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ecember can be uplifting and energizing—full of family, friends, traditions and lots of great food. But it also inspires reflection; it’s a time to pause and take in the beauty of winter, a time to put aside differences and remember what is truly meaningful. Some of my favorite childhood memories were made in DecemDana Boulanger Marilee Burrell ber—baking cookies with my mom and sisters, attending big family parties, playing in the snow for hours on end. I developed my love of the woods at a young age, and I’ve always thought that winter is an especially magical time to be there, as sunlight filters through bare branches and is magnified by the snow. If you’re one of those people who get a little blue in winter, I have the perfect antidote: bundle up and take a walk outside during the sunniest part of each day. Dana and I both love nature and feel strongly about protecting it. But even if you aren’t a tree hugger, we’re sure you’d agree that our collective health depends on having clean, safe food to eat, water to drink and air to breathe. That’s not subjective; it’s science. Facts support the correlation between air pollution and asthma in children, and between toxins and cancer and other diseases. We know the extreme importance of keeping our drinking water supply safe, now and for the future. Fortunately, economics backs up environmentalism. The renewable energy industry is booming, promising to create many more jobs than outdated carbonbased energy can. So there’s no reason to build a new gas-burning power plant, especially near a school, right? Yet one is currently under construction in Dover, just 3,000 feet from Dover High/Middle School and two miles from Wingdale Elementary. The Cricket Valley Energy Center is projected to produce tons of carcinogenic chemicals, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and particulate matter each year. We feel that no business should have the right to poison our air and water. The costs are too high—in terms of our health and in the resulting financial burden—for us and for future generations. Therefore we are extremely grateful to Mothers Out Front, the Dutchess County Progressive Action Alliance and the New York Public Interest Research Group for bringing this matter to our attention and for protesting the construction of the power plant in Dutchess. If you want to learn more, please turn to page 17. While we hope you will get involved in critical issues like these, which affect us all, we also encourage you to balance that energy through regular meditation, an easy-to-learn tool that can help you de-stress. Starting the morning with a short meditation is probably the most effective thing you can do to make your day go right. Especially during the holidays, we tend to get overscheduled, so it’s important to take care of yourself and take some time to recharge. Whether you’re a first-time meditator or reigniting your practice, our special section starting on page 34 is a great resource for exploring meditation and many of the local resources available. Enjoy the magic, peace and beauty of the season,

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newsbriefs Holistic Moms Network to Discuss Homeopathy


usanne Saltzman, M.D., a specialist in homeopathic and functional medicine with a family practice in Westchester and Rockland Counties, will be the guest speaker at the December 7 meeting of the Holistic Moms Network. The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Rye Free Reading Room, located at 1061 Boston Post Road. Saltzman uses homeopathy and functional medicine to treat acute and chronic conditions in people of all ages. “Because I began practicing homeopathy 25 years ago, before alternative medicine was widely practiced, I have vast experience treating thousands of children and adults for numerous acute and chronic conditions,” she Susanne Saltzman says. “My main goal has always been to help patients decrease their dependency on pharmaceutical drugs and help bring them to a higher level of health.” She will discuss the conditions that are best treated with homeopathy and functional medicine and explain why these two therapeutic modalities combined can be an effective treatment for most acute and chronic conditions. For more info, visit or email

Smart Commute Means Less Stress


estchester County and New York State have partnered on a free informational program to help reduce drive-alone commuting, which means less stress for workers and the environment. Westchester’s Smart Commute program was created to help commuters and their employers learn various strategies to increase their use of mass transit alternatives. The program supports the state and county governments’ mutual commitment to ease congestion on our roadways and improve air quality. Program organizers say alternative modes of transportation can help save time and money, reduce stress, reduce employees’ carbon footprint, increase their sense of community and contribute to a better quality of life. Employers who enroll in the program receive free commuting benefits for employees and others traveling to their location, including the following: • Transportation Information Fairs held at the worksite, and tailored to the com- pany’s location and size. An information table can be set up in a common area during lunch hours, so employees can learn about their commute options in a casual atmosphere. • The Commute-n-Save Program, which gets employees to work using pre-tax salary dollars and saves employers on payroll-related taxes. • A Commute Information Rack with a restocking service to make transit sched- ules available at the worksite. • A worksite survey and Go Green commuting plan tailored to the company’s needs. For more information about the Smart Commute program, call 914.995.4444 or visit See ads, pages 15 & 49. 8

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Gigi Oppenheimer

Local Healing Artist to Release Book and Video


igi Oppenheimer—a healer, dancer and teacher and the owner of White Lotus Grace: Spiritual Healing Arts and Dance, in Millbrook—is set to release a new book and video supporting her moving meditation practice, Grace: Moving in Divine Alignment. “The focal point of this practice is that beautiful domain where the favor of divinity and elegant life movement meet,” she says. “It delves deep into the heart and art of living in harmony with oneself, one’s source and others, supporting you to embody it.” The book and moving meditation practice video are ready for release, and a companion short film and oracle deck should be released around the end of the year, she says. Preorders and gift certificates for the Grace products and services, which range in price from around $17 to $40, are available now in the White Lotus Grace studio and online boutique. “These divine gifts of Grace, whether received or given, carry the power to wash away the worries of the world; infuse your body, mind and soul with inspiration and vitality; and fill you with peace, comfort, warmth and love,” Oppenheimer says.

Fair Trade Festival Returns to White Plains


h e a n n u a l M a r g a r e t   E b e rle Fair Trade Festival and Crafts Fair will be held December 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Memorial United Methodist Church, located at 250 Bryant Avenue in White Plains. The event is open to the public with a suggested donation of $5 for admission. “This local annual tradition provides a wonderful array of unusual and affordable items, created and sold with a conscience,” says Nada Khader, director of the Westchester Peace Action Committee Foundation (WESPAC), which organizes Margaret Eberle Fair Trade  the festival along with Memorial United Festival and Crafts Fair Methodist Church, the Walkabout Clearwater Sloop and the Westchester Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute for Nonviolence. There will be live music throughout the day and homemade baked goods, hot food, bread and fair trade coffee and tea available for purchase. Items sold benefit the artisans who created them. Some artisans are local, while others are from Asia, Africa or South America, Khader says. “Many of the crafts sold at the festival are made by artists in women-managed cooperatives,” she says. “Funds raised by the sale of these crafts help support a living wage and better living conditions.” Among the broad range of items for sale are pottery and baskets; quilts and tablecloths; jewelry, T-shirts and accessories; aromatherapy, beauty and body-care products; home décor; and chocolate, coffee, tea and olive oil. Some festival proceeds will also benefit the Loft, the LGBT center in White Plains. For more info, contact Memorial United Methodist Church at 914.949.2146.

The New Enough Companion Guidebook is Released


aurie McCammon, author of Enough: How to Liberate Yourself and Remake the World with Just One Word and The Enough Companion Guidebook, believes that readers need activities and exercises to help them embody her message that we are ‘enough’, inseparable from the universe and its infinite ability to create plenty. “An innate pathway to plentitude has always been available to us as our own true nature, but it’s been obscured by the ‘never enough’ paradigm, a seriously distorted rogue worldview narrowly fixated on lack,” says McCammon. “The guidebook’s 100-plus hands-on activities for individuals and groups are a collaborative effort with eight co-authors, including Natural Awakenings senior staff writer Linda Sechrist. Humanity’s millennia-long, upside-down relationship with the word ‘enough’ is a group delusion that’s the root of all dysfunction, from personal to planetary,” notes McCammon.

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Merritt Bookstore Continues Longstanding Traditions


he Merritt Bookstore is celebrating its second full year under the ownership of Kira Wizner, who has built upon the legacy left by founding owner Scott Meyer. “This shop is a place where you’ll find what you’re looking for—it’s filled to the brim with books for everyone, as well as toys, puzzles, games and small gifts,” she says. She takes special pride in the store’s carefully curated book inventory. “The titles in our Parenting and Family section were chosen to support the health and development of children and families through mindful parenting,” she says. “We also carry titles reflecting the needs of society—books about social justice, about human rights. The store’s longstanding relationship with the New York Sheep and Wool Festivals ensures that we have a robust crafts section all year long. And for the holidays, we carry a full selection of books, giftwrap and cards.” Under Wizner’s ownership, Merritt Bookstore has kept up its long tradition of hosting author talks and signings, and it regularly hosts classes and meetings. “This winter there will be a series of felting workshops held in our upstairs space, and book clubs continue to meet at the store,” she says. Anyone interested in forming a book club or staying upto-date on all bookstore events can visit or sign up for the store newsletter. Merritt Bookstore is located at 55-57 Front St., Millbrook, NY. For more information, call 845.677.5857 or visit natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Shamanic Reiki and Meditation Trainings in Mount Kisco


elanie Ryan, an instructor of Shamanic Reiki Worldwide, says there’s been growing interest in Shamanic Reiki professional trainings, “People are hearing a call back to the Earth, the soul and oneness,” she says. “In shamanic Reiki, we are healing with nature’s spiritual energy, integrating the powerful intuitive methods of shaMelanie Ryan mans with Reiki energy healing. It is an empowering approach that is life-changing, both for the practitioners and people receiving healings.”  Ryan owns and founded The Center for Health and Healing in Mount Kisco, where she teaches Shamanic Reiki Level One, Two and Master Practitioner, offers private healings and mentoring.  Ryan also offers a wide variety of meditation classes, workshops and retreats. She is a meditation teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. She says her background as a meditation practitioner and teacher enhances her work as a shamanic teacher, healer and psychotherapist. “Calming and stabilizing the mind cultivates the ability to receive clear guidance from Spirit,” she explains. From this discovery, Ryan founded Root to Rise, a program that integrates Buddhist meditation and Shamanism. A program companion book, Root to Rise, will be published in 2018.    Contact Melanie Ryan at 914.260.1696 or MelanieRyanLCSW@, or through See ad, pg 11.

Interior Design Company Makes Homes Healthier


s parents of kids with chronic asthma and allergies, Annalise Stack and Ania Dunlop understand the link between health issues and environmental toxins. Their successful efforts to improve their children’s health by making their own homes as green as possible—by replacing building materials, cleaning supplies and personal-care items—evolved into Home for Zen, an eco-healthy interior design company with a unique focus on the health of children. “We help clients in Westchester create beautiful, nontoxic homes that are an extension of their healthy lifestyle,” Stack says. People often don’t realize that the air inside their homes can be two to five times more polluted than the air outside, and that many common household and children’s products contain toxins, Dunlop says. Children are particularly vulnerable to toxic exposure because their bodies are small, their immune systems are not well developed and their brains are changing


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rapidly. “The younger the child, the greater the risk exposure— with pregnancy being a critical time,” she says. She and Stack help clients create “wellness sanctuaries” by eliminating toxins in food, cleaning products, furniture, décor Annalise Stack and Ania Dunlop and even toys. Home for Zen specializes in addressing the needs of families and children with chronic conditions, allergies or other unique environmental sensitivities, in both home and childcare settings. “If your child has been recently diagnosed with a chronic condition, creating a toxin-free bedroom or playroom might be an important step toward recovery,” Stack says. For a consultation, call 917.533.8600 or email Info For more info, visit

Audio Lecture Series Explores Energy Medicine for Fibromyalgia


ernadette Bloom, a medical intuitive and energy healer and the founder of the Center for Aligned Healing in Chappaqua, has developed a new lecture series on esoteric healing. The first lecture, The Energetics of Fibromyalgia, is set for release on MP3 on December 5. Bernadette Bloom According to the American Chronic Pain Association, as many as 12 million Americans suffer from fibromyalgia, which causes ongoing widespread body pain and fatigue. In The Energetics of Fibromyalgia, Bloom describes how to heal from this disease using energy medicine. “Healing is much different than curing,” she says. Bloom explores the energetic blockages that can create fibromyalgia and some of the underlying emotional issues surrounding the disease. In order to heal the disease through energy medicine, she says, “the facilitator or practitioner must be able to connect with the client’s monadic plane, which does not have the blockage, and remove the trauma that created it.”    Bloom has posted a free healing meditation on her website and on YouTube. To learn more or to purchase her lecture on MP3, visit natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Ganesha Spa Adds Two Energy Healing Services


anesha Spa in Pe e k s k i l l h a s added Reiki energy healing sessions and classes and Amino Bio-Frequency (ANF) Therapy to its menu of services. Spa owner Irina Ionina, who has been a Reiki master Irina Ionina and practitioner for more than 20 years, says energy healing is an excellent complement to the spa’s other therapies, especially as it is increasingly supported by science. “Reiki is a gentle energy healing method that came to us from Japan. It helps with pain, anxiety, insomnia, indigestion and other symptoms that become worse when we are stressed and out of balance,” she says. “You know, everyone can learn to practice Reiki and have this healing tool in their hands 24/7. There is no restriction in age or experience.” Ionina holds Reiki classes in two-day sessions, usually Saturdays and Sundays. “I attune students to receive Reiki energy through the chakras and have it in their hands. We learn and practice simple positions in class,” she says. ANF Therapy, a new FDA-approved holistic treatment from Denmark, is believed to be the therapy of the future, with “unlimited potential,” she says. “All the cells in the body work at certain bio-frequencies, and when imbalanced with toxins and inflammation, their frequency becomes weak and unhealthy. ANF Therapy restores healthy frequencies by placing specifically charged carbonized metals patches on the skin to start the healing process. The results are quick, without any side effects. It works for inflammation in the muscles, organs and joints.” For more info, visit or call 914.906.7238.

Annual Art Show Returns to Bedford Historical Hall


he Annual Art Show: Bedford will celebrate “45 Years of Supporting Local Charities” by returning to its original venue, Bedford Historical Hall. The two-weekend event, which benefits charities sponsored by the Women of St. Matthew’s, will kick off the weekend of January 19-21 with a Friday Night Preview Party and continue the following weekend, January 26-28. The Preview Party will run from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on January 19, featuring a wine and champagne reception,

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hors d’oeuvres supplied by Happiness Is and live music from Mark Weigel’s band, Doghouse. The art show will be held January 20 and 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; January 26, from 1 to 5 p.m.; and January 27 and 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Show judges are Darsie Alexander of Katonah MuTulips in the Grass seum of Art and Peter MacGill by Pam Stoddart of the Pace/MacGill Gallery in Manhattan. The 2018 show chair is Laura Blau of Bedford. Preview Party tickets are $125 in advance or $150 at the door. Admission is free on all show days. Bedford Historical Hall is located opposite the Village Green on Route 22 in Bedford Village, Bedford, NY. For more info, visit

Crossover Yoga Project Training Focuses on Teen Trauma Survivors


he first weekend in January, Happy Buddha Yoga in Goshen will host a Crossover Yoga Project (CYP) teacher training, a unique teaching approach combining trauma-informed yoga, mindfulness and art therapy to empower teen girls affected by trauma.  This three-day, 15-hour training is open to 200-hour yoga teachers, social workers, clinicians and individuals who work with communities that have experienced trauma. Participants will learn how personal experiences affect professional judgment, and the importance of self-care. They will also learn how systematic oppression—racism, poverty and the impact of trauma—affect them and their clients, and how to integrate CYP’s gender-specific yoga and art curriculum to help guide their clients toward greater self-awareness, self-control and well-being.  CYP Founder and Executive Director Elisha Simpson and Project Coordinator Annie Bingaman will lead the training. Yoga instructor Erin Doherty says she participated in the Plymouth training to “add new tools to my tool belt,” and the experience was life changing. “It left me excited to explore avenues to bring CYP and a trauma-informed based approach to my community,” she says. For more info, email, visit or call 914.319.4010. To register, call 845.313.0712 or visit See ad, pg 57.   natural awakenings

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Greene Healing Partnership Promotes Self-Care


new partnership has been launched to encourage people to take a holistic, proactive approach to their own well-being. “The Greene Healing Partnership is a network of wellness advocates and local practitioners whose purpose is to spread the message of self-care and healthy education in the areas of careers, nutrition, spirituality, relationships and physical activity,” says founder Rick Gabrielly. Each month, GHP supports local businesses and Rick Gabrielly their employees by hosting onsite events, educational programs, collaborative wellness seminars, lunch and learns, practitioner meet-ups and Evenings of Wellness, all created to inform members of the community while improving their overall health and well-being, Gabrielly says. “If you are in charge of health or wellness for your company, or if you are an alternative health and wellness provider interested in partnering with us to get your message out to more health-minded people, give us a call,” he says. “If you’ve always wanted to get out in the community and share your gifts with people who really appreciate you, now is the time to join us. We are hardwired for connection, and GHP is on a mission to connect everyone with the self-care options they deserve, both at work and at home.” Call GHP at 914.715.8909, or visit for more information. See ad, page 21.

