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Yoga &Spa Health • Beauty • Luxury Lifestyle

Fall 2015

Teresa Knight MD A Balance of Power

20 Essential Health Tips Wine Country Getaways

Special Salon & Spa Guide


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Volume 6, Issue 4 Stacy Hunsicker Publisher stacy@yogaspamag.com Amy Theusch Marketing & Sales Manager Ph: 314-781-8822 assistyogaspa@gmail.com Judy Dante Graphic Design judydante@aim.com Katie Reigelsberger Marketing & Social Media Associate Graphic Design Intern Advertising 314-781-8822 Contributing Writers Amy K. Davis, MD Dr. Christopher Ngo Dr. Peter J. Pagano Marilyn Eagen Christine Salter, MD, DC Dr. David Trybus, DC MJ Corcoran Dr. Dan Gogliotti, DC Kelly Hogan Roxanne Krummenacher Marilyn Jones Beth Thater Rebecca Wiederkehr, LCSW Breast HealthCare Center at Missouri Baptist Kelly Hogan Maggie Hallam

Publisher’s Letter

Consciously Create the Life You Desire & Deserve Fall has arrived in all its beauty as it provides us with a sense of transition. The journey of the health

conscious woman ˗ the theme of this issue ˗ is a series of transitional seasons. She realizes and

desires change and growth, a sort of awakening.

Developing greater consciousness of what she eats, how she moves and with

whom she spends her time are critical components. She begins to eliminate toxic foods, activities and people from her life. She takes the time to go within and consciously create the life she desires and deserves.

Fall is a great time to deepen our connection to ourselves and contemplate what

we want for our coming life seasons. Life is too short for drama and illness, especially when we could instead be enjoying life; biking the Katy Trail, kayaking

the scenic Ozark waterways, hiking beautiful state park trails or making plans for enjoying ski season.

When we spend our energy and money on healthy food and activities, we attract

positive people and life expands. Just as the body can heal itself given the proper nutrition and holistic treatments, we can also heal our minds from negative thinking. We can focus instead on peace and creativity.

On the Cover Women’s Health Specialists NEW Wellness Center Dr. Teresa Knight See feature article on pages 26-27 Cover photo was shot in the Starlight Room at the Chase Park Plaza by Darin Slyman

What do you want for the next phase of your life? We are the creators of our

Yoga & Spa Magazine, LLC does not endorse any information contained in articles or advertisements and suggests consulting a health-care professional before beginning any therapy or medical treatment.

have, and move on to make room for what you desire.

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destiny. But there is a catch: to have all that we desire, we must eliminate selfsabotaging thinking and activities. We must begin to make wholesome and healthy

decisions. Side-stepping drama allows room in our lives for goodness to enter and

multiply. For instance, if you want a partner who is good to you and shares the same vision of a relationship, stop complaining about the dysfunctional one you

We are all completely responsible for our lives. When we are in alignment with our desires for love, money and fulfillment, they come into our lives. When we focus on what we don’t have, we get more of that. What we dwell on grows. Focus on the beauty of autumn, count your blessings and more will come.

Reach out for support from the many resources in this issue to continue your

journey as a health conscious woman (or man). Successful people ask for support, seek it and pay for it! No one reaches the top of a mountain alone.

Namaste,


Cover Story

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Care For the Total Woman

Contents Fall 2015

HealthConscious Woman

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Five Tips to Becoming a Health-Conscious Woman

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What are Your Symptoms Telling You?

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How Toxic is Your Soup?

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The Secret to Flu Prevention

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MO Bap Breast HealthCare Center

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Healing Chronic Digestive Issues

20 Decreasing Pain, Increasing Range 37 What is Your Default Mode? 40 Tips to be a Healthier Woman 42 Get Off the Merry-Go-Round 43 The Autumn of Life 46 Strengthen Your Response-Ability

Yoga

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Ashtanga – An Ancient Practice

22 Foundation Fundamentals 23 Yoga Retreats 2016 24 CrossFit – True Physical Health

Spa & Beauty Lifestyle

28 Salon & Spa Guide 45 Tooth Replacement Simplified

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Fall European Boots

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36 Wine Country Getaways 41

Fashion Comfort BOOTS

Restaurant Rave

44 BrickTop’s

Y&S Interview

50 Jeff Busbee – Bikram Chesterfield

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Trending Now.. The scorching days of summer are over and the temperature is finally cooling down. Yes, fall is here and with it comes a whole new set of trends! Being healthy and loving what you wear is always in fashion. However, just as the leaves are sure to fall, trends will always come and go. While these trends last, it can always be fun to try something new and maybe even out of your comfort zone! Don’t be shy to make a statement with plaid and tie together an outfit with the perfect scarf. Keep your bikini body strong by learning a new workout and find a chocolate that won’t weigh you down this holiday season. Yoga & Spa Magazine has you covered in everything health, beauty, and luxury, so check out what’s trending this fall and prepare for the best autumn, yet.

Enjoy!


TRENDING THIS FALL

FASHIONABLE FITNESS Fabletics, the online athleisure brand co-founded by Kate Hudson, opened its third brick-and-mortar store at the Saint Louis Galleria on October 1, 2015. Launched in 2013, Fabletics offers a range of fashion-forward workout and lifestyle essentials for women and men. Join the Fabletics movement – now in a store near you! (314) 312-0111 1155 Saint Louis Galleria | St. Louis, MO 63117 Yoga & Spa Magazine • Fall 2015

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PLAID IS BACK

Plaid is making a comeback, both on the runway and in the streets! Make sure to get yourself some fashionable plaid additions to your closet whether you’re wanting to put together an outfit with a flannel shirt or a fun accessory.

Style for the season!

FOREVER FRINGE Fringe is back and made a huge appearance at New York Fashion Week. It’s as trendy as ever and is covering dresses, purses, boots, and more. Get some fringe in your closet and don’t fall behind on this retro and fun style!

What you should be wearing this fall.. A MUST-HAVE FOR THIS FALL SEASON Scarves are always in style during the fall but this season is all about snuggling up in an oversized blanket scarf to keep warm. The best news is that blanket scarves are extremely versatile and can be transformed into shawls, ponchos, capes, hoods, and even body wraps. It doesn’t take much to complete the perfect fall outfit when you own a blanket scarf and there are many different places where they can be purchased. This snuggly trend will definitely carry over into the winter months and will stick around as long as people love wrapping up in them.

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TRENDING THIS FALL

A Total Body Workout

Pure Barre can give you a lean, strong body fast! This safe and effective technique is low-impact and protects your joints all while building lean muscle and burning calories. Each workout is followed by a deep stretch and Pure Barre works for people at all levels of fitness. Lucky for us, a new Pure Barre studio is opening on Manchester Road in Des Peres!

Define your natural beauty!

Want a flawless, contoured look? Start with applying Aveda’s inner light mineral tinted moisturizer and powdering on the mineral loose powder for best results. Next, define your cheekbones and jawline with the uruku bronzer. Add a bit of pink blush and you’re ready for the day (or night)! These products are available at www.aveda.com.

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Feel great, inside and out! You can help your body cleanse, detoxify, and simply feel great with kombucha, a low calorie, fermented tea that originated in China. COMpanion KOMbucha (COMKOM) is St. Louis’s first local kombucha brewery. With local service and different favors, COMKOM is the place to go when you want to treat your body. Call 314-669-6919 or visit www.companionkombucha.com. 10

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TRENDING THIS FALL

Treat Yourself!

Saltability offers a full-line of 100 percent natural Himalayan salt products and treatments that highlight the salt’s ability to balance and neutralize the body through detoxification and remineralization through Himalayan salt stone massage or Himalayan salt detox body wrap. Saltability’s products of sole and Himalayan bath salts allow for detoxing at home. Check out www.saltability.com and look for it in Nordstrom’s!

