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Mindfulness and mediation are practices known to help people develop resilience. Dana and I talk about the value of meditation a lot, because we feel it is that important. Newbies can learn about the different styles of meditation and easy ways to get started in “Meditation that Works: Tips for Finding the Right Practice,” on page 32. After the article, you’ll find information about local classes, retreats and centers where you can get started meditating or continue your practice. It’s still winter, but the days are getting longer, which gets me thinking about spring and what new veggies, herbs and flowers I will plant this year. I’m already dreaming about being outside more, hiking in our beautiful parks and nature reserves (see page 17), and joining with others at two upcoming pivotal events. The first is the Bedford 2020 Climate Action Summit, on February 3. This huge gathering of experts, innovators and change makers is the place to be to network, get inspired and find out how to take action to reach a big goal—getting to 100 percent renewable energy. See our event spotlight on page 16 for more info. The second is the “Clearwater Festival,” the country’s oldest and largest music and environmental festival, which will take place on June 16 and 17, along the banks of the Hudson River at the beautiful Croton Point Park. Natural Awakenings is excited to align with the festival again this year. We’ll have a table in the green tent—stop by and say hi!—and we encourage other wellness-related businesses and practitioners, as well as green businesses, to join us there as vendors. (Vendor space is limited though, so if you’re thinking of getting a table, sign up early.) There is overnight camping available at the festival, and the whole thing’s a blast—a big, friendly, happy, musical, two-day celebration. Ahhhh … I can’t wait. For more info, read our news brief about the festival, on page 8. A new project here at Natural Awakenings aims to expand our geographic reach. Ideally, we’d like to see a Natural Awakenings magazine published in every community across the country. If you know of any entrepreneurial types who might be interested in starting a new Natural Awakenings in their town, please pass along this magazine to them and see the ad on page 57 for more info. Thank you! Find what lights you up and do it~

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Sign-Up Opens for Hilltop Holistic Moms Network Hosts Ayurveda Expert he Holistic Moms Network will host Ayurvedic and Hanover Farm CSA


othing beats the taste of a freshgrown tomato from a nearby farm, or an ear of corn boiled within hours of being picked. Unfortunately, Organic produce at HHF we have to wait for warm weather to indulge in those natural luxuries, but we can prepare now by supporting local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share programs like the one offered at Hilltop Hanover Farm in Yorktown Heights. The list of fresh organic produce available at HHF extends far beyond tomatoes and corn to radishes, beets, spinach, zucchini, squash, potatoes, onions and peppers, as well as less traditional vegetables such as bok choy, purple-top turnips, scallions, kale, broccoli rabe and arugula. With the farm’s subscription-style partnership, CSA members sign up early for weekly produce shares. In return for this commitment ($700 for a full share or $350 for a half share), members receive the freshest organic produce possible when it’s ripe. “The full-share people come to the farm for 20 consecutive weeks and select the prearranged amounts from each vegetable bin,” explains HHF’s Tom McLoughlin. “The halfshare folks come every other week for a total of 10 weeks. The organic crops are picked that morning, and our farm staff decides the allocation for each available crop. The weekly selections are then arranged farm-stand style, with signs designating the amount allowed per vegetable.” There are 8 to 12 vegetables and herbs available for selection each week, McLoughlin says. CSA members usually leave with two bags of produce that will easily accommodate a family of four or more. The CSA season begins in June and ends in mid-October. Shares are limited and sold out last year, so early application is encouraged. For more info, visit or call 914.962.2368. See ad, page 24. 8


naturopathic physician Dr. Somesh Kaushik at its next meeting, scheduled for February 22, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Rye Free Reading Room, located at 1061 Boston Post Road. Kaushik will give a presentation on Ayurvedic medicine and explain how it compares with Western (allopathic) medicine. Kaushik is the owner and chief medical practitioner of Dr. Kaushik’s Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic in Cross River. He has more than 30 years’ experience as an Ayurvedic physician and has received the Dhanwantri Award, his profesDr. Somesh Kaushik sion’s highest honor. He also has experience in public health and health education. “Ayurveda is thought to be the world’s oldest healing system and is referred to as ‘the mother of all sciences,’” he says. “It encompasses life in its totality and epitomizes a true body-mind approach to health and wellness. Ayurveda defines health as a balance of body, mind and spirit; imbalance results in disharmony, and illness can result.” In his presentation, Kaushik will explain how Ayurveda can work with allopathic medicine to achieve balance and harmony; the science behind naturopathy (natural therapy) and how it integrates with Ayurveda; how to determine if you are out of balance; and simple ways to achieve balance and harmony in your life. For more info about the meeting, visit or call 914.967.0480. For more info about Kaushik or Ayurveda, visit or call his clinic at 914.875.9088. See ad, page 13.

Clearwater Festival Seeks Wellness Vendors


learwater’s Great Hudson River Revival—the annual “Clearwater Festival” founded by Pete Seeger—is currently seeking wellness vendors to participate in its Green Living Expo, which seeks to promote wellness and sustainable living through partnerships with companies, organizations and nonprofits. The festival will take place June 16 and 17 along the banks of the Hudson at Croton Point Part in Croton-on-Hudson. Revival is the country’s oldest and largest music and environmental festival, Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival bringing together major musical acts and Clearwater’s own brand of green activism for a unique weekend every June. The festival offers an opportunity for vendors to interact with 15,000 to 20,000 consumers who are interested in alternative medicines, sustainable living solutions and holistic care. Green Living Expo exhibitors will have the opportunity to showcase products and services with a wellness and sustainability theme and to sell or sample items from expo tables. Those interested in becoming a Green Living Expo exhibitor should contact Cortney Schwam at or 845.265.8080 x7112. For tickets to Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival or for more information, visit

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EagleFest Celebrates Lower Hudson Valley’s Winter Visitors


he Teatown Hudson River EagleFest, celebrating the bald eagle population that migrates to the lower Hudson Valley each winter, will take place February 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Croton Point Park in Westchester. The festivities will include live eagle shows and bird walks, live music with a special performance by Dar Williams, food trucks, children’s activities and heated tents. More than 25 environmental organizations are expected to participate. Visitors can ride the Eagle Train with a naturalist to CrotonHarmon and observe bird life on the river, and take a free shuttle bus to and from Eagle Headquarters. While Teatown Hudson River Eaglefest is headquartered at Croton Point Park, there are numerous viewing sites all along the Hudson River. At Boscobel House and Gardens in Garrison, a naturalist from Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary will be onsite with binoculars and a scope to help visitors spot bald eagles as they feed on fish and waterfowl in the Hudson River’s unfrozen waters. Located in Ossining, Teatown is a 1,000-acre nature preserve and education center whose mission is to inspire the community to lifelong environmental stewardship. This is Teatown’s 14th annual Eaglefest, celebrating the approximately 150 bald eagles that migrate south to the Hudson Valley each winter from Canada, northern New York and New England. Biologists consider this number affirmation of the continued health of this habitat. In 2007, the bald eagle was removed from the federal list of endangered and threatened species.  Tickets to EagleFest in Croton are available at There is no charge to attend the viewing at Boscobel.


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Higher Self Connecting Circle Begins in Cold Spring


ary Ellen O’Brien, an intuitive coach and healer, will lead a new Higher Self Connecting Circle beginning February 11 in Cold Spring. The program has sold out each time it’s been offered over the last year. It includes four group meetings and four individual coaching/healing sessions at a retreat house overlooking the Hudson River. “This powerful combination of group and individual sessions is designed so participants can tap into the magic of their true essence more consistently,” O’Brien says. “When you’re aligned with your higher self, you experience more joy, clarity, creativity, love, balance and synchronicity in your life.” Each group meeting will include a guided meditation, self-discovery coaching exercises and group discussions. Topics include Inner Guidance vs. Limiting Thoughts, Discovering Your True Essence, Tuning into the Law of Attraction, and Expressing Your Higher Self in All Areas of Your Life. The sessions will be held on four Sundays—February 11 and 25 and March 11 and 25—from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The circle is limited to 10 people to ensure an intimate group setting. For details, visit or call 845.424.6219.

Shira Adler Releases “Definitive” Book on CBD


uthor and speaker Shira Adler has published what she calls “the definitive new book on the subject of CBD,” or Cannabidiol, the primary compound thought to give cannabis and hemp their healing power. The ABC’s of CBD: The Essential Guide for Parents (And regular folks too) is intended for anyone interested in the subject of CBD, medical marijuana or alternative healthcare solutions. The book explains “why pot is not what we were taught” and answers many of the questions people have about CBD, including, What is it? Is it legal? Is it safe for kids? Where does it come from? What does it do? and, Is all CBD equal? She explains that CBD will not get you high—in fact, it was all but eliminated from cannabis strains because it blocks the psychoactive effects of THC—but as more and more individuals and families struggle with chronic health problems, the medical and


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therapeutic promise of CBD is being proven almost every day. “From aging parents, to disenfranchised millennials, to children with disorders, addictions and diseases that boggle the mind and break the heart—anxiety, ADHD, autism, Alzheimer’s, colitis, chronic pain, cancer, fibromyalgia—this is our new reality, and Western medicine doesn’t hold the answers,” she says. “While science points to CBD as Shira Adler the antidote, most Americans don’t know what it is, how to use it or whether it’s even legal. Stigma, fear, social injustice and misinformation continue to loom large in the psyche of America when it comes to this subject.”  For more information, visit

Awaken the Heart with Prema Agni Activation


laine Cirillo, owner of Mystical Roots in Rye, now offers Prema Agni, a healing service intended to awaken the heart. “This sacred symbol and energy healing system allows us to give and receive love more deeply. It burns away desire, anger and greed,” Cirillo says. “I’ve been told that when our hearts are closed Elaine Cirillo and the energy of Mother Earth ascends, it bypasses our hearts and goes to our heads, where we’re trapped in the endless loop of analyzing everything, getting stuck in the mind. When the energy descends from Father Sky, it again bypasses our hearts and goes into our lower chakras, where we are trapped in the distortion of mistaking sex for love.” In addition to Prema Agni, Cirillo offers two other “fifthdimensional healings,” Rising Star and Prema Birthing. She says healing systems like these have been given to humanity so these imbalances can be corrected, noting, “We must first open our hearts to allow divine love to flow through us and into the world.” She quotes spiritual master teacher Derek O’Neill, who said, “The reason there are so many bypass operations performed in hospitals is that people are bypassing their hearts. Love cannot flourish until people truly open their hearts.” Cirillo will provide this service on an ongoing basis. Email reservations are required; those who receive the service pledge to donate $7 to a good cause (not to Cirillo). She also offers reflexology and Reiki healing. Mystical Roots is located at Stillpointe Healing Center, 20 Purdy Ave. #3, Rye, NY. For more info, email, visit or call 914.261.0108. See ad, page 45. February 2018


enerShe fitness Introduces Personal Training for Girls

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The Freight House Cafe Presents Vagina Monologues


he Freight House Cafe in Mahopac will present its sixth annual The Vagina Monologues this month, with three shows February 9 through 11. All proceeds will benefit Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center. The local cast includes The Freight House Cafe owner Donna Massaro, Jeanine Syska, Gina Shum, Tori Lewis, Lisa Kaslyn, Kathleen Tonn, Nikki Centafoni and Kim Blacklock.   “We look forward to providing our community with an educational, funny and compassionate evening,” Massaro says. “Anyone who can’t make it but would like to make a donation to the Women’s Resource Center can drop it off at The Freight House Cafe.”   The shows will be performed February 9 at 8 p.m., February 10 at 8 p.m. and February 11 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $50 each, payable by cash or check. Call 845.628.1872 for tickets.   The Freight House Café is located at 609 Rt. 6, Mahopac, NY. For more info, visit


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youth exercise specialist at enerShe fitness, a women’s-only fitness club in Mahopac, is now offering one-onone and small-group personal training for girls ages 8 to 17. enerShe fitness “We believe that proper form and function must be taught at all ages, so we cater to women of all ages, providing a comfortable, clean and motivating environment,” says the club’s owner, Karly Schneider. “Girls can come here to work out in a nonjudgmental, safe place, whether it’s for sports team training or just for personal assistance getting on the right path towards a healthier self. Nutritional guidance is also offered for any female seeking a change in their daily dietary habits.” The club’s class schedule has offerings to suit a wide variety of physical fitness needs, she adds, noting that enerShe is the only fitness club in the area to have a HotWorx virtual sauna. “Women can take a 30-minute class there in Pilates, yoga, Zen meditation, stretching, glutes or core work. At 124 degrees Fahrenheit, each 30-minute session burns between 250 and 450 calories, and can yield just as much afterburn in the next 24 hours.” enerShe fitness is located at 989 Rte. 6, Mahopac, NY, in the Kmart plaza. For more info, visit or call 845.628.7165.

