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hat do you love to do? When you close your eyes, perhaps as you meditate to start your day, as I do, what comes Dana Boulanger Marilee Burrell to mind? Take a deep breath and let your to-do list go. Take another and allow a feeling of bliss and loving, joyful thoughts fill you up. What comes to mind? Is it something you can actually do? If not, hold that feeling and capture its essence. Then, as you go through your day, notice the times when you get that blissful feeling. Is it when you are out in nature, or sharing a meal with loved ones or inspiring conversations with friends, or perhaps immersing yourself in something you love to do? Only you know what nourishes your soul and brings you joy. As we say goodbye to summer and set our sights on the final quarter of the year, I encourage you to take time to do what makes you happy. My new recipe for aging gracefully is doing what I love, eating foods that nourish me and celebrating life daily—being grateful for the earth that supports me, speaking from my heart and sharing my passion for healthy living. I also honor the lessons I have learned in my own life journey, and I feel blessed to be able to pass these lessons along and be the change I want to see in the world. Our feature article "Aging with Passion and Purpose" on page 40 touches on ways to age gracefully and make a difference in our world, now and for generations to come. Good advice for any age. September is yoga month, and school starts soon—Yoga Teacher Training, that is. If you’ve ever thought about becoming a yoga teacher or desired to deepen your practice, September is a great time to begin. You can sign up now and be finished by year’s end. Adopting a yoga practice is an inward, spiritual journey that can be transformational. And I’ve been amazed to discover so many yoga studios offering training in our region; years ago we had to travel to NYC or outside our area, but now yogis are traveling here to be enlightened and trained. We have been blessed this month that so many local yoga studios have decided to share their stories in Natural Awakenings and give us a glimpse of what their sacred space offers. I hope you enjoy learning about these growing spiritual wellness centers, which offer a mind-body-spirit experience for all ages. Our featured yoga briefs start on page 46 and our yoga profiles begin on page 55. And don’t forget that our monthly calendars, which start on page 76, are chock-full of wonderful classes, great workshops and local happenings that will enrich your life and foster your self-care. Thank you to all our readers and advertising partners who have helped us grow over the past 10 years. We are so grateful for your trust and support, and it is because of you that holistic health and wellness and spirituality continue to flourish in our region. We want to celebrate our 10-year milestone with all of you. Please join us on Sunday, October 1, at Hilltop Hanover Farm, an agricultural educational center offering pick-your-own organic vegetables, and the perfect setting for us all to gather. Save the date and read more details on page 26. Let’s party!

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Healthy Tailgating Foods to Cheer For by Judith Fertig

36 NATURE’S CLASSROOM Outdoor Learning Engages the Whole Child by Meredith Montgomery


Demand Surges as Prices Fall by Jim Motavalli


Finding Fulfillment, Creativity and Meaning by Deborah Shouse

44 FLOATING AWAY STRESS 40 Isolation Tanks Induce Deep Rest and Healing


by Gina McGalliard

46 SPECIAL YOGA SECTION Local Yoga News and Profiles

62 RODNEY YEE ON YOGA AS A WAY OF LIFE Simple Strategies for Staying on Track


by Marlaina Donato



Joining Science to Spirituality by Linda Sechrist

72 FLUORIDE ALERT Excess in Food and Tap Water Harms Pets by Karen Becker

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coverphoto newsbriefs New Locations and Events for Westchester Holistic Network

A Amanda Amadei in Cold Spring

Waleska Sallaberry and Luis Mendez Photo by Kelvin Sánchez, Facebook/Kelvin Sanchez: graphic design & photography


aleska Sallaberry and Luis Mendez, publishers of Natural Awakenings Puerto Rico. After 15 years publishing the magazine and creating Wellness initiatives in their Island, they still continue their passion for service and their desire to make a difference in their community and the World. Waleska and Luis have three kids, ages 11 to 21. During the last 16 years of their life they has focused on their personal and spiritual growth process. They are both Certified Advanced Yoga Teachers (RYT 500 hrs.) and make time every year to detox, recharge and reconnect. They both enjoy stand up paddleboarding, taking care of Mother Earth–and inspiring others to do too–and enjoy spending time outdoors with their kids and friends. They currently live in Rincón, Puerto Rico, a small laid back surf town in the west of the island, where they are blessed with a growing eco & health conscious commUNITY. Two of their life’s mottos: Life is good! and “Work hard, Play harder”. Natural Awakenings publishes in over 80 markets. To find a Natural Awakenings magazine when traveling, visit If you would like to publish a Natural Awakenings magazine, see page 6.

strologer Pamela Cucinell and Cathy Lipsky, a nurse practitioner and Arvigo Therapies teacher, the new coordinators of Westchester Holistic Network, have scheduled several new WHN events designed for the public to meet holistic practitioners in a relaxed setting and discuss healing, community and human connection. The next event will be its September 19 meeting, which will feature an introduction to the ManKind Project, a men’s community for the 21 century. WHN holds 10 monthly meetings a year on Cathy Lipsky and Pamela Cucinell the third Tuesday evening a month, usually at IxChel Center, located at 23 Wilson Street in Hartsdale. The open loft space, which accommodates dance, yoga, discussion, panels, meditation and film screenings, allows WHN members the opportunity to network and collaborate, Cucinell says. Upcoming meeting topics will include choosing the right supplements, past-life regression, acupuncture, connecting with angels, and gender and body talk therapy. WHN meetings are free to members and first-time guests, and $10 for returning guests. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for networking, and meetings begin at 7 p.m. Future meetings are scheduled for October 17 and November 21 at the IxChel Center. For the winter solstice, the December 19 meeting will be held at the Wainwright House, where the public is invited to enjoy holistic offerings and refreshments in a festive setting. The Wainwright House is the oldest nonprofit, nonsectarian holistic learning center in the United States.  For more info, visit or

Harvest Square Dance Supports Sierra Club


he fourth annual Harvest Square Dance, benefiting the Sierra Club’s Lower Hudson Group, will be held September 23, at 6 p.m., at Faraway Farm Alpacas in Yorktown. The event will be held rain or shine, as a barn and tents are on site. “This is an exciting event with great company, music and line dancing and square dancing by a master caller from Foot & Fiddle Dance Company,” says George Klein of the Sierra Club. “We’ll be serving locally produced food, wine and delicious desserts, including artisanal ice cream from the Blue Pig in Croton.” This is the annual fundraiser for Sierra Club’s Lower Hudson Group, based in Westchester. Proceeds go directly toward the local group’s efforts to protect the environment and the health and safety of communities, Klein says, adding, “By buying a ticket, you help our members protect gains made over recent decades and defend against new attacks on our environment at the local, state and national levels.” Donations are also welcome. Tickets will be discounted through September 9. For ticket info, visit For more info, call George Klein at 914.772.3916. See ad, page 21.


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Omega Conference Encourages Women to #DoPowerDifferently


mega Institute, home of the Omega Women’s Leadership Center, will hold its Women and Power Retreat October 6 through 8 in Rhinebeck. The weekend conference will explore what it means to Do Power Differently, gathering thinkers, artists, activists and leaders to redefine power and offer innovative ways of working and leading. Anna Deavere Smith, Dolores Huerta, Sharon Salzberg, Elizabeth Lesser and other thought leaders and activists will guide the conversation about what it takes to develop personal resilience and compassionate yet courageous action in the face of adversity. “At a time when we see backlashes against women happening daily around the world, this kind of gathering is important to advancing women’s equality and affirming women’s contributions across all dimensions of society,” says Carla Goldstein, cofounder of the Omega Women’s Leadership Center and chief external affairs officer at Omega.    ������������������������������������ The weekend will include talks, conversations and entertainment; breakout workshops that offer topics like leadership skills, stress reduction, communication and creativity; a diverse community of involved women from around the world; wellness activities and services including daily yoga, meditation and tai chi classes; healthy meals; and opportunities to enjoy Omega’s campus, which features gardens, walking paths and a lake.   For more info, visit See ads, pages 2 & 77.

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newsbriefs Hudson Valley Vegfest Coming to Poughkeepsie


udson Valley Vegfest, a major expo focused on vegan living, will be held September 23 and 24 at Gold’s Gym in Poughkeepsie. The gym’s 42,000 square feet of indoor space will be devoted to vegan food and cooking demos, clothing, fitness presentations by award-winning vegan athletes, speakers, music and film. Innovative companies, chefs, authors, animal sanctuaries and activists from across the country will showcase their compassionate and sustainable products, share their lifesaving work, offer samples of their food (including ethical chocolate), speak about critical issues and educate visitors about the vegan lifestyle. Among the additions to this year’s presentation lineup are Naliaka Wakhisi doing a cooking demonstration, and a screening of the 2017 film What the Health by A.U.M. Films, the company that created the groundbreaking Cowspiracy. The latest vendor additions include the vegan food company Freakin’ Vegan, renowned chocolatier Lagusta’s Luscious, and Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary. The list is being updated daily on the festival website, As the vegan lifestyle vastly reduces one’s carbon footprint, Hudson Valley Vegfest is a zero-waste event designed to “walk the walk” about environmentalism and sustainability. Vegfest is partnering with Zero to Go, an education-based waste management company focused on composting and recycling. At various staffed stations set up around the venue, attendees will be able to learn about composting, recycling and environmentally sound waste management as every bit of waste generated is properly sorted. For more info, visit

Walkathon Helps Support People with Breast and Ovarian Cancer


upport Connection Inc., which brings help and hope to people fighting breast and ovarian cancer, will present its annual Support-A-Walk on October 1 at FDR Park in Yorktown Heights. Every year thousands of people from across the Hudson Valley participate in the three-mile walkathon to celebrate or pay tribute to those affected by these diseases. Proceeds from the event help fund Support Connection’s free programs and services for people dealing with breast and ovarian cancer. Support Connection has a toll-free number to provide information and support to people all over the country. “If you’re in the Hudson Valley, our support groups and inperson services are in your neighborhood,” says Barbara Cervoni, director of services and communication for Support Connection.


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Support-A-Walk offers many opportunities to help the cause, she says. “You can form a walk team, collect donations and walk on your own, raise funds online by asking family, friends and others to donate, or spread the word in Support Connection walkers your neighborhood. Everyone is welcome—men and women, students, families, people of all ages. It’s a wonderful morning filled with community spirit. Every participant will make a difference in many lives. Those who can’t attend can still donate and fundraise.” For more info or to make a donation, visit or call 914.962.6402. See ad, page 29.

“Mindful Is the New Skinny” Boot Camp for Women


odi Baretz, who has a mindfulnessbased psychotherapy practice at the Center for Health and Healing in Mount Kisco, will offer two sessions of Mindful Is the New Skinny, a six-week boot camp for women, in October and November. Participants will learn concepts and meditation techniques to help them reduce stress and find joy and peace, Baretz says, for “a lighter you, inside and out.” Jodi Baretz Session options are Mondays from 1 to 2:30 p.m., October 16 through November 20, and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., October 18 through November 29 (excluding Thanksgiving week). Sign up before Labor Day for the early-bird price of $375. Baretz hosts a Mindful Mom monthly discussion and meditation group first Fridays from 1 to 2 p.m., October through June, with other pop-up dates during the week. Visits cost $40 for a drop-in, $175 for a five-pack or $295 for a 10-pack. “I created this program because most people struggle with the same issues in life, and while individual treatment works well, a group can be even more effective,” she says. “Women love the validation from other like-minded women. Meditation can be very powerful in a group setting as well.” These groups are for women who tend to be “perfectionists, supermoms or diet burnouts” who are experiencing stress and anxiety, she notes. “The support, discussion and techniques teach a new way of being, which makes them feel more at peace with themselves and the world.” For a free gift, sign up at Contact Baretz at 917.974.9446 or natural awakenings

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

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



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

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


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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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




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

Old Post Physical Therapy 43 Old Post Rd South 914.271.2426;

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The Aligned Center Now Open in Westchester County


he Aligned Center, offering 2,500 square feet of shared office and community space on the Hudson River, is now open in Irvington, steps from the Metro The Aligned Center in Irvington North station. The center features a waterfront deck and has several single offices available for potential members. Founder Matt Ludmer calls the center a “mindful” shared work space designed to create a rich, diverse culture within which people can be productive and supported by community. “It offers offices for professionals who desire greater connection, balance and growth in their workday, inspiring growth in four dimensions: heartfelt community, lifelong learning, mindful awareness and financial abundance,” he says. “I created it after several successful decades on Wall Street, as I felt compelled to widen the scope of wealth through a holistic approach. You cannot be truly wealthy if you are not showing up or growing in these other aspects of life.” The center already hosts a philosophy series on Mondays, the Westchester Buddhist Center on Tuesdays, somatic meditations and tai chi on alternate Wednesdays, and a free meditation session every morning and twice a week in the afternoon. Ludmer also teaches a monthly seminar, Invest and Relax, a less stressful approach to investment. That diversity of use is intentional, he says. “The center is one of a kind, a place to inspire learning, contemplation and growth while serving as a productive work environment. Those who attend our classes or rent our offices have something in common: they are openminded and open-hearted.” For more information, call 914.292.0930, email Info@ or visit

Forest Ecology Walk in Dutchess


r. Charles Canham, a forest ecologist with the Cary Institute, will lead a free, two-mile interpretive walk along the Wappinger Creek Trail on September 24 at 10 a.m. He will discuss the history of Dutchess County’s forests, from the first settlers in 1750 to the current day—more than 250 years of land-use patterns that have transformed the Hudson Valley—and share facts and folklore about the forest, as well as changes underway due to human impact, including climate change, pests and pathogens and air pollution.

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Participants should wear long pants and sturdy shoes (no sandals) for the walk, which encompasses habitats ranging from young forests and fallow fields to streams and wetlands. The walk will begin at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies (Gifford House) parking Dr. Charles Canham area, located at 2917 Sharon Turnpike (Route 44) in Millbrook. Founded in 1983, the Cary Institute is one of the world’s leading independent environmental research organizations, with a team of scientists who investigate the complex interactions that govern the natural world. Their objective findings are intended to lead to more effective government policy and increased environmental literacy for people of all ages. The team’s areas of expertise include fresh water, the ecology of infectious diseases, environmental chemistry, invasive species and climate change. While most of the Cary Institute’s 2,000 acres in the mid-Hudson Valley are set aside for field studies, parts of the campus have been reserved for public education and enjoyment. Reservations are required for the free walk. For more info, visit

Physical Therapist Offers Advice Via Blog


elly J. Keesy, owner of Old Post Physical Therapy in Croton-on-Hudson, is now writing a free monthly blog offering professional insight and advice on topics like common injuries, exercises and injury prevention. A strength and conditioning specialist and yoga teacher as well as a physical therapist, Keesy Kelly J. Keesy has made the blog accessible via her practice’s website,, and Facebook page. Lynn Culbertson will be writing guest blogs on topics including incontinence and women’s health issues. She has been a physical therapist at Old Post Physical Therapy for more than a year and is now accepting Medicare. She is also a yoga teacher and can provide yoga sessions. Keesy has been a practicing physical therapist since her 2000 graduation from Duquesne University, where as a Division I basketball player she scored more than 1,000 points and was an Academic All-American. In her current practice, she provides personal training and yoga sessions as well as physical therapy. “At Old Post Physical Therapy, we provide one-on-one sessions to ensure you get the best quality of care and personalized attention, either in our office in Croton-on-Hudson or we can come to your home,” she says. For appointments, call 914.271.2426, email OldPostPT@icloud. com or visit natural awakenings

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Healthy-U Workshop in Yorktown Heights


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Equipoise Offers Pilates for All Fitness Levels


ts official name is long—Equipoise. A State of Balance Pilates and Wellness Studio—but its mission can be summed up in just a few words: health and fitness. The Somers studio specializes in addressing physical limitations that are both common and potentially debilitating, such as disc issues, joint replacements and sciatica. “We are frequently referred by noted physical therapists, chiropractors and orthopedic doctors,” says co-owner Carol Dodge Baker. “We also help people with healthy bodies get in a great lifetime workout. No matter their current level of fitness, we can customize a safe and effective workout.” Equipoise is a fully equipped studio that offers a variety of Pilates classes, from private, duet and trio sessions to mat classes for the beginner, intermediate or advanced-level client. Dodge Baker says she, co-owner Vandy Lipman and instructor Homa Oscar—all classically trained Pilates instructors—have more than 50 years’ teaching experience combined. “Equipoise offers a comprehensive teacher training program for those interested in learning the classical Pilates method, as well as a bridge program for instructors looking for certification in the classical Pilates method,” Lipman says. “We also are committed to community outreach by hosting various wellness events during the year.” In addition to Pilates instruction, Equipoise offers facials by licensed esthetician Kristen A. Evans and licensed massage therapy by Emily Duff. Equipoise is located in Bailey Court, 334 Rte. 202, Somers, NY. For more info, call 914.276.2056 or visit or Facebook @ Equipoise. A State of Balance, Pilates and Wellness. 14

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he Holistic Professional Alliance will host its fall workshop, Healthy-U, on October 5, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at the Crystal Hall at Somers Community Center, located at 34 Hillandale Road in Yorktown Heights. The event, which will include healthy, light refreshments provided by FitStop Delivers, is designed to both educate and entertain visitors as they discover natural solutions to their health problems. A panel of local wellness practitioners will be sharing their expertise on subjects like lowering cholesterol naturally, fighting a cold or the flu, reading nutritional labels and strengthening the body. Participants will be able to join the discussion with the panelists and a variety of holistic vendors as they answer questions and offer tips as well as live demonstrations of how to live better naturally. The Holistic Professional Alliance is a group local wellness professionals with a common mission to provide the community with a comprehensive approach to health and wellness by offering a variety of holistic services for the mind, body and soul, as well as community education. Members include Dr. Jodi Kennedy of Integrity Chiropractic; Dr. David Lerner of the Center for Holistic Dentistry; Stacy Hendrie of FitStop Delivers; Joy Perlow of the Perfect Workout; Nagi Wissa of Lake Mahopac Pharmacy; and Christine Dodge of Putnam Yoga. Admission is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Seating is limited. To register, call Integrity Chiropractic at 845.628.7233.

Local Practitioners Collaborate on Holistic Wellness Fair


ortlandt Wellness, located at 2241 Crompond Road in Cortlandt Manor, will host the annual Holistic Wellness Fair on September 24, from noon to 4 p.m. A collaborative effort of several local holistic practitioners, the fair will use interactive workshops and demonstrations to educate the public about the holistic ideology of healing and sustaining wellness. Practitioners from various complementary health professions, including yoga, chiropractic, acupuncture, culinary nutrition, guided meditation and body awakening, will be represented, says chiropractor and event organizer Dr. Marianne Messina. There Cortlandt Wellness will be music and food as well. While admission is free, visitors can buy a raffle ticket to benefit the Crossover Yoga Project, a local nonprofit organization whose mission is to use yoga and art to empower young women who have survived trauma. Raffles prizes will be services donated by practitioners. Among the practitioners who will be represented at the fair are Messina, acupuncturist Christine Sotmary, Reiki practitioner Hilary Reichert, chiropractor Dr. Melody Bach, Returning to Wholeness through BodyMInd Well-being, Beautycounter representative Lauren Nault, Ayurvedic practitioner Seema Gupta, culinary nutritionist Chef Victoria Rose, and Emily Flay of the Children’s School of Yoga of Westchester. Local musicians Deena and Alan Goidel will provide music throughout the day. For more info, call 914.930.8800 or visit

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Double Workshop at Rhinebeck Pilates


l a i n e Ewing, owner of Rhinebeck Pilates, and physical therapist Sean Gall a g h e r Elaine Ewing on Reformer will teach a double workshop, Pilates and Lymphatics & Historical Pilates Exercises, at Rhinebeck Pilates on September 10, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. “This new workshop brings to light the incredible benefits Pilates offers to the health and maintenance of our bodies,” says Terianne Neden, manager of Rhinebeck Pilates. “Sean will explain how Authentic Pilates can be used to stimulate normal function of the lymph and other fluids of the body to improve health and the immune system. Elaine will delve deeper into some of the lesser-known exercises created by Joseph Pilates. Participants will gain more insight into the Authentic Pilates method, learn how Pilates can help to make them stronger and more healthy, and meet others in the area who share their interests.”  The workshop costs $250 and includes an hour break for lunch. Rhinebeck Pilates is located at 6400 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck. For more information, contact Elaine Ewing at 845.876.5686 or, or visit

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Women Find a Comfort Zone at enerShe Fitness


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Infinity Massage Incorporates Vibrational Healing


or Jackie Marcin, the opening of Infinity Massage, her new business in Hopewell Junction, is the culmination of a longtime dream. “I have always wanted to help people—truly help people,” says Marcin, who has been a licensed massage therapist since 2012. “I’m so thankful to have discovered my gift. It’s my ambition to help as many people as possible better their lives.” She says the road to this point in her career began when she started noticing subtle energies within her. “I thought, ‘Wow, there’s energy flowing through me and around me.’ I immediately knew that I had to become a massage therapist, because if our bodies are tense and off balance, then the life-force energy, along with oxygen and blood, will not be able to flow correctly.” This realization led her to research energy in the human body, which in turn led her to learn about the chakra system. “I soon realized that by waving my hand over someone’s body. I could detect the state of their energy flow.” Massage school, plus her own life experiences, have given Marcin “the tools and knowledge to help people better themselves in the most beautiful way,” she says. “I enjoy giving relaxing massages, and I have found amazing results with vibrational healing and chakra balancing. This is a place to come when you need to feel relaxed and renewed while healing naturally.” Infinity Massage is located at 2537 Rte. 52, Ste. 3-3, Hopewell Junction, NY. For appointments or more info, call 845.661.8526 or visit 16

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hen Karly Schneider launched enerShe fitness in Mahopac, she had a clear goal in mind: helping women, young and mature alike, to have a safe, judgment-free place to exercise, retreat and rejuvenate. “We have a variety of classes seven days a week, as well as a childcare room available for moms to get their workout in while feeling comfortable about who is watching their child,” Schneider says. The fitness instructors and personal trainers at enerShe are fully certified in a diverse array of specialties, she adds. “Understanding that all women want a facility with the highest standards of quality and cleanliness, we pride ourselves in bringing the top instructors, classes, equipment and professionals to our location.” enerShe Fitness is located at 989 Rte. 6, Mahopac, in the K-Mart Plaza. It will remain open throughout the plaza’s renovation. For more information, call 845.628.7165 or visit

Vegan Caribbean Cruise Sets Sail February 15


olistic Holiday at Sea, which has organized vegan cruises for 15 years, is now registering for its 2018 cruise on the MSC Divina, which will depart Miami on February 15, tour the Eastern Bahamas, and return on February 15. Ports of call will include St. John, Antigua and Barbuda; Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis; Fort-de-France, Martinique; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and Freeport, Bahamas. National Geographic Traveler has called Holistic Holiday at Sea “one of the 100 best worldwide vacations to enrich your life.” Since 2004, more than 15,000 people have joined the cruise, which is best described as a conference, vacation and wellness retreat, all in one. Travelers can choose from a variety of health-related experiences, including classes taught by experts on plant-based nutrition and lifestyle; fitness and mindfulness workshops; exotic ports of call; and gourmet vegan dining. Sandy Pukel, president of Holistic Holiday at Sea, says he came up with the idea for a vegan cruise after four decades of conducting health educational programs in Miami. “No one minds learning when they’re having a good time,” he says. In 2004, the first ship set sail from Port Everglades with 410 people. Next year, for its 15th anniversary, the cruise is expected to host more than 1,850 guests and feature more than 40 presenters and 150 classes. Holistic Holiday at Sea is located at 434 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables, FL. For information, call 1-800-496-0989 or visit See ad, pg 65.

