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ast month was challenging. Hurricanes, earthquakes, political polarization, fear around the future of health care and DACA—all of it added to the collective stress. There is so much going on it can feel overwhelming, and you may be asking yourself, What can I do? Where do I start? Let me suggest you put the metaphorical oxygen mask on yourself first by doing Dana Boulanger Marilee Burrell the things that balance you: meditate in the morning (or throughout the day, if needed); spend time in nature; move your body; look for things to appreciate; take in pure food and water. Then, from this place of center, reach out to neighbors and friends who may appreciate the assistance—even just being a vibration of calm for those around you will benefit them. Also, consider donating to one of the organizations doing great things for people in the crisis areas. If it’s not October 1 yet when you’re reading this, you can also come to our 10year anniversary party to help raise the vibration. BlisSing will be performing, and there will be yoga; meditation; healthy, delicious food; and a large group of “tuned in, tapped in, turned on” Natural Awakenings readers for you to connect with. If you missed the party, please attend one or more of the other high-vibration happenings listed in our calendar (starting on 62). Experiencing community with others is healing and especially necessary as we head into the colder, darker months of winter. If feeling isolated has been a problem for you in the past, now is the perfect time to get proactive and create community for yourself—find a need in your neighborhood or an existing nonprofit that could use some help, or join an organization around a favorite hobby. Gardening has been my way to meet new people and connect with my neighbors, and it’s brought me a lot of joy. For more ideas, please read “Creating Community, 15 Ways to Craft a Circle of Caring” on page 38. Dana and I are big fans of coaching, and both of us have hired coaches for ourselves and our business. If you want to change or even just tweak an area in your life, consider working with a coach. A good one can do wonders in just a few sessions. Whether you’re dealing with a transition or a troubled relationship or you just want to get organized, there’s a coach for that, and he or she can guide you through the process or help you accomplish your goal. Check out our special coaching section on pages 22-26. Many years ago, I traveled to Egypt for a two-week vacation that changed my life. Travel has that power; it can change the direction of your life in ways you couldn’t have imagined. Since then I have journeyed to several places, near and far, and I’ve had that same experience of positive, life-altering change. My goal now is to have at least one “trip of a lifetime” every year. I encourage you to make transformative travel part of your life journey—and the good news is, you don’t have to go far. Start by reading “Transformative Travel: Outer Adventures, Inner Journeys” on page 34. You may have noticed something different about this month’s cover! We have a new logo and look, with more stylistic changes coming. We’re also streamlining our production process, so there will be more changes soon, to simplify submissions for calendar listings and news briefs. Stay tuned! And a reminder: November 1 is the early-bird special deadline to be listed in our annual Natural Living Directory. See the ad on page 3 for more info, and call or email soon to be included. Be well!

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





Rediscover Probiotic-Rich Foods by Judith Fertig



Outer Adventures, Inner Journeys by April Thompson




15 Ways to Craft a Circle of Caring by Linda Buzzell

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48 FELINE WORKFORCE Why a Job is the Cat’s Meow by Sandra Murphy

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newsbriefs New Look for Natural Awakenings Magazine


atural Awa ke n i n g s magazine is sporting a new look. After being unveiled in Florida’s Collier/Lee edition that serves Naples and Fort Myers—the first of a family of magazines that has grown to encompass 85 U.S. cities, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic—in July, the new logo and cover design will appear in all editions starting in October. Other design elements are expected to be refreshed in the near future to align with the evolution of the national content already underway. The plans were announced at the Natural Awakenings’ Publishers Conference in Orlando in May. “We’ve kept up with new, cuttingedge trends and developments in all areas of sustainable, healthy living through the years, so it’s only natural for our look to also evolve,” says Sharon Bruckman, CEO and founder of Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation. “The new cover format enables us to highlight more of the content offered inside the issue. The changes also reflect the success of our mission in supporting the presence and growth of the natural living movement to the point where it’s beneficially influencing mainstream media content.” Launched by Bruckman with a single magazine in 1994, Natural Awakenings is now one of the largest, free, local, healthy lifestyle publications worldwide, serving approximately 3.5 million readers. For more information, visit See ad, page 37.


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BlisSing Releases First CD and Parties


lisSing Ecstatic Chant and Dance—the duo of Cat Guthrie and Eileen O’Hare—will host two parties this fall to celebrate the release of their first CD, Beacon of Light. The two have been singing together for a decade, inspiring gatherings across the Hudson Valley, from yoga studios and wellness centers to private homes. The first release party, Chant, Dance and Dessert, will take place October 7, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Liberation Yoga, located at 862 Route 6 in Mahopac. “The new CDs will be on sale after the chanting and dancing celebration,” says O’Hare, a shamanic healer and spiritual teacher. The second party will be held at Prana Moon Yoga on November 18, from 7 to 9 p.m. Prana Moon is located in the Hat Factory building, 1000 North Division Street, Peekskill. The public is invited to both parties. Beacon of Light is available now at For more info or to purchase a CD from BlisSing, visit See ad, page 55.

Katonah Study Group Explores Integrative Medicine


here has been a growing interest in integrative medicine as more Americans seek natural ways to get and stay healthy. Since 1999, the Katonah Study Group has hosted regular events, designed to be both entertaining and informative, for anyone who wants to learn this more comprehensive approach to wellness. Upcoming programs are The Erotic in Everyday Life, to be held October 11, at 6:30 p.m., and Stay Healthy and Bolster Your Immunity with Homeopathy, to be held November 29 at 6:30 p.m. Other topics this coming year will include Dieting Effectively, Kabbalistic Healing, and an Integrative Approach to Spring Cleaning. All programs are held at Northern Westchester Hospital. “Western medicine has made advances that boggle the mind, yet wellness often requires a more wide-reaching approach,” says Mark Robert Banschick, M.D., who cofounded the Katonah Study Group along with Ericksonian hypnotherapist Cindy Blum. “The group is devoted to bringing the best of the East and the West together as one integrated whole. Each month we present a new program designed to enlarge the way professionals and the public view health and healing. Our programs are lively, fun and often experiential. We welcome new members, both to listen in and to expand the conversation.” Program admission is free to members or $20 for nonmembers. Annual membership costs $75 and is open to professionals and the public. For more info or to register, visit

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Eco-Friendly Cleaner Makes House Calls


he thought of cleaning large fabric items that can’t simply be tossed into the laundry— say, curtains, car interiors or carpeting—might be intimidating to some people, but not to John Saraceno. He’s combined his professional background in dry cleaning with his personal passion for health and wellness to launch Renewal Cleaning, an eco-friendly, on-site “fabricare” business serving metro New York, including Fairfield, Connecticut. A Westchester native and the former owner of North County DryCleaners in Lewisboro, Saraceno is also a certified yoga instructor, an NASM-certified personal trainer, a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and a Reiki master. He says that blending profession and passion into this new business just made sense at a time when more people are choosing “greener” ways to clean their homes. Renewal Cleaning offers a waterbased cleaning method or the siliconebased GreenEarth method—both gentle, odor free, non-allergenic, non-irritating and safe for people, pets and the environment, he says. “We can clean draperies and window treatments right where they hang—so no more taking down and rehanging draperies, with the added benefit of no pressing or fear of shrinkage,” he says. “We also clean upholstery, fine area rugs and anything else fabric, like patio furniture and pool tables, all while using the most eco-friendly methods available.” For questions, advice or estimates, contact John Saraceno at 914.556.8302 or ad, page 46.

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ifty Shades of Pink Masquerade, an annual fundraiser benefiting the American Cancer Society, will be held October 26, from 6 to 11 p.m., at the Surf Club on the Sound, located at 280 Davenport Avenue in New Rochelle. The event will include a cocktail hour and sit-down dinner, dancing, live entertainment, an open bar, raffles and silent auctions. “Every year our company joins forces to help the fight against cancer,” says Marcie Manfredonia, owner of Custom Candle Co. and Nationwide Maintenance. “All proceeds from the event go to the American Cancer Society and are tax deductible. Anyone who is unable to join us for the masquerade party is welcome to make a tax-deductible donation online.” Other local sponsors are Crafted by Nick, Beauty & Beast and Teezee Watches. Seats are limited. Tickets must be purchased in advance, as no tickets will be available for purchase the night of the event. Tickets cost $175 per person, or $1,600 per table of 10. For more info, visit, email or Service@, or call 914.514.9812. See ad, page 63.

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New Health Empowerment Series in Mount Kisco


he Center for Health and Healing in Mount Kisco is launching a new series of presentations applying ancient, empowering healing principals to medical problems such as common colds and the flu, thyroid issues, cancer, pain and autoimmune disorders. Melanie Ryan, who co-owns the center with Andy Steigmeier, says the series reflects a shifting attitude about the role people should take in their own healing. “For years we’ve been operating under the mindset that someone else should heal us of our suffering,” Ryan says. “However, at the center we have seen a shift in recent years, where people are seeking to take personal responsibility for their health. In fact, we’ve seen that the more an individual invests in their healing process, the more they heal.” This philosophy of personal investment in healing can found in many ancient cultures, she notes. “The oldest healers known to our planet are the indigenous healers called shamans, who used empowerment as their main approach to healing. So why in modern-day life, when we are smarter and more evolved, do we feel so helpless and disempowered?” Through this new series, Ryan and Steigmeier say they will encourage people to re-engage with this philosophy and become more active participants in their own healing process by doing research, exploring new modalities and being open to trying things new things—or old, even ancient things. “These are profound presentations with talented practitioners, all designed to empower people with insight and knowledge, new perspectives, information and resources,” Ryan says. To register, visit, or call 914.864.0462. See ad, page 11. 10

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The Temperance Center Offers Therapeutic Massage


h e Te m perance Center in Eastchester is once again offering massage therapy as part of its menu of services. Licensed massage theraDeanna Scaldaferri pist Deanna Scaldaferri is trained in a wide range of massage techniques, which she individualizes to meet her clients’ specific needs. “Whether you are looking for an escape from the everyday stresses or pain relief in your body, Deanna can help you,” says Merrill Black, founder of the Temperance Center. “She has a warm, nurturing style and is intent on helping to encourage a positive mind, body and soul experience.” According to the American Massage Therapy Association, research supports the health benefits of massage for a variety of conditions, such as stress relief, anxiety reduction, pain management, relief of aching muscles, and overall relaxation of the body. Scaldaferri’s massage services range from the traditional Swedish and deeptissue massage to more holistic therapies like polarity energy work and reflexology. Aromatherapy, hydrotherapy and hot stone massage are also among her specialties. The mother of three boys, Scaldaferri says she has always turned to massage as a therapeutic outlet. “Have you ever just needed to feel like you were transported somewhere else? A 60- or 90-minute massage can make those daily stresses just melt away,” she says. “Deanna indeed has the magic touch,” Black says. “I melted into deep relaxation during her Swedish and hot stone massages. She has been an amazing addition to our team.” For more information, visit or DeannaScaldaferri. To make an appointment, contact Scaldaferri at 914.582.6816 or ad, pg 21. natural awakenings

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The Happiness Program Teaches Living in the Present


on't settle for happy-ish … live with joy, confidence and freedom.” That’s the message that has drawn hundreds of people to the Happiness Program at the nonprofit Art of Living Foundation, where they experience a blend of yoga, breathing exercises, meditation and practical wisdom to help them unlock the freedom within. The Happiness Program is one of the foundation’s several self-development courses incorporating tools, techniques and knowledge to help people change their lives—not just in terms of money and health, but also in terms of contentment, connection and kindness, says Dr. Sarita Patel, a Happiness Program teacher. The program is designed to help people temper the mental tendency to vacillate between regretting yesterday and worrying about tomorrow, at the risk of missing happiness in the present moment, Patel says. The program’s centerpiece is a simple but unique breathing technique known as Sudarshan Kriya. By the end of the three-day course, participants know techniques they can practice every day and have lifetime access to weekly Sudarshan Kriya practice groups, which take place all over the world. The Art of Living Foundation is an educational and humanitarian organization founded in 1981 by humanitarian and spiritual teacher Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Its programs are guided by the philosophies “Stress-free mind and violence-free society is the basis of world peace,” and “Love and wisdom can prevail over hatred and violence.” The Art of Living Foundation is located at 171 Lawrence Ave., Eastchester, NY. For more info, call 914.656.4596, email or visit See ad, page 61.

A Natural Approach to Pain-Free Living


ne in four Americans has experienced chronic pain, according to the National Institutes of Health, and more Americans are looking for ways to manage their pain naturally. Andy Steigmeier, co-owner of the Center for Health and Healing in Mount Kisco, offers a whole-body approach to pain called Integrated Positional Therapy. “IPT was developed to address chronic and acute neuromuscular pain and improve body function and range of motion,” Steigmeier says. “As a licensed massage therapist and strength and conditioning specialist, I integrate these skills into my practice to offer a comprehensive approach to pain relief and its root cause.” IPT is based on the premise that most adverse neuromuscular conditions are the result of musculoskeletal imbalances that pull the body out of proper alignment, creating tissue compres-


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sion, inflammation and pain that can encompass the nerves, muscles and bones, Steigmeier says. An IPT practitioner helps clients relax and gently stretch specific muscles and supportive tissues, and has them push against light resistance to ease the body back into balance. Clients are also given a comprehensive wellness plan with exercises and lifestyle adjustments for long-term maintenance. Andy Steigmeier “I’ve used IPT to address many neuromuscular conditions, often when other approaches have failed,” he says. Conditions he can address through IPT include headaches/migraines, back and neck pain, hip pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, limited range of motion, sports injuries, thoracic outlet syndrome, sciatica, repetitive range-of-motion injuries, fibromyalgia, tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, TMJ, and golf and tennis elbow. For more info, visit or contact Andy Steigmeier at 914.673.4577 or See ad, page 11.

Today to Spotlight Local Henna Artist


ount Kisco henna artist Margie Nugent, who helps empower women through her art, will appear on the October 3 edition of the Today show, which will feature her work providing henna crowns to breast cancer survivors who have lost their hair as a result of chemotherapy. “My mission is to provide a peaceful experience for the women and help them feel empowered at a time when they may feel anything but,” Nugent says. “The stain itself lasts for about two weeks, but the healing feeling lasts much longer.” Margie Nugent Drawing from her own life experiences, Nugent has made the healing of women through art her life’s work. An ordained interfaith minister, she has been featured in several documentaries and has received a number of awards for her boutique body-art company, Making Faces Parties. “Margie Nugent is a healing artist,” says Anita Kopacz, former editor in chief of Heart & Soul magazine. “She uses henna techniques to help women who have survived traumas, from cancer to sexual abuse, feel empowered and beautiful again.” Among Nugent’s upcoming events is a hands-on workshop at Slow Medicine in Katonah. Along with Xenia Colon D’Abrosi of Sweet Earth Co., she will teach women how herbs and henna are used to cleanse and revitalize the spirit. She will also be teaching a class in Austin, Texas. Margie Nugent travels throughout the tristate area. For more info, contact her at or 914.714.8069. natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Weiss Method Helps People Overcome Addiction

NEWLIFE Expo Comes to Hotel New Yorker October 27-29


he Weiss Method, an energy-based treatment for overcoming addiction, has been a worldwide name for 30 years, but it’s just taking off in the United States. Practitioner Stephen Quinn, who has 18 years’ experience as a Weiss Method practitioner and began offering it in the New York area this year, says he’s on track to beat the method’s 80 Stephen Quinn percent success rate. “We’re currently at 90 percent for 2017,” he says. While the method can help people with various addictions, from sugar to smoking, it’s especially popular for curbing alcohol abuse, he says. “The people who come for alcohol are typically daily or near-daily drinkers who are simply fed up with it, but not at the level where they feel the need for a residential rehab program.” Four sessions are required for alcohol treatment. Quinn says people who’ve been through treatment report feeling total freedom from alcohol, as if the craving and behavior patterns have vanished from their consciousness. “When you understand that everything happens first in the unseen realms of energy and then manifests physically, it makes sense that if the energy field is powerfully and deliberately cleansed of energies relating to addictive patterns, the stimulation to use the substance will vanish. The treatment, combined with a person’s firm decision to follow through, is a recipe for success,” he says. Quinn holds free monthly lectures on the Weiss Method, with the next one scheduled for October 11. See the Natural Awakenings calendar for details.


xhibitors from around the world are expected to participate in NYC’s next NEWLIFE Expo, which returns to the newly renovated Hotel New Yorker (34th and 8th Avenues) October 27 through 29. They will be on hand with cuttingedge information, products and services designed to feed the mind, body and spirit, says expo founder and producer Mark Becker. Crystal Tones will bring their crystal bowls and Momentum98 will demonstrate their infrared saunas,” he says. “They will join at least a hundred other exhibitors in our marketplace of the future and we’re adding new exhibitors every day.” The NEWLIFE EXPO in its 28th year is America’s longestrunning event focused on holistic enlightenment and rejuvenation. Becker says. This year’s expo will feature predictions for the next four years; and cutting edge information on anti-aging and vegetarianism. The doctors lecturing include Dr. Jane Goldberg, Dr. Eric kaplan, Dr. Paul Lnig Tai, Dr. Luke Cua and Dr. Brn Lane. The various panels include the Strange Universe Panel, Vibrational Healing-Light Language Panell and Nutrition Panel. Judy Satori and Gail Thackray will be among this year’s featured speakers. So come to the NEWLIFE EXPO and for as little as $15 a day you will meet thousands of people who want to feed their mind, enlighten their soul and purify and tonify their bodiesyou might even meet your soulmate For information, including times and exhibition opportunities, visit or email

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Westchester Land Trust’s 200th conservation easement in the Mianus River watershed in Bedford

Westchester Land Trust Completes 200th Conservation Easement


he Westchester Land Trust has completed a conservation easement protecting 16 acres in the Mianus River watershed. This marks the WLT’s 200th conservation easement, which is a voluntary legal agreement between a landowner and a land trust that permanently restricts the development of a property in order to protect the land’s conservation value. This most recent property lies in a region noted for its ecological and biological significance, with a wide diversity of plant communities and a mosaic of animal habitats, including healthy woodlands, dense shrublands and wetlands. “We are grateful that these visionary landowners have chosen to protect their property in perpetuity. This easement expands a significant corridor of protected land in the town of Bedford,” says Bruce Churchill, the WLT’s chairman of the board. Landowners who wish to learn more about exploring their land protection options with the Westchester Land Trust should contact John Baker at 914.234.6992, ext. 25.

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study from the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, examined the impact of regular walking on people with vascular cognitive impairment, the second-most common form of dementia. The ailment occurs when blood vessels become damaged by cardiovascular disease, impeding good blood circulation and making the brain work harder. The researchers scanned the brains and conducted computerized decision-making and attention tests on 38 people with mild, early forms of vascular cognitive impairment. Half of the subjects were asked to participate in supervised, one-hour walking sessions three times per week for a six-month period. The remaining subjects did not walk. After six months, the walking group showed improvements in both blood pressure and brain function, with their brains requiring less effort during the decision-making and attention tests.


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esveratrol is a natural substance found in grapes, peanuts, blueberries and other foods that’s known for its heartprotective nature. Researchers believe it may also help promote eye health, including prevention of glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration, but not much is known about its presence in the eyes. Scientists from Tongji Medical College, in China, set out to measure the concentration of trans-resveratrol in the eyes after oral supplementation. Three daily doses of Longevinex, an oral trans-resveratrol-based capsule supplement, was administered to 35 adults prior to eye surgery on one of their eyes, and tissue samples of the conjunctiva, aqueous humor and vitreous humor were taken. Researchers measured the tissues for resveratrol concentration to determine how much of the supplement penetrated the eyes. Resveratrol metabolites were detected in the conjunctiva of 25 of the eyes, indicating that the beneficial substance does pass through the brain.

