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Volume 8, Issue 4 Ralph Turney Chief Visionary/Principal Stacy Oliver Neal Publisher Elizabeth Diebold Editor in Chief elizabeth@yogaspamag.com

Optimal Living One of the key benefits to optimal health is the ability to live a more full and productive life. For some this may feel a daunting task, but living your optimal lifestyle is attainable. The key is to do your inner work first. What is inner work? It is the work of changing your inner belief system, of healing your wounds. Doing inner work is hard because it is emotional work, but it is the most important work we can do. To succeed we must stop avoiding our emotions. We must stop running from the whip of fear and chasing the carrot of desire. Pushing forward in survival mode will not bring more money or more harmony. My experience has been that avoiding or pushing only increases disharmony and creates more problems. Decisions made out of desperation will always lead to more drama and chaos. Stopping our activity until we get centered, letting go and working on our inner peace will always lead to healthy, creative ideas and solutions. There is no way around the emotional work if you truly want to change your life. We can’ t change any problems in our life with the same level of consciousness we had when we created the problems. Most believe that if we are working hard our reward will be time to exercise, eat right and enjoy life. The truth is, the better we care for our emotional life (our inner life) the easier it is to make money, attract healthy relationships and enjoy life. Work is no longer a four-letter word. It becomes pleasure. Living life becomes a joy. Optimal living is simple. Love yourself and take good care of your inner well being first, then you will have the energy and wisdom to create your optimal life. Time expands and so will your life. This is hard to believe, I know, because we were taught things like“work hard and then play hard.”You have to have money to make money.”“They come from money, so it is easy for them.” These are all messages we can change. We can live in full responsibility. We can take control of our life by letting go and listening to our inner wisdom. Taking time to listen to that inner wisdom will lead you to your optimal life. It never fails.

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Pam Harding Marketing Manager pam@yogaspamag.com Editing/ Proofing T ina Far mer Graphic Design/Layout MaryAnn Russum Katie Reigelsberger Advertising Sales 314-781-8822, ext. 104 Gailen Cornell Illinois Brand Manager Cheri Otzenberger Advertising Sales Executive Sherry Farmer Ambassador of Goodwill & Promotions Monica Koch Health & Fitness Editor Contributing Writers Dr. Adam Hughes Amanda Larson Amy Katsikas Camilla Andersson Christine Leiber Dr. Christine Salter C. Michael Unterreiner Dr. Ed Katcher Erica Hunt Jaime Ruther ford Jessica Phillips Marilyn Eagan Marsha Yost Bradford Martha Buckley Monica Koch Stacy Sullivan Vicky Braun Dr. Zinia Thomas, M.D. On the Cover: Brinton Vision, Feature pg 34 Cover Models: Dr. Jason P. Brinton, MD and Jami Brinton Shot on location at Jefferson Point Photographed by Darin Hartlieb dear hartphoto@hotmail.com Yoga & Spa Magazine, LLC does not endorse any infor mation contained in the articles or advertisements and suggests consulting a healthcare professional before beginning any therapy or medical treatment.

Contents JULY/AUGUST 2017

Cover Story

Never Let Another Moment be Lost.................................41

Brinton Vision - A Unique Look at Lasik.............................34

Trending Now.................................................... 8 Optimal Health Guide..........................13 Special Section Dr. Christine Salter - Feel Sensational...............................23

7 Hormones are Preventing You from Losing Weight.......42 9 Tips for Healthy Eyes ......................................................46

Living Fit Osteogenic Loading........................................................48 Make Sure You can Digest “Superfoods”.........................49 Radiance Float + Wellness................................................50

Yoga Teacher Trainings


Go Yoga! Express .............................................................38

Is There Such a Thing as “Formulated Natural Food?”.....51

West-East Yoga..................................................................43

Optimal Health is Integrated Health................................52

Prana Yoga .......................................................................44

Investment Planning: The Basics......................................53 Shine Your Light!................................................................54

Spa & Beauty Change the Course of Your Life with a DETOX................22 Solutions for Nutrient Depletion........................................26 Result-Driven Treatments...................................................27

Home & Garden Eating Your Way to Better Health .....................................56 A Healthy Lifestyle = A Happier You..................................58

Boost Your Immune System .............................................28

Travel & Tourism

Yoga & Fitness

Tennessee Fitness Spa......................................................55

The World’s Smartest Workout..........................................29 Living Your Best Life: Self-Care as a Path to Optimal Health.............................30 Local Yoginis......................................................................32 Men on the Mat...............................................................33 A Simple Step to Optimal Health......................................37 Step up Your Immune Game...........................................39

Fit For Life Retreat..............................................................59 Honeymoon in the Wild....................................................60 Heartland Spa and Fitness Resort....................................63

Y&S Resource Guide..............................64 Y&S Interview Dr. Lauren Munsch Dal Farra of Palm Health...................66

Energy-Boosting Foods.....................................................40



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Letter from Editor - Elizabeth Diebold Optimal Health Issue I recently took a moment to think about what I am doing, personally, to take care of my self and my health. Being a mom and having a career keeps me constantly on the go, and some days it is very challenging to get it all done. First, I thought about -- and celebrated -- the successes I have been having lately. We all need that little cheer to acknowledge what we are doing right! For me, that’ s daily walks, lemon water, eating more fruits/veggies, going to bed before or by 10pm, yoga, massage and journaling. Then I thought about where I was still struggling... mealtime and grocery shopping are big ones, along with fitting in downtime and relaxing. What did I do next? I looked at my schedule and developed a weekly plan of action that included time for breakfast, lunch and dinner, grocery shopping and meal planning/prep. I didn’t stop there, though. I looked at my whole calendar and devised a plan for everything that is important to me and scheduled it. I even scheduled time to plan my week and get organized on Sunday, as I know staying flexible is key. At first it seemed restricting to schedule all of this, but it is actually a very freeing process. I now see what is most important to me on my calendar and I feel more at peace as well. Mission accomplished! I’ m sharing this with all of you today because we can’t change time or how many hours we have in a day, but we can change how we view time and what we put on our daily calendars. I hope this leaves you inspired to make sure you are putting what is important to you first on your calendar as you strive to live a life of optimal health!


From left to right: Vikki Matthews - Regional Sales Manager, Pamela Harding - Marketing Manager, Katie Reigelsberger - Graphic Designer, Ralph Turney - Chief Visionary/Principal, Elizabeth Diebold - Editor in Chief, Stacy Oliver Neal - Publisher, MaryAnn Russum - Art Director, Sherry Farmer Ambassador of Goodwill and Promotions

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COLLAGEN PROTEIN Bulletproof Collagen Protein is the gold standard for protein powders. It is flavorless and blends in quickly without clumps, making it one of the easiest ways to add a protein boost to smoothies, soups and, of course, Bulletproof ® coffee. It also makes it easy to get the same vital amino acids found in bone broth without the time-consuming preparation. Bulletproof Collagen Protein has amino acids, including glycine, lysine and proline which are the building blocks your body uses to make muscles, bones, and joints. While collagen can help you build or maintain muscle and speed recovery if you’re working out, you don’t have to pump iron to benefit. In fact, most people enjoy collagen for its other benefits: supporting hair growth, reducing wrinkles and stretch marks and even upgrading your skin with a radiant, healthy ‘glow.’ Learn more and order online at www.bulletproof.com

As the first holistic nutrition solution, from at-home testing to food delivery, Habit is challenging the multibillion-dollar diet industry. They are also pioneering the personalized nutrition category. Based on the idea that each person requires different nutrients for their own optimal wellbeing, unlike other at-home tests that measure DNA alone, Habit looks at how the entire body works together, measuring more than 60 nutritionrelated blood and genetic biomarkers, biometrics and lifestyle choices to make personalized nutrition recommendations and help take guesswork out of healthy eating. Following test results, registered dieticians are available for wellness guidance and support, as well as food delivery customized to your nutritional needs. Habit is currently available in the SF Bay Area and will be available nationally by January 2018. YogaandSpaMagazine.com | JULY/AUGUST 2017


Wellness Wall Decor by Ariana Ost CHAKRA YOGA WALL HANGING CHIME The chakra yoga chime was designed for you to gaze at during your yoga practice. The intent is to be mindful and bring awareness to your chakra energy points. Gazing at the symbols and colors will heighten your sense of confidence, inspiration and identity. These designs were crafted in a NYC studio by pairing brass symbols with quartz stones to enhance your color visualization with a lovely palette. Each chime comes with an instructional postcard with information on how to practice the chanting and color visualization from the ancient traditions of chakra and yoga practice.

YOGA POSE WALL HANGING CHIME The yoga pose chime was designed for you to gaze at during your yoga practice or at anytime as a tribute to the beauty and elegance of yoga. Just by visualizing the yoga pose charms they will add a sense of harmony and balance to you and your environment. Poses include meditation/lotus, headstand inversion, twisting triangle, standing balancing dancer bow and wheel bridge backbend. Handcrafted in NYC with love. Made in USA. Ariana Ost is a lifestyle designer brand whose mission is to elevate the everyday and celebrate life’s simple moments. Learn more at www.arianaost.com


Using water to transform fitness, the revolutionary AquaBase was invented recently in Dorset, England. It has taken the world by storm and they are now found in 54 different countries! This low impact exercise platform finds any imbalances immediately, requiring a level of concentration that is not needed when exercising on dry land. From HIIT to Yoga to Mindfulness, the classes develop both strength and balance. The AquaBase uses the unpredictability of water to have fun at the same time as exercising effectively. For more information please visit www.aquaphysical.com

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Meet the new darling of the nut butter family. You will be searching for excuses to keep this jar in arm’s reach.

Life is hard enough. Our food should be easy, tasty and make us feel better. In each jar, in each spoonful, our coconut butter gives you an opportunity to taste delicious wellness. It’s never been easier to reap all the benefits from the powerful coconut. Our coconut butter is a versatile addition to any dish; but we can’t help ourselves and enjoy it right off the spoon. Delight in the taste of fresh coconut blended with the all natural and organic flavors of fruit, nuts, cocoa and more. We aren’t pretending to have life all figured out, we just believe in making life less complicated. Order yours today at www.mycoconutkitchen.com.

Class IV Laser Therapy Kingen Chiropractic Wellness Center has recently added the Aspen Laser System! This safe, noninvasive pain relief treatment can be an alternative to surgery in some cases. Laser pain therapy is an innovative treatment designed to effectively heal damaged cells in an accelerated time as well as alleviate acute and chronic pain, generate growth of new collagen, cells and muscle tissue, increases blood supply, reduceinflammation, strengthen tissues, and stimulate the immune system and nerve function. YogaandSpaMagazine.com | JULY/AUGUST 2017

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THE THYROID BREAKTHROUGH DINNER SEMINAR Still have symptoms with “normal” lab tests and medications?

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Your guide to

Optimal Health Find information on everything you need for your best life: vibrant energy, wellbeing, mental and physical fitness and so much more in Yoga & Spa Magazine’s premier Optimal Health guide! It's a breeze to take care of yourself and maintain that optimal healthy glow all year long with these great resources!