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Beetroot Juice Helps Older Brains Act Younger


eets contain high levels of dietary nitrate, which can increase blood flow and improve exercise performance. Researchers from Wake Forest University, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, tested the impact of consuming beetroot juice prior to exercise on the somatomotor cortex, the part of the brain that processes information from the muscles. Twenty-six older adults with hypertension that generally don’t exercise were split into two groups. Half were given a beetroot juice supplement with 560 milligrams of nitrate prior to a thrice-weekly, 50-minute treadmill walk for six weeks. The other half were given a placebo with very little nitrate. The beetroot juice group showed substantially higher levels of nitrate after exercising than the placebo group. “We knew going in that a number of studies had shown that exercise has positive effects on the brain,” explains W. Jack Rejeski, director of the Behavioral Medicine Laboratory in the Health and Exercise Science Department at Wake Forest and study co-author. “We showed that compared to exercise alone, adding a beetroot juice supplement for hypertensive older adults to exercise resulted in brain connectivity that closely resembles what is seen in younger adults.”


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esearchers from several international universities have found that seniors that provide caregiving services live longer than those that do not. The scientists analyzed survival data and information collected from the Berlin Aging Study on 500 adults over the age of 69 from 1990 to 2009. They compared survival rates from the subjects that provided caregiving for children, grandchildren and friends to those that did not. Of the subjects analyzed, the half that took care of their grandchildren or children were still alive 10 years after their first interview in 1990. Caring for nonfamily members also produced positive results, with half of the subjects living for seven years after the initial interview. Conversely, 50 percent of those that did not participate in any caregiving had died just four years after their first interview. The researchers warn that caregiving must be done in moderation. Ralph Hertwig, director of the Center for Adaptive Rationality and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, in Berlin, explains, “A moderate level of caregiving involvement seems to have positive effects on health, but previous studies have shown that more intense involvement causes stress, which has a negative effect on physical and mental health.”



study from Nagasaki University, in Japan, has found that reducing salt in the diet can cut down on the number of trips to the bathroom during the night. Researchers followed 321 men and women with high-salt diets and sleep problems for 12 weeks. Of the subjects, 223 reduced their salt intake from 10.7 grams per day to 8 grams and the remaining 98 increased their salt intake from 9.6 grams per day to 11 grams. The nighttime urination frequency rate for the salt reduction group dropped from 2.3 times per night to 1.4 times, while the increased salt group’s rose from 2.3 to 2.7 times per night.



esearchers from Helsinki, Finland, analyzed data from 2,000 people to find out how sleeping patterns affected their food choices. They discovered individuals that wake up early make healthier food choices throughout the day and are more physically active. “Linking what and when people eat to their biological clock type provides a fresh perspective on why certain people are more likely to make unhealthy food decisions,” explains lead author Mirkka Maukonen, from the National Institute for Health and Welfare, in Helsinki.

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ith the U.S. opioid epidemic reaching a boiling point, insight into the effectiveness of alternative methods of pain relief has become increasingly relevant. Scientists from the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System have found yoga to be an effective technique to reduce back pain. The researchers divided 150 California veterans with chronic low back pain into two equal groups. One attended two yoga classes per week—comprising postures, movement and breathing techniques—for 12 weeks in addition to their more conventional treatment. The other continued such treatment without yoga. Scientists measured pain levels before and after the core study period and again six months later. After only 12 weeks, those that participated in the yoga practice experienced a 2.05 point reduction in Roland−Morris Disability Questionnaire scores, compared to a 1.29 reduction for those that received only usual care. After six months, this difference increased, with the yoga group’s scores decreasing 3.37 points compared to only an 0.89 reduction in the usual care group. In addition, pain intensity scores were reduced by 0.61 in the yoga group and 0.04 in the group receiving usual care after 12 weeks. Opioid medication use declined among all participants, from 20 percent to 8 percent after six months. natural awakenings

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Detox the Bedroom for Healthier Sleep by Dave Spittal


ue to the unique qualities and numerous applications of polyurethane foam, it can be found in many different places in the home, such as furniture, mattresses, walls, under carpets and even in personal gear such as helmets, shoes and mattresses. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that long-term exposure to polyurethane foam may cause cancer, infertility and miscarriages, autoimmune issues, neurological disorders, child behavior issues, allergies and asthma. The chemical fumes, or off-gassing, that we often smell in new products containing polyurethane foam are called volatile organic compounds (VOC) and have been shown in EPA studies to attach themselves to dust particles. When inhaled, the dust, with its chemical riders, enters the lungs and is absorbed into the bloodstream. There are different answers as to why this is still so widespread, but arguably the main one is that in its solid form, polyurethane foam only releases a relatively minute amount of toxicity into the air. This means that only long-term exposure that lasts for many years will have any noticeable effect. Besides its ubiquitous use in everyday products, polyurethane is also a main ingredient in virtually every mattress the U.S., so it is nearly impossible to isolate sleeping on polyurethane as the cause of any significant increase in cancer and other chemically induced illnesses. Without a proven causal relationship between spending eight hours a day inches away from polyurethane and health issues, there is no way to regulate its use in mattresses. The first step in limiting VOC exposure in the home is sleeping on a polyurethane-free mattresses. According to federal law, the contents of a mattress must be displayed on its law label sewn onto the back of the mattress. We can easily determine the contents of our current mattress by reviewing the contents listed on this tag. For those interested sleeping in a chemical-free environment, simply make sure polyurethane is not listed as an ingredient on any mattress. For more information about how to avoid VOC exposure in the bedroom, visit Healthy Choice Organic Mattress, located at 681 East Main Street in Mt. Kisco, call 914.241.2467 or visit See ad, page 95. Dave Spittal is the owner of Healthy Choice Organic Mattress.


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e all know the basic rules to mindbody wellness: Be better. Eat healthier. Move more. Take some space to think. But there are times when we hit a wall, making forward movement difficult. What then? “You can go from stress to strength,” says Dr. Michael Kennis, a retired chiropractor who offers acupuncture and Chinese medicine in Sleepy Hollow. “We have to honor the importance and complexity of the human experience in health and healing, going beyond a purely conventional medical approach, and see one another heart to heart.” A core tenet of acupuncture and Chinese medicine is that the pace and stresses of daily life affect the quality and flow of qi, the body’s life-force energy, Kennis says. “When the body is stressed, it shuts down most nonemergency systems, including the immune system, disrupting the body’s self-healing abilities.” Kennis uses the Eight Extraordinary Vessel acupuncture treatment to help resolve core emotional and energetic issues that can impact physical health. Conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, chronic lingering pain, fatigue, anxiety or mild depression and sluggish metabolism often respond favorably to the treatment, he says. And as he is also an experienced licensed nutritionist, he uses a functional nutrition “root cause approach” to strategically personalize his patients’ diet, herbal supplements and lifestyle to support the desired changes. Staying healthy as we age requires mindbody awareness, he says. “Clearly, successful aging entails many facets, too numerous to discuss here. But cultivating and sustaining health and happiness at any age has a great deal to do with maintaining one’s attitude and capacity for resilience and balance, and indeed can be within everyone’s reach.” Dr. Michael Kennis practices at 245 N. Broadway, Ste. 206, Sleepy Hollow, NY. Contact him at 914.433.9340. See ad, page 44.

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study from Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, in SĂŁo Paulo, Brazil, suggests a link between regular yoga practice and an increase in brain cortical thickness, associated with memory and attention. The researchers used brain imaging scans (CT) to measure the cortical thickness of 42 Brazilian women older than 59. Twenty-one of the subjects had practiced hatha yoga regularly for at least eight years. These women were compared to 21 other women matched for age and education that engaged in other physical activity comparable to hatha yoga. The researchers found that the cortical thickness in the yoga practitioners was significantly greater in the left prefrontal lobe of the brain. This portion of brain gray matter is linked to awareness, attention, executive function and memory, suggesting that hatha yoga practice may be associated with cognitive preservation. The scientists added, “The present results parallel those previously reported in which younger yoga and meditation practitioners had greater gray matter volumes than non-practitioners in the following brain regions: larger gray matter volume in the right anterior insula and right inferior temporal gyrus.â€?

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Milk Muddle

Architecture Becomes Portable Innovative, moveable mini-houses, tents and wagons are gaining advocates amid a trend toward traveling light with style. Designs range from the functional to the outlandish, and also encompass forms of transport from tugboats to tractors. The four-wheeled Collingwood Shepherd Hut wagon has a shingled exterior and wood-burning stove. Some options can provide ready shelter during a crisis or protection in extreme weather. The Rapid Deployment Module temporary dwelling can be assembled in an hour; DesertSeal’s inflatable, lightweight tent can ward off extreme heat. The experimental Camper Kart turns a shopping cart into a mini-home with a roof, sleeping deck and storage, all of which can be folded right back into the cart. The Portaledge is a small hanging tent that climbers can affix to a rock face and sleep in safely partway up the rock. Golden Gate 2 camper features a rounded timber frame, portholes and a spot for a surfboard. Find fun pictures at articles/mobile-architecture-tiny-houses.

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Gestalt-Based Curricula Emerging Finland, internationally renowned for innovative educational practices, is poised to become the first country to eliminate school subjects. Officials are making changes to be implemented by 2020 that will revolutionize how the school system works by allowing pupils to absorb a body of knowledge about language, economics and communication skills. “We need something to fit for the 21st century,” says Department of Education head Marjo Kyllonen. The system will be introduced for seniors beginning at age 16. They will choose which topic or phenomenon they want to study, bearing in mind their ambitions and capabilities. “Instead of staying passively in their benches listening to the teachers, students will now often work in smaller groups collaborating on projects, rather than just assigned classwork and homework.” Another new model of learning sparked by XQ: The Super School Project ( is underway at New Harmony High School, housed on a floating barge at the mouth of the Mississippi River southeast of New Orleans. They’ve received a $10 million grant to work on environmental issues when it opens in 2018. “High schools today are not preparing students for the demands of today’s world,” says XQ Senior School Strategist Monica Martinez; she notes that about a third of college students must take remedial courses and are not prepared to thrive as employees.

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The Aurora Organic Dairy pastures and feedlots north of Greeley, Colorado, are home to more than 15,000 cows—more than 100 times the size of a typical organic herd. It is the main facility of the company that supplies milk to Walmart, Costco and other major retailers. They adhere to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) organic regulations, but critical weaknesses exist in the inspection system the government uses to ensure that food is organic; farmers are allowed to hire their own inspectors to certify them, and thus can fall short of reaching standards without detection. Organic dairies are required to allow the cows to graze daily throughout the growing season rather than be confined to barns and feedlots. Although the USDA National Organic Program allows for an extremely wide range of grazing practices that comply with the rule, Aurora was observed onsite and via satellite imagery by the Washington Post as having only a small percentage of the herd outdoors on any given day. The company disputes the data. U.S. organic dairy sales amounted to $6 billion last year; although it is more expensive to produce, the milk may command a premium price of 100 percent more than regular.

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Plutonium Problem Glass or Cement May Encase Nuclear Waste

Congress might consider authorizing the U.S. Department of Energy to encase much of the nuclear waste at the Washington state Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation’s largest waste repository, in a cement-like mixture, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office. It states that when burying the waste, cement would be less expensive and faster than vitrification, an alternative process currently used to turn the waste into glass logs. A $17 billion vitrification plant, one of the federal government’s most expensive construction projects, is intended to separate much of the waste into high- and low-level radioactive material, but construction has stalled over design and safety concerns. After the highly radioactive waste is immobilized in the glass logs, it would theoretically be shipped to an as-yet-nonexistent national repository proposed for Yucca Mountain, in Nevada. The 56 million gallons of waste in question is left over from plutonium production for nuclear weapons since World War II, and the site itself has a history of leaks. The Department of Energy likes the cement burial, but state officials believe the best way to safely deal with the waste and protect the environment is by turning it into glass. Source: natural awakenings

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Computers Decipher Animal Language

The Monsanto agrochemical company,long cited for its ubiquitous toxic Roundup herbicide and pro-genetically modified organism (GMO) science, is reeling from the disclosure of internal communications that indicate it suppressed knowledge of the potential dangers of its herbicide and received insider help from U.S. regulators. Many documents have been made public by attorneys involved in a personal injury case involving cancer, just one of hundreds pending (reference nonprofit U.S. Right to Know at Attorney Brent Wisner states, “These [documents] show that Monsanto has deliberately been stopping studies that look bad for them, ghostwriting literature and engaging in a whole host of corporate malfeasance. They have been telling everybody that these products are safe because regulators have said they are safe, but it turns out that Monsanto has been in bed with U.S. regulators, while misleading European regulators.� Monsanto is currently seeking to merge with Germany’s Bayer AG, another industry giant, but the deal is subject to government review. It remains to be seen if these revelations will interfere with the process or prompt other actions by such regulating bodies as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


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The Egyptian fruit bat is a highly social mammal that roosts in crowded colonies. A machine learning algorithm helped decode their squeaks, revealing that they speak to one another as individuals. The research appears in the journal Scientific Reports. Researchers at Tel Aviv University, in Israel, discovered that the bats exchange information about specific problems in four categories. Ramin Skibba, at Nature, notes that besides humans, only dolphins and a handful of other species are known to address individuals, rather than making broad, general communication sounds. Studies allow that it may eventually be possible to understand nuanced communications in other species.

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Common Weed Is Lightweight Insulator The Canadian Coast Guard is testing milkweed pods as a source of potential environmentally friendly insulation in partnership with Encore3, a manufacturing company in Québec, Canada, in prototype parkas, gloves and mittens. The plant is roughly five times lighter than synthetic insulation and hypoallergenic. The Farm Between, in Cambridge, Vermont, harvests the plants and sends the material to Encore3. Co-owner John Hayden says, “Milkweed is grown as an intercrop between the rows in our apple orchard to increase biodiversity and provide a host plant for monarch caterpillars. Monarch populations are in serious decline, and the two things we can do to help on the land we steward are to not use pesticides and provide milkweed habitat.”

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Lasers Stamp Prices on European Produce Food retailers are aiming to cut plastic and cardboard packaging by ditching stickers on fruits and vegetables, instead using high-tech laser “natural branding” and creating huge savings in materials, energy and CO2 emissions. Pilot projects are underway in Europe with organic avocados, sweet potatoes and coconuts. The technique uses a strong light to remove pigment from the skin of produce. The mark is invisible once the skin is removed and doesn’t affect shelf life or produce quality. The laser technology also creates less than 1 percent of the carbon emissions needed to produce a similar-sized sticker. Source: The Guardian natural awakenings

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Party to Celebrate Natural Awakenings Community


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atural Awakenings Boston is hosting The Revolution of Consciousness on September 24, at The Reggie Lewis Center, in Boston. The event includes a day-long expo with 100 exhibitors; the Bodywork Oasis, featuring a wide variety of hands-on body and energy workers; a diverse selection of workshops relating to mind-body medicine and higher consciousness; a 24-foot, seven-circuit labyrinth; food trucks; and an indoor local and healthy food café. The event will wrap up with Boston’s premiere weekend screening of the soonto-be-released 2017 documentary HEAL, a film about the power of the mind and the body’s natural ability to heal. Following the film, a panel discussion moderated by Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation senior staff writer, Linda Sechrist, will take place and include the film’s producer, Adam Schomer, transformational healer, Rob Wergin and patients that have combined allopathic medicine with mindbody approaches to achieve full recovery. Natural Awakenings Boston publisher Maisie Raftery says, “This is the most important film of our time. A masterful presentation of healings that can occur when the gap between allopathic and mindbody approaches is filled.” Cost: $25 through September 23/$30 at door. Location: 1350 Tremont St., Boston. For more details, visit See ad, page 28. 26

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n October 1, the Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess edition of Natural Awakenings is throwing a party to celebrate 10 years of publishing in the community. The family-friendly event, featuring healthy food, live music, drumming, yoga, kids’ activities and more, will be held from 1 to 4 p.m., rain or shine, at Hilltop Hanover Farm in Yorktown Heights. Kacey from 100.7 WHUD and the “Health & Happiness” show will be master of ceremonies. “This is going to be a fun, high-vibration afternoon, so we hope as many people as possible will join us,” says Dana Boulanger, who publishes the magazine along with Marilee Burrell. “We are fortunate to have so many Hilltop Hanover Farm gifted and talented people in our wellness community, and many of them will be collaborating with us at the party to help celebrate our 10th anniversary.” On hand will be Melanie Ryan, founder of the Center for Health and Wellness, leading a meditation to connect with the land, the earth and our ancestors, and Jeffrey H. Poritzky, whose Westchester Spirited Drumming MeetUp group will lead a community drumming circle. Bring a drum if you have one. BlisSing will provide live spiritual music, including a few tracks from their soon-to-be-released CD of original chants designed to lift the spirit, heal the heart and invite the feet to dance. Eileen O’Hare, part of BlisSing and a shaman who will be offering a blessing at the party, says, “We do not celebrate life enough! Let’s celebrate more, and let’s celebrate with love and gratitude!” Other featured guests will be natural henna artist Margie Nugent, who will offer face painting and henna art for kids and adults, using safe, nontoxic products; Eve Eileen O’Hare and Folger, who will lead a community Move and Groove Cat Guthrie of BlisSing class for all ages; and Karen Shaw, who will lead a community Yoga Flow class for all ages. Bring a yoga mat so you can join a class or two. The kids’ corner will feature fun activities for all ages, including mindful crafts and a kid-friendly yoga class taught by Denise Nobile Founder of Youth Nation Yoga. Rick Gabrielle and Dana Boulanger will offer complimentary sessions with a BEMER device, which is designed to improve blood flow and circulation in eightminute sessions. Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic blanket, as a variety of vendors will be on hand with healthy food and drinks to sample and purchase, including Good Choice Kitchen (organic, sustainably grown, seasonal, local and whole foods); Jolo’s Kitchen (all-vegan meals); Hayfields (café and garden center); Blessed Brew (kombucha); Big Bang Coffee (local roasted, organic coffee); TheTea247; and Babes Delectable (cakes, cookies and deserts). “The Hilltop Hanover Farm stand will be open as well, so you can buy your organic veggies for the week before you leave,” Boulanger says. With a suggested $5 donation at the gate, visitors will be entered to win raffles totaling more than $1,000 in unique healthy lifestyle gifts and certificates for products and services. Additional raffle tickets will also be sold during the party. You must be present to win. The Event is sponsored by Friends of Hilltop Hanover Farm, 501(c) (3) and all profits will be donated to Hilltop Hanover Farm. Hilltop Hanover Farm is located at 1271 Hanover St., Yorktown Heights, NY. For directions, visit For party updates, visit See ad, page 5. Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition


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Retirees are volunteering at hundreds of nationally protected lands. They staff visitor centers, do maintenance, clean up debris and remind visitors to keep food items secure from wildlife. Last year, volunteers outnumbered National Park Service staff about 20 to one, expanding the financially strapped agency’s ability to serve hundreds of millions of visitors. Nearly a third of them are 54 and up, contributing to the 7.9 million service hours worked in 2015 by all 400,000 volunteers. Volunteer opportunities also exist at National Wildlife Refuge sites, fish hatcheries and endangered species field offices of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Sallie Gentry, volunteer coordinator for the Southeast Region, based in Atlanta, notes that Georgia’s Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge has a dozen designated spots for motor homes in its Volunteer Village. She says most volunteers are local retired residents whose working hours vary while RV volunteers commit to 20 hours a week for at least three months. In return, they get free hookups for electricity, sewage, propane and water. “They have skills they want to contribute, but are also looking for a social outlet,” notes Gentry. Cookouts and potlucks are common. She also cites the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge, an important migratory stop especially for songbirds, as a place with great appeal. “We supply uniforms, training, tools and orientations,” says Gentry. “It’s a mutually beneficial investment.” She suggests that individuals apply for specific sites at least a year in advance. Megan Wandag, volunteer coordinator for the USFWS Midwest Region, based in Minneapolis, cites the popular Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, in Bloomington, and the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, near Des Moines, as “oases near urban areas.” USFWS Southwest Region volunteer coordinator Juli Niemann highlights the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, in central New Mexico, that has 18 recreation vehicle spots and an average occupancy duration of five months. “It’s a prime wintering place for sandhill cranes.”

