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25 YOUR POSTURE AND YOUR HEALTH How Your Posture Affects Your Health by Jackie St.Cyr, D.C.

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his year, live creatively with Clarity and Aliveness. Begin the year with a rich experience of freedom that will orient you to living life in pure potential and possibility. Join Cherie Ray for a series of three Life Coaching/Intuitive Painting workshops. Learn: How creating is natural, easy, and abundant. What separates you from aliveness and spontaneity. How to listen and trust your intuition. How to gain clarity, new insights, and solutions. You will leave with a clear feeling of your intentions for 2016. Friday evening, January 8th, 6-9pm. Saturday, January 9th, 10am-6pm. Sunday, January 10th, 10am-4pm. Learn more and Register at TrueYouCreativity.com. See ad on page 15.

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Register now for one or all at www.dawnmountain.org Fees start $60 per section or $150 for all three. Check www.dawnmountain.org for kids’ and moms’ Mindfulness groups beginning this month! 2010 Naomi Street, Suite A | Houston, Texas 77054 dawnmountain.org Dawn Mountain is conveniently located south of the Texas Medical Center at 2010 Naomi Street, Suite A - a block from the NRG Park stop on the Metrorail Red Line. natural awakenings

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Holotropic Breathwork with Stan Grof & Tav Sparks Friday, January 22 - Sunday, Jan 24 Hyatt North Houston Friday evening open to non-workshop participants: “Healing Potential of Non-Ordinary States”

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esearch published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has found people that feel younger than their years have a lower incidence of earlier mortality. Conducted by scientists from the UK’s University College London, the research analyzed data from 6,489 people and measured their self-perceived age with the question, “How old do you feel you are?” Then, over more than eight years, the scientists tracked the number of deaths from all causes. Almost 70 percent of those that averaged a little over 65 reported feeling at least three years younger than their chronological age. Only a quarter said they felt close to their age and about 5 percent said they felt more than a year older. The research found that deaths among those that felt younger were 14 percent, while more than 18 percent of those who felt their own age and more than 24 percent of people that felt older died during the follow-up period. The research further found that individuals that felt at least three years younger were less likely to die later from heart disease or cancer. These relationships prevailed even when other health and lifestyle factors were eliminated. Co-author Andrew Steptoe, Ph.D., says, “We expected to find an association between self-perceived age and mortality. We didn’t expect that the relationship would still be present even when wealth, other socio-demographic indicators, health, depression, mobility and other factors were taken into account.”

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esearchers from Brigham Young University and Cornell University have determined that simply moving recess to precede lunch significantly increases students’ consumption of fruits and vegetables at lunch. The researchers tested first- through sixth-graders from seven schools in Utah for 14 school days. In three schools, recess was switched from after to just before lunch. In the other four schools, recess still followed lunch. Published in the journal Preventative Medicine, research found that when recess was just prior to lunch, students ate 54 percent more fruits and vegetables. Moving recess also resulted in 45 percent more kids eating at least one serving of fruits and vegetables during school-provided lunches. The researchers concluded that results show the benefits of holding recess before lunch and suggest that if more schools did this, there would be significant increases in fruit and vegetable consumption, particularly among students that eat school lunch as part of the National School Lunch Program. natural awakenings

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esearch from the University of Houston has determined that a species of bacteria that has become resistant to many antibiotics might be tracking into homes on the soles of shoes. More than a third of randomly tested homes were contaminated with Clostridium difficile bacteria, and 40 percent of doorsteps were also infected with the bacteria. Depending upon the strain, C. difficile can cause intestinal infections, inflammation and severe diarrhea. S t u dy a u t h o r M . Ja h a n g i r Alam, Ph.D., comments, “Shoes are contaminated from diverse sources, and we are regularly contaminating our doorsteps by shoes.” The researchers tested three to five household items within 30 houses in Houston, Texas. They collected 127 environmental samples—from 63 shoe bottoms, 15 bathroom surface samples, 12 house floor dusts and 37 other household surfaces They found that 41 of them harbored C. difficile and nearly 40 percent of the shoes were positive for the bacteria. They also found that a third of the bathroom surfaces harbored the bacteria, a third of house dust and 19 percent of other surfaces maintained the bacteria. The cause of many intestinal disorders, this bacteria species has become increasingly resistant to antibiotics and many household cleaning products. January 2016

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he UK’s University of East Anglia and the University of Stirling conducted a study of individuals with autistic traits among 312 people recruited through social media, including 75 diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder. Each of the subjects completed a series of creativity tests in which they determined uses of mundane objects. Published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, the study found that while the autistic people chose fewer uses for each object, their choices were significantly more original and creative. The subjects developed a greater range of “divergent thinking”. Martin Doherty, Ph.D., coauthor of the study, confirms, “People with high autistic traits can have less quantity, but greater quality of creative ideas. They are typically considered to be more rigid in their thinking, so the fact that the ideas they have are more unusual or rare is surprising. This difference may have positive implications for creative problem solving.” The researchers found that while the average person will utilize simple mental strategies to produce more obvious answers first, autistic people tend to first utilize more demanding strategies during their processing, thus producing the more creative result.

new paper published in the Environmental Health Perspectives journal warns of the continued health risks of chemicals used for non-stick pan coatings and water repellents on clothing. The chemical is being found in some municipalities’ drinking water. More than 200 scientists signed the statement, which presents the dangers of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). These chemicals are persistently used as pan coatings, despite more than a decade of research showing associations with liver toxicity, neurological disorders, cancers of different organs and types, and heart conditions. The paper noted that many manufacturers have discontinued long-chain PFAS production and substituted shorter-chain PFAS. The scientists caution that these shorter-chain PFAS may not effectively reduce PFAS exposure because more has to be used to achieve the same effectiveness, maintaining PFAS in the environment with exposure levels relatively unchanged. It calls for scientists, governments, chemical manufacturers and consumer product manufacturers to participate in halting all PFAS production.

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esearchers from the University of California (UC) School of Medicine at San Diego have determined that regions with greater exposure to ultraviolet (UV)-B radiation from the sun and reduced cloud cover have significantly lower incidence of pancreatic cancer. In an analysis of global rates of the disease, the research, published in the Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, demonstrated that areas with more sunshine had only one-sixth of the pancreatic cancer rates of areas with less sunshine. The farther from the equator, the less is the exposure to UV-B radiation, leading to less body production of vitamin D. Study author Cedric F. Garland, doctor of public health, a UC professor and member of the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, says, “If you’re living at a high latitude or in a place with a lot of heavy cloud cover, you can’t make vitamin D most of the year, which results in a higher-than-normal risk of getting pancreatic cancer.” According to World Cancer Research Fund International, 338,000 new cases of pancreatic cancer are diagnosed annually, and it is the seventh most lethal form of cancer.

