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elcome to the Healing Music and Yoga edition! This issue is near and dear to my heart as I love yoga and sound healing. While working on the content for this month’s issue, many memories and milestones of my own healing journey came up. Much of my journey was launched years ago after I became a widow. As I tried to find new footing while overcoming grief, my healing began with Serving Central and Northern New Mexico, including Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos and several months of prayer emissary training at the local Unity church in Miami. Part of the curriculum included Liberation Breathwork with world-famous breathwork pioneer and surrounding communities internationally respected teacher of A Course in Miracles, Sondra Ray, whom we have the incredible opportunity to meet in Santa Fe, September 16 to 18. This process quickly and contact us efficiently works through old stuck energy and emotions—beats having years of therapy. The best part is that your body’s energy facilitates the healing process—see article page Publisher – Andrea Schensky Williams 29. Another part of my healing journey was to become a certified yoga teacher while 505-999-1319 holding down a full-time retail career. The commitment entailed every single weekend for 6612 Glenlochy Way NE several months. We studied the eight limbs of yoga, practiced different yoga styles and Albuquerque, NM 87113 asanas, studied the yoga sutras, learned pranayama breathing, and became familiar with Ayurveda. We even learned how to teach a class. Even though it was challenging due to my having another career, I enjoyed every moment. I’m thrilled to introduce several of the Advertising Sales local yoga studios and teachers to inspire you on trying a new yoga style or class—see Andrea Schensky Williams 505-999-1319 article page 24. In addition, I was very excited to to facilitate an interview for this month’s issue with Art Director Dr. Deepak Chopra. What an inspiration to have the opportunity to dive into his latest Kurt Merkel work while preparing some of the questions! Dr. Chopra will be at UNM on September 26 lecturing on the Future of Well-being. Join him as he creates a roadmap for “higher Design and Production health,” based on the latest findings in both mainstream and alternative medicine. Please Susan Jones read the interview on pages 20 and 21 or online at Stay tuned for the live interview at Editor Another wonderful healing modality, especially for those unable to move around due Erin Lehn Floresca pain or illness, is qigong. We are blessed with the opening of the new center for Wisdom Qigong on October Calendar 1, right here in Santa Fe (see ad on page 18.) I personally plan on adding qigong to my Thomas Maslowski tool chest for personal healing. And, last but not least, there is the healing through sound. I think many of us have Contributing Writers personally experienced chanting and its therapeutic, peaceful effect on the body. You can Erin Lehn also experience it when singing hymns in church or being exposed to the vibrations of Debra Rosenman drums and crystal bowls and other instruments. And, of course, just rocking out to your Lainie Sevante Wulkan favorite style of music can momentarily turn on the switch to joy and happiness. As our SUBSCRIPTIONS: Digital email subscriptions are available free, compliments of publisher, by emailing to above email article on page 30 states music can heal cancer, depression, substance abuse, immune address your name and email information. dysfunction, Alzheimer’s, pain and even cellphone addiction. DISTRIBUTION: Natural Awakenings free publication is One of the best things about my job as a publisher is to meet the people that delivered to more than 500 business locations in northern and central New Mexico monthly. 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inda Kallish of the Combined Therapeutics Wellness Center is excited to announce that International Certified Psych-K Instructor Karen McKy will visit Albuquerque September 16 to 18 to conduct a Psych-K workshop. “Psych-K is a powerful yet very simple process that unblocks the blocks or challenges that are preventing us from moving forward and accomplishing our goals. These techniques can be used by the person for his or her own benefit or can be incorporated into counseling sessions for the benefit of others. The method is simple, takes only minutes to do and, oftentimes, the results are immediate,” explains Kallish. Location: 9301 Indian School Rd. NE, Albuquerque. For information, contact Linda Kallish at 505-294-4805 or 505-553-9229. See ad, page 38.

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arbara Welcer, RN, will host two upcoming Healing Touch programs at UNM Center for Life. Healing Touch Level 1 classes will be held September 24 and 25 and November 5-6. “Move your energy practice to the next level. Both programs incorporate fundamentals of energy anatomy, theory and practice using lecture and experiential work,” she says. According to Welcer, who has over 20 years’ experience in energy medicine working in hospital settings, out-patient clinics, community centers and private practice, the Healing Touch Program is a standardized, international, multi-level, continuing education program in energy-based therapy. “It’s the first to incorporate a certification in energy medicine. The classes are open to all who have an interest in energy therapy and a desire to engage in their own self-care,” she shares. “Barb and this course have opened my mind and heart to the possibilities of energy healing in my life. This is an amazing and powerful practice!” - Level 1 student. Nurses and massage therapists receive 16 continuing education credits. Pre-registration is required and class size is limited. Register early to reserve your space. For more information and to register, contact Barbara Welcer at 248-882-1706 or visit See ad page 9.

The Sound of Your Own Voice: A Powerful Self-care Tool


n Saturday, September 17, Dr. Suchinta Abhayaratna, developer of Creative Holistic Integration (CHI) will present a daylong workshop on Holistic Self-care Tools for Caregivers—the same title as her upcoming book. Attendees will learn several tools including toning, The Wholeness Exercise for stress management and more, body-mind communication and selfenergization using your own hands. “The sound of your own voice is a vibrational healing tool that can be used anywhere at anytime. Toning is produced using one’s own voice, to energize, balance and heal your energy centers or chakras,” she says. According to Abhayaratna, bija mantras (seed sounds) have been used for healing since antiquity. “Sequentially, from chakra 1 through chakra 7, the bija mantras are lam, vam, ram, yam, ham, aum. Sound healing guru, Jonathan Goldman developed an alternative toning system, based on vowels. Also connected to the chakras 1 through 7, the sounds are uh, ooo, oh, ah, eye, aye, eee,” she explains. “All these are quick, easy and powerful subtle energy tools that you already possess, but may not be aware of.” During the workshop,participants will also create their own individualized self-care practice incorporating the tools they learned. “You can restore balance in your hectic life by caring for yourself while you care for others,” adds Abhayaratna. To register, email or visit ChiSuchinta. com/holistic-self-care-tools-for-caregivers.html. See ad, page 39.

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nnerSpiral Hypnotherapy founder, Danelle Becklund, certified hypnotherapist, herbalist, psychic/medium and energy healer, is excited to announce her fall trinity special running through December 21. The package includes a tarot/intuitive reading, two hypno-energy healing sessions and a free herbal remedy. “Hypno-energy sessions combine energy healing and hypnosis to foster a deep healing and relaxing experience,” says Becklund who makes all the herbal remedies herself including salves, tinctures, and oils made with herbs and essential oils. “The trinity package is a powerful combination that helps a person gain insight into their issue with an intuitive reading. Then they participate in two powerful healing sessions and do their own self-healing with herbs and essential oils. This package can help a person heal on a mind, body and spirit level,” says Becklund. “Book your package today for only $199 and begin your healing process today,” adds Becklund. Danelle Becklund’s expertise include issues related to pain, mystery illnesses, past life issues, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, and confidence.

New Sound Healing Treatment Being Offered


riene Iris, owner of Empress Essence in Santa Fe, is now offering a channeled healing treatment that utilizes essential oils and seven chakra crystal singing bowls. This treatment was gifted to Iris and Astarte Sol by 7th Dimensional Beings that consists of 33 steps to assist anyone who feels that they have been fractured, such as from abuse or trauma. When a person has experienced abuse or trauma, there can be a fragmentation in their soul. The sound healing treatment is a way to vibrate these soul fragments back together,” shares Iris. The first part of the treatment uses specific essential oils that correlate to each meridian line in the body. This is also a standalone treatment that can work as a basic tune-up for the bodies. The oils will clear the meridians, move out unwanted energies and clear out blockages. The essential oils on the meridian lines work to pop out any unwanted energies that have anchored in a person. “The sound healing treatment puts our energy bodies and soul back together in harmony,” adds Iris. Location: 417 Orchard Dr., Santa Fe. For more information, call 505-500-7667, email or visit See ad, page 37.

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The Integrated Heart:

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he third annual Albuquerque Yoga Gathering is being held September 17 at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Museum. This all-day charity event will be filled with yoga classes, lectures, and workshops taught by our city’s most prominent instructors. Multiple classes will be held throughout the day, in two ballrooms and on the park’s shaded grounds, beginning at 9:30 a.m. with the last classes ending at 6 p.m.  A $65 registration donation offers attendees an unlimited full-day pass. Each yogi will receive a complimentary lunch along with their donation. Several local vendors will be sharing their offerings at the gathering as well.  All proceeds from the event contribute to the adaptive children’s programs funded by the Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation. These funds allow New Mexico children with disabilities the opportunity to participate in sports, dance, horseback riding, and yoga. 

he Integrated Heart: Yogic Studies and Teacher Training, a 100/200/300 hour modular program, will be held at Dragon Rising yoga and movement sanctuary in Santa Fe from September 2016 through April 2017. For aspiring and seasoned teachers alike, this modular journey in yoga will illuminate a holistic, essential approach to living in rhythm with nature. Guided by master teachers including Shawn Parell, Sean Tebor, Surya Little, Josh Schrei and Jessica Lazar, this program is inspired by Prana Vinyasa Yoga an intrinsically creative, open system designed to awaken our experience of yoga as universal connection to the flow within us all.  Shawn Parell shares, “Prana Vinyasa, founded by vinyasa pioneer and global yoga alchemist Shiva Rea, is based upon the teachings of Krishnamacharya’s lineage, tantra, sacred arts, Ayurveda, Bhakti and Somatics—synthesizing and integrating the roots and evolution of living yoga to help us more skillfully navigate the flow of our bodies in relationship to everything.” “We welcome your questions and look forward to serving you on the path of yoga,” adds Parell.

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he 2016 Well Woman Super Power Retreat being held October 26 Albuquerque will bring powerful women leaders, executives and entrepreneurs together for a full-day journey through finding and using their superpowers in their professional and personal life. “Come connect with yourself and with other powerful women, as we journey together to find and use the superpowers that make us the awesome women we are,” says event founder Giovanna Rossi. “You are a powerful woman...and you know when it’s time to recharge. You are committed to your work, to your family and friends, and you make a difference in your community. But it’s a lot to handle and keep track of, and sometimes you lose yourself. That’s why the awesome team at Well Woman Life has created this annual retreat that serves as a rejuvenating and empowering place to revisit your inner power and connect with other powerful women. All while being pampered by beautiful surroundings and delicious, healthy food.” For more information, visit 10

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Radiant Woman Healing Conference


he Radiant Woman Healing Conference is being held October 27 through 30 at the Embassy Suites and Spa in Albuquerque. Barbara Snowden, the facilitator of this unique conference, shares some of the benefits of participating in this women’s conference and health fair. “Besides being of help and service to women from all walks of life and the lives they touch and from ages 18 and up, it is an opportunity to become better known in the community and grow your business, whatever it might be. You’ll be mentioned on the website and the catalogue, and in some cases, mentioned in advertising. We anticipate 1,000 or more people a day to attend.” Booths and 45 & 90-Minute presenter slots available. New lower prices passed on due to expense reduction. Sponsorship opportunities still available. Early Bird Extension to September 20. Addtl. 10% discount with contract & payment by September 10, 2016 For presenter and exhibitor details, incl. keynotes, free mammogram testing, bookseller, luncheons and more call 505-4335661 or visit See ad, page 6.

Unify Fest in Santa Fe


nify Fest, a transformational festival dedicated to unifying humanity, celebrating life, and leaving the land better than we found it, comes to Santa Fe September 22 to 25. For four inspiring days thousands of people are invited to experience a fun and conscious music and health festival that unites, inspires and educates each of us to live in more harmony with the planet, increase our health through high-vibrational products and education, and connect deeper to our life’s purpose while learning to live sustainably on the land and honoring the planet and all living beings. With over 170 bands, performances, workshops, yoga classes, presentations, activities, and ceremonies across five stunning stages, there are multiple experiences across all four days that will leave attendees feeling a renewed sense of invigoration, joy, and purpose. All of this takes place at the beautifully preserved and naturally designed sacred 200-acre grounds of Las Golondrinas in Santa Fe. Unify Fest is designed as a charity-based event helping raise proceeds to build a non-profit sustainable-school and eco-community and you are invited to be uplifted and empowered with thousands of people during UnifyFest 2016. For more information, visit See ad, back cover.