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30 Minute Full-Body Workout

Wellness from the Inside Out

At 9Round 30 Minute Kickbox Fitness, we understand that the biggest obstacle to getting fit is lack of time and motivation, so 9Round has No Class Times. Members show up for their 30-minute full-body workouts whenever it is convenient, and get personal attention from a Certified Trainer every time.

Practicing yoga keeps your body young and healthy by reducing stress and improving strength, flexibility and balance. Wildwood Yoga offers a variety of classes with different teachers and styles. Try our New Student Special of 30 days Unlimited Yoga for $49.

Located in Kirkwood, Creve Coeur, St. Charles, O’Fallon, Wildwood, and in Illinois at Fairview Heights, Edwardsville and O’Fallon Go to www.9round.com for more location information

Wildwood Yoga & Wellness 17237 New College Ave., Wildwood MO 63040 located off 109 next to Wildwood Pub & Grill www.wwyogastl.com 636-541-2424

Kingen Chiropractic Wellness Center For over 20 years, Kingen Chiropractic Wellness Center has been a staple in the St. Louis Health Community. The focus of the office is to bring together all aspects of a person’s health to determine the best way to achieve results, restore function, and improve well being. Dr. Kingen and staff dig in and find the core element of a condition or problem by looking at the brain-body connection, metabolic and nutritional factors and structural imbalances. The doctors have extensive experience working with those patients who have: chronic pain, fatigue, fibromyalgia, arthritis, sports injuries, neuropathies, osteoporosis, thyroid conditions, and weight issues. However, the goal of care is to treat the person, not the diagnosis. If you’ve been to the doctor and have not received the answers you are looking for, Kingen Chiropractic Wellness Center can help! 2001 S. Hanley Rd., Ste 220, Brentwood, MO 63144 www.kingenchiropractic.com 314-646-0013

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Integrative Approach to Joy & Peace Marilyn Eagen of Holistic Harmony Lifecare is owner/manager of The Peace Place. She is a Shaman, Certified Energy Medicine Practitioner, Women’s Energy Coach, Certified Life Coach, Reiki Master Teacher in Usui, Karuna, Holy Fire and Celestial Reiki. She uses an individualized and integrative approach in a spiritual and gentle way! Marilyn is available for one-on-one sessions (in office or phone), to teach classes, speak at your gathering, and for Shamanic clearings, journeys and ceremonies. She has many ways of assisting you to feel Joy and Peace in times of change! The Peace Place is located at 2841 Barrett Station Rd. Ballwin, MO 63021 | www.marilyneagen.com me@marilyneagen.com | 314-330-4156

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How Changing Our Diet Can Change Us For The Better Changing how we think about food and paying attention to health and lifestyle improvements that come with cleaning up our nutrition act can help us adopt a sustainable way of eating that allows us to look and feel our best. The Exercise Coach promotes whole-food nutrition with our Metabolic Comeback resulting in reduced inflammation that lowers potentially harmful or fatal health concerns. Go to www.exercisecoach.com to start for FREE! Webster Groves 314-764-2451 Town & Country 314-548-2178

Reach Your Health Goals Naturally Although it may seem out of reach for some, optimal health doesn’t have to be hard. Personalized, proactive, preventive and participatory medicine is the future of healthcare. At Core Health, we help people to reach their goal of optimal health, naturally. Dr. Seth Gerlach, DC, DABCI | Core Health 1034 S. Brentwood Blvd, Ste 1450 Richmond Heights, MO 63117

Vision Solutions Brinton Vision is the first dedicated, full-time refractive surgery center in St. Louis, and one of only a handful of practices in the United States to offer LASIK plus all of its six modern variations. We provide laser vision solutions to adults of all ages regardless of astigmatism or many other complicated vision issues. Brinton Vision 555 N. New Ballas Rd., Ste 310, Creve Coeur, MO www.brintonvision.com 314.375.2020

Complete Health Solutions Diversified Health & Wellness Center is a network of dedicated professionals providing a diverse array of integrated wellness services. Our goal is to help our clients find complete health solutions for body, mind, and spirit. Services are tailored to ensure the best possible outcomes of wellness and wholeness. 11040 Manchester Rd | Kirkwood, MO 63122 info@diversifiedhwc.com | www.diversifiedhwc.com (844) GO2-DHWC / 462-3492

314-449-1712 | www.corehealthstl.com

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Optimize Your Bone Strength

Fit & Healthy Body

OsteoStrong provides a non-pharmaceutical solution for those affected by loss of bone density, but that’s not all. As a complete fracture prevention strategy, OsteoStrong sessions affect not only bone, but also muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues. Turn back the clock on your musculoskeletal system! Sessions are sweat free, pain free and take only 7 minutes, once a week!

Monica Koch (owner of klean&lean) has been in the fitness industry for 30 years and has developed her own innovative technique that takes you out of your comfort zone. She is a certified personal trainer, instructor for group fitness classes, a food and fitness motivator and the Health & Fitness Editor for Yoga & Spa Magazine.

Schedule your 2 FREE sessions today by calling 314-300-6902

Monica Koch AFFA personal and group fitness Dimvaloo Presenter Sponsored by 1st PhormClimawear Ambassador Lululemon Ambassador | www.kleanandlean.com

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Hair Rejuvenation

Energize Your Day with Karuna

MONAT naturally based hair care products are produced using the highest quality food and pharmaceutical grade botanical extracts, essential oils, vitamins and minerals. They are clinically proven to rejuvenate and return a youthful glow to all hair types. Our products hydrate the scalp to stimulate natural, noticeable hair growth.

Powered by the healing antioxidants in cacao and body soothing turmeric, Karuna’s new functional coffee line, Cafe Vino and Cafe Turmerific, brings you the uplifting spirit with calming influence to boost your morning and energize your day.

Jennifer Evans | Independent Market Partner www.jenevans.mymonat.com 636-465-4843

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Find us at: Whole Foods Market, Dierbergs Market, Straub’s, United Provisions, Global Foods Market, Union Station Hotel, Fresh Thyme and select fitness clubs www.myKaruna.com

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Optimum Health is... Optimum health is Achievable. Learn HOW in my Free Webinar.

Complete Solutions in Life Mastery with Donalee Gastreich

Connect with your body, intuition and community

Optimum Health is the #2 desire of human life. Happiness is #1. Join Me on August 19th for a free webinar where I share the new science, research and education to assist you in taking back your health. Email me for your personal invitation or find a link on FB and Eventbrite.

Sacred Movement offers a variety of feminine movement classes to mindfully move your body and deeply connect you with your intuition. Feminine movement is a holistic approach to exercise. The workouts tone your body while transforming your mind, leaving you relaxed, energized and grounded in your feminine nature.

Donalee Gastreich - Speaker - Educator - Results Coach Complete Solutions in Life Mastery 314-640-6633 | donalee@complete-solutionsllc.com

Skin Health & Vitality Founded by Board Certified Dermatologist, Joseph A. Muccini, MD, MidAmerica Skin Health & Vitality Center offers expertise in both medical and cosmetic dermatology. Medical treatments range from routine skin conditions to complex skin diseases, and are complemented by numerous cosmetic products/services including Botox/fillers, small area contouring and laser reduction of sun damage, spider veins and more. MidAmerica Skin Health & Vitality Center 222 S. Woods Mill Rd., #475N | Chesterfield, MO 63017 (314) 878-0600 | midamericaskin.com On the campus of St. Luke’s Hospital

For class information or more details visit us at www.sacredmovementstudio.com

Sweat to Align Mind, Body & Spirit Sweating in the sauna is a simple step to seek clarity and align the mind, body, and spirit for favorable results. At Sol Sweat, a 40-minute private session in an infrared sauna allows one to take time for self, relax and detox, all while enjoying a meditative, passive workout that leads to lowering cortisol levels and gaining better sleep. The euphoric sense of wellbeing can stimulate the desire for healthier living and put you on the path to optimal health. Sol Sweat - 10727 Big Bend Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122 314-609-0555 | www.gosweattoday.com

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Achieving Optimal Health

Radiance Float + Wellness

When we think of detoxification, our minds immediately go to the foods that we put into our bodies, but we don’t put much thought into eliminating the toxins and harmful foods that we have ingested or absorbed. Our bodies are 70% water. Colon hydrotherapy with alkaline water replenishment balances body pH, boosts immunity, draws out acidic toxins and increases antioxidants. Optimize your health with colon hydrotherapy and replenishment with our new state-of-the-art water alkaline system.

Founded by Dr. Zinia Thomas and Dr. V.J. Thomas, Radiance Float + Wellness offers natural therapies that improve health, prevent illness and complement traditional medicine. We’ll offer float therapy, cryotherapy, an infrared sauna, salt therapy, yoga, essential oils and more to help you exude radiance! Visit Facebook. com/RadianceSTL for updates.

(314) 335-0395 | 7921 Clayton Rd. | St. Louis, MO 63117 Visit us at www.raindropcolonhydrotherapy.com www.facebook.com/raindropcolonhydrotherapy

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Upcoming Guide:

Healthy Woman's Guide Feature your business in this comprehensive health, wellness or fitness guide. Showcase your products and services. Deadline for submissions August 1st, 2017.

Over 20 Top Health Tips For the Healthy Woman Call Y&S Editor in Chief, Elizabeth Diebold, for details. 314-781-8822, x104 18 - YogaandSpaMagazine.com | JULY/AUGUST 2017

Personal Care Pharmacy At Colonial Village Pharmacy, you will find everything you need to optimize your health. We provide personal care that the mass market pharmacies have long ago forgotten. We also provide custom compounded medications, superior supplements and vitamins, a wealth of information, health classes, immunizations, home delivery, and a smile. Visit us online to learn more about our products and services. 7945 Big Bend Blvd, Webster Groves, MO 63119 Colonialvillagerx.com | 314-962-1065

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Natural Healing Arts

Vibrant Health

Nestled in the woods away from the noise of traffic and crowds in Curryville, MO, you will find the Natural Health Cabin (NHC). Our cabin provides a meeting place for those seeking to regain or maintain their health through natural healing arts.

Attention Ladies: there’s no reason not to be the Ultimate You! Looking good, feeling great and being vibrantly healthy is the ultimate in Women’s Wellness. Combine bioidentical hormonal balancing with Geneveve vaginal rejuvenation, then add Orenda’s Ultimate nutritional supplement program along with a balanced lifestyle and you will become the Ultimate You. Under the direction of Christine Salter MD, DC, the Centre For Vibrant Health And Wellness is pleased to offer the ultimate in Women’s Wellness. Dr. Salter is board certified in Family Medicine, Obesity Medicine, and Integrative Holistic Medicine, with additional certifications in bioidentical hormone balancing, including Sottopelle therapy.

Please visit us online at naturalhealthcabin.com or call Sandy Klott 573-324-5239 for more information

For more information about the Geneveve™ treatment by Viveve, call or text 314-395-9777 or email: christinew@drsalter.com | www.Geneveve.com

Relief from Pain & Stress

Check Yearly. See Clearly.

