Page 1





SACRED SILENCE Discover the Benefits of Quiet at a Silent Retreat





Remedies for

Diabetes 10th Year Anniversary Edition


November 2017 | Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition | natural awakenings November 2017



natural awakenings

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition




 


Deadline Dec. 8

Your Hea lthy

Lifestyle Multimed ia Resour ce in Prin t, Online

and Mob ile

Join the 10th Annual Natural Living Directory

and reach thousands of potential new clients in the only holistic resource guide covering Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess Counties.

Natural Living Directory PRICING • $125 for 1st listing • 2nd listing is 50% off: $62.50 • 3rd listing is 50% off: $62.50 Deadline is Thursday, December 8

natural awakenings’

2018 Annual Natural Living Directory Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess Edition H E A L T H Y







Dr. Fred Lisanti, ND,LAC.,RH, CHT 281 White Plains Rd., Eastchester, NY 914.337.2980;

Therapeutic solutions to acute and chronic conditions. Acupuncture is an intelligent medicine, gentle enough for pregnant women, and powerful enough to treat serious conditions like high blood pressure, chronic pain or insomnia.

• Category Name • Business Name • 3 Contact Lines • Logo or Headshot • 35 Word Description


Natural Awakenings' Awakenings’ Natural Wellness Profiles for 2016 8

theWho's Who’sWho Whoof ofthe theWellness Wellness Community! Community! the

Ideal for wellness Deadline practitioners Dec. 10 and healing centers!




Be featuredinin Be featured

ALSO FREE ONLINE LISTINGS With your paid print Directory listings you will also be posted ONLINE on our local website, on our national Natural Awakenings website and on the Natural Awakenings mobile app — for the entire year, at no additional charge!



LIVING DIRECTORY Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY


2017 Natural Living Directory


The Complete Natural Living Directory our readers will reference all year!

RESERVE YOUR SPACE before December 8 Call


Our targeted readers are seeking goods and services offering the following: • Creative Expression • Fitness • Green Living

• Healthy Pet Solutions • Natural Health & Wellness • Nutrition

• Organic Food & Dining • Personal Growth • Relationship Counseling natural naturalawakenings awakenings

• Spiritual Guidance • Sustainable Products • Wealth Management November November2015 2017




contact us Publishers Dana Boulanger & Marilee Burrell Editing Team Marilee Burrell, Allison Gorman, Jacqueline Wright & Dawne Clark Sales Team Dana Boulanger & Jennifer Amuso Design & Production Marilee Burrell, Stephen Blancett, Kathleen Fellows, Patrick Floresca Community Street Team Shira Adler, Lauren Awerdick, Eve Folger, Wanda Jeanty, Lucy Marcella, Heather Novak, Betty Prinsen & Karen Shaw Natural Awakenings Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY PO Box 313 Lincolndale, NY 10540-0313 Phone: 914.617.8750

© 2017 by Natural Awakenings. All rights reserved. Although some parts of this publication may be reproduced and reprinted, we require that prior permission be obtained in writing. Natural Awakenings is a free publication distributed locally and is supported by our advertisers. It is available in selected stores, health and education centers, healing centers, public libraries and wherever free publications are generally seen. Please call to find a location near you or if you would like copies placed at your business. We do not necessarily endorse the views expressed in the articles and advertisements, nor are we responsible for the products and services advertised. We welcome your ideas, articles and feedback.

SUBSCRIPTIONS Subscriptions are available by sending $30 (for 12 issues) to the above address.

his month we have all of you to thank. November marks our 10th year publishing Natural Awakenings for Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess. Marilee and I have such appreciation for our devoted readers and our advertising partners, who allow us to grow and prosper, and for our expanding natural living community. In the spirit of gratitude, I’d like to share Dana Boulanger Marilee Burrell the words of Meredith Montgomery, who publishes the Gulf Coast Alabama/ Mississippi edition of Natural Awakenings. In light of so many recent tragedies, her story of grace in the face of adversity serves as a beautiful lesson to us all: I was alerted (last week) that the publisher of Natural Awakenings Long Island, Kelly Martinsen, woke up in the middle of the night to an electrical fire burning her house to the ground. She posted on Facebook, “We had a fire, and I know that there is word out there that we ‘lost everything.’ I want to assure everyone that this is not the case. While our house may be totaled, ‘everything’ I need was found the morning after the fire, as I held my kids (all three!) and my husband in my driveway … for now we have no needs.” She then went on to thank Waleska Sallaberry, who was staying with her and who woke Kelly in time to get everyone out of the house. Waleska publishes Natural Awakenings Puerto Rico and relocated to New York with her children after Hurricane Maria so she could enroll them in school. Her husband is still in Puerto Rico, and together they are doing everything they can to help rebuild their beautiful surfing village of Rincon. After having her life turned upside down and then witnessing fire demolish Kelly’s home, Waleska posted a picture of her new 2018 planner, which reads “Best year ever” in beautiful script on the cover. As headlines are flooded with reports of hurricanes, fires, shootings and the untimely passing of familiar faces, these positive stories shine a Waleska and Kelly bright light on the power of perspective. What if we all lived with such unattachment to material things, and maintained a peaceful sense of trust in what lies ahead. Thanksgiving arrives this month as a reminder to feel gratitude for all that we have—especially those things that can’t be bought or burned down. Whether it’s a beautiful sunset, a compliment from a stranger or the embrace of a loved one, those are the things that can make us feel the richest. Please donate to the GoFundMe campaign (see page 11) to support the wellness community in Rincon, Puerto Rico, and please help us support Kelly and her family as they rebuild, by preordering her soon-to-be-released book (see page 61 for details). With gratitude,

Natural Awakenings is printed on partially recycled paper with soy-based ink.


natural awakenings

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

Meet the publishers:

Westchester, Putnam & Dutchess NY Edition

Celebrates 10 Years of Publishing

Thank you!

Dana Boulanger , Sharon Bruckman (founder) & Marilee Burrell

We are grateful to our community for embracing and supporting us these the past ten years. Thank you for your support! We are also grateful to our advertising partners who have made it possible to publish this free magazine every month. And finally, we're thrilled and thankful to be able to work with such a talented group of inspired individuals – our team – and the Natural Awakenings brother and sister publishers near and far. Look for new and exciting projects in the coming years!

Meet the team

Marilee Burrell & Dana Boulanger

Neighboring NA publishers:

Deborah Turner

Nicole Miale

Tina Woods

Meet our writers and editors: Allison Gorman Marilee, Hillary & Roger Dubin, Linda Seichrist, Gail Heard, Dana & Carolyn Coogan

Meet our street team and distribution angels:

Ann LaGoy

Lauren Awerdick

Eve Folger

Dr. Wanda Jeanty

Shira Adler

Betty Prinsen

Lucy Marcella

Karen Shaw

Meet our distribution team:

Dawne Clark

Jacqueline Wright

Linda Sechrist

Meet our graphic design and web team:

Stephen Blancett Rich & Persaud, Bell Publication Distribution

Pamela Cucinell

Steve Hagewood

Patrick Floresca

Kate Fellows

natural awakenings

Marci Molina

November 2017



natural awakenings

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

natural awakenings

November 2017



natural awakenings

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

contents 10 newsbriefs 20 healthbriefs 22 globalbriefs 25 ecotip 20 28 consciouseating 38 healthykids 22 44 healingways 48 wisewords 50 greenliving 52 naturalpet 54 fitbody 60 business spotlight 38 62 inspiration 66 calendar 72 planetwatch 73 classifieds 74 resourceguide

advertising & submissions HOW TO ADVERTISE To advertise with Natural Awakenings or request a media kit, please contact us at 914.617.8750 or email Dana-NA@ Deadline for ads: the 12th of the month. Visit our website at EDITORIAL SUBMISSIONS Email news items and ideas to: Deadline for editorial: the 5th of the month. CALENDAR SUBMISSIONS Email Calendar Events to: Deadline for calendar: the 12th of the month. REGIONAL MARKETS Advertise your products or services in multiple markets! Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp. is a growing franchised family of locally owned magazines serving communities since 1994. To place your ad in other markets call 239.449.8309. For franchising opportunities call 239.530.1377 or visit

Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.



Healthy Twists on Old Favorites by Judith Fertig


SECTION Local Services and Resources



Advice for Parents from Award-Winners by Randy Kambic


44 SACRED SILENCE Discover the Benefits of Quiet at a Silent Retreat by April Thompson





ABOUT GEOTHERMAL Homeowners Like its Eco-Friendly Cost Savings by Jim Motavalli


Seven Natural Home Remedies by Karen Becker



Four Ways to Flex Our Muscles by Marlaina Donato

natural awakenings

November 2017


newsbriefs Grassroots Fundraiser Honors Franzoso Energy Solutions George Latimer and Judith Enck Reduces Costs, Carbon Footprint


rassroots Environmental Education, which informs the public about emerging environmental health threats such as Westchester’s pipeline infrastructure, will hold its annual farm-to-table dinner on NovemWainwright House ber 16 at Wainwright House in Rye. As in previous years, the evening’s program will focus on the work of the organization, with displays and a short multimedia presentation. “The dinner will feature gourmet, home-cooked fare using freshly harvested vegetables from the Golden Earthworm Organic Farm in Jamesport, Long Island,” says Patti Wood, executive director of Grassroots Environmental Education. “From the appetizers to the desserts, which will be donated by Diane’s Desserts in Roslyn, every bite is something special.” The evening’s honorees are Senator George Latimer and Judith Enck, former Region 2 administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Latimer was elected to the New York Senate in 2012, representing the 37th District. Prior to being elected to the Senate, he held various elected positions, including New York State assemblyman, Westchester County legislator and Rye City Council member.   Enck recently served as Region 2 administrator for the EPA, overseeing federal programs governing air and water pollution. Prior to that, she was deputy secretary for the environment in the New York State Governor’s Office, policy advisor to the state attorney general and senior environmental associate with the New York Public Interest Research Group.


ranzoso Contracting has a 37year history of quality building in Westchester, Putnam and beyond, with several National Building Credentials and awards to show for it, so it would be easy for the business to rest on its reputation. But Mark Franzoso, who founded the company in 1980 and still serves as its president, keeps finding new ways to grow and give back. A perfect example is Franzoso Energy Solutions, the green arm of the business. “This is an important time for everyone to do the right thing—not just for the neighborhood, but for the planet,” he says. “We need to reverse the effects of global warming, and we can save people money at the same time. Our energy solutions help people save on their costs to run their homes and help them reduce their carbon footprints. We are a company that gives back and wants to be good global citizens.” Franzoso Energy Solutions, which services all of Westchester and Putnam Counties as well as Fairfield, Connecticut, and parts of Rockland and Dutchess Counties, is Building Performance Institute (BPI) certified. It offers energy audits, air sealing, attic blankets and other eco-friendly products and services. “Our solar installations are growing all the time too,” Franzoso says. As part of its ongoing community outreach, Franzoso Contracting sponsored Natural Awakenings’ Farmers’ Markets page this past summer and regularly supports local nonprofits such as Support Connection and Habitat for Humanity. For more info about Franzoso Energy Solutions, call 914.271.4572 or visit See ad, page 19.

Seating is limited. For more info or to RSVP, contact Grassroots at 914.422.3141, 516.883.0887 or


natural awakenings

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

Innovative Therapy Now Available in Westchester


omeostasis Psychology, a therapy that’s been shown to help people overcome a wide variety of psychological ills, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders and drug and alcohol addiction, is now available in the Westchester area. John Montgomery, PhD, an adjunct assistant professor at NYU, says he developed the method based on extensive research in neuroscience and psychology. It inJohn Montgomery tegrates psychodynamic, cognitivebehavioral and body-based therapeutic approaches.              “Homeostasis Psychology proposes that as we live our modern lives, we typically alternate between two opposing forces or internal drives,” Montgomery says. The destructive “addictive” drive sabotages our goals and creates unnecessary pain and emotional distress, while the healthy “homeostatic” drive is the guiding force that seeks to lead us into states of peace and well-being and onto a path of growth and fulfillment. “The destructive addictive drive arises because, under the typical circumstances of modern life, most of us are highly prone—perhaps surprisingly—to begin deriving unconscious biochemical rewards in our brains from distressing emotional states such as anxiety, anger, regret and self-pity,” he says. “These unconscious rewards can lead to the development of true biochemical addictions to a variety of painful emotional states, which can become the foundation for a wide range of psychological and physical ills.” Homeostasis Psychology uses tools and methods designed to help people disengage from the addictive drive and fully connect with the homeostatic drive, he says. For more information or a free consultation, contact Montgomery at 917.244.5161 or, or visit See ad, page 51.

Beyond Maria: Coming Together to Help Rebuild Puerto Rico


uis Mendez and Waleska Sallaberry, the publishers of Natural Awakenings Puerto Rico (PR) edition for the past 15 years, have a simple request: “Please help us rebuild.” Mendez and Sallaberry are remarkable community leaders, having not only launched what is now PR’s number one health and wellness publication, but also having originated and managed the Luis and Waleska most important annual health and wellness expo in PR and the Caribbean, created a natural health network of discounted services with more than 1,000 providers and 250,000 members and founded an alternative eco-school to serve PR’s western coast. They have been inspirational to their readers and clients, but also to other publishers in the Natural Awakenings family, who have benefited from their guidance, leadership and vision for the magazine. Publishers have created a GoFundMe account to support their efforts to rebuild PR’s holistic health and wellness community at a time when healing services are so desperately needed. Mendez and Sallaberry will be trustees of this fund and will disseminate the proceeds to the people and organizations in PR at their discretion. Donations will help not just one family, but an entire networked family of businesses and organizations that are part of the backbone of PR. “I’m inspired by the ways different publishers are responding to this need in our publishing family,” says Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation CEO Sharon Bruckman. “This campaign allows us to reach out to our readers, as well, and offer them a way to directly affect the natural health community in Puerto Rico, allowing for continued sustenance even after Puerto Rico cycles out of the news in the weeks and months to come.” For more info and to make a donation, visit NaturalAwakeningsPRfundraiser. See ad, page 67.

natural awakenings

November 2017


Dreaming Goddess Carries CBD Oil Products


Found Herbal Apothecary Opens in Bronxville

reaming Goddess now offers products containing hempderived CBD oil, which has been scientifically shown to provide relief from a variety of health symptoms. Shop owner Rhianna Mirabello says she’s excited to offer this new means of natural wellness. “We now carry hemp-derived CBD oil, available as a dietary supplement, rollon and spray,” she says. “In recent studies, CBD oil has been shown to relieve pain and inflammation, reduce anxiety, aid heart health, and in some individuals, treat seizures and other neurological disorders.” This CBD oil is derived from American-grown hemp, which is bought directly from the farm and then cold pressed so the CO2 is extracted. It does not contain THC, the chemical compound many people have questions about when discussing CBD oil, Mirabello says. “All you get is the pure, medicinal goodness that can be applied topically for pain management or taken internally,” she says. “These CBD oil products were created consciously by a small company with a big heart, with the focus of bringing the numerous benefits of this magical oil to the world, as compassionately priced as possible. We are proud to have them on our shelves for our customers.”


Visit the Dreaming Goddess at 44 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY, or online at For more info, call the shop at 845.473.2206. See ad, page 63.

For more info, call 914.793.1000, visit or, follow foundherbal on Twitter, or email Mullins at


natural awakenings

ound Herbal, which offers consultations, educational programs and products focused on the use of herbs for personal care, has opened an apothecary at 118 Kraft Avenue in Bronxville. Owner Jessica Mullins, a clinical herbalist, says the store will offer a wide variety of herbal remedies, medicinal teas, organic skin care, herbs, tonics and other natural products. “Our mission is to support Jessica Mullins wellness and make the everyday more healthy through natural remedies and safe, quality herbal products,” says Mullins, who started the company as a clinical practice and apothecary in 2016. Found Herbal offers private consultations and custom individual programs, custom skincare formulation, private events and teaching, and Reiki sessions. The Found Herbal product line is handcrafted using the highest quality ingredients and certified organic or ethically wild-crafted herbs, Mullins says. “My training in traditional Chinese medicine, traditional Western herbalism and Reiki energy healing shapes the creation of our wide variety of lifestyle products and services,” she says. “Through educational support, resources and organic herbal products, I aspire to share with all the healthful potential of a life more herbal.”

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

Green Chimneys Challenges Runners to “Conquer the Forest”


reen Chimneys, a nonprofit that provides naturefocused education and human services, will throw open its doors—or rather, its trails—for the first-ever Conquer the Forest Trail Run, a dayGreen Chimneys Executive Director long event for all Ed Placke with students Riley and Greg tackle an early morning practice run. ages. The organization’s Clearpool Campus in Carmel recently opened its hiking trails for public access. Now it’s inviting runners to join the challenge, which will cover more than 5 of the property’s 350 miles of natural woodlands, wetlands and scenic landscapes. Set for November 18, the event will include the five-mile run; a one-mile fun rain for kids and families; and music, food and activities for all ages. All proceeds from the event will go to Green Chimneys’ education and animal-assisted therapy programs for children with special needs, and the care of the animals that support these services. Originally founded in 1901 as a summer camp for disadvantaged inner-city children, the Green Chimneys Clearpool Campus remains as pristine as it was more than a century ago. Its protected woodlands include a natural lake, marsh and wetlands and an extensive stream system, providing habitats for a diverse population of plants, birds and animals. Its five miles of mapped trails are open to the public Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The campus offers an array of educational and recreational programs, such as environmental study, adventure learning, seasonal activities, overnight excursions and summer camp. It also serves as part of Green Chimneys School, offering therapeutic education for 40 middle school students with special needs. Green Chimneys helps young people maximize their full potential by providing residential, educational, clinical and recreational services in a safe and supportive environment that nurtures connections with their families, the community, animals and nature. Founded in 1947 and headquartered on a farm and wildlife center in Brewster, the nonprofit is recognized as a leader in animal-assisted therapy and educational activities for children with special needs. Among its services are an accredited special education school, a residential treatment center, animal-assisted and nature-based therapeutic programs, public education and recreation programs, and community-based support for underserved youth and families. For more info about Green Chimneys or the trail run, visit natural awakenings

November 2017


Awaken Wellness Fair Makes Trip 20 to Tarrytown


he Awaken Wellness Fair, New York’s “body-mindspirit-green expo,” will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Tarrytown, located at 455 South Broadway, on November 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. “This is the fair’s 20th trip to Tarrytown, but it always brings something fresh and new,” says founder Paula Caracappa, CEO of PPC Group. “This autumn, for example, we’ve expanded to a third room of speakers. Yes, the Awaken Wellness Fair is always growing.” The mission of this holistically focused event is to expose people to a vast array of healthy services and products. Part of its continued success is its comfortable social environment, Caracappa says. “Visitors feel more like they are at a party than an expo. They frequently Paula Caracappa comment on how warm and inviting the energy is.” Many people are attracted to the Awaken Wellness Fairs because they’re curious about holistic practices, she says. “They find abundant information encompassing the world of ancient as well as new, cutting-edge healing/wellness methods. Expert speakers present free information all day long about how to awaken to your best self. Often guests come expecting to spend a couple of hours there and end up spending the entire day.” The fair features an assortment of vendors offering products and services to support a healthy lifestyle, such as essential oils, chiropractic care, nutritional supplements and organic cleaning products. Healing crystals and jewelry are especially popular, Caracappa says, and intuitive readers and holistic healers are always a big part of the event. Among their services (offered for entertainment purposes only) are tarot reading, mediumship, angel reading, numerology and pet readings. The fair also features energy healers, and as healing practices have grown more mainstream recently, many people “sample” one for the first time at the Awaken Fair, Caracappa says. Readers and healers will offer discount-rate appointments until November 18 at For more info, including vendor details, visit See ad, page 3.

Stray H.E.L.P. Hosts Community Day in Fishkill


tray H.E.L.P., a Fishkill-based nonprofit that rescues and advocates for homeless cats, will holds its fifth annual Community Day on November 11, from noon to 4:30 p.m., at Trinity Episcopal Church parish house, located at 5 Elm Street in Fishkill. The free event features family activities, vendors, food, music, raffles, educational exhibits and a showcase of cats and kittens available for adoption. One of Stray H.E.L.P.’s services is low-cost spay/neuter and vaccinations. On Community Day, as a special Veterans Day thank you, the organization is offering an extra low cost of $35 to spay/ neuter and vaccinate the cats of U.S. military members and veterans, says Ann LaGoy, president of Stray H.E.L.P. A clinic appointment is required, and a military ID must be shown to receive the discount. To schedule an appointment, call Althea at 845.705.5020. Clinic drop-off is early in the morning; details are provided when appointments are scheduled. The mission of Stray H.E.L.P. is to rescue and care for stray and homeless cats while providing humane education to the community, LaGoy says. “We believe in the trap/neuter/return or place philosophy—there is a choice, an opportunity, for every cat in Dutchess County. We work with community members and rescue organizations throughout the MidHudson Valley.” For more info, call 845.232.0336 or visit


natural awakenings

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

Free Presentation on Naturopathic Medicine


r. K u r t Beil, who sees patients and offers advice on supportive nutrition, herbalism, stress reduction, biofeedback and Dr. Kurt Beil acupuncture at the Center for Health and Healing in Mount Kisco, will give a free presentation on naturopathic medicine on November 16, at 7:30 p.m., at Rye (NY) Free Reading Room, located at 1061 Boston Post Road. Beil has a degree in naturopathic medicine (ND) and will explain how a naturopathic doctor differs from a doctor of medicine (MD) by blending modern medical science with ancient healing techniques such as herbalism, nutrition and acupuncture to promote health and resolve chronic disease. “There are many options in the modern healthcare landscape,” he says. “Medical doctors have significant amounts of knowledge of the human body, disease processes and medications, and these can be very effective. However, there can be gaps in this care that leaves people wanting more.” Naturopathic medicine works in conjunction with standard medical care, he says. “A naturopathic doctor’s four-year training is similar to that of a medical doctor, but rather than treating disease symptoms, naturopathic medicine works to identify and treat the causes of illness and promote a person’s inherent healing capacity.” While naturopathy is not currently a licensed medical profession in New York State—Beil is licensed to practice acupuncture—it is licensed in 23 other states, including Connecticut, where Beil also practices and orders regular and functional medicine lab tests, performs exams and can have office visits eligible for insurance reimbursement.

Get Social with us! FB: Natural Awakenings Westchester; Twitter: @wakeupnaturally Instagram: @nawestchester; Pinterest: wakeupnaturally,

For more information, visit See ad, page 18. natural awakenings

November 2017


“Blood Detective” Hosts Free Breakfast and Nutritional Session


r. Michael Wald, host of “Ask the Blood Detective” on internet radio station, is hosting a free healthy breakfast and informational gathering, Feed Your Belly and Your Brain, on November 11, from 9 a.m. to noon, at 86 Smith Avenue in Mount Kisco (parking is located behind the building). Dr. Wald, a chiropractor, dietician and nutritionist known as “The Blood Detective,” will discuss the importance of mindful eating, over a meal of gluten-free waffles with organic syrup and whipped cream, mixed berries, organic coffee or tea and a vegetable or fruit smoothie. While there’s no charge to attend, seating is limited and reservations are required. RSVP by messaging Wald on his Facebook page, located at The event is part of Wald’s Masters Holistic Health Series, focused on natural and nutrition-based approaches to health and wellness. Other upcoming sessions—all evening presentations— include The Best Way to Eat (November 7); Malabsorption and Inflammation (November 14); Speed and Strength Enhancement (November 16); Cancer and Autoimmune Disease (November 21); Memory, Energy and Anti-Aging (November 28); Muscle Mass and Fat Burning Secrets for Athletes and Martial Artists (November 30); and Breast Cancer: Oxidative Therapies, Hyperbaric and Topical Nutrition (December 5). All evening presentations will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Mount Kisco location except for the November 16 and 30 presentations, which will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. at Marti Martial Arts Academy, 118 Route 117, Bypass Road, in Bedford Hills. To attend an event, RSVP at or call 914.552.1442. See ad, page 13.