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Music Soothes Pain after Surgery


esearchers from the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, in New York City, studied the impact of music therapy on 60 patients that had undergone spinal fusion surgery. Half received a 30-minute music therapy session, along with standard postoperative care, within 72 hours of surgery. The other half received only standard care. The scientists used the visual analog scale to measure pain before and after music therapy in both groups concurrently. The patients receiving music therapy experienced average pain level reductions from 6.2 to 5.09, while the control group averaged slight increases in pain, from 5.2 to 5.87. “The degree of change in the music group is notable for having been achieved by non-pharmacologic means, with little chance of adverse effects,” explains Center Director and study co-author Joanne Loewy. “Pain is subjective and personal, and warrants an individualized approach to care. Certified, licensed music therapists can tailor treatment to each patient’s musical preferences and address their pain level.” Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

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esearchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston, followed 108,630 U.S. women enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study between 2000 and 2008, comparing their mortality rates with the amount of vegetation around their homes. The researchers also accounted for related risk factors such as age, socioeconomic status, race and ethnicity, and smoking behaviors. They concluded that subjects living in the greenest areas had a 12 percent lower mortality rate than those living in the least lush areas during the study period.

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leven counties in New York instituted restrictions on trans fatty acids in restaurants in 2007. Researchers from Yale University School of Medicine used data from the New York State Department of Health statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System and U.S. Census population estimates to determine the impact of these restrictions on the health of the community; they compared the 11 counties that had the restrictions to 25 counties without them. The scientists concluded that hospital heart attack admissions were significantly lower for the 11 counties with the restrictions. natural awakenings

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Spirulina Reduces Weight and Cholesterol


pirulina platensis, a singlecelled blue-green algae used in supplements, is often taken for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. A new study from Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, in Iran, tested the efficacy of spirulina supplementation on the body mass index (BMI), weight and cholesterol levels of 64 obese adults between the ages of 20 and 50. Subjects were divided into intervention and placebo groups. The intervention group took twice-daily supplements of Spirulina platensis for 12 weeks. BMI, fasting blood samples and lipid profiles were assessed at the beginning and end of the study, and food intake and appetite were reported daily. The scientists found more than double the reductions in both body weight and BMI in the spirulina group, compared to the control group. In addition, reductions in both total cholesterol and appetite were found in the intervention group. 18

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esearchers from the Creighton University School of Nursing, in Omaha, Nebraska, studied 2,303 healthy postmenopausal women to determine whether a link between vitamin D and cancer existed. The treatment group comprised 1,156 women receiving 2,000 International Units (IU) of vitamin D3 and 1,500 milligrams of calcium per day for four years. The 1,147 women in the control group received placebos for the same duration. Within the study timeframe, 64 women from the placebo group were diagnosed with some form of cancer, while only 49 subjects from the treatment group faced a cancer diagnosis. This represents a small, but significant reduction in the cancer rate for those taking vitamin D3. Further analyses of the levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D in the blood revealed that the women that developed cancer had substantially lower levels of this vitamin than the subjects that remained healthy.

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Wind turbines make cleaner energy, but are dangerous to birds and bats. According to a study in the Wildlife Society Bulletin, approximately 573,000 birds and 888,000 bats are killed annually by wind turbines, which are providing increased wind power capacity nationwide. At one solar power plant in California, an estimated 3,500 birds died in just the plant’s first year of operation. What would help most is offshore turbines and knowledge about migration routes. The safest place for wind turbines is in the ocean, because songbirds and bats don’t migrate over such waters. On land, many songbirds fly at night and can’t see the wind turbines until it’s too late. Once they’ve discovered the unsafe area, they avoid it. Because migration routes are based on availability of food, water and resting areas, birds are forced to fly around the turbines, adding miles to their trip and the burning of more calories. Estimates of just how many bats are dying each year range from the tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands. Radar installations help to keep bats away from the deadly blades. Other remedies include slowing the blades at night to reduce collisions, which has proved to reduce overall wildlife deaths by 73 percent. In 2016 the American Wind Energy Association announced voluntary guidelines to halt turbines during low wind speeds, when bats are most active, to reduce bat fatalities by 30 percent. With two more industry changes, bat fatalities could drop 90 percent: feathering, or turning the blades parallel to the wind so the turbines don’t rotate; and higher cut-in speeds so they don’t rotate in light winds.

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A collaborative study published in the journal Pediatrics concludes that toddlers under the age of 2 are more likely to eat French fries than vegetables on any given day; one in four 6-to-11-month-olds and one in five 1-year-olds consumed no vegetables at all. This concerning downward trend began more than a decade ago. The percentage of babies and toddlers eating canned or frozen fruits and vegetables declined by 10 percent between 2005 and 2012, and the consumption of dark, leafy greens among those under 2 has halved since 2005. Dr. Annemarie Stroustrup, an associate professor with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, in New York City, says, “You often have to offer a new food to a toddler up to 10 times before they will eat it.” 19 awakenings October 2017

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Migrating Trees Forests Shift West with Climate Change


The consequences of climate change are impacting plant species in unanticipated, but logical ways; for instance, conifers and other needle trees are moving northward because they are more sensitive to temperature than flowering, deciduous trees. They already populate the boreal forest of eastern North America, so they’re well-adapted to expand into colder, drier conditions. Individual trees can’t move, but populations can shift over time as saplings expand into a new region while older growth dies in another. A new study published in Science Advances also shows that about threequarters of tree species common to eastern American forests, including white oaks, sugar maples and American holly, have shifted their population centers westward since 1980 due to drier conditions in the East. Global warming has significantly altered rainfall totals. Songlin Fei, a professor of forestry at Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Indiana, and one of the study authors, observes, “Different species are responding to climate change differently. Most of the broadleaf species of deciduous trees are following moisture that’s moving westward.” Changes in land use, conservation efforts, wildfire frequency and the arrival of pests and blights all play parts in shifting populations. Forest ecosystems are defined as much by the mix of species and the interaction between them as by the simple presence of many trees. If different species migrate in different directions, then ecological communities could eventually collapse.

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Decaying Autumn Leaves Feed Summer Gardens In many parts of the U.S., autumn brings fallen leaves, and the benefits of composting can be extended via leaf molding. “You get new leaves every year. You don’t need to take leaves to a landfill or burn them,” advises Lee Reich, Ph.D., a garden and orchard consultant in New Paltz, New York ( Digging or tilling leaves into garden beds and containers, using them as mulch, fosters natural soil conditioning, supplies beneficial nutrients and enriches earthworm habitat. estimates that 50 to 80 percent of tree nutrients end up in their leaves. According to, “Leaf mold prevents extreme fluctuations in soil temperature, keeps the soil surface loose so water penetrates easily, retains soil moisture by slowing water evaporation and stimulates biological activity, creating a microbial environment that helps thwart pests.” One method comprises piling leaves in a corner of the yard or in a wood or wire bin at least three feet wide and tall. Thoroughly dampen the entire pile and let it sit, checking the moisture level occasionally during dry periods and adding water if necessary. Another option is to fill a large plastic bag with leaves and moisten them. Seal the bag, and then cut some holes or slits for airflow. Check every month or two and add water if the leaves are dry. Either way, the decomposition process for most leaves can take six to 12 months; reports that some leaves, like oak, can take up to three years to decompose. Hasten the process by mowing the leaves a couple of times before adding them to the pile or bag; turning them over every few weeks with a shovel or garden fork; or covering the contained pile with a plastic tarp to keep the leaves wetter and warmer.


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When someone else knows and cares whether you’ve accomplished a goal, you’re more likely to get it done– especially when they support you and cheer you on as you overcome challenges. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. If you tend to avoid certain projects because they’re just too big, scary or unappetizing, begin by breaking them into doable tasks—individual bites that aren’t too painful to swallow.

How to Eat an Elephant Tips for Getting Big Things Done


by Susan Lasky

here’s often a collapse in our understanding when it comes to getting things done. We’re taught that if we were really motivated, we would have started on that work project or organized that closet. We’re told that if we really cared about our family’s health, we’d consistently prepare tasty, nutritious meals. If we aren’t exercising or haven’t finished that online course we started, we assume that a lack of willpower or poor self-image is to blame. Maybe, but not likely. Activation, unlike motivation, is an executive function skill. That means it is based in the brain’s frontal lobes, which are largely responsible for things like organization, time management, prioritization … and activation, the ability to get started on something. This area of the brain is easily overwhelmed by too much to do, confusion about how to do things, or the dread that comes when a project seems too big to be easily accomplished. That’s when the protective amygdala—the part of our brain that helps us manage stress—steps in with the fight, flight or freeze response. So we go into avoidance mode. 22

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OK, this is an oversimplification, but it helps us understand why we find some things so challenging and continually procrastinate, even if we are motivated to get them done. Fortunately, there are many strategies that can help us overcome overwhelming feelings, reduce the avoidance factor and successfully accomplish our goals. As a productivity, ADD/ADHD and organization coach, I often speak about the two magic words, clarity and priority. These are critical for minimizing confusion, conflicts and avoidance. That process begins with breaking projects down into doable tasks. (A project is too big to “do” at one sitting, and so the thought of “doing” an entire project is often overwhelming, resulting in avoidance rather than clarity). The next step is prioritizing the tasks to avoid conflicting focus, and scheduling each task on your calendar. Even then, the tendency might be to procrastinate. Three strategies are especially effective when it comes to activation. We use them in my online action/accountability group, the TUIT Project (as in, “get around to it”): Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

Make a commitment. It’s easier

to eat an elephant when you find it appetizing, or when you’re really hungry (deadline, anyone?). But that’s a less effective way of ensuring you accomplish your business or personal goals than if you were to commit to taking small, palatable bites of the elephant every day. By making those bites very small, you’ve made it easier to fit them into your busy schedule. And by prioritizing them (allotting time to them in a logical order), you’ve gained clarity. That’s how you triumph over your perfectionistic avoidance tendencies. Consistent, small bites get things done!

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someone else knows and cares whether you’ve accomplished a goal, you’re more likely to get it done--especially when they support you and cheer you on as you overcome challenges. Consider the benefits of individual coaching, or join a group like the TUIT Project, which is designed to provide support and accountability. A new online group begins October 4—visit Susan Lasky Productivity Solutions provides coaching to help clients move forward and have less stressful, more fulfilling lives. Susan Lasky is based in Westchester but works virtually anywhere. Contact her at 914.373.4787 or, or schedule a free, no-obligation initial consult at

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coachingbriefs Winning in Life Means Overcoming Imagined Fears


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anic attacks, phobias and anxiety can be crippling, yet they are all rooted in the imagination, says life coach Leah Wilson Watts, who helps people overcome “imaginary fear” to move forward in life. “Sadhguru, the yogi and mystic, described fear as an emotion that is created by your imagination, based on past events that occurred within your life,” Watts says. “Your fear is always about what is going to happen next—and that means your fear is always about an experience that does not exist, which essentially means fear is imaginary. So simply stated, fear is your

imagination running rampant.” Many people don’t realize how inhibiting and limiting their fear is, she says. “Financial fears can keep you stuck in a job you dislike or keep you from starting your own business. Fear of change can keep you from pursuing a promotion or switching careers. Part of winning the game of life is learning to overcome fear and changing the negative mindset that prevents you from taking risks. Living ‘safe’ is not living.” Watts has a master’s in school counseling and is currently working on her PhD in metaphysics. She is a certified master transformational life coach specializing in PSYCH-K, neurolinguistic programing and hypnosis. She offers individual life coaching and conducts Universal Principles support groups.

Life Path Meets Vocal Arts


s a vocal arts director for singers and actors, Nancy Seabold has been coaching for many years, feeding her spiritual, healing side by offering courses such as Your Special-Needs Child and You. But it wasn’t until she incorporated Life Path Leadership coaching into her work that she felt truly fulfilled. “I had given healing workshops and had coached adults personally and professionally, and I wanted to get back to that, as both a one-on-one Nancy Seabold coach and consulting with groups,” Seabold says. She coaches Life Path Leadership from a mind-body-spirit perspective, empowering her clients in their careers and communication skills. “Having the tools of great vocal technique— whether at work or when speaking in public—is essential for getting our message to the people we most desire to serve,” she says. “I coined the term ‘life voice’ to imply one's vision and purpose, with a focused and consistent voice that is technically solid. I share practical tools for finding a consistent voice, which goes hand in hand with finding a voice that matters in the workplace.” She says the most fulfilling part of her job is seeing those tools put to use successfully. “With students, it may be starring in a school show. With an executive, it could be winning the trust of the public. Of voice of integrity, and a consistent voice, projects confidence that others will want to follow.” Seabold offers one-on-one coaching, group modules and personal evaluation guides in Life Path Leadership. To learn more, call her at 914.930.8356 or visit

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Coaching through This “Season of Renewal”


r. Samantha Berkule Johnson, founder and owner of SBJ Life Coaching, often tells her clients that fall is Dr. Samantha Berkule Johnson a season of renewal— the perfect time to begin a process of change or start something new. Recently she took her own advice by relocating her practice from New York City to Mount Kisco. The transition was relatively simple; most of her coaching sessions are conducted via telephone, Skype or FaceTime, although she offers in-person sessions as well. Her areas of expertise include parenting, personal and academic coaching. “Whether my clients need help transitioning to new parenthood, initiating a career change or finally completing that dissertation, I work with them to achieve their long- and short-term goals through conversations, questions and tools that will hopefully help them find the answers, directions, plans and motivation to move attitudes into actions,” she says. Johnson has a PhD in developmental psychology from Yeshiva University, a BS in human development from Cornell University, and a Board Certified Coach credential from the Institute for Life Coach Training. She has more than a decade’s experience in parenting coaching and conducting research with parents, children, families and students. She has also taught and worked with students at the college and university level for more than 15 years. In October and November, Johnson is offering buy-one-get-one-free single coaching sessions as well as 20 percent off all coaching packages. For more info, visit or contact Johnson at or 917.364.8050. natural awakenings

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coachingbriefs Life Coach Helps Clients Navigate Transitions


here’s a question Caryn McCurry likes to ask her clients: “What if you had another choice—and you never realized it?” As a life and career coach, McCurry helps people recognize their choices as they move from one stage of life to the next, and decide which ones to choose in order to get where they want to be. “Life is filled with transitions,” says McCurry, owner of Caryn McCurry New Insights Life and Career Coaching. “These shifts can be wonderful and exciting while also creating anxiety and uncertainty. I help my clients decisively navigate their way to a new place in life that is in line with their core values and intentions, staying true to themselves.” McCurry, who has Coach for Life certification, an International Coach Federation-accredited coach-training program, offers weekly sessions, either in her Yorktown home office or by phone. “I’m passionate about coaching, and I’m a listener and a reflector of others’ brilliance,” she says. “I place a high value on confidentiality and work with a varied client base, including individuals who are highly sensitive, highly visible and challenged by stress, moving through career transitions and needing clarity on their next step in life. I facilitate thoughtful planning and decision making so my clients can thrive in all aspects of their lives.” To contact Caryn McCurry, call 917.885.9607, email Caryn@ or visit See ad, page 25.


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How to Eat Healthy when Life Interferes


eing told to “eat healthy” sounds simple enough, but it’s easier said than done when life gets in the way. That’s where Dina Caldwell steps in. She’s CEO of Dharma Bums Vegan Health & Lifestyle Coaching, which offers a laid-back approach to eating healthy that still achieves the desired result. “Life doesn’t know that you are trying to lose weight, plus juggling a family and caDina Caldwell reer,” Caldwell says. “Dharma Bums caters to clients’ needs, wants and desires to make a nutrition plan that’s flexible enough so that when life demands their attention, they don’t disappear into the abyss.” She notes that one of the best things about health coaching through Dharma Bums is that it’s done in the client’s home, at times that suit his or her schedule. “Not having to leave home or miss work to attend a session makes it much more likely that clients will stick with the program and see good results,” she says. “And I know from experience that once clients start seeing results, they’re motivated to keep going.” Caldwell is a holistic health practitioner certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and a health coach certified by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She also received the David Wolfe Nutrition Certification and certification in self-care through the (Deepak) Chopra Center. For more info, contact Dina Caldwell at 914.699.2022 or, or visit

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The Slow Approach to Health and Happiness Q&A with Robin Queen Finkelstein


of medical care, where uiding others we receive cookie-cutter on their unique prescriptions for comjourneys into plex health matters, Slow wholeness, Robin Queen Medicine provides a Finkelstein is a certified personalized look at the psycho-spiritual counselrelevant questions for or, ordained minister and optimizing well-being green living specialist and healing chronic who facilitates individual, illness. Slow Medicine couples’, family and recognizes that our group therapy sessions bodies are the authority, and workshops. Known and the “doctors” serve as the Slow Medicine Robin Queen Finkelstein as guides—helping us Therapist, Robin takes to navigate the maze a whole-being, integrative approach of conventional, complementary and to wellness. With her partner, Michael alternative medicine options for our Finkelstein, M.D., Robin is co-director unique health needs. of the Slow Medicine Foundation and SunRaven: The Home of Slow Medicine, a converted barn living/work Why is the term slow used in space on a farm in Bedford, New York. Slow Medicine Therapy?

You believe our wounds can, paradoxically, serve as fertile soil for awakening, transforming and blossoming. Can you elaborate on this? Rumi says the wound is where the light enters us. A willingness to be with and explore our wounds opens us to the possibility of finding grace, strength and deep connection with ourselves. When we turn inward and examine the hurts, when we are able to listen closely to our deeper selves, healing is possible.

What’s the story behind the term Slow Medicine? Slow Medicine is a way of living. It is choosing to take a holistic and integrative look at our lives in order to make conscious decisions that lead us back into a state of balance. Against the backdrop of our assembly-line model

Slow Medicine is not a “quick-fix solution” to health. Rather, it is a thoughtful approach to health challenges, food, relationships, and mental and spiritual well-being. We may schedule surgeries; we may cultivate deeper relationships; we may engage in artistic self-expression. Slow Medicine believes that balance is the greatest indicator of health, and there is a spectrum of lifestyle considerations we must have when striving to bring our being into a state of harmony. Move slowly into your healing.

How does your role as an ordained minister affect how you work with your clients? I cultivated faith and connection while training to be an ordained minister. Both are pivotal in healing.

How does your plant-based diet play into your ability to heal yourself and help others find healing? We receive nourishment from everything around us: the people, the air, the environment and our food. Having a diet that is closely connected to the earth, that honors the earth as our great mother and a deeply nourishing entity, fills us with light. It also allows us to connect more deeply to our true selves, and to one another as a result.

How does physical activity complement the mental and spiritual healing process? The body, mind, spirit and emotions exist along a continuum. If we are looking to experience emotional healing, it’s important for us to be attentive to the whole self, including the body. Often people who are looking to heal from traumatic events in their life will only pay attention to one area or another. It is so important that we are able to look at the whole self in feeling where our growth and healing wish to take us.