April 2017 Yoga Retreat in Mexico


oin Santa Fe Thrive owner and director Mira Rubiano and UK-based yoga instructor Sarah Williams for seven days of yoga and relaxation in paradise April 15 to 22, 2017. “Come unwind and nourish yourself at the beautiful Shambala Petit Hotel in Tulum, Mexico, situated on its own private beach with just 10 beautiful casitas and a yoga studio seconds away from the ocean and far away from the daily grind,” invites Rubiano. Two daily yoga offerings will provide a chance for attendees to explore, play and grow in their physical asana, pranayama and meditation practices. “The rest of the time is yours to relax, lounge on the beach and explore the wonders of Tulum,” says Rubiano. “We hope you can join us on this little strip of paradise to deepen your practice, bathe in relaxation and reconnect.” Cost: prices range from $1,600 to $3,375, depending on lodging. Three meals daily, transfers to and from Cancun International Airport and tax included. Airfare not included. For more details and to register, contact sarah@ or See ad, below.

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Vitamin C-Rich Produce Guards Against Cataracts


esearch from King’s College, in London, shows that dietary vitamin C reduces the development of cataracts that interfere with vision by obscuring the lens of the eye, keeping light from striking the retina. The researchers followed 324 pairs of female twins for 10 years. Food questionnaires were administered to each pair to determine their intake of dietary nutrients. The researchers also examined each of the twins’ eyes for the development of cataracts. The scientists found those that consumed the most foods with vitamin C had fewer cataracts than those that ate foods with less of the vitamin. These findings did not apply to supplemental vitamin C, helping researchers better understand the superior nature of natural vitamin C. Natural vitamin C contains multiple bioflavonoids, rutin and several co-factors, such as factors J, K and P, tyrosinase and ascorbinogen. Senior study author and eye surgeon Dr. Chris Hammond says, “The findings could have significant impact, particularly for the aging population, by suggesting that simple dietary changes such as increased intake of fruits and vegetables as part of a healthier diet could help protect them from cataracts.”

Less Sleep Brings on the Munchies


ecent research from the University of Chicago’s Sleep, Health and Metabolism Center has found that not getting enough sleep increases a cannabinoid chemical in the body that increases appetite. The result is a lack of control in snacking. The researchers tested 14 young adults by comparing the results of four nights of normal sleep with four nights of only four-and-a-half hours of sleep. The researchers found that after reduced sleep, the subjects’ hunger increased significantly and their ability to resist afternoon snacking decreased. This surge in snacking urges also matched significantly increased circulating levels of endocannabinoid 2-arachidonoylglycerol, which peaked in the afternoon, coinciding with the increase in snack cravings. “We found that sleep restriction boosts a signal that may increase the hedonic aspect of food intake,” concludes lead study author Erin Hanlon, Ph.D., from the University of Chicago Medical Center. 12

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tress, both physical and emotional, depletes vital nutrients and taxes your adrenal glands. “Your adrenal glands control your body’s important hormones and help you survive in stressful situations,” explains Michael Schwartz, President of Michael’s Naturopathic Programs. According to Schwartz, it’s essential to maintain healthy adrenal glands. “The adrenal glands produce cortisol, a steroid hormone that is released in response to low blood sugar, and aldosterone, another hormone that regulates water and salt balance, and small amounts of sex hormones. These hormones are vital to controlling body fluid balance, blood pressure, blood sugar and other central metabolic functions. They are the glands associated with the ‘fight or flight’ response and threatening situations,” he shares. It is essential to maintain healthy adrenal glands. Nourish your adrenal glands with Michael’s® Naturopathic Programs Energy Factors. Michael created them for himself. Schwartz shares stress reducing tips every Monday at 2 p.m. Central Time on his online radio show Spiritual Naturopathy on During the show, he helps listeners understand why they do what they do. “Every action\ reaction begins within the subconscious mind. Each seeks a specific result, which may not be in your best interest. At the same time, your mind is talking to you through the language of symbols to help you master your current situation so that actions and reactions are in your best interest,” he says.   For more information and to order go to Tune into the radio show at SpiritualNaturopathy. See ad page 3.

practitionerprofile Tools For Inner Gardening with Jodee Merrill Smith


odee Merrill Smith, MA, founder of Inner Arts in Albuquerque, offers inner art growth classes and individual sessions for women using practical wisdom, spontaneous art, guided imagery and journaling. She also teaches the importance of honoring and nurturing the qualities of love, compassion and creativity while encouraging self-acceptance and trust in the higher aspects of ourselves. “The main seed in our inner gardens is our soul seed or the essence of who we truly are. If we look at life as a spiritual journey of growth and evolution then we want to acknowledge our soul seed and allow it to sprout. In order to do this we may want to weed out the obstacles that no longer serve us so that it can continue to grow into the Light fulfilling its purpose of wholeness,” she explains. Research has shown that people can achieve balance and wellness from physical and emotional challenges when they are engaged in their own recovery. “There are many ways of doing this and the creative arts method is a powerful one,” says Smith who uses a method based on Carl Roger’s “Person Centered” approach. “Carl Rogers believed that everyone has within themselves the impulse towards wholeness and health and we already have the answers to our problems.” Smith has degrees in counseling psychology and is certified in the expressive arts therapies. She has been a student of spiritual psychology and a member of the Ananda Meditation Community for 20 years along with facilitating groups, individuals and children in California and Arizona. She has an accepting, compassionate and playful nature. This, along with her life experiences, enable her to offer a nurturing environment for others to express themselves and open to growth and their inner beauty. Jodee Merrill Smith - See ad, page 36.

Nuclear Advancement

Aerospace Giant Closes in on Superior Fusion Power Lockheed Martin scientists have made a breakthrough in developing a nuclear-fusion-based power source, and estimates that the first commercial reactors, small enough to fit on the back of a truck, could be available within 10 years. “We can make a big difference on the energy front,” says project head Tom McGuire. The company has been working for 60 years to find a way to make a power source based on nuclear fusion as asafer and more efficient alternative to the fission reactors in use since the Cold War era. Nuclear power plants produce dangerous radiation as a byproduct and leave behind toxic nuclear waste that can endure for centuries. By contrast, fusion, which powers the stars, occurs when small, light atoms such as hydrogen smash together to form heavier atoms, releasing enormous amounts of energy. To date, scientists have been unable to initiate fusion reactions on Earth without using more energy than the reaction produces. Preliminary work suggests that it will be feasible to build a 100 megawatt reactor 10 times smaller than traditional fission reactors. That’s enough power to light up a city of 80,000 homes. Lockheed Martin is now seeking government and industry partners to build a prototype. Source: Reuters

Sonia Masocco: Empowering People in Plant Medicine


onia Masocco, RAP, CH, LDT, founder of Sonia Masocco Phytotherapy, believes that everyone should be empowered in their choices when it comes to health and life. Ayurveda, the eastern Indian ‘science of life’, provides the foundation and backdrop to the multitude of approaches available, be it food as medicine, herbal therapies, breathing and meditation or manual therapies. “In Ayurveda, every person is a unique individual and given a classic assessment; there can be a variety of options when it comes to treatment,” explains Masocco. “Ultimately, however, only the person who is willing to comply with protocols can succeed and it is up to the practitioner to choose wisely which medicine is most suitable. The aim of health, in this philosophy, is not only being healthy but living fully moment to moment.” Masocco says she has had her fair share of ailments. Sometimes the protocols I was recommended were too difficult, too expensive or too cumbersome to follow,” says Sonia Masocco. “I’ve invested in learning a variety of healing modalities from energy work to bodywork, essences to essential oils, Ayurveda to herbalism and I do believe that all systems have their validity, but ultimately we have to match what is needed when.” In her practice Masocco conducts customized consultations for each of her clients. She offers a wide array of products in her apothecary, from herbs to tinctures, extracts, essential oils, essences, supplements, customized capsules, suppositories and more. “Yet, the goal is to be non-dependent and to know your tools,” she adds. See ad, page 38.   Sonia Masocco Phytotherapy 11930 Menaul Blvd NE, Ste. 102, Albuquerque, NM 505-296-5737 •

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ut Health and Belly Button Healing workshops will be offered on Sept. 7 & 23 and Oct. 7 & 21 at 10am and 5:30pm at all three Body&Brain Yoga locations in NM. “Experience an internal workout that vitalizes your gut and entire body from inside out,” says Hong-Ik Cheong, Regional Director of Body&Brain Yoga in NM. “Do you know that your gut houses about 30 to 40% of the blood in the body, 90% of the body’s serotonin, 50% of the body’s dopamine and trillions of helpful gut bacteria. It is your second brain and is responsible for 75% of the body’s total immunity. The belly button is an important energy point to jump start your whole energy system.” Attendees will learn how Belly Button Healing can help them exercise their gut, boost energy and vitality, quiet the mind and gain clarity, enhance digestion and detoxification, relieve pain and stiffness of joints, relax belly muscles and internal organs, control emotions and balance hormones, improve immunity and much more. Body&Brain Yoga specializes in yoga, tai chi, meditation and Belly Button Healing. “You will see immediate improvement and your whole body will thank you,” adds Cheong.   Admission: Free. Call to RSVP. For more information, visit BodynBrain. com or Call the Albuquerque locations (NE: 7972211, NW: 792-5111) or the Santa Fe Studio (820-2211) to schedule a private intro session for only $15 with this ad (reg.$29). See ad page 38.  14

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New Term Disguises High-Fructose Corn Syrup The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) has resorted to creating a new label for high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) by calling it “fructose syrup” or just “fructose” because numerous scientific studies have linked it to obesity, Type 2 diabetes and autism. HFCS is a highly processed chemical sweetener used in many processed foods, including breads, cookies, candy, condiments and soft drinks. It extends the shelf life of products and is often cheaper than sugar, the primary reasons manufacturers use it. Standard HFCS contains from 42 to 55 percent fructose. The new term is being used when foods contain HFCS-90, which has “just” 90 percent fructose. Identifying HFCS-90 as an ingredient bizarrely gives food makers a green light to use statements such as “Contains no high-fructose corn syrup” or “No HFCS” on the product label, thus misleading buyers. Bart Hoebel, a psychology professor at Princeton University, reports, “When rats are drinking high-fructose corn syrup at levels well below those in soda pop, they’re becoming obese; every single one, across the board. Even when rats are fed a high-fat diet, you don’t see this; they don’t all gain extra weight.” Source:

Kinesthetic Kids New Desks Aid Learning via Movement

Educators at Charleston County schools, in South Carolina, know that more movement and exercise makes kids better learners, even as the amount of time devoted to physical education (PE) and recess has been declining sharply in the U.S. “If you ask anyone in education if they prefer PE or class instruction, they say instruction every time,” says David Spurlock, coordinator of health, wellness and physical education for the Charleston County school district. “Yet, what we’re trying to show is that more movement equals better grades, behavior and bodies.” Charles Pinckney Elementary School, in Charleston, employs Active Brains, a program that uses 15 stations through which students rotate during the class. Each station has a unique exercise component such as a mini-basketball hoop or an exercise bike, and is focused on a different academic task such as spelling or math flashcards. This is the first classroom in the U.S. equipped with only kinesthetic desks. The program has been in operation for three years and has a waiting list of students excited to try the new approach.

