Naturopathy is not a magic show, one proponent argues.

YogaForce sounds like an oxymoron, but they’re marketing a new yoga mat:

"The YogaForce A-Line Athletic Mat is great. It’s a very good design," says Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D., author and physician best known for establishing and popularizing the field of integrative medicine. Go to and order the new Mat today for the fitness minded on the gift list.

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) November 29, 2009 — Just in time for the holidays, the YogaForce newly patented, revolutionary A-Line Athletic Mat is now available as the perfect gift for the exercise minded on the list or get one to personally start the New Year off in style. Now at fine stores such as (I) Spa at the InterContinental Hotel, Sports/Club LA in San Francisco and online at, the A-Line Mat is available for a limited time until its major re-launch in February 2010.Well-known San Francisco yoga instructor and founder and chief creative of YogaForce LLC, Annie Appleby will be hand to teach a few moves on her patented A-Line Mat at Sports/Club L.A. in San Francisco on Thursday, December 3rd from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday, December 5th from 10-2 p.m. Future dates in 2010 will be announced for a tour of the U.S. The A-Line Athletic Mat offers a healthy, affordable investment to get in shape. Celebrities who demand the most advanced products that produce the best results such as Linda Evangelista, Tobey Maguire, Steve Martin, Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow, own the A-Line Athletic Mat.

“The YogaForce A-Line Athletic Mat is great. It’s a very good design,” says Andrew Weil, M.D., author and physician best known for establishing and popularizing the field of integrative medicine. Made from long lasting, recyclable, non-latex material and one hundred percent recyclable, the A-Line comes with a hands free adjustable shoulder strap and only weighs four pounds, making it simple for urban dwellers to transport on the run.

“Offering YogaForce Mats at the (I) Spa at the InterContinental San Francisco demonstrates our commitment to making wiser choices and to a sustainable future. We’re committed to providing our guests with a modern, customized approach to living a green “spa lifestyle” that values health, wellness and personal growth as well as social and environmental responsibility," says Hina Mufti, Spa Director, InterContinental San Francisco.

The ergonomic A-Line Athletic Mat serves to better guide one’s practice whether Pilates, yoga or any floor exercise because it improves energy flow, alignment and muscle tone. The alignment guides are essential to maximize performance, while the patented shape also gives more room to maneuver in class.

Unique features of the A-Line Athletic Mat include:

Appleby, a former executive at Paramount Pictures, launched the brand in 1995 and developed the mat to get her body back in alignment after a car accident. It worked; today her body shows no signs of serious injury. The mat is so effective that it’s now patented.

According to Dr. Paula Pullen of the American College of Sports Medicine, “The YogaForce Mat is excellent for alignment awareness and practice comfort.”

"The Patented YogaForce A-Line Mat increases proper energy flow. The alignment element is key. No need to even think about it. Just line it up and it works! It’s amazingly simple. Another great feature is that you can wear it on to a plane. “ Says Appleby.

An integrative medicine clinic opens in Otero.  

This fall, CAPPED will open Phase I of its Center for Integrative Health Care. It is our view that integrative medicine is neither alternative nor complimentary.

Integrative quite simply means "open to all." Thus, integrative health care is the best of medicine from around the globe. With integrative medicine, the client is at the center of care in charge of his or her health and the most important contributor to illness or health.

Integrative medicine respects:

* The innate human capacity to heal.

* The client’s right to be included in all phases of their care.

* All health care practitioners.

* All disciplines of health care.

* The client’s choices.

Our goals at the CAPPED Center for Integrative Health Care are:

* To combine the best of modern medicine with established healing practices from around the world.

* To help all health care providers explore and understand the different disciplines of health care and the healing modalities within the global health care system.

* To expand our current network of health care providers and further diversify our current health care community.

* To create a neutral space where health care practitioners of all disciplines can actively collaborate.

* To promote the primary prevention of disease through:

* Evaluation of the client’s overall health status.

* Identifying potentially unhealthy conditions, behaviors and/or exposures.

* Developing individualized health promotion interventions.

* Educating the client on his/her individualized plan and its implementation.

* Re-evaluating the client’s health status at intervals following implementation.

* Adjusting the plan to meet the changing needs of the individual.

What are the generally recognized divisions of Integrative Health Care?

* Biologically based systems.

* Diets.

* Vitamin/mineral supplements.

* Herbal remedies – traditional healers.

* Manipulation and body-based systems.

* Chiropractic.

* Massage.

* Osteopathic manipulation.

* Mind/body medicine.

* Prayer.

* Yoga.

* Meditation.

* Medical systems: Gather information, diagnose and devise specialized plans of care.

* Conventional health care.

* Homeopathy.

* Naturopathy.

* Traditional Chinese medicine.

* Ayurvedic medicine.

* Energy healing.

* Reiki.

* Magnets.

* Chi gong.

* Tai chi.

When the National Center on Complimentary and Alternative Medicine was founded in 1998, only conventional health care was being practiced in our nation’s hospitals. Today, many hospitals and cancer centers have incorporated meditation, Reiki, massage, mind/body, patient navigation systems and more into their clients’ plans of care.

How did it happen? It was patient driven. If you want these options, ask for them. It is your health, your life and you can make it a positive outcome.

For more information, call CAPPED Inc. at 434-4673, or visit our office at 907 New York Ave., Alamogordo.


Tresa VanWinkle is a registered nurse and executive director of CAPPED Inc. This column is provided as a service of the Otero County Community Health Council and the Alamogordo Daily News as a way to provide the latest in health and wellness information, services and events. Articles for this column are submitted by Health Council partners, but do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Otero County Community Health Council.


An in Ontario, which just gave legislative empowerment to naturopathic doctors, someone argues that NDs are not magicians: