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reetings, Well, here we are in late summer, Houston! People are taking their last vacation or day trip of the summer before school starts and rushing around making all those purchase to get ready for the start of school. Instead of the usual back-to-school theme, this month’s theme is empowering youth. Empowering goes beyond teaching or training youth, important as they are. To empower someone, you encourage and allow them to make decisions and enjoy or suffer the consequences. It’s hard to turn loose of the control, the decision making and trust that youth can choose wisely but how else will they ever learn. Empowering also goes beyond the individual child or teen. It implies collective or group action. Leading others is how youth learns to lead and to follow. As you look for things for your youth to do with the last weeks of their summer vacation and even going into the busy school year, look for activities and groups that promote empowerment. This month’s feature article should give you some ideas. We at Natural Awakenings Houston are still an eco-friendly recycled newsprint paper magazine but we are exploring the cutting edge of the digital frontier as well. Check out our new mobile receptive website. Subscribe to our digital magazine so fewer trees need to be killed. Like us on FaceBook and follow us on Twitter for the latest updates. And… empower that tech savvy youth in your family to help you learn to use our new Aurasma app. We are the first magazine in Texas and the first Natural Awakenings magazine in the country to embed video in both our print and digital magazines. Folks, this is so amazing! This little magazine is now cutting edge digital as well. This is only the beginning. The best is still yet to come. Spread the word. Share it with your friends. We are the go-to place for all things sustainable living, health and fitness in the Houston Metro.
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18 LIFE IN THE FOREGROUND Present Moment Awareness, A Choice For Self-Liberation by Lin Weiss, MH
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22 THE POWER THAT KEEPS US GOING To Patients with a
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eading the Organic Skincare Revolution Neal’s Yard Remedies, a leading name in the United Kingdom for ethical, organic skincare, is continuing to grow its U.S. direct selling channel, NYR Organic, offering award-winning, luxurious and certified organic skincare. Independent Consultants, including Felicia Hunt, are leading this organic skincare revolution by introducing NYR Organic products through personal consultations with the goal of encouraging a more natural, holistic way of health, beauty and well-being. NYR Organic ingredients are grown under tight restrictions without the use of artificial chemicals and pesticides and people really don’t want to put synthetic chemicals in or on their bodies. It is exciting to learn that there is a more natural approach to skin care. In addition to offering organic products, Felicia also offers a business opportunity to others who wish to share these products and make an income. As an Independent NYR Organic Consultant you enjoy the flexibility of setting your own hours and your own income. The only ‘boss’ you have to face is the one staring back at you in the mirror. This is a business that’s making a difference in people’s lives. To schedule a free consulation or to learn more about becoming a Consultant, contact Felicia Hunt today. Felecia Hunt, Independent Consultant, 832-226-6957. email@example.com or https://us.nyrorganic.com/shop/feleciahunt. facebook.com/NYROFeleciaHunt. See ad on page 46.
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arely will you meet a person so genuinely loving and kind as Josephine. Her work is mental, emotional and spiritual healing for those who are in distress. A consultation with her involves honestly answering questions about your problem that helps her find the likely cause and the course of action you should take to find healing. She has been doing this healing work for years and does it only by donation or love gift so that she can make it available to all regardless of their financial circumstance. She is fluent in both Spanish and English. Call her today to find out if she can help you or to schedule a consultation with her. Josephine, 713-3021313. See ad on page 44.
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he Houston Sahaja Yoga Meditation group warmly invites you to join our FREE 7-week course “Chakra Cleansing through Sahaja Yoga Meditation Techniques”, taking place at a number of locations in the Greater Houston area. Sahaja Yoga Meditation is a simple, time-honored technique that makes it possible for you to tap into your inner energy centers (chakras), and harness their power to become more balanced and better connected to yourself — emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Sahaja Yoga was created by Her Holiness Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi. Sahaja Yoga Meditation is natural, easy, and powerful. All classes and the literature provided are free. Simply attend and make yourself comfortable. There is always space for beginners and no need to reserve in advance. Each session is dedicated to a specific chakra, followed by a practical guided meditation. A Q & A session takes place at the end. The meetings are conducted in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. With Sahaja Yoga Meditation we generally sit on chairs to achieve yoga, effortlessly & spontaneously. As such, no asanas (exercises) are required, nor any equipment like mats, or special clothing. For more information, please visit www.meetup.com/freehouston-meditation-and-stress-relief-yoga-class. www.houstonmeditation.org or email us: info@Houston-Meditation.org. See ad on page 47.
n Saturday, August 13th, at 7:30pm, Millbend Coffeehouse presents “Traveler,” in concert. This concert will be a special fundraiser for Fill The Gap and will feature the dynamic trio from Houston bringing a mix of folk, rock, blues, and bluegrass. Traveler consists of Carol Hendrix Burrus, Charlie Burrus, and Andy Black. Carol Hendrix Burrus is foremost a songwriter. Her songs, sometimes political or spiritual and sometimes simply about love, seem to speak to the thoughtful crowd that gathers at Traveler performances. Playing the piano, ukelele, flute and occasional penny whistle add to the variety of the band’s repertoire. Charlie Burrus brings his background in rock, rhythm & blues and bluegrass to the musical mix of the Traveler sound. Andy Black brings his solid, creative bass playing and clear tenor voice to the Traveler sound. Recommended donation: Adult $20, attended children $4. Childcare is available with advance notice. Advance tickets for the concert are available at www.millbend.org/tickets, or call (936) 499-9559 or (281) 350-3052. Millbend Coffeehouse is a non-profit, smoke-free venue devoted to the promotion of national and local acoustic musicians, artists and poets. All proceeds, after expenses, are donated to area charities, selected by an audience vote at the door.
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Karma and Vedic Astrology Workshop with Sri Sachdev
ver wanted to learn the secrets of Vedic Astrology? Attend Sri Sachdev’s workshop at the Yoga Heart Studio on September 16 from 6-9 pm and find out. Srichand Sachdev (Sri) is originally from Mumbai, India and now resides in Houston, TX, where he is a full time consulting student of Vedic Astrology with over 14 years of experience. Sri teaches and helps people in determining their characteristics and phases in life depending on their own alignments of the planets. He also leads workshops on Vedic Astrology for people who are looking for life direction, their life path and purpose in order to lead a more meaningful existence. Visit his website and that of Yoga Heart Studio to learn more. Cost is $50 before September 1 and $65 afterwards. Attendees who mention Natural Awakenings magazine will also receive a $50 discount off the cost of a personal Vedic Astrology reading, normally a $250 value. Call today to reserve your place! Yoga Heart Studio, 5959 Westheimer, Suite 210, Houston,TX 77057. Call 832-597-6666 or visit online at HoustonYogaStudio.com. OpenMindAstrology.com. See ad, page 11.
he Health Museum has announced the “Hearts of Gold Gala” will take place Friday, September 16, 7 p.m. at Hilton AmericasHouston, 1600 Lamar, Houston, 77010. The gala raises funds for programs to inspire the next generation of scientists, technologists, engineers, mathematicians and medical practitioners. Benefiting The Health Museum, John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science, the evening will honor and celebrate Dr. Carolyn Farb, hc, “The First Lady of Philanthropy in Texas.” Event Chairs are Gina and Dr. Devinder Bhatia. “Carolyn Farb is known for her devotion to the community. Her support of Houston’s cultural, medical and educational venues has been instrumental in making Houston a world-class city, one known for its unparalleled resources used for the greater good,” said Melanie Johnson, Ed.D., president and CEO of The Health Museum Commemorating 20 years of The Health Museum, the celebratory evening includes the Museum’s founders and other distinguished guests, an exquisite dinner, and the captivating music of Moodafaruka. Individual tickets are $500, with table sponsorships ranging from $5,000 to $50,000. To secure tickets or for more information, please visit www.thehealthmuseum.org/ heartsofgold, or call Meg Naumann at 713-337-8442.
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he world is going vegan! People are becoming more conscious of what they consume, and are making connections to live more wholesome, healthy, spiritually fulfilling, and compassionate lives. Speaking of Vegan is a Houstonbased podcast on the cutting edge of the “vegan revolution!” We interview vegan movers and shakers, including chefs, entrepreneurs, athletes (including bodybuilding champions!), scientists, animal activists, and beyond. Speaking of Vegan aims to entertain and inform, as we inspire people to live a delightful, healthy and compassionate vegan lifestyle. Whether you’re a longtime vegan, or simply want to learn a little more about being vegan, tune in to our show! We release a new episode every other week, and you can find all of our episodes at www.speakingofvegan.com, on iTunes, and on various podcast websites, including Soundcloud and Stitcher. Join us as we journey into the amazing universe of vegan! natural awakenings
Living Your Voice 101 Workshop Saturday, October 1, 2016
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. Tony Pryor, an experienced voice coach, speaker and performer, will facilitate his Living Your Voice 101 workshop on Saturday, October 1, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, at the Carl Jung Center, 5200 Montrose Blvd, Houston, 77006. 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 lyv-na-ad-0716.qxp_p 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.
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Living Your Voice 101: Finding Your Voice A workshop for beginning and experienced speakers and singers
Join Us At The 2016 “It’s Your Time!” Women’s Conference Experience the joy and power of your unique voice by Featuring Keynote Speaker:reclaiming Elizabeth Smart conquering your limitations.
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Overcoming Adversity: The Elizabeth Smart Story
The abduction of Elizabeth Smart was one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time. At the tender age of 14, just before celebrating her middle school graduation, Elizabeth went to sleep in her family home just as she had always done. Awakened hours later to a knife held roughly against her throat, she was taken from her home and family and held captive for nine long months.
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Houston’s First Salt Spa
ouston’s first salt spa is open in Sugar Land offering all natural treatments for those suffering from seasonal allergies, chronic upper respiratory conditions, sinusitis, and cystic fibrosis. The spa has three salt rooms: an adult’s only room for quiet and relaxation, a private room for families, small groups, or massage therapy, and a kid’s room filled with fun toys and activities. At Salt of the Earth Spa, pharmaceutical grade sodium chloride is pumped into the air allowing the anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of salt to go deep into the respiratory system helping to loosen and drain mucus and phlegm naturally. No change of clothes is necessary. One can bring magazines or enjoy spending quality time with friends and/or family during their 45 minute session. “We are truly excited to bring halotherapy to Houstonians,” says co-owner Sandy Hinderliter. Sandy’s husband, Mark, suffers from chronic respiratory issues and they travelled to Dallas and Austin for salt treatments. After Mark’s positive experiences, Mark and Sandy decided to bring halotherapy to Houston to help others with respiratory issues. Sandy will manage the day-to-day operations. She is also a certified Emotion Code and Body Code practitioner and a certified life coach. A single 45 minute session for adults costs $50 and $35 for children under 13. The spa offers several affordable membership packages and treatment options. To learn more, visit their website SaltOfTheEarthHou.com or call 832-939-8998. 9920 Hwy 90A (and Dairy Ashford) Suite B200, Sugar land TX 77478.
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healthbriefs Infant Gut Bacteria May Be Associated with Food Sensitivity by Dr. Bobbie Stowe, DC he vast majority of my patients come to me with one common complaint: dysbiosis of the GI system (a diseased gut). Generally speaking, their microbiome, the “good” bacteria in their gut, is dysfunctional. You see, 70% to 80% of your immune system comes from this “good” bacteria, and if those bacteria are destroyed or diseased, then illnesses manifest. A study in the journal of the Clinical & Experimental Allergy notes that infants with a bacterial gut imbalance have a much higher risk for food sensitivities, especially to foods like eggs, milk and peanuts. In general, these infants are missing two specific “good” bacteria strains that help protect and defend against food sensitivities.
Breastfed Babies Have Fewer Colds and Ear Infections
study from the University of Texas has found that increased breastfeeding decreases ear infections among nursing children. The researchers followed 367 babies between 1 and 12 months old from 2008 through 2014. Th e s c i e n t i s t s a n a l y z e d family history traits of smoking, ear infections, breastfeeding and formula feeding. Nose and throat mucosal samples were taken throughout the study period to identify infections, and parents informed the researchers whenever the baby experienced an infection. The study was led by Dr. Tasnee Chonmaitree, a pediatrics professor from the University o f Te x a s M e d i c a l B r a n ch a t Galveston. “We clearly showed that frequent upper respiratory infections, carriage of bacteria in the nose and lack of breastfeeding are major risk factors for ear infections,” he states. “Prolonged breastfeeding was associated with significant reductions in both colds and ear infections, a common complication of colds.”
