support and strengthen the connections within us— body, behavior, social and spirit—making us more whole,” says Jonas. His broader approach for healing now includes the impacts of beauty, order, an optimal healing environment, connecting with nature, elements that induce an individual’s greatest meaning response, nourishment of the spiritual self, making time for joy, the roles of love and the physical presence of loved ones and a supportive social network, as well as the energetic contributions of other social interactions and emotional dimensions. For nearly 40 years, James Oschman, Ph.D., author of Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis, has been conducting research in physiology and the biophysics of energy medicines worldwide, including at Cambridge University, in England, and Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland, Ohio. “Medical doctors are unaware of the body’s energy field because they aren’t taught anything about it or physics in medical school. Although the vast majority believe there is no science behind energy medicine or any that proves the body even has an energy field, it is real and has been measured,” says Oschman. He’s passionate about including energy medicine in healing, and says, “To understand the human body, health and healing, you have to look at all dimensions without any exclusions. No aspect of science, medicine or life should be left out. All medical interventions and everything you do to the body involves energy. An awareness of this can fully transform any medical approach.” Jonas experienced the energetic dimension of healing when his wife,

Healing emerges when we support and strengthen the connections within us— body, behavior, social and spirit—making us more whole. ~Wayne Jonas Susan, was undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. Although skeptical, he tried the process of laying his hands on her while imagining a soft, white light filled with love being transmitted through the top of his head, down through his hands and into her body. “I knew of the dozens of experiments done at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. When meditating individuals put their hands around test tubes containing immune cells, the amount of infrared radiation emanating from their hands increased, which stimulated the immune cells to produce more adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the energy-producing molecule found in all cells. After this exposure, those cells survived better when hit with stresses such as heat and chemical shocks,” says Jonas. “Susan said that she could feel something and fell asleep. The next day, she felt less fatigued, slept less and was more active. From then on, I cut back on travel and made sure my body—in all its physical, social and emotional dimensions—was around,” says Jonas. To help patients and doctors expand their own perspectives, Jonas has developed a healing-oriented practices and environments (HOPE) consultation protocol ( It includes questions a doctor or patient can use to spark pivotal lifestyle changes that cover optimal healing dimensions—inner, interpersonal, behavioral and external—to evaluate measures that facilitate or hamper healing. Sincerely responding to the answers shows results. “With chronic diseases, it can almost always enhance wellness and wellbeing, and improve function, whether the disease is cured or not,” says Jonas. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at August 2018


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Armonk Workshop Taps into Angelic Guidance

Shamanic Healing Trainings Set for October, November



ileen O’Hare will offer an introductory course in the Mesayok Medicine Spiral, a healing intensive inspired by the mystical tradition from the Andes, October 20-21 and again November 10-11, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. The course is a prerequisite for Spiral courses she will offer next year. “If you’re called to do deep healing work on Eileen O’Hare yourself or others, this training is invaluable,” O’Hare says. “Nature is the greatest healer. We create powerful alliances with the world of living energies around and within us to fuel our moving forward in life. Spiral offers a safe and sacred container for us to become aware of thoughts, feelings and actions that hold us hostage to self-defeating patterns. Change is tough. Lasting change requires a loving teacher, powerful teachings and a strong community to hold us while we unwind the old paradigm and become who we truly are.” O’Hare leads Spiral and healing circles at the Healing House in Beacon. “If you’ve done the Munay-Ki rites and are looking for more, Spiral expands your experience,” she says. “Circles include learning to work with the five elements, the four directions and the three worlds, journeying, ritual, ceremony, deep personal work, chanting, drumming, dancing, trips to local sacred sites, excursions to local river and mountain spirits, and processing with lots of love, support and laughter.” Next year’s Spiral courses will be held the second Saturday and Sunday of January, April, July, September and December, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.

obin C. Mueller, an intuitive medium and the author of Paranormal Is My Normal, is hosting a workshop for anyone looking for a deeper way to ease their emotional, physical or mental pain and discomfort. She will offer Healing with the Angels on August 17, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Whippoorwill Hall in Armonk Library. Admission is $35 at the door. The workshop, Robin Mueller which includes a guided meditation, is intended to teach participants how to calmly navigate in a chaotic world, Mueller says. “During the guided mediation, I will take them to the angelic realm, where they will see what powerful healers they can be. The angels will awaken the healer within as I teach participants how to channel angelic healing from Inside the Light.” She says Inside the Light is part of the angelic realm she taps into for healing energy. “Angels recently told me that healing is available to all of humanity at this time,” she notes. “I’m inviting anyone who is in distress to join me and let me guide them Inside the Light and show them how to bring the angels and their healing gifts into their body, mind and spirit. The angels will show us how to take control of our mental, emotional and physical health. They will give us practical steps on how to heal ourselves and others.”

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Voice Coaching Creates Confidence from Inside Out


oice coaching isn’t just for aspiring performers. It’s for anyone who wants to speak and think more openly, confidently and effectively, says Ronni Sarrett Lederman, a private voice coach in Bronxville. “The voice, located in the throat chakra, is a portal through which we constantly give and receive our personal energy to the world,” Lederman says. “It’s the place where physically we have the opportunity to let go of judgment of ourselves and others. Based on my study of A Course in Miracles, I like to think of the throat as the seat of forgiveness. This is the path to our higher selves and our connection to source.” Because most of us were socialized as young children to “control ourselves” and not communicate in an authentic way, we developed chronic muscle tightness in the throat, she says. Traumatic experiences exacerbate that effect by triggering the body’s defense mechanisms in the areas around the vocal cords, such as the throat constrictors and root of the tongue. “Little by little throughout life, we close our communication down because it is filtered through this throat area,” she says. “The tension there is constant, and so we don’t notice it. But as a result, we leave unexpressed many things we might want to share.” Release the Tension Learning how to release that tension can have “surprising and delightful” effects, Lederman says. To start, practice thinking of your tongue as a “soft, fat, floating, weightless entity” that’s so relaxed you can’t feel it. Breathe past it through your mouth and feel the cool air travel past the root of your tongue into your throat. “If you can get to that level of tongue release while interacting with others, you may have some surprising results,” she says. “Students have told me that they feel less judgmental. You may suddenly listen more closely to others without feeling threatened. You may start to feel more comfortable speaking your own truth. You may start to expand your ability to forgive and accept, which furthers your own spiritual path.” In essence, opening the throat can also open the mind. To contact Ronni Sarrett Lederman and learn more about voice coaching, visit August 2018


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he path to mentally transcending the world’s intrusive bustle is to be compassionate with our self and others. It begins in a relaxed heart from which emanate daily thoughts, words and deeds. Here’s a helpful centering exercise. Sit or lie in a quiet spot for about 10 minutes with eyes closed and become aware of breaths moving in and out, then feel each one fully by filling the lungs from bottom to top. With each exhale, slowly and completely empty the lungs. On each inhale, refill the lungs again. Mentally reciting “optimum oxygen” three times helps the body deeply absorb the nourishing element. Then bring both hands to the center of the chest to connect with the emotional heart centered there. Feel it pulsing beneath palms and fingers while quietly saying aloud, “I relax my heart.” Let the shoulders release coiled tension and drop gently. Repeat saying, “I relax my heart” and sense the heart fluttering open a bit more. Rest in this feeling. Again say, “I relax my heart” and notice awareness drop into it, a feeling of being present in the heart. Feel all tension and holding-on melting down and out onto the floor.

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Then fill the lungs deeply and release the air through puckered lips; blow out with strength and purpose. Continue for a minute or two, allowing each exhalation to come straight from the center of the chest. When it feels complete, the feeling of active release will subside. Sense how much lighter the heart feels. Further relax the heart and shoulders, letting go into the ocean of love native to our heart. Envision floating safety in this ocean. See it stretched into infinity. Feel its warm embrace. Now choose kindness in this moment. Relax into kindness without judgment or pressure, only loving acceptance. Accept the infinite ocean of love available and open to it. It is filled with compassion, and now so are you. Rest gently for a few minutes, until once again aware of everyday surroundings. Rub hands over both arms, legs, hands and feet to feel present in the room. Then go about a heart-centered day with the waves of the infinite ocean of love gently lapping there. Amy Leigh Mercree, of Naples, FL, author of The Compassion Revolution, is a medical intuitive and relationship and wellness coach. Learn more at

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Pets, like humans, can face physical and mental challenges. Today’s fresh approaches help pets replace disabilities with abilities and lead fuller, happier lives.