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Health-Conscious Woman

Five Tips to Becoming a HealthConscious Woman

by Christine Salter, MD, DC Health conscious living is a deliberate and conscious effort to live well. Good health is not something that just happens; it is experienced by being disciplined with a lifestyle that requires simple everyday habits that add up to vibrant health and wellness. And living the “good life” is neither difficult nor costly as some would have you believe. The following tips will start you on the path to health conscious living:

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In order to boost your own level of consciousness, it is important to be fully aware of the food which you are consuming in your diet. Also, targeted supplements have long been known to help aid in mental processing and physical functioning.

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Being physically active will raise your consciousness by promoting healthy brainwave patterns, healthy neurotransmitter levels, and improve the communication throughout your nervous system. Dancing is physical activity that is easy, fun, and empowering.

3 Expressing gratitude on a daily basis is a

very positive, fulfilling exercise to practice. Ways to express gratitude on a daily basis include: giving thanks for your food, expressing gratitude for yourself and others through prayer, and expressing thanks to others for having them in your life.

Remember that thoughts are powerful and will impact your body's function. So keep them positive and thankful. Christine Salter, MD, DC is the Medical Director for The Centre for Vibrant Health and Wellness.

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What sort of things make you happy? Make a long list of everything that makes you happy in life and act on your listed items. Feeling and experiencing happiness in your life also will give you the powerful drive that it takes to make yourself more health conscious.

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The act of simply closing your eyes, folding your hands and saying a prayer will raise your level of health consciousness. There are many different ways to practice prayer and many different disciplines, that when combined with prayer, enhance the power of your conscious message. Yoga & Spa Magazine • Fall 2015

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What Are Your Symptoms Telling You? by Dr. Amy Davis M.D. The body reveals what is true. It tells a story. Symptoms are not simply symptoms. They are the body’s cry for help. Symptoms occur when something has gone out of balance in the body. It could be a sign of deficiency, infection, allergy, toxicity, poor digestion, etc. Functional Medicine identifies the Root Cause of disease, and recognizes that symptoms manifest and provide clues to the underlying cause. The symptoms experienced provide key information to help identify and treat the root cause. Symptoms that correlate with digestion and the gut microbiome are among the most common. They provide us with the opportunity to identify and treat underlying causes of many disease processes. There are three food groups that are needed to survive. Each food group serves different and important functions. Carbohydrates provide the fuel (energy) for muscles and the nervous system. Proteins are mainly for structure and only used for energy when carbohydrates are not available (as in a starving state). Fats are important to digest and process properly because they serve so many functions. Fats provide four-to-five times more Energy than carbohydrates, they provide Fat Soluble Vitamins (D, E, K and A), Hormones (communication system of the body), the Structure of the nervous system and brain (90% of the brain IS made of fat) and impacts Immune Regulation. Improper digestion or processing of any of these food groups leads to characteristic symptoms. Symptoms and Possible Indications 1. Carbohydrate craving – poor digestion of carbs and abnormal microbiome. 14

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2. Sugar craving – poor carbohydrate and fat digestion. 3. Bad breath – indicates either dental problems or poor digestion. 4. Constipation – frequently occurs when people don’t digest fats well or abnormal gut flora. 5. Undigested food in stool – poor digestion in general. 6. Foul smelling stools – poor digestion and abnormal gut microbiome. 7. Fatigue – frequently comes from poor digestion of carbs and fats, abnormal flora or food sensitivities. 8. Poor endurance – poor digestion and processing of fats. 9. Fluid retention or bloating – poor digestion or inflammatory foods. 10. Gassy – poor digestion and abnormal flora. 11. Hangover feeling when no alcohol has been consumed – poor carb digestion especially if sugar also consumed, or food sensitivities.

12. Heartburn – poor protein digestion or flora imbalance. 13. Frequent infections – poor carbohydrate digestion, fat processing or abnormal flora. What can you do to help? Supporting digestion and flora with digestive enzymes, probiotics, fiber, omegas and herbals can favorably impact many symptoms. Choosing the right support for your particular needs can be challenging. We can help get you back on the path to optimal health. Wishing You the Best of Health! Dr. Amy Davis M.D. Crossing Back to Health 636 778-9158 16216 Baxter Rd. Ste 110 Chesterfield, MO 63017 www.crossingbacktohealth.com


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The Secret to Flu Prevention by Dr. David Trybus, DC

Your mammogram shouldn’t be either. Announcing the 3D mammogram. With 3D, our doctors can examine your breast tissue layer by layer, looking for cancer in a way never before possible — especially for women with dense breast tissue. Missouri Baptist’s Breast HealthCare Center is one of only a few hospitals in Missouri to offer 3D mammography. To schedule your 3D mammogram, call today: 314-996-5170.

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Now that fall is upon us and winter is coming, it's time to prepare for this change of season. During the next few months there will be exciting but stressful times. It is during these stressful times that our immune systems become weakened and we are more susceptible to allergies, colds and flu. This weakened immune system combined with eating foods that we know are not healthy for us almost always leaves one family member, if not all, getting sick and wondering what happened. Well the clues are always there, as a matter of fact, they are already beginning. The slight cough from allergies, the light headache behind your eyes or forehead, waking more through the night or even sleepless nights. All of these little stressors begin to add up and take their toll on our immune systems. The good news is that if you act now you can make the changes necessary to keep you and your family stronger and healthier through this fall and holiday season. Whether you are already experiencing some of the above symptoms or you are typically healthy and just want to decrease the effects of stress on your body, I can help. We will discuss your lifestyle and create a plan that will fit you and your families needs. I am an Alternative Healthcare physician specializing in helping people who have been told that there is “no hope” for them and they must “live with their pain”. I developed the Trybus Transformation Technique with its unique approach of treating the individual as a whole. I look at the emotional, physical, intellectual and chemical sides of their body. Each person's treatment is designed specifically for that individual after an initial comprehensive examination and analysis. The treatment encompasses a variety of techniques which may include chiropractic, acupuncture(both needle and non-needle available), nutrition, energy work and other eastern/western medicine combinations designed to allow you to live symptom free! I have been practicing since 1990 and I have successfully cared for thousands of people all over the world with different types of health related conditions. I have created "The Ultimate House Call", an online visit, for those who cannot travel to my office and still have the desire to get to the core of their health issues and stop treating the symptoms. I empower people to take charge of their health, so they can live Healthy, Happy and Energized lives. Are YOU Ready? For helpful tips on getting and staying healthy like me on facebook, find me on linked in and on twitter- TrybusDC, follow me on instagram. You can also go to my website at davidtrybus.com

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The Breast HealthCare Center at Missouri Baptist has Rolled out the Red Carpet Soothing chamomile tea. Soft cotton robes. Complimentary valet parking. It's everything you'd want and never expect from a mammogram appointment, which is just what we had in mind. “Starting your screening mammograms at age 40 to monitor your breast health is one of the most important decisions you can make as a woman,” said Geoffrey Hamill, MD, PhD, Section Chief Mammography and Breast Imaging at the Breast HealthCare Center at Missouri Baptist Medical Center. “Having a mammogram is one of the best ways to find breast cancer early, and here, we understand having a mammogram can cause feelings of concern for any woman, whether it’s her first mammogram or her fifth mammogram.” “The Breast HealthCare Center recently celebrated a complete renovation, focusing on a welcoming patient experience to make it easier for women to commit to their health with annual screenings,” said Laura Ferree, sales and marketing coordinator for the Breast HealthCare Center at Missouri Baptist. “Even upon entering, women are greeted with a comfortable and calming atmosphere, which is just one of the many important features offered at our state-ofthe-art center.” The newly redesigned Breast HealthCare Center combines the best of science with compassionate care for every individual patient. With its advanced facilities and

technologies, the Breast HealthCare Center is still what a breast center should be: a warm and caring place dedicated to providing high-quality care. Missouri Baptist’s Breast HealthCare Center is a designated “Breast Center of Excellence” by both the American College of Radiology and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. The center is accredited in breast ultrasound, breast MRI, MRI biopsy, digital mammography, stereotactic core biopsy, ultrasound-guided core biopsy, and needle localization. 3D mammography is offered at the 3023 Ballas Road location. This technology may be particularly beneficial for women who have dense breasts. Board-certified radiologists dedicated to mammography examine breast tissue layer by layer, to look for any signs of cancer. With 3D mammography, 15 low-dose images of the breast are taken at different angles in just four seconds, improving visualization of subtle cancers within dense breast tissue. Because of the personalized care and convenience we provide, our patients return year after year for their mammograms and tell others about the excellent care received at the Breast HealthCare Center.

campus, or any of our other locations or on our all-digital Mammography van please call us 314-996-5170 or toll-free 800-870-5731. At the Breast HealthCare Center location, we also welcome walk-in and sameday appointments for routine screening mammograms. Often, we can complete your screening within an hour. If you are pressed for time, please call ahead to our front desk to ensure we can meet your timeframe at 314-996-7550. See us Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. We are also open one Saturday each month. For more information about Breast HealthCare Center at Missouri Baptist, visit www.MissouriBaptist.org/BreastHealth.

