Page 1

You cannot always control what you are feeling,

You can change how these things affect you. The heart has been considered the source of emotion, courage, wisdom and life itself for centuries. Negative emotions lead to increased disorder in the heart’s rhythms and in the autonomic nervous system, thereby adversely affecting the rest of the body.

Heart Rate Variability (HRV)

Positive emotions create increased harmony and coherence in heart rhythms and improves balance in the nervous system. Harmonious rhythms are more efficient and support the body’s wellness and health.

Call us, and begin your Journey today!



Experience the Change 2

Northern & Central New Mexico

505-7 15-3452




Where will you be when over 50,000 readers are looking for you?


Resources under categories such as Holistic Health, Fitness, Eco-friendly Products and Services, and more!

Be Part of this Special Annual Issue,

A Complete Directory Our Readers Reference All Year! EFFECTIVE, 12-MONTH EXPOSURE

Print copies of this issue will be distributed all year and the online version will remain on our homepage throughout 2016.

AFFORDABLE, ONE-TIME PAYMENT No multi-month contract required. Advertise for as little as $99.


Options range from basic listings to full page ads. Business profiles and ad packages are also available and discounts are offered on multi-month advertising campaigns.


With one-on-one guidance, we make it easy to advertise. Whether you’re an experienced advertiser or a brand new business owner, we are here for you.

Early Bird Pricing Directory Listing

($119 After December 15th)




For all the details, visit

or call 505-999-1319 November 2015

natural awakenings



contact us Publisher – Andrea Schensky Williams 505-999-1319 6612 Glenlochy Way NE Albuquerque, NM 87113

Advertising Sales Andrea Schensky Williams 505-999-1319

Art Director Kurt Merkel


Erin Floresca


Thomas Maslowski


Martin Friedman

Contributing Writers Kathleen Barnes Berje A. Barrow-Kaiser Lynda Bassett Judith Fertig Craig O’Hare Avery Mack Linda Sechrist Gerry Strauss Teal Swan Jane Wotten

SUBSCRIPTIONS: Digital email subscriptions are available free, compliments of publisher, by emailing to above email address your name and email information.

any of the Natural Awakenings publishers just experienced Mary Lynn Ziemer’s powerful message about the practice of gratitude. Over the course of six weeks we were introduced to very practical applications that can be practiced 24/7 and easily incorporated into our daily lives. In her article Grateful for Everything (see page 18), Ziemer teaches that journaling, being grateful for what you have, and thinking and speaking positively are all processes that, over time, will help create a life that makes you truly happy. With the holiday season upon us many of us will be giving back to others that are less fortunate. The CARE program (see page 7) is one way to help victims of domestic violence by providing a safe shelter for their pets through their foster program. Sharing Our Bounty (see page 22) gives tips on contributing healthy meals to food banks such as homemade stews, canned fish, wholesome cereals and snacks. Roadrunner, the largest foodbank in New Mexico, has an app with locations of food banks all over the state. This makes it easier to find a way to help those in need. We are also very grateful for the local participants to our Natural Beauty articles on pages 14 and 16. NYR Organics, Eco Botanica and Salon Tallou are local businesses that share their story and provide toxin free products for hair and skin. And last, but certainly not least, True Wealth (see page 26) comes from giving and receiving—and this doesn’t have to mean money or material possessions. For instance, instead of gifts, you could give your time. Having an abundance of time can be a measurement of wealth. Expressions of wealth can be getting the chance to travel on a regular basis, a spiritual connection with another person, creating space in your life for pursuing your passions, and of course, being able to spend quality time with family and friends. We are excited to announce our first Healthy and Green Living Directory in February 2016. This edition will be distributed all year long. It’s a great opportunity for those on the fence about advertising and requires no long-term commitment. To take advantage of the $99 Early Bird Pricing, see page 3, visit http://bit. ly/1miwcew or email Photo by Allen Winston

Serving Central and Northern New Mexico, including Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos and surrounding communities


Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving! Andrea Schensky Williams, Publisher

DISTRIBUTION: Natural Awakenings free publication is delivered to more than 500 business locations in northern and central New Mexico monthly. Would you like to receive Natural Awakenings monthly at your place of business and receive benefits? Contact us for more information. © 2015 by Natural Awakenings. All rights reserved. Although some parts of this publication may be reproduced and reprinted, we require that prior permission be obtained in writing. Natural Awakenings is a free publication distributed locally and is supported by our advertisers. It is available in selected stores, health and education centers, healing centers, public libraries and wherever free publications are generally seen. Please call to find a location near you or if you would like copies placed at your business. We do not necessarily endorse the views expressed in the articles and advertisements, nor are we responsible for the products and services advertised. We welcome your ideas, articles and feedback.

Natural Awakenings is printed on recycled newsprint with soy-based ink.


Northern & Central New Mexico

Rekindle the Spirit of Your Life Watch it Light Up the Season Advertise in our special

December Prayer and Meditation Issue To advertise or participate in our next issue, call 505-999-1319

contents 9

7 9 10 13 13




14 15 16 18 19 20 22 24 28 31

newsbriefs ecobrief healthbriefs bookreview profiles healingways beautybriefs greenliving inspiration healthykids wisewords consciouseating fitbody calendar resourceguide

advertising & submissions HOW TO ADVERTISE To advertise with Natural Awakenings or request a media kit, please contact us at 505-999-1319 or email Fax 888-900-6099. Deadline for ads: the 10th of the month. EDITORIAL SUBMISSIONS Email articles, news items and ideas to: Deadline for editorial: the 5th of the month. CALENDAR SUBMISSIONS Email Calendar Events to: Calendar@ Deadline for calendar: the 15th of the month. REGIONAL MARKETS Advertise your products or services in multiple markets! Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp. is a growing franchised family of locally owned magazines serving communities since 1994. To place your ad in other markets call 505-999-1319. For franchising opportunities call 1-239-530-1377 or visit

Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.




Few Skincare Product Labels Tell the Whole Story by Linda Sechrist


Choose Safe and Healthy Natural Beauty Aids by Kathleen Barnes


Six Ways to Raise Emotional Intelligence


by Gerry Strauss



Eco-Activist Actress Takes Steps that Make a Difference by Gerry Strauss



Food Drives Need Healthy Donations

by Avery Mack



Ballet-Inspired Workouts Create Long and Lean Muscles


by Lynda Bassett


Living a Life We Love is Real Affluence

by Judith Fertig

natural awakenings

November 2015


Turn Your Passion Into a Business

Own a Natural Awakenings Magazine Our publishers ranked us among the highest in franchise satisfaction for our Training, Support, Core Values and Integrity!

As a Natural Awakenings publisher, you can enjoy learning about healthy and joyous living while working from your home and earn a good income doing something you love!

No publishing experience is necessary. You’ll work for yourself but not by yourself. We offer a complete training and support system that allows you to successfully publish your own magazine.

• Meaningful New Career • Low Initial Investment • Proven Business System • Home-Based Business • Exceptional Franchise Support & Training

For more information, visit our website or call 239-530-1377

Natural Awakenings is now expanding into new markets across the U.S. Contact us about starting a magazine in a community of your choice or acquiring an existing publication for sale highlighted in red below.

Natural Awakenings publishes in over 95 markets across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. • • • • • • • • • •

Huntsville, AL Mobile/Baldwin, AL* Phoenix, AZ* Tucson, AZ East Bay Area, CA San Diego, CA Denver/Boulder, CO Fairfield County, CT Hartford, CT New Haven/ Middlesex, CT • Washington, DC • Daytona/Volusia/ Flagler, FL • NW FL Emerald Coast • Ft. Lauderdale, FL • Jacksonville/ St. Augustine, FL • Melbourne/Vero, FL • Miami & the Florida Keys • Naples/Ft. Myers, FL • North Central FL • Orlando, FL • Palm Beach, FL • Peace River, FL • Sarasota, FL • Tampa/St. Pete., FL • FL’s Treasure Coast • Atlanta, GA • Hawaiian Islands • Chicago, IL • Chicago Western Suburbs, IL • Indianapolis, IN • Baton Rouge, LA • Lafayette, LA • New Orleans, LA • Portland, ME • Boston, MA • Ann Arbor, MI • East Michigan • Wayne County, MI* • Western MI* • Minneapolis/ St. Paul, MN • Charlotte, NC* • Lake Norman, NC* • Triangle, NC • Central, NJ • Hudson County, NJ • Mercer County, NJ

• Monmouth/ Ocean, NJ • North NJ • North Central NJ • South NJ • Santa Fe/Abq., NM • Las Vegas, NV • Albany, NY • Buffalo, NY • Central NY • Long Island, NY • Lower Hudson Valley West, NY • Manhattan, NY* • Queens, NY • Rochester, NY • Westchester/ Putnam Co’s., NY • Central OH • Cincinnati, OH* • Toledo, OH • Oklahoma City, OK • Portland, OR* • Bucks/Montgomery Counties, PA • Harrisburg/York, PA • Lancaster, PA • Lehigh Valley, PA • Pocono, PA/ Warren Co., NJ • Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre, PA • Rhode Island • Charleston, SC* • Columbia, SC • Grand Strand, SC* • Greenville, SC • Chattanooga, TN • Knoxville, TN* • Memphis, TN • Austin, TX • Dallas Metroplex, TX • Dallas/FW Metro N • Houston, TX • San Antonio, TX* • SE Texas • Richmond, VA • VA’s Blue Ridge • Seattle, WA • Madison, WI • Milwaukee, WI • Puerto Rico

* Existing magazines for sale


Northern & Central New Mexico

Natural Awakenings recently won the prestigious FBR50 Franchise Satisfaction Award from Franchise Business Review. To learn more, visit


Relief for Domestic Violence Victims and Their Animals


nimal Protection of New Mexico (APNM), a 36-year-old nonprofit animal advocacy organization, offers a unique program to help both people and animals affected by domestic violence. In a partnership with the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NMCADV), APNM’s Companion Animal Rescue Effort (CARE) is expanding their network of foster homes, including both individuals and boarding facilities, to provide safe temporary housing for up to 30, 60 or 90 days for survivors’ animals. Domestic violence is a frequent and serious problem in New Mexico. Statistics show that up to 68 percent of domestic violence victims’ delay leaving or reporting their abuse due to concern for the safety and welfare of their companion animals. It’s not uncommon for survivors to report that their abuser injured, killed or threatened the family’s dog or cat for revenge or control. However, most domestic violence shelters don’t allow animals. The CARE program gives individuals or families some peace of mind knowing their animals will be safe while they seek the help they need to rebuild their lives. To become a CARE foster provider or for assistance, contact CARE at 1-844-323CARE (2273) or To make a tax-deductible contribution, visit



HEALTH INSURANCE. Affordable health plans for all New Mexicans.

Now you can offer your employees affordable health insurance designed to give them the care they need to stay healthy. For refreshingly simple, really honest health insurance, connect with us at Simple, honest, affordable health insurance.