Physical Adaptations Zach, a rescued cat, welcomes foster pets to Paw Prints in the Sand Animal Rescue, in Newport Beach, California, teaching kittens cleanliness, and good manners to dogs. “We can’t imagine life without him,” says Monica Sederholm, co-founder of the organization. A congenital condition causing irregular bone growth in his shoulder blades, fused bones and a missing kneecap hasn’t stopped him. Muscle pain keeps him from retracting his claws, but daily massages help him relax. Although Zach remains mobile, walking is difficult or sometimes impossible when an animal is missing a limb or paralyzed. Designed for specific disabilities and fitted for size, a wheelchair cart provides freedom most cats and dogs embrace. Rescue volunteers and adoptive parents must keep clutter off the floors, supervise and remove the cart to allow for comfortable naps. Gwen Cooper, author of Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned about Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat and the Curl Up with a Cat Tale series, adopted Homer, a blind kitten from Miami. “Never

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having sight, he wasn’t afraid to take risks,” she explains. “He climbed, explored and played with our other cats.” When a move to Manhattan, New York, presented a scary prospect for Cooper, Homer inspired her, saying, “Homer didn’t let fear of the unknown trip him up. He taught me the relationships you’re sure you don’t want can be the most meaningful.” “Dottie CrazyPants, a rescued Harlequin Great Dane with severe skin and ear infections and a dysfunctional Eric Isselee/

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One receives an unlimited amount of love and gratitude from saving a special needs pet. ~Kelly Reeves, co-founder, Paw Prints in the Sand Animal Rescue immune system, had no quality of life until I tried holistic treatments,” says Lara Katz, executive director of the North Carolina Therapeutic Riding Center, in Mebane. Dottie didn’t gain weight, even though she ate a lot and drank gallons of water a day, resulting in indoor accidents. “A raw food diet resolved many health and housebreaking issues.” Discontinuing regular medications left Dottie miserable and nearly unable to walk. “A massage therapist said her energy centers were blocked,” Katz says. “After an energy medicine treatment, Dottie slept through the night for the first time in months. Her paws looked better short term.” A combination of holistic treatments including cold laser and red-light therapy, Chinese herbs, an anti-yeast protocol and probiotics works best. Katz also uses only eco-friendly cleaning and laundry products. “Certified through the Alliance of Therapy Dogs, Dottie’s visits take a bit of management because of the types of cleaning products used in nursing homes. It’s worth it. She’s completely changed my lifestyle regarding how many toxins we’re exposed to daily.”

Emotional Relief Tracy Krulik, a certified canine separation anxiety trainer in northern Virginia and the Washington, D.C. area, is a graduate of Jean Donaldson’s Academy for Dog Trainers. “Using videoconferencing, I can watch my client’s dogs at home, see when panic starts and create daily training plans to keep them safely calm.” Feldenkrais practitioner and author of Grow Young with Your Dog: Learn How You and Your Canine Companion Can Feel Better

at Any Age! Mary Debono, of Encinitas, California, sees a variety of pets. “I invited an Arabian named Easy to be the demo horse during a class I taught,” she recalls. “Sore all over, he couldn’t lift his feet high enough to step over a pole lying on the ground.” Easy showed dramatic improvement through Feldenkrais, which focuses on improved function, rebooting the body by interrupting the cycle of pain and tension, so that the patient realizes change is possible. Debono also treated a rabbit that didn’t like to be touched. “I used the eraser end of a pencil through an opening in his crate. Non-habitual touch gets the attention of the nervous system; areas of tension are sore, so gentle lifts provide relief.” Without pain, movement is easier and behavior improves.

Lesson Learned Sandy Johnson, former actress and author of The Pet Healer Project and Miracle Dogs: Adventures on Wheels, in Los Angeles, was in recovery from Stage 4 kidney cancer when she adopted Charley, a Brussels Griffon. “Her singlemindedness taught me my greatest lesson about the body’s ability to heal,” she says. Animals show less concern about blindness, a bum knee or even the need for a wheelchair than humans do. People that live with special needs animals are quick to say the benefits far outweigh the cost. When we’re open to the possibilities, such pets offer lessons in living life to the fullest. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at

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with less drag. Point toes, keep knees fairly straight and try to keep legs within the torso’s slipstream.


Loosen Ankles. Efficiency is more about ankle flexibility than foot size. If taking up swimming after years of land sports, ankles may be tight and inflexible. Wearing swim fins will loosen them up.

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wimming may be the perfect lifelong sport; it’s a low-impact, joint-friendly, sustainable way for anyone to stay fit at any age. In taking the plunge—including after a prolonged hiatus—be wisely aware of some caveats. 4Allow for relevant muscles to get into swim-shape. Endurance training increases their ability to use oxygen and nutrients more efficiently. 4Although swimming generally boasts low injury rates, avoid overdoing it. For the first month, concentrate on refining proper technique, including minimizing drag. Intense workouts can come later. Here are 10 ways to optimize a swimming workout.


Make Like a Missile. With hands alongside the body, push off the wall underwater and glide until coming to a stop. Next, try it with arms outstretched about shoulder-width apart and the head tilted slightly upward like Superman flying. Then, repeat while contorting the body into the longest, straightest, thinnest shape possible. Overlap hands, extend arms and fingertips overhead to the max, squeeze biceps over ears with the head down. After pushing off, bring legs together with knees straight and toes pointed to eliminate any rudder effect.



Look Down. Keep the head down with eyes trained on the lane line, reducing drag and strain on the neck and lower back.


Roll with It. A good side-to-side body roll cuts drag and activates core muscles in powering arm pulls. Practice rolling by extending the right arm forward as far as possible, place the left arm flat against the torso, then push off the wall with the left shoulder pointing upward, the right, at the pool bottom. Maintain this position while kicking eight to 10 times. Then pull the right arm through the water, simultaneously rolling to the opposite side. Then extend the left arm forward and repeat. When pulling, concentrate on directing power straight back. Pushing down on the water squanders energy during the onset of the stroke, as does pushing upward during the final phase. It eliminates bobbing.


Control Hands. Keep hands about shoulder-width apart throughout a freestyle pull. To avoid fishtailing from side-to-side, imagine a vertical line separating two halves of the body and don’t allow hands to cross over it.


Don’t Kick Hard. A good freestyle kick helps maintain balance and positioning to increase speed. Avoid overkicking; small, quick kicks generate almost as much force as large, powerful ones and

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Seek Quiet. Make each stroke smooth and “fish-slippery”. Practice swimming quietly. Splashing and thrashing wastes energy.


Follow the 10 Percent Rule. The three basic components of swim training are the duration, intensity and frequency of workouts. Seek to increase one component by 10 percent each week; for example, work on duration first and intensity later. A reasonable goal for most swimmers is to reach three to four sessions a week of 40 to 60 minutes each. Ascertain what’s sustainable for the long term. Once a routine is established, add in short, fast swims, alternating bursts of speed with rest on a one-to-one ratio, such as 30 seconds of sprinting followed by 30 seconds of rest, repeated eight times.


Take Tomorrow Off. Rest days enable physical gains, especially as we age. For collegiate swimmers, two practices a day, six days a week might be normal. For retirees, four, one-hour swim practices per week can help preserve fitness safely.


Team Up. Coaching and instruction are available for all ages and abilities at many YMCA and recreation centers; check U.S. Masters Swimming at club-resources. Learning with others helps keep us motivated. Jim Thornton, of Sewickley, PA, swam for the University of Michigan in 1970, took a 15-year break, and then resumed competing through U.S. Masters Swimming in 1984. He’s placed in the top 10 nationally 96 times in different events and age groups. In 2012, he placed first worldwide in the 200-meter freestyle for ages 60 to 64.

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Stay Hydrated. Even in water, we perspire, and a mere 2 percent dehydration can affect muscle performance. Even slight dehydration leads to water absorption during swimming and in turn, considerable amounts of chlorine or salt. n Sip water every 15 to 20 minutes during a swimming session n Drink water within 30 minutes after swimming for optimum rehydration n Avoid sugary sports drinks; opt for filtered water Rinse off. Due to chlorine’s magnetic alkaline composition and healthy skin and hair’s natural acidity, soaping up doesn’t remove it. To outwit the chemical bond and reestablish a healthy pH balance after exposure to chlorinated or salt water: n Shower before swimming to protect skin from excessive absorption of chemicals. n Apply coconut or olive oil before swimming to moisturize and maintain pH to fend off viruses and bacteria. n Shower immediately after swimming; start with warm-hot water to open the pores and finish with a cooling spray to close them. n Add a few jar capfuls of apple cider vinegar to water and rinse hair and skin thoroughly; the vinegar’s acidity breaks the chemical bond between chlorine and skin/hair, restores pH and prevents skin and hair damage. n Wash hair and skin with sulphate-free, antioxidant shampoo and body wash. Check out

MINDFUL BENEFITS According to studies by neuroscientist Sara Lazar, Ph.D., at Harvard Medical School, being mindful can affect stronger neural connections in the brain, effecting better breath control, improved concentration, less anxiety and enhancing our capacity to be in the moment. n Notice the sensation of water on skin and a feeling of weightlessness. Bokeh Blur Background/

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n Forget about to-dos and indulge in simple floating; surrender to the support of the water and let go. n Visualize the water washing away worries and stresses. n Push off the wall of a pool or the bottom of a lake with a personal affirmation such as “I am peaceful” or “I open myself to joy.” Clean waters are vital to us all. Do your part by not contributing to overburdened natural resources. n Swim in chlorine-free pools. n Enjoy the beauty and pass on appreciation for special spots. n Take out what we bring in. n Learn more about why we need clean waterways at Green-Living-Archive/We-Need-Clean-Waters and chlorine-free and natural pools at

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Yoga For Flexibility Plus: Yoga Studio & Teacher Profiles Yoga Guide Yoga Teacher Trainings

calendar of events Please call ahead to confirm times and dates. Pre-register early to insure events will have a minimum number to take place. To place a calendar listing, email us before August 12 (for September issue) and adhere to our guidelines. Email for guidelines on how to submit listings. No phone calls or faxes, please.

markyourcalendar Interfaith Sundays at The Chapel at Croton Falls Sunday, August 19 10:30 am-12 pm

Lessons from A Course in Miracles. Special Guests: Dr. Hans B. Hallundbaek and Judy Hill.

