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f you had every intention of starting a garden this year but didn’t quite get around to it, it’s not too late. July is an ideal time to start an herb garden, as these tough and versatile plants generally love the summer heat. Herbs are a flavorful addition to any meal, and they have numerous health benefits, including lowering blood pressure, improving Dana Boulanger Marilee Burrell mineral balance, boosting immunity, increasing hydration and energy, and supporting skin health. Discover the best ones to plant this time of year in “Summer Eating: The Herbal Connection,” page 28. I’ve been harvesting my garden herbs for a few weeks now, and I love how they enhance the flavor of my smoothies and salads. Having fresh sprigs of mint and basil in my lemon water is such a refreshing treat. But what I appreciate most about gardening is that it serves as a kind of meditation; the connection I feel with the soil and watching my plants grow is comforting and relaxing and gives me perfect opportunity to just be in nature and reflect. Even though I grow some of my own food in summer, I still love shopping at the local farmers markets, where I can find a more diverse variety of fruits and vegetables as well as handmade goods. I feel so lucky to live here in the Hudson Valley, where farming is alive and thriving. From home and community plots in urban areas like Yonkers and Poughkeepsie to the vast cultivated fields in northern Dutchess, farms and gardens are everywhere. This kind of diversity in farming takes center stage in this month’s issue of Natural Awakenings, which offers fresh perspectives on where and how we produce our food these days—and why it matters. In “Crops in the City: Urban Agriculture Breaks New Ground,” writer April Thompson profiles some of the noteworthy pioneers who are practicing organic city farming on a commercial scale by tapping into new technologies and markets and turning challenges like space constraints into innovative opportunities. Meanwhile, budding backyard growers are getting a boost from the small army of experts planted in nearly every county in the nation, courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “Help for Home Gardeners: Extension Agents at Your Service” details the resources they offer, including low- or no-cost soil testing, the latest research, handbooks on various local gardening topics, and workshops on everything from making rain barrels to implementing eco-friendly pest control. We are lucky to have Cornell Cooperative Extension offices in Westchester, Dutchess and Putnam Counties. They offer a wealth of information and services, so make sure to read more about them on page 31. Whether you’re gardening or taking a walk in the woods, spending more time in nature is healthy and therapeutic at any age. (Make sure to read about the clinically proven benefits of “forest bathing” on page 44.) Summer is a great time to slip on your outdoor shoes—you know, the pair you don’t mind getting a little wet or dirty—and just have fun. So make plans now to connect with friends and family outside. Unplug and go play! Enjoy,

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Dr. Kurt Beil Leads Monthly ‘Walk with a Doc’ in Chappaqua


very month, Westchester residents are gathering to Walk with a Doc (WWAD)—getting exercise while learning health information from Dr. Kurt Beil, a naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist in Mount Kisco. The walk is held from 10 to 11 a.m. every second Saturday, rain or shine, at Gedney Park in Chappaqua. Anyone may participate free of charge. Dr. David Sabgir, a cardiologist with Mount Carmel Health Systems in Columbus, Ohio, Dr. Kurt Beil and walkers created WWAD in 2003 to encourage physical activity and reverse the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle. Now the nonprofit organization has more than 500 programs around the world. “WWAD allows people of all ages and walking abilities to get together as a community, to spend time outside walking together and learning about important health topics. This program has had tremendous participation and success in hundreds of cities around the country, and I’m very pleased to bring it to Northern Westchester,” says Beil, who also has a degree in public health. “We know that increasing exercise, even moderately, improves health and reduces the risks of many conditions, including heart disease, breast and colon cancer, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and depression. Research has shown that you can gain two hours of life for every hour of regular exercise. So consider coming out and joining the community that is Walking with a Doc for greater health and well-being. Bring your family and friends, or meet new people there.” Location: Gedney Park, 155 Millwood Rd., Chappaqua, NY. For more info, call 914.362.8315, email or visit our-locations/northernwestchester/. See ad page 17.

Inaugural Summer Sounds Festival Kicks Off in Peekskill


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eekskill Summer Sounds Festival, a free, family-friendly event featuring six musical acts, more than 40 vendors, food trucks and a kids zone, will be held from 2 to 10 p.m. on July 27, on Peekskill’s downtown waterfront. This is the inaugural year for what organizers envision as a new summer tradition in the Hudson Valley. “The Summer Sounds Festival will be one of the Hudson Valley’s premiere summer musical and creative events, drawing thousands of people from the tri-state area to enjoy this free, open-air concert on the streets of historic downtown Peekskill,” says Monique Michaels, who chairs the festival’s music committee and is on the board of Peekskill’s Business Improvement District (BID). The music will kick off with Conigliaro Consorts, a four-piece jazz ensemble, playing from 2:15 to 3 p.m., followed by folk group Accidental Gypsies playing from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m., blues group Ricky Blues playing from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m., alt-rock group Blue Chips playing from 6 to 6:45 p.m., and rock group Vinyl Siding playing from 7:15 to 8 p.m. River of Dreams, a Billy Joel tribute band, will take the stage at 8 p.m. and play until the festival’s close. The Peekskill Summer Sounds Festival is presented by the BID and sponsored in part by Bertoline.

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Percussion Therapy Is Noninvasive Treatment for Jaw Pain


ntegrity Chiropractic, in Mahopac, is now offering percussion therapy for temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. According to clinic owner Dr. Jodi Kennedy, benefits of this noninvasive treatment include improved range of motion, Dr. Jodi Kennedy at work decreased pain and improved strength. “Percussion therapy is a highly effective technique that involves tapping the jaw in eight positions as it moves through the motions of talking, chewing, eating and swallowing,” she says. “It breaks up the internal stiffness and adhesions within the bone, much like tenderizing a piece of meat.” Common activities like jaw clenching, an altered bite or even poor posture from texting can cause the bones in the jaw to compress and develop internal or intraosseous subluxations, Kennedy says. These areas around the compressed jawbones become tight and sore, causing loss of motion over time. “Many patients with chronic TMJ problems that have not responded to other forms of treatment are now experiencing significant relief with the addition of percussion therapy,” she says. “In fact, I’ve found percussion therapy to be very effective with my patients for a wide variety of problems. They can be taught this simple technique for use on other areas of the body to restore pain-free range of motion.” Location: Integrity Chiropractic, 11 Miller Rd., Gorman Professional Park, Mahopac, NY. Integrity Chiropractic offers a free 20-minute consultation. For appointments, call 845.628.7233 or visit See ad, page 17. July 2019


Integrative Med Solutions Designs Summer Detox Protocols


or the growing number of people who are choosing natural, preventive approaches to health and wellness, spring has become the obvious time to detox. However, a summer detox using naturopathic protocols is just as effective or more, says Dr. Fred Lisanti of Integrative Med Solutions (IMS). “Naturopathic medicine enables you to utilize your systemic healing powers through acupuncture, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy and nutraceutical supplementation,” Lisanti says. “Summer is the best opportunity to use these tools to reset, rejuvenate and recharge your body and mind for optimal health you may have never experienced before.” Summer is also the time to adopt a skin health protocol that goes beyond using a high-SPF sunscreen, he says. “There are many ways to protect your skin from the inside out. For example, consuming specific foods can enhance natural skin-protection properties. This may include carotenoids derived from yams, kale, spinach, carrots, watermelon, cantaloupes. There are also several fruits—particularly blackberries, apples, pears, peaches, cherries and figs—that contain anthocyanins with antioxidant properties four times more powerful than vitamin E. At IMS, we design individualized acupuncture and naturopathic treatments that can help with skin health, as well as weight loss, digestion and other issues.” Location: Integrative Med Solutions, 266 White Plains Rd., B-1 Eastchester, NY, and 2 Greenwich Office Park, Ste. 300, Greenwich, CT. For more info, call 914.337.2980.

Zen Zone Sensory Gym Now Open in Croton-on-Hudson


en Zone Sensory Gym, a unique indoor playground and learning center for children, is now open seven days a week in Croton-on-Hudson. Owners Margie Ferris, a longtime speech-language pathologist in New York City and Westchester, and Melissa Wassil, teacher and director at Sunset Nursery School in Montrose, say that in developing Zen Zone, they consulted with occupational therapists, physical therapists and the Melissa Wassil and growing body of scientific research on Margie Ferris the benefits of mindfulness. “The two of us envisioned Zen Zone for years before we met,” Ferris says. “Once we realized that we shared the same dream, we set out to create a fun and welcoming space where families can simply be. It’s a place for children of all abilities, a progressively


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designed play and learning space that inspires everybody to be truly present while having fun.” While kids can get plenty of physical exercise on the gym’s swings, traverse rock wall, jungle jumparoo, wiggle car track and other equipment, Ferris says everyone can benefit from the space’s soft lighting, soothing colors, gentle sounds, calming scents and sensory-rich textures. There are also cozy “sensory break teepees, where kids can just chill out,” she says. Zen Zone offers open gym play sessions (with discounts for siblings, babies and multi-session purchases); mindful birthday parties; enrichment groups for all ages; and occupational, physical and speech/language screenings, evaluations and therapies. Location: Zen Zone Sensory Gym, 2055 Albany Post Rd., Crotonon-Hudson, NY. For more info, contact Zen Zone at 914.737. ZONE(9663) or, or visit

Certification Courses in Ayurveda to Begin in October


r. Somesh Kaushik will begin offering certification courses in Ayurvedic Health Counselor (CAHC) and Ayurvedic Practitioner (CAP) starting in October. Certification will be awarded by the National Ayurvedic Medical Dr. Somesh Kaushik lecturing Association (NAMA) Certification Board. The application deadline is August 30. A CAHC is trained to focus on preventive health care as well as health promotion, with a specific focus on diet and lifestyle through traditional Ayurvedic medical science principles and practices. Completion of the intense, in-depth CAHC program will constitute eligibility for the CAP program. The curriculum consists of lectures, clinical practicum, self-study and case reports. Travel to India to participate in health clinics is part of the clinical practicum for the CAP program and optional for the CAHC program. NAMA certification includes four areas of concentration: foundations of Ayurveda, including history and philosophy; concepts of Ayurveda; skills and competencies; and recommendations, treatment and other interventions. The certification programs are for anyone who would like to deepen their knowledge of health for their own and their family’s well-being, and for those who wish to pursue Ayurveda, the world’s oldest healing system, as a profession. Kaushik has been practicing Ayurveda for more than 35 years. He received his training as an Ayurvedic physician at Kurukshetra University in India, and as a naturopathic doctor at the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut. He also holds master’s degrees in public health and public administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. For more info, call 914.875.9088 or 646.670.6725, email or visit See ad, page 15.

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Ossining PULSE Empowerment Retreat Set for August


anet Alona Catalina, codeveloper of the PULSE Empowerment technique, will lead a Mindfulness and Empowerment PULSE retreat from 5 p.m. August 2 to 10:30 Janet Alona Catalina a.m. August 4 at The Mariandale Center, in Ossining. She will guide participants through a step-by-step process to clarify their life dreams and then discover and break through blockages to achieve those dreams. “This is a complete process for creating what you want in life, be it a more fulfilling job, a life partner, better health, abundance or simply to become debt free,” Catalina says. “PULSE is easy to learn and fun to do, and once you’ve learned learn how to PULSE, you’ll have a tool you can use for the rest of your life, to create in the present what you desire in the future.” Since 2005, Catalina has been leading workshops and retreats in PULSE (Perception Uniting Life Spiritual Energy) throughout the tri-state area. “We all have a dream,” she says. “It begins with a thought, fed with a desire. What makes a dream come to life—verses a dream that disintegrates—can be determined by our unconscious beliefs. When you become aware of the dream blockers, you can then become a dream builder, creating the life you desire.”

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Bedford Hills Wine and Beer Bar Has ‘Taken Off’ since Opening


ith its focus on libations and laid-back conversation, the new Bedford Hills Wine and Beer Bar has “taken off,” says owner Marci Manfredonia. “We’ve been Fresh mozzarella, open only a few tomato and basil months, and the bar is jumping. People stop in after work or while waiting for a train. For some, it’s a night out with friends. Others meet family members there to catch up on household news.” As proprietor of Custom Candle Co., Manfredonia had noticed that her customers often wanted to just sit and talk, but her shop didn’t have room. So she made room in an empty space next door, opening it up as community gathering place where people can talk and hang out with family and friends or wind down and meet interesting people after a long workday. “I thought, ‘With all that good conversation going on, why not offer some beverages and maybe some small variety of food as well? And that’s how the Bedford Hills Wine and Beer Bar was born,” Manfredonia says. Favorite menu items include fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil or spinach and artichoke dip, complemented by local wine or beer. The bar hosts events like informative talks, meditation classes, live jazz nights and game nights. (Next up is a Paint and Sip class, scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m., July 23.) It also hosts team fundraisers and caters small events like bridal showers, baby showers and engagement parties. Location: Bedford Hills Wine and Beer Bar, 27 Adams St., Depot Plaza, Bedford Hills, NY. For more info, visit See ad for Custom Candles, back cover.

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Organic Hair by Helen Adds New Color Lines


rganic Hair by Helen, an ecofriendly hair and wellness salon in Yorktown Heights, has added two new hair color lines: Oway, by Simply Organic, and Chi Organic. Salon owner Helen Thaler, who has more than 30 years’ experience as a stylist, says she chooses products that use natural ingredients and create natural-looking results. The salon offers a variety of hair services, including cuts; color matching; root touch-ups; perms or curly or soft waves; natural keratin treatments; organic straightening treatments; Helen Thaler highlights; and scalp massage. It also offers customized organic facials using “spectra-hue light therapy” to balance a lack of daily sunlight intake. All products used in the salon contain no harsh chemicals. Both Oway and Chi organic are not just ammonia free, but also PPD, PPT and gluten free, Thaler says. “These products have been proven to give 100 percent gray coverage with colors that are not brassy. They will lift your hair color to very light shades compared to past organic color products. I can create perfectly natural colors without using harsh, chemical-based products.” Jonathan Thaler offers acupuncture, massage and CranioSacral Therapy at the salon. Helen Thaler teaches Hatha yoga and meditation classes there and will lead a yoga retreat in Malaysia next year. Location: Organic Hair by Helen, 1220 North Ridge Rd., Shrub Oak, Yorktown Heights, NY. For more info, call 914.309.7746.

New ‘Medical Medium’ Book Focuses on Celery Juice


edical Medium” Anthony William, the New York Times bestselling author, started praising the virtues of celery juice decades ago. Now he has published a new book—Celery Juice: The Most Powerful Medicine of Our Time Healing Millions Worldwide—that explains how this humble liquid can help people shed weight, heal chronic health issues, gain energy and improve digestion. When he first started sharing this message with audiences, he thought, “If something really works, it will stand the test of time.” Since then, it’s become clear that drinking celery juice to improve health is no passing fad. There’s good reason for its popularity, William says: “We’ve never been as sick as we are in this modern age.” 14

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Several ingredients give celery juice its healing properties, he says, including sodium cluster salts, digestive enzymes, plant hormones, a unique form of vitamin C and trace minerals. Drinking at least 16 ounces of plain, fresh celery juice every day on an empty stomach yields maximum health benefits, he says. “Celery juice is sweeping the globe,” says actor Sylvester Stallone. “It’s impressive how Anthony has created this movement and restored superior health in countless people around the world.” Gwyneth Paltrow, another famous admirer of William’s work, says, “While there is most definitely an element of otherworldly mystery to the work he does, much of what Anthony William shines a spotlight on—particularly around autoimmune disease— feels inherently right and true. What’s better is that the protocols he recommends are natural, accessible and easy to do.” For more information, visit

Integrative Nutrition Wellness Coaches Join Katonah Podiatry


ntegrative nutrition wellness coaches Jennifer Marks and Rachel Mazzei have joined the office of Dr. Pamela Hoffman, owner of Katonah Podiatry. “This adds a nutritional aspect to the holistic way we practice podiatric medicine,” Hoffman says. Jennifer Marks, Dr. Pamela Hoffman and Rachel Mazzei “Many of our patients are diabetic and need help losing weight. Our arthritic patients benefit from better diets. These talented women can assist anyone with improved health.” As proprietors of Synergize and Thrive, an integrative health coaching team, Marks and Mazzei offer one-on-one coaching, group coaching, grocery store tours, pantry makeovers and similar services. They also offer a free 15-minute consultation. “As integrative nutrition wellness coaches, we are our clients’ personal advocates for living an energized and passionate life,” Mazzei says. “We work with clients to help them create happy, healthy lives in a way that is flexible, fun and self-fulfilling, through nutrition and lifestyle changes. By working together, we can discover the food and lifestyle choices that best support them. Making gradual, lifelong changes enables them to meet their current and future goals.” Location: Synergize and Thrive (inside Katonah Podiatry), 200 Katonah Ave., Katonah, NY. For appointments or more info, call 914.266.2092 or visit

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Awaken Wellness Fair Returns to New York City


he Awaken Wellness Fair, the long-running “body-mind-spiritgreen” expo, will return to New York City from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., July 28, in its unique location: the ground floor, mezzanine and 16th floor of the Roger Awaken Wellness Fair vendor area Smith Hotel. Free tickets are available at “Men and women who are curious about holistic practices are attracted to the Awaken Fairs,” says Founder and CEO Paula Caracappa. “They find abundant information encompassing the world of ancient as well as new, cutting-edge healing and wellness methods. Often guests come expecting to spend a couple of hours and end up spending the entire day, because there is so much exciting knowledge to gather.” Throughout the day, guests can stop by the Screening Room on the hotel mezzanine level or the Penthouse on the 16th floor to hear expert presentations on “awakening to your best self.” Among the many presentations are Beyond Buddhism Blueprint: Steps to Reclaim Personal Power and Freedom from Limiting Culture and Tradition; A Celebration of Life after Death; and World Change: A Spiritual Perspective. An assortment of vendors will be on hand offering products and services to support a healthy lifestyle. “They present huge variety, ranging from essential oils to chiropractic doctors to nutritional supplements and organic cleaning products,” Caracappa says. “Of course, the best vendors of healing crystals and jewelry are at the fair too, offering love-focused rose quartz, healing turquoise, serenity-inducing amethyst and all the others, both as loose stones as well as embedded in handmade jewelry.” Intuitive readers and holistic healers are always a big part of the show, she adds. “These practitioners offer insight through tarot reading, mediumship, angel reading and pet readings, for entertainment purposes only. There are also gifted energy healers who practice a variety of modalities, including Reiki. Healing practices have become more and more mainstream recently, and many people sample a healing practice for the first time at the Awaken Fair.” Until July 27, discount-rate appointments can be made with readers and healers at Location: The Roger Smith Hotel, 501 Lexington Ave., New York, NY. For more info, visit See ad, page 5.

