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ow more than ever, it is crucial for each of us to strive to be the best we can be, so we are ready, willing and able to shine our brightest light on the world. Our world needs us to be vibrant, healthy people, and the best way to stay healthy and balanced is through self-care. My wellness routine is a combination of mind-body-soul balancing. I begin my day by meditating, writing in my journal and reading inspirational cards and poems. Setting my daily intention each morning keeps me grounded and present to the possibilities of the day ahead. By clearing all thoughts and asking only for the highest and best good for all, and then giving thanks for all that I have in my life now, I enjoy more clarity and vibrancy in my day. The better I feel physically, the easier it is for me to handle life’s daily challenges. I feel my best when I start the morning with a glass of organic, fresh-pressed celery juice, something Marilee and I read about in Anthony Williams’ books. I also enjoy a fresh-brewed cup of coffee with almond milk—no sugar. (I’ll admit that I do love coffee.) Late morning, I fuel my body with a delicious smoothie, a blend of organic coconut water, frozen wild blueberries, an organic banana, frozen mango pieces, various herbs and a scoop of plantbased protein. (I’ve found that eating more fresh fruits and vegetables is what makes me feel best.) I also take a handful of supplements my body needs for now, and then I grab my eight-minute BEMER session, followed by a glass of lemon water. And last month after an Aura Soma Colour Care session, I added the products into my daily routine. Each product is a combination of crystals, gems, essential oils, plants and other living energies that help me reach my full potential. This daily ritual is my winning combination for mind, body and spirit. I am sharing it with you because it took me years to learn what worked for me. I figured it out through a focused effort on self-care, and by being open to change by trying new foods and positive routines and seeking advice from the right wellness experts. I work with three coaches who offer me wisdom and guidance, and I have aligned with a wonderful team of wellness practitioners who assist me in my journey. Believe me, it is vital to discover what empowers you physically, emotionally and spiritually, and you do not have to go it alone. We are lucky to have a magnificent community of talented and educated wellness practitioners in our Natural Awakenings region. They are ready to help you feel good. Spring brings lots of new classes, events and workshops to our area, so be sure to check the calendar on page 58 and our community calendar at We hope you will participate in some of the upcoming events this month. We encourage you to try a new class, get involved in a worthy organization or give time to a local group that needs help. Then you’ll be part of a healthy change. Dana Boulanger

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Contents 36 SPICE UP


HEALTHY COOKING Six Seasonings with Surprising Payoffs


HEALTHIEST CUISINES What Five Countries Can Teach Us about Good Eating


Practical Uses for Aging Produce


44 UPBEAT KIDS Five Steps to Positivity


Makes Us Happy and Healthy


Crunchy Nutrition Animals Will Love


on the Power of Dreaming Big



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New Healthy Business Hits Main Street in Fishkill Village


Fun Times At Camp Eagle Hill

Camp Eagle Hill Adds Gluten-Free Kitchen


amp Eagle Hill, a modern 200-acre summer camp in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains, has been in the business of making memories, building lifelong friendships and providing unforgettable memories since 1963. Now it’s blazing a new trail with the addition of a separate and dedicated gluten-free kitchen. With the rapidly growing population of children who need this type of food service, including his own daughter, camp director Jesse Scherer says the decision to build a gluten-free facility was easy. “The best way to assure parents that their children would be receiving a committed approach to their food choices was to create an entirely separate gluten-free kitchen,” he says. From homemade chicken fingers to veggie wraps, the Eagle Hill kitchen staff has designed a full gluten-free menu that mirrors the options featured for the camp’s general community. Camp Eagle Hill, located in Elizaville, distinguishes itself in other ways too, Scherer says. “The combination of a great sports program, extensive creative and performing arts programs and a beautiful waterfront with both a lake and two pools, all contribute to the fun and excitement of each camp day.” The camp offers hiking, go karts, a climbing tower and zipline, woodworking, video, music (guitar, keyboard and drums), horseback riding, water skiing, tennis and gaga ball. For more info, visit, email or call 914.725.4876. See ad, page 37.

here’s a new, healthy hot spot in Fishkill Village. The Firefly Juice Bar, located at 992 Main Street Plaza, is Fishkill’s first specialty juice bar, serving all-organic products such as fresh juices, smoothies, smoothie bowls and immuneboosting shots. It also offers locally roasted coffee from The Pantry in Cold Spring. Because it’s attached to Firefly Yoga Studio and is open seven days a week, the juice bar is convenient for yoga practitioners as well as the general public. Busy customers can call ahead to preorder for express pick-up, but there’s also The Firefly Juice Bar plenty of room for anyone who has time to sit down and relax. “The space has a vibrant atmosphere that welcomes customers to grab a juice with a friend and enjoy a seat at the bar or in the lounge area,” says owner MaryRose Donaghy. Plans for this spring include the production of organic fruit pops and smallbatch raw bars and bites. The Firefly Juice Bar is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and weekends from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more info, call 845.896.2840 or visit FireFlyFishkill. com. See ad, page 54.

Symposium Focuses on Balancing Clean Energy, Land Preservation


s part of its commitment to spearhead a regional response to climate change, Scenic Hudson will host a daylong Solar Smart Hudson Valley Symposium: Building Clean Energy while Preserving Important Lands. The goal is to provide critical insight into how to navigate the tough issues surrounding the rapid development of solar energy projects in support of meeting New York State’s ambitious carbon emissions-reduction goals. The symposium will take place March 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Henry A. Wallace Visitor Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home, located at 4079 Albany Post Road in Hyde Park. The cost to attend is $25. The event will include interactive panel discussions and presentations about current state policy and market forces driving solar energy development; how planning and zoning can help communities maximize renewable energy development; responsible siting and design of solar energy projects; building public support for new solar energy proposals; reconciling solar development with the protection of farmland and natural resources; encouraging dual-use and development on previously disturbed sites; and developing a regional renewable energy plan. The goal of the symposium is to give participants the tools and information to take concrete actions that will make the Hudson Valley a regional model for reaching state targets to mitigate climate change, while simultaneously preserving the valley’s natural and economic assets. To register for the symposium or for more information, including agenda details and AICP and other credit availability, visit


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New Life Expo Continues Its Successful Run


he New Life Expo is America’s longest-running event focused on holistic enlightenment and rejuvenation, and its organizer, Mark Becker, says he’s grateful for the continued success and growth of what he started 28 years ago. “Last year I was happy not only to deliver an awesome New Life Expo in Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale Mark Becker and two in New York, but also to add the Vegetarian Vision Health and Wellness Expo in New York to help share the innate knowledge that we all know deep inside,” Becker says. “There’s an old saying that we are what we eat. Between GMOs infiltrating our fruits, vegetables and grains, chemtrail residue falling on them and pesticides and chemicals feeding them, we have to be more careful about when and where we shop. We also need to learn how to grow as much as we can at home— sprouts are the easiest to start with. Self-sustainability is the new norm.” The New Life Expo is slated to return to New York City’s Hotel New Yorker March 16-18 with 100 exhibitors and speakers, including Mas Sajady, Kimberly Meredith, Brenda Cobb, Mark Becker, Gail Thackray, Thomas John, Jill Dahne, Dr. Joel Wallach, Robert Young, Dr. Hal Blatman and Hanson Tse. For more information or to preregister for discounts, visit or email

Virtual Journey through the Tarot with Pamela Cucinell


arot cards can be used as a divination tool because each card is a chapter in a book of knowledge, and the proper way to “read” that book is through self-reflection and keen observation, says Pamela Cucinell, the local astrologer who writes Planet Watch for Natural Awakenings. To accommodate growing interest in this centuries-old form of divination, Cucinell offers a virtual class, Develop Your Art of Insight: A Journey through the Tarot. Cucinell, who began her studies in metaphysics through the tarot, says she developed this experiential class to encourage her students to “see.” �������������������������������������������� ��������������������������������������������� She uses Jungian psychology, mythology, symbols and visual arts to help students understand the significance of the cards as they relate to personal growth and individuation. The class also references Joseph Campbell›s presentation of the Hero’s Journey, the 22 keys of the major arcana reflecting a map of life.  “Tarot study deepens intuition and psychic abilities, and it requires that the student is ready to take responsibility for selfknowledge,” she says. “As a Reiki master as well as a certified con-


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sulting astrologer and tarot maven, I’m an apt guide for those ready for the work.” The 11 classes come in three-hour webinars, supported by guided meditation, exercises and a private Facebook group that Cucinell facilitates. To join the present class, contact her at, or visit and type “tarot journey” in the search bar. Cucinell is currently offering Pamela Cucinell discounted tarot sessions the first Tuesday of a month. For more info, visit and click on Tarot Tuesdays. See ad, page 46.

BeWies’ Customized Foods to Go Make Healthy Eating Easier


he hardest part of eating well is having the time, energy and expertise to cook tasty, healthy meals every day. BeWies Holistic Market offers an easy solution with take-home foods tailored to the needs of its customers, including those with allergies or dietary restrictions. Amy Berman “Oftentimes, customers meet with local nutritionists or health coaches and are given an eating plan that leaves them feeling overwhelmed, or they just don’t know how to prepare nutritious meals that are also delicious. That’s where we come in,” says Julie Wiesen, who co-owns BeWies with Amy Berman. “There are often multiple allergies and dietary needs within families that can make home cooking a real challenge. Amy and I encourage customers to find foods that work best for their bodies. Once they know that, we’ll prepare customized meals for individuals or families to take home to enjoy.” Fresh-made organic food is a BeWies specialty. Their juices, smoothies, salad and wraps are made to order, as are their Acai bowls, which their customers have dubbed “the best in Westchester,” Wiesen says. Anyone wanting healthy sweets can find glutenfree, nut-free and vegan muffins, cookies and other baked treats made daily in house.  But as the only boutique holistic market in Armonk, BeWies offers far more than freshly prepared food. It also carries supplements, snacks, skincare products, bath salts, homeopathic remedies, teas, coffees, essential oils and produce.  BeWies Holistic Market is located at 430 Bedford Rd., Armonk, NY, in the Moderne Barn Plaza. For more info, call 914.273.9437 or visit See ad, page 35. March 2018


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Productivity Coach Shares Free Online Webinar


usan Lasky, a productivity, ADHD and organization coach who’s been offering “help for the disorganized, overworked and overwhelmed” since 1991, is sharing her new webinar, How To Get More Done … With a Lot Less Stress, at ADDitude.mag. com. It can be viewed for free online until July 4. Just getting started on a task, even a small one, can be a challenge for some people, Lasky says. “They know what they should do. They may even want to get it done. But thinking about something isn’t Susan Lasky the same as taking action. Even when motivated, activation—getting started—is often difficult, especially if it’s something that seems overwhelming, time-consuming, difficult or boring.” Getting past those obstacles involves self-examination, she explains. “As Einstein said, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over yet expecting different results. That’s why it’s important to find new strategies that work with the way you think, not the way you think you should think. And in our individual coaching sessions, we do just that. With the right tools and strategies, taking action becomes easier and more effective.” For those who prefer the support of a small group, Susan Lasky Productivity Solutions hosts an online accountability/action group, the TUIT Project (“so you can finally ‘get around to it’”), at A new group begins each month. For more info, contact Lasky at 914.373.4787 or, or visit See ad, page 14.

Hudson Valley Farmers Market Celebrates Four Years


he Hudson Valley Regional Farmers Market is celebrating four years of connecting responsible growers, producers and purveyors of fresh, local offerings year-round, and Melissa Kamin, director of community relations for HVRFM, says it’s still growing and improving. “We are constantly curating applicants to bring you the best of fresh as it’s available,” she says. “We also continue to grow our mission of strengthening connections within the local and surrounding communities by providing economic opportunity and sustainability for individuals of all abilities, and for local growers and producers.” Located year-round at the Brewster headquarters of its sponsor, Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsey Association (HVCPA), the market is held every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is an indoor market during the cold months and spreads outside as soon as it’s warm. Its weekly and rotating vendors offer vegetables, fruit, honey, meat, fish, jams, bread and baked goods (including gluten-free items), eggs, wine, pickles and olives, mead and honey liquor. It also showcases prepared food and specialty items from local growers and producers, including Ace Endico Farm Table, The Bakers Wife Artisan Bread, Bartolo’s Food and Cheesecake, Corcoran Meat and Dairy, Do Re Me Farms, Green Mountain Energy, Laurelmaud’s Kitchen (specialty jams), Judson’s Farm (seasonal fruit and produce), KAS Spirits, Kookie Kween, Nick The Knife Sharpener, Petropoulos Olive Oil, Ryder Farm Organics (seasonal), Sacred Grounds Organic Coffee, Salt Point Meadery, Sharamel (caramel sauce and baked goods), Smellz Good (natural goat milk products), South Salem Winery, The Town Soapier and Wychcraft Hand Crafted Jewelry. HVCPA is located at 15 Mt. Ebo Rd. S., Brewster, NY. For more info, visit or, or call 845.629.2824. See ad, page 40.


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Pain Specialist Featured in PBS Documentary

Hastings/Stoneledge Farm CSA Opens Ninth Season

n March, Andy Steigmeier co-owner of The Center for Health and Healing in Mount Kisco, will be highlighted in the PBS documentary “Survival Guide to Pain Free Living,” with Peggy Cappy. “It’s a great honor to be a part of this documentary,” he says. “I hope it inspires many to take their first steps in overcoming chronic pain conditions, especially since our nation is gripped in Andy Steigmeier such a tragic opioid epidemic.” Steigmeier’s approach is a wholebody philosophy called Integrated Positional Therapy. “IPT recognizes that most adverse neuromuscular conditions are the result of muscular-skeletal imbalances that pull the body out of proper alignment, causing pain,” he says. “I want people to know there is a gentle and safe alternative to help the body heal.” Steigmeier has treated thousands of people with chronic pain. In “Survival Guide to Pain Free Living,” the Marine Corps veteran shares his own story of pain and how IPT has helped. “I consider myself very lucky to be able to provide this therapy to my clients. I can certainly empathize, having personally experienced surgeries and lots of pain,” he says. He also teaches IPT with his mentor, Lee Albert, at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. IPT has been successfully used to address many neuromuscular conditions, often when other approaches have failed, he says. “We are creating a ripple effect of healing without drugs or surgery. Positional Therapy is an alternative and also an effective complement to traditional western methods. People are getting better. It’s simple, and it works.”

astings on Hudson Community Supported Agriculture (HoH CSA), which offers 24 weekly shares of organic produce grown on Stoneledge Farm, is now registering members for its Stoneledge Farm summer produce ninth season. Registration will be open through June 1. Pick-ups begin June 6 at Grace Church, located at 78 Main Street, and will continue every Wednesday through November 14. Pick-up times are 10 a.m. to noon and 5 to 6:30 p.m. “CSA membership is a commitment to supporting regional agriculture, a small family farm and the local community, and to share the bounty of the harvest as well as the risk of production,” says Elisa Zazzera, manager of HoH CSA. “Our members purchase before the harvest and receive a weekly share of USDAcertified organic produce. Each week brings seven to ten different vegetables, from arugula to zucchini. Additional shares of fruit, mushrooms, beans and coffee are also available.” Stoneledge makes weekly CSA deliveries to five other Westchester locations as well. The farm donates one share for every 10 members a CSA site has. In Hastings, these donations go to Grace Food Partnership, which shares the food with those in need. Each year, Stoneledge Farm donates more than 1,000 pounds of organic produce.


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To read more about the CSA or register for a share, visit Stoneledge. farm or contact Elisa Zazzera at or 212.247.5988. To find a CSA near you, visit

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Yorktown Land Purchase Helps Protect Watershed


n a unique public-private partnership, Westchester Land Trust (WLT), Yorktown Land Trust (YLT) and the Town of Yorktown have coordinated to permanently Turkey Mountain Preserve protect 24 acres adjacent to Turkey Mountain Preserve, a region of statewide ecological significance. WLT will own the land as a preserve open to the community, and the Town of Yorktown will hold a conservation easement on the property, further ensuring that it will always remain a nature preserve. The protection of this parcel, located on Saw Mill River Road, will create a 550-acre contiguous corridor of permanently protected forest and wetland that also adjoins other protected lands owned and managed by the New York City Department ����������� of Environmental Protection as a critical watershed area.  The property lies within the Croton-to-Highlands Biodiversity Area, named as a priority in the 2016 New York State Open Space Conservation Plan. For these reasons, Yorktown’s Advisory Committee on Open Space and the YLT ranked this parcel their top preservation priority.  To make the purchase, WLT and YLT used internal funds earmarked for land acquisition, in addition to funding from the John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation, the Town of Yorktown and private donors. “We are grateful and honored to have collaborated with an impressive group of public and private conservation partners to permanently protect this land,” says WLT President Lori J. Ensinger. “Strong partnerships allow us to respond quickly when conservation opportunities arise.” The new preserve is wholly within the Croton Watershed, a public drinking water supply. Its 11 acres of wetlands, along with woodlands, provide a natural buffer for public drinking water quality and quantity, Ensinger says. They also provide healthy habitat for diverse species. WLT will manage the new preserve as an extension of the Turkey Mountain Preserve, and plans to construct a new trail linking with the existing trail network at Turkey Mountain. Community help will be needed to build and fund the work. Anyone interested in helping should contact WLT Vice President Kara Whelan at or 914.234.6992, ext. 12. Based in Bedford Hills, WLT works with public and private partners to preserve land in perpetuity and enhance the natural resources in Westchester and eastern Putnam Counties. It uses conservation easements and outright acquisition to benefit the longterm character and environmental health of these communities. For more info, visit 14

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Volunteers Needed to Drive Cancer Patients to Treatment


he American Cancer Society is seeking volunteer drivers to support its Road to Recovery program, which provides cancer patients with free rides to receive treatment in Yonkers and lower Westchester. This year, an estimated 110,800 New Yorkers will be diagnosed with cancer, and for some, simply getting to treatments is their biggest roadblock, says Maribel Palacios-Perez, program manager at the American Cancer Society. “Even the best treatment can’t work if a cancer patient can’t get there,” she says. “A successful transportation assistance program can be a tremendous, potentially life-saving asset to the community. Every day we have cancer patients in need of a ride to and from their treatments across Westchester County. That’s why volunteering for our Road To Recovery program is so important.” Locally, the greatest need is for drivers who can pick up patients at their home and take them to Memorial Sloan Kettering in Harrison, Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, New York-Presbyterian/Lawrence in Bronxville, St. John’s Riverside Hospital in Yonkers, Westmed Medical Group in Rye, White Plains Hospital in White Plains, Phelps HospitalNorthwell Health in Sleepy Hollow, New York-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital in Croton and Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco. To learn more about volunteering for the Road To Recovery program, visit Cancer. org/road.

