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am sitting here on Easter Sunday contemplating my letter from the publisher as most Natural Awakenings publishers do every month. Some months, I struggle to find the right words to say. After all is said and done, I find myself wondering if anybody’s even going to read it. I devote extra time and energy to this task as I know this letter is an opportunity to connect with you, my dear readers, on a personal level. Most of you pick up the magazine at your usual place, unaware that each of the 85 Natural Awakenings magazines published in the U.S. is the result of a unique collaborative process month after month between the publisher, the advertisers, the team that transforms emails and attachments to interesting articles and colorful display ads, the layout process and the final PDF file that gets uploaded to the printer and becomes the monthly magazine. For me every issue brings about a different experience created by the energy of our monthly themes and the unique mix of advertisers and editorial that comes together. I was moved by how many businesses wanted to participate in this month’s Natural Motherhood theme. Maybe because there is more urgency these days to not only create healthy new beginnings for the next generation, but also to teach parents and children how to set a good foundation to cope with the fast, accelerated pace of this world. All children are born with an innate capacity for love and vulnerability. Unfortunately many of us lose this capacity because of our individual life experiences. While listening to the live stream Easter sermon from Unity on the Bay in Miami, the senior minister Chris Jackson reminded me of the qualities children and mothers have in common, such as:

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- Vulnerability. To be vulnerable means to shed the protective armor and celebrate our joy and lightness of being. - Unconditional love. It’s something that mothers and children naturally have for each other. - Compassion and understanding. Neil Donald Walsh says that forgiveness is not as important as understanding. Once you understand you naturally will forgive. - Celebration of our differences. We’re not here to tolerate each other but to appreciate our differences. - True love. This means having a desire to give to our loved ones on a continuous basis. It’s not that we give to those we love; it’s that we love those to whom we give. Please, enjoy the special Natural Childbirth section on pages 13 through 21, and pass along to others who could use this valuable information in their lives. In May, we also celebrate Women that Mobilize to Heal the World (page 24) and introduce women community leaders. And be sure to check out the many amazing community events in the news brief and calendar sections. We hope you enjoy picking up your copy of Natural Awakenings Northern New Mexico now in 23 Smiths and Albertson’s locations in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

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ew Mexico School of Yoga (NMSY) is excited to announce a weekend workshop with internationally-renowned Yoga Master Shiva Rea being held May 5 to 7 at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center near Old Town in Albuquerque. During this event, Shiva Rea will teach her popular Elemental Vinyasa workshop offered through NMSY. “The Elemental Vinyasa workshop with Shiva Rea is not only an incredible opportunity for yoga practitioners to learn postures, flows, sequencing and meditation, but to be transformed through her revolutionary approach to vinyasa (flowing) yoga,” shares New Mexico School of Yoga founder, Maria Garre. Participants will enjoy vegetarian meals catered by the Harvest Café featuring local, seasonal ingredients. The weekend also serves as the starting point for a module-based 300 hour Prana Vinyasa yoga teacher certification at NMSY. Shiva Rea is an international yoga teacher who has produced 27 yoga DVDs. She is also the author of Tending the Heart Fire: Living in Flow with the Pulse of Life, a frequent Yoga Journal and Mantra magazine contributor, and has been featured in the LA Times, Vanity Fair and Self. She travels the world teaching yoga and promoting awareness for global climate change. Garre, a yoga instructor and Ayurveda health practitioner with over 15 years of experience, founded NMSY in 2016. She has been a student of Shiva Rea since 2000 and directed her international yoga teacher-training program for five years. “It is my gift to this community to bring my mentor, my teacher and my friend, who I believe is one of the most influential people in the world, to Albuquerque,” she says. The school also offers a weekly donation-based yoga classes at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at The Source in Albuquerque. For more information or to register, email or visit

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ony Robbins, New York Times number one best-selling author, international speaker, and philanthropist, has found something new to get excited about. The internationally renowned life and business strategist has partnered with wellness brand OsteoStrong to aggressively grow the brand domestically and internationally. OsteoStrong is a revolutionary wellness system that leverages clinically researched osteogenic loading technology to help people of all ages and fitness levels enhance bone health, balance, overall strength, and posture in just seven minutes per week. Osteogenic impact emulation or osteogenic loading is a brief set of highly controlled, acute impact events that are clinically proven to increase healthy bone density and muscle tissue growth. Sessions are sweat-free, yet are powerful enough to activate a physiological response that initiates tissue growth cycles for days after every session. OsteoStrong’s proprietary system engages bone and muscle development and delivers many benefits beyond what is often thought only possible with strenuous exercise. It’s based on the cutting edge science of high impact emulation without the risk. OsteoStrong wellness centers are located in the Northeast Heights, near Cottonwood Mall and in the Uptown area. For more information, visit or Facebook. com/osteostrong. See ad, page 7.

Loving Messages from the Other Side


ntuitive Medium, Danelle Becklund, along with several guest mediums, will be at The Blue Room at The Source in Albuquerque every first Wednesday of the month to deliver messages of love from the other side. “My goal is to share messages and offer evidence that our loved ones continue to live on in spirit after leaving the physical realm,” says Becklund. “These readings are a gentle and intriguing way to connect to loved ones and guides on the other side.” The next event is being held May 3 at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited and there is a fee of $10 a person. Becklund is also offering 30 minute readings for $20 through the month of May.

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ane Barthelemy, intuitive healer and owner of Five Seasons Medicine in Santa Fe, is currently offering a new client special on her comprehensive 1.5 hour health scan. This unique scan, which normally costs $150, will be offered for only $60. The scan identifies strengths and stress points in your health. “It’s not just a diagnostic tool; it’s an intuitive, kinesiological examination of hundreds of factors for long life and radiant health, including meridians, organs, heart, glands, adrenal health, intolerances, digestion and emotions,” shares Barthelemy. Grave illness led Barthelemy to heal herself completely. Now, her mission is to help others achieve better health. Her transformational healing aligns the body to its deepest self, removing blocks to health. “My quiet listening to the body’s innate intelligence is unique, helping you connect to your original blueprint of health,” she says. This qigong teacher, opera diva, chef, and author of two Paleo cookbooks offers BodyTalk, kinesiology, food sensitivity testing, past life clearing, detox cleanses, and Kodaishin Meridian Therapy with non-inserted gold needles. “This Japanese tradition was created by blind acupuncturists who healed without inserting needles,” explains Barthelemy.

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esonant Essentials is hosting a Women’s Empowerment Weekend being held May 20 and 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. During this event, women in business, healthcare practitioners and spiritual educators will be empowering the 2017 woman with tools to simplify and enhance what they are already doing for themselves. Attendees will have the opportunity to talk with some of the leading women in their field. “Are you looking for a financial advisor who understands the plight of the woman who doesn’t get equal pay? Or how about an attorney who will help you plan your estate, just in case,” asks event facilitator, Michelle Vidal. “More importantly, what about those issues of heart health or foot care?” The event will also feature spiritual educators who will give talks on embracing your destiny and what tools in today’s vibration will enhance your spiritual upward movement. “We’ll also have a renowned Medium at the event,” says Vidal. “Come see if someone from the other side wants to let you know they are fine. There will also be some of the city’s best known Intuitives available for readings and healings.” Cost: $5 entry. Readings/healings $20 and up. For more information, call 505-4537646 or visit See ad, page 13.


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DNA Markers Link Lifespan to Nutrition


elomeres, located at the end of human chromosomes, protect DNA from deterioration. Multiple studies over the past decade have associated longer telomeres with increased longevity and a slowing of the aging process. A study from Kookmin University, in Seoul, Korea, collected nutrition data from 1,958 men and women between the ages of 40 and 69. The information included a baseline food frequency questionnaire assessing the consumption of vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B9 (folate), C and E, as well as calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iron and zinc, during an 18-month period. Researchers measured the length of the subjects’ telomeres after 10 years in a follow-up examination and compared these results with the nutrition information. The study found an association between longer telomere length and vitamin C, folate and potassium intake in all participants. These nutrients are available in many fruits and vegetables.

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esearchers from the United Kingdom’s University of Winchester have found that cycling improves brain function. The study tested the cognitive function of 17 physically active men in their 20s before and after two, 30-minute sessions on a stationary bike. The results showed significant cognitive improvements following each session. Biking to work is also a good way to reduce our carbon footprint, but breathing in exhaust fumes and other pollutants is a concern for street cyclists. Alexander Bigazzi, a transportation expert in the department of civil engineering and school of community and regional planning at the University of British Columbia, has studied the relationship between average-speed bicycle travel and inhalation of potentially harmful air. Using a U.S. Census-based computer model of 10,000 people, Bigazzi found that the ideal bicycling speed to inhale the minimum amount of pollution is between 7.5 to 12.5 miles per hour (mph), placing the lowest risk for women at nearly eight mph and for men at just over eight mph. “The faster you move, the harder you breathe and the more pollution you could potentially inhale, but you are also exposed to traffic for a shorter period of time. This analysis shows where the sweet spot is,” says Bigazzi.



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Airbnb Battle

Corporate Interests Oppose Private Rentals Local governments and hotels are struggling to come to terms with the growing phenomenon of Airbnb room rentals, which help residents find short-term paying guests that often provide an economic lifeline to help them pay their bills, rent or mortgage. It’s an affordable, convenient and comfortable alternative for travelers. Critics claim the service removes affordable housing units and official hotel rooms from the market by turning suitable apartments into unofficial hotels. Consequently, proposed ordinances are in the works in several U.S. metropolitan areas where Airbnb entrepreneurs and industry groups are also active in trying to shape future laws. Other on-demand grassroots industries such as ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft, which have flourished in unregulated “gray areas”, have learned they need to employ teams of lawyers and lobbyists to fight a stream of restrictive laws and lawsuits. Source: CNN

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Far-Flying Rubber Harms Sea Creatures Helium-filled balloons look pretty when released at special events, but they eventually become earthbound trash littering land and water, often traveling great distances before reaching their final resting places; spans of up to 1,300 miles have been recorded. The Ocean Conservancy recently picked up nearly 94,000 balloon remnants in the course of a year’s worth of cleanup operations. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, fish, dolphins, whales, seabirds and sea turtles have all been found with latex balloons in their stomachs, blocking their digestive tracts. One study of two stranded sperm whales in California attributed their deaths to huge amounts of consumed ocean debris. Another found that more than half of one species of sea turtle surveyed had trash in their gut; mostly balloons. The problem is so serious that several states and cities have already outlawed mass balloon releases. Latex balloons are technically biodegradable, but that process can take six months or more, according to the UK National Association of Balloon Artists and Suppliers. Celebratory alternatives include laser shows, music performances, bubbles, banners and reusable inflatable characters. Source:


Designing Cabinets and Chairs Made from Recyclables Swedish design firm and retailer IKEA is introducing a new line of “no waste” products that includes seating, vases and kitchen cabinets made of recycled materials. IKEA hopes that the design will help people see waste not as garbage, but as just another material that can be used in creating new and beautiful things. The Kungsbacka kitchen employs affordable, sustainable supplies that look stylish, including cabinet doors incorporating recycled plastic bottles and recycled wood; the entire cabinet is said to be 99.9 percent recycled. The Odger chair is 70 percent recycled plastic and 30 percent renewable wood. The design, available in a range of colors and wood finishes, is the result of collaboration between Swedish designers at Form Us With Love and eschews the environment-harming plastics of other chairs. IKEA also melts recycled glass to turn it into beautiful vases. Each mouthblown vase is unique, thanks to the materials. 12

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Nutritional Support for Reproduction

he importance of good nutrition during the reproductive process was recently given considerable attention with reports of studies regarding the relationship between folic acid and neural tube defects. The research showed that women consuming adequate daily amounts of folate, a B-complex vitamin, throughout their childbearing years may reduce their risk of having a child affected with spina bifida or anencephaly, birth defects of the brain or spinal cord. Michael Schwartz, President of Michael’s Naturopathic Programs, shares, “Nutrition plays an important role in fetal development, particularly during the first trimester of pregnancy. The amounts of many vitamins and minerals needed during pregnancy and lactation are increased.” With that in mind, Michael’s Naturopathic Programs offers Female Reproductive Factors, a comprehensive daily supplement for pregnant women and women seeking to conceive. This naturopathic formula was designed to nourish and support a women’s body by providing nutrients that are essential for supporting a healthy conception and pregnancy. Schwartz has worked in the natural food industry since 1975. His naturopathic formulas are designed to be synergistically complete. They contain all the nutrients in the right amounts plus the proper combinations to produce optimal results. His belief in the principles of naturopathy has led him to rule out offering anything not in the true spirit of health, such as hormone-based or glandularcontaining products or fads. Michael’s Naturopathic Programs uses only “tried and true” formulas based on basic principles of healing. For more information, call 800-8452730 or visit See ad, page 11.


