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“Successful aging requires refilling our funnel of friends,” says Thomas, who considers socially engaged elders with friends wealthier than a socially isolated millionaire.”


his quote from our national article "Aging with Passion and Purpose" Growing old together was in direct alignment with how I’m feeling. We can be so busy “doing” instead of “being”. But staying constantly busy doing doesn’t keep the brain bucket full. As I write this, I am winding down on my eight week mindfulness class. This experience, along with reading the above-mentioned article on aging, really reinforced the importance of meditation as we grow older. While I don’t have aging parents, I’m witnessing many of my friends becoming caretakers, and share both their joy and grievances from having elderly parents. It recently hit me, more than it ever has, just how important my friends really are in my life. We’re all growing old together and I am thankful that so many of them have decided to share this wild and crazy journey of life with me. How we care for one another and our environment is crucial to our own well-being as it is Mother Earth. After all, the elderly are the wisdom warriors of our earth at this very moment. Coming together can be such a heart-warming, positive event. Take, for instance, the recent eclipse. I appreciated not only the amazing astrological part of the experience, but also the union of humans (strangers and friends) uniting together while sharing solar glasses and emotions. That same feeling comes over me when I watch the aging population activate. I felt it again while reading about Tina Buchanan’s passion as she spoke about taking care of the elderly (see page 12). While I have my own personal at-home daily practice, I’m now inspired to take more classes at yoga studios, like the beautiful new Communitea Yoga that just opened in Oceanside (see page 13), Ilenga Yoga on (page 15) and Soul of Yoga (CRG) in Encinitas which I am familiar with. I can relish in that wonderful feeling of community. Yoga itself heals mind, body and spirit. Joining a local yoga studio helps further avoid the temptation of social isolation. I work from home, so I can often get too far removed from people and social events since I have access to everything I need online—that is, everything except authentic facetime with people. It’s important to nurture our relationships in person, and I make a point to do it as much as possible. I posted this photo of my group of friends celebrating birthdays and growing older together. It is moments like these that can keep your battery charged in a rapidly evolving and changing environment. I was going to call it a Kodak moment…now that’s elderly.

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na Mohan, founder of Belsandia, is excited to announce the world premiere of Health, Healing & Happiness: The Soul Connection event being held October 20 to 22 in Sedona, Arizona. Attendees will get a chance to enjoy a weekend for the soul and discover the bridge between science and spirituality. “Connect body, mind and spirit to tap into your limitless potential,” says Mohan. “Leading teachers, speakers, authors and healers in the fields of spiritual growth, alternative health, personal development and transformation will gather to share their incredible insights and decades of knowledge with you.” Mohan shares that the event is designed to be spiritual but not religious. “We welcome practitioners of any faith or no faith at all to join us with an open mind and experience the teachings and insights that will be shared,” she says. Those who attend The Soul Connection will learn to tap into the “iceberg under the surface” to understand and direct the mental, emotional and spiritual habits that serve them best; uncover their limitless potential and remove energy roadblocks; discover Sedona, one of the most magical and spiritual places on earth; enjoy elevated plant-based foods and drinks by world-famous ChocolaTree at the event launch party and for event lunches; and connect with like-hearted people and create lasting connections with others. Speakers include Dr. Leonard Horowitz, Michael Mirdad, Amalia Camateros, Chef Mayra Trabulse, Shane Stuart, Jodi Paige, Dr. Lori Krauss, Ina Mohan and many more. Location: The Collective Sedona, 7000 AZ-179, Sedona, AZ. For more information, call 702-970-7775 or visit

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he 9th Annual Bhakti Fest Sacred Music and Yoga Fest is being held September 7 to 10. All are invited to open their hearts and minds with four magical days of non-stop yoga, music and conscious workshops in the beautiful desert of Joshua Tree. Featuring premiere yoga teachers, Grammy-winning artists and world-renowned spiritual teachers including Krisha Das, Jai Uttal, Donna De Lory, MC Yogi, Shiva Rea, Seane Corn, Yogrishi Vishvketu, Saul David Raye, Sianna Sherman, Michael Brian Baker and many more.      Bhakti Fest also hosts a women’s “Red Tent” and Men’s Lodge, plus a sound dome where participants will have the opportunity to unplug, destress from modern life and enjoy the healing benefits of the sacred sound current. Unwind further at the healing sanctuary offering massage, bodywork, energy work and other wellness enhancing modalities.    Attendees will also get a chance to feast on a variety of raw, vegan and vegetarian food and enjoy a marketplace filled with eco-friendly vendors offering yoga gear, clothing, devotional art, musical instruments, CDs, crafts, jewelry and more.   Bhakti Fest is the only event of its kind to offer a vegetarian/vegan, drug and alcohol-free, family friendly event complete with a Kids Village offering a wide variety of fun, physical, creative, musical and conscious activities.   The Joshua Tree Retreat Center offers an ideal setting for inner growth with its natural high desert beauty. A wide variety of accommodations are available. Weekend and single day passes, local, senior and military discounts available. Get more information and a full line-up at

