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Greening Up Your Life How to Practice Everyday Sustainability
Foraging Reconnect with Nature’s Nutrients
Rain Harvesting Metal Rain Tanks
Earth Song Mother Nature’s Rhythms Restore the Soul
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reetings, It seems that spring has come early this year. Already the live oak trees have shed their old leaves and the fruit trees are in bloom. This is a great time to enjoy the outdoors before the summer heat sets in. We have plans to take our pack to the dog park regularly, ride the bayou bike trails and attend several springtime outdoor events here in Houston. There are flower beds to replant and the garden to prepare. For the second year in a row, Natural Awakenings will be at Earth Day Houston. In all these ways and more we celebrate the renewal of life going on all around us. We have learned that life comes into our physical body in three main forms: in the food we eat, the water we drink and the air that we breathe. We try to eat healthy by shopping at farmers’ markets, healthy food stores and restaurants that serve healthy, locally sourced food. I have fixed the drippy faucet so we don’t waste water. Metal water bottles have replaced plastic bottled water and we are researching water filtration and rainwater harvesting. On a macro-level, we support organizations like Air Alliance Houston who work to protect the quality of air that we breathe in Houston and, on a personal level, we are regularly practicing pranayama breathing techniques to cleanse and revitalize our own bodies. There are many activities and events in this month’s calendar and many of them happen outside. There are so many ways you too can “rise as you are willing and able and the Spirit moves you” and celebrate the springtime renewal of life. We hope to have a great month and that we see you around town enjoying life.
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eventbriefs Deer Lake Lodge and Health Spa Hosts Yoga Workshops in April April 1 – 2 and 28
D 8th Annual Holistic Globe Expo Tour April 16
ellness, spirituality, green and healthy living enthusiasts are invited to join HolisticGLOBE Expo event for a day of self-empowerment, healing, inspiration and powerful networking. Since first launched in 2009, this expo-conference showcases a fusion of natural products, self-help resources, spiritual tools, human potential advocates, sustainable goods and healthy treats. It’s an invitation to communities across the nation to experience a possible personal or professional breakthrough by exploring a healing modality, trying a new product, mingle with likedminded seekers and supporting local experts. Expo attendees will enjoy vendors, free lectures and innovative workshops and the finest products and resources of the industry and local holistic scenes. Exhibit categories include healing arts, body-mind-spirit, selfhelp, holistic wellness, green living, environmental resources, eco-fashion, corporate wellness, alternative healing, integrative health-care, beauty, fitness, nutrition and new thought resources. Local Houston TX event will take place Saturday April 16 at the Houston Marriott West by The Galleria located at 1750 West Loop South, Houston, TX 77027 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Free admission with online RSVP!!! For event details, scheduled locations, ticketing and participation opportunities please visit their corporate website at http://www.HolisticAuthority.Org. See ad on page 13.
eer Lake Lodge and Health Spa will host AcroYoga, Therapeutic Flight Yoga and Slow Flow Yoga in April. The yoga classes will be in conjunction with Deer Lake Lodge’s regular health and cleansing program. Guests will have the opportunity to increase blood flow, perfect their posture and have some fun in a tranquil and cleansing environment. During the yoga classes, guests will deepen their ability to give and receive the healing touch and connect with their soul, mind and body. Mateo Daniel of Austin-based Playful Warrior Yoga will lead a relaxing weekend with AcroYoga and Therapeutic Flight on April 1 – 2, 2016. AcroYoga is a fusion of acrobatics, yoga, and Thai massage, while using gravity to promote stretching and strengthening poses. Therapeutic Flight is a Thai session upside down and is described as “backyard chiropractic”. One hour private sessions with Daniel will also be available, $100 for one person, $150 for two. Melissa Smith, a yoga teacher and trainer, will offer guests a calming and Slow Flow Yoga class with restorative yoga poses on Thursday, April 28, 2016. The flow class will improve guests’ flexibility and leave them feeling refreshed and renewed. Guests not staying for the weekend’s cleansing program may also attend any of therapeutic yoga classes for an individual fee of $25 per class. Please call ahead to RSVP or book your stay. For more information about Deer Lake Lodge’s Yoga workshops or to make a reservation, call 936-647-1383. Deer Lake Lodge & Spa, 10500 Deer Lake Lodge Rd., Montgomery, TX 77316. Deerlakelodge.com. See ad on page 17.
Celebrate Your Life May 13-14
n all -star line up of Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday and Life Class teachers are coming to Houston with the world renowned Celebrate Your Life conference! You can experience the teachings of Marianne Williamson, Anita Moorjani, Iyanla Vanzant, Jean Houston, Michael Bernard Beckwith, and many more at this 2 day soul fest. Be empowered to live your purpose, discover how to live a life filled with joy and abundance and more. For more information visit CelebrateYourLife.Org or call 480-970-8543. See ad on page 11. natural awakenings
Living Your Voice 101 Workshop Saturday, April 16
YogaMass at Grace Episcopal Church
n Saturday, April 2, 2016, at 5 pm, The Reverend Gena Davis, Vicar, Grace Episcopal Church, and The Reverend Dr. John K. Graham, President and CEO of the Institute for Spirituality and Health, invite you to YogaMass™, a unique worship experience at Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort, Houston. YogaMass™ engages the five senses and integrates all of our dimensions – spiritual, psychological, and physical – through the combined practice of yoga, breath work, meditation, and Holy Communion. Yoga is an ancient practice of coming into union with the Divine. Mass is one of the names for Holy Communion, the sacred meal shared in the presence and remembrance of Jesus Christ. Integrating yoga into the sacred meal liturgy offers a participative experience of mystical union with God in our bodies and our souls. We invite you to discover the promise of Jesus that the kingdom of God is within you. All levels of experience are welcome. Bring your mind, body, soul, and mat. Chairs available.
magine how different your life might be if you could express your inner voice authentically. At Living Your Voice, an organization dedicated to personal transformation and growth, we believe that singing and public speaking should be joyful and rewarding. To n y P r y o r, a n experienced voice coach, speaker and performer, will facilitate his Living Your Voice 101 workshop on Saturday, April 16, from 10:00 am to 5:00 p m a t t h e Tr u e Yo u Creativity Studio, located in Houston Heights (77008). The workshop combines fundamental vocal technique with creative performance experiences that will help you build greater confidence. Whether you are a CEO of a company who needs tips on how to address larger groups, a student making a presentation, a beginning singer who longs to sing your favorite song or even an experienced performer preparing for an important audition, you will experience the joy of reclaiming your personal power by conquering your limitations. The bonding of the small group will create a place to nurture your hidden brilliance with techniques to help overcome any fear, self-criticism, timidity or stage fright. Visit www.livingyourvoice.com for more information. For questions, pricing, directions, etc., please call Tony Pryor at 713-826-9814. See ad on page 15.
Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort Houston, TX 77025. 832-667-8601. Yogamass.com. See Ad on page 46.
When The Inner Light Is On, EVERYTHING IS CLEAR True happiness & true freedom are already within us. However, our perceptions & holdings block us from living with it. Realize the source of these blocks to live truly happy… anywhere, anytime, always. Universal Door Meditation Center 281-565-9718 • UniversalDoor.org 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498 6
11th Annual Earth Day Houston April 16
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uilding awareness and raising funds for those living with mental illness. 3,000 Participants Expected for Houston’s Largest Mental Illness-Focused Event Join others who care about mental health at the 11th annual Houston NAMIWalks, benefitting the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Greater Houston. The family-friendly April 30 event will bring together an expected 3,000 participants for a 5K walk starting at 8:30 a.m. at Sam Houston Park. “NAMIWalks is the one place every year where thousands of people from across the Greater Houston area come together to say that mental illnesses can and should be treated instead of stigmatized, and to celebrate the recovery that is possible,” said Glenn Urbach, executive director of NAMI Greater Houston. “At the same time, we honor the lives lost to mental illness and show our commitment to preventing these needless deaths in the future.” Walk proceeds will fund NAMI Greater Houston’s education classes, support groups and community outreach programs. These services are offered free to individuals and families dealing with both adult and childhood mental illnesses. “This is our 11th Walk, and we expect it to be our largest yet,” said Urbach. “Past years’ walk proceeds have helped us expand our support programs into nearly all of Harris County and into Montgomery County as well, and to add more programs serving veterans, Spanish-speaking residents, and families of school-age children.” The NAMIWalks 2016 event begins and ends at Sam Houston Park, 1000 Bagby Street. On-site registration opens at 7:30 a.m.; walk start is 8:30 a.m. Individual and team advance registration is now open at www.namiwalks.org/ greaterhouston. For more information about the walk or about NAMI Greater Houston programs and services, call 713-970-4419. www.namiwalks.org/greaterhouston
arth Day Houston, developed by Air Alliance Houston, is the Houston area’s premier celebration of our planet at Sam Houston Park. The FREE one-day celebration will focus on the merits of mindful, sustainable living while educating and encouraging Houstonians to do their part to preserve, conserve and enhance our city and the Earth. Earth Day Houston showcases more than 100 booths and exhibits, each educating visitors on how they can make Houston a greener place to live. This year’s Earth Day Houston will be held at Sam Houston Park (1000 Bagby Street) downtown Saturday, April 16 from 11am to 5pm. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, Earth Day Houston is FREE and open to the public. A variety of sweet and savory food trucks, plus a beer and wine garden, will have food & beverage available for purchase. Culligan of Houston will be providing hydration stations with filtered water available for free to patrons. Be sure to bring your reusable water bottle or purchase a branded Earth Day Houston water bottle at the event. Bring your waste to one of several “waste stations” throughout the festival, where trash will be sorted into recycling, landfill, polystyrene, and compost. We will also have a recycling bin on site for food, shoes, and other textiles. Reduce your carbon footprint by walking, biking or taking public transportation to the festival. Consider volunteering for a shift with our “Green Team” at the festival. Please bring a reusable bottle with you to enjoy our complimentary Culligan Water Stations. Please bring gently used Polystyrene to be recycled in our recycling zone by Friends of Foam. Ride your bike and take advantage of complimentary Bike Valet provided by Bike Houston! Come enjoy the fun, help make Houston greener and celebrate Earth Day! Earth Day Houston. Sam Houston Park, 1000 Bagby Street 77002. Earthdayhouston.org. See ad on page 19.
Join Us Join us at Dawn Mountain to learn the profound Tibetan practice of Powa, or Transference A practice so swift it is known as “Buddhahood Without Meditation” This retreat spans two weekends with weekday and evening practices in between. Attendance at the first weekend is REQUIRED of all participants. Powa refers to the transference of Retreat Dates and Times consciousness at the time of death into the “Pure Land” of enlightenment. We sing sacred words to practice sending Friday, April 15 - 7:00 to 9:00pm the consciousness to the pure land so Saturday, April 16 - 9:30am to 5:30pm we may do so for ourselves or another Sunday, April 17 - 9:30am to 4:00pm person who is dying. Dawn Mountain’s Powa text comes to Monday - Thursday, April 18-21 us from our teacher in Tibet, and the Day and evening practices, as possible. practice dates back to at least the 12th Friday, April 22 - 7:00 to 9:00pm Century. Come discover its significance and Saturday, April 23 - 9:30am to 1:00pm relevance to your contemporary American life! Questions? Email Jerri: firstname.lastname@example.org Dawn Mountain Ready to register? Members Receive Visit: dawnmountain.org 20% off Dawn Mountain Center for Tibetan Buddhism Founded by Anne C. Klein, PhD (Lama Rigzin Drolma) and Harvey B. Aronson, PhD (Lama Namgyal Dorje) in1996
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This retreat is suitable for anyone with even a little experience in meditation and interest in having more. For brand new folks, our current Teaching Tuesdays course (available online) is an excellent introduction. Give us a call to learn more.
“An Evening of Spirit with James Van Praagh” and One Day Workshop “Master Your Power Within”
nternationally renowned #1 New York Times bestselling author of many books including his most recent Adventures of the Soul; James Van Praagh will be the next speaker for the Brilliant Lecture Series. The lecture will be on Friday, April 15th 8pm at the Royal Sonesta located at 2222 W. Loop South. The workshop “Working with Energy You Bring into Your Life and How to Manifest Health, Love, Money, Success and Opportunities” on Saturday, April 16th from 9am – 5pm at the Houston Marriott West Loop located at 1750 W. Loop South. Van Praagh is hailed throughout the world as the pioneer of the mediumship movement, and recognized as one of the
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most accurate spiritual mediums working today. His messages have brought solace, peace and spiritual insights, changing the view of both life and death for millions. He has received many awards for his dedication to raising the consciousness of the planet. He will share Spiritual lessons gleaned from decades of speaking with the Spirit world, and deliver detailed messages of love, comfort and encouragement from loved ones on the other side. You’ll leave forever changed – with a fresh new perspective on life and death, a stronger connection to the spirit world and the comforting awareness that you are not alone! James will demonstrate his ability to random members of the audience of spirit communication, bringing through evidential messages of love and teachings from his spiritual guides to assist you on your spiritual journey. BRILLIANT LECTURE SERIES is honored to present this opportunity for Houston audiences to hear directly from James Van Praagh about his perspective on spirituality, achieving personal and professional success and his unique gift. Join one of the world’s most accurate and beloved Spiritual Mediums, James Van Praagh, for an unforgettable evening of Spirit! “Due to the intimate setting of this program, we anticipate very robust initial ticket sales for this most memorable evening,” commented Scott Brogan, founder of BRILLIANT LECTURE SERIES. General admission is $50. Limited VIP packages are available at $125 per person and includes one preferred seating ticket to the event, a private meet and greet, and an autographed book. Tickets to the one day workshop are $175 per person. A bundle package is available for $200 per person and includes the workshop on Saturday and ticket to the lecture on Friday. Tickets can be purchased at www.BrilliantLectures.org or 713-974-1335. BRILLIANT LECTURE SERIES is known for presenting programs that educate, inspire and entertain its audiences from every walk of life. Established in 2005 in Houston, BRILLIANT LECTURE SERIES delivers interactive audience experiences featuring regional, national and international leaders, role models, philanthropists, humanitarians, entertainers, artists, and other renowned individuals. Brilliant Lecture Series is generously supported by the City of Houston and the Houston Arts Alliance. See ad on page 2.
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Autry traces her Reiki lineage to Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese Buddhist in the early 20th century who rediscovered this healing technique. Reiki is subtle energy healing which is performed by the laying of the hands on a client to allow the flow of universal life force energy to balance energy fields for stress reduction and relaxation for the healing of the body physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Essential oils are natureâ€™s medicine and can be used to rebalance the body for physical, emotional and spiritual healing. Essential oils have been used for centuries as simple yet
highly effective remedies to help the body heal skin irritations (lavender), digestive issues from upset stomach, d i a r r h e a , c o n s t i p a t i o n ( g i n g e r, peppermint), stabilize blood sugar l e v e l s a n d c r av i n g ( c i n n a m o n , clove, orange) and to help elevate the mood for relaxation and calmness. She performs consultations using the mind body connection to create customized blends for a variety of health improvements, physical, emotional and spiritual. Moringa is a nutritional plant that has been found to alleviate over 300 conditions and diseases according to the National Institute of Health. A Discovery Channel documentary touts its benefits as a plant that alleviates malnutrition in Africa and can be used for water purification. Moringa has over 90 nutrients including vitamins, minerals, omegas, antioxidants and antiinflammatories; all in higher quantities than found in other foods. C l a u d i a w o r k s by a p p o i n t m e n t only out of the Memorial City, West Houston and Medical Center areas. For more information visit her websiteat ClaudiaAutry.com. See ad on page 47.
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The Hidden Deficiency Having the proper amount of iodine in our system at all times is critical to overall health, yet the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition finds that iodine deficiency is increasing drastically in light of an increasingly anemic national diet of unpronounceable additives and secret, unlabeled ingredients. This deficit now affects nearly three-quarters of the population.
Causes of Iodine Deficiency
Almost everyone is routinely exposed to iodine-depleting radiation
Overuse of zero-nutrient salt substitutes in foods leads to iodine depletion
Iodized Table Salt
Iodized salt may slowly lose its iodine content by exposure to air
A toxic chemical found in baked goods overrides iodine's ability to aid thyroid
Iodine-Depleted Soil Poor farming techniques have led to declined levels of iodine in soil
A Growing Epidemic Symptoms range from extreme fatigue and weight gain to depression, carpal tunnel syndrome, high blood pressure, fibrocystic breasts and skin and hair problems. This lack of essential iodine can also cause infertility, joint pain, heart disease and stroke. Low iodine levels also have been associated with breast and thyroid cancers; and in children, intellectual disability, deafness, attention deficient hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and impaired growth, according to studies by Boston University and the French National Academy of Medicine.
What to Do The easy solution is taking the right kind of iodine in the right dosage to rebalance thyroid function and restore health to the whole body.
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re you eating organic food but sleeping on a toxic mattress? Whether you realize it or not, that can be a big problem because you may be spending 8 hours a day breathing toxic fumes. Jeff Kaplan at New Living has the solution: an organic mattress. One of the most important incentives
to buying an organic mattress is your health. Conventional mattresses are doused in chemicals that serve as flame retardants, chemicals that you will breathe in every time you lie down. However, organic mattresses use all natural flame retardants, the most common being certified organic wool. Another danger to watch out for while
mattress shopping is memory foam. Memory foam mattresses are made of petroleum products, so not only are they harmful to the environment they are harmful to you! A study done by Walter Bader revealed that in 96 hours a memory foam mattress releases 61 volatile organic compounds into the air, VOCs you could potentially breathe in if you slept on a memory foam mattress. A healthier sleep is not the only benefit of organic mattresses. Generally, organic mattresses are better made, longer lasting, and contain the best materials. Of course, they stock organic pillows. You can choose from EcoWool, Organic Cotton, 100% natural rubber latex, or buckwheat in several different styles. Their pillows are inspired by nature, and will help you have the healthiest sleep possible! New Living also features several lines of eco-friendly furniture including their one line of furniture designed and built in house. At New Living they seek to have a triple bottom line, having a direct economic, social, and environmental impact on our community with a focus on providing better indoor quality for everyone. Drop by either of their stores in Rice Village or The Heights, or visit their website for more information. NewLiving. net. New Living, 6111 Kirby Dr. 77005. 713-521-1921or New Living Bedroom, 321 W. 19th St. 77008. 832-659-0123. See ad on page 15.
Kiwis Boost Heart Health
multi-center study from the University of Salamanca, in Spain, has found that consuming even one kiwi fruit (Actinidia deliciosa) per week will significantly boost cardiovascular health. The researchers tested 1,469 healthy people throughout Spain. The volunteers were given dietary questionnaires and underwent testing for cholesterol lipids and inflammatory markers for heart disease. The researchers determined that those that ate at least one kiwi fruit per week had significantly lower triglycerides and fibrinogen (a marker for inflammation), and higher HDL-cholesterol levels. Higher levels of HDL-cholesterol are associated with reduced incidence of atherosclerosis. The researchers concluded: “Consumption of at least one kiwi a week is associated with lower plasma concentrations of fibrinogen and improved plasma lipid profile in the context of a normal diet and regular exercise.”
Nature’s Colors Aid Focus and Accuracy
WHY AM I STILL SO SICK AND NO ONE CAN HELP Part One
by Dr. Bobbie Stowe
esearchers from the University of Melbourne determined that taking a quick break and looking at natural colors can significantly increase attention, focus and job performance. The researchers tested 150 university students that were randomly selected to view one of two city scenes consisting of a building with and without a flowering meadow green roof. The two views were experienced as micro-breaks, a 30-second period that can be taken every 40 minutes. Both groups were tested before and after viewing the scene for sustained attention spans, along with a performance test upon completing a task. Subjects that looked at the scene with the verdant roof had significantly longer attention spans and fewer errors in doing their tasks.
Mercury Use Linked to Dentists’ Tremors
study of thousands of dentists found that the absorption of mercury is associated with an increased risk of tremors. Published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, the study followed 13,906 dentists for a 24year period. The research tested the dentists’ urinary mercury levels to estimate their individual exposure. The incidence of tremors—the involuntary shaking of hands, arms and other parts of the body—among the dentists was then compared with their exposure to mercury. Higher exposures to mercury increased the risk of tremors among the entire population of dentists studied by 10 percent; the increased risk among the young dentists was 13 percent. 14
ever before has science made so many advances, yet so many more Americans are in a chronic state of pain, inflammation and just plain sick. The question is WHY? One possible answer could be the food we eat. Food is supposed to provide micro-nutrients that our body can use to make and utilize the thousands of vitamins, minerals, hormones, enzymes, etc. that allow our cells to function. But what if the food we eat ISN’T providing these micro-nutrients? What if the food (and liquids) we ingest are actually causing, at least in part, the illnesses that so many millions of Americans deal with on a daily basis? When people eat foods that don’t provide proper nutritional values, our cells don’t have the ability to make energy or carry out their jobs. Choosing food is not difficult, but choosing good quality, nutritional food is mandatory if a person wants to live a healthier, less disease-ridden, high quality of life. Next time, we’ll look at digestion, and how even with good food, you may still not be giving your body what it needs. For more information, visit functionalmedicineofhouston.com or westuchiropractic.com. Dr. Bobbie Stowe, DC offices at 2400 Augusta Dr., Suite 210, Houston 77057. He can be reached at 713-667-6656 for appointments. See ad, page 37.
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Fracking Fluids Found Toxic to Health
n analyzing 1,021 chemicals contained in fluids and wastewater used in hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for oil or natural gas, a Yale University study found that at least 157 of the chemicals— including arsenic, benzene, formaldehyde and mercury—are associated with either developmental toxicity, reproductive toxicity or both. Of the total identified chemicals, 925 were used in the hydraulic fracturing process, 132 in fracking wastewater and 36 were present in both. The scientists utilized the REPROTOX database in the Chemical Abstract Service registry and then reviewed the available research, including human and animal studies. Toxicity data wasn’t available for 781 of the chemicals used in fracking. Among the other 240 chemicals, 103 were reproductive toxins. An additional 95 were developmental toxins. Another 41 have been found to be both reproductive and developmental toxins. The researchers further suggested that at least 67 of the chemicals be prioritized in drinking water testing. Senior author and Professor of Public Health Nicole Deziel, Ph.D., adds, “This evaluation is a first step to prioritize the vast array of potential environmental contaminants from hydraulic fracturing for future exposure and health studies. Quantification of the potential exposure to these chemicals, such as by monitoring drinking water in people’s homes, is vital for understanding the [associated] public health impact.”
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globalbriefs Bee Kind The Good Fight for Honeybees A U.S. federal appeals court has blocked the use of the pesticide sulfoxaflor over concerns about its effect on honeybees, which have been disappearing throughout the country in recent years. “Initial studies showed sulfoxaflor was highly toxic to honeybees, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was required to get further tests,” says Circuit Judge Mary Schroeder. “Given the precariousness of bee populations, leaving the EPA’s registration of sulfoxaflor in place risks more potential environmental harm than vacating it.” The product, sold in the U.S. as Transform or Closer, must be pulled from store shelves by October 18. Paul Towers, a spokesperson for the nonprofit advocacy group Pesticide Action Network, comments, “This is [an example of] the classic pesticide industry shell game. As more science underscores the harms of a pesticide, they shift to newer, less-studied products, and it takes regulators years to catch up.” On another front, an insect form of Alzheimer’s disease caused by aluminum contamination from pesticides is another suspected contributing cause of the welldocumented widespread bee colony collapse, according to a study published in the journal PLOS ONE. Honeybees studied had levels of aluminum in their bodies equivalent to those that could cause brain damage in humans.
