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ast month Dana and I went on a work retreat to reset, recharge and have fun. We stayed in a cute little cottage by the shore, explored new towns, walked on warm, sandy beaches and played in the waves. It was both relaxing and reinvigorating. We brought our garden produce, juicer and NutriBullet, and we also splurged on eating out a couple of times. I brought my yoga mat and started each morning outside on the deck—eyes closed, breathing, centering, listening to Dana Boulanger and Marilee Burrell the birds and insects, doing sun salutations—creating my own mini yoga retreat. I also rode a bike for the first time in probably 25 years. Ahhh, it was so nice. I’m already dreaming of my next trip. This month we celebrate National Yoga Month with, not coincidently, an article about yoga retreats. Most are all-inclusive—you just show up and enjoy—so they’re totally relaxing. Read “Stretch, Relax and Connect: Yoga Retreats Tap into Energy of People and Place,” on pages 36-39 and consider joining in. Discover local yoga studios, teachers, news and articles on pages 30-53, and to find classes near you, turn to our calendar sections (pages 66-74). I’ve practiced yoga off and on for more than 30 years. It’s ideal for all people and all ages, even children. I love the deep, rhythmic breathing that stops the mind chatter and activates the parasympathetic pathway, inducing bliss. I love the gentle stretching and the gradual increase in heart rate during a slow-flow class. There are so many different types of yoga offered now, from restorative yoga, which heals through relaxing, to classes that are seriously challenging. When I was younger I gravitated to more rigorous forms—although I happened into a gentle yoga class and was amazed to find that the style actually did more for me. In my 40s, I couldn’t get enough of Kundalini yoga. Now that I’m in my 50s, gentle and slowflow are my favorites. It’s nice knowing there are many styles to choose from. Recently I went to a chair yoga class and was surprised by the workout I received. In fact, the chair helped me go deeper in downward dog without stressing my wrists, which I appreciated. If you’ve always wanted to try yoga, let this issue of Natural Awakenings be your inspiration. Remember, you don’t have to be physically fit to do it, and it’s never too late to begin. In fact, studies show yoga improves bone density and cognitive function, combats chronic illness and reduces depression in those over 60—good reasons to start if you aren’t a yoga enthusiast yet. In this issue you can learn about different yoga styles and find classes, studios and teachers near you. If you find a class you like, you can stick with it or mix it up with different classes or even mat time at home. Just try to practice at least three times a week. That’s what research suggests brings the best results. Big news for us! This month we’re launching our new dynamic, search-engineoptimized website. By mid-September, you should be able to join the Natural Awakenings community online by uploading your own free directory listing and info about local events. Just as the print magazine has become a go-to resource for all things natural and holistic in our area, we’re taking our website to the next level by connecting readers to even more local resources and by integrating the site with our large Facebook following for games and contests. Visit to upload and connect. Happy September, everyone!

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56 green living 58 healthy kids 60 healing ways 62 natural pet 64 inspiration 66 calendar 73 planet watch 74 classifieds 75 resource guide September 2019


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Holistic Practitioner Support Group Meets Monthly in Red Hook


he Holistic Practitioners Support and Connection Group, a new organization for holistic practitioners in the Aviva Chansky Guttmann Mid-Hudson Valley, will meet one Monday a month, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Red Hook Community Center. Upcoming meetings are September 16 and October 21. “This is an evolving, dynamic support and connection group that welcomes healing practitioners in the helping professions,” says facilitator Aviva Chansky Guttmann. “Any person who practices in the realms of health and healing—energy workers, massage therapists, rehabilitation counselors and therapists, palliative and pastoral care professionals, life coaches, spirituality counselors, healers, art therapists, equine therapists, recovery counselors, birth and death doulas—is invited to attend. The only fee is a free-will donation to the Red Hook Community Center.” The group’s mission is to connect and support practitioners whose work and life mission focuses on helping others regain wholeness and healing in their lives, Guttmann says. At each meeting, participants will introduce themselves, take turns teaching the group about their specific modality, support each other, and discuss community events and ways they can collaborate in the future. Location: Red Hook Community Center, 59 Fisk St., Red Hook, NY. For more info, call Guttmann at 631.885.4375 or email


Sacred, Designed for Meditation and Mindfulness, Opens in Larchmont


acred, a space designed for meditation and other practices that facilitate wellbeing through mindfulness, has opened near Addison Street Spa in Larchmont. Shari Gordon, who owns the spa, says she decided to open Sacred because she saw a need for a space dedicated to “modalities that help us go inside and learn more about ourselves, our desires, abilities, relationships and health, and the beauty that this life has to offer us.” Established in 1999, Addison Street Spa Meditation room at Sacred and Addison Spa has a close-knit team of therapists that offer massage, facials, CranioSacral Therapy, Reiki, reflexology and other healing treatments. “We realized though that our community could benefit from meditation and classes that we weren’t able to offer in the smaller space of the spa,” says Gordon, a massage therapist and meditation instructor. “When a studio space opened up two doors down from the spa, we saw it as a perfect opportunity to create a sacred space for people to gather and experience the magic that can happen when you learn to quiet your thoughts and turn inside. We heard from a lot of clients that they’d had difficulty previously getting into a meditative state, and so we designed a schedule with guided meditations and other offerings to support them.” Among the offerings on this fall’s schedule are gentle yoga, qigong, monthly full moon sound baths, sound baths combined with restorative yoga, women’s circles, breath work and meditation classes. In its treatment room, Sacred offers private healing sessions, wellness facials, readings and couples massages. Personalized one-on-one meditations are also available. “Our beautiful block in Larchmont has many options for healthy eating after your sessions with us,” Gordon says. Location: 11 Addison St., Larchmont, NY. For more info, call 914.825.9535, email contact@ or visit See ad, page 10.

Natural Awakenings Launches New Community Website


n September, Natural Awakenings will launch a new, comprehensive online hub for all things healthy and sustainable in the Westchester-Putnam-Dutchess area. Partnering with the Locable Publisher Network, a software company that works exclusively with local publications, the new website offers many exciting features for readers and advertisers alike, says Marilee Burrell, who publishes the local edition of Natural Awakenings along with Dana Boulanger. The enhanced online calendar will make it easy to share events and discover local happenings. Business owners can list their natural health and eco-friendly products or services in the new searchable directory. Advertisers can increase their online reach through a community sponsorship, featured event listings, display advertisements and other opportunities. And readers can easily find and share their favorite articles and sections through the new website. “Dana and I have been looking for the perfect platform to take us to the next level online, and I think we’ve found it,” Burrell says. “We’re so excited about all this platform has to offer, and we’re discovering new features every day. Stay tuned as we learn to use all the bells and whistles.” For more info, visit To learn about digital advertising opportunities including featured sponsorships with a limited number of spots available, first-come, firstserve basis, call 845.593.0065 or email

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Pellegrino Healing Center Combines Salt Cave, Yoga Studio

Integrity Chiropractor Introduces Neuromuscular Massage for Fibromyalgia


hristine Pellegrino, founder, owner and director of Pellegrino Healing Center, in Hyde Park, is adapting her newly renovated yoga studio into a salt cave and yoga Pellegrino Healing Center studio. The salt cave, which is set to open the end of September, is being designed as a unique place to relax, rejuvenate and enjoy the benefits of salt therapy through Himalayan salt cave sessions, yoga classes, meditation, acupuncture and massage clinics, and other natural therapies and practices. Advocates of salt therapy say it offers many benefits to people of all ages, including better immunity; more energy and physical endurance; improved lung function; reduced stress; detoxification; relief from skin conditions like dermatitis, acne, eczema and psoriasis; reduced symptoms of allergies, asthma and respiratory issues; and lower blood pressure. The integration of a salt cave into the yoga studio at Pellegrino Healing Center will allow clients to reap those benefits while they relax in anti-gravity chairs or settle into a yoga pose. The microscopic dry salt in the air bathes the body and, as the breath slows and deepens, works its way into the sinuses and lungs, and then progresses into the circulatory system. According to Pelligrino, salt is antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiviral, and so it has the potential to fight infections. A licensed acupuncturist, Pellegrino practices a combination of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Japanese Kiiko-Style Acupuncture, Five-Element Acupuncture and trigger point therapy.

ntegrity Chiropractic, in Mahopac, is now offering relief from fibromyalgia through neuromuscular massage, says owner and chiropractor Dr. Jodi Kennedy. Characterized by widespread body pain and fatigue, fibromyalgia affects about 2 percent of American adults, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. While medical scientists have not established a clear cause for this chronic condition, Kennedy says neuromuscular Neuromuscular massage with massage provides a wide variety Dr. Jodi L. Kennedy of benefits for fibromyalgia sufferers, including decreased pain and tightness as well as improved strength and range of motion. Neuromuscular massage is a highly effective noninvasive technique for easing symptoms, she says. It involves stretching the muscle fibers in specific directions to neurologically “turn down” tight, over-contracting muscles and “turn up” weak, under-contracting ones. “Fibromyalgia points often coincide with areas of myogelosis, or gelling within the muscle,” she says. “As a result of this thickening, the muscle can’t properly contract for strength or relax for comfort. This creates a negative, cascading effect. Over time, the patient develops more and more painful points throughout their body. Many patients with chronic fibromyalgia symptoms who haven’t responded to other forms of therapy are experiencing significant relief with the addition of neuromuscular massage.” Neuromuscular massage therapy can address a broad range of problems, she adds. “This simple technique can be taught to patients and used on other regions of the body to decrease discomfort and improve flexibility.”

Location: Pellegrino Healing Center, 4307 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park, NY. For more info, call 845.233.5672 or visit See ad page 45.

Location: Integrity Chiropractic, 11 Miller Rd. (Gorman Professional Park), Mahopac, NY. For a free 20-minute consultation, call 845.628.7233 or visit



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Life Energy Arts in Mount Kisco

Fall Workshops, Social Events at Life Energy Arts


his fall, the Life Energy Arts Gallery, in downtown Mount Kisco, will host a variety of programs and community events focused on holistic health. Among the highlights will be Sunday workshops led by experts in specific aspects of the field. All workshops will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Devoted to the work of holistic healer John Diamond, M.D., Life Energy Arts Gallery is the only gallery in the world whose focus is artwork created with the intention of being therapeutic, says gallery director Karla Booth. She will start the workshop season on September 5 with a presentation on the Diamond-Dart Meridian Sequence, a holistic movement meditation designed to energize the acupuncture meridians. She will teach ongoing classes on the same topic from 10 to 11:15 a.m. on Thursdays.   Peter Muir, Ph.D., an internationally renowned performer, educator and authority in using music for wellness, will lead two Sunday workshops: an introduction to using music for stress reduction, on September 22, and using music to enhance the lives of people with disabilities, on November 3. Acupuncturist and university lecturer Jennifer Weiss will lead introductory workshops on the acupuncture meridian system and the emotions on October 20 and November 17.  The gallery is also planning a number of fall social events. One Saturday a month beginning September 21, it will host a wine and cheese social from 6 to 8 p.m. On September 12, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., therapeutic practitioners of any type are invited to the gallery to chat and network. And Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., people at all levels of musical experience and ability are welcome to come to the gallery and sing with the Westchester Songbirds, a new community singing group offering a natural approach to music making. Location: Life Energy Arts, 11-13 E. Main St., Mount Kisco, NY (above Mount Kisco Sports). For more info, call 914.533.7500 or visit For more info on Dr. Diamond, visit

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New Workshop ‘Unwinds the Mind, Heals the Soul’


haman Eileen O’Hare is offering a new intensive workshop, Unwinding the Mind, Healing the Soul, that combines current neuroscience and indigenous spiritual techniques to help people rid themselves and others of self-defeating patterns that prevent positive change. “If you’re called to do deep healing work on yourself or others, this training is invaluable,” O’Hare says. Eileen O’Hare “Nature and neuroscience are powerful collaborators. We create deep and meaningful alliances with the world of living energies around and within us to fuel our moving forward in life.” Through this course, participants will become aware of thoughts, feelings and actions that hold them hostage to destructive patterns, and then call on spiritual energies to help them shift. They will work with the five elements, the four directions and the three worlds; journeying; ritual; ceremony; deep personal work; chanting, drumming and dancing; trips to local sacred sites; excursions to local river and mountain spirits; and “processing with lots of love, support and laughter,” O’Hare says. The intensive will be offered twice: October 26 and 27, and again November 9 and 10. All sessions run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This course is a prerequisite for an upcoming yearlong course that will be held the third Saturday of every month, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., from January through December 2020. Introductory course participants who pay in full by October 1 will receive a 10 percent discount. Location: Beacon, NY. For info or to register, call 914.456.7789 or email See ad, page 5.

Mount Kisco’s Biggest Block Party Opens September 13


ount Kisco’s SeptemberFest—a three-day outdoor festival with the feel of a super-sized block party—will take place September 13 through 15, featuring family activities, games, food trucks and live music. Organized by the Mount Kisco Chamber of Commerce and the Village of Mount Kisco, along with key business partners from the community, SeptemberFest has become a must-go annual event showcasing “the small-town charm and big ideas that have ignited this vibrant village and business community.” The presenting sponsor this year will be Saw Mill Club, whose support has been key to adding more family activities, organizers say. During SeptemberFest, downtown Mount Kisco will be the scene of a full-blown carnival, with rides and amusements, an outdoor Friday-night dance party with a deejay, a live band on Saturday night, food trucks selling local eats and brew, antique


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cars, music throughout the weekend, and a street fair with exhibits and sidewalk sales. “We are grateful to have community organizations and businesses such as Fidelis Care NY, Holiday Inn and many other local partners SeptemberFest in Mount Kisco sponsoring entertainment, including children’s characters, bingo and live music,” says Beth Vetare-Civitello, co-director of the Mount Kisco Chamber of Commerce. Festival hours are Friday 5 to 11 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The sixth annual Kisco Run 5K will be held in the streets of the village on Sunday before the festival. For more info on SeptemberFest, including a weekend schedule, visit For more info on the race, visit

Contemplative Practice Course for Professionals Begins in September


eanette Sandor and Jan Fielder, co-founders of Empowered Living Community, will lead a 10-session workshop, Contemplative Practices for Mental Health Professionals and Life Coaches, Jan Fielder and Jeanette Sandor beginning in September at the Center for Empowered Living, in Briarcliff Manor. “Research has shown that contemplative practices help with stress management, emotional regulation and cultivating resilience,” Sandor says. “They help us achieve inner peace, rewiring our brain for increased happiness and improved coping skills.” Both certified life coaches, Fielder and Sandor graduated in 2016 from Columbia University with a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the Spirituality Mind Body Institute. They also received two-year certification from the Nalanda Institute’s Contemplative Psychotherapy Program in 2019. Their workshop is designed to help mental health professionals and life coaches who want to incorporate contemplative practice into their work with clients cultivate their own practices and become knowledgeable with the research supporting the use of the practices, Fielder says. Sessions will run from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on the following 10 Mondays: September 23 and 30; October 7, 21 and 28; November 4, 18 and 25; and December 2 and 9. Location: Center for Empowered Living, Briarcliff Manor, NY. To register, visit For more info, email or See ad this page. September 2019


NUR Space Opens: Where the Healthy Living Community Gathers

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Nationally Renowned Armonk Outdoor Art Show Returns in September


he Armonk Outdoor Art Show, ranked #2 Fine Art and Design Show in the Nation by Sunshine Artist, a premier art and craft show publication, will return to Westchester for its 58th year September 21 and 22. The event, which The Armonk Outdoor Art Show benefits North Castle Public Library, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, rain or shine, at Westchester Business Park. “This is a must-see event every fall for thousands of discerning art lovers from the Hudson Valley and New York City metro area,” says Anne Curran, executive director of the show. “It’s also a fun experience for the whole family, with free activities for kids and collaborative art projects, great food vendors and beer and wine. So, come for the art and stay for the fun.” This year’s show will include 185 juried artists, including 34 new artists, from 26 states, Canada and Israel. Featured artists are Jennifer Ardolino, Michael Patterson, Evan Lorberbaum, Natalya Khorover Aikens and Nnamdi Okonkwo. A broad range of art in every medium and price point will be on display, including painting, printmaking, drawing, pastels, mixed media, sculpture, photography, digital art, wearable art and fine crafts. Free personal consultants, trained in fine art and interior design, will be available to help visitors select art to fit their taste and decor.

new community space for health-conscious people has opened in Hastings on Hudson. Nuranisa Rae, founder and director of NUR Space, says she envisions it as both an office space and a gathering place for workshops, classes and other events. The goal NUR Space is to give people in the healthy and natural living community a venue and opportunities to discuss, create, learn about and try new things. “This is a space for all. When we wish we had a class to go to, or a workshop to help us understand an alternative form of health care, an introduction to a new idea or new way of living, or a meet-up of like-minded folks, we want people to think of NUR Space,” Rae says. “We are listening to our community. If they want it to happen, we’ll do it together. We have some workshops that will be free, some donation based and some with a cost. Our practitioners in the offices will work out their own fee. But we’re doing our best to keep our events free or low cost, and accessible to all.” The idea came to Rae as a result of her work as a certified nurse midwife. “I develop very personal relationships with my clients,” she says. “The continuing thread of need seemed to be a place for folks to gather or create. NUR space was developed out of the idea that like-minded people need a place to gather, grow and meet without the commitment of running a center. Whether it’s a one-time event or a reoccurring event, we’re here to help run it all.” Recurring workshops include mommy groups; dad groups; fullmoon circles; and childbirth education, postpartum nutrition and prep classes. The schedule for advocacy groups, meet-up groups and classes on homeopathy or natural living varies. “The best way to keep up is to join our mailing list, follow us on Instagram, or stop by and say hello,” Rae says.

Cost: $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, free for ages 18 and under. Free on-site parking. Location: 205 Business Park Dr., Armonk, NY. No dogs allowed. For more info, visit

Location: NUR Space, 596 Warburton Ave., Hastings on Hudson, NY. For more info, visit, follow on Instagram, or email to join the mailing list. See ad, page 2.



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Anne Bentzen Offers Direct Teaching of Original Reiki


nne Bentzen, a Reiki practitioner and energy healer in Westchester, is now an assistant teacher for Jikiden Reiki—the oldest form of Anne Bentzen the alternative and complementary healing art, which originated in Japan in the 1920s. She will lead an introduction to Jikiden Reiki and a healing circle from 4 to 6 p.m. on October 6, in Larchmont. She will also offer the Shoden Reiki 1 course of Jikiden Reiki as a weekend retreat at the Holmes (NY) Camp and Retreat Center November 15 through 17. “Reiki supports the body’s ability to heal naturally, restoring physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being,” she says. “Numerous benefits have been documented anecdotally from the use of Reiki to reduce stress, pain, inflammation and anxiety; lower blood pressure; improve immunity; and instill peace and tranquility in recipients. Reiki is an excellent natural, drug-free home therapy for adults, teenagers, young children and even pets.” Jikiden Reiki is the oldest form of Reiki being taught directly from the lineage of Dr. Chujiro Hayashi, who was a student of the founder of Reiki, Mikao Usui Sensei, she says. “Jikiden Reiki shares the original hands-on healing teachings, philosophy and spirit of Reiki from Hayashi Sensei. I’m excited to bring Jikiden Reiki to the Westchester area so more people can appreciate the power and simplicity of Reiki in its original form.” Cost for introduction/healing circle: $10 donation. For more information, call 914.588.4079 or email balancing4lifeusa@ Retreat registration details at See ad, page 18.