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oga devotees can now find kundalini yoga and Shakti Naam in Oceanside and Carlsbad at CommuniTea Yoga & Meditation. Studio owner Tina Fitzgerald shares, “This is not your everyday yoga and meditation studio. This is specific yogic technology designed to heal the body and spirit through exercises including pranayama (breath work), mantras and mudras.” Fitzgerald explains that up until now, Carlsbad and Oceanside have been underserved as far as kundalini yoga and meditation. “Everyone had to drive to Encinitas, San Diego or up to Los Angeles to find a studio offering this amazing yoga. Shakti Naam is even rarer as it’s only found in Los Angeles and New York. We wanted to build the CommuniTea here in North County.” All of CommuniTea’s yoga classes incorporate meditation, sound currents and breathwork, and deep relaxation. “These modalities work beautifully to restore health, balance, vitality, youthfulness and happiness,” says Fitzgerald. “We work with the body and also the cosmos for alignment and flow. We have specific kriyas that focus on the endocrine system, the nervous system and the brain. There are even meditations for prosperity and abundance, health and sobriety. Plus, all of our clients receive healing Yogi Tea after each class.” Future plans include classes that focus on balancing the endocrine system, brain health for memory and clarity, manifesting, tween yoga, sound healing happy hours, energy healings and more. CommuniTea Yoga & Meditation is located at 609 Vista Way in Oceanside. Senior and veteran discounts. For more information, call 760-635-8655 or visit On Facebook and Instagram @CommuniTeaYoga.


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Aging with Passion and Purpose Finding Fulfillment, Creativity and Meaning by Deborah Shouse


ant to age well? The answer isn’t in your 401k. Self-acceptance, a positive attitude, creative expression, purposeful living and spiritual connections all anchor successful and meaningful aging. In fact, these kinds of preparations are just as important as saving money for retirement, according to Ron Pevny, director of the Center for Conscious Eldering, in Durango, Colorado, and author of Conscious Living, Conscious Aging.

Savor Self-Acceptance

While most people believe adulthood is the final stage of life, Dr. Bill Thomas is among the creative aging experts that identify another life chapter: elderhood. “Elders possess novel ways of approaching time, money, faith and relation-

ships,” says Thomas, an Ithaca, New York geriatrician and fierce advocate for the value of aging. “The best chapters may be near the end of the book,” Thomas continues. “Once you appreciate yourself and your years, you can relinquish outdated expectations and seek to discover your true self. Then the world can open up to you,” says Thomas. “Living a rewarding life means we are willing to say, ‘These chapters now are the most interesting.’” During this time, rather than feeling consumed by what we have to do, we can focus on what we want to do.

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“Successful aging requires refilling our funnel of friends,” says Thomas, who considers socially engaged elders with friends wealthier than a socially isolated millionaire. “Notice opportunities for interacting and connecting,” advises Shae Hadden, co-founder of The Eldering Institute in Vancouver, Canada. Talk with the checkout person at the grocery store or smile at a stranger walking her dog.

Cultivate a Positive Attitude

Our beliefs about aging shape our experiences. A Yale University study found that older individuals with more positive self-perceptions of aging lived 7.5 years longer than those less so inclined. Connecting with positive role models helps us release limiting beliefs and embrace an attitude of gratitude instead. Other life lessons can be gleaned from observing how negativity affects people physically, emotionally, and socially. Holding onto regrets traps us in the past zapping energy and selfworth; it also keeps the best in us from shining out says Pevny. He suggests a simple letting-go ceremony, with friends as witnesses. If possible, hold it in a natural outdoor setting. At one of his conscious aging retreats, Pevny created a fire circle. Mike, 70, had been a dedicated long-distance runner for most of his life. Now plagued with mobility issues, Mike decided to let go of regrets. He brought a pair of running shorts into the circle and talked about what the sport had meant to him—its joys, challenges and camaraderie. Then he tossed the shorts into the fire, telling his friends, “I am letting go so I can find a new purpose and passion.”

Understand Our Life Stories

Creating our own life review helps us acknowledge and understand our most significant experiences and reminds us of all we’re bringing to our elder journey. Pevny offers these approaches: n Develop a timeline, dividing life into seven-year sections. For each,

write about the strongest memories and most influential people. n Consider what matters most, from people and values to challenges and dreams. n Write to children and grandchildren, sharing tales of our life’s most significant events and lessons. n Record key stories on audio or video.

Explore the Arts

The changes that aging brings can mire elders in depression and isolation. “Older people need to be brave and resilient,” says Susan Perlstein, of Brooklyn, New York, founder emeritus of the National Center for Creative Aging, in Washington, D.C., and founder of Elders Share the Arts, in New York City. “To age creatively, we need a flow of varied experiences, exploring new activities or reframing longtime interests from a fresh perspective.” Expressive arts can engage people’s minds, bodies and spirits. A George Washington University study shows that people engaged in the arts are happier and healthier. Perlstein understands this firsthand, having begun taking guitar lessons in her 70s. Motivated to play simple songs for her new granddaughter, she subsequently learned to play jazz and blues tunes and joined a band. “I’m doing something I love,” says Perlstein. “I’m meeting diverse people, learning new things and enjoying a rich life.” Musician John Blegen, of Kansas City, Missouri, was 73 when he realized his lifelong secret desire to tap dance. When Blegen met the then 87-year-old Billie Mahoney, Kansas City’s “Queen of Tap,” he blurted out his wish and fear of being “too old.” She just laughed and urged him to sign up for her adult beginner class. He asked for tap shoes for Christmas and happily shuffle-stepped his way through three class sessions. “Tap class inspired me, encouraged me and gave me hope,” he says. “Now I can shim sham and soft shoe. It’s a dream come true.” To unearth the inner artist, ask: n Which senses do I most like to engage?