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ave you been struggling to conceive a child and traditional methods have left you frustrated?” asks Elaine Lopez-Bogard who will facilitate a free Fertility Healing Information Session on June 10 at 10 a.m. in Albuquerque. During the class, attendees will learn the four spiritual traumas and ways to overcome them in sessions with spirit. Lopez-Bogard helps women heal their womb from pregnancy loss, sexual abuse/trauma, and infertility. “​ As a ‘Soul Midwife’ I help unborn souls incarnate who have chosen their special mother​in this life but have been blocked from being born. I’m passionate about helping other would be moms because I lost my own baby and healed my own trauma and want to share the success of my work with you,” she explains. Lopez-Bogard’s specialties include channeling the baby’s spirit, receiving its messages, and getting fertility guidance to help it transition into this lifetime. “I use a combination of healing modalities including ancient Lemurian fertility healing energy, light language, and goddess energy to heal the womb,” she says.

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CranioSacral Therapy class for babies and small children is being held September 9 to 12, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, in Tijeras, New Mexico. During this class, hosted by the Cranio Sacral School of the Masters, with Etienne Peirsman, attendees will learn the techniques to help them come in tune with or correct situations relating to the birth experience. Babies are conscious beings who endure enormous stress during the birth process. CranioSacral Therapy can help restore the correct alignments in babies’ bodies, freeing them to grow and attain their maximum potential without hindrance. The class focuses on removing blockages that often arise during birth. Students will learn how to give a baby or small child a full craniosacral treatment, addressing both hands-on techniques and awareness of how to interact with a baby and what responses and effects to expect. This class is great for parents or caregivers interested in knowing what babies need in order to be whole and healthy. Location: Blue Desert Hale, 38 Pine Haven Rd., Tijeras. For Summer class information and to register, call 505-428-9203 or visit See ad, page 13.

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ocated in heart of Santa Fe, The Birthing Tree is a cooperative of nursemidwives, doulas, practitioners of Oriental Medicine, massage therapists and bodyworkers, counselors, Placenta Encapsulation Specialists, yoga instructors, and parent educators. “Pregnancy, birth and parenthood are one of the most exciting and transformational times of our lives,” says Shabd Simran Adenijii, owner and nurse midwife, MOH, RM. “The Birthing Tree offers classes and private consultation services to help you through these precious and vulnerable weeks and months of pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. Our goal is to assist you in honing the skills needed to care for your baby and in finding balance in your life as a parent.” The Birthing Tree services are designed to support families not just on a physical level but also on the emotional and spiritual aspects of this journey. Services include childbirth preparation classes, breastfeeding support, doula services, doula mentorship, postpartum support, newborn care, prenatal yoga, private consultations, and more. For more information or to register for classes, call 505-552-2454 or visit See ad, page 19.

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others-to-be are faced with big decisions when they’re expecting. Beyond the day-to-day changes and choices, a mother has to consider where to deliver, how to deliver and whom to trust for her deliveries. Lovelace Women’s Hospital has developed an extensive range of options for delivering mothers to suit the individual needs of each mom and her family, while also providing quality, safe care. The Family Birthing Center at Lovelace Women’s Hospital is equipped with the most modern conveniences to make labor and delivery as comfortable as possible. The natural birthing center is staffed by experienced professionals who will guide delivery based on your choices, without pushing

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unnecessary treatments or interventions. The center offers hydrotherapy tubs for water labor, where the buoyancy of the water can relieve pressure while the constant temperature of the water provides comfort. These tubs are designed for safety, comfort and cleanliness and include an ozone feature that provides 200 times more sanitation than bleach. Safety is the number one priority for patients at the birthing center, and it shows. Lovelace Women’s Hospital recently received the Women’s Choice Award for Patient Safety, based on a low incidence of problems arising from surgical errors and infections. The hospital also boasts one of the lowest rates of Cesarean births in the country, due in part to the number of births performed by certified nurse midwives. Lovelace Women’s Hospital was recognized in the past year as a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery and a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery by the Surgical Review Corporation as well. Recently Lovelace Women’s Hospital embarked on a new initiative to further improve outcomes for obstetrical and gynecological patients. The Managing Obstetrical Risk Efficiently (MOREOB) Program was launched in late 2016 as part of an initiative to improve Lovelace’s already excellent outcomes even further. The program is a comprehensive performance improvement program that creates a culture of patient safety in obstetrical units. All Lovelace Health System employees in the obstetrical services are required to participate in classes and training sessions that will improve communication and care for patients. In the end, the goal at Lovelace Women’s Hospital is to provide mothers the options they need to have the best deliveries possible, in terms of safety, quality and choice. All of the providers and staff are dedicated to helping mothers make the right choices they need for to keep their families healthy, from before birth and beyond. To learn more about the birthing options available at Lovelace Women’s Hospital call 505-727-7677 or go to See ad, page 3.

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woman’s body is exquisitely designed to conceive, nurture and give birth,” says Dr. Carol J. Phillips, an Annapolis, Maryland, prenatal chiropractor, doula and author of Hands of Love: Seven Steps to the Miracle of Birth. Judith Lothian, Ph.D., associate editor of the Journal of Perinatal Education, professor of nursing at Seton Hall University, in South Orange, New Jersey, and a natural childbirth educator, knows the significance of women’s deep intuitive instinct. “Women who feel supported and encouraged can tap into their own wisdom and find deep satisfaction in giving birth naturally. The process itself perfectly prepares mother and baby to continue on their journey together.” Several gentle strategies help mothers-to-be prepare for the joys of natural pregnancy and childbirth.

research its benefits and healing qualities. The yearning for comfort foods like pizza, macaroni or ice cream may signal the need for more nurturing. Eyeing popcorn or chips could be a sign she’s stuffing down an emotion. She can ask herself, “What am I suppressing?” “Eat a lot of protein, including vitamin B-rich foods, during both pregnancy and breastfeeding,” advises O’Mara. “Nursing moms need to eat nutrient-dense foods frequently, along with getting adequate fluids,” says Wilson. She recommends foods that assist lactation called galatactagogues,

Build a Baby-Friendly Body “Follow your urges,” counsels Peggy O’Mara, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, former editor of Mothering Magazine and author of Having a Baby, Naturally. “Eat when you’re hungry. Sleep when you’re weary. Go to the bathroom the moment nature calls. Practice this in pregnancy so you’ll be in the habit of listening to your instincts when you give birth.” This simple advice counters women’s common habit of attending to other people’s needs instead of their own. Along with eating organic whole foods, Kristy Wilson, of Las Vegas, a certified professional midwife, labor doula and placenta preparation specialist, recommends both a plant-based food supplement with iron and whole food prenatal supplement. Vitamin C is important for a strong amniotic sac; she suggests at least 500 milligrams daily. A high-strung mom can take magnesium chloride baths or sip a soothing cup of red raspberry leaf tea. “Women that are concerned about their diet can tune into the baby and ask what they need,” says Lori Bregman, of Santa Monica, California, a doula, birth coach and author of The Mindful Mom-to-Be. If craving a certain dish, she can


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“Squatting like a child on your haunches is a great exercise for childbirth,” she says, noting that 20 squats daily will strengthen core muscles. Sitting on an exercise ball instead of a desk chair or couch also engages core muscles, while improving posture. “Regular exercise brings more energy, better sleep, reduced stress, higher spirits, better odds of an easy labor, faster post-delivery recovery and reduced risk of gestational diabetes and high blood pressure during pregnancy,” Bregman finds. She recommends a prenatal yoga practice that includes breathing and visualizations. This restorative form of yoga offers gentle stretching, promotes good circulation and naturally supports relief or healing of many possible pregnancy ailments. “To alleviate physical distress, try chiropractic prenatal care,” says Phillips. like almonds, avocados, legumes, Light finger contact from an experienced kale and spinach. To increase milk practitioner helps realign bony segments production, add fennel to meals or and restores the body’s normal tone. “A smoothies, or turn to capsules. prenatal expert can adjust so the mom’s body maintains its balance and the baby Keep Moving with Intention is free to move.” Wilson recommends yoga, swimming, Craniosacral therapy reestablishes walking or light jogging three to five balance to the membranes that encaptimes a week, for 20 minutes a day. doula-services-ad.qxp_Layout 1 4/13/17 3:54 PMsulate Page 1the brain and spinal cord.

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“Just say, ‘No thanks,’ to friends who want to burden you with stories of their long, excruciating labors,” O’Mara advises. “Protect yourself from toxic people and their horror stories. Focus on maintaining your own good health and surround yourself with people that have experienced a normal birth. Plan to have uplifting support during the birthing process and in the postpartum period.” A woman easily influenced by others might ask her doula, midwife or spouse to be her advocate. A woman


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Four times less likely to have a low birth weight baby Two times less likely to experience a birth complication More likely to initiate breastfeeding More likely to give birth spontaneously 41 percent less likely to give birth by cesarean Less likely to give birth by vacuum or forceps Less likely to use pain medications More likely to be satisfied with their birth

Several hospitals in New Mexico offer doula services. These include Christus St. Vincent, Presbyterian, Lovelace, the Taos Hospital, and the University of New Mexico (UNM) Hospital. Here is a list of doula collectives, associations and referral services in central and northern New Mexico:

• Albuquerque Birth Network, Albuquerque • The Birthing Tree, Santa Fe • Doulas of the Southwest, Albuquerque ew Mexico is a great place to give birth. We have a • Inspired Birth and Family, Albuquerque lower than average cesarean rate and a higher than aver- • New Life Birth Services, Albuquerque age breastfeeding rate. In addition, we have more midwife• Precious Memories Doulas, Albuquerque attended births than anywhere else in the country as well as • Ten Moons Collective, Los Alamos a high rate of homebirth. If you’re interested in homebirth, contact the New Mexico Midwives Association. Their website Childbirth is not the time to tough it out. The research is overwhelming: we do better when we have companionship has a “Find a Midwife” feature. and support. Choose a midwife who can provide this and If you’re interested in delivering at a birth center, there are three great ones in the state: The Birth Center at Women’s look for a doula to complement your maternity care. Be kind Health Institute in Taos, Dar a Luz Birth and Health Center in to yourself. Albuquerque, and Breath of My Heart Birthplace in Española. Peggy O’Mara is the editor and publisher of If you’re interested in a hospital birth, look for one of She founded in 1995 and was its editorthe seven New Mexico Baby Friendly Hospitals. Choose a in chief until 2012. Peggy was the editor and publisher of hospital with a low rate of interventions and bring a doula Mothering Magazine from 1980 to 2011. The author of Havwith you. A doula is a birth professional who “mothers the ing a Baby Naturally; Natural Family Living; The Way Back mother” during pregnancy, childbirth and/or postpartum. Current research confirms that the use of doulas results in Home; and A Quiet Place, O’Mara has conducted workshops better outcomes and less cost. Studies show that women who at Omega Institute, Esalen, La Leche League, and Bioneers. She is the mother of four and grandmother of three. received continuous support in labor were: by Peggy O’Mara


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that needs to exercise control might seek such assistance for peace of mind, knowing that her wishes will be followed. “‘Pain’ is a fear-based word,” to be avoided in conversations about labor, Wilson explains. “Don’t fear the strength of contractions. They are doing exactly what your body needs to do to give birth.” As a midwife, she helps moms relax and embrace these intensely important sensations by focusing on what is going on in their body. Research published in the journal Cell Adhesion & Migration shows that the hormones released during labor enter into the baby’s immune system to also strengthen the child.