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Digestive disorders can be extremely embarrassing and debilitating. Conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, bacterial overgrowth, constipation, and colitis are extremely common and can be hard to get under control. Good health begins with the health of your gut. If your gut is damaged or you have an abundance of pathogenic microorganisms it is impossible to be healthy. The gut must be addressed daily in order for one to live a lifestyle that builds health. An anti-inflammatory diet and lifestyle are critical for full recovery from digestive conditions. Antiinflammatory foods help to modulate the immune system and give it a more accurate pair of eyes so as to not over-inflame when stimulated. To effectively reduce inflammation it is key to reduce or eliminate processed foods, refined sugars, and common food sensitivities. The diet should consist of juiced or deeply steamed veggies that are easy on the digestive system. Small amounts of clean protein such as wild-caught salmon, organic poultry or grass-fed beef and wild game. Other great anti-inflammatory foods include coconut products, berries, and hypoallergenic pea or brown rice protein with added antioxidant nutritional compounds that boost glutathione levels. Antiinflammatory herbs such as turmeric, ginger, boswellia, cinnamon, rosemary, & oregano among others should be used as much as possible. In addition to nutrition, the nervous system has to be addressed to properly heal most chronic digestive conditions. The nervous system controls digestive function from several different regions. The vagus nerve which courses out of the brain stem innervates all major organs of digestion and functions to stimulate the digestive process. Several studies have demonstrated the power of chiropractic adjustments restoring optimal function in individuals with digestive disturbances. A 2003 study looked at 53 Crohn’s disease patients. Of the 17 patients who received spinal adjustments, 12 showed longterm and stable remission of their symptoms. Nine of the patients experienced an alleviation effect. The authors of the study found that vertebral subluxation is a common and characteristic finding in patients with allergies and Crohn’s disease. If you are suffering with acid reflux, bouts of constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, or crohn’s or celiac disease, Spinal Correction is something to investigate further. Call Dr. Gogliotti’s office today to schedule your consultation. Dr. Dan Gogliotti, DC is the premier chiropractor in St Louis. Dr Gogliotti’s Health Center is conveniently located just off 270 on Manchester Rd. Call the office to schedule your appointment at 314394-1923. Mention this article to receive your initial visit for just $35 ($215 value)


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Decreasing Pain, Increasing Range “To find health should be the object of the doctor. Anyone can find disease.” Andrew Taylor Still, DO, MD Founder of Osteopathy

With so many messages about healthy diets, exercise, medications and supplements, we can easily lose track of what health means and how to achieve it. It’s worthy of pause to reflect on where health originates: from within. Our bodies know how to heal and maintain themselves without conscious effort. We typically take this natural process for granted until we experience discomfort or disease. Diet, exercise, medications and supplements can help restore needed balance, but sometimes these processes can become blocked. Doctors of Osteopathy, or DOs, are fullylicensed physicians traditionally trained to understand the ways that injury or illness in one part of the body can affect the whole person. By balancing all body systems rather than simply concentrating on treating symptoms, this minimizes reliance on medications or the need for surgery. The goal of osteopathic medicine is to correct abnormal structures in the body that cause disease. Whether back pain or a former injury that was treated but never resolved, a hands-on approach is applied with osteopathy to diagnose and treat ailments. By using techniques to move muscles, tissues, and joints, we use gentle tactile pressure, soft tissue stretching and contractions. This restores improved function to the impaired area. These manipulations strengthen the

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musculoskeletal framework and positively affect the body’s nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems. At Osteopathic Horizons, we take time to thoroughly listen to patient’s medical issues and then initiate individualized treatment plans to improve a patient’s ability to function in everyday activities. By decreasing one’s pain and increasing range of mobility, we help patients achieve a more balanced bodily system. Christopher Ngo, DO is board certified in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and owner of Osteopathic Horizons located at Stillpointe Wellness Center 2135 Dorothy Dr., Ste. 6, Belleville, Illinois. For more information call 618-235-8422 or email ChrisNgo.DO@gmail.com.


Yoga

An Ancient Practice Still Working After 3,010 Years by Kelly Hogan Ashtanga yoga is an ancient system of yoga passed down through generations in an unbroken lineage from teacher to student. The first texts of the Ashtanga vinyasa yoga system date to 1000 BC, in which the breath count for the sun salutation remains identical to the count used in Ashtanga classes today. Americans first learned of the practice when guru Sri K. Pattabhi Jois began giving Ashtanga demonstrations in southern India in the 1970's. The practice slowly made its way to the US, and Ashtanga has been the inspiration for many styles of vinyasa since its first introduction. Ashtanga literally means “eight limbs,” which refers to the practical guidelines the practice lays out to help the student calm and steady the mind, ultimately guiding the student toward inner peace. The physical asana practice is only one of these eight limbs, yet it is the most tangible tool for the beginner. The Ashtanga practice helps yoga practitioners still the mind by focusing on three

points of attention: the posture (asana), the breath, and a gazing point for the eyes. When the mind is focused on these three points of attention, a rich and deep inner awareness becomes possible. Ashtanga yoga utilizes the vinyasa method - for every movement, there is an inhalation or an exhalation. The sequencing of the postures provides a deeply purifying and transformational experience for the practitioner. Where there is weakness, the student gains strength, and where there is too much rigidity, the student softens. When the physical movements combine with the prescribed breathing, an inner heat is created. This inner heat is often referred to as “the fire of purification.” This metaphorical heat can be likened to burning away old habits and negative thought patterns, clearing space for healthier habits and a clearer mind. Ashtanga yoga will take the devoted student as far as he or she is willing to go. This practice is known for making the impossible

possible. One of the results of steady practice is a state of renewed health. This healing in the body brings Ashtanga practitioners a palpable physical vibrancy. Ashtanga yoga is an invitation to stillness in our fast-paced world. It is a time-tested method that clarifies the chaos of everyday life through each inhalation and exhalation. Kelly Hogan, RN, BSN, RYT teaches Ashtanga yoga one-on-one in private yoga sessions. She also offers two public Ashtanga classes each week. Kelly received her teaching certification under the guidance of Ashtanga yoga teacher Kino MacGregor at the Miami Life Center. Kelly holds a BA in Exercise and Sport Science and BS in Nursing. Kelly continues to be absolutely amazed by the power and limitlessness of this practice. Learn more at yogabykelly.com.

