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was fortunate enough to have been raised by a dad that collected many spiritual and philosophical books including Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda, now a classic. I devoured the book as a young adolescent, transported into the mysterious places of India and Yogananda’s spiritual journey. While my teenage friends began practicing the dating scene, I began practicing yoga in my bedroom by myself. Ever since then I have been fascinated by Eastern philosophies. Yoga has always been a source of coming home for me. You can take it with you wherever you go. Yoga helps through stress, sadness, soreness, nervousness and releases the body and thereby calms the mind. I even treated myself to a teacher’s training program a few years ago and enjoyed every single moment. To say I love yoga is an understatement. I hope you enjoy the articles in this special September Yoga Edition. I especially enjoyed reading Kamini Desai Explores a Yogic Life by Linda Sechrist which features the daughter of famous Yogi Amrit Desai. Kamini was raised in a household with both Eastern and Western influences. Now she travels to 10 different countries calling Florida and the Netherlands her home. In this article, Kamini shares several benefits of yoga that go beyond the practicing of asanas. On a local level we hear from Kirn and Guruchander, owners of Yoga Santa Fe, as they prepare for their upcoming teacher training workshop along with insights from Heather Farrell, founder of Highland Desert Yoga in Albuquerque. Our feature story, Conscious Caregiving by Deborah Shouse, covers how important it is for caregivers to take especially good care of themselves. The article has many practical tips and resources on how caregivers can do just that. Also, we learn how music, art and dance can evoke happiness and participation even by those that suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s. Last but not least I am happy to share my candid interview with Dr. Andrew Weil who graciously shares his opinions about the state of American healthcare as we are preparing for the Sixth Annual Symposium of Integrative Medicine hosted by Dr. Arti Prasad and UNM Center for Life in Albuquerque and Dr. Weil’s public forum in Santa Fe. This enlightening event is open to the public and will prove to be three incredible days filled with expert tips on a variety of topics you always wondered about. Be well AND take care of yourself so you can take care of others. Namaste,

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oin award-winning author Dana Micucci this month in Santa Fe for two dynamic events celebrating her latest book. The first event will be held Saturday, September 13, 2-4 p.m., at The Ark Bookstore. The second event, a lunch with the author at Bouche Bistro, will be held Saturday, September 20, 12-2 p.m. Micucci’s new novel, The Third Muse, combines mystery, art-world intrigue, history, and spirituality with radiant eloquence. Micucci explores the timeless quest for wholeness through the teachings of Mary Magdalene and the soul connection of two women six centuries apart. From New York to Paris and Florence, journalist Lena Leone undergoes seven life-altering initiations not only to solve the mystery of a stolen Renaissance masterpiece, the Portrait of Giovanna Tornabuoni, but to open to a more expansive love.

“This beautifully written mystery, set in the international art world, expresses a deep heart-centered wisdom inspired by Renaissance ideals and the goddess archetype,” writes Marci Shimoff, New York Times bestselling author of Happy for No Reason and Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul. “In our own time of great change and rebirth, Dana Micucci celebrates the return of a divine feminine consciousness and the power of love.” Micucci’s last book, Sojourns of the Soul: One Woman’s Journey around the World and into Her Truth, was a gold winner in the 2013 Nautilus Book Awards. She also has a private healing practice and conducts transformational events nationwide.  For more information visit See ad on this page.

Qigong for Abundance of Health, Happiness, and Prosperity


nternationally recognized teacher and healer Mingtong Gu and his special guest, Teacher Ma, are offering a qigong workshop September 26 to 28 in Santa Fe. Participants will learn the Wisdom Healing Qigong teachings and practices of movement, meditation and visualization for opening your heart, including the Lift Chi Up and Pour Chi Down


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Method. This method is the main practice prescribed by the largest medicineless Qigong hospital in China where a 95% success rate has been realized in healing chronic diseases for more than 200,000 practitioners. Through these movements and mental visualizations, one releases and expands internal chi from the body and draws in external primal energy, improving all of the body’s functions. We know from both science and ancient wisdom that everything is made of pure energy. According to Gu, working with this energy transforms our mind, heart and body so we can create a foundation for the abundant flow of life. You can use these techniques on yourself, or administer them to support others in their healing. The workshop is open to all ages and ability levels. Location: Center for Spiritual Living, 505 Camino de Los Marquez, Santa Fe. For more information, and to register, please visit or call 707.347.6489. For local logistical questions, call 505.466.0007. Friday night only: $15.00 Saturday and Sunday $150 (which includes Friday evening).

Spiritual Empowerment Program


he Center for Inner Truth is offering a new three-month program, titled Spiritual Empowerment, beginning September 16. During the weekly classes, participants will learn to read energy, and to give and receive spiritual healings. Students will also experience a greater awareness of themselves and a deeper understanding of their energy anatomy. Center Director Juli Somers says, “This training offers a means to feel centered and focused, release negative energy, and change limiting beliefs that keep you stuck through teaching a grounded meditation technique that utilizes practical psychic tools.” According to Somers, one translation for the word psychic is the term soul essence. “To see from a soul perspective changes your relationship to yourself and all of life. It becomes clear fast that you are a spirit in a body through this experiential training. As you release layers of conditioning, you discover that you already are who you want to be.” Classes include personal attention, small group interaction and a supportive community. Cost: $125 monthly. Class times: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 505920-4418 or visit See ad on this page.

Cancer Survivor Support Nonprofit Celebrates Anniversary


eople Living Through Cancer (PLTC) is hosting Growing Hope, a luncheon with live and silent auctions, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on October 22 at Hotel Albuquerque, in Old Town. The event is being held in celebration of 31 years of connecting and supporting cancer survivors and caregivers. In honor of this anniversary, PLTC welcomes Diane Harrison Ogawa, executive director of PNM Resources, and her daughter, Katie, to share their cancer story. The event will honor the cancer survivors, board members, volunteers and supporters of PLTC. “My daughter and I are honored to speak at PLTC’s 31st anniversary celebration,” says Harrison Ogawa. “For more than 30 years, PLTC has

provided free support services to those affected by cancer. Please join us to recognize PLTC and to celebrate cancer survivorship.” Auction items include airline tickets from Alaskan Airlines and Southwest Airlines, New Mexican jewelry, a wine-tasting party for 20, gourmet wine baskets, Disneyland Park Hopper tickets, and other travel and entertainment packages. All proceeds from this event will allow PLTC to continue to provide free support services to those affected by cancer. Cost: Tickets are $65. To purchase tickets or for sponsorship opportunities, call 505-242-3263 or visit

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Gloria Steinem and Alice Walker Headline Santa Fe Leadership Conference

A Natural Solution to Sleep Apnea

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loria Steinem and Alice Walker—two of the most renowned activists in women’s and civil rights and other causes—will be joined by Dr. Chung Yung Kyung and Aaron Stern at Leading by Being: Exploring a New Vision of Leadership, from 7 to 9 p.m., October 11, at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, in Santa Fe. The discussion, presented by New Mexico’s Academy for the Love of Learning and Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center, will spotlight perspectives of these esteemed thinkers on the concept of balanced leadership and explore emerging new styles of leadership. Steinem, a writer, lecturer, editor, feminist activist and founder of Ms. Magazine, is particularly interested in the shared origins of sex and race caste systems, gender roles and child abuse as roots of violence, nonviolent conflict resolution, cultures of indigenous peoples and organizing across boundaries for peace and justice. Walker, whose 1983 novel, The Color Purple, won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, is also an acclaimed poet and activist. Kyung, a lay theologian of the Presbyterian Church of Korea, earned international attention in 1991 by delivering a celebrated feminist/Asian/Third-World interpretation of the Holy Spirit at the World Council of Churches in Canberra, Australia. Stern, a composer, teacher and international consultant on learning, is the founder and president of the nonprofit Academy for the Love of Learning, and serves on the board of the Mind & Life Institute, in Hadley, Massachusetts. Stern says, “It appears that all around us, new views, expectations of and approaches to leadership – and related to this, ‘followership’ – which, in this context, means, how we organize ourselves as a human community, in right relationship to all of nature – are being discussed, imagined, explored and practiced. These explorations are at the heart of the Academy’s New Images of Leadership: A Year Long Community Inquiry. The event will support the academy’s leadership scholarship program for state residents and related workshops and discussions next year at the Santa Fe campus and in surrounding communities. Cost: $100 (including $65 for the scholarship program) or $35 per person. Location: Lensic Theatre, 211 W. San Francisco St,Santa Fe. For more information or to register, call 505-988-1234, email or visit aloveof See ad, page 3.


ccording to a National Institutes of Health study, most people believe that sleep apnea is caused by a sagging soft pallet or by some other obstructive tissue in the throat. Actually, it’s the result of a diminishing signal from the brain to the diaphragm (causing one to breathe) that can occur during the transition from initial semi-wakefulness into the next stage of lighter sleep prior to REM sleep. In some people, the unintended reduction in the signal is significant enough that breathing goes beyond being shallow and completely stops. After a short period of time, the brain, realizing the need to breathe, forces a rapid inhalation to restart respiration that literally drags the sagging localized soft tissues into the

airway, as reported in Sleep Apnea: A New Approach to an Emergent Problem by Master Herbalist Steven Frank, of Nature’s Rite. For some, there’s no indication of potential problems when they are awake as the tissues remain in their normal state and the throat doesn’t close off during the day or when relaxing or resting, but then they can experience an obstruction problem when trying to go to sleep. Instead of resorting to surgery to remove neck tissue or using a machine to force air into lungs, natural herbal solutions can work to increase the pertinent brain signal that maintains continuous breathing without the breakdowns that necessitate rapid inhalation. According to the Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine, ingesting herbs like lobelia, thyme and camp bark can intensify the signal from the brain to the diaphragm, increase the gas-transfer efficiency of the lungs and relax some of the skeletal muscles that can obstruct the propagation of the signal. For more information, call 888-4654404 or visit See ad, page 21.


