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NATURALLY Rethinking BEAUTIFUL CITIES Transforming the Cosmetics Industry

What Makes a Community Livable

Eat Right to Sleep Well 10 Foods that Help Us Relax and Rest

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ast month’s storms left many of us without electricity for days and without cable for even longer. Working was a challenge, as were pre PUBLISHERS Dana Boulanger paring meals and finding a hot shower. Marilee Burrell Added to that stress was the uncertainty Editors Allison Gorman Jacqueline Wright of not knowing how long the power out Dawne Clark ages would last. Beyond the difficulties Design & Production Marilee Burrell however, the experience was also weirdly Kathleen Fellows Patrick Floresca Dana Boulanger Marilee Burrell magical and extremely peaceful. No TVs, sales & marketing Dana Boulanger leaf blowers or lawnmowers. Just the Jennifer Amuso sound of nature—birds and the wind rustling through trees. It was a time-out from busy website Marci Molina ness, from electronic noise and from many ordinary, mindless tasks. I went to bed without contact us the TV on – I missed the national news for days! Turns out you can do that and you do feel PO Box 313 better. I socialized with neighbors, made new friends at the shelter where I showered and Lincolndale, NY 10540-0313 recharged my devices, and savored a hot meal at a restaurant as if I hadn’t eaten in days. The Ph: 914.617.8750 • Fax: 914.617.8751 sense of community was refreshing. SUBSCRIPTIONS The storm let me see what’s possible, and it got me thinking, What can we do to create Subscriptions are available by sending $30 more community (without massive power failures)? That’s what many people are asking these (for 12 issues) to the above address. days, as cities and towns design around the principles of livability. Partners for Livable Communities, a national nonprofit, defines livability as “the sum of the factors that add up to a community’s quality of life, including the built and natural environments, economic prosperity, national team social stability and equity, educational opportunity and cultural, entertainment and recreation CEO/FOUNDER Sharon Bruckman national Editor Alison Chabonais possibilities.” Read more on the subject in “Livable Communities We Love,” page 40. Managing Editor Linda Sechrist A cornerstone of a livable community is access to organic food through local farmers’ national art director Stephen Blancett markets and community gardens. This month we are happy to report that there are two new SR. art/MKTG. director Steve Hagewood community gardens in our area: one in Mount Kisco and one in Port Chester. Read about FINANCIAL MANAGER Mary Bruhn the outstanding work that InterGenerate and Alex Payan are doing to improve their commu franchise director Anna Romano nities, on pages 26 and 30. franchise support Mgr. Heather Gibbs I have two veggie gardens now at my condo: a small, raised organic garden behind my website coordinator Rachael Oppy National Advertising Kara Scofield unit (yes, they let you do that now—check with your condo board) and, as of last year, a plot in a community garden a short walk uphill, also in my condo community. When I moved in Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation three years ago, there were no veggie gardens; the realtor said that condos didn’t allow them. 4933 Tamiami Trail N., Ste. 203 Things are changing for the better! Naples, FL 34103 Ph: 239-434-9392 • Fax: 239-434-9513 Did you know that what you put on your skin travels to your bloodstream? There are many ingredients in lotions and makeup that you wouldn’t eat, so don’t put them on your skin. 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10 Foods Help Us Relax and Rest


Kids Love These Homemade Drinks


Streams and Rivers Are Life Links


on Preserving Wild Nature

40 LIVABLE COMMUNITIES WE LOVE Good for People and the Planet



Health Concerns Revolutionize the Cosmetics Industry

48 PETS WELCOME HERE Happy Places to Live and Travel Together


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Ascend Festival Launches in Cold Spring


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Sandra Glover

over artist Sandra Glover’s artwork, Green Community, celebrates sustainable communities, this month’s theme. Her watercolor portrays a healthy, happy town where neighbors garden together, the wind powers homes and businesses and streets are bike-friendly. A self-taught painter, illustrator and sculptor, Glover lives in Malibu, California, yet the piece was inspired in part by the row houses of Baltimore, where she lived for 10 years. “Living there, I always dreamed of rooftop gardening,” says Glover. “I have always wanted to live in a friendly community like this, where people are out in the streets talking to each other.” Her love of nature and work as a naturalist and animal shelter volunteer informs and inspires her paintings, which are created at home at her outdoor “studio” or on location in the Santa Monica Mountains that surround her home. Glover has illustrated numerous books and publications and exhibited at several galleries in the Los Angeles area. Her work also includes natural history exhibits and murals on display in parks in Baltimore and Malibu. Glover is an active member of the Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore. View the artist’s portfolio at 8

scend Festival, a new yoga, music and art celebration, will take place on June 21, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., in Dockside Park in Cold Spring, on the banks of the Hudson River. Melia Marzollo, owner of Cold Spring Yoga, which is organizing the inaugural event, says it was planned to align with the summer solstice. “This is the day when our sun reaches its highest point in the sky, providing us with the most hours of sunlight— Karla McGuire a perfect time to recharge,” she says. “We’re inviting everyone to celebrate the light of the day and the light within.” Kevin J. Courtney will lead a morning solar yoga session, and Elena Brower will lead an evening lunar session. Both will be followed by a DJ Drez dance party.  Whether guests are experienced yogis or stepping onto the mat for the first time, Ascend Festival creates space for both practice and play, Marzollo says. “You can take a yoga class, go on a hike, learn, dance, create, make friends or simply sit quietly by the rolling river. With our variety of teachers, workshops and activities, you can explore whatever calls to you.” The festival will feature artisan crafts, food vendors, community classes, music and other attractions. Dockside Park, located at 34 West Street, is also a popular destination for hiking, kayaking and exploring downtown Cold Spring.  Tickets are available for full-day or half-day sessions. Children will be admitted at a reduced price. For more info, visit

Candles and Wine Opens in Bedford Hills


andles and Wine, a wine and beer bar located at 25-27 Depot Plaza in Bedford Hills, will hold its grand opening June 13, at 6 p.m. The latest creation of Marcie Manfredonia, owner of Custom Candle Co, Candles and Wine is a place where people can relax and socialize, she says. ”I feel this will be good for the community. A lot of people come in to my store and want to have a place where they can sit down and talk.” The bar will share space with Custom Candle, which sells nontoxic, eco-friendly candles and personal products. The open-concept design lends itself to a variety of gatherings, Manfredonia says. “We’ll be hosting weekly events like painting classes, jazz nights with local artists, and presentations by wine connoisseurs.” Candles and Wine Local and organic wines will be served, as well as finger foods. “We’re not cooking, so it will be foods like hummus and celery and cheese platters, and brunch on Sundays with croissants and coffee, tea and mimosas,” she says. Manfredonia also plans to host lotion parties. “With all the natural, nontoxic lotions and creams and the candles that I make, I really want to educate people, so I’ll be doing a lot of classes. When you make your own lotions and creams, you know what’s in it. I’ll show how to break down the creams and lotions and what’s added, like essential oils. So that’s really why I put the wine bar in. It’s place to socialize, drink and learn.” For more information, call 914.218.8357, or shop online at

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Women’s Health and Fitness Center Opens in White Plains


ourglass Women’s Wellness, the first comprehensive, women’s-only health and fitness center in White Plains, is now open at 33 South Broadway. The 15,000-square foot space offers classes and therapies to rejuvenate the mind and body, as well as a healthy gourmet café. To celebrate its grand opening, Hourglass will partner with the New York Liberty women’s basketball team for a day of fitness classes and free giveaways on August 4, at 3 p.m., at the Westchester County Center. Among the classes offered at Hourglass are Zumba, kickboxing, sculpting, hip hop, step, Burn A Genics, towel isometrics, hot yoga, belly dancing, boot camp and free classes for people with Parkinson’s disease. Other amenities and services include a spin station, a wellness concierge, body and age testing, energy analysis, metabolic testing, personal private training, farm-to-table meals, Thai and hot stone massage, a salt cave, a medical spa, Pilates stations, kids’ programs, and a full set of strength, stretch and cardio equipment. “When you come to Hourglass, you are family—part of a wellness community that supports and inspires beyond the traditional and beyond any expectation,” says trainer and owner Shpresa. “But the most incredible luxury you’ll experience is finding your way back to you, that new, improved everyday feeling of ahhh! We offer personalized sessions and custom programs designed by leaders in the industry, with more than 30 years’ experience. This will be your new home away from home—your wellness home.” For more info, call 914.831.3800 or visit June 2018


New Creations Gift Shop Keeps It Local


Free range chicken at West Wind Acres

Investment Fund Helps Beginning Sustainable Farmers


ri-state area investors who want to help young and early-stage farmers, boost community development and receive a modest investment for their return are invited to join the Local Farms Fund. The fund gives sustainable farmers secure land access through lease-to-own arrangements on farm properties in the states connected to the NYC metropolitan area (the NY Foodshed). The investment model is structured to meet the needs of the farmers while providing security to the investors. A Slow Money NYC project designed using Slow Money principles, the fund facilitates positive social change through farm business and community development and positive environmental change through the expansion of sustainable agriculture, while also generating a financial return for the investors. This investment model reduces risks and costs by starting with talented sustainable farmers. The investment itself is supported by a strong capital asset, farmland. The leases are structured to help the farmers—and therefore the investors—succeed. The fund is overseen by a board and managed by Trellis Capital L3C, which has a history of successful farmland impact investments. Under the current offering, Local Farms Fund is raising $1 million to purchase three farm properties in the NY Foodshed. The fund is targeting a 3 percent annual return, with 2 percent to be paid out each year from the rental income on the properties. The remaining capital, plus an incremental 1 percent annual appreciation, will be returned upon the sale of the farm property to the farmer. The minimum investment into the fund is $10,000. For more info, contact Kevin Egolf at 860.918.3563 or, or visit


ew Creations Gift Shop, showcasing the talents of more than 50 local artists, authors, musicians and crafters, opened last month at 1042 Main Street in Fishkill. Every item in the store was handcrafted by a person living in the Hudson Valley. Among the items that can be found at New Creations are all-natural homemade dog treats, hand-painted silk scarves, pottery, gemstone and chakra jewelry, fabric items, doll clothes, books, paintings and photography. Previously a partner at Craftsmen by Design, Laura Wolfe says she decided to team up with Michele Mircado-Chimkin and open New Creations when Craftsmen closed its doors last February. Wolfe has been making Laura Wolfe & Michele all-natural skincare products for six years, having started Mircado-Chimkin her Waves of Caring product line when she was taking care of her mother, who had ALS. “I wanted something natural to put on her dry skin,” she says. “All my products are made with organic butters and oils, like shea butter, coconut oil, argan oil, cranberry seed oil and essential oils. You can find soaps, creams, lotions, perfumes and face-care products at New Creations.” In addition to offering handmade gifts, New Creations will also be hosting a variety of workshops as well as book signings. For more info, visit New Creations Gift Shop on Facebook.

New Treatment Targets Lyme, Chronic Fatigue


lizabeth Pasquale, owner of Well On The Way, in White Plains and Ossining, is offering a new treatment for two common and potentially related illnesses, Lyme disease and chronic fatigue syndrome. “Both Lyme and CFS can be devastating multi-system diseases that cause energy depletion on a cellular level and severe physical and cognitive limitations,” Pasquale says. “The Perrin Technique may be a missing piece to the puzzle of how to treat these devastating diseases.” Also referred to as myalgicencephalomyelitis (ME), CFS is a complex chronic illness that affects Dr. Raymond Perrin & about 2.5 million Americans, primarily women. Elizabeth Pasquale Frequently it is associated with Lyme disease. The Perrin Technique for the diagnosis and treatment of CFS/ME was introduced by Dr. Raymond Perrin in 1989. Perrin, an osteopath and the founder and director of the Perrin Clinic in Manchester, United Kingdom, developed this treatment after working with more than 2,000 patients for more than 29 years. Pasquale is one of the few US practitioners certified in the technique. She is also a licensed massage therapist, craniosacral therapist and specialist in Neuro-Linguistic Programming. “Dr. Perrin has observed repeated physical patterns among CFS/ME sufferers that can’t be pure coincidence, including spinal irregularities, sore throat and tender lymph nodes,” Pasquale says. “The body’s drainage systems in the brain and the spine aren’t working well enough, and toxins build up and cause dramatic deterioration of health. With the Perrin Technique, toxins begin to drain away, healthy flow is stimulated and the patient gradually returns to health.” To reach either Well On The Way location, call 914.762.4693. For more info, visit or

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New Book Explains How Helping Wildlife Helps People


ost people who appreciate animals want to see them thrive for their own sake. But in his new book, Helping Animals Means Helping People, Katonah author Harold Hovel, PhD, contends that treating animals well benefits humans too. “Whether the subject is hunting and poaching, degradation of the oceans, climate change or nuclear war, animals suffer as much as people, and helping them saves human lives and human suffering.” Sport hunting, for example, can have dangerous consequences for people, he says. They include hunting accidents, the proliferation of Lyme disease and coinfections, and deer-car collisions brought about by wildlife agency efforts to increase deer populations. Illegal hunting, meanwhile, kills wildlife rangers and funds terrorism. And when oceans are overfished and polluted, marine life and coral reefs die, affecting people’s livelihoods. Then there’s climate change, which Hovel calls “the biggest danger that threatens both mankind and nonhuman life outside of nuclear war,” resulting in more violent storms, hurricanes, wildfires and heat waves; rising sea levels; and the increased virulence of disease pathogens and their carriers. “When we help animal life by lessening or preventing these many problems, we wind up helping human beings as much as or more than the animals we save,” Hovel says. His book explores all these issues and suggests ways to mitigate the harmful effects on the earth. Helping Animals Means Helping People is available in paperback ($14.95) or digital ($7.95) format from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes or Hovel can be reached at or 914.301.5074. See ad, page 21. 12

Get On Your Mat For Mental Health Returns to White Plains


ogis of all levels are invited to welcome summer under the open sky at Get On Your Mat For Mental Health, which will be held June 20, in downtown White Plains, on Court Street, between Main Street and Martine Avenue. Check-in is at 5:30 p.m. for the hour-long yoga flow, which will begin at 6:30 p.m., taught by Sarah Platt-Finger, the co-founder of ISHTA Yoga and the private yoga teacher of Dr. Deepak Chopra. Get On Your Mat For Mental Health Hosted by the Mental Health Association in White Plains (MHA) of Westchester, Get On Your Mat For Mental Health is an annual, community-driven event featuring mindfulness, meditation, movement and music, all for a good cause: raising awareness of and support for behavioral health issues and services while illustrating the positive impact of yoga on mental wellness. Proceeds benefit MHA, a community nonprofit serving 12,000 adults, teens and children each year through an array of person-centered and recovery-oriented programs and services. By getting on their mats alongside hundreds of others who are passionate about wellness, participants send a message to the community that #MentalHealthMatters, event organizers say. Participants’ collective physical movements are intended to be more than just synchronized stretches and poses; they are part of a movement to end the stigma that so often surrounds behavioral health issues. “Yoga is often referred to as a physical practice, but it is just as much a practice for the mind as it is for the body,” Platt-Finger says. “In fact, the ancient traditions of yoga see these two as being inextricably linked. When we experience yoga, we experience embodiment of all that is available to us in the present moment—images, thoughts, sensations and feelings—and we merge them into one unified state of consciousness.” Platt-Finger teaches trainings, workshops and retreats internationally with her husband, Yoga Master Alan Finger. She is also on the board of directors for Exhale to Inhale, a nonprofit organization that teaches yoga to survivors of domestic violence. Admission is $30 for adults and $15 for children under 12. The first 125 registrants will receive a free tank top courtesy of White Plains Hospital. To register and learn more, visit See ad, page 9.

Organic CBD Products Now at Custom Candle


BD has been such a hot topic that Marcie Manfredonia began researching it as a safe solution to her own health issues, like fibromyalgia, anxiety, joint pain and eczema, as well as her son’s acne. What she learned was so promising that she now carries organic CBD products at her gift shop, Custom Candle Co in Bedford Hills. “I’d been searching for a natural product that I could trust, a product that’s been properly researched and tested, and that was created in a lab yet still organic,” she says. “So as a store owner, I placed my first order. I myself was my first client.”   Marcie Manfredonia Trying it as a sleep aid, she found that she could finally sleep through the night. Then she realized that her pain was subsiding too. That’s when she ordered a full line of CBD products for her store, from oils and lotions to gummy chews.  “I had to spread the good news,” she says. “Many people are skeptical about CBD

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and how it works, but once I explain what it’s done for me, the rigorous research I’ve done and my store’s money-back guarantee, they understand how much I believe in this product.”   Custom Candle also sells CBD oil candles, sprays and soaps, as well as face and eye creams to reduce puffiness, acne, eczema and rosacea. All are house-made using an all-natural base. Custom Candle Co is located at 25 Depot Plaza, Bedford Hills, NY. For more info, call 914.218.8357 or visit See ad, page 3.

Community Outreach Program Brings Solar Power to Area Congregations


unrise Solar Solutions, headquartered in Briarcliff Manor, has contracted with Solarize Our Congregation to provide discounted solar installations to members and friends of selected religious organizations in Westchester, Rockland and the Hudson Valley. Solarize Our Congregation Sunrise Solar Solution will be the solar installer for the Hudson River Presbytery–South, which includes 34 Presbyterian congregations in Westchester and Rockland Counties. HRP-Green, a faith-based partnership in the Hudson River Presbytery dedicated to raising awareness and action around environmental and climate change issues, will coordinate the program for the presbytery. This is Sunrise’s 10th contract with Solarize, a community outreach program that uses discounted pricing, education and outreach to offer quality, affordable solar electric systems to property owners. The current Solarize Our Congregation campaign is offered in partnership with Sustainable Westchester. Technical support is provided by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s NY-Sun initiative, which will invest $1 billion in solar power through 2023 to expand solar installations. HRP-Green, which conducted extensive outreach to area churches and congregations, helped tailor the Solarize program for its members. Several HRP Presbyterian churches will be holding Solarize Our Congregation info sessions, which are open to members and friends of HRP Presbyterian congregations as well as members of the surrounding community. Sessions have already taken place in Pleasantville, Rye and Montgomery. (To find out about upcoming sessions, visit Homeowners who sign up for solar installations by June 4 will qualify for group rates significantly below market prices. Commercial and nonprofit property owners who sign up for information about the program by June 4 will have until October to sign a contract. Sunrise Solar Solutions is the largest locally owned and operated solar company in Westchester, Rockland and the Hudson Valley, including northern New Jersey and Connecticut. It offers sales, design and installation of state-of-the-art solar energy systems for homes and businesses. For more information, call 914.762.7622 or visit June 2018


Famed Westchester Entrepreneur to Discuss “Tiny Business”


haron Rowe, the founder of Ossining-based Eco-Bags Products, will discuss her book, The Magic of Tiny Business: You Don’t Have to Go Big to Make a Great Living, on June 14, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Beahive Beacon. “Too many of us feel trapped by work that keeps us from living our purpose,” she says. “We fantasize about starting our own business, yet we’re warned against falling into debt, working 80 hours a week and coping with the pressure to grow. But there’s another way: go tiny. Like a tiny house, a tiny business is built on maintaining a laser focus on what is essential by living an intentional life. As an entrepreneur and mother, I’m most concerned with putting family first, maintaining financial security and doing something that makes an impact on the world.” Rowe grew Eco-Bags Products into a $2.2 million business with B Corp certification, given to nonprofits recognized as maintaining the highest social and environmental commitments and standards. The original reusable bag brand, EcoBags are sold worldwide. Featured in Time magazine and in the indie film Bag It, Rowe has received several awards, including the Business Council of Westchester’s Entrepreneur of the Year, Enterprising Woman of the Year and the Women’s Enterprise Development Center’s Lillian Vernon Award. In her book, Rowe uses her own success story to discuss how to build a profitable, right-scaled, sustainable venture that doesn’t compromise one’s values. Beahive is located at 291 Main Street, Beacon, NY. For more info, visit


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Chiropractor Joins Breathe Network for Trauma Survivors


r. Lawrence G. Stern, a wellness chiropractor at The Center for Health and Healing in Mount Kisco, is now affiliated with the Breathe Network, a national community of practitioners who use a sliding-scale, trauma-informed approach to support integrated healing for survivors of sexual violence. Stern is trained to care for trauma survivors with conditions such as PTSD, anxiety and depression through the use of Network Spinal Analysis (NSA), chiropractic and other natural healing Dr. Lawrence G. Stern services to address a compromised nervous system. NSA was developed in the 1980s by chiropractor Donald Epstein. “Dr. Epstein discovered that through gentle, precise contacts to the spine, patterns of stored stress and tension can be unlocked and reset, liberating negative neurological habit patterns and repressed emotions, freeing bound energy and allowing for greater brain-body connection,” Stern says. “During an NSA entrainment session, two unique healing waves develop, providing greater levels of nervous system organization. This enables the body to become more resourceful in handling stress and tension.” NSA can also help the spine and nervous system correct misalignments, dissipate tension, increase circulation, strengthen energy flow and promote physical and emotional healing, he says. “These entrainments help patients recover joy and the ability to be present and mindful, and re-experience being fully alive, by releasing the emotions and defense physiology that often arise during victim-based internal and external conversations.”

The Center for Health and Healing is located at 4 Smith Ave., 2nd floor, Mt. Kisco, NY. For more info, call 914.218.6424, email or visit

Boscobel Hosts Annual Snapping Turtles Event

Mindful Is the New Skinny Author Holds Book Signing

oscobel House and Gardens in Garrison will host its 24th annual Snapping Turtles! program, previously known as Turtle Walk, on June 2, at 7:30 a.m. Some 1,200 snapping turtles live in the Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary, just below Boscobel House and Gardens. Every June, female turtles climb the steep hill to Boscobel’s Great Lawn and scoop out a nest, where they deposit 20 to 60 eggs the size and color of PingPong balls. Snapping turtles can live to be 100 years old, weigh up to 40 pounds, and grow as long as 14 inches. During this rain-or-shine event, staff from the Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary will give a presentation about snapping turtles and introduce visitors (at a safe distance) to some of the turtles living in the marsh. After the presentation, guests may explore Boscobel’s gardens and grounds, where female turtles often nest. Complimentary coffee, juice and donuts are included. The turtles are carefully returned to the wild immediately after the event. “This annual event is beloved by visitors of all ages,” says Boscobel’s acting executive director, Jennifer Carlquist. “Our museum educator, Lisa DiMarzo, will team up with our neighbors from the Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary to share knowledge of and love for these fascinating creatures as well as the important ecosystem just beyond Boscobel’s front lawn.”

sychotherapist and holistic health coach Jodi Baretz recently released her debut book, Mindful Is the New Skinny: 10 Transformational Steps to a Lighter You Inside & Out, a “mindfulness meets weight loss” mash-up that quickly became a bestseller on Amazon. She will be signing copies of the book and giving a short talk on June 26, at 7 p.m., at the Chappaqua Library. A licensed clinical social worker in private practice at The Center for Health and Healing in Mount Kisco, Jodi Baretz Baretz offers a fresh approach to weight loss. She rejects traditional, calorie-restrictive dieting and explains how to feel lighter through mindfulness and stress management. “So many women come into my office struggling with their weight, feeling frustrated and overwhelmed. What they are doing hasn’t been working, and the problem is they are focusing their energy in the wrong place,” she says. “Once you shift your mindset from judgment to compassion, you will drop not only the emotional weight that has been weighing you down, but also the physical weight.”  Her book presents basic concepts in an entertaining, accessible manner, giving readers practical tools that they can apply to their everyday challenges. The eBook comes with an audio meditation and resource library that readers can click from their Kindle. The same add-ons will be available by scanning QR codes from the print version, which will be available June 6. 


Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for children and free for children 5 and younger. For more info, visit


To purchase the book or schedule a session with Baretz, visit or contact her at

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Mitchell C. Schulman, PhD, LMT Licensed Massage Therapist Kailo Center For The Healing Arts 845.440.7013;

Integrity Chiropractic Dr. Jodi Kennedy, DC 11 Miller Rd, 845.628.7233

White Plains Upper Cervical Chiropractic of NY 311 North St., Suite 410, 914.686.6200;

CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY Mount Kisco Joy Matalon LMT, CST The Center For Health and Healing 914.519.8138

WHITE PLAINS Well On The Way, LLC Elizabeth Pasquale, LMT, CST 914.762.4693; White Plains & Ossining

MASSAGE THERAPY Michelle Vitner, LMT, LPN Putnam, Westchester & Dutchess 914.672.1916 or 914.873.1376

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

Eastchester Deanna Scaldaferri, LMT Body, Mind & Spirit 453 White Plains Rd. 914.582.6816


eople who find themselves nodding off at their desk every day at 2 or 3 p.m. shouldn’t feel guilty. The “afternoon slump” is a real thing, part of the natural sleep cycle in those who must get up early for work, says Jill Kay, executive regional vice president and independent consultant Jill Kay for Arbonne International, which makes natural botanical products. Arbonne has designed a vitamin-infused water mixin intended to beat the afternoon slump. Its Energy Fizz Sticks—a blend of antioxidants, green tea, guarana, ginseng, B vitamins and chromium—temporarily boost alertness, cognitive performance, endurance and motor performance while reducing fatigue, she says. The sticks are vegan, glutenfree, non-GMO and kosher, with no artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners. “They’re easy to use,” Kay says. “You just add a stick pack to eight ounces of water and stir—although you shouldn’t pour it into a full water bottle, because it fizzes and might overflow. Some people pour out a few ounces and then add the stick pack. Once it has dissolved, you just add ice or refrigerate. Have one two or three times a day when you feel tired.” For more info, contact Jill Kay at 914.602.6562 or, or visit

Mamaroneck Susan Adler, LMT Massage Therapy with a Nurturing Touch Mamaroneck and On-site Visits. 914.320.4063;

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All-Natural Fizz Sticks Help Beat the Afternoon Slump

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Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary Holds Open House


afe Haven Farm Sanctuary in Poughquag will host a vegan picnic and open house on June 30, from noon to 2 p.m. Guests can meet the staff as well as the farm animals who live there. “Our mission is to rescue abused and neglected farmed animals, to restore them to health and to provide them with a safe and loving forever home,” says cofounder Ellen Crain. “In doing so, we hope to raise awareness about the plight of animals raised for food, and the benefits of a vegan diet for the animals, human health and the environment. We are dedicated to spreading compassion and respect for all living beings.” There is no charge to attend, but donations are greatly appreciated, Crain says. To reserve a spot, RSVP to and note how many people will be attending. Safe Haven regularly welcomes visitors and kicked off its 2018 tour season in May, she says. “Our sanctuary is currently home to more than 100 rescued farm animals, includ-

ing turkeys, chickens, sheep, goats, pigs, horses, ducks and rabbits. Each one of them has its own story. Our farm family Laura and Clifford members are an inspiration to us, and we hope their survival stories will inspire our visitors.” Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary is located at 542 Gardner Hollow Rd., Poughquag, NY, in the mid-Hudson Valley. To learn more, see the animals or schedule a tour, visit

June Gala to Support Inclusive, NatureBased Education


rimrose Hill School, an independent school focused on inclusive, nature-based education, will hold its fourth annual gala on June 2, from 7 to 10 p.m., at CO, Rhinebeck’s soon-to-open cooperative co-working space. Members of the mid-Hudson Valley community are invited to gather with artists and philanthropists for an evening of entertainment and collaborative change-making. With its carnival-chic theme, the gala will celebrate Community Supported Education—the school’s groundbreaking initiative to foster inclusiveness and accessibility in independent education. “The concept of CSE is simple, yet it’s such a powerful alternative to a tuition-based, fee-for-service model. It means that every family participates in the support and creation of the school, as they are able and with their unique contributions,” says Primrose Hill School cofounder Jonathan Cohen. Proceeds will benefit the school’s CSE initiative, Access and Inclusion Fund and Farm Program. Offering a program inspired by Waldorf Education, Primrose Hill is a whole child-focused school committed to sustainability and nature; ethical individualism; accessibility; and economic, racial and cultural diversity. It is located on some 7.5 acres in the Village of Rhinebeck. For tickets, sponsorship and donor inquiries or for more info, visit

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Energy Drinks Hurt Youth Health More than half of teens and young adults that have slaked their thirst with energy drinks report consequently suffering negative health consequences, reports a new study from Canada’s University of Waterloo. Of 2,055 Canadian participants between ages 12 and 24, 55.4 percent said they had negative health events afterwards. Of these, 26.5 percent trembled and felt jittery, 24.7 percent had faster heartbeats and 22.5 percent noted “jolt and crash” episodes—a spell of alertness followed by a sudden drop in energy. Another 5.1 percent experienced nausea or diarrhea and 0.2 percent, seizures. Most respondents said they drank only one or two energy drinks at a time. 18

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In the first scientific study of facial exercise, 27 middleaged women that performed specific facial muscle movements looked an average of two-and-a-half years younger in 20 weeks based on a standardized scale called the Merz-Carruthers Facial Aging Photoscales. By doing the exercises for 30 minutes each day or every other day, the fullness of both the upper and lower cheeks, in particular, of the women were significantly enhanced, report Northwestern University researchers. “The exercises enlarge and strengthen the facial muscles, so the face becomes firmer and more toned and shaped like a younger face,” says lead author Murad Alam, a medical doctor. Some of the study exercises can be found by searching the topic of Happy Face Yoga on YouTube.

Cardiovascular exercise improves a person’s healthy gut microbes even without making dietary changes, University of Illinois researchers report. In a study of 32 people, 30 to 60 minutes of exercise three times a week for six weeks boosted levels of healthy intestinal bacteria, especially for lean subjects, and less so for the obese. The healthy bacteria produced shortchain fatty acids that reduce the risk of colon cancer. “The bottom line is that there are clear differences in how the microbiome of somebody who is obese versus somebody who is lean responds to exercise,” says Jeffrey Woods, Ph.D., a kinesiology professor at the university.

Seek 15 Minutes of Device-Free Time When we’re feeling angry, stressed or overexcited, just 15 minutes of being alone without a device can put us into a more peaceful state, reports a University of Rochester study. Young adults, sitting in a comfortable chair away from their devices, were given something to read, told to think about something specific or not given any instruction. Some were asked to sit alone for 15 minutes a day for a week and keep a diary. In all cases, such solo time away from devices helped reduce intense emotions afterward.


Facial Exercises Ease Midlife Signs of Aging

Exercise Boosts Good Gut Bacteria

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Those that sleep more than seven hours a night are likely to eat better the following day, according to researchers from King’s College London. In the study, 21 people known to typically sleep fewer than seven hours increased their sleep time by 47 minutes after receiving tips on sleep hygiene such as drinking less caffeine and going to bed neither too hungry nor too full. The following day, they consumed almost 10 fewer grams of sugar in food and drinks on average and also consumed less fat and fewer carbohydrates than a control group.

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People that Don’t Slight Sleep Eat Better

A spate of recent worldwide studies reveal several cholesterol-healthy alternatives to olive oil. Ingesting 15 milliliters a day of virgin coconut oil for eight weeks increased high-density lipoprotein (HDL) “good cholesterol” levels in 32 young adults by an average of 5.72 milligrams/deciliter, researchers at Thailand’s Chiang Mai University found. Walnut oil slashed heart disease risk in 100 Type 2 diabetes patients that swallowed capsules containing a total of 15 milliliters of walnut oil a week—the amount of oil obtained from 4 to 5 servings of the nuts. They experienced significant drops in total cholesterol, low-density (LDL) “bad cholesterol” and triglycerides after 90 days, reported Iranian researchers at the Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. Camelina oil from the Camelina sativa plant, also called false flax, lowered LDL levels in 79 men with prediabetic symptoms, whereas diets high in either high- or lowfatty fish did not, according to the University of Eastern Finland. The men consumed 30 milliliters of the oil for 90 days.

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After a polluting coal-fired power plant in Pennsylvania was shut down in 2014 by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulatory action, the chances of women living 30 miles downwind having a preterm birth fell by about 28 percent, report Lehigh University researchers. While the plant was operating, women in affluent New Jersey communities downwind had a 17 percent greater risk of having babies of very low birth weights— less than 5.5 pounds—than did women in other similar affluent areas.

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Alcohol has been linked to seven types of cancer, including breast and bowel, and scientists at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, in Cambridge, UK, have tracked down a possible cause. In lab tests, they found that when the body processes alcohol, acetaldehyde is produced. Acetaldehyde alters and damages DNA within blood stem cells, leading to rearranged chromosomes and a greater likelihood of cancer.

Mangoes contain potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties that may prove useful in treating gastrointestinal disease, cognitive decline and diabetes, report scientists at the University of Palermo, in Italy. Also, Texas A&M researchers have found that 300 people with Crohn’s disease that ate 200 to 400 grams of commercially available frozen mangoes daily for eight weeks had fewer digestive symptoms, improved inflammation biomarkers and less colon cancer-linked molecules in their digestive tracts.


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Mangoes Carry Health Benefits


New Healthy Coffee Alternative Success by Health (SBH), a new, re-branded company in the healthy lifestyle industry with its Reishi Mushroom-infused coffee products, now offers two healthy coffee products—Café Noir and Café Latte—in the natural beverage niche market for sales affiliates. They are formulated with the Reishi (Ganoderma) Mushroom, to help eliminate unhealthy caffeine in coffee, and with it, the unpleasant metabolic crashes associated with conventional coffee products. They smooth out the traditional highs, lows, jitters and resulting negative pH levels in the body. SBH is the latest direct marketing company started by Jay Noland, a former professional baseball player well-known in the direct selling industry. His business model eliminates the retail middleman through individual, independent sales affiliates. Each affiliate purchases a packet of Café Noir, the standard black coffee, for 68 cents a cup, and asks others they know and meet, “Do you drink coffee?” It’s an easy way to initiate a dialogue about the latest in healthy coffee. SBH founding members and independent affiliates are Dr. James Marinakis, an internationally recognized alternative medicine practitioner, in Boca Raton, Florida, and Jo Dee Baer, an age-group record-setting triathlete and health coach in Central Florida. To join the SBH team as an affiliate and improve health while increasing wealth, call 800.681.4926 or email June 2018


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Lower Overhead

Independent Action

Quick Quarters

Simple Eco-Houses on the Upswing

A new Ukrainian homebuilding startup called Passivdom uses a 3-D printing robot to produce parts for tiny houses. The machine can print the walls, roof and floor of the company’s 380-square-foot model in about eight hours. The windows, doors and self-contained plumbing, sewage and self-electrical systems are then added by a human worker. Solar energy is stored in a battery. Filtered water collects from humidity in the air. Prices start at $64,000 per house (Passivedom). M.A.DI., in Italy, produces prefabricated A-frame houses in five sizes that can be set up anywhere. The basic model is rated an energy class B, but can be upgraded with an option of adding solar panels to make the structures energy-independent. Homes made by Lifehaus blend low-cost, off-grid appeal with holistic living and luxurious details. The Lebanon company is pioneering energy-neutral dwellings made from locally sourced and recycled materials. Green home dwellers will also be able to generate electricity and grow their own food.

Deadly Cargo Oil Spill Threatens Ocean Ecology

Experts are warning that the Iranian tanker Sanchi oil spill in January in the East China Sea could potentially be one of the worst in decades. Scientists from the UK National Oceanography Centre and the University of Southampton are monitoring the disaster, believing it could 22

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severely impact important reefs, fishing grounds and protected marine areas in Japan. They are also concerned by the toxic nature of the ultra-light, highly flammable oil and unknown impacts. Simon Boxall, with the centre, notes, “It’s not like crude, which does break down under natural microbial action. This stuff actually kills the microbes that break the oil down.”


At the North American Climate Summit in Chicago last December, more than 50 mayors from around the globe signed the Chicago Climate Charter, intended to guide cities toward reaching greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals similar to the Paris climate accord. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says each mayor will pursue a customized plan, noting, “We’re all going to get to the same destination in our own way.” President Trump’s intended exit from the Paris agreement has sparked an uproar from leaders worldwide, especially mayors in cities long committed to reducing emissions. Dozens of cities are committed to 100 percent clean and renewable energy goals and pledged to promote clean transit through using zero-emissions buses. Emanuel believes, “Climate change can be solved by human action.” Cities’ actions now may well pay off in the long run.

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Cincinnati has contracted with the energy company Dynegy to purchase 100 percent renewable energy to operate most of its municipal facilities through at least 2021. The green energy will power police and fire stations, health clinics, recreation centers and most administrative buildings, including city hall. The city’s greenhouse gas emissions will be cut by more than 9 percent and its utility rates by more than $100,000 annually. The deal will bring the city closer to its goal of running on 100 percent renewable energy by 2035.

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Green Team Seattle Mariners Win Eco-Award

CenturyLink Field and Safeco Field, homes of the National Football League Seahawks and Major League Baseball (MLB) Mariners, respectively, introduced a Strawless in Seattle campaign last September. More than 100 local businesses joined with the Lonely Whale Foundation to help eliminate plastic waste. Safeco Field is the most sustainable baseball facility today, recycling 96 percent of all waste generated last season. As a result, the Mariners earned MLB’s Green Glove Award for 2017. Every food service item is recyclable or compostable, and cleaning crews manually separate waste items from recyclables after every game. The Mariners have been playing under energy-efficient LED lights since 2014, the first MLB ball club to do so. The team also added a 450-square-foot urban garden before the 2016 season that provides fresh vegetables and herbs for the concession stands.

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Port Chester Resident Launches Community Gardens

“Our goals are to grow food and forge new community bonds and relationships through mutual hard work,” he says. “We’ll offer neighborhood youth a place to develop and grow through hands-on learning, so they can later share their knowledge of healthy and sustainable living. Port Chester Community Gardens will encourage food, social and environmental sustainability through practice, awareness and advocacy in public policy supporting community gardens.”

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ort Chester resident and community advocate Alex Payan has launched Port Chester Community Gardens (PCCG), a registered public charity in New York State. The goal is to help break down barriers to food access, healthy eating and environmental sustainability while promoting volunteerism and civic engagement. “As a resident of Port Chester, I have enjoyed helping members of my community gain access to fresh-grown produce through the development of Weber Community Garden,” he says. “I’m proud to be part of the team that transformed vacant land into sustainable gardening space, thanks to the Port Chester Housing Authority.”

transformation of vacant plots of land into sustainable gardening space, he says. “By supporting food security and financial savings for individuals, especially the unemployed and those with low incomes, we will equip local housing authority residents with 29 garden beds. That will enable residents to grow their own organic vegetables and herbs, thus supplementing their food supply.”

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According to Payan, PCCG will use highly collaborative and member-driven efforts to promote access to locally grown food, inform the community about healthy eating and sustainable living, and reuse vacant or underused land, all through the operation of community gardens as well as advocacy and education about their benefits. In a partnership with the Port Chester Housing Authority, PCCG will oversee the 26

He cites a study called “Hunger in the Town of Rye,” which found that 11 to 13 percent of town residents are hungry every day, and 85 to 90 percent of them live in the Village of Port Chester. Payan says it’s especially important that residents in the housing authority, who are among the poorest citizens in Rye, have healthy food that they can provide for themselves.

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Weber Community Garden was the first of the Port Chester Housing Authority community gardens and a model for future gardens. Established in April 2016, it covers more than 2,000 square feet, with 19 raised beds, four composting bins, a shed full of garden tools, two spigots and a wheelbarrow. “It is a robust, volunteer-run garden where residents do more than grow food— they grow community,” Payan says. Last year the Port Chester Housing Authority received a grant from the Westchester County Board of Legislators to construct two additional community gardens at their senior housing locations. Then in April 2018, Drew and Terrace Community Gardens were established, each with five elevated beds, a vertical shed, a 150-gallon storage bench, garden tools and one spigot. “With the help of community partners and donor support, Port Chester Community Gardens will act as a beacon of permanence and a reassurance that the gardens continue to thrive,” Payan says. Future plans include tours, classes, a farmers’ market, a composting program, community bottle gardens, Earth Day festivities, a fall cleanup, an internship program and a scholarship fund. For more information or to volunteer or make a donation, contact Alex Payan at 914.623.3077 or email Visit Port Chester Community Gardens online at or on Facebook.

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ola (originating from the word “oo-la-la”) is a lifestyle based on the international bestselling book, Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World.

Oo-la (noun): That state of awesomeness. It is when your life is balanced and growing in the seven key areas of life—“the 7 F’s of Oola” (fitness, finance, family, field (career), faith, friends and fun). Have you seen the bus of dreams— a 1970 Volkswagen surf bus covered in 28

stickers where people have written their dreams? The bus is now 19 sticker layers deep and traveling around the country with two men, fondly known as the OolaGuys, “Dr. Dave” Braun and “Dr. Troy” Amdahl, both doctors of chiropractic. They are on a mission to change the world with a word (#Oola) by collecting one-million dreams in the form of handwritten stickers on the side of a vintage bus. The reason? Because they believe that the way people can achieve their dreams is to first find balance within the seven key areas of life they refer to as the 7 F’s. The OolaGuys operate on the principle that all of us are “designed for greatness,” and as such, they have made it their mission to help people achieve

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balance in these seven areas so that they can attain an OolaLife. The OolaGuys are co-authors of the international bestselling Oola book series that started with Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World. Dr. Dave (the OolaSeeker) and Dr. Troy (the OolaGuru) are renowned experts in teaching a proper work-life balance and are committed to changing the world with their simple yet life-changing message.  These gentlemen began this journey in 1997 when Dr. Troy was working at his clinic in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two of them, along with some friends, met at a hotel to sit around and plan the areas of their life. For each area (each F), they asked, “Where are you, where do you want to go, and how do you want to get there?” The focus is on balance between these seven areas of your life. Once you lose balance—yup, you guessed it—you lose Oola. But not everyone is unbalanced; not everyone is an OolaSeeker. There are some that are OolaGurus. Back in 1997, Dr. Troy seemed to have it all together while Dr. Dave found himself at his lowest point. He had a failed marriage and was living in a low rent motel, having lost most of his wealth. Dr. Dave reached out to Dr. Troy to see how two men who started out with the same ideas and ideals found themselves at such opposite ends of Oola. It didn’t take long for Dr. Dave to realize that what Dr. Troy, the OolaGuru, was sharing with him and their friends—balance and growth in the 7 F’s—at this 1997 get-together was a profound concept that could help the masses. OolaLife is what is attained when a person focuses on and puts forth the effort to have a balanced life, maybe even an inspired one. The OolaGuys believe that “we are all designed by God for greatness and purpose,” and that Oola is just discovering that purpose and utilizing these seven areas as a guide. While no “F” is more important than another, it is worth emphasizing the importance of family, field and finance, “given that 55 percent of marriages end in divorce, 53 percent of Americans hate their jobs, and 33 percent of the U.S. population has debt,” says Dr. Dave. “That means many of us are spending 12 hours a day

at a job doing what we hate and coming home to an unhappy household. That has to change. That is not inspired living.” The men still say that all areas are equally important and that once one outof-balance area is identified and focused on, the other areas will be helped inadvertently. For instance, if you start with finance and pull yourself out of debt, you will find an improvement in your relationship with your significant other because you will be under less pressure. Or, if you focus on family and improve your relationships, you discover that family members can help you figure out how to balance other areas of your life, including rediscovering a cherished dream. Many of the people the OolaGuys meet on the road tell them, “I haven’t had a dream in 30 years.” It’s true that these “dreamless folks” have lost Oola, but it’s never too late to find it. Visit and try their free OolaLife tools to discover where you stand in each area. Are you an OolaGuru in the areas of finance and field but lacking in family and faith? Then those are the areas

you do?” That is the start. Ask yourself this question, take the online quiz to determine your balance, and then begin the process of attaining an OolaLife!

“Dr. Troy” Amdahl and “Dr. Dave” Braun you need to pay more attention to. Are fitness and fun areas that are no longer strong as you age and become increasingly busy? Then take advice from the OolaGuys and make time for both as they will power you through the aging process. In the end when it comes to dreams, the guys ask the question: “If you knew it would be a raging success, what would

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Oola is a lifestyle brand with a book series (HCI Books); a tour; a motivational event called OolaPalooza; a partnership with Young Living where they have developed Oola oils; and most recently, their attempt to share and give back with their own line of tea, which supports their newest mission to feed one-million people (every bag of tea sold buys a meal for a child in need). For more information, visit To order Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World, visit; and to order Oola for Women, visit amzn. to/2qobnWB. Kelly Martinsen is publisher of Natural Awakenings Long Island and author of A Year of Inspired Living (HCI Books), which is available at and

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ike Hoffman, chairman of the philanthropic services firm Changing Our World and a member of The Culinary Institute of America’s Society of Fellows, has created a new CIA scholarship named for his daughter, Shannon, who “loves to cook.” Hoffman made the announcement as part of his May 4 keynote address during commencement ceremonies at CIA’s New York Mike Hoffman and CIA President Dr. Tim Ryan campus. “Through food, our graduates today will change the world,” he told the 96 new CIA alumni and their families. “With this education and the industry you are about to enter, you are going to have the power to end world hunger, to help fight obesity and malnutrition, to create employment and to improve the environment.” Hoffman’s company provides fundraising, management and social engagement strategy to corporations and nonprofit organizations. Among Changing Our World’s clients are the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Case Foundation and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Hoffman also serves as chairman of the Board of Advisors of Seeds of Africa. Founded in 1946, the CIA is an independent not-for-profit college dedicated to developing leaders in food service and hospitality. The CIA has locations in Hyde Park, New York, and in California, Texas and Singapore. For more information, visit

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nterGenerate, a local nonprofit that helps people get access to food that is “fresh, clean and fair,” is opening a community garden on the property of the Ann Manzi Center facility, which is part of the ARC of Westchester, located at 699 Main Street in Mount Kisco. InterGenerate also operates a community garden in Chappaqua and a teaching garden at the John Jay Homestead. The third garden is expected to open after New Mount Kisco community garden Memorial Day. “We are pleased to be moving from our former garden at Marsh Sanctuary to this much more central location,” says Suzi Novak, vice president of InterGenerate. “The ARC of Westchester has a very large fenced-in garden, and they have generously offered to let us put in beds on one side for our gardeners. We will be offering classes to gardeners and to clients and staff of the Manzi Center, and we look forward to collaborating with them on garden projects.” To reserve a bed or for more info, email Novak at

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10 Foods Help Us Relax and Rest


by Judith Fertig

etting enough sleep—or not—has a trickle-down effect. A study in the Journal of Obesity shows that good quality shut-eye helps us reduce stress, lose weight and function better. Research also shows that most Americans would be healthier, happier and safer going about their daily activities if they slept 60 to 90 more minutes each night, accord-


ing to the American Psychological Association. A consistent sleep routine helps enable a good night’s rest, with activities like going to bed at the same time whenever possible; shutting down the Internet, email and text messaging at least an hour before bedtime; and limiting intake of caffeine and alcohol. Another best practice is eating foods that help us relax, fall and stay asleep. Four

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Kiwi. Full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate, kiwi can help us sleep longer. In a study at Taipei Medical University, in Taiwan, researchers had participants eat two kiwifruits one hour before bedtime for four weeks. Total sleep time improved by 13.4 percent.


Soy. In a Japanese study published in the Nutrition Journal, researchers surveyed 1,076 participants between 20 and 78 on how often they ate soy products, which are rich in sleepenhancing isoflavones. Those that ate the most soy foods enjoyed deeper, more sustained sleep. Researchers concluded that soy’s isoflavones help regulate the sleep/wake cycle.


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primary sleep-promoting vitamins and minerals naturally found in foods are tryptophan, magnesium, calcium and vitamin B6. Some of these help the body produce melatonin, the hormone responsible for regulating the body’s sleep/wake patterns called circadian rhythms. Others enhance serotonin, which carries nerve signals and relays messages in the brain related to mood and sleep. Some foods are naturally packed with these essential vitamins and minerals, and eating certain foods at certain times can help us tip the scale towards a successful night of restful sleep.

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Tart cherry juice. A study by the University of Rochester, in New York, found that older adults drinking two, eight-ounce servings of tart red cherry juice daily, one in the morning and one at night for two weeks, enjoyed moderate sleep improvement, comparable to taking the herb valerian and melatonin.

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Fish. Salmon, halibut, mackerel and tuna help boost the production of vitamin B6, which helps make melatonin. A recent study from the University of Pennsylvania published in Scientific Reports found that eating more fish led both to better sleep and improved cognitive function in children.

Fiber-rich foods. Choices such as chia seeds, nuts and whole grains help promote restorative “slow-wave” sleep, according to the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.


Calcium-fortified yogurt. According to Dr. William Sears, a pediatrician in Pasadena, California, and author of The Baby Sleep Book: The Complete Guide to a Good Night’s Rest for the Whole Family, “Calcium helps the brain use the amino acid tryptophan to manufacture the sleep-inducing substance melatonin. This explains why dairy products, which contain both tryptophan and calcium, are some of the top sleep-inducing foods.”


Bananas. Rich in potassium, magnesium, tryptophan and vitamin B6, which are used to make melatonin, bananas help promote good sleep. A study in the Journal of Pineal Research found that men that ate two bananas at a time for a week had a rise in melatonin that reached a peak two hours later; pineapple juice and orange juice also raised those levels.


Walnuts. Eating a handful of walnuts an hour before bedtime provides fiber- supporting, restorative, slow-wave sleep, concluded a study in the journal Nutrition. Plus, walnuts are a good source of tryptophan, which helps make serotonin and melatonin; University of Texas researchers also found that walnuts contain their own source of melatonin.


Dark leafy greens. Kale, spinach and collard greens are among the magnesium-rich greens that can help us de-stress and go to sleep, says Dr. Raj Dasgupta, a professor of pulmonary and sleep medicine at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.


Almonds and dates. Nerina Ramlakhan, Ph.D., a London sleep therapist and author of Fast Asleep but Wide Awake: Discover the Secrets of Restorative Sleep and Vibrant Energy, counsels her clients to start at breakfast by eating eight almonds and two dates. These two fiber-rich foods are able to slowly help produce melatonin for later in the day. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

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Kids Love These Homemade Drinks by Judith Fertig


t day camp With homemade drinks, we Ph.D., a registered or the pool, know exactly what is—and dietitian, sports nutrion the playtion consultant and what isn’t—in them. ing field or in the professor of health scibackyard, kids can ence at the University get really thirsty, especially as temperatures of Colorado, in Colorado Springs. “Parents climb. Although filtered water is always need to know that all beverages are not a good choice, sugary, carbonated, artificreated equal when it comes to hydrating cially colored and flavored beverages can them. The best [healthful] beverages taste be tempting. Having homemade options good when your child is active, so encourready can entice kids to stay hydrated in a age their drinking more of them,” she says. healthy way. According to the National Alliance for

Clued-in Professionals “As a sports nutritionist and mother of active kids, I know there’s a lot of misinformation out there, and I get all kinds of questions from parents about what drinks are best for kids,” says Jackie Berning,

Youth Sports, the recommended beverage contents for active kids during sports and other activities should contain at least 100 milligrams (mg) of sodium and at least 28 mg of potassium per eight ounces. It should be noncarbonated.

Michele Olivier, the mother of daughters Elliette and Parker, views herself as both a lover of food and a control freak. The Denver, Colorado, recipe blogger started off making food for her baby and toddler. As her kids grew and their nutritional needs changed, she created new recipes, including healthy sports drinks that both balance electrolytes and hydrate. While Elliette loves water and has no trouble staying hydrated, Parker loves juice, so Mom had to “make something that looks like juice, but is healthy,” says Olivier. Four main ingredients are a little frozen fruit left over from breakfast smoothies, a bit of honey for sweetening, a dash of Himalayan sea salt and water, or herbal tea or coconut water. She might also add fresh mint, ginger or other natural flavorings ( Heather Dessinger, a mom of three and blogger of recipes and natural mothering tips from Santa Fe, Tennessee, makes a drink based on coconut water with lime juice, raw honey and sea salt for older kids that play soccer or other warm-weather sports. Dessinger describes herself as a researcher and healthy living DIY fan ( With homemade drinks, we know exactly what is—and what isn’t—in them. They can be made in batches and kept in the refrigerator. Dessinger relates, “I’ve found that when I make a batch with honey, which is naturally antimicrobial, and store it in the coldest part of the fridge, my homemade sports drink lasts for at least a week.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

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HEALTHY HYDRATING RECIPES Blackberry + Lemon + Mint Electrolyte Drink

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Yields: 4 cups 4 blackberries, fresh or frozen ½ lemon, juiced 1 mint leaf 1 Tbsp honey ⅛ tsp Himalayan pink salt 4 cups water, herbal iced tea or coconut water Place all ingredients in a blender and set on high for 45 to 60 seconds or until fruit is completely puréed. Add ice to a water bottle and pour electrolyte water on top to serve. Popsicle Option: Follow the same instructions, but add an additional tablespoon of honey, and then pour the electrolyte drink into popsicle molds and freeze overnight.  Courtesy of Michele Olivier,

Coconut & Lime Sports Drink Yields: about 4½ cups of bolder taste for older kids 3 cups coconut water 1 cup water or more, based on preference in strength of flavor) ½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice (lemon is also delicious) ¼ tsp Celtic sea salt or other unrefined sea salt with trace minerals 2 Tbsp raw honey or maple syrup (or more to taste) Few drops of Concentrace mineral drops (optional) Mix all ingredients together and store in a sealed glass container in the refrigerator for up to one week. Adapted from a recipe courtesy of Heather Dessinger, Tinyurl. com/MoreSportsDrinks4Kids.

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We Need Clean Waters Streams and Rivers Are Life Links by Avery Mack


reeks, streams Water is life, and clean Fox River, is currently and rivers flow water means health. stewarded under the 2000 into ponds, lakes Lake Sturgeon Manage~Audrey Hepburn and oceans, carrying polment Plan. Recent meetlution. Keeping large bodies of water clean ings have sought citizen input for updates starts with local waterways. in managing sturgeon stock. As awareness of this need rises, some In Athens County, Ohio, Michelle rivers in Africa, India, New Zealand and Shively, in Trimble, is Sunday Creek’s elsewhere are being protected and recogwatershed coordinator. “Every minute, 850 nized as living entities, with rights, values to 1,000 gallons of polluted water from and the legal status of people. While court an underground mine pool flows into the cases brought by commercial interests are creek, turning the water orange from iron challenging such decisions, progress conwaste. Once the iron is removed, you need tinues on many fronts. to do something with it,” she says. Guy Riefler, Ph.D., an associate profesCleanup Success Stories sor of civil engineering, and John Sabraw, “The Fox River’s been our treasure since Naprofessor of art and chair of a painting tive Americans paddled there,” says Barbara and drawing program, both with Ohio Smits, part-owner of Old Northwest Frontier University, in Athens, found a way to wash, Tours, provider of self-guided auto, bicycle dry and pulverize recovered iron. It will be and walking tours via eBook, in De Pere, sold to Gamblin Artists Colors to make oil Wisconsin. “To see people sail, boat, ice fish paints for artists in mustardy ochre, rusty or sightsee here again is a joy.” The Fox River red and violet tones. Not yet widely availCleanup Project, a multi-year effort coverable, 500 sample tubes of Reclaimed Earth ing 13 miles that began in 2009, reduces the Violet were featured at an initial fundraiser. health and environmental risks from poly“Cleaning water is expensive, but now we’ve chlorinated biphenyls (PCB) in the sediment. turned the problem into a method to fund Lake Winnebago, source of the lower more work,” says Shively.


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Removal of old dams no longer serving their original function can restore entire watershed ecosystems, provide habitat for fish and wildlife, add jobs, improve water quality, reinstate natural sediment and nutrient flow, and save taxpayer dollars. Throughout history, river dams have been built to provide power or irrigation, prevent flooding and provide municipal water needs. Of approximately 80,000 three-foot-tall or higher U.S. dams, only about 2,500 produce hydropower. Removal of old dams no longer serving their original function can restore entire watershed ecosystems, provide habitat for fish and wildlife, add jobs, improve water quality, reinstate natural sediment and nutrient flow, and save taxpayer dollars. Built in 1929 and abandoned after World War II, demolition of an Eklutna River dam, in Alaska, began in 2016. Curtis McQueen, an Eklutna tribal leader and CEO of Eklutna Inc., which now owns the dam, reported that 300,000 cubic yards of sediment had amassed there, along with junked cars, TVs and other trash. The tribe is the first in the nation to be involved in such a massive project, intended to restore its historic salmon population. In 2017, dams were removed in Alaska, California, Connecticut, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin. A map at shows dams taken down since 1916. “The good news is that in meetings like the St. Louis River Summit, in Superior, Wisconsin, in March, clean water wasn’t viewed only in a strictly scientific sense, but added the human factor to produce more diverse solutions,” says Wallace J. Nichols, Ph.D., the Monterey Bay, California, author of Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do. “The bad news is that most projects are funded, directly or indirectly, by the federal government. Cuts add challenges and stress to looking for solutions.” Cities like Pittsburgh, Superior and Duluth are among many that are protecting, restoring and rejuvenating riverfronts with increased public access, thus rekindling residents’ love for and recognition of the mental and physical benefits provided by their waterways. “We’re in a period of big ideas,” says Nichols. Two can be easily implemented. First, he explains, don’t build right on the water; instead, sit in the “second row”. Second, gain perspective by experiencing changes in waterways. “One way to do this is to spend an hour a day, or even an hour a week, in, on or near the water. Take someone new with you each time,” suggests Nichols. “You’ll see how best to value, promote and defend our right to clean water.” Then teach the kids. Connect with the freelance writer via June 2018


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Peter Gros on Preserving Wild Nature


by Sandra Murphy

eter Gros, co-host of the original Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom TV show, wildlife expert and environmental conservationist, now educates groups of young people that spend more time on their handheld devices than they do outdoors. His message impresses upon the next generation the importance of wildlife and open spaces as they gift us with heartfelt awe and balance, and engage us with nature to offset manmade lives. His 30 years of field experiences include serving as a wildlife lecturer and licensed U.S. Department of Agriculture exhibitor. An active member of the American Zoo and Aquariums Association and the Zoological Association of America, Gros is also on the board of directors of the Suisun Marsh Natural History Association and a trustee for the Cheetah Conservation Fund. He lives in Seattle and spends time in national forests when not speaking to groups.

Which animals are most often displaced by development so that we now share space with them? Deer, raccoons, alligators and coyotes are common neighbors, depending on where you live. The deer population used to be controlled by natural predators like wolves; without wolves, deer can overpopulate. The best thing to remember is that animals go where there’s a food supply. Gardens attract deer; cat or dog food left out 38

brings raccoons. Coyotes and alligators must lose their fear of humans in order to eat. Don’t feed, tease or interact with them. Take photos from a distance. Call your local government animal agency for help or referral to a licensed animal rehabber before “rescuing” an abandoned baby; mothers often spend periods of time away hunting for food.

Why are some animals in danger of being killed on sight? We react to snakes, wolves and bats from a place of unfounded fears: snakes don’t have facial expressions, are seen as cold or slimy and move quickly; wolves are dangerous; bats can tangle in your hair. These are all tall tales. Animals want to avoid us. We’ve reacted to our own fears with needless snake roundups, bounties on wolves and panic when a tiny bat swoops by. Historically, there have been no attacks on humans by wolves, and reintroducing them into Yellowstone National Park has restored a natural balance. Snakes keep disease-carrying rodents away. Bats use their radar to steer clear. We need to understand each animal’s purpose and place in nature. Feeding wildlife corrupts natural behaviors and removes their fear of humans. When we deem them a nuisance or inconvenient, we treat them like they’re disposable and have no value. It’s better for everyone to enjoy the fact that animals are there and keep our distance.

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Who else is working to educate people about the importance of wildlife and habitat? Zoos used to be concrete-enclosed collections of animals. Now they are education centers, offering enrichment programs and improved natural habitats to keep the animals active and interested. Waterfalls, swimming pools, trees, puzzles and toys that prompt animals to mimic hunting behaviors help keep a resident animal’s mind and body active. Breeding programs help maintain endangered species. We’re able to study and learn about a species while caring for them. One breeding program I worked with focused on spotted and striped big cats: the leopards and tigers. In another, we used incubators to hatch eggs among a threatened ostrich population. In Big Sur, California, condors have been raised with puppets so they wouldn’t imprint on humans before being released. Nature and science centers across the country are also teaching people about the importance of animals.

What makes you hopeful for the future? Each of us can make a daily difference in preserving our natural world. I’ve been fortunate in being able to showcase wild animals, help endangered or protected species and share what I’ve learned in educational forums. Good news includes sighting of the black-footed ferret, once thought to be extinct. Mountain lions are recovering. We are learning from past mistakes. A big lesson is that what nature provides isn’t in endless supply, so we must be wise and frugal with all of our natural resources.