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ix celebrated local chefs are partnering with Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) to promote sustainable food production and protection of the Hudson Valley watershed. The second annual Chefs for Clearwater will take place September 17, at 4 p.m., at the CIA in Hyde Park. “Guests will enjoy a six-course tasting menu featuring the best chefs, ingredients and beverages from the Hudson Valley,” says event organizer Chef Terrance Brennan. “There will also be musical entertainment and live and silent auctions. Proceeds will benefit Clearwater’s important environmental work to protect the Hudson River and its watershed and educational programs.” The mission of Chefs for Clearwater is to spread awareness of critical issues involving sustainability and food ethics and how they relate to the Hudson Valley watershed, and to raise funds for Clearwater’s environmental education and advocacy programs on the Hudson River, Brennan says. The chefs, restaurateurs, farmers, ranchers, vintners and cider makers invited to participate have demonstrated a commitment to practicing and advancing sustainable agriculture and socially responsible business practices. The health of the Hudson River watershed directly impacts the health of the ground soil—and the reverse is just as true, Brennan notes. “Chefs for Clearwater is a celebration of the great progress made on both fronts in recent years.” “The Culinary Institute of America is proud to support Clearwater’s dedication to environmental education and advocacy,” says CIA President Tim Ryan. “The health of the Hudson River is critical to the region’s agriculture and food future. Both the CIA and Clearwater are committed to maintaining sustainable resources and being socially responsible stewards of the environment. Through Chefs for Clearwater, our organizations can, together, help spread that message.” The master of ceremonies will be Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Tom Chapin. The guest speaker will be Peter Kaminsky, author of Pig Perfect, The Elements of Taste, Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine Way and Culinary Intelligence. Tickets and sponsorship packages are available at

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ooking with Kids, wh i ch p r o vides handson, multicultural cooking classes for children aged 4 to 9, will offer fall classes S u n d ay s a t 11 a.m., from September 24 to November Sharon NDiaye 12 (excluding October 8), at New Era Creative Space, located at 1016 Brown Street in Peekskill. “The children will learn how to prepare foods safely and will have the opportunity to taste the foods they make,” says Cooking with Kids owner and teacher Sharon NDiaye. “When children cook, they eat.” Learning how to cook is currently in vogue, mirroring the popularity of celebrity chefs on cooking shows. As a result, many children are interested in learning how to cook, NDiaye says. “Kids love my Cooking Around the World classes because they get to do it themselves and enjoy the sensory and creative processes of cooking with their peers,” she explains. “Parents love the classes because their children learn important life skills and try new foods without them having to deal with the mess, the time involved or battles of will.” With a background in restaurants, international cultural immersion programs and children’s education, NDiaye has been teaching multicultural cooking classes in Northern Westchester since 2013. “I’m passionate about multicultural education and cross-cultural understanding, and I’m also a foodie,” she says, “so Cooking with Kids is a natural combination of my passions.” Each class costs $30 per child. For more info, contact NDiaye at or 646.242.6452, or visit


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at, play, party… and repeat. We may call it tailgating, fangating, homegating, a watch party or simply eating with friends before a big game. According to the American Tailgaters Association, in St. Paul, Minnesota, an estimated 50 million Americans tailgate annually. Whether we’re on the road or at home, making the menu healthy is a winning strategy for hosts and guests. Here, two experts divulge their winning ways. Says Debbie Moose, author of Fan Fare: A Playbook of Great Recipes for Tailgating or Watching the Game at Home, Ivy League schools like Princeton and Yale claim credit for pregame picnics that 19th-century sports fans packed into their horse and buggy for local road trips. Moose lives in the tailgate trifecta of the North Carolina triangle, home to Duke, North Carolina and Wake Forest universities. She enjoyed discovering that University of Washington sports fans from the Seattle area like to sail to their chosen picnic spots, while

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University of Hawaii folks grill fish on hibachis in Honolulu. Moose naturally prefers healthy, Southern-style fare such as deviled eggs and marinated green bean salad, which can be served hot, cold or at room temperature. “At the game or at home, your guests will be moving around, so go for foods that can be eaten with one hand,” she suggests. She also plans her menu around color, universal appeal and variety because it’s healthier than just serving a mound of barbecued chicken wings and a big bowl of potato chips. She likes recipes that can do double duty; her black bean summer salad with cherry tomatoes and corn can function as a colorful side dish or as a salsa for nonGMO blue corn chips. “Recipes that you can do ahead of time make things easier on game day; just pull them from the fridge and go,” says Moose. Daina Falk, of New York City, grew up around professional athletes because her father, David Falk, is a well-known

sports agent. Excitement-generating sports are in her blood and inspired her to write The Hungry Fan’s Game Day Cookbook. She knows that most of the tailgating in her area takes place for football and baseball games and NASCAR races. On, Falk serves up tips for every fangating/homegating occasion, from the Kentucky Derby to the Super Bowl. “Keep your menu interesting,” says Falk. “I always like to feature a dish for each team. For instance, if you’re hosting an Alabama versus Washington watch party, you could feature an Alabama barbecue dish with white sauce and oysters or other fresh seafood. Both dishes are characteristic of the local foods in the universities’ respective hometowns.” Falk recommends buying more local beer than needed to make sure not to run out. Game day guests can get hot and thirsty, indoors or out. Supply lots of filtered water in non-breakable containers. For easy entertaining, Falk recommends biodegradable dishes and cups. “Whenever there are a lot of people in one room, especially when they’re drinking, a glass will likely be broken,” she says. “Save yourself cleanup and the risk of glass shards by committing to temporary cups and plates that are Earth-friendly and compostable.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

Healthy Tailgating Recipes Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Place the sliced onions in a colander over the sink. In a small bowl, stir together the oil, vinegar, salt and pepper until combined. Stir in the garlic. Set aside. When the water comes to a boil, add the green beans. Cover and cook for 5 to 10 minutes or just until the beans are bright green; do not overcook.

Crowd-Pleasing Marinated Green Beans Yields: 8 servings This simple salad is easy to double or triple. Make it the day before the game and refrigerate. ½ large red onion, thinly sliced 1 /3 cup extra virgin olive oil ¼ cup herb-flavored white wine vinegar or regular white wine vinegar Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 2 cloves garlic, crushed 2 lb fresh green beans, ends trimmed, but left long

Pour the beans and hot water over the onions in the colander. Rinse under cold running water to cool down. Drain well for a few minutes. Place the beans and onions in a large bowl or large re-sealable plastic bag. Pour the dressing in and mix with the vegetables. Refrigerate four hours or overnight, stirring or shaking occasionally. Let come to room temperature before serving. Courtesy of Debbie Moose, Fan Fare: A Playbook of Great Recipes for Tailgating or Watching the Game at Home.

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Chilled Red Bell Pepper Soup Yields: 4 small servings Quadruple this recipe to make soup for a larger gathering. Serve in small sipping cups—cold for games in hot weather or hot for games in cold weather.

Black Bean Summer Salad Yields: 8 side dishes or 4 light meals This salad is easily doubled to feed a crowd. 2 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels 2 (15 oz) cans black beans, rinsed and well drained 5 or 6 green onions, white and green parts, chopped 1 large sweet banana pepper, seeded and chopped 1½ cups halved cherry tomatoes 6 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 Tbsp lime juice 2½ Tbsp red wine vinegar 1 tsp chili powder Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 1 /3 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves In a large bowl, toss together the corn, black beans, green onions, banana pepper and tomatoes.

1 red bell pepper, stemmed ½ cup low-fat Greek or dairy-free yogurt ¼ yellow onion 2 Tbsp tomato paste 1 small/mini-cucumber ¼ cup rice vinegar 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard 4 large garlic cloves 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Vegetarian-Friendly Barbecue Cauliflower Nuggets Yields: 8 appetizer servings Plant-based barbecue is a home run or touchdown.

Garnish: Flat leaf (Italian) parsley (minced optional) Roasted and salted pumpkin seeds

1 head of cauliflower 1 cup all-purpose or gluten-free flour 1 Tbsp barbecue spice blend 1 cup nut milk of choice 1 cup tomato-based barbecue sauce

Blend all main ingredients, except garnish, in a high-speed blender into purée.

Accompaniment: Dipping sauce of choice

Serve topped with the parsley and a sprinkle of pumpkin seeds. Adapted from Daina Falk’s

Preheat the oven to 450° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Rinse and separate cauliflower florets into small- to medium-sized pieces.

In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, vinegar, chili powder, salt and pepper.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the barbecue spice, flour and nut milk until smooth.

Pour the dressing over the vegetables and toss to coat them all. Then stir in the cilantro.

Dredge each piece of cauliflower in the batter before placing it on the baking sheet.

Refrigerate from 1 to 3 hours to let the flavors come together.

Bake for 18 minutes or until golden brown. Brush the cauliflower with barbecue sauce and return to the oven for an additional 5 minutes.

Note: If using frozen corn, drain it well and lightly sauté in a couple of teaspoons of olive oil before adding it to the salad. This removes moisture that may make the salad watery.

Remove the cauliflower from the baking sheet and plate alongside a dipping sauce of your choice.

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Michelada Yields: 8 servings Mix this cocktail in a pitcher and serve over ice. Part bloody Mary and part beer, the umami flavor comes from Maggi Seasoning, a bottled condiment available at better grocery stores. Glass Rimmer: Lime wedges (plus more for serving) 2 Tbsp kosher salt ½ tsp chili powder Michelada: 1 (32 oz) bottle of chilled Clamato (about 4 cups) 1 (32 oz) bottle or 3 (12 oz) bottles chilled Mexican lager ½ cup fresh lime juice 1½ tsp Worcestershire sauce 1 tsp bottled hot sauce 1 tsp bottled Maggi Seasoning For the glass rimmer, mix the kosher salt and chili powder on a small plate. Rub rims of pint glasses with lime wedges and dip in salt mixture. Set aside. Mix Clamato, lager, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce and Maggi Seasoning in a large pitcher. Fill glasses with ice, top off with Michelada mixture and garnish with added lime wedges.


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NATURE’S CLASSROOM Outdoor Learning Engages the Whole Child by Meredith Montgomery

Nature-based schools provide a child-centered, guided discovery approach to early learning that appeals to kids, parents and teachers and offers far-ranging benefits.


or youngsters at Tiny Trees Preschool, in Seattle, nature is their classroom— rain or shine; tuition even includes a rain suit and insulated rubber boots. At Schlitz Audubon Nature Preschool, in Milwaukee, children use downed wood to build forts and fires. Students of Vermont’s Educating Children Outdoors (ECO) program use spray bottles of colored water to spell words in the snow.

Forest Schools Based on the publicly funded forest kindergarten model used by Scandinavian countries since 1995, Tiny Trees encompasses seven urban park locations throughout the city, ranging from 15 to 160 acres. With no buildings, playgrounds or commercially produced furniture and 30 percent less overhead, “We can make exceptional education affordable,” remarks CEO Andrew Jay. “Most of the day is spent exploring the forest. If children see salmon in the 36

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stream, we observe them from a bridge, and then search out the headwaters to see where they’re coming from,” explains Jay.

Nature Preschools The launch of Earth Day in 1970 and America’s nature center movement in the 1960s yielded another immersive nature-based model that includes indoor learning. The preschool at the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Designcertified Schlitz Audubon Nature Center includes three nature-focused indoor classrooms and three outdoor areas— two with manmade structures like a slide and picnic tables, and one left completely natural. Founding Director Patti Bailie says the children spend most of their day outside and teachers can take them beyond the play areas to explore 185 acres of prairie, forest, wetlands and lakefront beach habitats. Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

ECO currently collaborates with seven Vermont public schools from preschool to high school, offering year-long programs for students in inquiry-based outdoor learning for up to four hours a week. “We immerse ourselves in nature with a 10-minute hike into the forest,” says program coordinator Melissa Purdy. Students first learn safety protocols and how to set up camp. Introducing skill-appropriate tools, preschoolers whittle sticks, third-graders build teepees and lean-tos, and high school students build bridges across streams.

Building Resiliency Sharing space with insects and plants requires special safety protocols and preparation, but the injury rate of outdoor learning is no higher than that of indoor schools. “Children are building risk literacy—they climb trees, but only to safe heights; they step on wet rocks, but learn how to do so without falling,” says Jay. Classrooms without walls work because students have a sense of freedom within reasonable boundaries. “In winter, we dress warmly and do more hiking to generate body heat. We use picnic shelters in heavy rains. Children don’t have anxiety about the future—rain means puddles to splash in and snow means building snowmen,” says Jay.

Developing the Whole Child Outdoor learning naturally creates knowledge of local ecosystems, environmental stewards and a sense of place, but teachers also observe many other developmental benefits. At the Magnolia Nature School, at Camp McDowell, in Nauvoo, Alabama, Madeleine Pearce’s agile and surefooted preschoolers can hike three miles. Located in a rural county with

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a 67 percent poverty rate, the school partners with Head Start to secure tuition-free opportunities for families. Pearce attests how exploring the 1,100-acre property fosters language skills. “With less teacher instruction, children have more time to talk freely with each other.” Instead of loudly calling kids in, Purdy uses bird calls or a drum, which fosters a sense of peace and respect. During daily sit time students observe themselves as a part of nature. “As birds sing and wildlife appears, children see the rewards of quiet and stillness, so self-regulation becomes natural,” agrees Bailie. Bailie sees how children in forest kindergartens express better motor skills, physical development and cognitive abilities than those restricted to traditional playgrounds. Natural playscapes change with the season, are sensory-rich and provide extra oxygen to the brain—all factors that correlate to brain development. Such benefits

are reported in Brain-Based Learning by Eric Jensen, Brain Rules by John J. Medina and the Early Childhood Education Journal. Outdoor preschools also foster microbial exposure, essential for healthy immune system development. “Without this exposure, children are at increased risk for developing allergies, asthma, irritable bowel disease, obesity and diabetes later in life,” says B. Brett Finlay, Ph.D., author of Let Them Eat Dirt, which cites supporting science. Kindergarten readiness is a goal of all preschools, but Pearce doesn’t believe a traditional academic focus is required. “By putting nature first, children are socially and emotionally ready for kindergarten,” she says. “They know how to conquer challenges and are ready to take on academics.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi (HealthyLiving

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SOLAR HEATS UP Demand Surges as Prices Fall by Jim Motavalli


ow is a good time to buy a solar system and get off the grid. Solar photovoltaic prices have fallen 67 percent in the last five years, reports Alexandra Hobson with the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). It’s a boom period for solar—a record 14.8 gigawatts were installed last year in the U.S. Solar represented 39 percent of all new electric capacity added to the grid in 2016, surpassing natural gas (29 percent) and wind (26 percent). In the first quarter of this year, solar and wind together comprised more than half of all new U.S. power generation. The Solar Investment Tax Credit was extended for five years at the end of 2015, so homeowners and businesses can qualify to deduct 30 percent of the installed cost from their federal taxes. Also, there’s no upper limit on the prices for the qualifying panels. There are 1.3 million solar systems in the U.S. now, with a new one added every 84 seconds. Some 260,000 people currently work in the industry, double the figure of 2012. California is the leader in installed capacity, followed by North Carolina, Arizona, Nevada, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Utah.

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In 2016, the average residential solar system produced seven kilowatts, at an average installed cost of $3.06 per watt, according to Hobson. A system costing just over $21,000 before taking the income tax credit yields a final net cost of $15,000. “It’s a perfect marriage for residential customers,” says Bill Ellard, an energy economist with the American Solar Energy Society (ASES). “The systems will produce electricity 38

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for about five cents per kilowatt-hour year-round compared to the average electric price of 10.34 cents per kilowatt hour tracked in March 2017.” New solar panel designs coming online mean even greater savings. Panels with built-in micro-inverters are cutting home installation costs for large central units (although their long-term, all-weather durability isn’t clear yet). A breakthrough at Japan’s Kobe University means single solar cells could achieve 50 percent efficiency, up from the 30 percent formerly accepted as the upper limit. Ugly panel frames may also be a thing of the past. More aesthetically pleasing frameless panels are expected this year from big players like SolarWorld, Canadian Solar and Trina Solar, with adapted mounting hardware. Producers like Prism Solar and DSM Advanced Surfaces are also working on frameless clear panels, with cells bound between panes of glass. These attractive clear panels are highly resistant to fire and corrosion. Tesla, which recently acquired SolarCity, is marketing tempered glass photovoltaic shingles that integrate with tile roofing materials to make the installation nearly undetectable. Tesla claims they’re three times as strong as standard roof shingles and guarantees them for the life of the house.

Solar Works for Many Now

For an average household electric load of 600 kilowatt-hours per month, for example, a daily dose of five hours of direct sunlight and four-kilowatt system will likely meet demand. For households with higher usage, especially in the South and West, bigger installations are the norm. “Solar system sizes have been growing fairly steadily as the price has come down,” Hobson notes. Thanks to Google Earth, solar installers usually know if a property has the right conditions; avoiding the fee for an onsite inspection. Houses with a southern orientation within 40 degrees of direct southern exposure are golden. Those with flat roofs work well because the panels can be tilted for maximum effect. Adjustable panels can also be adapted to the best angle per season. Panels can’t be in shade for a significant part of the day. Rooftop installers can work around vent pipes, skylights and chimneys. If major obstructions are a problem, ASES suggests a ground-mounted array or solar pergola, a freestanding wooden frame to mount panels. Solar systems heat swimming pools, too, offering huge operational savings over conventional heaters. They start at around $3,500 and average $5,500, compared to an average $2,664 for a fossil-fuel heater, reports Determine if a state has net metering laws, which make it easy to sell excess power from a whole-home system back to the grid. Check for local tax subsidies on top of the federal 30 percent. The beauty of solar is that once the system is in place, operating costs are negligible. The lifespan of today’s panels is two decades and the payback is just two to three years. Jim Motavalli is an author, freelance journalist and speaker specializing in clean automotive and other environmental topics. He lives in Fairfield, CT. Connect at natural awakenings

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Aging with Passion and Purpose Finding Fulfillment, Creativity and Meaning by Deborah Shouse


ant to age well? The answer isn’t in your 401k. Self-acceptance, a positive attitude, creative expression, purposeful living and spiritual connections all anchor successful and meaningful aging. In fact, these kinds of preparations are just as important as saving money for retirement, according to Ron Pevny, director of the Center for Conscious Eldering, in Durango, Colorado, and author of Conscious Living, Conscious Aging.

Savor Self-Acceptance

While most people believe adulthood is the final stage of life, Dr. Bill Thomas is among the creative aging experts that identify another life chapter: elderhood. “Elders possess novel ways of approaching time, money, faith and relationships,” says Thomas, an Ithaca, New York geriatrician and fierce advocate for the value of aging. “The best chapters may be near the end of the book,” Thomas continues. “Once you appreciate yourself and your years, you can relinquish outdated expectations and seek to discover your true self. Then the world can open up to you,” says Thomas. “Living a rewarding life means we are willing to say, ‘These chapters now are the most interesting.’” During this time, rather than feeling consumed by what we have to do, we can focus on what we want to do. 40

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Fill the Funnel of Friends

For older people, relationships offer foundational connections; but as we age, friends may drift away, relocate or die. “Successful aging requires refilling our funnel of friends,” says Thomas, who considers socially engaged elders with friends wealthier than a socially isolated millionaire. “Notice opportunities for interacting and connecting,” advises Shae Hadden, co-founder of The Eldering Institute in Vancouver, Canada. Talk with the checkout person at the grocery store or smile at a stranger walking her dog.

