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ay is a fertile time of year here in the Hudson Valley. It’s when Mother Earth creates the best environment for new growth with the perfect mix of sun, rain and warmer air. That means it’s time to plant those gardens. Also this month, we salute women and mothers of all ages. Marilee and I both have amazing mothers who continDana Boulanger Marilee Burrell ue to astonish us. My Mom lives nearby, so I am constantly reminded by our neighbors and local business associates, just how amazing she is. In fact, just last fall, Mom was named Somers’ business person of the year. Her name was in lights at the Westchester County Center, which honored her with Judy Johnson Day! My Mom is a woman who never gives up—and I’m thankful for that, because otherwise neither of us might be here. The story goes that when she was one month pregnant with me, she had to be rushed to the emergency room. On the way, someone began saying the last rites over her, and she thought, no way. Clearly Mom is a fighter, and her determination has gotten her far. Over the years, she has courageously endured arthritis in her neck and back as well as numerous operations, including two hip replacements, a knee replacement and several back surgeries. Yet, she continues to be motivated to rest and repair, by her desire to keep dancing, working and enjoying life. Soon she’ll set sail for England on the Queen Mary 2. Some women would worry and fuss about the trip—but not my mom. She is busy preparing by going to physical therapy and walking every day to build her strength and stamina. She is a vibrant example of determination and inspiration. As a child, I used to complain when Mom packed me sandwiches made on Rye or Pumpernickel, because all the other kids were eating Wonder Bread with peanut butter and Marshmallow Fluff. Makes me wonder if she really did know something about healthier eating way back when. So thanks, Mom, and look at me now publishing a magazine on health and wellness and green living. Who knew. I am grateful and blessed to have such an abundant life. Like many women, I play multiple roles: wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, grandmother, entrepreneur, and soul sister to a circle of friends. I must admit I especially love being Grandma Didi. My name was given to me by my granddaughter, Hailey Ann, who is a precious gift of joy in my life. Please enjoy this marvelous edition of Natural Awakenings. This month’s articles focus on a mix of issues many women (and men!) care about, including wellness, natural birth, inspiring women leaders and, conscious grandparenting. We spotlight Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, to see what’s happening there this season, and cover what’s new and trending in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess in our local News Briefs starting on page 10. You can also learn about local food, check out our health briefs or shop for Mom in our May gift guide. And as always, you can find fabulous things to do in our monthly calendars. We strive to offer something for everyone and to connect you with local holistic wellness experts who can support you in your journey to a healthier, more joyful life. Please let our advertising partners know you found them in Natural Awakenings, and feel free to email us your success stories and joys. With gratitude,

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newsbriefs May 7 Deadline for Eileen Fisher Summer Programs for Teens


Primavera Baby Robyn Bellospirito Nature and spirituality are the wellsprings of creative inspiration for artist Robyn Bellospirito. The Huntington Station, New York, artist works across disciplines, channeling her spirituality through painting, dance, storytelling and poetry. “Primavera Baby was inspired by spring, and the Northern European goddess Freya,” said Bellospirito. “I had inherited these oil paints in rich reds and purples I had never used before. I really didn’t plan it—I just put the colors on the palette and out came this painting, more colorful than I could have imagined.” In addition to her many renderings of queens, goddesses and other female figures, Bellospirito often personifies nature in her otherworldly paintings by incorporating elements such as trees and cloud formations bearing human faces. An oil painter since childhood, Bellospirito received a degree in art history from the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University. Her paintings have been exhibited in galleries and venues throughout the U.S., particularly her home state of New York, and featured in several magazines. Bellospirito has also worked for New York’s prestigious Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Frick Collection. The artist’s portfolio can be viewed at 10

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he Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute (EFLI), which just completed its first NYC-based national program, is accepting applications from teenagers interested in participating in its summer 2017 programs in Westchester County. The application deadline is May 7. EFLI, which is based in Westchester, EFLI NYC 2017: Fashion, Sustainability, hosted a residential & Entrepreneurship Program Participants in Brooklyn Spring Break Sustainable Fashion program in NYC in April. Now the institute is gearing up for a summer’s worth of nonresidential sessions at the Eileen Fisher Learning Lab in Irvington. Program offerings will include the LIFE Fellowship for graduating high school seniors and college students (June 28-August 18); Activating Leadership for rising 10th to 12th graders (July 10-21); a new co-ed program, Leading with Impact, for rising 10th to 12th graders (July 31-August 11); Awakening Leadership for rising 9th graders (August 14-18); and Deep Dive Days for intergenerational, one-day experiences throughout the summer. “After seven years of transformative leadership programming focused on personal growth and development, it feels like we’ve really begun to come full circle. We’re going beyond the Eileen Fisher Inc. leadership practices and looking at more of the elements that have made the company so inspirational,” says Executive Director Antoinette Klatzky. “We’re working with young people to think about how we can make industries like the fashion industry more sustainable. It has felt not only relevant for their leadership journey, but it’s also meeting a crucial need of our time. We’re seeing young people sparked with skills in entrepreneurship, mindfulness and collaborative leadership practices, which are necessary in Westchester County and beyond.”  Leading with Impact, the new co-ed offering for rising 10th to 12th graders, is open to participants with all levels of leadership experience. The program offers four tracks for teens to choose from: Conscious Choices, Compassionate Movements, Cultivating the Environment and, for young women only, Women Rising. Each of the summer programs is designed to help participants discover their own leadership styles and explore creativity, confidence, connection and community, Klatzky says.    She notes that 2016 was a big learning year for the institute. “We are inspired by the potential, and while we are committed to expanding EFLI to the communities who can benefit from our work, with our summer programs and events like ColorFest, we are just as dedicated to serving the Westchester community,” she says. “EFLI is my home,” says Sonali, a youth ambassador board member for EFLI. “I can’t imagine my summer, or my life, without it.” Applications for EFLI’s summer programs are accepted on a rolling basis. There are no academic requirements for participation. Apply online at For more info, contact Program Manager Aliya Bonar at 914.487.3354 or See ad, page 41.

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Eco-Friendly Cleaning Service, lemon & lavender, Opens in Westchester


estchester County has a new, eco-friendly option in homecleaning services with lemon & lavender, which incorporates all-natural, nontoxic cleaning products, including many that are handBrianna Espinoza made from simple ingredients and essential oils. Brianna Espinoza says that as a mother and homemaker as well as a business owner, a big part of her mission is enlightening others about the benefits of using chemicalfree agents in their homes, especially if they have children or pets. “The best part about my products is that they really work—a concern of many who are skeptical that the natural way does not get the job done,” she says. “I have a passion for making and using all natural cleaning liquids in my own home, always keeping my family in mind.” lemon & lavender will conduct a thorough, floor-to-ceiling deep clean of every room in a home, giving special emphasis to the kitchen and bathrooms due to their higher level of bacteria. “My bathroom solution includes a mix of baking soda, vinegar and tea tree oil,” she says. “The mixture is highly antibacterial, with no negative chemical side effects.” The company also provides additional services such as wall cleanings, post-construction cleans, preand post-party cleanups and household organization services. Espinoza provides a personal, at-home consultation for each client. She then comes up with quote for service dependent on various factors in the household. lemon & lavender is currently offering a spring cleaning special of $50 off an initial clean with a weekly cleaning contract. For more info, contact Brianna Espinoza at 914.494.9948 or Info@Lemon-Lavender. com, or visit See ad, page 83. natural awakenings

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MAYfest Celebrates Music, Art and Yoga


AYfest—a two-day, three-night event named for its focus on music, art and yoga—is essentially a customizable festival. With musical headliners Rusted Root, Ozomatli, Dr. Williams and DJ Drez, plus more than 140 yoga and art classes, the lineup allows festivalgoers to personalize their experience, immersing themselves in their yoga practice, their love for music and/or their creative side. This is the third year for the homegrown Hudson Valley festival produced by Dave and Melia Marzollo. MAYfest 2017 will be held May 26 through 28 at Surprise Lake Camp in Cold Spring. Gates open at 1 p.m. May 26, and the festival will be held rain or shine. “With instructors like Elena Brower, Sadie Nardini, DJ Drez and Marti Nikko, this festival is any yoga lover’s dream,” says Greg Sarafan, media director of the festival. “Whether you’re a yogi with a regular practice or don’t know downward dog from crouching tiger, we’ve got a class for you—everything from literally ‘My First Yoga Class’ to SUP yoga on the lake and every asana in between. Then there are all the art classes, hikes, shopping, hanging out and baller musical magic.” Kids are always welcome at MAYfest, and they have their own space at the Kids Canteen, which offers them a day full of fun while their parents get some “me” time. Kids 4 and under enter the festival free with an adult, while kids 5 to 12 are admitted at a reduced charge. “MAYfest is truly a community gathering place for everyone in the family,” Sarafan says. In between class sessions, guests can shop for local and handcrafted goods in MAYfest’s Vendor Village and receive holistic services from healers in the Wellness Arena. After the sun goes down, the main stage lights up and the party continues with nationally touring musical acts. Tickets and cabin rentals are currently available for the entire weekend, and additional options for single-class tickets and day passes will be released in the coming weeks, space allowing. For tickets and more information, visit See ad, page 2.


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Far Infrared Sauna in Rye with Dr. Warshowsky


llan Warshowsky, M . D. — l o n g considered a pioneer in the field of integrative medicine— has moved his offices to a larger suite in the Hansa Building in Rye. While Dr. Allan Warshowsky c o nve n t i o nally trained, Warshowsky applies holistic techniques to help men, women and teens manage difficult-to-treat chronic conditions. The larger office space will enable him to offer far infrared sauna treatments for detoxification, weight loss and chronic pain syndromes. “We are very excited about getting the far infrared sauna,” he says. “It will be helpful in the treatment of the chronic conditions we are seeing so much of, such as chronic fatigue, chronic pain and Lyme disease.” Among Warshowsky’s specialties are bio-identical hormones for men and women; integrative, holistic treatments for menopause, andropause and optimal aging; female hormone imbalance, including endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome and premenstrual syndrome; adrenal and thyroid imbalance; detoxification and food sensitivities; and chronic conditions of all kinds. His wife, Priscilla, does nutritional and holistic health counseling with patients. Warshowsky is double board-certified in OB/GYN and in integrative, holistic medicine. (His practice no longer includes obstetrics or surgery.) He is the author of the book Healing Fibroids: A Doctor’s Guide to a Natural Cure, and has helped women from all over the world find relief from fibroids naturally, without surgery. He has also posted a number podcasts on his website,

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Dr. Warshowsky’s offices are located at 150 Purchase St., Ste. 7, Rye, NY. For more info, call 914.967.1630 or visit See ad, page 21.

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newsbriefs Market at Union Hall Opens in North Salem


aniel Pereira and Jeffery Albanesi have opened a new, seven-day-a-week organic market and café in the historic Union Hall building in North Salem. Pereira, who has been in the industry for more than 15 years, says the Market at Union Hall fulfills a longtime personal goal. “I’ve always dreamed of opening up my own store in an enviJeffery Albanesi and ronment where I would feel Daniel Pereira owners of like I’m on vacation every The Market at Union Hall day,” he says. “Union Hall is the perfect place. I’m so grateful that we are able to have our store in a space filled with so much love and character.” All the meats, eggs, milk and cheeses sold at the Market at Union Hall come from local farms, and the coffee is locally sourced too, he says. “The people that I buy the coffee from travel all over South America to get the best coffee beans. Then they come back to United States and roast the beans themselves at their facility in Tarrytown.” One of the owners’ requirements is knowing the background of the farmers they buy from. “I truly believe that we are what we put in our bodies,” Pereira says. “I learned that the coffee trees aren’t sprayed with chemicals or pesticides, and that’s why I chose these roasters to work with.” The market offers a variety of groceries, frozen foods and dairy products, and its pastry section stocks locally made cakes, croissants, muffins, scones and cookies, as well as gluten-free baked goods, such as a corn coconut cake Pereira makes himself. The Market at Union Hall is located at 2 Keeler Ln., North Salem, NY. Store hours are Sunday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Monday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Tuesday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call the store at 914.485.1555.

SPCA of Westchester Hosts Dog Walk and Pet Fair


he Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Westchester will host a dog walk and pet fair May 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at FDR State Park in Yorktown Heights. Participants can walk a scenic 2.5-mile path with their canine buddies and then go shopping in the vendor village to help raise funds for the dogs and cats at the SPCA.


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“If you sign up now to be a walker, you can choose to create an online fundraising page to gather pledges in support of your walk,” says Lisa BonannoSpence, director of events and communications at the SPCA of Westchester. “It’s not mandatory to preregister in order to attend or collect pledges, but it’s greatly appreciated.” The vendor village will include food and refreshments, as well as activities like games, a photo booth and dog agility demos. Although cats cannot attend the event, cat lovers are encouraged to join the SPCA and walk on their behalf. For more info, visit or email

A Mindful Mother’s Day Retreat at Garrison Institute


n Mother’s Day weekend, May 12 to 14, the Garrison Institute—which hosts retreats, research and educational events aligned with contemplative practices—is offering women an opportunity to explore and deepen their un- Hannah Baumgardner & Ann Herrington derstanding of the experience of being a daughter and, for some, a mother. “Wherever you are in your relationship with your mother and/or daughter, this special weekend retreat is dedicated to the next step forward in your relationship and in your heart,” says Jane Kolleeny, retreats director of the Garrison Institute. A mother-daughter team, mindfulness teacher Ann Herington and yoga teacher Hannah Baumgardner, will lead the retreat, exploring practices that will help participants align their bodies, hearts and minds and cultivate well-being. “Everyone who joins them will practice being deeply present with themselves, with kindness and compassion,” Kolleeny says. “As daughters, everyone will share tools and insights to deepen their connection with their bodies and explore their connections to mother, community and earth.” The retreat will end with lunch on Sunday to enable participants to return home for the rest of Mother’s Day. The Garrison Institute is located at 14 Mary’s Way, Route 9D at Glenclyffe, Garrison, NY. For more information about the retreat, visit or call 845.424.4800. Registrants can invite a female friend, sister, daughter or mother to join them and get 50 percent off that person’s registration. See ad, page 12. natural awakenings

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newsbriefs A Natural Gift for a Healthy Mother’s Day


rigitte Shotiminrin, owner of WellSpring Holistic & Green Health Center in Larchmont, suggests a Mother’s Day gift that’s as natural as flowers but much longer lasting: better physical and Wrapped for lymphatic drainage at Wellspring emotional health through Reiki/Acupressure Healing Touch and cleansing treatments. “Declining health doesn’t have to be a consequence of aging,” Shotiminrin says. “WellSpring offers a sophisticated guide and solutions to help people improve and maintain their overall health at any age. We can put your mom on a path toward healthier living and keep her living longer to celebrate more Mother’s Days.” Among the treatments and services provided at WellSpring are personalized one-, two- and three-week detox/cleansing regimens that involve a combination of contouring lymphatic body wraps, colon hydrotherapy, ionized detox foot baths, cleansing remedies, dietary guidance and a maintenance plan. Mother’s Day gift certificates are offered at a 10 percent discount and include a free consultation. WellSpring Holistic & Green Health Center is located at 1415 Boston Post Rd. Ste. 5, Larchmont, NY. For info or appointments, call 914.341.1246 or visit See ad, page 14.

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Used Book Sale Benefits Literacy Connections at Dreaming Goddess


reaming Goddess, the esoteric gift shop in Poughkeepsie, has donated more than $15,000 to various Hudson Valley charities since 2012 through its Dreaming Goddess Giveback Program. A critical component of the program is to collect and sell books and donate the proceeds to charity. This quarter’s proceeds will be donated to Literacy Connections of the Hudson Valley, says Nicole Fjeka, a social media marketer for Dreaming Goddess. For more than 40 years, Literacy Connections has been dedicated to developing and offering programs and services to support a literate society. It recruits and trains volunteers to provide no-cost, student-centered tutoring primarily for adults, and offer programs and services for children and families that promote independence and enrichment through literacy. The Dreaming Goddess accepts donations of good-condition used books any time during business hours, Fjeka says. “We have been able to cultivate a wonderfully diverse selection over the years—spirituality, the metaphysical, healthy living, science, art and even Tarot and oracle decks. Books are being donated all the time, so there is a constantly evolving selection to choose from.” Community is the cornerstone of the Dreaming Goddess, she notes. “We want to thank everyone who continues to join us in our efforts to provide aid both locally and in broader communities around the world. There are so many who are in need of our kindness, support and generosity.” The Dreaming Goddess is located at 44 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY. For more information, call 845.473.2206 or visit See ad, page 55.

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Safeguarding Valuable Computer Files Is Good Insurance


liza Freedman, owner of the Computer Fairy, has a cautionary tale about properly safeguarding home computers—and it comes from one of her clients, a Aliza Freedman longtime teller of tales. Freedman recently received a panicked phone call from this client, a short story writer who had 400 titles archived and sorted on her computer but suddenly couldn’t access any of them. “My client was nearly in tears,” she recalls. “When she went to open the file that contained all her stories, her computer kept giving her an error message saying that the file could not open. When I got to her house, I reminded her that when I was there six months earlier, I’d installed a program, just as a precaution, that allowed her to restore damaged files. So she was able to recover that invaluable file.” Many people don’t give much thought to the what-ifs of computer safety, she notes. “You would be amazed how many people store family photos on their computers, hoping to keep them safe, when they actually aren’t keeping them safe at all. Much of my time is spent recovering clients’ damaged photos and documents.” The moral of the story? “A wellprotected computer is just like a good insurance policy,” Freedman says. “If you haven’t done it already, now is the time to ensure your home computer has up-to-date protection from viruses and hackers, and has a complete and automatic backup system for all your files and photos. Fortunately, this was one story with a happy ending.” For more info, visit or call 203.554.5975. See ad, page 19.