Tickets on Sale for Boscobel Holiday Tours


oscobel House and Gardens, considered one of the leading historic house museums in the Unites States, will offer candlelit evening tours for three consecutive weekends after Thanksgiving. Tickets for the tours are available online now. “With the mansion decorated for a 19th-century Christmas and string musicians performing live in the house, our twilight tours offer an especially beautiful experience of this special place,” says Acting Executive Director Jennifer Carlquist. “As candles light the way, expert docents tell stories that bring Boscobel to life, and children always enjoy searching for gingerbread kids hidden among the decorations. We look forward to sharing the magic of the season with visitors of all ages.” Each tour concludes with a reception in the decorated gallery. “Boscobel adds to this singular experience with a newly expanded gift shop and live holiday music in the Carriage House,” Carlquist


natural awakenings

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

says. Musicians scheduled to perform during the tours are the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra Quintet, the Brasiles Ensemble, the Putnam Chorale, Putnam Joy and Daniel Stevens. Boscobel dining room Located in Garrison, decorated for the holidays. Boscobel directly overlooks the Hudson River and West Point. The Neoclassical mansion holds a collection of New York furniture from the Federal period. The Neoclassical mansion holds a collection of New York furniture from the Federal period. Tours will be offered November 24 and 25 and December 2, 3, 9 and 10. They begin at 4 p.m., with the last tour commencing at 7 p.m. Tickets, which are available at, cost $25 for ages 15 and up and $15 for ages 6 to 14. Children ages 5 and younger are admitted free.

Pulse Manifestation Workshop Comes to Hartsdale


anet Catalina, co-developer of Pulse Manifestation, will teach a workshop on the technique on December 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Ix Chel Center in Hartsdale. “Pulse Manifestation is an extraordinarily dynamic and easy-to-use tool that empowers you to create the life you desire Janet Catalina and to let go of what blocks you,” she says. “The recreation lens adds to this process and gives you the power to step into the amazing person you were born to be. Once you have learned how to Pulse, you have a tool you can use throughout your life to intentionally create in the present what you desire in the future, whether it’s a new job, a perfect mate, improved finances or better health.” During the six-hour workshop, which is part didactic and part experiential, participants will learn how to Pulse and have an opportunity to practice the technique. Since helping develop Pulse Manifestation in 2005, Catalina has been leading Pulse workshops throughout the tri-state area. She will take the workshop to Canada in the spring of 2018. To learn more about Pulse Manifestation, visit For more info and to register, contact Catalina at or 914.548.8372.

Natural Awakenings



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

Susan Adler, LMT Massage Therapy with a Nurturing Touch Studio in Mamaroneck, on-site visits in Westchester, Bronx, Manhattan 914.320.4063;



Leigh Damkohler, CCSP, LMT Neuromuscular/ Massage Therapy Scarsdale area, off Central Ave 914.523.7947

CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY MOUNT KISCO Joy Matalon LMT, CST The Center For Health and Healing 914.519-8138

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

Lisanne Elkins, MA, LMT, RM Balance Bodywork Therapeutic Massage & Reiki. 914.319.4375

PATTERSON New Life Therapeutic, LLC Massage & Facials 1283 Route 311, C-2015 845.464.9270

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

RYE BROOK Massage Envy Spa 158 South Ridge St, Rye Ridge South Shopping Center 914.417.6940;



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

Massage Envy Spa-Scarsdale 777 White Plains Rd (Rt 22) Shoppes@Eastchester 914.902.9200;

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

Massage Envy Spa 365 Central Park Ave Near California Pizza Kitchen 914.422.3689



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

HOPEWELL JUNCTION Infinity Massage 2537 RT. 52 STE. 3-3 845.661.8526


Donna Costa, LMT House calls or Office in Yonkers; 914.907.4485

PHYSICAL THERAPY CROTON-ON-HUDSON Old Post Physical Therapy 43 Old Post Rd South 914.271.2426;

ROLFING To place a listing call


Deborah VanWagner Certified Advanced Rolfer Office: Tarrytown & House Calls 845.800.7303;

natural awakenings

November 2017


Pond and Lake Management Workshop in White Plains


pond and lake management workshop, which will include strategies for managing poor conditions caused by algal blooms, invasive plants, sedimentation, stormwater pollution and warming temperatures, will be held December 7, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Westchester County Center, located at 198 Central Avenue in White Plains. The event is presented by the Westchester County Soil and Water Conservation District, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Westchester County, the Westchester County Planning Department and the Native Plant Center. Among the featured presentations will be Introduction to the Ecology of Ponds, Lakes and Reservoirs, by Stephen J. Souza, PhD, founder of Princeton Hydro and an instructor at Temple, Rutgers and Montclair State Universities; Pond and Lake Stewardship: What You Can Do about Aquatic Invasive Plants, by Catherine McGlynn, PhD, aquatic invasive species coordinator at New York State Department of Environmental Conservation; The Lakes of Westchester County: What We Know and What You Can Do to Help, by Scott Kishbaugh, chief of the Lake Monitoring and Assessment Section at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation; Dealing with Stormwater: A Practical Approach, by Jeremy Farrell, PhD, a water quality specialist with Lake George Association and post-doctoral research associate at the Darrin Fresh Water Institute at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; and Design and Implementation of a Lake Management Plan, by Souza. The workshop includes a continental breakfast and a boxed lunch. It is approved for five HSW hours for landscape architects through the New York State Education Department; four hours of annual training required of members of planning boards and zoning boards of appeal; and continuing education units from other professional organizations. All participants will receive attendance certificates. The $45 admission is due by December 4 at 4 p.m. A completed registration form and a check (payable to Westchester County Planning Department) should be sent to Robert Doscher, Westchester County Planning Department, 148 Martine Avenue, Room 432, White Plains, NY, 10601-3370. Credit cards are not accepted. For more info, contact Doscher at or 914.995.4423 or Kay Eisenman at or 914.995.4424.


natural awakenings

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

Healthy Living • Healthy Planet

Healthy Living • Healthy Planet


Ninham Mountain State forest 1,054 acres. Mount Nimham Ct. & Gipsy Trail Carmel, NY

Marsh Sanctuary 156 acres 114 South Bedford Rd., Mt. Kisco, NY

Westchester County

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

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

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 brinton.html

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

Dutchess County Appalachian Trail 4,000 acres & 30 miles of trails 991 Route 22, Pawling, NY 12564

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

Winnakee Land Trust 3137 Route 9G, Rhinebeck, NY

Buttercup Farm Sanctuary 641 Acres 6862 State Rt. 82 Stanfordville, NY 12581

Putnam County

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

Fahnestock State Park 14,000 acres 1498 Route 301, Carmel, NY 10512

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

Fahnestock Winter Park 18km groomed Trails 1570 Route 301, Carmel, NY 10512

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

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

Greenburgh Nature Center 33 acres, 99 Dramore Rd. Scarsdale, NY 10583 Michael Ciaiola Conservation Area 800 acres Kitchawan Preserve Haviland Hollow Rd., Patterson NY 712 Kitchawan Rd., Ossining, NY

Teatown Lake Reservation 1000 acres. 1600 Spring Valley Rd. Ossining, NY 10562 Ward Pound Ridge Reservation 4,315 acres Route 121, Cross River, NY

Resources New York State Parks Nature Conservancy Putnam County Land Trust 835 acres Scenic Hudson Land. Parks. Advocacy Westchester County Land Trust 29 Land Preserves. Westchester County Parks Park Pass Available 12+ Yrs. Please check websites for hours, rules, fees, directions, parking and information.

THIS PAGE SPONSORED BY Transform Your Home. No Money Down. Maximize Efficiency & Lower Your Energy Costs. Now you can make your home healthier and more comfortable with proven measures. Begin with a comprehensive home energy audit to identify everyday problem areas inside and outside your home. Air Sealing & Insulation: Reduce drafts, stay warmer and Save Money. Siding, Windows, Entry & Storm Doors, Gutters, Leaders—and SOLAR!


Franzoso Energy Solutions • Croton-on-Hudson, • naturalNY awakenings November 2017


igella sativa oil (NSO), commonly called black cumin, is used to treat a variety of inflammatory conditions. Researchers from University College London, in the UK, and King Abdulaziz University, in Saudi Arabia, studied the impact of this oil on patients with asthma. Scientists divided 80 asthmatics into two groups of 40. One group was treated with 500 milligrams of NSO twice a day for four weeks. The other was given a placebo. The researchers used an asthma control score to measure improvement, along with pulmonary function testing and the level of blood eosinophils, disease-fighting white blood cells that indicate inflammation and allergic reaction. The researchers found normal eosinophil levels and significant improvement in the average asthma control test score for those in the NSO group, plus improved pulmonary function, compared to the placebo group.

NA Fun Fact: Natural Awakenings is published in more than 85 U.S. markets, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. To advertise with us, call 914.617.8750. 20

natural awakenings


cientists from the Research Institute for Endocrine Sciences and Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, both in Tehran, Iran, investigated the impact on leading diseases of regularly eating onion and garlic (both belonging to the genus Allium). Using data from more than 12,000 people for an average of six years, researchers assessed their onion and garlic consumption using a food frequency questionnaire and compared those measurements with blood pressure and incidences of both cardiovascular and chronic kidney disease. The scientists discovered the subjects that ate more onion and garlic regularly had risk reductions of 64 percent in cardiovascular disease, 32 percent in chronic kidney disease and 25 percent in hypertension compared to those that ate less of them.


In a meta-analysis of 45 research studies covering thousands of subjects led by Canada’s University of Victoria, in British Columbia, researchers found that former and occasional drinkers have a 45 percent increased risk of heart disease than nondrinkers. This discovery contradicts the widely held belief that occasional alcohol consumption reduces the risk of coronary heart disease.

Overtime Hours Linked to Tooth Decay


esearchers from the Tokyo Dental College, in Japan, have discovered a link between excessive overtime work and oral health by comparing overtime hours worked per month with the rate of untreated tooth decay. Of 951 financial workers studied, 13 percent of the men with no overtime hours reported tooth decay, while 19 percent of those working up to 45 hours of overtime per month did. This increased to 27 percent for those working 45 to 80 extra hours per month and exceeded 31 percent for those logging more than 80. Workers with the most overtime hours were more likely to list “too busy with work” as their reason for leaving decayed teeth untreated. The results came after adjusting for differences in age, education, smoking, snacking, dental visits and oral hygiene.

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition



Onions Healthy for Heart and Kidneys

Evan Lorne/

Black Cumin Oil Helps Control Asthma




Maks Narodenko /

esearchers from the Wake Forest School of Medicine, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, have found that aerobic exercise increases overall brain volume and gray matter, and helps improve brain function. Thirty-five adults with mild cognitive impairment were split into an aerobic group and a stretching group. The aerobic group participated in moderate-to-vigorous exercise four times per week for six months, while the others did stretching exercises at the same rate. The researchers used magnetic resolution imaging with each participant at the beginning of the study and after six months to determine potential changes in the brain. They found that both groups showed volume increases in gray matter regions linked to short-term memory, but the aerobic group displayed a larger preservation of overall brain volume. They also had greater improvements in cognitive function.

Nejron Photo/

Aerobics Improve Brain Function

Cranberry Prebiotic Promotes Gut Health


esearch from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, has found that the cell walls of cranberries contain xyloglucan, a complex sugar that feeds the beneficial, naturally occurring bifidobacteria, enhancing the body’s microbiome. “A lot of plant cell walls are indigestible, just like we can’t digest the special sugars found in xyloglucans,” explains nutritional microbiologist and researcher David Sela, Ph.D. “But when we eat cranberries, the xyloglucans enter our intestines, where beneficial bacteria can break them down into useful molecules and compounds.” Sela emphasizes the importance of prebiotics. “With probiotics, we are taking extra doses of beneficial bacteria that may or may not help our gut health,” he says. “But with prebiotics, we already know that we have the beneficial guys in our guts, so let’s feed them with more nutrients and things that they like.” natural awakenings

November 2017



Renewables Hit High Mark in UK

News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.

Wine Worry


Monsanto’s toxic Roundup herbicide glyphosate has been found in all 10 California vintages tested, including organic wines. While glyphosate isn’t sprayed directly onto grapes because it would kill the vines, it’s often used to spray the ground in the vineyard to be absorbed via the roots. Sometimes, glyphosate drifts from conventional vineyards into nearby organic and biodynamic vineyards. Other times, the toxin remains in the soil after a conventional farm has been converted to organic; the chemical may persist onsite for more than 20 years. Glyphosate is patented as an antibiotic. Designed to kill bacteria, it harms both soils and human health, and has been cited as a human carcinogen by the World Health Organization.

Mariyana M/

Glyphosate Toxin Turns Up in Wines

In a major marker of renewable growth, sources of energy that includes wind, solar, hydro and wood pellet burning briefly generated more electricity—50.7 percent—than coal and gas in Great Britain for the first time on June 7. When nuclear sources are added, the number increased to 72.1 percent. Records for wind power are also being set across Northern Europe.

For glyphosate-related consumer information, search Actions at

Faster Rescues

Artificial Intelligence Helps Locate People and Wildlife

Landfill Eulogy


natural awakenings

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

Yaniv Schwartz/

Sweden Dumps its Dumps Landfills generate environmental problems such as the greenhouse gas methane that warms the atmosphere and toxic chemicals from household cleaning products that pollute soil and groundwater. Installations are smelly, noisy and can breed disease-transmitting vermin, as well as harm wildlife. Recycling helps cut the volume of waste, but the bulk of all trash continues to fill these dumps. Sweden produces about the same amount of waste as other European nations, but less than 1 percent of its household refuse ends up in landfills. Thirty-two waste-to-energy (WTE) plants that have been operating across the country for years incinerate more than 2 million tons of trash annually—almost 50 percent of all waste. The country still recycles, but anything else normally ends up in the WTE incinerators, creating steam to generate electricity distributed on the grid. This system heats close to a million homes and powers more than a quarter-million, thus reducing Sweden’s reliance on fossil fuels. Sweden also helps to clean up other countries in the European Union by importing their trash and burning it. Because specific products contain materials that cannot be recycled or incinerated, some landfills are still necessary.


Getting Greener

Artificial intelligence (AI) is helping doctors and scientists worldwide do their jobs better. In wildlife preservation, many researchers want to know how many animals there are and where they live, but Tanya Berger-Wolf, a professor of computer science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, states, “Scientists do not have the capacity to do this, and there are not enough GPS collars or satellite tracks in the world.” At AI-driven, photos are uploaded by experts and the public and analyzed for species, age and even gender. One massive Kenyan study in 2015 prompted officials to alter their lion management program. Also, the locations of stranded victims of floods, earthquakes or other disasters can be determined via computer programmers writing basic algorithms that examine extensive footage. In flooded areas, AI technology can also find debris that harbors trapped people. AI techniques can even monitor social media sites to find out more about missing people and disasters.




Uplifting Humanity plus: Meditation & Energy Healing Special Readers are Seeking These Providers & Services: Community Services • Charities • Inspiring Books/Media Ethnic Crafts • Fair Trade Goods • Gift Baskets/Certificates Relationship Counselors • Mental Health Counselors Personal Development Tools • Spiritual/Healing Centers Native Plant Nurseries • Sustainable/Natural Toys Thrift/Resale Shops • Volunteer Programs ... and this is just a partial list!

Health & Wellness Issue

Natural Living Directory




Readers are Seeking These Providers & Services: Integrative & Natural Healthcare Providers • Energy Healing Wellness Trainers & Coaches • Physical Therapy Fitness/Health Clubs • Yoga/Pilates Studios Spas & Retreats • Spiritual Practices • Natural/Organic Markets ... and this is just a partial list!


feel good • live sim ply • laugh more








tchess NY


WakeUpNat ura

2017 Nat ural



Living Dire ctor y


Living Courageously plus: Meditation Styles

Readers are Seeking These Providers & Services: Career Reinvention • Energy Healing • Fitness/Health Clubs Integrative Physicians • Life Coaching • Personal Development Tools Psychological Counseling • Wellness Trainers • Meditation Instruction Spiritual Healing • Yoga Classes... and this is just a partial list!

Contact us to learn about marketing opportunities and become a member of the Natural Awakenings community at: Call us at 914.617.8750 or email

natural awakenings

November 2017


Why Whales Leap High

Humpback whales are famous for their prodigious leaps from the water. A recent paper published in Marine Mammal Science proposes that breaching the surface and making a big splash serves as an acoustic telegram to communicate with far-off pods. The phenomenon may be compared to a distant drumbeat, which probably carries farther than the whales’ signature songs. Former University of Queensland marine biologist Ailbhe S. Kavanagh, Ph.D., and her colleagues observed 76 humpback groups off the coast of Australia for 200 hours between 2010 and 2011 and found that breaching is much more common when pods are at least 2.5 miles apart, with more local slapping of fins and flukes when fellow whales are nearby.

Pedestrian Power

Window Pain

Birds Die Flying Into Reflective Glass martin33/

Marijus Auruskevicius/

Paul S. Wolf/

Humpback Holler

One night earlier this year, nearly 400 birds migrating north from Central and South America died in the midst of a storm from slamming into the 23-story American National Insurance Company skyscraper in Galveston, Texas. Among the victims were Nashville warblers, yellow warblers and ovenbirds. The American Bird Conservancy estimates as many as 1 billion birds die annually from colliding with glass in the U.S. as they see and therefore fly into the reflection of landscapes and the sky or inside vegetation. The exterior of the Galveston building, previously lit by large floodlights, is now illuminated only by green lights on its top level for air travel safety considerations. Other widely available means to protect birds include products to make residential and commercial windows less attractive to them. Specially placed tape or mullions creating stripes or patterns can help birds identify glass and avoid deadly crashes. Awnings, shutters and outside screens can also reduce bird collisions with buildings.

Smart Street Lights Powered by Footsteps Conventional street lights collectively emit more than 100 million tons of carbon dioxide annually. The city of Las Vegas, a leader in municipal sustainability, has contracted with EnGoPlanet, a New York City clean tech startup, to install the world’s first Smart Street Lights powered by pedestrians’ footsteps via kinetic energy pads and solar energy. When someone steps on a kinetic tile, energy is created and goes directly to a battery. Petar Mirovic, CEO of EnGoPlanet, says, “Clean and free energy is all around us. Urban cities have to build the smart infrastructures of tomorrow that will be able to harvest all of that energy. This project is a small but important step in that direction.” Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman says, “Through our LEED-certified buildings, solar projects, water reclamation, alternativefueled vehicles and sustainable streetlights, Las Vegas continues to lead the way.” The company also cites Smart Street Light projects in Chicago, Detroit, Auburn Hills (Michigan), Asbury Park (New Jersey) and at stadiums such as the MercedesBenz Superdome, in New Orleans. View an illustrative video at Tinyurl. com/SmartStreetLights.


natural awakenings

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

ecotip Oil Spoil

Africa Studio/

How to Properly Discard Cooking Oil Holiday meal traditions that kick off with a Thanksgiving turkey and continue through festive meals for New Year’s can produce lots of cooking oil and grease waste. Following proper disposal procedures protects both the environment and home plumbing. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that vegetable oils and animal fats share common physical properties and create similar environmental effects as petroleum spills, including coating and suffocating animals and plants; polluting food supplies and habitats; fouling shorelines; and clogging water treatment plants. Cooking oil and kitchen grease is the number one cause of stopped-up sewer pipes, according to Earth 911. Grease sticks to the lining of plumbing pipes in small particles, which catch onto each other and accumulate until the growing mass can block and backup sewage lines, leading to a nasty mess and sometimes costly repairs. This potential problem can be avoided simply and easily. n For small amounts of kitchen grease such as lard, shortening or tallow that inevitably go down the drain, flush with cold water so that it solidifies, making it less likely to stick to pipes. n Freeze small amounts of used cooking fats, oils and grease in a container like a used coffee can with a tightsealing lid, then place it in the trash. n Larger and unfrozen quantities of used cooking oil may be taken to an area recycling center for proper disposal year-round. No special container is required and the liquid is emptied from the consumer’s container onsite. Don’t combine the contents with anything else, so it can be repurposed by vendors that collect it from the centers. natural awakenings

November 2017



Broad Breasted Bronze heritage turkeys

Heritage Turkeys Available at Harvest Moon Farm


arvest Moon Farm and Orchard is now taking orders for fresh Thanksgiving turkeys. General Manager Christine Covino says the North Salem purveyor of farm-fresh apples, produce, eggs, grass-fed meat and cider donuts is also a leading source in the surrounding community for farm-raised heritage turkeys. Raised on Harvest Moon’s “sister farm” in Hillsdale, the turkeys are 100 percent antibiotic and hormone free and are completely pasture raised, spending their entire lives outdoors, Covino says. “Our turkeys are Broad Breasted Bronze, a wellknown heritage breed raised for their superior quality and taste.” Customers should call the store to reserve a turkey and arrange to pick it up a day or two before Thanksgiving for the freshest meat possible, she says. Holiday pies, including apple, pumpkin, pecan, sweet potato and various fruit pies, can be reserved as well. The farm also sells pumpkins, squashes, corn, beets, potatoes, eggplants, peppers and other produce—all either grown onsite or sourced from neighboring farms. Open seven days a week, Harvest Moon serves breakfast and lunch from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. “Some of our most popular items are the Farmer’s Breakfast, which is bacon, egg and cheese on a ciabatta, and our homemade veggie burgers, grass-fed beef burgers and assorted panini,” Covino says. “Customers can take their food to go or enjoy their breakfast or lunch right on the farm in our newly expanded café area.”  Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard is located at 130 Hardscrabble Rd, North Salem, NY. For more info, visit See ad, page 29.

Visit our Foodie Blog for local food info: 26

natural awakenings

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

Eat Well and Be Well


with Natural Awakenings







Scratch-made Cakes, Cupcakes & Cookies 163 Grand St, Croton on Hudson, NY  914.862.0874;

Farm Fresh Raw Milk 1348 Shunpike, Millbrook, NY 845.702.6224;




45 Market St., Rhinebeck, NY 845.876.3108

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


1 Bloomer Rd North Salem, NY 914.669.8275

THE FREIGHT HOUSE CAFE Natural. Local. Good 609 Route 6, Mahopac, NY Behind music store 845.628.1872

THE UNION HALL MARKET Coffee. Pastries. Local Meats 2 Keeler Ln, North Salem, NY 914.485.1555 FB: The Market at Union Hall


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

Outdoor June-November 21 Bank Street, Peekskill, NY


130 Hardscrabble Rd North Salem, NY 914.485.1210

HILLTOP HANOVER FARM & ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER 1271 Hanover St, Yorktown Heights, NY 914.962.2368



1666 Pleasantville Rd Briarcliff, NY Sundays 914.762.2700;


From our Farms to Your Kitchen 914.923.4837


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


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


301 Doansburg Road, Brewster T-F 3:15 - 6pm/Sat 10am - 5pm


1311 Kitchawan Rd, Ossining, NY Sun & Wed 9am-5pm


214 W. Patent Rd, Mt. Kisco, NY Open: Thurs.-Sunday 914.241.8090

1st/3rd Tues. May–November In/Outside of Main Lobby 1980 Crompond Rd., NY


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

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


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


992 Main St. Fishkill, NY natural awakenings

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

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

WHOLE FOODS MARKET 575 Boston Post Rd, Port Chester, NY 914.708.1985

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


Local. Sustainable. Organic 512 Clock Tower Dr, Brewster 845.582.0574;


Always Vegan, All the Time 412 North Ave, New Rochelle 914.355.2527


Vegan Dining Venue & Art Gallery 49 Lawton St, New Rochelle 914.336.2626


Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil 914.834.1525


First Cold Pressed Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil 347.849.8167

To list your business on this page call

914.617.8750 November 2017


Bring your own hearty side dish or two so that you have enough to make a meal for yourself if needed.

Not Your Grandma’s Stuffing Healthy Twists on Old Favorites by Judith Fertig

A stuffing that everyone can eat is ideal for a holiday gathering, either to serve or bring.


hanksgiving side dishes continue to evolve, even though traditional entrées still hold pride of place. New, lighter alternatives to time-honored stuffing maximize flavorful dried fruits, herbs and nuts. Healthy options may use gluten-free bread or black rice, cauliflower, chestnuts or pecans for flavor, bulk and color. A stuffing can also fill a halved acorn squash or cored apple. According to renowned health authority Dr. Joseph Mercola, pecans contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals, including anti-inflammatory magnesium, heart-healthy oleic acid, phenolic antioxidants and immuneboosting manganese. Erica Kannall, a registered dietitian in Spokane, Washington, and a certified health and fitness

specialist with the American College of Sports Medicine, likes dried fruits because they contribute antioxidants and fiber.

