Volume 9, Number 1 Spring 2008

Yoga: Lighting The Light Within


Live Safely and Thrive In Wireless Age

Page 14

By Diane Siegfried

Debbie Wolski has owned the Village Yoga Center in Modesto’s McHenry Village for seven years. To reach to her upstairs studio, one must climb a stairway with walls that Debbie (a talented muralist) has painted to create the feeling of passing through a zen garden. This sets the stage for her intimate yoga studio. The walls of her studio have murals that are painted in a style reminiscent of well-known artist Thomas Kinkade, “Painter of Light.” This warm friendly light-filled atmosphere is symbolic to Debbie because she feels it is important to “help people find the light within” which she does through Yoga.


For twenty years, Wolski taught aerobic classes at all the major health clubs in Modesto. She noticed that her students’ favorite part of the session was the Yoga cool down because they felt it was so empowering and they wanted more. Because of this, Wolski developed her Yoga class and placed it on her class schedule. When one of the clubs wanted her to remove the Yoga class because they felt Yoga was a religion, Debbie knew it was time to open her own studio and create a better environment for the practice of Yoga. It also allowed her to do a lot less driving around from club to club. “Yoga is not a formal religion,” says Wolski, “The practice of Yoga is about stillness and a way to build up stamina for sitting in mediation. Meditation is the ultimate aim of Yoga. This allows you to completely connect with The Source or God and to find that stillness. The beautiful thing about Yoga is that it encompasses all religions and the belief that there is something bigger than us, that people are here for a reason and have a purpose. It will enhance your religion because there is a spirituality to Yoga that crosses over all the religions. Yoga is more about spirituality than specific religious beliefs.”


When asked what drew her to Yoga Debbie explained, “What drew me to Yoga was having scoliosis. In the late 60’s and 70’s friends of mine introduced me to Yoga, and it relieved my back issues, at least the pain. The more I practiced Yoga the better my back felt, so I simply continued, and I have actually minimized the lateral curvature of my spine. I have been practicing now for 37 years. My doctor diagnosed me when I was 21. He said by the time I was thirty, I would be riddled with arthritis and possibly confined to a wheelchair. I decided, no, he does not know how much Yoga helps. So I kept doing it. The twists are really the most beneficial. In scoliosis the spine is curved laterally, so one side is hugely over stretched and the other side is too relaxed. It becomes thin and atrophies. Twisting creates a balance by stretching the area that is under stretched and relaxing the area that is over stretched.”

Yoga also helps other back problems by strengthening the back and abdominal muscles which are essential to maintaining a healthy back. Over one million Americans use yoga to keep their backs healthy and to ease or relieve back pain. Yoga helps with alignment of the spine, flexibility and balance

Yogis say, “You’re only as old as your spine.” There are many other health challenges that yoga can help, like fibromyalgia, high blood pressure, and bone density.

Debbie also has a Kid’s Yoga class at the center. Teaching children yoga she health class which is called Cardio Combo on the schedule, consists of a half an hour of low impact aerobics designed specifically for the heart, laughter (“which is the best medicine”), pilates, yoga and a special five minute

kundalini yoga exercise taught to her by Swami G which is the equivalent to running a mile. There is also a Yoga teacher training class that is registered When there is harmony in the home there is honor in the nation. When there is honor in the nation, there is peace in the world” For more information on The Yoga Center or to sign up for classes see their website at or call Debbie at 209-578-5441


feels gives them a huge head start in life by helping them learn to get in touch with their bodies, let go of stress, how to breathe and meditate. This teaches kids discipline and sharpens their ability to concentrate which helps them function better in school and at home. Wolski has helped children with ADD and ADHD. Learning yoga with its mind/body connection aids these children in learning to focus, concentrate and to control their impulsivity, fidgeting and restless behavior. There are several other special focus classes taught at the center. One of the classes concentrates on back care. Most clients that start this class have lost mobility and strength in their back muscles. Debbie uses folding chairs to start with until the students get the idea of how to stay straight and well aligned in the poses. She attempts to make it easy for her clients to feel successful. The ninety minute heart with the Yoga Alliance. Special Modesto Junior College yoga classes held at the center instead of the college, that the give the MJC students units and a grade. These are held in the fall, spring and summer. Debbie holds workshops and weekend intensives at the center, like the one that she just had with Swami Ganesh Nand, where he demonstrated vibration healing by using a special drum and breathing techniques, charka opening and balancing and mind control. For Debbie the Village Yoga Center is a place for learning, healing, and strengthening the body, mind and spirit. Through yoga she says, “You can add years to your life and life to your years!” Wolski closes many of her yoga sessions with this wonderful quote: “When there is light in the soul, there is beauty in the person. When there is beauty in the person, there is harmony in the home. Central Sierra Health Printed on recycled newsprint Central Sierra Health is published 4 times a year and distributed free throughout the central valley and central Sierra foothills. Listings and advertisments in the resource guide are available to qualified practitioners, schools, stores, products, etc. by calling 209-602-6381. Central Sierra Health is distributed free to anyone who wishes to make them available to their clients or customers. Copies are also made available in stores, restaurants, shops, etc. For ad rates call 209602-6381 or email: Mailing address: 410 N. 1st. Ave. Oakdale, CA 95361. Fax: 209-847-6739 Editor/Publisher Diane Siegfried ©2008 Central Sierra Health
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Living an Inspired Life

By Cheryl Canfield

It’s easy to feel discouraged. On the collective level, these are uncertain times. The economy is fragile, the environment is suffering, scientists and politician are arguing over whether or not we can afford to stop abusing our resources. On a personal level we can feel helpless, even hopeless. But we must hold on to hope or we become paralyzed. Hope is a state of mind, not a state of the world around us. In the words of Vaclav Havel, “Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously heading for success, but rather an ability to work for something because it is good.”