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Alan Dattner, M.D., Seeks to Sell Holistic Dermatology Practice


lan M. Dattner, M.D., owner of Holistic Dermatology and Integrative MediAlan M. Dattner cine, in New Rochelle, wants to turn over his integrative dermatology practice for a relatively small fee, to either a dermatologist with similar interests or an integrative medical or osteopathic doctor interested in inflammation and skin issues. “Currently I know of no board-certified dermatologists who do the kind of work I do, although some use some natural treatments,” he says. “My support team could help fill in expertise and shoulder some of the time burden that goes along with this work.” If a new practitioner doesn’t take over, Dattner will close the practice on September 5. Patients who need copies of their charts sent to another doctor, who need help finding another doctor, or who have other concerns or questions should call his office before then. “It’s been a pleasure helping people who failed conventional care, and proving that there are alternatives that work despite official guidelines that suggest otherwise,” he says. “I hope that insurance companies and legislators are contacted and motivated to see that skilled integrative care based on medicine and science can help where more expensive drugs may or may not be effective. People helped by integrative care should let them know that treating the underlying cause of a skin disease improves comorbidities as well as the disease itself. Adequate insurance payment to doctors for this work would enable a lot more people to get help, and save on the cost of expensive medications.” Location: Holistic Dermatology and Integrative Medicine, 17 Rodman Oval, New Rochelle, NY. For more info, email doc@, call 914.637.0908 or visit 16

United Palace, in NYC, Evokes Spirituality through Art


oth spirituality and art are means to explore and celebrate our capacity for connection, meaning, purpose and transcendence—and when we practice them together, channeling our innate creative powers and healing abilities, we can transform our lives and the world, says Rev. Heather Shea, spiritual director and CEO of United Palace, a transformational organization and venue that fuses spirituality, the arts, culture and entertainment. United Palace of Spiritual Arts “Through spiritual artistry, we fully experience who and what we are by embracing artistic expression as a spiritual practice and spiritual practice as a form of art,” Shea says. “Through spirituality and art, we are able to explore and celebrate fully our complete humanity. All the enduring spiritual traditions, along with culture, art and entertainment, are pathways to connection, understanding, community and joy.” Located in Washington Heights, in the fourth-largest theater in Manhattan, the United Palace hosts Sunday services, shamanic circles, Open Heart Conversations exploring the world’s religious and spiritual traditions, renowned speakers, book signings and other events designed to facilitate spiritual awareness and artistic engagement. “At United Palace, we welcome anyone to come celebrate spirituality through art and art through spirituality,” Shea says. “You can discover your inner creative power through spirituality, while finding spiritual meaning through the arts. We are all spiritual artists.” Location: United Palace of Spiritual Arts, 4140 Broadway (at 175th Street), NY. For more information, visit See ad, page 31.

Walkathon Supports People Affected by Breast or Ovarian Cancer


he 25th annual Support-A-Walk, presented by Support Connection, will be held October 6 at FDR Park in Yorktown Heights. This three-mile walkathon was created to support and bring attention to the needs of people living with breast and ovarian cancer. Each year, thousands of people from across the Hudson Valley and beyond come together for this community event, organizers say. Many participants walk in celebraSupport Connection Team from last year tion of or in tribute to those affected by these diseases. Proceeds from the walkathon help fund Support Connection’s free programs and services for people affected by breast and ovarian cancer. Through its toll-free number, Support Connection provides information and support to people all over the country. It also provides in-person support groups and services for Hudson Valley residents. There are many ways to help this not-for-profit organization through Support-AWalk. Participants can form a walk team; collect donations and walk on their own; raise funds online by asking family, friends and others to donate; make an individual donation; or spread the word in their neighborhood. People of all ages and skill levels are welcome to join the walk, donate or fundraise. For more info on how to join or donate, call 914.962.6402 or visit See ad, page 71.

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Gestalt Therapist Marcia Miller to Lead Rhinebeck Workshop


arcia Miller, a trained Gestalt therapist, dance therapist and hypnotherapist who has been offering workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Greece Marcia Miller and the Middle East for 35 years, will lead a Dreams Awakened workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., October 19, in Rhinebeck. The workshop is for anyone interested in self-healing and heightened well-being, Miller says. It’s designed to give them a deeper understanding of their dreams, purpose and message. Participants work in small groups to access the information in their dreams, give physical form to their dreams, and bring those techniques and skills into their lives. “Dreams Awakened is a workshop that allows our dream images to come alive and speak through us and to us, not only of our pain but also to our capacity to heal,” she says. “In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to work with their living dream images and to uncover and explore the messages offered to them in their dreams for the enhancement of their well-being. We’ll use Fritz Perls’ Gestalt dream method, along with diverse sensory, experiential and creative modalities.” Among the notable people Miller has worked with are Perls, a German psychoanalyst; artist Dale Diamond of Berkeley, California; and Jungians Marion Woodman, Arthur Young, Nathan Salant and Donald Ferrell, her longtime mentor. During 9/11, Miller was called in to lead groups for Smith Barney, Citibank and AIG. For more information, visit, or contact Miller at or See ad, page 37.

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Empowered By Nature Moves to Swann Chiropractic Healing Center


orraine Hughes, sole proprietor of Empowered By Nature, in Fishkill, has moved her practice to an office suite where it’s part of Swann Chiropractic Healing Center. “I’m so excited to be with this wonderful group of four female holistic practitioners whose modalities are in alignment with each other,” she says. A registered herbalist through the American Herbalists Guild, Hughes offers herbal wellness consultations and follow-up wellness New office for Empowered By Nature visits, providing dietary and herbal therapy along with movement and lifestyle recommendations based on Chinese, Ayurvedic and Western herbal medicine. She also offers foot and hand reflexology sessions; reflexology/Reiki combination sessions; acupoint aromatherapy, which can be combined with Reiki and/or reflexology; private qigong sessions with a focus on the tongue and pulse; and educational classes for groups of up to six people. The new office is convenient for her clients and offers more room for classes, Hughes says. “The building is right across the driveway from Fishkill Allsport, has plenty of parking, and is handicapped accessible,” she says. “This space is very conducive to holding small lecture classes of four to six people.” Location: Empowered By Nature (inside Swann Chiropractic Healing Center), 21 Old Main St., Ste. 207, Fishkill, NY. For more info, contact Hughes at 845.416.4598  or, or visit

Peace Day to Begin with Bell Toll at United Nations in NYC


very September, the International Day of Peace is observed around the world. The United Nations General Assembly has declared this a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace within and among all nations and peoples. In New York, Peace Day celebrations will take place September 20 at the United Nations Headquarters. They will be live-streamed at The local event will begin at 9 a.m., when UN Secretary General António Guterres will ring the Peace Bell and observe a minute of silence. A student observance will follow from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Approximately 700 high school and college students will have an opportunity to interact with UN Messengers of Peace, along with youth participating via videoconference from the United Nations Mission in Kosovo. The theme of Peace Day 2019 is Climate Action for Peace. Climate action is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals the UN member states adopted in 2015, stating that a peaceful world isn’t possible without action to facilitate “economic and social development for all people everywhere, and ensure that their rights (are) protected.” Goal 13 is “a call for immediate action by all to lower greenhouse emissions, build resilience and improve education on climate change.” For more information, visit


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People have been conducting strikes as a method of demanding change for many years. With our climate on the brink of collapse and our communities already suffering from its impacts and the potential for effective action so uncertain, such a worldwide event to try to effect

climate change action is paramount. On September 20, millions of people worldwide will walk out of their classes, jobs and homes as part of a Global Climate Strike, with many organized events taking place nationwide. “One day of striking won’t solve everything, but it will show those in power that we refuse to stand by in the face of climate crisis,” says Tamara Toles O’Laughlin, North American director of, a renewable-energy action nonprofit that is working to organize weeklong events. “It’ll show the world who the real villains of the story are. And if we’re numerous and loud enough, it will be the spark that helps turn the tide. And that’s all we really need.” Visit to find event locatons or to create an event.

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September 2019


Cold or unsupportive mothering styles can harm a child’s health into adulthood, Loma Linda University researchers have found. Compared to adults mothered in a “warm” style, adults that had been mothered in a “cold” manner had an average of 25 percent shorter telomeres, indicating faster cellular aging, a shorter life span and greater susceptibility to disease. The study was based on follow-up blood samples of 200 adults originally enrolled in cohort studies of 130,000 people starting in 1976. Those that described their mothering as cold tended to be overweight or obese as adults, with less education. A father’s parenting style had a much smaller effect and was not significant enough to impact telomere length, the authors found. 22

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For runners, food is fuel, and a new study lays to rest debates about which diet is best. Researchers at Leibniz University, in Hannover, Germany, recruited 76 men and women runners, divided equally between vegans, vegetarians and omnivores. They had an average age of 27 and ran recreationally two to five times a week. The runners were asked to pedal to exhaustion on a stationary bike, and researchers found that all three groups had similar exercise capacity and power output, and similar lactate production during exercise. The researchers concluded that vegan diets were “a suitable alternative for ambitious recreational runners.”

Regular exposure to sunlight decreases the incidence of irritable bowel disease (IBD) in children, researchers from the Australian National University report. They compared 99 children with IBD with 396 healthy children using interviews with parents to establish a database. For every 10 minutes of sunlight exposure a day on average, there was a 6 percent reduction in risk, and 30 minutes a day reduced the risk by 20 percent. Also, children with deeper tans were at lower risk. IBD, which includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, has been shown in previous studies to be less common among people that live in sunnier places and closer to the Equator.

Sleep Tight to Keep Ulcers at Bay About one in 10 Americans develops painful peptic ulcers, open sores in the lining of the stomach and duodenum, that are sometimes caused by an overgrowth of the Helicobacter pylori bacteria. Drug therapy to eradicate the bacteria involving two antibiotics and one acid suppressant is usually successful, but about 10 percent of cases recur. A key factor may be sleep quality, suggests a new study from the University of Hong Kong. Researchers followed 1,420 people that had been treated for peptic ulcers for three years. The ulcers recurred in 8.3 percent of them, and those that had poor sleep—including taking longer to fall asleep and waking more during the night—were significantly more likely to be re-infected. Longer total sleep times helped reduce infection recurrence.

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Try Maqui Berry for Dry Eyes Maqui, tiny black berries that grow wild in the rain forests of Chile and Argentina, are beloved by small birds. Now they are showing promise for computer-weary humans with dry eyes. In a recent study, Japanese researchers tested a standardized maqui berry extract on 74 people that suffered from dry eyes and eye fatigue that used computers, smartphones or video games for more than four hours a day. Half took 60 milligrams of the maqui berry extract and half took a placebo for four weeks. The maqui berry group showed significantly greater production of lacrimal fluid in both eyes compared to the placebo group, and also reported less eye fatigue and more relaxed shoulders.

Lower Anxiety to Ease Allergies People with generalized anxiety disorders affecting all aspects of life are more likely to have seasonal allergies triggered by grass or tree pollen and people with depression are more likely to suffer from chronic allergies triggered by such irritants as animal hair and dust mites, report German researchers at the Technical University of Munich. In the study of 1,782 people, they also found that food and drug allergies were unaffected by psychosocial disorders.

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Be Wary of Dental Antibiotics Preventive antibiotics are frequently prescribed by dentists for older patients with certain heart conditions, but Oregon State University researchers recently found that those antibiotics, which can expose patients to unwelcome side effects, are unnecessary 81 percent of the time. Using four years of a healthcare claims database of almost 170,000 prescriptions involving more than 90,000 patients with an average age of 63, the research found that fewer than 21 percent should have been given antibiotics based on heart conditions. The findings are important because dentists are responsible for 10 percent of all antibiotic prescriptions written in the U.S., and overuse of antibiotics contributes to bacteria evolving to make the drugs ineffective.

September 2019


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Toxic air is killing more people in Europe than tobacco smoking, according to new research published in the European Heart Journal. The number of early deaths caused by air pollution is double previous estimates and the lives of 800,000 people worldwide are cut short by an average of more than two years, the scientists calculated. Although air pollution enters through the lungs, its impact via the bloodstream on heart disease and strokes is responsible for twice as many deaths as respiratory diseases. Penny Woods, chief executive of the British Lung Foundation, says, “Toxic air doesn’t just cut lives short. It also seriously affects the health and quality of life of millions of people.”

In the U.S., air pollution in general worsened markedly across the country between 2015 and 2017, probably due to rising temperatures, according to the American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2019 report. Based on federal, state and local data, it found that that many cities nationwide increased the number of days when particle pollution, often called “soot”, soared to record-breaking levels. More cities suffered from higher numbers of days when ground-level ozone, also known as “smog”, reached unhealthy levels. The report’s three-year span covered the hottest years on record globally, and as the report noted, the data “adds to the evidence that a changing climate is making it harder to protect human health.” Case in point: The top six cities or metro areas in ozone pollution—Los Angeles-Long Beach, Visalia, Bakersfield, Fresno-Madera-Hanford, Sacramento-Roseville and San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad—were all located in California, one of the most environmentally proactive states. See a map of the 25 worst offenders by ozone, yearround particle pollution and short-term particle pollution and check out other locations by zip code at MostPollutedCities.


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Elephants Never Forget—What They Smell

According to a new report from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, elephants have such sensitive olfactory discrimination that they can determine different amounts of food just by sniffing it. Most animals use visual acuity to determine quantities of food, but this study shows that it’s important for psychologists to incorporate into experimental designs the ways in which different animals interact with their environment using all of their senses. 24

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The Amazon Rain Forest continues to lose habitat for animals and plants by clear cutting practices that add to the burden of climate change. According to satellite imaging data compiled in 2018 by Global Forest Watch and analysts at the University of Maryland, removing large patches of forest to make room for ranching caused the highest loss of forest cover overall, along with other commercial activities like mining and soy production. The World Resources Institute, which tracks global forest cover, reports deforestation is increasing in Brazil, Indonesia, Colombia, Peru and Bolivia. Large swaths of forest serve as carbon sinks, helping suck excess carbon emissions from the atmosphere. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has promised to open the Amazon for industry and recently slashed funding to environmental and science research groups.


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Climate Changes Upend Farming

Cultivation throughout the U.S. is becoming more difficult because of unpredictable weather patterns, leading to higher prices and lowered productivity. Farmers are finding that a shift of two or three weeks in a growing season can upset supply chains, labor schedules and other agricultural variables, like the routes that honeybees travel to pollinate fields. Also, climate change is driving a rise in pest infestations that will keep growers scrambling to keep up with rapidly changing conditions. “Decades-long patterns of frost, heat and rain, never entirely predictable, but once reliable enough, have broken down. In regions where the term climate change still meets with skepticism, some simply call the weather extreme or erratic. But most agree that something unusual is happening,” reports The New York Times.

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Companies Urge Vietnam Recycling Plans

Vietnam is among the biggest contributors to plastic waste in the ocean, and Suntory Holdings, a giant Japanese beverage company, has joined its rivals Coca-Cola and Nestlé to encourage new recycling strategies to fend off such actions as the European Union’s move toward outlawing single-use plastic items. A report by Greenpeace last year found CocaCola, PepsiCo and Nestlé to be the world’s biggest producers of plastic trash, although all three companies have made recycling pledges. Suntory, a maker of whisky and soft drinks, says it plans to switch out pure, petroleum-based plastic bottles in all markets by 2030, using only recycled or plant-based materials, at a cost of approximately $467 million, but also says it sees no viable alternative yet to polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles.

Whale Wipe-Out Record Numbers Starving to Death

More than 160 dead gray whales have washed up on the Pacific Coast this year, including onto beaches in Canada, Mexico and Alaska, and scientists estimate that they represent just 10 percent of the total number of the dead, with the rest sinking into the sea. In Washington, officials have run out of public beaches for the huge carcasses to rot, and have asked for owners of private beaches to volunteer space. This could end up being the deadliest year for gray whales since 2000, when 131 were found on U.S. shores. Many of this year’s victims have been malnourished, according to David Weller, a research wildlife biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Southwest Fisheries Science Center, in La Jolla, California. That could be because of unusually warm temperatures in the northern Bering Sea last year, says Sue Moore, a biological oceanographer at the University of Washington, in Seattle. This results in less of the type of algae that amphipods (shrimplike crustaceans) eat, which in turn lowers the food supply for the whales.

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Cleaning the house shouldn’t be a health hazard, yet studies have linked many popular cleaning products to asthma and other respiratory ills, developmental problems in young children and breast cancer. The nonprofit Environmental Working Group ( warns in its Guide to Healthy Cleaning that both toilet and oven cleaners and heavy-duty degreasers that contain hydrochloric acid, phosphoric acid, sodium hydroxide, potassium hydroxide or ethanolamine can cause skin burns, blindness and lung irritation. Products containing ammonia or chlorine bleach produce dangerous fumes when accidentally combined. Even air fresheners and scented cleaning or laundry products can trigger allergies, and often contain suspected endocrine disruptors such as phthalates and synthetic musk. EWG scientists have evaluated 2,500 cleaning products and posted the results online: Out of 507 allpurpose cleaners, only 59 earned an A for safety and 151 got an F. Other indicators of high eco-standards are a Green Seal or an EcoLogo certification symbol on the product’s container.

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There are many good, safe and effective cleaning strategies that use natural ingredients. lists 23 ways to use baking soda in the kitchen, including cleaning grease stains, iron pots and baby bottles. For example, to clean both wooden and plastic cutting boards, use a paste made of one tablespoon each of baking soda, salt and warm water. Vinegar, which is nontoxic and antibacterial, is another natural go-to cleaner. An equal mix of distilled white vinegar and water in a spray bottle can clean windows, stovetops, countertops, porcelain and ceramic tile. lists ways to use vinegar to clean everything from crayon stains to mold and mildew, and suggests adding a drop of lavender or citrus essential oil if the smell is unpleasant. cautions not to discard old, toxic products down the drain or in the trash, where they’ll end up poisoning the water supply or landfill soil. Instead, keep an eye out for local toxic and electronic recycling events.

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Hoptember Festival Showcases Local Breweries, Cideries, Distilleries

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Rivertown Public Market Festival Returns to Dobbs Ferry


he second annual Rivertown Public Market, a festival celebrating the Westchester and Lower Hudson Valley food community, will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on September 14, rain or shine, at Dobbs Ferry Waterfront Park. Open to the public and free of charge beginning at noon, the event will feature local food and drinks, live music, kids’ activities and an easygoing vibe. New to the festival this year is VIP early entrance from 11 a.m. to noon. Guests with a VIP ticket can enjoy shorter lines, an exclusive performance by Dobbs Ferry singer-songwriter Ursula Hansberry, and a wristband required for purchasing liquor (regularly $5). “Public markets were once a hallmark of civic life, where producers and neighbors could meet as they went about their daily routines,” says Ali Moss, festival co-founder. “Rivertown Public Market celebrates the sense of community that defines the Rivertowns and provides a stage for our local culinary stars to share their latest creations.” Net proceeds will benefit the Rivertowns Chamber of Commerce. Food and drink vendors will include Baked by Susan, Samosa Shack, Irvington Delight, La Milpa de Rosa Tortillas, Harper’s, Big Bang Coffee Roasters and Westchester Burger Truck, among others. Sprig Flower Truck will be selling DIY flower crowns with fresh-cut, local blooms. Limited free parking will be available at the Waterfront Park and the 99 Cedar Street parking lot. Cost: Free after noon. VIP early entrance: $25 for adults; kids under 12 free. Location: Dobbs Ferry Waterfront Park. For more info, visit 28

utchess Hops, in Lagrange, will hold its seventh annual Hoptember festival on September 7. It will feature more than 20 local breweries, cideries and distilleries, plus music by the bluegrass band Tilly Foster and alternative country music by Gold Hope Duo. VIP admission includes early entrance to the event, a commemorative glass and T-shirt, and preferred parking. VIPs can also participate in a rare beer and specialty food tasting. Dutchess Hops is about supporting local Carmine Istvan farms and businesses to benefit the area’s economy, and the Hoptember festival shows that, says Carmine Istvan, who owns Eastern View Nursery, the farm that’s home to Dutchess Hops. “This is a true farm-to-pint experience. It features local beer, local food and local music all day. We encourage everyone to come meet our Hudson Valley brewers, distillers, cidery owners and farmers.” Dutchess Hops, which uses organic practices, is the first commercial hop farm in the Hudson Valley. Istvan says he started it in 2013, to fill a void in the fast-growing local craft beer industry. What began as a four-acre project has rapidly expanded, and now Istvan hopes it will become the largest commercial hop farm in New York State. Meanwhile, Istvan has begun growing organic hemp along with the hops. “Right now the state is regulating hemp. We would like to brew with it, but it’s still in the process of legalization. Hemp is legal, but brewing with it is still in the works,” he says. Cost: $55 general admission or $80 VIP. Location: Dutchess Hops at Eastern View Nursery, 1167 Noxon Rd., Lagrange, NY. For tickets, visit For info, visit

Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest Celebrates 18 Years


he Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest will celebrate its 18th anniversary on the weekend of September 7 and 8, at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck. This year the festival will welcome a new chef to its Cooking Demonstration Stage— Roshni Gurnani, a Food Network Chopped champion. Returning chefs will include Dana Food Court at The Hudson Johnson, of Relish Delights; Arlyn Osborne, Valley Wine and Food Fest recipe developer for the Food Network; and Marcus Giuliano, owner of Aroma Thyme Bistro. The festival will include wine and spirits sampling, cooking demonstrations and more than 200 vendors of gourmet specialty foods, jewelry, fine crafts, home goods and related items. This year’s event will feature an expanded Food Truck Corral offering cuisine from around the world. The festival is also a New York-registered farm market. Participating wineries will offer their wine by the bottle for guests to take home, and there will be a wine check service so guests won’t have to carry all their purchases. Tasting ticket admission includes all wine, spirits and craft beer sampling and a souvenir tasting glass. Regular admission includes free water and soda and a souvenir glass upon exiting the event. Location: Dutchess County Fairgrounds, 6636 US-9, Rhinebeck, NY. Advance discounted tickets available at For more info, call Jennifer Cristaldi at 845.658.7181 or email

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Ayurvedic Cooking

Ancient System Restores Balance by April Thompson


n Ayurveda, food is medicine,” says Susan Weis-Bohlen, the Reisterstown, Maryland, instructor and author of Ayurveda Beginner’s Guide: Essential Ayurvedic Principles and Practices to Balance and Heal Naturally. “How we feed ourselves is the first line of disease prevention and longevity.” First developed in India some 5,000 years ago, Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest medical systems. It works to rebalance mental and physical health in coordination with mind-body energy types called doshas. The primary ones—Vata, Pitta and Kapha—correlate to the five elements of space, air, fire, earth and water, and can fluctuate over time. An Ayurvedic diet can help address dosha imbalances and optimize health and well-being. New York City chef, restauranteur and author Divya Alter embraced Ayurveda while suffering from an autoimmune disorder that conventional medicine couldn’t cure. “Food was instrumental to my healing,” she says.