You often use the term debt in describing a lack of something (whether that be faith, self-esteem, love or support). What is the first step each of us can take in realizing our debts and manifesting a life of abundance? Looking inward is the path to self-discovery—finding places in our pasts and presents where we are disconnected from ourselves, where we have wounds or trauma, and gently examining our stories and limiting beliefs that keep us from experiencing a blessed life. The opportunity to grow starts with a willingness to look inward. Robin Queen Finkelstein is a presenter on this year’s Holistic Holiday at Sea cruise, sailing from Feb. 15 to 25, 2018. To learn more about the cruise, call 800.496.0989, email or visit For more information about Slow Medicine, visit or, or call 914.218.3113. See ad, page 20.

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Superkrauts Turns European Staple into Instant Probiotic Salads


auerkraut has been making news lately for its probiotic qualities, and now a New Paltz company has turned the European staple into a gourmet side dish. Superkrauts come in 17 flavors, each ready to accompany any meal as an “instant probiotic salad,” says founder Moni Schifler. Using only glass fermentation vessels, the company handcrafts its sauerkraut in small batches. All ingredients are 100 percent organic and local. Superkrauts uses pink Himalayan salt, which is the most mineral-rich salt available, Shifler says. To keep their probiotics alive, the sauerkrauts are unpasteurized and free of vinegars or preservatives. When refrigerated, they keep for one year. “Superkrauts’ rich enzymes help balance your gut to power up your digestion,” Schifler notes. “The gut’s microbiome flora love a diet that includes live probiotics, which are easy to digest. We guarantee that these are the best-tasting krauts our customers have ever had.” On the strength of its sauerkraut sales, Superkrauts has launched a new product line, SuperTonics, pure raw sauerkraut juice with live active probiotic cultures, enzymes, electrolytes and minerals. The tonics can be diluted in water to restore electrolyte balance during a workout, taken as a shot to boost the gut and immune system, or mixed into a smoothie to introduce live probiotic cultures. SuperTonics have already gotten a positive reception, Schifler says. “We received the Cleanest Energy Beverage 2017 award for our sports tonic by Vegan Health and Fitness magazine.” For more info, visit Products are available online and at local health food stores. See ad, page 32.


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Fermented Foods Revival Rediscover Probiotic-Rich Foods by Judith Fertig


Colorful jars of fermented Korean kimchee, Indian chutney, German sauerkraut and bottles of kombucha line many grocery store shelves today. We’re in the midst of a fermented food revival.

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“I grew up in New York City as the grandson of immigrants from Belarus, and sauerkraut and pickles were common foods I always loved, but neither my grandparents nor anyone else I knew made them,” says Sandor Katz. This Woodbury, Tennessee, writer who travels the world giving related workshops is credited with bringing fermented foods back into the limelight. He explains, “I am self-taught and learned to ferment by experimentation. It was that first successful batch of sauerkraut that sparked my obsession. I also love eating cheese, beer, chocolate, coffee, yogurt and many other products of fermentation.”

Kirsten and Christopher Shockey, the authors of Fermented Vegetables: Creative Recipes for Fermenting 64 Vegetables & Herbs in Krauts, Kimchis, Brined Pickles, Chutneys, Relishes & Pastes, homestead in Oregon’s Jackson Valley. “A fateful Christmas gift—a ceramic crock full of bubbling, fermenting cabbage under the tree, funky fermenty smell and all,” first piqued their interest, Kirsten recalls. “Eventually, we started our own small farmstead fermentation company.” Christopher explains that the combination of salt and shredded or chopped vegetables can launch the production of probiotic lactic acid bacteria that preserves the food and drives off “bad bacteria”.

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Jennifer McGruther, who lives in the Pacific Northwest, is the author of The Nourished Kitchen cookbook, an offshoot of her blog of the same name. Her first batch of fermented food was yogurt. Now she visits her local farmers’ market every Saturday before spending Sunday prepping foods for the rest of the week. “Traditional foods like fermented vegetables, yogurt or kombucha don’t take long to prepare; they take time to culture, but it’s so rewarding,” she says.

How Much Is Enough?

Fermented foods offer a variety of positive effects on health. “If you’re consuming a diet rich in fermented foods,

you’re essentially bathing your GI tract in healthy, food-related organisms,” says food research scientist Robert Hutkins, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Fermented foods with live probiotics can also improve brain function, according to a study in the journal Gastroenterology. Fermented foods are meant to be eaten as condiments, not consumed in large quantities. Overdoing such intake might cause bloating, cramping and other digestion problems. Dr. Leonard Smith, a gastrointestinal and vascular surgeon and medical advisor for the University of Miami Department of Integrative Medicine, recommends “a half-cup of cultured vegetables or

A Few Fermented Recipes to Start

Transfer to a crock or a large glass or ceramic bowl, and mix well.


ermented foods are well known for building gut health. Now a growing body of research shows that they improve immunity, brain and heart functions,” says Michelle Schoffro Cook, Ph.D. The board-certified doctor of natural medicine, certified herbalist and author blogs from Vancouver, Canada. Get started with these simple, plant-based recipes from her latest book, The Cultured Cook: Delicious Fermented Foods with Probiotics to Knock Out Inflammation, Boost Gut Health, Lose Weight & Extend Your Life.

Yields: about 1 quart This gingery and spicy salsa, also known as curtido, is a traditional Salvadoran food. The twist here is added turmeric and green apple. Serve on its own, as a condiment with chips, on sausages or over salad. Maybe mix a couple of heaping spoonfuls with freshly mashed avocado for a fresh take on guacamole.

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carrots, apple, ginger, chili, onion and turmeric. (Consider wearing food-safe gloves to avoid touching the chili.)

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Salvadoran Salsa

two ounces of your favorite probiotic liquid per day to start.” He says it’s possible to eventually work up to having a serving of cultured vegetables and probiotic liquids at every meal, or possibly as a between-meal snack. Christopher Shockey adds, “We don’t see these foods as a ‘medicine’ to be eaten daily because you have to force yourself; instead, we see it as a fun, delicious, easy, healthful addition to mealtime.”

In a pitcher or large measuring cup, dissolve the salt in the water, stirring if necessary to dissolve the salt. Pour the saltwater over the salsa mixture until all ingredients are submerged, leaving a couple of inches at the top for expansion.

½ green cabbage 1 to 2 carrots 1 green apple, cored and quartered One 2-inch piece fresh ginger ½ cayenne chili ½ small purple or red onion One 2-inch piece fresh turmeric 3 Tbsp unrefined fine or 6 Tbsp unrefined coarse sea salt 1 quart (or liter) filtered water Use a food processor with a coarse grating blade to shred the cabbage,

Place a snug-fitting plate inside the crock or bowl over the salsa-water mixture; then weigh it down with food-safe weights or a bowl or jar of water, so the vegetables remain submerged under the brine as they ferment. Cover with a lid or a cloth, and allow it to ferment five to seven days, checking periodically to ensure the salsa is still submerged below the water line. If any mold forms on the surface, simply scoop it out. It won’t spoil the salsa unless it gets deeper inside the crock. (It may form where the mixture meets the air, but it rarely forms deeper.) After one week, put the salsa in jars or a bowl, cover and place in the fridge, where it usually lasts up to a year.

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Vegan Kefir Yields: about 1 quart Traditional kefir is made with cow’s milk, but can be made with plant-based milks like cashew, almond, sunflower seed or coconut. The sweetener feeds the kefir microbes, leaving minimal sugar in the end product. The grains will grow over time; only about one tablespoon of kefir grains is needed to keep the kefir going; remove the extras to eat, give to friends or add to compost. 1 quart (or liter) filtered water ½ cup raw, unsalted cashews 1 tsp coconut sugar, pure maple syrup or agave nectar 1 Tbsp kefir grains (a natural starter, available at health food stores and online) Mandarin sections for garnish (optional) Use a blender to blend the water, cashews and coconut sugar (or maple syrup or agave nectar) until it’s smooth and creamy. Pour the cashew milk into a 1½- to 2-quart glass jar, making sure it is less than two-thirds full. Add the kefir grains, stir and then place the cap on the jar. Leave the jar at room temperature for 24 to 48 hours, gently shaking it periodically. The cashew milk will become somewhat bubbly, then will begin to coagulate and separate; shake it to remix the kefir or scoop out the thicker curds and use them like soft cheese or sour cream. Refrigerate up to one week. When ready to serve, pour the kefir into a glass and garnish the rim with mandarin orange sections, if desired.

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Fermented Chopped Salad Yields: about 6 cups Unlike other salads, this version stores for many months in the fridge. Serve on its own or toss it in vinaigrette and serve over brown rice for a quick and nutritious rice bowl dinner. 1 radish, finely chopped ½ small onion, finely chopped 1 turnip, chopped into ½-inch chunks 1 carrot, chopped into ½-inch chunks 3 small apples, chopped into ½-inch chunks Handful of green beans, cut into 1-inch lengths 1 rutabaga, chopped into ½-inch chunks 1 to 2 grape leaves, kale leaves or other large leafy greens (optional) 3 Tbsp unrefined fine or 6 Tbsp unrefined coarse sea salt 1 quart (or liter) filtered water In a medium bowl, mix the radish, onion, turnip, carrot, apples, green beans and rutabaga; then transfer to a small crock.

Place the grape leaves or other leafy greens on top of the chopped ingredients to help hold them under the brine; then weigh the mix down with food-safe weights or a jar or bowl of water.

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In a pitcher or large measuring cup, dissolve the salt in the water, stirring if necessary to dissolve the salt. Pour the brine over the salad, cover with a lid or cloth, and let ferment for one week. Remove the covering, weights and grape leaves or other leafy greens. Dish out into jars or a bowl, cover and refrigerate, where the salad should last six to 12 months.

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TRAVEL Outer Adventures, Inner Journeys by April Thompson

An open-hearted journey can take unexpected paths. More travelers today are searching for deep and lasting changes in their view of themselves and the world.

Declare Your Intentions

Part of the intention setting is clarifying what we hope to accomplish through making a journey, suggests Nathaniel Boyle, creator of The Travelers podcast and the travel platform Holocene that facilitates community among transformation-seeking travelers. It might be climbing a mountain with our spouse to strengthen a marriage, or taking a cooking class in Italy or a basket weaving workshop in Indonesia to rekindle a sense of fresh input and creative expression.

Cousineau suggests that travelers prepare to open their thinking by reading about the history, culture and geography of a place, and then continue to learn en route by talking to locals for insight rather than relying only on a guidebook. “Make yourself vulnerable. Ask questions and be humble. Talk to your waiter or cab driver about their lives and conditions in their country. Those that become most delighted and transformed by their experiences are the most curious,” observes Cousineau. Anna Pollock, of London, England, founder of Conscious Travel and a sustainable travel expert, elaborates on potential results. “Travelers may see the world and their part in it differently or feel greater clarity, peace, freedom or hope. For some, it’s about insights into their personal purpose. Others may return with a deeper sense of connectedness or feeling of mastery that comes from trying something completely new.” Jake Haupert, of Seattle, owner of Evergreen Escapes International, co-founded the Transformational Travel Council to help people embark on such life-altering journeys, and translate “Aha!” moments on the road into meaningful changes back home. He has witnessed individuals undergo radical shifts from changing careers to becoming parents. One couple was so moved by their experiences on an African safari that they adopted their first child from Kenya.


Attention and intention are the main ingredients for transformative travel for Phil Cousineau, acclaimed author of The Art of Pilgrimage. “Ask yourself what is motivating the journey: Are you going just to check something off your bucket list because you read about it or are you going because your grandma told you how magical her visit there was in the 1920s? Are you going because you’re at a crossroads in your life, marriage or work?” queries Cousineau. Naming your intention helps open up the heart and psyche for transformation. Cousineau recommends sharing our choice beforehand with a friend or even a casual acquaintance. Writing it down can also unpack those yearnings and understand the pull to a place.

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times, and some travelers feel unhappy, unprepared, bored or disappointed,” remarks Cousineau. “But the flip side is that travels can stretch us, just like a medieval rack.” If you have stretch goals, you can build them into an itinerary, advises Haupert, whether it’s getting up the courage to skydive or negotiating a purchase in a foreign street market.

Do Less, Experience More If we truly want to know the secret of soulful traveling, we need to believe there is something sacred waiting to be discovered in virtually every journey. ~Phil Cousineau

Move Beyond Comfort

“Travel can serve as a vehicle for expansive personal growth. Through it, we learn to explore the world and ourselves,” Boyle observes. “When you venture outside the controlled environment of prepackaged trips for tourists to face difficult decisions and confusing and chaotic situations that require problem solving, that’s where real change can occur,” says Haupert. “My 12,000-mile journey from Washington, D.C., to Antarctica was transformative in so many ways,” says journalist Andrew Evans, author of The Black Penguin memoir. “I’m a geographer by training and spent four years studying maps, but I never understood the true size of the world until I traveled across it on a Greyhound bus. I now see the world as much smaller and much more accessible. The trip made me a stronger, more confident person, and less afraid of what other people think of me; it also made me want to keep traveling.” “Travel comes from the word travail, to labor, and trip from tripalium, Latin for a medieval torture rack. Metaphorically, travel can feel like torture at

To heighten experiential awareness while traveling, build fewer to-dos into an itinerary, the experts recommend. “Immerse yourself in a place. Leave time for unplanned explorations, rather than bouncing between destinations without space for spontaneity and restful reflection,” says Haupert. “Also build in time for meditation, yoga, simple relaxation or other intentionally restorative moments in-between the high-intensity peak experiences.” Haupert suggests staging a ceremonial start to a journey, such as a special dinner or bike ride upon arrival. Similarly, Cousineau recommends starting a new journal on every journey, to ceremoniously start anew in one’s thinking. Engaging in ritual can also help awaken the traveler, says Cousineau. He suggests walking in silence as we approach a sacred site, or physically engaging with it, as pilgrims might do when they palm the feet of a Buddha statue or press their forehead to the Wailing Wall. Sacred sites are fertile ground for transformative experiences, says Lori Erickson, an Episcopal deacon, travel writer and author of Holy Rover: Journeys in Search of Mystery, Miracles, and God, a memoir of her trips to a dozen of the world’s holy sites. “So many people have prayed and opened their hearts in a holy place that you can feel the energy,” she says. Erickson suggests that travelers seek out hallowed ground from different traditions, which can help heal divides among people of divergent faiths. “The art and architecture of holy sites are beautiful manifestations of spiritual longing and human creativity. These places have the power to move you, regardless of your own spiritual background.”

Journey Jump-Offs Here’s a short list of resources to inspire transformative adventuring. n The blog at explores Cambodia’s sacred Buddhist sites.   n Evergreen Escapes at Evergreen specializes in unforgettable locales tailored to the traveler’s inner calling.   n “The Travelers” podcast via features stories and advice from 200-plus changemakers on topics ranging from creativity, fear and gratitude to travel-related careers.   n Muddy Shoe Adventures at offers small-group trips that challenge participants with combinations of physical activities and cultural experiences.   n connects people through shared spiritual adventures like mind-body healing and immersion in nature.   n Phil Cousineau ( hosts writer’s retreats, literary tours and pilgrimages to historic sacred sites.   n Responsible Travel at Responsible offers socially and environmentally conscious tours to all seven continents, including small-ship cruises to more authentic, lesserknown ports of call.   n Transformational Travel Council’s website conveys uplifting stories, a travelers’ forum and other tools for changeseekers.                                                                                 n World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms ( links volunteers with organic farmers to help build a sustainable global community.

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When you give while traveling, you often get back even more, says Cousineau. “A pilgrim never travels empty-handed. Bring gifts; even postcards from home can make a meaningful connection.” He recently brought baseball equipment along on a group tour he led to give to kids in baseball-crazed Cuba. Giving appreciation is as important as tangible mementos, he notes. “Gratitude makes transformation possible; that’s what modern people are longing for, to be touched.” Boyle suggests that finding ways to give back can unlock unique opportunities. Quinn Vanderberg and Jonathon Button, guests on Boyle’s podcast, left stable lives and jobs in California for Nicaragua in 2012 with only their travel bags and a shared dream. Brainstorming a vision for a new life together, the 25-year-old pair had realized, “We wanted life to be filled with travel, culture and people, and to make an impact along the way,” says Vanderburg. “We went knowing we wanted to create a social venture, but first wanted to see what was really needed by the community.” They went on to partner with local educational nonprofits and artisans to launch Life Out of the Box, a line of

clothing and accessories modeled after Toms’ “Buy one, give one” business model. For every product sold, the entrepreneurs donate school supplies to a child in need. Since 2012, the project has expanded to also support kids in Guatemala, Kenya, Mexico and Morocco.

Drive Home Transformation

Starting with a moment of reflection before departing a place, take advantage of a trip’s afterglow to recall insights learned, gel memories, share insights and move to make changes stick. Haupert sees this as a good time to develop an action plan to “express gratitude for the journey and create a framework for your homecoming.” Then, take a day to reflect upon returning home before jumping back into work or other obligations, internalizing your experience and integrating your “traveler self” back into normalcy. It might involve a trip to the spa, an afternoon of journaling or organizing trip photos, suggests Haupert. “Resist the urge to check emails the minute the plane touches down or start planning the next trip. Take time to remember the journey and see your home turf with fresh eyes,” adds Cousineau.

Close Encounters Eager for a transformative adventure without traveling afar? Here are some ideas for exploring cultures and connecting with others closer to home. 4 Attend festivals celebrating varied cultures in your local community. Every spring in Washington, D.C., embassies showcase the cuisine, art and history of 70 countries. Frackville, Pennsylvania’s 103-year-old Lithuanian Days is the oldest ethnic festival in the country. 4 Host a traveling cyclist and hear tales from the trails via, a hospitality exchange for 90,000 touring cyclists and hosts. 4 Take advantage of local, state and national parks, including 88 ocean and coastal parks within the National Park Service ( Along with wilderness sites, the service also stewards important cultural heritage sites nationwide. 4 Find a spiritual retreat center at 4 Overnight on an organic farm. Visit to sample what’s in season in the region. 4 Meet and host individual travelers via, a network of 11 million globetrotters in 150,000 cities. 36

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Adventure travelers named transformation and an expanded worldview as top motives for their explorations. ~Adventure Travel Trade Association The returned pilgrim has a responsibility to memorialize the journey, an ancient tradition of Judeo-Christian and Islamic faiths, advises Cousineau. The San Francisco writer traveled with a group on foot from Louisville, Kentucky, to Thomas Merton’s Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, near Bardstown, Kentucky, to celebrate the legacy of Merton and Mahatma Gandhi. One of the women inked a footprint from each of 100-plus travelers, sewing them into a quilt to commemorate the pilgrimage. Chronicling the journey can be as simple as a dinner party with friends to share what we have learned, says Cousineau, but suggests that travelers engage attendees to also contribute their own stories and reflections. “We have a choice upon returning; do nothing and just let that experience fade or own it for ourselves,” concurs Boyle. “It’s incumbent to extract the meaning of our experiences and find a way to express them, whether through a photo series, article, painting or video. The traveler’s ‘third act’ of creativity after preparation and execution is how we process change.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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Provide food and drink. Traditional societies have always taken hospitality seriously. Having people bring items to add to the collective feast is better than catering.

5 Creating Community 15 Ways to Craft a Circle of Caring by Linda Buzzell


n facing up to today’s often degrading environmental, economic, political, social and hyper-individualistic cultural conditions, we instinctively know that survival requires coming together to effect constructive change. Here are proven approaches to community building that work.


Build a campfire. Whether literal or metaphoric, create a clear, focused attraction that draws people into a circle.


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Connect with nature and the seasons. Tying gatherings into what’s happening seasonally with all life forms is a traditionally effective way of fostering community.


