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Yoga &Spa Health • Beauty • Lifestyle

Fall 2014

Overlook Farm

Yoga Retreats, Getaways, Weddings & More

The Health Conscious Woman Special Section

12 Conscious Holiday Gifts

Peter Goodman

@ Jane's House of Well Being

4 Great Fall Getaways

True Nature Healing Arts Find Your True Nature



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Volume 5, Issue 4 Stacy Hunsicker Publisher Gayle Rose Editor Emma Frey Executive Assistant, Inside Sales Judy Dante Graphic Design Advertising 314-781-8822 Contributing Writers Becky Brittain, Ph.D., R-DMT Brian Byrd Melissa Chestnut, Pharm. D. Susan M. Crawford Elizabeth Diebold Marilyn Eagen Dr. Laura Eastep Kim Frederick Tessa Greenspan Katie Kelly Kathy Kessler Michelle Kloss, Pharm.D. Gavin Lyman Jill Pagano Gayle Rose Dr. David Rozeboom Dr. Mark Schopp Hilary Stunda Sandy Tomey Kate Upshur, LCSW, RYT Hope Varwig Rebecca Wiederkehr, LCSW On the Cover On the Cover: Overlook Farm, located in Clarksville, Missouri, serves as a perfect spot for yoga classes, retreats, romantic getaways. Pictured, Peter Goodman, co-founder of The Bliss Brothers Yoga, leads his class in the Warrior pose on the steps below Avalon Hall at Overlook Farm. 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.

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Stress Free Holidays This Fall issue focuses on the health conscious woman. You’ll find lots of inspiration and resources to help maintain and adopt new, healthy habits as we round out this year and go barrelling into 2015. Hey, you’ll be ahead of the curve for your new year resolutions! In our cover story profile about Overlook Farm in Clarksville, I dare you not to be inspired to plan a special fall weekend getaway, major celebration, or road trip for a delectable farm-to-table meal. Further afield, don’t miss the story about a new spa concept by Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya in Mexico — the first spa to incorporate musical rhythms into the massage experience. With the upcoming holiday season, we’ll have plenty of opportunity to invoke the art of remaining balanced and centered. Instead of resisting, we can practice non-reaction to our triggers such as edgy comments about our lifestyle, holiday meal or gift selections. Check out this issue’s article about taming our inner critic and a related article about giving to yourself by cultivating stillness and calm. It may prove to be just the perspective we all need. Physical wellness topics abound in this issue about yoga and meditation, but if you are grappling with hormonal imbalances, be sure to read the article about addressing root causes related to the enigmatic HP axis. To pave the way for fantastic low-stress holidays, we can begin by developing awareness of our major triggers. Whether it comes from an inlaw, former spouse, stepchildren or a jammed mall parking lot, we can ask ourselves, ‘What is the fear behind the person or circumstance?’ Identify if you fear being judged. Or perhaps it’s a fear of endlessly circling a parking lot and having to quell your sense of road rage. Then, give yourself a reality check; Remind yourself that you are bigger than the comment, circumstance and feelings that are welling-up inside you. When we are connected to our true nature of confidence, wholeness, well-being and worthiness, no one can rattle us or steal our joy. Mastering this state of nonreaction takes practice and starts with recognizing and clearing our past wounds. Yoga can certainly help. It also takes awareness in the moment of being triggered in order to breathe through it and choose not to react. I’ve found it helpful to remind myself that the trigger person is expressing their own pain, or they would not be practicing sarcasm, distancing or bullying. This is where compassion comes in – another practice to master through yoga or meditation. Many people believe we must begin with compassion for ourselves to be able to extend it to others.Throughout my days, I try to pause and ask, “ Is this a loving thing to do for myself? Is engaging with this person a loving endeavor? Usually, the answer arrives quickly (and it’s often in the form of ‘just don’t engage.’) As an early holiday gift to my valued readers and clients, I share my appreciation for you and your families. I also share this tried-and-true tool to prepare for spending time with family in the upcoming holidays. Take a deep breath and repeat: “Just for today, I will be agreeable. I will keep my voice low and calm and not try to improve others – only myself.” Be well and enjoy the holidays,

Namaste, P.S. Save the date on your new year calendar! January 31 from 10 am to 3 pm – you’ll want to be a part of our sixth annual Living Fit Expo at Plaza Frontenac. Lots of healthinspiring vendors, a fashion show and loads of valuable giveaways will make it a special event again this year. (A few sponsor packages still remain if your business wants to connect with new, health-minded markets.)

Cover Story The Health Conscious Woman

26 Overlook Farm in Clarksville – A Place to

Rejuvenate the Body and Mind


You Are How You Sleep


The Health Conscious Woman


Massage Changed My Life


Calcium Supplementation in Women


Finding Your True Nature


Inner Critic: Friend or Foe?


Healthy Living Through All Life Stages


Touch of Class Massage and Wellness Services


Building a Network of Wellness Pros in St. Louis


Aging All The Time: How Will You Define It?

Contents Fall 2014

20 Hormonal Differences and the HP Axis:

Unlocking Hormonal Mystery


Accessing the Wisdom of Your Body

22 Your Health & Your Bras


23 Much Effort with Few Rewards 24 Change Your Energy, Change Your Love Life 46 Life-Saving Mammograms Now in 3D


28 The Young Yogis 29 Shanti Yoga: A Grassroots Approach 30 Sumits Yoga: The Process Doesn't Change,

But You Do


Start Burning: Burn 1000

32 Style Matters by Jill 33 Yoga Mamas

Holiday Shopping Guide

34 Great Gift Ideas for Everyone On Your List


38 The Gift of Healing


39 Girlfriend Getaways 40 Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya 43

4 Great Fall Getaways

44 Self-Care is Rarely Selfish 48 Tessa's Tips

Restaurant Rave Y&S Interview

45 The Restaurant at The Cheshire 50 Dr. Sullivan of Awaken Whole Life Center


You are how you sleep Don’t cheat on your sleep. That’s the advice of Oscar Schwartz, MD, a sleep medicine physician at the Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital sleep disorders center. “Sleep is a necessity, not a luxury,” says Dr. Schwartz. “You are how you sleep.” Dr. Schwartz says sleep is essential for good health, safety and optimal performance. “The general public isn’t always aware of the dangerous consequences that can result from lack of sleep. Yet sleep deprivation and sleep disorders take a toll in lost productivity, medical expenses, sick leave, and property and environmental damage,” Dr. Schwartz says. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the cost to U.S. employers in lost productivity resulting from sleepiness is an estimated $18 billion. One of the most common sleep disorders, sleep apnea, is easily treated, Dr. Schwartz says. Sleep apnea is characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep. Each pause in breathing, called an apnea, can last from 10 seconds to several minutes, and may occur 30 or more times an hour. There are three forms of sleep apnea: central (CSA), obstructive (OSA) and a combination 6

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of the two, which is called complex or mixed sleep apnea. In obstructive sleep apnea, the most common form, breathing is interrupted by a physical block to airflow despite respiratory effort, and snoring is common. Sleep apnea is often diagnosed with an overnight sleep test called a polysomnogram, or “sleep study.” The standard treatment for sleep apnea is the use of a machine that provides support to keep the airways open while you sleep. This can be accomplished with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), where a constant flow of air is provided via a facemask. The pressure of this air is determined based on the patient’s needs and is meant to prevent both apnea and snoring. A similar therapy, called bi-level therapy, offers two pressures, which the machine alternates between. This allows the patient to breathe out against a slightly lower pressure. Bi-level therapy is more often used to treat central sleep apnea. Based on the results of a patient’s sleep evaluation, BJC Home Medical Equipment can fulfill the doctor’s treatment orders, tailoring the proper equipment to meet the needs of each patient.

A life-changing study Jodi Gomez, BJC Home Care Services consultant, had multiple symptoms of a sleep disorder. She was exhausted after a full night’s sleep and remembers waking up several times per night — often with a sore, dry throat — and she sometimes suffered from dizziness in the morning. Gomez attributed her symptoms to being a new mom and working full time, and her primary care physician had agreed. Finally, Gomez requested an overnight sleep evaluation at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital. During the study, Gomez awoke about 20 times per hour, as she stopped breathing. The structure and anatomy of her throat caused her to stop breathing and, as a result, she wasn’t getting enough rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. She was prescribed a type of bi-level therapy called BiPAP (a trademarked name for bi-level positive airway pressure), and has been using it for about one year. “It’s a life changer,” Gomez says. “I feel refreshed, I get a good night’s sleep, and I have so much more energy. I would encourage anyone who has sleep issues to have a sleep study. The staff are so professional and nice. I highly recommend it.”

The Health Conscious Woman Retired respiratory therapist Christine McInturff remembers having sleep difficulties as early as childhood. Her loud snoring and restless sleep left her tired during the day and, while other children were outside playing, she was napping. In those days, McInturff says, children weren’t checked for sleep apnea. It wasn’t until 2000, when McInturff was studying sleep disorders and practicing on fellow students, that she realized she herself had a small airway and possibly a sleeping problem. McInturff describes her condition as going through life “foggy,” like waking up in Los Angeles in the morning with smog in the air. After she began using the CPAP, she says it was like waking up in Los Angeles in the afternoon on a sunny day. She could see things more clearly, her memory improved and she could finally live each day to the fullest. One weekend, McInturff went to visit her sister at Lake of the Ozarks and realized she had left her CPAP machine at home. She was halfway there and thought, “I can do without it for one weekend.” After one night of not sleeping, however, she drove back home to get it. “The reward far outweighs the nuisance,” says McInturff. “You get used to it — and it’s worth it. I’m finally awake all day.”

10 tips for better sleep So why are Americans getting less sleep than we need? Family obligations, professional demands, longer commuting times and more entertainment options are major reasons. However, there are ways to change your behavior to get more sleep and wake up feeling refreshed: • Maintain a regular bed- and wake-time schedule, including weekends. • Establish a regular, relaxing pre-bedtime routine, such as soaking in a hot bath and then reading a book or listening to soothing music. • Create a sleep-conducive environment that’s dark, quiet, comfortable and cool. • Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillow(s). • Remove work materials, computers and televisions from the bedroom. • Finish eating at least two to three hours before bedtime. • Exercise regularly. It’s best to complete your workout at least a few hours before bedtime. • Avoid caffeine close to bedtime. • Avoid nicotine at all times, but especially close to bedtime. • Avoid alcohol close to bedtime, as it can cause disrupted sleep during the night. The Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital Sleep Center is located at 969 Mason Rd., Suite 260, Creve Coeur, Missouri 63141. For more information about a sleep study or to schedule an appointment, call 314-542-WEST (314-542-9378).

Oscar Schwartz, MD sleep medicine physician at the Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital Yoga & Spa Magazine • Fall 2014


The Health Conscious Woman by Kathy Kessler

In today’s busy, fast-paced world where adrenaline and cortisol run high and stimulants such as caffeine, sugar and carbs often become tools of survival in order to get it all done, we need to stop and ask ourselves how to live sustainably. Consider what makes us feel full and alive and how we restore and nurture ourselves. In what ways do we care for our mind, body and spirit?

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Mindful living is about making conscious choices to nurture ourselves and the world around us; Taking time to live our best life and thrive with joy, energy and longevity. Yoga is one tool that offers us time to listen to our physical body, as we create shapes with our physical self and explore our edges. Honor those edges, recognize our limits while we see our potential. We are given one physical body to house our heart and soul. It is a vehicle to travel the earth and experience life through the senses. As we feel with the physical body, it enriches our ability to be present in the moment. With each breath of pranayama, we connect to the present moment and our mental and emotional self. Over time, this brings us deeper into our spiritual self, allows us to connect more fully with our dharma and recognize a higher power greater than self. Likewise, the spa environment offers an opportunity to be touched, nurtured and restored. Bodywork modalities such as myofascial release and cranialsacral therapy connect with the physical and emotional body, tapping into tissue patterns that lie deep and hold cellular memory. Massage allows us the time to be touched in a kind and therapeutic way. It allows our walls to come down and soften. We can let go of the tension and pain we hold onto from myriad life stressors. Facials and skin care services allow the largest organ in the body to be treated and healed, as we mindfully choose products that are healthy for our skin. The spa is a place of healing and restoration to help us lovingly care for ourselves. Exercise, nutrition, love and laughter are key elements of living mindfully. Exercise releases stress, increases circulation, keeps us strong and able, and helps with mental clarity. Find your exercise of choice, whether yoga or running, dancing or cross-fit, swimming or martial arts; the key is to get moving and listen to your body. Nutrition is imperative for a sustainable life. Work on eating foods that fuel your body, increase your alkalinity and reduce your inflammation. Avoid stimulants that provide a spike of energy or foods that lead to cravings. Love deeply, starting with yourself, then let your love grow with others – a pet, your family, your friends or your life partner. Allow yourself to love and make choices in your life based on love rather than fear. Laugh often, finding humor in the simplest of things. Live your best life, and a content life will find you. Make choices that sustain you, ones that keep you feeling whole. Ask yourself what brings joy and gratitude and how can you embrace life more fully? Location: Halcyon Spa, 211 Jackson St., Augusta, MO, 63332 636-228-4110 •

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Massage Changed My Life: Benefits of Massage Therapy by Elizabeth Diebold Massage changed my life. Entering into massage school was the best decision I have ever made. I am a mom and at the time I made the decision to go back to school I was putting the pieces of my life back together. Many things had happened that caused me to reevaluate the direction I was heading in my career, but the one that stood out the most was my dad passing away at the age of 55. His heart just stopped. After the autopsy, they found some of his main arteries were 90% or more blocked. Inside, I could scream because a lot of what happened there I feel in my opinion was preventable.

and learn how to take time out for your health and well-being, you just might be on the fast track to health issues. I founded Avalon 8 Wellness to offer massage and complementary services to help others embrace their health and a regular self-care practice.

I knew at that point that taking care of my health and learning the art of self care so I could lead by example and teach others was what I was born to do. Attending massage school at the Healing Arts Center and receiving massage on a regular basis was the most profound healing experience for me on my personal journey.

Benefits of Massage Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stressrelated. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. Massage is an effective tool for managing this stress, which translates into: • Decreased anxiety • Enhanced sleep quality • Greater energy • Improved concentration • Increased circulation • Reduced fatigue

There are so many benefits to massage, but the one that stands out the most for me was learning how to put my health and well-being first. By committing to a regular self care routine and learning to relax, I was able to get quiet in my mind, body, and spirit. When you hear your own inner voice and listen to your intuition things will begin to shift and change exponentially for you over time. Small gentle changes lead to big lifestyle changes. Since attending massage school, I have committed to a wide range of self-care practices that I would have never dreamed of doing on such a regular basis. When I don’t feel good, I usually can figure out why right away and I address the issue with by focusing on what part of me needs a little more love and attention and in no time at all I am back to feeling great! My health is in my hands. Committing yourself to a regular self-care routine that includes massage can be life changing and a worthy investment. This is such a forgotten thing in today’s fast paced world. If you don’t slow down 10

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Preventative Wellness is where it’s at and massage is a dynamic part of that healthy equation! Continue reading for some of the amazing benefits of Massage…

Elizabeth Diebold is a mom, massage therapist and entrepreneur. She loves and is a lifelong student of all things that have to do with holistic health, nutrition, fitness, and sustainable living. She founded Avalon 8 Wellness to help busy people learn how to implement simple self-care practices into their routine and "Reveal their Healthiest, Most Vibrant Self " through massage, aromatherapy, wraps, and wellness programs.

Calcium Supplementation in Women by Michelle Chesnut, Pharm. D. & Melissa Kloss Pharm.D. Candidate 2015 Calcium is an essential mineral required in the body for vascular, muscle, and bone health in men and women. At the age of 35, both men and women begin to lose calcium from their bones. Adequate calcium intake is important for all women, but especially for postmenopausal women. Menopause can cause bone loss through a decrease in hormone production, which results in a decrease in the amount of calcium absorbed by the body. In order to help deter your risk for osteopenia and osteoporosis, it is important to ensure you are receiving the recommended daily amount of calcium. The National Institute of Health (NIH) recommends women 18 years and older should receive 1,000 to 1,300mg of calcium per day in order to support daily bodily functions. Food is the best and most natural source of calcium. Calcium rich foods include dairy products, grains, and leafy greens. Calcium can also be obtained through supplementation. Two forms of calcium supplementation include calcium carbonate and citrate. Calcium carbonate must be taken with food because it requires stomach acid for it to be absorbed by your body. Calcium citrate does not require acid for absorption; therefore, it can be taken without regard to meals. Once you decide on a form of supplementation, you must consider the amount of calcium you are taking in at one time. The body can only absorb 500mg or less of calcium at a time. Dividing your calcium intake ensures you are receiving the most benefit from your supplementation. Along with making sure you are receiving enough calcium, it is important to ensure you have adequate vitamin D intake. Vitamin D helps with the absorption of calcium in the body and maintains a normal calcium level. The NIH recommends all women 18 years and older receive 600 international units of vitamin D per day. Most calcium supplements already contain vitamin D, but it can also be acquired through sun exposure, supplements, and food. For all women, no matter what your age, it is important to ensure you are receiving the recommended daily intake of all vitamin and minerals. Your community pharmacist is a great resource to help you decide which supplement is right for you. If you begin an over the counter supplement, let your doctor and pharmacist know to make sure there are no interactions with your current medications. Resources: "Calcium." National Institues of Health. U.S. Departement of Health & Human Services, 19 Mar. 2013. Web. 06 Oct. 2014. "Vitamin D." National Institutes of Health. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 24 June 2011. Web. 06 Oct. 2014. Yoga & Spa Magazine • Spring 2013 11

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Finding Your True Nature by Hilary Stunda

Tucked off the quaint Main Street of Carbondale, Colorado, True Nature Healing Arts is a magical place buffered by an outdoor space that offers a reflexology path with varying shapes of stones to target pressure points, a labyrinth, fire circle and yoga spiral that invite yogic and spiritual awakening. Co-founders, Eaden and Deva Shantay’s vision and concept shine through their undivided attention to every detail of this haven. Not only does the healing center embody the essence and qualities their yogic sessions espouse, it is an environment that brings out the best in us mere mortals. The journey begins the moment one crosses the threshold. Calm and soothing, walls rich in earth tones, the main room is centered by a large wooden communal table, a series of smaller tables and cushions lining the wall that invite intimate talk while savoring warm tea. Throughout, the interior is rich with antiques from Kashmir, Afghanistan, India and Morocco. Students arrived for a balance class with


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Deva, headed up the main staircase to the studio; passed by the large black and white framed photograph of a seated Buddha. I centered myself on a mat, surrounded by 12 other students in the expansive studio. Billowing fabric hung from the high ceiling; sunlight shone through leaves that brushed the corner window. Deva sat facing the class, behind her, an ornate wooden wall piece from Indonesia, flanked by Buddha and goddess statues. Eaden sat next to her, guitar in hand, surrounded by countless instruments. We began class with a chant. My mental chatter started to quiet; I noticed how mindfulness came easier when surrounded by such beauty. For the next hour and a half, Eaden sang, while seamlessly moving from instrument to instrument - from guitar to chimes, bowls, a harp then drums. The musical accompaniment provided a deeper yogic level to our poses. We ended the session with a resounding OM.