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Eastern Practices Penetrate U.S. Corporate Culture Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini has introduced free yoga and meditation classes for employees of the health insurance giant, and more than 13,000 are participating. On average, they experienced a 28 percent reduction in their stress levels, 20 percent improvement in sleep quality, 19 percent reduction in pain and 62 minutes per week of extra productivity. “We have this groundswell inside the company of people wanting to take the classes,” says Bertolini. “It’s been pretty magical.” He sells the same classes to businesses that contract with Aetna. Google now offers emotional intelligence courses for employees and General Mills has a meditation room in every building on its Minneapolis corporate campus. Even conservative Wall Street firms such as Goldman Sachs are teaching meditation on the job. Some programs, from yoga sessions for factory workers to guided meditations for executives, are intended to improve overall well-being; others to increase focus and productivity. Most aim to make employees more present-minded, less prone to make rash decisions and generally nicer people to work with. More than 21 million individuals now practice yoga nationwide, double the number from a decade ago, and nearly as many meditate, according to the National Institutes of Health. Source: MindfulYogaHealth.com

A great deal of solar power falls on our planet, but a lot more misses us and goes off into space. Scientists at JAXA, Japan’s space administration, have made a major breakthrough in accurate wireless power transmission on Earth that bodes well for solar space technology. The team beamed 1.8 kilowatts of power, enough to power an electric tea kettle, more than 50 meters to a small receiver without any wires whatsoever. The researchers were able to accomplish this task by first converting the electrical energy to microwaves, and then beaming them to a remote receiver before converting them back into electrons. The program’s goal is to harness a constant supply of solar energy directly from space using orbital solar farms, and then beam that energy for use on Earth. Solar power generation in space has many advantages over current technology, including the constant availability of energy regardless of the weather or time of day. Source: Global.jaxa.jp

Puppy Cuddles

Students De-Stress by Petting Dogs At least three universities in England have offered puppy rooms to stressed students. More than 600 students signed up last year in Bristol alone. Gordon Trevett, from the University’s Centre for Sport, Exercise and Health, says, “Every year I see students fretting about their exams, and I thought this would be a great way to ease the stress and take their minds off it. People with dogs have lower blood pressure in stressful situations than those without a dog, and we know that playing with a dog can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine, which calm and relax.” Jo Woods, from the Bristol Students Union, says, “It’s important to do fun and different things to de-stress during exams, and cuddling a puppy is a perfect way to release some endorphins.” Source: BBC

Unique Character

Sesame Street Addresses Autism After working with organizations such as Autism Speaks and the Autism Self Advocacy Network, Sesame Street has been aiming to help reduce the stigma associated with autism spectrum disorder. A new autistic character, Julia, already has her own digital storybook, We’re Amazing, 1,2,3 as part of the campaign See Amazing in All Children. According to Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, senior vice president of U.S. social impact at Sesame Workshop, Sesame Street producers are waiting to hear back from the autism community before introducing Julia to the TV show. For more information, visit Autism.SesameStreet.org/storybook-we-are-amazing and Tinyurl.com/MeetJuliaVideo. natural awakenings

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DESIGNED TO INSPIRE food + recipes + conscious living + lifestyle tips column and photography by Sandra Yearms

Greetings New Year 2016 Readers and the very best of joy, laughter, health and abundance to each of you! This month’s column is not diet or New Year’s resolutions driven. Food always gets a bad rap for making us fat... but it’s not the food... it’s the choices we make. Stay away from processed foods; do 90% plant based meals, organic when it makes sense, practice Meatless Monday. Yes, I do cheat... but unlike most, I am not a practitioner of guilt and I always enjoy the indulgence... and my body is happy. Remember, food is medicine; medicine is food! Your HELP is wanted for the March Easter edition. I’d like to personalize the column by featuring some of our readership’s family traditions. Please email a 150 word paragraph describing your favorite tradition and why it is important to you. Submit photo if applicable. Email me: sandratci@att.net. In Subject Line enter: last name, first - Easter. Mike Hart and I will select three traditions from the first five submissions received. Midnight deadline, January 31, 2016. We’d like to hear from you to share what makes your Easter so special. Thank you! ‘Goodnesses’ of the Quinoa Patty Refrigerated, these store well for several days. Great for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a much needed snack.

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Doctor’s Orders

GMO Labeling Endorsed by Physicians Even as the federal government pursues H.R. 1599, aka the “Deny Americans the Right to Know” (DARK) act, mainstream medicine is urging the government to abandon its resistance to GMO (genetically modified organism) labeling. They are bolstered by a recent announcement by the World Health Organization that glyphosate (the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer) is probably carcinogenic in humans. The genetic engineering ends up making crops resistant to the herbicide so more must be applied. According to contributing doctors from Harvard, Mt. Sinai Medical Center and the University of Wisconsin reporting in the New England Journal of Medicine, “GM crops are now the agricultural products most heavily treated with herbicides, and two of these herbicides may pose risks of cancer.” A recent notice in the same journal, “GMOs, Herbicides and P u b l i c H e a l t h ,” r e p o r t s : “ Th e application of biotechnology to agriculture has been rapid and aggressive. The vast majority of the soy and [feed] corn grown in the United States are now genetically engineered. Foods produced from GM crops have become ubiquitous.” Sixty-four countries, including Russia and China, have already adopted transparency in labeling laws, but U.S. Big Food and Big Ag lobbyists have stonewalled efforts domestically. For more information and petitions, visit OrganicConsumers.org.


No-Choice Vaccines

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After passing the state House and Senate, California Senate Bill 792 was approved by Governor Jerry Brown on October 11. The unprecedented law mandates vaccines for adult childcare workers and volunteers, including all individuals working in private and public school early childhood education programs, with no religious exemptions permitted. SB 792 reads, “Commencing September 1, 2016, a person shall not be employed or volunteer at a day care center if he or she has not been immunized against influenza, pertussis [whooping cough] and measles. Each employee and volunteer shall receive an influenza vaccination between August 1 and December 1 of each year.” The same regulations also apply to family home day care workers and volunteers. Failure to comply with these requirements can result in a loss of licensing for the facility/ center.

California now hosts the nation’s first Amy’s Organic Drive-Thru restaurant, in Rohnert Park, with a vegetarian menu sporting veggie burgers, salads and dishes served in both regular and vegan varieties. Ingredients are sustainably grown and GMOfree (no genetically modified ingredients). The company’s signature frozen pizzas have been popular for years in health food and grocery stores nationwide, and now Amy’s first restaurant is serving them hot, with toppings ranging from spinach and diced tomatoes to a choice of mozzarella cheese or vegan “cheeze”. While some other fast food restaurants import almost all of their products from factory farming operations and give nothing back to the community, Amy’s Drive-Thru grows produce sustainably on its own roof. Amy’s Kitchen, a family-owned, privately held organic frozen food company, reportedly pays workers a living wage with health benefits. On the inaugural restaurant’s popularity, Manager Paul Schiefer remarks, “It’s given us a lot of hope that this is a concept that works.”