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After #MeToo: A Weekend of Inspiration and Empowerment


n the wake of #MeToo, two entrepreneurial women have created Rise Gatherings Weekend. More than 200 women are expected to gather at Trail’s End Camp in the Poconos from May 18 to 20. The goal is to “raise women’s voices and spirits” through a transformational weekend getaway, says cofounder Tami Astorino. Women rising together at a past Rise Gatherings event “The mission of Rise Gatherings Weekend is women rising together, so we model that another woman’s success is our success,” she says. “There is no time to waste on competition or judgment. When we help someone else rise, we rise too.” Astorino is the mother of two teens, and co-founder Rachel Rubin is the mother of a toddler. Through Rise Gatherings Weekend, the two women are combining their experiences creating transformational retreats to provide a safe, supportive space for women of all ages and life stages to enjoy personal growth and connection. “Away from their myriad roles as caregivers, partners, bosses and employees, attendees will let go of the ‘shoulds’ and ‘musts’ that fill their days and shed the layers of protection required to get through those days,” Astorino says. More than 20 female facilitators will lead workouts and workshops, building intimacy and community so participants can empower each other and work to create a different reality for their daughters. “Women in Hollywood are banning together to overcome pervasive obstacles facing women,” Astorino says. “We need to form female community in our own hometowns to rise together and build each other up. Women are seeking experiences where they can come together to raise their voices and spirits. Rise Gatherings provide a beautiful getaway space as fertile ground for women to learn and grow.” To learn more or to register, visit, or contact Astorino at Info@ See ad, page 9.

Aura-Soma Colour Therapy at The Source NY


he Source NY, the Poughkeepsie practice that offers guided meditation, spirit-guided life coaching, massage, yoga, Reiki and other healing modalities, recently introduced AuraSoma Colour Therapy to the The Aura-Soma line at Hudson Valley. The Source NY The Source will host free discussions March 11 and 18, at 12:30 p.m., for anyone interested in learning more about this self-discovery process. One attendee will win a complementary reading. “Aura-Soma Colour Therapy invokes the individual’s higher self to reveal one’s highest potential,” says Dr. Stacey Lamar, owner of The Source NY. “Through colors, gems, crystals and aromas, the individual learns where they are today and how to progress to meet their true potential.” Readings are available for both individuals and couples. Lamar is an advanced practice registered nurse with a doctorate in public health. She’s spent her 30-year career in health care working to balance western tradition with complementary and alternative practice. To reserve a space at one of the two discussions, call 845.214.0452. The Source NY is located at 143 Boardman Rd., Building 3, Poughkeepsie, NY. For more info, visit or email See ad, page 52.

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Bionutrient Food Association Bedford Chapter meeting

Healthy Soil Critical to Healthy Crops


rganic does not guarantee nutritious.” That’s how the nonprofit Bionutrient Food Association (BFA) begins their message of improving the soil to increase the quality of food. Ellen Best, a Pound Ridge gardener, shares that philosophy. “Both our gut and the soil need good bacteria and a balanced system to produce healthy results. Healthy soil not only produces healthy crops, but also sequesters carbon, a possible solution to climate change.” She and Doug DeCandia, the Food Growing Program coordinator for the Food Bank for Westchester, co-lead the BFA Bedford Chapter, which hosts monthly potluck meetings for gardeners, farmers, nutritionists and foodies at all levels of experience. The meetings include themed presentations, networking and demonstrations in the garden. Anyone is welcome, including families, Best says. Monthly meetings are held on weekdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Westchester Land Trust in Bedford Hills. Upcoming meetings are March 15, April 17, May 16, June 14, July 17, August 15, September 13, October 16, November 14 and December 13 For more info, email DougDecandia@ or visit

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“Becoming Unstuck” Workshop Series at the Mariandale Center


he Mariandale Center in Ossining is offering a new workshop series, Becoming Unstuck: Transformation through the Care of the Mind, Body and Spirit, on Tuesday evenings The grounds at Mariandale Center in Ossining in March. This fourweek series explores the interaction between the mind and body and the powerful ways we can participate in our own healing and health promotion. Participants will learn a variety of selfcare skills and activities that can be practiced at home, including thermal biofeedback, guided imagery, meditation, qigong, healthy eating, drawing and Tonglen.  “We all find ourselves stuck at times in life, due to circumstances, decisions, physical illness, stress, anxiety or spiritual emptiness,” says presenter Sheila Charbonier. “Fortunately, science-based mind-body medicine, coupled with care of the spiritual self, are powerful healing tools for the journey.” Sessions will be held March 6, 13, 20 and 27, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Mariandale Center, located at 299 North Highland Avenue in Ossining. For more information and to register, visit See ad, page 11.


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Colonics Can Make Cleansing and Detoxing More Efficient


or many people, spring cleaning is not just about mops and brooms—it’s also about cleansing and detoxing physically. “It just seems natural to want to feel cleaner and lighter when the weather begins to warm,” says Tovah Nahman of Lifetime Hygienics. “To that end, anyone planning a spring cleanse should consider doing colonics along with it.” Tovah Nahman Colonics can make cleansing and detoxing more efficient, says Nahman, a certified colonic hygienist. “It doesn’t matter if it’s a juice fast, an herbal cleanse or a diet change. When our bodies begin to rid themselves of accumulated waste during our cleansing, the waste can actually wind up in the colon. It may be more difficult to eliminate accumulated waste, as well as the waste from our cleansing, through our bowel movements.” Without colonics, she says, the waste from a detox can be reabsorbed back into the system, defeating the purpose of the cleanse or detox. She recommends having a colonic session at the start and end of a three-day cleanse, and adding a third colonic in the middle of a seven-day cleanse. “For optimal cleansing results, colonics will do wonders. If you haven’t tried a colonic before, this is the season to try it. There is no pain involved, and they aren’t odiferous.” Tovah Nahman has been in practice at Lifeline Hygienics for 26 years. While she doesn’t diagnosis or prescribe, she helps educate her clients about their health. She is also an author and lecturer. Contact her at 914.921.LIFE (5433).

Rainbow Body Wellness Collective Celebrates Opening


he Rainbow Body Wellness Collective, a group of women wellness practitioners offering a wide variety of healing and beauty services, will open March 1 at 35 West Market Street, Suite 2B, in Red Hook. They will host an open house with free mini-sessions and snacks on March 11, from 2 to 5 p.m. Among the services and treatments offered at the collective are massage, facials, Quantum Healing, Soulscape Life Coaching, Akashic Record readings, Feldenkrais, microblading, Reiki and Angel Card readings. The mission of the Rainbow Body Wellness Collective is to help people achieve balance, health and wholeness in the mind, body and spirit, says coordinator Cleo Sofie. “Our hope is that each being may bring their full light into the world to live their fullest potential, and shine brightly so that others may do the same.” The collective is offering 10 percent off a client’s first service. For more information, visit WellnessCollective.

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Katonah Business Delivers to Local Pet Owners



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atonah residents Karen and Don Gotimer recently launched Pet Wants Northern Westchester, a pet food and supplies business with a twist. Built around the close relationship between the business owners and their customer Don and Karen Gotimer with friends families, Pet Wants is a mobile company focused on the health and well-being of every pet. “We deliver to the homes or workplaces of our customers,” Karen Gotimer says. “We do not have a storefront.” All Pet Wants products are natural, without additives or artificial preservatives, and the dog and cat kibble are the company’s proprietary brand, which is made monthly and delivered directly to local customers. “Pet Wants dog and cat food is made from only high-quality ingredients, with no gluten, corn, soy or other fillers and no artificial preservatives. We also have grain-free varieties,” Gotimer says. “We make some of our dog and cat products at home using therapeutic-grade essential oils, aloe, vitamin E oil and the like. We also house-make sweet potato treats and beef jerky from human-grade food—we use top round beef from a local restaurant supplier—and we don’t add any preservatives. All the treats we carry are all natural and of the best quality.” But what sets Pet Wants apart is more than the quality of its food and the other products it carries, she says. It’s the company’s relationships with its customers, and its community of experts that customers can go to with their questions and concerns. The Gotimers and the Pet Wants animal nutrition expert are available to consult with any customer who has a pet with health issues. They will also coordinate with the pet’s veterinarian. As part of their goal to build a relationship with the pet community, Pet Wants Northern Westchester is always willing to work with other local pet experts and pet rescue groups. It also participates in local farmers markets. The business extends that personal touch to everything it does, from its all-natural, house-made Spaw pet-care products and Pet Wants treats, to its free delivery to customers in Westchester and Putnam Counties, as well as Fairfield County, Connecticut. To reach Pet Wants Northern Westchester, call 914.471.0188 during normal business hours or email To see or shop the entire product line, visit

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Harvest Moon Farm Expands Its CSA


arvest Moon Farm and Orchard, the North Salem purveyor of farm-fresh apples, produce, eggs, grass-fed meat and locally famous cider donuts, is expanding its CSA (communitysupported agriculture) for the upcoming growing season. General manager Christine Covino says the decision is in direct response to customer demand. “This year we are increasing our membership by 20 percent, and we started accepting applications two months earlier,” she says. Harvest Moon launched its CSA program in 2012, shortly after opening for business. “This is a major component of our vision for the farm—to become a reliable source of high-quality, farm-fresh food produced right here in our own community,” Covino says.  The CSA has steadily grown—not only in patronage, but also in its offerings, as the farm continues to enrich its weekly shares with a broader variety of goods. Customers can sign on for either a 13-week share or the 18-week extended season that runs through October. They can also customize their share to suit their needs by selecting either a half or a full share and choosing from a variety of add-ons, such as dairy, cheese, meat and fresh-cut seasonal flowers. The bulk of what goes into the weekly boxes is grown on the farm; the rest is sourced from neighboring farms. Harvest Moon is accepting applications for the upcoming growing season through May or until maximum membership is reached, Covino says. “Customers can expect to receive the freshest produce possible, harvested only a day or two before pick-up,” she says. “Our offerings coincide directly with the growing season, comprising regional staples such as lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, peppers, eggplant, zucchini, squash, apples and potatoes, to name a few.”   Open seven days a week, Harvest Moon serves breakfast and lunch from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The menu includes its popular Farmer’s Breakfast (bacon, egg and cheese on a fresh-baked ciabatta), omelets, burritos, grass-fed beef burgers and assorted paninis. Customers can order food to go or eat on the patio or in the newly expanded café area. Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard is located at 130 Hardscrabble Rd., North Salem, NY. For more info, visit See ad, page 18. March 2018


students, staff and families thought about food. HVADC helped PCSD’s nutrition directors connect with farmers who could supply local products as replacements in school meals. The Farm-to-School program is especially important in the Poughkeepsie district, where prior to community eligibility, 86 percent of students qualified for free- or reduced-price lunch. During the school year, PCSD provides meals for 4,700 students. Some PCSD schools offer breakfast and lunch; others offer dinner as well. PCSD also provides summer meals at 22 sites throughout Poughkeepsie.

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Revamping School Lunch Poughkeepsie students harvest produce for a healthy snack.


Grant Gives More Dutchess Children Access to Nutritious Food


ore Dutchess County kids will have access to fresh, nutritious food, thanks to a recent grant from the New York State Farm-toSchool program, which helps K-12 schools connect with local farmers, incorporate more locally grown food in school menus, improve student health and educate young people about agriculture. The award will enable the Poughkeepsie Farm Project (PFP) to enhance its Farm-to-School program while expanding its services to include the Wappingers Central School District (WCSD). In January, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that $1 million had been awarded to 12 Farm-to-School projects across the state, with PFP receiving the highest grant level of $100,000. The Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Development Corporation (HVADC) will help implement the grant. PFP will use its grant funding to increase the capacity of school nutrition teams to prepare and preserve local farm products, increase the number and variety of local farm products procured for school meals, expand the program to 22

the Wappingers district, and implement a state Harvest of the Month campaign. The expanded project will benefit 15,200 students in the Poughkeepsie and Wappingers school districts.

Linking Farms and Schools

PFP was designed as a whole-systems approach to local food procurement and community engagement within the local food system. It is a farm-based nonprofit committed to cultivating a just and sustainable food system in the Mid-Hudson Valley. On its member-supported farm in the City of Poughkeepsie, it grows fresh vegetables and fruit for a CSA, trains future farmers, provides hands-on educational programs and improves access to healthy, locally grown food. In 2010, PFP partnered with PCSP to increase access to healthy food and work toward community food security. With a two-year USDA Farm-to-School grant awarded in December 2012, the two organizations collaborated on a Farm-to-School project introducing more fresh, local produce into school meals and changing how

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The new grant will fund the purchase of more food from local farms for PCSD, and will also expand PFP’s Farm-to-School work to WCSD, where some 40 percent of its 11,500 students participate in school meals, 34 percent are overweight or obese and 27 percent are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. Revamping the school lunch program will impact lower-income students, who are more likely to participate in school meals. “We are thrilled to partner with the Poughkeepsie City School District and the Poughkeepsie Farm Project as part of the grant through New York State to increase the use of locally sourced foods in schools,” says Jose L. Carrion, superintendent of schools for WCSD. “We continuously seek opportunities to showcase local businesses to help increase our students’ awareness of the service they provide to our community. In addition, we are thrilled to have our food service personnel learn new ways to prepare locally grown foods and know it will benefit both our staff and the students. Educating our students on the importance of healthy food choices, and that these foods are available in our local grocery stores, is a win for our entire community.” PFP offers educational programming for public school students, both at its farm and at school gardens that it has helped build at all the schools in the PCSD. For more info, visit

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Gooseberries are Good for the Gut Researchers from Malaysia’s Islamic Science University tested 30 patients with gastrointestinal issues, dividing them into three groups. One received lactose, a placebo; another group was given omeprazole, an overthe-counter remedy; and the third Phyllanthus emblica Linn, an ayurvedic treatment for gastrointestinal issues also known as Indian gooseberry. The research found the herbal treatment resulted in less pain, vomiting, sleep loss and other issues. Participants’ intestinal walls also showed signs of significant healing. The researchers concluded, “Findings indicate that the ethanolic extract of P. emblica fruits has gastroprotective effects in humans that justify its traditional use.” 24

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Research from Duke University Medical School indicates that eating red meat and poultry increases risk for Type 2 diabetes. Published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, the Singapore Chinese Health Study followed 63,257 adults between ages 45 and 74 for an average of 11 years each. It was determined that meat and poultry consumption increased diabetes incidence by 23 and 15 percent, respectively.


Leafy greens, which are rich in vitamin K, have again been shown to provide outsized benefits for heart health. Researchers from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University found that a reduced intake of vitamin K1 leads to more than triple the risk of an enlargement of the heart’s left ventricle, which reduces blood pumping volume, according to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition. Researchers followed diet records for 766 participants ages 14 to 18 and monitored their vascular structure and functionality. When compared to those with the highest intake of vitamin K1 from foods such as spinach, cabbage and other leafy, green vegetables, those with the lowest intake were more likely to experience vascular enlargement.

Eating Meat Raises Diabetes Risk

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY DETERS ALZHEIMER’S According to a study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, researchers discovered the risk of dementia can be halved by engaging in physical activities like walking, dancing and gardening, which significantly improve brain volume in the hippocampus region and the frontal, temporal and parietal lobes. The scientists studied 876 participants for 30 years and completed a longitudinal memory test of the patients, which were 78 years old on average, and followed up with MRI brain scans. They recorded their physical activity and logged caloric output every week. Two other studies found that any exercise that raises our heart rate and produces sweating for a sustained period will benefit cognitive health as we age. One meta-analysis of 36 studies from Australia’s University of Canberra found that exercise improved cognition by an average of 29 percent for those older than 50; another small group study from Germany’s Otto von Guericke University, in Magdeburg, specifically showed that dancing benefits seniors’ cognition.