Precision Massage provides targeted pain relief massage through Precision Neuromuscular Therapy (PNMT.) What makes PNMT work different is a detailed evaluation to identify the exact problem, and pinpoint accuracy of treatment. Many of our clients receive regular massage not only to provide immediate pain and stress relief, but as a preventative measure, too.

Having a regular eye exam is the key to ensuring your eyes are healthy by evaluating your need for prescription or prescription change, check for common eye diseases, assess that your eyes are working together and look at indicators of your overall health. At Pearle Vision we want to keep your eyes healthy through health evaluations, communications and education.

2224 Mason Lane, Ballwin, MO 63021 Precision-massage.com | (314) 412-2048

Pearle Vision | Dr Kathy Anderson and Associates 1758 S. Hanley Rd. | Richmond Heights, MO 63144 314-961-7552 Dr Eric Kamps and Associates | 13329 Manchester Rd. Des Peres MO 63131 | www.pearlevision.com 314-965-4435 YogaandSpaMagazine.com | JULY/AUGUST 2017

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Healthy Skin, Healthy Body Pure111 specializes in medical aesthetics such as botox/dysport and dermal fillers. We also offer microneedling, medical grade skincare, Kybella and Thermi skin tightening procedures including ThermiSmooth and ThermiVa. Our injectable B12 cocktail provides an energy and metabolism boost, mental clarity and focus. We give individualized attention to each and every client. Our goal is for our clients to look and feel more youthful and rejuvenated in a natural and subtle way, while providing professional care, safety and privacy. 1405 N Greenmount Rd., #511, O’Fallon, IL 62269 618-208-1111 | info@pure111.com Please see our ad on pg. 65 and our advertorial on pg. 41

Hot Yoga for Your Body and Mind Choose a healthy lifestyle with Go Yoga! Express. Our unique class schedule combines the beauty and freedom of Vinyasa with the discipline and alignment of Hatha style yoga. While we specialize in hot power yoga, we offer several temperatures and formats to welcome beginners through advanced yoga students. Why heat? A heated room allows participants to stretch their bodies deeper to access greater physical and mental freedom. Check out our “All In” warm yoga class for ages 10 and up. 216-5 Frank Scott Pkwy, East, Swansea, IL 62226 goyogaexpress.com

Pilates for Healthy Aging

Complete Fitness

IM=X Pilates and Fitness studio offers private training and small group sessions for all body types and fitness levels. IM=X (integrated movement = exercise) strengthens, lengthens and adds flexibility to the spine, which is essential for healthy aging.

Complete Fitness is a women-only gym. And because every woman’s fitness needs are different, we customize a workout program to suit YOUR needs. We pride ourselves on being able to assist every woman at every level: no matter what age, shape or size. We look forward to meeting with you soon!

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Change the Course of Your Life with a DETOX By Jaime Rutherford

When you hear the word “DETOX” what initially comes to your mind? Drinking only lemon juice and cayenne for 3 days? Picking up a pack of juice from a local store and gulping down some green stuff? What if I told you there is a way to gently and intentionally detox? The benefits of a detox for the health of your body, mind and emotions can change the course of your life.

Here is what you need to know:

#1 Alkaline vs Acidic There are different pH levels throughout the body. The skin is at a certain pH, the stomach is at a certain pH. They all vary depending on the job of that particular organ. The stomach should be more acidic to break down proteins while the blood is more alkaline to support health and balance. What we are eating and drinking can either send our body to a more alkaline state (where it wants to be) or to a more acidic state where chronic disease can prevail, resulting in chronic inflammation. The number one way to alkalize the body is to add minerals like magnesium and antioxidants like vitamin E. In other words, eat whole foods. Avoid foods that are devoid in these nutrients like processed foods, foods high in sugar, foods coming from a box or through a window of your car.

#2 It creates lifestyle shifts A gentle 30-90 day detox from processed foods and processed life is an incredible way to create a lifestyle transformation. When you choose to avoid foods that trigger inflammation like gluten, dairy, soy, sugar, alcohol and caffeine, it allows the body to press pause on the stress that those foods are creating in the body. You can then enjoy how amazing you feel when you’re not eating them. It also allows you to then have choice around what foods you choose to reintroduce as part of your daily intake. Most people who do a 30-90 detox feel so great that they only occasionally eat breads, pastas, pizza, cookies, crackers, etc. These foods are no longer staples in the pantry. They become an occasional special treat.

#3 You get to rewrite your cells Cellular turnover varies for each organ. One of the coolest things about doing a gentle detox is that it allows your body’s cellular

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turnover to happen without a bunch of junk floating around, and under chronic inflammation and old patterning. For example, your taste buds turn over about every 10 days to 2 weeks. Foods that you might have disliked before will have an opportunity to show up a bit differently. You may find you become more sensitive to sugars or salt. You may find that the donut no longer even looks good (yes, it’s possible). Your GI track turns over about every 3-5 days. You can rewrite the health of your gut. As you may know, 80% of our immune system sits in our gastrointestinal tract. Your immune cells live for around 90-120 days. If you stick to a detox program that you do over a 3-4 month time period, it can help start to recreate your immune system.

#4 The importance of sleep Many people who dive into a detox program will notice the first few days as not feeling awesome. That’s usually reflective of toxins being released from organs and affecting sleep, energy or your mood. Often people are addicted to sugar or caffeine and don’t realize it. There is often a withdrawal period. Pushing through the first few days will be the best thing you can do for yourself. When the body isn’t preoccupied with addictions, sugar cravings, and inflammation it can focus on healing and repairing while you are sleeping. Avoiding all the foods that are triggering inflammation and addiction is just as important as giving your body the time to sleep. The only thing that sleeps at night is your brain. Everything else is healing, repairing and regenerating like mad.

Our bodies are truly amazing! Jaime Rutherford would love to walk this journey with you to find your optimal health. If you are interested in hearing more about Arbonne’s “30 Days To Healthy Living and Beyond”, please contact Jaime at 314-6087997 or email: Icanfocus@hotmail.com or go to jaimerutherford.arbonne.com *Adapted from the teachings of Dr. Tanda Cook Food That Grows - Drtandacook.com


Feel Sensational!

Geneveve™ by Viveve is a quick, comfortable, single session treatment for vaginal laxity and stress urinary incontinence that boosts collagen, closeness and confidence. The Centre For Vibrant Health And Wellness, the leader in Advanced, Personalized Integrative Medicine, is the first in the St. Louis area to offer the Geneveve™ treatment, which is a 30-minute procedure performed in our office. During the treatment, vaginal tissue is alternately cooled at the surface and deeply heated beneath. With Geneveve™, the surface layer of tissue is not injured, so you can immediately return to your normal activities. Your body responds to the Geneveve treatment by generating new, stronger collagen. Typically, women feel the results in about 30 days and the full effect at about 90 days.

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Embarrassed When You Cough, Laugh or Sneeze?

Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) happens when physical movement or activity— such as coughing, sneezing, running or heavy lifting — puts pressure (stress) on your bladder, causing the unintentional loss of urine. It isn't related to psychological stress and also differs from urge urinary incontinence (UUI), which is the unintentional loss of urine caused by the bladder muscle contracting, usually associated with a sense of urgency. Stress incontinence is much more common in women than men. If you have stress incontinence, you may feel embarrassed, isolate yourself, or limit your work and social life, especially exercise and leisure activities. Enter Geneveve™ by Viveve! Geneveve™ is a safe, non-surgical approach for revitalizing vaginal tissue. Just like skin, vaginal tissue can

become loose or ‘lax’ over time from childbirth, hormone deficiency or pelvic surgeries. Vaginal laxity leads to issues with sexual sensation, lubrication and urinary incontinence, which can impact a woman’s overall sense of wellbeing. Clinical studies have shown that during the Geneveve™ treatment, the natural formation of younger, more supportive collagen is activated, which gradually, over the subsequent three to six months, strengthens and revitalizes the area. The Centre for Vibrant Health and Wellness (www.drsalter.com) is the first in the St. Louis area to offer the new Geneveve™ treatment.

Collagen isn’t just for your face anymore! What is Geneveve™?

Does Geneveve Work?

Geneveve is a clinically-proven, single-session treatment that safely and comfortably revitalizes vaginal tissue.

Based on clinical research trials, Geneveve™ is the only treatment to use gentle, deep heating and surface cooling to stimulate the body’s natural collagen formation process. Because tissue is not damaged during the treatment, there is little to no downtime involved. Side effects that may occur include mild swelling or a tingling sensation after treatment, which should resolve quickly. Collagen formation will take place over the course of 1 to 3 months with continued improvement for 6 to 12 months. It is a gentle 30-minute treatment performed in our office.

Do I need the Geneveve™ treatment? Vaginal laxity is an extremely common issue for women that results from childbirth and/or aging. There are many symptoms associated with vaginal laxity, including: • Looseness of the vaginal wall or lack of tightness • Urinary incontinence • Lack of sensation and sexual desire •V  aginal dryness and lack of lubrication during sexual activity

Are You Ready to Feel Sensational? For more information about the Geneveve™ treatment by Viveve, call or text 314-395-9777 email: christinew@drsalter.com www.Geneveve.com

Christine Salter MD, DC NBPS, ABIHM, ABOM, a native of Great Britain, obtained her BSc (hons) in Physiology & Biochemistry from the University of Reading, UK, and Naturopathic training at the British College of Naturopathy & Osteopathy in London. She is also a graduate of Logan College of Chiropractic; she obtained her medical degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine, and completed her residency in Family Medicine at Mercy Medical Center. She is the founder of The Centre For Vibrant Health And Wellness in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Salter has extensive training and experience in osteopathic, naturopathic, allopathic and chiropractic medicine; she is an expert in the practice of Integrative Holistic Medicine, otherwise known as Functional Medicine. www.drsalter.com

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After optimizing diet when possible, I advise my patients to take various high quality protective supplements including; coenzyme Q -10, B-vitamins, folic acid, magnesium, vitamin D&K, and probiotics. I have often recommended to my patients, as a pharmacist, to exercise when they are at risk for heart disease. They would often complain of not having enough energy to exercise or they were already having a lot of muscle pain, so they couldn’t exercise very much. That’s when I started learning about how the same medications for heart disease can sometime prevent patients from staying healthy just because of the side effects. At Colonial Village Pharmacy, you will find everything you need to optimize your health. We provide personal care that the mass market pharmacies have long ago forgotten. We also provide custom compounded medications, superior supplements and vitamins, a wealth of information, health classes, immunizations, home delivery, and a smile. Visit us online to learn more about our products and services. Colonialvillagerx.com 7945 Big Bend Blvd, Webster Groves, MO 63119 | 314-962-1065

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Boost Your Immune System By Dr. Seth Gerlach

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Everyone wants to boost their immune system. A strong, robust immune system can equate to good health. Here are a few easy ways to boost the immune system.


