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reetings! Cindy and I are looking forward to some cooler weather but I think we may have to look forward for a bit longer. In this month’s letter I’d like to share with you our experiences attending two events this past month. The first was a dharma talk by Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien. She has to be one of the calmest and genuinely happy people I have ever met. Unlike most dharma talks which are basically lectures on some aspect of Buddhist doctrine or practice, this was really a series of questions and object lessons. Zen Master began by saying “Good morning.” (It was night.) and then asking us what we thought when she said good morning. The dharma talk continued in true Socratic style with questions rather than just explanations. To illustrate what is meant by Awake Mind and how we could experience being Clear Water, she stirred three glass containers of water, two of which contained dirt and flower petals. The talk concluded with about 30 minutes of questions from the audience. It was very enlightening. I have never see anyone who taught quite like this before. The second was Yoga Mass at Grace Episcopal Church. It began like any other Mass with prayer, gospel and epistle readings, and responsive readings except that we were all seated on yoga mats on the floor. Rev. Gena Davis then lead us in 30 minutes of slow flow yoga. Yoga was followed by Service of the Table as Rev. Davis and Rev. John Graham blessed and distributed the communion elements of bread and wine. The service ended with Rev. Graham leading us in a guided meditation on the universe and our places in it. You can experience both Yoga Mass and Zen Master Thich Deiu Thien’s teaching this month. Check out the articles in this month and the calendar listings for details. But that’s not all! There are many other spiritual events in the month of September and you can find out about them in this month’s issue. Blessed be,

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21 GROWTH OF KIRTAN YOGA IN HOUSTON AND THE WORLD Ancient Practices Heal Body and Soul by Linda Sechrist

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a t u r a l Aw a k e n i n g s H o u s t o n continues to expand our use of Aurasma-augmented reality technology. This month we have even more new videos in both our print and digital magazines! Just open the Aurasma App and point your phone at a page where you see the Aurasma logo and the video will open. So, what do you have to do? Three easy steps. z Download the Aurasma App by going to your Google Store on an Android device or Apple Store on an iPad or iPhone. It’s free! z Open the Aurasma App. Touch the A at the bottom of your screen. Touch the magnifying glass to search for channels. z Type in NaturalAwakeningsHouston. Touch Channels and touch the Follow button. With the Aurasma App open point the camera of your device at a page of the magazine where you find the Aurasma Logo. Move the camera around until it locks onto the target image and the video will open. Each month different exciting, informational videos will be in our magazine. And yes, it works with the digital magazine as well. Just point your device at your laptop screen with the magazine page open. Be sure to participate in the online surveys on our Facebook page. Augment your reality, today!

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ompassionate Houston and Dawn Mountain are teaming up to offer eight-weeks of Compassion Cultivation Training on Monday evenings in Houston beginning September 12. This course was dawn mountain developed by Thupten Jinpa, the Dalai Lama’s principal translator since 1985, and is housed at CCARE, the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University. Students in CCT will learn traditional contemplative practices in a context of contemporary psychology and scientific research, discovering ways to feel less inadequate and lead more compassionate lives. Through instruction, daily meditation, mindfulness, and in-class interactions this course will strengthen the muscles of compassion, empathy, and kindness. Monday evenings, 7:00 to 9:00pm, September 12 – October 31, 2016. Fee: $200/$160/$120. Our sliding scale recognizes the wide variation in individual fiscal capacities. Please choose a rate accordingly. No one is ever turned away from a program at Dawn Mountain for financial reasons. Please call Jerri at (713) 630-0354 if you need further tuition assistance. dawnmountain.org. See ad on page 29.

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ew locations increase reach and ability to assist birth mothers and adoptive families across the state Austin-based nonprofit agency Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services (PCHAS) today announced the expansion of its adoption services to new locations in Texas including Austin, Dallas and Wichita Falls to coincide with the launch of an educational awareness campaign focused on birth mothers. This is the first time in decades that the agency has chosen to serve birth parents and adoptive families in these cities. “This is an exciting time for us. We will continue to serve those in need across the state as we increase awareness of PCHAS’ adoption services to the ones who need it most—children, birth parents, single parents and adoptive families,” says PCHAS president Ed Knight. “We will be paying special attention to birth mothers as we expand to larger markets in Texas. We want birth mothers who are going through a very emotional time to know there is somewhere they can turn for emotional support and guidance.” For the past six years, PCHAS Adoption Program was coordinated out of its Houston office. Now, by offering additional adoption services in Austin, Dallas and Wichita Falls, PCHAS will focus its efforts on a larger population of birth parents and adoptive families on a local level with personal attention to those in need. This will allow the Houston campus to focus even more on the needs of Houston families. Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services of Texas. 7880 San Felipe Street, Suite 111, Houston, Texas 77063. 713-522-2800 or 800-543-2229.

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n a yearly basis, thousands of people worldwide come together to celebrate Earthdance. It is a worldwide synchronized festival of music, prayer/meditation event for peace and goodwill for all mankind regardless of race, age, gender or creed. This celebration is extra special as it marks the 20- year anniversary for Earthdance global and the 10th anniversary for our local Houston event! To mark this milestone, we have made this event free. Turn out for this phenomenal function and turn up the peaceful vibrations for a culture of peace with dance, local artisan booths, arts and crafts for all ages, music including a drum circle coordinated by Dr. Jackie St. Cyr from Innate Chiropractic and a vegan dinner. Fire your creativity by painting a rectangular 8 ’x 8’ X 4’ community mural created by Sam Rhea and share your vision of global shift by declaring it on the mural. This harmonious union will be blessed by the melodious NAMROCK – a transcendental rock band from Southern California/Nevada. They travel all over the world presenting enlightening lyrics in contemporary rock mantra style. NAMROCK has over 14 albums published and has performed in the USA, Moscow, Mumbai, Brazil and South Africa with over 100,000 people attending. Don’t miss this century’s ideal band for offering uplifting and meaningful music for everyone and which continuously tours the globe sharing their peaceloving fusion. In these days of quarrel, let us unite together to celebrate, Earthdance Peace Party - celebrating global shift. Saturday, September 24 at 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. 1320 W 34th St, Houston, Texas 77018. May we manifest a unified community of peace and a higher vibration of positive existence because we’re all in this life together? Let’s make it a loving, joyous journey! Please check out www.earthdancehouston.org or call 832856-1197 for more information. See ad on page 18.

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he Youth and Teen Program at Universal Door Meditation Center, guided by Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien and facilitated by senior students of meditation, is open to kids grade 1 – 12 and meets almost every Sunday, from 11:00am to 12:30pm. The Fall Program starts Sept. 11 and ending Dec. 11, 2016. Registration is required and space is limited, so parents are encouraged to enroll as soon as possible! The Power of AWAKE Within —Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien, founder of Universal Door Meditation Center in Sugar Land, will be a featured speaker at the Yoga Expo in downtown Houston at the George R. Brown Convention Center 1001 Avenida De Los Americas 77010 on Saturday September 10 from 11:45am to 12:30pm! Her dynamic and interactive speaking style engages each person in the audience to help them to go far beyond understanding and to realize many things about themselves and the Awake within! Whatever you choose to do at the action-packed expo, be sure to fit this one into your schedule! Meet the Zen Master and be one of the first to get a copy of her new book The Power of Awake expected to be released that weekend! “Completely Wake Up from ego, and live truly happy and free always.” —Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien http://theyogaexpo.org/event-houston.php The Power of Awake-3 Day Retreat – Experience the amazing benefits of a 3-day silent retreat to settle the mind and body, deeply apply the practice, and receive the interactive guidance of Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien in a beautiful, peaceful, supportive environment. The retreat will be held at the Universal Door Meditation Center in Sugar Land on Friday September 16 to Sunday September 18. Check the website or call for times. Cost $200-275 sliding scale. Registration closes September 12th. For more information, please call 281-565-9718. Universal Door Meditation Center – 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498. www.universaldoor.org. See ad on page 35.

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eer Lake Lodge & Spa, a health resort, will host a Sound Healing Meditation Workshop with Darrell Hicks on Friday, September 23, 2016 at 7 p.m. The Workshop will be in conjunction with Deer Lake Lodge’s regular health and cleansing program. Guests staying for the weekend will also enjoy yoga and life enhancement classes along with a full menu of spa treatment options. Hicks is a professional body worker, spiritual teacher, certified sound healer and musician. Guests will experience a powerful and healing meditation through sacred sound and breathing exercises. The emotional body will use sound and breathing to release unwanted stress. Sound is a carrier wave of consciousness and it will be applied to move stress and pain out of guests’ body and mind.