Slow Medicine Wellness in Katonah Launches Free Programming


low Medicine Wellness, a Katonah space shared by a network of practitioners in a variety of healing arts, now offers a full calendar of programs and presentations that are free and open to the public. They include a weekly presentation and Q&A with “the Slow Medicine doctor,” Michael Finkelstein, M.D.; guided Slow Medicine Wellness meditations; drumming; a spiritual development series; qigong; Ayurvedic/Dosha coaching; and other holistic programming. Finkelstein—founder and executive director of the Slow Medicine Foundation, and founder and medical director of SunRaven: The Home of Slow Medicine, a holistic wellness center in Bedford—says launching the free programming in 2018 fits the mission of Slow Medicine. “The idea behind this development is embedded in one of the main principles of Slow Medicine, which is the vitality of community,” he says. “As such, the intention this year is to reduce the obstacles that people often find in their way to learning about and pursuing new health practices, and bringing people together to support one another. We hope many people will find their way through our doors.” Slow Medicine Wellness in Katonah opened in September 2017 as the new community hub for the work of Finkelstein and Robin Queen Finkelstein, “the Slow Medicine Therapist,” and many of their holistically minded colleagues. The Slow Medicine Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, will support the free programming. Among the free events are a weekly Slow Medicine Study Group, offered Wednesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m., when Dr. Michael Finkelstein will discuss the full spectrum of health-related topics. Each session will begin with a review of an essential principle of Slow Medicine and be followed by a Q&A. Some programs will be held monthly, such as The Soul’s Wisdom: A 12-Month Exploration, with Michael Rosenbaum (upcoming sessions February 8 and March 8), and Guided Meditation and Chakra Therapy, with Amy Kaufman (upcoming sessions February 13 and March 6). Other free programs include Introduction to Qigong, Introduction to Alexander Technique, Drumming in Sobriety, Grow and Get More Plant Foods into Your Body, Learn and Do Bodywork on Yourself, Dosha Coaching, and True Financial Abundance: A Slow Medicine Approach. For all program details, visit

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Yoga Teachers Association Hosts “Ayurveda and Yoga” with Deirdre Breen


oga Teachers Association (YTA) of the Hudson Valley will present Ayurveda and Yoga: Integrating the Twin Sciences on the Mat and in Our Lives, with Deirdre Breen, on February 10, at Club Fit in Briarcliff Manor. Practitioners of yoga Deirdre Breen value balance (sattva) as a way of life and strive to have that balance radiate out into their lives, families, communities and environment. Doing so requires being able to quickly assess when something is out of balance and have the tools, both on and off the mat, to reestablish sattva. In this workshop, Breen will demonstrate how pranayama, asana and meditative practices affect the doshas—kapha (earth and water), pitta (water and fire) and vata (air and ether)—and the gunas, or qualities of sattva (balance), rajas (action) and tamas (inertia). Individuals will gain an understanding of their prakriti (constitutional) and vrikriti (lifestyle) doshas and how yoga’s multi-limbed approach can reestablish balance when we are out of sorts. Breen is an ISHTA-certified master yoga teacher who has been dedicated to health and healing for 35 years. Her training at Duke Integrative Medicine, which emphasized that behavior change is at the root of health and healing, led her to develop Dosha Coaching, which blends health coaching, yoga, Ayurveda, meditation and addiction recovery. (Learn more at DeirdreBreen. info.) The workshop will be held at the Yoga Studio at Club Fit, 584 North State Road, Briarcliff Manor, on February 10, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $45 for YTA members and $65 for nonmembers who register in advance, or $55 and $75 at the door. Preregistration at is requested. Ample parking is available. Participants should bring a yoga mat and plan to arrive early to check in and set up. YTA’s 2017-18 program year will continue with Yoga and the Heart, with Shari Friedrichsen, on March 10; Transform, Relax and Rejuvenate, with Vandita Kate Marchesiello, on April 14; and Magical Mystery Tour of Yoga through the Koshas, with Priti Robyn Ross, on May 12. YTA, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, has been providing affordable continuing education for yoga teachers and committed students since 1979. Membership and workshops are open to studio owners, yoga teachers and individual practitioners. Membership dues and additional contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. For more information, contact Audrey Brooks at YTAPresident@ or 914.582.7816. 14

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Positive Psychology Coaching Empowers Clients



ane Silverman, a certified life coach in Positive Psychology, has moved her practice from Mount Kisco to Bedford Hills, at 66 Main Street. The new location is set to open February 1. Silverman, who has been in the field of psychology and counseling for 25 years, says Positive Psychology coaching is a unique, cutting-edge, empowering practice backed by hard research. It views each client holistically, using the acronym SPIRE: Spiritual life, Physical state, Intellectual satisfaction, Relationships and Emotional life. “Coaching in Positive Psychology focuses on what works,” she says. “We identify the clients’ strengths, empowering them as they gain insight into their strengths and understand how those strengths Jane Silverman have served them in the past and can help them in the present and the future. People aren’t always aware of their strengths and how to use them to make positive changes in their lives.” The Positive Psychology coach also gives clients research-based tools for navigating their lives. This approach has some commonalities with other coaching practices, particularly a felt sense of being cared for, Silverman says. “Every client needs to feel cared for and feel compassion,” she notes. “That’s essential for a coaching relationship.” Silverman works with clients in person, by phone or on Skype. She offers a free initial consultation. She can be reached at 914.263.7080 or For more info, visit

Craniosacral Therapy Workshop in Mount Kisco


oy Matalon, a licensed massage therapist and craniosacral therapist, will lead a workshop, Healing with CranioSacral Therapy, March 10, from 2 to 4 p.m., at The Center for Health and Healing in Mount Kisco. “Craniosacral therapy, or CST, brings healing to acute and chronic pain by balancing the autonomic nervous system,” Matalon says. “It helps address anxiety, depression, headaches, insomnia, TMJ and many other conditions. In this workshop, participants will gain an understanding of how CST heals. They will have an opportunity to practice a body-centered meditation and experience Joy Matalon their own craniosacral rhythm, and they’ll be given selfcare exercises.” Matalon is certified in CST through The Great River CranioSacral Institute and was featured in New York magazine as “one of the 15 best massage therapists offering CranioSacral Therapy.” She has been a New York State-licensed massage therapist for more than 30 years. Admission to the workshop is $35 with registration by February 24, or $40 thereafter. To register, visit or call 914.864.0462. The Center for Health and Healing is located at 4 Smith Ave., 2nd Floor, Mount Kisco, NY.

Karen Dipnarine-Saroop

Dutchess County Interfaith Council Appoints Executive Director


he Board of Directors of the Dutchess County Interfaith Council has appointed Karen Dipnarine-Saroop as executive director. In her new role as the key management leader of the council, she will be responsible for overseeing its administration, programs and strategic plan. Dipnarine-Saroop, a resident of Poughkeepsie, has worked with numerous nonprofit, government and international organizations across North and South America, Asia and Europe. Her areas of expertise include social and global issues for the improvement of the human condition. As a cofounder of the Green Brain Initiative in Dutchess County, she initiated the Sacred Earth Festival and the Sacred Being Health and Wellness Fair, drawing on ancient spiritual wisdom and practices to advance enlightened living and activism. The Dutchess County Interfaith Council, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation, promotes understanding and respectful relationships among diverse faith communities by offering opportunities for education, worship, fellowship and service together. “I’m honored to serve the council and our community in this new role, and I’m grateful for the board’s confidence in me to provide direct leadership for the council’s vision and operation,” Dipnarine-Saroop says. “Religious traditions have the potential to be a source of peace and harmony through open dialogue and collective engagement. I look forward to partnering with our community to build on the foundation of our shared values of tolerance and mutual respect and a common purpose to weave a stronger, more harmonious social tapestry for our community.” For more info, call 845.471.7333 or visit February 2018


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Bedford 2020 Summit February 3 Event Kicks Off Regional Climate Action Movement


edford 2020 is inviting citizens, environmenal leaders and elected officals to come together at Fox Lane High School, in Bedford, to address the urgent need for immediate, local and regional action to create and implement solutions to climate change. The Bedford 2020 Climate Action Summit, set for February 3, will bring together experts, innovators and changemakers with the goal of enlisting and empowering attendees to take action. “We are building a network of local and regional activists, leaders and decisionmakers to scale up climate action in our region,” says Ellen Rouse Conrad, who along with Mary Beth Kass co-chairs the summit and cofounded Bedford 2020. “The goal of the summit is to empower individuals and communities to take action in the fight against climate change and for them to see tangible results from their efforts.” More than 80 environmental entities from three regions, elected officials representing more than 40 towns, and hundreds of climate activists and concerned citizens are expected to participate. The summit will focus on the areas with the greatest potential for powerful and immediate solutions to climate change, Kass says. “Attendees will come together around solutions that can achieve impact quickly and at scale, including region-wide 100 percent renewable energy supply, leveraging electric vehicles to create a clean energy economy, food choice and soil health as tools for fighting carbon pollution and pollinator-friendly solar.” 16

current and emerging CCA models, and how to demand CCA in your own community. Electric Vehicles: On the Road to Our Clean Energy Future – From clean transportation to battery storage to resiliency, how EVs lay the groundwork for a clean energy economy. Locally Generated Renewables: Take Charge – How programs like Solarize, Community Solar, Geothermal and Demand Response put the consumer in charge of energy supply and usage. Pollinator-Friendly Solar – How NY State can advance renewable energy, protect pollinators and support local agriculture.

The day will start with a call to action and keynote addresses from David Gelber, creator and executive producer of Years of Living Dangerously, and David Yarnold, president and CEO of the National Audubon Society, followed by a kickoff session, How Do we Get to 100% Renewable Energy? Experts will discuss existing high-impact solutions, such as community solar, rooftop solar, community choice aggregated energy purchases, electric vehicles and battery storage. Each of the next three hour-long sessions will feature three subjects discussed by national and state leaders at the forefront of implementing or creating powerful climate solutions. Attendees will have an unparalleled opportunity to collaborate with, learn from and be inspired by these experts and innovators, including Brent Kim, program officer of Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future; Lynn Arthur, chair of South Hampton Sustainability Committee; Noam Bramson, mayor of the City of New Rochelle; Eric Pooley, senior vice president for strategy and communications for the Environmental Defense Fund; and many others. The following topics will be discussed in the sessions: Bringing Clean Energy Home: Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) – The benefits of aggregated energy purchases,

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Carbon Tax: What is it? Why Should I Care? What Can I do? – The pros, cons and major hurdles to enacting a carbon tax, and how to support a NY State tax on carbon pollution. Communicating about Climate Change – How to create inspired messaging about climate change in order to mobilize the public. Food and Fumes – How a small shift toward plant-based foods has an outsized impact on carbon emissions. Reducing Food Waste to Cool our Planet – How to promote better food policies to reduce waste, and how individuals can divert food waste to feed the hungry or regenerate the soil. Soil Regeneration: Storing CO2 and Feeding Us Better – How we can reduce carbon emissions, sequester carbon in the soil and capture 100 percent of the planet’s current annual CO2 emissions. Attendees may choose to attend three sessions and the Home of the Future Expo, which will bring to life both existing solutions and those on the brink of becoming reality. Each session and the expo will provide participants with immediate and tangible action steps to be taken. A sustainably sourced lunch is included in the ticket price of $30. For more information or to register, visit

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Ninham Mountain State forest 1,054 acres. Mount Nimham Ct. & Gipsy Trail Carmel, NY

Marsh Sanctuary 156 acres 114 South Bedford Rd., Mt. Kisco, NY

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Merestead 130 acre estate 455 Byram Lake Rd. Mt., Kisco, NY10549

Angle Fly Preserve 654-acres. 25 Primrose St., Katonah, NY Blue Mountain Reservation 1,538 acres 435 Welcher Ave. Peekskill, NY 10566

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Brinton Brook Sanctuary 156 acres, 3.5 miles hiking trails. Route 9A, Croton-on-Hudson, NY brinton.html

Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve Nearly 6,000 acres Route 9D, Beacon, NY 12508

Dutchess County Appalachian Trail 4,000 acres & 30 miles of trails 991 Route 22, Pawling, NY 12564

Croton Gorge Park 97 acres. 35 Yorktown Rd. Croton-On-Hudson, NY 10520

Winnakee Land Trust 3137 Route 9G, Rhinebeck, NY

Buttercup Farm Sanctuary 641 Acres 6862 State Rt. 82 Stanfordville, NY 12581

Putnam County

Croton Point Park 508-acres 1A Croton Point Ave. Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520

Fahnestock State Park 14,000 acres 1498 Route 301, Carmel, NY 10512

Constitution Marsh Audubon Center & Sanctuary 127 Warren Landing Rd. Garrison, NY 10524 Dover Stone Church Preserve 3128 NY-22, Dover Plains, NY 12522 Ferncliff Forest 200-acre forest preserve 68 Mount Rutsen Rd., Rhinebeck, NY

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Research from the University of Texas at Arlington reported in The FASEB Journal, published by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, has found that zinc supplements can inhibit or slow the growth of esophageal cancer cells. The research also found that zinc deficiency is common among throat cancer patients. Zinc-rich foods include spinach, flax seeds, beef, pumpkin seeds and seafood such as shrimp and oysters.


A study of more than 50,000 people in the Czech Republic by the Seventh-Day Adventist Loma Linda University, in California, found that those that made breakfast their largest meal of the day had lower body mass index (BMI) levels. Lunch as the largest daily meal showed the next best results. The researchers concluded that timing and frequency of meals play a role in predicting weight loss or gain. The two factors associated with higher BMI were eating more than three meals a day (snacks were counted as extra meals) and making dinner the day’s largest meal.

Moderate Exercise Guards Against Depression In Exercise and the Prevention of Depression, a study of 33,908 adults in Norway by the University of New South Wales, researchers found that one hour of exercise a week reduced depression in 12 percent of the subjects. The purpose of the study was to address whether exercise protects against new-onset depression and anxiety and if so, the intensity and amount of exercise required. They concluded that regular leisure-time exercise of any intensity provides protection against future depression, but not anxiety. Thus, increasing the population of people exercising may provide public mental health benefits and prevent a substantial number of new cases of depression. 18

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Chocolate and Olive Oil Help Heart Health Cardiologist Rossella Di Stefano, with the University of Pisa, in Italy, led a study of 26 people and determined that eating a combination of dark chocolate and olive oil improved cholesterol levels and blood pressure after 28 days. She says, “Fruits and vegetables exert their protective effects through plant polyphenols found in cocoa, olive oil and apples. We found that eating small, daily portions of dark chocolate with added natural polyphenols from extra-virgin olive oil was associated with an improved cardiovascular risk profile. Our study suggests that extra virgin olive oil might be a good food additive to help preserve our ‘repairing cells’.”

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Antidepressants in Pregnancy Linked to Autism A study by the University of Bristol, England, of 254,610 young people from Stockholm showed that children born to mothers taking antidepressants during pregnancy had more than a 4 percent risk of autism, compared to less than a 3 percent risk in children born to mothers with psychiatric conditions not on antidepressants. Depression is common in women of childbearing age, with 3 to 8 percent of pregnant European women prescribed antidepressants. But with 95 percent of them bearing children without autism, the risks and benefits must be carefully weighed, say researchers.


Mindfulness Reduces Alcohol Cravings In a randomized, double-blind experiment published in the International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, University College London researchers found that among 68 heavy drinkers, just 11 minutes of recorded mindfulness training reduced drinking. Subjects were closely matched with an active control group that was taught relaxation techniques. Seven days later, the mindfulness group on average drank 9.3 fewer units of alcohol, roughly equal to three pints of beer, while the relaxation group showed no drop in alcohol consumption.


THIRD-PERSON SELF-TALK AIDS IN EMOTIONAL CONTROL As reported in Scientific Reports, two studies of 37 and 52 people at Michigan State University have discovered that talking to ourselves in the third person using statements like, “Why is John upset?” instead of, “Why am I upset?” can help improve our ability to control our emotions. Everyone occasionally engages in internal monologue, an inner voice that guides our moment-to-moment reflections. Now, scientists believe that the language used in the process influences actions differently. The premise is that third-person selftalk leads us to think about ourselves similarly to how we think about others, which provides the psychological distance needed to facilitate self-control.

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global briefs

Range Brutality

Renewable Payoff Germany Undergoes an Energy Renaissance

Last May, Germany’s renewable energy mix of solar, wind, hydropower and biomass generated so much power for a few hours that customers actually got paid for using electricity. The country’s renewable power sources generate 88 percent of total electricity demand, and growing wind power assets alone are expected to make the phenomenon a regular occurrence. When this happens, commercial producers either close power stations to reduce the electricity supply or pay consumers to take it off the grid.