Prolonged time of less sleep can lead to profound changes in the body, one of the changes affecting the immune system. Studies have shown that sleep deprivation leads to more inflammatory markers in the body. Those who are sleep deprived are more likely to develop colds and flus. In fact, one study showed that those who slept for less than 7 hours per night were almost 3 times as likely to develop a cold than those who slept over 8 hours. That is a staggering comparison! Sleep deprivation also lessens the amount of circulating cytokines, the signaling cells of the immune system. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3256323/ www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2629403/

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Stress is a huge player in any illness, but is very important in regulating the immune system as well. Have you ever gone through finals, staying up late and stressing, taking all of your exams and then get sick? In times of stress (emotional stress, chemical stress from toxins and foods, and physical stress) our bodies will secrete cortisol as a protective mechanism. When cortisol is elevated for long periods it can lead to prolonged inflammation, causing a decreased immune response. This perfect storm can lead to many immune problems and disease processes. http://dujs.dartmouth.edu/2011/02/the-physiology-of-stress-cortisol-and-thehypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-axis/#.WSdlvRPyvVo


Reaching for that candy bar? That ice cream? Cookies? You may be deflating your immune system! After eating high-sugar foods, your immune system is damaged for a period of time, some believe for days. In fact, one study showed that after eating sugar, the white blood cells of the immune system were 40% less effective at killing germs! When constantly exposed to sugar, the immune system becomes chronically deficient, leading to more sickness. Seth Gerlach, DC, DABCI is a functional medicine practitioner and wellness mentor. His professional practice includes nutrition, hormone balancing, lifestyle modification, functional lab testing, chiropractic and permanent weight control. He is also the founder and clinical director of Core Health, located at 1034 S Brentwood Blvd., Ste. 1450, Richmond Heights, MO 63117. 314-449-1712 www.corehealthstl.com



What if fitness worked out for you? The “Just Get Moving” message just hasn’t worked out and 21st century fitness professionals and successful health transformers, no longer view minutes of movement as the metric to watch. People are too busy for time-consuming activity based programs and over the last decade the focus has shifted onto strength-based exercise. Researchers have demonstrated that muscle quality is a primary marker of fitness and healthy aging. Muscle quality is a leading indicator of the health of every system of the body including the neurological, skeletal, hormonal, cardiovascular, metabolic and immune systems. The Smart20™ workout is based on muscle fiber physiology and the key to deep muscle fiber activation is achieving the right intensity of effort. Our Coaches use advanced technologies to measure the unique muscular ability of each of our clients. Every one-onone workout is energized by both a coach and motivating real-time digital feedback. Our safe and efficient workout activates more muscle fibers than conventional exercise by focusing on both concentric and eccentric loading. We are able to activate more muscle fibers than with conventional exercise.

Our world-leading training technologies power workouts that are strong enough for elite athletes and smart enough for the not-yet-so-fit. Our clients are able to connect to each workout with digital feedback that gives them complete access to all their exercise history. Strength has been called the primary marker of health and fitness and our connected methodology features the most accurate and informative personal strength tests in the fitness industry. Brian Cygan, Founder and CEO of The Exercise Coach® has been developing and delivering high quality exercise programs, like his Smart20™ Workout for over 16 years. Through his life-long study of exercise physiology and training methods, he has discovered that brief, focused exercise is the most effective way to achieve strength, weight loss and overall wellness. This is part of his “integration strategy,” which works for people who are “interested in getting fit without becoming fitness fanatics.” The Exercise Coach®, founded in 2000, has been named among The Top Emerging Franchises for the second year in a row by Franchise Business Review and has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News and USA Today.

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Living Your Best Life:

Self-care as a Path to Optimal Health By Vicki Braun

Wellness has been a buzzword in the healthcare world for some time now. Rates of chronic disease and associated treatment costs continue to rise, and caregivers and consumers are once more embracing the old adage that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." But what does optimal health look like, and how do we choose the correct path to find and maintain that state? Part of the answer certainly lies in what we refer to as self-care and there are easy steps one can take to incorporate strategies into an overall plan to support true wellness.

As a yoga teacher and Reiki practitioner, many of my students and clients find their way to yoga classes or my Reiki practice due to stressful life events, illness and/or injury. Their doctors recommend yoga or complementary therapies in addition to traditional medicine, recognizing that the ability to respond to and recover from illness and injury is directly impacted by stress. With recent studies showing current U.S. stress levels at their highest in a decade1, it's more crucial than ever to recognize and manage stress. While most will agree that adequate restful sleep, a healthy diet, exercise, and fresh air are vital to maintain health,

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many still view time spent on the massage or Reiki table as an indulgence. In reality they are important modalities to help support a healthy immune system by moving energy, fluid and waste byproducts more efficiently through the body, activating the parasympathetic nervous system and decreasing stress hormone levels that impact efficiency and function of all body systems. Apart from a good night’s sleep, we have an additional opportunity to reset the body into rest-and-repair mode during the beautiful meditative state that is often achieved on the Reiki or massage table–combining the restorative power of a good nap with an energetic and physical body tuneup! Moreover, hands-on therapies provide a healing

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human connection that many people are missing in their lives. Never underestimate the healing power of touch, especially in a world where we have seemingly become more and more disconnected from each other and from self. A dedicated yoga practice is also an excellent way to boost the immune system, serving the purpose of an exercise regimen that strengthens the mind-body connection, providing an outlet to release existing stress and build resilience. Yoga’s gentle inversions and twists combined with deep breathing can help to stimulate parasympathetic nervous response, moving lymph fluid and oxygenated blood throughout the body and lowering blood pressure. Best of all, these postures can be modified to allow for just about anyone to practice them safely and comfortably.

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LOCAL YOGINIS by Tina Farmer

Women of all ages find yoga a perfect exercise that enhances their fitness while providing emotional balance and mental clarity. Many even incorporate the principles they learned through practice at work and in their day-to-day lives. While some discover yoga as a means of relieving chronic pain, others find it a powerful source of energy, strength and flexibility, as attested to by this month’s featured Local Yoginis.

Studio: Practicing Yoga Studio Brianna Owens (TOP)

Brianna was introduced to yoga in 2009 while training for her first half marathon. Since then, she has found yoga’s benefits to be boundless and she’s currently at Practicing Yoga Studio. Brianna firmly believes yoga has helped her unlock, breathe into and accept her best, most authentic self. By connecting to herself through practice, she is better able to connect to others in authentic, loving, compassionate ways. Brianna teaches yoga (Practicing Yoga and Kula Yoga) and theater for Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. When she’s not on her mat, you can find her reading, cooking, knitting or enjoying live music with her husband.

Caroline offers a dynamic yoga practice that stems both physically and philosophically from Patanjali’s eightfold path. She appreciates the beauty of a skillfully crafted vinyasa class and sees all of her students as powerful beings.

Studio: Sweet Peace Yoga Emily Ehrhart (BOTTOM)

Studio: GO YOGA! express

By the time Emily was 21 years old she had chronic and sometimes debilitating back pain due to scoliosis. Somebody suggested she try yoga to help relieve the pain and she noticed a change almost immediately after starting a regular practice. As Emily began to strengthen her core and build flexibility, her pain significantly diminished. Over time, she noticed many other benefits and turned to yoga not just for physical fitness, but also for emotional balance and stress relief.

Caroline’s first memories of yoga are of her dad doing headstands in her childhood home. She found herself personally drawn to yoga practice after she stopped playing lacrosse in college and has been practicing ever since. She completed her first 200-hour teacher training through CorePower Yoga in 2011, followed by a 200-hour training with Divine Play Yoga and numerous advanced trainings thereafter.

More than two years ago Emily became a yoga teacher, teaching and practicing at Sweet Peace Yoga in Kirkwood, and she considers the yogis and yoginis at the studio family. She also works as a psychotherapist and often brings asana and pranayama into her clients’ treatment plans. It always brings her great joy to see how yoga can be an effective coping skill in sustaining healthy thoughts and emotions.

Caroline Tesar (MIDDLE)

MEN MAT on the

by Tina Farmer

More and more, fitness minded men are turning to yoga as a way to increase their strength and flexibility while balancing their mental state. With its focus on building strength while ensuring correct posture and body alignment, yoga has become an important part of a well-rounded workout routine, as confirmed by this month’s Men on the Mat.

Studio: Metro Power Yoga David Stockton (TOP) Like many of us, David was looking for physical fitness when he discovered hot power yoga. He quickly learned yoga was more than pretzel poses and ommms; it was an incredible physical challenge. His body grew stronger and leaner, and he ‘magically’ felt more balanced and well grounded. When he’s tired yoga gives him energy, stressed it calms him, regretful it gives him acceptance. In 2016, he explored the ‘magic’ by completing a 200hour yoga teacher training at Metro Power Yoga in Kirkwood, MO. David travels extensively and takes his practice with him… in airports, hotel rooms and new studios around the world.

Studio: GO YOGA! Express Ascenzo Bonitati: (MIDDLE) Ascenzo’s yoga journey began less than a year ago when his wife convinced him to join her for a Hot Yoga class. Having practiced Martial Arts for 25 years and being an avid crossfitter and fitness junkie, he saw yoga as a great chance to do

something new and get a workout in. He never imagined how intense of a workout yoga could be while also doing wonders for his mental sanity. As a military officer for 12 years, Ascenzo also realizes yoga is a good stress relief from operational demands. Hot Yoga is hands down his favorite form of yoga and Kelly is his favorite teacher at Go Yoga Express.

Studio: Shanti Glenn MacDonald (BOTTOM) Glenn found yoga after years of distance running (many injuries), fencing (body asymmetry) and sitting at a computer (back/neck issues). His wife and daughter had practiced yoga for years, so he decided to try it. Being physically inflexible and mentally overactive, he hated it. But Glenn soon felt more flexible and vastly stronger, with improved balance. His mind became calmer and sharper; and he found that embracing equanimity and compassion was transformative. He has several great teachers, but practices most often with Dianna Lucas, Katie Kelly (Shanti) and Kelly Hogan. Off the mat, Glenn is a Wash U economist and composer/producer of electronic music.


Unique Look

at LASIK By Amanda Larson


t. Louis LASIK surgeon Dr. Jason P. Brinton, MD is an internationally recognized specialist in the field of refractive surgery. He is a graduate of Harvard College, earned his medical doctorate from the Harvard Medical School, and is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He has been inducted to America’s Top Ophthalmologists by the Consumer Research Council of America, Leading Physicians of the World by the International Association of Healthcare Professionals and Top Doctors in America by Castle Connolly. In 2015, he received global recognition as the recipient of the Visian ICL Young Ophthalmologist Award in Barcelona, Spain and in 2016 was named Ocular Surgery News’ Premier Surgeon 300 Innovators in Refractive Cataract Surgery. He is a dedicated husband, father of four beautiful children and is passionate about his life, his work and service to others. 34 - YogaandSpaMagazine.com | JULY/AUGUST 2017

Refractive surgeons have experienced a learning curve when it comes to refractive procedures, including laser eye surgery, but our knowledge and technology have come a long way. Today, not only is LASIK more advanced and effective, but there are now LASIK alternatives that can offer permanent solutions to patients who have been told that LASIK won’t work for them. That means that, for those billions of eyes in the world, there is a wider array of possible laser eye surgery or refractive solutions to choose from. The key for me has been acquiring the experience, educationand technology to make those options available to my patients.