Sita’s Light Announces Kirtans in December


iriam “Sita” Zernis and her musical ensemble, Sita’s Light, will lead a full moon kirtan on December 2, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at Sacred Spirit Yoga and Healing Center, located at 343 Broadway in Dobbs Ferry. Kirtan—group devotional singing that extends across cultures, races and religions—is gaining popularity in the West as more people seek a spiritual connection. Participants can sing, listen, dance, recline or meditate to the call-andresponse chanting of sacred mantras accompanied by guitar and other instruments. Miriam “Sita” Zernis Sita has been leading kirtans in Westchester and Fairfield Counties, New York City and Canada for 10 years, offering a combination of traditional old-world and original chants framed by eclectic sacred music. Sita’s Light has been instrumental in building and growing the kirtan community in the river towns area, spreading the practice of Bhakti Yoga wherever they go. Sita’s Light will also lead a kirtan on New Year’s Eve at the Oxford Creative Center, located at 1231 Washington Boulevard in Stamford, Connecticut. One of the center’s many upcoming opportunities for community and spiritual enrichment through transformative experiences, this event is scheduled from 7:30 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. and will include meditation, light refreshments and a special midnight moment focused on sending everyone home inspired about the new year ahead. Admission is $55 if purchased before December 1, $60 through December 26 and $70 thereafter. Admission at the door is cash only. Doors open at 7 p.m. Register at

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Yonkers Completes $400K in Clean Energy Projects


he City of Yonkers announced the completion of $400,000 worth of clean energy projects, including new solar- and wind-powered lighting at John F. Kennedy Marina on the Hudson River, the purchase of hybrid-electric city vehicles and the addition of nine electric vehicle charging stations. Marina Park is one of the first parks in the United States to be completely independent from the power grid through its use of renewable energy. The project is part of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York Power Authority’s Five Cities Energy Plans initiative, aimed at increasing energy efficiency and clean energy resources in Albany, Buffalo, Syracuse, Rochester and Yonkers, the largest cities in the state outside New York City. “To reach our ambitious clean energy goals and be a leader in addressing climate change, we must invest in clean, energy-efficient projects in our highest population centers,” Cuomo says. “Citystate partnerships on energy-saving projects, like these in Yonkers, demonstrate that New York is at the forefront of the clean energy effort. It is forward-thinking clean energy projects in our larger cities like Yonkers that help New York continue to set a bold energy example for the rest of the country.”

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Growing Opposition to Planned Gas-Fired Power Plant in Dover


eople from throughout the Hudson Valley and across New York are voicing their opposition to a 1,100-megawatt gas-fired power plant, the Cricket Valley Energy Center (CVE), currently under construction in Dover. Last month, a crowd descended upon a meeting of the plant’s owner, Bechtel Corporation, capping off a week of statewide activities aimed at exposing New York’s growing dependence on fracked gas. Residents, elected officials, students, scientists and grassroots groups—including Mothers Out Front, Dutchess County Progressive Action Alliance (DCPAA) and New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG)—are calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to halt construction and revisit the state’s decision to approve the project in 2012. “Hiding behind an antiquated permit is not leadership,” says Johanna Fallert of DCPAA. “The world has changed in the last five years. Since 2012, New York banned high-volume fracking, the state adopted an energy plan calling for the rapid transition to renewables, and Governor Cuomo pledged to champion goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. Building this massive fossil fuel power plant ignores all of that and takes New York backwards.”

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CVE would pump 3.5 million metric tons of additional carbon dioxide into the air annually. Taking into account systemic leakage of methane from fracking well to power plant, those greenhouse gas impacts would more than double, opponents say. “Hurricane Sandy, bizarre weather and record-breaking temperatures have made it abundantly clear that we are

Demonstrators in Dover now living in an era of climate change,” says Eric Wood, Hudson Valley regional coordinator for NYPIRG. “The only way for New York to meet its widely touted greenhouse gas reduction goals is by ceasing the buildout of gas infrastructure and ending its ruinous addiction to fossil fuels.” New York’s Department of Environmental Protection recently rejected a pipeline permit for Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) to bring fracked gas to its 650-megawatt power plant under construction in Wawayanda, on the grounds of greenhouse gas impacts. Cricket Valley would produce 70 percent more emissions than CPV. “Governor Cuomo needs to advance a consistent energy policy,” says Dutchess County legislator Joel Tyner. “There are better ways to create energy and jobs without polluting Dutchess County or exacerbating the climate crisis.”

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Opponents of the project aren’t just worried about climate change. They’re also concerned about the pollutants it would introduce to the local environment. Every year, CVE would produce hundreds of tons of carcinogenic

chemicals and other hazardous pollutants, including carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides (NOx), volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and particulate matter, they say. The Hudson Valley is already in a designated nonattainment area for VOCs and NOx—that is, an area whose air quality is worse than the National Ambient Air Quality Standards as defined by U.S. environmental law. CVE would expose nearby residents to even higher levels of these chemicals than before. The plant will be erected some 3,000 feet from Dover High/Middle School, which has 770 students, and two miles from Wingdale Elementary, which has 600 students. New Yorkers are not alone in their opposition to CVE. As it will be located just three miles from the state line, prevailing winds would carry its emissions directly into neighboring Connecticut. Grassroots group West Connecticut Citizens for Sustainability notes that while electricity from the plant would go to New York City, Connecticut would get the pollution. Other impacts cited by opponents include lost property values, noise and light pollution and harm to sensitive environmental areas, including the Great Lisa Marshall of Swamp Mothers Out Front and Swamp River, which straddle the project’s western border. “From every angle, this is the wrong project for New York and the planet,” says Keith Schue, an electrical engineer and energy policy advisor. “We call on Governor Cuomo to see CVE for what it is—a project stuck in the past, one that belies New York’s claims of environmental leadership, undermines renewable goals and shackles New York to fracked gas from Pennsylvania for decades to come.” For more info visit and

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Regular Sleep Times Promote Health



report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that 35 percent of U.S. adults don’t get adequate sleep. Dr. W. Chris Winter, of the Charlottesville Neurology and Sleep Medicine clinic, recommends we pick a wake-up time that works for every day and stick with it, regardless of bedtime; it pays off by eventually training the brain to fall asleep at the same time every night. Swedish scientists found that sleep loss reduces the presence of hormones that promote feelings of fullness in the stomach and increases the amounts of those that promote hunger, leading to obesity.

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GUT BACTERIA IMBALANCE LINKED TO CHRONIC FATIGUE Fifty healthy patients and 50 with chronic fatigue syndrome were tested for bacteria and immune molecules by researchers from Columbia University. They discovered that imbalances in the levels of certain gut bacteria are prevalent in individuals with chronic fatigue syndrome, a disorder often accompanied by extreme fatigue, muscle and joint pain, cognitive issues and insomnia.

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esearchers from Northwestern University have found that acoustic stimulation using pink noise (random sound with more low frequencies than white noise) increases slow-wave brain activity, thus improving sleep-dependent memory retention. Thirteen mature adults completed two nights of sleep; one with the pink noise and one without, in random order. Specific brainwave activity increased during the periods when the pink noise was being delivered, suggesting that it could help older adults preserve some memory functions.

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Long-Term Cell Phone Use a Health Risk



earchers at Orebro University, in Sweden, conducted a review of research reported since 1965 on the incidence of glioma brain cancer with continued use of cell phones. They found that the highest cumulative exposures to cell phone radiation correlated with a 90 percent increase in the risk of glioma cancer. The risk increased with time; after 10 years of cell phone use, it increased by 62 percent and doubled after 20 years.


Naps Boost Toddler Talk


esearchers from the University of Oxford, in the UK, have found that infants that take more daytime naps tend to develop a larger vocabulary at an earlier age than their peers by examining sleeping patterns of 246 babies between the ages of 7 months and 3 years for 10 days. Parents also completed a language analysis at the start of the study and three and six months later to determine how many words each child understood from a list 416 words typically learned in infancy. Infants that napped more frequently during the day performed better on both understanding and expressing vocabulary than the others. natural awakenings

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Tree Nuts Cut Colon Cancer Relapse


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esearchers from the Dana Farber Cancer Institute examined nutrition and cancer recurrence data from 826 patients with Stage III colon cancer and found those that consumed two or more ounces of tree nuts a week experienced a 42 percent reduction in cancer recurrence and a 57 percent lower risk of death on average compared to those that ate no nuts.

DEAR DIARY COMFORTS THE ELDERLY A UK study of 19 elderly volunteers participating in a 12-week training program for providing companionship to dying patients showed that considering their own views about death and dying is an important component of serving in this role. Evaluation of the trainees’ diary entries focused on key themes such as reflections about dying alone, the importance of being present, self-awareness, personal loss, the meaning of life, self-preservation and coping strategies.


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Boston researchers found a reduction in depressive symptoms among people that practice tai chi via 50 Chinese-Americans diagnosed with depression. They were divided into three groups. One group participated in tai chi sessions twice a week and were encouraged to practice the movements at home three times a week. Another group attended twice weekly depression education sessions and a third served as the control group. After 12 weeks, the tai chi group reported significant improvements in depression symptoms, which continued after the study was completed, measured at 24 weeks.

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Robot Roomies

Approximately a third of those older than 65 and half of elders at least 85 live alone, as do many people with illnesses and mental disorders. All can suffer from feelings of profound loneliness. Emerging virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies provide avenues to alleviate such isolation, instilling contentment, peace of mind, enrichment, fun, a sense of companionship and contributing to physical and mental health. Instead of passively watching TV, seniors can travel virtually to World Heritage sites, revisit old haunts or even attend family events they would otherwise miss. In terms of benefits attained, VR is predicted to measurably improve seniors’ quality of life. Healthcare applications of AI and telemedicine include reminders to eat, be active or take medications, perhaps assisted by a robotic companion that can share information with practitioners, children, caregivers and emergency personnel. Social applications include helping to form and maintain social connections. It may also serve as a personal concierge by reminding seniors of appointments, playing games with them and initiating dialogue to spark outward engagement.

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Chimps, Zebrafish and Birds Communicate Like We Do

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Chimps, orangutans and bonobo apes are now known to be capable of understanding what others are thinking and recognize human thoughts, an ability once thought to be impossible. A team led by Christopher Krupenye, of Duke University, had apes take part in a visual experiment where they watched videos on a monitor while their gaze was being tracked. They discovered an anticipation of events that went beyond the visual cues presented. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has determined that zebrafish are social animals, similar to humans and other mammals— they form friendships, experience positive emotions and have individual personalities. The group advises people that eat fish or keep them as pets to consider the moral implications. Honey hunters in sub-Saharan Africa have a unique form of communication with honeyguide birds that fly ahead to point out beehives which the hunters raid, leaving wax for the birds to eat. A study in the journal Science reports that they listen for a specific call made by their human collaborators. Dr. Claire Spottiswoode, of the University of Cambridge, in England, and University of Cape Town, in South Africa, observes, “It seems to be a two-way conversation between our own species and a wild animal.”

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Senior Sisterhood

For 20 years, Maria Brenton, an outspoken proponent of older people living independently, has been campaigning and planning for the opening of a different kind of retirement home run by its residents, supporting each other through old age. She says, “Attitudes to older people in this country are out of date. Most members of the older population don’t wish to have everything done for them.” She attests that institutions and agencies dealing with older people encourage dependency and are patronizing and paternalistic. “Older people internalize it, and they learn to wait for people to do things for them,” advises Brenton. New Ground, in Barnet, North London, is the first UK cohousing development set up just for older women, with 26 women from age 50 to 87. Also in London, The Collective has created something similar with enhanced amenities such as a cinema room and a launderette with a disco ball. WeWork is an American company that has set up communal offices, and recently established WeLive, in New York City.

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Microplastic Mess Threatens World Oceans Scientists from the University of Hull and the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) have published research in the journal Science of the Total Environment showing levels of microplastics are five times higher in the Antarctic than previous estimates. Co-author Dr. Claire Waluda, a BAS biologist, says, “We have monitored the presence of large plastic items in Antarctica for more than 30 years. While we know that bigger pieces can be ingested by seabirds or cause entanglements in seals, the effects of microplastics on marine animals in the Southern Ocean are as yet unknown.” The tiny beads of plastic come from cosmetics or are shreddings from larger plastic items like clothing or bottles. According to United Nations sources, they may number as many as 51 trillion particles across the seafloor, throughout the oceans and on beaches worldwide. They are considered a serious threat to marine life in general. More international monitoring of the situation is needed, including a requirement for all polar research stations to provide waste treatment options. For more information, see


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Digitalizing Data Helps Rainforest Census The Amazon rainforest is thought to harbor a greater diversity of trees than anywhere else on Earth, but the exact number has long been a mystery. In 2013, scientists estimated that the number of species was around 16,000, but no actual count had been done. In a new paper in Scientific Reports, researchers delved into museum collections from around the world to confirm the current number of tree species recorded in the Amazon and assess possibilities of those yet to be discovered. “Since 1900, between 50 and 200 new trees have been discovered in the Amazon every year,” notes Nigel Pitman, a Mellon senior conservation ecologist with the Field Museum. “Our analysis suggests that we won’t finish discovering new tree species there for three more centuries.” The study relied upon the digitization of museum collections data— photographs and digital records—of the specimens housed there and shared worldwide through aggregator sites like “It gives scientists a better sense of what’s actually growing in the Amazon Basin, aiding conservation efforts,” says Pitman.

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rom computers, cell phones, smart TVs, DVR players and programmable appliances to a seemingly endless list of other electronic gadgets, we are in constant contact with unnatural electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) generated by technology. In today’s 24/7 society, invisible EMFs are inescapable; they permeate our working and living spaces. What we may not know is how they negatively impact our body’s natural sleep-wake cycle: suppressing melatonin, the hormone that controls the natural circadian rhythm, disturbing slumber and even affecting weight gain, according to University of Tel Aviv research. On the brighter side, some new technological products promise to restore balance to the body, including deeper and more restful sleep. From the Philip Stein sleep bracelet, sleep number beds and portable sleep trackers to sleep-related apps, devices and applications, user-friendly innovations are addressing America’s sleep deprivation problem. “Philip Stein lifestyle accessories such as the sleep bracelet are designed to contribute to a better quality of life. The unique technology inside each one channels beneficial natural frequencies in the environment into your body,” says Will Stein, co-founder and president of the Philip Stein Group. “The result is to help the individual feel centered, balanced, grounded and

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When replacing holiday purchases of smartphones and other electronic devices, don’t just trash the old ones. Manufacturing electronics consumes many resources and discarded waste can leak harmful chemicals into ecosystems. There are far better ways to redirect and repurpose them. Besides trading in phones for a rebate, another good option is transferring them to an official recycling program that makes sure all components are dealt with properly. Some states offer special provisions. Check the E-Cycling Central website at Major phone makers and carriers offer recycling programs, and some retailers accept select electronic devices. Best of all, give a device a new life by gifting it. accepts obsolete personal electronic devices by mail; the donor selects a charity to receive the proceeds., and are kindred organizations. lets users find nearby charity recycling initiatives via zip code. It provides scholarships for U.S. children that have lost a parent through warfare or terrorism, feeds malnourished children in Asia, builds lowincome housing and donates prepaid calling cards to military personnel. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, other unwanted electronic devices can be recycled so that incorporated copper, steel and glass can be recovered and reused. Other materials like lead (in circuit board solder, glass cathode ray tubes of many TVs and computer screens, and batteries) and mercury (in fluorescent backlights of many flat-panel screen displays) can be captured and recycled, instead of polluting the environment. Small appliances like toasters, coffee makers and clothing irons aren’t considered e-waste and generally aren’t recyclable because they are made of a mix of plastic and metal. Using them for many years helps.

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Cauliflower Rice Makes Tasty Grain Substitute

Seasonal Offerings from Big Bang Coffee Roasters


ig Bang Coffee Roasters is ready for the holidays with a full calendar of December events as well as the return of one of its most popular seasonal coffees. The Peekskill store will have a booth at three holiday markets this month, says owner and roaster Elina Dart. On December 2, 9 and 16, Big Bang will have a booth at the Chappaqua farmers’ market, outside at the train station (weather permitting). It will have indoor booths on December 16 at the Hastings farmers’ market and on December 23 at the Irvington market, located at 101 Main Street. The store also runs a subscription-based service. “We offer many options for monthly coffee home deliveries, including coffee flight packages with several sample-size bags so customers can taste the wide range of coffees we offer,” Dart says. Currently Big Bang is offering a special coffee that’s only available in the winter holiday months. “This coffee is a medium-dark roast with vanilla notes in a rich, syrupy body,” Dart says. “It’s been a favorite for all types of coffee drinkers.” As slow-cooked meats are a winter staple in many households, Dart suggests a dark coffee rub—she uses Big Bang’s Dark Matter Espresso—to bring out the best in the meat. “This rub is delicious on pork tenderloin, and I use it all summer on burgers too,” she says.

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Cauliflower Rice with Pistachio, Cranberries, Feta and Orange Zest 1 cauliflower 1 Tbsp olive oil ½ cup dried cranberries ¼ cup shelled pistachios ½ cup feta cheese 1 Tbsp fresh orange zest ½ tsp salt pepper (optional) Cut the cauliflower into florets. (Russo reserves the stem to use in smoothies, for its sulfur detoxing benefits.) Combine the florets, ½ cup water and salt in a large saucepan.

Uncover and cook 5 minutes more, until water is evaporated. Mash cauliflower with a fork into rice-size pieces. Add the dried cranberries, olive oil, pistachios, orange zest, salt and pepper and gently mix. Fold in the feta cheese, leaving large chunks.

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rain sensitivities are a problem for many people, so using vegetables as a substitute for grains is an easy fix, says Angela T. Russo, a functional nutritionist and integrative health practitioner. (It’s also a great way to sneak extra veggies onto everyone’s plate.) One of the best grain substitutes is cauliflower, a sulfur-rich food that is part of the cruciferous plant family. “Cruciferous vegetables are high in nutrients like vitamins, minerals and a compound known as glucosinolates,” she says. “Studies have shown that when chewed and digested, glucosinolates break down to form compounds thought to have preventive benefits against breast, uterine, prostate, colorectal, lung and other cancers.” Cauliflower rice makes an excellent side dish, snack or meal, she says. It can be prepared by roasting, boiling or skillet cooking. “The only difference in the preparation is the intensity of the flavor of the rice, from most to mildest.” The following recipe can be served hot or cold. For a heartier dish, add beans or chicken chunks.

Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer covered for about 30 minutes or until cauliflower is very tender. Stir occasionally, adding water if needed.

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n December, Sackett Square Marketplace in Amenia will host a Local Artisan Gift Shop offering handmade items and gift baskets. Special Sackett Square Marketplace Sip & Shop events, with complimentary local wine, sparkling seltzer and light snacks, will be held at the marketplace December 1 and 22, from 5 to 9 p.m. The Local Artisan Gift Shop will carry one-of-a-kind items such as handmade soap, herbal skincare products, jewelry, pottery, candles, cutting boards, woven scarves and wooden toys. It also offers fixed-price and customizable gift baskets of all products, including olives, hummus, cheese, preserves, crackers and spreads. Preorders and free gift wrapping are available. A one-stop shop for everything local, Sackett Square Marketplace is dedicated to providing the community with fresh food and healthy products grown, harvested and made nearby in the Hudson Valley, says owner Lauren Williams. Among its standard offerings are organic produce; pasture-raised beef, lamb, pork and poultry; milk and cheese; granola; heritage milled grains; coffee; honey; and maple syrup. “Each week we pick up our fresh goods at the farm or have them delivered directly from the farmer, crafter or small business,” Williams says. “We believe in the importance of knowing who and where our food comes from.” Marketplace hours are Fridays from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sackett Square Marketplace is located at 3312 Rte. 343, Amenia, NY. For more info, call 845.337.1192, email SackettSquare@ or visit


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Winter Farmers Markets Provide Seasonal Fun

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old weather is no reason to pass up our local farmers markets, says Dacotah Rousseau, marketing and communications manager for Down to Earth Markets. “Yes, you have to bundle up, but the farmers market is still a fun place to

shop in winter,” she says. Down to Earth runs winter markets in Ossining and Mamaroneck, as well as Park Slope and McGolrick Park in Brooklyn and Morningside Park in Manhattan. The Ossining market will be outdoors along Main Street, while St. Thomas Episcopal Church, located at 168 West Boston Post Road in Mamaroneck, will be the indoor home of Rye Farmers Market and Larchmont Farmers Market. Visitors can expect to find seasonal produce like apples; kale, cabbage and other hearty greens; and lots of root vegetables, such as carrots and potatoes, Rousseau says. “Some of our farmers grow in greenhouses, so you will also see coldweather treats like cherry tomatoes. Of course, our local food makers will still be hard at work, so baked goods, artisan breads, pickles, jams and specialty items will all be available as well.” Like most warm-weather markets, Down to Earth’s winter markets include music and activities (as weather permits in Ossining), as well as a steady supply of new vendors. But Rousseau says December brings something special: “holiday music and lots of baked goods, food gifts and specialty items.” For a full list of Down to Earth Farmers Markets and locations, visit For more info, call 914.923.4837.

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THE GIFTS OF CITRUS Colorful Good Health in Holiday Dishes by Judith Fertig


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inter citrus fruits that arrive in a gift basket or show up on sale at the grocer present a welcome bright spot on winter’s darker days. Valencia and blood oranges, limes and Meyer lemons are delicious in their own right, and deserve their place on the breakfast table. Yet there are many other intriguing ways to enjoy them in vinaigrettes, salads, main dishes, baked goods and desserts. Winter citrus is full of health benefits, just when we need them most: during the busy holiday season. To start, they help bolster our immune system, guarding against colds or helping us recover faster. Their high vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, content is water soluble. According to a comprehensive study by the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, a daily intake of 400 milligrams of vitamin C can halve the incidence of colds in adults and cut their duration by 14 percent.

The flavonoid hesperidin in citrus helps boost “good” HDL cholesterol and lowers “bad” LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, report researchers in the Journal of Nutrition. In a new study in Nutritional Neuroscience, hesperidin in citrus also was found to ameliorate brain deterioration found in Alzheimer’s patients. Other studies further show that the grapefruit diet wasn’t wrong; eating half a fresh grapefruit before each meal can help us lose weight. In a study conducted at the Scripps Clinic, in La Jolla, California, and published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, researchers put overweight volunteers on an exercise plan for 12 weeks and asked them to eat either half a fresh grapefruit or drink apple juice and pop a placebo pill before each meal. The grapefruit group dropped an average of three-and-a-half pounds, compared to only one-half pound for the apple group.

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Limonoids, an antioxidant found in most citrus, may help guard against stomach, lung, breast and skin cancer, according to the U.S. Agricultural Research Service. Animal and human cell studies found that limonoids—especially those in fresh oranges—harbor potential as anticancer compounds. Another study in Nutritional Neuroscience showed that the volatile compound limonene, found in the rind of a lemon, can enhance memory. As nights grow colder and longer, winter citrus “adds a little sunshine to every meal,” says Jamie Schler, author of the recently released cookbook Orange Appeal: Savory & Sweet. Schler grew up in Florida, surrounded by

citrus groves between the Atlantic Coast and Indian River. “Winters meant Dad’s workbench in the garage groaning under the weight of brown paper grocery bags filled to bursting with navels, tangerines, grapefruits, Valencias and tangelos,” writes Schler. “I fondly recall trips in the old green station wagon to the groves on chilly weekend mornings where we could pick them ourselves.” Today, Schler and her husband own and operate the boutique Hotel Diderot, in Chinon, France, where life’s a feast—especially during citrus season. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

Zesty Citrus Holiday Recipes

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Moroccan Spiced Orange Slices with Orange Blossom Water Orange blossom or orange flower water is available at better grocery stores, kitchen shops, Middle Eastern markets or online. Yields: 4 to 5 servings 5 medium to large navel or large blood oranges 3 Tbsp orange blossom water 1 tsp ground cinnamon 2 Tbsp honey or date sugar ½ pomegranate, seeded 1½ to 2 Tbsp coarsely chopped unsalted pistachios 8 to 10 mint leaves, chopped or torn, for garnish Peel the oranges and cut away all of the white pith and outer membrane. Slice each orange across the core into ¼-inch slices, six per orange, reserving any juice that runs off. Push out and discard any spongy white core. Fan the slices in concentric circles, slightly overlapping the fruit, on a large round serving platter.

Drizzle the orange blossom water and any reserved runoff juice over the fruit. Using a fine sieve, lightly and evenly dust with cinnamon and a generous drizzle of honey. Chill the oranges for at least 1 hour or longer in the refrigerator before serving. When ready to serve, sprinkle the pomegranate seeds, pistachios and mint leaves evenly over the top. natural awakenings

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Meyer Lemon Chia Seed Bowl with Tangerines Yields: 2 servings for breakfast, or as a snack or dessert ¼ heaping cup chia seeds 1½ cups dairy or non-dairy milk 2 Tbsp maple syrup, or to taste 1 Tbsp Meyer lemon juice (or other citrus juice) Pinch of sea salt ½ tsp lemon zest Fresh tangerine segments for garnish In a bowl, stir together the chia seeds, milk, maple syrup, Meyer lemon juice, salt and lemon zest.

Yields: 6 servings as side dish or starter or 4 as main dish 2 Tbsp butter or margarine, divided 2 Tbsp olive oil, divided, plus more as needed 8.8 oz shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, caps sliced into ¼- to ½-inch strips Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste Zest of 1 orange 2 large oranges, juiced, about 1 cup, divided 1 small yellow onion, peeled and chopped 9 oz Arborio rice 4 cups warm chicken or vegetable stock or broth 2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil or 2 tsp dried; or 1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh sage leaves or 1 tsp dried 1½ cups young, tiny sweet peas, fresh or frozen

Add ¼ cup orange juice and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes until the juice evaporates and the mushrooms are very tender and glazed. Transfer the mushrooms to a bowl and set aside. Add the remaining butter and oil to the skillet and return to the heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, for 3 to 4 minutes over medium heat until softened, transparent and just starting to turn golden. Add the rice and zest and toss with the onions until all the grains are coated in oil. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes more, stirring, until the rice becomes translucent. Add 2 ladles (about 2/3 cup) of stock and cook, stirring constantly and gently, until the liquid is almost absorbed.

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Shiitake Mushroom and Pea Risotto with Orange

Heat 1 tablespoon each of the butter and oil in a large skillet over mediumlow heat until sizzling starts.

Cover and chill for at least 1 hour. To serve, spoon the chia seed mixture into bowls and garnish with tangerine segments.


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Add the mushrooms and salt and pepper and cook, stirring, until tender, 4 to 5 minutes, adding more oil if needed.

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If using fresh peas, add them with the first addition of stock. Stir in the fresh or dried herbs at the same time. Continue cooking the risotto over medium heat, adding 2 more ladles (about 2/3 cup) of stock at a time, stirring constantly, allowing each addition of liquid to be almost absorbed before adding more broth.

Brush the radishes, carrots and leeks with olive oil and place in a grilling basket or on a perforated grill rack. Grill for 4 to 5 minutes, turning often, until the vegetables have just started to brown at the edges. Zest the limes and set the zest aside.

When the rice has cooked for 10 minutes in this manner, add all the remaining juice and cook until it’s absorbed. Continue cooking the rice, stirring, adding 2 ladles (about 2/3 cup) of broth at a time until the liquid is absorbed, about another 10 minutes. When the rice has cooked for a total of 20 minutes, if using frozen peas, stir in the peas, as well as the mushrooms. Add any remaining stock and cook, stirring, until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender and creamy. Total cooking time should be 20 to 25 minutes from the moment the rice is added to the skillet. Taste and add more salt or pepper if needed.

Halve the limes and grill, cut sides down, for 1 to 2 minutes or until they have good grill marks; adds a smoky, caramelized flavor.

Charry Lime Vinaigrette: Zest of 2 limes Juice from the grilled limes 1 Tbsp seasoned rice wine vinegar 1 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro 1 tsp Dijon mustard 1 tsp sorghum or maple syrup ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Baby Vegetables and Microgreens with Charry Lime Vinaigrette

Vegetables: 4 oz baby radishes 4 oz baby carrots, with some of the green top 4 oz baby leeks, trimmed 4 oz baby yellow pattypan squash 2 oz microgreens

Yields: 4 servings

Prepare a medium-hot fire in the grill.

For the Charry Lime Vinaigrette, squeeze the juice of the grilled lime halves into a bowl. Whisk in the reserved lime zest, rice wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, sorghum and olive oil together until well blended. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Arrange the vegetables on salad plates and garnish with microgreens. Spoon the vinaigrette over all and serve. Adapted lemon and lime recipes are from Red, White, and ’Que: Farm Fresh Foods for the American Grill by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig, permission of Running Press. Adapted orange recipes are from Orange Appeal, by Jamie Schler, permission of Gibbs Smith.

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he Garrison Institute is offering a series of winter workshops and retreats designed to cultivate mindfulness, awareness and compassion. December 1 through 3, writer and poet Mark Nepo will lead The One Life We’re Given: Finding the Wisdom That Waits in Your Heart, a workshop to help participants more deeply appreciate the gift of life. December 15 through 17, the Garrison Institute will host Cultivate Garrison Institute Meditation Hall Inner Stillness for the Winter Solstice, a meditation retreat for both beginners and seasoned practitioners. Anyone whose New Year resolution is to become more aware of the body and trust in its innate wisdom can sign up for Embodying Practice: A New Year’s Resolution Retreat, scheduled for January 4 through 7. Those who simply want to spend time alone in a contemplative setting to reflect, rest and recharge for the year ahead can join the Garrison Institute on January 12 through 14 for a personal retreat. Finally, the Institute will offer a special workshop, Cultivating Emotional Balance, February 23 through March 2. “This is an evidence-based training that was developed at the request of the Dalai Lama,” says Jane Kolleeny, retreats director. “It will help you understand more deeply your own emotional life and set your course for a meaningful life.”

he Chapel at Croton Falls will host its annual winter solstice service, an interfaith celebration of the light, December 17, at 6 p.m. The service is open to the public, with a suggested donation of $15. The chapel regularly hosts Interfaith Sundays, usually on the third Sunday morning of the month, but this annual ceremony “promises music, magic and mystery,” says Rev. Deborah Moldow, an interfaith minister at the chapel. “The solstice service is always held in the evening, so that the darkened church can be filled with the light from our candles and the glorious Christmas tree donated each year by the Outhouse family.” This year’s special guests will include singer Kristin Hoffman; Bear Walker, a holistic healer and Native American medicine man; and Westchester Spirited Drumming, a local group open to all. People of all ages are invited to bring a drum or rattle to help call in the light. Along with M o l d o w, Kristin Hoffman members of the chapel’s interfaith team adding to the “magic” will be Pastor Dr. Hans B. Hallundbaek and Rev. Melanie Gambino. The event is sponsored by the Garden of Light, a nonprofit platform for emerging spirituality that arose out of the interfaith services at the chapel. To learn more about that organization, visit For more info about the winter solstice service, email Deborah@GardenOfLight. org. See ad, pg 38.

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Anam Cara Meditation Center in Armonk

Anam Cara Leads Meditation and Mindfulness Programs


he Anam Cara Meditation Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to making meditation instruction available to everyone, will host an introductory program, The Science and Art of Meditation, on November 30, at 7:15 p.m., at its center in Armonk. The Foundation will also host a six-week mindfulness training beginning in January and lead a meditation retreat in March at the Garrison Institute. Founded by Lawrence Edwards, PhD, in 2001, Anam Cara regularly offers free programs at its center and online at Thousands of people worldwide receive its monthly e-newsletter, which features supportive teachings and quotes related to meditation from a variety of different perspectives. The mindfulness training will begin January 10 at the Anam Cara center, located at 2 Byram Brook Place, Suite 2, Armonk. The meditation retreat, Living through Dying, will be held March 16-18 at the Garrison Institute, located at 14 Mary’s Way, Route 9D, Garrison. “This retreat focuses on the power of meditative and spiritual practices to support us through the many forms that death and dying take in our lives,” Edwards says. “We often have to die to relationships, hopes, dreams and work, as well as loved ones, and ultimately we will all face death. Ancient wisdom traditions give us insights, practices and the guidance we need to move through these experiences in ways that can lead to healing, expansiveness and even greater creativity and new life.” Edwards has published articles on mindfulness meditation and biofeedback and is a leading authority on Kundalini, the esoteric root of yoga. For more info or to register, visit See ad, pg 37.

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Creating a Healthy Mind through Meditation


eginning in January, the Mariandale Center, in Ossining, will offer a new workshop series, Creating a Healthy Mind through Meditation, presenting new approaches to mental and emotional well-being, based on emerging research on the minds of long-term meditators. “We’re excited to introduce a series that expands the benefits of meditation from single sessions to sustained, Winter scene from daily practices that offer benefits for Mariandale Center a lifetime,” says Jane Hanley, director of Mariandale. “Meditative states are not only restorative, but continue to benefit the mind throughout the day and enable it to function in creative, effective and stable ways over time. By practicing specific meditation techniques, it is possible to retrain your brain in ways that improve mood and overall well-being.” A sponsored ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Hope, the Mariandale Center offers retreats and programs on spirituality, the arts, writing, environmental advocacy, social justice and wellness services. Mariandale also hosts nonprofit groups and schools for workshops, retreats and conferences. For more information or to register, visit or call 914.941.4455. The Mariandale Center is located at 299 North Highland Ave., Bldg. 5, Ossining, NY. See ad, pg 35.

Religious Leaders Share Space in Mohegan Lake


ev. Karen Brammer of the Fourth Unitarian Universalist Congregation and Rev. Paul Tesshin Silverman of Iron Ox Center/Tetsugyuji Zen Temple are now sharing the church building located at 1698 Strawberry Road in Mohegan Lake. In a statement announcing the new arrangement, they said it Rev. Paul Tesshin Silverman would enable additional spiritual and Rev. Karen Brammer programs that strengthening their mutual commitment to “supporting open-minded spiritual exploration and ethical development. We celebrate life, nurture each other, and provide support in loving and open-hearted acceptance.” The Unitarian Universalist services are held Sundays from 10:30 to 10:50 a.m. (for families with children) and from 11 a.m. to noon (traditional UU service). For more info, visit The new Yorktown Zen meditation group meets with Abbot Silverman Saturdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. For more info, visit To reach the church building, call 914.222.3114. natural awakenings

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PEACE ON EARTH Conflict Resolutions that Work to Bridge Divides Healing happens when we handle conflict in a healthy and transformative way.

Call to Action

Roughly 30 years ago, notable voices began urging Americans to embrace a sustainable worldview of unity in diversity, recognizing our core oneness as a solution to an increasingly out-of-balance society. Success in this endeavor depends primarily on the “habits of the heart” of our citizens, developed in local milieus of families, neighborhoods, classrooms, congregations, voluntary associations, workplaces and public places where strangers gather.

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While mainstream media often largely focuses on the negative aspects of conflict—discord, divisiveness, intolerance, violence, incivility, injustice, chaos and complex problems—a counter-movement is convening constructive conver-


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sations. Participants are initiating dialogue and deliberations intended to resolve conflicts and create cohesiveness, collaboration, cooperation and compromise among local factions that disagree on how to deal with everything from health care and social justice to environmental protection and climate science. Educational training materials and books are giving outdated models of conflict resolution a facelift. In The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from a 12,000 Mile Journey Through a New America, Sarah Van Gelder devotes a chapter to a Greensboro, North Carolina, battle over a story about a deadly, racially charged incident from the city’s recent past. She quotes James Lamar Gibson, a 20-something African-American activist

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and core organizer for the Counter Stories Project: “We’ve been stuck in an old conversation for a couple of decades. We want to have an army of people with restorative conversation skills, so we can get past the divisiveness and imagine together a different sort of Greensboro,” he says. The project began with facilitator training, and then developed story circles in which residents were able to have the difficult discussions that don’t ordinarily take place among the police, city council, churches and social agencies. Today’s conflict resolution experts are discovering that conflict is an essential and powerful call for applying spiritual principles and exercising spiritual practices.

