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Denise Healy-Mason on Good Vibes for Health and Healing

by Erin Lehn Floresca Denise Healy-Mason, LMT, a shamanic energy worker, certified crystal healer and founder of Balance Massage Studio, in Delmar, always had a compelling desire to heal others. In 1999, she began her career in massage at the Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy, in Albany, …

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Ellen Langer: How Changing Your Thinking Changes Everything

by April Thompson For 40 years, Social Psychologist Ellen Langer has conducted pioneering research on the power of our minds to shape health and well-being. Langer’s work demonstrates that changing what we think and believe can transform not only our experiences, but also our bodies—a once-radical idea now common among …

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Spiritual Teacher Sister Shivani Shares that Happiness is a Choice

Sister Brahma Kumari Shivani

by Christine Lane Sister Brahma Kumari Shivani, an Indian spiritual teacher and world-renowned teacher of Raja Yoga Meditation as taught by the Brahma Kumaris, is making her first North American tour. Many know Shivani through her popular television program on practical spirituality, Awakening with Brahma Kumaris, which airs in more …

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Molly Hagan on Eco-Living

Molly Hagan

Start Small and Stay Connected by April Thompson Born and raised in the Midwest, actress Molly Hagan moved west in the 1980s to pursue her dream of an acting career. Her childhood home was located alongside farmland that ended up being sold and quarried for limestone. “They kept buying more …

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Taggart Siegel Seeks to Seed an Agricultural Revolution

by April Thompson For more than 30 years, Taggart Siegel has produced award-winning films on little-known aspects of the natural and cultural world. His diverse documentaries range from the story of a Hmong shaman immigrant adjusting to American life to a Midwestern organic farmer that salvaged his family’s farm. Siegel’s …

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Experience the Health Benefits of CranioSacral Therapy

Elena Ajdelsztajn

by Martin Miron Elena Ajdelsztajn, owner of Welcome Home Integrative Bodywork, in Albany, is a New York state licensed massage therapist who specializes in CranioSacral Therapy. Her practice focuses on helping clients recover from chronic and post-surgical pain. What does CranioSacral mean? The “cranium” refers to the skull, especially the …

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Our Complicated Relationship with Food

Joan Bender on Why Foods Matters by Martin Miron Joan Bender, owner of Food & Mood Coaching LLC, in Delmar, is a certified health coach, licensed mental health counselor and author of the children’s book The Great Veggie Monster Mystery. She helps people to eat healthier and more mindfully, and …

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Kristen Bell on Planet-Friendly Living

Kristen Bell

Eco-Activist Actress Takes Steps that Make a Difference by Gerry Strauss From Veronica Mars to Forgetting Sarah Marshall, her face is unmistakable. Thanks to the worldwide popularity of Frozen, her voice is now unforgettable, as well. Kristen Bell, though, believes the greatest contribution she can make is embodying an eco-friendly …

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