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he Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer is pleased to announce the grand opening of its new center in downtown Houston on Jan. 4, 2016. The grand opening celebration will take place Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. at 500 Fannin Street. The event will be open to the public. The Hines Center will be located adjacent to the Cathedral in the Episcopal Health Foundation Building (formerly the Wilson Printing Building) at the corner of Fannin and Prairie. The Episcopal Health Foundation (EHF) occupies the upperfloors of the building, and the Hines Center will occupy the first floor and mezzanine level. Ziegler Cooper Architects beautifully designed the space. Total capital funding for the Hines Center, including all operating reserves, came to $2.4 million, and all funds have already been secured. The build-out and construction completed Dec. 4, 2015. The Bishop John E. Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer is a mission of Christ Church Cathedral, the cathedral for the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. In describing it, Dean Barkley Thompson remarked, “Just as The Beacon feeds hungry bodies in downtown Houston, the Hines Center will feed hungry souls.” Grounded in ancient traditions of Christianity and drawing upon wisdom from other faiths, the Hines Center programs are designed to facilitate individuals on their journeys to wholeness and authentic connection. The Bishop John E. Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer is a mission of Christ Church Cathedral, the cathedral for the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. In describing it, Dean Barkley Thompson remarked, “Just as The Beacon feeds hungry bodies in downtown Houston, the Hines Center will feed

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wholeness. To connect authentically, it is vital that we understand, accept, and respect ourselves and each other. We must listen and follow our still, inner voice while holding reverence for the inner voice of others. To reflect, we need to become aware of and equipped to notice, engage with, and mindfully experience our spiritual lives. The goal is to support the human journey towards spiritual wholeness. The next true step is between the individual and how they identify and relate to God. In support of spiritual formation, a variety of education and experiential offerings provide strategies to increase acceptance and awareness and practice compassion. These educational programs offer practical tools to address blocks, bypasses, distractions, and limiting beliefs that disconnect us from taking steps toward spiritual wholeness. Throughout history, the Episcopal church has often been a bridge to various perspectives and traditions. The Hines center will introduce participants to the gifts healthy religions have to offer by providing instruction and facilitation of practices like meditation, prayer, yoga, tai chi, labyrinth walks, expressive arts, and centuries old practices developed in monastic tradition. In addition the center will host interfaith lectures and dialog. If the desire is to explore deeper in a particular tradition, an authentic connection will guide the next step. If the longing is for progression in Christian spiritual formation, the Hines Center will provide a tailored program that supports growth in nonjudgment, inclusivity, and incarnational integration of mind, body, and spirit. Unity is not the same as uniformity. Unity is about respectfully accepting our differences and becoming aware of universal Truths. Each of us has the opportunity to more fully experience the moments that make up our journey with reverence for our individual story, our community story, and the universal story.

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pen Mind Astrology and owner Srichand Sachdev are not new to Houston but in conjunction with the New Year he is making his services available outside the local Indian community. Sri is originally from Mumbai, India and now resides in Houston where he is a full time consulting student of Vedic Astrology with over 14 years practicing. Vedic astrology, comes to us from India and is at least 5,000 years old. Vedic philosophy and astrology assume the law of karma, which states that a human being lives and works within certain parameters created by actions performed in prior lifetimes. Thus it is generally regarded as predictive in nature — it can show when the results of such prior actions will come to fruition in the present life. Sri teaches and helps people in determining their characteristics and phases in life depending on their own alignments of the planets. He consults and lectures on Eastern Astrology for people who are looking for life direction, path and purpose in order to lead a more meaningful existence. In addition to his consulting services, in person or by phone, Sri also presents free workshops around the Houston area. For more information: openmindastrology.com. See ad on page 25.

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he states. Hornaday also became known for his low-impact wind farms. “We saw what companies in California would do; go into the desert, scrape the surface clean and put up power lines. It looked like an oil company coming in. It wasn’t done in a way that respected the environment,” he says. He quickly learned that ranchers in Texas wouldn’t stand for the same treatment. So instead, he developed an environmentally sensitive installation method that includes burying transmission lines underground, using temporary pads to hold cranes that didn’t require ground excavation and painting the turbines with reflective paint so that birds could see them at night. “We developed a standard that other companies now go by. We tiptoe in. It’s almost like a park when you’re done,”

he notes. Although Hornaday found success in the wind production business, he needed more buyers. “Most retail electric providers are heavily invested in fossil fuel technology like coal and natural gas, or nuclear energy, and are reluctant to make the shift to wind for economic reasons,” he says. That’s why he decided to form his own utility company. He teamed up with colleague John Spicer, a mechanical engineer with an MBA from Texas A&M, who had been in the energy industry since he graduated from college 30 years before. Hornaday knew that together they had a winning combination. “Between John and I, we’ve got a lot of experience,” he states. Today, their company is the only electric provider in Texas that is solely focused on providing wind power to its customers, and due to their low overhead and the fact that they are not tied to investments in other energy sources, they can offer it at competitive pricing. Hornaday thinks that the future of the wind industry is bright, not just due to developers like himself, but because of a cultural shift. “The reality is, we wouldn’t be doing this unless customers were saying they want clean electricity. They don’t want energy from dirty sources,” he declares. For more information, visit BreezeEnergy. com. See ad on page 2.

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the underlying causes of disease, while focusing on the whole person, rather than isolated symptoms. Intrigued, Mills caught a flight to Ohio and soon was offering up 30 tubes of blood, stool and saliva samples, as well as an exhaustive life history. One year later, thanks to a series of personalized diet and lifestyle changes, she’s 10 pounds heavier and feels better than she has in decades. “I spent a lot of years and money in the traditional medical system and got nothing,” says Mills. With functional medicine, “In a very short time, they had me feeling nearly 100 percent.”

