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This November marks our 11th year of publishing. Reflecting on last year, when we gathered with 500 of our readers and advertisers to celebrate our growing Natural Awakenings community, I can still feel the positive power of our togetherness. We are a vibrant community that cares passionately about the greater global good, that continues to stay informed about the rapidly changing world, and that questions whether faster and faster is necessarily healthier and safer. Have you heard that 5G technology is coming to a neighborhood near you? Rather, it’s coming to the end of your driveway, to allow you to wirelessly communicate with your house, your car and who knows what else. Though 5G sounds really cool, we want to know if it is healthy and safe. As this technology is being rolled out in neighborhoods across the United States, Pattie and Doug Wood, founders of Grassroots Environmental Education, a Port Washington-based nonprofit, have been researching the known health risks of 5G. We strive to educate and inform our readers about issues that can negatively affect them, so please read the Woods’ article, “5G Technology Meets a Big Obstacle: Health Impacts,” on page 28, as well as “The Danger Next Door,” on page 24, about natural gas facilities that present immediate and long-term risks to our communities. Writers Suzannah Glidden and Ellen Weininger, co-founders of Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion, point out that with the new Cricket Valley power station under construction in Dutchess County, and with many other such facilities already operating in our backyards, we need to be aware of the health risks associated with natural gas. I am sure many people had similar concerns years ago, when Highways 684 and 84 cut through the magnificent woods of the Hudson Valley, bringing with them faster transportation and increasing air pollution from the thousands of cars they would attract. As a native of northern Westchester, I watched those highways being built, and I remember being excited and sad at the same time acres of woods were bulldozed to make way for them. At the time, I never thought about how car exhaust could affect my health or the local wildlife. Today I am aware, and I understand how important it is to preserve our most precious natural resource, Earth, and to honor our connection to each other. This Thanksgiving and every day, I will remind myself that what I eat and breathe— and what I do—matters. I choose to celebrate life by always acting in the highest and best interests of our greater good. Joyfully,

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hanksgiving is a time we honor all the blessings that flow into our lives, from supportive people to the basic comforts of home and nourishing food. As a person who lives in gratitude, I give thanks daily for the lessons, wisdom and gifts I receive; I know I have everything I need. So I embrace each day joyfully, with an open heart, and celebrate whatever life offers me right now.

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Eco-Justice Group The Greenheart to Perform in Ossining


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everal members of the eco-justice folk group The Greenheart will perform from 8 to 10 p.m. on November 24, at Good Choice Kitchen, in Ossining. James Dean Conklin, Fred Gillen Jr., Julie Corbalis and Laura Bowman will share stories, songs and visuals and engage the audience as they celebrate the group’s next big endeavor, a 30-day roving tour they’ve dubbed Clearwater-onNepal. “The Greenheart is focused on sharing creative solutions to climate The Greenheart challenges,” says Conklin, a guitarist and vocalist for the group. “Our team includes musicians, photographers, journalists and illustrators—all passionate environmentalists. We most recently have traveled to Nepal, where we continue working with school groups and eco-entrepreneurs, exploring recycling, solar cooking, organic gardening and water health.” During Clearwater-on-Nepal, The Greenheart—which uses solar-powered equipment—will interact with local teams at major river intersections across Nepal, creating music, art and live theater. For the celebratory event in Ossining, Good Choice Kitchen will be transformed into a Nepali-infused art space, with illustrations, photographs, video projection and live music from the group’s travels there. “All of our work is informed by this mantra: create, communicate, celebrate. Come see, hear and taste what we mean,” Conklin says. Cost: $6. Location: 147 Main St., Ossining, NY. For more information about the group, visit TheGreenheart.Solutions. For more information about Good Choice Kitchen and its vegan, organic seasonal menu, call 914.930.1591 or visit

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Thanksgiving Day Plant-Based Potluck in White Plains


he White Plains Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation is hosting a free Plant-Based Pot Luck Thanksgiving Dinner from 1 to 4 p.m., November 22, at Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Anyone planning to attend should bring at least one plant-based dish ready to serve by 1 p.m. The hope is to provide a place for celebration, nourishment and community, says Rev. LoraKim Joyner. “We will gather on this day to share gratitude for, and deepen our connection to, all earth’s beings. We do so by sharing a plant-based meal that nurtures our health and the earth. Not only will we dine well with tasty dishes shared, but we will have time for discussion and fireside storytelling.” Location: 468 Rosedale Ave., White Plains, NY. To register, visit and type “Giving Thanks” in the search bar. To volunteer or for more information, contact Doreen Rossi at or Joyner at

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Mindfulness and Empowerment Retreat in Ossining


anet Alona Catalina, co-developer of Pulse Manifestation, will lead a Mindfulness and Pulse Empowerment Retreat at the Mariandale Center Janet Alona Catalina in Ossining from 5 p.m. on November 30 to 1 p.m. on December 2. “Pulse is a powerful, dynamic technique to help people mindfully create what they desire in their life and, at the same time, let go of what has been blocking them up to now,” Catalina says. “The re-creation lens helps people become the amazing person they were born to be.” Catalina trained in mindfulness meditation with Jon Kabat Zinn and has led mindfulness retreats and Pulse workshops throughout the tri-state area. During this weekend retreat at the Mariandale Center, participants will learn how to Pulse, have time to practice “Pulseing” and experience mindfulness meditation. “Participants come out of my retreats feeling uplifted and empowered, knowing they have a tool they can use for the rest of their life to consciously create in the present what they desire in the future,” she says. “People have utilized Pulseing to create new directions in their career, better health, financial abundance and balance in their lives.” Cost: $325 (workshop plus six meals and a private room). Location: 299 N. Highland Ave., Ossining, NY. To register, visit To learn more about Pulse, visit or call Janet Catalina at 914.548.8372.

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Awaken Wellness Fair Returns to Tarrytown November 18


he Awaken Wellness Fair, the popular “bodymind-spirit-green” expo, will be held November 18 at the DoubleTree Hotel in the fair’s home base of Tarrytown. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., visitors to this Visitors at the Awaken Wellness Fair entertaining and educational event can browse products and services designed to support a healthy lifestyle, listen to expert speakers on a variety of issues, and consult with intuitive readers and holistic healers. Founder and Director Paula Caracappa says the vendors at this year’s Awaken Wellness Fair represent a wide variety of products and services. “They range from essential oils, to chiropractic doctors, to nutritional supplements and organic cleaning products,” she says. “Of course, the best vendors of healing crystals and jewelry will be there too, offering love-focused rose quartz, healing turquoise, serenity-inducing amethyst and all the others, both as loose stones as well as embedded in handmade jewelry.” Three rooms will be devoted to the event’s expert speakers, whose focus will be “how to awaken to your best self.” The presentations will be offered all day long at no extra charge. Among the many topics to be discussed are A Spiritual Revolution: The Quest to Experience God; A Meditation to Help the World; and Brain Coach Answers All Your Questions about Memory Loss, Insomnia, Fatigue and Anxiety. Intuitive readers and holistic healers are a huge part of the show, Caracappa says. “This group offers insight through tarot reading, mediumship, angel reading, pet readings and many more, for entertainment purposes only. The gifted healers practice a variety of energy healing, including reiki. Healing practices have become more and more mainstream recently, and many people sample a healing practice for the first time at the Awaken Fair.” In fact, the Awaken Wellness Fair tends to attract men and women who are curious about holistic practices, she says. “They find abundant information encompassing the world of ancient as well as new, cutting-edge healing and wellness methods. Often guests have come expecting to spend a couple of hours and find themselves spending the entire day, because there is so much exciting knowledge to gather.” Location: 455 S. Broadway, Tarrytown, NY. For tickets and information, including vendor and sponsorship opportunities, visit Until November 17, discount-rate appointments can be made with the fair’s readers and healers at AwakenFair. See ad, page 2. 10

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More Couples Want Inspirational, Nontraditional Wedding Ceremonies


ichael Rosenbaum, an ordained minister and spiritual counselor, says he’s seeing a growing trend among engaged couples. “So many of them these days don’t want a traditional, formal religious ceremony for their wedding,” he says. “They are looking for something more personal, meaningful and spiritual.” He offers several tips for creating a memorable ceremony, beginning with the officiate. “Pick someone who is open to creating the ceremony together with you, built around what is important and meaningful to you.” Couples should also decide in advance the direction of the ceremony, including whether to have spiritual references or keep it more secular, Rosenbaum says. They should also consider writing their own vows instead of using traditional ones. “You can add to the genuine emotion of the event by keeping the vows a surprise until the ceremony,” he says. To get started, he suggests using a book with different ceremony ideas, like Daphne Rose Kingma’s Weddings from the Heart. He also likes the idea of involving other people in the ceremony by inviting them to present a reading or prayer, or simply share their wisdom. “I officiated at a wedding recently where the couple gave seven words—like commitment, sharing and love—to seven different friends and family and had them share about them as part of the ceremony. It had an amazing effect,” he says. For more information about creating an inspirational wedding ceremony, contact Rosenbaum at 914.589.3601 or michaelr@

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Beacon of Light Offers Fall Healing Events


eacon of Light Wellness Center will be providing a variety of healing workshops and events for the community this fall, including women’s healing circles, shamanic circles, breath work and sound meditations, live chanting and workshops on dance, drawing and Thai massage. The center also offers Kundalini Yoga and other unique yoga classes; a Sacred Flower at Beacon of Light Wellness Center variety of healing services, including integrative massage, shamanic reiki, reflexology and Thai bodywork; and a Bemer energy mat, a German-engineered medical device that helps increase circulation and reduce inflammation. Alison Jolicoeur, a shamanic reiki master teacher, certified Kundalini Yoga instructor and certified health coach, is the owner and founder of Beacon of Light Wellness Center. She says its name reflects its purpose. “Our mission is to provide a safe space where people can explore the deepest parts of themselves, reveal what needs to be healed and receive the personalized support to help them let go of what no longer serves them, so they can reach their highest potential,” she says. “To be a beacon of light for the community is our highest heart mission.” Location: 4 S. Chestnut St., Beacon, NY. For more information, call 845.202.3515 or visit See ad, page 57.

Open House at Yellow Monkey Village


he Yellow Monkey Village, in Cross River, is hosting an open house from 2 to 6 p.m. on November 3. Visitors can participate in family-friendly mini yoga sessions at 02Living, dabble in collaborative therapeutic art with Mika McLane, learn about Ayurvedic Wellness with Dr. Somesh Kaushik and explore children’s fashion at Tia Cibani Kids, while sipping hot cider and enjoying treats from La Maison Fete. Every visitor will reThe Yellow Monkey Village in Cross River ceive a complimentary goody bag. A creative arts therapist and child development specialist, McLane opened Westchester Creative Arts Therapy in the Yellow Monkey Village after 12 years of practice in New York City. She provides individual and group therapy and facilitates women’s circles focused on self-care and identity after motherhood. A longtime presence in the Village, Dr. Kaushik’s Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic is a family wellness center focused on holistic treatment. Kaushik will be on hand to discuss how he helps restore body-mind-spirit balance so the body can heal itself. Visitors can also tour 02Living, a community dedicated to promoting a lifestyle, philosophy and culture of health and wellness. It offers integrated yoga, holistic spa treatments and cold-pressed juice. The Village’s newest member, Tia Cibani Kids, will showcase its collection of “artful children’s wear” designed to speak to kids and parents alike, and Brett Cameron and Deanna Marano, founders of La Maison Fete, will also be available to discuss their professional specialty: creating elegant, seamless events that reflect a client’s personal style. Location: 792 Rte. 35, Cross River, NY. For more information, visit,, (02Living), and


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Mindfulness Workshops and Retreats at Garrison Institute


his winter, the Garrison Institute is offering a series of workshops and retreats—including silent ones—designed to cultivate mindfulness, awareness and compassion. From December 7 through 9, Mark Nepo will lead More Together Than Alone: The Power of Spirit and Community, exploring “the heartwork that is required to inhabit our lives more deeply.” The aim of the workshop is to uncover and personalize pathways that bring us together. Main Meditation Hall at Garrison Institute The Garrison Institute is also offering two special retreats for the holiday season. Cultivate Inner Stillness for the Winter Solstice (December 14-16) is a meditation retreat for both beginners and seasoned practitioners. Embodying Practice: A New Year’s Resolution Retreat (January 4-6) is intended for anyone wishing to begin the New Year with a resolution and intention to become more aware of his or her body and to trust in its innate wisdom. Those who prefer quiet time in their personal spiritual practice, or who simply want to spend time in a contemplative environment where they can rest, recover and recharge after the holidays, can register for the January Personal Retreat (January 18-20), which includes optional yoga instruction. Location: Route 9D at Glenclyffe, Garrison, NY. For more information or to register, visit or call 845.424.4800. To receive a 10 percent discount on the Winter Solstice or Embodying Practice retreat, use the discount promo code WINTER when registering online. See ad, page 27.

Natural Awakenings Family of Franchises Keeps Growing


atural Awakenings Publishing Corp. (NAPC) welcomed two new publishers to a recent training session at the corporate headquarters in Naples, Florida. The NAPC staff spent several days with these entrepreneurs, discussing the ins and outs of publishing a new Natural Awakenings edition in Pittsburgh and taking over publication of an existing Natural Michelle Dalnoky, Pittsburgh and Awakenings magazine in Northern and Central Jody Pearce, New Mexico New Mexico. Founded by Chief Executive Officer Sharon Bruckman with a single edition in Naples in 1994, Natural Awakenings has grown to become one of the largest, free, local, healthy living publications in the world, serving nearly 3 million readers each month via more than 70 magazines published in cities across the U.S. and in Puerto Rico. “Our devoted family of publishers, supported by advertisers, informs readers of many leading-edge national and local resources that offer paths to a happier, healthier and longer life,” says Bruckman. “Our active and growing readership has helped increase interest in naturally healthy living that has influenced mainstream America and is beneficial for people and the planet.” For a list of locations where Natural Awakenings is published or to learn more about franchising opportunities, call 239.530.1377 or visit


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Yonkers Greenway Project Underway

Hudson River Museum is Thanksgiving Weekend Destination


ast month the City of Yonkers broke ground on the Yonkers Greenway, which will transform an abandoned section of the Old Putnam Railroad into a revitalized park that will feature art installations, gardens and playgrounds for members of the community to enjoy. When the greenway is complete, it will link Yonkers to New York City with a twomile walking and biking path, increasing accessibility and encouraging economic growth in surrounding areas. Over the last four years, the City of Yonkers has been laying the groundwork for the project through community engagement with a variety of private and public partners, including Groundwork Hudson Valley, a local environmental nonprofit, and its community partners, who have helped to bring the Yonkers Greenway to life. For more information, contact Brigitte Griswold, executive director of Groundwork Hudson Valley, at 914.375.2151 or











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rom its festive décor to creative workshops, the Hudson River Museum, in Yonkers, will be a Thanksgiving weekend destination for kicking off the holiday season. The museum will host a full slate of family-friendly activities from noon to 7:15 p.m. on November 24. At 1 and 3 p.m., visitors can tour the museum’s historic home, Glenview, which will be decked for the season in full Victorian splendor, and learn about holiday Glenview in Yonkers traditions in the Gilded Age. Thanks to descendants of its original owners, who provided photographs and family records, the museum has been able to restore much of the home’s interior, including elaborate stenciling, tiles, woodwork and ceiling decorations, to the way it appeared when John Trevor built Glenview in 1877. Also at 1 and 3 p.m., master dance teacher Vado Diomande of Youth Theatre Interactions will teach a West African dance. From 2 to 4 p.m., artist Julia Whitney Barnes will teach a workshop, Drop In & Draw, during which she will demonstrate mark-making tools such as sticks, leaves and features with ink washes to create gestural drawings. Cost: Free with museum admission. Location: 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers, NY. For more information, call 914.963.4550 or visit

Boscobel Hosts Holiday Twilight Tours



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oscobel House and Gardens is bringing back its popular Twilight Tours this holiday season. With the candlelit mansion decorated for a 19th-century Christmas and resonating with live, period string music, expert guides stationed throughout the historic house museum will share stories that bring Yuletide traditions to life. Children are welcome and can search for gingerbread kids hidden among the home’s decorations. Boscobel candlelit mansion tours. Each tour will conclude with a reception in the decorated gallery. Visitors can also listen to live holiday music in the Visitor Center and browse a reimagined gift shop. “Twilight Tours showcase Boscobel at its holiday best,” says Ed Glisson, director of visitor engagement. “They are great fun for people of any age, and they beautifully link our lives today with our historic past. We look forward to celebrating with the community.” Holiday tours will take place from 3:30 to 7 p.m., November 23-25, December 1-2 and December 8-9. The Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra Quintet and acoustic guitarist Dan Stevens will provide live musical entertainment. Cost: Adults $25, children $16 and children under 5 free. Advance reservations recommended. Location: 1601 Rte. 9D, Garrison, NY. For tickets or more information, call 845.265.3638 or visit

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Bodyworkers’ Approach to Pain Transcends ‘Mechanics’



ominique Daly studied mechanical engineering early in life, and later he was instructed in the field of orthopedics. So when he ultimately decided on a career in bodywork, he had to change the way he thought about the physiological root of pain. “I was operating on Dominique Daly the assumption that most pain and injury problems could be traced back to structural stresses, or muscular tension and imbalances bearing on the skeletal system,” he says. “But the majority of chronic pain is actually caused by injuries to ligaments, joints, tendons and fibrous connective tissue.” While the most common problems doctors treat relate to aches and pains and restrictions of the musculoskeletal system—the “machinery” of the body—the field of bodywork encompasses a wide range of styles and approaches to treatment, Daly says. “Each manual therapist or movement educator brings a unique combination of skills that are found to be effective in areas ranging from sports medicine, myofascial massage, craniosacral therapy, postural and somatic methodologies and ancient healing arts, to name just a few.” Body workers assess and treat connective tissue injuries, “re-educating” the supporting fascial web of the body and stimulating the nerves with specific movements—a combination that can radically reduce suffering from painful traumatic and chronic conditions and other musculoskeletal problems, Daly says. As a board-certified bodywork therapist and corrective exercise educator, Daly teaches injury prevention, rehabilitation and performance enhancement. He conducts professional workshops for manual therapists and offers Mindful Movement and Meditation educational lectures and workshops jointly with Vijaya Nair, M.D., in New York and Connecticut. At his private practice in Bedford, Daly meets individuals at their current fitness level and lifestyle, from sedentary to very active, and encourages them to be engaged participants in their own recovery process. “Self-correction arises from self-discovery,” he says. “There’s a great deal that individuals can do for themselves to help in treatment and rehabilitation once those problems have occurred — as well as preventing such problems from reoccurring in the future.”