My head was clear; my limbs loose and ready for my massage with Sheryl. Her massage was transcendent – a blend of deep tissue massage, cranial sacral, reflexology and chakra stimulation. The vibrations continued long after my treatment. Afterwards, I floated (yes, that’s how it felt) over to The True Nature Kitchen – for a cup of soothing tea. In addition to offering a unique assortment of organic, non-GMO loose leaf teas, high prana cold raw juices and smoothies, the kitchen serves homemade desserts and delectables such as beet jerky and Thai zucchini noodles that come from their larger kitchen facility located a mile away. That’s where gourmet chefs create edible bliss. I welcomed some solo time when I accepted a bamboo tray holding a small dish of organic raw honey, a beautiful glass pot brimming with organic white tea, and a tri-colored sand timer to track my steep preference light, medium or strong. I took a seat at the luxurious cushioned banquet on the patio facing the garden and allowed my thoughts to drift. Visions of ashrams and yoga retreats in Thailand and India filled my mind. For a

… it is an environment that brings out the best in us mere mortals. moment, I had to remind myself that I was in Carbondale, Colorado – 170 miles west of Denver and 30 miles from Aspen in the heart of Colorado's stunning central Rocky Mountains. Eaden and Deva’s True Nature Healing Arts is as deeply considered and planned as their classes and spa offerings. From the materials and design incorporating feng shui principles, to the eco-friendly materials and solar panels, to the local artisan crafts and clothes they sell, Eaden and Deva’s healing space is both local and universal – helping all who enter it to connect to their higher selves and to others. Just who are these two beautiful people? They met in a sweat lodge—a sort of ancient steam bath. “There was a spark between us,” Deva shared. Later, she dreamt of him.

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Unbeknownst to her, Eaden had the same dream. “In my dream, he reached out his hand and asked, ‘May I have you?’” she said, smiling. Across the yoga spiral in the distance, I noticed an elderly woman as she walked the reflexology path and steadied herself with the railing. Across from me, two young lovers laughed and whispered as they sipped tea. Her answer was right there. *** True Nature Healing Arts 100 N 3rd Street, Carbondale, CO 970-963-9900

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Inner Critic: Friend or Foe? by Rebecca Wiederkehr “The only way to get through life is to laugh your way through it. You either have to laugh or cry. I prefer to laugh. Crying gives me a headache.” — Marjorie Pay Hinckley Our thoughts can challenge us with tough and critical questions and declarations such as, ‘Who do you think you are? You’ll never be able to make that happen. What were you thinking when you agreed to that? You’ll never amount to anything.’ These harsh messages sometimes seem to blare through our built-in loudspeaker.

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How does one quiet this inner critic and send it packing? And why does she visit so frequently? What is she trying to tell us? Our inner critic thinks she is helping and protecting us, but she usually arrives from fear. She wants to stop us so we won’t be hurt again. Instead of trying to push her out the door, we can instead become curious and try to remember the earliest times we first heard her messages. For many of us, we first met her around four or five years old when a caring adult or parent thought they were helping us. They unknowingly passed on their own fears. By staying curious and compassionate, we can keep ourselves from buying into negative messages. A helpful tool to find the true message is the Gestalt therapy empty chair technique. Start by placing two chairs so they face each other. Choose one chair for yourself, the other for your inner critic. Ask your critic questions such as, ‘What are you trying to tell me? What do you want for me? What do you want to accomplish?’ Then move to the critic’s chair and answer

the questions. Keep the dialogue going by moving back and forth between the chairs, allowing the dialogue to go deeper to find hidden gems. You may wish to record the conversation to discover how your inner critic is trying to protect you. You can also create this dialogue through journaling. A fun exercise involves giving our inner critic a nickname. When you hear her voice, call her by name and tell her to be quiet. We can also self-soothe by rubbing our arm and saying ‘I love you,’ anchoring an image of love and acceptance of our self while acknowledging to the critic that we are aware she is trying to help. Even though the inner critic tries to protect us, it is up to us to disrupt the cycle and reeducate. If we develop our inner detective and stay alert, we can break the critic cycle. Moving towards peace and wellness can be a strong motivator for taming our inner critic. Building a mindfulness practice can be the most important gift to our self to assist in staying aware of our critic. We can transform our critic from foe to friend. Taming and befriending her can be a healthy lifelong challenge. If we can laugh along with Marjorie Pay Hinckley, instead of crying, we’ll all enjoy life more.

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Healthy Living through All Life Stages

From left to right: Dr. Laura Eastep, Dr. Teresa Knight, Brandi O'Kelley, Deanna Woodroffe WHNP, Angela Misuraco WHNP. by Dr. Laura Eastep Women’s Health Specialists is a unique practice that focuses on empowering women in health and well-being. As female healthcare providers, we personally understand the integral role that nutrition and fitness play throughout all stages of life. From adolescence to childbearing years to menopausal transition, balanced nutrition and regular exercise play a vital role in decreasing stress and inflammation, improving sleep and mood, regulating hormones, maximizing fertility, and maintaining a healthy weight. As obstetric and gynecologic providers, we know that we are often the sole health care professionals that women regularly consult. We strive to integrate support and education with each visit on topics of maintaining optimal health and easing the many transitions of life. Nutrition and fitness play particularly important roles in pregnancy. Maintaining a balanced diet helps promote healthy pregnancy weight gain, may help improve pregnancy-related symptoms such as morning sickness, mood changes and fatigue, and reduces the risk of pregnancy-related complications such as high blood pressure or gestational diabetes. We work closely with patients to ensure they meet their nutritional requirements and are maintaining a healthy weight throughout. Regular exercise during pregnancy has been shown to decrease the complications of pregnancy and has the added benefit of decreasing stress, improving energy levels, and increasing stamina, which can be

invaluable in the labor and delivery process. We work with patients of all abilities and fitness levels to find an exercise program that is suited for them. Yoga in particular is an excellent choice for many pregnant women, as it increases strength and flexibility, relieves tension and anxiety and can be easily adapted to all fitness levels. Nutrition and fitness are critical in maintaining a normal hormonal balance and in decreasing inflammation — ­ both of which can play key roles in many common gynecologic conditions including endometriosis and infertility. In addition, we are especially cognizant of the physiologic and physical changes that occur during the premenopausal period and menopausal transition. We provide support and advice regarding lifestyle changes which can ease this sometimes difficult transition. Whether routine preventative care services for women, family planning, pregnancy care, gynecologic care or hormone replacement services, we are dedicated to providing the highest quality healthcare to the women of the St. Louis area. Location: 456 N. New Ballas Rd, Suite 386, Creve Coeur. Call 314292-7080 or visit for more information. Our office includes: Dr. Teresa Knight, Dr. Laura Eastep, Angela Misuraco WHNP, Deanna Woodroffe WHNP.

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Touch of Class Massage and Wellness Services No longer just for pampering

Massage therapy is no longer just a luxurious indulgence. It’s now a vital part of health care practices worldwide. This holistic therapy has positive effects on physical and mental health in addition to enhancing medical treatments. A professional massage has profoundly relaxing effects on the body and mind, but measurable physiological and psychological changes occur as well--especially when massage is used as preventative and continuous therapy. Positive effects can extend to one’s immune system, digestion, respiration, circulation, nervous system, muscle health and more. The atmosphere at Touch of Class Massage and Wellness Services (TOC) of Kirkwood is warm and welcoming, making it an ideal space for those who want to escape the stress of everyday life and experience hands-on therapeutic bodywork. The TOC therapists customize treatment plans to meet the needs of individual clients. TOC Owner Gavin Lyman, a licensed and certified massage therapist explains, “As a massage technique is applied, there is an increase in blood and lymphatic flow to bring oxygen and nutrients to the muscles to help eliminate acids and accumulated waste. It enhances the body’s natural ability to regenerate itself.” Lyman created a proprietary technique he calls Pure Flow Easlen Massage that has a calming Swedish effect with specific deep tissue applications. “It’s a treatment my clients ask for regularly,” he says.

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Partner and Licensed Massage Therapist Michele Adelman is known for dedicating special attention to relaxation techniques that restore and rejuvenate her clients. She shares, “Whether it’s a sports massage, myofacial release, energy work, meditative or traditional, no massage I give is the same. Each is uniquely tailored to the client’s needs.” Location: 325 North Kirkwood Rd. Ste. G-9, Kirkwood. More information at or call 314-677-8682.