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A community is a group that can fight gracefully… Chaos is not just a state; it is an essential process of community development. ~Dr. M. Scott Peck, The Different Drum: Community Making and Peace

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“What if we considered conflict as a secret ally or a guidepost, showing us what really matters to us and how much we care? What if our intense emotions are sources of invincible energy, with the power to build the world we want, together? What does having conflict in a healthy and transformative way look like?” queries Ma’ikwe Ludwig, executive director of Commonomics USA, an organization which educates and advocates for a world where a commonsbased economy creates economic and ecological security for all. “Conflict has the power to bring to the surface what’s really at stake and to unite people toward a common goal,” advises Ludwig. Her thought-provoking questions can help shift perceptions toward the idea that we need to use conflict; maybe even welcome it. Ludwig, author of Together Resilient: Building Community in the Age of Climate Disruption, recently helped present new perspectives on conflict resolution during a webinar for Transition US members interested in creat-

ing inclusive and diverse communities through collaboration. The nonprofit inspires, encourages, supports and provides networking and training for grassroots initiatives seeking to build community resilience in the face of such challenges as oil spills, climate change and economic crises. Courtney Breese, managing director for the nonprofit National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) and her colleagues, together with thousands of innovative thinkers, are helping by introducing people to simple dialogue and deliberation structures, processes and resources that invite meaningful and productive conversations leading to constructive civic engagement. Breese remarks, “We’re open to working with anyone interested in learning processes that can help bridge divides. We also like sharing stories about what is working.”


The group’s downloadable free tools help newcomers: A beginner’s guide for exploring dialogue ( beginners-guide); a how-to-guide for Conversation Café (CC) hosts (Tinyurl. com/ManualForConversationCafe); and the American Library Association Libraries Transforming Communities: Models for Change Project ( ltc-models). “To date, we’ve had at least 800 librarians participate in free NCDD webinars,” Breese notes. CC is a simple tool useful in exploring difficult topics and provides a safe space to process different perspectives. “Initial agreement on basic rules includes suspending judgment while listening and seeking to understand others, refraining from persuading or converting and talking only from personal experience,” explains Breese. One new network member, J. Scott Wagner, author of The Liberal’s Guide to Conservatives, speaks about the importance of using neutral language in dialogue. “I learned from him how words can be emotional triggers and signal one-sided perspectives, leaving some group members feeling angry or excluded because they feel the speaker won’t be open to hearing their perspective,” says Breese.

After three tours of the U.S. and hundreds of interviews with conservative individuals, Wagner, founder of the nonprofit Reach the Right, was inspired to use his knowledge of five arenas—neurology/cognitive psychology, personality, bias, social conformity and morality—to help progressives understand conservatives that are not only their political leaders, but also their relatives, partners, friends and managers. He offers a simple explanation for anyone drenched in inaccurate biases. “We inherit unconscious genetic personality characteristics that lead us to develop our ideology, with which we construct our world and align with others that are in agreement. Differences in our personality characteristics are the culprits that create conflict.”


orld Café-style conversations used in Conversation Cafés to discuss issues that matter offer a powerful social technology to engage people in meaningful and constructive dialog in corporate, government and community settings. Understanding that conversation is the core process that drives personal, business and organizational life, it’s a way of thinking and being together sourced in a philosophy of conversational leadership. Embracing a combination of these guiding principles can foster collaborative exchanges, active engagement and helpful possibilities for action. n Clarify the Purpose n Create a Hospitable Space n Explore Questions that Matter n Encourage Everyone’s Contribution n Connect Diverse Perspectives n Listen for Insights and Share Discoveries Source: Principles

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Drawing on 25 years of experience of enabling sworn enemies to create peace in places such as South Africa, Northern Ireland and Colombia, Adam Kahane, author of Collaborating with the Enemy: How to Work with People You Don’t Agree with or Like or Trust, shares insights into the “enemyfying syndrome” that instigates conflict. This habit of thinking and acting as if people we are dealing with are our enemies and the cause of our problems is all around us and dominates the media. “The enemies are always the others, ‘those people’. Enemyfying, which feels exciting and satisfying— even righteous and heroic—usually obscures, rather than clarifies, the reality of the challenges we face. It amplifies conflicts, narrows the space for problem solving and creativity, and distracts us with unrealizable dreams of decisive victory from the real work we need to do,” observes Kahane. Kahane sees the challenge of conflict becoming more acute. “People today are generally more free, individualistic and diverse, with stronger voices and less deference. Volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity are growing.” Yet, contrary to the common view, it is possible for people that hold contradictory positions to find ways to collaborate. That’s what he and 40 others representing military officers, guerrillas and paramilitaries; activists and politicians; businesspeople and trade unionists; landowners and farmers; and academics, journalists and young people, accomplished in the Destino


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Intense emotions can become sources of invincible energy with the collective power to build the world we want. Colombia project. They organized to contribute to ending their country’s 52-year civil war.

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Jonathan Bender, founder of The Performance of Your Life, a public speaking and personal development business, has been on a lifelong quest of fostering personal growth and societal transformation. His therapeutic classes and workshops demonstrate how to connect, honor and deeply resonate with others, even if they have different worldviews, and how to listen and hear in the same way we want to be heard. Acknowledging the adrenalin rush that’s a common response to fear of conflict, Bender says, “When we learn to be mindful and speak from our entire body, rather than just from our head,

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we notice that the voice resonates and originates from a much bigger place. This teaches us to cultivate greater awareness of our emotions and how we express them. “Begin by acknowledging an emotion, and then reduce its intensity through slow, deep breaths, paying attention to the correlating physical sensation. Shifting our focus back to the heart allows us to recognize parts of ourselves in the stories of others and come to understand that our personal history is the filter through which we ‘enemyfy’,” says Bender, who speaks and presents publicly, educating audiences and clients about the universally challenging performances of everyday life. According to Robert Atkinson, Ph.D., author of The Story of Our Time: From Duality to Interconnectedness to Oneness, today’s rugged individualism amid conflicts comprises a crisis of consciousness. “No longer can we settle only on seeing things in opposition to one another; we need to shift our consciousness to be able to see the parts coming together in a new whole. Accepting the oneness of humanity as a biological fact, a social necessity and a spiritual reality will lead us further along our journey toward lasting world peace.” His observation fits with what Joanna Macy, author and scholar of Buddhism and deep ecology, believes is the call of our time: “As planetary citizens, we are being called to wake up together.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings who blogs at


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INSPIRED LIVING Five Ways to Make the New Year Sparkle by Kelly Martinsen


nspiration may strike anywhere, at any time. The trick is nurturing the process to appear on demand when we need it most. Often, an inspiration is sparked when we perceive someone being selfless, courageous, physically extraordinary or deliciously creative. However, we don’t need to wait for outside stimulus when we can discover internal stirrings by invoking any of these self-inspiring tips. Just Do It – The Nike slogan has never been more appropriate. We all have something we’ve thought about doing or trying. Whether traveling to a new location, trying a different sport, joining a new-to-us group or club, or making more friends, don’t put it off— just do it.

Economics examined the relationship between volunteering and happiness in a large group of American adults, they found that the more people volunteered, the happier they were. Journal – People often journal as a way to reflect upon their lives. This can be helpfully revealing, but rather than looking back, look forward, using a journal as a blueprint to manifest the most inspired year yet. Write out plans and dreams with the steps needed to achieve them.

Volunteer – A common excuse for not volunteering is, “I don’t have the time.” Next year, make the time. When researchers at the London School of

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Defeat allodoxaphobia – It’s the fear of others’ negative opinions. Everyone suffers from this to some extent, and it can hinder us from living our best life. Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt remarked, “You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.”

Gratitude – This is the big one. One way to be and stay inspired is by starting off each day in a state of gratitude. Every morning before getting out of bed, think of at least three things to be grateful for. By doing this, we recognize the blessings we have and greet the day in a positive frame of mind. It’s a perfect way to end each day, too. When someone routinely inquires, “How are you?” answer, “I am grateful.” Our time on Earth is not infinite. With only so many days promised, let’s vow to live them inspired.

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12 Happy Holiday Tips

How to Really Enjoy the Season by Dianne Bischoff James


eelings of comfort and joy can seem elusive when the holiday to-do list looms or runs amok. The season can seem more like an endless burden than a parade of cheerful events and glad tidings. Amidst celebratory chaos, these simple rules will help restore inner peace and create greater happiness.


Eschew Perfection Guests are much more interested in filling their stomachs with great food than judging the scuff marks and wall dings. The perfection of the season is found in the special moments when families and friends sit down together.

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Pay Attention to the Smiles The approaching holidays encourage more shared smiles, kind words and thoughtful gestures. While out and about, look for the grins and well wishes. Hold the door open for others and offer a friendly greeting to store clerks. We’ll find ourselves smiling even more, because thoughtfulness is contagious.


Do Nothing for 15 Minutes It’s amazing how refreshed we feel when we take a few minutes to sit in a comfortable chair and simply expe-


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rience a moment of stillness. Inner quiet allows the mind to relax and reinvest energy in the body, so we can return to holiday activities with renewed zest.


Give Each Person a Special Gift Think of something thoughtful that both the giver and receiver enjoy doing together and write a promissory note for the shared experience, such as a free backrub, a day spent downtown, a personal manicure or a movie the other person wants to see.


Take Advantage of Extended Shopping Hours To avoid crowds and lines, schedule a late-night power-shopping trip. This is the easiest way to manage a department store visit with sanity, have easy access to the shelves and get immediate service.


Take a Holiday Binge Day Designate a day with no limits and no self-judgment. For anyone that mentally monitors their calories or sweets, claim a binge day out loud with permission for total holiday munching freedom. The next day, we can reinstate discipline.


Sing While We Work Nothing makes meal preparation tasks go faster than crooning along to our favorite carols. Turn up Susan Boyle’s O Holy Night and soon your lungs will be full of air, your heart filled with sentiment, and the turkey stuffed with seasonal goodness will be ready to go into the oven.


Express Feelings in a Healthy Way Family gatherings can sometimes test our boundaries and patience. Avoid repressing feelings by finding a way to speak a personal truth in the moment, in a calm and healthy fashion. It’s better than returning home stewing about what we wish we could or should have said.


Assign Roles to Household Helpers The holiday load is lighter when everyone pitches in. Assign specific roles to household members with clear responsibilities, from taking out the garbage to setting the table and washing up.


Leave Some Tasks for Later It’s unrealistic to think the house has to be in perfect order after festive gatherings. After guests leave, put the leftovers in the fridge and watch a movie. Cleanup will feel easier and faster after a good night’s rest.


Express Gratitude at the Table Loving feelings can never be expressed enough, so use the holiday as an opportunity to tell others how important they are to you. Create a heartfelt moment at the table by sharing at least one thing that you’re truly grateful for, and ask everyone else to do the same.


Go Outside for Fun in Nature Hiking in a nearby forest preserve, skating, sledding or building a snow fort with the kids not only burns energy, but is emotionally exhilarating for the whole family. Pick an outdoor activity, don appropriate togs, and share in the laughter and serenity of a sparkling winter day. Dianne Bischoff James is a life transformation coach, actor, business consultant and author of The Real Brass Ring: Change Your Life Course Now. She specializes in facilitating the midlife reboot and lives in Boston, MA. natural awakenings

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Go Eco Like Grandma

Honor Her Wisdom in New Ways by Avery Mack


se it up, wear it out, make do or do without,” was the motto of past generations. Today, it’s recycle, repurpose and reinvent. Nostalgia is making a comeback. It’s tempting to revert to successful old-fashioned ways; it’s even better to update the how-to of natural eco-living.

Preserve Food “There are tradeoffs between convenience and environmental impact,” says Kathleen Hanover, executive creative director at Imagine That Creative Marketing Services, in Dayton, Ohio. “I’d love to freeze all of our family’s produce, but after two power outages, I can veggies, too. Steam canners for jams, jellies, tomatoes and high-acid foods use three inches of water and 10 minutes of energy.” Shel Horowitz, a consultant for Green and Profitable and co-author of Guerrilla Marketing to Heal the World, joined a food co-op in the 1970s. Today, it has 9,000 members. “I dehydrate 44

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veggies for soup, pasta, stir-fry dishes or as tomato or zucchini chips,” he says. “Onions, shallots, garlic, leeks, celery, kale, hot peppers, tomatillos and fruit were successful; eggplant, cucumbers and rhubarb were not.”

Use It All The Traditional Line menu devised by executive chef Mark Russell, of Great Performances, a sustainability-oriented high-end catering and food service company in New York City, remarks, “Food trends have changed,” noting preserving, freezing, pickling and canning remain sound. He salutes thrifty Depression-era practices. “My grandparents picked dandelion greens to fry in bacon fat,” he says. “A salad with olive oil and fresh tomato is healthier.” Fermented grape leaves can be rolled up into dolmas filled with local grains and feta cheese instead of meat. He also blanches and freezes cauliflower leaves, warmed in butter to serve; he’s then used the whole vegetable. Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

Nasturtium leaves are fermented, seeds and stems pickled and flowers puréed. “I make nasturtium flower coulis, bright orange and spicy, to dollop on freshwater fish,” Russell says. “Stems are minced into grain salads and seeds sprinkled on slabs of beefsteak tomatoes. Leaves, soft from fermentation, wrap around fresh goat cheese, shred into coleslaw or pair with steamed basmati rice.”

Apply Gardening Tips Containers ease gardening, especially for tomatoes. Hanover repurposes plastic cat litter buckets. “They’re sturdy and hold up in cold weather,” she says. “Alpaca poop fertilizer supplied by a neighbor doesn’t smell and plants thrive.” Ocala, Florida, reiki master and teacher Debi Goldben employs nature’s bounty at home. “Downspouts collect rainwater for the garden, and it’s much better than chemically treated city water,” she says. Some municipalities, including in Colorado, regulate rainwater collection, mandating the size and number of barrels per property “for outdoor use only”.

Sew Up Repairs Anca Gooje, owner of Chid Kala, a natural ingredient lotion maker in Scarborough, Maine, uses colorful patches to repair tears and update the look of her two children’s clothing. She also recompressed their sofa’s inner springs to their original shape by encasing them in fabric. “It was timeconsuming, but only cost a few dollars for fabric,” she relates. “Updating avoided creating more landfill. For a fresh look, I made a new cover.”

Multipurpose a Cook Pot “My mother believed pressure cookers would explode, so I bought an Instant Pot and changed the way I cook,” says Sue Ann Jaffarian, a Los Angeles paralegal and mystery writer. “I have a demanding day job and writing deadlines. I toss in healthy ingredients and have a simple homemade meal, often vegan, in a minute. Soup, stew, risotto, pasta, chili, pudding, brown rice and oatmeal work well. It doesn’t heat up the kitchen, either.”

The Instant Pot works like a crock pot, pressure cooker, steamer, sauté pan, warming pot, rice cooker and yogurt maker, replacing seven appliances.

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“My Hadley, Massachusetts, farmhouse, built in 1743, might be the oldest solar home in the country,” muses Horowitz. “Our farmer neighbors have a methane digester to turn cow poop and restaurant waste into electricity and heat. We’ll hook up to it to replace heating oil.”

Make Holiday Décor “Retro-style repurposing is smart, fun and easy,” says upstate New York lifestyle writer and cookbook author Cynthia O’Connor O’Hara. “I glued together assorted cups, saucers and plates with glass-specific glue to create tiered servers that double as a centerpiece. Check your house to find dishware that will look nice together.” It’s satisfying to combine experiences with updated technology, save time and support a healthier planet, both during the holidays and year-round.

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AWAKE PARENTING Raising Connected, Confident Kids by Judith Fertig


ne of the greatest challenges parents face is connecting with their children in deep and meaningful ways. The aim of awakened families is to raise strong and emotionally resilient children. Parenting expert and clinical psychologist Shefali Tsabary, Ph.D., author of The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children and The Awakened Family: A Revolution in Parenting, offers mindful approaches to benefit the family—and the community. Via her practice in New York City, appearances on Oprah and online courses, Tsabary provides awareness, skills and strategies to revolutionize families. She posts videos and blogs at  

How do parents know if they’re on the right track? To be awakened or conscious means to realize that we carry emotional baggage and conditioning from childhood that affects our relationship with our children. Our old ways of thinking and

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being from our own childhood shape the manner in which we react and interact today. Awakened parents are constantly evolving into their truest and most authentic selves. When parents undertake a daily practice of mindfulness and awareness, they begin to extricate themselves from blind reactivity to see how every problem with their children is a call to their own awakening. Parents will know they are on the right track because they will connect more with their children, empowering them to think and live autonomously—separate from a parent’s fantasies and expectations.

How can each family member connect with their true self? Parents need to understand that the path to creating a connected relationship with their children is to first create one with themselves. Realizing this, they consider their own inner growth a high priority. Children need to learn who they are and what they really enjoy. Parents

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introspection, they might discover triggers from old wounds that have nothing to do with a child’s behavior. When they can see the internal link, they can begin to make the transformations they need. As a parent, I have learned that my role is to step aside, stay in infinite possibility, heal my own wounds, fill my own bucket and let my child fly.  

can help by allowing children to just sit by themselves. If inundated with activities and subjected to numerous lessons, how can young people hope to recognize their authentic voice amid the din of all this “doing”?