All Welcome – Refreshments to Follow The Chapel at Croton Falls, 609, Rt. 22, Croton Falls, NY (Next to the Schoolhouse Theater) Parking is available across the street. Contact:

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1 Telling Your Story in the College Process – 6:307:45pm. Holistic admissions process discussion and answer session on how children can meet the college criteria. Somers Library. Registration required: 914.232.5717. Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 8-9pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 2 Kundalini Yoga & Gong Meditation – 10-11:30am and 7-8:30pm. With Pritam Bani Kaur. Use movement, sound current, breath and meditation to relax and heal mind and body. All levels. First class free. $20. Devotion Yoga, 2055 Albany Post Rd, Croton on Hudson. 914.930.7707. Summer Lecture Series on the Science Barge: Finding Home on the River – 7-830pm. With Chloe Wang. Embracing a Place Based Environmental Ethos Science Barge, 99 Dock St, Yonkers. Info: 914.513.7354.


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Free Lecture: What is Ayurvedic Medicine and How Does It Compare with Western (Allopathic) Medicine? – 11am-1pm. With Dr. Somesh Kaushik, an Ayurvedic and Naturopathic physician. The Bronxville Library, 201 Pondfield Rd. 914.337.7680. The Human Body is Designed to Self-Heal – 7-8pm. Presented by Dr. Iankowitz. Free. Holmes Whaley Lake Civic Association, 239 Rte 292. Info: Pawling Library: 845.855.3444.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 4 Reiki Master Class – 11am-4pm. With Marcus Feighery. $675. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Info:

SUNDAY, AUGUST 5 Water Ceremony – 10-10:30am. We offer up our prayers with tobacco and song, sending them down to the ocean, for the healing of the waters, of Mother Earth and for all of our relations. Free. Poughkeepsie Boat Launch. 845.473.2206. Bye-Bye Butterflies – 1-2pm. For all ages. The nature center will be releasing the butterflies who have taught us so much through the summer. Free members. Nonmembers included in admission to Live Butterfly Exhibit. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd, Scarsdale. 914.723.3470. Crabbing Aboard the Science Barge – 2-4pm. Children ages 4-10. Hands-on workshop. Catch and measure the famous Blue Claw Crab with Science Barge Director Bob Walters. $5 suggested donation. The Science Barge, 99 Dock St, Yonkers. Info: Kundalini Yoga & Gong Meditation – 5-6:30pm. With Pritam Bani Kaur. Use movement, sound current, breath and meditation to relax and heal mind and body. All level. First class free. $20 drop-in. Devotion Yoga, 2055 Albany Post Rd, Croton on Hudson. 914.930.7707.

MONDAY, AUGUST 6 Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation and group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 7 Kundalini Yoga & Gong Meditation – 10-11:30am and 7-8:30pm. With Pritam Bani Kaur. Use movement, sound current, breath and meditation to relax and heal mind and body. All levels. First class free. $20. Devotion Yoga, 2055 Albany Post Rd, Croton on Hudson. 914.930.7707. Qi Gong – Aug 7 and 21. 6:30-7:30pm. $10. Sacred Space Healing Arts, 436 Main St, Beacon. Register: 845.416.4598. What is Ayurvedic Medicine? – 7-8pm. Presented by Dr. Somesh N. Kaushik. Free. Pawling Library, 11 Broad St, Pawling. 845.855.3444. Free Lecture: What is Ayurvedic Medicine and How Does It Compare with Western (Allopathic) Medicine? – 7-8pm. With Dr. Somesh Kaushik, an Ayurvedic and Naturopathic physician. The Pawling Library, 11 Broad St. 845.855.3444.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 11 Reiki Training Level 1 – 10am-6pm.With Jody Raso. A gentle yet powerful system of energy-based healing and spiritual growth practices created by Mikao Usui in the early 1900’s. $275 nonmembers. Wainwright House, 260 Stuyvesant Ave, Rye. Info: 914.967.6080. GNC Family Overnight Campout – 5:30pm8:30am (August 12), Families who aren’t members can purchase a membership and then register. No prior camping experience is necessary but campers should bring a tent and sleeping bags. The Greenburgh Nature, 99 Dromore Rd. Scarsdale. Info: or 914.723.3470.



The Untold Story - The Birth of the Hudson River Environmental Movement – With Bob Walters. How Riverkeeper, The Clearwater and Scenic Hudson rallied together to defeat some of the most powerful corporations in America. $5 suggested donation. The Science Barge, 99 Dock St, Yonkers. Info: 914.375.2151. GroundWorkHV. org. For sponsorship opportunities and individual ticket purchases, contact Sara Brody: 914.375.2151.

Guided Meditation – 11am. 45-min group session. $10. 18 person limit. The Source NY, 143 Boardman Rd, Bldg 3, Poughkeepsie. RSVP required: 845.214.0452.

Transition to College - Tips for Getting Ready – 6:30-7:45pm. Interactive presentation outlines what parents can expect now that their student is embarking on their college journey. Somers Library. Registration required: 914.232.5717.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 10 Alternatives to Violence Project – For those who want to become AVP conflict resolution workshop facilitators. $40 to $100, depending on income. For more info, visit Register: Fred Feucht 203.405.6103. Qi Gong for Seniors – Aug 10, 17, 24, 31, Sept 7 and 14. 10am-Noon. $129 six-class series, cost includes materials fee. Dutchess Community College – South, 31 Marshall Rd, Bldg 4, Wappingers Falls. Healing Circle – 7-9pm. With Savannah. $10. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Info: Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation and group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

Free Aura Soma Colour Therapy Discussion – Noon. 60 min-group session. There will be a drawing for one free colour reading. The Source NY, 143 Boardman Rd, Bldg 3, Poughkeepsie. 845.214.0452. Jingles and Jangles - Rubik’s Cube – 2-4pm. With Trent. Children ages. Hands-on workshop. Suggested donation $5. The Science Barge, 99 Dock St, Yonkers. Info: New Moon Manifestation – 7-8pm. Together we manifest our hearts’ desires using The Law of Attraction and the creative energies of the new moon. $10. DG Sanctuary, 2 Lagrange Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 14 ABCs of Writing for Children – 11:30am-3pm, 8/14, 16, 21 & 23. For anyone who has ever wanted to be a children’s author. Four-session course with Karen Orloff and Della Ross Ferreri . $185. Merritt Bookstore, 57 Front St., Millbrook. Register with Karen: 845.234.0685. Tea & Stones – 6:30-7:30pm. A lecture to connect and learn about gems, stones and their incredible properties. Free. Dreaming Goddess 44 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206.

markyourcalendar Permaculture Accelerated Training Certification

with Claudia Joseph of NY Permaculture Exchange begins September 15 in Dobbs Ferry! Six Saturday sessions: September 15 & 22, October 20, November 3, 10 & 17 – includes classes, fieldwork and projects. Grant-funded tuition $300 by August 15 / $400 after. Scholarships available. Register now:

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15 Natural Way to Quit Alcohol, Sugar, Smoking – 7-7:45pm. Learn simple, effective method for quitting smoking, alcohol, sugar and more. 80 percent success. Simpler than most dare to believe. Free lecture. Briarcliff location. 914.473.2015. Curing Addiction from the Core: Quit with Quinn Info-Lecture – 7:45-8:30pm. Discover the unseen energy of addiction and how this simple, natural method can help participants quit alcohol, smoking and sugar behaviors for good. 80 percent success. Free Lecture. Briarcliff location. 914.473.2015. Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 8-9pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 17 Healing with the Angels Workshops – 6:308:30pm. With Robin C. Mueller. For those who want a deeper way to ease their emotional, physical or mental pain and discomfort. $35 at door. Whippoorwill Hall in Armonk Library. More info: Intention Group – 7-9pm. With Savannah. Learn to obtain more of what one desires. $10. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Info:

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markyourcalendar AYURVEDIC CERTIFICATION COURSE for a Certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor (CAHC) Certified by NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association) offered by The Institute for the Advancement of Ayurvedic Sciences Starting September 2018 APPLICATION DEADLINE AUGUST 24 OPEN HOUSE Q&A – AUGUST 10 – 6-8pm Dr. Kaushik’s Ayurvedic & Naturopathic Clinic 792 Route 35, Cross River, NY 914.875.9088; 646.670.6725 Shamanic Journey Circle – 7-9pm. Through rhythmic drumming in guided meditation, we transcend our conscious state and journey to meet the many helping spirits around us. No experience necessary. $20. DG Sanctuary. 2 Lagrange Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 18 Kundalini Yoga & Gong Meditation – 9:30-11am. With Pritam Bani Kaur. Use movement, sound current, breath and meditation to relax and heal mind and body. All levels. First class free. $20 drop-in. Devotion Yoga, 2055 Albany Post Rd, Croton on Hudson. 914.930.7707.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 19 Interfaith Sundays at the Chapel at Croton Falls – 10:30am-Noon. Lessons from A Course in Miracles. Special Guests: Dr. Hans B. Hallundbaek and Judy Hill. All welcome. Refreshments follow. 609 Rte 22, Next to Schoolhouse Theater, Parking available across the street, Croton Falls. Guided Meditation – 11am. 45-min group session. $10. 18 person limit. The Source NY, 143 Boardman Rd, Bldg 3, Poughkeepsie. RSVP required: 845.214.0452. Journey for Your Soul’s Purpose – 11:30am1pm. With Savannah. $20. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Info: Free Aura Soma Colour Therapy Discussion – Noon. 60-min group session. There will be a drawing for one free colour reading. The Source NY, 143 Boardman Rd, Bldg 3, Poughkeepsie. 845.214.0452. Open Wide – 1-2pm. For all ages. Learn all about snakes and lizards during a hands-on presentation. Stick around until the end and see snack-time for the snakes. $5 members. $8 nonmembers. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd, Scarsdale. 914.723.3470. Knots of Science and Lots of Science – 2-4pm. Children ages 4-10. Hands-on workshop. Suggested donation $5. The Science Barge, 99 Dock St, Yonkers. Info:

MONDAY, AUGUST 20 Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group –


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7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation and group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22 Quit Alcohol Simply and Permanently – 7-7:45pm. Learn about Quit with Quinn—helping people around the world overcome alcohol and other addictions. Easier than people ever thought possible.80 percent success. Free lecture. Briarcliff location. 914.473.2015. Natural Way to Quit Alcohol, Sugar, Smoking – 7:45-8:30pm. Learn simple, effective method for quitting smoking, alcohol, sugar and more. 80 percent success. Simpler than most dare to believe. Free lecture. Briarcliff location. 914.473.2015. Free Holistic Networking Event – 5-7pm. The Natural Life Business Partnership (NLBP) and Mariandale Center host for holistic entrepreneurs. The Mariandale Center, 299 North Highland Avenue, in Ossining.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 24 Kundalini Yoga & Gong Meditation – 1011:30am. With Pritam Bani Kaur. Use movement, sound current, breath and meditation to relax and heal mind and body. All levels. First class free. $20 drop-in. Devotion Yoga, 2055 Albany Post Rd, Croton on Hudson. 914.930.7707. Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation and group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 26 Quit Alcohol Simply and Permanently – 1-2pm. Learn about Quit with Quinn—helping people around the world overcome alcohol, smoking and other addictions. Easier than people ever thought possible.80 percent success. Free lecture. NYC location, E 37th btwn Park and Lex. 914.473.2015. Yoga: Gentle is the New Advanced – 1-4pm.With J. Brown. Gentle, therapeutic, breath-centered approach, to make the body strong and flexible in a way that also encourages useful patterns of thought and behavior. $85 nonmembers. Wainwright House, 260 Stuyvesant Ave, Rye. Info: 914.967.6080. Oyster and Oyster Art – 2-4pm. Children ages 4-10. Hands-on workshop. Suggested donation $5. The Science Barge, 99 Dock St, Yonkers. Info: Women’s Full Moon Gathering – 7-8:30pm. A non-denominational monthly gathering for women, coming together to draw on the powerful energies of the full moon. $10 requested donation. DG Sanctuary, 2 Lagrange Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29 Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 8-9pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

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Elevate Yoga & Barre Studio 1820 New Hackensack, Suite 3 845.462.8400

O2 Living/drinklivingjuice 792 Rt. 35 Yellow Monkey Village 914.763.6320;

Quest Yoga 11-13 East Main St, 2nd floor 914.241.YOGA

Club Pilates Ardsley 875 Saw Mill River Rd. 914.292.1292; ardsley

CORTLANDT MANOR Stay True Pilates Private/Small groups 914.382.2040

YOGA ASSOCIATIONS Yoga Teachers Association Workshops 2nd Sat. 1:30pm The Yoga Studio, Club Fit Briarcliff Manor;

DOBBS FERRY Pilates and More Health & Fitness Studio 127 Main Street 914.478.3560

YOGA COMMUNITIES nOMad Always at OM Classes, Retreats, YTT

MOUNT KISCO Club Pilates Mount Kisco 30 E. Main St. 914.362.8414; MountKisco Elite Performance PT of Westchester, PC 175 E. Main St, Suite 204 917.476.2164

POUND RIDGE Pilates Pound Ridge Classical Pilates Studio Old Mill River Road 917.841.1218

RHINEBECK Rhinebeck Pilates 6400 Montgomery Street 845.876.5686

SCARSDALE Club Pilates Scarsdale 365 Central Park Ave. 914.449.4411; scarsdale SOMERS Equipoise Pilates & Wellness Bailey Court, 334 Rt. 202 914.276.2056

YOGA STUDIOS BEACON Beacon of Light Wellness Center 4 S. Chestnut St 845.202.3515

CROTON ON HUDSON Devotion Yoga of Westchester Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan 2055 Albany Post Road 914.930.7707



Hudson Valley Healing Ctr. Salt Cave.Yoga.Lifestyle 51 Springside Ave

The Temperance Center 453 White Plains Road 914.793.2600

FISHKILL Firefly Yoga Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga 992 main street Namastesis-Yoga & Wellness Offering Yoga, Massage & Reiki 1065 Main Street - Suite H 845.765.2299;


beBhakti Yoga Center (1 block behind the Library) 89 Dewindt St 845.440.8855

Golden Prana Yoga 223 Katonah Avenue 914.232.3473

BEDFORD HILLS Katonah Yoga 39 Main Street 914.241.2661;

Balance Yoga & Wellness Yoga,Pilates,Reiki,Massage 2444 Boston Post Rd. 914.833.9703



The Art of Healing Wellness Center 64 Gleneida Ave. 845.878.4325

CORTLANDT MANOR Elevate Yoga Studio 3535 Crompond Rd.


Liberation Yoga & Wellness Center 862 Route 6 845.803.8389; Putnam Yoga 30 Tomahawk Street Baldwin Place 845.494.8118;

MOHEGAN LAKE NEW Balance Wellness Studio

Yoga.Dance.Exercise.Wellness 1851 East Main St (Rt 6) 914 374.1471;

Westchester Yoga Arts 49 Lawton Street, 2nd Floor 914.632.1101


SOMERS Yoga at Zen Garden Private and Small Groups 917.721.2529;

VALHALLA YogaShine Special Needs/Yoga Therapy 711 Legion Drive; 914.769.8745

YONKERS Nueva Alma Yoga & Wellness 799 McLean Avenue 914.294.0606;

YOGA TEACHER Heather Reiners, HipHeather Yoga Teacher & Reiki Master Beginners & Gentle Yoga 914.479.2594;

YOGA WORKSHOPS Guerrera Yoga E-RYT, YACEP, Shamanic Workshops. Privates. Retreats 917.578.4264; Yoga Instructor

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Men’s Mindful Breath & Body Yoga – 5-6:15pm. With Victor Gazzini. Class for men combining mind, body, breath, asanas, chanting to support steadiness, alertness, and comfort. Beginner level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Vic: 914.319.7322.

Gentle Yoga for Wellness – 5:45-7pm. With Ann Cassapini. Yoga using chairs, props, deep relaxation/meditation to build stability, strength and flexibility. Gentle level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917.882.0921.

Yin Breath Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. With Victor Gazzini. A class using a breath bases asana practice that incorporates meditation, visualization and chanting. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Vic: 914.319.7322.

markyourcalendar Bring help & hope to people fighting breast and ovarian cancer! ANNUAL SUPPORT-A-WALK Sunday, October 7, 9 am

Presented by Support Connection, Inc. THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO HELP!

Spread the Word ~ Raise Funds Form a Team ~ Make a Donation Volunteer to Help Visit Or, call Support Connection: 914.962.6402

Early Morning Vinyasa – 6am. With Tara, Firefly Yoga. 992 Main St, Fishkill. RSVP/info: Pilates Tower Class – 6pm. Fully equipped pilates studio and small class sizes. $35. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. 845.876.5686.


Vinyasa – 10am. With Marisa. A moderately paced flow of poses, with attention to alignment and breath. Mildly challenging. $22 drop-in or class card. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320. Community Pilates Tower Class – 5:306:15pm. Invigorating pilates workout using the tower at a discounted rate. $20. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. Elaine: 845.876.5686.

Line Dancing at StepWISEnow Balance Fitness Studio. See Fridays & Saturdays at 11:30am. Reformer Group Class – 7pm. Get in shape for the summer with core strengthening. Invigorating small group class with certified pilates instructor. $38. Pilates and More, 127 Main St, Dobbs Ferry. 914.478.3560. Vinyasa Restorative Flow – 7:30-8:45pm. With Jo-Anne. Great vinyasa flow class that incorporates restorative yoga. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Jo-Anne: 917.364.1871. Hot Vinyasa – 8:30am. With Linda. A quick hour of Hot Vinyasa in the morning. Strengthen and tone body while finding a peaceful state of mind. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320. $25/drop-in or class card online:

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Open Harvest on the Science Barge – Through early October. Learn about basic hydroponics and aquaponics with the staff. U-pick produce. Suggested donations listed for selected produce. Science Barge, 99 Dock St, Yonkers. Info:

Alignment – 8:30am. With Kate. Focusing on students’ individual needs, this class utilizes detailed alignment curs, kinetic awareness, mindful meditation, breath work and more. All levels. $22 drop-in or class card. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320.

Slow Flow Vinyasa – 9am. With Joan. A gentle, slower paced class that links poses to breath to cultivate strength, alignment, balance and gentle opening. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320. $22/drop-in or class card online:



Low Cost Spay/Neuter Day for Cats – 3rd Thurs. Sponsored by Stray HELP Inc Services by TARA, Inc mobile clinic. $70 includes: spay/neuter, rabies, ears cleaned and nails trimmed. Other services available during surgery. Info, Althea: 845.705.5020.

Kacey, On The Radio – 6:30am. The Health and Happiness Show. Interviews with therapists, healers, doctors, actors and dreamers. Tune into 100.7 WHUD.