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Foundation Fundamentals by Roxanne Krummacher It’s always a good idea to check to see how stable the foundation of your yoga practice is. If you have ever seen the process of a new house being built, it’s certainly not very glamourous at first. The foundation has to be set strongly, walls have to be built, and it has to be in structural alignment before all the fancy bells and whistles become the focus. We know, clearly, that the exciting bells and whistles aren’t the first things we should have our attention on with a new home. No-one would want to live in a house that was rushed to be built. We understand that taking time on the foundation isn’t for nothing. But when we come to our yoga mat, or to other areas of our life, we can forget this same principle. So many yogis have recurring pain or injuries that are foundational. A recurring hamstring injury could be healed with proper alignment in a forward fold, a pesky knee problem that could be solved by spending time on the foundational work of warrior 1 and 2, or a wrist pain that could be cleared up by spending time on the foundation of our hands. Yes, we love flying in our arm balances but we need to check our foundation from time to time. Especially when we appear to have cracks in the rest of our body so to speak. In our life “off of the mat”, this mindset can rear its head the new job or relationship that we want and/or expect to know everything about and feel right at home in immediately. We can forget easily that these things take time and that when we put the time in to build a strong foundation, the heights to which they can grow are limitless. We would love to have you visit one of our fundamentals classes at Practicing Yoga. Our fundamentals classes are not just for newbies. They are a chance for even the most experienced yogis to learn, or relearn, something fundamental that can be key to a safer and more rewarding advanced practice. Our Fundamentals classes will allow you an opportunity to slow it down so you can listen to yourself more carefully, breathe more fully, and remember what a quiet gift yoga can be. After all, yoga is not about touching your toes, it’s about what you learn on the way down. Practicing Yoga, 5755 Chippewa St., St. Louis, MO 314-399-0491


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Beginners welcome! Our classes will challenge and invigorate you. 6630 Clayton Rd. St. Louis, MO 63117•314.644.2226•yogastlouis.com 636-541-2424 | 17237 New College Ave., Wildwood MO | www.wwyogastl.com

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Balance your fitness with yoga and CrossFit!

HealthConscious Woman

Schedule your FREE first workout today.

THE WORLD’S MOST EFFECTIVE WORKOUTS. TAILORED SPECIFICALLY FOR YOU.

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507 South Hanley Road Clayton, MO 63105 314.726.4702

A Google search for “health” quickly provides over 3 trillion results, and over 200 million news articles. But for all of that, we very rarely see health meaningfully defined or measured. Fortunately, CrossFit has addressed this through the insightful observation that nearly every measurable aspect of human health – blood pressure, bone density, body fat, triglycerides, cholesterol, muscle mass , etc., can be placed on continuum from sickness, to wellness, to fitness. “Our assumption is that if everything we can measure about health will conform to this continuum then it seems that sickness, wellness, and fitness are different measures of a single quality: HEALTH”1 This is to describe fitness as super-health/wellness. The closer to fitness one becomes, the healthier they are. With this in mind, it becomes obvious that fitness is imperative for optimum health. And by happy chance, CrossFit also provides us with three excellent definitions of fitness. The first is by identifying the 10 General Physical Skills: strength, stamina, cardio-respiratory endurance, speed, power, flexibility, balance, agility, coordination, and accuracy. The more a fitness regimen develops these ten skills, the better it is at developing well-rounded fitness. A fitness program that fails to develop all of these skills is incomplete. The second definition of fitness is a person’s capacity to perform well at any given task that comes their way. A fitness program that prepares one to perform well across an infinite variety of tasks that are unknown and unknowable develops true fitness. A program that focuses on strength, cardio, flexibility, etc. at the expense of other skills will not develop true fitness.

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The third definition of fitness involves the three different energy pathways that provide the energy for all human action: phosphogen, glycolytic, and oxidative. It is not necessary to delve into the specifics of each. It is enough to understand that they are used for short to long term energy requirements. A complete fitness program develops all three energy pathways as equally as possible. By providing a fitness protocol that meets all of these definitions, and by providing sound nutritional advice, CrossFit has shown us the way not just to fitness, but to true physical health.

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~ Care for the Total Woman ~

A Transformative Wellness & Healing Spa Debuts

by Marilyn Jones

“Let the waters settle and you will see the moon and the stars mirrored in your own being.” ~Rumi Women’s Health Specialists (WHS) now serve the needs of their female patients through transformative spa services in addition to their OB/GYN medical practice and hormone replacement therapies. They also guide women in putting themselves first. As women, we fill many caregiving roles: daughter, wife, and mother, for example. Placing our care at the bottom of a priority list is a common, unfortunate outcome of caring for others. When we also juggle career demands, our health and self-care can be quietly compromised. The WHS staff often see signs of self-neglect. Dr. Teresa Knight, OB/GYN, founder, and CEO says, “Women need more than simple beauty care routines. We need doctors and healthcare providers to recommend more healing services. We need estheticians and massage therapists who can recognize skin changes that may suggest a need for testing for conditions such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, and other issues. We need health coaches who can act as accountability partners in achieving a healthy weight, eating well and being active.” 26

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~ WHS Wellness & Healing Spa by the Numbers ~ 14,000 square feet 6 treatment rooms 4 therapy route options for bio-identical hormones 3 exclusive skincare lines 3 certified health coaches 3 providers of chiropractic, massage and acupuncture 2 licensed estheticians 2 IV suites


“Wellness is the ability to manage and enjoy one’s life — especially when disease is present.” ~Dr. Teresa Knight Though beauty routines such as new hairstyles or mani-pedis can make us feel good today, a deeper, long-term view of self-care can be transformative. Dr. Knight says, “Our new spa environment fills the space between a medi-spa and a pampering spa offering.” It’s an approach to caring for the total woman — not just to look good, but to help women truly feel good within. The foundational concept of this new spa is achieving peak wellness. We’ve all been surprised by women who look polished, but are battling disease or major life transitions. “Our health can be compromised by illnesses and disease that are beyond our control. We can, however, take total control of our wellness. We can optimize our health through a combination of traditional medicine and pampering,” says Dr. Knight. Tradition + Wisdom The broad range of the spa services combines traditional medicine with what Dr. Knight describes as ancient healing wisdom designed to empower women to make their transformation uniquely theirs. “Medications can often mask symptoms of something greater as conditions develop in our bodies,” says Dr. Knight. “Tuning-in to our body’s needs is crucial.” Hormone replacement therapy is a cornerstone spa service and specialty focus area for Dr. Knight. “It’s an often misunderstood component of vitality for women as they age. Our complex body systems don’t respond well to extremes of anything. We show women how they can flourish using bio-identical hormones in the peri-menopausal years and beyond.” The spa services are available to everyone, not just WHS patients. While the 14,000 square foot spa is an expansion of their Creve Coeur OB/GYN office, a dual relationship with the spa and medical office is not required for client service. Additional spa services include health coaching, skin care services, acupuncture, chiropractic care and massage therapy. Managing Director Brandi O’Kelley notes, “We’ve carefully selected the top providers in each category.” Dr. Knight emphasizes the WHS core mission, saying, “We help women maximize and preserve their wellness in whatever life stage they are in. Being both healthy and well are too often exclusively separate states, but they needn’t be.” Women’s Health Specialists Wellness & Healing Spa on Ballas Rd. in Creve Coeur. Visit WHS-STL.com for details on the full range of wellness services including hormone replacement therapy, skin care, health coaching, massage, acupuncture, chiropractic care and more. Call 314-292-7080 to reserve your appointment to transform and uncover your peak wellness.

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Salon & Spa Guide Welcome to our new Salon & Spa guide. Within these pages you will find the top locations to support your health and beauty needs. A sense of well being on the inside leads enhances outer beauty. What good is great hair and nails if you are too tired and stressed to go out on the town? We want you to have it all! Exude inner radiance by allowing these spas and wellness centers to pamper you into peace. Gorgeous hair from these top salons can then be your best accessory.