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iets are always a topic of discussion with reference to weight loss, nutrition, and health. Add probiotics to the mix, and you’ve started a real conversation. In recent years, people have started to incorporate probiotics into their diets because empirical evidence
supports the argument that probiotics provide many health benefits through diversifying the types of bacteria living in your gut and improving the health of your gut. Probiotics have been linked to heart health, mental health, the immune system, and cognition. To get the full picture, it’s crucial to learn how probiotics fit into your diet.
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The health benefits of eating d a r k ch o c o l a t e — a f l ava n o l - r i ch food—include improved cognition, lower blood pressure, and decreased appetite. Scientific research indicates that the flavanols in dark chocolate may also help prevent obesity, type2 diabetes, and colon cancer (due to antioxidant compounds). These numerous health benefits start in your gut with the process of digestion, aided by the good bacteria living there. There is research that shows a link between dark chocolate consumption and heart health. According to Katherine Harmon Courage, a contributing editor at Scientific American, “Microbes in your gut create anti-inflammatory compounds that have been linked to the cardiovascular and other benefits.” The chocolate you eat feeds bacteria in your gut, resulting in a fermentation of the flavanols and the production of anti-inflammatory compounds that are absorbed into the bloodstream. The good news is you have an excuse to eat chocolate, but not just any kind of chocolate: dark chocolate. In moderation, dark chocolate is the healthier option because of the lower amounts of added sugar and fats in comparison to milk chocolate. The health benefits you get from eating chocolate are from cocoa, so the higher the cocoa content, the better. However, the differences in the composition of gut bacteria differ from person to
person, “We can’t be entirely sure each person’s gut will undertake the same fermentation processes,” added Courage. Adding a probiotic supplement to your diet is a good way to promote the diversity of the bacteria in your gut, which in turn should assist the necessary fermentation process. Almonds are another treat known for their nutritious value, and less wellknown for the value they provide to the good bacteria in your gut. Almonds act as a prebiotic: non-digestible carbohydrates that fuel the microflora in your gut. In a study, a daily intake of almonds increased levels of beneficial bacteria in participants’ guts in six weeks or less, and the benefits lasted two weeks after participants stopped eating the almonds. An added benefit was the reduction of clostridium perfringens, a spore-forming, grampositive bacterium that contributes to food poisoning.
Your Diet, Your Health
It’s not news that your diet affects your health, but now, it’s clear why. The key is in your gut. A healthy gut helps your body receive the nutrients it needs, and reduces the levels of harmful bacteria in your gut. Unfortunately, the American lifestyle tends to include a diet full of saturated fats, sugars, and processed foods, which can be harmful to our gut and overall health. Probiotic supplements may be the answer to reducing their harmful effects, and increasing the benefits of the nutrients we consume.
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While America will choose its next president this November, voters in Oregon may also vote on the right to local community self-government, enabling protection of citizens’ fundamental rights and prohibiting corporate activities that violate them. The Oregonians for Community Rights group, formed by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), submitted a constitutional amendment proposal to the secretary of state in January as a prelude to a larger signature-gathering effort to qualify the measure for the state ballot. Concurrently, the CELDF is supporting other community initiatives on various topics that may inspire other regions to also be active at the grassroots level. For example, Oregon’s Coos County Protection Council is currently finishing its signature gathering to place a Right to a Sustainable Energy Future ordinance on a special ballot in May. It would protect citizens’ rights to clean air and water and the production of sustainable, localized energy, instead of county approval of several potential non-green energy projects. Oregon’s Columbia County Sustainable Action for Green Energy is gathering signatures for a Right to a Sustainable Energy Future ordinance for its November ballot that would protect the county from fossil fuel projects like coal and oil trains and a proposed methanol plant, and close two natural gas power plants by 2025. Other state groups are seeking to have November ballots in Lane and Lincoln counties include bans on aerial pesticide spraying. A Lane County group has filed a local food system charter amendment that would ban GMO (genetically modified) crops locally. “Community rights are driven by the people in the community, not by any organization targeting potential activism,” says Kai Huschke, Northwest and Hawaii community organizer of the CELDF, which has supported 200-plus separate community initiatives. Particularly active states have included New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon and Pennsylvania. “Organizing typically comes about due to a localized threat. It means settling into a long-term battle to change the structure of government, having resolve and organizing beyond just a ballot vote.” Learn how to take local action at celdf.org.
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“Many people start with something small at home, particularly if they’re concerned about the impacts on their family’s health,” says Larsen. “More Americans are approaching sustainability first through food. It’s relatively easy to change spending habits to incorporate more organic, fair trade and non-GMO [genetically modified] foods, and with the growth of farmers’ markets nationwide, people are able to buy local more easily.” A focus on food quality is how Wendy Brown and her husband and five children launched their eco-journey just outside of Portland, Maine. “We started thinking about where our food came from, how it was grown and raised and what we could do to ensure that it was better,” says Brown. “What we don’t grow or forage ourselves, we try to purchase from local farmers.” Living more simply during the past decade has helped the family cut debt and become more financially stable.
“Our entry point to sustainable living was to grow tomatoes on the steps of an apartment that Kelly and I once called home years ago,” echoes Erik Knutzen, who, with his wife Kelly Coyne, have transformed their 960-square-foot Los Angeles bungalow into an oasis where they grow food, keep chickens and bees, brew, bake and house their bikes. Gabriele Marewski’s journey also started with what she ate. “I became a vegetarian at 14, after reading Diet for a Small Planet, by Frances Moore Lappé,” says Marewski, who in 1999 turned an avocado orchard in Homestead, Florida, into Paradise Farms. “Forty-seven years later, I’m still a strict vegetarian. I believe it’s the single most important statement we can make about saving the planet.” M a r e w s k i ’s f i v e - a c r e f a r m showcases certified organic micro greens, edible flowers, oyster mushrooms and a variety of tropical fruits marketed to Miami-area chefs. Her farm also offers Dinner in Paradise farm-to-table experiences to raise funds for local nonprofits providing food for underprivileged city residents, and bedand-breakfast lodging.
Sweden’s Chalmers University of Technology offers a free online course, Sustainability in Everyday Life, based on five themes: energy, climate change, food, chemicals and globalization. “People can make a difference by making responsible choices in their everyday life,” says Anna Nyström Claesson, one of the three original teachers.
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Knutzen. “I even grind my own flour.” Library books provide his primary source of inspiration. The Brown family likely echoes the thoughts of many American families. “We have many dreams, but the stark reality is that we live in a world that requires money,” says Wendy Brown. An electric car or solar electric system, for example, is a large investment. “The biggest barriers were mental blocks because we ‘gave up’ previous lifestyle norms,” she says. “Most people we know have a clothes dryer and can’t imagine living without one. Line-drying is just part of the bigger issue of time management for us, because living sustainably and doing things by hand takes longer.”
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“The biggest and most positive impact I have comes from my general non-waste philosophy,” advises Brown. “I try to reuse something rather than throwing it away. I’ve made underwear out of old camisoles and pajama pants from old flannel sheets. I reuse elastic from wornout clothing. My travel beverage cup is a sauce jar with a reusable canning lid drilled with a hole for a reusable straw. Such examples show how we live every day.” Marewski’s love of travel doesn’t interfere with her sustainability quest. “When I travel, I like to walk or bicycle across countries,” she says. “It gives me
a closer connection to the land and spontaneous contact with interesting people. I’m building a tiny home on wheels that’ll be completely selfsufficient, with solar, composting toilet and water catchment to reduce my footprint even further.” “Last August, I started a tenuretrack position in the school of business at Viterbo University,” says Dixon, who emphasizes how students can pursue sustainability in business and life. “I teach systems thinking, complex systems change and globally responsible leadership, all of which have a sustainability component.” She’s also faculty advisor to Enactus, a student organization focused on social entrepreneurship and making a positive impact on the community. “The best part of how we live is when my daughters make everyday eco-minded choices without even realizing it,” observes Brown. “I can see how remarkable it is, because I have the perspective of having lived differently. But for them, it’s just the way things are done. I think in that way, I’ve succeeded.” Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko’s eco journey is captured in their books, ECOpreneuring, Farmstead Chef, Homemade for Sale, Rural Renaissance and Soil Sisters. Every day, they eat from their organic gardens surrounding their farm powered by the wind and sun.
The Nabhi Chakra
aha means ‘with’, Ja means ‘born’. Sahaja also means effortless o r s p o n t a n e o u s . Yo g a literally means union or connection. This method of meditation is born with every human being and it connects us with the inner peace and silence that exists deep within each of us. Sahaja Yoga was founded by Her Holiness Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi in 1970. It involves the awakening of a subtle spiritual energy known as the Kundalini which lies dormant in the sacrum bone, rolled up in a spiral of 3-1/2 coils. The gentle awakening of this Kundalini energy and the inner journey of self-discovery is known as self-realization. This process of self-realization is centuries old and was practiced by saints throughout its history, for example Confucius, Moses, Sai Nath, Guru Nanak, etc. However this technique was passed by these primordial masters to just one or two disciples and this could never become popular. Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi developed this method by which a normal householder can experience this awakening sitting in his or her house.
Shri Mataji was born in India, and was brought up with a Christian background. She started teaching the technique of Sahaja Yoga meditation to a couple of people in India in the early 1970’s. Then, slowly more and more people in India started to practice it. In the late 1970’s Shri Mataji moved to London, England. There she also started to teach Sahaja Yoga meditation to a small group of people. Now the meditation is practiced in over 50 24
countries, at no cost. Sahaja Yoga meditation is free. Previously, to get kundalini awakening, the person would have to dedicate a number of years of his life to get the experience. He would have to find a genuine guru who would then open one chakra at a time. Shri Mataji through the technique of Sahaja Yoga meditation was able to awaken the kundalini and the chakras in seconds. In this article, we will discuss the 3rd energy center which is the Nabhi chakra. In the articles on Sahaja Yoga, published so far in Natural AwakeningHouston, human subtle/spiritual system, Mooladhara and Swadhisthana energy centers were discussed, respectively. As discussed previously, the human body is made up of three channels and seven energy centers. The left channel controls our emotions, the right channel controls the actions and planning and the central channel gets us into balance and is responsible for our ascent. Nabhi chakra is the third energy center in our subtle system. Nabhi Chakra is the place of our seeking and our satisfaction. This center is situated in the stomach area, in the center of the subtle body region known as the Void. At the gross level, this chakra corresponds to solar plexus as shown in figure above. This center gives us the power to sustain things within ourselves, governs the function of digestion and assimilation and controls the functioning of stomach, spleen, intestine and part of liver in human body. It has 10 sub-plexus and its element is water. Each chakra in the human body has different qualities and by healing and balancing these chakras, we awaken and enhance these qualities within us. The qualities represented by this chakra are evolution, generosity, righteousness and sustenance. Each Chakra is represented on our hands, feet and our head. Following figures show these places for the Nabhi chakra. It is our seeking that is felt from
this chakra, the needs for water, food, shelter, love, and fulfilment which ultimately manifest as our spiritual seeking. It is the power of our pure desire that awakens and sustains Kundalini’s ascent and determines the quality of our Self-realization. The affirmation for enlightening Nabhi Chakra is “In my Spirit, I am satisfied”. After Self-realization, the awakened Kundalini pierces the Nabhi from side to side and soothes and nourishes this important center. The principle element of Nabhi is water. Water is the key element that sustains all earthly life and is essential to the evolutionary process. Shri Mataji describes the powers of water as parallel to the spiritual powers of a Sahaja Yogi whose awakened Kundalini can similarly nourish others. According to Shri Mataji, Kundalini quenches, cools, nourishes, permeates, cleanses, purifies, connects, revitalizes and evolves. Since Nabhi is closely related to water, clean water is good for it. A person with a healthy Nabhi is relaxed, peaceful, generous, and is a satisfied person. The Nabhi Chakra relates closely to the home and wellbeing of the family. If our welfare seems threatened, if we do not feel at ease, or if we have trouble fulfilling our basic needs then the Nabhi chakra can feel pressured. We are often caught up in endless desires for security, sensation, power and control, including the desire for material wealth. To maintain our satisfaction within, we must also be able to exist in a balanced state of satisfaction without things beyond the basic needs.