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Weiss Method Offers Freedom from Habits and Addictions

newsbriefs New Natural Awakenings App


he Natural Awakenings healthy living, healthy planet lifestyle app has been upgraded with a brandnew look and updated features. The changes to the free app, which has already been downloaded by 40,000-plus users, will make keeping up with the best choices for a green and healthy lifestyle easier than ever. New features include being able to sign up for promotions, updates and newsletters plus linking to the Natural Awakenings website. Visitors can find local magazines nationwide; a national directory of healthy and green businesses and resources with products, practitioners and services, complete with directions; updated national monthly magazine content; archives of hundreds of previously published articles on practical, natural approaches to nutrition, fitness, creative expression, personal growth and sustainable living by national experts that are searchable by key words; and an archive of articles in Spanish. “These upgrades and expanded accessibility will empower people to enjoy healthier, happier and longer lives more easily than ever before,” notes Natural Awakenings founder Sharon Bruckman. “Offering free access to Natural Awakenings’ powerful network of healthy living resources through this exclusive app is another way we can serve our users.” To download the free app, search for Natural Awakenings on Google Play or the Apple app store or visit


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tephen Quinn, a practitioner of the Weiss Method for helping people overcome addictions and other unwanted habits, has opened treatment locations in Midtown Manhattan and Briarcliff Manor in Westchester. Developed more than 30 years ago by Amir Weiss, the Weiss Method has helped thousands of people all over the world overcome their Stephen Quinn addictions, with a long-term success rate of 80 percent. Quinn belongs to the Weiss Institute USA and has 17 years in the field. “The Weiss Method is completely natural, using no medications, chemicals of any kind or hypnosis,” he says. “It is painless and without negative side effects or lengthy downtime. It works using a bioenergetic principle and has the effect of strongly calming down or completely anaesthetizing the addictive signal or stimulation that causes a person’s cycle of addiction to perpetuate.” With the escalating stresses of 21st-century living, many people use daily addictions to help them cope, Quinn notes. “Substances like refined sugar and carbs, cigarettes, alcohol and drugs, as well as habits like overuse of the internet or shopping, are used as a substitute for natural stress management. The Weiss Method is a simple, natural treatment that offers hope and real results for all these situations.” For more info, call 914.705.1805, email Info@Weiss-Method. com or visit

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Dattner’s Book Radiant Skin Now Available on Audible


he audio version of Radiant Skin from the Inside Out: The Holistic Dermatologist’s Guide to Healing Your Skin Naturally, the award-winning bestseller by holistic dermatologist Dr. Alan Dattner, is now available on Audible. com. “The audio version will make it possible for people who cannot take the time to read, to listen to the book while they travel, exercise or relax,” says Dattner, owner of Integrative Dermatology and Medicine in New Rochelle and Manhattan. Radiant Skin won the NIEA award for best independently published alternative medicine book in 2015, was an INDIEFAB finalist and was an international book awards finalist. The electronic edition hit the number one spot in its category on Amazon. The book is currently available in electronic and paperback form on Amazon, as well in audio form at Audible. Dattner works with patients locally, nationally and globally to help them ease skin conditions or other inflammation by treating the underlying causes with lifestyle changes and natural supplements. He also does long-distance coaching. “I have lectured and published internationally on immunology and natural treatments and the skin, and apply my knowledge of the intersection of these fields of information to solving challenging skin conditions, from acne to zoster,” he says. “I do this by incorporating my experience in dermatology, immunology and environmental medicine with my experience with herbal, integrative and functional medicine. This work involves changing the diet, using supplements and fixing the gut, using multiple techniques, including applied kinesiology, to guide my therapy.” Contact Dattner at HolisticDermatology. com or, or at 212.722.2441 on Mondays and Wednesdays. natural awakenings

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Not-So-Speedy Pedaling Boosts Benefits


esearchers from the United Kingdom’s University of Winchester have found that cycling improves brain function. The study tested the cognitive function of 17 physically active men in their 20s before and after two, 30-minute sessions on a stationary bike. The results showed significant cognitive improvements following each session. Biking to work is also a good way to reduce our carbon footprint, but breathing in exhaust fumes and other pollutants is a concern for street cyclists. Alexander Bigazzi, a transportation expert in the department of civil engineering and school of community and regional planning at the University of British Columbia, has studied the relationship between average-speed bicycle travel and inhalation of potentially harmful air. Using a U.S. Census-based computer model of 10,000 people, Bigazzi found that the ideal bicycling speed to inhale the minimum amount of pollution is between 7.5 to 12.5 miles per hour (mph), placing the lowest risk for women at nearly eight mph and for men at just over eight mph. “The faster you move, the harder you breathe and the more pollution you could potentially inhale, but you are also exposed to traffic for a shorter period of time. This analysis shows where the sweet spot is,” says Bigazzi.

Prenatal Omega-3 Reduces Kids’ Asthma Risk



esearchers from the Copenhagen University Hospital, in Denmark, discovered expectant mothers that take omega-3 supplements while pregnant reduce the risk that their babies will develop asthma. Analyzing blood samples from 695 Danish women at 24 weeks of gestation and again one week after birth, the study tested the levels of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)—longchain omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, fish oil and DHA-algae supplements—in the women’s blood. The health of the babies was monitored for five years and compared with the blood analysis. The children of the mothers given 2.4 grams of long-chain omega-3 supplements during their third trimester displayed an overall 31 percent reduced risk of developing asthma. “Asthma and wheezing disorders have more than doubled in Western countries in recent decades,” explains Professor Hans Bisgaard, of the Copenhagen Prospective Studies on Asthma in Childhood at the hospital. “We now have a preventative measure to help bring those numbers down.”


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Holistic Relief for Restless Legs


he Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) Foundation estimates that 10 percent of Americans suffer from an irresistible urge to move the legs that can cause difficulty in falling or staying asleep. According to Tufts University, nocturnal leg cramps—sudden, painful, involuntary contractions of the muscles in the leg—affect middle-aged individuals, and up to 70 percent of the elderly. They suggest holistic remedies of: hydrating with six to eight glasses of water daily; eating a diet that provides magnesium, calcium, potassium and vitamins A and E; cutting back on sugar and caffeine; and regular exercise and leg stretches. According to Master Herbalist text, “The Complete Medicinal Herbal,” Native Americans rubbed Rosemary on their legs to enhance the suppleness of their muscles. Cramp bark was named for the way it relaxes skeletal muscle spasms. Mexican Wild Yam and Sage relax tight muscles and relieve cramping. Peppermint, Lavender and St. John’s wort are useful in relieving the over-sensitivity of the sympathetic nervous system. Using these herbs in your decoction will help to reduce discomfort and irritation while helping to flush waste products. A simple water decoction of these roots, herbs and bark can be applied to aching muscles to relax cramps, settle restless legs and quell over-active nerves. “Thirty year’s experience has shown that when bananas, supplements and water don’t work… these herbs will do the trick,” says Master Herbalist, Steven Frank. Contact Steven Frank of Nature’s Rite Remedies at 888.465.4404 or SteveF@ See ad, page 21.

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Latin American Tree Bark Improves Diabetes Markers

study from the University of Prague, in the Czech Republic, has found that extracts from the bark of the Hintonia latiflora, a tree grown in Mexico and South America, can help regulate blood glucose levels in people with Type 2 diabetes. Researchers administered a capsule containing a dry concentrated extract from the plant to 32 subjects with the condition and monitored their blood glucose levels for six months. The subjects experienced an 11 percent decrease in glycated hemoglobin, an indicator that the body can better regulate blood glucose levels during the period, as well as a slight reduction in cholesterol and triglycerides. The researchers also found the natural treatment resulted in a 25 percent reduction in fasting blood glucose levels and a 22 percent reduction in post-meal glucose levels. Liver enzymes showed improved levels in the subjects, as well. No adverse side effects were observed.

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elomeres, located at the end of human chromosomes, protect DNA from deterioration. Multiple studies over the past decade have associated longer telomeres with increased longevity and a slowing of the aging process. A study from Kookmin University, in Seoul, Korea, collected nutrition data from 1,958 men and women between the ages of 40 and 69. The information included a baseline food frequency questionnaire assessing the consumption of vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B9 (folate), C and E, as well as calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iron and zinc, during an 18-month period. Researchers measured the length of the subjects’ telomeres after 10 years in a follow-up examination and compared these results with the nutrition information. The study found an association between longer telomere length and vitamin C, folate and potassium intake in all participants. These nutrients are available in many fruits and vegetables.

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Barefoot Running Improves Technique


arefoot running has become a popular activity for athletes, and with the right training, can be a helpful tool for many runners. A recent study from the University of JaÊn, in Spain, confirms the benefits of barefoot running. Researchers set out to determine what types of changes a 12-week program of barefoot running would produce in foot strike patterns, inversion, eversion and foot rotation. Thirty-nine recreational athletes with no experience in barefoot running participated. Twenty formed the experimental group, with 19 serving as a control group. Researchers determined each runner’s low, high and comfortable running speed and conducted pre- and post-running tests using cameras to document foot strike patterns. The experimental group’s training consisted of a progressive increase in the duration and frequency of barefoot running, while those in the control group performed the same progressive running program with their shoes on. The experimental group showed significant changes in foot strike pattern, with a tendency toward a mid-foot strike at all speeds. They also displayed changes in foot rotation and inversion toward a more centered strike at the lower speed, supporting the notion that progressive barefoot training can help athletes trying to change their foot pattern to a mid- or front-foot strike. natural awakenings

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You Are What You Absorb   By Dr. Michael Wald


ou are not what you e a t — y o u ’r e what you absorb. The term malabsorption describes how a person can eat a healthy diet, and even take nutritional supplements, but still suffer from nutrition-related health problems. There are several types of malabsorption syndrome, all of which can be measured, tested for and helped considerably. Low stomach acid, a complete lack of stomach acid, sluggish pancreatic enzyme production and autoimmune diseases are just some of the causes of malabsorption. Malabsorption can be at the root of many health problems, because the body cannot heal unless nutrition is absorbed and ultimately reaches the cells, tissues and organs that need it. The result is malnutrition, which in turn can lead to chronic health problems, inflammation, fatigue, memory issues, high cholesterol, osteoporosis ... you name it, and malabsorption/ malnutrition can be the cause. Fixing such a health problem requires identifying the type(s) of malabsorption involved. Traditional doctors often fail to recognize the various types of malabsorption and just throw medication at symptoms. However, proper “blood detective” work can uncover causes and solutions for malabsorption, malnutrition and the resulting health problems in a relatively short time.  Once that happens, an appropriate diet and lifestyle, including nutritional supplements, can be personalized for the individual. Sometimes the malabsorption condition can be treated; other times it can very well treated and compensated for, allowing the body to heal properly. Several factors work together to facilitate the healing process: proper sleep habits, regular exercise, and a diet specifically tailored for the individual’s health problem, health goals and type(s) of malabsorption. Dr. Michael Wald, Doctor of Holistic Nutrition, is the director of Longevity Services at Integrated Nutrition of Mount Kisco and host of the online radio show, Ask the Blood Detective, streaming on PRN/FM  Saturdays at 1 p.m. For more info, call 914.242.8844 or visit See ad, page 15.


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Drinking More Water Improves Food Intake


uopeng An, Ph.D., a kinesiology and community health professor at the University of Illinois at ChampaignUrbana, studied the hydration and dietary habits of more than 18,300 American adults and found that drinking more water each day can impact the overall calories and nutritional value of food consumed. Reviewing data from four parts of the National Center for Health Statistics’ National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, in which participants were asked to recall their food and drink intake during two nonconsecutive days, An determined the percentage of plain water drunk by each person. He found an association between a 1 percent increase in the subjects’ daily intake of plain water and an 8.6-calorie reduction in food intake. An also discovered a slight reduction in foods high in fat, sugar, sodium and cholesterol with the change. Participants that increased their plain water consumption by one to three cups reduced their calorie intake by 68 to 205 calories per day. The same increase in water correlated with a daily reduction in sodium intake by 78 to 235 milligrams, five to 18 grams less sugar and seven to 21 milligrams less cholesterol.

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Safe Harbor

The French government has expanded the Réserve Naturelle Nationale des Terres Australes Françaises, a highly protected marine reserve in Frenchcontrolled, sub-Antarctic waters of the southern Indian Ocean, from about 8,000 to more than 46,000 square miles; it now includes seven areas surrounding the islands of Crozet and Kerguelen. France intends to designate 10 percent of its oceanic territory by 2020, and this action brings the total as of the end of 2016 to 1.3 percent. These large-scale, fully protected marine reserves may serve as climate refuges for many species. The rich biodiversity of the new addition includes marine mammals, fish, seabirds, orcas, penguins, Antarctic fur seals and the critically endangered Amsterdam albatross.

Turtle Turnaround

Record Hatchlings Give Hope Worldwide, six of the seven sea turtle species are threatened or endangered because of human activity. A ray of hope now shining from conservation efforts is that nesting sea turtles have posted record numbers of successful hatchlings in South Carolina the last three years, with Georgia and Florida reporting similar results. Decades of helpful efforts are paying off due to increased public awareness of turtlefriendly practices at seaside locations. Heed these rules:


Cycling Chicago

Pioneering Bike Paths Promise Easy Commutes Chicago has created 100 miles of new bike lanes in the last five years and plans to add another 50 miles of upgraded lanes with curbs to protect riders from cars by 2019. Beyond that, a series of floating, solar-powered bike paths along the edge of the Chicago River is on the drawing board; each mile of pathway may cost between $5 million and $10 million. The architecture firm SecondShore first proposed the idea. “You look at the river, and while it used to be the main commercial artery in the city, it’s not much of one anymore,” says firm cofounder James Chuck. “This fits with the mayor’s general economic strategy for the city—how to make use of latent infrastructure.” The floating bike paths, named RiverRide, would give pedalers a truly autofree place to ride for part of their commute and connect with existing bike lanes. The system would fill gaps in the network, creating around a 17-mile stretch of continuous bike paths connecting 28 neighborhoods. Floating on concrete pontoons, the paths would use solar power for lighting. Solar panels could also heat the surface so the path doesn’t ice up in winter. Plans call for the path to intersect with river bridges so bikers can cross to the other side. 26

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Marine Reserve Preserves Ocean Biodiversity

4 Keep lights off on beachfront property during nesting season. 4 Refrain from using flash photography on the beach at night. 4 Keep beaches and oceans clean. Litter such as plastic bags and balloons can cause injury or death when sea turtles mistake them for jellyfish, a favorite food. 4 Respect sea turtles by observing them from a distance. 4 Report dead or injured sea turtles and nest disturbances to 1.800.922.5431. Learn more about sea turtle conservation and how to get involved at Find an introductory video at OceanToday.noaa. gov/endoceanseaturtles.

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Corporate Interests Oppose Private Rentals AlesiaKan/

Local governments and hotels are struggling to come to terms with the growing phenomenon of Airbnb room rentals, which help residents find short-term paying guests that often provide an economic lifeline to help them pay their bills, rent or mortgage. It’s an affordable, convenient and comfortable alternative for travelers. Critics claim the service removes affordable housing units and official hotel rooms from the market by turning suitable apartments into unofficial hotels. Consequently, proposed ordinances are in the works in several U.S. metropolitan areas where Airbnb entrepreneurs and industry groups are also active in trying to shape future laws. Other on-demand grassroots industries such as ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft, which have flourished in unregulated “gray areas”, have learned they need to employ teams of lawyers and lobbyists to fight a stream of restrictive laws and lawsuits.

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Choo Choo Breakthrough Wind-Powered Trains in Holland

Nederlandse Spoorwegen reports that all of its electric trains are now running on energy harvested from wind. Working with Eneco, a sustainable energy supplier in the Netherlands, the goal was to operate the trains via wind turbines by January 2018, but they beat their own deadline. Electric locomotives don’t use conventional engines; instead, they act like a component in an electric circuit transmitted via high-voltage power lines. Three options for usage include onboard energy storage systems such as batteries; an overhead wire; or an extra live rail, which has current flowing through it at all times. It’s used to power lights and air-conditioning, as well as for propulsion. According to the Global Wind Energy Council, turbines capable of generating 586 megawatts of electricity are the workhorses. In 2016, a 700 megawatt offshore wind farm near the town of Borssele became the most cost-effective of such installations in the world.


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Designing Cabinets and Chairs Made from Recyclables Swedish design firm and retailer IKEA is introducing a new line of “no waste” products that includes seating, vases and kitchen cabinets made of recycled materials. IKEA hopes that the design will help people see waste not as garbage, but as just another material that can be used in creating new and beautiful things. The Kungsbacka kitchen employs affordable, sustainable supplies that look stylish, including cabinet doors incorporating recycled plastic bottles and recycled wood; the entire cabinet is said to be 99.9 percent recycled. The Odger chair is 70 percent recycled plastic and 30 percent renewable wood. The design, available in a range of colors and wood finishes, is the result of collaboration between Swedish designers at Form Us With Love and eschews the environmentharming plastics of other chairs. IKEA also melts recycled glass to turn it into beautiful vases. Each mouth-blown vase is unique, thanks to the materials.