Spark the Spirit

Affirmations can positively state the mother-to-be’s intentions for pregnancy and birth. Examples include: “Birth is a safe and wonderful experience. I am choosing the right path for my birth. I trust my body and my instincts. I have all the support I need.” Wilson recommends choosing two to four that resonate, repeating them every morning while gazing into the mirror,

placing them on the refrigerator door and even having them pop up on a smartphone. “Meditation prepares you for childbirth and can also be soothing during labor by offering tools that push away fear,” says O‘Mara. She likes this mantra from Thich Nhat Hahn’s book, Being Peace: “Breathing in, I calm myself, breathing out, I smile.” To begin, sit comfortably in a quiet room with eyes closed. For women new to meditation, Wilson suggests lighting a scented or colored candle and noticing the colors and movement of the flame for something physical to focus on. “This calming practice is important because labor becomes like a meditation,” she says. The mother copes through the contraction, then uses her meditation skills to reset, refocus and ground herself before the next contraction. Wilson and Bregman both encourage expectant mothers to keep a journal during pregnancy. “Record thoughts and experiences. Sometimes dreams tell things about the child, who has a story too,” advises Wilson.

Design a Special Experience Create a Birth Plan

Those that prefer a home birth can find a compatible midwife through a natural birthing community such as the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives, International Childbirth Education Association and La Leche League. For a hospital experience, look for lowCaesarean rates, a personally compatible doctor and a distinct birthing center. Either way, a doula or midwife can help craft the desired birth plan. Upon selecting a venue, the expectant mother may imagine the ideal birth environment and write positive statements, such as, “I want to move around freely. I want my husband and sister with me at all times.” “If a home birth is a mother’s first choice, design two plans; one for home and one for the hospital,” suggests Phillips. “If the mother needs hospital care during labor, the attendants will know her wishes.” Wilson encourages the spouse to be involved from the beginning. “The

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partner’s energy plays a role in how the birth progresses during labor. Plus, being part of the planning keeps him engaged and attuned to her wishes.”

Orchestrate a Childbirth Team

“The birthing mother needs continuous support from someone that can focus on her and her needs,” says Phillips. “The partner also needs to have access to experienced support. Both need to surround themselves with people that know how to enfold them in love.”’ A birthing team includes the medically trained attendant appointed to help deliver the baby; either a midwife or a doctor. Many women choose to have a trained doula collaborate, as well. She provides continuity of care and advocacy, lessens the need for medical intervention, stays with the mother, honors and includes the partner and supports the parents in making informed decisions. With home births, family members tend to invite themselves over. The mom needs to have control of her birthing atmosphere. “I encourage moms to be firm regarding who they want in the room when the baby is born,” Wilson says.

Honor the Postpartum Mother

“Giving birth is the first big unknown of parenting,” says Wilson. “You plan for it and then you have to trust and accept the outcome.” She encourages postpartum appointments for discussing the birth. “A breastfeeding mother’s nutrient requirements are actually higher postpartum,” Wilson says. To prevent deficiencies, she suggests moms nourish themselves during this period, delaying any focus on weight loss and regaining muscle tone. The birth team and other friends can deliver meals, do light housecleaning, run a load of laundry and bring groceries. The new parents will welcome this generous and loving help.

Fertility Mapping to Conceive by Keren Khaya Abrams


ccording to an article in The Huffington Post, 20 to 30 percent of infertility patients receive “infertility” as a diagnosis. Typical conventional medicine options often include costly artificial interventions, that are usually stressful, and without impressive success rates. Getting diagnosed with infertility is a ripe time for a woman to re-educate herself and learn more deeply the essentials of her fertile body and ways to optimize it. Here are some basics: Each woman’s cycle is unique and can vary normally on different months. Through self-study and self-advocacy for thorough hormonal testing, fertility can be greatly optimized. The vaginal tract is sperm-friendly only a few days of each month and depends largely on cervical fluid. Each woman can learn about her own cervical fluid variations and use natural methods to improve it as needed. Conception Sex. Particular useful mechanics for sex-for-conception days can be easy to implement in a natural feeling way. At-home methods of self-insemination can be easy and even fun to do. They are necessary for single-mothers-by-choice and lesbian couples often useful for heterosexual couples as well. Well-rounded health is a must. It’s time to eat well, sleep well, exercise with joy, and live generously. Incorporating these self-awareness options into your life can drastically increase your chances of conceiving while saving precious time, energy and finances. Keren Khaya Abrams has been pioneering new approaches to embodied consciousness and healing arts services for two decades. She is the creator of “Fertility Mapping” and offers complimentary initial consultations. For more information, call 505-596-0048 or visit

Blessing the Birth by Deborah Shouse


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he blessingway ceremony helps a woman prepare mentally, emotionally and spiritually for the work of birthing, opening her to instinctive abilities that will guide her in mothering,” says Donna Miller Watelet, interfaith minister and coauthor of Mother Rising: The Blessingway Journey into Motherhood. Miller Watelet, a facilitator of dozens of blessingway rituals, shares an example of a nourishing gathering: In a comfortable and safe room, a group of friends circles the mother-to-be, signifying their support. They discuss the intention for the blessingway and invite the mom to symbolically let go of any fears blocking a harmonious experience. Once her fears are emptied out, they fill her up with affirmations, apprecia-


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tions and adornments. Women can gift an object that has meaning to them, such as a bead, flower or scrap of cloth, as a sign of their commitment to her. These gifts will then be fashioned into something lasting, such as a necklace for the mother. The circle may then bind themselves together, each woman wrapping red yarn around her wrist before passing along the skein until everyone is connected. As they discuss this intertwining, they cut the binding yarn and keep the bracelets, a reminder of their caring for the new family. “Finally, we enjoy a feast together,” Miller Watelet says. “Sharing a meal reminds us to bring the intentions of the blessingway back into everyday life.”

Hypnobirthing by Jean D. Stouffer


y p n o Birthing was created by Marie Mongan in 1989, as she taught her adult daughter the method of calm, safe, relaxing, and even joyful, birth. It was not new, but is rather a rebirth of the philosophy of birthing as it existed thousands of years ago and as it was recaptured in the work of Dr. Grantly Dick-Read. Dick-Read was an English obstetrician, who, in the 1920s, was one of the first to promote the concept of natural birthing. HypnoBirthing teaches women that severe pain does not have to be an accompaniment of labor, and that woman can, in the absence of fear, tension or special circumstances, birth their babies calmly, comfortably and in joy. What gets in the way of a calm birth? Fear. Fear is the enemy of peaceful birthing, sending women’s bodies into fight-or-flight, causing their uterine muscles to constrict rather than relax. HypnoBirthing not only addresses the issue of fear, it also teaches women how to achieve a deep state of relaxation so their birthings can be calm, serene and comfortable. HypnoBirthing can be utilized in home births as well as in hospital maternity units. Women’s demands for better choices and more personal freedoms have been instrumental in popularizing HypnoBirthing, and today, all of Albuquerque’s hospitals are supportive of the program. From a humble beginning in 1989, HypnoBirthing is now available in 45 countries throughout the world. Jean D. Stouffer, CHt, HBCE, can be reached at 505-269-8423. For more information visit or See ad, page 18.

CranioSacral Therapy for Conception and Pregnancy by Jonathan Moore-Garrison


ranioSacral Therapy (CST) supports pregnant, laboring and postpartum women by releasing restrictions in the body and the pelvis while creating a sense of physical and emotional expansion and well-being.

CONCEPTION When a woman is experiencing high levels of stress and living in the “fight-or-flight” state, the body is not prepared for reproduction. Because of its relaxing nature, CST can help women attain proper parasympathetic function—the opposite of fight-or-flight—which readies the body for conception and fertility. A 2014 U.S. study published in the journal Human Reproduction found that highly stressed women “took 29 percent longer to get pregnant compared to other women and [that] their risk of infertility doubled.” A U.K. study published around the same time found similar results when surveying couples undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments. CST can also address the physical manifestations of strong emotions such as fear leftover from previous pregnancies or births. Additionally, a misaligned pelvic structure or chronic muscle tension in the low back or pelvic floor can adversely affect nerves that supply the reproductive organs as well as the organs themselves. CST can help alleviate such tension so all the bones, muscles, organs and nerves of the pelvis can regain optimal function to support conception and a healthy pregnancy.

PREGNANCY By balancing and unwinding the pelvis CST can help ease ligament pain, low back pain, hip pain, and promote optimal fetal positioning. CST promotes a state of stillness and a sense of open-heartedness ideal for bonding with baby. During a session fears or previous childbirth traumas can be gently addressed and released. These sessions are a great way to prepare body-mind-spirit for childbirth and motherhood. CranioSacral Therapy assists the pregnant woman along her journey into mothering by releasing restrictions in the body and pelvis to co-create an optimal birthing experience. During pregnancy, one of the primary focuses is to release restrictions in the pelvis to resolve back and hip pain and tension and to prepare for an optimal labor and birth, including promoting optimal fetal positioning. Craniosacral bodywork assists the baby in the womb to have optimal labor, birth and bonding. Craniosacral supports the pregnant women’s inner resources for health, facilitating global balance in the body, heart and spirit. Through light touch, a therapist can balance the pelvis and uterus in pregnancy to ease and prevent ligament pain, posterior babies and low back, hip or rib pain. During labor and birth, women have obtained profound benefit from midwives and doulas trained in CranioSacral Therapy who are able to support them with comfort measures to balance and unwind the pelvis, uterus and sacrum.

POSTPARTUM During the postpartum period, CranioSacral Therapy restores musculoskeletal reintegration, emotional balance and pelvic health and helps alleviate the discomforts of newborn care and mothering. CranioSacral Therapy is even more effective for infants when the mother is simultaneously treated. The mother can be treated while holding the baby or while the baby lies on the mother’s belly; the baby also receives treatment this way. Jonathan Moore-Garrison is the owner of Blue Buddha Bodywork. For more information, call 505-252-1691 or visit See ad, page 19. natural awakenings

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Chantal Fidanza Santa Fe (San Marcos area) 505-438-1074 • hantal Fidanza, intuitive guide, Reiki Master and owner of Your Divine Light, announces the addition of equine assisted healing to her services under the name Unicorn Mesa. Fidanza initially acquired two donkeys from a local rescue as her own “personal therapists” three years ago. “They are so calming and soothing after a stressful day. They truly are healers,” says this practitioner who recently added a sweet black mare, Jade, to her “staff.” In 2015, when Fidanza moved her office from town to a casita on her property, she noticed that when people came, they didn’t want to leave. “I have a selfie a client took with my donkey, Abby—their heads resting together. I realized there is something going on here.” “What do equines assist us with?” asks Fidanza. “Everything: physical pain, trauma, relationships, trusting ourselves. With unconditional love, they help us to see the truth and free ourselves.” See ad, page 31.