Intriguing Options

Celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito, of New York City, salutes his Italian heritage with chestnuts and embraces healthy living with millet and mushrooms in his special stuffing. His new book Rocco’s Healthy + Delicious includes healthy takes on Thanksgiving dishes such as a sugar-free cranberry sauce. Sonnet Lauberth, a certified holistic health coach, blogger and cookbook author in Seattle, created a healthy stuffing she loves. “My GrainFree Sage and Pecan Dressing is one of my favorite dishes to bring to gather-

Lisa F. Young/


ings because it works with a variety of diets,” she says. “It’s gluten-, dairy- and grain-free, paleo and vegan. The pecans can be omitted for a nut-free version.” Riced cauliflower is the base, which is available prepackaged at some groceries, but can be made at home simply by chopping the florets into rice-kernelsize pieces. “Cauliflower is the perfect base for this recipe, as it adds a nice texture in place of bread and provides extra fiber,” she says. Laurie Gauguin, a personal chef in the San Francisco Bay area, specializes in gluten-free dishes that she prepares in clients’ homes. “Anything that will hold its shape and not crumble too much can work as a stuffing base,” she says. “Gluten-free, somewhat sticky grains, like short grain brown rice, Chinese black rice, millet or soft-cooked quinoa work well.” “Choose a mixture that contrasts with the texture and color of the food you’re stuffing,” advises Gauguin. “I created a stuffing that has crunchy pecans, tender black rice and chewy, dried cranberries to contrast with the creaminess of the cored squash entrée. The black rice looks striking against the golden squash.” A stuffing that everyone can eat is ideal for a holiday gathering, either to serve or bring. Lauberth observes, “While not always possible, it’s nice if the host can accommodate various dietary concerns and preferences. Bring your own hearty side dish or two so that you have enough to make a meal for yourself if needed.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

Natural Awakenings recommends using organic, non-GMO (genetically modified) and non-bromated ingredients whenever possible. 28

natural awakenings

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

Healthy Holiday Stuffing Recipes photo by Stephen Blancett

Rocco DiSpirito’s Stuffing Yields: 8 servings

Place grapeseed oil in a 12-inch cast iron pan; place the pan in the oven and preheat oven to 425˚ F. Cook a quarter-cup millet in a small saucepan on the stovetop according to package instructions. When millet is cooked through, transfer it to a large mixing bowl. Heat a large, safe, nonstick sauté pan over high heat and use it to sauté the

Transfer mushrooms to the same mixing bowl as the millet. Heat a large, safe, nonstick pan over medium heat and use it to sweat the onions, celery and carrots until tender and translucent, about 10 minutes. Transfer the vegetable mix to the same mixing bowl as the millet and mushrooms. Add the chestnuts, sage, poultry seasoning, protein powder, egg whites and chicken stock to the large mixing bowl, and then use a rubber spatula to mix well, so that no lumps are visible. Carefully remove the cast iron pan from the oven, and then pour stuffing batter into it. Popping occurs as the outside batter develops a crust.

Remove from oven and turn the result out onto a serving dish. Recipe courtesy of Rocco DiSpirito, Rocco’s Healthy + Delicious.

Sugar-Free Cranberry Sauce

mushrooms until tender and golden, approximately seven to 10 minutes.

Yields: 4 Servings photo by Stephen Blancett

1 Tbsp grapeseed oil ¼ cup millet 1 lb crimini mushrooms, sliced 1 large onion, diced 3 stalks celery, diced 1 medium carrot, diced 4 chestnuts, chopped 1 Tbsp fresh sage, shopped 1½ Tbsp poultry seasoning 3 scoops Rocco’s Protein Powder Plus (check 2 egg whites 1¾ cups low sodium chicken or vegetable stock Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Return the cast iron pan to the oven and bake for 13 minutes.

½ lb cranberries 2 Tbsp grated orange zest ¼ cup orange juice 8 packets Monk Fruit in the Raw sweetener Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper In a small saucepot, combine the cranberries, orange zest, orange juice, monk fruit, salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat until the cranberries burst and the mixture becomes thick and dry, about 40 minutes. Recipe courtesy of Rocco DiSpirito, Rocco’s Healthy + Delicious.

natural awakenings

November 2017


Brush the interior, plus the cut sides of the squashes with the 4 teaspoons oil, then sprinkle with ½ teaspoon sea salt.

photo by Stephen Blancett

Arrange squash halves on a baking sheet, cut side down. Roast for 40 to 50 minutes on the upper middle rack of the oven until tender when pierced with a fork. While the squash is roasting, place a medium, heavy saucepan over medium heat and pour in one tablespoon of olive oil. Add the onion and sauté for two to three minutes, until the onion begins to soften.

Yields: 8 servings Squash: 4 acorn squashes (1½ lb each) 4 tsp olive oil ½ tsp sea salt Rice: 1 Tbsp olive oil ¾ cup finely diced onion 1 cup Chinese black rice (also called Forbidden Black Rice) ½ tsp sea salt ¼ tsp ground cinnamon ¼ tsp ground coriander 2 cups water 4 oz tempeh, crumbled Roasted Pecans and Cranberries: 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans 1 tsp minced ginger root 4 tsp olive oil 1 tsp ground coriander ¼ tsp ground nutmeg ¼ tsp sea salt 10 large sage leaves, chopped 1 cup dried cranberries 2 Tbsp maple syrup Preheat oven to 375° F. Cut squashes in half lengthwise, then scoop out the seeds. 30 natural awakenings

Stir in the rice, salt, cinnamon and coriander. Cook and stir for 30 seconds. Pour in the water and bring to a boil, then cover and simmer over very low heat for 30 to 60 minutes, until rice is tender. Scatter crumbled tempeh over the cooked rice. Cover the pan, then take it off the stove and let it rest for 10 minutes. While the rice is cooking, combine pecans, ginger, four teaspoons olive oil, one teaspoon coriander, nutmeg and ¼ teaspoon salt.

Yields: 4 servings 2 oz dried figs, finely chopped 1 Tbsp roasted, shelled hazelnuts, chopped 1 tsp orange zest ¼ tsp allspice 4 Granny Smith apples, cored ½ cup maple syrup 1 Tbsp coconut oil 2 Tbsp fresh orange juice Preheat oven to 350° F. Combine the chopped figs, hazelnuts, orange zest and allspice in a bowl. Place the apples in a baking dish and loosely press the fig mixture into the cavities of the apples. Combine the maple syrup, coconut oil and orange juice and drizzle it over the apples. Bake the apples for 25 minutes or until tender. Set cooked apples aside for 10 minutes to let the sauce thicken slightly, and then serve warm or at room temperature. Adapted from a recipe in Family Circle Australia.

Pour this mixture into an eight-by-eightinch baking pan; roast at 375° F for 15 minutes on the bottom middle oven rack, stirring halfway through. Stir in the sage, dried cranberries and maple syrup. Roast for another 10 minutes, then remove from the oven.

photo by Stephen Blancett

Roasted Acorn Squash Stuffed With Black Rice, Pecans, Dried Cranberries and Tempeh

Stuffed Apples with Fig and Hazelnuts

Arrange squash halves, cut side up, on a serving platter. Combine rice with the pecan mixture and divide among the squash halves, pressing gently so the stuffing stays put. If made one day ahead, cover and reheat in a 350˚ F oven until heated through. Recipe courtesy of Laurie Gauguin, Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

Grain-Free Sage and Pecan Stuffing 1 cup pecans 1 Tbsp coconut oil 1 medium yellow onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 stalks celery, diced 4 cups raw cauliflower rice (prepackaged or via a grater or food processor shredding blade) 1 Tbsp fresh sage, chopped 2 tsp fresh thyme, chopped ½ tsp kosher or sea salt ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper ¼ cup chopped fresh Italian parsley


Get listed! Call 914-617-8750 DEADLINE IS DEC. 8

Preheat oven to 250˚ F. Spread pecans on a baking sheet and place in the oven until lightly toasted, about five minutes. Monitor to ensure the nuts don’t burn. Remove pecans from the oven and place in a food processor. Coarsely chop and set aside. Heat coconut oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add onions, garlic and celery and cook until onions are translucent, about five minutes. Add the pecans, cauliflower rice, sage, thyme, salt and pepper and cook for seven to 10 minutes, until the rice is tender. Add additional salt and pepper if desired. Toss with parsley and serve hot. Recipe courtesy of Sonnet Lauberth, natural awakenings

November 2017


Natural Beauty Section

There are devices and products available to gently stimulate and replace your degraded collagen and elastin. tions, but they are costly and invasive, coming with health risks, pain and recovery time. Additionally, you may no longer look like yourself, or it may be very obvious that you had a procedure done.

Natural Face-Lift Solutions

Thanks to technological advances, you don’t have to spend lots of money on Hand-held microcurrent device, Radio Frequency machine red light therapy device. invasive procedures to look younger and fresher. If you simply want to restore your youthful glow and look rejuvenated and firm, you can use a combination of nonsurgical procedures to get a natural-looking face-lift without surgery. There are devices and products available to gently stimulate and replace your degraded collagen and elastin.

New Noninvasive Treatments Can Result in

Natural Face-Lift by Amy Kowal


that the amount s soon as you The earlier you start, After your body has built are born, your the easier it is to rebuild up at that time will body starts steadily decrease, aging. Typically in collagen and elastin. approximately 1 peryour 40s, your face cent per year. By age and neck will start 40, you may have lost up to 20 percent to show unattractive signs of aging— of these proteins. The more you lose, wrinkles, loose and crepey skin, jowls, the more fine lines and wrinkles appear. enlarged pores … You may not feel old Genetics play an important role in how on the inside, but on the outside, your and when the body ages, but environskin will show otherwise. mental factors such as sun exposure, drinking, smoking, stress and diet also Collagen and Elastin contribute, causing the skin to thin and Collagen and elastin are two proteins wear out. that are critical for maintaining youthful skin. Collagen is responsible for making Cosmetic Surgery the skin look plump and firm, while Cosmetic surgery plays upon our fears elastin helps it snap back to its original of not being attractive or good enough. position when pinched, like a rubber The pressure to do something is huge, band. and anti-aging marketing campaigns During your early 20s, your body take advantage of this emotional vulnerstops producing collagen and elastin. ability. Plastic surgery does offer solu-


natural awakenings

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

Radio Frequency: Radio fre-

quency delivers deep heat to stimulate the body’s natural skin renewal process. Existing collagen fibers tighten to immediately reduce wrinkles. New collagen and elastin are produced, making the skin smoother, tighter and thicker. Radio frequency also causes fat cells to shrink; improves the appearance of cellulite; and slims the neck, abdomen, arms, flanks, buttocks and thighs.

Microcurrent: Microcurrent is

low-level electricity that sends gentle waves through the skin to stimulate the facial muscles. It works like exercise for the face, toning and contouring, while stimulating the creation of collagen and elastin. Muscles return to the where they were before gravity pulled them down. The result is an improved, lifted appearance.

Red Light Therapy: When the DNA in our cells is healthy, it emits

and absorbs biophotons of light energy; cells that are sick and damaged give off much less energy. Red Light Therapy exposes the skin to specific wavelengths of light, which penetrate at different depths. The DNA absorbs the light, which helps it strengthen and heal. This leads to the production of new collagen and elastin and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Dermal Rolling: Also known as

microneedling, this technique involves tiny needles that you roll on your face. The needles in a dermal roller make microscopic holes in your skin, tricking it into creating new collagen and elastin for fast healing. Rolling allows serums to penetrate deeper into your skin, exfoliates your skin, and brings blood flow to the skin’s surface to remove toxins and impurities from within.

Facial Creams: Many facial

creams are designed to strengthen the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The key to good results is layering properly formulated concentrations of active ingredients. Products combining hydroxyl acids, hyaluronic acid, retinol, vitamins, minerals, botanical extracts and peptides that rebuild collagen and elastin, in safe and effective formulations, will help improve your appearance.

Start Early, Start Now

Aging is a relentless and continuous process. We can turn back the hands of time, but unfortunately we can’t stop it permanently. No one is too young or too old to benefit from anti-aging treatments. The earlier you start, the easier it is to rebuild collagen and elastin. But regardless of your age, it is possible to erase signs of aging and bring renewal, youthfulness and vitality to your skin. Amy Kowal is the owner of Reviva Skin and Body Solutions in Fishkill, NY. For more info, call 844.363.7894 or visit See ad on this page.

natural awakenings

November 2017


Natural Beauty

Salon Perri Day Spa Mirrors Its Serene Setting


t ’s n o accident that Salon Perri Day Spa is located in Pound Ridge, just minCharles Anthony utes from Lewisboro, Bedford, North Stamford and New Canaan. Proprietor Charles Anthony says the picturesque setting, “in the center of so many beautiful towns,” reflected the calming feeling that he wanted his business to have when he opened it 16 years ago. The spa is located in an airy, secondfloor space flooded with natural light. “We have 12 windows that we always have cracked to infuse the air with oxygen,” he says. “I have been in the salon and spa business for 30 years, and I’m always trying to create a natural, organic atmosphere, not only for my clients, but also for my staff that work here every day.” Anthony, who trained and worked in New York City before moving to Pound Ridge , has been ahead of the curve in an industry that is distancing itself from its toxic past. “It’s such a different vibe than it was years ago, when you would walk into a salon and just smell chemicals,” he says. “Well, that’s not the case anymore—not here, anyway. And now it’s not hard to find organic products that work well.” The full-service salon and spa offers organic hair color, organic manicures and pedicures, all-natural skin care and facials, tanning, waxing and organic massages. It carries two organic product lines. Salon Perri Day Spa is located at 56 Westchester Ave., Pound Ridge, NY. New clients receive 30 percent off packages. For more info, call 914.764.5733 or visit See ad, page 35.


natural awakenings

Quality Facial Can Correct Chronic Skin Issues


ike most people who are passionate about their jobs, Daniela Hortencio was led to her profession through personal experience. As a teenager in Brazil, she had chronic acne and tried one prescription medication after another without relief. She finally tried a natural (and less expensive) solution: a facial. “I got so many benefits after only a few treatments,” she recalls. “Right then and there, I knew what I wanted to be.” After moving to the United States, Hortencio enrolled in esthetics school. She now has an esthetics practice at Sarah’s House of Health, located at 900 South Lake Boulevard in Daniela Hortencio Mahopac. Eleven years on the job have taught her a lot about how to treat acne and other skin problems, and which products are best for various skin types. She says she’s chosen to use the Eminence Organic skincare line for her facials. “It’s the best choice ever. Eminence Organic products are all handmade, extracted from plants, vegetables and herbs from a family-owned farm in Hungary.” Because of her choice of products and the way she applies them, her clients see a big change in their skin even after one facial, she says. “I use a lot of massage during the treatment to stimulate collagen and get the benefits of all the ingredients delivered to the deepest layer of the skin.”  For more info, call Hortencio at 914.562.0618 or visit Gift cards are available.

Free Natural Living Workshops with Neal’s Yard Consultant


iuliana Lonigro, an independent founding leader and consultant for Neal’s Yard Remedies, is offering free educational workshops for groups interested in learning how to live healthier lives naturally. Among the topics she covers are how to avoid harmful chemicals in personal-care products, how to help save the bees, aroma balancing with essential oils, and easy holiday shopping. She will meet with groups at a time and place of their Giuliana Lonigro choosing, whether it’s a home, a workspace or even a favorite coffee shop. “Typically the host just invites a few colleagues or friends for an informal gathering and provides simple refreshments, such as organic tea and a snack,” she says. One of Lonigro’s most popular workshops focuses on deciphering the ingredient labels on personal-care products in order to identify synthetic fragrances and other chemicals that are known carcinogens or endocrine/hormone disruptors. “Much of what we place on our skin is absorbed into our bloodstream—think nicotine or birth control patches,” she says. “Most conventional cosmetic companies continue to use questionable ingredients until they have been proven unsafe. But wouldn’t it be better to find products that only include ingredients that have been proven safe as well as effective? It’s not enough to read a product’s marketing claims. You have to take a good look at the ingredients listed on the packaging. Choosing products that are certified organic by an independent third party is one of the best ways to avoid being greenwashed.” To schedule a workshop and learn about host discounts, contact Giuliana at 917.650.7704 or For more info, visit Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

GreenEarth Introduces Organic, Vegan Facials


reenEarth Organic Facials, a new business in Cortlandt M a n o r, w a s designed to meet the growing demand for toxin-free and cruelty-free products and services, says founder Mary Prenon. “We offer exclusive organic, vegan skincare treatments in a tranquil, private setting,” she says. Services includes include European facials, body treatments and reflexology. All treatments include aromatherapy and meditation. “Every GreenEarth facial begins with an in-depth skin analysis and is enhanced with special serums, eye and lip treatments, plus extended facial, arm, hand and scalp massages,” Prenon says. “Our facials are designed to address all skin types—normal, dry, aging, combination, oily, acne-prone, sensitive and pre-rosacea.” Among GreenEarth’s signature facials are a vegan, “age-defying” treatment featuring a steamed poultice filled with Thai herbs that is gently massaged into the skin to detoxify and rejuvenate, and a “facelift facial” for all skins types that uses volcanic ash clay from the Aleutian Islands to detoxify, heal and “lift” the skin. The Autumn in New York Facial, priced at $85 through November, features an exotic pumpkin exfoliant, pumpkin masque and pumpkin spice body cream. GreenEarth also carries the certified organic and certified vegan Yum Gourmet Skincare line from Vancouver, British Columbia.  



Thank you for being our Guest Embracing our Holistic Approach to Beauty! Join us this month celebrating over 35 years dedicated to the use of the safest Natural and Organic Products available today! We are Experts in Treating Hair and Scalp Conditions Organic Radiant Color • Stunning Highlights • Body Waves Keratin Treatments • Skin Care and Makeup

Fall into A FRESH NEW COLOR and STYLE November Appreciation Gift of Beauty All Guests Choose a Gift Valued at $75.00 in Service 20% Off Your First Color Service Pre-booking is recommended.

CALL 914.242.1928

Mention Natural Awakenings for this offer.

Visit 190 Rt 117 ByPass, Bedford Hills, NY 10507

For more info, visit

natural awakenings

November 2017


Natural Beauty

Safe and Healthy Beauty at

Fresh Organic Salon


ost people come to Fresh Organic Salon because they want to look and feel beautiful and they’ve heard about the dangerous ingredients in traditional salon products. They want to take care of their hair, skin or nails without compromising their future health. Others are already battling serious health issues or are planning to get pregnant, and they want to enjoy the salon experience safely. Whatever their mission, Fresh Organic’s owner, Maureen Toohey, makes it happen—not just by offering natural, nontoxic salon products and services, but also by sharing what she knows about the healthiest approach to beauty and personal care. And that’s a lot. Since opening her Bedford Hills salon, Toohey has partnered with European companies that have been dedicated to natural health and beauty for more than 30 years. “These companies use the safest, purest ingredients in their personal-care products,” she says. “Because what’s applied to the skin enters the bloodstream, it’s important that beauty products protect the skin and diminish signs of aging without damaging the body.” Toohey sat down with us recently to explain why we all should share that mindset, and about how she’s keeping her clients happy and healthy too.

What beauty products should we be worried about?

Traditional hair dyes contains known carcinogens. That’s one source of toxins in the beauty industry, but it’s not the only one. By the time most women walk out the door in the morning, they’ve put over 550 chemicals on their 36

natural awakenings

products for your hair, for your skin, for inside-and-out nutrition, and even a skin-care line for babies. It’s a full line of products for a holistic lifestyle.

Do you think the idea of organic beauty is catching on?

I know it is, because people are now seeking me out. Pregnant women and women in their childbearing years are coming to me because they know environmental toxins can show up in the milk ducts in the breast. People with rare cancers and lupus and other health issues are coming to me because they know the risks of using leading overthe-counter products. It feels good to be able to provide a service they’ve been seeking.

Do you address issues like hair loss and scalp problems?

Maureen Toohey face and body without even realizing it—deodorant, body lotion, face cream, blush, perfume, eye shadow, lipstick, the list goes on. And then there’s the hairspray, the chemical-filled nail polish and the fake tans.

So what are the risks?

This is serious. Traditional leading professional products often contain aluminum, which can cause Alzheimer’s. Some beauty products contain chemicals that irritate the skin and even the internal organs. Some contain hormone disrupters like phthalates, which have been linked to fertility issues and even cancer. It’s crazy. Beauty shouldn’t be hazardous to your health.

Are there safe alternatives that work just as well?

Absolutely, and I’ve made it my life’s work to find them, wherever they are, and make them available to my clients. Every product we use in the salon— from hair and skin care to makeup—is made with the purest, safest ingredients and the most advanced technology, so the results are excellent. We also sell Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

That’s become an important part of our salon’s services. We analyze the scalp, discuss the client’s concerns and then detoxify and treat the scalp and hair to stimulate healthy hair growth We also talk about how nutrition affects their hair, and how to protect their scalp. People who have a flaky scalp assume it’s dandruff, but often they’ve burned their scalp in the sun, which can inhibit healthy hair growth. If you want to promote hair growth, you need to keep the scalp healthy: protect it from sunburn and don’t use toxic chemicals on it.

You also have to stay on top of fashion and beauty trends. What’s the latest?

The trending hair colors are sultry, rich browns and icy blonds. The Bohemian look is still on the scene as well, so hair has a natural look, soft and flowing, often with bangs. Mid-length is also trending. Then again, some women are going edgy rather than wispy. Especially as we approach the holidays, women are stopping in for a fresh look. Fresh Organic Salon is located at 190 Route 117, Bedford Hills, NY. Appointments are recommended. Call 914.242.1928. For more info, email or visit See ad pg 35.

Alternative materials such as cotton and wool are better options than chemically treated foam. are dust particles inhalable, but they can easily end up on children’s hands and mouths.

Protecting Children from Toxins

Flame Retardants Dangerous for Children by Brielle Bleeker


espite ongoing efforts to ban toxic flame retardants, these chemicals continue to be present in a variety of children’s products, from pajamas to mattresses. And while it is possible to limit exposure to them, it’s impossible to avoid them completely. Flame retardants have been associated with numerous ailments and serious health issues, including learning disorders, decreased IQ, infertility and cancer. While it may be puzzling that these chemicals are still prevalent in some manufacturing, the reason becomes more apparent with closer a look at the chemical industry, which spends millions of dollars supporting the use of flame retardants, contending that the bigger problem is the fire these chemicals supposedly protect children from. But, in fact, products made with flame retardants can and still do catch fire, releasing higher levels of toxic chemicals. In fact, firefighters are at the top of the list of those seeking a permanent ban on this type of chemicals.