Leafy Greens Lower Risk for Heart Disease


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Toxic Effects of Lead on Reproductive Health

Saunas Lower Blood Pressure

In a new working paper from the West Virginia University Department of Economics, authors Daniel S. Grossman and David J.G. Slutsky found that during the lead-tainted water crisis in Flint, Michigan, from 2014 to 2016, there was a 58 percent rise in fetal deaths, and 275 fewer births compared to adjacent areas near Detroit.

University of Eastern Finland research on 1,621 men found that four to seven saunas per week can cut high blood pressure risk in half. Their conclusion states, “Regular sauna bathing is associated with reduced risk of hypertension, which may be a mechanism underlying the decreased cardiovascular risk associated with sauna use.�



TEEN MARIJUANA USE FOSTERS DEPRESSION Research from the University of Pittsburgh followed 158 boys and young men until the age of 22. Brain scans revealed that the teenagers using marijuana between the ages of 14 and 19 had a higher risk of depression as young adults. Marijuana users also had the lowest educational achievements. They suffered impaired connectivity in the nucleus accumbens part of the brain, which plays a central role in the reward circuit tied to two essential neurotransmitters: dopamine, which promotes desire; and serotonin, which affects satiety and inhibition. Another recent study of 521 Washington State University students noted that depressed 12-to-15year-olds were more likely to be using marijuana by age 18.

Positive Outlook Powers Osteoarthritis Patients Research at Penn State University published in the journal Health Psychology shows that being more enthusiastic and optimistic about getting things done upon waking up in the morning increases the physical activity of osteoarthritis patients throughout the day, resulting in more exercise and reduced symptoms. The study followed 135 osteoarthritis patients for 22 days.

March 2018


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Wind Harvest

Renewable Energy Subsidies Lag Far Behind

The G20 nations, comprising the world’s biggest economies, provide four times more public financing to support fossil fuels than renewable energy, says a report from the environmental coalition Oil Change International ( TalkIsCheapOilReport). This took place even though German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced climate change as the heart of the agenda at the Hamburg summit in July 2017. The public financing—in soft loans and guarantees from governments along with huge fossil fuel subsidies—makes coal, oil and natural gas cheaper to use in the short run because both the front-end and back-end costs are undisclosed.

Grassroots Gumption

Sweet Potato Project Encourages Enterprise

The Sweet Potato Project, started by journalist Sylvester Brown, Jr., will work in partnership with St. Louis University and a small cadre of local nonprofits called the North City Food Hub to hold culinary, small business, horticulture, restaurant management, and land-ownership classes and business incubator opportunities this spring. The goal is to enable at-risk youths in North St. Louis to grow food and make money through food packaging and distribution. The project encourages people to become innovative, selfsufficient players in today’s expanding global economy. Brown says, “Success doesn’t always mean you’ve made a lot of money; it can also mean you’ve survived poverty or managed to create something.” 26

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Uncontrolled Lice Threaten Fish Industry

A surge in parasitic sea lice that attach themselves to and feed on salmon, killing or rendering them unsuitable for dinner tables, is disrupting salmon farms in the U.S., Canada, Scotland, Norway and Chile. Wholesale prices for the species have already increased 50 percent over last year, leading to higher consumer prices for everything from salmon fillets and steaks to more expensive lox on bagels. Scientists and fish farmers are working on new ways to control the pests. Fish Farmer magazine states that losses by the global aquaculture industry could be as high as $1 billion annually. The only hope is to develop new methods to control the spread of the lice, which are naturally present in the wild, but thrive in the tightly packed ocean pens used for fish farming.

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Hywind, the first floating wind farm in the UK, is located 15 miles offshore of Peterhead, in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Its five turbines with a 30-megawatt capacity will provide clean energy to more than 20,000 homes to help meet the country’s ambitious climate change targets. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says, “The government’s commitment to the development of this technology, coupled with Statoil’s [lithium] battery storage project, Batwind, positions Scotland as a world center for energy innovation.” Hywind is operated by Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil ASA and Masdar Abu Dhabi Future Energy Co.


Floating Farm Helps Power UK Needs

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Marine Algae Could Nourish Growing World Population

According to the United Nations, more than 800 million people today are regularly undernourished. By 2050, a rise of another 3 billion in global population is expected to escalate pressure on food supplies. The challenge means providing not just sufficient calories, but also a balanced diet for good health. Fish present a viable solution, but most of the world’s inventory is already overharvested. Some scientists propose “cutting out the middle fish” via the commercial production of marine microalgae as a staple food. They produce fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, polymers and carbohydrates that humans need and that can be used to feed animals and farmed fish. Microalgae are found in both freshwater and marine aquatic systems. Only a handful of algal species are used commercially now, but hundreds of strains have similar potential. Meanwhile, innovators at Copenhagen’s future-living lab SPACE10 created the Algae Dome, a 13-foot-tall urban ecostructure powered by solar energy that pumps out oxygen and produces food in a closed-loop arrangement. This hyperlocal food system grows microalgae, which are among the world’s fastest-growing organisms and can thrive on sunshine and water almost anywhere.

Veggie Renaissance Brits Cutting Back on Meat Eating

In 2015, the World Health Organization labeled bacon, sausage, hot dogs and other processed meats with the same carcinogenic label as for cigarettes. According to the Mintel Meat-Free Foods 2017 Report (Tinyurl. com/MintelMeatReport), 28 percent of Britons have now drastically reduced their meat intake. Reasons vary. About 49 percent of those polled that have given up meat or are considering it say they feel prompted by health warnings. Other motivators include weight management (29 percent), worries about animal welfare (24 percent) and environmental concerns (24 percent).

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Protective Plants

Indoor Greenery Removes Airborne Toxins

Along with naturally beautifying a home, many indoor plants help purify air quality often contaminated by chemicals found in common household products and furnishings. A recent study by the State University of New York at Oswego found that bromeliads absorbed up to 80 percent of pollutants from volatile organic compounds (VOC) emitted by paint, furniture, printers, dry-cleaned clothes and other household products. Other plants that scored highly for purifying the air of VOCs in airtight container tests were dracaena and spider plants ( In related news, peace lilies have been shown to be effective in reducing airborne ammonia. NASA scientists have discovered that Boston fern, rubber plants, English ivy, devil’s ivy, peace lily, mum and gerbera daisies help clear the air of the formaldehyde often used in insulation, carpeting and particleboard furniture. ( Environmental scientist B.C. Wolverton’s book How to Grow Fresh Air: 50 House Plants that Purify Your Home or Office cites ferns as another good plant for removing formaldehyde from the home. Ferns are nontoxic, making them good indoor plants for pet owners per the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Indoor levels of formaldehyde can also be reduced by potting areca palm, amstel king ficus and weeping fig plants, according to The website also cites how dragon tree plants can help remove xylene (used in solvents), trichloroethylene (found primarily in adhesives) and toluene (a solvent and gasoline additive) from the air. Beyond improving air quality, indoor plants also boost ambient oxygen levels, lower mold counts and serve as a natural humidifier and mood enhancer.


Natural Awakenings

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New York Company Develops “Sweetener” to Combat Chronic Inflammation A single, highly specific nutritional deficiency is responsible for shortening the lifespan of most people, according to Dr. Joel Brind, a longtime medical researcher and the CEO of Natural Food Science, based in New Hamburg, NY. “These days, most people in our society do not live a natural lifespan,” he says. “Rather, they are slowly poisoned to death by their own immune system fighting microbes that are not harmful or not even there, all due to a deficiency of a single, simple nutrient: the amino acid glycine.” Dr. Joel Brind

Understanding inflammation

Brind, whose medical research experience goes back to 1972, received his doctorate in Basic Medical Sciences from New York University and has been a professor of human biology at Baruch College of the City University of New York since 1986. He founded Natural Food Science in 2010, after recognizing the link between glycine deficiency and the chronic inflammation that causes disease. “While it is now generally appreciated that most chronic and life-threatening illnesses—such as arthritis, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer— are caused by some form of chronic inflammation, the fundamental cause of inflammation is not yet generally appreciated,” he says. “Once it became clear to me that glycine was the critical natural regulator of macrophages, the cells that cause inflammation, I set about making this simple nutrient widely available in a convenient and cost effective form.” The glycine supplement that Brind formulated, sweetamine, became the flagship product of Natural Food Science. Meanwhile, Brind has continued his own research on extending lifespan by glycine supplementation, including a collaboration with the National Institute on Aging, a division of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

Small but necessary “One of the key lessons I learned along the way is that important knowledge can be obscured by the wrong word,” he says. “Thus the nutritional term ‘nonessential’ has made glycine widely ignored by researchers. But just because the body can make glycine on its own does not mean that it can make enough for good health.” In order to regulate the behavior of macrophages, and thus the process of inflammation, blood levels of glycine need to be very high, Brind says. Glycine also needs to be replenished daily, as it’s a small, water-soluble nutrient that quickly cycles through the body. Because it’s used like a sweetener in tea or coffee, sweetamine simplifies that replenishing process, he says. “People who use the product regularly receive the tremendous benefit of eliminating inappropriate or excessive inflammation in an easy and natural way.” For more info, visit See ad, page 41.

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Dr. Laurie R. Mallis

Whole-Body Approach to Health Has Lasting Results How did you move from traditional to holistic medicine? I’m a western-trained physician and board certified in internal medicine and geriatrics. After multiple attempts to incorporate holistic treatments into traditional western medicine settings, I decided to open my own practice where I only do energy treatments—acupuncture, Ondamed Biofeedback Therapy, Reiki and Mei Zen acupuncture for the face and neck and weight loss. Later this year I’ll be adding herbal therapy, which has the healing energy effect of acupuncture, but without the needles.

What’s your evaluative and diagnostic process as a holistic physician? I use multiple methods of evaluation, starting the moment a patient walks into my office. Just observing their overall appearance—watching their face and looking into their eyes—gives me a quick idea about the level of their qi energy. Other supportive exams give further information. For example, I check the pulse—not for rhythm and rate, but to know how the qi energy is flowing through all 12 meridians.

You look at the deeper roots of illness, including emotional issues. How do our emotions affect our health? I cannot emphasize enough how much the emotions play into physical illness. Most people just deal with the physical symptoms of an injury or illness, so their healing 30

remains superficial. There’s a high probability that their original health problem may reoccur over time, because suppressed emotions subtly translate into physical ailments. The only way to truly heal is to deal with the deep emotional root cause. Recognizing this is important to achieving healing on all levels—emotional, physical, mental and spiritual.

Is this what you mean when you say you take a “wholebody” approach to treatment? Yes. You can’t just focus on a physical ailment and expect lasting healing. Holistic practitioners will tell you that disease is really “dis-ease”—not just physical discomfort, but discomfort on all levels, and you must address each level together rather than separately. When a patient presents to me with a physical complaint, I look at the entire patient and how every part of that patient’s life contributed to the development of this particular illness. Then I create a treatment plan specific to that patient. While I treat to relieve my patients of any physical discomfort, at the same time I am always looking for that deep emotional root cause. Once that is found and treated, the patient always attains a level of healing that is phenomenal to experience.

How do you prioritize your treatment? My first goal is always to relieve any acute discomfort a patient may have when they come to see me. However, while I’m treating that physical complaint, I’ll also start

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working on any emotional issues underlying the presenting condition. In addition, I work to strengthen the body’s ability to make and distribute its own qi. If this were not done, a treatment would be like jump-starting a car with a bad battery. The person would feel better for a short period of time, but then the original complaints would resurface. That’s probably why most people who have had acupuncture state that it never worked for them.

How do you advise people to stay healthy during cold and flu season? This winter has been a particularly bad season for the flu. Some of the most important things that everyone can do are wash their hands, cover their mouth when they cough or sneeze and avoid close contact with anyone. Don’t worry about seeming rude—avoid shaking hands and hugging people, at least through April, when flu season ends. Also, it’s not too late to get vaccinated. The vaccine does provide some level of protection, and if you do get the flu, it won’t be as severe.

Any other advice for our readers? A body in balance has an incredible ability to heal itself. Energy healing balances the body by opening up blockages that prevent self-healing. It is a wonderful stand-alone treatment or addition to western medicine therapies. However, it’s important to note that energy healing is not a quick fix. People need to realize that many health issues have taken years to develop, so they should not expect to see major improvements in one or two treatments. Most people feel some differences even after a treatment or two, but the experience is different for everybody. However, if you decide to give energy treatments a try, the healing can be quite powerful. Laurie R. Mallis, M.D., LAc, is the owner of SearchLight Medical, located at 2424 Rte. 52, Suite 1A, Hopewell Junction, NY. For more info, contact her at 845.592.4310 or, or visit See ad, page 19.

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econd Chance Foods, which has been “rescuing” food in the lower Hudson Valley since 2016, is seeking volunteers and monetary donations to support its mission to end food waste and feed the hungry. The Fishkill-based nonprofit collects food that supermarkets are pulling off their shelves because it is close to its sell-by date, aesthetically imperfect or excess stock. Then they deliver it to local food programs that distribute it to their clients. They have provided tens of thousands of servings of food to the food insecure since inception, according to Executive Director Martha Elder. In 2017, Second Chance Foods created a Farm to Food Pantry program, recovering local farm produce and cooking it in their licensed, commercial kitchen into soups, sauces, pesto, salsa and other products for area food programs to distribute. During the 2017 harvest season, Second Chance Foods recovered more than 5,000 pounds of produce. “We see access to nourishing food as a human right,” Elder says. “We work to provide nutrient-dense food to people who often have limited access to it.” For more info, visit or, or email 32

new, 30-seat Melding Meals restaurant in The name PopoScarscale is Jito merges the Greek offering gluten-free, word for “wow” Mediterranean(popo) and the Spaninspired cuisine with ish word for “beautia Mexican sensibility. ful” (jito). PopoJito, located at 47 “It’s delicious and Christie Place across practical to meld from the Scarsdale elements of Meditertrain station, is the ranean classics with latest culinary venture Mexican sensibility of Chef Constantine to create super-tasty, Kalandranis. He also healthy and portable Shrimp Tacos at PopoJito owns 8 North Broaddishes like grilled way in Nyack and 273 Kitchen in Harrison. octopus with lemony tomato and cucum Like those other restaurants, PopoJito ber drizzled with tahini and wrapped in a offers creative, fresh fare featuring locallyfreshly made warm tortilla,” Kalandranis sourced proteins, seasonal vegetables and says. “Our customers in Westchester want classic flavor elements like smooth tahini great-tasting food that is straightforand bright citrus. ward, satisfying and easy. We’ve designed

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What makes PopoJito different is its Mexican-inspired dish structuring, using freshly made corn-based tacos and tortillas to encase an array of grilled, cured or roasted proteins, along with chunks of lemony vegetable salads. Every dish on the menu is designed to be both delicious and healthy. There are no gluten-based products used in the restaurant, and the menu is paleo-friendly. They are also fully organic, incorporating locally sourced ingredients that contain no GMOs, antibiotics, refined sugar or trans fats. The food at PopoJito’s can be enjoyed either on the go or in the good-vibes-only restaurant. For visitors who choose to dine in, the space has a casual, welcoming atmosphere that invites them to relax and linger over their food. For those diners, PopoJito’s offers a tequila bar along with wine and beer.

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PopoJito’s essence around convenient and sophisticated food that is commuterfriendly.” Kalandranis trained at the Culinary Institute of America, where he learned about cooking techniques, service and professionalism. Before opening his own restaurants in Westchester, he worked at esteemed dining establishments including Gotham Bar & Grill, Brasserie Perrier, Veritas, L’impero, The Tasting Room and Anthos, which received a Michelin Star. He also cooked for President Barack Obama at the White House. After falling in love with the Hudson Valley during college, Kalandranis returned to the area to open 8 North Broadway. In 2015, he opened 273 Kitchen as well as 251 Lex in Mount Kisco. PopoJito is open Monday through Sunday, from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Contact the restaurant at 914.713.8946. For more info or to see a menu, visit

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Indian-Spiced Veggie Burgers Serve these delicious curry-flavored burgers with cilantro, mango salsa or sliced avocado. Yields: 4 servings 1 cup peeled and diced potato (from an 8-ounce russet potato) 1/2 cup small cauliflower florets 1 1/2 cup raw unsalted cashews 1/2 cup thawed frozen peas 2 green onions, chopped 2 teaspoons curry powder 1 1/2 teaspoon onion granules 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper Cook potato in boiling water until very soft, about 15 minutes. Drain and cool slightly. Cook cauliflower in boiling water until very soft, about 6 minutes. Drain and cool slightly. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place cashews in a food processor and pulse until finely ground. In a large bowl, combine potato, cauliflower, cashews and remaining ingredients. Use your hands to break up chunks of potato and cauliflower, and press the ingredients until they hold together. With damp hands, form into patties* about 4 inches in diameter and 3/4-inch thick. 34

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Place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake 15 minutes, then flip burgers and continue to bake until lightly browned on the other side, about 15 minutes longer. *Forming neat veggie burgers: Dampen the inside of a 1/2-cup measuring cup and pack it with the burger mixture, pressing down firmly. Turn the cup over and shake it gently to release the mixture into the palm of your hand, then press down with your other hand until the patty is about 3/4-inch thick. Freezing veggie burgers: Cool cooked burgers and wrap individually in plastic wrap and then foil, or place them in individual resealable plastic bags, and freeze up to 6 months. To reheat, unwrap the burgers, place on a parchment paperlined baking sheet and bake at 300°F until heated through, 20 to 25 minutes. Whole Foods Market in located at 110 Bloomingdale Rd. in White Plains, 1 Ridge Hill Blvd., in Yonkers and 575 Boston Post Road in Port Chester. Find more recipes at See ad, pg 41.