Eating in Season “Ayurveda is about living in harmony. Eating seasonally and locally, you not only get the most nourishment, but also rekindle your relationship to food and the environment,” says Nishita Shah, of 30

Food should bring joy, and bring us back in tune with our bodies. ~Nishita Shah The Ayurvedic Institute, in Albuquerque. “In Ayurveda, we look to seasons to determine what to eat based on what is naturally available, like eating light juicy fruits in summer rather than the heavy root vegetables abundant in winter,” notes Weis-Bohlen. Spices and herbs have powerful healing properties that can be combined in different ways to balance doshas in tune with the seasons. “In winter, use warming spices like ginger, cinnamon or chilies, and in summer, season with cooling spices like coriander and fennel, or fresh herbs like cilantro,” says Alter.

Ayurvedic Prep Tips Proper combination and selection of ingredients are a critical component of Ayurveda, according to Alter, author of What to Eat for How You Feel: The New Ayurvedic Kitchen. She says, “Well-prepared food is easy to digest and protects prana—the food’s living force or energy—so it can nourish and energize.”

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Ayurveda also focuses on the “six tastes” ideally present in every dish: sweet, sour, salty, astringent, bitter and pungent. “Western cuisine has a strong salty and sweet bias. Health issues arise from an imbalanced palate,” says Shah. Alter adjusts taste profiles according to the season and the individual’s dosha. “Bitter foods can be very cleansing and help eliminate winter sluggishness. More pungent foods are good in the spring, when the body may feel congested and heavy after winter,” she says. To address diners’ differing doshas at her restaurant, Divya’s Kitchen, Alter focuses on seasonal dishes that incorporate all six tastes. “By definition, these are tri-doshic foods which can balance all three dosha types.” Good tri-doshic foods include asparagus in spring, berries in summer and root vegetables in winter. “Cooked leafy greens can also be tri-doshic,” says Alter, adding that spices can tweak the natural dosha effect of a given food.

Ancient Cooking for Modern Lifestyles Ayurveda’s rules of the kitchen—such as avoiding cold, raw, processed or microwaved foods, not combining fruits with other foods, and making lunch the heaviest meal of the day—can run counter to the typical Western diet, but with time, Ayurvedic cooking can become intuitive. Ayurvedic meals don’t need to be complicated or challenging to prepare. “A simple apple or plain rice can nourish us,” says Shah. One of Alter’s favorite recipes is an apple or pear stewed with cloves, prepared and eaten first thing in the morning to stimulate the digestive system. Plain almonds are another good protein snack, especially in aiding digestion when soaked and peeled, she advises. A “Buddha bowl” packed with colorful, sautéed vegetables, lentils and a grain like quinoa, barley or millet makes for a simple, nourishing, well-balanced meal,

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~Ayurvedic Proverb says Shah. “I try to add just enough spice to enhance the flavor, while still being able to taste the sweetness of a carrot or the bitterness of chard.” A cook’s mindset is as important as the meal itself, say Ayurvedic practitioners. Alter believes mindfulness while cooking and eating not only enhances our experience, but also our digestion. Ayurvedic cooking should be fun, ignite curiosity and taste great—not feel restrictive or lack flavor, says Shah. “Food should bring joy, and bring us back in tune with our bodies. Our bodies are smart and will tell us what they need.” April Thompson is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. Connect at


The Beginner’s Ayurvedic Kitchen

he rules of Ayurvedic cooking can seem overwhelming, but there are simple ways to start aligning our diet with its principles. “There is a profound knowledge behind Ayurvedic cooking, but the methods of preparation are easy; you don’t need to be a skilled chef,” says chef, restauranteur and author Divya Alter. “One portion of food should fit in your hands when cupped together,” says Nishita Shah, of The Ayurvedic Institute. “Any more is going above and beyond what the body needs and can handle.” “Energetic imbalances can fluctuate, so what you need now doesn’t have to be what you eat for the rest of your life,” says Alter. Shah uses color to guide her cook-

ing, declaring a dish done when its greens are at peak vibrancy. Alter stresses eating according to the strength of your digestion. “Someone with a fiery or strong digestion may need to eat heavier foods and more frequent meals.” Cooking with fresh, high-quality and ideally, organic ingredients is key. Food should be prepared soon after purchase and consumed soon after preparation to maximize flavors and nutrition. Ayurvedic cooking enhances natural flavors, while optimizing digestion, nutrient absorption and waste elimination. “How you experience food after a meal is just as important as how you feel while eating it. Deep frying, charring or cooking at high temperatures makes food hard to digest, overheats the liver and causes acidity,” says Alter.

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When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use; when diet is correct, medicine is of no need.

Store the crunchy chickpeas in an airtight container. Do not refrigerate. These are great to sprinkle on salads and rice dishes. Don’t make more than can be eaten in three days.

Crunchy Chickpeas

Pitta and Kapha pacifying While Ayurveda does nor promote snacking, sometimes we just need a little something to peck on now and then. Crunchy garbanzo beans (chickpeas) make a satisfying and supremely healthy choice for Pitta and Kapha. As witnessed by the many packaged chickpea snacks now commonly seen in stores, chickpeas are popular, so make this snack for a quarter of the price. Customize the flavors to satisfy a personal dosha, and palate, by getting creative with the spices. Yields: 5 cup servings 2 cups precooked chickpeas or 2, 8-oz cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed 1 tsp sea salt for Pitta or Himalayan salt for Kapha ½ tsp smoked paprika or ½ tsp ground cumin or ½ tsp garam masala powder (optional) 1 Tbsp sunflower or safflower oil (optional for crunchiness; no oil for Kapha) Spread the rinsed chickpeas on a baking sheet to dry, about 20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 450° F. In a mixing bowl, add the chickpeas; salt; paprika, cumin or garam masala (if using); and the oil (if using). Toss well to coat and spread on a baking


sheet in a single layer. Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, and use a spatula to turn the chickpeas over. Place back in the oven and roast for an additional 10 minutes or until the chickpeas are slightly browned. Roast a little longer, if desired, for crunchier chickpeas.

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To cook dry chickpeas, soak overnight, drain and place into a large soup pot. Cover with water, at least double the amount of beans. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for at least 30 to 45 minutes. Check on the beans during cooking. When they are soft, they are done. Recipe courtesy of Ayurveda Beginner’s Guide: Essential Ayurvedic Principles and Practices to Balance and Heal Naturally, by Susan Weis-Bohlen.

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Golden Milk

Vata, Pitta and Kapha pacifying Golden milk is an age-old recipe that nourishes the body on many levels. Turmeric helps reduce inflammation, ghee distributes the healing properties throughout the body and tryptophan in the milk will encourage sleep. It is calmative, restorative and delicious. Make this a vegan drink by substituting milk and ghee with almond oil and a dairy alternative such as almond milk, hemp milk or coconut milk made without zinc oxide. Yields: 1 serving 6 to 8 oz whole-fat goat’s milk for Kapha and Pitta or cow’s milk for Vata ½ tsp ghee ½ tsp turmeric powder ½ tsp ginger powder 1 pinch ground black pepper 1 pinch ground cinnamon 1 pinch ground nutmeg (to promote sleep) 1 small piece jaggery [sugar] (optional) Add all the ingredients to a small pot. Over medium-high heat, bring the mixture to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for a minute or two. Pour into a mug and drink before bed. To enjoy this drink during the day, leave out the nutmeg. Tip: If experiencing constipation, adding more ghee to the milk will help. Recipe courtesy of Ayurveda Beginner’s Guide: Essential Ayurvedic Principles and Practices to Balance and Heal Naturally, by Susan Weis-Bohlen.

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The Power of Yoga

Tapping Into the Life Force by Marlaina Donato


ongevity is something most of us strive for, and increasingly, research shows that implementing a consistent yoga practice can be a fruitful investment toward that goal. Yoga is an eight-branch system of well-being that encompasses exercise, meditation, conscious breathing, diet and other elements, but how it effects mind-body fitness alone is proving to be a reliable defense against age-related loss of mobility, cardiovascular disease and depression. Its stress-busting capabilities help to support challenged adrenal glands and lower elevated blood pressure. Getting on the mat can improve insulin sensitivity in diabetics and also help balance immune responses in individuals with autoimmune conditions or insufficient natural killer cells. 34

Combined research from 22 studies by the University of Edinburgh reveals that yoga, compared to both sedentary lifestyles and other forms of exercise such as walking or chair aerobics, improved the lower-body strength and flexibility in individuals age 60 and older. The findings published earlier this year in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity also showed improved quality of sleep and fewer symptoms of depression.

Fewer Health Risks, Stronger Bones

Yoga’s inverted poses increase blood circulation to vital organs, including the intestines, which facilitates assimilation of nutrients and waste elimination. Asanas like shoulder stand, bridge and downward-

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facing dog stimulate blood flow from the lower extremities to the heart and fortify red blood cells by increasing hemoglobin, guarding against blood clots, stroke and heart attack. Yoga can also strengthen the bones. A 2016 study published in the International Journal of Yoga shows improved bone mineral density in women with postmenopausal osteoporosis. “Much like a house that sits empty or a car left to sit unused in a garage, our human parts can age and rot without movement. Movement creates more energy,� explains Nancy Poole, a teacher at Clarksburg Yoga and Wellness, in Clarksburg, Maryland. Joints lose flexibility as we age, but yoga movement provides them with essential oxygen, blood and nutrients. Lisa Moore, owner of Free to Be Yoga, in Great

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Lisa Moore, owner of Free to Be Yoga, recommends:

Breath exercise:

Falls, Montana, underscores, “A joint needs to move through its full range of motion to function well. Movement helps lubricate and cushion joints, provides nutrition and removes wastes.”

brahmari, or humming bee breath

Stretching Into Joy

and gently plug ears with fingers. Breathe through the nose and hum softly upon exhaling.

A 2014 hatha yoga study published in the Journals of Gerontology revealed increased cognitive function in older adults after eight weeks of yoga three times a week. Yoga’s super power lies in its capacity to reset the autonomic nervous system and ramp up mood-boosting serotonin while decreasing monoamine oxidase, an enzyme that disarms the effects of stress hormones like cortisol. Under the influence of yoga, the brain is bathed in calming neurotransmitters, combatting depression and anxiety, and instilling a sense of optimism. “Yoga also helps us to embrace the hard times and ride the waves. With the tools that yoga provides, we can swim toward the light. It also helps us to experience a more intimate relationship with body and soul, and in turn make better choices in all aspects of life,” notes Carmen Ferreira, owner of the Sunshine Barre Studio, in Rocky Point, New York. Moore concurs, advising, “Yoga gives us powerful tools so we may age gracefully. One of them is to manage stress with equanimity.”

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“Yoga improves lung capacity and brings more energy to the cells, which in turn creates more energy and life force in our bodies,” says Ferreira. “It helps us to live from the heart’s center and foster a better quality of life,” she adds. “Each time we show up on our mats, we show up for ourselves, an opportunity to nourish the body, our one and only temple.” Marlaina Donato is an author of several books and a composer. Connect at

The Breath of Life

Conscious breathing is at the core of a dedicated yoga practice, and a lowered risk of cardiovascular and respiratory disease gives us another reason to inhale and exhale deeply. Poole observes, “Our general population does not breathe correctly, and many of us even hold our breath unconsciously. For my students, the hardest part of yoga is learning to take deep, full breaths. Old breathing habits must be unlearned. Once attention is given to the breath, tensions can be released.”

September Is National Yoga Month

This marks the 10th anniversary of the designation by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. National Yoga Month was developed to raise awareness of yoga’s health benefits. September 2019


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Stretch, Relax and Connect Yoga Retreats Tap into Energy of People and Place by Danielle Sullo and Allison Gorman


oga retreats can be spiritual experiences that focus the practice and enrich present-day reality. They help attendees delve deeper into their mindfulness, reminding them that no matter where they are on their journey, it is their own. Attending a yoga retreat combines the love of yoga, travel, adventure and community. Many retreat leaders say they find joy in the wondrous adventures they plan, making lifelong friends and witnessing amazing connections. Retreat leaders often enhance this community-building by choosing locales to which they personally feel a strong connection.

Yoga on Location

Becca Roberts, owner and founder of Namastesis, in Fishkill, ran a yoga retreat last


“A retreat is a great way to deepen your own yoga practice as well as take the time to reflect on your life and come back clear and ready to move forward in the next steps of your life.” —Becca Roberts, Namastesis spring in Ananda Ashram, in Monroe, New York. She says the area’s rustic vibe and secluded feel resonated with her. She knew the natural setting would give participants opportunities to stretch their experience beyond the official retreat activities through hikes, meditation and fire ceremonies.

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In November, Roberts and her friend Phoebe Miller will offer a retreat in a vastly different, but still naturally restorative, environment. “We’re going to Belize,” she says. “Phoebe has run a retreat to this location before, and it was very well received.” For Rhodella Hughes, finding the perfect spot for her upcoming fall retreat wasn’t an issue. It was in the Adirondacks—right outside her door. She and her husband purchased Yoga in the Adirondacks (YitA) in 2015. But they’ve lived in a home on an adjacent property—a private, sustainable family farm they named The Divine Acres—for more than 20 years. Having watched their children grow up in Adirondack State Park, the couple felt that shepherding other people in their personal and spiritual growth through yoga retreats in that same breathtaking landscape was a natural next step.

“It’s a gift to have the opportunity to make the Adirondacks my home away from home, and to share nature with our family and friends.” —Rhodella Hughes, Yoga in the Adirondacks YitA specializes in seasonal retreats, which tend to take on the themes that play out in nature and are so visible in the Adirondacks. The studio offered its first seasonal, Spring into Summer, on the weekend straddling May and June. Its upcoming retreat, Autumn Transformation, will take place September 27-29. At all YitA retreats, guests stay in farmhouse accommodations and enjoy farm-to-table meals from the organic gardens. Besides practicing yoga and meditation, they make the most of what the mountains and farm have to offer, from hiking to tending the ducks and chickens.

A Stress-Free Experience

Local yoga studios leave nothing to chance in the planning process in order to ensure that participants feel completely comfortable and cared for throughout the experience. Retreat leaders usually create all-inclusive packages around these trips, so participants are responsible only for airfare and personal spending money once the trip is booked. Berta Prevosti of the Jiiva Center, in Stratford, Connecticut, arrives at a retreat’s destination a few days in advance to be sure that all is ready for her groups and that “there are no glitches.” She says she feels both fulfilled and challenged as she prepares for the magic that comes when participants arrive. Attendees can expect to be at ease not just on the mat, but for the duration of their retreat, thanks to the dedication and planning of the retreat leaders. Prevosti plans her retreats to include meditation, gathering, lectures, yoga, kirtan (call-and-response chanting) and organic food offerings. “I am proud of the amazing communities that have been formed during these trips,” she says. “I ensure participants have the right balance of choice and structure.” Because relaxation is one of the main reasons people choose to go on her retreats, Roberts handles as many of the logistical and financial details as possible before her visitors arrive. “The participants in my retreats are usually looking to relax and shed unwanted feelings or thoughts. They generally come for the individualized attention. So they don’t have to worry about a thing once they get there,” she says. “Most of the retreats I run include all meals and two classes a day. For example, our retreat to Belize includes all meals, hotel, and two classes per day, plus a snorkel excursion. The only thing that is not included is the airfare.”

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Nurturing the Spirit

The combination of relaxation, yoga and nature often has spiritual benefits for retreat participants. Hughes says one participant told her that a seasonal retreat at YitA was an opportunity to reset and center herself during the transition from endings to new beginnings. As a result, she experienced “deeper wisdom and a spiritual and mystical awakening.” “My second retreat Entrance to The Divine Acres, to Jamaica was more home to Yoga in the Adirondacks than the location and the yoga,” Prevosti says. “It was about the spiritual experience.” She says when she began offering yoga retreats, she didn’t realize how many people were searching for spiritual benefits. “I do believe these retreats can induce a spiritual experience for some,” Roberts says. “If they’re willing to let go completely and release what no longer serves them, they may find the mental and physical balance they’ve been seeking.” For anyone interested in attending a yoga retreat, the depth and breadth of the experiences planned by local yoga retreat leaders seems unmatched. Roll up your yoga mat, tap into your sense of adventurous spirituality, and plan to see the world. Let it change you. Let it challenge you. Let it be. Danielle Sullo is an educator, writing facilitator and freelance writer based in northwestern Connecticut. Connect with her at

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Yoga, Music, Community and Healing at Spirit Festival


pirit Festival, a three-day yoga, music, dance and healing event, will be held September 13 through 15 in Hartford, Connecticut at the Riverfront Recapture’s breathtaking system of parks on the banks of the Connecticut River.   In collaboration with and inspired by BaliSpirit Festival—named one of the top 10 yoga events in the world by Yoga Journal—Spirit Festival brings a unique blend of wellness to the United States for the first time, offering more than 60 distinct workshops, classes and performances over the course of a single weekend. The event is suitable for all skill levels (beginners to advanced practitioners) with special programming for children and people who have experienced trauma, such as veterans. Venues along the Connecticut River include the boathouse in Riverside Park, Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Connecticut Science Center and tented spaces within the parks on the river.   Over the course of the weekend, yoga classes, concerts, workshops, lectures and other activities will provide more than 25 hours of varied, all-inclusive programming.   Yoga presenters from throughout the Northeast and beyond include:

►Peaceful Warrior Flow workshop with Pia Oliveri ►Yoga Para Todas workshop in English and Spanish with Nicole Diaz ► Soul Flow with nationally renowned teacher Kenny Frisby ► Mindful Yoga Therapy for US veterans Workshops presented by acclaimed yogis Kiley Holliday, Meredith Evangelisti, LeoRising, and Randolph Osgood.   Talks with conscious practitioners include:  Yoga - A Sacred Rhythm with Maya Breuer  An Ayurvedic Approach to Wellness with Ali Cramer  Perfectly Imperfect: Finding Healing and Love in The Beautiful Mess of Being Human with Simon & Schuster author Chris Grosso   Music highlights include performances by:  All-female jazz ensemble The Fiery String Sistas  World Music artist and author Girish Hartford’s own RaPoet Khaiim Kelly and Lee Mixashawn Rozie

 People of Goodwill, celebrating the musical heritage of the African Diaspora Additional soul-connecting arts experiences include a digital art installation by Balam, a Sound Lounge by The Conduit Center, and late-night dance parties on the riverfront with DJs Kered and Wasine.   For parents who may want to include the entire family in their Spirit Festival experience, there are child-centered workshops and performances throughout the weekend including Children’s Yoga, “Trash to Tunes” with homemade instruments, puppet shows by Oompapossum, a hula workshop, and much more.   The event will also feature a vendor market selling holistic goods, healing huts offering wellness services in various modalities, and food trucks with healthy eating options.   Full weekend passes are on sale now for $245. One-day tickets are on sale now with prices ranging from $62 to $135. Children’s tickets are $25 per day and group rates are available for parties of 10 or more. For tickets and programming information, visit Location: Riverside Park, 20 Leibert Rd, Hartford, CT. See ad, page 43. September 2019


WISDOM UNFOLDING Approaching Pain, Hunger and Self-Awareness Through Yoga by Sudha Allitt


any people like the idea of yoga, but few are aware of its scope or its benefits. From the body to the mind, from digestion to creativity, from spirituality to love, yoga offers wisdom and guidelines for everything that has to do with being human, being alive and being happy.