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Eating Well Protects Hearing A healthy diet can lower the risk of moderate to severe hearing loss by 30 percent or more, conclude researchers from Harvard Medical School’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Studying the diets of 33,000 women for 22 years, they found that hearing was better retained among those that ate closer to the Mediterranean Diet—with more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, fish and virgin olive oil. The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet, high in fruits and vegetables and low-fat dairy, as well as low in sodium, also was associated with better hearing. 18

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Raw fruit and vegetables are better for mental health than canned, cooked or otherwise processed produce, report researchers from New Zealand’s University of Otago. Their survey of more than 400 young adults from their country and the U.S., published in Frontiers in Psychology, found a correlation between eating raw produce and measures of psychological well-being, positive mood and life satisfaction. “The cooking and processing of produce likely limits the delivery of nutrients that are essential for optimal emotional functioning,” says co-author Tamlin Conner, Ph.D. The top 10 raw foods for mental health are carrots, bananas, apples, dark leafy greens, grapefruit, lettuce, other citrus, berries, cucumbers and kiwis.

Early-stage breast cancer can be accurately detected via a simple breath test and urine sample, report researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, in Israel. Using electronic nose sensors and gas-chromatography mass spectrometry to analyze breath and urine, respectively, they were able to identify biomarkers for breast cancer, the most commonly diagnosed cancer for women worldwide. “Our new approach… with inexpensive, commercially available processes, is non-invasive, accessible and may be easily implemented in a variety of settings,” says study co-author Yehuda Zeiri, Ph.D. Mammography, the common screening test for breast cancer, is typically 75 to 85 percent accurate, a figure that drops for full-bodied women and those with dense breast tissue. Dual-energy digital mammography is more accurate, but increases radiation exposure, and MRIs are more expensive. The Israeli research, published in the journal Computers in Biology and Medicine, compared breath and urine samples taken from 85 women with breast cancer and 81 healthy women. The electronic e-nose device, picking up on a unique breath pattern, detected cancer cells accurately 95 percent of the time. The urine test proved 85 percent accurate. “With further study, it may also be possible to analyze exhaled breath and urine samples to identify other cancer types, as well,” says Zeiri.

Pumpkin Compounds Inhibit Cancer Growth In addition to being tasty, autumn’s pumpkin pie may also help prevent cancer. Two studies have confirmed the ability of certain nutrients in pumpkins to inhibit the growth of cancer cells. Researchers from the Italian Institute of Food Science found that carotenoid compounds from pumpkins delayed the growth of human colorectal cancer and bone cancer cells by an average of 40 percent. In China, Harbin Medical University researchers found that a polysaccharide compound from pumpkins halted the growth of human liver cancer cells.


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Air Pollution Harms Developing Brains Fetal exposure to air pollution, even at levels considered safe by current standards, has been linked by Dutch researchers to thinning of the outer layer of a child’s brain and later cognitive difficulties. Following 783 children ages 6 through 10, the researchers concluded those brain abnormalities contributed in part to impulsiveness that could lead to addictive behavior and attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder.

Aerobic Fitness Helps Prevent Word Loss Tip-of-the-tongue word loss, an aggravation for many seniors and other adults, occurs less frequently in those with higher levels of aerobic fitness, regardless of age or vocabulary, reports a study of 56 men and women from the UK’s University of Birmingham. Lead researcher Katrien Segaert also clarified that tip-of-the-tongue word loss is not associated with memory loss—a common concern by those that often experience it.


Gut Bacteria Linked to Artery Health A lack of diversity of gut bacteria is linked to hardening of the arteries, a new study concludes. By analyzing the gut microbiome and measuring the arterial stiffness of 617 middle-aged female twins, researchers from the University of Nottingham and King’s College London found that those with a greater diversity of healthy bacteria had more flexible arteries. The finding explains why women, young adults and others may suffer heart attacks without traditional risk factors such as smoking or obesity. It opens the door to reducing cardiovascular disease by targeting the microbiome through diet, probiotics and other supplements. November 2018



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End Game

Extinctions of Threatened Species Continue

The death of the world’s last male northern white rhino has rendered the species functionally extinct, which means the only hope of reviving the population is through in vitro fertilization. World Wildlife Fund head of campaigns Colin Butfield calls this a “uniquely bad situation.” Two other animals, the vaquita, a very rare porpoise discovered in 1958, and the Javan rhino are facing the same fate. Many other species, including the Sumatran rhino, black rhino, Amur leopard, forest elephant and Bornean orangutan are considered critically endangered, some with fewer than 100 individuals left. The International Union for Conservation of Nature currently considers 5,583 species of plant, mammal, bird, amphibian and marine life critically endangered.


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Dumping Disincentive

Big Bank Acts to Protect Oceans from Mine Waste

Citigroup is no longer financing mining projects that dump mine waste into the ocean. The move comes in response to pressure from the Ditch Ocean Dumping campaign, which calls on financial institutions to divest from any project or company that employs the practice. “Banks and financial institutions must actively take steps to ensure that they are not bankrolling the destruction of our oceans,” says campaign coordinator Ellen Moore of Earthworks. Mine waste can contain up to three dozen dangerous chemicals, including arsenic, lead, mercury and cyanide. These metals accumulate in fish, and ultimately, the wildlife and people that eat them. The pollution contaminates drinking water, decimates ecosystems and destroys fisheries. While the outdated practice has been phased out in many parts of the world, new mining proposals in Papua New Guinea and Norway signal that such dumping is being ramped up, not phased out.

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Organic shoppers may see additional labeling on produce. More than a dozen farmers and scientists from around the country met to create the standards for an additional organic certification pilot program called the Real Organic Project (ROP), which they plan to initially introduce at 20 to 60 farms. Under the current U.S. Department of Agriculture program, the organic label means that produce has been grown without synthetic substances or genetic engineering; it doesn’t specify whether produce was grown in water or soil, which the new labeling would address.


Organic Labeling Evolves to Meet Challenges

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Countries Ban Single-Use Plastics

Bans on plastic consumption have been increasing globally for the last two years. Single-use plastics will be officially banned in the Bahamas by 2020, including plastic bags collected at the point of sale, straws, Styrofoam food containers and plastic utensils. Also, the release of balloons in the air will be illegal. Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Antigua and Barbuda have already banned single-use plastic products. In Kenya it’s illegal to produce, sell or use plastic bags. Haiti has banned plastic bags and Styrofoam products. Belize moved to ban single-use plastics by April 2019. The UK has outlined a plan to eradicate plastic use completely by 2042. The Clean Seas Campaign, launched in 2017 by the United Nations Environment Programme, aims to increase global public and corporate awareness of the critical need to reduce marine litter.

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Tiny Houses Can Benefit Seniors

The University of Southern Indiana (USI) is building a small, modular home on its Evansville campus to demonstrate how the tiny housing model could make independent living accessible for people of all ages and abilities. It’s part of a larger effort aimed at creating a cultural transformation related to aging in a community. The home’s small size is a selling point for people unable to maintain a larger dwelling as they age and help them remain independent. Dr. Bill Thomas, a geriatrician and national expert on aging partnering in the project, envisions a pod-like village of such “Minkas” with older people living within a community instead of being sequestered in nursing homes.

Soybean Slowdown


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Even before recent disruption of U.S. trade with China through increased tariffs, China had made importing genetically modified (GMO) soybeans more difficult after a regulatory crackdown last December. The agricultural GMO regulation scheme strengthened the soybean approval process, leading to delays at Chinese ports. Certificates for certain GMO import crops granted by the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture have included cotton, soybeans, corn and rapeseed. The U.S. is looking for alternative GMO markets in case tariffs, restrictions and export slowdowns continue. November 2018


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Hamburg Gets Serious About Diesel Fumes

Hamburg, Germany’s second-largest city, is experimenting with restricting diesel-powered vehicle access to portions of two major streets, with exemptions for new, cleaner models. Environmentalists and ecologically minded politicians celebrate the move as a breakthrough on the path to cleaner urban air. A German court ruled last February that cities have the right to prohibit dirty diesel vehicles, and local authorities in other cities are making plans to bring their roads into compliance with strict European Union emissions requirements. “Symbolically, it’s a big step,” says Manfred Braasch, a local leader of Friends of the Earth Germany. “This has been a diesel nation.” The federal German government is considering a comprehensive strategy designed to clean up heavy polluters among the nation’s 15  million diesel cars via hardware retrofits like those mandated in the U.S.

Roundup Rebuke

A California jury has found Monsanto liable in a lawsuit filed by groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson, 46, a pest control manager for the Benicia Unified School District, in California, near San Francisco. His was the first claim to go to trial alleging that Roundup and other glyphosatebased weed killers cause cancer. The company was ordered to pay $289 million in damages—$39 million compensatory and $250 punitive. Monsanto, recently acquired as a unit of the German conglomerate Bayer, faces more than 5,000 similar lawsuits across the U.S. 22

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Spread the wonders and joys of reading to others while conserving woodlands and other resources and keeping books out of landfills by donating them. Many outlets welcome books that may have been collecting dust at home, but can enrich the lives of others of all ages, both locally and worldwide.

n Many public libraries are supported by community volunteer “friends of” organizations that sell donated books at deep discounts to the public. Funds raised help underwrite host library programming. n Along with selling new and used books online, accepts book donations that support national and global literacy initiatives, including in Latin America and Africa. They recently forwarded 37,000 donated books to UK teachers and other educators, and also operate a senior book outreach program. n Local chapters of national organizations like Girl Scouts, Kiwanis International, Rotary International and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs frequently collect gently used children’s books. n Other donation sites include The Salvation Army, Goodwill, thrift shops and used and antique bookstores. n lists specific titles military members are requesting. has shipped 41 million books to Africa’s 54 countries. supplies prison libraries, while links books donated by the public to requests. n Include unwanted books when planning a yard sale. n Consider the novelty of regifting books. With the Christmas gifting season approaching, parents can bestow a Shakespeare play or Mark Twain tale that meant so much to them decades ago to their kids—including a card explaining its poignancy and significance. The gesture can even spark a greater interest in reading.





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CPV natural (methane) gas power plant in agricultural region of Wawayanda

The Danger Next Door Natural gas facilities present immediate and long-term risks to our communities by Suzannah Glidden and Ellen Weininger


growing number of Americans realize that the continued extraction, production and distribution of natural gas and oil pollute our air, water and soil while also depleting and contaminating the world’s precious, finite supply of fresh water. “Natural gas” is also known as methane, a greenhouse gas that’s been proven to be 86 times more potent than carbon dioxide over a 20-year period. Our region, including Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess and Orange Counties, has become a massive frontline, indeed a prime sacrifice zone, for the reckless perpetuation of fossil fuel use. We are being exposed to unprecedented levels of toxic emissions from natural gas facilities such as gas power plants, gas pipeline valves, compressor stations, and metering and pigging stations that are now operating in our communities, ruining the air we breathe and negatively impacting our health, quality of life and property values. These hazardous pollutants are associated with 19 out of 20 major diseases.

Immediate Health Risks

When natural gas is burned, the combination of nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds and sunlight produces ground-level ozone, the main ingredient in urban smog. Breathing ozone can trigger harmful health effects, including a racing heart and shortness of breath. Vulnerable populations like young children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with chronic lung and heart 24

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conditions such as COPD are especially at risk. Ground-level ozone also damages crops, trees and other vegetation. Beware when bad weather comes, with overcast skies and wind blowing from the direction of one of these facilities. When socked in by clouds, rain or snow, emissions are known to hug the ground instead of dissipating. If you live near a facility, even a few miles away, stay indoors with your windows closed or evacuate the area. Check an online weather station for the wind direction in your area, and recheck hourly. Be aware, too, that operators of natural gas facilities don’t announce planned “blowdown” events, when extra emissions are vented during maintenance testing. They also don’t send out alerts after emergency blowdowns. In New York State, they don’t do it because they don’t have to. Lax air regulations don’t require them to give blowdown notification, install the best pollutioncontrol technology or implement best practices. Last April, North Salem schools had to cancel all their outdoor sports activities for two days during a blowdown from a metering station about two miles away.

We Must Step Up

The public must demand change. The Westchester County Board of Legislators has submitted to Governor Andrew Cuomo recommendations for reducing pollutants and methane emissions from the oil and gas sector. Other

We are being exposed to unprecedented levels of toxic emissions from natural gas facilities such as gas power plants, gas pipeline valves, compressor stations, and metering and pigging stations that are now operating in our communities, ruining the air we breathe and negatively impacting our health, quality of life and property values. New York towns and counties did the same. We must demand that he direct the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to include every one of these carefully designed recommendations in its new oil and gas emissions regulations, which are now under development. We must also demand that Governor Cuomo direct the Public Service Commission to use its federally granted authority over pipeline safety to immediately suspend gas flow through the Algonquin pipelines at the Indian Point nuclear power plant, which sits near two earthquake fault lines. A potential gas pipeline explosion at this location puts 20 million people within the 50mile impact radius, including New York City, at unimaginable risk. The long-delayed state risk assessment of the co-location of the Algonquin pipelines at Indian Point was only recently released—well after the expanded pipeline’s increased gas flow became operational last year. Operations should cease immediately, until all risks are fully addressed and the full risk assessment has been released to nuclear and pipeline experts possessing security clearances.

Trouble at Home Natural gas plants put the whole earth at risk. But for residents in these New York and Connecticut communities, heavily polluting gas infrastructure facilities make the risk immediate and very close to home: Dutchess County, NY: Cricket Valley gas power plant in Dover (under construction) and Iroquois pipeline compressor station Haverstraw, NY: Bowline gas power plant Minisink, NY: Minisink compressor station (Millennium) Newburgh, NY: Danskammer and Roseton gas power plants Putnam, NY: Algonquin Southeast compressor station Rockland, NY: Algonquin Stony Point compressor station Wawayanda, NY: CPV gas power plant Bridgeport Harbor, CT: Bridgeport Harbor gas power plant (under construction) Chaplin, CT: Chaplin compressor station (Algonquin) Cromwell, CT: Cromwell compressor station (Algonquin) Killingly, CT: NTE Energy gas plant (proposed) Milford, CT: Devon gas power plant New Haven Harbor, CT: gas power plant Oxford, CT: CPV Towantic gas power plant Oxford, CT: Oxford compressor station (Algonquin) Wallingford, CT: gas power plant

Emergency Measures

These natural gas facilities don’t just compromise the safety of our families and neighbors. They threaten the health of our planet. A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicts catastrophic devastation and irreversible damage as soon as 2030 if we continue with “business as usual.” This is an emergency, and we have to treat it like one. Just as our nation ramped up armament production during World War II, we must build up renewable energies and their transmission grid as quickly as possible to save our planet from extinction. At the same time, citizens should push the government at every level to conserve energy and eliminate the use of fossil fuels, especially natural gas, which harms people, wildlife and vegetation. May we prevail in time to rescue our future. Suzannah Glidden and Ellen Weininger are co-founders of Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion (SAPE). For more information about local efforts to stop the proliferation of natural gas facilities, visit, and StopCricketValley. To learn more about the health impact of natural gas, visit

How to Take Action Here are two things you can do right now to protect our communities from the hazards of natural gas: 1) Email and demand that the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation include in their new emissions regulations for gas facilities the most stringent recommendations submitted by counties and towns. 2) Call Governor Andrew Cuomo at 518.474.8390 and tell him to stop the gas flow at Indian Point, release the full risk assessment to pipeline and nuclear experts with security clearance, implement the more stringent gas emissions regulations recommended by counties and towns, stop approving new gas facilities in New York State, and quickly move the state to 100 percent renewable energy.

