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reetings, As I write my monthly letter to you, it’s still quite cool. In fact, last night we had the heater on. I’m sure by the time you read this the weather will be considerably warmer but not too warm yet and the flowers will be in full bloom. This time of year, I get inspired to go outside and plant something and then plant something else. Dig in the moist earth and get my hands dirty. The mustard and turnip greens that were planted a month ago are already a few inches tall and I hope to be able to thin them out and make that first pot of greens by the end of the month. I am determined to make time to give the front flower beds a thorough make-over. I don’t expect to be able to install an eco-yard this year but am making plans to take out the grass and put in native plants next year. This is also perfect cycling weather. I have plans to explore the beautiful bayou bikeways and see how far I can go across the city on the new connecting bike paths. If you don’t own a bicycle, consider renting one at one of the city’s B-Cycle kiosks. If you aren’t a cycler, the paved paths along the bayous are also great for walking. If you aren’t much of a walker, there are some nicely placed benches that offer a quiet place to sit and soak up nature in the heart of the city. This month’s themes are medical massage and eco-yards. There are a couple of interesting feature articles and new advertisers to help you apply the wisdom found in the articles to your life. There are more things to do and see around Houston this month than you could possibly get around to doing so you can be choosy and select those that most appeal to you. Enjoy this month and this month’s Natural Awakenings magazine that Cindy and I have put together for you, and be sure to share it with a friend. Until next month…

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

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Turning Lawns into Native Landscapes by Lisa Kivirist and John D. Ivanko

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ith more than 20 years of experience, Bell Lifestyle Products Inc., in South Haven, Michigan, is expanding its line of products, most recently launching a new, all-in-one bladder and urinary tract support formulation and a new line of sports supplements. It has also updated its ecommerce website to allow visitors to more easily shop online or find their local Bell Lifestyle retailer. The Bell Lifestyle website also provides considerable health and wellness resources including the Bell Wellness Center, containing hundreds of recipes, infographics and articles on physical, mental, social and nutritional wellness from selected category experts. New articles are posted weekly, providing helpful information on dealing with many ailments for people of all ages. Bell Lifestyle Products offers a full money-back guarantee on more than 60 natural health products—in new, color-coded packaging to assist in product selection—across 13 health categories that are available in more than 7,000 health food stores and pharmacies worldwide.

he Natural Awakenings healthy living, healthy planet lifestyle app has been upgraded with a brand-new look and updated features. The changes to the free app, which has already been downloaded by 40,000-plus users, will make keeping up with the best choices for a green and healthy lifestyle easier than ever. New features include being able to sign up for promotions, updates and newsletters plus linking to the Natural Awakenings website. Visitors can find local magazines nationwide; a national directory of healthy and green businesses and resources with products, practitioners and services, complete with directions; updated national monthly magazine content; archives of hundreds of previously published articles on practical, natural approaches to nutrition, fitness, creative expression, personal growth and sustainable living by national experts that are searchable by key words; and an archive of articles in Spanish. “These upgrades and expanded accessibility will empower people to enjoy healthier, happier and longer lives more easily than ever before,” notes Natural Awakenings founder Sharon Bruckman. “Offering free access to Natural Awakenings’ powerful network of healthy living resources through this exclusive app is another way we can serve our users.”

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uperfood Village is an ingredients company providing world class superfood ingredients, seeds, grains, salts, sweeteners, legumes, bean powders, spelt, rye, kamut, rice and protein powders. They are located in Midtown near both Highway 50 and 288. They ensure the finest, purest and safest products every time by associating ourselves with various reliable vendors for the procurement of their entire range of products. They are committed to gaining trust of new clientele while retaining the confidence of existing customers. They offer their customers a new frontier beyond isolated vitamin and mineral supplements. To live a healthy lifestyle, it is best to choose nutrient dense foods every day that are rich in vitamins, minerals, lean protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats. Since many conventional foods are nutrient depleted, savvy health conscious consumers are turning to broad spectrum ingredients offered by Superfood Village. If you are looking for high quality chlorella, spirulina, moringa or wheatgrass, they have exactly what you have been looking for. Visit their website for a complete listing of the superfoods they have available. Call, drop by or order online.

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Statuary - Art - Herbs - Succulents verybody atSpiritual Joshua's really loves gardening and it shows! Joshua personally visits the plant farms across the great state of Texas to hand-pick only the best. He has 713 • 862 • 7444 all the plants mentioned in this month’s feature article, Eco Yards. W. 18th Street @inNicholson 77008 Tues - Sun 9- Coast. 5 JoshuasNativePlants.net 502They specialize plants indigenous to the Gulf These plants need no special soils, fertilizers or for that matter, any skill to grow. Plus, a great many of these are Spiritual droughtStatuary tolerant. - Art - Herbs - Succulents Of course, many713 of the plants, • 862 • 7444native to Texas, are here for a reason. They attract 502 W. 18th Street @ Nicholson 77008 Tues - Sun 9- 5 and JoshuasNativePlants.net songbirds, butterflies, hummingbirds many other wonderful beasts. That's why many of us garden, right? They have or can get, all of those rare finds on your list. They also have a huge selection of old-fashioned garden classics, just like your grandmother had in her garden. Even though they are a small shop, with only a hand full of employees, they are always available to talk with you about any of your gardening projects. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 10am-6pm. Come by and see if they don’t have just what you need. Joshua’s Native Plants and Garden Antiques, 502 W 18th Street, Houston, TX 77008. 713-862-7444. joshuasnativeplants.net. see ad on page 20.

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indy King uses several modalities to promote healing without drugs, however, she considers her most important calling is as a personal life coach helping women transition into a new season of their life. She works mostly with women between the ages of 40 and 70 who are stuck and frustrated trying to move forward in life after a lost relationship, grief, empty home, illness, or retirement. Living in survival mode for years is exhausting. It is easy to default to repeated programming of self-sacrifice or to become overwhelmed with fear and just give up. Mindy can help you embrace your fears by discovering your gifts and offering tools that support changing with joy. If you are a woman who feels lost and wants to feel heard, supported and rejuvenated with clarity, give Mindy a call and see if she can help you. Mindy King, 281-684-1956. sweetsimplehealing.com. mindy@ sweetsimplehealing.com. See ad on page 24.

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2017 EAST MONTROSE *foodie* HOME TOUR and ART WALK

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ast Montrose Civic Association will host its 11th biennial Home Tour and Art Walk on Saturday, April 22, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Situated in the shadow of downtown Houston, East Montrose was platted in the early 1900's - back in the days when Houston's population numbered fewer than 300,000, and when a railroad ran down what is now Fairview. During the 1960s East Montrose became a center for counterculture and hippie communes. Today a diverse mix of people and architecture, this pedestrian-friendly area was recently named one of the ten great neighborhoods in America. The tour will highlight a wide variety of architectural styles featuring six homes originally built between the early 1900s to modern. Tour goers can get a glimpse of how the architecture has been transformed over the years, with the results of unique and diverse renovations that are characteristic of this distinctive, eclectic neighborhood. Homes showcased on the tour are an eclectic mix of old and new. Six restaurants will offer delectable tastings to guests (quantities limited). Also, visit the working studios of six local artists, all within comfortable strolling distance. You'll be invited in to the space where artists get their inspiration, and you'll see where and how their crafts come to life. Plan to spend the day, browse neighborhood shops, and stay for lunch or dinner, as many local restaurants and clubs will offer special discounts for home tour patrons who present a tour ticket. The neighborhood folk music venue, Anderson Fair, 2007 Grant at Welch, will be open for the day.

n Saturday, April 22, at 7:00 p.m., Grace Episcopal Church will host a gala evening featuring The Very Reverend J. Pittman McGehee, D.D., who will speak on The Four Corners of Embodied Spirituality: We Are Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual Beings. An Episcopal priest and Jungian analyst, Dr. McGehee is known for his warmth, humor, and engaging insight as a speaker in the fields of psychology and religion. He has authored books, poetry, and essays, with books including The Invisible Church: Finding Spirituality Where You Are; Raising Lazarus: The Science of Healing the Soul; Words Made Flesh: Selected Sermons by The Very Reverend J. Pittman McGehee; and The Paradox of Love. For 11 years, Dr. McGehee served as Dean of Houston’s Christ Church Cathedral. He resides in Austin, Texas, where he is in private practice as a priest/ psychoanalyst and teacher/lecturer. He is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Texas, an adjunct instructor at Saybrook University, and a faculty member of the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland. The evening with Dr. McGehee will raise funds to benefit Grace’s mission. Following Dr. McGehee’s talk, plans call for a reception featuring delectable hors d’oeuvres by Cool Runnings, live music, a wine pull, and silent auction. For baseball fans, auction items include an authenticated baseball signed by Yogi Berra and inscribed with his famous phrase, “It ain’t over till it’s over!” and a baseball bat signed by Nolan Ryan. Grace Episcopal Church is a welcoming Christian community of people sharing their spiritual journeys through worship, fellowship, and outreach. Grounded in both Episcopal worship and ancient practices, Grace offers programs centered in contemplative and wholehearted living.

Advance tickets cost $15 at www.eastmontrose.org. Dayof-Tour tickets are $20 and available at any tour home. The Art Walk is free. Contact: Bill Maxey, 713-545-2909, bmaxey@mediadesigninc.com.

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The Healing program focuses on bringing local communities together to educate and empower WINDSOR VILLAGE aturday, April 22, 2017, 11am -4pm HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DAY the public to make informed decisions about all healthcare treatment options Kingdom Builders’ Center (KBC) Come for an hour or stay all day. 601 1 West Orem Drive • Free Food and Giveaways available, including clinical research participation. Please visit www.CISCRP.org Houston, TX 77085 In 2006 a group of practitioners Clinical Research Overview for more information on CISCRP’s full portfolio•ofOffering educational initiatives, programs, gathered together to create a space for • Free Health Screenings and Information and services. their practices. A Healing Collective Hear over from Study Volunteers Their On Friday, May 12, CISCRP is teaming up•with 100 local About Houston-based was created. We have changed over Experiencesfor All back to the Windsor organizations and community partners to bring AWARE the years, practitioners have moved on • Meet LocalDrive, Area Doctors and Researchers Village Kingdom Builders’ Center on 6011 West Orem Houston, TX 77085. and new practitioners have arrived but • Earn 2 CEUsand for thisruns program! The event is free and open to all members of the public from 11 AM to 2 we continue with our original vision of PM. The event will include informational exhibits that feature research charities and creating the space where healing occurs centers, local physicians and patient speakers, a reception to honor clinical research Celebrate with us at our open house participants or “Medical Heroes,” free food and beverages, prizes, giveaways, and as we offer you a myriad of wellness FIRST 50 TO PRE–REGISTER complimentary health screenings. 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arefoot running has become a popular activity for athletes, and with the right training, can be a helpful tool for many runners. A recent study from the University of Jaén, in Spain, confirms the benefits of barefoot running. Researchers set out to determine what types of changes a 12-week program of barefoot running would produce in foot strike patterns, inversion, eversion and foot rotation. Thirty-nine recreational athletes with no experience in barefoot running participated. Twenty formed the experimental group, with 19 serving as a control group. Researchers determined each runner’s low, high and comfortable running speed and conducted pre- and post-running tests using cameras to document foot strike patterns. The experimental group’s training consisted of a progressive increase in the duration and frequency of barefoot running, while those in the control group performed the same progressive running program with their shoes on. The experimental group showed significant changes in foot strike pattern, with a tendency toward a mid-foot strike at all speeds. They also displayed changes in foot rotation and inversion toward a more centered strike at the lower speed, supporting the notion that progressive barefoot training can help athletes trying to change their foot pattern to a mid- or front-foot strike.

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study from the University of Eastern Finland, in Kuopio, has found that less active boys perform worse in reading and arithmetic classes than their more active counterparts. Researchers studied 89 boys and 69 girls ages 6 to 8 and measured their sedentary time and moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) time using a heart rate monitor, movement sensors and body fat percentages. The subjects’ arithmetic and reading skills were calculated using standardized test scores. Comparing the data, the researchers found that higher levels of MVPA were associated with higher reading fluency in grade one and that lower reading levels were associated with more sedentary time in grades one through three. A significantly stronger correlation was discovered when male subjects were the focus. Sedentary boys that spent less time engaged in MVPA displayed consistently poorer scores in both reading fluency and comprehension than their peers. For girls, more sedentary time was associated with better arithmetic scores.

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The Pacific island nation of Kiribati has established the world’s second-largest (1.3 million-square-mile) shark sanctuary, which bans commercial fishing throughout, and has also expanded the Micronesia Regional Shark Sanctuary. The possession, trade and sale of sharks and shark products are also prohibited in these areas as is the use of fishing gear such as wire leaders for targeting sharks. Worldwide, about 100 million sharks are killed each year in commercial fisheries. Nearly 30 percent of all known shark species assessed by scientists are now threatened with extinction. Sharks are particularly vulnerable to overfishing because they mature and reproduce slowly. Many Pacific island nations have established shark sanctuaries, recognizing the valuable ecosystem and economic roles that healthy populations provide. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora recently added 13 shark and mobula ray species to its list, a step toward ensuring sustainable and legal trade of these species.

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From the Midwest to New England, “Wild ginger makes a nice, low groundcover with heart-shaped leaves in shade or part shade, where lawn grass often struggles,” suggests Pam Penick, of Austin, Texas, author of Lawn Gone: Low-Maintenance, Sustainable Attractive Alternatives for Your Yard. “Pennsylvania sedge, a low, grassy, meadow-like groundcover, can also work. For areas with full sun, bearberry, an evergreen creeping shrub with red berry-like fruit in fall, or prairie dropseed, a beautiful prairie grass with sparkling seed heads in fall, might be worth trying.” “Stick with the Carex family of plants, the sedges, for a native meadow,” echoes Greenlee. “They vary in color, texture and height. Follow nature’s lead and create a tapestry of commingled plants. Start slow and add flowering plants like Queen Anne’s lace, daisies, asters and poppies.”

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raditional turf lawns are an ecological nightmare,” says John Greenlee, author of The American Meadow Garden, who notes that most monoculture turf lawns never even get used. His company, Greenlee and Associates, in Brisbane, California, designs residential and other meadows throughout the U.S. as an engaging alternative. Many other appealing options likewise use native plants appropriate to the local climate. For instance, replacing Kentucky bluegrass, Bermuda grass or another non-native species with natives can deliver drought resistance and lower irrigation needs; eliminate any need for fertilizers or toxic pesticides; reduce or eliminate laborintensive and often polluting mowing and edging; enhance the beauty of a home; and attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife. Before replacing a lawn, determine the desired result. It may simply be achieving a low-maintenance, lawnfree yard; growing food like vegetables, herbs, fruit or nuts; or supplying ample flowers for a fresh weekly bouquet.

Other benefits might include increasing privacy, dining al fresco, escaping into nature or even sequestering carbon dioxide to reduce climate change. To be successful, choices must be appropriate to the climate, plant hardiness zone, local zoning ordinances and homeowner association rules. Also consider the soil quality and acidity, moisture content and whether plantings will be in full sun or shade, or both. The right regional native plants often include grasses and ferns, herbaceous plants like flowering perennials and woody ones like shrubs, vines and trees. Native plants provide shelter and food for wildlife and help preserve a sense of place. “Work with a professional landscaper in your area, ideally a member of the Association for Professional Landscape Designers,” advises Greenlee. Tap a local university extension service, master gardener and garden club for local expertise, often available at no or low cost via classes or club membership. natural awakenings

In sunny and welldrained areas of t h e S o u t h , Pe n i c k suggests Gulf muhly, an ornamental grass. “Its fall blooms resemble pink cotton candy floating above its green leaves.” In Florida, flowering sunshine mimosa with fern-like leaves and other natural groundcovers are low maintenance. “Basket grass is a low, evergreen grass-like plant with long, spaghetti-type leaves that puddle around it, suitable for shade or partially shaded areas,” advises Penick. “It’s slow to grow, but highly drought-tolerant and nicely covers a dry slope or spills over a retaining wall. Texas sedge makes a low-growing, meadowy alternative that’s evergreen and needs mowing only once every year or two.” Moss is a fine option for shady and moist areas. “If moss is naturally colonizing a patch of yard, allow it to fill in where the lawn doesn’t want to grow,” Penick counsels. “It makes a springy, evergreen groundcover needing only brief misting to keep it looking good during dry periods.” April 2017

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Plentiful sunshine, rare frosts and modest rainfalls make many California coastal areas perfect for growing lots of plants, rather than plots of water-thirsty turf. “For full sun, work with California yarrow, purple sage, Indian mallow, white sage, lupines and California sagebrush,” recommends Charlie Nardozzi, of Ferrisburgh, Vermont, author of Foodscaping.

“In shade, try mountain yarrow, mimulus monkey f l o w e r, C a l i f o r n i a honeysuckle, California flannel bush and coyote mint.” “Blue grama grass is native to many states, and buffalo grass is native to states west of the Mississippi River in the right places,” adds Greenlee. They’re especially suited for meadows established in drought-prone regions.

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“For sunny areas, try goat’s beard, penstemon, beach strawberry, mock orange and huckleberry,” says Nardozzi, who covers gardening nationally at GardeningWithCharlie.com. “For part shade, experiment with gooseberry, red flowering currants, western amelanchier, deer fern, trillium and wild ginger.” Adding some clover to a traditional lawn may eliminate the need for fertilizers while retaining some turf, says Erica Strauss, of Gamonds, Washington, in her Northwest Edible Life blog. “When the clover loses leaf mass from mowing, its roots die off to compensate and nitrogen enters the soil for neighboring plant roots to use.” White clover works well for those on a budget; microclover costs more and is even better. For shady, north-facing or boggywet areas, Strauss recommends sweet woodruff. Moss is another option.

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“If you crave a lawn but want to go native, Habiturf is perfect for the hot, dry Southwest,” says Penick. Developed by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, in Austin, Texas, it’s a mix of several native turf grasses, looks like a shaggy traditional lawn and can be occasionally mowed on a high setting to keep it neat. Once established, it needs far less water than traditional turf. “Silver ponyfoot grows well in many regions as an annual; as a perennial, it needs mild winters,” Penick continues. “Native to western Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, it likes good drainage, gravelly soil and full-to-part sun.” Xeriscaping—landscaping that requires little to no water—is especially prevalent in hot, dry regions. Plant picks typically include cactus, succulents, agave and herbs like rosemary or sage. John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, coauthors of ECOpreneuring and Farmstead Chef, operate the Inn Serendipity, in Browntown, WI.


and use rainfall, preventing it from draining into the sewer,” agrees Jennifer Riley-Chetwynd, with Colorado’s Denver Botanic Gardens. “Rain barrels collect water from gutters and downspouts so there’s more control in time and method of distribution, including perhaps drip irrigation.” According to the Groundwater Foundation, in Lincoln, Nebraska, rain gardens can remove up to 90 percent of problematic nutrients and chemicals and up to 80 percent of sediments from rainwater runoff. Compared to a conventional lawn, they allow 30 percent more water to soak into the ground.

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A kitchen garden represented by any kind of edible landscaping replaces some turf grass with produce. Carefully designed and maintained, it can be as attractive as any other garden space. “According to GardenResearch.com, 30 million U.S. households, about 25 percent, participated in vegetable gardening in 2015,” reports Dave Whitinger, executive director of the National Gardening Association, owned by Dash Works, in Jacksonville, Texas. “To integrate edibles into a landscape, first assess the locations of sunny and shady spots,” says garden consultant Charlie Nardozzi. “Then, identify plants suited to the growing conditions that will fit in those areas. Mix in edibles with flowers, shrubs and groundcovers to keep the yard beautiful.” For urban areas, he recommends raised beds and containers as a good way to integrate edibles, bringing in clean soil and moving containers to the sunniest spots in the yard. “We have 3,000 raised beds in Milwaukee,” says Gretchen Mead, executive director of the Victory Garden Initiative, which helps install edible landscapes. “We went from about 35 new kitchen gardens eight years ago to more than 500 each year now.” The easy-to-build raised beds go on top of or in place of turf lawns.

For Midwestern residents, Mead recommends beginning with six crops that can be started as transplants, like tomatoes or broccoli, and then growing a couple of plants from seed, like zucchini or green beans.

Water-Saving Gardens

“Water-saving gardens use less of this precious resource through appropriate plant choices, rain-conserving features, berming and terracing to slow runoff, water-permeable hardscaping and smart irrigation practices,” says Pam Penick, author of The Water-Saving Garden. “Regardless of where you live, saving water is a priority for everyone. Drought is a growing problem in the Southwest and West, but also affects the Midwest, Southeast and even New England.” “Rain gardens help absorb, retain

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Hardscaped areas are used far more frequently than the turf lawn they replace as we move through spaces like walkways, patios, fountains, decks and grilling areas to enjoy the outdoors. “Plant people can get excited about planting but forget to leave ample space for patios and paths, often resulting in an overgrown, pinched look for seating areas and other places meant to be inviting,” cautions Penick. “It can also be easy to underestimate how large plants can grow in a few years. Plan ahead for these ‘people spaces’ and install them before establishing garden beds.” Landscapers recommend being generous with this technique without paving over paradise. “Plants will spill and lean over hardscaping, so it won’t feel too large once your garden is filling in,” says Penick. “To address runoff and allow rainwater to soak into the soil, use water-permeable paving wherever possible: gravel, dry-laid flagstone or pavers; even mulch for casual paths.”

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to keep us alive for so long, they don’t know what to do with us. Thank God for massage therapy.’” Specialty certificate programs such as Puszko’s, representing advanced education and training within a modality qualified as therapeutic massage and bodywork, are benefitting both massage therapists and clients. Some outcomebased specialty modalities considered as requirements for specific populations

such as seniors, athletes, infants and cancer patients and survivors, are referred to as “medical massage”. The nonprofit National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork provides an accredited, voluntary certification beyond entrylevel state licensure. To maintain their status, therapists must complete 24 hours of continuing education and 100 hours of work experience, and pass a criminal background check every two years. The certifying board also approves continuing education providers that teach specialty techniques, including integrative health care, sports massage and military veteran massage. The result is therapies administered according to a national standard of excellence requisite for therapists working in collaboration with doctors, chiropractors, wellness centers, retirement care communities and other medical settings. Puszko, an approved provider who founded her service in 2000, offers beginning and advanced weekend workshops for therapists on the complexities of physiological changes and technical skills required to work with geriatric or senior clients. She works from three offices in upscale retirement communities and teaches approved continuing education curricula throughout the U.S. and internationally. “Although the skills I teach are not taught in massage school, they are in demand at independent and assisted living facilities where massage

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is considered a vital aspect of health care,” says Puszko. “Older Americans represent the greatest challenge to massage therapists. For elderly residents, stretching and pulling on delicate skin and joints, as well as pushing one’s elbow into gluteus maximus muscles, are unacceptable approaches.” She explains that they might be called upon for a range of needs from helping prepare a 70-year-old marathoner for a race to reducing the stress of an exhausted hospice patient. Geri Ruane is one of four founding directors of Oncology Massage Alliance, in Austin, Texas. She manages the operations for this nonprofit created in 2011 to help therapists that volunteer to administer complimentary hand and foot massage therapy to cancer patients and caregivers in chemotherapy infusion rooms and prior to radiation treatment. The alliance offers financial assistance to licensed massage therapists for advanced training through approved third-party oncology massage classes and provides hands-on experience with cancer patients. Ruane defines the essential aspects of an oncology massage therapist’s (OMT) skill set. “A properly trained therapist has an informed understanding of the disease itself and the many ways it can affect the human body; the side effects of cancer treatments, such as medications, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation; and the ability to modify massage techniques in order to adapt accordingly. Our main purpose is to reduce stress and provide emotional support for cancer patients and caregivers in radiation and infusion rooms.”

For example, an OMT will ask a patient about their cancer treatment history, including particulars of related individual health issues, prior to the massage. Hospitals in 35 states and Washington, D.C., now offer massage therapy to individuals during cancer treatment. MK Brennan, president of the Society for Oncology Massage, created in 2007, in Toledo, Ohio, is a registered nurse with a longtime practice in Charlotte, North Carolina. Brennan observes, “In nursing school, I was taught how to give a back rub, an aspect of patient care once provided by all nurses, but no longer part of a nurse’s education. It now appears that there could be a resurgence of interest in offering massage therapy in hospitals that would encompass more medical aspects and require modified techniques for different patient populations.” In addition to oncology and geriatric massage, other select massage therapy modalities such as orthopedic, bodywork, Asian techniques and those related to pregnancy, infant and child health care as well as other special needs require advanced education and training. Before making an appointment with a massage therapist/ bodyworker for a specific type of help, inquire about their knowledge, experience, training and continuing education. Ask about additional credentials above entry-level core education that are specific to special needs. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at ItsAllAboutWe.com.

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but ask yourself what went well for you that day? Did you represent yourself well? If you represented yourself poorly, what corrections do you need to make? Also, focus on the things that you were grateful for that day. Walker adds, “This time of reflection helps us gain day-today perspective on things we can control and things we can’t. We tend to focus our thinking on the things that are not within our control and it ends up making us feel powerless. If you take the opportunity to look at what you can control and take action on, you regain that power.”

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4. Take care of your relationships. “There are people in our lives who we know we can depend on and rely on, but they don’t just stay in our lives by chance,” Walker explains. Relationships are necessary for our mental health and they need nurture and attention to help people really feel connected. Be intentional about making consistent communication with friends. Setting time to get together with friends after a dreaded work project or family matter gives you extra motivation to complete those tasks. 5. Reward yourself. According to the science of neurochemistry, having something to look forward to, such as positive rewards, releases endorphins, dopamine and other neurotransmitters in the brain. “When you have positive outcomes from engaging in an activity you like, you’re likely to repeat it. There are things that we don’t enjoy that we have to do, so if you reward yourself upon completion it makes it less arduous and gives us more perseverance when it becomes difficult,” says Walker. 6. Making new social connections. Since we spend a lot of time at work, it’s really important to participate in events that aren’t work related to increase your social connections. Identify something you would enjoy doing at least once a month with a group of people who aren’t your coworkers. Ideas include intramural sports leagues, community choirs, gardening clubs or DIY classes. Walker advises that “You need something that helps you remember you’re a person outside of work and family. Spend time developing you as a person, not necessarily you as a spouse, CEO, employee, parent, etc.” 7. Writing. “If you come up against things that are challenging and you don’t know what you think about them, start writing,” says Walker. “We spend a lot of time thinking about challenges or even opportunities, but thinking is asking the brain to analyze the thoughts the brain just generated without added input. This often results in spinning in one place with no clarity about the challenge.” Walker adds that writing allows us to bring in multiple senses and functionality beyond just thinking. “If you


begin writing you’re using your hand; that’s a motor skill. The piece of paper you’re writing on allows us to visually see our words and thoughts. The sound of the pen on the paper piques our auditory skills. The ink stimulates the olfactory sense of smell. Holding the paper or placing your fingers across the indentation of the words is the sense of touch. If you can have the discipline to write things down, you’ll utilize multiple senses to help your brain understand why you’re hung up on something.” These tips can provide a jumpstart to a self-care routine that focuses on physical and mental wellness. Any of them can be used by themselves or in combination with other tips as long as the basics, such as sleep, are covered. “Add these tips into your daily routine as you see fit, but don’t allow them to add stress to your life,” said Walker. “Perhaps writing works for a period of time, but during a different season you may want to allocate more time for making social connections. Figure out what works best for you and what yields the most positive results.” Walker adds that this type of selfcompassion is an integral component of overall wellness, and that people should be honest with themselves when more help is needed. Menninger clinicians often warn that there’s a difference between feeling anxious or depressed during a difficult season and actually suffering from anxiety and depression. If the concern is the latter, people may consider therapy and assessments in an outpatient mental health care setting.

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ommune with nature.” is the fourth way to ignite your life in my “IGNITE YOUR LIFE!” art project and community campaign (www.IgniteYourOwnLife. com) and the word associated with this concept is “COMMUNE.” I especially like this one since “commune” is such a rich word: it can mean “connect,” “community,” and “be in silence with.” All of those are good things indeed. But this month I want to focus on being in silence with and connecting to nature. We are of nature so it seems strange to have to even tell ourselves to connect to nature! Isn’t it obvious that we need to do that?! Well, no. Sadly, most of us spend our days connected

to our electronic devices – maybe sometimes more than each other. I’m typing this on a computer upon which I spend several hours each day. I don’t get out in nature as many hours as I compute! But as I write this, I’m realizing that’s something I need to do more (Join me! After you read this article, put it down, and run outside…or to a park…or the beach. And I promise to do the same!). Back in 2005, journalist and author Richard Louv coined the phrase “nature-deficit disorder” in his best-selling book, Last Child in the Woods. A few years later, he had this to say: “Nature-deficit disorder is not a formal diagnosis, but a way to describe the psychological, physical, and cognitive costs of human alienation from nature, particularly for children in their vulnerable developing years.” (Psychology Today, January 2009). He felt hopeful that we could overcome this condition with careful attention to our activities and conscious efforts to be one with the woods. He was also buoyed by Obama’s support of environmental initiatives. Getting back to nature involves people at ALL levels – parents, adults, kids, governments. With the new administration declaring that they will dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency, it’s now more important than ever to keep an eye on green politics. So, how do we bring nature back into our own lives and that of our children’s? It’s recommended that we spend at least 30 minutes outside every day – and as parents, we must do this ourselves so we can be a good example. Research has found the benefits of nature communing include increased short-term memory, improved concentration, resistance to cancer, and much more.

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farmers’markets SATURDAY DAILY

Canino Produce and Farmer’s Market. 6am-8pm (except Thanksgiving and Christmas) Over 20,000 square feet of Texas produce. Canino Produce and Farmer’s Market 2520 Airline, 77009. 713-862-4027 caninoproduce.com Last Organic Outpost Harvest. Mon-Sat 9am-6pm (except during extreme cold or rainy weather). Come and get your hands in the dirt. Help with the work of the garden and harvest your share for FREE. Last Organic Outpost, 711 Emile Street, 77020. 832-422-8407 www.lastorganicoutpost.com *On Sundays, the LOO is closed but you can find us at East End's Farmers Market from 10am-2pm!!* NuWaters Food Co-Op. 11am-7pm Mon-Sat. 1-5pm Sun. We are a retail food cooperative located in the area currently known as Midtown and historically known as the 3rd Ward. Our store is in the historic old Eldorado Ball Room building. We provide fresh food to a community recently identified as a food desert. NuWaters is a fresh twist on a very old idea. We are not recreating the wheel, we are dusting off the wheel and using it again. We invite you to join us on this journey to community and food wholeness. NuWaters Food Co-Op 2320 Elgin, 77004. NuWatersCo-Op.com

TUESDAY

Spring Branch Farmer’s Market. 2-6pm. Unitarian Fellowship of Houston, 1504 Wirt Road, 77055. facebook.com/ springbranchfarmersmarkethouston Rice University Farmer’s Market. 3:30pm-6:30pm. Rice University, Entrance 13B off of Greenbriar Dr, 5600 Greenbriar 77005. farmersmarket.rice.edu/ Rawfully Organic Food Co-Op. 1-4pm for volunteer hours. 4-7pm for pick-up. Houston Arboretum, 4501 Woodway Dr., 77024. You must order your shares by 9pm Monday in order to pick up on Tuesday. Rawfullyorganic.com

Eastside Urban Harvest Farmer’s Market. 8am-12n. 3000 Richmond at Eastside, 77098. urbanharvest.org The Farm Stand at Petrol Station. 9am-1pm. Petrol Station, 938 Wakefield Dr., 77018. 713.957.2875 http:// bit.ly/1oD6m8F The Woodlands Farmer’s Market at Grogan’s Mill. 8am-12n. 7 Switchbud Place, Spring, 77380. grogansmillvillage.com Farmer’s Market on Grand Parkway. 8am-12n. Church of the Holy Apostles, 1225 W. Grand Parkway, Katy, 77494. farmersmarketongrandparkway.com Heights Epicurean Farmer’s Market. 8:30am-1:30pm. First Saturdays only. Grace UMC, 1245 Heights Blvd., 77008. HeightsEpicurean.com Memorial Villages Farmers Market. 9am-1pm. First Congregational Church, 10840 Beinhorn Rd. 77024. http://bit.ly/1YfwDWD Farmer’s Market at Imperial. 9am-1pm. 198 Kempner, Sugar Land, 77498. Imperialfarmersmarket.com Tomball Farmer’s Market. 9am-1pm. 205 W. Main St. on the corner of Main Street (FM 2920) and Walnut Street in downtown Tomball, 77377. tomballfarmersmarket.org Conroe Saturday AM Farmers Market. 9am-1pm. 135 N Main, Conroe, 77301 facebook.com/ConroeSamM/

SUNDAY

East End Street Market. 10am-2pm. 2800 Navigation Blvd, 77003. Eastendhouston.com/market Magnolia Farmer’s & Artisan’s Market. 11am-3pm. 1st , 3rd & 5th Sundays. Intersection of FM 1488 and FM 1774 in Magnolia, 77354. sweetmagnoliapickins.net Farmers Market at Bridgeland. 12:30-3:30pm. 2nd Sunday. 16902 Bridgeland Landing, Cypress 77433. farmersmarketatbridgeland.org

WEDNESDAY

Central City Co-Op. 9am-6pm. Kindred Church, 2515 Waugh Dr., 77006. centralcityco-op.com City Hall Farmer’s Market. 11am-1:30pm. City Hall. 901 Bagby Street, 77002 urbanharvest.org

THURSDAY

Westchase District Farmer’s Market. 3-6pm. 10503 Westheimer (at Rogerdale), 77042. (1 block west of Beltway 8) westchasedistrictfarmersmarket.com Kingwood Farmer’s Market. 3-7pm. Town Center Park, 8 N. Main St., Kingwood, 77339. facebook.com/kingwoodfarmersmarket

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We live in Houston, a seemingly concrete jungle, but there is more nature here than meets the eye. Houston has 52,912 acres of total park space, with 23.6 acres per 1,000 residents, which is almost double (yes, double!) the national average. Houston Wilderness (www.houstonwilderness.org) oversees our 10 different ecoregions which they are working hard to preserve. Our city government has a specialized Office of Sustainability (www.greenhoustontx. gov), which has information on their Green Building Resource Center, their Bikeways program, and much more. And several organizations have come together to encourage Houstonians to get outside with a new program and website, Get Out Here Houston Gulf Coast (www. getoutherehouston.org), which is a portal for nature organizations, outdoors events, and more. Its partners include the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center (www.houstonarboretum.org), Mercer Botanic Gardens (www.hcp4.net/ community/parks/mercer), and Nature Discovery Center (www.naturediscoverycenter.org), among others. “Earth Day” is Saturday, April 22 and there are a variety of activities being planned in the greater Houston area. Citizens Environmental Coalition (www. cechouston.org) is the sponsor of Earth Day Houston (www.earthdayhouston. org) – CEC is also a terrific resource for natural Houston. “Commune with nature.” Is one of my 12 ways to ignite your life daily – ways that, if followed, will stave off depression, anxiety, loneliness, and isolation. Being ignited for your life does that! Sarah Gish is the founder of IGNITE YOUR LIFE. Igniteyourlive.com and the publisher of GISH PICKS: Culture for Kids and Adults. Gishpicks.com. See ad on page 18.


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SATURDAY APRIL 1ST

Marva’s Holistic Fair. 10:00am-5:00pm. Psychics, tarot readers, palmists, healers, vendors of all sorts. Admission Free. LaQuinta Inn-Galleria, 1625 W Loop 610 South on West Loop 610 between San Felipe and Post Oak, 77027. psychicfairs.com 713-444-3581

markyourcalendar Yoga on the Meadow. 10am–2pm. This inaugural event will educate the public about the needs of organ failure and transplant patients while inspiring attendees with a family-friendly day of yoga classes, food, contests, raffles, vendors, healthy cooking presentations and door prizes. Proceeds from the event benefit transplant patients and their families staying at Nora’s Home, which supports them during the trials of organ transplantation and also raise awareness for the need of organ donor registration. $25 per person in advance; $30 day of event. The Houstonian Hotel, Club and Spa - 111 N Post Oak Ln. , 77024

SUNDAY APRIL 2ND

Bayou Bikers. 8:00am. Meet at Market Square Park for 2540 mile bike rides exploring the bayous of Houston. Rides are open to all. Mountain bikes or bikes with fat tires are necessary. This is an informal group whose purpose is to show Houstonians and visitors the beauty of Houston's waterways. Market Square, 301 Milam, 77002. 713-845-1000 marketsquarepark.com Blessing Ceremony. 10:00am-12:00pm. Free. CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 zen@cthouston.org www. cthouston.org 281-568-1568 Amazing Parents & Amazing Kids. 12:15pm–1:30pm. Does your child have ADD, OCD, dyslexia, autism or other developmental differences? This parent group is designed to provide a time of connection and mutual support. You do not need to be a member of the church to attend. Free; lunch and childcare provided. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main Street, 77004. www.stpaulshouston.org/gatherings Attract a Loving Relationship with Feng Shui with Julie Britt. 2:00pm–3:30pm. If the relationship you want refuses to manifest, take heart. Feng Shui advises that every item in your home –its color, shape and placement – symbolically reveals the life you are writing for yourself. Have you been writing yourself out of a loving relationship? Look around and see! Using Feng Shui principles, you can attract the love you want. $30.00. Body Mind & Soul, 7951 Katy Frwy Ste. N, 77024. 713-993-0550 www.bmshouston.com

TUESDAY APRIL 4TH

Oneness Blessing Meeting with Golden Orb Deeksha. 7:00pm9:00pm. Experience the newest form of Deeksha released from Oneness University, the Golden Orb Deeksha! This Deeksha will be offered the last Tuesday of each month at our Oneness meeting. All those initiated as Golden Orb Deeksha Givers are welcome to give the Blessing; everyone else may receive the Golden Orb Deeksha! All are welcome to attend and experience this special Blessing! Child care available, reservation only. $10 suggested Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr., 77057. 713-782-4050 unityhouston.org

WEDNESDAY APRIL 5TH

Desert Mothers. 6:30pm–8:30pm. Dr. Tamara Lewis, theologian in residence at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, will facilitate a class about early Christianity’s desert mothers. Travel back to the 4th and 5th centuries to visit with the Egyptian and Syrian ascetic desert mothers. Reflect on their wisdom sayings and practice meditative prayer. Free and open to the public. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main Street, 77004. www.stpaulshouston.org/gatherings

Seeking the Welfare of the City: Decoding Whiteness, Race and Reconciliation. 7:00pm-8:30pm. A three-part series engaging important texts around racial dynamics and how they impact the social, spiritual and moral welfare of our city. Facilitated by Rev. Dr. Matt Russell and Rev. Karyn Richards-Kuan in the Jones Bldg, Fondren Hall. Free and open to the public. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main Street, 77004. www.stpaulshouston.org/gatherings

THURSDAY APRIL 6TH

LiveStream Oneness Meditation Broadcast with Reverend Howard Caesar. 11:30pm-12:30pm. The Oneness Meditation is a powerful transmission of Divine Energy which helps one move into higher states of consciousness; allowing the individual to deepen their spiritual journey. The results are transformative, bringing lasting changes and shifts in consciousness. Each person will have their own unique experience during the meditation. Love offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr., 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org KINETIC String Orchestra Concert. 7:00pm–8:00pm. Formed in 2015, Houston-based KINETIC is a conductorless string ensemble of the highest caliber of live music making. Free and open to the public. Final concert in the Lenten Recital Series, sponsored by the St. Paul’s Chamber Music Society. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main Street, 77004. More at www.stpaulshouston.org/chambermusicsociety

SATURDAY APRIL 8TH

markyourcalendar Mediumship in Action: Photograph Reading with Doyle Ward. 1:00pm–4:00pm. Join this action packed 3-hour workshop and learn to use a photograph to psychically sense the soul of people or places connected to them. Everyone will get a message! Bring an open mind along with a photograph to be read and let the connections begin! $45.00. Body Mind & Soul, 7951 Katy Frwy Ste. N, 77024. 713-993-0550 www.bmshouston.com A Weekend of Release and Renewal: An EMDR and Hypnosis Approach. 9:00am-3:00pm both April 8th & 9th. Join hypnotist Claudia Autry, and psychologist Dee Gardner (LMSW, LCDC, CSAT, EMDR-II) and learn how Eye Movement Desensitization Reprogramming and Hypnosis can used for anxiety, depression and other trauma in this highly experiential workshop. Demystify hypnosis and experience anxiety reducing EMDR and hypnosis. Early registration discount before 4/ 1 of $295 and $325 after. 3207 Mercer St., 77027. Contact to RSVP Claudia 281-849-4610 or Dee 832-489-1998.

markyourcalendar YogaMass®. 5:00pm-6:15pm. A unique and participative worship experience engaging the senses and integrating body, mind, and spirit through the combined practice of yoga, breath work, meditation, and Holy Communion. Bring your mind, body, soul and mat. All levels are welcome. Chairs are available for those who wish to sit. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort (one block west of Stella Link), 77025. For more information, contact Grace at 832-667-8601, info@graceinhouston.org or yogamass.com.

MONDAY APRIL 10TH

First Degree Reiki with Melanie Harrell. 9:00am–1:30pm. Reiki is an ancient healing technique that is easy to learn and easy to practice – all you need are your hands. In this practical, grounded class, you will receive four attunements and learn to give Reiki treatments to yourself and others. Students are fully capable of practicing Reiki afterward and certification is included. $200.00. Body Mind & Soul, 7951 Katy Frwy Ste. N, 77024. 713-993-0550 www.bmshouston.com

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Farm Shares Schedule Plant It Forward Farms invites you to enjoy your own weekly box of our fresh, local produce through our Farm Share program which helps ensure our efforts to give newly arrived refugees access to the American dream. You, the socially and environmentally conscious consumer, will be supporting local refugee farmers and their families to earn a living wage by farming sustainably on urban farms in Houston. Farm Shares may be picked up at the following locations. Visit our website for more information or to sign up. http://plant-it-forward.org/our-produce/ farm-share/

MONDAY:

Nature Discovery Center in Bellaire 3:30 - 7 pm 7112 Newcastle St, Bellaire Avenufitness West University 3:30 - 6:30 pm 6211 Edloe St, Houston, TX 77005

TUESDAY:

Local Foods in Rice Village 3:30 - 7 pm 2424 Dunstan Rd, Houston Dr. Blazek's Office in the Heights 3:30 - 7 pm 2310 Rutland St, Houston Pearland Elite Training Center 3:30 - 7 pm 4407 Halik St, Pearland University of St. Thomas 4 - 6:30 pm 1318 Sul Ross St., Montrose Plant It Forward Warehouse 3:30 - 7 pm 4030 Willowbend Blvd, Meyerland

WEDNESDAY:

Fondren Farm 3:30 - 7 pm 10611 Fondren Rd, Houston Dr. Blazek's Office in the Heights 3:30 - 7 pm 2310 Rutland St, Houston University of St. Thomas 3:30 - 7 pm 1318 Sul Ross St., Montrose

THURSDAY

The Woodlands Yoga Studio 5 - 8 pm 25126 Grogans Park Dr, The Woodlands

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New Family Empowerment Group. 6:30pm-7:30pm. Motherhood Empowered would like to welcome expecting parents and parents with infants to discuss infant milestones, joys, challenges and our topic of the month! Free. Malcom Purvis Library, 510 Melton Street, Magnolia, 77354. www.motherhoodempowered.com

TUESDAY APRIL 11TH

First Degree Reiki with Melanie Harrell. 9:00am–1:30pm. Reiki is an ancient healing technique that is easy to learn and easy to practice – all you need are your hands. In this practical, grounded class, you will receive four attunements and learn to give Reiki treatments to yourself and others. Students are fully capable of practicing Reiki afterward and certification is included. $200.00. Body Mind & Soul, 7951 Katy Frwy Ste. N, 77024. 713-993-0550 www.bmshouston.com Oneness Blessing Meeting with Prana Deeksha. 7:00pm9:00pm. Prana Deeksha is the most powerful form of Deeksha. A Prana Deeksha Giver must be initiated in the Temple of the Supreme Light by touching the physical Golden Ball which is embedded with the power of the Supreme Light. Please note that Prana Deeksha is given spontaneously only if the needed conditions are met. If the conditions are not met, either Golden Orb or Hands On Deeksha will be given. Child care available, reservation only. $10 suggested Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr., 77057. 713-782-4050 unityhouston.org

THURSDAY APRIL 13TH

Free Coaching Event! 6:00pm-8:00pm. Consultants Cherie Ray & Kim Kasse will share information and have a conversation about what we all strive to achieve. You will gain insights and meet new friends at this free group coaching event. Attend virtually if you’re unable to attend in person. Free. True You Creativity Studio, Houston Heights, 77008. Reserve your space by emailing Cherie@trueyoucreativity.com or call 832-545-8488.

FRIDAY APRIL 14TH

Life Coaching & Intuitive Painting - Living with Clarity and Aliveness! *Weekend Workshop* Friday evening 4/14, Saturday 4/15, and Sunday 4/16. This year live creatively with Clarity and Aliveness. You will experience living in pure potential and possibility. Intuitive Painting is painting with no goal in mind. Exploring painting in a critique- free studio reconnects you with your innate Creativity. Houston Heights Studio, 77008. Workshops are also available virtually. For more information and to register, visit www.trueyoucreativity.com or call 832-545-8488.

SATURDAY APRIL 15TH

Group Past Life Regression with Melanie Harrell. 10:30am– 12:00pm & 1:30pm–3:00pm. Have you ever felt drawn to a person or place and wondered why? Have you ever sincerely worked on an issue and found that it keeps coming back? Join Melanie for an exploration of your past through the fascinating process of past life regression. Group regressions are for “light” subjects. Deep or difficult issues should be addressed privately. $40.00. Body Mind & Soul, 7951 Katy Frwy Ste. N, 77024. 713-993-0550 www.bmshouston.com

TUESDAY APRIL 18TH

Clear the Air… Smoke Cessation Using the Power of Your Mind. 5:30pm-6:00pm. Join Claudia Autry, certified hypnotist and Reagan Barry, licensed acupuncturist for an informative talk and learn how hypnosis, acupuncture and herbology can be used to stop cravings, stop the smoking habit quickly and permanently, and restore health and well-being. Free. Meridian Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine, 8831 Long Point Rd. #302, 77055. Contact Reagan at 281-788-6654.

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Oneness Blessing Meeting with Golden Orb Deeksha. 7:00pm9:00pm. Experience the newest form of Deeksha released from Oneness University, the Golden Orb Deeksha! This Deeksha will be offered the last Tuesday of each month at our Oneness meeting. All those initiated as Golden Orb Deeksha Givers are welcome to give the Blessing; everyone else may receive the Golden Orb Deeksha! All are welcome to attend and experience this special Blessing! Child care available, reservation only. $10 suggested Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr., 77057. 713-782-4050 unityhouston.org

THURSDAY APRIL 20TH

Blanket Bingo. 6:00pm-9:00pm. (Bingo begins at 7pm). This popular park favorite it is back! Bring your blanket, lawn chairs or snag one of the tables at the park for a night of music and great prizes. $10 admission includes one bingo packet (appr. 9 games). Additional games and daubers can be purchased for $1 each. Benefits Market Square Park and Buffalo Bayou Partnership. Market Square Park, 301 Milam, 77002 marketsquarepark.com

FRIDAY APRIL 21ST

One-day Retreat. 9:00am-4:30pm. Chan/Zen Meditation Classes guided by Ordained Zen Masters of Chung Tai Chan Monastery. Free. CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 zen@cthouston.org www.cthouston.org 281-568-1568

SATURDAY APRIL 22ND

One-day Retreat. 9:00am-4:30pm. Chan/Zen Meditation Classes guided by Ordained Zen Masters of Chung Tai Chan Monastery. Free. CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 zen@cthouston.org www. cthouston.org 281-568-1568 Earthday Birthday, Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of A Healing Collective. 10:00am-4:00pm. A Healing Collective invites you to join us during our 10th anniversary celebration featuring samples of the work done at AHC by leading healers and educators in Houston. Free to attend. A Healing Collective, 4231 Bellaire Blvd., Suite T, 77025. Contact Margaret Harle at margaret.harle@ahealingcollective.com or call 713-419-8207.

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Oneness Blessing Meeting with Prana Deeksha. 7:00pm9:00pm. Prana Deeksha is the most powerful form of Deeksha. A Prana Deeksha Giver must be initiated in the Temple of the Supreme Light by touching the physical Golden Ball which is embedded with the power of the Supreme Light. Please note that Prana Deeksha is given spontaneously only if the needed conditions are met. If the conditions are not met, either Golden Orb or Hands On Deeksha will be given. Child care available, reservation only. $10 suggested Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr., 77057. 713-782-4050 unityhouston.org

THURSDAY APRIL 27TH

Exploring the Principles of Creativity & Intuitive Painting. 6:00pm-8:45pm. Intuitive Painting swings the doors open to living with more expression and authenticity. When you understand the nature of creativity and its principles, you begin to relax and trust. You will learn these principles during this series. No experience is needed. No critiques are permitted. All materials included. $55/session multi session discounts available. True You Creativity Studio in The Heights. For more information and to register, visit www.trueyoucreativity.com or call 832-545-8488.

FRIDAY APRIL 28TH

Exploring the Principles of Creativity & Intuitive Painting. 10:00am-12:45pm. Intuitive Painting swings the doors open to living with more expression and authenticity. When you understand the nature of creativity and its principles, you begin to relax and trust. You will learn these principles during this series. No experience is needed. No critiques are permitted. All materials included. $55/session multi session discounts available. True You Creativity Studio in The Heights. For more information and to register, visit www.trueyoucreativity.com or call 832-545-8488. Critical Mass-Houston. Assemble at 6:30 pm. Roll at 7:15pm. A casual bike ride starting from downtown Houston and going wherever. Cars rule the road every day, but one day a month we get together to celebrate our love for bicycles and have fun riding. Free. Market Square, 301 Milam, 77002. criticalmasshouston.com

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Gala at Grace. 7-10pm. A gala event to benefit the ministries of Grace Episcopal Church, home of Yoga MassTM. The event features The Very Reverend J. Pittman McGehee, D.D speaking on The Four Corners of Embodied Spirituality, a silent auction and hors d’oeuers. $100. Grace Episcopal Church 4040 West Bellfort Avenue, Houston TX 77025. For more information call 832-667-8601. For tickets go to tinyurl.com/GraceGala

Abolish Your Inner Saboteur 2017. April 28th-30th! This live weekend event will transform, empower and launch your unique passion into the world even faster. End selfdoubt, confusion, worry, hesitance, stalling... Transform it all into SHEER POWER. Realize your potential. Make your mark. Freedom awaits. For registration and ticket info visit TinaMarie.com/abolish or call (888) 721-4204. Hilton Post Oak, 2001 Post Oak Blvd., 77056.

SUNDAY APRIL 23RD

One-day Retreat. 9:00am-4:30pm. Chan/Zen Meditation Classes guided by Ordained Zen Masters of Chung Tai Chan Monastery. Free. CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 zen@cthouston.org www.cthouston.org 281-568-1568

MONDAY APRIL 24TH

Breastfeeding Empowerment Group. 6:30pm-7:30pm. Motherhood Empowered would like to welcome moms-to-be and currently breastfeeding moms to relate & discuss breastfeeding joys, challenges and our topic of the month! Free. Malcom Purvis Library, 510 Melton Street, Magnolia, 77354. www.motherhoodempowered.com New Moon in Taurus Forecast & Meditation with Max Highstein. 7:00pm–8:30pm. The New Moon of Taurus heralds a month long opportunity to evaluate resources and create more fertile ground within which our initiatory efforts can take root and prosper. Venus is the character within who assesses value and worth of other people, things, and Self, and acts to attract that which you desire. Join us as we come together to celebrate and honor the stability of Mother Earth and the many gifts that she provides. $25.00. Body Mind & Soul, 7951 Katy Frwy Ste. N, 77024. 713-993-0550 www.bmshouston.com

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Mind Over Mouth - Managing Your Weight, Size and Shape Introduction. 7:00pm-8:00pm. Join hypnotists Claudia Autry and Stephanie McDaniel and get in shape for summer! Learn how hypnosis can be used to help with weight management goals by decoding cravings, reinforcing healthy behaviors of drinking water, food portions, mindfulness and exercise, and increasing willingness and motivation. Class will include information demystifying hypnosis and short hypnosis session. $10. 3207 Mercer St., 77027. Contact Claudia to RSVP 281-849-4610.

TUESDAY, MAY 2ND & TUESDAY, MAY 16TH

Clear the Air… Smoke Cessation Using the Power of Your Mind. 5:30pm-6:00pm. Join Claudia Autry, certified hypnotist and Reagan Barry, licensed acupuncturist for an informative talk and learn how hypnosis, acupuncture and herbology can be used to stop cravings, stop the smoking habit quickly and permanently, and restore health and well-being. Free. Meridian Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine, 8831 Long Point Rd. #302, 77055. Contact Reagan at 281-788-6654.


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The 22nd Annual Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance. Sat. 5/6, 10am-5pm - Sun. 5/7, 9am-4pm. A weekend-long, nationally acclaimed classic car and vintage wooden boat show takes place each spring and attracts more than 15,000 attendees. Proceeds from the 2017 event will again benefit the Boys and Girls Harbor, whose mission is to provide a home and safe environment for abandoned and abused children and healthy, comprehensive care for children and families in crisis. $25 online in advance, $35 at the gate, kids 10 & under free. Lakewood Yacht Club 2425 E NASA Pkwy., Seabrook, 77586. www.keels-wheels.com

SUNDAY, MAY 7TH

Blessing Ceremony. 10:00am-12:00pm. Free. CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 zen@cthouston.org www. cthouston.org 281-568-1568

markyourcalendar International Vegetarian Cuisine Festival. Noon. The Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston will host the third annual International Vegetarian Cuisine Festival. This year, the event will feature approximately fifty vegetarian dishes from up to thirty countries. The different foods will be on display along with placards identifying the food, the country, and a brief description. Visitors will have a chance to savor each dish. Come and enjoy the amazing variety of vegetarian cuisine available worldwide! Free. CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. zen@cthouston.org www.cthouston.org 281-568-1568

MONDAY, MAY 8TH

New Family Empowerment Group. 6:30pm-7:30pm. Motherhood Empowered would like to welcome expecting parents and parents with infants to discuss infant milestones, joys, challenges and our topic of the month! Free. Malcom Purvis Library, 510 Melton Street, Magnolia, 77354. www.motherhoodempowered.com

SUNDAY, MAY 12TH

Meditation Workshop. 10:00-12:00pm. Open to everyone especially for beginners to meditation. The master will give a brief introduction to meditation and guide the participants to do meditation. Free, donations welcome. CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 zen@cthouston.org www.cthouston.org 281-568-1568

markyourcalendar AWARE for All – Houston. 11:00am-2:00pm. Aware For All is a free program that brings the local community together to learn about the clinical research process. The event provides free health screenings, free food, and important information about clinical research, community resources, and clinical trial participation. The event also serves as a forum for open dialogue between patients, members of the public, and health and research professionals. Free, Pre-registration is encouraged. Windsor Village, Kingdom Builders’ Center (KBC), 6011 West Orem Drive, 77085. awareforall@ciscrp.org 1-877-MED-HERO (1-877-633-4376) www.awareforall.org

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New Directions Therapy Training 2-4pm. Reserve your place in a New Directions Therapy Training class lead by Dr. Nettie Ramsay.FREE. Wellness Consultations 12900 Queensberry Lane #201 Houston, TX 77079. Call 281-7945255. drnettie.net

SUNDAY, MAY 21ST

Half-day Retreat. 9:00am-12:00pm. Chan/Zen Meditation Classes guided by Ordained Zen Masters of Chung Tai Chan Monastery. Free. CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 zen@cthouston.org www.cthouston.org 281-568-1568

MONDAY, MAY 22ND

Breastfeeding Empowerment Group. 6:30pm-7:30pm. Motherhood Empowered would like to welcome moms-to-be and currently breastfeeding moms to relate & discuss breastfeeding joys, challenges and our topic of the month! Free. Malcom Purvis Library, 510 Melton Street, Magnolia, 77354. www.motherhoodempowered.com

ongoingevents daily markyourcalendar 5th Annual Blue Plate Special. The Blue Plate Special is The Thread Alliance’s citywide public awareness and education campaign encouraging Houstonians to take action against child abuse and toward healing. Local restaurants support the cause by offering a “blue plate special” during the month of April, Child Abuse Prevention Month, and donating a percentage or flat dollar amount to The Thread Alliance. Proceeds from The Blue Plate Special will help The Thread Alliance achieve its ultimate goal of ending the cycle of child abuse. Visit any participating local Houston restaurant. April 1st-30th, 2017. www.thethreadalliance.org/blue-plate-special

Beginners Yoga 7-8:30 pm. Discover your strengths and balances through a therapeutic approach to yoga alignment and mind/body integration. First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, 5200 Fannin 77004. stanpolins@hal-pc.org. www.firstuu.org Food Not Bombs. 8pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Courtyard 521 Lamar, 77002. houstonfoodnotbombs.org

tuesday Grace2Go. 7:00-8:30 am. On the go? Want a boost to the start of your day? Drive thru for free coffee, a breakfast bite, and a prayer if desired. All are welcome. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort, 77025. www.graceinhouston.org.

Houston Arboretum. 7am-7pm. Walk in nature. Learn about native plants and wildlife. Free. Houston Arboretum 4501 Woodway Dr., 77024. houstonarboretum.org

Yoga at India House. 11:00-12:00am. Enjoy relaxing cardio work out at India House. Free. India House, 8888 West Bellfort, 77031. Go to the website, print out the form and email it to the address given. http://bit.ly/2kbWEst

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International Prayer Pole. Write a prayer in your own heart language and tie it to the ribbons on the outdoor Prayer Pole to be constructed as a temporary installation on the corner of Main and Binz. From a concept developed from totem poles, Tibetan prayer flags and Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross), this interactive prayer station will be open through Easter (4/15). St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main Street, 77004. www.stpaulshouston.org/lent

T'ai Chi Ch'uan. 5:45pm-7:00pm. Intended for serious relaxation, this class concentrates on creating and moving Chi/Qi (vital force) through meditation while moving. Jon Naylor teaches the traditional Yang Style short form with martial arts references. Beginners are encouraged to arrive early. Free. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin Street, 77004. firstuu.org

Free Vegetarian Meal. 9:00am. (except Sunday) A free vegetarian meal for any and all. Free. ISKCON Temple 1320 West 34th Street, 77018. 713-686-4482 iskconhouston.org St. Arnold Brewing Company - Brewery Tours. Mon.-Fri. Public Tours at 1:00pm and 3:00pm – no admission charge, food and beer a la carte prices. Sat. Tours at 12pm, 1pm, and 2pm - $10 Admission Charge (includes souvenir glass and four 8oz samples). 2000 Lyons Ave, 77020. saintarnold.com 713-686-9494 Rothko Chapel. 10am-6pm (except during special events) The Rothko Chapel is an independent institution, a sacred place open to all people, every day. Free. Rothko Chapel 3900 Yupon, 77006. 713-524-9839 rothkochapel.org Free Vegetarian Meal. 12:30pm. (except Sunday) A free vegetarian meal for any and all. Free. ISKCON Temple 1320 West 34th Street, 77018. 713-686-4482 iskconhouston.org Waugh Bridge Bat Colony. Sunset. Every evening at sunset, more than 250,000 Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from crevices found in the Waugh Drive Bridge. These creatures are non-migratory and call the bayou home year-round. Free. Waugh Street at Allen Parkway 77019. houstontx.gov/parks/bats.html Free Vegetarian Meal. 7:30pm. (except Sunday) A free vegetarian meal for any and all. Free. ISKCON Temple 1320 West 34th Street, 77018. 713-686-4482 iskconhouston.org

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The Self-Invest Series with Helen Racz. 11am-1pm and 6:45pm-8:45pm. Happiness and success can often seem illusive, mysterious or even magical, like we need a special chant, a favor from the Divine or to find just the right key to make it a regular part of our lives. LEARN how to apply SPIRITUAL LAWS to your everyday life EASILY & with FUN and HUMOR. Cost: $125 Monthly. Spectrum Center, 2060 North Loop West, Suite 205, 77018. HelenRacz.com Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 6:30-7:30pm. Come around and try our free weekly yoga-meditation classes. Simply turn up, and make yourself comfortable. Each session includes the basics and a practical guided meditation, so that you can start meditating at home straight away. Free. South Community Center. 2235 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, 77380. 832-433-2415. info@Houston-Meditation.org

markyourcalendar Circus Arts. 6-8pm. Circus Arts will consist of ground arts and acrobatics such as contortion/flexibility, Low Tight wire, Partner acrobatics, juggling and hand balancing. Circus Arts is taught by instructors from Cirque la Vie, a Houston Contemporary Circus company formed by Reyie Nal. Must be 13 and up for class. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com Intro to Meditation 101.7-8pm. Universal Door Meditation Center offers this free, beginner level class, open to the public. Here we begin to discover the difference between False Mind and Awake Mind by applying basic Zen Meditation. Donations Welcome. Universal Door Meditation Center 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, 77498. www.universaldoor.org 281-565-9718

Yoga on the Green. 11am-noon. Strengthen, relax and recharge. Presented in partnership with Texas Military Veterans Network. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com Open Mic at The Last Concert Cafe. 6:00-10:00pm. Last Concert Café 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com

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Yoga at Resurrection MCC. 7:00-8:00 pm. Get in touch with your mind, body, and spirit through Yoga! Connect with others in this non-competitive activity suitable for everyone. All body types and skill levels are welcome. Please bring a mat and towel. Extra mats are available for those new to Yoga. Free, donations accepted. Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, 2015 West 11th Street, 77008. Yoga@ResurrectionMCC.org Oneness Blessing Meeting. 7-9pm. Our weekly meeting includes sharing, meditation, Oneness teachings, and the giving and receiving of the Oneness Blessing, also known as Deeksha. Connect with the Oneness Community to explore deeper experiences of Oneness, Divine Love and accelerated awakening. Child care is available, reservation required. $10 suggested Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr., 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org

wednesday markyourcalendar Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross). 5:00pm-6:00pm. Meditations on the 14 stations of Jesus’ journey, with prayer beads provided at each station to string through a leather band and carry home with you as a reminder. Facilitated by Rev. Nataly Negrete and Helen Spaw in the Chapel. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main Street, 77004. (through 4/12) www.stpaulshouston.org/gatherings Wednesday Oneness Blessing. 5:30-6:45pm. The Oneness Blessing, also known as Deeksha, is a hands-on, direct transfer of energy. Which can strengthen your relationship with your Divine, Spirit, God; however you relate to that. Bring freedom from your chattering mind. And can cause your Authentic You to shine and become present in the moment and experience fullness of life as it truly is. The more blessings you receive, the greater the benefit. Child care available, no reservation required. Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org Christian Meditation. 6:00-7:00pm. Experience meditation and contemplative prayer using ancient prayer practices of the early Christian communities. Explore and study contemporary and ancient texts of the contemplative way. All are welcome. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort, 77025. Parking is free and available at the Woodwind St. entrance. www.graceinhouston.org. Questions? info@graceinhouston.org or 832-667-8601. Urban Ride. 6:30pm. Be ready to roll at 6:30PM. The route is 20 miles. Riders should be comfortable keeping a pace of 18-20 mph. Helmet, front and back light, spare tube, and CO2 cartridges are required. Earphones are not allowed. Speed may vary depending on who shows. Safety comes first. Free. Urban Bicycle Gallery, 4814 Nett St., 77007. judy@urbanbicyclegallery.com Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 6:30-7:30pm. Come around and try our free weekly yoga-meditation classes. Simply turn up, and make yourself comfortable. Each session includes the basics and a practical guided meditation so that you can start meditating at home straight away. Free. Kingwood Library, 4400 Bens View Lane, 77339. 832-433-2415. info@Houston-Meditation.org

Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 6:30-8:00pm. Come around and try our free weekly yoga-meditation classes. Simply turn up, and make yourself comfortable. Each session includes the basics and a practical guided meditation, so that you can start meditating at home straight away. Free. University Branch Library, 14010 University Blvd., Sugar Land, 77479. 832-433-2415. info@Houston-Meditation.org Wednesday Meditation. 6:30-7pm. We create our life experiences through our way of thinking. One way to align ourselves with Spirit is through meditations. Unity of North Houston, 11738 Grant Road Cypress, 77429. 281-374-7085. unitynorthhouston.org

markyourcalendar Zumba on the Green. 6:30-7:30pm. ACE certified personal trainer, Oscar Sajche shows you how to make your workout a party! Come see why hundreds of Houstonians come out to the park to move it and lose it! Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com Blue Line Bike Ride. 7pm. We have multiple rides that leave from our Heights location on Wednesday evening at 7:00pm. Each ride has its own route and distinct pace, so come on out and decide which one works best for you and hop in! Free. Blue Line Bike Lab, 3302 White Oak Drive, 77007. 713-802-1707 www.bluelinebikelab.com/shop-rides Beginning Zen Meditation. 7:30-9:30pm. Feeling stressed? Want something to help you feel better? Try meditation with us. Free, registration required. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. cthouston.org Diamond Way Meditation. 7-7:45 pm. Free. Diamond Way Buddhist Center, 2217 W 34th Street, Suite D. 281. 77018. 281-436-6081. diamondway.org/houston/ Hellina Bucket Band 8:00 -10:00pm. Free dinner music. Last Concert Café, 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com Food Not Bombs. 8pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Courtyard 521 Lamar, 77002. houstonfoodnotbombs.org Pot Roast. 10:00pm-12mn. Late night music outside under the stars. Cover charge. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com

thursday Grace2Go. 7:00-8:30 am. On the go? Want a boost to the start of your day? Drive thru for free coffee, a breakfast bite, and a prayer if desired. All are welcome. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort, 77025. www.graceinhouston.org. Integrative Hatha Yoga Classes. 9:30am. Facilitated by Certified Yoga Therapist, Lin Weiss MH, CYT. Balance Mind, Body & Spirit. An integrative approach with classical Hatha foundations. Focusing on structural alignment, pranayama breathing technique and strength building. Bellaire Triangle Yoga Studio. Suitable for all levels. Call 713-859-8595 to reserve your class. Museum of Fine Arts-Houston. 10am-9pm. If you have not spent time enjoying the art exhibits at MFAH, what are you waiting for? Free. MFAH, 1001 Bissonnet, 77005. 713-6397300 mfah.org Yoga at India House. 11:00-12:00am. Enjoy relaxing cardio work out at India House. Free. India House, 8888 West Bellfort, 77031. Go to the website, print out the form and email it to the address given. http://bit.ly/2kbWEst The Self-Invest Series with Helen Racz. 11am-1pm. Happiness and success can often seem illusive, mysterious or even magical, like we need a special chant, a favor from the Divine or to find just the right key to make it a regular part of our lives. LEARN how to apply SPIRITUAL LAWS to your everyday life EASILY & with FUN and HUMOR. Cost: $125 Monthly. Location is in Katy, address will be sent to you after registration. HelenRacz.com

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Buffalo Soldiers Museum. 1-5pm. Buffalo Soldiers Museum is the only museum dedicated to preserving the legacy and honor of African American soldiers in the United States. Free. Buffalo Soldiers Museum, 3816 Caroline Street, 77004. Buffalosoldiersmuseum.com 713-942-8920.

markyourcalendar Houston Museum of Natural Science. 2-5pm. Roam the Serengeti, walk with dinosaurs and discover the world's mineral wonders. Free. HMNS 5555 Hermann Park Drive 77030. hmns.org Free Family Thursdays at The Health Museum. 2:00pm7:00pm. Free entry into The Health Museum to enjoy permanent and traveling exhibits (DeBakey Cell Lab requires a $3 fee) on Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Dr., 77004. thehealthmuseum.org 713-521-1515 Children’s Museum of Houston. 5-8pm. Enjoy all the interactive exhibits at the museum with your children. Free. Children’s Museum 1500 Binz, 77004. 713-522-1138 cmhouston.org

markyourcalendar Parkour. 6:30-8pm. Experienced, certified coaches utilize a unique, deconstructed approach to teaching running, jumping, climbing, crawling, balancing, vaulting, and fluidly moving through any environment…turning “working out” into “play”. Class will meet on the Deck under the Oak Trees, participants must arrive by 6:45pm. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com Your Health Is Your Wealth. 7pm. Come learn about the benefits of CBD nano-enhanced hemp oil on fibromyalgia, chronic pain, arthritis, inflammation, sleep problems, anxiety, and much more. Salt Of The Earth Spa, 9920 Hwy 90, Ste. B200, Sugarland, 77478. For more info: LaTronica Fisher (713) 520-8188 or Sandy Hinderliter (832) 939-8998 www.drfisherroad2wellness.com Meditation Class: Discovering the Awake Within. 7-9pm. Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien closely guides and interacts with students to realize Awake Mind is already within, they have the capacity to Wake Up, and how to apply meditation. This class provides a stable foundation for those who are ready to move to the next level, go deeper in their meditation practice, and touch with the Awake within. Suggested donation $50/month. Pre-registration required. Universal Door Meditation Center, 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, 77498. universaldoor.org 281-565-9718 Chaz and the Plastik Flask. 7pm. Upbeat musical style with a rock and roll sound. Cover charge. Last Concert Café, 1403 Nance St., 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com Hightailers. 9pm. Longest running house band in existence! Gulf Coast Rhythm and Blues. Cover charge. Last Concert Cafe, 1403 Nance St., 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com

friday Houston International Folk Dancers. 7:30-10pm. Houston International Folk Dancers is a recreational folk dance group that celebrates ethnic dances from around the world: Eastern and Western Europe, Middle East and Mediterranean, and the Americas. You will delight in the diverse rhythms, melodies and unique dance styles of cultures from over 30 countries. Experienced folk dancers are always ready to help beginners. Singles welcome. Dress comfortably. Admission is $5. First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, 5200 Fannin, 77004. Additional info at www.folkdancers.org Food Not Bombs. 8pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Courtyard, 521 Lamar, 77002. houstonfoodnotbombs.org Dinner Music with Jimmy Deen. 7-9pm. Cover charge. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com


saturday Yoga for the Body and Mind. 8-9:30 am. Yoga classes based on the teachings of Swami Ramdev ji including asanas, pranayama and meditation. Free. Arya Samaj Greater Houston Center 14375 Shiller Rd. 77082. 281-242-5000 aryasamajhouston.org. Integrative Hatha Yoga Classes. 9:30am. Facilitated by Certified Yoga Therapist, Lin Weiss MH, CYT. Balance Mind, Body & Spirit. An integrative approach with classical Hatha foundations. Focusing on structural alignment, pranayama breathing technique and strength building. Bellaire Triangle Yoga Studio. Suitable for all levels. Call 713-859-8595 to reserve your class. Beginning Zen Meditation. 10am-12n. Feeling stressed? Want something to help you feel better? Try meditation with us. Free, registration required. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston, 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. cthouston.org Children’s Zen Meditation. 10am-12n. Open to children ages 4-12. Parents must be present and participate. Free, registration required. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston, 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. cthouston.org Yoga at India House. 10:00-11:00am. Enjoy relaxing cardio work out at India House. Free. India House, 8888 West Bellfort, 77031. Go to the website, print out the form and email it to the address given. http://bit.ly/2kbWEst

markyourcalendar Young Writers Workshop. 10:30am-11:30am. Kids learn to express their thoughts an develop language skills. Presented by Houston Public Library/HPL Express and Discovery Green. Houston's only free and open writing workshop for kids conducted by Writers In The Schools. Limited to 25 students, first come first serve. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com For more information please call 832-393-1375.

markyourcalendar Recycling Saturdays. 11:00am-2:00pm. The City of Houston provides a recycling station for plastic and now - thanks to I Recycle Glass, you can also bring your glass each week to be recycled. Please bring paper and plastic recyclables separately from glass. Please note: Recycling container is provided by the City of Houston Solid Waste Management. The schedule can be subject to change, but park staff will accept your recycling in the park office during the hours of 10am-2pm regardless of whether the container is on site. Recycling can be affected by street closures. Check discoverygreen.com each week for schedule updates. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com **No recycling 4/29** Beginning Meditation. 11:00-11:30am. Enjoy relaxing meditation class at India House. Free. India House, 8888 West Bellfort, 77031. Go to the website, print out the form and email it to the address given. http://bit.ly/2kbWEst

markyourcalendar STEM Saturdays. 12:30pm-1:30pm. Girlstart leads a fun, hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education program for kids. Space is limited to 60 kids on a first come first serve basis. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com Falun Dafa. 4-6pm. Falun Gong also known as Falun Dafa is a traditional Chinese qigong practice. It uses gentle movements and meditation to cultivate the body, mind, and spirit. Falun Gong is a complete and powerful system, which consists of five simple exercises, which can be performed by anyone regardless of age, physical condition, or prior experience. If you plan to visit a practice location, please call the contact person beforehand. Outside of Chinese Consulate, 3417 Montrose Blvd., 77006. Henry - 956-844-2835. falun-houston.org

markyourcalendar T'ai Chi Ch'uan. 10:30am-12:00pm. Intended for serious relaxation, this class concentrates on creating and moving Chi/Qi (vital force) through meditation while moving. Jon Naylor teaches the traditional Yang Style short form with martial arts references. Beginners are encouraged to arrive early. Free. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin Street, 77004. firstuu.org Dinner Music with Jimmy Deen. 6-9pm. Cover charge. Last Concert Café, 1403 Nance St., 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com

sunday Yoga for the Body and Mind. 8-9:30 am. Yoga classes based on the teachings of Swami Ramdev ji including asanas, pranayama and meditation. Free. Arya Samaj Greater Houston Center, 14375 Shiller Rd., 77082. 281-242-5000 aryasamajhouston.org. Sunday at Houston Zen Center. 8am-11am. We start with the practice of Morning Service. This is followed by meditation, then work practice, which involves mindful cleaning and straightening in the Meditation Hall and the Center’s grounds. Then a dharma talk, the teachings of Buddha. You are welcome to attend some or all of the Sunday program. Free. HOUSTON ZEN CENTER, 1605 Heights BLVD., 77008. 713-869-1952. houstonzen.org

markyourcalendar Praying Circles Around Your Children. 8:30am-9:30am. In the season of Lent, we will have a space to gather and work through practices of prayer and parenting children in the single-digit years. Facilitated by Lacey Webster in the Jones Bldg, J-204. No cost; book purchase optional. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main Street, 77004. (Through 4/9) www.stpaulshouston.org/gatherings

markyourcalendar Sunday Oneness Blessing. After 9am and 11am services. The Oneness Blessing, also known as Deeksha, is a handson, direct transfer of energy. Which can strengthen your relationship with your Divine, Spirit, God; however you relate to that. Bring freedom from your chattering mind. And can cause your Authentic You to shine and become present in the moment and experience fullness of life as it truly is. The more blessings you receive, the greater the benefit. Child care available, no reservation required. Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. Christian Meditation. 9:00am-9:30 am. Experience meditation and contemplative prayer using ancient prayer practices of the early Christian communities in preparation for receiving Holy Communion at the 10am worship service. All are welcome. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort, 77025. www. graceinhouston.org. Questions? info@graceinhouston.org or 832-667-8601.

markyourcalendar Sunday Celebrations at Creative Life Spiritual Center. 9:30am and 11:00am. Founding minister Jesse Jennings speaks on the basics of the Religious Science path. Love offering. Creative Life Spiritual Center, 5326 Spring-Stuebner Rd., Spring, 77389. Contact info@creativelife.org or visit creativelife.org Movement Meditation for Healing Mind and Body . 9:30am–10:30am With an emphasis on bringing together mind, body, and movement to be in the present moment, Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien guides students to connect with Awake mind, which is profoundly healing, and also restores and refreshes every aspect of our being. Suggested donation $50/month, pre-registration required. Universal Door Meditation Center, 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, 77498 www.universaldoor.org 281-565-9718

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The Conversations with God Study Group. 9:30am-10:45am. Study materials provided, this ongoing gathering is facilitated by Dr. Obidike Kamau. Free. Carmel Temple, 1208 Pennsylvania,77587. carmeltemple.org Sunday Service at Unity of North Houston. 10:15-11:15am Experience joy-filled vibrations and high-energy spirituality in motion that is our Sunday service! With live music, singing, affirmative prayer, and dynamic sermons, this is a Sunday service that will feed your body, mind and heart. Now is the time to stoke your inner spark by sharing in the light everyone brings to our community. Unity of North Houston, 11738 Grant Road Cypress, 77429. 281-374-7085. unitynorthhouston.org Carmel Temple All Faith Service. 11:00am. Different guest speaker every week. Free. Carmel Temple, 1208 Pennsylvania, 77587. carmeltemple.org Semanal Programa de Meditación 10am-1pm. Ciencia de la Espiritualidad es una organización global, no religiosa, sin fines de lucro, espiritual dedicado a la unidad del amor y de la paz. Nuestro grupo de meditación Houston ha estado activo durante más de 52 años y se reúne regularmente. Cada semana nuestro grupo se reúne para meditar juntos, reflexionar sobre las palabras de los grandes santos y místicos y pasar algún tiempo con otras personas que comparten el objetivo de llevar una vida espiritualmente enriquecida y satisfactoria. Gratis. Trini Mendenhall Sosa Center 1414 Wirt Road 77055. houstonSOS.org 832-304-0767. Acoustic Jams. 10:30am. Easy listening music to brunch by. No cover charge. Last Concert Café, 1403 Nance St., 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com Ecstatic Dance Evolution. 10:30-1:00pm. Ecstatic Dance Evolution is a unique transformational Ecstatic Dance practice developed by Houston’s Sydney Samadhi Strahan. This Dance has been actively evolving since 2003, giving Houstonians a consistent place to be free in mind-body-spirit and express themselves through movement with an accepting creative community. Free. MATCH: Midtown Arts and Theater Center, 3400 Main Street, 77002. ecstaticdanceevolution.com SPRING Youth and Teen Program at Universal Door Meditation Center. 11:00am–12:30pm. For youth grades 1-12. Under the guidance of Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien, youth are introduced to the Awake Mind within, and through basic meditation as well as other activities and games, they learn how to return to it. Registration required, call for more details. Suggested donation $60/month. Universal Door Meditation Center, 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, 77498 universaldoor.org 281-565-9718 Dawn Mountain Sunday Meditation. 11am-12noon. Join us for guided meditation suitable for everyone. Led by senior members of the Dawn Mountain community. Free. Dawn Mountain 2010 Naomi Street, Suite A, 77054. http://dawnmountain.org Sunday Discussion Circle. 11:30am-12:30pm. You are invited to join us for facilitated, fun, educational discussions on a variety of topics. We practice our UU values of keeping an open mind, listening respectfully, learning from differing perspectives, entertaining new ways of thinking about issues, following guidelines, and being welcoming. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin St. Rm 304, 77004. 713526-5200 www.firstuu.org Centerpoint Body Mind and Spirit Expo. 1pm-6pm. Angel oracle readings, psychic medium, tarot card readings, soul oracle readings, tea leaf astrology, astrology and past life readings, foot reflexology, energy healers, jewelry, crystals and more! Coffee, lemonade and nutritious snacks. Admission Free. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 713-932-7224 centerpointhouston.org Diamond Way Meditation. 5-5:45 pm. Free. Diamond Way Buddhist Center. 2217 W 34th Street, Suite D., 77018. 281436-6081. diamondway.org/houston/ Food Not Bombs. 7pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate, or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Courtyard 521 Lamar, 77002 houstonfoodnotbombs.org Sunday Love Feast. 7:00pm. A free vegetarian meal for any and all. Free. ISKCON Temple 1320 West 34th Street, 77018. 713-686-4482 iskconhouston.org

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BIOLOGICAL DENISTRY MARILYN K. JONES, DDS

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Natural Dentistry supports the body and the mind by finding the cause of dental problems. The dental examination includes noticing systemic and habitual influences. Setting the stage for the body to heal itself includes removing infection and toxins, correcting structure, and providing the best dental materials for you which will promote an outstanding environment for your overall health. Dentistry is my true love and as a true Biological Dentist, I combine modern technology, safe protection protocols, advanced knowledge of biological dentistry and medicine, and a patientcentric approach to enhance the wellness of all my patients. If you have dental issues or currently have silver amalgam fillings, call me today to schedule an appointment. See ad on page 26.

BOOKS THE METAPHYSICAL CENTER POINT by Barbara Silberg

Although many Natural Aw a k e n i n g M a g a z i n e readers know Barbara Silberg through her sales of this magazine’s advertising and past interviews published in Houston’s edition, Barbara is a prizewinning poet with over 50 years writing experience, whose verses are often lyrical, sometimes thoughtful, once in a while irreverent (or downright funny), occasionally wise, at times earthy, and frequently achingly romantic. This poetry chapbook features reflections on what we know; a poem each about a pixie and brownie; plus, poetry focused on death, love, and rebirth. Available only at Centerpoint Body Mind & Spirit, and Pixie’s Intent, both located at 2727 Fondren at Westheimer in Houston.

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THE POWER OF AWAKE by Thich Dieu Thien

Known internationally as a very inspiring teacher full of wisdom, clarity, and compassion, Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien easily engages people of all ages, cultures, religions, and backgrounds, and helps them to discover more about who they really are, transform all stress and conflict in daily life, and return to the Awake already within each person. Based on her own personal experience, she reminds readers that our goal is not just to recognize ego but to fully realize the source and nature of it, break the system of ego, and live truly happy and free in any situation. In Awake, ego doesn't exist; in ego, Awake cannot appear."You are not the voice in your head, or the emotions, or the stress... You are what can recognize the voice, the emotions, and the stress. You are Awake." -- Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien. Available on Amazon. com

CHIROPRACTIC HEALTHPRO CHIROPRACTIC & ACUPUNCTURE

4101 Greenbriar Dr., Ste. 135, 77098 281-506-0105 9720 Cypresswood Dr., Ste. 130, 77070 281-809-0100 HealthProChiro.com

HealthPro is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to our patients. It is our commitment that we help our patients return to a natural state of health and to maintain a healthy lifestyle. We achieve this by addressing the patient as a whole and not just a condition. We provide a variety of treatment options including adjustments, muscle therapy, acupuncture, nutritional support, and rehabilitation to name a few. Dr. Alayna Pagnani-Gendron focuses on woman’s health and pediatrics and has her Webster Technique Proficiency Certification and is completing her Pediatric Certification. Visit our website for more information or call to schedule an appointment.

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INNATE CHIROPRACTIC HEALING ARTS CENTER 230 Westcott St suite 220 Houston, TX 77007 (713) 521-2104 n8chiro.com

Our team is pleased to welcome you to the Innate Chiropractic Healing Arts Center in Houston where we offer a variety of gentle healing modalities to enhance your LIFE FORCE, ENERGY and PEAK PERFORMANCE, naturally! Dr. Jackie’s approach to health and wellness incorporates a “full-spine, whole-person” approach utilizing the gentle techniques of Network Spinal Analysis (NSA) and Somato Respiratory Integration (SRI). For those interested in deeper healing and personal development, we also offer a variety of classes and workshops including collage, life goal setting, and empowerment drumming. Visit our website and give us a call today! See ad on page 31.

CLOTHING THREDZ USA

5901 Hillcroft Street Suite B2 Houston, TX 77036 713-785-1600 ThredzUSA.com

THREDZ offers a wide selection of hand woven unstitched fabrics, ready to wear clothing for both men and women as well as formal wear. They provide simple, but timelessly cut pieces that have set the bar high as a prestigious fashion label. Whether you need a brand new outfit, or an entire wardrobe, their in-house stylists are more than happy to provide you with assistance to make you look your very best. Visit our website or come by our store, today! See ad on page 10.

COACHING ABOLISH YOUR INNER SABOTEUR! Houston, Texas April 28-30, 2017 tinamarie.com

Learn how to transform negativity in your life; people, jobs, health concerns, memories all into emblems of peace, calm and power. Over the past five years, the powerful transformation toolset has been experienced by thousands in private sessions, in workshops and now ABOLISH YOUR INNER SABOTEUR – THE EXPERIENCE is being released … Space is limited. Visit our website, take advantage of the Early Bird Special and sign up today! See ad on page 3.


BLISSFUL QUESTS

Positive change starts now! 832-628-4113 http://blissfulquests.com/

Are you ready to achieve your dreams and enjoy balance and success in every area of your life? Find out how, in just 12 weeks, you could be happier and more successful thanks to Heal Your Life® Coach Doyle Ward, who has already helped hundreds of people achieve their dreams! I offer both online and private one-on-one coaching. What are you waiting for? Take that first step toward happiness now! See ad on page 8.

COLONICS JOYCE LONG’S WELLNESS INSTITUTE 1308 James Street Rosenberg, TX 77471 281-344-0095 JoyceLong.biz

Established 1989 Joyce hasn’t closed. Just relocated. Call to schedule any of the following services: massage therapies, lymphatic drainage massage and facials, reflexology, infra-red sauna, ion cleanse foot or hand baths, Chinese cupping or colon hydrotherapy (prescriptions only- yours or ours). By appointment only. Be well-Stay well. CALL TODAY!

ENERGY MEDICINE

HAIR DESIGN TUSCANY VILLAGE SALON

West Lake Houston Center 7506 Fm 1960 Rd E Humble, TX 77346 281-361-7567 vagaro.com/michaelvela Mon-Friday from 10-7. Saturday 9-5

Michael Vela has been a stylist for 30 years, almost all of that time in the Kingwood, Atascocita and Humble area. He cuts women’s, men and kids hair, does color, highlights and perms. He specializes in Brazilian Blowout smoothing treatment. Michael says, “I strive to take excellent care of everyone who sits in my chair, to find styles that meet the unique needs of their hair and most of all I will listen to them. Give him a call or visit his website to schedule an appointment.

VENUS HAIR DESIGN

361 West 19th Street Houston, TX 77008 713-868-4725 venushairhouston.com

Venus Hair Design is a must-see place on 19th Street in The Heights. Venus and her staff are proud to be able to provide their customers of any age with any style, from a trim to a Mohawk. She is a wizard at color. If you live in or are visiting The Heights be sure to drop by, say hi and check out her Art Car, the Venus Hairse and mention you saw her in Natural Awakenings magazine.

ENERBODYBALANCE

832-423-8318 enerbodybalance.com cecilia@enerbodybalance.com

How often do you find yourself saying you are tired or you just don’t have the energy to do this or that or feel out of sorts or not yourself? We are not just a body and a set of experiences – we are energy. Come for an energy medicine session with Cecilia and see results. Cecilia Timon is an Eden Energy Medicine Clinical Practitioner and a Reiki Master. EnerBodyBalance is conveniently located in the Montrose neighborhood.

GYMS HOUSTON GYM

1501 DURHAM STREET HOUSTON, TX 77007 713-880-9191 HoustonGym.com

HEALING COME & BE HEALED 713-302-1313

Rarely will you meet a person so genuinely loving and kind as Josephine. Her work is mental, emotional and spiritual healing for those who are in distress. A consultation with her involves honestly answering questions about your problem that helps her find the likely cause and the course of action you should take to find healing. She has been doing this healing work for years and does it by donation or love gift only so that she can make it available to all regardless of their financial circumstance. She is fluent in both Spanish and English. Call her today to find out if she can help you or to schedule a consultation. Se habla español!

Twenty years ago, Houston Gym opened as an alternative to big, impersonal fitness centers with staffs of high-pressure salespeople. We built a facility that boasts NEW state-of -the-art equipment, yet retains the casual feel of a neighborhood gym. Simply put, Houston Gym is a place for people who are serious about achieving physical fitness. M-F: 5a-11p, Sat & Sun: 8a-8p. Call for a FREE Trial Pass.

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MINDY KING

Certified Quantum-Touch®, Heal Your Life® mindy@sweetsimplehealing.com 281-684-1956 SweetSimpleHealing.com

Mindy’s most important work with women between the ages of 40 and 70 who are stuck and frustrated trying to move forward in life after a lost relationship, grief, empty home, illness, or retirement. She can help you embrace your fears by discovering your gifts and offering tools that support changing with joy. If you are a woman who feels lost and wants to feel heard, supported and rejuvenated with clarity, give Mindy a call. See Ad on page 24.

HOLISTIC SHOP THE CHAKRA HAVEN

402 East Main Street Tomball, TX 77375 346-234-7754 facebook.com/thechakra.heven

A cute little shop just outside the Old Town Tomball district. Featuring: candles, crystals, jewelry, oils, incense, herbs and more. Also by appointment only: meditation classes, tarot readings a n d C h r i s t i a n n u m e r o l o g y. Meditation 101 each Wednesday at 6-7pm. Call for more information.

HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES AUNT ALBERTA’S REMEDY

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Try Aunt Alberta’s Remedy to ease joint and muscular aches and pains from sciatica, gout, arthritis, neuralgia, fibromyalgia and more. Great buy, a 4oz jar for $15. All natural ingredients! Refer a friend and get 10% off your purchase. Read what people are saying about Aunt Alberta’s Remedy our website and order some today.

HYPERBARIC OXYGEN HBOT AMERICA

8618-B Stella Rd. Houston, TX 77025 832-986-5144 hbotamerica.com

HBOT America provides Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy through the breathing in of 100% oxygen at a greater than normal pressure. HBOT is medically approved by the FDA for 14 uses such as wound healing, osteomyelitis, severe anemia, and more. Also, now introducing our Biodensity machine, which aids in increasing bone density by stimulating the body's natural bone generation process. Biodensity is a safe alternative to high impact activity and helps fight effects of Osteoporosis through four Isometric exercises. Visit our website for more information and pricing or call us today to schedule a session.

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HYPNOSIS CLAUDIA AUTRY, HYPNOTIST (by appointment only) 281-849-4610 cautry@gmail.com claudiaautry.com

We l c o m e t o y o u r transformation! Whether you are looking to change habits such as smoking or weight or looking to find better ways of relaxing and increasing the joy in your life, I can help you. In addition to hypnosis I have a variety of other modalities to help you, including reiki, ThetaHealing and customized essential oil blends and affirmations which can be combined or used individually. Together we form a partnership for your growth! Call today to book your appointment.

INTEGRATIVE DERMATOLOGY INTEGRATIVE DERMATOLOGY CONSULTATIONS 748 E 12th St, Unit 2 Houston, TX 77008 integrativedermconsults.com 832-639-3376

A Functional Medicine approach to skin disease can be most helpful for chronic skin conditions such as acne, chronic dry skin, eczema, psoriasis or rosacea. The emphasis is on improving skin from the inside out, by addressing underlying nutritional, immune, and other issues. If you have tried everything and still have a skin problem. Visit our website for more information or to set up and appointment.

ION FOOT DETOX/ OXYGEN THERAPY HEAL WITH NATURAL HERBS

“The Hippest Little Place in Midtown” 3204 Dowling St. Ste.102 A Houston, TX 77004 832-594-9306/ 281-227-0435/281-788-6494 Healwithnaturalherbs.com

Tired of suffering from muscle aches, chronic pain, inflammation, low energy, migraines, allgeries, bloating gas. Ion Foot Detox Special Saturday all-inclusive $50 includes ion foot detox, massage chair, Oxygen Therapy. Call or book online. Saturday appointments only! Available for private parties on days other than Saturday. Call TODAY!

MEDICAL INTUITIVE INTEGRATIVE THERAPIES FOR NATURAL HEALING & WELLNESS

LIN WEISS MH, CYT Holistic Healer Medical/ Spiritual Intuitive - Master Teacher Houston, Texas 77025 713-858-8595 linweiss@earthlink.net conscioushealingnow.com

Through her WHOLE-istic approach, Lin weaves inspired wisdom with proven healing traditions for integrating mind/ body & soul. ALL NATURAL, ALL THE TIME, she specializes in Homeopathy; Bio-energetic Healing; Neuro-chemical Analysis/ Balance; Chakra Attunement; Nutrition Therapies; Orchid Essences; Zero Energy Balance & more. Addressing a wide range of symptoms, ie: Allergies; ADD/ADHD; OCD: Arthritis; Autistic Spectrum; Chronic Fatigue; Depression; Detoxification; Fibromyalgia; MS; Parkinsons: Trauma Release, etc. Classes: Intuitive Development and Psychology of the Chakras! Call Lin today to find out if she can help you.

MEDITATION CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON Chan/Zen Meditation Classes Guided by Ordained Zen Masters of Chung Tai Chan Monastery. No fees. Donations are welcome. No prior experience required for beginners. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., Houston 77072 281-568-1568 • zen@cthouston.org CTHouston.org

(A) Wed, 7:30–9:30pm. (B) Sat, 10am–noon. Children Meditation: Sat 10am–noon - For children ages 4–12 and parents. One-day Retreat: Fri., Apr. 21, 9am4:30pm. Sat., Apr. 22, 9am4:30pm. Sun., Apr. 23, 9am-4:30pm. Half-day Retreat: Sun, May 21, 9am-noon. Meditation Workshop. Sun., May 12, 10am-noon. Blessing Ceremony: Sun., Apr. 2, 10am-noon. Sun., May 7, 10am-noon. International Vegetarian Cuisine Festival - Sun., May 7 at noon. Check the web site (event calendar) for the most current information. See ad on page 23.

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2619 Charles Lane Sugar Land, TX 77498 281-565-9718 UniversalDoor.org

Are you ready to Wake Up? Discover Awake mind through Zen meditation. Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien guides students to apply this life-changing tool in all situations. Find out how Awake mind can transform stress, struggles, health issues, and conflicts that you thought were unchangeable facts of life! Attend our FREE Tuesday Meditation 101 class. Tue: Meditation 101, 7-8pm, FREE Drop In Class. Thurs: Meditation Class: Discovering the Awake Within. 7-9pm*. Sun: Movement Meditation for Healing Mind and Body. 9:30-10:30am* Sun: Youth and Teen Program 11am-12:30n*. * = requires pre-registration/class fee. See our ad on page 29.

NATURAL FOOD GRACE’S NUTRITION MARKET

1421 Spring Cypress Rd. Spring, TX 77373. 281-353-6630 facebook.com/Graces-Nutrition-Market

Grace’s Nutrition Market, your friendly neighborhood health store, packed full of well-seasoned knowledge, friendly advice, and goodies, has been in the same Spring, Texas location for upwards to 40 years, and current owner for at least 20 years. We specialize in any nutritional needs you may encounter in your daily life, from the common cold, to weight loss, or even full body nutritional counseling. Grace’s is home to a wonderful pair, Robyn and Beverly, our Iridologist and Nutritionist. Iridology appointments are available throughout the week, or to just come talk to for good quality you can trust. We look forward to meeting you soon.