“To perform every action artfully is yoga.” ~Swami Kripalvananda Yoga is thousands of years old and originates in India. Its history is rich with spirituality, self-discovery and healing. In contrast, the human condition is ripe with suffering, mentally, emotionally

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and physically. Simply put, people suffer because they are living in a world, and in a body, that constantly changes. It is often an intense journey from suffering to healing. Yoga offers many techniques to reduce or balance the impact of those changes. Pawanmuktasana, the wind relieving postures organized and introduced by Mukunda Stiles (Structural Yoga Therapy, 2001), is a series of simple movements focused on warming and nourishing the joints of the body. ( JointFreeingSeri) These movements warm the fluids of the joint and invite greater circulation. Circulation is a key component to reducing certain kinds of pain in the body. Finger and toe curls, wrist and ankle rotations, shoulder and hip rotations, when coupled with breath awareness, become a powerful healing practice. Simple techniques, like Pawanmuktasana, when practiced two or three times a day, over a period of time, are said to have an anti-rheumatic effect, thereby reducing the experience of pain. Reduction in physical pain can also lead to a reduction in mental and emotional pain.

“If your diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. If your diet is correct, medicine is of no need.” ~Ayurveda Proverb The benefits of yoga are heightened by attention to what and how we eat. In Ayurveda, yoga’s sister science, there is a great emphasis put on food as being the first medicine or the first poison. In order for food to be medicine, Ayurveda suggests eating according to constitution, which

is based on a person’s elemental makeup. Three primary constitutions, Pitta, governed by fire and water; Kapha, by earth and water; and Vata, by air and space; express qualities that are balanced or unbalanced. “Like increases like and opposites decrease” is an Ayurveda proverb suggesting that fiery Pitta should not eat too much spicy food; Kapha, weighted by the earth element, should not indulge in comfort foods; and Vata, governed by air and space, should avoid raw, dry, crunchy foods. All constitutions benefit from eating whole, fresh foods.

“Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are.” ~Jason Crandell Just as a seed sprouts when met with the proper conditions, the yoga practitioner blossoms into self-knowledge when met with the right conditions. Right conditions include skillful and appropriate practice, a sense of physical ease, mental clarity, compassion, equanimity, control of the senses and connection to Self and God/ Goddess. While yoga speaks very clearly on the essence of God and Goddess, yoga is not religion. Yoga is spirituality and relationship. When life, and the relationships held within that experience, is based on the practice of yoga, a more complete feeling of happiness, wholeness and wellness are experienced. Mantra, sacred chanting, is a practice that nourishes relationship. The mantra Om Shanti Swaroopaha Aham means “I take the form of peace”. When cultivating right relationship, inner peace is a necessity. Only through peace is self-awareness possible. The experience of a more uninhibited life-force, a sense of ultimate freedom and even God/Goddess Consciousness become possible for the student interested in having those experiences. For others, a yoga practice will bring more strength, flexibility, resiliency and calm. It is true that yoga encompasses all aspects of life. Therefore, yoga has something purposeful and healing to offer everyone. Dr. Sudha Allitt, Ph.D., C-IAYT, E-RYT, is the co-founder and director of Kula Kamala Foundation & Yoga Ashram, located in Reading, PA. She is also a Spiritual Chaplain at Albright University. Connect at September 2019


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Yoga Teachers Association Announces Workshop Lineup


oga in the Adirondacks (YitA), which offers private retreats at The Divine Acres—a private, sustainable family farm in Adirondack State Park—will host an Autumn Transformation retreat September 27 through 29. “The farmhouse has been completely renovated, and the gardens will be harvested for farm-to-table meals,” says Rhodella Hughes, who co-owns the Bakers Mills yoga studio with her husband, Patrick. “The chickens and ducks, which provide organic eggs, have their own new accommodations as well.” This year’s Autumn Transformation retreat, “Engaging the Chakras,” will include a Yoga Nidra, educational conversation, daily yoga practice and essential oils.  “A slow immersion is the key to our seasonal retreats,” Rhodella says.  A 200-hour registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance, Rhodella is also an essential oil enthusiast. She will be teaching an Aroma Yoga practice at the retreat. “Participants will also be creating their own essential oil blends based on their learning of the chakras and how the oils support healing,” she says. Patrick, an active member of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, is YitA’s outdoor adventure guide. He is also first aid/CPR certified. Stacy Hendrie, owner of FitStop Delivers, will be YitA’s private chef for the weekend, providing nutritious, whole-food meals designed to heal and energize the body. Beth Mendoza, owner of Evolution Yoga By Beth and a certified Hatha Yoga teacher, helped create and organize the retreat.    �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� “The Divine Acres and YitA is a pathway for the journey to wellness, a place of learning in a supportive and peaceful environment,” Rhodella says. “As we grow, so will the opportunities we can offer people that are open and willing to embrace new perspectives and growth within themselves.” In gratitude and support of YitA’s local connections, the studio will also offer seasonal workshops at Golden Prana in Katonah, she says. The Autumn Transformation workshop is scheduled for noon to 3 p.m. October 6.

he Yoga Teachers Association of the Hudson Valley will kick off its 201920 workshop season on September 14 with Yoga Therapeutics Through a Kundalini Lens, led Ravi Singh by California-based master yogi Ravi Singh. Immediately following the workshop will be YTA’s annual Prana Party, which welcomes anyone to come connect with yoga teachers and other yoga enthusiasts from the tri-state area. Light refreshments will be served. The season will continue in October with Yoga for Scoliosis, with New York City’s Alison West. In November, Daniel Orlansky will teach Flowing into Wholeness, a mix of yoga and qigong, and in December, Sandra Anderson will lead an exploration of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. Other workshops will cover topics such as the yoga nidra, yoga for pain relief, mudras, and the three pillars of Ashtanga yoga. Beloved “101-years-young” yogini Tao Porchon-Lynch will close out the season on June 13, 2020. In addition to its regular workshops, the YTA will hold its second annual retreat at Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. Yoga for a Radiant Heart, Body and Mind, with Todd Norian, will take place October 25-27. YTA is an educational nonprofit run by volunteers. Membership is open to studio owners, yoga teachers and individual practitioners. Its monthly workshops are usually held every second Saturday, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., at Club Fit in Briarcliff Manor, at a cost of $45 (members) or $65 (nonmembers) in advance. Continuing education credits are available for all workshops.

Location: Yoga in the Adirondacks, 2 Coulter Rd., Bakers Mills, NY (minutes from Gore Mountain Ski Resort). For more info, call 518.251.3015 or 914.556.8258, or visit See ad page 49.

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Lifeforce yoga restorative reiki workshop at The Temperance Center

The Temperance Center Expands Yoga Offerings


s The Temperance Center, in Eastchester, enters its sixth year, owner and founder Merrill Black says she is growing TTC’s yoga program. Its newest teacher, Maria Theresa Quaranta, RYT500, now offers an intermediate-level powerful vinyasa yoga class on Thursdays from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m., and Vic Gazzini, RYT, offers an early-morning class “for people who want to get their Zen on before heading to work,” Black says. Among the most popular yoga styles offered at TTC is LifeForce Yoga (LFY), which “is geared toward meeting the mood with mantras, mudras, asanas, visualization and self-inquiry,” Black says. Offerings include a Saturday-morning weekly LFY class taught by Reyna Gonzalez, RYT, and a Sunday-morning monthly class, LifeForce Yoga Chakra Balancing Flow and Yoga Nidra, taught by Black, a certified LFYP-2 practitioner. TTC will be adding pop-up candlelight yoga classes and restorative yoga workshops throughout the year. “We’re always looking for new and fresh workshops to bring to the Westchester area,” Black says. “Stay tuned for Yoga Nidra self-inquiry workshops, workshops for expanding intuition, and workshops geared toward healing relationships.” One of Black’s favorite annual events is the December Winter Solstice healing night—“a little taster of restorative yoga, spiritual exploration and a guided channeling meditation.” TTC will also continue to offer sound baths with Gina Kjek, which have been “a huge hit in the past,” she says, adding, “I love having a healing center to bring an array of modalities together.” Location: The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd., Eastchester, NY. For more info, visit or see TTC’s monthly class listings in the calendar starting on page 66 or its ad on page 37.

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Golden Prana Studio Continues to Blossom


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oga is best practiced as a lifestyle, and so it only made sense when the owners of Golden Prana yoga studio and Majestic Hudson Lifestyle Boutique came together to form “a courtyard oasis” in Katonah. “We have created a unique, inspiring and welcoming atmosphere for anyone interested in awareness, connection, growth and the pursuit of a peaceful life,” says Hari Sangat Kaur (Carrie Kane), co-owner of Golden Prana. “Ours is a true spiritual community.” The menu of class offerings Golden Prana yoga studio at Golden Prana continues to expand, with Hari Sangat and Jennifer Llewellyn now offering Kundalini, Restorative, Yin and Vinyasa Yoga; Yoga Nidra; Guided Meditation; and Reiki, among other healing modalities. Two new monthly classes have been added too: Principles of Katonah Yoga, with Lynn Ivey, and Evolution Yoga, with Beth Mendoza. Golden Prana offers several other healing therapies and classes as well. Hari Sangat offers a unique Resonant Sound Massage (by appointment only) and leads the studio’s monthly signature Lunar Gong/Sound Bath. “We’re excited to announce that we have our very own Ayurvedic practitioner in the courtyard,” she adds. “Deirdre Breen has a wealth of knowledge and offers special classes as well as private appointments.” Majestic Hudson will also begin hosting more events, including crystal workshops, intuitive readings and other creative gatherings. Whatever their spiritual interest, visitors are welcome to this courthard oasis, Hari Sangat says. Location: Golden Prana, 223 Katonah Ave., Katonah, NY. For more info, call 914.984.3408, email or visit

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Crossover Yoga Project Offers Trauma-Informed Training


eginning September 11, Speak Easy10562, in Ossining, will host two of Crossover Yoga Project’s 15-hour traumainformed trainings. The CYT training is intended for mental health clinicians, educators, child welfare staff and professionals who work with people who have been affected by trauma and want to increase their capacity to supElisha Simpson port their needs. Participants will learn the importance of self-care and how personal experiences affect professional judgment. They will also learn how systematic oppression—racism, poverty and the impact of trauma—affects them and the people they interact with in their daily lives. Tools learned in the training can assist in increasing people’s self-awareness, self-control and well-being. Elisha Simpson, executive director of Crossover Yoga Project, will lead the training. “All individuals have the ability to thrive,” she says. “Understanding the impact of trauma on our lives brings us insight toward developing others’ full potential to engage in meaningful relationships and life goals.” Simpson founded CYP to empower marginalized teen girls through trauma-informed yoga, mindfulness and art. Shari Applebaum took the CYP training to inform her work as a suicide bereavement support specialist with the Mental Health Association (MHA) of Westchester. The training was “truly informative, insightful and enlightening,” she says. “This shared breadth of knowledge is so vital in my learning about trauma, and gave me a clearer understanding of how to help myself so I can help others in my work.” For more info, call 914.319.4010, email, or visit To register, visit or and search “trauma-informed training” in Ossining.

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Mamaeh Yoga

Inaeh Garcia-Johnson, Founder 900 S. Lake Blvd., Mahopac NY Philosophy and focus: Mamaeh Yoga is the only studio in the area to focus on kids and families, with classes for parent/child, tweens/ teens, kids, and mamas with babies and toddlers (the mamas do yoga while the babies/ toddlers join in or play with our natural toys). We focus on supporting the needs of families with children of any age, from prenatal through teen. What type of yoga do you offer? Kids’ yoga, teen yoga, parent/ child yoga, meditation and nature crafts, prenatal yoga (coming soon), workshops. What’s the vibe? We offer an eco-friendly, nature-oriented, peaceful indoor environment to melt away any stress and negativity. What else? As a mother of four, I struggled with my own yoga practice, and I couldn’t find a studio that consistently offered yoga classes for my kids. That need inspired me to pursue several certifications to teach both kids and adults—and led to the birth of Mamaeh Yoga. See ad, page 3.

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What type of yoga do you offer? We offer a wide variety of yoga philosophies, 200-hour teacher trainings and many classes, from Iyengar Wall, Yin and Restorative classes to Athletes, Meditation, Nidra, Fundamentals and Flow. We are also a “teachers” studio where RYTs can drop in and take reduced-rate classes and mentor with Erica directly. We offer daytime, evening and weekend classes. We don’t offer kids-only classes, but we offer discounted rates for children (6+) and teens so you can bring them with you. What’s the vibe? We’re serious about our yoga but don’t take ourselves too seriously. We’re all human. Our vibe is to come in and leave it all on the mat.  What else? Erica has been featured in many magazines and is a respected, seasoned teacher and mentor to many. Drop in for workshops to receive continuing education and hands-on mentorship to hone in on your craft. As a studio, 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 for education sessions on local offerings. We’re the area hub for education in doTERRA essential oils for overall health and wellness.

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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 (alignment-informed vinyasa) 200hour yoga and life teacher training, with reasonable tuition ($4,250) and an evening/weekend format to make it accessible to everyone. We offer payment plans and workstudy partial scholarships to those who qualify. Our next teacher training starts September 7, with graduation in January. The new program will already meet Yoga Alliance’s new core standards. Whether you want to deepen your practice, do some personal growth or teach, this is the program for you. You’ll get the asana, philosophy, sound healing, essential oils, meditation and sense of total renewal. As of 2020, the 200-hour teacher trainings will be also offered in English and Spanish, formalized RYT mentor programs and continuing education.

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 after-effects 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 and Restorative, 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 Mindfulness Meditation. Special events this fall include workshops/mini-retreats: Jin Shin Jyutsu for Self Healing, Autumn Seasonal Wellness Tune-Up, Deeper Presence and Intuition through the Yoga Scriptures, Healing Sound Bath, and Kirtan Chanting and Sacred Music with Sita’s Light. See ad, page 45.

Well Haus of Westchester

Crystal Wright, Owner 202 Sparks Ave., Village of Pelham, NY 914.236.0447 • • Philosophy and focus: Well Haus of Westchester is a new wellness studio opening October 5. Our mission is to foster a sense of mindfulness and peace in our students. We offer a gathering space for collaboration and healing while developing healthy lifestyles and meaningful relationships. At Well Haus, we use our belief that life should be filled with devotion, wonder and joy to teach unique classes that motivate our students to remain committed to their wellness. We achieve this by teaching them to acknowledge joy in everyday moments, to think deeply and reflect, and by encouraging them to stop and marvel at the many wonders in their lives. Well Haus Wellness blends traditional yogic teachings with teachings from various corners of the world to offer our students a wholesome and lasting wellness experience. What type of yoga do you offer? We offer traditional and non-traditional yoga classes. Yoga class offerings include vinyasa yoga, foundations of yoga, alignmentfocused hatha yoga, yin yoga, restorative yoga, karaoke yoga, rhythm and yoga, and family yoga. What’s the vibe? The Well Haus of Westchester is a community. Because of our commitment to maintaining our community feel, we’ve developed a studio that provides a wide range of offerings. In addition to yoga we host paint nights, monthly art therapy sessions, doula services, a book club, daily open meditation hours and member outings. Beyond their yoga practices, we hope our students will seek solace and create multiple memories in our space with their wellness family. What else? We now offer Yogic Boot Camp, an intensive, personalized six-week program that guides you to your personal goals, whether they are physical, spiritual, emotional or a combination of all. Yogic Boot Camp’s first season begins October 6. See ad page 40.

Age is just a number. Life and aging are the greatest gifts that we could possibly ever have. ~Cicely Tyson

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Westchester Essential Wellness Yoga and Meditation Center Rev. Marilyn Ridley, Founder 11 W. Prospect Ave., 3rd Floor, Mount Vernon, NY 914.371.2082 • Philosophy and focus: The Westchester Essential Wellness Yoga and Meditation Center is about community and inclusion. The first yoga studio in Mount Vernon, we want all to enjoy the benefits of yoga and understand that it is for everyone. We will soon offer classes directed to the needs of men, children and seniors.

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What type of yoga do you offer? Our studio’s focus is on teaching foundational Vinyasa yoga. What’s the vibe? The vibe is upbeat, as we have new teachers that are excited to share yoga with all. What else? We’re starting to put together specialty workshops for the fall. Check back on our website for upcoming events. See ad, page 35.

Westchester Yoga Arts

49 Lawton St., 2nd Floor, New Rochelle, NY 888.760.4943 • • Philosophy and focus: WYA is a hybrid studio with plenty of yoga and some zumba classes to spice things up. We offer RYT200 and advanced 300-hour, plus Yoga Alliance Yoga Kids TT, Yin and Restorative trainings. What type of yoga do you offer? Our yoga is a mix of vinyasa and hatha. In regular English, that means we move in and out of poses for a portion of the class, and we hold stretches before deep relaxation and meditation. What’s the vibe? Located in New Rochelle, Westchester Yoga Arts is as diverse a community as they come, just like our class offerings (from challenging to Zen). Our design is urban shabby chic. We sell CBD! Do you offer teacher training? Yes! RYT200, RYT300, Kids TT, plus Yin and Restorative Yoga Certifications. Westchester Yoga Arts is Yoga Alliance registered. We have flexible payment plans, early-bird discounts, karma yoga discounts and WYA graduate discounts. What else? We offer free kids’ yoga classes. We also have discount ($10) classes Sundays at 6 p.m. We want to make yoga as accessible as possible. Many people feel the stress melt away just walking up our stairs. 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 deepening and enhancing the quality of hatha yoga teaching and fostering the yoga community in the tri-state area. We offer monthly three-hour workshops for teachers and serious students.   What type of workshops do you offer? Our workshops cover all styles of yoga and related practices and are led by nationally recognized teachers and highly accomplished local instructors. The 2019-20 season features Mona Anand, Alison West, Lee Albert, Deirdre Breen and Sandra Anderson, among others, and covers topics such as yoga for scoliosis, pranayama, positional therapy, mudras, and the three pillars of Ashtanga yoga. Workshops take place on Saturdays, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., and cost $45 for members and $65 for nonmembers in advance or $55/$75 at the door. The September 14 season opener with celebrated yogi Ravi Singh will be followed by our annual Prana Party, which is open to all.   Do you offer teacher training? No, but we do offer a one-year 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 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 41.  

Zen Garden Health Coaching & Yoga

Edit J. Babboni, Owner, 200-RYT, Certified Holistic Health Coach 61 Lakeview Dr., Yorktown Heights, NY 917.721.2529 • Philosophy and focus: Zen Garden’s philosophy is to bring out the best in its clients. We’re dedicated to helping everyone reach their best emotional, physical or spiritual self when they come to take a yoga class, Reiki session or health-coaching session at Zen Garden. Our focus is on giving attention to every individual who steps in the door. Every student is different, and every student has different needs. Because the number of Zen Garden’s students is limited, we can give the personalized attention every student needs. We have a strong focus on alignment—postural alignment and breathing alignment with movement. One of the foundations of well-being and vitality is utilizing the oxygen that surrounds us. At Zen Garden, we teach students how to utilize and convert that oxygen to prana, our vital life force, by the simple act of breathing. What’s the vibe? Zen Garden’s feng shuibased decor gives students a sense of peace and tranquility, from which they leave with strength and vitality. What else? Zen Garden is a holistic practice studio. We offer weight-management courses, Reiki energy healing sessions, health-coaching sessions and private yoga classes, besides our regularly scheduled yoga classes. Every few months, the studio houses the 7-Day Raw Plant Food Challenge program as well. See ad, page 54. September 2019



Aerial: Originated in California and now in several countries. Sometimes branded as AntiGravity Yoga, aerial incorporates traditional yoga asanas with the use of a hammock or sling and combines elements of Pilates and dance. This style is said to deliver benefits on emotional and psychological levels and has a fun component. 50

Ananda: A form of gentle hatha yoga

with an emphasis on meditation. Ananda combines classic yoga postures with breathing and silent affirmations to attune with higher levels of body sense, energy and silent inner awareness. As an inner-directed practice, it has less appeal to those desiring a more athletic or aerobic experience.

Anusara: Anusara means “go with the

flow,” and blends spirituality with inner/ outer alignment and balanced energetic actions. Developed by John Friend in 1997, this style urges students to think of poses as artistic expressions of the heart. Individual abilities and limitations are deeply respected and honored, so Anusara yoga can be helpful for everyone and is good for beginners.

Chair: Practiced sitting or standing, it

uses a chair as a support/prop. Asanas are adapted from traditional hatha yoga. It benefits older individuals and those that are body-challenged. Flexibility is enhanced, as well as mind-body awareness.

Hatha: Hatha yoga is the foundational

discipline on which nearly all other styles are based. In Sanskrit, ha represents the sun and tha, the moon—hence, the practice is designed to bring the yin and yang, light and dark, masculine and feminine aspects and polarities into balance. Essentially, hatha yoga brings all aspects of life together. A class described as hatha will likely include slow-paced stretching,

Aqua: Also known as water or pool yoga. Aqua yoga is practiced in water—a warm indoor pool or natural body of water. Asanas are adapted to work with the buoyancy provided by water and have a positive effect on joints. This form is a viable option for older individuals or anyone else with physical conditions that prevent them from practicing land yoga. Its benefits include lymphatic stimulation and improved range of motion.