That’s why Brinton Vision offers all seven modern procedures including sub-Bowman keratomileusis (often called SBK or Advanced LASIK), Visian ICL, SMILE, KAMRA inlay, Raindrop inlay, refractive lens exchange (RLE) and ASA (also called Advanced PRK). I am proud to say that Brinton Vision is the only practice in the state to specialize solely in refractive procedures. What’s more, we have the technology and expertise to solve many unique vision problems, even for people who have been told they are not candidates for LASIK.

Patients often tell me that we are different, and I think that’s true. From the personalized attention our staff members provide, to the investment we’ve made in diagnostic technology to ensure you are a good candidate, to the amount of time I dedicate toward each patient, we care and it shows. There is never pressure and never a sales pitch; we simply provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision about one of the most important aspects of your life – your vision.

Nothing has given me more satisfaction than seeing patients smile when they realize they can do everything from jumping into a swimming pool to texting their grandchildren, all with clear, crisp vision. It’s about more than just getting rid of glasses; it’s about helping patients live the lives they want to live. It’s about visual freedom, which is an incredible thing. Brinton Vision is located at 555 N. New Ballas Rd. in Creve Coeur. For more information on how you can obtain visual freedom, please visit brintonvision.com or call 314.375.2020.

A Simple Step to Optimal Health By Stacy Sullivan

Drink lots of water, get more sleep, exercise, relax, meditate, eat better. These all seem so easy on the journey to Optimal Health, but are they really? Does the thought of changing your entire lifestyle seem overwhelming? The path to wellness can seem complicated and many are seeking motivating tools and experiences to deliver optimal benefits with minimal effort. Sweating in the sauna is a simple step to seek clarity and align the mind, body and spirit for favorable results. A 40-minute private session in an infrared sauna allows one to take time for self, relax and detox all while enjoying a meditative, passive workout that leads to lowering cortisol levels and gaining better sleep. The euphoric sense of wellbeing can stimulate the desire for healthier living and put you on the path to making different choices. Infrared saunas are designed to promote a safe, natural and detoxifying sweat. Infrared light therapy provides many of the health benefits of natural sunlight without any of the dangerous effects of UV Rays. Just like the sun, infrared sauna waves penetrate up to 1 ½� below your skin to detoxify and revitalize your cells. The result is a deep and highly efficient sweat that eliminates toxins at the cellular level, leaving you feeling lighter, with increased health and vitality. Unlike a traditional sauna, the infrared sauna heats you gently from the inside out instead of heating the air around you. Envision yourself feeling relaxed and energized in the car on a sunny day with the warmth tingling your skin. This will give you an idea of how the radiant heat feels.

Take the simple step and go sweat today. Sessions start as low as $20. Sol Sweat is located at 10727 Big Bend Road, Kirkwood, MO 63011. Call 314-609-0555 or go to www.gosweattoday.com to schedule a session. Stacy Sullivan is the owner of Sol Sweat. She recently left her corporate career to embark on the world of wellness and self-care. Her love for saunas developed from her own healing experience of using them to de-stress and rid her body of inflammation.

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Yoga has the power to transform body, mind and spirit; just ask Kellie Mathes, owner and founder of Go Yoga! Express and co-facilitator of her studio’s upcoming 200-hour yoga teacher training program. Mathes turned to yoga to regain strength and balance she lost during her successful battle with breast cancer. “Yoga was the only thing I could keep up with. After just a few months of practice, I was stronger than before,” Mathes proclaimed. And, so, the journey began. Mathes was drawn to the discipline of Bikram Yoga and practiced consistently for several years. She was then drawn to the work of Baron Baptiste, whose style, Mathes said, “Added an element of play to my practice.” Mathes completed Baptiste’s Level One, “Journey Into Power” and Level Two, “The Sannyasin’s Journey” training, and earned her Tier One Certification. She also completed Level Three “Beyond Borders” and participated in the apprentice program during which she assisted Baptiste and his team in a Level One Training in Sedona, AZ. Mathes will soon achieve status as a Tier Two instructor. As Mathes’s personal yoga practice evolved, she recognized the power of yoga and wanted to share it with others. She began teaching private classes, and, after about two years, she and a pair of friends decided to open a studio. As her practice and teaching continued to evolve, transforming her both physically and spiritually, Mathes was eager to spread her passion to a wider audience. She was inspired to open a studio as sole proprietor and Go Yoga! Express was born.

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With a new studio, Mathes is setting out on yet another stage of her journey. Her upcoming yoga teacher training program will allow aspiring yoga teachers, current yoga teachers and yoga students interested in gaining a deeper understanding of yoga the opportunity to be immersed in all aspects of yoga within a supportive community. “The Go Yoga! Express YTT will expand your knowledge of the power of breath and foundational alignment principles. Participants will awaken to new possibilities in life: spiritually, physically, emotionally and mentally,” Mathes revealed. Mathes will co-facilitate the training with Caroline Wells, whose background is influenced by Baptiste and who has led several yoga teacher trainings on her own. There is more than 19 years of yoga experience between Mathes and Wells, and the training will provide participants with instruction in a unique blend of serious, alignment-based hatha yoga and playful, vigorous, vinyasa flow. Go Yoga! Express is a registered yoga school with Yoga Alliance. “Students will expand their understanding of their own practice as well as experience personal growth and development through reading and personal reflection,” Mathes said. 216 Frank Scott Parkway East | Swansea, Illinois 62226 | www.goyogaexpress.com | (618) 416-5199

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Step Up Your Immune Game By Nicole Portell

It’s summer, which means many of us have planned vacations or day trips with our families and friends. One sure way to put a damper on BBQs and time at the beach is a round of illness. We all know that eating right, exercising and good sleep habits all play their parts in how good we feel. But did you know healthy behaviors also boost your immunity?

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If you’re ready to give your immune system a boost, start with the produce aisle at your favorite grocery store. Choose citrus fruits, red bell peppers and spinach for Vitamin C, and boost your fiber and antioxidant intake with broccoli. Reach for garlic and ginger to help with inflammation, and then head to the dairy section to stock up on probiotic-rich yogurt. Need a snack? Sip on green tea for its antioxidant-rich flavonoids and nosh on almonds for fat-soluble Vitamin E.

Exercising Regular, moderate physical activity can help relieve stress, improve sleep and does wonders for your cardiovascular system. Recent studies, however, suggest exercise can also aid with the prevention of infections and disease. During exercise, the immune system kicks into gear and produces cells that can attack bacteria. In addition, the cells that can enhance immunity are circulated through the body at a quicker rate. Aim for 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week, and don’t forget to add strength training at least twice a week to help with muscle building and bone density.

Sleep There are many reasons health professionals endorse a good night’s sleep – increased mental clarity, lowered stress levels, decreased risk of heart disease, weight loss or maintenance. Another reason to add good sleep habits to your overall wellness strategy? Strengthened immunity. During sleep, our bodies release disease-fighting materials that are important for warding off illnesses and disease. We also do a lot of repair and restoration during our slumbers, so make sure to get at least 7-9 hours per night. Nicole Portell RN, BSN, MBA , a registered nurse with 20 years of experience, is the owner of IM=X Pilates and Fitness, Metro-East. She and her trainers assist clients of all ages and sizes to help achieve their fitness and wellness goals. For more information, visit www.imxmetroeast.com or call 618-402-2223. YogaandSpaMagazine.com | JULY/AUGUST 2017

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St. Louis’ original hot yoga studio Designed for all fitness levels Offering 60 and 90 minute classes

Now offering Pure Hot HIIT! High Intensity Interval Training designed with the yogi in mind. Come try the hottest workouts in town! yogastlouis.com {hot yoga} 314.644.2226 {cool people} 6630 Clayton Rd.

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Energy-Boosting Foods By Monica Koch

Don’t we all want more energy? More energy to work out, play with the kids, get more done at work, have more fun, the list goes on and on. We reach for another cup of coffee or sugarloaded snack to give us that burst of energy, but the crash makes us feel worse! These are short-term solutions. Naturally energyboosting foods can give you the long-lasting energy you need to take back your day. Try making these small changes and you’ll see big boosts of energy. Start your day with a hard-boiled egg – it’ll keep you full and energized all morning long. They make a great on-the-go breakfast! Make a big batch at once and then grab and go all week. Easy and delish – done! Mint and lemon are natural energy boosters, so add them to your water and drink up! Dehydration can leave you with low energy, so it’s a win-win. Green your lunch routine. Spinach and kale are two great greens for boosting your energy. Add your favorite veggies and protein to a mix of spinach and kale for a lunch that packs a punch. The spinach and kale will keep you energized and the veggies and protein will keep you full! Bonus points if you can add beets, they’re super energizing! Salmon is a superfood for a reason. It is naturally energizing, has tons of good nutrients for our hair and skin and is full of good fats. Roast your favorite veggies in a pan with salmon for a delicious and nutritious dinner. Enjoy the leftovers in a salad!

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Dark chocolate is also energizing, just make sure it’s at least 70 percent cacao. A couple bites of dark chocolate is a great way to curb your cravings. Monica Koch AFFA personal and group fitness Dimvaloo Presenter Sponsored by 1st PhormClimawear Ambassador | Lululemon Ambassador | www.kleanandlean.com

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Now there is an easy, nonsurgical way to treat urinary incontinence. This is an office-based procedure that works to tighten external and internal vulvovaginal tissue via controlled heat delivery. Women will experience a greater degree of bladder control both at rest and during physical activities, additional benefits include: Tightening of the vaginal wall and external labia Improvement of urinary incontinence Increased sensation and sexual desire Increased vaginal moisture and lubrication during sexual activity There is no downtime and no medications are required. Clients are comfortable, relaxed and very pleased with the noticeable results.


ThermiVa safely transfers heat via radiofrequency to affected tissues, in this case being the external and internal vaginal tissues. It does no damage to the skin as the heat is directed to deeper tissue layer.