Why are some infants susceptible to food sensitivities? Researchers can only guess right now, but the leading causes are thought to be Cesarean delivery and the increased use of formulas, instead of breast milk. Vaginal deliveries plus breast feedings combine to provide the very first defense mechanisms that infants need to start the development of their own immune systems. For more information, please see Dr. Stowe’s ad, page 2.
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review of 21 clinical trials has found that just one daily serving of legumes can facilitate an average drop of three-quarters of a pound over a six-week period. Published in the journal Obesity, the research analyzed results from studies that tested a total of 940 men and women eating about three-quarters of a cup of beans, lentils, chickpeas and other legumes each day. The subjects reported feeling nearly one-third fuller on average after eating about 5.6 ounces of these foods with their meals, compared with a control group’s diet. These beneficial legumes may also reduce body fat percentages. According to senior study author and physician John Sievenpiper, Ph.D., of St. Michael’s Hospital’s Clinical Nutrition and Risk Factor Modification Center and the University of Toronto, “Ninety percent of weight-loss diets fail, resulting in weight regain, which may be due in part to hunger and food cravings. Knowing which foods make people feel fuller longer may help them lose weight and keep it off.”
Aromatherapy Soothes Allergies
esearch from Korea’s Chung-Ang University has found that inhaling aromatherapy infusions comprising a combination of sandalwood, frankincense and ravensara for five minutes twice daily significantly reduces symptoms of allergies after seven days. The researchers tested 54 men and women, half of which were tested using a placebo of almond oil. Total nasal symptom score (TNSS) and rhinoconjunctivitis quality of life questionnaire (RQLQ) results were both significantly lower in the aromatherapy group. TNSS scores decreased by more than half and RQLQ scores decreased by more than 60 percent. Scores for fatigue and sleep quality also improved in the aromatherapy group. “These findings indicate that inhalation of certain aromatherapy oils help relieve perennial allergic rhinitis symptoms, improve rhinitis-specific quality of life and reduce fatigue in patients with perennial allergic rhinitis,” ChungAng University’s Seo Yeon Choi and Kyungsook Park explain in their paper.
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Circuses Cease Exotic Animal Acts The Ringling Brothers Circus made good on a promise to retire their last contingent of performing elephants to the Center for Elephant Conservation, in Polk City, Florida, with the last such show streamed worldwide in May. While Ringling will retain the services of tigers, lions, leopards, horses, camels, dogs and kangaroos, the Mexican Congress has voted to prohibit exotic animals under big tops across their country. That means no more tigers jumping through hoops, elephants used as props or monkeys dressed in tiny outfits. The bill requires circuses to report the wildlife they own, which would then be made available to interested zoos. Source: The New York Times
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The love of books may begin at any age, but for most, it starts in childhood. Now, scientists are studying the effects of reading on the brain with MRIs, polls, surveys and experiments. The results indicate that readers of fiction are more empathetic toward others. By engaging with a story, they are temporarily placing themselves in a character’s shoes, thus fostering empathy in real life, and literary reading amplifies this effect. According to a Stanford University study, reading a challenging book also helps us become smarter, as well as more empathetic. By attempting to tackle harder books, we create new connections in our minds that we might not have done otherwise. Neuroscientist Bob Dougherty remarks, “The right patterns of ink on a page can create vivid mental imagery and instill powerful emotions.” David Comer Kidd, author of another related study, observes, “Like opening a window to let fresh air into our home, literature opens up our minds to the myriad ideas that we wouldn’t be able to experience on our own. We can pause to analyze the experiences depicted as if they were our own, expanding our experience of the world.”
Despite being less confident than their elders, a new study by PsychTests.com, in Montreal, reveals that Millennials (those born between 1980 and 2000) are an ambitious and tenacious generation that continues to prove potential critics wrong. Labeled by some as self-entitled, arrogant and immature from being coddled by hovering parents, the company’s research says that Millennials are not afraid to push themselves to achieve lofty goals, work hard or take on difficult challenges. Collecting data from 1,035 people that took their Ambition Test, the researchers looked at the differences between Millennials, Generation X (born between 1960 and 1980) and Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1960) in terms of their levels of aspiration, persistence and sense of selfefficacy. The study reveals that while Millennials lagged a little behind the other two generations on some factors related to ambition, the potential of these young adults should not be underestimated. “One can argue that Millennials’ hopeful and determined nature is a case of idealism,” explains Ilona Jerabek, Ph.D., president of PsychTests. “Some have just started out in the workforce, so they’re eager to prove themselves, which could also mean that at some point they’ll be blindsided by the reality of what it’s like to be out there in the real world.”
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LIFE IN THE FOREGROUND Present Moment Awareness, A Choice For Self-Liberation by Lin Weiss, MH
n the 1970’s and 80’s, life in the fast lane was a popular response to one’s commentary about the busyness of day-to-day life. LOL! I laugh out loud when I think of our current pace relative to those days. We are in such a hurry we create acronyms for common phrases that are quickly making their way into unabridged dictionaries, online. Technology speeds ahead with new
revelations in each moment. Information of current events on the other side of the planet is immediately dispatched to us via internet, iPhones, iPads, iPods and satellite news options on television and our car radios. It is difficult to find a dining establishment without a television flashing the latest sensational news through live video streams, and just in case that is not enough, trailers
of concurrent dramas scroll across the bottom of the screen. Why are we so addicted to the information highway? I have a lot of questions regarding the epic speed at which information now travels. Are we more time-efficient because of it? Do we have more time for our loved ones? For peace and tranquility? Are we more secure about our lives and our futures? Does this information breed contentment or paralyzing fear (False Evidence Appearing Real)? As I seek refuge in my personal practices of meditation and yoga, I am very aware of the contrast of chaos and peace that coexist at my whim. I become aware that what I choose to focus on becomes the immediate reality of my life. When I intentionally connect to the beauty of nature, what is growing and alive, my emotions, my relationships, my hopes and my livelihood all reflect a quality of aliveness and vitality. Conversely when I watch random streams of tragic news over the dinner table, I become agitated, fearful and do not digest the goodness of my food or my life. This agitated state affects those around me, my ability to sleep well and make good choices. It is, however, a choice. Where I will dine, what I will eat and whom I will dine with is all within my personal power to choose. Moment by moment I am creating my experience of reality. The question is: Am I willing to, consciously, create a peaceful and nurturing environment for myself? I am. It can be challenging to create a sacred space for myself each day. If I am contemplating busyness/lack of time, or giving my thoughts to corporate m a n d a t e s , g ove r n m e n t c o n t r o l , healthcare regulations or Armageddon, it is difficult to be happy, peaceful and content with my life. No wonder millions of Americans seek refuge in anti-depressant drugs, which serve to further stupefy and weaken our compromised perspectives of health, joy and abundance. But the television says they cure depression. What about the disclaimers at the end of the ads? In some cases suicide and fatality? Is this an acceptable chance we are willing to take with our beautiful lives? Are we listening? Is there some epidemic, hypnotic denial of personal power in this media milieu of mediocrity? How can this be ok?
Believe nothing, No matter where you read it, Not even if I have said it, Unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense. -The Buddha As I choose to really work at living in the present moment I notice some distinct benefits. I feel the power of my own breath enlivening every cell of my body. I look forward to my life, even doing the dishes or laundry. There is a gratitude for my life that arises from noticing what is wonderful, good and sound in this present moment. A warm summer
breeze kisses my skin, leaves rustle in the breeze and the hum of cicadas lulls me with a comforting familiarity reminiscent of carefree childhood days. Sure all the other stuff is still going on as the world turns. There has always been strife and struggle. It is empowering however to consider that the Armageddon is of the mind. I have the power to choose my own reality. And, in this momentâ€Ś I am willing. There are no Truthsâ€Ś Just our interpretation of the world. -Friedrich Neitche
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BRINGING HOPE TO PATIENTS WITH A TERMINAL DIAGNOSIS by Wendy Nadherny
The use of the word “terminal” limits one’s mindset, while the word “curable” opens up a world of possibility.
rain tumors are the most common cancers among children, according t h e A m e r i c a n B r a i n Tu m o r Association, which estimates more than 4,600 individuals between the ages of 0-19 will be diagnosed with a primary brain tumor this year. The most serious form of pediatric brain cancer is diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), a rare and aggressive tumor found each year in about 300 children, especially in those ages 5-7. As of 2015, the median survival for children with DIPG is less than one year from diagnosis. Because DIPG occurs in the brain stem, it is inoperable and unable to be treated with chemotherapy. The standard recommendation of a six-week radiation regimen can shrink the tumor to extend life expectancy a couple more months. While conventional oncologists consider certain brain cancers to be terminal, hope lies in venturing outside the box of conventional thinking. This includes researching and evaluating U.S.-based and foreign-based clinical
trials using experimental approaches to treat primary cancers and recurrent cancers with immunotherapy or genetargeted therapy. In April 2016, three interesting FDA-approved clinical trials were open to DIPG patients. One of these was offered by the Burzynski Clinic in Houston, TX. This clinical trial was the only one offered to patients who had declined the standard recommendation of radiation and/or tissue brain biopsy. The trial protocol was designed to test non-toxic antineoplaston (ANP) peptide therapy, which had been used in previous trials to treat DIPG and glioblastoma (GBM) brains with some level of prior success and indicating that DIPG and GBM are in fact “curable.” The manufacturing and research for ANPs is sponsored by the Burzynski Research Institute (BRI), a publicly-owned biopharmaceutical company working to develop and deliver cancer therapies based on genomic and epigenomic principles. In 1967, Stanislav Burzynski, MD, identified naturally occurring
human peptides, which were present in healthy patients and deficient in cancer patients. He concluded that these peptides played a role in preventing the growth of cancer cells. With a PhD in Chemistry, Dr. Burzynski was able to reproduce the peptides synthetically, and he named them antineoplastons. ANP therapy targets over 100 genes that affect tumor cells. ANPs switch off certain genes that cause cancer, called oncogenes, activate the genes that fight cancer, called tumor suppressor genes, and pose no harm to healthy cells. The most common side effects of the ANP drugs are symptoms resulting from electrolyte imbalances – a higher than normal range levels of sodium and lower than normal range levels of potassium. These symptoms can be managed through regular blood analysis, dietary intake, higher water consumption, and potassium supplementation. Neil Fachon, 19, an engineering student at Northeastern University in Boston was diagnosed with DIPG at Massachusetts General Hospital on March 3, 2016, and became the first patient to enroll in the new ANP clinical trial that opened on April 12, 2016. On April 20, after passing baseline tests, a vascular access catheter was surgically implanted below Neil’s collar bone, and on April 21 he began receiving ANP infusions through a portable pump. That same day, however, the FDA placed a hold on the trial it had given prior approval. Committed to his chosen course of treatment and deeming the FDA objections to be unreasonable, Neil took legal action, through federal court in his home state of Rhode Island, to overturn an FDA decision that failed to acknowledge his rights. On May 17, Neil won a temporary restraining order that was later negotiated into a permanent injunction, and he had sound reasons for wanting to pursue this treatment. DIPG survivor Jessica Ressel, who received her diagnosis in March 1996 at age 11, was successfully treated by Dr. Burzynski. Now married and a mother of two, she is one of three long-term DIPG survivors who keep in touch with Neil and provide encouragement. All three of these survivors were treated with ANP therapy at the Burzynski Clinic While seeking to assure his own survival,
Neil also wanted to play a role in some promising scientific cancer research. Presently Neil is a trial of one, however, he hopes the FDA will remove the hold or that Right to Try legislation will be passed to allow other DIPG patients to join him and have a chance at life. Right to Try legislation gives terminally ill patients the right to try investigational medicines that have not yet received full FDA approval. According to the Right to Try website: “Over one million Americans die from a terminal illness every year. Many spend years searching for a potential cure, or struggle in vain to get accepted into a clinical trial. Unfortunately, FDA red tape and government regulations restrict access to promising new treatments, and for those who do get access, it’s often too late.” The FDA drug approval process can take up to 15 years. This is far too long for dying patients to wait, because terminal time lines are measured in months and weeks. Many potentially life-saving treatments awaiting approval in the U.S. are already available overseas, and have been for years, yet most Americans
cannot afford to seek treatment abroad. A Right to Try law gives hope back to those who have lost it. It is not just for children diagnosed with DIPG, but for anyone with a terminal illness hoping to get life-saving treatment before it’s too late. Right to Try is already law in 30 states, including Texas, and under consideration in 16 more, including Rhode Island. On May 10, 2016, the Trickett Wendler Right to Try Act of 2016 (S. 2912) was introduced in the United States Senate: “This bill bars the federal government from prohibiting or restricting the production, manufacture, distribution, prescribing, or dispensing of an experimental drug, biological
product, or device that is: (1) intended to treat a patient who has been diagnosed with a terminal illness; and (2) authorized by, and in accordance with, state law. The federal government may not restrict the possession or use of such a treatment by a patient certified by a physician as having exhausted all other treatment options.” People can help move this legislation forward by contacting their senators and representatives. Neil hopes the sharing of his story will raise awareness about treatment options for brain cancer and about a terminally diagnosed patient’s right to choose. People can help move Right to Try legislation forward by contacting their senators and representatives. Wendy Nadherny Fachon is a health educator, a writer for Rhode Island Natural Awakenings magazine, and Neil’s mother. She can provide helpful information to parents of children diagnosed with brain cancer, if they contact her at email@example.com or through facebook. Learn more at RightToTry.org. Learn more about DIPG at http://coryscrusaders.org/resources
The Power that Keeps Us Going by Carrie Harmon
fter hopping on the health train, you are now exercising more than ever and you are consistently watching out for what you consume. You are also making sure that your body is fueled and nourished properly with food, vitamins and minerals. You maintain a healthy lifestyle, because your health and well-being is important to you. It is not something you are dedicated to do because you are obsessed with following the latest health trend, but because it is something about this lifestyle that allows for you to feel energized, happy and alive. A burst of energy embraces your whole body and allows you to live life
to the fullest without feeling drained or distressed. Do you ever worry that you might stop seeing and feeling the results of a healthy lifestyle after you age? As we get older, our energy level decreases and it becomes harder to take control of our body as well as preserve youthful health. We only have 24 hours in a day to do it all, so our bodies demand a significant amount of energy. You might think that you are doing everything right, but you could actually be doing a little bit more about your health and energy level. Are you wondering what it is that your daily routine is missing in order to
achieve complete physical and mental wellness? Everyone could use a little more power and some people might turn to power napping to help them recharge after a hectic morning. Additional sleeping time will not increase your energy level or productivity, and eating right while exercising can only do so much. You should pay close attention to the little thing such as enzymes, which are proteins that speed up chemical reactions and power our entire body. Living in our body are about 75,000 enzymes that help our body function. Enzymes can also be found in all living organisms including animals and plants. As humans, it is important to have adequate enzymes to digest our food. Other functions for enzymes include reducing inflammation, cleaning the body, modulating the immune system and fighting viruses. Enzymes and its power to digest food are required to maintain an energetic and healthy lifestyle. “You cannot be in good health if your digestive system is not functioning properly.” As we age, enzymes production decreases and it can lead to a variety of digestive discomforts, including occasional gas, bloating, indigestion and irregularity. It is never too early to start replenishing your enzymes. The more you replenish your enzymes reserve, the easier it is to gain energy and maintain a beautiful and healthy body. “With every meal, I recommend to take a capsule of Digest Gold, an advanced formula designed to support digestion. We recommend this to all of our guests at Deer Lake Lodge & Spa.” It is important for our bodies to absorb all the nutrients from the food that we consume and convert it to energy. Enzymes have the power to keep us going. 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, T X . w w w. D e e r L a k e L o d g e . c o m . See ad on page 19.