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Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)

SPICE UP HEALTHY COOKING Six Seasonings with Surprising Payoffs by Amber Lanier Nagle


pices add a punch of extra flavor to our favorite dishes, but they also possess proven health and wellness properties. From regulating blood sugar to reducing inflammation to helping control appetite, behold the magnificent six.

Garlic (Allium sativum)

“There’s a lot of evidence that suggests garlic supports heart health,” says Rosalee de la Forêt, a clinical herbalist and author of Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies that Heal. A study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition tracked the blood pressure of 79 patients with uncontrolled hypertension and found that the mean systolic blood pressure of those consuming two 240-milligram capsules of aged garlic extract a day for 12 weeks significantly decreased compared to those taking one capsule or a placebo. 36

“Garlic may also reduce the duration and severity of colds and flu when taken at the onset of symptoms and each day afterwards,” says de la Forêt, citing a study published in Clinical Nutrition. “I mince a clove and mix it with honey to make it easier to swallow.”

Turmeric (Curcuma longa)

Dr. Lipi Roy, a clinical assistant professor at the New York University School of Medicine and blogger at SpicesForLifemd. com, considers turmeric the golden spice of life. “In addition to its role in Indian and Asian cuisine, turmeric is used in traditional Indian medicine to treat common ailments like stomach upset, ulcers, flatulence, arthritis, sprains, wounds and skin and eye infections,” she says. A study published in Oncogene concluded that curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric) was a more potent anti-inflam-

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Used in India for 4,000 years, black pepper may be the most popular spice of our era. “Black pepper can increase the amount of nutrients your body absorbs from other food and spices,” says de la Forêt. A study published in Plant Medica concluded that subjects consuming a small amount (20 milligrams) of an extract of black pepper showed an increase of retained curcumin in their bodies. For maximum benefits, grind whole peppercorns directly onto food at mealtime.

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia and Cinnamomum verum)

“One of cinnamon’s super powers is that it may help regulate blood glucose in patients with Type 2 diabetes,” Roy says. In a study published in Diabetic Medicine, subjects taking two grams of cinnamon daily for 12 weeks exhibited much better blood sugar control. Roy suggests sprinkling it on oatmeal, apples, pumpkin pie and brownies. Roast chicken flavored with cinnamon and other spices is another treat.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

“Ginger is a rhizome people have traditionally used medicinally to help with digestive issues, including upset stomachs and nausea,” says Karen Kennedy, of Concord, Ohio, a horticulturist and educator at the Herb Society of America. In a study published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology, researchers concluded that gastric emptying and relief was more rapid after subjects with frequent or severe stomach upsets ingested 1.2 grams of ginger. Ginger is also linked to increased circulation and reduced inflammation. A study published in Phytotherapy Research


matory agent than aspirin or ibuprofen. Try adding a little turmeric and ground black pepper to soups, salads and sauces.

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Herbs are not spices although the term spice is sometimes used to encompass them all. An herb is the leaf of a plant when used in cooking. Spices can be buds, bark, roots, berries, seeds or any other part of a plant, and are often dried. ~McCormick Science Institute noted that this spice also worked in alleviating migraines equal to the pharmaceutical sumatriptan (Imitrex). According to a study in the journal Arthritis, it’s an effective tool in the battle against rheumatoid arthritis. Ginger adds a zing of healthy flavor to hot teas and stir-fried veggies such as broccoli, green beans, carrots or mushrooms.

Paprika (Capsicum annuum)

A common spice added to Hungarian, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish and Indian cuisine, paprika is rich in natural carotenoids (the orangey pigment in many plants with antioxidant power) and capsaicin, both of which may decrease mortality from chronic illnesses. Another benefit of this capsaicincontaining spice is its ability to control appetite. In research published in the journal Physiology and Behavior, participants that consumed red pepper spice had a slightly higher core temperature and energy expenditure after a meal than the control group. The study further suggested that those that consumed capsaicin-containing spices like paprika ate fewer calories per day and had less interest in food. “Paprika is a great salt alternative, too,” says Roy. “Too often, people think they are craving salt, but they aren’t. They are craving flavor, and paprika gives a nice kick to chili, salad, grilled cheese and so many other foods.” Amber Lanier Nagle is a freelance writer in Northwest Georgia ( March 2018


The World’s Healthiest Cuisines What Five Countries Can Teach Us about Good Eating by Judith Fertig


mericans love to explore ethnic cuisines and then put their own “more is better” spin on them, like a Chinese stir-fry turned into chop suey with fried rice or a pasta side dish supersized into a whole meal. “We’ve Americanized dishes to the extent that they don’t have their original health benefits,” says Dr. Daphne Miller, a family physician in the San Francisco Bay area and author of The Jungle Effect: The Healthiest Diets from Around the World—Why They Work and How to Make Them Work for You. Here are five popular—and healthy— world cuisines, known for their great dishes, star ingredients and health-enhancing practices.

Traditional Japanese

Ingredients. The dietary benefits of green tea, fermented soy and mushrooms like shiitake and maitake are well documented. 38

Add dried seaweed to this list. Beyond sushi, it’s a delicious ingredient in brothy soups, where it reconstitutes to add a noodle-like quality, slightly smoky flavor and beneficial minerals, including calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, vanadium and zinc. A study in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition linked the longevity of Okinawan residents to eating seaweed, a staple of macrobiotic diets. New York City culinary instructor and cookbook author Hiroko Shimbo prefers dried wakame seaweed, readily available in the U.S. Practices. Shimbo grew up in Tokyo, Japan, where her mother helped her surgeon father’s patients by preparing foods that helped them recover quickly. Shimbo believes wholeheartedly in Ishoku-dogen, a Japanese concept often translated as, “Food is medicine.”

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Ingredients. South India—including the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Telangana—offers many plant-based dishes that feature coconut, rice and spices such as turmeric, known for decreasing inflammation, according to the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Varieties of dried split peas called dal [dal is singular and plural] are used in vegetable curries and ground to make the gluten-free savory crepes known as dosa or puffy white idlis for a snack or breakfast. South India native and current Minneapolis resident Raghavan Iyer, teacher, consultant and author of many cookbooks, including 660 Curries, says, “One technique that gives vegetable dishes a lift is dry-frying or toasting whole spices. It adds complexity and nuttiness.” Simply heat a cast iron skillet, add the whole spices and

Shimbo says, “I eat fairly well, treating food as blessings from nature that keep me healthy and energetic. I do not often indulge in expensive, rich foods.” She prefers eating foods in season and small portions, listening to what her body craves. When feeling the need for minerals and vitamins, she makes a brothy soup with just a little dried wakame, which reconstitutes to four times its dried volume. A second practice supporting healthy well-being is hara hachi bu, or “Eat until your stomach is 80 percent full.” It requires self-discipline to eat slowly and decline more food. But this restraint supports a widely accepted fact that “It takes about 20 minutes for the brain to receive the message that the stomach is full. If we eat slowly, we get the message at the right time, even if we want a few more bites. If we eat too quickly, by the time our brain sends the message, we have probably eaten too much,” says Shimbo. One Great Dish: Japanese soups offer nutrition and flavor in a bowl. Shimbo’s Eata-Lot Wakame Sea Vegetable Soup in her cookbook The Japanese Kitchen: 250 Recipes in a Traditional Spirit can be made with chicken or vegetable broth. Other healthy ingredients like sesame oil, fresh ginger, scallions and garlic boost its health benefits.


dry fry until spicy aromas arise; then add them to a dish. Practice. South Indian meals usually comprise many small, highly flavored, colorful, plant-based dishes served with rice. They yield a pleasant aroma and sensation of fullness without overdoing it, says Iyer. One Great Dish: A vegetable/legume curry such as tamata chana dal, or smoky yellow split peas is simple to make. Iyer cooks dried, yellow, split peas with potatoes and turmeric, then dry-fries dried chilis and spices, and purées them in a blender for a no-fat, vegan and glutenfree dish. In Iyer’s view, “The epitome of comfort food is a bowl of dal and rice.”

Garden-to-Table Italian

Ingredients. There’s American-Italian, as in pizza with pepperoni and double cheese, and then there’s real Italian dishes dating back to the Etruscans. Healthy Italian starts with the love of growing things. Whatever grows in the garden is best, served simply with extra virgin olive oil; a recent Temple University study found it preserves memory and wards off Alzheimer’s. Eugenia Giobbi Bone, co-author of Italian Family Dining: Recipes, Menus, and Memories of Meals with a Great American Food Family, says, “My palate was formed with the flavors of homegrown foods. Cooking in central Italy is all about bringing out the flavor of a few very fresh, well-grown ingredients. That means primarily seasonal eating, with lots of vegetables and little meat in summer, the opposite in winter. There isn’t a lot of fuss to the culinary style, which instead depends on interesting, but simple combinations of foods and techniques.” Practice. Italian families’ view of healthful garden-to-table includes the exercise attained from gardening. “We have a good work ethic in our family,” remarks Bone, who lives in New York City and Crawford, Colorado. “We are of the mentality that physical work is satisfying, even when it is hard.” From her father’s family, Bone has learned to break a meal into small courses and to eat heavier during the day and lighter at night because this helps maintain a healthy weight, according to many studies including one published in the UK journal Diabetologia.

One Great Dish: Dress up pasta with a seasonal vegetable sauce, such as caponata, an eggplant and tomato mixture, or include primavera via spring vegetables and basil, or arrabbiata, featuring tomatoes and red pepper flakes.


Ingredients. “So much about Lebanese cuisine is ‘on trend’ with our tart and sour flavors from lemon, sumac and pomegranate molasses, a wide array of vegetarian and vegan dishes, plus a tradition of pickling, called mouneh, and yogurt and cheesemaking,” says food blogger Maureen Abood, author of Rose Water & Orange Blossoms: Fresh and Classic Recipes from My Lebanese Kitchen. “Lebanese cuisine is extraordinarily healthy, fitting squarely into the Mediterranean diet.” Abood lives in East Lansing, Michigan, where she loves to use summer cherries and berries in her Lebanese-inspired dishes. According to Abood, another reason why Lebanese food is so popular is that Lebanese immigrants to the U.S. now outnumber the native population of their mother country. Practice. Gathering to share food is a hallmark of Lebanese hospitality. “The Lebanese style of eating includes maza; many small shared plates of remarkable variety,” says Abood. “Food as medicine” is also a Lebanese practice, according to a study in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. One Great Dish: “Many of my favorite Lebanese dishes are plant-based,” says Abood. “We love to stuff everything from cabbage to summer squash to grape leaves with vegetarian fillings, and cook them in a garlic or tomato broth. Every week, we make and eat mujaddara, a lentil and rice or bulgur pilaf with deeply caramelized onions.” Pair with any Lebanese salad, such as one she makes with sweet cherries and walnuts for “a perfectly healthy and crazy-delicious meal.”


Ingredients. Vietnamese cooking emphasizes fresh herbs and leafy greens, green papaya, seafood, rice and condiments. A study in the British Journal of Nutrition found that green or unripe papaya contains more healthy

carotenoids (lutein, beta-carotene and lycopene) than tomatoes or carrots. Practice. The preferred style of Vietnamese cooking is steaming or simmering, using less fat. It also encourages communal eating, with each diner dipping an ingredient into a cooking pot. Cooked foods are accompanied by fresh salad greens, including herbs served as whole leaves. One Great Dish: Vietnamese hot pot is a favorite of Andrea Nguyen, whose Vietnamese family emigrated to California. Nguyen, author of Into the Vietnamese Kitchen: Treasured Foodways, Modern Flavors, blogs about food at VietWorldKitchen. com and now lives near San Francisco, California. “This is a slow, cook-it-yourself kind of meal. Set it up, relax with some organic wine or beer and enjoy. Flavors develop and the hot pot transforms as you eat,” she says. “At the end, you’ll slurp up the remaining broth and noodles.” See French Bonus: While croissants and triple-crème brie might not seem part of an ideal diet, rediscover two healthy practices from the French: Eat less and eat together. Ongoing studies at Cornell University show that we eat less if offered less. When researcher Paul Rozin, Ph.D., a psychology professor with the University of Pennsylvania, compared portions in Paris, France, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Philly portions were 25 percent larger. It’s also reflected in the two countries’ cookbook recipes. Rozin further found that French diners spent more time eating those smaller portions—perhaps explaining the French paradox: Most French eat rich foods and drink wine, yet don’t get fat. Judith Fertig writes award-winning cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS ( March 2018


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Cook-It-Yourself Ethnic Recipes

Smoky Yellow Split Peas (Tamatar Chana Dal) This vegan and gluten-free recipe traces its roots to Southeast India, where roasting spices to yield nutty-hot flavors creates a layered experience. Yields: 6 cups 1 cup yellow split peas  1 lb potatoes (Yukon gold or russet), peeled and cut into ½-inch cubes  ¼ tsp ground turmeric  2 to 4 dried red cayenne chiles (like chile de arbol), stems discarded  1 Tbsp coriander seeds  1 tsp cumin seeds  1 medium-size tomato, cored and diced  2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems  1½ tsp coarse kosher or sea salt   Measure the peas into a medium-size saucepan. Cover with water and rinse the grains by rubbing them in-between fingertips. Drain and repeat three to four times until the water, upon rinsing the peas, remains fairly clear. Measure and pour 4 cups of water into the pan and bring it to a boil over mediumhigh heat. When some foam arises, scoop it out and discard it.   Add the potatoes and turmeric to the peas, stirring once or twice. Lower the heat to 40

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medium-low and cover the pan. Stew the mélange, stirring occasionally, until the peas are tender, but still firm-looking and the potatoes are cooked, 20 to 25 minutes. While the peas and potatoes cook, preheat a small skillet over medium-high heat. Once the pan feels hot (a palm held close to the bottom usually feels the heat within 2 to 4 minutes), sprinkle in the chiles, coriander and cumin. Toast the spices, shaking the pan very frequently, until the chiles blacken and smell smoky-hot and the seeds turn reddish brown and smell strongly aromatic (nutty with citrus undertones), 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer this spice blend to a blender jar and plunk in the tomato. Purée, scraping the insides of the jar as needed, to make a smooth, reddish brown paste with a smoky aroma.   Once the peas are cooked, scrape the spicy, well-seasoned tomato paste into the pan. Stir in the cilantro and salt.   Set the heat to medium-high and vigorously boil the dal, uncovered, stirring occasionally, to allow the flavors to mingle and the sauce to slightly thicken, 12 to 15 minutes. For a thicker sauce, mash some of the peas and potatoes with the back of a spoon. Serve warm. Recipe courtesy of Raghavan Iyer (

Eat-a-Lot Wakame Sea Vegetable Soup This soup satisfies a body’s call for a dish rich in minerals and vitamins. Yields: 4 servings 1 Tbsp sesame oil 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 Tbsp peeled and julienned ginger 3 scallions, both green and white parts, cut into thin disks 4¼ cups chicken or vegetable broth ¼ cup sake 1 Tbsp instant wakame sea vegetable, soaked in cold water for 2 minutes and drained 1 Tbsp white sesame seeds, toasted in a skillet Tamari to taste Ground white pepper to taste In a medium pot, heat the sesame oil over medium heat until it’s hot, but not smoking. Add the garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add the white part of the scallions, reserving the green part, and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the chicken broth and sake, then bring the mixture to a boil. Add the wakame and the sesame seeds. Season the soup with a few drops of tamari and ground white pepper, and add the green part of the scallions. After a few strong stirs, serve piping hot in individual bowls. Recipe of Hiroko Shimbo from The Japanese Kitchen; permission from Quarto Publishing Group USA. March 2018


Dietitian and nutritionist Madeline Basler, of Long Island, New York. One of her go-to’s is her Earth Day Carrot Top Pesto (Tinyurl. com/CarrotTopPestoRecipe). Beet greens can be sautéed like spinach, in a little extra-virgin olive oil with garlic, as a veggie side.

Fruit Snippets Stray grapes, a half-finished peach, overripe bananas, wrinkly berries and the core of a pineapple can all go in the freezer, and then into a smoothie.