How do children benefit from conscious or awakened parenting? Conscious parenting mandates that we place the task of connecting with our children front and center, especially before correcting them. Admonishing and punishing them becomes secondary to the main imperative of conscious connection. It’s crucial we realize we aren’t raising a “mini-me”, but a spirit throbbing with its own signature. Thus, it’s vital to separate in our mind who we are from who each child is. Children aren’t ours to possess or own in any way. When we know this in the depths of our soul, we tailor their raising to their needs, rather than molding them to fit our needs. Children raised in this way grow up to be fearless and infinitely resilient, knowing that their purpose in life is to

How can closer, awakened families co-create a better world via the ripple effect? live in their most authentic and true way. Conflicts decrease and conscious, connected communication increases.  

What can parents do when they fall back into old patterns, shaming children or doing other things that create distance?

When this happens, parents need to sit with themselves and look deeply within, asking: “What is it about me that feels the need to deride, scorn and shame my children?” In such

When children grow up feeling connected with their parents and deeply seen by them, they march into the outer world feeling self-confident and aware of who they truly are, secure in their own inherent inner-connectivity. Children raised in this manner naturally help advocate for peace and harmony in all of their relationships; incidents of bullying, anxiety and discrediting one’s self and others decrease exponentially. Judith Fertig is a freelance writer from Overland Park, KS (

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hirty years ago, speaker, author and journalist Lynne McTaggart recovered from an illness using alternative approaches to health. Since then, she’s been exploring the frontiers of healing through consciousness and alternative medicine. In the 1990s, McTaggart, who lives in London, started a newsletter called What Doctors Don’t Tell You, now an international magazine and popular platform at that cites thousands of resources showing what works and doesn’t work in conventional and alternative medicine and how to beat chronic conditions naturally. McTaggart’s seven books include The Intention Experiment, The Field, The Bond and most recently, The Power of Eight. Her latest work examines the transformative power of small groups of people sending thoughts together for a common goal.

sending them a well-defined intention, like changing the pH balance of water or healing a war veteran of post-traumatic stress disorder. To date, 26 of those 30 experiments resulted in positive, measurable, mainly scientifically significant effects. We’ve seen the pH of water change by a full pH number and seen seeds grow twice as much as control seeds.

Can you summarize the results of your experiments of healing through collective intentions? We’ve done hundreds of experiments using small and large groups; 30 were tightly controlled scientific studies conducted in conjunction with researchers at institutions such as the University of Arizona, University of California and Penn State University. The experiments have involved all kinds of intentions, ranging from the relatively simple to the impossibly complex. The large-scale intention experiments involved upwards of 25,000 participants remotely logging onto a website to view photos of the targets, sometimes 8,000 miles away, and Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

We also conducted three peace intention experiments with interesting results: After our eight-day intention for Sri Lanka during its civil war, violence levels fell; the government had won several decisive battles that week; and within a few months that 25-year war was over. We can’t say with certainty that we had a hand in this, but our other peace experiments showed similar results. If it happens a few more times, that becomes compelling.

What conditions were the most conducive to manifesting positive results? Was it intention, the power of the group or altruism? I think it’s a little of all of these. We’ve found that larger groups do not have a larger effect, which brought about the “power of eight” concept. I’ve discovered all that’s needed is a group, whether it’s eight or 8,000. In a group, we seem to lose our sense of individuality and separation from the world. We experience an overwhelming sense of oneness with the other intenders, which may be why our influence then becomes more powerful.

How did the act of sending positive intentions affect the senders? I was most surprised by the rebound effects reported by participants, whom I started surveying after the Sri Lankan peace experiment. Thousands of extraordinary comments related not only how participants felt during the activity, but also afterwards; they were experiencing major shifts in their relationships, health, careers and well-being. All they had done was sit individually in front of their computer holding an intention, yet they experienced the altered and mystical states of consciousness described by psychologist Abraham Maslow as “peak experiences”. Life University, a large chiropractic university in Atlanta, worked with us to study the brainwaves of participants in six “power of eight” groups and found that senders had decreased activity in their frontal and parietal lobes, which govern the sense of self. It was like the boundaries between participants were dissolving into a state of oneness. To me, this partly explained the sense of oneness, compassion and love they

experienced. Andrew Newberg, director of research at the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health, in Philadelphia, recorded similar effects in Sufi masters, and nuns and monks engaged in prayer and meditation, but only after years of learning certain techniques. My participants, all novices, were primed only by watching a 13-minute YouTube video of me explaining how to send intention in a group. Group intention appears to be a fast-track to the miraculous—no experience necessary.

Why does “groupthink” have such a powerful, multiplicative effect? I think a huge part of it has to do with the power of getting off of yourself and setting an intention for someone else. Another is the connection created in a group. When we engage together in an activity like praying or setting altruistic intentions, we create a powerful virtual circle that proves healing to both the receivers and senders. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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healingbriefs Rubystar Reflects Founder’s Healing Vision


hen Melissa Allen founded Rubystar Healing Arts, she envisioned something more than just a physical place for healing. “My vision and intention for Rubystar is to hold space for, anchor and increase light and love on the earth to help heal the world,” she says. A spiritual psychotherapist and healer, Allen supports her vision by offering a broad array of services designed to help clients grow, expand and cultivate their best selves, inside and out. Rubystar offers spiritual consulting, psychic readings, vibrational energy healing, intuitive massage, yoga, healing retreats and face and body beauty services, along with a variety of classes and events. Wellness products and gifts, including crystals and essential oils, are also available there. “Visitors to Rubystar experience the embodiment of this energy designed to uplift them, expand their energy field, and create positive shifts in their being,” Allen says. “They maximize their human potential by connecting more deeply with the divine flow each time they visit.” Rubystar also serves as a private event space for sacred gatherings or soirees, from baby and bridal showers to psychic readings and yoga parties. “Regardless of which practitioner you spend time with, service you receive or event you participate in, the healing energy of Rubystar will enhance your overall vitality, beauty, spirit and joy,” Allen says. Located at 47 E. Market St. in Rhinebeck, Rubystar is open Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. and 24/7 by appointment. For more information, call 845.876.LOVE or visit See ad, pg 40.

StarVisions Hosts Four Inspirational Holiday Programs


tarVisions, a Westchester charity focused on spiritual enrichment, will offer four inspirational events for the holiday season. Programs on interfaith ministry, the afterlife and the 2018 “energy forecast,” as well as a winter solstice celebration, are scheduled for December. On December 3, Rev. Dan Chesbro will teach a class in the Order of Melchizedek and lead an ordination ceremony for those who wish to serve as interfaith ministers. The program will be Roland Comtois held from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at KatonahSpace, located at 44 Edgemont Road in Katonah. “Participants will learn the teachings of Melchizedek, and the ethics and legalities of interfaith ministry will be reviewed,” says Anne Bentzen, a StarVisions council member. “They can decide at the end of the class whether they wish to be ordained. The ordination ceremony provides a powerful energy boost for each individual.” The class fee is $100, or $250 with ordination. Popular spiritual medium, author and speaker Roland Comtois will present “Validating the Afterlife” on December 4, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Bedford Presbyterian Church. “An entourage of grace enters the room during Roland’s programs as he connects people with loved ones who have crossed over,” Bentzen says. “They hear undeniable heaven-sent messages affirming the unbreakable bonds of love. His signature Purple Papers bring additional messages for participants.” The program fee is $80. Audience members must be 18 years old. On December 11, from 7 to 9 p.m., channel Carol Essig will forecast the energies for the upcoming year. “Carol’s intuitive wisdom will shed light on what to expect and how to navigate the shifts and changes of 2018 while remaining grounded and centered during these evolutionary times,” Bentzen says. The program will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, located at 236 South Bedford Road in Mount Kisco. Admission is $35. StarVisions will also host a free winter solstice celebration, including a ceremony of light and music, December 21, from 7 to 9 p.m., at KatonahSpace. “The winter solstice celebrates the return of the light,” Bentzen says. “Scott Nelson will share Native American wisdom insights and lead a special drumming circle to embody the truths of the season.” Guests should bring their own drums, shakers or rattles. For more info, see Natural Awakenings’ calendar listings, call 914.588.4079 or 914.236.4503, or email To register early for fee-based programs, visit


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Expand Your Voice Expand Your Spirit by Ronni Sarrett Lederman


e are all constantly aware of our appearance—especially what our face looks like in the mirror. But we also have another “face,” one that we carry into every facet of our lives but rarely think about, even though much of our self-expression is carried within it. Except for those of us who are singers or in speech therapy, we tend not to focus on our voice; it just seems to come out of our mouths automatically. However, when we learn to pay attention to our voice—how it works in the body, what it conveys energetically, and especially how to harness its immense power—we can change it. And by changing our voice, we can change our lives and our spiritual connection to others.

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same phrase aloud several different ways. Try saying the sentence “See you later,” for example, these ways: sweetly • peacefully • sarcastically • breathlessly • playfully • wearily • authoritatively To change the meaning of the sentence, you might emphasize various words, speed some words up or slow some down, slur or enunciate certain consonants, add ring or more breath to your sound or vary your volume and pitch. Try saying, “See you later,” with a slightly tight throat, and then try it with a very loose, easy feeling. The possibilities are vast. As an exercise by yourself or with a partner, see how much you can vary these three words. Notice how your face, body, throat and emotions make slight or even big changes as the message varies.

The Physiology of Voice

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intentions and vital to all communication. It is not static, but can have many shades and nuances. How does the body produce this miraculous tool of communication? Understanding the answer, even in a basic way, is the first step in getting acquainted with and opening or freeing the voice so that you can more fully express who you are. The voice is made up of four components: an energy supply, a vibrational source, a resonator and articulators. The energy supply is a steady stream of exhaled air. If you can’t feel a lot of airflow as you speak or sing, you are not opening up and relaxing your throat as much as you could. Practice saying a full sentence, such as “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” Say it slowly, feeling the airflow as you speak. Then say it again slowly with less airflow. If you run out of breath more quickly the second time, that’s because you have run out of airway or throat space. The vibrational source is the vocal cords. Just like a motor in any mechanical device, we need to stay out of its way so it can function effectively. That means that the voice doesn’t get more powerful by pushing it. The resonator is the open throat, the same space where the air is moving freely as you speak or sing. The articulators—tongue, lips, teeth and palate—take the raw sound produced by the vocal cords and the air stream and shape it into meaningful words.

Harnessing Vocal Power

Most of us have experienced tightening of the throat or voice, which is a fear or stress response created by our natural defense mechanisms. A tight voice is a false way of feeling less vulnerable; however, it actually blocks our personal energy. To raise our vibration as spiritual beings, we must relax the throat and the areas around it to produce a free, expressive and resonant voice. A relaxed voice energizes the throat chakra and also helps us listen to others better. Ronni Sarrett Lederman is a voice teacher and Reiki master in Bronxville. For more info, visit

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PETS ¤ MUSIC Each Species Grooves to Its Own Beat by Sandra Murphy

He could tell by the way animals walked that they were keeping time to some kind of music. Maybe it was the song in their own hearts that they walked to. ~Laura Adams Armer musician, composer and sound behaviorist has invented species-specific music based on her 30 years of research. Humans hear up to 23,000 Hertz (Hz), which differs substantially from that of many other creatures ( deafness/HearingRange.html). A Hertz is a standard unit of frequency set at one cycle per second.

Horses Hear Up to 33,500 Hz Marlow found that horses prefer rhythmic pieces matching their natural movements. “When a Tennessee walking horse breeder played music during a birth, the foal and mother recovered faster than usual.” After that, “The horses ran to the barn upon hearing the same music.” Sally Morgan, a physical therapist and advanced certified Tellington TTouch practitioner in Northampton, Massachusetts, who has enjoyed freestyle performance riding, says, “I liked to play our songs in the barn. Five CD players can keep horses relaxed most of the day. They don’t like countrywestern music; it’s often sad and in the wrong cadence. Classical music 54

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like Bach is calming. When I played Pachelbel’s Canon in D on my flute, my Morgan gelding, Ten Penny Moonshine, listened for hours.”

Rabbits Hear Up to 42,000 Hz “Rescued rabbits like long tones, common in music accompanying yoga or reiki,” Morgan relates. “Long tones hold a chord with layers of notes on top.”

Dogs Hear Up to 45,000 Hz “People hear in stereo, animals in mono,” says Marlow. It’s why dogs tilt their heads left to right—to allow more sound waves into their ears—collecting information from various angles. Sound frequency and intensity keeps an animal alive in nature; they learn to flee in another direction, not analyze. Separation anxiety is often due to a sound the dog doesn’t recognize, Marlow explains. Sound triggers behavior, whether good or bad, as dogs relax or are stressed. Music releases tension from their being ever-vigilant as seen in their posture. To understand what a dog hears, sit or crawl on the floor. Electronic speakers

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ust as dogs’ and cats’ noses are more efficient than ours, they also have better hearing, reacting to a broader and higher range of frequencies and vibrations. “We sense our world from where our ears are. Our plane is generally five to six feet high; animals closer to the ground hear things differently,” says Janet Marlow, founder and CEO of Pet Acoustics, in Washington Depot, Connecticut. The internationally renowned

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are usually positioned at heights conducive for our ears, not theirs. “For the holidays, my dogs and horses like We Three Kings, The Holly and the Ivy and especially Greensleeves for their baroque roots and repeating patterns,” notes Morgan.

Cats Hear Up to 64,000 Hz Marlow credits her cat, Osborn, with inspiring her interest in music for animals. When Osborn was injured, she visited the veterinary hospital and sang to him to keep him calm. Her home state’s Litchfield Veterinary Hospital became her initial testing ground for speciesspecific music. “We use Pet Acoustics music boxes in the cat ward, recovery rooms and exam rooms,” says Heather Florkowski, a certified technician at the facility. “In our experience, stress inhibits the healing process. Like people, animals are anxious when ill and visiting the doctor’s office. Music helps ease their stress. At home, when I move the music box to another room, my dog follows it.” “During a TTouch session, cats are completely relaxed when I play New Age music for them,” says Morgan. “Pick music that fits the cat’s personality. You can tell what they like from their body language; it’s not always what you’d expect.”

Aquarium Fish Hear Up to 3,000 Hz “Fish are frantic animals that must always anticipate their next meal,” says Sam Williamson, a former marine biologist in Edinburgh, Scotland. “When I started playing classical music at feeding time, I noticed my three betas became calmer. A piece by Benjamin Britten, started two minutes before feeding, led to them expect food only when the music played.”

Domesticated Birds Hear Up to 8,500 Hz In the wild, birds are part of a flock. At home, they’re often solitary. “Birds are the most musical and communicative of all animals,” remarks Marlow. “Without companionship, birds can get neurotic and pull their feathers out. Provide a sense of the outdoors by including nature sounds in played music.” “Animals need us to be aware of their hearing,” Marlow advises. “Holistic pet people have addressed improved diet and medical procedures. Understanding how music supports their well-being also enables us to better care for them.” Connect with Sandra Murphy at natural awakenings

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The New Face of Sports Medicine by Marlaina Donato

From college athletics to Olympic training, sports medicine has a new, holistic face.


oaches and athletes nationwide are attributing quicker recovery time, less inflammation and better focus to a whole body approach to health care. A nutrient-dense diet tailored to individual needs is at the heart of overall fitness. Like Venus Williams and Tom Brady, tennis and football superstars who prefer raw vegan and organic whole foods, respectively, many of today’s outstanding athletes choose to eat clean and incorporate mind-body practices.

Telling Triumphs

Paralympic snowboard cross racer gold medalist, world champion and International Ski Federation para Nordic World Cup gold medalist Evan Strong, of Nevada City, California, was raised on an organic farm in Hawaii and continues to adopt many holistic practices. “I have a superfood smoothie every day. Liquid food helps me feel lighter and I have more usable energy for training,” says Strong. His regimen also includes organic produce, sprouted grains, occasional raw goat milk products, homeopathic formulas and wildcrafted medicinal herbs. Strong credits achieving his personal best to a healthy lifestyle and recovery from an automobile accident that led to amputation of his lower left leg as a teen. “After the accident, my family and I opened a raw vegetarian restaurant. We produced as many cultured foods as possible—sauerkraut, kombucha and kefir. Improving my gut health gave me the biggest strides in healing. Yoga and meditation also contributed. It all saved me.” 56

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Six-time Ironman triathlete, U.S. Senior Olympic gold medalist and marathoner Ruth Heidrich, Ph.D., of Honolulu, attributes surviving stage IV breast cancer primarily to her low-fat vegan diet. Six-time Ironman triathlete, U.S. Senior Olympic gold medalist and marathoner Ruth Heidrich, Ph.D., of Honolulu, attributes surviving stage IV breast cancer primarily to her low-fat vegan diet. Already an avid runner and nutritionally conscious, Heidrich was shocked to hear the diagnosis. “I was 47 years old when I was told the results of the biopsy. I thought I was going to die because of the symptoms I was experiencing,” recalls the 82-year-old, who not only beat multiple malignancies without chemotherapy or radiation, but was the first cancer patient to complete an Ironman Triathlon. This “Ironlady’s” holistic approach includes a whole food, 100 percent plant-based diet, featuring oats, quinoa and brown rice. “When we give our body its proper fuel, it will function at its optimal level,” remarks Heidrich, who has dedicated her life to re-educating others about diet and investing in her ongoing athletic achievements.