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y the end of 2014, Trina Mills, of Parker, Arizona, had given up on conventional medicine. She’d been diagnosed with a thyroid disorder 17 years earlier and taken medication ever since without feeling her symptoms of fatigue, muscle aches and stomach problems ever fully subside. She’d visited endocrinologists, gastroenterologists and a half-dozen other specialists, each of which offered a different diagnosis and prescribed a different drug. At one point, she had her gallbladder removed. At another, her doctor suspected she had bleeding in her brain

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and sent her for a computerized axial tomography (CAT) scan. Some thought she was a hypochondriac; others said she was depressed. “I would tell them, ‘I’m just depressed that you can’t figure out why I’m so sick,’” she says. Weighing a skeletal 82 pounds, the 54-year-old mother of three finally wrote out a living will and braced for the inevitable. Then she heard of a new Center for Functional Medicine opening at the prestigious, century-old Cleveland Clinic. As the first clinic of its kind to open at an academic medical center, it promised to look at

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In the 25 years since nutritional biochemist Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D., of Gig Harbor, Washington, coined the term, this science-based, whole-body approach to addressing chronic disease has gained widespread traction. More than 100,000 physicians—60 percent of them medical doctors—have trained with the Institute for Functional Medicine he founded in Washington and New Mexico, and numerous medical schools have added its tenets to their curricula. More naturopaths and chiropractors are also distinguishing themselves with a functional medicine emphasis. “It is not alternative medicine at all,” stresses Bland, whose latest book, The Disease Delusion, details how functional medicine can curb chronic diseases like arthritis, diabetes, dementia, and heart disease, which constitute 78 percent of U.S. health care costs. “It’s the basis of 21st-century health care,” he says. For most of the 20th century, conventional medicine centered on a singular objective: Arrive at a diagnosis and treat it with drugs or surgery. Then, the alternative medicine movement proffered a toolbox of more natural therapies, including acupuncture, herbs and massage to address these same diagnoses. The 1990s brought integrative medicine, a best-of-both-worlds approach. “While all of the above have merit, they lack the necessary guidance to help practitioners determine which tools work best for which patient,” says Dr. Mark Hyman, director of the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine. “Alternative therapies and conventional treatments are tools. We need a new


map that can teach us how to skillfully use those tools,” maintains Hyman. “That map is functional medicine.” Because one chronic disease such as diabetes can have dozens of underlying causes, or one culprit such as a genetic predisposition or exposure to toxins can lead to multiple chronic conditions, functional medicine focuses on systems, rather than organs, and origins, rather than diseases. “It’s about listening to the patient’s story in a different way, where the objective is not simply about arriving at a diagnosis,” explains Bland.

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Key to discovering the underlying origins of a health issue are a host of new gene, blood and gut health tests. “They allow us to look under the patient’s ‘metabolic hood’ at the genetic and biochemical factors influencing health,” says Naturopathic Doctor Kara Fitzgerald, who heads up a functional medicine clinic in Newtown, Connecticut. Fo r i n s t a n c e , c e r t a i n g e n e s influence how a person burns and stores fat. Depending on which variant a patient has, based on a genetic test,

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probiotics or whole foods to promote a healthful balance. For another patient with thinning hair and aching joints, she might use specialized blood tests to look for micronutrient deficiencies, signs of allergies or certain autoantibodies— proteins produced by the immune system that mistakenly attack one’s own tissues—that might herald a brewing autoimmune disorder. “Research shows that predictive autoantibodies can show up in the blood 10 or even 20 years before an autoimmune disease such as Type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis or rheumatoid arthritis makes itself known,” says Fitzgerald, pointing to a seminal review published in 2007 in Scientific American: “If a patient with mild, earlystage symptoms is proactive with diet and lifestyle changes, they may be able to fend it off.” High-tech tests aside, Bland stresses that what’s most important is “a tool that has been largely lost in medicine today: Knowing how to listen to the patient.” In a typical exam, Fitzgerald thoroughly inspects often neglected body parts, including the tongue and fingernails, which can hold important clues to underlying health. She asks about past emotional trauma which might trigger chronic disease, and inquires about what environmental toxins and harmful chemicals both the patient and their birth parents may have been exposed to. One example might be a patient exposed to cigarette smoking in utero having a bias toward an allergic disease. If their parents grew up in a period of famine, they might have inherited a genetic disposition for rapid weight gain. “She spent two-and-a-half hours with me,” in her initial consultation, recalls 52-year-old Lauren Zambrelli, of Long Island, New York, who credits Fitzgerald for helping her tame her multiple sclerosis into remission. “It was like having a sister for a doctor.”

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avoidance as their primary tools. “We basically take out the bad stuff from the body and put in the good stuff,” says Hyman. Maintaining good health is priceless, but without conventional insurance coverage, it can be expensive. While Mills’ doctor visits were covered by insurance (which is rare), she spends roughly $1,000 a month on supplements to address her diagnosed leaky gut syndrome, nutrient deficiencies and mercury poisoning. Zambrelli has paid thousands out of her own pocket, too. Some people worry that, like most conventional physicians, some functional medicine practitioners place too much emphasis on expensive tests and too little on the most crucial and affordable remedy—self-care. “Functional medicine as a concept is an important step forward,” says integrative medicine pioneer Dr. James Gordon, founder of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. “However, some practitioners do a lot of tests and prescribe a lot of supplements and work on cleaning out the gut, but neglect the psychological,

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spiritual and social issues. That concerns me.” Bland and Hyman concede that some practitioners overtest, but say that will fade over time as they learn to better discriminate which ones are useful for specific patients. Several efforts also are underway to get more functional medicine providers and the acupuncturists, massage therapists and nutritionists they work with covered under the Affordable Care Act, which expressly emphasizes a need for more preventive medicine. Viewing the big picture, Bland believes that functional medicine is just what the country needs to save on exploding healthcare costs. Rather than spending dollars on extraordinary measures to save heart attack victims or diabetics in emergencies, we can prevent such dire situations by identifying underlying problems sooner and halting their progression. In the meantime, some patients are finding priceless relief. “Am I poorer right now? Yes,” says Mills. “Am I healthier? Way. It’s been so worth it.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO, who specializes in health care. Connect at LisaAnnMarshall.com.

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In With the New! by Lin Weiss

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t’s a new year! What will you do with your one wild and beautiful life? What keeps you from slipping into your greatest aspirations and living your wildest dreams? I recall an old poster hanging on my wall as an adolescent, a beautiful, giant, blue butterfly and the sentiment read, “You can fly, but that cocoon has got to go.” What’s holding you back? Tired relationships? Destructive behaviors and self-talk? All that chronic negativity that we often wear like a badge of honor destroys vitality, joy and forward movement. We often don’t even realize how we create chronic conditions that lead to a vicious cycle of illness, failure, relational problems and paralysis. We are resistant to positive change and often repel higher levels of consciousness where our abundance, loving relations and perfect health are to be found. Eckhart Tolle calls this habitual grouch-like persona “the painbody.” The painbody likes to drag others into its depths of despair. It is unconscious of itself and its actions insidious, living in a kind of in-between, hellish state of misery, negativity and doubt. The inherent spiritual nature that is programmed to evolve within each of us can begin to recognize this painbody in self and other. Another way to perceive it is the “triggers” that cause us to react. This is how we create the negative feedback loop in our lives. The moment we react we give our power away, relinquishing self-control and spiritual perspective for our belief in “the fight.” The “fight or flight” response dwells in the mind like an internal armageddon and has serious consequences upon the physical body. Adrenaline and cortisol overload is the result of chronic stress and a major catalyst for chronic fatigue syndrome, obesity, diabetes, cancer and a host of other debilitating western diseases. In her book, “Who Would You Be Without Your Story?”, Byron Katie illustrates the practice of questioning repetitious painful thoughts that are the true cause of inner & external pain and suffering. The first question she asks of one’s painful thought, “Is it true?” If the answer is yes, the second question is “Can you be absolutely sure that it is true?” If the answer is yes again, then one is asked to turn the question around. For