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ccording to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, as many as 50 million Americans are affected by seasonal or year-round nasal allergies. Additionally, 56 million suffer from eczema, psoriasis or rosacea. Prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs may help, but aren’t a cure. Salt therapy can be a gentler, all-natural solution for easing associated symptoms. While eating too much salt is bad for the body, breathing it is a healthy activity. The Greek word for salt is halos, and halotherapy provides a welcome alternative to conventional pills, sprays and injections. In the mid-1800s, after salt mine workers in Poland were found to have a low rate of respiratory illness, the Wieliczka Salt Mine Health Spa was
established on the site of a mine to treat clinic patients for asthma and allergies. That pioneering facility is still in operation. “In the beginning, I think salt therapy was seen as a time-consuming novelty. Now, holistically minded people are more supportive,” says Clay Juracsik, owner of the St. Louis Salt Room, in Maplewood, Missouri. The room’s walls are covered in salt, with blocks of backlit Himalayan pink salt at floor level. Clients wear disposable booties to walk through inches-deep, loose, mineral-rich Dead Sea salt to reclining chairs. The lights dim, soft music plays and salt, rich in negative ions, infuses the air for a 45-minute session. “We have a second, smaller room
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GROWING UP EMPOWERED Helping Kids Step into Their Best Selves by Judith Fertig
he plugged-in, stressed-out world that challenges adults can be even more difficult for teens in the throes of hormones, peer pressure and a selfie culture. Parents can help their children thrive and become empowered individuals by nurturing desirable character traits such as resourcefulness, resilience, perseverance, self-reliance, independence, empathy and social competence. Child psychologist Michele Borba, Ed.D., of Palm Springs, California, is a former classroom teacher and the mother of three grown children who dispenses advice at MicheleBorba.com/blog. Her main parenting focus is character education, as reflected in her latest book, Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World. “Tune in to what your kids love,” advises Borba. “Then find learning experiences that help them develop traits they need to be happy, productive adults.”
This positive parenting approach— accentuating youthful desires and strengths, instead of deficiencies and weaknesses—helps young people develop a secure footing in life. “Kids are driven by their hearts,” observes Borba. “A positive parent doesn’t do the cookie-cutter approach, as in, ‘That’s what worked for other kids in the neighborhood,’ nor even reference what the parent did as a teen.” Teens also impose upon themselves, thinking that being trendy, beautiful, rich and famous are valuable life goals. “The positive parent looks at each child as an individual, listens to what really makes them light up, and then supports that.”
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fulfillment and greatness. Corporate leaders praise its programs for helping participants relate, communicate and perform well. Josselyne Herman-Saccio, a Landmark program leader in New York City, remarks, “Every one of us has a dream, yet too many of us choose our path with fear, disguised as practicality. Our kids might get the message that, ‘You don’t do your dream as your career.’” That thought can leave anyone feeling like something is missing. After putting off her own career as a singer and ultimately deciding to go for it, Herman-Saccio recorded That’s What Love Can Do with her group Boy Krazy. The song rose to the top of the pop charts in 1993. That empowering experience helped her decide to help others— including her own three children—fulfill their dreams. Today, Herman-Saccio leads the Landmark Forum for adults, and the company also offers a version of the course for 13-to-17-year-olds, an interactive, three-day program in cities across the U.S. It helps teens first understand their existing patterns of thoughts and behaviors and then move forward to create new possibilities and face new challenges and discover a new level of power, freedom, self-expression and peace of mind. For a teen to register, a parent or legal guardian must register for or have completed the organization’s adult forum and provide permission. Teens planning for life after high school get help identifying their career passion at schools such as Upland Hills School, in Oxford, Michigan. Its emphasis on experiential learning culminates in a senior project the teen produces, whether it’s writing a novel, building a storage shed or volunteering at the local senior citizen center. Each must someway contribute to the community. Beginning with the student’s dream, they must work their way through obstacles, setbacks and all the steps required to bring a dream to reality.
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Sometimes parents need to address a teen’s longing for friends and social connections. For youths that especially need to nurture their social skills, such
as high-functioning kids with autism or Asperger’s syndrome, film school might be an answer. At the Joey Travolta Film School and summer camp, in Lafayette, California, kids work together to make a movie; they start with a script, create sets, operate the camera, act and direct. At the Hunter School, in Romney, New Hampshire, kids dealing with attention challenges can nurture mindbody awareness, energetic mindfulness and sensory integration. It all helps them get to know themselves and relate better to others. Outdoor skills can help teens develop healthy risk-taking behaviors, as well as teach resilience, perseverance and self-reliance. SheJumps (SheJumps. org), in Salt Lake City, offers young women 6 to 18 years old an opportunity to master outdoor living skills, boost confidence and encourage leadership via collaborating with strong female role models. Fun activities include mountain biking, skiing and trailblazing.
Over time, experiential learning can help youths develop leadership skills. Lander, Wyoming’s National Outdoor Leadership School, a gap-year program for high school graduates taking a year off before college, offers courses lasting two weeks, several months or even a full year. Activities include sea kayaking, Alaskan mountain and glacier climbing and wilderness medicine. Teens already on track and wanting to develop additional leadership skills can tap into motivational speaker and self-help author Tony Robbins’ annual Unleash the Power Within youth leadership program event. Groups of youths 14 to 17 years old collectively
p a r t i c i p a t e t o c r e a t e i n d iv i d u a l breakthroughs, move beyond fears and limiting beliefs, accomplish goals and realize true desires. Application requirements include a good academic record, at least 20 hours of community service and a guidance counselor’s recommendation. Robbins maintains, “Grow and give is what life is all about.”
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A way for youngsters 5 to 19 years old to become empowered is by joining a 4-H group in urban, suburban or rural areas. If we envision a farm kid raising a calf to show at the state fair, that’s still one facet of today’s 4-H, but far from the entire scope. Founded in 1902, 4-H is a global nonprofit dedicated to learning by doing; specialties now range from computer science and graphic design to leadership, healthy living and the performing arts. Positive mentoring by adults and developing community spirit ground 4-H clubs, camps and programs. Research by Tufts University’s Institute f o r A p p l i e d R e s e a r c h i n Yo u t h Development and America’s landgrant colleges and universities shows that people with a 4-H background are more likely to give back to their communities than others (see Tinyurl. com/YouthDevelopmentStudy). For Grammy-winner Jennifer Nettles, of Nashville, 4-H meant learning to perform at an early age, even flying to Chicago to do it. “I don’t know that I would be where I am today without 4-H,” she says. “Mentors there help you. They helped me with the skills of performing and learning about being on stage; they also taught me the importance of giving back.”
Growing food for themselves and others can be a great adventure for teens, while fostering resourcefulness, perseverance and ecological awareness. Seventeenyear-old Katie Stagliano launched Katie’s Crops, in Summerville, South Carolina, several years ago based on her desire to fight hunger by growing food for people that need it. Today, the enterprise offers grants for youth in any area to start and maintain a local garden, provided they give away the produce to the hungry. natural awakenings
The initiative has grown to more than 50 gardens around the U.S. Both Mobile Urban Growers, in Mobile, Alabama, and Closer to Earth, in Oklahoma City, empower youth through exercising organic gardening skills, environmental and food justice advocacy and personal mentorship. Empowering experiences for teens don’t have to cost a lot or involve travel. “Dream big, but start small. Look around your own backyard, in your community,” says Borba. “Teens can learn to pay it forward in all kinds of ways. They can get together with their peers and take on a doable project to help others. They may even need to start by learning to self-regulate and manage stress by getting away from their phones and instead being outside getting exercise.” Casual family activities can provide opportunities for conversations about what teens want in life or what they’re worried about, and that opens the door for adults to step up to help mentor and empower their children. “Boys are more likely to talk while they’re doing something, like shooting baskets with you in the driveway,” observes Borba. “Girls are more likely to talk if it’s oneon-one.” Positive parents actively listen and then clarify what they heard from their teens, says Herman-Saccio. This information helps point the way forward, to more interactive dialogue, brainstorming, problem-solving, helpful experiences and eventually, youth empowerment. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood AndLifestyle.blogspot.com from Overland Park, KS. August 2016
To Change The World, Be The Change by Gladys Wesley Kennedy In these times, confusion, fear, desire, and mass manipulation are the life theme of mankind. In these times, the vast majority of humans are lost and entirely driven by unconscious motivations, beliefs, delusionary life goals, and toxic relationships. Today, there is so much abundance evident everywhere, yet most of us live in fear that time is running out. We fear that the oceans, rivers, streams and all other waters will inevitably be contaminated or soon dry out. Many of us dreadfully anticipate the day when the air will choke all breathing beings to their premature physical deaths. Others are consumed with worry that the economic structure will crumble and fall, leaving us to suffer or tragically die from the human consequences of ignorance, greed, hunger, rape, conflict, and thievery. Even more of us nervously prepare for the, socalled, imminent “Doomsday” to strike; anticipating asteroids plummeting the earth; earthquakes ripping apart whole continents—plunging major cities into the depths of the swelling, roaring, angry
oceans. Oceans, formerly long-known for their abundant healthy bounty; but now, their fish and other vital inhabitants are being physically maimed, and their sustaining water’s nature toxified beyond repair. Consequently, beaches and land animals are being poisoned, killed, genetically deformed and forever altered, or worse—rendered extinct—by having to live amongst the unfortunate human ravages of exorbitant over-fishing, mountains of plastics, hundreds of miles of random floating wastes, toxic chemicals, as well as human and animal excrement. Why do we choose to live with greed and selfishness? Why do we choose to live in fear, instead of optimism? Why do we choose to overconsume, instead of being content with ‘enough’? Why do we choose to continue to produce ever-growing waste, instead of creating ecologically beneficial waste management systems? Why do we choose to sleep through the bad storm, instead of waking up and making a difference?