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Stony Kill’s Annual Butterfly Festival Set for July 27


tony Kill Foundation’s Annual Butterfly Festival, one of the foundation’s two signature fundraising events, will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 27 at Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center, in Wappingers Falls. Each year more than 2,000 people come to the festival to visit the Monarch Education Table and the Butterfly Tent, which is stocked with monarch and swallowtail butterflies at various stages. Master gardeners will be in attendance to educate and answer questions about Stony Kill Foundation’s Verplanck Memorial Garden. Entertainment includes face painters, a henna artist, hula hoop demonstrations and various vendors, and this year’s festival will feature a horse show as well. While this is a donation-based event, VIP tickets are also available. They include a ride on the Butterfly Mobile, a festival T-shirt and a ticket to the “fast pass” Butterfly Tent.

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Cost: suggested donations of $7 for general admission, $17 for a VIP ticket or $65 for VIP tickets for a family of four. Children under 5 are free. Location: Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center, 79 Farmstead Ln., Wappingers Falls, NY. For more info, contact Karen Finnegan at 845.416.8324 or, or visit

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In further confirmation of the importance of the gut-brain axis, 18 Italian students at the University of Verona from ages 18 to 33 that took a freezedried mixture of four probiotics for six weeks experienced less depression, anger and fatigue compared to a control group of 15 that consumed a placebo. The positive effects continued, as discovered in follow-up testing three weeks later. The probiotics group also slept better. The probiotic bacteria blend of 4 billion colonyforming units included Lactobacillus fermentum, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus plantarum and Bifidobacterium longum.

Munch Nuts for a Healthy Brain

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Seniors that ate more than 10 grams—about two teaspoons—of nuts a day were able to ward off normal cognitive decline and even improve their cognitive functions by up to 60 percent, according to University of South Australia researchers. The study was based on 22 years of records of 4,822 Chinese adults ages 55 and older; 17 percent of them ate nuts every day, most often peanuts. These seniors had as much as 60 percent improved cognitive function compared to those that didn’t eat nuts, and they showed better thinking, reasoning and memory. “Nuts are known to be high in healthy fats, protein and fiber with nutritional properties that can lower cholesterol and improve cognitive health,” says study author Ming Li.

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With the aid of a new infrared camera technology called optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA), early Alzheimer’s disease can be detected by checking the back of the eyes for weakened and decreased blood vessels, reports a new study. Northwestern Medicine researchers reached the conclusion by comparing the vessels in the eyes of 32 people that exhibited the forgetfulness typical of early-stage Alzheimer’s with those of another 32 people with normal cognitive


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abilities. The vascular changes were detected non-invasively, without the need for dyes or expensive MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans. The technology quantifies capillary changes in great detail and with unparalleled resolution, making the eye an ideal mirror for what is going on in the brain. Early detection of Alzheimer’s is critical because existing therapies are more effective if they are started before extensive brain damage and cognitive decline have occurred.


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Eat Mostly Plants to Ease Gum Inflammation The inflamed gum condition known as gingivitis is fairly common and often mild, but can be a precursor of more serious periodontal disease linked to Alzheimer’s and rheumatoid arthritis. German researchers at the University of Freiburg tested 30 people: half in a control group that did not change their diet, and half that switched to a diet low in meat and processed carbohydrates and rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C, vitamin D, antioxidants, plant nitrates and fiber. After four weeks, those on the plant-based diet had significantly less gum inflammation and bleeding. They also lost weight and had higher vitamin D levels.

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Try Cordyceps to Strengthen the Lungs People suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, can breathe easier by taking the Chinese medicinal fungus Cordyceps sinensis, a new meta-analysis shows. Researchers at the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine conducted a review of 15 high-quality studies that involved 1,238 COPD patients and found that cordyceps significantly improved lung function, exercise endurance and quality of life with no report of any serious adverse effects. Cordyceps, which is said to relax and open the airways, has long been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine as an anti-asthmatic, expectorant and cough suppressant.

Take B12 to Help With Parkinson’s New research has found the basic micronutrient vitamin B12 may be the first good tool for averting the hereditary form of Parkinson’s disease, which accounts for about 15 percent of such cases worldwide. In lab tests, an international team of scientists found that AdoCbl, one of the active forms of vitamin B12, inhibits the activity of a mutated enzyme linked to Parkinson’s. Inhibiting this enzyme appears to help stabilize dopamine release in the brain. Dopamine deficiencies manifest in the muscle rigidity and tremors that are hallmark symptoms of Parkinson’s. Another recent study from the University of California San Francisco that included nonhereditary Parkinson’s patients found that symptoms worsened more quickly in early-stage patients that had low B12 levels than in those with higher levels of the vitamin.

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Cannabis is enjoying a renaissance of sorts, and one new application for hemp, the no-buzz industrial variety used in fabrics, oils and foods, is cleaning nuclear radiation from toxic soil and removing metals like cadmium, lead, mercury and other pollutants via phytoremediation. Allison Beckett, a cultivation expert at, says, “Industrial hemp has been used in areas of high radiation, such as Fukushima, [in Japan,] with promising results. Not only does hemp pull toxic, heavy metals from the soil, it actually improves soil structure, making it usable as productive farmland again. Plus, hemp is a vigorous plant that absorbs CO2 rapidly, making it an encouraging solution to climate change.” Hemp phytoremediation has been used in Italy to clean up the small town of Taranto, where a steel plant has been leaking dioxin into the air and soil. The Pennsylvania Industrial Hemp Council and Lehigh University, in Bethlehem, are running a project to test the process in an arsenic-contaminated area in Upper Saucon Township that once harbored a zinc mine.

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Ireland Declares Climate Emergency

The Republic of Ireland is the third country worldwide to declare a climate emergency, with both the government and opposition parties agreeing to an amendment to a climate action report. “We’re reaching a tipping point in respect of climate deterioration,” says Climate Action Minister Richard Bruton. “Things will deteriorate very rapidly unless we move very swiftly, and the window of opportunity to do that is fast closing.” The UK governments of Wales and Scotland have also declared climate emergencies. Suggested responses include limiting oil and gas exploration, and issuing an additional biodiversity emergency measure. 20

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Dangerous Dozen Produce to Avoid

The 2019 Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce ( DirtyDozen-Clean15List) highlights increased pesticide use on up to 70 percent of conventionally grown U.S. produce. Several different types of pesticide, insecticide and fungicide residues are present on many fruits and vegetables. The Dirty Dozen list includes strawberries, spinach, kale, nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery and potatoes. The clean 15 list includes avocados, sweet corn, pineapples, frozen sweet peas, onions, papayas, eggplant, asparagus, kiwi, cabbage, cauliflower, cantaloupes, broccoli, mushrooms and honeydew melon. The EWG advises that eating organic produce, especially for pregnant and nursing mothers and young children, should be a national priority.

Hemp to the Rescue at Detox Sites

The world’s oceans may be getting bluer, thanks to climate change. The effect is more likely to be detected by satellites than Earthbound people, and is caused by the depletion of marine phytoplankton as seawater warms. A new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology published in the journal Nature Communications predicts that more than 50 percent of the oceans’ collective 140 million square miles of surface area will likely be affected by 2100. Marine ecologist and leader of the study Stephanie Dutkiewicz says, “These microscopic organisms live in the water and are the base of the marine food chain. If there are less of them in it, the water will be slightly bluer.” Phytoplankton serves as a food source for small sea creatures that are eaten by fish, squid and shellfish. If phytoplankton populations dip too low, vital fisheries in certain areas could be decimated.


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Greenhouse Gases Hit Landmark

Certainty that we are facing a climate crisis today and not just in the future was reached in May through an alarming milestone in carbon dioxide levels. Data from the Mauna Loa Observatory, in Hawaii, shows that the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached 415 parts per million, the highest ever recorded. However, environmental organizations charge that ominous news like this is not being communicated to the public to the degree warranted. While the CBS, NBC and ABC nightly TV news reports combined devoted nearly 18 minutes of coverage to the birth of the royal baby between May 6 and 12, airtime regarding climate change and extinction during the same period only amounted to one minute and 21 seconds, and only on CBS. For more information and to get involved, including signing a petition to demand that the media cover the climate crisis and extinction more frequently and in greater depth, visit

Producing pure hydrogen is expensive and energy intensive, but a research team at the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, at Princeton University, used sunlight to pull hydrogen from industrial wastewater by using a specially designed chamber with a “Swiss cheese”-like black silicon interface. As reported in the journal Energy & Environmental Science, the process is aided by bacteria that generate electrical current when consuming organic matter in the wastewater; the current, in turn, aids in the water splitting. It “allows us to treat wastewater and simultaneously generate fuels,” says Jing Gu, a co-researcher and assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at San Diego State University. The scientists say the technology could appeal to refineries and chemical plants, which typically produce their own hydrogen from fossil fuels and face high costs for cleaning wastewater.

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Drugs Found in Rural Rivers

Researchers at King’s College London and the University of Suffolk have found a diverse array of cocaine, pharmaceuticals and pesticides in UK river wildlife, as described in a study published in Environment International. The team collected samples of freshwater shrimp from five catchment areas and 15 different sites across the agricultural county of Suffolk. Cocaine was found in all samples tested, and other illicit drugs, pesticides and pharmaceuticals were also widely recorded in the survey. Dr. Leon Barron, from King’s College London, notes, “Such regular occurrence of illicit drugs in wildlife was surprising. We might expect to see these in urban areas such as London, but not in smaller and more rural catchments. The presence of pesticides that have long been banned in the UK also poses a particular challenge, as the sources of these remain unclear.” July 2019


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n July 13, Glynwood Center for Regional Food and Farming, in Cold Spring, will host its fifth annual Food + Farm Day, an immersive celebration of everything for which farms are beloved: the food, the people, the landscape and, of course, the animals. From noon to 4 p.m., rain or shine, visitors can participate in tastings, tours, demonstrations and workshops for all ages. Food, beverages and pantry items will be sold at Glynwood’s marketplace and farm store. A nonprofit organization serving food and farming professionals across New York’s Hudson Valley, Glynwood advances regenerative agriculture in service of our natural environment, local economies and human health. Its mission is “to ensure the Hudson Valley is a region defined by food, where farming thrives.” Advance registration online is required to attend Food + Farm Day, but admission is by donation. Glynwood offers a “pay what you can” model for all its public programs and events. A donation of any amount supports Glynwood’s work to create a healthier, more resilient and more just regional food system. Location: Glynwood Center for Regional Food and Farming, Glynwood Road, Cold Spring, NY. For more information call 845.265.3338, or visit to register or for driving directions.

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Cost: Free. Location: Common Ground Farm, 79 Farmstead Ln., Wappingers Falls, NY (on the DEC property for Stony Kill Education Center). Park across from the red barn inside the entrance to Stony Kill. From there, the farm is a short walk toward the Community Garden plots, to the left of the greenhouse. For more info, visit

Herb Garden Days at John Jay Homestead


he New York Unit of the Herb Society of America is revamping its traditional Herb Fair for 2019. Instead of holding the fair in September, this year’s fair will take place over a series of days coinciding with Saturday Farm Markets at John Jay Homestead, in Katonah. Upcoming dates for those special herb days are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 20, August 17 and September 21. The theme for July 20 is lemon herbs; Lemon verbena for August 17, basil; and for September 21, rosemary, as free rosemary samples are a customary part of the Herb Fair. Each event will feature an Herb of the Month selected by the national Herb Society of America: lemon verbena for July, galangal for August and chicory for September. All the specified herbs will be used for tastings, baked goods and family activities. The grounds of John Jay Homestead are open to the public daily from sunrise to sunset. The homestead Farm Market operates on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from mid-May through mid-November. Vendors include local farmers, bakers and craftsmen who produce a variety of fruit, vegetables, meats, fish, dairy items, baked goods, prepared foods and handcrafted items. The market also features local musicians, children’s activities and information about local nonprofit organizations. Location: John Jay Homestead , 400 Jay St. (Route 22), Katonah, NY. For more info, visit

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Glynwood Hosts Food + Farm Day in Cold Spring

he Sun & Earth | Farm & Food Festival, presented by Common Ground Farm, will take place from 3 to 8 p.m. on August 3, with a rain date of August 4. The festival will feature food from local vendors, live music, farm and solar bus tours, cooking demonstrations, yoga, children’s activities and arts and crafts. “We look forward to welcoming Sun & Earth | Farm & Food Festival in 2018 people to the farm for this free community festival,” says Sarah Simon, farm director at Common Ground Farm. “We hope that people will have a great time with friends and family, and that the experience will deepen their connection to agriculture and the land.” Located on the historic Stony Kill property in Wappingers Falls, Common Ground Farm has a mission of serving as a model for food justice and education for people of all ages and incomes. The Sun & Earth Festival furthers that mission by welcoming the community to explore and learn about the farm while enjoying local food and music. A portion of food and drink sales will be donated to support the farm’s efforts to expand food access throughout the Hudson Valley.

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Foodie Guide


Natural FOOD Free range eggs at Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard in North Salem


45 Market St., Rhinebeck, NY 845.876.3108

GOOD CHOICE KITCHEN Seasonal.Organic.Vegan 147 Main St. Ossining, NY 914.930.1591


1 Bloomer Rd North Salem, NY 914.669.8275


Juices.Smoothies.Detox. Healthy Food Gluten Free & Vegan options 1807 Commerce St. Yorktown 914.302.7331;


1000 N. Division St. #9 @ The Hat Factory, Peekskill 914.402.5566


From our Farms to Your Kitchen 914.923.4837


& Gossett Brothers Nursery 1202 Rt.35, South Salem, NY 914.763.3001;


Greig Farm, 223 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook, NY 914.474.2404 HudsonValleyFarmersMarket.