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Get Unstuck with Brainwave Optimization by Regina Coffman


euroscience and sophisticated computer technology have joined together in a holistic, noninvasive stress-reduction method called Brainwave Optimization. Brainwave Optimization is designed for the purpose of helping people get “unstuck” from trauma or stress patterns. “When there is trauma, either physical or emotional, brainwave frequency patterns adjust to help you survive and cope; however, the brain can get stuck in this pattern,” explains Regina Coffman, owner of Brain Balance and Harmony, in Albuquerque. “This can happen from a very significant single event, repeated trauma or even longterm stress. When this occurs, the brain does not have the flexibility to ‘shift gears’ as it was designed to do.” What Coffman does at Brain Bal-

ance and Harmony is allow the brain to view itself through sound. “Read-only sensors placed on the scalp receive frequency data,” says Coffman. This information goes into a computer where it is continuously being converted to sound and fed back to the individual in real time. “As the brain is mirrored back to itself, it begins to make the necessary adjustments, coming into a state of greater balance and harmony,” she says. “The greatest gift we can give ourselves would be self-care resulting in a non-stressed state,” says Coffman. “Our circumstances do not always provide us with stress-free living, but the more our brains are in a balanced place, the more we are able to take on without becoming unraveled.” When we have years of unrelieved trauma, it does not take much to become easily overwhelmed. We all are caregivers on some level, and that can become difficult when we feel we have nothing left to give. Location: 3701 Erbbe St. NE, Albuquer-

que. To set up an assessment to see what stress patterns you may have that are interfering with your ability to take care of yourself and those you love, call 505-6101190 or visit www.BrainWaveBalancing. com. See ad on this page.

The Perfect Décolleté

by Belinda Mori


écolleté is a French word that best describes a women’s neck to the breast zone. When it comes to skin care, the French know the power of the décolleté; the subtle secret to keeping the skin exposure-friendly, and lavishly with loving cares. Most women neglect this very special area of their body, while instead focus on their face and hands. However, the skin on the cleavage area and neck is as thin as the skin underneath the eyes and needs the same attention. Skin care shouldn’t stop at the chin, but should continue all the way to the bust line, which includes cleansing, too. There are fewer sebaceous glands in the neck and chest, making the skin’s defense barrier weaker, and dehydrated. A crepey, dull décolleté can be a woman’s biggest age giveaway. The best solution to this problem is to main-

tain a skincare routine that includes sloughing off the dead skin cells once a week to reveal new skin underneath, helping the products to penetrate the skin’s natural barrier and stimulate collagen at the same time. There are also several great medical spa tools, like Ultherapy, that can erase years of fine lines and wrinkles. Nectifirium by Revisions is also a wonderful product that uses a proprietary

blend of antioxidants’ and peptides to help the skin appear more firm and lifted. Belinda Mori is the owner of Aesthetic Medspa Boutique located at 4263 Montgomery Blvd. NE, Albuquerque. To set up an appointment, call 505-401-5395 or visit See ad on this page.

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Bell Lifestyle Products

A company focused on educating the world about the benefits of Natural Medicine by Linda Sechrist


alking our talk and practicing what we profess can sometimes be referred to as the road less traveled. For Nick A. Jerch, president of Bell Lifestyle Products, it’s the path most frequented. In fact, a well-worn path leads directly to the herbal medicine cabinet in his home. It is stocked with the teas and supplements that his company produces and sells in Canada and the U.S. Jerch founded his Canadian-based company in 1996 in order to share a valuable message with the world about the power of natural health products. He learned the lesson firsthand after suffering with many health ailments. At age 82, he manages his joint and bone discomfort with Bell Lifestyle’s Joint Support, which contains shark cartilage and the weakness of his kidneys with their #76 Boost Kidney Function. “I was 40 years old when a doctor told me that I was headed for dialysis. I had our research scientist formulate a tea for that. It boosted my kidney function 20 percent, which was enough to avoid dialysis. Ezee Flow Tea takes care of my prostate and urinary frequency,” says Jerch. When Jerch first began experimenting with natural products in the mid-1990s, he was as skeptical as his friends were. However, when the results proved positive, Jerch was so pleased that he wanted to share his experience with everyone else who had joint discomfort. To his delight, his friends, acquaintances and family members listened, followed his advice, and enjoyed the same results within two weeks. Their feedback provided the only incentive that Jerch needed to

found his company. Inspired by the idea of helping others, Bell Lifestyle Products became Jerch’s way of living out his dream to improve the quality of life for millions of individuals with high quality, natural products. Available locally in pharmacies and health food stores, the company’s more than 50 products are also exported to countries around the world. Jerch is very proud of Bladder Control Tea, a recent product he had formulated specifically to help 30 million women who suffer with incontinence, bladder infections and problems with UTIs. He’s also excited about another new tea, Blood Sugar Metabolism, that can help an estimated 57 million individuals manage Metabolic Syndrome, a global epidemic now recognized largely as obesity, heart disease, pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes in 188 countries around the world. As enthusiastic and passionate today about his company as well as its products as he was in 1996, Jerch has never strayed from his core principles and values of natural purity, customer satisfaction, honestly and quality. “Our signature on every product states that our nutritional supplements are “empowered by Nature” because I believe that using the wonders of Nature is the best way to restore health. Our customers think so too because thousands of them have sent us written testimonials. We are one of the few natural health companies that share these testimonials with full contact information.


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Women’s Rights Are Human Rights Passionate Politics, a documentary about Charlotte Bunch by Jude Byrne


omen’s rights are human rights.” It seems like a selfevident truth to many awakened beings, yet there are many places in the world where this truth is not realized, Charlotte Bunch embraced or even allowed to be spoken—much less practiced. And this isn’t all happening in some far away country. CBS News recently reported that in the United States women are still earning 75 cents for every dollar a man earns. Passionate Politics, a Joyce Warshow film, produced and directed by Tami Gold, focuses on the life and work of a remarkable woman and feminist, Charlotte Bunch. It was one of the most important documentaries about women’s—and thus human rights—at the Albuquerque Film & Media Experience this summer. The engaging documentary covers the span of Bunch’s life from her childhood in Artesia, New Mexico, to an idealistic young civil rights organizer in college to lesbian activist to years of being an internationally recognized leader of a campaign to put women’s rights front and center on the global human rights agenda. The film tag states, “Charlotte has been both a product and creator of her times: Every chapter in her life is a chapter in the story of modern feminist activism, from its roots in the 1960s struggles for social justice to international campaigns against gender-based violence today.” As I watched the film at the Kimo Theatre, I saw a courageous woman who lives her truth and inspires others around the world to do the same. Working with the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, working closely with Women’s Leadership groups in the U.S., Europe, Africa,

the Middle East and South America, and founding director of the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University, Bunch is a shining light and a source of inspiration for all who realize the importance of collaboration in achieving the shift to a more balanced perspective away from the lopsided patriarchal forum that exists today. Equality New Mexico sponsored a Q&A reception following the film with Bunch and her partner, Roxanna Carrillo. Bunch stressed it is critical to see women as activists, to realize “feminist”

is a transformative word, and for all people to get out and vote—not only for the presidency, but for the Senate, House and local elections. Bunch smiled as she shared that she has come a long way from her early separatist years and has learned the importance of solidarity and cooperation over time. She stressed the power in more alliances across generations and the need for increased sensitivity regarding gender awareness. “Older is bolder” was another take away. As Bunch asks in the film, “If

women are half of humanity, then how could women’s rights not be human rights?” And to quote Martin Luther King Jr., “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” To get a copy of the DVD, visit Jude Byrne is a conduit and an intermittent contributor to Natural Awakenings. She lives in Santa Fe and has been an avid supporter of women’s rights as human rights since doing her thesis on women’s liberation decades ago.

Four Aspects of Manifestation by Kirn and Guruchander


ogis and mystics observed that there are four aspects to manifestation, and that each is interdependent. This means that one is not better or higher than any other. They named this system the Purusharthas. The four aspects are moksha, kama, dharma and artha, which translates to intention, feelings, structure and wealth. The beautiful thing about this yogic system is that it is meant to be applied to how we live our lives. It is about how we manifest our intention, align our feelings to give us momentum to manifest our intention, to create the structure and the discipline to maintain our momentum to manifest our intention, and then celebrate. These teachings are offered at a time when there is so much change and possibility for more enlightened choices. The application of this system includes kundalini yoga, meditation and interactive workshops. As we learn to apply the Purusharthas, we identify barriers to fulfilling our potential, as well as generate prosperity for ourselves and loved ones.   Barriers are habits that all of us unconsciously bring to our efforts at attaining greater prosperity. When these habits are brought to light, we experience amazing improvement in results, and an immediate shift in our capacity to participate and enjoy the game of manifestation and prosperity. Purest Potential teaches: • The practical study and application of tantric numerology for self-mastery • The activation of your subtle bodies through kundalini yoga and meditation for sustainable energy

• The application of the Purushartha system for intentional living. Kirn and Guruchander are the owners of Yoga Santa Fe, a Purest Potential company, at 1505 Llano St., in Santa Fe. For more information about classes and workshops, call 505-982-6369 or visit See ad on this page.


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to keep her husband as engaged and active as possible. When she had difficult issues to discuss, she’d make a “talking date” with him, offering choices by saying, “I’d love to chat with you. Would Tuesday before dinner or Thursday after breakfast work for you?” Before the date, she’d select a comfortable room and clear her mind by meditating, napping or mindfully sipping herbal tea. The conversations would cover anything from how to work with their health professionals to plans for his end-of-life ceremony. They agreed on strategies and worked together as a team.