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7 Hormones Are Preventing You From Losing Weight By Erica Hunt

For women, especially over 35 years old, weight loss and maintenance is often an ongoing battle. It can be confusing determining what is best with all the options out there for weight loss. The reality is that all of them (low carb, low fat, no sugar, portion control, exercise) will enable you to lose weight. What most women struggle with is keeping that weight off. Let’s face it, yo-yo dieting can be frustrating, costly on your closet and just downright exhausting. At Complete Fitness, we offer a program that not only focuses on healthy eating choices, but also on another key component: balanced hormones. We educate our members during our 20 pounds/30 days Fast Track Program about the hormones that hold them back, and guide them through the process of resetting that delicate balance so their bodies become efficient at losing body fat. Once we reach the ideal hormonal balance, we begin to customize each member’s personal eating plan through the Listen to Your Body program. Imagine what it could be like to know exactly what foods help your body to lose weight and keep it off! The benefits don’t stop at weight loss. Our members report that the health benefits they notice far outweigh the results on the scale. Many experience lower blood pressure, more restful sleep, lower cholesterol, joint pain alleviated, hot flashes and night sweats gone, acid reflux gone and increased energy to do the things they love. Our goal is not just weight loss; we strive to teach our members a lifestyle that will keep them happy, healthy and fully alive. To begin living your best life contact Erica Hunt, Licensed Weight Loss and Life Coach, at 618-655-1515 or visit www.ericahuntwellness.com for more information about our upcoming FREE Seminars.

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West-East Yoga Teacher Training

West-East Yoga provides traditional yoga instruction in its purest form and is based in St. Louis, Missouri. We are a 500-hour registered yoga school through Yoga Alliance. We offer 200- and 300hour yoga teacher certification programs. Programs run generally 10-months with classes meeting 1 full weekend per month or 6-months meeting twice per week. Right now we are accepting applications for 2017 Fall/Winter 6 month programs and 2018 Spring/Summer 10 month programs. Our training is among the most affordable in the region. We are operating in the brand new building of the Olivette Community Center located at 1140 Dielman Road, Olivette MO 63132, near 170 and Olive. Our main goal is to encourage reconnection with one’s self, thus unleashing one’s full potential, by gaining

deeper understanding of how the mind, body and emotions operate. We have a unique team of Yoga experts eager to share their knowledge with you! Our high-quality programs teach instructors traditional yogic principles focusing intensely on: • Yogic History & Philosophy • Physical Postures & Alignments • A Deep Understanding of Anatomy – Including an Anatomy/Cadaver lab through Logan Chiropractic This deep internal preparation provides a strong foundation to move out into the world as an effective and knowledgeable instructor.

For more information, please visit www.westeastyoga.com or contact Jaime Sanchez: (503) 810-6708 or SiriAtma Kaur: (314) 267-4205

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Yoga Teacher Training at Prana Yoga Prana Yoga immersion into yoga is Yoga Alliance sanctioned and facilitated by Emmet Schmelig E-RYT-500, LMT, YACEP, AFAA sense 2011. Upon completion, students will have all requirements to apply for YA Teacher Certification at the 200 hour level if they desire to teach yoga. We consider our teacher training an immersion into yoga, not simply a certifying school. We believe the history, evolution and philosophy of yoga is beneficial as well as the physical aspects of asana practice. Our goal is to do more than simply teach the physical practice of yoga. A modern exercise yoga class could be recorded and played for students. Our mission is to infuse the true essence of yoga philosophy and this cannot be force fed. Yoga philosophy is not easily understood by the Western mind, therefore it takes time and study to be able to comprehend the true teachings offered in yoga. Yoga teaches how to live a life of comfort, health and wealth. Yoga teaches prosperity not austerity. Yoga teachings recognize and fully accepts all personal beliefs and religion. The teaching of yoga is only to enhance the quality of life and not to change ones personal belief. Yoga is science and art both in philosophy and physical practice. Taking our approach into consideration, we firmly believe the teaching of yoga cannot be compressed into a few weeks or months. Our program is one weekend per

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month for 10 months, giving students time to integrate and incorporate the 18 hours of a weekend session. The Fall 2017 Class begins September 8th. As for the physical practice of yoga, we believe yoga asana addresses five critical areas for great physical health evenas we age. The five areas are:

➊ Strength, as we age we lose muscle tone. ➋ Flexibility, also can be maintained throughout life. ➌ Balance. ➍ Proprioception, simply knowing where your body is in space.

➎ Mental focus, mindfulness. We do an in-depth study of anatomy and physiology related to yoga practice.

For more information contact Emmet Schmelig at omyoga@sbcglobal.net or contact Prana Yoga, 11771 Manchester Road, Des Peres, Mo. 63121, 314-821-2267 www.pranayogastlouis.com to apply. Emmet also offers retreats and workshops. Go to www.mooncrestyoga.com for more info.

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9 Tips for Healthy Eyes

By Kathy Anderson OD and Kelly Klaus ABO

for annual eye exams. ➊ Go Having a regular eye exam is the key to ensuring your eyes are healthy by evaluating your need for prescription or prescription change. Check for common eye diseases, assess that your eyes are working together and look at indicators of your overall health.

Know your family’s ➋ eye health history. Many eye diseases and conditions are hereditary. Knowing your family history will help determine if you are at a higher risk for developing an eye disease or condition and help to monitor accordingly.

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medications, supplements or vitamins. Eating a diet rich in lutein, zeaxanthin, omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin c and vitamin e helps reduce dry eyes, strengthen and protect the retina, offer protection to the macula and can reduce the risk of cataracts.

an eye on screen time. ➍ Keep To reduce screen fatigue practice the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look away about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds. Focusing on distant objects relaxes the muscles inside, which in turn lessens eye strain, dryness, headaches and neck pain.

moves. ➎ Making Moderate exercise, such as yoga, can help prevent age-related vision loss by preserving the structure and function of nerve cells in the retina.

Don’t forget the SPF for your eyes. Wear sunglasses. forget the SPF for your eyes. ➏ Don’t Wear sunglasses. Exposure to UVA and UVB rays from sunlight can burn the surface of the eyes and significantly increase the chances of developing cataracts and macular degeneration along with skin cancer found on delicate lid tissue. Protect your eyes with sunglasses labeled UV 400 or 100% UV protection.

Stop smoking. ➐ One more important reason to quit. Smoking causes harm to the tissues of the eye and increases your risk for vision loss. Smoking has been directly linked to the development of cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and can worsen diabetes related sight problems.

Avoid diagnosing yourself. ➑ Avoid over-the-counter medicines for eye infections. Most people resort to instantly available over-the-top medications like eye drops or ointments for small eye infections or allergies, which may worsen the issues. Always consult with your eye doctor when problems arise.

leave the kids at home. ➒ Don’t Children use their vision for growth and development. Starting between the ages of 3-5 have your child’s eyes examined. Early eye exams help determine near vision, distance vision, binocular (two eyes) coordination, eye movement skills, focusing skills and peripheral awareness.

From left to right: Dr Eric Kamps OD, Dr Kathy Anderson OD, Kelly Klaus


Osteogenic Loading Increase Your Body Strength with One, 10-Minute-Per-Week Effort

Improving vitality and strength after age 30 can be difficult. At best, we hope to slow the muscu­ loskeletal atrophy that comes with aging through rigorous exercise and a healthy diet. What if science discovered a way to actually reverse bone loss, increase strength and im­ prove balance and agility well after age 30? What if this tech­ nology could benefit all ages and was possible in just 7 to 10 minutes of sweat-free effort per week? Would you want to know about it? This is not just a scientific theory, or some interesting piece of research. It is actually available for practice today. In fact, it has caught the attention of world-famous speaker and philanthropist Tony Robbins. He has personally used this system and he says at the age of 57 he is in the best shape of his life after adopting it. For over a century it has been believed that simple weight-bearing exercise would increase bone strength, and could help prevent osteoporosis. Recent research, however, shows that standard exercise for strengthening muscles and bones is not nearly as effective as has been traditionally believed. A peer-re­ viewed study in 2012 determined that to increase bone density faster than one is losing

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it requires using osteogenic loading, which is resistance of at least 4.2 times one’s body weight. Did you ever think you would be able to achieve resistance 4.2 times your bodyweight? At OsteoStrong, not only can people of all ages achieve this, but most can achieve more.

Tony Robbins Partners with OsteoStrong Entrepreneur, author and self-help guru Tony Robbins is also known for his dedication to fitness. Tony has been a long-time user of osteogenic loading, and is now a partner with OsteoStrong. Tony says, “I’ve improved my body’s strength by 164% in the past 10 months, and I am in better shape than I have ever been.” In addition to making a commitment to help grow the brand, he has contracted to open three OsteoStrong facilities of his own. The first OsteoStrong in Missouri is now open in Creve Coeur. All who are interested in experiencing how their system works may request 2 FREE sessions by calling 314-3006902 or by registering through their website OsteoStrongStLouis.com.

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Make Sure You Can Digest Your “Superfoods”! You have recently changed your diet. You are eating lots of nutritious veggies, fruits, lean proteins and healthy fats! You are making all the right choices…. everything will fall into place, right? What your body is doing with those foods will answer that question! The stomach has important responsibilities in maintaining overall body health. Among the stomach’s responsibilities, regulating the flow of hydrochloric acid is one of its most important duties. Hydrochloric acid (HCL) helps break down and dissolve food by activating enzymes. Enzymes must break down food so that it can be digested and passed into the bloodstream. Through the blood, the body absorbs nutrients and maintains normal function. Without suitable amounts of HCL in the stomach, the body faces serious health issues. When food sits in the stomach and is not broken down by enzymes, it continues to sit there, eventually rotting and putrefying. The putrefied food begins to produce harmful, acidic gases that travel up the esophagus and cause burning sensations to the throat. This is commonly referred to as acid reflux. Additionally, putrefied food destroys the lining of the stomach, due to its acidity, and can lead to stomach ulcers. Anyone with a pre-existing chronic health condition will suffer from worsened symptoms if the stomach behaves erratically. Whether or not the stomach is the source of a chronic health condition, it still needs to be evaluated to ensure it’s working properly. The lack of HCL in the stomach can be caused by a variety of triggers. The most common occurrences are brought on by bacteria, poor diet and the existence of an autoimmune condition. Diet needs to be changed by eating healthy, non-inflammatory foods and bacteria can be eradicated through a series of different procedures. If autoimmune disease is triggering stomach dysfunction, the treatment process becomes more difficult. The other organs of the body must be evaluated as part of the entire bodily system. Chronic health conditions are brought on by the domino effect – one organ triggers one problem, which causes another organ to trigger another problem and in turn worsens the autoimmune condition. Heightened autoimmunity can then lead to stomach dysfunction. Traditional medical approaches towards a lack of HCL in the stomach treat only the symptoms felt by patients. Doctors frequently prescribe drugs (Nexium, Prilosec) to help decrease acid reflux caused by putrefied food. This method treats acid reflux symptoms yet neglects the problem at hand, which is a lack of HCL in the stomach. In this scenario, food will still rot in the stomach and cause further damage. Alternative medical approaches seek to restore the production and release of HCL in the stomach to ensure it works properly. Proper diet, eradicating harmful bacteria, or introducing supplements that help produce HCL are all methods to promote a healthy stomach. The alternative method is centered on restoring normal body function by correcting the problem at its source, not simply treating symptoms. Dr. Adam Hughes is a Chiropractor and Internal Health Specialist at Kingen Chiropractic Wellness Center in Brentwood. He can be reached at 314-646-0013 or at www.kingenchiropractic.com

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Last year, my sister gave me a gift certificate to float. I wasn’t familiar with float therapy then and thought: “Float? Like down the river?” If you’re like me back then, here’s how floating works: For an hour, you relax in a private pool where 1,000 pounds of magnesium-rich, Epsom salts-infused water keeps you afloat. This along with reduced sensory input (no lights, no sounds, no gravity, skin-temperature water) allows you to redirect physical and mental energy inward. Floating is a phenomenal way to unweight yourself on many levels. Fans of floating include athletes, pregnant women, those with anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, pain, PTSD, sleep troubles or stress. As a psychiatrist, I deeply value traditional medicine. As a seeker of wellness, and a mother who has experienced adversity of my own, I’m also a firm believer in natural modalities that can complement medicine. Once I discovered float therapy’s effectiveness, I wanted to share it with as many people as possible. It also opened my eyes to other natural therapies, and that’s why I’m proud to bring them to the St. Louis community through Radiance Float + Wellness, along with my father, a fellow psychiatrist.