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by Judith Fertig

hen Jacques Pépin was growing up in France during World War II, he watched his mother use every scrap of food to meet the family’s needs, and then send him to live with a farmer in summer so her growing son could eat fresh from the farm. Today, the internationally renowned PBS-TV chef and cookbook author carries these sensibilities forward at his home and studio in Madison, Connecticut. “In Europe, and certainly in France, healthy food is much more expensive,” he says. “In America, a chef may have the person that washes dishes also prepare salads. With lettuce, he’ll cut off the whole top, cut out the heart and throw out the rest.” U.S. restaurant kitchens mirror home kitchens, where the average family throws away a quarter of the food they buy, wasting an average of $2,200 a year. These scraps mean wasted food and money at home, plus misspent resources to grow and transport the food. According to a report by the National Resource Defense Council, “Getting food to our tables eats up 10 percent of the total U.S. energy budget, uses 50 percent of U.S. land and swallows 80 percent of the fresh water consumed in the United States.” 42

To save money and also live better, here are just some of many easy ways to use up every bit of fresh produce we buy.

Asparagus Ends

Self-described “frugal foodie” Diana Johnson, of Auburn, Washington, never lets asparagus ends go to waste. With the help of a blender, she turns them into a creamy asparagus soup—minus the cream—that her family loves (

Broccoli, Swiss Chard and Spinach Stems

Thrifty cooks know the magic of quick pickles. Recycle the brine from pickles and pack thinly cut stems of broccoli, Swiss chard and mature spinach into the jar until covered with the brine, then seal and refrigerate. In a few days, these quick pickles will be ready for snacking and sandwiches.

Carrot and Beet Tops

Very fine carrot tops can be used like parsley. With a food processor or high-speed blender, transform them into a favorite pesto or salsa verde recipe, suggests Registered

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Freeze what’s left in the bottle in ice cube trays, suggests Anisha Jhaveri, a film writer and wine lover in New York City. It can add flavor to soups and stews, sauces and desserts like wine-poached pears.

Lemon Peels The limonene in lemon peels is a natural cleaner and degreaser, says blogger Jill Nystul, of Salt Lake City, Utah. She makes her own Citrus Vinegar All-Purpose Cleanser by simply packing lemon peels in a jar and topping with vinegar. See how at

Vegetable Peels and Trimmings Instead of throwing out onion skins, carrot peels, celery leaves and tough leek stems, collect them in a freezer bag over time and store in the freezer. When enough has accumulated to fill a pot, make homemade vegetable stock, suggests Sonnet Lauberth, a certified holistic health coach, blogger and cookbook author in Seattle ( how-to-make-perfect-vegetable-stock-for). At home, Pépin makes “fridge soup” once a week. “Whatever is left in the fridge—carrots, lettuce, a piece of leftover meat or whatever else I made the other day—goes into the soup,” says Pépin. “We finish it with some vermicelli or polenta or good bread.” A delicious meal, shared with family and friends, makes frugality festive. Judith Fertig writes award-winning cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

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Nine Tips to Tackle Food Waste at Home


onathan Bloom, author of American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food (And What We Can Do About It), suggests many ways to curb this habit at, Here are some suggestions from him and others:


Shop smart. Plan meals for the week with a detailed shopping list, suggests Madeline Basler, a certified dietitian nutritionist in Long Island, New York.


Save, transform and eat leftovers. “Eat down the fridge,” counsels Kim O’Donnell, a chef and cookbook author in Portland, Oregon. Turn leftovers into frittata, sandwich fillings, pasta sauces and soups. In this way, we’re not eating quite the same meal again.

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Store food in safe, sealable glass containers, so it’s easy to see. Avoid clutter in the refrigerator and freezer; if we can’t see it, we won’t eat it.

Treat expiration and sell-by dates as just guidelines. There is wiggle room in both, advises Bloom.


Donate extra pantry items to food banks and places that provide hot meals for those in need.


Preserve the bounty of the garden. Learn how to make quick pickles, pasta sauces and foods to freeze.


Join a food exchange. Emily Paster, cofounder of Chicago Food Swap, helps farmers, foragers, home cooks, gardeners, bakers and canners trade or barter their produce and products.


Go social. PDX Food Swap, in Portland, Oregon; BK Swappers, in Brooklyn, New York; and ATX Swappers, in Austin, Texas, combine food exchange events with a potluck.

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This is a family master plan for helping both children and adults resist negative thinking.

Step One: Empathize with a Child’s Experience While the desired outcome is to help a child embrace a different point of view of their situation, the first goal is not to come on too strong with an agenda of change. Instead, start from where they are, based on an expressed emotion. Reflect this with words, a hug or a gesture. Thoroughly accepting how a child feels doesn’t necessarily imply agreeing or sharing the same view, but it does release them from having to show how bad they feel. So when a child says, “I feel like I’m in jail,” resist the urge to say, “Are you crazy?” Rather than try to steer them off their course, go in the direction of their swerve to help direct them back to their best self. The key is to normalize the experience without minimizing it. Exhibiting too much good cheer means they have no choice but to be grumpy to get their point across. Introduce the idea of choice: “Your thoughts are making you feel really bad. I wonder if there is something different we could do.” Don’t oppressively correct them with the right answer; it makes a child feel bad for being wrong.

Step Two: Relabel Instead of being led down a thorny patch lined with terrible impossibilities and accusations, we might steel ourselves to remain calm, get some distance or take our thoughts with a grain of salt. Relabeling begins with noticing a familiar ring to a child’s thoughts and distress; like us, they can also learn to recognize when “Mr. Negative” appears. Then they’re better prepared for discussion. As parents, when we learn to predict, “Yep, I knew my negative thinking was going to jump to that conclusion,” we can decide to choose other interpretations.

Step Three: Specify What Went Wrong Don’t be tempted to try to solve the huge problem initially presented, such as, “I hate my life, everything is terrible, I can’t do anything right.” The goal is actually much smaller, so teach a child to shrink it by narrowing down from some global form to the specific offending thought or situation that needs to be addressed. With young children, frame this approach as doing detective work to locate the source of the problem; with older children, explain that it’s usually a triggering event that makes us feel really bad—the straw that broke the camel’s back. It’s key to helping them know what to do to feel better.

Step Four: Optimize and Rewire When a child is thinking negatively, their thoughts stall, their strengths and resources lock up, and their energy, motivation and hopefulness are drained. Try different settings or perspectives on the specific problem the child has identified and choose the version or interpretation that works best for them, one that is the least damaging, most accurate and gets their system moving in a new direction.

Step Five: Mobilize to Be the Change When we can’t think our way out of a mood, we can move ourselves out of it. Like picking up the needle on a skipping record and putting it down elsewhere, doing something active helps the brain engage in something enjoyable until our nervous system recovers. Thoughts, like a windup toy with its wheels against a wall, can keep spinning fruitlessly in place until manually turned in a new direction. Redirecting differs from distracting ourself from negative thoughts. Distractions play hide-and-seek with negativity; eventually, it will find us again. The master plan in caring for a child calls for us to first dismantle the power of whatever perspective is bullying them, correctly value ideas and then focus on what matters most. Whether we’re accepting or dismissing thoughts that suggest themselves, either way, we’re the boss because thoughts have only the power we give them and we are equipped to let them float on by or to amend, correct or replace them. Psychologist Tamar Chansky, Ph.D., is the founder and director of the Children’s and Adult Center for OCD and Anxiety, in Plymouth Meeting, PA. Her many books include Freeing Your Child from Negative Thinking. For more information, visit

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Sunshine on Our Shoulders

Makes Us Happy and Healthy by Kathleen Barnes


ver since skin cancer scares penetrated the national psyche in the mid-1980s, Americans have been conditioned to cover up and slather on sunscreen when we leave the house. Now experts say we haven’t been doing ourselves a favor, even when strictly using all-natural formulas. We’ve been blocking the sun’s life-giving rays, essential for the body’s production of vitamin D, and possibly prompting a host of health problems.

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“Ninety percent of the vitamin D we get comes from the sun, and exposing arms and legs for a few minutes a day is enough for most people with no risk of skin cancer,” says Registered Nurse Sue Penckofer, Ph.D., a professor in the School of Nursing at Chicago’s Loyola University. She’s the lead researcher for the Sunshine 2 Study, a clinical trial investigating the vitamin’s vital role in relieving depression. “Every tissue and cell of your body requires vitamin D to function properly,” says Michael Holick, Ph.D., a medical doc46

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tor who has pioneered vitamin D research at the Boston University Medical Center. A 40-year professor at the Boston University School of Medicine, he’s a fervent advocate of sensible sun exposure. “Vitamin D is actually a hormone, essential for bone and muscle health. It plays a significant role in reducing the risk of infectious diseases, including cardiovascular problems and certain cancers, contributes to brain function and memory, and elevates mood, all while reducing early mortality,” explains Holick, author of The Vitamin D Solution: A 3-Step Strategy to Cure Our Most Common Health Problem. Yet, he says, about half of all Americans are among the 1 billion people worldwide that are vitamin D deficient. Published vitamin D research in the U.S. National Library of Medicine turns up 74,486 studies and citations dating back to 1922, with nearly half done in the past 10 years; 478 of the total were authored or co-authored by Holick or cited his research. His work confirms that sensible sun exposure and supplementing with natural

At least 10 hours a week outdoors in sunshine is crucial for children under 6 for development of healthy eyes. Otherwise, the risk of myopia increases, which in turn lends risk for cataracts and glaucoma in adulthood. ~University of Sydney Adolescent and Eye Study of 2,000 children vitamin D3 brings vitamin D levels to the optimal 40 to 60 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml). New research from the University of Surrey, in the UK, found D3 twice as effective in raising vitamin D levels as D2, which is often synthetically produced. While the human body manufactures vitamin D as a re sponse to sun exposure, eating certain foods like fatty fish, egg yolks and cheese can help. Fortifying foods with the vitamin is controversial. “It’s interesting that the right sun exposure will correct D deficiency rapidly, but won’t create an excess. Our bodies stop producing the hormone vitamin D once we have enough,” says Dr. Robert Thompson, an obstetrician, gynecologist and nutrition specialist in Anchorage, Alaska, and author of The Calcium Lie II: What Your Doctor Still Doesn’t Know.

Bare Minimum Holick, who differentiates between unhealthy tanning and healthy sun exposure, recommends exposing arms and legs to noonday sun for five to 10 minutes three times a week for most people. He adds, “Everyone needs 1,500 to 2,000 international units of vitamin D3 [supplements] a day year-round, and obese people need two to three times that much, because their ability to manufacture vitamin D is impaired.” Penckofer’s research confirms that fair-skinned people absorb the sun’s rays easily and quickly, while darker-skinned people have a natural sunblock, so they need much longer sun exposure to absorb the UVB rays that trigger the production of vitamin D. She remarks that inadequate vitamin D is a possible explanation for the greater risk of high blood pressure observed in African-Americans. Holick contends that anyone living north of Atlanta, Georgia, cannot get enough winter sun exposure to maintain optimal vitamin D levels. “While vitamin D can be stored in the body for up to two months, a winter-induced deficiency is a convincing explanation for the seasonal affective disorder that strikes many in northern states in January, just two months after the weather turns too cold to get sufficient sun exposure,” explains Penckofer. “In Alaska, we eat lots of fatty fish and take D supplements in winter. We know there’s no chance we’re getting the D we need from the sun, even when we’re sunbathing in negative 30 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures,” quips Thompson. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous books on natural health, including Food Is Medicine: 101Prescriptions from the Garden. Connect at March 2018


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Sprouts for Pets

Crunchy Nutrition Animals Will Love by Sandra Murphy


Notorious for being picky eaters, cats might balk at sprouts being added to their regular diet. Rather than upsetting the status quo, grow sprouts like alfalfa or barley on a handy windowsill for grazing. “My cats prefer self-serve,” observes veterinarian Carol Osborne, owner of the Chagrin Falls Veterinary Center & Pet Clinic, in Ohio. “Now they leave my house plants alone.” Both cats and dogs may show improved gastric intestinal health as a result.

Dogs Dogs are more accepting of new content in their food bowl. “Add just a few sprouts so a dog gets used to the slightly bitter taste. Once acclimated, one-eighth to one48

quarter cup daily per 20 pounds of the pet’s weight is the rule of thumb,” says Osborne. She counsels against serving Fido onion, garlic, corn or mushroom sprouts. Peas, sunflowers, radishes, alfalfa and clover are suggested; they are all tasty and easy to grow.

Birds “We encourage people to make their own sprouts. It’s easy to get quality seeds for legumes or grains from Whole Foods, or Nuts. com,” says Ann Brooks, president of the all-volunteer Phoenix Landing Foundation, in Asheville, North Carolina. They provide educational activities and facilitate adoption of birds, from parakeets to macaws. Sprouts from the store can be risky,

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espite their small size, sprouts pack a nutritional wallop with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, antioxidants and protein. Dogs, birds, horses and even cats enjoy the crunch, as well as the health benefits.

because of bacteria, she cautions. “If not growing your own, the only one I recommend is the organic crunchy mix from Be sure to get the freshest date possible.” “One of my favorite sprouts is mung beans, because they appear in two days or less. Birds like the crunch,” says Brooks. “Sprouts are safe to leave in the cage all day because they are live foods.”

Horses When adding sprouts to a horse’s regular diet, it’s important to balance the intake. “A lot of barns feed forage three times a day. I know of a couple that feed one meal of sprouts and the other two of hay,” says Clair Thunes, Ph.D., a consulting equine nutritionist with Summit Equine Nutrition in Sacramento, California. “Several companies sell systems for large-scale growing.” The sprouts grow with matted roots in what is called a biscuit, weighing about 18 pounds. Difficult to mix with other feed, the biscuits are fed separately, roots and all. “Because of sporadic drought condi-

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Sprouting Tips 4 Always use organic seeds. and Rareseeds. com are additional sources. 4 Seeds sprout in water or soil. Avoid direct sunlight. 4 Practice good hygiene to avoid bacteria. Rinse seeds several times a day to prevent mold. Once the sprouts show a bit of green, dry them to remove excess moisture before refrigerating. 4 Refrigerate for up to a week for peak freshness, but no longer. 4 Use a mix of seeds or one kind at a time. Discard any seeds that don’t sprout with the rest.


4 Sunflower seeds produce a particularly high volume of sprouts. tions, the idea of growing your own fodder became more popular, thinking it might make forage supply more dependable and possibly cheaper after initial startup costs,” Thunes explains. “Owners have a sense of control over what the horse eats, there’s less reliance on a supplier and the seeds are less expensive than hay. Due to moisture and nutritional differences, you can’t swap sprouts and hay pound for pound. It’s best to consult a veterinarian or nutritionist.” Sprouts contain a lot of moisture and have an inverted calcium phosphorus ratio that has to be accounted for she says. Horses enjoy barley, sunflower and flax sprouts for variety. The high moisture content may help reduce the risk of intestinal impaction and resulting colic.

Good for All “Sprouts are a healthy form of nutrition and a hip way for both pets and people to enjoy greens,” says Osborne. “They’re a great go-to powerhouse of nutrition, often more nutritious than the adult plant.” Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at March 2018


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Ilona Selke on the

Power of Dreaming Big by April Thompson


or 30 years, international bestselling author, teacher and speaker Ilona Selke has inspired thousands of people worldwide to create a more fulfilling life by discovering the power of their consciousness. She’s the author of six books, including Dream Big: The Universe is Listening and The Big Secret, co-authored with Jack Canfield. Her Living from Vision course, available in six languages including Chinese, teaches how to use the power of visualization to tap into our highest potential and deepest dreams in order to manifest miracles. Born in the Himalayas to German parents, Selke spent her first three years in Afghanistan speaking Persian and German, and then grew up in Germany. She moved to the U.S. at age 20 to study philosophy, where she met her husband and partner, Don Paris. The couple spent 25 years studying and communicating with dolphins in natural waters, experiences shared through her books Wisdom of the Dolphins and Dolphins, Love and Destiny. They split their time between a geodesic dome home on a Northwest Pacific island and the Shambala retreat center they founded in Bali.

What is key to manifesting our dreams and desires? It’s a four-step process. First, form a clear description in your mind, positively framed and based on your passion. No matter how big the dream, if you are behind it heart and soul, you will manifest miracles. Next, imagine the scenario as if it has already happened. The third and most vital step is to feel the feeling of your fulfilled wish as if it has already manifested. 50

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Fourth, create a metaphorical image that represents the feeling. By applying this method, our clients have manifested a desired pregnancy, funding for an overseas orphanage and redemption of a suicidal teen. In the latter case, the young man went on to focus on his dream of learning jazz piano well enough to play benefit concerts for children being treated for cancer.

Which universal principles are at work behind manifestation? We live in a conscious, interactive universe, and it is listening. Our Western scientific mindset may not support the idea, but thousands of years of mystical teachings, as well as new understanding via quantum physics, teach that the observer is an intri-

cate part of what appears to be solid matter. In practice, it means we can communicate intentionally with the universe. When we learn to do so, it responds to us.

How do our thoughts affect our reality? All our thoughts, subconscious as well as conscious, affect how things manifest around us. If we have contradictory beliefs, it is hard to manifest things. For example, if we say we want money, but somehow believe that money is dirty, evil or undeserved, then we are pushing and pulling against ourselves. It’s important to dive into our subconscious mind and heart, and deal with the negative feelings that dwell there, such as hurt, sadness and trauma. Make this a daily activity—cleaning your emotional being. Eventually, your subconscious and conscious mind as well as the superconscious will all point in one direction and you will see your desired results. We guide people to build their success, aspirations and dreams in alignment with their deepest values as well as their purpose in life. Uniting purpose and direction is tremendous fuel for moving in the direction of your dreams.

Why does choosing goals aligned with our purpose make them manifest more easily? Personal goals and inner purpose are not always aligned for everyone. However, when you take time to become aware of your deepest dreams, you may find that a part of your purpose is embedded in them. Be aware that many people confuse their larger life purpose with their talents. Our talents are what we love to do, what we are good at. Yet our deeper purpose actually is to shine more light and share more love. That is the common true root to our purpose. My suggestion is to read books that share success stories from those that are living on purpose and provide step-by-step instructions on how to get there. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at March 2018




Reclaim Your Magic Make Your World Wondrous Again


by Paige Leigh Reist

e are all born with magic, but somewhere along the way, life tends to stomp it out of us. When we are living in our magic, we become curious, passionate and energetic. We thrive. Here are five ways to begin to reclaim our own special vibrancy.

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LIVE WITH EARTH’S CYCLES Our planet teaches by example how to live in harmony with the seasons. Rest in the winter, awake to new beginnings in spring and rejoice in summer’s bounty. Give extra thanks in autumn. Live by and with the land, and watch how goodness magically blooms into being.


EXERCISE INTUITION Trusting in our intuition is generally discouraged from a young age. We’re taught to ignore it in favor of logic, following social scripts and displaying expected behaviors. We’re told whom to look to for answers, definitions of right and wrong and true and false, and that grown-ups always know best. A powerful way to counteract this conditioning is to come to trust ourselves. Intuition is like a muscle—the more we use it, the more powerful it becomes. The spiritual “still small voice” won’t lead us astray.


COMMUNE Speaking our truth is transformative. To be heard, validated and supported is a


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powerful catalyst of personal growth and supports self-worth. Whenever possible, make time to meet with kindred spirits and share personal stories, wisdom and struggles around the proverbial fire.


CELEBRATE Spend time thinking about what it is that comprises the essence of oneself and celebrate it—that is where magic lives. Often, the qualities that carry our magic may have been put down. Sensitivity can be considered weakness. Determination might be termed stubbornness. But if we unabashedly love and celebrate these qualities in ourself, we begin to re-conceptualize them as sources of strength and power, and magic seeps through.


STOP ACCEPTING THE MUNDANE Let go of anything that does more to limit rather than propel progress. Review media habits, relationships, jobs and character traits, and be ruthless in pruning what needs to go. Try to interact only with people, activities and things that produce glowing feelings of inspiration, fulfillment and buzzing vitality. Assess habits honestly and choose meaningful substance over comfort, ease and familiarity. Paige Leigh Reist is a writer from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, who blogs at

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Fitness in 10 Minutes

A Full-Body Workout for Busy People by Locke Hughes


hen life makes a long workout impossible, a 10-minute, totalbody fitness routine can be super-efficient and effective, if done right. To maximize results, strategically order the exercises to work different muscles each time, allowing one set of muscles to rest while working another. This is the basis for a 10-step workout that Franklin Antoian, an American Council on Exercise-certified personal trainer and founder of iBodyFit, created for SilverSneakers. The steps can be part of a regular routine or done on their own three times a week every other day, gradually working up to five days a week. Needed equipment includes a chair, light dumbbells (or filled water bottles or food cans), a yoga block (or small soft ball or pillow) and a watch or timer. Given extra time, warm up by walking in place for five minutes, and then perform each exercise in order for one minute, doing as many reps as possible. Try not to rest between exercises. If a full minute feels too challenging, start with 45 seconds of exercise and 15 seconds of rest.

then lower and repeat. Continue for one minute. Make it easier by doing slow and controlled reps without dumbbells.


WALL PUSHUPS. Stand at arm’s length away from a wall with feet hip-width apart. Place palms shoulderwidth apart on the wall. Bend elbows and lower the upper body toward the wall, keeping the core tight and straight. Pause, and then press back to the starting position and repeat. Continue for one minute. Make it harder by taking a step back from the wall, pushing out from a kneeling position.


SHOULDER SHRUG. Stand with feet hip-width apart. Hold dumbbells with arms down, palms facing inward. Slowly raise shoulders as if trying to touch the earlobes. Pause, and


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ARM CIRCLES. Stand with feet hipwidth apart. Extend arms straight out to each side at shoulder height with palms facing down. Swing arms forward in a circular motion for 30 seconds, and then backward for 30 seconds. Keep shoulders down and back and elbows slightly bent.

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SEATED ADDUCTION. Sit in a chair with a yoga block between the knees. Press knees together to squeeze the device, pause for three seconds. Relax and repeat. Continue for one minute. HIP EXTENSION. Start on hands and knees with palms flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart. Align the neck and back while looking down or slightly forward. With foot flexed and knee bent, slowly raise the right foot toward the ceiling until the thigh is parallel with the floor. Pause, and then lower. Continue for 30 seconds, and then repeat with the left leg. To make it easier, try it while standing, keeping the lifted leg straight, and hold the back of a chair for support.


BRIDGE. Lie face-up on the floor with knees bent and feet flat. Press heels firmly and raise hips to form a straight line from shoulders to knees. Pause for three seconds in this position, and then lower and repeat. Continue for one minute.


CLAMSHELL. Lie on the floor on the left side, with hips and knees bent 45 degrees, the right leg on top of the left, heels together. Keeping feet together, raise the top knee as high as possible without moving the pelvis or letting the bottom leg leave the floor. Pause, and then return to the starting position. Continue for 30 seconds; switch sides and repeat.


SEATED KNEE RAISE. Sit at the front of the chair with knees bent and feet flat, holding onto the sides for balance. Keeping the knee bent, lift the right leg about six inches off the floor. Pause for three seconds, and then lower and repeat with the left leg. Continue alternating for one minute.


BICEPS CURL. Stand with feet hip-width apart. Hold dumbbells with arms at each side, palms facing forward. Keeping the upper arms still, bend both elbows to bring the dumbbells as close to the shoulders as possible. Pause, and then slowly lower and repeat. Each time arms return to the starting position, completely straighten them. Continue for one minute. Make it easier with slow and controlled reps without using dumbbells.


TRICEPS EXTENSION. Stand with feet hip-width apart. Hold the end of one dumbbell with both hands. Position arms so elbows are pointing up, with upper arms by the ears and the dumbbell behind the head. The neck is aligned with the back; with shoulders down and back. Keeping upper arms still, straighten the elbows until the dumbbell is overhead. Pause, and then slowly lower and repeat. Continue for one minute. Make it easier by sitting in a chair. Locke Hughes, of Atlanta, GA, contributes content to SilverSneakers, a community fitness program that helps older adults maintain a healthy lifestyle and improve well-being. Learn more at March 2018


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Elevate Yoga Studio in Cortlandt Manor

Elevate Yoga Expands Innovative Hot Flow Classes


levate Yoga Studio, the only heated vinyasa studio in the Cortlandt-Yorkown area, continues to expand its menu of classes with innovative offerings such as YogaStrong, Hot Hip Hop Flow and Hot Powerful Flow, in addition to traditional flow yoga. YogaStrong is a creative and challenging class developed by the studio’s owner, Cara Sax. “YogaStrong combines sun salutations and asana with lights weights to add to the intensity of the practice,” she says. “Squats, push-ups and other power moves will also be added to the class to get you fit and flexible in the least amount of time.” Hot Hip Hop Flow is a once-a-month special class set to music that will make you “sweat your bliss,” Sax says. Hot Powerful Flow is a faster-paced class “for those who want to work hard and sweat.” The temperature in all classes is between 80 and 86 degrees. Practicing yoga in a warm environment encourages the muscles to become more elastic, Sax says. As a mother of four, small business owner and women’s retreat leader, Sax says she understands the hectic pace at which most women live, and how this pace can negatively affect the body. As yoga has been shown to reduce stress Cara Sax and improve health naturally, Sax encourages her clients to treat their yoga classes as they would any other important appointment, by booking them in advance. Elevate Yoga is located at 3535 Crompond Rd., Cortlandt Manor, in the Massi-Machado Strength and Conditioning Center. For more info, visit or email CaraSaxHealth@aol. com. See ad, page 55.


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markyourcalendar Saturday, March 10 Yoga and the Heart with Shari Friedrichsen

Hosted by Yoga Teachers Association 1:30–4:30 p.m. With the Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita as guides, unfold the secrets held in the heart center. The Yoga Studio, Club Fit Briarcliff Manor, NY $45 members/$65 nonmembers Register at 914.582.7816;

THURSDAY, MARCH 1 Full Moon 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. First class free. $20. Devotion Yoga, 2055 Albany Post Rd, Croton on Hudson. 914.930.7707.

Semi-Private Beginners Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. Feel supported and comfortable in a semi-private session limited to five students. Katonah. 914.479.2594. Reiki 1 & 2 – 11am-4pm.With Reiki Master Marcus Feighery. $275. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Introduction to Foot Reflexology – 12:30-2:30pm. $35 nonmembers. $30 members. Includes material fees. Elevate Yoga & Barre Studio, 1820 New Hackensack Rd, Wappingers Falls. 845.462.8400. Info: Celtic Spirituality: Beauty Ever-Ancient, EverNew – 1-3pm. With Margaret Murphy. In the month that we celebrate St Patrick, hear a lyrical presentation on Celtic spirituality. Free. The Mariandale Center, 299 N Highland Ave, Bldg 5, Ossining. 914.941.4455. Essentials for a More Easeful Birth – 1:305:30pm. Couples labor and delivery workshop for those 27 plus weeks. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Preregister/workshop description: 914.996.4286. (birth & baby tab).

Introduction to Kundalini Yoga and Meditation – 10-11:30am. With Pritam Bani Kaur. Beginner class using movement, breath and meditation taught at a slower pace allowing greater explanation of movements. First class free. $20 drop-in. Devotion Yoga, 2055 Albany Post Rd, Croton on Hudson. 914.930.7707.

Shine On: Rediscovering Your Inner Spark – Mar 2-4. 5pm/Fri-1pm/Sun. With Kacey Morabito Grean. Participants reacquaint with the true powers that lie within. $225 includes overnight accommodations, program and meals. The Mariandale Center, 299 N Highland Ave, Bldg 5, Ossining. 914.941.4455. Mediumship Circle – 7-8:30pm.With Carla Blaha. $40. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22 Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Info:

SATURDAY, MARCH 3 Reiki I Class/Meditation Retreat – Mar 3-4. 9am-3pm. Learn a holistic way to heal oneself and others from original Usui Reiki Ryoko System. $300 breakfast included. Ganesha Spa, Peekskill. Info: 914.906.7238.


MONDAY, MARCH 5 Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

TUESDAY, MARCH 6 Movement Education through Feldenkrais Method – 2-4pm. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Preregister/detailed workshop description: 914.996.4286. (workshops tab). Qi Gong Classes – Mar 6 and 20. 6:30-7:30pm. $10. Sacred Space Healings Arts, 436 Main St, Beacon. Register: 845.416.4598. Becoming Unstuck: Transformation through Care of the Mind, Body and Spirit – Mar 6, 13, 20 and 27. 7-9pm. With Sheila Charbonier. Minilectures, experiential activities and more. $80 series. Must commit to all four workshops. The Mariandale Center, 299 N Highland Ave, Bldg 5, Ossining. 914.941.4455.

FRIDAY, MARCH 9 Archangel Healing Workshop – 7-9pm. With Shaman Elka Boren. $35. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Info: Sacred Sound Healing & Somatic Energy Workshop – 7-9pm, Hudson Valley Healing Center in Poughkeepsie welcomes Mariel Sol for an evening of Sound. An event not to be missed. $50. Info:


Cultivate a Healthy Mind through Meditation: Compassionate Mind and a Joyful Life – 10am3:30pm. With Amy Reyer. $55. The Mariandale Center, 299 N Highland Ave, Bldg 5, Ossining. 914.941.4455.

Women’s Full Moon Gathering – 7-8:30pm. A non-denominational monthly gathering for women, coming together to draw on the powerful energies of the full moon. $10 requested donation. DG Sanctuary. 2 Lagrange Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206.

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, MARCH 10 Bionutrient Food Association Bedford Chapter meeting. See March 15.

SUNDAY, MARCH 4 Tai Chi and Prayer – 9:30am-3pm. With Allen Bourque. Gentle workshop will develop familiarity with natural movements drawn from multiple traditions. No experience required. Wear comfortable clothes and socks. $60 includes lunch. The Mariandale Center, 299 N Highland Ave, Bldg 5, Ossining. 914.941.4455. Guided Meditation – 11am. 45-min group session. $10. 18 person limit. The Source NY, 143 Boardman Rd, Bldg 3, Poughkeepsie. Must RSVP: 845.214.0452.

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Foot Reflexology II – 9am-1pm. Open to students who have taken Introduction to Foot Reflexology. $49 (LES425). Dutchess Community College, South Campus, Wappingers Falls. Register directly with school: 845.431.8910. Online: Semi-Private Beginners Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. Feel supported and comfortable in a semi-private session limited to five students. Katonah. 914.479.2594. Chakra Workshop – Noon-2pm. With Pritam Bani Kaur. Learn each of our chakras with simple kriyas and meditations focused on the seven chakras to open and balance the flow of internal energy. $30. Devotion Yoga, 2055 Albany Post Rd, Croton on Hudson. Preregister: 914.930.7707. LifeForce Yoga Self-Care Saturday Retreat – Noon- 4pm. With Kat Larsen. Breathwork, mudras, asanas for grounding/strength. Yoga chakra clearing meditation and yoga nidra. High tea light lunch provided. $90. Limited space. The




Interfaith Sundays at The Chapel at Croton Falls Sunday, March 18

March 17: New Moon Yin Yoga: Manifest & Restore 1:30-3pm March 24: Goddess Rising Restorative Yoga. Half proceeds donated to Omega Women’s Leadership Center. 1:30-3pm Every Saturday: Semi-Private Gentle Yoga 9-10am Space limited. 914.479.2594. Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. Preregister/prepay: 914.793.2600. Reiki 2 Class – Mar 10-11. 1-5pm both days. With Anne Bentzen. Learn Reiki symbols, distance healing and create a powerful practice. $300. Balancing 4 Life, 3 Pheasant Dr, Armonk. 914.588.4079. Register online: Yoga and the Heart – 1:30–4:30pm. With the Bhagavad Gita. Unfold the secrets held at one’s heart center. With Shari Friedrichsen. $45 members. $65 nonmembers advance. The Yoga Studio, Club Fit, 584 N State Rd, Briarcliff Manor. Info: Audrey Brooks: 914.582.7816. Tibetan Sound Bowl Healing – 5:30-7pm. With Michelle Clifton. The bowls create a celestial harmonic sound that resonates with our energy field, having a profound healing effect on the nervous system, mind, body and soul. Mt Kisco. Michelle/ fee info: 914.447.0822. Let Your Yoga Dance – 6:30-8pm. With Beth Bierko. Move through the chakras and expand joy. Golden Prana Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.232.3473. Info/preregistration required:

SUNDAY, MARCH 11 Awakening Kundalini Energy Meditation Retreat –8:30am-3:30pm. Includes yoga class, moving guided meditations, chanting, sound bowls healing, breakfast and lunch. Limited availability. $100. Ganesha Spa, Peekskill. Register: 914.906.7238. Guided Meditation – 11am. 45-min group session. $10. 18 person limit. The Source NY, 143 Boardman Rd, Bldg 3, Poughkeepsie. Must RSVP: 845.214.0452. Free Aura Soma Colour Therapy Discussion – 12:30pm. 60-min group session. There will be a drawing for one free colour reading. The Source NY, 143 Boardman Rd, Bldg 3, Poughkeepsie. Must RSVP: 845.214.0452. Malas & Mantras Workshop – 1-3pm. Together we explore the meaning of Malas and create a mantra/intent to infuse into the Mala that participants create with hands on direction. $65. DG Sanctuary, 2 Lagrange Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206.

10:30am-12:00pm All Welcome – Refreshments to Follow The Chapel at Croton Falls, 609, Rt. 22,

Croton Falls, NY (Next to the Schoolhouse Theater) Parking is available across the street. Contact:

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

MONDAY, MARCH 12 Guided Meditation – 7-7:45pm. With Amy Kaufman. $20. Golden Prana Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.232.3473.


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TUESDAY, MARCH 13 Tea & Stones – 6:30-7:30pm. Connect and learn about gems, stones and their incredible properties. Free. Dreaming Goddess, 44 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14 Natural Way to Quit Alcohol, Sugar, Smoking – 7-8pm. Learn simple, effective method for quitting smoking, alcohol, sugar and more. 80 percent success. Simpler than most dare to believe. Free lecture. Briarcliff location. 914.705.1805. ADD Just Doesn’t Add Up – 7-9pm. Is it really a short attention span? Learn 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. 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, MARCH 15 Bionutrient Food Association Meeting – 5:307:30pm – Monthly potluck meetings for gardeners, farmers, nutritionists and foodies at all levels of experience. Themed presentations, networking and demos. Westchester Land Trust in Bedford Hills. Info: Reiki Circle – 7-9pm. Reiki students and practitioners of all levels and traditions welcome. No reiki experience necessary. $20. Golden Prana Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. Preregistration required: 914.232.3473.