Peter Goodman Returns to

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Peter Goodman, Certified Anusara® yoga teacher, RYT 500, and Co-Founder of The Bliss Brothers Yoga Peter has a playful spirit and loves to share this path of delight through his teaching of yoga. He has been practicing yoga for 20 years and has had the great honor and pleasure of travelling worldwide to study with many great yogis in many corners of the world. “LIGHT HEART TOUR”

Peter’s Upcoming Workshops:

Oct 17: Friday 6-8pm: Pathway to the heart: A potpourri of poses to open the heart as we work our way to this precious place inside. Cost per class: $40.00

Nov 21 and 22 - Waterford, Ireland

Oct 18: Saturday 9am - 12pm: Breath of the Heart: Working our way into bliss filled backbends. We will move energetically through the asana as we stoke the great fire pit of the heart. Cost per class: $50.00

End Jan 2015 various Ireland locations

Nov 23 - Cork, Ireland (details to be posted soon on

Oct 18: Saturday 2-5pm: Rhythm of the Heart: An afternoon of seated twists, forward bends, and hip openers. Cost per class: $50.00

April - Nov 2015 an Anusara Yoga Teacher Training 200 Hour YA and Anusara registered Training - Waterford, Ireland

Oct 19: Sunday 9am-12pm: The Heroic Heart: A morning practice of energetic arm balances, standing poses and inversions. Cost per class: $50.00

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Building a Network of Wellness Pros in St. Louis


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Aging All the Time How Will You Define It?

by Kim Frederick The reflection we see in the mirror changes minutely every day. Our feelings about these changes evolve as well. In our twenties, our skin renews itself monthly and has abundant collagen and elastin fibers. But, as time passes, cell turnover slows; the skin takes twice as long to renew itself; collagen and elastin levels decline. The result brings a dull complexion, wrinkles, enlarged pores and reduced firmness. The good news is that 80 percent of the effects of aging are within our control. World-renowned dermatologists, Drs. Katie Rodan and Kathy Fields, the creators of ProActiv® Solution, note that genetics are responsible for only 20 percent of how our skin ages. Their new company, RODAN + FIELDS®, is combatting aging the same way they fought acne. Their goal is to get clinically-based skincare to the masses without requiring a dermatologist visit or the use of prescription medications. Their skincare philosophy is

not about a single fad ingredient, but one of Multi-Med® Therapy, where combining tried and true ingredients with proven technologies and tools produce results. From decades as practicing dermatologists, they know what works and what doesn’t. The choices we make today will affect the way we look and feel tomorrow. To see real changes in our skin’s appearance, a comprehensive collection of skincare products can combat the visible signs of aging. Each of the following products is clinically proven and offers a 60-day, emptybottle, money-back guarantee: REDEFINE - visibly firms skin and reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles and enlarged pores. REVERSE - restores a bright, even complexion by clearing away brown spots, dullness and discoloration. SOOTHE - strengthens the skin’s natural moisture barrier, calms redness and reduces sensitive irritation.

UNBLEMISH - combines acne-fighting and lo-res skin-lightening medicines to clear skin, control oilhigher and kill bacteria. need Acute Care – proprietary overnight liquid cone technology offered as an alternative to painful injections. Fills wrinkles while you sleep without the use of needles. MACRO Exfoliator – hand-held tool reclaims skin’s radiant glow in five minutes, once per week, removing millions of dead skin cells. AmpMD System – one minute a day and its tiny micro needle tips condition the outer layer of skin, producing a firmer, youngerlooking appearance. For more information call Kim Frederick, independent consultant, at 314971-2273 or email

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Hormonal Difficulties and the HP Axis Unlocking Hormonal Mystery by Dr. Mark Schopp Women with hormonal challenges can experience a host of symptoms, including fatigue, inflammation, digestive problems, reduced libido, blood pressure problems, hot flashes, depression, insomnia and hair loss. In addition, reduced mental clarity, mood changes, night sweats, irregular cycles, weight gain and more symptoms can result as well. In the treatment of any hormonal problem, doctors must evaluate HP axis function and its possible effect on other aspects of the endocrine system. The HP axis is a major part of the neuroendocrine system that controls reactions to stress and regulates many body processes-including digestion, the immune system, emotions, sexuality, energy use and storage.

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The HP axis is comprised of the hypothalamus and pituitary. The hypothalamus secretes releasing hormones to the pituitary gland. In turn, the pituitary secretes what is known as stop-and-go hormones to the thyroid, adrenal, gonads, and mammary glands. This relationship between the glands also includes a feedback mechanism that allows each gland to deliver information to the hypothalamus and pituitary which then increases or decreases the amount of hormone released. It keeps the system regulated and stable. Stress can be a major contributor to hormone system disruption. Many patients are surprised to learn this system can also be compromised by skin care and cleaning products, lotions, fragrances and pesticides. Avoiding estrogen-containing products is important but can be problematic because this information is often not on ingredient lists. The challenge lies in only treating hormonal symptoms without correcting the problem. This can have a compounding effect. Many patients attempt to treat themselves and ultimately head in the wrong direction. This is often on the advice of well-meaning friends and family, discussion groups and social media advice. The goal of nutritional therapy is to use whole food products and herbs to give the body what it needs to heal itself. It goes deeper and beyond treating symptoms. The entire endocrine system works together and must be treated as whole--with the whole body in mind. Dr. Schopp is a Chiropractic Physician who specializes in nutritional therapy and acupuncture. His book, Pulling Yourself Out of the Pits of Life, includes the time that he was chronically ill and regained his health with Nutritional Therapy. This enabled him to go from barely being able to walk around the block to becoming an Ironman Triathlete in September of 2002. To schedule an appointment or speak with Dr. Schopp call 314-843-9355.

Access the Wisdom of Your Body by Becky Brittain Within its trillions of cells, your body contains a wealth of unique knowledge about you. What are your heart, body and gut saying to you right now about your real needs and current state of well-being or disease? Your body does not lie, so checkin and ask yourself, ‘What is it for me right now? What is my body’s sense of this?’ Sensing the bodily self is a lost art that helps us feel our breathing, movements, sensations, emotions and instincts. It’s possible to learn to access worlds of information by listening to your body sense, feeling your feelings and cultivating embodied self-awareness. I teach two courses at Washington University in somatic awareness. Students learn that body sensing yields valuable information which can be immediately applied to their health, life, relationships and career. Using this skill helps them better align body, mind and soul. Sadly, most of us are disconnected from our bodily wisdom and are only in touch with our minds, which frequently can lead us in circles. It is easy to get wrapped up in our thoughts, feel exhausted and be consumed by the digital world — which can increase our stress. Many people who exercise push their body, but don’t learn from it. They don’t consciously get in touch with their body’s specific needs and subtle messages for healing and rejuvenation. It is

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important to take the time to surrender the mind with its repetitive thoughts and explore cues coming from the many dimensions that comprise our full and authentic self. My body-centered approach, Embody your Greatness, offers coaching with somatic techniques and psychotherapy that teaches how to focus conscious attention on your bodily self and other multi-dimensional intelligences. The goal is self-exploration, creative insight and empowerment with cultivation of awareness of the present moment. You relax, breathe and focus within while receiving expert feedback. You access many layers of your being that express new beginnings or contain negative imprints from the past that need to be felt and released. This process helps you gain access to your bodily wisdom and feel more physically grounded and balanced in life. You can also experience the joy and peace of being in your own skin. I invite you to listen to your body and use its wisdom to open to your complete self. Dr. Becky Brittain is a body-centered psychotherapist, registered dance movement therapist and adjunct professor at Washington University who teaches somatic psychology. More information at

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Bras. Surely no clothing has received more attention. But bras and your health? Nearly four decades ago, Dr. George Goodheart discovered a small metal ball could be taped over an acupuncture point on the body and continue to stimulate as long as it remained in place. He found this long-term stimulation caused an imbalance in the energy of the organ associated with the point. It put the organ, or meridian (a path of flow for energy in the body), out of harmony with the rest of the body. The loss of harmony is the foundation of disease and this is where the bra becomes important. Studies have shown the less time a woman wears a bra, the fewer health problems she may have. The circulation of the lymph system can be inhibited by the constriction of a bar---especially one that’s too tight. The use of metal in underwire bras has caused concern regarding possible negative health effects. There’s no need to throw the baby out with the bathwater; One solution is to replace the metal wire with plastic to avoid electrical conduction. Replacement of the wire is simple: Cut a small hole in the fabric at the end point of the metal underwire and slide out the wire. Replace it with a similar size plastic wire and sew the hole shut. Plastic wires are available online at and other similar sites. Our health depends on our proactive resolve. The time and money we spend maintaining it pays great dividends in both the short- and long-term. To your health! 3023 N. Ballas Rd. • Building D • Suite 630 • St. Louis MO 63131