The Dangers of PBDEs

Many people agree that a ban on flame retardants is necessary. “Protecting children from fire doesn’t require exposing them to toxic chemicals,” says Ivy Sager-Rosenthal, campaign director for Washington Toxics Coalition. Unfortunately, children will always be exposed to some of these chemicals, but banning even one could help and potentially start a strong movement to ban all of them. When the effects of polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) are combined with other chemical exposures such as pesticides, the results can be serious and long lasting. Numerous tests have revealed highly elevated levels of flame retardants in the breast milk of American women—significantly higher than in that of women in European countries, where PBDE is not allowed. In addition, flame retardants were present in every sample of household dust in a study conducted by the Environmental Working Group. Not only

Given the fact that flame retardants aren’t required to be specifically labeled, it’s hard for parents to know which products are safe for their children. David Spittal, owner of Healthy Choice Organic Mattress in Mount Kisco says many of his customers are moms seeking “the healthiest start to their baby’s life.” For anyone interested in sleeping in a chemical-free environment, he recommends making sure polyurethane is not listed as an ingredient on any mattress. Maine recently passed a law to phase out all flame-retardant chemicals in home furniture, possibly paving the way for more legislation to ban PBDE. In the meantime, research any product before buying it. Alternative materials such as cotton and wool are better options than chemically treated foam. If an item is labeled “This article meets the flammability requirements of California,” don’t buy it. Avoid any baby product that contains plastic foam; highchairs, strollers, car seats and nursing pillows are among the many products that may contain harmful flame retardants. Using a vacuum with a HEPA filter can help clean up chemical-filled dust. Being educated and aware of the harm flame retardants can cause can help parents make informed decisions when it comes to protecting their children. For more information about how to avoid VOC exposure in the bedroom, visit Healthy Choice Organic Mattress, located at 681 East Main St., Mt. Kisco, NY; call 914.241.2467; or visit See ad, page 83.

natural awakenings

November 2017


sirikorn thamniyom/

Books that Kids Will Love Advice for Parents from Award-Winners by Randy Kambic


hile kids may list movies, Award-Winners’ Advice video games, music down“Children can’t be what they can’t see,” loads and other media featur- says author Laurie Lawlor, of Evanston, ing their favorite athlete, actor or music Illinois. Her 2017 book Super Women: star as priority holiday gifts, books will Six Scientists that Changed the World— expand their thoughts, curiosity and a nonfiction account designed to excite dreams by exposing them to a different kids 8 and up about math, science and set of role models and aspirations. engineering—cultivates positive role Reading takes kids away from tech models via inspirational personal stoscreens and expands horizons in ways ries. She points out that most of those that can improve their depicted were not that school grades, maturity Holiday gift well known, and therefore and overall inquisitivebooks can inspire can be emulated and more ness. Many wise-hearted readily related to. lifetime readers. parents are recognizing One of these is Kaththe benefits, as children’s erine Coleman Johnson, a book sales were up 5 percent in the black National Aeronautics and Space 12-month period ending in mid-OctoAdministration research mathematician ber 2016, according to the American and physicist, portrayed in the recent Booksellers Association. Humor, fantasy film Hidden Figures. Marine scientist and magic, classics, nonfiction, time Eugenie Clark, known as the “shark travel and participatory activities rank lady” for her daring underwater reamong the most popular topics.

search, and major pioneers in cartography, archaeology and other fields also stir inquiring minds. “I wanted to provide a variety of fields, backgrounds and ethnicities,” remarks Lawlor. “They were all determined, very smart and persistent, and made strides in opening doors for women.” Lawlor’s 2012 children’s book Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed The World describes how Carson’s seminal 1962 book Silent Spring helped spawn the conservation and pro-environment movement by chronicling the dangers of pollution. Children’s fascination with nature and wildlife can also be met through the Dog and Bear series by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, out of Long Island, New York, and Vermonter Jim Arnosky’s scientifically sound wildlife chronicles ( Kelly Barnhill, of Minneapolis, whose latest work is The Girl Who Drank the Moon, characterizes children as quiet, yet highly active when reading. “They are encountering characters and then building, inserting themselves and more information into the stories, making it more relevant to them,” she says. The former middle school language arts teacher advocates parental reading aloud with children. “Make it a daily practice of turning to a separate book from what they may be reading on their own. You’re helping them develop cognitive structure by reinforcing and explaining. It’s a shared lens on life.”

Cultivate Reading 4 Know the child’s interests. “If they

like horses or birds, you’re certain to find great related books,” advises Lawlor.

4 Lead by example. “Seeing you

reading or gardening or making things invites them to learn more about what they like,” says Lawlor.

ONLINE CALENDAR – Now you can find, and post last minute event listings, on our website: It's FREE! 38

natural awakenings

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

natural awakenings'

Conscious Parenting Guide AROMATHERAPY CBD Aromatherapy Synergy Sprays™

CBD + EOs = healthy kids & planet 888.392.5242; 


453 White Plains Rd. #201 Eastchester, NY; 914.793.2600



Classes & Workshops 11-13 E. Main St., Mt. Kisco, NY 914.241.YOGA;

PARENTING COACH Samantha Berkule Johnson, PhD

Putnam Yoga

Parenting Coach 917.364.8050;

CLASSES Clay Art Center

40 Beech St. Port Chester 914.937.2047;

FAMILY THERAPY Shira Adler, CPLR, MFA Spiritual Counselor & Cert. PLR Indigos/Crystals & their families; 914.861.5186

495 Central Park Ave., Ste. 301, Scarsdale 914.874.1177;

4 Access quantity. “Make many

books available to kids,” advises Barnhill. “They’ll enjoy having a choice.” Thrift stores are stocked with heavily discounted used books.

4 Empower them. The interactive,

hands-on format of Ellen Sabin’s new The Imagine It Book allows children to “dive in and see how they can make an impact, be innovative, play, fail and then succeed,” says Sabin. “Make them feel like they are ‘driving the bus.’” Welcoming diversity and providing a safe and reassuring community space for both confident and vulnerable youngsters, the American Library Association ( provides libraries with positive, unifying resources for children and families. They include a Storytime for Social Justice Kit; book-

SUPPORT GROUPS Westchester Holistic Moms Network

30 Tomahawk St., Mahopac 845.494.8118;


11.13 East Main St., Mount Kisco, NY 2nd FL 914.241.YOGA; Details on all HMN events at:

Hudson Valley Birth Network

To place a listing on this page, please call 914.617.8750

4 Be flexible and share. There’s no

clear-cut time to transition from reading aloud to having a child do it on their own. Try taking turns reading a paragraph and then a page with them. “Women tend to read more than men, so get Dad involved, as well,” says Barnhill.



Books Expand Kids’ Horizons

aunched in April, Reading Without Walls ( is a national initiative celebrating and encouraging reading, diversity and appreciation for those unlike ourselves. “We feel that this will change lives,” says Shaina Birkhead, strategic partnerships director with the Children’s Book Council, one of the program’s partner organizations. Under the program umbrella, li-

list for Hope and Inspiration storytime events; resource list on Talking to Kids about Racism and Justice for parents, caregivers and educators; and curated media list on immigration. The Barnes & Noble bookseller groups selected children’s books— including classics such as Dr. Seuss titles, poetry, nature, sports, history and science—in five age categories from newborn through teenage years.

braries, bookshops, teachers, community youth groups and parents can host “challenge” events. An online guide includes tips on setting up displays and props; fun crafts and drawing activities; how to talk about reading; writing and design contests, word games and puzzles; and bookmark prizes. “Reading opens up minds and hearts to new people, places and things,” says Gene Luen Yang, a national ambassador of the program and author of the youthful tale American Born Chinese. “It’s an amazing era for children’s books,” assesses Barnhill. “The success of the Harry Potter series reminded people that kids like real stories. There’s been a boom in creativity, vigor and technical skills in story construction.” Freelance writer and editor Randy Kambic, in Estero, FL, is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings.

natural awakenings

November 2017


Preventing, Reversing and Managing Diabetes Naturally by Linda Sechrist


ore health practitioners today are recognizing both the mind-body connection, as well as energetic and metaphysical insights into preventing and reversing illnesses. As a result, those facing diabetes and other health challenges are accessing contemporary resources such as Louise L. Hay’s explanation of the emotional roots of disease in You Can Heal Your Life, and the medical science and natural methods explained by health researcher and author Gary Null, Ph.D., in No More Diabetes: A Complete Guide to Preventing, Treating, and Overcoming Diabetes. Applying a “both” rather than an “either” approach illuminates the importance of recognizing the ways our thoughts, emotions and lifestyle choices can impact chronic illness and long-term health.

Two Perspectives


Hay suggests that this metabolic disorder may be rooted in a feeling of being deprived of life’s sweetness and longing for what might have been, accompanied by a great need to control deep sorrow. Such chronic unease can show up as Type 1, or insulin-dependent, diabetes; Type 2, or non-insulin-dependent diabetes; latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA), a slowly progressing variation of Type 1; or gestational diabetes, which occurs during pregnancy.


natural awakenings

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

Oleksandra Naumenko/

Eavesdropping on our repetitive inner mind chatter and observing its impact on outer experiences can reveal faulty thinking that disrupts the mindbody connection. Hay, a firm believer in the power of affirmations to send a message to the subconscious mind, recommends them to aid healing. For diabetes, she suggests, “This moment is filled with joy. I now choose to experience the sweetness of today.” Null cites medical evidence that explains how the physical causes of diabetes are related to the pancreatic production of the hormone insulin and the body’s use of it, together with rollercoaster blood sugar levels determined by food selections, stress, sleeplessness, insufficient rest and lack of exercise. His approach for preventing, reversing or managing this debilitating condition is to raise awareness of the physical, behavioral and mental causes that lead to its emergence, and making healthy lifestyle choices that regulate blood sugar levels.

Naturally Control Blood Sugar

Glucose, the human body’s key source of cellular energy, is the end product of the digestive system breaking down carbohydrates, proteins and fats for absorption in the intestines. From there, it passes into the bloodstream. Glucose also supplies energy for the brain. Normal blood glucose levels vary throughout the day. For healthy individuals, a fasting blood sugar level upon awakening is less than 100 milligrams (mg) per deciliter (dl) of blood. Before meals, normal levels are 70 to 99 mg/dl; otherwise, 100 to 125. Consistent readings above 126 indicate that lifestyle changes are needed to avoid eventual progression into full Type 2 diabetes. When there’s an inability to efficiently transport glucose from the blood into cells, cells don’t receive the energy they need to function properly. “Elevated glucose levels contribute to blood vessel damage, high blood pressure and inflammation among other issues. High glucose causes insulin levels to spike in an effort to draw the glucose into cells. This stresses the pancreas and causes a sugar crash, called hypoglycemia, which can lead individuals to make impulsive, poor food choices,” advises Marcy natural awakenings

November 2017


processed foods, have a higher risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. Iankowitz’s effective, patientcentered practice follows a practical, four-month healing plan that includes tracking foods, moods, blood pressure, sleeping habits and exercise, all necessary to manage or reverse Type 2 diabetes.

Effective Diet Choices

DEADLINE is DECEMBER 8 Reserve your listing today!


Natural Living Directory Call Today!


The role of exercise is also vital for those needing to reverse pre-diabetes or managing diabetes aided by insulin injections. Kirshenbaum, a board-certified clinical nutritionist and owner of Enhance Nutrition, in Northbrook, Illinois. She notes, “Elevated sugar and insulin levels raise triglycerides, a fat that circulates in the blood, and cholesterol, specifically the LDL (low-density lipoprotein) levels. Triglycerides and cholesterol are important measures of heart health. Triglyceride levels of 150 mg/dl in fasting blood is a risk factor for a stroke or heart attack.”

Early Heads-Up

According to the American Diabetes Association, 8.1 million of the 29.1 million individuals diagnosed with diabetes were previously unaware of any early symptoms such as dry mouth, excessive thirst, frequent urination, constant hunger (even after meals), unusual weight gain or loss and lack of energy. “Many individuals only learn of their condition from a doctor-ordered routine blood test such as the A1C glycated hemoglobin procedure, which reads blood sugar levels over a three-month period,” advises Dr. Nancy Iankowitz, a boardcertified family nurse practitioner and founding director of Holistic and Integrative Healing, in Holmes, New York. Individuals that consume large amounts of simple carbohydrates and sugars, are overweight or are exceedingly sedentary and eat unhealthy 42

natural awakenings

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

Making the highest-impact food choices is critical in the earliest stages of diabetes. That’s why nutritionist and holistic integrative health practitioner Saskia Kleinert, an independent practitioner who also serves as director of the Emeryville Health & Wellness Center, in California, helps patients integrate dietary changes into everyday life. “Patient education includes the necessity of eating low-glycemic index foods and reducing blood glucose levels, while increasing healthy fats with nuts, avocado and olive oil,” advises Kleinert. She notes that antioxidant-rich plant foods are another key component of an effective dietary plan for all age groups. The role of exercise is also vital for those needing to reverse pre-diabetes or managing diabetes aided by insulin injections. “Exercise increases the muscle cell’s demand for glucose, moving it out of the blood into muscle cells that use it as fuel, and so lowering insulin levels,” explains Jamie Coughlan, a naturopathic doctor who practices in Pleasanton and Pleasant Hill, California. Dr. Angelo Baccellieri, owner of Westchester Wellness Medicine, in Harrison, New York, introduces patients to intermittent fasting, an eating pattern that helps treat insulin resistance and control blood sugar. “The concept is predicated on going 14 to 16 hours without food, replicating how our primitive ancestors ate. They feasted when food was available and fasted during famines, sometimes going several days without eating,” advises Baccellieri, who notes that intermittent fasting can be done one day a week. “Our biochemistry actually does very well with this approach, which isn’t hard to do when your last meal is at 7 p.m. and you skip breakfast and delay lunch the next day until 1 p.m.

You can drink water with lemon, teas and black coffee throughout. By 1 p.m., the body has been 18 hours without protein and carbohydrates, allowing insulin levels to remain at a low level. Excess insulin from too much sugar shifts the body into a storage mode. Having no sugar stores available, the body can then switch into a ketogenic state that allows the body to burn fat for fuel,” explains Baccellieri. Herbs such as turmeric reduce inflammation. Berberine can help cells use glucose efficiently. Supplements such as vitamin C, B-complex, resveratrol and pycnogenol (pine bark extract) can raise antioxidant levels, in which most pre-diabetic and diabetic individuals are deficient, according to a study published in PubMed. Cautious health professionals tailor supplement recommendations to each patient.

12-week Why WAIT (Weight Achievement and Intensive Treatment) program offered at the Joslin Diabetes Center, affiliated with Harvard Medical School, in Boston. WAIT allows participants to reach their weight and blood glucose goals, along with improvements in blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and liver and kidney function. The program’s success is due to doable increases in exercising that put greater emphasis on strengthening muscles; effective ways to change bad habits; successful portion control; healthy alternatives to favorite foods; carbohydrate counting; and meals composed of the right balance of complex carbohydrates and antioxidantrich plant foods, protein and fat, all to achieve optimum body weight and diabetes control.

Helpful Weight Loss

Restoration of health begins with the most important lifestyle changes. n Replace processed and sugary foods in meals and snacks with nutrient dense, whole foods.

In The Diabetes Breakthrough, based on a scientifically tested way to reverse diabetes through weight loss, Dr. Osama Hamdy and Sheri R. Colberg, Ph.D., explain a home-based version of the

No Quick Fix

n Determine possible food sensitivities with an elimination diet. n Eat some protein with every meal. n Eliminate environmental toxins. n Perform some form of cardiovascular exercise and resistance training at least three to five times a week. n Add stress-relieving practices such as yoga, tai chi or qigong. According to Hamdy, “On average, diabetes has the potential to rob you of more than 12 years of life, while dramatically reducing the quality of life for more than 20 years through chronic pain, loss of mobility, blindness, chronic dialysis and heart disease.” Such serious consequences also include stroke, hearing impairment and Alzheimer’s, he adds. All provide good reasons to live responsibly every day, cherishing longterm goals of laying claim to the best possible health. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

natural awakenings

November 2017



SACRED SILENCE Discover the Benefits of Quiet at a Silent Retreat by April Thompson

John Saraceno Renewal Cleaning

Eco-Friendly, on-site cleaning of any fabric. HUNTER DOUGLAS RECOMMENDED

Home or Business 914.556.8302; see ad pg 51.

WE ARE GRATEFUL to our advertisers who make publishing this FREE publication possible each month. They are leaders in our natural living community. Please support them with your business, and tell them you saw it in Natural Awakenings!


Connect with our online community at


ndividuals seeking to escape life’s ceaseless distractions, deepen their personal spiritual practice, enhance well-being and gain fresh perspective, are patronizing silent retreats in rising numbers. “Retreats are a special opportunity to enter a healing space where your natural energy, insight, intelligence and wisdom can arise,” says Linda Mary Peacock, known as Thanissara, a former Buddhist nun, cofounder of South Africa’s Dharmagiri Hermitage and Outreach and a retreat leader at the Spirit Rock Insight Meditation Center, in Woodacre, California. Sheila Russ, of Richmond, Virginia, has participated in several retreats with silent components, hosted by spiritual traditions spanning Baptist to Benedictine. “People of different faiths all have the same need to reach inside and listen. If we don’t slow down and get quiet, we can’t hear what’s going on with us,” says Russ. “Spending time in contemplation is cleansing and freeing; I feel like mentally and spiritually I can breathe.”

Scientific Support

Attaining heightened well-being after a retreat may have a neurological basis, according to research from Thomas Jefferson University’s Marcus Institute of Integrative Health, in Philadelphia. Silent retreats appear to raise the brain’s levels of mood-boosting chemicals, 44

natural awakenings

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

according to Dr. Andrew Newberg, director of research there. Newberg’s team tested the brains of retreat participants before and one week after an Ignatian-based retreat, finding significant changes in their serotonin and dopamine systems. “Whether through prayers, walks or meditations, the single-minded ritualistic aspect of retreats seems to predispose the brain for peak spiritual experience,” he observes.

What to Expect

Formats vary, but most silent retreats entail extended periods of sitting meditation or prayer, often alternating with walking meditation or other mindful movement. Some may also entail a work detail, like sweeping the meditation hall or helping prepare meals. “Work tasks help bring mindfulness into everyday life,” says Chas DiCapua, a resident teacher for the Insight Meditation Society’s flagship retreat center in Barre, Massachusetts, who has led silent retreats teaching Buddhist practices for 20 years. “The community aspect is equally important; being surrounded by people that support your spiritual practice can encourage you on what can be a lonely path.” Silence doesn’t mean being static and somber or not thinking, counsels David Harshada Wagner, of Ojai,


We Love our Advertising Partners! We think you will too!

California, whose meditation retreats draw from the Indian mystical traditions of yoga, vedanta and tantra. “Silence is more than the absence of talking; it’s a powerful energy,” says Wagner. “Silent retreats are the loudest, as the energy is roaring within. It should be a joyous practice.” Yet retreats aren’t a cakewalk. Los Angeles author and mindfulness facilitator Jennifer Howd chronicles the challenges of her first nine-day silent retreat in Joshua Tree, California, in her memoir Sit, Walk, Don’t Talk. Seven retreats later, Howd says that although the journey isn’t always easy, she always gains insights about herself and the nature of the mind.

Choosing a Retreat

Retreat leaders caution that while it’s good to jettison expectations and approach the experience with an open mind, choose a retreat that fits individual needs. The level of personal attention at retreats can vary greatly, remarks Thanissara. “Some may host 100 or more people, relying largely on taped instruc-

The deliberate, conscientious practices of my first silent retreat made me appreciate each moment: the gifts, blessings, music, stretching, meditation, prayers and practice of stillness. ~Unity retreat feedback tion without much interaction with group leaders. A small group might be better for a first retreat,” she suggests. Thanissara recommends an upfront review of instructor credentials and starting with a weekend retreat before embarking on one of longer duration. Regardless of length, retreats aren’t always for everyone. “If you’re going through emotional or psychological difficulties, it’s best to discuss your

circumstances with a teacher at the retreat center before deciding to attend. If you’re in therapy, talk with your therapist,” counsels DiCapua.

Retreat Back to Everyday Life Afterwards, ease back into the daily routine; don’t rush back into old patterns of media and food consumption, recommends Howd. “Try to build-in a day or two of down time. You may still be processing things emotionally.” DiCapua suggests finding a local community of a kindred practice to keep the momentum going, and not expect to keep it up as earnestly at home as at the retreat. Attending daylong maintenance retreats on Saturdays or Sundays can also help sustain individual practice. Above all, “Appreciate yourself for having thought to go on a retreat and follow it through,” says DiCapua. “It can be a radical thing.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

natural awakenings

November 2017


“TV•Ears saved our marriage!”

New Special Offer! TM

The Doctor Recommended TV•EARS® headset has helped millions of people hear television dialog clearly while eliminating concerns about loud volume or the need to buy expensive hearing aids. Put on your TV•Ears headset and turn it up as loud as you want while others listen to the television at a comfortable volume. You can even put the TV on mute and listen through the headset only. Others in the room won’t hear a thing, but we guarantee you will. Imagine watching television with your family again without fighting over the TV volume or listening in private while a loved one sleeps or reads. As thousands of our customers have said, “TV•Ears has

Adjustable Foam Tips

changed our lives!” Voice Clarifying Circuitry® The TV•Ears headset contains proprietary Voice Clarifying Circuitry that automatically adjusts the audio curve to increase the clarity of television dialog while decreasing the volume of background sounds such as music and sound effects. The words seem to jump out of the audio track, Transmitter/Charger making even whispers and accents understandable.

Pat and Shirley Boone Happily married over 60 years! “I can watch TV as loud as I want without disturbing my wife. The dialog is clear and it’s good to hear my favorite shows again!” — Pat Boone, Singer/Songwriter

120dB Volume

Adjustable Tone

“My wife and I have used the TV•Ears headset almost daily for many years and find them an invaluable help in our enjoyment of television. We would not be without them. As a retired Otologist, I heartily recommend them to people with or without hearing loss.” — Robert Forbes, M.D., California

Fast, Safe and Simple. TV•Ears transmitters use Speed of Light Infrared Technology™ (SoLIT) to send the television’s audio to the headset. Unlike slower Bluetooth or Radio Frequency, SoLIT does not need to be paired or adjusted, is completely safe with pacemakers, and will not interfere with your telephone. Twice the Power with 120 decibels. The TV•Ears headsets are classified as “Assistive Listening Devices” for hearing-impaired individuals. This special designation permits the TV•Ears headset to have twice the maximum volume compared to all other wireless headsets.

Voice Clarifying TV•Ears Headset

TV Ears Original™......$129.95 Special Offer

Now $59.95 +s&h For fastest service, call toll-free between 6am and 6pm PST Monday through Friday.

1-800-379-7832 or visit Please mention Promotion Code 35839

30-day risk free trial

Over 2 million satisfied users since 1998 TV dialog is clear and understandable 46

Works better than hearing aids natural awakenings

Voice Clarifying Products

TV Ears is a trademark of TV Ears, Inc. © 2017 TV Ears, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition


Retreats for All Faiths


etreat centers vary from nondenominational to those aligned with a faith, but even within a tradition, styles of meditation vary. The following opportunities highlight some of the more prevalent offerings. and can be helpful tools.

Omega Institute: One of the largest

centers on the East Coast, the Omega Institute (, in Rhinebeck, New York, offers yoga, meditation and mindfulness retreats led by notable and varied spiritual teachers.

Unity: The Unity church, a Christian

faith honoring all paths to God, offers an annual silent retreat facilitated by Rev. Paulette Pipe ( Held at Unity Center, in Kansas City, Missouri, the experience incorporates soulful music, labyrinth walks and meditation practice. ( offers silent retreats combining yoga and A working monastery for more than 50 meditation. Leaders Patricia Sunyata years, Tassajara Zen Mountain Center Brown and Surya-Chandra Das take an and Hot Springs (, in eclectic approach incorporating multhe Ventana Mountains of northern Cali- tiple traditions to stimulate self-inquiry fornia, offers lay meditation practitioners and compassion. a sense of monastic life each summer. Retreats are mainly taught in the Zen Insight Meditation Society: Buddhist tradition, focused on observing Founded by Sharon Salzberg, Jack the breath and mind. Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein in the 1970s, the Insight Meditation Society Rolling Meadows: Located in rural ( focuses on the BudBrooks, Maine, Rolling Meadows dhist practices of metta (spreading

Tassajara Zen Mountain Center:

lovingkindness) and vipassana (insight) meditation. Silent retreats at its historic center in Barre, Massachusetts, range from two days to three months.

Jesuits: A Roman Catholic order

cofounded by St. Ignatius, the Jesuit tradition incorporates prayer, meditation, self-awareness and other contemplative practices. lists Jesuit retreat centers across the U.S. where seekers can deepen their relationship with God through silence.

natural awakenings

November 2017



Lissa Rankin on

Moving from Fear to Freedom by April Thompson


issa Rankin wears many hats: physician, mystic, author, artist, speaker and blogger. What unites her many pursuits is a passion for helping people optimize their health and understand how science and spirituality converge toward that goal. A former obstetrician and gynecologist, Rankin is the founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute, in San Francisco, which trains doctors in mind-body-spirit medicine. She’s authored six books to date, including the bestseller Mind over Medicine, The Fear Cure and The Anatomy of a Calling. She lives in California’s Marin County and blogs at

What common signs indicate that fear is affecting our health? When people are sick, there is almost always an element of fear. Many of us have “ridden shotgun” at one time or another with a health diagnosis, and that’s scary, so even if it’s not predisposing the illness itself, it can stimulate fear. Studies from institutions such as the Harvard School of Public Health and Carnegie Mellon University have discovered strong correlations between fear, stress and anxiety and health issues. When fear is predisposing us to illness, addressing the root cause of the issue is preventive medicine. Whether triggered by something 48

natural awakenings

trivial or real, fear activates the “fight-orflight” stress response in the brain. The body has natural self-healing mechanisms, but these only operate when our nervous system is relaxed, so effectively dealing with fear is foundationally critical to wellness.