Science Barge Art & Science Workshop Sundays – Through Oct. 2-4pm. Children ages 4-10. Planting activities, arts and crafts and get up close and personal with baby eels, oysters and blue claw crabs. Suggested $5 donation for supplies. Info/RSVP: 914.513.7354.

Zumba Gold – 10:15am. Designed for active adults over 55. First class free. StepWISEnow Balance Fitness, 325 S Highland Ave, Ste 109, Briarcliff Manor. Visit:

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Reformer Group Class – 7pm. Get in shape for the summer with core strengthening. Invigorating small group class with certified pilates instructor. $38. Pilates and More, 127 Main St, Dobbs Ferry. 914.478.3560. Pilates Tower Class – 10am. Energizing pilates workout in beautiful, fully equipped studio. Small class sizes. $35. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. 845.876.5686. Zumba Chair – 11:30am. A great core and cardio workout. Move the whole body to the same great zumba rhythms. First class free. StepWISEnow Balance Fitness, 325 S Highland Ave, Ste 109, Briarcliff Manor. Visit:

friday Pilates Tower and Reformer Classes – 7:3010:30am. Fully equipped pilates studio. $35-40. 6400 Montgomery St, Rhinebeck. 845.876.5686. Mindful Restorative Yoga – 9:30am-10:45am. With Reyna. Movement through breath, props, self assists to release, calm and restore. Gentle level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600.

Tai Chi for Balance – 10:15am. Graceful movements to improve strength, flexibility, balance and stamina for increased stability and confidence. First class free. StepWISEnow Balance Fitness, 325 S Highland Ave, Ste 109, Briarcliff Manor. Visit:


LineUP! Line Dancing – 11:30am. Energizing class that is great for cardio and balance. Dance to country, hip-hop and pop music. First class free. StepWISEnow Balance Fitness Studio, 325 S Highland Ave, Briarcliff Manor. Visit: Gentle Yoga for Wellness – 11am-12:15pm. With Ann Cassapini. Yoga using chairs, props, deep relaxation/meditation to build stability, strength and flexibility. Gentle level. $18 drop-in. Ann: 917.882.0921. Eastchester. Live Music at Hayfields – 7-9pm. Local artists and bands from doors open at 6:30pm. Food, beer and wine will be on offer along with a cozy local vibe. Hayfields, 1 Bloomer Rd, North Salem. Info: 914.669.8275.

saturday Peekskill Farmers Market – 8am-2pm. Year-round market offering fresh food and family fun. “Market Stage Live,” features live music, author readings, and demos with fitness and health practitioners. FMNP and SNAP accepted. Rain or Shine. Free parking. Bank St, between Park and Main. Info: Gossett Brothers Farmer’s Market – 9am–1pm. Vendors include Bee Guy Apiaries, Do-Re-Mi Farms, Johnny Cake Farms, Wave Hill Bread, Honore’s Table, Du Soleil, Bongo Pasta, also fresh fish, homemade ice cream and crafts. 1202 Rte. 35, South Salem. Info: Gossett Brothers Nursery on Facebook. Vinyasa – 9am. With Sarah. A moderately paced flow of poses, with attention to alignment and breath. Mildly challenging. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320. $22/drop-in or class card online: Reformer Group Class – 9:30am. Get in shape for the summer with core strengthening. Invigorating small group class with certified pilates instructor. $38. Pilates and More, 127 Main St, Dobbs Ferry. 914.478.3560. Joyful Anusara Yoga – 9:30-10.45am. With Ann Casapini. Intermediate level. Well balanced asana sequences that focus on alignment, mindfulness, clear intention and joy. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917 882-0921. LineUP! Line Dancing – 11:30am. Energizing class that is great for cardio and balance. Dance to country, hip-hop and pop music. First class free. StepWISEnow Balance Fitness Studio, 325 S Highland Ave, Briarcliff Manor. Visit: Prenantal Yoga – 11:30am-1pm. Moms-to-be benefit tremendously from this practice that goes far beyond the mat preparing for labor and motherhood. Quest Yoga Arts, Mt. Kisco. Info/price: 914.996.4286, Baby & Me Yoga – 1:15-2:15pm. For parents (mom and/or dad, or grandparents) with babies 4 months up thru 11 months. Enjoy time with baby, meet other parents and restore from the rigors of parenthood in this peaceful, toning practice. Quest Yoga Arts, Mt. Kisco. Info/price: 914.996.4286,

August 2018 Astrology with Pamela Cucinell Focus!

Both Mercury and Mars are retrograde most of August; take your time! Whether driving or not, keep your eyes on the road August 1. Prior due diligence on August 2 benefits fast decisions. Scattered thoughts on August 3 beg for a tranquil evening. Tailor your schedule on August 4 to savor your surroundings. Set high expectations on August 5, then watch them flow. Write down priorities on August 6, then stick with the program.    

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An undemanding schedule on August 7 protects against upsets. Exuberance runs contrary to conflict on ������������������ August 8; accentuate the positive. Organize and declutter on August 9. Dark of moon on August 10 encourages a list of priorities for the next few weeks. The Leo new moon solar eclipse on August 11 awakens childlike enthusiasm—let the creative juices flow! Put implementation in place August 12-13 for long and short-term goals. Plant seeds for powerful manifestation of intention.

Mercury Direct

Courtesy and conversation are currency on August 14. Don’t ignore a problem on August 15, or it will come back with a vengeance. Tackle big tasks on August 16. Follow through on August 17, and do it with heart! Party on August 18, especially

in exotic locations and/or with international pals. Mercury direct pushes the colt out of the stable on August 19; pace yourself.

Virgo Rays  

Optimism is high on August 20. Consider every offer with care on ����������������� August 21. On August 22, you can cover a lot of ground and tasks with a consistent step. The sun enters Virgo on August 23, when early birds fly at light speed. Offers compete on August 24, but any choice is a good one. Recharge on August 25.

Mars Direct

Enjoy the delicious Pisces full moon on August 26, but beware its glamour. Mars direct on August 27 signals fast action and a return to earth. Anything that falls short on August 28 is up for assessment. Don’t bulldoze, and avoid anyone who does, on August 29; a reckoning comes later.  A quick step requires a conscious eye on August 30. Passionate endeavors reap rewards on August 31. Pamela Cucinell offers spiritual insight with a practical twist, with both astrology and tarot, at���������������������������  �������������������������� She provides guidance through her website, private sessions, YouTube and webinars. For more information, contact pamela@insightoasis. com or call 917.796.6026. See ad page 50. August 2018


classifieds Fee for classifieds is $1 per word per month, $25 minimum. To place listing, email content to Deadline is the 12th of the month. ANNOUNCEMENTS GRAND OPENING! Balance Wellness Studio Rt. 6 Mohegan Lake. 3x3 Fit, belly dance, holistic workshops, $10 yoga and Pilates! Book classes online:


MULTI-USE SPACE – Lake Mahopac. By hour, day, week, or month. Separate entrance, free parking. Bathroom, fridge, WIFI, folding chairs and tables. Ideal as soft studio, yoga, meditation, small group exercise or meetings, quiet work space or small parties. Call 845.803.8028 to schedule a visit. OFFICE SUITE – Available in balance fitness studio. 9’ by 14’, furnished, on Route 9 in Briarcliff Manor, call Molly at 914.486.8125.

GRAPHIC DESIGNER – Need a new look for your advertising and promotional material? Graphic designer with 15 years experience in the wellness and holistic industry. Fully bilingual: English & Spanish. Call 787.297.8818 or email waleska@

YOGA/DANCE STUDIO – Fully equipped, cork floors, sunny and bright, 26’ by 26’, on Route 9 in Briarcliff Manor, call Molly at 914.486.8125.

MESSAGES FROM HEAVEN and practical intuitive guidance for all of life’s challenges Psychic/Medium Priscilla Keresey. Info:

I AM GRATEFUL to the Diving and to the Healing Angels who are always with us. ~ MB



FOR RENT BODYWORK STUDIO – In balance fitness studio. 10’ by 11’, beautifully furnished with massage table, more. On Route 9 in Briarcliff Manor, call Molly at 914.486.8125. HAWTHORNE OFFICE – Available with shared waiting area. Central Westchester 9A location. Available multiple days. Join mental health professionals in this office suite. Email familyworks@ or call 914.495.3990.

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MOUNT KISCO PROFESSIONAL OFFICE SPACE – Available with shared waiting area, in town, near shopping, restaurants, parking and train. Rents include A/C, heating, wifi and 24/7 access. Join other health/healing professionals and other small businesses in this beautifully maintained building with great visibility. Call Barry for availability at 914.760.8510 or Mike at 914.907.7867.

ARE YOU A PROFESSIONAL looking for a career in natural health? NuSpecies is a natural health company providing holistic services and high quality nutritional formulas. Please visit nuspecies. com/careers. POUND RIDGE LOOKING FOR A HAIRSTYLIST to rent a chair in my day spa we use all natural and organic product. Pound Ridge NY 10 minutes from New Canaan, North Stamford, Lewisboro, & Bedford, our website please leave a message with Charles 914.400.8318.    


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Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH By Appt.: Mt. Kisco/Cold Spring, NY and Danbury, CT 914.362.8315; Chinese medicine for relieving muscle/joint pain and headaches; treating chronic disease including autoimmune disease, digestive disorders, and mental health conditions; boosting immune function; balancing hormones; helping tobacco/substance addiction; and reducing stress. Includes acupuncture, herbs, cupping, moxibustion, qigong, and TENS electro-stimulation. Insurance reimbursement available for some services. See ad pg 27.