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As we went to press, the fate of 90,000 wild horses and burros depended on Congressional action, as the U.S. Senate and House were hammering out differences in the delayed 2018 spending bill. The Senate version vowed to fund “humane and viable options” to the animal euthanasia allowed in the House bill. Last October, the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board recommended that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) achieve its on-range population goal of 26,715 wild horses and burros while also phasing out the use of long-term holding facilities within three years. Killing tens of thousands of healthy animals would “be a betrayal of millions of taxpayers that want wild horses protected as intended in the 1971 Wild FreeRoaming Horses and Burros Act,” says Neda DeMayo, president of Return to Freedom Wild Horse Conservation. BLM has been tasked by Congress with the responsibility of protecting wild horses and other wildlife. The agency has balked at using affordable fertility control, despite ample evidence that it’s a more than 90 percent safe and effective means of population control, critics charge. Instead, it spends 65 percent of its annual budget in capturing, removing and warehousing animals.

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Auto Revolution

China, the world’s largest car market, is planning to stop production and sales of traditional energy vehicles in favor of electric vehicles (EV), and the decision has sped up competitive development by U.S. automakers. General Motors is promising to launch at least 20 new electric vehicles in the next six years. “General Motors believes the future is all-electric,” says Mark Reuss, the company’s head of product development. The falling cost of lithium-ion batteries also brings a tipping point into view, observers say. By 2025 it’s possible that electric drivetrains will have no cost disadvantage compared with internal combustion engines. Technology is fast resetting the outlook for what cars can do, how consumers use them and how much an EV will cost. Tesla, Ford and Japanese and European companies are also responding to what’s being called both “the age of electricity”, and “the age of personalized transportation”. 20

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Monsanto Still Gaming the System

Sealife Sanctuary Greenpeace Lobbies to Create Huge Antarctic Preserve

The South Pole is Earth’s last uninhabited outpost, and Greenpeace seeks to establish an Antarctic sanctuary of almost threequarters of a million square miles in the Weddell Sea adjacent to the vast continent that would protect whales, penguins and other wildlife. The nonprofit has called for governments to show greater vision and ambition. Frida Bengtsson, head of the Greenpeace Antarctic campaign, states, “Over the next 12 months, we have an opportunity to make history: to create an Antarctic Ocean sanctuary which would be the largest protected area on Earth.” She notes that it would also ensure healthier oceans that soak up carbon dioxide to moderate climate change. The proposal, submitted by the European Union and promoted by the German government, will be considered in October by the governmental bodies responsible for managing the Antarctic marine environment. It follows the successful adoption of the Ross Sea sanctuary in 2016.

Monsanto, the company that makes the controversial weed killer Roundup, is setting farmer against farmer and state against state with its newest product, dicamba. Amid claims and counterclaims over effectiveness and safety of crops and humans, the debate is shedding new light on how new agricultural products are introduced, tested and regulated. One major difference with dicamba is the gaseous vaporization it uses to treat crops, causing the poison to spread onto neighboring plants via wind. Brad Williams, a Missouri farmer, says that leaves on trees were “so deformed you couldn’t even really identify the differences between them.” The manufacturer claims that proper usage protocols are not being followed. Some farmers agree, while others report crop damage and human health issues. One pivotal point of debate is which federal and state agencies have jurisdiction and the power to set enforceable guidelines. At stake are millions of acres that have already been sprayed, along with the future of non-GMO farms inadvertently contaminated by the dicamba sprayed on genetically modified crops that need the poison to survive.

Bottle Buyback

Britain May Charge Deposit to Reduce Bottle Litter

Britain only recycled 57 percent of the plastic bottles that were sold there in 2016, and is considering charging a deposit fee to reduce litter. Scotland is also introducing a deposit return policy for cans and bottles. Denmark recycles 90 percent and South Australia 80 percent by using deposits as an incentive. UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove says that almost 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into the world’s oceans each year, with up to 80 percent washing out to sea from land. Gove is consulting with the industry to determine the advantages and disadvantages of different types of reward and return systems for plastic, metal and glass drinks containers. Britain’s decision to charge a deposit for each plastic bag in 2015 has slashed usage.

February 2018


Breaking the pattern


A Survival Guide for Chronic People Pleasers by Suzanne Goodwin

Taking time to restore, or simply slowing down to enjoy life, is not selfish. In fact, it makes you more available to connect with your loved ones. If you’re a chronic people pleaser who wants to get back on track, consider what your needs are. What would you be doing if you weren’t stretched so thin helping others? Then make time for yourself by following these tips: Say yes for the right reasons. Think about why you are helping someone before you automatically agree. Ask for help when you need it. People who thrive know how to balance giving and receiving and are part of a support network. We aren’t wired to handle life’s challenges alone. Prioritize. Help the people who matter most to you.


any people, especially women, need others’ approval in order to feel good about themselves. In fact, our culture reinforces this caretaking role; it’s part of what we do for the people we love. What’s important is how much caretaking we do, and how it affects us. There’s a delicate balance to how much and how often we should attend to others’ needs before our own. Even parents need to make selfcare a priority in order to have the inner resources to face the responsibilities of parenthood. We’ve all heard the “oxygen on the airplane” analogy: if you want to help your child survive, you must give yourself oxygen first. Those of us who ignore that advice can develop a pattern of people-pleasing behavior—probably old behavior that was rewarded once upon a time. If the people in your life have come to expect this behavior of you, regularly turning to you for help when there’s a problem, you may be a chronic people pleaser.


Take the quiz

That term may sound negative, but often it simply means that you have trouble identifying and expressing your own needs. To determine whether you’re a chronic people pleaser, consider the following questions: How much time and energy do you spend on other people’s problems or requests for help? Do you feel compelled to please people— even people you barely know? Do you secretly long to be acknowledged for all the helpful things you do? Do you feel angry or exhausted because of constant pressure to keep this up? Do you worry that people will be disappointed if you change this behavior? When you’re feeling overwhelmed and stressed, do you rarely think to ask others for help? Do you feel it’s selfish to take care of yourself?

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Acknowledge that you can’t please everyone. Others’ negative responses and dissatisfaction often reflect what’s going on in their own lives, and have nothing to do with you. Learn to say no. The world won’t fall apart if you take time for yourself. In fact, when you feel rested and content, you have more to give. Build self-care into your routine. Develop new creative outlets, relax with friends, exercise, get outside in nature, listen to music. Create a quiet space in your home for peaceful reflection and rest. Practice meditation, yoga and deep breathing. When you truly value yourself, offering your time and energy only when it feels right, you can help others in a way that honors and respects everyone involved. Suzanne Goodwin is a licensed psychoanalyst with a master’s degree in social work. She helps individuals, couples and families identify undiscovered potential, create change and work through unproductive patterns. Her office is located at 66 Main St., Bedford Hills, NY. For more information, contact her at 914.589.6629 or visit

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Something for Everyone “Clean” Food Becomes Comfort Food at Eda’s Garden


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hen Adil (like the Road MusRunner, which is tafaraj pineapple, spinopened Eda’s Garden, ach, kale, pear a new café-style resand cayenne taurant in Yorktown, pepper); to hot he refused to limit teas (chamohimself to a certain mile, earl grey, type of menu. He and green, chai, his wife had found hibiscus) and inspiration from cold tea blends many restaurants (chai master, Chef Jonathan Gonzales and Adil Mustafaraj they’d visited over the berry burst, lean years—vegan, farm-to-table, kid-friendly, green). organic, diet-specific—and he wanted to Then there’s Eda’s Garden’s very own borrow from all of them to deliver comfort footlong: the XL Falafel Wrap. “That’s a big food in a casual setting. seller,” Mustafaraj says. “It’s homemade, He knew he’d found the person to gluten-free, baked chickpea falafel pieces in bring his vision to life when Jonathan Gona 100 percent lentil wrap, with hummus.” zales answered his ad for executive chef. In keeping with its inclusive mission, It was a Sunday afternoon, and Gonzales the restaurant is also developing a kids’ came in and quickly mixed up five salad menu. So far it has four items: Mac ’N’ dressings and then a full three-course meal Cheese, Little Dippers, Kids’ Parfait and for Mustafaraj and some friends. Mediterranean Snack Pack. It even has Mustafaraj was impressed with GonTaco Tuesday (three tacos for $12). zales’s skills in the kitchen, and Gonzales While Gonzales is constantly introwas excited by Mustafaraj’s vision. The ducing new menu items, he’s also paying menu ideas started flowing. particular attention to diet-specific needs, They decided to make most items keeping everything gluten-free and keepplant-based, so that customers who are ing oil to a minimum. vegan or can’t eat animal proteins can en “You can love what you eat and still joy them. Any animal products used would have it be healthy,” he says. be of the highest quality possible, such as Mustafaraj nods. “Our food is delifree-range organic chicken, wild sockeye cious because we love what we do—and salmon, local eggs and organic whole milk. cook with love and care.” “We want to make everyone feels Food is available for eat-in or takeout, welcome and taken care of,” Gonzales says. and catering and delivery are available with Hence a broad variety of food and a minimum $30 order. drinks, from homemade soups made fresh daily (veggie chili, “cream” of potato made Eda’s Garden, located at 1871 Commerce with coconut milk, broccoli “cheddar” St., Yorktown Heights, NY, is open Monmade with cashew, several bean soups); day through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 to organic smoothies (the Green Monster p.m. For more info, call the restaurant at is made of kale, mango, dates, spirulina 914.352.6280 or visit or and almond milk); to fresh organic juices

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Foods Our Heart Will Love


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Top 10 Heart Healthy Choices by Judith Fertig


ow do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” Elizabeth Barrett Browning once penned this unforgettable line to her husband and fellow poet, Robert Browning. Let us also count the ways to improve our loved ones’ heart health: Lower blood pressure. Modulate irregular heartbeats. Avoid plaque build-up in arteries. Improve blood flow to the heart. We can love our hearts with 10 superfoods that just might make perfect ingredients for a Valentine’s Day meal, starting with dark chocolate.


Cocoa powder. Cacao’s flavanols

lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of stroke and act as antioxidants to prevent inflammation. Dr. JoAnn E. Manson, a physician, doctor of public health and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School affiliate Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, confirms, “Between 400 and 900 milligrams (mg) a day of cocoa flavanols may favorably affect several mechanisms and pathways related to cardiovascular disease prevention.” Not all chocolate is created equal. Manson recommends chocolate with cocoa or cacao as the first ingredient, not sugar. She 26

and her colleagues are currently conducting the Cocoa Supplement and Multivitamin Outcomes Study, a large-scale, randomized study of 18,000 U.S. men and women testing the benefits of ingesting 600 mg per day of cocoa flavanols.



Just one-half cup of berries a day can provide plenty of phytonutrients and antioxidants for decreasing inflammation and preventing heart disease, says Wendy Bazilian, a doctor of public health and registered dietitian in San Diego, and author of The SuperFoodsRx Diet: Lose Weight with the Power of SuperNutrients. “Whirl them into a breakfast smoothie, add them to a green salad or combine them with dark chocolate for a tasty, heart-healthy dessert,” she advises.



Avocados. Fresh avocados supply

magnesium, plus they’re a good source of potassium, another electrolyte the heart needs for optimum functioning. “You probably know bananas and citrus fruits are top sources of potassium, but I like avocados because they also supply healthy fats,” says Dr. Stephen T. Sinatra, a boardcertified cardiologist with the HeartMD Institute, in Manchester, Connecticut.


Almonds. Sinatra recommends


Full of omega-3 fatty acids, wild-caught salmon (about two six-ounce weekly servings) helps reduce systemic inflammation and risk of developing atherosclerosis, hypertension and stroke, according to Dr. Josh Axe, of Nashville, Tennessee. Beyond prevention, omega-3s in oily fish are also

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nesium—about 764 mg per cup— roasted pumpkin seeds, or pepitas, top the list of heart-healthy nuts and seeds. Magnesium is an important electrolyte that helps the heart fire on all cylinders and not skip a beat. Improvements in lipid profiles can occur with a daily intake of 365 mg, or about a half-cup, of pepitas. Enjoy roasted pumpkin seeds as a snack or scatter them in a salad, bowl of chili or soup for a delicious crunch.


a handful of almonds a day to raise HDL, a form of “good” cholesterol he likens to a “lipid garbage truck” that picks up oxidized “bad” LDL in the bloodstream and carries it to the liver for processing.

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil.

Cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil with a high phenol content can help lower blood pressure (via about two tablespoons daily), make more efficient and

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widely known to treat atherosclerosis, normalize heart rhythms and help lower blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels, as well as significantly lower the risk of stroke.

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protective HDL cholesterol, and protect the inner lining of arteries.


Beet Juice.

A 2015 study in the journal Hypertension found that two daily eight-ounce glasses of beet juice can help reduce high blood pressure. Beets contain a natural dietary nitrate found in previous studies to lower high blood pressure. Enjoy beet juice in smoothies, as a tart drink known as a “shrub” (beet juice with raspberry vinegar) or in soups like borscht.


Garlic. Allicin, the

sulfur compound that gives garlic its distinctive aroma, helps keep blood thin and flowing optimally, says Sinatra. The freshest chopped garlic offers the best benefits, according to a study from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

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Pomegranate. Drinking

about one cup of pomegranate juice a day for three months can improve blood flow to the heart, reports a study in the American Journal of Cardiology. The ultimate reason of all to keep our hearts in good working order was voiced by Helen Keller: “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS ( February 2018




ADVERSITY How to Strengthen Your Resilience Muscle by April Thompson

At one time or another, an estimated 70 percent of people experience a life-altering traumatic event, and most grow stronger from surviving it, according to decades of research by leading institutions like Harvard and Yale universities and the University of Pennsylvania. We can prepare now for life’s inevitable hurdles and setbacks by developing the skills and tools of resilience.


t’s an incredibly hopeful message: We can go through the most terrible things imaginable and still get through to a better place,” says David B. Feldman, associate professor of counseling psychology at California’s Santa Clara University and co-author with Lee Daniel Kravetz of Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering and Success. Such researchers have found that, like elastic stretched beyond its normal limits, people often don’t just bounce back to their old form, but stretch and expand in new ways. The pair conducted in-depth case studies of survivors of extreme traumatic experiences that went on to do bold things. Just one case in point: After losing a leg in a car accident, college basketball player Casey Pieretti reinvented himself as a successful Hollywood stuntman. According to many studies, 60 to 80 percent of people grow in some way from personal trauma, known as “post-traumatic growth”, according to Feldman. “It can be as simple as appreciating each day more. It can mean deepening relationships. It may result in a renewed sense of spirituality. Or, it might take one’s life in a dramatically different direction,” he says. Ila Eckhoff, a financial executive in New York City, has experienced more than her share of challenges: developing cerebral palsy as a toddler, enduring 28

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12 childhood surgeries, losing her mother at age 11 and four years ago, her husband. “All of the struggles and losses brought me here, now,” says Eckhoff. “Nobody ever said life was easy. We have greater appreciation for the things that we had to struggle to achieve.” Choosing self-directedness instead of self-pity in the face of challenges differentiates those that thrive from those that merely survive, observes Catherine Morisset, a life coach from Ottawa, Canada, who specializes in resilience. “It’s taking responsibility for life and managing the way you want to live it. We all have choices, even in the face of difficulty,” she says.