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n Saturday, September 10th, at 7:30pm, Millbend Coffeehouse presents in concert, Cindy Scott. Cindy Scott is a passionate, risk-taking heart-singer who For more information about the Sound Healing Meditation Workshop or to make isn’t afraid to reveal her emotions a reservation, call (936) 647-1383. Friday, September 23 at 7 p.m. $15. Deer Lake in song. She completed her MasLodge & Spa, 10500 Deer Lake Lodge Rd. Montgomery, TX 77316. See ad on page 33. ters in Music (Jazz Studies) from the University of New Orleans, a program founded by famed educator Ellis Marsalis and is accompanied by guitar icon Steve Masakowski. She is firmly rooted in the rich and diverse music scene of the Crescent City. Her last CD, Let the Devil Take Tomorrow, was voted New Orleans’ Best Contemporary Jazz Recording. Opening the night is vocalist Molli McMills. Recommended donation: Adult $20, Yoga and More Yoga attended children $4. Childcare oga Month kicks off with the 11th Annual Houston Free Day of Yoga this Labor is available with advance notice. Day, Monday September 5, 2016. Festivities will again be held at the The Advance tickets for the concert Gathering Place located at 5310 S. Willow Drive 77035 with FREE yoga classes are available at www.millbend. being offered at studios all over the Houston Metro. Check the website to find a studio near you and the times of their free classes and to register for the event. org/tickets.htm or call 936-4999559 or 281-350-3052. fdoyhouston.com.

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Yoga Month continues with the Houston Yoga Expo at the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston, Saturday September 10th from 10am to 6 pm. Experience unlimited yoga and meditation classes. Taste the wonderful food offerings. Listen to live music all day and shop for your favorite yoga accessories. Meet featured speaker Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien from Universal Door Meditation Center in Sugar Land, hear her dharma talk on the Awake Mind and get a copy of her new book, The Power of Awake. This is an unforgettable event for the whole family. An all-day pass is only $35 and children are free. Visit the website to register or for more information. http://theyogaexpo.org/. And when you attend these events, tell them that you heard about it in Natural Awakenings magazine. 10

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and more information: graceinhouston. org, yogamass.com, and ish-tmc.org. The Reverend Dr. John K. Graham, my partner in YogaMass®, says of the service, “We engage all our senses in the Eucharist. The whole person is body, soul and spirit while the beautiful Eucharist stimulates and touches our heart and our soul in a way. By integrating yoga, we also integrate the body, and that’s a holistic approach to the mass.”

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he yoga revolution in the U.S. has caught on and is changing lives. Yoga offers innumerable health benefits physically, emotionally and psychologically. A yoga practice of asanas or poses with focus on the breath allows for improved physical health and energy flow and brings a calmer state of mind. When on our mats, practitioners can experience increased strength and vitality, and a lighter sense of being. Amazingly, we come off of our mats feeling rejuvenated, happy, and sometimes exhausted! As an Episcopal priest, my spiritual practices are an important part of my daily routine and the way I live. Yoga has been for me a spiritual practice that informs and enriches my Christian faith in powerful ways. Beyond the health benefits, yoga has deepened my experience of God. The Sanskrit root word for yoga is yuj, which means “to join.” Yoga means “unity” or “oneness” and is described as the union of the individual consciousness with the universal consciousness or God. The entire Christian journey is a movement toward God, and as St. Augustine of Hippo said, “You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless, until they can find rest in you.” For many Christians, the experience of God, perhaps most especially in worship, comes from the mind, or intellect. It has been said that the longest journey is from the head to the heart. Yoga helps in this movement to the heart center. I have found this to be

true for many years, and in the summer of 2015, I became a certified Yoga Educator (YTT 200). Out of this journey, YogaMass ® was borne. YogaMass ® is a unique holy communion worship experience engaging mind, body and spirit, reconnecting us to the divine presence among us and within us. We engage our bodies in breathing, yoga flow, and meditation, and together we share in the sacred meal as we seek to be transformed into the mind of Christ. YogaMass® was a vision that came out of my desire to more fully integrate yoga into my own spiritual life and to share it with others for healing and wholeness. YogaMass® is offered monthly by Grace Episcopal Church in partnership with the Institute for Spirituality and Health at the Texas Medical Center. Please visit our websites for upcoming dates

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In addition to YogaMass®, I also offer donation-based yoga classes twice per week at Grace Episcopal Church: Hatha Flow (Tuesdays 5:00-5:50 pm) and Gentle Flow (Saturdays 9:0010:00 am). Please check our website graceinhouston.org for calendar events or call us at (832) 667-8601 as classes are not held on YogaMass® days or as other ministry needs arise. Grace is located at 4040 W. Bellfort (one block west of Stella Link), Houston, 77025. All are welcome. We invite you to join us and experience what Jesus promises, “Behold, the kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21, KJV). The greatest gift we can give ourselves is to discover the presence of God within, and then to share the gift with others for healing and wholeness. We can change the world one heart at a time, and as the beautiful song written by Sy Miller so wisely says, ‘‘Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.”

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

esearch from the Cleveland Clinic has found that a plant-based diet could be more effective than even the American Heart Association’s recommended five-food-groups diet for reducing childhood heart disease. The research, led by Cleveland Clinic pediatrician Michael Macknin, tested 28 obese children between the ages of 9 and 18 that had high cholesterol levels. For four weeks, 14 of the children ate the American Heart Association diet, while the other half ate a vegan, plant-based diet. Children on the plant-based diet were found to have significantly lower weight, systolic blood pressure and total cholesterol numbers, and improved mid-arm circumference, body mass index and level of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. They also had lower levels of insulin and two heart disease markers, myeloperoxidase and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein—all indicating improvements in their cardiovascular health. By comparison, children on the American Heart Association diet saw significantly lower weight, waist circumference, mid-arm circumference and myeloperoxidase levels, indicating enhanced immunity, but did not exhibit the other improvements. “As the number of obese children with [unhealthy] high cholesterol continues to grow, we need to have effective lifestyle modifications to help them reverse their risk factors for heart disease,” says Macknin. “Cardiovascular disease begins in childhood. If we can see such significant improvements in a four-week study, imagine the potential for improving long-term health into adulthood if a whole population of children began to eat these diets regularly.”

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any years ago Edgar Cayce predicted that sound frequencies would become the medicine of the future. We now know that the emotion of love resonates at 528 Hz and all emotions resonate at different frequency rates. When our emotions are put into fight or flight, it brings imbalance and creates what we call dissonance. As the mind becomes dissonant, the body becomes diseased. Whatever affects the mind affects the body, and whatever affects the body affects the mind. All the organs in the body also have a healthy vibratory rate that is unique. Sound is known to be a carrier wave of consciousness, which means we can use sound to move negative diseased bioplasmic energy out of the body. By using sound and music frequencies as therapy, the body can clear stress, anxiety and even past traumas. The body is a store house as it holds every

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lot of us have experimented with conventional yoga: we’ve sat with eyes closed—in as close to a “lotus position” as our imperfect bodies allow — and we’ve tried breathing techniques or meditated on this or that, patiently (or impatiently) waiting to enter sacred space, to be lifted from our present plane of consciousness to a blissful, nirvanic state. But for many of us, the experience has been like that of a rocket that fails to lift off or doesn’t go very far. The simple but demanding yogic exercises seem to require a discipline that the yogis of old had, but which is not always so easy to muster in ourselves. Fortunately, however, the ancient yoga masters gave us a helpful tip: different spiritual techniques work better in different world ages. By the time our present age started, some 5,000 years ago, according to India’s traditional wisdom texts, the recommended process was Kirtan Yoga, the power of sacred chanting. Beginning with Swami A.C. Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada’s performance of Kirtan Yoga at Tomkins Square Park in New York in the mid1960s, kirtan, the call-and-response form of devotional singing, has been gaining momentum throughout the world. In Houston it began when a charismatic monk, Vishnujana Swami, hitch-hiked

here in 1970, chanted at Hermann Park and performed melodious kirtans on Sundays at the free vegetarian love feasts at the first Hare Krishna center in a dilapidated house on West Gray Street. Now the new Hare Krishna facility is more upscale—a landmark multimillion dollar Vedic style temple on West 34th Street—but every Sunday guests can still have the kirtan experience beginning at 5:30 pm as part of the same love feast program. Yoga studios once known for silent meditation now broadcast tuneful mantras through their loudspeakers, and kirtaneers such as Krishna Das and the Mayapuris frequently visit Houston. And why not? Not everyone has the physical

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stamina to practice more conventional forms of yoga, but even a child can chant. For well-known kirtan singer Jai Uttal, it can be a profound spiritual experience, a connection with the divine through sacred sound. “Kirtan is like a magnet, inviting and begging grace to enter our hearts and our lives. It is a most precious thing, something to be cherished and practiced with total gratitude, and those who learn how to enter into it will feel God’s grace and presence.” According to Steven Rosen, author of The Yoga of Kirtan, “a new kirtan has emerged: Ancient India’s sages have called out to us, and we are answering their call with modern words, rhythms, and beats. Kirtan is a call-and-response form of yoga, and we are responding, too, as the sages knew we would.” To experience kirtan in Houston in an intimate setting, Dharma House offers kirtan and a vegetarian dinner. For more information, call (832) 2947503 or visit www.facebook.com/ dharmahousehouston. Conscious Houston does kirtan at different venues, www.conscioushouston.org and for information on Hare Krishna programs go to www.iskconhouston. org/alpha. In honor of kirtan this month, the Hare Krishna Temple invites you to a special kirtan festival “Vibrations” on Sunday, Sept 25, 4 p.m. featuring Titiksava Karunika, ‘TK’ from the contemporary transcendental rock band Namrock, www.namrock.com/index.html.