These times are calling us to action. Ultimately, we must look to ourselves to be and do what we want to see in the world. So how do find the inspiration to motivate and direct us? To begin with, we can surround ourselves with inspirational things. Inspirational things lift us up and connect us with our higher nature and inner wisdom. My dear friend and mentor, Peace Pilgrim, said, “Your higher nature is a drop in the ocean of God – and has access to the ocean.” Sometimes we access our higher nature through the inspiration of beautiful music or surroundings. Such occasions may bring up insights, glimpses of universal truth, or connect us with a sense of inner guidance. We can also connect with our higher nature through beautiful written or spoken words, where we

feel an inner sense of confirmation. Or as

Peace says, “You can directly perceive the truth from the inside. All inspired writing came from the inner source, and you too, can receive from that source.” Inspiration and direction can come when we quiet

our minds in meditation and reflection.

We slip in to different states of mind all the time and these states of mind can become a habit. We may, for example, develop a habit of worry or a habit of positive expectation. We always have a choice in the matter, though we may not be aware that we are making that choice. Awareness is the key word. Before we can make changes we need first become aware of what it

is that we are changing or aspiring toward. As you think about surrounding yourself with inspirational things, mind is a very good place to start. You can go inside, in a quiet state of meditation or self-hypnosis, and create an inner sanctuary – a place that inspires you, lifts you up, and connects you with your inner guidance. Your inner sanctuary is a very personal space. It might be abstract, like glowing color and flowing sound; it might be an incredible garden or place in nature, real or imagined;

or it might be a special room filled with

everything you love. You can bring in as many senses as possible – sight, sound, touch, feel, even taste. The more senses you call on the more empowering the experience becomes. A fascinating aspect of using imagination is that the subconscious mind doesn’t distinguish between what is real and what is imagined. Therefore our bodies respond with the same pleasurable feelings and healing endorphins that we would experience if we were actually in the setting we are imagining. This is also an aspect of visualization that makes it an effective technique for creating the changes you want to move toward in life.

Another way to create inspiration is in a journal. You can use a personal journal to record beautiful thoughts, prayers or poetry; you can create collages of things that inspire you – art, photos of nature or beautiful landscapes or any of the things that fuel your passion. Creating this kind of journal can provide an uplifting re

prieve in difficult times or the peace of

respite in a quiet moment, a place to reconnect with the things that fuel you through the adventures and challenges of life. And it can connect you with that place of inspiration, your own higher nature, that motivates you to take positive action in some personal or collective way.

You can also create your external environment, your home and office or work space, to be places that inspire and lift you up. Everything in your environment has a subtle effect on you, adding to your comfort and ease or discomfort, your peace and serenity or tension. You can pay attention to color, cleanliness, clutter, objects that elicit emotional triggers, functionality, esthetic beauty. Look around your office or a particular room in your home. What inspires you or calms you? What stirs your emotions – positively or negatively? What is the room primarily used for, and what is the feeling you want to experience here? You will probably want to feel creatively inspired in a room that is used as an office or art studio or perhaps the kitchen, where food can be creatively prepared. In a workout or game room you probably want to be inspired to rev-up your metabolism and move. In a bedroom you want to elicit feelings of relaxation and calmness.

Sometimes we become so used to our environment that we stop “seeing” what is there. We stop noticing how we feel when we enter a certain room but the objects we surround ourselves with reflect a particular energy. For instance, one woman was asked by a Feng Shui expert what she felt when she walked into her bedroom. The bedroom was filled with massive, dark colored, expensive looking furniture. “Well, I think at least I got something good out of a lousy marriage.” The furniture was a constant reminder of a painful situation, but she hadn’t looked at it from that perspective. Incidentally, that same woman had been hoping to find a new relationship but hadn’t been getting anywhere. Her Feng Shui guide suggested she get rid of the furniture and replace it with some

thing that reflected herself, which she did.

Soon afterwards she entered a new relationship. Perhaps she had stopped mulling over her bitterness after removing the trigger for all those negative feelings, which may have left her more emotionally open. Focusing on the positive and surrounding yourself with things that lift you up is a choice. You make it every day. The wonderful thing about focusing on the positive is that once you’ve broken a habit of negative focus, your positive focus becomes habit. What you focus on you tend to bring into manifestation. When you surround yourself with inspiration you are working on healing all aspects of yourself, physical as well as mental, emotional and spiritual. Peace Pilgrim, a woman who counseled others in healing their lives and also in physical healing had this to say about inspiration: “I wish for all a complete healing -not through the suppression of symptoms by drugs, but through the removal of cause. I hope you will be inspired to put yourself on a really excellent health diet. I hope you will be inspired to search for and remove all negative thoughts and feelings. I hope you will be inspired to

fill your life with beautiful things -the

beauty of nature, uplifting music, beautiful words and meaningful activities. Stay away from everything that pulls you down, and stick to the things that lift you up!”

Cheryl Canfield is a Life and Wellness Counselor. She can be reached at 209785-8855;; or www. She is the author of Profound Healing and Co-Compiler of Peace Pilgrim: Her Life and Work in Her Own Words.