Mastering an Optimal Outlook

“Challenges don’t define you. How you respond does,” remarks Doug Hensch, an executive coach and author of Positively Resilient: 5½ Secrets to Beat Stress, Overcome Obstacles,

and Defeat Anxiety. He attests that having Forces instructors and civilians. They found a growth mindset is vital, focusing on people that rebounded strongly often shared strengths without disregarding areas needcommon attributes, including embracing a ing improvement. spiritual outlook and social network. Maintaining a balanced outlook that’s In 2013, Damon Redd, of Boulder, realistic, yet positive, enables individuals to Colorado, awoke to a severe flooding move on from trauma. For supersurvivors, event, with his home and business burbeing pragmatic serves them far better ied under five feet of mud and water that than a false sense of optimism about bad nearly wiped out his clothing business, situations, Feldman found, Kind Design, overnight. Parents do a saying, “They grieved loss“It was the hardest thing es, but thought realistically disservice to their I’ve ever gone through, about what to do next.” to lose everything I had kids when they “Optimism in the built. It also gave me a try to remove best sense is focusing on new perspective on what’s adversity from their important. It made me the positive without denying the negative, while aware that you can replace lives. When little focusing on what’s in your physical things, but you things go wrong, control,” notes Hensch. rather than rush to can’t replace memories. Martin Seligman, My mind was blown away fix it, let the kids known as the “father of by the support I received.” figure out a solution. positive psychology”, Redd ended up paying found that when people They’ll realize it’s not forward the kindness. “We take setbacks personthe end of the world. cleaned and repaired 1,500 ally, viewing them as pairs of gloves in our in~Doug Hensch permanent, pervasive and ventory that were damaged personal, they develop a that day, and are donating sense of learned helplessness that inhibits them to search-and-rescue teams and ski growth and happiness. “It’s important not patrols. The more good you do, the more to ‘catastrophize’ or generalize a failure and good other people will do,” Redd professes. extend it to other areas of life,” says Dr. Ste Altruism and owning a moral code is ven M. Southwick, a professor of psychiatry another common characteristic of resilient at Yale University School of Medicine who individuals, according to Southwick. Having focuses on post-traumatic stress disorder a purpose is a huge indicator of whether a and resilience. person will rise to the occasion. “You can endure almost anything if you have a mission, Make Caring Connections or believe what you are doing has meaning. Social networks are critical in the face of It gives you great strength,” he says. challenges, resilience experts agree. “When In 2016, Bobbi Huffman lost her high we are wronged or feel unsafe, it’s natural to school sweetheart and husband to suicide withdraw when we should do the opposite,” a few days before Valentine’s Day. As she says Feldman. “It’s also not the number of began to process the tragedy, she saw two friends you have, or even how much time choices ahead: “Drop into a deep depresyou spend with them, that matters. All you sion and give up or focus on our deep love need is at least one person you can count on.” for one another, get into therapy, and make “We are built to be connected with oth- a difference by inspiring, encouraging and ers. It has a significant impact in regulating helping others,” says Huffman. stress,” says Southwick, a co-author of Resil She chose the latter, asking for profesience: The Science of Mastering Life’s Greatest sional help and signing up for the 16-mile Challenges, from West Haven, Connecticut. Overnight Walk for Suicide Prevention, Over the past two decades, Southwick and in New York City. “Getting into the best his colleagues have studied three groups shape of my life at age 50 became my that have come through harrowing events: passion. As I walked through the night, I being Vietnam War prisoners, Special reflected on our beautiful memories as a


Helpful Organizations provides a supportive space online for survivors of trauma and adversity to share stories, connect with others and get help from experts. Resilience-Project normalizes setbacks and failures as part and parcel of professional and personal growth, and provides Stanford University students and faculty a platform to swap stories and coping strategies. conveys an interactive e-learning platform developed by the University of Texas at Austin to foster a better understanding of resilience and develop related skills.

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Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story documents the journey of chef and outdoorsman Eduardo Garcia, whose life changed irrevocably when he was jolted with 2,400 volts of electricity while hiking in Montana. Garcia lost his hand, ribs and muscle mass, but survived the injury with the help of his former partner, and became an athlete and speaker for the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Unbroken depicts the life of Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini, who survived 47 days on a raft after a near-fatal plane crash in World War II, only to be captured by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. The film is based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Laura Hillenbrand, herself the survivor of a disabling chronic illness. The 33 tells the true tale of 33 miners trapped inside a mine in San Jose, Chile, for more than two months, the longest such entrapment in history. All were rescued alive. Wild is based on Cheryl Strayed’s memoir of her solo hike of 1,000-plus miles on the Pacific Crest Trail without any training, following the loss of her mother and marriage. February 2018


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Strengthening Our Resilience Muscle Experts point out that there isn’t any one perfect formula or single must-have trait for building resilience, and none we can’t develop. Learning a skill like mindfulness is an easy place to start. “Resilient people don’t try to avoid stress, but learn how to manage and master it,” says Southwick. “Mindfulness meditation requires practice, but through it, you can learn to regulate emotions and relax the nervous system.” Eckhoff practices mindfulness several times a day with a one-minute gratitude meditation. “I have five things I am most grateful for. I close my eyes, take a deep breath and say them. It brings me focus, reduces stress and reminds me of how lucky I am,” she says. Morisset suggests making incremental changes to strengthen our resilience muscles. “Success builds success and failure builds failure, so do something you know you can accomplish and build on that,” she counsels. Writing can also be a good coping tool, according to Hensch. “Just write about your emotions. It’s amazing how much you can learn about yourself and how calming it can be.” Good times are the best times to begin “resilience training” notes Hensch. “I sought out a therapist once I had turned the corner after my divorce and was dating someone and my business was taking off. It was precisely because I knew something else would likely happen, and I wanted to be better prepared for it,” he recalls. Applying positive self-talk when something blindsides us helps, as does not expecting to handle things perfectly. “There’s nothing wrong with just staying afloat when you’re in the middle of trauma or adversity. One key to happiness in life is just managing expectations. It’s okay to be anxious, sad and worried at times—in fact, it’s healthy,” says Hensch. Hardships are just that: hard. However, with time and experience, resilient individuals come to trust their ability to get through them, large and small. “Resiliency is not about how you bounce back from a single traumatic event; it’s how you respond every day to the challenges that life presents,” Eckhoff has learned. “Repetitive use of this ‘muscle’ builds strength and enables you to do more and sometimes, the impossible.” Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at


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ore Americans than ever before are seeking the benefits of meditation, which notably improves mental, physical and spiritual health. Choosing from its many styles and traditions can be daunting for a new meditator, as is figuring out how to incorporate such a practice into a busy life.


Universal Appeal “Meditation is for people of all spiritual backgrounds. As a tool to develop awareness, it can enhance what you already believe and practice,” assures Diana Lang, the Los Angeles author of Opening to Meditation: A Gentle, Guided Approach and a spiritual counselor who has taught meditation for 37 years.

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For Jackie Trottmann, a Christian author from St. Louis, Missouri, there is no contradiction between a meditation practice and her faith; rather, they complement one another. For her, “Prayer is like talking to God, whereas meditation is listening to God. Before I came to meditation, I had been doing all the talking.” She came to meditation during a trying period working in sales and marketing. “When a friend gave me a meditation CD, I popped it in after a stressful conference call and felt instantly calmed. Ten years later, meditation has gone beyond quieting the mind; it’s sunk into my heart and spirit,” says Trottmann, who went on to publish her own CDs at “I came to meditation tired of habitual suffering and stress, and wanting to be happier,” says Bill Scheinman, a coach in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), which he refers to as “mindfulness practice without the Buddhist jargon.” The Oakland, California, instructor has taught mindfulness in settings ranging from corporations to prisons, drawing from a range of meditative disciplines and 23 years of intensive practice.

Begin Modestly “Millions are seeking more mindfulness through meditation, but don’t know how to go about it,” says Sean Fargo, a Berkeley, California, meditation instructor and former Buddhist monk. “The key is to take baby steps, like going to the gym for the first time. Start by practicing a few minutes a day; just pay attention to something such as the sensations of breathing, without judgment.”

“Having taught meditation to tens of thousands of people, I would say the most common issue is that beginning meditators don’t think they’re doing it right. It’s important not to judge yourself or have loaded expectations about the experience,” notes Lang. She suggests starting wherever we are right now, adding, “Whatever book, class or teacher you first stumble upon is a clue.” But that doesn’t call for rigidly adhering to a particular type of meditation forever.

Assess Benefits “Shop around and try different things, but at some point, you will begin to discover what works for you,” advises Scheinman. In trying to decide which meditation practice is right for us, “Go with what feels juicy,” says Fargo, who founded, offering 1,500 free mindfulness meditations, worksheets and talks. “You’re more likely to do what feels alive and enlivening.” The act of meditating can be uncomfortable, but the challenges are part of its power. Scheinman remarks. “If you establish a daily practice, eventually, you will become more clear-headed, kinder and happier. That’s how you know your practice is working—not how you feel during meditation itself.” Consistency is key. It’s not effective to only meditate when you feel good, he says.

Overview of Options Mindfulness practices go by many names, from vipassana to MBSR, and can be done sitting or walking, but all are focused on cultivating moment-to-moment awareness. “Mindfulness is about being aware: deliberately paying attention to body sensations, thoughts and emotions. Focused attention is on the body, heart and mind,” explains Scheinman. Guided visualization differs from most forms of meditation in that the meditator is intentionally creating a mental image, typically one of a peaceful, beautiful place. Typically, the goal of a guided visualization is deep relaxation and stress reduction. Mantra meditations involve continuous repetition of a word, phrase or sound, drawing spiritual power from the sound’s vibration, as well as its meaning. Many mantras are uttered in a tradition’s native language, such as shanti, meaning peace in Sanskrit. Teachers like Lang prefer to use mantras in English that meditators can more easily grasp, such as, “Love is the way.” Breathing meditation. Meditation experts say our everpresent breath is a sound foundation for a meditation practice, as well as an easy place to start. “Tapping into the power of our breath is vital; it cleanses our system,” says Trottmann. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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Garrison Institute Hosts Meditation Workshop and Retreats


arrison Institute, which hosts and advocates for contemplative practices and spiritually grounded values in building sustainable movements for a healthier, safer, more compassionate world, will host three meditation programs in February and March. Eve Ekman and B. Alan Wallace will teach Cultivating Emotional Balance, from February 23 to March 2. This workshop is designed to bring participants a rich and indepth understanding of their own emotional lives and guide them toward their overarching goals of a meaningful life. The Friday-to-Friday program gives participants time away from their daily lives to expand their meditation practice, reset their nervous system and connect with like-minded people, so they can return home feeling rejuvenated, restored and inspired. From March 9 to 11, Sharon Salzberg and the Holistic Life Foundation will teach People Who Care for People, designed for the caregivers who play a vital role in our communities. Whether they regularly care for others as part of an intimate family circle or larger social network, or are part of the wide array of helping professions in health care, education or social justice, their work is vital to our society, but they often suffer frustration, exhaustion and burnout as a result. This weekend retreat is designed to help caregivers find balance and recharge physically, mentally and emotionally through yoga, meditation and contemplative practices. They will leave equipped to practice self-care at home.   Jane and Derek Kolleeny will lead Practice Mindfulness on the Spring Equinox: A Special Retreat on How to Meditate, from March 23 to 25. Designed to appeal to new meditators as well as those with a developed practice and those simply seeking renewal in the serenity of a contemplative environment, the program will consist of sitting and walking meditation, talks and guided meditations, group discussion, yoga and optional one-on-one interviews with a meditation instructor. During breaks, participants can walk Garrison Institute’s labyrinth and trails, relax in its saunas or simply enjoy its contemplative setting. Garrison Institute is located at Route 9D at Glenclyffe, Garrison, NY. For more information, visit or call 845.424.4800. See ad, page 33. 34

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ellye Davis, an international restorative yoga and meditation teacher and the author of The Bliss Principle: Kellye Davis Easy Ways to Go from Stress to Peace, will lead a free meditation tour through southern Westchester County, hosting monthly hour-long events at area libraries. The first event is scheduled for March 3, from 1 to 2 p.m., at the Pelham Public Library, located at 530 Colonial Avenue. Davis’s Learn to Meditate: Stress to Peace Tour is geared for beginning meditators. Each stop will entail meditation tips and intervals of direct meditation. Participants who want to sit on the floor should bring a small pillow or yoga mat; otherwise a chair will be provided. Davis says the tour was born out of her desire to make learning to meditate easy and accessible for anyone, while delivering personal results for the meditator.   ������������������������������� “Most important, it will introduce new participants to the practice and teach them how to deal with busy thoughts while meditating, which is one the first complaints people have when they start,” Davis says. “Meditation is a simple, powerful practice, especially if you know from the start basic tips for bypassing the busy thoughts that arise in the mind while you’re sitting for meditation. When that happens, you can dive deep into your own blissful state. The bliss we invoke within when we meditate is spiritual energy that heals stress in the mind, body and emotions and creates inner joy.”   Upcoming meditation tour dates TBA at For more info or to schedule a private session with Davis, contact her at 914.738.8777 or email See ad, pg 32.

