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August 9, 2013

Health Beat: Give blood Monday in Newburyport or Georgetown

Health Beat
Newburyport Daily News

---- — Blood drives are scheduled from 2 to 7 p.m. on Monday at the Elks Lodge, 25 Low St., Newburyport, and the Georgetown VFW, 435 Andover St.

Individuals who are 17 years old (16 with parental permission), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.

In August, all presenting donors will receive a free 24-pack of spring water and a coupon for up to 20 percent off from participating Walgreens.

Donors will also have the chance to win two Red Sox tickets and to be honored at Fenway Park as the Blood Donor of the Game.

To make an appointment, call 800-REDCROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

Amesbury healing center marks 20 years

The Way to Balance Center for Advanced Healing and Training in Amesbury is celebrating its 20th anniversary with three community events.

A Neck & Back Pain Relief Clinic will be held Saturday, Aug. 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants can register for a private 20-minute session with a practitioner offering holistic treatments including acupressure and hands-on healing techniques.

On Saturday, Sept. 7, a Headache & Migraine Pain Relief Clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Private 20-minute sessions will teach people how to prevent headaches and methods for relieving them naturally.

The public is invited to meet therapists, vendors and support staff during an open house on Saturday, Oct. 19, and Sunday, Oct. 20. Features include a mini expo, talks, demonstrations, raffles and refreshments.

Admission to all three events is free, but a portion of donations received at the clinics will benefit Our Neighbors’ Table. Donations and raffle proceeds during the open house will benefit Our Neighbors’ Table and other local charities.

The Way to Balance, located at 21 Water St., is owned by Sue Hanks Singleton and her husband, Aaron Singleton. Sue is a medical intuitive and master healer/teacher who recently released a new book, “Nine Simple Laws to Create Joy and Grace: A Comprehensive Guide to Manifestation.” Aaron is a licensed massage therapist, master healer/teacher and founder of the Energy of Life healing process.

For more information or to reserve a spot at one of the clinics, call 978-834-0341.

Community yoga classes in Amesbury

The following community karma yoga classes will be offered this month at the People’s Yoga Co-Op in Amesbury on a pay-by-donation basis. All classes are drop-in and held from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at 14 Cedar St.

Tonight, Ashtanga Yoga with Ari Doccola; Aug. 16, Vinyasa Yoga with Kerrie Sesto; Aug. 23, Move & Groove Yoga with Jennifer Freeman; and Aug. 30, Gentle Flow Yoga with Nancy MacDougall.

Pay-by-donation Yoga by the River classes are also being held every Sunday in August from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on the Merrimack River in Amesbury.

Bring your own mat, water and a towel for the damp grass. Park along the grass between the houses at 391 and 417 Main St.

For more information, call 508-333-4160 or visit www.peoplesyogacoop.com.

Learn the art of Zen meditation

Free Zen meditation instruction is offered Monday nights at the First Religious Society in Newburyport.

The practice sessions meet in the lower meetinghouse at 26 Pleasant St. from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. There is a 6 p.m. orientation session for first-time participants.

The classes are taught by Joyce Haydock, a dharma teacher at the Kwan Um School of Zen for more than 22 years.

For more information, call 978-363-5457.

Kripalu yoga returns to Plum IslandThroughout the month of August, Angelena Craig is leading a Kripalu yoga class each Wednesday and Saturday at 8 a.m. on Plum Island.

The one-hour classes are a gentle slow flow to open, stretch and balance the mind and the body and are appropriate for experienced yoga students, as well as beginners.To find the class, come onto the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. Park in the first large parking lot, and walk onto the beach, turning to the left. You will see the class meeting by the big wood sign. Bring a large towel, water and sunglasses.There is no fee, but a suggested donation of $5 or $10 is appreciated. If the weather is inclement, or you have questions, call 508-472-7251 or visit www.thenewagingmovement.com.

Free yoga classes on the waterfront

A free community weekly yoga class will be held at Newburyport’s Waterfront Park, behind the Firehouse, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. every Friday through Aug. 24.

Led by Mike Houlihan of Roots to Wings, the classes will have a healing focus and include postures and breathing for strength, flexibility, balance and concentration. Bring a mat or towel.

Donations will be accepted for the Pettengill House in Salisbury.

Classes are also held at Perkins Playground off Water Street on Saturday mornings and on the beach on the Newbury side of Plum Island on Sunday mornings.

For more information, call 978-463-9642, email yoga@rootstowings.com or visit www.rootstowings.com.

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