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Birds of Prey Day at Green Chimneys


Activating Leadership participants and parents at closing ceremony, summer 2017

Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute Hosts Summer Youth Programs


he Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute (EFLI) is now accepting applications for its summer programs, which are open to young people from across the country who are interested in the unique, community-based approach to leadership training based on the Eileen Fisher Inc. practices of “creativity, confidence, connection and community.” All of EFLI’s summer programs for young women and young men will be held at the Eileen Fisher Learning Lab in Irvington. Adults and youth in grades 8 through 12 may apply. Now in its eighth year, EFLI has supported more than 4,000 participants in their own leadership development, and it continues to expand its award-winning programs to reach more people of all ages.  EFLI’s summer offerings for young women include two nonresidential programs: Activating Leadership, for grades 9 to 12 (two sessions, July 16-20 and August 6-10); and Awakening Leadership, for rising 9th graders (August 13-17). Activating Leadership National (July 30-August 3) is a residential program for young women in grades 10-12.  “Now more than ever, we believe it’s time to offer young women the tools they need to become the next generation of leaders we see in the world,” says Antoinette Klatzky, executive director of EFLI.   Summer program offerings for young men include Leading from Within, for grades 9-11 (July 9-July 13), as well as Leading with Impact, a coed program for grades 9-11 (July 23-July 27). The LiFe Fellowship, another coed program, is open to recent high school graduates or early-stage college students. Fellows will receive a stipend for their work with EFLI from June 27-August 22.   Applications to all EFLI summer programs are accepted on a rolling basis. There are no academic requirements for participation. For more info, contact EFLI at 914.487.3354 or info@efli-life.org. See ad pg 31. 10

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n June, Green Chimneys will continue its traditional annual display of more than 100 birds of prey, with the help of falconers from across New York and Connecticut. Grey Falcon at Green Chimneys Green Birds of Prey Day Chimneys is a nonprofit primarily serving children with special needs through a therapeutic education and treatment program focused on natured-based and animal-assisted activities. Part of its therapeutic programming involves its Farm and Wildlife Center, which is home to more than 200 domesticated farm animals and wildlife, including 50 birds of prey, such as an Andean condor, a Griffon vulture, hawks, falcons, owls, crows and permanently disabled bald and golden eagles. Green Chimneys launched Birds of Prey Day more than 25 years ago as a fundraiser to build its first aviary. This year’s Birds of Prey Day will be held June 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Green Chimneys, which is located at 400 Doansburg Road in Brewster. The cost of admission is $15 for adults, Live animal demo at Birds of Prey Day $5 for children and seniors and $35 for families. Scouts in uniform and military members with an ID will be admitted free. Visitors will have a chance to get up close and personal with eagles, hawks, owls and falcons and learn from top wildlife and environmental experts such as Jim Fowler of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, Jonathan Wood of The Raptor Project, Bill Robinson Wildlife Lectures, Brian Bradley of Skyhunters in Flight, James Eyring of Pace Environmental Center, Erik Callender of Erik’s Reptile Edventures, Nature Nick’s Animal Adventures, Two By Two Zoo and the New York State Falconry Association. The event’s highlights will include free-flying raptors and live animal demonstrations, as well as the release of a rehabilitated bird with the help of a graduating student. “This is a very significant moment for Green Chimneys’ staff and student rehabilitators, as well as the numerous wildlife professionals in attendance,” says Paul Kupchok, an animal expert, Green Chimneys’ wildlife rehabilitator and the chief coordinator of Birds of Prey Day. There will also be four-footed, or “no-footed,” surprise guests. For more info, visit GreenChimneys.org. See ad pg 62.


Patricia Mingrone

Natural Healing Massage Therapy Opens Mount Kisco Location


atural Healing Massage Therapy (NHMT) of Pound Ridge, which specializes in providing immediate, nonpharmaceutical relief of pain and discomfort in a relaxed environment, has opened a second Westchester location, at 136 Radio Circle Drive in Mount Kisco. Both studios are owned by Patricia Mingrone, a licensed massage therapist and medical massage practitioner. She and her staff treat pain or discomfort brought on by injury, overexertion, illness, age or stress, and provide adjunct therapy to orthopedic, chiropractic, physical therapy and medical treatments in order to assist in the healing of numerous medical conditions. “We practice massage therapy as a true healing art, in a very personal and caring fashion,” she says. Mingrone specializes in woman’s health and well-being, offering a wide range of “women-centric” therapeutic massage treatments tailored to what the body needs, as well as gentle pregnancy massage and doula birthing services. “Promoting and supporting women’s health is an important role to play in our community, one that I’m totally dedicated to,” she says. “My unique focus on medical massage and the clinical application of essential oils (aromatherapy) has made NHMT an oft-referred practice for the treatment of painful conditions and stress in Northern Westchester and Fairfield Counties.” NHMT is open Tuesday through Saturday. For more info, visit ForMassageTherapy.com. To make an appointment, call 914.362.1044. May 2018


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Heart-Brain Connection Presentation


ulie Johns, of Heart Wisdom Health Coaching, will give a presentation on the heart-brain connection May 7, at 7 p.m., via Zoom.us and phone. She’ll discuss her own experience with mending that connection, and how it has impacted her health and her ability to make healthier choices and help others do the same. “The heart has its own neurological cells that communicate with the brain,” Johns says. “When we include our heart’s wisdom when making choices that affect our health, we come into alignment with our highest self, our deepest essence. Our mind, body and heart become Julie Johns allies and friends instead of separated parts, which love to make their own, fear-based decisions. It’s like having a joint partnership with that part of ourselves that is capable of unconditional love.” During her presentation, she will talk about how a health coach can help clients come into alignment and make wisdom-based decisions. “With so much information available about this health hack or that diet, it gets confusing really fast,” she says. “You can learn to cut the chatter and consult with your real-life expert—you.” Johns has a master’s degree in health education and promotion. She is a certified health education specialist, a certified coach with the International Coach Federation and Newfield Network, a certified integrative nutrition health coach and a certified Cancer Journey coach. The presentation will be available online at Zoom.us/j/166701346, or by phone at 646.876.9923 or 669.900.6833, meeting ID number 166 701 346. For more info, contact Johns at HeartWisdomHealthCoaching@gmail.com or 845.581.0909.

New Noninvasive Therapy Treats Chronic Pain and Inflammation


mino Neuro-Frequency Therapy, an FDA-approved treatment for pain and inflammation, is now available at Ganesha Spa in Peeskill. “According to the latest research, most of our diseases start with invisible inflammation,” says spa owner Irina Ionina, who has a doctorate in biology. “This drug-free, noninvasive method opens a new road to addressing and getting to the root of disease.” ANF Therapy involves applying special carbonized metal discs on the skin. These discs store the body’s naturally occurring electrical frequencies, Ionina says. ANF Therapy By releasing and amplifying these frequencies, the discs help normalize and strengthen the body’s functions. “The discs do not contain or release any substances that can harm the body,” she says. “They release frequencies for 72 hours and so only need to be changed every three days.” The therapy does not require the use of needles or drugs, and the discs are also “skin-friendly,” applied with 3M tape on the back.   ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Ionina says ANF Therapy is useful for treating various types of chronic pain, including back pain and sciatica, inflammation, migraines and headaches, muscle or joint problems and a stiff neck. It also can treat insomnia. ������������������������������������������������������������������������������� “When we prepare one of our tailor-made, easy-to-follow treatment plans combining the use of different ANF discs, most of our clients notice significant pain reduction within five to twenty minutes of the first visit,” she says.   Ganesha Spa is offering 50 percent off initial ANF Therapy consultations. For more info, call 914.906.7238 or visit GaneshaSpa.com. See ad pg 23.


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Nature’s Organic Salon Introduces New Color Line


ature’s Organic Hair and Wellness Salon, located in the Shrub Oak community of Yorktown Heights, is now carrying the Oway hair color line by Simply Organic Beauty. Owner and operator Helen Thaler, who has more than 30 years’ experience using organic color products, says the new product line gives her even more ways to create natural-looking color without the damage often caused by harsher, chemical-based products. “Oway is beyond an ammonia-free system,” she says. “It is Helen Thaler also PPD, PPT and gluten free. The products have been proven to give 100 percent gray coverage with colors that are not brassy. They lift hair color to very light shades compared to the past organic color products.” Nature’s Organic specializes in individualized, exact color matching for natural-looking results. Other services include root touchups; perms; soft body waves; natural smoothing to restore dry, frizzy hair (using Coppola Keratin Smoothing Treatment, which is formaldehyde and aldehyde free); organic straightening; highlighting; sun-kissed highlights; scalp massages with an organic conditioner; and simple cuts. The salon can also incorporate spectrahue light therapy, auricular acupuncture and chair massage into a treatment to address the harmful effects of stress on the body. “All sessions are customized to your personal needs,” Thaler says. Nature’s Organic Salon is located at 1220 North Ridge Rd., Shrub Oak, NY. In May and June, the salon is offering a free haircut with a color or other hair service except a blow dry. For more info, call 914.309.7746. See ad pg 23.


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Westchester’s Nontoxic Nail Salon


ith their UV hard gels and acrylics, most nail salons are the opposite of natural and healthy. But Brushed Up: Nail Art Studio in White Plains has made it safe to get a manicure or pedicure. The only nontoxic nail salon in Westchester Brushed Up: Nail Art Studio County, Brushed Up uses only nonhazardous products and works strictly on natural nails. Brushed Up is the creative debut of Natasha Wood, a nail artist who began her career working at Paintbox in NYC. “Nail art has been a passion of mine for years now,” she says. “My time spent working in Manhattan fueled a fire I knew I had to share with other people, and that’s what bred Brushed Up. It’s the embodiment of healthy, natural nails adorned with a touch of each client’s personal style. Artist and client work together to create a unique manicure experience like no other. “ The studio offers regular polish, soak-off color gel and nail art. In lieu of a color wall, it showcases its seasonal color and art selections in a sleek, printed look-book. “Although nails are our specialty, we also love events,” Wood adds. “Every three months, we host a Full Moon Party with a resident henna artist from Brooklyn and a rotating list of vendors offering aromatherapy, tarot reading, massage, Reiki and more. You can also catch us at monthly pop-up events around Westchester County.” Brushed Up: Nail Art Studio is located at 406 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, NY. For appointments or info, visit BrushedUpNails.com or contact the studio at Info@BrushedUpNails.com or 914.437.8353. Follow the studio on Instagram and Facebook @ brushedupnails. See ad pg 23.


Massage Envy’s Stretching Protocol Proves Popular


he Streto Method, a professionally assisted stretching technique introduced by Massage Envy Spas last year, has been so popular with clients that the franchise is exploring other new services to launch as complementary or stand-alone therapies. A proprietary protocol offered under the name Emily Harding, lead massage therapist & Omar Silvar, lead stretch service provider Total Body Stretch, the Streto Method involves a specific sequence of stretches designed to loosen up individual muscle groups, explains Kamil Samra, owner of the Massage Envy Spas in Bedford Hills and Rye Brook. “Using slow, deliberate traction techniques, stretch providers help you move beyond your body’s inherent resistance and may extend range of motion, which can increase circulation, reduce tension and improve muscle function,” Samra says. The “stretch professionals” at Massage Envy have diverse backgrounds, ranging from kinesiology and personal training to licensed massage therapy, says Nataliya Kisseleva, owner of Massage Envy Spa in Scarsdale. “No matter their experience, all stretch providers are required to complete a proprietary curriculum that builds on their knowledge of anatomy and neuromuscular physiology to become Streto Method trained.” Clients can experience the Total Body Stretch as a standalone treatment or as a complement to their favorite massage, she adds. “A 30- or 60-minute session can leave you feeling more relaxed and energetic immediately. Due to time limitations, a 30-minute session will be less comprehensive but more focused on the specific area of your concern. We strongly recommend scheduling a 60-minute session, which will give you good understanding of what this service is about. You’ll learn something new about your body, as a stretching session is a customized journey about your individual tension and tightness that you may not be aware of.” Introduced in early 2017, the service continues to gain momentum in 2018, Samra says. “We are testing new modalities that will work as enhancements to stretch or massage session or can be received as a stand-alone service. We expect there will be more to come by the end of this year.” The Total Body Stretch service is offered at all Westchester County Massage Envy locations: Bedford Hills (914.244.3689); Central Park Avenue (914.422.3689); Rye Brook (914.417.6940); and Scarsdale (914.902.9200). For more info, visit MassageEnvy.com. See ad pg 3.

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Annual Lasdon Park Plant Sale Set for May 19-20


Good Choice Kitchen Offers Weekly Cooking Classes

he annual Friends of Lasdon Plant Sale and Garden Show will be held May 19 and 20 at Lasdon Park, Arboretum and Veterans Memorial, located at 2610 Lasdon Plant Sale and Garden Show Amawalk Road (Route 35), in Somers. The sale will feature a broad selection of colorful annuals, including many hard-to-find and popular favorites that are easy to plant and care for. There will also be more than 30 vendors selling crafts, food, gifts and other items. Admission and parking for the plant sale are free. A conservatory exhibit, “The Color of Summer,” will be open to visitors for an additional $7 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. Tickets for the conservatory can be purchased at the Shop at Lasdon. The sale hours are May 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and May 20, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. On May 18, from 6 to 8 p.m., there will be special preview for members of the Friends of Lasdon Park & Arboretum. FLPA is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization formed for the purpose of aiding in the development of Lasdon Park and Arboretum, which is owned and operated by Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation. William and Mildred Lasdon originally acquired the estate in 1939. Its main house, built in 1933, is modeled after George Washington’s home in Virginia. The Lasdons were interested in horticulture and travel, and planted many foreign tree specimens on the estate. In 1976, William Lasdon created a 22-acre preserve and bird sanctuary, which was donated to the county. After his death in 1986, Westchester County purchased the estate in order to preserve the land and history of the area. While the formal grounds remain as they were designed initially, Westchester County has added embellishments to the estate, such as the Famous and Historic Tree Trail and the Chinese Friendship Pavilion and Culture Garden, which was donated by Westchester’s Chinese sister city, Jingzhou. The garden is open to the public seven days a week. It hosts a variety of events, such as weddings, antique shows, flower exhibits, concerts and horticulture courses.


ith its healthy meal plans and its vegan café, Good Choice Kitchen, in Ossining, is in the business of feeding people well. But it also teaches people how to feed themselves well, through weekly cooking workshops designed to be fun, informative and empowering. Upcoming topics are The WellFed Vegan, focused on protein, fats and carbohydrates, and how much we need from the most nutrientdense foods (May 2); Superfoods, which takes the guesswork out Laurie Gershgorn, owner of of using chia, hemp, nutritional Good Choice Kitchen yeast, nuts, fruits, maca, seaweed, fresh spices and powders (May 9); Sauces, Dressings, Condiments, about fermenting, blending and marinating, using spice and herb combinations with other simple ingredients (May 16); and Eating Season: Spring, on using the first crops of the season for health and vitality (May 23). All four workshops take place from 6 to 8 p.m. “These topics cover the foundations for learning and improving knife skills and cooking techniques, as well as handling and procuring a wide variety of ingredients,” says Laurie Gershgorn, the owner of Good Choice Kitchen. “As we expand on the topics, students learn nutritive facts and ways to eat optimally that meet their specific dietary goals. The classes encourage them and build their confidence, enabling them to expand their meal-planning ideas and create their own repertoire of dishes when they’re in their kitchen at home.” For Good Choice Kitchen’s weekly meal program, Gershgorn—a chef, food educator and nutritional consultant, and the founder of Healthy Culinary Creations—prepares meals for individuals, couples or families, and the elderly or housebound, anywhere in Westchester County. Using farm-fresh foods, she customizes the meals to the specific dietary needs of each family. Meal plans are available for one to seven days per week, on a longterm or short-term basis, and can be picked up or delivered. The Good Choice Kitchen Vegan Café features a full dine-in or takeout seasonal farm-to-table menu, a wide selection of fresh fruit/veggie juices and smoothies, and a fridge full of healthy Grab-N-Go options.  Good Choice Kitchen is located at 147 Main St., Ossining, NY. For more info, call 914.930.1591, email Laurie@GoodChoiceKitchen. com or visit GoodChoiceKitchen.com.

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Amy Kowal, owner of Reviva

Reviva Launches Monthly “Beauty School” Classes in May


eginning in May, Amy Kowal, owner of Reviva Skin and Body Solutions in Fishkill, will teach monthly Beauty School classes to anyone interested in learning morning and evening skincare routines using natural, essential oil-based products from Young Living. She will also explain how to use Young Living’s new makeup line, Savvy Minerals. The first two classes are scheduled for May 24 and June 20, both at 6 p.m., at Reviva. There is a $10 per-class fee to cover the cost of materials. “Having beautiful skin is not that difficult, but there’s so much information out there about how to achieve beautiful skin that it can be a very confusing and time-consuming topic to research on your own,” Kowal says. “With these classes, you can learn from an expert what you need to do for your particular skin type in a few easy steps. You’ll learn about the benefits of natural products, try them on your skin, and get insider tips and ideas to take your skin care routine to a higher and healthy new level.” A graduate of Christine Valmy International Beauty School in NYC, Kowal is a New York State-licensed esthetician, Reiki practitioner and certified hypnotherapist. Specializing in skin care, beauty and spiritual wellness, she has spent the past six years helping her clients achieve beauty and healing on both an outer and inner level.

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Reviva Skin and Body Solutions is located at 929 Main St., Fishkill, NY. For more info, visit RevivaBody.com or email Amy@ RevivaBody.com. See ad pg 11.

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Spa Owner Writes Book on Getting in Shape


ary T. Prenon, owner of GreenEarth Organic Facials in Cortlandt Manor, will soon release her first book, I’m Lazy and I Love to Eat, chronicling her 19-year battle with her weight, and how she ultimately lost 50 pounds through healthy living. In this inspirational yet humorous account, Prenon relates how she struggled for years with portion control, body image, the allure of fad diets, and making time for exercise. The book gives step-by-step advice on how to avoid diet gimmicks, reject a negative body image, get motivated, “work in” workouts, make healthy eating choices, deal with setbacks and maintain a healthy weight. “Basically, it’s the true-life story of a middle-aged woman who was determined to shed the pounds and get in shape, no matter how long it took,” Prenon says. “It also includes lots of funny stories, poems and some good solid advice on what to do, how to do it and super-easy meal suggestions and preparations.” Prenon has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Temple University and a background in broadcast and print news, having written nearly a thousand newspaper and magazine articles. She is also a New York State-licensed esthetician and a certified reflexologist. Currently Prenon works full-time as a communications director and runs her spa business on the weekends. GreenEarth Organic Facials offers European facials, body treatments and reflexology featuring organic, vegan, toxin-free and cruelty-free products. For more information on GreenEarth’s spa services or Prenon’s book, visit GreenEarthFacials.com. 18

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Dr. Kurt Beil Expands Practice to Cold Spring


r. Kurt Beil, a naturopathic doctor and licensed acupuncturist and the owner of Hudson Valley Natural Health in Dr. Kurt Beil Mount Kisco and Danbury, Connecticut, has added a third practice location in Cold Spring. Beginning in May, he will be seeing patients every Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Cold Spring Healing Arts, located at 6 Marion Avenue, one block off Main Street. Beil has practiced naturopathic and Chinese medicine for more than 10 years. His eight years of postgraduate education included four years of training similar to traditional “allopathic” medical school. He says he enjoys helping people resolve their chronic symptoms by identifying and addressing the underlying cause of illness so that they can reach a place of lasting, more complete health. By expanding his practice to Cold Spring, he says, he’ll be able to provide his natural, holistic health care services to residents of Putnam, Orange and lower Dutchess Counties. “Every person is an individual, and so I approach their health from that perspective,” he says. “I look at people from a perspective of health promotion and disease resolution, rather than pathological suppression and control. If someone can be given the resources to support their own natural healing ability while removing any factors that are in the way, like toxins or lingering infections or unresolved trauma, they frequently will get better.” He will often address a health issue with botanical or homeopathic medicines, focused nutritional supplements, or acupuncture or biofeedback. For patients who visit his Danbury office, conventional and functional lab testing is available to get a clearer picture of what is happening in the body. For appointments or more information, visit HudsonValleyNaturalHealth.com, email Info@HudsonValleyNaturalHealth.com or call 914.362.8315. See ad pg 17. May 2018


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Dr. Wald Offers Combination Therapies for Complex Problems r. Michael Wald, the supervisor of Integrated Nutrition of Mount Kisco, is now offering holistic combination therapies for chronic and complex health problems. Wald focuses on women’s issues such as hormonal imbalance; gastrointestinal, neurological and energy problems; weight loss; and overall disease care and prevention. His combination therapies employ various methods and technologies, including hyperbaric therapy, infrared sauna, condition-specific detoxification programs, extensive laboratory testing, sonographic (radiation-free) bone density imaging, and biological-age assessment (and treatment) of the cardiovascular system. He uses Blood Detective, his Dr. Michael Wald original computer software system, to suggest personalized food and nutritional supplements. Wald has written more than 10 books on health, including Frankenfoods: GMO Controversy, Lies and Your Health; The Anti-Aging Encyclopedia of Tests and Natural Treatments; Blood Lab Test Descriptions and Cancer Markers; and Food Plans and Recipes for the Clinical Nutrition Practice. He is a licensed dietician, certified nutrition specialist, certified clinical nutritionist, double-certified sports nutritionist and certified trainer. He earned a master’s degree in human nutrition, a doctor of medicine degree, a chiropractic degree and doctorates in philosophy and nutrition. An international speaker on nutrition, he has appeared on CNN, the Food Network, Channel 11 PIX, Channel 12 News, PBS and ABC’s “World News Tonight.” Wald works with patients in person or by phone, and he makes house calls. He also discusses cutting-edge health topics on his weekly radio show, “Ask The Blood Detective,” posted on his blog at IntegratedNutritionNY.com. Integrated Nutrition of Mount Kisco is located at 86 Smith Ave. For appointments or more information, call 914.552.1442 or email Info@BloodDetective.com. See ad pg 53.