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Barbra Portzline, Organizational Intuitive 100 Sun NE, Albuquerque, NM 505-835-6746• arbra Portzline, MA, Ph.D. CRP, owner of Organizational Rebel in Albuquerque, loves helping others step into their power. Utilizing a combination of intuition, data, psychology and years of experience, this Organizational Intuitive helps small business owners achieve their goals quickly. With close to two decades of hands-on engagement in coaching, practicing, consulting and teaching, Dr. Portzline has first-hand experience in the ebb and flow of individual and organizational growth and the pitfalls, challenges, opportunities and dynamics that fuel successful individuals and businesses. Portzline helps business owners who are not making the impact or money they want find the most efficient path to improving people, processes, practices, promotions, productivity and profit. Services include business strategy, business intensives and business alignment and result in increased sales, profit and efficiency.



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Mandy Warr 113 Vassar Dr. SE, Albuquerque 505-265-9219 • andy Warr, owner of The Remedy Day Spa, has worked in the spa industry for more than 16 years. Her background as a massage therapist has given her a unique vision of luxury and wellness for the Albuquerque community. “The Remedy offers a spa experience that goes beyond the highest quality treatments and products. We are the place to relax, and regroup. It’s the ultimate reprieve from your busy life the second you walk in our doors,” says Warr. The experience at The Remedy is more than luxury services.” Warr shares, “We are a place to unwind, spend time, and really indulge in your wellness. We are an environment and a mindset. Come spend the day, get a massage or a facial, sit in our hot tub, and rejuvenate.” The Remedy is a place to come and feel confident that the staff will take excellent care of you. “We have the most qualified massage therapists and estheticians to address any concern be it pain, stress, tension, wrinkles or dehydration,” assures Warr who notes that all of The Remedy staff is highly skilled, experienced and licensed. “We also certify and train our staff in the luxury details and specialty treatments we offer here. So at The Remedy, you’re getting the best of the best and you can expect the same quality every time you come,” adds Warr.


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Rebecca Baines • 505-710-7603 ebecca Baines of Standing Bear Healing is a Native American healer, speaker and channel. Her deeply transformative work is done in a meditative state where she is able to shift subconscious beliefs and heal traumas. Sessions are done over the phone so she is able to work with clients all around the world. Her work affects all levels of our being—mind, body and spirit—simultaneously. She has experience dealing with depression, anxiety, poor relationship patterns, self-esteem issues, sexual abuse and much more. Baines’ skill as a healer is born from her own journey of recovering from severe childhood abuse. Because of this, she is able to guide her clients with compassion, nonjudgement and insight. “It is possible to find healing and happiness no matter what our past experiences may be,” she says. Baines has a degree in chemistry and a medical background. She has also been trained in Theta Healing, Awakening Dynamics and Landmark Education.


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Women Mobilize to Heal the World


by Linda Sechrist

he Heart to Lead: Women as Allies for the Greater Good, a documentary film directed and produced by Cheryl Gould, of Naples, Florida, explores the emerging paradigm of heart-based feminine leadership and how it is attuning women to their inner strengths, beliefs, each other and our Earth. “Women’s deeper unity of being is empowering them to take action and lead. Women who once longed for a culture that would reflect their highest priorities are now creating one in which they support each other and make a difference,” says Gould. She notes that for centuries, a vast number of women have led and served as change agents. “Unfortunately, the majority of them never made it into the headlines or history books. A prime example—few individuals knew that 12 women ran for president before Hillary Clinton.” In a recent Yes! magazine article, Rucha Chitnis reports that women are rising up to push back against growing corporate power, land grabs, economic injustice, climate change and more. Women’s groups and networks offer a paradigm shift, she concludes, exposing links between unbridled capitalism, violence, the erosion of human rights and destruction of the Earth. A woman’s style of leadership in America’s corporate boardrooms, activist-led movements or state and federal government may not be plainly evident. Feminine wisdom’s emerging solutions are compassionate, collaborative and consensus-building, and pursue

universal outcomes and group cooperation. They contrast with conventional competitive strategies and solutions, according to The Legislative Effectiveness of Women in Congress study at Vanderbilt University’s Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, in Nashville. Jean Shinoda Bolen, a medical doctor, Jungian analyst in Mill Valley, California, and author of Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman, has been advocating since 2002 for a United Nations Fifth World Conference on Women (5WCW). “Empowered and equal women are the key to peace and sustainability. We need to rise up together and fulfill the Dalai Lama’s words at the Vancouver Peace Summit: ‘It will be up to Western women to bring about peace.’” Bolen’s 5WCW vision joins millennial women worldwide now entering their era of activism with the feminist movement spearheaded by a boomer generation of women that’s forwarded the equality and empowerment of women this far. To this end, she marched in Washington, D.C., on January 21 in the Million Women’s March that globally attracted 5 million participants. “To make human rights women’s rights, we need a united global women’s movement,” she states. Sande Hart, from Orange County, California, director of the Charter for Compassion International-Women and Girls sector and president of the women’s global interfaith organization Spiritual and Religious Alliance for Hope (SARAH), participated in the Los Angeles Women’s March with 750,000


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others. “There’s a sense that we’ve had enough. We’re not angry. We are morally outraged and seeking peaceful solutions wrapped in compassion and based in justice for all. In nearly 15 years of women’s community building, I’m convinced that healing our communities with resilience and a regenerative spirit is our biological and innate imperative. I see women emerging in unprecedented ways to make this happen,” says Hart. The Rising Women Rising World organization provides tools and training to help women and men develop feminine wisdom and the qualities of potent compassion, deep listening, intuition and inclusivity. Hazel Henderson, an evolutionary economist in St. Augustine, Florida, host of the Ethical Markets online TV show and researcher of The Love Economy shared in her book The Politics of the Solar Age: Alternatives to Economics, has mentored staff members of Rising Women Rising World. Henderson contends that to shape a future for the good of all, we must bring into balance the masculine and feminine energies and learn to value the long-marginalized qualities of feminine wisdom. Henderson’s Love Economy paradigm reflects the sharing and caring sector not presently reflected in the nation’s gross domestic product. “Women’s unpaid work—raising children, taking care of households, serving on school boards, volunteering, caring for aging parents, etc.—constitutes 50 percent of all production in the U.S. and 70 percent of that in developing countries. This unvalued economic sector underlies and supports the public and private parts of the entire economy,” advises Henderson, who observes that competition cannot be the sole basis for an economy with any expectation of high quality of life on a small planet. In her film, As She Is, producer and director Megan McFeely, of Marin County, California, captures her own journey to understand the collective potential of the feminine and how to live true to its innate knowing. She queries: “Can you imagine what might happen if women here and around the world rose up together and used our power of longing to heal the Earth?” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

community spotlight An Enchanted Uprising from the Land of Enchantment Spotlight on Dawn Ferguson


ast fall, Albuquerqueraised Dawn Ferguson, who is from the Navajo Nation in Arizona, felt a yearning to head to Standing Rock, North Dakota. “My sister lives in Montana, so we packed up the car and hit the road, picking up my sister and her family on the way,” she recalls. “We took a collection of warm winter coats and Navajo preferred food items, like Bluebird Flour, as well as Navajo herbs and medicines.” Ferguson was glad that she went to this lifechanging event. “The concern and enthusiasm of the people in the camp was inspirational and contagious,” she says. Arriving back in Albuquerque, Ferguson felt like a warrior. She was determined to take action and help bring attention to the injustices against Native Americans—especially in areas of Native land abuses, energy development and health and education. When an opportunity to attend the Women’s March in Washington, DC arose, Ferguson jumped on the bus with other passionate women and family members to take a stand for women’s rights. After returning home from the March, this handful of women decided to start their own organization focusing on issues affecting all New Mexicans. “We call our New Mexican delegation to DC, Enchanted Uprising, as we are from the Land of Enchantment,” says Ferguson. Enchanted Uprising’s goal is to build awareness and be a platform where locals can become trained, involved and empowered to further advocate for important issues that affect all New Mexicans. Ferguson hopes that others will be inspired to become active in their organization. “Like the Women’s March in DC recognized our presence and gave power to our voices, we, too, can be a powerful conduit to the presence, voice and advocacy of New Mexico women,” she adds. For more information, visit

Spotlight on Giovanna Rossi


n 2004, Giovanna Rossi led a delegation of 400 women from New Mexico to Washington DC for the March for Women’s Lives. Since then, she has focused on systems level and policy change to improve the lives of women and families. After serving as Governor Richardson’s women’s health policy advisor, she started her own business dedicated to growing a global community of women called Well Woman Life to support one another to live their best life, whatever that means to them. “More women are stepping into leadership roles in their personal, professional and community lives than ever before. There is a move to act and respond to life from a place of love rather than a place of fear, and women are leading the way,” says Rossi, producer and host of The Well Woman Show, who recently travelled to Washington DC to participate in Sister Giant, the conference organized by Marianne Williamson to address the intersection of spirituality and politics that drew almost 2,000 people. In March of this year, Rossi hosted a group of women in Santa Fe to learn about the legislative process at the roundhouse. Speakers included legislators, lobbyists and activists. According to Rossi, our lives can be organized into four stages: Receptive, Responsive, Passive and Active. All four stages are necessary parts of the Well Woman Life Cycle, and depend upon the intersection of “internal superpowers” and “external supports.” “Superpowers are internal, and are accessible already but we don’t always use them,” explains Rossi. “They can include self-love, selfacceptance and self-care. Supports are external; they are outside of you, and include your family, work and community structures and systems. We are in the Receptive stage when we have a high level of both internal superpowers and external supports.” Rossi shares that if we don’t nurture ourselves, however, it is easy to move into burnout, or Responsive, which is when we have a high level of external supports but our internal superpowers are low. “In order to get out of burnout, we must ‘linger’ in the Passive stage. This is where we slow down, listen and build up our superpowers once again. Then, we are ready to move into the Active stage, where transition and change are common,” she says. “It is only when we understand these four stages that we can begin to live our lives to the fullest, embracing each stage as necessary steps in life’s journey.” The Well Woman Show airs on KUNM 89.9 FM the second Friday of the month and on iTunes every week. There are related events every month in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Event details can be found at natural awakenings

May 2017


Money, Marriage and Secrecy: How Financial Infidelity Can Wreck a Good Relationship


hen people think of infidelity, their first thought is not typically money. However, financial infidelity is a very real thing, and it is very destructive to your marriage. But, what is it? Can a marriage recover from it?

Keeping secrets from your spouse Financial infidelity starts with you keeping financial secrets from your spouse. Whether it is something small like not telling him or her about a nice pair of shoes or something larger like a gambling debt, both are financial infidelity. Financial disagreements, secrecy and hardships are the number one reason that many couples divorce. As hard as it is to discover that your partner has been financially unfaithful, it doesn’t have to end the relationship.

Why is a spouse committing financial infidelity? Many people have an emotional tie to money. If a spouse becomes dependent on retail therapy, it can wreak havoc on a marriage. Resolve those problems so the two of you can get on a budget, and get on the same page.

Communicate and work together It is vital to keep the lines of communication open when it comes to your joint spending. Keep a budget, and know where every dollar goes. Each person can keep an agreed upon amount of cash that they can spend on themselves. This way the budget does not feel to constraining for either person.

Have financial goals Make your money work for you, together. Get out of debt, go on your dream vacation, buy a house. Have goals together. If you are both on the same page with your goals, your chances of financial success are that much higher. Money secrecy and shame are huge barriers to your success. Change your behavior behind the spending to get you where you want to be.