Natural & Safe

“Thank you Christian. I no longer have the desire to smoke. It happened on March 17, 2014 just like you said it would. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY LUNGS.” -Joan Postell-Porter, Site & Property Manager


Christian Raphael CMS-CHt, FIBH, IBH# F1113-271

505-918-6555 • FREE CONSULTATION 819 Vassar Drive NE, Albuquerque NM, 87106 Please call to find out how Hypnotherapy can help you.

natural awakenings

November 2015


Energy Medicine Self-Care and Fundamentals

Mandalas for Manifesting Spiritual Qualities

evel 1 in the Healing Touch Certificate Program will be held on November 14 and 15 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at UNM Center for Life in Albuquerque. The program incorporates fundamentals of energy anatomy, theory and practice using lecture and experiential work. “Which means this is your own mini-retreat!” says class instructor, Barbara Welcer, RN. “For these two days learn and experience the benefits of energy medicine.” The Healing Touch Program is a standardized, international, multi-level, continuing education program in energy-based therapy, the first to incorporate a certification in energy medicine. The classes are open to all who have an interest in energy therapy and a desire to engage in their own self-care. Barbara Welcer has over 20 years’ experience in energy medicine working in hospital settings, out-patient clinics, community centers and private practice. Nurses and massage therapists receive 16 continuing education credits.

ransformational Psychologist, Dr. Suchinta Abhayaratna, will facilitate a workshop series exploring mandalas for manifesting spiritual qualities in Santa Fe. The series, starting November 8, will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on four consecutive Sundays. During the four weeks, participants will create 21 small mandalas. “The term Mandala means ‘sacred circle,’ and a ‘container of essence’ in Sanskrit. Mandalas have been tools for meditation and healing in many cultures. The spiritual practice of creating mandalas promises to be a beautiful and profoundly transformational experience while also being joyful and mystical,” explains Abhayaratna. No previous artistic experience is required. A simple technique to create luminous effects using white and colored pencils on black paper will be presented in the first session. The emphasis will be on process, not product. A Community Sand Mandala of Gratitude will be created on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. This event will also be open to others in the community who wish to participate. In addition, an online workshop will be offered on four Saturdays starting November 7.


Cost: Early bird tuition of $325 paid in full by November 4. UNM employees may receive tuition remission. Pre-registration is required and class size is limited! Register early to reserve your space. Contact Barbara Welcer at 248-882-1706. See ad page 25.


Cost: $225. Location: 8 Via de Estrellas, Santa Fe. Call 571-422-6734 to register for the workshops and the Sand Mandala event. See ad page 27.

I MADE A CONNECTION! “I joined the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce to network and meet future clients and my AHCC membership has helped me do that.” AHCC member since 2013. Call the AHCC to see how membership can help you and your business.




Northern & Central New Mexico


Christian Raphael CMS-CHt, FIBH Owner Christian Raphael Hypnotherapy

ecobrief Go Solar Now

Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival


s a solar installer for County facilities in Santa Fe County, Craig O’Hare, has made it his mission to let the public know how cost effective solar has become. On behalf of the County, he has been promoting solar power to the public for over four years. “The most common comment I continue to receive is ‘I had no idea that solar was so affordable. I’ve wanted to go solar for a while now but thought it was still just for the wealthy,” shares O’Hare. According to O’Hare, getting off of fossil fuels has always been “the right thing to do.” In the past, however, going solar was a pricey proposition. “That’s no longer true! Solar electric, or photovoltaic (PV) systems, are about 60 percent less expensive than they were just 5 to 6 years ago. In addition, there’s a 40 percent income tax credit that makes PV totally cost-effective and viable for even middle income households,” he says. “When you combine how inexpensive solar has become and the tax credits with the favorable financing that is available, solar can be cash-neutral or even cash positive from the first month having the system on your property.” There are also two additional financial benefits of PV: solar households are immune to future electric utility rate increases and have a higher resale value. “Both appraisers and the housing market have caught up to the fact that solar systems add true value to developed property. There’s something satisfying about not paying to bring fossil fuel-derived power into your home every day,” says O’Hare, who notes that he has hasn’t paid an electric bill in over four years. To learn more about going solar, contact Craig O’Hare at 992-3044, cohare@santafecountynm. gov or visit works/ energy for more information.

Free Solar Power! “Zero Cost” solar possible Loan payments = reduction of your utility bill “40% OFF” with solar tax credits!

Increase the resale value of your home! Call for Free solar advice for homes and businesses!

Solarize Santa Fe!

A CITY AND COUNTY CAMPAIGN Call for Free Solar Advice: 505.992.3044 •


he country’s largest and oldest recycled art market, Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival, is dedicated to showcasing art created from discarded materials. This weekend-long event celebrates its 17th year on November 20 to 22 and kicks off with Friday night’s famous Trash Fashion and Costume Contest. The weekend continues with an inspiring art market, adult and student juried art exhibits, and make and take art activities. More than 90 artists from New Mexico, Colorado, Illinois, California, Arizona and elsewhere will offer their original pieces for sale in the Art Market and display their work in the juried art exhibit. All art consists of a minimum of 75 percent recycled materials—everything from vintage tin cans turned into beautiful earrings to paper mache sculptures. Artists successfully upcycle trash into treasure, combining recycling and innovation to show creative ways to save our resources, while making one of a kind art. The three-day festival will be held November 20 from 5 to 9 p.m. with $5 general admission and $15 to $20 for fashion show. Admission is free on November 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and November 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Location: Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 W. Marcy St. (Downtown Santa Fe). For more information, including hours and cost, visit

natural awakenings

November 2015



Having Gratitude Yields More Happiness than Having Things


wo studies from Baylor University have confirmed that materialism can lead to feeling less satisfied with life, while a sense of gratitude reverses some of the negative effects of the pursuit of things. The research, led by Professor James Roberts, Ph.D., included questionnaires sent to 246 marketing students from another university, focusing on happiness and satisfaction with a 15-minute survey that included a 15-point materialism scale. The study found that individuals that focused on achieving material goals were less satisfied with their lives, less happy and had lower selfesteem. Meanwhile, the study found that grateful students found more meaning in their lives and felt a greater sense of satisfaction. “Individuals high in gratitude showed less of a relationship between materialism and its negative affect. Additionally, individuals high in materialism showed decreased life satisfaction when either gratitude or positive affect was low,” note the researchers.

Animal Friends Soothe Autistic Children


ccording to the Centers for Disease Control, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) now affects about 1 in every 68 chil-

dren in the U.S., up from 1 in 150 in 2000. This includes 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls. Contact with animals may help ameliorate this troubling trend. A recent study of 114 children between 5 and 12 years old has found that autistic children having greater contact with animals have less anxiety related to social situations. The research was led by Marguerite O’Haire, Ph.D., from the Center for the Human-Animal Bond at the College of Veterinary Medicine of Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Indiana. Colleagues from the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland, in Brisbane, Australia, also participated in the study. The researchers divided the 114 children into 38 groups of three. Each group had one ASD child and two children without ASD. Skin conductance, which provides an objective way for researchers to gauge social anxiety, was measured among the children as they read silently and aloud. As expected, skin conductance was significantly higher among the ASD children as they read aloud in front of their peers. In successive sessions, when researchers introduced pet guinea pigs for the children to pet prior to their readings, the ASD children’s skin conductance levels dropped significantly. “Previous studies suggest that in the presence of companion animals, children with autism spectrum disorders function better socially,” says James Griffin, Ph.D., of the Child Development and Behavior Branch of the U.S. National Institutes of Health. “This study provides physiological evidence that the proximity of animals eases the stress that children with autism may experience in social situations.”

Celebrating 31 Years in Broadcasting

Transitions Radio Magazine OakRose Academy of Light

with Alan Hutner, Elizabeth Rose & Beth Wright

UPCOMING GUESTS & TOPICS Aaron Stern: "A Love Of Learning Revisited" Gangaji: "Freedom and Resolve" Parvati Markus: "Love Everyone: Neem Karoli Baba's Transcendent Wisdom" Kiara Windrider: "Magnetic Shifts & Fields Of Divine Light" Frannie Rose: "The Invitation: Uncovering God's Longing To Be Heard" Rosie's Ruminations and Rudy's Raps: "Story, Music, Poetry and Zen Twists on Love & Duality"

A Spiritual-­‐Educa/onal  Non-­‐Profit  Organiza/on OakRose  Academy  of  Light  is  a  New  Age  Mystery  School  under  the   guidance  and  direc;on  of  the  Ascended  Masters  of  the  Spiritual   Hierarchy  through  their  clear-­‐voice  channel  Reverend  AliceAnn   Melchizedek  

OakRose Academy Services:

•  •  •  •  •  •  Rev. AliceAnn Melchizedek

Ordained Priest  &  Minister  of  Light   to  the  Order  of  Melchizedek Transpersonal  Psychologist     Clear  Voice  Channel

•  •  •  • 

Individual Sessions  &  Readings   with  the  Ascended  Masters   Nova  Earth  Master  Classes     Ascended  Master  Ins;tutes   Evolu;onary  Consciousness  &   Evolu;onary  Leadership  Training   Ascend  in  Love  Events  (Global)   Online  Spiritual  Development   Classes   Personal  5-­‐Day  Intensives     Advanced  Guided  Medita;ons   Monthly  Lightworkers   Teleconference

Live Sunday Mornings 8 -11 AM on FM – 98.1 Radio Free Santa Fe On-line – Live Streaming & Archiving All Shows at:

Bi-­‐Monthly NewsleMer

It’s an excellent time to check in with your Master Guides and Teachers from On High!!

The Voice & Music Of Presence      505.490.8855


Northern & Central New Mexico

Find The Latest Updates on Transitions MultiMedia

Call for Guest and Sponsorship Information: 505.466.2616

Reduce Holiday Stress with the HeartMath Technique by Berje A. Barrow-Kaiser


Y Because we all need community.

he holidays mean many things for many people. Gifts. Shopping. Family. Friends. Work. Busy. Did I leave the stove on? What do you mean you’re sold out? All of these thoughts are probably familiar, and unfortunately they manifest stress this time of year with all of our gatherings and celebration. With all of this busyness, how can we learn to truly enjoy the positive aspects of the holidays without becoming bogged down? How can we live the feelings of love and appreciation we want to reflect on? The answer comes from the heart, literally. Human emotion, despite popular belief, starts as an electrical impulse in the musculature of and the tissue surrounding the heart; it then becomes a nervous signal interpreted by the brain. This phenomenon can be measured several feet away as an electromagnetic signal. In an environment of high stress, you cannot control what those around you are feeling; you can however, change how these things affect you through a technique known as Heart Math, which utilizes heart rate variability. Through visualization and being mindful of breathing, Heart Math can help you—even in your most stressful situations—develop the skills and techniques needed to sideline and neutralize the stress, helping you truly enjoy the memories being created this special time of year.

Spiritual Happy Hour

2nd & 4th Sundays of the month; 10 am Exploring and sharing our paths of awakening consciousness.

Potluck after the hour service.

Center for Inner Truth 1807 2nd Street, #84 • Santa Fe • 505-920-4418

Berje A. Barrow-Kaiser is the owner of Obsidian Health and Wellness in Albuquerque. For more information, call 505-715-3452 or visit See ad page 2.

Activate Your Mind Power Find Out Why People Travel From All Over The World For This Course!