How can we distinguish between true and false fear? True fear is an actual threat to physical survival, like being approached by someone wielding a gun. However, most fear is generated by a story we make up in our minds. Our wild imaginations, the source of beautiful creativity, can be a destructive force, too, as we envision all kinds of worst-case scenarios, most of which will not come true. Modern-day humans average more than 50 stress responses a day, which indicates we’re way off track in our relationship to fear. The mind constantly strategizes how to get what it wants and avoid what it doesn’t. A spiritual practice can help interrupt the “monkey mind” constantly ruminating on what could go wrong. Paying attention to fear around practical issues like not being able to pay bills is helpful because it can keep us from being reckless, such as buying an unneeded luxury item although our mortgage payment looms. But letting false fear prevent us from following a dream, ending an unhealthy relationWestchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

ship or leaving a toxic job can predispose us to illness. Fear is the emotional equivalent of pain in the body. Attend to it when it arises; try to understand what it is telling you and see what’s in need of healing.

What are some effective ways to defang false fear? Ultimately, we need to come into the right relationship with uncertainty; it’s the gateway to possibility. People often think that fear provides protection, when our intuition, which typically requires a relaxed state of mind, is a far more effective protector. There have been studies about doctors following their hunches to a patient’s underlying condition, leading to life-saving diagnoses.

How can we cultivate courage, curiosity and resilience, rather than feed our fears? Cultivating a spiritual practice such as mindfulness helps put a pause between a feeling like fear and the reaction that might ensue. You learn to sit with uncomfortable feelings and recognize the story you are spinning in your mind about what’s happening. It also means letting go of expectations when things don’t go as planned. Fear is my cue to activate a practice of surrender; to turn something over to the universe. I will also ask for help to calm my heart and let go of attachments. For me, this life-changing practice means I now trust the mystery more than my mind. I trust the unknown more than science and logic. The latter may be useful tools when doing taxes or a research paper, but I don’t trust them to be the best navigation system of my life or help me in a crisis. Psychology isn’t enough to address fear, which comes with the territory if you think that we are just flesh robots programmed to maximize self-interest, alone in a hostile universe. Once you learn to see the possibilities and hand over the wheel to a greater, benign organizing intelligence, something unwinds in the nervous system and we relax into the wonder of mystery. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson at

World of Coaching RESOURCES

Find a knowledgeable professional to help you achieve your goals.


Certified ADHD Coach/Organizer 914.373.4787;


Coaching, Healing & Channeling Cold Spring, NY 845.424.6219

Rick Gabrielly

Wellness Practice Coaching Strategies for Profit and Purpose 914.715.8909

CANCER COACHING Julie Johns, MS, CHES, ICF/ACC Certified: The Cancer Journey Integrative Health Coach 845.328.1799


Learn to Love Your-SELF Jungian Eastern Philosophy 845.800.7303;

HEALTH COACH Dina Caldwell

Dharma Bums Vegan Health & Lifestyle Coaching 914.699.2022

Wanda Jeanty, MD

Poughkeepsie, NY 917.868.1769;


500-E RYT Ayurveda & Yoga Lifestyle Duke Integrative Health Coach 914.486.6480;



Caryn Mccurry, CLC

Alice M. Coleman

Life and Career Coaching 917.885.9607

Irina Kravtsov, ACC

Focus, Accountability, Results Certified Hand Analyst 914.924.3366;

Leah Wilson Watts

Master Life Coach Phone or Skype, 718.812.5166

Samantha Berkule Johnson, PhD

Board Certified Life Coach 917.364.8050;


Mindful is the New Skinny 4 Smith Ave, Mt.Kisco, NY 917.974.9446;

RELATIONSHIP COACHING Nancy S. Scherlong, LCSW Wellness and Expressive Arts Programs Mt. Kisco, NY; 914.572.3167;

Certified Fearless Living Coach, Certified Fearless Trainer 914.588.0952;

WELLNESS COACH Bonnie Rogers, Herbalist Nourishing & Healing Programs 914.923.4346 Briarcliff, NY

Body Healing Wellness Ctr. Sharon Okun: Wellness & Life Armonk: 914.262.0832 BodyCenteredHealingMassage.



Nancy Seabold, BM, MM Voice Coach for Leaders Private sessions /consulting 914.930.8356;

To place a listing on this page please call


The essential conditions of everything you do must be choice, love, passion. ~Nadia Boulanger natural awakenings

November 2017




GROWYour Business Advertise in this magazine.

Call 914-617-8750

Pumped Up About Geothermal Homeowners Like its Eco-Friendly Cost Savings by Jim Motavalli


t’s an uncertain time for home-based geothermal heating and cooling, which has been increasing for years. The good news is that the cost of the technology is down and its efficiency is up. Yet a helpful 30 percent federal income tax credit inaugurated in 2009 disappeared in 2017 and may not get renewed anytime soon, even though H.R. 1090, a bill aimed at restoring the credit, has had strong support in Congress, led by New York Republican Congressman Tom Reed. While ideal spots for tapping into Earth’s energy are where tectonic plates meet and move, such as along the U.S. West Coast and in Alaska, it’s a misperception that it’s only possible in corresponding states. Anyone in the U.S. can use a geothermal heat pump, which works by accessing the constant 50-degree temperature just below the Earth’s surface. Iceland is equipped to get 50 percent of its energy from geothermal. Other countries now accessing it for at least 15 percent of their energy include Costa Rica, El Salvador, Kenya and the Philippines.


natural awakenings

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

Where to Learn More

Carefully evaluating options allows homeowners and commercial landlords to make an informed decision about tapping into Earth’s free energy.

Geothermal Energy Association 202-454-5261,

How It Works

Geothermal HVAC, by Jay Egg and Brian Clark Howard

The systems work by moving water through plastic pipes sunk into the ground, and using a heat exchanger to warm or cool refrigerant that then circulates throughout the house. Operating like a conventional heat pump, it needs less than half as much energy—just one kilowatt-hour of electricity— to produce 12,000 BTU (British thermal units, a standard energy measure). Its efficiency is double that of the best air conditioner and 50 percent superior to the best natural gas furnace, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Planetfriendly geothermal energy emits no pollution and reduces the need for fossil fuels.

Return on Investment While they can cost $20,000 to $25,000 for an average-sized home, the systems are long-lasting; most provide a 10-year or longer warranty, based on having few moving parts that may break. The above-ground compressor and pump have a 20-year life expectancy and the expensive underground piping system should last a lifetime, says Brian Clark Howard, a National Geographic editor and co-author of Geothermal HVAC [heating, ventilation and air conditioning]. “Once the wells are dug and the loops are in, you’ll probably never have to revisit them.” According to Ryan Dougherty, chief operating officer of the Geothermal Exchange Organization, which represents manufacturers and installers, a typical home system costs approximately $24,000 installed, including the ground heat exchanger and all necessary ductwork. Renewable energy often makes sense without subsidies. Dougherty still sees geothermal as a good deal for homeowners, with a payback period of seven to 10 years.

Geothermal Exchange Organization, 888-255-4436,

Dale Binkley of Landenberg, Pennsylvania, installed his home’s geothermal heat pump in 2006, before the 30 percent federal tax credit took effect. His out-of-pocket cost was $23,522, with a small federal credit and modest rebate from the local utility. Binkley is pleased. “The system is easy to maintain, cost efficient, and works well. It heats and cools better than I thought it would,” he says. Binkley saved $1,000 on his heating and cooling bill the first year, a savings he continues to enjoy every year.

Added Benefits “You’ll gain outstanding temperature and humidity control, plus a better running, more-efficient HVAC system,” Howard says. “Installing geothermal will also increase property values.” Institutional customers reap comparable benefits. As a tax-exempt entity, the Cozy Green Library, in Darien, Connecticut, uses geothermal heating and cooling, along with energy-efficient computers, LED light bulbs and storm water biofiltration, Carefully evaluating options allows homeowners and commercial landlords to make an informed decision about tapping into Earth’s free energy. Jim Motavalli, of Fairfield, CT, is an author, freelance journalist and speaker specializing in clean automotive and other environmental topics. Connect at

natural awakenings

November 2017




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-onHudson) • TOPPS (Carmel, Rhinebeck) • Village Natural Market (Bronxville) and Whole Foods Market (Port Chester, White Plains & Yonkers)

Read the Digital Edition at: 52

natural awakenings


DIY FIRST-AID FOR DOGS Seven Natural Home Remedies by Karen Becker


any pet parents check their kitchen cabinets first when treating their canine companion’s minor health issues. Three helpful basics are canned, 100 percent pumpkin, povidone iodine antiseptic and 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, plus apple cider vinegar and coconut oil.


Constipation, Diarrhea and Other Minor Digestive Issues Solution: Canned pumpkin. For occasional mild tummy upsets, give a teaspoon of pumpkin for every 10 pounds of body weight, one to two times a day, either in food or as a treat, for non-allergic dogs. Pumpkin’s soluble fiber can ease diarrhea and constipation.


Minor Skin Abrasions, Cuts, Infections or Hot Spots Solution: Povidone iodine. The gentle Betadine brand can allay staph, yeast and most common bacteria. It’s safe if a pet licks it. Dilute the povidone iodine until it looks like iced tea, soak a clean cloth and gently wipe infected skin areas. Rinse the cloth, wipe the skin, and then pat dry. Repeat twice daily for a minor issue.

from its paws. For large dogs, soak one foot at a time in a bucket. Stand small dogs in a sink or tub, or dunk one paw at a time in a small container of solution. Dilute povidone iodine to the color of iced tea and add to the footbath. Swish it around while the dog stands in it for two to five minutes. Talk soothingly and offer treats as needed.


Fleas Solution: Apple cider vinegar (ACV). It doesn’t kill fleas, but helps deter them. Put a solution of equal parts raw, organic ACV and water in a spray bottle and spritz the pet before they head outdoors plus dog bedding. Consider adding it to a dog’s food as well; one teaspoon for every 20 pounds of pooch.


Itchy, Irritated Paws Solution: Footbaths. About 50 percent of a dog’s foot licking and chewing can be alleviated by simply rinsing off allergens and other irritants

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition


Natural Awakenings is


During baths, pour diluted ACV of one cup of vinegar to one gallon of water over a freshly bathed dog (avoid the head) for a flea-preventive rinse. Massage the ACV solution into their coat and towel dry. Don’t rinse. Alternatively, add about two cups of apple cider vinegar to their bathwater.


Crusty Skin and Nails Solution: Coconut oil. Skin treatments using 100 percent organic, cold-pressed, human-grade coconut oil can reduce flaking and improve skin quality, especially for seniors with crusty patches of skin and funky nails. Bathe the dog, and then rub the oil into the skin all over their body, especially on dry areas. Let it absorb for about five minutes. Follow with another bath (not much lather) and a very light rinse. Also, dab it directly on hotspots, eruptions and rashes after disinfecting.


Skunk Encounter Solution: Skunk rinse. In a pail, mix one quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, one-quarter cup of baking soda and two teaspoons dishwashing liquid. For a large dog, double, triple or quadruple the mixture, based on their size and coat. Apply the mixture to the dog’s dry coat, taking care to avoid the eyes. Massage the mixture into the coat and skin for about five minutes or until the skunk smell starts to dissipate. Use a sponge to apply the solution to the chin, cheeks, forehead and ears. Rinse thoroughly. When rinsing the head, tilt the dog’s chin upward to protect the eyes. It may be necessary to repeat the entire process up to three times. Rinse off the solution completely.


Toxin Ingestion Solution: Hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting. Use 3 percent hydrogen peroxide and give one teaspoon for every 10 pounds of dog weight. Add a little vanilla ice cream or honey to encourage swallowing, or simply syringe it down their throat, if necessary. Walk the dog for a few minutes—movement helps the hydrogen peroxide work—which typically occurs within 15 minutes. If the dog doesn’t vomit in 15 minutes, give a second dose. If after another 15 minutes they still haven’t vomited, call a veterinarian. Don’t induce vomiting if the dog is throwing up already, has lost consciousness or can’t stand, or it’s been more than two hours since they ingested the toxin. Harsh chemicals can cause burning both as they are swallowed and come back up. For these problems, seek veterinary care immediately. Dr. Karen Becker, a proactive and integrative veterinarian in the Chicago area, consults internationally and writes Mercola Healthy Pets ( natural awakenings

November 2017



Try Some Stretches Four Ways to Flex Our Muscles by Marlaina Donato

Your Market is Our Readers. Let Us Introduce You to Them!

914-617-8750 54

natural awakenings

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

Four Categories, Many Variations “Different types of stretches access different muscles and different types of flexibility, but together, can benefit everyone,” says Wegman. There are many ways to stretch, but knowing what to do and when to do it can be key to optimum results and injury prevention. Warming up to different types of stretches can be a little daunting, but the basic four (sometimes combined in terminology) are passive, static, active and dynamic. In the past, ballistic stretching was common and included potentially harmful bouncing techniques, but today dynamic stretching has become a favorite among trainers, consisting of specific, controlled movements that prepare the body for the demands of both engaging in sports and an average workout. “Stretches can be confusing, so as a rule of thumb, I suggest dynamic stretching for any workout that involves movement and passive stretching for cooling down after a workout to release the muscles,” says Chabut. Stretching also plays an important role in yoga, which generally complements different stretches by adding a mind-body connection. “Breath is the key difference between yoga and regular stretching,” notes Chabut.



hether working out at the gym or taking to the trails, stretching is sometimes an overlooked asset to any exercise regimen. Eliminating stretches or not doing them properly increases the risk of injury and deprives muscles of what they need for optimum performance. “Just because you are in shape doesn’t always mean you have good flexibility,” notes LaReine Chabut, a Los Angeles fitness expert and author of Stretching for Dummies. “If you do plenty of strength training and cardio, but you don’t do any stretching, you’re creating an imbalance in your body. Flexibility plays a big part in overall fitness.” Loosening up correctly not only fosters flexibility, but also improves muscle endurance and coordination. “Everyone should be stretching, especially as you age, to maintain range of motion and balance,” advises fitness trainer Ben Wegman, of The Fhitting Room, in New York City. “A personal workout regime can be enhanced with stretching, which also increases mobility, improves posture and performance, and reduces stress levels.”

natural awakenings

November 2017


Publish One of the Nation’s Leading Healthy Living Magazines Own a Natural Awakenings Magazine Turn Your Passion Into A Business

As a Natural Awakenings publisher, you can empower yourself and others to create a healthier world while working from your home earning an income doing something you love! No publishing experience is necessary. You’ll work for yourself but not by yourself. We offer a complete training and support system that allows you to successfully publish your own magazine.

• Meaningful New Career • Low Initial Investment • Proven Business System • Home-Based Business • Exceptional Franchise Support & Training

Natural Awakenings Magazine is ranked 5th Nationally in Cision’s® 2016 Top 10 Health & Fitness Magazines list

Cision® is the world’s leading source of media research. For more information, visit or follow @Cision on Twitter. *Natural Awakenings recently received the prestigious FBR50 Franchise Satisfaction Award from Franchise Business Review.

Contact us about acquiring an existing publication FOR SALE highlighted in RED*

Natural Awakenings publishes in over 80 markets across the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic (listed below). • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Gulf Coast AL/MS Phoenix, AZ Tucson, AZ East Bay Area, CA San Diego, CA Northern CO/Cheyenne, WY Denver, CO Fairfield County/ HousatonicValley, CT Hartford, CT New Haven/Middlesex, CT Washington, DC* Daytona/Volusia/Flagler, FL NW FL Emerald Coast Ft. Lauderdale, FL Jacksonville/St. Augustine, FL Miami & the Florida Keys Naples/Ft. Myers, FL North Central FL* Central Florida/Greater Orlando Palm Beach, FL Peace River, FL Sarasota, FL Space & Treasure Coast, FL Tampa/St. Pete., FL Atlanta, GA Hawaiian Islands Chicago, IL Chicago Western Suburbs, IL Indianapolis, IN Acadiana, LA New Orleans, LA Boston, MA Worcester, MA Ann Arbor, MI East Michigan Wayne County, MI Western MI

• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN* Charlotte, NC Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, NC* Bergen/Passaic, NJ* Central, NJ Hudson County, NJ Mercer County, NJ Monmouth/Ocean, NJ North Central NJ South NJ Santa Fe/Albuquerque, NM* Las Vegas, NV Albany, NY Long Island, NY Hudson Valley W., NY Manhattan, NY* Westchester/Putnam/ Dutchess Co’s., NY Central OH Toledo, OH* Oklahoma City, OK Portland, OR Bucks/Montgomery Counties, PA Chester/Delaware Counties, PA South Central PA Lancaster/Berks, PA Lehigh Valley, PA Northeast, PA Philadelphia, PA Rhode Island Charleston, SC Columbia, SC Greenville, SC* Chattanooga, TN Austin, TX* Dallas, TX Houston, TX North Texas*

• • • • • • • • •

San Antonio, TX* South Houston/Galveston, TX Richmond, VA Inland Northwest, WA Seattle, WA* Madison, WI* Milwaukee, WI Dominican Republic Puerto Rico

*Existing magazines for sale

Start a magazine in an OPEN TERRITORY

• Los Angeles, CA • Sacramento, CA • San Francisco, CA • Santa Barbara/Ventura, CA • Santa Clara Co., CA • Southern, MA • Annapolis, MD • Baltimore, MD • Kansas City, MO • Saint Louis, MO • Bronx, NY • Brooklyn/Staten Island, NY • Cincinnati, OH • Cleveland, OH • Pittsburgh, PA • Nashville, TN • Ft. Worth, TX • Salt Lake City, UT Inquire about other open areas

For more information, visit or call 239-530-1377


natural awakenings

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

Stretching Guide at a Glance STATIC What it is: Hold a stretch in a challenging, but not painful position, for 10 to 30 seconds until feeling discomfort; once this is felt, the muscle then releases and relaxes. Benefit: Improves flexibility. ACTIVE (aka Static Active) What it is: Engage and contract the muscle group opposite the one being stretched to initiate the stretch; repeat. Many yoga poses are examples of active stretching. Benefit: Increases flexibility in the muscles being stretched and increases strength in the opposing muscles. PASSIVE What it is: Employ an outside force such as a stretching device, strap or another’s body weight such as a trainer, physical therapist or massage therapist, which assists the stretch while the individual remains passive. The targeted muscles are not actively engaged. Examples include postworkout stretches applying pressure with a body part, towel or other prop or piece of equipment. Benefit: Increases range of motion, decreases muscle tension (spasm) and reduces post-workout soreness and fatigue. DYNAMIC What it is: Use controlled, gradual movements and stretches that involve repeated range of motion moves, especially in relation to a specific activity or sport that will follow the warm-up. Benefit: Prepares the body for activity and warms the muscles; especially advantageous after static stretches. Builds strength. Primary sources: Fitness Science; Scott White, a power trainer in Scottsdale, AZ.

“The use of breath Through focus and allows you to get deeper deep breathing, yoga into the muscle. Yoga also places particuallows you to move lar emphasis on core beyond stretching muscles: the abdomiinto a deeper physical nals, lower back and spinal muscles. Through experience that both focus and deep breathstrengthens and ing, yoga allows you to move beyond stretching focuses your body into a deeper physical experience that both strengthens and focuses your body.”

sufficient muscle length,” says Wegman. She advises never to stretch an injured muscle or stretch too forcefully. “Introduce low-intensity stretching back into a regime only under a doctor’s supervision,” she cautions.

Daily Moderation

Injury Prevention and Recovery

Nancy Whelan, a physical therapist and owner of The Physical Therapy Center, in West Palm Beach, Florida, emphasizes the importance of proper technique for clients to avoid further injury, especially individuals that had a torn Achilles tendon. “Stretching is important when doing any exercise, and especially important following surgery or injury, because the body’s reaction to either one is to contract, which can cause secondary problems,” explains Whelan. “I think the body has an intelligence we must listen to. We must acknowledge our limitations and the signals our body sends us to let us know that something is harmful or painful,” she notes. “When you take responsibility to take care of your body, it will take care of you.” For injury prevention, dynamic stretching offers many benefits. “It’s the best because it ensures that all major joints have full range of motion and

For Chabut, moderation is everything. “Gently warm up the body before moving into deeper stretches. Build heat in the muscles slowly to avoid potential injury,” she advises. Proper stretching is beneficial, but not doing so can foster bad habits and cause muscle or tendon tears. “Stretching cold muscles or using improper techniques such as bouncing when holding a stretch position are common mistakes,” observes Whelan. Stretching doesn’t have to be reserved for workouts, and with a little discipline, its benefits can easily be attained at home or the office. “Take 10 minutes during your favorite TV program and perform a couple of stretches,” suggests Wegman. “Make it a point to get up every half-hour and stretch for five minutes before resuming work. If you aren’t being pushed or pushing yourself, you won’t see results or make improvements. If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

Helpful Resources BOOKS Dynamic Stretching: The Revolutionary New Warm-Up Method to Improve Power, Performance and Range of Motion, by Mark Kovacs Dynamic Stretching vs. Static Stretching and Their Benefits, by Jack Cascio Exercise Balls for Dummies (including safe stretches for pregnant woman) and Stretching for Dummies, both by LeReine Chabut Stretching: 20 Simple Stretching Techniques to Relieve Pain and Increase Flexibility, by Neb Notliar ONLINE VIDEOS (range of stretches specific to martial arts styles and body parts) (free yoga videos for all levels) (highly detailed instruction tailored to seniors) (videos from the PBS series Classical Stretch) stretching-videos (instruction specific to sports and muscle groups) feature/good-for-beginners (select stretching videos)

natural awakenings

November 2017



A Day with Joe: The Man and The Method with Elaine Ewing and Cathy Strack

Rhinebeck Pilates Hosts Workshops in Stamford and NYC


s part of a weekend workshop hosted by the Art of Control, the Pilates studio will offer a two-part class focused on the Pilates method and the man who created it. A Day with Joe: The Man and The Method will be held December 10, from noon to 4 p.m., at the Art of Control, 1177 Summer Street, 2nd Floor, Stamford, CT. “Participants will learn many of the well-known exercises in the Pilates Method as Joseph Pilates originally created and taught them, and they’ll get to know the man behind the method,” says Terianne Neden, manager of Rhinebeck Pilates. “This workshop will deepen their knowledge and understanding and inspire their teaching.” The workshop will be led by Elaine Ewing, owner of Rhinebeck Pilates, and Cathy Strack, who teaches at BodyMind Balance in Cincinnati. Ewing will also co-lead a double workshop, Pilates and Lymphatics with Sean Gallagher and Historical Pilates Exercises with Elaine Ewing, November 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the New York Pilates Studio, 330 West 42nd Street, NYC. Gallagher is a physical therapist and the owner of the New York Pilates Studio. “This workshop brings to light the incredible benefits Pilates offers to the health and maintenance of our bodies,” Neden says. “Sean will explain how Authentic Pilates can stimulate normal function of the lymph and other body fluids to improve health and immunity, while Elaine will delve deeper into some of Joseph Pilates’ lesser-known exercises.”   For more info, contact Ewing at 845.876.5686 or, or visit See ad, page 57.


natural awakenings

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

natural awakenings

NETWORK FITNESS FitWalk The body and BRAIN workout that Nature had in mind MAHOPAC ENERSHE FITNESS Women’s Fitness Center 989 Route 6; 845.628.7165

PILATES STUDIOS ARMONK Pilates Fitness Plus 495 Main Street 914.469.6030

DOBBS FERRY Pilates and More Health & Fitness Studio 129 Main Street 914.478.3560

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

PATTERSON Inner Balance Studio 1072 Route 311 845.878.7800;

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

RHINEBECK Rhinebeck Pilates 6400 Montgomery Street 845.876.5686


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


CROTON ON HUDSON Devotion Yoga of Westchester Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan 2055 Albany Post Road 914.930.7707



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

Sacred Spirit Yoga and Healing Arts Center located at South Presbyterian Church 343 Broadway

YOGA COMMUNITIES nOMad Always at OM Classes, Retreats, YTT

YOGA STUDIOS BEACON beBhakti Yoga Center (1 block behind the Library) 89 Dewindt St 845.440.8855 Shambhala Wellness Center & Live Your Life Gear 4 South Chestnut St. 917.922.4517

BEDFORD HILLS Katonah Yoga 39 Main Street 914.241.2661;

CARMEL The Art of Healing Wellness Center 64 Gleneida Avenue 845.878.4325

EASTCHESTER The Temperance Center 453 White Plains Road 914.793.2600

FISHKILL Firefly Yoga Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga 992 main street

KATONAH Golden Prana Yoga 223 Katonah Avenue 914.232.3473

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

The Yoga Studio @Saw Mill Club 77 Kensico Drive 914.241.0797

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

PATTERSON Inner Balance Studio 1072 Route 311 845.878.7800;

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

YONKERS Nueva Alma Yoga & Wellness 799 McLean Avenue 914.294.0606;

YOGA TEACHER BodySculpt by Karen Karen M. Shaw Private Individual & Group Sessions Westchester /Putnam Area 914.522.1297

MAHOPAC Liberation Yoga & Wellness Center 862 Route 6 845.803.8389;


Putnam Yoga 30 Tomahawk Street Baldwin Place 845.494.8118;

o2living 6 Yellow Monkey Village, Rt. 35 914.763.6320;


YOGA TRAINING CENTER Wainwright House Yoga Training Academy Rye, NY; 914.967.6080

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

Guerrera Yoga E-RYT, YACEP, Shamanic Workshops. Privates. Retreats 917.578.4264; Yoga Instructor November 2017



Monkfish Books Bucks the Big Industry Trend


ook publishing, like many industries, has been plagued by consolidation—small companies swallowed up by big companies, and big companies merging to get even bigger. But Monkfish Book Publishing Company and Epigraph Publishing Service in Rhinebeck have bucked the trend— maybe because owner Paul Cohen is still more focused on message than on money. Founded in 2002, Monkfish Book Publishing Company is still a traditional, small-press publisher. It specializes in spirituality and religion: spiritual memoirs, wisdom literature, fiction and scholarly works on spirituality and philosophy. Epigraph Publishing Service, launched in 2006, is a pioneer in the cross-pollination of traditional and self-publishing techniques. It edits, designs, prints, distributes, markets, publicizes and sells books for its authors. Together, the two companies offer writers an opportunity to have their message heard. That’s the critical role of a publisher, and as Cohen explained to us in this interview, he plans to keep playing it.