Cheryl Canfield, CHT

Clinical Hypnotherapist

  • Wellness & Life Counselor

  • Teacher of Spiritual Principles

  • Author of Profound Healing

  • Therapeutic Yoga Instructor

  • Peace Proponent

(inner as well as outer)

Nationally Known Speaker

and Workshop Leader

Wellness & Life Counseling

Serving the Sierra Foothills, Stockton and Modesto Individual Counseling • Retreat Workshops Labyrinth Walks The Peace Dome: Peaceful Pathways Sanctuary

in Copperopolis, off Highway 4 between Stockton and Angels Camp

• 209-785-8855

Learn to:

Tap into the body’s innate healing wisdom

Create and use empowering metaphors

Access the intuitive power of the mind

Develop an empowered attitude

Create a healing environment

  • Transform negative feelings
  • Heal and release the past

Practice forgiveness

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• Acupuncture •


Acupuncture Health Clinic, 209-586-2700, 18701 Tiffeni Dr. Ste 1D, Twain Harte. Allergies, asthma, IBS, stomach problems, menopause, PMS, depression, anxiety, fibromyalgia, back pain, diabetes, stroke therapy, dementia, carpal tunnel.

Cynthia Jannson, L ac. 209-532-2700, 99 S.Forest Rd., Sonora. Wellness consultant and licensed acupuncturist, nutritional counseling, lifestyle education, body/mind integration. Michael Irwin LAc, 209-532-2788, 151 S. Shepherd St., Sonora. Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. Sierra Acupuncture & Integrative Health Center, 209-532-0557, 21028. At 21028 Longeway Rd., Sonora. Traditional Chinese Medicine and Herbal Supplements for acute and chronic problems. Walk-ins welcome. Open every day but Sunday. Chinese herbalist, Acupuncture. Pain relief. Call for appointment.

“Prana” The Clinic, 209-574-1111, 510 Scenic Dr., Modesto. Dr. Rao Mudunuri M.D. and Dr. Vanaja Mudunuri M.D. Acupuncture, conventional and alternative medicine.

Turlock Acupuncture Treatment Center, 209-632-1162, 1560 Geer Rd, Ste. F, Tur

lock. Acupuncture, herbal medicine, emphasis in pain therapy & immune disorders.


Jack Caraco L ac, 209-742-4211, PO Box 1416, Mariposa. Acupuncture and Herbs.


Annie Anderson, L.Ac. 209-736-1780, 585 Stanislaus Ave., Suite B, Angels Camp, Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Ancient Wisdom...Modern Applications.

Patricia Noll RN, LAc, 209-223-2530, 1140 Jackson Gate Rd. Jackson, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for treating pain, allergies, headaches, stress, illness.

• Body Work/Skin Care •


Vicki Kennedy CMT, 209- 536-1867, cell 209-743-5515, 950 So. Washington St.,

Sonora. Swedish, acupressure, reflexology, equine massage. Classes on infant massage.

Gail Warren CMT, 209-532-0320, 70 S. Stewart St., Sonora. Swedish, deep tissue,

Ashiatsu, Lava Stone massage, migraine relief. Gift Certificates available. By appt.

Hoyt Cory, Certified BodyTalk™ Practitioner – energy medicine for body, mind and

spirit. See, practitioners. In Sonora at (209) 768-6788. Diane Swanson, CMT, CYT, 209-536-0299, Thai Yoga (traditional Thai) massage, acupressure, integrative and intuitive massage, focusing, emotional balancing, Reiki Master. By appt. House calls available. Sierra foothills.

John Evans CMT, 209-532-0557, Therapeutic Massage and Yoga Instruction at Sierra

Acupuncture & Integrative Health Center in Sonora.

Ambria Witt CMT, 209-878-0520. In Your Home: Personalized massage therapy, Swedish, deep tissue, sports, pregnancy massage. Groveland, Sonora and Greeley Hill areas.

Marilynn Encke CMT, 209-559-5109. Wellness Center, 219 S. Stewart St., Sonora. Creating a better quality of life through touch.

Jim Lundeen, MPT, CST, 209-559-6290, Sonora. Physical therapist with an emphasis in Cranial sacral therapy. Wholistic, individualized treatment. Treating children and adults.

Patricia Ives, CMT, 209-532-6074, 209-484-9493, 83 S. Stewart St., Sonora. Rejuvena

tion, Swedish, reflexology, hot stone, pregnancy and therapeutic massage.

Cynthia Burkett, CMT, 209-532-6074, 209-743-5854. Therapeutic, hot stone, de-tox wraps,

reflexology, body brushing, myofacial release, geriatric, Swedish massage, aromatherapy.

Cindy Brewer, CMT, 209-533-9226. Massage therapy, 14819 Mono Way, Sonora.

Laura Hoag, LE. CMT. 209-532-4000, Bella Sante Salon, 519 S. Washington St., Sonora. Custom Facials, waxing. mircodermabrasion, Revitalash, skin growth removal, Swedish deep tissue, Hot Stone massage and Hair analysis

Janine Sobala, Esthetician,CMT, Reiki Master, Color Energy Master, 209-532-1499 Columbia; Natural, professional facials, waxing,and skincare, therapeutic massage,

oncology massage, hot stone, Reiki & color energy treatments,Reiki classes monthly.

Natural Vija mineral makeup


Molly Lopez, 209-847-1125, 712 E. “F” St., Oakdale, at Molly’s Therapeutic Bodyworks. deep tissue, prenatal massage: relaxation for Mothers-to-Be.

Cynthia G. Flesher, CMT. Independent Consultant, The Body Shop At Home. www.,

Amanda Fritz, CMT, Oakdale 209-847-1804 acupressure, chair massage, massage ther

apy, reflexology, hydrotherapy call for appointment.

Kyle Lingg, Certified Neuro-Reflex Therapist, therapeutic feet and hand massage benefiting those that suffer with neuropathy and stress related diseases. Serving you inRiverbank and Sonora. 209-402-1588 or 209-869-1288

Maureen Minnehan Jones RN, CMT, 209-845-8141, 145 North 2nd Av, Ste.1, Oakdale. Healing Gifts. Balancing the body, Guided Imagery Practitioner, tools to assist healing, aura imaging.