ACUPRESSURE® GAIL KELLSTROM, MFA, LMT, AOBTA Katonah, NY 914.232.5754; Powerful relaxation techniques reduces stress, eases neck/ shoulder/back tension and headaches. Balance, replenish, body, mind and spirit with “The Way of the Compassionate Spirit.” Gentle yet deep Asian Bodywork thousands of years old. In practice 35 years. C.E.U. classes.

SearchLight Medical 2424 Route 52, Hopewell Junction, NY 845.592.4310; Frustrated with not feeling or looking your best? Let me guide you on your path to better health and well-being. Utilizing: Medical Acupuncture, ONDAMED Biofeedback Therapy, Reiki, Mei Zen Acupuncture for facial rejuvenation, weight loss and fertility. See ads pgs 19 & 45.

Addiction Free Naturally Briarcliff and Midtown Manhattan 914.473.2015; Quit with Quinn helps people overcome daily addictions and unwanted habits ranging from sugar, smoking, alcohol, weight loss, to overeating and other compulsive habits. All natural, painless, no medications, needles, or hypnosis. 80% success rate. See ad pg 43.


153 Main St, Suite J Mount Kisco, NY 10549 914.649.9565

The Alexander Technique is a practical educational method for un-learning habits of tension that may be causing you stress, pain compression of the spine and joints. Learn to move with ease.

JUDITH MUIR, M.M., M.AMSAT Better Balance, Better Performance 60 Eddy Rd., Verbank, NY 12585 845.677.5871;

Alexander Technique lessons will teach you the principles that govern human functioning and how to apply them to improve performance in your daily life, whether a, musician, athlete, or a professional at a conference table.





Lauren Awerdick, LMT Ossining & Tarrytown offices. On-Site & In-Home 914.534.1294; Willow Wisp Wellness is an expanding private practice that provides consciously crafted therapeutic and integrative massage and energy work sessions that support your body’s innate healing process. All sessions are by appointment only. Check website for more info and events.


25 North Division St. Peekskill, NY 914.772.4589;

John Montgomery, Ph.D; Therapy/Coaching Scarsdale, NY 10583 917.244.5161;

Offering Classical Chinese Acupuncture and Aromatherapy. Activate your body’s own healing potential with highly targeted treatments. Specializing in fertility and women’s health, acute and chronic pain, and acute and chronic health issues, including auto-immune disorders.

Is an addiction or addictive behavior negatively affecting your life? Using a powerful therapy method, I help people overcome the core emotional addictions – to sadness, worry, anxiety, or emotional ‘drama’– that always underlie destructive behaviors such as drug and alcohol abuse.

Tell them you saw it in Natural Awakenings!

AROMATHERAPY CBD AROMATHERAPY SYNERGY SPRAYS™ The Synergy of Ancient Wellness + Modern Science 888.392.5242; FB/Twitter/Ig: @ShiraSynergy

“Go Beyond” Expectation & Limitation with Shira Synergy Sprays!™ Proprietary Blends of CBD: an All-Natural, THC, GMO, & Solvent Free Cannabinoid from Hemp + Vibrationally High, Pure, EOs for Us, Our Children & Our Planet.

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Pamela Cucinell NCGR PAA Phone, Online & In-person 917.796.6026;


495 Central Park Ave, Suite 301, Scarsdale 914.874.1177; A whole-person, holistic approach to vision care, for all ages. Specializing in vision therapy and rehabilitation for vision problems which interfere with reading, learning, attention, performance and efficiency. See ad pg 36.

Why leave your business to chance? Perfect timing ensures follow-through and success. When you know the projected outcome it becomes easier to prioritize your day and choose the right partners. Westchester, NYC, Skype and phone. See ad pg 50.



Astrology & Tarot Skype and in-person 213 840 1187 Choice lives between pre-destiny and free will. Know your stars, control your life. A reading designed to encourage, support and empower. Call now.

TITLE: DISCOVERING ANGELS by Pamela Landolt, M.Msc. Available at

Looking for angelic guidance? My book, “Discovering Angels” helps readers recognize when angels are near and teaches through simple exercises and guided meditations how to receive messages. Discover your two primary guardians, the zodiac, nature angels, and much more.


Edit Babboni; CHC, RYT 200 61 Lakeview Dr., Yorktown Heights, NY 917.721.2529, Tired and Frustrated? In constant pain? Exhausted and Exhausted all possibilities? It’s time to try something new, something that works. Edit Babboni is a certified health coach and has cured her own autoimmune disease that no doctor was able to. She can help do the same for you. She offers health coaching, reiki energy healing, private yoga sessions. Call for your free one on one consultation.


Yellow Monkey Village 792 Rte 35 Cross River, NY, and NYC Office: 914.875.9088; Cell: 646.670.6725;

CHIROPRACTIC DR. LEIGH DAMKOHLER, CCSP, LMT 8 Bacon Place, Yonkers, NY 10710 914.523.7947

PERSONALIZED treatments designed for YOU by Westchester’s only dually licensed practicing Sports Chiropractor and Massage Therapist. Receive a unique combination of muscle work and adjustments not provided elsewhere. Dr. Leigh can help you move and feel better. Get back to the life you love!

Practitioner: The Center for Health and Healing 4 Smith Avenue - 2nd Floor Mt. Kisco, NY 914.218.6424; Network Spinal Analysis, Chiropractic, and Wellness Consultant, Dr. Larry helps patients transcend physical and emotional trauma into optimal states of wellness. His integrative approach helps patients uncover causes of ill-health to facilitate their journey to perfect health.

UPPER CERVICAL CHIROPRACTIC OF NY 311 North St., Suite 410, White Plains, NY 914.686.6200:

Dr. Gertner himself suffered with back pain due to an injury. With upper cervical chiropractic treatments, his body began to “heal itself” and the relentless pain that had plagued him quickly left his body. This inspired him to become one of only 5 NUCCA chiropractors in New York, and less than 200 worldwide, currently. He experienced amazing results and he knows you will too. See ad pg 71.

CIRCULATION DANA BOULANGER #US28016 Independent BEMER Distributor Mahopac, NY 914.760.5645

Proper blood flow is vital for life. BEMER therapy is used for wellbeing. Enhance blood-flow, circulation, cardiac function, physical endurance, energy, concentration, mental acuity, stress reduction and relaxation. Only 16 minutes a day to enhance your physical wellbeing. Sessions Available. CALL For Free Demo.


Integrity Chiropractic 11 Miller Rd Mahopac, NY 10541 845.628.7233;

Combination of Ayurveda and Naturopathy is used to create a unique treatment plan to regain and maintain health. Based on one’s particular body constitution (dosha), a plan may includesupplements, diet/nutrition suggestions, lifestyle management, detoxification, hydrotherapy, 0zone therapy, Panchakarma. Clinic days: M,T,W. See ad pg 15.



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Do you struggle with chronic pain and don’t know where to turn for help? Experience the relief from a total-body approach to wellness. Call today for your free consult and enjoy doing the things you love again. See ad pg 41.


Life Coach in Positive Psychology 914.263.7080; Feeling stuck? Gain clarity, investigate your strengths and navigate transitions with proven tools and guidance. Free phone consultation to explore how working together can help you make the positive changes you seek. Appointments in person or by phone.

COACHING - ADD/ADHD SUSAN LASKY MA, BCC, SCAC Certified ADHD Coach/ Organizer 914.373.4787;

Learn strategies that work with the way YOU think. ADD/ADHD or executive functioning challenges can affect every aspect of your life. Maximize your strengths and become more productive. First-hand understanding and compassion. Live the life you love!


Integrative Medicine and Dermatology 17 Rodman Oval, New Rochelle, NY 914.637.0908; We clear your Skin naturally, by correcting the underlying digestive and inflammatory issues using nutrition, supplements, and energetic techniques, for diagnosis and treatment. Caring Board Certified Dermatologist and World pioneer in Holistic Dermatology. 


Energy Medicine Practioner, Medical Intuititive, Physical Therapist 46 Bedford Road, Katonah NY 239.289.3744; Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Are you exhausted from pain, stress or PTSD? Balance your body’s energies for optimal physical health and emotional well-being with Esoteric Healing, a high vibrational technique from Tibet.



914.921.LIFE (5433) Experience and personalized service you can trust. The finest in colonic irrigation and personal care. Serving the tri-state area since 1993.


Elizabeth Pasquale, LMT, CST, Director White Plains & Ossining offices 914.762.4693; WellOnTheWay.Com Curious about energy medicine?  Know there is something to it, from all you’ve r e a d a n d h e a r d ?  A r e y o u tingling with excitement right now, knowing you’re about to experience something life changing? Free get-acquainted phone call!


Practitioner: The Center for Health + Healing 4 Smith Ave 2nd Fl; Mount Kisco, NY 914.519.8138; Craniosacral therapy with Somato Emotional Release allows chronic physical, emotional and spiritual issues to be intimately explored, bringing relief from pain and activating a healing process which continues after the session is over. 845.709.5245

Energy is everything! Are you experiencing unexplained health issues, sleeplessness, trouble selling your home or attracting business? The problem may be disturbed energy. Call to learn how dowsing can help.


Usui/Karuna® Reiki Master Teacher, Jikiden Reiki, Energetic Counseling, OT Locations Armonk, Bedford Hills and Eastchester 914.588.4079; Energetic balance is essential to your health. Restored energetic flow and balanced chakras clear stress symptoms, pain, inflammation, emotional instability, insomnia and more. Gain immunity, mental clarity and peace. Raise your consciousness. Healing circles, Reiki classes all levels. See ad pg 50.