What inspired you to start Monkfish Publishing? I caught the publishing bug when I was working in distribution for a company specializing in spiritual books from a diversity of traditions. Since I myself was the kind of spiritual seeker who sought wisdom across a wide range of traditions, I set Monkfish up in that same way. 60

natural awakenings

Paul Cohen

Who’s the target audience for Monkfish books? They appeal to the seasoned or novice spiritual seeker as well as members of the general public who are looking for reliable sources on spirituality. The readers I had in mind when I began Monkfish in 2002 were devoted spiritual seekers, the type whose passion for the spiritual quest would lead them to read across a dazzling array of traditions: Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Native American and more. It’s always been my intent to publish works of spiritual authenticity for the general public as well as for the specialist and scholar.

How does Epigraph distinguish itself from other selfpublishing companies?

While most authors are attracted to Epigraph’s boutique style of self-publishing services, they are still sensitive to traditional publishing standards and Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

want their books to look and read as high-quality professional. I find that authors want creative control as well as collaboration with seasoned publishing professionals.  

What are the benefits of selfpublishing through a small company like Epigraph rather than one of the big self-publishers?

Most, if not all, of the larger selfpublishing companies were created by either bankers or tech people. It’s rare that someone from a traditional book publishing background goes into selfpublishing. The large self-publishing companies are primarily interested in monetizing the entire publishing process. They charge as much as they feel they can get away with for their services and pay as little as possible in royalties. In short, they are not really looking out for the welfare of their authors. When I created Epigraph, I wanted the economics to actually work for the authors. I set up a system whereby I could offer truly professional services, such as book design, at a discount from traditional rates in exchange for being able to make money when books sell as well. In short, Epigraph’s services are either less expensive or a better value, while its royalties are higher. In addition, Epigraph offers free marketing and publishing consultation for the lifetime of the book.  

Are there any advantages to publishing local?

There’s a lot to be said still for faceto-face encounters when it comes to something as personal as book publishing. Not so long ago, editors and publishers always met in person with their authors to initiate the publishing process. Like writing, publishing itself is a creative process that greatly benefits from personal encounters.

What would you tell our readers who may want to selfpublish their first (or second) book? Do your homework and try to learn as

It’s always been my intent to publish works of spiritual authenticity for the general public as well as for the specialist and scholar. much as you can about the process. It’s complex, and the more you understand it, the better decisions you’ll make. Unfortunately, there are a lot of dishonest purveyors who are all too willing to say things calculated to appeal to an author’s ego. Here’s my advice: If a company is trying to sell you an expensive marketing package—for example, with assurances that your book will become a bestseller—run for hills!

Any changes on the horizon?

Change has become the norm in book publishing due to constant technological breakthroughs. The latest breakthroughs have to do with international distribution. Titles in both of our companies are now available around the world. Monkfish Book Publishing Company and Epigraph Publishing Service are located at 22 E. Market St., Ste. 304, Rhinebeck, NY. For more info, visit or, or contact Cohen at 845.876.4861 or

natural awakenings

November 2017


Share Life’s Happiness

Sharable Thanksgiving

Ways to Focus on What Really Matters by Marlaina Donato

Thanksgiving inspires a season of appreciation for what sustains us and gives meaning to life.

Share Good Food “I think true sustenance is when our hunger for connection and belonging meet,” says Sarah Ban Breathnach, the Los Angeles author of The Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude. “When my daughter was small, we would purchase a complete Thanksgiving dinner for the local food pantry when we shopped for our own, saying, ‘One for us, one for them.’” Nourishment of our emotional and spiritual selves often begins with choos-


natural awakenings

ing simple, whole food. Rocco DiSpirito, a New York City celebrity chef and author of Rocco’s Healthy + Delicious, reminds us, “Eat real food! Return to the basics of eating what’s produced by Mother Nature. You’ll become a better partner, parent and person.” Cooking is more enjoyable when shared; beyond partaking together, partnering in meal preparation is a fun way to nurture bonds with others any time of the year.

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

Common interests lessen the chasm between our to-do lists and nurturing camaraderie. Anna Maria Caldara, of Bangor, Pennsylvania, has opened her doors for intimate community events through the years. “My former home, a converted church, was a perfect space for organizing and a way to give back,” says Caldara, who has hosted gatherings on local environmental issues, music performances, literary nights and annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations. Small living spaces can be just as welcoming and facilitate simple conversation, a valuable gesture. “The art of listening is such a beautiful, but rare act of kindness. I love technology, but there’s no denying that our devices have made us poor listeners,” says Michael J. Chase, of southern Maine, the founder of The Kindness Center, whose books include Am I Being Kind and Off: A Memoir of Darkness, a Manual of Hope. Each month, Chase makes it a point to visit friends and send some handwritten notes instead of using social media.

Practice Kindness Sharing our time or talent will be remembered long after the holiday feasting. Author Nicole J. Phillips, of Athens, Ohio, author of Kindness is Contagious, observes, “We are literally created to

Sharing our time or talent will be remembered long after the holiday feasting


be kind; it’s well known that feel-good endorphins are released when we do an act of kindness. I think we often hold back because we predetermine that our resources are limited. Know your talents and gifts, and build your acts of kindness accordingly.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist (

Feed Your Soul n Revive a traditional weekly or monthly dinner with family or friends. n Whip up and enjoy a healthy dinner or dessert with someone not seen in a while. n Organize a healthy potluck using local ingredients and encourage invitees to bring someone that’s new to the group. n Choose a healthier version of a holiday favorite and print out the recipe for everyone at the event. n Fill a holiday basket with yummy and colorful edibles and drop it off at a local business or library to express appreciation. n Seek reconciliation by initiating a conversation with someone that may have been hurtful. n Explore to join or host a dinner to make new friends.

Offer Some Time n Offer to help clean up a friend’s yard or organize a closet or room in their house. n Host a children’s art party and donate their works to a local facility or shelter. n If in possession of a holistic, artful or practical skill, gift it. n Bring a pot of homemade soup to a friend or neighbor that’s under the weather. n Find ideas for random acts of kindness at

natural awakenings

November 2017



Gifts, Reiki Healings Are Holiday Favorites at Synchronicity

Reiki Month at Zen Garden in Yorktown Heights



t a time when most of us would benefit from an infusion of good energy, Edit Babboni is delivering a big dose of it by introducing Reiki Month at Zen Garden, her health coaching and yoga studio in Yorktown Heights. Reiki sessions are half-price throughout the month of November. “Reiki benefits everyone, whether they’re dealing with emotional trauma, anxiety or depression or healing from cancer or a physical injury,” she says. “I feel like more people need to try Reiki, just to experience the potentially profound effect on their body and soul. So we’re making it affordable for the members of our community.” Reiki is universal energy, a life energy that we all have inside us, Babboni explains. “If this energy is low or the free flow of the energy is blocked, we are prone to physical or emotional illness.” During a healing session, Edit infuses aromatherapy and sound therapy to enhance the benefits of Reiki. “Before each session, I meditate on my client and use the type of essential oils that my intuition brings to the surface for that specific client,” she says. Zen Garden is located at 61 Lakeview Dr., Yorktown Heights, NY. Reiki sessions are by appointment. Contact the studio at 917.721.2529 or


natural awakenings

or the past 11 years, Synchronicity Healing Center and gift shop has been a local favorite for all things spiritual, from psychic readings to crystal jewelry. Owner Marcus Feighery says Reiki healings are especially popular during the holidays, as customers seek a natural way and a tranquil setting to relieve their stress and find balance. “Reiki is excellent for healing physical, mental, emotional and spiritual issues of any kind, Synchronicity Healing Center and it produces wonderful and gift shop results,” he says. Among the other healing services offered there are spirit circles (group medium readings) Angel Healing workshops, Reiki certification, aura photography, shamanic healing, guided meditations and hypnotherapy. Energetic healers and psychic mediums are available for private appointments every day at Synchronicity, Feighery says. “Our gifted psychics help you connect with your loved ones in the spirit world, delivering healing messages and offering guidance. Tarot readings are available to help you connect with your higher self, and spirit guides can give insight and help assist you on your journey.” Synchronicity is also popular with holiday shoppers looking for unique gifts, he says. “We carry a wide selection of jewelry, chakra candles, essential oils, incense, tarot and oracle cards, sage, books, statues, fountains and salt lamps to meet all our customers’ metaphysical needs. Our gift certificates make great gifts too, because they can also be used toward services.” Synchronicity is located at 1511 Rte. 22, Brewster, NY. To schedule an appointment, call 845.363.1765. For more info, visit or See ad, page 65.

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

Intuitive & Healing Arts ASTROLOGY Pam Cucinell Phone, online & in person 917.796.6026;

DIVINE CHANNEL Theresa Fernand Anamorphic Catalyst Private.Groups.Events.Phone 914.500.7195;

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

ENERGY MEDICINE Bernadette Bloom, PT Esoteric Healer & Teacher 239.289.3744 Betty S. Feldman, LLC, HTCP Healing Touch Program 53 Maple Ave. Fishkill, NY 845.896.6405 One Light Healing Touch Certified Energy Practitioners & Training Schools •

ENERGETIC CELLULAR HEALING Karen W. Spirer 914.310.2949 Certified Human Design Guide/Coach/Educator

HEALING SPACES Reflections of Nature Mystic, Magical Gardens 845.489.7250





Dreaming Goddess Energy healers/Tarot Readers 44 Raymond Ave. Poughkeepsie 845.473.2206

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

Hands of Serenity Healing 1129 Main St., Fishkill NY 845.896.1915 Synchronicity 1511 Rt. 22, Brewster, NY 845.363.1765

Infinite Love Reiki   Amy Smith RN BSN Reiki Master Dobbs Ferry, NY 917.225.7792; Hands of Serenity Healing Jody Cleveland, RN 1129 Main St., Fishkill 845.896.1915

Shira Adler, Intuitive Healer Certified Past Life Regressionist 914.861.5186;

The Temperance Center Merrill Black, LCSW Reiki Master & Instructor, Intuitive Energy Healer 914.793.2600




Guided Channeling Group The Temperance Center Merrill Black, LCSW 914.793.2600

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

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

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


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

To place a listing on this page call 914.617.8750

natural awakenings

November 2017




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

markyourcalendar MASTERS HOLISTIC HEALTH SERIES (FREE) Learn from Dr. Michael Wald, Host of, “Ask The BloodDetective” radio shows on PRN.FM Nov. 7, 6-7:30pm. The Best Way To Eat – You are what you absorb, not what you eat. Eat, Absorb & Activate Your Foods via Food-Nutrition Timing. Nov. 11, 6-7:30pm. Feed Your Belly And Your Brain. Free Healthy Breakfast event and presentation: Starts at 9am – Noon. A health talk by Dr. Wald and delicious organic breakfast for you and your family! Nov. 14, 6-7:30pm. Malabsorption & Inflammation. Absorption is Everything! Lean how to promote healthy inflammation for healing. Nov. 21, 6-7:30pm. Cancer & Autoimmune Disease. Aging is an allergy! Breakdown leads to more breakdown…stop the cycle naturally! Nov. 28, 6-7:30pm. Memory, Energy & AntiAging. Brain-protection, Energy-Nutrition & Reversing Biological Aging Basics Dec. 5, 6-7:30pm. Breast Cancer: Oxidative Therapies, Hyperbaric & Topical Nutrition. Learn how to reprogram basic cancer causes including oxidation, immune-deficiency and cell-talk. Location: 86 Smith Ave, Mt. Kisco, Ground Floor, Back Entrance. Nov. 16, 6-7pm. Speed & Strength Enhancement – 6-7pm. Food and Nutritional Supplement Timing Secrets! Nov. 30, 6-7pm. Muscle Mass & Fat Buring Secrets For Athletes & Martial Artists – 6-7pm Location: Marti Martial Arts Academy: 118 Rt. 117, Bypass Rd, Bedford Hills

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2 Get Rid Of Pain Naturally—Aches, Pains, Backache, Headaches and Muscle Ache – 7:30pm. Discuss integrative methods to get rid of pain naturally. $15 take a remedy home, plus $5 material fee. Lakeland Copper Beach Middle School. Bonnie: 914.923.4346.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3 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.

natural awakenings


Slow Medicine Study Group – 6-8pm. Receive Slow Medicine Doctor’s feedback on any health issue participant or loved one is experiencing in an open, relaxed and conversational environment. $45 drop-in. $100 for three. 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.218.3113

Restorative Yoga for Lyme and Chronic Illness – 12:30-1:45pm. With Janet Jemmott. Gentle movement, constructive rest, pranayama and guided meditation. $20 suggested donation to benefit The Lyme Connection. 845.878.7800.

Combatting Negativity in Your Daily Life – 6:308:30pm. Learn tools and rituals for protecting one’s emotional and spiritual space from the negative images, words and energy possibly encountered daily. $25. DG Sanctuary. 2 Lagrange Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206.

Collage Quest: Accessing Your Inner Guidance with Color – Nov 4 and 11. 1-5pm. With Donna Thompson. Experience collage as a meditative path to creativity and self-discovery. $150 two sessions. $75 each. Sacred Spirit Yoga and Healing Arts Center, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Essentials for a More Easeful Birth: Couples Labor & Delivery Workshop – 1:30-5:30pm. With Kelly. Learn effective techniques for coping with the challenges of labor and more. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Preregister: 914.241.9642.


Psychic Development at Synchronicity with Carla Blaha – 12noon-1:30pm. $40. 1511 Rt 22 Brewster. Call Synchronicity to reserve space: 845.363.1765. Info:


Acupressure Workshop – 7-8:30pm. Learn potent acupressure points that can easily access target issues such as back and neck pain, headaches, anxiety and insomnia. $25. SkyBaby Studio, 75 Main St, Cold Spg. 845.265.4444.

Kundalini Yoga & Gong Meditation – 9:30-11am. With Pritam Bani Kaur. Use movement, sound current, breath and meditation to relax, heal mind and body. All levels. First class free. $20 drop-in. Devotion Yoga, 2055 Albany Post Rd, Croton on Hudson. 914.930.7707.


Stop Brain Fog: Memory Gaps, Foggy Thinking, Depression and Obsessive Thinking – 7:30pm. Learn alternative methods for optimal brain functioning. $15. Lakeland Copper Beach Middle School.

The Best Way to Eat – 6-7:30pm. Masters Holistic Health Series with Dr. Michael Wald. Eat, absorb and activate foods via food-nutrition timing. Free. 86 Smith Ave, Ground Flr, Back Entrance, Mt Kisco. Must RSVP: 914.552.1442.


First Sunday Free Meditation and Satsang – 11:30am-12:45pm. With Gabrielle Semel. Inner Balance Studio, Patterson.

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


Women’s Wisdom Group – 10:30am-12:30pm. Share, connect and collaborate with other women in a secure and open environment. $50 drop-in. 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. Fee pkg options: 914.218.3113.

MUST RSVP by email:; 914.552.1442

Free Lecture: Arthritis and Autoimmunity— Treating the Cause with Ayurveda – 12:30-2pm. Presented by Dr. Kaushik’s Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic. Armonk Library, 19 Whippoorwill Rd E, Armonk. 914.273.3887.

Free Tibetan Sound Bowl Journey – 2-2:30pm. With Carol. Experience the inner peace of sound bowl healing. A free sample of the scheduled Nov 19 workshop. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Preregister: 914.241.9642.

Plant Spirit Meditation – 7pm. Connect with spirit of the plants and gain insights and wisdom. Facilitated by Karine Gordineer of Green Girl Herbs and Healing. Hands of Serenity Healing, 1129 Main St, Fishkill. Register/class fee: 845.896.1915. Natural Way to Quit Alcohol, Sugar, Smoking – 7-8pm. Learn simple, effective method for quitting smoking, alcohol, sugar and more. 80 percent success. Simpler than most dare to believe. Free lecture. Briarcliff location. 914.705.1805. Crown of Eternity Live in Concert: Exploring Consciousness through Sound – 7-9pm. $45. Golden Prana Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. Preregistration required: 914.232.3473. Food Changes Everything – 7-9pm. Food choices are the most important factor in determining long term health. Sarah’s House of Health, 900 S Lake Blvd, Mahopac. Info, Sarah Montgomery: 845.8038028. Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 8-9pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

List your events with Natural Awakenings!

Email for pricing: Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Aromagathering – 6-8pm. Sample, experience, and learn how to incorporate the healing powers of essential oils into everyday life. Young Living Oils available for purchase. Reviva Skin and Body Solutions, 929 Main Street, Fishkill, NY. RSVP required: 844.363.7894. Deep Restorative Yoga with Assists – 7-8:30pm. With Patricia and Sandra. Props used to assist in holding poses for extended periods to experience progressive relaxation and more. All levels. $20 dropin. Sacred Spirit Yoga and Healing Arts Center, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Firefly Grand Re-Opening Celebration – 7-9pm. 992 Main St, Fishkill.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10 Kundalini Yoga Retreat Weekend for Empowerment – Nov 10-12. Release unwanted habits and empower self-healing. $250 entire weekend. Golden Prana Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. Preregistration required: 914.232.3473. Healing Circle for Stress Reduction and Health Enhancement – 12:30-2:30pm. With Anne Bentzen. Deep relaxation with Reiki offers natural healing solutions in group setting. Reiki Master. Max 12. $30. Apogee, 170 Harris Rd, Bedford Hills. RSVP/ info: 914.244.1606. Dao of Food: Autumn. Lungs + Large Intestine – 6:30-8pm. With Lifted Heart Acupuncture. Discover the food energetics of autumn foods. RSVP by 11/9. $30. $50/2. Includes soup, entree, dessert, tea. Good Choice Kitchen, 147 Main St., Ossining Info: Archangel Healing Workshop – 7-9pm. with Shaman Elka Boren. $35. 1511 Rt 22 Brewster. Call Synchronicity to reserve space: 845.363.1765. Info: Aromatherapy Workshop – 7-9pm. With Danielle. Learn about essential oils and how they can help supplement well-being. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Preregister: 914.241.9642. Sound Bath – 7:15-9pm. Gina Kjek. Guided mindfulness meditation, crystal singing bowls, sonic tuning forks, rattles, chimes, tank drum, shruti box. Limited space. $40. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. Must preregister/prepay: 914.793.2600.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11 Transformational Teaching – 1:30-4:30pm. Use intention and conscious communication to facilitate wisdom in individuals and groups. With Ken Nelson and Lesli Lang. The Yoga Studio, Club Fit, 584 N State Rd, Briarcliff Manor. Info/fee, Audrey Brooks: 914.582.7816. No location or city. Autoimmune: The Toll of Chronic Physiological Starvation – 2-4pm. With Dr. Marizelle Arce. Discussing effects of chronic lack of nutrients, leading to hyper-reactions called “autoimmune” and what can be done to correct degradation of the body. $49. 914.864.0462.

2018 DIRECTORY is COMING! Get listed! Call 914-617-8750 DEADLINE IS DEC 8 Your Hea lthy

Lifestyle Multimed ia Resourc e in Print,

natural awakenings

Online a nd Mobil e

November 2017


Holiday Gift Ideas – 6-7pm. Learn about great holiday gift giving ideas and stocking stuffers that support health and wellness from Young Living. Products available for purchase. Reviva Skin and Body Solutions, 929 Main Street, Fishkill, NY. RSVP required: 844.363.7894.

markyourcalendar Awaken Wellness Fair …Awaken to Your Best Self…

Speakers, Healers, Vendors and Readers 100+ exhibitors, 1000 guests!

Slow Medicine Study Group – 6-8pm. Receive Slow Medicine Doctor’s feedback on any health issue participant or loved one is experiencing in an open, relaxed and conversational environment. $45 drop-in. $100 for three. 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.218.3113.

Sunday, November 19 ~ 10am to 5pm Double Tree Hotel 455 So. Broadway Tarrytown NY 10591 Exhibitor spots available Numerologist Julian Michael Helps You Celebrate Your 11:11 Enlightenment – 4-6pm. With Tesla meditation. Discover numerology secrets to know one’s life purpose. Bonus quick readings. $44. KatonahSPACE, 44 Edgemont Rd, Katonah. 914.236.4503. Register online: Sound Healing with Tibetan Bowls – 5:30-7pm. With Michelle Clifton. Experience deep relaxation in this magical session of Tibetan singing bowls, crystal bowls and chimes. $35 advance. $40 door. Mt Kisco. 914.447.0822.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Root to Rise: Meditation and Shamanism – 11:30am-4:30pm. With Melanie Ryan. Experience the profound effect of integrating the two ancient healing practices of Tibetan Buddhist Meditation and Shamanism, the ancient healing ways of indigenous people. $120. 914.864.0462.

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

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13 Free Health Lecture: Addictions—How to Break the Cycle through Ayurveda – 12:30-2pm. Presented by Dr. Kaushik’s Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic. Armonk Library, 19 Whippoorwill Rd E, Armonk. 914.273.3887. 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.



Malabsorption & Inflammation – 6-7:30pm. Masters Holistic Health Series with Dr. Michael Wald. Absorption is everything. Lean how to promote healthy inflammation for healing. Free. 86 Smith Ave, Ground Flr, Back Entrance, Mt Kisco. Must RSVP: 914.552.1442.

Sun. Dec. 3rd 1 – 4:30 pm Rev. Dan Chesbro Order of Melchizidek & Interfaith Ordination

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

Learn history, rituals, duties for service and receive energy boost with powerful divine Attunement. KatonahSPACE, 44 Edgemont Rd., Katonah, NY $100 Class only; $250 Ordination

Mon. Dec. 4th 6-8 pm Roland Comtois International Medium & Spirit Guide:

Receive messages of love and hope that will restore your  heart-soul connection. Bedford Presbyterian Church, Village Green, Bedford, NY. $80. Register online for both. Call for more info: 914.236.4503 68

natural awakenings

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

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15 National Smoke Out Day with Lifted Heart Acupuncture – Time TBA. Acupuncture helps with addiction and trauma. Try Ear Acupuncture to support those serious about quitting smoking and reducing stress. At Good Choice Kitchen, 147 Main St., Ossining Info: Women’s Wisdom Group – 10:30am-12:30pm. Share, connect and collaborate with other women in a secure and open environment. $50 drop-in. 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. Fee pkg options: 914.218.3113.