Second Nature, Teri O’Neal Boring CR, 209-549-0450, 225 E. Granger, Ste. 2,

Modesto. Certified reflexologist, iridologist, natural health counselor. By appt. only.

Stan SpectorPhD, Certified Advanced Rolfer, 209-527-ROLF (7653); Mdsto. Improve

posture & balance, reduce stress & tension, enhance flexibility & ease of movement.

For Better Health: Pam Weaver RN, C, CMT, CNRT & Eve Bentley, Certified Reflexologist, CNRT 209-526-5393 or 209 525-3668; 1429 College Ave. Suite A-2, Modesto.

Take Time Healing Arts Center, Marie Uber, BS, CMT, CAP, CHT, 209-578-1802, 807

W. Roseburg Ave., Ste A, Modesto. Massage, hypnotherapy, yoga classes, workshop.

Ntouch Bodywork & Wellness Center, 209-575-3770, 2020 Coffee Rd. Suite D-3,

Modesto. Massage, Chair Massage, Body Treatments, Yoga & Qi-gong classes

Robyn Kerr, LPT, HHP & Sharon Morrow, RN, CMT, 209-847-6226, Oakdale. Massage, Cranial sacral Therapy, Alpha-Stim for pain/depression/stress, nutritional/detoxing

Nina Cila, CMT, CR, CRM, 209-303-9361, The Healing Room, 915 14th St. Modesto.

Massage, acupressure, qi gong, reflexology, Reiki, prenatal, integrated energy bodywork.


Johanna Atman CMT, PhD. 209-728-3569. Whole Life Therapies, massage therapy, integrative bodywork, complementary health therapies. Sierra foothills.

Sheila Gradison CMT, 209-736-9304, Vallecito. Certified Trager* Practitioner and Movement Educator. Certified Egoscue* Postural Alignment and Exercise Therapist.

Cheryl Draper CMT, 209-728-1207, Murphys. Therapeutic and stress reducing. Swedish Massage, Shiatsu, Acupressure, Aromatherapy, Manual Lymph Drainage, Prenatal, Reiki.

Suzel Kammerer, RN, NAET practitioner, 209-754-3010, permanent allergy elimination

with acupressure, body work, nutritional counseling, detoxification, spa/retreat center.


Marlene Waite, CMT, (209) 723-1400, Merced. Professional wellness practitioner specializing modalities customized to fit your physical & emotional needs: deep tissue, acupressure, Swedish and myo-fascial release.

• Chiropractic •

Harmonious Currents, 209-588-0188, 19920 Little Creek Rd, Sonora, Chiropractic health care for the body, mind and spirit. Marjorie Thoman-Lomas DC.

Wines Wellness Chiropractic Center, 209-962-4565, Groveland. Specializing in chil

dren of all ages, non-force adjusting, nutrition, emotional & spiritual alignments, house


• Counseling/Psychology/Hypnosis •


Tamara Oxford Ph.D., MFT, (209) 532-1478, 171 N. Washington St., Ste. D, Sonora. Counseling for depression, anxiety, grief; spiritual transitions, women’s, relationship issues.

Sherry Pert Burns, 209-532-2456, Columbia. Ordained minister, certified spiritual

healer, Reiki Master, lite touch craniosacral work. Spiritual counseling. By appt.

Dave Stapp, Quantum Certified Biofeedback Therapist – assessing and normalizing energetic imbalance with EPFX/SCIO technology. “Outside the Box Therapies” in Sonora – (209) 743-6522

Laura Hoag, Certified Master NLP* Practitioner,”Change the way you think and you

will change the way you feel.” Free confidential telephone counsultation. 209-743-3788 (*Neuro-Linguistic Programming)


Carol Neyfeldt Benak RN, LMFT, 209-524-2447, Modesto, is a psychotherapist with a Jungian orientation. She works with dreams and sand play therapy.

Lynn Telford-Sahl MA, CAC, 209-522-5035/492-8745, 1101 Standiford, Suite B, Modesto. Holistic psychology, addictions, women’s concerns, traditional/alt. therapy.

Deborah Smith-Copado MA, MFT,CHT,CCHT, 209-882-1435, 215 Needham St.,Modesto. When was the last time you took a moment, simply smiled and said “I am great!” For futher expansion call me. Counseling, Clinical Hypnotherapist, drumming group. Monthly workshops for women.

Gina Vance CMHT, CCHT, AHT, 209-527-9761, 1724 G Street., Modesto. Certified

Clinical Hypnotherapist, Guided Imagery Practitioner, HypnoBirthing®, Childbirth Educator, Mind Body Skills. Call for appointment.


Cheryl Canfield CHT, 209-785-8855, P.O. Box 423, Copperopolis, CA 95228. Wellness and Life Counselor, Clinical Hypnotherapist, specializing in guided imagery and profound healing.

Sheila Gradison, 209-736-9304, Vallecito. Counseling in cross-cultural shamanic practices, dream exploration and body/mind integration.