Redefine Assistance

Conscious Caregiving Nurture Yourself While Helping Another by Deborah Shouse


f you’re depressed, tired or sick, your caregiving is likely to suffer,” counsels John Schall, CEO of Caregiver Action Network, in Washington, D.C., and a former family caregiver. “For the sake of your loved one, take care of yourself.” The AARP estimates that some 34 million family caregivers provide for someone that is ill or disabled in the U.S. According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, in Bethesda, Maryland, caregivers generally struggle with finding time for themselves, managing emotional and physical stress and balancing work and family responsibilities. Experts suggest that the following seven steps can help people enjoy a healthier, less stressful and more conscious approach to care giving— and receiving. When Lori La Bey’s mom was diagnosed with dementia, the daughter initially felt she was the only family

member that could help her. However, gradually, the Minneapolis-based international caregiver advocate and founder of learned to welcome help from others. “Being perfect gets in the way of true connections,” she observes. Although La Bey began her caregiving out of love, the volume of related tasks soon sparked stress. That’s when she taught herself to slow down and reframe her outlook: Before going into her mom’s room, folding her laundry, scheduling healthcare practitioners and delivering dinner, La Bey paused to consciously ask: “Is Mom safe, happy and pain-free?” Centering on those three questions reminded her that she was doing this work out of love. Psychotherapist Diana Denholm, Ph.D., of West Palm Beach, Florida, heightened her own consciousness by learning to see caregiving as a collaborative effort. Denholm, author of The Caregiving Wife’s Handbook: Caring for Your Seriously Ill Husband, Caring for Yourself (, sought


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“I’ll carry your luggage for you, Dad, since you’re not feeling well”… La Bey still remembers her father’s downturned mouth as she tugged the suitcase out of his hands. “I was trying to be helpful, but instead I took away his dignity and power,” she later realized. “If I had packed his bag lighter, he could have carried it like always.” When are we helping and when are we doing too much? “Put yourself in the sick person’s shoes. Avoid doing something the person can do for himself,” agrees Denholm. Controlling behavior changes the dynamics of the relationship and can put the caregiver in a parental role. She recommends a holistic brainstorming exercise in which the caregiver writes answers to such questions as: What am I frustrated about? What really annoys me? Why am I angry with myself? The results offer a window to understanding our own feelings. “Feeling anger could mean we’re acting codependently and taking on too many responsibilities,” Denholm says. “The caregiver’s job isn’t to save the patient, but merely to support him or her in necessary ways.”

Ask for Help

“I don’t want to be a burden,” and “We’re afraid of losing our privacy,” and “I’m the only one who can take care of him; no one else can do it right,” are common concerns. “These self-limiting beliefs prevent people from reaching out for help,” says family caregiver and life coach Yosaif August,

founder of Yes To Life Coaching (, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and author of Coaching for Caregivers: How to Reach Out Before You Burn Out. August quotes a recent Johns Hopkins study that reported caregivers might improve their health “… when caregiving is done willingly, at manageable levels and with individuals who are capable of expressing gratitude.” Accepting assistance makes caregiving more manageable. August understands how overwhelming the experience can be and advises caregivers to ask themselves: “What do I need help with right now?” Keep answers specific, such as, “I need someone to prepare dinner tomorrow night, mow the lawn and pick up our vitamins.” August also suggests creating a family Declaration of Interdependence, a personal statement documenting how the family prefers to be helped, along with the attitudes and behaviors they find especially supportive. Encourage family and friends to ask these two questions: “Are you open to advice?” and “Is this a good time to talk about your spouse’s condition?” Make much-needed breaks sacrosanct from such discussions.

Nurture through Nourishment

More than 50 percent of caregivers surveyed in a 21st-century study spearheaded by the National Alliance for Caregiving reported, “I don’t have time to take care of myself.” That can translate to a lack of exercise, an unhealthy diet and little or no respite. “If you aren’t healthy and strong, you can’t properly care for anyone else,” says Liana Werner-Gray, New York City natural lifestyle consultant and author of The Earth Diet ( To begin each day, she advises drinking one cup of warm water with juice from half a lemon, explaining that stress produces acid and lemon water metabolizes as alkalinity and helps keep the body’s pH balanced. For healthy snacks, Werner-Gray recommends easy and nutrition-rich choices like fresh fruits, green smoothies, organic nut butters and a trail mix

Extending a Hand to Caregivers If your caregiving friends can’t articulate what they need, try these lovely offerings. n Send a cheerful card. n Gift a plant. n Weed their garden. n Cook a meal. n Schedule a walk together. n Sit with a loved one for several hours so they can run errands. n Volunteer to get their car washed. n Take them to a movie or out to dinner. n Buy a gift certificate to use online. n Treat them to a massage. of raw nuts, seeds and dried fruits. Save time with the smoothies by making a large batch and freezing portions to enjoy later. A basic recipe might include two handfuls of greens, such as spinach and kale, a banana and other fruits, almond milk or purified water and maybe adding flaxseed, cinnamon or goji berries. When appropriate, share the same health-boosting foods with the loved one. Victoria Moran, of New York City, is the director of the Main Street Vegan Academy and author of a dozen books on health and well-being including Main Street Vegan and Living a Charmed Life. She offers such conscious eating tips as eating full meals of “real” food instead of snacks; selecting beautiful foods; and ritualizing indulgences, such as a special spot for relaxing with high-quality dark chocolate and tea using good china while listening to classical music. 

Breathe in experience, breathe out poetry. ~Muriel Rukeyser

Stand for Exercise

Even though caregivers may feel they don’t have time to spare, Dr. Jordan D. Metzl, author of The Exercise Cure, says it’s vital to incorporate physical activity. He recommends starting by walking 30 minutes a day for one month. If necessary, it can be done in 10-minute increments. natural awakenings

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According to when she drifts Make a list of favorite a study by Mayo off to sleep. She ways to relax and renew also writes out her Clinic Physician James Levine, during short respites, such intention for the Ph.D., in Scottsdale, day, envisioning as reading, listening to positive outcomes. Arizona, “Sitting is the new smokmusic, stepping outside, She might affirm: ing.” Researchers “I am going to sipping coffee with friends have a grace-filled have linked sitting for long periods of or taking a hot shower, day. Things will go time with a number smoothly.” and refer to it often. of health concerns Denholm that include obesity, centers herself by metabolic syndrome and increased petting her cats. Some caregivers chant risks of death from cardiovascular or practice meditation or mindful disease and cancer. The solution is to breathing, while others might take a move more and sit less—walk while walk, shop, or sit quietly in a church. on the phone and stand up while reading. Metzl suggests a stretch break Notice Blessings every 20 minutes. Three of his “comLa Bey discovered that her journey as mandments” for fitness are having fun, a caregiver also dramatically enhanced setting goals and minimizing sitting. her own life. “Mom taught me so much,” she relates. “I learned compas “Schedule exercise and respite breaks and make them as inviolate as a sion and unconditional love on multidoctor’s visit,” advises Schall. ple levels. I learned to live in gratitude, instead of loss.” Commune with Spirit August notes, “Even in the tough times, I experienced an engaged, poiAugust suggests establishing a twofold consciousness-raising ritual to welcome gnant and rich connection with my parents.” and appreciate life. Begin each day by showing gratitude for being alive and For Denholm, treasured gifts included strengthening her communicaend it focused on forgiveness and gratition with her husband and working as tude. “When you cultivate gratitude, a team. you notice more things to be grateful for,” says August. “Allowing yourself to reach out for assistance and make time for respite La Bey concurs, and writes down will deeply enrich your caregiving exat least five things she is grateful for perience,” concludes Schall. every day. She mentally replays time with her mom and appreciates the little moments and signs of hope, Deborah Shouse is the author of Love in like “the twinkle in Mom’s eye or the the Land of Dementia: Finding Hope in way she held hands and smiled.” This the Caregiver’s Journey. Follow her blog at puts her in an upbeat frame of mind


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Online Help for Caregivers Radio show, blogs, free webinars and resource directory Advocacy, peer support and other practical information Free patient blogs connect friends and family Share views and receive support Coordinates ways to address specific needs by those rallying to help Join in organizing a healing team and/ or support system Free social network to share experiences, find critical resources, cope with stress and learn to fulfill care partner roles most effectively Helps caregivers solve problems, learn survival tips and improve the care partners’ relationship


what your loved one can do and celebrate their abilities,” Hornthal advises.

Sparking Creativity in Elders with Dementia Re-Engaging Through Art, Music and Dance by Deborah Shouse


s there a way to upend the limits of Alzheimer’s disease? Expressive therapies focus on what people can do and their successes. Cultural programs offer creative opportunities for those with dementia and their care partners.

Artful Imagination Prompts Participation

“Looking at art and making observations gives people living with dementia a chance to exercise their imagination and creativity,” says Susan Shifrin, Ph.D., director of ARTZ Philadelphia, part of the Artists for Alzheimer’s program founded by John Zeisel, Ph.D., and Sean Caulfield. “There are no right or wrong answers. People are enlivened, realizing they still have ideas to contribute.” Prior to a museum visit, an ARTZ facilitator brings photos of familiar works of art that evoke memories, emotions and conversation to a care facility. The facilitator then tailors a museum visit so that the most engaging works of art are viewed. A similarly beneficial at-home ARTZ experience relates to the individual’s background or interests, looking for images that tell a story about families or feature animals the loved one likes. “Use open-ended, non-judgmental questions to discuss the art,” Shifrin suggests. “It’s all about listening to the response and encouraging the conversation.”