Northern Westchester 917.747.3331 Post-Physical Therapy Conditioning Specialist, Medical Exercise Specialist and Personal Trainer. Using safe core stabilization, balance, strength, flexibility, cardiovascular, yoga and corrective exercises to develop muscular balance, postural awareness and other skills to reduce or eliminate your pain. Privates in my studio or your home.

FLOATATION THERAPY RISE ABOVE FLOATATION 111 East Main Street Mount Kisco, NY 10549 914.241.1900

A Center For Awareness and Relaxation through Floatation Therapy. Create the ultimate Relaxation Response by removing all stimulation from light, sound, and gravity. Choose from three different float environments to find your perfect experience. Appointments available from 10am to 10pm daily. Free Parking.

FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE TINA AURORA CPC REIKI MASTER Energy Healing & Coaching Cortlandt Manor, NY 914.473.1032;

During Tina’s healing sessions, she channels divine healing energy, promoting profound positive changes in the body, mind and spirit. Tina’s coaching style allows her clients to rewrite the script of negative thoughts to create the lives they dream for themselves.


250 E. Hartsdale Ave. St. 22, Hartsdale, NY 400 Rella Blvd. St. 165, Montebello, NY 914.472.0666; Looking for a physician with 24 years of clinical practice using natural remedies? Expertise in treating acute and chronic illness in children and adults. Emphasis on homeopathic and functional medicine to decrease dependency on pharmaceutical drugs. If you want experienced, competent, compassionate, and exceptional care.

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Builder and General Contractor of fine custom alterations, restorations, architectural additions, and new construction. Offering a high level of management and craftsmanship. Specializing in a 95% dust-free living environment. PHIUS Energy Efficient and non-toxic building applications.Bau-Biologist, the holistic approach to Natural Building,passive and active solar installations and retrofits, as well as conventional construction. Building design services and consultation available. 44 years experience.

Integrative consulting for small to mid-sized companies who want to implement wellness programs with biometric screenings for their employees. Assessment of existing wellness programs for effectiveness or health educator for public speaking engagements; as well as a trainer for medical Spanish.

Poughkeepsie, NY 120601 917.868.1769;

FRESH ORGANIC SALON SOLUTIONS Hair care, Skincare & Make up 190 Rt 117 By Pass, Bedford, NY 914.242.1928;

A healthy approach to beauty and wellness led by Maureen Toohey, Regional Educator for Organic Salon Systems. The fresh team is committed to making your experience fully complete and satisfying, organically. Receive a gift valued at $75 with your 1st color appointment, when you mention Natural Awakenings. See ad pg 13.

HEALING CENTER Merrill Black, LCSW, Reiki Master & Instructor Hypnotherapist, Intuitive Energy Healer, RYT, Founder 453 White Plains Rd, #201/203 Eastchester 914.793.2600; Nurture your mind, body, and soul. Thru a variety of healing modalities and services that include, psychotherapy, reiki, hypnosis, acupuncture, massage, reflexology, intuitive healing, spiritual counseling, nutritional consulting, therapeutic yoga, guided channeling meditation classes. Rediscover your control and balance your life. See ad pg 15.


177 Myrtle Ave, Mahopac, NY 845.208.6131 Organic hair salon. Say goodbye to grey and frizz, with no harmful ingredients. We have extensive knowledge in non-toxic and organic beauty products and offer permanent organic keratin smoothing treatment. Our passion is natural clean beauty that is luxurious, effective and affordable. See ad pg 44.


Natural and Organic is the way to go. Westchester Ave., Pound Ridge NY 914.764.5733; Full-Service Salon & Day Spa. Natural and organic hair color from Italy. Organic mani/pedi services plus non-toxic polish. Full body massage as well as all-natural skin care and facials. Organic retail products available. New clients: 30% off packages, mention Natural Awakenings.


DAVID L LERNER, DDS, CAC, FIND Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 914.214.9678

We offer a unique approach to the health care of the mouth based on a holistic understanding of the whole body. I invite you to explore our web site to learn how we can serve your needs. See ads pgs 2 & 37.





Certified Natural Henna Artist 914.714.8069; Mt. Kisco Henna is an ancient tradition used for celebration, protection, blessings and healing. All henna is natural and freshly made in house. Services include Belly Blessings, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Goddess Gatherings, Henna Crowns, weddings, private appointments, corporate events and classes.


Registered Herbalist (AHG) 1129 Main St, 2nd Fl., Fishkill, NY email:; 845.416.4598 Lorraine offers Individual Wellness Consultations based on the Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine Paradigm which offers a preventative and individual approach to balanced health. Each “unique” individual protocol will include Chinese, Western, Ayurvedic Herbal remedies and Nutritional planning.

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Dr. Michael Wald; 914.552.1442 86 Smith Ave., Mount Kisco NY 914.242.8844; Do you suffer from chronic health problems like cancer, autoimmune, GI or neurological issues? You need a BloodDetective! Dr. Wald will work with you personally over the phone, as a house call or at his Mt Kisco office. Call today, you deserve personal attention. See ad pg 11.

HOLISTIC HEALTH CENTER THE CENTER FOR HEALTH AND HEALING 4 Smith Avenue, 2nd floor Mount Kisco, NY 10549 914.864.0462

In a beautiful 3,300 sq. ft retreat-like setting, we offer Holistic Medicine, Therapeutic Pain Remedies, Body Therapies, Psychotherapy, Shamanic Healing, Reiki, Yoga, Meditation, Community Healing Circles, Health Classes and Professional Trainings.

HOME ENERGY SOLUTIONS FRANZOSO ENERGY SOLUTIONS 33 Croton Point Ave., Croton on Hudson, NY 10520 914.271.4572;

Home energy audits, Air Sealing, Air Quality, Insulation, Windows, Doors Roofing, Siding and Solar. Environmentally responsible and sustainable home improvements. Call for your Free Home Audit today and start saving. Environmentally responsible and sustainable improvements. See ad pg 25.


777 Ulster Ave., Kingston 15 Davis Ave., Poughkeepsie 845.338.3320; 845.485.8582 Helping people relieve symptoms o f c h r o n i c Ly m e d i s e a s e , fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome as well as many other chronic illnesses. Dramatically improve your energy levels.


250 E. Hartsdale Ave. St. 22, Hartsdale, NY 400 Rella Blvd. St. 165, Montebello, NY 914.472.0666; Looking for a physician with 24 years of clinical practice using natural remedies? Expertise in treating acute and chronic illness in children and adults. Emphasis on homeopathic and functional medicine to decrease dependency on pharmaceutical drugs. If you want experienced, competent, compassionate, and exceptional care.


Spiritual Healing Arts & Dance Millbrook + Online Studio/Sanctuary 845.677.3517; White Lotus Grace specializes in intuitive healing for body, mind, soul, and relationships through organic transformative movement and dance. Gigi Oppenheimer – intuitive healer, dancer, and coach – offers compassionate service one-on-one, to couples, and classes, online or in person.


Independent BEMER Distributor Mahopac, NY 914.760.5645

Holistic Support for Horses. BEMER vet products support faster recovery, regeneration of tissue, and more efficient hydration of your horse. And reduces stress from transportation and competition. “BEMER is a 21st century ‘Fountain of Youth’ for horse and rider.” Linda Tellington-Jones. Sessions Available. CALL For Free Demo.


Intuitive Medium and Author 914.730.0155; Robin has the innate ability to “hear” spirit’s voice and relay comforting messages from the “other side”. Phone, Skype or FaceTime available.  Please visit her website for other services offered.


Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH By Appt.: Mt. Kisco/Cold Spring, NY and Danbury, CT 914.362.8315; Utilize an integrative healing approach from a doctor trained in holistic medicine. Working with your current medical treatments & labwork, as well as botanical medicine, dietary & lifestyle counselling, nutritional supplements, acupuncture and Chinese medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, stress reduction and ecotherapy. Insurance reimbursement available for some services. See ad pg 27.


Massage Therapy with a Nurturing Touch 914.320.4063; Therapeutic massage to address specific issues or promote wellness. Works with generally healthy to very ill clients. Experience with geriatric, cancer, Parkinson’s, hospice massage. Mamaroneck and on-site visits. See ad pg 50.




Therapeutic Massage & Reiki Lisanne Elkins, MA, LMT, RM 153 Main St. Suite B, Mt. Kisco 914.319.4375; Offering therapeutic massage and Reiki for stress- and pain-relief, relaxation and general wellness. Gift certificates available for all modalities, including pre- and postnatal bodywork, aromatherapy and hot stone massage by appointment. Set your intention for healing yourself and those around you.


Laura Giacovas,LMT, MS Ed., 4th Dan Master Instructor Taekwondo Briarcliff NY 914.941.2400, Our mission is to enhance wellness and quality of life through Therapeutic Massage and Integrated Holistic Healing. We are committed to providing an inspired, nurturing environment from which wellness and harmony can be realized.


Dr. Fred Lisanti, ND, LAC., RH, CHT 266 White Plains Rd, B-1, Eastchester, NY 914.337.2980; Blending the best of traditional and cutting edge natural medicine, Dr. Lisanti offers natural therapeutic solutions for acute and chronic conditions. He combines naturopathic care, clinical nutrition, acupuncture, detoxification, hypnosis, movement, yoga and lifestyle counseling allowing him to customize your program individually.