Since this earthly realm is full of so many attractions and choices, it is easy to become dissatisfied. The way through these choices has been charted in all sustainable societies and true religions as a principled code or way of life called Dharma. The more one enjoys becoming the Spirit the less time one has for wrongful things, outside of Dharma. The seeker of truth surrenders desires and agendas so they feel satisfied within, whatever they have, and so they focus their desire power on their spiritual unfoldment. The presiding deity, or personification of the Nabhi principle, is Shri Vishnu and his consort Shri Laxmi. There are many powers that are invested in these two. He is responsible for sustaining Dharma and leading the human evolution. She grants physical and material well-being, on the left, she is Shri Gruhalaxmi, the wife or Goddess of the household. The wife must be respected and also be respectable. So many of our society’s problems often
stem from poor quality of home life resulting in sense of dissatisfaction. Food is also closely involved with satisfaction and the Nabhi. Too much attention on food, or fasting, or the wrong type of foods can cause problems for the Nabhi chakra. We eat to live not live to eat. Our food and well-being are prerequisite for our functioning both within and without. Food that soothes the Nabhi and cools the liver helps the attention attain thoughtless meditation. True satisfaction can only be sustained when our Spirit comes into our attention. It is the Spirit’s power, the Kundalini, which has created, evolved and sustained us and it is the Kundalini that connects us to that source of satisfaction. These are some simple techniques that can help balance this chakra and establish its qualities within any individual. In order to get more information, it is advisable to attend Sahaja Yoga classes which are completely free. No money is charged anywhere anytime as it is a non-profit organization. Seekers who wish to achieve their awakening can visit any center, which are run in various parts of Houston, Monday through Thursday in the evenings. Details can be found at www.houston-meditation.org for all Sahaja Yoga meetings in Houston. There is no prerequisite for the class. If you have questions regarding this chakra or questions on the practice of Sahaja Yoga, please feel free to send an email to HoustonSY@outlook.com. Another website which can be referred to for further information is FreeMeditation.com.
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ERAWeek is the Super Bowl of energy policy conferences, and with a hefty price tag it tends to attract some pretty high-horsepower individuals from both industry and government. Not hailing from the C-Suite myself, I had the privilege to attend the final two days only because of the generous complimentary invitation I received through my alumni association. As a fiscally-conservative engineer that spent eight years with ExxonMobil yet is quite concerned about climate change, I went with a mix of interest and cautious optimism. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this power-, oil-, and gas-focused group. How would my fellow energyindustry professionals frame the issue of climate change at the conference? Would it come up at all? What I got out of my two days was this: industry is more mentally and technologically prepared to decarbonize the economy today than I have ever seen before. Regardless of the makeup of the panel or the stated topic, the issue of climate change and greenhouse gas mitigation came up in
almost every session, and usually in the context of seeking solutions. When asked if we need a carbon price, energy-giant Engie’s representative said “the answer is clearly yes,“ and that the absence of a plan from regulators “is a huge risk” to business. In a separate panel, a representative from coal-heavy power utility Southern Company was clear that while they felt the Administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) was an “overreach,” the company views climate change as a “major issue,” is investing in low/no-carbon technologies like nuclear and carbon capture, and has already migrated its generating fleet from 70% coal in 2007 to 33% today. For the technologists among us, it was also a joy to hear about the rapid and faster-than-expected price declines and performance improvements in batteries from Tesla and others. In the time that I was there, I saw zero climate denial and little, if any, grumbling about the UN’s COP21 talks in Paris. In fact, the agreement was largely regarded as a positive
development and industry has already responded by putting its best scientists and engineers to work. With this lead-in, I was excited for the conference’s final session with Senators Murkowski of Alaska and Cornyn of Texas. Even if there remains debate on the right policy solution, with industry almost unanimously calling for government guidance, surely the Senators would echo that sentiment in their remarks, right? To put it bluntly: wrong. While they did focus on other very important issues including access to oil/gas on federal lands and oil exports, when it came to climate change their remarks felt strangely inconsistent with the rest of the conference. All we heard was criticism of the Clean Power Plan. Whether the CPP is the right solution or not, arguing about it without offering an alternative doesn’t help the Texan cattleman or Alaskan fisherman who are feeling climate impacts already. I sincerely wish the Senators had been able to attend the prior few days at the conference and observed what I did. In part, they may have been playing to an outdated notion that industry is opposed to a carbon price. To be sure, some folks are, but when leaders like BP and Shell are calling for one, they’re doing so not just because it’s good for society, but because predictability is good for business. Even here in Texas, the public would seem to agree. Per polling done by a joint team at Yale and George Mason University, support in the state for a policy like ExxonMobil’s revenue-neutral carbon fee is favored at a margin of nearly two to one. When asked a more general question to simply regulate CO2 as a pollutant, support jumps to almost three to one! I invite the Senators to revisit their views on the issue. If you don’t like the CPP, that’s fine - propose an alternative. Your citizenry and businesses have made their move by indicating a readiness for a marketbased alternative such as a revenueneutral carbon fee. Your turn. Peter Br yn (houston@citizens climatelobby.org) is a full-time volunteer with Citizens’ Climate Lobby and an engineer formerly with ExxonMobil.
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n keeping with this month’s theme of freshwater scarcity and everyday sustainability we are pleased to Spotlight Metal Rain Tanks, LLC, a Houston startup company. For the past four years Nell Wheeler and Dean Cook have been manufacturing and installing tanks for rain water harvesting, and, yes, rain water harvesting is legal in the state of Texas. Rainwater harvesting is part of the state plan for water conservation. In addition, there is no state sales tax on rainwater items and many Texas communities encourage it with various tax breaks and incentives and under Texas law, Homeowners’ Associations cannot prohibit rainwater collection. They originally used galvanized iron for its nostalgic look but found that today’s galvanized isn’t what it was decades ago, Today’s galvanized tanks only have a life expectancy of about 15 years, and that’s only if
they’ve been coated internally with a toxic fume producing epoxy. So they switched to stainless steel because it lasts practically forever, and it does not require a plastic/epoxy coating which produces toxic vapors. Currently about half of their tanks are installed in the Houston area and the rest are shipped out all over the country. The primary uses for the rainwater
harvested are irrigation and storm water retention. Rainwater contains no chlorine or chloramines but does have some dissolved nitrogen which is good for plants. If you are currently watering your lawn, flower beds, trees and garden with tap water, you can save money and continue to water during the summer even during water restriction days. Your green lawn will be truly green. In Houston, adding impervious surface frequently requires storm water detention. Usually, this takes the form of a rainwater retention pond to hold the run off for a while and then release. Rainwater tanks can accomplish the same purpose in less space. Harvested rainwater can be used for drinking and other household uses but the user would have to be responsible for its testing and treatment. It is possible to do this even inside the city, but a system that will pass the city building code is definitely not a do-it-yourself project. However, in rural west Texas rainwater harvesting and filtration is more cost effective than drilling a well. As the aquifers become more depleted and surface water becomes more difficult to treat, rainwater harvesting will become more important and more cost effective. Even today it is another way to conserve our scarce resources of fresh water and make our world a little greener. For more information about rainwater harvesting and Metal Rain Tanks go to their website MetalRainTanks.com or call them at 832-630-9556. Metal Rain Tanks, LLC, PO Box 21534, Houston TX 77226. See ad on page 21.
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April MoonSign Predictions by Varshaa Sachdev
HAT IS YOUR MOONSIGN? The Moon signifies Motherly energies in the Universe. For centuries, Sages in ancient cultures have based their predictions on MoonSign since they are more accurate. Note, your Vedic Moon Sign is not the same as your Sun Sign which is most used in western Astrology. For more information visit www.openmindastrology.com, or call (832) 597-8888. You can also like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/ OpenMindAstrology All Signs - Be careful during the last week as things might be chaotic. Aries – The struggle in relationship with spouse and in-laws could continue. You may feel a little down or fatigued, more during the first half of the month. In the second half you might feel a boost of confidence to tackle issues at hand and may face interactions with government/authority figures. Your lucky days are 8th, 9th. Taurus – May feel positive in regards to income, friends and dealings with government/authority. Relationship with spouse may continue to be aggressive and a struggle. Keep an eye on your parent’s health as it may continue to suffer. You could face hurdles at home and car. Be careful during the last week as things might be chaotic. Your lucky days this month are 10th, 11th.
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Gemini – Will have positivity in income and friends. Good results from interactions with government/authority in the middle of the month. You could be praised at work and may struggle with written communication. Take care of your health, especially legs. Your lucky days are 11th – 13th. Cancer – Continue to take care of your health, especially lower back. Your travels may be fruitful this month and you may have dealings with authority figures/government in the second half of the month. You could continue to struggle with education and romantic relationship more in the second half of the month. Your lucky days are 14th, 15th. Leo – Will feel positive in terms of spirituality and relationship with in-laws. Be careful, as there could be quarrels or struggles at home. You might continue to feel detached from spouse and may face hurdles even while trying to accomplish small things. Your lucky days this month are 16th, 17th. Virgo – Your mindset will be aggressive and passionate. You might want to get spirituality or mystically connect. Relationship with spouse will be positive and you may struggle with written communication and relationship with younger siblings. Take care of your health, especially eyes and feet. Your lucky days this month are 18th-20th. Libra – You may receive recognition at work but hurdles in income could continue and you might feel detached from your children. Take care while driving and be mindful of what you say as it may sound harsh and quarrelsome. Your lucky days this month are 21st-23rd. Scorpio – Your struggle and frustration will continue and keep you on your feet. During the second half of month you might start feeling fatigued and lack energy. Keep an eye on your parent’s health, especially mother. During the second half of the month you could have interaction with authority at work. Your lucky days this month are 27th – 29th. Sagittarius –There will be peace, harmony and positivity at home. Take care of your heath especially eyes and feet. There might be changes in romance and/or children in the middle of the month. Hurdles in income could continue. Your lucky days this month are 26th and 27th . Capricorn – You will continue to struggle with income and network circle. Select words carefully as it may sound harsh to others. May enjoy some quality time with your younger siblings and possibly have interaction with authority/government at home. Could continue to experience hurdles in relationship with in-laws. Your lucky days this month are 1st-3rd, 28th, 29th. Aquarius – You may continue to feel down, detached and struggle in relationship with spouse. Hurdles in accomplishing your goals might continue and quarrels at work and with your father could continue. Take care of your health, especially spine. Your speech will be praised and respected this month. Your lucky days this month are 4th, 5th, 30th, and 31st. Pisces – This month you might have positive interaction with government/authority figures. Take care of your health, especially eyes and feet. You could continue to experience hurdles at work. Traveling especially long distance may not prove to be fruitful and you might experience quarrels with mentors. Your lucky days this month are 6th, 7th.