HUDSON VALLEY REGIONAL FARMERS MARKET Sundays, 10am-2pm 15 Mount Ebo Road South Brewster, NY 845.878.9078 x 4115


1311 Kitchawan Rd, Ossining, NY Sat & Sun 9am-4pm


130 Hardscrabble Rd North Salem, NY 914.485.1210



Grass-fed beef & eggs 371 Smith Ridge Rd, S. Salem 914.533.6529;


301 Doansburg Road, Brewster Vist website for seasonal hours

GREEN ORGANIC MARKET 275 S. Central Park Ave. Hartsdale, NY 914.437.5802 FB: GreenOrganicMarket


JUICE 7(1/2) servings of organic vegetables in one serving of green juice to go. 914.763.6320;



Open Daily 8am-7pm 355 Poplar Hill Rd, Dover Plains, NY 917.319.6414;



1271 Hanover St, Yorktown Heights, NY 914.962.2368



Artisan Ice Cream. Lunch 121 Maple Street Croton on Hudson, NY 10520

MARKETS BEWIES HOLISTIC MARKET Organic Juice & Smoothie Bar 430 Bedford Rd., Armonk, NY 914.273.9437;

GREENS NATURAL FOODS Briarcliff Manor 97 North State Road Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510 914.800.9146 Eastchester 780 White Plains Rd. Scarsdale, NY 10583 914.874.5481 Mt. Kisco 666 Lexington Ave. Mt. Kisco, NY 10549 914.864.1274 Yorktown Heights 12 Triangle Center Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 914.352.6214

575 Boston Post Rd, Port Chester, NY 914.708.1985

1 Ridge Hill Rd, Yonkers, NY 914.378.8090 110 Bloomingdale Rd, White Plains, NY 914.288.1300


Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil 914.834.1525


Organic, Vegan, Gluten Free, Kosher Mount Kisco: 914.358.1666 Scarsdale: 914.472.9646

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The Science Barge docked in Yonkers

Science Barge Offers Open Harvest Weekly through August


pen Harvest on the Science Barge, hosted by Groundwork Hudson Valley (GHV), will take place every Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. through the end of August. Docked in downtown Yonkers just north of the Yonkers Pier, the Science Barge is a prototype sustainable urban farm. During Open Harvest events, visitors can pick their own produce and learn about the basics of hydroponics and aquaponics from the barge crew Acquired by GHV in October 2008, the Science Barge is the only fully functioning demonstration of renewable energy supporting sustainable food production in New York. It grows an abundance of fresh produce, such as tomatoes, melons, popcorn, peppers, eggplant and lettuce, with zero net carbon emissions, zero pesticides and zero runoff. The barge is powered entirely by solar panels, wind turbines and biofuels, while the hydroponic greenhouse is irrigated solely by collected rainwater and purified river water, thus operating completely “off the grid.” Taught by GHV educators, the barge’s hands-on educational programs for Yonkers public school students and Westchester children and families focus on renewable energy systems, hydroponic farming and the effects of climate change. Through the beginning of November, the barge is open and free to the public on weekends from noon to 6 p.m., offering children’s activities; tours of the energy and growing systems; and planting, crafts, crabbing and other activities.  Location: The Science Barge, 99 Dock Street, Yonkers, NY. For more info, contact Imani Humphries at 914.375.2151 or, or visit 24

ince it was launched in 2018, the Dover Farmers’ Market has steadily grown in the number of visitors and participating vendors, says Jennifer Soukup, who helped found the market as part of Solutions for a Better Dover, a “community-run, get-it-done” organization aimed at providing Dover residents with a platform to transform ideas to benefit the community into a reality. The market is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday through October 20 at Dover Elementary School. “Our vendors tell us they hear a lot of good buzz about the Dover Farmers’ Market when they are at other markets, and inquiries about joining the market come in from new vendors almost on a weekly basis,” Soukup says. “Last season we had an amazing turnout to our market, and I’m excited to Gary Young at the Dover see so many new and regular customers frequenting Farmers’ Market it in its second season.” Among the vendors participating in the Dover Farmers’ Market are Farmer Dave’s CSA, Soukup Farm, Falconwood Farms, Wave Hill Breads, Harlem Valley Homestead, Flower Chix, Hoofprint Cheese Company, J.S.K. Cattle Company, Locust Hill Market, Marilyn’s Food Truck Co., Brookby Farm Store and Dairy, The Village Farm and Hoppy Hill. The market also has drop-in vendors, including Dykeman Farms, Cookies by Mabel and Frites of New York. Most vendors participate in the SNAP program, which allows those with food stamp benefits to use them at the market. Location: Dover Farmers’ Market, Dover Elementary School parking lot, 9 School St., Dover Plains, NY. For more info, email

Next ‘Food Truck Friday’ Set for July 19 in Pound Ridge


ood Truck Fridays and More, which take place in Pound Ridge from 5 to 9 p.m. the third Friday of each month in warm weather, have scheduled their final three events of the season for July 19, August 16 and September 20. Presented by the Pound Ridge Partnership and sponsored this year by Houlihan Lawrence real estate, Food Truck Fridays are the only regularly scheduled multiple food truck events in northern Westchester. Each event features six food trucks—four savory and two sweet—with live music and some open mic nights to add to the neighborhood feel.

Hepa Food Truck, recent Food Truck Fridays and More participant

Cost: free. Location: 56 Westchester Ave., Pound Ridge, NY. For more info, including the lineup of food trucks, visit or follow the series on Instagram @food.truck.fridays.and.more

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Now in Second Year, Dover Farmers’ Market Is Growing

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Vitamins and minerals are critical to helping the body rebuild.

NuSpecies Whole-Food Supplements How one company is using nutrition to improve the health of a malnourished generation by Ellen Kershner


ealth professionals are used to seeing parents bring in their babies and young children for treatment, but a new trend is coming to light, according to Aston Farquharson, president and CEO of NuSpecies, a Beacon-based company that specializes in whole-food nutritional supplements and nutritional consultations. Since founding NuSpecies 20 years ago, he says, he’s been seeing more healthy parents bringing in their sick adult children for consultations. He believes that one reason for this trend is malnutrition. Not all consumers make the effort to eat the right foods, and even when they do, it isn’t always easy for them to recognize the toxic ingredients in the food they buy, Farquharson says. Unwittingly consuming toxins can lead to chronic diseases, he says, and so the number of patients in their 26

30s, 40s and 50s that have been diagnosed with diabetes, cancer and heart disease has skyrocketed. “These adults are actually malnourished because they do not eat healthy food,” he explains. “A lot of the food they eat has little nutritional value, and based on the information we have accumulated over the years, poor diet is a primary cause for their diseases.”

Supplements Made from Whole Foods Vitamins and minerals are critical to helping the body rebuild. To that end, NuSpecies has developed a line of multivitamins and multi-minerals made from whole foods. “These supplements are natural, raw and organic and provide excellent results

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for patients of all ages,” Farquharson says. “They’re potent, yet affordable. Our clients’ lab reports have shown significant health improvements after just three to six months.” The company has posted videos of some 300 of these success stories on its research-focused website,, and its YouTube channel. He says NuSpecies supplements can also support the body during medical treatment. For example, side effects like headaches, tiredness and dizziness are all common for people taking anti-cancer drugs, heart medication or other prescriptions. “Anecdotal evidence suggests that these patients can benefit from natural, whole-food vitamins, which can protect the body against these symptoms and help the body rebuild itself,” he says. “The whole-food plant ingredients facilitate detoxification and purification of the body by removing viruses, germs and parasites.” Patients are often concerned about potential interactions between prescription drugs and nutritional supplements, so NuSpecies works closely with the Food and Drug Administration to protect its customers, Farquharson says. “If any ingredient is deemed unsafe for use along with medication, we will not use it. All our ingredients are certified by the FDA, which sends representatives into our offices and manufacturing plants several times a year to ensure compliance.”

Treating the Whole Patient Every NuSpecies location has on staff naturopathic doctors who are board trained in pharmaceutical and natural medicine and offer private consultations. Appointments and walk-ins are accepted. “We ask patients to bring their lab reports, test results and any other pertinent medical information, which the doctors use along with the patient’s health history to determine underlying issues contributing to any problems,” Farquharson says. “Our doctors then recommend specific nutritional formulas to boost the immune

Every NuSpecies location has on staff naturopathic doctors who are board trained in pharmaceutical and natural medicine and offer private consultations. Appointments and walk-ins are accepted. system and help the body detoxify and rebuild. These private consultations range from 20 minutes to an hour, and all the formulas and products are right there for purchase. There is no charge for consultations or follow-up appointments.” This personalized approach blends physics, chemistry, education and nutritional formulas to help patients improve their long-term health—a formula that reflects Farquharson’s diverse experience. An inventor at heart, he has a corporate background and holds more than a dozen patents. He is also the son of two ministers, and spent his life witnessing his parents giving back to the community while ministering to people sick and in need. “I guess you could say I’m my mother and father’s son,” he said. “Ultimately, my career is about making a positive difference in people’s lives.” NuSpecies is headquartered at 427 Main St., Beacon, NY, with additional locations in Westchester County, Long Island and Brooklyn, NY, and Jamaica, West Indies. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call NuSpecies at 866.261.8886 or visit See ad, page 2.

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The Herbal Connection by Kajsa Nickels


ummer is an ideal time to add a healthy dose of fresh, organic herbs to make cool salads, luscious smoothies and other hot-weather eats and treats. Herbs are not only a flavorful addition to any meal, they are also chock-full of health benefits, from lowering blood pressure and improving mineral balance to increasing immune support, hydration, energy and healthy skin. Most people consider using herbs in small amounts as seasonings for recipes such as spaghetti sauce, soups or desserts. However, they are edible plants, just like kale and spinach. Although they tend to have strong flavors when dried, fresh herbs are usually quite mild and can be eaten in large amounts like any other vegetable.

Cool Benefits “Summertime herbs are important for dealing with the heat and humidity that the season brings,” says Nathaniel Whitmore, a Chinese medicine herbalist and shiatsu massage practitioner in Milford, Pennsylvania. An herb that he recommends for this time of year is American ginseng, which, unlike its Chinese namesake, is considered a “cooling” herb and helps keep the body moist. When combined with fresh chrysanthemum flowers, the result is a powerful elixir that both hydrates and energizes. “A piece of American ginseng root and a few chrysanthemums placed in a jar of water and set on a windowsill for a few days makes a great cold infusion,” says Whitmore. “You can store it in the fridge for a few days and drink it in small amounts at a time to benefit from its energizing and hydrating properties.” 28

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~Nathaniel Whitmore Soft-stemmed herbs such as parsley and dill can be used in large amounts in salads and summer sandwiches. Other heat-tolerant herbs that are easy to grow include lemon balm, rosemary, lavender, mint and basil. “Lemon balm is great for headaches and insomnia that are common during summer heat waves,” says Michelle Schoffro Cook, Ph.D., an herbalist and doctor of natural medicine, in Ontario, Canada. “Basil can help reduce summer achiness, while lavender serves as a relaxant and an excellent bug repellant.” In addition to relieving headaches and restlessness, lemon balm is also beneficial for those that suffer from high blood pressure. A study in the Journal of Herbal Medicine reports that it is helpful in reducing blood pressure in patients with chronic stable angina. Rosemary, another herb used for sleep disorders, was found to also help improve memory and decrease anxiety in a study conducted in Iran at the Kerman University of Medical Sciences. One study in 2009 by researchers in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Allahbad, in India, revealed that polyphenols found in herbs and plants harbor antioxidant properties that can help reduce the risk of developing cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and neurodegenerative disorders.

Fresh Is Best While herbs can be used in their extracted and dried forms, the most significant health benefits are often found in the raw, organic plant. “Fresh is better,” says Whitmore. “This is especially true when it comes to the more aromatic plants such as basil and lavender. A lot of the more volatile constituents are lost during the drying process.” Most herbs grow best in dry garden areas that receive at least eight hours of sun each day. Although some herbs can grow in partially shaded locations, they won’t be as flavorful. Many herbs can also be grown in containers or pots. Maria Noël Groves, a clinical herbalist in Allenstown, New Hampshire, and author of Grow Your Own Herbal Remedies: How to Create a Customized Herb Garden to Support Your Health & Well-Being, lists lemon balm, Korean mint, anise hyssop and purple basil as among her favorite summer culinary and beverage herbs that are easy to grow in pots. These make easy pickings for wraps, salads, sandwiches and more. “Lemon balm can also be used to make infused water,” says Groves. “With lemon verbena, lemon grass or holy basil, the result is refreshing and calming.” Just take a few sprigs and place them in either plain or seltzer water. The result is a delicately flavored beverage that’s also healthy and hydrating. Kajsa Nickels is a freelance writer and a music composer. She resides in northeastern Pennsylvania. Contact her at

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Lemon Balm Vinegar This infusion can be used in place of plain vinegar in summer salad dressings. According to the Journal of Medicine, lemon balm is helpful in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. Combining it with apple cider vinegar adds extra health benefits to the mix, including digestion enhancement, detoxing and inflammation reduction. 2-3 cups fresh lemon balm, washed 1 qt apple cider vinegar Add coarsely chopped lemon balm leaves and stems to a 32-ounce mason jar. Add vinegar until lemon balm is completely covered. Allow to sit in a cool, dark place for two to four weeks before straining. From the book Be Your Own Herbalist by Michelle Schoffro Cook. Used with permission from New World Library.

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Dandelion and Violet Greens Pesto 1 bunch dandelion leaves 1-2 handfuls violet leaves 1-3 garlic cloves 1-3 oz Parmesan cheese 1 cup toasted, salted/tamari pepitas (pumpkin seeds) Juice of ½ lemon ¼ cup olive oil Coarsely chop the herbs and the garlic. Combine with a mortar and pestle, food processor or blender and blend until minced. Add the liquids and blend to a puree. Serve with organic tortilla chips, crackers or veggie sticks. Will keep for a few days in a tightly sealed container or frozen. From the book Grow Your Own Herbal Remedies by Maria Noël Groves. Used with permission from Storey Publishing. July 2019


HELP FOR HOME GARDENERS Extension Agents at Your Service by Yvette C. Hammett


any home gardeners readily list flies, wasps and beetles among the “pests” in their gardens. However, many of these are actually pollinators that help boost production of fruits and vegetables; others are beneficial insects that keep the real plant-killers at bay. A quick call to the local cooperative extension service can help sort out friend from foe— and that’s just the beginning of what this valuable, underutilized resource can offer. Each year, millions in federal taxpayer dollars help fund county agricultural extension programs administered through the 108 colleges and universities that comprise the nation’s land grant university system. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which supplies the money, also helps fund science-based research meant to reach not only farmers, but home gardeners seeking advice on best practices. The USDA is trying to do a better job of raising public awareness of assistance that’s readily available, free of charge, especially now that it’s getting more funding.


Organic on the Rise

“The good news is that the 2018 Farm Bill provided increases for many of our programs, including the organic agriculture research and extension initiative program for which we received significant funding,” says Mathieu Ngouajio, program leader for the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The USDA is eager to see the connections their constituents are making with the research. “We want to identify the needs of organic gardeners, and the best way to meet those needs to get our research into their hands,” Ngouajio says. County extension agents are on the

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front lines of this effort, offering low- or no-cost soil testing, handbooks on a variety of local gardening topics and workshops on everything from making rain barrels and creating rain gardens to implementing eco-friendly pest control, cultivating native plants and employing best practices for organic gardening. Master gardeners that volunteer their expertise are central to supporting extension outreach activities. “We would love more business from the public,” says Weston Miller, an associate professor with Oregon State University’s extension service. “The public service of the master gardener program is to answer questions,” including what and when to plant and how much irrigation is required. In Oregon, there are 3,500 master gardeners, with 650 volunteers in Portland alone. “We train master gardeners in how to use our resources and interpret the research to the public,” Miller says. “There are trained volunteers in pretty much every county in the country ready and willing to answer any gardening question,” Miller says. For example, a new organic gardener might not know the correct soil amendments to use or how to start a composting pile to supplement the soil in an organic garden. There is also a nationwide network called Ask the Expert ( and questions will automatically go to an extension staff person or master gardener in the area where the inquiring gardener lives.

Reducing Confusion

Many of those getting into organic gardening might feel confused as to what connotes organic, Miller says. “Organic gardening is using a naturally formed material for fertilizer and pesticide, from plant, animal or mineral sources.” The biggest area of confusion is that many people think organic means pesticide-free. But that is not always true. There is organic pest control, Miller says. “In terms of gardening, there are certified organic products you can use and still be organic.” One thing to look for on a label is the seal of the Organic Materials Review Institute, which indicates the product is suitable for organic gardening.

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The good news is that the 2018 Farm Bill provided increases for many of our programs, including an organic program for which we received significant funding. ~Mathieu Ngouajio

Cornell Cooperative Extension Services in Our Area


ith locations throughout New York, including Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess Counties, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) provides home gardeners with a wealth of programs, services and information. Need advice? Call the home gardener hotline. Need inspiration? Visit a demonstration garden. Need training? Take a Master Gardener class. All information is research based and specific to our growing region.

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3 West Main St., Ste. 112, Elmsford, NY • 914.285.4620 •  Home Gardener Hotline: 914.285.4640, 9 a.m.-noon M-F  Master Gardener Program: An intensive 10-week, 75-hour training, plus 100 volunteer hours performing community outreach in horticulture and gardening.  Demonstration Gardens at Hart’s Brook Park and Preserve: Gardens include vegetables, small fruits and berries, herbs and family garden.  Master Gardener Speakers Bureau: Speakers can present on a wide range of gardening subjects for $250 per presentation. For info, call 914.285.3590 or email pyb2@

However, there aren’t many good options for weed management, he adds. “You have to do weeding by hand or use an herbicide that isn’t organic.” Another issue that extension programs can help with is making sure organic gardeners receive only scientifically researched information, says Nicole Pinson, an urban horticulture agent with the Hillsborough County Extension Service, in Tampa, Florida. “Gardening information is available on websites and on social media. Some information that pops up is not researchbased, or they are selling a product and are not unbiased,” Pinson says. “We generally stick to recommendations we have been able to vet through research. When we make a recommendation, we give folks all of the options of what they can do.” To find a nearby extension office, visit Yvette C. Hammett is an environmental writer based in Valrico, Florida. She can be contacted at

 Master Gardener Volunteer Site Visit Program: At-home lawn and garden education services to address horticultural problems. $180 per one-hour visit.