Integrate your interest in Healing, Quantum Biology, the Mind Sciences and Practical Spirituality State Licensed 500-hour Hypnotherapy Certification Course

Classes Start

January 25th • 2016 natural awakenings

November 2015


practitioner profile


Jay Pullen, Albuquerque Hypnotherapy


Local Practitioner Authors Two Books on Mindfulness


ith a long career focused on group interaction and personal health, Dr. Beth Gineris, MA, MS, brings her vast knowledge of mindfulness, conflict resolution, cognitive behavioral retraining and solutions-focused life coaching into her writings, including her two books on mindfulness. Gineris asserts that by developing an attitude of mindfulness one can integrate spirit, mind and body to positively shift communications and relations with the outside world. All interactions with others—from family, work and love life— become harmonious from this more balanced perspective. Turning Me to We: The Art of Partnering with Mindfulness provides the keys and innovative techniques to create healthy, successful relationships in an easy to implement step-by-step model. Written in an accessible and engaging format, the simple, yet highly effective tools offered in this insightful book teach how to shift relationships from competitive to collaborative and estranging to connected. Readers will find the skills necessary to allow all of the partnerships in their life to flourish. This is a companion book to Turning No to On: The Art of Parenting with Mindfulness. The goal of this book is to assist the parent in developing an attitude of mindfulness in parenting to circumvent the trap of power struggling in daily living and develop an internalized structure of strength and flexibility. This style of thinking and being in parenting will help you shift your child’s no to on, shifting the power struggle into a sense of being “turned on” to life and living mindfully. This incorporates playfulness, flexibility and a sense of structure in how things work and results in happy, powerful, resilient, strong, collaborative, unique, self-confident beings. Dr. Gineris is committed to doing transformational work with clients, through the synthesis of her three graduate degrees in counseling, business, Oriental medicine and her 25 years of personal meditation and mindful practices. She has a thriving integrative energetic, cognitive, physical medicine practice in Albuquerque and offers mindfulness training seminars at her practice throughout the year. To learn more about Dr. Gineris and her trainings, visit Both books are available through her website and locally at Page 1 Books, BookWorks and the Center for Instinctive Health Medicine in Albuquerque.

lbuquerque Hypnotherapy owner Jay Pullen brings a variety of resources to his hypnotherapy practice, including degrees in psychology and organizational management. Up until a few years ago, Pullen spent a great deal of his career in the building trade, with custom cabinets being his initial draw into that creative world. This endeavor culminated in designing and building custom homes. However, his interest in behavioral health, which includes spirituality and six years on the board of trustees at Unity Spiritual Center of Albuquerque, never stopped. When the real estate market collapsed in 2008, he felt it was a good time to return to that world and began training at The Hypnotherapy Academy of America in Albuquerque. Pullen is fully certified in general hypnotherapy as well as Medical Support Hypnosis, but finds himself currently working with a lot of anxiety issues in his practice. “It seems appropriate for the time,” he says. “I’ve been doing volunteer work for several years now with a counseling agency that works with children diagnosed with Reactive Attachment Disorder, a population of very difficult and troubled children. I’ve learned a lot about the mechanisms that create anxiety issues of all kinds that start in childhood and continue on into adulthood. The message is that you don’t have to live with anxiety; there are ways to get relief from that issue. My training in Medical Support Hypnosis also allows me to understand the physical wellness complications that can come from anxiety and stress.” Jay Pullen can be reached at 505-4502571 or by visiting He offers a free 20 minute consultation for those who want to meet him and see if hypnotherapy is right for them. See directory listing page 31.

natural awakenings

November 2015



Natural Facial Essentials Few Skincare Product Labels Tell the Whole Story

are fresher and more potent,” she says. Although a facial can easily be performed at home with salon or commercial products, Fedotova, who owns spas in Chicago and Kalamazoo, Michigan, recommends having a professional facial every four to five weeks. Charlene Handel, a certified holistic esthetician, holistic skin care educator and owner of Skin Fitness Etc., in Carlsbad, California, agrees.

Sequenced Steps

Handel chooses treatments that penetrate and nourish the layer of skin below the epidermis, the outermost layer, consisting of mostly dead cells, with 100 percent holistic (edible) products and freshly brewed organic tea compresses. “Without a gentle exfoliation, the first To help consumstep in any effective facial, not even t age 25, Paula The skin, your ers avoid overpaying for skincare formulas with penetration enBegoun, author of The Original protective organ, skincare products which hancers, can nourish the lower layer of may not be as natural or live cells. One key nourishment among Beauty Bible and other is meant to be organic as touted, Begoun others is vitamin C, an antioxidant which bestselling books on encourages skepticism protects against sun damage skincare, makeup and “worn” for life. It is regarding marketing mes- brightens, and promotes collagen production,” hair care, read her first She suggests that advises Handel. label on a skincare not a luxury, but a sages. an important key is to She explains that skin cells proproduct she was using. Although she’d tried necessity to take choose the best formula- duced in the deepest layer gradually tion for an individual’s push their way to the epidermis every many different products the best possible skin type and specific skin 30 days and die. Dead cells can pile up to control her acne and concerns. unevenly and give the skin’s surface a eczema since age 11, care of it. “There are no U.S. dry, rough, dull appearance. As we age, she hadn’t thought about Food and Drug Agencycell turnover time increases to 45 or 60 the contents, which was ~Charlene Handel approved standards for days, which is why gentle sloughing is partially why she was necessary. This can be done at home distraught to discover that acetone (nail the organic labeling of skincare products sold in salons and spas or over-the- three times a week with a honey mask. polish remover) was the fourth ingredicounter. The cosmetics industry hasn’t Another form of exfoliation perent listed. agreed on one set of standards either. formed in a salon uses a diamondThat moment became the inspiraU.S. Department of Agriculture certifica- tipped, crystal-free microdermabrasion tion for Begoun’s lifetime devotion to tion is cost-prohibitive for most small machine to gently buff away the surface skincare research and education and cosmetic companies that use clean, layer of skin. customer advocacy. Today, as founder certified organic ingredients, so some An additional option is a light glycolof the Seattle-based Paula’s Choice uncertified organic products exist and ic acid and beta hydroxy acid treatment. Skincare, she continues to help women it’s wise to read labels,” explains Elina This can be purchased over the counter or understand when product claims are Fedotova, founder of the nonprofit Asprepared at home using organic papaya misleading or factual. sociation of Holistic Skin Care Practitio- (glycolic) and pineapple (beta hydroxyl) ners. She counsels that we Google any for more even skin tone. These treatments, Buyer Be Aware unfamiliar ingredient to learn if it’s toxic sometimes referred to as acid peels, can One of Begoun’s core conclusions is or safe. be applied to the face for no more than 10 that the terms organic and all natural are Fedotova, a cosmetic chemist and to 15 minutes, typically every two to four largely responsible for fueling the misaesthetician who makes her profesweeks or every few months. conception that all synthetic ingredients sional skincare line, Elina Organics, by Treatment serums, moisturizing in cosmetics are automatically bad and hand in a laboratory, compares the diflotions and eye and neck creams are all that all organic or natural ingredients are automatically good. She further notes that ference between salon and commercial elements of a complete facial. The simmany products labeled organic and natu- products to fine dining versus fast food. plest sequence of application is layering ral include synthetic chemicals, meaning “Salon products are made in far smaller from the lightest to heaviest—eye cream, serum and moisturizer. Give them a that the term organic doesn’t apply to the quantities than mass-produced brands and offer higher concentrations of minute or two to absorb. No facial is entire formula. Fragrances are common ingredients. They are generally shipped complete without a sunscreen with zinc synthetic ingredients, as is the triethadirectly to the salon and have a higher oxide or titanium dioxide, applied last. nolamine that’s often used to adjust the turnover rate. Because they don’t have pH or as an emulsifying agent to convert Linda Sechrist is a Natural Awakenings acid to a salt, or stearate, as the base for a to be stored for indeterminate periods or endure warehouse temperatures, they senior staff writer. cleanser.

by Linda Sechrist



Northern & Central New Mexico

beautybrief Natural Beauty from Within by Jane Wotton


like to think of optimal skin health as balance in three areas: great products, healthy nutrition, and a calm mind. We need to aim for harmony and balance—our internal ‘soil’ needs to be clean, healthy and vital for glowing, vibrant outer beauty. If our skin reflects our health it’s important to take care of our whole system from the inside out. By using natural remedies to look after our whole body, alongside diet and lifestyle changes we can see the best results for our skin and beauty. Did you know our gut and brain form from the same embryonic tissue? We’ve heard it many times before, but we really need to consider food as medicine. The healthier our diet, the healthier we are and the better our skin will look. We need to eat less processed food and more natural food like fruits, vegetables and grains. Our mind and emotions also have a huge impact on our overall health, including our skin. Stress, lack of sleep, and a poor work/life balance all take their toll. If we have all the above in place, we can get the most benefit from our healthy skincare products.

Naturally Gorgeous Gifts from Neal’s Yard Remedies • Cruelty-free hand-made skincare • Organic & natural ingredients • Sustainable packaging


Jane Wotton is an independent consultant with NYR Organic. Visit

businessprofile Salon Tallou


alika Tallou, founder of Salon Tallou, in Albuquerque, is an Indigenous hair artist specializing in ammonia -free hair color services and haircuts. Drawing inspiration from the rejuvenating qualities that water carries, Tallou designed a vibrant, full-service holistic hair salon and wellness space that celebrates natural beauty, Ayurvedic health and Indigenous culture. Salon Tallou embraces the sacred Indigenous Dine` term “Hózhó”, which means beauty, balance, harmony, and positive alignment with all life on Mother Earth. This eco-salon’s team of practitioners offer organic hair and body care products, Ayurvedic consultations, herbal supplements and therapeutic massage. As a socio-environmental business, Salon Tallou is committed to positively impacting our community by providing a space for intergenerational engagement through a mentorship program with Native youth. ”I’m passionate about connecting with young women to collaboratively build 21st century skills like communication, compassion, and creativity in a healing salon,” says Tallou. “It is my hope that my sisters and I can create healthy livelihoods and revitalize local economies across Turtle Island.” Through her commitment to natural beauty and community wellness, Kalika has recently been accepted into the Native Entrepreneurship In Residence Program as an initiative of New Mexico Community Capital. This program nurtures Native American-owned businesses by providing entrepreneurial resources, mentorship and collaborative opportunity between other local businesses. From the guidance of the NEIR program, Salon Tallou has enjoyed expanding their capacity of what they can provide the community by hosting monthly meditations, special events and workshops. Mention this profile to receive a free coconut scalp treatment with any hair service. Location: 201 Hermosa Dr. NE, Albuquerque. For more information, call 505-507-2368, or visit

Preventive & Integrative Medicine Clinic

Schedule Your Consultation with a Physician Today! • Acupuncture • Chiroprac c • Myofascial/Massage Therapy • Cosme c Acupuncture • Energy Medicine - Healing Touch • Opportuni es to meet with tradi onal healers Classes: Mindfulness/Medita on • Tai Chi & Chi Gung Healing Lifestyles • Nia • EFT-Tapping • Healing Touch Ar Prasad, MD, FACP CFL Founder & Execu ve Director

Mark C. Lee, MD, FACP CFL Medical Director

4700 Jefferson St. NE, Ste. 100, Albuquerque, NM 87109 Phone: (505) 925-RING (7464) • Fax: (505) 925-4539 Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm •

natural awakenings

November 2015



immune systems. Here are just a few: Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), also known as Teflon, is found in foundation, pressed powder, loose powder, bronzer, blush, eye shadow and mascara. It can even enhance the toxicity of other chemicals, according to Danish research published in the International Journal of Andrology, and due to its fluorine base, can disrupt iodine absorption, contributing to breast disease including cancer. Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and its cousin, hydroxytoluene (BHT), are common preservatives found in lip products, liquid makeup and moisturizers that the European Commission on Endocrine Disruption cites as interfering with hormone function. They’ve also been shown to cause kidney damage, according to research by Kathleen Barnes from Spain’s Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Formaldehyde in many forms, e all want to look and feel manager at the Breast Cancer Fund and beautiful, often enhancing its Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, in San including quaternium-15, coal tar, benzene and mineral oils that are our best features with assisFrancisco. prohibited in the European Union and tance from cosmetics. Yet many of us While most cosmetic ingrediJapan, are classified as carcinogens by may not be aware of the toxic ingredi- ents must be listed on product labels, the International Agency for Research ents contained in products we’re using. sometimes their names are hard to “When the Federal Food, Drug, recognize, many are toxic and some of on Cancer. These examples represent the tip and Cosmetic Act was passed 77 years the most dangerous ones may not even of the iceberg of toxic chemicals of be listed. Labeled toxins commonly ago, it contained 112 pages of stanfound in cosmetics include endocrine concern commonly used in cosmetics. dards for food and drugs, and only disruptors that can affect our develop- They further range from allergens and one page for cosmetics,” says Connie Engel, Ph.D., science and education mental, reproductive, neurological and substances that cause non-cancerous

Dangers in the Cosmetic Bag

Choose Safe and Healthy Natural Beauty Aids



Creating Possibilities: Listening for New Directions in Life - Nina Ross Creating Spaciousness in Mind, Body & Spirit - Jim Reale In the Stillness & Silence, I Begin Again - Peter Traben Haas

GHOSTRANCH.ORG for more information 16

Northern & Central New Mexico

and cancerous tumors and organ toxicity to developmental and reproductive impairment, miscarriage and bioaccumulation leading to toxic overload when not excreted. Fragrances don’t have to be included in label ingredient lists, constituting another major concern, explains Engel. “Most cosmetics, even eye shadow, contain fragrance, and those fragrances can contain several dozen unlabeled ingredients, including hormone-disrupting phthalates.” The European Union is the authoritative source on all of these issues. Based on its CosIng (cosmetic ingredients) database accessed via ec.europa. eu/consumers/cosmetics/cosing, it has banned scores of toxic chemicals from makeup sold in EU countries.