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March 16-18 New Life Expo

America’s longest-running event focused on holistic enlightenment and rejuvenation with 100 exhibitors and speakers including Mas Sajady, Kimberly Meredith, Brenda Cobb, Mark Becker,Gail Thackray, Thomas John, Jill Dahne, Dr. Joel Wallach, Robert Young, Dr. Hal Blatman and Hanson Tse.

Hotel New Yorker, 481 8th Ave New York, NY 10001

FRIDAY, MARCH 16 New Life Expo – Mar 16-18. America’s longestrunning event focused on holistic enlightenment and rejuvenation. 100 exhibitors and speakers including Mas Sajady, Kimberly Meredith, Brenda Cobb and more. Hotel New Yorker, 481 8th Ave, NYC. Info: Shamanic Journey Circle – 7-9pm. Through rhythmic drumming in guided meditation, we transcend our conscious state and journey to meet the helping spirits around us. No experience necessary. $20. DG Sanctuary, 2 Lagrange Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206.

SATURDAY, MARCH 17 Maple Weekend: Pancake Breakfast – 3/17 & 3/18. Seatings at 9am, 10am, 11am for a pancake breakfast. Farm overlooks the Croton watershed and NYC skyline. Adult $10, Children 3-12 $8, Children Under 3 Free,  Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St., Yorktown Heights. Info: 914.962.2368. Free Lecture: The Kidney/Heart Connection – 1-3pm. Light refreshments will be served. Dr. Kaushik’s Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic, Yellow Monkey Village, 792 Rte 35, Cross River. 914.875.9088. New Moon Yin Yoga: Manifest & Restore – 1:303pm.The new moon is a special time to set seeds of intention. Tune into one’s heart’s desires with contemplative yin yoga. Katonah. 914.479.2594. Shamanism: Ancient Indigenous Medicine – 2-4pm. With Melanie Ryan, Indigenous people knew how to heal the mind, body and soul. Learn the empowering healing practices existing for centuries worldwide. $40 door. Mt Kisco. 914.86.40462. Online: New Moon Manifestation – 7-8pm. Together we manifest our hearts’ desires using The Law of Attraction and the creative energies of the new moon. $10. DG Sanctuary. 2 Lagrange Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 18 Reiki I Training: Shoden – 10am-4pm. With Deborah Amjadi. Open energy channels to the powerful healing system of Mikao Usui Reiki. Learn history, explore and practice reiki protocols and more. Reiki II held in Apr. $225 door. Mt Kisco. Deborah: 914.329.2751. Online: Interfaith Sundays at The Chapel at Croton Falls – 10:30am-12pm. All welcome. Refreshments follow. (Next to the Schoolhouse Theater). Parking is available across the street. The Chapel at Croton Falls, 609, Rt. 22, Croton Falls. Info: Guided Meditation – 11am. 45-min group session. $10. 18 person limit. The Source NY, 143 Boardman Rd, Bldg 3, Poughkeepsie. Must RSVP: 845.214.0452. Free Aura Soma Colour Therapy Discussion – 12:30pm. 60-min group session. There will be a drawing for one free colour reading. The Source NY, 143 Boardman Rd, Bldg 3, Poughkeepsie. Must RSVP: 845.214.0452. Refuge Recovery Group Meeting – 7-8:15pm. Peer led Buddhist inspired path to healing and recovery for all types of addictions and suffering. All welcome, small donation suggested. Devotion Yoga of Westchester, 2055 Albany Post Rd, Croton on Hudson. 914.930.7707.

MONDAY, MARCH 19 Free Lecture: What is Ayurvedic Medicine and How Does It Compare with Western (Allopathic) Medicine? – 7-9pm. With Dr. Somesh Kaushik, an Ayurvedic and Naturopathic physician. Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St. 203.438.2282. 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.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21 Quit Alcohol Simply and Permanently – 7-8pm. Learn about the Weiss Method—helping people around the world overcome alcohol and other addictions. Easier than people ever thought possible.80 percent success. Free lecture. Briarcliff location. 914.705.1805. Spring Equinox Yoga & Meditation – 7-8:30pm. With Dharam Atma Kaur. Balance and renew. Start spring with a gentle kundalini kryia, Extended gong bath and chanting. Golden Prana Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.232.3473. Free Lecture: What is Ayurveda and What Can It Do for You? – 7-9pm. With Dr. Somesh Kaushik, an Ayurvedic and Naturopathic physician. The Phoenix & The Rose, 46 Bedford Rd, Katonah. 914.434.2999. 917.924.0993.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 22 Holistic Moms Meeting: How to Correct Reading Challenges and ADHD Naturally – 7:30pm. Suzanne Buchauer, presents a groundbreaking, drug free correction program called Davis Correction Programs. At Rye Free Reading Room, 1061 Boston Post Rd, Rye. Info:

FRIDAY, MARCH 23 Qi Gong for Seniors – Mar 23, 30, Apr 6, 13, 20 and 27. 10am-Noon. Six-class series (LES451). $129. Dutchess Community College, South Campus, Wappingers Falls. Register directly with school: 845.431.8910. Online: 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, MARCH 24 Maple Weekend: Pancake Breakfast – 3/24 & 3/25. Seatings at 9am, 10am, 11am for a pancake breakfast. Farm overlooks the Croton watershed and NYC skyline. Adult $10, Children 3-12 $8, Children Under 3 Free, Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St., Yorktown Heights. Info: 914.962.2368. Shamanic Reiki Training Level One – Mar 24-25. 10am-5pm. With Melanie Ryan. Become a vessel for healing. Be attuned to Mikao Usui Reiki and the intuitive, psychic healing powers used for centuries by shamans. $425. Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462. Goddess Rising Restorative Yoga Workshop – 1:30-3pm. Half of the proceeds will be donated to the Omega Women’s Leadership Center. Katonah. 914.479.2594.

SUNDAY, MARCH 25 Book Club at Merritt Bookstore – 10:30am-Noon. First book is Her Body and Other Parties: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado, a short story collection that was shortlisted for the 2017 National Book Awards. Merritt Bookstore, 57 Front St, Millbrook. Info: Natural Way to Quit Sugar, Overeating, Smoking – Noon-1pm. Learn simple, effective method for quitting smoking, alcohol, sugar and more. 80 percent success. Simpler than most dare to believe. Free lecture. NYC location, E 37th btwn Park & Lex. 914.705.1805. Quit Alcohol Simply and Permanently – 1-2pm. Learn about Weiss Method—helping people around the world overcome alcohol and other addictions. Easier than ever thought possible. 80 percent success. Free lecture. NYC location, E 37th btwn Park & Lex. 914.705.1805. K u n d a l i n i Yo g a & G o n g M e d i t a t i o n – 5-6:30pm. With Pritam Bani Kaur. New time. 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.

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Women’s Wellness TUESDAY, MARCH 27 Yoga for Arthritis Workshop – 2-4pm. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Preregister/detailed workshop description: 914.996.4286. (workshops tab).

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28 Curing Addiction from the Core: Weiss Method Info-Lecture – 7-8pm. Learn about unseen energy of addiction and how this simple, natural method helps one quit for good. Alcohol, smoking, sugar and behaviors. 80 percent success. Free lecture. Briarcliff location. 914.705.1805. Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 8-9pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

FRIDAY, MARCH 30 Psychic Reiki – 5-7pm. With Brett Bevell . $35. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Info: Healing Unwanted Habits and Empower Your Self-Healing – 6-8pm. With Mandeep Kaur Khalsa. Four Fridays. $45 per class. Preregistration required. Golden Prana Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.232.3473.

SATURDAY, MARCH 31 Reiki 1 & 2 – 11am-4pm.With Reiki Master Marcus Feighery. $275. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4 Vision & Success in School – 7-9pm. Discover tools to identify children having trouble learning. Vision problems keep children from reaching their potential. Free. Dr. Samantha Slotnick, 495 Central Park Ave, Ste 301, Scarsdale. RSVP, Jane: 914.874.1177.

SATURDAY, APRIL 7 The Buddy System Movie Screening – 4:15-6pm. Intimate stories of three families touched by autism, who experience meaningful change when a specially trained assistance dog comes into each of their lives. Q&A after screening. Merritt Bookstore, 57 Front St. Millbrook. Info:

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

Meditation Class - Guided Meditation – 7:30pm. Ganesha Spa, Peekskill. $5. Info: 914.906.7238.

Pilates Mat Class – 9am. Fully equipped Pilates studio. $20. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. 845.876.5686.


Vinyasa – 10:30am. With Joan. All levels. Moderately paced flow of poses, with attention to alignment and breath. Donation. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320.

Hot Vinyasa – 8:30am. With Linda. To help get participants moving in the morning. Strengthen and tone body while finding a peaceful state of mind. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. Fee: 914.763.6320.

Zumba – 10:30-11:30am With Laura Sobel High energy dance party with rhythms from all over the globe. $15. Pilates and More, 127 Main St, Dobbs Ferry. 914.478.3560.

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:

monday Kripalu-based YogaShine – 9-10:30am. With Vitalah Simon, teaching yoga for 28 years. Gentle and calming, strengthening and invigorating, for adults, multi-level, lots of individual attention. Beginners welcome. First class free. 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla. 914.769.8745 Kundalini Yoga Express – 9:30-10:30am. With Taylor Chen. $25 drop-in. All welcome. Golden Prana Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.232.3473. Putnam Yoga Level 1 to Level 2 Classes—With Modifications – 9:30am. For those more familiar with yoga. Incorporate power yoga poses and techniques designed for in-depth strength training, improvements in breathing, posture and mobility. 30 Tomahawk St, Baldwin Pl. Info, Christine Dodge: 845.494.8118. Vinyasa – 9:30am. With Ali. A moderately paced flow of poses, with attention to alignment and breath. Mildly challenging. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. Fee: 914.763.6320.


Melt for Pilates – 6:30-7:30pm. With Marisa Duffy. Experience changes in how the body looks and feels. Learn simple, at home self-treatments to remain active, healthy and pain-free. $10 trial class. Pilates and More, 127 Main St, Dobbs Ferry. 914 478 3560. Community Yoga – 7-8:30pm. With Megan Kaen. For “every body.” Each week get a groove on and empower at-risk girls. $10 suggested class donation. 982 Gallery, 982 Main St, 2nd Flr, Peekskill. 914.319.4010.


Power Pilates – 10:45-11:45am. Intense sculpting Power Pilates class; couples high energy cardio with ballet movements such as pliés and relevés along with pilates mat exercises. All levels. Balance Yoga & Wellness. 2444 Boston Post Rd. Larchmont. Info: 914.833.9703;  

KPKAYI authorized teacher Samantha Lucas at Hudson Valley Healing Center, 51 Springside Ave, Poughkeepsie. Info: 845.605.2210.

Pilates Mat Class – 9am.Fully equipped Pilates studio. Small class sizes. $20. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. 845.876.5686. Mixed Equipment Pilates Class – 9:30-10:30am. A more advanced workout utilizing many of the different pilates apparatus. $40. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. Elaine: 845.876.5686. 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; Slow Flow Vinyasa – 11:30am-12:30pm. Moving mindfully with the breath, the focus is on safely transitioning through postures to build strength, balance and flexibility. Gently heated class. All levels. Balance Yoga & Wellness, 2444 Boston Post Rd, Larchmont. 914.833.9703. New: Playful Vinyasa Flow Class – 5:30-6:45pm. Level 2/3. Learn challenging arm balances and how to safely flip view with the inversion practice. Modifications shared. beBhakti Yoga Center, Beacon. The Body, Mind & Soul Dance Class – 5:457:15pm. Enhance physical, emotional and spiritual well-being through meditative, creative and healing dance. $25. White Lotus Grace: Spiritual Healing Arts & Dance, Millbrook. Must RSVP: 845.677.3517. Ashtanga Yoga for Beginners – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn everything one needs to know about Mysore Style Ashtanga. Three-week course. Taught by

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Putnam Yoga Level 1 to Level 2 Classes—With Modifications – 9:30am. Beginners, new students or individuals needing a refresher. Classes focus on a safe introduction to the fundamental poses in traditional yoga practice. 30 Tomahawk St, Baldwin Pl. Info, Christine Dodge: 845.494.8118. Yoga in the Salt Cave – 11am – Teacher is excited to offer Yoga in the Salt Cave $40. 45-minute practice. Visit website at for more information. Hudson Valley Healing Center, 51 Springside Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.605.2210. 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. Gentle Yoga for Wellness – 5:45-7pm. With Ann Cassapini. Yoga using chairs, props, deep relaxation/meditation to build stability, strength and flexibility. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917.882.0921. Hot HIIT – 6-7pm. High energy, high intensity interval-style workout designed to torch fat and increase heart to the beat of music. Practice at one’s own pace. All levels. Balance Yoga & Wellness, 2444 Boston Post Rd, Larchmont. 914.833.9703. Slow Flow Vinyasa – 7pm. With Renee. A gentle, slower paced class that links poses to breath to cultivate strength, alignment, balance and gentle opening. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. Fee: 914.763.6320. Vinyasa Restorative Flow – 7:30-8:45pm.With JoAnne. Vinyasa flow class that incorporates restorative yoga. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. JoAnne: 917.364.1871.



Clearwater Festival’s Green Living Expo

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

March 2018 Astrology with Pamela Cucinell

wednesday Health Supportive Vegan Cooking Classes – Separate Children and Adult Hands on Workshop Sessions. Preregistration required by phone, online or at cafe. Good Choice Kitchen, 147 Main St, Ossining. 914.930.1591. for info/cost. Putnam Yoga Level 1 to Level 2 Classes—With Modifications – 9:30am. For those more familiar with yoga. Incorporate power yoga poses and techniques designed for in-depth strength training, improvements in breathing, posture and mobility. 30 Tomahawk St, Baldwin Pl. Info, Christine Dodge: 845.494.8118. Kundalini Yoga & Meditation – 9:30-11am. $25 drop-in. All welcome. Golden Prana Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.232.3473. Stretch & Strengthen – 10:30-11:30am. Get off one’s feet and on the mat, to center, de-stress and release. $25. White Lotus Grace: Spiritual Healing Arts & Dance, Millbrook. Must RSVP: 845.677.3517. 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; Kundalini in the Salt Cave – 5:30-6:30pm. Kundalini with Hari Prakaash. Gong available too. Drop-in or class card. Adults and kids welcomed. Poughkeepsie. Info/pricing/other classes: 845.849.0838. 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: Unwind & Uplift – 6-7pm. Check in, release, regroup, recharge. A gracefully crafted blend of movement and other refreshing practices. $25. White Lotus Grace: Spiritual Healing Arts & Dance, Millbrook. Must RSVP: 845.677.3517.

Emotions Run High Spiritual reflection glows under the March 1 Virgo full moon. Aim for the sweet spot between needs and desires on March 2. Meet responsibilities first on March 3, then have fun. March 4 offers opportunities to meet someone halfway. Research on March 5 gleans results. Passion ignites on March 6 for creative and romantic flow.  The Long View Finish up tasks on March 7. Jupiter retrograde on March 8 begins four months when observation leads to eventual revelation. Exuberance stimulates inspiration on March 9. Avoid flying too high or excessive caution on March 10. A dream crystallizes on March 11. An upset on March 12 brings new directions by evening. The right choice on March 13 attracts the support required for success.    Winter Passes Bypass any sense of being overwhelmed on March 14. Soothe the soul on March 15 through volunteering, art, music and meditation. March 16 reveals glimmers of future promise. The Pisces new moon on March 17 welcomes fresh visions. Fire up the engines on March 18 to engage with what and whom you want. Spontaneity changes up schedules on March 19. Melt into Spring   The spring equinox on March 20 brings

power to action; have a plan in place. On March 21, give yourself an indulgence: take a long stroll, linger in a café or saunter through a greenhouse. Mercury retrograde on March 22 causes more trouble than usual, especially for those who don’t back up and double-check. Keep that in mind through the end of the month! The more captivating a situation or person is on March 23, the more you should keep perspective. A tug-of-war between home and work on March 24 requires care. A shared meal builds bonds on March 25. Sacred Days  March 26 begs for play. Curtail overextension on March 27 so your dreams soar. High productivity invites inventive solutions on March 28. Problems taken on March 29 benefit from fortunate circumstances. This is the holy weekend for Judeo-Christian religions; communication on March 30 deserves focus to evolve. The March 31 Libra full moon indicates friction and surprise. Invite the conversations. Whatever your faith, I wish you an open heart and peace. Pamela Cucinell offers spiritual insight with a practical twist at She provides guidance through private sessions, YouTube videos and webinars. For more information, contact her at Pamela@ or call 917.796.6026. See ad, page 46.

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

Candlelight Restorative Gentle Flow – 7-8:15pm. With Heather Reiners. Relax and unwind using breath, gentle movement and restorative poses set to soft tunes. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600.