Studio Branca

Studio Branca SalonSpa has gained a reputation of excellence for our industry experience and proven track record of success. Your satisfaction is our highest mission and we strive to go above and beyond your expectations each time you visit. Visit us at Studio Branca SalonSpa in Creve Coeur or Salon Branca in Chesterfield and discover what sets us apart from other St. Louis salons and spas. 314-469-1222 | 636-536-1615 | www.studiobranca.com

Massage for Your Health

MFYH is proud to announce our newest service - The Float Room. Thanks to Float STL we, in the StL area are all finding out the benefits of floating. We at MFYH, offer massage services of Swedish, myofascial release, reflexology, integrated energy healing, and many other services. Serenity Place Guestrooms & Gasthaus and MFYH will complete your relaxing time in Hermann. 573-486-0199| Services at www.massageforyourhealth.com

PrettiKat Boutique

PrettiKat Boutique is the only one of its kind in St Louis Metro area located in the eclectic Delmar Loop area. We want our clients to experience smooth sensual skin results that waxing services can offer. Our product is a safe natural liquid hair removal system. We have set the highest level of professional standards for waxing, safety and sanitation is our ultimate goal. 314-833-3598 | www.prettikatboutique.com 28

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Top choices by Yoga & Spa Magazine L'Dara Skincare

L’Dara has invested millions of dollars in the last six years to study the goji berry, known as being a super fruit that helps maintain youthfulness and brings vitality. This research of the “super fruit” has resulted in us discovering nearly 50 health benefits of the berry. We’ve created our skincare products based on these benefits and want our customers to get the best products available. 314-713-8668 | www.VeronicaG.ldara.com

The Centre For Vibrant Health and Wellness

The Centre For Vibrant Health and Wellness offers patients Advanced Integrative Concierge Medicine. Your treatment is always based on your individual needs. Dr. Christine Salter has been trained as a naturopathic practitioner as well as a chiropractic physician and as a medical doctor. Get your individualized treatment, today! 314-395-9777 | www.drsalter.com

Go!Spa

Go!Spa is one of the premier boutique day spas in the St. Louis area offering a friendly upbeat, playful and clean spa environment. We invite you to stop by and try Go!Spa’s one of a kind unique services such as the 10k Runners Pedicure a relaxing Spoiled Rotten Facial or a Seriously Spoiled massage. We do offer a full menu of Natural Nail care and profession face and body waxing. 314-822-0772 | www.gospagirl.com

SweetHead Naturals

Our simple botanical formulas offers health and wellness solutions to a natural lifestyle through our haircare, bodycare, skincare and home scents products. We believe in our products and take pride in creating them. Our goal is to always produce a fresh premium natural product safe for our well being as well as the environment we live in. Everything we do, should for the greater good. 877-842-6335 | www.sweetheadnaturals.com Yoga & Spa Magazine • Fall 2015

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Salon & Spa Guide The Center for Mind, Body & Spirit

If you are interested in an integrated approach to healing and wellness, The Center for Mind, Body & Spirit may be what you have been looking for. Located on Delmar Boulevard, we offer massage and bodywork as well as healing practices such as vibrational healing, transformational breathwork, and medium work. Visit The Center for Mind, Body & Spirit, today! 314-725-6767 | www.centerformindbodyspirit.com

Nerium

Always on the cutting edge of anti aging science. You can count on Nerium to give you the most natural, safe and healthy ingredients available. Nerium products can range from a cream to smooth your belly to supplements to nurture your brain. Our exclusive formulations will enhance your life or you can accept our 30 day money back guarantee. Edith James | 314-960-1408 | edithjames.nerium.com

Blissoma

Glow: Exfoliation is a valuable treatment in skincare for unclogging pores, removing dead skin cells and cleansing the skin. This preservative-free, Vitamin C skin treatment has powdered organic herbs, clays, fruit enzymes, and more to sweep over skin and loosen debris without damaging skin. Glow brings powdered wonders of the herbal world together to exfoliate your face on a weekly basis. Discover other amazing products at www.blissoma.com.

Spa Shiki

Spa Shiki at The Lodge of Four Seasons delivers a world-class experience at the Lake of the Ozarks and has earned a national reputation for exceptional service, with recognition in American Spa, The Today Show, and more. Spa Shiki offers a complete spa escape, with steam rooms, swimming pools and a salt-purified whirlpool. Our therapists are highly trained to provide massage, body wraps, and facials that restore, pamper and rejuvenate. 573-365-8108 | www.spashiki.com 30

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Top choices by Yoga & Spa Magazine Awaken Whole Life Center

Awaken Whole Life Center empowers you to make healthy choices which nurture body, mind and spirit. We are a globally recognized healing destination providing transformational experiences. We offer a variety of services including massage, facials, acupuncture, chiropractic care and more. Our center also offers weekend retreats as well as getaways, workshops and events. 816-612-8470 | www.awakenwholelifecenter.com

It Works!

Have You Tried That Crazy Wrap Thing? Tighten, tone and firm in as little as 45 minutes! Call a local rep, today! Rozanne Elmore | 309-241-5854 | Greenview, IL rozielmore.itworks.com CeCe Moore | 314-337-1334 | St Charles, MO hotbods.itworks.com Chera Snow | 217-691-7811 | Chatham, IL cherasnow.myitworks.com Kari Dempewolf | 425-232-5853 | St Charles, MO karidemp.itworks.com

Avalon 8 Wellness

Live your best life now with Avalon 8 Wellness! Our services for holistic bodywork and transformational coaching include massage therapy, energy therapy, crystal therapy, aromatherapy, medical exercise, meditation instruction, and many more! Book an appointment or register for a class to find out what how our professional and skilled team can help you live your best life. 314-288-0771 | www.avalon8wellness.com

Women's Health Specialists

Care for the Total Woman is now possible in one special place—the newly expanded Women’s Health Specialists Wellness & Healing Spa in Creve Coeur. Now you can look good and feel good too. Spa services combine traditional medicine with ancient healing wisdom, making your transformation uniquely yours. It’s like no other spa in St. Louis. Come and uncover your peak wellness. Look at our full list of services: www.WHS-STL.com Call to make an appointment: 314-292-7080

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Fringe Salon & Spa

Salon Antebellum

With services such as hair styling, make-up application, manicures, and spa packages, Fringe is the place to go to be pampered. www.fringesalonandspa.com Call: 636-207-1000

It’s an experience, not just a haircut! Visit us in St. Louis to check out our salon filled with artists who are trained to ensure that your haircut is exactly what you’ve been wanting. 314-849-1115 | salonantebellum.com

Sol-Tan

Samantha’s Other Place

Saint Louis Salon and Spa

Elegant Designs Day Spa

Metro Design Studios

Studio Branca

Sol is an organic sunless tan and spa studio that can help you look like you’ve been on the beach without the harmful rays of the sun or a tanning bed. Call to make an appointment! 314-394-2136 | www.sol-stl.com

Come for an hour, stay for the day. We want you to treat yourself ! Services include professional hair styling, massage, facials, and more. Call: 636-227-1900 Visit: www.elegantdesignsdayspa.com 32

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A unisex full service salon and day spa, Samantha’s Other Place is the perfect spot to unwind and relax. We also carry products for hair, nails, and skin along with plenty of jewelry. Call us at 314-725-8711, today!

The premier studio salon concept in St. Louis. Since 1999, over 100 stylist-owners have achieved financial success and personal freedom! Go to metrodesignstl.com or call 314-983-0444 for an appointment!

A Look for You Hair Salon

Located in historic St. Charles, established in 1990. We offer the latest trends in hair cutting and styling, smoothing treatments, balayage, permanent and beach waves. Please contact us at 636-946-8611.

New owner, Pamela Willis, began her journey with Saint Louis Salon and Spa as an Esthetician. She still practices esthetics once a week so her clients don’t miss her fabulous facials. Call: 636-256-8111

Whether you’re looking to liven up your cut or color, get silky skin or prepare for a special day, we’re ready to make you look and feel your very best. Visit studiobranca.com for more information about our locations.


Where Friends Go! to Have Fun Bring your Friends to Go!Spa for the Girl’s Time Out Package includes Spoiled Rotten Facials and Pedicures for 2 with a box lunch, each service is 1 hour. $225

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Have You Tried That Crazy Wrap Thing? Tighten, Tone & Firm in as little as 45 minutes CeCe Moore • 314-337-1334 St Charles, MO • hotbods.itworks.com Chera Snow • 217-691-7811 Chatham, IL • cherasnow.myitworks.com

11735 Manchester Rd., Des Peres, MO 314-822-0772 www.gospagirl.com

Complimentary Haircut with any Balayage, Highlighting, or Single Color Process Service (New guests only. Up to $89 value.)