example, if your painful thought is “I am unhappy because my boss has unrealistic expectations of me,” then turn the thought around, “My boss is unhappy because I have unrealistic expectations of her/him”. This illuminating practice, called “The Work”, when done with meticulous self-honesty can help release old patterned thinking and help us see it for what it is, illusory. You will find details and free downloads to support The Work on her website. Conscious awareness liberates us from the negative feedback loop. Meditation grounds and holds us in the power of the present moment. Letting go of the “what ifs”, which is living in an unrealized future. “Coulda – shoulda- woulda” living in the past and in actuality not living at all. The present moment is all that is real, and that is your point of power. We are living in a fragmented society using all manner of devices to escape the present and our own personal realities, i.e.: materialism; substance abuse; web surfing; work; caregiving; travel; social media; etc. The problem arises when these activities become OCD and an avoidance tactic from experiencing discomfort, contributing to the epidemics in ADD and Alzheimer’s disease. “It takes courage to endure the sharp pains of self-discovery rather than choose to take the dull pain of unconsciousness that would last the rest of our lives.” - Marianne Williamson There are countless ways to meditate. Trataka is fixed gazing, concentrating on a single point such as a small object, black dot or candle flame. We practice drishti in the same way in our Yoga practice to develop concentration, strengthen the eyes and stimulate the Ajna or third eye chakra. These practices actually serve to heal the neurochemistry of the brain by moving us away from obsessive compulsive thinking into a more healthy practice of observation detached from outcomes. Practice means a daily commitment for a desired outcome or goal. Results are real and life changing when one makes a concerted effort to daily mindfulness practice. Balancing the neurochemistry and taking matters into one’s own hands is not only critical for our health and wellbeing in these times of great fragmentation, it is liberating! Freeing blood flow and circulation to the brain allows us the freedom to manifest our dreams. Letting go of habitual ways of thinking makes room for an influx of new ideas, creativity and the motivation to serve our true life’s purpose with passion and ease. Listening to your intuition can lead to a fulfilling life. Health and wellbeing are essential to finding one’s passion and living the life you were born to live! Untether and be well. Lin Weiss, MH is a Holistic Health Practitioner, Life Coach & Yoga Therapist practicing in Houston, TX. She specializes in Brain Balance; Trauma Release; Tuning Fork Therapy; Natural Hormone Balance; Energetic Healing; Cognitive Reframing; Homeopathy; Regression Therapies; & Nutritional Guidance. Contact Lin for a confidential healing session at 713-8588595 www.conscioushealingnow.com. Intuitive Development Classes Now Forming! See ad on page 43.

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Karma and Destiny in Vedic Culture by Sri Sachdev

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he roots of Vedic culture are found in the Indus Valley, present day India, as far back as 3000 BCE. Vedic culture gave us: Yoga, the science of mind, body and spirit; Ayurveda, the science of natural and herbal medicine; and Jyotish, the science of planetary transits which forms the basis of Vedic Astrology. Vedic scholars observed and documented planetary movements and their impact on humans for centuries. This knowledge allowed them to accurately forecast both the “Golden Period” and the “Pain Cycles” of people’s life journey. As with Yoga and Ayurveda, this knowledge has been passed on from teacher to student even unto today. Your birthdate, time and place combined with the exact position of the 12 “planets”, holds the key to the blueprint of the contract you entered into with the universe at your birth. “As you sow, so shall you reap.” If not in one life, then in the next.” “What goes around, comes around.” Your present circumstances are a direct result of your past karma, while your present karma will decide your future destiny.

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Every soul in the universe has had many journeys. Our bodies are the vehicles our souls use to move us forward in our journey. Ayurveda teaches that our bodies or “vehicles” are made of five elements: Fire, Earth, Air, Water and Space. As we go about our life we commit karma or deeds. The fruits of every single karma you commit will always find its way back to you in a timely manner. Thus, your present life and situation is a direct result of your past karma. Possessing this knowledge will allow you to write a better destiny for your journey going forward. So that you can take time to consult your soul/ consciousness and choose to do the right thing. Spiritual consciousness and awakening has been on the rise since the Winter Solstice of 2012, when our solar system began its journey into a Golden Age period. As a result, our understanding of the direct relationship between our karma (deeds) on our destiny, is beginning to make sense to more and more people. Knowing the placement of the planets in your individual chart will

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give you a better understanding of your strengths and weaknesses. It will answer questions about such things as why relationships fail, the best time to make a major decision, what is the best career path to take or how long a health problem might last. As it is said, “Karma is the only currency that your soul can carry forward forever.”

Srichand (Sri) Sachdev is originally from Mumbai, India and now resides in Houston, TX where he is a full time consulting student of Eastern Astrology at Open Mind Astrology with over 14 years practicing. In addition to his private practice, Sri also leads free group workshops giving in depth understanding of our connection to the universe, how the planets affect us and the Vedic philosophy of karmic cycles. He may be contacted at 832-767-6279 or 832-597-6666. openmindedastrology. com Facebook: Open Mind Astrology. See ad on page 25.


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Chiropractic teaches that within the body is an innate intelligence with “survival mechanisms” capable of maintaining a state of good health, provided it is not interfered with. Chiropractic doctors seek to correct the cause of the interference, not just medicate the symptoms. They are concerned with the structural, muscular and neurological aspects of the human body. The goal of the chiropractor is to keep you healthy by keeping your spine and nervous system healthy and preventing functional and structural health problems.

The chiropractic approach to well-being has always been based on “maintaining health” versus “treating disease” and that “being well” differs from “relieving symptoms.”

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the body to function more efficiently, allowing for proper development. Because man has adapted as a “biped” (being able to stand erect on two legs), he has gained the advantages of agility, leverage, and mobility; however, this position also creates certain structural stresses. Your body must adapt to the constant stress of gravity in order to maintain its balance, and poor posture is a common result.

Poor posture can have adverse effects on your health.