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Greener Diapers

Cloth Better than Disposable for People and the Planet Disposable diapers are the third most common consumer item in landfills. When even those labeled “eco-friendly” are covered by other debris after being discarded and hidden from sunlight and air, they don’t readily biodegrade. Producing disposables also makes major demands on water, energy, nonrenewable resources like oil and renewables like wood. Many brands contain harmful ingredients such as polyacrylate, dioxin, phthalates and heavy metals that can be absorbed by a baby’s soft, developing skin and promote rashes. According to, 90 to 95 percent of American babies annually generate 27.4 billion single-use plastic diapers, or 7.6 billion pounds of garbage. While comparable statistics on adult diapers aren’t available, Euromonitor International forecasts a 48 percent increase in U.S. sales to $2.7 billion in 2020, up from $1.8 billion in 2015. In a decade, sales of diapers for adults could surpass those for babies at Kimberly-Clark and Procter & Gamble, attributed to bladder control issues related to health and age, according to the Urology Care Foundation and Mayo Clinic. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Public Health Association advise that in all cases, fecal matter and urine should be rinsed and flushed down the toilet instead of put in the trash, so that contaminants don’t enter groundwater and potentially spread disease. Traditional cloth diapers are the way to go for several reasons beyond budget: 4 Using cloth facilitates earlier potty education by quickly communicating to the baby when they are wet. New cloth diaper systems like Nicki’s Diapers ( can be easily cleaned in regular and high-efficiency washing machines. Some popular brands are listed at 4 The nonprofit association at helps connect local groups of mothers to communicate and share best practices in use, cleaning and potty training, such as learning a baby’s cues for needing to go. It also hosts informative events such as the annual national Great Cloth Diaper Change. 4 Cloth diapers in good condition can be resold on eBay and sites like natural awakenings

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OMEGA INSTITUTE Forty Years of Fostering Personal Growth and Social Change


hen the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies opened its doors in 1977, a few hundred inquisitive people walked through. Now, 40 years later, Omega welcomes close to 23,000 people a year to its Rhinebeck campus—plus it has a growing online community, with close to 2 million visitors from around the globe. One thing that sets it apart is its integrated approach to personal growth and social change, says Chrissa Pullicino, Omega’s manager of external communications. “We believe doing the inner work on oneself is equally as important as taking meaningful action in the world,” she says. “One of the reasons Omega is recognized as a pioneer for driving social, cultural and environmental change is that we’ve chosen to put a stake in the ground—from protecting the environment to supporting veterans, nonprofits and women leaders, to bringing tools like yoga and mindfulness to an everwidening community of people. So when you come to campus, you actually step into an experience that is guided by our mission to awaken the best in the human spirit and provide hope and healing.” With the start of Omega’s busy guest season just days away, Pullicino talked about the latest happenings there.

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What are your more popular workshops?

Our guest season runs from May through October, during which time more than 350 programs are held, so it’s impossible to highlight all of the talented teachers coming through in 2017. Courses with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Dr. Brian Weiss, Pema Chödrön and John of God consistently sell out, as does our beloved Family Week, which has been offered at Omega for more than 30 years now. Other consistently popular teachers include Byron Katie, Harville Hendrix, Tara Brach, Tony Horton, Iyanla Vanzant, Don Miguel Ruiz, Marianne Williamson, Bobby McFerrin, Robert Peng and Joan Borysenko—and there are so many more.

What yoga workshops are Omega offering this year?

Omega is one of the nation’s most trusted sources for yoga education. Each year we hold dozens of programs covering the full spectrum of yoga traditions, with top teachers from across the nation who guide people in developing or deepening their yoga practice. Omega offers workshops, retreats and teacher training—from rigorous to restorative. We have a growing commitment to yoga service and yoga therapy, so look for more workshops in these areas throughout 2017.

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Do you still need volunteers or staff? Any job openings?

Omega is still recruiting for its seasonal service corps program. Seasonal service corps members join for at least four weeks and offer their service in a variety of campus operations roles for up to 28 hours per week. They receive three meals a day Yoga class at Omega and are provided with a campsite and shared bathroom facilities. Additionally, they are part of a robust educational program that includes the opportunity to live and work in community, develop professional skills and explore their own personal growth through more than 2,000 classes offered exclusively to staff and seasonal service corps members. (Learn more at 

Omega serves up the healthiest, yummiest food in its dining hall. Any changes on the menu this year?

We’re excited to be working with Michel Nischan, a three-time James Beard Award-winning chef and food equity advocate, and Michael Leviton, an honored chef and sustainable food systems advocate. They have created a new dining hall menu that’s not to be missed. It will still be mostly vegetarian and farm-totable fresh, but with greater variety, more artisanal and with an even deeper emphasis on sustainability.

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

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Anything else happening behind the scenes at Omega that you can share?

We’re preparing to launch a new website that will be highly interactive and offer more online learning than ever before. People around the globe will be able to browse articles and videos and participate in programs via live stream and online programs at See ad, page 7.

Bon Accord Massage Linda May Thomas, MA, LMT 43 Locust Ave 914.960.8808;

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Any specials?

In addition to workshops, Omega offers R&R Getaway Retreats. The R&R program allows you to create a retreat that is uniquely your own, so you can do as much or as little as you like. Right now we are waiving the R&R fee for the month of May, so guests only need to pay for accommodations, which also include three meals a day. And when they book an Omega R&R Getaway in May, they’ll also receive a free 25-minute massage during their stay. So this is a great time and wonderful way to experience Omega.


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amily-owned Rochambeau Farm Stand has been feeding the Westchester community for several years, both with its own organic vegetables and with specialty items from other local businesses and farms. When the store opens for the season on May 4, it will have a larger Rochambeau Farm Stand physical space and offer more products than ever, says Farm Manager Natalia Cardona. “The farm stand will still carry the signature products our customers love, but it has also worked with great new vendors to bring nothing but the best to its shelves,” she says. “Because of the farm’s seasonal nature, it is heavily reliant on what Mother Nature is able to provide—with a little help from our head farmer’s green thumb.” Rochambeau Farm has long staked its reputation on its organic vegetables (although it’s not “certified organic”). It grows a variety of vegetables, including but not limited to lettuce, tomatoes, zucchini, spinach, swiss chard, cucumbers, peppers, eggplant, garlic and onions. It also sells baked goods, marmalades, local honey, grass-fed meats, NYbased cheeses, gluten-free and paleo products, local soups, hummus, oils, marinades, flowers, herbs, nuts and butters. “Among our customers’ favorite products are Marta’s salsa, pesto, guacamole and gazpacho,” Cardona says. Store hours are Lucy and Winter at the farm Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shoppers are welcome to visit with the farm animals, including a baby goat born in January. Rochambeau Farm is located at 214 W. Patent Rd., Mt. Kisco, NY. For more information, call 914.241.8090 or visit

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Milk Minus the Moo Evaluating Alternatives to Dairy by Judith Fertig


hen dietary concerns, food sensitivities or curiosity prompt us to try alternative milks, it helps to know the basic facts about the leading types, to choose the best ones for us.

Almond Milk

Coconut Milk

Pro: Dr. Josh Axe, a functional medicine physician who owns the popular natural health website,, and the Exodus Health Center, near Nashville, Tennessee, points out, “High in mediumchain triglycerides, coconut milk is a very filling, fat-burning food.” One cup of homemade coconut milk has about 450 calories, six grams of protein and 64 grams of fat, plus trace minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and copper. Canned coconut milk is similar: one cup of Native Forest Unsweetened Coconut Milk Classic contains 420 calories, three grams of protein and 45 grams of fat, plus trace minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and copper in each cup. Con: High in fat and calories, coconut milk may not be the best choice for drinking every day, but is delicious in Asian-style soups and curries.

Pro: Almond milk is low in fat and can be easily made at home, so ingredients are known. One cup of homemade almond milk has about 40 calories, one gram of protein, 6 percent of the daily value (DV) for calcium, three grams of fat and eight grams of carbohydrates. As for storebought options, one cup of Silk Organic Almond Original contains 60 calories, with one gram of protein, 10 percent DV for calcium, two-and-a-half grams of fat and eight grams of carbohydrates. Con: Almond milk is neither high in protein nor calcium; it’s not as nutritionally packed as other alternatives. Some might not care for the faint nutty flavor. 34 natural awakenings Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

Hemp Milk

Pro: Hemp milk, made from hulled hemp seeds, contains 10 essential amino acids, including key fats. “Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are vital for healthy functioning of the brain,” says Axe. Hemp milk works well for people with tree nut allergies. One cup of Pacific Hemp Original has 140 calories, three grams of protein, 50 percent DV for calcium, five grams of fat and 20 grams of carbohydrates. Living Harvest Tempt Hemp Milk has 80 calories per cup, two grams of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, eight grams of fat and one gram of carbohydrates. Con: Grassy-tasting hemp milk tends to separate in hot coffee.

Rice Milk

Pro: High in vitamins and calcium when fortified, rice milk made from

brown rice is also high in vitamins. According to Ted Kallmyer, author of Flexible Dieting, in Bend, Oregon, rice milk is the least likely alternative milk to trigger an allergy. One cup of Pacific Rice Milk has 130 calories, one gram of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, two grams of fat and 37 grams of carbohydrates. One cup of Rice Dream Organic Rice Drink has 120 calories, one gram of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, 2.5 grams of fat and 23 grams of carbohydrates. Con: Low in fat and protein, it’s also relatively high in carbohydrates. It has a less creamy texture than hemp, coconut or soy milks.

Soy Milk

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With fresh ingredients, a high-speed blender and a reusable nut milk bag or strainer, we can make our own alternative milk in minutes at home.

Coconut Milk Yields: About 3 cups 2 cups hot water 1 cup fresh organic, unsweetened, shredded coconut

Almond Milk Yields: About 4 cups

Place hot water, and then shredded coconut, in a high-speed blender, starting on low speed and increasing to high for a total of three minutes.

1 cup raw, unsalted organic whole almonds ½ tsp sea salt 4 cups pure filtered water Sea salt, stevia, agave nectar, honey, a date, vanilla bean or lemon juice

Strain the coconut milk through a nut milk bag into a container.

Soak the almonds in salted water for at least 12 hours before blending.

Store covered in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Using a high-powered blender, start blending on low and increase to high to reach a smooth milk consistency. Strain through a nut milk bag to remove any almond skin or pieces. Optional: Add a preferred flavoring.

Pour into a container and store covered in the refrigerator for up to three days.


Pro: Soy milk provides more protein than other alternative milks. Look for a calcium-fortified, organic brand that doesn’t contain the thickening agent carrageenan, suggests Dr. Andrew Weil, founding director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, in Tucson. Different brands have different nutritional components. For example, one cup of Organic Valley Soy Original has 100 calories per cup, with seven grams of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, three grams of fat and 11 grams of carbohydrates. One cup of Organic EdenSoy Extra Original Soymilk contains 130 calories, with 11 grams of protein, 20 percent DV for calcium, four grams of fat and 13 grams of carbohydrates. Con: Some people might not like the thick texture and soy aftertaste. Dr. Frank Lipman, founder and director of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center, in New York City, says that limiting soy is a good idea due to soy’s prevalent pesticide saturation and its researched links to thyroid, endocrine system and sex hormone dysfunction ( If soy is eaten, “Choose certified organic, soy products—preferably fermented versions like miso, natto and tempeh—with the Non-GMO Project seal; and do so sparingly, no more than twice a week,” advises Lipman.

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Herbs that Beat the Heat Favorite Varieties that Flourish in Summer by Barbara Pleasant



ome of the best plants to keep as summer companions are herbs that enrich life with their flavors, fragrances and beauty. It’s not too late to pot up a few herbs or plant them in the garden if we choose varieties that thrive in hot, summer weather.

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“I place basil as the number one herb in popularity, as well as heat tolerance,” says Cristina Spindler, owner of the Peconic River Herb Farm, in Calverton, New York. “Basil actually prefers heat.” There are many types, and greenleafed culinary varieties are easy to grow through the summer, provided they’re not allowed to dry out. Two particularly heat-hardy types are purpleleafed varieties such as red rubin and African blue, which debuted in 1983. “Purple basil is shockingly fragrant and beautiful on the plate. Plus, it’s easy to grow in a small space and produces quickly,” says Lisa Kessler, who Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

for several years has co-owned with her husband, Ben, the White Hills Lavender and Herb Farm, in Dearing, Georgia. “The flowering tops are usable as herbs and as beautiful cut flowers, so don’t toss them away.” “African blue basil flourishes in summer heat and is an especially beneficial nectar plant for bees and other pollinators,” says Traci Anderson, who has been running Seminole Springs Herb Farm, in Eustis, Florida, in their family for more than 20 years. Vigorous and heavy-flowering, it can grow to over three feet tall, and usually persists as a perennial in Florida, Texas and other mild winter climates.

Mediterranean Flavors

Rosemary is the most adaptable and heat tolerant of Mediterranean herbs; it can be grown as a perennial where soil doesn’t freeze hard in winter. “My top herb garden choice for the hot, humid

conditions in the South is Tuscan blue rosemary, because it is beautiful, easy to grow and is wonderful in all kinds of foods and products,” Kessler says. “It blooms in several seasons and provides bees with off-season food.” Thyme is a top cooking herb, although too much summer rain can lead to mildew and leaf blight. This rarely happens with Summer savory, which has a punchy flavor that Spindler describes as “a peppery cross between oregano and thyme that’s perfect on all of the classic summer veggies—squash, green beans, tomatoes and corn.” Kessler recommends oregano as part of our summer planting list. “Let your kids or grandkids have the experience of putting it in the pasta sauce. It’s easy to grow in a small herb garden and will last through the winter in most parts of the South.” An unrelated tropical plant from Africa with strong oregano flavor, the leaves of variegated Cuban oregano are pretty enough to grow alongside flowers, and the plants thrive in humid heat. Cuban oregano readily grows through hot summers, and the plants produce more leaves each time leaf tips are harvested.

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In Central Florida, Anderson recommends culantro, aka Mexican coriander, as a summer herb different from the better-known cilantro. “Culantro equals

the flavor of cilantro, but with no bitter or medicinal aftertaste.” A great longterm performer, it continues producing flavorful new leaves even after the plant starts blooming. Anderson also suggests growing West Indian lemongrass for its fragrant leaves and thick stalks. A vigorous, clump-forming grass, lemongrass can be grown in containers anywhere or served as an edible ornamental in landscapes where summers are hot. “Lemongrass enjoys a sunny and moist environment, so it benefits from being near an air conditioner drain or downspout,” she advises.

Growing Tips

Herbs always need watering in hot weather, and pouring from a watering can at the base is far better than bathing the leaves with a hose. Should containers become so dry that they refuse to take up water, place them in a broad dish or pail filled with three inches of water for 30 minutes to rehydrate the roots. Always grow herbs in pots with large drainage holes, so excess water can drain quickly. Make a habit of pinching off a few herbal leaves, crushing them between the fingers and inhaling their fresh aromas. For maximum benefit, repeat daily.

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Taggart Siegel Seeks to Seed an Agricultural Revolution by April Thompson


or more than 30 years, Taggart Siegel has produced award-winning films on little-known aspects of the natural and cultural world. His diverse documentaries range from the story of a Hmong shaman immigrant adjusting to American life to a Midwestern organic farmer that salvaged his family’s farm. Siegel’s latest film, Seed: The Untold Story, follows global seed keepers from Minnesota to India battling multinational agribusinesses in a quest to protect our agricultural heritage and food sources—ancient seeds passed down through untold generations. Interviews with farmers, ethnobotanists and


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activists explore the importance of the genetic material that these tiny time capsules carry. Siegel is the founder and executive director of Collective Eye Films, a nonprofit media company in Portland, Oregon. He co-directed and produced this latest offering with documentary filmmaker Jon Betz, with backing from Academy Award-winning actress Marisa Tomei.

Why does the colossal loss of food crop diversity during the past century matter? Up to 96 percent of seed varieties have been lost since 1903. During this pe-

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riod, we have destroyed the infrastructure of traditional agriculture: 10,000 years of seeds saved from families and farmers. It threatens our survival. We can’t rely on genetically modified seeds to see us through climate changes. We need non-genetically engineered seed varieties like the thousands of different types of rice grown in India to be able to adapt to extreme events like floods and droughts. Universal responsibility to save seeds began to dwindle in the 1920s, when hybrid corn crops came onto the market, promising higher yields; instead of growing crops from seeds saved, borrowed or shared with neighbors, farmers bought seeds from stores. In the 1990s, huge corporations bought up some 20,000 seed companies, and the number of cultivated seed varieties dropped precipitously. Ten agrichemical companies now control more than two-thirds of the global seed market.

How do hybrid seeds differ from open-pollinated seeds?  You cannot save a hybrid seed; if you try to use it, the results are unreliable. Hybrids are engineered to be planted for one year only. With open-pollinated and heirloom seeds, you’re planting reliable seeds saved from year to year, generation to generation, bred for the consistency of their qualities. Indigenous people in Mexico’s Oaxaca Valley, for example, have successfully cultivated local seeds for at least 8,700 years, right up to today.

Hybrids require high levels of chemical inputs to produce. Illustrating the contrast, Hopi corn, grown for thousands of years, requires little water and contains much more protein than today’s commercial crops, without poisoning the land with heavy industrial inputs. The Hopi think of seeds as their children, intimately connected with their heritage and culture, so they protect them. Beyond big, strong crops, farming is a spiritual act.

Why do so many farmers voluntarily choose hybrid seeds, given the troubling issues involved? Most farmers just want streamlined labor and the biggest yield. Often, commodity crops using commercial seeds and chemical fertilizers have the biggest yield and make them the most money, even though severe downsides like the loss of flavor and nutrients mean it’s ultimately not the best result. In India, more than 250,000 farmers have committed suicide during the past 20 years to escape onerous debts accrued to purchase industrialized agricultural inputs. An Indian seed salesman interviewed for the film despairs, “The seeds we sell don’t taste good and require so many chemicals that many farmers kill themselves.”