Randall J. Levesque RJL@LelderLaw.com 636-681-1359 www.Lelderlaw.com The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based soley on advertisments.

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Opening this summer in Brentwood across from Whole Foods, Radiance Float + Wellness will offer float therapy, cryotherapy, an infrared sauna, salt therapy, healing essential oils and more. We’ll also have “salty yoga” and hot yoga classes, and our medical team can consult with you on individual recommendations.

Whether you want to improve overall wellness, boost recovery time, address a specific physical, emotional, physical or psychological ailment, we invite you to come relax, energize, play and heal with us. Hope to see you soon! Be well, Dr. Zinia Thomas, M.D. Chief Healing Officer & Founder, Radiance Float + Wellness www.RadianceSTL.com www.Facebook.com/RadianceSTL 1760 S. Brentwood Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63144 314-736-4736


Is there such a thing as

“formulated natural food”? Ever since the “ready-to-feed” baby formulas were commercialized in the 1960s, we have seen numerous powders and shakes being marketed as nutritional supplements. In recent years, there have been more and more such products entering the natural food market, which were branded as “organic, healthy, and natural.” However, once you take a closer look at their back labels and read their ingredients, the “natural and healthy” claims start to look much less convincing. These “formulated” products are based on predetermined nutritional compositions. In order to meet these nutritional targets, various food extracts (purified protein, fat, and carbohydrate), synthetic chemicals (vitamins and minerals), as well as other additives (sugar, artificial flavors, preservatives and "thickeners") were then mixed to create powders and shakes with certain flavors and consistency.

There are many concerns about these products. First of all, despite of decades of research, there has not been any consensus on what should be the perfect nutritional composition. Therefore, to arbitrarily set a nutrition allocation target is not

only is misguided but also could lead to nutritional imbalance. In the end, the human body is complicated and unique to each individual. One size never fits all. Consumers should also understand that, when it comes to nature, the whole is always greater than the sum of its parts. It has long been proven that grains, beans, seeds and nuts are far more nutritious and beneficial when people eat them as a whole rather than eating their refined or heavily processed counterparts. The reason is simple: the entire composition of each grain, soybean or almond contain many essential elements including protein, fiber, complex carb, vitamins and minerals. When you process them into different individual parts, you not only lose many of their nutrients, but also inevitably introduce many unwanted chemicals into those extracts. The question then becomes, if the natural forms of those foods are so healthy, why do we need to pick them apart and then try to put them back together? And yet, the biggest problem with these formulated powders and shakes is that they often create large amounts of food waste. When you extract only one

ingredient, such as protein, from natural foods, you not only waste other parts of the foods, but also waste the natural resources used to grow them. Do you know that one single almond needs 1.1 gallon of water to grow? You can imagine how much water alone is wasted to produce almond milk. Moreover, in order to create an acceptable taste, a significant amount of purified sugar is often added to these formulated products, and we all know what the harm of added sugar is to our health. As the makers of Karuna’s natural beverages, we base our nutritional shakes on whole food ingredients without using any protein extracts. By making full use of the healthy grains, beans, seeds and nuts, we take pride in pioneering a new way of natural food making that is environmentally sustainable and socially responsible.

Our products can be found at these locations: Whole Foods Market, Dierbergs Market, Straub’s, United Provisions, Global Foods Market,Union Station Hotel, Fresh Thyme and select yoga, pilates and fitness centers.


Optimal Health Is Integrated Health By Marsha Yost Bradford

We are thrilled to announce the opening of Diversified Health and Wellness Center! We currently offer:

- Yoga - Massage - Bellydancing - Arts and crafts classes - Dietary and nutritional counseling, and mental health counseling.

Starting in September, come explore our full range of services, including:

- Acupuncture - Reiki - Fitness classes - Meditation, mindfulness - Chiropractic - Naturopathic Medicine - Plus, an array of workshops and seminars!

Childcare also available

20% off any of our classes or massages. Use promo code: YSMAG717

(844) GO2-DHWC (844) (462-3492) We are located at 11040 Manchester Rd, between N Geyer Rd and Hwy 61/Lindbergh Blvd.

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For 20 years, I've had the privilege of counseling hundreds of clients to build better foundations of mental health. For many clients, optimizing the mind is only partially helpful to their well being. A stable mind is no substitute for a healthy body or a vibrant soul, and any therapy or treatment can only go so far in promoting health. In my estimation, and in keeping with recent research1, the wellspring of wellbeing requires an integrated approach, one where several modalities to health can be artfully woven together. However, clients will often complain that their pursuit of wellness is piecemeal at best, whether due to lack of resource awareness, scarcity of time/money or an inability to travel to widely scattered services. So, how do we overcome these hurdles? Diversified Health & Wellness Center’s goal was to bring as many modalities as possible under one roof. We have created a set of services that capture the core dimensions of a whole person. Services that address the vital aspects of body, mind, and spirit. Having all the ingredients in one place does not mean that the recipe is going to come together! To truly integrate, you must have a working idea (and preferably several ideas) of what constitutes a fulfilled, healthy, happy human being. That requires a whole village of bright minds and full hearts. We have created a network of professionals dedicated to a holistic, client-centered approach, who can take account of the multifaceted needs of each person and help guide them on their way to wellbeing. With the help of our providers, clients can move from strength to strength, building on their successes and growing in multiple ways simultaneously. Wellness is an art as much as it is a science. We recognize that there is no single magic formula to health and wellness. We actively encourage exploration of the diverse offerings at the center for our clients to find new and more fruitful integrations of wellbeing. Marsha Yost Bradford is a licensed professional counselor with more than two decades of experience in the health and wellness fields. She is the owner and founder of Diversified Health & Wellness Center. For more information, visit diversifiedhwc.com, call 844-GO2-DHWC (844-462-3492) or email marsha@diversifiedhwc.com

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Investment Planning: The Basics Why do so many people never reach the financial independence that they desire? Often it's because they just don't take that first step -getting started. Besides procrastination, other excuses people make are that investing is too risky, too complicated, too time consuming or only for the rich. However, there's nothing complicated about common investing techniques, and it usually doesn't take much time to understand the basics. One of the biggest risks you face is not educating yourself about investments that may be able to help you pursue your financial goals and how to approach the investing process.

Saving versus investing Both saving and investing have a place in your finances. But don't confuse the two. Saving is the process of setting aside money to be used for a financial goal. Investing is what you do with those savings.

Why invest? You invest for the future, and the future is expensive. Although all investing involves the possibility of loss, including the loss of principal, and there’s no guarantee that any investment strategy will be successful, investing is one way to try to prepare for that future. You have to take responsibility for your own finances, even if you need expert help to do so. Social Security may play a less significant role for you than it did for previous generations. Employers are switching from guaranteed pensions to plans that require you to make contributions and choose investments. The better you manage your dollars, the more likely it is that you'll have the means to make the future what you want it to be.

What is the best way to invest? • Don't put all your eggs in one basket. Though asset allocation and diversification don't guarantee a profit or ensure against the possibility of loss, having multiple types of investments may reduce the impact of a loss on any single investment. • Invest so that your money at least keeps pace with inflation over time. • Focus on long-term potential rather than short-term price fluctuations. • Ask questions and become educated before investing. • Invest with your head. Avoid the urge to invest based on how you feel.

Consider whether you need expert help If you have the time and energy to educate yourself about investing, you may not feel you need assistance. However, for many people--especially those with substantial assets and multiple investment accounts-It may be worth getting expert help to create a financial plan that integrates long-term financial goals such as retirement with other, more shortterm needs. C. Michael Unterreiner, ChFC, founded Financial Legacy Associates to create an environment where financial professionals could serve their clients better by sharing their experiences and ideas. He has served his clients by recommending investment and insurance solutions to their financial planning, retirement planning and college funding challenges. 16020 Swingley Ridge Road, Suite 100 Chesterfield, MO 63017 | 636-777-7099, mikeu@financiallegacy.com www.financiallegacy.com/michael-unterreiner. YogaandSpaMagazine.com | JULY/AUGUST 2017

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Shine Your Light! While walking the path of a Shaman, and witnessing situations that have been presenting themselves to us recently, I have been contemplating one of the basic Shamanic principles, “walk in beauty”. Most everyone, including me, has been experiencing some uncomfortable feelings lately. I would guess that most would like to get clarity on these emotions and find personal resolution.

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As a Shaman, when confronted with uncomfortable emotions or feelings, we always go inside and ask ourselves, “what is it about this situation that is triggering me?” And then, we work from the inside out to get some sort of resolution. Lately, there has been so much energy shifting and changing in our world and within our own environment, it is everywhere! I use Shamanic practices to move out the feelings and get answers on what I need to do next. I will now take you through this process so you too can release old energy and bring in “light”. First, take a look at what the emotion is underneath this discomfort, the story is not as important as identifying the emotion. Allow yourself to feel it inside and locate “where” it is in your body. Breathe into it, just by taking deep breaths and noticing where the energy intensifies in your body. You will quickly realize you do not want to keep that emotion inside. Do not attach to any story about the emotion as there are probably many stories buried inside that are connected to that emotion. You will release all the old stories that are connected, without having to identify all of them. Continue breathing deeply, asking the emotion to leave and move into the earth, where it can be transmuted by Mother Earth energies into something beautiful. At the same time, visualize Divine light coming into the top of your head and lighting up every single cell in your body. Keep breathing in the light over and over again, and releasing the emotions that do not feel “light” in your body. Eventually, you will feel relieved and even grateful that you were able to release this emotion so deeply. Now, ask yourself if there is anything else you feel inspired to do, that would help you feel better about the situation. You may then immediately feel the need to volunteer, write a letter, make a donation or simply shine your light on the situation. This is a part of what is meant in Shamanism as “walking in beauty”, it is shining a light on anything that does not resonate with you, letting it go, and finding the beauty in all situations. It is about seeing the beauty in everything, even if it challenging and you can only find a sparkle, or a huge bright light may appear. It is about shining your light, and being the beauty through your light that can assist others to find theirs! Marilyn Eagen of Holistic Harmony Lifecare and owner of The Peace Place. Please contact her by email me@marilyneagen. com or Holistic Harmony Lifecare on Facebook or join The Peace Place , a private group on Facebook. Phone or text 314-330-4156. The Peace Place, located at 2841 Barrett Station Rd., is a small intimate space for private sessions, Energy Community events, gatherings, classes or an Independent Energy Program.