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that it also serves as preparation for pranayama (mindful yoga breathing) and meditation, which require a clear, wellrested, focused mind. Perfect for beginners and used by longtime practitioners to complement other yoga styles, restorative poses are designed to accurately realign and reshape the body. They also can be therapeutically tailored to support natural healing for issues related to tension, premenstrual syndrome, weak immune by Meredith Montgomery functioning, back pain, pregnancy and recovery for athletes. “Poses for healing may require targeted gentle stretching, but prop use will coax the body into desired positions without requiring muscular effort,” says Cole. An early student of B.K.S. Iyengar and familiar with props, San Francisco resident and co-founder of Yoga Journal magazine Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., found herself leading her first class comprised entirely of supported poses during a power blackout at a 1980 workshop. “I didn’t want people walking around in the dark, so I improvised a n classical yoga, teachers often sequence benefits are similar to those of active restorative class and everyone loved instruction toward reaching a pinnacle yoga, but because poses are held longer it,” she recalls. She revisited the idea pose such as an inversion or arm and supported by props such as bolsters, several years later when she personally balance. In restorative yoga, the peak pose blankets, belts and blocks, “There’s no felt the need for physical, emotional and is savasana—in which the practitioner fully stress on the tissue and joints. Each spiritual restoration. For a year, 90 percent of her practice relaxes while resting flat on their back. pose gifts us with longer-lasting benefits, Leeann Carey, author of Restorative Yoga including more time for the mind to was supported poses, and the switch helped her so much that it inspired her Therapy: The Yapana Way to Self-Care unwind,” advises Carey. and Well-Being, explains, “This passive “Restorative yoga allows both first book, Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga asana practice turns down the branch of muscles and the brain to recover from for Stressful Times. She’s since written the nervous system that keeps us in fight- fatigue, so we are stronger, sharper and more books and trained teachers in or-flight mode and turns up the system better able to act in the world afterward,” restorative yoga around the world. As in classical yoga, a restorative allowing us to rest and digest. It feels like explains Roger Cole, Ph.D., a certified a massage for the nervous system and Iyengar yoga teacher in Del Mar, sequence should be balanced with encourages self-inquiry, reflection and California, and a research scientist asanas (positions) from all pose change, rather than perfection.” studying the physiology of relaxation, classifications—backbends, twists, The physical, mental and spiritual sleep and biological rhythms. He attests inversions and forward bends. It takes

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time for the body to comfortably settle deeply into a pose—as long as 15 minutes—therefore, a 90-minute restorative class may include only a handful of asanas. Lasater says, “Most people don’t need more of anything from the culture in which we live. They need much more to learn to be still and at ease.” In today’s yoga world, which seems to emphasize power and action, “Restorative yoga has become imperative to balance activity and ambition with stillness and being,” she continues. Lasater notes that while many classes are reducing savasana to as little as three minutes, students need 20 minutes. Carey clarifies that because this approach focuses on opening and letting go, rather than striving for the biggest stretch, “Sensation-seeking yogis may need to shift their perspective. The biggest challenge is often quieting the mind while the body is still. When a student is uncomfortable because the mind is screaming, it helps to compare it to having tight hamstrings in an active class. We’re not chasing relaxation; just breathe, feel and watch,” she says. “Eventually, everything will let go.” “The more our mind rebels against relaxing, the more we need it,” observes Lasater. Students often turn to yoga as a strategy for feeling whole, and she suggests that one of the best ways to find clarity within is to listen in stillness, one savasana at a time. “It’s a gift to ourself, our family and the world,” she adds. “When we feel rested, we’re more compassionate and ready to serve the greater good.”

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Bolsters, typically cylindrical or rectangular cushions, provide good supports that are long-lasting, if sometimes costly. Combining folded blankets and rolled mats may be suitable alternatives. Walls provide leverage, vertical support and a structure to rest upon. A closed door or large piece of furniture such as a bookcase or refrigerator works; a room corner simultaneously supports both sides of the body. Chairs are versatile props for any practice and make yoga accessible to those unable to get down onto the floor. Backless folding chairs are typically used in studios, but any sturdy chair that doesn’t roll is suitable. Sandbags, strategically positioned, encourage overworked areas to release. Their weight also provides resistance and stability. Homemade versions can be made by loosely filling a smooth cloth bag with coarse sand, pea gravel or rice. Retail bags of beans, rice or sugar are other options. Eye pillows block out light during resting poses, can gently weight the forehead or hands or support the back of the neck. Typically made of silk or soft cotton, they’re filled with a mixture of flax seeds or rice and soothing herbs such as lavender, peppermint or chamomile. Sources: Restorative Yoga Therapy, by Leeann Carey; Relax and Renew, by Judith Hanson Lasater


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Taking your Power Back from Negative People by Tina Marie St.Cyr, M.S.

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Over the years, I have interviewed hundreds of people and have realized that at the root of all perceived negativity, there are one or more of the above behaviors. That is to say, when we find ourselves in the presence of a negative conversation, a negative relationship or abuse, what we would find, if we look closer, is that the person is participating in, and often times, the very source of the 5 C’s. Think for a moment of the times when you have been around a negative person and felt drained. There is a physiological reason for our feeling drained by negativity. The vibration of negative words, thoughts, habits, and harmful actions have a low gravity, a low frequency, a heaviness to them. They literally pull our physiology down. Experiment for yourself, for just a moment, take the posture of a person who is depressed. What happened? Did you shoulders go up and did you raise your head up? No. You went down. You more than likely slumped in your chair and your head faced down. Negative thinking pulls us down. It pulls down the person thinking negative thoughts and it pulls down those around them. The truth is we ‘entrain’ to those around us all the time. Now, to feel the opposite affect, take the posture of a happy, cheerful, confident person. What happened? Did you shoulders go down and slump? No. You raised up, you lifted, you became more present. Your eyes look outward and I bet you took in more information of your surroundings and felt connected. Hmmmm…. interesting, yes? This is a very powerful understanding that I want all my students to understand and if, it works in one direction, it works in ALL directions. So, if negativity drains, positivity lifts. You

have the power to take your power back. And your power is as close as your own posture, perspective and nervous system. In Abolish! we experiment with our own nervous system reactions and have fun with learning new ways to remove ourselves from negativity and get our power back. Now, it’s easy to point fingers and say to ourselves, “Yes they ( he/she) do that. They are so negative.” AND it is life changing to be courageous enough to look at ourselves and ask, “Where do I do this?” My invitation to you, commit to being more aware of the 5 C’s in your life. When you seek to see even clearer your way of engaging in the 5 C’s you shift the energy of the situation. By stopping your own 5 C’s behaviors, you, in essence, change the station. The beauty of it all is that you never had to leave the room. Also, watch your posture. Hold the posture of a positive, strong, confident person. You can make this your way of being, not because your have to force it, but because you are it in your soul. Remember that taking your power back need not be confrontational or painful. Commit to no longer fueling your Inner Saboteur and your life will shift, I guarantee it. Tina Marie is world renowned personal and business coach/ behaviorist specializing in helping her clients overcome and find strength in all disempowering, painful, limiting situations. Her signature program, Abolish Your Inner Saboteur! has transformed the lives of all who have come through the doors. To find out more information, go to her website at www.tinamarie.com or call her offices at 888-721-4204. See ad on page 14.

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The only way to control what I perceive on the outside is to control what is on the inside of me. When I struggle to change someone else’s perspective of reality I am meddling in their Karmic journey, whether it is a country, a minority, or my own adult child. This does not mean that I don’t share my life with others. It is as important to speak my truth, as it is to witness another’s truth. Letting go of attachment and perceived outcomes is the key to healthy relations. Blessed with two ears and one mouth, may I desire to listen more than I speak. “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi

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e are living in times of rapid change. Everything is temporary, and yet we continue to grasp and hold on to our perceived realities with a tenacity that, ultimately, results in great suffering. We become “stressed” when we can’t have it our way. Stress creates resistance, resistance creates disharmony and disharmony creates disease. A wise elder once told me that the definition of “stress” is “not liking the way something is on the outside of you.” The continued obsessing over what’s going on, on the outside is indeed unnecessary and self-destructive. The fallacy of this modern, technological, informational era is: that the more we know about the outside world, the safer, more peaceful and more in control we are of our lives, is becoming quite detrimental to us individually, as well as collectively. It is an addiction to a false sense of security, ironically steeping us in fear, and an allegiance to someone else’s perspective that is robbing us of our own sensibilities and the present moment. “Your point of power is in the present moment.” – Abraham Hicks The truth is, I cannot control anything on the outside of me. I can participate in this beautiful incarnate opportunity, doing my part, offering my service, being kind and striving to be the best I can be. But, I cannot change anyone or anything but myself.