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Rockefeller Family Playhouse in Pocantico

Westchester Land Trust Protects Rockefeller Property


estchester Land Trust has finalized the permanent protection of 60 acres of the Hudson Pines Estate, the Westchester County home of the late David and Peggy Rockefeller. WLT will honor the Rockefeller Family at its 30th anniversary annual benefit, set for June 2 at the private Rockefeller Family Playhouse in Pocantico Hills. Funds raised at the event will help WLT permanently preserve open space throughout the county, including more than 1,000 acres of currently active projects. Based in Bedford Hills, WLT works with public and private partners to preserve land in perpetuity and enhance the natural resources in Westchester and eastern Putnam counties—a densely populated region under persistent threat from the pressures of development. This most recent protection marks WLT’s eighth conservation easement on Rockefeller family lands, for a total of 180 acres of environmentally sensitive lands now preserved in Westchester County. A conservation easement is a voluntary legal agreement between a landowner and a land trust that permanently restricts a property’s development in order to protect its important conservation values. The Hudson Pines property—part of a conservation corridor that includes the 1,500-acre Rockefeller State Park Preserve—will remain in private hands and not be open to the public. VIP tickets to the anniversary celebration include access to the Playhouse, a tour with a Historic Hudson Valley docent and a reception before the main event. For more info or to purchase tickets, contact Michelle Pleim, WLT’s development and special events coordinator, at 914.234.6992, ext. 22, or Michelle@WestchesterLandTrust.org.


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Rosemary Devlin

Living Juice Certified as Woman-Owned Business

Living Juice, in Cross River, has received Women’s Business Enterprise certification, designating the company as woman owned, operated and controlled. The certification was awarded by the Women Presidents’ Educational Organization. Founder Rosemary Devlin says Living Juice began with a mission to help people attain a lifestyle that is healthy, enriched and vibrant. To that end, she took over yoga studios in Cross River and launched O2 Living, adding a holistic treatment spa and boutique as well as a raw, vegan café. With the help of an American culinary school-trained chef, she created recipes, smoothies and cold-pressed fruit and vegetable juices to sell in the café. But the juices, which are all organic with no sugar or water added, became so popular among yoga students and customers that she started delivering and selling them throughout the tristate area and beyond. Now Living Juice is her primary focus. “We’re available from Maryland to Connecticut,” Devlin says. “Last year, we opened a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Connecticut that will greatly increase juice production and allow for expanded distribution.” For more info, visit drinklivingjuice.com. See ad pg 80.

May 2018


health briefs

New guidelines that change the criteria for healthy blood pressure mean that nearly half of U.S. adults are now considered to have high blood pressure. The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association have redefined the condition as being 130/80 instead of 140/90, a change considered by critics as overly beneficial to pharmaceutical companies. This criteria includes 80 percent of people over 65, triples the diagnosis for men under 45 and doubles it for women younger than 45. The revised guidelines encourage adopting lifestyle strategies in early stages of rising blood pressure like exercise, diet, weight loss and smoking cessation. Evidence-based alternative methods noted in a Canadian study include coenzyme Q10, dark chocolate, qigong, slow breathing, Transcendental Meditation and vitamin D. 22

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In a survey of 171 midlife American women, more than 80 percent reported using complementary and alternative medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine researchers discovered. The most common choice was herbal teas, followed by women’s vitamins, flaxseed, glucosamine and soy supplements. Only 34 percent of the non-Hispanic white women and 14 percent of the Hispanic women discussed it with their doctors.


New Guidelines Lower the Bar for Risky Blood Pressure

U.S. Midlife Women Choosing Natural Health Care

Young Women Outdo Male Peers in Oxygen Uptake Young women process oxygen about 30 percent faster and more efficiently than men when they begin exercising, according to a new study from Canada’s University of Waterloo. The ability to extract oxygen from the blood is an important fitness marker, which the researchers tested by having 18 young men and women exercise on treadmills. The women’s superior results indicate they are naturally less prone to muscle fatigue and poor performance. “The findings are contrary to the popular assumption that men’s bodies are more naturally athletic,” observes lead author Thomas Beltrame, Ph.D. Previous research had found that older men and male children tend to have faster oxygen uptake than women.


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When an adult looks into the eyes of a baby, a synchronization of brain waves occurs that could indicate an intention to communicate, concludes a Cambridge University study of 36 infants. This coordinating supports the baby’s early learning and communication skills, according to the researchers. The effect, which researchers measured via electroencephalogram (EEG)-wired skullcaps, was strongest with eye-to-eye contact and weaker when the adult’s head was turned away. The more vocalizations—little sounds—the baby made, the greater their brainwaves synchronized with the adult.

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Eye Contact Syncs Baby and Adult Brainwaves


Acetaminophen Linked to Delayed Language Skills Girls born to 754 Swedish mothers that used acetaminophen during pregnancy showed less ability in acquiring early language skills at 30 months of age, report Mount Sinai Health System study researchers. If the mothers took acetaminophen more than six times in early pregnancy, their daughters (but not their sons) were nearly six times more likely to have language delays than girls born to mothers that didn’t take the drug. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 65 percent of pregnant women in this country use acetaminophen, which is marketed for pain and fever relief in Tylenol and Excedrin, and included in many over-the-counter formulations such as NyQuil and Robitussin.

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Seniors Eating Mediterranean Diet Retain Independence Seniors that ate a Mediterranean diet high in vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts and legumes were able to live independently longer, had fewer falls and fractures, and were less frail, according to recent research. In a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society, University College London researchers analyzed the eating habits and health data of 5,789 participants in studies in France, Spain, Italy and China. “People that followed the Mediterranean diet the most were overall less than half as likely to become frail over a nearly four-year period compared with those that followed it the least,” says lead author Katy Walters, Ph.D. The researchers also noted that the plant-based diet may help older people maintain muscle strength, activity, weight and energy levels.

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Yoga Soothes the Blues Taking a 90-minute hatha yoga class twice a week for eight weeks steadily lowered symptoms of depression in all 20 men and women with mild to moderate forms of clinical depression that participated in a recent University of California, San Francisco, study. Another 18 depressed adults attending an attention control class for the same period of time, afterwards had somewhat lower depression scores overall, but less than half the improvement, plus they showed greater mood fluctuation. May 2018


Meds in Urban Streams Drive Microbial Resistance

A new study published in the journal Ecosphere confirms that in urban streams, persistent pharmaceutical pollution can cause aquatic microbial communities to become resistant to drugs. Researchers evaluated the presence of pharmaceuticals, including painkillers, stimulants, antihistamines and antibiotics, in four streams in Baltimore, Maryland. Then they measured the microbial response to drug exposure. Selected study sites represented a gradient of development from suburban to urban. Emma Rosi, an aquatic ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and lead author on the study, explains, “Wastewater treatment facilities are not equipped to remove many pharmaceutical compounds. We were interested in how stream microorganisms, which perform key ecosystem services like removing nutrients and breaking down leaf litter, respond to pharmaceutical pollution. When we expose streams to pharmaceutical pollution, we are unwittingly altering their microbial communities, yet little is known about what this means for ecological function and water quality.”

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Waterborne Drugs

Recycled Plastic Transforms into Prosthetics The emerging technology of three-dimensional (3-D) printing can benefit the world in many ways. Re:Purpose for Good, in Australia, creates robotically 3-D printed prosthetic devices from recycled plastic and e-waste. It’s difficult to customize prosthetics, so more invasive surgery is often needed to make standard sizes fit the patient. Other companies produce 3-D printed prosthetic hands and arms, but Re:Purpose for Good customizes both hands and feet at a much lower cost. The company’s robotics and prosthetics engineer Gerardo Montoya, who had been working on 3-D printing prosthetics for children in Mexico, merged the idea with a desire to do something about the 8 million tons of plastic entering the oceans. Along with plastic waste, they also use e-waste such as discarded smartphones that have all the circuitry and microprocessors needed for advanced features. The company even plans to teach their prosthetic-making process to children as part of their science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) curriculum, so they can learn 3-D printing skills. They’re making it open source so more people can get involved without patent restrictions.


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Africans Unite to Save Rhinos

The Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit aims not only to protect rhinoceroses in South Africa by patrolling the Balule Nature Reserve, in Greater Kruger National Park, but to also be a role model in their communities. It’s the first majority-female, anti-poaching unit in the country. Founded in 2013 by Transfrontier Africa NPC to protect the Olifants West Region of Balule, the Black Mambas were invited within a year to expand into other regions, and now protect all boundaries of the reserve. These 32 young women and two men want their communities to understand that the benefits are greater through rhino conservation rather than poaching, as they address the local social and moral decay that results from poaching. Their concern is also for their children’s sake because the sham economy has corrupted morals and brought narcotics into their communities. To make a donation, visit BlackMambas.org.

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Obsolete Packaging Grocer Shuns Plastic Trays

The British supermarket chain Iceland is planning to eliminate or drastically reduce plastic packaging for more than 1,000 of its house-label products by the end of 2023, switching to paper-based trays instead. Nigel Broadhurst, joint managing director of Iceland, explains that the typical ready meal was packaged in a particularly bad way. “It is currently in a black plastic tray. That black plastic is the worst possible option in terms of toxins going into the ground and the ability to recycle that product.” He also notes that instead of the usual plastic bag, grocers could put netting around a bunch of apples the same as with oranges. Iceland’s research found that 80 percent of shoppers would endorse a supermarket’s move to go plastic-free.

Love Rocks

Inspiring Messages that Surprise

Artistically decorated rocks featuring inspirational messages are turning up in Mobile, Alabama, and along the Gulf of Mexico shoreline as part of The Kindness Rocks Project (TheKindnessRocksProject. com). Anyone can paint rocks and “plant” them for someone else to discover. Likewise, everyone is invited to hunt for kindness rocks. Those that find a rock are free to take it, plant it somewhere else or leave it for someone else to find. The grassroots movement was created to spread inspiration and motivation for unsuspecting recipients through the random placement of the rocks in public spaces. The goal is to encourage others to find creative ways to reach out and brighten someone else’s day unexpectedly, whether it’s through kindness rocks, love notes or random acts of generosity.

Temporary Protection

All That Glitters Sparkly Microbeads Face Ban

Scientists have called for glitter to be prohibited due to the threat it poses to wildlife. The glistening, decorative, plastic microbead powder may seem harmless, but environmental researchers report it’s a dangerous pollutant, particularly in oceans. Trisia Farrelly, Ph.D., of New Zealand’s Massey University, notes, “Their diminutive size and sparkling appearance make them appealing to animals, which will eat them.” Seven U.S. states now restrict the use and sale of products with microbeads; California was the first in 2015. The British government will ban rinse-off microbeads—plastics of less than one millimeter in length—found in exfoliating scrubs, shower gels, toothpaste and even on greeting cards. Plastics are found in a third of all fish caught in Great Britain, according to a study by Richard Thompson, Ph.D., professor of marine biology at Plymouth University. He says of shower gel with glitter particles, “That stuff is going to escape down the plughole and potentially enter the environment.”

Locals Prevail Against Bristol Bay Mine

Alaskan mining critics cheered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency decision to maintain an existing policy not to permit the Northern Dynasty Minerals’ Pebble copper and gold mine in Bristol Bay. They maintain that the project’s toxic byproducts would threaten fisheries and other natural resources. Alannah Hurley, with United Tribes of Bristol Bay, a group opposing the mine, has said that members of the tribes she represents are willing to lie down in front of bulldozers to protect the waters. She notes, “Ideally, we would like these [protections] finalized, and the battle to protect Bristol Bay from the Pebble Mine and mines like Pebble is far from over. But the fact that these protections remain in place and can be used within the process is a very positive step in the effort to protect the Bristol Bay watershed for generations to come.” May 2018


eco tip

Yards Should Welcome Mother Nature by Jeb Stuart-Bullock


o outside and take a look at your home. Is it clean, not a dead leaf in sight? Is your yard bright-green mown grass, with few weeds? Is the perimeter weedfree too—just bare, hardened ground? Is there a large mound of mulch under every tree and shrub? Congratulations! You’ve created a place that is inhospitable to most life. When was the last time you saw a toad or frog? A snake? A newt? You have clipped, blown, smothered, whacked and poisoned most of what actually belongs there: insects, birds, mammals, amphibians, plants. Clean is nice indoors, but it’s not a concept that is recognized by the Earth. To other life, you have made a desert. Here are some things you can do to invite Mother Nature back to your home:


If you have a lawn company cut your grass, tell them not to use leaf blowers. If you must “clean up,” use a rake, and pick up limbs and twigs by hand. Life is surviving in those leaves, sticks, grass clippings and pieces of unidentified stuff. There are insects, seeds, eggs—a whole microcosm—in a hidden drop of water. Let them live! Even better, buy an electric mower and mow your own yard.


Let the “weeds” come up in the areas you don’t use regularly. Plant some native grass, flowers and shrubs on the perimeter—they provide pollen, nectar, housing, seeds, nesting material, food and shelter.

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Keep tree trunks clear, allowing air to reach the bark all the way to the soil line. Don’t let “mulch volcanoes” grow there. Don’t buy plants that are grown using persistent pesticides— that means almost anything from a big-box store.

Jeb Stuart-Bullock is the founder of Joy of Gardening, a garden design and renovation company serving Westchester and Putnam Counties since 1995. It focuses on the use of native and deerresistant plants, and pest and disease management through organic, non-persistent and target-specific methods. For more visit JoyOfGardening.net. 26

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bodywork brief Natural Awakenings

Spirit, Acupressure and Personal Growth


by Gail Kellstrom


in Shin Do (JSD) Bodymind Acupressure is a clotheson form of Asian bodywork therapy using the same ancient system of meridians that are used in acupuncture, but with hands instead of needles. Jin shin do means “the way of the Gail Kellstrom compassionate spirit,” and the therapy has roots in ancient Chinese Taoist philosophy, which holds that body, mind and spirit are all one interconnected whole. Thus, physical, emotional and spiritual issues are all progressively addressed in JSD sessions. According to the ancient teachers, “We are given knowledge of the energy system so that we may live more comfortable and joyful lives.” They taught that in order to support the process of self-awareness, some places on our body, which we now know as acupoints, have been gifted spiritual energy. The ancient practitioners named each of the many acupoints on our bodies; some of those names refer to the spiritual energy contained in that place. For instance, they named an acupoint on the ribcage Gate of Hope because it is a vortex where we can receive the heavenly energy that we call hope. Another acupoint, named Middle Palace, not only relieves chest tension, but also connects us to our heart, so that we to begin to experience our higher nature and an increased sense of self-worth. Other acupoints include Spirit Gate, Flower Covering and Heavenly Palace. In a series of JSD sessions, as physical discomfort lessens and stressful feelings diminish or resolve, a sense of well-being, calm and wholeness sets in. Our attention begins moving inwards: the external “shoulds” and “have to’s” begin to quiet, and we are better able to connect with our inner wisdom, or shen (spirit). The teachings tell us that the heart is the home of shen. (How many times in our lives have we heard that ancient wisdom, “Listen to your heart”?) Somewhere inside, we still hold that knowledge that spirit is a part of us.       In my career of more than 30 years, I’ve observed that clients who get JSD sessions regularly are more and more able to get in touch with their intuition or inner wisdom: spirit. Gail Kellstrom is a licensed massage therapist, Reiki master, registered Jin Shin Do acupressurist and senior teacher of Jin Shin Do Bodymind Acupressure. At her private practice in Katonah, she offers individual sessions, workshops and practitioner training in JSD. Contact her at GKellstrom22@gmail.com or 914.232.5754. For more info, visit JinShinDoNY.com.




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May 2018


event spotlight

Folk Festival Turns Forty Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival Returns to Croton Point Park


ickets are on sale now for Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival, known as the Clearwater Festival, which will celebrate its 40th anniversary June 16 and 17 on the banks of the Hudson River, at Croton Point Park in CrotonOn-Hudson. The country’s oldest and largest music and environmental festival, which started as the Hudson Valley Folk Picnic, brings together major musical acts and a unique brand of green activism. A number of Clearwater’s favorite artists will be returning this year, including The Mavericks, Ani DiFranco, Tom Paxton & The DonJuans, Tom Chapin, Joanne Shenandoah, David Amram, Josh White Jr. and The Mammals. Artists the festival will welcome for the first time include Jeff Tweedy, They Might Be Giants, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Rhiannon Giddens, bluegrass greats Hot Rize and British folk-rocker Beth Orton. At the festival’s Green Living Expo, visitors can learn about sustainable products, services, concepts and technologies for informed lifestyle and business choices. The Discovery and Tideline tents feature Clearwater’s original hands-on environmental education programs and Hudson River research. The Environmental Action Tent highlights Clearwater’s watershed and environmental justice initiatives in our Hudson Valley communities. An expanded Artisanal Food & Farm Market offers food sourced from the Hudson Valley.

History of river advocacy

Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival is produced by the nonprofit, member-supported environmental organization Hudson River Sloop Clearwater Inc. Founded more than 50 years ago by renowned 28

ist Ramy Essam, Israeli singer-songwriter and activist Yael Deckelbaum & Prayers of The Mothers Ensemble, Venezuelan singer Betsayda Machado, Egyptian DJ and drummer Karim Nagi’s Turbo Tabla, Zydeco greats Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience, CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band and Cajun artists Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet. Visit ClearwaterFestival.org for a complete list of performers.

All ages and abilities welcome

musical artist and activist Pete Seeger, the corporation has been at the forefront of the environmental movement as a champion of the Hudson River, its tributaries and related bodies of water. All proceeds from the festival go directly to support Clearwater’s environmental education and advocacy. Hudson River Sloop Clearwater has a history of turning the next generation of environmental advocates into supporters of the organization. In order to foster continuing passion for its cause, the festival always includes emerging artists who will appeal to a younger demographic. In keeping with that strategy, this year’s lineup will include singer-songwriter Langhorne Slim, NYC-based chanteuse Margaret Glaspy, folk/bluegrass band Mipso, Latin musicinspired indie band Making Movies, indie folk band River Whyless, UK-based singersongwriter Jalen N’Gonda and blues-country-influenced singer-songwriter Parker Milsap. As part of the festival’s mission to present a diverse and culturally rich roster of artists from around the world, it will also present Egyptian human rights activist art-

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Since its inception as a one-day event in 1978, the festival has grown to become a destination for music fans and families alike, offering a plethora of family-oriented programming and activities and vendors for kids, including special performances on the Family Stage, juggling and roving artists, a children’s area, storytelling, river beach combing and net seining. The Clearwater Festival is wheelchair accessible, and most stage programming is staffed with American Sign Language interpreters. Other offerings that make the event unique and memorable include the Working Waterfront, offering rides on small boats and tall ships including the sloop Clearwater and the schooner Mystic Whaler. The Handcrafters’ Village showcases more than 50 crafters and folk artists with quality handmade items, demonstrations and workshops. This year Clearwater will offer some new ticketing options and procedures. Either Day Passes, a new option, allow visitors to purchase a single-day ticket and use it on either day of the festival. Youth Passes are reduced-priced tickets for children age 12 to 17. Children 11 and under are still free. To purchase tickets, visit ClearwaterFestival. org or call 888.718.4253, option 1. Clearwater members receive a 20 percent discount off regularly priced advance tickets. To become a member, visit Clearwater.org or call the membership office at 845.265.8080, ext. 7119. For more info or to volunteer, visit ClearwaterFestival.org. Follow the Clearwater Festival on Facebook and Twitter. See ad pg 2.