What are you most passionate about? No one should have a wild or exotic animal as a pet. The animals I show to audiences were bottle-raised or rescued. They can’t be released and so have become animal ambassadors. When people see them, they better understand the importance of nature and wildlife to people and the planet. I’m passionate about preserving wildlife and open spaces. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at




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

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

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Good for People and the Planet by John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist


any people define a livable city as one that is easy to get around in by foot, bike or public transportation. Many also prioritize ready access to fresh, local, organic food via farmers’ markets and community gardens. Others champion affordable housing and cost of living factors, safe neighborhoods with a diversity of people, careful stewardship of clean air and water, and plentiful amenities, including considerable open space and natural settings. Many work to preserve and enhance a sense of place suited to the locale. Partners for Livable Communities, a national nonprofit in Washington, D.C., that renews and restores communities, maintains, “Livability is the sum of the factors that add up to a community’s quality of life, including the built and natural environments, economic prosperity, social stability and equity, educational opportunity and cultural, entertainment and recreation possibilities.” The American Association of Retired Persons considers livable communities as age-friendly for young and old alike. 40

Along with economic opportunities, a leading stimulus in moving to urban centers is, “More people are looking for a sociable environment where they can walk out of their door to the shops or transit and be among others they recognize who also recognize them,” observes Suzanne Lennard, director of the International Making Cities Livable Conferences, LLC, in Portland, Oregon.  “People who have traveled abroad, especially to Europe, and tasted the quality of life possible in a truly livable, walkable, beautiful and sociable city, often want to find such a place to live themselves.”   Following are a few examples of America’s many livable cities. More are transitioning and evolving as city planners, government officials, businesses and nonprofit community organizations strive to make their hometowns both people- and planet-friendly, often through public and private partnerships.  

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In Pittsburgh, revitalization is transforming 10,000 parcels of vacant or abandoned land—some where steel mills formerly

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operated—into greenspace, bike lanes and other enticing and productive public areas. “Biking and our food scene have exploded,” says Chris Sandvig, director of policy with the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, which advocates for equitable urban revitalization through their Vacant Property Working Group, helping communities access blighted areas for pennies on the dollar. “We’re now one of the top 10 bicycling commuter cities in the country. People also come here as food tourists due to vibrant local agricultural activity.”   “A related ideal is to create compact, human-scale, mixed-use urban centers in the suburbs that are less expensive to construct— and thus remain more affordable—while placing shops, schools, parks, services, workplaces and public transit within walking and biking distance,” Lennard notes. “This ensures a healthy, affordable and high quality of life for all; suburban, as well as urban.”   Fast-growing Carmel, Indiana, just north of Indianapolis, is following suit. “After years of watching the suburbs sprawl into subdivisions with large lawns, privacy fences and cul-de-sacs, we created a vibrant central core with apartments, townhomes, condos and new options for smaller homes—all within walking distance or a short bike ride to new places to work, shop and dine,” explains Mayor James Brainard. The design efforts serve people instead of cars. “Carmel has spent the last 20-plus years building more than 900 miles of trails and multi-use pathways, enabling residents to commute by bicycle to work and enjoy easy access to a growing number of parks and recreational areas,” says Brainard. To facilitate traffic flow, some 100 roundabouts replaced stoplights and four-way stops. “Reducing traffic congestion has improved our air quality, and saved gasoline and lives.” A new, mixed-use downtown Arts and Design District includes a Center for the Performing Arts with a Center Green that hosts a farmers’ market in summer and an outdoor Christkindlmarkt and outdoor skating rink in winter.   “The old way of doing things in which cities and towns sat back and let the market dictate how a community should be grown must come to an end,” remarks Brainard, advocating the benefits of local governance.  


Smart City Advantages

Key elements of smart cities—sensors, cameras, data analytics and powerful networks that capture and relay vital information— help them become more energy-efficient or quicker to respond to environmental and residential issues. Such products highlighted the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas. Reducing traffic can also contribute to safer highways and shorter commutes with decreased greenhouse gas emissions. “Citizens are using apps to monitor issues and alert city managers, improving the livability of their communities,” explains Steve Koenig, senior director of market research with the Consumer Technology Association.   In Boston, the app BOS:311 allows residents to instantaneously notify government departments of pollution concerns, like blocked drains and other environmental or community needs, feeding the information directly into the city’s work order system via their mobile phone. This real-time collaboration results in a cleaner, safer and healthier city.   The Envision Charlotte project encompasses interactive kiosks in 64 businesses and government buildings citywide, gathering energy usage data for office buildings to increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. So far, energy consumption has dropped 19 percent, saving companies about $26 million. The program has strengthened economic competitiveness and environmental sustainability.  

Nature in the City

Some cities have focused on the natural environment for improving local livability while mitigating contributions to climate change. Forested open spaces, wetlands and protected watersheds improve air quality, protect drinking water and buffer intense storms. Such areas also connect more people with nature and engage them in communal and healthy outdoor recreation. Portland, Oregon, boasts more than 10,000 acres of parks, plus an innovative Biketown sharing program that has facilitated 160,000 bike trips since its launch in 2016. The city’s Bike Bill requires all new streets to accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians by design. Portland also embraces urban gardens and allows residents to raise chickens, bees, goats or rabbits in their backyards.

No one wants to live where pollution runs unchecked or water is unsafe to drink. Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters program works to keep stormwater out of sewers and reduce rainwater runoff through decentralized soil-based and plant-based systems, including pervious pavement, green roofs and rain gardens. Begun in 2011, its goal is to reduce rainwater runoff by 85 percent by 2036. Rainwater has become a valuable community resource. The program is just one of many ways that the City of Brotherly Love is transforming itself into one of the greenest in the United States. Overseen by the city’s Office of Sustainability, Greenworks Philadelphia devises long-term sustainability strategies that encompass eight facets, including clean and efficient energy, carbon-neutrality and zero waste. Preparations are already underway to cope with a hotter, wetter future.

Preserving a Sense of Place

Making communities livable goes beyond infrastructure. Actions usually involve preserving, protecting and enhancing what appeals to residents. Santa Fe, New Mexico, is one example of many where livability priorities are guided by the values of its residents and its sense of place. “From our historic public square and marketplaces to outdoor cafes, farmers’ markets and community festivals; from human-scale architecture and balanced transportation to pedestrian and bicycle networks, this place represents shared values,” says Mayor Javier M. Gonzales. “Santa Fe is also full of public art. The city is designed to be safe, creative and inspiring for young and old, families of all kinds and everyone else that comes to see us.”

Good Life as Kids See It

Ultimately, making cities move livable for children can make them highly livable for all. “Children need the same things from a city that we all need, but their needs are greater than ours,” says Lennard. “The environment a child grows up in shapes their health and their mental and social development for the rest of their lives. Our modern, unwalkable suburban environments are contributing to childhood obesity, which has been widely linked to

chronic diseases that in the past were only associated with old age.” She notes, “Children need the exercise of walking or biking to school. They need safe streets so they can become independent and explore their neighborhoods; sidewalks and other outdoor areas where they can play, meet friends and interact with adults in the community; easy access  to nature; beauty in their environment; and intriguing architecture, works of art and other places to stimulate their affection and imagination. As they become teenagers, they need access by foot or bike to a wide variety of resources to broaden their horizons. Don’t we all need these things?”   John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, co-authors of ECOpreneuring, operate the Inn Serendipity, wholly powered by renewable energy, in Browntown, WI.

LIVABLE COMMUNITIES TOOLBOX International Making Cities Livable hosts conferences in the U.S. and Europe. Consumer Technology Association’s Smart Cities, an overview of the latest technology in making cities more smart and livable. AARP Livable Communities fact sheets, helpful for communities looking to become more livable. AARP Livability Index, a livability rating of U.S. localities according to housing, neighborhood, transportation, environment, health, engagement and opportunity. Toward Sustainable Communities: Solutions for Citizens and Their Governments, by Mark Roseland. The fourth edition offers a comprehensive guidebook for creating vibrant, healthy, equitable and economically viable places. June 2018



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Health Concerns Revolutionize the Cosmetics Industry by Marlaina Donato


rom red carpets to products to their beauty Eco-beauty is Teen Vogue magadepartments,” says Behnke, emerging from zine, the natural who attributes Juice Beauty’s conscious lifestyle beauty trend has taken the tremendous growth in recent choices and creat- years to a surge of interest in industry by storm. Consumer whims may have ing the next era of chemical-free, luxury alternasparked its beginnings tives. cosmetics. more than a decade ago, but demand is now spiking profits into the Natural Replaces Toxic billions. A recent Green Beauty Barometer online “Consumer need is influencing retailers survey revealed that more than half of to offer cleaner formulas reflecting firm ecowomen want their skincare products to be values,” says Karen Behnke, the pioneering all-natural, a result likely driven by the scientrepreneur who founded Juice Beauty, in entific information age (see San Rafael, California. Behnke aimed to crepages/greenbeauty for details). Reputable ate meaningful change in the industry when scientific studies revealing parabens in she assembled her dream team 13 years ago. breast cancer biopsies have demonstrated The company now owns a trailblazing patent that everything applied to the skin also and sets the standard for clinical organics. enters the bloodstream, hence the effective “We’re excited that traditional departness of dermal nicotine and birth control ment stores such as Bloomingdale’s, Neiman patches. Thus, it can be alarming to realize Marcus and Holt Renfrew are adding our that the average woman will unknowingly


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Find a guide to toxic personal care products at ~Vibrant Wellness Journal consume seven pounds of lipstick containing petroleum-based emollients, synthetic preservatives and artificial dyes during a lifetime, undoubtedly another reason consumers are switching to natural options. Katey Denno, a Los Angeles makeup artist to the stars, noticed cosmetic red flags early in her career. “The first time I turned over a palette that most makeup artists carry and saw specific colors that couldn’t be used on eyes or lips, I was confused; if something isn’t safe for lips or eyes, how can it be good for any part of us?” queries Denno, who switched from social work to makeup artistry 11 years ago. “The change in the industry has been substantial. Now green is mainstream, and most artists have included some green beauty brands in their kits.” Millennials continue to drive consumer demand for higher standards. “Retailers understand that the skincare/makeup landscape is changing,” advises Behnke. “Traditional brands are no longer attracting younger consumers that are demanding organic, clinically validated products.” Denno concurs, stating, “The spotlight on clean products comes from the growing acknowledgement that we can and must do all we can to lower our overall toxic load.”

found in the kitchen. Artisan perfumes are gaining popularity among women that want the mystery and allure of fragrance without the side effects of manmade, chemical-based brands. “Some new customers are frustrated by commercial products giving them headaches, while others say that they just don’t like perfume, when what they actually don’t like is synthetic fragrance chemicals,” says Ananda Wilson, a botanical perfumer and owner of Gather Perfume, in South Hadley, Massachusetts. “It’s inspiring when they smell real plant scents and see how their world lights up! The molecules in natural perfumes are active and interact with personal chemistry, so they unfold differently on each wearer, creating a unique signature and experience.” Wilson ventured into botanical blends

when both awareness and supplies of appropriate ingredients were scarce. “Perfume history is largely rooted in natural materials, but until recently, there was a mass blackout of this precious lineage. When I started, there was barely anything available, and only through a handful of aromatherapy companies,” she explains. Now, Wilson bases her products on botanical infusions from plants she’s grown or collected, including wild beach roses, clover and spring poplar buds. It only takes a whiff to dispel the myth that natural perfumes lack sophistication or tenacity. “Naturals have a breadth of possibilities—opulent white florals, fresh and clean, or dirty and smoky,” expounds Wilson. Eco-beauty is emerging from conscious lifestyle choices and creating the next era of cosmetics. “It’s fun to be called a pioneer in organic beauty,” muses Behnke. “Our products, employees and happy customers comprise an encouraging accomplishment.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

Demand Escalates Women are fueling the natural beauty movement, yet more men than ever are also seeking healthy alternatives. Grooming products with unisex packaging and fragrances are among top sellers. Informed teen and 20-something buyers are inclined to choose people- and eco-friendly brands that are also cruelty-free. A wide selection of aluminum-free, natural, personal care products including underarm deodorants are showing up in supermarkets. Women are ditching toxic hair dyes and going silver to avoid thinning hair and allergies, and unwittingly, creating a new fashion statement. Plus, there’s growing interest in DIY cosmetics using everyday good-for-you ingredients June 2018


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A Natural Partnership

Fresh Organic Salon Offers European Arbonne Line by Allison Gorman


hen it comes to tion perfectly, and personal care, all so I started selling natural is all the Arbonne products rage. But with more than 35 about a year ago. years in the beauty industry, Maureen Toohey says her phiCan your customers try losophy is beyond organic—it’s these prodbiodynamic. As the owner of ucts when they the popular, eco-chic Fresh Orcome in for a ganic Salon, in Bedford Hills, hair service? Toohey builds relationships with her clients and industry Yes. Our custompartners to create awareness ers often try out our about eliminating toxins in our skincare products— daily life, and partnering with they can cleanse, other businesses and manufactone, moisturize, put Maureen Toohey turers that share her mindset. on a mask, whatever Natural Awakenings recently sat down to they’d like to try. Sometimes after a hair talk with Toohey about her latest partnerservice, we’ll touch up their makeup before ship with Arbonne, a company known for they head out the door. We have a detox its high standards. body scrub that’s really popular, and so we’ll show our guests how to incorporate Fresh Organic Salon already it into a spa treatment at home. It’s really has a great reputation for its important to detox by exfoliating all over all-natural approach. What in order to remove the free radicals and does Arbonne bring to the mix? pollutants that build up on the skin. Inner and outer That’s anbeauty and wellness other reason I chose has always been Arbonne. For a lot of my philosophy, so I people who come into seek companies and my salon, going organic manufacturers from is a new journey for countries that folthem. They want to low European salon become more natural, standards, which more holistic—not just ban more than 1,800 cleaning their body, but chemical compounds. The U.S. only bans also cleaning their home, eliminating all a few hundred. I’ve been selling and using the toxins in their life in order to reduce their chances of getting cancer. Arbonne pure, safe, botanical haircare, skincare and has a complete holistic line, from nutrimakeup products for more than 35 years, tion and makeup to skin and body care. and I’d been looking for a complete holistic Especially for people who are just starting line that has been produced using the stricter European standards for at least that to live more holistically, Arbonne makes it very easy: all the information they need is long—so it’s a way of life for the company, there in the store, along with the products. not a trend. Arbonne fit that descrip44

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The company also puts good information online, for people who like to shop and do their research from home. So I feel that Arbonne is a really good partnership for my salon. It’s all about spreading the word, creating awareness of what we put on and in our bodies.

Are you looking to bring new people into your Arbonne business? Yes, always! I’d love to connect with practitioners in areas like integrative medicine, chiropractic or sports medicine, as well as personal trainers and makeup artists. It’s a good line for anyone who’s interested from a business perspective, because you don’t have to have inventory. It’s really part of a movement—a great business for someone who wants to build awareness about living more holistically. Besides joining in the business, preferred customers also receive up to 75 percent off Arbonne products. People can schedule a free consultation with me to go over specific needs and beneficial options, and then they can place an order with me, go online at or email me for more information. I always feel confident recommending Arbonne, because it’s a company that I trust. Fresh Organic Salon is located at 190 Rte. 117 Bypass, Bedford Hills, NY. For more info, call 914.242.1928, email Maureen@ or visit or MaureenToohey. See ad, page 47.

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Dr. Laurie Mallis

Benefits of Cosmetic Acupuncture More than Skin Deep


hen Dr. Laurie Mallis, a physician and licensed acupuncturist, announced her plan to open a holistic medical practice, people began asking her whether she would offer cosmetic acupuncture. “To be honest, I didn’t even know what it was,” she says. “So I started doing some research. I learned that most of the cosmetic acupuncture treatments that were being done were dealing with just the superficial issues of the skin. But as a medical physician, I wanted to be able to offer my patients a deeper treatment that not only improved their appearance but also improved their underlying health and well-being.” Then Mallis discovered the Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture System, based on traditional Chinese medicine. She knew it was the right fit for her practice, SearchLight Medical. “Mei Zen improves health and energy as it helps turn back the clock,” she says. “It’s an exciting alternative to plastic surgery and potentially unhealthy ‘noninvasive’ techniques. The state of physical health, emotions and spirit is reflected on the skin, particularly on the skin of the face. You look your best when your inner health shines through.”   Mei Zen uses an ancient, superficial needling technique designed to increase qi and blood to the face and improve or increase the production of collagen and elastin, she says. Among the reported benefits are the reduced appearance of lines and wrinkles, better skin tone and a firmer jawline, as well as general health benefits such as reduced insomnia, hot flashes, depression and anxiety. “Acupuncture point selections on the body are also used to complete the balancing of energy, resulting in an overall rejuvenation of body, mind and spirit,” Mallis says. “In keeping with that holistic approach, I always evaluate the patient’s diet, lifestyle and skin care along with a Mei Zen treatment.” SearchLight Medical is located at 2424 Rte. 52, Hopewell Junction, NY. For more info, call 845.592.4310 or visit See ads, pgs 11 & 23. June 2018


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Natural Ways to Protect Skin from Sun Damage by Alan M. Dattner, M.D.

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hile skin aging is a natural process, there are also various natural ways, internal and external, to treat and slow it down. These measures can benefit anyone, especially otherwise vibrant Baby Boomers, who as they approach their senior years, want to look as young and beautiful as they feel inside, for both work and social interaction. Much of the skin damage that comes with aging occurs as a result of exposure to the sun and solar radiation. To help prevent this damage, you should time your outdoor activity properly; make good use of shade, umbrellas, hats and high-SPF clothing; and, having done that, apply safe sunscreens such as zinc and titanium. Skin damage occurs when the sun’s rays activate enzymes that form free radicals, which in turn destroy the collagen and elastin that give skin its strength and rebound quality. This process results in thinning and wrinkling of the skin, as well as lost elasticity. A proper diet, however, will supply the amino acids, minerals and other nutrients required for building collagen, and recent studies show that antioxidants taken by mouth and applied to the skin offer some protection against sun damage.

Plant-Based Protection

A study published just last month in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology concluded that astaxanthin-loaded oleoresin and algae extract, applied topically, have antioxidant properties that could protect the skin from photoaging. 46

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Research also indicates that astaxanthin, lutein and other anthocyanins—found in members of the broccoli family, such as kale—protect the eyes, and likely the skin as well, against antioxidants. These vegetables and their supplement equivalents should be part of any diet intended to slow photoaging. A 2011 study published in the International Journal of Nanomedicine reported that a nano-delivered extract from palm kernel oil, applied to the skin, had antioxidant properties that could protect against oxidative damage. Finally, it is well established that vitamin C and certain bioflavonoids, such as proanthocyanidins, help protect the skin from the aging effects of sun damage. Vitamin C and bioflavonoids have also been shown to protect the blood vessels, preventing all sorts of related issues, from easy bruising to heart disease. Albert Szent-Györgyi, who won a Nobel Prize for his discovery of vitamin C, wrote about the capillary-protective effects of that vitamin and bioflavonoids in the 1950s. I work with these and other anti-aging methods in my practice, Integrative Medicine and Dermatology. I see patients Mondays and Wednesdays at Advanced Dermatology in Manhattan (212.722.2441), and Tuesdays and Thursdays at my office in New Rochelle (914.637.0908). For more information, visit or contact Dr. Alan Dattner at or

Toner Is Vital to Skincare Routine


ost people know that toner is a skincare product, but few people understand exactly what it does. According to Amy Kowal, owner of Reviva Skin and Body Solutions in Fishkill, toner is a vital part of any healthy skincare routine because it helps restore pH balance. The pH scale goes from 0 to 14, with 0 being highly acidic, and 14 being highly alkaline. (Water is neutral, with a pH of 7.) Our skin has a natural pH balance of 5.5, which means it’s slightly acidic, Kowal says. “Cleansers, especially bar soaps—which you should never use—are alkaline,” she says. “They usually have a pH of 8 to 11. So when you wash your face with cleanser, you will increase its pH from 5.5 to somewhere between 8 and 11. If you rinse with water and stop right there, your skin will dry out and get very irritated, leading to dryness or a breakout. A toner is acidic. You need it following a cleansing to return your skin back to its normal pH of 5.5.” Kowal suggests using toner immediately after washing your face. Apply it with a cotton pad, and then rinse it off with water so your skin won’t become too acidic. “This one small step will go a long way to making a positive change in your skin,” she says. “Also, unless you have cystic acne or very oily skin, avoid using astringent. It’s way too strong for most skin types.” To make your own natural toner at home, mix three tablespoons aloe vera juice, two teaspoons witch hazel and one teaspoon glycerin—all available at most drugstores—and add five to ten drops of your favorite essential oils. Store the toner in a two-ounce bottle. For more info, contact Amy Kowal at 844.363.7894 or visit See ad, page 43.