CCE Putnam

Terravest Corporate Park, 1 Geneva Rd., Brewster, NY • 845.278.6738 •  48th Annual Putnam County 4-H Fair: July 26 (noon-6 p.m.), July 27 (10 a.m.-7 p.m.) and July 28 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.). Putnam County Veteran Memorial Park, 201 Gypsy Trail Rd., Carmel Hamlet, NY. Free admission and parking.  Free guided hikes: From 1.5 to 3 hours. Adults and accompanied minors. Preregistration required. Upcoming hikes include California Hill Waywayanda Road Trail (July 20); Hawk Rock-Whangtown Road (August 24); and Michael Ciaiola Conservation Area (September 21).

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2715 Rte. 44, Millbrook, NY • 845.677.8223 •  Gardening education: Classes and demonstration landscapes focus on water conservation, best management practices and edible landscaping. The diagnostic lab offers integrated pest management options and agricultural and horticultural solutions.  Food gardening advice: CCE Dutchess provides an online one-stop shop of information for vegetable growers, including first and last planting dates, vegetable rotation and seed saving info.  Composting resources: Visit, for everything you need to know about composting at home. July 2019


~Wendy Coleman

Wendy Coleman, founder of LA Urban Farms, works with chefs, resorts, hotels, universities and corporate clients to set up aeroponic tower gardens, such as these kale and lettuce crops.

from elementary school gardens where kids learn to grow, cook and eat nutritious food to corporate gardens inside a new office building for lender Fannie Mae’s employee café. One of its crown jewels is a 6,500-square-foot rooftop garden on the Nationals Park baseball stadium, where edible flowers end up in cocktails and organic produce feeds fine diners and VIP ticket holders. Ray grew his business organically, fueled by passion and curiosity, rather than any horticultural background. “I grew up in NYC, where I had nothing to grow on. When I moved to Florida for grad school, I had a huge backyard to play around with,” says Ray.

CROPS IN THE CITY Urban Agriculture Breaks New Ground by April Thompson


he average American meal travels 1,500 miles to reach its plate, according to the nonprofit Center for Urban Education About Sustainable Agriculture. Yet, enterprising green thumbs across the country are bringing the farm back to plate’s reach, growing hyperlocal food in backyards, on rooftops, through indoor farms and more. City farming reconnects urbanites to their food sources while bettering the environment, communities, diets and health. Urban agriculture, harkening back to the Victory Gardens planted to ward off food shortages during World War I and II, is nothing new. While today’s home gardeners have staked out balconies, window boxes and vacant lots in this locavore resurgence, noteworthy pioneers are 32

forging a path to organic urban agriculture on a commercial scale—tapping into new technologies and markets, and turning challenges like dealing with space constraints into fresh opportunities.

A View From the Roofs Take Niraj Ray, whose company Cultivate the City is working to transform urban food deserts in the nation’s capital into thriving local food systems. “We want to get more people interested in growing their own food and show them how they can grow more with less square footage through vertical gardens and sustainable techniques like [soil-less] hydroponic systems,” says Ray. Cultivate the City manages numerous gardens for clients around Washington, D.C.,

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Like many other urban farms, Cultivate the City offers a seasonal farm subscription known as a community supported agriculture (CSA) program that allows city dwellers to buy directly from local producers. Ray’s rooftop greenhouse, located on top of a local hardware store that sells his edible plants at retail, offers all the fixings for a healthy, diverse diet: hydroponic towers of leafy greens, trays of microgreens for corporate clients, specialty varieties of hot peppers for the company’s hot sauce and stacking cubes of an albino strawberry variety that Ray crossbred himself. “There are so many ways to contribute to urban farming, from aquaponics to vermicomposting; it’s about finding your niche,” he says.

Growing Up With Vertical Farming By 2050, it’s estimated that 9 billion people will be living on the planet—7 billion

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City planners need innovative solutions like vertical farming to feed the growing population. We can grow at scale, with minimum space and environmental impact.

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in cities. “City planners need innovative solutions like vertical farming to feed the growing population. We can grow at scale, with minimum space and environmental impact,” says Wendy Coleman, who began her California-based business LA Urban Farms in 2013. Today, Coleman’s team works with chefs, resorts, hotels, universities, greenhouses and corporate clients like Google and Ikea to set up aeroponic tower gardens across the U.S. and Europe. With aeroponics, nutrient-enriched water is pumped through a garden tower to shower the roots of plants suspended in air. “It actually uses 90 percent less water than conventional growing, which is a huge benefit in a place like California, and avoids any kind of agricultural runoff,” says Coleman. In conjunction with urban farming partners, the business churns out 30,000 seedlings a month using aeroponic technology to grow for their diverse client base and working with chefs to plan seasonal menus around their produce. Aeroponics and other innovative farm technologies are transforming spaces in cities across the U.S., reclaiming peripheral and idle spaces like alleys and warehouses to grow herbs and vegetables in abundance, using 90 percent less land by growing vertically, notes Coleman. “With our gardens, diners can see their food growing at their table; they get such a personal connection with their food. It’s an interactive way for hotels and restaurants to demonstrate their commitment to local, sustainable food,” she says.

There are so many ways to contribute to urban farming, from aquaponics to vermicomposting; it’s about finding your niche. ~Niraj Ray

Breaking into Hives: City Beekeepers “I had a backyard garden that wasn’t doing so well, and I thought it was the lack of pollinators, so I got bees; but then I realized I was just a bad gardener,” quips master beekeeper John Coldwell, of Fort Lauderdale. Since this humble beginning in 2012 with a few backyard hives, Coldwell and his wife Teresa have been leading a movement to repurpose public land for “microapiaries” and provide apiary education for youth and adults throughout South Florida. Through their entity The Urban Beekeepers, the Coldwells offer beekeeping classes, consult with local governments, sell equipment and rescue “feral hives” to integrate into managed hives. They’ve worked successfully with parks, airports, golf clubs and country clubs to put honeybee habitats on site. Urban beekeeping works in synergy with city farms, as honeybees forage up to five miles for food, and in so doing pollinate a lot of crops. Seventy of the top 100 human food crops are pollinated by bees, according to the Food and Agriculture

Organization of the United Nations. “We often hear people say their garden is doing better than it has in years, thanks to the apiaries nearby,” says John Coldwell. The challenges of growing at scale are a recurrent theme among urban farmers. Ian Marvy, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) outreach specialist for the greater New York City area, ran his own urban farm, grossing six figures for 14 years. However, Marvy says most farmers growing in the city aren’t operating at a profitable scale or producing enough for everyone to eat local. Even so, locally grown produce is a booming market in New York City. Greenmarket, founded in 1976, operates more than 50 farmers’ markets, limited to vendors that grow within a 200-mile radius, some of whom take home five figures on a good day, says Marvy. Interest in growing at the community level has also mushroomed, adds Marvy, who estimates that 90 percent of the city’s more than 500 school gardens weren’t there 15 years ago when he started this work. “The USDA has a huge opportunity here and nationally to make cities more sustainable and feed more people. I’m really excited and committed to that,” he says. While urban agriculture efforts are sometimes criticized for catering to upper income residents that can afford to pay top dollar for specialty items like microgreens, many businesses and organizations are

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hose that have never nurtured more than a houseplant shouldn’t be intimidated, says Wendy Coleman, founder of LA Urban Farms. “Growing food is easy and doesn’t require any special background,” says Coleman, who was green to growing when she started her business six years ago. When growing commercially, find a niche, says Niraj Ray, of Cultivate the City. The company grows plants of ethnic or cultural significance to appeal to Asian, African and Latino populations, from the nutrition-packed moringa to okra, a staple of both Indian and African cooking, given it is a growing market for immigrant populations not served by most traditional garden centers. Seek natural allies like sustainability-minded chefs to bolster an urban ag business. The farm-to-fork chef ’s movement has been a boon for beekeepers and farmers, with chefs acting as patrons of the farms, according to beekeeping expert Teresa Coldwell. Sette Bello Ristorante, an Italian restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, funds vertical gardens at a community garden where the Coldwells have hives so its chef can have pure organic food like squash blossoms pollinated by local bees. Urban farming has its pleasures and rewards, but can also bring hardships. Ray struggles with employee turnover when newbie farmers face the realities of working in the heat and rain, even from a sleek, trendy, rooftop garden.


working on multiple The USDA has a huge ing projects, senior comfronts, with lucrative opportunity here and munities and schools six days a week. specialty crops helping nationally to make cities Their latest project, to subsidize programs more sustainable and the Public Market, is a serving families lacking retail location on Wheelaccess to healthy affordfeed more people. ing’s Main Street that will able food. ~Ian Marvy serve as a year-round Grow Ohio Valley farmers’ market. The organization is also takes an integrated approach to food sovbuilding alliances between local farmers ereignty in Wheeling, West Virginia, and and healthcare providers through a project the Upper Ohio Valley. “This part of the called The Farmacy. A partnership with a Appalachian Rustbelt has lost much of its local free clinic, it targets people suffering population, jobs and economic base over from diabetes and other diseases linked to the last generation. We want to promote poor diets with a doctor’s prescription for health and wellness through fresh food, organic produce offered free through the while helping to transform the urban landscape from falling-down buildings and organization’s CSA. These urban agriculture pioneers are vacant lots into productive community ashelping to not only grow food, but comsets,” says founder Danny Swan. munity, and are nurturing renewed con The operation’s food hub aggrenections to the Earth. City growing has so gates produce from small local farmers, many benefits: decreasing packaging, costs providing a guaranteed market for their and food miles traveled, making it easier produce and the opportunity to reach a to eat organic seasonal food and a more larger market, usually only served by food diverse diet. “The connection people feel grown thousands of miles away. The prowhen they plant seed and get to harvest the duce is supplemented by four urban farm sites run by the organization, including an mature plant is transformative. Growing food is something we can all do to make a apple orchard on the site of a demolished difference, for our health and the environhousing project. ment,” says Coleman. Grow Ohio Valley also works to reach the “last-mile customers” that lack access Connect with Washington, D.C. freelance to high-quality affordable produce via a writer April Thompson at mobile farmers’ market that goes to hous-



or those interested in trying home growing or supporting metro area farmers, here are some resources for eating food grown in and around your zip code. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Urban Agriculture Toolkit walks prospective city farmers through all of the necessary steps to planning a successful urban agriculture operation, from soil testing to accessing financing. Tinyurl. com/UrbanAgriculturalToolkit. features a clickable map of community gardens in the U.S. and beyond where neighbors can connect and grow together. The FairShare CSA Coalition’s site ( offers an interactive Farm Search tool to find community supported agriculture (CSA) programs where city dwellers can subscribe to local farms and receive a share of the seasonal bounty. The American Community Garden Association ( provides resources for finding, starting and managing community gardens. Local Harvest ( has a searchable national directory of farmers’ markets, farms, CSAs and more.

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What is different about your proprietary skin care line?

A Conversation About Skin with Hilda Demirjian


by Nicole Miale

atural Awakenings’ Publisher Nicole Miale recently sat down with Hilda Demirjian, Fairfield County resident and owner of aesthetic laser and skin care centers in White Plains and Manhattan, New York, to discuss her passion for skin, education, and her proprietary skin care product line.

How did you first develop interest in health and skin care?

My passion for skin began in my native country, Persia, where skin care and wellness is still considered highly valuable and important. As a young girl in Persia— considered by some to be the “Mecca” of skin care—I grew up visiting hammams (steam rooms) and spas on a weekly basis from the age of six. As an adult, my love for radiant skin grew into a driving passion. My mission is to help every individual to make them feel confident and give them hope so they begin to love their skin, the largest organ in the body, once again.

What is your specialty?

Skin education is my passion and I travel the world presenting at conferences

and events. I always say, “Laser is my business, skin is my passion.” I specialize in combining the science of aesthetic laser with the ancient world of skin care. I use a unique laser technique which provides nearly painless treatments for laser hair removal, and collagen and skin rejuvenation. I work with many types of skin and can help people with rosacea, acne, sun damage, scars, stretch marks, and many more conditions, including illnesses like cancer.

What were some of your earlier influences? I was particularly affected by my grandmother’s experience when she was undergoing chemotherapy for cancer. I remember touching her skin and feeling how papery and thin it had become because of the treatment. My flagship collagen product developed with green apple stem cells was something I created in part because I wanted to help people recovering from cancer. The collagen product helps undo some of the damage caused by the medicine.

I formulated my own premium quality skin care product line through many years of scientific research with 100 percent botanical sources, including fruit stem cells. I’m particularly proud of Collagen-Elastin Gel with Apple Stem Cells; it is an innovative formula derived from botanical sources that actively stimulates the growth of the protein collagen in the epidermis. By replacing the lost collagen, the product strengthens the skin and reduces the appearance of scars, acne, fine lines, wrinkles and stretch marks. Users will quickly see substantial improvements in the look and the feel of their skin, as well as an elimination of dullness after consistently applying the gel. Working at a cellular level, CollagenElastin Gel heals and rejuvenates pre/postsurgical scars by providing enough protein levels so that the skin does not suffer after surgery. The gel has also proven effective at healing skin damage following cancer treatments, including mastectomies.

What should a client or patient expect from working with you?

Confidentiality and compassion are my hallmarks. My work is more than a business. I am devoted to my clients and work with them to restore hope, confidence and self-esteem. I work with many individuals recovering from serious illness, including cancer, and devote time and support to charitable organizations such as the American Cancer Society, Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation, YMCA, Gilda’s Club and White Plains Hospital. To schedule a free consultation, call 914.374.1756. For more information about Hilda Demirjian Laser & Skin Care Centers, visit For more information about the skin care products, visit To order products, visit Locations: 34 South Broadway, Ste 607, White Plains, NY and 161 Madison Ave, Ste 3B, New York, NY. See ad pg 10.

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esearch is helping life for individuals sufThe vagus nerve doctors connect fering from numerous stems from the brain the dots between conditions. One type to the abdomen like seemingly unrelated is a device that can be a communication conditions like irritable implanted by a neurobowel syndrome, rheusuperhighway between surgeon, which sends matoid arthritis, postelectrical impulses to your gut and brain. traumatic stress disorder the vagus nerve in chil~Hannah Aylward (PTSD), chronic fatigue dren that suffer from syndrome and fibromyseizures and adults with algia, revealing a common denominator: the depression as a supplemental treatment multitasking vagus nerve, the longest in the when surgery or medications are not posautonomic nervous system. sible or effective. The superpower of this double There is also a handheld, non-invasive branched cranial nerve lies in transporting VNS option called gammaCore, a U.S. Food major neurotransmitters along what is and Drug Administration-approved device known as the brain-gut axis. “The vagus that offers hope for sufferers of cluster and nerve stems from the brain to the abdomigraine headaches. Its effectiveness for men like a communication superhighway chronic pain management, as well as in cases between your gut and brain,” says Hanof epilepsy and depression, was published in nah Aylward, an Orlando-based certified the Neuromodulation Journal in 2015. holistic health coach and gut health expert. PTSD researcher Imanuel Lerman, “Studies show that the vagus nerve reguM.D., and his colleagues with the Veterlates inflammation throughout the body.” ans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System, found that VNS affects areas of the brain Promising Research responsible for processing emotional pain. Recent studies have shown that vagus nerve The findings, published in the journal stimulation (VNS) can improve quality of PLOS ONE earlier this year, also show that

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VNS delays the brain’s response to pain signals in individuals with PTSD.

Mental Health, Trauma and the Gut When it comes to the vagus nerve, anxiety is physical. Post-traumatic stress is rooted in neurobiology and experienced in the body, not just the mind, says Arielle Schwartz, Ph.D., a Boulder, Colorado-based clinical psychologist and author of The Complex PTSD Workbook: A Mind-Body Approach to Regaining Emotional Control and Becoming Whole. “This is why you can’t simply think or talk your way out of your trauma reactions.” According to Schwartz, “Disruptions in the gut flora, which often occur with overuse of antibiotics, can have a significant impact on mental health. An imbalance in the gut can lead to an inflammatory response in the immune system and a wide range of disruptive symptoms.” Aylward notes that 95 percent of the body’s mood-boosting chemical serotonin resides in the enteric nervous system, which governs the function of the gastrointestinal tract. “The brain-gut axis is becoming increasingly important as a therapeutic target for psychiatric and GI disorders,” she says. Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and founding co-director of UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, explains the trauma loop. “Developmental trauma impairs the integrative circuits of the brain and nervous system—the prefrontal cortex. When this happens, the brain will be hyperalert, interpreting some non-threatening situations as threatening.

“Learning to be aware of our internal state and learning calming techniques helps to regulate the autonomic nervous system and can go a long way,” says Siegel. “High ventral vagal tone means having a state of calm.”