Yellow Monkey Village 792 Rte 35 Cross River, NY, and NYC Office: 914.875.9088; Cell: 646.670.6725; Combination of Ayurveda and Naturopathy is used to create a unique treatment plan to regain and maintain health. Based on one’s particular body constitution (dosha), a plan may include supplements, diet/nutrition suggestions, lifestyle management, detoxification, hydrotherapy, 0zone therapy, Panchakarma. Clinic days: M,T,W. See ad page 15.

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NEUROFEEDBACK/ BIOFEEDBACK ROSEANN CAPANNA-HODGE, ED.D., LPC, BCN, LLC Psychologist and Board Certified Neurofeedback Practitioner 898 Ethan Allen HWY, #6, Ridgefield, CT 203.438.4848;

We work with children, adults and families around a variety of issues with non-medication therapies. Our clinic bridges neuroscience with research-based clinical therapies to promote wellness. We provide brain-based treatments like Neurofeedback, Biofeedback, PEMF, EFT/ Tapping, hypnosis, psychotherapy, CBT, DBT, etc.

LAKE MAHOPAC PHARMACY/ SURGICAL Nagi Wissa, R.Ph., IP, CEO 559 Rt, 6, Mahopac, NY 10541 T: 845.208.0424; F: 845.208.0425

We are your neighborhood holistic compounding pharmacy, ready to support y o u r h e a l t h . We o ff e r compounding prescriptions, on-line prescription renewals, supplements, homeopathic remedies, personal care products, fair trade gifts and more. We deliver and we are happy to answer your questions.


The Center for Health and Healing 4 Smith Ave, Mt. Kisco, NY 10549 917.974.9446; Are you stressed, short tempered with family and overwhelmed with life? Do you use food as comfort? Jodi’s unique approach integrates mindfulness, holistic health and psychotherapy to decrease anxiety, maximize joy and feel lighter inside and out. She is author of “Mindful Is the New Skinny.” Individual, groups, Skype.



777 Ulster Ave., Kingston 15 Davis Ave., Poughkeepsie 845.338.3320; 845.485.8582 Helping people relieve symptoms o f c h r o n i c Ly m e d i s e a s e , fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome as well as many other chronic illnesses. Dramatically improve your energy levels.

NUSPECIES 866.624.4117 HQ: 427 Main St. Beacon, NY 12508 NuSpecies Health Centers provide free health consultations with certified nutritionists/life coaches. We make custom recommendations of our Raw, Organic, Liquid, Natural nutritional formulas and then work with our clients until they achieve their health goals. See ad pg 5.


Manual PT Practice and Pilates Studio. One patient, one therapist, one hour. Integrative practice with a functional, manual approach to musculoskeletal restrictions. Specialties: Dance/Sports Medicine PT. Pilates Apparatus sessions also available. Infinite results.

Foot and/or Hand Reflexology sessions are offered with the use of Essential Oils applied to acupuncture points based upon each individual’s presenting pattern. Please refer to Services page on web site for the many benefits of this ancient modality.



Pamela Hoffman, DPM Glenn B. Weiss, DPM 200 Katonah Ave., Katonah, NY 914.232.8880;


PO Box 245 Fishkill, NY 12524 845.232.0336 Stray HELP: a registered not-forprofit managed by volunteers. Our mission: rescue and care for stray and homeless animals while providing humane education to the community. Our vital community programs: Trap/ Neuter/Return, Spay clinics, adoption and working cat program, colony caretaker support.


ARCB Certified Reflexologist 1129 Main Street, 2nd fl., Fishkill, NY email:; 845.416.4598

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Foot care for people of all ages. Board certified holistic podiatrists who use a comprehensive, integrative approach. Customized treatments utilizing the best of today’s technology combined with nutrition and 30 years of experience.

2 Coulter Road, Bakers Mills, NY 12811 518.251.3015; 914.556.8258 Yoga in the Adirondacks is nestled in the valley of the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, where yoga embraces nature. Connect your mind, body and spirit and explore your retreat with like-minded people to build a happier and healthier life. Studio available for your yoga/wellness private group as well.

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SKIN & BODY CARE REVIVA SKIN & BODY SOLUTIONS 929 Main St., Fishkill, NY 12524 844.363.7894;

Customized, holistic treatments for better skin, improved body appearance, and spiritual reconnection. Natural Facelift, Facials, Nonchemical Peels, Skin Tightening, Wrinkle Reduction, Fat Melting, Waxing, Reiki, Chakra Balancing, Guided Imagery, Aromatherapy, Raindrop Technique. See ad pg 9.

SLEEP DISORDER DAVID L LERNER, DDS, CAC, FIND Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 914.214.9678

We offer a unique approach to the health care of the mouth based on a holistic understanding of the whole body. I invite you to explore our web site to learn how we can serve your needs. See ads pgs 2 & 37.



299 North Highland Avenue, Bldg. 5 Ossining, New York 10562 914.941.4455; The Mariandale Center sponsors retreats and programs on spiritual and contemplative practices. We also welcome nonprofit organizations for workshops and group retreats. Our guests enjoy the contemplative environment at the Center, and the beautiful, spacious land overlooking the Hudson River.

Coming in September



STRESS REDUCTION DANA BOULANGER #US28016 Independent BEMER Distributor Mahopac, NY 914.760.5645

C h a n g e Yo u r Life. Support your optimal well-being systemically. Enhance blood-flow, circulation, cardiac function, physical endurance, energy, concentration, mental acuity, stress reduction and relaxation. Easy to use, only 8 minutes, two times a day. Sessions available. CALL For Free Demo.


By Appointment Peeksill, NY 914.906.7238; Discover the true meaning of rejuvenation, relation and calmness with the latest healing/ ayurvedic/pain management treatments including Amino Bio-Frequency Therapy and Therapeutic Massage Techniques; Anti-Aging facial techniques; Micro-needling and Dermaplaning; Microblading/Permanenteyebrows for Beauty; Reiki, Meditations. Visit website for full list of services and to book appointment.



Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Services 914.962.6402; 800.532.4290 Support Connection provides free support services to people affected by breast and ovarian cancer. Services include: Oneon-one counseling (counselors are also cancer survivors); Support groups; Educational and wellness programs; Webinars; Social gatherings; Referrals; A national toll-free information and support hotline. See ad pg 41.

Where readers can find the ideal products and retail locations in our region to SHOP! From handmade items to bikes and Consignment Shops. Call us now to reserve your spot

Call: 914-617-8750 or email

Rev. June Tompkins, Acting Pastor 609 Rt. 22, Croton Falls, NY Join a unique monthly Interfaith Sunday at the Chapel at Croton Falls at 10:30am – Enjoy prayer, music, movement and dialogue. Check our FB page for information on upcoming programs or e-mail Rev. Deborah Moldow, Interfaith Minister, at revdeb1@

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John Montgomery, Ph.D; Therapy/Coaching Scarsdale, NY 10583 917.244.5161; Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, OCD, or addictive behaviors such as drug, alcohol, or food addiction? I can help you overcome the core “emotional addictions” that underlie these destructive patterns with a powerful new therapy method.


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THERMOGRAPHY PATRICIA BOWDEN-LUCCARDI LMT, CTT, CNMT Certified Whole Health Educator 518.929.7579;

Prevention is the Cure. Offering the highest standards in Radiation-Free Breast and Full Body medical thermography. Detect changes at the cellular level years before conventional screenings. Clear results with fewer tests. Now available in Westchester and Dutchess by appointment. See ad pg 12.

TMJ DISORDER DAVID L LERNER, DDS, CAC, FIND Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 914.214.9678

We offer a unique approach to the health care of the mouth based on a holistic understanding of the whole body. I invite you to explore our web site to learn how we can serve your needs. See ads pgs 2 & 37.


SearchLight Medical 2424 Route 52, Hopewell Junction, NY 845.592.4310; Lose weight, inches and improve your overall health with the Mei Zen Acupuncture treatment for weight loss and abdominal toning. Jump start your metabolism and balance your body’s energy as you lose weight. Additional benefits include enhanced energy and improved digestion. See ads pgs 19 & 45.


Addiction Free Naturally Briarcliff and Midtown Manhattan 914.473.2015; Quit with Quinn helps people lose weight by overcoming addiction to sugar and white flour, and compulsive overeating. After treatment, most people experience indifference towards refined sugar, sweets and treats, leading to easy weight loss. 30 years experience. 80% success rate. See ad pg 43.


Led by Janet Catalina, MSW 914.548.8372; Learn how to become a Master Manifester. Create that dream job, find your soul mate, pay off your debts or whatever you desire. Learn to release what has blocked you up to now. Once you have learned how to PULSE, you have an empowerment tool for the rest of your life. Please visit for workshop dates.


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Full Circle Veterinary Hospital Integrative, Holistic & Conventional 1609 Route 9, Wappingers Falls, NY 845.234.4417;


We specialize in the integration of holistic and conventional veterinary medicine to provide quality, comprehensive care for your pet’s needs. We enjoy taking time to get to know our clients and their pets. This allows pets to relax, while we learn about their family lifestyle.

Firefly Yoga is the Hudson Valleys only Baptiste Affiliate studio. Our practices are for everybody, we offer heated and non-heated vinyasa yoga, meditation and personal growth practices. Our mission is to give practitioners access to possibility and living life in their fullest potential.

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992 main street Fishkill NY 12524

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