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In 2010, chronic disease accounted for 86 percent of all healthcare spending; four years later, the cost of treating heart disease alone totaled $315.4 billion, including medication and hospital care. At the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane University, medical students are learning cooking skills to better advise patients on regaining and maintaining their health through nutrition. By getting them to approach healthful food preparation with ease and awareness, this next generation of doctors is striving to provide building blocks for long-term health management. “When we see healthier eating, we see more disease prevention and fewer hospital stays, which means less money spent on health care,” says Chef Leah Sarrris, program director. Since 2012, 20 medical schools have adopted Tulane’s program, including the University of California-Los Angeles Clinical and Translational Science Institute, University of IllinoisChicago and University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, in a partnership with the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts. Students complete eight classes of three hours each, and fourth-year students can choose from seminars that focus on different clinical interests, including nutritional support for those coping with celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, food allergies, diabetes or pregnancy. Students also teach free public cooking classes. This integrative understanding of health care may change the way the medical system operates. Source: Yes magazine

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VEGAN LUNCHBOX Plant-Based Choices Provide Midday Boost by Judith Fertig


e all have good intentions to eat more fruits and vegetables, and it’s easier if we start with just one plant-based meal a day— lunch. Natural Awakenings has enlisted the help of vegan lunchbox experts to help us all enjoy easy-to-make and colorful feasts good for home, office, school and on the road. “Vegan food offers so much variety, especially at lunch,” says Johanna Sophia, of Pine Plains, New York, who recently hosted the online series The Raw Lunchbox Summit. “A vegan lunch gives an extra boost in the middle of the day for more brain power, clarity and energy.” She and her two children operate Johanna’s Raw Foods, which makes vegan fast food such as veggie burger bites and carrot crackers, available at health food stores. Laura Theodore, the vegan chef and recording artist who presents The Jazzy Vegetarian PBS television program, lives and works in the New York City area. After a childhood dominated by bologna sandwiches for lunch, she

gradually changed to vegan dishes. “I began to notice a difference when I ate mostly plants,” she says. “I could do more and think better.” Theodore favors colorful and delicious vegan foods that travel well in a lunchbox with a cold pack, so she can take them to rehearsals or wherever else she goes. She creates her zucchini fettuccine with a vegetable slicer and loves to end a meal with something naturally sweet, like her maple-raisindate truffles. Such experimenting in the kitchen led to her newest cookbook, Vegan-Ease: An Easy Guide to Enjoying a Plant-Based Diet. Brandi Rollins, Ph.D., a researcher at Penn State, in State College, Pennsylvania, found that switching her lunch habits to plant-based dishes made her feel better. The author of Raw Foods on a Budget determined that one of her favorites is a quick raw vegan pizza. She first marinates ingredients for 20 minutes: three medium mushrooms, thinly sliced, with oneand-a-half tablespoons of balsamic

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vinegar, one tablespoon of olive oil, one minced clove of garlic and a big pinch of Italian herb seasoning. Then she spreads half of a mashed avocado on a four-by-four-inch flax cracker and tops it with the marinated mushrooms, plus chopped tomato, peppers or other favorite options. Rollins advises, “You can pack all of the components individually, and then assemble the pizza at work.” Health Foods Chef Catherine Blake, in Maui, Hawaii, studied with renowned plant-based nutritional scientist T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. She urges her culinary students to ask, “What can I do to sparkle a little bit more tomorrow?” The author of Healthy Recipes for Friends, answers the question in her online presentation, Cooking for Brain Power, at Tinyurl. com/ChefBlakeBrainPower. Blake’s favorite brain-power luncheon booster is a wrap with antioxidant-rich fillings, accompanied by homemade almond milk, sunflower seeds or walnuts for vitamin E and some favorite blue berries or purple grapes. She makes fresh almond milk by grinding raw almonds in a nut grinder, and then adding them plus an equal amount of filtered water to a high-speed blender. After processing and straining out the solids, the resulting nut milk is perfect for smoothies. Changing our diets one meal at a time gives us an opportunity to see if we can feel the difference, as our vegan lunchbox experts have, while we ramp up our taste for healthier eating. Judith Fertig writes award-winning cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS. Connect at

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tomatoes, basil, oil and garlic. Toss gently until thoroughly combined.

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Lots of Garlic Hummus Yields: 4 servings

Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

Zucchini Fettuccine with Fresh Tomato Salsa

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Accented with the tangy taste of fresh lemon juice and a bit of heat from the chili powder, this is an easy, readymade sandwich spread for a lunchbox. photo by Warren Jefferson

1 cup chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed ¼ cup plus 2 Tbsp filtered or spring water, plus more as needed 5 cloves garlic, chopped 2 Tbsp sesame tahini 2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice ½ tsp chili powder, plus more for garnish ¼ tsp sea salt

Yields: 2 servings

Yields: 4 servings

This raw side dish is low in calories, a breeze to prepare and cool fare on a hot summer day. The zucchini strips look and taste a lot like fresh pasta. Place all the ingredients in a blender 2 medium zucchini and process until smooth. Add a bit 2 ripe tomatoes, chopped more water if needed to achieve 10 to 14 leaves fresh basil, minced desired consistency. 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced Transfer the hummus to a decorated bowl and sprinkle the top with a pinch 1/8 to ¼ tsp sea salt Freshly ground pepper to taste more chili powder to taste for a festive presentation. Shave the zucchini lengthwise with a Recipe by Laura Theodore, Vegan-Ease: vegetable peeler to make the “noodles”. An Easy Guide to Enjoying a PlantBased Diet

Put them in a large bowl and add the

Homemade almond milk is the base and cayenne powder gives it a spicy punch that intensifies the rest of the flavors. Drink one serving for lunch and chill the other for a fast and easy mid-afternoon reviver. 12 oz acai juice 6 oz almond milk 1 Tbsp soy creamer 1 cup fresh or frozen wild blueberries 1 frozen banana ½ cup fresh or frozen raspberries 1 Tbsp whole ground flaxseed meal (blueberry variety if available; try Trader Joe’s) 1 cup coconut water ice cubes 1 Tbsp macro greens or other vegan, non-GMO greens powder ½ tsp apple cider vinegar 1 to 3 dashes cayenne powder Combine all ingredients in a highspeed blender and blend until smooth. Store in two insulated cups and keep chilled until ready to serve.

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The Center for Wisdom Healing Qigong Opening in New Mexico

led him to purchase the Vista Clara Ranch, the mission of the new center, and the magic of the Southwest, Master Gu beamed with joy while talking about his new venture: “The Center for Wisdom Healing Qigong will be the only qigong retreat center in North America dedicated to a whole system of qigong that addresses healing on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. The Center will serve as a physical portal for connecting people locally and globally to the self-healing and self-empowering approach of by Debra Rosenman Wisdom Healing Qigong. It will also be a place that energetically supports igong is one of China’s most the expansion and integration of esteemed cultural treasures. all wisdom traditions and wellness Originating in China more than 5,000 modalities.” Restoring wholeness in years ago, qigong was a secretive ourselves, and our world, is Master practice shared exclusively with Gu’s inspired vision for all of us. nobility and related bloodline lineages A great deal of thought went into up until the time of the Cultural the original design of the Vista Clara, Revolution. Qigong continues to be including the kiva, a spectacular one of the most powerful elixirs for circular building set into the earth, optimum health on the planet today. reminiscent of ancient ceremonial Over millennia, many forms of temples. Master Gu talked about the qigong have emerged. One of the influences that led him to purchase most powerful forms was developed the spa: “Energetically, the kiva is so in the 1980s by Qigong Grandmaster powerful. I feel like I am in the womb Dr. Ming Pang. As a physician trained of Mother Earth, totally supported in both Eastern and Western medicine, Mingtong’s teacher grand master Ming Pang, founder of the medicine-less Zhineng Qigong and nourished.” The kiva and land Pang developed the healing system hospital in China. connect us with the reciprocity of of Wisdom Healing Qigong (Zhineng the natural world, and is a gift for Qigong) by integrating ancient alchemy everyone’s benefit. Revealing his connection to the practices with modern medicine. Pang founded the Huaxia beauty and magic of the New Mexican landscape, Zhineng Qigong Training and Recovery Center in China— Master Gu went on to say, “The union of heaven and the world’s largest medicine-less qigong center—and, earth is tangible on this land; there is a deep primal during the twenty years the healing center was open, life force at work here. The historical energy of Native published more than 3,000 research papers on the healing American and Spanish cultures are very much alive effects of Wisdom Healing Qigong. on this property, and it fills me with awe.” This will be Internationally recognized qigong teacher and healer an ideal place to honor ourselves, our community, our Master Mingtong Gu studied Zhineng Qigong under ancestors, and our kinship with the Earth. the tutelage of Dr. Pang at his Center in China. Bringing People from around the world will be gathering the time honored practices of Wisdom Healing Qigong at the new retreat center to awaken and heal their to the West, Master Gu synthesized this qigong healing body, mind, and heart through the daily practices system into a framework for modern-day living. He and teachings of Wisdom Healing Qigong. The center founded the The Chi Center in 2001, and moved the office will become a powerful energetic gateway to health, onto the campus of the Institute of Noetic Sciences in promoting peace, harmony and love for generations to Petaluma, California in 2008. This served as the temporary come. headquarters until Gu was able to fulfill his dream of opening a residential qigong retreat center in North Information about the Grand Opening weekend America. festivities available at or by calling 707Master Gu auspiciously manifested his vision right 347-6489. here in New Mexico. He purchased the Vista Clara Ranch and Spa in Galisteo this past spring and is opening the Debra Rosenman is a writer, media consultant, Certified Center for Wisdom Healing Qigong on October 1. This Rubenfeld Synergist, Somatic Archaeologist, and a healing retreat center is the continuation and expansion of Wisdom Healing Qigong teacher. Her first book, The the same vision realized in China at the Huaxia Center. Chimpanzee Chronicles, will be published in 2017. Speaking with Master Gu about the inspiration that


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The Future of Well-being with Dr. Deepak Chopra The Future of Well-being with Dr. Deepak Chopra by Lanie Sevante Wulkan for Natural Awakenings Northern New Mexico


atural Awakenings recently caught up with Dr. Deepak Chopra, world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation, about his September 26 visit to New Mexico for a talk at UNM in Albuquerque. Chopra is the author of more than 80 books. Time magazine has described him as one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century.

Natural Awakenings/LSW: You’ll be speaking to a very well-received audience on the future of well-being. What would you want to share about this wonderful event?

meditation, stress management, yoga, breathing, movement, emotions and nutrition actually change the activity of our genes in the direction of self-regulation and healing. We call it homeostasis, the self-regulation of the body when faced Dr. Chopra: I’ll start with the new research that we’ve been with inflammation and disease. The presentation will be backed up by solid published research and peer reviewed conducting at the Chopra Center about the relationship journals. After that I will talk about how consciousness is between our genes, our microbiome ( actually the source of our mind, our body and our experience The totality of microorganisms and their collective of the Universe and how understanding and experiencing genetic material present in or pure consciousness at the deepest level beyond our thinking, on the human body or in perception and feeling, actually automatically creates selfanother environment) healing. I will also share my new research about virtual our epigenome reality and how we can use virtual reality for feedback on (Epigenomics consciousness so we can alter our biological expression fact sheet: The because biological expression is, in fact, an experience in epigenome is consciousness. And then toward the end I’ll take people to an a multitude actual experience of meditation so they get a clearer idea. of chemical compounds NA/LSW: Often when we have guests on the that can tell the show, we discuss finding a balance and a way genome what to to integrate our spiritual, mental emotional do. The human genome is the and physical. Much of what you’re sharing is complete assembly the importance of homeostasis, of balancing of DNA that makes meditation or the spiritual realm, what we put into each individual our bodies with the mental realm or our business unique) and how mind set. It sounds like you will be sharing things like wonderful keys with the audience. sleep, DC: Yes, those pieces include career well-being, social wellbeing, physical well-being, emotional well-being, spiritual well-being, community well-being and even financial wellbeing. They’re all interdependent.

NA/LSW: There are people that are just beginning to understand that meditation is necessary, and then we have fully evolved beings with a 30, 40, 50 year practice and all have their own different approaches and methods. Are there any simple suggestions you can briefly share to get people started in the process of meditation? 20

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DC: We offer free online meditation through the Chopra Center at Six million people have participated so far. Every three or four months there’s a 21-day experience that is offered free of charge. Also, I have a platform called where you can get a free meditation download every day. For those who are just starting, a simple five to 10 minutes of sitting and observing the breath is a good start or observing the sensations of the body non-judgmentally. You know, meditation has many components. Mindfulness is only one component. Awareness of the body, the breath, the mental space, awareness of your relationship with the eco-system, and awareness of awareness, contemplative self-inquiry and transcendence are all aspects of meditation. As you just mentioned it could be a lifelong study to really understand meditation which takes you to the source of thought which is the source of everything else in the Universe. These days it’s so easy to start because at least we have provided meditation online to the entire world through these two outlets. I also just finished creating a virtual reality experience that actually gives people an experience of their true self.