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hose who want to see Taggart Siegal’s film Seed: The Untold Story, can catch it at the People’s Film Festival, which takes place May 31 through June 4 in Harlem. But they can also bring it closer to home by hosting a screening in their own community. The makers of Seed have partnered with Gathr—a technology-based specialty theatrical distributor for documentaries and issuesoriented films—to allow individuals the opportunity to organize and promote screenings in movie theaters across the country. By hosting a screening, people concerned about the dangers of big agribusiness can share the 12,000-year-old legacy surrounding seeds and what the filmmaker calls the “David and Goliath battle that exists to defend the future of our food.” The process for hosting a screening is straightforward: pick a date, time and theater for the screening, and Gathr will set everything up. The hosts don’t have to pay for the screening room rental or exhibition fee; all they have to do is help promote the film and get people to reserve tickets. To organize a local screening, visit Those who want to enjoy Seed as part of a larger event should plan to attend the People’s Film Festival, founded in 2012 by the nonprofit People’s Media, Music & Arts Foundation. For tickets and info, visit

What is the seed-saver movement achieving, and how can everyday gardeners and citizens take action? Seed libraries and banks are critically important because the seeds are adapted to the local environment. Seed libraries have multiplied from only a handful a few years ago to as many as 300 located in towns across America today. Public libraries check out seeds to plant in your garden, asking only that you return harvested seeds for others to enjoy. Farmers can now “back up” their seeds in local seed banks, which are also becoming important educational resources to teach students about these issues. To locate a screening or purchase a DVD of the film, visit Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at natural awakenings

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he Heart to Lead: Women as Allies for the Greater Good, a documentary film directed and produced by Cheryl Gould, of Naples, Florida, explores the emerging paradigm of heart-based feminine leadership and how it is attuning women to their inner strengths, beliefs, each other and our Earth. “Women’s deeper unity of being is empowering them to take action and lead. Women who once longed for a culture that would reflect their highest priorities are now creating one in which they support each other and make a difference,” says Gould. She notes that for centuries, a vast number of women have led and served as change agents. “Unfortunately, the majority of them never made it into the headlines or history books. A prime example—few individuals knew that 12 women ran for president before Hillary Clinton.” In a recent Yes! magazine article, Rucha Chitnis reports that women are rising up to push back against growing corporate power, land grabs, economic injustice, climate change and more. Women’s groups and networks offer a paradigm shift, she concludes, exposing links between unbridled capitalism, violence, the erosion of human rights and destruction of the Earth.

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A woman’s style of leadership in America’s corporate boardrooms, activist-led movements or state and federal government may not be plainly evident. Feminine wisdom’s emerging solutions are compassionate, collaborative and consensus-building, and pursue universal outcomes and group cooperation. They contrast with conventional competitive strategies and solutions, according to The Legislative Effectiveness of Women in Congress study at Vanderbilt University’s Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, in Nashville. Jean Shinoda Bolen, a medical doctor, Jungian analyst in Mill Valley, California, and author of Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman, has been advocating since 2002 for a United Nations Fifth World Conference on Women (5WCW). “Empowered and equal women are the key to peace and sustainability. We need to rise up together and fulfill the Dalai Lama’s words at the Vancouver Peace Summit: ‘It will be up to Western women to bring about peace.’” Bolen’s 5WCW vision joins millennial women worldwide now entering their era of activism with the feminist movement spearheaded by a boomer generation of women that’s forwarded the equality and empowerment of women this far. To this end, she



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Women Rising Resources marched in Washmembers of Rising ington, D.C., on Women Rising World. January 21 in the Henderson contends WomensHeartToLeadFilm Million Women’s that to shape a future for the good of all, March that globally attracted 5 we must bring into million participants. “To make human balance the masculine and feminine rights women’s rights, we need a united energies and learn to value the longglobal women’s movement,” she states. marginalized qualities of feminine Sande Hart, from Orange County, wisdom. California, director of the Charter for Henderson’s Love Economy paraCompassion International-Women digm reflects the sharing and caring and Girls sector and president of the sector not presently reflected in the nawomen’s global interfaith organization tion’s gross domestic product. “WomSpiritual and Religious Alliance for en’s unpaid work—raising children, Hope (SARAH), participated in the Los taking care of households, serving on Angeles Women’s March with 750,000 school boards, volunteering, caring for others. “There’s a sense that we’ve aging parents, etc.—constitutes 50 perhad enough. We’re not angry. We are cent of all production in the U.S. and morally outraged and seeking peaceful 70 percent of that in developing counsolutions wrapped in compassion and tries. This unvalued economic sector based in justice for all. In nearly 15 underlies and supports the public and years of women’s community building, private parts of the entire economy,” I’m convinced that healing our commu- advises Henderson, who observes that nities with resilience and a regeneracompetition cannot be the sole basis tive spirit is our biological and innate for an economy with any expectation of imperative. I see women emerging in high quality of life on a small planet. unprecedented ways to make this In her film, As She Is, producer happen,” says Hart. and director Megan McFeely, of Marin The Rising Women Rising World County, California, captures her own organization provides tools and training journey to understand the collective to help women and men develop femipotential of the feminine and how to nine wisdom and the qualities of potent live true to its innate knowing. She compassion, deep listening, intuition queries: “Can you imagine what might and inclusivity. Hazel Henderson, an happen if women here and around the evolutionary economist in St. Augusworld rose up together and used our tine, Florida, host of the Ethical Markets power of longing to heal the Earth?” online TV show and researcher of The Love Economy shared in her book The Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer Politics of the Solar Age: Alternatives for Natural Awakenings. Connect at to Economics, has mentored staff

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NATURAL MOTHERHOOD Creating the Best Start for New Life by Deborah Shouse


woman’s body is exquisitely designed to conceive, nurture and give birth,” says Dr. Carol J. Phillips, an Annapolis, Maryland, prenatal chiropractor, doula and author of Hands of Love: Seven Steps to the Miracle of Birth. Judith Lothian, Ph.D., associate editor of the Journal of Perinatal Education, professor of nursing at Seton Hall University, in South Orange, New Jersey, and a natural childbirth educator, knows the significance of women’s deep intuitive instinct. “Women who feel supported and encouraged can tap into their own wisdom and find deep satisfaction in giving birth naturally. The process itself perfectly prepares mother and baby to continue on their journey together.” Several gentle strategies help mothers-to-be prepare for the joys of natural pregnancy and childbirth.

research its benefits and healing qualities. The yearning for comfort foods like pizza, macaroni or ice cream may signal the need for more nurturing. Eyeing popcorn or chips could be a sign she’s stuffing down an emotion. She can ask herself, “What am I suppressing?” “Eat a lot of protein, including vitamin B-rich foods, during both pregnancy and breastfeeding,” advises O’Mara. “Nursing moms need to eat nutrient-dense foods frequently, along with getting adequate fluids,” says Wilson. She recommends foods that assist lactation called galatactagogues, like

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“Follow your urges,” counsels Peggy O’Mara, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, former editor of Mothering Magazine and author of Having a Baby, Naturally. “Eat when you’re hungry. Sleep when you’re weary. Go to the bathroom the moment nature calls. Practice this in pregnancy so you’ll be in the habit of listening to your instincts when you give birth.” This simple advice counters women’s common habit of attending to other people’s needs instead of their own. Along with eating organic whole foods, Kristy Wilson, of Las Vegas, a certified professional midwife, labor doula and placenta preparation specialist, recommends both a plant-based food supplement with iron and whole food prenatal supplement. Vitamin C is important for a strong amniotic sac; she suggests at least 500 milligrams daily. A high-strung mom can take magnesium chloride baths or sip a soothing cup of red raspberry leaf tea. “Women that are concerned about their diet can tune into the baby and ask what they need,” says Lori Bregman, of Santa Monica, California, a doula, birth coach and author of The Mindful Mom-to-Be. If craving a certain dish, she can

almonds, avocados, legumes, kale and spinach. To increase milk production, add fennel to meals or smoothies, or turn to capsules.

Keep Moving with Intention

Wilson recommends yoga, swimming, walking or light jogging three to five times a week, for 20 minutes a day. “Squatting like a child on your haunches is a great exercise for childbirth,” she says, noting that 20 squats daily will strengthen core muscles. Sitting on an exercise ball instead of a desk chair or couch also engages core muscles, while improving posture. “Regular exercise brings more energy, better sleep, reduced stress, higher spirits, better odds of an easy labor, faster post-delivery recovery and reduced risk of gestational diabetes and high blood pressure during pregnancy,” Bregman finds. She recommends a prenatal yoga practice that includes breathing and visualizations. This restorative form of yoga offers gentle stretching, promotes good circulation and naturally supports relief or healing of many possible pregnancy ailments. “To alleviate physical distress, try chiropractic prenatal care,” says Phillips. Light finger contact from an experienced practitioner helps realign bony segments and restores the body’s normal tone. “A prenatal expert can adjust so the mom’s body maintains its balance and the baby is free to move.” Craniosacral therapy reestablishes balance to the membranes that encapsulate the brain and spinal cord.

Prepare the Mind

“Just say, ‘No thanks,’ to friends who want to burden you with stories of their long, excruciating labors,” O’Mara advises. “Protect yourself from toxic people and their horror stories. Focus on maintaining your own good health and surround yourself with people that have experienced a normal birth. Plan to have uplifting support during the birthing process and in the postpartum period.” A woman easily influenced by others might ask her doula, midwife or spouse to be her advocate. A woman that needs to exercise control might seek such assistance for peace of mind, knowing that her wishes will be followed. natural awakenings

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“‘Pain’ is a fear-based word,” to be avoided in conversations about labor, Wilson explains. “Don’t fear the strength of contractions. They are doing exactly what your body needs to do to give birth.” As a midwife, she helps moms relax and embrace these intensely important sensations by focusing on what is going on in their body. Research published in the journal Cell Adhesion & Migration shows that the hormones released during labor enter into the baby’s immune system to also strengthen the child.

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Spark the Spirit

Affirmations can positively state the mother-to-be’s intentions for pregnancy and birth. Examples include: “Birth is a safe and wonderful experience. I am choosing the right path for my birth. I trust my body and my instincts. I have all the support I need.” Wilson recommends choosing two to four that resonate, repeating them every morning while gazing into the mirror, placing them on the refrigerator door and even having them pop up on a smartphone. “Meditation prepares you for childbirth and can also be soothing during labor by offering tools that push away fear,” says O‘Mara. She likes this mantra from Thich Nhat Hahn’s book, Being Peace: “Breathing in, I calm myself, breathing out, I smile.” To begin, sit comfortably in a quiet room with eyes closed. For women new to meditation, Wilson suggests lighting a scented or colored candle and noticing the colors and movement of the flame for something physical to focus on. “This calming practice is important because labor becomes like a


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The connections established between mother and child are much stronger when she progresses through pregnancy and birth from a natural perspective. ~Kristy Wilson meditation,” she says. The mother copes through the contraction, then uses her meditation skills to reset, refocus and ground herself before the next contraction. Wilson and Bregman both encourage expectant mothers to keep a journal during pregnancy. “Record thoughts and experiences. Sometimes dreams tell things about the child, who has a story too,” advises Wilson.

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Those that prefer a home birth can find a compatible midwife through a natural birthing community such as the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives, International Childbirth Education Association and La Leche League. For a hospital experience, look for lowCaesarean rates, a personally compatible doctor and a distinct birthing center. Either way, a doula or midwife can help craft the desired birth plan. Upon selecting a venue, the expectant mother may imagine the ideal birth environment and write positive statements, such as, “I want to move around freely. I want my husband and sister with me at all times.” “If a home birth is a mother’s first choice, design two plans; one for home and one for the hospital,” suggests Phillips. “If the mother needs hospital care during labor, the attendants will know her wishes.” Wilson encourages the spouse to be involved from the beginning. “The partner’s energy plays a role in how the birth progresses during labor. Plus, being part of the planning keeps him engaged and attuned to her wishes.”

Orchestrate a Childbirth Team

“The birthing mother needs continuous support from someone that can focus on her and her needs,” says Phillips. “The partner also needs to have access to experienced support. Both need to surround themselves with people that know how to enfold them in love.”’

We birth best where we feel safe. Evidence shows that birth can be safe in just about any setting. ~Peggy O’Mara A birthing team includes the medically trained attendant appointed to help deliver the baby; either a midwife or a doctor. Many women choose to have a trained doula collaborate, as well. She provides continuity of care and advocacy, lessens the need for medical intervention, stays with the mother, honors and includes the partner and supports the parents in making informed decisions. With home births, family members tend to invite themselves over. The mom needs to have control of her birthing atmosphere. “I encourage moms to be firm regarding who they want in the room when the baby is born,” Wilson says.

Honor the Postpartum Mother

“Giving birth is the first big unknown of parenting,” says Wilson. “You plan for it and then you have to trust and accept the outcome.” She encourages postpartum appointments for discussing the birth. “A breastfeeding mother’s nutrient requirements are actually higher postpartum,” Wilson says. To prevent deficiencies, she suggests moms nourish themselves during this period, delaying any focus on weight loss and regaining muscle tone. The birth team and other friends can deliver meals, do light housecleaning, run a load of laundry and bring groceries. The new parents will welcome this generous and loving help. Deborah Shouse is a mother, writer, speaker, editor and health advocate in Kansas City, MO. Her latest book, Connecting in the Land of Dementia: Creative Activities to Explore Together, focuses on life’s meaningful moments (

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by Deborah Shouse he blessingway ceremony helps a woman prepare mentally, emotionally and spiritually for the work of birthing, opening her to instinctive abilities that will guide her in mothering,” says Donna Miller Watelet, interfaith minister and co-author of Mother Rising: The Blessingway Journey into Motherhood. Miller Watelet, a facilitator of dozens of blessingway rituals, shares an example of a nourishing gathering: In a comfortable and safe room, a group of friends circles the mother-to-be, signifying their support. They discuss the intention for the blessingway and invite the mom to symbolically let go of any fears blocking a harmonious experience. Once her fears are emptied out, they fill her up

with affirmations, appreciations and adornments. Women can gift an object that has meaning to them, such as a bead, flower or scrap of cloth, as a sign of their commitment to her. These gifts will then be fashioned into something lasting, such as a necklace for the mother. The circle may then bind themselves together, each woman wrapping red yarn around her wrist before passing along the skein until everyone is connected. As they discuss this intertwining, they cut the binding yarn and keep the bracelets, a reminder of their caring for the new family. “Finally, we enjoy a feast together,” Miller Watelet says. “Sharing a meal reminds us to bring the intentions of the blessingway back into everyday life.”




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ull Circle Women’s Health, the Harrison practice that offers a wide range of educational and support services for new mothers and their families, has added a class in “baby-led feeding” as well as a support group for postpartum depression and anxiety. First popularized in Britain, the practice of baby-led feeding encourages babies to self-feed solid foods from the family meal Baby-led feeding instead of receiving purées via spoon, says Lisa Gussack, director of midwives for Full Circle Women’s Health. “Our new class explores the benefits and challenges, discusses common questions and reviews the safety and logistical aspects of baby self-feeding,” she says. Full Circle’s new support group, led by a psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of perinatal mood disorders, offers alternative ways to cope with depression and anxiety after childbirth, which is a problem for many women. “Participants benefit from the opportunity to meet with other moms and share experiences in a safe and supportive environment,” Gussack says. The variety of classes at Full Circle is an outgrowth of its Pregnancy Partnership, a collaboration between midwife and patient that embraces the common goal of a healthy, vibrant pregnancy, birth and postpartum experience.

uest Yoga Arts has a growing community of new and expectant mothers who are tapping into the studio’s classes and workshops specifically designed to support women and families during pregnancy, childbirth and beyond, as well as its therapeutic, prenatal and deep-tissue massage servicMother and Daughter at es for after-class relaxation. Quest Yoga's Post-Natal “Whether you are pregBaby & Me Class nant with your first or third baby, Prenatal Yoga is a fantastic way to prepare the mind and body for labor and childbirth,” says studio owner Laura Jensen. “The classes focus on strengthening and opening the hips, cultivating breath awareness and building mind-body unity.” A workshop to support and empower expectant mothers and their partners, Yoga for Childbirth teaches simple yet effective tools for moving through labor with greater ease and confidence, while the studio’s Childbirth Education Series offers couples an opportunity to learn about the signs and stages of labor in a safe and nurturing environment. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of what to expect during labor and how to accommodate for the physical and emotional transitions of childbirth,” Jensen says. “Mothers and partners will gather tools to create a confident and empowered birth experience, whether they’re delivering at home, at a birthing center or in the hospital.”  New mothers can join Quest Yoga Arts’ Postnatal Mommy & Me Yoga community. This weekly class is designed to help new mothers regain strength and energy as well as nurture infant development through infant massage and gentle movement.


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ourney To Birth Midwifery, which provides prenatal, labor, birth, postpartum and breast-feeding care to women and their families, is offering free consultations for those interested in home birth for a current pregnancy. Topics such as home birth philosophy, safety equipment brought to the birth, hospital transfer arrangements, insurance coverage and other questions are reviewed during this meeting. JTB’s certified nurse midwives, Susan Schmidt and Cathy Gallagher, have more than 20 years each of birth experience. The care they provide is comprehensive and holistic, following guidelines established by the Susan Schmidt and Cathy Gallagher New York State homebirth community as well as the local obstetric community, to ensure a “gratifying, physiologic and safe birth experience” in the comfort of home, Schmidt says. “Home birth has become an increasingly popular option, where women can have the birth they desire with midwives as their guardians and advisors, keeping the process safe and fulfilling,” she says. “Home birth is appropriate for women who are free of chronic disease and are having a normal pregnancy with one baby who is head down at the time of birth and is born full term. Our midwives work within a healthcare system that supports an expedient and safe transfer to the hospital when necessary.” For more information, call 914.500.8864 or visit See ad, page 46.