n Do I enjoy looking at art or listening to music? Do I like sharing feelings and experiences? If so, a thrill may come from writing stories or plays, acting or storytelling. n As a child, what did I yearn to do; maybe play the piano, paint or engineer a train set? Now is the time to turn those dreams into reality. n How can I reframe my life in a positive way when I can no longer do activities I love? If dancing was my focus before, how do I rechannel that energy and passion? If puttering in the garden is too strenuous, what other outdoor interests can I pursue? The answers can lead to fresh settings, including local community centers and places of worship. Many universities have extension classes for lifelong learners. State arts councils support programs, and museums and libraries host helpful activities. Shepherd Centers encourage community learning and Road Scholar caters to elders that prefer to travel and study.

Discover a Purpose

Upon retirement some people feel purposeless and lost. They yearn for something that offers up excitement, energy and joy. Hadden invites people to be curious and explore options. “We’re designing our future around who we are and what we care about now,” she says.

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Try keeping a journal for several weeks. Jot down issues and ideas that intrigue, aggravate and haunt. After several weeks, reflect on the links between concerns that compel and those that irritate. Perhaps we’re intrigued by a certain group of people or a compelling issue. “A concern points to problems and people you want to help,” Hadden observes. This can range from lending a hand to struggling family members, maintaining our own health, volunteering for a literacy project or working to reduce world hunger. “Choose what inspires you to get out of bed each day, eager to move into action.”

Develop Inner Frontiers

People in their elder years may still be measured by midlife standards, which include physical power, productivity and achievement. “They come up short in the eyes of younger people,” dharma practitioner Kathleen Dowling Singh remarks. “But those standards do not define a human life.” Rather, aging allows us to disengage from the pressures of appearances and accomplishments. As we release judgments and unwanted habits, we can increase our feelings of spirituality and peace. “When doors in the outer world seem to be closing, it’s time to cultivate inner resources that offer us joy and meaning. We have the beautiful privilege of slowing down and hearing what our heart is saying,” says Singh, of Sarasota, Florida. Meditation is one way to deepen spiritually as we age. “Sit in solitude, gather your scattered thoughts and set an intention,” Singh suggests. “A daily practice shows what peace, silence and contentment feel like. As you become more comfortable, add time until you’re sitting for 20 to 40 minutes.”

Acknowledge Our Shelf Life

“We cannot speak about aging and awakening without speaking about death and dying,” Singh believes. “We need to confront our mortality.” Meditating on the coming transition opens us up to the blessings of life. We can ask ourselves deep questions such as, “What am I doing? What do I want? What does this all mean? What is spirit?” Singh believes such searching questions are vital. None of us knows how much Earth time we have to awaken to a deeper, fuller experience of the sacred.

Help the World In today’s world of chaos and crisis, the wisdom of elders is more important than ever. “Older people need to be engaged, using their insights to help the Earth, community and world,” Pevny says. Creative aging is about improving the future for subsequent generations. In 2008, longtime educator Nora Ellen Richard, 70, of Overland Park, Kansas, wanted to be of greater service. She asked herself, “What if I housed a foreign student?” and found the International Student Homestay Program. She embarked upon an exploration of cultures from around the world without leaving home. 12

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How to Care for Your Aging Loved One Without Going Broke


re you struggling to care for a loved one? Are you feeling stressed and overwhelmed and don’t know where to turn? Tina Buchanan, Aging Life Ambassador and founder of Visionary Care Consultants, knows first-hand that being a family caregiver can be exhausting and frustrating, especially when you don’t have access to resources or support. “My grandparents were very lucky; my family came together to ensure that they had the best quality of life. I was able to be my family’s ambassador, their guide, their advocate. I was able to connect them to resources and programs that were essential to dying gracefully,” she shares.   Buchanan whole-heartedly believes that working with an Aging Life Ambassador can make a tremendous difference in how a family navigates a loved one’s care plan. “An Aging Life Ambassador, helps older adults and their family members maximize and manage resources for their family members,” she says.  Aging Life Ambassadors are trained to assist older adults and their families with challenges such as housing, home care services, medical management and legal and financial issues. Acting as a liaison between the client, family and other professionals, they provide a holistic, client-centered approach to care coordination. “These services will save you money overall because when you invest in an Aging Life Care Ambassador you are addressing issues upfront before they arise,” explains Buchanan. “This model is preventative and your loved one will thank you for it.” “As you care for your loved one, don’t do it alone. There is help,” assures Buchanan. “Invest in the right support. It will change your life.”  For more information, call 619-228- 3584 or visit See ad, page 17. Today, Richard has hosted more than a dozen female students and each relationship has expanded and enriched her life. “We talk about politics, food, religion and cultures; we even pray together,” Richard says. She points to memorable moments of bonding and respect, appreciation and celebration, and says, “As I’ve grown older, I’ve learned how vital it is to nurture the world I am in.”   Deborah Shouse is a writer, speaker, editor and dementia advocate. Her newest book is Connecting in the Land of Dementia: Creative Activities to Explore Together. Connect at