Cultivate a Positive Attitude

Our beliefs about aging shape our experiences. A Yale University study found that older individuals with more positive self-perceptions of aging lived 7.5 years longer than those less so inclined. Connecting with positive role models helps us release limiting beliefs and embrace an attitude of gratitude instead. Other life lessons can be gleaned from observing how negativity affects people physically, emotionally, and socially. Holding onto regrets traps us in the past zapping energy and self-worth; it also keeps the best in us from shining out says Pevny. He suggests a simple letting-go ceremony, with friends as witnesses. If possible, hold it in a natural outdoor setting.

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At one of his conscious aging retreats, Pevny created a fire circle. Mike, 70, had been a dedicated long-distance runner for most of his life. Now plagued with mobility issues, Mike decided to let go of regrets. He brought a pair of running shorts into the circle and talked about what the sport had meant to him— its joys, challenges and camaraderie. Then he tossed the shorts into the fire, telling his friends, “I am letting go so I can find a new purpose and passion.”

Understand Our Life Stories

Creating our own life review helps us acknowledge and understand our most significant experiences and reminds us of all we’re bringing to our elder journey. Pevny offers these approaches: n Develop a timeline, dividing life into seven-year sections. For each, write about the strongest memories and most influential people. n Consider what matters most, from people and values to challenges and dreams. n Write to children and grandchildren, sharing tales of our life’s most significant events and lessons. n Record key stories on audio or video.

Explore the Arts

The changes that aging brings can mire elders in depression and isolation. “Older people need to be brave and resilient,” says Susan Perlstein, of Brooklyn, New York, founder emeritus of the National Center for Creative Aging, in Washington, D.C., and founder of Elders Share the Arts, in New York City. “To age creatively, we need a flow of varied experiences, exploring new activities or reframing longtime interests from a fresh perspective.” Expressive arts can engage people’s minds, bodies and spirits. A George Washington University study shows that people engaged in the arts are happier and healthier. Perlstein understands this firsthand, having begun taking guitar lessons in her 70s. Motivated to play simple songs for her new granddaughter, she subsequently learned to play jazz and blues tunes and joined a band. “I’m doing something I love,” says Perlstein. “I’m meeting diverse people, learning new things and enjoying a rich life.” natural awakenings

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The answers can lead to fresh settings, including local community centers and places of worship. Many universities have extension classes for lifelong learners. State arts councils support programs, and museums and libraries host helpful activities. Shepherd Centers encourage community learning and Road Scholar caters to elders that prefer to travel and study.

Older people are our greatest resource. We need to nurture them and give them a chance to share what they know. ~Susan Perlstein, founder, National Center for Creative Aging and Elders Share the Arts Musician John Blegen, of Kansas City, Missouri, was 73 when he realized his lifelong secret desire to tap dance. When Blegen met the then 87-year-old Billie Mahoney, Kansas City’s “Queen of Tap,” he blurted out his wish and fear of being “too old.” She just laughed and urged him to sign up for her adult beginner class. He asked for tap shoes for Christmas and happily shuffle-stepped his way through three class sessions. “Tap class inspired me, encouraged me and gave me hope,” he says. “Now I can shim sham and soft shoe. It’s a dream come true.” To unearth the inner artist, ask: n Which senses do I most like to engage? n Do I enjoy looking at art or listening to music? Do I like sharing feelings and experiences? If so, a thrill may come from writing stories or plays, acting or storytelling. n As a child, what did I yearn to do; maybe play the piano, paint or engineer a train set? Now is the time to turn those dreams into reality. n How can I reframe my life in a positive way when I can no longer do activities I love? If dancing was my focus before, how do I rechannel that energy and passion? If puttering in the garden is too strenuous, what other outdoor interests can I pursue? 42

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Discover a Purpose

Upon retirement some people feel purposeless and lost. They yearn for something that offers up excitement, energy and joy. Hadden invites people to be curious and explore options. “We’re designing our future around who we are and what we care about now,” she says. Try keeping a journal for several weeks. Jot down issues and ideas that intrigue, aggravate and haunt. After several weeks, reflect on the links between concerns that compel and those that irritate. Perhaps we’re intrigued by a certain group of people or a compelling issue. “A concern points to problems and people you want to help,” Hadden observes. This can range from lending a hand to struggling family members, maintaining our own health, volunteering for a literacy project or working to reduce world hunger. “Choose what inspires you to get out of bed each day, eager to move into action.”

Develop Inner Frontiers

People in their elder years may still be measured by midlife standards, which include physical power, productivity and achievement. “They come up short in the eyes of younger people,” dharma practitioner Kathleen Dowling Singh remarks. “But those standards do not define a human life.” Rather, aging allows us to disengage from the pressures of appearances and accomplishments. As we release judgments and unwanted habits, we can increase our feelings of spirituality and peace. “When doors in the outer world seem to be closing, it’s time to cultivate inner resources that offer us joy and meaning. We have the beautiful privilege of slowing down and hearing what our heart is saying,” says Singh, of Sarasota, Florida.

respect, appreciation and celebration, and says, “As I’ve grown older, I’ve learned how vital it is to nurture the world I am in.” Deborah Shouse is a writer, speaker, editor and dementia advocate. Her newest book is Connecting in the Land of Dementia: Creative Activities to Explore Together. Connect at

Acknowledge Our Shelf Life

“We cannot speak about aging and awakening without speaking about death and dying,” Singh believes. “We need to confront our mortality.” Meditating on the coming transition opens us up to the blessings of life. We can ask ourselves deep questions such as, “What am I doing? What do I want? What does this all mean? What is spirit?” Singh believes such searching questions are vital. None of us knows how much Earth time we have to awaken to a deeper, fuller experience of the sacred.

Help the World In today’s world of chaos and crisis, the wisdom of elders is more important than ever. “Older people need to be engaged, using their insights to help the Earth, community and world,” Pevny says. Creative aging is about improving the future for subsequent generations. In 2008, longtime educator Nora Ellen Richard, 70, of Overland Park, Kansas, wanted to be of greater service. She

Nearly three-quarters of America’s adults believe they are lifelong learners. It helps them make new friends and community connections and prompts volunteerism. ~Pew Research Center asked herself, “What if I housed a foreign student?” and found the International Student Homestay Program. She embarked upon an exploration of cultures from around the world without leaving home. Today, Richard has hosted more than a dozen female students and each relationship has expanded and enriched her life. “We talk about politics, food, religion and cultures; we even pray together,” Richard says. She points to memorable moments of bonding and

Creative Aging Resources Center for Conscious Eldering Changing Aging Dr. Bill Thomas The Eldering Institute Elders Share the Arts From Aging to Sageing Kathleen Dowling Singh National Center for Creative Aging Shepherd’s Centers of America

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Meditation is one way to deepen spiritually as we age. “Sit in solitude, gather your scattered thoughts and set an intention,” Singh suggests. “A daily practice shows what peace, silence and contentment feel like. As you become more comfortable, add time until you’re sitting for 20 to 40 minutes.”



FLOATING AWAY STRESS Isolation Tanks Induce Deep Rest and Healing by Gina McGalliard


ensory isolation in a floatation tank is known for inducing deep relaxation with subsequent improved health. A 2014 study published in the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry investigating the effects of a series of flotation tank treatments for 65 participants, showed it to be an effective measure in decreasing stress, depression, anxiety and pain, while


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enhancing a sense of optimism and quality of sleep. The Book of Floating: Exploring the Private Sea, by Michael Hutchison, reports on 20th-century research suggesting the therapy can help allay ailments like chronic pain, migraines and sore muscles. There’s also evidence for enhanced meditation, creativity and spiritual experiences.

Float therapy was invented by Dr. John C. Lilly, a neurophysiology specialist. The individual enters an enclosed tank containing 11 inches of water heated to 93.5 degrees—a normal temperature for human skin— and some 1,000 pounds of dissolved Epsom salt. The effect is like buoyantly floating in the Dead Sea, but in a clean, quiet, private realm. The water is typically filtered three to five times between each session and sanitized using UV light; some also use peroxide and ozone gas to purify the water. Without any sensory input—no sight, sound or tactile sensations—the floater typically enters a profound deeply calm state of theta brain waves that tends to bring the subconscious to the surface. It can take experienced meditators years to learn to consistently achieve this condition, remarks Bryan Gray, of Float North County, a spa in Solana Beach, California.

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Scientific research has shown that floating can release the feel-good neurotransmitters endorphins and dopamine, and lower the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol. Studies performed by the Laureate Institute of Brain Research, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which maintains a float clinic, have found the therapy is an effective treatment for patients with anxiety disorders. “It frees your mind of distraction and puts it in a zone,” explains Gray. “It removes the need for fight or flight, so those hormones are reduced. That part of the brain mellows out.”

Scientific research has shown that floating can release the feel-good neurotransmitters endorphins and dopamine, and lower the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol. nervous system function, as reported in The Magnesium Miracle, by Dr. Carolyn Dean, a physician and naturopath in Kihei, Hawaii.

Wide-Ranging Healings

Chronic pain sufferers often find relief through floating because the lessened gravity allows the body to fully relax. The accompanying serenity releases the brain’s natural endorphins, which act as natural painkillers, into the bloodstream, reports Hutchison. The sheer tranquility of floating can alleviate some mental health issues. “We’ve had several people with post-traumatic stress disorder. One man has returned six times and says he’s advanced more in the last three months while floating than he did in the prior five to 10 years,” says Andy Larson, owner of Float Milwaukee. Athletes also appreciate floating

because it shortens injury recovery periods through enhancing blood flow, helping to heal sore muscles. The way it facilitates a calm state ideal for implanting ideas into the subconscious mind enables them to better visualize improved performance.

Discoveries Within

Floaters can fall into what sleep specialists call the hypnagogic state, meaning they are apt to have lucid dreams while awake. Also known as Stage 1 sleep, it is the drowsiest condition we experience while still consciously aware. This is the scientific explanation for reports of visions or “Eureka!” problem-solving moments in the tank, says Hutchison. This phenomenon can be especially beneficial for creative artists. “We have a girl that always emerges from the tank with an idea for a new painting,” says Gray. He also regularly hosts a composer that has worked with famous singers, who has experienced innovative musical breakthroughs while floating. Floating is among the rare healing modalities that can benefit body, mind and spirit in just one hour, with repeat benefits. Gina McGalliard is a freelance writer in San Diego, CA. Connect at

Marvelous Magnesium

Lying for an hour in water infused with Epsom salt, or magnesium sulfate, the body receives a huge infusion of magnesium, a mineral essential to optimal health. While calcium and vitamin D deficiencies get more attention, it’s even more likely most of us are low on this element due to magnesiumdepleting drugs and inadequate farm soils. Many ailments shown by research to be helped by floating have also been linked to magnesium deficiency.The mineral is also essential for heart health, strong bones and central natural awakenings

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Quest Yoga Arts Expands Under New Management


News from our local yoga community Shambala Wellness Center in Beacon Broadens Offerings


hambhala Yoga, a Beacon staple for almost 10 years, is under new ownership. Karla McGuire has given the space a new name and a new look. Now called Shambhala Wellness Center, it features fresh paint inside and out, updated floors, a boutique, two healing rooms, and an organic kombucha bar with three rotating flavors on tap. By buying Shambhala Yoga, Shambhala Wellness Center * Live Your Life Gear McGuire merged her two passions. Until now, she’s been selling her yoga gear online through her mobile boutique, the Namaste Bus, which traveled to local yoga studios and festivals. “My customers were always asking me where my store was,” she says. “Now I have one that's not on wheels, and my Live Your Life Gear has a place to call home. Retail therapy boutique hours will be 11 to 4 Saturdays and Sundays.” Shambhala Wellness Center has a lot to offer, she says. “I’ve added new classes to the schedule, with many more to come. The additions include Vinyl Vinyasa, where you can flow to the music of old favorite records; $5 teen classes; and Kundalini yoga, which is known for its life-changing qualities.” Also offered are Candlelight Restorative, Karma (a donation-based class), Aroma Yoga, Body Rolling and Barre. Services include Reiki, energy clearing, hypnosis, Thai massage, DMT light therapy and angel, Tarot and psychic readings. The center offers workshops and Friday Fun Nights; and belly dancing, drum circles, sound healing and spiritual law are all planned for fall. Shambhala Wellness Center is located at 4S Chestnut St., Beacon, NY.

uest Yoga Arts in Mount Kisco is now under new management. New owner Kelly Swails says she is building on the studio’s current class offerings and offering additional yoga styles, specialized classes, trainings and workshops that will begin this fall. The studio has a new look and recently launched its new logo and website. The studio now houses a Birth & Baby program featuring a variety of prenatal and postnatal yoga classes, doula services, childbirth education and baby preparation workshops. New and expecting moms can receive a massage, craniosacral therapy, belly binding and lactation counseling and join a new moms’ group. Some of the new classes include Groovin’ Flow (“a lively flow to chase away Monday blahs,” Swails says); Hatha Yoga (traditional yoga as taught by Swami Satchidananda); Yoga En Espanol; Yoga for the Athlete; Kids’ Yoga (ages 6 to 8 and 9 to 11); Fertility Yoga (supporting those preparing for a family); and Goddess Yoga (for women in the wise-woman stage of life). Fall events at Quest Yoga Arts offer something for everyone, Swails says, including a Pelvic and Bladder Health workshop for women in September, and Beatles Yoga, a shamanic journey and Reiki Level 1 training in October. “If you’ve never visited Quest Yoga Arts or haven’t stopped by in a while, please do,” she says. Quest Yoga Arts is located at 11-13 E. Main St., second floor, Mt. Kisco, NY. For more info, call 914.241.9642 or visit See ad, page 62.

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Golden Prana Opens in Katonah


olden Prana Yoga Studio in Katonah will host a special kirtan on September 10 and a grand opening on October 1. Formerly known as Golden Temple Yoga Studio, Golden Prana will continue in that studio’s tradition, with a few changes, says owner Hari Sangat Kaur. “We are proud to say that Golden Prana remains the only dedicated Kundalini yoga studio in Westchester County,” Kundalini Yoga & Meditation class at Kaur says. “We invite the public to come Golden Prana yoga studio in during our grand opening and say hi. We will be there to answer any questions. There will be some refreshments and possibly a small presentation of the gongs.” The kirtan, scheduled for September 10, from 7 to 9 p.m., will be led by Gurunam Singh, who will also be teaching and chanting September 12, from 7 to 8:45 p.m. “Gurunam is a renowned singer in the Kundalini tradition,” Kaur says. “His soulful, rich voice is a warm and inviting invitation to explore and dive deeply into the soul. He is a humorous and wonderful storyteller and makes chanting easy and accessible.” Golden Prana Yoga Studio is located at 223 Katonah Ave., Katonah. For more info, call 914.232.3473, email or visit the studio’s temporary website, Its new website,, will be live soon. See ad, page 53.

Yoga Teachers Association Announces 2017–18 Workshops


he Yoga Teachers Association of the Hudson Valley (YTA) will kick off its 2017-18 season on September 9 with Tantra Yoga: Alignment Refinement for Body, Mind and Heart, taught by Todd Norian, master yogi and founder of Ashaya Yoga. The workshop will be followed by YTA’s annual Prana Party, featuring kirtan with Norian. This event is open to all yoga enthusiasts and yoga teachers in the Tri-State area. Light refreshments will be served. The season will continue in October with Tzahi Moskovitz’s Traction Action, a workshop on how to use Tzahi Moskovitz a yoga strap in sitting and standing poses, backbends and inversions to modify or deepen a yoga practice. This will be followed by Ken Nelson and Lesli Lang’s Transformational Teaching in November and Rudy Pierce’s Dynamic Gentle Yoga in December. Workshops in 2018 will be led by Patty Holmes, Deirdre Breen, Shari Friedrichsen, Priti Robyn Ross and Vandita Kate Marchesiello, covering topics such as yoga and the heart, the koshas and the twin sciences of yoga and Ayurveda. The season will close out with a workshop taught by the popular yogini Tao Porchon-Lynch on June 30. YTA is an educational nonprofit run by volunteers. Membership is open to studio owners, yoga teachers and individual practitioners. Its workshops are usually held the second Saturday of the month, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., at Club Fit in Briarcliff Manor. The cost is $45 for members or $65 for nonmembers in advance. Continuing education credits are available for all workshops. For more info, visit or email See ad, page 57. 48

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The Temperance Center

The Temperance Center Celebrates Five Years with New Events


he Temperance Center in Eastchester is celebrating its fifth year by adding to its menu of services and events. Founder and owner Merrill Black, who is now a yoga teacher, says some of the center’s many yoga classes will include elements of Life Force Yoga. “I feel so blessed to have such talented and dedicated yoga teachers at the center,” she says. “I will teach meditative restorative yoga mixed in with some life force yoga mudras, mantras, movement and sound. Adding these elements helps bring yoga to a whole new level. It’s amazing how the use of sound vibrationally resonates in our physical and spiritual body.”  Upcoming events at the Temperance Center include a fall open house for sampling its services; a yoga teacher training by Awakened Warrior Yoga; and Reiki circles, yoga workshops, tarot workshops and other spiritually based workshops offered by the staff.   “We hope to continue having kirtans with Tejase, as well as our healing nights coinciding with solstices and equinoxes,” Black says. “Our guided channeling meditation group continues to evolve, focusing on healing and the expansion of the soul’s path. Every gathering is different, depending on who attends and the messages that need to come forth to help raise group consciousness.” While the Temperance Center’s offerings have grown over time, Black says, its mission remains the same: to offer an array of healing services to the community.    For more information, contact Merrill Black at 914.793.2600 or visit For details about the Awakened Warrior Yoga teacher training, See ads, pages 47 & 63. natural awakenings

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Finding peace in Crossover Yoga Project's classes with Elisha Simpson

Teacher Training Blends Yoga and Art to Help Troubled Girls


rossover Yoga Project is offering a 15-hour teacher training course for yoga teachers who want to use yoga and art to empower teenage girls who have been affected by trauma. “Growing recognition of the value a combination of yoga and art can play in transforming the lives of these girls is prompting demand for more teachers trained in this unique method for empowering these young women,” says Elisha Simpson, CYP’s founder and executive director. Simpson will lead the teacher training September 8 through 10 at PranaMoon Yoga in Peekskill. During the course, which is open to yoga teachers with 200 hours or more of yoga training, she will teach participants how to integrate a trauma-informed and gender-specific approach to yoga with hands-on art projects to guide at-risk teen girls to self-awareness, self-control and greater resilience. “The mental health and social welfare community is looking for new approaches to putting troubled young girls, many of whom have been victims of physical or sexual abuse, or other forms of trauma, on the path to safe and productive lives,” says Simpson, who launched CYP in 2015. “The Crossover Yoga Project offers an evidence-based and highly effective method for lifting these girls up.” Trauma-informed yoga takes into consideration the significant impact trauma has taken on survivors, she says, and it offers them tools through specific language, pacing and choice offerings to reclaim their power and feel safe and in control of their bodies. In its first full year of operations in 2016, CYP brought its program to 1,200 girls at facilities in Westchester, Dutchess and Orange Counties and Simpson expects it to touch more lives in 2017. For more information, visit See ad, page 49.


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Liberation Yoga and Wellness: “An Island of Calm”


Liberation Yoga and Wellness Center

iberation Yoga and Wellness Center, which this fall celebrates its ninth anniversary serving Westchester and Dutchess Counties, is “an island of calm in a busy community,” says owner Adrea Robles. But that doesn’t mean

Liberation has stayed the same. Over the years, it has evolved from a small Vinyasa studio to a full-service location offering a range of classes, from prenatal, gentle and chair yoga through advanced Vinyasa flows, complemented by a variety of wellness services. It hosts workshops and events focused on yoga, philosophy, Ayurveda and energetic healing, as well as kirtans. For seven years, it has offered 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher trainings, a six-month program that meets every other weekend. “The schedule allows budding yoga teachers to develop their skills without interrupting their work or life responsibilities,” Robles says. “The longer program also allows students to integrate yoga into everyday life, as well as allowing time to practice teaching and reflect.” Liberation’s eighth teacher training starts in November. An informational meeting will be held September 6 at 6:15 p.m. The wellness center has expanded too, with five massage therapists/Reiki practitioners on call, as well as an acupuncturist, a psychotherapist and an Ayurvedic lifestyle consultant. The center regularly offers Reiki certifications and a free monthly Reiki circle. First-time yoga students can visit Liberation in September for a free week of yoga. Liberation Yoga and Wellness Center is located at 862 Rte. 6, Mahopac. For more info, call 845.803.8389 or visit See ad, page 48.