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Milk Minus the Moo

Evaluating Alternatives to Dairy by Judith Fertig


hen dietary concerns, food sensitivities or curiosity prompt us to try alternative milks, it helps to know the basic facts about the leading types, to choose the best ones for us.

Almond Milk

Pro: Almond milk is low in fat and can be easily made at home, so ingredients are known. One cup of homemade almond milk has about 40 calories, one gram of

protein, 6 percent of the daily value (DV) for calcium, three grams of fat and eight grams of carbohydrates. As for storebought options, one cup of Silk Organic Almond Original contains 60 calories, with one gram of protein, 10 percent DV for calcium, two-and-a-half grams of fat and eight grams of carbohydrates. Con: Almond milk is neither high in protein nor calcium; it’s not as nutritionally packed as other alternatives. Some might not care for the faint nutty flavor.

Coconut Milk

Pro: Dr. Josh Axe, a functional medicine physician who owns the popular natural health website,, and the Exodus Health Center, near Nashville, Tennessee, points out, “High in mediumchain triglycerides, coconut milk is a very filling, fat-burning food.” One cup of homemade coconut milk has about 450 calories, six grams of protein and 64 grams of fat, plus trace minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and copper. Canned coconut milk is similar: one cup of Native Forest Unsweetened Coconut Milk Classic contains 420 calories, three grams of protein and 45 grams of fat, plus trace minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and copper in each cup. Con: High in fat and calories, coconut milk may not be the best choice for drinking every day, but is delicious in Asian-style soups and curries.

Hemp Milk

Pro: Hemp milk, made from hulled hemp seeds, contains 10 essential amino acids, including key fats. “Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are vital for healthy functioning of the brain,” says Axe. Hemp milk works well for people with tree nut allergies. One cup of Pacific Hemp Original has 140 calories, three grams of protein, 50 percent DV for calcium, five grams of fat and 20 grams of carbohydrates. Living Harvest Tempt Hemp Milk has 80 calories per cup, two grams of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, eight grams of fat and one gram of carbohydrates. Con: Grassy-tasting hemp milk tends to separate in hot coffee. 28

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Rice Milk

Pro: High in vitamins and calcium when fortified, rice milk made from brown rice is also high in vitamins. According to Ted Kallmyer, author of Flexible Dieting, in Bend, Oregon, rice milk is the least likely alternative milk to trigger an allergy. One cup of Pacific Rice Milk has 130 calories, one gram of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, two grams of fat and 37 grams of carbohydrates. One cup of Rice Dream Organic Rice Drink has 120 calories, one gram of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, 2.5 grams of fat and 23 grams of carbohydrates. Con: Low in fat and protein, it’s also relatively high in carbohydrates. It has a less creamy texture than hemp, coconut or soy milks.

Soy Milk

Pro: Soy milk provides more protein than other alternative milks. Look for a calcium-fortified, organic brand that doesn’t contain the thickening agent carrageenan, suggests Dr. Andrew Weil, founding director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, in Tucson. Different brands have different nutritional components. For example, one cup of Organic Valley Soy Original has 100 calories per cup, with seven grams of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, three grams of fat and 11 grams of carbohydrates. One cup of Organic EdenSoy Extra Original Soymilk contains 130 calories, with 11 grams of protein, 20 percent DV for calcium, four grams of fat and 13 grams of carbohydrates. Con: Some people might not like the thick texture and soy aftertaste. Dr. Frank Lipman, founder and director of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center, in New York City, says that limiting soy is a good idea due to soy’s prevalent pesticide saturation and its researched links to thyroid, endocrine system and sex hormone dysfunction ( If soy is eaten, “Choose certified organic, soy products—preferably fermented versions like miso, natto and tempeh—with the Non-GMO Project seal; and do so sparingly, no more than twice a week,” advises Lipman. Judith Fertig writes food health articles and cookbooks from Overland Park, KS (

DIY Milks Home Made Nut Milk

Ingredients • 1/2 cup nuts, soaked if possible. • 2 cups warm filtered water (1 cup quite hot mixed with one cup room temperature) Instructions 1. Put nuts and water into any blender or food processor. Blend for about a minute. Stop, and then blend again for about a minute. 2. Place a nut milk bag into a saucepan so it hangs over the edges. Pour nut milk into the bag. Lift the bag out and squeeze the milk out. Pour milk into a clean container. Save the pulp to use in any recipe that calls for almond meal!

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Turmeric Chai: Vitalizing and energizing. 2 cups strained nut milk, 1/2 teaspoon

vanilla, 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder, 2 pinches unprocessed salt, 1 tablespoon brown sweetener or more to taste, 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom, pinch cloves, a pinch ground ginger, and a pinch of black pepper. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Good with mild flavored nut milks such as Almond, Brazil, Cashew, and Coconut milk. Blueberry Lavender Anti-oxidant and floral. Blend together 2 cups strained nut milk with 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, 1 tablespoon sweetener, 1/2 cup blueberries fresh or frozen, 1 drop organic food grade lavender oil (or 1 teaspoon unprocessed dried lavender flower tea). Stir and drink. Best with mild flavored nut milks such as Almond, Brazil, Cashew, and Coconut milk. For more information and recipes go to

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so tangled in our will that we can’t find or feel the wind of Spirit. During these times—when we fear there is no meaning and it seems there’s nothing holding us up—our will can puff, snap and flap about in a desperate attempt to fill what looms as an empty life. But even setting out on the sea, it’s never easy. My father remarked, “It’s always harder to sail toward a fixed by Mark Nepo point, because you will inevitably have to cross the wind several times to get there.” By contrast, a boat moves its fastest and cleanest when it simply follows the wind. It’s the same when we listen for where life is taking us, instead of busily thinking about where we’re going. Devoting ourselves to experiencing the journey, rather than determining a destination, we discover our way. Like a sail, our life must be out in the open before the wind will show its face. Likewise, Spirit fills us when we can inhabit our true nature. We miss what awaits us if we hover too close to the Clear sailing comes when we’re being eaching me how to steer the carried toward a vision greater than our shore of our past, our family, someone 30-foot-long sailboat he built, my else’s dream for us, or an old identity. To self, feeling wholly alive along the way. father would say, “It’s the sail that Scudding along the sea, my father feel the wind in our face, we must leave follows the wind, and the rudder that was living once for all time, feeling the the shallows and harbors for the deep. follows the sail.” The sail, by its nature, Only then will the larger, timeless destisensation of all life in that moment. will catch the wind and lean into it. The nation show itself and our soul be filled rudder is for steering once we’ve set sail. We all yearn to live in these moments forever, yet even a taste of aliveness can enough with Spirit that our smaller self Our soul is like a sail. Once will have no choice but to engage in steerfill, sustain and refresh us in the midst hoisted, it’s filled by the wind of Spirit, ing us toward all that matters. of daily tasks. which establishes our course and direc-

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tion. Our will is our rudder; its job is to follow where the soul filled with Spirit leads, helping to steer our way. When we lean on will to make things happen, we can grow stubborn, confused or lost.


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DECODING DOG BODY TALK Three Signals of Anxiety


by Susan Briggs

amily dogs frequently accompany us on errands and outings away from their familiar home environment and we want them to enjoy these expeditions, so understanding their view of the world is important. To a dog, every experience is either familiar or unfamiliar. The first time they encounter a new sound, place or person, they may feel anxious. We can help with the adjustment by introducing them slowly to each new experience and step aside to provide them distance or space to observe it first at their own pace. Knowing the “tells” that signal when a dog is comfortable or uncomfortable goes a long way to a harmonious experience. Allison Culver, assistant director of The Lightfoot Way holistic animal learning center, in Houston, remarks, “Knowing how to communicate with your animal can save a lot of heartache.” With a bit of applied attention, we can readily learn to understand the changes in canine body posture and behavior that communicate their emotional state. Start by observing the dog’s posture when they are relaxed at home. It’s likely that their weight is balanced on all four legs and their mouth is slightly open; movement is relaxed,

loose and agile. When a dog feels happy or playful, notice how their ears may perk up or tilt slightly forward. Their tail might rise and wag, and they may emit a cheerful bark. Using their visual and audio demeanor as a baseline prepares us to be alert for three secret tells that signal a change in their emotion. Closing their mouth routinely occurs when a dog is unsure or anxious. When their mouth remains closed for a minute or more, it’s a sure clue that they need more time to process information. Lip licking such as quick flicks of the tongue is meant to appease and may prevent an uncomfortable situation from escalating into anything resembling a confrontation. Dogs do it with each other and with us, too. A look away that avoids direct eye contact likewise signals that a dog is urgently processing their current environment. Norwegian dog trainer Turid Rugaas, author of On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals, identifies the lip licking and averting of the eyes as selfcalming behaviors. She affirms, “When dogs are stressed by the environment, they start using calming signals to ease the stress.”

When this happens, first try creating more space or distance between the dog and any perceived threat; this may return them to their body language norm. If not, consider using holistic calming aids like a properly mixed lavender essential oil spray or Bach Rescue Remedy Pet flower essences, keeping these well away from their face. Also try mentally engaging the dog with learned cues. A quick game of sit, down, sit plus high-five allows them to engage in a familiar activity while they adjust to a new environment. If the pet does not respond to normal cues and continues to display multiple stress signals for an extended period, leave the scene altogether. Their anxiety hasn’t been relieved. If it’s still important that the dog learns to enjoy the troubling environment, work with a professional trainer that uses positive reinforcement tools to aid the transition (see PetProfessionalGuild. com or The trainer will assist in creating a plan that allows the pet to adjust at a pace that allows them to remain comfortable. By observing a dog’s posture, we can be confident of choosing mutually good outings. Susan Briggs, of Houston, TX, is co-author of Off-Leash Dog Play: A Complete Guide to Safety & Fun, co-founder of The Dog Gurus and owner of Crystal Canine ( NOW OFFERING

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parts of the South.” An unrelated tropical plant from Africa with strong oregano flavor, the leaves of variegated Cuban oregano are pretty enough to grow alongside flowers, and the plants thrive in humid heat. Cuban oregano readily grows through hot summers, and the plants produce more leaves each time leaf tips are harvested.

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Herbs that Beat the Heat Favorite Varieties that Flourish in Summer by Barbara Pleasant


ome of the best plants to keep as summer companions are herbs that enrich life with their flavors, fragrances and beauty. It’s not too late to pot up a few herbs or plant them in the garden if we choose varieties that thrive in hot, summer weather.

has been running Seminole Springs Herb Farm, in Eustis, Florida, in their family for more than 20 years. Vigorous and heavy-flowering, it can grow to over three feet tall, and usually persists as a perennial in Florida, Texas and other mild winter climates.