Safe and Healthy Alternatives Fortunately, safe alternatives are available to enhance our natural beauty. “Become an educated consumer and read the list of ingredients,” advises Janice Cox, the Medford, Oregon, author of Natural Beauty at Home. “Fewer ingredients and organic components mean safer products.” Better yet, we can make our own more natural beauty aids. “One advantage of making your own is that you’re in control. You know yourself and your skin and sensitivities,” says Cox. DIY products are easy if intense color isn’t a requirement. “The color many people want is hard to produce with kitchen ingredients,” Cox explains. “You can make clear mascara and eyebrow tamer with castor oil. It’s easy to make lip balms and maybe get a little color by adding berry juice or beet root powder.” For those that want the look of high-quality makeup without toxins, other good alternatives come into play, says Hollywood makeup artist Lina Hanson, author of Eco-Beautiful. “I had been working in the industry for several years before I discovered the toxic ingredients in makeup; I was shocked,” she says. Equally unsettling, “I also learned that many of the ingredients allowed in the U.S. are banned in the

European Union because of their toxicity.” That knowledge launched Hanson’s quest to create safe, organic, beauty-enhancing products for women, celebrities and everyday people alike. “So many people these days pay close attention to what they put in their bodies, but not everyone is as careful about what they put on their bodies,” she says. “I want people to understand that you don’t have to sacrifice beauty in going green.” Hanson warns against so-called “natural” cosmetics that abuse the term and may include harmful preservatives and synthetic ingredients. She assures, “Any product labeled ‘USDA certified organic’ contains 100 percent organic ingredients.” Her book mentions numerous brands she recommends.

Beauty Bonus Tip Healthy, moisturized skin is essential to natural beauty, many experts agree, noting that younger women need to unclog pores to prevent acne. They don’t need much moisturizing, but skin generally becomes drier with age, making good moisturizers important. Cox recommends jojoba oil to effect glowing skin. Hanson likes coconut oil, although she recommends rubbing it in, removing makeup and then taking it off with a hot, wet towel. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics ( has created a helpful app for iPhone and Android users at Simply download it and scan a store item’s barcode to immediately access information on the product’s toxic ingredients, along with recommendations for healthier alternatives. Kathleen Barnes is the author of many natural health books, including Food Is Medicine. Connect at Kathleen

beautybrief New Mexico Facial Plastics


eady to say “goodbye” to loose, sagging skin? Looking for a non-surgical way to instantly regain that youthful glow? At New Mexico Facial Plastics, take 10 years off your face by choosing from advanced skin tighteners such as Glow by EndyMed™, EndyMed Pure™, Viora Reaction™ and Protégé Elite by BTL. Through laser technology and other special procedures, our board-certified ENT and facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Farhan Taghizadeh can administer these special treatments to add volume to your skin, keep you looking naturally young and eliminate any unwanted wrinkles. If you live in Albuquerque, New Mexico or its surrounding areas, schedule your appointment with “Dr. T” today and give yourself the beauty you deserve. For more information on how to look and feel your best during the holidays, call 505-888-3223 or visit

Look 10 Years Younger

20% Off Skin Tightening Treatments

Choose from: Glow by EndyMed™, EndyMed Pure™, Viora Reaction and Protégé Elite by BTL

3 treatments retail for $500

Now Only $400

Call Today To Schedule Your Appointment!

505-273-9564 6100 Uptown Blvd NE, Ste. 600 Albuquerque, NM 87110

natural awakenings

November 2015



Grateful for EVERYTHING Create an Attitude of Gratitude All Day Long by Mary Lynn Ziemer


he secret to happiness and finding the enduring joy we all seek is Thanksgiving—the simple act of continually giving thanks. To realize wonderful positive outcomes, up to and including seeming miracles, do one thing: Show gratitude all day long. Seeing everything in a new light, through a refreshing prism of love and appreciation, imparts a deep inner well of peace, calm and joy, making us feel more alive. We can feel that way every day, in every aspect of life, awaking each morning excited to create the day ahead and enthusiastic about each moment and then falling asleep at night embracing a profound feeling of gratitude for all the good we know and have. Happiness is contagious and becomes an upward spiral of joy naturally shared with others. Start today by launching a daily gratitude journal. This single action, the simplest and quickest way to get results, will foster a habit geared to change everything forever. It fills up our love tank, sparks success and benefits everyone. To embrace better relationships, health, clarity, life and tangible and intangible wealth: n Set a daily time for journal writing. n Pick a handful of things that prompt gratitude that day. Perhaps begin with people that support you in some way. Everything counts, from expressions of beauty to basic conveniences. Eventually the daily list will grow, generating the joy of gratitude at ever-higher levels.

progress, like encouraging steps in a relationship, focus on what makes you feel good and want more of and you’ll start seeing more evidence of them. n Elaborate in detail about a particular thing that earns extra gratitude. This carries more benefits from intense feelings than creating a list. When we see how blessed we are with what we already have, it creates more of what we are grateful for, generating an endless cycle of gratitude. n Take notice of the surprises and little miracles that occur, and be sure to make note of them to evoke an even stronger level of awe and gratitude. Robert Emmons, Ph.D., of the University of California-Davis, a leading authority in researching the science of gratitude and its impact on well-being, instructs his study participants, “Be aware of your feelings and how you ‘relish’ and ‘savor’ this gift in your imagination. Take the time to be especially aware of the depth of your gratitude.” In other words, don’t hurry through this exercise like a to-do list. An all-day-long attitude of gratitude ramps up our awareness of life’s pleasures. It takes an already good life to a whole new zone of zest.

n It’s important to write with love and joy, because such feelings create your world. Even if something’s a work in

Mary Lynn Ziemer is a master of Advanced Life Concepts, certified life and business coach, motivational speaker and author, with more than 30 years as an entrepreneur and corporate executive at two Fortune 100 companies. Connect at


Northern & Central New Mexico

business profile ECO BOTANICA


co Botanica was co-founded by Guru Darshan Khalsa Wilson and Peter G. Wilson. “We started offering products to the public in the early 2000s when we were living in an earthship in Taos,” says Khalsa Wilson. “It was at 7,900 feet elevation where winter temperatures go well below zero.” Eco Botanica was born out of Khalsa Wilson ‘s dream to provide pure skin and body care products that are effective in the challenging northern New Mexico climate. “Challenging climate was the impetus, Ayurveda the inspiration. Taos is known for it’s dry air, wind and cold with harsh sunlight. Bringing balance, moisture, nourishment and a soft lunar influence were imperative.” EcoBotanica products are organic, artisanal and fair-trade. “We put our consciousness into everything we do. The ingredients would be the best we could find, with an emphasis on organic and fair-traded raw materials. Our products are inspired by Ayurveda. They’re also made while chanting sacred mantras,” says Khalsa Wilson, BS-UCLA, NM, LMT #3175, KRI-certified Kundalini Yoga teacher, with Ayurvedic Institute advanced hands-on therapeutic training. As a cosmetologist licensee in California, she worked for the west coast Dr. Hauschka distributor, training estheticians. The EcoBotanica product line includes toners, cleansers and scrubs, massage and body oils and moisturizers, like their popular Rose Crème and Gold Cream. “These plant-powered and chant-powered moisturizers support healthy lifestyle choices,” assures Khalsa Wilson. Both the Rose Crème and Gold Cream help build collagen and reduce inflammation. “Users of these products will experience more firmness, tone and vitality, as well as smoother skin with reduced wrinkles,” assures Khalsa Wilson. “The skin can actually rebuild itself with our organic, synergistic ingredients.” Receive 20 percent off Rose Crème and Gold Cream when you mention Natural Awakenings. For more information and to purchase, call 505-852-3839 or visit


■ Become aware of the other person’s emotions. ■ Care about the other person by seeing their emotions as valid and important.

What’s Your Child’s EQ? Six Ways to Raise

■ Listen empathetically to better understand the way they feel, allowing them to feel safe to be vulnerable without fear of judgment. Seek to understand, rather than to agree or redirect.

■ Acknowledge and validate their feelings. We don’t need to validate that the thoughts they have about their emotions are correct; instead, simply let them know that it’s valid to feel the way that they do. For example, if a by teal Swan friend says, “I feel useless,” we could uch of our identity is shaped Recipe for a High EQ validate them by saying, “I can see in childhood by key events Parents can successfully form deeper con- how you might feel that way.” and the emotions and pernections with their kids by recognizing, spectives we associate with them. respecting and acknowledging their emo- ■ Allow the person to experience their tional range, rather than telling kids they emotions fully before moving toward any kind of improvement. We cannot All Emotions Count should feel a certain way. Telling someimpose our idea of when they should Emotional intelligence, sometimes one how they should or shouldn’t feel referred to as EQ, is often overlooked only teaches them to distrust themselves be ready or able to feel differently. This is when we practice unconditional as a skill set in today’s world. The and that there’s something wrong with presence and unconditional love. We recent animated film Inside Out calls them. As a communication aid, Inside are there as support, without trying to attention to effective ways of addressOut may speak best to older children, fix them or anything else. Don’t be ofing a child’s journey by embracing and because younger viewers may get the better understanding their emotions; erroneous impression that emotions can fended if they don’t accept support that’s offered at this time. A benevolent power particularly those that don’t feel posicontrol them, rather than that they can is inherent in offering love that exists retive. control their own emotional reactions. A recent study by the London The recipe for healthy bonding and gardless of what someone does or does School of Economics Centre for emotional development is for all parties not do with it. Economic Performance found that a to model how they value the importance ■ Help the other person to strategize child’s emotional health is far more of each other’s feelings and respectfully ways to manage the reactions they important in determining future haplisten for the feelings behind the words. might be having to their emotions piness than factors such as academic In opening ourselves to being underafter—and only after—their feelings success or wealth. Parents can help stood, we open ourselves to understand- have been validated, acknowledged ensure a healthy emotional upbringing ing others. Good parenting involves emo- and fully felt. This is when we can by avoiding making three mistakes. tion. Good relationships involve emotion. assert new ways of looking at a situDisapproval of a child’s emotions: The bottom line is that emotions matter. ation that may improve the way anThis involves being critical of a child’s We all struggle with negative emo- other person is feeling. This is when displays of negative emotion and reptions from time to time, and the way advice may be offered. rimanding or punishing the child for we address and deal with them influWhen done successfully, this proexpressing them. ences our emotional health. The goal cess can transform a conflict encounDismissing a child’s emotions: is to develop a trustworthy emotional tered in a relationship into solid gold. This comes across as regarding a connection with the other person that child’s emotions as unimportant, either is important to us, which enhances Teal Swan is the author of Shadows through ignoring their emotions, or intimacy and the effectiveness of the Before Dawn: Finding the Light of Selfworse, trivializing them. relationship in accomplishing good. Love Through Your Darkest Times, on Offering little relevant guidance: Using this six-part process of helpful how healing hidden wounds reveals While parents may empathize, they our authentic selves ( concrete steps applies equally to the don’t set limits on behavior or assist Inside Out will be released next month children and adults in our lives. each child in understanding and copon DVD. ing with their emotions.

Emotional Intelligence


natural awakenings

November 2015



Kristen Bell on Planet-Friendly Living Eco-Activist Actress Takes Steps that Make a Difference by Gerry Strauss

Which core beliefs catalyze your passion for consciously stewarding the environment? I wholeheartedly believe: Every problem has a solution. We are all global citizens. Kindness is always in fashion. We have to laugh at ourselves. There is strength in forgiveness. Honesty without tact is cruelty. No one can make me feel inferior without my consent.