Seated Class Makes Yoga Accessible


or people who are afraid to try yoga due to age or mobility issues, Vitalah Simon, owner of YogaShine in Valhalla, has an answer: Super Gentle Chair Yoga. “It’s an excellent way for seniors and those with physical limitations to be reviChair Yoga at YogaShine talized and get stronger while staying safe and exploring new possibilities,” she says. She notes that Chair Yoga has further benefits as well, including reduced stress, increased ease of movement and joint flexibility, improved balance and stability, stronger muscles, faster recovery from surgery, improved digestion and elimination, a clearer mind, improved concentration, a more compassionate heart, and an enhanced connection to one’s personal spirituality. Simon offers the first class free. “All you have to lose is some stress,” she says. Having taught seniors yoga since 1983, Simon focuses on providing supportive individual attention, creating adaptations for each student as needed for special concerns. Seated in chairs, participants begin with mindful breathing and conscious relaxing, moving to gentle stretching and strengthening exercises. Once the class is warmed up, they do simple standing poses, holding on to a chair or table for additional stability if necessary. “If students have difficulty standing, there are always modifications available to do the movement in a seated position,” Simon notes. “Sometimes classes include seated or standing rhythmic moving to music and singing, stimulating our life force and having fun.” The class ends with students seated again, for a guided deep relaxation. YogaShine is located at 7-11 Legion Dr., Valhalla. For more info, visit or call 914.769.8745. See ad, page 50.

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New Yoga Sanctuary in Beacon


Rhodella Hughes, owner of Yoga in the Adirondacks

Rhodella Hughes Combines Yoga and Aromatherapy


hodella Hughes, owner of Yoga in the Adirondacks, has connected her love of yoga with her passion for essential oils by introducing Aroma Yoga, a practice incorporating aromatherapy. She says the combination can have powerful results. “Aromatherapy is the science and art of using essential oils for increased health and well-being,” she says. “Integrating essential oils with your yoga practice allows the opportunity to access physical, mental, emotional and spiritual benefits, both on and off the mat.” A yoga instructor who is RYT-200 Yoga Alliance certified, Hughes has been practicing and teaching yoga for a combined 35 years but says she continues to develop a healthy, wellbalanced lifestyle. She is also certified in Chair Yoga, Reiki Level Two and Foot Reading: Connection to Personality and Health. Yoga in the Adirondacks is located minutes from Gore Mountain Ski Resort, at 2 Coulter Road in Bakers Mills—a serene setting that fits her studio’s mission, she says. “Our retreats, yoga classes, workshops and events can bring you growth, peace and gratitude for the beautiful you.” Along with Beth Mendoza (, Hughes teaches a 90-minute Morning Heart Opening Yoga class incorporating essential oils every Friday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Evolution Acro & Tumble in Yorktown Heights. She also organizes seasonal Young Living Essential Oil educational workshops both at her yoga studio and in Katonah. For more info about Young Living Essential Oils, contact Hughes at 914.556.8258 or visit See ad, page 59.


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hannon Murphy of Beacon Yoga will begin offering study and practice at a new yoga sanctuary on the Hiddenbrooke Open Space Preserve in Beacon. UpcomNew yoga sanctuary on the ing events will Hiddenbrooke Open Space Preserve include workshops, retreats and trainings; weekly hatha and meditation sessions; vegetarian meals; and appearances by renowned guest teachers, including Swami Karunananda of Integral Yoga International, Fernand Poulin of Whitewinds Institute in Atlanta and Corina Benner of Wake Up Yoga in Philadelphia. “For me, yoga is a way of realizing and supporting my true nature as a spiritual being,” Murphy says. “It is a deeply healing practice.” Murphy began studying yoga in 2001, at the Integral Yoga Institute in Manhattan, and has been involved with the organization since then, staffing numerous yoga teacher trainings and silent retreats at the Integral Yoga Ashram in Yogaville, Virginia. In 2011, she founded Beacon Yoga as a donation-based studio on Main Street. “I wanted to begin teaching in my place of origin and making it more accessible to people here,” she explains. Beacon Yoga teaches the eight-limbed path of yoga: yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana and samadhi. Having recently inherited her ancestral home on the Hiddenbrooke property, which served as a Catholic novitiate for most of the 20th century, she will now be able to teach there.  “Hiddenbrooke has always been a place of refuge and worship for me—really the midwife to my spiritual unfoldment,” she says. “I want to make sure people understand that yoga is not in conflict or competition with any religion; it is the mystic core of all religions. It predates all the major world religions, and one could see how the various forms that religion has taken grew out of yogic experience. So really, the practice can help me become a better Catholic or Buddhist or Muslim or Jew or Scientist or anything else, by making me more conscious of the spiritual nature underlying all reality.” To receive news of upcoming classes and events, like Beacon Yoga on Facebook and join its mailing list. Contact Shannon Murphy at 347.489.8406 or

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O2living in Cross River

Fall Yoga Teacher Training at O2living


rom September through June, O2living in Cross River will host a Yoga Teacher Training Course with Liz Schulman. Sessions will be held most Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and some Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m., covering topics such as asana alignment, anatomy, yoga philosophy, subtle anatomy, teaching skills, hands-on assisting, dharma talks, sequencing and the principles of vinyasa. Schulman says she is excited to be a guest teacher trainer at O2living, having trained some of its current teachers. “The primary mission of this training is to encourage the integration of the yoga path into everyday life—to embody the teachings of yoga,” she says. “Students will train in the vinyasa style, with a deep respect and adherence to the alignment of Iyengar. With this combination comes the ability to teach an inspiring flow class safely and knowledgeably.” O2living offers a variety of Vinyasa Flow classes, including Hot Vinyasa, Alignment, Yoga Basics and Yin Yoga. O2living is located at 6 Yellow Monkey Village, 792 Rte. 35, Cross River, NY. For more info, call 914.763.6320 or visit See ad, page 63.

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Imagine Yoga Comes to Union Hall

“Follow Your Bliss” with Majestic Hudson Experiences


sk Jennifer Llewellyn what her favorite quote is, and she doesn’t skip a beat: “Follow your bliss.” Her company, Majestic Hudson Experiences, was born from that philosophy, as she creates pop-up experiences all over the Hudson Valley, the Berkshires and beyond. Llewellyn organizes spiritual and artistic retreats, classes, workshops and private events featuring unique locations, teachers and organizations that share her viJennifer Llewellyn sion. A certified yoga instructor and continuing education provider with Yoga Alliance, she has a specialized teaching style that emphasizes the benefits of creativity, yoga and mindfulness in personal practice as well as in daily life. Her mission, she says, is “to foster connection, inspire creativity and support a compassionate lifestyle, one blissful experience at a time.” As someone who has “loved and lived the Hudson Valley” for most of her life, Llewellyn creates events designed to make the most of the area she calls home. This fall she’ll present at the Oldtone Roots Music Festival—“music galore and a little bit of yoga”—September 7 through 10 in Hillsdale; a retreat, Lighten Up Your Autumn Spirit, September 22 through 24 at the base of the Shawangunk Mountains; a yoga/wine event, Wine, Body and Soul, October 8 at Millbrook Vineyards; and a Meditative Journey on the Hudson River sloop Clearwater on October 13 and 29. For more information, call 917.991.4588, email or visit


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tarting September 15, Union Hall Dance and Yo g a i n N o r t h Salem will offer Vinyasa Slow Flow yoga every Friday from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Nancy Volante, a former professional dancer and now a certified yoga instructor, Union Hall Dance & Yoga Studio will lead the class, and she will offer more classes, workshops and community gatherings in the near future. The studio’s setting in a historic building makes for “a peaceful and beautiful space to come and practice yoga,” she says. Vinyasa Slow Flow is a dynamic, traditional style of yoga that uses sun salutations and Ujayi breathing to link poses into a creative and continuous flow. “The practice cultivates awareness, mindfulness and presence,” Volante says. “Sequencing and poses are alignment oriented, which develops strength, flexibility and balance in equal proportions.” While learning alignment, the asanas (poses) and breathing techniques helps students develop a solid practice, yoga is also about self-discovery, she adds. “Taking the time to listen to your body, thus forming a friendlier, more generous relationship with yourself, on and off the mat, is beneficial to every aspect of life. My intention with Imagine Yoga is to build community through learning the physical practice of yoga, which empowers an individual to explore and manifest their creative nature, connecting mind, body and spirit for everyday living.” Students should bring their own mats; other equipment will be provided. Union Hall Dance & Yoga Studio is located at 2 Keeler Ln., North Salem, NY. For more info, email Nancy Volante at nvolante@ See ad, page 59.

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beBhakti Yoga Center

Lauren Magarelli, owner 89 Dewindt St., Beacon, NY 845.440.8855 • Philosophy and focus: beBhakti is an all-encompassing yoga studio; we offer classes for everyone. Bebhakti believes that what we practice on the mat is not that different from what we practice off the mat: it’s about uncovering your own pose and practice. What type of yoga do you offer? beBhakti offers Vinyasa Flow, Alignment, Gentle, Meditation, Katonah-Inspired, Restorative, Kids’, Basics and Prenatal Yoga. We have monthly workshops on chakras, Ayurveda, inversions, Yin and more. We also offer monthly kirtans; the practice of chanting little by little allows us to keep going inside instead of focusing on the external. Bhakti yoga is the path of love and devotion to all—to see yourself in others and to spread light. Do you offer teacher trainings? We will offer our first teacher training in September. All the teachers have years of experience, mostly teaching and running trainings in NYC, so this is their first time coming upstate to share at beBhakti. The training will focus on all aspects of yoga, not just asana. Students will learn the philosophy of yoga based on the yoga sutras, asana, chakras, kundalini, Ayurveda, Sanskrit, anatomy, meditation, mantras, and Bhakti and mythology. What else? beBhakti offers donation-based meditation classes Mondays at 8 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:30 a.m., and $5 dollar yoga Sundays at 5 p.m. All proceeds from these classes go to the Green Teen program, which empowers urban youth to be effective community change-agents by immersing them in the local food system. It teaches life and work skills through hands-on experiences in farming and gardening, health and nutrition, and entrepreneurship and leadership. See ad, pages 51 & 53.

Heather and Jennifer Bellizzi, Cofounders and Sisters 957 McLean Ave., 2nd Fl., Ste. 202 Yonkers, NY 646.360.2304 •

Philosophy and focus: Our philosophy at Fifth Element is “Come as you are!” Our studio welcomes all levels so that each person in our yoga and Pilates classes feels comfortable moving at their own pace and challenging themselves when the time is right. We focus on building and maintaining community, providing quality teachers and offering really great classes and programs while making it as easy as possible to come to the studio and the mat. We offer our members free water and Jade Yoga mats to borrow, so all they have to do is show up—because sometimes that can be the hardest part! What type of yoga do you offer? We primarily offer vinyasa and hatha yoga classes at all levels and mat Pilates classes. Our seated mindful and guided meditation classes begin this fall. What’s the vibe? The vibe is what we care about most at our space. We want everyone who walks in to know that they matter, that they are welcome and that we are there to serve them. Without them, we don't exist, and if we don’t make them feel comfortable enough to explore their fitness and wellness and spirituality, then why be there at all? Do you offer teacher training? We offer a Yoga Alliance-approved 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training twice a year with our wonderful staff of four, led by cofounder Heather Bellizzi. What else? We are constantly shifting and growing, and we are worth checking out even if you don’t live in Yonkers. We also offer Reiki Certification training in Levels 1, 2 and 3 (Mastership Level) as well as training to teach Reiki (the Shihan Level), throughout the year in groups and privately. See ad, page 58.

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Katonah Yoga Center

Nevine Michaan, Owner 39 Main St., Bedford Hills, NY 914.241.2661 • Philosophy and focus: Katonah Yoga combines sacred geometries, Taoist principles, relevant analogy, metaphor and myth within a hatha practice—a unique narrative develNevine Michaan adjusting student oped by founder Nevine Michaan. in a bent arm dog pose Katonah Yoga is one part body, one part breath, one part mind. We focus on “homing the mind.” We operate under the premise that yoga offers a way for practitioners to refine their techniques, occupy the center of their circumstances and live joyfully. What type of yoga do you offer? Katonah Yoga offers variations of a hatha practice. Each Katonah Yoga teacher is well trained and possesses a unique expression of the practice. We have gentle offerings as well as pranayama on our weekly schedule. What’s the vibe? Katonah Yoga is a clean, bright, soothing space with a bustling familial environment. It is the hub for a worldwide community of wonderful practitioners, teachers and healers. Our vibe is collective and reflective of our community. What else? We offer many workshops. Visit our website for more info.

Nueva Alma Yoga and Wellness and the A.L.M.A. Institute Erica Garcia, Owner  799 McLean Ave., Yonkers, NY 914.294.0606 • •

Philosophy and focus: Nueva Alma Yoga and Wellness is a studio and holistic center on the border of the Bronx and Yonkers—a safe and welcoming place where anyone can learn about yoga and make friends. The A.L.M.A Institute offers a transformative, interdisciplinary 200-hour yoga teacher training, with reasonable tuition ($4,000) and an evening/weekend format to make it accessible to everyone. Our next teacher training starts October 1. Whether you are looking to deepen your practice, do some personal growth or teach, this is the program for you.  What type of yoga do you offer? We offer a wide variety of yoga philosophies and 200-hour teacher trainings. You can take anything from Iyengar Wall, Yin and Restorative classes to Athletes’, Fundamentals and Flow. We offer discounted rates for children and teens.  What’s the vibe? Our vibe is to come in and leave it all on the mat. We are serious about our yoga but don’t take ourselves too seriously. 56

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What else? We offer a variety of workshops, including Restorative, Yoga Nidra, Make Your Own Malas, Intro to Ayurveda, Intro to Essential Oils, Yoga for Athletes and Yoga Sutras. We also bring in various sponsors to educate the students and community on local offerings. We are the area hub for learning how to use doTERRA essential oils for overall health and wellness. We are even a public pickup location for Field Goods, a weekly produce delivery service. See ad, page 49.

Tracey Pagan,

C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, YACEP, Certified Yoga Therapist 914.621.1446 • Serving Westchester, NYC and Fairfield, CT, by appointment Online sessions available anywhere in the world Philosophy and focus: Life challenges us; our bodies carry our unique stories. Yoga enables us to lighten the load. Precise asana (pose) practice is the medium through which students first learn to correct structural imbalances, address emotional challenges and move through life transitions. With consistency, as form and balance are restored, the breath develops, the nervous system steadies and the mind calms. They experience a quiet confidence and comfort in their own skin. What type of yoga do you offer? We guide students toward a deeper sense of physical, emotional and intellectual well-being in an emotionally safe environment by helping them develop holistic life skills deeply rooted in the teachings of B. K. S. Iyengar. We respectfully synchronize Eastern teachings with modern Western science. Our comprehensive, individualized programs are designed to meet both immediate challenges and long-term goals. What’s it like? Our instruction is safe, practical and skillfully developed for all students, from elite athletes to those suffering with debilitating illness or injury. Do you offer teacher training? Yes. We guide both beginner and experienced teachers in refining their own teaching skills and deepening their individual practice. What else? Under the guidance of senior Iyengar Yoga teachers, I found that my own spinal-neurological injuries—the result of a 1989 automobile accident— were fully rehabilitated. I’ve been pleased and fortunate to offer that same level of instruction and expertise to my students for more than 25 years. I offer private in-person sessions as well as online sessions for clients who travel.

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Amy Planck

Certified Let Your Yoga Dance Teacher and RYT Mt. Pleasant Community Center, 125 Lozza Dr., Valhalla, NY 845.803.5737 • • Philosophy and focus: My philosophy is “healing though movement.” My focus and goal is to encourage joy and healing in the mind, body and soul through intuitive, expressive dance. What type of yoga do you offer? Let Your Yoga Dance is an inspirational dance through the chakras, a combination of expressive dance movements incorporating the traditions of yoga. LYYD is an off-the-mat experience. No experience is necessary; the only requirement is an open heart. “Every body” is welcome—there is no wrong way to do LYYD. What’s it like? LYYD classes are a great way to experience joy and laughter while getting a fun workout. What else? In addition to teaching LYYD classes, I also offer Gentle Yoga classes, energy healing sessions and intuitive coaching packages to help participants move through heartache, pain and loss into a place of transformation and healing.

Putnam Yoga

Christine M. Dodge, Owner 30 Tomahawk St., Baldwin Place, NY 845.494.8118 • • Philosophy and focus: Our goal is to help you build your strength and flexibility in a safe, supportive environment, allowing you to meet challenges on and off the mat. We welcome yoga participants at all levels to safely enjoy the many benefits of yoga for both the body and the mind. What type of yoga do you offer? Putnam Yoga is different from other studios because it combines traditional yoga poses with gym-based moves, while offering unique sequencing into and out of poses. We specialize in fitness-based yoga classes that will challenge seasoned yogis and beginners alike. Our classes combine a unique variety of innovative and traditional yoga styles designed to target every muscle in the body. You will not only increase your flexibility, but also gain strength and agility.  What’s the vibe? Putnam Yoga’s vibe is welcoming, friendly, caring and calming. What else? We provide specialty Prenatal Yoga based on demand, weekly Kids’ Yoga classes on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. during the school year, and Power Yoga classes on Tuesday nights. On Saturdays at 10:30 a.m., we offer Level 2-3 Yoga, geared for more advanced yogis who seek a challenging practice and want to take their strength up a notch as well. We also offer Barre classes. See ad, page 56. 58

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Sacred Spirit Yoga and Healing Arts Center

343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, NY • Philosophy and focus: We believe contemplative practices are essential for our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being, and contemplative, Kripalu-style yoga is the practice we love. Our mission is to build a caring community and inspire peace and wellness. Our focus is on supporting embodied, compassionate self-observation. Students are allowed time to move into a pose, truly witness and find themselves in the pose, and experience the sensations and aftereffects of the pose. It’s contemplative yoga, not “gym yoga.” What type of yoga do you offer? We offer yoga for all levels, taught in the contemplative Kripalu tradition: Beginners’, Gentle, Moderate, Restorative and Forever Young Chair Yoga, plus special, all-level community events with beloved guest teachers. What’s the vibe? Unlike most privately owned yoga studios, we are a 501(3)c nonprofit interfaith community, largely volunteer operated—yoga for the people, by the people. Our goal is to create a sacred space for seekers yearning to deepen their connection to soul, spirit, life and the moment. The vibe is warm, welcoming to all, contemplative, spacious and sacred. What else? We offer monthly gatherings for Restorative Yoga / Yoga Nidra and meditation. Special events this fall will include a three-part intro training on Saturday mornings for those who are new to yoga; an evening of autumnal equinox sound bath healing; a fall renewal half-day mini-retreat; and an evening of kirtan chanting with Sita’s Light. See ad, page 47.

Still Mind Yoga

Kim Gold, Owner 305 Central Ave., Ste. 2, White Plains, NY 914.648.0493 • Philosophy and focus: We teach small group classes, helping students tailor the practice to their own needs and transform their problems using the tools of yoga and mindfulness. Our center offers other modalities, Kim Gold and Steve Kanney including tai chi, qigong, Aikido and meditation. We foster a sense of community and warmth, and from that basis we teach traditional yoga, centering on the breath. We are supportive, low pressure and personal. What’s the vibe? Our studio is conveniently located, with free parking. It is bright and airy, and the floors are well cushioned; yoga mats and equipment are provided as needed. Beginners are always welcome. The vibe is friendly and warm; we are a judgment-free zone. Students are encouraged to focus on their own experience and not compare themselves to anyone else. Yoga should feel good, and we help them practice in a way that makes this possible. Do you offer teacher training? A training program is in the works for the future. What else? Each of our teachers has a specific area of expertise, such as yin yoga, massage therapy, yoga for anxiety, Law of Attraction, meditation, Sanskrit language, Pilates and core work, health coaching, Zen meditation and weight loss. We offer workshops in these modalities and also weave them into everyday classes. See ad, page 62. natural awakenings

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Wendy Vigroux, Founder 49 Lawton St., 2nd Fl., New Rochelle, NY 888.760.4943 • Philosophy and focus: Our philosophy is to create a sacred space of peace, joy and freedom, and to make the practice of yoga and being certified in yoga as accessible as possible with financially flexible and time-flexible yoga teacher training. Our focus is to make yoga as accessible as possible—not just logistically, but also for those who may doubt their capacity to do yoga. What type of yoga do you offer? We have all levels, from Gentle Yoga and Yoga for a Healthy Back to Yin Yoga and Power Yoga. Our lineage is a balance of vinyasa (moving with the breath) and hatha (holding poses for a longer period). What’s the vibe? Our founder moves heaven and earth to protect the positive vibes and love that have been nourishing the studio for our 10-plus years of existence. Do you offer teacher training? We offer both RYT-200 and the advanced courses to attain RYT-500. As with our classes, our goal with teacher training is accessibility: the course can start at any time, with one-on-one meetings if necessary. We have payment plans and work-study discounts. If you have the passion, we can make it happen. What else? We have Zumba and belly dance as well. We offer workshops all through the year, and if you don’t have money for a yoga class, we offer programs to work in exchange for yoga, as well as a $5 yoga class on Sundays at 6 p.m. If you have a desire to do yoga but have doubts, call us! See ad, page 58.