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Frustration abounds when we exercise regularly and eat healthfully yet see few results from our hard work. When flabby arms, back fat and love handles seem more like permanent residents than departing guests, motivation can wane. Many healthconscious people find themselves in this predicament and connect with a health coach to help them get unstuck. Together, we can find our best selves. Here are four common problem areas that tend to be responsible for lackluster results: Not challenging yourself enough If you’re hopping on the elliptical or treadmill to watch some HGTV until your 30 minutes goes by, or lifting 3-pound dumbbells and calling it strength training, you’re probably not pushing yourself hard enough. Our muscles need to be challenged and stressed (in a good way) in order to tone and burn fat. The solution: Hire a personal fitness trainer or find an experienced workout partner. Challenge yourself with interval and plyometric workouts and incorporate heavier weight lifting into your routine. Sabotaging yourself with food You burn a few hundred calories in the gym, but this doesn’t mean you can let loose for the rest of the day. I endorse occasional splurges and indulgences, but if you’re serious about losing fat and toning, caloric

restriction is needed. Cut back on pasta, bread and cookies. Focus on eating whole foods and making home-cooked meals. Nix the fast food and Frappuccino. Only doing cardio Cardio exercise alone will never get you the results you’re after. Many women are afraid to strength train because they don’t want to put on bulk, but strength training is the best way to become lean and toned. I was a long distance runner for years and never had defined abs or toned legs. Once I began a solid strength training plan, I started seeing muscle and tone. Don’t be afraid of the weight room – it’s a key to success. Something else is going on This is where things can get tricky. Many women are able to see results with a better workout plan or cleaner diet. But, sometimes this isn’t enough. There are several things that can inhibit results. I frequently recommend clients have their physician test for hormonal imbalances, thyroid issues and general bloodwork to ensure everything is normal. Once we know what’s going on in the body, we can work together to balance things with a holistic approach. For a free 50-minute consultation or for more information, visit, call 314-805-2246 or email HealthWithHope@

Thrive Counseling LLC Counseling and Yoga for Emotional Healing Kate Upshur, LCSW, RYT 200 provides counseling that helps people heal from emotional wounds of the past and release fear of the future. She uses a holistic approach, integrating the mind-body-spirit connection to help people cultivate peace of mind.

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Change Your Energy; Change Your Love Life

by Sandy Tomey Whether we realize it or not, we are continuously broadcast our ‘love energy’ to everyone around us. This love energy, or energetic vibration, consists of thoughts, attitudes, perceptions and beliefs we unconsciously hold about love and the amount of love we allow ourselves to experience. We attract people who reflect the same kind of energy back to us. There are ‘love lackers’, ‘love learners’ and ‘love luminaries.’ Love lackers often wonder why they remain single or believe ‘all the good ones are taken.’ In contrast, love learners have early success in relationships, but then potential mates disappear or something happens to sabotage the relationship. A love luminary is full of self-confidence and selflove and fully embraces life adventures. They practice unconditional love for themselves and those around them. Becoming a love luminary is vital to having a successful longterm marriage or partnership and is crucial to emotional and mental health. Whether single, divorced, in a relationship or married, we all could use more love in our lives. Here are five ways to help raise our energetic vibration and become a love luminary: Know thyself well What are your top five core values? Knowing what is important to you and ‘your truth’ is the first step to becoming a love luminary and manifesting this love to your spiritual partner. Let the past go Once and for all, drop the old baggage of past 24

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relationships and find the gift and purpose in every emotional pain and heartache you have endured. Stop blaming, criticizing and comparing and realize that forgiveness is the biggest gift you can give yourself. This can be a hard step, but it is critical. When you learn more about your love energy, you realize this step is easier than you thought possible. Love thyself well We sometimes forget that the relationship with ourselves is a primary relationship and the foundation of all other relationships. Delve into those old rules and lies we tell ourselves that keep love at bay, befriend your inner critic and let your self-love flourish. Learn the tools that will allow your emotional and physical energy to thrive. Create a Life Vision Project Whether it be a vision board, list of nonnegotiable qualities, or soul collage cards, listen deeply to your inner wisdom and create an outward manifestation of the love relationship you deeply desire. Be grateful and be love Acknowledge the good in your life in the present moment and you will find ways to bring more of that into your life tomorrow. Be the love that you want to find, share the gifts that only you can share and open your heart to abundant love. If you would like to change your energy and change your love life, the journey starts with knowing where you are right now. For a free love energy quiz, visit




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Overlook Farm in Clarksville A place to rejuvenate the body and mind

by Gayle Wilson

“There’s more to life than increasing its speed.”- Gandhi – a lovingly restored 1860s estate – sparkle with antique furnishings Yoga helps us slow down and reconnect to ourselves, but finding a and in-room fireplaces. The Avalon House is a fully furnished fourplace for a yoga retreat can increase our mental and financial stress bedroom home with breathtaking views overlooking the Mississippi instead of lessening it. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be this way. River. A cozy cottage perched above the meadows of Overlook Planning a yoga retreat or special celebration doesn’t require traveling is an intimate space for a bridal couple to get away. The numerous the globe and emptying our wallets to get to distant destinations. accommodation options fit the style and size preferences of the most Overlook Farm offers rejuvenation for body, mind and spirit just 75 discerning groups – whether it’s a few people miles north of St. Louis in Clarksville, Missouri. staying for a weekend or a wedding banquet for This incomparable retreat destination features Overlook Farm at a Glance 300 guests at Avalon Hall. award-winning inns, farm-to-table restaurants 500 guest capacity and spectacular event venues. 327 acres of land After a fire in the spring of 2014 gutted much 90 minutes from St. Louis of Overlook’s restaurant space, Owner Nathalie The trip to Overlook is a delight in itself. 26 hoop houses Pettus and her crew created even better dining Rail lines that parallel Highway 79 leading to 17 fireplaces and outdoor fire pits options. Covered open spaces invite guests to Clarksville suggest a nearly bygone era. The partake in seasonally inspired dishes sourced surrounding corn fields and distant hills hint 10 oversized Jacuzzi tubs from the farm itself or from local farmers. Pettus of the relaxation to come. On arrival, one feels 8 ponds speaks passionately about her work: “We are a as if they might have stepped back in time as 7 fountains and waterfalls sustainable farm that follows organic practices. farmhands dressed in traditional Amish clothes 5 greenhouses But we aspire to be more than that. We aren’t and hats tend to organic plantings in Overlook’s 4 inns content to just sustain; we want to optimize the 26 hoop houses as their nearby horse and buggy land and the entire venue.” As the fifth generation await patiently. 1 unforgettable experience land owner, she pays homage to her great-greatgrandfather who nurtured the land and the next generation who Overlook spans 327-acres of rolling hills and ponds; its made it a prosperous apple orchard. accommodations were designed with comfort and privacy in mind. Cedarcrest Manor – the oldest Missouri inn – and Rackheath House 26

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Avalon Hall at Overlook Farm

Cedarcrest Manor at Overlook Farm

Overlook’s Event Director Bethany Fox shares, “The way we care for the land, grow the food and appoint the inns makes this a perfect destination for yoga retreats and special event gatherings where guests can connect and rejuvenate.” Event coordinators tailor every detail of group gatherings to ensure an outstanding experience, even arranging for a yoga instructor to lead a group. Fox smiles when she says, “Guests often ask before arriving at Overlook, ‘What will we do there? How will we pass the time?’ Once they arrive, they sigh with relief and share, ‘Just being immersed in this beauty is enough.’” The new spa house the Overlook crew is constructing will further complement yoga retreats. As Gandhi reflected, life can indeed be enhanced by decreasing its speed. Reaching your own state of enlightenment has never been so accessible and Overlook Farm in Clarksville is just the place to do it. For more information about reserving a yoga retreat or special event at Overlook Farm, visit their website at Overlook Farm 901 South Hwy 79 Clarksville, MO 63336 573-242-3838

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Debra O’Bryan, owner and operator of online yoga studio, loves practicing her art. Offering mobile yoga classes that yogis of all ages can take on the road is her passion. One of her students, Heather, a devoted yogi who has passed the art form down to her kids, thoroughly enjoys the online yoga concept. Heather’s daughter Sara, a swimmer at Lee’s Summit High School, has gained strength and muscle due to her sport, so she likes being able to add yoga to her swimming routine anytime she wants. She often practices yoga at the end of a long day to relax before bedtime. Heather’s son Jason also likes the increased flexibility and mobility that yoga gives him for his baseball practice. “My kids want to be healthier because they have seen me do this practice at home for months,” says Heather. “I feel better and I am stronger. I can get on my computer and have it available anytime I want. I like the variety it provides, too. I can do an easy stretch yoga class after sitting at my desk all day to a full-blown Hatha class to build muscle and set the tone of my day. It never gets boring.” Heather says she’ll practice yoga for the rest of her life because of Joyful Breath. She adds, “And I plan on having more life to live because of it.” Visit to see for yourself all they have to offer. More than 300 online yoga videos are available as well as online streaming during live class time. It’s the perfect way to pursue your love of yoga in the comfort of your own home when the time fits your schedule. Feel the joy!


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by Katie Kelly Yoga has evolved over centuries. Having traveled from its ancient roots in India all the way to the western world, yoga has meandered into a multitude of lineages. At Shanti Yoga, located in the heart of Maplewood, the approach is one of paying homage to the roots of this ancient tradition. Built on the foundation that yoga should be accessible to every-body, this down-to-earth studio embraces the diversity within the practice and offers classes for students new and old alike. Shanti Yoga got its start from a GoFundMe campaign entitled, “Ghetto To Fab” in which the studio made a promise of going from nothing-to-something in the most sustainable and up-cycled fashion possible. The owner’s passion for sustainability draws from her background in agriculture in which she combines with yoga to integrate her love of health in both forms of human and plant life. Health really begins with the food we eat and the environment in which we are surrounded by. Humans, just like plants, need healthy soil in which to plant roots; that is exactly

what Shanti Yoga is, a nourishing ground in which to plant roots. Shanti Yoga was built from the ground up by a group of volunteers who donated their time installing sustainable bamboo flooring, painting walls with leftover colors, wiring lighting from demolished properties, and connecting with the community through the “free” ads on Craigslist. The studio embraces the beauty in revealing what is already there, the light that shines within.