Vagus Power Everyone can benefit from increased vagal tone, which goes hand-in-hand with engaging the parasympathetic nervous system for optimum equilibrium at the cellular level. Acupuncture, chiropractic—with a focus on the cranial nerves—massage, meditation, singing, laughing loudly, chanting mantras, gentle yoga and exercise, positive social interactions, belly breathing and chanting all make the vagus nerve a happy camper. These activities promote relaxation and help to decrease inflammation. “As a certified yoga instructor, I can attest to a wide range of natural vagus nerve stimulation techniques, especially using the breath,” says Schwartz. “Diaphragmatic breathing creates a gentle massage across your digestive organs, releases the diaphragm and stimulates nerve fibers within the lungs. Heart rate is reduced.” Brief exposure to cold water or cold air improves vagal tone and is a good option when anxiety is high. Eating cold-water fish like wild salmon or other foods high in omega-3 fatty acids such as walnuts, seaweed, hemp, flax or chia seeds provides vagal nourishment. Marlaina Donato is the author of several books, including Multidimensional Aromatherapy. Connect at

Vagus-Nourishing Diet Tips Advice from gut health expert Hannah Aylward: 4 Eat plenty of vegetables, high-quality proteins, fiber and healthy fats. 4 A diet low in sugar and processed carbohydrates supports healthy vagus nerve function by maintaining a healthy gut microbiome. 4 Practice intermittent fasting, which stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system (not recommended for people suffering from adrenal fatigue or high stress). 4 Take probiotics. Lactobacillus has been shown to increase GABA via stimulation of the vagus nerve. Bifidobacterium longum has demonstrated it can normalize anxietylike behavior in mice by acting through the vagus nerve. July 2019


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Coming Next Month Children’s Health


The Pure Joy of Play

Why Kids Need Unstructured Fun


by Ronica O’Hara

ot so long ago, kids would be shooed out the door to play and told to return home at meal time. But the rising use of digital devices and kids’ highly scheduled sports and school activities, as well as parental fears about safety, has made that kind of unstructured play rare—with resulting drops in children’s independence, resilience and creativity, experts say. In fact, play has been shown to be so critical to children’s development that an American Academy of Pediatrics 2018 clinical report, “The Power of Play,” recommends that doctors write prescriptions for it. “Play is not frivolous; it is brain building,” concludes the report. It defines play as voluntary, fun and spontaneous activities that engross a child, often resulting in joyous discovery, and includes imaginative make-believe, experimenting and risk-taking. It cites 147 studies showing that play builds skills critical for adult success such as problem solving, collaboration and creativity; decreases stress, fatigue, injury and depression; and


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increases range of motion, agility, coordination, balance and flexibility. Here are some ways to up the play in children’s lives:


Give them lots of free time away from devices. Yes, they

might be bored at first—but boredom enhances creativity, partly by allowing for daydreaming, concludes a study from the UK’s University of Central Lancashire.


Encourage fun, rather than competition. By age 6, 60 percent

of American boys and 47 percent of girls are participating on organized sport teams, but three out of four kids quit sports by age 13—one major reason being, “I was not having fun.” Play, on the other hand, is based on pure enjoyment and spontaneous collaboration among kids, minus overanxious adult “sidelining”. “When children play in their own ways, they generally play cooperatively. We adults impose competition, unfortunately. Yet even in our competitive society, the really successful and

happy people are the ones who are oriented toward cooperation,” says Peter Gray, Ph.D., a Boston College psychology professor and author of Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life.

Play is how children learn to create and govern their own activities and solve their own problem independently of adults.

from me. But I knew there was no better way for him to learn the limits of his own body than to test them,” she says. Mariana Brussoni, Ph.D., an associate professor in the department of pediatrics and the School of Population and Public ~Peter Gray Health at the University of British Columbia, Canada, concurs: Encourage them to take the “When they’re given the chance, even lead. Let kids decide whether they very young children show clear abilities want to play with friends, siblings or alone. to manage risks and figure out their They will happily make up their own own limits. The potential for learning games with lots of raw materials that are is enormous.” on hand—blocks, balls, puzzles, crayons, boxes, wooden spoons, old costumes and Don’t worry. “The data show that hats, sand, water, tarps and shovels. “Play children are far more likely to get inis how children learn to create and govern jured in adult-directed sports, where they their own activities and solve their own are pushed to compete, than in free play,” problems independently of adults,” says says Gray. “Moreover, the kinds of injuGray. “Stated differently, it is how chilries that occur in free play are relatively dren learn to become adults. This value easy to recover from.” As for the fear of is destroyed when adults take charge of kidnapping by strangers, the odds are children’s activities.” very small—one in a million, according to the latest U.S. Department of Justice Back off from hovering data. “Weigh the effect of the limits you supervision. It can rob them of a place on your kids to prevent that very, sense of ownership and accomplishment. very, very unlikely possibility versus the Leigh Ellen Magness, a clinical social fundamental importance for their own worker and registered play therapist in health and development of exploring Athens, Georgia, grappled with anxiety as freedom,” advises Brussoni. she watched her 5-year-old son clamber up a roadside sculpture designed for Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based climbing. “He climbed so high that my freelance health writer. Connect at stomach flip-flopped to see him so far




Explore Free Play This online, 20-minute, self-quiz helps parents reflect upon their

own childhood adventures and figure out a plan they feel comfortable with for their children’s unstructured “risky play”. Preliminary study data show that by three months, 93 percent of parents using the quiz had accomplished their goals.

“The Power of Play”: This study by the Ameri-

can Academy of Pediatrics lays out the body of research on the benefits of unstructured play for children.

“Say Yes to Play”: A Psychology Today online article offers 12 strategies to encourage play, as well as additional references.

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Beyond Antibiotics Pets Can Heal With Natural Approaches by Karen Shaw Becker


ike people, pets can develop allergies to medications that are overprescribed, including antibiotics, which also have a long list of side effects—many of which are long-term. There is also the escalating problem of resistance, which is the result of too-frequent and unnecessary use of these drugs. One of the most important things to know is that dogs and cats are exposed to antibiotics when they eat food containing the meat of factory-farmed animals, which includes about 99 percent of pet foods on the market today. The exception is a very small number that contain free-range, organic ingredients.

Antibiotic Resistance

In many cases, even when bacteria are exposed for the first time to a particular antibiotic, the majority will die, but some will survive and pass on that resistance to other bacteria. The problem is not that certain disease-causing bacteria are antibioticresistant, but that the resistance genes in any type of bacteria can transfer their ability to survive to billions of other bacteria. 40

This is how superbugs are born. These are a strain of bacteria able to withstand assault by multiple types of antibiotics. When a veterinarian can no longer eliminate bacterial infections with antibiotics, the life of the animal is threatened, and that’s the biggest concern. If a veterinarian makes a diagnosis of infection, ask for a culture and sensitivity test. Otherwise, he or she is making a guess at what type of organism is present and the best antibiotic to treat it. Each time an unnecessary or inappropriate antibiotic is prescribed, the potential for resistance increases. Only in an emergency situation should a veterinarian prescribe an antibiotic before the culture and sensitivity test can be performed. The vet can then switch medications if necessary when the results arrive. Giving the proper dose of the antibiotic at the proper intervals and using up the entire prescription is important, even if the pet seems to be fully recovered before the medication has run out. This will ensure the infection is totally resolved and prevent the pet from having to take another full course of antibiotics because

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the first one wasn’t fully administered and the infection wasn’t effectively cleared. It’s important to reseed the pet’s gastrointestinal (GI) system with friendly microorganisms—probiotics—during and after antibiotic therapy to reestablish a healthy balance of gut bacteria. This will also help keep a dog or cat’s digestive system working optimally and the immune system strong.

Alternatives to Antibiotics

Many conditions for which antibiotics are often indiscriminately prescribed respond very well to a combination of natural therapies, including herbs, homeopathic remedies, nutraceuticals, immune system stimulants and specific nutritional interventions. Functional medicine veterinarians, a group that is thankfully growing in number, realize this and are able to partner with pet parents to offer alternatives to antibiotics. A 2016 study showed cranberry extract to be as or more effective in preventing E. coli-related urinary tract infections (UTIs) in dogs as short-term antibiotic treatment. In addition, cranberry extract can help fight multidrug-resistant bacteria in dogs with recurrent E. coli UTIs. In a study of shelter dogs, researchers compared the use of probiotics to antibiotics to treat acute diarrhea caused by stress. They concluded probiotic therapy was as effective as antibiotic therapy. In addition, dogs that were unresponsive to antibiotics appeared to benefit significantly from subsequent probiotic treatment. Oregano oil, propolis, olive leaf, essential oils, colloidal silver and Manuka honey help reduce bacterial skin infections caused by methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) with good success. If a dog or cat isn’t facing a lifethreatening health situation, talk with the veterinarian about alternatives to antibiotics. In these situations, pet parents often find it beneficial to consult a functional medicine or integrative veterinarian whose goal is to treat these problems by starting with the least toxic options first. Karen Shaw Becker is a proactive, integrative doctor of veterinary medicine who consults internationally and writes for Mercola Healthy Pets (

When we are in alignment, everything flows. There is ease and doors open for us. People, money and resources will show up on our path to help us achieve our goals. Therefore, we must always be awake to our goodness and take inspired actions to manifest our desires into reality.

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The Grace of Abundance Five Practices to Create a More Abundant Life


by Meriflor Toneatto

Commit to gifting ourselves with an abundant mindset because our mindset is critical to our success. One way to quickly shift our mindset to the positive is to concentrate on our desire and ask ourselves, “What do I have to believe for this to be true?” Our mind will creatively generate many possibilities that can get us excited, which then shifts how we think and feel to what is positive. As we do this, we will also create greater confidence in the knowledge that the universe is always working in our favor.

E = Expression Express our passion by first doing what we love. Then find a way to use our passion, purpose and life to serve others.When we do this, our world, our financial abundance and our joy will expand exponentially. Meriflor Toneatto is the author of Money, Manifestation & Miracles: A Guide to Transforming Women’s Relationships with Money. Connect at

bundance means plenty—a flowing of love, vitality, wealth, joy, prosperity, success and more. GRACE is an acronym representing five practices that can magnify abundance in all areas of life, including finances.

G = Gratitude There is tremendous power in being grateful, because what we focus on expands. Gratitude opens our heart to receive and give blessings. This puts us in a space to have more things to be grateful for. Practicing gratitude can be as simple as saying, “I am grateful for…” or “I am thankful for…” If we find ourselves in a negative state, practice gratitude even for as brief a period as 60 seconds. It will positively shift our emotion, thereby allowing us to be open to abundance.

R = Receiving To graciously receive can be as simple as accepting a compliment. Another way to receive is by requesting our heart’s desire. There is nothing wrong with wanting more. The truth is that we can have more—as much as we are willing to receive.

A = Alignment The key way to get into alignment for more abundance is to know our purpose, follow our passion and work on releasing internal fears and doubts. July 2019


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Transformative Power of Dreams


by Randy Kambic

e know and your study that sleep of them? is good for It was where it all got mental and physical started for me and health, but whether even though it was dreams can play a role eight years ago, I still is a fascinating topic. remember my first luWhen we journey cid dream as if it was into that state, science yesterday. If I hadn’t journalist Alice Robb had that experience feels we can reap even of doing the exercises more benefits and make to elicit lucid dreamour waking lives more ing, I don’t know if I productive, healthier would’ve written the and happier. book—although I’ve Her recent book always been fascinated Why We Dream: The Knowing you are by my regular dreams, Transformative Power lying in bed, but also which have been of Our Nightly Journey, feeling, physically, that vivid, and have often which blossomed from you are in another place, wondered what was a trip to Peru, posits a going on in my brain new way to look at our is very powerful. to produce them—esdreams including how pecially when I felt ~Alice Robb to recall and even influthey were affecting my ence them, and how doing so benefits us moods or my daily life. when awake. Rich with recent studies and evoking famous artists, thinkers and othHow is lucid dreaming different ers over centuries, she traces the intricate than normal dreaming? links between dreaming and creativity, and offers tips on how we can relish the intense In lucid dreams, you are aware that you adventure of lucid dreaming. are dreaming. A lot of people will be in Robb was a staff writer for The New a nightmare; it’s really scary, and you say Republic and has also written for New York to yourself, “This can’t be real, this must Magazine, The Atlantic, Elle, The Washbe a dream,” and then maybe you can get ington Post, the BBC and British Vogue. A yourself out of it. You can train yourself to graduate of Oxford with Bachelor of Arts prolong those lucid moments. Some people degrees in both Archaeology and Anthrodo it naturally while others can do different pology, she resides in Brooklyn, New York. meditation exercises to learn to gain awareness within their dreams. Before you start trying to have lucid How did your experience in dreams, it’s important to have very good

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recall of your regular dreams. We’re all dreaming every night, every time we have a REM cycle, about every 90 minutes that we are asleep, even if you don’t remember your dreams. It’s easier for most people to improve their dream recall. It’s as simple as saying to yourself before bed, “I want to remember my dreams tonight.” The more intention you have, the more you think about your dreams during the day, can be enough to trigger you to better remember your dreams. If you pay close attention to your environment, looking and examining it and asking yourself whether it’s real, you will then ask yourself the same question in a dream.

How do you feel lucid dreaming can improve our overall well-being?

You can practice a speech you are worried about. If you are an athlete, you can mentally prepare. It can help with your mental health. You can use lucid dreams to confront your demons; you can summon someone that you want to have a conversation with and practice talking with them. They are awe-inspiring. Knowing you are lying in bed, but also feeling, physically, that you are in another place, is very powerful.

What steps can we take to improve our ability to recall dreams?

Keep a dream journal. It doesn’t have to be pen and paper; you can speak your dreams into your phone in the morning or in the middle of the night if you wake up… whatever you can do to train yourself to hold onto them because if you don’t remember them when you wake up, then they will fade pretty quickly. As soon as I started keeping a dream journal, I was amazed at how many I was remembering. When getting started, make sure to write something every morning, even “I don’t remember anything.” The habits will become ingrained and you’ll start to remember dreams. Randy Kambic, of Estero, Florida, is a freelance editor and writer.

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Intuitive & Healing Arts






Grisella Ramos-Santiago, LCSW Soul Realignment Readings, Chakra Clearing, Property Clearing, Relationship Readings By Appointment: 914.257.9186

Bernadette Bloom, MI Energy Healing & Teacher 239.289.3744

Guided Channeling Group The Temperance Center Merrill Black, LCSW 914.793.2600

In Balance Concepts Qigong. Tai Chi. Meditation 2505 Rt. 6, St. 108, Brewster 845.803.1992

ASTROLOGY Pam Cucinell Phone, online & in person 917.796.6026; Colin McPhillamy Pleasantville, NYC, Skype 213.840.1187

ENERGY HEALING Rev. Marilyn Ridley, B.Msc., CTNC, RMT 11 W. Prospect Ave, Mount Vernon 914.363.9299 ext. 183

Betty S. Feldman, LLC, HTCP Healing Touch Program 53 Maple Ave. Fishkill, NY 845.896.6405


One Light Healing Touch Certified Energy Practitioners &Training Schools.

Synchronicity Spiritual Gifts Psychic Medium/Tarot/Energy Healing 1511 Route 23 Brewster, NY 845.363.1765



White Lotus Grace Spiritual Healing Arts & Dance Millbrook Sanctuary + Online Studio 845.677.3517

Angel Aura Spiritual Boutique 12 West Main St, Pawling, NY 845.493.0432 Elka Boren, Shaman Healer Tarot. Tea Leaf. Houseclearing The SPACE Sanctuary Chappaqua, NY; 772.223.4143

REIKI Anne H. Bentzen, RMT, JRP Reiki Master Teacher & Energetic Counseling 914.588.4079; The Temperance Center Merrill Black, LCSW Reiki Master & Instructor, Intuitive Energy Healer 914.793.2600

SHAMANISM Eileen O'Hare, LoveMore Sessions, Training 914.456.7789, Beacon, NY

Celestial Touch Laura Schek, Medium, Reiki Master 7 Arch St, Pawling, NY 845.244.1767;

To place a listing on this page call 845.593.0065

July 2019


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The main purpose is not exercise or getting from point A to point B, but rather having a mindful, sensory experience in nature. ~Hannah Fries

FOREST BATHING Mother Nature’s Rx for Body and Mind by Marlaina Donato


n 1982, the Japanese government coined the term Shinrin-yoku (“taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing”) to inspire people to visit and appreciate national parks. Today, that walk in the woods has become a medically recommended activity worldwide for improving immunity, reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression, managing chronic pain and promoting better sleep. The research supporting the physical and mental benefits of forest bathing is so compelling that it’s advocated by the National Institute of Public Health of Japan and prescribed to patients there. Researchers from the University of East Anglia, in England, examined years of studies and found significant evidence that experiencing nature has a positive impact on health. Published in the journal Environmental Research in 2018, the metaanalysis involving 290 million participants from 20 countries concluded that spending time in green spaces lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, and reduces the stress hormone cortisol. The study also noted a lower risk of Type 2 diabetes and death from heart disease.