Healthy Living • Healthy Planet

Healthy Living • Healthy Planet


Ninham Mountain State forest 1,054 acres. Mount Nimham Ct. & Gipsy Trail Carmel, NY dec.ny.gov/lands/34773.html

Marsh Sanctuary 156 acres 114 South Bedford Rd., Mt. Kisco, NY nynjtc.org/park/marsh-memorialsanctuary

Westchester County

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

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

Hike, Walk, Run, Bike, Swim, Ride Horseback, Camp, Cross Country Ski, Birdwatch, Nature Activities and More!

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

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

Dutchess County Appalachian Trail 4,000 acres & 30 miles of trails 991 Route 22, Pawling, NY 12564 nps.gov/appa/index.htm

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

Winnakee Land Trust 3137 Route 9G, Rhinebeck, NY winnakee.org

Buttercup Farm Sanctuary 641 Acres 6862 State Rt. 82 Stanfordville, NY 12581 ny.audubon.org/buttercup

Putnam County

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

Fahnestock State Park 14,000 acres 1498 Route 301, Carmel, NY 10512 parks.ny.gov/parks/133

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

Fahnestock Winter Park 18km groomed Trails 1570 Route 301, Carmel, NY 10512 roberts-1.com/fwp/

Gerorge’s Island Park 208 acres. Dutch Street, Montrose, NY parks.westchestergov.com

West Point Foundry Preserve 87 acres 68 Kemble St., Cold Spring NY foundrytour.org

Greenburgh Nature Center 33 acres, 99 Dramore Rd. Scarsdale, NY 10583 Michael Ciaiola Conservation Area greenburghnaturecenter.org 800 acres Kitchawan Preserve Haviland Hollow Rd., Patterson NY 712 Kitchawan Rd., Ossining, NY putnamcountyny.com/parks parks.westchestergov.com

Teatown Lake Reservation 1000 acres. 1600 Spring Valley Rd. Ossining, NY 10562 www.teatown.org Ward Pound Ridge Reservation 4,315 acres Route 121, Cross River, NY parks.westchestergov.com

Resources New York State Parks parks.ny.gov/parks Nature Conservancy nature.org Putnam County Land Trust 835 acres pclt.net/preserves Scenic Hudson Land. Parks. Advocacy scenichudson.org/parks Westchester County Land Trust 29 Land Preserves. westchesterlandtrust.org Westchester County Parks Park Pass Available 12+ Yrs. westchestergov.com/parks Please check websites for hours, rules, fees, directions, parking and information.


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May 2018


business spotlight

A Healing Vision Realized An interview with Merrill Black, founder of The Temperance Center What inspired you to create The Temperance Center?

What natural healing modalities do you offer?

It was my dream to proWe offer an array of vide the community with services—psychoa nurturing, healing center therapy, Reiki, hypnosis, for mind, body and soul. acupuncture, cupping, I envisioned a comforting massage, reflexology, space with diverse healing myofascial release and modalities from an array physical therapy (speof talented and committed cific to pelvic floor dysprofessionals. I wanted to function for kids, teens create a “home” where peoand women). We also ple could receive tender lovoffer intuitive healings Merrill Black ing care—a safe space where and readings, holistic they could take the time to nutrition coaching, a do something loving for themselves. It was free monthly adult support group for bodymy vision that we would develop a “comfocused repetitive behaviors, and weekly munity” where people could connect, conguided channeling meditation groups. gregate, heal and expand consciousness, both individually and for the greater whole of society. My dream has been realized by creating The Temperance Center.

What do people experience when they walk in?

It was my goal to create a space with a sense of calm that people could feel vibrationally. I created that by intention, through symbols and the use of color, sound and scent. I wanted it to have a “good vibe,” and I think we succeeded, because almost every person comments on how serene they feel as soon as they walk through our doors. There are five individual offices, each with its own personality, colors and vibration. Our group room, where we hold workshops, support groups and meetings, has a calm yet energetic vibe, with its turquoise walls and touches of teal and ivory, including a large, round, teal table that creates a circular, cyclical effect. Our yoga/meditation room is intimate and sunny, decorated in lavender, sky-blue and teal. 30

You also offer yoga. What types do you offer, and how is it different here?

Our yoga classes are intimate and therapeutically based. We offer mindful, yin breathbased, chanting, restorative, gentle, vinyasa and hatha yoga. Our classes are appropriate for beginners as well as more advanced students. The teachers are seasoned and offer modifications and adjustments for students who need them—they are very attentive to their students. Since the classes are small, students really learn proper alignment, breath and postures. I recently became certified in Yoga,

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Dharma Mittra Lineage, through Michael Baez of Awakened Warrior Teacher Training, and I’m certified in Restorative Yoga as well as a certified Level 1 Lifeforce Yoga practitioner. What I love about Lifeforce Yoga is that it is a compassionate practice that meets your mood. It combines sounds, mudras, asana, breath, visualization, bhavana and self-inquiry .

What’s new or coming up at The Temperance Center?

This year we’re offering new yoga workshops and others as well. We recently hosted an herb-infused oil and organic lotion bar-making workshop, and there’s a crystal workshop on the horizon, as well as more sound baths and other holistic and spiritually based workshops. On Wednesday evenings starting in May, we’ll have a new beginner workshop, Mindful Breath & Body Yoga for Men. Beginning on Mother’s Day evening, I’ll be offering an occasional Sunday Lifeforce Yoga class, a candlelight gentle healing flow using sounds, mudras, mantras, breathwork, chakra-clearing meditation and restorative yoga. We’ll also offer a weekly Thursday evening support group for men ages 18 to 25. I’ll continue to offer Reiki trainings for Levels 1, 2 and 3, and I’ve been learning “light body” healings, a beautiful extension of my energy work. We hope to continue offering yoga teacher trainings by Michael Baez, intimate sessions blending the philosophy, spirituality and asanas of yoga. During our healing nights, which coincide with the solstices and equinoxes, we do a “taster” of yoga, self-exploration and meditation. Each time we donate half the night’s proceeds to a different foundation. It’s just one way we give back. I’m excited to see how we continue to grow and evolve in the year to come. Merrill Black is a licensed clinical social worker, Reiki master, hypnotherapist, registered yoga teacher, and certified level 1 LifeForce Yoga practitioner. The Temperance Center is located at 453 White Plains Rd., Suite 201/203 Eastchester, NY. For more info, call 914.793.2600 or visit TheTemperanceCenter.com. See ad, pg 51.

May 2018


weight loss spotlight

Fasting with Food: The Fasting Mimicking Diet Triggers Natural Health Benefits A Conversation with Dr. Angelo Baccellieri


asting might be good for shedding weight, and ultimately good for health, but it’s tough going. Not many people have the willpower to exist on water alone, even for a day or two, and those who do usually feel depleted and out of sorts. Angelo Baccellieri, M.D., founder of Westchester Wellness Medicine, offers an effective, more feasible alternative. The Fasting Mimicking Diet uses a five-day regimen of nutrition-specific foods to trigger the body’s natural fasting response, resulting in weight loss and other health benefits. In a recent interview with Natural Awakenings, he explained how FMD works.

What is the Fasting Mimicking Diet?

FMD is a way to achieve the fasting state while still consuming food. When food is scarce, the stress response pathways are activated and inflammation is decreased, dysfunctional cells are removed and stems cells are created during the re-feed period. A traditional water-only fast is very hard to do and can be risky. It’s associated with low blood sugar, low blood pressure, headaches, malnutrition, lowered immunity, fatigue and missed work. FMD allows you to eat but tricks the body into thinking it’s fasting.

What are the specifics of this diet?

Dr. Angelo Baccellieri cells through a process called autophagy. Clinical studies have shown that fasting improves blood pressure, blood sugar control, cholesterol and inflammation, and results in significant weight loss.

How is FMD different from other diets?

FMD was developed at the University of South California Longevity Institute after 20 years of research on animals and humans. It’s the first food-based treatment for the prevention of chronic diseases. It decreases the risk factors for diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease and aging. The beauty of FMD is that it uses nutrition as a tool to combat chronic disease.

How does fasting create health What results have you seen? benefits? I’ve seen dramatic reduction in visceral First let’s define fasting. It is the exclusion of food or drink, but allowing water. After around 48 hours of fasting, beautiful things begin to happen. The body shifts into preservation state, switching from glucose “sugar” burning for energy to ketone “fat” burning for fuel. Fasting turns on protective genes and eliminates dysfunctional 32

adiposity—what we think of as belly fat. In the fasting state, fat is targeted as fuel, while muscle mass is preserved. The FMD targets belly fat and achieves a significant decrease in body weight in a very short period. I have used FMD in my obese patients to avoid bariatric surgery, with a high degree of success.

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The FMD is a very specific ratio, combining protein restriction, mild calorie restriction and low glycemic index foods. This combination has been clinically shown to stimulate anti-aging pathways and promote cellular regeneration and rejuvenation through stem cell activation. The FMD is a five-day diet consisting of real food, including bars, soups, olives, teas and nutritional supplements packed in individual boxes. The ingredients are all natural, plant based and gluten and dairy free. A typical course would be a five-day FMD each month for three months. Clinical studies have shown that the results are maintained up to four months after the last fast.

Are you running any specials? I am offering the FMD program in conjunction with a comprehensive anti-aging lab panel by Integrated Genetic Solutions. This detailed panel examines hormones, vitamin levels and genetics to create an individualized, computer-generated plan. I’m including a free, 15-minute consult to discuss the program and its benefits.

Dr. Angelo Baccellieri is board certified in anti-aging and restorative medicine. He is the founder of Westchester Wellness Medicine, which focuses on maximizing longevity using nutrition, hormones, exercise and detoxification. He is a weight-loss specialist and a specialist in brain health, including traumatic brain injury. Westchester Wellness Medicine is located at 450 Mamaroneck Ave, Ste. 413, Harrison, NY. For appointments or more info, call 914.703.4811 or visit WestchesterWellnessMedicine.com. See ad, page 13.

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local food

Plant Based Meetup Dinner on May 18


lant Based–Westchester, a pod group for the grassroots movement inspired by the movie “Plant Pure Nation,” is having a Meetup dinner on May 18, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Eda’s Garden, located at 1871 Commerce Drive in Yorktown Heights. Jeanne Schumacher founded the group three years ago, to inspire people to change their health destiny by adopting a wholefoods, plant-based lifestyle and reducing the toxins in their life. “We’ve done potlucks, movies, cooking demos and lectures on plant-based living,” she says. “I’m passionate about making a difference in the lives of others by teaching them practical ways to improve their health.” Jeanne Schumacher Chef John from Eda’s Garden will prepare a salt-, sugar- and oil-free meal for the evening: a falafel slider, a veggie slider, a jackfruit slider and a drop cookie for $12. However, people can order whatever they want, Schumacher says. “The falafel is so good, the banana crepe is beyond amazing, and everything is organic.” Participants should bring a plant-based dessert to share (visit StarchQueens.net for recipe Banana crepe from Eda’s Garden ideas). “After dinner, Chef John will do a cooking demo on how to make a slider,” Schumacher says. “After the cooking event, we will talk and share recipes and positive health changes that we’ve seen. It is a wonderful get-together.” For more info, email JeanneSchumacher@gmail.com. Space is limited. To reserve a spot, call the restaurant at 914.352.6280.

Farm Fest Returns June 2


illtop Hanover Farm in Yorktown Heights will host its fifth annual Farm Fest on June 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The $10-per-family donation will support one of the few farms remaining in Westchester County operated by a nonprofit volunteer group. The event will feature an array of children’s games, face painting and activities, as well as local artisans and food vendors selling their wares. Visitors can spin the WHUD radio prize wheel; take a hayride and tour the property; meet Hilltop HaFarm Fest at Hilltop Hanover Farm nover Farm’s farmers, as well as their cows, goats and chickens; learn about antique tractors from members of the Yorktown Tractor Club; have a picnic on the 187-acre property; hike one of the farm’s three trails; and watch demonstrations devoted to healthy living, raising bees and cooking organically. They can also visit the farm stand for its official opening, and purchase organically grown vegetables and farm-fresh eggs. Hilltop Hanover Farm is located at 1271 Hanover St., five minutes from downtown Yorktown Heights. For more information about Farm Fest or Hilltop Hanover Farm, visit HilltopHanoverFarm.org. To participate as a vendor, call 914.962.2368. See ad pg 63. 34

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DIY Versions Add Zest and Nutrients by Judith Fertig


hile not essential to every dish or meal, condiments provide extra flavoring, final flourishes and added enjoyment to any dish. Such meal accompaniments range from vinegars to spreads and sauces, finishing spice mixtures and natural salts. America’s previous king of condiments was ketchup. Today, according to a


Better Basics

2017 poll from TheDailyMeal.com, it stands behind mayonnaise and mustard with soy and hot sauce rounding out the top five (generic product ranking at Tinyurl.com/ Top20Condiments). We often take familiar condiments for granted, yet a look at their ingredients can be startling. Many prominently include processed corn syrup and other sugars,

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sodium, gluten, monosodium glutamate (MSG), artificial flavors and unpronounceable preservatives, according to Dana Angelo White, a registered dietitian in Fairfield, Connecticut. Homemade versions of condiments provide a happy alternative. They not only taste great, but can be good for us. “Certain condiments add more to your meals than flavor—some actually improve your health,” says White. The potassium in homemade mustard is good for the digestive system through stimulating the flow of saliva, suggests a study in the Indian Journal of Medical Research. Homemade ketchup made with small cooked tomatoes is rich in lycopene, a nutrient that protects heart health, according to research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. White’s fresh-made “THE Green Sauce,” full of vitamin-rich avocado and cilantro, is replete with antioxidants (Tinyurl.com/TheGreenSauceRecipe).



Heather McClees, a plant-based nutritionist in South Carolina who blogs at One Green Planet, once loved commercial ketchup; then she read the labels. “Most ketchup is made of tomato concentrates, sugars, including high-fructose corn syrup, cane sugar, agave nectar, coconut nectar/syrup, brown rice syrup, cane juice and cane crystals, vinegar, “spices” that is likely code for


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MSG, water and refined salt. All of this makes ketchup addicting,” she says. “While you could pay for pricey organic ketchup and condiments that come without added sugars, you can save money by spending five minutes in the kitchen to make your own.” Find a recipe at Tinyurl.com/HealthyKetchupRecipe.


Serious Eats food writer Joshua Bousel uses only six ingredients to make a deliciously easy Grainy Mustard: yellow and brown mustard seeds, dry white wine, white wine vinegar, kosher salt and an optional pinch of brown sugar. Learn how at Tinyurl.com/ WholeGrainDijonRecipe.

Mayonnaise and Ranch Dressing

Eschewing eggs, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, of San Mateo, California, uses aquafaba, the starchy liquid in a can of chickpeas, for a plant-based twist on emulsified mayonnaise. Find it at Tinyurl.com/AquafabaMayoRecipe. In her Mebane, North Carolina, kitchen, Kim Campbell, author of The PlantPure Kitchen, makes a plant-based ranch dressing with tofu for body and nutritional yeast, herbs and lemon juice to achieve the characteristic flavor. Find it at Tinyurl.com/HealthyRanchDressing.

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Pomegranate Molasses

Sweet and tart pomegranate molasses can be used like vinegar in salad dressings, as a marinade ingredient or as syrup over pancakes and waffles. Angela Buchanan, aka Angela Cooks, a professor at the University of Colorado, in Boulder, who blogs at SeasonalAnd Savory.com, follows the Whole30 program, which bars sugar. Because she also likes Middle-Eastern food, Buchanan experimented and created her recipe for Pomegranate Molasses without added sugar (Tinyurl.com/PomegranateMolassesRecipe).

Superfood Popcorn Seasoning

Green popcorn is fun. With a spirulina powder, garlic powder, sea salt and cayenne pepper spice mix, even a movie snack can be healthy. “Spirulina is one of the most potent of all superfoods. Available in a powder form, it’s a blue-green algae that provides protein, B vitamins and iron. It’s used as a natural energizer, digestive aid and detoxifier,” says Tara Milhern, a holistic health coach in New York City. She also likes it sprinkled on baked potatoes or vegetables as a finishing flavor. See Tinyurl.com/HealthyPopcornSeasoning. Without preservatives, homemade healthy condiments don’t last as long as commercial versions. McClees advises, “I store mine in a glass mason jar for one week in the fridge. I choose a half-pint-size jar, since the less empty space there is at the top of the jar, the longer it keeps.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (JudithFertig.com). May 2018


DIY Condiment Recipes THE Green Sauce

“This sauce is a salad dressing, dipping sauce or sandwich spread,” says nutrition expert Dana Angelo White. “After tasting it, you’ll be putting it on everything.” Yields: about 2 cups

“Ranch dressing can be dairy-free and made with tofu, making it plant-based and oil-free,” says Kim Campbell. Yields: about 2 cups 2 lb tofu, about 2 (14-oz) packages 1½ Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped ¾ cup onion, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic 3 Tbsp distilled white vinegar 2 Tbsp agave syrup 1 Tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp nutritional yeast 1 tsp dry mustard ¼ tsp paprika ½ tsp celery seeds 1 Tbsp dried chives ¾ cup filtered water

Combine ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed. If mixture appears too thick, add a little more water. Courtesy of Registered Dietitian Dana Angelo White

Yields: 1 cup 32 oz unsweetened organic pomegranate juice Fill a saucepan with the juice and bring it to a low boil. Reduce the heat so the liquid will stay at a low boil, and let the juice cook down to a scant cup of thick, syrupy liquid. This takes about an hour; note that it will thicken more once it is cooled.

Transfer the pomegranate molasses to a glass jar to store in the refrigerator where it will keep well for a few months.

Courtesy of Kim Campbell, from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies at NutritionStudies.org

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It takes about an hour to cook down, but homemade unsweetened pomegranate molasses is worth the time, advises Angela Cooks.

Once arriving at a desired thickness while cooking, let it cool completely.

Blend all ingredients in a food processor until smooth.


Pomegranate Molasses

Courtesy of Angela Cooks, who blogs at SeasonalAndSavory.com.


photos by Stephen Blancett

Plant-Based Ranch Dressing

1 avocado, peeled and seeded Juice of 2 limes 2 cups fresh cilantro (leaves and stems) 1 jalapeno pepper 2 Tbsp white vinegar 1 Tbsp honey 1 tsp kosher salt ¼ white onion 1 cup filtered water

May 2018


women’s wellness

exercise, exposure to environmental estrogenic toxins and deficiencies in micronutrients. It pours money into treating cancer, not preventing or curing it. So what’s the alternative to radiation? Regular self-examination, along with thermography and ultrasound, is a safe, painless way to detect breast cancers early. It is environmentally safe, radiation-free, and safe for pregnant or nursing mothers, young dense breasts, fibrocystic breasts and implants.

The power of prevention

RETHINKING MAMMOGRAPHY Thermography can help women prevent cancer before it strikes by Patricia Bowden-Luccardi


ancer screening should not be misconstrued as a form of cancer prevention. Preventing breast cancer is far more important and powerful than simply trying to detect it after it has already formed. Two major studies published in the British Medical Journal and JAMA Internal Medicine have shown that mammograms, long thought to save lives, have done little to reduce late-stage cancer, and that up to half of all “early” diagnoses have not saved a life, but have instead led to overdiagnosis and therefore overtreatment. Another study in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, aptly titled “Mammography Screening Is Harmful and Should Be Abandoned,” shows that even decades of screening have done nothing to reduce breast cancer mortality. This is even in the face of millions of new and suppos40

edly “early-stage” or “stage-zero” cancers that are being diagnosed, inflating survival rates.

Dangerous radiation

In undergoing mammograms, women are exposed to radiation—which, as we know, is a cause of cancer.�������������������� The lower-dose ionizing radiation used in mammography has been shown to be up to four times more carcinogenic than high-dose radiation. Christiane Northrup, M.D., an author and expert on women’s health, warns that “getting regular mammograms is actually more harmful because you are subjecting your healthy breasts to cancer-causing radiation.” The cancer industry spends virtually nothing of its multibillion-dollar resources on effective prevention strategies, such as guidelines and information about diet,

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A critical difference between thermography and mammography is the ability to detect problems early enough to use preventive measures, rather than detecting disease at a stage where treatment is imminently required. When combined with anatomical testing, such as an ultrasound, thermography can reduce the number of false positives and overtreatment of breast cancer by demonstrating whether a tumor is metabolically active. Thermography can also be used for general breast health assessment. As toxins and excessive hormones create increased heat patterns in the breast, monitoring these heat patterns is an excellent way to promote wellness and visually monitor the response to various health approaches and treatments. With thermography as your regular screening tool, you’re more likely to have the opportunity to make adjustments to your diet and lifestyle to transform your cells before they became cancerous. You’ll also get clearer results and fewer additional tests. Isn’t this what women want? Talk about true prevention! Patricia Bowden-Luccardi is a certified thermographic technician, a licensed massage therapist, a certified neuromuscular therapist, a member of the Professional Academy of Clinical Thermology and a certified Whole Health educator. She practices at Dr. Kaushik’s Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic, located in Yellow Monkey Village, 792 Rte. 35, Cross River, NY. To contact her, call the office at 914.875.9088, or call her directly at 518.929.7579. See ad, page 41.

Holistic Wellness for Breast Cancer Patients and Survivors


ometimes a woman’s greatest inspiration comes from other women who share similar experiences. The YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester has been fostering this unique sisterhood through initiatives like the Breast Cancer Holistic Program, now in its second year. Funded in part by the New York State Department of Health, the program is designed to support the physical, emotional and social wellness of women managing breast cancer through free tai chi, meditation and yoga classes, as well as semiannual educationAshley Hardesty al workshops. Whether a woman is newly diagnosed, in treatment or post-treatment, developing a regular exercise and meditation practice can be an important part of staying healthy, says Ashley Hardesty, outreach specialist for the YWCA’s breast cancer programs. “Participants not only develop tools to manage the physical and emotional side effects of treatment, but have the opportunity to share and learn from other women going through a similar life experience. As we learn to say at the YWCA, ‘Strong alone, fearless together.’” Holistic wellness classes are offered at the YWCA in White Plains throughout the year. For more information, visit ywcawpcw.org. To register, call the YWCA at 914.949.6227 ext. 208.

Postpartum Therapists Host Mindful Parenting Event


Bridge Home, which offers in-home psychotherapy to new mothers, will lead a mindful parenting presentation July 24, at 7 p.m., at the Chappaqua Library. “There are so many self-help books, but parents are as unique as their children,” says Kira Bartlett, a doctor of psychology who cofounded A Bridge Home along with Lauren Safran, a licensed clinical social worker. “The most important tools a new parent can arm themselves with are ones that relieve stress, promote mindfulness and decrease self-criticism. We’ll provide practical advice to make coping with new parenthood an easier and more joyful journey.” Lauren Safran For some women, the journey from pregnancy to parenthood can be more complicated, Bartlett says. It was for this reason that she and Safran created their unique service, which bridges the support of the maternity unit to the client’s home and family. “We specialize in maternal mental health and have extensive experience treating women with adjustment issues related to pregnancy and postpartum,” Bartlett says. “For many postpartum women, traveling to a therapist is too difficult. We are passionate about making treatment accessible to women in crisis and at risk for perinatal mood disorders. Kira Bartlett So we offer up to three in-home psychotherapy consultations, and if needed, help with the transition to an office-based practice with one of our experienced clinicians.” When Bartlett and Safran visit a client in her home, they provide support and reassurance while getting to know the client and her needs. They work with her on specific wellness goals and provide the support she needs throughout her recovery. A Bridge Home: In Home Psychotherapy for Postpartum Mothers is located at 297 Knollwood Rd., Ste. 208, White Plains, NY. For more info or a complimentary phone consultation, call 917.697.5153 or visit ABridgeHome.com. See ad pg 42. May 2018


Cooking Program Offered for Women with Breast or Gynecological Cancer


his month, Support Connection Inc. will host a free program, Cooking & Stress Reduction: A Summer Retreat to Nourish Body and Soul, for women with breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. The program will be offered May 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Hilltop Hanover Farm, located at 1271 Hanover Street in Yorktown Heights. Preregistration is required. “This hands-on, interactive program begins with a morning of learning about nutrition and wholesome cooking. After a delicious meal with good company, there will be a workshop on the use of herbs for stress reduction,” Cooking & Stress Reduction class says Barbara Cervoni, director of services and communication at Support Connection. The first part of the program, Cinco de Mayo: Conscious Cuisine and Resilience, will focus on simple ways to cook whole-food, nutrient-dense meals. Topics will include Mindful Meals and Snacks, Colorful Foods and Plant Protein, Sourcing and Supplies, Your Mighty Microbiome and Lifestyle Lessons. The workshop will be led by Sheila Emery Murphy, a Conscious Cuisine developer along with Karen Rigney. Both are board-certified holistic health coaches who trained at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Murphy also trained at the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute. The second part of the program, Herbal Allies for Stress and Anxiety, will focus on how simple herbs can help the body relax. Among the topics: herbal medicines and foods that alleviate stress; herbs to use for acute situations and that help rebalance the nervous system over time; herbs that soothe and relax, such as rose, lavender and chamomile; and herbs that aid sleep and digestion. Instructor Bonnie Rogers is an herbalist and health coach in private practice. Her goal is to help people use nutrition, herbs, balanced pH and lifestyle changes to achieve optimal health and feel great. Founded in 1996, Support Connection is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that provides free, confidential support services and programs to people affected by breast and ovarian cancer. Founded in 1996, it is based in Yorktown Heights but serves people throughout the country via its toll-free hotline. Services include one-on-one peer counseling and support groups, ongoing wellness classes, holistic health workshops, public education programs, and information and referral services, as well as its information and support hotline (800.532.4290). To learn more about Support Connection, visit SupportConnection.org. To preregister for the Cooking & Stress Reduction program, call 914.962.6402 or 800.532.4290.


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For Women, Self-Care Is a Health Investment


elf-care is challenging for today’s women, who often juggle career and family, and are “hardwired” to be caretakers, says Jane Silverman, a life coach in Positive Psychology. Silverman believes society lacks adequate support for women who are stretched too thin. As a result, they experience Jane Silverman chronic stress, which ultimately leads to health issues. “I see many women who are in dire need of self-care. By their forties and fifties, many have developed autoimmune diseases like lupus, Sjogren’s disease, MS or some combination, or other health issues such as adrenal fatigue, thyroid problems and chronic fatigue.” Women should view self-care as an investment in their health rather than a luxury, she says. “We must fill our own well before filling others’, as we can’t fill others’ when we are depleted. That means saying no when we need to, or creating better boundaries for people or activities that are energy drains. And we can add, even in small ways, that which nourishes us as women.” To prevent illness and burnout, she suggests feeding the body with healthy food; feeding the spirit with creative outlets and quiet time; and accepting or asking for support, either from friends and family or from a professional. Silverman provides consultations at her office, located at 66 Main St., Bedford Hills, NY, as well as by phone, FaceTime or Skype. She offers a free halfhour phone consult. Contact her at 914.263.7080 or JaneSilverman25@gmail.com. For more info, visit JaneSilvermanLifeCoach.com.

Women’s Program Designed to Reverse Autoimmune Disease

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eginning in May, Zen Garden is offering a four-week program designed to help women reduce or reverse a chronic autoimmune condition. According to Edit Babboni, owner of Zen Garden, autoimmune diseases are the third most common diseases in the United States, and 78 percent of the sufferers are women. Babboni, who suffered from an autoimmune disease for years after giving birth to her children, says she cured herself by taking her healing into her own hands. “I’ve been a certified health coach for four years now, and I am offering women the tools they need to take the destiny of their health into their own hands, and make changes for life.” Conventional medicine can usually treat the symptoms of autoimmune disease, but it rarely addresses the causes, she notes. “While inflammation often parallels autoimmunity, a lot of times these treatments are with NSAIDs (non-steroid antiinflammatory drugs), which are known to deteriorate the gut lining. Interestingly, the gut lining and our gut flora are our first line of defense, since 80 percent of our immune system resides in our gut.” Zen Garden’s unique women’s circle program puts participants on the right path to reduce, stop or reverse their disease, she says. The program includes weekly meeting circles, meditation and yoga classes, a four-week recipe booklet, an online support group and tips for selfcare. The program takes place May 21 to June 17. The program fee is $400 for four weeks.



For more info, contact Babboni at 917.721.2529 or Yoga.ZenGarden@gmail. com, or visit ZenGardenYoga.net. Zen Garden is located at 61 Lakeview Dr., Yorktown Heights, NY. See ad pg 38.

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Guaranteed rapid, safe and sustainable weight-loss; this is a body cleanse that as a result women lose 30 lbs in 30 days and men much more. Call for a free, no obligation orientation. See ad pg 39.



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

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Moving Through

MENOPAUSE Exercising Reduces Symptoms



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ransitioning through menopause and the years of perimenopausal hormone fluctuation leading up to the finale can be physically and emotionally challenging for many women. Consistently following a healthy diet and positive lifestyle are important, and health researchers, doctors and midlife women can attest to the multidimensional benefits of exercise. Perks may include reduction of menopausal discomfort, better brain function, stronger bones and reversal of estrogen dominance syndrome that can set the stage for fibroids, cystic breasts, cancer, migraines and weight gain.

Get Moving

Studies of 3,500 women in South and Central America have shown that a more active life reduces hot flashes and night sweats. The results, published in Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society, reveal that sedentary individuals often experience increased intensity of related symptoms like insomnia and irritability. Aerobic exercise such as regular walking, hiking, swimming or biking might also help the brain produce neurochemicals that are compromised when estrogen levels drop. Sue Markovitch, author and owner of Clear Rock Fitness, in Columbus, Ohio, recommends aerobic exercise. “I believe our bodies were made to move. One of the amazing gifts of fitness is it’s truly never too late. When we incorporate daily movement in our lives, all the other systems in the body will work more according to plan. Simply taking a daily walk helps balance brain chemistry,” says Markovitch, who specializes in improving fitness levels for women over 40. “Walking is fitness magic, whether it’s on a treadmill, outside or in the pool. Get your heart rate into an aerobic zone, preferably for 30 to 45 minutes. I’ve heard testimony WakeUpNaturally.com

after testimony of improved sleep, less back or joint pain and better mood.” She also suggests adding a few weekly sessions of resistance training to daily walks. Most health professionals agree that balance is the key. Jeanne D. Andrus, a menopause expert and author of I Just Want to Be ME Again, in Covington, Louisiana, recommends cardio, resistance training and exercise that increases flexibility and core strength. “For a beginner, this may include two to four days of walking, one to three days of strength training and one to three days of yoga or Pilates, with the goal being three and a half hours of activity per week.” Of course, all of these need to be at appropriate levels for the woman’s condition and goals,” advises Andrus. According to studies led by Helen Jones, Ph.D., from the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University, UK, three, 30-to-45-minute aerobic sessions a week reduced hot flashes and yielded the most significant results.

Go Easy

While some conventional approaches suggest vigorous exercise, many holistic professionals caution against extremes. “It’s important to individualize, and in my ongoing research it’s clear that the high-intensity strength and sculpting approach so often promoted and perceived as necessary to maintain shape, weight and health is a myth,” says Dr. Eden Fromberg, an obstetrician, gynecologist and founder of Holistic Gynecology New York, in Manhattan. Instead, Fromberg recommends an integrated approach to exercise that supports connective tissue and joints. While some forms of exercise including yoga are perceived as gentler than others, she warns against an all-or-nothing strategy, noting, “Intense, deep stretching and joint-straining may cause injury more easily during hormonal transition.” Andrus concurs, “If high cortisol levels are involved and accompanied by insomnia, stress placed on the body by rigorous exercise will increase these levels and actually lower available energy.” She also advises adopting a non-aggressive approach for osteoporosis. “Weight-bearing exercise is a must, but if bone loss is already present, start much more gradually to ensure that bones are protected.”

Lighten Up

Exercise can be more enjoyable than doing chores. Recreational activities such as dancing, biking or hopping on the swings at the playground are fun ways to do something good for both body and spirit. Menopause can be a time for personal expansion and an invitation for self-care that might have been neglected or postponed. Fromberg believes we can all revitalize our resources at any stage of life, and the years surrounding menopause call for us to tune into ourselves even more. “What seems like a disruption is an opportunity to listen deeply and reimagine and reorganize one’s life on physical, emotional and spiritual levels.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at MarlainaDonato.com. May 2018


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Last year’s St. Vincent’s Hospital Westchester’s 5K Run/Walk

St. Vincent’s 5K Run/Walk Set for May 12


t. Vincent’s Hospital Westchester’s 5K Run/Walk will be held on May 12, starting at 9 a.m., on the hospital’s main campus at 275 North Street in Harrison. Proceeds will benefit St. Vincent’s inpatient and outpatient mental health and addiction recovery services for children, adolescents, adults and their families. The event is open to all ages. It features chip timing, a tech shirt for registered participants, team and age group awards, and free refreshments and prizes. Registration fees are $25 online or $30 on race day for adults, and $20 online or $25 on race day for children 17 and under. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information or to register, visit StVincentsWestchester.org or call 914.925.5401.

May Courses Focus on Navigating Menopause Gracefully


n celebration of Women’s Wellness Month, Lorraine Hughes, owner of Empowered by Nature, will teach two special courses for women through Dutchess Community College South in Wappingers Falls. The Feminine Second Spring: Evolving with Grace, Vitality and Beauty through Peri-Menopause and Menopause will be offered May 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Qi Gong for Women, a three-class series, will be offered May 9, 16 and 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. The Feminine Second Spring (course number LES453) will focus on navigating the natural transition Goddess statue, Pumpkin from the reproductive years into a “heart-centered and Hollow Retreat Center creative” menopausal phase. “I’ll talk about enhancing and maintaining your vitality while aging gracefully as you transition through life phases,” Hughes says. The cost of the course is $49. Qi Gong for Women (LES452) teaches this ancient form of exercise as a tool for growth and fulfillment in middle age. “Many women dread this stage of their lives, when in fact these are the very best of years,” Hughes says. “Qi Gong for Women provides mindful movement, breath and intention that will help us connect to our divine feminine self in mind, body and spirit.” The cost for all three sessions is $69. Hughes has practiced planetary herbalism and nutrition for more than 12 years, working with women’s fertility, lifestyle and transitional health issues. She is a clinical herbalist, registered herbalist and certified qigong instructor. To register or for more info, call 845.431.8910 or visit SUNYDutchess.edu/cfweb. (Look under Personal Enrichment Program—Holistic Health. Refer to course numbers when registering.) 46

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Devotion Yoga of Westchester Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan 2055 Albany Post Road 914.930.7707 dailydevotionyoga.com

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

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CARMEL The Art of Healing Wellness Center 64 Gleneida Ave. 845.878.4325 TheArtOfHealing4All.com

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NEW ROCHELLE Westchester Yoga Arts 49 Lawton Street, 2nd Floor 914.632.1101 WestchesterYogaArts.com

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HEALING THE HARD STUFF Natural Approaches Resolve Major Illnesses by Linda Sechrist


lthough natural health enthusiasts may recognize alternative healing modalities as a preferred approach to treatment, in the face of major health issues, even they tend to join the crowd that’s turning first to conventional medicine. Thus, many gentler modalities described in The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, co-authored by doctors of naturopathy Michael T. Murray and Joseph Pizzorno, remain largely untapped resources. Ignored because they are unsupported by traditional sciencebased medicine, holistic measures such as acupuncture, energy medicine, essential oils, herbs, detoxification, health-promoting diets, homeopathy, prayer and meditation, supplementation, yoga, massage and naturopathy are sacrificed in favor of often painful medical procedures and prescription drugs which can’t claim to permanently cure anything and can have many harmful side effects. 48

Lack of Awareness

“A patient that dabbles in holistic medicine for minor health issues such as indigestion, headache or insomnia often turns to conventional methods after receiving a serious diagnosis such as diabetes, heart disease or cancer because they are scared,” observes holistic physician Dr. Wendy Warner, medical director of Medicine in Balance, in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. The co-author of Boosting Your Immunity for Dummies suggests that relatively few people turn to natural solutions for both preventive and therapeutic measures because they’re unaware they exist. Integrative oncologists and endocrinologists that are aware of the benefits of natural complementary methods are scarce. Relatively few conventional doctors are educated in functional medicine. “Yet complementary modalities such as acupuncture, massage and some essential oils can support the immune system and help an individual deal with stress experienced from coping with their illness,” says Warner.

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Rob Wergin, an experienced energy medicine practitioner, speaks from experience regarding clients that consult him for lifethreatening diagnoses. “When I see them, they’re desperate and have exhausted all conventional methods. I’m their lastditch effort,” remarks Wergin. The most frequent reason he hears is, “My family, friends and doctor told me not to waste my money on charlatans.” “People find it challenging to put faith in natural methods and are nervous about going against a doctor’s advice until they feel or see positive results; even these may not provide sufficient motivation to continue with alternative treatments,” he says. “I believe this is the result of the influence of pharmaceutical ads promising results, the medical community’s belief in proof solely through clinical trials, websites like Quackwatch. com and well-meaning friends insisting that the conventional route is the only way to go. It’s sad to see the gravity of these influences pulling clients back into solely believing in the Western model of medicine,” says Wergin. Ann Lee, a doctor of naturopathy, acupuncturist and founder of the Health for Life Clinic, Inc., in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, notes, “This mindset continues to get reinforced by insurance companies that do not cover alternatives. Paying out of pocket for medical expenses also influences a patient’s choices.” Kelly Noonan-Gores and Adam Schomer, director and producer, respectively, of the documentary film HEAL, suggest that unconscious conditioning plays the biggest role in an individual’s choices. “We are deeply conditioned to view medical specialists and prestigious medical institutions as the ones with all the answers. Sometimes they do and sometimes they


Outside Pressure

don’t,” says Noonan-Gores, who intends to have her film awaken viewers to the possibilities of alternative paths of healing. As just one other example noted in the film, thousands have used the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), tapping on their body to help release the trauma and stress often associated with illness.

“Before, I wasn’t familiar with EFT, which I continue to use and benefit from. However, despite everything I’ve learned, I can’t give up on all Western medicine, put my faith in alternatives and let my intuition and faith guide me to healing. It’s easier to be skeptical than to have faith,” Lee says.

website FloridaOilsRN.com that reaches hundreds of individuals worldwide. She advises, “Reach out to people that you see are having positive results with a different healing system than yours. Ask them to show, help and teach you. I’ve seen many people restored to health by using methods that science is only beginning to understand.”

Resistance to Change

Quiet Role Models

Sheila Tucker, a resident of Navarre, Florida, has been a registered nurse for 20 years, practicing in hospital settings such as critical care, emergency and administration. “I know and understand doctors, surgeries and pharmaceutical treatments and hospitals,” says Tucker, who recalls that throughout her life she was taught to believe in a system that suddenly stopped working for her. “In 2014, I was dying from a rare autoimmune condition, requiring fulltime care, and planning my funeral. Doctors had tried everything, yet my health continued to decline. When I saw a friend’s Facebook posts about her use of essential oils, I was curious, but reluctant to reach out, and didn’t want anyone to know that I called her for advice,” recalls Tucker. “Shortly after my friend arrived with her oils, my husband came home with our daughter, who had strep throat and a fever. She made us promise to use selected oils through the night and prayed with us.” Tucker attributes the miracle of her daughter’s turnaround the next morning to shifting her paradigm and opening her up to believing in the healing power of essential oils. Thanks to her friend and role model, Tucker learned how to use therapeuticgrade oils, supplements and a healthy diet to cleanse her body of the heavy toxic load accumulated from several years of expensive drug treatments. Today, she is a healthy and enthusiastic advocate, and her personal results opened the eyes of her physician to the point where she also shifted her own philosophy of healing. Tucker now offers educational classes in her office and online through her

“Outside of any dominant paradigm, it’s easier to cast suspicion than to make curious inquiry and, over time, working within a dominant worldview creates polarity, the antithesis of ‘wholism’. An inclusive approach integrates all medical and complementary approaches, as well as interaction with the natural world,” says Patrick Hanaway, a family physician and founder of Family to Family Medicine, in Asheville, North Carolina. Hanaway, the former director of medical education for the Institute for Functional Medicine and the first medical director at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, explains, “Doctors have a rigorous job filled with responsibility. Change is difficult and investigating vastly different ways of practicing medicine requires a degree of curiosity and openness. I am heartened by thought leaders and heads of top medical schools who are presently opening up to functional medicine, natural medicine and complementary approaches.” “The paradigm shift we are ushering in has been 50 years in the making,” assesses Hanaway. “Some medical professionals are immersed in a polar view of right and wrong, offering personal attacks and disparaging comments to maintain control of the dialogue. This is not appreciated by patients who look to the doctor as a teacher—the Latin docere means to teach. “The movement to change medicine and the cultural paradigm of healing is a marathon, not a sprint, and those of us involved are prepared to stay the course.”

“The conventional medical community wants to maintain the model in which they have heavily invested centuries of time, energy and money. Patients that investigate integrative and complementary medicine may resist hearing that in order to get well, they might need to change their worldview and lifestyle, take a leave of absence from their job, develop a spiritual practice, exercise or maybe even leave a toxic relationship,” says Schomer. “Conventional medicine says take this pill and keep living your life the same way,” says Schomer. “We are not demonizing doctors, pharmaceuticals or the medical system. We simply believe that individuals are more empowered to heal when they take control of their health.” Eva Lee, a resident of Los Angeles featured in the documentary, suffers from a rare and unpredictable form of blistering skin inflammation. “I’ve tested negative for faulty genes and all sorts of rare viruses and bacteria, which helped point me towards holistic methods. So far, following the directives of Dr. Mark Emerson, a chiropractor specializing in nutrition, in Maui, Hawaii, who I met while filming, has helped my body become healthier and deal with inflammation levels that rapidly reduced as soon as I detoxed and eliminated meat and dairy from my diet,” says Lee. Still, it’s hard for her to accept that her condition could be due to the type of stress and suppressed emotions that Anthony William explores in his book Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal.