NA/LSW: Beautiful. You’re also going to give people a new experience with your new book coming out on September 20 called Radical Beauty: How to Transform Yourself from the Inside Out by Dr. Chopra as well as Hollywood superstar nutritionist Kimberly Snyder.

DC: Kimberly is a very well-known nutritionist and she’s had two previous New York Times bestsellers on beauty and skincare but she’s also a very good authority on the role of nutrition, sleep and stress management and skincare. When we got together, I told her to take of the body and I would take care of the spirit because those who are in touch with their core being have a natural joy, a natural clarity in their eyes, a natural glow in their face. Remember your skin and your brain are from the primordial germ layer which is called the neuro-ectoderm. When taking care of the skin in a nourishing way you’re also stimulating the neuropeptides that activate neuro-networks. So, beauty from the inside out is natural beauty independent of cosmetics, surgery or other artificial means. In this book we’ve combined the pillars of well-being with information on grounding and spiritual practices to bring out the beauty that is inherent in

every person at the level of their core consciousness, which spiritual traditions call the Soul.

NA/LSW: We’re looking forward to reading the book. I read that there will be the six pillars of healthy living. That’s a good way of giving guidance and direction for people just starting out, wanting to make a big shift in their life and, I think, even just subtle shifts make the start of the evolution of self. DC: By the way, until our book comes out, check out our platform where Kimberly offers daily ideas and little bits of information, as do I.

NA/LSW: What are your thoughts when people say, “Well, my parents had skin cancer so I’m going to get skin cancer.” I think it’s so encouraging to learn that you can alter the genes by taking a different path.

DC: What you alter is the expression of the genes. Ninety-five percent of disease-related gene mutations, which means errors in the genes, are corrected by lifestyle. Only five percent of disease related genes have a oneto-one ratio which means that they are fully penetrant. It’s easy these days to do a blood sample and test for those five percent genes because they’re very rare and this means that 95 percent of every chronic disease is influenced by lifestyle including cancer, all kinds of cancer. There are a few cancers that have fully penetrant genes and those can be tested for. In the future we’ll see treatments to block the expression of those genes. But the good news is that 95 percent of chronic illness is influenced by how we think, how we feel, how we behave, what we eat, the amount of rest we get, and the quality of our relationships. This interview is also available online at Listen to the live interview at Tickets for The Future of Well-being in Albuquerque on September 26 can be purchased through See ad, page 3. natural awakenings

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Relax and Unwind Restorative Yoga Poses Foster Healing by Meredith Montgomery

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n classical yoga, teachers often sequence instruction toward reaching a pinnacle pose such as an inversion or arm balance. In restorative yoga, the peak pose is savasana—in which the practitioner fully relaxes while resting flat on their back. Leeann Carey, author of Restorative Yoga Therapy: The Yapana Way to Self-Care and Well-Being, explains, “This passive asana practice turns down the branch of the nervous system that keeps us in fight-or-flight mode and turns up the system allowing us to rest and digest. It feels like a massage for the nervous system and encourages self-inquiry, reflection and change, rather than perfection.” The physical, mental and spiritual benefits are similar to those of active yoga, but because poses are held longer and supported by props such as bolsters, blankets, belts and blocks, “There’s no stress on the tissue and joints. Each pose gifts us with longerlasting benefits, including more time for the mind to unwind,” advises Carey. “Restorative yoga allows both muscles and the brain to recover from fatigue, so we are stronger, sharper and better able to act in the world afterward,” explains Roger Cole, Ph.D., a certified  Iyengar yoga teacher in Del Mar, California, and a research scientist studying

the physiology of relaxation, sleep and biological rhythms. He attests that it also serves as preparation for pranayama (mindful yoga breathing) and meditation, which require a clear, well-rested, focused mind. Perfect for beginners and used by longtime practitioners to complement other yoga styles, restorative poses are designed to accurately realign and reshape the body. They also can be therapeutically tailored to support natural healing for issues related to tension, premenstrual syndrome, weak immune functioning, back pain, pregnancy and recovery for athletes. “Poses for healing may require targeted gentle stretching, but prop use will coax the body into desired positions without requiring muscular effort,” says Cole. An early student of B.K.S. Iyengar and familiar with props, San Francisco resident and co-founder of Yoga Journal magazine Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., found herself leading her first class comprised entirely of supported poses during a power blackout at a 1980 workshop. “I didn’t want people walking around in the dark, so I improvised a restorative class and everyone loved it,” she recalls. She revisited the idea several years later when she personally

felt the need for physical, emotional and spiritual restoration. For a year, 90 percent of her practice was supported poses, and the switch helped her so much that it inspired her first book, Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times. She’s since written more books and trained teachers in restorative yoga around the world. As in classical yoga, a restorative sequence should be balanced with asanas (positions) from all pose classifications— backbends, twists, inversions and forward bends. It takes time for the body to comfortably settle deeply into a pose—as long as 15 minutes—therefore, a 90-minute restorative class may include only a handful of asanas. Lasater says, “Most people don’t need more of anything from the culture in which we live. They need much more to learn to be still and at ease.” In today’s yoga world, which seems to emphasize power and action, “Restorative yoga has become imperative to balance activity and ambition with stillness and being,” she continues. Lasater notes that while many classes are reducing savasana to as little as three minutes, students need 20 minutes. Carey clarifies that because this approach focuses on opening and letting go, rather than striving for the biggest stretch, “Sensation-seeking yogis may need to shift their perspective. The biggest challenge is often quieting the mind while the body is still. When a student is uncomfortable because the mind is screaming, it helps to compare it to having tight hamstrings in an active class. We’re not chasing relaxation; just breathe, feel and watch,” she says. “Eventually, everything will let go.” “The more our mind rebels against relaxing, the more we need it,” observes Lasater. Students often turn to yoga as a strategy for feeling whole, and she suggests that one of the best ways to find clarity within is to listen in stillness, one savasana at a time. “It’s a gift to ourself, our family and the world,” she adds. “When we feel rested, we’re more compassionate and ready to serve the greater good.” Meredith Montgomery, a registered yoga teacher, publishes Natural Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi (

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Yoga Teachers and Styles Abound in New Mexico


verybody knows that practicing yoga is good for the body, mind and spirit. Whether you like to practice in a group, attend weekend workshops, or prefer one-on-one lessons there is no shortage of classes available in our area. There is also no scarcity of yoga styles—including aerial, hatha, hot yoga and vinyasa flow, to name just a few—which means there’s a style of yoga suitable for everybody. If you’ve never tried yoga before, check out the teachers and styles listed below and try out a few classes. You’ll find your perfect fit and be on your way to transforming your life with a regular yoga practice.


3B Yoga New Mexico is an Ashtanga-based studio that is Yoga Alliance certified, provides classes, teacher training, and continued education for yoga teachers throughout the year. Owner Wendy Kiess gravitated to Ashtanga yoga for the discipline, tradition and benefits of the sequencing. She’s been teaching Ashtanga since 2007 and hopes to spread the well-being of yoga throughout the community. “3B believes yoga can and should be for every ‘body’ and strives to give the community fulfilling and safe instruction in all levels of yoga,” shares Kiess. “Ashtanga traditionally has six series; the Primary series being the foundation of all subsequent. Each series is intelligently and purposefully designed.” The Primary series works to strengthen and create space in the body while cleansing and purifying the gut. 3B offers classes in Primary series and classes that lead to the Full Primary series. “We also offer Mysore style Ashtanga where we offer private instruction in a group setting and each student works on their practice at their particular pace.” 3B also offers Yin Yoga, gentle yoga, vinyasa and prenatal yoga in addition to meditation and Rocket vinyasa taught to the Grateful Dead.  24

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3B Yoga New Mexico is located at 4545 Alameda Blvd. in Albuquerque. For more information, call 505-717-8620 or visit

Hatha and Aerial Yoga

Jessica Martinez, owner of Zenful Yoga in Albuquerque, originally chose to practice hatha yoga because it embodies all the aspects of yoga. With a background in the Sacred Hot Yoga Method, Martinez chose to add in Aerial Yoga because the thought of incorporating asana suspended from a hammock intrigued her. “I have incorporated many of the limbs of yoga to stay diverse. I try to mix up every class so we don’t become monotonous and stagnant,” says this yoga practitioner who has taught for almost four years. Martinez loves yoga because she feels a regular practice nets amazing results. “Everybody comes together from different walks of life. Different sizes, shapes and ages all come together for one hour to be strong and let go of what doesn’t serve them. There’s no judgment. No competition. When someone takes that first step to practice yoga, they’ll see how life can change physically, mentally and emotionally. My job is to help make that first step. Maybe teach them to fly. From there it becomes their journey. It’s a beautiful thing to see.” Zenful Yoga is located at 2117 San Mateo Boulevard NE in Albuquerque. For more information, call 505-600-1480 or visit

Hot Vinyasa Flow

Shea Rollins, owner of Blue Moon Hot Yoga in Santa Fe, chose to teach Hot Yoga because she had experienced a deep physical transformation in just three months of daily practice. “Twenty years of chronic, debilitating lower back and knee pain were gone. The frozen shoulder I’d had for nine months was resolved. I was determined to maintain my newly

functional body and I wanted to help others create ease and comfort in their own bodies,” she shares. Rollins had already been practicing massage therapy for 15 years when she earned her certification to teach Bikram Yoga. After teaching Bikram Yoga for four years, she trained with Jimmy Barkan for certification as a Hot Vinyasa Flow instructor. In January, 2011, she opened her studio. “I’ve been teaching hot yoga for 12 years. During this time, I’ve seen very positive changes in students, such as increased strength, greater flexibility and ease of movement, weight loss and redistribution, greater balance, and elimination of exercise induced asthma symptoms, to name a few,” she says. “Students also talk about feeling more balanced mentally and emotionally.” Blue Moon Hot Yoga is located at 826 Camino de Monte Rey, Ste. A5 in Santa Fe. For more information, call 505-7957778 or visit

NW in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque. For more information, call 505-933-5211 or visit

Yin Yoga

Kim Lewis, founder of Wild Yoga Wellness, chose Yin Yoga as a complementary and therapeutic style to a more active practice. “I was seeing the need for a practice that would allow students to release connective tissue and fascia imbalances, while providing restoration for the nervous system,” she explains. A yoga instructor for five years, Lewis’ background is in Shiva Rea’s Prana Vinyasa Flow and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy, and this has evolved to include restorative exercise, yin and other therapeutic movement practices. “My yin classes also often include work with therapy balls, and energetic marma (acupressure) points,” she says. According to Lewis, “Yin Yoga focuses on the slow opening of the fascial layer of the body while stimulating our energetic organ systems. Over time chronic tightness of this layer causes stiffness and inflexibility restricting mobility and energy flow. Fascia responds differently than muscle and requires this slow approach to facilitate opening. The psychological and emotional benefits of a yin practice are enormously healing for the entire well-being of the practitioner.”