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Eating Your Way to Better Health

– and a Better You! Each year a new diet comes along touting that it will create a healthier, better you. Of all the trends, past and current, “Eat Clean,” “Raw,” “Mediterranean”, “30 Day,” and “Paleo” have one defining mantra in common - Eat natural, whole, unprocessed foods for a better, healthier, happier YOU.

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How can we create, or re-create, our recipes to eliminate artificial or highly-processed ingredients? While we aren’t 100% “clean” or “raw,” we do make every effort to use fresh, simple ingredients in our catering dishes as well as our Pantry items and limit the amount of artificial anything that goes into our food. As a result, the food tastes better and we feel better. When you’re cooking in your kitchen, think about how you can customize the recipe to make it healthier. There’s no reason to blindly follow a recipe. By using a little creativity, creating a healthier version of an old standby is an easy thing to do. Perhaps you exchange plain Greek yogurt for sour cream. Does a sauce call for a lot of butter? Use half extra-virgin olive oil and half butter. Eliminate or reduce the salt called for in each recipe and add herbs and spices to lend flavor and your own signature to dish. Does a recipe call for a canned soup? Make your own cream of mushroom soup! It’s easy and healthier.

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A Healthy Lifestyle = A Happier You. The human body contains 60,000 miles of arteries, capillaries and veins. Our hearts beat 42,048,000 times each year. To keep all of this going, we breathe 23,000 times a day. To maintain this wonderful machine, we are bombarded with a plethora of information telling us with efficacious certainty how we can stay healthy with this and that easy fix. We are learning through countless and painful failures that much of what is marketed is inaccurate and not truly based on scientific facts. For fun let us examine some of the well established falsehoods: • First of all, we are better off to understand physiological facts rather than a money making product. • Easy and effortless solutions are ineffective. • Counting calories has been and will always be a catastrophic failure. • Fat free foods are not healthy. • All sodas, especially diet sodas, are dangerously harmful if over used. • E cigarettes poison us in a more technologically sophisticated fashion. Regular cigarettes kill us with old fashion certainty. New classes and groups are forming at the peace place to support our energy community. Join facebook group THE PEACE PLACE or contact us for more information.

Contact Marilyn to register! 314-330-4156 me@marilyneagen.com The Peace Place 2841 Barrett Station Rd.Ballwin, MO 63021

• Marketed diet food packages, although usually not harmful, offer nothing you cannot get at your local quality grocery. As long as you can count and measure, your local store will do. • Health without exercise and physical activity is a fantasy. On the other end of the spectrum there are scientific realities repetitively tested and proven that work, a few follow:

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• The more a food is processed the more it becomes unhealthy, eat fresh. • Something that is truly organic is a healthy venue. • Eat fresh fruits and vegetables. • Exercise is the savior of our cardiovascular system, often reversing the hardening of veins and arteries. • Eat well, exercise sensibly and be happy. Countless data-based research shows the positive relationship between our body’s health and our mental wellbeing. • We never want to hurt ourselves, but conversely if it is totally comfortable it is not doing much. A little non-harmful discomfort during exercise is expected and productive. In the end a healthy physically fit lifestyle will make us happier, slow or reverse the aging process, improve our immune system and provide for a more meaningful existence. Health does not come packaged for us. It comes from internal motivation, science and common sense. Go for a walk or run, take Yoga, go to the gym, pass up the fast food, live longer and enjoy the sojourn. Dr. Katcher is presently Vice President of ABC Parenting, an organization that enhances parenting skills and offers foreign language opportunities. Dr. Katcher earned his doctorate from the University of Missouri in Columbia, has been an executive educational administrator, university professor and is an active consultant in multiple areas. Please contact Ed Katcher at: edkatcher@gmail.com www.abcparenting.xyz

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Honeymoon in the Wild By Stacy Oliver Neal

The unexpected text came from a man who had been pursuing me: “I know this is very last minute, but would you like to go to the Banff Mountain Film Festival tonight?” My interest was piqued by the surprising invitation. The film festival is a series of extreme outdoor sports and recreation shorts, and I had no idea he was into that. “Yes!” I responded. Four years and many adventures later, we recently got married and spent our honeymoon in and around Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. This trip was a dream-come-true bucket list item for my husband, but I wondered how impressive the Canadian Rockies would really be. After all, I previously lived in Aspen, Colorado. How much more incredible does it get? I can tell you now -- there is something special in Banff and at Lake Louise.

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Canadian Rockies that’s designed to lift your spirit and soul. Whether you visit to practice the art of increasing self-awareness, yoga, meditation, playful creativity or Zen writing, a retreat in Lake Louise will leave you with a lifetime of inspired insights and the tools to bring those teachings alive, no matter where life takes you.

Glacier Adventure We followed the suggestion of our concierge manager and spent a full day along the Icefields Parkway, starting with a bear sighting. Just riding in the specially designed ice explorer vehicle was worth the trip, and the glacial waters are stunning and clear. According to our glaciologist and guide, the glacier we walked on will be melted away in 150 years; a sobering thought that helped us truly appreciate the experience. On the return trip we saw a second bear, a grizzly! Seeing him from the safety of our vehicle ticked off an item from my bucket list.

Romance - Baker Creek Bistro Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Our first stop was at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, where we had reserved a luxurious Gold Level suite overlooking the lake. The stunningly beautiful hotel is close to everything the park has to offer and a worthy destination of its own. The service is incredible, the facilities excellent and the activities as endless as the choice of food in the Chateau’s many onsite restaurants. Comfort or healthy? Both are available, and I was overjoyed to find a raw organic juice bar on the premises. This year, the Fairmont added an exciting new feature -- a transformative travel program in the heart of the

A true gem of the woods, this authentic Canadian mountain cabin is nestled among huge evergreens and serves gourmet wild cuisine. Seated in front of the fireplace in this quaint setting among the majestic mountains, we were in heaven. The smell of wood burning in the fireplace, the awe-inspiring views, the incredible food – what more could a honeymooner want?

Fairmont Banff Springs A throwback to the traditions of old Europe, the 129-year old hotel offers an exceptional experience in a naturally stunning location. From the colorful uniforms of the attentive staff to thoughtfully updated facilities and legendary hospitality, guests are pampered like royalty and made to feel special from the moment they arrive.

The perfect blend of modern amenities and old-world charm, one stay confirms why this highly rated hotel is often referred to as the Castle in the Rockies.

Sulphur Mountain Having lived in Aspen I thought I was accustomed to “Difficult” hikes; still Sulphur Mountain in downtown Banff was a challenge. The three-hour estimated hike is straight up and the altitude was working on me, but we made it to the summit in two-and-a-half hours. Yes, I am bragging. Reaching the top was a relief with the pleasant surprise of multiple restaurant choices, a Starbucks, stunning panoramic views and, thank goodness, a gondola ride to the bottom. Though the view was worth every step of the hike, I was left a bit sore and ready for a trip to the spa.

Willow Stream Spa This spa, in the historic Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, offers full-service luxury relaxation featuring mineral pools of varying temperatures as well as eucalyptus steam rooms, hot tubs, a dry sauna and multiple lounges. My aches from our trek up Sulphur Mountain were instantly soothed by the “Couple’s Mountain Memory Massage.” Among the most thorough massage packages I’ve ever experienced, the treatment includes a full body brush, an aromatherapy soak with a rare essential oil made from a German flower and an hour massage. Our Honeymoon in the Wild was filled with exciting experiences that left us with a renewed feeling of gratitude and awe for this amazing planet we live on, as well as an appreciation for the preservation of these incredible spaces. Though our bucket list is filled with other places we’d like to see, we’re already looking forward to our next visit to this natural wonder.

Namaste, Canada.

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Y&S INTERVIEW Dr. L In medical school, I realized the disconnect in treating the symptoms rather than the root causes of disease. My vision was to create a convenient healthy lifestyle and holistic medical system in one location, empowering members to reach their highest potential and to turn to pills and procedures as a last resort. I also traveled through Greece’s healing temples, which are structured around a philosophy of wellbeing -- treating people mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually, which we implement at PALM Health. I created the Anthropedia Foundation, a non-profit that educates people about sustainable health and well-being, while in medical school. The foundation focuses on the professional development & training of counselors, social workers, educators, and other allied health care professionals, as well as working with organizations, such as the St. Patrick Center, to implement programs that empower at risk populations. We utilize coaching to fundamentally change behavior through growth in self-awareness and support people living in an intense and rapidly changing world.

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Yoga & Spa Magazine’s Publisher, Stacy Oliver Neal, sat down with Dr. Lauren Munsch Dal Farra to get to know the CEO of the unique facility, PALM Health. Y&S

Tell us about yourself: What is your background?

Dr. L I am a 4th generation medical doctor. My father was an ophthalmologist; my grandfather and great-grandfather were internists. I earned my medical degree at St. Louis University, completed residency at Washington University School of Medicine and a Cardiology Fellowship at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. My specific interest in cardiology has led me to design personalized cardiac prevention and rehabilitation programs; however, my focus with PALM Health is broader. Currently, I am the CEO of PALM Health where I collaborate with colleagues and patients to find solutions to lifestyle- and stress-related illnesses, such as stress, anxiety, depression, weight management, diabetes, chronic fatigue, and cancer support. As a leading voice in well-being, I aspire to impact lives and promote sustainable health and happiness through prevention, education and coaching.


Where did your vision come from to open PALM Health? Also, tell us about the Anthropedia Foundation you co-founded.

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Tell us about your specialties and programs you provide. What are your goals for patient care?

Dr. L We provide a unique combination of highly personalized, preventive care and treatment to foster every aspect of physical, emotional and mental health. Our staff includes several certified doctors and health professionals with specialties in heart health, neurology, rheumatology, weight management, cancer support, anti-inflammation, mental health, fitness, spa services, nutrition and holistic medicine. In addition to primary medical care and mental health services, PALM also provides a wide range of complementary medicine services including acupuncture, biofeedback, a cryosauna, infrared sauna, and a Himalayan salt room. Our goal for our patients is to focus on each person’s total health and wellness, offering comprehensive assessments and individualized coaching to create a wellness plan that fits their lifestyle and/or medical concerns.


How do you spend your time when you’re away from your thriving medical practice?

Dr. L I take long walks and travel with my husband and his two sons. We enjoy the arts and culture here in St. Louis and wherever we travel. And, my husband and I love to create together. Not only is he a remarkable entrepreneur but he’s also a gifted interior designer, photographer, and a gourmet cook. In fact, he runs PALM’s café!


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Dr. L I try to live the model we have created here at PALM. I take advantage of the state of the art facility here. I love the café, classes, spa and fitness equipment.

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