For example, poor posture compromises the movements of the rib cage and does not allow the lungs to function at maximum efficiency. This reduces incoming oxygen to the tissues and the elimination of carbon dioxide wastes. Poor posture also restricts other vital organs of the body, producing additional stress.

There are many reasons for poor posture and usually they are found in combination. ▄ Emotional problems such as depression ▄ Visual problems ▄ Excessive weight ▄ Foot problems or improper shoes ▄ Weak muscles, muscle imbalance ▄ Improper nutrition ▄ Laziness ▄ Poor sleep support or sleep position ▄ Injury to muscles, ligaments, tendons or bones ▄ Negative mental and physical attitudes ▄ Recurrent occupational stress and position ▄ Scoliosis ▄ Spinal and pelvic misalignment If not corrected, poor posture can affect the health and well-being of an individual. Poor posture contributes to shallow breathing; a cramped chest cavity, faulty digestion, poor elimination; and poor venous return, each of which affects not only the functions of individual organs, but also the system.

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▄ Increased strength and stamina ▄ Your clothes fit better ▄ You have more confidence and better body balance ▄ Reduced possibility of injury ▄ Improved physical and mental development.

Good posture does more than just make you look good, it makes you feel good.

When you stand tall, walk tall, and sit tall, your body works most efficiently. You have better balance and control over your limbs and you have a better outlook on life. Posture not only has a direct bearing on comfort and work efficiency, it also has a factor which determines resistance to disease and disability. Doctors of chiropractic recognize the importance of spinal integrity and body mechanics for good health, and research has shown that chiropractic adjustments are highly effective. While the effects of poor posture can be serious, many problems can be corrected. If you or a member of your family has what appears to be a postural problem, you should seek advice of a doctor of chiropractic. Unless there is a structural deformity or disease-caused disturbance, the chances for correction are excellent.

Regular spinal adjustments are part of your body’s defense against illness.

The effectiveness of chiropractic health care is measured by benefits realized for a lifetime. Today, the public has become more aware of the benefits of this approach to health care and millions are now maintaining their health with regular chiropractic adjustments.

width apart, and one foot slightly forward for balance. Hold the load close to your body, then stand and lift with the strong muscles of your legs, not with your back muscles. ▄ When standing,rest your foot on a stool, occasionally alternating your feet. ▄ When sitting, raise your viewing surface (i.e. computer terminal) to eye level. Use a chair that provides good support for the curves in your back and neck. Take frequent breaks to stretch and revive. ▄ When sleeping, use a firm mattress and sleep on your side or your back with a supportive pillow for your neck.

Your doctor of chiropractic is a spinal specialist who offers total health care.

For the sake of your health and wellbeing, the American Chiropractic Association suggests that you watch your posture, and have periodic spinal examinations. With the sophisticated scientific knowledge and diagnostic equipment available today, researchers are confirming what Chiropractic doctors have known all along. Also occurring is a greater appreciation for natural, conservative methods of care. People are tired of relying on a pill for this and a pill for that. We are now turning back to natural medicine and more and more millions of people are choosing chiropractic care.

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MORE ABOUT THE WATER for Your Home by Henry Pine

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n the December issue I wrote a summary article about the bad chemicals, bacteria, harmful chlorine, and a multitude of other bad things in our supposedly safe drinking water in the Houston area. We briefly covered water softeners, which for the most part, only removes the calcium making your water more compatible with soap products and reduces mineral deposits, but leaves behind a slick residue. They do not make your water clean, more sanitized or safer. In this issue we will go into more details about what is in Houston’s water and the specific dangers to you and your family. On June 24, 2014, click2houston reported…”IS HOUSTON’S WATER SAFE TO DRINK/USE?” As reported, citizens in Houston complained loudly to officials and Channel 2 News about “tap water that tastes and smells foul”. From southwest Houston to Montrose to north of downtown and over to Westbury, the water was cloudy and had a foul odor. The public works department would not talk on camera, but told Local 2 – “the city’s responsibility is to meet federal and state standards and it is doing that.” You can read the entire article by going to Click2houston.com. The “right to know” is required by all cities to inform the public about what is in their water. The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) found that some cities do great reports, but others are incomplete or misleading. HOUSTON was among seven other major cities cited for problems with their reports, and they received a poor and fair rating. The same years, 2000 and 2001 respectively they received poor and fair for their actual water quality and compliance.

“Arsenic, haloacetic acid, and total trihalomethanes were found in Houston’s ground water at levels of concern. They are by products of the CHLORINE DISINFECTION PROCESS that may cause cancer and they were more than double the proposed national standard. Radon was also at a high level of concern In another article by Douglas McIntyre, updated April 29, 2014 re “10 American Cities with the Worst Drinking Water” … Houston came in 6th. “Houston is the fourth – largest city. It gets its water from sources such as the Trinity River, the San Jacinto Rivers, and Lake Houston. Texas conducted 22,083 water quality tests between 2004 and 2007 on Houston’s water supply, and found 18 chemicals that exceeded federal and state health guidelines, compared to the national average of four. Three chemicals exceeded EPA legal health standards, against the national average of 0.5 chemicals. A total of 46 pollutants were detected, compared to the national average of eight. The city water has contained illegal levels of alpha particles, a form of radiation. Similarly, haloacetic acids, from various disinfection byproducts, have been detected.” Even though the data we have here is fairly old, it shows that even if the City of Houston improves or has improved greatly, it falls very short of what most of us that are concerned for our health…. want to drink. So we need to protect ourselves. Your own TOTAL home filtering, purifying system seems to be the only natural awakenings

sure way to do so, as long as you get a good one that will actually do its job completely. Also, remember that showering with chlorinated water is said to get more chlorine into your body than drinking it, so if you are thinking that the filter on or below your kitchen sink is protecting you and your family, you are missing possibly the even worse source of chlorine entering your body. Your family’s health is everything and the current, not so good, city water, is not likely to get better soon. For general budget purposes you should expect to pay about $ 3,000 - $ 4,000 for a small total home system, and about $ 6,000 - $ 8,000 for a large system that will take care of most 3 – 4 bedroom homes, with a good sized family, and last for 5 – 10 years with minimal maintenance. There is no monthly service needed for these better systems and there is no salt brine to deal with or RO filter to clean. Here’s to a clean, safe, glass of water from anywhere in your home, for your family’s future. Accent Natural Water, 23206 I-45 North Spring, TX 77373, 281-773-5441. Visit online at AccentH2O.com. See ad on page 43.