Kundalini Yoga for Stress Management & More


ina Fitzgerald, owner of CommuniTea Yoga & Meditation in Oceanside, says that the level of healing she receives from Kundalini Yoga never ceases to amaze her. It wasn’t long ago that she was suffering from complete burnout. “My nerves were shot. I was in severe adrenal fatigue and just physically and mentally exhausted,” she recalls. “While I thought I had a handle on my very busy and lucrative career, I really didn’t.  I worked hard and played hard. After many years of this lifestyle I became addicted to benzodiazepines and caffeine just to keep up the rigorous, stressful pace.”   During these times of high stress, Fitzgerald says she dabbled in yoga and meditation, but neither modality made it to her daily priority list. “As we age and get more responsibility, along with great monetary success, we need tools to help us cope.  Unfortunately, I picked the wrong tools.  The pharmaceutical drugs, alcohol and sugar just helped me kick the can down the road a few years.  The yoga and meditation I was practicing was not at the level or speed that my body needed. Once I hit pre-menopause, those tools no longer helped me cope, and some of them actually sped up my demise.” Although the travel and lifestyle of being a “big business” woman was taking its toll on her body, she kept on pushing. “I was a slave to the money, the lifestyle and the recognition of being at the top of my game,” she explains. “My health had deteriorated to the point where I couldn’t look at a computer or television screen. I had daily debilitating migraines and severe allergies. I couldn’t even drive in a car because the motion was too much for me.” After countless visits to doctors along with a plethora of pharmaceutical prescriptions and diagnoses, Fitzgerald finally found an endocrinologist who tied it all together for her. “Everything happening to me was because of stress which included my corporate career and the ‘tools’ that I used like drugs, alcohol, yoyo dieting, hard core workouts and sugar combined with other medication like birth control pills.  All

of this and then perimenopause created a ‘perfect storm’ in my life.” And then she discovered Kundalini Yoga. “I have been astounded how healing this style of yoga is. It was exactly what my body and soul needed,” says Fitzgerald. “I have been able to restore my nervous system. My endocrine system came back into balance and started to work normally; I have strengthened my body and come back to my center. The improvement is simply amazing. I actually look younger than I did several years ago and many Kundalini yogis find this to be true for them.” Since then, she has been able to wean herself off all medications, including a thyroid medication she was told she’d be on for life. “I attribute this all to Kundalini Yoga,” says Fitzgerald, who shares that Yogi Bhajan brought Kundalini Yoga to the West in the 1960’s and taught thousands of kriyas (yoga sets). “This practice consists of specific meditations and kriyas that work on particular areas of the body that need strengthening.   In my case, I need to do the three-minute Addiction Meditation daily. There are other sets specifically for adrenals, kidneys, heart, the endocrine system, spinal flexibility, stress management, brain function and more.”   Fitzgerald, who now teaches Kundalini Yoga every day at her yoga center, says, “I am so grateful for everything that happened to me because it led me to this beautiful practice.  Now it’s my mission to help heal others with this powerful yogic technology. We’re all being bombarded by the challenges and burdens of everyday life and becoming less connected with each other as we get more attached to our electronic devices.  Technology is great, and can certainly help us come together and to grow and shift our consciousness. However, it can also cause more stress on our bodies and psyches. We must be conscious to not lose our communion with each other and our true selves. Yoga is another word for union. Let’s restore our health and balance, connect and unite.” CommuniTea Yoga & Meditation is located at 609 Vista Way in Oceanside. Senior and veteran discounts. For more information, call 760-721-9642 or visit CommuniteaYoga. com. On Facebook and Instagram @CommuniTeaYoga. See news brief page 8.

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Rodney Yee on Yoga as a Way of Life Simple Strategies for Staying on Track by Marlaina Donato


enowned yogi and international teacher Rodney Yee, of New York City, has maintained an inspired yoga practice for 37 years while juggling career obligations, fame and family life. While the benefits of yoga are increasingly well known—from stress reduction and pain management to a more limber body and inner peace—Yee is also aware of the challenges to maintaining a consistent practice. Here he shares insights on the pitfalls encountered by both beginning and advanced students.   “My advice is to first get rid of self-berating behavior, including judgmental inner dialogue. In many aspects of life, we are constantly measuring ourselves against a standard, which is a waste of time and energy,” says Yee. With a professional background in classical dance and gymnastics, Yee decided to give yoga a try at a nearby studio when he craved more physical flexibility. “As many people do, I came to yoga for a reason. I was a dancer with tight joints. After the first class, I couldn’t believe how I felt. It was not at all like an athletic high; I had a sense of wellbeing and knew what it means to feel peaceful and clear.” For people with jam-packed lives, finding time for exercise can be daunting. Yee suggests a relaxed approach to scheduling yoga into a busy day. “As the rishis [Hindu sages] say, we shouldn’t ‘try’ to meditate, not try to force a natural state. To say, ‘I have to do yoga,’ just puts another


