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Contents

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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YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM

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Natural Ways to Stay Healthy

18 GIVE ROVER A RUBDOWN

Massage Keeps a Dog at Peak Health

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20 FROM NEUROSCIENCE TO THE NOSE

A Scientific and Yogic Perspective on the Breath.

22 KRISTI NELSON

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on Why Gratefulness Brings Happiness

23 ABUNDANT LIVING 10 Practices Open Doors

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DEPARTMENTS 5 affirming naturally 6 event briefs 8 business briefs 9 words from unity 13 gobal briefs 18 natural pet

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letter from publisher

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reetings! It’s hard to believe that it’s November already. Hard to believe that there are only two months left this year. Hard to believe that we are starting our fifth year as Natural Awakening publishers. Time flies when you stay busy. The changes coming up with the magazine are that although we are committed to print for the foreseeable future, we are rolling out a new expanded digital edition this month. It will have all the nationally written articles that we couldn’t fit in the print edition plus videos and other techie things we can’t do in print. The weekly digital newsletter also has a new look. It’s cleaner with more graphics and a focus on events of the next week. There are also links to special discounts. The first one is a 15% discount for Cirque du Soleil tickets for their Houston performance coming in a few months. If you are already a digital subscribers the Promo Code is PARTNER15. New subscribers will also be entered in weekly drawings to win free products and services from our advertisers, such as a free massage from Healing Hands Massage or a free float from Healing Waters Float Spa. To subscribe, take out your cell phone and text NAHTX to 66866. All our digital subscriptions will be totally free the rest of this year with some premium services becoming paid subscriptions next year. This year Cindy and I will be starting some new holiday traditions that revolve around some of the things we are thankful for. We wish all of you a very happy and thankful holiday season as well. Bright blessings,

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Unity Holiday Concert 2018 Celebrate the Season of Joy with Music at Unity! oin us on the evening of Saturday, December 1 for our Unity Holiday Concert. This is how we kick off the holidays, here at Unity - an evening of fun for the family and great music performed by Unity’s talented musicians, soloists and choirs. This event has quickly become a must-see for our church family and the Houston community. This year our concert will feature the very best of Unity’s own music program with some very special surprises! Sing along with traditional favorites and enjoy some new offerings for the holidays. All offered in the spirit of Joy and Celebration! Don’t miss it! Stay after the concert for pictures with Santa plus warm cider and cookies in the Courtyard.

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he intricate interplay of our body and mind has everything to do with living a healthy and happy life. Floating offers an all-natural approach which has been proven to help a wide scope of ailments and offer physical and mental well-being to its practitioners. Although there are many ‘typical’ or common experiences, many customers have unique responses to their own individual physical and emotional needs. Regardless of the variety of physical and emotional responses, one general rule of thumb stands out, the more you float, the better it gets! As you might imagine, being in a low-gravity, totally silent, and pitch-black floatation tank gives the body time to relax. While the healing benefits of relaxation have long been documented, the intense relaxation of floatation therapy is unique to the low-gravity environment that floatation tank provides. This environment leads to more profound relaxation and allows our bodies to recuperate faster and more thoroughly. Being in a low-gravity, totally silent and pitch-black environment gives the mind time to relax as well. This mental release is almost the opposite of stress and allows the brain to stop allocating its resources to processing the experience of all of our senses, producing profoundly positive mental effects and releasing a surge of positive neurochemicals. Studies have shown the use of floatation therapy to be extremely beneficial for relaxation and mental health. True REST Float Spa has just opened their doors at 5190 Buffalo Speedway in Houston. They are currently offering a $48 introductory special. Give them a call to day to schedule a float and experience True REST, the science of feeling great!TM

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You are Unlimited by Rev. Michael Gott Senior Minister, Unity of Houston t Unity of Houston, our whole spiritual community has been studying the book Discover the Power Rev. Michael Gott Within You by Eric Butterworth. It’s a modern spiritual classic. If you haven’t read it, I can’t recommend it highly enough. The basic premise of the book is that we are all imbued with a spark of divinity—that the spiritual power that Jesus of Nazareth (and other enlightened masters) embodied is in each of us. What Butterworth teaches, and what we seek to practice at Unity, is that we can tap into this “hidden” power and transform our lives and our world for good. Sounds good.

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Why is it so hard? Butterworth writes, “We are human in expression but divine in creation and limitless in potentiality.” There is something about that human part that tends to keep us from knowing that divine part, which in turn keeps us from reaching our true potential. We all struggle. Our dysfunctional families, our flawed cultures and societies, our fears and resentments.… This human stuff can really keep a brother or sister down, right? When I began my spiritual studies in earnest in my late 20s, I wanted to believe in that divine spark and in my limitless potential, but I had so much evidence to back up my limited and small idea of myself, that I just couldn’t quite believe what I was being taught. At least not completely. Back then, the lies that my ego told me about who I was felt more “true” than the spiritual truth I was being taught. But some small part of me must have believed, or at least hoped. And you know what? That was enough. That small crack in my negative

self-image let enough light in that I was willing to try to do some things differently. Over time, with practice and loving community, I changed. I began to realize some of this limitless potentiality that Butterworth speaks of. If my 27-year old self could see me today at 52, I would hardly believe that I’m the same person. My life works. And…I am not finished growing or becoming. Today, that’s the joy of being unlimited for me—that no matter how much freedom and fulfillment I experience in this life, there is more available. Wherever you are on your spiritual path, I hope you know that you are loved and that you are more powerful than you can imagine. No matter what you think of yourself, I believe that there is more good inside of you than you have yet experienced, that your life can be better than you have ever dreamed! November 4 -“The Great Demonstration” with Rev. Michael Gott November 11 -“Armistice! A Ceasefire Between God and the Ego” with Rev. Sheila Gautreaux November 18 - “With Grateful Hearts” with Rev. Michael Gott November 25 - “Real Transformation” with Rev. David Ault Join us for Sunday services at Unity of Houston! 9:00am and 11:00 am in the Sanctuary. Spanish Service at 9:45 in the Pyramid. Unity of Houston 2929 Unity Drive, Houston, 77057. See ad on page 11.

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Bans on plastic consumption have been increasing globally for the last two years. Single-use plastics will be officially banned in the Bahamas by 2020, including plastic bags collected at the point of sale, straws, Styrofoam food containers and plastic utensils. Also, the release of balloons in the air will be illegal. Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Antigua and Barbuda have already banned single-use plastic products. In Kenya it’s illegal to produce, sell or use plastic bags. Haiti has banned plastic bags and Styrofoam products. Belize moved to ban single-use plastics by April 2019. The UK has outlined a plan to eradicate plastic use completely by 2042. The Clean Seas Campaign, launched in 2017 by the United Nations Environment Programme, aims to increase global public and corporate awareness of the critical need to reduce marine litter.

Dumping Disincentive

Big Bank Acts to Protect Oceans from Mine Waste

Citigroup is no longer financing mining projects that dump mine waste into the ocean. The move comes in response to pressure from the Ditch Ocean Dumping campaign, which calls on financial institutions to divest from any project or company that employs the practice. “Banks and financial institutions must actively take steps to ensure that they are not bankrolling the destruction of our oceans,� says campaign coordinator Ellen Moore of Earthworks. Mine waste can contain up to three dozen dangerous chemicals, including arsenic, lead, mercury and cyanide. These metals accumulate in fish, and ultimately, the wildlife and people that eat them. The pollution contaminates drinking water, decimates ecosystems and destroys fisheries. While the outdated practice has been phased out in many parts of the world, new mining proposals in Papua New Guinea and Norway signal that such dumping is being ramped up, not phased out. November 2018

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Supercharge Your Immune System Natural Ways to Stay Healthy by Kathleen Barnes

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billion a year to treat, which is nearly twice the amount spent on cancer care, according to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association. Initial statistics released 20 years ago estimated that 9 million Americans had autoimmune diseases; a five-fold increase since then illustrates the magnitude of the problem. People that are free of some degree of immune system dysfunction are relatively uncommon.