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There is a divine blueprint for revelation dwelling deep within each individual soul for his or her own discovery, in his own time, and in her own way. We have the opportunity to grow in adversity, or perceived discomfort. The valleys in our lives seem to be the place where we finally realize the call for change and begin our transformation process. This is the proverbial “rock bottom” or muse that can facilitate growth, awa r e n e s s a n d m e t a m o r p h o s i s . The first step to self-liberation is an honest look at how we enslave ourselves. No one and no thing has the power to shut me down or take away my freedom. If my perception is such, then I must take responsibility for how I have created a life of perceived limitation. And, I must put the brakes on blaming someone else for my plight. When blame is placed on another for our perceptions of reality, we unconsciously give our personal power and authority to the recipient of that blame. Thus we create the vicious perpetuation of our own

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perceived powerlessness. Perception is reality. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt Classical Yoga has been practiced for well over 4000 years as a path to selfawareness and liberation. In contrast to its modern Western transplanted forms, traditional Yoga practice essentially consists of ancient postures and meditative practices culminating in a state of consciousness free from all modes of active or discursive thought. Eventually attaining a state where consciousness is unaware of any object external to itself, that is, being only aware of its own nature as consciousness unmixed with any other object. This state is not only desirable in its own right, but its attainment guarantees the practitioner freedom from material pain or suffering, and, indeed, is the primary classical means of attaining liberation from the limited cycle of birth and death in the yogic traditions. While the yoga asanas (postures) are

beneficial to the body in so many ways, the actual practice is a means of clearing the mind and cultivating freedom from the thousands of extraneous thoughts that cross the mind each day. A consistent practice begins to free the body from the mind, creating spaciousness between the vertebrae and disks, bringing fresh oxygen into the body, opening areas of tightness, chronic tension and relieving pain in mind and body. Those who make a commitment to the practice discover bliss in their bodies and a feeling of being at home in their own souls. There is often a newfound feeling of hope and purpose that is restored as mental perceptions, physical holding patterns and inertia are released through the gentle albeit powerful practice of traditional Hatha Yoga. Hatha Yoga is the foundational discipline on which nearly all other styles of yoga are based. Classical Hatha addresses the musculoskeletal, nervous, respiratory, cardiovascular and endocrine systems of the human body, placing emphasis on correct

posture development and healthy anatomy. Consistent practice provides an excellent foundation for a lifetime of self-discovery, building strength and vitality. It is appropriate for beginner, intermediate and advanced students of all ages. A thousand-mile journey begins with a single step. Just begin. Namaste’ “Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.” – B.K.S. Iyengar As a certified Yoga Therapist, Lin Weiss is trained in the physiological benefits of Asana (yoga postures) and pranayama breathing technique; steeped in the study of the human anatomy; and the psycho-spiritual and health benefits of a consistent yoga practice. Traditional Hatha Yoga Classes: 9:30am, Thursdays & Saturdays in the Bellaire Triangle. Private sessions by appt. Lin is a Holistic Practitioner; Energy Healer and Life Coach in private practice in Houston, TX. Contact: linweiss@ conscioushealingnow.com. 713-8588595. conscioushealingnow.com. See ad on page 13.

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September MoonSign Predictions by Varshaa Sachdev

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Libra –Mixed results with friends and network circles. Your opportunity to be inclined to bring spirituality at home. Take care not to sound harsh. Avoid arguments. Later in the month, positivity will surround you. Your lucky days are 5th and 6th. Scorpio –Tensions and struggle continue during the earlier in the month, but much needed relief later in the month. You’ll have mixed results at work. Improvements in relationship with spouse/partner. Your lucky days are 7th and 8th. Sagittarius –This month you could bring job opportunities and or promotions your way. Later in the month, try a more aggressive approach to things. Take careful approach at work, especially with authority. Friendships and network circles could be enjoyable and fruitful. Your lucky days are 9th, 10th, and 11th. Capricorn –This month your struggles may continue, at least for the earlier part of the month. Be careful how you speak. Possible career opportunities or advancements. Your travels will prove to be fruitful. Your lucky days are 12th and 13th. Aquarius –This month starts with detachment and making you spiritually charged. Misunderstandings with spouse due to communication issues. You could attain career advancement later in the month. Your travels will prove to be fruitful. Your lucky days are 14th and 15th. Pisces –You may face more hurdles at job/work place, but don’t worry as financial relief is on its way. New relationship prospects are possible and gains from relationships. Take an aggressive approach in your career. Your lucky days are 16th and 17th. You can also find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/ OpenMindAstrology. See ad on page 21.

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THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 1ST

Awakening the Divine Feminine: Resurrection of the Goddess with Kim McSherry. 7:00m–9:00pm. In this class, prominent astrologer Kim McSherry will cover an introduction to the sacred feminine and goddesses throughout culture and history. For class pricing and more info contact: Body Mind & Soul 7951 Katy Frwy Ste. N, 77024 713-993-0550 www.bmshouston.com

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 2ND

Introduction to Intuitive Painting & Open Studio. 10am1:00pm. 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

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 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 Spirit Quest’s Psychic & Holistic Fair. 12:00pm-6:00pm. Come and enjoy a day of intuitive and holistic pampering for yourself or your family. Try out different healing modalities, get a reading, or shop a variety of products. Free. The Spirit Quest Center, 303 Main St., Spring (Old Town Spring), TX 77373. thespiritquestcenter.com

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 4TH

Bayou Bikers. 8:00am. Meet at Market Square Park for 25- to 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 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 SEPTEMBER 5

Free Day of Yoga-Houston 8am-10am. Jennyoga, Republic Yoga, The Menninger Clinic and The Texas Yoga Association offer free yoga as a way for people of every age and fitness level to try youga for the first time, experience a new style of yoga or share yoga with family and friends. FREE. The Gathering Place 5310 South Willow Drive Houston, TX 77035. Fdoyhouston.com

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Introduction to Essential Oils. 7:00PM-8:00pm. Learn about how you can use essential oils to enhance your everyday life with Claudia Autry. Free. Path of Tea, 2340 West Alabama, 77098, Contact Claudia (281) 849-4610 Introduction to Intuitive Painting & Open Studio. 10am1:00pm. 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

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 10TH

The Yoga Expo-Houston 10am-6pm. An all-day yoga event featuring yoga classes, speakers, music, vendors and music. $35. George R. Brown Convention Center 1001 Avenida De Las Americas Houston, TX 77010. Yogaexpo.org The Power of AWAKE Within! 11:40am-12:30pm Dharma talk by Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien of the Universal Door Meditation Center in Sugar Land. Have you ever wondered if it is actually possible to live without any worries, fears, anger, sadness, stress or conflict? It is possible with Awake Mind. Learn how at The Texas Yoga Expo. George R. Brown Convention Center 1001 Avenida De Las Americas Houston, TX 77010. Yogaexpo.org The Wish Game with Tracey Lee Wallace. 2:00pm–4:00pm. The Wish is a transformational energy game that has helped thousands manifest their greatest wishes. The Wish is the Law of Attraction in action and helps to identify and clear blocks standing in the way of wishes coming true. Limited to 8 players. $48.00. Body Mind & Soul 7951 Katy Frwy Ste. N, 77024 713-993-0550 www.bmshouston.com

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 11TH

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

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 12TH

Beto & The Fairlanes. 11am. Children’s performance. Young Audiences is proud to present the musical wonderment of Austin’s Beto and the Fairlanes. The songs of Beto and the Fairlanes are magical, cross-cultural incantations of salsa, jazz, rock and Latin influences, moving audiences with irresistible dance rhythms and visions of the tropics. Free. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Drive, 77030. milleroutdoortheatre.com Compassion Cultivation Training. 7:00pm-9:00pm. Compassionate Houston and Dawn Mountain are teaming up to offer eight-weeks of Compassion Cultivation Training. Through instruction, daily meditation, mindfulness, and inclass interactions this course will strengthen the muscles of compassion, empathy, and kindness. Dawn Mountain, 2010 Naomi St. Suite A, 77054. For fees (sliding scale available) and more class information please visit http://bit.ly/2aHpax8 or call 713-630-0354

Free Wellness Seminars! Sick and Tired of Feeling Sick and Tired? Want to feel younger with more energy? Stubborn belly fat? Chronic pain? We can help! For info and RSVP, call 713-572-3888. Wemedwellness.com

Balance: The Illusive Sweet Spot. 6:00pm-8:00pm. Consultants Cherie Ray & Kim Kasse, will share information and have a conversation about the ‘sweet spot’ 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

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Senior Wellness Day: Age Like Fine Wine. 9:00am-12:00pm. Learn helpful tips to age like fine wine this month at THM. Join us for an engaging and informative three hours which will inspire you in maintaining your overall wellness through interactive activities, lab experiences, active participation, and role playing! Special rates for Groups/Seniors available – register your group today. To make group reservation contact reservations@thehealthmuseum.org or 713-521-1515 ext. 119. The Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Dr 77004. thehealthmuseum.org Fantasia: Music from Disney’s Beloved Fantasia Films. 11am. Children’s performance. WindSync’s Fantasia is an interactive and dynamic musical presentation suitable for audiences of all ages, especially children. Free. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Drive, 77030. milleroutdoortheatre.com