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oga, a holistic art and practice that originated some 5,000 years ago in India, aims to integrate mind, body and spirit. The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit root yuj, meaning to yoke or unite, and refers to the joining of body with mind and mind with soul to achieve health, balance, tranquility and enlightenment. Individuals of every age and physical condition can benefit from the regular practice of yoga, which has been proven to enhance flexibility, strength, stamina and concentration. Using a combination of asanas, or postures, and breathing techniques, yoga works to induce deep relaxation and reduce stress, tone the body and organs, increase vitality, and improve circulation and energy flow. Uplifting and meditative, yoga can be applied as a spiritual practice, as well. Although many schools, or styles, of yoga exist, most differences derive from the primary focus of the practitioner’s attention: precise alignment of the body; holding of the asanas; flow between the postures; breath and movement coordination; or inner awareness and meditation. No particular style is better than another, and many students practice more than one.

style that is light on meditation, ashtanga yoga employs a fast-paced series of flowing poses to build strength, flexibility and stamina. Developed by Indian yoga master Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, ashtanga’s progressively difficult postures are synchronized with a loud breath (called ujyaii breath in Sanskrit) and are designed to produce intense internal heat and purifying sweat in order to detoxify muscles and organs. The room is usually heated to warm muscles and increase flexibility. Preferred by many athletes, this style is too intense and demanding for most beginners.


Ashtanga: A physically demanding

asanas, or postures, that are not too difficult, simple breathing exercises and perhaps seated meditation. Hatha yoga classes provide a good starting point for beginners to learn basic poses and relaxation techniques.

Hot Yoga: Hot yoga is performed in a heated room using

varying temperatures and yoga poses. A Bikram yoga room is set at a minimum of 105° Fahrenheit with about 40 percent humidity, performing 26 prescribed asanas. Both forms of heated yoga help to speed up metabolism and improve circulation.

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Integral: A gentle style of yoga brought to this country in

1966 by Sri Swami Satchidananda. Classes are structured to balance physical effort with relaxation, and include breathing practices, chanting and both guided and silent meditation. Integral yoga is suitable for beginners and helpful for more advanced students that wish to deepen their physical and spiritual awareness.

Iyengar: Noted for precise alignment and symmetry of postures, the development of balance and the use of props such as blocks, balls and belts, the Iyengar style of yoga was developed by B.K.S. Iyengar, based on his exceptional understanding of how the body works. Poses are held longer than usual. Iyengar is a good style for beginners, but can challenge seasoned practitioners, as well.

Kundalini: A powerful, enlightening style that incorporates mantras (chanting), meditation, visualization, breathing and guided relaxation with precise postures. According to Hindu philosophy, kundalini is a concentrated form of prana, or life force, represented by a coiled, sleeping serpent said to reside at the base of the spine. When breath and movement awaken the serpent (energy), it moves up the spine through each of the seven chakras (energy centers) of the body, bringing energy and bliss. Once a closely guarded secret in India, kundalini yoga was first brought to the West in 1969, and has been known to help with addictions and releasing endorphins in the body. Kundalini will not appeal to everyone and should be practiced under the supervision of an experienced teacher.

Prenatal: This yoga style is

specifically tailored for pregnant women during all stages of pregnancy. Its combination of stretching, focus and breathwork make it ideal for improving strength and decreasing

stress levels in preparation for childbirth. It might also alleviate pregnancy-related headaches, nausea and back pain.

Restorative: Distinguished by the use of props, this form of yoga aims to relax the muscles, calm the mind and open up the body through slow movements and passive stretching. Maintaining balance and holding gentle stretches for up to 20 minutes is made easier through the use of blocks, bolsters and blankets that support deep relaxation. SUP: An acronym for stand up paddle-

board, SUP yoga can be practiced on a lake or other calm body of water. Hatha and vinyasa asanas are employed with the intention of challenging the practitioner to distribute their weight to maintain balance. Benefits include improved core strength, circulation and balance.

Svaroopa: A style that helps each student discover their bliss.

The Sanskrit word svaroopa means “the true nature of being”, and Svaroopa yoga is sometimes called the yoga of alignment and compassion. Attention to alignment in specifically chosen poses helps to soften the body’s connective tissues and ease spinal tension. Blocks and bolsters may be used to allow for deeper muscle release. The style is suitable for beginners and useful for those recovering from injury.

Viniyoga: A transformative, slower and more individualized

form of yoga that emphasizes gentle flow and coordinated breath with movement, Viniyoga is holistic in its approach and teaches the student how to apply the yoga tools of poses, chanting, breathing and meditation. Function is stressed over form in this style. Viniyoga is recommended for beginners and seniors, as well as those in chronic pain or healing from injury or disease.

Vinyasa: A challenging style that matches breath to movement.

Vinyasa yoga poses incorporate alignment principles and are woven together in a flowing practice that is both intense and dancelike. Translated from Sanskrit, Vinyasa means “without obstacle”. The style is best suited to energetic, physically fit students.

Yin: Developed by yoga teachers Paulie Zink and Paul Grilley

to improve joint mobility and flexibility through holding asanas for up to five minutes or longer, yin yoga complements more intense practices such as Bikram, increases circulation in connective tissue and fosters inner stillness.

Please note: The contents of this Yoga Glossary are for informational purposes only. The information is not intended to be used in place of a visit or consultation with a healthcare professional. Always seek out a licensed, certified or otherwise professionally qualified practitioner to conduct a selected treatment. September 2019


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Radha Agrawal on Creating Connections and Community


by April Thompson

ntrepreneur, DJ and author Radha Agrawal is on a global mission to catalyze community and connect people meaningfully through shared values, talents and passions. Driven by her love of movement and music, Agrawal founded Daybreaker—early morning yoga sessions followed by live-music, alcohol-free dance parties that are being held in 26 cities worldwide—which are helping to break down the loneliness and isolation increasingly common to urban settings. She also cofounded the THINX line of period-proof underwear with her twin sister Miki and friend Antonia Saint Dunbar, and is now launching LiveItUp, a virtual “life school” featuring 21-day challenges from renowned guides such as Whole Foods CEO John Mackey and functional medicine specialist Mark Hyman, M.D.


If I ask myself if something is giving me energy and fulfillment and the answer isn’t a deep yes, then I know it’s a deep no.

Her recent book Belong: Find Your People, Create Community and Live a More Connected Life shares her personal journey of finding her place and people in life, and offers hands-on exercises to help others do the same. Agrawal lives with her husband and daughter in Brooklyn, New York, where she still loves to go out and celebrate life with friends several nights a week.

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What inspired your journey to bring people together?

I grew up in a community-driven town in Montreal. My dad is Indian and my mom is Japanese, and I had a built-in sense of community within those two cultures. Yet I sleepwalked through my 20s; at 30 years old, I woke up realizing I didn’t feel a

sense of belonging anymore and started on an intentional journey back to community. I was also shocked into action by the statistics around our lack of community. One in four Americans report having no friends to confide in; the number jumps to one in three for those over age 65. Another study showed that not having social ties is as harmful to our health as being an alcoholic, and is twice as harmful as obesity.

What steps can help people that are feeling isolated start to find community? It starts with an internal journey of self-exploration. Make a list of your values, interests and abilities, and see where they intersect and how you can use them to serve your community. They may be bringing music to a space, asking questions or hosting, which is my particular gift. Then find 10 communities that align with those interests and explore them in a light-touch way until you find the ones you want to participate in more deeply.

One in four Americans report having no friends to confide in; the number jumps to one in three for those over age 65.

What is the key to cultivating nurturing friendships?

Again, start by taking a self-inventory: the qualities you seek in a friend, the qualities you don’t want and the qualities you need to embody as a friend. Take stock on how you are showing up for your friends, and note if you are making excuses for yourself or your friends. I realized in doing this that I was often triple-booking myself and prioritizing everything but friendship, and made an effort to change. Now I look for friends who love adventure and lean in and say yes to life. Now, at 40, I seem to meet new people every day who come from the same star and make friends so much faster having done that hard work in my 30s.

What are the key components of a healthy, thriving community?

Community is built on safety and sustained on mystery. With Daybreaker, the mystery is not knowing the next theme or DJ or “Wow!” moment, but our members have the safety of knowing it will be a wellness-oriented event and a safe space where they will be hugged upon entry and can dance with reckless abandon every month. It takes effort to keep the excitement alive, but as a result, Daybreaker is scaling and gaining momentum.

How do we find the proper balance of commitments and interests?

Developing boundaries is key. When I first started Daybreaker, I would say yes to everything, and I was exhausted all the time trying to please everyone. Now that I have a daughter, my time is even more precious. If I ask myself if something is giving me energy and fulfillment and the answer isn’t a deep yes, then I know it’s a deep no. Celebrate your abundant energy, though; it’s a blessing to have lots of interests and friends. Stay curious to where you are in life and what the world has to offer. April Thompson is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. Connect at

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We had one bottle of Nestlé Pure Life with over 10,000 pieces of plastic. ~Sherri Mason, Ph.D.

The Re-Use Revolution Plastics Peril Drives New Strategies


by Yvette C. Hammett

aily news footage and photos capture the damage plastic is doing to the planet’s oceans: turtles ensnared in plastic nets, whales with guts full of plastics and aerial views of the burgeoning island of floating detritus known as the Pacific Garbage Patch. Tiny pieces of plastic are even showing up in our food and drinking water. The growing plastics crisis has some people yearning for the days when soft drinks and beer all came in reusable containers that required a deposit, or when milk and cream were delivered to the front porch in quaint, glass bottles. Sherri Mason, Ph.D., sustainability coordinator at Penn State Behrend, in Erie, Pennsylvania, believes this is exactly the direction this issue may take. “I do think some of it will be a return to glass,” she says. Mason conducted a study in 2018 and discovered that bottled water contained tiny bits of microplastic. An earlier tap water study she conducted showed there were about five particles of plastic in a liter of tap water, if averaged across the globe. “We thought that would shock people into demanding change. Instead, a lot of the comments were to drink more bottled water.” 56

In the 2018 study, Mason and her team, then at the State University of New York at Fredonia, tested 259 bottles of water from nine countries that included all the top brands in the U.S.—Dasani, Aquafina and Nestlé Pure Life, among them. “On average, for every liter of bottled water in total, you would be ingesting 325 pieces of plastic. We had one bottle of Nestlé Pure Life with over 10,000 pieces of plastic. These are the particles that can make their way across the gastrointestinal tract and be carried to your blood, liver, kidneys and brain,” Mason says. Analysis of the particles indicates that the plastics found in bottled water leach from the container itself, while the source in tap water may be PVC pipes and fittings. However, plastics are also ubiquitous in surface and groundwater, and may make their way into drinking supplies via air, wind, rain and industrial activity, according to an assessment published earlier this year in the journal Current Opinion in Environmental Science & Health. After Mason’s findings were released, the World Health Organization announced a review into the potential risks of plastic in drinking water. Meantime, the impact of plastic pollution on marine life—zooplank-

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ton, seabirds, marine mammals and reptiles throughout the food chain—is well documented, according to a 2014 study published in the online journal PLOS ONE. The study estimates more than 5 trillion pieces of plastic, weighing somewhere near 269,000 tons, are floating in the Earth’s oceans. People are loudly calling for change, and innovators are responding. In the United Kingdom, there is the Plastics Pact, which brings together businesses from across the plastic industry to eliminate problematic or single-use plastics through redesign, innovation and alternative delivery models. A UK startup, Ooho, has created an edible water container made of seaweed to provide the convenience of plastic bottles while limiting the environmental impact. Tom Szaky, the CEO and founder of TerraCycle, a Trenton, New Jersey, recycling company, is among those pioneering a rebirth of reusing with a pilot project launched in May called Loop. The company has partnered with Proctor & Gamble, Nestlé, Clorox and other major brands to deliver and retrieve products in durable, reusable containers, just like the milk man. Consumers can order everyday items from the online Loop store—paying a deposit on the container—and UPS will deliver it to their doorstep, picking up empties to be washed, refilled and used again and again. “Hundreds of products, from Tide to Häagen-Dazs to Tropicana, are being delivered,” says Szaky. “It’s growing very fast in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Washington, D.C.; and we’ve just expanded to Connecticut, Vermont, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Delaware—eventually nationwide.” The re-use revolution is also taking shape in 10 states and a U.S. territory that have passed “bottle bills”: California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Oregon, Vermont and Guam. Typically, the laws require a deposit of 5 to 15 cents be placed on all glass, plastic and metal containers. Yvette C. Hammett is an environmental writer based in Valrico, Florida. She can be contacted at


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How to Click With Young Techies by Ronica O’Hara


any Silicon Valley executives that design devices and apps have put their own children in tech-free Waldorf schools, reports The New York Times; even Bill Gates and Steve Jobs strictly limited their kids’ screen time. They know firsthand what many parents fear—that kids are missing out on developing life and social skills because of technology that has been deliberately designed to be addictive. Recent studies link excessive digital use by kids to anxiety, depression and, according to a team of University of Southern California scientists published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, a doubled risk of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder compared with infrequent users. However, there are sound strategies that we can use to help kids navigate the electronic wilds, say experts. “Parent like a tech exec by establishing strong tech limits and actively engaging your kids instead with family, school and the outdoors,” advises Richard Freed, Ph.D., a Walnut Creek, California, child and teen psychologist and author of Wired Child: Reclaiming Childhood in a Digital Age.


Devise a family master plan for tech use. A good place to start

is the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Family Media Use Plan (HealthyChildren. org/English/media). “Rules can be general,

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Part of the challenge we face as parents is that these devices make things easier for us because our kids are occupied, so if we want to change our kids’ tech behavior, we’ll have to change how we do things, as well. ~Mariam Gates like no video games on weeknights, or very specific, like you can only play YouTube videos on the living room computer when other family members are present,” says Angela Roeber, director of communications at Omaha’s Project Harmony, a child protection nonprofit.


Set sensible time limits. The

American Academy of Pediatrics recommends monitored, minimal screen time for kids under 2 years old; one hour a day for kids 2 to 5; and “consistent limits” for kids 6 and older. “What works best for my family is a simple kitchen timer,” says Anya Kamenetz, author of The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media and Real Life.


Talk with kids. Discuss with them

why limits are needed, how to evaluate internet information according to its

source, ways to exercise caution on social media and why some games are deliberately designed to be never-ending. A 2015 Korean study of 2,376 grade-schoolers published in School Psychology International found that if parents show warmth and supervise their kids’ tech use with rational explanations, the children use less digital media.


Ban devices at meals and bedtime. Just

having electronics in sight interrupts focus, University of Texas at Austin researchers found. At night, make sure devices are turned off an hour before bedtime, and then collect them into a recharging basket by the front door. Keep phones, computers and tablets in a public part of the home—out of kids’ bedrooms—so that online activities are in plain view.


Keep up with the latest tech releases.

Join kids in their games, apps and website visits. Check out, which rates such content. If one causes concern, instead of Googling just its name, add search terms like “risks”, “problems” or “child use”.


Employ parental controls. Websites and

games can be blocked or limited within the devices themselves. Consider replacing the Safari or Chrome browser on a device with a kid-friendly version

like Mobicip or GoogleSafeSearch, or installing in-depth monitoring programs such as Net Nanny, Norton Family Premier or Qustodio Parental Control.


Create enjoyable alternatives. Bicycle with

kids in a park. Enroll them in sport teams and art classes. “Part of the challenge we face as parents is that these devices make things easier for us because our kids are occupied, so if we want to change our kids’ tech behavior, we’ll have to change how we do things, as well,” says Mariam Gates, an educator and author of Sweet Dreams: Bedtime Visualizations for Kids.


Do a family digital detox. During one Sunday

a month at home, a weekend away camping or a vacation at a remote spot, keep all devices off and away—and watch how kids grow more responsive as they tune back into “real life”.

“Remember, our kids may always be an app ahead of us, but they will always need our parenting wisdom,” advises Sue Scheff, a cyber-safety blogger and co-author with Melissa Schorr of Shame Nation: The Global Epidemic of Online Hate. Ronica A. O’Hara is a natural-health writer based in Denver. Connect at

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he season for wearing shorts and swimsuits may be coming to an end, but the unsightly—and often painful—puffy, blue streaks caused by varicose veins will likely remain an issue for many. While more than 40 percent of adults suffer from them, women are affected two to three times more often, according to a study in the journal BMJ Clinical Evidence. It cites child-bearing, especially more than two pregnancies, as one root cause of varicose veins. However, smoking, family history, obesity and professions that involve extended periods of standing and sitting such as chefs, hairdressers, office workers and healthcare professionals can also contribute to the condition. Birthdays can also be a factor. “As we age, the leg skin gets thinner from wear and tear,” says Marcelle Pick, an integrative OB/GYN nurse practitioner in Falmouth, Maine, resulting in even more visible veins. However, these lumpy blood vessels can cause more than cosmetic issues Varicose veins can promote pain, cramping, itching and swelling of lower legs, ankles and feet, as well as lead to more serious health conditions involving blood clots and poor circulation. There are a number of natural strategies that can alleviate symptoms and even prevent them from developing.

Get Moving

Varicose veins are the result of valve damage and loss of elasticity that allows blood

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to pool inside the vessel. “When you’re standing still for a long period of time, the valves stop working and blood fills in the vein, creating more and more pressure, which dilates it like a water balloon,” says Dr. Mary Sheu, assistant professor of dermatology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Walking, swimming, cycling and trampoline jumping are among the most beneficial activities. Sheu says it helps to get up and walk around every half hour for those with a stationary desk job. “Do some squats or go on your tiptoes to get the blood pumping, so it’s not stagnant.” Aerial yoga or headstands are other exercises that help move blood from the feet to heart, along with using an inversion table that holds people upside-down. However, most people can’t stay in that position for any appreciable length of time, so an easy daily option is to elevate the legs on a pillow or small stool. “Any position where your legs are elevated above the level of your heart would help with the flow of fluid back towards the heart,” says Sheu. Work with gravity: the higher the elevation, the quicker blood returns to the heart.


Supportive legwear is another effective way to reduce water retention and swelling, boost circulation and improve pelvic posture. “Compression stockings help keep


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everything cinched in so veins don’t stay dilated and the valves don’t move farther apart,” says Sheu, especially for frequent flyers stuck in a small seat for long flights. In addition to old-fashioned tights, support options range from chic, charcoal, high-denier hose and lacey knee socks to stylish compression leggings, athletic compression socks and light support pantyhose. Most are readily available in airports and retail outlets.

Nutritional Support

Because obesity is a known cause of venous issues, maintaining a healthy weight is essential to lessening pressure on the lower limbs. Pick recommends an antiinflammatory diet rich in antioxidants that helps increase blood circulation. Foods like blueberries, blackberries, leafy greens, beets and ginger are good options. Chamomile and dandelion tea can arrest fluid retention, which relates to swelling and heaviness in the legs, as do botanical herbs. Ascorbic acid and ginkgo biloba stimulate circulation, helping the veins and capillaries contract. Australian naturopath Leah Hechtman, who specializes in reproductive health, often sees women dealing with compromised veins. “Rutin, quercetin, and vitamin P bioflavonoids, taken in conjunction with vitamin C, are effective at improving the integrity of the vein and improving blood flow,” she says. Another flavonoid, red vine leaf, reduces swelling and symptoms of tension and heaviness in the legs. Jill Blakeway, a doctor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine in New York City and author of Energy Medicine: The Science and Mystery of Healing, advises, “CoQ10 increases circulation, while horse chestnut and bilberry reduce inflammation and increase fluid circulation.” She also recommends bromelain, which is an anti-inflammatory and reduces the risk of blood clots, with acupuncture to raise central qi, which improves the elasticity of blood vessels and improves blood flow.

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Melanie Laporte is a freelance writer and licensed massage therapist based in Austin, Texas. September 2019


We reprogram the immune system so that it no longer sees that particular allergen as an invader. ~Barbara Meconis

PET PEEVE Natural Remedies for

Allergies to Furry Friends by Julie Peterson


essica Martinez, a medical assistant and part-time dog groomer in Rockford, Illinois, was growing her family— a husband, two daughters and a young beloved husky. When their third daughter was born with health problems and an allergy to dogs, Martinez was determined to manage the situation. She cleaned fervently—vacuuming, wiping down hard surfaces, and bathing and brushing the dog every day. Everyone had to wash their hands frequently. In addition, the room where other dogs were groomed had to be thoroughly cleaned after each session. It all eventually became too exhausting, and the husky was rehomed. But there may have been other options available to the family, say practitioners that treat patients with pet allergies. “I personally would rather not recommend that a patient not be around animals, because there are so many health benefits that animals can bring,” says Rosia Parrish, a naturopathic doctor at Boulder Natural Health, in Colorado, and a spokesperson for the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.