Rozanne Elmore • 309-241-5854 Greenview, IL • rozielmore.itworks.com Kari Dempewolf • 425-232-5853 St Charles, MO • karidemp.itworks.com

s t u d i o b r a n c a . c o m STUDIO BRANCA Creve Coeur, MO (314) 469-1222

SALON BRANCA Chesterfield, MO (636) 536-1615

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Wine Country Getaways Plan a Fall getaway in Missouri's scenic wine country. Head west on scenic Highway 94. Stop at Montelle Winery in Augusta for lunch and incredible views of the Fall foliage on your way to a guest house nestled on the Katy Trail or a B&B with a pampering spa in historical Hermann, MO.

Montelle Winery Augusta, MO

Escape to the tree-top decks of Montelle Winery and enjoy awardwinning wines with a magnificent view. Montelle, Missouri’s most scenic winery, aspires to reveal the pleasures of pairing fine wine and food. Choose from a wide selection of salads, sandwiches, wraps, and pizzas from its Klondike Café opened daily. Lose yourself in the view every season from 400 feet above the Missouri River Valley and rolling hills of Augusta, Missouri. Open year-round with free, live music weekends April - Oct. Reserve now for Doe Day out Yoga 11/14 with Halcyon Spa! 201 Montelle Drive, Augusta, MO 63332 • 888.595.WINE(9463) • Montelle.com

Serenity Spa and Bed & Breakfast

1005 & 1011 Market Street, Hermann, MO 65041

Serenity Place Guestrooms & Gasthaus & Massage for Your Health will complete your relaxing time in Hermann. We offer 2 guest rooms with shared bath within the Massage for Your Health building and we offer a 2-3 bedroom whole house rental located next door. Each lodging option offers 4-7 sleeping accommodations. Serenity Place Guestrooms & Gasthaus are very excited to offer "During the Week Specials". We're teaming up with Alpenhorn Gasthaus & Wine Country Diners to offer a unique package of cooking demonstration with guest choice of cuisine for lunch, lodging at SPG, massage and spa services, day pass at the new Fitness Source for yoga, classes or work out, weather permitting Katy Trail bike rental and/or Eco Zipline. Time for a Staycation during the week give us a call 57348-0199/877-543-0199.

Shining Hope Guest House Hermann, MO

This historic home in the beautiful Missouri Rhine Valley is recently renovated, but retains its 1800s charm. Whether you stay in one of its four guest rooms or reserve the whole house, your getaway will be complete with relaxing and exploring. Just five miles from Hermann, you can fill your days with antique shopping, winery visits or relaxing before the greatroom fireplace. The owner’s attention to detail will leave you feeling pampered. More info at ShiningHopeGuesthouse.com. 34

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“Silver Lining: An Inspired Space”

Now Open!

GET OFF THE DIET ROLLER COASTER! • Build healthy, lasting habits • Lose weight • No gimmicks or expensive prepackaged meals • Have fun in the process

We’re a hopeful comfort in the midst of the commitments and chaos of everyday life. Our distinctive establishment allows you to enjoy shopping, gathering with friends, classes and numerous healing therapies. Come ... visit for awhile and find your inspiration.

For a complete list of classes & offerings, please visit our website

www.silverliningstl.com 13418 Clayton Road, Town & Country, MO 63131

314-548-2999

Has Your Pharmacy Stopped Compounding Your Hormone Medication? Call us today and let us help you with your hormone therapy.

314-394-2404

We specialize in Bio-identical Hormones & Pet Medications

Kirkwood’s local compounding experts

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Life on Default

Contact us for a free introductory consultation.

by The Coaches of Pyramid Health Coaching We all have a ‘default; mode— a way of being on auto-pilot that kicks-in when we aren't consciously paying attention. Considering the hectic pace of our lives, family and work pressures, it’s easy to put things on autopilot to allow for managing daily crises.

The good news is we can reprogram ourselves by resetting the neuropathways that create habits. Reprogramming is possible by doing things repeatedly and intentionally until the new path becomes routine.

Our default mode of eating may involve skipping meals, downing a bag of chips when we're stressed, or drinking excessively while indulging in a platter of nachos or decadent cheesecake.

"We either live by intention or exist by default."

Or even simpler: when we aren't paying attention to our health, we neglect being physically active, eating nutritiously, or making an effort to find work/life balance and reduce stress. Improving lifestyle behaviors requires mindfulness, choice, awareness, and intention. We make time for things that are important to us. ‘Finding time’ to exercise or enjoy a regular yoga practice, for example, can become an exception if we don’t make it a priority. When we are trying to change our default setting to another way of being, it takes time and a concentrated effort. Accountability is an important component as well.

~ Kristin Armstrong, professional road bike racer and two-time Olympic gold medalist

Building new and positive habits can feel like moving a mountain, especially if it involves shedding 50 pounds or more. We help clients move mountains-- one boulder at a time.

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What is your default mode? If you need help reaching your health goals-whether weight loss, improved fitness or managing stress, consider partnering with a Pyramid health coach. For more information, or to arrange a no-obligation, free consultation, visit PyramidCoaches. com. See ad on page 36.

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#1 #1 Blissoma Glow: Exfoliation is a valuable treatment in skincare for unclogging pores, removing dull, dead skin cells and deep cleansing the skin.This preservative-free, powdered Vitamin C skin treatment has powdered organic herbs and grains, clays, fruit enzymes and more to gently sweep over skin and loosen debris without damage to skin. Lavish: Our thickest, richest recipe, this formula is manna from heaven for dry, stressed, sensitive, and inflamed skin. Anti-reactive herbs blend with a generous helping of restorative oils, oatmilk, and cupuacu butter to rebuild skin from deep within. If you suffer from chronic winter dry skin, redness, roughness, flakiness or just want to have more resilient, hydrated skin this needs to be on your to-do list. Timeless: Timeless includes a potent, bioavailable fruit seed oil base with an effective level of stabilized Vitamin C in the form of Ascorbyl Palmitate. Complete skin healing and regeneration awaits with this luxurious, anti-aging oil serum that provides Vitamins C, E and Ferulic Acid Esters to multiply antioxidant and protective benefits and slow the march of time to a crawl. Our new retail natural beauty store is opening in mid November at 2730 LaSalle St., St. Louis, MO 63104 • 314-771-5006 www.blissoma.com. #2 Go! Spa Go!Spa is one of the premier boutique day spas in the St. Louis area offering a friendly upbeat, playful and clean spa environment. At Go!Spa you won’t find a Shhh atmosphere or uptight attitude behind the desk, you will find an energizing invigorating celebratory environment. We invite you to stop by and try Go!Spa’s one of a kind unique services such as the 10k Runners Pedicure in our famous zero gravity chairs, a relaxing Spoiled Rotten Facial or a Seriously Spoiled massage. We do offer a full menu of Natural Nail care and profession face and body waxing. Go!Spa…where friends gather! www.gospagirl.com, or call 314-822-0772.

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#3 L'dara Award winning L’dara Advanced Anti-aging Serum has proven to beautify skin from the inside and out. Now it’s time to take your results to a whole new level from the Inside Out with L’dara Within™. Contact Veronica Grimes, L’dara Marketing Partner at 314-713-8668. #4 Silver Lining Give something meaningful this Holiday Season! From inspirational to fun-loving...you will find that perfect present for someone special, that unique hostess gift, and maybe even a little something for yourself at Silver Lining, An Inspired Space. (Located in Mason Woods Village - www.silverliningstl.com 314-548-2999)

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#5 Super Sweets Give health and happiness to your loved ones this year, gift them with Super Sweets by Mary Jane chocolate designed to BE great not just taste great!! Super Sweets now come in three sizes to make giving to your chocolate aficionado easy; Full bar 2.7 oz, ½ bar 1.35 oz, and ¼ bar .7oz. Special per person pricing for events and private parties are available. Ask about our delivery options! supersweetbymaryjane. com or 314-650-0133. #6 Grow Fit Pilates Located on a quiet, private lane in Town and Country, the Grow-Fit® studio is dedicated to keeping clients in shape through Pilates workouts and customized fitness programs utilizing Pilates principles. For more information call 314-699-6024 or visit www. grow-fit.com. #5

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A St. Louis Chiropractor with a Bold Mission

Tips to be a Healthier Woman by MJ Corcoran What a great topic, women and our wellbeing!