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Terpenes and Tree Therapy

Another recent review of studies, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, concluded that Shinrin-yoku can ease the symptoms of adult depression. “Forest bathing plugs us into something we all seek—a source of peace and well-being. The thing that first hooked me into being a forest bathing guide was reading the robust body of research that proves the benefits of forest bathing,” says Judy Beaudette, board secretary of Friends of North Creek Forest, in Bothell, Washington. Melanie Choukas-Bradley, a certified forest therapy guide and author of The Joy of Forest Bathing: Reconnect With Wild Places & Rejuvenate Your Life, in Chevy Chase, Maryland, attests to the therapeutic value of forest bathing. “Even occasional nature immersion can have beneficial health effects that can last for days. Many doctors are now prescribing nature to patients. There’s an organization devoted to this called Park Rx America.” She recommends just 20 minutes during a lunch break to sit on a bench or on the ground beneath trees.

There are many theories of why spending time in the woods or any other natural place makes us feel good; for example, findings published in the journal Toxicological Research in 2017 attribute the immune-boosting, mood-lifting benefits of forest bathing to natural terpenes released into the air by trees, especially conifers. Terpenes contain anti-inflammatory properties that strengthen the body’s natural defenses.

Sensory Immersion, Not Exercise Shinrin-yoku is intended to engage the trinity of body-mind-spirit. “The main purpose is not exercise or getting from point A to point B, but rather having a mindful, sensory experience in nature. It isn’t some prescribed task you need to do, like pushups,” explains Hannah Fries, a poet and author of Forest Bathing Retreat: Find Wholeness in the Company of Trees. She communes with the wild for both health and inspiration. “Even if it’s only 20 minutes a week, go outside without a phone or other electronic device. Walk slowly. Look more closely. Listen. Smell. Touch. Interact with the living, breathing world around you. It’s that simple.” Choukas-Bradley says that observance is key. Recalling her first forest bathing experience, she says, “We paid attention to our breath and tuned in to the sights, sounds and sensations all around us. I noticed a perfect spider’s web, just barely trembling in the slightest breeze, its creator clinging to the center.” She recommends finding a “wild home”—a neighborhood park, garden or backyard tree. “Make it a practice to find a ‘sit spot’ where you can quietly observe beauty and are apt to feel a sense of awe. Psychology researchers have shown that experiencing awe has many positive effects on emotional health.” It doesn’t matter if we commune with nature in a rural or urban setting, only that we remain dialed in to our surroundings. “Forest bathing is a tool for slowing down our buzzing minds and practicing a secret superpower—the skill of consciously choosing what we put our attention on,” says Beaudette. Marlaina Donato is the author of several books, including Multidimensional Aromatherapy. She is also a composer. Connect at

A Simple Meditation Forest bathing guide Judy Beaudette suggests: n Find something you can put your attention on that is natural— a plant, a stone, a bird’s song, a stream or a forest, the sky, even a tuft of grass or weeds growing out of a crack in the sidewalk. n Practice noticing something small in nature, like an acorn, a leaf or a grain of sand. Put it in the palm of your hand and for five minutes, notice the details. Keep noticing. See what thoughts come to mind and keep returning your attention to this small thing. After the five minutes have elapsed, write down your observations. July 2019


yoga briefs

Live Sound Healing Concert at Golden Prana in Katonah


ike Tamburo of sound-healing group Crown of Eternity will perform at Golden Prana Yoga Studio, in Katonah, from 7 to 9 p.m. July 10. The event is co-hosted by Carrie Kane, owner of Golden Prana, and Jennifer Llewellyn, chief wellness officer of Majestic Hudson, a lifestyle boutique adjoining the studio. Together the two busiMike Tamburo at sound healing event nesses form a “courtyard oasis” offering community yoga, meditation, healing arts and tools to encourage personal and spiritual growth to uplift and transform. “Sound healing is everything, and Mike truly sets the stage for the energetic cleansing of body, mind and soul,” Llewellyn says. “I’m so excited to co-host this event with Carrie. Together we’re literally raising the vibrations in Westchester.” Listeners have variously described Tamburo’s music as “an adventure in listening,” “sonic bliss,” a “deep and lasting vibrational rejuvenation for body and soul,” a “profound aesthetic experience,” a “journey through the senses” and “a perceptual rollercoaster.” During this live vibrational experience, listeners are transported into deep meditation as Tamburo orchestrates his way through more than 40 overtone-rich instruments. The concert includes several sitting meditations during which participants are led through toning, listening and breathing exercises accompanied by hammered dulcimer or zither, followed by a long sound-healing layout and relaxation performed on gongs and bells. Early registration is recommended. Location: Golden Prana Yoga Studio, 223 Katonah Ave., Katonah, NY (entrance in the courtyard). To register, visit For more information, contact the studio at 914.984.3408 or See ad, page 45.

Spirit Festival Announces Presenter Lineup


pirit Festival is coming to the Connecticut Riverfront in Hartford from September 13 to 15. This three-day experience, in partnership with Bali Spirit Festival and Riverfront Recapture, is a celebration of yoga, music, wellness and dance. Confirmed yoga presenters from near and far include Maya Breuer, Meredith Evangelisti, Kenny Frisby, Jessica Goldman, Kiley Holliday, LeoRising, Michele Matthews, Deb Orosz, Michael Riley and Randolph Osgood. A range of techniques will be practiced throughout the weekend, offering something for everyone who wishes to try yoga for the first time or expand an existing practice. Live music on Friday and Saturday evenings will feature national acts, including Girish, Fiery String Sistas, Khaiim Kelly, DJ Kered, and People of Goodwill. Among the many other sights and sounds available to festivalgoers throughout the weekend will be the Conduit Center’s Sound Lounge, new media artist Balam Soto and crystal bowls healer Daniel Lauter. Conversations and workshops focusing on wellness will feature author Chris Grosso, Ali Cramer, Brandon Nappi and Alphonso McGriff III, among other presenters. There will also be dedicated children’s programming featuring a range of activities and experiences. Early bird tickets are on sale through July 14. For more info, visit SpiritYogaFestival. com. See ad, page 11.

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BALANCE FITNESS StepWISEnow Strength.Flexibility.Balance 325 S. Highland Ave., Ste. 109 Briarcliff Manor/ Ossining 914.292.0602;

GYROTONIC MILLBROOK Gyrotonic Millbrook 34 Front Street 845.417.3659

HOLISTIC FITNESS INSTRUCTOR Kat Symington RYT200, AAFA-NASM CGFI, 3X3Fit Master Trainer, Meditation Leader. Private sessions 914.374.1471;

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

RHINEBECK Rhinebeck Pilates 6400 Montgomery Street 845.876.5686

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SOMERS Equipoise Pilates & Wellness Bailey Court, 334 Rt. 202 914.276.2056



In Balance Concepts Tai Chi. Meditation. Qigong 2505 Rt. 6, St. 108, Brewster 845.803.1992

Elevate Yoga Studio 3535 Crompond Rd.

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


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

EASTCHESTER The Temperance Center 453 White Plains Road 914.793.2600





Golden Prana Yoga 223 Katonah Avenue 914.984.3408

BRIARCLIFF MANOR KARMA ROAD YOGA 1250 Pleasantville Road 914.382.6733



nOMad Always at OM Classes, Retreats, YTT

Katonah Yoga 39 Main Street 914.241.2661;

Putnam Yoga 30 Tomahawk Street Baldwin Place 845.494.8118;

Namastesis-Yoga & Wellness Offering Yoga, Massage & Reiki 1065 Main Street - Suite H 845.765.2299;

YogaShine Kripalu/Meditate/Yoga Therapy 7-11 Legion Drive, 914.769.8745;

WESTCHESTER Yoga Haven & Yoga Haven 2 Tuckahoe & Scarsdale; 914.337.1437

YONKERS Nueva Alma Yoga & Wellness 799 McLean Avenue 914.294.0606;

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

MAHOPAC Liberation Yoga & Wellness Center 862 Route 6 845.803.8389;


Calling all Yoga Studios and Teachers SEPTEMBER YOGA EDITION COMING! Sign up by July 31 and SAVE . Call or email for details. 845.593.0065

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

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

Crown Of Eternity: Live in Concert - A Sound Healing Experience Like No Other – 7-9pm. Mike Tamburo orchestrates his way through 40+ overtone-rich instruments including gongs, bells, hammered dulcimer and tuned metal instruments. $35. Golden Prana, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.984.3408.


Qi Gong Classes – July 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. 1011am. $15. Sandy Dutchess Yoga, 1575 Rte 376, Lynn Building at the corner of All Angels Hills Rd, Wappingers Falls. Register/available price pkgs: 845.416.4598.

Sunday July 14, 2019: 10:30-11:30 am

Qi Gong Classes – July 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. 6:307:30pm. $10/class. Sacred Space Healing Arts, 436 Main St, Beacon. Register: 845.416.4598.

Interfaith Sundays at The Chapel at Croton Falls

Transitions and Transformations Rev. Melanie Gambino  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 for more info: jtgleneidashore1@

MONDAY, JULY 1 Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation and group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

TUESDAY, JULY 2 Qigong Morning Class – July 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. 9:30-10:30am. Perfect for beginners. An ancient Chinese art that that involves meditation, controlled breathing and gentle movement. Universal Healing Arts Connection, 4 Crestview Ave, Cortlandt Manor. Price info: 914.737.4325. Beginner Restorative Yoga and Meditation – July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. 9:30-10:45am.With Jennifer Llewellyn. Gently build strength, restore and meditate. $25. Golden Prana, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.984.3408.

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Qigong Evening Class – July 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. 7-8pm. Perfect for beginners. An ancient Chinese art that involves meditation, controlled breathing and gentle movement. $15/class. Walk-ins welcome. Universal Healing Arts Connection, 4 Crestview Ave, Cortlandt Manor. 914.737.4325.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 3 Candlelight Yin Yoga – July 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31. 6:30-7:30pm. Perfect for beginners. Increases circulation in the joints and improves flexibility. Enlightens the body, mind and spirit. $15, mats provided for free. Universal Healing Arts Connection, 4 Crestview Ave, Cortlandt Manor. 914.737.4325.

SUNDAY, JULY 7 Mandala Drawing and Watercolor Painting Workshop – July 7, 14 and Aug 4. 1-4pm. With Dr. Holly Horner Lovegrove. Reconnect with one’s inner artist while creating a powerful meditation mandala. No experience necessary. Universal Healing Arts Connection, 4 Crestview Ave, Cortlandt Manor. Price info: 914.737.4325.

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

TUESDAY, JULY 9 Free Lecture: Ayurveda & Seasonal Detoxing— How to Do It Gently and Safely – 7-9pm. With Dr. Somesh Kaushik, an Ayurvedic and Naturopathic physician. Lewisboro Library, 15 Main St, South Salem. 914.875.9004.

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Eyes... and the Brain – 7-9pm. Vision is much more than 20/20 eyesight. Learn to reduce visual stress and make more efficient use of one’s vision at any age. Free. Dr. Samantha Slotnick, 495 Central Park Ave, Ste 301, Scarsdale. RSVP, Jane: 914.874.1177.

THURSDAY, JULY 11 Ayurvedic Doshas – 1-3pm. With Deirdre Breen. Learn about the VATA Dosha and balance the elements of one’s health. $45. Golden Prana, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.984.3408. Group Healing – 7:30-9pm. With Gene Krackehl. Relax in a zero-gravity chair and listen to music that will take away stress and heal body, mind and spirit. $60. Universal Healing Arts Connection, 4 Crestview Ave, Cortlandt Manor.914.737.4325.

FRIDAY, JULY 12 Family Yoga Class – July 12-Aug 9. 10:15-11am. Parents and children spend quality mindful time together. Children learn breath awareness, movement, focus activities and relaxation. Class includes simple yoga poses, storytelling, crafting and more. Universal Healing Arts Connection, 4 Crestview Ave, Cortlandt Manor. Price info: 914.737.4325. Natural Way to Quit Alcohol, Sugar, Smoking…– 6:30-7:30pm. Learn about a simple, effective treatment for quitting smoking, alcohol, sugar and more. Simpler than most dare to believe. Free info session. Briarcliff location. Info: 914.473.2015; Sound Healing – 6-8pm. With Dan Lauter. A guided meditative sound bath to clear away stress utilizing the healing power of singing bowls. $30. Universal Healing Arts Connection, 4 Crestview Ave, Cortlandt Manor.914.737.4325. Free PTSD Acupuncture Clinic – 6:30-7:30pm. NADA protocol uplifts mood, improves sleep and provides relief for emotional trauma. Includes simple acupuncture treatment. Pellegrino Healing Center, 4307 Albany Post Rd, Hyde Park. Info: 845.233.5672. Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation and group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

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SATURDAY, JULY 13 Walk with a Doc – 10-11am. Join Dr. Kurt Beil for a free monthly community event featuring a short health talk followed by a walk around Gedney Park in Chappaqua. 155 Millwood Rd. Info: 914.362.8315. NorthernWestchester. Yoga Nidra –10:30am-11:45pm. With Deirdre Breen. Yoga Nidra heals the nervous system and improves the quality of sleep and relaxation. $25. Golden Prana, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.984.3408. Reiki 1 & 2 – 11am-4pm.With Marcus Feighery. $275. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. Must RSVP: 845.363.1765. Food + Farm Day – 12noon-4pm, rain or shine. Tastings, tours, demonstrations and workshops for all ages. Food, beverages and pantry items will be sold at marketplace and farm store. Glynwood Center for Regional Food and Farming, Glynwood Road, Cold Spring. Info: 845.265.3338, Advance registration online required: Family Yoga Class – July 13-Aug10. 12:15-1pm. Parents and children spend quality mindful time together. Children learn breath awareness, movement, focus activities and relaxation. Class includes simple yoga poses, storytelling, crafting and more. Universal Healing Arts Connection, 4 Crestview Ave, Cortlandt Manor. Price info: 914.737.4325.

SUNDAY, JULY 14 Interfaith Sundays at The Chapel at Croton Falls – 10:30-11:30am. Transitions and Transformations with Rev. Melanie Gambino. All welcome. Refreshments follow. Parking across street. The Chapel at Croton Falls, 609 Rt. 22, Croton Falls. Info: LifeForce Yoga Chakra Balancing Flow & Yoga Nidra – 11am-12:30pm. With Merrill Black. Gentle meditative flow using sounds, postures, hand gestures and restorative poses to balance chakras. Ending with yoga nidra. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

MONDAY, JULY 15 Yoga Teacher Training Open House – 8:159pm. Want to be a certified yoga teacher? Attend the next 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training at Nueva Alma Yoga and Wellness. Sept 2019-Jan 2020. Affordable. Payment plans. Free open house. Info:

TUESDAY, JULY 16 Sharp Again Soiree – Support the prevention and treatment of memory loss through multi-therapeutic, natural approach. Roving mentalist, dinner, dancing, silent auction. Tickets: $150. CV Rich Mansion, 305 Ridgeway, White Plains. Info: 914.281.1404. Free Lecture: Ayurveda, Diet & Nutrition— Achieving Balance and Harmony – 7-9pm. With Dr. Somesh Kaushik, an Ayurvedic and Naturopathic physician. Pawling Library, 11 Broad St, Pawling.845.855.3444.

July 2019


markyourcalendar Awaken Wellness Fair NYC …Awaken to Your Best Self…

Speakers, Healers, Vendors and Readers 100+ exhibitors, 1000 guests! Sunday, July 28 ~ 10am to 5pm Ground, Mezzanine and 16th Floor Roger Smith Hotel 501 Lexington Ave, New York NY 10016 FREE tickets @ Exhibitor spots available

Food Truck Fridays and More – 5-9pm. Third Fridays. Six food trucks—four savory and two sweet—with live music and some open mic nights to add to the neighborhood feel. 56 Westchester Ave, Pound Ridge. Info: Curing Addiction from the Core: Quit with Quinn Info Session – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn about the unseen energy of addiction and how this simple, natural method can help you quit for good. Alcohol, smoking, sugar, behaviors. Free. Briarcliff location. Info: 914.473.2015;

Sun & Earth | Farm & Food Festival. See August 3

AYURVEDIC CERTIFICATION COURSE for a Certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor (CAHC) Certified by NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association) offered by The Institute for the Advancement of Ayurvedic Sciences Starting October 2019 APPLICATION DEADLINE AUGUST 30 OPEN HOUSE Q&A AUGUST 24 Dr. Kaushik’s Ayurvedic & Naturopathic Clinic 792 Route 35, Cross River, NY 914.875.9088; 646.670.6725 50

Natural Way to Quit Alcohol, Sugar, Smoking…– 6:30-7:30pm. Learn about a simple, effective treatment for quitting smoking, alcohol, sugar and more. Simpler than most dare to believe. Free info session. Briarcliff location. Info: 914.473.2015; Mediumship Circle – 7-8:30pm. With Carla Blaha. $40. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. Must RSVP: 845.363.1765. Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation and group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.