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Why do we continue to allow ourselves to dream a “mad dream?” Why do we not care enough to endeavor to repair, heal, and prevent more detrimental effects of our selfishness and arrogance? Why? We do not see the error of our ways. The vast majority of people today do not recognize, or rather refuse to recognize, on any perceptual level, the true plight, or more accurately, the potential gift of honestly and courageously recognizing, facing, and changing ourselves, our world, and our life presents. In these times, we choose to live as a complacent un-evolving species. Humankind has become too comfortable and resolved to live as sleeping dreamers trapped in our own nightmare. We are lost in a declining reality, which is not real. We need to recognize the illusion for what it really is—a gift. Fortunately, all of life is impermanent. Reality is not fixed. It is important for us to know and remember that our reality and life conditions are changeable. Our reality is repairable. Our reality is completely moldable. Hence, the gift is, since we can perceive the problems and consequences of our ignorant ways, we can also perceive of and implement the solutions. With our mind, thoughts, and actions, we create and can intentionally recreate everything and anything. H e n c e , t o d ay, w e h ave t h e opportunity, ability, and awareness, to transform and uplift ourselves, our reality, our earth, our universe and beyond. We simply need to wake up from our complacent slumber and mad dream, and bravely choose to begin to “dream a better dream.” What does this mean? It means that, since we can
notice our own inner diseases and daily life battles, such as habitual bouts of fear, anger, depression, anxiety, loathing, compulsions, addictions, desires, and emotional attachments, then, we can intentionally elicit positive change by changing our own perspectives and mindset about ourselves, world, and daily reality. How? We begin to choose to change whenever we recognize that we are thinking, perceiving, or experiencing some expression of internal or external destruction, disharmony, or angst, (i.e., mental, emotional, or physical agitation or pain). Endeavor to recognize its disturbing cause, which is always our negative mindset. Then, interrupt and change the way we are thinking, emoting, and behaving, in present moment. Specifically, as we recognize an eruption of mental or emotional distress, interrupt the problematic thoughts by envisioning specific details of an improved situation. In other words, conceive in mind the desired relationship or amended mental, emotional, physical, societal, or environmental manifestation. Imagination is the key. The ability to think about and conceive of solutions is the solution for all unwanted or undesirable life circumstances—within ourselves, our society, and our world. The only change ever needed is simple and possible to achieve. Change the way you think and how you perceive yourself and reality. Make a habit of envisioning solutions and living the solutions, in mind, action, and reaction. We change our mind to change our life and world. Since you have chosen to read this article, consider it time for you to start to change, heal, and grow. Consider this article your invitation and opportunity to dream a better dream. Therefore, begin now. Whenever you encounter any aspect of the mad dream—in mind, body, emotion, or daily reality—simply follow these five life-changing steps: 1. Conceive the solution. 2. Define the solution. 3. Express the solution. 4. Pursue the solution. 5. Become the solution. Congratulations! The true gift is in knowing that life is impermanent and changeable. Therefore, know that you can and do make all the difference in this world. Finally, always remember: “To change the world, be the change you wish to experience.”
EARTH GUARDIANS Kids Say No to Global Warming by April Thompson
t age 6, climate change activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez gave his first speech to a packed crowd in his hometown of Boulder, Colorado. Raised in the Aztec tradition, he was taught that as indigenous people, they are descendants of the land and inherit a duty to protect it. “I felt such sadness that my generation inherited this crisis to clean up. That night, I saw that those emotions could be channeled into action and my voice could make a difference,” says Martinez, founder and youth director of the nonprofit Earth Guardians. Ten years later, his impassioned message has sparked a global movement. More than 2,000 “youth crews” from Bhutan to Brazil are fighting climate change and improving their communities in other ways. These activists aren’t yet old enough to vote, but are still making their voices heard by global policymakers. On their behalf, Martinez delivered a plea to representatives from 192 countries at the United Nations General Assembly meeting on climate change last year, asking for stronger measures to protect both the planet and its people. He particularly pointed to the ever-increasing “climate refugees” that have lost their homes to rising oceans and other havoc caused by Earth’s warming trend. Although Martinez serves on natural awakenings
President Obama’s youth council, he and 20 other yo u n g p l a i n t i f f s filed a landmark lawsuit earlier this year against the federal government for failing to protect its citizens from climate change. The plaintiffs are seeking a court order requiring America’s president to establish a national plan to decrease atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide to “safe” levels by 2100. At home, Martinez is working with Boulder County community and environmental organizations to locally eliminate pesticides from parks, charge for plastic bags at retail, regulate coal ash emissions and ban fracking. EarthGuardians.org offers many way s a nyo n e c a n p l u g i n t o t h e movement, whether taking individual actions to lighten our carbon footprint, creating school gardens or signing its Silence into Action pledge, inspired by Martinez’s younger brother Itzcuauhtli’s 45-day silence strike for climate action. “The most important thing you can do is educate yourself. Whatever makes you come alive, use that passion to make a difference,” says Martinez, whose performances as a pianist and hip-hop artist inform and enliven music festivals worldwide. “Together, we can create a legacy we can be proud to pass on to the next generation.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com. August 2016
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The Void by Shri Mataji
aha means ‘with’, Ja means ‘born’. Sahaja also means effortless or spontaneous. Yoga literally means union or connection. Th i s m e t h o d o f 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 selfdiscovery is known as self-realization. Th i s p r o c e s s o f self-realization is centuries old and was practiced by saints throughout the 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 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 region that surrounds 2nd and 3rd energy center often referred to as the Void. In the figure below it is the yellow circle
shown around the 3rd energy center, Nabhi chakra. In the article o n S a h a j a Yo g a , published in previous i s s u e s o f N a t u ra l Awakening, human subtle/spiritual system, Mooladhara, Swadhisthana and Nabhi energy center were discussed, respectively. As discussed in December article, human body is made up of 3 channels and 7 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 assent. Surrounding the second and the third energy center is a Void which incorporates all the aspects of existence such as personality, the effects of the planets and gravitational forces on our being, our behavior pattern and physical sustenance. This is an area of outside influence. It represents that vacuum which separates our level of awareness from the truth while we are still in the unenlightened state. When the kundalini fills this vacuum then our attention is lead out of the sea of illusion into the awareness of reality. This is the center of ten Primordial Masters who incarnated to lead mankind into the realm of truth and reality. They were: Raja Janak (10,000-16,000 BC), Abraham (2000 BC), Moses (1300 BC), Zarathustra (1000 BC), Lao Tzu (640 BC), Confucius (551 BC), Scorates (469 BC), Mohammed (570 AD), Guru Nanak (1469 AD), Shirdi Sainath (1856 AD). When Kundalini bridges this vacuum, one becomes the master of self and all innate laws of nature are awakened in that person. Such person becomes a very honest and able leader and has gravity in all his expression. This center controls the functioning of stomach, digestion, intestine and part of liver in human body. Its element is water. Each chakra in human body has different qualities and by healing and balancing these chakras, we awaken and enhance these qualities within us. The qualities represented by the Void are gravity, ten commandments, August 2016
to really satisfy ourselves, the kingdom of heaven lies within us and so we may begin seeking in earnest for our inner or ultimate fulfillment. Th e r e i s a g a p b e t w e e n t h e righteousness and sustenance. Each separated and conditioned sense of Chakra is represented on our hands, self we experience ourselves and the feet and our head. Following figures eternal spiritual core of our being show these places for the Void. which is completely secure, connected Before our physical birth we and joyful. This divide, between the experienced a continuing sense of illusory and relative nature of the nourishment, connectedness and security. After our physical birth world and the ultimate reality, is we then experience ourselves as manifest in a physical gap in the central separated and so it is only natural channel, within the para-sympathetic that we seek and long for that sense nervous system. This gap actually exists of connection, nourishment and physically between the sacral outflow security. This seeking finds expression and the vagus nerve, encompassing in many ways. Sometimes we seek the subtle area called the Void or the gross physical pleasures and external ocean of illusion. To cross this gap, this and material satisfactions in the world, ocean of Illusion we need to develop yet these invariably do not fully satisfy balance, self-mastery and pure desire. us, they prove to be stormy, transient We also require the help of a true Guru. and therefore illusory. Perhaps this Someone who will awaken Kundalini leads us to understand that the means so we will be able to discern the lyv-na-ad-0716.qxp_p 6/30/16 9:46 AM Page 1correct path and cross the Void, to the heart, where is the true Self, the eternal Spirit. It is in this state of disconnectedness that seekers may search for a guide or Guru to help them find the way, a path or process to cross the Void, the illusions and connect with that source of all satisfaction, joy and fulfilment, the Divine Source, Tao, or God. There have been many great incarnations of the principle of Guru or Spiritual Living Your Voice 101: Teacher who have incarnated to guide Finding Your Voice groups of sincere seekers towards their Self-Realization. The personifications A workshop for beginning and experienced speakers and singers or incarnations of this principle include Abraham, Moses, Mohammed, Experience the joy and power of Zarathustra, Lao Tze, Confucius, Sai reclaiming your unique voice by conquering your limitations. Baba of Shirdi, Guru Nanak, Raja Janaka and Socrates. Also there have Call or visit our web site to learn more about Living Your Voice.ÂŽ been false gurus who have plundered and damaged the seekers. The goal in 713-826-9814 Sahaja Yoga is to help the true seekers to find their Self-realization so they can LivingYourVoice.com become their own gurus. Most often for the seekers, so far, the only assistance has been to receive NEXT WORKSHOP a set of guidelines or rules of behaving Saturday, October 1, 2016 that will help maintain individual and 9 a.m.â€“4 p.m. collective balance. So we have sets The Jung Center 5200 Montrose Boulevard of rules in the religions such as the 32
Ten Commandments. Moses, as an example of the Guru principle, led his people out of slavery, across the ocean and to the Promised Land. Shri Mataji in this modern era holds a unique place in the tradition of Gurus because she has created a method for en masse Kundalini awakening and so facilitated the creation of so many potentially enlightened Gurus. Only Kundalini can bridge that great divide between illusion and reality. On first awakening, Kundalini ascends through the central channel up to 6th center. It covers the lower plate (moordha) then descends like melting clouds on the Ida (left channel) and Pingala (right channel) nadis to the Void. It fills this area and then the three combined powers re-ascend the Sushumna (central) to open the lotus petals of the Sahasrara. The Spirit, which is said to be watching through the manifold subtle auras of the heart, has its seat at the top of the head in the center. When the individual spark of the Spirit is raised and reunited in Union or Yoga, with the all-pervading and all-powerful source at the apex of the Sahasrara then the reality of the essential core of existence is realized and this enables one to start to become his own Guru, based on a new enlightened awareness. These are some simple techniques that can help balance the Void and establish its qualities within any individual. In order to get more information, it is advisable to attend S a h a j a Yo g a c l a s s e s w h i c h a r e 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 out at www.houston-meditation.org for all Sahaja Yoga meetings in Houston. There is no prerequisite for the class. Feel free to contact HoustonSY@outlook. com with any questions regarding this chakra or the practice of Sahaja Yoga. Another website which can be referred to is www.freemeditation.com. See ad on page 46.