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Sumits Yoga: The Practice Doesn’t Change, But You Do. Sumit Banerjee, founder of Sumits Yoga in Chesterfield believes the healing of the mind is the greatest benefit of yoga. The positive impact yoga has on one's body and health is a bonus. Banerjee’s practice and teachings span various yoga styles, including Bikram and Vinyasa. His sequence and style reinforce his primary objective of helping others realize the powerful wellness benefits of yoga, including a stronger, toned and more flexible body and an improved state of mind that encourages relaxation, self-acceptance and awareness. Classes at Sumit’s Yoga flow to music through a sequence of balancing and energizing asanas, or poses, in a heated practice environment. Though classes are designed to optimize physical health by waking and energizing the entire body, they stress the greatest benefit comes from healing the mind. “The simple pleasure and self-reward that comes from quieting our minds, listening to each breath and honoring where our bodies are in stillness or movement cannot be measured. We do not measure a yoga practice by how many perfectly aligned poses you can perform,” Banerjee asserts, “but by how deeply you can immerse yourself inwards.” He reflects how a simple downward

dog can be felt so differently by any student on any given day and still provide a feeling of connection, balance and satisfaction. “This is the beauty of yoga that awaits every student who is ready to let go of ego and listen to one’s own deeper wisdom.” Sumits Yoga encourages all students of all levels to begin and maintain a consistent practice regardless of the preferred style. Banerjee shares, “Classes offer benefit regardless of how far or deep you reach. As long as you feel it and are breathing calmly, you’re practicing correctly.” The body protects itself from injury during physical exertion by generating heat inside the muscles. When the heat is present upfront like in a hot yoga space, the body is protected even further. All SumitsYoga classes are practiced in a heated environment. Location: 17668 Chesterfield Airport Rd., Chesterfield. For more information, visit or call 636-536-3799. Facebook: Sumits Hot Yoga St. Louis

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Start Burning At Burn 1000, certified personal trainer, running coach and fitness professional, Liane Levy, knows how to push the limits for the ideal workout. Originally from South Africa, Liane Levy, owner and operator at BURN 1000 in Town & Country, Missouri, knows the perfect recipe for workouts that give results. With more than 17 years in personal training and fitness coaching, Liane has worked with professional athletes such as former Rams player and future hall-of-famer Isaac Bruce. Not only does she design and customize 5k, 10k, half and full marathon programs, she is also an avid strength-trainer and believes that your body is your temple – and should be treated as such. “What we put in, is what we’ll get out”.

BURN 1000 is the ultimate workout incorporating cardio, flexibility, strength, core and functional training all in one action-packed hour to upbeat and energizing music for an overall experience.

A typical class at BURN 1000 consists of a group of 24, with half on treadmills and half starting with floor exercises - all in time with upbeat music. Speed changes and incline levels add the perfect amount of resistance to keep the heart rate accelerated. Alternating between 5-, 10- or 15-minute intervals, those on treadmills switch to weights and vice versa. Strength-training may consist of variations of functional and compound movements using weights or resistance bands that change every 30 seconds to two minutes. By combining interval, functional, core and athletic-based training into a one-hour, high-intensity, high-energy session, participants can fire up their internal furnaces and burn up to 1,000 calories. Research shows exercising at inclines of 18 degrees or more triples the number of calories burned from fat. “This is a place where people come to work — a place where clients are honest about their capabilities,” says Jean, an avid BURN 1000 enthusiast. “The coaches at BURN 1000, including Chris and Liane, are rock stars. They push clients, and make them want to push themselves. “I am constantly challenging myself and doing more than I ever expected. These classes will test one’s mental toughness! Whether you’re 16 or 60 (like me), if you are serious about changing your life for the better, BURN 1000 will help you get there. I love every workout!” For more information on how to start burning, visit or call 636-220-1010. BURN 1000 1036 Town & Country Crossing Dr. Town and Country, MO 63017

October Events and Special Offers: Free trial workout (first-timers only) for the month of October 2014 (excludes 90 minute classes); BURN-for-the-PINK Special $99 for 30 days unlimited. Available during the week of October 20-26. (Consecutive. No holds/freezes) BURN-for-the-PINK - a charity BURN-a-Thon benefitting Gateway to Hope for Breast Cancer awareness month. October 25 & 26. Minimum donation of $25 to participate in a class. All proceeds will go to GTH. DIMVALOO Trunk Show at BURN 1000. October 25 & 26, 2014.

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Bigger Is Often Not Better

As I walk through the mall, attend a professional business event, visit a fabulous local restaurant or dress for a black-tie affair, I notice a common thread: men wearing clothing that is too large for them.

‘Men need Style too! Don’t be afraid to look good!’

Jill Pagano Men’s Image Consultant/ Personal Shopper


There are several reasons for this: • Buying off the rack is difficult because body type must fit within the sizes listed: 15.5/32 and 17/34 for example. This is only the neck and sleeve measurement; it does not account for shoulders, chest, waist, hip, or even the length of the shirt. One must sacrifice fit in order to fit in the off-the-rack shirts. • Men are not interested and/or are uneducated. Most men do not have the time nor the desire to research and understand the importance of fit. • Men think larger clothes hide their ‘real estate’ (i.e. tummy/love handles.) Women can relate and unfortunately often make the same mistake. Simply put, larger clothes make you look bigger (and not in a good way)! BEFORE



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This is one of my favorite examples of ‘bigger is not better’! Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I often show this beforeand-after to my clients at our initial meeting. It clearly shows the extreme of a poorly-fitted shirt versus a custom-fitted one. Many men I meet wear oversized, extra-large, puffy, saggy shirts in an attempt to appear bigger. As a personal stylist, I have learned that men like women who are self-conscious about their body and truly want to look their best, but they unfortunately have been misguided or are simply in the dark. Thin, smaller guys often wear larger clothes because they think it makes them appear bigger. Sturdy guys wear big clothes because they think it hides their issues. As you

see in the picture of the client in the blue shirt, wearing an oversized shirt makes him appear sloppy, unprofessional and even frail. In the image with the red shirt, the client appears strong, professional and confident. To achieve this look, a slender guy must wear a proper-fitting shirt to make him appear more masculine; a sturdy guy wearing a proper-fitting shirt will have a slimming effect! BEFORE


I love this before and-after because it truly focuses on the fit. The differences are subtle, but the impact is clear. A U.K. research study of more than 300 adults (men and women) had them look at images for just 3 seconds before making quick judgments. After a 3-second exposure, people judged the man more favorably in the fitted/tailored suit. They rated him as more confident, successful, flexible and as a higher earner than when he was shown in an equivalent suit that was ill-fitting.

What a gorgeous combination of Fit and Style! Don’t be afraid to look good!

Style Matters, Jill Pagano, 314-494-1806

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Shopping #1 Salon Antebellum Whether you are looking to gift or pamper yourself or another this holiday season, Salon Antebellum has all the beauty products you need. Holiday specials are bundled together for Sexy savings! Brands from Sexy Hair, TIGI Cosmetics, Deva Curl and much more. Call (314) 849-1115 today and mention this ad for a complimentary blowout with Shayla or Sara. #2 Give the Spa Enthusiast a Unique Spa Service Aquarius Wellness has unique spa services not found in most St. Louis spas. Let your spa enthusiast choose the service they want with an Aquarius Wellness gift card. Purchase in any denomination. (314) 645-7643 #3 Ladue Pharmacy This one-stop shop for all your gift-giving ideas carries Frasier Fir Holiday Wick Candles for that special someone. Visit or call (314) 993-4031. #4 Sandi Russe Jewelry and Samantha’s Other Place Sandi Russe, owner of Sandi Russe Jewelry and Samantha’s Other Place salon, offers a wonderful variety of gifts for your loved one. Visit or call (314) 725-8711. #5 What better gift than a yoga class gift card? Contact these locations for great gifts: • Practicing Yoga - (314) 399-0491 • Valley Vinyasa - (314) 753.3661 • Sumits Hot Yoga - (636) 536-3799 • Bikram Hot Yoga - (314) 644-2226 • Joyful Breath Yoga - • Thrive Counseling LLC - (314) 684-9481 • Blue Bird Yoga - (636) 493-9293

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Shopping #2 Awaken Whole Life Give the gift of rest and relaxation this holiday season! Treat that special someone to a weekend getaway to Awaken Whole life Center; for rest and relaxation of the body, mind and spirit. Visit #3 WaveShield Cellular Protection – a great stocking stuffer! Technology is here to stay. There is mounting scientific evidence in favor of protecting our health, especially our children and teens from EMF radiation.WaveShield provides a breakthrough in Cell Phone Safety. Stay connected and protected. Easy, Affordable ($20 - $25) protection for you and your family. Why take a chance?