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thing on our to-do list. Sometimes discipline is needed, but another part of discipline is not about force.” Different approaches to yoga abound, and part of staying motivated may include exploration of a variety of traditions as individual needs change due to lifestyle, health, interests or simple curiosity. Yee reminds us to go with the flow and follow how we feel in the moment. “Different schools of yoga exist because each offers something different. There is a form for all of our moods and a practice for how you feel at any given time.” Reflecting on how his own practice has evolved through the years, Yee recollects, “In my 20s and 30s, my yoga practice was arduous, including three to four hours of strong, physical work and a half hour of pranayama [breath work]. Then for 20 years, it involved a lot of teaching. Over the past 17 years, my practice has become more subtle, with a focus on sequencing and meditation; it’s about how to do this all day long in the context of my body and my life; about being both centered and in the world. In some way, we’re always doing yoga, as we already take 20,000 breaths a day. From a philosophical and ethical point of view, yogis have no choice but to practice.” Because many American women have found their way to a yogic path, men often assume it’s primarily a women’s niche. But yoga has been a male practice for nearly 2,500 years in other countries. Yee encourages men to not feel intimidated. “Why not try something that can help you improve your business, family life and even your golf game?” he queries. While Yee believes in a no-pressure approach, he also suggests inviting ways to foster consistency. “If you are just beginning, set aside a half-hour before going to bed or get up a half-hour earlier. Also note that pain is less to be avoided than learned from.” Wisdom can come from dedication to a yoga practice. Yee’s philosophy is, “You can blink and half your life is gone. You can’t always be busy, busy, busy; you have to decide how to fill your life. As spiritual teacher Ram Dass counsels, ‘Be here now.’ Train yourself to bring body, mind and heart together and fully drink from that.” Learn more at Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

of perception become refreshed. A focused practice makes us aware of how to experience inwardness making us fit for pranayama, concentration and meditation.


Is It A Fad Or Here To Stay? by Carolyn Belko


hether you are into the yoga culture or many, you might predict that yoga is here to stay. First of all, it’s a practice from India and has been around for over 5,000 years. With its gain in popularity over the years, yoga has been demystified; it’s not a religion. The numerous benefits gained from practicing yoga have been scientifically proven to contribute to one’s overall health and well-being. Yoga is so effective at improving health that more and more students are coming to yoga as a prescription from their doctor. But most of all, yoga meets the demands of everyone in our contemporary culture, most of whom follow a lifestyle dominated by speed, stress and strain. Many think yoga is just a physical exercise but it’s much more than that. Yoga is one of the only forms of exercise that meets the requirements of both our bodies and minds by affecting the physical, physiological, emotional, mental, intellectual and spiritual layers. Physical layer. Yoga provides both core strength and flexibility to the muscles and joints. It is also helpful for bone health as the muscles closest to the bone work and increase the blood flow. Physiological layer. Yoga poses penetrate and work on toning and cleansing the organs. When practiced correctly, endurance and stability are maintained without strain on the brain or heart. Emotional/mental layer. As Yoga Master B.K.S. Iyengar stated, “Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.” One’s very nerves withstand the woes of life, thanks to regular practice. Intellectual and spiritual layer. Screen fatigue and strain is alleviated with yoga practice, as yoga works on relaxing the brain. The eyes and other organs

Another reason why yoga is here to stay is it is a unique practice that may be done with almost any kind of health condition. Iyengar Yoga, in particular, is a leader in yoga therapeutics due to the special focus on modifying and applying yoga to alleviate ailments. Inflammation is reduced and healing is enhanced. The beneficial effects of yoga seem endless. Wherever we find yourself on the mat, and no matter what style of yoga we choose, what’s most important is that overall we feel a sense of inner calm, uplifted spirits and a sense of well-being after the experience. Carolyn Belko has been certified at Senior Level by B.K.S. Iyengar himself. She opened Iyengar Yoga Center Encinitas in 2003 and has trained numerous teachers in the method. For those who are searching the how-to method which offers precision in the actions of asana, leading toward the core of the Self, Iyengar Yoga offers just that. For more information and free yoga sequence downloads, visit Iyengar Yoga Encinitas, located at 2210 Encinitas Blvd. Ste. U in Encinitas, will host a free intro Saturday at 1 p.m. on September 9. For more details call 760-632-0040.

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Lying for an hour in water infused with Epsom salt, or magnesium sulfate, the body receives a huge infusion of magnesium, a mineral essential to optimal health. While calcium and vitamin D deficiencies get more attention, it’s even more likely most of us are low on this element due to magnesiumdepleting drugs and inadequate farm soils. Many ailments shown by research to be helped by floating have also been linked to magnesium deficiency.The mineral is also essential for heart health, strong bones and central nervous system function, as reported in The Magnesium Miracle, by Dr. Carolyn Dean, a physician and naturopath in Kihei, Hawaii.

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Floaters can fall into what sleep specialists call the hypnagogic state, meaning they are apt to have lucid dreams while awake. Also known as Stage 1 sleep, it is the drowsiest condition we experience while still consciously aware. This is the scientific explanation for reports of visions or “Eureka!” problem-solving moments in the tank, says Hutchison.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 Heart of PB Restaurant Walk – 4-9pm. Spend the last days of summer with friends and family enjoying the best of Pacific Beach’s eclectic and international cuisine. This year, attendees will enjoy a leisurely stroll on this self-guided food tour in the Heart of PB between Dawes and Lamont Streets. Bring your appetite—all food is included at this popular annual event and will offer a great taste of Pacific Beach. Sample a great variety of menus from local restaurants for only $25. Garnet Ave between Dawes St and Lamont St, 92109.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 Taste of Downtown – 5-9pm. The Downtown San Diego Partnership brings you Downtown San Diego’s most delicious eateries throughout the bustling neighborhoods of the Gaslamp Quarter, Headquarters, Core District and East Village. Taste of Downtown tickets can be purchased in advance for just $30, or $35 the day of the event. Located throughout the Gaslamp Quarter, Headquarters, Core District and East Village neighborhoods.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 Pet Pals – 4:30-5:30pm. A fun opportunity for children to visit San Diego Humane Society and learn about our animal friends. Each month focuses on a different animal or animal-related topic and includes a lesson, activity and animal interaction geared towards the theme of the month. $10. San Diego Humane Society, 5500 Gaines St, San Diego, 92110. Reservations are required call 619-299-7012.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 Old Town San Diego Fiestas Patrias – Noon4pm. It’s that time again to head to Old Town San Diego State Historic Park to celebrate Mexican Independence during the Fiestas Patrias. This free festival commemorates an important day in early