What is the “Point” of Acupuncture? by Jo Nell Norcini, L. Ac., M.A.O.M
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hat is stress and how does it affect our health? Stress is a natural and necessary part of life. Without stress, we would not even bother to get out of bed in the morning. Stress motivates us to get things done. In nature, stress is referred to as the “fight-or-flight” response. It is an instinct that motivates us to run from danger. When the body senses danger, a part of the brain called the hypothalamus sets off a chemical alarm. This alarm activates the sympathetic nervous system to release
hormones to get us up and running. These hormones, such as adrenaline, norepinephrine and cortisol, have distinct physiological effects on the body such as increased heart rate, elevated blood pressure, elevated blood sugar, increased respiration rate and decreased rate of digestion, just to name a few. This is all well and good if we were running from a sabre-toothed tiger. This response to stress gives us the physical ability to escape a dangerous situation. The problem is that, in today’s society, our
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The Water Element Kidney Qi, Balance & Light, Mind/Body Medicine by Lin Weiss
ater is a great necessity, without it nothing can live. Only earth and water can bring forth a living soul. Such is the greatness of water that spiritual regeneration cannot happen without it. Thales of Miletus, one of the seven sages and the father of philosophy, concluded that water was the beginning of all things, the first of all elements and most potent because of its mastery over the rest. Water is a cleansing, healing, psychic and loving element. It is the feeling of friendship and love that pours over us when we are with our family, friends and loved ones. When we swim it is the water that supports us, when we are thirsty, it is the water that quenches our thirst. Another manifestation of this element is the rain that drenches us, or the dew formed on plant life after the sun has set. The kidneys are responsible for the delicate balance of water in our bodies, electrolytes, sodium and the potassium necessary for the circulation of bioelectrical energy (Qi/Light/Life Force) throughout the body. They come in pairs, a marriage of duplicate order to achieve the mandatory balance within all organ systems. When there are digestive issues or congestion in the blood, lungs or liver we must look at the Kidney meridian and the imbalance of qi/chi/energy that is attempting to reveal. There is a long line of ancestral energy emanating from the kidneys and much karma to be processed through these beautiful and transformative organs. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) a parent/child relationship exists between the kidneys and the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands secrete adrenaline when we perceive stress, or step into the Fight or Flight scenario. In conditions of chronic stress the adrenals and kidneys can get overwhelmed with an excess of cortisol resulting in weight gain, chronic fatigue, digestive issues, pain and a host of western ailments. Staying hydrated with good, clean spring water is a must for happy kidneys
and the first line of action in the detoxification process. The kidneys rest in the sacral plexus, the 2nd chakra and their fluidity is directly influenced by our emotions/water. In his book, The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter & Miracles, scientist Bruce Lipton documents his research with an illustration of the structure of the cell wall possessing little doors or openings that correlate to our emotions. Cell walls (boundaries) become habituated to experiences of emotion and learn to receive energy positive or negative from chronic ways of being. For example when there is a habitual condition of anger â€“ this would be the only feeling the cell learned how to recognize or receive. Consequently the cellular structure would be shaped and formed by anger or resentment. Basically the cells wouldnâ€™t recognize or receive nourishment. Arenâ€™t cancer cells, simply undernourished cells, absent of Light and Life Force? Proof that genes and DNA do not control our biology; that instead DNA is controlled by signals from outside the cell, including the energetic messages emanating from our positive and negative thoughts. Japanese scientist, Dr. Masaru Emoto, is proving the energy of human consciousness and that words/thoughts affect the formation of water and ice crystals. His research concludes that we are 99% water as a fetus in the womb, at birth we are 90% water and at adult maturation we are 70% water. If we live to a ripe old age we are about 50% water at the time of death. He photographed many different samples of frozen water crystals from pristine sources and polluted sources, exposed to different kinds of music and different labels such as love, peace, hate, ugly... The results are amazing, revelatory and beautifully documented in his books, The Hidden Messages In Water. The fact that words and thoughts have the power to change cells, DNA, the structure of water (our bodies) and other substances calls for our urgent responsibility to nourish the self and consciously maintain healthy energy within the kidneys.
The chronic and acute conditions of modern life DO NOT support the quality of energy and Light balance within this dynamic pair of organs. There is a dialysis storefront popping up in every neighborhood. Is this a sign of the times? Or a misappropriation of Light? Move the water and the Light can dance. Bio-energetic healing coupled with Homeopathy is a powerful and miraculous combination in the journey to work through ancestral karma (sometimes referred to as inherited, “genetics”) and achieve a healthy, balanced body through the kidneys and their powerful rivers of energy. Pursue your options and be well. Namaste’ Lin Lin Weiss, MH CYT is a Mind/Body Healer, Medical Intuitive and Life Coach in Houston, TX. Through years of diligent study and practice she has helped many rejuvenate their lives and heal conditions that pharmaceuticals only mask, while bringing dangerous and sometimes irreversible side effects. She specializes in Homeopathy; Bio-energetic Integration; Chakra Attunement; Cognitive Reframing; Nutrition Therapies; Essential Oils; Orchid Essences & Trauma Release to restore homeostasis and wholeness to Mind, Body and Spirit. To schedule a comprehensive evaluation contact Lin at 713-858-8595, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Conscioushealingnow.com. See ad on page 45
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The SPA of Chiropractic Science, Philosophy & Art by Jackie St.Cyr, D.C.
hiropractic is the Science, Philosophy and Art of restoring balance within the body. It is a drugless, knifeless, natural and holistic approach to relieve pain, restore health and even prolong life. The Science of Chiropractic is based on the fact that your nervous system is the Master System that controls and coordinates every other system in your body including the glandular, reproductive, digestive, respiratory, circulatory, and immune systems. The nervous system is the mechanism by which life energy is transported and conveyed throughout your body. Chiropractic seeks to find, correct and remove nervous system interference. Just as other medical professionals do, Doctors of Chiropractic use state of the art methods of diagnosis including consultation; orthopedic, neurological and physical examination; computerized scanning and spinal x-rays when needed. Your Chiropractor is also trained to identify indications of disease and will consult and refer to other specialists or recommend additional medical procedures to provide optimal care. Because of philosophical differences, many myths have been circulated about Chiropractic; however, Chiropractic is truly scientific and studies continue to confirm that Chiropractic is successful not only for back pain but for many health complaints. Chiropractic philosophy recognizes that doctors do not heal, but rather true healing comes from within you and is totally under the control of an internal force called Innate. From our present level of research and
understanding, the quantity and quality of this Innate life energy is transmitted and expressed through the nervous system. So, the purpose of Chiropractic Adjustment is to reduce interference within the nervous system thereby facilitating the body’s Innate ability to heal itself. The Art of Chiropractic refers to the techniques used to free nervous system interference. It begins with a sensitive, highly skilled handso n e v a l u a t i o n o f t h e p a t i e n t ’s spinal column. Through their hands Chiropractors look for misplaced or fixated vertebrae which may be affecting nerves that travel through, and out of, the spinal cord into the muscles, organs, tissues and cells of your body. Once located, the primary method of treatment is the vertebral adjustment, an art utilizing a specific force in a precise direction to return spinal bones to their normal position and motion. An adjustment is often combined with other natural therapeutic methods to facilitate healing. This may include any of the following: heat, cold, light, massage, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, laser, movement and exercise and ancient techniques such as acupuncture, yoga, meditation and visualization. Hundreds of techniques exist within the Chiropractic profession; the key is they all get results. Chiropractic is any technique used to free Innate without interfering with the body’s wisdom. Your total health and well being can be greatly enhanced by Chiropractic, a natural way in the alleviation of disease. I look forward to working with you in turning on your Innate Power to heal! natural awakenings
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Reconnect with Nature’s Nutrients by Foraging by Carrie Harmon
iving in the fourth largest city, you can easily distance yourself from nature. In the city limits you find everything you can possibly need or want. We are far away from the cavemen days where foraging was essential for our survival. In our current civilized life, we no longer have to grow our own food or even travel a long distance to grab a bite to eat. We value convenience with hundreds of grocery stores and supermarkets in our surrounding area. It is no surprise that we are accustomed to having the world at our feet and living in the fast lane. Every year our city continues to grow and with our busy life we tend to forget about the simple times. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with technology and fail to appreciate the beauty of nature. Think about how there is plenty to see and do if you just take a moment to discover the open space. It is good for your mind, body and soul to break away from the daily hectic rituals and reconnect with nature. It is hard to believe that out in the wild you can find food, which is one of the most important necessities for survival.
Outside, there are fields and forests that can provide you with edible plants filled with rich nutrients. Foraging for edible plants may not be an easy task, but it is definitely rewarding. You can benefit from the exercise and vitamin rich plants that you find along the way. “Plants found in the wild are free, fresh and contain healing powers. Edible plants that are gathered from foraging are healthier than the food found at your grocery store.” When foraging, it is important to remember that not all plants are edible. Before foraging, you should get familiar
with common poisonous plants. Some parts of the plants may be edible while other parts can be poisonous. Overall, respect your surroundings and the plants. It might be a good idea to consult an expert and do your research before eating any plants. With practice, you will soon be able to identify wild edible plants on your own. Once you know more about wild edible plants, you can cultivate them in your garden for you to use every day. Deer Lake Lodge & Spa, a health resort, uses herbs that grow across the property for its cleansing teas and spa treatments. “Having our own edible plants on the property allows us to provide our guests with a unique holistic experience. With the use of our edible plants and spa treatments, it’s easier for our guests to rejuvenate and relax.” Step outside of your comfort zone and explore the great outdoors. Nature’s fragrance of wooded forest and blossoming wildflowers will instantly bring peace. The possibilities that surround you in the wild will astonish you. Foraging is therapeutic and connects you to nature’s nutrients. Carrie Harmon is the Spa Director at Deer Lake Lodge & Spa, a health resort that promotes enhanced living through holistic cleansing and other therapeutic practices in a relaxing, secluded environment. Deer Lake Lodge & Spa aspires to improve guests’ health in an environment where they can enjoy a multi-faceted cleansing program in a rustic-chic resort atmosphere, located on a 50-acre rustic-chic oasis in Montgomery, TX. DeerLakeLodge.com. See ad on page 17.
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Mother Nature’s Rhythms Restore the Soul by Susan Andra Lion
other Earth’s gentle hand is the secure cushion that warms us on long nights and sings comforting messages through endless days, protecting us even when things seem amiss. Take in her lovely presence. Embrace her consistent wisdom. Know that her dreams are ours and ours hers, connected by timely, comforting songs. It’s time to step away from the manicured lawns, concrete walks and well-planned gardens. An open door beckons us to the sparkling air out there to listen to the grasses breathe and murmur. Prairie grasses roll on and on through curvaceous hills and flat-edged fields, undeterred by human attempts to control their rippling arpeggios. We are asked to just listen. Be alone with the music of the grasses and be in harmony with the hum of the universe. Mother Earth’s apron is laden with flowers; simple, everpresent reminders that we are loved. She tempts us to take some time off, shed our shoes and settle into the lyrical realms of her strong body. The trees reach to the depths of the earth, deep into the mystery of lavender waters, and simultaneously throw their arms to the heavens, connecting all things living. The wind hears the prevailing songs that weave in and out of these lovely courtiers of the forest. In listening to their unerring stories, we let their siren songs sigh into our soul. It’s time to play in Earth’s garden and see her for who she is—today. Don’t hesitate. Go, play, linger, breathe and be one with the present moment. Adapted from Just Imagine Trees, a coloring book for all ages, by Susan Andra Lion.