Mindfulness Meditation Training with Melanie Ryan


he Center for Health and Healing in Mount Kisco is currently offering prerequisites for its 100-hour Mindfulness Teacher Training, which begins in the fall. The prerequisite courses, which begin in March, are open to anyone interested in developing a mindfulness meditation practice. They will provide foundational Melanie Ryan training, including guided meditation instruction, practice, presentations, questions and discussion in small groups. Registration is limited. The fall teacher training will consist of weekend sessions as well as independent coursework. Applicants must have two years of regular meditation practice, with an interest in the Buddhist view. An informational meeting will be held July 28. The teacher training was developed by Melanie Ryan, a meditation teacher in the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Saykong Mipham Rinpoche of the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. She is owner and founder of The Center for Health and Healing, where she teaches regularly and has a contemplative psychotherapy and healing practice. The training is intended for those with meditation experience who want to incorporate meditation instruction and mindfulness into their professional work. “Meditation is a powerful and ancient holistic healing tool that can benefit anyone of any race, religion or culture,” Ryan says. “It helps us awaken to love and compassion while cultivating mental strength, stability and clarity.” For more info, call 914.864.0462 or visit

Westchester Buddhist Center Holds Sixth Annual Retreat


he Westchester Buddhist Center will hold its sixth annual retreat from February 16 to 23 at the Garrison Institute. The retreat, The Four Foundations of Mindfulness, is an opportunity to get away from the speed and habits of life to deepen one’s regular meditation Photo courtesy of Garrison Institute practice. Daily talks and guided meditations will focus on the Buddha’s core teaching on meditation, with a unique interpretation presented by Tibetan meditation master and scholar Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and two traditional interpretations presented by Joseph Goldstein and B. Alan Wallace. Days will consist of alternating periods of sitting and walking

meditation, guided meditations, dharma talks, readings on technique, and interviews with teachers. The first half of the program will be held in silence until the closing bell in the evening; the second half will be held in silence until lunchtime. Meals will be buffet-style and primarily vegetarian. The retreat will be led by John Baker, Jane Kolleeny and Derek Kolleeny, all experienced dharma teachers authorized by Trungpa Rinpoche in the Kagyu-Nyingma traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. They emphasize experiential Buddhism, which develops as meditation practice deepens, both on the meditation cushion and in daily life.  Westchester Buddhist Center was formed in early 2009 to share the Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhist and Shambhala teachings and meditation practices presented in the West by Trungpa Rinpoche. The center offers some need-based scholarships. The Garrison Institute is located on Route 9D at Glenclyffe, in Garrison, NY. To register or for more information, visit

Meditation Offerings at The Temperance Center


errill Black, founder and owner of The Temperance Center, says she’s always looking for new and exciting things to bring to the center’s community of clients, with meditation and healing at the forefront. “Our clientele can experience meditation and healing in a variety of ways,” she says. “We’ve offered bimonthly guided channelThe Temperance Center ing meditation groups for several years now, allowing for healing and shifts in consciousness, and recently we also introduced a sound bath workshop for relaxation and meditation purposes.” In February, Black will team up with Sean Rachlin, a licensed massage therapist and acupuncturist, to lead a special workshop combining acupuncture and meditation. “A single acupuncture point, placed in a specific location known to have a very calming effect on the body, will be used while the clients lie comfortably in svasana,” she says. “There will be a guided meditation along with mudras, mantras and healing bowls to encourage intuition, inspiration and insight. This combination also offers a deeper state of relaxation and meditative journey.” The Temperance Center is located at 453 White Plains Rd., Ste. 201/203, Eastchester, NY. For more information about this and other events, visit or call 914.793.2600. See ad, page 33. February 2018


Regular meditation is thought to “reboot” the brain by moving it out of beta and into theta frequency—that place between sleep and wakefulness where the mind, no longer judging itself, notifies the body that it’s time to heal.

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e are a nation of overstimulated people, and that’s bad news for our bodies. Our fast-paced digital lifestyle— combined with constant traffic, crowds and noise, plus financial, family and work pressures and negative political and world news—means that many of us live in a state of chronic stress, which can predispose us to health problems. “It’s estimated that up to 90 percent of all illness is related to stress,” says Amy Kowal of Reviva Skin and Body Solutions in Fishkill. “Stress goes straight to the body and affects its weakest points, setting off a physiological chain reaction called the fight or flight response. The brainwave pattern remains at beta frequency, or high-alert consciousness, and the adrenal glands go into overdrive and release adrenaline and cortisol, which create acidic conditions that enable disease to thrive. When the brain is constantly on alert, it doesn’t get the downtime required for the immune system to recharge and heal the body.” Regular meditation is thought to “reboot” the brain by moving it out of beta and into theta frequency—that place between sleep and wakefulness where the mind, no longer judging itself, notifies the body that it’s time to heal. But many people believe 36

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“BrainTap uses sound therapy, light therapy, binaural beats, guided imagery and hypnosis to heal and rewire the way the brain deals with stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, insomnia, disease and any array of issues you may be dealing with that you may not be able to control on your own,” Kowal explains. “It overrides the brain waves to put you into a natural meditative, theta state in three to five minutes—something that can take years of regular, disciplined meditation to achieve.” Getting the brain into theta allows the body to develop new ways of handling stress without conscious awareness—the way we learned to tie our shoes or ride a bike, she says. “When we move out of fight or flight, we move out of scarcity, lack and loss, victim energy, and get into that place where the immune system can turn back on and stress is regulated, allowing us to get into a state of alignment by repatterning the brain. Because it also works at the root cause of issues, it’s not something you need to keep doing once your brain learns a new pattern.” The light and sound technology in BrainTap can eliminate unwanted habits, behaviors and thought patterns, and get the brain back to its “original blueprint,” she says. The technology is designed to work three ways simultaneously: 1) fiber optic and LED flashing lights in the eye visor synchronize the left and right hemispheres of the brain and bring it back into balance, enhancing healing and creativity; 2) lights in the earpiece help release emotions stored in the body at the cellular level, increase circulation, calm the nervous system and relax the muscles; and 3) binaural beats and isochronic tones adjust brainwave frequency. The wearer also listens to a series of 20-to-30-minute audio tracks with subliminal messages intended to impart a new program with new, healthier beliefs. The idea is to imitate a whole sleep cycle in 20 minutes, with effects that last 72 hours. “Your brain is realigned, your nervous system calms down and you receive messages that create positive ingrained habits and resource states and imprint goals on the subconscious mind,” Kowal says. “Do this two times a week for 30 days, and after 30 days, that program becomes your new normal. You’ll no longer be stressed out, and you’ll be a conscious creator of your own reality.” For more info about BrainTap, call Amy Kowal at 844.363.7894 or visit See ad, page 41.

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Film Series Will Focus on Meditation

acob Burns Film Center (JBFC), a nonprofit five-screen cinema and education center located in Pleasantville, has made meditation the focus of its upcoming annual film series, which will take place this year February 7 through 27. The Meditative Life 2018: Meaning, Happiness, and Connection, will feature 10 films that collectively explore not only meditation and mindfulness, but also the many ways in which we investigate the different realms of the human experience. The series opens on February 7 with a showing of Ram Dass: Going Home, an interview with a man considered by many to be one of the most important spiritual teachers of our time. Known for his association with Timothy Leary in the early 1960s and as the author of the seminal 1971 Be Here Now, he continues to live richly and deeply, though his physical body was disabled by a stroke. In this 32-minute film, he shares his personal practice and philosophy—centered on peace, love, compassion and connection—as well as intimate details of his daily life. This opening night celebration will also feature a conversation with author Krishna Das, who spent the late 1960s as a student of Ram Dass and went on to become a Grammy-nominated artist who took the call-andresponse chanting of kirtan out of yoga centers and into concert halls around the world. The films in this year’s JBFC series draw us closer to Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dalai Lama, steep us in music and silence, and bring us into the worlds of tai chi and the monastic life—and even to Folsom State Prison, where inmates participate in a powerful form of personal growth and exploration. The series will continue with The Last Dalai Lama (February 8); One Mind: A Zen Pilgrimage (February 12); Novitiate (February 13); The Professor: Tai Chi’s Journey West (February 15); In Pursuit of Silence (February 20); The Work (February 21); Walk with Me (February 22); Orange Sunshine (February 25); and Summer in the Forest (February 27). Jacob Burns Film Center Theater is located at 364 Manville Rd., Pleasantville, NY. For times and tickets, visit February 2018


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How Teens Can Learn to Love Their Looks any young women don’t feel comfortable in their own skin. A 21st-century global study sponsored by Unilever’s Dove brand found that 90 percent of girls from 15 to 17 years old wanted to change at least one aspect of their physical appearance, especially their body weight. University of Minnesota research following adolescents for 10 years showed that about half of the female participants had dieted in the previous year, twice the number of males. Tracy Anderson, a mother of two and fitness expert, has spent the last 18 years working with women seeking balance in their bodies. In her recent book, Total Teen: Tracy Anderson’s Guide to Health, Happiness, and Ruling Your World, she observes, “Teens are depleted from comparing themselves to the shapes of others and from scolding themselves: ‘I should be thinner, I should be able to fit in those pants, I should be in better shape.’ But looking good on the outside must start with feeling good on the inside.”

Monitor Thoughts Anderson believes we feel most happy and fulfilled and accomplish the most when our minds are calm, clear and alert.


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“If young women learn to connect with their mind, identify when their thoughts are anxious or stressed, and practice conscious breathing and meditating to regain a calm, centered state, they’ll be able to rebalance themselves for the rest of their lives,” she says. “By keeping a thought journal for a while and noticing when their thoughts have negative undertones, they can retrain their attitude.” Live a complaint-free day once each week. Every time a negative thought pops up, expel it and focus on a positive aspect of the idea or experience. Also invest a few moments each day feeling thankful for successful aspects of life. “After a while, these exercises become habitual,” says Anderson. “Happy, high-achieving people fill their minds with positive, uplifting thoughts, affirmations and sincere gratitude. It’s widely proven to work.”

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Anderson says. But such an unhealthy routine “shapes eating patterns for the rest of their lives, eventually catching up with them.” She strongly believes every young woman should routinely ask herself, “Is this real food?” “A potato is a real food, or whole food, but instant mashed potatoes are processed. A fresh ear of corn is a whole food; corn chips are processed. If you want to feel strong and healthy and look great, eat whole foods,” says Anderson. Also, note how the body responds to eating specific foods. Here again, a journal can help. “Jot down how a food made you feel after 15 minutes, an hour and two hours. Are you alert or sluggish? What signals are your stomach and brain sending? It’s useful information to make better ongoing food choices,” Anderson advises. She also advocates drinking plenty of water and eating organic foods when possible, and warns teens against skipping meals or snacks when their developing bodies feel the need for fuel.

For young women navigating the emotional ups and downs associated with menstrual cycles and puberty, exercise can be a lifesaver

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For some teens, exercise movements don’t feel comfortable or natural, which hinders them from doing healthful exercise. “I’ve found that if a young woman practices exercises for a while privately, she’ll become more comfortable and confident over time,” says Anderson. “It’s like learning a foreign language, musical instrument or any skill. You master the basics first and build on them. With practice, you start feeling more at ease.” In her book, Anderson offers many step-by-step, illustrated workout moves designed to daily tone arms, legs and abs, and increase strength and flexibility. Many incorporate fun dance components that work well with music.

“Regular exercise releases endorphins—the hormones that make us feel happier and better about ourselves,” she says. “For young women navigating the emotional ups and downs associated with menstrual cycles and puberty, exercise can be a lifesaver.” Whether it’s yoga, walking, martial arts, dancing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, climbing, skiing, gymnastics or tennis, teens need to find “some kind of movement and activity to become part of their everyday life.” A University of Wisconsin metaanalysis of 77 studies examining women’s body images suggests body dissatisfaction is a risk factor for eating disorders and a significant predictor of low self-esteem, depression and obesity. Helping young women build, strengthen or regain their positive body image and self-esteem works to empower a new generation and enables them to enjoy happier, healthier lives. Amber Lanier Nagle is a freelance writer in Northwest Georgia (

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Sleep Peacefully by Eliminating Allergens in the Bedroom by Brielle Bleeker


hemicals are everywhere and can be difficult to avoid, but when it comes to creating a toxic-free environment in the home, the bedroom is a great place to start. Surprisingly, there are far too many toxins taking up space in what should be the peaceful and relaxing haven of the home. A simple way to start is to replace pillows, pillowcases and sheets with those made of organic


material. It is a common misconception that cotton is a better choice than synthetic materials; cotton farming uses more pesticides and insecticides than any other area of agricultural production. Organic cotton, hemp and wool are better options to search for when looking to purchase new bedding. Trying to overhaul the closet with an entirely new wardrobe made of organic materials can present quite a challenge. An easier

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option is to avoid buying clothing that is wrinkle-free and stain-resistant. Synthetic fabrics contain perfluorochemicals (PFC) which are absorbed through the skin and can be harsh to breathe in. It is also important to keep the inside of the home shoeless. Leaving shoes at the door can help keep dirt, pesticides, animal droppings and chemicals out of the home and bedroom. When it comes to decorating the bedroom, choose non-volatile organic compound (VOC) paint. VOC can cause breathing issues and headaches and contributes to air pollution. Wall-to-wall carpeting or area rugs can be a health hazard, too. Dust and dirt can settle deep in the rug fibers and harbor allergens. Natural wood floors or tile are a better option with less risk of causing irritation and affecting allergies. Another area of the bedroom where dust and other allergens can be found is curtains and lampshades that collect dust and dirt and can be a hidden source responsible for breathing issues and skin irritation. While wooden blinds need to be dusted frequently, they do not hold the same amount of allergens as those made of fabric. Furniture made of particle board should be removed from the home. It contains formaldehyde, a known carcinogen that has been directly linked to several types of cancer and is known to cause nausea, headaches and allergies.

Perhaps the largest change to create a healthier environment in the bedroom is purchasing a new organic mattress. According to celebrity naturopath Dr. Josh Axe, “Getting sufficient, high-quality sleep is one of the best things you can do for your health. Sleep allows the body to reset after a long day, balances hormones and helps control stress.” While this can also be the most costly step in creating a healthier environment in the bedroom, it can also be the most beneficial. Conventional mattresses are manufactured with harmful ingredients including flame retardants, boric acid, formaldehyde, synthetic latex and more. Dave Spittal, owner of Healthy Choice Organic Mattress, says, “A healthy mattress is essential to your health and well-being. You spend one-third of your life on your mattress.” When sleeping on a traditional mattress, toxins and chemicals are consistently being absorbed through the skin and taken in through breathing night after night. In addition, these mattresses aren’t as comfortable as we would think, potentially leading to a lot of tossing and turning and restless sleeping. Not only can standard mattresses be harmful to our health, but they can also have a negative impact on the environment. Most mattresses are not biodegradable because of the chemicals they contain, and the addition of these mattresses to landfills every year increases pollution. Organic mattresses offer a healthier option to sleeping and maintaining a healthy bedroom. Free of chemicals and manufactured using high-quality, natural materials, they benefit not only ourhealth, but the environment, too. Longer-lasting than standard mattresses, organic mattresses offer a long-term solution to creating a healthier sleep environment. Healthy Choice Organic Mattress is located at 681 East Main St., Mt. Kisco and 544 Main St., Beacon, NY. For more information, call 914.241.2467; or visit See ad, page 2. Brielle Bleeker is a writer for Natural Awakenings magazine. February 2018


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CITY HOMESTEADING Creating Sustainable Urban Living by Randy Kambic


omesteading is a broad field. “Along with planting produce, we encourage people to compost, change how they use water, learn about biochar—a long-term soil amendment that returns carbon to the earth—and employ creative economics, including bartering and food-sharing systems,” says K. Ruby Blume, of Grants Pass, Oregon, who founded the Institute of Urban Homesteading, in Oakland, California, a decade ago ( She’s also co-author of Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living. Blume was recently engaged to invite speakers and coordinate presentation content for the three-day online Gardening and Homesteading Skills Summit hosted by The Shift Network. Last October, 20 leading farmers, master gardeners, homesteaders and other experts shared innovative, environmentally friendly advice for providing food and adopting eco-friendly practices. Blume, who grows fruit and vegetables and raises chickens, sheep and bees on 22 acres, plans to launch her Fantastic Farm Store this month, and will offer spring classes at her institute, as well as at

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the Rogue River Community Center, in southern Oregon. “Everyone should grow their favorite vegetable from seed; think about the animal if eating meat; and take a nature field study class. These all connect us to nature and our world,” advises Blume.