• CranioSacral Therapy • Clinical and Process Acupressure (Jin Shen) • Zero Balancing Call to schedule or to discuss how you may benefit 209-559-6290 Jim Lundeen, RPT, CSTRegistered Physical Therapist & Certified CranioSacral Therapist 1. Neutralizes free radicals 2. Supports a Healthy Cardiovascular System 3. Supports Cartilage and Joint Function 4. Strengthens the Immune System 5. Promotes a Healthy Seasonal Respiratory System 6. Maintains Intestinal Health XanGo is made from the whole mangosteen fruit.Loaded with Xanthones, the next generation ofantioxidant-rich phytonutrients. To learn more, call Lynnie Hammond 209-533-4454Or look us up at Top 6 Reasons to Drink XANGO
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Laura Hoag LE, CMT Certified Master NLP* Practitioner “Change the way you think and you will change the way you feel” Improve your health Restore self confidence / self esteem Eliminate unwanted behavior / create new behaviors 209-532-4000, Bella Sante Salon, 519 S. Washington St., Sonora Free confidential telephone consultation: 209-743-3788 *Neuro-Linguistic Programming

• Lifestyle/Personal/Holistic Consulting •

Rebecca Coppel CPPC, 209-586-1476, PO Box 1431, Twain Harte. Designer Life

Coaching. Certified personal & professional coach. Live Your Vision.

Tortuga Coaching & Consulting, Isabel Van Sicklen MS, 209-968-2003, Modesto. Professional coaching for both personal and career concerns.

Marie Schluter, N.D., CMT, 209-223-1521. Yoga and Pilates classes, massage therapy (Swedish,

Thai, Hot Stone, Reflexology), nutrition counseling, personal training & post-rehab retraining.

The Creative Life Center, 209-526-7137, 145 Woodrow Ave., #A-2, Modesto, CA 95350. Psychic readings and Reiki. Classes in parapsychology and personal development.

Faces of the Goddess, Goddess spirituality, magic, mysticism. $5 sample copy. P.O. Box 486, Crows Landing, CA 95313. Make checks out to Sharon Niman.

The Club- Fitness for the Body, Mind & Soul 19401 Susan Way, Sonora, CA, 532-9152. A wellness center “Accessible to All” with a wholistic approach to health and fitness. Offering various classes from kickboxing to yoga, personal training, nutritional consults, pool, free weights, women’s only rooms and much more.

• Meditation •

Shambhala Meditation Group – teachings of Chogyam Trungpa Rimpoche. Sitting practice and study every Thursday 7 to 9pm. Soulsbyville. Contact Pam Pickup, (209) 532-7045.

Practical Meditation Class - Wed. evenings 6:00 -7:30 p.m. Call for details. Johanna, 209-728-3569

Tulku Sang-Ngag’s Meditation Center offers meditation practice and discussion. Sunday mornings 9 a.m. to 12 at 17277 Cover Ranch Rd., Tuolumne. Tibetan meditation techniques, Green Tara Practice. Guru Rinpoche meditation practice every second Sun. Everyone welcome. Call 209-532-2788 for more info.

• Movement •

Evening Medical Qigong & Traditional Chinese Medicine classes in Sonora with Barbara Briner & Taya Stanley licensed Acupuncturists, specializing in Medical Qigong. Classes near Soulsbyville. To sign up or for more information call the Sierra Acupuncture & Integrative Health Center: 209-532-0557 or email

Tai Chi Class, Tursday mornings 9 a.m-10:30a.m.,Call Michael Irwin for more details, 209-532-2788.

Integral Yoga at Class 5 Fitness in Soulsbyville with Hoyt Cory. “Stretching the mind body connection”. Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9 to 10:30. Contact Class 5 at (209) 532-5556 or call Hoyt at (209) 532-7222

Nia Classes, Marguerite Close, Nia master instructor. 209-536-1958, Nia blends movement from dance, martial arts, yoga, and more to create a fun hour of movement that you can modify to suit your needs/abilities. Classes held in Sonora and Jamestown.

Sheila Gradison, 209-736-9304, Vallecito. Certified Trager* Practitioner and Movement Educator. Certified Egoscue* Postural Alignment and Exercise Therapist.

Stillwater Yoga & Exercise Center, 209-984-1500, Hwy 108, Jamestown. Hatha Yoga, Restorative Integral Yoga, Strength in Motion-old fashion workout, Pilates-Based

Village Yoga Center, 209-578-5441, 1700 McHenry Ave, Suite 66c, Modesto. Hatha Yoga, Pilates, Kids Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Massage therapy, teacher training.

Yoga Loft, 209-536-0503, 72 South Stewart St., Sonora. Yoga for Peace.

• Natural Foods & Healthy Products •

Cornucopia Natural Foods, 209-575-1650, 2625 Coffee Rd., Modesto. Vitamins, herbs, supplements, books, bulk foods, organic produce, wheat and gluten free products, juice bar.

Oakdale Nutrition Center, 209-847-1849, 308 E. “F” St., Oakdale. Knowledgeable

staff, wheat & gluten free foods, vitamins and sport supplements.

Sheri’s Turlock Health Foods & Sheri’s Sonshine Nutrition Center, 209-634-7765, 202 Lander Ave, Turlock and 209-368-4800, 6N School St,

Country Store, 209-532-6146, 13761 C, Mono Way, Sonora. Extensive selection of

vitamins & herbs, homeopathic products, book, tapes, CDs, member NNA. Natures RX, 209-845-8865, 136 North Maag Ave. Oakdale, & 131 W. Main, Ripon &

Modesto on 10th St. Vitamins, herbs, homeopathic, weight loss, sports supplements, books, etc.

Xango, Independent Distributor, located in Sonora Lynnie Hammond, 209-533-4454 #1 Mangosteen product helping people with Fibromyalgia, Blood Prs, Diabetes and several other physical ailments.

• Nutrition/Herbs •


Dodie Harte, Herbalist, 209-962-7425, Big Oak Flat, herbalist, herb classes, 8-Month Herbal Intensive and Advanced Herb Class with an emphasis on native plants, making medicines, and growing herbs. Hands-on experience with the plants. Website:

artemisia Herbals, 209-532-6707. 61 N. Washington St., Sonora. Bulk herbs, spices, teas,

aromatherapy, essential oils, medicinal herbs, natural body care products, & classes.