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FRIDAY APRIL 1
Being Herd: An Equine Assisted Relationship Experience, 9-11 a.m., Beverly Walsh & Ange Finn partner with the Red Dun Ranch herd to offer unique experiences that foster new perspectives to personal growth & learning. Working toward “stable relationships”, we focus on understanding pressure, self-regulation, & “triggers”. $100, Red Dun Ranch, 14034 Hooper Rd., 77047, Beverly Walsh at 713-540-1528 or register at www.bit.ly/beingherd Heart Centered Living with Myra Tovey, 1-6 p.m., Learn 5 steps to Heart Centered Living and experience heart centering exercises. This is a professional development class for those engaged in the healing arts. Based on the theory of Brugh Joy MD, Heart Math and years of heart centered practice by Myra Tovey. $105, A Healing Collective, 4231 Bellaire Blvd, Suite T, 77025, Margaret Harle, email@example.com
SATURDAY APRIL 2
markyourcalendar YogaMassTM. 5-6pm. YogaMassTM is a unique and participative worship experience engaging the senses and integrating one’s spiritual, psychological, and physical dimensions through the combined practice of yoga, breath work, meditation, and Holy Communion. Lead by The Reverend Gena Davis of Grace Episcopal Church and The Reverend Dr. John K. Graham of the Institute for Spirituality and Health. No reservation is required. Bring your mind, body, soul and mat. Chairs are available for those who wish to sit. Grace Episcopal Church 4040 West Bellfort (one block west of Stella Link) 77025. 832-6678601. Yogamass.com
Journaling to Awaken Innate Wisdom with Angela Caughlin 9-12pm . Discover how journaling can affect your health, connection, awareness and creativity, and dreams. $70. Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer 500 Fannin St #100, 77002 (713) 590-3302 hinescenter.org Healing Through Creative Expression with Mary Anne Casey 10-4pm. In this workshop we will create a save place and some gentle creative exercises where you explore your creative expression. Participation is not required but we think you will find it safe and gentle enough that you will be able to participate. $99 Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer 500 Fannin St #100, 77002 (713) 590-3302 hinescenter.org Having Fun Wish I Was Here! 12p-4p with Micki Fine M Ed, LPC Casey. Have you ever realized you just missed the fullness of a particular experience? We all miss out on the richness of life because we are simply not there for it. Sometimes we even purposefully leave the moment when it gets tough. $80 Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer 500 Fannin St #100, 77002 (713) 590-3302 hinescenter.org
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Healing Touch Level 2 with Myra Tovey, $345, A Healing Collective, 4231 Bellaire Blvd, Suite T, 77025, Margaret Harle, firstname.lastname@example.org
TUESDAY APRIL 5
Bayou Bikers. 8am. 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. Free. Market Square 301 Milam, 77002. 713-845-1000 marketsquarepark.com Centerpoint Body Mind and Spirit Expo. 1-5 pm. Psychics, Astrology, Tarot, Ear Candling, Massage, Fengshue, Ionic Foot Bath, Palmist, Pranic, Reiki & Matrix Healers, Jewelry, Foot Reflexology, Pet Massage, Pet Healing, FREE coffee, tea & pastries. Admission Free. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 713-932-7224 centerpointhouston.org The HeART of Knowing our True Selves 6-7pm. (4 weeks) With Liz Plaster. What is EMOTIONAL intelligence? Emotions, whether welcomed or not, are always present in our lives. How can we be present to them in a way that aligns with our intentions in life? In this class, we will look at how our perception and understanding of emotions contributes to whether they help or hinder us. Participants will have the opportunity to safely explore emotions, discover patterns, check for autopilot habits and learn more about their own emotional intelligence through experiential learning, video clips, laughter and creative expression. As participants become more fully present to their emotions, they will be able to make more conscious and empathic choices. $95 Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer 500 Fannin St #100, 77002 (713) 5903302 hinescenter.org Stepping Beyond Diversity using the CultureBump™ Approach 7-9pm. With Dr. Carol Archer. The Culture Bump™ Approach actually uses cultural (or other) differences as the key to creating new, deeper human relationships. This is of particular interest to individuals who are interested in discovering ways to find common ground with the various groups that comprise American society. The Culture Bump™ Approach is applicable to classrooms or for anyone who simply wants to understand his/her own cultural identity. $325. Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer 500 Fannin St #100, 77002 (713) 590-3302 hinescenter.org
SATURDAY APRIL 9
Go Green with Heidi Green this Earth Day! 10-12pm Learn how to make your own chemical-free detergent workshop with Heidi Green of Simply Clean and Green Home Cleaning. Includes a batch of all-natural detergent with a recipe card Cost: $15 + $5 Supplies. 5744 TX-6, Missouri City, TX 77459 Details/Register at: http://www.simplycleanandgreeninc.com/ Growing Through Grief and Loss 9-5pm. With Laura Licato and Ed Halloran. Death of a loved one is one of the most traumatic events we will ever experience during our lifetime. This workshop empowers those grieving to fully embrace the process so that they may heal into a place of love and gratitude for what they have gained, rather than solely focusing on what they have lost. $175. Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer 500 Fannin St #100, 77002 (713) 590-3302 hinescenter.org
TUESDAY APRIL 12
Centerpoint Body Mind and Spirit Expo. 1-5 pm. Psychics, Astrology, Tarot, Ear Candling, Massage, Fengshue, Ionic Foot Bath, Palmist, Pranic, Reiki & Matrix Healers, Jewelry, Foot Reflexology, Pet Massage, Pet Healing, FREE coffee, tea & pastries. Admission Free. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 713-932-7224 centerpointhouston.org Compassionate Communication Games 6-9pm. Join Karen Starz in an evening of fun-filled games. Compassionate Communication Games are based on the work of Marshall Rosenberg, Ph.D. We will enjoy movement and conversation to create an environment of natural giving and receiving. This is an easy way to be involved in Compassion Week Houston and meet your need for learning. $30. Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer 500 Fannin St #100, 77002 (713) 590-3302 hinescenter.org The Emperor’s New Clothes 11 am. Children’s performance. Free. Miller Outdoor Theatre 6000 Hermann Park Drive, 77030 http://milleroutdoortheatre.com/
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Swing, Jive and Pop! Into Dance 11 am. Children’s performance. Free. Miller Outdoor Theatre 6000 Hermann Park Drive 77030 http://milleroutdoortheatre.com/
THURSDAY APRIL 14
Compassionate Communication (NVC) Introduction 6:309pm. With Jim and Jori Mankske *Free Lecture as part of Compassion Week Programming* Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer 500 Fannin St #100, 77002 (713) 590-3302 hinescenter.org
Breathology: When Meditation Makes You High with Dr. Maat Dey. 7pm. Altering your state of consciousness to maintain health through meditation is a skill that is learned to bring focus to your ability to heal on a cellular level at will. The breath is the center point of the body’s existence and regeneration, learn to use your breath in a variety of healing ways to align your body, mind, emotions and spirit. Registeration is now open: http://www.alifeofpeace.org/WellnessWebinars
The Snow Queen 11 am. Children’s performance. Free. Miller Outdoor Theatre 6000 Hermann Park Drive 77030 http://milleroutdoortheatre.com/
Stripes at Market Square Park 7:30 pm Join us for a film under the stars as the Rolling Roadshow presents Stripes. Free. Market Square Park 301 Milam, 77002 http://marketsquarepark.com/
Dawn Mountain Powa Retreat. Powa refers to the transference of consciousness at the time of death to the “Pure Land” of enlightenment. Come discover its significance and relevance to your contemporary American Life. The retreat includes 2 weekends and evening classes each week night between. 713-630-0354. Dawn Mountain Center for Tibetan Buddhism 2010 Naomi Street, Suite A 77054. Dawnmountain.org
THURSDAY APRIL 7
Half-day Retreat - 9:00 -12pm Chan/Zen Meditation Classes Guided by Ordained Zen Masters of Chung Tai Chan Monastery No fees. Donations are welcome. CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 email@example.com www.cthouston.org 281-568-1568.
Marva’s Holistic Fair. 10am-5pm. Psychics, tarot readers, palmists, healers, vendors of all sorts. Admission Free. LaQuina Inn-Galleria on 610 West Loop North between San Felipe and Post Oak, 77027. 713-444-3581 psychicfairs.com.
WEDNESDAY APRIL 6
Healing Touch Level 2 with Myra Tovey, Learn 5 steps to Heart Centered Living and experience heart centering exercises. This is a professional development class for those engaged in the healing arts. Based on the theory of Brugh Joy MD, Heart Math and years of heart centered practice by Myra Tovey. $345, A Healing Collective, 4231 Bellaire Blvd, Suite T, 77025, Margaret Harle, firstname.lastname@example.org
Three Refuges Ceremony. 1:30 pm-2:30 pm Chan/Zen Meditation Classes Guided by Ordained Zen Masters of Chung Tai Chan Monastery No fees. Donations are welcome. CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 email@example.com www.cthouston.org 281-568-1568.
MONDAY APRIL 4
Compassion Cultivation Training 6:30p-8:30p. With Rev. Dr. Betty Adam and Cyrus Wirls. Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) is an eight-week program designed to develop the qualities of compassion and kindness for oneself and for others. These qualities support a wide range of goals, from improving personal relationships, to making a positive difference in your workplace, your community, and the world. $270. Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer 500 Fannin St #100, 77002 (713) 590-3302 hinescenter.org
Oneness Meditation with Rev. Howard Caesar-Live Stream. 11:30am-12:30pm. The Oneness Meditation is a powerful transmission of Divine Energy which helps one move into higher states of consciousness; allowing the individual to deepen their spiritual journey. The results are transformative, bringing lasting changes and shifts in consciousness. Each person will have their own unique experience during the meditation. Location: your computer where ever you may be. Contact us for web link details. Unity of Houston 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org
FRIDAY APRIL 15
An Evening of Spirit with James Van Praagh. 8-10pm. Join one of the World’s most accurate and beloved Spiritual Mediums, James Van Praagh, for an unforgettable evening of Spirit! James will share Spiritual lessons gleaned from decades of speaking with the Spirit world, and deliver detailed messages of love, comfort and encouragement from loved ones on the other side. You’ll leave forever changed – with a fresh new perspective on life and death, a stronger connection to the spirit world and the comforting awareness that you are not alone! James will demonstrate his ability to random members of the audience of spirit communication, bringing through evidential messages of love and teachings from his spiritual guides to assist you on your spiritual journey. General Admission: $50. Royal Sonesta Hotel 2222 West Loop South 77027. Visit our website for more information or to purchase tickets. brilliantlectures.org/
HolisticGLOBE™ Expo. 1-5pm. This is a fun, educative and transformational conscious-consumer show created for the entire family, presenting a celebration of spirituality, holistic wellness and sustainability featuring experts of the healing arts and natural resources. We provide opportunities for healing, transformation and networking in a loving, non-competitive and co-creative atmosphere for both participants and attendees. Free. Houston Marriot West 1750 West Loop South 77027. holisticauthority.org
SATURDAY APRIL 16
markyourcalendar Master Your Power Within: One Day Workshop with James Praagh. 9am-5pm. James will guide you through illuminating meditative and practical exercises to open you up to the spiritual core of your being. Through discussions and intuitive exercises, it provides a footprint in understanding the choices we make on a daily basis. Learn how to release old stagnant energy which you constantly carry around with you. Discover how you can cut the cords of helplessness and allow your self-esteem to emerge. Identify where you are powerless over the negative patterns of your past in order to let the vibrant energy of YOU shine through in the present! $175. (special packages available) Royal Sonesta Hotel 2222 West Loop South 77027. Visit our website for more information or to purchase tickets. brilliantlectures.org One day Meditation Retreat. 8:00am - 3:00pm. Why stress and conflict in everyday life? Find out how to truly transform it all through Zen Meditation. Through clear and direct teachings, Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien guides students to connect with Awake mind and to apply meditation through various daily activities such as sitting, walking, eating, and movement, to Wake Up and live truly happy in any situation. Pre-registration is required by April 12. Suggested donation $50, includes refreshments and lunch. Universal Door Meditation Center - 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498 www.universaldoor.org 281-565-9718 Go Green with Heidi Green this Earth Day! 10-12pm. Learn how to make your own chemical-free detergent workshop with Heidi Green of Simply Clean and Green Home Cleaning. Includes a batch of all-natural detergent with a recipe card Cost: $15 + $5 Supplies. 12680 Fountain Lake Cir, Stafford, TX 77477 Details/Register at: http://www.simplycleanandgreeninc.com/ Living Your Voice 101 with Tony Pryor. 10am-5pm. Find your unique voice! Tony, an experienced voice coach, speaker and performer, the workshop combines fundamental vocal technique with creative performance experiences that will help you build greater confidence. True You Creativity Studio in the Houston Heights 77008. For more information, visit livingyourvoice.com or call Tony Pryor at 713-826-9814.