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Westchester Body & Brain, Yoga & Tai Chi Johnathan Martinez, Headmaster & Healer, Manager, Integrative Lifestyle Educator 590 Central Park Ave., Scarsdale, NY 914.713.1333 •

Philosophy and focus: Body & Brain is a national leader in holistic health and wellness. Our classes in yoga, tai chi, meditation, detox and rhythmic movement combine East Asian healing and energy philosophies. What type of yoga do you offer? We guide our students with a holistic and integrative approach. Our yoga style is based on prescriptive postures that focus on the meridian system (also known as energy channels), where we focus to unblock the energy flow in our body through deep stretching, breathing postures, energy meditation and many other healing modalities. Our classes are suitable for people of ages. What’s it like? We focus our exercises, workshops and programs to also open the ����������������������������������� mind and heart for rich experiences of inner healing. Do you offer teacher training? We have different levels of teacher training. One that most people find suitable for them is our Yoga Therapy course, which is nationally certified by the New Jersey School of Massage and Integrative Health, Sun Institute. It is 80 hours of comprehensive training, which includes a certification of completion, muscle anatomy, yoga / tai chi combinations, balancing five elements and organs, personal checkup and coaching, symptom-based prescriptive postures, meridians and acupressure points theory, teaching flows and much more.  What else? We recently introduced Belly Button Healing! It is common knowledge that gut and digestive health play a crucial role in maintaining one’s mood and overall wellness. As the center point of your digestive tract, your belly button has the ability to deliver not only digestive and reproductive health, but also a wide array of emotional benefits when stimulated properly. See ad, page 48.

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Workshops held at Club Fit, 584 N. State Rd., Briarcliff Manor, NY 914.582.7816 • Philosophy and focus: The YTA is a 501(c)3 volunteer-run nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality of hatha yoga teaching as well as fostering the yoga community in the tri-state area. In fulfillment of our mission to provide affordable continuing education to yoga teachers and students, we offer monthly three-hour workshops led by nationally recognized as well as accomplished local instructors. What type of workshops do you offer? YTA workshops, which cover all styles of yoga and related practices, take place from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Club Fit in Briarcliff Manor. Upcoming topics include Traction Action with Tzahi ���������� Moskovitz and Transformational Teaching with Ken Nelson and Lesli Lang. The September 9 workshop featuring master yogi Todd Norian and his Ashaya yoga method will be followed by our season-opening Prana Party. Workshops are $45 for members and $65 for nonmembers with advance payment, or $55/$75 at the door. Do you offer teacher training? No, but we do offer complimentary membership to current yoga teacher trainees. Additionally, Yoga Alliance-certified teachers receive three CEUs for each workshop and can therefore complete their continuing education requirement in just one year with the YTA. What else? YTA membership costs $50 annually and is open to teachers, studio owners and individual practitioners. Members receive $20 off each workshop, a monthly newsletter and use of the Club Fit facilities on the day of the workshop. See ad, page 57. natural awakenings

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Rodney Yee on Yoga as a Way of Life Simple Strategies for Staying on Track by Marlaina Donato


enowned yogi and international teacher Rodney Yee, of New York City, has maintained an inspired yoga practice for 37 years while juggling career obligations, fame and family life. While the benefits of yoga are increasingly well known—from stress reduction and pain management to a more limber body and inner peace—Yee is also aware of the challenges to maintaining a consistent practice. Here he shares insights on the pitfalls encountered by both beginning and advanced students.   “My advice is to first get rid of self-berating behavior, including judgmental inner dialogue. In many aspects of life, we are constantly measuring ourselves against a standard, which is a waste of time and energy,” says Yee. With a professional background in classical dance and gymnastics, Yee decided to give yoga a try at a nearby studio when he craved more physical flexibility. “As many people do, I came to yoga for a reason. I was a dancer with tight joints. After the first class, I couldn’t believe how I felt. It was not at all like an athletic high; I had a sense of well-being and knew what it means to feel peaceful and clear.” For people with jam-packed lives, finding time for exercise can be daunting. Yee suggests a relaxed approach to scheduling yoga into a busy day. “As the rishis [Hindu sages] say, we shouldn’t ‘try’ to meditate, not try to force a natural state. To say, ‘I have to do yoga,’ just puts another thing on our to-do list. Sometimes discipline is needed, but another part of discipline is not about force.”


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You can blink and half your life is gone. You can’t always be busy, busy, busy; you have to decide how to fill your life.

Different approaches to yoga abound, and part of staying motivated may include exploration of a variety of traditions as individual needs change due to lifestyle, health, interests or simple curiosity. Yee reminds us to go with the flow and follow how we feel in the moment. “Different schools of yoga exist because each offers something different. There is a form for all of our moods and a practice for how you feel at any given time.” Reflecting on how his own practice has evolved through the years, Yee recollects, “In my 20s and 30s, my yoga practice was arduous, including three to four hours of strong, physical work and a half hour of pranayama [breath work]. Then for 20 years, it involved a lot of teaching. Over the past 17 years, my practice has become more subtle, with a focus on sequencing and meditation; it’s about how to do this all day long in the context of my body and my life; about being both centered and in the world. In some way, we’re always doing yoga, as we already take 20,000 breaths a day. From a philosophical and ethical point of view, yogis have no choice but to practice.” Because many American women have found their way to a yogic path, men often assume it’s primarily a women’s niche. But yoga has been a male practice for nearly 2,500 years in other countries. Yee encourages men to not feel intimidated. “Why not try something that can help you improve your business, family life and even your golf game?” he queries. While Yee believes in a no-pressure approach, he also suggests inviting ways to foster consistency. “If you are just beginning, set aside a half-hour before going to bed or get up a half-hour earlier. Also note that pain is less to be avoided than learned from.” Wisdom can come from dedication to a yoga practice. Yee’s philosophy is, “You can blink and half your life is gone. You can’t always be busy, busy, busy; you have to decide how to fill your life. As spiritual teacher Ram Dass counsels, ‘Be here now.’ Train yourself to bring body, mind and heart together and fully drink from that.” Learn more at Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at natural awakenings

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Lauren Magarelli, owner of beBhakti Yoga Center. Photo: Amy Sims

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The Art of Healing Wellness Center 64 Gleneida Avenue 845.878.4325



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

o2living 6 Yellow Monkey Village, Rt. 35 914.763.6320;

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YONKERS Nueva Alma Yoga & Wellness 799 McLean Avenue 914.294.0606;

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Lauri Nemetz in Ossining. Photo by: Eric Feinstein The Yoga Studio @Saw Mill Club 77 Kensico Drive 914.241.0797


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BEING BEAUTY What Makes Us Glow by Glennon Doyle Melton


lenty of people are pretty, but haven’t yet learned how to be beautiful. They have the right look for the times, but they don’t glow. Beautiful women glow. That’s because beautiful is not about how we look on the outside; it is about what we’re made of and being “full of beauty” on the inside. Beautiful people spend time discovering what their idea of beauty is on this Earth. They know themselves well enough to know what they love, and they love themselves enough to fill up with a little of their particular kind of beauty each day. When we are with a beautiful woman, we might not notice her hair, skin, body or clothes, because we’ll be distracted by the way she makes us feel. She is so full of beauty that some of it overflows onto us. We feel warm and safe and curious around her. Her eyes typically twinkle a little and she’ll look at us closely—because a beautiful, wise woman knows that the quickest way to fill up with beauty is to soak in another’s beauty. The most beautiful women take their time with other people; they are filling up. Women concerned with being pretty think about what they look like, but women concerned with being beautiful think about what they are looking at, taking in the loveliness around them. They are absorbing the whole beautiful world and making all that beauty theirs to give to others. Source: Adapted excerpt from Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton (Flatiron Books). She’s the founder and president of the nonprofit Together Rising. Read more at


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Where do revelations about a deeper reality begin?

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n 2008, the Sebastopol, California, filmmaking team of Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo created Science and Nonduality (SAND), which later became a nonprofit organization aimed at fostering a new relationship with spirituality that is free from religious dogma, based on timeless wisdom traditions, informed by cutting-edge science and grounded in direct experience. The next year, they organized the first SAND conference, exploring nonduality and the nature of consciousness. Since then, the duo has been producing short films that contribute to the expansion of human awareness, and hosting annual conferences in the U.S. and Europe involving leading scientists, academics and other pioneering thinkers. Thousands of participants from


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around the world interact in forums and respectful dialogues with luminaries such as Menas Kafatos, Ph.D., a professor of computational physics at Chapman University, in Orange, California; Peter Russell, a theoretical physicist and author of From Science to God: A Physicist’s Journey into the Mystery of Consciousness; Robert Thurman, Ph.D., professor of Tibetan Buddhist studies at Columbia University, in New York City; evolutionary biologist Elisabet Sahtouris, author of EarthDance: Living Systems in Evolution; and Robert Lanza, physician, scientist and co-author of Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe.

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MB: Individual and communal explorations often occur around life’s big questions, such as what it means to be conscious and to seek meaning and purpose; the possible place of intuition as the edge where knowledge meets the unknown and unknowable; and how crucial individual awakening is to social transformation.

What is meant by nonduality? ZB: Nonduality is the philosophical, spiritual and scientific understanding of fundamental oneness in which there is no separation. Through quantum mechanics, Western science has reached an understanding of what Eastern mystics have long understood. Duality, generally determined in terms of opposites such as self and other, conscious and unconscious, illusion and reality, as well as separation between the observer and the observed, is an illusion. Nonduality is the understanding that our identifying with common dualisms avoids recognition of a deeper reality. Until recently, human sciences have ignored the problem of consciousness by calling it the “hard problem”. This has led to our present fragmented worldview rife with chaos, conflict and crises. It may be time for scientists to accept the discoveries of the mystics and consider consciousness intrinsic to every observed scientific phenomenon. Understanding that consciousness is the key to the universe, reality and ourselves may be the missing link in bridging science and spiritualty.

What difference can exploring the nature of consciousness make? ZB: Understanding the new science that points to consciousness as all-pervasive and the fundamental building block of reality—that we are all made of the same essence, like drops in the ocean—can change how we approach and harmonize day-to-day living. We can be far more open, peaceful and accepting of others. Absurd violence, as well as economic, social and political crises, could all be things of the past, based on a new quantum understanding of our interconnectedness and oneness.

How has the nonduality movement evolved? MB: SAND has evolved into something we never imagined when we began discussing the ideas that the true spirit of science and spiritually is best supported by an open mind and a non-dogmatic inquiry; while science seeks to understand our external reality and spiritual thinkers seek to understand our inner, personal experience of consciousness, these seemingly different disciplines rarely come together in open dialogue. It became more evident that we weren’t looking for scientific answers or proof of what spiritual wisdom traditions teach, but rather to expand the questions asked of both science and spirituality. Open-ended questions arise such as: What if space and time are just useful maps and quantum mechanics is pointing us to a deeper reality more mysterious than we can ever imagine? What if science and spirituality, while responding to our collective aspiration to grow and progress, would no longer need to carry the burden of having all the answers? What if we considered our search open-ended, rather then having to arrive at a grand theory of life or final state of enlightenment? What if, while we probe deeper into reality and who we are, we realize that knowledge gathered will always be just a stepping-stone?

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n October and again in November, Eileen O’Hare will teach an introduction to the Mesayok Medicine Spiral, a Eileen O’Hare healing intensive inspired by the Andean mystical tradition. The course is a prerequisite for a more comprehensive, multipart training she will offer next year. “If you're called to do deep healing work on yourself or others, this training is invaluable,” says O’Hare, who has taught Spiral since 2004. “Nature is the greatest healer. We create powerful alliances with the world of living energies around and within us to fuel our moving forward in life. Spiral offers a safe and sacred container for us to become aware of thoughts, feelings and actions that hold us hostage to self-defeating patterns…. If you’ve done the Munay-Ki rites and are looking for more, Spiral expands your experience.” She will offer the intro course on two weekends: October 14 and 15, and November 11 and 12. Course hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The 2018 Spiral training will be held the second Saturday and Sunday of January, April, July, September and December, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., both days. O’Hare leads trainings and circles— including a women’s healing circle on Monday nights and shamanic healing sessions on Thursday nights—at the Healing House in Beacon. Email groups keep members connected from circle to circle, she says. For more info, call 845.831.5790 or email See ad, pg 39.

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n 2009, an Environmental Working Group (EWG) study found that bone meal and animal byproducts in eight of 10 major national dog food brands contain fluoride in amounts between 1.6 and 2.5 times higher than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommended maximum dose in drinking water. Some fluoride from tap water used in the manufacturing of pet food contributes to this. Olga Naidenko, Ph.D., lead researcher of the study, remarks, “A failed regulatory system and suspect practices by some in the pet food industry puts countless dogs at risk of ingesting excessive fluoride.” Fluoride occurs naturally in rocks, soil and thus some food plants and water supplies. More enters food via use of fluoride-based pesticides and commercial processing facilities. The EWG advises that two-thirds of all Americans, along with pets and farm animals, are exposed to artificially fluoridated tap water.

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Dr. Joseph Mercola, ample research points to the dangers of fluoride to human health, including: n Arthritis n Bone cancer (osteosarcoma) n Bone fractures n Brain damage and lowered IQ n Damaged sperm and increased infertility n Deactivation of 62 enzymes n Dementia n Disrupted immune system n Disrupted synthesis of collagen n Genetic damage and cell death n Hyperactivity and/or lethargy n Impaired sleep (inhibits melatonin produced by the pineal gland) n Increased lead absorption n Increased tumor and cancer rate n Inhibited formation of antibodies n Lowered thyroid function n Muscle disorders

Fluoride Dangers to Canines Dogs are at substantial long-term risk for exposure to unacceptably high levels of fluoride. They are, for example, at

significantly higher probability for bone cancer than humans, with more than 8,000 cases diagnosed each year in the U.S., compared with about 900 human cases. According to the EWG, a dog drinking normal amounts of tap water would be exposed to 0.05 to 0.1 milligram (mg) of fluoride per kilogram (kg) of body weight daily. A 10-pound puppy that daily eats about a cup of dog food would ingest approximately 0.25 mg fluoride per kg body weight a day, based on average fluoride content in the eight contaminated brands it tested. Altogether, the puppy could be exposed to 3.5 times more fluoride than the EPA allows in drinking water. Large breed puppies may be exposed to even more fluoride due to higher water intake. Whatever the size and the appetite of a dog, combined fluoride exposure from food and water can easily become unsafe. Eating the same food every day, they may be constantly consuming more fluoride than is healthy for normal growth, leading to health problems and higher veterinary bills later in life.

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The EWG recommends owners purchase pet foods free of bone meal and other meals made from animal byproducts. It also suggests that government set fluoride limits in pet food that protect both puppies and large breeds most at risk for bone cancer. Dr. Michael W. Fox, an internationally recognized veterinarian and former vice president of the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International, recommends providing pets with fluoride-free water; spring water or reverse osmosis filtered water also works well. In preparing homemade food for a pet, make sure any added bone meal is free of fluoride and lead. Ethical bone meal producers will test for these contaminants; verify with the source. Fox suggests a good bone meal substitute might be fossilized oyster shell, dolomite or a synthesized or refined calcium supplement like calcium citrate, ascorbate, stearate or gluconate. Or, consider a pure tricalcium and dicalcium phosphate, blended with magnesium. Fox attests that bones from longer-lived food animals such as dairy cows, laying hens and breeding stock likely contain higher levels of fluoride than shorter-lived animals like chickens, calves and lambs. In his article “Fluoride in Pet Food: A Serious Health Risk for Both Dogs and Cats?” he writes: “Fluorides accumulate in farmed animals over time from phosphate fertilizers, phosphate supplements, bone meal and fish meal supplements and pesticide and industrialpollution-contaminated pastures and animal feed. The bones, fins, gills and scales of fish are often high in fluoride.” He recommends raw food diets that avoid ground bone from older animals like beef cattle and adult sheep. Dr. Karen Becker is a proactive and integrative veterinarian in the Chicago area, consults internationally and writes Mercola Healthy Pets ( natural awakenings

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markyourcalendar Saturday, September 9 Tantra Yoga with Todd Norian Hosted by Yoga Teachers Association 1:30–4:30 p.m. Master natural body biomechanics with Ashaya Yoga®, which blends precise alignment with uplifting tantra yoga philosophy. The Yoga Studio, Club Fit Briarcliff Manor, NY $45 members/$65 nonmembers Register at 914.582.7816;

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 The Return of the Goddess: 25th Anniversary Celebration – 11am-Noon. Meet local author, Elizabeth Cunningham, best known for The Maeve Chronicles. Hear about her journey to and with the Goddess. Share one’s personal story. Free. Dreaming Goddess 44 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 Yoga Life Training at Hiddenbrooke – Sept 3-Dec 2. Explore and gain a better understanding of the subtle teachings of yoga as a gateway to inner peace. $695. 162 Hiddenbrooke Dr, Beacon. Info: Shannon Murphy: 347.489.8406. BeaconYogaCenter. Dharma Sunday School – 12:30-2pm. Explore concepts like kindness, compassion and gratitude. Ages 5 and up. By donation. SkyBaby Yoga Studio, 75 Main St, Cold Spg. 845.265.4444.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 The Art of Herbal Medicine Making Series – 7:309:30pm. Seven-session program. Learn to transform plants into herbal medicine. Herbs are magical. Creating one’s own medicines is not difficult. Bonnie’s Herbals, 13 Tappan Ter, Briarcliff. Info, Bonnie Rogers: 914.923.4346.


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Wednesday September 6 Full Moon Gong Bath – 7-8:30pm. Gentle Kundalini Yoga Kriya, meditation and long relaxation accompanied by the healing sounds sacred gongs. All welcome. Golden Prana Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.232.3473,

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 Oldtone Roots Music Festival – Sept 7-10. Familyfriendly full camping festival with kid’s activities, dancing, workshops, contests, farm-to-table food, libations, music and more. Cool Whisper Farm, N Hillsdale. Music Galore and Yoga: MajesticHudson. com. Register:

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 Crossover Yoga Project Yoga Teacher Training – Sept 8-10. Learn how to empower at risk teen girls through mindful, trauma informed yoga and art curriculum. $275. PranaMoon Yoga, 1000 N Division St, 2H, Peekskill. Info, Elisha Simpson: 914.319.4010. Luminate Your Brain through Optimal Nutrition – 1pm. Lecture provides participants with the latest information on the mechanism behind brain health and the foods that simultaneously feed body, fuel the brain maximize cognitive health. Register: 914.923.4346. Mediumship Circle – 7-8:30pm.With Carla Blaha. $40. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22 Brewster. Synchronicity. Register: 845.363.1765. Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 Pet Adoption Event – Noon-3pm. Sponsored by NuSpecies. Participating Rescues: Pets Alive, Orange County Barkers and more. NuSpecies Courtyard, 427 Main St, parking lot in rear, Beacon. Details: 845.440.7458. Tantra Yoga – 1:30–4:30pm. With Todd Norian. Release chronic pain with Ashaya Yoga and tantric teachings followed by Kirtan. $45 members. $65 nonmembers in advance. The Yoga Studio, Club Fit, 584 N State Rd, Briarcliff Manor. Info, Audrey Brooks: 914.582.7816. Yin Yoga & Meditation – 4:30-6pm.������������� ������������ Yin yoga hydrates connective tissues and gives internal organs a much needed massage. Quest Yoga Arts 11 E. Main St. Mt. Kisco. Pre-register:  or 914.241.YOGA.

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markyourcalendar Come Visit Natural Awakenings Sunday, September 10th 10am-2pm Hudson Valley Regional Farmers Market 15 Mt. Ebo Rd, Brewster NY Complimentary BEMER sessions Learn About ionic foot detox And more. We would love to meet you!

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 Greet the Sun – 8:45-9:45am. New weekly class on Sundays. Start the day right with traditional sun salutation, pranayama and meditation. Quest Yoga Arts 11 E. Main St. Mt. Kisco. Register: questyogaarts. com or 914.241.YOGA. Natural Awakenings Wellness Tent: Hudson Valley Regional Farmers Market – 10am-2pm. Complimentary BEMER sessions. Learn About ionic foot detox and more. 15 Mt. Ebo Rd, Brewster. A Retreat Day in Cold Spring – 11am-3pm. A day to nurture one’s spirit with Mary Ellen O’Brien and Kacey Morabito Grean. Limited seating available. Double Workshop: Pilates and Lymphatics and Historical Pilates Exercises – 11am-6pm. Workshops hosted by Sean Gallagher and Elaine Ewing. $250. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. 845.876.5686. Essentials for a More Easeful Birth – 12:304:30pm.  Learn effective, practical coping strategies for labor and much more. Quest Yoga Arts 11 E. Main St. Mt. Kisco. Pre-register: questyogaarts. com or 914.241.YOGA. An Evening with Gurunam Singh – 7-9pm. Chanting, meditation and live music. $45, Save $10 with Early bird pricing until 9/3. All welcome. Golden Prana Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.232.3473,

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 Free Health Lecture: Ayruveda and Skin Disorders – 12:30-2pm. Presented by Dr. Kaushik’s Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic. Armonk Library, 19 Whippoorwill Rd E, Armonk. 914.273.3887. Groovin’ Flow – 7-8:15pm. New weekly class on Mondays. Get into a yoga groove and shake out the Monday blahs with this glow flow. Quest Yoga Arts 11 E. Main St. Mt. Kisco. Register: questyogaarts. com or 914.241.YOGA. Energy Healing Circle  – 7-9pm. Led by Anne Bentzen. Stress reduction, emotional and physical pain relief through deep relaxation.  Discover natural healing solutions with Reiki in group setting. $25. Golden Prana, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. Register: 914.236.4503.