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Some of the changes NuSpecies has made over the past year are less obvious. For example, it has increased the dosages of key plants and herbs in its LNu formulas, with the goal of giving the body more of what it needs to heal itself, Pelliccio says. The formulas can be used with medications. NuSpecies has also adapted its manufacturing procedures to new Food and Drug Administration regulations for makers of dietary supplements, she says. “We pride ourselves on going above and beyond basic compliance with FDA standards to make safe and effective products,” Pellicio says. “NuSpecies’ formulas, vitamins and minerals have always contained exactly what the label says: raw, organic, natural whole-food ingredients, in dosages appropriate for maintaining and rebuilding health. This is an additional level of testing that guarantees that every batch of products that we make contain the exact ingredients in the exact quantities that our labels claim.” NuSpecies’ “year of change” isn’t over yet. In November, Pelliccio will host the company’s first weekly internet show, Scratch the Surface, which will broadcast on the NuSpecies app and on NuSpecies. com. For more information, visit See ad, page 13.

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5G Technology Meets a Big Obstacle

HEALTH IMPACTS by Patti and Doug Wood


n neighborhoods across the country, telecom crews are busy installing new wireless antennas on telephone poles and lamp posts in anticipation of the next generation of communication technology, known as 5G. There’s a lot of hype about how this new technology will change our lives, and it certainly may, but not necessarily in the way we want or expect. First some background: 5G uses the existing 3G and 4G network and adds a new layer of radiofrequency (RF) microwave radiation to transmit large amounts of data. It’s much faster and more powerful than the existing networks, but it only works over short distances. As a result, the rollout of 5G will require a vast network of millions of new antennas installed in close proximity to homes and apartments. But is constant exposure to RF microwave radiation from wireless antennas safe?

Research Proves Danger

Researchers and cell phone companies have known for years that RF microwave radiation can cause serious health problems, and a recent study by the National Toxicology Program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) confirmed that prolonged exposure to microwave radiation can cause oxidative stress that can lead to cancer. A 2018 study of exposure to radiation from cell towers, conducted by the 28

renowned Ramazzini Institute, in Italy, showed similar biological effects. This and the NIH study build on a large and growing body of published, peer-reviewed, independent (non industry-funded) studies showing biological harm from RF microwave radiation. For years, the wireless industry has downplayed the potential health effects of exposure to this type of radiation, casting doubt on the research (and researchers) and promoting the false narrative that there is no credible science linking exposure with health effects. While science is slow, and it is very difficult to draw a straight line between a particular exposure and a disease, we have sufficient evidence to be extremely careful around RF microwave radiation. That’s why many people are raising questions about the wisdom of installing these powerful 5G antennas so close to our homes.

No Way to Escape

While cell phone users have the option to use a headset, a speakerphone or a car phone, or not to use a cell phone at all if they choose, no such option exists for people who live in close proximity to a 5G wireless antenna. It will be emitting powerful microwave radiation 24/7, every day, week after week, year after year, whether the nearby residents use the service or not. There is no way to escape.

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So do the benefits of 5G outweigh these risks? According to the wireless industry, 5G will facilitate the Internet of Things (IoT), improve the accuracy of driverless cars and help with national security in some unspecified way. While some people may feel that it’s critical to have their toaster talk to their refrigerator, or to have a driverless car navigate its way to their home, it’s hard to argue that these things constitute a necessary public service. The fact is, 5G is not required in residential areas for national security or public safety. It is not needed to improve cell phone service, and will not close the digital or the rural divide. However, it will put certain populations at higher risk for health problems, including unborn children and young children, those with implanted medical devices, the elderly, people with hypersensitivity to RF microwave radiation and anyone with a compromised immune system. In other words, a lot of people.

A Federal Issue

Unfortunately, there is little your local government can do to stop the rollout of 5G. This is a federal issue, and while local governments have limited flexibility on the placement of antennas, only the federal government can stop the industry-funded race to roll out 5G. Citizen groups opposing the wireless build-out are sprouting up wherever 5G antennas are being installed, and many of them have joined together as Americans for Responsible Technology. The organization has also established a website for political action, Most Americans recognize freedom of choice as a fundamental value in our society. No one has the right to force American citizens to endure involuntary exposure to harmful radiation in their own homes. How this issue will be resolved over the next few years remains to be seen. Patti and Doug Wood are the founders and directors of Grassroots Environmental Education, a nonprofit environmental health organization based in Port Washington, NY.




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

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

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he second annual Hudson Valley Vegfest will take place November 3 and 4, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days, in the 42,000-squarefoot events space at Gold’s Fitness Center in Poughkeepsie. Sponsored by the Institute for Animal Happiness, this festival celebrates the benefits of vegan living and explores the issues that drive the vegan Strolling the food aisle at HV Vegfest movement, from food justice to human health concerns to protecting animals and the environment. Last year’s Vegfest drew 2,500 attendees, and organizers say the response is an indication of growing interest in veganism and plant-based options, as more people in the Hudson Valley become aware of the beneficial aspects of making these choices. This year’s festival will feature more than 80 vendors—both local and from around the country—representing a wide array of products and services, including various vegan foods, chefs, authors and innovators, and businesses and nonprofit organizations devoted to change. The lineup of speakers and presentations includes voices from across the spectrum of inclusive and compassion-based activism, such as Alyssa Miller (Deafinitely Vegan); Michael Suchman and Ethan Ciment (Vegan Mos); Omowale Adewale (founder of Black Vegfest and GAMENYC); Carmen Ng and Evelyn Li (Ocka Treats); Robert Grillo (author and founder of Free From Harm); Scott David (Compassion Over Killing); Gretchen Primack (activist and poet); Heather Stadler (Official Fat Vegan); and Dr. Milton Mills (featured in the Netflix film What the Health). And once again this year, Hudson Valley Vegfest will produce zero waste thanks to its partnership with local service Zero to Go. Only six bags of trash from last year’s festival went to the landfill; everything else was composted or recycled. Sari and her vegan family @vegansari Among the festival sponsors are WAMC Northeast Public Radio, Radio Woodstock 100.1 WDST, MadeGood, Zero to Go, and Vegan and Animal Professionals Insurance. Cost: $10 per ticket or $15 for a two-day pass. Children 10 and under free. Veterans $5 (cash at door only). Location: 258 Titusville Rd., Poughkeepsie, NY. For more info, visit or

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THANKSGIVING DESSERTS Plant-Based Pies for Every Palate


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ratitude for the bounty in our lives has been a constant in every American Thanksgiving since the Pilgrims’ first celebration at Plymouth Plantation. What has changed is the menu. Many holiday hosts today wish to be inclusive and respect everyone’s increasingly restrictive dietary needs. A few dishes that offer naturally gluten-free, paleo and plant-based options never go amiss, especially when we’re talking pie. It’s easy to make a plant-based pie—think pumpkin, sweet potato and chocolate. As a bonus, many vegan pies can be made ahead and actually taste better the next day.

The Crust

A mellow nut crust might be the best way to go; pecans or almonds, sweetened with dates, crumbled in the food processor and pressed into a pie pan. It’s deliciously easy and can be made the day before, always a plus at holiday time. Gluten-free vanilla, chocolate or gingersnap cookie crumbs, mixed with a little coconut oil pressed into the pan, can serve as an alternative to nuts.

The Filling

The freshest filling makes the freshest-tasting pie. Winter vegetables such as squash, small sugar or pie pumpkins or sweet potatoes can be baked in the oven and puréed in the food processor days ahead of time. Or, make the purées weeks ahead and freeze them, ready to thaw for a recipe. 32

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Award-winning cookbook author Deborah Madison, author of Seasonal Fruit Desserts: From Orchard, Farm, and Market, in Galisteo, New Mexico, preheats her oven to 375° F. “Cut the squash in half, the pumpkins into quarters, scrape out the seeds and brush the cut surfaces with a vegetable oil such as sunflower or safflower,” she suggests. “Place the squash or pumpkins cutside-down on a sheet pan. Prick sweet potatoes all over with a fork. Bake the vegetables until tender, about 40 minutes,” says Madison. When baked, scoop out the flesh, discard the rinds or skin and purée the flesh in a food processor. About two cups of purée equals a 15-ounce can of pumpkin, sweet potato or butternut squash. Pies made with fresh purées will have a lighter color and flavor. Madison says she prefers natural sweeteners. “Honey and maple syrup are so dynamic—they’re more like foods in their own right than just sweeteners.” Maple and date sugars give pies a deep, caramelized flavor. Always taste test during preparation, recommends Alissa Saenz, of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, who blogs at She loves a big dose of chai spices and little dose of sweetener in her Vegan Chai-Spiced Sweet Potato Pie. But pie is personal. “I recommend tasting your batter to decide if you’d prefer a little more or less of each,” she says.

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Finishing Touches

An ethereal cloud of coconut whipped cream can taste just as delicious as the dairy version, says vegan baker and cookbook author Fran Costigan, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She refrigerates a 14-ounce can of unsweetened, full-fat coconut milk for at least 24 hours. After opening it, she spoons out only the solid coconut cream into a chilled bowl, saving the remaining liquid coconut milk for another use. She whips the coconut cream with an electric mixer until fluffy, adding a natural sweetener and vanilla extract if desired. It all makes for a perfectly healthy plant pie. Judith Fertig writes award-winning cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

Our Pick of Plant Pie Recipes No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Pie Yields: Filling for one nine-inch vegan pecan-date pie crust 18 oz vegan or dairy-free chocolate chips 1 (14-oz) can unsweetened, full-fat coconut milk ½ cup almond or cashew butter Place the chocolate chips in a medium mixing bowl. Spoon the almond butter on top of the chocolate chips. Set aside.

Vegan Pecan-Date Pie Crust The crust takes minutes to make and then press into a pie pan. Yields: One nine-inch pie crust 1½ cups pitted dates, preferably Medjool, coarsely chopped 1½ cups chopped pecans ¼ tsp sea salt 2 tsp coconut oil Soak the dates in hot water for 10 minutes. Remove the dates from the water and pat dry. Place the dates, pecans and salt in the bowl of a food processor and blend until the mixture sticks together. Lightly oil the bottom and sides of a nineinch pie or springform pan.

Spoon the entire can of coconut milk into a saucepan. Over medium heat, stir and bring to a simmer until small bubbles form around the perimeter of the pan. Pour the hot coconut milk over the chocolate chips and almond butter. Make sure all the chocolate is covered with the hot milk. Let it sit for three to five minutes to melt the chocolate. Whisk by hand until the mixture becomes smooth, shiny and dark. Pour into the prepared crust. Refrigerate the completed pie until it is firm and ready to serve. Inspired by and adapted from recipes by Nava Atlas, at, Fran Costigan at and Ashley Adams, who blogs at

Press the date mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the prepared pan. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. Adapted from a recipe by Nava Atlas, of Hudson Valley, NY, vegan cookbook author of Vegan Express: 160 Fast, Easy, & Tasty Plant-Based Recipes. Natural Awakenings recommends using organic, non-GMO (genetically modified) and non-bromated ingredients whenever possible. November 2018


When the sweet potatoes are cool enough to handle, scoop out the insides and place them into a food processor bowl. Add the coconut milk, maple syrup, vanilla, cornstarch, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, cloves and salt. Process the filling until smooth, stopping to scrape the bowl as needed. Pour the batter into a prepared pie crust and smooth out the top with a rubber scraper. Bake about 40 minutes or until it sets.

Vegan Chai-Spiced Sweet Potato Pie

¼ tsp ground cloves ½ tsp sea salt

This pie filling is robust with spices and not too sweet. Add less spice and more maple syrup to taste.

Preheat the oven to 400° F.

Yields: Filling for one nine-inch vegan pecan-date pie crust 2 large sweet potatoes ¾ cup coconut milk 3 Tbsp maple syrup 2 tsp vanilla extract 2 Tbsp arrowroot or tapioca starch 2 Tbsp ground cinnamon 1 Tbsp ground ginger 1 tsp ground cardamom ½ tsp ground nutmeg


Poke a few holes in each sweet potato using a sharp knife. Place the sweet potatoes directly on the oven rack and bake until very soft, about 45 minutes. Or microwave them for about eight minutes, checking every minute or so after the first five minutes. Remove from oven and slice the sweet potatoes open to allow the steam to escape. Let them sit a few minutes to cool.

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Remove the pie from oven and allow it to cool completely before slicing. Top with whipped coconut cream, if desired. Adapted recipe courtesy of Alissa Saenz, of Phoenixville, PA; Connoisseurus

Pecan Pumpkin Custard Pie With no flour, this pie has a softer, more velvety texture. For a thicker filling, simply refrigerate before serving. Yields: Filling for one nine-inch vegan pecan-date pie crust

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Lower the oven temperature to 375° F.

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1 (15-oz) can pumpkin purée 1½ cups unsweetened plant milk such as soy or coconut for the creamiest texture ¼ cup arrowroot or tapioca starch 1 tsp vanilla extract ½ Tbsp pumpkin pie spice ½ tsp sea salt ⅔ cup Medjool dates, pitted Preheat the oven to 350° F. Add all ingredients, except for the starch and dates, into a large pot. Stir well and bring to a simmer. While the pumpkin mixture is heating, prepare a “slurry” by adding two to three tablespoons of water to the starch in a small bowl. Gently mix together until a thick liquid has formed; avoid clumps. Add the slurry to the simmering pumpkin mixture and cook over medium heat for five to six minutes, stirring continuously. Transfer this mixture to a blender or food processor, add in the pitted (unsoaked) Medjool dates and blend until smooth. Pour the filling into a prepared crust, then bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool completely before slicing and serving. Adapted recipe courtesy of Caitlin Shoemaker, of Miami, FL; pecan-pumpkin-custard-pie. November 2018


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Look Good, Feel Good

The future of beauty is organic and all natural Beauty fads tend to come and go, but one trend is here to stay: skin care, hair care and cosmetics that enhance our appearance without compromising our health. Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess Counties have seen a surge in organic and all-natural beauty products and services, so we can look good and feel good too.

Amazon Childhood Informed Natural Skincare Business


atricia Giuliani-Catarina developed her skincare business, OilivingLife, in a tiny apartment kitchen in Mamaroneck. But she developed the wisdom behind her business in a more exotic and faraway place: Manaus, capital of Amazon State in Brazil. “My exposure to nature expanded to a level I never could have imagined when my family moved to Manaus,” Giuliani-Catarina says. “Amazon, with all its natural resources, was awesome. It has the most diverse animals, plants, flowers and trees in the world. So I grew up drinking açai smoothies, eating all kinds of nuts and fruits 20 years ago that people today are now discovering.” That early exposure to nature inspired the launch of OilivingLife, a line of handmade skincare products that Giuliani-Catarina designed to be nontoxic and safe while highly effective. “Your skin is the largest organ of your body, and Patricia Giuliani-Catarina since your skin is porous, it will absorb whatever you put on it,” she says. “That’s why it’s so important to pay close attention to the ingredients in your skincare products. If the products that you use contain harmful ingredients such as harsh, toxic chemicals, colors and fragrances, those ingredients will make their way into your body, your blood and lymphatic system. There is no reason to load our bodies with tons of chemicals used by conventional beauty products. My mission with OilivingLife is to only use ingredients and materials that are safe for our bodies and the environment.”  For more info, email, visit or find OilivingLife on Instagram and Facebook. See ad, page 38. 36

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Organic Skincare Products include Pumpkin with Eminence in Mahopac


n the fall, we love pumpkin in our coffee and our candles. So why not in our skincare products? Pumpkin’s on the menu at Sarah’s House of Health, in Mahopac, where licensed esthetician and Eminence skincare specialist Daniela Hortencio offers spa treatments as well as waxing, microdermabrasion and reflexology. The Pumpkin Latte Hydration Masque is popular with customers wanting to restore their skin’s natural moisture balance, she says. “The masque combines vitamin E and omega-9 nutrients with purée of fresh pumpkin to fight the appearance of aging and environmental stress on skin. Other ingredients include avocado oil, chamomile, lavender and aloe vera.” Since bringing her practice to Sarah’s, Hortencio has also seen a surge of interest in Eminence, a 60-year-old Hungarian organic skincare line. She is the only licensed esthetician in Putnam County authorized to retail Eminence products. “Customers love our Eminence starter sets,” she says. “They’re beautifully packaged, and they’re the perfect introduction to our award-winning skin care. Each set includes one month’s supply of targeted organic products designed to treat specific skin types and concerns.” She says she feels lucky to be practicing at Sarah’s House of Health, which provides “the perfect ambiance” for her clients to relax. “I truly love what I do,” she says. “It means a lot to me to make my clients look good and feel good about themselves.” Location: 900 S. Lake Blvd., Mahopac, NY. For more info, call Hortencio at 914.562.0618 or visit Gift cards are available. See ad, page 38.