Prabhu Mayo, 209-795-2685, PO Box 25, Avery. Practitioner of Chinese Herbal Medicine.

Qi Gong healing, allergy elimination, nutrition eval. & hands on healing. Tai Chi teacher.

• Metaphysical/Spiritual/Astrology •


Elaine Wiley, Astrologer, 209-962-4984, Groveland. Natal chart readings, career and life purpose guidance, exploring relationships. Classes and tutoring. Call for appt.


Act of Kindness, 209-523-2825, 619 14th St., Modesto. Gifts honoring the diversity of the human spirit. Classes

• Organic Produce •

Cornucopia Natural Foods, 209-575-1650, 2625 Coffee Rd., Modesto. Vitamins, herbs, supplements, books, bulk foods, organic produce, juice bar.

• Pet/Animal Care •

Lindsay Croom DMV, 209-541-7884. Holistic veterinary medicine. Consultation

Lisa Marie, 209-586-9215, Miracles Happen, Heart to Heart, Spiritual healing for our beloved animals. By telephone appointment 209-586-9215.

• Physicians/Healing Centers •


“Prana” The Clinic, 209-574-1111, 510 Scenic Dr., Modesto. Dr. Rao Mudunuri M.D. And Dr. Vanaja Mudunuri M.D. conventional and alternative medicine.


Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine, 151 S. Shepherd St., Sonora, 209-532-2788, acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, meditation and Tai Chi.

Outside The Box Therapies, 209-743-6522 Dave & Kebra Stapp, 209-768-6788 Hoyt

Cory, 600 Woods Creek Drive, Sonora. Complementry alternatives to traditional healthcare.

• Products •

Essential oils: therapeutic true single species and blends by Neways. Call for classes, free

booklet and to order oils, massage oil & lotion, aromatherapy books: 209-848-0557.

Young Living Essential Oils, Carol and Malcolm Faust, 209-847-4880 independent distributors. 9742 Dillwood Rd. Oakdale. Therapeutic quality oils.

Ergonomic Seating/Products/Evaluations. “Green” office chairs and tables. Nontoxic office furnishings using recycled, renewable, and recyclable materials. Holistic

consulting available for people suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, neck and back problems, sciatica, and other repetitive strain injuries and posture problems. Have A Nice

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BioPro Technology: A full line of revolutionary products designed to protect you from the effects of Electromagnetic Radiation. Product line includes personal wear pendants, cell phone chips, nutritionals, iwater and more. Kebra Stapp EMF Safety Advisor 209-533-9298

Kid’s Yoga Prabhu Mayo • Herbalist • Specializing in Chinese Herbal Medicine Tai Chi Teacher • Qi Gong Healing Nutritional Evaluation • Allergy Elimination (209) 795-2685 Box 25, Avery, CA 95224
Large Variety Of Natural Foods • Vitamin/Mineral Supplements, Low Sugar/Diabetic Foods • Dairy, Bulk Foods, Herbs, Organic Produce, • Gluten-Free Foods, Raw Dairy • Natural & Grass Fed BeefKnowledgeable Staff On-Hand To Serve You Weight Loss Coaching Ongoing Lectures on Healthy Eating & Lifestylewith cooking demonstrations Call for hours - 575-1650 2625 Coffee Rd. • Modesto

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Sierra Institute of Herbal Studies, 209-962-7425, 16560 Corcoran-Gray Rd., Big Oak Flat. 8 month Herbal Intensive and Adv Herbal course. Website:

Aikido of Modesto, 209-526-7237, 1501 Coffee Rd. Ste L, Modesto, Free self-defence class every 3rd. Sat., of the month.”the way of harmonious spirit.”

SUNDOOR International Firewalking School. Practical mysticism for personal mastery. Empower yourself or change your career to one which empowers and inspires others.209-928-1700.

Calaveras College of Massage Therapy, 209-754-4876, 96 Court St., San Andreas.

Certification training, evening, weekend classes, workshops.

ronment for students to learn skills that will help them to facilitate the healing process for themselves and others. Weekend & night classes available. Accredited State Vocational Program. Holistic Life Institute, 209-918-0647, 730 East F St, Oakdale, Certification in Massage Therapy, Holistic Health Practitioner and opening a spa/health center. Touching For Health, 209-543-9170, 5311 B Pirrone Rd., Salida, School of Professional Bodywork. State and National approved/ Offers 500 hour progam/Day and Evening classes Essential Health Massage Institute, 209 383-2204, Merced, Ca. Offering a stable envi-
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Wines ChiropracticWellness Center –– Wholeness is Our Goal! –– Specializing in Children of all Ages Non-Force Wholistic Chiropractic Acupressure Reflexology • Nutritional Consulting Neuro-Emotional Technique • Special Classes Available 18727 Main St, Suite C, Groveland • 209-962-4565 • Open Monday - Thursday Donna Wines, DC Center for Complementaryand Alternative Medicine 151 S. Shepherd St., Sonora • 532-2788 Michael Irwin, Licensed Acupuncturist Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine TAI CHI CLASS every Tuesday 9 a.m.-10:30a.m. Tai Chi for arthritis, diabetes, chronic fatigue, and low back pain. Call 532-2788. MEDITATION MEETING Sunday mornings, 9-12, at 17277 Cover Ranch Rd. Tuolumne. Tibetan meditation techniques, Green Tara Practice, Guru Yoga practice every second Sunday. Everyone welcome. Call 532-2788 for more information.