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How a Probiotic Can Keep You Healthy, Naturally And boost the effectiveness of the flu vaccine by Dr. Lawrence Hoberman

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However, there’s one more key step that could make the difference for you this flu season and that would be to add a probiotic to your daily vitamin regimen. The Proof Is in the Research According to health studies from the medical journal of Pediatrics, the use of probiotics as a preventative health supplement shows to be effective as a preventative health supplement. For example, one particular study divided healthy children, ages 3-5, into three separate groups: ▄ Those receiving a placebo (104 participants) ▄ Those receiving a probiotic containing Lactobacillus acidophilus (110 participants) ▄ Those receiving a probiotic containing Lactobacillus acidophilus & Bifidobacteriumlactis (112 participants) For the purposes of the study, each

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What The Research Means for You Scientific outcomes conclude probiotic supplements can stimulate the gastrointestinal tract to produce more immune cells. Those cells can then stop cold and flu inflammation before it becomes severe, and attack viruses as they invade the lining of the respiratory tract. Results like these highlight the importance of taking a daily, oral probiotic supplement during flu season – particularly one containing the potent bacteria strain combination of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria in a serving size of 10 billion colonies or more. Boost your flu shot with a probiotic It is important to remember to keep children and family members on track to receive their annual flu shot. There are two schools of thought when it comes to having the flu shot; one thought is to routinely receive the flu vaccine, the other is the thought that the flu vaccine does not work because it is likely a person will contract the flu regardless of whether or not the vaccine was received. There are valid reasons why some people should not get the flu vaccine. For some, the vaccine is linked to severe allergies in the vaccine ingredients. Other reasons for not receiving the vaccine may be linked to age restrictions, problems with Guillain-Barre Syndrome or the current state of a person’s health. However, some people succumb to medical misconceptions; but before risking the health of your family this flu season, it’s important to address these misconceptions with solid health information.


These misconceptions include: The last time I had a flu shot, it made me sick. It’s not uncommon for the flu vaccine to make a person feel a little under the weather. Some people may develop temporary soreness or swelling where the flu shot was delivered, and other reactions may include a low-grade fever that can last up to two days. However, these symptoms do not mean a person has the flu. The symptoms are actually the immune system actively building up cells to fight against the flu virus. The last time I had a flu shot, I caught it anyway. Flu vaccines are made from an inactive or weakened virus that doesn’t make a person sick. The flu shot may take up to 14 days to effectively boost the immunity in your body. I never get sick, so I can’t spread the flu around. A person’s individual immunity and daily hygiene habits have nothing to do with whether or not they are responsible for

spreading the flu virus. The flu virus can be spread from personal contact from other people such as shaking hands or hugging a child. I take vitamins… isn’t that enough to keep the flu away? A daily vitamin regiment is important for the body to receive nutrients that the normal western diet does not provide, but vitamins alone are not enough to keep the multiple strains of the flu virus from attacking the body. Give the Body a Fighting Chance Now that the flu misconceptions have been answered, it is important to consider getting the flu vaccine and adding a probiotic to the daily diet. In fact, a recent study showed taking a probiotic filled with multiple species of beneficial bacteria along with a flu shot can provide the extra boost to the immune system to stay healthy during the flu season. A properly working immune system is the best defense to fight against viruses and diseases, but in order to keep the immune system in proper working

order; there must be a healthy balance of good to bad bacteria in the gut. To maintain an optimal balance of bacteria in the gut, the use of a probiotic is recommended. While the western diet is mostly absent of providing good bacteria (because of high intake of processed foods and sugars), taking a probiotic supplement is vital to boost the effectiveness of the flu vaccine and help support the immune system. Board-certified gastroenterologist Dr. Lawrence Hoberman is the creator of EndoMune Advanced Probiotic and has more than 40 years experience practicing medicine. Frustrated by the lack of options to treat patients suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) in the early 2000s, Dr. Hoberman collaborated with a Ph.D. microbiologist to identify a combination of bacteria that might work to destroy harmful bacteria living in the intestines and help improve and maint ain the overall health of his patients. The result is the development of the only probiotic supplement developed by a gastroenterologist. See ad on page 12.

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Staying Healthy Detoxing Naturally in 2016 Is Detox a Scary Word? by Ruchika Behal

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hat is a toxin? Any substance that the body cannot use in a purposeful way, that requires energy to be removed, or that can cause harm in sufficiently large doses, qualifies as a toxin. Our bodies have an extraordinarily complex array of internal detoxification systems that change, break down, attack, destroy or eliminate threats to our internal health or environment (toxins). For thousands of years these systems have helped humans enjoy relatively good basic health. For a while as a health coach, I focused simply on digestion because I do believe that good digestion leads to a healthy life. But then one day I realized that in order to have good digestion,

you must be detoxing properly. The light went off in my head. Detox for a better digestion because good digestion leads to less inflammation and less inflammation leads to less disease in this world. Let me say it again: decrease the inflammation and prevent disease. Hippocrates aid it best, “All disease begins in the gut.” So, if this is true and disease begins in the gut, having a healthy and strong digestion system is the key. But let me share one secret: when the body is toxic, our digestive system is weak. The primary internal organs responsible for detoxification-- stomach, intestines, kidneys, liver- also carry out digestion in the body. When the toxic load is beyond what these organs can handle, naturally natural awakenings

the digestive function is compromised. Even if you eat “clean” and only buy organic and hormone-free foods, you are still breathing and touching toxicity in this world. Today, toxin free life is rather impossible to achieve, and detox is vital in this world. We live, eat, touch and breathe toxicity everyday. Look around your home and think of the paint on the walls, the rugs, the pesticides sprayed on your green grass, the exterminator to get rid of the bugs, house cleaning products and even if you are chemical-free in your home, is your makeup or personal hygiene products chemical-free? Even if you are totally chemical-free and using makeup that is aluminumfree, plus other non-toxic chemicals, we are still living and that means eating, breathing, and sleeping in a toxic environment. Unless you feel that are ready to live in a bubble or a hyperbaric chamber, then it is time to wake up to what I call “daily detox”. Now detox is not a curse word or anything to be scared about; instead, it is exciting to think about your body and cells actually functioning. Detox does not mean starvation or deprivation. It does not mean living on juices, only water, smoothies, or just salad or soup. Detox is about lessening the toxic load in your body. As I like to say, “taking out the trash.” When we are toxic our body cannot perform its job. The body cannot metabolize properly, detox properly, absorb nutrients and minerals, or stay hydrated. It is a vicious cycle. Detox is necessary to be healthy, happy, and free of disease. We all have some low level inflammation because, again, we breathe but, even more, we stress in this busy world. A clean eating detox protocol is not only limiting eating habits but also a person’s lifestyle. Every time we stress, we create acid in our body, and our body is forced to pull minerals to buffer the acid waste, and then our liver, lymph, and kidneys begin to work hard to filter out the toxic load but what happens when the body is tired and clogged. When your digestive system is not working and cannot break down these foods, it cannot focus on getting RID of TOXINS, and that means you cannot get rid of bloat and fat and skin breakouts January 2016