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 15TH

Does Walking The Spiritual Path Have To Be This Hard? 7:00pm-9:00pm. Do you feel like the activities that are supposed to be bringing you peace are making life more stressful? Are you desperately seeking a way to integrate your spirituality with the whole of your life? Give yourself a break and join us for a passionate, insightful workshop full of wisdom and practical techniques to help you flow with your path rather than against it. Free. 427 Carson Ridge Dr, Spring, 77386. Please visit www.groundyourdivinity.com for more info and to register. See you there! Blanket Bingo. 6:00pm-9:00pm. Join us for Blanket Bingo benefiting Market Square Park and Buffalo Bayou Partnership. Bring your blanket, lawn chairs or snag one of the tables at the park for a night of fun, music and great prizes! $10 admission includes one bingo packet (approx. 9 games). Additional games and daubers can be purchased for $1 each. Market Square Park 301 Milam, 77002 http://marketsquarepark.com/

markyourcalendar Free Wellness Seminars! Sick and Tired of Feeling Sick and Tired? Want to feel younger with more energy? Stubborn belly fat? Chronic pain? We can help! For info and RSVP, call 713-572-3888. Wemedwellness.com

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 16TH

Hearts of Gold Gala Honoring Dr. Carolyn Farb. 7pm. Commemorating 20 years of The Health Museum, the celebratory evening includes the Museum’s founders and other distinguished guests, an exquisite dinner, and the captivating music of Moodafaruka. Hilton Americas-Houston, 1600 Lamar, 77010. To secure tickets or for more information, please visit www.thehealthmuseum.org/heartsofgold or call Meg Naumann at 713-337-8442. Public Dharma talk by Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien. 7- 9pm. Ready to realize your Awake Mind? Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien, founder and Awake teacher of Universal Door Meditation Center, will speak directly to this question. This open talk is part of a 3-day meditation retreat weekend. FREE. Donations welcome. 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498. www.universaldoor.org Please call281-565-9718 for details. “It’s Your Time!” Women’s Conference. 8:30am - 5:00pm. Join us for a day of exciting presenters featuring keynote speaker, Elizabeth Smart. $65. South Shore Harbour Resort in League City. ItsYourTimeWomensConference.com. 3-day Meditation Retreat. Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien, founder and Awake teacher of Universal Door Meditation Center, will lead this powerful weekend retreat to help all people realize You are Awake and have the capacity to Wake Up to live truly happy and free, disturbed by nothing. Early reg. fee of $150 by Sept. 5. Call for more details 281-565-9718 or visit the website: www.universaldoor.org.

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Mommy & Me Yoga (Toddlers). 8:30am. This class focuses on strengthening the spiritual, emotional and physical bond between parent and child using interactive, moderate-moving postures. Class also includes various exercises that assist the development of your child’s motor skills. The Woman’s Earth Nurturing Studio, 2816 Isabella St., 77004. For class fees and information please call 832-899-4325 or visit thewomansearthstudio.com


YogaMass™. 5:00pm-6:00pm. 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.

markyourcalendar Become a Certified Hypnotist! The PATH Foundation Fall class begins September 17th. Learn more about how to help people using Hypnosis while experiencing face to face hypnotism training and practice. Registration required, call 281-359-7284 or email: doyle@pathtexas.com. See ad on page XX.

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 18TH

Public Oneness Meditation with Reverend Howard Caesar. 12:30pm-1:30pm. 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. Child care available, no reservation required. Love offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-7824050. unityhouston.org Goddess Crystals: Stones for Connecting with the Sacred Feminine with Anna Silver. 2:00pm–4:00pm. Learn which crystals align the strongest with specific goddess frequencies and how you can use them to empower your inner goddess for truly divine living. $40.00. Body Mind & Soul 7951 Katy Frwy Ste. N, 77024 713-993-0550 www.bmshouston.com

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 19TH

Houston Aztec Dance & Drum. 11am. Children’s performance. Experience the world of Ancient Mexico in this multi-disciplinary performance of traditional Aztec dancing, a form of dance that has been done in private rather than public for nearly 40 years in the United States. Free. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Drive, 77030. milleroutdoortheatre.com

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 20TH

Swing, Jive and Pop! Into Dance. 11am. Children’s performance. Incorporating history, fashion, music, and the arts in an interactive blast of excitement. Students, teachers, and audience members have the opportunity to converse with the dancers and participate in an energy-filled hour of dance while learning fun, historical tidbits of information along the way. Free. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Drive, 77030. milleroutdoortheatre.com

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 21ST

The Princess and the Pea. 11am. Children’s performance. A brave princess faces dragons and ogres with no fear, but will a single pea prove her greatest challenge? This operatic treatment of the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale features an unsteady prince, an overbearing queen, and a mountain of mattresses. Free. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Drive, 77030. milleroutdoortheatre.com Additional showings 11am - 9/22 & 9/23.

markyourcalendar Free Wellness Seminars! Sick and Tired of Feeling Sick and Tired? Want to feel younger with more energy? Stubborn belly fat? Chronic pain? We can help! For info and RSVP, call 713-572-3888. Wemedwellness.com

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 22ND

markyourcalendar An Evening with Panache Desai. 7:30pm-9:00pm. An invitation to be empowered to create the life of your dreams. General Admission: $35. VIP Seating: $55. Unity of Houston. 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. More info: www.unityhouston.org or call 713-782-4050

Five Element Food Therapy Workshop. 7:00pm. This workshop will provide an overview of the five element theory reflected in the body and the effects of imbalances. Utilizing food and herbal therapy methods alongside acupuncture can work together to improve nutrition and a better quality of life. Presented by Maria Badell, L.Ac. $20. Texas Yoga Center, 7620 Cherry Park Dr. Suite F, 77095. RSVP at 281-859-5566 or barbara@texasyogacenter.com The Joys And Benefits of Opening Your Heart Along Your Spiritual Path. 7:00pm-9:00pm. Do you sometimes feel a sense of apathy about life? Do you sometimes feel disconnected from yourself and those around you? Please, come join us for a fun, heart-warming presentation filled with deep insights and everyday techniques to more fully open your heart and create unconditional love for yourself and those around you. Free. 427 Carson Ridge Dr, Spring, 77386. Please visit www.groundyourdivinity.com for more info and to register. See you there! Tommy Boy at Market Square Park . 7:30pm. Join us for a movie under the stars as the Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow presents American comedy, Tommy Boy, (PG-13). Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and grab a spot. Free. Market Square Park. 301 Milam, 77002. marketsquarepark.com

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 23RD

Sound Healing Meditation Workshop with Darrell Hicks. 7:00pm. Guests will experience a powerful and healing meditation through sacred sound and breathing exercises. $15. Deer Lake Lodge & Spa, 10500 Deer Lake Lodge Rd., Montgomery, 77316. For more information about the workshop or to make a reservation call 936-647-1383.

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 24TH

markyourcalendar EarthDance. 5pm-until. Since 1997, EarthDance has set the standard for conscious parties and festivals, bridging the worlds of peace-making and music culture, and pioneering both the concept of multi-location events and synchronized mediation-prayer practice. Join us for: Music, Dance, Arts & Crafts, Vegan Dinner, Kid’s Activities, Drum Circle, Live Performances, Fun for the Whole Family. FREE 1320 West 34th Street 77018. FaceBook: EarthDance Houston. 832-855-1197. Prenatal/Postpartum Yoga. 10:00am. This is a class specifically designed for the journey of pregnancy, interweaving childbirth education as well as addressing therapeutic applications - common aches and pains. For all expecting and postpartum mammas (nursing infants are welcome). The Woman’s Earth Nurturing Studio, 2816 Isabella St., 77004. For class fees and information please call 832-899-4325 or visit thewomansearthstudio.com Asana Yoga & Meditation. 9:00am. This class is open to all levels of Yogini’s and will guide you through various asanas with synchronized breathing that will center the self into a state of AUM: Alignment, Uplift, Mindfulness. The Woman’s Earth Nurturing Studio, 2816 Isabella St., 77004. For class fees and information please call 832-899-4325 or visit thewomansearthstudio.com

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 25TH

Meditation Workshop. 10:00-11:00am. 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 Intuitive Arts Fair. 12:00pm–5:00pm. Find out the answers to your questions during Body Mind & Soul’s Bi-Weekly Psychic Sundays. Our readers vary from one Fair to the next. Please sign up for our email newsletter to find out who is reading each Intuitive Arts Fair. $20.00 per 15-minute reading. Body Mind & Soul 7951 Katy Frwy Ste. N, 77024 713-993-0550 www.bmshouston.com

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Explore the Wonders of Belly Button Healing. 7:00pm9:00pm. Are you looking for a simple, effective way to feel grounded and help your body to heal naturally? While it may seem odd at first, our belly buttons are a gateway to an inner world of health and vitality. By stimulating nerves and energy pathways in and around our navels, we promote overall gut health and help foster the natural healing process. Please join us for a fun, informative and interactive workshop on the newest modality of natural healing. Free. 427 Carson Ridge Dr, Spring, 77386. Please visit www.groundyourdivinity.com for more info and to register. See you there!

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 27TH

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 - THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 28TH & 29TH

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FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 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. Market Square 301 Milam, 77002. criticalmasshouston.com New Moon in Libra Forecast & Meditation with Kim McSherry. 7:00pm–9:00pm. The New Moon of Libra heralds a month long opportunity to explore the quality and level of emotional satisfaction we have created in our lives and the opportunity to release that which no longer serves to define us or support us on our journey. $25.00. Body Mind & Soul 7951 Katy Frwy Ste. N, 77024. 713-993-0550 www.bmshouston.com

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Living Your Voice 101 Workshop. 9:00am-4:00pm. Facilitated by Tony Pryor, an experienced voice coach, speaker and performer, the workshop combines fundamental vocal technique with creative performance experiences that will help you build greater confidence. A criticism-free place to nurture your hidden brilliance with techniques to help overcome any fear, self-criticism, timidity or stage fright. Jung Center, 5200 Montrose Blvd, 77006. To register, contact the Jung Center at (713) 524-8253. For more information, visit livingyourvoice. com or call Tony Pryor at 713-826-9814.