Identified Culprits

“We are absolutely seeing a rise in immune disorders,” says Michael T. Murray, a doctor of naturopathy in Lyons, Colorado, and author of Chronic Candidiasis: Your Natural Guide to Healing with Diet, Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs, Exercise and Other Natural Methods. “Many factors are responsible for the increase.” He cites the most notable as the widespread use of antibiotics and pesticides; dietary factors, including too much sugar; decreased intake of essential vitamins and minerals; overconsumption of calories in general; lifestyle factors like not getting enough sleep or exercise; excessive alcohol; stress; and exposure to cigarette smoke. “The microbiome—the bacterial structure that supports a strong immune system—is largely inherited from the mother during a vaginal birth,” says Sayer Ji, of Miami, Florida, founder of GreenMedInfo.com, sponsor of the 2017 Immune Defense Summit

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and a member of the National Health Federation’s board of governors. “The rising number of Caesarean sections, at nearly one-third of all U.S. births, up from 18 percent in 1997, deprives infants of those naturally occurring bacteria, and can result in immune deficiencies at an early age.” Low-level chronic stress of the kind that occurs in everyday modern life is a leading underlying factor in immune system compromise, says natural health and healing expert Dr. Deepak Chopra, of Carlsbad, California, author of The Healing Self: A Revolutionary New Plan to Supercharge Your Immunity and Stay Well for Life. Along with emotional stress, he points to any kind of inner or outer challenge that pulls us off center. Everyone experiences some stress every day; when unrelieved, it’s been widely shown to have a huge negative impact on our health. “Imbalance can be negative or positive, and so can stress,” says Chopra. “Winning the lottery is just as stressful as going through a divorce. So the challenge isn’t to achieve static balance, but to successfully thrive in stressful surroundings.”

Internal Communiqués

Medical science now generally agrees that the greatest part of the immune system resides in the gut. “We need those trillions of bacteria that live in the digestive tract. Without them, we are unable to defend ourselves from all types of assaults, including the autoimmune diseases, in which the body turns upon itself,” says Ji.

“The immune system lines the large and small intestines,” says Dr. Susan Blum, of Rye Brook, New York, author of The Immune System Recovery Plan: A Doctor’s 4-Step Program to Treat Autoimmune Disease. “The microbes in the gut lining speak to the immune system. Anything that alters the microbes in negative ways—like antibiotics or viral illness, among others—can also negatively alter the immune system.”

Unavoidable Toxin

We can’t avoid the toxic exposure that underlies much of the immune dysfunction we are experiencing today, says Wendy Myers, a functional diagnostic nutritionist in Los Angeles, California, and author of Limitless Energy: How to Detox Toxic Metals to End Exhaustion and Chronic Fatigue. “Toxins, especially heavy metals like lead and mercury, are in the air, water and soil. Since we can’t escape them, we need to know how they are affecting us and work to neutralize them.” Experts agree that immune challenges can be neutralized and overcome with the right diet and lifestyle, stress management and appropriate supplements to restore and maintain the whole system balance needed to flourish in a world of our own making that stresses us on every level.

The Right Food

Eliminating wheat and dairy can end half of current immune system dysfunction through helping to repair the microbiome and healing the immune system, Ji

believes. As one example, “If my mom had known I was allergic to cow’s milk when I was a child, I wouldn’t have suffered for 20 years with bronchial asthma,” he says. An anti-inflammatory diet also speeds gut healing and strengthens the immune system, says Blum. Highlights of her program for a basic clean-up include eliminating anything white (sugar and all products made with flour); eating quality fats (cold-pressed vegetable oils, nuts and seeds); protein (grass-fed beef, organic and free-range poultry, wild game and wildcaught fish); organic fruits and vegetables as much as possible and fermented foods daily; limiting and preferably eliminating dairy; and reading labels and banishing

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additives, chemicals and processed foods. According to CDC statistics, almost everyone has some level of immune dysfunction, so this clean-up diet will benefit most of us, Blum says. After a basic regimen of three weeks or longer, she recommends exploring an elimination and challenge diet in which gluten, dairy, corn, soy and eggs are all eliminated for three weeks. People with arthritis should also eliminate nightshades like tomatoes and potatoes. “Then add back in the eliminated foods one at a time and carefully note the body’s reaction. It’s not that hard to get a clear picture of what aggravates inflammation such as arthritis pain,” Blum says.

The Right Supplements

Multivitamins: “High-quality vitamin

and mineral supplements are foundational to immune health,” Murray says. “Vitamins C, E and B and selenium are especially important.”

Digestive enzymes: “Digestive

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mediated inflammation in autoimmune disorders,” Murray explains. Australian research from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research confirms that supporting the immune system helps heal inflammation and autoimmune diseases. Instead, these are commonly treated with


immune system suppressants that leave the patient with diminished resistance to other diseases. Raw foods, especially pineapple and papaya, are good sources of digestive enzymes. They’re also available as supplements.

Prebiotics and probiotics: Prebiotics, plant fibers that ferment in the colon helping to increase desirable bacteria in the gut, and probiotics, live beneficial bacteria, help restore balance in the microbiome, effectively feeding and strengthening the immune system. Myers suggests that declining levels of friendly bacteria in the gut may actually mark the onset of chronic degenerative disease. Vitamin D: Several studies, including one from Israel, have shown that people with the highest vitamin D levels have the lowest number of upper respiratory infections. “To ensure optimal vitamin D status, many health advocates, myself included, are recently advocating daily dosages of 2,000 to 5,000 international units (IU), even in apparently healthy adults,” Murray says.  

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charides; soluble fiber naturally occurring in the cell walls of grains, bacteria, yeast, algae and fungi. Natural sources include oats, barley, seaweed, and shitake and reishi mushrooms. In supplements, look for products extracted by fermentation if grain or yeast is a concern. These sugars are known to help prevent and shorten durations of colds and flu and provide relief for allergies and sinus congestion, and may help regulate an overactive immune response in cases of autoimmune disorders. Both internal and external factors can affect us all the way to the cellular level. Chopra says, “You are talking to your genes all the time, and what you say affects every cell in your body. Through lifestyle choices, you can make healing decisions rather than damaging ones.” Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous natural health books including The Calcium Lie: What Your Doctor Still Doesn’t Know, with Dr. Robert Thompson. Connect at KathleenBarnes.com.  

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Give Rover a Rubdown Massage Keeps a Dog at Peak Health by Karen Shaw Becker

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nimals have performed massage on themselves or others since the dawn of time through natural grooming behaviors,” reports the Northwest School of Animal Massage, in Vashon, Washington. “Any animal’s quality of life can be enhanced with massage.”