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Allergen Alert

Some families opt for one of the so-called hypoallergenic breeds of dogs or cats. However, experts at the American Lung Association and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology advise that all warm-blooded animals shed dander: flecks of skin containing proteins that can cause allergies. Additional allergens exist in proteins from saliva, urine and feces. Because proteins, not fur, are to blame, even short-haired or hairless dogs and cats can elicit an allergic response. They’re present in the dander of all mammals, including horses, rabbits, cows and mice. “Allergies are caused when the immune system cannot discern the difference between a safe protein, such as egg, and a dangerous protein, such as mold, and it starts attacking the wrong ones,” says Barbara Meconis, a registered nurse and owner of Holistic Care Approach, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In the home, these proteins can easily become airborne and cling to surfaces and clothing. They can be carried by people to

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pet-free schools and hospitals, making the proteins difficult to avoid, so for those that deal with symptoms that range from watering eyes to difficulty breathing, allergies can flare up in unlikely places.

Traditional Medical Response

“Allergies are one the most complex, unresearched topics,” says Meconis. Because of the general lack of knowledge in the field of immunology, people with allergies may have difficulty finding relief, especially when multiple or severe allergies are present. Pet owners aren’t given many choices. “In the last five years, there is a working theory regarding being desensitized with incremental exposures, but there is no proof,” says Meconis. “Elimination has always been the answer from mainstream allopathic medicine, so if you are allergic to pets, they say, ‘don’t have a pet.’” Parrish suggests that making lifestyle changes may enable some people to keep a furry friend in their lives. Effectively preventing allergic reactions requires limiting exposure to the offending animal proteins.

I personally would rather not recommend that a patient not be around animals because there are so many health benefits that animals can bring. ~Rosia Parrish This can mean vacuuming often, using HEPA-grade air filters, removing carpeting, leaving coats and shoes at the door and washing sheets, mattress covers—and the pet—on a regular basis.

Alternative Treatments

At Holistic Care Approach, Meconis is trained in Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Therapy (NAET), a combination of allopathy, acupuncture, chiropractic, kinesiology and nutrition. Treatments are typically effective in as little as one session per allergy. “We reprogram the immune system so that it no longer ‘sees’ that particular allergen as an invader,” Meconis says. “By

removing disharmony at the intercellular level, the body stops being so reactive.” Founded in 1983 by Devi Nambudripad, a California chiropractor and acupuncturist, today there are more than 12,000 NAET practitioners and they can be found at Parrish recommends natural treatments for affected people such as steam showers and baths with thyme, eucalyptus and menthol to help clear passageways, along with anti-inflammatory supplements like boswellia, quercetin, nettle leaf, fish oil and magnesium. “Unless an allergy is severe, I think that living around cats, dogs and other furry animals is a really good thing and brings so much love and sloppy kisses into our lives,” she says. However, for a serious allergic reaction such as asthma, a pet lizard may be in order. Julie Peterson has contributed to Natural Awakenings for more than a decade. Contact her at

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FAIRY MAGIC Feeling Their Touch in Nature M

by Maggie Hamilton

any of us have long been curious about fairies, aching to see them as a child, to glimpse their world. Often, all our longing goes into wanting to see these astonishing beings, not realizing we’ve already met them. Fairies live at the heart of creation, and daily they speak to us through our senses, setting them on fire. Know that every uplifting moment in nature—every blazing sunset that has moved us, every sprinkle of snow—is a glimpse of their healing presence, a glimpse of their world. To enter into a profound relationship with fairies, first we must believe in them—we must make-believe. Sadly, many of us have lost access to their wisdom, their healing touch, because we’re searching for funny little beings in pink tutus. Fairies are the heart and soul of living nature. They speak to us through beauty, as it’s a more healing language than our own. They whisper to us in the sound of the sea and the first appearance of buds in spring. We know when fairies are nearby, as we feel so alive. So hold these breathtaking moments close. Breathe them in. Ask intuitively, “What gift is here?” To draw close to these powerful beings, we can learn to take note of every single


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detail when we’re in nature—even if we’re in a small park in the centre of a city or an avenue of trees on our street. Silently greet these living presences. Note their colors and scents, the shape of their flowers and leaves. Study any rocks and stones here. There’s something powerful about being seen, as all of these details draw us into connection. Develop a relationship with trees. Discover which trees we are drawn to. Run our fingers over their bark. Note the bend and sway of their boughs. Pay attention to how they look at different times of the day, in different seasons and weather. Learn to greet these trees as we would an old friend, and only connect with them out of love, not out of neediness, as no one, not even fairies, likes needy. Then, magically, all of this beauty and the story of each soul-stopping moment with nature’s fairy caretakers will live inside us until we no longer feel separate from the web of life. That’s when trees start to talk to us—when our soul soars to see a tiny blade of grass pushing its way up through the pavement. Maggie Hamilton is the author of the new Hay House book, Inside the Secret Life of Fairies: Where Dreams Come True.

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September 2019


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Teaching Spirit Outdoor Sanctuary Now Open in Jefferson Valley   Walking the Medicine Wheel 9/7.  Whispering Spirits by the Lake 9/8.   Full Moon Ceremony 9/14.  Nature Therapy  9/15 Yoga and Qigong.  Visit our website for a full list of monthly events  Visit or Call: 914.243.0957 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 Feeding Fun – 1-2pm. It’s mealtime for the nature center’s animals. See what’s on the menu and learn how the resident critters are kept healthy. Free for members. $8 for nonmembers. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd, Scarsdale. 95th Annual Yorktown Grange Fair – Sept 6-8. A true agricultural fair, “Back to the Garden”is the theme this year. Includes 4H showcase, audience participation games, carnival rides and live entertainment. $10 per car. Yorktown Grange Fair Grounds, 99 Moseman Road Yorktown Heights. Info:

September 11, 18, 25 & Oct 2 OR September 13-14 Learn practical skills to manage stress & enhance well-being for a variety of professional settings. Speakeasy10520 127 Main St., Ossining, NY  Trauma-Informed Training pingers Falls. Register: 845.416.4598. Dutchess Yoga direct/class pkgs available: 845.902.8206. Qi Gong Classes – Sept 3, 10, 17 and 24. 6:30-7:30pm. $10. Sacred Space Healing Arts, 436 Main St, Beacon. Register: 845.416.4598.



Westchester Songbirds – Sept 4, 11, 18, 25. New singing group emphasizing fun and community spirit. All levels of experience and ability. No skill necessary in reading music or singing on key. $20. $15 seniors/students. Life Energy Arts Gallery, 11-13 E Main St, above Mount Kisco Sports. 845.554.2077. Info:

Qi Gong Classes – Sept 3, 10, 17 and 24. 10-11am. $15. Sandy Dutchess Yoga,1575 Rte 376, Lynn Building at the corner of All Angels Hills Rd, Wap-

Parenting at NUR Space – 11am-12:30pm. A baby play group. Free. NUR Space, 596 Warburton Ave, Hastings on Hudson. Info:




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LIFE ENERGY ARTS GALLERY Practitioner Networking 9/11 Wine & Cheese Evening Social 9/21 Music for Stress Reduction 9/22 Singing Songbird Group. Meditation. Energy Movement Class 11-13 E Main St, Mount Kisco, NY 10549 (above Mount Kisco Sports).

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Experience a celebration of wellness, yoga, music and dance – in affiliation with Riverfront Recapture and BaliSpirit Festival.

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Riverside Park & Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford

Annual Support-A-Walk. See Oct 6. Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 8-9pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

THURSDAY. SEPTEMBER 5 Hatha Flow – 7-8am. All welcome. Mats and equipment provided or BYO. $12. Westchester Essential Wellness Yoga and Meditation Center, 11 West Prospect Ave, 3rd Flr, Roosevelt Square Professional Bldg, Mt Vernon. New Class: Yin Yoga – Sept 5, 12, 19, 26. 9:309:45am. With Adrienne Marino-Eppner. This yoga, in its purest form, is a perfect antidote to stress and a counterbalance to more active forms of yoga. $25. Golden Prana, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.984.3408. Life Energy Movement Classes – Sept 5, 12, 19, 26. 10-11:15am.With Karla Booth. Meditation energizing each of the acupuncture meridians in turn. Learn the sequence and explore the work surrounding it. $25. $20 seniors/students. Life Energy Arts Gallery, 11-13 E Main St, above Mount Kisco Sports. Questions: 914.533.7500. Info: Circle of Dads at NUR Space – 8-9pm. Free. NUR Space, 596 Warburton Ave, Hastings on Hudson. Info:

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 Healers Expansion Session – 11am-12:30pm. With Mary Ellen O’Brien. These are ongoing group events for healers to strengthen higher selfconnection to amplify each practitioner’s personal service. Limited seating so preregistration required. Cold Spring Retreat House. Info/pricing: Quit with Quinn, Addiction Free Naturally – 6-7pm. Discover how this energetic healing treatment helps break addictions and improves health and well-being. Q&A plus learn basic healing practices. Free. Briarcliff location. 914.473.2015.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 Seventh Annual Hoptember Festival – Showcasing local breweries, cideries, distilleries, music, food and more. Dutchess Hops at Eastern View Nursery, 1167 Noxon Rd, Lagrange. $55. Info: The Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest - Sept 7 and 8. 11am-6pm/Sat; 11am-5pm/Sun. Wine and spirits sampling and cooking demonstrations. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, 6636 US-9, Rhinebeck. Info:

Reiki Master Class – 11am-4pm. With Marcus Feighery. $675. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. 845.363.1765. Introduction to Foot Reflexology – 1-4pm. $40 includes materials. $20 prepayment deposit is required to reserve spot. Fishkill. Register: Shamanic Circle – 4-6pm. With Tuvan Shamaness ChokBar. Exploration of ethereal world and subtle realties introducing participants to spirit guides, ancestors and power animals. Awaken interconnectivity supporting healing, transformation and life purpose. $20. United Palace, NYC. 212.568.6700.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 26th Annual Fishkill Fine Arts & Craft Fair – 10am-4pm. Rain or shine. Shopping, food and entertainment. Lorraine Hughes will be selling hand crafted herbal products. Free. Village of Fishkill, sidewalks on Main Street. The Diamond-Dart Meridian Sequence: Introductory Workshop – 4-5:30pm. With Karla Booth. Meditation energizing each of the acupuncture meridians in turn. Learn the sequence and explore the work surrounding it. $25. $20 seniors/students. Life Energy Arts Gallery, 11-13 E Main St, above Mount Kisco Sports. Questions: 914.533.7500. Info:

markyourcalendar Poses 2 Pints September 15 @ 12pm Energize your mind, body & spirit at CYP’s fun-raiser  Enjoy a creative vinyasa flow & OMazing brews! Sing Sing Kill Brewery 75-77 Spring St., Ossining NY Poses 2 Pints

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 Free Meditation for Breast Cancer Survivors – Sept 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct 7. 6:30-7:30pm. Develop tools to manage the physical and emotional side effects of treatment and meet other breast cancer survivors. YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester, 515 North St, White Plains. Register: 914.949.6227 x208. Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation and group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 Hatha Flow – 7-8am. All welcome. Mats and equipment provided or BYO. $12. Westchester Essential Wellness Yoga and Meditation Center, 11 West Prospect Ave, 3rd Flr, Roosevelt Square Professional Bldg, Mt Vernon. Full Moon Mommy & Me Circle – 11:30am-1pm. $33. NUR Space, 596 Warburton Ave, Hastings on Hudson. Info:

The Pause: A Women’s Group Support for All Stages of Menopause Fall Series begins Sept. 24

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Claudia Gukeisen, MA, 500hr RYT Certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor Location: The Center for Health & Healing, Mt. Kisco, NY info/Register:  or call 914.673.3313

Free Lecture: What is Ayurvedic Medicine and How Does it Compare with Western (Allopathic) Medicine? – 6-8pm. With Dr. Somesh Kaushik, an Ayurvedic and Naturopathic physician. John C. Hart Memorial Library, 1130 E Main St, Shrub Oak. 914.245.5262.

ation, reducing stress, muscle tension and more. $20 drop-in. Sacred Spirit Yoga and Healing Arts Center, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Info class pkgs:


Spirit Festival – Sept 13-15. Experience a celebration of wellness, yoga, music and dance. In affiliation with Riverfront Recapture and BaliSpirit Festival. Riverside Park and Mortensen, Riverfront Plaza, Hartford. Event schedules by the day:

Trauma-informed Training – Sept 11, 18, 25 and Oct 2. 6-9:30pm. CYP’s four-week traumainformed training offers a practical skillset that can be used in different professional work settings to manage stress and enhance well-being. Info: 914.319.4010. Register: TraumaInformed Training Sept 11. Free Tai Chi for Breast Cancer Survivors – Sept 11, 18, 25, Oct 2, 9. 6:15-7:15pm. Develop tools to manage the physical and emotional side effects of treatment and meet other breast cancer survivors. YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester, 515 North St, White Plains. Register: 914.949.6227 x208.

Mount Kisco’s September Fest – Sept 13-15.


Holistic Baby Care – 7-9pm. $90. NUR Space, 596 Warburton Ave, Hastings on Hudson. Info: Film Screening: Paris to Pittsburgh – 7-9pm. A documentary from National Geographic comes a story about how Americans are demanding and developing real solutions in the face of climate change. Free. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd, Scarsdale. Vision & Success in School – 7-9pm. Discover tools to identify children having trouble learning. 25 percent of children have vision problems keeping them from reaching their full potential. Free. Dr. Samantha Slotnick, 495 Central Park Ave, Ste 301, Scarsdale. RSVP, Carrie: 914.874.1177.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 Practitioners’ Networking Event – 5:30-7pm. Join fellow practitioners of the healing arts for this afternoon social in the healing environment of the Mount Kisco Art Gallery. Free. Life Energy Arts Gallery, 11-13 E Main St, above Mount Kisco Sports. RSVP/questions: 914.533.7500. Info: Restorative Yoga – 7-8:30pm. With Athina Pride. All levels. Props used to assist in holding poses for extended periods experiencing progressive relax-


Mount Kisco’s September Fest – Sept 13-15. Featuring Friday-night dance party, a live band on Saturday night and food trucks selling local eats and brew, antique cars, music and a street fair with exhibits and sidewalk sales. Info:

markyourcalendar Saturday, September 14 Yoga Therapeutics Through a Kundalini Lens with Ravi Singh Hosted by Yoga Teachers Association 1:30–4:30 p.m. Explore techniques for a wide range of modern-day ailments as an adjunct to medical treatment. Save the Date! October 12: Flowing into Wholeness with Daniel Orlansky November 9: Yoga for Scoliosis with Alison West December 14: Hatha Yoga Pradipika with Sandra Anderson January 11: Yoga Meets the Alexander Technique with Ingrid Bacci February 8: Yoga Nidra with Mona Anand The Yoga Studio at Club Fit Briarcliff Manor, NY $45 members/$65 nonmembers Register at September 2019


Full Moon Ceremony – 7:30-9pm. Guided meditation in a Zen Garden around a fire pit, weather permitting. Each attendee will write down what no longer serves them personally and “let it go” into the flames. $10. Universal Healing Arts Connection, 4 Crestview Ave, Cortlandt Manor. 914.737.4325.

markyourcalendar Shamanic Reiki Trainings with Melanie Ryan Mount Kisco, NY Shamanic Reiki Level One September 28 & 29 Shamanic Reiki Level Two October 19 & 20 Shamanic Reiki Master Level December 6, 7, & 8 914.864.0462 Yoga Teacher Training – With Susannah Grange. Hudson River Yoga’s Yoga Alliance registered 200hr teacher training. Still a few spots remaining. Hudson River Yoga, 696 Dutchess Turnpike, Poughkeepsie. Info: 845.204.9111. Trauma-informed Training – Sept 13-14. 6-9:30pm. CYP’s two-day intensive traumainformed training offers a practical skillset that can be used in different professional work settings to manage stress and enhance well-being. Info: 914.319.4010. Register: TraumaInformed Training Sept 13. Meditation: The Path to Radical Happiness – 7-8:15pm. With Dr. Andrew Vidich. Expand awareness through the power of meditation. Discover inner truths to help cope effectively with daily challenges and more. 1st Unitarian Society of Westchester, 25 Old Jackson Ave, Hastings-onHudson. 914.433.1800. Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation and group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 Walk with a Doc – 10-11am. Join Dr. Kurt Beil for a free monthly community event featuring a short health talk followed by a walk around Ged-

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The Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest. See Sept 7. ney Park in Chappaqua. 155 Millwood Rd. Info: 914.362.8315. NorthernWestchester. Fall Gardening & Seed Saving Program at the Somers Library – 10:30am-12:30pm.With Shanyn Siegel. Learn how to save seeds and re-grow plants and harvest from this year’s garden. Free. Somers Library, Rte 139 and Reis Park, Somers. Register: 914.232.5717.

Hudson Valley Holistic Market - Embracing Autumn – 10am-5pm. Reflexology and herbal products and Qi Gong will be offered. Fishkill Comfort Suites, 835 Rte 52. Info: Facebook, Hudson Valley Holistic Market. Poses 2 Pints – Noon-1pm. Energize one’s mind, body and spirit at CYP’s fun-raiser. Enjoy a creative vinyasa flow and OMazing brews. $20. Sing Sing Kill Brewery, 75-77 Spring St, Ossining. More info: 914.319.4010. Register: Sing Sing. Poses 2 Pints.

Rivertown Public Market Festival Returns to Dobbs Ferry – 11am-5pm. Rain or shine. Featuring local food and drinks, live music, kids’ activities and an easygoing vibe. Free entrance starting at noon. Dobbs Ferry Waterfront Park. Info: Reiki 1 and Reiki 2 Class – Sept 14 and 15. 1pm. Universal Reiki Healing Arts Connection believes in preserving the integrity of reiki by adhering to the attunement process as passed down from reiki master to reiki practitioner. $250. Universal Healing Arts Connection, 4 Crestview Ave, Cortlandt Manor. 914.737.4325. The Essence, Spirit and Energy of Essential Oils –1-5pm. Cypress, nutmeg, lavender and myrrh essential oils will be the focus of this workshop. Open to 10 participants on a first come basis. $45. Prepaid deposit of $20 required to secure reservation. Private location. Info/register: 845.416.4598. Yoga Therapeutics through a Kundalini Lens – 1:30-4:30pm. With Ravi Singh. Hosted by Yoga Teachers Association. Explore techniques for a wide range of modern-day ailments as an adjunct to medical treatment. $45 members. $65 nonmembers. The Yoga Studio at Club Fit, Briarcliff Manor. 914.582.7816. Register: Learn the 7 Dimensions of Reality – 3:30-6pm. With Michael Rosenbaum. $50. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. MVT (Movement) 109 Workshop –5-6:30pm. With Phoebe Miller. Interplay between movement and stillness for release and healing in the internal world and observance of effects in the external world. $35. Namastesis Yoga and Wellness, 1065 Main St, Ste H. Fishkill. Info: 845.765.2299. Lunar Gong Bath Full Moon in Pisces – 7-9pm. A kundalini yoga, meditation, short astrology talk aligning the inner self with the astrological energies. Release and renew with healing sounds of the gongs. $25. Golden Prana, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.984.3408.

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Armonk Outdoor Art Show. See Sept 21. Intro to Kids’ Yoga – 2pm. With Agata. $20 drop-in. Hudson Valley Healing Center, 51 Springside Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.250.3163. Principles of Katonah Yoga – 3-4:30pm. With Lynn Ivey. Introducing a unique style of yoga developed by Nevine Michaan. Discover the three principles off esoteric dialogue around which this smart yoga is designed. $25. Golden Prana, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.984.3408.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 Holistic Practitioner Support and Connection Group – 7-9pm. Meets monthly, for those who practice in the fields of health, wholeness and natural healing of mind, body and spirit. Free will donation. Red Hook Community Center, 59 Fisk St, Red Hook.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Empowered Parenting Workshop – Sept 17-Dec 10. 7:30-9pm. Develop a compassionate, mindful approach to parenting. Four-week, eight-week or 12-week sessions available. $250-$675. 6 Cypress Ln, Briarcliff Manor. Jan: 914.772.0739. Jeanette: 917.319.3503.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 Empowered Parenting Workshop: Develop A Compassionate, Mindful Approach to Parenting – Sept 18-Dec 11. 10:30am-Noon. Four-week, eight-week or 12-week sessions available. $250-$675. 6 Cypress Ln, Briarcliff Manor. Jan: 914.772.0739. Jeanette: 917.319.3503.