S. Bukley/


rom 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 lifestyle together with her husband, actor Dax Shepard, and their two daughters, finding ways to help the planet survive and thrive for generations to come.

Ultimately, we are responsible for one another and for the creatures and places around us. I felt good about caring for the world around me before I had kids, but now I also derive a ton of self-esteem from being a good example for them.

How has celebrity supported your role in speaking out on behalf of your favorite causes? I have the rare gift of a public platform, which is amazing to me, since I felt so small and unheard as a child. Social media can be a megaphone, so I use it to be a conduit to support causes I believe in. People don’t have to listen… but when they do, helpful things happen. My approach is to spotlight an issue while also shedding light on a solution. I particularly like talking about childhood malnutrition and telling people about ThisBarSavesLives (, which do-

nates a life-saving nutritional packet to a child in need every time we buy this organic, gluten-free snack bar. I love their motto, “We eat together.”

What Earth-friendly actions do you and your family embrace in day-to-day living? Our fun time revolves around being active outdoors. We love hiking as a family, walking a mile to dinner or biking along the river. We often go exploring and make up outdoor games such as: How far can you jump? How far can I throw this? and Let’s race! The kids like to get dirty and my husband and I like to breathe fresh air at the end of a workday. We have a garden where the girls and I are learning about growing and caring for edible plants and how to cook what we grow. Our thumbs aren’t very green just yet but we are trying.

As PETA’s “Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities” of 2013, why are you and Dax convinced that healthy vibrancy doesn’t rely on eating meat? I have been a vegetarian since I was 11. I have never wanted to eat meat, even before I knew the positive environmental effects of a vegetarian diet. People need to be conscious of what they are eating. Most edible supermarket items aren’t real food. I like knowing where my meal comes from and who handles it. It makes both my mind and body feel better.

How did the animated film Frozen enable you to reach a larger young audience than ever before?

Intuitive Healing Consultations, Workshops & Mentorships Appointments in person or via telephone Access Your Light, Heal Your Life!

Chantal Fidanza

1/2 OFF INTUITIVE SESSIONS During Student Clinicals

90 Minutes - $75 (Reg. $150)

Certified Light Journey Guide, Intuitive Healer, Reiki Master

Santa Fe, NM 20

Northern & Central New Mexico

Intuitive Practitioner Certification Starts Jan 9th


505- 438-1074

My goal with the character Anna was to play an imperfect princess, giving voice to the heroine I had been searching for when I was young: Someone who was awkward, clumsy, optimistic, too talkative, caring and didn’t have perfect posture. I wanted girls that feel like they don’t always fit in to have a fearless heroine to identify with. I want to be a real-life Anna, someone who doesn’t apologize for her flaws and stands up for herself and others because she’s strong. Thanks to Frozen, I have been invited to do more projects that reach young people. I hope to extend my voice as a trustworthy source supporting projects that can benefit them.

we all understand that producing meat and dairy is water intensive. Replacing our lawn with AstroTurf cut our household water bill dramatically. We never run water from the tap when we are brushing our teeth, and always ‘let it mellow if it’s

yellow’, that is, flush selectively. We even reuse the water used to sterilize baby bottles to water houseplants. Gerry Strauss is a freelance writer in Hamilton, NJ. Connect at

You are passionate about the universal need for water conservation. What steps has your own family taken to be water-conscious? Living in California and dealing with drought firsthand teaches about water conservation by necessity. We carefully consider how the food we eat directly impacts water use;

What can

Twist 25

do for YOU?

DHEA is a naturally occurring prohormone that allows your body to make it’s own hormones. Medical research shows DHEA metabolism occurs in the skin. Twist 25 is pharmaceutical grade bioidentical DHEA cream that is the result of years of testing and refinement. Apply Twist 25 DHEA cream daily - make your own hormones. “I’m getting to sleep much better and I’m waking up refreshed. Plus, my hairdresser noticed my hair is growing faster and healthier!” - Sandra K. “My energy is higher; I have more clarity, and my hair seems thicker.” - Geri M. “It’s the best form of DHEA on the market.” - Dr. Charles Sizemore “I sleep better at night and have more energy than I used to have.” - Bob K. “I have more energy and my skin is softer. I feel fit and trim.” - Lisa B. See these video testimonials on our YouTube channel Feel your best and look your best with Twist 25 DHEA cream.

Read our blog and follow Us on FaceBook for news and events 888-489-4782 Individual results may vary. Actual customer testimonials on file.

natural awakenings

November 2015



Sharing Our Bounty Food Drives Need Healthy Donations


by Avery Mack

salmon store easily for hat’s on the Please be use in salads or castable can help seroles, on a sandwich lower risks generous at and in whole wheat of stroke, heart attack, the holidays and pasta, brown rice or cancer and diabetes, aclow-fat stir fries. Avoid cording to the American year-round. the bisphenol-A (BPA) Heart Association. Not all associated with cans families are able to afford and plastic containers. Instead choose the healthiest foods, but fatty, highBPA-free pouch packaging and cans sugar options can be avoided. The most-needed donations are nonperish- with BPA-free liners (see BPAFreeCannedFood). able and high in protein, but low in Soup and Stew: Containing meat sodium, sugar and fats. and veggies, soups and stews provide Give the best, most affordable filling, hearty comfort foods. products, according to these tips and Vegetables: Yams and whole-berry the food drive’s guidelines. Organic and non-GMO (genetically modified) foods cranberry sauce turn dinner into a are welcome. Note that not all pantries holiday feast. Add color to the plate with mixed veggies. Lentils, pinto, can store fresh produce, glass containblack and kidney beans in stew, chili or ers or personal hygiene items. “Pantries rely on informed commu- salad provide fiber, calcium, zinc and iron. Spices add zing. Tomatoes, sauce nity support,� explains Jim Byrnes, diand salsa add flavor; choose glass jar rector of Pennsylvania’s Nazareth Area products only in order to be BPA-free, Food Bank. “Area churches, schools and businesses keep us supplied. We’ll due to the acidic effect on cans. Pasta, Rice and Grain: In Kansas help 300 families this year, compared City, Missouri, Katie Thomas, owner to 100 in 2006, balancing nutrition of Crazy Daisy Cleaning, regularly with practical needs.� organizes food drives. She says, “Pasta California’s San Diego Food Bank feeds better choices to 370,000 people and sauce make a variety of dishes and each month, including military families, extend the number of meals.� Whole grain pasta, brown or wild rice, quinoa seniors and children. Such community and couscous are better choices than efforts change lives. white pasta. Bulgur provides nearly 75 Meat: Tinned tuna, chicken and


Northern & Central New Mexico

Search for a generic food item babies, include food without added at to see how sugar or salt and single-grain cereal. brand-name products rank in Alternative Giving: Especially popular during the December holidays, the nutritional value. percent of a day’s fiber requirement when added to soup or salad. Cereal: Steel-cut or rolled oats, farina (Cream of Wheat) and grits are low-calorie and nutritious options for a warm start to the day. All can be found as organic; farina in whole wheat or white wheat that is certified kosher. Cold cereals should list whole grains as the first ingredient and be high in fiber and low in sugar, like organic Oat O’s. Snacks: Unsalted nuts, full of fiber, protein and vitamins, are highly prized at food pantries. Packed in juice, fruit cups make a healthy treat. Dried fruit and sunflower seeds are another favorite. Low-salt, low-sugar peanut or sunflower butter packs protein. Honey is a healthy sweetener. Collecting Party: “A group of us collected and donated 600 pounds of food for babies, pets and adults to Extended Hands Food Bank,” says Dee Power, in Fountain Hills, Arizona. For

Los Angeles Regional Food Bank offers prepacked bags to grocery store patrons, paid for at checkout. Customers can see what’s included and the food bank picks them up. (Tip: Cash donations allow lower cost bulk purchases with no need to transport or sort items.) Non-Food: Make sure the food pantry has storage space before donating wet or dry food for cats and dogs and birdseed; baby wipes, shampoo and soap; and adult soap, deodorant, shaving supplies, toothpaste, shampoo and toilet paper. “A $5,000 grant gave us added storage space,” says Byrnes. The bottom line is what food pantries need is much the same as what’s found in any healthy home pantry—comestibles rich in flavor, vitamins and fiber and free of unhealthy additives. Please be generous year-round, sharing well beyond the holidays. Connect with the freelance writer via

Annual Food Drives Local Boy Scout troops remind us to prepare for their annual food drive. On November 7, be on the lookout for a door hanger reminder; on November 14, they’ll pick up food for delivery to local food banks. The National Association of Letter Carriers’ (U.S. Postal Service) annual nationwide food drive is May 14, 2016. Since 1992, they’ve collected more than 1.3 billion pounds of food. Feeding America’s drive benefits from a matching gift from motivational speaker and author Tony Robbins through December 3, aimed to provide a total of 100 million meals for the 49 million Americans that struggle with hunger. Each $1 given and matched helps secure and distribute 20 meals through its network of food banks. Donate at Tinyurl. com/TonyRobbinsFeedingAmerica.

Get the relationship you've always wanted, with the partner you already have. Are You a Woman who is Committed to Creating a Passionate Peaceful Relationship Where You Feel Desired, Cherished and Adored Everyday?

Then Intimacy Coaching may be for You! Apply Today! for a Complimentary Discovery Session


$79 Single Session $299 for 4 Sessions (Regularly $400)

with Intimacy Coach Kelly Chisholm • 505-974-0104

Use the


Ancient Feng Shui discipline to potentiate your life!

Introductory Offer - $ 75 Discover Through Your Personal Feng Shui Reading: • What does the rest of 2015 holds for you • The colors, elements and symbols that specifically enhance your image

Get an appointmment for your personal Reading. Write to us: Call us: (787)405-7745 (This is a USA Area Code) natural awakenings

November 2015




Barre Your Way to Better Fitness

Ballet-Inspired Workouts Create Long and Lean Muscles

Watch it Light Up the Season Advertise in our special

December Prayer and Meditation Issue


magine having a ballerina’s physique, grace, strength and flexibility. That’s the potential of barre. “Barre is a combination of ballet, yoga and Pilates principles. We use small, isometric movements to temporarily fatigue muscles and make them long and lean. The so-called fatigue is what causes muscles to shake, and therefore, change,” explains Nadia Yokarini-Kotsonis, a certified barre instructor at Physique Fitness Studio, in Grove City, Ohio. Students use a ballet barre to support themselves while doing the exercises. Yokarini-Kotsonis is among many former dancers that have embraced barre

To advertise or participate in our next issue, call

505-999-1319 24

Northern & Central New Mexico

by Lynda Bassett

fitness. Trained in ballet, tap, contemporary and traditional dance in Athens, Greece, she discovered barre when she moved to the U.S. “I fell in love with how challenging it was and the effects and changes I saw in my body. I got certified a year later and have been teaching ever since. I’m still in love with practicing it, no matter how tired I might be beforehand,” she says. Rather than a cardiovascular regimen, “Barre is good for developing core strength. You gain overall flexibility, muscle strength, improved posture and range of motion,” says Lisa Juliet, West Coast regional director of the teacher certification program (Barre

Not Just for Dancers

While barre has had some U.S. presence since the 1950s, “It’s having a resurgence now,” says Charlene Causey, a certified natural health professional and ballet body barre instructor in Pueblo, Colorado. Newfound interest began on both coasts and is quickly becoming a Midwest mainstay, according to Yokarini-Kotsonis, who says it’s one of the most popular classes she teaches, and other studios are following suit. She remarks, “Everyone wants to offer barre, and everyone wants to come to a class and see what it’s about.” “Seniors love it because barre helps improve their balance. It’s also perfect for people working to overcome injuries,” says Juliet. She notes that while women are predominant in classes, the tide is turning a bit toward more gender equity. “Men that enter classes as skeptical come out sweating.” One recently earned his barre teaching certificate.