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San Diego history when Alta California was still part of Mexico and declared independence from Spain. Park guests can relax and picnic in the grassy area in front of the stage that will be filled with spectacular musical entertainment and piñatas for children. Old Town State Historic Park, San Diego Ave & Twiggs St, San Diego, 92110. Hoppy Hour – 3-4:30pm. Bring your bunny for a chance to play with other bunnies. You are sure to have a great time watching all the bunnies and talking with other bunny lovers. This is a time to hang out and enjoy the cuteness of bunnies at play. In order to participate, rabbits have to be spayed/ neutered for at least 30 days and free of illness. Admission is $10/rabbit, but people are free and have just as much fun. SDHRS Bunny Adoption Center, 4807 Mercury St, Ste B, San Diego, 92111.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 Semper Tri & Devil Dog Duathlon – 7:30am1pm. Help us support quality of life programs for our Marines, Sailors & their Families by taking part in the Semper Tri & Devil Dog Duathlon. $10-90. Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, 92058. Pet Loss Support Group – 10-11:30am. Providing an environment where thoughts and emotions can be shared with those in similar circumstances. Sessions are led by a licensed social worker and are open to those ages 10 and up, including pet parents who are considering or preparing for euthanasia. Donations are accepted. Please bring pictures of your pet with you to the sessions. San Diego Humane Society, 5500 Gaines St, San Diego, 92110. Reservations are encouraged but not required and can be made by calling 619-299-7012. Julian Apple Days Festival – 10am-5pm. Sept 23-24. A two-day celebration featuring apple displays, music and dancing, an antique tractor display, children’s games and activities, gold panning demonstrations, a beer and wine garden, food and merchandise vendors, contests, and, of course,

apple pie. $5 for adults, children 12 and under free of charge. The first 250 people through the gate (paid admission only) each day receive a free pie server. Menghini Winery, 1150 Julian Orchards Dr, Julian, 92036. Unlocking the Power of Numerology – 1-3pm. A workshop conducted by award-winning authors and spiritual teachers Barbara Y. Martin and Dimitri Moraitis. Demonstration of clairvoyant aura readings is part of this event. $45 in advance/$55 at the door. Spiritual Arts Institute, 527 Encinitas Blvd, Ste 206, Encinitas, 92024. Trisha Kelly, 760-4871224.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Adoption Event –10am-2pm. Join San Diego Humane Society and more for another big adoption event. Stop by and learn about San Diego Humane Society programs and meet adoptable animals at this special event. Ocean Beach Surf Lodge, 5083 Santa Monica Ave, San Diego, 92107. Bunnyfest – 10am-4pm. Bunnyfest is SDHRS’ annual fundraiser. Activities include a silent auction, rabbit games, rabbit agility demonstrations, mini-lectures, children’s activity area, and 35 to 40 vendors selling bunny-themed merchandise or services. Bring your own bunny either in a stroller, on a harness or in a carrier. Balboa Park at the corner of President’s Way & Park Blvd, San Diego.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 CRSSD Festival – Sept 30-Oct 1. A two-day electronic music festival at the 12-acre San Diego Waterfront Park featuring three stages and 36+ performers. In addition to the music, the festival will offer craft beer, mixed drinks, food and more. $115. San Diego County Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, 92101.

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ongoingevents daily Free 15-Minute Phone Consultation for Health and Success – Discover how you can achieve ultimate happiness and health with InteriorWerx. Clear emotional and energetic abnormalities that cause dis-ease, such as anxiety, pain, sadness, discomfort, allergies, recurring physical injury and more. There is immediate relief from symptoms, bringing health back to true form. Free. 312-479-7893. Schedule: Yoga Classes – Days & times vary. Iyengar for beginners and advanced practitioners. Iyengar Yoga Center of North County, 2210 Encinitas Blvd, Ste U, Encinitas, 92024. 760-632-0040. Donations Accepted – 10am-7pm, Mon-Sat; 11am-6pm, Sun. All profits support individuals with Autism and other developmental or learning disabilities. TERI Inspired Resale, 1024 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, 92054. 760-722-1880. Shop.

sunday Reiki Levels 1, 2, Master & Teacher – Nationally certified courses. 1-day classes. Ongoing throughout the year. Earn CE credits. More info: 760-593-4595. San Diego River Garden Volunteer Work Party – 9-11am. 2nd and 4th Sun. Weeding, watering, pruning, trail maintenance and other light gardening projects. Family friendly. Tools provided. 3334 Camino Del Rio N, San Diego, 92108. RSVP: 619-297-7380. Guided Nature Walk – 9:30-11am, Sun, Wed, Sat. Guided walk from the Visitor Center on one of three trails. Learn about the history, geology, plants, animals and ecology of the park. Free. Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center, 2 Father Junipero Serra Trl, San Diego, 92119. 619-6683281.