Dragonfly Opens in Millwood


hen Dragonfly Hair Studios celebrates its grand opening in Millwood this month, it will be one of the few “green” salons in Westchester, offering Dragonfly Hair Studios eco-conscious products and featuring a spa-like vibe with all-natural elements, right down to its locally crafted coffee mugs. Set for 5 to 9 p.m. November 1, the event is open to the public and will include hors-d’oeuvres, champagne cocktails, music and a gift bag of product samples. Magician Margaret Steele will provide live entertainment, and Pam Cucinell will offer astrology advice. Tara Colavecchio, who co-owns Dragonfly along with Tori Bracco, worked for Chaz Dean in Belair, California, and several top salons in Manhattan. Most of her staff also have years of New York City experience. Astrid Cohen, who worked at Warren Tricomi Salon at the Plaza Hotel, is Dragonfly’s color director and educator. “Tori and I are thrilled to see our vision for the salon come to life, and we look forward to being at the forefront of the green movement in this industry for years to come,” Colavecchio says. In addition to cuts, non-standard color options and blow dry, the salon offers eyelash lifts and tints, hair extensions, waxing and makeup services, and reiki healing sessions and other wellness offerings by appointment. The salon also carries pure Marula oil, which serves multiple functions, from makeup remover to under-eye cream to de-frizzing and styling hair.







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DNA Reprograming for Health and Aging


ne of the most powerful anti-aging tools comes from within us, according to Amy Kowal, owner of Reviva Skin and Body Solutions, in Fishkill. By controlling our mindset through meditation, she says, we can “reprogram” our DNA to keep us more vibrant and youthful. “Dr. Masaru Emoto showed how human Amy Kowal, owner of Reviva Skin consciousness affects the and Body Solutions molecular structure of water. Positive words and thoughts communicated to water enabled it to form beautiful crystals when frozen, while negative communication produced chaotic frozen crystalline forms. As the human body is 60 percent water, those same types of stimuli will affect us in the same manner.” Our DNA field is in direct connection with our body, and it works more efficiently when we increase our vibrational rate, Kowal says. “Disease possesses a low vibration, so when your cellular structure is vibrating at a higher level, disease cannot remain in your body,” she says. “You can support your body in its natural healing and aging functions through meditation and communication. While in a meditative state, you can communicate to your cells that you want them to heal and repair themselves and have a long life span; that you do not need wrinkles or to be ill or to die to experience spiritual growth. Visualize this occurring and how your ideal outcome will look. The reprogramming isn’t automatic, but if you believe it, expect it and focus on it with regular meditative activity, your body will comply.” For more info, call 646.932.2240 or visit


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TURN BACK THE CLOCK Look younger and feel your best.

GreenEarth’s Autumn Facial Prepares Skin for Winter

Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture: A balancing of energy which results in an overall rejuvenating effect of body, mind, and spirit. Benefits: Improvement in the fine lines of the face and a diminishing effect on deeper wrinkles • Moisturized, softer skin and a more even skin tone • Improved muscle tone • Reduction or elimination of rosacea and acne • Fading of age spots and tightening of pores Health Benefits for: Insomnia, Depression, Mild Anxiety, Digestive Symptoms, Better Sense of Well-Being. Call for a 15min. complimentary phone consult.

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inter weather is hard on the skin, and so GreenEarth Organic Facials, in Cortlandt Manor, is offering a Revitalizing Autumn Facial to prepare and protect the skin for the coming months. “It’s important to keep our skin fresh and hydrated, especially when it’s cold,” says spa owner Mary T. Prenon. “This refreshing seasonal facial features new products from our organic, vegan Shira Organics line.” The autumn facial includes double cleansing with seaweed pomegranate cleanser; enzyme exfoliating with an aromatic pumpkin exfoliant; a facial massage with organic grape seed oil; collagen serum and a soothing pumpkin masque; a neck, arm and hand massage with lavender body lotion; and moisturizing with pino noir moisturizer. “Our new Shira Organics line is also vegan and contains plant extracts that are chock-full of antioxidants, humectants and vitamins to keep the skin fresh and moist,” Prenon says. “Our clients especially love the pino noir moisturizer— even if they’re not wine lovers. The resveratrol in red wines is excellent for skin health.” Cost: $85 through the end of December. For more information on GreenEarth’s spa services, call 914.552.0983 or visit See ad, page 38.

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Supercharge Your Immune System

Natural Ways to Stay Healthy by Kathleen Barnes


ike many other health conditions, challenges to our immune systems are on the rise. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 26.5 million adults and kids have asthma, 50 million have allergies and up to 20 percent get the flu each year. Catching a cold is common, with U.S. adults generally coping with two or three a year and children about twice as many. As many as 50 million Americans suffer from autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, celiac and lupus, costing $100 billion a year to treat, which is nearly twice the amount spent on cancer care, according to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association. Initial statistics released 20 years ago estimated that 9 million Americans had autoimmune diseases; a five-fold increase since then illustrates the magnitude of the problem. 40

People that are free of some degree of immune system dysfunction are relatively uncommon.

Identified Culprits

“We are absolutely seeing a rise in immune disorders,” says Michael T. Murray, a doctor of naturopathy in Lyons, Colorado, and author of Chronic Candidiasis: Your Natural Guide to Healing with Diet, Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs, Exercise and Other Natural Methods. “Many factors are responsible for the increase.” He cites the most notable as the widespread use of antibiotics and pesticides; dietary factors, including too much sugar; decreased intake of essential vitamins and minerals; overconsumption of calories in general; lifestyle factors like not getting enough sleep or exercise; excessive alcohol; stress; and exposure to cigarette smoke.

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“The microbiome—the bacterial structure that supports a strong immune system—is largely inherited from the mother during a vaginal birth,” says Sayer Ji, of Miami, Florida, founder of, sponsor of the 2017 Immune Defense Summit and a member of the National Health Federation’s board of governors. “The rising number of Caesarean sections, at nearly one-third of all U.S. births, up from 18 percent in 1997, deprives infants of those naturally occurring bacteria, and can result in immune deficiencies at an early age.” Low-level chronic stress of the kind that occurs in everyday modern life is a leading underlying factor in immune system compromise, says natural health and healing expert Dr. Deepak Chopra, of Carlsbad, California, author of The Healing Self: A Revolutionary New Plan to Supercharge Your Immunity and Stay Well for Life. Along with emotional stress, he points to any kind of inner or outer challenge that pulls us off center. Everyone experiences some stress every day; when unrelieved, it’s been widely shown to have a huge negative impact on our health. “Imbalance can be negative or positive, and so can stress,” says Chopra. “Winning the lottery is just as stressful as going through a divorce. So the challenge isn’t to achieve static balance, but to successfully thrive in stressful surroundings.”

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Internal Communiqués

Medical science now generally agrees that the greatest part of the immune system resides in the gut. “We need those trillions of bacteria that live in the digestive tract. Without them, we are unable to defend ourselves from all types of assaults, including the autoimmune diseases, in which the body turns upon itself,” says Ji. “The immune system lines the large and small intestines,” says Dr. Susan Blum, of Rye Brook, New York, author of The Immune System Recovery Plan: A Doctor’s 4-Step Program to Treat Autoimmune Disease. “The microbes in the gut lining speak to the immune system. Anything that alters the microbes in negative ways—like antibiotics or viral illness, among others—can also negatively alter the immune system.”

Unavoidable Toxin

We can’t avoid the toxic exposure that underlies much of the immune dysfunction we are experiencing today, says Wendy Myers, a functional diagnostic nutritionist in Los Angeles, California, and author of Limitless Energy: How to Detox Toxic Metals to End Exhaustion and Chronic Fatigue. “Toxins, especially heavy metals like lead and mercury, are in the air, water and soil. Since we can’t escape them, we need to know how they are affecting us and work to neutralize them.” Experts agree that immune challenges can be neutralized and overcome with the right diet and lifestyle, stress management and appropriate supplements to restore and maintain the whole system balance needed to flourish in a world of our own making that stresses us on every level. Cozine/

challenge diet in which gluten, dairy, corn, soy and eggs are all eliminated for three weeks. People with arthritis should also eliminate nightshades like tomatoes and potatoes. “Then add back in the eliminated foods one at a time and carefully note the body’s reaction. It’s not that hard to get a clear picture of what aggravates inflammation such as arthritis pain,” Blum says.

The Right Food

Eliminating wheat and dairy can end half of current immune system dysfunction through helping to repair the microbiome and healing the immune system, Ji believes. As one example, “If my mom had known I was allergic to cow’s milk when I was a child, I wouldn’t have suffered for 20 years with bronchial asthma,” he says. An anti-inflammatory diet also speeds gut healing and strengthens the immune system, says Blum. Highlights of her program for a basic clean-up include

The Right Supplements Multivitamins: “High-quality vitamin

and mineral supplements are foundational to immune health,” Murray says. “Vitamins C, E and B and selenium are especially important.”

Digestive enzymes: “Digestive eliminating anything white (sugar and all products made with flour); eating quality fats (cold-pressed vegetable oils, nuts and seeds); protein (grass-fed beef, organic and free-range poultry, wild game and wildcaught fish); organic fruits and vegetables as much as possible and fermented foods daily; limiting and preferably eliminating dairy; and reading labels and banishing additives, chemicals and processed foods. According to CDC statistics, almost everyone has some level of immune dysfunction, so this clean-up diet will benefit most of us, Blum says. After a basic regimen of three weeks or longer, she recommends exploring an elimination and

enzymes are key to restoring gut health, and thereby healing the immune system. They’re useful in reducing immunemediated inflammation in autoimmune disorders,” Murray explains. Australian research from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research confirms that supporting the immune system helps heal inflammation and autoimmune diseases. Instead, these are commonly treated with immune system suppressants that leave the patient with diminished resistance to other diseases. Raw foods, especially pineapple and papaya, are good sources of digestive enzymes. They’re also available as supplements.

Prebiotics and probiotics: Prebiotics,

plant fibers that ferment in the colon helping to increase desirable bacteria in the gut, and probiotics, live beneficial bacteria, help restore balance in the microbiome, effectively feeding and strengthening the immune system. Myers suggests that declining levels of friendly bacteria in the gut may actually mark the onset of chronic degenerative disease.

Vitamin D: Several studies, including

one from Israel, have shown that people with the highest vitamin D levels have the lowest number of upper respiratory infections. “To ensure optimal vitamin D status, many health advocates, myself included, are recently advocating daily dosages of 2,000 to 5,000 international units (IU), even in apparently healthy adults,” Murray says.   November 2018



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charides; soluble fiber naturally occurring in the cell walls of grains, bacteria, yeast, algae and fungi. Natural sources include oats, barley, seaweed, and shitake and reishi mushrooms. In supplements, look for products extracted by fermentation if grain or yeast is a concern. These sugars are known to help prevent and shorten durations of colds and flu and provide relief for allergies and sinus congestion, and may help regulate an overactive immune response in cases of autoimmune disorders. Both internal and external factors can affect us all the way to the cellular level. Chopra says, “You are talking to your genes all the time, and what you say affects every cell in your body. Through lifestyle choices, you can make healing decisions rather than damaging ones.” Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous natural health books including The Calcium Lie: What Your Doctor Still Doesn’t Know, with Dr. Robert Thompson. Connect at  


Flu Shot or Not

he effectiveness and safety of flu shots has long been questioned. At best, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reckons that the flu vaccine is 60 percent effective and less so for those older than 65. Plus, it admits it will have zero effect if scientists wrongly project which strains will be prevalent in the coming year. Having a strong immune system is the best bet to prevent flu, says Sayer Ji, founder of Further protection can be found in vitamin D, says Naturopathic Doctor Michael T. Murray. He notes, “It may prove to be more effective and less costly than conventional flu shots.” If a cold or flu strikes, Murray suggests zinc lozenges. For coughs, German research from the Department of Integrative Gastroenterology at the Kliniken Essen-Mitte shows that a South African medicinal plant, Pelargoniium

sidoides, commonly known as Umckloab (an ingredient in Umcka ColdCare) is especially effective in treating coughs caused by colds, bronchitis and sinusitis.

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Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

Nurturing Creative Kids

~Mahatma Gandhi

Hobbies Engage and Grow Healthy Kids


by Marlaina Donato

nplugging with creative and fun activities fosters skills that can last a lifetime. Studies published by the National Endowment for the Arts Office of Research & Analysis show that participating in performing and visual arts enhances children’s social skills and emotional processing, builds confidence and improves academic aptitude. “Not every child needs to play a team sport. Team experiences such as working with peers toward a goal, learning to win and lose gracefully and to get along with others can also be learned through the arts,” explains Antonella D’Aloia, a developmental and expressive art teacher with The Whole Child, in Upton, Massachusetts. “Both crafts and expressive artistic creation have huge benefits because they’re usually seen as nonthreatening activities, especially for kids with anxiety or on the autism spectrum. Art offers a safe place in which they can hone new responses to difficult feelings.”


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Earth-Based Self-Expression

Weaving, scrapbooking, making friendship bracelets and other art projects involving organic or re-usable materials can demonstrate sustainability while teaching children how to follow directions, cultivate patience and strategize. Healthy cooking classes are a creatively engaging avenue for youths to learn about connections between a healthy Earth and maintaining personal health. Expressing themselves through the visual arts, drama and dance promotes problem-solving and innovation, as does joining a science or Lego club. “It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money to try new things,” stresses D’Aloia. “Go to local school concerts, plays and art exhibits. Look for public art in your area. Local libraries often offer great activities for kids.”

Mindful Investments

Instilling mindfulness in children can be both fruitful and far-reaching. “Origami—


the Japanese art of paper folding without cuts or glue—is a quintessential hobby for centeredness. The act of folding paper is so engrossing that one is very present and in the moment,” says Kathleen Sheridan, origami master and founder of Origami and You, in St. Paul, Minnesota. “Origami stimulates both sides of the brain and helps to build self-esteem. Most of all, it’s fun, portable and inexpensive.” Fostering imagination and using the written word through journaling or storytelling nourishes a child’s inner world. “Creating a short story requires divergent thinking; young writers use their imaginations to generate unique ideas for characters, settings, plots and conflicts. We help them think deeply, write authentically and respect the perspectives of others, while learning to create and share their own stories and experiences,” explains Kimberly O’Connor, young writers program director at Lighthouse Writers Workshops, in Denver, Colorado. “Expressing the exact shape of an iris or the sound of a cricket, for example, requires intense curiosity and attention, two qualities that can serve children and teens indefinitely,” she explains. Such skills can help students anywhere—in the classroom, on the sports field and later, when they begin to search for and find jobs. According to Stanford University research published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, learning an instrument helps to improve children’s reading skills, especially those struggling with dyslexia and other learning challenges. Researchers at the German Institute for Economic Research revealed that learning music amplifies cognitive and non-cognitive skills twice as much as engaging in sports, dance or theater arts. The Wellbeing Project, in Great Britain, has inspired activities such as sewing to benefit well-being. According to research

Links to More Discoveries Crafting a Green World: The Home for Green Crafts and Materials, YouTube all-level instructional videos from,

Healthy Family Guide

YouTube intermediate-level origami videos from Jeremy Shafer, From juggling to calligraphy, broad-spectrum activity ideas, Scrapbooking for kids, Benefits of journaling, Eco-friendly fabric companies for sewing projects, Vintage sewing patterns online database,


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Eco-Packaging Progress Report

Innovative Uses of Pulp, Paper and Mushrooms by Avery Mack

Manufacturers need to protect their products from damage and theft, and also want them to stand out on retail shelves. A common result has been hard-to-open containers relying on excessive cardboard and plastic. Today, more manufacturers are responding to consumer requests for less packaging, making it easier on both people and the planet.


hether shopping online or in a local store, more eco-friendly options are available and they’re worth seeking out. In grocery stores, look for cellophane packaging made from corn, wheat or potatoes that replaces traditional plastic packaging used for candy, spices, nuts, produce and bath products. Cellulose, made from sustainably harvested wood pulp, one of nature’s most abundant materials, makes for a sturdy bio- and marine-degradable bag that is suitable for home composting. Resistant to oil, fat and grease, it is also microwavable and oven-safe at low temperatures. Fenugreen uses antibacterial, antifungal spices infused into a tea that is soaked into clean, biodegradable FreshPaper. It works in conjunction with store packaging or storage containers to keep bread, fruit, vegetables and cheese fresh. Kavita Shukla, founder and CEO, says, “Each paper lasts about a month. A distinct, maple-like scent says the paper is actively working to keep food fresh two to four times longer than usual, preventing food waste due to spoilage.”