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Pets Welcome Here Happy Places to Live and Travel Together by Sandra Murphy


s of last year, 90 million dogs lived in American homes. Including cats, birds, fish, small animals and reptiles, the grand total is 393 million, reports the American Pet Products Association. Pets are considered family members by 95 percent of their people. Accordingly, pets are a key consideration in choosing a friendly place to live or visit. The personal finance website WalletHub analyzed the most pet-friendly U.S. cities encompassing criteria inclusive of access to veterinarians and cost, pet insurance rates, pet-friendly restaurants, pet-centric businesses, dog parks and animal shelters. SmartAsset, a personal finance technology company, ranked cities by dog parks, pet-friendly restaurants and stores, walkability, weather and housing costs. Unsurprisingly, many high picks are in warmer climates.

What to Seek

“First, look for pet-friendly landlords. Space to play, socialize and exercise animals is next on my list, followed by breweries and restaurants that allow dogs on their patios,” says Alexandra Bassett, a professional dog trainer and owner of Dog Savvy Los Angeles. “I hike off-leash in Runyon Canyon and we visit the Pawbar at Pussy & Pooch, a pet lifestyle boutique, to mingle and sample treats. Food is the fastest way to make a dog comfortable in just about any setting.”

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Toxins in the Grass D

ogs eat grass, roll in it and walk on it. Pesticides on feet and fur walk into the house. One of the top three pesticides sold in the U.S., known as 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, or 2,4-D, is used for golf courses, landscaping and public areas. Popular products containing 2,4-D include: n Bayer Advanced All-in-One Lawn Weed and Crabgrass Killer n Ortho Weed-B-Gon Max n Scotts Liquid Turf Builder n Scotts Snap Pac Weed & Feed n Sta-Green Phosphorus-Free Weed & Feed Source:

Irvine and Carlsbad, California, and Portland, Maine, are among the first cities to ban use of toxic pesticides in public areas and homes, following pressure from local groups. Being closer to the ground and smaller in size, pets suffer adverse reactions faster than humans. Contact local environmental groups to help ban harmful insecticides and herbicides in public areas. In Pasco County, Florida, Epperson Community homes exemplify eco- and pet-friendly planning, with open spaces and solar power-lit trails for jogging and walking. Birdhouses throughout the property welcome wild feathered friends. A centerpiece lagoon enhances scenic walks and uses less water and energy than a traditional pool or golf course. Separate paths allocated for bikes and driverless cars keep dog walkers safe.

Colony Cove, in Ellenton, Florida, is a 55-plus retirement community that allows multiple pets, including some breeds banned elsewhere. It maintains a large dog park, and at summer’s end, dogs are welcome to take a dip in the pool. Further, the association offers mobile groomers, photos with Santa and costume contests. All species are welcome at Rose Villa Senior Living, in Portland, Oregon, where residents’ request for an off-leash dog park play area was granted. One resident owns two dogs, two cats and an African gray parrot. The largest-ever Canadian residential project to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design platinum certification, Calgary’s University District, embraces ecological conservation, habitat restoration and long-term conservation management principles. Designed for residents to age in place with their families, recreational fitness amenities include on- and off-leash dog parks, a pet-friendly activity space and paths leading to parks.

size, weight, breed or species. Amenities include a bed, treats, a water bowl and toys with no additional pet fee,” she says. Salerno continues, “In Asheville, dogs are allowed on the grounds of the Biltmore Estate. The Ernest Hemingway House, in Key West, Florida, allows small, cat-friendly dogs. Boutiques, feed stores, wineries and art galleries may say yes to pets. Ask first and make sure your pet is well-behaved.” Whether at home or traveling, families can enjoy many opportunities to share new experiences with pets. Just be sure they mind their manners to have a good time. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at

Favorite Activities

Sara Nick, chief content officer at Sidewalk Dog Media, in Minneapolis, suggests experiencing unique adventures. Dog paddling takes on new meaning via stand-up paddleboarding with a pooch at Minnesota’s Split Rock Lighthouse and Tettegouche state parks. Whatever the weather, equinefriendly pups can ride along in a horsedrawn carriage from Doubletree Carriage Company, in Spring Valley. Dogs are welcome to watch or snooze through film showings at the Long Drive-In, in Long Prairie. Birgit and Jim Walker, authors of Keep Your Paws on the Road: A Practical Guide to Traveling with Dogs, travel by RV in summer with their three dogs to favorite stops like Tombstone, Arizona. “Some tourist areas don’t welcome dogs, but in Tombstone, dogs can go for stagecoach rides and down into a mine with you,” she says. Kim Salerno, president and founder of, in Wake Forest, North Carolina, recommends Kimpton or Aloft hotels. “Kimpton accepts any pet, any June 2018


eco spotlight it is made and the materials it contains. Almost all standard mattresses are made of polyurethane foam, which is a crude-oilbased, chemical-laden synthetic substance. By law, mattresses must pass certain standards in order to be considered flame retardant, and so manufacturers add even more chemicals. We are exposed to these toxic flame retardants every day in a variety of ways. They can be found in household dust, air and by Brielle Bleeker furniture. Avoiding them is difficult but necessary, any people By law, mattresses must due to growing concerns over the health risks of are taking pass certain standards toxic exposure, including steps to in order to be considered cancer, impeded brain lead a cleaner, more flame retardant, and so development in children natural lifestyle. Most begin that journey by manufacturers add even and hormone disruption. Standard mattresses changing the foods more chemicals are not biodegradable, they eat and the cleaneither, and once thrown ing products they use at out, they end up in landfills, creating a trehome, and even swapping out their beauty mendous burden on the environment. This products for options without commonly is of huge concern because many mattressused chemicals. But they might not realize that one item they use daily contains a high es purchased online are shipped a great number of toxins that could be detrimental distance, adding to their carbon footprint, only to be returned by unsatisfied customto both their health and the environment. ers. Those mattresses cannot be resold due Although they sleep on a mattress every night, they don’t give much thought to how to hygiene concerns and therefore end up

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An Organic Mattress Can Contribute to a Healthier Lifestyle


polluting more landfills. Returning a mattress to an online retailer can also prove to be a painstaking process. It’s not an item that you can easily repackage and bring to the nearest post office counter. As we try to implement a more natural lifestyle in all areas, switching to an organic mattress can be a simple yet profound way to reduce our chemical exposure. We spend approximately one-third of our lives sleeping, so we can reduce a large source of exposure by choosing an organic option. Many people opt for healthy, organic food as well as natural household products, and choosing a more natural mattress should be another high priority on their list as they strive to lead a cleaner, greener life. Dave Spittal, owner of Healthy Choice Organic Mattress, says, “In addition to organic mattresses being incredibly comfortable and supportive, they are chemical-free and made with only high-quality natural and organic materials, including organic wool, organic cotton and 98 percent pure, natural rubber. The other 2 percent is fatty acids and soaps with no chemicals.” Health Choice Organic Mattresses are made in Connecticut, Spittal says. They last for 25 years, and when they wear out, they won’t burden a landfill, because they are completely biodegradable. “Although an organic mattress can cost more than a regular mattress, it is an investment in long-term health,” he says. “The toxic burden that people are forced to deal with on a daily basis is increasingly alarming. The simple decision to opt for an organic mattress will not only be beneficial financially and environmentally, buy also will play a huge part in creating a healthier lifestyle.” Healthy Choice Organic Mattress is located at 681 East Main St., Mt. Kisco, NY and 544 Main St., Beacon, NY. For more information, call 914.241.2467 or visit See ad, back cover. Brielle Bleeker is a writer for Natural Awakenings magazine.


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DOING NOTHING Why Timeouts Matter by April Thompson


n a harried world where our work is never done, it’s tough to take timeouts to do nothing. Yet, when we pump the brakes on Americans’ obsessive drive, we discover fresh productivity, creativity and contentment. “We’re socialized to pride ourselves on accomplishment and achievement, yet when you step back, you realize doing nothing produces a valuable currency, especially in enhanced mental health,” says Colleen Long, a Boston psychologist and author of Happiness in B.A.L.A.N.C.E: What We Know Now About Happiness. Italians call it la dolce far niente, or the sweetness of doing nothing, while the Dutch word niksen translates as “doing something without a purpose”. Here are a few tips to reclaim the art of be-ing over do-ing.

Create a “do nothing” ritual. Set aside a special time and make it known. It can start the morning or wind down an evening. It may be meditating a few minutes or enjoying a bit of aromatherapy, wherever the heart leads. Relax into the moment. Acknowledge

guilty feelings when they arise, but don’t heed them. It takes time to undo mental programming and learn to quiet the voice urging, “Don’t just stand there, do something!”

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Mindfully do nothing. It’s not about

vegging out with passive activities like watching TV or checking email. It’s a time to come alive to our senses and surroundings, whether listening to music or peoplewatching, free of distractions from phone calls or anxious thoughts.

Doing something is okay. The aim

is to let go of the compulsion to check off every item on our to-do list—but that doesn’t mean blankly staring off into space. These are purposeful moments without a specific purpose. Doodle in a sketchbook, wander around the neighborhood or lie in the grass and look at clouds. Spontaneously go with the flow.

There’s no one way or right way to do nothing. “Just by carving out space,

you’ll get a benefit even if it doesn’t feel like you’re doing it right or perfectly,” advises Long. It looks different for different people. “Before I had kids, my ‘nothing time’ might be just being out in nature or simply doing one thing mindfully at a time, like washing dishes. Now I incorporate the principle into family time. One day a week, I shut off the phone, get on the floor with my kids and just let life get messy.” Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at June 2018


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Poughkeepsie Author to Teach Angel Class


ocal author Pamela Landolt will teach an angel workshop on June 16, from 1 to 4 p.m., at 2 LaGrange Avenue, Suite 214, in the Town of Poughkeepsie, and on June 21, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., also in Poughkeepsie (location TBD). Her new book, Discovering Angels, explains how to connect with angels through simple exercises and guided meditations. It also describes how angels have helped her life. Pamela Landolt at book signing “I wrote Discovering Angels with the intent of helping those experiencing difficult times take charge of their lives by learning how to work with the angels,” she says. “I have found great benefit communing with the angels, and I wanted to share my experiences and knowledge with others.” The class will focus on working with the Sacred Seven Guardian Angels. “Students will learn to use angel oracle cards and the pendulum for receiving angelic messages,” she says. “They will also develop a stronger sense of angelic presence through guided meditation.” “We all have a guardian angel to watch over and guide us,” she adds. “Your guardian angel is the most persistent in trying to get your attention, letting you know they are with you and that you are never alone.” Landolt works in several healing modalities, including angelic energy healing. She has a master’s in metaphysical sciences from the University of Metaphysics and the International Metaphysical Ministry. She is also a Reiki Level II practitioner, a registered polarity practitioner, an angel card reader and a certified bio-energy transmitter. Discovering Angels is available for $13.99 (softcover) through Amazon, BarnesAndNoble. com and For more info, visit or Contact Landolt at 914.204.1323 or

Author Publishes Forward-Thinking Book


uthor David Kline has published a new book, Change a Letter, Change Your Life. The book gives readers the opportunity to learn about the law of attraction and how to use it to improve their lives. Encouraging readers to move beyond the phrase, I’ll believe it when I see it, Kline suggests readers take the initiative to formulate a new way of thinking by changing the w in when to a t, so that the resulting updated phrase becomes: I believe, then I see. “What a difference one letter can make,” notes Kline. “It can change everything from a negative and stagnant approach to life, to a positive and forward-thinking stance. But changing that one letter in your belief system may be one of the hardest things you ever have to do. It means giving up your old thought processes and early programming and moving fearlessly ahead into uncharted territory.” The book is available for sale at For more information, visit See ad page 55. 52

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Angel Aura Spiritual Boutique Opens in Pawling


hen Diane Rivera planned her new business, Angel Aura Spiritual Boutique, which opened last month Diane Rivera in the Village of Pawling, she visualized a positive space focused on personal spiritual development. “When someone’s visiting with us, whether it’s for a psychic medium or tarot reading, a healing or meditation session or one of our workshops—or just to stop by to browse our growing selection of gifts, oils, crystals and spiritual books—we want them to experience that good energy,” she says. As an adult, Rivera became a spiritual seeker, and her thirst for understanding and her angel guides led her to open a spiritual boutique where others could “find their way” with the help of meditation circles, workshops and energy workers. Shamanic healer Elka Boren, psychic medium Maryann and Martha’s Tarot Readings offer their services there regularly. In June, Jessica Ann d’Arcy from Wellness through Wisdom and intuitive healer Henry Primus will offer their services as special guests. The boutique also hosts workshops every Friday and Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. and/or 7 to 9 p.m. “I am putting together weekend morning meditation classes, which should start second week of June,” Rivera says. “We will offer parent-child workshops for the summer, such as meditation classes, fairy gardens and angel art. We’ll also offer workshops and readings in Spanish.” Angel Aura Spiritual Boutique is located at 12 W. Main St., Pawling (Village), NY. For more info, call 845.493.0432 or visit

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Energy Medicine

Mediumship Readings


Pam Cucinell Phone, online & in person 917.796.6026;

Bernadette Bloom, MI Energy Healing & Teacher 239.289.3744

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

Anne H. Bentzen, RMT, JRP Reiki Master Teacher & Energetic Counseling 914.588.4079;

Colin McPhillamy Pleasantville, NYC, Skype 213.840.1187

Aura-Soma Colour Therapy The Source NY Wellness Center 143 Boardman Road Bldg 3 Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 845.214.0452;

Energy HEALING Accessing Intuition & Spirit for Healing: Mag Treanor RN Carmel, NY; 845.228.8132 Tina Aurora CPC Reiki Master Energy Healing & Coaching Cortlandt Manor, NY 914.473.1032;

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.

Intuitive Inspiring New Beginnings LLC Energy Healing & Intuitive Counseling 845.803.5737 inspiringnewbeginnings

Intuitive Healing Dance

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Dreaming Goddess Energy healers/Tarot Readers 44 Raymond Ave. Poughkeepsie 845.473.2206 Hands of Serenity Healing 1129 Main St., Fishkill NY 845.896.1915

Past Life Regression Shira Adler, Intuitive Healer Certified Past Life Regressionist 914.861.5186;

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



Francine Tesler Medical Intuitive The psychic for people who usually don’t go to psychics. 220 King St., Chappaqua 914.469.6693;

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Guided Channeling Group The Temperance Center Merrill Black, LCSW 914.793.2600

Beacon of Light Wellness Center Alison Jolicoeur 845.202.3515 Shamanic Reiki Master Teacher Hands of Serenity Healing Jody Cleveland, RN 1129 Main St., Fishkill 845.896.1915 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

Synchronicity 1511 Rt. 22, Brewster, NY 845.363.1765

June 2018



fit body

RUNNING WITH THE KIDS Strengthens Body, Mind and Family Spirit


by Marlaina Donato

ombining regular exercise with quality family time can be an enjoyable and fun way to realize a healthier lifestyle. Running together in fresh air, preferably in natural settings, allows children as young as 5 to safely join in.

Physical and Emotional Perks

Families and coaches agree that running benefits both body and psyche. “Running as a family is an incredibly bonding experience, putting aside some of the usual conflicts and perceived hierarchies and just coming together,” says William Pullen, a London, England, psychotherapist and author of Running with Mindfulness: Dynamic Running Therapy (DRT) to Improve Low-mood, Anxiety, Stress, and Depression. “Running also gives us a place where we can develop skills like building confidence and competency.” Marc Bloom, of Princeton, New Jersey, author of Young Runners: The Complete Guide to Healthy Running for Kids From 5 to 18 and The Runner’s Bible, concurs, stating, “Running as a family can give parents the opportunity to be good role models by instilling values of health, fitness and togetherness.” Experts emphasize the fun factor. Pullen encourages both parents and kids to get out of their heads and into their bodies. “Concentrating on breath, posture, sensation and location all help make running mindful,” he suggests. 54

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“The important thing is to show up. It’s about participation, not breaking personal bests,” Pullen continues. Kids can play a game while running, such as silently counting steps, trees or other runners.” Mindfulness can also include sharing how it feels to run and meeting challenges along the way. Bloom suggests tuning in to nature. “Being in beautiful surroundings or watching for animals can promote mindfulness,” he says. “It can be spiritual.”

Safe Start

For beginners, experts recommend approaching running as a desirable pastime and adopting a slow, easy pace. “Always make running fun, not a chore,” encourages Bloom. “Frame it as being outside, playing and sharing with friends and family. Make a game of it as much as possible.” Whether a family chooses to run in the park or in a community race, experts stress the importance of not setting goals. “Make it pleasurable. Don’t worry about time and distance. Start with short distances, maybe a block or two for novice runners or very young children,” advises running coach Jeremy Sanders, from Winchester, Virginia. “Be patient. Some days, the kids will get cramps. They may whine or get moody. Other days, they will be happy and content. Don’t let one bad run ruin the opportunity to try again another time.” Running coaches and seasoned runners agree that it is wise to tailor runs according to age and fitness levels. “Kids can begin at school age, 5 or 6; but start them with a few minutes and then add more, up to 15 minutes to a half an hour or so a few days a week. Always mix in sprints for short attention spans. Keep it simple. No fancy running shoes are needed when starting, just regular sneakers,” advises Bloom. “For teens, 30 to 45 minutes at a time a few times a week is fine, provided that they have bona fide running shoes.”


Finding inspiration as a family can include running for worthy causes; most communities host charity runs. “This can become a focal point for getting in shape, raising money and running for the greater good, not just yourself,” says Bloom. Mindful running presents regular opportunities to explore new places, focus on details that often go unnoticed and make exercise an active meditation for all involved. “Show kids how to notice what is going on around them when they run,” suggests Pullen. “You can read up and educate yourselves on trees, geology or the change of seasons so they feel a powerful sense of connection and freedom.” Whether running as a family is motivated by a desire to stay fit, get someplace or simply share more quality time, being in the present moment is most important. “Life is not about striving all the time,” exhorts Pullen. “Take the kids out. Keep it fun and make it into an adventure.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

Breathing While Running William Pullen: “Mindful breathing is simply making the observation of one’s breath being the priority over thoughts. Each time the mind interrupts, gently return to the breath. Learning how to do that gently is what it’s all about—it means letting go of forcing, wishing and striving—and just gently doing.” Marc Bloom: “I’m not a fan of instructing young kids how to breathe while running because thinking about a must-do task can spoil the fun, and also seem like homework. Runners breathe naturally through their mouths, with an occasional deep breath through the nose. You can get technical with this, but not for kids. Be aware if breathing gets labored. If kids feel out of breath they’re probably running too fast. Kids love to start off fast, often too fast. Also, normal breathing might feel ‘out of breath’ and wrong to them because they’re not accustomed to it. Explain this to newbies beforehand by telling them what to expect.” Jeremy Sanders: “Everyone is different. Your breathing changes with effort and the more you run, the more you learn what works for you. You can experiment by breathing through only your nose or only your mouth, or in combination, in through the nose and out through the mouth. You can also alter the number of steps between each breath to get a comfortable rhythm going.”






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June 2018


pilates spotlight

Pilates for rehabilitation

The Healing Power of Pilates by Julianne Hale


ur bodies are Injuries, surgeries and the your daily workouts so amazing machanges that come with age they are easier chines, enabling are often the catalysts that on the bones us to climb mountains, bring newcomers to Pilates. and joints. swim, carry our children While these and hold onto our loved ones. When injury strikes or the aging pro- limitations may seem devastating for active adults, there is a safe way to help our cess slows us down, we can find ourselves bodies, minds and spirit return to balance. in uncharted territory. Perhaps a torn Pilates offers exercise and strength training meniscus puts an abrupt end to the marafor healing and rehabilitation that is suitthon you were training for, a new baby has able for all ages and abilities. rendered your body unrecognizable or age-related arthritis requires you to tweak


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“Pilates is a great workout for those in top shape but can also be a wonderful rehabilitative workout,” explains Sarah Gevinski, who, along with Heather Rhyu, owns Club Pilates, in Ardsley, Mount Kisco and Scarsdale. “Many physical therapists and doctors recommend our studios to their clients as a way to build their core strength and get back into an exercise program without reinjuring themselves.” Carol Dodge Baker, who owns Equipose, A State of Balance Pilates and Wellness Studio, with fellow Pilates Instructor Vandy Lipman, says, “We have guided people through joint replacement surgeries, disc issues, arthritis, frozen shoulders and knee surgeries, to name a few. Pilates reduces pain through increased strength, circulation and flexibility. The method can accommodate any underlying issue or condition one might have through carefully guided sessions with one of Equipose’s knowledgeable certified instructors.”