SATURDAY OCTOBER 1ST , 2016

Are you having the best sleep of your life? 2:00pm-4:00pm. Learn how you can have better sleep, whether you just wake up several times during the night or have insomnia or sleep apnea, come explore the natural alternatives using essential oils, acupuncture, mindfulness, hypnosis and meditation with Claudia Autry and Stephen Stein. $40. 3207 Mercer, 77027, Contact Claudia (281) 849-4610

SUNDAY OCTOBER 2ND, 2016

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

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Understanding the Process of Death & Dying - The Beautiful Road Home. This retreat presented by Jane Sorbi, will seek to share the gentle journey which occurs as the soul moves out of the physical body - what might be expected after the death of the physical - and the new life which awaits. There will be sessions on understanding the process of grief and on helping those whom we love through this transition. One of the important facets of the White Eagle work is that of working with the souls who need help to light their passage from the earth. Together we will be learning through group healing work, how we might help. 5 day cost - $725 (includes meals & lodging). Saint John’s Retreat Center, Montgomery, TX 77316. www.whiteaglelodge.org

Houston Arboretum. 7am-7pm. Walk in nature. Learn about native plants and wildlife. Free. Houston Arboretum 4501 Woodway Dr., 77024. houstonarboretum.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, 2pm - $10 Admission Charge (includes souvenir glass and four 8 oz samples). 2000 Lyons Ave, 77020. saintarnold.com (713) 686-9494

SUNDAY OCTOBER 9TH,2016

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

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

FRIDAY OCTOBER 14TH, 2016

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

Essential Oils and Emotional Healing. 7:00pm-8:00pm. Learn about how you can use essential oils to enhance and stabilize your moods with Claudia Autry. Free. Path of Tea, 2340 West Alabama, 77098, Contact Claudia (281) 849-4610

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

THURSDAY OCTOBER 20, 2016

An Evening with Miguel Ruiz Jr. 8:00am–5:00pm. In this workshop, our perception will blossom into the awareness that we are the constant in every relationship we are in; thus we are either the constant opportunity for either conditional love or unconditional love in life. General Admission: $35. Unity of Houston–Sanctuary. 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. More info: www.unityhouston.org or call 713-782-4050

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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Open Mic with Jimmy Deen. 6:00-10:00pm. Last Concert Café 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com

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Hatha Flow Yoga. 7:00pm. Join Stefanie for a restoring combination of gentle stretching and strengthening hatha yoga and slow flow vinyasa. Class will include breath work, or pranayama, to calm and soothe the mind, asana practice, vinyasa flow, and a restorative Savasana. The Woman’s Earth Nurturing Studio, 2816 Isabella St., 77004. For class fees and information please call 832-899-4325 or visit thewomansearthstudio.com

Blossom: A Yoga & Spirit Renewal Retreat. Attend a 4 day retreat starting Thursday, October 20th and running through Sunday, October 23rd. Nurture your body, mind, and spirit at our fall yoga retreat in the magical high desert of Santa Fe, NM on a five-star oasis. Come to clear the path for the good you want to see in your life. Come to Blossom! Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado, Santa Fe, NM. Packages start at $2400. Brought to you by Soul Bliss Yoga. For more information and to reserve your spot, visit: www.soulblissyoga.com/blossomsantafe2016 or contact: retreats@soulblissyoga.com or 720-295-2127.

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.

FRIDAY OCTOBER 21ST, 2016

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

The 2016 Legacy Awards & Gospel Concert. Join Fresh Spirit Wellness for Women, Inc. for their signature fundraising gala - the formal black & white masked ball of the year benefitting survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse. An evening of elegance & entertainment and a celebration of Life, Hope, & Victory! Registration / Red Carpet Pictures and Reception at 6:30 pm. Gala doors open at 8:00pm. Hilton Houston Post Oak/Galleria, 2001 Post Oak Blvd., 77056. For contact and ticketing information please visit www.freshspirit.org.

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Meditation Workshop. 10:00-11:00am. 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

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 19TH

Where is the Sweetness of Life? Diabetes Complementary Alternatives. 2:00pm-4:00pm. Come explore the natural alternatives using essential oils, moringa, acupuncture, mindfulness, hypnosis and meditation with Claudia Autry and Stephen Stein. $40. 3207 Mercer, 77027. Contact Claudia (281) 849-4610

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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. Yoga for Mental & Physical Happiness. 9:30am. 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. In Bellaire. Call or for details. 713.858.8595 linweiss@earthlink.net 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://www.indiahouseinc.org/ programs/yoga-classes

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The Self-Invest Series with Helen Rucz. 11am-1pm and 6:45pm-8:45pm. Happiness, 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 Zumba. 7pm-8pm. Join Marco Oliver for free dance fitness classes. Dance yourself to a happy and healthy you. Please bring water, a towel and some indoor shoes. Free. Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E Center & Spa 7800 Amelia Road Houston TX 77055 http://www.arecenterhouston.org Circus Arts. 6-8pm. Circus Arts will consist of ground arts and ground acrobatics such as, contortion/flexibility, Low Tight wire, Partner acrobatics, juggling and hand balancing. Circus Arts is taught by instructors Nosa and Susie Edebor, who also teach Acro Yoga at classes outside Discovery Green. Must be 13 and up for class. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com Yoga on the Green. 11am-Noon. Strengthen, relax and recharge. Presented in partnership with Texas Military Veterans Network. Due to public health reasons, yoga mats will no longer be loaned out but can be purchased in the office from 9 am-6 pm. You are welcome to bring your own yoga mat, a towel and water. Participants are required to sign an exercise release form upon arrival.Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.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 Intro to Meditation 101.7-8pm. Universal Door Meditation Center offers this 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 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


Tom Turner Band. 7pm-8pm. Live music at The Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com

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

James Wilhite. 10pm-Midnight. Live music at The Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com

Drum Circle at Midnight 12mn-2am $7.00 Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com

wednesday 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 Zumba on the Green. 6:30-7:30pm. ACE certified personal trainer, Oscar Sajche shows you how to make your workout a party! 6:30-7:30 pm. 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 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 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

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. 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://www.indiahouseinc.org/ programs/yoga-classes 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. 3-6pm. 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 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. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com Thrive Tapping with Helen Racz. 7-9pm. The Thursday Night Group Tapping is an amazing gift. The work is alive and, as in all living things, it has evolved. This evolution is taking us deeper into creating positive change on purpose with purpose. The beautiful meridian based science of EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) was originally used to clear blocks in our energy fields. What we know now is that EFT is capable of much, much more. Donations accepted. Spectrum Center at The Preserve 2060 North Loop West, Suite 205 77018. helenracz.com Kemetic Flow Yoga. 7:00pm. In Goddess Walking - Kemetic Yoga Flow, we will use Kemetic Yoga and the YogaSkills Method™ to facilitate the process of balancing, restoring, and strengthening our physical and spiritual bodies. The Woman’s Earth Nurturing Studio, 2816 Isabella St., 77004. For class fees and information please call 832-899-4325 or visit thewomansearthstudio.com Meditation Class: Discovering the Awake Within. 7-9pm Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien closely guides and interacts with students to connect with Awake Mind and 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 www.universaldoor.org 281-565-9718 Chaz and the Plastik Flask. 7-9pm. Upbeat musical style with a rock and roll sound. Cover charge. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St., 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com Hightailers. Starts at 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

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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 Count Yard, 521 Lamar, 77002. houstonfoodnotbombs.org Dinner Music with Jimmy Deen. 6-9pm. 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. Yoga for Mental & Physical Happiness. 9:30am. 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. In Bellaire. Call or for details. 713.858.8595 linweiss@earthlink.net 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 Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 10:00am-12:00pm. 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. Woodsland Park and Community Center, 443 Danover Rd, Katy, 77494. 832-4332415 info@Houston-Meditation.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://www.indiahouseinc.org/programs/yoga-classes Young Writers Workshop. 10:30 -11:30 am. 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. 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/1rfNLkl Science of Spirituality Meditation. 12:00-2pm. Science of Spirituality is a global, non-religious, non-profit, spiritual organization headquartered in Chicago and under the leadership of Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj. Each week our group gathers to meditate together, reflect on the words of the great Saints and Mystics and spend some time with others who share the goal of leading a spiritually enriched and fulfilling life. Spiritual Discourse, Meditation, Vegetarian Meal. Free. India House 8888 West Bellfort 77031. houstonSOS.org

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Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 2:30-4:00pm. 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. Outreach Center of West Houston, 725 Bateswood Drive, 77079. 832-433-2415. info@Houston-Meditation.org 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

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 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. The Conversations With God Study Group. 9:30am-10:45am. The group is now studying Neale Donald Walsch’s new book THE STORM BEFORE THE CALM, study materials provided, this ongoing gathering is facilitated by Dr. Ngozi Kamau. Free. Carmel Temple, 1208 Pennsylvania,77587. carmeltemple.org