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The Joys of Grandparenting How to Mindfully Love Little Ones by April Thompson


eing a grandparent can be magical; an opportunity to create both lifelong memories and formative experiences for grandchildren. However, it can also pose challenges that need to be managed mindfully, say experts. For more than 25 years, Patricia Salem, of Louisville, Kentucky, a licensed and board-certified art therapist, has taught mindfulness practices and art therapy in such diverse settings as hospitals and schools. Aiming to help kids and adults learn to harmoniously ease life’s challenges, her work across generations has led her to seek ways to support entire family systems on their individual and familial journey to more mindful living. Her classes focus on skills like cultivating awareness, communication, self-compassion and self-care. “Teaching mindfulness and stress reduction to children is a start; howev50

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er, teaching parents and grandparents is important, too. Children need reinforcement at home for practices they are learning in order for them to take hold,” says Salem. Carolyn Tucker, a psychotherapist in Atlanta, started offering classes on mindful grandparenting six years ago after witnessing a rise in grandparents seeking therapy. “In working with new mothers, I’ve found that a common area of friction is too little or too much support from grandparents. I thought it wise to help prepare them,” says Tucker. She helps grandparents develop realistic expectations of their role. “It’s easy to revert to what you know—the parenting role—so it’s important to set mindful intentions,” she observes. Tucker encourages grandparents to make mindful memories during time spent with the grandchildren. “You can Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

find joy by being still and marveling at a grandchild’s beautiful little hands and dimpled knees while registering how the air in the room feels to create a vivid mental snapshot of the moment. “Parents and kids can become too busy, and grandparents can help them slow down. Lie on the grass together and look at cloud shapes or blow a dandelion. To me, that is the romance of grandparenting, and mindfulness allows the romance to blossom,” she says. Susan Moon, a Berkeley, California, author and grandmother who has practiced Zen Buddhism for nearly 40 years, sees grandparenting as an opportunity to release expectations; this feat can be difficult for parents caught up in their youngsters’ identities. “It’s easier for grandparents to accept grandkids for who they are and just be joyful with them. They get to be in the moment with the kids without worrying about the day-to-day details of caregiving that can consume parents.” She explores such ideas in her book This is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity. Being past their working years, grandparents are often more accepting and peaceful themselves, which can be inspiring for younger generations, adds Salem. For Moon, it’s vital to be mindful of the image of aging that’s projected; “I try to model that old age isn’t tragic, and show the joy in this stage of life,” she says. Yet grandparents also should be mindful of any physical limitations and set boundaries with grandkids as needed. “It’s okay to say, ‘I can’t hang on the jungle gym with you,’ and suggest an alternative,” says Moon. Good relationships with the grandkids begin with maintaining open relationships with their parents, experts note. To do this, consistently engage in compassionate listening. “It can be tempting for grandparents that know what may have worked in raising their own children to react or jump in, but it’s important to avoid giving unsolicited advice,” Salem cautions. At the same time, grandparents can notice aspects a harried parent may miss and, if handled carefully, can provide important insights. “I was known as the ‘fairy mom’,

ing magic, art and imagination. I was grateful my own mother was there, too, because one child needed more structure and stability than I was providing,” says Tucker, a mother of four. “She gave me mindful feedback without making me feel like she was trying to usurp my role.” Moon suggests practicing “right speech”—messages that are positive, affirming and loving—with everyone. “It’s important to be humble and recognize the huge job of parents and all they juggle. Let them know that you are there to support them in whatever way you can.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at


Conscious Grandparenting Create new memories, but also share old stories. “Kids want to hear about how their parents were as children, and it gives them a sense of history,” advises author Susan Moon. Be open to learning new technology to communicate across the generational divide. “While grandparents learn about the world of social media from their grandchildren, they can also encourage them to cut back on checking their cell phones in favor of interpersonal activities,” says art therapist Patricia Salem. When visiting grandkids, especially if they live in different cities, “Always have some ‘grandma magic’ up your sleeve—like games, puzzles or craft projects that can be collaborated on—to maximize precious time together,” suggests Moon. Invite grandchildren to try out meditation or breathing techniques practiced by their elders. “It can help lessen the stresses they encounter in school and at home,” says Salem. “Be careful to foster cooperation rather than competition in any shifting relationship with a childturned-parent,” advises psychotherapist Carolyn Tucker. Otherwise, it can create chaos, undermine a parent’s confidence and strain relationships. For more advice on being a great grandparent, visit

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DECODING DOG BODY TALK Three Signals of Anxiety by Susan Briggs


amily dogs frequently accompany us on errands and outings away from their familiar home environment and we want them to enjoy these expeditions, so understanding their view of the world is important. To a dog, every experience is either familiar or unfamiliar. The first time they encounter a new sound, place or person, they may feel anxious. We can help with the adjustment by introducing them slowly to each new experience and step aside to provide them distance or space to observe it first at their own pace. Knowing the “tells” that signal when a dog is comfortable or uncomfortable goes a long way to a harmonious experience. Allison Culver, assistant director of The Lightfoot Way holistic animal learning center, in Houston, remarks, “Knowing how to communicate with your animal can save a lot of heartache.” With a bit of applied attention, we can readily learn to understand the changes in canine body posture and behavior that communicate their emotional state. Start by observing the dog’s posture when they are relaxed at home. It’s likely that their weight is balanced on all four legs and their mouth is slightly open; movement is relaxed, loose and agile. When a dog feels happy or playful, notice how their ears may perk up or tilt slightly forward. Their tail might rise and wag, and they may emit a cheerful bark. Using their visual and audio demeanor as a baseline prepares us to be alert for three secret tells that signal a change in their emotion.

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A quick game of sit, down, sit plus highfive allows them to engage in a familiar activity while they adjust to a new environment. Closing their mouth routinely occurs when a dog is unsure or anxious. When their mouth remains closed for a minute or more, it’s a sure clue that they need more time to process information. Lip licking such as quick flicks of the tongue is meant to appease and may prevent an uncomfortable situation from escalating into anything resembling a confrontation. Dogs do it with each other and with us, too. A look away that avoids direct eye contact likewise signals that a dog is urgently processing their current environment. Norwegian dog trainer Turid Rugaas, author of On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals, identifies the lip licking and averting of the eyes as self-calming behaviors. She affirms, “When dogs are stressed by the environment, they start using calming signals to ease the stress.” When this happens, first try creating more space or distance between the dog and any perceived threat; this may return them to their body language norm. If not, consider using holistic calming aids like a properly mixed lavender essential oil spray or Bach Rescue Remedy Pet flower essences, keeping these well away from their face. Also try mentally engaging the dog with learned cues. A quick game of sit, down, sit plus high-five allows them to engage in a familiar activity while they adjust to a new environment. If the pet does not respond to normal cues and continues to display multiple stress signals for an extended period, leave the scene altogether. Their anxiety hasn’t been relieved. If it’s still important that the dog learns to enjoy the troubling environment, work with a professional trainer that uses positive reinforcement tools to aid the transition (see or The trainer will assist in creating a plan that allows the pet to adjust at a pace that allows them to remain comfortable. By observing a dog’s posture, we can be confident of choosing mutually good outings. Susan Briggs, of Houston, TX, is co-author of Off-Leash Dog Play: A Complete Guide to Safety & Fun, co-founder of The Dog Gurus and owner of Crystal Canine ( natural awakenings

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healingbriefs Joan Carra Begins Busy Month at Cayce Center


oan Carra, a longtime intuitive healer in the Tri-State area, got her professional start as a psychic reader with Virginia Bell’s Astrology Café in New York City. Now, more than 20 years later, she will begin a busy month on May 3 by introducing Bell and her new book, Midlife is Not a Crisis: Using Joan Carra Astrology to Thrive in the Second Half of Life, at the Edgar Cayce Center in NYC. On May 22, Carra will be back at the Cayce Center to teach a class in tea leaf readings from 7 to 9 p.m., as a fundraiser for the center. (Read more about the center and its mission at Then on May 23, she will be at the Wainwright House in Rye, leading a workshop called Forgiveness: A Spiritual Practice. “Releasing anger and resentment can change your energy as well as your health,” she explains. Check for prices. Carra says she grew up in a metaphysical family, so she always considered psychic phenomena natural, not supernatural. “My father had an occult library, my Virginia Bell mother had prophetic dreams and my aunt read from a half deck of playing cards,” she recalls. In 1979, Carra had a spiritual awakening and experienced what she describes as “a light that made me aware of the oneness of all things. It was very healing and forgiving.” After that she began using her intuition to solve problems and help others. For more information about Joan Carra, visit PsychicJoanCarra. net. To learn more about Virginia Bell and her new book, visit


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Mind, Body and Energy Celebrates 20 Years in Westchester


ind, Body and Energy is celebrating an important milestone in 2017, which marks its 20th anniversary providing psychic and alternative spiritual healing services in the heart of Westchester. “Through our special healing process, we Mind, Body and Energy in White Plains have helped countless patrons realign themselves from all negative obstacles they encountered and discover their inner strengths,” says Rose, a master of psychic energy and owner of the White Plains business. “We provide many services that deal with self-realignment, love, marriage, divorce, separation, sickness, family affairs and business transactions. We can also aid in picture reading and spiritual cleansing. Many of our clients can testify that my spiritual guidance has helped them reach their personal goals. I see a bright future ahead as we continue our efforts to empower clients with understanding, inspiration and the fulfillment of happiness. We would like to thank all of our clients for the 20 years of service and allowing us to aid in their own spiritual journeys.” Rose has recently added a new service, a group or one-onone self-realignment class held twice a month on Saturdays (by appointment only). “These classes help teach an individual the importance of self-healing, balancing their own chakras and identifying the root of their negativity,” she says. Mind, Body and Energy is located at 204 Martine Ave., White Plains, NY. To schedule an appointment, call 914.682.3155. See ad, this page. 

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Program Focuses on Energy Management for Personal Well-Being


n May 6, energy healers Anne Bentzen, Carol Essig and Sherry DiNapoli will present The Sacred Nature of Energy from 2 to 4 p.m. at Golden Temple Yoga in Anne Bentzen K a t o n a h . Th e class concludes a collaborative four-part series on energy management that Bentzen initiated last fall. “The balance of energy has shifted significantly since the procession of the equinoxes in December of 2012,” she says. “This program has been very popular helping anyone understand basic energy concepts, how to raise their vibration, use energy tools to amplify their energy and have a greater connection to their higher self.” Attendance at the first three classes is not required to join the final one. The three leaders will discuss the sacred aspects of energy, its creative source and how to work energetically with other dimensions. “Learning to trust the benevolence factor is a key component to living in flow with synchronicity and vertical alignment,” Bentzen says. “The class will conclude with an initiation into the diamond light, which all three of us will conduct for the benefit of the group. The exercise will create an energetic vortex to augment intuitive sight abilities with the pineal gland.” Admission is $40. Register online at

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eaching me how to steer the 30-foot-long sailboat he built, my father would say, “It’s the sail that follows the wind, and the rudder that follows the sail.” The sail, by its nature, will catch the wind and lean into it. The rudder is for steering once we’ve set sail. Our soul is like a sail. Once hoisted, it’s filled by the wind of Spirit, which establishes our course and direction. Our will is our rudder; its job is to follow where the soul filled with Spirit leads, helping to steer our way. When we lean on will to make things happen, we can grow stubborn, confused or lost. Clear sailing comes when we’re being carried toward a vision greater than our self, feeling wholly alive along the way. Scudding along the sea, my father was living once for all time, feeling the sensation of all life in that moment. We all yearn to live in these moments forever, yet even a taste of aliveness can fill, sustain and refresh us in the midst of daily tasks. We all face times beyond our control when life doesn’t follow our designs and we’re asked to work with life and not fight, curse or hide from it. When insisting on our way, we can get so tangled in our will that we can’t find or feel the wind of Spirit. During these times—when we fear there is no meaning and it seems there’s nothing holding us up—our will can puff, snap and flap

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about in a desperate attempt to fill what looms as an empty life. But even setting out on the sea, it’s never easy. My father remarked, “It’s always harder to sail toward a fixed point, because you will inevitably have to cross the wind several times to get there.” By contrast, a boat moves its fastest and cleanest when it simply follows the wind. It’s the same when we listen for where life is taking us, instead of busily thinking about where we’re going. Devoting ourselves to experiencing the journey, rather than determining a destination, we discover our way. Like a sail, our life must be out in the open before the wind will show its face. Likewise, Spirit fills us when we can inhabit our true nature. We miss what awaits us if we hover too close to the shore of our past, our family, someone else’s dream for us, or an old identity. To feel the wind in our face, we must leave the shallows and harbors for the deep. Only then will the larger, timeless destination show itself and our soul be filled enough with Spirit that our smaller self will have no choice but to engage in steering us toward all that matters. Adapted excerpt from The One Life We’re Given: Finding the Wisdom that Waits in Your Heart, by Mark Nepo (Atria). Connect at and


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

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Staying Aware Avoids Problems by Aimee Hughes


began my personal training in the Non-Violent System (NVS) of selfdefense with Grandmaster Verkerke in 1996,” says Eddie Rose, senior instructor of NVS Peace in the Midst of Non-Violence at Shangri-La Springs, in Bonita Springs, Florida. This aspect of the martial art form seicho jutsu was created by Canadian Daniel Verkerke, Ph.D., as a simple self-defense system to teach and perpetuate nonviolence; he continues to share it with the public, law enforcement, corporations and private security firms in the U.S. and internationally. Nonviolent self-defense is akin to the dynamics of bullfighting. “The matador never matches his strength with the enormous animal; rather, he redirects the energy of the bull with simple and precise movements—counterbalancing—and letting the bull’s energy move past him,” explains Rose. He’s trained everyday people of all ages


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and walks of life in this approach, in the U.S., UK, Puerto Rico and Jamaica. “As they train, students begin to feel more secure wherever they go, because they are learning how to be safe even in the midst of physical confrontation,” says Rose. “They wind up feeling more empowered as they learn how to neutralize aggression simply and effectively.” Practicing NVS increases balance, coordination, overall flexibility and joint mobility. Its soft, circular, martial arts movements, combined with slowto-fast linear movements, also enhance cardiovascular health. “Mental and spiritual training includes the awareness and development of a state of being conscious of energy and mind. Everyone’s actions and reactions directly reflect the development of their mind,” says Rose. Another nonviolent form of selfdefense is Shaolin five animal kung fu,

a martial arts style that mimics the characteristics of five animals—the tiger, leopard, snake, crane and dragon. Instructor Lloyd Fridenburg owns Fitness with a Purpose, in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, where he emphasizes the awareness and avoidance concept as the psychological heart of nonviolent self-defense. Fridenburg, founder and senior instructor of the Waterloo Kung Fu Academy, explains, “The concept emphasizes being constantly aware of your surroundings while avoiding obvious areas of potential danger.” He also stresses the importance of proper body language—being able to read that of others, as well as how to diffuse confrontation upfront in how we present ourself. “Martial arts are a two-sided coin,” he says. “There’s the martial aspect, which involves techniques that allow a person to defend him- or herself in a wide range of situations. Then there’s the art aspect, which encompasses a deeper study, encompassing forms of movement and mental, philosophical and meditative techniques.” “Overall health benefits are no different than one might expect of any disciplined fitness regimen,” notes Fridenburg. “However, the nature of a quality martial arts program forces practitioners to focus their entire attention on what they are doing. The mere act of staying grounded in the present moment dramatically reduces stress and sets martial arts practices apart from many other forms of movement.” Tai chi, an ancient, softer style of Chinese martial art, leverages relaxation, posture and energy work, rather than muscular tension. As a Taoist art, it embodies the way nature works, using minimal effort to accomplish a lot. “Demonstrating tai chi as a form of nonviolent selfdefense is much easier than describing it,” says Aaron D. Nitzkin, Ph.D., of New Orleans, a Tulane University professor, tai chi master and certified medical qigong instructor. “If someone attacks, you don’t resist; you can use tai chi principles to yield to their movements with a natural, circular, continuous motion, turning their own force against them. When you move aggressively against a master, it feels like you’ve just bounced off them and fallen down. In order to win at tai chi fighting, you need to remain completely calm and centered and most of all, listen to your opponent’s energy with your hands, so that you can yield to it and then redirect it.” It’s a profound lesson in interpersonal communication. “My students report stronger immune systems, greater clarity of mind, better sleep, less anxiety and depression, and greater emotional stability,” says Nitzkin. “Practitioners become much more sensitive to and conscious of the internal condition of their bodies, and even develop the ability to feel bioelectric fields.” Whichever form of nonviolent self-defense suits us, experts advise that students study with a certified and experienced instructor for optimum results and safe practice. Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy and senior staff writer for Longevity Times online. Connect at natural awakenings

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fitnessbriefs Elite Performance Physical Therapy Expands Space, Services


lite Performance Physical Therapy of Westchester has moved to a larger facility at 175 East Main Street, suite 204, in Mount Kisco. Owner Tina Sferra says the new space will accommodate Pilates duets and more therapeutic services in addition to the Pilates apparatus privates and physical therapy sessions it already offers. Between its physical therapy specialties, such as Dance & Sports Medicine PT, and its Pilates studio, Elite Performance helps people reengineer their bodies to reach their highest potential, Sferra says. Its rehabilitation model is “one patient, one therapist, one hour.” As an integrative practice, Elite Performance blends traditional and alternative methods to treat the whole patient, she says. “We use a functional, manual approach to reduce musculoskeletal restrictions, followed by a skilled Tina Sferra eye to facilitate neuromuscular re-education. The goal is to distinguish compensatory movement patterns by making deeper connections, first in the core. To treat a local injury, we look globally to the weakest links in the human chain to get to the source of the kinetic chain problems and create effective solutions. It’s a recipe for whole-body success.” In order to bridge the gap between rehabilitation and wellness, Elite Performance offers Pilates sessions taught by uniquely qualified instructors, she adds. “Our clients receive training by a Pilates instructor who is also a physical therapist. This is a winning combination. Good function creates good form, so you will truly look good and feel good.” For more info, email, call 917.476.2164 or visit or See ad, page 58.

St. Vincent’s Auxiliary Hosts Spring Sprint 5K Run/Walk


he auxiliary board of St. Vincent’s Hospital Westchester will host the eighth annual Spring Sprint 5K Run/Walk on May 13, rain or shine, beginning at the hospital’s campus at 275 North Street in Harrison. Proceeds will benefit St. Vincent’s crisis, mental health and addiction recovery services for children, Spring Sprint 5K Run/Walk adolescents and adults and their families. Preregistration costs $25 for ages 18 and older and $20 for ages 17 and younger. Registration the day of the race costs $30 for adults and $25 for children and teens. Registration includes chip timing and a free tech shirt for the first 500 participants. Check-in begins at 8 a.m., and the event begins at 9 a.m. Awards will be presented for best finishes in age groups and for teams. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. To register or for more info, visit or call 914.925.5401.


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The Art of Healing Wellness Center 64 Gleneida Avenue 845.878.4325

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markyourcalendar The Shine On Spring Expo Sunday, May 7 10 am – 4 PM Shop for jewelry, crafts and gifts for Mother’s Day – Meet healers, life coaches, holistic trainers, and card readers! Presented by Kacey Morabito Grean of Shine On: The Health & Happiness Show on 100.7 WHUD Free Tea all day & Lunch available for purchase. Location: Mt. Carmel Hall, 238 Eighth Street, Verplanck

FRIDAY, MAY 5 Meditation Class and Transmission of Information – 6:45-8:15pm. With Rona Levine. Let go of stress, experience guided meditation, breathwork and Kundalini yoga techniques and more. $25. Golden Temple Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.236.4503. Register online: Mediumship Circle – 7-8:30pm. With Carla Blaha. $40. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $15. The Temperance Center. 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.