Welcome each person. Either designate greeters or go around the circle welcoming and acknowledging each participant before proceeding with the event’s main activity. People that feel seen and known are more likely to stay involved.

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Ceremony, ritual and the sacred. Deep in our collective human memory lie countless spring and harvest festivals, ceremonial or religious events, meals and celebrations that included a strong sense of passage, initiation and the sacredness of all life. Use one as a springboard to add meaning to a contemporary gathering.


Collective problem solving. People bond into a community when they participate in solving a real-world community problem, helping someone in need or addressing a situation that demands a community solution. Consider using Robert’s Rules of Order or other guidelines for discussions that maintain civility, discourage competitiveness and peacefully resolve conflicts in order to reach consensus.


Storytelling. Humans learn best when seeing and hearing stories. Facts don’t arouse us as much as narratives and full-body experiences do. Bombarding people with facts won’t create desired change. We must be inspired to act on the knowledge.


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A little excitement. Raffles and door prizes add fun as long as any money raised goes into the common coffers as a gift to all.

People bond into a community when they participate in solving a real-world community problem, helping someone in need or addressing a situation that demands a community solution.


Elders. Shared history, respect and affection are vital to belonging. Adults coping with a high-stress, industrialized culture might tend to find elders’ stories slow-moving and boring, but they are a critical resource for our collective survival. Beware of the “star from afar” syndrome that posits outsiders as experts, rather than honoring and developing our own community resources, which won’t disappear at the end of an event.


Gifts and sharing. As we focus on creating a sharing society versus a gimme culture, it’s nice to give small gifts such as a plant or garden flower, organic seeds or regifted items to event attendees. It’s a simple way to help everyone feel valued, appreciated and welcomed. The key is keeping events local, simple and created by the community for the community. Many hands make light work, and some of the best community events cost the host little, while everyone involved brings their own chair or blanket, serving ware and potluck dish.


Shopping. People have been bonding through meeting others in the marketplace since ancient times. Sales or silent auctions are popular when the money paid becomes a gift to the community.

Child care. Children provide a necessary source of untamed energy and entertainment for any gathering. Multigenerational exchanges also help form and shape them through exposure to role models and life education, even if they might not feel engaged at the time.


Transportation. Facilitating carpools and providing transportation for those without cars or unable to walk builds community even before the event starts.

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Dance and body movement. Modern society makes us sit a lot. Physical action connects us in a way nothing else can. Beauty and music. Our eyes and ears are portals to the soul and spirit of the human psyche. Even a simple drum can bond individuals into a coherent group. Community singing can be powerful medicine, as places of worship ever demonstrate. A simple flower on the table or painting on the wall brings powerful archetypal energies to bear as we come together. An outdoor meeting brings nature’s magnificence to our senses, adding extraordinary power to events. The bottom line is that any community gathering, organization or event that engages body, mind and spirit has a far greater chance of surviving and thriving. Linda Buzzell is a psychotherapist, ecotherapist, blogger and co-editor of Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind. She co-founded a local permaculture guild, and a voluntary simplicity circle which met for 10 years in her local community. Connect at

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or the past 40 years, Robert Llewellyn has photographed thousands of unique beauties— many of them trees, flowers, seeds and other landscape elements. “For a photographer, anything can be a good subject, even dirt,” he says. “My mission is to move people from merely looking at things to deeply seeing things as they are.” For Llewellyn’s first collaboration with garden writer Nancy Ross Hugo, Remarkable Trees of Virginia, published in 2008, the pair drove 20,000 miles in four years observing and capturing the complex lives of 100 notable trees. It was on this assignment that the Earlysville, Virginia, photographer developed his now-signature technique, subsequently used to illustrate one of their follow-up books, Seeing Trees.

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“I wanted to photograph small parts—leaves, fruit, bark and flowers— so I would cut off a bloom, twig or seed pod and put it on a light table and take hundreds of photos, which, strung together, were infinitely sharp, like a botanic drawing. I found I could zoom into my subject up to a pollen grain this way.” Llewellyn lives with his wife on a 60-acre farm in tree-studded Albemarle County, enjoying 200-year-old oaks outside their front door. His latest of nearly 40 books, The Living Forest, is due out in October.

Why are trees, to your eyes, so captivating? When I first started photographing trees, I thought of them as objects in the design of a photograph, rather than something that’s alive. When I

began to look at a tree’s acorns, flowers and pollen, I realized that this tree is doing what we do: it’s born, grows, has offspring and dies; it seeks air, nutrients and light. Trees all have a fascinating master plan for survival and reproduction. Some trees can build an architectural structure that grows 150 feet high and can withstand 100-mile-an-hour winds.

How do you suggest that a newbie tree-watcher start learning how to see trees more intimately? Read a book like Seeing Trees, then get up, go out and observe trees in real time, at different times of the year and track what they do. Take pencil and paper and draw them, or take pictures. Start by exploring trees in your backyard or a nearby park. Share a quality magnifying glass to encourage youngsters to get closer to the trees, too. Challenge them to find flowers, fruit or spots where last year’s leaves fell off. Kids love that. I visit schools and have kids go out and collect fallen tree debris that we look at together.

What makes some of your favorite trees so distinctive? Red maples make an early entrance in spring, their flowers appearing before the leaves, and drop their “helicopter” seeds in spring to germinate before anything can eat them. In spring, an entire hill will turn red with these maples, but it’s not their leaves; it’s the trees’ flowers, getting ready to drop their showy red dresses on the ground before anything else is blooming. You can learn a lot about trees by seeing what’s on the ground through their life cycles. Sycamore, for example, has both male and female flowers. The female flowers develop into fruiting seedpods that dry out and hang on through winter until a spring wind blows them apart.

Rather than seeing trees as dead in winter, what can we look for? Trees are very much alive in winter. When leaves fall off, they leave behind little pointed leaf buds. You can cut them open and find tiny green leaves encapsulated which remain unfrozen, waiting to open up in the spring. Twigs in winter show leaf scars where the leaves dropped. We can also witness the diverse life in and on trees in all seasons. That includes bugs, plants, fungi and parasites, in addition to the animals that nest in them and eat their fruits and nuts. I once found a round ball on an oak tree that turned out to be a wasp gall for its offspring, its larvae hanging in the middle.

How are tree-viewing skills transferrable to other aspects of our lives? The skill of observation is vital: moving from looking to seeing. At a party, you can just mindlessly chatter with people or you can really see them—what their bodies, gestures and emotions are communicating. Labels and names get in the way of seeing things as they are. Stop labeling things or worrying about what they are called; as in meditation, just relax into observing, to embrace things as they are. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at natural awakenings

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Choosing a Chiropractor How to Find the Best One by Marlaina Donato


hiropractic medicine is known for its non-surgical approach to chronic pain and other musculoskeletal conditions, but also has much more to offer. However, finding the right doctor can be as daunting as shopping for a comfortable pair of shoes. Here, three reputable practitioners talk about securing individual-


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Address Specific Needs

Clarifying the desired outcome is helpful, because some clients are just looking for a quick fix to reduce pain, while others may be seeking overall better health, lasting wellness and an improved quality of life.

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“Due to insurance issues, we’ve become known as pain doctors, but that’s not the full extent of chiropractic,” explains Dr. Michelle Robin, owner of Your Wellness Connection and the educational website, in Shawnee, Kansas. “Also, you can see more than one chiropractor, as each has their own strength.” Dr. Michael Aho, of Crosstown Chiropractic, in Chicago, agrees. “Chiropractic care encompasses many styles, so one of the biggest variables is the type of treatment the doctor uses. Most offices commonly treat neck, mid-back and low back pain. If you have a specific shoulder, knee or foot problem, you may want to find a doctor that frequently treats those issues. If you are pregnant, choose a chiropractor that has experience working with pregnant women.” “There are more than 140 different chiropractic techniques. Some are light touch, while others are aggressive. Some are hands-on and some use instruments for adjusting. It’s important that the doctor’s approach resonates with your nature,” advises Dr. Jackie St.Cyr of the Innate Chiropractic Healing Arts Center, in Houston. Robin advises that sitting in a doctor’s reception room to just observe and trusting our intuition is helpful before moving forward with a consultation.



Helpful questions include what to expect during the initial visit, recommended frequency of treatment, the desired doctor’s office hours and how treatment might benefit a particular condition.

Ask Questions

First, find out if a chiropractor has embraced either a conventional medical or holistic model, and then delve more deeply to find the right approach and level of care. “Ask how long a doctor has practiced and their governing philosophy. Do they treat the full spine or focus on the point of pain, and what range of techniques do they apply? You want them to know your spine before they adjust it; make sure they conduct a new patient exam,” suggests St.Cyr. An exam may include a thermography scan and X-rays. Helpful questions include what to expect during the initial visit, recommended frequency of treatment, the desired doctor’s office hours and how treatment might benefit a particular condition. Because most chiropractic offices offer compatible treatments, also ask about complementary modalities such as acupuncture, massage therapy, heat therapy, and interferential current therapy using minute electrical pulses for deep tissue pain relief.

Be Consistent

“You shouldn’t expect instant results,” says Aho. “You’ll benefit the most if you don’t wait too long after first experiencing symptoms of a problem before starting treatment, and are consistent with your treatment.” Being proactive can foster good results. St.Cyr concurs, stating, “When patients follow their chiropractor’s recommended routine of regular corrective care, they get the best results. Be consistent with visits and do your customized spinal exercises; they’ve been proven to work.” Robin expounds that not following through with homecare is a common pitfall for patients. “Like dental care, you always need to do something for your spine every day, be it stretching, other exercise or good nutrition.” She notes that everyone’s response to chiropractic is different. “Be realistic. If you’ve experienced injuries or accidents, it will take longer, and your healing might look different from that of someone else that is free of injuries and follows a healthier diet. Sometimes people give up on chiropractic instead of finding a chiropractor that is good for them. You wouldn’t give up going to the dentist, and the same should apply to chiropractic care.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

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Chiropractor Recommends Checking All Children


e tend to think of chiropractic as a treatment for adults with back pain, but it can also address a variety of pediatric problems stemming from pregnancy and childbirth, says Dr. Seth Pearl, owner of Optimal Health Chiropractic in Harrison and Mount Kisco. “Every infant and child should be checked by a chiropractor,” says Pearl, a pediatric and family chiropractor. “Research has shown that misalignments can occur during the birth process or even before. This means kids are starting off with compromised neurological and immune systems.” Many of these constraints cause subluxation—a condition where the vertebral joints lose proper positioning and alignment, he says. “Subluxation is often caused simply by the positioning required for even normal, natural, vaginal deliveries, and it’s greatly magnified in its effect from breech positioning, long labor, suction or vacuum extraction, forceps and Cesarean deliveries, which put an excessive amount of physical force on the head, neck and spine.” The subluxation complex can also cause imbalances in the musculature of the upper cervical spine and surrounding tissues, he notes, and those can affect the function of the Eustachian tubes, sinuses and adenoids, as well as the fight-or-flight response of the body, leading to imbalanced focusing and behaviors. “Chiropractic can help with a variety of things that are not associated with back pain,” Pearl says. “Pediatric chiropractic is a highly underutilized healthcare choice that should be made more available to parents, especially those looking for non-drug options that are safe and effective.” For more info, call 914.777.3200 or visit


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Dr. Leigh Damkohler Combines Chiropractic and Massage


s Westchester’s only practicing dually licensed sports chiropractor and massage therapist, Dr. Leigh Damkohler has been helping people move, perform and feel better for 20 years now. Her approach is unique, she says, because she regards each patient as a person, not a condition. “Many factors affect the healing process, and no two people heal the same Dr. Leigh Damkohler way,” she explains. “I'm always engaging patients in their care—asking questions about ergonomics that may be at the root of their imbalance or pain. Most importantly, if one approach isn’t getting us to the level of improvement, I'm thinking about how else we can make progress.” Damkohler, whose practice is located at 8 Bacon Place, at the Eastchester/Scarsdale border of Yonkers, describes her adjusting style as “gentle and diversified.” Among the soft-tissue techniques a patient might receive in her office are Graston, stretching and myofascial release. She uses a 3D scanner to show patients how their feet affect the rest of their body, and offers custom orthotics. “My office also provides corporate massage with a topnotch team of therapists,” she says. For more info, email, call 914.523.7947 or visit

Foot Function Affects the Whole Body


ntegrity Chiropractic is now offering the Barefoot Science Foot Strengthening System, an exercise program designed to promote quick, safe, healthy foot function in order to optimize overall physical comfort and performance. “The feet are the foundation of the body,” says Dr. Jodi Kennedy, owner of Integrity Chiropractic. “A weakness or poor structural alignment in the feet can cause stress or strain throughout Dr. Jodi Kennedy the entire body. We regularly check the health of the feet in all our patients who come in with head, neck and back complaints. Everything is connected.” The system comes with a pair of insoles and a series of five to seven progressively firmer foot-strengthening inserts. Once patients have their inserts, Kennedy recommends that they roll a tennis ball under their bare feet for two to three minutes each day, with a firm-but-comfortable, continual motion. “This simple exercise helps to relax muscle tension and promote proper alignment and circulation to keep your feet healthy and happy,” she says. Integrity Chiropractic is located at 11 Miller Rd., Mahopac, NY. For a free “healthy feet checkup,” call the office at 845.628.7233. For more info, visit See ad, page 42.

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Chiropractic Techniques Sampler Activator Method – A small, handheld instrument is used to gently address targeted areas for many conditions, especially low back pain and specific types of headaches including migraine. It’s considered safe for children and patients with severe arthritis and osteoporosis. Active Release Technique – This approach is used for soft tissue conditions, both acute and from repetitive motion, or recurring injuries such as those experienced by athletes. It targets adhesions in muscles and connective tissues that tighten around nerves to limit joint mobility. Atlas Orthogonal Method – Adjustment of the atlas—the first spine vertebra that supports the skull and provides a path for the spinal cord—helps reduce stress in the brain stem and nervous system. Blair Technique – Adjustment of the upper cervical (neck) area, especially the first two vertebrae, is especially beneficial for nerve function. Directional Non-Force Technique – This gentle method stimulates reflex reactions to determine potential discrepancy in leg lengths and corrective measures. It improves structural alignment and function and aids natural healing responses. Diversified Technique – Widely used among chiropractors to generally improve neurological function, reduce neck, back and leg pain, especially from herniated disks, this technique may also be helpful for carpal tunnel syndrome. Extremity Manipulation Flexion-Distraction – This involves manipulation of the extremities (arm/shoulder, leg/hip). It helps improve joint mobility and reduce stress along the spine and is especially useful for carpal tunnel syndrome and problems with posture and gait. 46

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Flexion-Distraction (Cox Method) – Mechanical and hands-on adjustment aids in stretching of the back. This method is especially beneficial for degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, scoliosis, neck and back pain and restricted spinal joints. Gonstead Technique – The most recognizable form of chiropractic manipulation and similar to Diversified Technique, this approach addresses misalignment and involves variable-pressure spine adjustment and realignment. It includes X-ray analysis to pinpoint problem areas and is deemed safe for children, pregnant women and the elderly. Graston Technique – Instrumentassisted, soft tissue mobilization helps reduce scar tissue and persistent pain from acute and old injuries, as well as resolve longstanding trigger points in muscles and joints. It promotes circulation in affected areas to reduce pain and inflammation. It also may allay non-systemic causes of fibromyalgia. Kinesiology – This common diagnostic

technique—often for sports-related injuries—targets specific muscle groups via massage and pressure points to gauge overall body functioning. Logan Basic Technique – A low-force way to realign bones via gentle, sustained pressure at the base of the spine, it’s considered beneficial for headaches, including migraine, neck and low back pain and stress. A safe form of physical rehabilitation that’s considered effective for all ages. Myofascial Technique – This soft tissue therapy resolves trigger points deep within muscles and joints. Beneficial for muscle spasms, it’s thought to be useful for sciatica and piriformis syndrome. It’s also used by massage therapists. Network Spinal Analysis (network chiropractic) – This low-force technique addresses the entire body to improve communication between the brain and nerves via points along the spine and is suited to all ages. Pettibon System – Based on a total body assessment, both structural and

nutritional, this system focuses on posture correction and spinal alignment, diet and muscle development. Sacro-Occipital Technique – Focused on the relationship between the bases of the spine and skull, it employs triangular-shaped blocks under the pelvis to target lower back issues; low-force adjustments include slow pressure to address issues related to the skull. It is considered especially beneficial for hiatal hernia and gastro-esophageal reflux. Somato Respiratory Integration – Special exercises leverage the body-breath connection to assist stress management, tension release and whole body awareness. It employs focus, breath work, touch and movement. Compatible with other treatments, it can also be done at home. Thompson Drop Technique – Employed via a “drop table” and thrust of the chiropractor’s hands. It can help determine discrepancies in leg lengths. Benefits include improved posture, flexibility and sleep, and decreased pain.

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FELINE WORKFORCE Why a Job is the Cat’s Meow by Sandra Murphy


ome cats started their careers in barns with minimal job opportunities. With updated skills, they now boost office morale, encourage reading, promote products and provide therapy. Community cats even work in private security.

In the Office Millennials, now comprising a third of this country’s stressed-out labor force, according to the Pew Research Center and American Psychological Association, are among those that can benefit from having a cat around. Lowered blood pressure is one result, according to research by psychologist Karen Allen, Ph.D., conducted at the University at Buffalo. Even when comfort breaks are hard to schedule, insistent cats cannot be ignored. “Pompous Albert, a rejected show cat, works at SafeWise, in Salt Lake City,” relates Sage Singleton, who handles Albert’s Instagram account. “He boosts morale, reduces stress and provides entertainment.” Carlos, a former rescue kitten, greets employees at PetNovations, in Norristown, Pennsylvania, each morning. 48

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He’s the star of the corporate Instagram account and blog, and promotes the company’s eco-friendly Cat Genie litterless cat box. Smith’s Ace Hardware and Housewares, in Princeton, New Jersey, has Dusty patrol its 18,000-square-foot facility, often escorting customers along the aisles. At St. Augustine Health Ministries, in Cleveland, the furry receptionist is Oreo. This black-and-white stray claimed the job by installing herself at the front desk to welcome guests and visit with residents that miss having their own pet.

Therapists At the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco, Duke Ellington Morris visits with patients while nurses check vital signs; he’s part of an animalassisted therapy program through the city’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. With the help of his humans, Jessica and Eric Hagan, of Pennsylvania’s Wolf Creek Township, Draven was certified through a local Love on a Leash chapter that qualifies pet-provided therapy animals. He showed My Cat From Hell host Jackson Galaxy his hospital routine for a segment called “My Cat From Heaven.” Draven regularly visits the Grove City Medical Center, in Pine Township, local nursing homes and service groups.

Literacy Aids “At 18, Cleo, my small, gray cat, retired from therapy visits and missed the attention,” says Michelle Cardosi, a retail clerk in Silt, Colorado. “Kids reading to her at the school library provided a solution that satisfied everyone.” In 2010, the public library in White Settlement, Texas, adopted Browser to

Less socially developed feral felines can provide needed services. remedy a rodent problem. Five years later, the city council cited pending renovations and a potential impact on allergies in backing a motion to oust Browser. Supporters, pointing out that the cat brought children through the doors, successfully petitioned to keep the four-legged employee.