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Quinn Snacks’ revolutionary Pure Pop Bag of microwave popcorn contains no genetically modified corn, synthetic chemicals or plastic coatings, so unlike other brands, its packaging is compostable and biodegradable. Consumers add the included salt and spices after the popping, allowing the addition of natural ingredients while maintaining the integrity of the food’s natural oil and flavor. Food carry-out used to mean polystyrene (Styrofoam) containers, but now consumers have the safer option of pulp products that break down completely in backyard compost heaps or through commercial recycling. The pulp comes from North American-sourced hardwoods, which reduces its travel footprint and supports environmentally aware suppliers. Mycelium, another Styrofoam substitute, uses mushroom roots as glue to hold together other sustainable, compostable agriculture byproducts like corn stalks. The result creates shipping materials that cradle wine bottles, computers and other fragile items to prevent breakage.

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In beauty products, look for refillable glass jars. While glass is endlessly recyclable, it carries a large carbon footprint. Glass is heavy and must be transported, sometimes out of state, to reach a treatment plant. Furnaces capable of melting glass containers must run nonstop at about 2,600 degrees Fahrenheit. Taking the time to refill glass jars saves energy and prevents greenhouse gas emissions. Some personal products such as deodorant are available in paper pushup tubes. Standard plastic tubes can be difficult to empty completely and are sometimes made of more than one type of plastic, which makes them non-recyclable. Eco-friendly packaging can be especially challenging for small businesses. Katherine Dexter, owner of Wild House Body Care, in College Station, Texas, says, “I needed a green product that was oilproof and waterproof. One of the best I’ve found for wrapping solid lotion bars is an unbleached, soy waxed paper. It works as effectively as paraffin-coated waxed paper and is 100 percent biodegradable.” She uses sustainable and natural materials for all of her product packaging. As part of the adult coloring book craze, Najeeb Kahn, founder of the Monthly Coloring Club, noticed books were shipped shrink-wrapped, so the club has switched to compostable and recycled rigid cardboard mailers. Online mattress sales have increased from a 5 percent market share in 2016 to 10 percent in 2017, thanks to moneyback guarantees, free in-home trials and innovative compressed mattress-in-a-box delivery. A mattress is squashed to fit in a box measuring 18 by 44 inches; about the size of a medium file cabinet. One person can easily carry it up stairs or around corners. Released from the box, the foam mattress expands to normal size in eight to 12 hours. The cardboard package can be reused or recycled. Email manufacturers to either congratulate them on better choices or complain about excess. Each purchase voices an opinion. Let’s make it count. Connect with the freelance writer via








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SAFE DRINKING WATER Home Systems to Purify H2O

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mericans trust bottled more than tap water, but that confidence might work better if reversed. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) notes that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) monitors tap water for more than 90 contaminants, and it must meet the strict standards of the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974. Nationally distributed bottled water, under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, isn’t as carefully or frequently checked. A quarter of all bottled water is actually filtered tap water, reports the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Concern about safe tap water is relatively recent—in the 1960s, for instance, people worried more about fluoridation than contamination. But since 1990, partly driven by bottled water ads, Gallup polls have shown tap water concerns rising; 63 percent of us now worry about our drinking water “a great deal”. Bottled water is usually safe to drink, but isn’t environmentally friendly. Plastic bottle production in the U.S. requires 17.6 million barrels of oil annually, reports the nonprofit Riverkeeper; plus the energy used to transport it to market, refrigerate


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it and collect the empties equals filling the bottles a quarter full of oil. Then, 77 percent of discards end up in the landfill, the Earth Day Network reports. Retail costs range from 89 cents a serving to $8 a gallon for designer water, averaging $1.11 a gallon, compared to .002 cents per gallon for tap water.

What’s in Tap Water Legitimate concerns about tap water exist, mostly because homes built before 1986 likely have lead in their pipes, solder and fixtures, possibly contaminating municipally sourced water. Well water is also susceptible to outside contamination from chemicals and microorganisms that must be monitored. Because lead accumulates in stagnated water in pipes, run the water until it gets as cold as possible; up to two minutes if the taps haven’t been turned on in six hours or more. Other chemicals found in tap water include low levels of chlorine, arsenic, nitrates, atrazine, perchlorate and pathogens, reports the NRDC. Pharmaceutical products can also get into tap water, warns the World Health Organization (WHO). A recent study from the EWG and North-

eastern University, in Boston, showed small quantities of toxic chemicals in tap water serving 15 million Americans in 27 states.

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Filter Options Filters can allay tap water worries from municipal or well supplies. Several types—tap-mounted, under-sink and pitchers—are effective and affordable, ranging from $20 to $300. Seek filters certified by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) testing agency that check for specific contaminants of concern. NSF-42 coding certifies filters that improve water taste and remove both chlorine and particulate matter. NSF-53 is more stringent and requires removal of metals and harmful chemicals. The highest standard, NSF-401, covers filters that eliminate bacteria, pesticides/herbicides and residue from drugs like ibuprofen. Activated carbon filters, which require regular replacement cartridges, remove large particles like sediment and silt. Reverse osmosis filters remove dissolved inorganic solids (including salts) by pushing tap water through a semi-permeable membrane. Ultraviolet water purification is effective at treating bacteria and viruses, but not contaminants such as chlorine, volatile organic compounds or heavy metals. Charcoal pitcher filters are the most common, easiest to use and least expensive, although cartridges add to the cost and are only effective for processing about 40 gallons each. To save money, DIY products allow individuals to refill used cartridges with new activated charcoal. Filter pitchers need to be cleaned regularly because the charcoal can leak, producing mildew, calcium and grime. Faucet-mounted models are easy to install and can be switched easily from filtered to unfiltered water (e.g., for washing up). Under-sink filters and cartridges are effective for up to 200 gallons, but more challenging to install. Connecting to refrigerators and ice makers makes installation more complex, and leakage can be an issue; countertop filters take up space, but are less likely to clog. Consumer Reports says reverse osmosis filters are effective at removing contaminants, but can operate slowly, consume cabinet space, need periodic cleaning with bleach and create three to five gallons of wastewater for every gallon filtered. WHO indicates that conventional municipal water treatment processes can remove about half of the compounds associated with pharmaceutical drugs. Advanced treatment like reverse osmosis and nanofiltration can be more efficient, removing up to 99 percent of large pharmaceutical molecules. The first step is a water test. Some state and local health departments offer free test kits and they are also sold at hardware stores. Certified laboratories test tap water samples, with information often available from the local water provider. Find a state-by-state list of certified labs plus program contacts at The EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline is 800-426-4791. Jim Motavalli, of Fairfield, CT, is an author, freelance journalist and speaker specializing in clean automotive and other environmental topics. Connect at

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yths abound regarding proper hydration—many of them encouraged by purveyors of bottled water. Gauge personal hydration know-how by answering these true-or-false questions.


If we’re thirsty, we’re already dehydrated.

True. Our kidneys let us know when we need water by sending a “thirsty” message to the brain. “If you ignore that warning, it will go away and other symptoms will occur, such as headache, brain fog, muscle cramps and dry, cool skin, making the dehydration more serious,” warns Chiropractor Livia Valle, of Valins Chiropractic, in Smithtown, New York.


We must drink eight glasses of water every day.

False. Eating fruits and vegetables also bolsters hydration (watermelon and spinach are almost 100 percent water by weight), as do milk, juice and herbal tea, advises the Mayo Clinic.


It’s impossible to overhydrate.

False. Although rare, hyponatremia can result from some diseases, medications and consuming too much water too quickly, causing sodium (salt) levels to plummet; this can lead to nausea and coma, to which marathon runners can be prone (


Electrolyte-enhanced drinks beat out water.

False. Experts say that for most people most of the time, plain water hydrates just as well, which is good news, considering the sugar and artificial dyes in Gatorade and similar electrolyte drinks. Even for athletes, hydrating with electrolytes is called for only after more than an hour of intense, sweaty exercise, according to the American College of Sports Medicine. If concerned about hydrating on an active, steamy day, consider stirring additive- and sugar-free electrolyte tablets or powder into water.


Caffeine causes dehydration.

False. A UK University of Birmingham study of 50 people that drank three to six cups of coffee daily found no significant effects on hydration—perhaps because the water in coffee and tea makes up for any dehydrating effects.


The volume of urine is a better hydration indicator than its color.

True. “Urine color varies based on many factors, including diet,” says exercise physiologist Mary Jayne Rogers, Ph.D., of Albuquerque, New Mexico. “But if you are not producing much urine, it can be a sign that your body is clinging to water and may need more.” November 2018


Having a relaxed routine such as reading a book, doing some yoga poses or listening to peaceful music can be a great way to unwind and ready the body and mind for sleep.

How to Get the Best Rest by Brielle Bleeker


good night’s sleep is crucial to health and well-being. Along with diet and exercise, getting enough sleep is an important factor in maintaining our healthiest life. Unfortunately, people are getting less and less sleep nowadays, and their quality of sleep has been affected as well. Poor sleep is associated with an increased risk of obesity and depression, a weakened immune system, increased inflammation, lack of concentration and a reduction in the ability to be productive in daily activities. But with all those alarming facts also comes hope. There are many ways to enhance our sleep environment to ensure a quality rest. Having a bedtime routine and a regular nighttime schedule will help optimize quality of sleep. Going to bed and waking up at the same time will make us feel more energized and ready to have a productive day. If we’re getting enough sleep, we should be able to wake up at the same time every day without the use of an alarm clock. It may be tempting to sleep in on 50

the weekends after a long week, but doing so can disrupt the body’s internal clock, causing natural sleep patterns to be thrown off. Napping can be a great way to catch up on lost sleep when done correctly. Naps should last no more than 20 minutes and always be in the afternoon. Keeping anything with a bright screen out of the bedroom is imperative to restful sleep. Avoiding phones, tablets, television and computers at least one hour before bedtime can help keep sleep disruptions at bay. Make sure the bedroom is completely dark to keep melatonin levels regulated. Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone controlled by exposure to light. In a dark environment, the brain secretes more melatonin, helping induce sleep. When it’s light, the brain secretes less, ensuring the body will be more alert. This explains why exposure to sunlight first thing in the morning is the best way to start the day on the right track. Diet and exercise also play a large role in getting better sleep. Studies show that regular daily activity, even moderate exer-

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cise like walking, can improve sleep habits. It is well known that diet plays a huge role in health, but just as important as what we eat, when we eat can also have an impact on sleep. Avoiding sugary and carb-heavy foods, as well as cutting back on liquids in the evening, can play a role in whether or not quality sleep is achieved. Creating a positive sleep environment, both mentally and physically, can help alleviate the stress and worry that often plague people at bedtime. Having a relaxed routine such as reading a book, doing some yoga poses or listening to peaceful music can be a great way to unwind and ready the body and mind for sleep. An essential part of getting great rest is making sure bedroom furniture, particularly the bed, is comfortable and safe. Indoor pollution from dust and chemicals found in and on furniture can wreak havoc on sleep by causing breathing difficulties and many other issues, like thyroid disorder from the off-gassing of polyurethane foam and chemical flame retardants contained in bedding. An organic mattress is made without dangerous flame retardants and doesn’t emit toxic gases that can disrupt sleep and cause a number of detrimental health issues. Purchasing an organic mattress is an excellent choice for people striving to be healthy and well-rested. Planning for a good night’s sleep is an effective way to promote optimal health. Healthy Choice Organic Mattress is located at 544 Main St., in Beacon, and 681 E. Main St. in Mt. Kisco. For more information, call 914.241.2467 or visit See ad, back cover. Brielle Bleeker is a writer for Natural Awakenings magazine.

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risti Nelson has dedicated her career to leading, funding and strengthening organizations committed to progressive social and spiritual change. Today, at the helm of the Network for Grateful Living, she is helping awaken thousands of people around the world to the life-changing practice of gratefulness. Co-founded by Benedictine monk, teacher and author David Steindl-Rast, the network offers educational programs and practices that inspire and guide a commitment to grateful living, and spark the transformative power of personal and societal responsibility. Earlier in her career, Nelson founded a values-based fundraising, consulting, training and leadership coaching company, working with groups such as the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, Buddhist Peace Fellowship and the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. She also served in director-level positions for the Soul of Money Institute, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society. Nelson lives in Western Massachusetts with her family, grateful to be surrounded by the wonders of the natural world and connected to a vibrant, loving and grateful global community.

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Gratefulness is a proactive orientation to life that originates inside. You wake with a sense of thankful awareness for the gift of another day, of all the miraculous things your body did overnight to keep you alive and healthy and an all-encompassing sense of the great fullness of life. Gratitude is more of a response to something going well; anything from receiving the perfect present to five green lights on the way home to beautiful weather. It can become an addictive pursuit to try to get life to deliver something positive again and again, whereas gratefulness emanates from a more unconditional core. Thanksgiving bubbles up when we’re so filled with a sense of gratefulness—that great fullness—that we overflow into finding ways to express thanks aloud and in actions, such as delivering praise or being of service.

In what way is happiness related to gratefulness?

The truth is that it’s not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy. We can have all the things that should make us happy, and that we wish would make us happy, but unless we feel grateful for what we have, it’s likely nothing will truly make us happy. Happiness can be susceptible to outside circumstance, whereas gratefulness is an orientation we can more consistently maintain.

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How do we cultivate gratefulness as a way of being, rather than an intermittent feeling?

It’s a three-step process: stop, look and go. First, we pause to be present; slow down enough to notice all the things for which we can be grateful. Second, we enlarge our perspective to take nothing for granted and acknowledge that life is short and uncertain, so we are grateful each day we wake up. This step is also about being aware of our privileges, starting with our ability to see, hear, move about and function. It keeps us aware, awake and alert. Consider how we feel when electricity returns after an outage or when we can use our hand or foot after a cast comes off. Within minutes, we can forget how appreciative we were for those things, so we need to build reminders into our lives. Third, we generate possibilities. Find ways to express appreciation or nurture something we care about by engaging in an actively grateful way. Even when we suffer hardship, shifting our awareness to notice whatever is sufficient, abundant and beautiful enables us to be grateful. This creates a ripple effect, bringing more reasons to be grateful. It’s a radical way to live.

Which other qualities of life that people now seek give you hope?

It gives me hope when people seek contentment. Paradoxically, discontent gives me hope too, because when people recognize injustice and social biases, it pushes us to engage; to stand up and take note of what’s not okay and needs to be changed. Love also gives me hope, especially when individuals seek to love more generously, inclusively and compassionately. It brings me the most hope of all when I see people building bridges and stretching their own capacity to love beyond their comfort zone. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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ABUNDANT LIVING 10 Practices Open Doors by Dennis Merritt Jones


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Be aware we live in an expanding universe: The creative life force of the universe constantly conspires for our good as we consciously participate in the process. Be accountable for individual consciousness: How we perceive ourself and our world defines our experience. Changing our point of view can change everything. Be focused: Establish and maintain a disciplined mind, focusing on what’s right with life rather than what’s wrong.

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Be in the flow: The law of circulation manifests as either a cornucopia of more than enough or a vortex of not enough, depending on how freely energy flows through us. Remember that we are the gatekeeper that directs the flow.

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Be passionate: Honoring our passions sets us free from the tyranny of a joyless life. Unearthing and living what creates joy, love and peace brings the gift of our authentic self to the party called life. Be blessed: To be blessed and know it is to affirm that we are a whole person, with nothing missing. Sharing our abundance becomes our daily norm. This state of being blesses our world. Be of service: When we serve others selflessly, we are recognizing that they matter. When someone knows they matter, they are intrinsically guided to demonstrate it in ways that serve others… and the circle is complete. Be courageous: Boldly move beyond false limits to horizons that call us to new levels of self-expression and fulfillment, often in collaboration with a spirited community. Be a catalyst for good: Such actions connect us directly to the secret of creating an abundant life—our innate oneness with the universe. Dennis Merritt Jones, D.D., of St. Petersburg Beach, FL, speaks and writes books on human potential and spirituality. His latest, The Art of Abundance, is the source of this essay. Connect via

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Be Thankful Every Day by Terry Chriswell


very November as Thanksgiving rolls around, we’re reminded to be grateful; literally “giving thanks” for all we have. What if we put that mindset into practice every day of the year?