SPCA Dog Walk and Pet Fair – 10am-2pm. FDR State Park, Yorktown Hts. Info:

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

Shamanic Reiki Level One Training – May 6-7. 10am-5pm. With Melanie Ryan. Learn to integrate the ancient healing art of shamanism with Reiki, while increasing intuition, clarity and capacity to love deeply. $435. Mt Kisco.


Childbirth Education Series – May 6 and13. 11am-4pm. Comprehensive parent-centered class on preparing for labor, birth and postpartum. $295 couple. Full Circle Family Care, 450 Mamaroneck Ave, Harrison. 914.421.1500 x0.

Herbal Medicine Making Series – 7:30-9:30pm. Seven-session series. Learn how to make one’s own herbal medicine. The herbs are magical but creating them is not. $280. Bonnie’s Herbals, 13 Tappan Terr. Briarcliff. 914.923.4346.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 3 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.

THURSDAY, MAY 4 Open House at Journey to Birth – 7-9pm. The Home Birth Option might be right. Meet with midwives, bring questions and meet others who have had home births. Free. 18 Old Post Rd S, Croton. Register: 914.500.8864. Westchester Holistic Moms Network Monthly Meeting – 7:30pm. Learn about CBD and what it does with Guest Speakers: Shira Adler and Andy Kadison, CBD advocates and entrepreneurs. Rye Free Reading Room, 1061 Boston Post Rd, Rye. Info: Inner Balance Book Circle – 7:30pm. Meditations from the Mat, Rolph Gates. Front Street Gallery, 21 Front St, Patterson.


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Apple Blossom Festival – 11am-4pm. Wagon rides, pony rides, cider donuts, hardscrabble cider tastings, family fun, Farm Kitchen Café (serving up food from the farm). Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard, 130 Hardscrabble Rd, North Salem.; 914.485.1210. Understanding Energy - The Sacred Nature of Energy – 2-4pm. With Anne Bentzen, Carol Essig and Sherry DiNapoli. Delve into a deeper connection with higher self. Final ceremony energizes intuitive abilities with diamond light. 914.236.4503. Sacred Stone Grids Level 3 – 2-4pm. With JoAnn Fava $35. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765.

SUNDAY, MAY 7 Cars & Coffee – 9am-12noon. First Sundays. Enjoy provisions with other fellow drivers and enthusiasts. Non-formal gathering amongst like-minded folks. Earlybirds and late-comers welcome. Hayfields, 1 Bloomer Rd, North Salem, 914.669.8275;

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markyourcalendar Saturday, May 13 1:30–4:30 p.m. Teaching Chair Yoga with Julia Hough Hosted by Yoga Teachers Association Learn how to bring yoga to those who are physically challenged or with time, space, or flexibility restraints. The Yoga Studio, Club Fit Briarcliff Manor, NY $45 members/$65 nonmembers in advance Register at 914.582.7816;

The Shine on Spring Expo – 10am-4pm. With Kacey Morabito Grean of Shine On: The Health & Happiness Show, 100.7 WHUD. Shop and meet healers, life coaches and readers. Free Tea. Lunch available. Mt Carmel Hall, 238 Eighth St, Verplanck. Apple Blossom Festival – 11am-4pm. Wagon rides, pony rides, cider donuts, hardscrabble cider tastings, family fun, Farm Kitchen Café (serving up food from the farm). Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard, 130 Hardscrabble Rd, North Salem.; 914.485.1210. First Sunday Free Meditation and Satsang – 11:30am-12:45pm. Inner Balance Studio, Patterson. Lunation Illumination – Noon-1:30pm. With Laura Watkins. $30.Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Dharma Sunday School – 12:30-2pm. Explore concepts like kindness, compassion and gratitude. Ages 5 and up. By donation. SkyBaby Yoga Studio, 75 Main St, Cold Spg. 845.265.444. Yoga for Childbirth – 12:30-2:30pm. Workshop offering expectant mothers and partners powerful tools to move through challenges of labor with greater ease and confidence. $50 preregistered. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. 914.241.9642. Body as a House/Self Care Spring Cleaning Afternoon – 1-4:30pm. Afternoon of self-care and blissful discovery. Acupuncture, Pranayama, Cranial Sacral Therapy and more. 914.241.2661. Rev Dan Chesbro: The Order of Melchizedek and Ordination into Interfaith Ministry – 1-4:30pm. Answer call to service. Learn history, ceremonial rituals, legal duties and more. Golden Temple Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. Pricing info: 914.236.4503. Yin Yoga & Meditation – 5-7pm. Mind/body practice focusing on connective tissues in the body. Toward end of class a natural flow into meditation. $35 preregistered. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. 914.241.9642.

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Building a Community of Spiritual Seekers All Welcome - 10:30am- 12:30pm

Prayer, music and sharing. May 14 -“Symphony of Peace Prayers” Mothers-Day Guest Dr. Jude Currivan (U.K.), author of “The Cosmic Hologram” Music by Miriam Zernis and members of Sita’s Light Interfaith Peace Prayers • World Peace Flag Ceremony June 18 - The Heart of the Father; Guest Speaker, Ben Bowler of Chapel at Croton Falls, 609 Rt. 22, Croton Falls.

Juicing and Detox for Health: A Mind-BodySpirit Approach – 7-9pm. An evening with The Slow Medicine Doctor, Dr. Michael Finkelstein. Katonah Pharmacy 202 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.232.1109.

FRIDAY, MAY 12 A Mindful Mother’s Day Retreat – May 12-14. With mindfulness teacher Ann Herington and yoga teacher Hannah Baumgardner. Explore practices to align bodies, hearts and minds and cultivate well-being. The Garrison Institute, 14 Mary’s Way, Garrison. Info: 845.424.4800; Spinal Zap – 7-8:30pm. With Brett Bevell. Combining a variety of energy modalities to release karmic conditioning, emotional obstacles and other energy blockages held in the spine. $35. Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462.


WEDNESDAY, MAY 10 Breastfeeding 101 – 6:30-8:30pm. The basics of milk production, baby’s cues, latching, breastmilk benefits and milk supply. $30 couple. Full Circle Family Care, 450 Mamaroneck Ave, Harrison. 914.421.1500 x0. Sound Immersion – 7pm. With Carol Essig creating restorative harmonies of sound to release stress and facilitate personal alignment and peace. $25. Golden Temple Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.236.4503. Register online: Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 8-9pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $15. The Temperance Center. 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

THURSDAY, MAY 11 Restorative Yoga – 7-8:30pm. With Patricia Castimore. Rebalance body and mind in an overly stimulated and anxious world, focusing on breath and body sensation. All levels. $20. Sacred Spirit Yoga and Healing Arts Center, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry.

Roland Comtois international medium and Spirit guide: Validating the Afterlife. Roland delivers channeled messages for the soul. Receive messages of eternal love, hope and healing Fee - $85 The Center for Health and Healing, 4 Smith Ave., Mt. Kisco, NY Register online:; 914.236.4503

Interfaith Service: “Symphony of Peace Prayers” – 10:30am-12:30pm.Guest Dr. Jude Currivan, author of The Cosmic Hologram. Music by Miriam Zernis and Sita’s Light. World Peace Flag Ceremony. Chapel at Croton Falls, 609 Rte. 22, Croton Falls.

Pranabirthing – May 8 and 15. 7:30-9:30pm. Two-week workshop series for expecting moms and their partners to prepare for birth by leveraging the power of the mind. Info/registration;

Pulsed ElectroMagnetic Field Demo – 7-9pm. Experience the benefits of PEMF. It relieves aches and is good for conditions that respond to improved blood flow. Free. Well On the Way, White Plains. Call/text, Elizabeth Pasquale: 607.351.7024.

Roland Comtois: Sun. May 21, 4-6 pm



Breast Lymph Drainage Therapy Workshop – 7-9pm. Learn how to insure healthy breast tissue with Breast Lymph Drainage Therapy. Free mini sessions for all participants. Well On the Way, White Plains. Call/text, Elizabeth Pasquale: 607.351.7024.


MAYfest – May 26-28 Two day, three night, family-friendly Music, Art, & Yoga festival in Cold Spring. See ad pg 2.

SATURDAY, MAY 13 Spring Sprint 5K Run/Walk – Rain or shine, beginning at the hospital’s campus at 275 North Street in Harrison. Check-in 8am, event begins 9am. Registration $20-30. Register/ info: 914.925.5401. Westchester County Earth Day 2017 – 10am-3pm. Live entertainment for all ages, exhibition of local green organizations, small farmers’ market, raffles and Earth Day. Awards for sustainability/recycling initiatives. Kensico Dam Plaza. A Day of Healing Workshop – 10am-5pm. Penny and Ron Lavin from One Light Healing Touch teach scanning, radiant and color healing for healing oneself, others and more. NCBTMB CEUs. $150 includes lunch. Lagrangeville. Register: 845.878.5165. Teaching Chair Yoga – 1:30-4:30pm. With Julia Hough. For those physically challenged or with limited space, time or flexibility. The Yoga Studio, Club Fit, 584 N State Rd, Briarcliff Manor. Info: Audrey Brooks: Pricing info: 914.582.7816. Allergies and Asthma: An Ayurvedic Approach – 3-5pm. Lecture with Dr. Kaushik. Light refreshments served. Free. Dr. Kaushik’s Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic, Yellow Monkey Village, 792 Rte 35, Cross River, 914.875.9088.

Mother’s Day Musical Brunch – 11:30-2:30pm. With Jon Cobert, renowned NY-based composer, pianist and vocalist. Sumptuous brunch with Mimosas, Bloody Marys and wine. $50. Wainwright House, Rye. 914.967.6080.

MONDAY, MAY 15 Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $15. The Temperance Center. 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600. Meditation for Moms – 8-9pm. With Helena de Vengoechea Rudd. Meditations to help support daily practice. Discussion to support ourselves. Free. Donations appreciated. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642.

TUESDAY, MAY 16 Westchester Holistic Network – 7-8:30pm. Networking begins at 6:30pm. Presentation by Janice Solomon, homeopath. WHN members and first-timers free /$10 repeat non-members. Ixchel Center, Hartsdale. Register: 917.796.6026.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17 Sugar Addiction and Overeating Solution Weiss Method Info-Lecture: 1-2pm. Learn how habits and addictions form and how to overcome them. All natural, effective method for overcoming smoking, alcohol and other habits and addictions. Free Lecture, Q&A. Briarcliff location. Register: 914.705.1805; Free Environmental Film Racing to Zero & Discussion – 7pm.Engaging Documentary follows the efforts in zero waste—recycling, repurposing, composting, changing production and consumption patterns. Wainwright House, Rye. 914.967.6080.

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markyourcalendar Sun, June 4, 2017 10am-4pm Renew, Reflect, Restore A Day Of Wellness Hosted by Simply Retreat “a state of being.” Hiking, Yoga, Meditation, Inspirational Speaker, Coaching Sessions, Guided Art, Numerology, Chair Massage, Anti-Aging skincare and live music. $100 includes all classes and Light breakfast and lunch Edith Macy Conference Center 550 Chappaqua Rd., Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510 Reserve or Call for details: 914.980.5790 Bio-Energetic Healing to Overcome Addictions – 7-8pm. Learn about this simple, effective method for quitting smoking, alcohol, easy, natural weightloss and overcoming other everyday addictions. Free. Register: 914.705.1805;

THURSDAY, MAY 18 Alexander Technique for Pregnancy – 1-2:30pm. Learn to use one’s body well and with less effort as the body changes. $25. Quest Yoga Arts. 914.241.9642. Mindfulness Meditation – 7-8:30pm. With Tracy Cochran. Learn practice of bringing attention to present moment: sitting meditation, body scan, walking meditation and more. All levels. $20. Sacred Spirit Yoga and Healing Arts Center, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry.

FRIDAY, MAY 19 Yoga Service Conference with Experts in the Field – May 19-21. Gather skills and explore conscious service for all at the 6th annual Yoga Service Conference. Omega Institute, 150 Lake Dr, Rhinebeck. Info/cost: 877.944.2002. The 72 Archangel of the Kabbalah – 7-9pm. Discover one's Birth Angel.Workshop with Shaman Elka Boren . $35. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765.

SATURDAY, MAY 20 Kirtan Chanting – With Sita’s Light. Call and response chanting of sacred mantras, with eclectic live music of harmonium, tabla, guitar and didgeridoo. $20 advance. $25 door. Sacred Spirit Yoga and Healing Arts Center, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Spring Weed Walk – 10am-noon. With Bonnie Rogers. Learn all about spring weeds. Discover when and where to find and harvest these green gifts of nature. $15. Hilltop Hanover Farm. Info: 914.923.4346. Register: Meditation and Shamanism – 2:30-4:30pm. With Melanie Ryan. Melanie’s Root to Rise programs are a unique integration of Tibetan Buddhist meditation and worldwide indigenous healing practices. All adults welcome. $35. Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462.


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Sound Healing and Tibetan Singing Bowls – 5:307pm. With Michelle Clifton. Rhythmic sounds of singing bowls have a profound healing effect on nervous system affecting mind, body and soul. $30 advance $40 door. Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462.

SUNDAY, MAY 21 Love Arising From Stillness – May 21-26. With Sharon Landrith. Awaken to one’s true nature in this silent retreat. Omega Institute, 150 Lake Dr, Rhinebeck. Info/cost: 877.944.2002. A Day of Healing Workshop – 10am-5pm. Penny and Ron Lavin from One Light Healing Touch teach scanning, radiant and color healing for healing oneself, others and more. NCBTMB CEUs. $150 includes lunch. Lagrangeville. Register: 845.878.5165. Cancer Fighting Kitchen – 11am-1pm. Learn which foods help the body fight cancer and why they are important in restoring and preparing the body for treatment. $20. Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St, Yorktown Hts. 914.962.2368. Akashic Records Part One Training – 11am2:30pm. With Kia Abilay. Learn to read records through Pathway Prayer Process, a responsible, reliable method for working in this infinite spiritual resource. Prerequisite for certification. $150. Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462. Spring Makeup Makeover – 11am-3pm. Professional makeup artist will help participants create the perfect spring time look using mineral makeup. Limited space, reserve spot. Katonah Pharmacy 202 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.232.1109. Sugar Addiction and Overeating Solution: Weiss Method Info-Lecture NYC: – 1-2pm. Learn about effective, successful method helping people lose weight, overcome nicotine, alcohol, overeating, sugar addiction. Free Lecture, Q&A. NYC, E37th between Park and Lex. Register: 914.705.1805; Open House at Journey to Birth – 4-6pm. The Home Birth Option might be right. Meet with midwives, bring questions and meet others who have had home births. Free. 18 Old Post Rd S, Croton. Register: 914.500.8864. Validating the Afterlife – 4-6pm. With International Medium and Spirit Guide, Roland Comtois. Hear channeled messages for the soul. Receive messages of eternal love, hope and healing. $85. The Center for Health and Healing, 4 Smith Ave, Mt Kisco. 914.236.4503. Register: Restorative Yoga – 5-7pm. With Karla Booth Diamond. Powerful practice everyone can benefit from, regardless of age or fitness level. $35 preregistered. $40 day of. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642.

TUESDAY, MAY 23 Forgiveness - A Spiritual Practice – 7-9pm. Explore forgiveness with discussion and meditation. Release resentment and live in greater harmony. Joan Carra Wainwright House, 260 Stuyvesant Ave, Rye. 914.967.6080.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 24 Curing Addiction from the Core: Weiss Method Info-Lecture: 7 to 8pm. Learn about this simple, effective method for overcoming everyday addictions ranging from alcohol to nicotine, sugar, weight loss. All natural. Free Lecture, Q&A. Briarcliff location. Register: 914.705.1805; Energy Healing Circle – 7-9pm. With Anne Bentzen. Learn stress reduction, emotional and physical pain relief through deep relaxation. Discover natural healing solutions with Reiki. $20. Golden Temple Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. Preregistration required: 914.588.4079. 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. Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $15. The Temperance Center. 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

THURSDAY, MAY 25 Breast Lymph Drainage Therapy Workshop – 6-8pm. Learn how to insure healthy breast tissue with Breast Lymph Drainage Therapy. Free mini sessions for all participants. Well On the Way, White Plains. Call/text, Elizabeth Pasquale: 607.351.7024. New Moon Gathering – 7-8:30pm. Participants learn to use the lunar cycle to realize intentions. Guided meditations and ritual facilitated by astrologer Pamela Cucinell; bring a notebook. $20 WHN members/$25 non-members, Ixchel Center, Hartsdale Register: 917.796.6026. Pulsed ElectroMagnetic Field Demo – 7-9pm. Experience the benefits of PEMF. It relieves aches and is good for conditions that respond to improved blood flow. Free. Well On the Way, White Plains. Call/text, Elizabeth Pasquale: 607.351.7024.

FRIDAY, MAY 26 Super Qi Summit – May 26-29. With Ken Cohen, Robert Peng and more. Summit brings together masters with profound expertise in healing. Omega Institute, 150 Lake Dr, Rhinebeck. Info/cost: 877.944.2002. The Bengston Energy Healing Method – May 26-29. With William Bengston. Access one’s natural healing intelligence with the creator of the Bengston Energy Healing Method. Omega Institute, 150 Lake Dr, Rhinebeck. Info/cost: 877.944.2002. MAYfest – May 26-28. 2pm/Fri-Noon/Sun. Two day, three night, family-friendly festival centered on its acronym: Music, Art, & Yoga. Surprise Lake Camp, Cold Spg. Purchase Tickets: 845.265.4444.

SATURDAY, MAY 27 Yoga at the Farm – 9-10am. Saturdays starts May 27. Arrive 15 minutes early to allow time to walk up into the orchard. Beginners happily welcomed. Limited mats available to rent. $15/class. Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard, 130 Hardscrabble Rd, North Salem.; 914.485.1210.