Private Security Less socially developed feral felines can provide needed services. The Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats rescues such cats from Los Angeles shelters. Each is vetted, spayed/ neutered and microchipped. “When they’re adopted out in threes, community cats are more likely to stay on the job,” notes founder and headmistress Shawn Simons. “In Southern California, working cats are employed as assistants to brewmasters at the Monkish Brewery to protect the grain and hops and at Saluti Cellars as vintner support in charge of gopher population control,” says Simons. “More traditionally, cats at the Portuguese Bend Riding Club barn discourage mice and make friends with horses and riders.” The school’s Working Cat Program partners with area recycling centers, golf courses, warehouses and industrial parks that could otherwise lose hundreds of millions of dollars annually due to vermin-related structural damage, including gnawed wiring and other potential fire hazards. “Businesses get an all-natural, safe and effective way to control pests and cats live life naturally,” says Simons. Working cats of many stripes are becoming increasingly common. For a business, it’s a money-saver; for a cat, it’s a lifesaver. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@

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by April Thompson

choolchildren are learning the calming effect of tuning into their minds and bodies through a pioneering program in Baltimore, Maryland, that’s replacing time outs and school detentions with mindful moments. Trained staff—including many former students—teach yoga, mindfulness practices, meditation, centering and breath work that empower kids to resolve conflicts peacefully. Brothers Atman and Ali Smith and friend Andres Gonzalez founded the nonprofit Holistic Life Foundation (HLF) in 2001 in response to the pressing need to help kids living in challenging urban environments better manage stress, anger and other heightened emotions. Today, the organization is sowing the seeds of mindfulness with some 7,500 students a week across 18 Baltimore-area schools, usually beginning through daylong, school-wide interventions and afterschool programs supporting targeted populations. Frustrated kids cool off and center themselves through breathing exercises and meditation in the Mindful Moment Room in the HLF flagship Robert W. Coleman Elementary

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School. “Sometimes when I get mad, I just breathe deep. I picture being in a certain place I like and I just stop being mad… I think of being a bigger person and doing something maybe a wise man would do,” advises one fifth-grade participant. “When we had to take a big test, before I took it and in the middle, I took deep breaths to stay calm and finish the test. When everybody around you is making a lot of noises, you just try to tune them out and be yourself, do your breathing,” says another fifth-grader. The training starts with educators learning mindfulness techniques both to help their students and also manage their own stress in the classroom. “The program was a fantastic experience,” says Lori Gustovson, a teacher at Baltimore’s Lincoln Elementary School. “We integrated the exercises into our daily schedules, helping many students and teachers focus their attention and regulate emotions such as anxiety, anger and frustration. We are a better school because of the time they spent in our classrooms teaching us the beauty of paying attention to breath, movement and each other,” she observes.

These are tools kids can rely on for the rest of their lives, and use them to get back to their center. ~Ali Smith Participating schools have reported fewer fights, better attendance and higher grades, among other benefits, according to Ali Smith, all results backed by independent research. Recent studies in schools from San Francisco to Columbus, Ohio, have shown that teaching kids mindfulness practices can heighten attentiveness, self-control and empathy, while reducing stress, hyperactivity and depression, and improving academic performance. The kids also apply their newfound skills at home. “To take ownership of the practice and understand the benefits, you have to know how to explain it, so we use a reciprocal teaching model,” says Ali. “We teach the kids to say, ‘Mom, Dad, you look stressed; can you take a breather with me?’” Martin, a Lincoln Elementary student, was pleased to report, “I went to my house and taught my mom how to do all the things you guys taught us.” Virginia, another student, noted, “This

morning I got mad at my dad, but then I remembered to breathe, and then I didn’t shout.” Other schools are following suit. Mindful Schools began in 2007 as a single-school program in Oakland, California, and then expanded to support online and in-person courses and a network of mindful educators spanning all 50 states and more than 100 countries. The David Lynch Foundation funds efforts to bring transcendental meditation to underserved kids in classrooms like the Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School, in Queens, New York; Wilson High School, in Portland, Oregon; and Wayzata West Middle School, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, among others. Find easy instruction at MindfulnessStarterLesson. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

Mindful Exercises This meditation exercise is recommended by the Holistic Life Foundation to help kids slow down, relax, de-stress or clear their heads: Sit comfortably with one hand on your belly, with your head, neck and spine in alignment. Breathe through your nose. As you inhale, feel your belly expand and pause for a second. Then, exhale and feel the belly fall. Repeat for 10 breaths.

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Mindfulness is noticing what is happening in the present moment. It can help calm us when we are angry, sad or frustrated. It can help us notice when we are happy or grateful and also to focus, whether in school or in sports. It’s important to let our bodies be very still. When that happens, it gets very quiet. When we have still and quiet bodies, that’s what we call our mindful bodies. Now, let’s close our eyes and just sit like this for one minute.

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BUILDING BETTER BONES Bouncing, Leaping and Lunging Our Way to Bone Health by Kathleen Barnes

Success in the quest for stronger bones is possible at any age.

Start and Stay Young

“Peak bone strength is reached by the age of 30, so it’s vital for young people to engage in dynamic impact movement through their teen years and 20s,” says Sherri Betz, chair of the American Physical Therapy Association bone health group, a doctor of physical therapy and geriatric-certified specialist with a private practice in Santa Cruz, California. Engaging in sports during our youthful developing years helps build strong, wide and dense bones that will carry us well into old age, literally giving us a firmer base to stand on. It’s paramount to encourage children and young people to be physically active


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and for us all to continue with athletic activities throughout adulthood to preserve the bone health peak we reach at age 30.

Optimal Bone Exercises

“Adulthood is a perfectly good time to start building and improving bone fitness and health. The outcome is just a little bit less,” says Steven A. Hawkins, Ph.D., a professor of exercise science at California Lutheran University, in Thousand Oaks. “Bone responds to exercise much like muscle,” explains Larry Tucker, Ph.D., professor of exercise sciences at Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah. “Bone doesn’t grow, per se, but like muscle, it

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does get denser and stronger according to the stresses and strains put on it.” “The key is to put a heavy load on bones to stimulate them to grow,” Hawkins notes. Standing exercises are recommended, because the bones most likely to benefit from strengthening exercise are 30 targeted leg and hip bones, says Tucker. “Surprising the bone is your best bet,” points out Betz. “Don’t do the same things over and over again at the same time, either repetitive exercises like running or weight lifting or consistent combinations; even high-intensity exercise can diminish the effects.” The most highly recommended exercises involve those that require changing directions, bouncing and leaping—from basketball to lively dances, and even some intense yoga postures. Hopping and jumping are probably the best way to strengthen bones, but must be done in the proper way, according to Tucker and others. Research by Tucker’s team published in the American Journal of Health Promotion studied the effects of jumping on hip bone density in premenopausal women. It may seem counterintuitive, but Tucker reports that most benefits are gained from jumping as high as possible, resting 30 seconds and repeating up to 10 times twice a day in intervals at least eight hours apart. “If you jump continuously, the exercise loses effectiveness pretty quickly,” he says. Those that enjoy circuit training should do something else during the 30-second rests between repetitions, Tucker advises. Because it’s the jolt of jumping that stimulates bone strength, using a mini-trampoline or another cushioning device to lessen impact on the body won’t increase bone density.


Yoga for Bones Yoga doesn’t involve bouncing or jumping for the most part, but it can be helpful in maintaining strong bones, says Sherri Betz, a Santa Cruz, California, physical therapist and Pilates and yoga instructor. “Poses, including the tree, chair, warrior, triangle, half moon and sun salute, need to be as dynamic as possible and focus on leg strengthening and spine extension.

Betz cautions against starting a jumping program too quickly. “Proper alignment, balance and body awareness come first,” she says. “Do 20 to 25 heel raises in a row, a full squat with good alignment and a full lunge to ready the body for a jumping program.” Such strengthening safeguards against falling and injury.

Walking Isn’t It

Walking, running, weight training and other repetitive exercises don’t improve bone density, says Hawkins. “Walk and do other repetitive exercises for cardiovascular health and general fitness. While these might help maintain current bone strength, they won’t improve bone density.” Walking reduced the risk of hip fracture by 41 percent for postmenopausal women walking four hours a week, with fewer falls due to improved strength, balance and other factors per the Journal of the American Medical Association. Numerous studies confirm that exercise of any kind keeps us healthy, but for bone health, the answer is to start weightbearing exercises early and sustain the practice for a lifetime.

Wainwright House Expands Its Menu of Yoga Classes, Trainings


ainwright House Yoga Teachers Academy will offer a new 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher Training beginning October 6-8, with monthly sessions concluding May 18-20. The training will be led by Paula Heitzner, Patty Holmes and Susan Wright, who have more than 100 years’ combined teaching experience. Additional health and wellness trainings will begin in late fall. Wainwright House YTA offers a variety Paula Heitzner, Patty Holmes of yoga classes and workshops, including and Susan Wright those inspired by Jivamukti, Sivananda and Forrest Yoga; Chair; Yin; and Prenatal. It also hosts meditation workshops and tai chi classes. A complete calendar of classes runs Monday through Saturday. Most workshops are held on weekends. Among the special programs offered at Wainwright House is a 95-hour Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher Training taught by the faculty of Yoga Mountain. The program includes four weekend modules, plus a fifth module of integrative work. These modules can be taken independently or in full for Young Mountain Yoga Teacher Certification, Anatomy Trains with Laurice Nemetz will hold a weekend workshop at Wainwright House in late fall. "As a Registered Yoga School, Wainwright House offers a unique yoga training environment incorporating a holistic approach,” says board member Carol Craig. “Our large selection of teacher trainings are professionally delivered by the best trainers in the business, within a beautiful and comfortable space and in an ideal location convenient to both New York City and New Haven, CT. We also offer lodging at an affordable rate.” Wainwright House, a nonprofit, is the nation’s oldest holistic center. Located at 260 Stuyvesant Avenue in Rye, it sits on five organic acres overlooking Rye Harbor. For more info, call 914.967.6080, email or visit

Kathleen Barnes is a health writer and author of The Calcium Lie II: What Your Doctor Still Doesn’t Know, with Dr. Robert Thompson. Connect at natural awakenings

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yogabriefs Balance Yoga & Wellness Celebrates First Anniversary


alance Yoga & Wellness will celebrate its first anniversary on October 21, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a day of free classes, therapies like massage and Reiki, and refreshments. The Larchmont studio specializes in Bikram yoga, hot vinyasa, vinyasa flow (no heat), slow flow vinyasa and hot Pilates (all levels welcome), and offers massage and Reiki. Visitors to the first anniversary open house are welcome to join in any of the following scheduled classes: Bikram Yoga at 8 a.m.; Slow Flow Vinyasa at 10 a.m.; Hot Power Pilates at 11 a.m.; Hot Vinyasa Flow & Guided Meditation at 12:15 p.m.; and Hot HIIT at 1:30 p.m. Space is limited, so anyone planning to join in should sign up ahead of time at The anniversary celebration will end with a reception from 2:30 to 4 p.m. The studio’s first year has been a busy one, with a full schedule of workshops and classes including Yoga for Runners, Partner Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yoga for Seniors, Kids’ Yoga and inversion workshops. The studio also hosts private parties such as girls’ nights out, couples’ yoga and corporate events. Balance Yoga & Wellness is located at 2444 Boston Post Rd., Larchmont, NY, next to Mrs. Green’s Market and CVS. For more info, call 914.833.9703 or visit

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Golden Prana Retains Focus on Kundalini Yoga


olden Prana Yoga Studio—formerly known as Golden Temple—is under new management, and at its grand reopening, set for October 22, from 4 to 6 p.m., visitors can see its new look and learn about new classes and retail offerings. But owners and managers Shawna Starr, Carrie Kane and Anne Hughes say one thing isn’t new: the studio’s focus on Kundalini Yoga. As taught by Yogi Bhajan, Kundalini is known as the “Yoga of Awareness,” Starr explains. “It’s a yoga practice for those seeking a deeper relationship with the truth of oneself. It is not a mystery; it is a system that uses mantra, breath, movement and meditation to activate and balance the nervous and glandular systems. It is a spiritual science that allows the body, mind and spirit to restore, renew and ultimately rise above the turmoil of the world.” Golden Prana offers a monthly Intro to Kundalini Yoga class, with the next one scheduled for October 17 at 7 p.m. Among its other offerings are monthly gong events; monthly Art and Yoga classes; and a new series, Yoga Play, for moms and young children. It will soon add classes in breath work and tai chi and/or chi kung, and host kirtan singers/chanters throughout the year, including Sitas Light Kirtan on October 7. Golden Prana Yoga Studio is located at 223 Katonah Ave., Katonah, NY. For more info, call 914.232.3473, email or visit the studio’s temporary website, Its new website,, will be live soon.

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Transforming Lives through Yoga Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured. ~ B. K. S. Iyengar


n 1989, Tracey Pagan was in a car accident that transformed her life—for worse, and then for better. With severe spinal injuries, nerve damage and a brain injury, Pagan’s medical prognosis was discouraging, and traditional Western medicine wasn’t helping her pain. In desperation, she turned to yoga, studying and training under a number of senior Iyengar Yoga teachers, including Bobbi Goldin and Joan White. Slowly, steadily, she made progress. “Within a few years, under their exceptional guidance, I was able to fully recover from my injuries,” she says. “This deep healing is what moved me to share what I had experienced with others.”

Yogi As Therapist

Pagan began teaching yoga in 1994, transitioning to therapeutic work in 2007. As a yoga therapist, her focus is on the individual: after an initial intake session, she meets with clients one on one, developing programs to address their specific needs. She has helped clients find relief from various health issues, including Parkinson’s disease, fractures, spinal injuries, nerve damage and traumatic brain injury, and supported clients through cancer treatment and even the end-of-life process. Other clients ask Pagan to help them improve something they’re already good it. She’s helped elite athletes like marathoners and cyclists reach their maximum for and efficiency; shown vocalists how to deepen their 56

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connection between breath and body; and worked with professional musicians, including pianists, cellists, guitarists and even an English horn player, teaching them skills to balance their asymmetry.

Teaching Other Lifelong Learners

All the while, Pagan has furthered her own yoga practice—par for the course for this voracious reader and lifelong learner. “Over the years, I’ve studied with prominent teachers of various schools of yoga,” she says. “I’ve been heavily influenced by the work of the Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh and the contemplative Thomas Merton, and my work is deeply informed by my graduate studies in psychoanalysis—specifically Alice Miller and Bessel Van der Kolk’s work in emotional trauma held in the physical body.” She is trained and experienced in crisis intervention for victims of sexual assault, PTSD and chronic or systemic trauma. In addition to working with clients, Pagan offers instruction to current yoga teachers looking to deepen and advance their own practices and teaching skills. She serves clients in Westchester and the surrounding counties, including New York City, in person and via FaceTime.   For more info, contact Tracey Pagan (E-RYT 500, Certified Yoga Therapist, C-IAYT, CYT, YACEP) at 914.621.1446 or, or visit Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

Yoga Therapy An Emerging Healthcare Profession Yoga therapy is an emerging healthcare profession that integrates neuroscience and connective tissue research with psychology and yogic principles. Its practices are supported by rigorous scientific research, and its practitioners must abide by strict professional standards and accreditation and credentialing processes. To become a certified yoga therapist, one must already hold advanced yoga teacher certifications and demonstrate expertise in seven areas of knowledge, skills and experience: Yoga philosophy, techniques, teaching skills and a minimum of 2,000 hours of individual client contact hours.



The application of yoga to people with different health conditions, physical and emotional.

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An understanding of functional anatomy.

An understanding of the physiology of health and various disease states.


An understanding of medical care for various conditions, in order to support it with the appropriate yogic practices.


An understanding of other healing systems, such as various schools of bodywork and Western psychology.


Ethics. “Those working with a certified yoga therapist should expect the same level of professionalism and confidentiality as they would other any other therapist or healthcare practitioner,” says yoga therapist Tracey Pagan.

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SOUL SHINE by Marianne Williamson


ur deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?” Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. From A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles by Marianne Williamson.

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

Infinite Love Reiki   Amy Smith RN BSN Reiki Master Dobbs Ferry, NY 917.225.7792; Hands of Serenity Healing Jody Cleveland, RN 1129 Main St., Fishkill 845.896.1915 The Temperance Center Merrill Black, LCSW Reiki Master & Instructor, Intuitive Energy Healer 914.793.2600

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

SPIRITUAL CLEANSING The Art of Astrology Harrison, Larchmont, Mamaroneck By appointment; 914.835.7015

To place a listing on this page call 914.617.8750

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Putnam Valley Psychic Fair

Readers Gather for Putnam Valley Psychic Fair


utnam Valley’s eighth annual Psychic Fair will take place October 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the German American Social Club, located at 11 Kramers Pond Road. More than 20 psychics will be at the fair offering tarot, palm, soul, aura, spirit communication, astrology and angel card readings, and vendors will be selling unique gifts, crystals, books and food. Attendance at the fair is free. Once again the fair will offer vendors outdoors and readers inside the building, which will be a quiet zone. Fair staff will be on hand outside to help guests sign up for one or more readings. Some readers will allow guests to reserve readings in advance of the event date. They should visit to confirm with the individual readers. “The Psychic Fair grows in popularity and uniqueness every year,” says coordinator Priscilla Keresey, a psychic and medium. “We recommend that our guests come early to sign up for their readings, as slots fill up very quickly. There will be plenty to enjoy outside while they’re waiting for sittings, so we invite our guests to linger among the fantastic vendors.” This year all guests will receive a $5-off coupon to attend an evening of spirit communication with Keresey, to be scheduled in December (no purchase necessary). For more info, visit or

Rising Star Healing Available in Rye


he Masters tell us the Rising Star is the most powerful healing System on the planet, according to Derek O’Neill and helps to promote Unity Consciousness. This living energy system encompasses all other healing systems and is constantly being upgraded as new healing energies come in. “Every session is unique and personalized,” says Elaine Cirillo, owner of Mystical Roots. “The Higher Beings Elaine Cirillo know exactly what the client needs on all levels. The Rising Star gathers the energy of each client’s personal lineage (this lifetime and soul level) and incorporates all into the session, bringing the client the energy most beneficial for them. The Rising Star works on all levels – physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual etheric, energetic and on all 7 body systems.” The physical body is the first and most dense body system. A Rising Star healing session restructures the client’s energy circuits for holding a higher frequency. On the spiritual level, the Rising Star can activate DNA up to the 40th strand. Access 5D Light Body, Open 4th/Master›s Eye, Rejuvenate body/cells, says Cirillo.        A Rising Star session works on one chakra per day and any unresolved issues connected with that chakra, for a total of 21 days. 3 Rising Star Healing sessions is recommended, three weeks apart. The Rising Star Healing System was channeled by Derek O’Neill, a spiritual teacher and healer from Ireland. Cirillo offers Rising Star Healings at Mystical Roots in Rye, NY. Prema Agni and Prema Birthing Healing, Reiki, Reflexology and  Practitioner Certification is also available at Mystical Roots.   Mystical Roots is located at Wainwright House in Rye. For more info visit, or call 914.967.6080. See ad, page 61.