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“Maintenance massage is great for helping your pet stay at their peak level of health for as long as possible. It’s also a great tool for monitoring and early detection,” says Kim Tews, a certified small animal massage practitioner located near Portland, Oregon. Jonathan Rudinger, a registered nurse, licensed massage therapist and authority on canine massage in Ann Arbor, Michigan, explains that massage supports oxygen exchange, helping animals to breathe more deeply, and even encourages coughing to loosen phlegm and debris in the lungs. Increasing both blood and lymphatic circulation is another

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Massage therapist Michelle Rivera with the Healing Oasis Wellness Center, in Sturtevant, Wisconsin, remarks in the journal Integrative Veterinary Care, “It was in China that I learned that many behavioral problems can also be alleviated or eliminated with the addition of massage therapy. In my own practice, the majority of issues I successfully work with using massage are behavior problems and seizures.” Highly sensitive animals may find that therapeutic massage makes being touched more tolerable. Rudinger explains that it can clear physiological energy blocks. His approach with dogs is to work on the stomach energy meridian, which flows down around the mouth, down both sides of the midline and underneath the abdominal side of the body. It ends up around the anus, beneath the animal’s tail. As the meridian is associated with the emotional brain or limbic system, working on this area is particularly useful for dogs that are fear-biters, food- or dog-aggressive, have separation anxiety or problems with their gastrointestinal tract. Generally speaking, dog massage can be a useful tool for stress relief and relaxation.

Find the Right Expert

An integrative veterinarian can provide advice and recommend an experienced area canine massage therapist to treat an animal’s specific need. At-home or in-clinic sessions may last from 30 to 80 minutes. Having a family member massage a pet can add calming and bonding benefits, especially in palliative care. A workshop or continuing education course will teach basic to advanced hands-on massage skills. Offering the benefits of therapeutic massage to a dog is one of the greatest gifts we can give to support their happiness and quality of life. It can also work wonders for cats. Karen Becker, a doctor of veterinary medicine, is a proactive, integrative practitioner who consults internationally and writes for Mercola Healthy Pets (HealthyPets.Mercola.com).

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benefit. “Manual lymphatic drainage massage is a good immune booster, and benefits pets of all breeds and ages,” says Tews. Massage shortens postoperative recovery time for pets and helps decrease inflammation and pain while lowering blood pressure and working to normalize breathing patterns and digestion. For dogs with arthritis, Rudinger says that massage works to increase the natural fluids within the dog’s body, along with improving lymph and blood circulation and hormone and energy flow. When it comes to sporting events and intense recreation, massage can be used to increase blood flow to muscles beforehand and reduce muscle soreness afterward. Massage is a comfort for beloved dogs receiving treatment for a terminal illness or palliative care. The practice can also reduce the need for pain medication, decrease metabolic end products in tissues, ease constipation and feelings of anxiety and isolation, and instill greater peace.

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lthough the method of massage and results can be similar to that for dogs, cats have their own rules about how they are touched. “Every massage must be individualized,” says Katie Mehrtens, owner of The Right Spot Pet Massage, near Chicago, and a nationally certified small animal massage therapist. “Cats are typically more sensitive to touch than dogs, and can become overstimulated. I am hyperaware of the cat’s reactions, and often give them more breaks to avoid stress,” she says. “If your cat doesn’t like to be touched, you just haven’t figured out the best moves yet,” advises Maryjean Ballner, a massage therapist in Santa Barbara, California. “Common mistakes include rubbing, instead of caressing, and going too fast. Felines get the reputation they’re difficult. Pay attention to the basics.” “Although many bones and muscles in cats and dogs have the same names and locations, they may not be identical in physical appearance or function,” Mehrtens says. “A cat’s skeleton is slender, with lean, fluid muscles designed for leaping distances with stealth and agility. They’re likely to experience less wear and tear on joints than dogs.” Ballner offers tips to let the cat be the teacher as to what works best: n Get down to their level. n Approach at shoulder height, not the top of the head. n Caress using full palms, not just fingertips. Slower is safe, enjoyable and desirable. n Caress under the chin and around the cheeks using finger pads and full palms or the flat area between the knuckles. n Focus totally on the cat for four minutes. Make it routine. n Voice soft, soothing, low-tone phrases—not baby talk; maybe repeating, “Oh, you good boy, good boy.”

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Susi Rosinski, a certified feline, canine and equine massage therapist and owner of Ancient Far East Healing Arts, in Tonawanda, New York, offers, “Most of my [feline] clients have joint pain or back mobility difficulties. Working on legs and joints after they’re fully relaxed helps them, as well as being safer for me, as I slowly add pressure to the areas where they need it most.” “For four minutes a day, cat massage is therapeutic, whether it’s for you or the cat,” says Ballner.

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the dome-shaped muscle that separates your chest cavity from your abdomen and functions as a pump that draws oxygen-rich air into your body on the inhalation and expels the waste products of respiration on every exhalation. Our breathing is also regulated by a bundle of neurons in the respiratory center of the brain. The action of this center is so powerful that even if peripheral nerves are severed, the mechanism that instigates breathing deep in the brain stem will continue for some time. This phrenic nerve has sensorimotor association with the diaphragm as well as fibers that innervate the lungs and heart Pranayama the yogic breath is mostly fixed through the nose, and the flow of the breath patterns and durations are systematically regulated through the lower abdomen and at the glottis between the trachea and larynx next to the vocal cords.

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reathing continues twenty-four hours a day. Whether one is aware of it or not, it is man’s most valuable treasure, one cannot exist for more than 3 minutes without breathing. It is the only human function that we perform both consciously and unconsciously. Hatha yogis recognize that the life force in our system is a kind of energy they call prana, this energetic force is activated by one of our most powerful and natural healing tools, our breath. The Yogis also suggest that the first place to affect change in our psychophysiological make-up is by regulating our breath, the breath sends many messages from your brain to your body and back again by the activation of the voluntary nervous system and the autonomic nervous system, each having profound effects on the internal organs and our conscious connection with emotional states. Researchers have found that most people use less than 20% of the surface area of their lungs. The optimal rate for adults to

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breathe is between 3 and 6 breaths a minute. In our stressful fast paced lives, we typically take an alarming 12 to 20 breaths per minute. Astonishingly, 95% of our energy comes in from the breath; 70% of what the body eliminates goes out through the breath. On a daily basis we typically pass 35 thousand pints of blood through our lungs, and if a sufficient quantity of fresh air reaches the lungs the waste products then do not return to the body as toxins compromising our immune system. In fact our body becomes weakened when we have an imperfect breathing pattern. The Ancient Chandogya Upanishad proposes that, “To open up to your breath is to open up to your own natural wisdom”. • “The breath is clearly this entire creation every thing there is. So, when I said, “turn to the breath”, it was to this that I thereby turned for protection.” The general action of breathing is primarily initiated through the repetitive contraction and relaxation of the diaphragm, www.NaturalAwakenings-Houston.com

We also use Kriyas or actions that cleanse and tone the internal organs by pumping the belly with repeated vigorous exhalations, this strengthens the digestive system, tones the abdominal muscles, and stimulates the heart pump to return purified blood back into the lungs. In ancient Himalayan yoga asana practices, slow systematic movement is matched precisely to prolonged inhale/exhales using the yogic (Ujjayi) throated breath, this action influences our brain activity at the vegus nerve, prompting the parasympathetic nervous system and regulating blood sugar levels, innervating the liver, spleen, kidney, stomach, intestine and colon. In modern terms, we also now know that these messages from the vegus nerve stimulate peptides like serotonin, dopamine, and opiates that influence our moods, regulate the effects of the immune-modulators, which are also antidepressants. The whole micro-biome is affected by the traffic between the brain, your breath and your body’s organs, it is bi-directional.


The Yoga Makaranda another ancient yogic text declares that if one wants a cure from some disease, even if there are many medicines, that it is essential to maintain an unobstructed flow of energy/ prana in our bodies. By attending to the flow of their breath the great Indian masters use the breath to increase their vital reserves and in a more metaphysical sense trust that the breath is the gateway to harnessing the mind while heightening the spiritual quest that expedites our consciousness and contemplation of our own true nature. Change your breath change your life! (718).Pam Johnson has been a yoga educator and breath coach for over 30 years. She is the owner/ founder of the Heights School of Yoga and Artistic director of Breath the Pulse of the Universe. She is a master teacher of the Himalayan Vinyasa Krama yogic techniques of breath and movement as one. Recently Pam facilitated a study of the breath on the brain by using the fMRI to measure the activity of her brain while breathing in real time. “There is a profound change of brain perfusion and oxygenation. The first slide corresponds to a repetitive task Pam performed in the scanner (30 seconds breathing followed by 30 rest) repeated four times. The second task is a subtraction of a 5-minute cerebral blood flow measurement during breathing compared to rest. Both show qualitatively the same results: Decreased flow to the frontal lobes of the brain and increased flow to the sensory cortex, in particular the visual cortex. The first task also shows increased functional activation to areas in the insula (body awareness). PamJohnsonYoga.Com. See ad on page 10.

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risti Nelson has dedicated her career to leading, funding and strengthening organizations committed to progressive social and spiritual change. Today, at the helm of the Network for Grateful Living, she is helping awaken thousands of people around the world to the life-changing practice of gratefulness. Co-founded by Benedictine monk, teacher and author David Steindl-Rast, the network offers educational programs and practices that inspire and guide a commitment to grateful living, and spark the transformative power of personal and societal responsibility. Earlier in her career, Nelson founded a values-based fundraising, consulting, training and leadership coaching company, working with groups such as the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, Buddhist Peace Fellowship and the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. She also served in director-level positions for the Soul of Money Institute, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society. Nelson lives in Western Massachusetts with her family, grateful to be surrounded by the wonders of the natural world and connected to a vibrant, loving and grateful global community.

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Gratefulness is a proactive orientation to life that originates inside. You wake with a sense of thankful awareness for the gift of another day, of all the miraculous things your body did overnight to keep you alive and healthy and an all-encompassing sense of the great fullness of life. Gratitude is more of a response to something going well; anything from receiving the perfect present to five green lights on the way home to beautiful weather. It can become an addictive pursuit to try to get life to deliver something positive again and again, whereas gratefulness emanates from a more unconditional core. Thanksgiving bubbles up when we’re so filled with a sense of gratefulness—that great fullness—that we overflow into finding ways to express thanks aloud and in actions, such as delivering praise or being of service.

In what way is happiness related to gratefulness?

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How do we cultivate gratefulness as a way of being, rather than an intermittent feeling?

It’s a three-step process: stop, look and go. First, we pause to be present; slow down enough to notice all the things for which we can be grateful. Second, we enlarge our perspective to take nothing for granted and acknowledge that life is short and uncertain, so we are grateful each day we wake up. This step is also about being aware of our privileges, starting with our ability to see, hear, move about and function. It keeps us aware, awake and alert. Consider how we feel when electricity returns after an outage or when we can use our hand or foot after a cast comes off. Within minutes, we can forget how appreciative we were for those things, so we need to build reminders into our lives. Third, we generate possibilities. Find ways to express appreciation or nurture something we care about by engaging in an actively grateful way. Even when we suffer hardship, shifting our awareness to notice whatever is sufficient, abundant and beautiful enables us to be grateful. This creates a ripple effect, bringing more reasons to be grateful. It’s a radical way to live.

Which other qualities of life that people now seek give you hope?

It gives me hope when people seek contentment. Paradoxically, discontent gives me hope too, because when people recognize injustice and social biases, it pushes us to engage; to stand up and take note of what’s not okay and needs to be changed. Love also gives me hope, especially when individuals seek to love more generously, inclusively and compassionately. It brings me the most hope of all when I see people building bridges and stretching their own capacity to love beyond their comfort zone. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.


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ractices designed to enrich life with purpose and meaning yield empowering results for anyone that takes them to heart. Whether striving for a new job, higher salary, stronger relationships or spiritual acceleration, these “rules of the road” offer inspired guidance to free thinking and enlarge possibilities beyond anything we’ve ever imagined. Be one with life: Belief in our oneness with “more than enough” sets us free to receive.

Be aware we live in an expanding universe: The creative life force of the universe constantly conspires for our good as we consciously participate in the process. Be accountable for individual consciousness: How we perceive ourself and our world defines our experience. Changing our point of view can change everything. Be focused: Establish and maintain a disciplined mind, focusing on what’s right with life rather than what’s wrong. Be in the flow: The law of circulation manifests as either a cornucopia of more than enough or a vortex of not enough, depending on how freely energy flows through us. Remember that we are the gatekeeper that directs the flow. Be passionate: Honoring our passions sets us free from the tyranny of a joyless life. Unearthing and living what creates joy, love and peace brings the gift of our authentic self to the party called life. Be blessed: To be blessed and know it is to affirm that we are a whole person, with nothing missing. Sharing our abundance becomes our daily norm. This state of being blesses our world. Be of service: When we serve others selflessly, we are recognizing that they matter. When someone knows they matter, they are intrinsically guided to demonstrate it in ways that serve others… and the circle is complete. Be courageous: Boldly move beyond false limits to horizons that call us to new levels of self-expression and fulfillment, often in collaboration with a spirited community. Be a catalyst for good: Such actions connect us directly to the secret of creating an abundant life—our innate oneness with the universe. Dennis Merritt Jones, D.D., of St. Petersburg Beach, FL, speaks and writes books on human potential and spirituality. His latest, The Art of Abundance, is the source of this essay. Connect via DennisMerrittJones.com.

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SUNDAY NOVEMBER 18TH

NOTE: All Calendar events must be received via email by the 10th of the month prior to publication and adhere to our guidelines. Email Mike@NaturalAwakenings-Houston.com for guidelines and to submit entries. No phone calls or faxes, please.

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 3RD

Marva’s Holistic Fair. 10:00am-5:00pm. Psychics, tarot readers, palmists, healers, vendors of all sorts. Admission Free. LaQuinta Inn-Galleria on 610 West Loop North between San Felipe and Post Oak, 77027. psychicfairs.com 713-444-3581 Winterize Your Garden. 11am. Free. Wabash Feed and Garden, 4537 N. Shepherd, 77018.

mark your calendar Mennonite Sale for World Peace. 2:00pm– 7:00pm. Buy handmade treasures; bid on a quilt during the live auction; browse Ten Thousand Villages; drink Fair Trade coffee; feast on freshly prepared food, take home a shoo-fly pie – all supporting worldwide peace-making efforts. Houston Mennonite Church, 1231 Wirt Rd, 77055. For more information PeaceSale.org or Facebook.com/HoustonPeaceSale

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 4TH

Bayou Bikers. 8:00am. Meet at Market Square Park for 25-40 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 Celebration Sunday, 9:00am & 11:00am with outdoor festivities beginning at 12:15 pm. Celebrate with our spiritual community during our special services, and afterwards with fun for all in our courtyard. Unity of Houston, Pyramid Courtyard, 2929 Unity Drive, 77057. www.Unityhouston.org

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Leisure Time Learning™ Massage Therapy for Beginners. 12pm-6pm. This month’s fun learning short course. Experience the effects and learn the techniques for full body massage. JUST $99! Classes fill quickly! Call today. 713-974-5976

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 9TH

Meet The Parents at Market Square Park. 7:00pm. Join us for a special outdoor screening of Meet The Parents (PG-13). Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and grab a spot. Free. Market Square Park, 301 Milam, 77002. marketsquarepark.com

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 10TH

mark your calendar MD Anderson Boot Walk to End Cancer. 1:00pm. Let’s give cancer the boot! Join us for a short walk through the Texas Medical Center. All funds raised support MD Anderson’s mission to #EndCancer. No registration fees. Texas Medical Center. https://bit.ly/2E9S2BF How to Grow Fruit Trees and Citrus. 1pm-2pm. Free. Wabash Feed and Garden 4537 N. Shepherd, 77018. YogaMass®. 5:00pm. YogaMass is a community who worships on our yoga mats, integrating yoga, breath work, meditation, and holy communion. Institute for Spirituality and Health at the Texas Medical Center, 8100 Greenbriar, Ste 300, 77054. Donation-based. For more info, contact Grace at 832-667-8601, YogaMassAwakening@gmail.com or yogamass.com.