Musical Connections Trigger Happiness

Dan Cohen, of Brooklyn, New York, had a simple yet profound idea: Furnish people that have memory loss with an iPod loaded with their favorite music. It’s helping people nationwide reconnect with themselves through listening to their personal playlists. He has repeatedly seen how “The music transforms lives.” Cohen notes, “Residents who were formerly idle become engrossed in listening to their favorite music. They are

empowered to choose the songs they want to hear. They become engaged as the music triggers memories. I’ve also seen the experience make people more social.” He recommends using headphones to minimize distractions. Sit together, turn on the iPod and watch for smiles of delight.

Dance Movement Integrates Souls “Dance therapy enhances connections in the brain and uses movement to integrate body, mind and spirit,” says Erica Hornthal, owner of Chicago’s North Shore Dance Therapy, a psychotherapy practice that helps individuals cope with the challenges of dementia. Hornthal often notices a real change after people experience movement therapy. Often, when she enters a memory care facility she sees people withdrawn or sleeping. After she guides them in specific movements designed to connect mind and body, participants are usually awake, more alert and making eye contact. “We might reach our arms up, then down, to connect with ourselves. We might give ourselves a hug and then stretch toward our neighbor,” explains Hornthal, a board-certified dance movement therapist. “All the movements have a psychosocial goal.” She suggests that care partners play familiar music and encourage their loved one to move as they wish to. The care partner might move her head or wiggle her fingers to the music, inviting the other to do the same. “Focus on

Brushing Watercolor Memories “Even after memory and cognitive functions are damaged, the ability to create art can continue,” says Karen Clond, a licensed master social worker and dementia care specialist at the Alzheimer’s Association Heart of America chapter, in Prairie Village, Kansas. “The organization’s Memories in the Making art program works because the amygdala, the part of the brain involved with emotions and memory that processes feelings like fear, also processes beauty, appreciation and attachment.” Sally Jenny developed the program in 1988, which now boasts more than 4,000 participant artists a week. Facilitators create a safe and encouraging atmosphere to explore painting with watercolors, which can unlock memories, stimulate thoughts and promote social interaction. The process also produces tangible pieces they’ve created and can revisit. “The artists have complete control over their work,” Clond comments. “It’s a failure-free activity.” For at-home painting activities, she suggests inviting guidelines: Provide good-quality supplies; have no expectations; find something good in every effort; ask them to title their piece and affix their artist’s signature; call them an artist and provide artistic respect.  

Telling Personal Stories Improves Well-Being

“Creative storytelling for dementia patients replaces the pressure to remember with the freedom to imagine,” remarks Joan Williamson, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a coordinator and master trainer with TimeSlips. She’s seen it improve communication, self-esteem and social interaction for people with memory loss. Whether exploring art, music, movement or storytelling, expressive therapies can enrich the lives and connections of people with dementia and their care partners. Deborah Shouse is the author of Love in the Land of Dementia. Visit

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Dr. Andrew Weil

on the Evolution of Medicine to Integrative Medicine by Andrea Schensky Williams Publisher Natural Awakenings Northern New Mexico


ndrew Weil, M.D., author, founder of the integrative approach is totally obvious. Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and clinical professor of internal medicine NA: Unfortunately and fortunately the timing of at the University of Arizona will be the keynote your talk is current with the recent passing of speaker at the sixth biennial Symposium of Robin Williams. I believe there will be an entireIntegrative Medicine Professionals in the Land of ly new awareness of mental health. Why do you Enchantment (SIMPLE), being held October 13 to think there is such an increase in depression? 15 in Albuquerque. AW: There are many reasons for it, including At the pre-conference, on October 12, Dr. changes in diet and a breakdown in communiWeil will demonstrate the use of culinary spices. ties, which has greatly increased social isolation He will speak about Integrative Health and Hapand disconnection from nature. Another factor Dr. Andrew Weil is the rise in information technology, all the new piness at 9 a.m. on October 13 and participate on the expert panel following his talk. In addition, media. Plus, pharmaceutical companies have there will be a fundraiser for UNM Center for Life with Weil’s been very successful at convincing people that ordinary Public Forum at the the Lensic Performing Arts Center , in states of sadness are matters of unbalanced brain chemistry Santa Fe, at 6 p.m. on October 13. that need to be treated with medication. NA: What is your history with the SIMPLE conference and your relationship with Dr. Arti Prasad? AW: I met Dr. Prasad while she studied integrative medicine at the University of Arizona. I have a faculty appointment at the University of New Mexico and helped Dr. Prasad establish integrative medicine at the university. Over the years, we’ve worked together and I’ve helped raise money for her center, the UNM Center for Life, and supported the SIMPLE conference. NA: Is Dr. Prasad one of the forerunners in the country introducing integrative medicine in addition to her M.D. practice? AW: Absolutely! Dr. Prasad is a star graduate and one of our earliest graduates. She truly is a real leader in the field. NA: How do you see her work in integrative medicine in New Mexico unfold? AW: My hope is that not only will Dr. Prasad expand her clinical services to the people of New Mexico, but also that she will be training other people. I very much believe integrative medicine is the wave of the future. NA: During the symposium, you will be speaking about Integrative Health and Happiness. Is it connected to your book Spontaneous Happiness? AW: It is. For a long time, I’ve wanted to see an integrative movement start in psychology and psychiatry. I think this is a field which has become so dependent on drugs and is really functioning not very well to help people. There are so many more things that people need to know about maintaining emotional wellness, and this again is an area where an


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NA: With diet being such a major component in affecting our emotional state of mind, what role does the anti-inflammatory diet play? AW: There is a new body of research linking inflammation with depression. It’s fascinating! The fact that the mainstream diet promotes inflammation is why I believe there may be a dietary correlation with the rise of depression in our population. NA: If somebody suffers from depression, would you say the steps recommended in your book Spontaneous Happiness are a precursory approach or in addition to management through medication? AW: I give information about how to wean off medication. I’d say the book is primary. For people with mild-tomoderate depression, I would follow the information there first. For people with severe depression, it may be necessary to give antidepressant drugs, but I think that they should be used for limited period. Maximum a year. You should then be working to find other ways to manage the depression. There is very specific information about what to do if you are on medication and how to wean off it carefully and start these other methods. NA: Another epidemic is also the onset and increase of diabetes in the U.S., particularly starting in early childhood. AW: A big concern! I think this is mostly due to the way we’ve changed food. I think diet is a huge factor here. Especially the greatly increased consumption of sugar, sweetened beverages, and products made with flour and refined carbohydrates. continued on page 18

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NA: What are your thoughts about integrative medicine being able to lower healthcare costs in the U.S.? AW: Integrative medicine can influence in two ways. First, by shifting the focus of health care on health promotion and prevention rather than disease management. Most of the diseases we are trying to manage are lifestyle related. This is where integrative medicine really shines. Secondly, by bringing into the mainstream treatments that are not dependent on expensive technology, and I would include pharmaceutical drugs in that category. I think we’re going to be forced by economic necessity, because the current healthcare system is not sustainable and the challenge is to turn this very dysfunctional system of disease management into a system of health promotion and disease prevention. Integrative medicine is in a perfect position to do that because of its emphasis on lifestyle medicine. Integrative medicine is also teaching healthcare practitioners to use low-tech methods of managing common diseases that are not expensive and they’re not dependent on expensive technology. I think for both of those reasons there will be an economic drive to make this mainstream medicine. And I think what’s happening here in N.M. will be on the forefront of that. NA: What influence does the public have to support a shift in the current medical system? AW: Our dysfunctional healthcare system is generating rivers of money flowing into very few pockets. Those are the pockets of big pharmaceutical companies, manufacturers of medical devices, big insurers, and those interests have total control of our legislators. So, I don’t think any real change is going to come from the government, the only real change will come from a grassroots movement to change the politics of all of this. NA: What do you think the public can do to help support a shift in the current medical system? AW: Demand from insurers coverage for these kinds of treatments. You can seek out integrative practitioners, you can tell health practitioners you work with that integrative education is available and urge them to get up to speed in those areas. You can really raise your own awareness of the extent these very powerful lobbies now influence the system and why we really need to see a sweeping political change. NA: You offer several programs through the University of Arizona, such as a four-year program, a two-year fellowship for medical doctors, and even programs for nurse practitioners and physician assistants. What would be the benefit of adding integrative medicine to one’s practice? AW: I think it is what patients want, and it makes the practice of medicine much more enjoyable. I think many practitioners realize that they don’t have the knowledge their patients want. For instance, to counsel them about diet or use of alternative medication. This is a way they can gain knowledge they didn’t get in their conventional medical training. And also, I think we are providing a community of like-minded practitioners. We’ve graduated over a thousand physicians now. This is a really robust community that really


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stays in touch and supports each other. NA: Over what time period have these physicians graduated? AW: I think it’s over 10 years now. And we’re greatly expanding our reach. We’re eventually hoping that we can get this into all residencies. Whether you go to a dermatologist, a pediatrician, gastroenterologist or a psychiatrist, that doctor will have had basic training in nutrition and mind/body interactions, and herbal medicine and all the rest that is now left out. We’re also training nurse practitioners, physician assistants and have begun a new program in lifestyle medicine, which is open to all sorts of practitioners from registered dietitians to psychologists and RNs. NA: What reforms would you like to see in the current U.S. healthcare system? AW: Well, changes in priorities of reimbursement that favor integrative medicine. At the moment, we happily pay for drugs and tests. We don’t pay for a doctor to sit with a patient and counsel them about diet or teach them breathing exercises. I would like to see a new kind of institution come into being that I call a healing center where people could go for lifestyle education and management of common illnesses, and that is somewhere between a spa and clinic. Stays in these would be reimbursed by insurance, very similar to Europe. And beyond that, I think it’s unconscionable that the richest nation on Earth can’t provide basic coverage to all of its citizens. NA: Closing words about the conference and your public address on the evolution of medicine to integrative medicine. AW: The conference has been a great event in New Mexico. It generates a lot of attention on integrative medicine and wellness. I’m going to talk about the issues that we’ve talked about here. Why American health care is in such trouble; I’ll talk about Obamacare. We need really basic changes, and I’ll give a vision of what health care could be. Cost: $150 patients and community. Location: Crowne Plaza Albuquerque, 1901 University Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, with a group room rate of $89. To register, visit www.bit. ly/1pTQbBE. For sponsorship of and listing in the program brochure, contact Dorrie Murray at 505-272-3942. See ad on page 17.