Make a choice to focus on aspects of your life that make you feel thankful and appreciative. Is the glass half-empty or half-full? In reality it’s both, but what you are conditioned to look at first? Gratitude requires a perspective shift, and an awareness of the many things, people and circumstances we take for granted. A gratitude practice fosters heightened awareness and creates a feedback loop known as a “virtuous circle.”


Notice how you compare from a place of deficiency. We try to keep up with the Joneses but the competition is all in our heads. When we compare ourselves to others (or someone does it for us, by “shoulding” on us), we feel less powerful, less important, inadequate, unsure about who we are and what we’ve done. You can’t possibly feel gratitude when you are focused on lack. That race is simply unwinnable.


Focus on present self and the glass is already half-full. You are valuable; you have important contributions to make to the world; and you are the reason someone has a smile on her face or an extra tip in his pocket. You are special and unique, so have gratitude simply for who you are, as you are, every day. How many ways can you find to be grateful about yourself? An “attitude of gratitude” affects everything. When you focus each day on things, people and situations you appreciate, that positive flow of energy will extend to other areas of your life. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to automatically think in terms of gratitude and appreciation? Instead of feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt, you will experience your life as full and rich and vibrant, looking forward to even more. Excerpted from “Moving Toward Happy” by Terry Chriswell, author and co-publisher of Natural Awakenings, Mile High Colorado Edition. She can be reached at November 2018


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Ease Repetitive Strain Injuries Targeted Exercises Lower Risk of Injury by Marlaina Donato


eekend athletes, office workers and hobbyists greatly benefit from a balanced array of regular exercises as a preventive measure against injury. In our technological age, repetitive strain injury (RSI) is all too common, and anyone using a computer daily can be at risk. Sedentary lifestyles help set the stage for injury.


RSI is classified as a cumulative trauma disorder that can affect muscles, tendons and nerves of not only the forearm and hand, but also the neck and shoulders. Symptoms may include pain, weakness, numbness or compromised motor control. Carpal tunnel syndrome is just one example.

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“Repetitive injuries occur by executing the same motions over and over again with little or no variation, and become syndromes when they occur frequently or chronically,” says Brian Lebo, a strength and conditioning coach and director of the Athletic Performance Training Center, in North Royalton, Ohio.

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Poor posture, faulty movement technique and lack of periodic breaks from activities can play a major role in developing any form of RSI. “I find that people that maintain a balanced exercise routine tend to do the best in jobs that apply repetitive stresses. People that sit at a desk need core strengthening, flexibility work in the hips, wrists and hands, and work on the neck flexors of the cervical spine,” says Felipe J. Mares, a physical therapist and owner of PT First Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. “People that exercise on a daily basis, regardless of their job, hold up better at work. There’s a lot of stored equity in muscle tissue and strength that comes in handy.” Lebo elaborates, “Exercise is critical for improving quality of life for people that suffer from repetitive injuries or RSI because it provides variation from repetitive movement, strengthens muscle and connective tissue, stabilizes joints and improves the body’s response to physical stress. For people with desk jobs, I recommend taking 10 minutes to get up every hour on the hour and move around. Focus on mobility.”

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The impulse to get outside, engage in a sport or push through limitations on weekends can lead to injury if exercising is not also part of the work week. “Do something on weekdays to support your weekend activity to prepare and strengthen your body specifically for it,” says Lebo. “For recreational athletes, I recommend performing some type of strength training to support the demands and movement patterns of your activity. For tendinitis or inflammation of the tendons—the most common type of repetitive injury—exercise can reverse or minimize injury following appropriate rest, together with physical therapy when indicated.” Basic strength training, maintaining a healthy weight and staying hydrated all help prevent injury and decrease the risk of reoccurrence.“Repetitive injuries that I see often are iliotibial band syndrome, patellofemoral syndrome, lower back pain and rotator cuff injuries. The main cause of these is overuse, faulty alignment and muscle compensation,” says Brooke Taylor, a functional training expert and owner of Taylored Fitness NY Ltd., in New York City. “Functional training engages the body in multiplanar movements that simulate everyday motions. This forces the body to work as one unit, as opposed to isolating various body parts. The beauty is that with a well-designed program, you leave no muscle untouched. Functional training is beneficial for everyone, and one hour of training a day can make a huge difference. Get out and explore different activities and work opposing muscles. Make all parts of the body work as one,” counsels Taylor. Whether injuries occur at the desk, on the soccer field or not at all, keeping the body fit is key. Mares reminds us that exercise is like sleep—something we all need and cannot avoid, saying, “Exercise is the great equalizer in life.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer and authors books related to the fields of alternative health and spirituality. Connect at It’s FREE to post your events on our ONLINE calendar. Find and post last minute events on our website: November 2018


Why Your Mind Loves Hiking by Roger Dubin

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started hiking right around the time I began regularly practicing mindfulness and meditation. What I realized early on was that on days when I hike, I don’t need to meditate. The hike, when performed with the right intentions, is my mindfulness practice. I initially thought of hiking as a great way to get exercise, but it quickly became much more than that. For me, it soothes my mind while it nourishes my body, alleviating stress and anxiety. I like to hike at least three days a week. On those days, the most amazing thing happens to me—and it always happens. As soon as I get a few miles from home in the direction of a trailhead, my mood begins to elevate and a rush of endorphins envelope me. A smile invariably comes to my face, and I thank God and the universe that I have such a wealth of natural beauty around me, and the health and energy to enjoy it. Here are some tips for hiking mindfully: When selecting a hike, make sure you know where you’re going, how much time you have and whether your stamina and energy match the route you’re considering. The key factors here are distance, terrain and elevation gain. You can evaluate these factors by using a hiking map and consulting with various hiking resources in print and online. Most of them rate trails from Easy to Strenuous or Difficult. Start slowly, adding miles and elevation gain as you begin moving more effectively and building endurance.


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When on the trail, focus on your breathing, as well as the sights, sounds and scents and the feeling of the ground under your feet. Pay close attention to the placement of your feet so you don’t trip on tree roots or twist your ankle on rocks. And watch for loose dirt, moss or wet leaves on hard surfaces, as these can be slippery. Your mind may wander to what you are doing next, or simply finishing the hike. When it does, focus on your breathing and the trail. Bring yourself back into the moment and what you are experiencing through all your senses. Focus on the journey, not the destination or the next activity. Be sure to stretch before and after hiking, as you would with other sports. During a longer hike, I will often stop periodically to stretch my calves and hamstrings. Do not rush. Keep a pace that allows you to take everything in and walk with care and intention. This will help you avoid injury and strengthen your joints and flexibility over time. Most of all, have fun and enjoy! In addition to being the marketing director of the NYC Edition of Natural Awakenings magazine, Roger Dubin is the supervisor for more than 50 miles of trails in southeastern Harriman State Park (managed by the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference). Follow him on Instagram @MrNaturalNYC. If you have questions or need tips, email him at

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1 Gyrokinesis for Movement Professionals – Nov 1, 15, Dec 6, 20, Jan 3, 17. 1-2:15pm. A movement technique promoting length and strength through repetition, flow and three dimensional patterns. $75 6-week series. Cold Spring Yoga, 75 Main St. Death Cafe Meeting – 4-6pm. With Rev. Lynda Elaine Carre. Special presentation: Wisdom Arts for Dying. Followed by the Death Cafe of Northern Westchester meeting. Free. Katonah Village Library, 26 Bedford Rd, Katonah. Info:

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Shamanic Reiki Master Practitioner Training Weekend – Nov 2-4. 6-9pm/Fri; 10am-5pm/Sat and Sun. With Melanie Ryan. Immerse oneself in the teachings of the deep mystery and ancient wisdom of shamanism and reiki healing. $435. Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462. Shamanic Reiki Healing Circle – 7-9pm. With Alison Jolicoeur, Shamanic Reiki Master Teacher. Beacon of Light Wellness Center. Info: 845.202.3515; Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation and group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Second annual Hudson Valley Vegfest – 11am6pm. Nov 3 & 4. Celebrates the benefits of vegan living and explores the issues that drive the vegan movement, from food justice to human health concerns to protecting animals and the environment. $10 per ticket or $15 for a two-day pass. Children 10 and under free. Veterans $5 (cash at door only). 258 Titusville Rd., Poughkeepsie. Info: Healthy Cooking – 11am-3pm. Class from soup to nuts. Preparing one’s foods for optimum assimilation. Private location. Register/cost info, Lorraine: 845.416.4598. Reiki 1 & 2 – 11am-4pm.With Reiki Master Marcus Feighery. $275. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765.

Energy Workers Expo & Fair – 11-4pm. Reiki, reflexology, Vedic astrology, destiny card readings, psychic medium, Chinese medicine and natural beauty, gifts. Free entrance. Devotion Yoga of Westchester, 2055 Albany Post Rd, Croton on Hudson. 914.930.7707. Introduction to Thai Yoga Bodywork – 4-6pm. With Branis Buslovich. Beacon of Light Wellness Center. Info: 845.202.3515;

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5 Medicare Info at The Kent Library – 6pm. With Independent insurance agent Jacqueline Gallagher. Program provides lots of important info. Light refreshments will be served. Registration required. The Kent Library, 17 Sybil’s Crossing off Route 52. Info: 845.225.8585;    Bedford Audubon’s Book Club – 6:30pm/refreshments; 7pm/book discussion . This month we will be reading H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald. Free. Meet at Bylane. Register/join the Bedford Audubon Book Club with Susan: 914.302.9713. Info: Support Circle – 6:30-7:45pm. With Kacey Morabito Grean. Want to lose weight, find a job or just connect with like-minded people? Brainstorm, network and be inspired. $20. Mariandale Retreat Center, 299 N Highland Ave, Ossining. Info: 914.941.4455. Restorative Yoga and Reiki – Nov 5, 12, 19 and 26. 7:30-8:45pm. With Kat and Paul Narad. Kat guides the class through restorative asanas while Paul performs individual energy healing on students. $25. Balance Wellness Studio, 1851 E Main St, Rte 6, Mohegan Lake. Must RSVP: 914.374.1471.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6 Qi Gong Classes – November 6, 13, 20 and 27. 6:30-7:30pm. $10. Sacred Space Healing Arts. 436 Main St, Beacon. 845.416.4598.

Open House at Yellow Monkey Village – 2-6pm. Family-friendly mini yoga sessions at 02Living, collaborative therapeutic art with Mika McLane, Ayurvedic Wellness with Dr. Somesh Kaushik and children’s fashion at Tia Cibani Kids, hot cider and treats from La Maison Fete. 792 Rte. 35, Cross River.


5 Rhythms Dance – 7-9pm. Led by Stephanie Diamond. Beacon of Light Wellness Center. Info: 845.202.3515;

Vision & Success in School – 7-9pm. Discover tools to identify children having trouble learning. 25 percent of our children have vision problems keeping them from reaching their potential. Free. Dr. Samantha Slotnick, 495 Central Park Ave, Ste 301, Scarsdale. RSVP, Jane: 914.874.1177.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4 Water Ceremony – 10-10:30am. Offer up prayers with tobacco and song, sending them down to the Ocean, for the healing of the waters, of Mother Earth and for all Relations. Free. Meet at the Poughkeepsie Boat Launch. Info: 845.473.2206; Second annual Hudson Valley Vegfest – 11am6pm. Nov 3 & 4. Celebrates the benefits of vegan living and explores the issues that drive the vegan movement, from food justice to human health concerns to protecting animals and the environment. $10 per ticket or $15 for a two-day pass. Children 10 and under free. Veterans $5 (cash at door only). 258 Titusville Rd., Poughkeepsie. Info:

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New Moon Manifestation – 7-8pm. Together manifest hearts’ desires using The Law of Attraction and the creative energies of the New Moon. $10. Dreaming Goddess 44 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie. Info: 845.473.2206;

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 8 How to Pay for College without Going Broke – 7-830pm. This seminar is designed for parents of high school students. Presented by College Planning 101. Somers Library. Registration required: 914.232.5717.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Natural Way to Quit Alcohol, Sugar, Smoking… – 7-7:45pm. Learn about a simple, effective treatment for quitting smoking, alcohol, sugar and more. 80 percent success. Simpler than most dare to believe. Free Info Session. Briarcliff location. 914.473.2015. Dance Improv with Claire Deane – 7-9pm. No Experience Necessary. Beacon of Light Wellness Center. Info: 845.202.3515; Emotional Healing Workshop – 7-9pm. With Savannah . $10. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. 8th Annual Family Barn Dance with Live Fiddle Music – 7-9:30pm. With caller Eric Hollman. Footstompin’ event with live, traditional tunes from Ireland, New England, Appalachia and beyond. All ages welcome. No dance experience necessary. Raffle and silent auction. $10 at door. Congers Lake Memorial Park Auditorium, 6 Gilchrest Rd, Congers. Beth Norman: 845.535.3352. Tickets: Curing Addiction from the Core: Quit with Quinn Info Session – 7:45-8:30pm. Learn about the unseen energy of addiction and how this simple, natural method can help one quit for good. Alcohol, smoking, sugar, behaviors. 80 percent success. Free. Briarcliff location. 914.473.2015.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10 Intro to Yoga & Meditation for Total Beginner Workshop – 1-3pm. With Ann. For those new to yoga. Yoga styles, asana, breath-work, props, chairs, guided meditation and savasana. $45. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. Preregister/prepay: 914.793.2600. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) for Mental/Emotional Wellness – 2-4pm. With Elsa Arce. Learn holistic, evidenced-based techniques to bring about emotional and mental stability in one’s life. Take home exercises. $40. Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11 Windows of the Sky: Acupressure Facial – 10am5:30pm. With Gail Kellstrom. For self-care or add to a practice. 7 CEU’s. $150. 15 Parkway, Katonah. Info: 914.232.5754. Veteran’s Day Yoga Class – Noon-1pm. All levels. Raffle and snacks after class. Free, donations collected for Hudson Valley VA System & Veterans Yoga Project. Devotion Yoga of Westchester, 2055 Albany Post Rd, Croton on Hudson. 914.930.7707. Monthly Reiki Circle – 2-3:30pm. With Deborah Amjadi. Experience a restorative reiki healing experience. Reiki healing reduces stress, relieves pain and accelerates healing without the use of medication. $20 suggested. Drop-in. Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462. Healing for Women – 2-4pm. A special program for women who have been physically or sexually assaulted. Bringing the whole self-back to the light, gently and with grace. $10. Mariandale Retreat Center, 299 N Highland Ave, Ossining. Info: 914.941.4455.

Vendor Hall at Hudson Valley Vegfest. See November 3. Intro to Sound Healing and Sound Bath Meditation – 4-5:30pm. With Daniel Lauter. Beacon of Light Wellness Center. Info: 845.202.3515;

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation and group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13 Tea & Stones – 6:30-7:30pm. Enjoy this hour lecture to connect and learn about crystals, stones and their incredible properties. Free. Dreaming Goddess 44 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie. Info: 845.473.2206;

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15 Reiki 1 Workshop – Nov 15-16. 10am-3pm. With Regina DeCarlo. Two session class, participants will be attuned to Reiki 1, learn self-healing and how to share it with others. $250 includes manual. Dobbs Ferry. 917.593.5707. ReikiClassWestchesternNY. An Evening with Psychic Priscilla Keresy – 6:309pm. Presented by Kacey Morabito. Conversation and exploration. $40 includes wine and refreshments. Fundraiser for the Mt Carmel Society. Mt Carmel Hall, Highland Ave at 8th St, Verplanck. What is Oral Facial Myofunctional Therapy? – 7:30pm. Judith Dember-Paige explains how children’s facial and airway development are affected by pacifier use, thumb sucking and more. Learn about correcting disorders of the muscles and functions of the face. Rye Free Reading Room, 1061 Boston Post Rd, Rye.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16 Quit Alcohol Simply and Permanently – 7-7:45pm. Learn about quit with Quinn helping people overcome alcohol, smoking, sugar and other addictions more easily than they ever thought possible. 80 percent Success. Free Info Session. Briarcliff location. 914.473.2015.