Yoga Teacher Training Open House – 12:301:30pm. Want to be a certified yoga teacher? Attend the next 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training at Nueva Alma Yoga and Wellness. Sept 2019-Jan 2020. Affordable. Payment plans. Free open house. Info:

Shamanic Plant Medicine Journey – July 27, Aug, 24, Sept 28, Oct 26, Nov 9 and Dec 14. Six-months hands-on-program. Discover physical, scientific and medicinal attributes of plants. Facilitated by Karine Gordineer. $775. The World Peace Sanctuary, 26 Benton Rd, Wassaic. Info: 845.877.6093. More info:

MONDAY, JULY 22 Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation and group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.



Inspirational Weekend Vacation Retreat for Women – July 26-28. Hudson River views, a prayer hut, labyrinth and walking trails and outdoor pool. Led by Kacey Morabito Grean of Shine On The Health & Happiness Show. The Mariandale Center, Ossining. Details:

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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.

Gong Sound Bath in the Salt Cave – 8-8:45pm. Gong is a musical instrument which is an effortless way to tune into the divine. The sound is profoundly relaxing and activates the parasympathetic nervous system. $40. Hudson Valley Healing Center, 51 Springside Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.250.3163.

48th Annual Putnam County 4-H Fair – 7/26, 7/27 & 7/28. Rain or Shine. Animals, country living auction, food, entertainment, games, activities, exhibits, horse show, master gardener, plant sale and touch a truck. Free Admission. Free Parking. Info:

Herb Garden Days at John Jay Homestead – 10am-2pm. Featured Herb of the Month lemon verbena, will be used for tastings, baked goods and family activities. John Jay Homestead , 400 Jay St. (Rt. 22), Katonah. Info:


Past Life Regression – 7:30-9pm. With Gene Krackehl. Relax and perhaps discover another lifetime. $30. Universal Healing Arts Connection, 4 Crestview Ave, Cortlandt Manor. 914.737.4325.



Full Moon Empowerment Gathering – 7:30-9pm. A sacred space to celebrate La Luna in ceremony with intention setting, compassionate sharing and soul connection with other empowered moon goddesses. $40. Hudson Valley Healing Center, 51 Springside Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.250.3163.


Sacred Circle: For Healers Only – 7:30-9pm. With Gene Krackehl. Opportunity for reiki healers or those that practice any form of energy healing to share and receive each other’s talents. $20. Universal Healing Arts Connection, 4 Crestview Ave, Cortlandt Manor. 914.737.4325.


Paint and Sip Class – 7-9pm. At the Bedford Hills Wine and Beer Bar, 27 Adams St, Depot Plaza, Bedford. Info: Free Lecture: What is Ayurvedic Medicine and How Does it Compare with Western (Allopathic) Medicine? – 7-9pm.With Dr. Somesh Kaushik, an Ayurvedic and Naturopathic physician. Yonkers Public Library (Crestwood Branch), 16 Thompson St, Yonkers. 914.337.1500.

THURSDAY, JULY 25 The Sunset Market at Jefferson Valley Mall – 5-8:30pm. Healthy living and holistic wellness area. Fun for all ages, vendors, live music, a beer garden, children’s activities and more. Info:

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Reiki Class Level 1 and 2 – July 27 and 28. Dictated in Spanish. Universal Healing Arts Connection believes in preserving the integrity of reiki by adhering to the process of achievement that is transmitted from reiki master to reiki practitioner. $250. Universal Healing Arts Connection, 4 Crestview Ave, Cortlandt Manor.  914.737.4325. Annual Butterfly Festival – 11am-3pm. Monarch education table, butterfly tent, master gardeners, face painters, henna artist, hula hoop demos, horse show and vendors. Tickets $7-$17. Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center, Wappingers Falls. Info: Shamanic Plant Medicine Journey - 11am-5pm. Seven month intensive course. In depth and hands on study of the physical, scientific and medicinal attributes of plants with Karine Gordineer. $775. The World Peace Sanctuary, 26 Benton Road, Wassaic. Info: Ann Marie Robustelli 845.337.2599. Reiki Master – 11am-4pm. With Marcus Feighery. $675. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. Must RSVP: 845.363.1765.

Peekskill Summer Sounds Festival – 2-10pm. Free, family-friendly event featuring six musical acts, more than 40 vendors, food trucks and a kid’s zone, held on Peekskill’s downtown water front. Info:



Spirit Festival

Bring help & hope to people fighting breast and ovarian cancer!

Aquarian Sadhana – 5:30-8am. With Hari Sangat Kaur. Connect with one’s soul in the Amrit Vela early morning. Begin day on the highest note of supreme consciousness. By donation. Golden Prana, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.984.3408.

September 13-15

SUNDAY, JULY 28 Awaken Wellness Fair in NYC – 10am-5pm. Body-mind-spirit-green expo with talks, intuitive readers and holistic healers, and vendors. Free tickets available at The Roger Smith Hotel, 501 Lexington Ave, NYC. Info:

Experience a celebration of wellness, yoga, music and dance – in affiliation with Riverfront Recapture and BaliSpirit Festival. Riverside Park & Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford


Sunday, October 6, 9am Presented by Support Connection, Inc. *25th Annual Walk ~ Side by Side for 25* THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO HELP! Donate ~ Raise Funds Form a Team ~ Spread the Word Volunteer ~ Make a Difference! ~ 914.962.6402

Monthly  World Peace Flag Ceremony – 12-1pm. Free. The World Peace Sanctuary, 26 Benton Road, Wassaic. Info: Ann Marie Robustelli 845.337.2599. Medium, Author, Speaker, Roland Comtois and His Signature Purple Papers – 6:30-8:30pm. A compelling and inspirational speaker, Roland has captivated audiences worldwide with his uncanny ability to connect with the spiritual realm. $70. 4 Crestview Ave, Cortlandt Manor. Must Register: 914.737.4325.

MONDAY, JULY 29 Free Lecture: What is Ayurvedic Medicine and How Does it Compare with Western (Allopathic) Medicine? – 7-9pm.With Dr. Somesh Kaushik, an Ayurvedic and Naturopathic physician. Warner Library, 121 N Broadway, Tarrytown. 914.631.7734.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 31 Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 8-9pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 2 Mindfulness and Empowerment PULSE Retreat – 8/2-8/4. With Janet Alona Catalina. Clarify life dreams, then discover and break through blockages to achieve those dreams. $325 (includes lodging and meals). The Mariandale Center, 299 N. Highland Ave, Ossining. Register:

SATURDAY, AUGUST 3 Sun & Earth | Farm & Food Festival –3-8pm. Rain date August 4. Features food from local vendors, live music, farm and solar bus tours, cooking demonstrations, yoga, children’s activities and arts and crafts. Free. Common Ground Farm, 79 Farmstead Lane, Wappingers Falls. Info:

SUNDAY, AUGUST 4 Lockey Maissonneuve—A Girl Raised By Wolves – 1-3pm. Afternoon discussion and refreshments with author Lockey Maissonneuve who discusses her inspiring memoir of her journey through sex trafficking, cancer, murder and more. $45. Nueva Alma Yoga and Wellness.

July 2019


on going events NOTE: All calendar events must be received via email by the 12th of the month and adhere to our guidelines. Email for guidelines and to submit entries. No phone calls or faxes, please. Ongoing Calendar listings must be resent quarterly for our January, April, July & October editions.

sunday Kacey, On The Radio – 6:30am. The Health and Happiness Show. Interviews with therapists, healers, doctors, actors and dreamers. Tune into 100.7 WHUD. Beginner Tai Chi & Qigong – 9:30am. Improve balance and overall health. The dance like movements develop coordination and sharpen short term memory. In Balance Tai Chi, 2505 Carmel Ave, Rte 6, Brewster. Call to schedule classes: 845.803.1992. Hudson Valley Regional Farmers Market – 10am-2pm. Putnam County’s only year-round indoor-outdoor Famer’s Market. Pet-friendly. Organic produce, Kombucha, plants, wine, complimentary organic coffee and more. Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association, 15 Mt. Ebo Rd. South, Brewster. Teaching Trails: Weekend Walks for All Ages – 11:30am-12:15pm. Most Sundays. Guided trail experience through woodland forest with volunteers who provide information on trees, plants, wildlife and seasonal changes. Free. The Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd, Scarsdale. Info: 914.723.3470. Summer Services at Ossining Campwoods Grounds – June 9-July 7. 7pm. Sacred dance and sound healing events. Ossining Campwoods Grounds Info:

monday YogaShine for Adults – 9-10:30am. Kripalu-based, gentle and strengthening, calming the nervous system, heart-centered, developing consciousness, curiosity and compassion. Individual attention. First class free. Experienced teacher. Vitalah Simon, 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla. 914.769.8745. Vinyasa – 10am. With Shira. A moderately paced flow of poses, with attention to alignment and breath. Mildly challenging. $22 drop-in. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320. Purchase class card: Hot Lunch – 12:30pm. With Kristi . One hour of hot vinyasa. Strengthen and tone while also finding a peaceful state of mind. $25 drop-in. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320. Purchase class card: Healing Dance Circle – 1-2:30pm. Share and connect in a community of compassion, then move through an intuitively guided dance practice to nourish individual and collective needs. $25. White Lotus Grace: Spiritual Healing Arts & Dance, South Rd, Millbrook. 845.677.3517.


Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

Guided Vinyasa Yoga – 3:30-4:30pm. With instructor Maria Polhemus. $15. The World Peace Sanctuary, 26 Benton Road, Wassaic. Info: Ann Marie Robustelli 845.337.2599. YogaShine for Pre-Teens and Teens – 7-8pm. Kripalu-based, gentle and strengthening, calming the nervous system, heart-centered, developing consciousness, curiosity, strength and compassion. Individual attention. First class free. Vitalah Simon, 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla. 914.769.8745.

tuesday Vinyasa – 10am. With Claudia. A vigorous and more challenging flow of postures with focused attention on alignment, breath awareness, flexibility, balance and strength. $22 drop-in. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320. Purchase class card: Gentle Yoga for Wellness – 5:45-7pm. With Ann Casapini. Yoga using chairs, props, deep relaxation/ meditation to build stability, strength and flexibility. Gentle level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917.882.0921. Beginner Tai Chi & Qigong – 7pm. Improve balance and overall health. The dance like movements develop coordination and sharpen short term memory. In Balance Tai Chi, 2505 Carmel Ave, Rte 6, Brewster. Call to schedule classes: 845.803.1992. Vinyasa Restorative Flow – 7:30-8:45pm. With Jo-Anne Salomone. A class that incorporates restorative yoga. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. JoAnne: 917.364.1871.

wednesday Core Connect – 9:15-10am. This class takes place on the mat and begins with the core to strengthen and lengthen the whole body. Please bring a mat and towel. StepWISEnow, 325 S Highland Ave Suite 109, Briarcliff Manor. Pricing/info: Joyful Anusara Yoga – 11am-12:15pm. With Ann Casapini. Well balanced asana sequences that focus on alignment, mindfulness, clear intention and joy. Intermediate level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. JoAnne: 917.364.1871. Yin Breath Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. With Victor Gazzini. A yoga class using a breath bases asana practice that incorporates meditation, visualization and chanting. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Vic: 914.319.7322.

Guided Meditation with Sound  – 2nd Wednesday of the month. 7-8pm. Meditative sound experience with Tibetan bowls, tuning forks, rain stick and more. $5.donation. The World Peace Sanctuary, 26 Benton Road, Wassaic. Info: Cristina Reyes 917.900.7705.


Meditation Group: In the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh – 7-8:30pm. For centering in these challenging times. Free will donation welcome. YogaShine Studio, 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla. 914.769.8745. Weekly Spiritual and Meditation Program – 7:30-9pm. Meditation and spiritual gathering with video selections and readings on a weekly topic. Science of Spirituality. Refreshments following. Free. Mosaic Mental Health Center, 5676 Riverdale Ave, Ste 203. Riverdale. Info. 914.433.1800. Weekly Spiritual and Meditation Program – 7:30-9pm. Meditation and spiritual gathering with video selections and readings on a weekly topic. Science of Spirituality. Refreshments following. Free. Mosaic Mental Health Center. 5676 Riverdale Ave, Ste 203. Riverdale. Info. 914.433.1800.

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. Vinyasa – 9:30am. With Shira. A moderately paced flow of poses, with attention to alignment and breath. Mildly challenging. $22 drop-in. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320. Purchase class card: Beginner Tai Chi & Qigong – 10am. Improve balance and overall health. The dance like movements develop coordination and sharpen short term memory. In Balance Tai Chi, 2505 Carmel Ave, Rte 6, Brewster. Call to schedule classes: 845.803.1992. Hot Lunch – 12:30pm. With Kristi. One hour of Hot Vinyasa. Strengthen and tone while also finding a peaceful state of mind. $25 drop-in. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320. Purchase class card: Science Barge Open Harvest – 4-6pm. Through August. Groundwork Hudson Valley’s Open Harvest on the Science Barge. Learn the basics of hydroponics and aquaponics with our crew. Attendees pick their own produce. 99 Dock St, Yonkers. Info: 914.375.2151. Energy Dance Fitness – 5:30-7pm. An eclectic blend of traditional, multicultural and creative dance styles to foster wellness of body, mind and spirit. $25. White Lotus Grace: Spiritual Healing Arts & Dance, South Rd, Millbrook. 845.677.3517. YogaShine for Adults – 6:45-8:15pm. Kripalubased, gentle and strengthening, calming the nervous system, heart-centered, developing consciousness, curiosity and compassion. Individual attention. First class free. Experienced teacher. Vitalah Simon, 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla. 914.769.8745.

July 2019

Astrology with Pamela Cucinell Home and Heart

Connect with neighbors and siblings on July 1. The Cancer new moon / solar eclipse on July 2 ignites change; step up commitments. Appreciate your home and Earth on July 3. Creative thoughts and conversations lead to opportunity on July 4. Party and play on July 5. Deep healing can be subtle or profound on July 6; time to clean house.

Slow Down

Mercury retrograde begins on July 7, so have your files backed up, double-check appointments, and scrutinize unsent messages for the next few weeks. Disagreements on July 8 promote better understanding if we do the work. Choose your battles on July 9; compromise does not mean capitulate. New alliances or relationships deepen on July 10, when tough conversations are broached and explored. Careful attention on July 11 will help you avoid accidents and also benefit from clues to “buried treasures.” Time spent in nature on July 12 feeds the soul.

Love and Work

Too many choices blur priorities on July 13. Investigate with exuberance on July 14. Laser focus on July 15 discovers the gold. The Capricorn full moon / lunar eclipse on July 16 encourages passion in any project. Upsets reveal possibilities on July 17. Reward morning productivity on July 18 with some fun in the p.m.

Pride Matters

The right companions conjure infinite options on July 19. Exposure to music and the arts stimulates inspiration on July 20. Releasing any uncomfortable obsessions on July 21 enables great freedom. The fast track on July 22 benefits from attention to the course. Charisma only goes so far on July 23; responsible follow-through is required. Avoid shortcuts on July 24.

Bold Beginnings

Choose the activity on which you most want a return on July 25, and then exercise patience. Appreciate your five senses and savor each moment on July 26. Clear communication is essential on July 27; assume nothing. July 28 offers a roller coaster of chatter. Ideas and situations erupt out of nowhere on July 29 and can be unsettling. Step up to serious matters to generate solutions July 30. The July 31 Leo new moon brings Mercury direct and the promise of courageous enterprise. Pamela Cucinell offers spiritual insight with a practical twist through both astrology and tarot at She provides guidance through her website, private sessions, YouTube videos and webinars. For more information, contact her at or 917.796.6026. See ad page 38.

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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

Line Dancing at StepWISEnow. See Saturdays at 11:30am. Anam Cara Meditation – 7:15-8:45pm. Thursday evening meditation program. Includes meditation instruction, chanting and meditation. Led by Lawrence Edwards, PhD, founder and director of Anam Cara Meditation Foundation. All welcome. Free. 2 Byram Brook Pl, Armonk. Powerful Vinyasa Flow – 7:30-8:45pm. With Maria Theresa Quaranta. A vinyasa flow class creating a burn and fire in the sequences leading into a cool down of restorative poses. Intermediate level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

friday Chair YogaShine – 10-11am. For adults with special needs and seniors. Gentle and strengthening, calming the nervous system, heart-centered, kripalu-based, developing curiosity, flexibility, and compassion. Individual attention. First class free. Vitalah Simon, 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla. 914.769.8745. Tai Chi for Beginners – 10:15-11:15am. Tai Chi for beginners is perfect for participants new to tai chi or for members who want to review the fundamentals. StepWISEnow, 325 S Highland Ave Suite 109, Briarcliff Manor. Pricing/info:

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. MOUNT KISCO OFFICE SPACE:  Acupuncture, Massage Therapist – Gorgeous space with lots of natural light in a well-established holistic PT practice and Pilates studio. Shared waiting area and kitchen. Walk to restaurants and train. Call 917.476.2164.

HELP WANTED FREE HELP WANTED CLASSIFIEDS in August edition. Email 25 word or less help wanted classified by July 10 to and please call the Natural Awakenings office at 845.593.0065 to verify receipt. Find good people for good jobs.