Yoga as a Holistic Practice by Heather Lee Farrell


racticing yoga as a holistic practice— not only the physical poses, but also including breath work and meditation—has numerous health benefits. Recent research has confirmed what we all know: Yoga is worth your time! Some of the many benefits of a yoga practice include the following: • lower blood pressure and heart rate relief from back pain and joint stiffness • improved sense of well-being and self-control • improvement in stress-related conditions, like migraine headaches, insomnia, depression, anxiety and gastrointestinal conditions Yoga offers lasting health benefits with a low risk of harm and introduces a practice of body-based mindfulness, which impacts not only health but relationships and overall lifestyle. The meditative aspect, relaxation, deep breathing and connection between movement, body and mind provide a deeper transformative experience, which can contribute to improved stress management and lifestyle changes. The physical aspect of yoga and the connection between the poses and breath impact strength, endurance, stability in joints, balance and flexibility. Most poses integrate work in improving the spine, pelvic floor and core muscles—the center or core of the body.  Yoga is for everyone, with many different styles, approaches and classes available. Yoga can help you prepare for long-term mind and body health! Join us in the September celebration of national yoga month and consider taking a yoga class or studying privately with a yoga teacher!  Heather Lee Farrell is the owner of High Desert Yoga, located at 4600 Copper Ave. NE, in Albuquerque. High Desert seeks to make the healing benefits of yoga available to all ages and abilities, from youngsters to elders, from novice to advanced practitioners, including people with therapeutic needs. natural awakenings

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Kamini Desai Explores a Yogic Life

Inner Calmness Leads to Self-Mastery by Linda Sechrist


amini Desai’s Ph.D.-worthy versatile body of teachings combines her lifelong interests in Western psychology and Eastern philosophy. Trained at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, she develops and leads core programs for Florida’s Amrit Yoga Institute, providing advanced studies dedicated to the science and system of integrated human development. A resident of Salt Springs, Florida, and the Netherlands, she teaches in 10 countries on three continents.

What is a yogic lifestyle? It means being focused on inner peace. Through the study of yoga as a complete science of self-mastery, I’m cultivating the realization of my highest self beyond body and mind. This intention is the director of my unfolding life. I like to use the metaphor of a ship. If this higher self as a wise captain isn’t steadily setting the course at the helm, then on any given day, the happy, sad, grieving, enthusiastic or depressed me will likely be steering my life in a contrary direction and I’ll just be going in circles. In the Integrative Amrit Method of Yoga, along with the integrative method of yoga nidra


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that I practice and teach, my focus is on the release of body energy, rather than any physical pose. Energy is healing. When energy is freed up, it naturally calms the mind and creates a spontaneous, meditative state in which the highest self can be experientially known. To free energy, I attune to the sensations resulting from the physical alignments in any yoga posture. Each pose focuses attention on sensations occurring along the meridian lines in the body, allowing areas that are blocked and limited to open up and energy to optimally flow. Then, in what Amrit yoga describes as the “second half of the posture,” I close my eyes and feel that released energy becoming magnified through my attention. The stronger the energy becomes, the more the mind organically dissolves into a meditative state where mental, emotional and physical healing can happen spontaneously.

What was it like to grow up as the daughter of Yogi Amrit Desai, a well-known guru? I feel blessed that I was exposed to my father’s teachings from a young age. His message that I first embraced was that people and things will always change, and if I rely on either of

them for happiness and peace of mind, I’m depending on the undependable. The need is to find internal stability in the midst of every polarity. My dad, now approaching 82, has always been an example of one whose entire life is about moving towards a changeless state of being and of what it means to remain a nonjudgmental witness to all that happens in life. Still, I had to learn my own lessons.

How have you benefited from yoga? I began studying with my dad when I was 16. Now, at 46, I more fully value the depth of yoga. The longer I practice, the more grateful I am that my mind is less fragmented than it otherwise would be. I’m progressively able to deal with situations that would have sent me over the edge before. I more naturally avoid wasting a lot of mental energy in internalized, “If they say this then I’m going to say that,” conversations. With less mental chatter, I have more energy and stamina to focus on what is in front of me. I can be totally absorbed in each present moment for a deeper sense of fulfillment in what I’m doing.

How do you feel about the Westernization of yoga? Individuals that begin any style of yoga for its physical benefits are off to a good start, but anyone that maintains a regular practice becomes curious about yoga’s other benefits, like relaxation, more peace and a sense of happiness that arises without any apparent cause. Eventually they ask, “Why is this good thing or greater bliss happening to me? What else is there besides postures?” Although everyone eventually learns many life skills, we rarely learn how to live our lives well, manage our emotions and relate to others in ways that create more peace and happiness within. These are the uncaused benefits of yoga that people come to love. Find more of her words of wisdom in articles posted at Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit ItsAllAbout for the recorded interview.

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Om Sweet Om

Sounding the Key Note of the Universe by Sam Saunders



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m” is a Hindu sacred sound considered the greatest of all mantras, traditionally used in prayers, chants and meditation— possessing high spiritual and creative power, it can be recited by anyone. Om is both a sound and a symbol rich in meaning and depth. When pronounced correctly, it is actually “AUM.” Aum consists of four syllables: A, U, M and the silent syllable. The first syllable is A, pronounced as a prolonged “awe.” The sound starts at the back of the throat and is stretched out; sense the feeling of the solar plexus and chest vibrating. The next is U, pronounced as a prolonged “o-o-,” with the sound gradually rolling forward along the upper palate and vibrating the throat. The third syllable, M, is pronounced as a prolonged “mmmm,” with front teeth gently touching. Start to feel the top of the head vibrate. The last syllable is the deep silence of the infinite. As intelligence rises from the deep silence, merge the chant from the M to the deep silence.

Why do we chant it?

Everything in the universe is pulsating and vibrating—with nothing standing still. The sound Om, when chanted, vibrates at 432 Hz, the same vibrational frequency found throughout nature. By chanting the keynote sound of the universe, we are symbolically and physically tuning in to and acknowledging our connection to all other living beings, nature and the universe. The universal vibrations and rhythmic pronunciation also physically affect the body by slowing the nervous system and calming the mind, similar to the effects of meditation. When the mind relaxes, blood pressure decreases and ultimately, heart health improves. Finally, chanting AUM is wellsuited to mark the beginning or end of a yoga practice or meditation session or as a respite from regular daily activities. It signifies that this is a special time to care for ourselves and practice being mindful. Sam Saunders lives and teaches yoga in Dubai. Connect at


Mental Health

Many experts concur that yoga can be effective in reducing stress. As students continue their practice, they feel less stress and an increased sense of peace and relaxation, along with other mental health benefits. “Yoga gives you what is often called a ‘witness consciousness’,” says John Kepner, executive director of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, in Little Rock, Arkansas. “Being able to observe the external events around you, but not being caught up in the drama. In modern terms, it’s an increased ability to stay cool, calm and collected. After a good yoga class, your troubles can appear further away.”

Say Yes to Yoga It Boosts Health, Peace, Community and Spirituality by Lynda Bassett


ois Parker Carmona first stepped into a yoga studio looking for better physical health. “I was doing hot vinyasa because I wanted to sweat. I wanted to feel better,” she recalls. Many people on a similar quest try yoga for the first time during September’s National Yoga Month (YogaHealth, founded by Johannes Fisslinger. “This year, more than 2,200 yoga studios will offer informative public events or a free week of classes to new students to educate everyone about the health benefits of yoga and inspire a healthy lifestyle,” says Fisslinger. “Yoga and mindfulness are an essential part of America’s newly emerging health paradigm.” Like many others, as Carmona deepened her practice, she discovered that yoga’s benefits transcend the physical. Then she went further, becoming a certified Baptiste yoga instructor and co-owner of Melrose Yoga, in Melrose, Massachusetts. “Many of us are so busy and consumed with the constant motion of day-to-day activities that we lose complete track of who we are, along with the state of our bodies,” she says. “Yoga reconnects me with myself.”

Improved Relationships Flexibility

One reason that people try yoga is to improve their flexibility. A recent report from Yoga Alliance, a nonprofit association based in Arlington, Virginia, states that it can improve flexibility and mobility and increase range of motion over time as ligaments, tendons and muscles lengthen and become more elastic. It also helps relieve muscular tension throughout the body. The Alliance’s Danica Amore notes that flexibility means different things to different people. “A senior might define flexibility as being able to pick up the grandkids, while young people might consider it essential to their athletic abilities.” Flexibility can also mean being able to turn around easily while backing out of the driveway or running with fewer injuries, adds Carmona. Improvements in flexibility generally depend on an individual’s age, health and commitment to practicing yoga, as well as the style chosen. “There are so many different lineages of yoga, and each teacher has his or her own style. Plus, each individual progresses at their own pace,” Amore explains. “It’s really a question of where you want this personal practice to take you and how you embrace it in your private life.” The bottom line is that everyone’s journey is different.