Women’s Healing Circle – 7-9pm. With Christine Jude Winus. Beacon of Light Wellness Center. Info: 845.202.3515; Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation and group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600. Natural Way to Quit Sugar, Overeating, Smoking… – 7:45-8:30pm. Learn about a simple, effective method for quitting smoking, alcohol, sugar and more. 80 percent success. Simpler than most dare to believe. Free info session. Briarcliff location. 914.473.2015.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17 Fall Information Session and Campus Tour at Blue Rock School – 10am. For parents interested in kindergarten through eighth grade. Meet faculty and learn how the creative learning environment nurtures children’s natural curiosity. 110 Demarest Mill Rd, off Germonds Rd, W Nyack. RSVP, Beverly Stycos, 845.535.3353. Stray HELP Community Day – 11am-4:30pm. Family fun for a cause. Food, raffles, vendors, trapping demonstrations. TARA mobile spay/neuter clinic on site providing low cost surgery and services. Call Paula 845.206.9021 for appointment. 5 Elm St. Trinity Episcopal Church parish hall, Fishkill.

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markyourcalendar Mindfulness and Empowerment Weekend Retreat Friday, Nov 30, 5pm to Sunday, Dec 2, 1pm In this retreat you learn Mindfulness And to PULSE, a dynamic technique 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. Led by Janet Catalina, MSW Co-developer of PULSE Mariandale Center Ossining For info:, 914.548.8372

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19 Sound Healing & Tibetan Singing Bowls – 7-8pm. Michelle Clifton will play the singing bowls and awaken our bodies’ own innate healing abilities and re-tune our bodies. $25. Cold Spring Yoga Studio, 75 Main St. 845.265.4444.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22 Thanksgiving Day Plant-Based Potluck –1-4pm. White Plains Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation is hosting a free Plant-Based Pot Luck Thanksgiving Dinner. Bring at least one plant-based dish ready to serve by 1 p.m. 468 Rosedale Ave., White Plains. Register: and type “Giving Thanks” in search bar.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26 Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation and group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18 Awaken Wellness Fair – 10am-5pm. New York’s best-loved holistic party. Speakers, Healers, Vendors and Readers, 120+ exhibitors. Free admission with this notice. Double Tree Hotel, Tarrytown.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28 Eyes and the Brain – 7-9pm. Vision is more than 20/20 eyesight. Learn to reduce visual stress and make efficient use of vision. Free. Dr. Samantha Slotnick, 495 Central Park Ave, Ste 301, Scarsdale. RSVP, Jane: 914.874.1177.

Interfaith Sundays—Community Harvest Brunch – 10:30am-noon. All welcome. The Chapel at Croton Falls, 609, Rte 22, next to the Schoolhouse Theater, parking available across the street. Contact for feast contributions:

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29 Filling our Hearts with Love through Meditation – 7-8 pm. Meditation/lecture/workshop. Learn the healing and uplifting benefits of meditation through practice of Jyoti meditation. Free. Jim Rose, International speaker and meditation teacher. Mosaic Mental Health Center, 5676 Riverdale Ave, Riverdale. Info: 914.433.1800.

Journey for the Soul’s Purpose – 11:30am-1pm. With Savannah. $20. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765.

Jo Jayson Artist Workshop & Trunk Show – 2-4pm/Workshop; 4-5:30pm/Trunk Show. Workshop: The Divine Within. Free admission for Trunk Show with sale of Goddess Collection, books and holiday gifts. $40 workshop registration. Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462.

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The Greenheart Performs at Good Choice Kitchen – 8-10pm. $6. 147 Main St., Ossining. For more information about the group, visit TheGreenheart.Solutions. Good Choice Kitchen offers vegan, organic seasonal menu. Info: 914.930.1591 Women’s Full Moon Gathering and Annual Pumpkin Soup Gratitude Circle – 7-8:30pm. A non-denominational monthly gathering for women, coming together to draw on the powerful energies of the full moon. Requested donation: $10. Call shop for address. 845.473.2206.

Lovemore Chanting – 7-9pm. With Eileen O’Hare and Friends. Beacon of Light Wellness Center. Info: 845.202.3515;

Breathwork Circle – 4-5:30pm. With Erika Forsell. Beacon of Light Wellness Center. Info: 845.202.3515;

Shamanic Reiki Hearth Circle – 5:30-7pm. With Melanie Ryan. Join us in circle to heal, honor the Earth and our ancestors. Shamanic cosmology and journeying. Donations support indigenous people. All welcome. $20 suggested. Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462.


The Essence, Spirit and Energy of Essential Oils – 11am-3pm. Register/cost info, Lorraine: 845.416.4598.

Quit Alcohol Simply and Permanently – 1-2pm. Learn about quit with Quinn helping people overcome alcohol, smoking, sugar and other addictions more easily than they ever thought possible. 80 percent success. Free info session. NYC location, E37th btwn Park & Lex. 914.473.2015.

on November 24. Free with museum admission. 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers. Info: 914.963.4550;

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23 White Friday – 10am-6pm. Frenzied Black Friday is transformed at the Dreaming Goddess to an annual White Friday, with light refreshments, special offers, and rejuvenating holiday magic all weekend. Dreaming Goddess, 44 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie. Info: 845.473.2206; Holiday Twilight Tours at Boscobel – 3:30-7pm. Nov 23-25, Dec 1-2 & 8-9. Candlelit mansion decorated for 19th-century Christmas with live music, guides throughout the house museum share stories. Adults $25, children $16, under 5 free. 1601 Rte. 9D, Garrison. Info: 845.265.3638; Message Circle – 7-8:30pm.With Carla Blaha. $40. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Info:

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24 Hudson River Museum Thanksgiving Weekend – Noon-7:15pm. The museum hosts a full slate of family-friendly activities from noon to 7:15 p.m.

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

Mindfulness and Empowerment Weekend Retreat – Nov 30-Dec 2. 5pm/Fri-1pm/Sun. Learn Mindfulness and PULSE a technique that empowers and helps to create what is one’s desire in life. $325 includes all workshops, private room for two nights plus six meals. Mariandale Center, Ossining. Janet: 914.548.8372. Info: Book Signing – 7pm. With world-renowned medium and clairvoyant Lisa Williams. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Info: Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation and group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1 100-Hour Meditation Teacher Training – Taught by Melanie Ryan. The Center for Health and Healing, Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462.

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sunday Kacey, On The Radio – 6:30am. The Health and Happiness Show. Interviews with therapists, healers, doctors, actors and dreamers. Tune into 100.7 WHUD. All Level Flow – 8:30am. With Mackenzie. A warm vinyasa style class to suit the needs of the individual. Modifications offered for beginners, challenges offered for the advanced. $20 drop-in. 3535 Crompond Rd, Cortlandt Manor. 814.422.3083.

Hudson Valley 5 Rhythms – 5-7pm. Moving meditation created by Gabrielle Roth, follows in the tradition of various forms of trance and ecstatic dance modalities. Cold Spring Yoga and Pilates / Ascend Center. 75 Main St, Cold Spring. Info: 845.265.4444.


Pilates Mat Class – 9-10am. Classical mat class. Mats provided. All levels. $20. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. Elaine: 845.876.5686.

First Monday of Month – 7-8:30am or 10:30amnoon. Mindful Mom monthly meditation and private Facebook group. A community of like-minded moms to meditate, commiserate and support each other. $29.99 a month. The Center for Health and Healing, 4 Smith Ave, Mt Kisco. 917.974.9446.

108 Sun Salutations – 11am-noon. Join the Yogic tradition of honoring the day of sun by working toward 108 sun salutations in 40 min. All ages. Brings invigoration, mental stability and increases Ojas. Includes 15-min savasana. Wainwright House, Rye. 914.967.6080.

Kripalu-based YogaShine – 9-10:30am. With Vitalah Simon, teaching yoga for 29 years. Gentle and calming, strengthening and invigorating, for adults, multi-level and individual attention. Beginners welcome. First class free. 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla. 914.769.8745.

Weekly Sacred Women’s Circle – 1-2:30pm. With Dana Canneto. Safe and gentle gathering of women sharing experiences, stories and support. Different topics each week. Soulauras, 510 N State Rd, Briarcliff. 24-hr preregistration required: 914.419.2238.

Karma Energy Flow – 9:30-10:45am.With Jennifer. This fast-paced vinyasa flow will explore challenging poses and sequences. Karma Road Yoga, 1250 Pleasantville Rd, Briarcliff Manor. Info, Betsy Egan: 914.382.6733.

Science Barge Art & Science Workshop Sundays – Through Oct. 2-4pm. Children ages 4-10. Planting activities, arts and crafts and get up close and personal with baby eels, oysters and blue claw crabs. Suggested $5 donation for supplies. Info/RSVP: 914.513.7354. Vinyasa Express – 4pm. $20 drop-in. Yoga Crave, 1456 Rte 22, Brewster.

Vinyasa – 9:30am With Stacy. A moderately paced flow of poses, with attention to alignment and breath. Mildly challenging. $22 drop-in. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320. Easeful Gentle Flow – 10am. Open Level. $20 drop-in. Yoga Crave, 1456 Rte 22, Brewster.

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Basic Flow Yoga – 10:15-11:30am. With Cara. A vinyasa class focusing on the alignment of the basic poses, nothing crazy. $20 drop-in. 3535 Crompond Rd, Cortlandt Manor. 814.422.3083. Community Pilates Tower Class – 5:306:15pm. Invigorating pilates workout using the tower at a discounted rate. $20. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. Elaine: 845.876.5686. Healing Dance Circle – 5:45-7:15pm. Experience an intuitively guided healing dance practice to nourish individual and collective needs. Free flowing energy lifting movement enhances physical fitness and more. White Lotus Grace: Spiritual Healing Arts & Dance, South Rd, Millbrook. Cost info: 845.677.3517. Yoga Foundations – 6-7:15pm.With Jamie. This class is for the beginner or the experienced yogi who is looking to fine tune aspects of their practice. Karma Road Yoga, 1250 Pleasantville Rd, Briarcliff Manor. Info, Betsy Egan: 914.382.6733. Slow Flow Yoga – 6-7pm. With Kat. Learn benefits of each pose to stretch and strengthen muscles, improve balance and relieve joint pain. All levels. $12. Balance Wellness Studio, 1851 E Main St, Rte 6, Mohegan Lake. Must RSVP: 914.374.1471.

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Men’s Mindful Breath & Body Yoga – 5-6:15pm. With Victor Gazzini. Class for men combining mind, body, breath, asanas, chanting to support steadiness, alertness, and comfort. Beginner level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Vic: 914.319.7322. YogaStrong – 5:30pm.With Cara. Warm flow class that combines sun salutations and asana with light weights to add to the intensity of the asana. $20 drop-in. 3535 Crompond Rd, Cortlandt Manor. 814.422.3083. 3x3 Fit Total Body Transformation – 6-7pm. With Kat. Weight-bearing workout customized to each client for balance and strength. The best kept secret in exercise. $14. Balance Wellness Studio, 1851 E Main St, Rte 6, Mohegan Lake. Must RSVP: 914.374.1471. 5 Rhythms Dance. See November 3 and Sundays. Pre-teen/Teen YogaShine, Kripalu-based – 7-8pm. Reduce stress, increase focus and selfesteem, multi-level and individual attention. Beginners welcome. First class free. 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla. 914.769.8745

Gentle Yoga for Wellness – 5:45-7pm. With Ann Cassapini. Yoga using chairs, props, deep relaxation/meditation to build stability, strength and flexibility. Gentle level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917.882.0921.

Advanced Tai Chi & Qigong Class – 7pm. Improve one’s balance and overall health. The dance like movements develop coordination and sharpen short term memory. In Balance Tai Chi, 2505 Carmel Ave, Rte 6, Brewster. Call to schedule classes: 845.803.1992.

Reformer Group Class – 7pm. Get in shape for the summer with core strengthening. Invigorating small group class with certified pilates instructor. $38. Pilates and More, 127 Main St, Dobbs Ferry. 914.478.3560.

tuesday Early Morning Vinyasa – 6am. With Tara, Firefly Yoga. 992 Main St, Fishkill. RSVP/info: Reiki, Movement & Meditation – 9:15am. Open Level. $20 drop-in. Yoga Crave, 1456 Rte 22, Brewster. Beginner Tai Chi & Qigong Class – 10am and 7pm. Improve one’s balance and overall health. The dance like movements develop coordination and sharpen short term memory. In Balance Tai Chi, 2505 Carmel Ave, Rte 6, Brewster. Call to schedule classes: 845.803.1992. Hot Lunch – Noon. With Dina A quick hour of hot vinyasa to get motivated mid-day. Strengthen and tone body while also finding a peaceful state of mind. $25 drop-in. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320.

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Slow Flow Vinyasa – 7pm. With Jen. A gentle, slower paced class that links poses to breath to cultivate strength, alignment, balance and gentle opening. Appropriate for both newer/beginner students and those with a seasoned practice. $22 drop-in. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320. Vinyasa Restorative Flow – 7:30-8:45pm. With Jo-Anne. Great vinyasa flow class that incorporates restorative yoga. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Jo-Anne: 917.364.1871.

wednesday Zumba Gold – 10:15am. Designed for active adults over 55. First class free. StepWISEnow Balance Fitness, 325 S Highland Ave, Ste 109, Briarcliff Manor. Visit: Joyful Anusara Yoga – 11am-12:15pm. With Ann Casapini. Intermediate level. Well balanced asana sequences that focus on alignment, mindfulness, clear intention and joy. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917.882.0921. Chair Yoga – 12-1pm. With Karen Lett. Not flexible enough? Rehabbing an injury/surgery? Can’t get down to the floor? In pain, need to stretch and strengthen muscles and move joints? Attend this class, possible. $13. Balance Wellness Studio, 1851 E Main St, Rte 6, Mohegan Lake. Must RSVP: 914.374.1471. Weekly Sacred Women’s Circle – 1-2:30pm. With Dana Canneto. Safe and gentle gathering of women sharing experiences, stories and support. Different topics each week. Soulauras, 510 N State Rd, Briarcliff. 24-hr preregistration required: 914.419.2238.

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

Yin Breath Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. With Victor Gazzini. A class using a breath bases asana practice that incorporates meditation, visualization and chanting. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Vic: 914.319.7322. Mindfulness Meditation in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh – 6:45-8:30pm. One Earth Sangha. Beginners welcome. Free will donation. YogaShine Studio, 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla. Info: 914.769.8745. Weekly Spiritual and Meditation Meeting – 7:309pm. Meditation and spiritual gathering with video selections and readings on a weekly topic. Science of Spirituality. Refreshments following. Free. Mosaic Mental Health Center, 5676 Riverdale Ave, Ste 203, Riverdale. Info. 914.433.1800.

thursday Low Cost Spay/Neuter Day for Cats – 3rd Thurs. Sponsored by Stray HELP Inc Services by TARA, Inc mobile clinic. $70 includes: spay/neuter, rabies, ears cleaned and nails trimmed. Other services available during surgery. Info, Althea: 845.705.5020. Kripalu-based YogaShine – 9-10:30am. With Vitalah Simon, teaching yoga for 29 years. Gentle and calming, strengthening and invigorating, for adults, multi-level and individual attention. Beginners welcome. First class free. 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla. 914.769.8745 Pilates Tower Class – 10am. Energizing pilates workout in beautiful, fully equipped studio. Small class sizes. $35. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. 845.876.5686. Core Flow – 10am with Carrie. Cultivate sustainable strength. A collaboration with Kinected in NYC weaving pilates’ principles into an energizing 75-minute full-body flow. Find one’s center, balance strength with flexibility and more. $22 drop-in. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320. Beginner Tai Chi & Qigong Class – 10am. Improve one’s balance and overall health. The dance like movements develop coordination and sharpen short term memory. In Balance Tai Chi, 2505 Carmel Ave, Rte 6, Brewster. Call to schedule classes: 845.803.1992.

Healing Dance Circle – 11am-12:30pm. Experience an intuitively guided healing dance practice to nourish individual and collective needs. Free flowing energy lifting movement enhances physical fitness and more. White Lotus Grace: Spiritual Healing Arts & Dance, South Rd, Millbrook. Cost info: 845.677.3517.