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

Quit Alcohol Simply and Permanently – 7-8pm. Learn about the Weiss Method: helping people around the world overcome alcohol and other addictions. Easier than people ever thought possible.80 percent success. Free lecture. Briarcliff location. 914.705.1805. Introduction to Kundalini Yoga & Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Suitable for beginners. Practice focused on breath, posture and mantra. A Kriya will be practiced putting teaching into action. Golden Prana Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.232.3473.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16 Speed & Strength Enhancement – 6-7pm. Masters Holistic Health Series with Dr. Michael Wald. Food and Nutritional Supplement Timing Secrets. Free. Marti Martial Arts Academy, 118 Rte 117, Bypass Rd, Bedford Hills. Must RSVP: 914.552.1442. 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. Kundalini Yoga & Gong Meditation – 7-8:30pm. With Pritam Bani Kaur. Use movement, sound current, breath and meditation to relax, heal mind and body. All levels. First class free. $20 drop-in. Devotion Yoga, 2055 Albany Post Rd, Croton on Hudson. 914.930.7707. Mindfulness & Meditation – 7-8:30pm. With Patricia Bloom, Learn foundational practices of mindfulness meditation: stillness, body scanning, mindful movement, plus informal practices to relieve stress. All levels. $10. Sacred Spirit Yoga and Healing Arts Center, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. How Does a Naturopathic Doctor Differ From an MD? – 7:30pm. Dr. Kurt Beil, discusses integrative approach of naturopathic medicine: herbalism, nutrition and acupuncture to promote health and more. Rye Free Reading Room, 1061 Boston Post Rd, Rye.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17 Being Mindful: Enriching Your Everyday Life – Nov 17-19. With Sharon Salzberg and George Mumford. Weekend retreat exploring the vast potential of life through the cultivation of mindfulness and compassion. Writing To Awaken – Nov 17-19. With Mark Matousek and Maria Sirois. In this workshop, gain tools to help flow between feelings of loneliness and belonging with more clarity, calm, curiosity and humor.

Live DJ Flow – 7-8:30pm. With MaryRose in a specialty flow for vitality with international yoga and Dj HiFi mixing live beats. Post practice mocktails by the Firefly Juice bar, 992 Main St, Fishkill. Reserve mat: Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18 Reiki 1 & 2 – 11am-4pm. With Reiki Master Marcus Feighery. $275. Call Synchronicity to reserve space: 845.363.1765. Info: Physical Origami Master Class – Noon-2pm. With David Regelin. Practice while gaining an understanding on how one posture folds and unfolds into another. $45 nonmembers. Saw Mill Club, 77 Kensico Dr, Mt Kisco. Visit: Inversion Workshop – 1-3pm. Learn the fundamentals of an inversion. Amazing for depression and to build strength and confidence. $30. beBhakti Yoga Center, Beacon. Free Health Lecture: Fats - Sugar - Salt—Helpful or Harmful? – 3-5pm. Light refreshments will be served. Yellow Monkey Village, 792 Rte 35, Cross River. New Moon Gong Bath – 4-6pm. Gentle Kundalini Yoga Kriya followed by an extended relaxation with gongs. $30. Golden Prana Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. Preregistration required: 914.232.3473. Partner Yoga – 5-7pm. With Danielle and Soledad. Bring a favorite person for a fun and peaceful partner yoga class. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Preregister: 914.241.9642. Psychic Reiki: Healing Secrets for Transformation – 5:30-7pm. With Brett Bevell. Energy healing is an expression of our infinite connection to divine life force and divine imagination. While moving through us, divine forces bring healing, wisdom and more. $30. 914.864.0462.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19 Kundalini Yoga & Gong Meditation – 9-10:30am. With Pritam Bani Kaur. Use movement, sound current, breath and meditation to relax, heal mind and body. All levels. First class free. $20 drop-in. Devotion Yoga, 2055 Albany Post Rd, Croton on Hudson. 914.930.7707. Awaken Wellness Fair – 10am-5pm. Speakers, healers, vendors and readers. 100+ exhibitors, 1000 guests. Double Tree Hotel, 455 S. Broadway, Tarrytown. Tickets/info: Double Workshop: Pilates and Lymphatics and Historical Pilates Exercises – 10am-5pm. Workshops hosted by Sean Gallagher and Elaine Ewing. $250. The New York Pilates Studio in NYC, 330 W 42nd St. 845.876.5686. Harvest Wreaths – 2-5pm.Create a beautiful circle of natural materials to represent and facilitate abundance and gratitude in one’s home and life. $30. Hands of Serenity Healing, 1129 Main St, Fishkill. Register: 845.896.1915.

markyourcalendar PULSE MANIFESTATION WORKSHOP Sunday, December 3, 2017 10am-5pm In this workshop you learn an easy- to-use tool to: Empower yourself. Create your future in the present. Let go of what’s blocking you. Become the amazing person you were born to be. Ixchel Center, Hartsdale, New York Led by Janet Catalina, MSW Contact Janet at 914.548.8372 Tibetan Bowl Sound Journey Workshop – 3-4:30pm. Sound, an important role in our lives in releasing stress, awaken creativity and more. Experience inner peace and power of sound healing. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: New Moon Meditation and Manifestation – 4-5pm. By Donation with Amy Benesch. Call Synchronicity to reserve space: 845.363.1765. Info:


DEC Coming Next Month Uplifting Humanity Plus: Holidays December articles include: Uplifting Your Family New Year Inspirations Tips for a Peaceful and Happy Holiday and so much more!

Free Health Lecture: Depression and Anxiety— Cultivating a Chemistry of Joy through Ayurveda – 12:30-2pm. Presented by Dr. Kaushik’s Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic. Armonk Library, 19 Whippoorwill Rd E, Armonk. 914.273.3887. Evening of Wellness – 7-8:30pm. Attend and see how eight minutes on the Bemer mat could improve life. Free. Sarah’s House of Health, 900 S Lake Blvd, Mahopac. Info, Sarah Montgomery: 845.803.8028.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21 Cancer & Autoimmune Disease – 6-7:30pm. Masters Holistic Health Series with Dr. Michael Wald. Aging is an allergy. Breakdown leads to more breakdown—stop the cycle naturally. Free. 86 Smith Ave, Ground Flr, Back Entrance, Mt Kisco. Must RSVP: 914.552.1442.

markyourcalendar WHN Westchester Holistic Network Tuesday, December 19 7 PM Panel of Astrologers What’s Ahead in 2018? Meet our practitioners to sample and discuss what benefits your body, mind and spiritual well-being Wainwright House, Rye, NY for reservations Tap into our directory and to find out about upcoming meetings

To advertise or participate in our next issue, call


natural awakenings

November 2017


Westchester Holistic Network Meeting – 7-8:30pm. Networking begins 6:30pm. Identify, capitalize on strengths with spiritual enlightenment coach, Blu Butterfly. WHN members/ first-timers free. $10 repeat non-members. Ixchel Center, Hartsdale. Register:

Giving Thanks Community Yoga Gathering – 4-5:30pm. With Franklin Shire. All Levels yoga class to practice gratitude and benefit the Dobbs Ferry Food Pantry. $20 through Nov 19. Sacred Spirit Yoga and Healing Arts Center, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry.

Unwind – 7:30-8:45pm. With Melia. We will “roll” stiff tired muscles in patterned sequences to help one’s entire skeleton decompress as muscles unwind. $20. SkyBaby Studio, 75 Main St, Cold Spg. 845.265.4444.

Shamanic Reiki Hearth Circle – 5:30-7pm. With Melanie Ryan. Our spiritual home where we come together in community. Group reiki healing, sharing, meditations and shamanic journeys. $20 door. Proceeds are donated to a non-profit for indigenous shamans. 914.864.0462

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22 Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 8-9pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23 Thanksgiving Morning Gratitude Flow – 9:30am. With Tara and community. A heart opening, energetic practice to start one’s Thanksgiving Day. 992 Main St, Fishkill.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24 White Friday – 10am-6pm. Frenzied Black Friday is transformed to our annual White Friday, with light refreshments and rejuvenating holiday magic all weekend. Dreaming Goddess, 44 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206. Faerie Crowns and Faerie Wings – 1pm and 2:30pm. 10 years and under must be accompanied by an adult. $15 one class. $25 both classes. Hands of Serenity Healing, 1129 Main St, Fishkill. Register: 845.896.1915. Core Principles of Pilates – 6-7:30pm. With Kate Petagine. An introductory workshop to a mat Pilates practice. Preregistration required. $25. Fishkill.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 26 Psychic Sunday – Noon-5pm. Psychic fundraiser for local families. 20-min readings for $25. Hands of Serenity Healing 1129 Main St, Fishkill. 845.896.1915. Natural Way to Quit Sugar, Overeating, Smoking – 12-1pm. Learn simple, effective method for quitting smoking, alcohol, sugar and more. 80 percent success. Simpler than most dare to believe. Free lecture. NYC location, E 37th btwn Park & Lex. 914.705.1805. Quit Alcohol Simply and Permanently – 1-2pm. Learn about Weiss Method: helping people around the world overcome alcohol and other addictions. Easier than ever thought possible. 80 percent success. Free lecture. NYC location, E 37th btwn Park & Lex. 914.705.1805.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27 Free Health Lecture: Ayurveda and the Winter Season—Preparing for and Thriving in the Dark and Cold – 12:30-2pm. Presented by Dr. Kaushik’s Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic. Armonk Library, 19 Whippoorwill Rd E, Armonk. 914.273.3887.

Mediumship Circle – 7-8:30pm. With Carla Blaha. $40. Call Synchronicity to reserve space: 845.363.1765. Info:

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.



Serenity Saturday – 11am-6pm. Crystal Reiki sessions are just the thing to start off the holidays bright and balanced. $50. Hands of Serenity Healing 1129 Main St, Fishkill. Appt: 845.896.1915.

Memory, Energy & Anti-Aging – 6-7:30pm. Masters Holistic Health Series with Dr. Michael Wald. Brain-protection, energy-nutrition & reversing biological aging basics. Free. 86 Smith Ave, Ground Flr, Back Entrance, Mt Kisco. Must RSVP: 914.552.1442.

Silence is a source of great strength. ~Lao Tzu

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29 Life-Changing Skincare – 6-7:30pm. Learn how to heal problematic skin conditions with dermatologyinspired skincare that targets aging, acne, sensitivity, dryness, and sun damage. Reviva Skin and Body Solutions, 929 Main Street, Fishkill, NY. RSVP required: 844.363.7894. Slow Medicine Study Group – 6-8pm. Receive Slow Medicine Doctor’s feedback on any health issue participant or loved one is experiencing in an open, relaxed and conversational environment. $45 drop-in. $100 for three. 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.218.3113 Curing Addiction from the Core: Weiss Method Info-Lecture – 7-8pm. Learn about unseen energy of addiction and how this simple, natural method helps one quit for good. Alcohol, smoking, sugar and behaviors. 80 percent success. Free lecture. Briarcliff location. 914.705.1805. Connect with the Angelic Realm and Enlightened Beings – 7-9pm. With Carol Essig. Experience meditation and receive channeled energy healing touch of divine energy. Max 20. $25. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 236 S Bedford Rd, Rte 172, Mt Kisco. 914.236.4503. Register online:

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1 The One Life We’re Given: Finding the Wisdom that Waits in Your Heart – Dec 1-3. With Mark Nepo. Explore how to inhabit the one life given by getting closer to life, loving what one does, finding what can last and more. marknepo.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3 Pulse Manifestation - 10am-5pm. Led by Janet Catalina. Learn an easy- to-use tool to become empowered, create a new future and let go of blocks. Ixchel Center, Hartsdale. Info: pulsemanifestation. com. Contact Janet at 914.548.8372. The Order of Melchizedek and Priesthood Class for Ordination into Interfaith Ministry – 1-4:30pm. With Rev Dan Chesbro. Learn history, ceremonial rituals, legal duties and more. $100 class. $250 class and ordination with certificate. KatonahSPACE, 44 Edgemont Rd. 914.236.4503.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 4 Roland Comtois, Medium, Spirit Guide, Author and Radio Show Host – 6-8pm. His channeled messages validate the afterlife including transcribed messages on Signature Purple Papers. Receive hope and healing. $80. Bedford Presbyterian Church, Village Green.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5 Breast Cancer: Oxidative Therapies, Hyperbaric and Topical Nutrition – 6-7:30pm. Masters Holistic Health Series with Dr. Michael Wald. Lean to reprogram basic cancer causes including oxidation, immune-deficiency and cell-talk. Free. 86 Smith Ave, Ground Flr, Back Entrance, Mt Kisco. Must RSVP: 914.552.1442.


natural awakenings

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

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


multi-level, lots of individual attention, beginners welcome, First class free. 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla. 914.769.8745.

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

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.

Pilates 1 and 2 – 9-10am. With Dani Weissberg. Strengthen core muscles to fight the effects of gravity and improve one’s posture. $10 trial class. Pilates and More, 129 Main St, Dobbs Ferry. Class packages: 914.478.356. Yin Goddess Yoga – 10-11:15am. Focus on connective tissues, organs and body meridians. A unique women’s class that also addresses women’s wellbeing. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: Hudson Valley Regional Farmers Market – 10am2pm. 15 Mt. Ebo Road S, off Rt. 22, Brewster.����� ���� Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association building. Zumba – 10:30-11:30am. With Catherine Ruvolo. High energy dance party with rhythms from all over the globe. $15. Pilates and More, 129 Main St. Dobbs Ferry. Class packages: 914.478.3560 Power Pilates – 10:45-11:45am. Intense sculpting Power Pilates class; couples high energy cardio with ballet movements such as pliés and relevés along with pilates mat exercises. All levels. Balance Yoga & Wellness. 2444 Boston Post Rd. Larchmont. Info: 914.833.9703;   Community Yoga Practice for the Entire Family – Noon. By donation only. 992 Main St, Fishkill. Reboot Teen Yoga, Meditation and Empowerment Classes – 1-2:30pm Yoga, MSBR and discussion for kids 12-18yrs to help lower stress, develop concentration skills and awareness. $100 five weeks. PranaMoon Yoga, 1000 N Division St, Ste 2H, Peekskill. 914.319.4010.

Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 10-11:15am. Find inner peace and energy. Movement using the breath. Focus on alignment and strong individual attention. All levels. $15 drop-in. Zen Garden. RSVP: 917.721.2529. 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. Kids Yoga – 3:30-4:30pm. Ages 6-8 years old. An opportunity for kids to move, dance, sing and enjoy yoga. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: Body, Mind & Soul Dance Class – Through Dec 8. 5:45-7:15pm. Blending energy lifting free flowing movement with the lengthening, strengthening, toning elements of variety of dance forms. $25. White Lotus Grace: Spiritual Healing Arts & Dance, Millbrook. Preregister: 845.677.3517. Melt for Pilates – 6:30-7:30pm.With Marisa Duffy. Experience changes in how body looks and feels. Learn simple, at home self-treatments to remain active healthy and pain-free. $10 trial class. Pilates and More, 129 Main St, Dobbs Ferry. Class packages: 914.478.3560.


Ayurveda Lunchtime Event – 1-2pm. Bodysystem-specific healing exercises through therapeutic yoga meditation and mantras. Oct: Digestive System; Nov: Musculo-Skeletal System; Dec: Excretory System. Free. Dr. Kaushik’s Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic, 792 Rte 35, Cross River. 914.875.9088. Gentle Yoga for Wellness – 5:45-7pm. With Ann Cassapini. Yoga using chairs, props, deep relaxation/meditation to build stability, strength and flexibility. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917.882.0921. Hot HIIT – 6-7pm. High energy, high intensity interval-style workout designed to torch fat and increase heart to the beat of music. Practice at one’s own pace. All levels. Balance Yoga & Wellness, 2444 Boston Post Rd, Larchmont. 914.833.9703. Foundations in Vinyasa – 7pm. With Michelle Tompkins. A vinyasa based practice with emphasis on alignment and growth for new practitioners. studio (B)e Amazing. Register/info: Vinyasa Restorative Flow – 7:30-8:45pm.With Jo-Anne. Vinyasa flow class that incorporates restorative yoga. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. JoAnne: 917.364.1871.

wednesday Health Supportive Vegan Cooking Classes – Separate Children and Adult Hands on Workshop Sessions. Preregistration required by phone, online or at cafe. Good Choice Kitchen, 147 Main St, Ossining. 914.930.1591. for info/cost. Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 10-11:15am. Find inner peace and energy. Movement using the breath. Focus on alignment and strong individual attention. All levels. $15 drop-in. Zen Garden. RSVP: 917.721.2529. Yin Breath Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. With Victor Gazzini. Yoga class using a breath bases asana practice that incorporates meditation, visualization and chanting. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Vic: 914.319.7322.

$5 dollar Yoga –5pm. Proceeds benefit the Green Teen! beBhakti Yoga Center. 89 Dewindt St Beacon. One block off Main St., behind Library.

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

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


Mat Pilates – 9:30-10:30am. Build strength and tone and sculpt one’s body in this class. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: QuestYogaArts.

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

Farmers Market at NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital – 11am-4pm. 1st and 3rd Tuesdays. SNAP/EBT & FMNP welcome. Main Lobby, 1980 Crompond Rd, Cortlandt Manor. Info kitchen classes/lectures:

Intro to Yoga – 7-8:15pm. Breath and asana linked to quiet the mind.��������������������������������  $18 drop-���������������������� in or $40 for new students 2 week unlimited. beBhakti Yoga Center. 89 Dewindt St Beacon. One block off Main St., behind Library.

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.

Sink In With Warm Deep Stretch – 7:45pm. 75min Yin practice. Great for everybody. 992 Main St, Fishkill.

Vitamin D Ride – 5:45am. With DGunnz  Get sweating to R&B, hip-hop, house and reggae with a focus on breathless speed intervals and heart-pounding climbs$25. 692 Saw Mill River Rd, Ardsley. Kripalu-based YogaShine – 9-10:30am. With Vitalah Simon, teaching yoga for 28 years. Gentle and calming, strengthening and invigorating, for adults,

natural awakenings

November 2017



thursday Rev Rhythm 45 Cycle – 5:45am. With Lucci.  Work out arms and core to the beat of today’s best music, during an exhilarating 45 minutes. $25. 692 Saw Mill River Rd, Ardsley. Low Cost Spay/Neuter Day for Cats – 3rd Thurs. Sponsored by Stray HELP Inc Services by TARA, Inc mobile clinic. $70 includes: spay/neuter, rabies, ears cleaned and nails trimmed. Other services available during surgery. Info, Althea: 845.705.5020.

November 2017 Astrology with Pamela Cucinell Step Up Challenges on November 1 glean inspiration. A glass “half empty” blooms to “full” for those who step up on November 2. On November 3, a focus on physical nourishment aligns with the emotional and spiritual. The Taurus full moon on November 4 highlights the value in mindful presence; inhale autumn and take a walk with the crunch of dry leaves underfoot. Lots of buzz on November 5 distracts to a point of confusion. Increased pressure on November 6 eases with committed direction.  Focus on the Goal Opportunities flow on Election Day, but sidestep anger and frustration. Stick to basics on November 8. Too many options lead to empty hands on November 9. Follow your heart on November 10, whether the path is yours alone or that of a strong leader. Pleasure comes from organization or routine on November 11. Release your grip on how you’d like something to go on November 12. Reorient or evaluate on November 13 to clear clutter and promote new growth.    A Sure Foothold The right people and connections on November 14 get the job done. A sudden upset on November 15 leads to stronger footing in the long run. Finished tasks open fresh perspective on November 16. A message on November 17 provides a catalyst for a new start. The Scorpio new moon on November 18 presents firm ground for those ready to shoulder new responsibilities. Keep 72

natural awakenings

your head in the game on November 19, when action and force benefit from graceful execution. Concrete Results Dynamic movements on November 20 make an impact; be prepared. Roll up your sleeves on November 21, when good fortune comes to those who work for it. Neptune direct on November 22 signals a cycle when meditation and creative explorations compel, but be wary of denial and escapism. Putting things in order on Thanksgiving Day (whatever that means to you) allows a lighter atmosphere in the evening. High expectations on November 24 inspire concrete results. Balance negative feelings midday and accomplish goals on November 25. Breathe Deep  Reflect and recharge on November 26. Colors, sounds and scents amplify on November 27; this intoxicates but can also trigger any emotional vulnerability. Exercise and physical activities on November 28 clear cobwebs and determine your best course of action. Difficult revelations on November 29 can bridge differences. A lot is accomplished on November 30, especially when you take a breather mid-afternoon.   Find out more about the energetic weather at Pamela Cucinell offers reliable and relevant private sessions and live and online events. Contact her at Pamela@InsightOasis. com or 917.796.6026. See ad pg 25. Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

Chair Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. With Suzanne Cohen, Flowing movement and stretching, done seated in chair and standing. 60 years/older needing individual modifications due to limited mobility. $15. Sacred Spirit Yoga and Healing Arts Center, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Pilates Tower Class – 10am. Fun and energizing Pilates workout in beautiful, fully equipped studio. Small class sizes. $35. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. 845.876.5686. RhinebeckPilates. com. Pilates Mat with Magic Circle – 11:30am12:30pm. Pilates with physical therapist, Tina Sferra. Learn the principles of Contrology; breathing, concentration, control, centering, flow, postural alignment, precision and relaxation.$20 drop-in. Elite Performance @ Katonah Yoga, 39 Main St., Bedford Hills. Prenatal and postnatal Yoga – 10:30-11:45am. With Mekea. Class focused on bringing strength and energy back into the pre or postnatal body. Saw Mill Club, 77 Kensico Dr. Mt. Kisco. Info/price: 914.241.0797. Chill: Teen Yoga and Meditation Classes – 5-6:30pm. Yoga, meditation and art therapy offered to help teens manage their anxiety, gain focus and self-confidence to have a more fulfilling lifestyle. Yorktown Teen Center. Hatha Yoga Level One – 5:15-6:45pm. Alternating Thurs. Traditional slower paced hatha style yoga class as taught by Swami Satchidananda. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: Breath & Flow – 6:30-7:45pm. With Patty Meehan. Vinyasa flow class using breath, movement, balance, stretch, closing with meditation. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600. Hatha Yoga Level One – 7-8:45pm Alternating Thurs. Traditional slower paced hatha style yoga class as taught by Swami Satchidananda. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: Kripalu-based YogaShine – 7-8:30pm, With Vitalah Simon, teaching yoga for 28 years. Gentle and calming, strengthening and invigorating, for adults, multi-level, lots of individual attention, beginners welcome, First class free. 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla. 914.769.8745.