When stress is reduced, an increased sense of calm tends to permeate all areas of one’s life, observes Kepner. “Based on my experience, yoga also helps improve relationships.” He has taught the same group of students for 10 years and notes their special relationship: “If one goes to the same yoga class regularly, a friendship tends to develop with others in the class, called Songhai. After a while, practicing together becomes one of the most valuable parts of the practice,” he says. This beneficial, deeper sense of community—a major allure of a longterm yoga practice—develops mainly from the intangible sense of working together in terms of physical, mental and spiritual support.

Spirituality and Connectedness

“Even beginning students quickly realize how connecting with their bodies and their breath helps them in their everyday lives,” says Carmona. “It adds a transcendent dimension to everything you do in life.” In addition to its more immediate tangible benefits, other long-term benefits experienced by students may be harder to define or quantify. Carmona observes, “People generally say that yoga has changed their life, physically, mentally and spiritually.” Lynda Bassett is a freelance writer outside Boston, MA. Connect at

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Finally Ready to Move? by Tom Bird

What do I mean by get on the move? What I mean is that you can: +Take advantage of the lone chance to take a Write Your Best Seller in a Weekend Retreat in Albuquerque for years to come by signing up now—a discounted rate is still available. +Secondly, if you can’t make the September retreat in Albuquerque or you would simply prefer Santa Fe in November, simply contact Body of Santa Fe, where the retreat will be


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WRITING RETREAT Write Your Best Seller in a Weekend Sept. 26-28, Nativo Lodge, 6000 Pan American Frwy. NE, Albuquerque To register, email or call 928-203-0265.


his is your last chance to get your book written and published in 2014. Offer for a free copy of book enclosed. My writing and hopefully at least some bit of wisdom has filled up this valuable page space for several months already this year. And I have done everything possible to inform you, make myself available to you and encourage you to get your book written, published and onto a bestseller list. I have done everything I can do and I still haven’t given up on you— that’s the good news. You can still get a book written and published and possibly onto the bestseller list by the end of the year—which is, of course, more good news. The bad news, though, is that none of what you want to accomplish as an author will be completed unless you— yes you—get on the move. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know you’ve got your excuses. All writers have excuses. Collectively, we have enough excuses for not writing between us to fill encyclopedia-sized books with reasons why we’re not writing. Great, wonderful! Do you want to be known as the writer that didn’t write even when the solutions to all of your writing/publishing woes have been staring at you right in the face for months?



held, and either register for one of my two October classes there or just sign up for the retreat. + Thirdly, if you just can’t make it in person, I urge you to visit my website,, and click onto my freebie page to download any number of my video lectures and get informed. +Lastly, if you just can’t seem to get moving on any of the above, but still feel you want to write, email me and ask me for a free downloadable copy of my book, Write to Heal, which is sure to cure all of your procrastination blues. But wait! Before emailing me at info@, you have to promise me that you will read and do the exercises in the book before the end of the year. If you can’t do that, don’t email me! Wait until you are really ready to use the book before getting in contact with me. So, this has been your end of the third quarter, rapidly entering the fourth quarter of 2014. The ball is in your court. We can still help you help yourself. You can still be crowned a bestselling author by the end of 2014, but not if you don’t move. The alternatives have been laid out before you. What are you going to do? For more information about Tom Bird and his teachings, contact his office at or 928-203-0265. Advanced Registration is required.

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Models of Conscious Care-Giving by Rev. AliceAnn Saunders ow do we become a caring community of helpers? How do we assist ourselves and others attain a better life and a higher consciousness? It’s simple—we learn to focus on the things that give joy and foster love. And in doing that, we need to find venues in our life that support our journey in life and our spiritual awakening. As a human collective, we are now shifting to a higher octave. We are finding heart with everything we are manifesting; and, when we don’t, we find that life is confusing, disorderly, and definitely not happy. Because we are in a global shift of consciousness, everything counts: What we think, what we believe, and how we manifest those thoughts and beliefs truly fosters our individual and planetary outcome. Consciously assisting others as we move through our own daily lives is the way of the future. It is the manifestation of higher consciousness on this planet. We have members worldwide that are assisting other people attain a better and more fulfilling existence, and we are working toward the next evolutionary consciousness model for Mother Earth. Our tax deductible status allows individuals to make generous donations that enable us to teach and counsel people seeking a deeper spiritual awareness resolve conflict in their spiritual journey and promote awareness of the new Earth paradigm through master classes, evenings with the Ascended Masters, individual and group readings, training institutes and regional workshops. Rev. AliceAnn Saunders, Ph.D., is the founder of the OakRose Academy


of Light, a non-profit 501(3)(C) spiritual/ educational organization that fosters the development of higher consciousness and the awakening of the inner true self of every individual. Join Saunders for Sunday night meditations at 7 p.m. or the monthly teleconference and become informed. For more information, visit As we bring forth our true nature and anchor our oversoul into our heart chakra, we become our divine self. We can do this through meditation, acts of loving kindness, rejection of all things negative, and the love and peace that we send forth into the world. This is how humanity will become free, joyous and prosperous.

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Why Aren’t Astrology Forecasts Always Right? by Mickey McKay


strology forecasts never seem to be right. Why not? Blame it on the Moon. The Moon represents the subtle mind, and thus a person’s thinking and feeling. Have you ever wondered why you were high on life Monday and sinking into the doldrums on Thursday for no particular reason? The Moon travels through the entire zodiac in approximately 28 ½ days, where it is “reflecting” the various qualities of the constellation upon your planets in the various houses of your horoscope. It takes an astrologer to decipher this movement and give you an accurate account of what lies ahead. In general, the weekly or Western astrology monthly forecasts that you read about pertain to your “sun sign” in the first house. The horoscope is written with these qualities as the foundation, which are then colored by the Sun’s relationship to the Moon. Suppose, according to Western astrology, your Sun sign is in Capricorn, in the Vedic system it could be in Sagittarius. It simply calculates a horoscope differently. Western astrology focuses on the psychological nature of a person, but less on predicting future cycles and events. Vedic astrology also defines a person’s psychological nature but adds the understanding when certain events are likely to take place. If you really want an accurate forecast, you’ve got to zero in on the Moon. If you know the placement of your Moon, you can read the forecasts with the Moon in mind. The method of forecasting is accurate and reliable. Call 505-670-8967 for an appointment and get acquainted with your horoscope. For more information, visit See ad page 8.

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Yoga Santa Fe & GRD Health Center 505-982-6369 Santa Fe, NM Offering Kundalini Yoga Classes, Yogic Energy Healing, Numerology Readings, Chiropractic Care, and 10 Body “Deep Peace” Treatments. Dr. Guruchander, Kirn, and the team of yoga teachers and healers offer practices and healing sessions to help you awaken and claim your deepest and purest potential. Balance, heal, and remove unwanted energetic blocks and live with great vitality, courage, and happiness.

calendar ofevents THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 Fresh Look. Holistic Health: Drug Herb Interactions – 6-7pm. Learn what benefits and risks are possible when combining therapies and remedies for maintaining wellness and health. Our session will offer some guidelines and cautions. Free. Pre-registration: 505-277-0077. UNM Continuing Education, 1634 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER Kundalini Advanced Study/Teacher Training Orientation – 6pm. Find out what our nine-month training offers. Includes the study of kundalini yoga, meditation, ayurvedic lifestyle & health practices, Western and subtle yogic anatomy, kirtan chanting, relaxation, pranayam and yogic philosophy. Recenter around your potential with discipline, passion and to release all that is inconsistent with your growth and prosperity. 505-982-6369. Yoga Santa Fe, 1505 Llano St. Organic and Upcycle Dressing – Fri. 11am-7pm; Sat. 11am-3pm. Solar-dyed silk scarves, Handcrafted couture purses from repurposed fine clothing, KIKA organic fashions, cash and carry Pop-Up shop, unique seed jewelry, and more. Contact Asaera Cote’ at 505-288-2233. The (organic) Living Room, 1924 Juan Tabo NE, Ste F, Albuquerque.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 Marty’s Meals Feed Love For Life Fundraiser – 10am-4pm. Take part in a full day of fun, food, a raffle and presentations by pet professionals including Dr. Dee Blanco, homeopathic vet; Susan Breckenridge, integrative bodyworker; and Debra Moody, certified trainer. Raffle prizes total $1000 in value of Marty’s Meals food products. Proceeds from the sales will go to Rancho de Chihuahua and Bridging the Worlds. 505-467-8162. Marty’s Meals, Inc, 1107 Pen Road, Santa Fe, , Chinese Approach to Winter Wellness – 1-1:30pm. David Salgado, DOM, discusses this wonderful form of healing and how simple remedies can boost your immunity. Find out which remedies to choose to address your personal health challenges. Free. 505-796-0387. Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, 8910 Holly Ave NE, Albuquerque.