Reliable Basils

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“I place basil as the number one herb in popularity, as well as heat tolerance,” says Cristina Spindler, owner of the Peconic River Herb Farm, in Calverton, New York. “Basil actually prefers heat.” There are many types, and greenleafed culinary varieties are easy to grow through the summer, provided they’re not allowed to dry out. Two particularly heat-hardy types are purpleleafed varieties such as red rubin and African blue, which debuted in 1983. “Purple basil is shockingly fragrant and beautiful on the plate. Plus, it’s easy to grow in a small space and produces quickly,” says Lisa Kessler, who for several years has co-owned with her husband, Ben, the White Hills Lavender and Herb Farm, in Dearing, Georgia. “The flowering tops are usable as herbs and as beautiful cut flowers, so don’t toss them away.” “African blue basil flourishes in summer heat and is an especially beneficial nectar plant for bees and other pollinators,” says Traci Anderson, who 32

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Rosemary is the most adaptable and heat tolerant of Mediterranean herbs; it can be grown as a perennial where soil doesn’t freeze hard in winter. “My top herb garden choice for the hot, humid conditions in the South is Tuscan blue rosemary, because it is beautiful, easy to grow and is wonderful in all kinds of foods and products,” Kessler says. “It blooms in several seasons and provides bees with off-season food.” Thyme is a top cooking herb, although too much summer rain can lead to mildew and leaf blight. This rarely happens with Summer savory, which has a punchy flavor that Spindler describes as “a peppery cross between oregano and thyme that’s perfect on all of the classic summer veggies—squash, green beans, tomatoes and corn.” Kessler recommends oregano as part of our summer planting list. “Let your kids or grandkids have the experience of putting it in the pasta sauce. It’s easy to grow in a small herb garden and will last through the winter in most

In Central Florida, Anderson recommends culantro, aka Mexican coriander, as a summer herb different from the better-known cilantro. “Culantro equals the flavor of cilantro, but with no bitter or medicinal aftertaste.” A great longterm performer, it continues producing flavorful new leaves even after the plant starts blooming. Anderson also suggests growing West Indian lemongrass for its fragrant leaves and thick stalks. A vigorous, clump-forming grass, lemongrass can be grown in containers anywhere or served as an edible ornamental in landscapes where summers are hot. “Lemongrass enjoys a sunny and moist environment, so it benefits from being near an air conditioner drain or downspout,” she advises.

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Herbs always need watering in hot weather, and pouring from a watering can at the base is far better than bathing the leaves with a hose. Should containers become so dry that they refuse to take up water, place them in a broad dish or pail filled with three inches of water for 30 minutes to rehydrate the roots. Always grow herbs in pots with large drainage holes, so excess water can drain quickly. Make a habit of pinching off a few herbal leaves, crushing them between the fingers and inhaling their fresh aromas. For maximum benefit, repeat daily. Author Barbara Pleasant’s new book, Homegrown Pantry: A Gardener’s Guide to Selecting the Best Varieties & Planting the Perfect Amounts for What You Want to Eat Year Round, is now available (Storey Publishing). Connect at

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Staying Aware Avoids Problems by Aimee Hughes


began my personal training in the Non-Violent System (NVS) of self-defense with Grandmaster Verkerke in 1996,” says Eddie Rose, senior instructor of NVS Peace in the Midst of Non-Violence at Shangri-La Springs, in Bonita Springs, Florida. This aspect of the martial art form seicho jutsu was created by Canadian Daniel Verkerke, Ph.D., as a simple self-defense system to teach and perpetuate nonviolence; he continues to share it with the public, law enforcement, corporations and private security firms in the U.S. and internationally. Nonviolent self-defense is akin to the dynamics of bullfighting. “The matador never matches his strength with the enormous animal; rather, he redirects the energy of the bull with simple and precise movements—counterbalancing— and letting the bull’s energy move past him,” explains Rose. He’s trained everyday people of all ages and walks of life in this approach, in the U.S., UK, Puerto Rico and Jamaica. “As they train, students begin to feel more secure wherever they go, because they are learning how to be safe even in the midst of physical confrontation,” says Rose. “They wind up feeling more empowered as they learn how to neutralize aggression simply and effectively.” Practicing NVS increases balance, coordination, overall flexibility and joint mobility. Its soft, circular, martial arts movements, combined with slow-to-fast linear movements, also enhance cardiovascular health. “Mental and spiritual training includes the awareness and development of a state of being conscious of energy and mind. Everyone’s actions and reactions directly reflect the development of their mind,” says Rose.

Another nonviolent form of self-defense is Shaolin five animal kung fu, a martial arts style that mimics the characteristics of five animals—the tiger, leopard, snake, crane and dragon. Instructor Lloyd Fridenburg owns Fitness with a Purpose, in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, where he emphasizes the awareness and avoidance concept as the psychological heart of nonviolent self-defense. Fridenburg, founder and senior instructor of the Waterloo Kung Fu Academy, explains, “The concept emphasizes being constantly aware of your surroundings while avoiding obvious areas of potential danger.” He also stresses the importance of proper body language—being able to read that of others, as well as how to diffuse confrontation upfront in how we present ourself. “Martial arts are a two-sided coin,” he says. “There’s the martial aspect, which involves techniques that allow a person to defend him- or herself in a wide range of situations. Then there’s the art aspect, which encompasses a deeper study, encompassing forms of movement and mental, philosophical and meditative techniques.” “Overall health benefits are no different than one might expect of any disciplined fitness regimen,” notes Fridenburg. “However, the nature of a quality martial arts program forces practitioners to focus their entire attention on what they are doing. The mere act of staying grounded in the present moment dramatically reduces stress and sets martial arts practices apart from many other forms of movement.” Tai chi, an ancient, softer style of Chinese martial art, leverages relaxation, posture and energy work, rather than muscular tension. As a Taoist art, it embodies the way nature works, using minimal effort to accomplish a lot. “Demonstrating tai chi as a form of nonviolent selfdefense is much easier than describing it,” says Aaron D. Nitzkin, Ph.D., of New Orleans, a Tulane University professor, tai chi master and certified medical qigong instructor. “If someone attacks, you don’t resist; you can use tai chi principles to yield to their movements with a natural, circular, continuous motion, turning their own force against them. When you move aggressively against a master, it feels like you’ve just bounced off them and fallen down. In order to win at tai chi fighting, you need to remain completely calm and centered and most of all, listen to your opponent’s energy with your hands, so that you can yield to it and then redirect it.” It’s a profound lesson in interpersonal communication. “My students report stronger immune systems, greater clarity of mind, better sleep, less anxiety and depression, and greater emotional stability,” says Nitzkin. “Practitioners become much more sensitive to and conscious of the internal condition of their bodies, and even develop the ability to feel bioelectric fields.” Whichever form of nonviolent self-defense suits us, experts advise that students study with a certified and experienced instructor for optimum results and safe practice. Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy and senior staff writer for Longevity Times online. Connect at natural awakenings

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Taggart Siegel Seeks to Seed an Agricultural Revolution by April Thompson


or more than 30 years, Taggart Siegel has produced award-winning films on little-known aspects of the natural and cultural world. His diverse documentaries range from the story of a Hmong shaman immigrant adjusting to American life to a Midwestern organic farmer that salvaged his family’s farm. Siegel’s latest film, Seed: The Untold Story, follows global seed keepers from Minnesota to India battling multinational agribusinesses in a quest to protect our agricultural heritage and food sources—ancient seeds passed down through untold generations. Interviews with farmers, ethnobotanists and activists explore the importance of the genetic material that these tiny time capsules carry. Siegel is the founder and executive director of Collective Eye Films, a nonprofit media company in Portland, Oregon. He co-directed and produced this latest offering with documentary filmmaker Jon Betz, with backing from Academy Award-winning actress Marisa Tomei.

Why does the colossal loss of food crop diversity during the past century matter? Up to 96 percent of seed varieties have been lost since 1903. During this period, we have destroyed the infrastructure of traditional agriculture: 10,000 years of seeds saved from families and farmers. It threatens our survival. We 34

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can’t rely on genetically modified seeds to see us through climate changes. We need nongenetically engineered seed varieties like the thousands of different types of rice grown in India to be able to adapt to extreme events like floods and droughts. Universal responsibility to save seeds began to dwindle in the 1920s, when hybrid corn crops came onto the market, promising higher yields; instead of growing crops from seeds saved, borrowed or shared with neighbors, farmers bought seeds from stores. In the 1990s, huge corporations bought up some 20,000 seed companies, and the number of cultivated seed varieties dropped precipitously. Ten agrichemical companies now control more than two-thirds of the global seed market.

How do hybrid seeds differ from open-pollinated seeds?  You cannot save a hybrid seed; if you try to use it, the results are unreliable. Hybrids are engineered to be planted for one year only. With open-pollinated and heirloom seeds, you’re planting reliable seeds saved from year to year, generation to generation, bred for the consistency of their qualities. Indigenous people in Mexico’s Oaxaca Valley, for example, have successfully cultivated local seeds for at least 8,700 years, right up to today. Hybrids require high levels of chemical inputs to produce.

ing the contrast, Hopi corn, grown for thousands of years, requires little water and contains much more protein than today’s commercial crops, without poisoning the land with heavy industrial inputs. The Hopi think of seeds as their children, intimately connected with their heritage and culture, so they protect them. Beyond big, strong crops, farming is a spiritual act.

Why do so many farmers voluntarily choose hybrid seeds, given the troubling issues involved? Most farmers just want streamlined labor and the biggest yield. Often, commodity crops using commercial seeds and chemical fertilizers have the biggest yield and make them the most money, even though severe downsides like the loss of flavor and nutrients mean it’s ultimately not the best result. In India, more than 250,000 farmers have committed suicide during the past 20 years to escape onerous debts accrued to purchase industrialized agricultural inputs. An Indian seed salesman interviewed for the film despairs, “The seeds we sell don’t taste good and require so many chemicals that many farmers kill themselves.”

What is the seed-saver movement achieving, and how can everyday gardeners and citizens take action? Seed libraries and banks are critically important because the seeds are adapted to the local environment. Seed libraries have multiplied from only a handful a few years ago to as many as 300 located in towns across America today. Public libraries check out seeds to plant in your garden, asking only that you return harvested seeds for others to enjoy. Farmers can now “back up” their seeds in local seed banks, which are also becoming important educational resources to teach students about these issues. To locate a screening or purchase a DVD of the film, visit Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at


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LOVING MESSAGES FROM SPIRIT – 6:308pm. Danelle, along with other guest mediums, will deliver messages from loved ones on the other side. $10; seating is limited. The Source, 1111 Carlisle SE, Albuquerque. RSVP 505-321-4121,

“There is no incurable” - Bruno Gröning: A new path to health – 7-8:30pm. Information Lecture: Bruno Gröning left the knowledge of how to absorb a natural healing power that can bring longlasting health to everyone. The audience will have the opportunity to experience this. Free. Santa Fe Unitarian Universalist, 107 W Barcelona Rd, Santa Fe. 505-466-8855. Marlieslersch@hotmail. com. teachings/the-teaching-of-bruno-groening. 






Shiva Rea Yoga Weekend – 9am-4pm. Study with a world-renowned yoga teacher for an entire weekend in an intimate and powerful setting. Shiva Rea will offer a weekend of elemental vinyasa featuring embodied practices for the elements along with insightful lecture and discussion. Explore the alchemy of the elemental body to flow and move in rhythm with the whole of nature. $400, including daily lunch. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. 505-508-1331.

Mind Over Meds Lecture and Book Signing: Dr Andrew Weil – 4-5pm. Dr Weil provides an overview of his latest book Mind Over Meds. Know when drugs are necessary, when alternatives are better and when to let your body heal on its own. Free. UNM Hospitals, UNM Children’s Hospital, Bill & Barbara Richardson Pavilion, Rm 1500, 2211 Lomas Blvd NE, Albuquerque. 505-925-4551.

FRIDAY, MAY 5 Donna Carol Channels Archangel Sandalphon – 6:15-7:30 pm. Archangel Sandalphon will address concerns many have about the ascension journey. Then, we will travel to the other side, to the New Earth, where we are finally healed in our crystalline bodies. Arcturians will assist in bringing in this new reality. $20 door. Resonant Essentials, 7413 Menaul Blvd, NE, Albuquerque. 505- 515-5088.