NATURAL HORMONES DR. FISHER ROAD 2 WELLNESS

Dr. LaTronica Fisher, DNP, ANP, GNP, RN 4544 Post Oak Place Dr. STE #254 Houston, Texas 77027 DrFisherRoad2Wellness.com 713 520-8188

Say goodbye to hot flashes, night sweats, depression, PCOS, thyroid problems, low libido and more. There is a 100% natural way to restore your body’s hormone balance without using either synthetic prescription hormones or bio-identical hormones. Your body already knows how to produce the correct amount of hormones. It’s just a matter of stimulating it to do so. Call me today for your FREE consultation and be on your way to a younger body and a good night’s sleep.

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NATURAL WATER FILTRATION & TREATMENT ACCENT NATURAL WATER Whole House Water Treatment 23206 I-45 North Spring, TX 77373 281-773-5441 AccentH20.com

DO YOU KNOW WHAT’S I N Y O U R WAT E R ? Houston has the 6th worst water in the country. Our system takes out chlorine, pesticides and more. Plus, we treat and condition the water to make it healthier for your family. More than a water softener, table top unit or RO alone. Healthy water from every faucet or shower. Member BBB-A+ rating since the 80’s. Don’t delay. Call Henry today! 281-773-5441

OPTICIAN FACTORY EYEGLASS OUTLET 7921 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77024 713-468-5665 factoryfineeyewear.com

Do you need new eyeglasses? Whether you are looking for premium or generic eye ware, Alex Atuesta at Factory Eyeglass Outlet has something for you. They feature both premium Zeise lenses cut in house and generic lenses starting at $99 along with a wide selection of the latest frames. Alex and his staff also do eyeglass repair and offer lifetime adjustments for their customers. Experience their friendly, professional one on one service the next time you need new eyeglasses or need your eyeglasses repaired. Factory Eyeglass Outlet accepts most insurance plans.

REIKI TRAINING REIKI MASTER JULIA CARROLL, PH.D. SCHOOL of HEALING ARTS 713-822-7380 julia@juliacarroll1.com JuliaCarroll1.com

Julia was the first Reiki Master in the State of Texas, has written 5 healing books and has had university based Reiki research published. Her book, Nu-Reiki Onness, can be found on her website and is FREE. Contact Julia today to schedule an appointment to discuss enrolling in one of her Reiki certification courses.

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NEW DECISION THERAPY WELLNESS CONSULTATIONS

12900 Queensberry Lane, Suite 201 Houston, TX 77079 281-794-5255 drnettie.net

If you or someone you care about is suffering from addictions, compulsive behavior patterns, unhealthy relationship patterns, anxiety, phobias, depression or feeling stuck New Decision TherapyTM can help. NDT uses applied and behavioral kinesiology to identify emotional trauma which may be the root cause of the problem. Once the traumatic experience that caused the behavior has been identified, the negative impact on body and mind can be cleared. Call Dr. Nettie Ramsay, N.D. today to schedule your initial consulation.

ORGANICALLY GROWN PRODUCE PLANT IT FORWARD

“a farm in every neighborhood” 832-983-0405 farmshareprogram@plant-it-forward.org Plant-it-forward.org

Join the Farm Share Program Today! Enjoy your own weekly box of our local, organically grown produce by enrolling in our Farm Share Program. Get 6-8 different varieties, enough for a family of 3-5 each week. Purchase a 5-week mini-season for $132, a perfect gift for your health-conscious loved ones or purchase a 20-week season for $507. The summer vegetables include winter squash (hard squashes), edamame, eggplant, basil, peppers, okra, arugula, basil, cucumbers, green onions, roselle, malabar spinach, possibly cantaloupe if weather cooperates, and even watermelon if weather cooperates. Sign-up today for the Spring 2017 Season! See ad on pages 15 & 33.

NUTRIGENOMICS ANGELLE ADAMS

(832) 472-1366 Angelleadams1@gmail.com

Learn about an all-natural breakthrough that’s redefining healthcare! Activate your body at the cellular level with category-creating technology in the field of nutrigenomics. This unique science has been featured on major television networks and validated in peer-reviewed studies posted by the National Institute of Health! Contact us for more information and a free consultation.

ORGANIC RESORT & SPA DEER LAKE LODGE AND SPA 10500 Deer Lake Lode Rd. Montgomery Tx 77316 936-647-1383 DeerLakeLodge.com

Can’t lose weight? Feeling Sluggish? Don’t have the energy you used to have? Let us help undo the damage from over-consumption and poor food choices. Our program of fasting, juicing, cleansing and colonics is designed to energize, strengthen and enlighten. All natural, organic, resort and spa. Immerse yourself in personal attention from our staff while indulging in our many body-pampering and beautifying spa treatments. Call of visit our website to book your stay today! See ad on page 19.

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1208 Pennsylvania Street South Houston 775804. 713-944-0014 CarmelTemple.org

Carmel Temple is a quiet sanctuary far away from the outer world of seeming chaos. It is a place of peace, healing, study, teaching, meditation, love, warmth, and friendship. Opened in 1970, Carmel Temple is a loving place made available for all seekers of the Light. Join us in this welcoming environment this Sunday where enlightenment, healing, and especially love are found. See ad on page 29.

GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH 4040 West Bellfort Street Houston, TX 77025 713-666-1408 GraceInHouston.org

We are a welcoming Christian community sharing our spiritual journeys through worship, fellowship and outreach. Grounded in both Episcopal worship and ancient practices, we are faithful to the rich traditions of our church while also open to creative expressions of our faith in worship and ministries. Come and be with us for any or all of our many programs and services. See ad on page 6.

ST. PAUL’S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 5501 Main Street Houston, TX 77004 713-528-0527} stpaulshouston.org

St. Paul’s Houston centers itself around vibrant worship that moves us to Christian mission, hospitality and faith formation for all peoples and communities. St. Paul’s is also home to ProjectCURATE, a multiethnic leadership program on race, solidarity and kinship. Weekly worship on Sundays at 8:30 am, 9:45 am and 11:05 am This month, on Palm Sunday (April 9) and Easter Sunday (April 16), worship services will be held at 8, 9:30 and 11 am. Check out our other offerings in the Natural Awakenings calendars. We hope you'll respond to the Spirit leading you to connect and grow with us.

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UNITY OF HOUSTON 2919 Unity Drive Houston TX 77057 713-782-4050 Unityhouston.org

Unity of Houston offers positive, practical teachings that support spiritual evolution and abundant living. The Unity movement is open and welcoming of all individuals regardless of race, color, gender, age, creed, religion, national origin, ethnicity, physical disability or sexual orientation. We take an extremely positive approach to life, emphasizing our Oneness in God and the goodness in people and all of life. We believe…”Life is meant to be good!” Come and discover it for yourself! See ad on page 19.

UNITY OF NORTH HOUSTON 11738 Grant Road Cypress, Texas 77429 281-374-7085 http://www.unitynorthhouston.org/

Ours is a positive, practical, progressive approach to Christianity based on the teachings of Jesus - as well as other master teachers and the power of prayer. Unity teaches that each person is a unique expression of God created with sacred worth. Living from that awareness transforms our lives and the world. Unity recognizes that there are many expressions of family life. All are welcome. Unity creates an affirming environment that fosters positive self-image, personal responsibility and unconditional love and acceptance. If you want to know God and to experience God at work in your life, join us on Sundays! You’ll discover a warm, caring community of ordinary people living extraordinary lives.

SUPERFOODS SUPERFOOD VILLAGE 3903 Almeda Road Houston, TX 77004 281-733-2444 superfoodvillage.com

TEA ROOMS MC HUGH TEA ROOM AND GIFTS 5305 Bissonnet, Suite D Bellaire, TX 77401 713-218-6300 mchughtea.com facebook.com/mchughtea

Tea rooms are trendy and organic teas are ALL the rage, but did you know there’s an elegant, Afternoon Tea that serves over 60 organic teas right under your nose? McHugh Tea Room is setting the pace, serving it up 6 days a week with Texas flare. Owners, Kim McHugh and Billie Stafford tell their customers to “come hungry!” For lunch, foods such as chicken salad sandwich on croissant with chipotle mayo and a side of fresh cut fruit and grandma’s tomato basil soup are served or maybe you prefer a cast iron grilled cheese on sourdough! For special occasions, make a reservation for Afternoon Tea and enjoy inlaid breads of swirled rye and challah which hold between them the family pimento cheese recipe cut into hearts or even adorable ducks shapes for baby shower themes. It’s the perfect place to recharge your spirit or celebrate special moments and wonderful friendships.

THERMOGRAPHY THERMAL IMAGING SERVICES

Angel Marlow, CNHP, CAHC, CCT 5851 San Felipe, Suite 710 Houston, Texas 77057 and 24550 Kingsland Blvd. Katy, TX 77494 713-621-4406 angel@thermalimagingtexas.com ThermalImaingTexas.com

No Compression, No Radiation, Painless. Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging or Thermography, creates images that illustrate heat patterns in the body. The thermal images are analyzed for abnormalities that may be signs of disease in the body. Thermography can be conducted onsite at your business through Thermal Imaging Services for Corporate Wellness. Locations in: Houston, Lake Charles, LA, Katy, Beaumont, The Woodlands, Tyler and Kingwood. Call for current schedule and to make an appointment. See ad on page 6.

Superfood Village is an ingredients company providing world class superfood ingredients including chlorella, spirulina, moringa, wheatgrass and over 25 other superfoods offering their customers a new frontier beyond isolated vitamin & mineral supplements. They sell both wholesale and retail quantities. Visit their website for a complete listing of the superfoods they have available. Call, drop by or order online TODAY and when you do, mention you heard about them in Natural Awakenings magazine.

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YOGA BAYOU BLISS YOGA 808 West Main Street Houston, TX 77006 713-955-0900 bayoublissyoga.com

At Bayou Bliss Yoga we focus on cultivating freedom in the body to create freedom in the mind. Our small group, private and semi-private yoga classes to give you the instruction you need to develop more body awareness, flexibility, freedom of movement and greater sense peace and ease. We specialize in therapeutic yoga and beginner’s yoga. Meditation is offered every Tuesday at 7:30pm by donation. We also offer massage, breathwork, hands of light healing, bio-field tuning and sound healing to support your health and wellbeing. The first class is always FREE so call today.

JENNYOGA

at Interface Samaritan 4803 San Felipe Houston, TX 77056 713-539-7418 jennyoga.me

Have you always yearned to experience the many health benefits attributed to yoga, but never known where to begin? Or are you a master yogi already well acquainted with all the physical and mental benefits of yoga, but on the hunt for a new challenge? Either way, you are the perfect candidate for Jennyoga, the ultimate Houston destination for anyone looking to add a calming influence into his or her lifestyle. Classes Wed 12:30 pm and Sunday 11:30 am.

NURTURE SOUL THERAPEUTICS 7062 Lakeview Haven Dr. #100 Houston, TX 77095 281-674-YOGA NurtureSoul.com

Yoga is beneficial for the health in ways that modern science is just beginning to understand. Even though it has been applied with therapeutic intention for thousands of years, Yoga Therapy is only just now emerging as a discipline in itself. Tuesdays 4:00pm to 5:00pm - Yoga for Pain Management. Thursdays 4:00pm to 5:00pm - Beat your Insomnia with Yoga. For Private Yoga Therapy Classes, Massage Therapy, Healing Arts or Integrative Life Coaching Program call and make an appointment.


TRANQUIL HEART YOGA

12288 Westheimer Road, Suite 380 Houston, TX 77077 (281) 759-6002 info@tranquilheartyoga.com

Voted among the top ten yoga studios in Houston last year, our amazing instructors draw from many traditions including Ashtanga Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Thai Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Forrest and the yogic and meditation traditions of Tibet. With this vast knowledge of the yoga tradition and the intrinsic understanding of the human body, our instructors will guide you through a practice that is not only physically challenging, but also mentally stimulating and emotionally uplifting. Our dedication to help you become your best, spiritually, mentally and physically is what makes Tranquil Heart Yoga the premier Hatha Yoga studio of West Houston. We also offer Tai Chi and Qi Gong classes as well as massage and many other wellness modalities. We believe Yoga is for Every Body. Come and find out for yourself!

YOGA FOR MENTAL & PHYSICAL HAPPINESS

FACILITATED BY LIN WEISS, Certified Yoga Therapist, Integrative Hatha Yoga, Tuesdays @ 7:00pm Saturdays @ 9:30am Bellaire, Texas 713-858-8595 linweiss@earthlink.net conscioushealingnow.com

Lin Weiss is the founder/owner of Yoga for Mental & Physical Happiness. Her passion for yoga is evidenced by her warm & personable teaching style. Small classes afford individual instruction for students of any level, making progress attainable & real. Lin loves helping students use yoga to find balance & overcome limitations. Her classes are at the same time energizing, & relaxing, as she focuses on creating a supportive & joyful environment for her students. Private sessions available by appt.

YOGA TRAINING NURTURE SOUL THERAPEUTICS

200 hour & 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training 7062 Lakeview Haven Dr #100 Houston, TX 77095 281-674-YOGA NurtureSoul.com

Nurture Soul Therapeutics is the only RYS offering the 200-hour Integrative Yoga Teacher Training Program in Houston, TX. Along with offering Yoga classes with a focus on health and healing to the general public, graduates teach Yoga-based wellness programs in a wide variety of complementary settings including hospitals, businesses, and health care settings. This program is registered with the Yoga Alliance as a 200-hour Teacher Training certification program (RYT-200) and offers a strong foundation for Advanced Yoga Therapy Programs. 200 hr. Spring-2017 - Every other weekend (Jan-Jun)! Will be offered in Sugar Land at Ayush Wave. 300 hr. Coming on Fall-2017 - Week modules (Jul-Dec)! Will be offered in Copperfield at Nurture Soul. Registration is now open. Contact us TODAY!

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Natural Awakenings-Houston April 2017  

Houston's premier healthy living magazine. This month's themes are Eco Yards and Medical Massage.