Practice for Life

Injuries, surgeries and the changes that come with age are often the catalysts that bring newcomers to Pilates. After they experience how effective the modality can be, they end up becoming long term practitioners. Elain Ewing, owner of Rhineback Pilates, has witnessed this phenomenon. “Pilates can reduce pain from many issues such as arthritis, back pain, stiffness and ‘text neck.’ Many people begin Pilates due to these physical issues and imbalances and, once corrected, practicing the method becomes a lifelong habit.”

tion of the mind, body and spirit.’ It is this coordination that sets Pilates apart from all other methods of core training and is the reason why it is so beneficial for health and vibrancy at any stage of life.”

Everybody, every body

Inclusivity is the hallmark of Pilates. All genders, ages and fitness levels reap benefits from the practice, whether they are in search of healing Elaine Ewing, owner of Rhinebeck Pilates after a surgery or injury, trying to build strength or seeking an overall imIt starts with the core provement in the quality of their life. “Your powerhouse—or core—is the most “Pilates is for every body,” states essential part of your body,” explains Baker. Gevinski. “I teach Pilates to men and “It is what affects every other part of your women of all ages who come to the studio body, posture and alignment. You have to for all types of reasons. No matter what keep that strong for longevity and optithe reason for starting Pilates, everyone mum health.” sticks with it—most people for a lifetime— Gevinski agrees, saying, “If you because the practice of coordinating the strengthen your core, you can do anything. mind, body and spirit is so powerful and Not only can you move your larger muscles effective.” more freely, but you can help to stabilize and balance your entire body. A stronger Sources: Heather Rhyu, Club Pilates core makes your day-to-day living easier.” Ardsley, 875 Saw Mill River Rd., Ardsley, Joseph Pilates, founder of Pilates, NY, 914.292.1292, and said, “Physical fitness is the first requisite Club Pilates Scarsdale, 365 Central Park of happiness.” This principle is at the core Ave., Scarsdale, NY, 914.449.4411, Club(no pun intended) of the Pilates method.; Club Pilates Mt. Kisco, Sarah Ewing witnesses this principle in action in Gevinski, 30 E. Main St., Mt. Kisco, NY, her studio on a regular basis. “Time and 914.362.8414,; Carol time again I hear students of Pilates say Dodge Baker and Vandy Lipman, Equipose, how the method has improved their ability A State of Balance Pilates and Wellness Stuto perform the physical activities they love dio, Bailey Court, 334 Rte. 202, Somers, NY, to do,” she muses. 914.276.2056, EquipoisePilatesAndWell-

Age is only a number

Joseph Pilates often said, “The number of years we’ve been on this planet is not what makes us young or old, but it is the fitness, flexibility and strength of our bodies that determine our youth and vitality (or lack thereof).” Unlike many exercise programs we find in our local gym, Pilates does not exclude anyone. It can be modified and practiced by students of all fitness levels and ages. As individuals build strength, they tap into that vitality and are able to live a fuller life, doing the things that they love. Gevinski notes, “Joseph Pilates described his method as ‘complete coordina-; Elaine Ewing, Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY, 845.876.5686 or

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pilates profiles

Club Pilates

Tina Sferra at Elite Performance Physical Therapy of Westchester

Club Pilates Ardsley

Elite Performance Physical Therapy of Westchester

Heather Rhyu, Owner

875 Saw Mill River Rd., Ardsley, NY 914.292.1292 •

Tina Sferra, MSPT, Owner

175 E. Main St., Suite 204, Mt. Kisco, NY 917.476.2164 •   How would you describe your studio? I’m not a purist; I’m a fundamentalist. We combine classical and contemporary approaches, drawing from details of each to select a program based on individual needs and modifications as necessary, emphasizing quality, not quantity. As a physical therapist, I believe Pilates presents a comprehensive, whole-body system that makes deep connections as you get to the core of the matter.

Club Pilates Mt. Kisco Sarah Gevinski, Owner

30 E. Main St., Mt. Kisco, NY 914.362.8414 •

Club Pilates Scarsdale Heather Rhyu, Owner

365 Central Park Ave., Scarsdale, NY 914.449.4411 • How would you describe your studio? True to Joseph Pilates’ original Reformer-based Contrology Method, but modernized with group practice and expanded state-ofthe-art equipment, Club Pilates offers high-quality, life-changing training at a surprisingly affordable price. We believe that Pilates is the path to a fuller, more satisfying physical existence, and that being in control of your body helps you to be in control of your life. Best of all, we believe that you can start any time. What is your professional passion or goal? We want everyone to do Pilates and enjoy the benefits as Joseph Pilates originally intended. His dream was that someday everyone would be doing his workout, and we’re working to reach that goal. Any new-student specials? We offer free introductory classes. What do you most want our readers to know? We’re accessible! We open our doors to all practitioners: young, old, beginners and seasoned veterans. We’re open seven days a week, with more than 50 classes to challenge you at each studio. 58

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What is your professional passion or goal? “I learned that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will pass an invisible boundary....” —Henry David Thoreau Any new services? We’ve expanded our services along with our space. Our new manual therapy PT practice and Pilates studio now offers physical therapy in a “one patient, one therapist, one hour” model of manual treatment and post-rehab and wellness Pilates privates, duets and new Pilates triplets and Physio-Ball triplets (a Progressing Ballet Technique).   What do you most want our readers to know? At my studio you will reengineer your body under the eyes of a highly filtered lens: Pilates with a physical therapist. As Joseph Pilates said, “You are as young as your spine.” You can create and have it all! Achieving infinite results and elite performance is our mission. See ad, page 57.

Carol Dodge Baker at Equipoise

Equipoise: A State of Balance Pilates and Wellness Studio

Carol Dodge Baker and Vandy Lipman, Owners/Instructors Homa Oscar, Instructor Bailey Court, 334 Rte. 202, Somers, NY 914.276.2056 •

How would you describe your studio? Equipoise is the premier Pilates studio in northern Westchester, bringing the highest level of Pilates instruction to the area. Our experienced instructors are certified in the authentic Pilates Method of Body Conditioning founded by Joseph H. Pilates and carried forward by his protégé, Romana Kryzanowska. What is your professional passion or goal? Joseph Pilates believed that mental and physical health are essential to one another, creating a total body conditioning. The Pilates Method corrects posture using fewer, more precise movements requiring control and technique, rather than increased repetition. “Contrology,” as it was called back in the day, incorporates mat work as well as other apparatus, allowing people to isolate their muscles to build better strength and flexibility. The result is longer, leaner muscle mass. Any new-student specials? We offer private lessons, duets, trios and mat classes for every level, as well as a comprehensive certification program for those interested in becoming instructors. We also offer a variety of workshops and events. In addition, we offer MELT classes, massage therapy, advanced Rolfing and meditation. In June, July and August, we’re offering a special teacher discount of $75 for private lessons. You can choose to work with our apprentices at a discounted rate as well.


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What do you most want our readers to know? Romana used to say, “You can describe Pilates in three words: stretch with strength and control. And the control part is the most important, because that makes you use your mind.” June 2018


Elaine Ewing at Rhinebeck Pilates

Rhinebeck Pilates

Elaine Ewing, Owner

6400 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY 845.876.5686 • How would you describe your studio? Rhinebeck Pilates is an Authentic Pilates studio, fully equipped with Gratz apparatus, located in the center of the Village of Rhinebeck. We offer private sessions and small-group classes to men and women of all ages, from professional athletes to people recovering from injuries, and everything in between.   What is your professional passion or goal? As a certified Authentic Pilates teacher, Elaine Ewing teaches the traditional Pilates method designed by Joseph Pilates, which has stood the test of time since 1929 as an amazing form of exercise that combines stretch with strength and control. Elaine strives to use the method to make her students stronger and more flexible, thereby improving their quality of life and endurance to excel at all things they enjoy.   Any new-student specials? We have three intro packages for anyone new to our studio: the Best Way to Start Pilates Package ($300 for five private sessions); the Intro to Rhinebeck Pilates ($100 for one private, one equipment class and one mat class); and the Intro to Group Classes ($195 for three Reformer, three Tower and three mat classes).   What do you most want our readers to know? Rhinebeck Pilates has offered Authentic Pilates in the Hudson Valley since 2003, and we’re the only truly fully equipped studio in the area. This gives our students the most authentic and beneficial Pilates experience possible, because the whole system is available to them. We are known for our high-quality services, our knowledge and our friendly teachers—we’ve been named Best Pilates in the Hudson Valley six times. All our teachers regularly further their Pilates education by studying with the most experienced teachers in the method. See ad, page 57. 60

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Liz Fareed at Stay True Pilates

Stay True Pilates

Liz Fareed, Owner and Instructor

Cortlandt Manor, NY 914.382.2040 • How would you describe your studio? Stay True Pilates is a home studio that offers completely private one-on-one apparatus sessions and small-group mat classes. While sessions are tailored to the individual, they follow the classical order and fundamentals of Joseph Pilates’ method. I was certified in 2009 by Brooke Siler, author of The Pilates Body, and am a member of the Authentic Pilates Union. What is your professional passion or goal? Above all, Pilates should be exercise, and you should get a great workout. You should feel lots of muscles working together, you should be breathing deeply, and you should release stress and tension by the time the session is over. In Pilates, little details make a huge difference. My goal is to give you those details and have you feeling stronger and more confident after every session. Any new-student specials? Stay True Pilates offers a new-student discount for three private sessions to get you started. We also offer holiday specials and gift certificates. What do you most want our readers to know? Anyone can do Pilates! My clients range from a 13-year-old figure skater to a 70-year-old grandmother with arthritis in her hips. Everyone needs to move, so no matter where you are starting, Pilates is a fantastic way to reach your goals. Stay True Pilates is an easygoing, friendly studio where you can work hard and have fun.


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

CORTLANDT MANOR Stay True Pilates Private/Small groups 914.382.2040

Dobbs Ferry Pilates and More Health & Fitness Studio 127 Main Street 914.478.3560

MOUNT KISCO NEW Club Pilates Mount Kisco

30 E. Main St. 914.362.8414; MountKisco

Elite Performance PT of Westchester, PC 175 E. Main St, Suite 204 917.476.2164

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

Rhinebeck Rhinebeck Pilates 6400 Montgomery Street 845.876.5686



Club Pilates Scarsdale 365 Central Park Ave. 914.449.4411; scarsdale

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



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

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

Yoga Communities nOMad Always at OM Classes, Retreats, YTT


Cortlandt Manor


Elevate Yoga Studio 3535 Crompond Rd.

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



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

Westchester Yoga Arts 49 Lawton Street, 2nd Floor 914.632.1101

Croton on Hudson Devotion Yoga of Westchester Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan 2055 Albany Post Road 914.930.7707

EASTCHESTER The Temperance Center 453 White Plains Road 914.793.2600

FISHKILL Firefly Yoga Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga 992 main street

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

SOMERS Yoga at Zen Garden Private and Small Groups 917.721.2529;

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




Beacon of Light Wellness Center 4 S. Chestnut St 845.202.3515

Golden Prana Yoga 223 Katonah Avenue 914.232.3473



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

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

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

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Liberation Yoga & Wellness Center 862 Route 6 845.803.8389;

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

Katonah Yoga 39 Main Street 914.241.2661;

CARMEL The Art of Healing Wellness Center 64 Gleneida Ave. 845.878.4325

Nueva Alma Yoga & Wellness 799 McLean Avenue 914.294.0606;

Putnam Yoga 30 Tomahawk Street Baldwin Place 845.494.8118;

To list your business on this page please call 914.617.8750 June 2018


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

June 13 Grand Opening 6pm to 10 pm


Candles & Wine Co

First Tuesday Bird Walk – 7:30-9:30am. Free. Level of physical difficulty is easy-moderate. Deans Bridge, at eastern end of bridge, Somers. Register, Susan: 914.302.9713.

Food. Wine. Beer Come join us for a drink and welcome our Wine and Beer Bar to the hamlet.

FRIDAY, JUNE 1 Shamanic Reiki Training Master Practitioner Level – June 1-3. 10am-5pm. With Melanie Ryan. Professional weekend training. Be attuned to Mikao Usui Reiki Master symbol and the intuitive, psychic healing powers used for centuries by ancient indigenous shamans. $425. Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462. Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600. Healing Ceremony – 7-9pm. With Shamanic healer “Curandera” Rocio La Rosa. $40. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765.

markyourcalendar Westchester Holistic Network Summer Solstice Gathering Enjoy a Sampling of Wholistic Healing Arts ​Experience and enjoy offerings from WHN practitioners with an Astrology Summer Overview Saturday June 23, 12 - 3 PM Meditation, Music, Movement, Healing Modalities and Refreshments Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation of White Plains Registration and info: Contact:

Snapping Turtles! at Boscobel. See June 2. Sunset Qigong: Aligning Mind, Body and Spirit with Universal Energy – June 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29. 7:30-8:30pm. Sunset Qigong-Facing West over the Hudson River. All welcome. No prior experience necessary. Dress comfortably. The Mariandale Center, Ossining. 914.941.4455.

SATURDAY, JUNE 2 Snapping Turtles! Boscobel – 7:30am. Rainor-shine. Presentation about snapping turtles and introduction to turtles living in the marsh. Explore Boscobel’s gardens and grounds. Refreshments. Admission $12/adults, $8/children, free under 5. Info, visit Field Trip: Mianus River Gorge – 7:30-11am. Join BAS Naturalist Tait Johansson and Preserve Manager Budd Veverka for an early-morning bird walk at this beautiful old-growth forest. Moderate-strenuous. Register, Susan: 914.302.9713. Farm Fest at HHF – 10am-4pm. Children’s games, face painting, activities, artisans, food vendors, hayrides, farm animals and more. $10-per-family. Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St., Yorktown Heights. Info: Primrose Hill School Annual Gala – 7-10pm. evening of entertainment and collaborative changemaking to support Primrose Hill School, an independent school focused on inclusive, nature-based education. At CO, Rhinebeck’s cooperative co-working space. Info/tickets:

SUNDAY, JUNE 3 Bird Walk: Muscoot Farm – 7:30-11am. Join Bedford Audubon’s Naturalist Tait Johansson and the Friends of Muscoot Farm for a bird walk on these beautiful. Free. Level of difficulty is easy-moderate. Register, Susan: 914.302.9713. 62

Guided Meditation – 11am. 45-min group session. $10. 18 person limit, reserve space. The Source NY, 143 Boardman Rd, Bldg 3, Poughkeepsie. 845.214.0452. Aura Soma Colour Therapy Discussion – Noon. 60-min group session. There will be a drawing for one free colour reading. Free. The Source NY, 143 Boardman Rd, Bldg 3, Poughkeepsie. 845.214.0452.


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Birds of Prey Day at Green Chimneys – 10am4pm. Get up close and personal with eagles, hawks, owls and falcons and learn from top wildlife experts. $15/adults, $5/children and seniors. Green Chimneys, 400 Doansburg Rd. Brewster. Info:

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Kundalini Yoga & Gong Meditation – 7-8:30pm. With Pritam Bani Kaur. Use movement, sound current, breath and meditation to relax and heal mind and body. All levels. $20 drop-in. First class free. Devotion Yoga, 2055 Albany Post Rd, Croton on Hudson. 914.930.7707.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6 Eyes and the Brain – 7-9pm. Vision is more than 20/20 eyesight. Learn to reduce visual stress and make efficient use of vision. Free. Dr. Samantha Slotnick, 495 Central Park Ave, Ste 301, Scarsdale. RSVP, Jane: 914.874.1177. 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, JUNE 8 One Light Healing Touch School – June 8-10. Meets June-Nov with Penny and Ron Lavin. Training includes 33 advanced healing techniques and 50 practices for healing oneself and others. NCBTMB CEUs. Lagrangeville. Register: Penny: 845.878.5165. Happy Hour Yoga – 7-8pm. Vinyasa class set to varying musical playlists each month. Fun and energetic. $130. Cold Spring Yoga, 75 Main St. 845.265.4444. Mediumship Circle – 7-8:30pm.With Carla Blaha. $40. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Info: Igniting Sacred Sexuality: A Couples Series – 7-9pm. With Kevin Spath and Cat Guthrie. A progressive/experiential three-Fri series exploring a radical mind-shift about sexuality and intimacy. $175 early bird. Mt Kisco. Kevin: 914.673.0007.

SATURDAY, JUNE 9 Meditation: A Daily Peaceful Retreat – 11am12:15pm. With Bruce Berger. Meditation, lecture workshop. Discover the benefits of meditation. Learn to focus within and find peace and calm. Free. 1st Unitarian Society of Westchester, 25 Old Jackson Ave, Hastings-On-Hudson. Info: 914.433.1800.

Reiki 1 Class – June 9-10. 1-5pm both days. With Anne Bentzen. Learn foundation skills for self-healing and treating others. Receive four attunements, manual and certificate. $200. Armonk Register: 914.588.4079. Natural Strategies for Chemical Detox – 2-4pm. With Dr. Kurt Beil. Learn ways to prevent and reduce the impacts of toxins so health is restored and symptoms resolved and natural cleansing detox options that optimizes a healthier, toxin-free life. $40 door. Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462. Tibetan Sound Bowl Healing – 5:30-7pm. With Michelle Clifton. Bowls create a celestial harmonic sound that resonates with our energy field, having a profound healing effect on the nervous system, mind, body and soul. $40 door. Mt Kisco. Michelle: 914.447.0822.

SUNDAY, JUNE 10 Field Trip: Bashakill Marsh & Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge – 7:30am3pm. Grab binoculars and join Naturalist Tait Johansson for a full day of birding. Depart Bylane at 6am and return 4pm. Free. Level of difficulty is moderate. Register, Susan: 914.302.9713. Guided Meditation – 11am. 45-min group session. $10. 18 person limit, reserve space. The Source NY, 143 Boardman Rd, Bldg 3, Poughkeepsie. 845.214.0452. Mediumship Class – 11am-5pm. With the accomplished medium Adam Bernstein. $150. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Info: Introduction to Crystals 101 – 11:30am-1:30pm. With Lisa Salvatore. Crystals to use for healing, how to cleanse/charge crystals, choose crystal to take home. $45. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600. Aura Soma Colour Therapy Discussion – Noon. 60-min group session. There will be a drawing for one free colour reading. Free. The Source NY, 143 Boardman Rd, Bldg 3, Poughkeepsie. 845.214.0452. Usui Reiki Monthly Circle – 2-3:30pm. With Deborah Amjadi. Healing reduces stress, relieves pain and accelerates healing without medication use. Individual or group energy healing. Practitioners are welcome to participate in reiki exchanges. $20 cash. Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462. Kundalini Yoga & Gong Meditation – 5-6:30pm. With Pritam Bani Kaur. Use movement, sound current, breath and meditation to relax and heal mind and body. All levels. First class free. $20 drop-in. Devotion Yoga, 2055 Albany Post Rd, Croton on Hudson. 914.930.7707.

MONDAY, JUNE 11 The Healing Circle: Relax, Restore and Return to Balance – 1-2:30pm. Reiki, a subtle healing practice that supports body, mind and spirit, prompts an overall calming, balancing and healing response that enhances health and well-being. $20. The Mariandale Center, Ossining. 914.941.4455. Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

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10:30 am-12 pm Come feel inspired. 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:

The Migratory Bird Treaty Act: One Hundred Years Later – 7:30pm. Interim Executive Director of the Bedford Audubon Society Suzanne Cahill, discusses the history of the MBTA and recent changes made under the Trump administration. Katonah Village Library.