SATURDAY, MAY 6 Open House - Sonia Masocco Phytotherapy – 9am1pm. Sample or purchase a variety of plant products, including: Distillates, Tinctures, Teas, Syrups and specialty items. Enjoy refreshing beverages and ask questions of your neighborhood herbalists. 505-296-5737. 11930 Menaul Blvd NE, Ste 219, Albuquerque. Chakra Power – 10am-12pm. Know everything about chakras? What about the musical note that will bring it into balance? Knowing the characteristics of a closed/open chakra helps navigate through traitorous waters. Learn mantras for each chakra which strengthens your kundalini. $17. Resonant Essentials, 7413 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque. 505-453-7646.

MONDAY, MAY 8 Messages from Spirit – 6-7:30pm. The focus will be on connecting with the energy of the Star card in the Tarot and bringing in healing through the imagery of this card. $10. The Source, 1111 Carlisle SE, Albuquerque. RSVP: 505-321-4121 or

WEDNESDAY, MAY 10 Mindful Eating and Living (MEAL) – 5:45-7:45pm. Having no success with weight loss and feel like you’re always dieting? Learn the clinically proven techniques of mindfulness meditation and how to hone and direct these skills toward weight and healthy eating issue. $250, UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson St NE, Ste 100, Albuquerque. 505-925-4551.

FRIDAY, MAY 12 “There is no incurable” - Bruno Gröning: A new path to health – 7-8:30pm. Information Lecture: Bruno Gröning left the knowledge of how to absorb a natural healing power that can bring long-lasting health to everyone. The audience will have the opportunity to experience this. Free. North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center, 7521 Carmel Ave NE, Rm 1, Albuquerque. 505466-8855. Marlieslersch@ teachings/the-teaching-of-bruno-groening. 

savethedate SATURDAY, MAY 13 Meditation & Discourse with a Yogi – 4-6:30 pm. Shiva Rudra Balayogi will conduct a series of free meditation classes and answer questions on meditation, selfrealization and finding inner peace. Free. Residence, 5431 Eakes Rd NW, Albuquerque. Info: Al, 505-307-8892.

SATURDAY, MAY 13 Doulas and Danish – 9-10am. Meet some professional & student doulas and enjoy Danish and beverages. Discuss benefits of doula support in pregnancy and birth, doula certification, the hiring process, and other questions. Free. Inspired Birth and Families. 505-232-2772. info@inspiredabq. com. Between a Rock and a Hard Place – 9am-5pm. Explore how habits of thinking and response limit your vitality, and remember the wonder of learning through your body as well as your mind. This workshop is part of the Academy’s new Foundational Series. Cost $75. To register call 505-995-1860 or email Academy For The Love Of Learning, 133 Seton Village Road, Santa Fe, NM 87508. Limpia Healing-Spiritual Counseling – 11am4pm. Margarita Martinez, Curandera from Mexico, will be doing spiritual cleansing using limpia. Michelle Vidal, Clair-sentient/healer is available for spiritual guidance through her spirit teachers. $35/

session, free/first time clients. Resonant Essentials, 7413 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque. 505-453-7646. Prenatal Nutrition – 1-2pm.. Class is perfect for pregnancies in the 1st and 2nd trimesters. It will cover baby’s development, necessary nutrients, whole food options and more. Bring a partner, friend or family member. Free, register online or by phone. Inspired Birth and Families, 6855 4th St NW, E-2, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque. 505-232-2772. Info@ Clarifying Meditative Work: A Fresh Look – 2-5pm. Explore how meditative work sheds light on our concerns, not theoretically, but from a simple, direct listening. Tradition-neutral, a la Eckhart Tolle, Krishnamurti, Toni Packer. $2/donation. Wat Temple, 145 Madison NE, Albuquerque. 505-2810684.

savethedate SUNDAY, MAY 14 Meditation & Discourse with a Yogi – 3-5:30 pm. Shiva Rudra Balayogi will conduct a series of free meditation classes and answer questions on meditation, self-realization and finding inner peace. Free. Santa Fe Center for Spiritual Living, 505 Camino de los Marquez. Info, Ivy: 505-466-7662.

savethedate TUESDAY, MAY 16 Heroes Energy Yoga – 7-9pm. A hero in a vibrant citizen of the earth. Experience energy yoga, dance, kigong, healing, music and meditation. Move. Feel. Discover powerful healing movement. Free; 20s-30s are recommended. Body & Brain Yoga & Tai Chi. 505-797-2211.

TUESDAY, MAY 16 Intuition Explosion – 6-8pm. Learn to open more fully to your gifts. The ability to see auras, heal injuries, know the future is a part of who we are. We lost the ability to use our gifts when we incarnated. $18. Resonant Essentials, 7413 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque. 505-453-7646.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17 Well Woman Drinks: Albuquerque – 5:30-7:30pm. A signature event for Well Women. Enjoy your favorite beverage and the company of the most powerful Well Women in the community. Free. Register:  Acess Past Lives – 6:30-8pm. Learn how to access past lives for yourself and others. Unique techniques will guide you to the ultimate discoveries. $17. Resonant Essentials, 7413 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque. 505-453-7646.

SATURDAY, MAY 20 Enliven You – 10am-2pm. Uncover new energy for your life. With simple, powerful techniques, renew your sense of balance, find greater energy and resilience and learn to de-stress as you discover youthfulness and joy. $60/person, UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson St NE, Ste 100, Albuquerque. 505-925-4551. Movement, Meditation & Expressive Arts for Women 18+ – 3-5:30pm. Through gentle yoga, qi gong, dance/movement and expressive art, explore your vision for the present and future. Includes meditation as well as discussion and interpretation of experience. Wear comfortable

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clothing. $39. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson St NE, Ste 100, Albuquerque. 505-925-4551.

savethedate SATURDAY, MAY 20 WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT WEEKEND – 10am-5pm. Empowering you, the 2017 woman, with tools to simplify/enhance what you are already doing for yourself. You will have the opportunity to learn from some of the top women in their industries. $5. Resonant Essentials, 7413 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque. 505-453-7646.

savethedate MONDAY, MAY 22 Deva Premal & Miten with Manose – 7:309:30pm. Celebrated chant masters have revitalized mantra and meditation music and their unique, spiritually inspired concerts are treasured by audiences. Their concerts are powerful gatherings that offer a path to joy and peace in these turbulent times, creating moments of ecstatic silence. $35 - $85. James A Little Theater. 505-982-9950.

TUESDAY, MAY 23 WombSeed Ayurvedic Postpartum Care Information – 4:30-5:30pm. WombSeed Collective offers postpartum care steeped in Ayurveda, the ancient healing tradition of India. Herbal preparation, warm oil massage, and nourishing food tend to mother and baby. Learn more, ask questions. Free. Indigo Baby, 185 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe. 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 24 Here and Now – 6:30-9pm. Staying present in times of uncertainty. Exploring simple reflective and somatic practices that are resources for being here now. Please RSVP. As this is a short experiential workshop, please arrive by 6:25pm. Cost: Free with Registration. To register call 505-995-1860 or email Academy For The Love Of Learning, 133 Seton Village Road, Santa Fe, NM 87508.

THURSDAY, MAY 25 Well Women Drinks: Santa Fe – 5:30-7:30pm. A signature event for Well Women. Enjoy your favorite beverage and the company of the most powerful Well Women in the community. Free. Register: 

SATURDAY, MAY 27 Reiki Class – 9:30am-4:30pm. Become a certified practitioner. Class includes meditation, attunements, history of reiki, and learning basic hand positions for treatment. Reiki master Jan Walker has taught the Usui method since 1993. Preregistration required. $175. St Thomas of Canterbury Episcopal Church, 245 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque. 505-835-5440. Equine Assisted Healing Summer Program – 124pm. “Horses & Donkeys Helping Humans.” Gift yourself a unique and empowering healing experience in a tranquil setting, surrounded by loving beings and our equine “midwives.” $395/full program, $160/each. Unicorn Mesa, LLC, San Marcos Area, Santa Fe. 505-438-1074.

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Cross cultural shamanic arts for personal and planetary renewal, Apprenticeship Series Part 2: A Balance of Power (Transforming the Present). $275. Info, Phyllis Clay: 505-918-4388. 

SATURDAY, JUNE 3 Clarifying Meditative Work - A Fresh Look – 2-5pm. Explore how meditative work sheds light on our concerns, not theoretically, but from a simple, direct listening. Tradition-neutral, a la Eckhart Tolle, Krishnamurti, Toni Packer. $2/donation. Wat Temple, 145 Madison NE, Albuquerque. 505-281-0684. The Overcome Anxiety Clinic – 5-7:30pm. A natural approach to overcoming anxiety. Learn tools to reprogram the nervous system and break the cycle of anxiety. Includes manual with selfregulation tools, postures, breathing exercises, deep relaxation techniques, nutritional tips, insomnia busters and more. $250 for 8 week clinic. Sani Yoga. OvercomeAnxietyABQ@gmail. com.

TUESDAY, JUNE 6 If This Were My Dream – June 6, 13, 20, 27. Dream sharing/exploration sessions using dream researcher Montague Ullman’s magical process of exploring dreams together. $20/session. Info, Dr Phyllis Clay: 505-918-4388.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7 Natural Childbirth Series – 6:30-8:30pm. Five week series for expectant parents planning a natural birth in any setting. Covers the physiological process of birth, comfort measures and coping techniques, common interventions, postpartum recovery and more. Register online or by phone. $175 per couple. Inspired Birth and Families. 505-232-2772. Pachakuti Mesa Tradition Link Up – 7-8:30pm. A time for mesa carriers to gather in community to link up with mesa carriers worldwide and locally. Free. Directions & details, Dr Phyllis Clay: 505-918-4388.

SATURDAY, JUNE 10 Key Ways to Spiritually Heal Infertility – 10-11am. Learn about the spiritual aspects to heal fertility issues. Discover the potential blocks preventing conception. Also learn ways to align mind, body and spirit to call in your baby. Free. Healing with Elaine. 505-218-6884.

SATURDAY, JUNE 24 Silent Nontraditional Meditation: 1-7 Day Retreat – Daily schedule of sittings and dialogue. Nontraditional and flexible approach. Silent listening, deep opening, healing, in a safe group setting. Near Albuquerque in a national forest lodge. $60/day, $290/week; includes food, lodging. Camp Patten, Hwy 14, Tijeras. 505-281-0684. MeditationNM. Cranio Sacral Pelvic Integration – 9am-6pm, This class will cover assessment strategy, technique application, and a holistic presentation of working with the pelvic girdle. $325. Blue Desert Hale: 38 Pine Haven Rd, Tijeras.

savethedate MONDAY, JUNE 12 - 15 Amma in June, Santa Fe – Meet Mata Amritanandamayi, renowned humanitarian and spiritual leader, revered for her message of selfless love and compassion. You are warmly invited to meet Amma and receive her individual, heartfelt hug. Please arrive 90 minutes before the program to receive a free token if you would like to receive Amma’s embrace. Mo, June 12 : Free program, 12 noon. Tue -Thu, June 13-15: Retreat - pre-registration only. Thu, June 15 Evening: Free program, 7pm. For more information visit | Amma Center of New Mexico, 505-982-9801. Hilton Buffalo Thunder Resort, 20 Buffalo Thunder Trail, SantaFe, NM 87506.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 7 Pachakuti Mesa Tradition Link Up – 7-8:30pm. An opportunity to be part of a community of mesa carriers to learn from each other and share our mutual and unique experiences. Free. Directions & details: Dr. Phyllis Clay 505-918-4388.

SATURDAY, JULY 8 Cranio Sacral Basics – 9am-6pm. Learn to feel and connect to the basic cranial rhythms and see how they impact the body. You will learn how to give a full basic session. $575. Blue Desert Hale: 38 Pine Haven Rd, Tijeras. 505428-9203. 505-503-5137.