Yoga Asana and Nidra - Move and Restore – 7:15-8:30pm. With Deirdre Breen. Move the body and restore the soul with a balanced practice bringing total peace to the entire system. $25. Golden Prana, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.984.3408.

markyourcalendar Fall Ayurveda Retreat Seasonal talk, yoga, breath work & yoga nidra PLUS Ayurvedic cooking demo

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.

Sunday, Oct. 6 1:30pm-5pm $75 by 9/6 or $85 thereafter

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 Groundwork Hudson Valley’s 2019 Urban River Party – Celebrate the creation of the Yonkers Greenway and honor Yonkers Mayor, Mike Spano and others. $300 per ticket or make a donation. X20 Xaviers on the Hudson, 71 Water Grant St, Yonkers. Sara Brody: 914.375.2151. Mindfulness Meditation – 7-8:15pm. With Lani Donlon. Learn the foundational practices of meditation: stillness, body scanning, mindful movement and more. All levels. $10 suggested donation. Sacred Spirit Yoga and Healing Arts Center, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Gong Sound Bath in the Salt Cave – 8-8:45pm. Gong is a musical instrument tuning participants into the divine creating an ocean of sound that is relaxing. A state which activates the parasympathetic nervous system. $40. Hudson Valley Healing Center, 51 Springside Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.250.3163.

Hoptember Festival. See Sept 7.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 Car Free Day Celebration – 7-11am. Join the Bee-Line for Westchester’s 3rd annual Car Free Day. Learn about sustainable transportation options. Free samples and raffles. White Plains TransCenter, near bus lanes. Healers Expansion Session – 11am-12:30pm. With Mary Ellen O’Brien. These are ongoing group events for healers to strengthen higher self-connection to amplify each practitioner’s personal service. Limited seating so preregistration required. Cold Spring Retreat House. Info/ pricing: Quit with Quinn, Addiction Free Naturally – 6-7pm. Discover how this energetic healing treatment helps break addictions and improves health and well-being. Q&A plus learn basic healing practices. Free. Briarcliff location. 914.473.2015.

Rivertown Public Market Festival. Sept 14. How to Clear Spaces, Places and People from Negative Energy – 7-8:30pm. With Barry Piro. $35. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 NUR*ISH, Autumn Equinox Community Gathering – $25pp/$40 per couple. NUR Space, 596 Warburton Ave, Hastings on Hudson. Info: Armonk Outdoor Art Show – Sept 21 and 22. 10am-5pm. Both days, rain or shine. 185 juried artists, free activities for kids and collaborative art projects, food vendors and beer and wine. Westchester Business Park. 205 Business Park Dr, Armonk. Info/ticket pricing: Reiki 1 & 2 – 11am-4pm.With Marcus Feighery. $275. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765.

Claudia Gukeisen, MA, 500hr RYT Certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor Location: The Center for Health & Healing, Mt. Kisco, NY info/Register:  or call 914.673.3313

Adjustment Workshop – Noon-5pm. With Harriet Schreger and Ellen Sirucci. A review of safe and appropriate ways to touch and guide students. A hands-on way helping participant’s gain comfort in giving direction and intention through one’s body to others. Katonah Yoga Center, 39 Main St, Bedford Hills, NY. 914.241.2661. Evolution by Beth – 1-3pm.With Beth Tracy who has an incredible knowledge of the body/spirit connection. Discover a unique restorative practice with emphasis on the lung and kidney meridians. $40. Golden Prana, 223 Katonah Ave, Katonah. 914.984.3408.

World Peace Flag Ceremony – Noon. Rain or Shine. In celebration of the International Day of Peace. Followed by a community potluck gathering. Upon inclement weather, it will be held indoors. World Peace Sanctuary, 26 Benton Rd, Wassaic RSVP:

Free Parent/Child Mindfulness Informational Workshop – 2-3:30pm. For ages 6 and up. Learn simple tools and techniques to help children find balance, reduce anxiety, manage emotions and much more. Universal Healing Arts Connection. 4 Crestview Ave, Cortlandt Manor. 914.737.4325.

Jin Shin Jyutsu: A Self Help Workshop – 2-4pm. With Roshan Julianne Dow. Learn acupressure (no needles) for balancing body’s energy and achieving optimal. No experience necessary. $35 by Sept 18. $45 thereafter. Sacred Spirit Yoga and Healing Arts Center, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry.

Healers Expansion Session – 2-3:30pm. With Mary Ellen O’Brien. These are ongoing group events for healers to strengthen higher selfconnection to amplify each practitioner’s personal service. Limited seating so preregistration required. Cold Spring Retreat House. Info/pricing:

Book Signing: Roland Comtois, Signs of Spirit – 5:30-7pm. Experience the rare opportunity to meet this author. Cost: purchase of book at event. Universal Healing Arts Connection, 4 Crestview Ave, Cortlandt Manor. 914.737.4325. Wine and Cheese General Evening Social – 6-8pm. Experience the healing environment of the Mount Kisco Art Gallery. Live music, organic wine and cheese and more. Free. Life Energy Arts, 11-13 E Main St, above Mount Kisco Sports. RSVP/questions: 914.533.7500. Info:

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 LifeForce Yoga Chakra Balancing Flow & Yoga Nidra – 11am-12:15pm. With Merrill Black. Gentle meditative flow using sounds, postures, hand gestures and restorative poses to balance chakras. Ending with yoga nidra. Limited space. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

markyourcalendar Sunday, October 6 from 2pm- 3:30pm The Healers Circle with Mary Ellen O’Brien, Soul Alignment Teacher & Coach, 2-month program for healers to fully own their gifts and amplify their service. 4 group meetings/4 individual sessions. Begins Sunday, October 6 from 2pm- 3:30pm (other Sundays; 10/20, 11/3 & 11/17) at Cold Spring Retreat House. 2nd option meets Fridays 10/4, 10/18, 11/1 & 11/15 from 11am- 12:30pm September 2019




Sunday, October 6 (4pm-6pm) Introduction to Jikiden Reiki with Anne Bentzen

CALL FOR READERS & VENDORS! Putnam Valley Annual PSYCHIC FAIR! SAT. 10/19, 10-6PM at Town Park Booth fee: $65-$85. No $ goes to organizers. YOU KEEP EVERY DOLLAR YOU EARN!

natural drug-free home therapy to reduce stress,pain, inflammation, anxiety, boost your immunity and instill peace and tranquility.

Healing Circle included. Donation $10 Larchmont residence.

RSVP to Anne at 914.588.4079/Space limited.

Save the Date Friday Nov.15th thru Sunday 17th Jikiden Reiki 1 Shoden Certificate Class Training, Accommodations and Meals Music for Stress Reduction: Introductory Workshop – 4-5:30pm. Discover how anyone can make music to reduce stress regardless of experience or musical skill. $25. $20 seniors/disabled/students. Life Energy Arts Gallery, 11-13 E Main St, above Mount Kisco Sports. Questions: 914.533.7500. Info:

Reflex II: How to Conduct a Thorough Foot Reflexology Session – 1-4pm. Open to only those who attended Intro to Reflexology class. $35 includes materials. $20 prepayment deposit is required to reserve spot. Fishkill. Register:

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2 Metahuman: Unleashing Your Infinite Potential: Book Launch, Talk & Signing with Deepak Chopra – 6:15pm/Meet and Greet; 6:45pm/Meet and Greet with Deepak, 8pm/discussion and 9pm/book signing. Metahuman means to move past limitations constructed by the mind and enter a new state of awareness. United Palace, NYC. 212.568.6700.

email:  for application

Free Lecture: Autumn Detox & Diet: The Ayurvedic Way – 7-9pm. With Dr. Somesh Kaushik, an Ayurvedic and Naturopathic physician. Putnam Valley Library, 30 Oscawana Lake Rd. 845.528.3242.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 Quit with Quinn, Addiction Free Naturally – 6-7pm. Discover how this energetic healing treatment helps break addictions and improves health and well-being. Q&A plus learn basic healing practices. Free. Briarcliff location. 914.473.2015. Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black. Unique theme, meditation and group discussion. $20. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

Book Launch, Talk & Signing with Deepak Chopra. See Oct 2.

The Pause: A Women’s Group – Sept 24, Oct 22, Nov 19 and Dec 17. 7-8:45pm. With Claudia Gukeisen. The fall series emphasis is on support for all stages of menopause. The Center for Health & Healing, Mt Kisco. Info/register: 914.673.3313.

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


Spirit Festival – Sept 13-15.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 NUR Space Grand Opening – NUR Space, 596 Warburton Ave, Hastings on Hudson. Info: Shamanic Reiki Trainings—Shamanic Reiki Level One – Sept 28 and 29. With Melanie Ryan. Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462. Learn the Tarot – Sept 28 and 29. 11am-3pm. With Amy Benesh. $200 total for both classes. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4 The Healers Circle – Oct 4, 18, Nov 1 and 15. 11am-12:30pm.With Mary Ellen O’Brien. Twomonth program for healers to fully own their gifts and amplify their service. Four group meetings. Four individual sessions. Cold Spring Retreat House.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5 Fall Festival – 1-5pm. Family event. Free. McEnroe Organic Farm, Rte 22, Millerton.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6 Annual Support-A-Walk – 9am. Bring help and hope to people fighting breast and ovarian cancer. This will be the 25th Annual Walk—Side By Side for 25. Presented by Support Connection, Inc. 914.962.6402. Fall Ayurveda Retreat – 1:30-5pm.With Claudia Gukeisen. Seasonal talk, yoga, breath work and yoga nidra. Plus Ayurvedic cooking demo. $75 by Sept 6 or $85 thereafter. The Center for Health & Healing, Mt Kisco. Info/register: 914.673.3313.


Contemplative Practices for Mental Health Professionals and Life Coaches – Sept 23-Dec 9. 7:309pm. Develop these practices and learn to incorporate these skills into work with clients. $750. 6 Cypress Lane, Briarcliff Manor. Jan: 914.772.0739. Jeanette: 917.319.3503.

Eyes... and the Brain – 7-9pm. Vision is so much more than 20/20 eyesight. Learn to reduce visual stress and make more efficient use of one’s vision at any age. Free. Dr. Samantha Slotnick, 495 Central Park Ave, Ste 301, Scarsdale. RSVP, Carrie: 914.874.1177.

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

The Healers Circle – Oct 6, 20, Nov 3 and 17. 2-3:30pm. With Mary Ellen O’Brien. Two-month program for healers to fully own their gifts and amplify their service. Four group meetings. Four individual sessions. Cold Spring Retreat House. Hops & Harvest Benefit at GNC – 3-6pm. Sample food and drink from local artisan chefs, area wineries and breweries on the Great Lawn. $100 members. $150 nonmembers. The Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd, off Central Park Ave, Scarsdale. Info: 914.723.3470. Introduction to Jikiden Reiki – 4-6pm. With Anne Bentzen. Learn the spirit of reiki, history and philosophy of this natural drug-free home therapy to reduce stress, pain and more. Healing circle included. $10 donation. Larchmont residence. RSVP, Anne: 914.588.4079.


September 2019


on going events

drop-in or use a class pass. Sacred Spirit Yoga and Healing Arts Center, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Info two free classes:

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

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

sunday Kacey, On The Radio – 6:30am. The Health and Happiness Show. Interviews with therapists, healers, doctors, actors and dreamers. Tune into 100.7 WHUD. Beginner Tai Chi & Qigong – 9:30am. Improve balance and overall health. The dance like movements develop coordination and sharpen short term memory. In Balance Tai Chi, 2505 Carmel Ave, Rte 6, Brewster. Call to schedule classes: 845.803.1992. Hudson Valley Regional Farmers Market – 10am-2pm. Putnam County’s only year-round indoor-outdoor Famer’s Market. Pet-friendly. Organic produce, Kombucha, plants, wine, complimentary organic coffee and more. Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association, 15 Mt. Ebo Rd. South, Brewster. Teaching Trails: Weekend Walks for All Ages – 11:30am-12:15pm. Most Sundays. Guided trail experience through woodland forest with volunteers who provide information on trees, plants, wildlife and seasonal changes. Free. The Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd, Scarsdale. Info: 914.723.3470. Sunday Meditation – 1-3pm. Weekly afternoons of sound bath meditation and shared wisdom. Be guided to higher self with Sacred Owl “The Spirit Whisperer.” $40. Walk-ins welcome. Angel Aura Spiritual Boutique, 12 W Main St, Pawling (Village). RSVP: 845.493.0432.

monday YogaShine for Adults – 9-10:30am. Kripalu-based, gentle and strengthening, calming the nervous system, heart-centered, developing consciousness, curiosity and compassion. Individual attention. First class free. Experienced teacher. Vitalah Simon, 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla. 914.769.8745. Vinyasa – 10am. With Shira. A moderately paced flow of poses, with attention to alignment and breath. Mildly challenging. $22 drop-in. o2living, 792 Rte 35, Cross River. 914.763.6320. Class card available: Chair Yoga – 11:30am-12:45pm. With Annie. Find movement and relaxation through gentle poses and stretches from the seat of one’s chair. Liberation Yoga & Wellness Center, 862 Rte 6, Mahopac. 845.803.8389. Hot Yin – 12:30pm. With Kristi Reducing stress in the body and mind. Holding poses without distraction for several minutes to relax and then release tension in the muscles. $25 drop-in. o2living, 792


Rte 35, Cross River. 914.763.6320. Class card available: Healing Dance Circle – 1-2:30pm. Share and connect in a community of compassion, then move through an intuitively guided dance practice to nourish individual and collective needs. $25. White Lotus Grace: Spiritual Healing Arts & Dance, South Rd, Millbrook. 845.677.3517. Guided Vinyasa Yoga – 3:30-4:30pm. With instructor Maria Polhemus. $15. The World Peace Sanctuary, 26 Benton Road, Wassaic. Info: Ann Marie Robustelli 845.337.2599. New Toning Class – 6:30-7:30pm/Mon; 1:302:30pm/Sat. Class consists of body weight exercises where focus will be on specific areas of the body that need more attention. $15 per class. Universal Healing Arts Connection, 4 Crestview Ave, Cortlandt Manor. Class pkg available: 914.737.4325.

Vinyasa Restorative Flow – 7:30-8:45pm. With Jo-Anne Salomone. All levels. A great vinyasa flow class that incorporates restorative yoga. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Jo-Anne: 917.364.1871

wednesday Core Connect – 9:15-10am. This class takes place on the mat and begins with the core to strengthen and lengthen the whole body. Please bring a mat and towel. StepWISEnow, 325 S Highland Ave Suite 109, Briarcliff Manor. Pricing/info: Hot Lunch – 12:30pm. With Neely. Be motivated with 75-min of hot vinyasa. Strengthen and tone body and find a peaceful state of mind. Attain balance and reclaim one’s power. $25 drop-in. o2living, 792 Rte 35, Cross River. 914.763.6320. Class card available:


Slow Flow Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. With Karen. Mindful vinyasa for any level. $20 drop in. Peaceful Warrior Studio, Mt Kisco. 914.241.3114.

Vinyasa – 10am. With Claudia. A vigorous and mildly challenging flow of postures. Attention on alignment, breath awareness, flexibility, balance and strength. $22 drop-in. o2living, 792 Rte 35, Cross River. 914.763.6320. Class card available:

Yin Breath Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. With Victor Gazzini. A yoga class using a breath bases asana practice that incorporates meditation, visualization and chanting. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Vic: 914.319.7322.

Yoga for Cancer – 11:45am-12:30pm. With Anne. Reduce anxiety, depression and stress, while improving spiritual well-being. Liberation Yoga & Wellness Center, 862 Rte 6, Mahopac. 845.803.8389.

Guided Meditation with Sound  – 2nd Wednesday of the month. 7-8pm. Meditative sound experience with Tibetan bowls, tuning forks, rain stick and more. $5.donation. The World Peace Sanctuary, 26 Benton Road, Wassaic. Info: Cristina Reyes 917.900.7705.

Stop Cricket Valley Energy – 5-6pm. Rain or Shine. “Rush Hour” demonstration. Weekly nonviolent, non-confrontational informational (educational) picketing. 2241 Rt. 22 in Wingdale. Info:

Meditation Group: In the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh – 7-8:30pm. For centering in these challenging times. Free will donation welcome. YogaShine Studio, 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla. 914.769.8745.

Gentle Yoga for Wellness – 5:30-6:45pm. With Ann Casapini. Gentle level. Yoga using chairs, props, deep relaxation/meditation to build stability, strength and flexibility. $18 drop-in. Ann: 917.882.0921. Eastchester.

Weekly Spiritual and Meditation Program – 7:30-9pm. Meditation and spiritual gathering with video selections and readings on a weekly topic. Science of Spirituality. Refreshments following. Free. Mosaic Mental Health Center, 5676 Riverdale Ave, Ste 203. Riverdale. Info. 914.433.1800.

Gentle Yoga for Wellness – 5:45-7pm. With Ann Casapini. Yoga using chairs, props, deep relaxation/ meditation to build stability, strength and flexibility. Gentle level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917.882.0921. Yin Yoga – 6-7:15pm. With Adrienne. 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. All-Levels Yoga – 7-8:15pm. With Phil Lynch. Focus on alignment, sensations, mind and breath. $20

Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

thursday Vinyasa – 9:30am. With Shira. A moderately paced flow of poses, with attention to alignment and breath. Mildly challenging. $22 drop-in. o2living, 792 Rte 35, Cross River. 914.763.6320. Class card available: Beginner Tai Chi & Qigong – 10am. Improve balance and overall health. The dance like move-

ments develop coordination and sharpen short term memory. In Balance Tai Chi, 2505 Carmel Ave, Rte 6, Brewster. Call to schedule classes: 845.803.1992.


Science Barge Open Harvest – 4-6pm. Through August. Groundwork Hudson Valley’s Open Harvest on the Science Barge. Learn the basics of hydroponics and aquaponics with our crew. Attendees pick their own produce. 99 Dock St, Yonkers. Info: 914.375.2151. Vinyasa Level 1 – 4:15-5:30pm. With Dave. Focus on graceful transitions between postures, linking the movement to the breath. Liberation Yoga & Wellness Center, 862 Rte 6, Mahopac. 845.803.8389. Energy Dance Fitness – 5:30-7pm. An eclectic blend of traditional, multicultural and creative dance styles to foster wellness of body, mind and spirit. $25. White Lotus Grace: Spiritual Healing Arts & Dance, South Rd, Millbrook. 845.677.3517. YogaShine for Adults – 6:45-8:15pm. Kripalubased, gentle and strengthening, calming the nervous system, heart-centered, developing consciousness, curiosity and compassion. Individual attention. First class free. Experienced teacher. Vitalah Simon, 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla. 914.769.8745. Anam Cara Meditation – 7:15-8:45pm. Thursday evening meditation program. Includes meditation instruction, chanting and meditation. Led by Lawrence Edwards, PhD, founder and director of Anam Cara Meditation Foundation. All welcome. Free. 2 Byram Brook Pl, Armonk. Powerful Vinyasa Flow – 7:30-8:45pm.With Maria Theresa Quaranta. Intermediate level. A vinyasa flow class creating a burn and fire in the sequences leading into a cool down of restorative poses. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

September 2019 Astrology with Pamela Cucinell Value Equilibrium

If it looks too easy, you are correct on September 1; be prepared to put more effort into what matters. Savor the moment and avoid the rush on Labor Day. Even casual relationships can deepen on September 3, when people act with deliberation. Research and focus on a project in motion September 4. Scattered thoughts or unprocessed anger derail a situation on September 5. Compromising feels like short-changing on September 6; refresh your spirit in nature. 

Inspiration Awakens

friday Gentle Yoga for Wellness – 10-11:15am. With Ann Casapini. Gentle level. Yoga using chairs, props, deep relaxation/meditation to build stability, strength and flexibility. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann 917.882.0921. Chair YogaShine – 10-11am. For adults with special needs and seniors. Gentle and strengthening, calming the nervous system, heart-centered, kripalu-based, developing curiosity, flexibility, and compassion. Individual attention. First class free. Vitalah Simon, 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla. 914.769.8745. Tai Chi for Beginners – 10:15-11:15am. Tai Chi for beginners is perfect for participants new to tai chi or for members who want to review the fundamentals. StepWISEnow, 325 S Highland Ave Suite 109, Briarcliff Manor. Pricing/info: Guided Meditation & Spiritual Healing Medley – 6-7:30pm. Healing dance, movement, meditation, chanting, intuitive practices and spiritual topics. Unique weekly themes and meditation every other Fri. $25. White Lotus Grace: Spiritual Healing Arts & Dance, South Rd, Millbrook. 845.677.3517.