FRIDAY, JUNE 15 Reiki Healing Circle – 1-3pm. With Anne Bentzen. Restore body, mind and soul connections. Meditation and deep relaxation offer natural healing solutions. Max 12. $30. Apogee, 170 Harris Rd, Bedford Hills. RSVPs required: 914.244.1606. Text/more info: 914.588.4079. Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

Introduction to Foot Reflexology Course # LES429 – June 12 and 14. 6-8pm. $49. Dutchess Community College - South Campus - Wappingers Falls. Register directly with school: 845.431.8910. Online:

Mediumship Message Gallery – 6-8pm. With Adam Bernstein. $40. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Info: Free Lecture: Ayurveda and Yoga—The Health Connection – 7-9pm. With Dr. Somesh Kaushik, an Ayurvedic and Naturopathic physician. Free dosha readings after the lecture. Thrivologie, 197 Ethan Allen Hwy, Ridgefield, CT. 203.416.9416.

markyourcalendar Saturday, June 30 Celebrate Life (and Turning 100!) with Tao Porchon-Lynch Hosted by Yoga Teachers Association 1:30–4:30 p.m. Experience a master yogini’s unique teachings and join her for an early birthday celebration! The Yoga Studio, Club Fit Briarcliff Manor, NY $45 members/$65 nonmembers Register at 914.582.7816 / 64

Interfaith Sundays at The Chapel at Croton Falls – 10:30am-12pm. Come feel inspired. All welcome – Refreshments to follow. The Chapel at Croton Falls, 609, Rt. 22, Croton Falls (next to the Schoolhouse Theater). Parking available across street. Info:

TUESDAY, JUNE 19 Field Trip: Sterling Forest – 8am-3pm. Naturalist Tait Johansson leads adventure to Sterling Forest in search of Golden-winged, Hooded, and Cerulean Warblers, and others. Depart Bylane 7am. Free. Level of difficulty is moderate. Register, Susan: 914.302.9713.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20 Get On Your Mat For Mental Health – 5:307:30pm. Outdoor mega-yoga event in support of mental health services, featuring music, marketplace and hour class led Sarah Platt-Finger. Court St. between Main St. and Martine Ave. Downtown White Plains. $30 adults/$15 little yogis. Register: 914.265.7511.


Grand Opening of Candles & Wine Co – 6-10pm. An opening celebration at Wine and Beer Bar featuring light food, wine and beer. 25/27 Depot Plaza, Bedford Hills.

Clearwater Festival – 6/16 & 6/17. Music and Environmental Festival at Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson. To purchase tickets and for more info visit: or call 888.718.4253 opt. 1. Kids 11 and under free!

Qi Gong Classes – 6:30-7:30pm. $10. Sacred Space Healing Arts, 436 Main St, Beacon. Register: 845.416.4598.


Talkwalk at the Dam: Netwalk – 10am-12:30pm. Not a Race or Expo. Entrepreneurs and executives take business a step further. Inspiration, Insights, Introductions, Impact. Pre-Registration only. Tickets online: or 914.288.9888.

Sunday, June 17

Independence Day Fair at John Jay Homestead. See July 4.

SATURDAY, JUNE 16 Clearwater Festival – 6/16 & 6/17. Music and Environmental Festival at Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson. To purchase tickets and for more info visit: or call 888.718.4253 opt. 1. Kids 11 and under free! Connecting to the Wisdom of Plants LES433 – 9am-1pm. $59. Dutchess Community College - South Campus - Wappingers Falls. Register directly with school: 845.431.8910 Online: Buddhist-Christian Dialogue – 10am-2pm. Explore the many similarities between these two traditions. Review many of the teachings of Jesus and the Buddha and discuss the way of the Saint and the way of the Bodhisattva. $35 includes lunch. The Mariandale Center, Ossining. 914.941.4455. Crystal & Sound Healing Workshop – 1-3:30pm. Access energies of mineral kingdom to release belief systems, cleanse energy and journey with sound to manifest true desires. $75. Devotion Yoga of Westchester, 2055 Albany Post Rd, Croton on Hudson. 914.930.7707. Preregister: Free Lecture, Afternoon of Ayurveda: Insomnia: Acute or Chronic—Reasons & Solutions – 3-5pm. Dr. Kaushik’s Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic, Yellow Monkey Village, 792 Rte 35, Cross River. 914.875.9088.

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Beauty School – 6-8pm. Learn an all-natural skin care routine for morning and evening and Savvy Mineral make-up demonstration with Young Living products. $10 fee for materials. Reviva Skin and Body Solutions, 929 Main St, Fishkill. RSVP required: 844.363.7894. Fybromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Lecture – 6:30-7:30pm. With Dr. David Connell will discuss both topics. Registration required online at: or by calling the Kent Public Library at 845.225.8585.  Kent Library, 17 Sybil’s Crossing, Kent Lakes. Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 8-9pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

THURSDAY, JUNE 21 Third Thursday Bird Walk – 7:30-9:30am. Breeders here include Cliff Swallow, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Blue-winged Warbler, Pine Warbler and Indigo Bunting. Free. Level of difficulty is easy. Maple Ave, meet at the intersection of Maple Ave and Reservoir Rd (right at the dam), Katonah. Register, Susan Fisher: 914.302.9713. Ascend Festival – 8am. Summer Solstice, when our sun reaches its highest point in the sky. On this day, celebrate the light of the day and the light within. Cold Spring Yoga, 75 Main St. 845.265.4444. Cost/ info: Summer Solstice – 4-6pm. Hear a brief explanation of the Solstice, visit gardens, find natural symbols and ornaments, take a Labyrinth prayer walk and enjoy seasonal refreshments. Free family event. The Mariandale Center, Ossining. 914.941.4455.

FRIDAY, JUNE 22 Giant Annual Church Tag Sale – June 22-24. 9am-4pm. Housewares, fabrics, furniture, children’s items and more. 4th Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Westchester, 1698 Strawberry Rd, Mohegan Lake. Info: Jennifer: 914.648.8583.


Introduction to Kundalini Yoga and Meditation – 10-11:30am. With Pritam Bani Kaur. Use movement, sound current, breath and meditation to relax and heal mind and body. Beginners welcome. First class free. $20 drop-in. Devotion Yoga, 2055 Albany Post Rd, Croton on Hudson. 914.930.7707. Five Rhythms – 7-9pm. With Peter Fodera and Stephanie Diamond. Beacon of Light Wellness Center, Beacon. Info: 845.202.3515.

SATURDAY, JUNE 23 Qi Gong for Beginners & Experienced – 9amNoon. $25. Mount Saint Mary College – Desmond Campus, 6 Albany Post Rd, Newburgh. 845.5652076. Register Online: Free Lecture: What is Ayurvedic Medicine and How Does It Compare with Western (Allopathic) Medicine? – 10:30-12:30pm. With Dr. Somesh Kaushik, an Ayurvedic and Naturopathic physician. Free dosha readings after the lecture. Somers Library, 82 Primrose St, Somers. 914.232.5717. WHN Summer Solstice Gathering – 12-3pm. Experience and enjoy offerings from Westchester Holistic Network practitioners with an astrology summer overview. Meditation, music, movement, healing modalities and refreshments. Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation of White Plains. Register/ Info:

SUNDAY, JUNE 24 Guided Meditation – 11am. 45-min group session. $10. 18 person limit, reserve space. The Source NY, 143 Boardman Rd, Bldg 3, Poughkeepsie. 845.214.0452. Summer Solstice Healing Night – 5-7pm. With Merrill Black and Jo-Anne Salomone. Yoga, breathwork, summer fun play/exploration and meditation. $20, half will go to charity. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

TUESDAY, JUNE 26 An Introduction to Ayurveda—The Wisdom of Life LES430 – June 26-28. 6-8pm. Four hours 5286 90. $49. Materials fee included in cost of class. Dutchess Community College - South Campus Wappingers Falls. Register directly with school: 845.431.8910. Online: Book Talk – 7pm. Author, Jodi Baretz will be discussing her Amazon bestselling book, Mindful Is the New Skinny, 10 Transformational Steps to a Lighter You Inside and Out. Free. Chappaqua Library, 195 S Greeley Ave, Chappaqua. Info, Jodi Baretz: 917.974.9446.

June 2018

Astrology with Pamela Cucinell Forceful Turns

Powerful forces move on June 1; logistics fall into place. Events on June 2 take unexpected turns. Develop a moderate pace to party on June 3. Keep options open and don’t commit on June 4; decide what to edit or discard. Matters of the heart and finances escalate in intensity on June 5. Inspired solutions pop June 6 in both fluid and uncomfortable ways; find your groove.  

Encouraging New Moon

Reflect on June 7 until early evening, when the pace increases. Keep your eyes on the road to meet responsibilities on June 8. Intractable situations get a boost through conversations on June 9. The positive outweighs disagreements on June 10.  For those with a plan, support is available June 11. A clear agenda plus flexibility on June 12 leads to good news. The Gemini new moon on June 13 offers fresh starts with communication and neighbors.   

A Light Touch

Good will crumples on June 14 to 15 unless the big picture is considered. Be alert to sudden changes, but stay true to your integrity. Playfulness rules on June 16, when no one takes themselves too seriously. Dress up with good companions on June 17, whether or not you celebrate Father’s Day.  A practical solution to an unfathomable problem presents itself on June 18. Productivity sails on June 19, when the to-do list follows a logical sequence.

The Wheel Turns  

Conflict seems insurmountable on June 20, until new perspective clears the vista. On June 21, the summer solstice, every opinion declares its voice. Although June 22 takes most of the day to snap into focus, once it does, the track is visible. Obstreperous conversations on June 23 lay the groundwork for cohesive dialogue. The early bird triumphs on June 24 to recharge and nest with those closest. Distractions on June 25 can be fun as long as no deadlines loom.

Mars Retrograde

Mars retrograde on June 26 signals a couple of months to slow down. Channel pent-up frustration into dance, martial arts and meditation; find a good fit for you. Slow cooking gets the job done on June 27. Reach for the ultimate dream at the Capricorn full moon on June 28; make a move to put its architecture in place. Organize a closet or desk or purge clutter on June 29. The urge to network and connect falls flat on June 30 if the right community is missed.  Pamela Cucinell offers spiritual insight with a practical twist with both astrology and tarot at She provides guidance through her website, private sessions, YouTube and webinars. For more information, contact or call 917.796.6026. See ad page 51.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27 ADD Just Doesn’t Add Up – 7-9pm. Is it really a short attention span? Learn current facts and how to distinguish visual problems that mimic or complicate AD(H)D. Free. Dr. Samantha Slotnick, 495 Central Park Ave, Ste 301, Scarsdale. RSVP, Jane: 914.874.1177.

THURSDAY, JUNE 28 Full moon Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Class – 7-8:30pm. With Pritam Bani Kaur. Use movement, sound current, breath and meditation to relax and heal mind and body. All levels. $20. First class free. Devotion Yoga, 2055 Albany Post Rd, Croton on Hudson. 914.930.7707.

FRIDAY, JUNE 29 Breathwork Circle – 7-9pm. With Erika Forsell. Beacon of Light Wellness Center, Beacon. 845.202.3515. Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

SATURDAY, JUNE 30 Reiki 1 & 2 – 11am-4pm.With Reiki Master Marcus Feighery. $275. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary – Noon-2pm. Kick-off summer fun with at the picnic and open house. Meet the animals and enjoy a delicious plant based picnic. Admission free, donations appreciated. Families welcome. Poughquag. Info/RSVP: 845.724.5138. Celebrate Life (and Turning 100!) with Tao Porchon-Lynch – 1:30-4:30pm. Hosted by Yoga Teachers Association. Experience a master yogini’s unique teachings and join her for an early birthday celebration. $45 members/$65 nonmembers. The Yoga Studio, Club Fit, Briarcliff Manor. Register:; 914.582.7816. Shamanic Reiki Hearth Monthly Circle – 5:307pm. With Melanie Ryan. Healings, teachings and ceremony originated by ancient indigenous shamans worldwide. $20 cash, drop in only. Proceeds go to Olympic Mountain EarthWisdom Circle. Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462.

Wednesday, July 4 Independence Day Fair – 11am-4pm (rain or shine). Family-friendly fair featuring petting zoo, equestrian demonstration, pony rides, crafts, face painting, hayrides, live music, fishing, pet adoption, food from the grill and  more. Free admission. John Jay Homestead, 400 Jay St. Katonah. Info:

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training. Discover breathing, posture and mobility improvements. 30 Tomahawk St, Baldwin Pl. Info, Christine Dodge: 845.494.8118.

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

Vinyasa – 10am. With Marisa. A moderately paced flow of poses, with attention to alignment and breath. Mildly challenging. $22 drop-in or class card. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320.

Pilates Mat Class – 9am. Fully equipped pilates studio. $20. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. 845.876.5686. Vinyasa – 10:30am. With Joan. A moderately paced flow of poses, with attention to alignment and breath. All levels. $22 drop-in or class card. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320. Zumba – 10:30am. Keep the weekend charged with a challenging dance fitness class that leaves participants energized. $15. Pilates and More. 127 Main St, Dobbs Ferry. Pricing options: 914.478.3560. Hot HIIT Pilates – 10:45-11:45am. Intense sculpting Power Pilates class; couples high energy cardio with ballet movements such as pliés and relevés along with pilates mat exercises. All levels. Balance Yoga & Wellness. 2444 Boston Post Rd. Larchmont. Info: 914.833.9703;   Hot Powerful Flow – 11:30am-12:30pm. Faster paced class for those who want to work hard and sweat. Heated studio. $20 drop-in. Elevate Yoga Studio, 3535 Crompond Rd, Cortlandt Manor. Info: Free Community Yoga – Noon. Open to all ages and everyone. The intention of this class is to create a yoga practice that is open to all and generates connection and community. By donation. 992 Main St, Fishkill. Yoga for Runners. – 1-3pm. With Ellen B. Three-week program. Get tuned up for the running season with hip openers, hamstring stretches and more. $120. Hudson Valley Healing Center, 51 Springside Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.605.2210.

monday Kundalini Yoga Express – 9:30-10:30am. With Taylor Chen. $25 drop-in. All welcome. Golden Prana Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.232.3473. Kripalu-based YogaShine – 9-10:30am. With Vitalah Simon, teaching yoga for 28 years. Gentle and calming, strengthening and invigorating, for adults, multi-level and individual attention. Beginners welcome. First class free. 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla. 914.769.8745 Putnam Yoga Level 1-2 Classes—with Modifications – 9:30am. Class incorporates power yoga poses and techniques designed for in-depth strength

Basic Flow Yoga – 10:15-11:30am. Vinyasa class focusing on the alignment of the basic poses, building a solid foundation. Heated studio. $20 drop-in. Elevate Yoga Studio, 3535 Crompond Rd, Cortlandt Manor. Info: Tai Chi at enerShe fitness – 11:30am. As a moving meditation, Tai Chi helps build concentration and develop a calm mind, thus relieving stress. enerShe fitness 989 Rt. 6 Mahopac. Info: 845.628.7165;


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Slow Flow Vinyasa – 11:30am-12:30pm. Moving mindfully with the breath, the focus is on safely transitioning through postures to build strength, balance and flexibility. Gently heated class. All levels. Balance Yoga & Wellness, 2444 Boston Post Rd, Larchmont. 914.833.9703. Bhakti Flow – 5:30pm. Vinyasa based class that threads yoga philosophy, myths of yoga poses and smart sequencing to create a full yoga experience. Open level. beBhakti Yoga Center, Beacon. Community Pilates Tower Class – 5:30-6:15pm. Invigorating pilates workout using the tower at a discounted rate. $20. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. Elaine: 845.876.5686. Kundalini & Gong in the Salt Cave – 5:306:30pm/Kundalini with HariPrakaash; 7pm/Gong in the salt cave. $40 drop-in or class card. Adults and kids welcomed. Poughkeepsie. 845.849.0838. Ashtanga Yoga for Beginners – 6:30-8:30pm. Discover Mysore Style Ashtanga. Three-week course. Taught by KPKAYI authorized teacher Samantha Lucas. Hudson Valley Healing Center, 51 Springside Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.605.2210. Meditation Class - Guided Meditation – 7:30pm. Ganesha Spa, Peekskill. $5. Info: 914.906.7238.

tuesday Hot Vinyasa – 9:30am. With Linda. Get moving in the morning. Strengthen and tone body while finding a peaceful state of mind. $25 drop-in or class card. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320.

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

Putnam Yoga Beginner-Level 1 Classes—with Modifications – 9:30am. Beginners, new students or individuals needing a refresher. Focus on a safe introduction to the fundamental poses in a traditional yoga practice. 30 Tomahawk St, Baldwin Pl. Info, Christine Dodge: 845.494.8118.

Mindfulness Meditation in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh – 7-8:30pm. One Earth Sangha. Beginners welcome. Free will donation gratefully accepted, YogaShine Studio, 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla. Info: 914.769.8745.

Slow Flow Yoga – 11:15am. A sequence of poses used to link the breath to our creative flexibility, strength and energy. enerShe fitness, 989 Rte 6, Mahopac. Info: 845.628.7165.

Kundalini Yoga and Gong Bath – 7:30-9pm. With Alison Jolicoeur. Beacon of Light Wellness Center, Beacon. 845.202.3515.

Kids Yoga in the Salt Cave – 5pm. With Liz. 45-minute practice. $40. Hudson Valley Healing Center, 51 Springside Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.605.2210. More info: Intro to Flow: Beginners Hoop Dance Series – 5:15-6:15pm. Hoop dance is an amazing form of expression, plus a great workout and is suitable for all ages and body types. $80 series.992 Main St, Fishkill. Gentle Yoga for Wellness – 5:45-7pm. With Ann Cassapini. Yoga using chairs, props, deep relaxation/meditation to build stability, strength and flexibility. Gentle level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917.882.0921. Pilates Tower Class – 6pm. Fully equipped pilates studio and small class sizes. $35. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. 845.876.5686. Hot HIIT – 6-7pm. High energy, high intensity interval-style workout designed to torch fat and increase heart to the beat of music. Practice at one’s own pace. All levels. Balance Yoga & Wellness, 2444 Boston Post Rd, Larchmont. 914.833.9703. Reformer Group Class – 7pm. Strengthen core, improve balance, reshape the body. Join a small group on the reformer machines and have fun. $38 and packages available. Pilates and More, 127 Main St, Dobbs Ferry. 914.478.3560. Vinyasa Restorative Flow – 7:30-8:45pm. With Jo-Anne. Great vinyasa flow class that incorporates restorative yoga. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Jo-Anne: 917.364.1871.

wednesday Kundalini Yoga & Meditation – 9:30-11am. $25 drop-in. All welcome. Golden Prana Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.232.3473. Putnam Yoga Level 1-2 Classes—with Modifications – 9:30am. Familiar with yoga? Class incorporates power yoga poses and techniques designed for in-depth strength training. Discover breathing, posture and mobility improvements. 30 Tomahawk St, Baldwin Pl. Info, Christine Dodge: 845.494.8118.

Kundalini Yoga – 9:30-11am. With Dana Gonnella. Beacon of Light Wellness Center, Beacon. 845.202.3515. Lunchtime Meditation at the Library – 12:151pm. Starts promptly at 12:15pm with the first few minutes devoted to beginning instruction. No registration or experience necessary. White Plains Public Library, 100 Martine Ave. Info, Christiane Deschamps: 914.422.1496. Bhakti Flow – 5:30pm. Vinyasa based class that threads yoga philosophy, myths of yoga poses and smart sequencing to create a full yoga experience. Open level. beBhakti Yoga Center, Beacon. Men’s Mindful Breath & Body Yoga – 5-6:15pm. With Victor Gazzini. Class for men combining mind, body, breath, asanas, chanting to support steadiness, alertness, and comfort. Beginner level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Vic: 914.319.7322. Kundalini & Gong in the Salt Cave – 5:306:30pm/Kundalini with HariPrakaash; 7pm/Gong in the salt cave. $40 drop-in or class card. Adults and kids welcomed. Poughkeepsie. 845.849.0838. Self-Defense Class – 5:30pm. By building tools of self-awareness and self-defense, participants build confidence in mind and body. enerShe fitness 989 Rt. 6 Mahopac. Info: 845.628.7165; Warm Flow – 5:30-6:30pm.Well-rounded vinyasa class combining sun salutations, standing poses, seated twists, inversions and an arm balance or two. Heated studio. $20 drop-in. Elevate Yoga Studio, 3535 Crompond Rd, Cortlandt Manor. Info: Hot Vinyasa & Guided Meditation – 5:30-7pm. 60-min linking breath to movement. Designed to improve mental and physical strength and more. Wind down with an optional 30-min guided meditation. Balance Yoga & Wellness, 2444 Boston Post Rd, Larchmont. 914.833.9703.