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

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 Hatha Yoga Level 1 – 9:30-10:55am. New weekly class on Tuesdays. Enjoy a traditional hatha class as taught by Swami Satchidananda. Quest Yoga Arts 11 E. Main St. Mt. Kisco. Register: questyogaarts. com or 914.241.YOGA. 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. Hip-Hop Yoga – 7:15pm. Join Tasia for a sweat inducin' and beats a bumpin' yoga experience. This creatively sequenced flow is a hybrid where hip hop twerkin' meets hot Vinyasa. $20 non-members. Saw Mill Club 77 Kensico Drive, Mt. Kisco. Info:

WEDNEDAY, SEPTMBER 13 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.

Vision & Success in School – 7-9pm. As many as 25% of children in any classroom have vision problems that keep them from reaching their potential. Free. Dr. Samantha Slotnick, 495 Central Park Ave, Ste 301, Scarsdale. RSVP w/ Jane: 914.874.1177.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 Luminate Your Brain through Optimal Nutrition – 1-2pm. Latest information on the mechanism behind brain health and the foods by Putnam Independent Living Services. Kent Public Library, 17 Sybil’s Crossing, Kent Lakes. Register: 845.225.8585. Breathing Techniques and Meditation to Reduce Stress – 6-7:30 pm. With Manjula Khanna. Learn to use the tools of meditation and breath to get to a calm and centered mind and gain access to unlimited energy. Register: 914.232.5717.

Sound Healing & Tibetan Singing Bowls – 7:308:30pm. With Michelle Clifton. Awaken the bodies innate healing abilities and re-tune. $25 donation. SkyBaby Yoga & Pilate’s Studio, 75 Main St, Cold Spg. Register: 845.265.4444.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 Beyond Ayurveda – With Michelle Briks (9/16, 9/24-25). For yoga teachers, learn the wisdom to this ancient healing practice. Can be taken for YACEP credits or as part of SMC Ohra Yoga 300 hour teacher training. Saw Mill Club 77 Kensico Drive, Mt. Kisco. Info: Exhale to Inhale: Trauma Informed Yoga Training – 9am-6pm. Students will gain tangible trauma-informed yoga tools, learning how to modify yoga to make it more trauma sensitive and inclusive to all communities. $375. Register/info:

Restorative Yoga – 7-8:30pm. With Patricia Castimore. Rebalance body and mind focusing on breath and body sensation. Props used to assist. All levels. $20 drop-in. Sacred Spirit Yoga and Healing Arts Center, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry.

Integrative Health Fair – 1-4pm. Dr. Kaushik’s Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic will participate in fair. Heritage Hills, Rte 202, off Rte 100, Somers.


Yoga & Brunch with Africa Yoga Project – 10am/ practice with teachers visiting teachers from Kenya; 11:30am/community brunch and documentary. Register/info:

Prenatal Yoga – 5:30pm. Fridays Sept. 15, 22, 29, Oct 6 and 13. Details: $18 dropin, $80 for 5 weeks series. beBhakti Yoga Center. 89 Dewindt St Beacon. One block off Main St, behind Library. 845.440.8855.  Archangel Healing Workshop – 7-9pm. With Shaman Elka Boren. $35. Synchronicity, Brewster. Register: 845.363.1765.


Goddess at Quest Yoga Arts – 10:30-11:45am. New weekly class on Sundays. An opportunity for women during the peri and menopausal stage of life to celebrate the inner wise woman. Quest Yoga Arts 11 E. Main St. Mt. Kisco. Register: or 914.241.YOGA.

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markyourcalendar Interfaith Sundays at the Chapel at Croton Falls Sunday, Sept. 17 10:30am-12:00pm U.N. International Day Peace Special Guest: Tantra Master Kulavadhuta Satpurananda

Join us to re-dedicate the Chapel Peace Pole! All Welcome – Refreshments to follow. The Chapel at Croton Falls, 609, Rt 22, Croton Falls, NY (Next to the Schoolhouse Theater) Parking is available across the street. Contact: Interfaith Sunday – 10:30am-12pm. U.N. International Day Peace. Guest: Tantra Master Kulavadhuta Satpurananda and re-dedication of the Chapel Peace Pole. The Chapel at Croton Falls, 609, Rt 22, Croton Falls. Parking across street. Info: Reiki I Training and Attunements – 10:30am5:30pm. Receive attunements for first level Reiki. Learn history, basic hand positions and techniques and ways to use this spiritually guided life force energy for healing. $195 manual included. Yorktown Hts. 914.384.9983. Reiki I Training and Attunements – 11am-6pm Receive attunements for first level of Reiki. Learn the history, basic hand positions and techniques and ways to use this spiritually guided life force energy for healing oneself and others. Manual included. $195. Yorktown Hts. 914.384.9983. Journey Through Birth – 12:30-4:30pm. Learn about common procedures associated with birth and what to expect during those first hours with newborn. Quest Yoga Arts 11 E. Main St. Mt. Kisco. Pre-register: or 914.241.YOGA. Mastering Energy for Psychic Development Class – 1-3pm. With Zhenya Amditis. Students will refine understanding of energy for spirit communication. Meditation, chakra balancing learning to read energy. $30. Golden Prana, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah Register: 914.236.4503.

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Yoga for the Ages – 1-4pm. A day long festival of yoga and mindfulness for kids, teens, adults, families. Special guest, live music, demos and more. $20/$40. Kids free. Wainwright House. 914.967.6080.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 Free Health Lecture: Seasonal Detoxing—How to Do It Safely and Gently – 12:30-2pm. Presented by Dr. Kaushik’s Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic. Armonk Library, 19 Whippoorwill Rd E, 914.273.3887. Kids Yoga – 3:30-4:30pm. New weekly class on Mondays, for ages 6 to 8 years. An opportunity for kids to move, dance, sing and enjoy yoga. Quest Yoga Arts 11 E. Main St. Mt. Kisco. Register: or 914.241.YOGA. Introduction to Kundalini Yoga & Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Suitable for beginners. Classes focus on aspects of the practice such as breath, posture and mantra. A Kriya will be practiced to put teaching into action. Golden Prana Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.232.3473, Monthly Reiki Circle – 7-8:45pm. With Reiki Master Beth Bierko. An evening of giving and receiving this healing energy. Beginners, drop-ins welcome. $20 suggested donation. Ixchel Center, Hartsdale. 914.384.9983.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 Kids Yoga – 3:30-4:30pm. New weekly class on Mondays, for ages 9 to 11 years. An opportunity for kids to move, dance, sing and enjoy yoga. Quest Yoga Arts 11 E. Main St. Mt. Kisco. Register: or 914.241.YOGA. 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. Westchester Holistic Network – 7-8:30pm. The ManKind Project, a nonprofit training and education organization that hosts life-changing experiential personal development programs for men. Free WHN members and first-timers. $10 repeat nonmembers. Ixchel Center, Hartsdale. Register:

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 Quit Alcohol Simply and Permanently: Weiss Method Info-Lecture – 1-2pm. Learn natural, simple, highly effective method to overcome smoking, sugar, alcohol and other everyday habits and addictions. Free lecture, Q&A. Briarcliff location. RSVP: 914.705.1805. Curing Addiction from the Core: Weiss Method Info-Lecture – 7-8pm. Learn natural, simple, highly effective method for overcoming everyday addictions ranging from alcohol to nicotine, sugar and weight loss. Free Lecture, Q&A. Briarcliff location. Register: 914.705.1805.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 Autumnal Equinox Sound Bath Healing – 7-8:30pm. Musicians Celine Daly and Julie Harris use healing and energizing sounds of Himalayan bowls, crystal bowls, gongs, flutes and other vibrational instruments. $20. Sacred Spirit Yoga and Healing Arts Center, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry.

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markyourcalendar STARVISIONS - Presents Roland Comtois

Friday, September 22, 6-8 pm Roland Comtois international medium and Spirit guide: Validating the Afterlife. Roland delivers channeled messages for the soul. Receive messages of eternal love, hope and healing. $80 Bedford Presbyterian Church, 44 Village Green, Bedford, NY 10506   Register online:  914.236.4503 New Moon Gathering – 7-8:30pm. Use the lunar cycle to realize intentions. Guided meditations and ritual facilitated by astrologer Pamela Cucinell. BYP notebook. $20 WHN members. $25 nonmembers. Ixchel Center, Hartsdale. Register: 917.796.6026. Astrology Down to Earth: A Beginner’s Guide to Modern Astrology – 7-9pm. With Kathryn Andren. Learn the essentials of modern astrology for selfawareness and empowerment. Music, movement and meditation. $150 six classes. DG Sanctuary. 2 Lagrange Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 Lighten Up Your Autumn Spirit Weekend Solstice Retreat – Sept 22-24. Nature, yoga, meditation and creativity. Relax and renew at the foot of the Shawangunk Mountains. Audrey’s Farmhouse B+B, Wallkill. Register, Jen: 917.991.4588. Candlelight Labyrinth Walk – 6pm. To celebrating the Fall Equinox with meditative cello music. Suggested donation to musician $15.  South Salem. Info: Roland Comtois: Validating the Afterlife – 6-8pm. Roland Comtois international medium and Spirit guide Roland delivers channeled messages for the soul of eternal love, hope and healing. $80. Bedford Presbyterian Church, 44 Village Green, Bedford.  Register: starvisionscommunity. org. 914.236.4503. The Basics of Working with Essential Oils – 6:30pm. Delve into aromatic, invigorating and healing world of aromatherapy and essential oils. For beginners. Learn basics and make a custom blend to take home. $20. DG Sanctuary. 2 Lagrange Ave, Poughkeepsie 845.473.2206.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 Hudson Valley Vegfest – 9/23 & 9/24. Major vegan living expo, featuring vegan food, cooking demos, clothing, fitness presentations by award-winning vegan athletes, speakers, music and film and more. Gold’s Gym in Poughkeepsie. Info: Ayurveda: A Preventative Health System for the Ages – 9am-4pm. Discover one’s personal constitution, Learn practical tips for improving health and well-being. $135/$150. Wainwright House. 914.967.6080.

markyourcalendar “Lighten Up Your Autumn Spirit” Weekend Solstice Retreat September 22-24, 2017 Nature • Yoga Meditation • Creativity Relax and renew at the foot of the Shawangunk Mountains. at Audrey’s Farmhouse B+B, Wallkill, NY Contact Jen to register at or call 917.991.4588 Herbs for Health: Fall Medicinal Weed Walk – 10am-Noon. We’ll walk around Hilltop Hanover Farm observing the medicinal plants, what they look like, how they can help people and how to use them. $15. Hilltop Hanover Farms. Bonnie Rogers: 914.923.4346. Death Café – 10:30am-12:30pm. Katonah Village Library, 26 Bedford Rd, Katonah. Free. No registration necessary. Info: Sacred Stones Level I – 11am-1pm. With Joann Fava. $45. Synchronicity, Brewster. Register: 845.363.1765. Creative Yoga Journey to Hollywood – 1-2pm. Explore an imaginative journey as one practices yoga postures—asana with an interconnected story line. $15/$20. Wainwright House. 914.967.6080. Bladder and Pelvic Floor Health – 1:30-4pm. A Workshop for women of all ages. One-third of women ages 30-70 experience bladder control problems. Learn how to prevent or lessen these issues. Quest Yoga Arts 11 E. Main St. Mt. Kisco. Pre-register: or 914.241.YOGA. Harvest Square Dance – 6pm. Rain or shine. With master caller from Foot & Fiddle Dance Company. Benefits Sierra Club. Locally produced food and wine. Faraway Farm Alpacas, Yorktown. Info, call George 914.772.3916. Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Forest Ecology Walk in Dutchess – 10am. With Dr. Charles Canham, forest ecologist. Two-mile interpretive walk along the Wappinger Creek Trail. Free. Walk begins at th Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies (Gifford House) parking area, 2917 Sharon Turnpike (Rt. 44) Millbrook. Info/register: Higher Self Connecting Circle – Sept 24, Oct 8, 22 and Nov 5. 11am-12:30pm. Powerful twomonth program to shift one’s vibration and align with higher self. Includes four-group meetings and four-individual coaching sessions. Cold Spring.

Sugar Addiction and Overeating Solution: Weiss Method Info-Lecture NYC – Noon-1pm. Learn a method to lose weight, overcome nicotine, alcohol, overeating and sugar addictions. Free lecture, Q&A. NYC location, E37th btwn Park & Lex. Reservation: 914.705.1805.

Natural Way to Overcome Addictions – 1-2pm. Learn simple, effective method for quitting smoking, alcohol, easy, natural weight loss and overcoming other everyday addictions. NYC location, E37th btwn Park & Lex. RSVP: 914.705.1805.

Annual Holistic Wellness Fair – noon-4pm. Interactive workshops and demos about the holistic ideology of healing and sustaining wellness. Music and refreshments. Admission free; buy raffle tickets to receive services. Benefits Crossover Yoga Project. Info: 914.930.8800;


Intro to Arm Balances –1-3pm. With Lauren Magarelli. Learn how to playfully tackle arm balances and see how they are all connected. $30. beBhakti Yoga Center. 89 Dewindt St Beacon. One block off Main St., behind Library.

40 Days to Personal Revolution – 7:30pm. Meets weekly. Great opportunity to reset, look at what participants want to have happen and create it. Asana, meditation and inquiry practice. Register/ info:

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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 Visit Or, call Support Connection: 914.962.6402

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 Carol Essig: Angelic Realm and Enlightened Beings – 7-9pm. With Carol Essig, professional channel. Enjoy meditation and receive channeled energy healing touch of Divine Energy. $25. Golden Prana, 223 Katonah Ave., Katonah. Register: 914.236.4503. Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 8-9pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center. 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 New York Unit of The Herb Society of America 69th Annual Herb Fair – 11am-2pm. Lunch and traditional lovage soup available, plus gourmet foods, baked goods, herbs, plants, books and gifts.

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10 Year Anniversary CELEBRATION PARTY Sunday, Oct 1, 2017 1-4pm, Rain or Shine

Sponsored by Friends of Hilltop Hanover Farm Yorktown Heights, NY Come Celebrate with s! Music, Food, Yoga, Meditation, Drumming, Massage, Family Fun & More. All Welcome. Suggested Donation at Gate

Free admission. John Jay Homestead, 400 Rte 22, Katonah. Info: Meditation for Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction – 7-8:30pm. With Patricia Bloom. Learn foundational practice of bringing attention to present moment, observing what is happening without judgment. All levels. $20. Sacred Spirit Yoga and Healing Arts Center, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 Yoga & Kirtan Vinyasa Yoga Practice – Co-lead by Julia Zern and Tara Gilman with joyful music, chanting and community gathering to follow in Firefly Juice Bar. $15 drop-in. Register/info:

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 Create Your Home Spiritual Refuge –10am-3pm. Zhenya Amditis teaches how to clear, raise energy and create sacred space. BYO Lunch. Then Jenn Yates shares design elements for a spiritual garden using feng shui principles. $60. Armonk. Register: 914.236.4503. Forrest Yoga – 12:30-3:30pm. Practice and principles. Sequences to spread breath throughout the body and remove emotional shielding deep within muscular system. $45/$50/$55. Wainwright House. 914.967.6080. Kirtan Celebration, beBhakti 1 Year Birthday Party – 7-9 pm. Listen to the music of the Hammer Dulcimer, Tabla and Harmonium while taken effortlessly into mantra. $15. beBhakti Yoga Center. 89 Dewindt St Beacon. One block off Main St., behind Library.

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; 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:


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Stabilize your mind. Connect with your Soul, Earth Wisdom, and the Cosmos. October 3rd - November 28th 8 Tuesdays, 10am - 11:30am Melanie

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3 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:

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4 Eyes... and the Brain – 7-9pm. Vision is more than 20/20 eyesight! Learn to reduce visual stress & make more efficient use of vision. Free. Dr. Samantha Slotnick, 495 Central Park Ave, Ste 301, Scarsdale. RSVP w/ Jane: 914.874.1177.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5 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 – 6-8:30pm. An Holistic Professional Alliance workshop. Local wellness practitioners and holistic vendors share expertise on help topics. Light refreshments. $15/advance, $20/door. Crystal Hall, Somers Community Center, 34 Hillandale Rd, Yorktown Heights. Info: 845.628.7233.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7 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. 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 CD Release Party – 7-9pm Chanting, Dancing and Dessert. At Liberation Yoga, 862 Rte. 6, Mahopac. Info: 914.456.7789.

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

Kundalini Yoga and Meditation – 8am. Raise consciousness through meditation, breathing techniques, mantras, postures, mudras, and relaxation. All fitness levels welcome. $25, dropin. Golden Prana Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.232.3473,

Hudson Valley Regional Farmers Market – 10am2pm. 15 Mt. Ebo Road S, off Rt. 22, Brewster.����� ���� Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association building. 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;   Celebration of Life Service – 11-12:15am. Inspirational music, affirmative prayer, meditation, lessons in the Science of Mind. Children’s programs 1st & 3rd Sun. Free. Center for Spiritual Living White Plains, 262 Martine Ave, Masonic Temple. 914.261.9119. Sunday Reboot: Teen Yoga and Meditation Series – 1-2pm. Understand how stress affects mind, body and lifestyle. Learn tools to manage anxiety, be focused and happier. $100 five-classes. PranaMoon Yoga, 1000 N Division St. 2H, Peekskill. Info, Elisha Simpson: 914.319.4010. Community Yoga/Meditation, Chan Meditation, Sound Bath Meditation – 1-3pm. Several meditation classes by donation. Hosted by Still Mind Yoga. 305 Central Ave, Ste 2, White Plains. 914.648.0492. All Levels Yoga – 4:30-6pm. With Christine Tergis, Focus on alignment, sensations, mindfulness and breath. May modify poses according to needs and ability. $20 drop-in. Sacred Spirit Yoga and Healing Arts Center, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. $5 dollar Yoga –5pm. Proceeds benefit the Green Teen!  beBhakti Yoga Center. 89 Dewindt St Beacon. One block off Main St., behind Library.

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.

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

Zumba – 10:30-11:30am. With Catherine Ruvolo. 60-min high energy dance party with rhythms from all over the globe. $15 each. $135 for a package of 10. Pilates and More, 129 Main St, Dobbs Ferry. 914.478.3560.

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

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

monday 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. FitWalk outdoor Fitness Training-Classes – 9:3010:30am. Bronxville Lake, corner of Armour Villa and Garrett Ave, Tuckahoe. Free trial. Call for full listing of classes: 914.498.8722. 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. Sloweddown version of typical vinyasa practice. Class is gently heated. All levels welcome. $30 unlimited 1 week intro special. Balance Yoga & Wellness. 2444 Boston Post Rd. Larchmont. Info: 914.833.9703;  Community Pilates Tower Class – 5:30-6:15pm. Invigorating workout at a discounted rate. $20. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. Elaine: 845.876.5686. Yin Yoga – 7:45-9pm. With Kristine. Take the stretch to one’s connective tissue and discover a new range of flexibility with longer held poses. Liberation Yoga & Wellness Center, 862 Rte 6, Mahopac. 845.803.8389.

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.

Integral Gentle Yoga – 7:15-8:15pm. With Matt. Beginners welcome. $10 two classes. Still Mind Yoga, 305 Central Ave, Ste 2, White Plains. 914.648.0492. Yoga for Athletes – 7:15-8:45pm. With Michelle. Fast paced, with emphasis on using core strength and internal stability. Targeting muscles groups where athletes tend to get tight. First class free. Saw Mill Club. 77 Kensico Dr, Mt Kisco. 914.241.0797. Vinyasa Restorative Flow – 7:30-8:45pm.With Jo-Anne. Vinyasa flow class that incorporates restorative yoga. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. JoAnne: 917.364.1871. Slow Flow Restore Yoga – 7:30-8:30pm. With Jennifer Garden. Start with slow flow to connect breath and body. Finish with supported poses to relax and free the mind. $20. Pilates and More, 129 Main St, Dobbs Ferry. 914.478.3560.

wednesday Rev Rhythm 45 Cycle – 5:45am. With Patti.  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. 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.