#4 A Look For You For haircolor enthusiasts on your holiday shopping list, head to A Look for You in St. Charles, Missouri. They offer REDKEN Chromatics, perfect for a stocking stuffer. Call (636) 946-8611 or visit #5 Practicing Yoga Several gifts available to set your yoga lover up this holiday season. Pictured: two styles of women's tanks, man's tank, tote bag, gift certificates in any denomination, and the ultimate gift of all - a trip to Bali. Practicing Yoga Studio, 5755 Chippewa, St.Louis MO 63109


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by Kate Upshur In the busy holiday season, it may seem no matter how much we do, it is never enough; all we want is to rest and enjoy the season. This restless dissatisfaction may lead to a rush to accomplish just one more errand or the desire for that extra cookie. We think that these things will protect us from uncomfortable feelings, but they lead to more discomfort. That extra cookie leads to regret and extra calories; the extra errand leads to feelings of exhaustion. Happily, there is a way out of this cycle. Just as we can never appreciate the beauty of a rose if we don’t visit the garden, we can never appreciate the peace of stillness if we don’t take time to observe it. With practice, we can become more accustomed to pausing our busy lives and connecting with the stillness that lies beneath the fray. Many people who practice meditation notice that over time they develop a calm awareness that becomes accessible even in times of stress. When this awareness is brought to even the most difficult feelings, it can help us release the thoughts and stories that perpetuate discomfort. If this sounds counter-intuitive, consider that the greatest gift we can give anyone is our presence-- to be witness to our experiences. In my counseling practice, I often see how healing this type of presence can be; it is one reason I love what I do. The practice of mindfulness is to give the gift of presence to ourselves. As our mindfulness practice becomes more habitual, we are able to rediscover self-love and a resilient heart. From this place, we can experience a sense of stillness and calm, even in the midst of busy holiday schedules. Kate Upshur is a licensed clinical social worker, registered yoga teacher and owner of Thrive Counseling, LLC, in Webster Groves More information at, or by calling 314-684-9481.


Girlfriend Getaway at Lococo House When women gather for a special overnight or weekend getaway, something magical happens. Time with girlfriends has a calming effect that helps us cope with stress and extends our lives. These special relationships shape who we are and who we will become. Lococo House Bed and Breakfast in St. Charles offers the perfect opportunity to reconnect and refresh these important bonds. Whether your getaway involves enjoying a cozy home space with food and conversation or you plan a whole weekend of scrapbooking, reading or shopping, Lococo can design the ideal gathering. Massages and manicures can be arranged if pampering is the goal. Waking to a delicious home-cooked breakfast makes it feel like home, but without the work. If you want to get out and about, Lococo’s shuttle can get you around town as a group. Proprietor Rhona Lococo explains, “We load up the girls in our shuttle van and they shop until they nearly drop. There’s no time limit, so when the group finds a good one, they can linger.” She adds, “The bargain-hunting is fun, especially when we return with the shuttle full of packages and laughter.” The benefits of pressing a pause button on the relentless pace of our modern lives are great and Lococo House B&B is an ideal way to achieve it. “When guests depart, they often comment they are returning to reality,” Lococo shares. “Creating a memorable escape is so rewarding.”

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Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya

by Emma Frey

Travel to this Mexican oasis and uncover the secrets behind its Rock music-infused resort and spa We all love spa treatments, don’t we? I mean, entering into a state of complete relaxation and bliss is something we all hope to achieve at some point during our lives. Most spa treatments consist of the usual facial and massage, with maybe a salt scrub or something of the like included. But, perhaps there’s something more that can be done to the regular spa treatment. Hard Rock Hotel’s newest brainchild—the Rock Spa’s Rhythm and Motion menu—introduces the first spa that incorporate the rhythms of music into the experience.

At Rock Spa, the world’s first fully-immersive music-centric spa, the use of vibrations, patterns and pressure takes the regular spa experience to a whole new level. Within each massage table, hidden speakers provide bass vibrations that ripple through the bed in synchronization to a playlist created by the Hard Rock manager that, somehow, perfectly matches the treatment. This allows your body to become one with the selected soundtrack. The Synchronicity treatment, for example, begins with a choice of essential oils designed to reduce stress, ease muscle tension or detoxify. Then the music begins. From the first notes felt the stress begin to melt away; by the time we’d moved into the 40

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next song, the rhythmic technique had lulled me into a state of bliss that I’d only heard about. At nearly two hours long, the Wrap Remix is the ultimate healing experience. It begins with a clean single shot of ginger tea, which jumpstarts the detox process, followed by a brisk, rhythmical dry brushing to remove dead skin cells. After a detoxifying wrap to nourish the skin, a 50-minute rhythm and motion massage nourishes the soul. Afterwards, a cool shot of Rock Spa® Detox Tea is served, to keep guests in a state of bliss even longer. But music isn’t the only song on Rock Spa’s playlist. Sweetgrass, which has long been heralded for its therapeutic and cleansing properties, has been integrated into nearly every phase of the spa, from the warm aroma that enveloped me when I entered the exotic, fountain-filled space to a Sweetgrass-filled wrap that warmed my neck and shoulders as I relaxed before my treatment. And , like the Sweetgrass baskets used throughout the spa, woven from strands that gain strength as they’re braided together, Rock Spa’s experience comprises individual elements melded together to create a unique, multi-sensory experience.

At Rock Spa, the world’s first fully-immersive music-centric spa, the use of vibrations, patterns and pressure takes the regular spa experience to a whole new level. Then there are the therapists. Although these women spoke only stilted English, the way they were still able to communicate through the work of their hands made me aware that these talented Latino ladies knew their art. The spa itself contributed to my transformation from stressed-out editor to contented soul. When I entered it for the first time, I felt as though I had just arrived at a sacred location in India. From the gold and purple hues on the walls to the luxurious gold filigree curtains, this space was the epitome of an Eastern Indian vibe. The smell of warm Sweetgrass immediately put me at ease while the sound of fountains cleared the unwanted mess of thoughts from my mind. I was greeted with a warm neck compress filled with Sweetgrass and a glass of chlorophyll water which jumpstarts the body’s detoxication process. I was utterly and completely at ease in the tranquil environment. Each level of my massage treatments were executed with care and such dedication to the art. My mind was taken out of its stressful state and brought to a place of peace and contentment. It was a beautiful thing. The resort was composed of two “sides”—the Heaven side (where I stayed) which caters to adults, and the Hacienda side which is family-friendly. The décor and environment in Heaven was clean, classy and chic, including memorabilia from pop stars such as Elvis, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Elton John. Hacienda, on the other hand, had a warmer, more cultural vibe, and included terracotta colors and kidfriendly activities. The rooms in Heaven boast oversized bathrooms; and ocean views from private verandas set with hammocks. Rock-inspired décor like framed sheet music on the walls completely transforms them into havens fit for rock stars. Heaven also offered a nightclub complete with a built-in pool to add sizzle and spice to the evening—and, since it says open until 3am, the early morning hours as well. Fog machines, strobe lights, endless pop music and multiple bars make it clear that this is Rock heaven—fit for the wild-atheart. And although Hard Rock encourages visitors to “Live Hard”, they further encourage spa-goers to “Purify Harder”, and with spa treatments like the ones they offer, it’s not hard to accomplish. Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya Carretera Cancun-Chetumal Km. 72, 77710 Puerto Aventuras, QROO, Mexico +52-984-875-1130 Yoga & Spa Magazine • Fall 2014


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4 Great Fall Getaways

This fall season, take a trip to one of these destinations for some muchneeded rest and rejuvenation. AWAKEN WHOLE LIFE CENTER


(855) 364-2022 | Located in Kansas City, Missouri, Awaken Whole Life Center is the essence of tranquility and mental cleansing. Offerings such as massage, counseling, spa services and integrative medicine make Awaken the perfect place for a total body transformation.

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Nurture yourself at Halcyon Spa, located in the quaint town of Augusta, Missouri. The attentive and knowledgable staff will make sure your spa time is nothing but relaxing and rejuvenating. Services include: Massage, bodywork, yoga and nails. They offer a B&B for those who want to stay an extra day to recharge.



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Spend two nights (Sun-Thurs) and receive a gift certificate for two entrees and two glasses of wine at the nearby Grafton winery. Keep the wine glass as a souvenir. Room rates from $129-$145 plus tax and include homemade afternoon snacks and a home-cooked breakfast.

Nestled among the wooded cliffs in Elsah, Illinois, lies The Green Tree Inn - home to some of the best home-cooked meals imaginable. This delightful and charming B&B offers five rooms, each decorated in a bird theme. Connie and Gary Davis make this your next home away from home.