markyourcalendar Earth Day-Houston. 11am-5pm., Developed by Air Alliance Houston, Earth Day Houston is for the 11th year the Houston area’s premier celebration of our planet at Sam Houston Park. The FREE one-day celebration will focus on the merits of mindful, sustainable living while educating and encouraging Houstonians to do their part to preserve, conserve and enhance our city and the Earth. Earth Day Houston showcases more than 100 booths and exhibits, each educating visitors on how they can make Houston a greener place to live. Sam Houston Park 1000 Bagby Street 77002. EarthDayHouston.org
SUNDAY APRIL 17
Blessing Ceremony. 10am-12n. Come and experience peace and blessing. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. cthouston.org EASE: Equine Assisted Spiritual Experience, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Beverly Walsh & Ange Finn partner with the Red Dun Ranch herd to offer unique experiences that foster new perspectives to personal growth & learning. Working toward “stable relationships”, we focus on understanding pressure, self-regulation, & “triggers”.$72, Red Dun Ranch, 14034 Hooper Rd., 77047, Beverly Walsh at 713-540-1528 or register at www.bit.ly/beingherd Oneness Meditation with Rev. Howard Caesar. 12:30-1:30pm. 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. Unity of Houston 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org Crazy About Collage! Noon-4pm. Rid yourself of the common, wrong belief that only some of us are creative. In this workshop you will learn basic principles that govern creativity as you explore collage. You will have the opportunity to experiment with many different collage methods. $95. True You Creativity Studio in The Heights. For more information and to register, visit www.trueyoucreativity.com
TUESDAY APRIL 19
Centerpoint Body Mind and Spirit Expo. 1-5 pm. Psychics, Astrology, Tarot, Ear Candling, Massage, Fengshue, Ionic Foot Bath, Palmist, Pranic, Reiki & Matrix Healers, Jewelry, Foot Reflexology, Pet Massage, Pet Healing, FREE coffee, tea & pastries. Admission Free. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 713-932-7224 centerpointhouston.org Dance for Life...Salsa for the Brain! 5:30-6:45p. With Marie Gustin. (6 weeks) As children we all know how to draw, sing, and move to music. In this workshop we will create a save place and some gentle creative exercises where you explore your creative expression. Participation is not required but we think you will find it safe and gentle enough that you will be able to participate. $99. Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer 500 Fannin St #100, 77002 (713) 590-3302 hinescenter.org Hot Peas ‘N Butter 11 am. Children’s performance. Free. Miller Outdoor Theatre 6000 Hermann Park Drive 77030 http://milleroutdoortheatre.com/
WEDNESDAY APRIL 20
Mary Magdalene Blessing Meditation 7-9 pm. Join us for a special evening as Sharon Prince channels the unconditional love energy and words of Mary Magdalene! Come with an intention of something that you want to manifest. Each person will receive an unconditional love hug from MM and a personal, channeled message! $25. To register, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 832-617-0216. Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E Center & Spa 7800 Amelia Road, 77055 http://www.arecenterhouston.org
THURSDAY APRIL 21
Enjoy Life! The Happiest of Happy Hours. 6-7:30pm. Kim Kasse and Cheri Ray are kicking off a series of evening events called “Enjoy Life| The Happiest of Happy Hours”. We will lead a short group discussion, enjoy some wine and snacks and engage in lovely conversation with fellow explorers here in Houston. Our intention is to create an opportunity for community and connection. Free. Call 832-545-8488 for availability.
Blanket Bingo 6-9pm. Join us for the first Blanket Bingo event of the year, 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/
SATURDAY APRIL 23
Houston Solar Tour. 9am-1pm The Houston Solar Tour is free to the public and self-guided. It will showcase six properties in the Bellaire area that make use of solar energy technologies. Solar installers, homeowners, and volunteers will be at each property to discuss the installations, benefits, system costs, and to answer any additional questions people may have about solar energy and ‘green’ technologies. Free. http://www.houstonsolartour.com/ Demystifying Creativity. 10am-3pm. Release the belief that the creative process is elusive, temperamental, and only available to some. Rather, creativity is abundant and limitless and not dependent on having certain skills or talents. The Jung Center of Houston 5200 Montrose Blvd 77006.To register visit, junghouston.org Creating Whole Life Balance 9:30-5:30pm. With Laura Licato. Do you struggle with balancing all the “top priorities” in your life – career, children, your spouse, your health, and more? In this workshop, you will determine what life balance would really look like in your life by creating clarity about your own unique circumstances, values, desires, gifts, and preferences. Discover how to create whole life balance that honors what’s really important to you, regardless of whatever age or stage you’re in. $175. Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer 500 Fannin St #100, 77002 (713) 590-3302 hinescenter.org
SUNDAY APRIL 24
Holistic Health Expo. 1-6pm. Featuring Healing modalities, practitioners, readers and vendors. We are a metaphysical and spiritual community. Free admission and snacks provided. Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E Center & Spa 7800 Amelia Road, 77055 http://www.arecenterhouston.org Dealing with Allergies Naturally with Claudia Autry. 2pm. Natural approaches to seasonal symptoms allergies. Learn about the allergy response in your body and what you can do to help using essential oils, reflexology, hypnosis, and mindfulness. $30 pre-registration. $40 at the door. Greenway Plaza area 3207 Mercer, Houston, TX 77027 Please RSVP 281-849-4610. 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
TUESDAY APRIL 26
Centerpoint Free Health Expo. 1-5 pm. Psychics, Astrology, Tarot, Ear Candling, Massage, Fengshue, Ionic Foot Bath, Palmist, Pranic, Reiki & Matrix Healers, Jewelry, Foot Reflexology, Pet Massage, Pet Healing, FREE coffee, tea & pastries. Admission Free. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 713-932-7224 centerpointhouston.org Re-Emergence of the Divine Feminine. April 20 – 26. An astrologically themed retreat, details of which will be posted later. All Prices Subject to Change Prior to $200 Deposit6 Day Retreat Cost = $810 (retreat cost – $300 + Accommodation & Meal Rate – $510) (includes overnight stay and all meals) For more information or to book this retreat: email@example.com Saint John’s Retreat Center 2615 St. Beulah Chapel Road Montgomery, TX 77316. whiteaglelodge.org
WEDNESDAY APRIL 27
The Reiki Experience - 7 - 8pm You are invited to recharge and relax by experiencing Reiki. Reiki is a subtle vibrational healing practice that gently promotes well-being in body, mind, and spirit. Come, enjoy the Reiki Experience with us & awaken the possibilities of reconnecting with yourself, promoting healing, unlocking your creativity & accelerating your spiritual growth. We welcome those who are new to Reiki, experienced practitioners & everyone in between. May all of us open to positive changes in our lives! Participation is free, however, donations are accepted. Bring a friend. Centerpoint Body Mind & Spirit 2727 Fondren Road, 77354. RSVP http://bit.ly/20hYM1k
SATURDAY APRIL 30
A Walk for Healthy Minds. 8:30 a.m Join others who care about mental health at the eleventh annual Houston NAMIWalks April 30, benefiting the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Greater Houston. The family-friendly 5K walk will bring together as many as 3,000 participants. The walk starts at Sam Houston Park, 1000 Bagby Street. Individual and team advance registration is now open at www.namiwalks. org/greaterhouston. 713-970-4419.
Grace2Go. 7-8:30am. 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 832-667-8601 graceinhouston.org
SUNDAY MAY 1
Half-day Retreat - 9:00 -12pm Chan/Zen Meditation Classes guided by Ordained Zen Masters of Chung Tai Chan Monastery No fees. Donations are welcome. CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cthouston.org. 281-568-1568.
SUNDAY MAY 9
Mother’s Day Ceremony. 10am-12n. We would like to invite you to participate in or observe the Mother’s Day Service. To appreciate our mother’s contribution, we will recite “The Sutra As Spoken By The Buddha On The Profound Kindness Of Parents & Difficulties In Repaying Them” and dedicate the merits to them. Please don’t miss the opportunity to have a meaningful Sunday morning practice on the Mother’s Day. Free. CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. email@example.com www.cthouston.org 281-568-1568.
Houston Arboretum. 8am-6pm. 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 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
SUNDAY MAY 15
Buddha’s Birthday. 10am-3:30pm. On the 3043nd Birthday of Sakyamuni Buddha, Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston will hold the Buddha’s Birthday Ceremony. We will make offerings and bath the baby Buddha. Through this ceremony, we can dedicate the merits to world peace and prosperity, and hope that all sentient beings can increase their wisdom and blessings. We sincerely invite you and your family and friends to join us for this wonderful event and share the Dharma joy. Free. CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 firstname.lastname@example.org www.cthouston.org 281-568-1568.
THURSDAY MAY 19
Guided Meditation on the Green. Noon-1pm. Life has a way of provoking us with traffic jams and never ending hassles. This free event explains how mindfulness helps us cope with stress by managing our own reactivity. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com Open Mic with Jimmy Deen. 7:00-11:00pm. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com
Meditation Workshop. 10-11am. 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. CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 email@example.com www.cthouston.org 281-568-1568. Crossing Over with John Edward. 8-10pm. John uses his unique abilities to connect people with loved ones who have passed on. Deeply compelling, often startling and occasionally humorous, John’s down-to-earth approach has earned him a vast and loyal following. This is group reading intensive. There will be question and answer sessions and messages from the other side. No one attending any John Edward event is guaranteed a reading. $150. Hyatt Regency Hotel Downtown 1200 Louisiana Street 77002. For tickets or more information: johnedward.net and etix.com 800-514-3849.
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.
Yoga on the Green. 11am-noon. Strengthen, relax and recharge. Presented in partnership with Texas Military Veterans Network. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com
SUNDAY MAY 22
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
markyourcalendar Blossom: A Yoga & Spirit Renewal Retreat. Plan for a little rejuvenation in 2016! Attend a 4 day retreat beginning at 5pm on Thursday May 19 and running through Sunday May 22. Nurture your body, mind, and spirit at our spring yoga retreat in the magical high desert of Santa Fe, NM on a five-star oasis. Come to Blossom! Packages start at $2350. Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado, Santa Fe, NM. Brought to you by Soul Bliss Yoga. For more information and to reserve your spot, visit: www. soulblissyoga.com/blossomsantafe2016 or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 720-295-2127.
THURSDAY JUNE 2
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
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. Kendall Neighborhood Library. 609 Eldridge Parkway, 77079. 832-433-2415. info@Houston-Meditation.org 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. email@example.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 Countyard 521 Lamar, 77002. houstonfoodnotbombs.org Tyke Hikes (18 months – 3 years) 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Free for members (please have member card on hand); $5 per child for nonmembers (12 months and older). Pay at the door, advanced registration not necessary. April 4th, 11th, 18th Houston Arboretum & Nature Center 4501 Woodway Drive, 77024 http://houstonarboretum.org/events/tyke-hike/
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 The Self-Invest Series with Helen Racz. 11am-2pm. 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 Flow Yoga at Grace. 5-5:55 pm. Join us for Flow Yoga and experience the smooth way that the poses run together and become like a dance. The breath acts as an anchor to the movement as you to flow from one pose to the next in time with an inhale or an exhale. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort, 77025 832-667-8601 www.graceinhouston.org Zumba. 7pm to 8pm. Join Marco Oliver on Tuesday nights beginning April 4th., Auditorium for Dance fitness classes are now available. For the month of April class will be Free. Beginning May 1st 2016 the class is just $ 4.00 per drop in. Please bring water, a towel and some indoor shoes. 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 Tools for Life–Learning to Use the Alexander Method. 6:307:30 pm. Chris Lidvall will be offering a group class in the Alexander Technique. $20/class, $72 for 4 classes. A Healing Collective, 4231 Bellaire Blvd, Suite T, Houston, Texas 77025 Chris Lidvall, 281-989-8574. 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, Houston, Texas 77380. 832-433-2415. info@Houston-Meditation.org The Self-Invest Series with Helen Racz. 6:45-8:45pm. 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 Charles Bryant Showcase. 7-11pm. Dinner music at Last Concert Café. Get your Vegan Tex-Mex On! Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com 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, TX 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. 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, no reservation required. $10 suggested Love Offering. Unity of Houston 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org
wednesday Christian Meditation. 5:30-6:30pm. 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. Free and free parking at the Woodwind St. entrance. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 West Bellfort 77025. Graceinhouston. org firstname.lastname@example.org or 832-667-8601. Weekly 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 is available, no reservation required. Love Offering. Unity of Houston 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org Urban Ride. 6:30pm. Friendly cycling group. All routes go through inner city – each day of the week we have a different route. Please obey the rules of the roads. Stop at all traffic lights and stop signs. Free. Urban Bicycle Gallery 4814 Nett St. 77007. email@example.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, TX 77479. 832-433-2415. info@Houston-Meditation.org Blue Line Bike Ride. 7pm. Starts at the bike shop and heads east for a loop through the 5th ward and over the viaduct into downtown. Then it heads west on Washington to TC Jester and north up to 43rd St. Second half of the ride continues west on 43rd/Clay Rd to Blalock and south to Westview where it heads back east to the Heights. Free. Blue Line Bike Lab - 3302 White Oak Drive, 77007. 713.802.1707 Diamond Way Meditation. 7-7:30 pm. Free. Diamond Way Buddhist Center. 2217 W 34th Street, Suite D. 281. 77018. 436.6081. diamondway.org/houston/ Hellina Bucket Band 7:30-10:00 Free dinner music. Free. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com Beginning Zen Meditation. 7:30-9:30pm. Feeling stressed? Want something to help you feel better? Try meditation with us. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281.568.1568. cthouston.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 Countyard 521 Lamar, 77002. houstonfoodnotbombs.org Pot Roast. 10:30pm-12mn. Late night music outside under the stars. 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
thursday Grace2Go. 7-8:30am. 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 832-667-8601 graceinhouston.org Museum of Fine Arts-Houston. 10am-9pm. If you have not spent time enjoying the art exhibits at MFAH, what are your 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. 2-5pm. Roam the Serengeti, walk with dinosaurs and discover the world’s mineral wonders. Free. HMNS 5555 Hermann Park Drive 77030. hmns.org 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 Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 6:00-7:00pm. 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. Houston Public Library, Central Branch, 500 McKinney Street, 77002. 832-433-2415. info@Houston-Meditation.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. 7-8:30pm. 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 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. Suggested donation $50/month. Universal Door Meditation Center 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498 www.universaldoor.org 281-565-9718 Bohemeo’s Badass Bike Ride. 7pm. Every kind of bike is welcome but note the first and third Thursday of the month the ride is fast paced (16-18 mph) and contains about 20-25 miles with bridges. The other Thursdays it is a more social and slower ride, maintaining pace at 12-14 mph for about 12-15 miles. Free. Bohemeo’s 709 Telephone Road, 77023. 713.923.4277.