Bake bread, chop wood—use your hands on September 7 to connect with the earth. A great deal is accomplished on September 8 when you choose the right partners. Stay the course on September 9; initiate new strategies tomorrow. Electric followthrough charges those who keep the pace on September 10. Connect with likeminded people on September 11 for reflection and/or service. Imagination stokes romance and stimulates creative vision on September 12.

Harvest Moon

Hold off decisions on September 13 until evening, when calm clears vision. Renew your perspective early at the Pisces full moon on September 14, because by evening action will be required. A desire to move encounters a detour on September 15. Opportunity presents itself on Sep-

tember 16 for those ready to do what is required. Power up with the best tools for success on September 17. Declare a goal on September 18.

Autumn Equinox

Stay on task September 19 for terrific productivity. Any agreements or contracts on September 20 benefit from a once-over the next day. Squabbles plague September 21; best to sidestep when possible. Comfort in a friendly harbor soothes on September 22. The Autumn equinox on September 23 sharpens the need to value love. Dramatic conversations on September 24 lead to better communication. 

Fire Ignition

A morning glow on September 25 strengthens when you work to keep it. Consider words with care on September 26. Productivity booms on September 27; finish up old business. The Libra new moon on September 28 encourages fortuitous encounters. A brilliant exchange on September 29 can lead to new partnerships and possibilities. It all depends on who can capture or run with it September 30. Pamela Cucinell offers spiritual insight with a practical twist through both astrology and tarot at She provides guidance through her website, private sessions, YouTube and webinars. For more info, contact or call 917.796.6026. See ad page 18. September 2019


Restorative – 6-7:30pm. With Kaelyn. Perfect for the yogis who are looking to let the stress of the week go permitting body to relax and heal. Liberation Yoga & Wellness Center, 862 Rte 6, Mahopac. 845.803.8389. Beginner Tai Chi & Qigong – 7pm. Improve balance and overall health. The dance like movements develop coordination and sharpen short term memory. In Balance Tai Chi, 2505 Carmel Ave, Rte 6, Brewster. Call to schedule classes: 845.803.1992.

saturday Yoga Teachers Association Workshops – 2nd Sat. Open to teachers and students, members and nonmembers. The Yoga Studio, Club Fit, Briarcliff Manor. Info: Peekskill Farmers Market – 8am-2pm. Year-round market offering fresh food and family fun. “Market Stage Live,” features live music, author readings, and demos with fitness and health practitioners. FMNP and SNAP accepted. Rain or Shine. Free parking. Bank St, between Park and Main. Info: Gossett Brothers Farmer’s Market – 9am–1pm. Vendors include Bee Guy Apiaries, Do-Re-Mi Farms, Johnny Cake Farms, Wave Hill Bread, Honore’s Table, Du Soleil, Bongo Pasta, also fresh fish, homemade ice cream and crafts. 1202 Rte. 35, South Salem. Info: Gossett Brothers Nursery on Facebook. Flow and Restore – 9:30am. With Lisa. Cultivate body awareness through a deep hold flow with focus on proper alignment. A perfect balance between challenge and ease. For all yogi levels. $22 drop-in. o2living, 792 Rte 35, Cross River. 914.763.6320. Class card available: Mindful Restorative LifeForce Yoga – 9:3010:45am. With Reyna Gonzalez. Movement through breath, props, self assists to release, calm and restore. Gentle level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. 914.793.2600. All-Levels Yoga – 9:30-11am.With Chris Glover or Suzanne Cohen. Focus on alignment, sensations, mind and breath. $20 drop-in or use class pass. Sacred Spirit Yoga and Healing Arts Center, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Women’s Self Defense & Beginner Shaolin Kung Fu – 10:30am. This training is an excellent exercise regime and self-defense system. The powerful movements develop coordination and promote external strength. In Balance Tai Chi, 2505 Carmel Ave, Rte 6, Brewster. Call to schedule classes: 845.803.1992. Stop Cricket Valley Energy – 11am-12Noon. Rain or Shine. Weekly non-violent, non-confrontational informational (educational) picketing. 2241 Rt. 22 in Wingdale. Info:

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

FOR RENT 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. NEW ROCHELLE PROFESSIONAL OFFICE SPACE  – Beautifully maintained professional building with excellent visibility. Office has multiple rooms, waiting area, and parking. Near train, restaurants, and shops. Rent is $750 per month and includes A/C, heat, wifi, and flexible access. Health/healing professionals preferred. Call Jean at 917.301.6248.

ADVERTISING SALES/NATURAL AWAKENINGS. We are seeking somebody who is passionate about health and wellness and has outside ad sales experience. If you enjoy talking to people, learning about local businesses and like to get up and go discover cool people and businesses, then contact us. We are willing to train. Great supplemental monthly income (commission based). Please call the office 845.593.0065 or email: dana-na@ QIGONG/TAI CHI INSTRUCTOR needed for beautiful healing center in Cortlandt Manor. Call Shima at: 917.279.9577.   

GRATITUDE GRATITUDE: I am grateful for cherished souls who are patient and kind. Those that allow life to roll with an easy-going flow. ” – student of life.

HELP WANTED CROSS RIVER: MEDICAL OFFICE PART TIME. Ayurvedic clinic in Yellow Monkey Village. Three days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday). Various office tasks including working with patients in treatment areas. Dr. Kaushik 646.670.6725 (cell); 914.875.9088 (clinic).

LineUp! Line Dancing – 11:30am-12:30pm. Line Dancing is a great way to have fun and improve balance at the same time. StepWISEnow, 325 S Highland Ave Suite 109, Briarcliff Manor. Pricing/ info: Teaching Trails: Weekend Walks for All Ages – 11:30am-12:15pm. Guided trail experience through woodland forest with volunteers. Free. The Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd, Scarsdale. Info: 914.723.3470.


FT & PT: SALES ASSOCIATE in Candle and Gift Store. Outgoing, self-motivated and confident. At least 3 years of sales experience. Friendly and customer oriented. Problem solver with a drive to find the answers to questions. Comfortable with offering customers our full menu of items. Able to make custom-orders of our products for goodie bags, corporate thank-you gifts, holiday gifts and other specialty orders. Must be available weekdays, weekends and at event sites (weekends). Locations in Bedford Hills and Westchester Mall. To apply call: Marcie Manfredonia 914.218.8357 or email marcie@

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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.

VENDORS AND FAIRS EXHIBITORS WANTED: Vendor, speaker reader and healer spots available at the November 24 Awaken Fair in Tarrytown NY.  This bodymind-spirit event has been running for nearly 20 years in Westchester, attracting 1,000 guests and 125+ exhibitors.  AwakenUSA@  

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


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.


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


Addiction Free Naturally Briarcliff and Midtown Manhattan 914.473.2015; Quit with Quinn helps people overcome daily addictions and unwanted habits ranging from sugar, smoking, alcohol, weight loss, to overeating and other compulsive habits. All natural, painless, no medications, needles, or hypnosis. 80% success rate. See ad pg 59.


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.


Integrity Chiropractic 11 Miller Rd Mahopac, NY 10541 845.628.7233 Do you struggle with chronic problems like fibromyalgia, TMJ or heartburn? Unearth the root cause through a total-body approach that uses functional muscle testing. Experience lasting relief from a holistic treatment that addresses the whole person & provides empowering exercises. Call for a free consult & begin to transform your life today!


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 18.



SearchLight Medical 2424 Route 52, Hopewell Junction, NY 845.592.4310; Frustrated with not feeling or looking your best? Let me guide you on your path to better health and well-being. Utilizing: Medical Acupuncture, ONDAMED Biofeedback Therapy, Reiki, Mei Zen Acupuncture for facial rejuvenation, weight loss and fertility. See ads pgs 21 & 61.

153 Main St, Suite J Mount Kisco, NY 10549 914.649.9565

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


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

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The Center for Health & Healing, Mt. Kisco, NY; Izlind Integrative Wellness Center, Rhinebeck, NY;; 914.673.3313 Learn the principles of Ayurveda to help correct digestive issues that contribute to sleep, stress and other health imbalances. Ayurvedic diet, cooking and lifestyle recommendations along with Ayurvedic & Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra, and Reiki facilitate long-term improvements to your current health challenges. Support provided between visits.


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 23.


25 Depot Plaza Bedford Hills NY; 914.218.8357 125 Westchester Ave. White Plains, NY; 914.259.6739 Locally made in Bedford. Hundreds of candles in stock or create your own custom candle. Choose your favorite scent, wax color, wick type and container. All natural soy candles, handcrafted and nontoxic with long-lasting aroma. Shop in stores or on-line. Stores are open 7 days a week. See ad back cover.


A Division of Custom Candle CO. Bedford Hills NY: 914.218.8357 White Plains, NY: 914.259.6739 Stamford CT : 203.610.2727 CBDLIVENATURAL.COM Open 7 days a week. We want our customers to feel their best and know that there is a solution to change their quality of life so that they can live naturally without prescription drugs. Products for People and Pets. Please call for more information. See ad back cover.

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

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

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

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



495 Central Park Ave, Ste. 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. Please visit website for details.


A Wellness Boutique 15 Maple av, Armonk, NY 914.219.4360; Offering high quality Hemp derived CBD products including tinctures, gel caps, muscles rubs, creams, teas, chocolates, honeys and more. Plus, a full line of pet products for dogs, cats and horses. In addition to CBD products, the store also offers several lines of wellness and gift products. See ad pg 23.

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


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Life Coach in Positive Psychology 914.263.7080;

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!


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



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


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.



Protect Yourself from EMFs and Other Negative Energies! A professional dowser can block the negative effects of cell phone, satellite dishes, high-tension wires and more. If you’ve been experiencing trouble selling your home, attracting business, or unexplained health issues. Call to see how dowsing can help.


Elizabeth Pasquale, LMT, CST, Director White Plains & Ossining offices 914.762.4693; WellOnTheWay.Com Curious about energy medicine?  Know there is something to it, from all you’ve r e a d a n d h e a r d ?  A r e y o u tingling with excitement right now, knowing you’re about to experience something life changing? Free get-acquainted phone call! See ad pg 17.


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.


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


Science based environmental health nonprofit with mission to educate the public regarding environmental exposures and links to health and environmental impacts. Practical information and solution tools are provided.  Serves local and state governments, school systems, health professionals, organizations and individuals nationwide. 

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

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


Usui/Karuna® Reiki Master Teacher, Jikiden Reiki, Energetic Counseling, OT Locations Armonk and Eastchester 914.588.4079; Energetic balance is essential to your health. Restore energetic flow, balance your chakras, clear stress symptoms, pain, inflammation, depression, anxiety, insomnia and more. Improve natural immunity, mental clarity and peace. Reiki classes all levels. Private sessions. Weekend retreats. See ad pg 18.


By Appointment; Sarah’s House of Health 900 South Lake Blvd, Mahopac, NY 914.562.0618; Eminence Organic Skin Care is handmade, extracted from plants, vegetables and herbs from a family-owned farm in Hungary. Let the aromas treat your senses and the ingredients impart health and beauty to your skin. Gentle massage will stimulate collagen and deliver ingredients to the deepest layer of your skin. See ad pg 12.

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

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

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250 E. Hartsdale Ave. St. 22, Hartsdale, NY 400 Rella Blvd. St. 165, Montebello, NY 914.472.0666; Looking for a physician with 25 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 61.



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.

I specialize in applying Medical Medium Healing Pathways for restorative health, especially in the face of increasing environmental toxins and biological exposures that often result in chronic, unexplained symptoms. I also help people navigate emotional responses to our physical states and life patterned triggers. See ad pg 18.

Carmel, NY 914.804.2120



A heart-centered approach to designing the space around you Jeb Stuart-Bullock, Proprietress; 914.941.1329


Love of flora, fauna, form and function. Correct hand pruning of shrubs, vines and fruits. Designs emphasizing native and deer-resistant plants. Certified Horticulturist & Landscape Designer. Est. 1995. Just when you thought more joy was impossible...

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

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


991 Route 22, Pawling, N.Y.12564 845.855.7050, Specializing in native trees, shrubs, and perennials, plus a wide variety of fruit trees and fruit shrubs. We are ecologically friendly landscapers. We are the Harlem Va l l e y A p p a l a c h i a n Tr a i l Community base camp. Open 7 days a week 9 to 5.

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



Integrative Nutrition Health Coaching Rachel Mazzei & Jennifer Marks 914.266.2092; Are you ready to live an energized and passionate life? We help clients create happy, healthy lives in a way that is flexible, fun, and self-fulfilling. Food and lifestyle choices that best supports you and enables you to meet your goals. Please contact us to learn more.


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 37.



Shima Chayvet CEH, MRM, CHHS, CCP 4 Crestview Avenue, Cortlandt Manor, NY 914.737.HEAL;

NUR is an open space for people to gather around ideas of conscious health, pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Behind the scenes of our conscious c o m m u n i t y, w e o f f e r a curated collective of wellness practitioners. Parking is adjacent to the space. See ad pg 2.

Healing. That’s what happens here. A healing community within a spiritual space that offers Reiki, Qi Gong, Reflexology, Yoga, Group Healings, Energy Healing, Special workshops, featured presenters, holistic weight loss, Sound Healing, Acupressure, Reflexology, Meditation Circles, Shamanic teachings and Reiki Certification for adults and children to name a few. There is also a metaphysical shop open to the public. Come and reconnect with your true self. See ad pg 13.

a wellness sanctuary 596 Warburton Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson

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Registered Herbalist (AHG) 21 Old Main St, Suite 207, Fishkill, NY 12524 email:; 845.416.4598


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

Lorraine offers Individual Wellness Consultations based on the Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine Paradigm which offers a preventative and individual approach to balanced health. Each “unique” individual protocol will include Chinese, Western, Ayurvedic Herbal remedies and Nutritional planning.

Looking for a physician with 25 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 61.



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 19.


Do you suffer from chronic health problems like cancer, autoimmune, GI or neurological issues? You need a BloodDetective! Dr. Wald will work with you personally over the phone, as a house call or at his Katonah office. Call today, you deserve personal attention. See ad pg 6.

DANA BOULANGER #US28016 Independent BEMER Distributor Mahopac/Pawling/Scarsdale 914.760.5645

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


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

LAND CONSERVATION WESTCHESTER LAND TRUST 403 Harris Rd, Bedford Hills, NY 914.234.6992

Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star. ~W. Clement Stone

Westchester Land Trust works together with public and private partners to preserve land in perpetuity, and to protect and enhance the natural resources in our communities. Learn about their many innovative programs at


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.


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. See ad pg 17.

VEGAN FREEZE HEALING MASSAGE Linda Michelle Gordon, LMT White Plains, NY By Appointment: 310.863.9341

Thirty-six years as an LMT and intuitive Holistic healer. My tools include detox and addiction recovery, trauma and post-op bodywork, Swedish, Chinese, Polarity, Lymphatic and Chi Nei Tsang. Dog and cats welcome, farm animal out-calls available, sport horse specialty.


11 Addison Street Larchmont, NY 10538 914.825.9535; Sacred is a space dedicated to meditation, sound healing, gentle yoga, energy medicine and many more healing modalities, classes and workshops that encourage you to quiet your thoughts and tune into your inner guidance. See ad pg 10.

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MEMORY LOSS/DEMENTIA SHARP AGAIN NATURALLY—501(C)3 Alzheimer.Dementia.Memory Loss 914.281.1404;

Experiencing “senior m o m e n t s ?   H a v e a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s?  Memory loss has many causes, and can be prevented and treated. Early intervention makes a real difference!   Researchbased information to help you and your loved ones at 


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 23.


Utilize an integrative healing approach from a doctor trained in holistic medicine. Working with your current medical treatments & labwork, as well as botanical medicine, dietary & lifestyle counselling, nutritional supplements, acupuncture and Chinese medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, stress reduction and ecotherapy. Insurance reimbursement available for some services. See ad pg 17.


Westchester based. Certified Neurofeedback Practitioner, Energy Healer Licensed Counselor 914.393.5616; I bring over 20 years clinical experience to relieving neurological conditions in children and adults, including A n x i e t y, D e p r e s s i o n , ADHD, Pain, primarily with Neurofeedback – a gentle, but advanced brain technology. I also help with managing stress, resolving life issues, emotional release, energy balancing, clearing ‘’brain fog’ and peak performance training.


PO Box 245, Fishkill, NY 12524 845.232.0336, Stray HELP: a registered not-forprofit managed by volunteers. Our mission: rescue and care for stray and homeless animals while providing humane education to the community. Our vital community programs: Trap/ Neuter/Return, Spay clinics, adoption and working cat program, colony caretaker support.

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

We are your neighborhood holistic compounding pharmacy, ready to support y o u r h e a l t h . We o f f e r compounding prescriptions, on-line prescription renewals, supplements, homeopathic remedies, personal care products, fair trade gifts and more. We deliver and we are happy to answer your questions. See ad pg 59.


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




Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH By Appt.: Mt. Kisco/Cold Spring, NY and Ridgefield, CT 914.362.8315;


NUTRITION NUSPECIES 866.624.4117 HQ: 427 Main St. Beacon, NY 12508 NuSpecies Health Centers provide free health consultations with certified nutritionists/life coaches. We make custom recommendations of our Raw, Organic, Liquid, Natural nutritional formulas and then work with our clients until they achieve their health goals. See ad pg 9.

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

Yoga does not transform the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees. ~ B.K.S. Iyengar


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PSYCHIC READINGS DOMINIQUE AT SYNCHRONICITY Psychic Tarot Medium Reading  1511 Route 22 Brewster  845.363.1765;

Our gifted psychics offer insight and clarity for life’s situations. Analyzing your past, present and future provides support in decision making. Our Mediums receive validations from loved ones that have passed, which provide healing. See ad pg 65.




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 49.


ARCB Certified Reflexologist 21 Old Main St, Suite 207, Fishkill, NY 12524 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.

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 19.


Deborah J. Taylor RN Usui /Holy Fire ® Reiki Master/Teacher 914.280.9844; Reiki is a gentle, loving, universal life force energy. It will help you to relax and promote self-healing on all levels of mind, body and spirit. Reiki can help reduce anxiety and stress. Yonkers / Dobbs Ferry. By appointment.


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


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

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Soul Alignment Coach and Healer Cold Spring, NY 845.202.1717; Mary Ellen O’Brien is a Soul Alignment Coach and Healer who helps Spiritual Practitioners and Healers align with their higher self consistently so they can fully own their gifts. She holds frequent group programs in Cold Spring, NY.


Work, school or play – Green your Ride today 914.995.4444 Green your Ride. We s t c h e s t e r B e e - L i n e operates more than 60 bus routes serving Westchester with safe, economical and environmentally friendly bus service. Offering express, local, limited stop and bus-to-rail service to meet your travel needs. Use MetroCard for added savings. See ads pgs 25 & 27.


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

VEGAN SKINNY BUDDHA ORGANIC KITCHEN Organic, Vegan, Gluten Free, Kosher Mount Kisco & Scarsdale Locations Mount Kisco: 914.358.1666 Scarsdale: 914.472.9646

Skinny Buddha utilizes the highest quality ingredients, to make delicious flavorful meals that everyone in the family will enjoy. Soups, salads, acai bowls, smoothies, baked goods and more. No matter what your dietary restrictions, all roads leads to Skinny Buddha. See ad pg 33.


Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Services 914.962.6402; 800.532.4290 Support Connection provides free support services to people affected by breast and ovarian cancer. Services include: One-onone counseling (counselors are also cancer survivors); Support groups; Educational and wellness programs; Webinars; Social gatherings; Referrals; A national toll-free information and support hotline. See ad pg 71.


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.

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 19.


SearchLight Medical 2424 Route 52, Hopewell Junction, NY 845.592.4310; Lose weight, inches and improve your overall health with the Mei Zen Acupuncture treatment for weight loss and abdominal toning. Jump start your metabolism and balance your body’s energy as you lose weight. Additional benefits include enhanced energy and improved digestion. See ads pgs 21 & 61.

Addiction Free Naturally Briarcliff and Midtown Manhattan 914.473.2015; Quit with Quinn helps people lose weight by overcoming addiction to sugar and white flour, and compulsive overeating. After treatment, most people experience indifference towards refined sugar, sweets and treats, leading to easy weight loss. 30 years experience. 80% success rate. See ad pg 59.


The practitioners of Soulauras are committed to providing an inspired, nurturing environment from which wellness and harmony can be realized. Services: Therapeutic Massage, Bodywork, Auricular Acupressure and Integrated Holistic Healing Services, Yoga, Reiki, Reflexology and Chakra Balancing. See ad pg 17.





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