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Self-care Is Rarely Selfish by Marilyn Eagen Most people who struggle with the question of self-care seeming selfish are, by nature, givers. Like first putting on your own oxygen mask in an airplane emergency, the more we practice self-care, the more we are able to aid others. As we maneuver through the day, we can sense when we are around someone who feels drained, exhausted or angry. In contrast, it feels good to be around people who are peaceful and calm. This energy work is reciprocal and functions as a positive feedback loop. When we put a small amount of time or thought into feeling good and having our energy system in balance, that positive energy spreads to those around us. While it seems like a simple concept, the challenge is finding what works for us as individuals. For some people, the answer can be mediation or prayer. For others, it can be a run or a stroll in nature. Whatever action we are inspired to make that improves the way we feel also empowers us to help others. I learned hard lessons by trying to ‘fix’ my children or friends who wanted help. It didn’t work for any of us. After burning energy worrying, doing things for them, or trying to change them, I realized that the only person I could change was myself. I began to

make changes in my life, doing things that felt good to me. I stopped pushing myself and others. That’s when things got better for my entire family. I spent time learning energy work, practicing it for a few minutes every day and ensured I made time for other enjoyable pursuits as well. What perhaps appeared to others as selfish behavior, was actually the opposite. By caring for myself and getting my own energy system in balance, my physical health improved and so did my family life. Caring for myself turned out to be the best gift I could give. I’ve noticed about 99 percent of the time, what people mistakenly see as selfish behavior is actually self-care that empowers the individual to help more people. It’s selfcare that enables them to live their own life purpose. Marilyn Eagen is a fulltime energy medicine practitioner and certified life coach. For more information and for simple ways to practice self-care, visit

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The Restaurant at The Cheshire In this issue, we’re giving a shout-out to The Cheshire Complex. We had the pleasure of hosting our Spring Hot Off The Press Party at The Cheshire on April 22. More than 60 people enjoyed delicious hors d'oeuvres prepared by Executive Chef Rex Hale at the issue launch party. The Cheshire has two award-winning dining experiences under one roof, including The Restaurant at The Cheshire and Basso. The Restaurant at The Cheshire

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The Restaurant at The Cheshire serves classic American fare prepared by Executive Chef Rex Hale. The Restaurant’s mission is to present a seasonally inspired menu that changes daily and celebrates the bounty of flavors and fresh produce in the St. Louis community. Menu favorites include the Seafood Cobb salad, Maine Sea Scallops paired with Sweet Corn, Squash Blossoms and Smoked Bacon Risotto and Smoked Beef Brisket with BerryChile and White Cheddar Grits. The beautiful scenery is almost as good as the food! With an impressive climate-controlled wine wall housing a variety of wines and a cozy stone fireplace The Restaurant is the perfect place to drink a glass of wine and treat yourself to a delicious meal to warm up on a brisk fall day. Open Saturday and Sunday for brunch – dinner, Tuesday and Thursday for lunch – dinner, and Monday for lunch. Holiday Parties and Gatherings at The Cheshire Complex The Cheshire has many great venue choices perfect to impress your guests during the holiday season. Whether it is a small gathering, large holiday party or business conference, The Cheshire Complex offers the ideal venue for your next event. For a cozy space for your private dining experience, The Red Room at The Restaurant can accommodate 50 people for a seated dinner and up to 70 people for a reception style event. If your event calls for a larger space, The Upstairs at The Cheshire is an excellent option. We love this private event space on the second floor with a stunning vaulted ceiling. It is unlike any other venue in St. Louis. To see a full list of spaces and to learn more information about booking an event at The Cheshire please email Mary Beth Moellering at or call 314.932.7863. The Restaurant at The Cheshire is located at 7036 Clayton Ave. For more information please visit

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Life-Saving Mammograms Now in 3D Your breasts aren’t two-dimensional, so your mammogram shouldn’t be either.

helps doctors find smaller cancers sooner – especially in dense breast tissue.

Doctors at Missouri Baptist’s Breast HealthCare Center can now examine breast tissue layer-by-layer, looking for signs of cancer, in a way never before possible.

It allows doctors to examine breast tissue one layer at a time, versus in 2D where overlapping tissue can make it difficult to see signs of early cancer.

Missouri Baptist is one of only a few hospitals in Missouri to offer 3D mammography. This technology was approved by the FDA in 2011 and published studies show that breast cancers are often better seen in 3D because of improved resolution and visualization.

It’s proven to reduce call-back visits for additional testing when results have been unclear, because with 3D, doctors have the ability to more clearly see fine details.

Geoffrey Hamill, MD, section chiefmammography and breast imaging at Missouri Baptist’s Breast HealthCare Center said, “Since we began offering 3D screening mammograms, our cancer detection rate has increased as has our ability to identify smaller cancers. 3D mammography represents the new standard in breast imaging.” Benefits of 3D imaging include: Finding cancers in the earliest stages increases survival rates. The 3D technology


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Missouri Baptist is renovating its Breast HealthCare Center to make the already highly-rated patient experience even better. The project is scheduled for completion in early 2015. Visit Missouri Baptist’s website at BreastHealthCare for more information and to view a brief video featuring Dr. Hamill discussing 3D mammography. 3D is an optional, additional study women may choose to add at the time of their screening mammogram. To schedule your 3D mammogram, call 314-996-5170.


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Tessa's Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle by Tessa Greenspan

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Find a Workout You Actually Enjoy

Reverse the signs of aging from the inside out.

Exercise improves your mood and sleep quality, helps you maintain a healthy weight and more. Yoga is one of the best workouts for mind and body, although there are many other options to consider. At minimum, walk daily.

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Drink More Water It can help you lose weight and improve your mood. To drink more, try adding flavored liquid stevia to your water. A lemon slice can also add flavor and balance your PH. Stand More Increasing amounts of research are finding the more time you log planted in a chair, the higher your risk of suffering from obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Even scarier, this holds true whether you work out regularly or not. Add more movement to your daily routine. Imbibe in Moderation Don’t disregard this one. The U.S. dietary health guidelines suggest consuming no more than seven drinks a week and no more than three in one day: Regularly drinking more than this can lead to both minor health issues such as low energy and blotchy skin to major problems such as stroke, cancer and organ failure. Love Your Body Notice I didn’t say, ‘when you reach your goal weight’ or ‘if you've got a great figure.’ The truth is, your body does lots for you, even if you're not thrilled with every aspect of it. Learn how to appreciate the body you have now. You'll be so much happier and healthier for it. Learn How to Cook a Few Delicious, Healthy Dishes Research shows that if you enjoy the food you're eating, it’s much easier to stick with a healthy-eating plan—whether it's designed for weight loss or just overall wellness. So, get cooking! Practice Mindfulness There are times when we want to zone-out. But mindfulness has been associated with lower stress levels, extra brainpower and other positive side effects (such as not eating a whole bag of chips without even realizing it.) Become more mindful when eating. Avoid Harmful Chemicals There is inconclusive evidence about the long-term effects of exposure to various chemicals, including BPA. But it's best not to take unnecessary health risks. For a list of the things to watch for in products, contact me for my ‘Dirty Dozen’ list. Email: 48

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Y&S Interview

The Integrative Medicine Specialist Dr. Garrett G. Sullivan MD, Board Certified in Family Medicine, sits down with Y&S Magazine and touches on the topic of Integrative Medicine.

Y&S: What is integrative medicine/functional medicine and how are they different from primary care? GS: Integrative medicine is a type of general primary care, one that emphasizes wellness in all aspects of an individual—body, mind and spirit. Integrative medicine as a practice attempts to draw from the best of both the conventional, as well as the complementary & alternative medical worlds. An integrative medicine provider will try to partner with patients to help them navigate through the patients’ own preferences toward healing. Functional medicine can be considered within the context of integrative medicine. It also is a type of general primary care, one that approaches patient support and understanding from a more “functional” perspective. It works to clarify that all of the individual’s essential needs are provided, and the individual in turn can accomplish all of the tasks required of him or her to maintain vitality and viability in today’s world. It is a personalized, evidence-based, biomedical approach to fundamental health and wellness. Y&S: How do infusions help patients? What is the main reason someone would have an infusion?


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GS: Infusions can provide immediate nutritional support, useful for certain individuals and certain situations. For the most part, Dr. Sullivan uses diet and over-the-counter nutritional support recommendations for his patients, but in some cases, infusions can jump start replacement efforts when more immediate repletion is warranted. Y&S: Are there essential elements to health that are not necessarily physically related? (such as spirit, mindfulness, etc…) GS: Living systems exist in the “excited state” and as such, can be considered full of energy, constantly drawing from and sharing this energy with the world around them. Questions regarding where ultimately this energy comes from and how we are to engage with it, quickly leads one into the spiritual realm. There is an energetic buoyancy captured within our elements, and can be considered what makes us living. It is important to recognize and promote this energetic side of our reality in any way that we can! Y&S: What are Dr. Sullivan’s specialties, and how does he work with patients? GS: Dr. Sullivan is a specializing generalist, well-versed in general metabolism. No matter what someone may be dealing with

medically, any physical symptom or diagnosis can simply be viewed as an expression arising out of an imbalance or lack among the only few dozen essential ingredients absolutely required by the individual to function properly. He keeps it very basic, uses the lab to clarify patient’s personal deficiencies or excesses (measuring for example the essential vitamins, minerals, neurotransmitters, hormones, enzymes, etc.), and then helps guide individuals to use that native elemental infrastructure to promote optimal human functioning. Y&S: What would a typical appointment with Dr. Sullivan be like? GS: The first visit with an individual is for information gathering with a typical consultation lasting a couple hours. After a sharing in the story of what is going on, the patient will typically be sent to the lab to clarify further how the circumstance may have taken hold in their physical frame of existence. A follow-up is then arranged to review the laboratory data and organize a personalized support plan. Once the essential material requirements absolutely required for the individual to work properly are accounted for, symptoms may simply drift away, but any avenue of support the individual may thereafter entertain to attend to their disturbance should hold more promise and effect.

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