Are You Gluten Intolerant?

By Susan Zeller

After you have eaten a meal of your favorite foods do you suffer symptoms of bloating, abdominal cramps, gas or diarrhea? Or perhaps you have frequent headaches or dizziness, fatigue or mood swings. You may be exhausted, suffer from anxiety or depression or many other puzzling symptoms. If you and your healthcare practitioner have been unable to satisfactorily diagnose the cause of your symptoms, you may want to explore the possibility that you are suffering from a gluten allergy or intolerance.

Celiac disease, (CD), also known as gluten sensitive enteropathy (GSE), gluten intolerance, or celiac sprue. is defined by the Celiac Sprue Association / USA as a genetic disorder. When a person who has CD eats foods containing gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and oats, an autoimmune response takes place which causes damage to the small intestine. The surface tissue inside a normal small intestine is lined with numerous tongue shaped projections called “villi” which absorb nutrients. CD causes the villi to degenerate, inhibiting nutrient absorption. The result is a host of often misdiagnosed symptoms. In fact, CD is considered to be the most under-diagnosed common disease today, potentially affecting 1 in every 133 people in the USA.

Most physicians recognize the classic symptoms of celiac disease: diarrhea, bloating, weight loss, anemia, chronic fatigue, weakness, bone pain, and muscle cramps. Physicians may not be aware that celiac disease frequently presents with other symptoms, some that do not involve the small intestine. More often, symptoms can include constipation, constipation alternating with diarrhea, or premature osteoporosis. Overweight persons may also have undiagnosed celiac disease. Children may exhibit behavioral, learning or concentration problems, irritability, diarrhea, bloated abdomen, growth failure, dental enamel defects, or projectile vomiting. Others will have symptoms such as rheumatoid conditions, chronic anemia, chronic fatigue, weakness, migraine headaches, nerve problems such as tingling of hands or difficulty walking, or other conditions that are unexplained and/or do not respond to usual treatment. People may have one or more of the above symptoms.

Patients are frequently misdiagnosed as having ‘irritable bowel syndrome’, ‘spastic colon/bowel’, or Crohn’s disease’. Gluten Intolerance Group People with Celiac disease must avoid certain forms of the protein gluten. Grains containing the particular gluten proteins known to cause CD are: wheat and the wheat related grains Spelt, Kamut, Triticale, Rye, Barley and possibly Oats. (Oats are considered safe in Canada, but remain doubtful in the U.S. due to potential contamination by the other gluten containing grains in production facilities.) Celiac disease requires a strict adherence to a gluten-free diet for life.

Damage to the small intestine can occur in people who do not display the typical symptoms of CD. Some people may suffer from Gluten intolerance, a food sensitivity or delayed food allergy to gluten. Food sensitivities are not the same as food allergies. When a person eats something they are allergic to, their body reacts immediately and they suffer symptoms such as sinus congestion, swelling of the throat, nausea, or skin rash. A sure sign of an allergic reaction is that these symptoms appear rapidly and within minutes after food is consumed. Delayed food allergy symptom may not appear for several hours, or until even as long as the next day.

A person who is suffering from gluten intolerance, or other food sensitivities may have symptoms such as headaches, (some

times migraine headaches), chronic sinus congestion, nasal congestion, or aching joints or muscles. Other symptoms can include feelings of fatigue, depression, mental weariness and many other symptoms which can easily be associated with ailments other than food intolerance.

Diagnosis of celiac disease as well as gluten intolerance or delayed allergy to gluten can begin with a blood test such as a Gliadin/Gluten antibody test ordered by your healthcare practitioner. If the test results are positive, your healthcare practitioner may assist you with information and support for a gluten free diet. Depending on the nature and severity of your symptoms, your healthcare practitioner may want to refer you to a gastroenterologist who can perform other tests including a small bowel biopsy to determine if you have Celiac disease.

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Events & Classes

  • Tai Chi Class, Tuesday mornings 9a.m-10:30a.m.151 S. Shepherd St., Sonora., Michael Irwin for more details, 209-532-2788.
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  • Wheel of the Year: A year long program, one day ceremonial events held near the 8 seasonal points in the cycle of the seasons (Solstices, Equinoxes and midpoints), to support your individual path and life purpose within a spirtitually oriented community and sustained engagement through individual sessions as well. Spiritual ADVANCE II –Next Level: Sunday, 4/ 6/08; 10AM - 5PM\ (New tools and processes for all participants at above events or those in 2007)

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Live Safely and Thrive in the Wireless Age

By Victoria R. Leor

Many people today, in rapidly increasing numbers, enjoy the convenience of wireless cell phones, cordless phones, computers and many other technologies, like microwave ovens, hair dryers, digital clocks and, at the same time, are unaware of its hazards. Electro Magnetic Frequency (EMF) radiation in the environment is invisible and illusive. In 2002 fifty-three German doctors noted what appears to be a very strong connection between the use of cell phones and proximity to cell phone towers to many severe and chronic diseases. These doctors issued the Freiberger Appeal to publicize what they were seeing in their medical practices. Since 2002 the appeal has circulated around the world and gathered more than 53,000 medical and other supporting signatures.

The Freiberger Appeal states: “We have observed, in recent years, a dramatic rise in severe and chronic diseases among our patients … Moreover, we have observed an ever-increasing occurrence of various disorders, often misdiagnosed in patients as psychosomatic. Since the living environment and lifestyles of our patients are familiar to us, we can see—especially after carefully-directed inquiry—clear temporal and spatial correlation between the appearance of disease and exposure to pulsed high-frequency microwave radiation (HFMR also called EMF), such as:

Installation of a mobile telephone

sending station in the near vicinity.

  • Intensive mobile telephone use.
  • Installation of a digital cordless (DECT)

telephone at home or in the neighborhood.”

It is their observation that: “One can no longer evade these pulsed microwaves. They heighten the risk of already-present chemical/physical influences, stress the body‘s immune system, and can bring the body’s still-functioning regulatory mechanisms to a halt. Pregnant women, children, adolescents, elderly and sick people are especially at risk. Our therapeutic efforts to restore health are becoming increasingly less effective…..” “In the face of this disquieting development, we feel obliged to inform the public of our observations.”

Dr. George Carlo—pathologist and epidemiologist who was first employed in the early 1990s by the cell phone industry to conduct their internal studies of the effects of EMF—has confirmed the observations stated in the Freiberger Appeal. Dr. Carlo directed a 28.5 million dollar research program involving 200 doctors and researchers more than a decade after the cell phones, which had not received any pre-market testing, were commercially available in the marketplace. The 56 studies they conducted revealed serious problems connected to EMF radiation generated by cell phones.

Based on the outcome of the research,


Dr. Carlo made suggestions to the industry to mitigate the problem with wireless telephone use. All his recommendations were rejected or ignored and his funding was cut. In addition, active steps were taken to discredit him and frighten him in an attempt to cover up the unfavorable information. Fortunately he was not to be quieted. Dr. Carlo is now described as “the industry’s worse nightmare.” He is unstoppable in getting the word out. Dr. Carlo’s book, “Cell Phones: Invisible Hazards in the Wireless Age,” is available though his organization.

Dr. Carlo considers cell phone use to be grave and increasingly dangerous. He notes the rise in the incidence of brain tumors and other brain related conditions like anxiety, learning and sleep disorders, memory loss, ADHD and Alzheimer’s. Testicular cancer and lowered sperm counts are on the rise, as is autism in children and a multitude of immune deficiency diseases. Dr. Carlo explains that, as the human body is bombarded with EMF radiation, our cells defend themselves by hardening in an attempt to keep out the destructive incompatible frequencies. Unfortunately, the hardened cell walls limit the passage of nutrients into the cells and the exit of toxins out of the cells.

The impermeability of the cell walls results in a number of troublesome processes. The cells lose their ability to communicate with each other resulting in decreased natural immunity and the break down of metabolism. Over time the cells experience starvation, internal poisoning and early death. This manifests physically as rapid aging, allergic response, chronic diseases, and problems related to immunity and resulting acute illness.

Research revealed yet another problem. The blood-brain barrier, a protective filter for the sensitive tissues of the brain, can be damaged by EMF radiation. Leakage through the filter allows cancer-causing substances to pass into the brain tissue. The cells of the brain lack the protective mechanisms that benefit other cells and are particularly vulnerable. Toxins passing into the brain wreak havoc with brain tissue and affect the entire body by diminishing the brain’s ability to function as a primary control center.

Children at Greater Risk

At the University of Utah in 1996, Dr. Om Gandhi conducted a study which revealed disturbing evidence that children are more vulnerable to EMFs than adults. His research shows that radiation penetrates more than four times farther into the tissues of the brain of a five-year-old child and almost three times farther in a ten-year-old. These differences are significant and indicate serious health risks to children. When we add this fact to rapidly increasing cell phone usage by young people (often up to 2600 minutes a month), we are facing a developing disaster of epidemic proportions.

Other countries are ahead of the US in recognizing these health risks for children. While the United Kingdom banned the use of cell phones in schools in 2003 and recommended extreme caution for usage by children, US cell phone companies are marketing phones for use by preschoolers. Young children with softer tissue and rapidly dividing cells are very susceptible to the disruption of cellular function by EMF radiation and should not be encouraged or allowed to use cell phones. One of the greatest concerns among those studying this situation is that we may be raising a generation of youngsters who will become senile in their early adulthood.

In 2005, Dr. Gerd Oberfeld MD, the director of the Salzburg Health Department in Salzburg, Austria, issued a directive advising against the use of WiFi and cordless phones in schools. His concern focused around the fact that “WLAN antennas are emitting microwave radiation in the frequency range 2400-2485 MHz, the same as used by microwave ovens. Based on first empirical evidence from sensitive people the signal seems to be very ‘biologically active.’ The symptoms seen so far are the same seen in base station studies: headaches, concentration difficulty, restlessness, memory problems etc.” Living in the Wireless Age

While there has been growing awareness about the dangers of cell phones, it is coming to the attention of many that digitally enhanced cordless phones may be even more dangerous. Some cordless phones emit twice as much radiation as a cell phone antenna and the base stations transmit continuously at full power while in use whereas cell phones lower their power once the call connects. Digital enhanced cordless telecommunication (DECT) phones emit radiation all the time, not just when the phone is in use.

Both cell and cordless phones emit a near field radiation plume that goes out from the phone about 8 to 10 inches in all directions so when you put the phone to your ear that field is penetrating into your brain, eyes etc. Also when the phone is carried on the belt or in a fanny pack the radiation affects the flat bones of the hip, which is where the red blood cells are produced.

In the past twenty years, our global society has been transformed, and wireless technology is found in practically every corner of the world. Growing evidence attests to the increasing health risks we are facing, and fortunately awareness is also growing. It is gratifying to know that there are easy, affordable ways to harmonize and stop the negative effects of EMF on our bodies and repair the damage that has already been done.

Positive steps you can take:

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We live in a wireless age and there is no escaping it, but like using seat belts, we can live safely, enjoying excellent health and thriving abundantly.

Victoria Robyn Leor is an EMF protection/cell phone safety coach and freelance writer. She may be reached on her EMF protected cellphone at

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