It’s a Marathon

Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at LindaSechrist.com. May 2018


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by April Thompson

fter Los Angeles native Kelly Noonan-Gores spent 20 years in front of the camera as an actress, she turned her talents to producing award-winning films like Tooken, Beneath and Take a Seat. She considers her latest, the documentary HEAL (HealDocumentary.com), to be her ultimate achievement. “I included as many inspiring stories of healing change as possible to expand viewers’ beliefs in what’s possible, to alter the narrative around mystery illnesses being incurable or cancer equaling death,” says Noonan-Gores. When she was prescribed Prilosec for acid reflux at age 28, Noonan-Gores decided she was too young and otherwise healthy to become dependent on it. By taking an integrative nutrition course, she realized the possibilities of alternative heal-


ing methods, catalyzing an ongoing exploration into optimizing life and health through the powers of mind, body and spirit. “We are not the passive victims of faulty genes; our lifestyle choices, thoughts, and beliefs shape our health,” says Noonan-Gores, a longtime practitioner of yoga and meditation. HEAL features uplifting interviews with the scientists, visionaries and healers that inspired her, including Deepak Chopra, Bruce Lipton, Marianne Williamson and patients diagnosed with diverse ailments that sought different healing modalities to take their health into their own hands.

What are some common elements in the stories of patients featured in HEAL?

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One common thread revolves around our subconscious programming. From the time we’re born, we are downloading “programs” or belief systems from society, parents, teachers and whoever and whatever else is in our environment. Many have learned through their own healing journeys of negative belief systems running their lives; each one had to become aware of these beliefs in order to change. Another is that when events are too painful, we consciously suppress or unconsciously repress them, and that trauma stays in our cells and might manifest in disease. To move that stuck energy, we must heal that emotional trauma to allow physical ailments to transform. A third theme is understanding how stress affects our lives and immune systems, and doing things to manage or mitigate it through tools like meditation or breath work. Some of the patients worked with spiritual psychologists using Emotional Freedom Techniques to release past stress held in their body, shifting beliefs to a trusting, non-victim place. Dietary shifts also made a difference. In acute healing, we realize the effect of different foods which can reduce or exacerbate inflammation.

Which messages in how the body and mind collaborate to promote healing are audiences keying in on? Visualization is a powerful and widespread tool in healing; we can use imagination to

reframe and tell a different story. Research has shown that visualizations can affect brain chemistry and lessen side effects. The mind is conditioned to go to the worst-case scenario; we can instead retrain it to focus on the best-case scenario, and what we want to happen, increasing the likelihood it will occur.

What role do faith and belief systems play in the healing journey? It all comes down to what we believe. If you believe in and expect an effect, like what we see with a placebo, the brain will create and release natural chemicals that might be prompted by a targeted drug. Believing you are a victim of genes and circumstance induces stress, whereas having faith in a loving universe produces greater ease.

How do emotions influence health and healing? Gregg Braden and Joe Dispenza, interviewed in HEAL, discuss how rage, jealousy, trauma and fear put the body in a stress response and create inflammation and other detrimental effects. But love, kindness, joy, gratitude and compassion release healing hormones and neurochemicals like oxytocin, serotonin and dopamine. It’s empowering to know that when negative emotions arise, you can become aware of and release them, then pivot to focus on gratitude or do something that cultivates joy. It’s a moment-by-moment choice.

Healthy people require a healthy planet; how can we apply these same principles to bring our world back into balance? The more conscious we become, the more we treat ourselves, others and our Earth with compassion. As more people awaken and demand a different response, the paradigm will shift. Health care will have to change as we apply the power in our hearts and minds. Our bodies are a microcosm of the universe; the planet can heal itself and thrive as we remove the toxins and become fully aware of what we are putting in the air, water and soil. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.

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of functional medicine, which seeks to address causes of illness, rather than simply treat symptoms, has been garnering increasing interest by the public and pioneering medical professionals. It’s now maturing into personalized functional medicine.


Functional Medicine Leads the Way by Linda Sechrist

Historical Overview During the last 25 years, a less drug-based grassroots model for dealing with chronic illnesses in the U.S. has emerged. First labeled holistic, the movement gained momentum as alternative approaches morphed into being considered complementary to conventional medicine, war-


ranting studies by the National Institutes of Health. Responding to public interest, an integrative model of care that focuses on the whole person has taken root in medical institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic, in Ohio. The latest evolution to a systemsoriented, patient-focused clinical model

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New Standard of Care One of the best-prepared, traditionally trained medical professionals in explaining this approach is Jeffrey S. Bland, Ph.D., recognized as the father of functional medicine, and author of The Disease Delusion: Conquering the Causes of Chronic Illness for a Healthier, Longer and Happier Life. He co-founded, with his wife, Susan, the Institute for Functional Medicine, in Washington, which provides a system geared to understanding the complexity of chronic illness and design individualized programs for more effective healing. “Medical science didn’t have the advanced technology 25 years ago to perform the research that now helps us better understand the complexity of chronic illness, as well as our present ecological view of the body. Today we’re examining how all the networks of our biology intersect in a dynamic process that creates health when in balance or disease when out of balance,” attests Bland, whose career has focused on searching for a unifying principle behind all healing that can be used to discern the best possible therapy for specific individuals. Incorporating what he learned from Linus Pauling, Ph.D., two-time Nobel Prize laureate, and Lee Hood, M.D., Ph.D., as well as systems biology and practicing lifestyle medicine, Bland founded the

nonprofit Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute (PLMInstitute. org) in 2012. Seeking to transform the entire medical approach to chronic illness, the Seattle-based organization is a virtual and onsite hub for health professionals, researchers, educators and the public to share ideas and converse about how personalized functional medicine can be delivered to everyone as an improved standard of care.

Role of Genetics The National Human Genome Research Institute, in Bethesda, Maryland, maintains that an evolved approach to medicine starts with using an individual’s genetic profile to determine the best path to preventing, diagnosing and treating diseases. By 2003, scientists had delivered the first essentially complete sequence and map of all the genes in the human body. Three decades ago, the medical fraternity had few reliable explanations for the origins of chronic health issues. Today, accepted factors include predispositions for a specific disease related to an individual’s genome, along with contemporary epigenetic influences such as nutrition, environment and lifestyle. None of these elements, however, necessarily define our destiny. “This genomic personalized medicine approach is creating friends among all healing arts practitioners because it facilitates our using information to design a less-toxic environment, lifestyle, diet and treatment to meet an individual’s specific needs and particular circumstances that led to a disease,” says Bland. “Diseases are only names assigned to a collection of symptoms,” says Bland. “They don’t indicate how the individual became afflicted. If 10 patients with Type 2 diabetes each had epigenetic variations that triggered getting the condition, it would be unwise to treat them all the same; it’s far better to treat those factors that specifically led to the disease.” Addressing the concern that genetic test results might be used to deny someone health insurance, Bland notes, “This is a significant misunderstanding about genetic testing. Our genes don’t tell us how we are going to die. They tell us how we should live. Understanding how our genes can help us live to 100 is a model of enlightenment. Those that practice this systems biology approach are counting on functional personalized medicine becoming the updated standard of care.” Physicians often offer genetic testing services. At-home DNA testing can be done using a saliva collection kit mailed to a laboratory, offering both ancestry and health information that must be interpreted by an informed professional. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at LindaSechrist.com.

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Five Reasons to Love a Cat

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by Sandra Murphy


s beloved and compatible pets, indoor cats provide emotional, mental and physical benefits.

Time spent with cats is never wasted.


and make friends. At home, a cat’s hunting skill and human creativity can be ~Sigmund Freud tapped using do-it-yourself treat dispensers and toys or inventive games.

Loneliness is never a problem with a cat around. “Cats need to be fed, have litter changed and be brushed,” says Lisa Bahar, a therapist and clinical counselor at Lisa Bahar Marriage and Family Therapy, in Newport Beach, California. “Being comforted by a cat helps with depression and isolation.” While at Indiana University Bloomington Media School, Jessica Gall Myrick, Ph.D., now associate professor at Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications at Pennsylvania State University, in University Park, discovered watching cat videos isn’t just fun, but a way to feel more energetic and positive. With some 94 million YouTube tales of cat adventures online, there’s no lack of available mood boosters.

Exercise Some cats enjoy leashed walks, presenting opportunities to mindfully enjoy nature 54

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Improved Health Talking to kitty can make a bad day better. A lap cat prompts enforced timeouts and excuses to nap. Petting reduces tension and stress. Aimee Gilbreath, executive director of the Michelson Found Animals Foundation, in Los Angeles, points to a study from Life Sciences Research Institute, in Pretoria, South Africa, showing, “Simply petting a cat can reduce stress-related cortisol, while increasing serotonin and oxytocin.” The Second National Health and Nutrition Examination Study Mortality Follow-up concluded that having a cat lowers risk of myocardial infarction (heart attack) and cardiovascular disease including strokes, making cats a novel path to a healthier heart. When researchers reporting in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America measured the purring sound of domestic

I have lived with several Zen masters—all of them cats. ~Eckhart Tolle cat purrs, they discovered these resonate at 25 and 50 Hertz (Hz), the two low frequencies that best promote bone growth and fracture healing. Purrs also have a strong harmonic near 100 Hz, a level some orthopedic doctors and physical therapists use for ultrasound therapy. A child under a year old living with a cat is only half as likely to develop allergies to pets, ragweed, grass and dust mites, much as inoculations guard against disease and boost immune systems. The study, published in Clinical & Experimental Allergy, followed children from infancy to age 18. French researchers discovered autistic children age 5 and older that had a cat were more willing to share, offer comfort to others and show empathy. Sharing cat responsibilities tightened family bonds. Cats like routine, especially for meals, making them good pets for Alzheimer’s patients that may lose track of time. Many people like the added warmth of a nearby sleeping cat at night. Fifteen minutes of exercise, followed by a snack, will put kitty on the owner’s sleep schedule.

Cats are Low-Maintenance Overall, cats are self-sufficient animals, requiring only love, food and a spotless litter box. Self-cleaning, most cats don’t require regular trips to the groomer for haircuts and a bath. Scratching posts keep nails short. A snack, playtime or welcoming puddle of sunshine persuades kitty that it’s naptime. “In rescue, we say dogs are toddlers and cats are teenagers. Cats live without constant oversight,” says jme Thomas, co-founder of Motley Zoo Animal Rescue, in Redmond, Washington. “They’re good pets for busy people. Adopt two at the same time so they bond and aren’t lonely.”

Cats are Eco-Friendly A New Zealand study reports that cats have a lower carbon footprint than dogs, comparing dogs to a Hummer and cats to a Volkswagen Golf. Dogs eat more beef, incurring red meat’s huge footprint. “Because cats eat less than most dogs overall, it saves money, too,” says Gilbreath. Everyone needs someone to care for and love. With about 77 million cats living in U.S. households and more in shelters or rescues, there’s plenty of people- and planet-friendly love to be found. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@mindspring.com. May 2018


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KID TALK How to Communicate with a Child D

by Amber Lanier Nagle

udley Evenson didn’t set out to devise a strategy to foster constructive, nurturing communications between parents and their offspring. Yet as she and her husband, Dean, raised their three children decades ago, timeless guiding principles emerged. “We were like other parents—learning and growing along with our children,” says Evenson, a certified professional life coach, musician and co-founder of the instrumental recording label Soundings of the Planet (Soundings.com), in Bellingham, Washington. “Then, in the early 1980s, I met Joshua Halpern, who wanted to include our perspectives and techniques in his book, Children of the Dawn: Visions of the New Family.” So she shared her way of cultivating kind, caring and empathetic youngsters that has worked for two generations of her family: “Our role is not to impose our beliefs on children and grandchildren, but to guide and help them develop their dreams, visions, paths and passions.” Other experts agree.

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Stay Clear. Evenson contends that

children are often mirrors of the surrounding moods and attitudes, so our example is paramount. “Children absorb our feelings and emotions,” says Melanie Hogin, a social worker who counsels foster families in greater Nashville.“‘Transference’ is its textbook term. Stay calm and clear when you are around children, and keep the lines of communication open.”

Be Consistent. Evenson maintains,

“Mom and Dad or the primary parental figures should try to establish a unified, mutually supportive program.” “Consistency is one of the cornerstones of effective parenting,” says Dana Cooley-Keith, with 20 years of experience working with families in crisis in Northwest Georgia. “Even if it’s hard, it’s particularly important for divorced parents to be consistent and on the same page. Otherwise, it creates stress for the entire family, adding more confusion to a child’s life when the noncustodial parent allows something the custodial parent doesn’t.”

Be positive, honest, flexible, reasonable and understanding. “It is key to explain things to children and

to listen to them,” says Evenson’s daughter, Cristen Olsen, of Seattle, who raised her daughter using her family’s guiding principles, and now uses them as a nanny. “It helps them learn how to process situations and find their own resolutions to difficult problems.” Olsen says she becomes a mediator when the siblings she cares for don’t agree. “We solve the problem together by hearing all sides, talking through the issues and reaching for understanding. Many times, the kids come up with their own solutions.”

Provide meaningful boundaries and restrictions.

Kids typically push to find their limits. “Establish limits and boundaries when children are young,” says Cooley-Keith. “They will be more accepting of rules if you establish them earlier, rather than later. Most often, boundaries provide security for kids.”

Accept their point of view. Evenson always encouraged

her children to voice their opinions. “This is a great point,” says Hogin. “For children to learn to have opinions and speak out, we must value what they say. We don’t have to agree with everything they say, but should listen and encourage them to find their voice and use their words.”

Trust children. “Believe in them,” affirms Evenson. “Be on their side. Let them feel your support and love.”

Don’t nag. “We all want children to develop their own sense

of responsibility,” Olsen says. “I find making strong eye contact reinforces my words, so I don’t have to nag or repeat myself often.”

Be available, rather than putting kids on the spot in public. “If you correct or redirect a child in front of others,

they will probably be focused on being embarrassed and fail to understand the lesson or reasoning a parent is trying to project,” says Hogin. “Taking a step back and working out an issue oneon-one is usually more appropriate and effective.”

Maintain good habits. Evenson emphasizes the character

strength that comes from observing and practicing good habits and healthy lifestyles that avoids gossip and incorporates creative exploration of life. This includes “Doing everything in love,” she notes. Such all-encompassing love balances love for our own children with love for all children and respect for all life.

Be patient with yourself. “No one is perfect,” Evenson

remarks. “Just do your best. Guide, console and discipline while keeping a sense of humor.”

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Pillow Self-Talk Three Questions to Ponder Before Sleeping

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by Krista O’Reilly Davi-Digui


sking ourself three purposeful questions before retiring each night can help us rest content knowing that although we may not have lived our day perfectly, we did live it well.


What are three things I am grateful for?

It’s possible to live with eyes and heart wide open to the amazing beauty of each day, to receive it as a gift, rather than a guarantee. By looking, we can find gifts even amid uncertainty, struggle, pain or loss. In those times when we find ourselves fighting for gratitude, know that the grace found in thankfulness for even tiny blessings sustains us and builds resilience to walk through the storm and emerge intact. Reading One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp, or A Simple Act of Gratitude, by John Kralik, may help inspire us to get started. With practice, expressing gratitude will come easily, like breathing or laughing with children.


What are two things I did well today?

Speaking words of life about ourselves, noticing what we do well and where we shine, may meet internal resistance. It seems second nature, especially for women, to see our own struggles or shortcomings, but not our beauty or all the ways we show up to serve others and use our strengths.


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Deepening the roots of self-awareness and self-compassion that permit us to accept that we are good enough enables us to step out in calm confidence.


What is one thing I would do differently?

Some nights we may find that given the chance, we wouldn’t have done one thing differently that day. More often we can identify something: a word spoken in impatience, spending too much time on the phone, being distracted from what’s important to us, procrastinating out of fear, or even forgetting to properly nourish ourselves. Instead of criticizing, the goal is to notice how we could better live fully aligned to our bigger goals and established values. Moment by moment, we can choose a growth mindset. We can learn to be as gentle with ourselves, as compassionate and forgiving, as we are with our children or spouse. We become aware that we get to choose who and how we want to be and that tomorrow is a new gift, a brand-new opportunity to more fully be our best self. Asking and answering these three purposeful questions may take five to 20 minutes. If we’re tempted to rush through it, remember that the resulting clarity and peace is worth the time invested. Krista O’Reilly Davi-Digui is a holistic nutrition and joyful living educator. She writes at ALifeInProgress.ca, from which this was adapted.



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White Lotus Grace Hosts Women’s Healing Circles


very week, women are gathering and growing together in small circles at White Lotus Grace in Millbrook, says Gigi Oppenheimer, owner of the spiritual healing arts and dance sanctuary. An open circle meets there on Thursdays at 11 a.m., and private ones gather on other days throughout the week. Additional scheduling is available upon request. “Each woman comes in with her own story to share and journey to move Gigi Oppenheimer through,” says Oppenheimer, an intuitive healer, dancer and teacher, and the author of Grace, Moving in Divine Alignment. “There’s always a common thread that connects us and our individual needs that day. The women spend time hearing and supporting one another, and then I intuitively guide a healing dance practice centered on the element of self-care collectively desired. The combination of interpersonal connection, movement and creativity is profoundly nourishing for the feminine body, mind and spirit.” Christine Cizek, who has been a participant for the past year, says, “Paying attention and consciously attending to the magical flow of moments in our lives is a special way to connect us individually and communally.” “Gigi weaves magic from our joys and sorrows, leading us through movement into more aliveness, peace and inner strength,” says Cat Greenstreet, courage and renewal facilitator. Each session runs approximately an hour and a half. The fee is $25 per session or $112 for five. To join a circle or create a private one with friends, visit WhiteLotusGrace.com, or contact Oppenheimer at WhiteLotusGrace@gmail.com or 845.677.3517.


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Water Ceremony along the Hudson River

Hudson Water Ceremony Honors Indigenous Tradition


his Mother’s Day, May 13, Rhianna Mirabello, ritualist and creatrix at the Dreaming Goddess, in Poughkeepsie, will lead a water ceremony on the banks of the Hudson River. With this ceremony, Mirabello is recognizing the customs of the region’s indigenous people, who had a deep spiritual connection with the river and considered women to be its protectors. “It was common among indigenous peoples, including Native Americans, for women to be the guardians of the water, as we all come from the waters of our mother’s womb, our bodies are made up primarily of water, and we cannot exist without clean water from our Mother Earth,” Mirabello says. “There are women among us who continue to honor this tradition.” The Algonquin-speaking tribes who originally inhabited the Hudson Valley called the river Mahicantuck, which means “the river that flows two ways.” As a result of the Hudson’s unique flow, merging of salt and fresh water, it has an ecosystem unlike any in the world, with marine life found nowhere else. “It is my vision to stand with the intention of the indigenous people and to support and foster stewardship of Mother Earth and her waters, here at our riverfront, by joining our hearts in powerful prayer,” Mirabello says. The ceremony is open to all who wish to offer their prayers “for the water, for each other, for the world and for the highest good of all.” For more info, visit DreamingGoddess.com, email Info@DreamingGoddess.com or call the shop at 845.473.2206. See ad, page 19.


Gail Straub

Empowerment Expert Offers Book Signing, Workshop


ail Straub, executive director of the Empowerment Institute and a leading authority on women’s empowerment, will give a free talk and sign copies of her new book, The Ashokan Way, May 5, from 4 to 5 p.m., at Merritt Bookstore in Millbrook. She will also teach an empowerment workshop May 25 to 28 at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck. The Ashokan Way is a collection of short essays that takes readers on a year’s worth of walks that explore and celebrate Straub’s beloved upstate New York terrain and its profound effect on her “inner landscape.” Almost daily for the past 35 years, she has walked the paths along the Ashokan Reservoir and the 18 bluestone peaks that form the Catskill Mountain Watershed. She says she’s grown to rely on them as portals to self-understanding and spiritual restoration. Straub cofounded the Empowerment Institute as well as IMAGINE: A Global Initiative for the Empowerment of Women, which helps women heal from violence, build strong lives and contribute to their community. “The purpose of my Empowerment Workshop is to support you in creating your life as you most want it,” she says. “Over the past three decades, David Gershon and I have assisted tens of thousands of people in living their heart’s desire.” For more info about the talk about book signing, visit MerrittBooks.com. For more info about Gail Straub or the Omega workshop, visit EmpowermentInstitute.net.