Benefits of Barre

“What makes this workout brilliant is that the classes are designed to fit the goals and ability levels of all participants. Each set of exercises provides options ranging from the beginner to the more advanced barre enthusiast. Effective, yet safe, low-impact

techniques provide ongoing challenges,” says Causey. Those that regularly practice realize many positive effects. “Your body becomes long and lean, similar to a ballet dancer’s. You learn to stand tall and become stronger with each class,” says Yokarini-Kotsonis. However, don’t expect it to be easy. “Even when you do it every day, you’ll still find it extremely challenging,” she adds. Most teachers individualize modifications for beginners. “I tell my students to do what they can. There’s no judgment here,” says Causey. Many yoga teachers offer barre classes as a beneficial complement to other sports and activities such as running. “It supplements your other endeavors,” notes Causey. Today’s barre classes feature bare feet and typical workout wear, specialized equipment and props, contemporary music and of course, the ballet barre. The whole experience is highly positive and upbeat, says Causey. Most fitness experts would agree that it’s good to add variety to workouts, and trying something new adds spice to the mix. Plus, for those that keep at it, says Yokarini-Kotsonis, “Barre can be the fastest results-oriented program you can undergo. Expect to see a change in your body in a

month if you attend three to four classes a week.” Lynda Bassett is a freelance writer near Boston, MA. Connect at LyndaBassett@

Balanced Energy = Healing


November 14-15, 2015 16 CE’s Nurses & Massage Therapists

8:00 am - 6:00 pm

• Learn Energy Concepts • Experience Techniques • Application Principles Eligible for UNM tuition remission

Early Bird Special

$325 $365.00 after November 4th

UNM Center for Life Contact: Barbara Welcer 248-882-1706 4700 Jefferson NE Albuquerque, NM 87109

natural awakenings

November 2015


Positive Futures Network and author of Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth. “When we choose real wealth,” says Korten, of Bainbridge Island, Washington, “we can have exciting hobbies and adventures; work that challenges and stimulates us; and spiritual connection with a universe that’s infinitely larger than a stock portfolio. Instead of more stuff in our already-stuffed lives, we can have fewer things, but better things of higher quality—fewer visits to the doctor and more visits to museums and friends’ houses.”

Step One: Taking Inventory of Our Stuff

Suze Orman, owner of the Suze Orman Financial Group, in Emeryville, California, and the bestselling author of The Courage to Be Rich: Creating a Life of Material and Spiritual Abundance, ponders by Judith Fertig whether having stuff is worth it and suggests we raditional economics has us thinking in opposites—in take an inventory of what we own. “Think about the value terms of assets and liabilities. We consider the value of of each object—what it cost you when you bought it, what the material things we’ve accumulated: We add up our it’s worth in dollars today, and what it’s worth in an Earthly, assets, which may include stocks, bonds, real estate, bank material representation of who you are now,” she says. accounts and retirement savings. Then we subtract what we Orman suggests that we go through every closet and owe: Our liabilities may include a home mortgage, credit cupboard and recycle or throw away items that no longer card debt, insurance premiums and student and vehicle serve us well, and then reconnect with items we cannot loans. The balance is deemed our net worth. Figured this part with, such as family mementos. “Think of these items way, our net worth changes every minute and can sometimes so precious to you and how little, in fact, they cost you,” shift dramatically. she says. In this way we define for ourselves the true meanThere is a better way to assess our wealth, because we ing of worth, and it’s never about the stuff. Once we have a are overlooking, dismissing or squandering valuable rehandle on what we own, it’s time to turn to what we want sources and benefits such as time, personal health, spiritual and how we can get there. well-being, social connections or community in order to buy temporal things that will only depreciate over time. Step Two: Re-Evaluating Life Goals Golden, Colorado, author David Wann explores this Just as we would do a personal financial assessment before theme in his book Simple Prosperity: Finding Real Wealth we make plans to achieve financial goals, a life audit helps in a Sustainable Lifestyle. He remarks, “The U.S. may be on us determine our priorities for living happily and productop when it comes to spending, but we also lead the world tively. Ximena Vengoechea, a design researcher for Twitter, in debt per capita, children in poverty, percent of people Inc., in San Francisco, recently did this using 100 sticky in prison, obesity and infant mortality.” In fact, the U.S. has notes during one dedicated afternoon. She wrote recently been ranked 42nd among countries in longevity— a single wish, one thing she’d like to do, on right below Guam and just above Albania. each note. “So where is all the spending really getting us?” he During this “spring cleaning for the asks. “We need to be getting more value out of each dolsoul,” as she calls it, Vengoechea reaffirmed lar, each hour, each spoonful of food, each square foot of her thirst for learning and adventure. Taking it house and each gallon of gas. The secret of success at the a step further, she How we spend local, national and global scale is not really a secret; it’s in analyzed how she plain sight, and it’s called moderation.” our days is, of spent her time and

TRUE WEALTH Living a Life We Love is Real Affluence


Choose Lasting Wealth

“Imagine an economy in which life is valued more than money and power resides with ordinary people that care about one another, their community and their natural environment,” says David Korten, Ph.D., the co-founder of


Northern & Central New Mexico

how often she saw the people most important to her, mapping the data as pie charts. She discovered that most

course, how we spend our lives. ~Annie Dillard

of her time was spent in work-related activities and not enough in adventure or seeing the people she loved. Drawing it up in the visual medium of charts helped her identify her life goals and see the changes she needed to make. Doubtless, we can all find better ways to utilize our assets.

Our Time

California’s Well-Being in Business Lab, which works with the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, to provide local communities with a research-based model for prosperity. In socially abundant communities and nations, individuals don’t have to earn as much money to be comfortable, because their quality of life is partly provided by the strength of social bonds.

Arianna Huffington, of New York City, founder of The Huffington Post, knows firsthand about having so Heeding the Call to Change many demands on our time that days feel Finding and doing what “lights us up” will rushed, which can increase our stress and Finding and doing bring us abundance, claims David Howitt in negatively impact our productivity. She Your Call. The Portland, Oregon, Meriwhat “lights us Heed says, “On the flip side, the feeling of having wether Group entrepreneur who consults for enough time, or even surplus time, is called up” will bring consumer companies, maintains that finding ‘time affluence’. Although it may be hard heroic purpose (that heart-centered thing us abundance. our to believe, it’s actually possible to achieve.” we feel we were meant to do) is the first step Huffington recommends simple steps like toward true wealth. Howitt says the secret is in ~David Howitt getting enough sleep and putting time limits one small word—and. Instead of choosing eion work and online activities. ther/or, our world expands with “and”. He urges us to inBelinda Munoz, a social change activist in San Frantegrate the intuitive and analytic parts of ourselves: “poet cisco who blogs at, observes, “Time and professional, prophet and profit, soul and success.” is neutral. We either use it wisely or waste it, so the onus It’s not just about philanthropy, but truly making your is on us to make it an asset.” Munoz can both let go of community and your world a better place through your stress and be more productive when she blocks out day work, he observes. “You’re doing good in the world, and parts. “When I focus, I shut out interruptions, stop feeling when you live that way, money follows you.” rushed and get my work done with ease,” she says.

Our Health

One high-impact way to support personal health is to value food more, maintains Wann. “We need to spend more of our household budget for food, not less,” he says. “By rearranging both our household and national expenditures, we should give a higher priority to fresh, healthy food and a lower priority to electronic gadgets, shopping, cars, lawns and even vacations. Our overall expenses don’t have to go up, they just need to be realigned with our changing values. By choosing higher quality food and supporting better ways of growing it, we also begin to reshape the American culture,” he says.

Our Community

The community, rather than the stock market, is the better source of real wealth—both personal and global—maintains Korten. “Your community economy is part of the glue that binds people together. It’s the key to physical and mental health and happiness.” Giving less control over our financial well-being to Wall Street and more to Main Street will help us think in terms of livelihoods, instead of mere jobs. For Korten, this equates to not only how we make money to live, but also how we live—valuing our homes, communities and natural environment. Priceless social capital comes from investing our time and money in local communities. Korten observes how, when freely and wisely spent, these efforts can lower crime rates, make schools more productive and help economies function better. Korten cites Oakland,

Judith Fertig blogs about living well at AlfrescoFoodAnd from Overland Park, KS.

Creative Holistic Integration (CHI) Suchinta Abhayaratna, Th.D.

Transformational Psychologist / Holistic Health Coach

Individual Sessions, Group Workshops Self-Healing & Transformation. Mandala Art: Circles of Wholeness Family Constellations, Reiki & Karuna Reiki.

FREE INTRODUCTORY 505-218-6606 / 571-422-6734 SESSION

natural awakenings

November 2015


calendarofevents SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1 One Day Introductory Process Painting Workshop –10am-4pm. Process painting follows intuition, accesses creative flow, and supports authentic expression. Skill or talent not necessary. Cost is $45. 630-530-5697.

Mandala Art as Spiritual Practice – 2-5pm. First of three online live workshop sessions. Learn to create luminous mandalas. Create 21 mandalas with the intention of embodying spiritual qualities. $225, supplies provided. GoToMeeting. RSVP: 571-422-6734.



Health and Wellness Fair – 9am-1pm. Osteoporosis screenings. Receive two free visits to an OsteoStrong wellness center. Free. North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center. 505-294-8227.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4 Reclaim Your Power Workshop - 6-7pm. OsteoStrong presents author Robin Anderson; topics include how to reclaim personal power by clarifying core values and eliminating self-imposed limits to pursue a fulfilling life. Free. 9577 Osuna Rd NE, Suite J, Albuquerque. 505-294-8227.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5 HeartFires 4 Peace – Nov 5, 6, 17, 18. 6:30-9:30 pm. Ceremonies linking globally: lighting a sacred fire, prayers, songs, rattling and drumming, the Dance of Peace; concludes with everyone sharing their experience. Dress for outside gathering. Donations accepted. Taa-naash-kaa-da, Las Vegas, RSVP:

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6 Khenpo Pema Wangdak Dharma Teachings – November 6 -15. Vajrayogini, Medicine Buddha, Patience, Mind Training, Chenrezigs. Details & Registration: coming-up/. RSVP: 505-469-3443. TsechenNamdrolLing Spirit Rhythms – 7-8:30pm. Spirit-filled drumming and rhythmic play invite unity, joy and inner peace. Bring your favorite hand drums/percussion. Some available to borrow. RSVP for drum loan and childcare. $10, love offering. Unity Spiritual Center, 9800 Candelaria Rd NE, Albuquerque. 505-292-1998.


The BodyListening MAP (Movement Awareness Practice) – 1-3pm. The BodyListening process begins on the floor, exploring your relationship with gravity, attuning to deep awareness. The session progresses to standing and moving. In the last phase full body movements through space are explored. $30. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson St NE, Ste. 100, Albuquerque. Register: 505-925-4551 or Mandala Art as Spiritual Practice – 2-5pm. First of 3 sessions. Learn basics of creating luminous mandalas. Create 21 mandalas with the intention of embodying spiritual qualities. $225, supplies provided. 8 Via de Estrellas, Santa Fe. RSVP: 571-422-6734.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10 Connecting Seton to the Academy through Lifecraft – 6:30-8pm. Explore topics related to Seton’s stories and share your stories as we examine the importance of our experience with wildlife and wild places. Free. Seton Gallery, Academy for the Love of Learning, 133 Seton Village Rd, Santa Fe. 505-995-1860.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11 Drawing From Experience: Accessing our Creative Impulses for Change – 6:30-9pm. An evening of exploration, as, “What can we learn about ourselves and each other when we excavate our memories and express them on the page?” Free. The Academy for the Love of Learning, 133 Seton Village Rd, Santa Fe. 505-995-1860. Womyn’s Moon Ceremony – 6:30-9:30pm. Women are the dreamers of reality. It all beings with new moon ceremony. Drumming, singing, chanting, and ritual. Donations accepted. Taanaash-kaa-da, Las Vegas. RSVP:

Emotional Shopping Workshop – 10am12:30pm. In this fun workshop we ask that you bring a real story of an incident where you emotionally shopped. When the desire for “more” becomes out-of-balance, it may cross the line into an obsession. $95, includes Healing Additive Behavior-Yogic Science for Transformation as taught by Yogi Bhajan by Mukta Kaur Khalsa, PhD. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson St NE, Ste. 100, Albuquerque. Register: 505-925-4551 or


Transformational Breathing – 1:30-3pm. Experience conscious, connected breathing for about an hour; release stuck emotions and deeply relax. Go within and reconnect on a soul level, just by breathing. Bring two blankets. $25. Center for Inner Truth, 1807 2nd St, #84, Santa Fe. 505-9204418.

Heartbeat of Gratitude: Full Weekend – November 13-15. A rich weekend of teaching and tradition with Native elders in an alternative holiday celebration. Music and dancing from Southern Red Singers, Gourde Dance, Earth Ceremony/ Blessings. $200-$275/all-inclusive. Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu. 505-685-1000.


Northern & Central New Mexico

Osteogenic Loading and the Effect on Osteoporosis - 1:30-3pm. Presentation by the Osteoporosis Foundation of New Mexico. Find resources to help combat one of the most debilitating diseases affecting New Mexicans. Free. Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center, 501 Elizabeth St SE, Albuquerque. 505-294-8227.


Celebrating Me, Myself & I Retreat – November 13-14. Fri. 6pm - Sat.3pm. Replace debilitating beliefs, de-stress while calming your mind. Step into your power and celebrate your greatness. Stay the night at Corrales Suite Lodging. Yoga/ meditation class & two meals included. Register by Friday, 11/6/15 6pm save $50, $249 single/$299 couple. Reg. rate $299 single/$349 couple. 593 Reclining Acres Rd., Corrales. Jeaninne Grayson, 505-410-3241.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14 Heartbeat of Gratitude: Day Pass – If you can’t spend the weekend, come for Sat for teachings and traditions with Native elders in an alternative holiday celebration. Includes lunch and dinner. $50, $20/age 3-17. Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu. 505685-1000. Healing Touch Level 1 Class – Nov 14, 15. 8am6pm both days. Learn about the energy field, techniques and meditations to encourage movement of the energy, healing ourselves and others; works in conjunction with traditional medicine. Beginner to advance welcome. $325/before Nov 4, $365/after. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson Ave NE, Albuquerque. RSVP, Barbara Welcer: 248-882-1706. Intuitive Healing Workshops – Nov 14, Dec 12, Jan 16. 12-2pm. Learn simple techniques to clear negativity, access your inner guidance, and heal your life from the inside out. $40.00/week or $100.00 for all three. Call Chantal Fidanza, Intuitive Healer/Certified Light Journey Guide for details / to pre-register: 505-438-1074. Santa Fe, Healthier Together Open Class at Body & Brain Yoga – 10-11am. Free open class for 1st visitor. Please call for reservation. Santa Fe: 820-2211, ABQ NE: 797-2211, NW: 792-5111, Downtown: 505-262-2211

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15 The Power of Intention – 10am-12pm. Venerable Angie Muir speaks on how the clarity of our intention, or motivation, is the key to inner happiness. Discover methods to maintain awareness of a healthy, positive motivation. $10-$20 donation. Thubten Norbu Ling, 1807 Second St, #35, Santa Fe.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17 Growing Hope, Giving Thanks: Gala and Fundraiser – 11am-1pm, silent auction 10:30am. Food, music, live and silent auctions, guest speakers; benefit of People Living Through Cancer’s programs and services to New Mexicans living through cancer and their caregivers. $65. Hotel Albuquerque at old Town, 800 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque. Preregister: 555-242-3263. Death and Dying with Dignity and Grace – 6:308:30pm. A community conversation exploring presence with death and dying, personally and collectively Explore the ability to honor death and dying as a sacred part of the human life cycle. Free. The Academy for the Love of Learning, 133 Seton Village Rd, Santa Fe. 505-995-1860.




Juice Plus - 6-7pm. Presentation by Mary Salopek, a teacher and cancer survivor about the healing powers of good nutrition. Learn about highly researched, FDA approved fruit and vegetable supplements. Free. 9577 Osuna Rd NE, Suite J, Albuquerque. 505-294-8227.

Is Your Cell Phone Making You Sick – 6-7:30 pm. Wi-Fi technology is here to stay. Learn about patented products that help neutralize the effects, and simple ways to decrease exposure. Free. La Montanita Co-op, Community Rm, 913 W Alameda, Santa Fe. Jennifer: 505-780-8283.

Prophetic Art Workshop – 6–8pm. Explore inner symbol, intuition and energy awareness, and then bring that out onto paper via brush, pencil or crayon. Exercises will be simple, this is just mind play. $25. Center for Inner Truth, 1807 2nd St, #84, Santa Fe. 505-920-4418.


Rio Grande Pueblo Winter Solstice Feasts & Dances – December 23-28. Winter solstice is revered by Rio Grande pueblos. Visit the Jemez, Taos, Tesuque or Ohkay-Owinge Pueblo. $425-$1,015/meals, transportation and lodging included. Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu. 505-685-1000.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20 Images of Enlightenment – 7-9pm. The Vajrayana tradition of Tibetan Buddhism has a wealth of visual imagery. Jon Landaw offers a PowerPoint on his book, Images of Enlightenment, an introduction to Vajrayana art and the world of spiritual transformation. $15-$20 donation. Thubten Norbu Ling, 1807 Second St, #35, Santa Fe. OnLine Naylin Lage Channel – 7-9pm. “Clear your head. Empty it of all thoughts. You must put your spirit to the wind. I have things to show you. Now!” – Grandmother Naylin Lage. $28.68/ preregistered online:

savethedate 17th Annual Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival Fri-Sun, November 20-22 Fri 5-9pm ($5), Sat 9-5 (free), Sun 10-5 (free). The weekend kicks off with the famous Trash Fashion and Costume contest at 7pm on Friday. Santa Fe Community Convention Center (201 W. March St), Santa Fe. Fashion show tickets 988-1234. Info at

Chanting in Unity – 7-9:30pm. Join a Kirtan Team and allow Kirtan, chanting the names for God, to open your heart and raise you up. Please bring a snack to share. $10, love offering. Unity Spiritual Center, 9800 Candelaria Rd NE, Albuquerque. 505-292-1998.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28 Solar Body Natural Healing Seminar – 1-3pm. Learn the principles and practice of awakening natural healing power through Solar Body exercises and meditation. $10. Albuquerque Body & Brain Yoga, 6300 San Mateo Blvd NE, #C3, ABQ. 505-797-2211.


Clarifying Meditative Work – 2-5 pm. Traditionneutral. Explore how meditative work sheds light on our concerns, not theoretically, but from a simple, direct listening. Wat Center, 145 Madison NE, Albuquerque. Jay: 281-0684.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22 A Buddhist Explanation of Transformative Psychology – 10am-1pm. Jon Landow focuses on three misconceptions that distort inner and outer views of reality – including self – and how Buddha’s transformative psychology can help us break free to experience true liberation. $15-$20 sliding scale. Thubten Norbu Ling 1807 Second Street #35, Santa Fe. Community Sand Mandala of Gratitude – 2-5pm. Participate in the beautiful and profound experience of creating collective, meditative sand mandala art with a common intention of thanksgiving. $15, free/children 6+ and teens; supplies provided. 8 Via de Estrellas, Santa Fe. RSVP: 571-422-6734.

New Year’s Retreat, Creating Possibilities: Listening for New Directions in Life – December 30, 2015-January 2, 2016. Make an account of where you’ve been and where you are going, listening for guidance and new directions. $499-$349/allinclusive. Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu. 505-685-1000. New Year’s Retreat: In the Stillness & Silence, I Begin Again – December 30, 2015-January 2, 2016. Rest, remember, envision during this threshold time for forgiving, forgetting and moving forward; with Peter Traben Haas. $499-$349/allinclusive. Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu. 505-685-1000.




savethedate Tapping into Freedom December 4, 9– 5pm EFT Tapping is a self-healing and personal growth therapy. Learn tapping to relieve fears, phobias, traumas and emotional distress, lose weight, enhance peak performance, confidence and self-esteem. CEs for LMTs & LCSWs. The Source, 1111 Carlisle SE. 505-470-6772.

Silent Meditation Retreat - Nontraditional January 2–9 Silent listening, deep opening, healing in a safe group setting. $60/day, $290/week; includes food, lodging. NM Center for Meditative Inquiry and Retreat, a lodge in the National Forest near Albuquerque. Jay: 505-281-0684.




EFT Level Three Training – Dec 5-6. 9-5pm. Begin to master the art of EFT, a power therapy for rapidly resolving emotional distress and trauma by tapping acupoints. CEs for LMTs & LCSWs. The Source, 1111 Carlisle SE. 470-6772. Make and Take Holiday Gifts Workshop – 10am– 12pm. Create therapeutic body care products, mood-balancing essential oil blends, air freshener and more for holiday gifts. RSVP required - supplies and space are limited. Products $5-$8 each. Empowering Energy Medicine. 1420 Carlisle Blvd NE, Ste #105. 505-310-1790.http://

Intuitive Practitioner Certification —Jan 9, runs 36 weeks. For those ready to answer the call to be a sacred space holder on behalf of their own and others’ healing. Santa Fe. Chantal Fidanza: 505438-1074.

ongoing events sunday


Transitions Radio Magazine, FM 98.1 – 8-11am. With Alan Hutner, Elizabeth Rose and co-hosts, celebrating 30 years in broadcasting. Online, live streaming & archiving. 505-466-2616.

The Radical Natural History of Generally True Patterns – 6:30-8pm. Explore topics related to Seton’s stories and share your stories as we examine the importance of our experience with wildlife and wild places. Free. Seton Gallery, Academy for the Love of Learning, 133 Seton Village Rd, Santa Fe. 505-995-1860.

Spiritual Happy Hour – 10-11am. 2nd and 4th Sun. Explore a topic through meditation, inspirational readings, hands on healing, and sharing of experience. Small community, welcoming of all paths. Potluck following the service. Donations. Center For Inner Truth, 1807 2nd St, #84, Santa Fe. 505-920-4418.

natural awakenings

November 2015


Sunday Service – 10:30am. Welcoming interspiritual community, with fun youth program, inspirational music and heart-centered meditation. Unity Santa Fe, 1212 Unity Way, Santa Fe. Qigong in the Park –11am-12pm. With certified instructor Loretta Shiver; Qigong supports optimal health and well-being, is easy and fun to do. Free. Robinson Park, 8th & Central, downtown Albuquerque. 505-681-1924.

monday Mindful Eating and Living (MEAL) – Thru Nov 23. 5:45-7:45pm. One-of-a-kind, 6-week program on Mindful Living and Eating (MEAL). Learn the clinically proven techniques of mindfulness meditation and how to hone and direct these skills toward weight and healthy eating issues. E-info packet: $290. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson St NE, Ste 100, Albuquerque. Register: 505-925-4551. Nova Earth Master Class: Divine Law – Through Nov 23. 6-9pm. Program is led by Ascended Master Serapis Bey. $65, $520/full series; discount with full tuition at registration. The OakRose Academy of Light, 109 Michelle drive, Santa Fe. Rev Hilary: 505-795-1943.

tuesday Meditation and Healing Class – Thru Nov 17. 6:30-8pm. Learn to meditate with visualization techniques, feel centered and focused, change the limiting beliefs. Work with a healing master; receive and give energy healings. Pre-requisite for the Year Long Training. $150, $135/early registration. Center For Inner Truth, 1807 2nd St, #84, Santa Fe. 505-920-4418.

wednesday Intuitive Readings, Coaching and Animal Communication – 9am-5pm. Galaya, an intuitive, life coach, medium and animal communicator offers practical solutions for health, relationships, career, business and one’s pets. By phone or in person. Appt/info: 505-466-3764. Qigong & Healing From Within - 10:30am12pm. Taoist, yogic & shamanic practices cultivate vitality, inner strength and awareness with energy healing, movement, sound, breathwork and meditation. $12, free/first class. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr East, Bldg 3, Santa Fe. Allison Lasky: 505-984-8733. Healing Clinic – 5:30-6:30. Spiritual healing creates change and the space to let it happen. Non-touch healings gets energy moving so you see next steps more clearly. A supportive environment; one-on-one attention. Free/donations accepted. Center for Inner Truth, 1807 2nd St, #84, Santa Fe. 505-920-4418.

ingredients matter; understanding blood sugar; upgrading your food. $250, textbook $19.99. Information on course, Nicole White: 505-428-9129. UNM Center for Life. Register: 505-925-4551 or Heal Your Gut, Heal Your Hormones – Nov 4 thru Dec 9. 6:30-8:00pm. Online course teaches how to naturally balance hormones, increase energy, stabilize moods, increase the quality of sleep and release stress and anxiety. Learn to test your gut for optimal function. $250, textbook $19.99. UNM Center for Life. Register: 505-925-4551 or


We Got It! ✶ Articles

✶ News Briefs ✶ Health ✶ Inspiration ✶ Enviromnment

and much more...