Medium Turned Inner Voice into Intuitive Practice


rancine Tesler remembers being a kid who could communicate with those who had passed on, and just “knew things” that others didn’t. After spending several years reading people as a hobby, she realized she could turn it into a business. Now a practicing psychic, medical intuitive and medium, Tesler made a name for herself serving clients in the New York metro area; Rockland, Orange, Dutchess and Sullivan Counties; upstate New York; Florida; and the Carolinas. She conducts phone sessions Francine Tesler with clients around the globe. Recently Tesler has expanded her reach, providing services at bridal showers, bar and bat mitzvahs, graduations and birthdays, and working with law enforcement and private clients. She also is available for small groups and gallery shows—an area she plans to expand further. “I would like to do more gallery shows of all sizes,” she says. “My largest one, which lasted four hours, was for 200 people at the Lexington Center for Recovery in Mount Kisco.” Tesler believes all people have psychic intuitive ability, and she teaches them how to listen to that “voice,” just as she did as a child. “They can then pass the gift on, and so forth,” she says. Francine Tesler’s office is located at 220 King St., Chappaqua, NY. For more info, contact her at 914.469.6693 or FranFuture@aol,com, or visit See ad, page 61.


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markyourcalendar Sunday Oct 1, 2017 1-4pm Natural Awakenings Westchester-Putnam-Dutchess 10th Year Publishing Celebration Rain or Shine at Hilltop Hanover Farm, Hanover St., Yorktown Heights, NY Come Celebrate with us! Music, Food, Yoga, Meditation, Drumming, Free BEMER Sessions, Massage. Kids Yoga & Crafts. Picnic style, bring a blanket. Bring a yoga mat and your drums!

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1 Support Connection Support-A-Walk – Threemile walkathon to celebrate or pay tribute to those affected by these diseases. Proceeds help fund Support Connection’s free programs and services. FDR Park in Yorktown Heights. Info: 914.962.6402; The Art of Hands-on Technique and Super Advanced and Standing Mat – 11am-5pm. With Simona Cipriani. Two workshops $150 each. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. Elaine: 845.876.5686. First Sunday Free Meditation and Satsang – 11:30am-12:45pm. With Gabrielle Semel. Inner Balance Studio, Patterson.

markyourcalendar Bring help & hope to people fighting breast and ovarian cancer! ANNUAL SUPPORT-A-WALK SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1, 9 AM Presented by Support Connection, Inc.


Spread the Word ~ Raise Funds Form a Team ~ Make a Donation Volunteer to Help


BlisSing Ecstatic Chant and Dance CD RELEASE PARTY with Cat Guthrie and Eileen O’Hare Saturday October 7, 7-9 pm Liberation Yoga 862 Route 6 Mahopac, NY Reservations: 845-830-8389 “Chant, Dance and Dessert” to celebrate the beautiful new CD!! or call 914.456.7789 with questions.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4 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.


All Welcome. Adults $5, Kids Free. Sponsored by Friends of Hilltop Hanover Farm

Hanover Street, Yorktown Heights, NY


Natural Awakenings’ 10th Year Celebration Party – 1-4pm. All invited. $5 suggested donation to Hilltop Hanover Farm. Food, music, raffles, familyfriendly activities and more. Yorktown Heights. Info: Automatic Writing – 1-3pm. With psychic, clairvoyant, poet and novelist Jessica Lawrence. Learn how to connect with higher consciousness through written communication. $25. KatonahSPACE, 44 Edgemont Rd, Katonah. 914.236.4503. Register online: Yoga for Stress and Anxiety Relief – 4-6pm. With Stephanie Gould Petrillo, Karin Reetz and Regina Arabia. Learn breath work, yoga poses, mantras, mudras, meditation and more. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Preregister: 914.241.9642. Fall Equinox Healing Night – 5-7pm. With Merrill Black, LCSW/Reiki Master. Yoga, Chanting, Meditation, Mudras, Clearing and Grounding. $20/half goes to charity. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Suite 203, Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600;

MONDAY, OCTOBER 2 Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black, LCSW/Reiki Master.����������������������������������������� ��������������������������������������� Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Suite 203, Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600;


Visit Or, call Support Connection: 914.962.6402

Root To Rise: Meditation and Shamanism – Oct 3-Nov 28. 10-11:30am. With Melanie Ryan. Eightweek course. Each Tuesday stabilize the mind, connect with one’s soul, earth wisdom and the cosmos. Info:

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Prenatal Yoga – With Mekea. Expecting mamas give this gift to self and baby. $25 nonmembers. Saw Mill Club, 77 Kensico Dr, Mt Kisco. Visit: Aromagathering – 12:30-2:30pm. Sample, experience and learn how to incorporate the healing powers of essential oils into everyday life. Young Living Oils available for purchase. Reviva Skin and Body Solutions, 929 Main St, Fishkill. RSVP required: 844.363.7894. Farm-to-Table Dinner at Hilltop Hanover Farm – 6-9pm. An evening of live music, farm fresh food, dancing and libations. Hilltop Hanover Farm and Education Center, 1271 Hanover St, Yorktown Heights. More details 914.962.2368; Healthy-U Workshop – 6-8:30pm. An Holistic Professional Alliance workshop. Local wellness practitioners and holistic vendors share expertise on help topics. Light refreshments. $20/door. Crystal Hall, Somers Community Center, 34 Hillandale Rd, Yorktown Heights. Info: 845.628.7233.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6 Wainwright House 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher Training – Oct 6-8 thru May 18-20. Led by Paula Heitzner, Patty Holmes and Susan Wright. Located at 260 Stuyvesant Avenue on five organic acres overlooking Rye Harbor. Info, call 914.967.6080; Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black, LCSW/Reiki Master.����������������������������������������� ��������������������������������������� Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Suite 203, Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600;

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7 Basic Jin Shin Do Class – Oct 7-8, Nov 5, 11 & 12. 10am-6pm. Unique synthesis of ancient and modern techniques balance the “natural” flow of energy in the body-mind, using the Strange Flows and Segmental Armoring theory. 40 NY C.E.’s (NCBTMB). $595. 15 Pkwy, Katonah. Info/register: 914.232.5754. Fall Fest: Hilltop Hanover Farm –10-5 pm. Oct 7-9. An entire weekend of farm fun! Hilltop Hanover Farm and Education Center, 1271 Hanover St, Yorktown Heights. Info: 914.962.2368; Reiki 1 & 2 – 11am-4pm.With Reiki Master Marcus Feighery. $275. Synchronicity. 845.363.1765. Sacred Stone Grid Level 2 – 11am-1pm. With Joann Fava. $45. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. Register: 845.363.1765. Fall Renewal Yoga and Meditation Mini Retreat – 2-5pm. With Petrina Plecko. Learn deep restorative yoga and guided meditation to balance immune health and calm nervous system. All levels. $65. Sacred Spirit Yoga and Healing Arts Center, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Square Dance at Hilltop Hanover Farm – 4:307 pm. Bring dancing shoes for an evening full of down-home family fun. Dancing will occur between 4:30-5:30 and 6:00-7:00 with a half hour dinner break. Hilltop Hanover Farm and Education Center, 1271 Hanover St, Yorktown Heights. Info: 914.962.2368; BlisSing Ecstatic Chant and Dance CD Release Party – 7-9pm. With Cat Guthrie and Eileen O’Hare. Chant, dance and dessert to celebrate the beautiful new CD. Liberation Yoga, 862 Rte 6 Mahopac. Reservations: 845.830.8389. Questions: 914.456.7789. Sitas Light Kirtan – 7-9pm. Call and response chanting of mantras framed by eclectic sacred music meant to heal, purify, and connect to inner happiness and divinity. All welcome. $45. Golden Prana, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. Info: 914.232.3473, or

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8 Soul Nourishment: Healing Our Relationship with Food – 10am-1pm. With Terry Nathanson. Patterns of eating offer a sacred connection with nourishment of the universe. Unpack hidden habits/ obstacles to having a rewarding relationship with food. $85 registration. Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462. Newborn Care Workshop – 12:30-3:30pm. With Hallie Kapner. Pregnant couples 27 plus weeks. Learn newborn procedures, sleep expectations, cord care, how to read baby’s cues, diapering and more. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Preregister: 914.241.9642. Chant, Dance and Be Happy: A Workshop – 1:303pm. Experience sacred sound and dance, dive into joy of mantra meditation and soulful movement. Donation. White Lotus Grace: Spiritual Healing Arts & Dance, Millbrook. Preregister: 845.677.3517.

Restorative Yoga workshop – 5-7pm. With Karla Booth Diamond. Relax and let go of the “have to’s” and the “should’s” is essential to health and wellbeing. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Preregister: 914.241.9642.

Use Herbs to Prevent Winter Colds – 7:30pm. Learn common herbs that are antiviral and create a healthy immune system. $15 plus $5 materials fee for Elderberry Syrup. Lakeland High School. Bonnie: 914.923.4346.

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


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10 Tea & Stones – 6:30-7:30pm. Connect and learn about gems, stones and their incredible properties. Free. Dreaming Goddess, 44 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206.

Women’s Breast Health with Traditional Chinese Medicine – 6:30-7:45pm Three-week series. Register by Oct 6. Discover WuMing Qigong, Five Element Energetic Framework, Receive TCM. Wainwright House. 914.967.6080. Katonah Study Group Program: The Erotic in Everyday Life – 6:30pm. Katonah Study Group meets monthly. Program admission free to members; $20 nonmembers. Annual membership $75. Open to professionals and public. Held at Northern Westchester Hospital. Info:

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markyourcalendar INTRO TO SHAMANISM With Eileen O’Hare Sat/Sun October 14/15 10-6 pm both days.

The Healing House 11 North Cedar St., Beacon, NY 12508 A stand-alone class to build your shamanic tool box. And/or the first level of the Mesayok Medicine Spiral 13 training starting in Jan. 2017. (Inspired by Peruvian Shamanism) Call 914.456.7789 for info or to register visit Natural Way to Overcome Addictions – 7-8pm. Simple, effective method for quitting smoking, alcohol, easy, natural weight loss and overcoming other everyday addictions. 80 percent success rate. Simpler than most would believe. Briarcliff location. RSVP: 914.705.1805. Westchester County Candidates Q&A on Environmental Issues – 7:30pm. Ask the Westchester County candidates how they will address the issues of the day. In partnership with the Lower Hudson Sierra Group. Free. 914.723.3470. Location/info: Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 8-9pm. With Merrill Black, LCSW/Reiki Master. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Suite 203, Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600;

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12 Vision and Lifelong Learning – 6:30-8pm. Learn to reduce visual stress and make more efficient use of vision at any age with Dr. Samantha Slotnick. Rockland Holistic Chamber of Commerce Meeting at Conjury, 152 Main St, Nyack. RSVP, Cathy: 646.627.6641. Restorative Yoga – 7-8:30pm. With Patricia Castimore. Props used to assist in holding poses for extended periods to experience progressive relax-

ation. All levels. $20 drop-in. Sacred Spirit Yoga and Healing Arts Center, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry.

$45 members. $65 nonmembers advance. The Yoga Studio, Club Fit, 584 N State Rd, Briarcliff Manor. Info, Audrey Brooks: 914.582.7816.


Healthy Approaches to Thyroid Management – 2-4pm. With Dr. Kurt Beil. Review healthy functions of thyroid gland and the manifestations and causes of thyroid dysfunction from a naturopathic perspective. Mt Kisco. Price info: 914.864.0462.

Anatomy Junkies Master Class – Noon-2pm. With Lara Heimann. Learn to Balance the pelvis and shoulder girdle to improve posture and athletic performance. $45. Saw Mill Club, 77 Kensico Dr, Mt Kisco. Visit: Archangel Healing Workshop – 7-9pm. With Shaman Elka Boren. $35. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. Register: 845.363.1765.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14 Intro to Shamanism – Oct 14-15. 10am-6pm. With Eileen O’Hare. Stand-alone class to build a shamanic tool box and/or the first level of the Mesayok Medicine Spiral 13 training starting in Jan 2018. The Healing House, 11 N Cedar St, Beacon. Questions/ register: 914.456.7789. Putnam Valley Psychic Fair – 10am-5pm. Tarot, palm, soul, aura, spirit communication, astrology and angel card readings, unique gifts, crystals, books and food. Free entrance. German American Social Club, 11 Kramers Pond Rd, Putnam Valley. Info:


Pet Adoption Event – Noon-3pm. Sponsored by NuSpecies. Participating rescues: Pets Alive, Orange County Barkers, Newburgh Scats and Empty Cages Collective. NuSpecies Courtyard, Parking lot in rear, 427 Main St, Beacon. Details: 845.440.7458.

Putnam Valley’s 8th Annual PSYCHIC FAIR Saturday, October 14 – 10am-5pm

RCYT Teach Yoga to Kids—Yoga Teacher Training 95-Hour Certification – Oct 14-15. 12:306:30pm. Five-weekend modules. $1695/$1795. Wainwright House, Rye. 914.967.6080.

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Sacred Geometry – 1-3pm. With professional channel and healer, Carol Essig. History, meaning and use of these patterns to create more harmony for one’s daily life. $40 KatonahSPACE, 44 Edgemont Rd, Katonah. 914.236.4503. Register online: Traction Action – 1:30-4:30pm. With Tzahi Moskovitz. Use a yoga strap in supine, standing and inverted poses to modify or deepen one’s practice.

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Six Yoga Workshops – 2-4pm. With Sandhi Ferreira. Open hips/shoulders, inversion immersion, chakra balancing. $35/$40. The Art of Giving Jivamukti Yoga Assists. Wainwright House, Rye. 914.967.6080. Power Animal Workshop: Shamanic Journey – 3-5pm. With Nadiya Nottingham. One’s unique animal guide is a protector and force of nature providing insight, self-understanding, healing and more. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Preregister: 914.241.9642. Animal Communication Sessions – 6:30-7:30pm. Wonder how family pet feels about its environment or why pet has a strange habit or behavior? Here is an opportunity to find out. $35. Dreaming Goddess, 44 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15 Meso-American Energy Healing – 10am-5:30pm. Part art, part science, Curanderismo is a traditional healing system. Learn healing methods and teachings. $130/$140. Wainwright House, Rye. 914.967.6080. Interfaith Sunday at the Chapel at Croton Falls – 10:30am-12pm. Ageless Wisdom for Turbulent Times with Dorothy J. Mayer, inspiring cooperation on behalf of the common good. All Welcome. Refreshments. 609, Rt. 22, Croton Falls. Parking across street. Info:

MONDAY, OCTOBER 16 Free Health Lecture: What is Ayurvedic Medicine – And How Does It Compare with Western (Allopathic) Medicine? – 6:30-8:30pm. Dr. Kaushik’s Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic presents at the Mahopac Library, 668 Rte 6, Mahopac. 845.628.2009.

markyourcalendar Interfaith Sundays at the Chapel at Croton Falls Sunday, October 15 10:30am-12:00pm “Ageless Wisdom for Turbulent Times” Dorothy J. Mayer, Ph.D. is an educator and peacebuilder whose keynoteis inspiring cooperation on behalf of the common good.

All Welcome – Refreshments to follow. The Chapel at Croton Falls, 609, Rt. 22, Croton Falls, NY (Next to the Schoolhouse Theater) Parking is available across the street.


Unwind – 7:15-8:30pm. With Melia. We will “roll” stiff tired muscles in patterned sequences to help entire skeleton decompress as muscles unwind. $20. SkyBaby Studio, 75 Main St, Cold Spg 845.265.4444. $20. Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black, LCSW/Reiki Master.����������������������������������������� ��������������������������������������� Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Suite 203, Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600;

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17 Intro to Kundalini Yoga –7pm. Monthly Intro to Kundalini Yoga class at the new Golden Prana yoga studio. 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. Info: 914.232.3473, or Westchester Holistic Network Meeting – 7-8:30pm.  Networking begins 6:30ppm. CBD is the most significant plant-based wellness ingredient in modern science. WHN members and firsttimers free; donation repeat non-members. Ixchel Center, Hartsdale. Info/register: 917.796.6026.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18 Quit Alcohol Simply and Permanently – 1-2pm. Learn about the Weiss Method: helping people around the world overcome alcohol and other addictions. Simpler than most would believe. 80 percent success. Free lecture, Q&A. Briarcliff location. RSVP: 914.705.1805. An Evening of Wellness – 6:30-8pm. Learn to help one’s body heal itself through self-care and energy. Greene Healing Institute, 700 White Plains Rd, Ste 20, Scarsdale. Info, Denise: 914.713.2424. Curing Addiction from the Core: Weiss Method Info-Lecture – 7-8pm. Learn about unseen energy of addiction and how this simple, natural method helps one quit for good. Alcohol, smoking, sugar and behaviors. Free lecture, Q&A. Briarcliff location. 914.705.1805.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19 Aroma Cooking – 6-8pm. Learn to use essential oils to add healthy bursts of flavor. Samples of vegan stuffed acorn squash and more. Young Living Oils available. $10. Reviva Skin and Body Solutions, 929 Main St, Fishkill. RSVP required: 844.363.7894. New Moon Manifestation – 7-8pm.Together we manifest our hearts’ desires using The Law of Attraction and the creative energies of the new moon. $10. DG Sanctuary, 2 Lagrange Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206.

Meditation – 7-8:30pm. With Patricia Bloom. Learn foundational practices of meditation: stillness, body scanning, walking meditation, mindful movement plus informal practices to relieve stress. $10. Sacred Spirit Yoga and Healing Arts Center, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. New Moon Gathering – 7-8:30pm. Use the lunar cycle to realize intentions. Guided meditations and ritual facilitated by astrologer Pamela Cucinell; bring a notebook. $20 WHN members/$25 nonmembers, Ixchel Center, Hartsdale. Info/register: 917.796.6026.

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markyourcalendar NEWLIFE Expo October 27 - 29 In it’s 28th year, the NEWLIFE expo is an expo of Health, Enlightenment & Conscious Living. Over 100 speakers and exhibitors, including Judy Satori, Gail Thackray and many others. Learn about the latest in alternative healthcare, proper nutrition, and perhaps find your soulmate. Hotel New Yorker, 34th & 8th Aves, NYC

Applied Yoga 200-Hour Teacher Training Interest Meeting – 7:15pm. Learn tools to integrate yoga into lifestyle; gain knowledge and confidence to teach the practice and earn Yoga Alliance recognized certification. Q&A with Gabrielle Semel. Inner Balance Studio, 1072 Rte 311, Patterson. All About Homeschooling – 7:30pm. Homeschooling mom and chapter member Tamra Malaga explains different styles, curriculum, reasons parents choose to homeschool and what homeschool coops are about. Free. At Rye Free Reading Room, 1061 Boston Post Rd, Rye. Hosted by Can’t Sleep? Natural Remedies for Insomnia – 7:30pm. Can’t sleep and always exhausted? Learn simple herbs, tools and foods known to assist one’s

sleep issues. $15 plus $5 material fee. Lakeland Copper Beach Middle School. Bonnie: 914.923.4346.

Sacred Stones Level 3 – 11am-1pm. With Joann Fava. $45. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. Register: 845.363.1765.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20 SMC Ohra Yoga 200hr RYS Teacher Training – Deeply enrich yoga journey in this one-of-a-kind experience. Register now for the fall evening/ weekend training. Saw Mill Club, 77 Kensico Dr, Mt Kisco. Visit:

Slow Medicine: Turning the War on Cancer into a Treasure Hunt – 2-4pm. With Michael Finkelstein, MD. Rather than making cancer a battle, by fighting the disease, make oneself the focus by optimizing every area of one’s life and revitalizing personal health. Mt Kisco. Price info: 914.864.0462.

Three Advanced Pilates Workshops – Oct 20-22. 1-6pm. With Enja Schenck. Three days of advanced mat, Cadillac chairs, barrels and reformer exercise instruction and teaching techniques. $200 each. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. Elaine: 845.876.5686.

Reiki Candle Meditation for Manifesting Your Goals – 2-5pm. With Jean Brommage. Use candles as a co-creation tool for modern living to support manifestation of one’s deepest desires. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Preregister: 914.241.9642.