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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 Aromatherapy for Mood Management – 126:30pm. Discover how to use aromatherapy for depression, anxiety, stress, developmental disorders, behavioral issues in children, grief, emotional trauma, addictions and more. For reservations & more information, call Janice Ladnier at 228-731-7731 or email $25/$50 for six CEUs. 505-474-8555. Santa Fe Soul Sun Room, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, #3, Santa Fe. www.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 Massage Foundation Program – 9am-1pm. Ninemonth weekday daytime massage program. Orientation Sat., Sept. 6, 1-5pm. Experience New Mexico’s only program accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation. $8, 295. Apply now: 505-982-6271. New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, RMTS #2, 501 Franklin Ave, Santa Fe.  Yoga for Athletes – 7:15-8:30pm, Sept. 8-Oct. 13. This yoga class will help you build endurance, strength, flexibility, increase mobility, stabilization and alignment in joints, and improve lung capacity. $95. Registration: 505-277-0077 or www.ce.unm. edu. High Desert Yoga–Nob Hill, 4600 Copper NE, Albuquerque.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 Strategic Attraction™ in Action Teleclass – 9-10:30am MST. Speakers, coaches, transformational entrepreneurs. Be seen, be heard, be hired! Learn the #1 strategy for attracting perfect customers and turn them into lucrative loyal raving fans fast! $27. Registration: 505-474-5348 or visit www. Prenatal Yoga –5:30-7pm, Sept. 9-Oct. 14. You will practice yoga poses to build strength, endurance and flexibility while decreasing the aches, pains and discomforts of pregnancy. $85. Registration: 505-277-0077 or High Desert Yoga–Nob Hill, 4600 Copper NE, Albuquerque. Special Full Moon Yoga and Meditation Class w/ Guruchander – 9am. Yoga Santa Fe, 1505 Llano St.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 The Nia Technique – 6-7pm, Sept. 10-Nov. 12. The Nia Technique is a blend of martial arts, dance arts and body integration therapies that relaxes the body and increases strength, stamina and flexibility. $95. Registration: 505-277-0077 or UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson Blvd NE, Ste 100, Albuquerque.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 Embodying Ethics – Body/Mind Tools for Creating an Ethical Practice – 8:15am-4:30pm. Bhanu Joy Harrison, LISW, teaches how our body is one of our best “guides” to working with ethical issues. You will learn, both didactically and experientially, how to use your nervous system and mindful awareness to enhance the ethical nuts and bolts of your practice. $149. IPA members $139. 505-837-2100 or email 505-474-8555. Santa Fe Soul Sun Room, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Bldg #3.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 All4One … a Group Approach – 3-5pm. A “

ing community” will be built on a commitment to tell your deeper truths in a safe and supportive environment. Form bonds of support, advising, training, sharing, and define a clear path of purpose and goals. Bring laptop or paper tablet/pen. Call Ron Helman at 505-466-1919 or visit www.RonHelman. com. 505-474-8555. Santa Fe Soul Sun Room, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Bldg #3. Group Breath Session – 10-11:30am. This powerful breathing method is a way to clear stress, trauma, emotional blocks and reconnect deeply with yourself. Bring two blankets. Pre-register; only four participants in each session. $25. Center for Inner Truth, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, A1, Santa Fe. Pre-register: 505-920-4418. Talk And Book Signing – 2-4pm. Award-winning author Dana Micucci’s exquisite new novel, The Third Muse, combines mystery, international art-world intrigue, history and spirituality with a deep heart wisdom inspired by Renaissance ideals and the teachings of Mary Magdalene. The Ark Bookstore, Santa Fe., www. Clarifying Meditative Work –2-5 pm. Traditionneutral. Explore what meditative work is and how it sheds light on our concerns, not theoretically, but from a simple, direct listening. Reservations/ info, Jay Cutts, New Mexico Center for Meditative Inquiry and Retreat, at 505-281-0684. $2 donation. Wat Center, 145 Madison St NE, Albuquerque. Healing with Earth Energy Workshop – 2-4pm. Experience the Earth’s healing energy for your body, mind and spirit. Relieve pain and discomfort, release negativity, access your intuition. Facilitated by Chantal Fidanza, intuitive healer, Reiki master, certified light journey guide. $25. Ltd. Space. Preregistration: 505-438-1074. 1300 Luisa St, Ste 7D, Santa Fe.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 Spiritual Empowerment Training – 6:30-8pm. Starting Sept. 16 for three months. A journey of selfdiscovery and self-realization. Meditation, spiritual healing, greater awareness and understanding of your energy anatomy and practical psychic skills. Support with personal attention and small group interaction. $125 monthly. Pre-registration: 505-9204418. Center for Inner Truth, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, A1, Santa Fe.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Yoga for Weight Loss – 6-7:15pm, Sept. 17-Nov. 5. The yoga poses support the body in weight loss; and as the practice continues, the mind’s attitude about the body changes as well. $105. Registration: 505277-0077 or First Congregational Church, 2800 Lomas Blvd NE, Albuquerque. Awakening the Sensual Body – 6-8:30pm. Use healing sounds to revitalize the organs & heal your sexual being. Younger women will learn how to balance & contain energies and older women will learn how to expand sensual life force into midlife & beyond. Taught by Sita Flammer, certified sacred Daoist sexuality guide. Clothed women ages 18 to 80. $20. Pre-registration: 505-820-6321. Milagro Herbs, 419 Orchard Dr, Santa Fe.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 Craniosacral Death and Dying (32 CEs) – 9am-

6pm, Sept. 18-21. Craniosacral therapy focuses on the body’s craniosacral system. Through gentle, noninvasive touch, a practitioner releases restrictions to improve the overall functioning of the central nervous system. $645. Advanced class, requires instructor approval. Registration: 505-982-6271. New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, RMTS #2. 501 Franklin Ave, Santa Fe. Night Photography: the Legacy of Crystal Woman Ridge Portal – 6-9:30pm. Potluck dinner followed with a presentation by respected and best-known Earthspirit photographer, healer and portal guardian Lynda Yraceburu, now living at Taa-naash-kaa-da Sanctuary. $20 and a dish to share; $40 with no dish. Bring your camera. Taa-naash-kaada Sanctuary, Las Vegas, NM. Taa-naash-kaa-da.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 Meet Your Spirit Guides – 6:30-8:30pm. Do you have phobias, troubling and stressful relationships or want to know more about your soul’s path? Join Lee Mitchell in an evening of hypnotherapy to meet your spirit guides and open the door to communication. For a private session or more information, call 719-221-4275 or email $40. 505-474-8555. Santa Fe Soul Sun Room, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Bldg #3.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 Fall Equinox Drumming Circle – 5:30-7pm. Drum ceremonies promote empowerment, health and wellness through the exploration, expression and overall experience of rhythm. No musical experience is necessary, and all ages and levels of development are encouraged to participate. $10-$15. Taa-naashkaa-da Sanctuary, Las Vegas, NM. www.MeetUp. com/Taa-naash-kaa-da. Autumn Equinox Emotional Detoxification & Balance Ceremony with Luisa Kolker – 10am6pm. The equinoxes are optimal times to take stock of our inner selves and to “clean house.” Participants will identify, journey into and release potent trauma points in their bodies. Hands-on emotional and energetic coaching with participants. Prior interview required. 505-660-9414. $200. 505-474-8555. Santa Fe Soul Sun Room, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Bldg #3. Sacred Hot Stone Workshop (16 CEs) – 9am-6pm, Sept 20-21. Beginning instruction in the therapeutic use of heated stones as an additional technique to massage therapy. Prerequisite: LMT or massage certification. $250, cost includes a stone set. Registration: 505-982-6271. New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, RMTS #2. 501 Franklin Ave, Santa Fe. Lunch with the Author, Talk and Book signing – 12-2pm. Award-winning author Dana Micucci’s exquisite new novel, The Third Muse, combines mystery, international art-world intrigue, history, and spirituality with a deep heart wisdom inspired by Renaissance ideals and the teachings of Mary Magdalene. Bouche Bistro, Santa Fe. www., Thriving with Fish Oils – 1-1:30pm. Linda Love, herbalist, will introduce the many benefits of fish oils for heart/cardio, brain/cognitive function, sports and injury recovery. Learn what supplemental products are available and how to choose between them. Free. 505-796-0387. Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, 8910 Holly Ave NE, Albuquerque.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 Miracle Mantra Meditation – 5am-7:30am. Intend for your miracle as you chant this miracle mantra in conscious community. By donation. Yoga Santa Fe, 1505 Llano St.

largest medicine-less Qigong hospital in China. September 26-28. Friday night $15, Saturday and Sunday $150 (includes Friday).Contact the Chi Center at 707-347-6489 or email Santa Fe Center For Spiritual Living, 505 Camino de los Marquez, Santa Fe.

Courageous Crossing Women’s Healing Circle – 10am-6:30pm. If you have some clarity about the gifts you carry but find yourself struggling to move forward, you are not alone. Stepping toward your calling means facing inner dragons. It’s unavoidable, but you don’t have to do it alone. $55. Taa-naashkaa-da Sanctuary, Las Vegas, NM. www.MeetUp. com/Taa-naash-kaa-da.




Meetings in Truth with Isaac & Meike – 7:309:30pm. An invitation to know the truth that all sages talk about, in your own experience. The meetings unfold by following the thread of participants’ interests. In a field of safety, people’s systems unwind spontaneously, and transformation, release and recognition appear. $15. For more information, call 505-820-2074, or email 505-474-8555. Santa Fe Soul Sun Room, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Bldg #3.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Psychic Tool Sampler – 6:30-7:30pm. Explore and develop the energetic and intuitive aspects of yourself through simple tools and practices. See what intuitive meditation is about. Topic: Easy Manifesting. Center for Inner Truth, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, A1, Santa Fe. Pre-registration: 505-920-4418. Fall Equinox and New Moon Spiritual Communion Circle – 7-8:45 pm. What do the planets say about growth opportunities, and what spiritual guidance do you attract at this time? Practice listening, self-healing techniques, and receive guidance in an intimate circle set up for spiritual communion. Bring a fall goal. $45. Preregistration: 505-982-3294 or email Kruger Building, 227 E Palace, Ste TN, Santa Fe.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 Free Introduction to Hypnotherapy –– 7-8:30pm. Learn to transform your perception of the world and accelerate your personal and/or professional performance. Strengthen your day-to-day natural ability to live a more balanced, meaningful and productive life. 505-918-6555. 819 Vassar Dr NE, Albuquerque.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25-28 One Time Goddess Retreat – Sept. 25-28. Celebrate the divine feminine with daily yoga practice, guided meditation, dancing, painting, hiking or lounging poolside. Commute daily or stay in residence. $500 and up with all meals included. Contact Elizabeth Wright at 505-310-3160. Retreat Center, Rass Mandal, 200 Double Arrow Rd, Santa Fe., www.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 Qigong Workshop for Abundance of Health, Happiness, and Prosperity – 7 - 8:30pm, Fri. 9/26; 10am-6pm Sat. 9/27; 2-6pm Sun. 9/28. Join Mingtong Gu and Teacher Ma to learn and practice the Wisdom Healing Qigong teachings used in the