Third Thursday Healing Service – 6:30pm. 3rd Thur. Your choice of healing touch or vibrational healing. Unity Santa Fe, 1212 Unity Way, Santa Fe.

Its’ All Waiting for You @ Our Website!

Healing Lifestyles for Pre-Diabetes and Diabetes – Nov 5 thru Dec 10. 6:30-8:00pm. Online course guides you through options to relieve Type II Diabetes symptoms and other sugar-related issues. Create a bio-individual plan revolved around food and controlling blood sugar. Not a diet, an action plan for healthy living. $250, textbook $19.99. UNM Center for Life. Register: 505-925-4551 or

friday Moreno Valley Cancer Support Group – 5:307pm. 2nd & 4th Tue. For cancer survivors with all types of cancer diagnoses, and their caregivers. Free. 40 West Ridge Rd, Angel Fire. 505-242-3263. Spirit Rhythms – 7-8:30pm. Spirit-filled event where drumming and rhythmic play invite unity, joy and inner peace. Bring your favorite hand drums/percussion. RSVP for drum loan and childcare. $10/love offering. Unity Spiritual Center, 9800 Candelaria Rd NE, Albuquerque. 505-2921998. Divine Feminine Spiritual Perspectives – Through mid-Dec. 6-9pm. The program is led by Rev AliceAnn Saunders, will run on. $20. The OakRose Academy of Light, 109 Michelle drive, Santa Fe. Rev Hilary: 505-795-1943.

saturday Qigong in the Park – 9-10am. With certified instructor Loretta Shiver; Qigong supports optimal health and well-being, is easy and fun to do. Free. Altura Park, Morningside and Hannett NE, Albuquerque. 505-681-1924.

Upgrade Your Food, Upgrade Your Life – Nov 4 thru Dec 9. 6:30-8:00pm. Online course is based on Upgradeology by Nicole White. The course covers: why diets don’t work; understanding cravings; why

Cancer Survivor & Caregiver Support Group – 10am-12pm. 2nd Sat. Join facilitators from People Living Through Cancer and The Gynecological Cancer Awareness Project for support groups; for survivors and caregivers of all cancer types. Free. 3411 Candelaria Rd NE, Albuquerque. 505242-3263.


Northern & Central New Mexico

You Want It,


Put Your Passion to Work!

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Lucrative Compensation Flexible Work Hours Work From Home

Natural Awakenings New Mexico is looking for talented people to help with advertising sales during our expansion of this region.

Send resume to: Publisher @



Debbie Purdy Parkland Hills/ Nob Hill area 630-530-5697 When we paint without concern for technique or content, the intuitive self is revealed, and creative blocks are released. Connect with your creative freedom.


EDUCATION HyPnotHErAPy ACADEMy oF AMEriCA™ 2132 Osuna Road NE, Suite B Albuquerque, New Mexico 87113 505-767-8030

Accelerated Hypnotherapy 500 hour complete Training for Certification in Hypnotherapy. Experiential Education Format. Scope of Practice Protocols. Free Introductory Classes. Support after Graduation. Medical Hypnosis Training. See ad on page 11.

ACADEMy For tHE LovE oF LEArninG


Board Certified Hypnologist 787-405-7745 NOW IN ALBUQUERQUE! Introductory Offer - $ 75 Discover the tendencies in your life for the next twelve months following Vedic Astrology. How can you benefit from your astrological transits? What areas of your life require more attention in this period? Get an appointmment for your Reading. Write to us: infinitoofengshui@yahoo. com. Call us: 787- 405-7745 (This is a USA Area Code) See ad on page 23.


Sante Fe 505-252-1691 A unique blend of CranioSacral therapy, SomatoEmotional Release and therapeutic bodywork, find relief and balance within your mind, body and spirit. Specializing in Headache Treatment. See ad on page 20.

CorrELAtionS BoDyWorK

Eva Lipton-Ormand, CHom, CCSP, NTS, LMT#5866 505-266-6558 Core Synchronism Treatments: Personalized holistic medicine for everyone. A complete realignment system for physical and/or emotional issues from sports injury to depression.

133 Seton Village Road, Santa Fe, NM 505-995-1860

The Academy for the Love of Learning stimulates and supports the rebirth and renewal of learning and education in Santa Fe through ongoing programs and free monthly Evenings of Exploration. See ad on page 11.

community resource guide Sunny’S BooK oF HEALinG Sunny Morrow, MEd, B.S., D.S. cell 864-905-1864, ABQ, NM

Specializing in detoxification of the body through gentle, non-invasive means. Group and one-on-one consults plus continued support available. Detailed Iridology reports that are specific to you upon request. Utilizing local resources in Albuquerque, affordable, and life-changing! In-person, overseas, skype, and phone clients welcomed.


Jay Pullen CMS-CHt, FIBH cert.#11214-347 505-450-2571 General Hypnotherapy and Medical Support Hypnosis. Transformative change in many ways by addressing subconscious mind programming. Create your life with intention! Free 20 minute consultation.


1708A Highway 84, Abiquiu, NM 87510 505-685-1000 Magnificent red rock landscape on 21,000 acres hosts workshops & retreats in themes of spirituality, art, sustainability, Southwest & more. Georgia O’Keeffe Landscape Tours, Hiking, Massage, Anthropology Museum & Tours, Paleontology Museum & Tours, Movie Site Tour, Horseback Riding, Challenge Course & Climbing Wall, Labyrinth & Karesansui Garden, Gift Shop, Lodging, Camping. 65 miles northwest of Santa Fe. See ad on page 16.

PEACEFuL SKy HyPnotHErAPy Eli Peace, CHt Albuquerque @The Source 505-750-7273

Money and love! Hypnotherapy safely and naturally changes the beliefs in our minds and the actions we take out of them. Use hypnosis to meet your goals, including: Money, Weight, Sleep, Pain, Smoking, and Self-Esteem. I also lead birth and past-life explorations.


BrEnnAn MurPHEy

Founder of the Interlight Mystery School Taos, NM - 505-692-5411 - 10am to 7pm

Hypnotherapy/Reiki Master 505-463-7392

Brennan will help you find your way to a better life. He specializes in advanced energetic healing and higher guidance counsel, assisting you with your personal integration by helping you let go of what does not serve you. Sessions at $111 per hour.

Scope of practice includes but is not limited to PTSD, Anxiety/ Panic Attacks, Pain Management, Substance Abuse Addictions, Sports Performance, Sleep Disorders, Smoke Cessation and Weight Management.

Community resource Guide, continued on back page natural awakenings

November 2015





oBSiDiAn HEALtH AnD WELLnESS LA MontAÑitA Co-oP nAturAL & unity SPirituAL CEntEr orGAniC FooD MArKEt ALBuQuErQuE 505-715-3452 2420 Juan Tabo Blvd NE

ABQ/Santa Fe/Gallup

Alternative Integrative Health. Create the change and restore health at it’s source with NES Total Wellness system. Reassess, rejuvenate, re-imprint and rebuild. See ad on page 2.

N e w M e x i c o ’s l a r g e s t A Positive Path for community-owned natural & Spiritual Living. 10:00 organic grocer, with locations in am Sunday worship Albuquerque, Santa Fe and service and children’s Gallup. All our stores are open to program. Spiritual but the public. You don’t have to be not religious weddings, a member to shop, but if you are, memorials, christenyou’ll save even more. La Montañita believes in the shared benefits of healthy ings and classes. LGBTQ welcome. food, sound environmental practices and a strong TRAUMA THERAPY local economy. Stop by and shop with us today! See ad on page 21.

unM CEntEr For LiFE

4700 Jefferson Street NE, Ste 100 Albuquerque NM 87109 505-925-7464

An Integrative and InterCultural Center for Prevention and Wellness, treating people with a wide range of health issues, using a vast array of ancient and modern techniques. A state of the art Integrative and Intercultural center, emphasizing prevention and wellness along with disease management. NOTFOR-PROFIT. See ad on page 15.

INTUITIVE CONSULTATIONS GALAyA-intuitivE rESourCES Santa Fe • 505-466-3764

F i nd Clarity, Ins ight and Inspiration! Intuitive Readings, Coaching and Animal Communication. Clarify life choices and decisions. Activate practical solutions for your health, relationships, career and business.


High Priestess to the Order of Melchidezek Santa Fe, NM 505-490-8855 weekdays 11 AM – 2 PM.

PLASTIC SURGERY Dr. FArHAn tAGHiZADEH New Mexico Facial Plastics 505-888-3223

New Mexico Facial Plastics offer a broad range of aesthetic and ENT procedures & treatments. Using the latest advanced surgical techniques that minimize recovery time Dr. Taghizadeh specializes in facelifts, scar revision, revision facelifts, and revision rhinoplasty. See ad on page 17.


Animal & Human Psychic/Medium 213-999-9098 Sessions available in person, phone or Skype • Specializes in a combination psychic/mediumship reading for people and pets. Messages and information are pulled directly from your own soul (or pet’s soul) and also directly from Spirit, including loved ones that have crossed over, spirit guides and angels on the other side. All messages are guidance for your soul, so you can fulfill your Divine purpose! Additional sessions include: private guided chakra meditation and group readings.

Northern & Central New Mexico


Stephanie Jaeger PO Box 3257, Corrales, NM 87048 505-898-6540 World renowned educator Stephanie Jaeger works with survivors of abuse/trauma to move Beyond Surviving into a life of thriving through her workshops and retreats.


9577 Osuna Rd NE Suite J 505-294-8227 Wellness Center focuses on Age Management. We offer a Nondrug option for reversing and preventing Osteoporosis, improved strength, balance and pain reduction. Call for consultation. See ad on page 2.

YOGA BoDy & BrAin yoGA AnD tAiCHi 505-797-221

Brain-oriented holistic approach to health. Yoga, Ta i c h i , M e d i t a t i o n , Breathing, and Workshops. 4 locations. In Albuquerque NE 797-2211, NW 7925111, Downtown 262-2211, In Santa Fe: 820-2211.

The OakRose Academy of Light is a Mystery School founded by the Ascended Masters. The Academy holds to and teaches the Divine Law for the New Age. It is non-sectarian and nondenom-inational, open to all who seek the Higher Truth. See ad on page 10.


9800 Candelaria Rd. NE, ABQ NM 87112 505-292-1998

Naturalawakenings New Mexico November 2015  
Naturalawakenings New Mexico November 2015