Grow Getters: Learn How to Propagate – 10am. 1st Sun. Learn more about propagation and potting plants. Help us grow our growing area. Free. Alta Vista Gardens, 1270 Vale Terrace Dr, Vista, 92084. Info & sign up:

San Diego Horticultural Society Meeting – 6-9pm. 2nd Mon. All welcome. Free/member, $15/nonmember. Congregation Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Dr, San Diego, 92122. More info: 760-295-7089 or

Free Special Access Tour at The Garden – 10am11am. 3rd Sun. Have trouble navigating the terrain of The Garden? Let us take you for a ride. Explore The Garden from the comfortable Verbeck Shuttle with a Garden Docent. This tour seats only four to five people. Advanced reservations required. Free. Water Conservation Garden, 12122 Cuyamaca College Dr W, El Cajon, 92019. Register: 619-6600614 x16.


Qigong in The Garden – 10-11:30am. 4th Sun. Instructor Reyna Lerma will guide students through the ancient Chinese health series that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. Free, $10 suggested donation. The Water Conservation Garden, 12122 Cuyamaca College Dr W, El Cajon, 92019. 619-660-0614. RSVP:

$15 Yoga Classes – 11:15am. Bring your child into class with you for Vinyasa Mama Tues & Thurs. Nature’s Whisper Yoga, 4205 Park Blvd, San Diego, 92103. 760-213-1110.

Spirit Dance: Ecstatic Dance and Moving Meditation – 10am-Noon. Join us for a simple yet profound ecstatic dance. $10-$20 sliding scale. Malashock Studio, 2650 Truxton Rd, Ste 200, San Diego, 92106. More info: 619-787-2389 or

California Native Plant Society San Diego Chapter – 7pm. 3rd Tues (except Aug & Dec). Free lectures on a variety of California native plant topics. Have an unknown plant? Bring it to be identified. Open to the public. Casa Del Prado, Balboa Park, Rm 101 or 104, 1800 El Prado, San Diego, 92101.

Family Discovery Walk – 3-4:30pm. 4th Sun. Walk and help your children discover the wonder and beauty of nature. Walks highlight the many changes that occur in the park throughout the year. Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and bring water. Canceled if raining. Free. Mission Trails Regional Park, 2 Father Junipero Serra Trl, San Diego, 92119. 619-668-3281.

monday Volunteer Bird Count – 7:30am-Noon. 2nd Mon. All levels of experience welcome. For more info and to receive an automatic reply with meeting location, contact Robert Patton: Bird Watching Monday – 8am. 1st Mon. Discover the fascinating birds and the unique art of bird-watching. San Diego Botanical Garden, 230 Quail Garden Dr, Encinitas, 92024. 760-532-0917.

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Free Admission to the Japanese Friendship Garden – 3rd Tues. Enjoy a refreshing stroll through the garden and stop by the activity booths in the upper garden. Free. 2215 Pan American Rd, San Diego, 92101. 619-232-2721.

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A Gathering of Priestesses Live Online Video Show – 6pm. With special guests each week. For more info:

wednesday River Rescue – 9am-Noon. 1st and 3rd Wed. Team attacks and removes smaller and harder-to-reach trash sites along the river. All tools and supplies provided. More info: 619-297-7380 or Doug@ Guided Nature Walk – 9:30-11am, Sun, Wed, Sat. Guided walk from the Visitor Center on one of three trails. Learn about the history, geology, plants, animals and ecology of the park. Free. Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center, 2 Father Junipero Serra Trl, San Diego, 92119. 619-668-3281. Wednesday Trail Walk – 10am. 1st Wed. Explore trails of Balboa Park with a ranger. Leisurely pace. Difficulty level varies; check trail map. Balboa Park, 1549 El Prado, San Diego, 92101. 619-2351122. First Wednesdays Free Community Concert Series – 4pm & 7pm. Tickets are handed out on a first come, first seated basis. Doors open one hour prior to show time. Free, $12/reserved seats, $10/member reserved seats. California Center for the Arts, Center Theater, 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, 92925.

thursday Shelter Island Walk and Talk Bunch – 10-11:15am. Take a walk from the parking lot at Bali Hai to the end of Shelter Island and back (2.2-mile roundtrip). Some go to lunch after. Free. Bali Hai, 2230 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, 92106.

Balboa Park History Stroll – 11am-Noon. Specially trained History Center guides lead this easypaced stroll through the park, revealing many of the intriguing aspects of its past, present and future. Reservations requested, but walk-ups welcome. $10-$12. San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, San Diego, 92101. $15 Yoga Classes – 11:15am. Bring your child into class with you for Vinyasa Mama Tues & Thurs. Nature’s Whisper Yoga, 4205 Park Blvd, San Diego, 92103. 760-213-1110. Fur Fix Thursday – 3-5pm. Touch, pet and play with some incredibly cute and cuddly animals, adoptable and volunteer. San Diego Humane Society, 5500 Gaines St, San Diego, 92110. 619279-5939 or

friday San Diego River Coalition – 3-4:30pm. 3rd Fri. Meet other people interested in the river, to exchange ideas and experiences, and to learn the latest news about the San Diego River Park. Open to the public. Mission Valley Library, Community Rm 2123 Fenton Pkwy, San Diego, 92108. Friday Night Liberty – 5-9pm. 1st Fri. Evening of free open artist studios, galleries and performances throughout NTC Arts & Cultural District at Liberty Station. NTC Command Center, 2640 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, 92106. More info, Whitney Roux: 619-573-9300. WRoux@