Food as Medicine David Crow, teacher, author of In Search of the Medicine Buddha and founder of Floracopeia Aromatic Treasures (, is a leader in research and development of growing herbs for medicine, working from Grass Valley, California. He extols the importance of gardens of all types—backyards, schools, neighborhoods and public spaces. “They can strengthen communities, beautify life and reduce crime,” he says. In his home state, he helped launch The Learning Garden, at Venice High School, in 2001. “It’s an eye-opener for youngsters, and they take pride in ownership.” People without a garden plot can place a pot inside or on a balcony or find a community garden. “Medicinal plants don’t have to be a luxury of the wealthy. You can spend a fraction of the $30 for a drug prescrip-

tion in growing most of them, and then trade for others with neighbors,” says Crow. He particularly values oregano, thyme, rosemary, lavender and basil. To increase yields, home gardeners may consider daily drip irrigation—a system of tubes positioned just above the soil, with tiny holes spaced at regular intervals. It can conveniently work on a timer with an automatic shutoff during rain. Other benefits include water conservation and better soil structure by avoiding puddles from manual watering. “Drip irrigation can be especially helpful during dry spells, which can run two to four weeks in many climates,” says Robert Kourik (, landscape consultant, horticultural researcher and author of Drip Irrigation for Every Landscape and Climate, and last year’s Understanding Roots. “It can be effective for virtually any fruit or vegetable, except water crops like rice and cranberries.”

Green Living Carol Venolia, author, speaker and architect in Santa Rosa, California, ( has designed homes of straw, earth and sustainably sourced and reclaimed wood throughout the West. She consults on greening schools, healing centers, camps and eco-villages, and stresses the benefits of sunlight as in her new e-book, Get Back to Nature Without Leaving Home. She says, “Sunlight’s many wavelengths, shifting directions and intensities render biological effects that keep us functioning well. Watch how it enters your home; changes occur daily and seasonally.” It’s easy to move furniture to align with sunshine. In warmer climates, attach plant trellises or fabric awnings outside windows to filter or direct reflected light. “Add a potted plant to a window and a picture of a natural scene on a wall. Take the time to get out into woodlands,” advises Venolia. She commends Marc Rosenbaum, of South Mountain Company, in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, as a green building leader who “brings a soulful approach, as well as engineering, data and technology efficiencies, to a project.” Along with green building goals like zero net energy, Rosenbaum strives to create homes that are healthy, comfortable, resource-efficient, durable and adaptable by the people that inhabit them. Along with being part of the slow food movement and do-ityourself trends, Blume believes, “Homesteading gives people the feeling they are making a positive difference by making sustainable changes in their lifestyle and home.” For summit recordings or transcripts and notices of upcoming events like the online annual Plant Medicine Telesummit in March, visit Randy Kambic, an Estero, FL, freelance editor and writer, regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings.

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Mark Rosenfeld’s Secrets for Successful Love Matches by Alison James


ustralian author, speaker and dating coach Mark Rosenfeld knows firsthand the challenges of navigating romantic relationships. After struggling with shyness, he took on a confidence-boosting job as an exotic dancer in 2011, working with men at both ends of the assertiveness spectrum. In this milieu, he gained a better understanding of men’s thoughts and actions related to women. Through his career as a dancer while in his own satisfying relationship, Rosenfeld also personally communicated with about 50,000 women, many of which opened up about their own trials and tribulations with dating. A resident of Brisbane, Rosenfeld launched the website au in 2014, sharing what he’s learned in order to help women stop experiencing frustrations in dating and start attracting healthy, happy relationships. He’s also participated in the conversation at The Good Men Project on what enlightened masculinity means in the 21st century.

What are the greatest misconceptions women have about men? Both genders face significant, yet different, challenges, and so believe the other gender has it easier. Men want to feel cared for and heard. Many are terrified to approach a woman; they fear rejection or not being a good enough provider. Often, when a woman perceives that a man needs space, it’s his fears and insecurities that are keeping him from deeper intimacy.

What mistakes do women make in the courtship phase? Women often get ahead of themselves in the dating stage, instead of taking enough time to let things unfold. I tell women 44

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to slow down and date multiple men to counter that tendency. It’s also good to “widen the funnel” and date different types of men, especially if you seem to attract the so-called “wrong” type. Keep deep emotions and commitments out of the courtship phase, while you discover who someone is and if they are right for you.

Why do both genders need to nurture their feminine energy? As a man, I can spend too much time on my masculine energy and be too logical and focused on end results. I can lose a sense of self, presence and connection with the present moment. Meditation is one entry point; I find practicing a martial art is grounding, as is spending quality time with a woman. If an individual spends too much time in either energy, imbalance occurs; everyone has to find their own equilibrium.

What are good ways to practice self-care while seeking and sustaining a relationship? Find activities in your day that make you feel nurtured, happy and good about your-

self. Take care of your health, home and friendships. Exercise some independence. Make your life fulfilling, so that men want to be part of your exciting days.

How can we best navigate the world of online dating and other means of meeting potential mates? It starts with your mindset. If you think you will be on a dating site for three weeks and find a mate, don’t bother. Be prepared to engage for a minimum of six to 12 months. Consider bad dates as reasons to laugh. Think of it as “online introducing”. It’s up to you to quickly get past the chat stage to real communication and real dates. Online potential mates don’t have a “vibe” for you like they do in person. I suggest talking with prospects on the phone and keeping first dates short. Keep an open mind to recognize prospects you might otherwise overlook. Online dating is a supplement, not a substitute, for meeting compatible men or women in real life. You should be tapping networks of friends, family and colleagues to make connections, as well as being open to meeting potential mates at public events.

Which signs indicate that a dating prospect wants to pursue a genuine relationship? Emotional momentum, combined with consistency, is an important sign. Anyone can put in effort for a little while; but do they periodically disappear? No one wants someone they feel a connection with to physically or emotionally wander away, or risk the object of their affection thinking they aren’t interested. Make sure they are reciprocating the effort you put in. Prioritizing is another sign; a person will find a way to see someone they care about. A key third sign is integration. They will want to respectfully integrate you into their world more and more, introducing you to friends, family and work colleagues. Look for this overall pattern to continue over time. It’s vital to let people prove themselves with their actions.


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by Charlie Chaplin

Today, I know, this is AUTHENTICITY. As I began to love myself, I understood how much it can offend somebody as I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me. Today I call it RESPECT.


As I began to love myself, I stopped craving for a different life, and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow. Today I call it MATURITY. As I began to love myself, I understood that at any circumstance, I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm. Today I call it SELF-CONFIDENCE.

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As I began to love myself, I quit stealing my own time, and I stopped designing huge projects for the future. Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in my own rhythm.

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Today I call it SIMPLICITY. As I began to love myself, I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health—food, people, things, situations and everything that drew me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism. Today I know it is LOVE OF ONESELF. As I began to love myself, I quit trying to always be right, and ever since, I was wrong less of the time. Today I discovered that is MODESTY. As I began to love myself, I refused to go on living in the past and worrying about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where everything is happening. Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it FULFILLMENT. As I began to love myself, I recognized that my mind can disturb me and it can make me sick. But as I connected it to my heart, my mind became a valuable ally. Today I call this connection WISDOM OF THE HEART. We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing new worlds are born. Today I know that is LIFE. Chaplin’s World museum, in Switzerland, opened in 2016 (

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When someone brings a dog into a place of business, we can legally ask only two short questions: “Is this animal needed for a disability?” and “What tasks has the animal been trained to do in relation to the disability?” other animals and be comfortable in social settings that match the person’s lifestyle.”

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ervice dogs help an aging population live full lives in spite of limitations, no matter the size, age or breed of dog. Plus, hundreds of thousands of canines make living with disabilities both possible and more pleasant.

The Rules “Service dogs don’t eat on duty, and should be on the floor, not put in a handbag or shopping cart,” advises Maggie Sims, project manager for the Rocky Mountain Americans with Disabilities Act Center, in Colorado Springs. “If the dog disrupts business, the person can be asked to remove the animal and then return. Emotionalsupport dogs are not provided for by the disabilities act, because the dog does not perform a specific task. “We get calls from people concerned about fake service dogs when owners try to bring them into places where pets generally aren’t allowed. Usually, they’re the ones that behave badly,” Sims says. Service animals are not required to wear a special vest or have documentation. 48

Educating the Public A motorcycle accident left Matthew Smith dependent on using a wheelchair or crutches. An administrator at Comcast Cable, in Baltimore, Maryland, Smith relies on his pit bull, Jericho, to fetch dropped items, open doors and help him maintain balance. “Gravity is my specialty,” he jokes. “If I fall, he braces me so I can get up. Moving about stresses my shoulders, so Jericho pulls the wheelchair on days when I’m in pain.” Although working service dogs should not be petted or approached, Smith tells Jericho, “Go say ‘Hi,’” if someone asks to approach him. “Pit bulls have an undeserved bad reputation, so I’ll take a minute to let people meet him to change that perception. When Jericho is the subject of conversation, it also takes the spotlight off of me,” he says. Jericho was trained by Apryl Lea, a certified assistance dog trainer for the Animal Farm Foundation’s Assistance Dog Program, in Kingston, New York. She explains, “The pit bulls I train are from shelters, and must be good with people and

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“When a counter is too high, a service dog can pass money to the cashier. Dogs will pull a rope to open a heavy door. In the event of seizures or fainting, our dogs react based on location; at home, they find another family member, but in public, will stay with their person,” Lea says. The muscles of a patient with Parkinson’s disease may freeze while walking. Dogs brace against a resulting fall or touch the person to help unfreeze the muscles. Tethered to an autistic child, the dog provides distraction from repetitive behaviors like flapping hands or crying, while keeping the child in a safe area. Some dogs are trained to track the child, as well, in case of escape. Likewise, dogs can give Alzheimer’s disease patients a bit of freedom without getting lost.

Sounding Alerts Hearing dogs alert their hearing-impaired person to the sound of a doorbell or ringing phone. In the car, they’ll nudge the driver with a paw if they hear a siren. Riley the Chihuahua’s job is caring for Jennifer Wise, an aromatherapist and owner of Enchanted Essence, in Toledo, Ohio. Wise has a neurological disease that affects her legs and makes her prone to falls. “Riley’s trained to bark for help if I am unable to get up,” she explains. “If barking fails, he’ll grab someone’s pant leg or shoelaces and pull in my direction. He’s small, but determined.” Michelle Renard, a stay-at-home mom in Woodstock, Georgia, relies on Mossy, a goldendoodle trained by Canine

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Assistants, in nearby Alpharetta, to detect high- and low-blood sugar levels. “She’s never wrong,” says Renard.

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Disabled children – Alzheimer’s disease/dementia – Rover. com/canine-caregivers-dementia-alzheimers Sight-impaired – SAMPLE SERVICE-DOG VIDEOS: A pit bull-lab mix that saves a veteran having a seizure: SavesVeteran A pug that helps a veteran with posttraumatic stress: CalmsPTSD LOCAL SERVICE DOG ORGANIZATION: Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Yorktown & Patterson, NY. See more information below in shaded box.

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Linda Blick, president and co-founder of Tails of Hope Foundation, in Orange County, New York, observes, “A veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder may not show outward symptoms, but have anxiety. Dogs are trained to turn on the lights, lick their person’s face or apply reassuring pressure by lying across their person’s chest to bring them out of night tremors. “One of our veterans was so uncomfortable in public, it was difficult for him to even speak to the veterinarian about his dog’s torn knee ligament,” Blick explains. “For the sake of the dog, he managed to discuss care, a big step for him.” As Sims states, “True service dogs literally give people with disabilities their lives back.”

uiding Eyes for the Blind, a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit, breeds and trains dogs to support and empower people who are blind or visually impaired. Since the organization’s founding in 1954, its dogs have become known for their exceptional temperaments and success at helping people gain independence. After the dogs are trained at one of the organization’s facilities in Yorktown Heights or Patterson, they are matched with people who are seeking increased freedom. Then together, the guide dogs and their people experience all kinds of life adventures. Guiding Eyes for the Blind has “graduated” more than 7,000 guide dog teams and creates some 160 new ones every year. It costs $50,000 to breed, raise, train and match a guide dog and then support the team throughout the lifetime of the dog, but all these services are provided free of charge to people and families who need them. Guiding Eyes for the Blind also partners with other organizations to ensure that exceptional dogs not suited to guide work may become service dogs.

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heir playful appearance as a beach ball look-alike makes exercise balls welcome props in home workouts, gyms and yoga studios. “They’re a fun training tool for every age, from children to maturing Baby Boomers,” says Dennis Fuchs, CEO of TheraGear, in Sumas, Washington. “Exercise balls are affordable and offer many benefits, from enhanced mobility to reduced risk of injury and increased athletic performance.” Originally developed by Italian plastic manufacturer Aquilino Cosani in 1963 as a toy called the Gymnastik and then used by British and Swiss physical therapists to help orthopedic patients, the ball has since come a long way to serve fitness needs. Also known as Swiss, stability, balance, physio- and Pilates balls, this colorful piece of equipment can range in size from 14 to 34 inches to be appropriate for a user’s height (

Core Strength Without Strain Stability balls are recommended by fitness trainers and chiropractors for their ability to build core strength and increase flexibility of pelvic muscles without putting unnecessary strain on the back. “The core is a series of muscles used in almost all functional movement; tailored exercises focus both on abdominal and back strength and pelvic and hip stability,” explains Linnea Pond, an exercise instructor at the Pocono Family YMCA, in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Using an exercise ball also promotes full body conditioning. “Swiss ball training connects the brain with stabilizer muscles, improving gross motor skills and upper body strength, as well,” Fuchs elaborates. “These versatile training balls help equip an individual to handle the functional demands of sports and everyday life.”

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Exercise balls are used in occupational therapy for stroke patients and others recovering from injury. “A stroke deadens part of the brain, and to regain movement in an affected arm or leg, an unaffected part of the brain must take over the lost function. The goal of the therapist is to establish new neural pathways through

repetition and visual reinforcement. We have patients do simple exercises with the ball hundreds of times so these pathways start to form,” explains Bob Schrupp, a physical therapist and founder of Therapy Network, in Winona, Minnesota. One goal for physical and occupational therapists is to help clients perform rehabilitation exercises that also motivate them to continue exercising. While the ball is an excellent tool in clinical settings, Schrupp cautions, “After a stroke, or if you’re older or in poor health, it’s always best to check with your doctor or physical therapist to determine if stability ball exercises are appropriate.”