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


SUNDAY, MAY 28 Bio-Energetic Healing to Overcome Addictions – 1-2pm. Learn about this a simple, effective method for quitting smoking, alcohol, easy, natural weightloss and overcoming other everyday addictions. Free. NYC, E37th between Park and Lex. Register: 914.705.1805; Ongoing Last Sundays of the Month – 4pm.Community Acupuncture. $30. Experience the beneficial effects of acupuncture in a group setting. Hygeia Integrated Health LLC 3505 Hill Blvd, Ste K Yorktown Hts. Register: 914.352.6116.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 31 Angelic Healing – 7-9pm. With Carol Essig, a professional channel and vibrational conduit for the higher realms bringing a special angelic healing experience for participants. $25. Golden Temple Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.236.4503. Register:

FRIDAY, JUNE 2 Satsang – 7-9pm. With Amy Pearce-Hayden. Community is at the heart of yoga. Gather for Darshan, to change perspective, together. $10. Inner Balance Studio.

SATURDAY JUNE 3 Sleep Workshop – 11am-Noon. Helping one’s child sleep through the night for infants through grade school. $30.Full Circle Family Care, 450 Mamaroneck Ave, Harrison. 914.421.1500 x0. Practice with Purpose – 1:30-4pm. With Amy Pearce-Hayden. The reasons to practice any aspect or style of yoga are unlimited. However, the practice defines spiritual endeavors. $40. Inner Balance Studio. 845.878.7800.

SUNDAY JUNE 4 Renew, Reflect, Restore: A Day Of Wellness – 10am-4pm. Hiking, Yoga, Meditation, Inspirational Speaker, Coaching Sessions, Guided Art, Numerology, Chair Massage, live music. $100 includes classes and Light breakfast and lunch. Edith Macy Conference Center, 550 Chappaqua Rd., Briarcliff Manor. Info: 914.980.5790. Find Balance with Ayurveda – 1-4pm. With Kim Larson, author of The Simple, Healing Cleanse: The Ayurvedic Path to Energy, Clarity, Wellness and Your Best You and Osi Mizrahi. Katonah Yoga Center, 39 Main St, Bedford Hills. 914.241. 2661. The Sacred Directions and Celtic Wisdom, Creating a Sacred Wheel of Life. – June 4, July 9, Aug 13, Sept 10, Oct 22, Nov 12. 4-6pm. With Nadiya Nottingham. Six-month study course. $250. Inner Balance Studio.

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Astrology with Pamela Cucinell May You Relax

Don’t rush May Day; savor a slower pace. Creative play leads to rock-solid concepts on May 2. A light touch helps on May 3, when Mercury goes direct. Efficiency ramps up on May 4 but benefits from a sensible pace. Realistic goals on May 5 enable satisfactory results. On May 6, accomplish chores in the a.m. and pursue what you love in the p.m.

Be Present

Even casual conversations carry tremendous promise on May 7. Navigate detours on May 8, in full faith of the outcome. On May 9 and 10, words have power and actions carry meaning; let them mirror your truth with the Scorpio full moon. Confusion dictates on May 11; the antidote is to pause and concentrate on your breath. On May 12, weigh the risk against the return and have a go! May 13 presents options if you pay the price of a commitment. 

Mother Yourself

A bittersweet mood surrounds Mother’s Day; nature soothes and restores. Limitations seem insurmountable on May 15, but incremental accomplishments happen. On May 16, a surprise or upset encourages you to take stock and proceed. Inspiration and opportunities pop up on May 17. Network, connect the dots and be accountable on May 18. Too much of a good thing on May 19 leads to empty pockets and weariness. 

Speak Your Truth

The sun enters Gemini on May 20, and a tight schedule can feel restrictive. An open road and full tank fit the mood on May 21. A power struggle on May 22 leads to unexpected resolution when you take the personal out of the equation. Tremendous focus to finish projects and cut loose ends on May 23. Modify your garden on May 24, either metaphorically or literally. The Gemini new moon on May 25 supports your heart’s desire. Give it voice as a written statement for your eyes, or whisper it; grant it life by naming it.


Build a good foundation on May 26 to launch fresh ideas—brainstorm, draft out and explore funds. Home, family, waterside or food-related activities are the draw on May 27. Seek a tranquil environment on May 28, when less is more. Over-the-top celebrations populate this Memorial Day, but quiet space is important too. Conversations on May 30 expand when you deconstruct a rote message. May 31 invites physical activity, but take care to perform within your capabilities. To learn more, read Pamela Cucinell’s daily insight at To arrange for private revelatory guidance and coaching sessions or online subscriptions, contact her at Pamela@ or 917.796.6026. See ad page 36.

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

YogaShine for Adults – 9-10:30am. Gentle and strengthening, calming the nervous system, heartcentered, Kripalu-based, developing our consciousness, curiosity and compassion. First class is free. Vitalah Simon, 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla, 914.769.8745.

Slow Flow Vinyasa – 10am. With Linda. Links poses to breath to cultivate strength, alignment balance and gentle opening. For new/beginner students. $22/drop-in or purchase a class card online.o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320.

Hudson Valley Regional Farmers Market – 10am2pm. 15 Mt. Ebo Road S, off Rt. 22, Brewster.����� ���� Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association building.

All Levels Yoga – 4:30-6pm. With Christine Tergis. Focus on alignment, sensations, mindfulness and breath. Modify poses according to needs and ability. Beginners welcome. $20. Sacred Spirit Yoga and Healing Arts Center, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry.

monday Rev Rhythm 45 Cycle – 5:45am. With Victoria. Work out arms and core while keeping to the beat of today’s best music. $25., 692 Saw Mill River Rd, Ardsley. Healing Qigong – 8-9am. With Certified Instructor Dr. Kurt Beil. Ancient, gentle techniques of coordinated movement, breath and intention to build energy and more. Class-card or $22 drop-in. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 Main St, Mt Kisco. 914.241.9642. Free Morning Meditation – 8:45-9:15am. SkyBaby Yoga & Pilate’s Studio, 75 Main St, Cold Spg. 845.265.4444.


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Hot Vinyasa Power Hour – 8:30am.With Linda. Strengthen and tone body while finding a peaceful state of mind. $25 drop-in or purchase a class card on line. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320.

Pilates Mat Class – 9am. Classical Pilates mat work in fully equipped studio. Small class sizes. $20. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. 845.876.5686.

Organic Market at Congregation Sons of Israel – 11:30-2pm. 1666 Pleasantville Rd, Briarcliff Manor.

Community Yoga/Meditation, Chan Meditation, Sound Bath Meditation – 1-3pm. Several meditation classes by donation. Hosted by Still Mind Yoga. 305 Central Ave, Ste 2, White Plains. 914.648.0492.

Performance Ride – 5:45am. With Jeff. Highintensity intervals, climbs, attacks, rollers and breakaways bringing the outdoor experience indoors. Take part in races and time trials. $25., 692 Saw Mill River Rd, Ardsley.

Free Morning Meditation – 8:45-9:15am. SkyBaby Yoga & Pilate’s Studio, 75 Main St, Cold Spg. 845.265.4444.

Vinyasa – 9am.With Jennifer. Moderately paced flow of poses, with attention to alignment and breath. Mildly challenging. $22 drop-in or purchase a class card on line. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320.

Celebration of Life Service – 11-12:15am. Inspirational music, affirmative prayer, meditation, lessons in the Science of Mind. Children’s programs 1st & 3rd Sun. Free. Center for Spiritual Living White Plains, 262 Martine Ave, Masonic Temple. 914.261.9119.


Relaxing by the lake at Omega. R&R May Special. Learn more on page 30. FitWalk outdoor Fitness Training-Classes – 9:3010:30am. Bronxville Lake, corner of Armour Villa and Garrett Ave, Tuckahoe. Call for a free trial. Fitwalk, LLC. 914.498.8722. Vinyasa – 9:30am.With Ali. Moderately paced flow of poses, with attention to alignment and breath. Mildly challenging. $22 drop-in or purchase a class card on line. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320. Restore and Revive – 11am-noon. With Amy B. Begin with breathwork, transition into a slow flow and ease into a fluid body of motion. All levels. First class free. Saw Mill Club, 77 Kensico Dr, Mt Kisco. 914.241.0797. Community Pilates Tower Class – 5:30-6:15pm. With teacher in training. $20. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. Elaine: 845.876.5686. Free to Move Class – 6:30-7:30pm. Feel more freedom in movement with less pain and be more comfortable in one’s body. Performed on Gyrotonic pulley towers. $25. Star Bodies, 34 Garth Rd, Scarsdale. 914.522.5533. YogaShine for Pre-Teens and Teens – 7-8pm. Gentle and strengthening, calming the nervous system, heart-centered, Kripalu-based, developing our consciousness, curiosity, strength and compassion. First class is free. Vitalah Simon, 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla, 914.769.8745. Men’s Group – 7-8:30pm. 2nd and 4th. Celebrate full spectrum of our authentic beings, while reflecting on and developing true meaning and purpose of our lives. $30. SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. 914.218.3113.

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Therapeutic Yoga Flow – 10-11:30am. With Diane Graziosa. Floor Flow: breathing, strengthening, stretching and restoring. All levels. $20 drop-in. Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600 Women’s Wisdom Group – 10:30am- 12:30pm. Women support each other through the process of recognizing and embracing one’s full, authentic beings and, in doing so, nurturing their highest potential. $30. SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. 914.218.3113. Vinyasa – 10:30am.With Liz. Flow of postures with focused attention on alignment, breath awareness, flexibility, balance and strength. $22 drop-in or purchase a class card on line o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320. Farmers Market at NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital – 11am-4pm. 1st and 3rd Tuesdays. SNAP/EBT & FMNP welcome. Main Lobby, 1980 Crompond Rd, Cortlandt Manor. Info kitchen classes/lectures: 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. Yoga – 6pm. With Karen. Energetic, non-judgmental mixed styles yoga to improve health, strength, flexibility, balance and awareness. All levels. $15. NY Dance Faktory, 12 Peekskill Hollow Rd, Putnam Valley. Info, Karen Shaw: 914.522.1297. Prenatal Yoga – 6-7pm. Prenatal Yoga. Prepare for labor and birth, relax and calm the mind, relieve pregnancy symptoms. $22. Full Circle Family Care, 450 Mamaroneck Ave, Harrison. 914.421.1500 x0.

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Still Mind Tai Chi – 6-7pm. Yang Style Tai Chi for health and self-defense. $25 two weeks. Still Mind Yoga, 305 Central Ave, Ste 2, White Plains. 914.648.0492.

Community Pilates Tower Class – 6-7pm. With teacher in training. $10. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. Info: Elaine: 845.876.5686.

Integral Gentle Yoga – 7:15-8:15pm. With Matt. Beginners welcome. $10 two classes. Still Mind Yoga, 305 Central Ave, Ste 2, White Plains. 914.648.0492.

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.

Yoga for Athletes – 7:15-8:45pm. With Michelle. Fast paced, with emphasis on using core strength and internal stability. Targeting muscles groups where athletes tend to get tight. First class free. Saw Mill Club. 77 Kensico Dr, Mt Kisco. 914.241.0797. Vinyasa Restorative Flow – 7:30-8:45pm.With Jo-Anne. Vinyasa flow class that incorporates restorative yoga. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. JoAnne: 917.364.1871.

wednesday Rev Rhythm 45 Cycle – 5:45am. With Patti. Work out arms and core while keeping to the beat of today’s best music. $25., 692 Saw Mill River Rd, Ardsley. Free Morning Meditation – 8:45-9:15am. Singing bowls included. SkyBaby Yoga & Pilate’s Studio, 75 Main St, Cold Spg. 845.265.4444. Vinyasa – 10am. With Abigail. Moderately paced flow of poses, with attention to alignment and breath. Mildly challenging. $22 drop-in or purchase a class card on line. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320. Women’s Wisdom Group – 10:30am-12:30pm. Women support each other through the process of recognizing and embracing one’s full, authentic beings and, in doing so, nurturing their highest potential. $30. SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. 914.218.3113. Free Weekly Wellness Talks – 11am-12:30pm. With Dorette Lewis-Senior. Create safe and effective wellness plan. Learn to choose dietary and nutritional supplements to avoid conflicts with prescription medication. Lunch at nominal cost. Bronx. Register: 855.735.2533. Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga – 4-5:15pm. With Certified Yoga Instructor Deborah Barret. Beginnerintermediate class. $20. $100 six-classes. Integrative Med Solutions, 266 White Plains Rd, B-1, Eastchester. Info, Deborah Barret: 914.426.1752. Yoga Basics – 4:15pm. Great for beginners or someone looking for a gentle class. $22 drop-in. Quest Yoga Arts. 914.241.9642.

New Meditation Group – 7-8:30pm. In the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, for centering in these challenging times. Free donation welcome. YogaShine Studio, 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla, 914.769.8745. Fluid Yoga – 7:30-8:30pm. With Emily Rose. CoSM: Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, 46 Deer Hill Rd, Wappinger. 845.297.2323. Kirtan – 9-10pm. With Hilary and friends. CoSM: Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, 46 Deer Hill Rd, Wappinger. 845.297.2323.

YogaShine for Adults – 7-8:30pm. Gentle and strengthening, calming the nervous system, heartcentered, Kripalu-based, developing our consciousness, curiosity and compassion. First class is free. Vitalah Simon, 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla, 914.769.8745. Free Meditation Session – 2nd and 4th Thursdays. 7:15 p.m. The Anam Cara Meditation Foundation, 2 Byram Brook Place in Armonk. Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga – 8:30-9:45am. With Certified Yoga Instructor Marianne Bateman. Beginnerintermediate class. $20. $100 six-classes. Integrative Med Solutions, 266 White Plains Rd, B-1 Eastchester. Marianne Bateman: 917.923.9043.



Rev Rhythm 45 Cycle – 5:45am. With Patti. Work out arms and core while keeping to the beat of today’s best music. $25., 692 Saw Mill River Rd, Ardsley.

Low Cost Spay/Neuter Day for Cats – 3rd Thurs. Sponsored by Stray HELP Inc Services by TARA, Inc mobile clinic. $70 includes: spay/neuter, rabies, ears cleaned and nails trimmed. Other services available during surgery. Info, Althea: 845.705.5020.

Pilates Tower and Reformer Classes – 7:30am and 9:30am/Reformer; 8:30am and 10:30am/Tower. Fully equipped Pilates studio. $35-40. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. 845.876.5686.

erformance Ride – 5:45am. With Jeff. High-intensity intervals, climbs, attacks, rollers and breakaways bringing the outdoor experience indoors. Take part in races and time trials. $25., 692 Saw Mill River Rd, Ardsley. PYin Yoga – 10am. With Kate. Comprised mostly of seated and supine poses which are held longer. A deeper level of stretching. $22 drop-in or purchase a class card on line. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320. Pilates Mat Class with Magic Circle – 11:3012:30pm. Pilates with physical therapist. Tina Sferra. Focus on form, function and fitness to re-engineer the body. $20. Elite Performance @ Katonah Yoga, 39 Main St, Bedford Hills. Prenatal Yoga – 6-7pm. Prenatal Yoga. Prepare for labor and birth, relax and calm the mind, relieve pregnancy symptoms. $22. Full Circle Family Care, 450 Mamaroneck Ave, Harrison. 914.421.1500 x0. Open Level Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. Slow Vinyasa. Beginners welcome. $10 two classes. Still Mind Yoga, 305 Central Ave, Ste 2, White Plains. 914.648.0492. Breath & Flow – 6:30-7:45pm. With Patty Meehan. Vinyasa flow class using breath, movement, balance, stretch, closing with meditation. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600.

FitWalk outdoor Fitness Training-Classes – 9:3010:30am. Bronxville Lake, corner of Armour Villa and Garrett Ave, Tuckahoe. Call for a free trial. Fitwalk, LLC. 914.498.8722. Chair YogaShine, Super Gentle, for Adults with Special Needs and Seniors – 9:30-10:30am. Gentle and strengthening, calming nervous system, heartcentered, Kripalu-based and more. First class is free. Vitalah Simon, 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla. 914.769.8745. 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. 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. Gentle Flow Yoga – 12:45pm. This is a very gentle class that accommodates those with injuries or restrictions. $22 drop-in. Quest Yoga Arts. 914.241.9642. Candlelight Yoga and Meditation – 5:30-6:45pm. With Anna. Vinyasa flow and meditation designed to relax mind and rejuvenate spirit. First class free. Saw Mill Club, 77 Kensico Dr, Mt Kisco. 914.241.0797.

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saturday 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:

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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.

ATTENTION: Moms, teachers, fitness trainers, health enthusiasts! Looking for health oriented partner, who wants extra income. Work from your own location. Personalized training and support! Contact: Kathy Tafur, Independent Shaklee Distributor, 914.714.2253.

C E RT I F I E D M A S S A G E T H E R A P I S T wanted as an independent contractor to be a part of a wellness center located in Somers, NY. Perfect space to grow your business! Contact: carol@

Pilates Mat and Tower Classes – 9am and 11am. Fully equipped Pilates studio. $20-$35. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. Info: 845.876.5686.