Doyle’s training is primarily in the therapeutic application of Anusara yoga’s alignment principles along with years of study in anatomy and biomechanics. She is a certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists and a certified Yoga Tune Up® Fitness Therapy Instructor. Doyle finds that yoga therapy develops astute body awareness and results can be immediate. “Re-establishing healthy movement patterns over time is necessary for deeper and long lasting healing,” she explains. “Nothing gives me more joy than seeing someone realize that they don’t have to be in pain, and that they have the tools for staying fully engaged in their lives and feeling good in their bodies.” For more information visit

Vinyasa, Hatha and Therapeutic Yoga

Marie E. Garre, M.Ed., ERYT 500, AHP, AYT, Director of the New Mexico School of Yoga, has been Vinyasa Flow Yoga teaching yoga for over 17 years. Allisun Hull, owner/director of Orange “I found yoga as a way to exercise Yoga in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, my body in a different, more offers daily group classes, private comprehensive way,” explains Garre, yoga lessons, and private yoga classes who notes that a deep interest in and events at her studio. She shares working with people one-on-one that vinyasa flow yoga resonates the led her to study both therapeutic most with her. “I feel it allows the forms of yoga alongside more practitioner to cultivate and develop his active, challenging styles of yoga.  or her own expression and relationship Kim Lewis teaches Yin Yoga at 7 p.m. on “My extensive studies in biology, with the practice,” says this practitioner Tuesdays and Thursdays at The Remedy medicine, philosophy and education with a background in fitness and Day Spa in Albuquerque. For more have all supported my path as an personal training. information or individual classes, visit Ayurvedic practitioner, yoga therapist Hull fell in love with yoga over and yoga teacher/trainer,” she says. 15 years ago and has been leading Shiva Rea has been Garre’s yoga yoga classes for over 10 years in the Yoga Therapy teacher since 2001 and she has led Albuquerque area. She opened her Bea Doyle, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, founder certification programs throughout the studio in 2011. “My feeling is that yoga of Dynamic Yoga Therapeutics, shares that world from Japan to Canada since is not necessarily about ‘results’, but “yoga therapy has been my passion since 2006. “I am currently the director and more about a continual, evolving and 1983 when I first felt the healing effects founder of the New Mexico School growing lifelong practice. As we grow, of a regular yoga practice, and began of Yoga offering specialized classes learn and expand, so does our practice, sharing with others how to be free from for therapy, beginners, aspiring and and that is what makes it beautiful and pain using various yoga poses.” seasoned yoga teachers. We offer very personalized,” she says.   Yoga Therapy uses corrective postures, 200, 300 and 1200 hour certification Hull truly believes that yoga is breathing practices, self -massage programs, yoga retreats to India and beneficial for everyone. “It already and relaxation techniques from yoga, much more. resides in all of us, in everything that employing a precise application of lives, everything that grows. To tap into anatomical alignment and movement New Mexico School of Yoga holds that is to tap into source, into spirit. classes at The Source, located at 1111 patterns in the body. It can improve Yoga is love,” she adds.   Carlisle Blvd SE. in Albuquerque. For posture, release chronic pain, enhance more information, call 505-508-1331 fitness and bring a sense of general wellOrange Yoga is located at 7528 4th St. or visit being to the body, mind and spirit. natural awakenings September 2016 25

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The Modern Shaman Ancient Practices Heal Body and Soul by Linda Sechrist


o longer shrouded in mystery, the ancient spiritual practice of shamanism is attracting the interest of psychologists, registered nurses and medical doctors that study its guiding principles to use personally and benefit others. They train one-on-one and in small groups with indigenous shamans in the U.S. and around the world and enroll in programs offered by established schools such as the Foundation for Shamanic Studies and The Four Winds Society. Both offer workshops and expeditions for participants to meet the specific shaman that teaches congruent philosophy, practices and principles. Since 1986, The Four Winds Society, with international headquarters in Miami, Florida, has graduated more than 10,000 practitioners. It teaches a genuine respect for the sacredness of metaphysical forces existing in all natural beings and objects and the connection between the material world and spiritual plane. Dr. Daniel Rieders, a physician specializing in cardiac electrophysiology and interventional cardiology, completed the society’s basic curriculum in 2014. Having matriculated to advanced master classes, he uses shamanic understanding, tools and skills for personal use and in his complementary medical practices, Life Rhythm Therapies and

Jain Ayurveda for Optimum Health, in Palm Coast, Florida. He notes that medical procedures and prescriptions aren’t always the answer to problems. “I’ve studied various areas of medicine and found them devoid of tools and methods that empower patients to make changes that lead to better health. Studying shamanism means being on my own healing path of cleansing body, mind and spirit. It’s necessary for any empowered healer that aspires to inspire and generate confidence and assertiveness in others, enabling them to do what is needed to live out their life purpose,” he says. Rieders found shamanism to be an effective complementary therapy for strengthening the body and building resilience. One of his patients was unhappy with his job, feeling it only served to support a costly family lifestyle. Upon discerning his true desire was to own a gym and teach people how to get healthy, he took action. “A heart procedure was no longer necessary. Stored anger can create heart disease, as well as cancer,” he remarks. Seti Gershberg’s life changed dramatically while studying shamanism in the remote Peruvian Andes, where he lived with the indigenous Q’ero people for two years. Taking a break from a career in international investment

thanks to and ask for banking, he set out to Spirituality is an help and guidance learn about a shaextension of the inner from the Creator. Cerman’s relationship to energy, consciousbeing’s connection to emony is our church smudging is how ness and the superwhat the conscious and we purify it,” says the natural, with an eye to creating a system of mind longs for, to seek shaman, artist and universal reciprocity, a higher awareness actor known as “The Rattlemaker”. balance and harmony. and realize one’s Angaangaq AnHe was also interfull potential. gakkorsuaq, a shaman, ested in indigenous healer, storyteller and people’s views of the carrier of the Qilaut relationship of the ~Richard L. Alaniz (wind drum), is an elder physical world with from the Kalaaleq self, consciousness and multi-dimensional space-time as a tribe, in Greenland. His family belongs to the traditional healers from Kalallit single interwoven idea; a continuum. Nunaat. Endearingly known as Uncle, “Today, I’m an executive producer and creative director in Phoenix, Arizona, he has traveled to 67 countries to conduct ceremonies including healing working on a video series, TV commercircles, sacred sweat lodge purification cials and films, including two documenand Melting the Ice in the Heart of Man taries on shamanic rituals and ceremointensives, where he teaches the spirinies, as well as the Q’ero culture,” says tual significance of climate change. Gershberg. He practices the Q’ero sha He advises, “A shaman’s responsiman’s gift of Ayni, giving of our self first without asking for anything in return. His bility is to guide you on your inner path and support you in recognizing your website,, offers a beauty so that you can love yourself “pay what you can afford” option. and know who you truly are. A shaman Sean Wei Mah, a Native American guides you to a new level of consciousCree, grew up on a reservation in Alberta, Canada, around tribal medicine ness through teachings, storytelling and men that practiced smudging, ceremony ceremonies, which my grandmother taught me were the key. All of this helps and ritual. “Smudging, by burning fine you rely on your own inner guidance.” powders, considered sacred medicine, is significant to any shaman as holy Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer medicine to cleanse the body. It’s part for Natural Awakenings. Connect at of Native American life and the dation of how we communicate, give

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A guide to health and happiness based on the Yoga Sutras


his book will take you on an inward journey through the machinations of mind and body to the unconscious world of Spirit. Be Your Spirit incorporates Yoga practices directed at increasing: Serenity, vitality, and spiritual awareness. Today Yoga is generally known as a form of exercise involving physical poses and stretches. Ancient Yoga had little to do with these postures. The Yogis of the Himalayan monasteries focused upon meditation as a means for achieving Selfrealization. Self-realization involves shifting your sense of self-identity from your conscious mind to your Spirit. Be Your Spirit draws upon teachings from Hinduism, in particular the Yoga Sutras. The Yoga Sutras was written in approximately 200 BCE by Pantañjali. The Yoga Sutras is a concise step by step guide to Self-realization. Be Your Spirit presents Yoga teachings within the framework of Western psychology, neuropsychology, and physics. Each chapter offers detailed exercises that readers can practice on their own. In particular this book is designed to help those who are struggling with depression, anxiety, and addiction problems. Randy Niederman, Ph.D., M.S.W., has taught social work at the University of Georgia, Western New Mexico University, and Barry University (FL). His Ph.D. dissertation was a research study entitled, “The Conceptualization of a Model of Spirituality.” His Ph.D. is from the University of Georgia, and his Masters in Social Work is from Florida International University. Dr. Niederman has worked in the capacity of a psychiatric social worker at a psychiatric crisis unit and hospital emergency rooms. More information at:

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Inside the Chant with Krishna Das

Kirtan Music Transports Listeners to a Deeper Place

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yoga practitioners are chanting the names of God in tongues including Sanskrit, Hindi, Punjabi and English. They’re taking kirtan music out of the temples and the yoga studios and into dance halls, universities, cathedrals and other unexpected places. In the last decade, India’s traditional call-and-response form of chanting has been reinvented by modern devotional artists blending traditional kirtan with modern genres such as rock, rhythm and blues, hip-hop and electronica—breathing new life and devotion into yoga’s sacred chants. Photo by Payal Kumar


Why do many consider a kirtan event a transcendent experience far beyond Across the country and around the world, the music?

by Robin Fillmore

nfluential spiritual leader Ram Dass has described Krishna Das (Jeffrey Kagel) as an example of someone whose “heartsongs” open channels to God. The Grammy-nominated kirtan artist, long considered yoga’s rock star, consistently plays to sold-out crowds worldwide. The Long Island native’s journey has gone from being a member of a popular rock band to going to India, where as a student of spiritual leader Neem Karoli Baba, the trajectory of his life and music shifted and expanded. His 1996 debut album, One Track Heart, focused on updated chants from the ancient tradition of bhakti yoga, followed in 1998 by Pilgrim Heart, with a guest appearance by Sting. Since then, a steady stream of 14 albums and DVDs produced on his own label have provided the soundtrack for yoga classes everywhere; the soothing rhythmic chants performed in a deep, rich timbre complements instruction in the spiritual element of the exercise. Das’ specialty, kirtan, updates an ancient tradition of devotional chanting as meditation accompanied by instruments. A kirtan concert invites audience members to join in the experience through chanting, clapping and dancing and is characterized as a journey into the self that also connects us with each other.

life. They move us from being externally oriented and reactive to being established within and quietly responsive. We come to have a wider view that life can effectively contain and envelop the different facets of ourselves and the world.

What does kirtan mean to you? For me, kirtan is all about the music. The more ways I practice sustainable health, balance, love and music and immerse myself in a spiritual life, the more I realize that all issues distill down to simple facts. Everyone wants to be loved and happy, and to avoid suffering and being judged. Looking at our lives, we start to see how we hurt ourselves and others and how what happens to us in daily life can be difficult to deal with. We recognize that we must find deep inner strength so we don’t get destroyed by the waves that come and try to toss us around. Little by little, all of our awakening practices work to transform our

There are two things: the music and where the music is carrying us. In this case, it’s the names of God, of divinity, that are real and inside us. We can call this higher sense anything we like and aim in that direction according to how we identify with it. If we want peace in the world, then every individual needs to find peace within. We can’t create peace or happiness with anger and selfishness in our heart and mind. We can release ourselves from a limiting storyline, whatever it is, and touch a deeper place for a while. Then, when we return to our day, we are standing on slightly different ground because we have trained ourselves to let go a little bit. It’s a gradual process that takes time and effort, but it’s a joyful practice.

Do you see a shift in thinking echoing that of the 1960s that positions us to do better this time? In the 1960s, everyone thought they were going to change the external world, but they forgot they have to change themselves, too, and little work was done inside. Today, while most people keep trying to first rearrange the outside world, more are now doing the necessary inside work, as well. The key is to understand what’s truly possible. If we don’t understand how we can be happy and at peace in the middle of a burning fire, we won’t recognize the tools available to create that kind of light for ourselves and others. Robin Fillmore is the publisher of the Natural Awakenings of Washington, D.C, edition.

