Be On the Ball

Putting Extra Fun into Fitness

by Marlaina Donato

Their playful appearance as a beach ball look-alike makes exercise balls welcome props in home workouts, gyms and yoga studios. “They’re a fun training tool for every age, from children to maturing Baby Boomers,” says Dennis Fuchs, CEO of TheraGear, in Sumas, Washington. “Exercise balls are affordable and offer many benefits, from enhanced mobility to reduced risk of injury and increased athletic performance.”


Meditation That Works

Tips for Finding the Right Practice

by April Thompson

More Americans than ever before are seeking the benefits of meditation, which notably improves mental, physical and spiritual health. Choosing from its many styles and traditions can be daunting for a new meditator, as is figuring out how to incorporate such a practice into a busy life.


January Publisher's Letter

“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”      
~ Nikola Tesla, the technological “father” of our modern world


Farmington Penguin Plunge for Special Olympics CT

Special Olympics Connecticut presents the Farmington Penguin Plunge at Winding Trails in Farmington, January 28. All are invited to participate, including individuals, friends and families, and teams representing schools, businesses, organizations and clubs. Register online to reserve an official Plunge t-shirt at Registration begins at 8am, and the plunge will take place at 10am.


Essential Oils for Busy Moms

Michelle Bergman, an Integrative Health Coach and dōTERRA Wellness Advocate, will host a free workshop in Weatogue, titled A Busy Mom’s Medicine Cabinet: Essential Oils 101, from 11am to noon on January 10, 22 and 23.


Natural Awakenings Family of Franchises Keeps Growing

Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp. (NAPC) welcomed two new publishers to a recent training session at the corporate headquarters in Naples, Florida. The NAPC staff spent several days with these entrepreneurs, discussing the ins and outs of taking over publication of existing Natural Awakenings magazines in Washington, D.C. and the Twin Cities of Minnesota.


Transformative Coach Training

The Graduate Institute welcomes back Guthrie Sayen, PhD, and former professor of history, who left the groves of academe to launch a life-coaching, workshop business because he learned his soul’s purpose. “Everyone,” says the great poet and mystic Rumi, “has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.”


Spring 2018 Passport to Health & Wellness Expo

The Holistic Chamber of Commerce (HCC) will present the Spring Passport to Health & Wellness Expo at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Bristol from 10am to 4pm on April 22. This will be the first Spring Expo; the event will occur twice a year. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with more than 75 sponsors and exhibitors as they learn more about the available resources to help promote healthy living and a healthy lifestyle.


Welcome to Snowy Owl Season

by Andy Griswold

With over 10 different sightings already reported in Connecticut—and perhaps a hundred or more from Virginia to Maine—there is no doubt this is an irruption year. In the winter of 2013-14, there was an amazing influx of “snowies”. Scientists report that such irruptions are the result not of lemming shortages in the north, but of periods of lemming abundance.


Chiropractic Practitioner Profile: Dr. Joyce Chung-QuirosIntegrative Wellness & Physical Therapy


Keys to Living Your Courageous Life

by Catherine Ewing

Do you ever feel as though life is calling you into a bigger version of your Self? Have you felt an insistent stirring inside that you can’t ignore any longer? Perhaps this is your Soul urging you to play a bigger game, step up into your next highest expression, live a more passionate, joyful and authentic version of yourself.


Foods Your Heart Will Love

Top 10 Heart Healthy Choices

by Judith Fertig

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” Elizabeth Barrett Browning once penned this unforgettable line to her husband and fellow poet, Robert Browning.


Celebrate with vAyu Yoga and Wellness Center

vAyu Yoga and Wellness Center, a pathway to health, inspiration and transformation, is celebrating six months of bringing healing and well-being to the Hartford area through Integrated Energy Practices. The services offer an alternative approach to health by offering bodywork that clears, charges and balances one’s entire system.


Transform Your Life through Meditation

Odiyana Kadampa Buddhist Center will hold meditation classes, January 7 and ongoing Sundays, from 10:30am to noon, in Hartford. Each class includes guided meditations, practical advice, time for discussion and Q&A.

Everyone wants to be clear and positive, free from worry and negativity all the time, but we can’t achieve this goal unless we attain lasting inner peace. In these classes, learn basic meditation techniques to help create happiness and peace from within.

This class is perfect for beginners and advanced meditators alike, no experience necessary. Class cost is $12, but no one is turned away for lack of funds.

For more information, call 860-266-6041 or visit Location: 36 Main St, East Hartford.

John of God Crystal Bed Sessions in Avon

John Bazzano is now accepting appointments for John of God Crystal Bed sessions at Sharing The Light Wholistic Center in Avon. The concept of the Crystal Bed, also called crystal bath therapy, was channeled through John of God. It was developed for practical use and incorporated as an important modality at the Casa Dom Inacio in Brazil. The Crystal Beds are available to all for rejuvenation, alignment and balancing of energy fields.


Art, Arp and Intuition Workshop

Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Center in Farmington will host a workshop on intuitive drawing and writing from 9am to 1pm on January 24. Participants will experience a different approach to art-making than planning and controlling, a deviation from process and rules. For some, it may be a liberating exercise. For others, it may just be a small step outside the comfort zone to experience what possibilities may exist.


Walk in the Woods Offers Wellness and Herbal Events

Walk in the Woods, LLC will hold its January “Free Friday” Holistic Wellness day on January 19 from 9am to 6pm. Kick off the New Year by scheduling an appointment for a no-cost holistic wellness consultation and/or energy healing session. These sessions repeat on the third Friday of every month and are open to new clients as well as current clients seeking follow-ups. They are free, though pay-what-you-wish offerings are appreciated.


Monthly DIY Beauty Class Focuses on the Seasons

Vasu Tribe Studio in Hartford will offer a new monthly Bespoke Beauty series, beginning at 6pm on January 8. Studio co-founder Holly Wheeler, an herbalist, holistic aesthetician and botanical beauty expert will host the series. During each of the 90-minute workshops, which will take place one Monday a month, participants will create a seasonal product. This month, the product is a Blue Moon Sacred Soak to celebrate the launch of Moon Studio at Vasu Tribe Studio, as well as the blue moon.


Choosing a Chiropractor

How to Find the Best One for You

by Marlaina Donato

Chiropractic medicine is known for its non-surgical approach to chronic pain and other musculoskeletal conditions, but also has much more to offer. However, finding the right doctor can be as daunting as shopping for a comfortable pair of shoes. Here, three reputable practitioners talk about securing individualized care and getting the most out of chiropractic.


Pumped Up About Geothermal

Homeowners Like its Eco-Friendly Cost Savings

by Jim Motavalli

It’s an uncertain time for home-based geothermal heating and cooling, which has been increasing for years. The good news is that the cost of the technology is down and its efficiency is up. Yet a helpful 30 percent federal income tax credit inaugurated in 2009 disappeared in 2017 and may not get renewed anytime soon, even though H.R. 1090, a bill aimed at restoring the credit, has had strong support in Congress, led by New York Republican Congressman Tom Reed.


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