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Sunday, May 6, 2018 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm The “Mental Gut” Health Forum Learn how your gut can impact your mental health. A Lecture, Panel Discussion and Q & A LOCATION: The Westport Inn, 1595 Post Rd. East, Westport, CT 06880 COST: $63 For questions call Francesca: 914.837.6830

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SATURDAY, MAY 12 Magical Mystery Tour Through the Koshas with Priti Robyn Ross

Hosted by Yoga Teachers Association 1:30–4:30 p.m. Discover the five layers of the body that awaken your whole being. The Yoga Studio, Club Fit Briarcliff Manor, NY $45 members/$65 nonmembers Register at ytayoga.com 914.582.7816; ytapresident@gmail.com



Poughkeepsie: Young Survivor Breast Cancer Support Group – 6-7:30pm. 1st Tues each mos. Sponsored by Breast Cancer Options. Vassar Brothers Medical Center, 45 Reade Pl, Conference Rm B, Poughkeepsie. Hope Nemiroff: 845.389.2216. BreastCancerOptions.org.

TUIT PROJECT with Susan Lasky – An ongoing 28-day online action/accountability group. Enter daily progress and get feedback from supportive small group and productivity coach. Next groups: May 2nd and June 5. Info & register at OvercomeOverwhelm.com.

Let Your Yoga Dance – 6:30-7:30pm. With Amy Planck. For adults. Experience fun while expressively dancing through the chakras. $109 for eight-weeks. Mt Pleasant Community Center, 125 Lozza Dr, Valhalla. Preregistration required: 845.803.5737. AmyPlanck.com. Free Tai Chi for Breast Cancer Survivors – May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. 7:15-8:15pm. Learn to manage physical and emotional side effects of treatment, share and learn from other women with breast cancer. YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester, 515 North St, White Plains. Register: 914.949.6227 x208. ywcawpcw.org.


The Well-Fed Vegan Cooking Workshop – 6-8pm. focused on protein, fats and carbohydrates, and how much we need from the most nutrient-dense foods. 147 Main St, Ossining. Info/register: 914.930.1591. GoodChoiceKitchen.com.

THURSDAY, MAY 3 Crystal and Mineral Trunk Show – 11am. Franklin Shire, renowned yoga instructor will be offering crystals and minerals from personal collection : quartz, amethyst, malachite, fluorite, pyrite. Bewies Holistic Market, 430 Bedford Rd, Armonk. 914.273.9437.

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Yoga for Relaxation, Rejuvenation, and Balance – May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31. 6:15-7:30pm. Rejuvenate body, mind and spirit through yoga and alignment. Wear comfortable clothing. BYO blanket or two, a towel and a mat. $20 per class. The Mariandale Center, Ossining. 914.941.4455. Mariandale.org. Free Yoga for Breast Cancer Survivors – May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31. 6:30-7:30pm. Learn to manage the physical and emotional side effects of treatment and share and learn from other women with breast cancer. YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester, 515 North St, White Plains. Register: 914.949.6227 x208. ywcawpcw.org.

SATURDAY, MAY 5 TUIT PROJECT with Susan Lasky – An ongoing 28-day online action/accountability group. Enter daily progress and get feedback from supportive small group and productivity coach. Info & register at OvercomeOverwhelm.com. Annual WLT Tree Planting at Hunter Brook Preserve – 9am-noon. Plant native trees along the Hunter Brook while hearing and seeing some of the best wildlife habitat in northwestern Westchester. Free. RSVP: Kat Deely: 914.234.6992 x15. WestchesterLandTrust.org. The Feminine Second Spring – 9am-1pm. Evolving with Grace, Vitality and Beauty through Peri-menopause and Menopause Course # LES45. $49. Dutchess Community College South Campus - Wappingers Falls. Register directly with school: 845.431.8910. SunyDutchess.edu/cfweb. PULSE Mindfulness Manifestation Empowerment Workshop – 9:30am-4:30pm. PULSE is a dynamic, easy to learn, effective technique that empowers one to create more of what is wanted in life while releasing what is blocking. $75. The Mariandale Center, Ossining. 914.941.4455. Mariandale.org. Cooking & Stress Reduction – 10am-3pm. Support Connection’s Retreat to Nourish Body and Soul, for women with breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St, Yorktown Heights. Preregistration required: 914.962.6402. Cinco De Wellness – 10am-4pm. Psychic and Wellness Fair with healers, readers, class card deals and more. Free admission. Dragonfly Wellness Yoga Studio, 109 Croton Ave, Ste 205, Ossining. 914.236.3511. DragonflyWellness.net.

Inner Beauty Workshop – Noon-2pm. Workshop designed just for women. Celebrate Womanhood by practicing radiance enhancing kriyas and meditations written for women. Unleash one’s inner beauty. Devotion Yoga of Westchester, 2055 Albany Post Rd, Croton on Hudson. 914.930.7707. Register online: DailyDevotionYoga.com. Reiki 1 Class – May 5 and 6. 1-5pm both days. With Anne Bentzen. Learn foundation skills for self-healing and treating others. Receive four attunements, manual and certificate. $200. Armonk. Register: 914.588.4079. Balancing4Life.com. Free Lecture: The Healing Power of Ayurveda – 2-4pm. With Dr. Somesh Kaushik, an Ayurvedic and Naturopathic physician. Nature’s Temptations, 32 Prospect St, Ridgefield, CT. 203.438.5443. NaturesTemptations.com. Talk & Book Signing: The Ashokan Way – 4-5pm. Gail Straub, leading authority on women’s empowerment, will give a free talk and sign book. Merritt Bookstore, Millbrook. Info: MerrittBooks.com Grounding: Fortifying Roots for Flight – 6-8pm. An Astrology Dance Workshop, processing the early gifts of spring. $30. White Lotus Grace: Spiritual Healing Arts & Dance, South Rd, Millbrook. 845.677.3517. WhiteLotusGrace.com.

SUNDAY, MAY 6 The Mental Gut Health Forum – 1-6pm. Learn how one’s gut can impact one’s mental health.A lecture, panel discussion and Q & A. $63. The Westport Inn, 1595 Post Rd. East, Westport Ct. Info, Francesca: 914.837.6830. Register: MentalGutHealth.com (Events). Relax and Restore Acupuncture & Essential Oils – 4-6pm. With Erika Forsell. $20 drop-in. Beacon of Light Wellness Center. 845.202.3515. BeaconOfLightWellnessCenter.com. Refuge Recovery Group Meeting – 7-8:15pm. Peer led Buddhist inspired path to healing and recovery for all types of addictions and suffering. All welcome. Small donation suggested. Follows 5pm Kundalini Yoga & Gong Meditation class. Devotion Yoga of Westchester 2055 Albany Post Rd, Croton on Hudson. DailyDevotionYoga.com 914.930.7707.

MONDAY, MAY 7 Intro to Mindfulness Meditation – 5/7, 5/14 & 5/21. 10am-12pm. With Beth Gallos and Jackie Frederick-Berner. Fundamentals of mindfulness meditation and how it cultivates mindfulness –the ability to tune into the senses and be present. $115/ non member. Wainwright, 260 Stuyvesant Ave, Rye. Info: 914.967.6080. wainwright.org. Let Your Yoga Dance for Families – 6-7pm. With Amy Planck. Adults and children ages 5-12. Experience fun while expressively dancing through the colors of the rainbow (chakras). $159 eight-weeks. Mt Pleasant Community Center, 125 Lozza Dr, Valhalla. Preregistration required: 845.803.5737. AmyPlanck.com. Introduction to the Chakras – 6:30-9:30pm. This in-depth introduction will meet two evenings a month for four months. Classes will be a combination of lecture, sharing of personal experiences and hands-on work using various modalities. DG Sanctuary, 2 Lagrange Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206. DreamingGoddess.com.

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WOMENINBUSINESS.ORG innovative TALKWALK AT THE DAM JUNE 13 – Westchester Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla & TALKWALK ON THE HIGHLINE MAY 17 - NYC NETWALK – Not a Race or Expo 2 DIFFERENT TALKWALKS Entrepreneurs & executives take business a step further. INSPIRATION + INSIGHTS + INTRODUCTIONS = IMPACT PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY TICKETS ONLINE – 914.288.9888 WomenInBusiness.org Heart-Brain Connection Presentation – 7pm. With Julie Johns, of Heart Wisdom Health Coaching. She will give a presentation on the heart-brain connection. 646.876.9923, meeting ID number 166 701 346. Info: 845.581.0909. Meditation – May 7, 14, 21 and 28. 7:30-9pm. It’s active guided meditation. $5 donation. Ganesha Spa, Peekskill. 914.906.7238. GaneshaSpa.com.

TUESDAY, MAY 8 Let Your Yoga Dance – 6:30-7:30pm. With Amy Planck. For adults. Experience fun while expressively dancing through the colors of the rainbow (chakras). $109 eight-weeks. Mt Pleasant Community Center, 125 Lozza Dr, Valhalla. Preregistration required: 845.803.5737. AmyPlanck.com. Qi Gong Classes – 6:30-7:30pm. $10. Sacred Space Healing Arts, 436 Main St, Beacon. Register: 845.416.4598. EmpoweredByNature.net. Tea & Stones – 6:30-7:30pm. Lecture to connect and learn about crystals, stones and their incredible properties. Free. Dreaming Goddess, 44 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206. DreamingGoddess.com.


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Qi Gong for Women Course # LES452 – May 9, 16 and 23. 6-8pm. $69. Dutchess Community College South Campus - Wappingers Falls. Register directly with school: 845.431.8910. SunyDutchess. edu/cfweb. Superfoods Cooking Workshop – 6-8pm. Taking the guesswork out of using chia, hemp, nutritional yeast, nuts, fruits, maca, seaweed, fresh spices and powders. Register by May 4: 914.930.1591. GoodChoiceKitchen.com. Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 8-9pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation and group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600. TheTemperanceCenter.com.

THURSDAY, MAY 10 Munay-Ki Rites of Enlightenment – 6:30-8:30pm. This four-part series includes transmission of all nine rites and receiving one’s own Pi stone through which one’s rites will be transmitted, along with fire ceremonies and more. DG Sanctuary. 2 Lagrange Ave, Poughkeepsie 845.473.2206. DreamingGoddess.com.

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What is Reiki? – 7:30pm. Holistic Moms Network hosts Andrea Kartika Deierlein. Learn benefits of this natural healing practice that originated in Japan that helps restore balance to body, mind and spirit. Rye Free Reading Room, 1061 Boston Post Rd, Rye. HolisticMoms.org.

FRIDAY, MAY 11 Women’s New Moon Healing Circle: Manifest Nest – 7-9pm. With Christine Jude Winus, Womb Shaman Priestess Apprentice. Beacon of Light Wellness Center. 845.202.3515. BeaconOfLightWellnessCenter.com.

SATURDAY, MAY 12 St Vincent’s 5K Run/Walk – 9am/Starts. Features chip timing, tech shirt for registered participants, team and age group awards, free refreshments and prizes. All ages. On the hospital’s main campus. 275 North St, Harrison. Info/pricing: 914.925.5401. StVincentsWestchester.org. A Day of Healing – 10am-5pm. Instructor Penny and guest lecturer, Ron Lavin, from One Light Healing Touch School, teach Scanning, Radiant, and Color Healing and Practices for healing oneself and others; $150. Lagrangeville. Register: 845.878.5165. OLHT1.com. Free Lecture: What is Ayurvedic Medicine and How Does It Compare with Western (Allopathic) Medicine? – 1:30-3:30pm. With Dr. Somesh Kaushik, an Ayurvedic and Naturopathic physician. Mt Kisco Library, 100 Main St. MountKiscoLibrary.org. Magical Mystery Tour through the Koshas – 1:30-4:30pm. With Priti Robyn Ross. Discover the five layers of the body that awaken the whole being. $45 members. $65 nonmembers. Hosted by Yoga Teachers Association. The Yoga Studio, Club Fit, Briarcliff Manor. 914.582.7816. Register: ytayoga.com. Sound Healing for Your Health – 2-4pm. With Michelle Clifton. An interactive/experiential workshop learning the overall health benefits of sound healing and the basic skills of playing bowls for oneself and others. $40. Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462 Center4Healing.net.

SUNDAY, MAY 13 Mother’s Day Water Ceremony – 10-10:30am. We offer up our prayers with tobacco and song, sending them down to the ocean, for the healing of the waters, of Mother Earth and for all of our relations. Free. Meet at the Poughkeepsie boat launch. 845.473.2206 DreamingGoddess.com. Principles of Ayurvedic Cooking for Balance and Longevity – 12:30-2:30pm. Learn to utilize food, oils and spices to create a balanced meal to support all levels of well-being that address cravings and maintain longevity. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Preregister/workshop description: 914.996.4286. QuestYogaArts.com. (Workshops tab). Monthly Reiki Circle – 2-3:30pm. With Deb Amjadi. Participate in a restorative reiki healing experience, reduces stress, relieve pain and accelerate healing. $20 cash at door, drop-in only. Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462. Center4Healing.net. Aroma Yoga Restorative Workshop – 2-4pm. With Sara Hart. Beacon of Light Wellness Center. 845.202.3515. BeaconOfLightWellnessCenter.com.

markyourcalendar Interfaith Sundays at The Chapel at Croton Falls Sunday, May 20



A Symphony of Peace Prayers with prayers for all nations and special music.

All Welcome – Refreshments to Follow The Chapel at Croton Falls, 609, Rt. 22,

Croton Falls, NY

(Next to the Schoolhouse Theater) Parking is available across the street. Contact: revdeb1@comcast.net ChapelatCrotonFalls.org

May 2018 Astrology with Pamela Cucinell

Mother’s Day Family Yoga – With Kimberley Gregg. 3-4pm. Kids 5-10 with parents. Improve balance and strength in an environment that promotes relaxation and connection. $30 (adult + child). Wainwright, 260 Stuyvesant Ave, Rye. Info: 914.967.6080. wainwright.org.

The Circle Expands The great outdoors calls on May Day; respond to Mother Nature with deep appreciation. A fast pace on May 2 leaves you Mother-Daughter Circle Dance – 5-7pm.With breathless by late afternoon, when reflecNada Khodlova, Dance Movement Psychotherapist. Beacon of Light Wellness Center. 845.202.3515. tion restores. Quick decisions occur when BeaconOfLightWellnessCenter.com. spontaneous ideas pop May 3. Don’t say A Mother’s Day Lifeforce Yoga Candlelight yes unless you mean it on May 4. Powerful Gentle Healing Flow – 7-8:30pm. With Merrill discussions on May 5 benefit from meaBlack. A gentle yoga flow class using sounds, mudras, mantras, breathwork, chakra clearing medita- sured thoughts. Networks and community tion and restorative poses. $20. The Temperance on May 6 expand potential.  Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600. TheTemperanceCenter.com.

MONDAY, MAY 14 Seven-Days Raw Plant Food Detox Challenge – May 14-20. A week eating and drinking raw foods, combined with yoga classes and meditation guided by certified health coach, Edit Babboni. $125. Zen Garden Health Coaching & Yoga, 61 Lakeview Dr, Yorktown Hts. Info: 917.721.2529. ZenGardenYoga.net. Kundalini Yoga & Gong Meditation – 1011:30am. With Pritam Bani Kaur. Use movement, sound current, breath and meditation to relax and heal one’s mind and body. All levels. First class free. $20 drop-in. Devotion Yoga. 2055 Albany Post Rd. Croton on Hudson. 914.930.7707. DailyDevotionYoga.com. Let Your Yoga Dance for Families – 6-7pm. With Amy Planck. Adults and children ages 5-12. Experience fun while expressively dancing through the colors of the rainbow (chakras). $159 eight-weeks. Mt Pleasant Community Center, 125 Lozza Dr, Valhalla. Preregistration required: 845.803.5737. AmyPlanck.com. Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation and group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600. TheTemperanceCenter.com.

TUESDAY, MAY 15 Westchester Holistic Network – 6:30pm/networking begins; 7-8:30pm. WHN members and first-timers free. $10 repeat nonmembers. Ixchel Center, Hartsdale. Register: WestchesterHolisticNetwork.org.

Inspiration Blooms Revelations explode when you evaluate what’s most important to you on May 7. Turn off the noise on May 8 to get you to the essence. Creativity rocks on May 9; find an outlet. Meet any feelings of lack with love on May 10 and new avenues will present opportunity. May 11 begins an action-packed weekend; balance your energy with an appropriate workout. Be alert on May 12, when fast action benefits from big-picture perspective. Big emotions on Mother’s Day quiet down to inspired acts later in the day.    A New World Clear your desk on May 14 for a fresh start. Uranus enters Taurus on the May 15 Taurus new moon; our world changes. Consumer consumption, money matters and our relationship to our bodies and the Earth are on the table for metamorphosis; read more about it at InsightOasis.com. Cut through confusion on May 16 and open your heart to love. Optimism on May 17

feeds a desire to nest and nurture. An earlymorning reboot on May 18 allows tremendous flow and productivity. Family, friends, nature and home provide the ingredients for a full meal on May 19. Clear-Eyed Focus Too many options scatter results on May 20; if you can’t rein it in, then simply enjoy the fun. On May 21, play and imagination run free until late evening, when the work ethic kicks in. Use May 22 to whip through projects with precision and focus. Organize and clear clutter on May 23; benefits magnify in therapeutic practice. Share the workload with dependable people when pressure mounts on May 24. Be prepared to stand your ground when you declare what matters on May 25. Into the Woods  Go with the flow on May 26 and dog paddle the logjams. Flow expands on May 27. The less stress the better on Memorial Day. The Sagittarius full moon on May 29 awakens seekers and invites animated conversations. Get outdoors on May 30. Tackle a daunting task on May 31.  Pamela Cucinell offers spiritual insight with a practical twist at InsightOasis.com. (Visit her website to read more about Uranus in Taurus.) She provides guidance through private sessions, YouTube videos and webinars. For more info, contact her at Pamela@ InsightOasis.com or 917.796.6026. See ad page 58. May 2018


markyourcalendar Get On Your Mat For Mental Health Wednesday, June 20

5:30 – 7:30 pm Court Street between Main St. & Martine Ave. Downtown White Plains, NY 10601 Outdoor mega-yoga event in support of mental health services, featuring music, marketplace and hour-long class led by renowned yoga teacher Sarah Platt-Finger $30 adults/$15 little yogis Register at mhawestchester.org 914.265.7511 development@mhawestchester.org New Moon Manifestation – 7-8pm. Together we manifest our hearts’ desires using The Law of Attraction and the creative energies of the new moon. $10. DG Sanctuary. 2 Lagrange Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206. DreamingGoddess.com.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 16 Sauces, Dressings, Condiments Workshop – 6-8pm. Fermenting, blending and marinating are some techniques covered, using spice and herb combinations with other simple ingredients. Register by May 11: 914.930.1591. GoodChoiceKitchen.com. Natural Way to Quit Alcohol, Sugar, Smoking – 7-7:45pm. Learn simple, effective method for quitting smoking, alcohol, sugar and more. 80 percent success. Simpler than most dare to believe. Free lecture. Briarcliff location. 914.473.2015. QuitWithQuinn.com. Curing Addiction from the Core: Quit with Quinn Info-Lecture – 7:45-8:30pm. Discover the unseen energy of addiction and how this simple, natural method can help participants quit alcohol, smoking and sugar behaviors for good. 80 percent success. Free Lecture. Briarcliff location. 914.473.2015. QuitWithQuinn.com.

FRIDAY, MAY 18 Reiki Healing Circle – 1-3pm. With Anne Bentzen. Restore body, mind and soul connections. Meditation and deep relaxation offer natural healing solutions. Max 12. $30. Apogee, 170 Harris Rd, Bedford Hills. RSVP required/more info: 914.244-1606. Text 914.588.4079. The Work of Byron Katie: A Journey of the Heart – May 18-20. 5pm/Fri-1pm/Sun. Retreat, based on the Work of Byron Katie. Participants are guided through the powerful process of inquiry known as the work to radically shift. $250. The Mariandale Center, Ossining. 914.941.4455. Mariandale.org. Plant Based Westchester Meetup Dinner – 6pm. Bring plant based desert. $12 (basic plate). Eda’s Garden, 1871 Commerce Dr, Yorktown Hts. More info, Jeanne Schumacher: Starchqueens.net. Mediumship Circle – 7-8:30pm. With Carla Blaha . $40. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. Must RSVP/info: 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNY.com. Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600. TheTemperanceCenter.com.