“My goal is to help as many people as possible during my lifetime – especially children!” says Dr. Gargiula.

Call today for a free evaluation *some restrictions apply*

9717 Landmark Parkway Drive #216 St. Louis, MO 63127

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We have all heard the phrase “take care of yourself ”. And yet, as women we tend to put our family and friends first. Initially, it appears we are kind, giving souls. Which we are, yet there is something missing. What is missing? YOU! I remember the very moment in which this statement took meaning. I was a wife, mother of two young girls and working on my master’s program. Oh yes and working outside the home. What many of us do. I decided to take a parenting class so that I could be better at raising children. Something was very odd, the first thing that we talked about was ourselves. How do we create balance in our life? What a foreign concept. How could I be a better parent if I took better care of myself. My ego chimed in and said I know how to take care of myself, I’m 33 years old. Ha, under some self -examination I realized how backwards and up -side down thing were in my life. So started the journey. I gave a presentation to over 250 women at a conference and I gave a simple request, write down all the things you are responsible for and the moans and groans filled the room. I then said they only had two minutes, which gave the some relief. When asked what was first on their list, you can only imagine what showed up. Job, kids, laundry, bills, family, husband, exercise, etc.

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When asked by a show of hands who listed themselves, 2 people out of 250 put themselves on the list and they were listed last. I am grateful that this has changed over the years a bit. I realized it wasn’t just me who felt this way. What a relief. We as women now consider our health as an important part of who we are. I can honestly say that it took me awhile to figure this out and to have the courage to put myself at the top of the list. The good news is that when you put yourself first you will have so much more to give and you will know when to say “no” to things and people that do not support your well- being. Ask yourself, what percent do you give to your well-being? Self- awareness sparks change. Since 2011, MJ has served as a national spokesperson for Anheuser-Busch “Family Talk”, a drinking prevention initiative that focuses on family first. MJ is well known for her parenting classes and her family coaching business. All About Kids2 offers family coaching for all families. She is unique in that she offers “house calls” and phone consultations.


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Feeling Out of Control? Get off the Merry-Go-Round by Beth Boesel-Thater

Unleashing the Power Within

Unlock Your Souls Purpose Do you feel like you are the best kept secret and you have so much to offer but you are struggling to get a handle on your life and circumstances? You want to operate in your fullest capacity leading a joy-filled life but you constantly feel burdened with anxiety, fear, selfdoubt and your mind keeps playing the same old recordings over and over again! It is time to get off the merry go round. From the time we were babies to our adulthood, we have been imprinted with belief systems, societies programing, hurts, pains, emotional trauma, and let’s face it life’s challenges. These experiences have taken a toll on our emotional, physical, and spiritual states. If unhandled, we spend most of our life trying to figure out why we feel despondent, stressed, and triggered. We are vibrational beings and we take on energetic static from others through our cellular bodies. When our bodies take on these lower emotions, we can become ill on many levels. Most people are not consciously aware of what these blocks are as they are hidden in our sub-consciousness. This can cause pain in the body and our emotional state. It’s time to take back your life. When we are able to release these unwanted emotions, patterns, fear based thoughts, trauma etc., we are then allowing more light to come in and we are able to reside in our pure state of being. Our lives become a beautiful canvas and we are in charge! We feel selfempowered, freedom, and a sense of liberation. There is no holding us back because we have come into alignment with our Souls Purpose. This is how I help Clients. I am one of the top leading experts in the St. Louis area for helping people release that which is no longer serving them purpose. One of my clients described her experience as “Heaven rushing in”. I am certified in several healing modalities and I have traveled extensively to Peru and Spain to work alongside of powerful Shamans from the Central and Northern Andes bringing back the wisdom of this sacred path. It brings me great joy to witness my clients unleashing old patterns and behaviors and literally expanding into the fullness of the light that they are. I am offering a complimentary ½ hour phone call. Simply go to www.unlockyoursoulspurpose.com and fill out the form on my home page. I invite you to check out my website for further information. Beth Boesel-Thater is the owner of “Unlock Your Souls Purpose”. Visit www.unlockyoursoulspurpose.com or call 1(636)299-8694


The Autumn of Life

by Marilyn Eagen Autumn is a very powerful season for us as it represents the last season of the year where everything that was part of this year comes together to be processed. It is time to be harvested and remembered for its value, and let go of the rest.

lives. Of course, there are times that we have pains. However, the sooner we can let it go, the better we can feel. Pretending it is not there does not serve us. Just acknowledge the pain and let it go. That allows more space inside of us for our true light.

As this season is definitely upon us, I want to remind you of the symbolic nature of this season for us in this time and space. As most of you know, we are in another period of vibrant shifting and growing and coming to our wholeness. Not just from this year, but for our entire time of beingness.

Here is a simple, easy exercise you can do to easily let go of energy that does not serve you, and you do not have to identify the issue, just notice that it feels heavy in your body.

These years, maybe even this entire lifetime represents the culmination of all that we are here to be, know and remember, the autumn of our lifetime. As we each are going through time periods of change and maybe some uncomfortableness in our lives, I just want you to know that you are not broken. There is no need to be “fixed”, just remember who you really are and who you were always meant to be. These times are just bringing to the surface the memories and the “realness” of you and your life. Asking you to BE fully YOU! So, this is “the autumn of the autumn”. Take this time to be with yourself and harvest the beauty that you see. The rest of what comes up that doesn’t feel good or leaves a disturbance in you is a sign to let it go. When discomfort appears in your body in any form, it is a message to make a change to let it go and allow in more light. We are meant to feel good and experience joy in our

Find somewhere outside to sit and feel the heavier energy move into your first chakra (or the very bottom of your spine). Ask that energy to move down into the earth, let it go to mother earth as she is there to transmute that energy and wants to do that for us. At the same time, allow more light energy to come into your crown chakra at the top of your head. Continue to breathe through this exercise for a few minutes until you feel “clean” or “light” or more fully you. Thank Mother Earth for assisting you! You came here to be light, let yourself be free to BE LIGHT! Marilyn Eagen is a Certified Energy Medicine Practitioner and QSCA Certified Life Coach. She is also trained in many other modalities. Go to www.marilyneagen.com for more information and a FREE sample of her DVD that demonstrates this exercise and many more. Holistic Harmony Lifecare is located at 2190 S. Mason Rd. Suite 100 Town and Country, MO 63131. Phone 314-330-4156.

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Restaurant Rave

BrickTop’s Mediterranean-inspired restaurant offers exotic tastes in St. Louis.

During the winter months, St. Louis can be a bit dreary. To combat the winter blues, head to BrickTop’s in Frontenac for a taste of the exotic. From bronzed Georges Bank scallops to Hawaiian Ahi tuna steak, customers can escape to the Mediterranean and bask in the flavors of the sea. BrickTop’s, located in the northeast corner of the Plaza Frontenac parking lot, offers a phenomenal menu for lunch, dinner and brunch, including a gluten-free menu. Customers can dine inside or sip a glass of wine outside on the Italian-style, open-air veranda during warmer months. Lunch menu items include delicacies such as Florida grouper and an Ahi tuna burger. The brunch menu offers various benedicts, including egg and crab, steak and eggs, and shrimp and grits. Dinner offerings include soy-marinated sea bass, parmesan crusted chicken and many more tasty delectables. Yoga & Spa Magazine held its Fall Hot Off the Press Party on BrickTop's now fully enclosed veranda. It proved to be the perfect event setting. More than 40 attendees gathered and mingled while enjoying wine, sushi and a variety of tasty appetizers. The four

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season veranda's open floor plan was ideal as attendees were able to move from the bar and back to the veranda with ease. Servers were attentive throughout the evening and Troy, the restaurant's general manager, ensured a seamless gathering. Whether you’re a couple looking for a romantic night out, a few girlfriends planning a ladies night or a large group needing event space, BrickTop’s offers it all. Their Mediterranean menu and excellent customer service make this dining spot rise above. Visit BrickTop’s today and prepare to be swept away while enjoying a little slice of paradise. Buon’ Appetito! BrickTop’s at 10342 Clayton Rd. in Frontenac. More information at Bricktops.com or call 314-567-6300.