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 11TH

Blessing Ceremony. 9:00am-12:00pm. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston, 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 zen@cthouston.org www.cthouston.org 281-568-1568 Pet Memorial, 1:30pm–2:30pm. At Unity’s Animal Kinship Ministry, we understand how hard it is to say goodbye to our special friends; we also know how significant it is to celebrate the life of our pets, their legacy in our lives and the importance of paying a special meaningful tribute to our departed friends as we gather and cherish with our community their beautiful long-lasting memories. Unity of Houston, Pyramid, 2929 Unity Drive, 77057. www. Unityhouston.org

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 17TH

mark your calendar YogaMass®. 5:00pm. YogaMass is a community who worships on our yoga mats, integrating yoga, breath work, meditation, and holy communion. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1819 Heights Blvd., 77008. Donation-based. For more info, contact Grace at 832-667-8601,YogaMassAwakening@gmail.com or yogamass.com.

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Meditation Workshop. 10:00am-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

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 22ND

Annual Thanksgiving Potluck, 11:30am-1:30pm. Join us to enjoy good food and fellowship, and to express our gratitude as we celebrate Thanksgiving. Bring your favorite holiday dish to share. Attendees can bring a side dish or dessert and the church will provide the turkey and dressing. Unity of Houston, Wallet Hall, 2929 Unity Drive, 77057. www.Unityhouston.org

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 25TH

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

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 30TH

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. Guadalupe Plaza Park, 2311 Runnels St., 77003. criticalmasshouston.com Sound, Alchemy, and Your Divine Blueprint. 7:00pm–8:30pm. We invite you to this beautiful event, facilitated by Joshua Inacio, in which aspects of your Divine DNA will be activated “that you may be gracefully steered on your soul’s path.” Unity of Houston, Pyramid, 2929 Unity Drive, 77057. www. Unityhouston.org

plan ahead SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8TH

YogaMass®. 5:00pm. YogaMass is a community who worships on our yoga mats, integrating yoga, breath work, meditation, and holy communion. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1819 Heights Blvd., 77008. Donation-based. For more info, contact Grace at 832-667-8601,YogaMassAwakening@ gmail.com or yogamass.com.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 10TH – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3RD

mark your calendar Cirque du Soleil is bringing LUZIA to Houston, Texas! Experience water inside the big top, jaw dropping acts and larger than life props in this unique production unlike any show you have ever seen before. LUZIA opens January 10 at Sam Houston Race Park. Get ready to be transported to a surreal world of wonders! Buy your tickets at cirquedusoleil.com/luzia before they sell out! Sam Houston Race Park 7575 North Sam Houston Pkwy W, Houston, TX 77064. NAHTX Digital Subscribers click on this link for your 15% Discount. https://tickets.cirquedusoleil.com/ eventshopper5.html#/select/dbbf6f1c-f70e-426ea26b-c15b0313a412?skin=luzia_v2


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daily Houston Arboretum. 7am-6pm. Walk in nature. Learn about native plants and wildlife. Free. Houston Arboretum 4501 Woodway Dr., 77024. houstonarboretum.org 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. 713-5249839 rothkochapel.org Noon Meditation. 12pm. Weekday, Mon.-Fri. in the Chapel. It is a guided meditation, facilitated by our Unity Counselors. The meditation typically lasts between 20-30 minutes. No registration is needed; walk-ins are welcome. Open to everyone! Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Drive, 77057. UnityHouston.org Waugh Bridge Bat Colony. 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. https://bit.ly/1nPoGbg

mark your calendar Yoga Class. Mon. - Sat. visit site for daily times. Every teacher at The Hines Center provides the best class for the practitioners who arrive — helping students grow their practice regardless of experience, strength or flexibility. Sign-up at hinescenter.org/class-schedule/ or drop-in before class. $15 per session, 10% discount for registering online, or unlimited movement classes $50 per month. The Hines Center, 500 Fannin St., Ste. 100, 77002.

monday Morning Practice. 6:00am-6:45am. Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations) is best practiced early in the morning as the Sun is rising, as it helps restore energy and vitality. We will practice the physical postures Surya Namaskar and the mantra as well, to be followed by 12-minute meditation. Free. Levy Park (On the hill), 3801 Eastside St, 77098. Contact: allthingsfantastical@gmail.com

mark your calendar Hatha Yoga. 6:00pm. All levels welcomed. Bring Yoga mat, meditation pillow, water. Classes by appointment only - space is limited. Private sessions available upon request. Please visit yogamixstudio.com or call 713-269-5165 to register. YogaMix, 2601-G Cartwright Rd, Missouri City, 77459. 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

A Course in Miracles at Unity of Houston. 7:30pm-9:00pm. Join us every Monday to learn how to apply spiritual principles in your daily life. All you need is an open heart and an accepting mind. Unity of Houston Grace Hall. 2929 Unity Drive, 77057. UnityHouston.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. 7:00-8:00am. On the go? Want a boost to the start of your day? Drive thru for free coffee, a breakfast bite, and prayer if desired. All are welcome. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort, 77025. www.graceinhouston.org. Kundalini Yoga. 10:00am. A beautiful practice that blends movement, breath, meditation, and mantra. No experience needed. $15 per class. Unity of Houston, Pyramid, 2929 Unity Drive, 77057. www. UnityHouston.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 T’ai Chi Ch’uan. 5:45pm-7:00pm. This class concentrates on creating and moving Chi/Qi through meditation while moving. Jon Naylor teaches the traditional Yang Style short form with martial arts references. Beginners please arrive early. Free. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin Street, 77004. firstuu.org Circus Arts. 6-8pm. Ground arts/acrobatics such as contortion/flexibility, Low Tight wire, Partner acrobatics, juggling and hand balancing taught by instructors from Cirque la Vie, a Houston Contemporary Circus company formed by Reyie Nal. Ages 13 and up for class. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 6:30-7:30pm. Come and try our free weekly yoga-meditation classes. Each session includes the basics and a practical guided meditation so you can start meditating at home straight away. Free. South Community Center. 2235 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, 77380. 832433-2415. info@Houston-Meditation.org

Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr., 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org Vegan World Radio. 8:00 pm. Hosted by VWR Collective. Telling the story of the vegan revolution that’s saving the animals, the planet and our health. KPFC: Community Radio 90.1 FM. kpft.org

wednesday mark your calendar Yin With Lin for Deep Tissue Release. 9:30am. A perfect complement to the dynamic and muscular (yang) styles of yoga that emphasize internal heat, and the lengthening and contracting of our muscles. Yin Yoga targets the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine. Longer holds allow for deeper release. $20 drop-in. Houston Ayurveda Center, 3222 Mercer, 77027. Facilitator: Lin Weiss, Certified Yoga Therapist - 713858-8595, linweiss@conscioushealingnow.com Hatha Yoga. 9:30am & 6:00pm. All levels welcomed. Bring Yoga mat, meditation pillow, water. Classes by appointment only - space is limited. Private sessions available upon request. Please visit yogamixstudio.com or call 713-269-5165 to register. YogaMix, 2601-G Cartwright Rd, Missouri City, 77459. Veterans Helping Veterans. 12pm–1:30pm. All military veterans are invited to participate with this weekly group meeting. Veterans also exchange resources with each other and request support. Lunch is provided. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main St., 77004. www.stpaulshouston.org/ veterans

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Yoga at Resurrection MCC. 7:00-8:00 pm. Get in touch with your mind, body, and spirit through Yoga! All body types and skill levels welcome, please bring a mat and towel. Free, donations accepted. Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, 2015 West 11th Street, 77008. Yoga@ ResurrectionMCC.org Intro Session at Universal Door Meditation Center. 7:00pm-8:00pm. Everyone is welcome to join us to find out what is Awake, about our teacher Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien, and have a chance to touch with the Awake already within. Free, donations welcome. 15202 Dora Lane, Sugar Land, 77498. 281-565-9718. universaldoor.org Oneness Blessing Meeting. 7:00-8:30pm. Our weekly meeting includes sharing, meditation, Oneness teachings, and the giving and receiving of the Oneness Blessing, also known as Deeksha. Child care available, reservation required. $10 suggested

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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. Child care available, no reservation required. Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org Yoga Therapy. 6:00pm. Our yoga routine of stretching and breathing will help you tone your body while giving you more energy! This class is for men and women of all ages and all fitness levels. $15 per class. Unity of Houston, Grace Hall, 2929 Unity Drive, 77057. www.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. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort, 77025. www.graceinhouston. org. Questions? info@graceinhouston.org or 832667-8601. Zumba on the Green. 6:30-7:30pm. ACE certified personal trainer, Oscar Sajche shows you how to make your workout a party! Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com Urban Ride. 6:30pm. Route is 20 miles. Riders should be comfortable keeping a pace of 18-20 mph. Helmet, front/back light, spare tube, CO2 cartridges are required. Earphones not allowed. Speed may vary. Safety comes first. Free. Urban Bicycle Gallery, 4814 Nett St., 77007. judy@ urbanbicyclegallery.com Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 6:30-8:00pm. Come and try our free weekly yoga-meditation classes. Each session includes the basics and a practical guided meditation so you can start meditating at home straight away. Free. University Branch Library, 14010 University Blvd., Sugar Land, 77479. 832433-2415. info@Houston-Meditation.org Wednesday Night Experience! 7:00pm–8:00pm. Our Wednesday night service is relaxed and informal, powerful and inspiring. The music is always uplifting and the message is relevant and grounded in timeless spiritual principles. Unity of Houston, Pyramid, 2929 Unity Drive, 77057. www.UnityHouston.org Blue Line Bike Ride. 7pm. Multiple rides leave from the Heights location on Wednesday evenings. Each ride has its own route and pace, so come out and decide which works best for you! Free. Blue Line Bike Lab, 3302 White Oak Drive, 77007. 713802-1707 https://bit.ly/2CP6zSI People of Earth. 7:00 pm. Hosted by Jacquelyn Battise. A program created to provide Native American and non-Native people with timely news and information about culture, news and realities. KPFC: Community Radio 90.1 FM. kpft.org 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

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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

Kundalini Yoga. 7:00pm–8:15pm. A beautiful practice that blends movement, breath, meditation, and mantra. No experience needed. $15 per class. Unity of Houston, Pyramid, 2929 Unity Drive, 77057. www.UnityHouston.org

Pot Roast. 10:00pm-2am. Late night music outside under the stars. Cover charge. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www. lastconcert.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. Suggested donation $50/month. Pre-registration required. Universal Door Meditation Center, 15202 Dora Lane, Sugar Land, 77498. universaldoor.org 281-565-9718

Drum Circle at Midnight 12mn-2am $6.00 Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com

thursday Grace2Go. 6:30-8:00am. On the go? Want a boost to the start of your day? Drive thru for free coffee, a breakfast bite, and prayer if desired. All are welcome. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort, 77025. www.graceinhouston.org. 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. 713-639-7300 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 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. Houston Museum of Natural Science. 2pm-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. 2:00pm-7:00pm. Free entry into The Health Museum to enjoy permanent and traveling exhibits (DeBakey Cell Lab requires a $3 fee) on Thursdays. 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 Shorin Ryu Karate. 6:00pm. Join us for Traditional Okinawan Karate. All classes by appointment only - space limited. Private sessions available upon request. Please visit yogamixstudio.com or call 713269-5165 to register. YogaMix, 2601-G Cartwright Rd, Missouri City, 77459. Parkour. 6:30-8pm. Class will meet on the Sarofim Picnic Lawn, participants must arrive by 6:45pm. For ages 12+. Under 18 must have parental consent. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 6:45-7:45pm. Come and try our free weekly yoga-meditation classes. Each session includes the basics and a practical guided meditation so you can start meditating at home straight away. Free. Sahaja Yoga Meditation Center, 4510c Hwy 6 N, 77084. 832-433-2415. info@Houston-Meditation.org

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Meditation Service at Self-Realization Fellowship. 7:30-9:30pm Learn and practice the meditative techniques of Paramahansa Yogananda. FREE. Self-Realization Fellowship, 3425 Golf Dr, 77018. srfhouston.org

friday Houston International Folk Dancers. 7:30-10pm. Join us for a recreational folk dance group celebrating ethnic dances from around the world. Singles and beginners welcome. Dress comfortably. $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. 6-8pm. 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. Yoga Therapy at 9:00am and Advanced Yoga Therapy at 10:45 am. Our yoga routine of stretching and breathing will help you tone your body while giving you more energy! $15 per class. Unity of Houston, Grace Hall, 2929 Unity Drive, 77057. www.UnityHouston.org

mark your calendar Integrative Hatha Yoga for Mind, Body, Spirit. 9:30am. Hatha Yoga addresses the musculoskeletal, nervous, respiratory, cardiovascular & endocrine systems of the human body, focusing on heart & hip openers, twists, pose alignment, the energetic subtle bodies, and meditation. Increase strength, stamina, vitality & peace of mind. $20 drop-in. Houston Ayurveda Center, 3222 Mercer St., 77027. Facilitator: Lin Weiss, Certified Yoga Therapist - 713-858-8595 linweiss@conscioushealingnow.com


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 Young Writers Workshop. 10:30am-11:30am. Kids learn to express their thoughts and develop language skills at this workshop conducted by Writers in the Schools (WITS). Limited space. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com For more information please call 832-393-1375. T’ai Chi Ch’uan. 10:30am-12:00pm. This class concentrates on creating and moving Chi/Qi through meditation while moving. Jon Naylor teaches the traditional Yang Style short form with martial arts references. Beginners please arrive early. Free. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin Street, 77004. firstuu.org Recycling Saturdays. 11:00am-2:00pm. The City of Houston provides a recycling station for plastic and paper and now thanks to I Recycle Glass, you can also bring glass to be recycled. Please bring paper and plastic recyclables separately from glass. Check discoverygreen.com each week. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010.

mark your calendar Yoga for the Intellect at India House. 11:15am12:15pm. Vedanta Study Group with Joseph Emmett. Lecture and discussion on a series of texts by A. Parthasarthy, beginning with The Fall Of the Human Intellect. Designed to support a daily study at home. Free. India House, O.P Jindal Center, 8888 West Bellfort Ave, 77031. Vedanta Academy, India. Info@VednataHouston.org www.VedantaHouston.org 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 40 kids on a first come first serve basis. Parent/Guardian must accompany child/children during all activities. No child drop offs. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.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 Morning Service followed by meditation, then work practice - mindful cleaning and straightening in the Meditation Hall and the Center’s grounds, then a dharma talk. Free. HOUSTON ZEN CENTER, 1605 Heights BLVD., 77008. 713-8691952. houstonzen.org

Sunday Services at Unity of Houston. 9:00am & 11:00am. We welcome you to join us for our services. If you have been searching for a lovefocused place of worship that embraces all people and honors all spiritual paths, Unity could be your answer. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Drive, 77057. UnityHouston.org Sunday Oneness Blessing. After 9am and 11am services. 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. Child care available, no reservation required. Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. Unityhouston.org Christian Meditation. 9:00am-9:30 am. Experience meditation and contemplative prayer in preparation for receiving Holy Communion at the 10am worship service. All are welcome. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort, 77025. www. graceinhouston.org info@graceinhouston.org or 832-667-8601. Free Yoga Lab! 9:00am-10:00am. Join us for this dedicated class for new teachers and teachers in training to practice their classes and express their awesomeness! Free. The Heights Medical Tower, 427 West 20th St., Suite 602, 77008. fourdragonsinstitute.com 713-322-9736 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 Spanish Language Service at Unity of Houston. 9:45am–10:45am. ¡Bienvenidos a todos! “Servicio en español cada domingo.” Unity of Houston Pyramid, 2929 Unity Drive, 77057. UnityHouston.org Sunday at Self-Realization Fellowship. 9:40am12noon. Paramahansa Yogananda’s how-to-live spiritual principles for adults and children. Energize. Meditate. Learn. Grow. FREE. Self-Realization Fellowship, 3425 Golf Dr, 77018. srfhouston.org Sunday Service at Unity Spiritual Center of Greater Houston. 10:15-11:15am Experience joy-filled vibrations and high-energy spirituality in motion with live music, singing, affirmative prayer, and dynamic sermons. Unity Spiritual Center of Greater Houston, 13615 Kluge Rd, Cypress, 77429 . unityspiritualcenterhouston.org (832) 653-7980 Semanal Programa de Meditación. 10am-12pm. 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. Gratis. Trini Mendenhall Sosa Center, 1414 Wirt Road 77055. houstonSOS.org 832-304-0767. Ecstatic Dance Evolution.10:00am-1:00pm. Bliss is the goal! Feel great in your body. Move as you like. Meet creative fun high vibe tribe and get a healthy workout! No experience needed, no steps to learn, no shoes necessary. $20.00, Discount passes available at the door. MATCH: Midtown Arts and Theatre Center, 3400 Main Street, 77002. Samadhi 281-748-8080 ecstaticdanceevolution.com

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 Public Dharma talk with Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien. 11:00am-12:30pm. We welcome people of all cultures, religions, and backgrounds to attend the public Dharma talks with Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien. 15202 Dora Lane, Sugar Land, 77498. (Free, donations welcome. Optional lunch follows.) www. universaldoor.org 281-565-9718

mark your calendar Vedanta Study Group with Joseph Emmett. 11:00am-12:00pm. Vedanta Treatise: The Eternities contains the entire Vedantic philosophy in one text. Joseph will lead our reading and take questions. Students are expected to reflect on the material between classes. Copies will be available for purchase. Consulate General of India, MultiPurpose Room, 4300 Scotland St, 77007. Info@ VednataHouston.org. www.VedantaHouston.org *Fall* Youth and Teen Program at Universal Door Meditation Center. 11:00am–12:30pm. For youth grades 1-12, Sept 16th-Dec 9th. This weekly program guided by Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien allows youth to have a chance to open their eyes to the Awakened happiness already within and discover the world of AWAKE. Registration required, call for more details. Universal Door Meditation Center, 15202 Dora Lane, Sugar Land, 77498. universaldoor.org 281-565-9718 Carmel Temple All Faith Service. 11:00am. Different guest speaker every week. Free. Carmel Temple, 1208 Pennsylvania, 77587. carmeltemple.org Dawn Mountain Sunday Meditation. 11am12noon. 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. dawnmountain.org Sunday Discussion Circle. 11:45am-12:45pm. Join us for facilitated, fun, educational discussions on a variety of topics. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin St. Rm 304, 77004. 713-5265200 www.firstuu.org Centerpoint Body Mind and Spirit Expo. 1pm6pm. 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! Free. Center Point, 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 713-932-7224 centerpointhouston.org Diamond Way Meditation. 11am-12noon. Free. Diamond Way Buddhist Center, 2217 W 34th Street, Suite D., 77018. 281-436-6081. 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. 5:00pm. A free vegetarian meal for any and all. Free. ISKCON Temple 1320 West 34th Street, 77018. 713-686-4482 iskconhouston.org Whole Mother. 7:30 pm. Hosted by Pat Jones. A show that discusses the political and practical aspects of being a mother today. KPFC: Community Radio 90.1 FM. kpft.org

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HYPERBARIC OXYGEN HBOT AMERICA

8180 Kirby Drive Houston, TX 77054 4407 Sienna Pkwy, Missouri City TX 832-986-5144 Info@HBOTamerica.com, hbotamerica.com

HBOT America is Houston’s top recovery facility. HBOT is the breathing in of higher amounts of oxygen in a pressurized chamber. Whether its ADD/ ADHD, sports injury, autism, diabetes, PTSD, migraine, Cancer, TBI’s, autoimmune disorders, or stroke we can help! Call to schedule your appointment today!

ION FOOT DETOX/ OXYGEN THERAPY HEAL WITH NATURAL HERBS

“The Hippest Little Place in Midtown” 3204 Emancipation Ave., 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!

LABYRINTH MEDITATIONS SARAH GISH: LABYRINTH MEDITATIONS

I’ll come to you! 713-492-1173 Sarah@GishCreative.com Subscribe to get info: GishPicks.com

Meditation is well-known as a healing modality and labyrinths are one of the oldest forms of meditation. Join Sarah at her “Second Saturday Labyrinth Walk” at The Hines Center which includes a tour of the Center, an introduction to labyrinths, and a reflective art activity.

MASSAGE PHOENIX SCHOOL OF MASSAGE 6600 Harwin Drive Houston, TX 77036 713-974-5976 themassageschool.com

Reduce stress, relieve anxiety, muscle stress or pain. Get a massage! $35 an hour. Buy 4 massages get one free. That’s only $28 each. Call Today!

THE HEALING PATH MASSAGE 4151 Southwest Freeway, Suite 125 Houston, TX 77027 346-980-5907 Thpmassage.wix.com/Houston

Located conveniently off the Southwest Freeway, inside The Loop, and open 10am-10pm Monday-Sunday. Try our Introductory Thai Combo Massage (10 types in one) for only $39.99. Call today and feel the difference a massage can make. License #ME3188. See ad on page 7. \

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. Call Lin today to find out if she can help you. See ad on page 4.

MEDITATION CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON 12129 Bellaire Blvd., Houston 77072 281-568-1568 • zen@cthouston.org cthouston.org

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. Check the web site (event calendar) for the most current information. See ad on page 17.