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SATURDAY, MAY 19 Annual Lasdon Park Plant Sale – May 19-20. The sale will feature a broad selection of colorful annuals, hard-to-find and popular favorites plus 30 vendors selling crafts, food, gifts and other items. Free admission. Lasdon Park, Arboretum and Veterans Memorial, 2610 Amawalk Rd, Somers. Info: LasdonPark.org. Mind the Gap through Life’s Transitions – 10am3:30pm.Workshop sharing faith discoveries. Participants explore how they might “mind the gap,” give it their attention and bring something new to birth in their life. $55. The Mariandale Center, Ossining. 914.941.4455. Mariandale.org. 10th Anniversary Millbrook LitFest – 10am-5pm. The Millbrook Literary Festival features local and national authors, panel discussions, readings and signings throughout the day at the Free. Millbrook Library, Franklin Ave. Info: MillbrookLiteraryFestival.org. Our 14th Death Cafe of Northern Westchester – 10:30am-12:30pm. An open conversation about death and one’s belief around and about it. Free. All welcome. Katonah Library, Lower Level. Debby: 845.800.7303. Reiki Master Class – May 19-20. 11am-4pm/Sat and Sun. With Marcus Feighery. $675. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. Must RSVP/info: 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNY.com. Free Lecture: The Healing Power of Gratitude – 1-4pm. An Afternoon of Appreciation. Open house with healing food, music and merriment. Dr. Kaushik’s Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic, Yellow Monkey Village, 792 Rte 35, Cross River. 914.875.9088. DrKaushik.com. Working with Difficult Emotions Using Buddhist Meditation – 2-4pm. Melanie Ryan. Explore ancient meditation techniques that help meet emotions with a new skill set and perspective. $40. Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462. Center4Healing.net. Tibetan Bowl Sound Journey – 3-4:30pm. Join us for an amazing journey. Sound meditation promotes mental clarity, enhances the immune system and heightens consciousness. Quest Yoga Arts 11-13, E Main St, Mt Kisco. Preregister/workshop description: 914.996.4286. QuestYogaArts.com. (Workshops tab).

SUNDAY, MAY 20 Awaken Your Kundalini Energy Meditation Retreat – 8:30am-3pm. Partake in guided spiritual practices yoga, chanting, meditation, sound healing and breakfast and lunch. $100. Ganesha Spa, Peekskill. 914.906.7238. GaneshaSpa.com. Interfaith Sundays – 10:30am-Noon. A symphony of peace prayers with prayers for all nations and special music. All welcome. Refreshments follow. The Chapel at Croton Falls, 609 Rte 22, next to the Schoolhouse Theater, parking is available across the street, Croton Falls. ChapelAtCrotonFalls.org. Kundalini Yoga & Gong Meditation – 5-6:30pm. With Pritam Bani Kaur. Use movement, sound current, breath and meditation to relax and heal one’s mind and body. All levels. First class free. $20 dropin. Devotion Yoga, 2055 Albany Post Rd, Croton on Hudson. 914.930.7707. DailyDevotionYoga.com.

MONDAY, MAY 21 Women’s Circle for Auto-Immune Disease – May

21-June 17. Four-week program to reduce autoimmune conditions including weekly meetings, yoga and meditation classes and a four-week diet plan. $400. Zen Garden Health Coaching & Yoga, 61 Lakeview Dr, Yorktown Hts. 917.721.2529.

TUESDAY, MAY 22 Qi Gong Classes – 6:30-7:30pm. $10. Sacred Space Healing Arts, 436 Main St, Beacon. Register: 845.416.4598. EmpoweredByNature.net. Meditation: A Daily Peaceful Retreat – 7-8:30pm, Meditation/lecture/workshop. Discover the benefits. Learn to focus within and find the peace and calm. Free. Bruce Berger, Mosaic Mental Health Center, 5676 Riverdale Ave, Ste 203, Riverdale. Info: 914.433.1800. sos.org.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23 Wellness Walk & Guided Meditation at Pinecroft Preserve – Learn the process of mindful walking and reap the benefits that accrue to those who practice mindfulness in nature. Free. RSVP: Kat Deely: 914.234.6992 x15. WestchesterLandTrust.org. Eating Seasonal—Spring Cooking Workshop – 6-8pm. The beauty of spring and how to best use the first crops of the season for health and vitality. Laurie Gershgorn: 914.930.1591. GoodChoiceKitchen.com. Quit Alcohol Simply and Permanently – 7-7:45pm. Learn about Quit with Quinn—helping people around the world overcome alcohol, smoking, sugar and other addictions. Easier than people ever thought possible.80 percent success. Free lecture. Briarcliff location. 914.473.2015. QuitWithQuinn.com.

markyourcalendar CLEARWATER FESTIVAL Music & Environmental Festival

June 16 & 17 at Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson, NY To purchase tickets and for more info visit: ClearwaterFestival.org, or call 888.718.4253 opt. 1 Kids 11 & under FREE!

FRIDAY, MAY 25 Shamanic Reiki Healing Circle – 7-9pm. With Alison Jolicoeur, Shamanic Reiki Master Teacher. Beacon of Light Wellness Center. 845.202.3515. BeaconOfLightWellnessCenter.com.

SATURDAY, MAY 26 Nature-Inspired Laughter, Movement and Expression Workshop – 10am-12pm. Fun and mindful movement, breathing, clapping and laughter exercises, intertwining the experience outdoors in nature around beautiful scenic grounds. $35. The Mariandale Center, Ossining. 914.941.4455. Mariandale.org.

Natural Way to Quit Sugar, Overeating, Smoking – 7:45-8:30pm. Learn a simple, effective method for quitting smoking, alcohol, sugar and more. 80 percent success. Simpler than most dare to believe. Free lecture. Briarcliff location. 914.473.2015. QuitWithQuinn.com.

Combinef these two listings Learn the Tarot – May 26-27. 11am-3pm/Sat/Part 1 and Sun/Part 2. With Amy Benesch. $200 for both days. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. Must RSVP/info: 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNY.com.


Quit Alcohol Simply and Permanently – 1-2pm. Learn about Quit with Quinn—helping people around the world overcome alcohol, smoking, sugar and other addictions. Easier than ever thought possible.80 percent success. Free lecture. NYC location, E 37th btwn Park & Lex. 914.473.2015 QuitWithQuinn.com.

Infant Massage Instruction for New Parents – 2-4:15pm. Newborns-pre-crawlers. Touch is an integral part of newborn development and a profound means of communication and relaxation between baby and parent. Quest Yoga Arts 11-13, E Main St, Mt Kisco. Preregister/workshop description: 914.996.4286. QuestYogaArts.com. (Birth & Baby tab). Beauty School – 6-8pm. Learn an all-natural skin care routine for morning and evening and Savvy Mineral make-up demonstration with Young Living products. $10 fee for materials. Reviva Skin and Body Solutions, 929 Main St, Fishkill. RSVP required: 844.363.7894. Revivabody.com. Introduction to Kundalini Yoga and Meditation – 7-8:30pm.With Pritam Bani Kaur. Use movement, sound current, breath and meditation to relax and heal one’s mind and body. All levels. First class free. $20 drop-in. Devotion Yoga. 2055 Albany Post Rd. Croton on Hudson. 914.930.7707. DailyDevotionYoga.com.


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SATURDAY, JUNE 2 Farm Fest at HHF – 10am-4pm. Children’s games, face painting, activities, artisans, food vendors, hayrides, farm animals and more. $10-per-family. Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St., Yorktown Heights. Info: HilltopHanoverFarm.org.

SUNDAY, JUNE 3 Birds of Prey Day at Green Chimneys – 10am4pm. Get up close and personal with eagles, hawks, owls and falcons and learn from top wildlife experts. $15/adults, $5/children and seniors. Green Chimneys, 400 Doansburg Rd. Brewster. Info: GreenChimneys.org.

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Community Pilates Tower Class – 5:30-6:15pm. Invigorating pilates workout using the tower at a discounted rate. $20. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. Elaine: 845.876.5686. RhinebeckPilates.com.

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. Kaceyontheradio.com.

Ashtanga Yoga for Beginners – 6:30-8:30pm. Discover Mysore Style Ashtanga. Three-week course. Taught by KPKAYI authorized teacher Samantha Lucas. Hudson Valley Healing Center, 51 Springside Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.605.2210. AshtangaYogaPoughkeepsie.com.

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

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

Vinyasa – 10:30am. With Joan. A moderately paced flow of poses, with attention to alignment and breath. All levels. $22 drop-in or class card. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320. DrinkLivingJuice.com.


Zumba – 10:30-11:30am. With Laura Sobel. Get weekend started with a challenging dance fitness class that will leave participants charged and energized. $15 each. $135 for a pkg of 10. Pilates and More, 127 Main St, Dobbs Ferry. 914.478.3560. Hot HIIT Pilates – 10:45-11:45am. Intense sculpting Power Pilates class; couples high energy cardio with ballet movements such as pliés and relevés along with pilates mat exercises. All levels. Balance Yoga & Wellness. 2444 Boston Post Rd. Larchmont. Info: 914.833.9703; balanceyogayny.com.   Hot Powerful Flow – 11:30am-12:30pm. Faster paced class for those who want to work hard and sweat. Heated studio. $20 drop-in. Elevate Yoga Studio, 3535 Crompond Rd, Cortlandt Manor. Info: ElevateYogaStudios.com. Free Community Yoga – Noon. Open to all ages and everyone. The intention of this class is to create a yoga practice that is open to all and generates connection and community. By donation. 992 Main St, Fishkill. FireflyFishkill.com. Yoga for Runners. – 1-3pm. With Ellen B. Three-week program. Get tuned up for the running season with hip openers, hamstring stretches and more. $120. Hudson Valley Healing Center, 51 Springside Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.605.2210. AshtangaYogaPoughkeepsie.com.

monday Kundalini Yoga Express – 9:30-10:30am. With Taylor Chen. $25 drop-in. All welcome. Golden Prana Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.232.3473. Mixed Equipment Pilates Class – 9:30-10:30am. A more advanced workout utilizing many of the different pilates apparatus. $40. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. Elaine: 845.876.5686. RhinebeckPilates.com. Kripalu-based YogaShine – 9-10:30am. With Vitalah Simon, teaching yoga for 28 years. Gentle and calming, strengthening and invigorating, for


Kundalini & Gong in the Salt Cave – 5:306:30pm/Kundalini with HariPrakaash; 7pm/Gong in the salt cave. $40 drop-in or class card. Adults and kids welcomed. Poughkeepsie. 845.849.0838. HudsonValleyHealingCenter.com.

Pilates Mat Class – 9am.Fully equipped Pilates studio. Small class sizes. $20. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. 845.876.5686. RhinebeckPilates.com. Annual WLT Tree Planting. See May 5.

adults, multi-level and individual attention. Beginners welcome. First class free. 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla. 914.769.8745 YogaShine.com. Putnam Yoga Level 1-2 Classes—with Modifications – 9:30am. Class incorporates power yoga poses and techniques designed for in-depth strength training. Discover breathing, posture and mobility improvements. 30 Tomahawk St, Baldwin Pl. Info, Christine Dodge: 845.494.8118. PutnamYoga.com. Vinyasa – 10am. With Marisa. A moderately paced flow of poses, with attention to alignment and breath. Mildly challenging. $22 drop-in or class card. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320. DrinkLivingJuice.com. Basic Flow Yoga – 10:15-11:30am. Vinyasa class focusing on the alignment of the basic poses, building a solid foundation. Heated studio. $20 drop-in. Elevate Yoga Studio, 3535 Crompond Rd, Cortlandt Manor. Info: ElevateYogaStudios.com. Tai Chi at enerShe fitness – 11:30am. As a moving meditation, Tai Chi helps build concentration and develop a calm mind, thus relieving stress. enerShe fitness 989 Rt. 6 Mahopac. Info: 845.628.7165; enerShefitness.com. Slow Flow Vinyasa – 11:30am-12:30pm. Moving mindfully with the breath, the focus is on safely transitioning through postures to build strength, balance and flexibility. Gently heated class. All levels. Balance Yoga & Wellness, 2444 Boston Post Rd, Larchmont. 914.833.9703. BalanceYogaNY.com. Bhakti Flow – 5:30pm. Vinyasa based class that threads yoga philosophy, myths of yoga poses

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Hot Vinyasa – 9:30am. With Linda. Get moving in the morning. Strengthen and tone body while finding a peaceful state of mind. $25 drop-in or class card. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320. DrinkLivingJuice.com. Putnam Yoga Beginner-Level 1 Classes—with Modifications – 9:30am. Beginners, new students or individuals needing a refresher. Focus on a safe introduction to the fundamental poses in a traditional yoga practice. 30 Tomahawk St, Baldwin Pl. Info, Christine Dodge: 845.494.8118. PutnamYoga.com. Slow Flow Yoga – 11:15am. A sequence of poses used to link the breath to our creative flexibility, strength and energy. enerShe fitness, 989 Rte 6, Mahopac. Info: 845.628.7165. enerShefitness.com. Kids Yoga in the Salt Cave – 5pm. With Liz. 45-minute practice. $40. Hudson Valley Healing Center, 51 Springside Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.605.2210. More info: HudsonValleyHealingCenter.com. Intro to Flow: Beginners Hoop Dance Series – 5:15-6:15pm. Hoop dance is an amazing form of expression, plus a great workout and is suitable for all ages and body types. $80 series.992 Main St, Fishkill. FireflyFishkill.com. Gentle Yoga for Wellness – 5:45-7pm. With Ann Cassapini. Yoga using chairs, props, deep relaxation/meditation to build stability, strength and flexibility. Gentle level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917.882.0921. TheTemperanceCenter.com. Pilates Tower Class – 6pm. Fully equipped pilates studio and small class sizes. $35. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. 845.876.5686. RhinebeckPilates.com. Hot HIIT – 6-7pm. High energy, high intensity interval-style workout designed to torch fat and

increase heart to the beat of music. Practice at one’s own pace. All levels. Balance Yoga & Wellness, 2444 Boston Post Rd, Larchmont. 914.833.9703. BalanceYogaNY.com. Vinyasa Restorative Flow – 7:30-8:45pm. With Jo-Anne. Great vinyasa flow class that incorporates restorative yoga. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Jo-Anne: 917.364.1871. ThetemperanceCenter.com.

wednesday Kundalini Yoga & Meditation – 9:30-11am. $25 drop-in. All welcome. Golden Prana Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.232.3473. Putnam Yoga Level 1-2 Classes—with Modifications – 9:30am. Familiar with yoga? Class incorporates power yoga poses and techniques designed for in-depth strength training. Discover breathing, posture and mobility improvements. 30 Tomahawk St, Baldwin Pl. Info, Christine Dodge: 845.494.8118. PutnamYoga.com. Lunchtime Meditation at the Library – 12:151pm. Starts promptly at 12:15pm with the first few minutes devoted to beginning instruction. No registration or experience necessary. White Plains Public Library, 100 Martine Ave. Info, Christiane Deschamps: 914.422.1496. Bhakti Flow – 5:30pm. Vinyasa based class that threads yoga philosophy, myths of yoga poses and smart sequencing to create a full yoga experience. Open level. beBhakti Yoga Center, Beacon. BeBhaktiYoga.com.

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​Experience and enjoy offerings from WHN practitioners with an Astrology Summer Overview Saturday June 23, 12 - 3 PM Meditation, Music, Movement, Healing Modalities and Refreshments Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation of White Plains Registration and information at WestchesterHolisticNetwork.org Contact: info@westchesterholisticnetwork.org Facebook.com/WestchesterHolisticNetwork

Men’s Mindful Breath & Body Yoga – 5-6:15pm. With Victor Gazzini. Class for men combining mind, body, breath, asanas, chanting to support steadiness, alertness, and comfort. Beginner level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Vic: 914.319.7322. TheTemperanceCenter.com. Kundalini & Gong in the Salt Cave – 5:306:30pm/Kundalini with HariPrakaash; 7pm/Gong in the salt cave. $40 drop-in or class card. Adults and kids welcomed. Poughkeepsie. 845.849.0838. HudsonValleyHealingCenter.com.

Self-Defense Class – 5:30pm. By building tools of self-awareness and self-defense, participants build confidence in mind and body. enerShe fitness 989 Rt. 6 Mahopac. Info: 845.628.7165; enerShefitness.com. Warm Flow – 5:30-6:30pm.Well-rounded vinyasa class combining sun salutations, standing poses, seated twists, inversions and an arm balance or two. Heated studio. $20 drop-in. Elevate Yoga Studio, 3535 Crompond Rd, Cortlandt Manor. Info: ElevateYogaStudios.com. Hot Vinyasa & Guided Meditation – 5:30-7pm. 60-min linking breath to movement. Designed to improve mental and physical strength and more. Wind down with an optional 30-min guided meditation. Balance Yoga & Wellness, 2444 Boston Post Rd, Larchmont. 914.833.9703. BalanceYogaNY.com. Yin Breath Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. With Victor Gazzini. A class using a breath bases asana practice that incorporates meditation, visualization and chanting. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Vic: 914.319.7322. ThetemperanceCenter.com. Mindfulness Meditation in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh – 7-8:30pm. One Earth Sangha. Beginners welcome. Free will donation gratefully accepted, YogaShine Studio, 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla. Info: 914.769.8745. Weekly Spiritual and Meditation Meeting – 7:30-9pm. Meditation and spiritual gathering with video selections and readings on a weekly topic, followed by refreshments. All Welcome. Science of Spirituality. Free. Mosaic Mental Health Center, 5676 Riverdale Ave, Ste 203, Riverdale. Info: 914.433.1800. SOS.org.

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Anam Cara Meditation – 7:15-8:45pm. Open meditation includes instruction. All welcome. No fee, donations appreciated. Anam Cara Meditation Center, 2 Byram Brook Pl, Armonk. Info: AnamCaraMeditation.org.

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Zumba – 7:30-8:30pm. With Catherine Ruvolo. Be refreshed with a high energy dance-fitness party with rhythms from around the world. $15. $135 pkg of 10. Pilates and More, 127 Main St, Dobbs Ferry. 914.478.3560.

to the local businesses that display Natural Awakenings Magazines! Thanks to them, you can pick up your next free copy of Natural Awakenings in Westchester, Putnam or Dutchess County, at coffee shops, fitness centers, yoga and Pilates studios, healing centers, vitamin shops and more, as well as at the following food markets: Acme Markets (Brewster, Briarcliff Manor, Golden’s Bridge, Greenburgh, Hopewell Junction, Mahopac, Mohegan Lake, New Rochelle, Patterson, Pleasant Valley, Rye Brook, Scarsdale, Thornwood & Yorktown Heights) • Adams Fairacre Farms • Beacon Natural Market • Bread Alone (Rhinebeck) • BEWIES Holistic Market • DeCicco’s (Armonk, Brewster, Cross River, Jefferson Valley, Scarsdale) • Farmers Markets: Congregation Sons of Israel, Briarcliff, Hudson Valley at Greig Farm/Redhook, Hudson Valley Regional/ Brewster, Gossett Brothers/Cross River, Yonkers • Fresh Town (Amenia) • Fishkill Farm • Food Emporium (Bedford Village) • Foodtown (Cold Spring) • Freshtown (Amenia) • Gourmet Express • Green Organic Market (Hartsdale) • Greenwich Produce • Hannafords • Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard • Hayfield’s Market • Key Food (Mahopac, Peekskill) • Kobacker’s Market • Mahopac Diner • Mother’s Earth Storehouse • Nature’s Pantry • Odyssey Diner • Putnam Diner • Rhinebeck Health Foods • Sadhana Tea House • Scotts Corner Market • ShopRite (Carmel, New Rochelle) • Stop & Shop (Eastchester, Mount Kisco, Ossining, Peekskill, Somers, White Plains, Yonkers) • SuperFoodTown (Croton-on-Hudson) • TOPPS (Carmel, Rhinebeck) • Village Natural Market (Bronxville) and Whole Foods Market (Port Chester, White Plains & Yonkers)

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Pilates Tower and Reformer Classes – 7:3010:30am. Fully equipped pilates studio. $3540. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. 845.876.5686. RhinebeckPilates.com.

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.

Warm Powerful Flow – 9:30-10:45am. Faster paced class for those who want to work hard and sweat. Heated studio. $20 drop-in. Elevate Yoga Studio, 3535 Crompond Rd, Cortlandt Manor. Info: ElevateYogaStudios.com.