Tooth Replacement Simplified The American College of Prosthodontists reports 178 million people in the U.S. are missing at least one tooth. That equates to about one in two Americans facing a problem whose answer is a bit more complex today due to advances in dentistry. The best tooth replacement option is situation dependent. Factors to consider include: the number of teeth missing, length of time missing, amount of lost bone volume, dental and overall health conditions and cost considerations. A complete assessment determines if a dental implant or a non-implant system will work best. With some simple diagnostics, including a 3D CT Scan, an exam and consultation, Artistic Dentistry patients can review a full range of tooth replacement options customized to their individual situation. They’re able to get every question answered until they feel informed enough to make their own choice. Regardless of the replacement option selected, all of the necessary procedures and technology are available at Artistic Dentistry. This becomes especially convenient when a dental implant system is preferred. All-inclusive implant services simplify the process for Artistic Dentistry patients. Tooth extraction, implant placement and crown procedures are performed in one office. Where teeth have been missing for some time, a bone graft restores lost bone. A sinus lift procedure can be performed where necessary. In some instances, an implant can be placed immediately after a tooth is extracted. The first step to replacing lost teeth is discovering the options available based on the individual’s situation. Artistic Dentistry makes this first step uncomplicated and affordable. Dr. Peter J. Pagano, DDS has been in practice for over thirty years and placing implants since 1999. Artistic Dentistry at 12334 Olive Blvd in Creve Coeur. More information at ArtisticSmileDoc.com or by calling 314-576-3000. See ad on this page.

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Strengthen Your Response - Ability by Rebecca Wiederkehr, LCSW Since most health issues are seeded with stress it seems important to look from where some of this stress comes. Our old stressors show up over and over again dressed up in another way. One way to explain this phenomenon that everyone encounters is to understand “our assumptive world.” Introduced by Hadley Cantril in the 50’s and elaborated upon by the late Jerome D. Frank, in simple form it suggests that each of us creates our own “assumptive world” and it becomes our reality. It can run our lives if we don’t bring it to our conscious awareness. As children, at 2, 3, 4, 5 years, we were constantly observing our world and unconsciously assigning meaning to what was happening around us. From this gathered information we made early decisions about how we were going to live our life and stored them in our invisible “survival kit”. An example of this is as small children we saw and experienced our parents constantly working, staying busy. It seemed they had no time for us, nor did they say such things as “I love you”, “You are important to me”, “I am so glad you are my son/daughter.” We could not see that our parents were busy supporting us, giving us a good life, making sure we were well cared for and that was 46

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their way of saying “I love you so much”, “you are important to me”. We interpreted this as we were unlovable and not important. Or, we could have had parents who gave us attention and love just for doing well. We decided the only way to get love was to perform, have high expectations of ourselves. Often we came out of this thinking we are not enough, one of the biggest lies we’ve bought into in our lives. We each have our set of early decisions we made to make sense of our world. These underlying messages settled deep into our psyche. As adults we are still drawing from them as we go about our day assuming we know why someone is acting a certain way, or looking at us a certain way. Stories automatically build up inside us as we reinforce our early decisions about our value and self worth. We are interacting with people who are caught in the same cycles, often bumping into each other’s “stuff ”. In all of this we are creating thoughts that automatically spawn our emotions, our angry, sad, or happy feelings, which cause more assumed thoughts that spawn more automatic emotions... This can create serious stress. As adults we have to dig deep inside to see what facets of our early decisions are still controlling us and rearing up here

and there in order for us to re-write those scripts for healthier outcomes. In order to heal we must learn to stop “assuming the meaning” of what is going on around us in our interactions with others. Just as we pull from our “survival kit” in times of stress, so do others. It is important to remember their words and actions are about them, not us. This keeps us from taking it personally and gives us time to reassess the situation so we can respond instead of react, honing our response-ability. And always, believe we are enough. It’s the greatest health tonic. Tools: -Relax and meditate. Listen to your intuition/inner wisdom for solutions to life’s situations. -Consciously refocus on rewriting those unhealthy scripts to positive ones. These tools help us build new healthy brain pathways, replacing the negative ones. Each moment offers us a choice. Live consciously, awake and aware. Let’s strengthen our response-ability. Rebecca Wiederkehr, LCSW assists people in releasing stuck trauma as well as supporting personal and spiritual growth within relationships with self and others. See ad in this issue to learn more, or call 314-822-4752.


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Y&S Interview

Bikram Yoga with Jeff Busbee As someone with very little yoga experience, walking into Bikram Yoga in Chesterfield for the first time was nerve-racking. I was unsure of what to expect and feared that I wouldn’t be able to do the moves. However, turns out I had nothing to be nervous about after all. When I walked inside, I was greeted with a smile by owner and teacher, Jeff Busbee, who gave me an overview of the class and answered my questions. Once class was complete, Jeff officially welcomed me to Bikram yoga, and the entire class clapped—it was an incredible feeling. I relaxed on the mat to reflect on the past 90 minutes, sweatier than ever, and was content. After a difficult day at work, it was just what I needed to release my stress.

by Maggie Hallam

Tell us about yourself, Jeff. I grew up in St. Louis, joined the military at 25 years old as an airplane mechanic, and then worked here in Chesterfield on corporate jets for 18 years. I got to be 40 years old, and I was a wreck. I was way overweight, I drank a lot, and I kept getting stiffer and stiffer after being a mechanic for all those years. Eventually I had no mobility in my neck and had really bad knees and hips. I saw a 10-second spot on TV on Bikram yoga, and I came up here to this studio and sat in the parking lot probably five different times before I finally got the nerve to take a class. I knew right then and there that this was what I needed. I got all my mobility back, and I’ve never had a neck problem since. About four years into my practice, I became a teacher, and in February I quit my job of 18 years and bought this studio, and I do this fulltime now. Why do you prefer yoga over other types of exercise? I used to be into running and lifting weights,

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Afterward, I sat down with Jeff to learn all about him, his studio and his passion for Bikram yoga.

but what those exercises do is shorten your muscles and make them harder. I couldn’t run anymore because of my knees and hips, and I found that lifting weights just made me more hungry, and I kept getting bigger and bigger. I was strong, but I had no mobility. Yoga works your whole body, and it’s something you can do every day, whereas you don’t want to run or lift weights every day. And I believe in it. I believe in it so much that I quit my career for it. I believe there’s much more to it mentally and physically than doing a workout of circuit training or a run or swim. I’ve lost 60 pounds since starting yoga and I feel 100 times better. More specifically, why Bikram yoga over other types of yoga? I like the heat, the longer classes, and that you know what to expect and can build on your practice. All Bikram classes are 26 postures and two breathing exercises, and you do everything two times. Your first set is seeing where your body is at today, and in the second set you work on your body today, digging a little deeper.

What is your advice to new students? Hydration. Hydration is the key to life, and definitely the key for a Bikram yoga class. What is your advice to yogis interested in becoming a teacher? Anybody at any level of fitness can do it, and you don’t have to be good at yoga to be a teacher; you just have to have the discipline to take care of yourself in the class. The teacher training is a 9-week program in a different state or country, and you do two different classes a day—one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Sometimes the classes can be three hours long, so you have to want to be able to do it. It’s a rewarding job, and it’s worth it. Close to 100 people a day come through here, and I watch them day after day as they get better. What is your favorite pose? Pada-Hastasana, because I can open up my whole back. I do it 20 times a day.


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