Sondra has written 22 books on the subjects of relationships, spiritual healing, liberation breathing, the divine mother energy, spiritual practices, and the intimacy we all seek in our relationships. Her latest book, Spiritual Intimacy: What You Really Want with a Mate, co-authored with Markus, discusses the importance of spiritual intimacy, deeper connection, and compassionate communication. “It offers practical ‘ingredients’ to achieve spiritual intimacy and greater happiness in all your relationships, not just with your partner,” she says. Both Sondra & Markus are lecturers on the modern day scripture, A Course in Miracles, which emphasizes the reclaiming of our Holiness, and the ending of “guilt” and “anger” which keep us separated from our true God Created Self-Identity. This LRT Weekend training will give participants a deep connection with this up to date sacred material, and teach them how to best utilize the Course in their lives. Sondra Ray, one of the first Peace Corps volunteers in the Kennedy era, and one of the first towering voices in the 1970’s of the New Thought Movement, gives people this opportunity to experience the vortex of transformation in her classic weekend seminar, The Loving Relationships Training. It is the “flagship” of her philosophy, practice and teaching. Giving this to yourself can “save you decades of time,” and free you from the common pitfalls of intimate relationships. Here are just some of the benefits you will receive: • ELIMINATION OF STRESS • HAVE DEEPER CONNECTION • PEACEFUL COMMUNICATION • MORE SPIRITUAL INTIMACY • FREEDOM FROM CONFLICT • HEAL YOUR MIND/BODY • BREATHE OUT PAST TRAUMA • GET CLEAR ON YOUR GREATER LIFE PURPOSE Dump 20 Years of Stress in One Hour During this weekend you can leave the old paradigm of relationships that our parents were stuck in for the New ondra Ray, along with her husband Markus Ray, will Paradigm of a Holy Relationship; you may even liberate present a Loving Relationships training in Santa Fe, yourself from the unconscious “death urge.” You can drop September 16 to 18, which will include three sessions many of your problems in three, one-hour sessions of of Liberation Breathing, their new expression of healing Liberation Breathing. You may just want to be in the energy breath work. “This experiential weekend could be your of Pure Joy that emanates around this dynamic teacher, doorway to a whole new life. You can get clear on why Sondra Ray. You may come to be inspired by A Course your relationships are the way they are,” says Sondra. Often in Miracles, and experience the stillness and peace that called the new “Kriya Yoga,” this process of one-hour of Markus Ray imparts in his lecture on this important modern conscious connected breathing has tremendous healing and day scripture. transformative powers to help you drop stress, problems, and Breakthrough Coach Victoria Love will be presenting an negative emotions that continue to sabotage your life. introduction to Loving relationships training and Liberation Sondra Ray has liberated thousands of people from the Breathing in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Colorado Springs ill effects of their negative thoughts with a simple process of in September see calendar listings for your city and call to breathing. She pioneered Rebirthing in the 1970s and has reserve your spot for these fun and enlightening introductory taught the process to people for over 40 years. She has also evening sessions 505-266-6282. helped people clear up their relationships in a super effective weekend seminar called The Loving Relationships Training. Location: Unity Church of Santa Fe. Sept 16-18, Fri 6-10 People heal their relationships by freeing themselves from pm; Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 1-9pm. To register and for more 14 common “family patterns” of negative behavior that we details, visit from our parents. breathing-weekend.



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Music as Medicine Music Soothes, Energizes and Heals Us by Kathleen Barnes


s primeval drumbeats echo across an African savannah, the rhythms circle the globe, picked up by the chants and rattles of shamans gracing Amazonian jungles and Siberian tundra. They’re repeated in Gregorian chants filling medieval cathedrals and “om” meditations sounding in Himalayan caves and yoga classes everywhere. They gently echo in the repeated tones of mothers’ lullabies, happy hummings as we go about our day and the melodies of Mozart. Music is the soundtrack of our lives, whether we’re aware of it or not. It exists within, uniting and guiding us, and has helped heal body and spirit since the dawn of humanity. National Aeronautics and Space Administration scientists recently discovered that the universe itself has a song.

Pioneering Practitioners

From the soothing tones of a harp to the jarring screeches of a construction site, the stress-reducing or stress-producing properties of sound are familiar to us all. “Stress is an underlying cause of the vast majority of all illnesses, and sound and music are effective in relieving stress and bringing stillness,” says Jonathan Goldman, an internationally recognized pioneer in harmonics and sound healing and director of the Sound Healers Association in Boulder, Colorado. Through researching his many 30

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books, including The 7 Secrets of Sound Healing, Goldman is convinced of the profound effect sound has on the human organism. “The simple chanting of the sound ‘om,’ or ‘aum,’ in addition to instilling calmness and relaxation, causes the release of melatonin and nitric oxide. It relaxes blood vessels, releases soothing endorphins, reduces the heart rate and slows breathing,” he explains. “Sound can change our immune function,” wrote the late Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, former director of medical oncology at New York’s Weill-Cornell Medical College for Complementary and Integrative Medicine in his book The Healing Power of Sound. “After either chanting or listening to certain forms of music, your Interleukin-1 level, an index of your immune system, goes up between 12-anda-half and 15 percent. Further, about 20 minutes after listening to meditative-type music, the immunoglobulin levels in the blood are significantly increased. Even the heart rate and blood pressure are lowered. There’s no part of your body not affected. Its effects even show up on a cellular and sub-cellular level.”

Practical Applications

Consider some of music’s scientifically validated health benefits: Stress: Singing, whether carrying a tune or not, is a powerful way to combat stress, according to many studies. A recent joint study by German and British

researchers published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience confirms that simply listening to soothing music results in significantly lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. The more intense the experience is in singing or playing an instrument, the greater the stress reduction. A collaborative study by several Swedish universities showed that group singing caused participants’ heart rates to synchronize, producing relaxation effects similar to that achieved through group meditation. Cancer: Gaynor used music to treat even advanced cancer patients for decades, considering it a “disease of disharmony.” He advocated re-harmonizing the body with sound vibrations that affect virtually every cell, especially enhancing immune function and potentially preventing cancer from spreading. Gaynor primarily used crystal bowls to produce deep relaxation and harmonize dysrhythmic cells in patients, but also confirmed the healing effects of certain vibratory tones of drumming and Tibetan metal gongs. Several studies confirm that listening to any kind of soothing music relieves anxiety in cancer patients; a large study from Philadelphia’s Drexel University confirms that it also relieves pain, lowers blood pressure, improves breathing and minimizes nausea associated with chemotherapy. Depression: Drumming can better counter depression than the prescription drug Prozac, according to a recent study by England’s Royal College of Music. Those that participated in a weekly drumming group experienced significantly reduced symptoms compared to a control group. Substance Abuse: University of California, Los Angeles, scientists found that drumming was especially helpful for a group of Native Americans struggling with such issues. Smartphone Addiction: Korean research found that music therapy is helpful in overcoming this condition. Immune Dysfunction: The same British study of drumming’s antidepressant effects saw similar improvement

in immune function, plus an anti-inflammatory response that continued for at least three months after the study period. Neuroendocrine Disorders: Researchers at Pennsylvania’s Meadville Medical Center Mind-Body Wellness Group found that drumming effectively helped drummers (skilled and unskilled) suffering from neuroendocrine disorders such as pituitary tumors and intestinal issues caused by disconnections between the endocrine gland and nervous systems. They further confirmed that group drumming reduced stress chemicals such as cortisol in the drummers. Muscle Tension Dysphonia: Even tuneless humming sounds like “umhum” can have a measurable therapeutic effect on individuals that have lost their voices due to overuse. Pain: When a group of British citizens suffering from chronic pain joined a choir, a Lancaster University study found they were better able to manage their condition for improved quality of life. Just listening to harp music for 20 minutes decreased anxiety, lowered blood pressure and relieved pain in a group of U.S. heart surgery patients with short-term pain participating in a University of Central Florida study in Orlando. Alzheimer’s Disease: In addition to reducing the agitation and anxiety frequently accompanying Alzheimer’s disease, researchers at Florida’s University of Miami School of Medicine found that a group of patients that participated in music therapy for four weeks experienced increased levels of the calming brain chemical melatonin.

How It Works

“Humming or singing causes longer exhalations than normal, helping to naturally eliminate toxins and acidity,” says Dr. Madan Kataria, of Mumbai, India, who has spawned 5,000 laughter clubs worldwide. “We started experimenting with the vowel sounds and humming sound. An early unpublished humming study I did in Denmark showed that people that hummed anything for just 10 minutes were able to reduce their systolic blood pressure by 10 to 15 points, their diastolic by four to five points and their pulse rate by 10 beats per minute.” Kataria found that people with breathing problems like asthma and emphysema

experienced especially positive effects because it strengthened belly muscles used in breathing. Kataria is also a fan of kirtan—Hindu devotional call-and-response chants often accompanied by ecstatic dancing. “Kirtan takes away self-consciousness or nervousness and anxiety,” he says. Dr. Eben Alexander, who recorded his near-death experience in Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife, says the “indescribable” cosmic music he experienced has helped him come to understand the effects of specific sound frequencies on the brain. He now provides audio tools to help bring the brain to a higher state and help it match that higher and more conscious state. In his medical practice in Charlottesville, Virginia, he often employs music from a patient’s past to help them emerge from a brain injury or coma and even “reconnect pathways in a damaged brain.” Alexander explains that binaural beats and other sound effects combine to create “brain entrainment” and also in theory, “monotonize” it to free awareness and access realms other than the physical. “It’s magical what the right type of music can do to the brain stem to free up our consciousness,” he observes.

reported in 2013 that 32.5 million American adults sang in choirs, up about 30 percent from a decade earlier. The choice of musical genre matters. Recent data from Montreal’s McGill University shows that types of music tend to have specific effects; for example, blues slows heart rate and calms an anxious person, rock and punk can boost energy, and reggae can help control anger.

Spirit Moves

The spiritual aspects of virtually all types of music cannot be underestimated, says Michael Hove, Ph.D., a cognitive neuroscientist affiliated with Harvard Medical School and Fitchburg State University, in Massachusetts. His research has primarily focused on drumming to induce altered states of consciousness that shamans from diverse cultures use to bring about physical and emotional healing. What Hove calls a “boring and super-predictable” drumbeat of 240 beats a minute induced a deep trance state within minutes in most subjects, and brain scans confirmed that it enabled them to focus intensely and block out distracting sounds within eight minutes. This aligns with Alexander’s view that, “The sound of music is absolutely No Talent Needed crucial in launching us into transcenExperts agree that people without musical dental awareness. For the true, deep talent are able to experience the same seeker, sound and vibration and the benefits as virtuosos, based on their dememory of music can serve as a powergree of engagement with music. Anyone ful engine to help direct us in the spirican hum, and most research confirms tual realms.” that benefits are enhanced in creating music rather than merely listening to it. Kathleen Barnes has authored numer Group singing has become inous natural health books, including her creasingly popular, especially following latest, Our Toxic World: A Survivor’s the hit TV show Glee. Time magazine Guide. Connect at

Yoga is an art and science of living. ~Indra Devi

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 Introduction to the Loving Relationship Training – 6:30-9pm, Breakthrough Coach Victoria Love will be introducing Liberation Breathwork and the Loving Relationships Training, the new work of breathwork pioneer and internationally respected teachers in A Course in Miracles Sondra and Markus Ray. $20 by Donation. Foundations in Creative Thought,Santa Fe and ABQ, 505- 2666282,, http://

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 Intuitive Practitioner Certification – 12-3pm. 36-week course for those called to embody their divine selves and empower others to do the same. Chantal Fidanza, intuitive healer/certified light journey guide, for details: 505-438-1074. Santa Fe (San Marcos area).

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 Yoga: Sunrise Practice – 6:30-8:00am. Wake up your body and start the day feeling energized with sunrise yoga. This class is for all skill levels. $85. High Desert Yoga, 4600 Copper NE Albuquerque. Registration: 505-277-0077. Aromatherapy for Mood Management – 9am4:30pm. Experience dozens of essential oils and discover natural approaches to mood management and emotional health. Six CEUs available for licensed professionals. $30, $60/with CEUs. African American Performing Arts Center, 310 San Pedro NE, Albuquerque. 228-731-7731.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 Belly Button Healing for Better Gut Health – Sep 7, 23, Oct 7, 21. 10am & 5:30pm. Learn how Belly Button Healing can help exercise the gut, boost energy and vitality, quiet the mind, gain clarity, enhance digestion and detoxification, relieve pain, relax belly muscles and internal organs, improve immunity and more. FREE. Body and Brain Yoga, New Mexico. RSVP: or Creativity Class Series – Sep 7, 14, 21, 28, Oct 5, 12. 1-4pm each day. Using paint, brush and paper, explore the innermost ranges of creative expression. Engage the wisdom of the process. As creativity flows, transformation occurs. No skills or talent required. Debbie Purdy facilitates. $195, including materials. Creative Wings Studio, Albuquerque. 630-530-5697. Mosaic Tiling: An Introduction – 6-8:30pm. Discover the art of mosaic tiling and create a tiled masterpiece. Learn how to use tools, adhesives and grout to cut and set glass tiles with the direct method. $105. UNM Continuing Education South Building, 1634 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque. Registration: 505-277-0077.

savethedate WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 -11 A Nutrition for Life Retreat Retreat – Ancient wisdom, modern science, joyful eating. A Nutrition for Life retreat to nourish your body, mind and spirit. Cutting edge nutritional science and ancient holistic wisdom. With Joan Borysenko and Gilah Rosner. Immaculate Heart Center, 50 Mt Carmel Rd, Santa Fe. 412477-4542.