Tell them you saw it in Natural Awakenings!

friday Pilates Tower and Reformer Classes – 7:3010:30am. $35-40. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. Elaine: 845.876.5686. Roll & Restore Class – 8:30am. Release tension, get a better stretch and restore range of motion using foam rollers and other self-massage tools. Saw Mill Club East. 917.747.3331. Mindful Restorative Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. With Reyna. Movement through breath, props, self assists to release, calm and restore. Gentle level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600. Super Gentle Chair Yoga, Kripalu-Based – 9:3010:30am. With Vitalah Simon. Gentle and calming, strengthening and invigorating, for people and seniors wanting a more gentle class and more. First class free. YogaShine, 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla. 914.769.8745. Nia With Eve Fogler – 9:45am. Nia is an easy, fun therapeutic (non-impact) cardiovascular workout that leaves you feeling recharged and relaxed. at the Fred Astaire Studio in Bedford Hills. Info: 917.747.3331. Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 10-11:15am. Find inner peace and energy. Movement using the breath. Focus on alignment and strong individual attention. All levels. $15 drop-in. Zen Garden. RSVP: 917.721.2529. Gentle Yoga for Wellness – 11am-12:15pm. With Ann Cassapini. Yoga using chairs, props, deep relaxation/meditation to build stability, strength and flexibility. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917.882.0921. Slow Flow and Meditation Fridays – 12:301:45pm. With Roxanne. This flow practice reduces stress and increase mindfulness with breath work and meditation. Ease into this weekend. Saw Mill Club, 77 Kensico Dr. Mt. Kisco. Info/price: 914.241.0797. Kundalini Yoga & Meditation – 6:30-8pm. $25 drop-in. All welcome. Golden Prana Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. Preregistration required: 914.232.3473.

saturday Yoga Teachers Association Workshops – 2nd Sat. Open to teachers and students, members and nonmembers. The Yoga Studio, Club Fit, Briarcliff Manor. Info: Spin –7:45am. Energizing indoor cycling with hills, sprints and intervals followed by an ab-strengthening workout. enerShe fitness, 989 Rte 6, Mahopac. Info: 845.625.7165. 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.

classifieds Fee for classifieds is $1 per word per month, $25 minimum. To place listing, email content to Deadline is the 12th of the month. BUSINESS SERVICES GRAPHIC DESIGNER – Need a new look for your advertising and promotional material? Graphic designer with 15 years experience in the wellness and holistic industry. Fully bilingual: English & Spanish. Call 787.297.8818 or email waleska@

FOR RENT EASTCHESTER PROFESSIONAL OFFICE SPACE FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL: Includes waiting room, reception, bathrooms and six beautiful treatment rooms. Available 6 days weekly. View Photos on Facebook, Integrative Med Solutions. Call 914.337.2980. HARTSDALE – Spacious, bright studio available: Yoga, Pilates, Dance. Great space to offer lectures/workshops on Nutrition, Reiki, Astrology, Natural Health/Wellness. Could accommodate regularly scheduled evening meetings. Please call: 914.948.7500. 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 please leave a message with Charles 914.400.8318. NYS LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPIST – Massage Envy Spa now hiring at four locations in Westchester: day, evening and weekend schedules. Contact: 914.902.9200 or email resume for Rt. 22/Scarsdale; call 914.422.3689 or email clinic0906@massageenv. com for 365 Central Park Ave., Scarsdale location; 914.244.3689 or email clinic0918@massageenvy. com for Bedford Hills; 914.417.6940 or email for Rye Brook. Quickly develop a strong following. PART-TIME INDEPENDENT ADVERTISING SALES REPRESENTATIVE – Natural Awakenings is seeking an experienced advertising sales person who enjoys living a healthy lifestyle and is passionate about helping wellness businesses grow! We’re seeking a self-motivated person who loves to talk to people in person and via phone, emailing and texting; someone who is detailed and understands follow-through. Must have own own cell phone, computer and car. Compensation is commission based, so great for extra income. If interested please email

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


LICENSED ESTHETICIAN, certified Pilates instructors, and certified Yoga instructors wanted as independent contractors to be a part of a growing health and wellness center in convenient Somers, New York. Contact or call 914.276.2056.

YOUR RETREAT. OUR PLACE. Wainwright House is an idyllic site, set on 5 acres with magnificent water views. For info call 914.967.6080 or visit

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:

Joyful Mindful Yoga – 9:30-10.45am. With Ann, RYT 500 Well balanced asana sequences that focus on alignment, mindfulness, clear intention and joy. Intermediate level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917.882.0921.

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

Hudson Valley Farmers Market – 10am-3pm. Year-round. A one stop shop farmers market with fresh Hudson Valley products. Greig Farm, 223 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook. Info: HudsonValleyFarmersMarket. Yoga Teachers Association Workshops – 1:304:30pm. 2nd Sat. Open to teachers and students, members and nonmembers. The Yoga Studio, Club Fit, Briarcliff Manor. Info:

natural awakenings

November 2017


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


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

ACUPUNCTURE HUDSON VALLEY NATURAL HEALTH Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH The Center for Health & Healing 4 Smith Ave, 2nd Fl; Mount Kisco, NY 914.362.8315; Chinese medicine for relieving muscle/joint pain and headaches; treating chronic disease including autoimmune disease, digestive disorders, and mental health conditions; boosting immune function; balancing hormones; helping tobacco/substance addiction; and reducing stress. Includes acupuncture, herbs, cupping, moxibustion, qigong, and TENS electro-stimulation. Insurance reimbursement available for some services. See ad pg 18.


Dr. Fred Lisanti, ND,LAC.,RH, CHT 266 White Plains Rd, B-1, Eastchester, NY 914.337.2980; Therapeutic solutions for acute and chronic health conditions. Acupuncture is an intelligent medicine, gentle enough for pregnant women, and powerful enough to treat serious conditions like chronic pain, stress, anxiety and depression. It can restore harmony and balance to mind, body and spirit. See ad pg 41.


natural awakenings


SearchLight Medical 2424 Route 52, Hopewell Junction, NY 845.592.4310; Frustrated with not feeling or looking your best? Let me guide you on your path to better health and well-being. Utilizing: Medical Acupuncture, ONDAMED Biofeedback Therapy, Reiki, Mei Zen Acupuncture for facial rejuvenation, weight loss and fertility. See ad pg 10.


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


Addiction Free Naturally Briarcliff and Midtown Manhattan 914.705.1805 The Weiss Method helps people lose weight by overcoming addiction to sugar and white flour, and compulsive overeating. After treatment, most people experience indifference towards refined sugar, sweets and treats, leading to easy weight loss. 30 years experience. 80% success rate. See ad pg 14.

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition


John Montgomery, Ph.D; Therapy/Coaching Scarsdale, NY 10583 917.244.5161; Utilizes a powerful new therapeutic method that is based on extensive, cutting-edge research. The method is extraordinarily effective in helping people overcome a wide variety of emotional, behavioral, and substance addictions, including eating disorders and drug and alcohol addiction. See ad pg 51.


via Hawaii to Uptown Kingston Learn how to read the Akashic Records, or become a Certified Akashic Records Practitioner through the Pathway Prayer Proces s© – a responsible, reliable method for working in this remarkable, infinite, spiritual resource. Kia is also an Energy Intuitive and Wedding Officiant.

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

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





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

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

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.

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 43.


271 Veterans Road Yorktown Heights, NY 10598; 914.962.3111 We offer a full boarding facility with outdoor runs and indoor kennels. Being an animal hospital for the most part, we take pride in our capability to kennel pets with medical problems or special needs. See ad pg 53.


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

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


Pamela Cucinell NCGR PAA Phone, Online & In-person 917.796.6026; Why leave your business to chance? Perfect timing ensures follow-through and success. When you know the projected outcome it becomes easier to prioritize your day and choose the right partners. Westchester, NYC, Skype and phone. See ad pg 25.


Organic skincare and aromatherapy Giuliana Lonigro; 917.650.7704 Protecting this precious planet and its inhabitants is central to everything we do. We do not test on animals, and our products are 100% vegetarian. Call me to set up a time to experience our holistic skin care and essential oils, to enhance your well-being.


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


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

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

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



Lawrence Edwards, PhD, BCN, LMHC 2 Byram Brook Pl., Armonk, NY 10504; 914.219.8600

Reserve your listing today!

Biofeedback/neurofeedback for ADHD, enhanced focus, peak performance, test stress, anxiety, chronic pain, headaches, insomnia, anger, meditation, mindfulness training and more. Dr. Edwards is board certified and NYS licensed. Physician and selfreferrals welcome. See ad pg 45.

natural awakenings


Natural Living Directory Call: 914-617-8750 November 2017


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

How would you like to wake up each day with less aches and more energy? Call today for your free consultation and find-out what is standing between you and your health goals. See ad pg 12.


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


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

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

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


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


Elizabeth Pasquale, LMT, CST, Director White Plains & Ossining offices 914.762.4693; WellOnTheWay.Com Curious about energy medicine?  Know there is something to it, from all you’ve r e a d a n d h e a r d ?  A r e y o u tingling with excitement right now, knowing you’re about to experience something life changing? Free get-acquainted phone call! See ad pg 25.


Life Coach in Positive Psychology The Center for Health & Healing 4 Smith Ave, 2nd FL, Mount Kisco, NY 914.263.7080; Feeling stuck? Gain clarity, investigate your strengths and navigate transitions with proven tools and guidance. Free phone consultation to explore how working together can help you make the positive changes you seek. Appointments in person or by phone.


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

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

Do you struggle with stress, pain and muscle tightness? If so, call today for your free consultation and learn how to finally address these issues and experience ideal health naturally. See ad pg 12.


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

Learn strategies that work with the way YOU think. ADD/ADHD or executive functioning challenges can affect every aspect of your life. Maximize your strengths and become more productive. First-hand understanding and compassion. Live the life you love! See ad pg 18.


natural awakenings


Success Coaching and Hypnosis, LLC Pleasantville, NY 914.747.9059; Behavior Modification Coach and Intuitive Counselor, helps you achieve your personal goals: weight, stress, confidence, clarity and more. Immediate results and guidance using powerful tools and techniques for mind, body and spirit, just what you need to live a better life.

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

Practitioner: The Center for Health + Healing 4 Smith Ave 2nd Fl; Mount Kisco, NY 914.519.8138; Craniosacral therapy with Somato Emotional Release allows chronic physical, emotional and spiritual issues to be intimately explored, bringing relief from pain and activating a healing process which continues after the session is over.


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

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


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

Caitlin & Rob Begley, Ind. Dist. Info: Contact:

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



Betty Prinsen, MA, Certified Practitioner 917.941.4767: Carmel 914.244.1606; Bedford Hills Relax and cleanse comfortably and easily through Ionic Detox Footbath. Feel revitalized, balanced, healthy and ready to enjoy life. Carmel and Bedford Hills locations. See ad pg 42.


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


Mag Treanor RN, Reiki, Emotion Code NLP, Kinesiology, EFT-Adv, Hypnotist Carmel, NY; 845.228.8132 Realign mind body spirit, find core issues. Clear trauma, anxieties, negative Karma, Ancestral, Inherited, trapped emotions, limiting beliefs, Release Restore Realign Balance and Heal with intuition, intention, energy techniques. Tapping, Light, Sound, Magnets, Aromas, Spirit. See ad pg 63.

Usui/Karuna® Reiki Master Teacher, Jikiden Reiki; Energetic Counseling, OT Armonk & Eastchester Offices 914.588.4079;

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



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

Energy Medicine Practioner, Medical Intuititive, Physical Therapist 175 King Street, Chappaqua, NY 239.289.3744; Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Are you exhausted from pain, stress or PTSD? Balance your body's energies for optimal physical health and emotional well-being with Esoteric Healing, a high vibrational technique from Tibet. See ad pg 63.


FACIALS GREENEARTH ORGANIC FACIALS Featuring Organic, Vegan Products 914.552.0983;

We offer Facials, Reflexology and Body Treatments in a tranquil, private setting in northern Westchester. All products are organic, vegan and cruelty-free, and each treatment includes aromatherapy and meditation. Make your appointment today and look forward to a complete mind/body relaxation experience.

KAREN W. SPIRER 914.310.2949;


Access your optimal healing decisions, through precise genetic cellular healing. Uncover your personal operating manual. Your unique - health, nutrition, environment, relationship, career/ work needs and more. You are oneof-a-kind!

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

natural awakenings

November 2017



Dr. Jodi Kennedy 11 Miller Rd Mahopac, NY 845.628.7233 (SAFE); Are you between the ages of 2-92 and want to experience each day with less aches and more energy? Call today for your free consultation. Our unique total body approach is beneficial with proven results. See ad pg 12.


130 Hardscrabble Rd. North Salem, NY 914.485.1210 Family owned and operated. We raise grass fed beef, free range eggs, pastured pork and turkey. Fruits/veggies from our farm and other local farms for Summer CSA. Local honey, milk and cheese. Spring/summer/fall annuals. Store open daily 8am-6pm. See ad pg 29.

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

A Center For Awareness and Relaxation through Floatation Therapy. Create the ultimate Relaxation Response by removing all stimulation from light, sound, and gravity. Choose from three different float environments to find your perfect experience. Appointments available from 10am to 10pm daily. Free Parking. See ad pg 18.


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


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 50.


150 Purchase St - Hansa Building Ste #7, Rye, NY 10580 914.967.1630; Understand and correct the causes of chronic conditions. Dr. Warshowsky will help you develop your optimal healing plan, incorporating the best of conventional and Integrative, Holistic medicine. He is double board certified in OB/GYN, Integrative, Holistic Medicine and a facilitator of optimal health for men, women and teens. See ad pg 43.

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

A healthy approach to beauty and wellness led by Maureen Toohey, Regional Educator for Organic Salon Systems. The fresh team is committed to making your experience fully complete and satisfying, organically. Receive a gift valued at $75 with your 1st color appointment, when you mention Natural Awakenings. See ad pg 35.

natural awakenings

Natural and Organic is the way to go. Westchester Ave., Pound Ridge NY 914.764.5733; Full-Service Salon & Day Spa. Natural and organic hair color from Italy. Organic mani/pedi services plus non-toxic polish. Full body massage as well as all-natural skin care and facials. Organic retail products available. New clients: 30% off packages, mention Natural Awakenings. See ad pg 35.


Merrill Black, LCSW, Reiki Master & Instructor Hypnotherapist, Intuitive Energy Healer, RYT, Founder 453 White Plains Rd, #201/203 Eastchester 914.793.2600; Nurture your mind, body, and soul. Thru a variety of healing modalities and services that include, psychotherapy, reiki, hypnosis, acupuncture, massage, reflexology, intuitive healing, spiritual counseling, nutritional consulting, therapeutic yoga, guided channeling meditation classes. Rediscover your control and balance your life. See ad pg 21.

HEALING GARDENS REFLECTIONS OF NATURE The Landscape Artists 845.489.7250

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


Certified Natural Henna Artist 914.714.8069; Mt. Kisco 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.

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 41.



Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition


Jessica Mullins 118 Kraft Ave., Bronxville, NY 914.793.1000; Jessica, clinical herbalist and owner of Found Herbal Apothecary, offers custom herbal consultations using her training in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Traditional Western Herbalism and clinical nutrition to create individualized programs to address client’s health needs. For more information, please contact via email.

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

Home energy audits, Air Sealing, Air Quality, Insulation, Windows, Doors Roofing, Siding and Solar. Environmentally responsible and sustainable home improvements. Call for your Free Home Audit today and start saving. Environmentally responsible and sustainable improvements. See ad pg 19.


Registered Herbalist (AHG) 1129 Main St, 2nd Fl., Fishkill, NY email:; 845.416.4598 L o r r a i n e o ff e r s I n d i v i d u a l Wellness Consultations based on the Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine Paradigm which offers a preventative and individual approach to balanced health. Each “unique” individual protocol will include Chinese, Western, Ayurvedic Herbal remedies and Nutritional planning.

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

We offer a unique approach to the health care of the mouth based on a holistic understanding of the whole body. I invite you to explore our web site to learn how we can serve your needs. See ad pg 8.


Michael Finkelstein MD FACP ABIHM SunRaven: The Home of Slow Medicine 501 Guard Hill Rd. Bedford, NY 914.218.3113; You can attain enhanced health and wellness on every level. I will guide you and together we will transform you into your own best doctor, friend and selfadvocate. You will learn how to bring yourself back into balance. My intention is to be the best healer and teacher I can be. I offer insightful health evaluations with customized medical guidance. Uniquely qualified to offer medical advice and attention from a holistic perspective. See ad pg 25.


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.


250 E. Hartsdale Ave. St. 22, Hartsdale, NY 400 Rella Blvd. St. 165, Montebello, NY 914.472.0666; Looking for a physician with 24 years of clinical practice using natural remedies? Expertise in treating acute and chronic illness in children and adults. Emphasis on homeopathic and functional medicine to decrease dependency on pharmaceutical drugs. If you want experienced, competent, compassionate, and exceptional care. See ad pg 41.

150 Purchase St - Hansa Building Ste #7, Rye, NY 10580 914.967.1630; Understand and correct the causes of chronic conditions. Dr. Warshowsky will help you develop your optimal healing plan, incorporating the best of conventional and Integrative, Holistic medicine. He is double board certified in OB/GYN, Integrative, Holistic Medicine and a facilitator of optimal health for men, women and teens. See ad pg 43.


Spiritual Healing Arts & Dance Millbrook + Online Studio/Sanctuary 845.677.3517; White Lotus Grace specializes in intuitive healing for body, mind, soul, and relationships through organic transformative movement and dance. Gigi Oppenheimer – intuitive healer, dancer, and coach – offers compassionate service oneon-one, to couples, and classes, online or in person.


In a beautiful retreat-like setting, we offer holistic psychotherapy, body therapies, acupuncture, shamanic reiki, intuitive guidance, spiritual counseling, homeopathy, naturopathic and herbal medicine, healing circles, workshops and professional trainings. See ad pg 15 & 24.

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


Come to our office to experience the benefits of a Sunlighten Far Infrared Sauna which includes: detox, weight loss, pain relief, and relaxation through far/mid/near infrared light waves. Leave feeling refreshed and relaxed! Packages available. See ad pg 43.


Massage Therapy with a Nurturing Touch 914.320.4063; Therapeutic massage to address specific issues or promote wellness. Works with generally healthy to very ill clients. Experience with geriatric, cancer, Parkinson’s, hospice massage. Studio in Mamaroneck and on-site visits in Westchester, Bronx, Manhattan. See ad pg 42.

natural awakenings

November 2017



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


777 White Plains Rd., Scarsdale, NY 10583: 914.902.9200 365 Central Park Ave. Scarsdale, NY 10583; 914.422.3689 737 Bedford Rd., Bedford Hills, NY 10507: 914.244.3689 158 South Ridge St., Rye Brook, NY 10573; 914.417.6940 Massage therapy can be a powerful ally in your wellness program. Visit one of the four locations in Westchester to take advantage of our introductory offer. Open 7 days a week, extended hours, late evenings. See ads pgs 33 & back cover.


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

MICHELLE VITNER, LMT, LPN A Healing Massage with Intuition 914.672.1916 or 914.873.1376

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

Utilize an integrative healing approach from a doctor trained in holistic medicine. Working with your current medical treatments & labwork, as well as botanical medicine, dietary & lifestyle counselling, nutritional supplements, acupuncture and Chinese medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, stress reduction and ecotherapy. Insurance reimbursement available for some services. See ad pg 18.


Dr. Fred Lisanti, ND, LAC., RH, CHT 266 White Plains Rd, B-1, Eastchester, NY 914.337.2980; Blending the best of traditional and cutting edge natural medicine, Dr. Lisanti offers natural therapeutic solutions for acute and chronic conditions. He combines naturopathic care, clinical nutrition, acupuncture, detoxification, hypnosis, movement, yoga and lifestyle counseling allowing him to customize your program individually. See ad pg 41.


Yellow Monkey Village 792 Rte 35 Cross River, NY, and NYC Office: 914.875.9088; Cell: 646.670.6725; Combination of Ayurveda and Naturopathy is used to create a unique treatment plan to regain and maintain health. Based on one’s particular body constitution (dosha), a plan may include supplements, diet/nutrition suggestions, lifestyle management, detoxification, hydrotherapy, 0zone therapy, Panchakarma. Clinic days: M,T,W. See ad pg 43.

natural awakenings


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

NUSPECIES 866.624.4117 HQ: 427 Main St. Beacon, NY 12508 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 7.


The Center for Health and Healing 4 Smith Ave, 2nd Fl. Mt. Kisco, NY 914.673.4577; Andy uses a whole body philosophy called Integrated Positional Therapy. IPT was specifically developed to address pain, improve body function and range of motion. This approach has been successful in addressing many neuromuscular conditions often when other approaches have failed. See ad, pg 24.

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

Holding sacred space through Relaxation, Therapeutic and Medical Massage Putnam, We s t c h e s t e r , D u t c h e s s . "Michelle's healing ability is more than the touch from her hands; she heals the soul. She brings serenity to people." ~Maureen S., Carmel. See ad pg 63.



We are your neighborhood holistic compounding pharmacy, ready to support y o u r h e a l t h . We o ff e r compounding prescriptions, on-line prescription renewals, supplements, homeopathic remedies, personal care products, fair trade gifts and more. We deliver and we are happy to answer your questions. See ad pg 18.

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition


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


SunRaven: The Home of Slow Medicine 501 Guard Hill Rd. Bedford, NY 914.218.3113; Offering a whole-being, integrative approach to wellness, nurturing clients into health on the emotional, spiritual, mental, and physical levels. Following one’s heart to Re-envision life in order to flourish. See ad pg 25.

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

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


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

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION WESTCHESTER BEE-LINE SYSTEM Work, school or playGreen your Ride today. 914.995.4444

Green your Ride. Westchester Bee-Line operates more than 60 bus routes serving Westchester with safe, economical and environmentally friendly bus service. Offering express, local, limited stop and bus-to-rail service to meet your travel needs. Use MetroCard for added savings. See ads, pgs 6 & 21.


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


2 Coulter Road, Bakers Mills, NY 12811 518.251.3015; 914.556.8258 Yoga in the Adirondacks is nestled in the valley of the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, where yoga embraces nature. Connect your mind, body and spirit and explore your retreat with like-minded people to build a happier and healthier life. Studio available for your yoga/ wellness private group as well. See ad pg 54.

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

Customized, holistic treatments for better skin, improved body appearance, and spiritual reconnection. Natural Facelift, Facials, Nonchemical Peels, Skin Tightening, Wrinkle Reduction, Fat Melting, Waxing, Reiki, Chakra Balancing, Guided Imagery, Aromatherapy, Raindrop Technique. See ad, pg 33.



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


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



ARCB Certified Reflexologist 1129 Main Street, 2nd fl., Fishkill, NY email:; 845.416.4598

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

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.

natural awakenings

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 8.

November 2017



Rev. Dr. Hans B. Hallundbaek, Pastor 609 Rt. 22, Croton Falls, NY Join a unique monthly Interfaith Sunday at the Chapel at Croton Falls at 10:30am – Enjoy prayer, music, movement and dialogue. Check our FB page for information on upcoming p r o g r a m s o r e - m a i l R e v. Deborah Moldow, Interfaith Minister, at revdeb1@

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

We offer a unique approach to the health care of the mouth based on a holistic understanding of the whole body. I invite you to explore our web site to learn how we can serve your needs. See ad pg 8.


299 North Highland Avenue, Bldg. 5 Ossining, New York 10562 914.941.4455; The Mariandale Center sponsors retreats and programs on spiritual and contemplative practices. We also welcome nonprofit organizations for workshops and group retreats. Our guests enjoy the contemplative environment at the Center, and the beautiful, spacious land overlooking the Hudson River. See ad pg 47.


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


271 Veterans Road Yorktown Heights, NY 10598; 914.962.3111


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


John Montgomery, Ph.D; Therapy/Coaching Scarsdale, NY 10583 917.244.5161; Utilizes an exceptionally powerful new therapeutic method that can profoundly impact nearly every aspect of your life. Based on extensive research, the method effectively addresses a wide variety of conditions, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and drug and alcohol abuse. See ad pg 51.


natural awakenings

Integrative Care including Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine, along with many other types of Alternative and Complementary Veterinary Medicinal services are offered. We also offer a full range of high tech, cutting edge, medical, surgical and dental services. See ad pg 53.


Addiction Free Naturally Briarcliff and Midtown Manhattan 914.705.1805 The Weiss Method helps people lose weight by overcoming addiction to sugar and white flour, and compulsive overeating. After treatment, most people experience indifference towards refined sugar, sweets and treats, leading to easy weight loss. 30 years experience. 80% success rate. See ad pg 14.

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition


501 Guard Hill Rd. Bedford, NY 914.218.3113; Promoting and supporting health and wellness; facilitating communitycentered experiential and reflective learning for individuals, families, and groups, by offering educational programs, events, and resources designed to build integrative skills and understanding for those looking to holistically care for themselves, others, and the world in which we live. Transformative Programs, holistic medicine, psycho-spiritual counseling; Women’s, Men’s and Couples Groups, Garden Co-Op, Cleansing Program; Special 12-week “immersion.” See ad pg 25.

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

Firefly Yoga is the Hudson Valleys only Baptiste Affiliate studio. Our practices are for everybody, we offer heated and non-heated vinyasa yoga, meditation and personal growth practices. Our mission is to give practitioners access to possibility and living life in their fullest potential. See ad pg 55.


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

natural awakenings

November 2017



natural awakenings

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

Natural Awakenings - Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess NY November 2017