Pregnant Women and Senior Fitness Balance balls, when used properly, can offer a safe way for pregnant women, children and seniors to stay fit. Exercising with a ball can help older individuals increase flexibility, especially in the hips, with cardiac strengthening as a bonus. Pregnant women can safely increase and maintain abdominal strength as the baby grows, and in doing so, care for muscles that will help them through labor. “Pregnancy can throw a woman off balance, and a growing baby puts pressure on internal organs. Pressing the back on a stability ball against a wall offers support for squats. Sitting on a ball helps maintain good posture and pelvic mobility, and reduces low back pain,” explains Pond. Incorporating the ball into yoga or Pilates routines prompts different muscles into action because it calls on the body’s learned ability to sense and respond to movement, termed proprioception. Pond says, “Proprioception is challenged just from sitting on the ball; there are immediate physical adjustments made to maintain posture and stability. In yoga, the ball is another tool to increase flexibility and balance.”

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Exercise balls are increasingly replacing traditional chairs in classrooms and offices, and teachers are reporting better grades and attention span as a result, while workers appreciate better-toned muscles and enhanced balance. Maintaining good posture by sitting on the ball also increases blood circulation throughout the body, including the brain. Regarding the equipment’s eyecatching appearance, Schrupp sees a helpful bonus: “The ball is a big, colorful reminder to perform your exercises.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at February 2018


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Family-Friendly Fitness Classes Fuse Yoga, Expressive Dance


my Planck, Founder of Inspiring New Beginnings, is bringing creative, familyfriendly fitness to the Town of Mount Pleasant in February, with eight-week sessions of Let Your Yoga Dance (LYYD) and Let Your Yoga Dance for Families. Planck, a certified yoga teacher, Let Your Yoga Dance teacher and intuitive healer, says LYYD combines expressive dance set to world music and traditional yogic elements such as Amy Planck gentle poses, breath work, moving meditation and guided relaxation. “It’s for everyone and every body,” she says. “Every student is considered a dancer, even if they’ve never danced before.” LYYD for Families is an opportunity for parents and grandparents with children ages 5 to 12 to move their bodies to playful tunes while getting a great workout, she says. It’s primarily an off-the-mat experience and does not require holding yoga poses. The Let Your Yoga Dance class will be held for eight Tuesdays, February 13 through April 17, from 7 to 8 p.m., with no class on February 20 or April 3. The cost is $109. The Let Your Yoga Dance for Families will be held for eight Mondays, February 26 through April 23, from 6 to 7 p.m., with no class on April 2. The cost is $159, which covers one adult and one child. All classes take place in Mount Pleasant Community Center, located at 125 Lozza Drive in Volhalla. Class fees are payable to the Town of Mount Pleasant. Preregistration is required. For more info, contact Planck at 845.803.5737 or, or visit or visit

Tara Gregorio Now Offering Stott Pilates in Cold Spring


ara Gregorio, founder and owner of Tara Gregorio Pilates & Wellness, in Cold Spring, says she is excited to be offering Stott Pilates education to instructors in the tri-state area once again. Gregorio, who has more than 20 years’ experience in the fitness industry, says Stott Pilates is recognized as “the Professional’s Choice” by studios and fitness facilities, fitness professionals and the consumer market worldwide. “Stott Pilates is a contemporary approach to the original Tara Gregorio exercise method pioneered by the late Joseph Pilates,” she says. “Lindsay and Moira Merrithew, along with a team of physical therapists and sports medicine and fitness professionals, have spent over three decades refining Stott Pilates. The refined method includes modern principles of exercise science and rehabilitation, making it one of the safest and most effective methods available.” She founded Tara Gregorio Pilates & Wellness in 2011, with the mission of offering women in the community the best exercises and natural remedies for their ever-changing bodies. “I started this business to empower women to find the vitality they are seeking through movement and herbal remedies,” she says. To learn more about upcoming Stott Pilates courses, call the studio at 845.809.5995 or visit


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

RHINEBECK Rhinebeck Pilates 6400 Montgomery Street 845.876.5686 SOMERS Equipoise Pilates & Wellness Bailey Court, 334 Rt. 202 914.276.2056

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

YOGA COMMUNITIES nOMad Always at OM Classes, Retreats, YTT

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

BEDFORD HILLS Katonah Yoga 39 Main Street 914.241.2661;

CARMEL The Art of Healing Wellness Center 64 Gleneida Avenue 845.878.4325

The Temperance Center 453 White Plains Road 914.793.2600




Firefly Yoga Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga 992 main street

YogaShine Special Needs/Yoga Therapy 711 Legion Drive; 914.769.8745



Golden Prana Yoga 223 Katonah Avenue 914.232.3473

Nueva Alma Yoga & Wellness 799 McLean Avenue 914.294.0606;



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

BodySculpt by Karen Karen M. Shaw Private Individual & Group Sessions Westchester /Putnam Area 914.522.1297

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

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

CROSS RIVER o2living 6 Yellow Monkey Village, Rt. 35 914.763.6320;

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

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markyourcalendar SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11 from 2pm- 3:30pm Higher Self Connecting Circle with Mary Ellen O’Brien, intuitive coach and healer, is a powerful 2-month program to shift your vibration and align with your higher self. Includes 4 group meetings and 4 individual coaching/healing sessions. Begins Sunday, 2/11 at a beautiful retreat house in Cold Spring  (other Sundays: 2/25, 3/11, 3/25)

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4 Tibetan Bowl Sound Journey – 3-4:30pm. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 E Main St, Mt Kisco. 914.996.4286. Preregister/detailed workshop description: (workshops tab).

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5 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.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6 Qi Gong Classes – Feb 6, 20. 6:30-7:30pm. $10. Sacred Space Healing Arts, 436 Main St, Beacon. 845.416.4598. Info:

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 Vision & Success in School – 7-9pm. Discover tools to identify children having trouble learning. Vision problems keep children from reaching their potential. Free. Dr. Samantha Slotnick, 495 Central Park Ave, Ste 301, Scarsdale. RSVP, Jane: 914.874.1177.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9 Archangel Healing Workshop – 7-9pm. With Shaman Elka Boren. $35. 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.


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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10 Free Information Session for 200-hour Basic Yoga Teacher Training – Mar 4/training begins. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 E Main St, Mt Kisco. 914.996.4286. Preregister/training details: (teacher training tab). Tao Yin & Meditation – 9am-12pm. $25. Register direct with the school. Desmond Campus for Adult Enrichment, Mount Saint Mary College, 6 Albany Post Rd, Newburgh. 845.565.2076. Online: msmc. edu/communityed. Heart Health: The Power of Mind and Spirit – 1-3pm. Free lecture. Light refreshments will be served. Dr. Kaushik’s Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic. Yellow Monkey Village, 792 Rte 35, Cross River. Creating the New Year with Intention – 1-4pm. Weave a home protection amulet. Imbolc Honors Brigid, the Celtic Goddess of fire and inspiration, healing, poetry and smith craft. $15. DG Sanctuary. 2 Lagrange Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206. Heart Chakra Healing with Vedic Astrology – 1-4pm. Self-care with the cosmos. Personal fast day, gemstone and a five-min heart chakra healing. Sign up, get chart for $20. Katonah Pharmacy, 202 Katonah Ave. Info: 914.232.1109. Ayurveda and Yoga – 1:30–4:30pm. With Deirdre Breen. Explore how to integrate these twin sciences on the mat and in life. $45 members. $65 nonmembers in advance. The Yoga Studio, Club Fit, 584 N State Rd, Briarcliff Manor. Info: Audrey Brooks: 914.582.7816. Removing Obstacles – 2-4:30pm. Workshop including live music and gong with Harnam. $45 Golden Prana Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. Preregistration is required: 914.232.3473. Tibetan Sound Bowl Healing – 5:30-7pm. With Michelle Clifton. The bowls create a celestial harmonic sound that resonates with our energy field, having a profound healing effect on the nervous system, mind, body and soul. Mt Kisco. Michelle/ fee info: 914.447.0822.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11 Peace, Calm & Release – 11am-12:30pm. With Merrill Black and Sean Rachlin. Guided meditation, acupuncture point, mudras, mantras, healing bowls for insight, relaxation journey. $35. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. Must preregister/prepay: 914.793.2600. Higher Self Connecting Circle – Feb 11, 25, Mar 11 and 25. 2-3:30pm. With Mary Ellen O’Brien. Two-month program to shift vibration and align with one’s higher self. Includes four group meetings and four individual coaching/healing sessions. At a beautiful retreat house in Cold Spring.

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February 9th – 11th Vagina Monologues

sively through the chakras. $109 eight-week semester. Mt Pleasant Community Center, 125 Lozza Dr, Valhalla. Preregistration required: 845.803.5737.


2/9 8pm, 2/10 3pm, 2/11 3pm Tickets $50 All proceeds to benefit Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center Call: 845.628.1872 or visit The Freight House Cafe Mahopac, NY

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.

Monthly Reiki Circle – 2-3:30pm. With Deborah Amjadi. Reduce stress, relieve pain and accelerate healing without the use of medication. Those new to reiki receive an individual or group energy healing. Practitioners welcome to participate in reiki exchanges. $20 cash. Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462.

New Moon Manifestation – 7-8pm. Together manifest hearts’ desires using the law of attraction and the creative energies of the new moon. $10. DG Sanctuary. 2 Lagrange Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206.

Couples Massage Workshop – 4:30-6:30pm. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 E Main St, Mt Kisco. 914.996.4286. Preregister/detailed workshop description: (workshops tab).

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13 Let Your Yoga Dance – 7-8pm. With Amy Planck. For adults. Experience joy and fun dancing expres-

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.

markyourcalendar Interfaith Sundays at The Chapel at Croton Falls Sunday, February 18

10:30am-12:00pm 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:


Reiki Circle – 7-9pm. Experience the healing energy. Reiki students and practitioners of all levels and traditions welcome. No experience necessary. $20. Golden Prana Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. Preregistration required: 914.232.3473.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16 Shamanic Journey Circle – 7-9pm. Through rhythmic drumming in guided meditation, transcend conscious state and journey to meet the many help-

ing spirits around us. No experience necessary. $20. DG Sanctuary. 2 Lagrange Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17 Breastfeeding Basics and the First Six Weeks Workshop – 1:30-4:30pm. For expecting women/couples (25 plus weeks). Before baby’s birth, learn basics and what to expect. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 E Main St, Mt Kisco. 914.996.4286. Preregister/detailed workshop description: (birth & baby tab).

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18 Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra – 10-11am. With Claudia Gukeisen. Monthly guided relaxation practice that cultivates mental/emotional and physical/body healing, inner peace and a deeper connection to oneself. $20. Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462. Interfaith Sundays at The Chapel at Croton Falls – 10:30am-12pm. All welcome. Refreshments follow. (Next to the Schoolhouse Theater). Parking is available across the street. The Chapel at Croton Falls, 609, Rt. 22, Croton Falls. Info:

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19 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.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20 Annual Tucson Tea & Stones Event – 6:307:30pm – A special showing as Rhianna has returned from the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show. Redeem Gem Cash while connecting with and learning about gems, stones and their properties. Free. Dreaming Goddess, 44 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21 Qi Gong Classes for Women-LES452 – Feb 21, 28, Mar 7 and 14. 6-8pm. Register directly with school. $89 four-class series. Dutchess Community College, South Campus, Wappingers. 845.431.8910. SunyDutchess.Edu/cfweb. 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, FEBRUARY 22 What Is Ayurvedic Medicine? – 7:30-8:30pm. Holistic Moms Network meeting. Dr. Somesh Kaushik, Ayurvedic and Naturopathic physician presents: “What is Ayurvedic Medicine and How Does It Compare with Western (Allopathic) Medicine?” Rye Free Reading Room, 1061 Boston Post Rd, Rye. 914.967.0480.


markyourcalendar SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25 Hudson Valley Holistic Market Winter Wellness 10am-5pm Shop 2 rooms of holistic vendors, psychics, healing practitioners, artisans and local businesses. Choose from 2 tracks of classes. Family-friendly. Next monthly market is March 25 at Best Western in Kingston. Visit our Facebook page for complete schedule of upcoming events. Free. Hudson Valley Holistic Market at Best Western 503 Washington Ave, Kingston Maryalyce Merritt, 845.729.8999 or

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23 Mediumship Circle – 7-8:30pm.With Carla Blaha. $40. 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, FEBRUARY 24 Reiki I and Reiki II Certification Classes – Feb 24-25. $450 for both. $295 to re-sit. Take one level only, if preferred. Ardsley. 914.393.4862. How to Create Your Own Herbal Tea BlendsLES 454 – 9am-1pm. Register directly with school. $59. Dutchess Community College, South Campus, Wappingers Falls. 845.431.8910. Online: SunyDutchess.Edu/cfweb. Chakra Balancing for Yourself – 9am-4pm. With Dorinda Gay. ARCB and NCBTMB approved for six CEU hours (LMT and Reflexologists). Learn basic principles/colors of each chakra and easy tools to clear them. Snow date Mar 3. $140. Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462. Reiki 1 & 2 – 11am-4pm.With Reiki Master Marcus Feighery. $275. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25 Hudson Valley Holistic Market Winter Wellness – 10am-5pm. Two rooms of holistic vendors, psychics, healing practitioners, artisans and local businesses and classes. Family-friendly. Free. Hudson Valley Holistic Market at Best Western, 503 Washington Ave, Kingston. Info: Maryalyce Merritt, 845.729.8999; Monthly Meditation Circle – 10:30-11:30am. With Cheryl Sprague. Using a variety of methods from singing bowls, drumming and more. Attend this dedication to self, finding peace and stillness. $15. DG Sanctuary. 2 LaGrange Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206. 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 might believe. Free lecture. NYC location, E 37th btwn Park & Lex. 914.705.1805. Yoga & Art – Noon-3pm. Each participant will express their soul in color on paper. No art experience necessary. Art supplies provided. $25. Golden Prana Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.232.3473. 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. Animal Communication: What Your Animal Companion Wants You to Know –2:30-4:30pm. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 E Main St, Mt Kisco. 914.996.4286. Preregister/detailed workshop description: (workshops tab).

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26 Let Your Yoga Dance for Families –6-7pm. With Amy Planck. For adults and children ages 5-12. Experience joy and fun dancing expressively through colors of the rainbow (chakras). $159 for eightweek semester. Mt Pleasant Community Center, 125 Lozza Dr, Valhalla. Preregistration required: 845.803.5737.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28 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


Clearwater Festival’s Green Living Expo

Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival, is a music and environmental festival. June 16 and 17 at Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson, NY The Green Living Expo is an ideal location for businesses and organizations to promote their wellness products and services. Contact: Cortney Schwam,, 845.265.8080 x7112,

and behaviors. 80 percent success. Free lecture. Briarcliff location. 914.705.1805. A Course in Mysticism & Miracles – 7-9pm. With Jon Mundy, Ph.D, Lecture, publisher and author of Living a Course in Miracles. $35. Golden Prana Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. Preregistration required: 914.232.3473. 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.

SATURDAY, MARCH 3 Shamanic Reiki Hearth Circle – 5:30-7pm. With Melanie Ryan. Intimate, safe circle exploring teachings of indigenous shamans. Shamanic journey, meditation, circle shares around a hearth. Proceeds go to Siberian Shor Shaman Project with eomec. org. $20 cash suggested. Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462.