Annie B Band. 8-10pm. One of Houston’s top blues bands. $7. 00 Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com Hightailers 10:30-2 am Longest running house band in existence. Gulf Coast Rhythm and Blues - $7.00 Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com
friday Recycling Fridays. 8:30am-12:30pm. Drive by and drop off sorted plastic, aluminum, paper, glass, and flattened cardboard boxes. Free. Emerson Church. 1900 Bering Dr., 77057 (between Westheimer and San Felipe) 713-782-8250. Emersonhouston.org Introduction to Intuitive Painting & Open Studio. 10am12:30pm. Rid yourself of the common, wrong belief that only some of us are creative. The process of intuitive painting— which requires no skill or prior training—reflects the five guiding principles of all creativity, which you will experience in this workshop. An awareness of these principles helps you to relax and access deeper levels of creativity. $55. True You Creativity Studio in The Heights. For more information and to register, visit www.trueyoucreativity.com 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. $7.00 Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 LastConcert.com Meditation for Spiritual Awareness. 7-8:30pm. 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. We are beginning a new workshop series dealing with meditation for spiritual awareness. For registration and details visit our website: houstonSOS.org/carmel or call 281-766-4767. Carmel Temple 1200 Pennsylvania, South Houston 77587.
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. Christian Meditation. 5:30-6:30pm. 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. Free and free parking at the Woodwind St. entrance. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 West Bellfort 77025. 832-667-8601. Graceinhouston.org or firstname.lastname@example.org. Beginning Zen Meditation. 10am-12n. Feeling stressed? Want something to help you feel better? Try meditation with us. Free. 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. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281.568.1568. cthouston.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
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://www.indiahouseinc.org/ programs/yoga-classes
Movement Meditation for Healing Mind and Body -- 9:30 – 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. Universal Door Meditation Center 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498 www.universaldoor.org 281-565-9718
Science of Spirituality Meditation. 12:15-2pm. 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 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
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-12n. Easy listening music to brunch by. No cover charge. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com
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sunday Sunday Oneness Blessing. After the 9am and 10am 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 is available, no reservation required. Love Offering. Unity of Houston 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org
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. $5-$20 suggested donation. MATCH: Midtown Arts and Theater Center 3400 Main Street 77002
Kind Mind, Happy Mind. 11am-noon. In these six one hour sessions children will learn simple techniques to help them navigate stressful situations and better understand their own experiences. Children will practice mindfulness and related life skills they can take into whatever their future holds. Space is limited. Register online. Dawn Mountain 2010 Naome Street, Suite A 77054. http://dawnmountain.org 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 Naome Street, Suite A 77054. http://dawnmountain.org Youth and Teen Program at Universal Door Meditation Center. 11:00am – 12:30pm. For youth grades 1-12, starts Sept. 13. Through games and activities, they are introduced to basic meditation practice and life skills needed to understand more about themselves and how to be truly happy. Call for more details. Suggested donation $60/month. Universal Door Meditation Center 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498 universaldoor.org 281-565-9718. Science of Spirituality Meditation. 1:30-3:45pm. 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. Carmel Temple 1200 Pennsylvania, South Houston 77587. houstonSOS.org Diamond Way Meditation. 5-5:30 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 Countyard 521 Lamar, 77002 houstonfoodnotbombs.org
Farmer’s Market on Grand Parkway. 8am-12n. Church of the Holy Apostles, 1225 W. Grand Parkway in Katy, 77494. farmersmarketongrandparkway.com
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
Central City Co-Op. 9am-6:30pm. Grace Lutheran Church 2515 Waugh Drive, 77006. centralcityco-op.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
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
City Hall Farmer’s Market. 11am-1:30pm. City Hall 500 McKenny, 77002 (parking available at 400 Rusk) urbanharvest.org
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
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
Heights Epicurian Farmer’s Market. 8am-1:30pm. First Saturdays only. Grace United Methodist Church 1245 Heights Blvd. 77008. HeightsEpicurian.com 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/
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/
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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 • email@example.com CTHouston.org
Beginning Meditation: (A) Wed, 7:30–9:30pm. (B) Sat, 10am– noon. Children Meditation: Sat 10am–noon - For children ages 4–12 and parents. Half-day Retreat: Sun., Apr. 3, 9am–noon. Sun., May 1, 9am-noon. Three Refuges Ceremony: Sun., Apr. 3, 1:30–2:30pm. Meditation Workshop: Sun., May 22, 10–11am. Blessing Ceremony: Sun., Apr. 17, 10am-noon. Mother’s Day Ceremony: Sun., May 9. Buddha’s Birthday Ceremony: Sun., May 15. Check the web site (event calendar) for the most current information. See ad on page 35.
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. Led by senior dawn mountain 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 8.
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.
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 will provide a wide variety of opportunities to know and experience God. We will provide 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. See ad on page 16.
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! 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 6.
SCIENCE OF SPIRITUALITY
“Transformation through Meditation” 281-766-4767 HoustonSOS.org
Tap into the profound wisdom through the teachings of saints and mystics; Learn a powerful meditation technique called Jyoti or Light Meditation and experience deep bliss and joy. Jyoti Meditation Workshops for Spiritual Awareness - every Friday from 7:00-8:30pm and Spiritual Discourse with Meditation - every Sunday from 1:30-3:00pm both conducted at Carmel Temple 1208 Pennsylvania St, South Houston TX 77587. Spiritual Discourse with Meditation - every Saturday from 12:00-2pm at India House 8888 W Bellfort Blvd, Houston TX 77031.
UNITY OF HOUSTON 2919 Unity Drive Houston TX 77057 713-782-4050 UnityHouston.org
GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH
UNIVERSAL DOOR MEDITATION CENTER
500 Fannin Street Houston, TX 77002 713-590-3320 HinesCenter.org
CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON
4040 West Bellfort Street Houston, TX 77025 713-666-1408 GraceInHouston.org
THE HINES CENTER FOR SPIRITUALITY AND PRAYER
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!” See our ad on page 11.
2619 Charles Lane Sugar Land, TX 77498 281-565-9718 UniversalDoor.org
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.
NATURAL HEALTH AMY’S HEALING APOTHECARY
281-853-4729 facebook.com/Amys-Healing-Apothecary firstname.lastname@example.org
Working with Gritman Oils, Amy uses her training and intuition to create an oil blend especially for you to enhance your life. She also is trained in the use of Healing Touch and the far infared BioMat. By appointment only either at her office or at your home. Call today and experience the difference Gritman Oils make.
NATURAL OPTOMETRY DR. SUSAN MOSS, OD
5218 Cedar Street, Suite A Bellaire, TX 77401 713-524-2525 email@example.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.
NATURAL WATER FILTRATION & TREATMENT ACCENT NATURAL WATER Whole House Water Treatment 23206 I-45 North Spring, TX 77373 281-773-5441 AccentH20.com
DO YOU KNOW WHAT’S I N Y O U R WAT E R ? Houston has the 6th worst water in the country. Our system takes out chlorine, pesticides and more. Plus, we treat and condition the water to make it healthier for your family. More than a water softener, table top unit or RO alone. Healthy water from every faucet or shower. Member BBB-A+ rating since the 80’s. Call Henry 281-773-5441
ORGANICALLY GROWN PRODUCE PLANT IT FORWARD
“a farm in every neighborhood” 832-983-0405 firstname.lastname@example.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. Sign-up today for the Winter-Spring 2016 Season! See ad on page 28.
ORGANIC RESORT & SPA DEER LAKE LODGE AND SPA 10500 Deer Lake Lode Rd. Montgomery Tx 77316 936-647-1383 DeerLakeLodge.com
All natural, organic, resort and spa. Semi-fast juicing cleanse, raw food classes, yoga, life enhancement classes, and a variety of natural spa and salon services. See ad on page 17.
RECONNECTIVE THERAPY TREY HUGHES, MA, LLC
PYSCHOTHERAPY/RECONNECTIVE HEALING Offices in The Museum District & Clear Lake 713-208-8837 TreyHughesHealing.com
Trey is a licensed professional counselor and re-connective healing practitioner with over 27 years of experience in the mental health field. His extensive work with adolescents and adults has taught him the importance of being genuine and down-toearth, and thus, he works best with clients who prefer a straightforward approach. In addition to having strong clinical skills as a psychotherapist, my recent training in re-connective healing has greatly added to my repertoire. This form of energy work is extremely powerful, often producing profound healing on all levels in just a few session. Visit his website for more information. treyhugheshealing.com. See ad on page 20.
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. Spectrum Center at the Preserve 2060 North Loop West, Suite 205 77018 http:// spectrumcenter-houston.com/our-history/ map-and-directions/
THERMOGRAPHY THERMAL IMAGING SERVICES
REIKI CLAUDIA AUTRY, REIKI PRACTITIONER (by appointment only) 281-849-4610 email@example.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!
REIKI TRAINING REIKI MASTER JULIA CARROLL, PH.D. SCHOOL of HEALING ARTS 713-822-7380 firstname.lastname@example.org JuliaCarroll1.com
Julia was the first Reiki Master in the State of Texas, has written 5 healing books and has had university based Reiki research published. She taught psychology at the University of Houston for 12 years and in addition to teaching and practicing Reiki also does counseling. Her education includes a post-grad degree in Art Therapy which she also teaches and utilizes in her healing practice. Julia teaches NUREIKI, which is an accelerated form of Reiki, incorporating both Reiki I and Reiki II in the same class. Her book, NU-REIKI ONENESS, is free to read on her website.
Angel Marlow, CNHP, CAHC, CCT 3300 Chimney Rock, Ste. 208 713-621-4406 email@example.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 34.
YOGA YOGA FOR MENTAL & PHYSICAL HAPPINESS
FACILITATED BY LIN WEISS, CERTIFIED YOGA THERAPIST INTEGRATIVE HATHA YOGA Saturdays @ 9:30am Bellaire, Texas 713.858.8595 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Natural Awakenings Houston, April 2016