Write Your Best Seller in a Weekend Retreat – Prices for the weekend retreat can be found at Early-bird registration special. To register, call 928-203-0265 or email Info@ Nativo Lodge, 6000 Pan American Frwy, Albuquerque. Gathering of Mother Earth – 10am-4pm Sat., Sept. 27; 10am-6pm, Sun., Sept. 28. Bear and Rainbow will be doing healings, readings and introducing psychic protection in this event. Sponsored by Tewa Women United. $10 donations. 505-310-2864. Pojoaque. (1.8 miles on Hwy 502 W, near Pojoaque High School from Hwy 285/84, signed) The Basics of Cleansing – 1-1:30pm. Ben Stoops, clinical herbalist, will give an overview of the basics of cleansing. Who should cleanse and why? And what cleansing products are available and how to choose between them. Free. 505-796-0387. Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, 8910 Holly Ave NE, Albuquerque. Past-Life Regression –1-3pm. In this powerful two-hour group session, you will regress to a past life where you will discover, access and activate a positive inner resource to benefit you and other people in your life today. Cost: $40. 505-918-6555. Crystal Dove Metaphysical Book Store, 525 Central Ave NE., Albuquerque. Annual Potlatch: A Memorial to Those We’ve Lost – 1-5pm. Join Maria Yraceburu as she recounts her experiences, their profound lessons, and join in ceremony to honor those that have crossed in the past year or beyond. This day will refocus how you believe in death, science, consciousness, spirituality and the very nature of all existence. $10-$15. Taa-naash-kaa-da Sanctuary, Las Vegas, NM. www.

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savethedate Women Awake – A Call of Our Times – 6:308:30pm Oct. 3; 9:30am-5:30pm Oct. 4-5. In a world that moves too fast and pulls us out of our natural rhythm, how can we contribute our true voice and maintain connection with the depths of our souls? Explore with us these challenges in the face of radical change. Cost: $300. CEUs. Call Marilyn Mathews, MD: 505-471-9202 or Rosvita Botkin, PhD: 505-988-2601. Puerta de la Luna, 546 Harkle Rd, Santa Fe. Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Level 2 – 9am5pm; Oct. 3, 4, 5, 31 & Nov. 1-2. LifeCycles and LifeStyles offer a practical set of disciplines that lead to excellence and depth in the human experience. Discover the mystery and gain the mastery of every

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cycle of life. Study with the master, Yogi Bhajan, with a video class and meditation. 505-982-6369. Yoga Santa Fe, 1505 Llano St, Santa Fe.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4 Active Isolated Stretching (12 CEs) – 9am-4pm, Sat./Sun. Oct. 4-5. Class incorporates the groundbreaking work of Aaron Mattes to create an effective bridge from bodywork to client involvement; a combination of 12 easy-to-learn movements developed from a dance background. $250, includes stretching rope and books. To register, call 505-982-6271. New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, RMTS #2. 501 Franklin Ave, Santa Fe. Psychic Faire – 1-3pm. All of your answers are held within. Get a neutral look in the form of a clairvoyant reading to help you gain clarity on your present time situation and receive ideas for next steps in your life. Drop in! $10 per reading. Pre-register: 505-9204418. Center for Inner Truth, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, A1, Santa Fe.


savethedate A Conversation with Gloria Steinem, Alice Walker, Dr. Chung Hyun Kyung & Aaron Stern – 7pm. Leading by Being: Exploring a New Vision of Leadership. A showcase of the wisdom of experienced leaders and explore the questions: What would healthy, balanced, regenerative leadership look like? Where do we see that leadership already happening in the world today? What does a new paradigm of leadership look like? $100 premium seats - subsidizes scholarship seats for young leaders in New Mexico! $35 all other seats. 505- 988-1234. Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W San Francisco St, Santa Fe.

0265 or email BODY of Santa Fe, 333 West Cordova Rd, Santa Fe.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24 Money Magic; Break through Money Angst with Money Magic – 6-7:30pm. An introduction to Money Magic and the dynamic relationship between our chakras and our money-value experiences. Meet Dana Stovern, the channeler of this work, who is creating leading-edge spiritual money experiences for individuals wanting spiritual money breakthroughs. Followed by two full days on October 25 & 26. For more information & registration, call 970-527-4412. 505-474-8555.Santa Fe Soul Sun Room. 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Bldg #3.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6 Write Your Best Seller in a Weekend Retreat. Thurs., Nov. 6, 4-9pm; Fri.-Sun., Nov. 7-9, 7am6:30pm. Early-bird registration special. For more information, visit To register, call 928-203-0265 or email BODY of Santa Fe, 333 West Cordova Rd, Santa Fe.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31 Structural Yoga Therapy Weekend Workshop – Oct. 31-Nov. 2. Nationally acclaimed yoga therapist and educator JJ Gormley at Karuna Yoga Therapy Center. For yoga teachers interested in yoga therapy or trained yoga therapists! An exploration into the application of yoga therapy for structural issues. Includes lecture, discussion, mock and live case studies and opportunities for hands-on practice. Come for a single day or the entire weekend. CEUs available. For more information, contact Laura Vanderberg at 307-899-3147 or email Laura@ ScienceHolisticEnterprise.




Inner Work Circles for Spiritual and Personal Growth – 6:30-8pm; Oct. 13-Nov. 3. Four-week workshop series with Elissa Heyman to explore inner resources and free up creative self-expression. Gain practical and personal insight, self-confidence and techniques to access your higher self. Psychic insights, creative process work and spiritual healing included. $185/mo. Pre-register: 505-982-3294 or email Kruger Building, 227 E Palace, Ste T North, Santa Fe. www.

CHANTAL FIDANZA - YOUR DIVINE LIGHT – – Specializing in helping you to release blocks and negativity, ease physical pain and discomfort, and recognize the messages your Higher Self is speaking to you for your greatest joy. Offering Reiki Treatments, Intuitive Healings, Workshops, & Intuitive Practitioner Training. Chantal Fidanza, Intuitive Healer, Reiki Master, Certified Light Journey Guide. Call for a FREE 30-minute Intuitive Reiki Healing Session: 505-4381074,

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17 20 Minutes to Get over Writer’s Block Forever Class – 6-8pm. Free to the first 20 to register. All classes can be attended for free, but advance registration is a must. For more information, go to www. $12 advance/$15 day of incl. tax. To register, call 928-203-0265 or email Info@TomBird. com. BODY of Santa Fe, 333 West Cordova Rd, Santa Fe.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18 How You Can Make 7 Figures Through the Writing/Publication of a Book Class – 3-5pm. Free to the first 20 to register. All classes can be attended for free, but advance registration is a must. $12 advance/$15 day of incl. tax. For more information, go to To register, call 928-203-


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Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.

~Maya Angelou

ongoing events sunday A Practical Philosophy for Living – 10:30am12pm. Experience uplifting, transformative messages. More than a church, more than a school, Unity is a spiritual movement for all individuals growing, seeking, unfolding and becoming who they are meant to be. Free. 505-989-4433. Unity Santa Fe, 1212 Unity Way (off 599 & Camino de los Montoyas, mile marker 12), Santa Fe. www. Qigong in the Park –11am-12pm. Enjoy a vitalizing qigong practice every Sunday morning with certified qigong instructor Loretta Shiver. Qigong supports optimal health and well-being, is easy and fun to do. Free. Washington Middle School Park, Albuquerque, 10th and Park. 505-681-1924. www.

wednesday Qigong & Healing from Within - 10:30am12pm. Taoist, yogic & shamanic practices cultivate vitality, inner strength & awareness with energy healing, movement, sound, breath work & meditation. $12. 1st class free. Allison Lasky. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Bldg 3, Santa Fe. 505-984-8733, Free Energy Healing Clinic – 5:30-6:30pm. Drop in for a 15-minute energy clearing. Release tension, energetic blocks, relax in a meditative environment. 2nd & 4th Wednesday. 505-920-4418. Center for Inner Truth, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, A1, Santa Fe. Polarity Student Clinic – 6pm. By helping to create ease and health in the body, mind & spirit, Polarity Therapy can relieve pain, resolve symptoms of trauma & increase relaxation and stress management. Open Wednesday evenings and two Saturdays each month. $30. Call 505-982-6271. New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, RMTS #2. 501 Franklin Ave, Santa Fe. Fibromyalgia Ecclesiastical Therapeutic Healer Robert SunHawk – Get back into holistic balance. Call 505-570-2145 for more information and appointment. Holistic Medical Doctors Clinic, 1530 Bishops Lodge Rd, Tesuque-Santa Fe.

saturday Qigong in the Park – 9-10am. Enjoy a vitalizing qigong practice every Saturday morning with certified qigong instructor Loretta Shiver. Qigong supports optimal health and well-being, is easy and fun to do. Free. Altura Park, Hannett and Morningside NE, Albuquerque. 505-681-1924. Intuitive Healing & Reiki Sessions – Remove energetic blocks, heal physical and emotional imbalances, and create greater well-being in every area of your life. By appointment with Chantal Fidanza. Intuitive healer, Reiki master, certified light journey guide. Call for a free 30-minute intuitive Reiki healing session in Santa Fe: 505-438-1074. www.

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Natural Awakenings Northern New Mexico September 14  

New Mexico edition of the free monthly national health/wellness and sustainability publication.

Natural Awakenings Northern New Mexico September 14  

New Mexico edition of the free monthly national health/wellness and sustainability publication.