SATURDAY, MARCH 10 Healing with CranioSacral Therapy – 2-4pm. With Joy Matalon. Gain an understanding of CST, practice a body centered meditation and learn simple CST self-care exercises. $40 door. 4 Smith Ave, Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462.

Half an hour’s meditation each day is essential, except when you are busy. Then a full hour is needed. ~Saint Francis de Sales February 2018


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Pilates Mat Class – 9am. Fully equipped Pilates studio. $20. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. 845.876.5686. Vinyasa – 10:30am. With Joan. All levels. Moderately paced flow of poses, with attention to alignment and breath. Donation. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320. Zumba – 10:30-11:30am With Laura Sobel High energy dance party with rhythms from all over the globe. $15. Pilates and More, 127 Main St, Dobbs Ferry. 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;  

monday 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 Kundalini Yoga Express – 9:30-10:30am. With Taylor Chen. $25 drop-in. All welcome. Golden Prana Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.232.3473. Putnam Yoga Level 1 to Level 2 Classes—With Modifications – 9:30am. For those more familiar with yoga. Incorporate power yoga poses and techniques designed for in-depth strength training, improvements in breathing, posture and mobility. 30 Tomahawk St, Baldwin Pl. Info, Christine Dodge: 845.494.8118. Vinyasa – 9:30am. With Ali. A moderately paced flow of poses, with attention to alignment and breath. Mildly challenging. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. Fee: 914.763.6320. 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.


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Tai Chi at enerShe fitness – 11:30am. As a moving meditation, Tai Chi helps build concentration and develop a calm mind, thus relieving stress. enerShe fitness 989 Rt. 6 Mahopac. Info: 845.628.7165; 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. New: Playful Vinyasa Flow Class – 5:30-6:45pm. Level 2/3. Learn challenging arm balances and how to safely flip view with the inversion practice. Modifications shared. beBhakti Yoga Center, Beacon. The Body, Mind & Soul Dance Class – 5:457:15pm. Enhance physical, emotional and spiritual well-being through meditative, creative and healing dance. $25. White Lotus Grace: Spiritual Healing Arts & Dance, Millbrook. Must RSVP: 845.677.3517. Melt for Pilates – 6:30-7:30pm. With Marisa Duffy. Experience changes in how the body looks and feels. Learn simple, at home self-treatments to remain active, healthy and pain-free. $10 trial class. Pilates and More, 127 Main St, Dobbs Ferry. 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 Hot Vinyasa – 8:30am. With Linda. To help get participants moving in the morning. Strengthen and tone body while finding a peaceful state of mind. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. Fee: 914.763.6320. Pilates Mat Class – 9am.Fully equipped Pilates studio. Small class sizes. $20. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. 845.876.5686. Putnam Yoga Level 1 to Level 2 Classes—With Modifications – 9:30am. Beginners, new students or individuals needing a refresher. Classes focus on a safe introduction to the fundamental poses in traditional yoga practice. 30 Tomahawk St, Baldwin Pl. Info, Christine Dodge: 845.494.8118. 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.

markyourcalendar SHAMANIC REIKI TRAININGS Level One - March 24/25 Level Two - May 5/6 Master Practitioner Level May 19/20 & June 2/3 Heal with Nature’s Spiritual Energy with Melanie Ryan 914.864.0462

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. Slow Flow Vinyasa – 7pm. With Renee. A gentle, slower paced class that links poses to breath to cultivate strength, alignment, balance and gentle opening. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. Fee: 914.763.6320. Vinyasa Restorative Flow – 7:30-8:45pm.With JoAnne. 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. Putnam Yoga Level 1 to Level 2 Classes—With Modifications – 9:30am. For those more familiar with yoga. Incorporate power yoga poses and techniques designed for in-depth strength training, improvements in breathing, posture and mobility. 30 Tomahawk St, Baldwin Pl. Info, Christine Dodge: 845.494.8118. Kundalini Yoga & Meditation – 9:30-11am. $25 drop-in. All welcome. Golden Prana Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.232.3473. Stretch & Strengthen – 10:30-11:30am. Get off one’s feet and on the mat, to center, de-stress and release. $25. White Lotus Grace: Spiritual Healing Arts & Dance, Millbrook. Must RSVP: 845.677.3517.


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Astrology with Pamela Cucinell Brisk Beginnings By midafternoon February 1, creative play leads to focus. Opportunities are available once the mist dissolves by noon on Groundhog Day. Reboot, refresh and renew on February 3. Cultural pursuits and good conversation stimulates February 4. Take your time on February 5, when measured thought saves hasty impulses.  Strategic Plans A distraction captivates on February 6. Passion rules on February 7; keep company that supports your goal. Exuberance on February 8 encourages outdoor and group fun. Synchronize activities on February 9 so enthusiasm matches the details of execution. Exercise, games and nature activities on February 10 provide joyous connection. In contrast, February 11 requires serious application to responsibilities. Productivity is high on February 12.    Dogged Determination The mood to party and be in community ignites this Mardi Gras, February 13. Share the love on Valentine’s Day, with good company and compassion; volunteer time or give to your favorite charity for the pure pleasure of it. The Aquarius new moon solar eclipse on February 15 triggers the USA horoscope: prayer, meditation and loving intention help soothe a country in transition. Map out your goals for the Chinese New Year of the Earth Dog on February

16. Commitment and responsibility go far in 2018. No matter how subtle or small, a concrete action toward a big goal on February 17 sets a solid foundation for its eventual success.   Smart Choices   The sun enters Pisces on February 18; look for signs of eventual thaw and bright inspiration. Presidents’ Day promises bold action from unexpected sources. A comfortable position on February 20 is not permanent. February 21 suggests tremendous productivity and secure connections, although choices must be made. Savor the moment, slow down and be present on February 22.  Winter Thaw  Messages and demands on February 23 prompt the use of the “do not disturb” phone option. Work and chores done by midafternoon on February 24 fly. ��������� Sensitivity is high on February 25. Expect an outof-the-blue upset on February 26. Romance and a playful mood thaws February 27. Childlike expectations on February 28 take the chill out of winter.   Pamela Cucinell offers spiritual insight with a practical twist at Her course Develop Your Art of Insight through study of the Tarot begins February 17. For more information, contact or call 917.796.6026. See ad pg 44.

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Self-Defense Class – 5:30pm. By building tools of self-awareness and self-defense, participants build confidence in mind and body. enerShe fitness 989 Rt. 6 Mahopac. Info: 845.628.7165; Unwind & Uplift – 6-7pm. Check in, release, regroup, recharge. A gracefully crafted blend of movement and other refreshing practices. $25. White Lotus Grace: Spiritual Healing Arts & Dance, Millbrook. Must RSVP: 845.677.3517. 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. Beginners welcome. Freewill donation gratefully accepted. One Earth Sangha at YogaShine Studio, 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla. 914.769.8745.

thursday 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.

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Alignment – 8:30am. With Kate. All levels. Focus on individual needs, this class utilizes detailed alignment curs, kinetic awareness, mindful meditation, breath work and movement to access the subtle body. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. Fee: 914.763.6320. Relaxation & Stretch Fusion – 8:45am. Stability and stretch exercises combined in one class to help increase mobility, balance and range of motion. enerShe fitness 989 Rt. 6 Mahopac. Info: 845.628.7165;

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Putnam Yoga Level 1 to Level 2 Classes—With Modifications – 9:30am. Beginners, new students or individuals needing a refresher. Classes focus on a safe introduction to the fundamental poses in traditional yoga practice. 30 Tomahawk St, Baldwin Pl. Info, Christine Dodge: 845.494.8118. 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. Pilates Mat with Magic Circle – 11:30am-12:30pm. 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. 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. 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. Thursday Evening Meditation – 7:15-8:45pm. Open meditation with chanting and mantra. All welcome. No fee, donation appreciated. Anam Cara Meditation Center, 2 Byram Brook Pl, Armonk. 914.219.8600. Info:

friday Pilates Tower and Reformer Classes – 7:30-10:30am. $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. Putnam Yoga Level 1 to Level 2 Classes—With Modifications – 9:30am. For those more familiar with yoga. Incorporate power yoga poses and techniques designed for in-depth strength training, improvements in breathing, posture and mobility. 30 Tomahawk St, Baldwin Pl. Info, Christine Dodge: 845.494.8118. 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 Fridays – 9:45am. Recharge with a fun, easy, non-impact, therapeutic cardiovascular workout for any body/fitness level, then finish with relaxing restorative yoga. $22. Bedford Hills Fred Astaire Studio. 917.747.3331. 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: 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: 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.

classifieds Fee for classifieds is $1 per word per month, $25 minimum. To place listing, email content to Deadline is the 12th of the month. BUSINESS SERVICES GRAPHIC DESIGNER – Need a new look for your advertising and promotional material? Graphic designer with 15 years experience in the wellness and holistic industry. Fully bilingual: English & Spanish. Call 787.297.8818 or email waleska@

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. $35/Day. 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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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.

VENDOR OPPORTUNITY WELLNESS VENDORS WANTED for Green Living Expo at Clearwater Festival, June 16 & 17 in Croton-on-Hudson, NY. Contact Cortney Schwam: or 845.265.8080 x7112.

Yoga – 10-11am. With Dani Weissberg. Practice coordinated movement and breath into a flowing series of poses to strengthen and stretch one’s body and more. $20. Pilates and More, 127 Main St, Dobbs Ferry. 914.478.3560. Zumba – 11:15am. An effective and fun calorieburning dance fitness class using a mix of Latin and World Rhythms. enerShe fitness 989 Rt. 6 Mahopac. Info: 845.628.7165;

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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 14.


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.


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.

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 23.


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.

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

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


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 45.




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


John Montgomery, Ph.D; Therapy/Coaching Scarsdale, NY 10583 917.244.5161; Utilizes a powerful new therapeutic method that is based on extensive, cuttingedge 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.

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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.


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 44.


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



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 10.

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!


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 includesupplements, diet/ nutrition suggestions, lifestyle management, detoxification, hydrotherapy, 0zone therapy, Panchakarma. Clinic days: M,T,W. See ad pg 13.


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.

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

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

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

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 40.




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.


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

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

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

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Edit J. Babboni, RYT- 200, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, 61 Lakeview Dr., Yorktown Heights, NY 917.721.2529;


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.

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!


Mag Treanor RN, Reiki, Emotion Code NLP, Kinesiology, EFT-Adv, Hypnotist Carmel, NY; 845.228.8132 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 46.


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


Elizabeth Pasquale, LMT, CST, Director White Plains & Ossining offices 914.762.4693; WellOnTheWay.Com


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. 



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


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 38.

Curious about energy medicine? Know there is something to it, from all you’ve read and heard?  Are you tingling with excitement right now, knowing you’re about to experience something life changing? Free get-acquainted phone call!

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.

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


Member: Westchester Holistic Network 845.709.5245 Facebook: House Harmony

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 40.


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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.


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.

ESSENTIAL OILS 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.


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.


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 40.

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.


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 13.



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.

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 9.

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



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.

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.

Being lovingly detached is the best way to honor one another’s journey. Everyone is here for a specific set of lessons. We must allow everyone to follow his or her own inner guidance to learn their lessons. ~ Karen Casey February 2018



Poughkeepsie, NY 120601 917.868.1769; Integrative consulting for small to mid-sized companies who want to implement wellness programs with biometric screenings for their employees. Assessment of existing wellness programs for effectiveness or health educator for public speaking engagements; as well as a trainer for medical Spanish.


Registered Herbalist (AHG) 1129 Main St, 2nd Fl., Fishkill, NY email:; 845.416.4598 L o r r a i n e o ff e r s I n d i v i d u a l 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.




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 33.


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.

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 3.

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 17.


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.


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

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.

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.



Creating a more welcoming and comfortable environment in your home and on your property. Clearing Negative Energies from the spaces, Blessings for the Home and Property, Native American Healing of the Land with plant aura adjustments – both energetic and physical, and Creating Sacred Spaces on your property.



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Independent BEMER Distributor Mahopac, NY 914.760.5645

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


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 13.


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


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 38 & back cover.



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 13.


Massage Therapy with a Nurturing Touch 914.320.4063; Therapeutic massage to address specific issues or promote wellness. Works with generally healthy to very ill clients. Experience with geriatric, cancer, Parkinson’s, hospice massage. Mamaroneck and on-site visits. See ad pg 38.



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

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


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

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

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 46.


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The Center for Health and Healing 4 Smith Ave, Mt. Kisco, NY 10549 917.974.9446; Are you stressed with life’s daily challenges, and tired of diets that don’t work? Jodi’s unique approach integrates mindfulness, holistic health and psychotherapy to help you lighten up inside and out. Her warm, relatable, humorous approach immediately makes her clients feel at ease. Individual, Groups, Skype.

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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. See ad pg 14.

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

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

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.


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



Dr. Fred Lisanti, ND, LAC., RH, CHT 266 White Plains Rd, B-1, Eastchester, NY 914.337.2980;



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.

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

We are your neighborhood holistic compounding pharmacy, ready to support y o u r h e a l t h . We o ff e r compounding prescriptions, on-line prescription renewals, supplements, homeopathic remedies, personal care products, fair trade gifts and more. We deliver and we are happy to answer your questions. See ad pg 14.


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 13. 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 6.


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 23.


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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.


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.

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

Customized, holistic treatments for better skin, improved body appearance, and spiritual reconnection. Natural Facelift, Facials, Nonchemical Peels, Skin Tightening, Wrinkle Reduction, Fat Melting, Waxing, Reiki, Chakra Balancing, Guided Imagery, Aromatherapy, Raindrop Technique. See ad pg 41.


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



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.

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.”


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


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 37.

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 3.


By Appointment Peeksill, NY 914.906.7238;

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

CALL For Free Demo. Change Yo u r L i f e . Support your optimal wellbeing systemically. Enhance blood-flow, circulation, cardiac function, physical endurance, energy, concentration, mental acuity, stress reduction and relaxation. Easy to use, only 8 minutes, two times a day. Sessions available.

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.

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Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Services 914.962.6402; 800.532.4290

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

We offer a unique approach to the health care of the mouth based on a holistic understanding of the whole body. I invite you to explore our web site to learn how we can serve your needs. See ad pg 3.

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


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 45.



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

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 49.


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 10.

makes the entire nervous a field of coherence. ~Deepak Chopra


PULSE MANIFESTATION WORKSHOPS Led by Janet Catalina, MSW 914.548.8372;

Learn how to become a Master Manifester and live the life you desire. Create that dream job. Pay off your debts or 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.

271 Veterans Road Yorktown Heights, NY 10598; 914.962.3111


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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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YOGA FIREFLY YOGA & JUICE BAR 992 main street Fishkill NY 12524

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

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Natural Awakenings– Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY February 2018  
Natural Awakenings– Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY February 2018