THURSDAY, JULY 13 Cranio Sacral Unwinding Meridians Rhythms – 9am-6pm, Explore deeper cranial rhythms and the neutral touch. You will learn the unwinding process of the head, neck and extremities. $575. Blue Desert Hale: 38 Pine Haven Rd, Tijeras. 505-428-9203. 505-503-5137.

SATURDAY, JULY 22 Cranio Sacral Brain 1 – 9am-6pm. Develop the skills to harmonize the symmetry of the brain for optimal integration. You will learn to use neural stem cells to repair damaged areas. $695. Blue Desert Hale: 38 Pine Haven Rd, Tijeras. 505-4289203. 505-503-5137.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 12 Cranio Sacral Sphenoid Studies and Intelligence – 9am-6pm. Learn to increase the flexibility of the cranial base and allow the brain to function within the maximum space available. $575. Blue Desert Hale: 38 Pine Haven Rd, Tijeras. 505-428-9203. 505-503-5137.

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Horses & Donkeys Helping You – Release pain, trauma, heal relationships, deepen self-trust, increase well-being, creativity and abundance. By appointment, $180.00/90 minute session, free consultation, discounts for new clients, packages, seniors, veterans, sliding scale. Unicorn Mesa, LLC. 505-438-1074. Hot Vinyasa Flow – 6:15-7:15pm. Mon, Tues and Thurs. $15, class pass. Blue Moon Hot Yoga. Info:

505-795-7778. Hot Hatha Yoga – 9-10am. Tues and Thurs with Giancarlo. $15, class pass. Blue Moon Hot Yoga. 505-795-7778. Hot Vinyasa Classes – 9-10:30am. Sun, Mon, Fri and Sat. $15, class pass. Blue Moon Hot Yoga, 505-795-7778.

sunday Transitions Radio Magazine, FM 98.1 – 8-11am. With Alan Hutner, Elizabeth Rose and

co-hosts, celebrating 33 years in broadcasting. The Voices, Content and Music of Presence. Online, live streaming and archiving. 505-466-2616.


Yoga for the Rest of Us – 12-1pm. Class is designed to meet your needs, whether you are new to yoga or have practiced before. All levels welcome. $85. UNM Continuing Education,,

tuesday Culinary Tour of Italy – 6-9pm. Italy’s regions are rich with delicious, culinary ingredients. Go on a dining exploration and discover the regional flavors of Italian cuisine. $59. UNM Continuing Education,,


Intuitive Readings, Coaching and Animal Communication – 9am-5pm. Galaya, intuitive and animal communicator, offers practical solutions for health, relationships, career, business and pets. Appointments: 505-466-3764.

Qigong & Healing From Within – 10:30am12pm. Taoist, yogic and shamanic practices cultivate vitality, inner strength and awareness with energy healing, movement, sound, breath- work and meditation.  $15, free/first class.  Blue Moon Yoga, 826 Camino De Monte Rey, A5, Santa Fe. Allison Lasky: 505-984-8733. Metaphysics for a Complicated World – 6-8pm. Times of spiritual awakening/progression bring negative impacts from society. Advanced techniques for spiritual knowledge; learn unique ways to navigate through life with less drama. Check website for details. $30. Resonant Essentials. 505453-7646.

Restorative Yoga at Blue Moon Yoga – 6:157:15pm. Deep release and relaxation. $15, class pass. Blue Moon Hot Yoga, 826 Camino De Monte Rey, Santa Fe. 505-795-7778.


Access the Spiritual Realm Through Writing – 1-3:30pm. Connect with your higher self. Converse with the spiritual ream of your belief system, whether it’s angels or other spiritual beings. $65. UNM Continuing Education, CERegistration@,

friday Splash Color Workshop – 9:30am-4:30pm. Learn the unique features of abstract acrylic on wood panels and gesso board as well as composition, special effects and the fine art of pouring. $95. UNM Continuing Education,,

saturday Community ELDOA Class – 10-11am. ELDOA is a treatment for general back pain, arthritis, intervertebral disc compression, proprioceptive difficulties and pathology, scoliosis and articular lesions, and a large influence on the postural system. $10, or punch card options available. Awakened Center for Holistic Health. 505-639-4087.

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Dr. Marilyn is a world-renowned healer; a medical intuitive who uses her knowledge and abilities to diagnose and treat children, adults, animals locally and globally (through long-distance healing). Specializing in allergies, pain, injuries, headaches, chemical sensitivities, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, autoimmune, PTSD and others. By utilizing advanced biofeedback, the body’s pharmacy will heal itself. “BE THE HEALER YOU ARE”.

From a meditative space, I look for pertinent information to help you remove blocks that keep you from living the life you want. I complete the reading with a healing, replacing old beliefs and energy patterns with new ones that align with your current goals. I absolutely love this work, and I’ve been helping people this way for 20+ years. See ad, page 15.



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Manual lymphatic drainage and complete decongestive therapy, integrative therapeutic massage, Core Synchronisman and Homoeopathy. Individualized treatments for pain, stress, inflammation and emotional issues. All ages welcome.





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New! Destiny & Love Cards. Find the deeper answers you seek to the important questions in your life! Through the combined wisdom of astrology and psychology, you will be given significant insights from “the best of both worlds.” Rio Rancho astrologer providing in-depth astrology consultations for adults, couples, and parents. Forecasts, personal insights, relationships, career, relocation, spirituality, and more. FREE 15-minute telephone consultation!

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A unique blend of advanced CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release, find relief and balance in mind, body, and spirit. Specializing in Treatment, Conception and Pregnancy, Trauma Work, and Chronic Depletion. See ad, page 19.


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Your dreams answer questions, concerns, worries—sometimes worries you don’t know you have. Your mind is working at night to resolve issues. Contact me for a free 30-minute session to demonstrate how your dream answers your concerns. Learn the steps to discover the messages in your dreams.


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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, page. 26.

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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, page 5.



Kelly Chisholm 505-974-1358 • Albuquerque

Holistic financial planning for women Specializing in women’s financial transitions- marriage, divorce and death Call me for your complimentary discovery session to understand your money better and plan for the future. See article on page 26.


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Enter a magical space where the flowers and oils await you! Hundreds of flower essences and a great supply of various essential oils, including oils directly from Egypt. You have the option to create your own flower essence blends & oils. I can assist you in different selection methods and I specialize in creating personalized flower essence and essential oil combinations to meet your individual needs.


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The Foundation is dedicated to Awakening Consciousness and bringing balance and harmony to the mind – body - spirit. The Institute for Ascension and Medical intuitive Arts are both within its preview. New Spiritual Blog See ad, page 23.


Chantal Fidanza 505-438-1074

Offering equine assisted coaching, intuitive guidance and Reiki both distance and at my peaceful Santa Fe location. Support for releasing grief, trauma, physical pain, healing your relationship with yourself and others and embracing the joy and ease that are your birthright. Sliding scale and discounts for seniors, veterans, equine assisted coaching packages and first-time sessions. See ads, page 23 and 31.


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5113 Comanche Rd. Albuquerque NM 87110 505-881-0464

Casa Verde is an Aveda lifestyle Hair Salon & Spa. We offer hairstyling, cuts, natural hair color and facials. We can make your hair and skin look stunning in a welcoming professional environment. See ad, page 7.


11930 Menaul Blvd NE, Ste 219 Albuquerque 505- 296-5737

Sonia Masocco Phytotherapy is a herbal practice & apothecary specializing in Ayurveda and Clinical Herbalism. We carry a wide variety of herbs, tinctures, distillates & preparations and we fill custom orders.


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

An Integrative and Inter-Cultural 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. NOT-FOR-PROFIT. See ad, page 15.


600 Central Ave. SW Suite 107 505-582-9296 • Albuquerque

Your eyes reveal important information as it relates to genetic predispositions and your overall wellbeing. Understanding what your eyes reveal will guide you toward making the appropriate choices for optimal health. Call for an appointment.


The Source, 3532 Anderson Ave SE, ABQ, NM 87106 505-636-0019

I love to use my Psychic/Spirit Gifts to help people manifest the love and life of their dreams. I often do this by helping my clients open up their knowing and awareness, raise their energetic frequency and learn to use their own Gifts so they can continue helping themselves.

MASSAGE BODY AND MIND WELLNESS CENTER 2305 San Pedro Drive, NE, Ste D2 Albuquerque | 505-382-3406




New Mexico’s largest community owned natural & organic grocer, with locations in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Gallup. All our stores are open to the public. You don’t have to be a member to shop, but if you are, you’ll save even more. La Montañita believes in the shared benefits of healthy food, sound environmental practices and a strong local economy. Stop by and shop with us today! See ad, page 9.

YOGA STUDIO/MEDITATION ROOM FOR RENT- In quiet, upscale massage and wellness center. Centrally located near Menaul and San Pedro, NE.Rent space for only $35/hour. You provide the Yoga/Meditation Instructor. Bathroom and Shower facilities.Body and Mind Wellness Center, 2305 San Pedro Drive NE, Suite D2. 505-382-3406. “FERTILITY MAPPING” IS YOUR WAY TO CONCEIVE Make informed, time & cost efficient choices with personalized counsel. Complimentary Initial Consult & free V/Blog. 505-596-0048.


Barbara Munoz, LMT #4955 • 505- 883-1212 9204 Menaul Blvd NE, Suite 4 - Albuquerque

Massage is an investment in your health. Ocean Blue Medical Massage offers Medical massage, Deep tissue and Swedish Relaxation massage. We will bill your insurance. Discounted massage packages available. Treat yourself to better sleep, more energy and inner calmness.





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Start a home-based business with this iconic brand. For 35 years we’ve been researching, formulating and manufacturing award-winning, safe, effective skincare. FREE website and training.



505-216-9686 1300 Luisa St. Ste.1, Santa Fe 3600 Cutler Ave. NE, Abq

Sacred Garden takes pride in growing cannabis as a safe alternative to pharmaceutical drug therapies. Applicable for a wide spectrum of medical conditions, cannabis has assisted the health of countless people. We offer many different delivery methods, such as flowering buds, edibles, concentrates, oils, tinctures, and salves. Our heartbased staff will help you find what works best for you and your needs. See ad, page 7.


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Programs combine advanced constituents , such as ChromeMate®, OptiZinc® and Gugulipid® with traditional & contemporary herbs. Michael’s® extensive line includes gender and age specific products, including Michael’s Factors of Life® targeted nutritional programs. Over 80 products in various categories including minerals specialty items. See ad, page 11.


Anyone can benefit from a Reiki Healing Treatment, whether one is dealing with the daily stresses of life or a major health challenge. Reiki’s restorative qualities bring warmth, calmness, balance and a sense of well-being. Foot Reflexology relieves stress and tension, improves nerve and blood supply, and helps the body to normalize.


Spirit mediumship, psychic readings, animal communication, medical intuition, akashic records and energy healing. Sessions help optimize physical and emotional wellness, with clarity and peace.


Jan Walker, Healing Practitioner 505-835-5440

THE HIDDEN GIFT. Painful feet are often an indication that reflexology can help…with foot pain and overall health concerns.


Michelle Vidal 7413 Menaul NE, Albuquerque 505-453-7646

Resonant Essentials has 3 beautiful event/classrooms at below competitive rates. We fit up to 40 people with tables and chairs in our large space or reduce your cost with a smaller space. Rates start as low as $30.00 for 2 hours. Our referral program is set up to earn free rental space and/or classes. Refer 3 get yours of equal value free! Call or email Michelle today to get started. See ad, page 13.


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