Past-Life Regression – 1-3pm. 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. Group session. $50. Crystal Dove Metaphysical Book Store, 525 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque. 505-918-6555.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 Wolf Pack Trail Run – 8:30am and 9:45 start times. A 10K and 5K run and walk, and a 3K Fun Run/Walk. The course begins and ends at Santa Fe Waldorf School and travels paths along the Arroyo Hondo. $30/before Sep 11, $35/day of. Santa Fe Waldorf School, 26 Puesta del Sol, Santa Fe.



Healthy Aging: What is Possible – 6-7:30pm. Find out what accelerates the aging process and how to slow it. Sample nutrition and skin care products that support youthful aging inside and out. Meet likeminded women interested in a healthy lifestyle. Free. Turquoise Butterfly, 149 East Alameda St, Santa Fe. 203-733-2680.

Max and Jane Skincare at FemCity ABQ Business Expo– 5:30-9pm. Max and Jane Skincare will be exhibiting as part of FemCity ABQ’s first annual Business Expo. Stop by and sample all of our beautiful botanical skincare products. Special discounts, music, silent auction.


Using Hypnosis for Stress Reduction – 6:157:30pm. 1st Mon. Featured for the monthly group. $10. The Source. RSVP: 505-321-4121.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 Tulku Dakyong, Extraordinary Healer From Tibet – Sat. 6:30-9 pm, Sun 10am12pm. Tulku’s ability to bestow healing blessings comes directly from his wisdom & realization of a proud Tibetan tradition. Anyen Rinpoche has brought Tulku Dakyong, who is 78, from his home country for the consecration of his Dharma center in Denver. We are very fortunate that he can visit Santa Fe. Donations will help pay for his plane fare. Individual sessions available from info@orgyenkhamdroling. org. Emaho! Paid Entry. Sugg. donation: $100$200, KSK Bodhi Stupa, 505-221-0401,


savethedate MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 500-Hour Hypnotherapy Course Begins – Accelerated certification course in hypnotherapy taught in two-week modules. After completing the first 300 hours (modules 1-3), students are eligible for certification as hypnotherapists with the International Board of Hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy Academy, 2132 Osuna Rd NE, Ste B, Albuquerque. Register: 877-983-1515.


Barnyard Animals and Farmers Pet Parade – 7-10am. Santa Fe Waldorf School parents and chil- Cranio Sacral Brain 2 – Sep 15-18. 9am-6pm dren are forming a group to be in El Desfile de los each day. Cranio Sacral School of the Masters. Ninos. The theme is simple. Let the school know be- 505-428-9203. fore Sept 7 if you can join. Free. Assemble at New Mexico School for the Arts, 275 E Alameda St, Santa FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 Fe. 505-467-6426. Psych-K Workshop – Sep 16-18. Psych-K is ABQ’s Second Saturday: What you Absolutely a powerful yet simple process that unblocks the Need to Know About Divorce – 9am-12pm. Reg- blocks or that prevent us from accomplishing istration 8:30-9am. Non-biased financial, emotional goals. The method is simple, takes only minutes and legal advice from qualified local profession- to do; oftentimes, the results are immediate. Interals, providing people with the knowledge, support, national certified Psych-K instructor Karen McKy resources and trust that they need to survive the di- will conduct this Psych-K workshop. Combined vorce process. $30/online at $35/cash Therapeutics Wellness Center, 9301 Indian School or credit card at door. Office Alternatives, 4801 Lang Rd NE, Albuquerque. Linda Kallish: 505-294Avenue NE, #110, Albuquerque. Kelly Chisholm: 4805 or 505-553-9229. 505-974-1358. Cranio Sacral Babies and Small Children – Sept10-13. 9am-6pm each day. Cranio Sacral School of the Masters. 505-428-9203.

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savethedate FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16-18 Loving Relationships Training in Santa Fe – Sep 16-18. Fri, 6-10pm; Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, 1-9pm.. Sondra & Markus Ray, internationally renowned teachers of A Course in Miracles and Liberation Breathwork, will be bringing the new Loving Relationships Training and Liberation Breathing Training to Santa Fe. They are creating a renaissance of spiritual healing and breathwork for the modern age. Call Breakthrough Coach Victoria Love for more information or visit to register. 20% off this life changing event if registered by September 5th for. $900 for couples, $550/new students, $295/LRT reviewer. Foundations in Creative Thought, 505- 266-6282 Unity Church Santa Fe, 212 Unity Way, Santa Fe.

savethedate SEPTEMBER 17 Albuquerque Yoga Gathering – 9:30am6pm. The third annual Albuquerque Yoga Gathering is an all-day charity event filled with yoga classes, lectures and workshops. Multiple classes will be held throughout the day in two ballrooms and on the park’s shaded grounds. Proceeds to Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation. $65/registration donation for unlimited full-day pass; online registration encourage. Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Museum. Info and registration:

for info: 505-438-1074. Santa Fe (San Marcos ship to life. $90. Tai Chi Chih Center, 3107 Eubank NE, Ste 19, Albuquerque. Registration: 505-277area).  0077. Meditation and Healing Class – 1-5pm, Meditate with simple-to-use visualization techniques and WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 psychic tools for releasing unwanted energy, increased ease and clarity. Give and receive energy Learn to Heal – 3-5pm. Learn to reduce pain, rehealings. This class will change your life. Paid En- duce stress and to heal using mind power and entry: $125. Center For Inner Truth, 1807 2nd Street, ergy manipulation. $75. UNM Continuing Educa#84, Santa Fe. 505- 920-4418., tion South Building, 1634 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque. Registration: 505-277-0077. CE.UNM. edu.

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A Benefit Concert for Peace and Healing in Palestine and Israel – 7:30pm. Yiddish, Ladino and original songs by Sheila Fox, Middle Eastern and Klezmer by the Rebbe’s Orkestra, Oud & Drum by Erik and Issa, Guitar by Yoga Mike and Josh, Fractal Projections by Emma. $10-$20 suggested donation. Yoga Mike’s, 2205 Silver Ave SE, Albuquerque. Sheila: 206-898-5090.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 7th Annual Swing for Joy Golf tournament – Please join us for this great golf outing raising money for women with women’s cancers throughout New Mexico. 7am Registration & Breakfast (Burrito & Coffee), 8am Shotgun Start, Awards Luncheon following. We are now taking team registrations on our website via Brown Paper Ticket. Register at https://www. today to ensure your team participation. Sandia Golf Club, 30 Rainbow Road NE, Albuquerque


Celtic Concert – 6:30-8pm. The Singing Pilgrims perform Celtic music on guitar, fiddle, harp, hammered dulcimer and bodhan. “We are on the journey here, and on our journey we sing.” Listen and feed your soul. Free. Eagle Ranch Church, 9660-6 Eagle Ranch Rd, Albuquerque. 505-891-3619.

savethedate THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 Holotropic Breathwork Retreat – Sep 2225. 9am. Experience self through uncommon perspectives, discover and explore internal territory – unfamiliar aspects and parts of our selves – inviting insight, awareness and possibility. $595-$735. The Academy for the Love of Learning, 133 Seton Village Rd., Santa Fe. 505-995-1860. ALoveOfLearning. org.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 Essential Oils 101 – 6-7:30pm. Explore the potential benefits essential oils hold by learning what they are, how they are used and why they are working for millions of people around the world. Free. Joliesse Chocolates, 6855 4th St NW, Ste C1, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque. 505-310-1790.

Beginning T’ai Chi Chih – 5:30-7pm. It is not a martial art. Experience how T’ai Chi Chih helps Holistic Self-care Tools for Caregivers – 9:30am- you become more balanced, gain new perspectives, 5pm. Workshop for anyone providing invaluable make better decisions and establish a new relationservice to others, but having difficulty with their SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 own issues. CHI Subtle energy tools are quick and easy to learn and use, and are effective. $100. Healing Touch Level 1 Class – Sep 24-25. 8amCreative Holistic Integration (CHI), 8 Via de Es6pm both days. Learn about techniques and meditrellas, Santa Fe. 571-422-6734. tations to encourage the movement of energy, holistic-self-care-tools-for-caregivers.html. healing ourselves and others; works in conjunction with traditional medicine. Beginner to advance Usui/Holy Fire ART/Master Teacher Certifiwelcome. 16 CEs for nurses and massage theraA New Kind of Immersive Transformacation – Sep 17, 18, 19. 9:30am-6pm. Become pists. $365, $325/early bird through Sep 13. UNM tional Experience in a reiki master, learn how to use crystal grids, Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson Ave NE, AlbuquerNew Mexico upgrade to Holy Fire, and be able to teach after que. RSVP, Barbara Welcer: 248-882-1706. SEPTEMBER 22-25 this class. $875, payment plans available. ICRT A 4-day transformational music festival Certificate.  RSVP: 505-395-0746, 949-648-3468. Introductory Creative Workshop – 10am-4pm. featuring 150+ music and artistic Find your passion with full creative expression in mances, classes, workshops, and ceremonies this introductory one-day workshop. Use paint, paon 200 acre pristine living museum property Solar Cooking: Gracious Eco-Living – 11am-2pm. per and brush to explore the power of creativity as of Las Golondrinas in Santa Fe. Includes Go further towards living a sustainable lifestyle, learn a path to awareness. $45. Creative Wings Studio, camping and showers, healthy and organic to cook with the power of the sun at home, camping Albuquerque. 630-530-5697. CreativeWingsStufood, over 100 vendors, children and family or survival training. $180. Sunny Skies Solar Ovens, village and more. 2433 Pueblo Bonito NW, Albuquerque. Registration: Website: 505-277-0077. Hot Power Yoga Workshop – 11:30am-1:30pm. Call 877-335-2683 or email info@thepEnhance immunity, flexibility, strength and Vendors/Sponsors Intuitive Healing Classes – Sept 17, Oct 8, Oct ina. All levels. With Giancarlo. Space for 20. $20/ contact Clementine Libre – clementindevi29, Nov 19. 12-2pm. Access earth energy to emadvance, $25/day of. Blue Moon Yoga, 826 body your higher self for greater clarity, health, no de Monte Rey, Ste A5, Santa Fe. 505-795-7778. Ticket Details and Questions: http://bit. freedom, joy, empowerment, peace. $60, $180/ ly/1UByDp3 four-week fall session. Chantal Fidanza, Intuitive Practitioner, Reiki Master to register or

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 Reiki and Distance Healing – 6:30-9pm. Review, practice and gain new appreciation and confidence in how to send distance healing using reiki, Holy Fire and crystals. Prerequisite: Reiki 2. $85. RSVP: 505-395-0746, 949-648-3468.

savethedate MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 Deepak Chopra: The Future of Wellbeing – 7:30-9:30pm. Radical beauty - how to transform yourself from the inside out. University of New Mexico Student Union Building, Grand Ballroom, Albuquerque. For tickets go to

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 Reiki for Self Care Part 1 – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn or review reiki meditation and other healing techniques for easy, sustainable self-care. All levels and experience welcome. $65. RSVP: 505-395-0746, 949648-3468.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 Reiki Session – 10am-8pm. Full private reiki sessions and sound healing available by appointment; pets welcome. Donation/whatever you can pay. Appointment: 505-395-0746.

savethedate FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 An Evening of Wisdom Healing Qigong – 7-8:30pm. With Master Mingtong Gu. $15. Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Ave, Santa Fe. 707-347-6489. Preregister:

savethedate Silent Meditation Retreat – Oct. 1. Nontraditional. For people from any tradition or no tradition. We work simply and directly with human issues through silent listening and dialogue. See intro workshop listing for Sept. 17. Jay Cutts: 505281-0684.

savethedate SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 Center for Wisdom Healing Qigong Opening Ceremony – Oct 1. 2-5pm & 6-9pm. Local dignitaries, luminary speakers and blessings for the land and community, 2-5pm. Pot luck and live music, 6-9pm. 40 Camino Vista Clara, Santa Fe. Preregistration required: 707-347-6489.

planahead KINTSUGI HEART: A HEALING DAY RETREAT – Oct 1. 10:30am-4:30pm, Kintsugi is a Japanese method for repairing broken ceramics in a way that makes the container even more valuable. Strengthen your nervous and immune systems to heal the heart with meditations and exercises, yoga, nature and breathwork. Facilitated by Ruby Renshaw and Juli Somers. $95. Galisteo, Temple of Entrada. 505-920-4418. Wisdom Healing Qigong for Health and Happiness – Oct 2. 10am-5pm. $97. New Galisteo Center, 40 Camino Vista Clara, Santa Fe. Preregistration required: 707347-6489. Intermediate Psychic Development Class – Oct 3. 6pm-8pm. Learn to trust and expand intuition, identify psychic abilities and explore energy healing talents. Exercise intuitive skills by exploring a variety of psychic techniques. $150. WithIn Light Energy Therapies & Insight, 3620 Wyoming Blvd, Albuquerque. 857-225-1318. BEGINNING PSYCHIC DEVELOPMENT CLASS – Oct 4. 6pm-8pm. Learn to trust and expand intuition, identify psychic abilities and explore energy healing talents. Exercise intuitive skills by exploring a variety of psychic techniques. $150. WithIn Light Energy Therapies & Insight, 3620 Wyoming Blvd, Albuquerque. 857225-1318.