JUST WALK 22 Minutes a Day Boosts Well-Being by Randy Kambic
ven mainstream media have picked up on the many physical and mental benefits of walking, including weight loss, reduced stress, increased energy and better sleep, and that’s only the beginning. These additional compelling effects may well catalyze us to consistently step out for a daily walk, understanding that cumulative steps count, too. For more inspiration, check out this month’s race walking at the Summer Olympics. Walking helps heart health and diabetes. According to the U.S. Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Walking program launched last fall, the risk of heart disease and diabetes can be significantly reduced via an average of 22 minutes a day of brisk walking. “Physical activity has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, certain cancers, osteoporosis, cognitive decline and even depression,” says Dr. JoAnn Manson, chief of the division of preventive medicine at Boston’s Brigham
and Women’s Hospital. “Can you imagine if there was a pill that could simultaneously have all those benefits? Everyone would be clamoring for it.” Walking reduces anxiety and clears thinking. The results of a national survey of nearly 3,000 women between the ages of 42 and 52 published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that those that walked as part of a regular physical activity showed fewer signs of depression compared with inactive women. The more physical activity a woman logged, the less likely she was to exhibit such symptoms, suggesting that moderate-to-intense levels of exercise may help protect against mental illness. The survey further revealed that 85 percent believe walking helps reduce any present anxiety and feelings of depression, while two-thirds reported that walking stimulates their thinking. Walking facilitates doctor-patient communication. Columbus, Ohio-based Walk with a Doc (WalkWithADoc.org) helps organize free walking events each month via 230 chapters nationwide. They’re led by physicians and other healthcare authorities. “It’s a casual forum in which to communicate and also learn about the health benefits of walking,” says Executive Director Rachael Habash, who’s aiming for 350 chapters by year’s end. When doctors emphasize the benefits of exercise, patients tend to listen. Walking boosts life performance. “Until the late 1960s, 90 percent of America’s children that lived up to a mile away walked to school. Today, that figure is 30 percent,” says Sheila Franklin, of the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity, in The Walking Revolution documentary (scroll to the video at EveryBodyWalk.org). Experts warn that less walking by youngsters can create sedentary habits and lead to shortened life spans. Daily walks to school boost cognitive performance in students, according to Mary Pat King, the National Parent Teacher Association director of programs and projects. Dr. Richard Jackson, a pediatrician, professor and chair of Environmental Health Sciences at the School of Public Health at University of California, Los Angeles,. and former environmental health director
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Leo – Be very careful of accidents, quarrels and tensions at home. Release tensions and don’t become upset at roadblocks. Expect issues at work. You will need to put extra effort into connecting with spouse or partner. Expect some financial relief later in the month. Your lucky days are 4th, 5th, 30th, and 31st. Virgo – Your income should see some improvement. Take care of your health especially shoulder, abdomen and lower back. Be careful of accidents at work. You could have negative encounter with authority or government. Take extra care in written communication. Your lucky days are 6th and 7th.
August MoonSign Predictions by Varshaa Sachdev
HAT IS YOUR MOON SIGN? The Moon signifies Motherly energies in the Universe. For centuries, sages in ancient cultures have based their predictions on Moon Sign because they are more accurate. Vedic Moon Sign is different from your Sun Sign or Moon Sign in Western Astrology. Find out your Moon Sign for FREE by logging on to OpenMindAstrology.com or call 832-597-8888. Aries - Your children could be one of your main concerns. Take extra care of yourself and use caution as this month progresses. Brace yourself for a financial slump but expect positive news at work. Your lucky days are 22nd and 23rd. Taurus - Lots of activity at home. Use extra caution with spouse or partner and try to avoid quarrels and disagreements. Just stay calm. Keep a close eye on your parent’s health. Expect positive news in regards to your children later in the month as well as a little financial relief. Watch your temper. Your lucky days are 24th and 25th. Gemini – Avoid quarrels and problems at work. Don’t ignore any health related issue big or small. Look beneath surface appearances. Read all the fine print before you sign any documents. Expect positive news later in the month. Your lucky days are 26th and 27th. Cancer – Your confidence will continue during first part of the month. Be patient and avoid quarrels in any romantic relationship. Use extra caution while driving. Think before you speak. You may feel some positive luck or blessing coming your way. Take extra care of your health. Your lucky days are 1st, 2nd, 28th, and 29th.
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MONDAY, AUGUST 1ST
Hunger and Resilience Exhibit. The Health Museum will bring awareness to the subject of hunger, food insecurity and resilience through “About Hunger and Resilience,” photographer Michael Nye’s multi-media exhibit documenting the voices, stories and portraits revealing the courage and fragility of those living with hunger. The exhibit will run through Aug 31st. The Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Dr, 77004. Please visit thehealthmuseum.org or call 713-521-1515 for hours and admission fees.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3RD
Mid-Year Update! Coaching & Visioning. 6:00pm-9:00pm. Create Your New Reality Board with Cherie Ray, Life & Creativity Coach. You will receive coaching exercises to encourage an authentic vision for your life. Create your own Visionary Vision Board! $65. www.trueyoucreativity.com
THURSDAY, AUGUST 4TH
Wellness Seminar: Digestion, Thyroid Health, and Fatigue. 6:00 p.m. Join us for a complimentary dinner and wellness seminar where you’ll learn the causes of digestive disorders, thyroid dysfunction, and fatigue. FREE. Grotto, 4715 Westheimer, 77027. Call weMEDWellness to reserve your seat, space is limited: 713-572-3888. Wemedwellness.com
Trans4wisdom. 6:00pm. A community of holistic and integrative health care professionals growing and learning from one another in an educational forum and networking format. Join us as Dr. Dick Couey shares his own personal health journey coming back from amputation. His talk titled; “Why caring for yourself is not a selfish act, but an act of love.” Will teach core principals of Self Care and why putting your health first allows you to better care for others. Free. The Silverstone Building, 2900 Wilcrest Drive, Ste. 220, 77042. Visit www. Trans4Wisdom.com for more information and to register. Free Coaching Event. 6-8pm. “Hey, have you seen my resilience? I can’t find it anywhere.” Join Kim and Cherie in learning how resilience is natural in you and how to experience more of it in your life. Houston Heights True You Creativity Studio, 77008. Full details at: www.trueyoucreativity.com
SATURDAY, AUGUST 6TH
Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 10:00am-12:00pm. Come around and try our free weekly yoga-meditation classes – every Saturday through Oct. 15th. Simply turn up, and make yourself comfortable. Each session includes the basics and a practical guided meditation, so that you can start meditating at home straight away. Free. Woodsland Park and Community Center, 443 Danover Rd, Katy, 77494. 832-433-2415 info@Houston-Meditation.org
Marva’s Holistic Fair. 10:00am-5:00pm. Psychics, tarot readers, palmists, healers, vendors of all sorts. Admission Free. LaQuinta Inn-Galleria on 610 West Loop North between San Felipe and Post Oak, 77027. psychicfairs.com 713-444-3581 Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 2:30-4:00pm. Come around and try our free weekly yoga-meditation classes – every Saturday through Oct. 15th. Simply turn up, and make yourself comfortable. Each session includes the basics and a practical guided meditation, so that you can start meditating at home straight away. Free. Outreach Center of West Houston, 725 Bateswood Drive, 77079. 832-4332415. info@Houston-Meditation.org
TUESDAY, AUGUST 9TH
Amado Mexico: Texas Traditional Folk Dance. 11:00am. Country-Western dance is showcased in this festive performance for all ages by Ambassadors International Ballet Folklorico (AIBF). Free. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Drive, 77030 http://milleroutdoortheatre.com
E.T. at Market Square Park . 8:00pm. Join us for a movie under the stars as the Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow presents E.T. (PG). Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and grab a spot as we watch a story about a young boy’s friendship with the extraterrestrial. Free. Market Square Park. 301 Milam, 77002. marketsquarepark.com
THURSDAY, AUGUST 11TH
Summer Sounds on The Plaza. 7:00pm. Founded in Lima, Wayanay Inka has established an international reputation for being among the finest ambassadors of Andean music. SweetCup is on site selling delicious gelato, in addition to free beer from Saint Arnolds and snacks. Bring your family, friends, a blanket, and enjoy a summer night of music! Suggested donation $10. Rothko Chapel, 3900 Yupon, 77006. 713-524-9839 rothkochapel.org
SATURDAY, AUGUST 13TH
Wellness Seminar: Youth, Energy, Vitality. 12:00 noon. Join us for a complimentary lunch and wellness seminar where you will learn safe and natural methods to preserve your youth, energy, and vitality every day. FREE. Seasons 52, 4410 Westheimer, 77027. Call weMEDWellness to reserve your seat, space is limited: 713-572-3888. weMEDwellness.com
YogaMass™. 5:00pm-6:00pm. A unique and participative worship experience engaging the senses and integrating body, mind, and spirit through the combined practice of yoga, breath work, meditation, and Holy Communion. Bring your mind, body, soul and mat. All levels are welcome. Chairs are available for those who wish to sit. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort (one block west of Stella Link), 77025. For more information, contact Grace at 832-667-8601, info@ graceinhouston.org or yogamass.com.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 14TH
Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 6:30-7:30pm. Come around and try our free weekly yoga-meditation classes – every Tuesday through Oct. 18th! Simply turn up, and make yourself comfortable. Each session includes the basics and a practical guided meditation, so that you can start meditating at home straight away. Free. South Community Center. 2235 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, 77380. 832-433-2415. info@Houston-Meditation.org
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10TH Your Perfect Path? How To Know You’re On The Right Course For Your Spiritual Growth. 7:00pm-9:00pm. Confused by the many healing modalities and wonder which one is right for you? Feel like you’re doing the work but don’t seem to be moving forward at the pace you’d like? Join a group of like-minded seekers for an evening of insight, experience and practical techniques to help you embrace your own unique path and make immediate progress! Free. Edgar Cayce A.R.E. Library, 7800 Amelia Rd, 77055. Please visit www.groundyourdivinity.com for more info and to register.