Alignment – 8:30am. With Kate. Focusing on students’ individual needs, this class utilizes detailed alignment curs, kinetic awareness, mindful meditation, breath work and more. All levels. $22 drop-in or class card. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320. DrinkLivingJuice.com. Relaxation & Stretch Fusion – 8:45am. Stability and stretch exercises combined in one class to help increase mobility, balance and range of motion. enerShe fitness 989 Rt. 6 Mahopac. Info: 845.628.7165; enerShefitness.com. Putnam Yoga Level 2-3 Classes—with Modifications – 9:30am. Beginners, new students or individuals needing a refresher. Focus on a safe introduction to the fundamental poses in a traditional yoga practice. 30 Tomahawk St, Baldwin Pl. Info, Christine Dodge: 845.494.8118. PutnamYoga.com. Pilates Tower Class – 10am. Energizing pilates workout in beautiful, fully equipped studio. Small class sizes. $35. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. 845.876.5686. RhinebeckPilates.com. Pilates Mat with Magic Circle – 11:30am-12:30pm. Pilates with physical therapist, Tina Sferra. Learn the principles of Contrology; breathing, concentration, control, centering, flow, postural alignment, precision and relaxation.$20 drop-in. Elite Performance @ Katonah Yoga, 39 Main St., Bedford Hills. Candlelight Restorative Gentle Flow – 7-8:15pm. With Heather Reiners. Candlelight yoga to relax and unwind using breath, gentle movement and restorative poses set to soft tunes. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600. TheTemperanceCenter.com.

Putnam Yoga Level 1-2 Classes—with Modifications – 9:30am. Familiar with yoga? Class incorporates power yoga poses and techniques designed for in-depth strength training. Discover breathing, posture and mobility improvements. 30 Tomahawk St, Baldwin Pl. Info, Christine Dodge: 845.494.8118. PutnamYoga.com. Super Gentle Chair Yoga, Kripalu-based – 9:3010:30am. With Vitalah Simon. Gentle and calming, strengthening and invigorating, for people wanting a more gentle class, multi-level and individual attention. Beginners welcome, First class free. YogaShine, 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla. 914.769.8745. YogaShine.com. Mindful Restorative Yoga – 9:30am-10:45am. With Reyna. Movement through breath, props, self assists to release, calm and restore. Gentle level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600. TheTemperanceCenter.com. Gentle Yoga for Wellness – 11am-12:15pm. With Ann Cassapini. Yoga using chairs, props, deep relaxation/meditation to build stability, strength and flexibility. Gentle level. $18 drop-in. Ann: 917.882.0921. Eastchester. TheTemperanceCenter.com.

saturday Yoga Teachers Association Workshops – 2nd Sat. Open to teachers and students, members and nonmembers. The Yoga Studio, Club Fit, Briarcliff Manor. Info: ytayoga.com.

Intro to Yoga Series at Hudson Valley Healing Center – 7-8:30pm. With Ami JayapradaHirschstein. Four-weeks. $100. Learn the fundamentals of yoga in a non-judgmental environment. Hudson Valley Healing Center. Poughkeepsie. 845.849.0838.

Bikram Yoga – 8-9:30am. 26 postures systematically move fresh, oxygenated blood to 100 percent of body, restoring systems to healthy working order. Warm and stretch every muscle, ligament and tendon. Room: 105-110 degrees. All levels. Balance Yoga & Wellness, 2444 Boston Post Rd, Larchmont. 914.833.9703. BalanceYogaNY.com.

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

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: peekskillfarmersmarket.com.

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classifieds Fee for classifieds is $1 per word per month, $25 minimum. To place listing, email content to Dana-NA@WakeUpNaturally.com. Deadline is the 12th of the month.   

Clearwater Festival – Music & Environmental Festival on June 16 & 17. See page 28. Gossett Brothers Farmer’s Market – 9am–1pm. Vendors include Bee Guy Apiaries, Do-Re-Mi Farms, Johnny Cake Farms, Wave Hill Bread, Honore’s Table, Du Soleil, Bongo Pasta, also fresh fish, homemade ice cream and crafts. 1202 Rte. 35, South Salem. Info: Gossett Brothers Nursery on Facebook. YogaStrong – 9:30-10:45am. Strong flow class that brings together benefits of strength training and yoga, for fitness and flexible in least amount of time. Heated studio. $20 drop-in. Elevate Yoga Studio, 3535 Crompond Rd, Cortlandt Manor. Info: ElevateYogaStudios.com. Vinyasa – 9:30am. With Lynne. A moderately paced flow of poses, with attention to alignment and breath. Mildly challenging. $22 drop-in. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. Class fee options: 914.763.6320. DrinkLivingJuice.com. Mat Pilates – 9:30-10:30am. With Dani Weissberg. Improve balance and flexibility by strengthening one’s core with a series of exercises designed for both beginners and experienced pilates enthusiasts. Pilates and More, 127 Main St Dobbs Ferry. 914.478.3560. Joyful Mindful Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. With Ann. Well balanced asana sequences that focus on alignment, mindfulness, clear intention and joy. Intermediate level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917.882.0921. TheTemperanceCenter.com. 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: Facebook.com/ HudsonValleyFarmersMarket.



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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. spca914.org.

VENDOR OPPORTUNITY FOR RENT MOUNT KISCO PROFESSIONAL OFFICE SPACE available with shared waiting area, in town, near shopping, restaurants, parking and train. Rents include A/C, heating, wifi and 24/7 access. Join other health/healing professionals and other small businesses in this beautifully maintained building with great visibility. Call Barry for availability at 914.760.8510 or Mike at 914.907.7867.

HELP WANTED ARE YOU A PROFESSIONAL looking for a career in natural health? NuSpecies is a natural health company providing holistic services and high quality nutritional formulas. Please visit nuspecies. com/careers. POUND RIDGE LOOKING FOR A HAIRSTYLIST to rent a chair in my day spa we use all natural and organic product. Pound Ridge NY 10 minutes from New Canaan, North Stamford, Lewisboro, & Bedford, our website Salonperridayspa.com please leave a message with Charles 914.400.8318.

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

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

It’s FREE to post your events on our online calendar. Find and post last minute calendar listings on our website: WakeUpNaturally.com

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

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


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



SearchLight Medical 2424 Route 52, Hopewell Junction, NY 845.592.4310; SearchLightMedical.com Frustrated with not feeling or looking your best? Let me guide you on your path to better health and well-being. Utilizing: Medical Acupuncture, ONDAMED Biofeedback Therapy, Reiki, Mei Zen Acupuncture for facial rejuvenation, weight loss and fertility. See ads pgs 7 & 17.

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

KARLA BOOTH DIAMOND, MAMSAT 153 Main St, Suite J Mount Kisco, NY 10549 914.649.9565 Awareness-in-Action.com

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

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

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


Lauren Awerdick, LMT Ossining & Tarrytown offices. On-Site & In-Home 914.534.1294; WillowWispWellness.org 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.



25 North Division St. Peekskill, NY Margaret.steele@gmail.com 914.772.4589; SteeleNeedlesAcupuncture.com

John Montgomery, Ph.D; Therapy/Coaching Scarsdale, NY 10583 917.244.5161; john@johnmontgomery.com homeostasispsychology.com

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

Is an addiction or addictive behavior negatively affecting your life? Using a powerful therapy method, I help people overcome the core emotional addictions – to sadness, worry, anxiety, or emotional ‘drama’– that always underlie destructive behaviors such as drug and alcohol abuse. See ad pg 52.


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

“Go Beyond” Expectation & Limitation with Shira Synergy Sprays!™ Proprietary Blends of CBD: an All-Natural, THC, GMO, & Solvent Free Cannabinoid from Hemp + Vibrationally High, Pure, EOs for Us, Our Children & Our Planet. See ad pg 81.


Pamela Cucinell NCGR PAA Phone, Online & In-person 917.796.6026; InsightOasis.com 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 58.


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


495 Central Park Ave, Suite 301, Scarsdale 914.874.1177; DrSlotnick.com 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.


271 Veterans Road Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 YorktownAnimalHospital.vet; 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 55.


Edit Babboni; CHC, RYT 200 61 Lakeview Dr., Yorktown Heights, NY 917.721.2529, yoga.zengarden@gmail.com Tired and Frustrated? In constant pain? Exhausted and Exhausted all possibilities? It’s time to try something new, something that works. Edit Babboni is a certified health coach and has cured her own autoimmune disease that no doctor was able to. She can help do the same for you. She offers health coaching, reiki energy healing, private yoga sessions. Call for your free one on one consultation. See ad pg 38.


Yellow Monkey Village 792 Rte 35 Cross River, NY, and NYC Office: 914.875.9088; Cell: 646.670.6725 Drkaushik.com; drkaushik@drkaushik.com Combination of Ayurveda and Naturopathy is used to create a unique treatment plan to regain and maintain health. Based on one’s particular body constitution (dosha), a plan may includesupplements, diet/nutrition suggestions, lifestyle management, detoxification, hydrotherapy, 0zone therapy, Panchakarma. Clinic days: M,T,W. See ad pg 51.

CHIROPRACTIC DR. LEIGH DAMKOHLER, CCSP, LMT 8 Bacon Place, Yonkers, NY 10710 914.523.7947 Chiropractor-WestchesterNY.com

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!

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

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


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

UPPER CERVICAL CHIROPRACTIC OF NY 311 North St., Suite 410, White Plains, NY 914.686.6200: ucc-ny.com/nucca

Dr. Gertner himself suffered with back pain due to an injury. With upper cervical chiropractic treatments, his body began to “heal itself” and the relentless pain that had plagued him quickly left his body. This inspired him to become one of only 5 NUCCA chiropractors in New York, and less than 200 worldwide, currently. He experienced amazing results and he knows you will too. See ad pg 83.

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

How would you like to wake up each day with less aches and more energy? Call today for your free consultation and findout what is standing between you and your health goals. See ad pg 14.

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CIRCULATION DANA BOULANGER #US28016 Independent BEMER Distributor Mahopac, NY 914.760.5645 danafeelsgood.bemergroup.com

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


Elizabeth Pasquale, LMT, CST, Director White Plains & Ossining offices 914.762.4693; WellOnTheWay.Com Curious about energy medicine?   Know there is something to it, from all you’ve read and heard?  Are you tingling with excitement right now, knowing you’re about to experience something life changing? Free get-acquainted phone call! See ad pg 21.



Life Coach in Positive Psychology 914.263.7080; janesilvermanlifecoach.com

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

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 14.

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.

DOWSER JEANIE PASQUALE PROFESSIONAL DOWSER Dowsing@househarmony.org 845.709.5245 HouseHarmony.org

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


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



Practitioner: The Center for Health + Healing 4 Smith Ave 2nd Fl; Mount Kisco, NY 914.519.8138; jmatalon@optonline.net Center4healing.net 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.

Certified ADHD Coach/ Organizer 914.373.4787; SusanLasky.com Susan@SusanLasky.com

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!



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


Integrative Medicine and Dermatology 17 Rodman Oval, New Rochelle, NY 914.637.0908; HolisticDermatology.com 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. 

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Usui/Karuna® Reiki Master Teacher, Jikiden Reiki, Energetic Counseling, OT Locations Armonk, Bedford Hills and Eastchester 914.588.4079; balancing4life.com Energetic balance is essential to your health. Restored energetic flow and balanced chakras clear stress symptoms, pain, inflammation, emotional instability, insomnia and more. Gain immunity, mental clarity and peace. Raise your consciousness. Healing circles, Reiki classes all levels. See ad pg 23.

TINA AURORA CPC REIKI MASTER Energy Healing & Coaching Cortlandt Manor, NY 914.473.1032; tinaaurora.com

During Tina’s healing sessions, she channels divine healing energy, promoting profound positive changes in the body, mind and spirit. Tina’s coaching style allows her clients to rewrite the script of negative thoughts to create the lives they dream for themselves.


Energy Medicine Practioner, Medical Intuititive, Physical Therapist 6 Bedford Road, Katonah NY 239.289.3744; theesotericbloom.com 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 18.





A Center For Awareness and Relaxation through Floatation Therapy. Create the ultimate Relaxation Response by removing all stimulation from light, sound, and gravity. Choose from three different float environments to find your perfect experience. Appointments available from 10am to 10pm daily. Free Parking. See ad pg 81.

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 19.

111 East Main Street Mount Kisco, NY 10549 914.241.1900

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

ESSENTIAL OILS YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS Caitlin & Rob Begley, Ind. Dist. Info: 2dropsYLEO.com Contact: 2dropsYLEO@gmail.com

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



250 E. Hartsdale Ave. St. 22, Hartsdale, NY 400 Rella Blvd. St. 165, Montebello, NY 914.472.0666; HartsdaleHomeopathy.com 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 11.


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


Dr. Jodi Kennedy 11 Miller Rd Mahopac, NY 845.628.7233 (SAFE); LiveBetterNaturally.info 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 14.

GREEN & NATURAL BUILDING LOU LEVY CONSTRUCTION Carmel, NY 914.804.2120 loulevyconstruction.com

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 26.


177 Myrtle Ave, Mahopac, NY 845.208.6131 SalonAzfar.com Organic hair salon. Say goodbye to grey and frizz, with no harmful ingredients. We have extensive knowledge in non-toxic and organic beauty products and offer permanent organic keratin smoothing treatment. Our passion is natural clean beauty that is luxurious, effective and affordable. See ad pg 41.


Natural and Organic is the way to go. Westchester Ave., Pound Ridge NY 914.764.5733; Salonperridayspa.com Full-Service Salon & Day Spa. Natural and organic hair color from Italy. Organic mani/pedi services plus non-toxic polish. Full body massage as well as all-natural skin care and facials. Organic retail products available. New clients: 30% off packages, mention Natural Awakenings. See ad pg 51.


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

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Merrill Black, LCSW, Reiki Master & Instructor Hypnotherapist, Intuitive Energy Healer, RYT, Founder 453 White Plains Rd, #201/203 Eastchester 914.793.2600; thetemperancecenter.com Nurture your mind, body, and soul. Thru a variety of healing modalities and services that include, psychotherapy, reiki, hypnosis, acupuncture, massage, reflexology, intuitive healing, spiritual counseling, nutritional consulting, therapeutic yoga, guided channeling meditation classes. Rediscover your control and balance your life. See ad pg 51.


Dr. Michael Wald; 914.552.1442 86 Smith Ave., Mount Kisco NY 914.242.8844; IntegratedNutritionNY.com


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

Do you suffer from chronic health problems like cancer, autoimmune, GI or neurological issues? You need a BloodDetective! Dr. Wald will work with you personally over the phone, as a house call or at his Mt Kisco office. Call today, you deserve personal attention. See ad pg 53.

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 11.






4 Smith Avenue, 2nd floor Mount Kisco, NY 10549 Center4Healing.net 914.864.0462

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

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

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




HENNA Certified Natural Henna Artist 914.714.8069; Mt. Kisco margie@makingfacesparties.com


Registered Herbalist (AHG) 1129 Main St, 2nd Fl., Fishkill, NY email: lorrainehughes54@gmail.com EmpoweredbyNature.net; 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.

FRANZOSO ENERGY SOLUTIONS 33 Croton Point Ave., Croton on Hudson, NY 10520 914.271.4572; Franzoso.com

Home energy audits, Air Sealing, Air Quality, Insulation, Windows, Doors Roofing, Siding and Solar. Environmentally responsible and sustainable home improvements. Call for your Free Home Audit today and start saving. Environmentally responsible and sustainable improvements. See ad pg 29.

Independent BEMER Distributor Mahopac, NY 914.760.5645 danafeelsgood.bemergroup.com


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

INTUITIVE HEALING DANCE HOLISTIC DENTIST DAVID L LERNER, DDS, CAC, FIND Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 914.214.9678 holisticdentist.com


777 Ulster Ave., Kingston 15 Davis Ave., Poughkeepsie 845.338.3320; 845.485.8582

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 4.


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Helping people relieve symptoms o f c h r o n i c Ly m e d i s e a s e , fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome as well as many other chronic illnesses. Dramatically improve your energy levels.



Spiritual Healing Arts & Dance Millbrook + Online Studio/Sanctuary 845.677.3517; whitelotusgrace.com 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; susanadlerLMT@gmail.com SusanAdlerLMT.com Therapeutic massage to address specific issues or promote wellness. Works with generally healthy to very ill clients. Experience with geriatric, cancer, Parkinson’s, hospice massage. Mamaroneck and on-site visits. See ad pg 41.


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

MICHELLE VITNER, LMT, LPN A Healing Massage with Intuition PutnamHealingArtsMassage.com 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.


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


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


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

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

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


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


Yellow Monkey Village 792 Rte 35 Cross River, NY, and NYC Office: 914.875.9088; Cell: 646.670.6725 Drkaushik.com; drkaushik@drkaushik.com 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 51.

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


The Center for Health and Healing 4 Smith Ave, 2nd Fl. Mt. Kisco, NY 914.673.4577; andy@center4healing.net center4healing.net Andy uses a whole body philosophy called Integrated Positional Therapy. IPT was specifically developed to address pain, improve body function and range of motion. This approach has been successful in addressing many neuromuscular conditions often when other approaches have failed. See ad pg 21.

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PO Box 245 Fishkill, NY 12524 845.232.0336 strayhelp.org


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

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

Foot care for people of all ages. Board certified holistic podiatrists who use a comprehensive, integrative approach. Customized treatments utilizing the best of today’s technology combined with nutrition and 30 years of experience.

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


ARCB Certified Reflexologist 1129 Main Street, 2nd fl., Fishkill, NY email: lorrainehughes54@gmail.com EmpoweredbyNature.net; 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.

We are your neighborhood holistic compounding pharmacy, ready to support your health. We offer compounding prescriptions, on-line prescription renewals, supplements, homeopathic remedies, personal care products, fair trade gifts and more. We deliver and we are happy to answer your questions. See ad pg 52.

ELITE PERFORMANCE PHYSICAL THERAPYOF WESTCHESTER, PC Tina Sferra, MSPT, CPI 175 E. Main St, Suite 204, Mt. Kisco, NY 10549 ElitePTandPilates.com; 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 46.

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

929 Main St., Fishkill, NY 12524 844.363.7894; revivabody.com

Customized, holistic treatments for better skin, improved body appearance, and spiritual reconnection. Natural Facelift, Facials, Nonchemical Peels, Skin Tightening, Wrinkle Reduction, Fat Melting, Waxing, Reiki, Chakra Balancing, Guided Imagery, Aromatherapy, Raindrop Technique. See ad pg 11.

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

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 4.

By Appointment Peeksill, NY 914.906.7238; ganeshaspa.com Discover the true meaning of rejuvenation, relation and calmness with the latest healing/ ayurvedic/pain management treatments including Amino Bio-Frequency Therapy and Therapeutic Massage Techniques; Anti-Aging facial techniques; Micro-needling and Dermaplaning; Microblading/Permanenteyebrows for Beauty; Reiki, Meditations. Visit website for full list of services and to book appointment. See ad pg 23.


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

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Join a unique monthly Interfaith Sunday at the Chapel at Croton Falls at 10:30am – Enjoy prayer, music, movement and dialogue. Check our FB page for information on upcoming programs or e-mail Rev. Deborah Moldow, Interfaith Minister, at revdeb1@ comcast.net. See ad pg 61.


299 North Highland Avenue, Bldg. 5 Ossining, New York 10562 914.941.4455; mariandale.org The Mariandale Center sponsors retreats and programs on spiritual and contemplative practices. We also welcome nonprofit organizations for workshops and group retreats. Our guests enjoy the contemplative environment at the Center, and the beautiful, spacious land overlooking the Hudson River. See ad pg 15.

STRESS REDUCTION DANA BOULANGER #US28016 Independent BEMER Distributor Mahopac, NY 914.760.5645 danafeelsgood.bemergroup.com

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



Certified Whole Health Educator 518.929.7579; btiscan.com

SearchLight Medical 2424 Route 52, Hopewell Junction, NY 845.592.4310; SearchLightMedical.com

Prevention is the Cure. Offering the highest standards in Radiation-Free Breast and Full Body medical thermography. Detect changes at the cellular level years before conventional screenings. Clear results with fewer tests. Now available in Westchester by appointment. See ad pg 41.

Lose weight, inches and improve your overall health with the Mei Zen Acupuncture treatment for weight loss and abdominal toning. Jump start your metabolism and balance your body’s energy as you lose weight. Additional benefits include enhanced energy and improved digestion. See ads pgs 7 & 17.

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

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 4.


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




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


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


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

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

Led by Janet Catalina, MSW 914.548.8372; catalina.janet@gmail.com



John Montgomery, Ph.D; Therapy/Coaching Scarsdale, NY 10583 917.244.5161; john@johnmontgomery.com homeostasispsychology.com Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, OCD, or addictive behaviors such as drug, alcohol, or food addiction? I can help you overcome the core “emotional addictions” that underlie these destructive patterns with a powerful new therapy method. ee ad pg 52.

271 Veterans Road Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 YorktownAnimalHospital.vet; 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 55.

YOGA FIREFLY YOGA & JUICE BAR 992 main street Fishkill NY 12524 Fireflyyoga.com

Firefly Yoga is the Hudson Valleys only Baptiste Affiliate studio. Our practices are for everybody, we offer heated and non-heated vinyasa yoga, meditation and personal growth practices. Our mission is to give practitioners access to possibility and living life in their fullest potential. See ad pg 34.

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