saturday Guided Bird Walk – 8-10am. 3rd Sat. Join MTRP trail guide and resident birder Jeanne Raimond for an adventure in bird watching. If you have binoculars and/or a field guide, please bring them. For location: Wildlife Tracking Walks – 8:30-10:30am. 1st Sat. Learn to recognize and identify various signs left behind by resident wildlife. Free. Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center, 2 Father Junipero Serra Trl, San Diego, 92119. 619-668-3281. Vista Farmers’ Market Wellness Event – 8am1pm. 3rd Sat, July-Dec. With the farmers’ market. A great opportunity for you to meet practitioners from a vast range of modalities and learn about their

specialties, products, services and how they can benefit your health. Free. Vista county courthouse parking grounds, 325 S Melrose Dr, Vista, 92081. 619-301-8906. San Elijo Lagoon Volunteer Work Party – 9-11am. 3rd Sat. Locations vary, and activities typically include habitat restoration, invasive plant removal, planting of new native plants, trash pickup and removal, and trail maintenance. More info: Ruffin Canyon Care Restoration – 9am-Noon. 1st Sat. Bring gloves and hand tools if have, but loaners available. Wear hat, sunscreen, sturdy shoes and long sleeves. Ruffin Canyon, 9298 Shawn Ave, San Diego. RSVP: 619-297-7380. Dog Beach Cleanup – 9am-Noon. 2nd Sat. You and your friendly dog are invited to join Friends of Dog Beach at our regular beach cleanups. All cleanup supplies provided, along with treats for you and your dog. Dog Beach, North Ocean Beach. More info: 619-523-1700. BeachCleanup.htm. Yoga in the Garden – 9:30-10:30am. Get in touch with nature, relax your body and renew your spirit. Basic yoga flow format. No prior yoga experience required. $10/drop-in. Alta Vista Gardens, 1270 Vale Terrace Dr, Vista, 92084. More info: Guided Nature Walk – 9:30-11am, Sun, Wed, Sat. Guided walk from the Visitor Center on one of three trails. Learn about the history, geology, plants, animals and ecology of the park. Free. Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center, 2 Father Junipero Serra Trl, San Diego, 92119. 619-668-3281. Free Garden Tour – 10am. Tour the lush, colorful and water-wise garden with a knowledgeable garden docent. Bring your questions and hear the secrets and stories that make our garden special. Water Conservation Garden, 12122 Cuyamaca College Dr W, El Cajon, 92019. 619-660-0614. Free Family Arts Activities – 10am. 2nd Sat. Explore various artistic mediums. Materials provided. All ages welcome. Free. California Center for the Arts, Art & Education Studios, 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, 92925. Docent-Led Guided Tours – 10:30am. Last Sat. Tour focuses on water-wise plants. Free with admission or membership. San Diego Botanical Garden, Visitor Center, 230 Quail Garden Dr, Encinitas, 92024. 760-532-0917.

Kids in the Garden – 10am-12pm. 2nd Sat. New topic each month. $5/child (accompanied adults free); free/members. Alta Vista Gardens, Children’s Garden, 1270 Vale Terrace Dr, Vista, 92084. Reserve: 760-822-6824 or FarmerJones@ Famosa Slough Work Party – 1-2:30pm. 3rd Sat. Meet along W Pt Loma Blvd about 200 ft east of the corner of Famosa Blvd & W Pt Loma Blvd. RSVP: 619-224-4591. Birding Basics Class – 1-2:30pm. Last Sat. Join MTRP trail guide and knowledgeable birder Winona Sollock for a class to learn five simple techniques for identifying birds at a glance and how to use a field guide. Free. Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center, 2 Father Junipero Serra Trl, San Diego, 92119. 619-668-3281. Old Town State Native Plant Landscape – 1-3pm. 2nd Sat. Do some work at the Old Town Native Plant Landscape, a recreation of the landscape that provided for the needs of Native Americans in our region before the arrival of Europeans in 1769. Old Town State Historic Park, corner of Taylor St and Congress St, San Diego, 92110. More info: Friends of Famosa Slough Bird Walk – 1-3pm. 3rd Sat. An easy walk with good views of a variety of birds and salt marsh habitat. Free. Meet at the kiosk by the corner of Famosa Blvd & W Pt Loma Blvd, San Diego, 92138. 619-224-4591. University Heights Point Restoration – 1:303:30pm. 1st Sat. Projects range from trash pickup, non-native plant removal, planting native plants and trail maintenance. 6800 Easton Ct, San Diego, 92120. Contact Ranger Jason: 619-235-5262 or CSA San Diego Support Group Meeting – 2pm. 4th Sat. The Celiac Sprue Association is a national support organization that provides information and referral services for persons with celiac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis. Rady Children’s Medical Office Bldg, 3030 Children’s Way, San Diego, 92123. Home Grown Community Gardening Classes – 2-3pm. 4th Sat. With Diane Hollister, master gardener and composter. Garden and grow food in one’s own back yard. Pre-registration required. Free. El Corazon Senior Center, 3302 Senior Center Dr, Oceanside, 92056. 800-262-4167.

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