markyourcalendar Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 6:30-8:00pm. Come around and try our free weekly yoga-meditation classes – every Wednesday through Oct. 19th! 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. Sugarland, 77479. 832-433-2415. info@Houston-Meditation.org
Celebrating Parents and Teachers. 5:00pm-8:00pm. Join us for a traditional Buddhist ceremony to express our gratitude and respect, and also hear about the Awake Mind within each person and how to realize and live with it in order to be truly happy. Live translation in English is available. Universal Door Meditation Center (new land) - 15202 Dora Lane, Sugar Land, 77498 www.universaldoor.org 281-565-9718 Does Walking The Spiritual Path Have To Be This Hard? 7:00-9:00pm. Do you feel like the activities that are supposed to be bringing you peace are making your life more stressful? Are you desperately seeking a way to integrate your spirituality with the whole of your life? Do yourself a favor and join us for a passionate, enlightened presentation full of insight and practical techniques to help you flow with your spiritual path rather than against it. Free. 427 Carson Ridge Dr, Spring, 77386. Please visit www.groundyourdivinity.com for more info and to register.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 18TH
markyourcalendar Wellness Seminar: Youth, Energy, Vitality. 12:00 p.m. Join us for a complimentary lunch and wellness seminar where you will learn safe and natural methods to preserve your youth, energy, and vitality every day. FREE. Grotto, 4715 Westheimer, 77027. Call weMEDWellness to reserve your seat, space is limited: 713-572-3888. weMEDwellness.com Blanket Bingo. 6:00pm-9:00pm. Join us for Blanket Bingo benefiting Market Square Park and Buffalo Bayou Partnership. Bring your blanket, lawn chairs or snag one of the tables at the park for a night of fun, music and great prizes! $10 admission includes one bingo packet (approx. 9 games). Additional games and daubers can be purchased for $1 each. Market Square Park 301 Milam, 77002 http://marketsquarepark.com/
Well done is better than well said. ~Benjamin Franklin
SUNDAY, AUGUST 7TH
Bayou Bikers. 8:00am. Meet at Market Square Park for 25- to 40-mile bike rides exploring the bayous of Houston. Rides are open to all. Mountain bikes or bikes with fat tires are necessary. This is an informal group whose purpose is to show Houstonians and visitors the beauty of Houston’s waterways. Market Square 301 Milam, 77002. 713-845-1000 marketsquarepark.com
Farm Shares Schedule Plant It Forward Farms invites you to enjoy your own weekly box of our fresh, local produce through our Farm Share program which helps ensure our efforts to give newly arrived refugees access to the American dream. You, the socially and environmentally conscious consumer, will be supporting local refugee farmers and their families to earn a living wage by farming sustainably on urban farms in Houston. Farm Shares may be picked up at the following locations. Visit our website for more information or to sign up. http://plant-it-forward.org/our-produce/ farm-share/
Nature Discovery Center in Bellaire 4pm-7pm 7112 Newcastle St, Bellaire
Local Foods in Rice Village 3:30 pm - 7 pm 2424 Dunstan Rd, Houston Dr. Blazek’s Office in the Heights 3:30 pm - 7 pm 2310 Rutland St, Houston Pearland Elite Training Center 3:30 pm - 7 pm 4407 Halik St, Pearland University of St. Thomas 3:30-7 pm 1318 Sul Ross Montrose
The Corner of Fondren and Willowbend 3:30 pm - 7 pm 10611 Fondren Rd, Houston Dr. Blazek’s Office in the Heights 3:30 pm - 7 pm 2310 Rutland St, Houston American Health Foods 3:30-6 pm 21202 TX-249 #500, Houston University of St. Thomas 3:30-7 pm 1318 Sul Ross Montrose Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center 3:30 - 7 pm 5601 S Braeswood Blvd, Houston
Summerwood Elementary School 3:30 - 7 pm 14000 Summerwood Lakes Dr, Houston
Introduction to Intuitive Painting & Open Studios. 6:00pm9:00pm. Intuitive Painting swings the doors open to living with more expression and authenticity. When you understand the nature of creativity and its principles, you begin to relax and trust. You will learn these principles during this series. No experience is needed. No critiques are permitted. All materials included. $55/session or multi session discounts available. True You Creativity Studio in The Heights. For more information and to register, visit www.trueyoucreativity.com
SUNDAY, AUGUST 21ST
Half-day Retreat. 9:00am-12:00pm. Chan/Zen Meditation Classes guided by Ordained Zen Masters of Chung Tai Chan Monastery. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 firstname.lastname@example.org www. cthouston. org 281-568-1568 Holistic Yoga Workshop and Fair. 1:00pm-4:00pm. Come join us 1-2:30pm for a revitalizing holistic yoga workshop focused on helping you develop flexibility of mind, body and spirit. Then, stay for a holistic fair with vendors from around town offering their products and services to help you create a life you love to live. $20 for the workshop and the fair is free. Pure Balance, 15719 Mueschke Rd, Cypress, 77433. For more info, please visit www.purebalancehouston.com
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24TH
markyourcalendar Wellness Seminar: Belly Fat. 12:00 noon. Complimentary lunch. Learn what really causes weight gain – specifically belly fat. Modern stressors and foods stimulate fat-storing hormones. We offer safe, natural treatments to help you get your weight under control. FREE. Seasons 52, 4410 Westheimer, 77027. Call weMEDWellness to reserve your seat, space is limited: 713-572-3888. Wemedwellness.com
FRIDAY, AUGUST 26TH
Oneness Awakening Course. Fri. 26th 7:00pm-9:00pm and Sat. 27th 9:00am-9:00pm. Awakening is the rising of consciousness where there is greater awareness, joy, love, togetherness, and focus in everything that you do and experience. The course invites you to see what life is like beyond the realm of the mind - an intensive journey of inner growth, culminating with participants having the option to be initiated as a Blessing Giver. Child care available, reservation only. Please visit www. unityhouston.org for course fees and more information. Unity of Houston- Wallet Hall, 2929 Unity Dr., 77057. Qi Revolution comes to Austin Convention Center. Open to Public. Firefighters and Veterans are admitted free. $99 for 2-Days and 1-Night of training! For details call (800)-2988970 or visit online: www.QiRevolution.com 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
SUNDAY, AUGUST 28TH
Public Oneness Meditation with Reverend Howard Caesar. 12:30pm-1:30pm. The Oneness Meditation is a powerful transmission of Divine Energy which helps one move into higher states of consciousness; allowing the individual to deepen their spiritual journey. The results are transformative, bringing lasting changes and shifts in consciousness. Each person will have their own unique experience during the meditation. Child care available, no reservation required. Love offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-7824050. unityhouston.org The Joys And Benefits of Opening Your Heart Along Your Spiritual Path. 7:00pm-9:00pm. Do you sometimes feel a sense of apathy towards your path and your life? Do you sometimes feel disconnected from your true self and those around you? Please, come join us for a fun and heart-warming presentation filled with deep insights and everyday techniques you can use to more fully open your heart and create unconditional love for yourself and those around you. Free. 427 Carson Ridge Dr, Spring, 77386. Please visit www.groundyourdivinity.com for more info and to register.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 30TH
Oneness Blessing Meeting with Golden Orb Deeksha. 7:00pm9:00pm. Experience the newest form of Deeksha released from Oneness University, the Golden Orb Deeksha! This Deeksha will be offered the last Tuesday of each month at our Oneness meeting. All those initiated as Golden Orb Deeksha Givers are welcome to give the Blessing, everyone else may receive the Golden Orb Deeksha! All are welcome to attend and experience this special Blessing! Child care available, reservation only. $10 suggested Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050 unityhouston.org
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31ST
Balance & Efficiency: New Moon in Virgo Forecast and Meditation with Kimberley McSherry. 6:30pm-8:30pm. The New Moon of Virgo heralds a month long opportunity to explore the health and efficiency of our routines and habits and the opportunity to adjust and apt our daily lives in order to achieve the body-mind-spirit balance within required to “live life well”. $25. Body Mind & Soul 7951 Katy Frwy Ste. N, 77024. www.bmshouston.com 713-993-0550 Beginning Zen Meditation. 7:30-9:30pm. Feeling stressed? Want something to help you feel better? Try meditation with us. Weds or Sat classes available. Twelve week session start dates: Aug 31st for Wednesday classes and Sept 3rd for Saturday classes. Children’s meditation classes also on Saturdays starting Sept 3rd. Free, donations welcome. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. For registration and inquiries: 281-568-1568 or cthouston.org
planahead SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH
Half-day Retreat. 9:00am-12:00pm. Chan/Zen Meditation Classes guided by Ordained Zen Masters of Chung Tai Chan Monastery. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 email@example.com www. cthouston. org 281-568-1568
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11TH
Blessing Ceremony. 10:00am-12:00pm. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 zen@ cthouston.org www. cthouston.org 281-568-1568
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH
markyourcalendar Karma & Vedic Astrology with Sri Sachdev. 6-8 pm. What is Vedic Astrology? How does it differ from Western Astrology? What is karma? Can I change it? If my fate is all “written in the stars”, what’s the point of knowing? These and many other questions answered. You will leave with an understanding of your purpose and connection to the universe. Early Bird, before Sept. 1 $50, afterwards $65. Yoga Heart Studio 5959 Westheimer Rd. Houston, TX 77057. HoustonYogaStudio.com OpenMindAstrology.com Hearts of Gold Gala Honoring Dr. Carolyn Farb. 7pm. Commemorating 20 years of The Health Museum, the celebratory evening includes the Museum’s founders and other distinguished guests, an exquisite dinner, and the captivating music of Moodafaruka. Hilton Americas-Houston, 1600 Lamar, 77010. To secure tickets or for more information, please visit www.thehealthmuseum.org/heartsofgold or call Meg Naumann at 713-337-8442
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
markyourcalendar An Evening with Panache Desai. 7:30pm-9:00pm. An invitation to be empowered to create the life of your dreams. General Admission: $35. VIP Seating: $55. Unity of Houston. 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. More info: www.unityhouston. org or call 713-782-4050
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH
Meditation Workshop. 10:00-11:00am. Open to everyone, especially for beginners to meditation. The master will give a brief introduction to meditation and guide the participants to do meditation. Free, donations welcome.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1ST
Living Your Voice 101 Workshop. 9:00am-4:00pm. Facilitated by Tony Pryor, an experienced voice coach, speaker and performer, the workshop combines fundamental vocal technique with creative performance experiences that will help you build greater confidence. A criticism-free place to nurture your hidden brilliance with techniques to help overcome any fear, self-criticism, timidity or stage fright. Jung Center, 5200 Montrose Blvd, 77006. To register, contact the Jung Center at (713) 524-8253. For more information, visit livingyourvoice. com or call Tony Pryor at 713-826-9814.
FRIDAY–WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7-12TH
markyourcalendar Understanding the Process of Death & Dying - The Beautiful Road Home. This retreat presented by Jane Sorbi, will seek to share the gentle journey which occurs as the soul moves out of the physical body - what might be expected after the death of the physical - and the new life which awaits. There will be sessions on understanding the process of grief and on helping those whom we love through this transition. One of the important facets of the White Eagle work is that of working with the souls who need help to light their passage from the earth. Together we will be learning through group healing work, how we might help. 5 day cost - $725 (includes meals & lodging). Saint John’s Retreat Center, Montgomery, TX 77316. www. whiteaglelodge.org
FRIDAY-SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7-9
markyourcalendar Abolish Your Inner Saboteur! This is a live experiential training for those interested in learning a state of the art framework for transforming doubt, worry, and all limiting beliefs into sheer useable focus, energy and personal power. Certifications available for coaches, counselors, trainers and teachers. www.tinamarie.com, 888-721-4204.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20
An Evening with Miguel Ruiz Jr. 8:00am–5:00pm. In this workshop, our perception will blossom into the awareness that we are the constant in every relationship we are in; thus we are either the constant opportunity for either conditional love or unconditional love in life. General Admission: $35. Unity of Houston–Sanctuary. 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. More info: www.unityhouston.org or call 713-782-4050
THURSDAY-SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20-23
markyourcalendar Blossom: A Yoga & Spirit Renewal Retreat. Attend a 4 day retreat starting Thursday, October 20th and running through Sunday, October 23rd. Nurture your body, mind, and spirit at our fall yoga retreat in the magical high desert of Santa Fe, NM on a five-star oasis. Come to clear the path for the good you want to see in your life. Come to Blossom! Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado, Santa Fe, NM. Packages start at $2400. Brought to you by Soul Bliss Yoga. For more information and to reserve your spot, visit: www.soulblissyoga.com/blossomsantafe2016 or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 720-295-2127. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 email@example.com www. cthouston.org 281-568-1568
ongoingevents daily 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 Free Vegetarian Meal. 12:30pm. (except Sunday) A free vegetarian meal for any and all. Free. ISKCON Temple 1320 West 34th Street, 77018. 713. 686.4482 iskconhouston.org Waugh Bridge Bat Colony. Sunset. Every evening at sunset, more than 250,000 Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from crevices found in the Waugh Drive Bridge. These creatures are non-migratory and call the bayou home year-round. Free. Waugh Street at Allen Parkway 77019. houstontx.gov/parks/bats.html
Traditional Hatha Yoga! 5:30 pm. Integrative Hatha Yoga for Mental & Physical Happiness, facilitated by Lin Weiss MH, Certified Yoga Therapist. $18 drop in. Multiple class prices available. Bellaire Triangle Yoga & Meditation Studio is located behind the shopping center on the corner of Bissonnet & Mapleridge. Take first driveway on Mapleridge (right) - just past Gold’s Violin Shop. http://conscioushealingnow.com/ 713-858-8595 Zumba. 7pm to 8pm. Join Marco Oliver on Tuesday nights, Auditorium for Dance fitness classes are now available. 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
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
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
Charles Bryant Showcase. 7-11pm. Dinner music at Last Concert Café. Get your Tex-Mex On! Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com
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 Heartfulness 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 heartfulness 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 Café 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com 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. firstname.lastname@example.org. Food Not Bombs. 8pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Courtyard 521 Lamar, 77002.. houstonfoodnotbombs.org