Hot Vinyasa & Guided Meditation – 6:30-8pm. 60-min linking breath to movement. Designed to improve mental and physical strength and more. Wind down with an optional 30-min guided meditation. Balance Yoga & Wellness, 2444 Boston Post Rd, Larchmont. 914.833.9703.

Kripalu-based YogaShine – 7-8:30pm. With Vitalah Simon, teaching yoga for 28 years. Gentle and calming, strengthening and invigorating, for adults, multi-level, lots of individual attention. Beginners welcome. First class free. 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla. 914.769.8745.

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

Thursday Evening Meditation – 7:15-8:45pm. Open meditation with chanting and mantra. All welcome. No fee, donation appreciated. Anam Cara Meditation Center, 2 Byram Brook Pl, Armonk. 914.219.8600. Info:

Men’s Only Yoga at Hudson Valley Healing Center – 7-8:15pm. This class is specifically aimed at men and their bodies. Drop-in or class card. Hudson Valley Healing Center. Poughkeepsie. Info: 845.849.0838.



Pilates Tower and Reformer Classes – 7:30-10:30am. $35-40. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. Elaine: 845.876.5686.

Dr.Michelle Rocque Full Circle Veterinary Hospital Integrative, Holistic & Conventional 1609 Route 9, Wappingers Falls, NY 845.234.4417

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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. All levels. Focus on individual needs, this class utilizes detailed alignment curs, kinetic awareness, mindful meditation, breath work and movement to access the subtle body. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. Fee: 914.763.6320.

Putnam Yoga Level 1 to Level 2 Classes—With Modifications – 9:30am. For those more familiar with yoga. Incorporate power yoga poses and techniques designed for in-depth strength training, improvements in breathing, posture and mobility. 30 Tomahawk St, Baldwin Pl. Info, Christine Dodge: 845.494.8118.

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;

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 to Level 2 Classes—With Modifications – 9:30am. Beginners, new students or individuals needing a refresher. Classes focus on a safe introduction to the fundamental poses in traditional yoga practice. 30 Tomahawk St, Baldwin Pl. Info, Christine Dodge: 845.494.8118.

Mindful Restorative Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. With Reyna. Movement through breath, props, self assists to release, calm and restore. Gentle level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600.


Pilates Tower Class – 10am. Fun and energizing Pilates workout in beautiful, fully equipped studio. Small class sizes. $35. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. 845.876.5686.

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Poetry Workshop for Adults – 11-12:30pm. Beginner and experienced. Thea Schiller introduces poem, leads discussions and creates in-class writing exercises, leaving time to write and share each week. Somers Library. Register: 914.232.5717.

Pilates Mat with Magic Circle – 11:30am-12:30pm. Pilates with physical therapist, Tina Sferra. Learn the principles of Contrology; breathing, concentration, control, centering, flow, postural alignment, precision and relaxation.$20 drop-in.Elite Performance @ Katonah Yoga, 39 Main St., Bedford Hills. Prenatal and postnatal Yoga – 10:30-11:45am. With Mekea. Class focused on bringing strength and energy back into the pre or postnatal body. Saw Mill Club, 77 Kensico Dr. Mt. Kisco. Info/price: 914.241.0797.


Roll & Restore Class – 8:30am. Release tension, get a better stretch and restore range of motion using foam rollers and other self-massage tools. Saw Mill Club East. 917.747.3331.

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

Super Gentle Chair Yoga, Kripalu-Based – 9:3010:30am. With Vitalah Simon. Gentle and calming, strengthening and invigorating, for people and seniors wanting a more gentle class and more. First class free. YogaShine, 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla. 914.769.8745. Nia Fridays – 9:45am. Recharge with a fun, easy, non-impact, therapeutic cardiovascular workout for any body/fitness level, then finish with relaxing restorative yoga. $22. Bedford Hills Fred Astaire Studio. 917.747.3331. Gentle Yoga for Wellness – 11am-12:15pm. With Ann Cassapini. Yoga using chairs, props, deep relaxation/meditation to build stability, strength and flexibility. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917.882.0921. Slow Flow and Meditation Fridays – 12:301:45pm. With Roxanne. This flow practice reduces stress and increase mindfulness with breath work and meditation. Ease into this weekend. Saw Mill Club, 77 Kensico Dr. Mt. Kisco. Info/price: 914.241.0797.

Kundalini Yoga & Meditation – 6:30-8pm. $25 drop-in. All welcome. Golden Prana Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. Preregistration required: 914.232.3473.

saturday Yoga Teachers Association Workshops – 2nd Sat. Open to teachers and students, members and nonmembers. The Yoga Studio, Club Fit, Briarcliff Manor. Info: Ashtange Led Primary Series – 8am. Continue practice with a led primary series at Ashtanga Yoga Poughkeepsie. Taught by KPJAYI authorized teacher Samantha Lucas. Hudson Valley Healing Center, 51 Springside Ave. Poughkeepsie. Info: 845.605.2210 Bikram Yoga – 8-9:30am. 26 postures systematically move fresh, oxygenated blood to 100 percent of body, restoring systems to healthy working order. Warm and stretch every muscle, ligament and tendon. Room: 105-110 degrees. All levels. Balance Yoga & Wellness, 2444 Boston Post Rd, Larchmont. 914.833.9703. Peekskill Farmers Market – 8am-2pm. Year-round market offering fresh food and family fun. “Market Stage Live,” features live music, author readings, and demos with fitness and health practitioners. FMNP and SNAP accepted. Rain or Shine. Free parking. Bank St, between Park and Main. Info: Gossett Brothers Farmer’s Market – 9am–1pm. Vendors include Bee Guy Apiaries, Do-Re-Mi Farms, Johnny Cake Farms, Wave Hill Bread, Honore’s Table, Du Soleil, Bongo Pasta, also fresh fish, homemade ice cream and crafts. 1202 Rte. 35, South Salem. Info: Gossett Brothers Nursery on Facebook. Semi-Private Gentle Yoga – 9-10am. All levels. Feel supported and comfortable in semi-private sessions limited to five students. Calm the body, mind and soul with a gentle flow. Katonah. 914.479.2594.

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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 BRIARCLIFF PROFESSIONAL OFFICE SPACE – Licensed Massage Therapist looking to sublet to another massage therapist, psychologist, social worker, etc. Private entrance and private bathroom, handicap accessible, ample free parking. Includes all utilities. Flexible days & times available. Will discuss a mutual schedule with right person. Asking $375.00/month. Amy at 914.923.1973. 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.

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

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

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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: Joyful Mindful Yoga – 9:30-10.45am. With Ann, RYT 500 Well balanced asana sequences that focus on alignment, mindfulness, clear intention and joy. Intermediate level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917.882.0921. Hudson Valley Farmers Market – 10am-3pm. Year-round. A one stop shop farmers market with fresh Hudson Valley products. Greig Farm, 223 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook. Info: HudsonValleyFarmersMarket. Yoga – 10-11am. With Dani Weissberg. Practice coordinated movement and breath into a flowing series of poses to strengthen and stretch one’s body and more. $20. Pilates and More, 127 Main St, Dobbs Ferry. 914.478.3560. Zumba – 11:15am. An effective and fun calorieburning dance fitness class using a mix of Latin and World Rhythms. enerShe fitness 989 Rt. 6 Mahopac. Info: 845.628.7165;

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Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH The Center for Health & Healing 4 Smith Ave, 2nd Fl; Mount Kisco, NY 914.362.8315; Chinese medicine for relieving muscle/joint pain and headaches; treating chronic disease including autoimmune disease, digestive disorders, and mental health conditions; boosting immune function; balancing hormones; helping tobacco/substance addiction; and reducing stress. Includes acupuncture, herbs, cupping, moxibustion, qigong, and TENS electro-stimulation. Insurance reimbursement available for some services. See ad pg 20.


Dr. Fred Lisanti, ND,LAC.,RH, CHT 266 White Plains Rd, B-1, Eastchester, NY 914.337.2980; Therapeutic solutions for acute and chronic health conditions. Acupuncture is an intelligent medicine, gentle enough for pregnant women, and powerful enough to treat serious conditions like chronic pain, stress, anxiety and depression. It can restore harmony and balance to mind, body and spirit. See ad pg 19.


25 North Division St. Peekskill, NY 914.772.4589; Offering Classical Chinese Acupuncture and Aromatherapy. Activate your body’s own healing potential with highly targeted treatments. Specializing in fertility and women’s health, acute and chronic pain, and acute and chronic health issues, including auto-immune disorders.


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.


John Montgomery, Ph.D; Therapy/Coaching Scarsdale, NY 10583 917.244.5161; 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. See ad pg 21.

ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE KARLA BOOTH DIAMOND, MAMSAT 153 Main St, Suite J Mount Kisco, NY 10549 914.649.9565

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

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.



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


Addiction Free Naturally Briarcliff and Midtown Manhattan 914.705.1805 The Weiss Method helps people lose weight by overcoming addiction to sugar and white flour, and compulsive overeating. After treatment, most people experience indifference towards refined sugar, sweets and treats, leading to easy weight loss. 30 years experience. 80% success rate. See ad pg 47.

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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.

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.


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.


Pamela Cucinell NCGR PAA Phone, Online & In-person 917.796.6026; Why leave your business to chance? Perfect timing ensures follow-through and success. When you know the projected outcome it becomes easier to prioritize your day and choose the right partners. Westchester, NYC, Skype and phone. See ad pg 46.


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 49.


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

2241 Crompond Rd. Cortlandt Manor NY 914.930.8800

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




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.


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

Independent BEMER Distributor Mahopac, NY 914.760.5645

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!

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.


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 47.

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

How would you like to wake up each day with less aches and more energy? Call today for your free consultation and findout what is standing between you and your health goals. See ad pg 25.


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.

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

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

Do you struggle with stress, pain and muscle tightness? If so, call today for your free consultation and learn how to finally address these issues and experience ideal health naturally. See ad pg 25.

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! See ad pg 14.


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.



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.

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



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 43.



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.

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



Betty Prinsen, MA, Certified Practitioner 917.941.4767: Carmel 914.244.1606; Bedford Hills

Elizabeth Pasquale, LMT, CST, Director White Plains & Ossining offices 914.762.4693; WellOnTheWay.Com Curious about energy medicine?   Know there is something to it, from all you’ve read and heard?  Are you tingling with excitement right now, knowing you’re about to experience something life changing? Free get-acquainted phone call! See ad pg 43.


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Relax and cleanse comfortably and easily through Ionic Detox Footbath. Feel revitalized, balanced, healthy and ready to enjoy life. Carmel and Bedford Hills locations. See ad pg 34


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 46.

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.


Energy Medicine Practioner, Medical Intuititive, Physical Therapist 175 King Street, Chappaqua, NY 239.289.3744; Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Are you exhausted from pain, stress or PTSD? Balance your body’s energies for optimal physical health and emotional well-being with Esoteric Healing, a high vibrational technique from Tibet. See ad pg 51.

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

A Center For Awareness and Relaxation through Floatation Therapy. Create the ultimate Relaxation Response by removing all stimulation from light, sound, and gravity. Choose from three different float environments to find your perfect experience. Appointments available from 10am to 10pm daily. Free Parking. See ad pg 20.

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.



150 Purchase St - Hansa Building Ste #7, Rye, NY 10580 914.967.1630; Understand and correct the causes of chronic conditions. Dr. Warshowsky will help you develop your optimal healing plan, incorporating the best of conventional and Integrative, Holistic medicine. He is double board certified in OB/GYN, Integrative, Holistic Medicine and a facilitator of optimal health for men, women and teens. See ad pg 21.



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. See ad pg 17.

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 15.

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


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


Dr. Jodi Kennedy 11 Miller Rd Mahopac, NY 845.628.7233 (SAFE); Are you between the ages of 2-92 and want to experience each day with less aches and more energy? Call today for your free consultation. Our unique total body approach is beneficial with proven results. See ad pg 25.


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


Natural and Organic is the way to go. Westchester Ave., Pound Ridge NY 914.764.5733; Full-Service Salon & Day Spa. Natural and organic hair color from Italy. Organic mani/pedi services plus non-toxic polish. Full body massage as well as all-natural skin care and facials. Organic retail products available. New clients: 30% off packages, mention Natural Awakenings. See ad pg 14.

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Poughkeepsie, NY 120601 917.868.1769;

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

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.

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 6.


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.



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 14.


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.

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

In a beautiful retreat-like setting, we offer holistic psychotherapy, body therapies, acupuncture, shamanic reiki, intuitive guidance, spiritual counseling, homeopathy, naturopathic and herbal medicine, healing circles, workshops and professional trainings. See ad pg 43.


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. See ad pg 17.


REFLECTIONS OF NATURE Shamanic Gardeners 845.489.7250

Independent BEMER Distributor Mahopac, NY 914.760.5645

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

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.





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 23.

Come to our office to experience the benefits of a Sunlighten Far Infrared Sauna which includes: detox, weight loss, pain relief, and relaxation through far/mid/ near infrared light waves. Leave feeling refreshed and relaxed! Packages available. See ad pg 21.

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


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

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MD, FACOG, ABIHM 150 Purchase St.-Hansa Building Ste #7, Rye, NY 10580 914.967.1630;


150 Purchase St - Hansa Building Ste #7, Rye, NY 10580 914.967.1630; Understand and correct the causes of chronic conditions. Dr. Warshowsky will help you develop your optimal healing plan, incorporating the best of conventional and Integrative, Holistic medicine. He is double board certified in OB/GYN, Integrative, Holistic Medicine and a facilitator of optimal health for men, women and teens. See ad pg 21.


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


Laura Giacovas,LMT, MS Ed., 4th Dan Master Instructor Taekwondo Briarcliff NY 914.941.2400,


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.


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.


Massage Therapy with a Nurturing Touch 914.320.4063;

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 43.


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.


Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH The Center for Health & Healing 4 Smith Ave, 2nd Fl; Mount Kisco, NY 914.362.8315; Utilize an integrative healing approach from a doctor trained in holistic medicine. Working with your current medical treatments & labwork, as well as botanical medicine, dietary & lifestyle counselling, nutritional supplements, acupuncture and Chinese medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, stress reduction and ecotherapy. Insurance reimbursement available for some services. See ad pg 20.


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. See ad pg 19.


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 47.

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 46.

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

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


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 19.


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



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. 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 3.

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 y o u r h e a l t h . We o ff e r compounding prescriptions, on-line prescription renewals, supplements, homeopathic remedies, personal care products, fair trade gifts and more. We deliver and we are happy to answer your questions. See ad pg 21.


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


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


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

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

By Appointment Peeksill, NY 914.906.7238;

Yoga in the Adirondacks is nestled in the valley of the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, where yoga embraces nature. Connect your mind, body and spirit and explore your retreat with likeminded people to build a happier and healthier life. Studio available for your yoga/wellness private group as well. See ad pg 54.

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.

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

Customized, holistic treatments for better skin, improved body appearance, and spiritual reconnection. Natural Facelift, Facials, Nonchemical Peels, Skin Tightening, Wrinkle Reduction, Fat Melting, Waxing, Reiki, Chakra Balancing, Guided Imagery, Aromatherapy, Raindrop Technique. See ad pg 12.


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


Essential Products for Your Body & Soul Karen M. Shaw 914.522.1297; Handmade, Organic & Pesticide Free. Each and every one of my products come from all natural resources, all of which have healing and rejuvenating properties.  Simply formulated without alcohol, dyes, parabens, artificial fragrances or phthalates.  “Take a break from putting chemical compounds on your skin and bring out the natural beauty that exists in all of us.”



299 North Highland Avenue, Bldg. 5 Ossining, New York 10562 914.941.4455; The Mariandale Center sponsors retreats and programs on spiritual and contemplative practices. We also welcome nonprofit organizations for workshops and group retreats. Our guests enjoy the contemplative environment at the Center, and the beautiful, spacious land overlooking the Hudson River. See ad pg 11.

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 6.

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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 6.

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.


Addiction Free Naturally Briarcliff and Midtown Manhattan 914.705.1805 The Weiss Method helps people lose weight by overcoming addiction to sugar and white flour, and compulsive overeating. After treatment, most people experience indifference towards refined sugar, sweets and treats, leading to easy weight loss. 30 years experience. 80% success rate. See ad pg 47.



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

Full Circle Veterinary Hospital Integrative, Holistic & Conventional 1609 Route 9, Wappingers Falls, NY 845.234.4417; We specialize in the integration of holistic and conventional veterinary medicine to provide quality, comprehensive care for your pet’s needs. We enjoy taking time to get to know our clients and their pets. This allows pets to relax, while we learn about their family lifestyle.

Led by Janet Catalina, MSW 914.548.8372;

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

271 Veterans Road Yorktown Heights, NY 10598; 914.962.3111 Integrative Care including Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine, along with many other types of Alternative and Complementary Veterinary Medicinal services are offered. We also offer a full range of high tech, cutting edge, medical, surgical and dental services. See ad pg 49.


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


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





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. See ad pg 21.


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

Firefly Yoga is the Hudson Valleys only Baptiste Affiliate studio. Our practices are for everybody, we offer heated and non-heated vinyasa yoga, meditation and personal growth practices. Our mission is to give practitioners access to possibility and living life in their fullest potential. See ad pg 54.

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