Dinner Music with Jimmy Deen. 6-9pm. Cover charge. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com

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Carmel Temple All Faith Service. 11:00am. Different guest speaker every week. Free. Carmel Temple, 1208 Pennsylvania,77587. carmeltemple.org

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 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; 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

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 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 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

Heights Epicurian Farmer’s Market. 8am-1:30pm. First Saturdays only. Grace United Methodist Church 1245 Heights Blvd. 77008. HeightsEpicurian.com

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Canino Produce and Farmer’s Market. 6am-8pm (except Christmas and Thanksgiving) 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. 9am-4pm (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 facebook.com/lastorganicoutpost.com Nu Waters Food Co-Op. 9am-5pm Tue-Sun. 2320 Elgin 77004. NuWatersCo-Op.com

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

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Central City Co-Op. 9am-6:30pm. Grace Lutheran Church 2515 Waugh Drive, 77006. centralcityco-op.com

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

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Eastside Urban Harvest Farmer’s Market. 8am-12n. Parking lot behind 3000 Richmond at Eastside, 77098. urbanharvest.org The Farm Stand at Petrol Station. 9am-1pm. Petrol Station, 985 Wakefield 77018. 713.957.2875 facebook.com/The-FarmStand-at-Petrol-Station The Woodlands Farmer’s Market at Grogan’s Mill. 8am-12n. 7 Switchbud Place in The Woodlands 77380. grogansmillvillage.com Farmer’s Market on Grand Parkway. 8am-12n. Church of the Holy Apostles, 1225 W. Grand Parkway in Katy, 77494. farmersmarketongrandparkway.com

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Memorial Villages Farmers Market. 9am-1pm. First Congregational Church, 10840 Beinhorn Rd. 77024. facebook.com/mvfm Farmer’s Market at Imperial. 9am-1pm. 198 Kempner, Sugar Land, 77498. imperialsugarland.com/ farmersmarket Tomball Farmer’s Market. 9am-1pm. Corner of Main (FM 2920) and Cherry 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 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 Sundays. 16902 Bridgeland Landing, Cypress 77433. farmersmarketatbridgeland.org/


ACUPUNCTURE JONELL NORCINI, L.AC.

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At Cypress Area Acupuncture, I strive to provide quality health care at affordable prices. I believe that I am your partner in helping you obtain optimal health. I provide treatments in a relaxing atmosphere where you will seldom, if ever, have to wait and you will never feel rushed. Questions are always welcome and I will do everything possible to make your treatments comfortable and relaxing. Call or make an appointment on our website. See ad on page 23.

INTUITIVE ACUPUNCTURE AND WELLNESS Located in the Texas Yoga Center 7620 Cherry Park Drive Houston, TX 77095 346-213-4474 intuitive-acu-wellness.com

Have tried everything and nothing has changed your situation? Are you are tired of being in pain? Can’t seem to make any breakthroughs with recurring anxiety and depression? Do you really want to go a natural route for balancing hormones and improve fertility? Maria Badell,L.Ac is a graduate of Texas A&M and the American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. She has been a licensed acupuncturist for the past five years and is currently serving the Copperfield, Bear Creek, Cypress, northwest Houston and Katy area. Visit our website for more information and call today to see if acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can help your body heal itself.

AYURVEDA AYUSH WAVE-AYURVEDA AND YOGA 15263 Southwest Freeway Sugar Land, TX 77478 281-870-2772 AyushWave.com

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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 patient-centric 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 23.

CHIROPRACTIC INNATE CHIROPRACTIC HEALING ARTS CENTER

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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! 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!

CLOTHING THREDZ USA

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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 16.

COACHING ABOLISH YOUR INNER SABOTEUR!

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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 and sign up today. See ad on page 14

BLISSFUL QUESTS

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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 26.

Experience what people in India have known about for centuries, the healing power of Ayurveda. Ayush Wave Ayurveda Wellness and Yoga is the new, alternative and holistic wellness center in Sugar Land. Our focus is on providing alternative therapies to chronic diseases using Ayurveda, the form of traditional medicine from India in a spa environment. To learn more visit our website or call today for a consultation.

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ENERGY MEDICINE

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Do you want to relieve your pain or tension and maintain those good results? Cecilia Straub Timon, EEMCP, has used and taught Eden Energy Medicine with her clients for several years. She started with Reiki and Brain Gym. She now uses Eden Energy Medicine and tapping as well in her work with clients. These non-invasive techniques derived from ancient healing practices relive tension and pain and increase energy and vitality. Contact her today to see if she can help you.

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.

HEALING FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE DR. BOBBIE STOWE, DC

If you have tried everything and are sick and tired of being sick try Dr. Bobbie Stowe, DC who practices Functional Medicine, offering lab tests to find causes of pain, disease, imbalances, dysfunctions, and Natural, Safe, Holistic protocols to address their root causes. Call today to schedule a FREE phone consultation. 20% Off your first visit if you mention Natural Awakenings magazine. Call today! See ad on page 2.

Leadership Training for individuals and corporations; Grief Recovery; Quantum To u c h ® I n s t r u c t o r a n d Practitioner, Heal Your Life® Teacher and Coach; fun workshops with LMT CEU’s available. Call today to schedule an appointment. See Ad on page 25.

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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.

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!

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Are you looking to expand your career or start a new one with meaning and purpose? Become a licensed workshop leader in Louise Hay’s philosophy. Receive manuals and materials to lead up to 14 seminars or workshops. The training is a one week in-residence which includes your lodging, most meals, and extensive follow-up. East and west coast trainings. This program is approved by Louise and Hay House, Inc.

HOLISTIC FAIR MARVA MASON’S HOLISTIC FAIR La Quinta Inn-Galleria 1625 West 610 Loop Houston, TX 77027 PsychicFairs.com

Houston’s largest and longest continually running holistic fair is held on the first Saturday of each month from 10 am until 5 pm. Featuring readers, alternative health practitioners and vendors. Admission is free. Come and join the fun!

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.

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HOLISTIC HOMEOPATHY FOR WELLNESS ANUSHA THIAGARAJAN 4100 Westheimer, Suite 233 Houston, TX 77027 7335 TX-6, Suite 200 Missouri City, TX 77459 Holistichomeopathy.net 832-671-2631

Integrating Mind, Body and Spirit Homeopathy is an art and science. The word “homeopathy” is derived from the Greek words homeos “similar” and pathos, “disease”. Homeopathy means “to treat with a remedy that produces an effect similar to that of the disease”. Anusha Thiagarajan practices traditional homeopathy with offices both in Houston and Missouri City. Visit her website for more information and call her today for a consulation.

ION FOOT DETOX HEAL WITH NATURAL HERBS

“The Hippest Little Place in Humble” 404 Avenue E Humble, TX 77338 281-227-0435 HealWithNaturalHerbs.com

Looking for a nice peaceful place to just hang out. Well, you’ve found it. We feature ion foot detox, chair massage, an oxygen bar, herbal teas, essential oils and much more. Come by for the Lady’s Tea or the Gentlemen’s Mini-Golf and you won’t want to leave. Visit our website for store hours and times of special activities and join in the fun!

LIFELINE TECHNIQUE MARY BETH HAUBRICH, CLP

INTUITIVE COUNSELOR CHUCK MURPHY SPIRITUAL INTUITIVE

La Quinta-Galleria 1625 West 610 Loop Houston, TX 77027 ChuckMurphy.me

For over 25 years, Chuck has been helping people find their purpose. Chuck’s mission is to help others experience the Love and Guidance of Spirit and realize their True Beauty and Unique place in Creation. Let let him help you discover your unique place in creation. Visit his website for information about phone and SKYPE readings also classes and free Meetups. Mention this ad for a 10% discount. Contact Chuck today to schedule a one-on-one reading over the phone, via Skype or in person.

JULIE PARKER

FACE READING YourInnerBlueprint.com 832-305-5498

Each individual is born with their own personal blueprint. The secrets of your inner nature and your own potential are beautifully and perfectly inscribed in the features and lines of your face. Face Reading is an ancient branch of Chinese Medicine, originally used as a diagnostic tool, it provides clues regarding an individual’s personality patterns, their inherent strengths and weaknesses, where they tend to excel and where they might face challenges. Call today and let me help you find answers to your questions about relationships, career, dating, self-improvement or other areas of your life.

Certified LifeLine Practitioner 2245 Texas Drive, Suite 300 Sugar Land, TX 77479 864-266-8501 marybethhaubrich@gmail.com JoyfulHealingArts.com

The LifeLine Technique® is a way to access the subconscious programs of the mind so we can create sustainable change at the root of painful and stressful patterns. We use muscle reflex testing and a conscious intention to harmonize the subconscious reactive patterns of emotion, facilitating the body’s innate ability to heal, regenerate, and thrive. Are you ready to transform pain into power, fear into courage, and live fully in the present moment? If so, Grab the LifeLine! Call Mary Beth today. Sessions available in person, via phone or Skype.

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.