tuesday Grace2Go. 7:00-8:30 am. On the go? Want a boost to the start of your day? Drive thru for free coffee, a breakfast bite, and a prayer if desired. All are welcome. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort, 77025. www.graceinhouston.org. 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 or 6:45pm8:45pm. 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
Intro to Meditation 101.7-8pm. Universal Door Meditation Center offers this beginner level class open to the public. Here we begin to discover the difference between False Mind and Awake Mind by applying basic Zen Meditation. Donations Welcome. Universal Door Meditation Center 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, 77498 www.universaldoor.org 281-565-9718 Yoga at Resurrection MCC. 7:00-8:00 pm. Get in touch with your mind, body, and spirit through Yoga! Connect with others in this non-competitive activity suitable for everyone. All body types and skill levels are welcome. Please bring a mat and towel. Extra mats are available for those new to Yoga. Donations Accepted. Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church 2015 West 11th Street 77008. Yoga@ResurrectionMCC.org Oneness Blessing Meeting. 7-9pm Our weekly meeting includes sharing, meditation, Oneness teachings, and the giving and receiving of the Oneness Blessing, also known as Deeksha. Connect with the Oneness Community to explore deeper experiences of Oneness, Divine Love and accelerated awakening. Child care is available, reservation required. $10 suggested Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org
wednesday Oneness Blessing Meeting. 5:30-6:45pm. 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. Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org Christian Meditation. 5:30-6:30 pm. Experience meditation and contemplative prayer using ancient prayer practices of the early Christian communities. Explore and study contemporary and ancient texts of the contemplative way. All are welcome. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort, Houston, 77025. Parking is free and available at the Woodwind St. entrance. www.graceinhouston.org. Questions? email@example.com or 832-667-8601. 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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Zumba on the Green. 6:30-7:30pm. ACE certified personal trainer, Oscar Sajche shows you how to make your workout a party! 6:30-7:30 pm. Come see why hundreds of Houstonians come out to the park to move it and lose it! Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 6:30-7:30pm. Come around and try our free weekly yoga-meditation classes. Simply turn up, and make yourself comfortable. Each session includes the basics and a practical guided meditation, so that you can start meditating at home straight away. Free. Kingwood Library. 4400 Bens View Lane, 77339. 832-433-2415. info@Houston-Meditation.org Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 6:30-8:00pm. Come around and try our free weekly yoga-meditation classes. Simply turn up, and make yourself comfortable. Each session includes the basics and a practical guided meditation, so that you can start meditating at home straight away. Free. University Branch Library, 14010 University Blvd. Sugar Land, 77479. 832-433-2415. info@Houston-Meditation.org Blue Line Bike Ride. 7pm. 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. 7-7:45 pm. Free. Diamond Way Buddhist Center, 2217 W 34th Street, Suite D. 281. 77018. 436.6081. diamondway.org/houston/ Hellina Bucket Band 8:00 -10:00pm. Free dinner music. Last Concert Café, 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com 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 Courtyard 521 Lamar, 77002. houstonfoodnotbombs.org
Drum Circle at Midnight 12mn-2am $7.00 Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com
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
Dinner Music with Jimmy Deen. 6-9pm. Cover charge. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com
Introduction to Intuitive Painting & Open Studios. 6:00pm8:30pm. July 7th & 21st. Intuitive Painting swings the doors open to living with more expression and authenticity. When you understand the nature of creativity and its principles, you begin to relax and trust. You will learn these principles during this series. No experience is needed. No critiques are permitted. All materials included. $55/session multi session discounts available. True You Creativity Studio in The Heights. For more information and to register, visit www.trueyoucreativity.com Thrive Tapping with Helen Racz. 7-9pm. The Thursday Night Group Tapping is an amazing gift. The work is alive and, as in all living things, it has evolved. This evolution is taking us deeper into creating positive change on purpose with purpose. The beautiful meridian based science of EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) was originally used to clear blocks in our energy fields. What we know now is that EFT is capable of much, much more. Donations accepted. Spectrum Center at The Preserve 2060 North Loop West, Suite 205 77018. helenracz.com Meditation Class: Discovering the Awake Within. 7-9pm Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien closely guides and interacts with students to connect with Awake Mind and to apply meditation. This class provides a stable foundation for those who are ready to move to the next level, go deeper in their meditation practice, and touch with the Awake within. Suggested donation $50/month, pre-registration required. Universal Door Meditation Center - 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, 77498 www.universaldoor.org 281-565-9718
Chaz and the Plastik Flask. 8-10pm. Upbeat musical style with a rock and roll sound. Cover charge. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St., 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com
Hightailers. 10:00pm-2 am. Longest running house band in existence! Gulf Coast Rhythm and Blues. Cover charge. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St., 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com
Grace2Go. 7:00-8:30 am. On the go? Want a boost to the start of your day? Drive thru for free coffee, a breakfast bite, and a prayer if desired. All are welcome. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort, 77025. www.graceinhouston.org. Museum of Fine Arts-Houston. 10am-9pm. If you have not spent time enjoying the art exhibits at MFAH, what are 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. 3-6pm. Roam the Serengeti, walk with dinosaurs and discover the world’s mineral wonders. Free. HMNS 5555 Hermann Park Drive 77030. hmns.org Free Family Thursdays at The Health Museum. 2:00pm7:00pm.Free entry into The Health Museum to enjoy permanent and traveling exhibits (DeBakey Cell Lab requires a $3 fee) on Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Dr 77004. thehealthmuseum.org (713) 521-1515
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
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.
Pot Roast. 10:00pm-12mn. Late night music outside under the stars. Cover charge. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com
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
friday Introduction to Intuitive Painting & Open Studio. 10am12:30pm. June 10th & 24th. 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
Satsang: 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, 1208 Pennsylvania,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. Traditional Hatha Yoga! 9:30 am. Integrative Hatha Yoga for Mental & Physical Happiness, facilitated by Lin Weiss MH, Certified Yoga Therapist. $18 drop in. Multiple class prices available. Bellaire Triangle Yoga & Meditation Studio is located behind the shopping center on the corner of Bissonnet & Mapleridge. Take first driveway on Mapleridge (right) - just past Gold’s Violin Shop. http://conscioushealingnow.com/ 713-858-8595 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. 10:00-11:00am. Enjoy relaxing cardio work out at India House. Free. India House, 8888 West Bellfort, 77031. Go to the website, print out the form and email it to the address given. http://www.indiahouseinc.org/programs/yoga-classes Young Writers Workshop. 10:30 -11:30 am. Kids learn to express their thoughts an develop language skills. Presented by Houston Public Library/HPL Express and Discovery Green. Houston’s only free and open writing workshop for kids conducted by Writers In The Schools. Limited to 25 students, first come first serve. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com For more information please call 832-393-1375. Beginning Meditation. 11:00-11:30am. Enjoy relaxing meditation class at India House. Free. India House, 8888 West Bellfort, 77031. Go to the website, print out the form and email it to the address given. http://www.meetup.com/ Meditate-Houston/events/229736844/ Science of Spirituality Meditation. 12:00-2pm. Science of Spirituality is a global, non-religious, non-profit, spiritual organization headquartered in Chicago and under the leadership of Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj. Each week our group gathers to meditate together, reflect on the words of the great Saints and Mystics and spend some time with others who share the goal of leading a spiritually enriched and fulfilling life. Spiritual Discourse, Meditation, Vegetarian Meal. Free. India House 8888 West Bellfort 77031. houstonSOS.org 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 Dinner Music with Jimmy Deen. 6-9pm. Cover charge. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com
Recycling Saturdays. 11:00am-2:00pm. Bring your, paper, plastic and aluminum to a recycling station at Discovery Green. We no longer accept GLASS. Please note: Recycling container is provided by the City of Houston Solid Waste Management. The schedule can be subject to change, but park staff will accept your recycling in the park office during the hours of 11 am to 2 pm regardless of whether the container is on site. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com
sunday Yoga for the Body and Mind. 8-9:30 am. Yoga classes based on the teachings of Swami Ramdev ji including asanas, pranayama and meditation. Free. Arya Samaj Greater Houston Center, 14375 Shiller Rd. 77082. 281-242-5000 aryasamajhouston.org. Sunday Oneness Blessing. After 9am and 11am services. The Oneness Blessing, also known as Deeksha, is a hands-on, direct transfer of energy. Which can strengthen your relationship with your Divine, Spirit, God; however you relate to that. Bring freedom from your chattering mind. 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 Movement Meditation for Healing Mind and Body . 9:30am–10:30am With an emphasis on bringing together mind, body, and movement to be in the present moment, Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien guides students to connect with Awake mind, which is profoundly healing, and also restores and refreshes every aspect of our being. Suggested donation $50/month, pre-registration required. Universal Door Meditation Center - 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, 77498 www.universaldoor.org 281-565-9718
Christian Meditation. 9:00-9:30 am. Experience meditation and contemplative prayer using ancient prayer practices of the early Christian communities in preparation for receiving Holy Communion at the 10 am worship service. All are welcome. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort, Houston, 77025. 832-667-8601. www.graceinhouston.org. Questions? email@example.com. The Conversations With God Study Group. 9:30am-10:45am. The group is now studying Neale Donald Walsch’s new book The Storm Before The Calm, study materials provided, this ongoing gathering is facilitated by Dr. Ngozi Kamau. Free. Carmel Temple, 1208 Pennsylvania,77587. carmeltemple.org Carmel Temple All Faith Service. 11:00am. Different guest speaker every week. Free. Carmel Temple, 1208 Pennsylvania,77587. carmeltemple.org Semanal Programa de Meditación 10am-1pm. Ciencia de la Espiritualidad es una organización global, no religiosa, sin fines de lucro, espiritual dedicado a la unidad del amor y de la paz. Nuestro grupo de meditación Houston ha estado activo durante más de 52 años y se reúne regularmente. Cada semana nuestro grupo se reúne para meditar juntos, reflexionar sobre las palabras de los grandes santos y místicos y pasar algún tiempo con otras personas que comparten el objetivo de llevar una vida espiritualmente enriquecida y satisfactoria. Gratis. Trini Mendenhall Sosa Center 1414 Wirt Road 77055. houstonSOS.org 832-304-0767. Acoustic Jams. 10:30am-12n. Easy listening music to brunch by. No cover charge. Last Concert Café, 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com Ecstatic Dance Evolution. 10:30-1:00pm. Ecstatic Dance Evolution is a unique transformational Ecstatic Dance practice developed by Houston’s Sydney Samadhi Strahan. This Dance has been actively evolving since 2003, giving Houstonians a consistent place to be free in mind-body-spirit and express themselves through movement with an accepting creative community. Free. MATCH: Midtown Arts and Theater Center 3400 Main Street 77002
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. 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. Suggested donation $60/month, registration required, call for more details. Universal Door Meditation Center - 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, 77498 universaldoor.org 281-565-9718. Centerpoint Body Mind and Spirit Expo. 1pm-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 Satsang: 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, 1208 Pennsylvania, 77587. houstonSOS.org Diamond Way Meditation. 5-5:45 pm. Free. Diamond Way Buddhist Center. 2217 W 34th Street, Suite D., 77018. 281436-6081. diamondway.org/houston/ Food Not Bombs. 7pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Courtyard 521 Lamar, 77002 houstonfoodnotbombs.org Sunday Love Feast. 7:00pm. A free vegetarian meal for any and all. Free. ISKCON Temple 1320 West 34th Street, 77018. 713. 686.4482 iskconhouston.org
Heights Epicurian Farmer’s Market. 8am-1:30pm. First Saturdays only. Grace United Methodist Church 1245 Heights Blvd. 77008. HeightsEpicurian.com
Canino Produce and Farmer’s Market. 6am-8pm (except Christmas and Thanksgiving) Over 20,000 square feet of Texas produce. Canino Produce and Farmer’s Market 2520 Airline, 77009. 713.862.4027 caninoproduce.com Last Organic Outpost Harvest. 9am-4pm (except during extreme cold or rainy weather). Come and get your hands in the dirt. Help with the work of the garden and harvest your share for FREE. Last Organic Outpost 711 Emile Street, 77020. 832.422.8407 facebook.com/lastorganicoutpost.com Nu Waters Food Co-Op. 9am-5pm Tue-Sun. 2320 Elgin 77004. NuWatersCo-Op.com
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
Central City Co-Op. 9am-6:30pm. Grace Lutheran Church 2515 Waugh Drive, 77006. centralcityco-op.com
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
Memorial Villages Farmers Market. 9am-1pm. First Congregational Church, 10840 Beinhorn Rd. 77024. facebook.com/mvfm Farmer’s Market at Imperial. 9am-1pm. 198 Kempner, Sugar Land, 77498. imperialsugarland.com/ farmersmarket Tomball Farmer’s Market. 9am-1pm. Corner of Main (FM 2920) and Cherry in downtown Tomball 77377. tomballfarmersmarket.org Conroe Saturday AM Farmers Market. 9am-1pm. 135 N Main Conroe 77301 facebook.com/ConroeSamM/
SUNDAY East End Street Market. 10am-2pm. 2800 Navigation Blvd 77003. Eastendhouston.com Magnolia Farmer’s & Artisan’s Market. 11am-3pm. 1st, 3rd & 5th Sundays. Intersection of FM 1488 and FM 1774 in Magnolia, 77354. sweetmagnoliapickins.net Farmers Market at Bridgeland. 12:30-3:30pm. 2nd Sundays. 16902 Bridgeland Landing, Cypress 77433. farmersmarketatbridgeland.org/
The Farm Stand at Petrol Station. 9am-1pm. Petrol Station, 985 Wakefield 77018. 713.957.2875 facebook.com/The-FarmStand-at-Petrol-Station The Woodlands Farmer’s Market at Grogan’s Mill. 8am-12n. 7 Switchbud Place in The Woodlands 77380. grogansmillvillage.com Farmer’s Market on Grand Parkway. 8am-12n. Church of the Holy Apostles, 1225 W. Grand Parkway in Katy, 77494. farmersmarketongrandparkway.com
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At Cypress Area Acupuncture, I strive to provide quality health care at affordable prices. I believe that I am your partner in helping you obtain optimal health. I provide treatments in a relaxing atmosphere where you will seldom, if ever, have to wait and you will never feel rushed. Questions are always welcome and I will do everything possible to make your treatments comfortable and relaxing. See ad on page 16.
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Cecilia Straub Timon, EEMCP, has used and t a u g h t E d e n E n e rg y Medicine with her clients for several years. She started with Reiki and Brain Gym and applied these in the classroom as a schoolteacher. She now uses Eden Energy Medicine and tapping as well in her work with clients. She uses noninvasive techniques derived from ancient healing practices to relive tension and pain and increase energy and vitality. Based on the work of Donna Eden, author of Energy Medicine and Energy Medicine for Women.
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GYMS HOUSTON GYM
1501 DURHAM STREET HOUSTON, TX 77007 713-880-9191 HoustonGym.com
Twenty years ago, Houston Gym opened as an alternative to big, impersonal fitness centers with staffs of high-pressure salespeople. We built a facility that boasts NEW state-of -the-art equipment, yet retains the casual feel of a neighborhood gym. Simply put, Houston Gym is a place for people who are serious about achieving physical fitness. M-F: 5a-11p, Sat & Sun: 8a-8p. Call for a FREE Trial Pass.
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Venus Hair Design is a must-see place on 19th Street in The Heights. Venus and her staff are proud to be able to provide their customers of any age with any style, from a trim to a Mohawk. She is a wizard at color. If you live in or are visiting The Heights be sure to drop by, say hi and check out her Art Car, the Venus Hairse.
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THE CHAKRA HAVEN
402 East Main Street Tomball, TX 77375 346-234-7754 facebook.com/thechakra.heven
A cute little shop just outside the Old Town Tomball district. Featuring: candles, crystals, jewelry, oils, incense, herbs and more. Also by appointment only: meditation classes, tarot readings a n d C h r i s t i a n n u m e r o l o g y. Meditation 101 each Wednesday at 6-7pm. Call for more information.
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Integrating Mind, Body and Spirit Homeopathy is an art and science. The word “homeopathy” is derived from the Greek words homeos “similar” and pathos, “disease”. Homeopathy means “to treat with a remedy that produces an effect similar to that of the disease”. Anusha Thiagarajan practices traditional homeopathy with offices both in Houston and Missouri City. Visit her website for more information and call her today for a consulation.
ION FOOT DETOX HEAL WITH NATURAL HERBS
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Let me help you discover your unique place in creation. In person readings at Marva’s Fair on the 1st Saturday of each month. Visit my website for information about phone and SKYPE readings. Mention this ad for a 10% discount.
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Each individual is born with their own personal blueprint. The secrets of your inner nature and your own potential are beautifully and perfectly inscribed in the features and lines of your face. Face Reading is an ancient branch of Chinese Medicine, originally used as a diagnostic tool, it provides clues regarding an individual’s personality patterns, their inherent strengths and weaknesses, where they tend to excel and where they might face challenges. Let me help you find answers to your questions about relationships, career, dating, self-improvement or other areas of your life.
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The LifeLine Technique® is a way to access the subconscious programs of the mind so we can create sustainable change at the root of painful and stressful patterns. We use muscle reflex testing and a conscious intention to harmonize the subconscious reactive patterns of emotion, facilitating the body’s innate ability to heal, regenerate, and thrive. Are you ready to transform pain into power, fear into courage, and live fully in the present moment? If so, Grab the LifeLine! Call Mary Beth today. Sessions available in person, via phone or Skype.
MEDICAL INTUITIVE INTEGRATIVE THERAPIES FOR NATURAL HEALING & WELLNESS LIN WEISS MH, CYT Holistic Healer Medical/ Spiritual Intuitive Master Teacher Houston, Texas 77025 713-858-8595 firstname.lastname@example.org conscioushealingnow.com
Through her WHOLE-istic approach, Lin weaves inspired wisdom with proven healing traditions for integrating mind/ body & soul. ALL NATURAL, ALL THE TIME, she specializes in Homeopathy; Bio-energetic Healing; Neuro-chemical Analysis/ Balance; Chakra Attunement; Nutrition Therapies; Orchid Essences; Zero Energy Balance & more. Addressing a wide range of symptoms, ie: Allergies; ADD/ADHD; OCD: Arthritis; Autistic Spectrum; Chronic Fatigue; Depression; Detoxification; Fibromyalgia; MS; Parkinsons: Trauma Release, etc. Classes: Intuitive Development and Psychology of the Chakras!
MEDITATION CARMEL TEMPLE
1208 Pennsylvania Street South Houston 77587 713-944-0014 CarmelTemple.org
Carmel Temple is a quiet sanctuary far away from the outer world of seeming chaos. It is a place of peace, healing, study, teaching, meditation, love, warmth, and friendship. Opened in 1970, Carmel Temple is a loving place made available for all seekers of the Light. Join us in this welcoming environment, where enlightenment, healing, and especially love are found. See ad on page 6.
CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON
Chan/Zen Meditation Classes Guided by Ordained Zen Masters of Chung Tai Chan Monastery. No fees. Donations are welcome. No prior experience required for beginners. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., Houston 77072 281-568-1568 • email@example.com CTHouston.org
Beginning Meditation: (A) Wed, 7:30–9:30pm - starts Aug. 31. (B) Sat, 10am–noon - starts Sept. 3. Children Meditation: Sat 10– noon - starts Sept. 3 - For children ages 4–12 and parents. Half-day Retreat: Sun., Aug. 21, 9am-noon. Sun., Sept. 4, 9am-noon. Meditation Workshop: Sun., Sept. 25, 10-11am. Blessing Ceremony: Sun., Sept. 11, 10am-noon. Check the web site (event calendar) for the most current information. See ad on page 22.
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 30.
GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH 4040 West Bellfort Street Houston, TX 77025 713-666-1408 GraceInHouston.org
We are a welcoming Christian community sharing our spiritual journeys through worship, fellowship and outreach. Grounded in both Episcopal worship and ancient practices, we are faithful to the rich traditions of our church while also open to creative expressions of our faith in worship and ministries.
THE HINES CENTER FOR SPIRITUALITY AND PRAYER
UNIVERSAL DOOR MEDITATION CENTER
500 Fannin Street Houston, TX 77002 713-590-3320 HinesCenter.org
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 24.
SAHAJA YOGA MEDITATION
meetup.com/free-houston-meditationand-stress-relief-yoga-class houston-meditation.org info@Houston-Meditation.org
UNITY OF HOUSTON
Unity of Houston offers positive, practical teachings that support spiritual evolution and abundant living. The Unity movement is open and welcoming of all individuals regardless of race, color, gender, age, creed, religion, national origin, ethnicity, physical disability or sexual orientation. We take an extremely positive approach to life, emphasizing our Oneness in God and the goodness in people and all of life. We believe… ”Life is meant to be good!”. See ad on page 17.
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 16.
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
The Houston Sahaja Yoga Meditation group warmly invites you to join our FREE 7-week course “Chakra Cleansing through Sahaja Yo g a M e d i t a t i o n Techniques”, taking place at a number of locations in the Greater Houston area. Sahaja Yoga Meditation is natural, easy, and powerful. All classes and the literature provided are free. Simply turn up, and make yourself comfortable. There is always place for beginners, so there is no need to make a booking in advance. See ad on page 24.
2929 Unity Drive Houston TX 77057 713-782-4050 UnityHouston.org
2619 Charles Lane Sugar Land, TX 77498 281-565-9718 UniversalDoor.org
NATURAL WATER FILTRATION & TREATMENT
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 OPTOMETRY DR. SUSAN MOSS, OD
5218 Cedar Street, Suite A Bellaire, TX 77401 713-524-2525 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
PLANT IT FORWARD
“a farm in every neighborhood” 832-983-0405 email@example.com Plant-it-forward.org
Join the Farm Share Program Today! Enjoy your own weekly box of our local, organically grown produce by enrolling in our Farm Share Program. Get 6-8 different varieties, enough for a family of 3-5 each week. Purchase a 5-week mini-season for $132, a perfect gift for your health-conscious loved ones or purchase a 20-week season for $507. The summer vegetables include winter squash (hard squashes), edamame, eggplant, basil, peppers, okra, arugula, basil, cucumbers, green onions, roselle, malabar spinach, possibly cantaloupe if weather cooperates, and even watermelon if weather cooperates. Sign-up today for the Summer 2016 Season! See ad on page 38.
ORGANIC HEALTH AND BEAUTY PRODUCTS NEIL’S YARD REMEDIES
Felecia Hunt, Independent Consultant 832-226-6957 firstname.lastname@example.org https://us.nyrorganic.com/shop/ feleciahunt facebook.com/NYROFeleciaHunt
Ethical organic products from London since 1981 offering s k i n c a r e , b a t h , b o d y, aromatherapy, mommy/baby, herbal remedies, supplements, teas, gifts & more. Contact Felecia to schedule a no obligation consultation or for free samples!
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 19.
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.
THE BEAUTIFUL ROAD HOME:
OCTOBER 7 -12, 2016. This retreat will seek to share the gentle journey which occurs as the soul moves out of the physical body -- what might be expected after the death of the physical -- and the new life which awaits. There will be sessions on understanding the process of grief and on helping those whom we love through this transition. One of the important facets of the White Eagle work is that of working with the souls who need help to light their passage from the earth. Together we will be learning through group healing work, how we might help. 5 day retreat cost is $725 including meals and lodging. See our website for more details.
We are a “boutique” Yoga Studio conveniently located in the heart of the Energy Corridor in West Houston, we offer a variety of yoga classes and styles to cater for the needs of our community. Our classes are small giving us an opportunity to develop a relationship with all our students getting to know their name and enjoying a chat after class over tea is part of who we are. We offer classes for first timers as well as experienced Yogis. Our schedule includes Ashtanga Yoga, Vinyasa, Slow Flow, Yin Yoga, Mindful Meditation, Kids and Prenatal yoga and private classes, there is a class for everyone in the family!!! As part of giving back to the community and doing “our bit” we have a Community Class every Sunday at 9:45am, we have been offering the class ever since we started as we believe everyone should have an opportunity to practice and enjoy yoga.
Understanding the Process of Death & Dying Saint John’s Retreat Center Montgomery, Texas 936-597-5757 whiteaglelodge.org
1275 Eldridge Parkway Houston, TX 77077 281-928-6951 Namasteyogahouston.com
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 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 13.
SAHAJA YOGA MEDITATION
meetup.com/free-houston-meditationand-stress-relief-yoga-class houston-meditation.org info@Houston-Meditation.org
The Houston Sahaja Yoga Meditation group warmly invites you to join our FREE 7-week course “Chakra Cleansing through Sahaja Yo g a Me d i t a tio n Te c h niques”, taking place at a number of locations in the Greater Houston area. Sahaja Yoga Meditation is natural, easy, and powerful. All classes and the literature provided are free. Simply turn up, and make yourself comfortable. There is always place for beginners, so there is no need to make a booking in advance. See ad on page 24.
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.