Zumba Chair – 11:30am. A great core and cardio workout. Move the whole body to the same great zumba rhythms. First class free. StepWISEnow Balance Fitness, 325 S Highland Ave, Ste 109, Briarcliff Manor. Visit: All Level Flow – 6:30pm.With Katy. A warm vinyasa style class to suit the needs of the individual. Modifications offered for beginners, challenges offered for the advanced. $20 drop-in. 3535 Crompond Rd, Cortlandt Manor. 814.422.3083. Beginner & Advance Shaolin Kung Fu Class – 7pm. An excellent exercise regime and self-defense system. The powerful movements develop coordination and promote external strength. In Balance Tai Chi, 2505 Carmel Ave, Rte 6, Brewster. Call to schedule classes: 845.803.1992. Restorative Yoga with Guided Meditation – 7:308:15pm. With Kat. Feel relaxed and renewed, relief for stress and pain. $15. Balance Wellness Studio, 1851 E Main St, Rte 6, Mohegan Lake. Must RSVP: 914.374.1471.

friday Pilates Tower and Reformer Classes – 7:3010:30am. Fully equipped pilates studio. $35-40. 6400 Montgomery St, Rhinebeck. 845.876.5686. Super Gentle Chair Yoga, Kripalu-based YogaShine – 9:20-10:20am. With Vitalah Simon, teaching yoga for 29 years. Gentle and calming, strengthening and invigorating, attuned to people with a variety of special needs, multi-level and individual attention. Beginners welcome. First class free. 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla. 914.769.8745. Mindful Restorative Yoga – 9:30am-10:45am. With Reyna. Movement through breath, props, self assists to release, calm and restore. Gentle level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600. ISHTA Vinyasa & Meditation – 9:30am. Level 2/3. $20 drop-in. Yoga Crave, 1456 Rte 22, Brewster. Tai Chi for Balance – 10:15am. Graceful movements to improve strength, flexibility, balance and stamina for increased stability and confidence. First class free. StepWISEnow Balance Fitness, 325 S Highland Ave, Ste 109, Briarcliff Manor. Visit: Gentle Yoga for Wellness – 11am-12:15pm. With Ann Cassapini. Yoga using chairs, props, deep relaxation/meditation to build stability, strength and flexibility. Gentle level. $18 drop-in. Ann: 917.882.0921. Eastchester.

November 2018 Astrology with Pamela Cucinell To Value Love Above All Venus continues retrograde until midmonth; what do you most value? Discern what merits your attention on November 1. The little things matter on November 2, when each task and encounter is a moment. Even small accomplishments on November 3 bring big returns. Relationships benefit from careful consideration as we turn clocks back on November 4. Power struggles on November 5 restore balance. Expect surprises on Election Day; consider your vote a sacred act. Return to Earth The Scorpio new moon on November 7 has a surgical quality; cut to harvest or recycle. Jupiter enters Sagittarius on November 8, when exuberance brings opportunity. Seek common ground on November 9 with an outdoor ramble. Expand your mind on November 10 through conversation and travel. A quiet mood on November 11 lends itself to Veterans Day reflection. Questions and concerns need to be excavated on November 12. Spontaneous inspiration ignites November 13. Remember to Breathe! November 14 provides energetic stimuli, and people are jazzed to connect. The pitch is high through November 15; enjoy the distractions but watch your step. The double whammy on November 16, with Venus direct and Mercury retrograde, augments clarification of intentions. Cre-

ative and spiritual interests on November 17 welcomes quiet sanctuary. Demands increase on November 18, when action is required. Tension and excess on November 19 demands a safe outlet of expression. The Good Harvest Not every idea is a good one on November 20, but choose well to reap the gold. Savor food, beauty and nature on November 21. Gratitude with an appreciation of place is emphasized this Thanksgiving. The Gemini full moon on November 23 teases out difficult conversations. Fresh perspective on November 24 allows new alliances and insights. Prioritizing home and family on November 25 can be restorative. Pass Through Strife Don’t succumb to crabbiness on November 26. Vibrant enthusiasm on November 27 is contagious and fun. Although toned down somewhat, November 28 courts glamour and play. Duties and work generated on November 29 provide great satisfaction by the day’s end. Therapeutic arts performed on November 30 generate exponential healing. Pamela Cucinell offers spiritual insight with a practical twist with both astrology and tarot at She provides guidance through her website, private sessions, YouTube and webinars. For more information, contact her at 917.796.6026 or pamela@insightoasis. com. See ad, page 44. November 2018


LineUP! Line Dancing – 11:30am. Energizing class that is great for cardio and balance. Dance to country, hip-hop and pop music. First class free. StepWISEnow Balance Fitness Studio, 325 S Highland Ave, Briarcliff Manor. Visit: YogaStrong – 4pm. With Cara. Warm flow class that combines sun salutations and asana with light weights to add to the intensity of the asana. $20 drop-in. 3535 Crompond Rd, Cortlandt Manor. 814.422.3083. Inspiration of the Week – 6:30-8pm. An ever expanding variety of healing movement, meditation, and intuitive practices, creations, themes, and combinations. White Lotus Grace: Spiritual Healing Arts & Dance, South Rd, Millbrook. Cost info: 845.677.3517. Beginner Tai Chi & Qigong Class – 7pm. Improve one’s balance and overall health. The dance like movements develop coordination and sharpen short term memory. In Balance Tai Chi, 2505 Carmel Ave, Rte 6, Brewster. Call to schedule classes: 845.803.1992.

saturday Yoga Teachers Association Workshops – 2nd Sat. Open to teachers and students, members and nonmembers. The Yoga Studio, Club Fit, Briarcliff Manor. Info: 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: Vinyasa Express – 8:30am. Open Level. $20 drop-in. Yoga Crave, 1456 Rte 22, Brewster. Karma Energy Flow – 9-10:15am. With Kristi. This fast-paced vinyasa flow will explore challenging poses and sequences. Karma Road Yoga, 1250 Pleasantville Rd, Briarcliff Manor. Info, Betsy Egan: 914.382.6733. 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.

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FOR RENT BODYWORK STUDIO – In balance fitness studio. 10’ by 11’, beautifully furnished with massage table, more. On Route 9 in Briarcliff Manor, call Molly at 914.486.8125. 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. MULTI-USE SPACE – Lake Mahopac. By hour, day, week, or month. Separate entrance, free parking. Bathroom, fridge, WIFI, folding chairs and tables. Ideal as soft studio, yoga, meditation, small group exercise or meetings, quiet work space or small parties. Call 845.803.8028 to schedule a visit. OFFICE SUITE – Available in balance fitness studio. 9’ by 14’, furnished, on Route 9 in Briarcliff Manor, call Molly at 914.486.8125. YOGA/DANCE STUDIO – Fully equipped, cork floors, sunny and bright, 26’ by 26’, on Route 9 in Briarcliff Manor, call Molly at 914.486.8125.

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FT & PT: SALES ASSOCIATE in Candle and Gift Store. Outgoing, self-motivated and confident with at least 3 years of sales experience. Friendly and customer oriented. Problem solver with a drive to find the answers to questions. Comfortable in offering customer our full menu of items. Able to make custom-orders of our products for goodie bags, corporate thank-you gifts, holiday gifts and other specialty orders. Must be available weekdays, weekends and at event sites (weekends). Locations in Bedford Hills and Westchester Mall. To Apply Call: Marcie Manfredonia 914.218.8357 Or email PT: ADVERTISING SALES REPRESENTATIVE/Westchester. Natural Awakenings is seeking to find an energetic person who loves our magazine and shares our passion for health and wellness. Approimately 50 hours a month needed to create and build your own success! We will train and support a self-motivated, organized individual who would love to connect and support local wellness practitioners and companies. Outside sales experience preferred. Great supplemental income (commission-based). To apply please email or call our office: 845.593.0065.


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Foundations – 11am. With Jen. For students new to yoga and those at any level, interested in reviewing the fundamentals, including basic concepts, postures, alignment and breathing. Previous yoga experience not necessary. $22 drop-in. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320. LineUP! Line Dancing – 11:30am. Energizing class that is great for cardio and balance. Dance to country, hip-hop and pop music. First class free. StepWISEnow Balance Fitness Studio, 325 S Highland Ave, Briarcliff Manor. Visit:


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Dominique Daly, BCTMB, LMT, CPT Bedford, NY; Simsbury, CT 860.751.2048; Are you tired of chasing symptoms of physical pain? Bodywork Therapeutics™ combines the best aspects of Active Isolated Stretching (AIS), Myofascial and Neuro-muscular release in 1 cutting-edge system that focuses on Postural Awareness, Flexibility with Alignment, Injury Prevention and Injury Rehabilitation. See ad pg 27.


Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH By Appt.: Mt. Kisco/Cold Spring, NY and Danbury, CT 914.362.8315; Chinese medicine for relieving muscle/joint pain and headaches; treating chronic disease including autoimmune disease, digestive disorders, and mental health conditions; boosting immune function; balancing hormones; helping tobacco/substance addiction; and reducing stress. Includes acupuncture, herbs, cupping, moxibustion, qigong, and TENS electro-stimulation. Insurance reimbursement available for some services. See ad pg 35.


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.


SearchLight Medical 2424 Route 52, Hopewell Junction, NY 845.592.4310; Frustrated with not feeling or looking your best? Let me guide you on your path to better health and well-being. Utilizing: Medical Acupuncture, ONDAMED Biofeedback Therapy, Reiki, Mei Zen Acupuncture for facial rejuvenation, weight loss and fertility. See ads pgs 39 & 43.


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


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


Addiction Free Naturally Briarcliff and Midtown Manhattan 914.473.2015; Quit with Quinn helps people overcome daily addictions and unwanted habits ranging from sugar, smoking, alcohol, weight loss, to overeating and other compulsive habits. All natural, painless, no medications, needles, or hypnosis. 80% success rate. See ad pg 11.

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

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

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

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


Lauren Awerdick, LMT Ossining & Tarrytown offices. On-Site & In-Home 914.534.1294; Willow Wisp Wellness is an expanding private practice that provides consciously crafted therapeutic and integrative massage and energy work sessions that support your body’s innate healing process. All sessions are by appointment only. Check website for more info and events.

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

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


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 44.


Yellow Monkey Village 792 Rte 35 Cross River, NY, and NYC Office: 914.875.9088; Cell: 646.670.6725; Combination of Ayurveda and Naturopathy is used to create a unique treatment plan to regain and maintain health. Based on one’s particular body constitution (dosha), a plan may includesupplements, diet/nutrition suggestions, lifestyle management, detoxification, hydrotherapy, 0zone therapy, Panchakarma. Clinic days: M,T,W. See ad pg 22.


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.


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

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

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


Edit Babboni; CHC, RYT 200 61 Lakeview Dr., Yorktown Heights, NY 917.721.2529, Tired and Frustrated? In constant pain? Exhausted and Exhausted all possibilities? It’s time to try something new, something that works. Edit Babboni is a certified health coach and has cured her own autoimmune disease that no doctor was able to. She can help do the same for you. She offers health coaching, reiki energy healing, private yoga sessions. Call for your free one on one consultation. See ad pg 63.



25 Depot Plaza Bedford Hills NY 10507 914.218.8357; Locally made in Bedford. Hundreds of candles in stock or create your own custom candle. Choose your favorite scent, wax color, wick type and container. All natural soy candles, handcrafted and nontoxic with long-lasting aroma. Shop in store or on-line. See ad pg 3.

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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!


Integrity Chiropractic 11 Miller Rd Mahopac, NY 10541 845.628.7233; Do you struggle with chronic pain and don’t know where to turn for help? Experience the relief from a total-body approach to wellness. Call today for your free consult and enjoy doing the things you love again. See ad pg 11.


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

UPPER CERVICAL CHIROPRACTIC OF NY 311 North St., Suite 410, White Plains, NY 914.686.6200:

Dr. Gertner himself suffered with back pain due to an injury. With upper cervical chiropractic treatments, his body began to “heal itself” and the relentless pain that had plagued him quickly left his body. This inspired him to become one of only 5 NUCCA chiropractors in New York, and less than 200 worldwide, currently. He experienced amazing results and he knows you will too. See ad pg 75.

CIRCULATION DANA BOULANGER #US28016 Independent BEMER Distributor Mahopac, NY 914.760.5645

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




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.



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

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 11.


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!


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.

DERMATOLOGY 845.709.5245

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


Usui/Karuna® Reiki Master Teacher, Jikiden Reiki, Energetic Counseling, OT Locations Armonk, Bedford Hills and Eastchester 914.588.4079; Energetic balance is essential to your health. Restored energetic flow and balanced chakras clear stress symptoms, pain, inflammation, emotional instability, insomnia and more. Gain immunity, mental clarity and peace. Raise your consciousness. Healing circles, Reiki classes all levels. See ad pg 21.


Energy Medicine Practioner, Medical Intuititive, Physical Therapist 46 Bedford Road, Katonah NY 239.289.3744; Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Are you exhausted from pain, stress or PTSD? Balance your body’s energies for optimal physical health and emotional well-being with Esoteric Healing, a high vibrational technique from Tibet. See ad pg 39.



The Practical Mystic Spirit Based Coaching for Women 914.220.2495; I help you figure out what is most important to you, identify your patterns, shift your reactions, perceptions and the negative beliefs you have about yourself. This deep change work allows your life to open up in unlimited ways.

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. 


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.

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111 East Main Street Mount Kisco, NY 10549 914.241.1900

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

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

A healthy approach to beauty and wellness led by Maureen Toohey, Regional Educator for Organic Salon Systems. The fresh team is committed to making your experience fully complete and satisfying, organically. Receive a gift valued at $75 with your 1st color appointment, when you mention Natural Awakenings. See ad pg 37.


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



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 9.

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

LOU LEVY CONSTRUCTION Carmel, NY 914.804.2120

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


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


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 27.


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 ads pgs 6 & 29.

HEALTH & WELLNESS CONSULTING Poughkeepsie, NY 120601 917.868.1769;



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Dr. Michael Wald; 914.552.1442 86 Smith Ave., Mount Kisco NY 914.242.8844; Do you suffer from chronic health problems like cancer, autoimmune, GI or neurological issues? You need a BloodDetective! Dr. Wald will work with you personally over the phone, as a house call or at his Mt Kisco office. Call today, you deserve personal attention. See ad pg 10.

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

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


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


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 9.

HORSE & RIDER DANA BOULANGER #US28016 Independent BEMER Distributor Mahopac, NY 914.760.5645

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


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



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.


Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH By Appt.: Mt. Kisco/Cold Spring, NY and Danbury, CT 914.362.8315; Utilize an integrative healing approach from a doctor trained in holistic medicine. Working with your current medical treatments & labwork, as well as botanical medicine, dietary & lifestyle counselling, nutritional supplements, acupuncture and Chinese medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, stress reduction and ecotherapy. Insurance reimbursement available for some services. See ad pg 35.


Massage Therapy with a Nurturing Touch 914.320.4063; Therapeutic massage to address specific issues or promote wellness. Works with generally healthy to very ill clients. Experience with geriatric, cancer, Parkinson’s, hospice massage. Mamaroneck and on-site visits. See ad pg 44.


Therapeutic Massage & Reiki Lisanne Elkins, MA, LMT, RM 153 Main St. Suite B, Mt. Kisco 914.319.4375;


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 22.

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.

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

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

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

We are your neighborhood holistic compounding pharmacy, ready to support y o u r h e a l t h . We o f f 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 22.


The Center for Health and Healing 4 Smith Ave, Mt. Kisco, NY 10549 917.974.9446; Are you stressed, short tempered with family and overwhelmed with life? Do you use food as comfort? Jodi’s unique approach integrates mindfulness, holistic health and psychotherapy to decrease anxiety, maximize joy and feel lighter inside and out. She is author of “Mindful Is the New Skinny.” Individual, groups, Skype.


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.



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. 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 13.

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



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.

Yoga in the Adirondacks is nestled in the valley of the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, where yoga embraces nature. Connect your mind, body and spirit and explore your retreat with likeminded people to build a happier and healthier life. Studio available for your yoga/wellness private group as well. See ad pg 58.


Facial & Body Treatments 1081 Main St., Ste B, Fishkill, NY 845.288.3216;

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

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I believe in the Mind, Body, and Spirit Connection. Private studio dedicated to personalized and holistic skin care for women of all ages and skin types. Specializing in restorative, reparative, and anti-aging treatments. Botanical, cruelty-free, nature-based product lines; vegan and gluten-free options. See ad pg 37.


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We offer a unique approach to the health care of the mouth based on a holistic understanding of the whole body. I invite you to explore our web site to learn how we can serve your needs. See ads pgs 6 & 29.


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


SearchLight Medical 2424 Route 52, Hopewell Junction, NY 845.592.4310; Lose weight, inches and improve your overall health with the Mei Zen Acupuncture treatment for weight loss and abdominal toning. Jump start your metabolism and balance your body’s energy as you lose weight. Additional benefits include enhanced energy and improved digestion. See ads pgs 39 & 43.



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

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

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



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

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We offer a unique approach to the health care of the mouth based on a holistic understanding of the whole body. I invite you to explore our web site to learn how we can serve your needs. See ads pgs 6 & 29.

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Quit with Quinn helps people lose weight by overcoming addiction to sugar and white flour, and compulsive overeating. After treatment, most people experience indifference towards refined sugar, sweets and treats, leading to easy weight loss. 30 years experience. 80% success rate. See ad pg 11.


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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.

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Led by Janet Catalina, MSW 914.548.8372; Learn how to become a Master Manifester. Create that dream job, find your soul mate, pay off your debts or whatever you desire. Learn to release what has blocked you up to now. Once you have learned how to PULSE, you have an empowerment tool for the rest of your life. Please visit for workshop dates.

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