On the Road

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brings along superfoods such as green vegetable powders to use when he can’t access organic produce. To optimize his air quality while away from home, Strong uses a personalized air purifier that creates ozone. San Franciscobased, three-time Olympic swimming gold medalist and world champion Natalie Coughlin remains dedicated to better diet choices without Ruth Heidrich deprivation. “When I travel, I always bring my own snacks. I like dark chocolate-covered almonds, a natural sweet that also supplies protein and fiber. To stay hydrated, I drink herbal teas, especially mint,” says Coughlin, who also incorporates a tart green smoothie every morning with kale, parsley, collards, celery, citrus and frozen pineapple. At home, “I like to be informed about where my meat comes from and how the conditions are for the animal. If I roast a chicken, I will use every part, including the bones, to make a stock,” she says. Her holistic approach includes a consistent yoga regimen, meditation and application of essential oils.


High Expectations

Even under the best of circumstances, professional athletes encounter difficulties, but when faced with enormous obstacles, the best can get even better. “I’ve faced injuries and illness during pivotal times in my life and career, but I always approached it with the intention to be proactive, rather than being reactive,” advises Coughlin. For Strong, confronting tragedy with the right attitude offers possibility. “Thirteen years ago, I was hit by a car and lost my leg, but now I see that moment as a blessing instead of a curse. It was a hardship that tested my limits, but in the end, it propelled me to achieving dreams I didn’t even know I had.” Nearly four decades after her grim diagnosis, Heidrich embodies hope for all of us when she says, “It is never too late to adopt a better way.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

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evotion Yoga, the only dedicated Kundalini Yoga studio in the River Towns of Westchester County, has recently renovated its studio. Owner Pritam Bani Kaur says the revamped space offers a serene environment in which to begin or enhance a yoga practice and learn the benefits of mindfulness and meditation. “The gentle sounds of the gongs and chimes fill the air, creating a relaxing and sacred space,” she says. Kundalini Yoga and mediPritam Bani Kaur tation classes are offered Monday through Friday at 9:30 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. and Sundays at 9 a.m. On Sundays, a 10:45 a.m. half-hour meditation class follows the 9 a.m. yoga class. A Tweens & Teens class is offered Tuesdays at 4 p.m., and a Kundalini basics class is offered Fridays at 9:30 a.m. Kaur says new workshops and special events will be coming in 2018. The first class is free to new students, and the studio offers new-student specials, drop-in rates, discounted class packages and monthly memberships, she says. Pritam Bani, a certified Level 1 Kundalini Yoga instructor, completed her teacher training certification at Kundalini Yoga East in NYC in May 2017. She will begin Level 2 training in February. She also teaches at Golden Prana Yoga Studio in Katonah. Devotion Yoga is located at 2055 Albany Post Rd., Crotonon-Hudson, NY. Parking is free. For more info, contact Pritam Bani at 914.930.7707, email the studio at Info@ or visit See ad, pg 57.

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Hosted by Yoga Teachers Association 1:30–4:30pm Experience a mindful style of yoga movement that opens and stimulates, releases aches and pains, and de-stresses. The Yoga Studio, Club Fit Briarcliff Manor, NY $45 members/$65 nonmembers Register at 914.582.7816 /

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1 The One Life We’re Given: Finding the Wisdom that Waits in Your Heart – Dec 1-3. With Mark Nepo. Explore how to inhabit the one life given by getting closer to life, loving what one does, finding what can last and more. marknepo. Introduction to Kundalini Yoga and Meditation – 9:30-11am. With Pritam Bani Kaur. Beginner class. Movement, breath and meditation taught at a slower pace and more. First class free. $20 drop-in. Devotion Yoga, 2055 Albany Post Rd, Croton on Hudson. 914.930.7707. Intention Group – 5:30-7pm. With Savannah. BYO paper and pen. $10. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Info:

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2 Entertaining in the Country at Merritt Bookstore – With Joan Osofsky and Abby Adams. Join featured authors of: Entertaining in the Country: Love Where You Eat: Festive Table Settings, Favorite Recipes, and Design Inspiration 57 Front St, Millbrook. Info: 845.677.5857. Learn the Tarot Part 1 – 10am-2pm. With Amy Benesch. Part 2 held Dec 9. $200 for both classes. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Info: Shamanic Reiki Level Two Training – Dec 2-3. 10am-5pm. With Melanie Ryan. Experiential weekend deepens integration of two ancient healing forms, Shamanism with reiki. Will practice timetested methods that enhance intuition and expand consciousness. $435. Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462. Annual Arlington Holiday Festival – Dec 2-3. Noon-6pm. Sip goddess glitter nog while making one’s way through the streets of Arlington on the Eggnog Crawl. Shopping village, children’s activities, parade and more. Dreaming Goddess 44 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206. Holiday Kirtan – 6-7:15pm. With Tejase. Vocals, acoustic guitar, bass, percussion and harmonium. $15. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. Must RSVP: 914.793.2600 Full Moon Kirtan – 7-8:30pm. With Sita’s Light. Sing, listen, dance, recline or meditate to call and response chanting of sacred mantras with guitar and more. Sacred Spirit Yoga and Healing Arts Center, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Pricing info: Sacred Chant Kirtan – 7-9pm. With Harnam. Musical celebration of spirit. Experience peace and joy with mantra, voice and guitar. $25. Golden Prana Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. Preregistration required: 914.232.3473.

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3 Pulse Manifestation - 10am-5pm. Led by Janet Catalina. Learn an easy- to-use tool to become empowered, create a new future and let go of blocks. Ixchel Center, Hartsdale. Info: pulsemanifestation. com. Contact Janet at 914.548.8372. The Order of Melchizedek and Priesthood Class for Ordination into Interfaith – 1-4:30pm. With Rev Dan Chesbro. Learn history, ceremonial rituals, legal duties and receive powerful divine attunement. $100 class. $250 class and ordination with certificate. KatonahSPACE 44 Edgemont Rd, Katonah. 914.236.4503. Yin Yoga & Meditation – 4:30-6pm. Practice hydrates connective tissues and gives internal organs a much needed massage. Quest Yoga Arts 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Preregister: 914.996.4286. Women’s Full Moon Gathering – 7-8:30pm. 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.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 4 Free Meet, Greet and Sample Reiki – 10am-Noon. With Anne Bentzen. Learn about benefits of reiki, ask questions, receive brief experience of reiki healing. Apogee, 170 Harris Rd, Bedford Hills. 914.244.1606. Validating the Afterlife – 6-8pm. With Roland Comtois delivering channeled messages for the soul. Receive messages of eternal love, hope and healing. $80. Bedford Presbyterian Church, 44 Village Green, Bedford. 914.588.4079. Register: Panic to Powerful – 6:30-8pm. ‘The Cancer Journey’ workshop for those with cancer, caregivers or survivors. Free. Katonah Village Library, 26 Bedford Rd, Katonah. Register: 914.232.3508. 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.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5 Free Lunchtime Lecture: The Excretory System – 1-2pm. The last in the series of Body-systemspecific lectures led by Dr. Kaushik. Presented by Dr. Kaushik’s Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic. Yellow Monkey Village, 792 Rte 35, Cross River. Info: 914.875.9088. Meditation for Love, Light & Protection – 6-7:30pm. Powerful guided imagery meditation to send out love and light to others. Leave feeling relaxed and re-energized. Reviva Skin and Body Solutions, 929 Main St, Fishkill. RSVP required: 844.363.7894. Breast Cancer: Oxidative Therapies, Hyperbaric and Topical Nutrition – 6-7:30pm. Masters Holistic Health Series with Dr. Michael Wald. Lean to reprogram basic cancer causes including oxidation, immune-deficiency and cell-talk. Free. 86 Smith Ave, Ground Flr, Back Entrance, Mt Kisco. Must RSVP: 914.552.1442.



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Sunday, December 17 6pm-7:30pm Winter Solstice Magic Featuring: Kristin Hoffman, Bear Walker & Westchester Spirited Drumming Suggested $15 donation at the door. 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: Kundalini Yoga & Gong Meditation –7-8:30pm. With Pritam Bani Kaur. Use movement, sound current, breath and meditation, 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.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6 Natural Way to Quit Alcohol, Sugar, Smoking – 7-8pm. Learn simple, effective method for quitting smoking, alcohol, sugar and more. 80 percent success. Simpler than most dare to believe. Free lecture. Briarcliff location. 914.705.1805.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7 Foodie Club for Teens – Dec 7, Jan 11, 25, Feb 8, Mar 8, 22, Apr 19 and May 3. 3:15-4:30pm. Tweens in grades 6th and up. Make snacks and small meals that the group can enjoy using the library staff kitchen. Register: 914.232.5717. Aroma Yoga – 6-7pm. Learn how to incorporate Young Living essential oils into one’s yoga practice. BYO yoga mat. Products available for purchase. Reviva Skin and Body Solutions, 929 Main St, Fishkill. RSVP required: 844.363.7894. Lunar Sound Bath – 7-9pm. Gentle Kundalini Yoga Kriya to honor the present moon phase followed by an extended relaxation with gongs. Golden Prana Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. Preregistration required: 914.232.3473. Using Homeopathy and Functional Medicine in a Family Practice – 7:30pm. Susanne Saltzman, MD discusses ways to treat acute and chronic conditions in adults and children. Rye Free Reading Room, 1061 Boston Post Rd, Rye.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8 Healing Circle for Stress Reduction and Health Enhancement – 12:30-2:30pm. With Anne Bentzen. Deep relaxation with reiki offers natural healing solutions in group setting. Max 12. $30 Apogee, 170 Harris Rd, Bedford Hills. RSVP required: 914.244.1606. Text/info: 914.588.4079.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9 Kundalini Yoga & Meditation – 9:30-11am. With Pritam Bani Kaur. Movement, sound current, breath and meditation used to relax, heal mind and body.

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Meet our practitioners: sample and discuss what benefits your body, mind and spiritual well-being 7pm PANEL of ASTROLOGERS What’s Ahead in 2018? Wainwright House 260 Stuyvesant Avenue Rye, NY Seating limited - register a must! All levels. First class free. $20 drop-in. Devotion Yoga, 2055 Albany Post Rd, Croton on Hudson. 914.930.7707. Dynamic Gentle Yoga – 1:30–4:30pm. With Rudy Peirce. Experience a mindful style of yoga that opens and stimulates, releases aches and pains and de-stresses. The Yoga Studio, Club Fit, 584 N State Rd, Briarcliff Manor. Pricing/info: Audrey Brooks: 914.582.7816. Tibetan Sound Bowl Healing – 5:30-7pm. With Michelle Clifton. Celestial harmonic sound that resonates with our energy field, having a profound healing effect on the nervous system and more. Mt Kisco. Pricing info: 914.447.0822. Michelle: Infant Massage Instruction – 6-8pm. Physical and emotional benefits for one’s baby and a wonderful way to promote bonding. For new parents/grandparents with babies up to four months. Quest Yoga Arts 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Preregister: 914.996.4286.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10 Reiki Level One Training – 10:30am-2:30pm. With Brett Bevell uses humor and grace toward discovery that all have the ability to be reiki healers. $250. Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462. Newborn Care – 12:30-3:30pm. Learn immediate newborn procedures, sleep expectations, cord care, starting a routine and more. For pregnant women 28 plus weeks and their partners. Quest Yoga Arts 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Preregister: 914.996.4286.

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 11 Energy Forecast for 2018 – With Carol Essig. Gain insights on how to navigate shifts for the coming year. $35. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 236 S Bedford Rd, Mt Kisco. 914.588.4079. Register: Mindful Eating Workshop – 1:30pm. Understand how mood can affect food choices. Discover ways to enjoy favorite foods and how to choose foods to help mood. Register: 914.232.5717. Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. 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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fore labor begins. For couples 25 plus weeks. Quest Yoga Arts 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Preregister: 914.996.4286. Winter Solstice Healing Night – 5-7pm. With Merrill Black. Restorative yoga, singing, lighting ceremony and meditation. $20 (half benefits a charity).The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600. Kirtan – 6:30-8pm. With Satya Franche. Quest Yoga Arts 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Preregister: 914.996.4286.

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



Free Lunchtime Lecture: The Excretory System – 1-2pm. The last in the series of Body-systemspecific lectures led by Dr. Kaushik. Presented by Dr. Kaushik’s Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic. Yellow Monkey Village, 792 Rte 35, Cross River. Info: 914.875.9088.

Cultivating Inner Stillness for the Winter Solstice: A Special Retreat on How to Meditate – Dec 15-17. Includes talks, sitting and walking meditation, yoga in place, guided meditation, group discussion and optional one-on-one interviews with a meditation instructor. wintersolstice.

Tea & Stones – 6:30-7:30pm. Grab a friend and join us for our first annual tea and stones holiday party. Free. Dreaming Goddess 44 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206. Full details:

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13 Quit Alcohol Simply and Permanently – 7-8pm. Learn about the Weiss Method—helping people around the world overcome alcohol and other addictions. Easier than people ever thought possible.80 percent success. Free lecture. Briarcliff location. 914.705.1805.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14 Aromagathering – 6-8pm. Sample, experience and learn how to incorporate the healing powers of essential oils into everyday life. Young Living Oils available for purchase. Reviva Skin and Body Solutions, 929 Main St, Fishkill. RSVP required: 844.363.7894. Deep Restorative Yoga – 7-8:30pm. With Patricia. Props used to assist in holding poses for extended periods to experience progressive relaxation, reducing stress and more. All levels. Sacred Spirit Yoga and Healing Arts Center, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Pricing info: Reiki Circle – 7-9pm. Experience the healing energy of reiki. Reiki students and practitioners of all levels and traditions welcome. No reiki experience necessary. $20. Golden Prana Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. Preregistration required: 914.232.3473.


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Monthly Reiki Circle –7-8:30pm. With Deborah Amjadi. Reiki healing reduces stress, relieves pain and accelerates healing without use of medication. Those new to reiki receive either an individual or group energy healing. $20 cash. Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462. Archangel Healing Workshop – 7-9pm. With Shaman Elka Boren. $35. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Info: 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. Sound Bath – 7:15-9pm. With Gina Kjek. Guided mindfulness meditation, crystal singing bowls, sonic tuning forks, rattles, chimes, and tank drum and shruti box. Limited space. $40. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. Must preregister/prepay: 914.793.2600. Sound Healing & Tibetan Singing Bowls – 7:308:30pm. Michelle Clifton plays the singing bowls and awaken bodies’ own innate healing abilities and re-tune our bodies. $25 donation. SkyBaby Yoga & Pilate’s Studio, 75 Main St, Cold Spg. 845.265.4444.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17 Essentials for a More Easeful Birth: Couples Labor & Delivery Workshop – 1:30-5:30pm. Learn techniques for coping with challenges of labor be-

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Westchester Holistic Network: Astrology Panel forecasts 2018 at Yule Event – 6pm/Meditation for new and the seasoned; 6:30pm/Network with practitioners; 7-8:45pm/Astrology Panel: What’s Ahead in 2018. WHN members/first-timers free. $10 repeat nonmembers. Wainwright House, Rye. Register: Unwind – 7:30-8:45pm. With Melia. We will “roll” stiff tired muscles in patterned sequences to help the entire skeleton decompress as muscles unwind. $20. SkyBaby Studio, 75 Main St, Cold Spg. 845.265.4444.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20 Curing Addiction from the Core: Weiss Method Info-Lecture – 7-8pm. Learn about unseen energy of addiction and how this simple, natural method helps one quit for good. Alcohol, smoking, sugar and behaviors. 80 percent success. Free lecture. Briarcliff location. 914.705.1805. 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, DECEMBER 21 Introduction to Kundalini Yoga and Meditation – 9:30-11am. With Pritam Bani Kaur. Beginner class. Movement, breath and meditation taught at a slower pace and more. First class free. $20 drop-in. Devotion Yoga, 2055 Albany Post Rd, Croton on Hudson. 914.930.7707. Winter Solstice Event – 6:30-8pm. Open the heart and soothe the soul. Embrace the solstice with Master Sound Healer Sergei and his profoundly healing Tibetan singing bowls. Kirtaning and candlelight ritual. Dreaming Goddess, 44 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206. Winter Solstice Ceremony and Community Celebration – 7-9pm. All ages. Native American drumming circle, share potluck food offerings and more. BYO drum or rattle. Seasonal celebration for the return of Light hosted by StarVisions and KatonahSPACE, 44 Edgemont Rd, Katonah.914.588.4079.