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Yoga – 10am. With Karen. Energetic, non-judgmental mixed styles yoga to improve health, strength, flexibility, balance and awareness. All levels. $15. NY Dance Faktory, 12 Peekskill Hollow Rd, Putnam Valley. Info, Karen Shaw: 914.522.1297. 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. Free Weekly Wellness Talks – 11am-12:30pm. Every other Sat. With Dorette Lewis-Senior. Learn to choose dietary and nutritional supplements to avoid conflicts with prescription medication. Lunch at nominal cost. Bronx. Register: 855.735.2533. Joyful Mindful Yoga – 11:15-12.30pm. With Ann. Well balanced asana sequences that focus on alignment, mindfulness, clear intention and joy. Intermediate level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917.882.0921. Free to Move Class – 1-2pm. Feel more freedom in movement with less pain and be more comfortable in one’s body. Performed on Gyrotonic pulley towers. $25. Star Bodies, 34 Garth Rd, Scarsdale. 914.522.5533. Yoga Teachers Association Workshops – 1:304:30pm. 2nd Sat. Open to teachers and students, members and nonmembers. The Yoga Studio, Club Fit, Briarcliff Manor. Info: Open Level Yoga – 2-3pm. Slow Vinyasa, beginners welcome. $10/2 classes. Still Mind Yoga, 305 Central Ave, Suite 2, White Plains. Info: 914.648.0492. Open Level Yoga – 2-3pm. Slow Vinyasa. $10 two classes. Still Mind Yoga, 305 Central Ave, Ste 2, White Plains. 914.648.0492. Lose Weight, Feel Great – 5pm. Learn better eating habits, emotional eating, making better overall lifestyle choices and more. Intimate group setting. Hygeia Integrated Health LLC 3505 Hill Blvd, Ste K Yorktown Hts. Register: 914.352.6116. Summer Music Series – 6-9pm. Live music at Hardscrabble Cider outdoor patio featuring hard cider, local beers on tap and brick oven pizza. Great fun for the whole family. Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard, 130 Hardscrabble Rd, North Salem.; 914.485.1210.


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FOR RENT EASTCHESTER PROFESSIONAL OFFICE SPACE FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL: Includes waiting room, reception, bathrooms and six beautiful treatment rooms. Available 6 days weekly. View Photos on Facebook, Integrative Med Solutions. Call 914.337.2980. 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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J O I N T H E N AT U R A L AWA K E N I N G S STREET TEAM – Be part of our volunteer street team and we will help promote your wellness business. Must have own transportation and available some weekend days April - October. For more information, e-mail us and please be sure to let us know where you are located and what kind of business you have. Please send to Dana-na@ . Thank you! NYS LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPIST – Massage Envy Spa now hiring at four locations in Westchester: day, evening and weekend schedules. Contact: 914.902.9200 or email resume for Rt. 22/Scarsdale; call 914.422.3689 or email clinic0906@massageenv. com for 365 Central Park Ave., Scarsdale location; 914.244.3689 or email clinic0918@massageenvy. com for Bedford Hills; 914.417.6940 or email for Rye Brook. Quickly develop a strong following. VIBRANT SALES PERSON DESIRED – Natural Awakenings of Westchester-Putnam-Dutchess is seeking a self-motivated experienced sales person who enjoys a healthy lifestyle. This commissionbased position offers flexibility and opportunity to create abundance. The right person will have their own car, computer and phone. Please e-mail if interested.

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.


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ACUPUNCTURE HUDSON VALLEY NATURAL HEALTH Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH The Center for Health & Healing 4 Smith Ave, 2nd Fl; Mount Kisco, NY 914.362.8315; Chinese medicine for relieving muscle/joint pain and headaches; treating chronic disease including autoimmune disease, digestive disorders, and mental health conditions; boosting immune function; balancing hormones; helping tobacco/substance addiction; and reducing stress. Includes acupuncture, herbs, cupping, moxibustion, qigong, and TENS electro-stimulation. Insurance reimbursement available for some services. See ad pg 49.


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 45.


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

ADDICTION CESSATION THE WEISS INSTITUTE Addiction Free Naturally Briarcliff and Midtown Manhattan 914.705.1805

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 21.


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.


The Weiss Method helps people overcome daily addictions and unwanted habits ranging from sugar, smoking, alcohol, weight loss, to overeating and other compulsive habits. All natural, painless, no medications, needles, or hypnosis. 80% success rate.




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

CBD AROMATHERAPY SYNERGY SPRAYS™ The Synergy of Ancient Wellness + Modern Science 888.392.5242; FB/Twitter/ Instagram: @t3cSynergy

“Go Beyond” expectation and limitation with Beyond-theSpectrum Synergy Sprays™! CBD, an all-natural, NO side effect, NO THC “cannabinoid” from hemp + vibrationally high pure EO custom blends for us, our children and our planet. See ad pg 82.


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.


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 36.

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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. See ad pg 54.



Lawrence Edwards, PhD, BCN, LMHC 2 Byram Brook Pl., Armonk, NY 10504; 914.219.8600 Biofeedback/neurofeedback for ADHD, enhanced focus, peak performance, test stress, anxiety, chronic pain, headaches, insomnia, anger, meditation, mindfulness training and more. Dr. Edwards is board certified and NYS licensed. Physician and self-referrals welcome.

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

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


Yellow Monkey Village 792 Rte 35 Cross River, NY, and NYC Office: 914.875.9088; Cell: 646.670.6725; Combination of Ayurveda and Naturopathy is used to create a unique treatment plan to regain and maintain health. Based on one’s particular body constitution (dosha), a plan may include supplements, diet/nutrition suggestions, lifestyle management, detoxification, hydrotherapy, 0zone therapy, Panchakarma. Clinic days: M,T,W. See ad pg 14.


Santhigram Wellness 446 5th Ave. Pelham, NY 10803 914.250.1417 Provides traditional Ayurveda and Panchakarma therapies which focuses on the removal of toxins from the body. Ayurveda is a traditional, holistic practice which offers methods and treatments aimed at preventing disease and living a pain-free balanced life.


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 53.


483 Cherry St., Bedford Hills NY Open: M-Sat. 10-6pm 914.241.1010; Hundreds of candles in stock or create your own custom candle. Choose your favorite scent, wax color, wick type and container. All natural soy candles, handcrafted & nontoxic with long-lasting aroma. Shop in store or on-line. See ad pg 17.

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 find-out what is standing between you and your health goals. See ad pg 18.

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

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


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.


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

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Life Coach in Positive Psychology The Center for Health & Healing 4 Smith Ave, 2nd FL, Mount Kisco, NY 914.263.7080;


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!

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. See ad pg 49.

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

Learn strategies that work with the way YOU think. ADD/ADHD or executive functioning challenges can affect every aspect of your life. Maximize your strengths and become more productive. First-hand understanding and compassion. Live the life you love! See ad pg 49.

Do you ever imagine living the life of your dreams? Are you at a standstill? The best way to allow yourself to blossom is to become the master of your own destiny! Schedule a consultation today.

Coaching, Healing & Channeling Cold Spring, NY 845.424.6219; Mary Ellen O’Brien uses a combination of her intuitive and coaching skills to help individuals change limiting beliefs and awaken their true essence. Her clients experience more joy, fulfillment and balance in their lives.

Are you ready to transform your life and step into the best version of YOU? Using the Five Aspects of Whole Health (Physical, Nutritional, Emotional, Environmental, Spiritual), we tap into the power within and ignite your true potential!


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

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 18.

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.




Curious about energy medicine? Know there is something to it, from all you’ve r e a d a n d h e a r d ?  A r e y o u tingling with excitement right now, knowing you’re about to experience something life changing? Free get-acquainted phone call! See ad pg 19.



Whole Health and Empowerment Coach 914.420.3674;

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

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

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Experience Dentistry in a Whole New Way Clinical Excellence in a Calming Environment 914.713.2424

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.

At Scarsdale Dental Spa we combine clinical excellence with comforting treatment. From the moment you enter you'll be made to feel welcomed, relaxed and comfortable. Kids and Adults love going to the Dentist again! See ad pg 16.

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Frustrated, Depressed, Overeating, Insomnia, Anxious, Job-Less? Learn strategies to maximize your potential. As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and a Registered Nurse, I offer integrative therapies. I work with individuals of all ages and families. See ad pg 48.

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 55.

Sarah F. B. Kent, R.N., N.P. Katonah & NYC By Appointment: 914.462.7633

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



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


Betty Prinsen, MA, Certified Practitioner 917.941.4767 Relax and cleanse comfortably and easily through Ionic Detox Footbath. Feel revitalized, balanced, healthy and ready to enjoy life. Affordable detox packages.  Carmel and Patterson locations, in-home service. 


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


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Energy Healing, Coaching, Organizing Services Peekskill, 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.


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 18.


130 Hardscrabble Rd. North Salem, NY 914.485.1210 Family owned and operated. We raise grass fed beef, free range eggs, pastured pork and turkey. Fruits/veggies from our farm and other local farms for Summer CSA. Local honey, milk and cheese. Spring/summer/fall annuals. Store open daily 8am6pm. See ad pg 38.

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

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


Energy Medicine Practioner, Medical Intuititive, Physical Therapist 175 King Street, Chappaqua, NY 239.289.3744;


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 25.

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 55.

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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. See ad pg 29.

Putting wellness back into healthcare with a specialized focus on emotional health and wellness. Our team of professionals offers acupuncture, biofeedback, massage, nutritional counseling, parent coaching, psychotherapy, and psychiatry to help support clients on a customized path to wellness.

Carmel, NY 914.804.2120


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.

HAIR SALON FRESH ORGANIC SALON SOLUTIONS Hair care, Skincare & Make up 190 Rt 117 By Pass, Bedford, NY 914.242.1928;

A healthy approach to beauty and wellness led by Maureen Toohey, Regional Educator for Organic Salon Systems. The fresh team is committed to making your experience fully complete and satisfying, organically. Receive a gift valued at $75 with your 1st color appointment, when you mention Natural Awakenings. See ad pg 13.

3505 Hill Blvd, Suite K Yorktown Heights, NY 914.352.6116;


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.

NATURAL CARE OF WESTCHESTER 20 North Ave 2nd Flr Larchmont, NY 10538 Dr. Marizelle J. Arce


A bo utiq ue n atur op athic wellness center that focuses on customized visits. Offering Acupuncture, Applied Kinesiology, Naturopathic medicine, massage therapy, nutrition, facial acupuncture, Infrared sauna, Acoustic cardiograms, Regulation Thermography, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, herbal medicine, Reiki, and pain management.


Merrill Black, LCSW, Reiki Master & Instructor, Hypnotherapist Founder 453 White Plains Rd. #201, Eastchester 914.793.2600; Nurture your mind, body, and soul. Thru a variety of healing modalities and services that include, psychotherapy, reiki, hypnosis, craniosacral, massage, intuitive healing, yoga, and guided meditation classes. Rediscover your control and balance your life. See ad pg 24.

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 5.

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

In a beautiful retreat-like setting, we offer holistic psychotherapy, body therapies, acupuncture, shamanic reiki, intuitive guidance, spiritual counseling, homeopathy, naturopathic and herbal medicine, healing circles, workshops and professional trainings. See ad pg 25.



The Landscape Artists 845.489.7250


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

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.

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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 25.

Understand blocks in your life or re-connect with loved ones that have passed. Joan can guide you with gentle intuitive advice; card reading, numerology, palmistry and after life communications. She has 20 years of experience and is available via telephone or in person.


Michael Finkelstein MD FACP ABIHM SunRaven: The Home of Slow Medicine 501 Guard Hill Rd. Bedford, NY 914.218.3113; You can attain enhanced health and wellness on every level. I will guide you and together we will transform you into your own best doctor, friend and selfadvocate. You will learn how to bring yourself back into balance. My intention is to be the best healer and teacher I can be. I offer insightful health evaluations with customized medical guidance. Uniquely qualified to offer medical advice and attention from a holistic perspective. See ad pg 45.

Practitioner; Wainwright House 203.531.6387;

Dr. Timothy Morley 914.241.7030; Mt. Kisco 914.615.9004; White Plains Dr. Morley is a functional medicine specialist and is board certified in anti-aging. We offer the most extensive testing in the Tristate area which allows us to discover the root causes of imbalances in your body. Balance your body and balance your life. See ads pgs 11 & 29.


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.


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



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; 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. Studios in Riverdale and Mamaroneck; onsite visits in Westchester, Bronx, Manhattan. See ad pg 36.


777 White Plains Rd., Scarsdale, NY 10583: 914.902.9200 365 Central Park Ave. Scarsdale, NY 10583; 914.422.3689 737 Bedford Rd., Bedford Hills, NY 10507: 914.244.3689 158 South Ridge St., Rye Brook, NY 10573; 914.417.6940 Massage therapy can be a powerful ally in your wellness program. Visit one of the four locations in Westchester to take advantage of our introductory offer. Open 7 days a week, extended hours, late evenings. See ads pgs 47 & back cover.

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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 55.

NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR DORETTE LEWIS-SENIOR, ND Mind-Body-Spirit Bronx NY, Trumbull CT 855.735.2533;

Naturopathic Physician, Wellness Educator, Medical Thermographer, Christian Minister. Her passion is helping women regain their health and wellness. With a focus on those affected by diabetes, cancer, overweight and pain. Dr. Lewis-Senior serves with joy. Some insurances accepted.

HUDSON VALLEY NATURAL HEALTH Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH The Center for Health & Healing 4 Smith Ave, 2nd Fl; Mount Kisco, NY 914.362.8315;

Utilize an integrative healing approach from a doctor trained in holistic medicine. Working with your current medical treatments & labwork, as well as botanical medicine, dietary & lifestyle counselling, nutritional supplements, acupuncture and Chinese medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, stress reduction and ecotherapy. Insurance reimbursement available for some services. See ad pg 49.


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 45.


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 14.


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 49.

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Tina Sferra, MSPT, CPI 175 E. Main St, Suite 204, Mt. Kisco, NY 10549; 917.476.2164 Manual PT Practice and Pilates Studio. One patient, one therapist, one hour. Integrative practice with a functional, manual approach to musculoskeletal restrictions. Specialties: Dance/Sports Medicine PT. Pilates Apparatus sessions also available. Infinite results. See ad pg 58.


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

NUSPECIES 866.624.4117 HQ: 427 Main St. Beacon, NY 12508

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

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

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.

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241 Harrison Ave, Harrison, NY 10528 914.630.4594;

Private and semi-private classes offered on Pilates machines. Everyone’s welcome in our Pilates and Yoga classes regardless of flexibility or strength. Intimate and challenging atmosphere. Try an Extra Gentle Yoga class or a Pilates Mat class. Get your glow on! See ad pg 61.

PILATES UNLEASHED STUDIO 274 White Plains Road, Suite 7 Eastchester, New York, 10709 914.361.1399

We are a boutique Stott Pilates studio, offering a personalized, integrated approach to Pilates and yoga. Classes are small and customized. We offer privates, small reformer/ tower classes, yoga, workshops, yoga for kids and more. Ask about our new client orientation special.

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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.


SunRaven: The Home of Slow Medicine 501 Guard Hill Rd. Bedford, NY 914.218.3113; Offering a whole-being, integrative approach to wellness, nurturing clients into health on the emotional, spiritual, mental, and physical levels. Following one’s heart to Re-envision life in order to flourish. See ad pg 45.


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



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.


2 Coulter Road, Bakers Mills, NY 12811 518.251.3015; 914.556.8258 Yoga in the Adirondacks is nestled in the valley of the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, where yoga embraces nature. Connect your mind, body and spirit and explore your retreat with like-minded people to build a happier and healthier life. Studio available for your yoga/ wellness private group as well. See ad pg 60.


Yoni Hormadaly, LMT 109 Danbury Rd. Ridgefield, CT 203.550.6888 Yo n i h a s b e e n p r a c t i c i n g Structural Integration since 2002. Specializing in improving the relationship between the human body and gravity. Flat feet, chronic pain and discomfort, improvement in athletic pursuits, general self-improvement, are some of the reasons clients of all ages have sought out this work. Free phone consultation.


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


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An Organized Reference Guide to Caring for a Loved One at Home 914.713.5354 When an elderly loved one requires special care within the home, caregivers face overwhelming challenges with no idea who to turn to for answers. Joyce Greene shares concise, step-by-step guidance to help you through.

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

We offer a unique approach to the health care of the mouth based on a holistic understanding of the whole body. I invite you to explore our web site to learn how we can serve your needs. See ad pg 5.


THERMOGRAPHY PATRICIA BOWDEN-LUCCARDI LMT, CTT, CNMT Certified Thermographic Technician Certified Whole Health Educator 518.929.7579;

Prevention is the Cure. RadiationFree Breast and Full Body medical thermal imaging available in Westchester & Dutchess County. By appointment. Offices in Mount Kisco, White Plains and Poughkeepsie.

SPA GANESHA SPA Peekskill, NY 914.906.7238

Find your beauty in Ganesha Spa where traditional spa modalities are combined with procedures such as Microblading (3D Brows)  and Microneedling, as well as Ayurvedic Treatments, Energy work, Anti-Aging skin care and Meditations. Complete true Spa experience with IR Sauna and a Steam Room!


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

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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 5.

Chronic Pain June articles include: Hybrid Vehicles Update Natural Remedies for Pain Prevent and Ease Shingles and Local Pilates Resources


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 53.


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

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


Dr. Timothy Morley 914.241.7030; Mt. Kisco 914.615.9004; White Plains We know the science behind weight loss. Slow metabolism, hormone imbalance, thyroid dysfunction, metal toxicity, vitamin deficiency and lifestyle choices are a few reasons why many people don’t lose. Your personalized, physician-supervised, real food plan will be designed for your success. See ads pgs 11 & 29.


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.



Certified Yoga Instructor Reiki Master/Teacher Northern Westchester 914.522.1297; Karen integrates different teaching styles based on the mental, emotional, spiritual and physical aspects of each individual person. Private & Group Sessions. All Ages: Beginners to Advanced. “Energy is Limitless, Optimum Health is Timeless.”


located at South Presbyterian Church 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522 Offering contemplative, Kripalu style yoga, focusing on compassionate self-observation. Warm, welcoming to all, spacious and Sacred. Also offering monthly Restorative Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation, Sound Healing. Kirtan Chanting and Guest Teacher special events.


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

501 Guard Hill Rd. Bedford, NY 914.218.3113; Promoting and supporting health and wellness; facilitating communitycentered experiential and reflective learning for individuals, families, and groups, by offering educational programs, events, and resources designed to build integrative skills and understanding for those looking to holistically care for themselves, others, and the world in which we live. Transformative Programs, holistic medicine, psycho-spiritual counseling; Women’s, Men’s and Couples Groups, Garden Co-Op, Cleansing Program; Special 12-week “immersion.” See ad pg 45.

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