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Weekly Spiritual and Meditation Meeting – 7:30-9pm. Meditation and spiritual gathering with video selections and readings on a weekly topic, followed by refreshments. All Welcome. Science of Spirituality. 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. Alignment – 8:30am. With Kate. Focusing on students’ individual needs, this class utilizes detailed alignment curs, kinetic awareness, mindful meditation, breath work and more. All levels. $22 drop-in or class card. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320. Relaxation & Stretch Fusion – 8:45am. Stability and stretch exercises combined in one class to help increase mobility, balance and range of motion. enerShe fitness 989 Rt. 6 Mahopac. Info: 845.628.7165; Putnam Yoga Level 2-3 Classes—with Modifications – 9:30am. Beginners, new students or individuals needing a refresher. Focus on a safe introduction to the fundamental poses in a traditional yoga practice. 30 Tomahawk St, Baldwin Pl. Info, Christine Dodge: 845.494.8118. Pilates Tower Class – 10am. Energizing pilates workout in beautiful, fully equipped studio. Small class sizes. $35. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. 845.876.5686. Pilates Mat with Magic Circle – 11:30am-12:30pm. Pilates with physical therapist, Tina Sferra. Learn the principles of Contrology; breathing, concentration, control, centering, flow, postural alignment, precision and relaxation.$20 drop-in. Elite Performance @ Katonah Yoga, 39 Main St., Bedford Hills. Mendhi Henna Designs – 2-5pm. Mendhi Henna Designs with Joanne. $25. No appointment necessary. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Candlelight Restorative Gentle Flow – 7-8:15pm. With Heather Reiners. Candlelight yoga to relax and unwind using breath, gentle movement and restorative poses set to soft tunes. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600.

Intro to Yoga Series at Hudson Valley Healing Center – 7-8:30pm. With Ami JayapradaHirschstein. Four-weeks. $100. Learn the fundamentals of yoga in a non-judgmental environment. Hudson Valley Healing Center. Poughkeepsie. 845.849.0838. Kripalu-based YogaShine – 7-8:30pm. With Vitalah Simon, teaching yoga for 28 years. Gentle and calming, strengthening and invigorating, for adults, multi-level and individual attention, Beginners welcome, First class free. 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla. 914.769.8745. Anam Cara Meditation – 7:15-8:45pm. Open meditation includes instruction. All welcome. No fee, donations appreciated. Anam Cara Meditation Center, 2 Byram Brook Pl, Armonk. Info: Zumba – 7:30-8:30pm. With Catherine Ruvolo. Be refreshed with a high energy dance-fitness party with rhythms from around the world. $15. $135 pkg of 10. Pilates and More, 127 Main St, Dobbs Ferry. 914.478.3560.

friday Pilates Tower and Reformer Classes – 7:3010:30am. Fully equipped pilates studio. $35-40. 6400 Montgomery St, Rhinebeck. 845.876.5686. Kundalini Yoga and Gong Bath – 9:30-11am. With Alison Jolicoeur. Beacon of Light Wellness Center, Beacon. 845.202.3515.

markyourcalendar Awaken Wellness Fair …Awaken to Your Best Self…

FREE ADMISSION TO New York’s best-loved holistic party It’s all about body, mind and spirit! Speakers, Healers, Vendors & Readers 100’s of exhibitors & guests! Exhibitor spots available Sunday, July 29 ~ 10am to 5pm Roger Smith Hotel, 501 Lexington Ave. @47th NYC

Warm Powerful Flow – 9:30-10:45am. Faster paced class for those who want to work hard and sweat. Heated studio. $20 drop-in. Elevate Yoga Studio, 3535 Crompond Rd, Cortlandt Manor. Info: Putnam Yoga Level 1-2 Classes—with Modifications – 9:30am. Familiar with yoga? Class incorporates power yoga poses and techniques designed for in-depth strength training. Discover breathing, posture and mobility improvements. 30 Tomahawk St, Baldwin Pl. Info, Christine Dodge: 845.494.8118.

Super Gentle Chair Yoga, Kripalu-based – 9:3010:30am. With Vitalah Simon. Gentle and calming, strengthening and invigorating, for people wanting a more gentle class, multi-level and individual attention. Beginners welcome, First class free. YogaShine, 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla. 914.769.8745. Mindful Restorative Yoga – 9:30am-10:45am. With Reyna. Movement through breath, props, self assists to release, calm and restore. Gentle level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600. Gentle Yoga for Wellness – 11am-12:15pm. With Ann Cassapini. Yoga using chairs, props, deep relaxation/meditation to build stability, strength and flexibility. Gentle level. $18 drop-in. Ann: 917.882.0921. Eastchester.

saturday Yoga Teachers Association Workshops – 2nd Sat. Open to teachers and students, members and nonmembers. The Yoga Studio, Club Fit, Briarcliff Manor. Info: Bikram Yoga – 8-9:30am. 26 postures systematically move fresh, oxygenated blood to 100 percent of body, restoring systems to healthy working order. Warm and stretch every muscle, ligament and tendon. Room: 105-110 degrees. All levels. Balance Yoga & Wellness, 2444 Boston Post Rd, Larchmont. 914.833.9703.

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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. YogaStrong – 9:30-10:45am. Strong flow class that brings together benefits of strength training and yoga, for fitness and flexible in least amount of time. Heated studio. $20 drop-in. Elevate Yoga Studio, 3535 Crompond Rd, Cortlandt Manor. Info: Reformer Group Class – 9:30am: Strengthen core, improve balance and reshape the body. Join a small group on the reformer machines and have fun. $38 and packages available. Pilates and More, 127 Main St, Dobbs Ferry. 914.478.3560. Vinyasa – 9:30am. With Lynne. A moderately paced flow of poses, with attention to alignment and breath. Mildly challenging. $22 drop-in. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. Class fee options: 914.763.6320. Mat Pilates – 9:30-10:30am. With Dani Weissberg. Improve balance and flexibility by strengthening one’s core with a series of exercises designed for both beginners and experienced pilates enthusiasts. Pilates and More, 127 Main St Dobbs Ferry. 914.478.3560. Joyful Mindful Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. With Ann. Well balanced asana sequences that focus on alignment, mindfulness, clear intention and joy. Intermediate level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917.882.0921. Hudson Valley Farmers Market – 10am-3pm. Year-round. A one stop shop farmers market with fresh Hudson Valley products. Greig Farm, 223 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook. Info: HudsonValleyFarmersMarket.

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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@

Are you a professional looking for a career in natural health? NuSpecies is a natural health company providing holistic services and high quality nutritional formulas. Please visit nuspecies. com/careers.

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.

GRATITUDE I am thankful for my well-being. There is plenty for everyone. I enjoy living in an area that is abundant with farms providing us with healthy local foods to nourish me. I am thankful to be surrounded by so many wellness practitioners who are passionate about helping others. I love our Natural Awakenings wellness community. DJB

Pound Ridge looking for a hairstylist to rent a chair in my day spa we use all natural and organic product. Pound Ridge NY 10 minutes from New Canaan, North Stamford, Lewisboro, & Bedford, our website please leave a message with Charles 914.400.8318.    

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.

Volunteer VOLUNTEER: At the Clearwater Festival. A music and environmental festival taking place June 16 & 17 at Croton Point Park, Croton-On-Hudson, NY. Volunteering is a great way to experience the Festival. Visit: clearwaterfestival. org/volunteer/ to sign up!

Semi-Private Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. Feel supported and comfortable in a small group session limited to five students. Gentle, perfect for Beginners and those with injuries. Katonah. RSVP: 914.479.2594. Zumba – 11:15am. An effective and fun calorieburning dance fitness class using a mix of Latin and World Rhythms. enerShe fitness 989 Rt. 6 Mahopac. Info: 845.628.7165; Prenantal Yoga – 11:30am-1pm. Moms-to-be benefit tremendously from this practice that goes far beyond the mat preparing one for labor and motherhood. Quest Yoga Arts, Mt Kisco. Info/price: 914.996.4286. Baby & Me Yoga – 1:15-2:15pm. For parents (mom and/or dad) with babies four mos-11 mos. Enjoy time with baby, meet other parents and restore from the rigors of parenthood in this peaceful, toning practice. Quest Yoga Arts, Mt Kisco. Info/price: 914.996.4286.

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ACUPUNCTURE Hudson Valley Natural Health

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


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


Laurie R. Mallis, MD, LAc

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 11 &23.

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 17.

Karla Booth Diamond, MAmSAT 153 Main St, Suite J Mount Kisco, NY 10549 914.649.9565

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

Judith Muir, M.M., M.AmSAT Better Balance, Better Performance 60 Eddy Rd., Verbank, NY 12585 845.677.5871;

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


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.

ADDICTION Therapist Margaret Steele L.Ac, Dipl, NCCAOM

Homeostasis Psychology

25 North Division St. Peekskill, NY 914.772.4589;

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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 51.

Choice lives between pre-destiny and free will. Know your stars, control your life. A reading designed to encourage, support and empower. Call now.


271 Veterans Road Yorktown Heights, NY 10598; 914.962.3111 We offer a full boarding facility with outdoor runs and indoor kennels. Being an animal hospital for the most part, we take pride in our capability to kennel pets with medical problems or special needs. See ad pg 48.


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


Yellow Monkey Village 792 Rte 35 Cross River, NY, and NYC Office: 914.875.9088; Cell: 646.670.6725; 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 55.


How would you like to wake up each day with less aches and more energy? Call today for your free consultation and findout what is standing between you and your health goals. See ad pg 15.

2241 Crompond Rd. Cortlandt Manor NY 914.930.8800

Optimize your body’s ability to heal and transform. Our focus is individualized and outcome based health care though functional nutrition, chiropractic and craniosacral therapy. Cleanse, restore and repair your body, with whole food cleanses and whole food supplementation. We aim to find the root cause.

Dr. Lawrence G. Stern, DC

Zen Garden Health Coaching & Yoga

Edit Babboni; CHC, RYT 200 61 Lakeview Dr., Yorktown Heights, NY 917.721.2529,

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

Dr. Marianne Messina, DC

Colin McPhillamy

Astrology & Tarot Skype and in-person 213 840 1187

Integrity Chiropractic

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

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

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

Upper Cervical Chiropractic of NY

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

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

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

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 79.

CIRCULATION Dana Boulanger #US28016 Independent BEMER Distributor Mahopac, NY 914.760.5645

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


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

Integrity Chiropractic

coACHING Jane Silverman

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

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

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

colonics COLONICS

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

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

Do you struggle with stress, pain and muscle tightness? If so, call today for your free consultation and learn how to finally address these issues and experience ideal health naturally. See ad pg 15.

Joy Matalon LMT, CST

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.


DOWSER Jeanie Pasquale Professional Dowser 845.709.5245

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

energy healing Access Intuition for Healing

Mag Treanor RN, Reiki, Emotion Code NLP, Kinesiology, EFT-Adv, Hypnotist Carmel, NY; 845.228.8132 Realign mind body spirit, find core issues. Clear trauma, anxieties, negative Karma, Ancestral, Inherited, trapped emotions, limiting beliefs, Release Restore Realign Balance and Heal with intuition, intention, energy techniques. Tapping, Light, Sound, Magnets, Aromas, Spirit. See ad pg 51.

Anne H. Bentzen, MSOT, RMT, JRP

Usui/Karuna® Reiki Master Teacher, Jikiden Reiki, Energetic Counseling, OT Locations Armonk, Bedford Hills and Eastchester 914.588.4079; Energetic balance is essential to your health. Restored energetic flow and balanced chakras clear stress symptoms, pain, inflammation, emotional instability, insomnia and more. Gain immunity, mental clarity and peace. Raise your consciousness. Healing circles, Reiki classes all levels. See ad pg 36.

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. 

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.

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Bernadette Bloom

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.

Floatation Therapy


Rise Above Floatation


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.

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 47.

111 East Main Street Mount Kisco, NY 10549 914.241.1900

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

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

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

Exercise Therapy

FUNCtional MEdicine Susanne Saltzman, MD

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

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

FAMILY HEALTH Integrity Chiropractic

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

Organic hair salon. Say goodbye to grey and frizz, with no harmful ingredients. We have extensive knowledge in non-toxic and organic beauty products and offer permanent organic keratin smoothing treatment. Our passion is natural clean beauty that is luxurious, effective and affordable. See ad pg 42

Natural and Organic is the way to go. Westchester Ave., Pound Ridge NY 914.764.5733;

green & Natural Building Lou Levy Construction Carmel, NY 914.804.2120

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.

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

Full-Service Salon & Day Spa. Natural and organic hair color from Italy. Organic mani/pedi services plus non-toxic polish. Full body massage as well as all-natural skin care and facials. Organic retail products available. New clients: 30% off packages, mention Natural Awakenings.


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.

Are you between the ages of 2-92 and want to experience each day with less aches and more energy? Call today for your free consultation. Our unique total body approach is beneficial with proven results. See ad pg 15.


177 Myrtle Ave, Mahopac, NY 845.208.6131


Eve FoGLer, CPT, MES

Northern Westchester 917.747.3331


healing center The Temperance Center

Merrill Black, LCSW, Reiki Master & Instructor Hypnotherapist, Intuitive Energy Healer, RYT, Founder 453 White Plains Rd, #201/203 Eastchester 914.793.2600; Nurture your mind, body, and soul. Thru a variety of healing modalities and services that include, psychotherapy, reiki, hypnosis, acupuncture, massage, reflexology, intuitive healing, spiritual counseling, nutritional consulting, therapeutic yoga, guided channeling meditation classes. Rediscover your control and balance your life. See ad pg 55.

Holistic Health Integrative Nutrition of Mount Kisco

Dr. Michael Wald; 914.552.1442 86 Smith Ave., Mount Kisco NY 914.242.8844; Do you suffer from chronic health problems like cancer, autoimmune, GI or neurological issues? You need a BloodDetective! Dr. Wald will work with you personally over the phone, as a house call or at his Mt Kisco office. Call today, you deserve personal attention. See ad pg 13.

Holistic Health Center HENNA Margie Nugent, ICNHA

Certified Natural Henna Artist 914.714.8069; Mt. Kisco

The Center for Health and Healing 4 Smith Avenue, 2nd floor Mount Kisco, NY 10549 914.864.0462

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

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


Home Energy Solutions


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

holistic dentist David L Lerner, DDS, CAc, FIND Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 914.214.9678

We offer a unique approach to the health care of the mouth based on a holistic understanding of the whole body. I invite you to explore our web site to learn how we can serve your needs. See ad pg 2 & 39.

Franzoso Energy Solutions 33 Croton Point Ave., Croton on Hudson, NY 10520 914.271.4572;

Home energy audits, Air Sealing, Air Quality, Insulation, Windows, Doors Roofing, Siding and Solar. Environmentally responsible and sustainable home improvements. Call for your Free Home Audit today and start saving. Environmentally responsible and sustainable improvements. See ad pg 27.

Susanne Saltzman, MD

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

HORSE & RIDER Dana Boulanger #US28016 Independent BEMER Distributor Mahopac, NY 914.760.5645

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

INTUITIVE Robin C. Mueller

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

Intuitive Healing Dance homeopathY David Connell, DC

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


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.

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massagE & BodyWORK Susan Adler, LMT

Massage Therapy with a Nurturing Touch 914.320.4063; Therapeutic massage to address specific issues or promote wellness. Works with generally healthy to very ill clients. Experience with geriatric, cancer, Parkinson’s, hospice massage. Mamaroneck and on-site visits. See ad pg 20.

Soulauras Wellness Center

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

Michelle Vitner, LMT, LPN A Healing Massage with Intuition 914.672.1916 or 914.873.1376

Holding sacred space through Relaxation, Therapeutic and Medical Massage Putnam, We s t c h e s t e r , D u t c h e s s . “Michelle’s healing ability is more than the touch from her hands; she heals the soul. She brings serenity to people.” ~Maureen S., Carmel. See ad pg 51.


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


naturopathic doctor Hudson Valley Natural Health

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

Integrative Med Solutions

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.

NEUROFEEDBACK/ BIOFEEDBACK Roseann Capanna-Hodge, Ed.D., LPC, BCN, LLC Psychologist and Board Certified Neurofeedback Practitioner 898 Ethan Allen HWY, #6, Ridgefield, CT 203.438.4848;

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

Nutrition David Connell, DC

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


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 55.

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

Pain Specialist Andy Steigmeier LMT, CSCS

The Center for Health and Healing 4 Smith Ave, 2nd Fl. Mt. Kisco, NY 914.673.4577; Andy uses a whole body philosophy called Integrated Positional Therapy. IPT was specifically developed to address pain, improve body function and range of motion. This approach has been successful in addressing many neuromuscular conditions often when other approaches have failed. See ad pg 17.


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.

Podiatry Katonah Podiatry, PC

Pamela Hoffman, DPM Glenn B. Weiss, DPM 200 Katonah Ave., Katonah, NY 914.232.8880; Foot care for people of all ages. Board certified holistic podiatrists who use a comprehensive, integrative approach. Customized treatments utilizing the best of today’s technology combined with nutrition and 30 years of experience.

REFLEXOLOGY Pharmacy Compounding Lake Mahopac Pharmacy/ Surgical Nagi Wissa, R.Ph., IP, CEO 559 Rt, 6, Mahopac, NY 10541 T: 845.208.0424; F: 845.208.0425

We are your neighborhood holistic compounding pharmacy, ready to support your health. We offer 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.


ARCB Certified Reflexologist 1129 Main Street, 2nd fl., Fishkill, NY email:; 845.416.4598 Foot and/or Hand Reflexology sessions are offered with the use of Essential Oils applied to acupuncture points based upon each individual’s presenting pattern.  Please refer to Services page on web site for the many benefits of this ancient modality.

Elite Performance Physical Therapyof Westchester, PC

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

Manual PT Practice and Pilates Studio. One patient, one therapist, one hour. Integrative practice with a functional, manual approach to musculoskeletal restrictions. Specialties: Dance/ Sports Medicine PT. Pilates Apparatus sessions also available. Infinite results. See ad pg 57.

Reviva Skin & Body Solutions 929 Main St., Fishkill, NY 12524 844.363.7894;

Customized, holistic treatments for better skin, improved body appearance, and spiritual reconnection. Natural Facelift, Facials, Nonchemical Peels, Skin Tightening, Wrinkle Reduction, Fat Melting, Waxing, Reiki, Chakra Balancing, Guided Imagery, Aromatherapy, Raindrop Technique. See ad pg 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 2 & 39.




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. .

Ganesha Spa

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. See ad pg 20.

Spiritual CENTER Chapel at Croton Falls

Rev. June Tompkins, Acting Pastor 609 Rt. 22, Croton Falls, NY

ONLINE CALENDAR – Now you can find, and post last minute event listings, on our website: It's FREE!

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

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299 North Highland Avenue, Bldg. 5 Ossining, New York 10562 914.941.4455; The Mariandale Center sponsors retreats and programs on spiritual and contemplative practices. We also welcome nonprofit organizations for workshops and group retreats. Our guests enjoy the contemplative environment at the Center, and the beautiful, spacious land overlooking the Hudson River. See ad pg 37.


Laurie R. Mallis, MD, LAc

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 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 11 &23.

STRESS REDUCTION Dana Boulanger #US28016 Independent BEMER Distributor Mahopac, NY 914.760.5645

tmj disorder David L Lerner, DDS, CAc, FIND Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 914.214.9678

We offer a unique approach to the health care of the mouth based on a holistic understanding of the whole body. I invite you to explore our web site to learn how we can serve your needs. See ad pg 2 & 39.

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.

VETERINARY HOSPITAL support GROUP Support Connection

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: One-onone counseling (counselors are also cancer survivors); Support groups; Educational and wellness programs; Webinars; Social gatherings; Referrals; A national toll-free information and support hotline.

Weight Loss

Veterinary Hospital

Quit with Quinn

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 17.


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

PULSE Manifestation & Empowerment Workshop

We specialize in the integration of holistic and conventional veterinary medicine to provide quality, comprehensive care for your pet’s needs. We enjoy taking time to get to know our clients and their pets. This allows pets to relax, while we learn about their family lifestyle. See ad pg 49.

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.

Led by Janet Catalina, MSW 914.548.8372;


Therapy Homeostasis Psychology

271 Veterans Road Yorktown Heights, NY 10598; 914.962.3111

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


Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

Integrative Care including Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine, along with many other types of Alternative and Complementary Veterinary Medicinal services are offered. We also offer a full range of high tech, cutting edge, medical, surgical and dental services. See ad pg 48.

YOGA Firefly Yoga & Juice Bar 992 main street Fishkill NY 12524

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

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