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22 Intention Group – 5:30-7:30pm. With Savannah. BYO paper and pen. $10. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Info:


December 2017 Astrology with Pamela Cucinell Frosty Full Moon Chaos and resistance on the morning of December 1 generates masterful focus. The dots don’t connect on December 2 until evening, when possibilities expand. The December 3 Gemini full moon begins Mercury retrograde; emotions react like bumper cars, and reflection redirects. Impulse entices on December 4, when slow and steady is the better course. Opportunity on December 5 requires a confrontation. A thorny patch midday December 6 need not thwart a glamorous evening.  Dark and Bright Prioritizing goals on December 7 allows dynamic flow. Creativity produces high productivity on December 8, and even romance. Be of service on December 9, but allow room for self-care. Since every task seems uphill on December 10, walk in nature or exercise and bring a four-legged friend. Reach out, converse and mend fences on December 11. Go over contracts, edit and������������������������������ reconsider commitments on December 12. People say what they mean on December 13; feelings magnify this Hanukkah.    Breaking Ground Financial support and good fortune are available on December 14. Make no important appointment or decision on December 15: reflect and renew. The out-of-doors calls on December 16; don’t disappoint the goddess! High energy on December 17 provides an excellent platform from which to plan strategy and map out intentions. The Sagittarius new moon on December 18 champs at the bit for a fresh start. On 64

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December 19, Saturn enters Capricorn for the next few years, to lay the groundwork for new structures. Winter Solstice Unusual delights and inspirations on December 20 make an impression. The winter solstice on December 21 prepares us for the work ahead; look to like-minded community to build your ideal. Mercury direct on December 22 carries a message of light and love. Music sounds sweeter on December 23; say, “I love you,” to the mirror, and be ready to receive. Christmas Eve hits a high octave of transformation potential. Minimal expectations and maximum acceptance make for a lovely Christmas Day. Welcome 2018  The essence of meaning is conveyed on December 26, which enhances Kwanzaa celebrations. Inspiration flies on December 27; capture what you can. Prodigious focus on December 28 can help you plow through tasks. Organize or clear your desk on December 29, unless you have the luxury of relaxation. December 30 begs for childlike abandon or spiritual escape. Playful expectation is the best way to welcome 2018; cultivate the risk level of an adolescent and the wisdom of a sage. Find out more about Saturn’s journey through Capricorn at Pamela Cucinell offers spiritual revelation sessions with a practical twist, and live and online events. Contact her at or call 917.796.6026. See ad page 41. Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

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

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29 Spirit Circle – 7-8:30pm. With Carla Blaha. 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, group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30 New Year Community Yoga – 4-5:30pm. With Franklin Shire. All-levels. Set intentions for personal and planetary transformation. Sacred Spirit Yoga and Healing Arts Center, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Pricing info/early bird:

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31 Natural Way to Quit Sugar, Overeating, Smoking – Noon-1pm. Learn simple, effective method for quitting smoking, alcohol, sugar and more. 80 percent success. Simpler than most dare to believe. Free lecture. NYC location, E 37th btwn Park & Lex. 914.705.1805. Quit Alcohol Simply and Permanently – 1-2pm. Learn about Weiss Method—helping people around the world overcome alcohol and other addictions. Easier than ever thought possible. 80 percent success. Free lecture. NYC location, E 37th btwn Park & Lex. 914.705.1805.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 4 Embodying Practice: A New Year’s Resolution Retreat – Jan 4-7. Begin the New Year with a resolution and intention to become more aware of the body and trust in its innate wisdom. GarrisonInstitute. org/embodying.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 5 Crossover Yoga Project Teacher Training – Jan 5-7. CYP’s teacher training. Gain tools to empower at-risk teen girls through trauma informed yoga, mindfulness, social justice and art therapy curriculum. $275. Happy Buddha Yoga, 2 N Church St, Goshen. Register: 845.313.0712.

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sunday Kacey, On The Radio – 6:30am. The Health and Happiness Show. Interviews with therapists, healers, doctors, actors and dreamers. Tune into 100.7 WHUD. Pilates 1 and 2 – 9-10am. With Dani Weissberg. Strengthen core muscles to fight the effects of gravity and improve one’s posture. $10 trial class. Pilates and More, 129 Main St, Dobbs Ferry. Class packages: 914.478.356. Hudson Valley Regional Farmers Market – 10am2pm. 15 Mt. Ebo Road S, off Rt. 22, Brewster.����� ���� Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association building. Zumba – 10:30-11:30am. With Catherine Ruvolo. High energy dance party with rhythms from all over the globe. $15. Pilates and More, 129 Main St. Dobbs Ferry. Class packages: 914.478.3560 Power Pilates – 10:45-11:45am. Intense sculpting Power Pilates class; couples high energy cardio with ballet movements such as pliés and relevés along with pilates mat exercises. All levels. Balance Yoga & Wellness. 2444 Boston Post Rd. Larchmont. Info: 914.833.9703;   Community Yoga Practice for the Entire Family – Noon. By donation only. 992 Main St, Fishkill. Sunday Reboot: Teen Yoga, Meditation and Empowerment Classes – 1-2:30pm. With Crossover Yoga Project. 12-18yrs. Lowers stress, develop concentration skills and awareness. $100 five weeks. PranaMoon Yoga, 1000 N Division St, Ste 2H, Peekskill. 914.319.4010. All Levels Yoga – 4:30-6pm. With Christine Tergis. Focus on alignment, sensations, mindfulness and breath. Students may modify poses according to needs and ability. Beginners welcome. Sacred Spirit Yoga and Healing Arts Center, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Pricing info: $5 dollar Yoga –5pm. Proceeds benefit the Green Teen! beBhakti Yoga Center. 89 Dewindt St Beacon. One block off Main St., behind Library.

monday Vitamin D Ride – 5:45am. With DGunnz  Get sweating to R&B, hip-hop, house and reggae with a focus on breathless speed intervals and heart-pounding climbs$25. 692 Saw Mill River Rd, Ardsley.

Kripalu-based YogaShine – 9-10:30am. With Vitalah Simon, teaching yoga for 28 years. Gentle and calming, strengthening and invigorating, for adults, multi-level, lots of individual attention, beginners welcome, First class free. 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla. 914.769.8745. Mixed Equipment Pilates Class – 9:30-10:30am. A more advanced workout utilizing many of the different pilates apparatus. $40. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. Elaine: 845.876.5686. Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 10-11:15am. Find inner peace and energy. Movement using the breath. Focus on alignment and strong individual attention. All levels. $15 drop-in. Zen Garden. RSVP: 917.721.2529. Slow Flow Vinyasa – 11:30am-12:30pm. Moving mindfully with the breath, the focus is on safely transitioning through postures to build strength, balance and flexibility. Gently heated class. All levels. Balance Yoga & Wellness, 2444 Boston Post Rd, Larchmont. 914.833.9703.

Farmers Market at NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital – 11am-4pm. 1st and 3rd Tuesdays. SNAP/EBT & FMNP welcome. Main Lobby, 1980 Crompond Rd, Cortlandt Manor. Info kitchen classes/lectures: Slow Flow Yoga – 11:15am. A sequence of poses used to link the breath to our creative flexibility, strength and energy. enerShe fitness, 989 Rte 6, Mahopac. Info: 845.628.7165. Ayurveda Lunchtime Event – 1-2pm. Bodysystem-specific healing exercises through therapeutic yoga meditation and mantras. Oct: Digestive System; Nov: Musculo-Skeletal System; Dec: Excretory System. Free. Dr. Kaushik’s Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic, 792 Rte 35, Cross River. 914.875.9088. Gentle Yoga for Wellness – 5:45-7pm. With Ann Cassapini. Yoga using chairs, props, deep relaxation/meditation to build stability, strength and flexibility. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917.882.0921. Hot HIIT – 6-7pm. High energy, high intensity interval-style workout designed to torch fat and increase heart to the beat of music. Practice at one’s own pace. All levels. Balance Yoga & Wellness, 2444 Boston Post Rd, Larchmont. 914.833.9703. Foundations in Vinyasa – 7pm. With Michelle Tompkins. A vinyasa based practice with emphasis on alignment and growth for new practitioners. studio (B)e Amazing. Register/info:

Kids Yoga – 4-5pm. Ages 6-10 years old. An opportunity for kids to move, dance, sing and enjoy yoga. Quest Yoga Arts 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. 914.996.4286. Register: Body, Mind & Soul Dance Class – Through Dec 8. 5:45-7:15pm. Blending energy lifting free flowing movement with the lengthening, strengthening, toning elements of variety of dance forms. $25. White Lotus Grace: Spiritual Healing Arts & Dance, Millbrook. Preregister: 845.677.3517. Melt for Pilates – 6:30-7:30pm.With Marisa Duffy. Experience changes in how body looks and feels. Learn simple, at home self-treatments to remain active healthy and pain-free. $10 trial class. Pilates and More, 129 Main St, Dobbs Ferry. Class packages: 914.478.3560. Community Yoga – 7-8:30pm. With Megan Kaen. For “every body.” Each week get a groove on and empower at-risk girls. $10 suggested class donation. 982 Gallery, 982 Main St, 2nd Flr, Peekskill. 914.319.4010.

tuesday Rev Rhythm 45 Cycle – 5:45am. With Lucci.  Work out arms and core to the beat of today’s best music, during an exhilarating 45 minutes. $25. 692 Saw Mill River Rd, Ardsley.

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Pilates Mat with Magic Circle – 11:30am12:30pm. Pilates with physical therapist, Tina Sferra. Learn the principles of Contrology; breathing, concentration, control, centering, flow, postural alignment, precision and relaxation.$20 drop-in. Elite Performance @ Katonah Yoga, 39 Main St., Bedford Hills. Prenatal and postnatal Yoga – 10:30-11:45am. With Mekea. Class focused on bringing strength and energy back into the pre or postnatal body. Saw Mill Club, 77 Kensico Dr. Mt. Kisco. Info/price: 914.241.0797. Chill: Teen Yoga and Meditation Classes – 5-6:30pm. Yoga, meditation and art therapy offered to help teens manage their anxiety, gain focus and self-confidence to have a more fulfilling lifestyle. Yorktown Teen Center. Breath & Flow – 6:30-7:45pm. With Patty Meehan. Vinyasa flow class using breath, movement, balance, stretch, closing with meditation. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600.

Vinyasa Restorative Flow – 7:30-8:45pm.With Jo-Anne. Vinyasa flow class that incorporates restorative yoga. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. JoAnne: 917.364.1871.

wednesday Health Supportive Vegan Cooking Classes – Separate Children and Adult Hands on Workshop Sessions. Preregistration required by phone, online or at cafe. Good Choice Kitchen, 147 Main St, Ossining. 914.930.1591. for info/cost. Kundalini Yoga & Meditation – 9:30-11am. $25 drop-in. All welcome. Golden Prana Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.232.3473. Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 10-11:15am. Find inner peace and energy. Movement using the breath. Focus on alignment and strong individual attention. All levels. $15 drop-in. Zen Garden. RSVP: 917.721.2529. Yoga for Athletes – 6-7:15am. Class for athletes of all sports to release tight muscles and efficient recovery after tough training. Quest Yoga Arts 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Preregistration required: 914.996.4286. Yin Breath Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. With Victor Gazzini. Yoga class using a breath bases asana practice that incorporates meditation, visualization and chanting. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Vic: 914.319.7322. Hot Vinyasa & Guided Meditation – 6:30-8pm. 60-min linking breath to movement. Designed to improve mental and physical strength and more. Wind down with an optional 30-min guided meditation. Balance Yoga & Wellness, 2444 Boston Post Rd, Larchmont. 914.833.9703.

Mindfulness Meditation in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh – 7-8:30pm. One Earth Sangha at YogaShine Studio, 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla. 914.769.8745. Intro to Yoga – 7-8:15pm. Breath and asana linked to quiet the mind.��������������������������������  $18 drop-���������������������� in or $40 for new students 2 week unlimited. beBhakti Yoga Center. 89 Dewindt St Beacon. One block off Main St., behind Library. Sink In With Warm Deep Stretch – 7:45pm. 75min Yin practice. Great for everybody. 992 Main St, Fishkill.

thursday Rev Rhythm 45 Cycle – 5:45am. With Lucci.  Work out arms and core to the beat of today’s best music, during an exhilarating 45 minutes. $25. 692 Saw Mill River Rd, Ardsley. 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. Chair Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. With Suzanne Cohen, Flowing movement and stretching, done seated in chair and standing. 60 years/older needing individual modifications due to limited mobility. $15. Sacred Spirit Yoga and Healing Arts Center, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Pilates Tower Class – 10am. Fun and energizing Pilates workout in beautiful, fully equipped studio. Small class sizes. $35. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. 845.876.5686.

Hatha Elements Level I – 7-8:25pm. Experience mantra, asana, deep relaxation, pranayama and meditation. Quest Yoga Arts 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. 914.996.4286. Register: Kripalu-based YogaShine – 7-8:30pm, With Vitalah Simon, teaching yoga for 28 years. Gentle and calming, strengthening and invigorating, for adults, multi-level, lots of individual attention, beginners welcome, First class free. 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla. 914.769.8745.

friday Pilates Tower and Reformer Classes – 7:3010:30am. $35-40. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. Elaine: 845.876.5686. Roll & Restore Class – 8:30am. Release tension, get a better stretch and restore range of motion using foam rollers and other self-massage tools. Saw Mill Club East. 917.747.3331. Mindful Restorative Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. With Reyna. Movement through breath, props, self assists to release, calm and restore. Gentle level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600. Super Gentle Chair Yoga, Kripalu-Based – 9:3010:30am. With Vitalah Simon. Gentle and calming, strengthening and invigorating, for people and seniors wanting a more gentle class and more. First class free. YogaShine, 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla. 914.769.8745. Nia With Eve Fogler – 9:45am. Nia is an easy, fun therapeutic (non-impact) cardiovascular workout that leaves you feeling recharged and relaxed. at the Fred Astaire Studio in Bedford Hills. Info: 917.747.3331.


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Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 10-11:15am. Find inner peace and energy. Movement using the breath. Focus on alignment and strong individual attention. All levels. $15 drop-in. Zen Garden. RSVP: 917.721.2529. Gentle Yoga for Wellness – 11am-12:15pm. With Ann Cassapini. Yoga using chairs, props, deep relaxation/meditation to build stability, strength and flexibility. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917.882.0921. Slow Flow and Meditation Fridays – 12:301:45pm. With Roxanne. This flow practice reduces stress and increase mindfulness with breath work and meditation. Ease into this weekend. Saw Mill Club, 77 Kensico Dr. Mt. Kisco. Info/price: 914.241.0797. Kundalini Yoga & Meditation – 6:30-8pm. $25 drop-in. All welcome. Golden Prana Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. Preregistration required: 914.232.3473.

saturday Yoga Teachers Association Workshops – 2nd Sat. Open to teachers and students, members and nonmembers. The Yoga Studio, Club Fit, Briarcliff Manor. Info: Spin –7:45am. Energizing indoor cycling with hills, sprints and intervals followed by an ab-strengthening workout. enerShe fitness, 989 Rte 6, Mahopac. Info: 845.625.7165. Bikram Yoga – 8-9:30am. 26 postures systematically move fresh, oxygenated blood to 100 percent of body, restoring systems to healthy working order. Warm and stretch every muscle, ligament and tendon. Room: 105-110 degrees. All levels. Balance Yoga & Wellness, 2444 Boston Post Rd, Larchmont. 914.833.9703. 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: Fertility Yoga – 8:30-9:45am. Quest Yoga Arts 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. 914.996.4286. Register: Pilates Mat and Tower Classes – 9am. Fully equipped Pilates studio. $20-$35. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. 845.876.5686.

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FOR RENT 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. OFFICE SPACE IN KATONAH – 223 Katonah Ave. Attached to Golden Prana Yoga Studio. Separate entrance from the street. Great for private practice or body work sessions. Uneven rectangle shape. Measurements are approximately 17’ long, 9’ 10” at the wider end, 6 ½’ at the narrow end. Asking $650/month. Will consider a weekly rental. For inquiries please call: 914.232.3473. POUND RIDGE ROOM FOR RENT INSIDE DAY SPA. Heat and electricity included plus Wi-Fi. Our website is Please leave a message with Charles at 914.400.8318.

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LICENSED ESTHETICIAN, certified Pilates instructors, and certified Yoga instructors wanted as independent contractors to be a part of a growing health and wellness center in convenient Somers, New York. Contact or call 914.276.2056. NYS LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPIST – Massage Envy Spa now hiring at four locations in Westchester: day, evening and weekend schedules. Contact: 914.902.9200 or email resume for Rt. 22/Scarsdale; call 914.422.3689 or email clinic0906@massageenv. com for 365 Central Park Ave., Scarsdale location; 914.244.3689 or email clinic0918@massageenvy. com for Bedford Hills; 914.417.6940 or email for Rye Brook. Quickly develop a strong following. PART-TIME INDEPENDENT ADVERTISING SALES REPRESENTATIVE – Natural Awakenings is seeking an experienced advertising sales person who enjoys living a healthy lifestyle and is passionate about helping wellness businesses grow! We’re seeking a self-motivated person who loves to talk to people in person and via phone, emailing and texting; someone who is detailed and understands follow-through. Must have own own cell phone, computer and car. Compensation is commission based, so great for extra income. If interested please email

PET ADOPTION SPCA OF WESTCHESTER – Open 7 Days a Week: Mon-Sat 10-4 & Sun 1-4. No appointment necessary. Come find a new best friend. 590 North State Road, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510.

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. Joyful Mindful Yoga – 9:30-10.45am. With Ann, RYT 500 Well balanced asana sequences that focus on alignment, mindfulness, clear intention and joy. Intermediate level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917.882.0921. Hudson Valley Farmers Market – 10am-3pm. Year-round. A one stop shop farmers market with fresh Hudson Valley products. Greig Farm, 223 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook. Info: HudsonValleyFarmersMarket.

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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.

ACUPUNCTURE HUDSON VALLEY NATURAL HEALTH Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH The Center for Health & Healing 4 Smith Ave, 2nd Fl; Mount Kisco, NY 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 25.


Dr. Fred Lisanti, ND,LAC.,RH, CHT 266 White Plains Rd, B-1, Eastchester, NY 914.337.2980; Therapeutic solutions for acute and chronic health conditions. Acupuncture is an intelligent medicine, gentle enough for pregnant women, and powerful enough to treat serious conditions like chronic pain, stress, anxiety and depression. It can restore harmony and balance to mind, body and spirit.


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 ad pg 11.


25 North Division St. Peekskill, NY 914.772.4589; 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.


Addiction Free Naturally Briarcliff and Midtown Manhattan 914.705.1805 The Weiss Method 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 19.