This unique conference features 108 exhibits, 24 lectures and 44 workshops that will help provide women with the tools they need to improve their health, relationships, career and finances, and deepen their spirituality. October 27 to 30 505-433-5661 Visit or go to For details on booth space, visit and click on Exhibitors. For sponsorship and presenter opportunities, visit Packages. Embassy Suites Albuquer-

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RETREAT CENTER VISTA VERDE RETREAT CENTER – For teachers, workshop facilitators, groups, nature lovers and families starting at $50/person per night. This beautiful retreat is near Taos, designed for you to deepen your connection with nature! Contact: Elizabeth Brownrigg, 575-758-2758, elizabeth@vistaverderetreat. com.

planahead WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26 The 2016 Well Woman Super Power Retreat – A gathering of powerful women leaders, executives and entrepreneurs together for a full-day journey through finding and using their superpowers in their professional and personal life. This annual retreat that serves as a rejuvenating place to revisit your inner power and connect with other powerful women. All while being pampered by beautiful surroundings and delicious, healthy food.” For more information, visit

savethedate Healing Touch Level 1 Class – Nov 5-6. 8am-6pm both days. Learn about techniques and meditations to encourage the movement of energy, healing ourselves and others; works in conjunction with traditional medicine. Beginner to advance welcome. 16 CEs for nurses and massage therapists. $365, $325/early bird through Oct 21. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson Ave NE, Albuquerque. RSVP, Barbara Welcer: 248882-1706.

savethedate Practice & Surrender: Yoga Retreat – Apr 15-22, 2017. Seven days of yoga and relaxation on a private beach with a yoga studio seconds away from the ocean. Daily offerings provide a chance to explore, play and grow in your physical asana, pranayama and meditation practices. $1,600 to $3,375/accomodations, three meals a day, airport transfers. Shambala Petit Hotel in Tulum, Mexico. Info, details: Sarah@sarahwilliamsyoga. com or  

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ongoing calenders daily Hot Yoga with Bea Vise – 6:15-7:15pm. Hot Slow Mo’ Flow Tues and Thur; Hot Restorative Wed. $15. Blue Moon Yoga. 505-795-7778.

Energy Healing Clinic – 5:30-7pm, Drop in for a short energetic tune up as you release unwanted energies and reset at your own vibration. Receive communication and support for your current growth. Healings, 5:30-6:30, $5, 15-minute readings, 6:30-7, $10. $5 donation. Center For Inner Truth. 505-920-4418. Well Woman Drinks – 5:30-7:30pm. 3rd Wed. A supportive, social gathering to share our challenges and successes as women leaders, entrepreneurs and executives. Spend an evening reflecting and connecting and leave feeling empowered and rejuvenated. Hosted by Well Woman Life and Giovanna Rossi of the Well Woman Show on KUNM 89.9fm. Info, tickets: WellWomanLife. com/drinks.

New Student Special With Bea – 6:15-7:15pm. New student unlimited month pass with first hot class with Bea. Details/purchase on website. $49. Blue Moon Yoga. 505-795-7778. Nia Class – 6-7pm. Nia is a barefoot technique and a blending of modern & jazz dance, aerobics, martial arts, yoga and body integration therapy. $9/class; $30/4-class card. For more information, call Michelle Hale at 505-925-4551. UNM Center For Life, 4700 Jefferson Street NE, AlbuTransitions Radio Magazine, FM 98.1 – 8-11am. querque. With Alan Hutner, Elizabeth Rose and co-hosts, celebrating 30 years in broadcasting. Online, live Radio Non-Profit – Hosted by Lainie Sevante’ streaming & archiving. 505-466-2616. Transition- Wulkan. Hear about NM non-profit organizations featured and paired up with national and global npos doing incredible work for their communiHot Vinyasa Flow with Cynthia – 9-10am. Sun- ties. Listen in. Tue and Thurs. $15. Blue Moon Yoga. 505-7957778.



Meditation Service – 10-11am. Go within and explore a topic through guided meditation, inspirational reading, music, and personal sharing. All paths Make Friends/Make Art – 10:30-11:30am. For welcome. Potluck follows. Free. Center For Inner children of all ages. Tap into your creativity with this fun weekly art session. Free. Eagle Ranch Truth. 505-920-4418. Church, 9660-6 Eagle Ranch Rd, Albuquerque. 505-891-3619.



Clever Senoras Walking Group – 6:30pm. We walk at a different location each week so we can see different and new areas in Albuquerque. Each walker is given a pedometer to help keep track of your steps on the walk and on other days when you Qigong in the Park – 9-10am. Enjoy a vitalizing may want to walk on your own. Info, Pat Belletto:​ Qigong practice with certified Qigong instructor Loretta Shiver. Qigong supports optimal health and well-being, is easy and fun to do. Free. Altura Park, Morningside & Hannett NE. Albuquerque. 505-681-1924.


Intuitive Readings, Coaching and Animal Communication – 9am-5pm. Galaya, intuitive and animal communicator, offers practical solutions for health, relationships, career, business and pets. Info: 505-466-3764. Qigong & Healing From Within - 10:30am12pm. Taoist, Yogic & Shamanic practices cultivate vitality, inner strength & awareness with energy healing, movement, sound, breathwork & meditation.  $15, free/first class. Allison Lasky.  Blue Moon Yoga, 826 Camino De Monte Rey, A5, Santa Fe. 505-984-8733,


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505-310-3764 What if you could change the thoughts, feelings and emotions that limit you with simple ease? What if a relaxing body process could change you...and the world? Access Bars are 32 points on the head, when lightly touched, erases your limiting points of view about everything. It’s nourishing for your body and being. Would you be willing to try it for yourself?


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


Spiritual Naturopathy – 2pm. Online radio show helps the listener understand why they do what they do, eliminate stress or be able to handle it Intuitive Healing Sessions/Readings – By appt. Embody your higher self for greater clarfrom a position of strength. Listen to: ity, health, freedom, joy, empowerment, peace. Chantal Fidanza, intuitive healer, Reiki master: 505-438-1074. Santa Fe (San Marcos Area).


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Yoga and Tai Chi Open Classes – 10-11am. Yoga, Tai Chi and meditation. Free/first visit. Body & Brain, Albuquerque. Details: NE 505797-2211, NW 505-792-5111, Santa Fe 505-8202211. Zeta Global Radio – Now listened to in 50+ countries, ZGR focuses on authors, filmmakers, musicians, artists and emerging leaders that consciously shape our world today and making a powerful impact. May 18, 2016 in Santa Fe and Albuquerque

INNER ART GROWTH GROUPS Jodee Merrill Smith M.A. Jodeeinnerarts@gmail

Clearing beliefs that keep us from compassionate self-acceptance and knowing the Divinity within with the use of practical wisdom, spontaneous art, imagery and journaling.

ASTROLOGY CELESTIAL AWAKENINGS Astrological Consultations Teresa Betcher, M.S.W. 505-303-0976/847-452-3198

Rio Rancho astrologer providing in-depth astrology consultations for adults, couples and parents. Forecasts, personal insights, relationships, career, relocation, spirituality, and more. FREE initial 15-minute telephone consultation!


Inte g r at ive t he r ap e ut i c massage, Core Synchronism, and Classical Homeopathy. Personalized treatments for all ages. Injury, pain, stress and health management; tailored to fit your individual needs.

COUNSELING BETHANY MOORE-GARRISON, MA, LMHC 926 Baca St. #5, Santa Fe, NM 87501 505-252-2215


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BLUE BUDDHA BODYWORK Sante Fe 505-252-1691 A unique blend of advanced CranioSacra l Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release, find relief and balance in mind, body, and spirit. Specializing in Headache Treatment, Conception and Pregnancy, Trauma Work, and Chronic Depletion. See ad on page 39.

The Academy for the Love of Learning stimulates and supports the rebirth and renewal of learning and education in Santa Fe through ongoing programs and free monthly Evenings of Exploration. See ad on page 7.



2132 Osuna Road NE, Suite B Albuquerque, New Mexico 87113 Heart-centered, mindfulness-based, 505-767-8030 eclectic and integrative counseling u t i l i z i n g Tr a n s p e r s o n a l Psychotherapy, Art Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy and EMDR. Come experience true peace & fulfillment. Sliding Scale.


Accelerated Hypnotherapy 500 hour complete Training for Certification in Hypnotherapy. Experiential Education Format. Scope of Practice Protocols. Free Introductory Classes. Support after Graduation. Medical Hypnosis Training. See ad on page 5.

417 Orchard Dr. (off Paseo de Peralta), Santa Fe 505-500-7667 Enter a magical space where the flowers and oils await you! Hundreds of flower essences and a great supply of various essential oils, including oils directly from Egypt. You have the option to create your own flower essence blends & oils. I can assist you in different selection methods and I specialize in creating personalized flower essence and essential oil combinations to meet your individual needs.

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Jane Wotton, Independent Consultant High Priestess to the Order of Melchidezek Santa Fe, NM Sonia Masocco Phytotherapy 505-490-8855 weekdays 11 AM – 2 PM. Certified organic rejuvenating skincare. Essential oils and is a herbal practice & apothe- aromatherapy, bath and body, cary specializing in Ayurveda and Clinical Herbalism. We carry a wide variety of herbs, tinctures, distillates & preparations and we fill custom orders.


cosmetics, unique gifts. Products for The OakRose Academy of Light is the entire family. Fair Trade and nonGMO. Discover organic. a Mystery School founded by the Ascended Masters. The Academy holds to and teaches the Divine Law PILATES for the New Age. It is non-sectarian PILATES SANTA FE and non-denom-inational, open to 839 Paseo de Peralta all who seek the Higher Truth.

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GENTLE HEART JOURNEYS Lisa Sharp 505-672-2046


Intuitive Guide, Spiritual/ Lee Marie or Judith Vibrational Coach. Specializing in 505-967-3851 • helping clients release energetic Targeted fat loss through natural, non-invasive body sculpting. This patterns that may be blocking new technology uses LED lights them from experiencing a joyful at a wavelength that shrinks and and fulfilling life. ruptures fat cells.


An Integrative and InterCultural Center for Prevention and Wellness, treating people with a wide range of health issues, using a vast array of ancient and modern techniques. A state of the art Integrative and Intercultural center, emphasizing prevention and wellness along with disease management. NOTFOR-PROFIT. See ad on page 7.


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RETREAT CENTER VISTA VERDE RETREAT CENTER Elizabeth Brownrigg 575-758-2758 •

Connect with your heart in the enchanted forest of Carson! This beautiful retreat is near Taos, designed for you to deepen your connection with nature! See ad on page 9.


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Pilates Santa Fe is an award winning Pilates and Wellness studio offering private lessons, group classes and wellness treatments including massage, sauna and nutritional guidance.


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