Gentle Yoga for Wellness – 11am-12:15pm. With Ann Casapini. Yoga using chairs, props, deep relaxation/meditation to build stability, strength and flexibility. Gentle Level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917.882.0921.

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Guided Meditation & Spiritual Healing Medley – 6-7:30pm. Healing dance, movement, meditation, chanting, intuitive practices and spiritual topics. Unique weekly themes and meditation every other Fri. $25. White Lotus Grace: Spiritual Healing Arts & Dance, South Rd, Millbrook. 845.677.3517.

nonmembers. The Yoga Studio, Club Fit, Briarcliff Manor. Info:

Beginner Tai Chi & Qigong – 7pm. Improve balance and overall health. The dance like movements develop coordination and sharpen short term memory. In Balance Tai Chi, 2505 Carmel Ave, Rte 6, Brewster. Call to schedule classes: 845.803.1992.

saturday Yoga Teachers Association Workshops – 2nd Sat. Open to teachers and students, members and


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. Mindful Restorative LifeForce Yoga – 9:3010:45am. With Reyna Gonzalez. Movement through breath, props, self assists to release, calm and restore. Gentle level. $18 drop-in. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

FT & PT: SALES ASSOCIATE in Candle and Gift Store. Outgoing, self-motivated and confident. At least 3 years of sales experience. Friendly and customer oriented. Problem solver with a drive to find the answers to questions. Comfortable with offering customers our full menu of items. Able to make custom-orders of our products for goodie bags, corporate thank-you gifts, holiday gifts and other specialty orders. Must be available weekdays, weekends and at event sites (weekends). Locations in Bedford Hills and Westchester Mall. To apply call: Marcie Manfredonia 914.218.8357 or email marcie@ PT- ADVERTISING SALES: Do you love Natural Awakenings? Do you love learning about new wellness practitioners and businesses? Do you love knowing you are helping others? If you have a passion for health and wellness and like sales, we would love to talk to you! We are seeking help in the Westchester area. Outside sales experience preferred, happy to train the right person. Great supplemental income. Please email for more info or call the office 845.593.0065.   


FREE INSPIRATION! NEED A LIFT? Listen to a Shine On Podcast right now! Shine On The Health and Happiness Show is heard first on 100.7 WHUD Sundays at 6:30 AM.

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.

Women’s Self Defense & Beginner Shaolin Kung Fu – 10:30am. This training is an excellent exercise regime and self-defense system. The powerful movements develop coordination and promote external strength. In Balance Tai Chi, 2505 Carmel Ave, Rte 6, Brewster. Call to schedule classes: 845.803.1992. LineUp! Line Dancing – 11:30am-12:30pm. Line Dancing is a great way to have fun and improve balance at the same time. StepWISEnow, 325 S Highland Ave Suite 109, Briarcliff Manor. Pricing/ info: Teaching Trails: Weekend Walks for All Ages – 11:30am-12:15pm. Guided trail experience through woodland forest with volunteers who provide information on trees, plants, wildlife and seasonal changes. Free. The Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd, Scarsdale. Info: 914.723.3470.

community resource directory


Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide email to request our media kit.


Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH By Appt.: Mt. Kisco/Cold Spring, NY and Ridgefield, CT 914.362.8315; Chinese medicine for relieving muscle/joint pain and headaches; treating chronic disease including autoimmune disease, digestive disorders, and mental health conditions; boosting immune function; balancing hormones; helping tobacco/substance addiction; and reducing stress. Includes acupuncture, herbs, cupping, moxibustion, qigong, and TENS electro-stimulation. Insurance reimbursement available for some services. See ad pg 17.


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 ads pgs 17 & 25.

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.


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 38.


Addiction Free Naturally Briarcliff and Midtown Manhattan 914.473.2015; Quit with Quinn helps people overcome daily addictions and unwanted habits ranging from sugar, smoking, alcohol, weight loss, to overeating and other compulsive habits. All natural, painless, no medications, needles, or hypnosis. 80% success rate. See ad pg 13.


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.




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

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

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The Center for Health & Healing, Mt. Kisco, NY; Izlind Integrative Wellness Center, Rhinebeck, NY;; 914.673.3313 Learn the principles of Ayurveda to help correct digestive issues that contribute to sleep, stress and other health imbalances. Ayurvedic diet, cooking and lifestyle recommendations along with Ayurvedic & Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra, and Reiki facilitate long-term improvements to your current health challenges. Support provided between visits.


25 Depot Plaza Bedford Hills NY; 914.218.8357 125 Westchester Ave. White Plains, NY; 914.259.6739 Locally made in Bedford. Hundreds of candles in stock or create your own custom candle. Choose your favorite scent, wax color, wick type and container. All natural soy candles, handcrafted and nontoxic with long-lasting aroma. Shop in stores or on-line. Stores are open 7 days a week. See ad back cover.

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 15.


495 Central Park Ave, Ste. 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. Please visit website for details.

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!





A Division of Custom Candle CO. Bedford Hills NY: 914.218.8357 White Plains, NY: 914.259.6739 Stamford CT : 203.610.2727 CBDLIVENATURAL.COM Open 7 days a week. We want our customers to feel their best and know that there is a solution to change their quality of life so that they can live naturally without prescription drugs. Products for People and Pets. Please call for more information. See ad back cover.


A Wellness Boutique 15 Maple av, Armonk, NY 914.219.4360; Offering high quality Hemp derived CBD products including tinctures, gel caps, muscles rubs, creams, teas, chocolates, honeys and more. Plus, a full line of pet products for dogs, cats and horses. In addition to CBD products, the store also offers several lines of wellness and gift products. See ad pg 21.

Integrity Chiropractic 11 Miller Rd Mahopac, NY 10541 845.628.7233; Do you struggle with chronic pain and don’t know where to turn for help? Experience the relief from a total-body approach to wellness. Call today for your free consult and enjoy doing the things you love again. See ad pg 17.

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

Dr. Gertner himself suffered with back pain due to an injury. With upper cervical chiropractic treatments, his body began to “heal itself” and the relentless pain that had plagued him quickly left his body. This inspired him to become one of only 5 NUCCA chiropractors in New York, and less than 200 worldwide, currently. He experienced amazing results and he knows you will too. See ad pg 63.


Life Coach in Positive Psychology 914.263.7080;

It’s FREE to post your events on our ONLINE calendar. Find and post last minute events on our website:


Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

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!


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.


The Practical Mystic Spirit Based Coaching for Women 914.220.2495; I help you figure out what is most important to you, identify your patterns, shift your reactions, perceptions and the negative beliefs you have about yourself. This deep change work allows your life to open up in unlimited ways.


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. 



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.


Usui/Karuna® Reiki Master Teacher, Jikiden Reiki, Energetic Counseling, OT Locations Armonk and Eastchester 914.588.4079; Energetic balance is essential to your health. Restore energetic flow, balance your chakras, clear stress symptoms, pain, inflammation, depression, anxiety, insomnia and more. Improve natural immunity, mental clarity and peace. Reiki classes all levels. Private sessions. Weekend retreats. See ad pg 37.


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


Protect Yourself from EMFs and Other Negative Energies! A professional dowser can block the negative effects of cell phone, satellite dishes, high-tension wires and more. If you’ve been experiencing trouble selling your home, attracting business, or unexplained health issues. Call to see how dowsing can help.

Science based environmental health nonprofit with mission to educate the public regarding environmental exposures and links to health and environmental impacts. Practical information and solution tools are provided.  Serves local and state governments, school systems, health professionals, organizations and individuals nationwide. 




Elizabeth Pasquale, LMT, CST, Director White Plains & Ossining offices 914.762.4693; WellOnTheWay.Com Curious about energy medicine?   Know there is something to it, from all you’ve read and heard?  Are you tingling with excitement right now, knowing you’re about to experience something life changing? Free get-acquainted phone call! See ad pg 13.

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.


By Appointment; Sarah’s House of Health 900 South Lake Blvd, Mahopac, NY 914.562.0618; Eminence Organic Skin Care is handmade, extracted from plants, vegetables and herbs from a family-owned farm in Hungary. Let the aromas treat your senses and the ingredients impart health and beauty to your skin. Gentle massage will stimulate collagen and deliver ingredients to the deepest layer of your skin. See ad pg 29.

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

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


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


991 Route 22, Pawling, N.Y.12564 845.855.7050, Specializing in native trees, shrubs, and perennials, plus a wide variety of fruit trees and fruit shrubs. We are ecologically friendly landscapers. We are the Harlem Va l l e y A p p a l a c h i a n Tr a i l Community base camp. Open 7 days a week 9 to 5.


Looking for a physician with 25 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. See ad pg 49.

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.




A heart-centered approach to designing the space around you Jeb Stuart-Bullock, Proprietress; 914.941.1329 Love of flora, fauna, form and function. Correct hand pruning of shrubs, vines and fruits. Designs emphasizing native and deer-resistant plants. Certified Horticulturist & Landscape Designer. Est. 1995. Just when you thought more joy was impossible...



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.


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



Shima Chayvet CEH, MRM, CHHS, CCP 4 Crestview Avenue, Cortlandt Manor, NY 914.737.HEAL;

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 12.

Healing. That’s what happens here. A healing community within a spiritual space that offers Reiki, Qi Gong, Reflexology, Yoga, Group Healings, Energy Healing, Special workshops, featured presenters, holistic weight loss, Sound Healing, Acupressure, Reflexology, Meditation Circles, Shamanic teachings and Reiki Certification for adults and children to name a few. There is also a metaphysical shop open to the public. Come and reconnect with your true self. See ad pg 41.

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

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I specialize in applying Medical Medium Healing Pathways for restorative health, especially in the face of increasing environmental toxins and biological exposures that often result in chronic, unexplained symptoms. I also help people navigate emotional responses to our physical states and life patterned triggers. See ad pg 37.


Registered Herbalist (AHG) 21 Old Main St, Suite 207, Fishkill, NY 12524 email:; 845.416.4598 Lorraine offers Individual Wellness Consultations based on the Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine Paradigm which offers a preventative and individual approach to balanced health. Each “unique” individual protocol will include Chinese, Western, Ayurvedic Herbal remedies and Nutritional planning.


250 E. Hartsdale Ave. St. 22, Hartsdale, NY 400 Rella Blvd. St. 165, Montebello, NY 914.472.0666; Looking for a physician with 25 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. See ad pg 49.

HORSE & RIDER DANA BOULANGER #US28016 Independent BEMER Distributor Mahopac/Pawling/Scarsdale 914.760.5645

Holistic Support for Horses. BEMER vet products support faster recovery, regeneration of tissue, and more efficient hydration of your horse. And reduces stress from transportation and competition. “BEMER is a 21st century ‘Fountain of Youth’ for horse and rider.” Linda Tellington-Jones. Sessions Available. CALL For Free Demo. See ad pg 51.

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.


Do you suffer from chronic health problems like cancer, autoimmune, GI or neurological issues? You need a BloodDetective! Dr. Wald will work with you personally over the phone, as a house call or at his Katonah office. Call today, you deserve personal attention. See ad pg 19.


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. 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.

Alzheimer.Dementia.Memory Loss 914.281.1404;

Experiencing “senior moments?  Have a loved one diagnosed w i t h A l z h e i m e r ’ s ?  Memory loss has many causes, and can be prevented and treated. Early intervention makes a real difference!  Research-based information to help you and your loved ones at 

LAND CONSERVATION WESTCHESTER LAND TRUST 403 Harris Rd, Bedford Hills, NY 914.234.6992

Westchester Land Trust works together with public and private partners to preserve land in perpetuity, and to protect and enhance the natural resources in our communities. Learn about their many innovative programs at

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447 Broadway, Suite 204 New York City, NY 10013 347.762.1268; Anatta is a global online marketplace for natural, organic and raw products from farmers worldwide. The newly-formed company’s products include a variety of essential oils and waters, and its unique business model eliminates overhead costs by connecting customers directly with farmers. See ad pg 9.


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


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.


Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH By Appt.: Mt. Kisco/Cold Spring, NY and Ridgefield, CT 914.362.8315; Utilize an integrative healing approach from a doctor trained in holistic medicine. Working with your current medical treatments & labwork, as well as botanical medicine, dietary & lifestyle counselling, nutritional supplements, acupuncture and Chinese medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, stress reduction and ecotherapy. Insurance reimbursement available for some services. See ad pg 17.


Westchester based. Certified Neurofeedback Practitioner, Energy Healer Licensed Counselor 914.393.5616; I bring over 20 years clinical experience to relieving neurological conditions in children and adults, including A n x i e t y, D e p r e s s i o n , ADHD, Pain, primarily with Neurofeedback – a gentle, but advanced brain technology. I also help with managing stress, resolving life issues, emotional release, energy balancing, clearing ‘’brain fog’ and peak performance training.

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 f f 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 27.



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


Pamela Hoffman, DPM Glenn B. Weiss, DPM 200 Katonah Ave., Katonah, NY 914.232.8880; 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 2.

Coming Next Month AUGUST

Children’s Health 60

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

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.

Deadline is JULY 12 Call 845-593-0065 plus: Natural

Pet Care

PSYCHIC READINGS DOMINIQUE AT SYNCHRONICITY Psychic Tarot Medium Reading  1511 Route 22 Brewster  845.363.1765;

Our gifted psychics offer insight and clarity for life’s situations. Analyzing your past, present and future provides support in decision making. Our Mediums receive validations from loved ones that have passed, which provide healing. See ad pg 43.

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

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



ARCB Certified Reflexologist 21 Old Main St, Suite 207, Fishkill, NY 12524 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.


Deborah J. Taylor RN Usui /Holy Fire ® Reiki Master/Teacher 914.280.9844; Reiki is a gentle, loving, universal life force energy. It will help you to relax and promote self-healing on all levels of mind, body and spirit. Reiki can help reduce anxiety and stress. Yonkers / Dobbs Ferry. By appointment.


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

SEPT Coming In September


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


2 Coulter Road, Bakers Mills, NY 12811 518.251.3015; 914.556.8258 Yoga in the Adirondacks is nestled in the valley of the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, where yoga embraces nature. Connect your mind, body and spirit and explore your retreat with like-minded people to build a happier and healthier life. Studio available for your yoga/wellness private group as well. See ad pg 46.


Soul Alignment Coach and Healer Cold Spring, NY 845.202.1717; Mary Ellen O’Brien is a Soul Alignment Coach and Healer who helps Spiritual Practitioners and Healers align with their higher self consistently so they can fully own their gifts. She holds frequent group programs in Cold Spring, NY.

To join us call:

845-593-0065 July 2019


STRESS REDUCTION DANA BOULANGER #US28016 Independent BEMER Distributor Mahopac/Pawling/Scarsdale 914.760.5645

C h a n g e Yo u r Life. Support your optimal well-being systemically. Enhance blood-flow, circulation, cardiac function, physical endurance, energy, concentration, mental acuity, stress reduction and relaxation. Easy to use, only 8 minutes, two times a day. Sessions available. CALL For Free Demo. See ad pg 51.



Certified Whole Health Educator 518.929.7579;

SearchLight Medical 2424 Route 52, Hopewell Junction, NY 845.592.4310;

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

Lose weight, inches and improve your overall health with the Mei Zen Acupuncture treatment for weight loss and abdominal toning. Jump start your metabolism and balance your body’s energy as you lose weight. Additional benefits include enhanced energy and improved digestion. See ads pgs 17 & 25.


Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Services 914.962.6402; 800.532.4290 Support Connection provides free support services to people affected by breast and ovarian cancer. Services include: Oneon-one counseling (counselors are also cancer survivors); Support groups; Educational and wellness programs; Webinars; Social gatherings; Referrals; A national toll-free information and support hotline. See ad pg 51.

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.

VEGAN SKINNY BUDDHA ORGANIC KITCHEN Organic, Vegan, Gluten Free, Kosher Mount Kisco & Scarsdale Locations Mount Kisco: 914.358.1666 Scarsdale: 914.472.9646

Gut health is the key to overall health. ~Kris Carr


Addiction Free Naturally Briarcliff and Midtown Manhattan 914.473.2015; Quit with Quinn helps people lose weight by overcoming addiction to sugar and white flour, and compulsive overeating. After treatment, most people experience indifference towards refined sugar, sweets and treats, leading to easy weight loss. 30 years experience. 80% success rate. See ad pg 13.


Skinny Buddha utilizes the highest quality ingredients, to make delicious flavorful meals that everyone in the family will enjoy. Soups, salads, acai bowls, smoothies, baked goods and more. No matter what your dietary restrictions, all roads leads to Skinny Buddha. See ad pg 27.

The practitioners of Soulauras are committed to providing an inspired, nurturing environment from which wellness and harmony can be realized. Services: Therapeutic Massage, Bodywork, Auricular Acupressure and Integrated Holistic Healing Services, Yoga, Reiki, Reflexology and Chakra Balancing. See ad pg 13.




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.



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

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