ISHA FOUNDATION/ INNER ENGINEERING

Norris Conference Center – Westchase 9990 Richmond Avenue Houston, TX 77042 innerengineering.com ishafoundation.org/us/newsletter/centers/ houston/ houston@ishausa.org

Founded by Sadhguru, Isha Foundation/Inner Engineering offers spirituality to every human being, to ensure that each individual can experience the deepest core of life within. Come join the Houston group for monthly meditation, yoga and instructional meetings. Check their website for more information.

UNIVERSAL DOOR MEDITATION CENTER 15202 Dora 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. Transform stress, struggles, health issues, and conflicts that you thought were unchangeable facts of life! Attend our FREE Tuesday Meditation 101 class. See our ad on page 8.

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 and more. Without using synthetic prescription hormones or bio-identical hormones. Your body knows how to produce the correct amount of hormones. Call today for your FREE consultation and be on your way to a younger body and a good night’s sleep.

NEW DECISION THERAPY WELLNESS CONSULTATIONS

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

Suffering from addictions, compulsive behavior patterns, unhealthy relationship patterns, anxiety, phobias, depression or f eelin g stuck N ew D ecis io n TherapyTM can help. Call Dr. Nettie Ramsay today to schedule your initial consultation.

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, we something for you. We do eyeglass repair and offer lifetime adjustments for their customers. Next time you need new eyeglasses or need your eyeglasses repaired choose Factory Eyeglass Outlet. Most insurance accepted.

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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? Let us help undo the damage from overconsumption and poor food choices. All natural, organic, resort and spa. Immerse yourself in personal attention from our staff. Call of visit our website to book your stay today! See ad on page 2.

OZONE THERAPY ACTIVATE OZONE SAUNA THERAPY 2034-A W Gray St Suite 113 In the Phenix Suites- River Oaks Shopping Center Houston, TX 77019 713-294-8075 activateozone.com

Discover the amazing effects of ozone sauna therapy which oxygenates your blood vessels and aids in relieving muscle soreness in athletes, pain due to arthritis, cancer treatment symptoms, and more. Ozone sauna therapy removes harmful toxins from the body while cleansing and refreshing it as well. Book your appointment online today.

RETREATS THE SERENITY RETREAT

2060 N. Loop W. Frwy, Suite 200, Houston, TX 77018 713-649-7729 serenityretreat.com

If you are seriously ready to get rid of the emotional pain in your life, God is ready too. We’ll help you connect with the living Lord and feel peace wherever you feel negative emotions. Visit our website and call today schedule an appointment. See ad on page 5.

SCHOOLS PHOENIX SCHOOL OF MASSAGE

6600 Harwin Drive Houston, TX 77036 713-974-5976 themassageschool.com

BEGIN THE CAREER YOU WILL LOVE TO PUT YOUR HANDS TO! As a Licensed Massage Therapist you can enjoy life as you work at a spa, wellness center, doctor’s office, or even begin your own practice. Begin today, the career that will change your life!

SPIRITUALITY 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 Episcopal worship and practices, while also open to creative expressions of our faith. Come and be with us.

HOUSTON AREA ECKANKAR CENTER 11231 Richmond Ave., D-106 Houston, TX 77082 281-759-1130 eckankar-texas.org/site/centers/houston/

The Path of Spiritual Freedom redefines the experience of religion. It offers an individual the spiritual tools needed to walk one’s own journey home to God. Our website lists our many spiritual opportunities. You are warmly invited to join us.

UNITY OF HOUSTON 2929 Unity Drive Houston TX 77057 713-782-4050 Unityhouston.org

Unity of Houston offers positive, practical teachings that support spiritual evolution and abundant living. We are welcoming of all individuals regardless of race, color, gender, age, creed, religion, national origin, ethnicity, physical disability or sexual orientation. We emphasize our Oneness in God and the goodness in people. See ad on page 11.

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UNITY SPIRITUAL CENTER OF GREATER HOUSTON 13615 Kluge Road Cypress, Texas 77429 281-374-7085 unityspiritualcenterhouston.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. If you want to know God and experience God at work in your life, join us on Sundays!

THERMOGRAPHY THERMAL IMAGING SERVICES

Angel Marlow, CNHP, CAHC, CCT 24550 Kingsland Blvd. Katy, TX 77494 713-621-4406 angel@thermalimagingtexas.com ThermalImaingTexas.com

No Compression, No Radiation, Painless. Thermography creates images that illustrate heat patterns in the body. The images are analysed for abnormalities that may be signs of disease in the body. Thermography can be conducted onsite at your business or at any of our 7 area locations. Call for an appointment TODAY! See ad on page 19.

YOGA OMNI YOGA CENTER 3030 North Park Kingwood, Texas, 77339 281-684-0194 Omniyogacenter.com

We have been serving the community through the Iyengar yoga tradition since 2003. Iyengar yoga emphasizes correct alignment and a precision that builds strength, stamina, balance, flexibility and a sense of wellbeing. Based on the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar which are grounded in the Yoga Sutaras of Patanjali, students achieve meditation in action and learn to exist fully in the moment.

SPRING YOGA STUDIO

(Inside Ataraxia Old Town Spring) 26315 Preston Ave Ste A Spring, Texas 77373 832-992-0250 springtxyoga.com

What is your excuse for not doing yoga? “I’m not flexible enough”, “ I don’t have time”, or “I would, but I can’t do that with my body”. Hope Maxwell believes yoga can be as easy or as hard as you want it, it’s all up to you. It is an ancient practice that is designed to make your muscles and bones remain healthy as we age gracefully. Styles taught at Spring Yoga include Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Recovery Yoga and Beginner’s Yoga. Visit our website for more information or to book a class. If you are in Old Town Spring, drop by and say, “hi!”


STUDIO NIAMOVES 508 Pecore Houston, Texas 77009 713-864-4260 NiaMoves.com

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Uplifting Humanity

At Studio NiaMoves, we encourage health at every size, and wellness at every stage of life. We offer Yoga 101 for beginners, Restorative Yoga which emphasizes experiencing something rather than accomplishing something, Prenatal Yoga for the pregnant mom, Family Yoga, HoopYogini which integrates hoola hooping with hatha yoga and mindfulness, and SuryaSoul combining music, dance and movement. Visit our website for more information and to register for classes.

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URBAN FIT YOGA HOUSTON 5702 Feagan Houston, Texas 77007 832-236-0134 urbanfityoga.com

Urban Fit Yoga Houston is centrally located in the Rice Military neighborhood. Increase your flexibility, reduce chronic pain & tightness with our therapeutic yoga classes. We offer Stretch Flow Yoga, Bikram Hot Yoga, Hatha Flow Yoga, Power Flow Yoga, Pilates Abs & Booty Burnin’. Visit our website today for more information. Come in for our $40 New Student Special (3 Classes/14 Days).

YOGA MIX STUDIO

2601-G Cartwright Rd. Missouri City, TX 77459 713-269-5165 yogamixstudio.com

Deborah Douglas and her staff combine a variety of yoga styles, aromatherapy and reiki into the perfect blend. If you live in the Missouri City, Sugar Land or Southwest Houston area, visit the website and give Deborah a call. Experience the perfect blend at Yoga Mix Studio. See ad on page 17.

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YOGA FOR MENTAL & PHYSICAL HAPPINESS Facilitated by Lin Weiss, Certified Yoga Therapist Integrative Hatha Yoga Wednesday 9:30am Yin Yoga for Deep Tissue Release Saturdays 9:30am Theraputic Hatha Yoga Houston Ayurveda Center 3222 Mercer Street Houston, TX 77027 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 c l a s s e s a ff o r d i n d i v i d u a l instruction for students of any level, making progress attainable & real. Private sessions available by appt. Call today! See ad on page 19.

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