John Montgomery, Ph.D; Therapy/Coaching Scarsdale, NY 10583 917.244.5161; Utilizes a powerful new therapeutic method that is based on extensive, cutting-edge research. The method is extraordinarily effective in helping people overcome a wide variety of emotional, behavioral, and substance addictions, including eating disorders and drug and alcohol addiction.


via Hawaii to Uptown Kingston Learn how to read the Akashic Records, or become a Certified Akashic Records Practitioner through the Pathway Prayer Proces s© – a responsible, reliable method for working in this remarkable, infinite, spiritual resource. Kia is also an Energy Intuitive and Wedding Officiant.

ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE KARLA BOOTH DIAMOND, MAMSAT 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.

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Lauren Awerdick, LMT Ossining & Tarrytown offices. On-Site & In-Home 914.534.1294;

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

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.

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.

271 Veterans Road Yorktown Heights, NY 10598; 914.962.3111 We offer a full boarding facility with outdoor runs and indoor kennels. Being an animal hospital for the most part, we take pride in our capability to kennel pets with medical problems or special needs. See ad pg 55.


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. See ad pg 79.


Organic skincare and aromatherapy Giuliana Lonigro; 917.650.7704 Protecting this precious planet and its inhabitants is central to everything we do. We do not test on animals, and our products are 100% vegetarian. Call me to set up a time to experience our holistic skin care and essential oils, to enhance your well-being.


Pamela Cucinell NCGR PAA Phone, Online & In-person 917.796.6026; 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 41.


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.

PO Box 245 Fishkill, NY 12524 845.489.2378; Stray HELP is a registered not-for-profit organization, managed entirely by volunteers. Our mission is to rescue and care for stray and homeless animals, namely cats, while providing humane education to the community. We work with property owners to conduct trap/neuter/return and with pet owners to make spay/neuter affordable. In 2015, we facilitated the spay/neuter, and medical care where needed, for over 850 cats. Help us reach 1000 in 2016!

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!


Lawrence Edwards, PhD, BCN, LMHC 2 Byram Brook Pl., Armonk, NY 10504; 914.219.8600

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Biofeedback/neurofeedback for ADHD, enhanced focus, peak performance, test stress, anxiety, chronic pain, headaches, insomnia, anger, meditation, mindfulness training and more. Dr. Edwards is board certified and NYS licensed. Physician and selfreferrals welcome. See ad pg 37.

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INTEGRITY CHIROPRACTIC Dr. Jodi Kennedy 11 Miller Rd Mahopac, NY 845.628.7233 (SAFE)

How would you like to wake up each day with less aches and more energy? Call today for your free consultation and findout what is standing between you and your health goals. See ad pg 32.


Poughkeepsie, NY 12601; 917.868.1769 Health coaching, with an integrative approach for corporations and families. Supportive, personalized and interactive wellness programs. Offering corporate lunch sessions and webinars increasing productivity and decreasing absenteeism. Wanda educates you on your favorite health topics and more.


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.

DR. MARIANNE MESSINA, DC 2241 Crompond Rd. Cortlandt Manor NY 914.930.8800

Optimize your body’s ability to heal and transform. Our focus is individualized and outcome based health care though functional nutrition, chiropractic a n d c r a n i o s a c r a l t h e r a p y. Cleanse, restore and repair your body, with whole food cleanses and whole food supplementation. We aim to find the root cause.


Edit J. Babboni, RYT- 200, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, 61 Lakeview Dr., Yorktown Heights, NY 917.721.2529; Drained from toxic relationships? Overwhelmed by stress at work? Fed up with those nagging cravings? Want to feel great in your body? Call for your first free consult to start changing your life! See ad pg 78.


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! See ad pg 20.


Life Coach in Positive Psychology The Center for Health & Healing 4 Smith Ave, 2nd FL, Mount Kisco, NY 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, Healing & Channeling Cold Spring, NY 845.424.6219; Mary Ellen O’Brien uses a combination of her intuitive and coaching skills to help individuals change limiting beliefs and awaken their true essence. Her clients experience more joy, fulfillment and balance in their lives.

INTEGRITY CHIROPRACTIC Dr. Jodi Kennedy 11 Miller Rd Mahopac, NY 845.628.7233 (SAFE)

Do you struggle with stress, pain and muscle tightness? If so, call today for your free consultation and learn how to finally address these issues and experience ideal health naturally. See ad pg 32.


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!


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Success Coaching and Hypnosis, LLC Pleasantville, NY 914.747.9059; Behavior Modification Coach and Intuitive Counselor, helps you achieve your personal goals: weight, stress, confidence, clarity and more. Immediate results and guidance using powerful tools and techniques for mind, body and spirit, just what you need to live a better life.

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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.

CRISIS SOLUTIONS HEALING KAREN W. SPIRER 914.310.2949; Immediate access to Crisis Solutions, in all areas of your life: Health, Nutrition, Relationship, Career, Environment, by receiving your Unique “Genetic and Personality Operating Manual,” that you didn’t receive at Birth.


Mag Treanor RN, Reiki, Emotion Code NLP, Kinesiology, EFT-Adv, Hypnotist Carmel, NY; 845.228.8132

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. 


Betty Prinsen, MA, Certified Practitioner 917.941.4767: Carmel 914.244.1606; Bedford Hills Relax and cleanse comfortably and easily through Ionic Detox Footbath. Feel revitalized, balanced, healthy and ready to enjoy life. Carmel and Bedford Hills locations. See ad pg 30.


Member: Westchester Holistic Network 845.709.5245 Facebook: House Harmony Do you have unsolved health issues? Selling your home? Is your business not attracting customers? Dowsing can help solve these issues. Call for more information and receive a free energy reading.

YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS Caitlin & Rob Begley, Ind. Dist. Info: Contact:

We are wellness educators striving to teach families about the purity and therapeutic benefits of Young Living Essential Oils and how to live chemical free. We offer ongoing wellness education through in-person and online classes, DIY seminars, and 1:1 coaching.

Realign mind body spirit, find core issues. Clear trauma, anxieties, negative Karma, Ancestral, Inherited, trapped emotions, limiting beliefs, Release Restore Realign Balance and Heal with intuition, intention, energy techniques. Tapping, Light, Sound, Magnets, Aromas, Spirit. See ad pg 41.



EXERCISE THERAPY 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.


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.

ANNE H. BENTZEN, MSOT, RMT, JRP Usui/Karuna® Reiki Master Teacher, Jikiden Reiki; Energetic Counseling, OT Armonk & Eastchester Offices 914.588.4079;

Energetic healing complements medical care. Experience relief from stress, trauma, pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, grief and more. Restore energy flow, improve immunity and balance all 7 major chakra systems. Monthly healing circles; Reiki certificate classes.

FACIALS GREENEARTH ORGANIC FACIALS Featuring Organic, Vegan Products 914.552.0983;

We offer Facials, Reflexology and Body Treatments in a tranquil, private setting in northern Westchester. All products are organic, vegan and cruelty-free, and each treatment includes aromatherapy and meditation. Make your appointment today and look forward to a complete mind/body relaxation experience.


Energy Medicine Practioner, Medical Intuititive, Physical Therapist 175 King Street, Chappaqua, 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.


By Appointment; Sarah’s House of Health 900 South Lake Blvd, Mahopac, NY 914.562.0618; Eminence O r g a n i c Skin Care is handmade, extracted from plants, vegetables and herbs from a family-owned farm in Hungary. Let the aromas treat your senses and the ingredients impart health and beauty to your skin. Gentle massage will stimulate collagen and deliver ingredients to the deepest layer of your skin.

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Dr. Jodi Kennedy 11 Miller Rd Mahopac, NY 845.628.7233 (SAFE); Are you between the ages of 2-92 and want to experience each day with less aches and more energy? Call today for your free consultation. Our unique total body approach is beneficial with proven results. See ad pg 32.



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.


130 Hardscrabble Rd. North Salem, NY 914.485.1210 Family owned and operated. We raise grass fed beef, free range eggs, pastured pork and turkey. Fruits/veggies from our farm and other local farms for Summer CSA. Local honey, milk and cheese. Spring/summer/fall annuals. Store open daily 8am-6pm. See ad pg 33.

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.


250 E. Hartsdale Ave. St. 22, Hartsdale, NY 400 Rella Blvd. St. 165, Montebello, NY 914.472.0666;


150 Purchase St - Hansa Building Ste #7, Rye, NY 10580 914.967.1630; Understand and correct the causes of chronic conditions. Dr. Warshowsky will help you develop your optimal healing plan, incorporating the best of conventional and Integrative, Holistic medicine. He is double board certified in OB/GYN, Integrative, Holistic Medicine and a facilitator of optimal health for men, women and teens. See ad pg 12.

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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.


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 25.


HAIR SALON 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 45.

The Landscape Artists 845.489.7250

We create gardens that promote healing for our clients. These sanctuaries combine beautiful sounds of chimes with flowers scents, the dancing of light off waterfalls and reflective surfaces.


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.

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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Jessica Mullins 118 Kraft Ave., Bronxville, NY 914.793.1000; Jessica, clinical herbalist and owner of Found Herbal Apothecary, offers custom herbal consultations using her training in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Traditional Western Herbalism and clinical nutrition to create individualized programs to address client’s health needs. For more information, please contact via email.

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 63.


Registered Herbalist (AHG) 1129 Main St, 2nd Fl., Fishkill, NY email:; 845.416.4598 Lor r ai n e o ffers 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.

HOLISTIC DENTIST 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 ad pg 9.


Michael Finkelstein MD FACP ABIHM SunRaven: The Home of Slow Medicine 501 Guard Hill Rd. Bedford, NY 914.218.3113; You can attain enhanced health and wellness on every level. I will guide you and together we will transform you into your own best doctor, friend and selfadvocate. You will learn how to bring yourself back into balance. My intention is to be the best healer and teacher I can be. I offer insightful health evaluations with customized medical guidance. Uniquely qualified to offer medical advice and attention from a holistic perspective. See ad pg 19.


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.

150 Purchase St - Hansa Building Ste #7, Rye, NY 10580 914.967.1630; Understand and correct the causes of chronic conditions. Dr. Warshowsky will help you develop your optimal healing plan, incorporating the best of conventional and Integrative, Holistic medicine. He is double board certified in OB/GYN, Integrative, Holistic Medicine and a facilitator of optimal health for men, women and teens. See ad pg 12.


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 oneon-one, to couples, and classes, online or in person.


In a beautiful retreat-like setting, we offer holistic psychotherapy, body therapies, acupuncture, shamanic reiki, intuitive guidance, spiritual counseling, homeopathy, naturopathic and herbal medicine, healing circles, workshops and professional trainings. See ad pg 11.

ALLAN WARSHOWSKY MD, FACOG, ABIHM 150 Purchase St.-Hansa Building Ste #7, Rye, NY 10580 914.967.1630; Come to our office to experience the benefits of a Sunlighten Far Infrared Sauna which includes: detox, weight loss, pain relief, and relaxation through far/mid/near infrared light waves. Leave feeling refreshed and relaxed! Packages available. See ad pg 12.


Massage Therapy with a Nurturing Touch 914.320.4063;

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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 30.

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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. See ad pg 42.


777 White Plains Rd., Scarsdale, NY 10583: 914.902.9200 365 Central Park Ave. Scarsdale, NY 10583; 914.422.3689 737 Bedford Rd., Bedford Hills, NY 10507: 914.244.3689 158 South Ridge St., Rye Brook, NY 10573; 914.417.6940 Massage therapy can be a powerful ally in your wellness program. Visit one of the four locations in Westchester to take advantage of our introductory offer. Open 7 days a week, extended hours, late evenings. See ads pgs 18 & back cover.

NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR HUDSON VALLEY NATURAL HEALTH Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH The Center for Health & Healing 4 Smith Ave, 2nd Fl; Mount Kisco, NY 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.


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.


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.

MICHELLE VITNER, LMT, LPN A Healing Massage with Intuition 914.672.1916 or 914.873.1376


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 pg 15.

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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.


The Center for Health and Healing 4 Smith Ave, 2nd Fl. Mt. Kisco, NY 914.673.4577; Andy uses a whole body philosophy called Integrated Positional Therapy. IPT was specifically developed to address pain, improve body function and range of motion. This approach has been successful in addressing many neuromuscular conditions often when other approaches have failed. See ad pg 11.

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

Holding sacred space through Relaxation, Therapeutic and Medical Massage Putnam, We s t c h e s t e r , D u t c h e s s . "Michelle's healing ability is more than the touch from her hands; she heals the soul. She brings serenity to people." ~Maureen S., Carmel. See ad pg 41.



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. See ad pg 25.

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Tina Sferra, MSPT, CPI 175 E. Main St, Suite 204, Mt. Kisco, NY 10549; 917.476.2164 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.


SunRaven: The Home of Slow Medicine 501 Guard Hill Rd. Bedford, NY 914.218.3113; Offering a whole-being, integrative approach to wellness, nurturing clients into health on the emotional, spiritual, mental, and physical levels. Following one’s heart to Re-envision life in order to flourish. See ad pg 19.

PSYCHOTHERAPY OLD POST PHYSICAL THERAPY 43 Old Post Road South Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520 914.271.2426;

Private Physical Therapy focusing on the individual needs of each client and utilizing various manual therapy techniques to restore homeostasis in the joints, muscles, ligaments, and nerves. We also provide 1-on-1 Personal Training and Yoga. $20 discount for new clients.


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

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION WESTCHESTER BEE-LINE SYSTEM Work, school or playGreen your Ride today. 914.995.4444

Green your Ride. Westchester Bee-Line operates more than 60 bus routes serving Westchester with safe, economical and environmentally friendly bus service. Offering express, local, limited stop and bus-to-rail service to meet your travel needs. Use MetroCard for added savings. See ads, pgs 15 & 49.


Mindful is the New Skinny The Center for Health and Healing 4 Smith Ave, Mt. Kisco, NY 10549 917.974.9446; Mindfulness and holistic health based psychotherapy helping women decrease stress, improve relationships, become less reactive and lose weight without restrictive dieting. Mindful is the New Skinny transformational program is designed to help you lighten up inside and out. Individual, groups, skype.


Lawrence Edwards, PhD, BCN, LMHC 2 Byram Brook Pl., Armonk, NY 10504; 914.219.8600 Integrative psychotherapy: depression, anxiety, addictions, relationships, and more. Dr. Edwards is a NY lic. psychotherapist with 40 years of experience compassionately working with adults to realize their goals. Meditation and mindfulness training are also offered. See ad pg 37.


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

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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.

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.

Utilizes an exceptionally powerful new therapeutic method that can profoundly impact nearly every aspect of your life. Based on extensive research, the method effectively addresses a wide variety of conditions, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and drug and alcohol abuse.

By Appointment Peeksill, NY 914.906.7238;

2 Coulter Road, Bakers Mills, NY 12811 518.251.3015; 914.556.8258





929 Main St., Fishkill, NY 12524 844.363.7894;

Rev. Dr. Hans B. Hallundbaek, Pastor 609 Rt. 22, Croton Falls, NY

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 21.

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 p r o g r a m s o r e - m a i l R e v. Deborah Moldow, Interfaith Minister, at revdeb1@ See ad pg 38.

Essential Products for Your Body & Soul Karen M. Shaw 914.522.1297;


Handmade, Organic & Pesticide Free. Each and every one of my products come from all natural resources, all of which have healing and rejuvenating properties.  Simply formulated without alcohol, dyes, parabens, artificial fragrances or phthalates.  “Take a break from putting chemical compounds on your skin and bring out the natural beauty that exists in all of us.”


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. See ad pg 35.

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 ad pg 9.


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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 ad pg 9.


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. See ad pg 54.


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





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


Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Services 914.962.6402, 800.532.4290 Support Connection offers free, confidential breast and ovarian cancer support services including individual peer counseling, support groups, wellness programs and educational forums. Counselors are cancer survivors.

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271 Veterans Road Yorktown Heights, NY 10598; 914.962.3111 Integrative Care including Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine, along with many other types of Alternative and Complementary Veterinary Medicinal services are offered. We also offer a full range of high tech, cutting edge, medical, surgical and dental services. See ad pg 55.



Led by Janet Catalina, MSW, 914.548.8372 Learn how to become a Master Manifester Live the life you desire. Create that dream job. Pay off your debts, find your soul mate. Release what has blocked you up to now. Once you learn how to PULSE, you have an empowerment tool you can use for the rest of your life. Call to find a PULSE Workshop near you.




Addiction Free Naturally Briarcliff and Midtown Manhattan 914.705.1805


The Weiss Method 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 19.

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.

992 main street Fishkill NY 12524

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501 Guard Hill Rd. Bedford, NY 914.218.3113; Promoting and supporting health and wellness; facilitating communitycentered experiential and reflective learning for individuals, families, and groups, by offering educational programs, events, and resources designed to build integrative skills and understanding for those looking to holistically care for themselves, others, and the world in which we live. Transformative Programs, holistic medicine, psycho-spiritual counseling; Women’s, Men’s and Couples Groups, Garden Co-Op, Cleansing Program; Special 12-week “immersion.” See ad pg 19.



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Saw Mill Club,77 Kensico Dr., Mt. Kisco Michelle Briks, Programs Coordinator 914.752.1872 S M C O h r a Yo g a T T program offers Yoga Alliance accredited E-RYT 200 & 300 Hour Programs to Empower Yourself and Inspire Others! Their proven training methods are anatomically informed and intelligently sequenced. The trainings are led by Michelle Briks, RYT-500, Ayurvedic specialist and accredited Nutritionist. 


Private or Skype lessons for speaking, acting, and singing voice. Increase your range, confidence, breath control and vocal freedom. Ages 12-adult. Also, spiritual voice workshops using voice for the Law of Attraction and A Course in Miracles.




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