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CD RELEASE PARTY October 7, Liberation Yoga November 18, Prana Moon Yoga 7-9 pm Chanting, Dancing and Dessert It’s all delicious! 914.456.7789 Free Weekly Wellness Talks – 11am-12:30pm. With Dorette Lewis-Senior. Create safe and effective wellness plan. Learn to choose dietary and nutritional supplements to avoid conflicts with prescription medication. Lunch at nominal cost. Bronx. Register: 855.735.2533. Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga – 4-5:15pm. With Certified Yoga Instructor Deborah Barret. Beginnerintermediate class. $20. $100 six-classes. Integrative Med Solutions, 266 White Plains Rd, B-1, Eastchester. Info, Deborah Barret: 914.426.1752. Self-Defense Class – 5:30pm. By building tools of self-awareness and self-defense, one will build confidence in mind and body. enerShe fitness, 989 Rte 6, Mahopac. Info: 845.628.7165. Spin – 5:30pm, Energizing indoor cycling with hills, sprints and intervals followed by an ab-strengthening workout. enerShe fitness, 989 Rte 6, Mahopac. Info: 845.625.7165. Hot Vinyasa & Guided Meditation – 6:30-8pm. 60 minute vinyasa flow class, linking breath to movement, and wind down with optional 30 minute guided meditation All levels. $30 unlimited 1 week intro special. Balance Yoga & Wellness. 2444 Boston Post Rd. Larchmont. Info: 914.833.9703;  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.

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Vic: 914.319.7322. 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. Prenatal Yoga – 7:30-8:30pm. With Adrienne. Perfect for any stage of pregnancy. Increases flexibility and strength while decreasing swelling and anxiety. Liberation Yoga & Wellness Center, 862 Rte 6, Mahopac. 845.803.8389. Walk 15 –7:30-8:30pm. With Heather Buyers. 15-min big calorie-burning moves that use the best features of low impact, aerobic style group exercise. Easy to follow. $15. Pilates and More, 129 Main St, Dobbs Ferry. 914.478.3560. Fluid Yoga – 7:30-8:30pm. With Emily Rose. CoSM: Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, 46 Deer Hill Rd, Wappinger. 845.297.2323. Kirtan – 9-10pm. With Hilary and friends. CoSM: Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, 46 Deer Hill Rd, Wappinger. 845.297.2323.

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. Forever Young Chair Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. With Suzanne Cohen. Mindful flowing movement and stretching, done in a chair and standing. For 60 years plus or those needing modifications. $20. Sacred Spirit Yoga and Healing Arts Center, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. 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 Tower Class – 10am. Energizing workout. Fully equipped Pilates studio. Small class sizes. $35. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. 845.876.5686. Yoga Strengthen and Flow – 10-11am. With Jennifer Garden. Connect, breathe, stretch, de-stress and relax. $20 each or $175 for a package of 10. Pilates and More, 129 Main St, Dobbs Ferry. 914.478.3560. Pilates Mat Class with Magic Circle – 11:30am12:30pm. Pilates with physical therapist. Tina Sferra. Focus on form, function and fitness to re-engineer the body. $20. Elite Performance @ Katonah Yoga, 39 Main St, Bedford Hills. Prenatal 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.

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Chill: Teen Yoga and Meditation Classes – 5-6:30pm. Begins Sept 28. 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. Open Level Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. Slow Vinyasa. Beginners welcome. $10 two classes. Still Mind Yoga, 305 Central Ave, Ste 2, White Plains. 914.648.0492. Breath & Flow – 6:30-7:45pm. With Patty Meehan. Vinyasa flow class using breath, movement, balance, stretch, closing with meditation. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600. Kundalini Yoga and Meditation – 7pm. Raise consciousness through meditation, breathing techniques, mantras, postures, mudras, and relaxation. All fitness levels welcome. $25, dropin. Golden Prana Yoga, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.232.3473, Free Meditation Session – 2nd and 4th Thursdays. 7:15 p.m. The Anam Cara Meditation Foundation, 2 Byram Brook Place in Armonk. Zumba – 7:15-8:15pm. With Catherine Ruvolo. 60-min high energy dance party with rhythms from all over the globe. $15 each or $135 for a package of 10. Pilates and More, 129 Main St, Dobbs Ferry. 914.478.3560. Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga – 8:30-9:45am. With Certified Yoga Instructor Marianne Bateman. Beginnerintermediate class. $20. $100 six-classes. Integrative Med Solutions, 266 White Plains Rd, B-1 Eastchester. Marianne Bateman: 917.923.9043.

friday Rev Rhythm 45 Cycle – 5:45am. With Patti. Work out arms and core while keeping to the beat of today’s best music. $25., 692 Saw Mill River Rd, Ardsley. Pilates Tower and Reformer Class – 7:3010:30am. Fully equipped, classical Pilates studio. $35-40. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. 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. FitWalk outdoor Fitness Training-Classes – 9:3010:30am. Bronxville Lake, corner of Armour Villa and Garrett Ave, Tuckahoe. Free trial. Call for full listing of classes: 914.498.8722. 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. Morning Heart Opening Yoga Practice – 9:3011am. Eliminate what doesn’t serve while creating space for continued growth. 90 min. $30. 6 week Session $150. Evolution Acro & Tumble, 1877 Commerce St. Yorktown Height.Registration required: 914.556.8258.

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

Putnam County

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

Westchester County

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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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.


Vinyasa Slow Flow – 10-11:15am. Starting Sept. 15. With Nancy Volante, a dynamic, traditional style of yoga that uses sun salutations and Ujayi breathing to link poses into a creative and continuous flow. Bring a mat. Union Hall Dance & Yoga Studio, 2 Keeler Ln., North Salem.

September 2017 Astrology with Pamela Cucinell Labor Pains

Meditation on September 1 provides an anchor. A fast pace on September 2 tempts upset. Conversations can be at cross-purposes on September 3. Ideas pop on Labor Day, but double-check all proposals. As Mercury goes direct on September 5, old grievances come home. The Pisces full moon on September 6 encourages healthy habits. Use September 7 for whatever endeavor deserves a fresh outlook.

Reflection Reflex

Momentum builds on September 8. Get the important stuff done the morning of September 9, then savor your surroundings. Nothing wants to be rushed on September 10. Mixed messages on September 11 can erupt; the more present you are, the less pressure you feel. Midday confusion leads to crystal-clear commitment on September 12. Productivity churns on September 13 until late afternoon, when relaxation restores.

End of Summer

The flow of activity on September 14 meets resistance in the evening. Strong attachments on September 15 prevent new growth. Play and banter on September 16 open doorways for inspiration. Celebrations, whether a wedding, a lakeside party or a memorial gathering, have a joyous beauty on September 17. Address tasks to finish on September 18—if not in one day, soon. Agree to commitments you can meet on September 19 and complete old business. 84

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The Virgo new moon on September 20 strikes the first reminder of harvest. We now reap the symbolic fruit of this year. Virgo teaches that each individual’s work and choices affect the greater world. This year, the International Day of Peace on September 21 dovetails with Rosh Hashanah. Contentiousness occurs midday, but a harmonious vision can take you or our world leaders through any quagmire. Disruption the morning of September 22 leads to the autumn equinox at 4:02 p.m., to open perspective and connectivity. Inner work and productive research satisfy on September 23.

Cool Down

Purge a closet, do yard work or reflect on September 24. Communication mistakes surface on September 25 and create more effective work. Clear goals enjoy quick strides on September 26. An outdoor activity on September 27 helps you keep focus. Pluto direct on September 28 signals that secrets will be revealed over the next few months. An uphill climb on September 29 does get somewhere, even though it seems endless. The road turns downhill on September 30; blessings to those who mark Yom Kippur. Find out more about the energetic weather at Pamela Cucinell offers reliable and relevant private sessions as well as live and online events. Contact her at Pamela@ or 917.796.6026. See ad page 42. Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

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. Hiit Pilates – 10:45-11:45am. High energy, high intensity interval-style Pilates class designed to torch fat and get heart rate up. Participants go at own pace. All levels. $30 unlimited 1 week intro special. Balance Yoga & Wellness.  2444 Boston Post Rd. Larchmont. Info: 914.833.9703;  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. Chair Yoga – 11:30-12:45pm. With Annie. Find movement and relaxation through gentle poses and stretches from the seat of a chair. Liberation Yoga & Wellness Center, 862 Rte 6, Mahopac. 845.803.8389. 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% of the body. Performed in a room heated to 105110 degrees. All levels. $30 unlimited 1 week intro special. Balance Yoga & Wellness. 2444 Boston Post Rd. Larchmont. Info: 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

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For Licensed Massage Therapists Classes in Katonah Jin Shin Do Bodymind Acupressure  “ The Way of The Compassionate Spirit” Authorized Jin Shin Do teacher REGISTER NOW Gail Kellstrom: 914.232.5754 Table, Du Soleil, Bongo Pasta, also fresh fish, homemade ice cream and crafts. 1202 Rte. 35, South Salem. Info: Gossett Brothers Nursery on Facebook. Pilates Mat and Tower Class – 9am. Fully equipped Pilates studio. $20-$35. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. 845.876.5686. 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. Yoga – 10am. With Karen. Energetic, non-judgmental mixed styles yoga to improve health, strength, flexibility, balance and awareness. All levels. $15. NY Dance Faktory, 12 Peekskill Hollow Rd, Putnam Valley. Info, Karen Shaw: 914.522.1297. Hudson Valley Farmers Market – 10am-3pm. Year-round. A one stop shop farmers market with fresh Hudson Valley products. Greig Farm, 223 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook. Info: HudsonValleyFarmersMarket. Pilates Mat and Tower Classes – 11am. Fully equipped Pilates studio. $20-$35. Rhinebeck Pilates, 6400 Montgomery St. 845.876.5686.

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

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

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Free Weekly Wellness Talks – 11am-12:30pm. Every other Sat. With Dorette Lewis-Senior. Learn to choose dietary and nutritional supplements to avoid conflicts with prescription medication. Lunch at nominal cost. Bronx. Register: 855.735.2533. Zumba – 11:15am. An effective and fun calorieburning dance fitness class using a mix of Latin and world rhythms. enerShe fitness, 989 Rte 6 Mahopac. Info: 845.628.7165. Info: 845.628.7165. Yoga Teachers Association Workshops – 1:304:30pm. 2nd Sat. Open to teachers and students, members and nonmembers. The Yoga Studio, Club Fit, Briarcliff Manor. Info: Open Level Yoga – 2-3pm. Slow Vinyasa, beginners welcome. $10/2 classes. Still Mind Yoga, 305 Central Ave, Suite 2, White Plains. Info: 914.648.0492. Summer Music Series – 6-9pm. Live music at Hardscrabble Cider outdoor patio featuring hard cider, local beers on tap and brick oven pizza. Great fun for the whole family. Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard, 130 Hardscrabble Rd, North Salem.; 914.485.1210.

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ACUPUNCTURE HUDSON VALLEY NATURAL HEALTH Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH The Center for Health & Healing 4 Smith Ave, 2nd Fl; Mount Kisco, NY 914.362.8315; Chinese medicine for relieving muscle/joint pain and headaches; treating chronic disease including autoimmune disease, digestive disorders, and mental health conditions; boosting immune function; balancing hormones; helping tobacco/substance addiction; and reducing stress. Includes acupuncture, herbs, cupping, moxibustion, qigong, and TENS electro-stimulation. Insurance reimbursement available for some services. See ad pg 62.


Dr. Fred Lisanti, ND,LAC.,RH, CHT 266 White Plains Rd, B-1, Eastchester, NY 914.337.2980; Therapeutic solutions for acute and chronic health conditions. Acupuncture is an intelligent medicine, gentle enough for pregnant women, and powerful enough to treat serious conditions like chronic pain, stress, anxiety and depression. It can restore harmony and balance to mind, body and spirit. See ad pg 30.


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.


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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 15.

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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.




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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 42.


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 10.


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

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 43.

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 73.

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 15.

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.




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


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

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

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

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

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!

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Learn strategies that work with the way YOU think. ADD/ADHD or executive functioning challenges can affect every aspect of your life. Maximize your strengths and become more productive. First-hand understanding and compassion. Live the life you love! See ad pg 38.

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



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

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. 


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 54.


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.


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.


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Elizabeth Pasquale, LMT, CST, Director White Plains & Ossining offices 914.762.4693; WellOnTheWay.Com Curious about energy medicine?   Know there is something to it, from all you’ve read and heard?  Are you tingling with excitement right now, knowing you’re about to experience something life changing? Free get-acquainted phone call! See ad pg 23.

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

Do you struggle with stress, pain and muscle tightness? If so, call today for your free consultation and learn how to finally address these issues and experience ideal health naturally. See ad pg 43.


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.


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.


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.

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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 69.


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.

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

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

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.

Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Are you exhausted from pain, stress or PTSD? Balance your body's energies for optimal physical health and emotional well-being with Esoteric Healing, a high vibrational technique from Tibet. See ad pg 25.

ENERGETIC CELLULAR HEALING KAREN W. SPIRER 914.310.2949; Access your optimal healing decisions, through precise genetic cellular healing. Uncover your personal operating manual. Your unique - health, nutrition, environment, relationship, career/ work needs and more. You are oneof-a-kind!

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

A Center For Awareness and Relaxation through Floatation Therapy. Create the ultimate Relaxation Response by removing all stimulation from light, sound, and gravity. Choose from three different float environments to find your perfect experience. Appointments available from 10am to 10pm daily. Free Parking. See ad pg 45.



Northern Westchester 917.747.3331


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


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



250 E. Hartsdale Ave. St. 22, Hartsdale, NY 400 Rella Blvd. St. 165, Montebello, NY 914.472.0666; Looking for a physician with 24 years of clinical practice using natural remedies? Expertise in treating acute and chronic illness in children and adults. Emphasis on homeopathic and functional medicine to decrease dependency on pharmaceutical drugs. If you want experienced, competent, compassionate, and exceptional care. See ad pg 19.


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 43.


130 Hardscrabble Rd. North Salem, NY 914.485.1210


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 39.

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.

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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 11.


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 47 & 63.

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

A healthy approach to beauty and wellness led by Maureen Toohey, Regional Educator for Organic Salon Systems. The fresh team is committed to making your experience fully complete and satisfying, organically. Receive a gift valued at $75 with your 1st color appointment, when you mention Natural Awakenings. See ad pg 9.

REFLECTIONS OF NATURE The Landscape Artists 845.489.7250

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

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.

HENNA Certified Natural Henna Artist 914.714.8069; Mt. Kisco Henna is an ancient tradition used for celebration, protection, blessings and healing. All henna is natural and freshly made in house. Services include Belly Blessings, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Goddess Gatherings, Henna Crowns, weddings, private appointments, corporate events and classes.


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.


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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 17.

HOLISTIC HEALTH CENTER 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 23.







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


250 E. Hartsdale Ave. St. 22, Hartsdale, NY 400 Rella Blvd. St. 165, Montebello, NY 914.472.0666; Looking for a physician with 24 years of clinical practice using natural remedies? Expertise in treating acute and chronic illness in children and adults. Emphasis on homeopathic and functional medicine to decrease dependency on pharmaceutical drugs. If you want experienced, competent, compassionate, and exceptional care. See ad pg 19.


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 69.


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.



Dr. Timothy Morley 914.241.7030; Mt. Kisco 914.615.9004; White Plains Dr. Morley is a functional medicine specialist and is board certified in anti-aging. We offer the most extensive testing in the Tristate area which allows us to discover the root causes of imbalances in your body. Balance your body and balance your life. See ads pgs 10 & 41.


150 Purchase St - Hansa Building Ste #7, Rye, NY 10580 914.967.1630; Understand and correct the causes of chronic conditions. Dr. Warshowsky will help you develop your optimal healing plan, incorporating the best of conventional and Integrative, Holistic medicine. He is double board certified in OB/GYN, Integrative, Holistic Medicine and a facilitator of optimal health for men, women and teens. See ad pg 11.

Massage Therapy with a Nurturing Touch 914.320.4063; Therapeutic massage to address specific issues or promote wellness. Works with generally healthy to very ill clients. Experience with geriatric, cancer, Parkinson’s, hospice massage. Studio in Mamaroneck and onsite visits in Westchester, Bronx, Manhattan. See ad pg 32.


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 69.



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


777 White Plains Rd., Scarsdale, NY 10583: 914.902.9200 365 Central Park Ave. Scarsdale, NY 10583; 914.422.3689 737 Bedford Rd., Bedford Hills, NY 10507: 914.244.3689 158 South Ridge St., Rye Brook, NY 10573; 914.417.6940 Massage therapy can be a powerful ally in your wellness program. Visit one of the four locations in Westchester to take advantage of our introductory offer. Open 7 days a week, extended hours, late evenings. See ads pgs 44 & back cover.

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

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

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

Utilize an integrative healing approach from a doctor trained in holistic medicine. Working with your current medical treatments & labwork, as well as botanical medicine, dietary & lifestyle counselling, nutritional supplements, acupuncture and Chinese medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, stress reduction and ecotherapy. Insurance reimbursement available for some services. See ad pg 62.

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Dr. Fred Lisanti, ND, LAC., RH, CHT 266 White Plains Rd, B-1, Eastchester, NY 914.337.2980;

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

Blending the best of traditional and cutting edge natural medicine, Dr. Lisanti offers natural therapeutic solutions for acute and chronic conditions. He combines naturopathic care, clinical nutrition, acupuncture, detoxification, hypnosis, movement, yoga and lifestyle counseling allowing him to customize your program individually. See ad pg 30.

NuSpecies Health Centers provide free health consultations with certified nutritionists/life coaches. We make custom recommendations of our Raw, Organic, Liquid, Natural nutritional formulas and then work with our clients until they achieve their health goals. See ad pg 3.



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 10.

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 38.

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.


Culinary Nutritionist and Functional Medicine Educator 413.717.0459; Phone, Skype, and in-person Integrating plant-based cooking, Functional Nutrition, and mindfulness practices to help you feel your best. Together we’ll create a customized action plan of healing based on your health goals and lifestyle. Offering one-on-one/family consultations, cooking lessons, public speaking.


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

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

Riding public transit is a great travel choice. It helps our environment by reducing air pollution and traffic congestion. Over 65 percent of all Westchester County residents are within walking distance of a Bee-Line bus route, making the bus both close and convenient. See ads pgs 74-75.





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


SunRaven: The Home of Slow Medicine 501 Guard Hill Rd. Bedford, NY 914.218.3113; Offering a whole-being, integrative approach to wellness, nurturing clients into health on the emotional, spiritual, mental, and physical levels. Following one’s heart to Re-envision life in order to flourish. See ad pg 69.


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

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

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


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.

SPIRITUAL CENTER Rev. Dr. Hans B. Hallundbaek, Pastor 609 Rt. 22, Croton Falls, NY Join a unique monthly Interfaith Sunday at the Chapel at Croton Falls at 10:30am – Enjoy prayer, music, movement and dialogue. Check our FB page for information on upcoming programs or e-mail Rev. Deborah Moldow, Interfaith Minister, at See ad pg 68.


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.



299 North Highland Avenue, Bldg. 5 Ossining, New York 10562 914.941.4455; The Mariandale Center sponsors retreats and programs on spiritual and contemplative practices. We also welcome nonprofit organizations for workshops and group retreats. Our guests enjoy the contemplative environment at the Center, and the beautiful, spacious land overlooking the Hudson River. See ad pg 79.


2 Coulter Road, Bakers Mills, NY 12811 518.251.3015; 914.556.8258 Yoga in the Adirondacks is nestled in the valley of the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, where yoga embraces nature. Connect your mind, body and spirit and explore your retreat with like-minded people to build a happier and healthier life. Studio available for your yoga/ wellness private group as well. See ad pg 59.


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 29.

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

We offer a unique approach to the health care of the mouth based on a holistic understanding of the whole body. I invite you to explore our web site to learn how we can serve your needs. See ad pg 17.

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

Prevention is the Cure. RadiationFree Breast and Full Body medical thermal imaging available in Westchester & Dutchess County. By appointment. Offices in Mount Kisco, White Plains and Poughkeepsie. See ad pg 42.



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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 11.

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

We offer a unique approach to the health care of the mouth based on a holistic understanding of the whole body. I invite you to explore our web site to learn how we can serve your needs. See ad pg 17.


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 73.


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

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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.”


Dr. Timothy Morley 914.241.7030; Mt. Kisco 914.615.9004; White Plains We know the science behind weight loss. Slow metabolism, hormone imbalance, thyroid dysfunction, metal toxicity, vitamin deficiency and lifestyle choices are a few reasons why many people don’t lose. Your personalized, physician-supervised, real food plan will be designed for your success. See ads pgs 10 & 41.




Addiction Free Naturally Briarcliff and Midtown Manhattan 914.705.1805 The Weiss Method helps people lose weight by overcoming addiction to sugar and white flour, and compulsive overeating. After treatment, most people experience indifference towards refined sugar, sweets and treats, leading to easy weight loss. 30 years experience. 80% success rate. See ad pg 38.


FIREFLY YOGA & JUICE BAR 992 main street Fishkill NY 12524

Firefly Yoga is the Hudson Valleys only Baptiste Affiliate studio. Our practices are for everybody, we offer heated and non-heated vinyasa yoga, meditation and personal growth practices. Our mission is to give practitioners access to possibility and living life in their fullest potential. See ad pg 56.


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.


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 69.

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

natural awakenings

September 2017



natural awakenings

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

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