Mediumship Circle – 7-8:30pm.With Carla Blaha. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22 Brewster. Synchronicity. RSVP: 845.363.1765.

Sound Healing with Tibetan Bowls – 5:30-7pm. With Michelle Clifton. Experience deep relaxation in this magical session of Tibetan singing bowls, crystal bowls and chimes. $35 advance. $40 door. Mt Kisco. 914.447.0822.

Monthly Reiki Circle – 7-8:30pm. A recognized natural healing system that supports body’s innate healing ability. Our Reiki Community Healing Circle brings together like-minded souls to share in collective consciousness using Reiki energy. Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462. Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black, LCSW/Reiki Master.����������������������������������������� ��������������������������������������� Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Suite 203, Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600; Sound Healing & Tibetan Singing Bowls – 7:308:30pm. Michelle Clifton plays singing bowls and awakens our bodies’ own innate healing abilities and re-tunes our bodies. $25 donation. SkyBaby Yoga & Pilate’s Studio, 75 Main St, Cold Spg. Register: 845.265.4444.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21 First Anniversary Party – 8am-4pm. A full day of free yoga, pilates, Hot HIIT, massages, Reiki, food, drink and more. Balance Yoga & Wellness, 2444 Boston Post Rd, next to Mrs Greens and CVS, Larchmont. 914.833.9703. Limited space/sign up: Herbs for Stress & Anxiety – 10am. Discover how common weeds can support mental and emotional health, calm anxiety and ease depression. Hilltop Hanover Farms. Bonnie Rogers: 914.923.4346.

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Kirtan with Sita’s Light. – 7-8:30pm. Sing, listen, dance, recline or meditate to the call and response chanting of sacred mantras to awaken consciousness. $20 online. $25 door. Sacred Spirit Yoga and Healing Arts Center, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22 Deepen Intuition with Nature’s Spirit – 3-5pm. 7:30pm. With Nadiya Nottingham. Gain a bone deep sense of personal connection to the sacred elements, Air (the breath) Fire (heart) Water (blood & lymph, hormones) Mountain (bone, inner support). $35. 845.878.7800. Golden Prana Grand Opening (rescheduled) – 4-6pm. See the new look and learn about new classes and retail offerings at this Kundalini Yoga studio, formally Golden Temple Yoga. Free. 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. Info: 914.232.3473, or

MONDAY, OCTOBER 23 Free Health Lecture: Strengthening Digestion and the Immune System through Ayurveda – Dr. Kaushik’s Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic presents at the Armonk Library, 19 Whippoorwill Rd E, Armonk. 914.273.3887.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25 Mindfulness & The Enneagram for Transformation – 6:45-8pm. Four-week course. Identify one’s personality type, Becoming mindful of hidden behaviors and thinking patterns, overcome selflimiting behaviors. $120/$130. Angelic Realm and Enlightened Beings – 7-9pm. With Carol Essig. Experience meditation and receive channeled energy healing touch of divine energy. $25. 15 max. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 236 S Bedford Rd, Rte 172, Mt Kisco. 914.236.4503. Register online: Vision & Success in School – 7-9pm. Discover tools to identify children having trouble learning. Vision problems keep children from reaching their potential. Free. Dr. Samantha Slotnick, 495 Central Park Ave, Ste 301, Scarsdale. RSVP, Jane: 914.874.1177. Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 8-9pm. With Merrill Black, LCSW/Reiki Master. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Suite 203, Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600;

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26 Life-Changing Skincare – 12:30-2:30pm. Learn how to heal problematic skin conditions with dermatology-inspired skincare that targets aging, dryness, acne, sensitivity and sun damage. Reviva Skin and Body Solutions, 929 Main St, Fishkill. RSVP required: 844.363.7894. Fifty Shades of Pink Masquerade – 6-11pm. Annual fundraiser benefiting American Cancer Society; cocktail hour, sit-down dinner, dancing, live entertainment, open bar, raffles and silent auctions. Tickets: $175, $1,600 per table of 10. Surf Club on the Sound, 280 Davenport Ave, New Rochelle. Info:; 914.514.9812.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27 NEWLIFE Expo – 4:30-10pm, 10/27; 10am-9pm 10/28 & 10/29. Over 100 speakers and exhibitors. Learn about the latest in alternative healthcare and nutrition. The Hotel New Yorker, 34th and 8th Aves, NYC. To preregister or info: Reiki 1 Shoden – Oct 27, 28 and 29. 6-9pm/Fri; 2:30-6:30pm/Sat; 1-5:30pm/Sun. With Jean Brommage. Learn to give Reiki to oneself or others, hands-on healing protocols and receive attunements. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Preregister: 914.241.9642.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28 Reiki 1 & 2 – 11am-4pm.With Reiki Master Marcus Feighery. $275. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Fall Festival at the Patterson Recreation Center – Noon-5pm. Day of activities. Free inflatables and games for kids of all ages. Learn about local businesses. Shop vendor booths from local artists and entrepreneurs. Entertainment by DJ Ron Blanco. Info: 845.878.7200. Living Pain Free: An Introduction to Positional Therapy – 2-4pm. With Andy Steigmeier. Therapy for recovery from chronic pain that is gentle on

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29 Natural Way to Quit Alcohol, Sugar, Smoking – 1-2pm. Learn simple, effective method for quitting smoking, alcohol, sugar and more. 80 percent success. Simpler than most would believe. NYC location, E37th btwn Park & Lex. RSVP: 914.705.1805.

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Quit Alcohol Simply and Permanently – 1-2pm. Learn about Weiss Method: helping people around the world overcome alcohol and other addictions easier than ever thought possible. 80 percent success. Free lecture. NYC location, E37th btwn Park & Lex. 914. 705.1805. Aromagathering – 2-4pm. Sample, experience and learn how to incorporate the healing powers of essential oils into everyday life. Young Living Oils available for purchase. Toby Stover’s Farmhouse, 81 Clove Valley Rd, High Falls. RSVP required: 844.363.7894.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 30 Free Health Lecture: Stress—Getting Out From Under – 12:30-2pm. Dr. Kaushik’s Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic presents at the Armonk Library,19 Whippoorwill Rd E. 914.273.3887. Mediumship Night – 6:30pm. With Shannon Brandt. Special time of year, when the veil between worlds is most thin, Shannon taps in to receive the messages for participants. $45. DG Sanctuary, 2 LaGrange Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206. Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black, LCSW/Reiki Master.����������������������������������������� ��������������������������������������� Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Suite 203, Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600;

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

Vitamin D Ride – 5:45am. With DGunnz  Get sweating to R&B, hip-hop, house and reggae with a focus on breathless speed intervals and heart-pounding climbs$25. 692 Saw Mill River Rd, Ardsley.

Sun Salutation Class – 8:45-9:45am. Start off Sunday with this classic yoga practice. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Online preregistration recommended: Pilates 1 and 2 – 9-10am. With Dani Weissberg. Strengthen core muscles to fight the effects of gravity and improve one’s posture. $10 trial class. Pilates and More, 129 Main St, Dobbs Ferry. Class packages: 914.478.356. Hudson Valley Regional Farmers Market – 10am2pm. 15 Mt. Ebo Road S, off Rt. 22, Brewster.����� ���� Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association building. Zumba – 10:30-11:30am. With Catherine Ruvolo. High energy dance party with rhythms from all over the globe. $15. Pilates and More, 129 Main St. Dobbs Ferry. Class packages: 914.478.3560 Power Pilates – 10:45-11:45am. Intense sculpting Power Pilates class; couples high energy cardio with ballet movements such as pliés and relevés along with pilates mat exercises. All levels. Balance Yoga & Wellness. 2444 Boston Post Rd. Larchmont. Info: 914.833.9703;   $5 dollar Yoga –5pm. Proceeds benefit the Green Teen!  beBhakti Yoga Center. 89 Dewindt St Beacon. One block off Main St., behind Library.


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Kripalu-based YogaShine – 9-10:30am. With Vitalah Simon, teaching yoga for 28 years. Gentle and calming, strengthening and invigorating, for adults, multi-level, lots of individual attention, beginners welcome, First class free. 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla. 914.769.8745. Mixed Equipment Pilates Class – 9:30-10:30am. A more advanced workout utilizing many of the different pilates apparatus. $40. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. Elaine: 845.876.5686. Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 10-11:15am. Find inner peace and energy. Movement using the breath. Focus on alignment and strong individual attention. All levels. $15 drop-in. Zen Garden. RSVP: 917.721.2529. Slow Flow Vinyasa – 11:30am-12:30pm. Moving mindfully with the breath, the focus is on safely transitioning through postures to build strength, balance and flexibility. Gently heated class. All levels. Balance Yoga & Wellness, 2444 Boston Post Rd, Larchmont. 914.833.9703. Body, Mind & Soul Dance Class – Through Dec 8. 5:45-7:15pm. Blending energy lifting free flowing movement with the lengthening, strengthening, toning elements of variety of dance forms. $25. White Lotus Grace: Spiritual Healing Arts & Dance, Millbrook. Preregister: 845.677.3517.

2017 Local Farmers' Markets

Buy Fresh, Buy Local!

Dutchess County Amenia Farmers’ Market Fridays, 3-7pm, thru Oct 4988 Rt 22, Town Hall

Red Hook: Hudson Valley Farmers Market at Greig Farm Saturdays, 10am-3pm 223 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook

Beacon Farmers’ Market Sundays, 10am to 3pm Veterans Place, next to Post Office

Rhinebeck Farmers Market Sundays, 10am-2pm, thru Nov 61 East Market St, Rhinebeck

Fishkill Farmers’ Market Main Street Plaza, Rt. 52 Thursdays, 9am-3pm, thru Oct

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Hyde Park Farmers Market Saturdays, 9am-2pm, thru Oct 28 4390 Route 9

Brewster Farmers’ Market & Hudson Valley Regional Farmers Market Sundays, 10am-2pm 15 Mount Ebo Rd, South, Brewster

Millbrook NY Farmers Market Saturdays, 9am-1pm, thru Oct 28 3263 Franklin Ave

Cold Spring Farmers’ Market Boscobel, Rt 9D, Garrison Saturdays, 10:30am-1:30pm

Milan Farmers Market Mobile Mart, Rt. 199 Fridays, 3-7pm, until Sept 30

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Millerton Farmer’s Market Saturdays, 9am-1pm, thru Oct 28 Millerton Methodist Church, 6 Dutchess Ave Pawling Farmer’s Market Saturdays, 9am-1pm, thru Sept 30 Charles Coleman Blvd, Pawling Village Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market Mondays, 4-7:30pm, thru Oct 75 N. Water St. Poughkeepsie –Arlington Farmers’ Market Thursdays, 3-7pm, thru October, Raymond & Collegeview Aves,

Bronxville Farmers’ Market Saturdays, 8:30-1pm, thru Nov 18 Stone Place at Paxton Ave Chappaqua Farmers Market Saturdays, 8:30am-1pm Chappaqua Train Station Croton-on-Hudson – Down to Earth Farmers Market Sundays, 9am-2pm, thru 11/19 Lot behind 1 Croton Point Ave Dobbs Ferry Farmers Market Fridays, 10am-4pm, thru Oct Corner of Cedar and Main St Eastchester Farmers Market 344 White Plains Rd (rear parking lot Country Markets Supermarket) Sundays, 10am-3pm, thru Oct 15

Harrison – Down to Earth Farmers Market Saturdays, 8:30am-1pm, thru Nov 18 Ma Riis Park

Ossining – Down to Earth Farmers Market Saturdays, 8:30am-1pm, thru Dec 30 Corner of Spring & Main Streets

Hastings Farmers Market Hastings-On-Hudson Library, 7 Maple Ave Saturdays, 8:30am-1:30pm, thru Nov

Peekskill Farmers Market Saturdays, 8am-2pm, thru Nov 18 13 Bank St, between Park and Main

Irvington Farmers Market Sundays, 9am-1:30pm, thru Nov 19 Main Street School 101 Main St Katonah – John Jay Homestead Farm Market Saturdays, 9am-1pm, thru Oct. 28 400 Jay St, Katonah Katonah – Muscoot Farmers Market 51 Rt 100, Katonah Sundays, 9:30am-2:30pm, thru Nov 19 Larchmont – Down to Earth Farmers Market Saturdays, 8:30am-1pm, thru Dec 16 Metro North upper lot Chatsworth Av/Myrtle Blvd New Rochelle Grand Market Saturdays, 9am-2pm, thru Oct. 1 Library Green downtown public library

Pleasantville Farmers Market Saturdays, 8:30am-1pm Memorial Plaza Rye – Down to Earth Markets Sundays, 8:30am-2:30pm, thru Dec Parking Lot on Theodore Fremd Ave Putnam Valley Farmers’ Market Fridays, 3-6:30pm, thru Sept 1 Tompkins Corners Cultural Center 729 Peekskill Hollow Rd Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow Farmers Market Saturdays, 8:30am-2pm, thru Nov Patriots Park, White Plains Farmers Market Wednesdays, 8am-4pm, thru Nov 22 Court St. between Martine Ave & Main St. Yorktown Farmers Market Saturdays, 9am-2pm, thru Sept 16 Jefferson Valley Mall, 650 Lee Blvd.

New Rochelle – Down to Earth Farmers Market Fridays, 8:30am-2:30pm, thru Nov Huguenot Park/Twin Lakes

Yonkers Get Fresh Farmers’ Market Fridays, 10am-4pm, thru Oct 27 Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site, 29 Warburton Ave

Cortlandt Manor – NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 11am-4pm, thru Nov Lobby, 1980 Crompond Rd

Yonkers – Saint John’s Church Farmers’ Market Thursdays, 7am-4pm, thru Nov 16 Church Courtyard, One Hudson St

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Dr. Kaushik’s Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic 792 Route 35, Cross River, NY 10518 914.875.9088 M, T, W Melt for Pilates – 6:30-7:30pm.With Marisa Duffy. Experience changes in how body looks and feels. Learn simple, at home self-treatments to remain active healthy and pain-free. $10 trial class. Pilates and More, 129 Main St, Dobbs Ferry. Class packages: 914.478.3560.

tuesday Rev Rhythm 45 Cycle – 5:45am. With Lucci.  Work out arms and core to the beat of today’s best music, during an exhilarating 45 minutes. $25. 692 Saw Mill River Rd, Ardsley. Hatha Yoga Level One – 9:30-11am. Traditional yoga class as taught by Swami Satchidananda. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Online preregistration recommended: Therapeutic Yoga Flow – 10-11:30am. With Diane Graziosa. Floor Flow: breathing, strengthening, stretching and restoring. All levels. $20 drop-in. Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600 Farmers Market at NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital – 11am-4pm. 1st and 3rd Tuesdays. SNAP/EBT & FMNP welcome. Main Lobby, 1980 Crompond Rd, Cortlandt Manor. Info kitchen classes/lectures: Slow Flow Yoga – 11:15am. A sequence of poses used to link the breath to our creative flexibility, strength and energy. enerShe fitness, 989 Rte 6, Mahopac. Info: 845.628.7165. Ayurveda Lunchtime Event – 1-2pm. Bodysystem-specific healing exercises through therapeutic yoga meditation and mantras. Oct: Digestive System; Nov: Musculo-Skeletal System; Dec: Excretory System. Free. Dr. Kaushik’s Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic, 792 Rte 35, Cross River. 914.875.9088. Kids Yoga – 3:30-4:30pm. Ages 9 to 11 years old. An opportunity for kids to move, dance, sing and enjoy yoga. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: Gentle Yoga for Wellness – 5:45-7pm. With Ann Cassapini. Yoga using chairs, props, deep

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relaxation/meditation to build stability, strength and flexibility. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917.882.0921. Hot HIIT – 6-7pm. High energy, high intensity interval-style workout designed to torch fat and increase heart to the beat of music. Practice at one’s own pace. All levels. Balance Yoga & Wellness, 2444 Boston Post Rd, Larchmont. 914.833.9703. Foundations in Vinyasa – 7pm. With Michelle Tompkins. A vinyasa based practice with emphasis on alignment and growth for new practitioners. studio (B)e Amazing. Register/info: Vinyasa Restorative Flow – 7:30-8:45pm.With Jo-Anne. Vinyasa flow class that incorporates restorative yoga. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. JoAnne: 917.364.1871.

wednesday Health Supportive Vegan Cooking Classes – Separate Children and Adult Hands on Workshop Sessions. Preregistration required by phone, online or at cafe. Good Choice Kitchen, 147 Main St, Ossining. 914.930.1591. for info/cost. Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 10-11:15am. Find inner peace and energy. Movement using the breath. Focus on alignment and strong individual attention. All levels. $15 drop-in. Zen Garden. RSVP: 917.721.2529. Yin Breath Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. With Victor Gazzini. Yoga class using a breath bases asana practice that incorporates meditation, visualization and chanting. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Vic: 914.319.7322. Hot Vinyasa & Guided Meditation – 6:30-8pm. 60-min linking breath to movement. Designed to improve mental and physical strength and more. Wind down with an optional 30-min guided meditation. Balance Yoga & Wellness, 2444 Boston Post Rd, Larchmont. 914.833.9703. Mindfulness Meditation in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh – 7-8:30pm. One Earth Sangha at YogaShine Studio, 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla. 914.769.8745. Intro to Yoga – 7-8:15pm. Breath and asana linked to quiet the mind.��������������������������������  $18 drop-���������������������� in or $40 for new students 2 week unlimited. beBhakti Yoga Center. 89 Dewindt St Beacon. One block off Main St., behind Library.

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




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Healing Vinyasa Flow – 9:30-10:45am.With Diane Graziosa. Move with ease and balance while weaving in mudras, mantras and pranayama. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. 914.793.2600.


Pilates Mat with Magic Circle – 11:30am12:30pm. Pilates with physical therapist, Tina Sferra. Learn the principles of Contrology; breathing, concentration, control, centering, flow, postural alignment, precision and relaxation.$20 drop-in. Elite Performance @ Katonah Yoga, 39 Main St., Bedford Hills.

October 2017 Astrology with Pamela Cucinell Harvest Moon

October 1 presents powerhouse potential to support a cause, dream or ambition. Creativity and service benefit from reflective meditation on October 2. Internal combustion conquers the odds on October 3 but requires diplomacy and an even temperament to achieve the goal. Reel back on October 4 to realign before going full speed ahead. The October 5 Aries full moon offers a wealth of opportunity, but choices must be made. Self-direction and application glean results on October 6. 

Exercises in Gratitude

Enjoy life’s pleasures on October 7; breathe in nature, pay attention to taste—chew! Frustration on October 8 gives way to bounty when you count your blessings. Messages on October 9 highlight suppression and give voice to change. Jupiter enters Scorpio on October 10 to emphasize “business as unusual.” Unearth your ultimate values on October 11 for clarity. Family, home and loved ones buoy you beyond negativity on October 12. No matter what the task on October 13, an attitude of curiosity or playfulness changes the outcome.   

Fresh Perspective

Recreation and entertainment on October 14 are good for the soul. Work, health and services addressed on October 15 and 16 are well poised to bring swift results. Complete projects and shelve distractions on October 17. An opportunity on October 18 requires 72

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sacrifice; weigh your options with care. The Libra new moon on October 19 invites new or revitalized partnerships that respect individual expression.

Winter is Coming

Ramp up expectations on October 20, and prepare to go the distance. Reserve October 21 for your nearest and dearest. Sprint ahead on October 22 toward resolution and achievement, or simply savor a walk in the woods. The sun enters Scorpio on October 23, which hastens an awareness to recycle the old so the new can emerge. Morning productivity on October 24 leads to finishing up or respite. Clockwork precision sets the tone on October 25.

Shed Skins

Be alert for favorable circumstances on October 26, when you make your luck. Things look different on October 27; be flexible. Spontaneous adventures and exploration on October 28 invite open but thoughtful communication. A stimulating morning on October 29 begs for a low-key afternoon. In spite of costume, party and candy hype, many feel the tug of spiritual refreshment on October 30. Fulfill promises on Halloween, with time in the evening to listen to the whispers of your ancestors in the wind.  Find out more about the energetic weather at Pamela Cucinell offers private sessions and live and online events. Contact her at or 917.796.6026. See ad, page Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

Prenatal and postnatal Yoga – 10:30-11:45am. With Mekea. Class focused on bringing strength and energy back into the pre or postnatal body. Saw Mill Club, 77 Kensico Dr. Mt. Kisco. Info/price: 914.241.0797. Chill: Teen Yoga and Meditation Classes – 5-6:30pm. Yoga, meditation and art therapy offered to help teens manage their anxiety, gain focus and self-confidence to have a more fulfilling lifestyle. Yorktown Teen Center. Rest at Quest – 5:30-6:45pm. Unwind from the week and ease into the weekend. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register online: Breath & Flow – 6:30-7:45pm. With Patty Meehan. Vinyasa flow class using breath, movement, balance, stretch, closing with meditation. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600. Kripalu-based YogaShine – 7-8:30pm, With Vitalah Simon, teaching yoga for 28 years. Gentle and calming, strengthening and invigorating, for adults, multi-level, lots of individual attention, beginners welcome, First class free. 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla. 914.769.8745.

friday Pilates Tower and Reformer Classes – 7:3010:30am. $35-40. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. Elaine: 845.876.5686. Roll & Restore Class – 8:30am. Release tension, get a better stretch and restore range of motion using foam rollers and other self-massage tools. Saw Mill Club East. 917.747.3331. Mindful Restorative Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. With Reyna. Movement through breath, props, self assists to release, calm and restore. Gentle level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600. Super Gentle Chair Yoga, Kripalu-Based – 9:3010:30am. With Vitalah Simon. Gentle and calming, strengthening and invigorating, for people and seniors wanting a more gentle class and more. First class free. YogaShine, 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla. 914.769.8745. Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 10-11:15am. Find inner peace and energy. Movement using the breath. Focus on alignment and strong individual attention. All levels. $15 drop-in. Zen Garden. RSVP: 917.721.2529.

Nia – 10am. Recharge with a fun, easy, non-impact, therapeutic cardiovascular workout for any body’s fitness level, then finish with relaxing restorative yoga. $22. Bedford Hills Fred Astaire Studio. 917.747.3331. Gentle Yoga for Wellness – 11am-12:15pm. With Ann Cassapini. Yoga using chairs, props, deep relaxation/meditation to build stability, strength and flexibility. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917.882.0921. Slow Flow and Meditation Fridays – 12:301:45pm. With Roxanne. This flow practice reduces stress and increase mindfulness with breath work and meditation. Ease into this weekend. Saw Mill Club, 77 Kensico Dr. Mt. Kisco. Info/price: 914.241.0797.

saturday Yoga Teachers Association Workshops – 2nd Sat. Open to teachers and students, members and nonmembers. The Yoga Studio, Club Fit, Briarcliff Manor. Info: Spin –7:45am. Energizing indoor cycling with hills, sprints and intervals followed by an ab-strengthening workout. enerShe fitness, 989 Rte 6, Mahopac. Info: 845.625.7165. Bikram Yoga – 8-9:30am. 26 postures systematically move fresh, oxygenated blood to 100 percent of body, restoring systems to healthy working order. Warm and stretch every muscle, ligament and tendon. Room: 105-110 degrees. All levels. Balance Yoga & Wellness, 2444 Boston Post Rd, Larchmont. 914.833.9703. Peekskill Farmers Market – 8am-2pm. Year-round market offering fresh food and family fun. “Market Stage Live,” features live music, author readings, and demos with fitness and health practitioners. FMNP and SNAP accepted. Rain or Shine. Free parking. Bank St, between Park and Main. Info: Gossett Brothers Farmer’s Market – 9am–1pm. Vendors include Bee Guy Apiaries, Do-Re-Mi Farms, Johnny Cake Farms, Wave Hill Bread, Honore’s Table, Du Soleil, Bongo Pasta, also fresh fish, homemade ice cream and crafts. 1202 Rte. 35, South Salem. Info: Gossett Brothers Nursery on Facebook.

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FOR RENT EASTCHESTER PROFESSIONAL OFFICE SPACE FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL: Includes waiting room, reception, bathrooms and six beautiful treatment rooms. Available 6 days weekly. View Photos on Facebook, Integrative Med Solutions. Call 914.337.2980. HARTSDALE – Spacious, bright studio available: Yoga, Pilates, Dance. Great space to offer lectures/workshops on Nutrition, Reiki, Astrology, Natural Health/Wellness. Could accommodate regularly scheduled evening meetings. Please call: 914.948.7500.

NYS LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPIST – Massage Envy Spa now hiring at four locations in Westchester: day, evening and weekend schedules. Contact: 914.902.9200 or email resume for Rt. 22/Scarsdale; call 914.422.3689 or email clinic0906@massageenv. com for 365 Central Park Ave., Scarsdale location; 914.244.3689 or email clinic0918@massageenvy. com for Bedford Hills; 914.417.6940 or email for Rye Brook. Quickly develop a strong following. PART-TIME INDEPENDENT ADVERTISING SALES REPRESENTATIVE – Natural Awakenings is seeking an experienced advertising sales person who enjoys living a healthy lifestyle and is passionate about helping wellness businesses grow! We’re seeking a self-motivated person who loves to talk to people in person and via phone, emailing and texting; someone who is detailed and understands follow-through. Must have own own cell phone, computer and car. Compensation is commission based, so great for extra income. If interested please email

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.

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



ARE YOU A PROFESSIONAL looking for a career in natural health? NuSpecies is a natural health company providing holistic services and high quality nutritional formulas. Please visit nuspecies. com/careers.

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


Joyful Mindful Yoga – 9:30-10.45am. With Ann, RYT 500 Well balanced asana sequences that focus on alignment, mindfulness, clear intention and joy. Intermediate level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917.882.0921. Hudson Valley Farmers Market – 10am-3pm. Year-round. A one stop shop farmers market with fresh Hudson Valley products. Greig Farm, 223 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook. Info: HudsonValleyFarmersMarket. Yoga Teachers Association Workshops – 1:304:30pm. 2nd Sat. Open to teachers and students, members and nonmembers. The Yoga Studio, Club Fit, Briarcliff Manor. Info:

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

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


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.


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SearchLight Medical 2424 Route 52, Hopewell Junction, NY 845.592.4310; Frustrated with not feeling or looking your best? Let me guide you on your path to better health and well-being. Utilizing: Medical Acupuncture, ONDAMED Biofeedback Therapy, Reiki, Mei Zen Acupuncture for facial rejuvenation, weight loss and fertility. See ad pg 38.


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.


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


Pamela Cucinell NCGR PAA Phone, Online & In-person 917.796.6026; Why leave your business to chance? Perfect timing ensures follow-through and success. When you know the projected outcome it becomes easier to prioritize your day and choose the right partners. Westchester, NYC, Skype and phone. See ad pg 58.


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 18.


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.



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


271 Veterans Road Yorktown Heights, NY 10598; 914.962.3111

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

How would you like to wake up each day with less aches and more energy? Call today for your free consultation and find-out what is standing between you and your health goals. See ad pg 42.

We offer a full boarding facility with outdoor runs and indoor kennels. Being an animal hospital for the most part, we take pride in our capability to kennel pets with medical problems or special needs. See ad pg 48.

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


25 Depot Plaza, Bedford Hills, 914.218.8357; Hundreds of candles in stock or create your own custom candle. Choose your favorite scent, wax color, wick type and container. All natural soy candles, handcrafted & nontoxic with long-lasting aroma. Shop in store or on-line. See ad pg 63.


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



PO Box 245 Fishkill, NY 12524 845.489.2378;

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

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


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

Feeling stuck? Gain clarity, investigate your strengths and navigate transitions with proven tools and guidance. Free phone consultation to explore how working together can help you make the positive changes you seek. Appointments in person or by phone. See ad pg 24.

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


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

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!


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

COLONICS 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.

Edit J. Babboni, RYT- 200, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, 61 Lakeview Dr., Yorktown Heights, NY 917.721.2529; Drained from toxic relationships? Overwhelmed by stress at work? Fed up with those nagging cravings? Want to feel great in your body? Call for your first free consult to start changing your life! See ad pg 26.


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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 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. 


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


Do you struggle with stress, pain and muscle tightness? If so, call today for your free consultation and learn how to finally address these issues and experience ideal health naturally. See ad pg 42.




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




Curious about energy medicine? Know there is something to it, from all you’ve read and heard?  Are you tingling with excitement right now, knowing you’re about to experience something life changing? Free get-acquainted phone call! See ad pg 20.

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Betty Prinsen, MA, Certified Practitioner 917.941.4767: Carmel 914.244.1606; Bedford Hills Relax and cleanse comfortably and easily through Ionic Detox Footbath. Feel revitalized, balanced, healthy and ready to enjoy life. Carmel and Bedford Hills locations. See ad pg 39.


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


Mag Treanor RN, Reiki, Emotion Code NLP, Kinesiology, EFT-Adv, Hypnotist Carmel, NY; 845.228.8132 Realign mind body spirit, find core issues. Clear trauma, anxieties, negative Karma, Ancestral, Inherited, trapped emotions, limiting beliefs, Release Restore Realign Balance and Heal with intuition, intention, energy techniques. Tapping, Light, Sound, Magnets, Aromas, Spirit. See ad pg 39.


Energy Healing, Coaching, Organizing Services Peekskill, NY 914.473.1032; During Tina’s healing sessions, she channels divine healing energy, promoting profound positive changes in the body, mind and spirit. Tina’s coaching style allows her clients to rewrite the script of negative thoughts to create the lives they dream for themselves.


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

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

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


Dr. Jodi Kennedy 11 Miller Rd Mahopac, NY 845.628.7233 (SAFE); Are you between the ages of 2-92 and want to experience each day with less aches and more energy? Call today for your free consultation. Our unique total body approach is beneficial with proven results. See ad pg 42.


FARM HARVEST MOON FARM AND ORCHARD 914.310.2949; Access your optimal healing decisions, through precise genetic cellular healing. Uncover your personal operating manual. Your unique - health, nutrition, environment, relationship, career/ work needs and more. You are oneof-a-kind!

130 Hardscrabble Rd. North Salem, NY 914.485.1210 Family owned and operated. We raise grass fed beef, free range eggs, pastured pork and turkey. Fruits/veggies from our farm and other local farms for Summer CSA. Local honey, milk and cheese. Spring/summer/fall annuals. Store open daily 8am-6pm. See ad pg 33.

ESSENTIAL OILS YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS Caitlin & Rob Begley, Ind. Dist. Info: Contact:


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



111 East Main Street Mount Kisco, NY 10549 914.241.1900

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


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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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.





A healthy approach to beauty and wellness led by Maureen Toohey, Regional Educator for Organic Salon Systems. The fresh team is committed to making your experience fully complete and satisfying, organically. Receive a gift valued at $75 with your 1st color appointment, when you mention Natural Awakenings. See ad pg 15.

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

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

Certified Natural Henna Artist 914.714.8069; Mt. Kisco


Builder and General Contractor of fine custom alterations, restorations, architectural additions, and new construction. Offering a high level of management and craftsmanship. Specializing in a 95% dust-free living environment. PHIUS Energy Efficient and non-toxic building applications. Bau-Biologist, the holistic approach to Natural Building,passive and active solar installations and retrofits, as well as conventional construction. Building design services and consultation available. 44 years experience. See ad pg 21.


150 Purchase St - Hansa Building Ste #7, Rye, NY 10580 914.967.1630; Understand and correct the causes of chronic conditions. Dr. Warshowsky will help you develop your optimal healing plan, incorporating the best of conventional and Integrative, Holistic medicine. He is double board certified in OB/GYN, Integrative, Holistic Medicine and a facilitator of optimal health for men, women and teens. See ad pg 12.

HEALING CENTER HYGEIA INTEGRATED HEALTH, LLC 3505 Hill Blvd, Suite K Yorktown Heights, NY 914.352.6116;

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


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


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

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

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

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


The Landscape Artists 845.489.7250



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

In a beautiful retreat-like setting, we offer holistic psychotherapy, body therapies, acupuncture, shamanic reiki, intuitive guidance, spiritual counseling, homeopathy, naturopathic and herbal medicine, healing circles, workshops and professional trainings. See ad pg 11.


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.



150 Purchase St - Hansa Building Ste #7, Rye, NY 10580 914.967.1630; Understand and correct the causes of chronic conditions. Dr. Warshowsky will help you develop your optimal healing plan, incorporating the best of conventional and Integrative, Holistic medicine. He is double board certified in OB/GYN, Integrative, Holistic Medicine and a facilitator of optimal health for men, women and teens. See ad pg 12.


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.


777 White Plains Rd., Scarsdale, NY 10583: 914.902.9200 365 Central Park Ave. Scarsdale, NY 10583; 914.422.3689 737 Bedford Rd., Bedford Hills, NY 10507: 914.244.3689 158 South Ridge St., Rye Brook, NY 10573; 914.417.6940 Massage therapy can be a powerful ally in your wellness program. Visit one of the four locations in Westchester to take advantage of our introductory offer. Open 7 days a week, extended hours, late evenings. See ads pgs 10 & back cover.


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.


Michael Finkelstein MD FACP ABIHM SunRaven: The Home of Slow Medicine 501 Guard Hill Rd. Bedford, NY 914.218.3113;


You can attain enhanced health and wellness on every level. I will guide you and together we will transform you into your own best doctor, friend and selfadvocate. You will learn how to bring yourself back into balance. My intention is to be the best healer and teacher I can be. I offer insightful health evaluations with customized medical guidance. Uniquely qualified to offer medical advice and attention from a holistic perspective. See ad pg 20.

Therapeutic massage to address specific issues or promote wellness. Works with generally healthy to very ill clients. Experience with geriatric, cancer, Parkinson’s, hospice massage. Studio in Mamaroneck and onsite visits in Westchester, Bronx, Manhattan. See ad pg 39.

Massage Therapy with a Nurturing Touch 914.320.4063;


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

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

Holding sacred space through Relaxation, Therapeutic and Medical Massage Putnam, We s t c h e s t e r , D u t c h e s s . "Michelle's healing ability is more than the touch from her hands; she heals the soul. She brings serenity to people." ~Maureen S., Carmel. See ad pg 39.



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

Mind-Body-Spirit Bronx NY, Trumbull CT 855.735.2533;

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. See ad pg 39.

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

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

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

NUSPECIES 866.624.4117 HQ: 427 Main St. Beacon, NY 12508 NuSpecies Health Centers provide free health consultations with certified nutritionists/life coaches. We make custom recommendations of our Raw, Organic, Liquid, Natural nutritional formulas and then work with our clients until they achieve their health goals. See ad pg 2.



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

The Center for Health and Healing 4 Smith Ave, 2nd Fl. Mt. Kisco, NY 914.673.4577; Andy uses a whole body philosophy called Integrated Positional Therapy. IPT was specifically developed to address pain, improve body function and range of motion. This approach has been successful in addressing many neuromuscular conditions often when other approaches have failed. See ad, pg 11.

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 18.


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


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43 Old Post Road South Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520 914.271.2426;

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


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




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

We are your neighborhood holistic compounding pharmacy, ready to support y o u r h e a l t h . We o ff e r compounding prescriptions, on-line prescription renewals, supplements, homeopathic remedies, personal care products, fair trade gifts and more. We deliver and we are happy to answer your questions. See ad pg 46.


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

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

Green your Ride. Westchester Bee-Line operates more than 60 bus routes serving Westchester with safe, economical and environmentally friendly bus service. Offering express, local, limited stop and bus-to-rail service to meet your travel needs. Use MetroCard for added savings. See ads, pgs 44 & 47.


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


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

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

Customized, holistic treatments for better skin, improved body appearance, and spiritual reconnection. Natural Facelift, Facials, Nonchemical Peels, Skin Tightening, Wrinkle Reduction, Fat Melting, Waxing, Reiki, Chakra Balancing, Guided Imagery, Aromatherapy, Raindrop Technique. See ad, pg 25.


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

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

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


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.



Rev. Dr. Hans B. Hallundbaek, Pastor 609 Rt. 22, Croton Falls, NY


Coming Next Month Silent Retreats Plus: Diabetes Prevention & Reversal PLUS: Natural Beauty & Spa Special November articles include: The Benefits of Silent Retreats Lifestyle Changes for Diabetics Stretching Modalities and so much more!

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




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

299 North Highland Avenue, Bldg. 5 Ossining, New York 10562 914.941.4455;

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

The Mariandale Center sponsors retreats and programs on spiritual and contemplative practices. We also welcome nonprofit organizations for workshops and group retreats. Our guests enjoy the contemplative environment at the Center, and the beautiful, spacious land overlooking the Hudson River. See ad pg 9.

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Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Services 914.962.6402, 800.532.4290 Support Connection offers free, confidential breast and ovarian cancer support services including individual peer counseling, support groups, wellness programs and educational forums. Counselors are cancer survivors See ad pg 11.


150 Purchase St - Hansa Building Ste #7, Rye, NY 10580 914.967.1630; Understand and correct the causes of chronic conditions. Dr. Warshowsky will help you develop your optimal healing plan, incorporating the best of conventional and Integrative, Holistic medicine. He is double board certified in OB/GYN, Integrative, Holistic Medicine and a facilitator of optimal health for men, women and teens. See ad pg 12.


271 Veterans Road Yorktown Heights, NY 10598; 914.962.3111 Integrative Care including Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine, along with many other types of Alternative and Complementary Veterinary Medicinal services are offered. We also offer a full range of high tech, cutting edge, medical, surgical and dental services. See ad pg 48.


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


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



501 Guard Hill Rd. Bedford, NY 914.218.3113; Promoting and supporting health and wellness; facilitating communitycentered experiential and reflective learning for individuals, families, and groups, by offering educational programs, events, and resources designed to build integrative skills and understanding for those looking to holistically care for themselves, others, and the world in which we live. Transformative Programs, holistic medicine, psycho-spiritual counseling; Women’s, Men’s and Couples Groups, Garden Co-Op, Cleansing Program; Special 12-week “immersion.” See ad pg 20.


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

FIREFLY YOGA & JUICE BAR 992 main street Fishkill NY 12524

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


Saw Mill Club,77 Kensico Dr., Mt. Kisco Michelle Briks, Programs Coordinator 914.752.1872 S M C O h r a Yo g a T T program offers Yoga Alliance accredited E-RYT 200 & 300 Hour Programs to Empower Yourself and Inspire Others! Their proven training methods are anatomically informed and intelligently sequenced. The trainings are led by Michelle Briks, RYT-500, Ayurvedic specialist and accredited Nutritionist. See ad pg 53.


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. See ad pg 49.


natural awakenings

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

natural awakenings

October 2017



natural awakenings

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

Natural Awakenings - Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess NY - October 2017  
Natural Awakenings - Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess NY - October 2017