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MEDITATION CARMEL TEMPLE

1208 Pennsylvania Street South Houston 77587 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 20.

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

Beginning Meditation: (A) Wed. 7:30–9:30pm - starts Aug. 31. (B) Sat. 10am–noon - starts Sept. 3. Children Meditation: Sat. 10am– noon - starts Sept. 3 - For children ages 4–12 and parents. Half-day Retreat: Sun. Sept. 4, 9am-noon. Sun., Oct. 2, 9amnoon. Meditation Workshop: Sun. Sept. 25, 1011am. Sun. Oct. 23, 10-11am. Blessing Ceremony: Sun. Sept. 11, 10am-noon. Sun. Oct. 9, 10am-noon. Check the web site (event calendar) for the most current information. See ad on page 32.

DAWN MOUNTAIN CENTER FOR TIBETAN BUDDHISM 2010 Naomi Street, Suite A Houston, TX 77054 Dawnmountain.org

Join us every Sunday morning from 11:00 to 12:00 for free, guided meditation suitable for everyone. You don’t need dawn mountain to know how to meditate before you come. Just need to come and experience meditation for yourself. Led by senior members of the Dawn Mountain sangha (community), this meditation offers a chance to take a mindful pause from your busy life, enjoy serenity and fellowship, and learn a bit more about Buddhist practice at Dawn Mountain. See ad on page 29.

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GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH

UNITY OF HOUSTON

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.

2929 Unity Drive Houston TX 77057 713-782-4050 UnityHouston.org

Unity of Houston offers p o si t i v e , p r a c t i c a l 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 27.

500 Fannin Street Houston, TX 77002 713-590-3320 HinesCenter.org

UNIVERSAL DOOR MEDITATION CENTER

The Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer is a co-created response to the community’s longing for rich spiritual formation and expression. The center provides a wide variety of opportunities to know and experience God. We provides classes, lectures, workshops, and programmed group settings to foster connection, understanding, and compassion for self, other, and the mystery that beautifully and expansively holds us. Visit our website for a complete listing of offerings and join with us soon. See ad on page 7.

SAHAJA YOGA MEDITATION

The Houston Sahaja Yoga Meditation group warmly invites you to join our FREE 7-week course “Chakra Cleansing through Sahaja Yo g a M e d i t a t i o n Techniques”, taking place at a number of locations in the Greater Houston area. Sahaja Yoga Meditation is natural, easy, and powerful. All classes and the literature provided are free. Simply turn up, and make yourself comfortable. There is always place for beginners, so there is no need to make a booking in advance. Just come. See ad on page 17.

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5218 Cedar Street, Suite A Bellaire, TX 77401 713-524-2525 eyesareprecious@gmail.com YourEyesArePrecious.com

Did you know that affordable and e f f e c t i v e N AT U R A L e y e treatments are available? Dr. Sue Moss has been helping people improve their vision naturally for 25 years. Call today for an appointment. Your eyes ARE precious!

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THE HINES CENTER FOR SPIRITUALITY AND PRAYER

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NATURAL OPTOMETRY

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: Fall Youth and Teen Program 11am-12:30n*. * = requires pre-registration/class fee. See our ad on page 35.

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.

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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

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 Summer 2016 . Season! See ad on page 22


ORGANIC HEALTH AND BEAUTY PRODUCTS NEIL’S YARD REMEDIES

Felecia Hunt, Independent Consultant 832-226-6957 huntfelecia@gmail.com https://us.nyrorganic.com/shop/ feleciahunt facebook.com/NYROFeleciaHunt

Ethical organic products from London since 1981 offering s k i n c a r e , b a t h , b o d y, aromatherapy, mommy/baby, herbal remedies, supplements, teas, gifts & more. Contact Felecia to schedule a no obligation consultation or for free samples! Free samples? So what are you waiting for? Call today!

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

JJulia 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.

RETREATS 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 bodypampering and beautifying spa treatments. Call of visit our website to book your stay today! See ad on page 33.

(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. I have a variety of modalities, including hypnosis, 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.

THERMAL IMAGING SERVICES Angel Marlow, CNHP, CAHC, CCT 5851 San Felipe, Suite 710 Houston Texas 77057 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 15.

THE BEAUTIFUL ROAD HOME:

Understanding the Process of Death & Dying Saint John’s Retreat Center Montgomery, Texas 936-597-5757 whiteaglelodge.org

OCTOBER 7 -12, 2016. This retreat will seek to share the gentle journey which occurs as the soul moves out of the physical body -- what might be expected after the death of the physical -- and the new life which awaits. There will be sessions on understanding the process of grief and on helping those whom we love through this transition. One of the important facets of the White Eagle work is that of working with the souls who need help to light their passage from the earth. Together we will be learning through group healing work, how we might help. 5 day retreat cost is $725 including meals and lodging. Further details are found on our website. Contact us today . Retreat size is limited.

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WEIGHT LOSS RIGHTSIZE – ANY BODY

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Need to lose weight? A revolutionary new protocol has been developed which has been responsible for thousands of kilos in weight loss. Doc Willis prescribes either a unique pre-meal exercise, or a natural nutrition meal, or a portion-size control to turn each dining event into explosive, metabolic acceleration. Visit our website for more information, contact us and let’s start your success story today!

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TAPPING THRIVE TAPPING.

Spectrum Center 2060 North Loop West, Suite 205 Houston, TX 77018. HelenRacz.com

Using EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) to create Thrive Consciousness with Helen Racz every Thursday Night 7-8:30 pm at the new Spectrum Center. EFT is a form of acupressure, based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and emotional ailments but without the invasiveness of needles. Claim your wholeness! How good can you feel? FREE, donations accepted. No need to call or preregister. Just come! Spectrum Center at the Preserve 2060 North Loop West, Suite 205 77018 http://spectrumcenter-houston.com/our-history/map-and-directions/

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AYUSH WAVE-AYURVEDA AND YOGA

CHANDRA YOGA 4 LIFE

NAMASTE YOGA

Welcome! Namaste! Chandra Yoga 4 Life focuses on the 3 major aspects of Yoga incorporating asanas, pranayama and mediation. We work closely with each student, meeting the student where they are Welcome! Call 281541-8336 for an unlimited monthly pass for $50, offer ends September 30 call TODAY! See ad on page 12.

We are a “boutique” Yoga Studio conveniently located in the heart of the Energy Corridor in West Houston, we offer a variety of yoga classes and styles to cater for the needs of our community. Our classes are small giving us an opportunity to develop a relationship with all our students getting to know their name and enjoying a chat after class over tea is part of who we are. We offer classes for first timers as well as experienced Yogis. Our schedule includes Ashtanga Yoga, Vinyasa, Slow Flow, Yin Yoga, Mindful Meditation, Kids and Prenatal yoga and private classes, there is a class for everyone in the family!!! As part of giving back to the community and doing “our bit” we have a Community Class every Sunday at 9:45am, we have been offering the class ever since we started as we believe everyone should have an opportunity to practice and enjoy yoga. Visit our website for class schedules and join our community today! See ad on page 13.

708 Telephone Rd. #C Houston, TX 77023 281-541-8336 chandrayoga4life.com

15263 Southwest Freeway Sugar Land, TX 77478 281-870-2772 ayushwave.com

Maharshi Patanjali is believed to be the founder of yoga through his writings, Patanjali Yoga Sutras. Our Yoga studio teaches patanjali yoga. Ayush Wave specifically focuses on yoga as therapy of specific conditions. We offer yogic classes specific based on your requirements. Please visit our website for information on class timings and pricings. See ad on page 12.

BAYOU BLISS YOGA

JENNYOGA

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, breath-work, 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. See ad on page 12.

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. See ad on

808 West Main Street Houston, TX 77006 713-955-0500 bayoublissyoga.com

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1275 Eldridge Parkway Houston, TX 77077 281-928-6951 Namasteyogahouston.com


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.See ad on page 12.

THE WOMAN’S EARTH NURTURING STUDIO 2816 Isabella St. Houston, Texas 77004 832-899-4325 thewomansearthstudio.com

Our studio is a beautiful multilevel warm setting in a historic Houston area near the museum district. The Woman’s Earth is a boutique spa and wellness center offering holistic services of massage, yoga, facial and meditation. Our yoga offerings include Vinyasa, Hatha, Kemetic, Prenatal and Mommy and Me. The heartbeat of our studio is partnering with woman-owned businesses to bring workshops, classes, retreats and events that exemplify our values Work, Elevate, Awaken, Renew, Teach and Heal in each experience so each guest leaves relaxed, inspired and rejuvenated. Call today. We look forward to nurturing you! See ad on page 13.

SAHAJA YOGA MEDITATION

meetup.com/free-houston-meditationand-stress-relief-yoga-class houston-meditation.org info@Houston-Meditation.org

The Houston Sahaja Yoga Meditation group warmly invites you to join our FREE 7-week course “Chakra Cleansing through Sahaja Yoga M editation Techniques”, taking place at a number of locations in the Greater Houston area. Sahaja Yoga Meditation is natural, easy, and powerful. All classes and the literature provided are free. Simply turn up, and make yourself comfortable. There is always place for beginners, so there is no need to make a booking in advance. See ad on page 17.

TRANQUIL HEART YOGA

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

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! See ad on page 12.

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! See ad on page 13

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