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and all that jazz that keeps you tired. TOXINS = INFLAMMATION = WEAK DIGESTION = ▄ Difficult weight management ▄ Constipation/Diarrhea ▄ Gas/Bloating ▄ Headaches ▄ Low energy ▄ Low sex drive ▄ Bad skin ▄ Heartburn/Reflux ▄ Moodiness/Depression By detoxing, YOU will improve digestion and therefore free your body of inflammation and toxins. The foundation of detox is NOT to ever feel deprived or starved. The goal is to help YOU do what I have learned to do in my own life: learn how to EAT CLEAN and learn what foods are IRRITATING your body. Eating clean is a way of life, not a diet. When you begin to eat whole foods, you promote detox in a safe and natural way. Some tips for staying healthy & detoxing naturally: 1. Upon waking, drink warm or room water with lemon and 1 tsp raw apple cider vinegar (if tolerated) and add a dash of cinnamon or cayenne pepper. 2. Start your day by being positive. Find a daily affirmation that gets you fired up…i.e. I love Louise Hay, Geneen Roth, Gabrielle Bernstein, and Marianne Williamson. 3. Try getting quiet without yourself, even just for one minute, and say, “I release what does not serve me.” Hold your heart as you say this out loud and scream it if you want. Own that power.

4. Drink fresh green juices or make an instant green drink with 1 tbsp chlorophyll, juice of a lemon or lime and water. 5. Eat cruciferous vegetables like cauliflowers, kale, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage – these assist in healthy detoxification of the liver. 6. Add onion, ginger garlic to your meals- these are antinflammatory powerhouses are potent detoxifiers too. 7. Aim for one meal that is super easy on your digestion per day. Try a smoothie, green juice, salad, roasted vegetables or soup to give the digestion a rest. 8. Get moving and shaking. Yes, exercise is one of the best ways to detox your body. 9. Drink plenty of water and add lemon, lime, or grapefruit to flush the toxicity. 10. Do skin brushing to support the liver and get rid of those toxins and cellulite Ruchika Behal is a certified health coach and a detox specialist. She is passionate about adding nourishment to life with every thought and every bite. She empowers her clients to make the healthiest choices to nourish their unique bodies. Ruchika leads online and in-person clean-eating programs, healthy grocery shopping workshops, and provides one-on-one health and wellness counseling. Her 15-day Clean Eating Detox Programs help individuals reduce inflammation and excess weight through seasonal, whole foods. Learn more at her website RuchikaBehal.com/ or follow her on https://Facebook. com/nourishyourlife1and instagram.com/nourishyourlife/ to get recipes, inspiration and tips to nourish your life. What if this was

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ur authentic self is constantly trying to get our attention s o i t m ay b e m o r e f u l l y expressed. When we set our intention to genuinely evolve, we naturally begin to pay attention and see how redefining moments appear as needed. They are drawn to us sequentially to support us in the process of staying the course on our pilgrimage, each one a perfectly aligned portal in space and time, opening and closing, creating whatever experience is required to guide us to heightened awareness of our authentic self. While the possible circumstances that preclude such a moment are limitless, there are key signals to watch for. When they pop up, it helps immensely to stay engaged in the moment, rather than zipping past them on to another distraction. Rather, consider ways in which this might prove to be a pivotal point forward in our life journey. n Moments that challenge our ego and moments that our ego challenges us n Unexpected events n Times of significant loss n First-time experiences n Discontentment n Disappointment n Experiencing someone or something that instantly inspires us to grow n Birth of a loved one n Death of a loved one Personal growth and evolution can be motivated by either inspiration

or desperation. Both may prompt us to ask big questions of ourselves and the universe that cause us to dig deep. The deeper we dig, the closer we come to merging with our truest self. We know the answers to such questions are correct because they will lead to actions that honor life—like harming no one, including ourself— and affirm the presence of a prevailing power for good that lies within; a power that guides, protects and sustains us. Satisfying answers seek only the highest and best of us and bless all. They connect our mind, heart and soul, moving us forward on the path of wholeness as a fulfilled and joyfully self-expressed person. When we are impelled to ask an important question of our self and the universe, don’t rush the process and are willing to embrace the answer we receive, it pushes a reset button as to what defines us. It brings us an enhanced sense of authentic wholeness. The lesson is that when redefining moments appear, we must be open and prepared to go where we had no plans of going—because that’s where our bliss awaits us. Dennis Merritt Jones, D.D., is the author of Your (Re)Defining Moments, the source of this essay. He has contributed to the human potential movement and field of spirituality as a minister, teacher, coach and lecturer for 30 years. Learn more at DennisMerrittJones.com. natural awakenings

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Bruce Lipton on the Epigenetics Revolution Our Beliefs Reprogram Our Genetic Destiny by Linda Sechrist

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ruce Lipton, Ph.D., author of The Biology of Belief and The Honeymoon Effect, is a stem cell biologist and internationally recognized leader in bridging science and spirit. He is a visiting fellow lecturer on immunology at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic and participated in the Foundation for Conscious Evolution’s seventh Worldwide Meeting on Human Values, in Mexico. His research explains the interplay between individual consciousness and body biology.

Why do you start with epigenetics as a foundation for health? Many people, programmed with the concept of genetic determinism, believe that genes in the fertilized egg at conception determine character and fate. Unable to pick our DNA genes, we are powerless to control our life, so that the only option is seeking help from someone in the biomedical community to fix our genes. I introduced a new vision about the understanding of genes a half-century ago that is now the new science of epigenetics. Epi- means “above”. Here, we can realize control by regulating the environment in which we live and our perception of it, making us the master of our own genetics rather than a victim of heredity.

Do you believe epigenetics is the future of medicine? Epigenetics is a revolution in our knowledge and awareness of heredity. This new concept of biology is so big that

it promises radical change capable of revolutionizing civilization. Its dynamics are equivalent to the leap from Newtonian physics to quantum physics, which led to everything from computers and cell phones to Martian rovers. We are freed to abandon the belief that genes cause cancer, for instance. In changing our lifestyle, beliefs and perceptions, we also change our genetic expression. Remember, this works because how we individually interpret our world is translated by the brain into chemical information that adjusts the behavior and genetics of cells to complement our perception. We could live in the healthiest environment, but if our mind perceives it as threatening and non-supportive, our biology will become less healthy and can generate disease. The cells’ response is based on the brain’s information, which actually is only an interpretation. Personal perceptions and the way we live, including our spiritual nature, adjust genes to manifest either a functional state of health or one of dysfunction.

Where is the “self” that makes people different? No two people are the same biologically. If I inject my cells into another human, their immune system will recognize it as “not-self” and begin to eliminate them. On the surface of virtually all our cells are thousands of protein receptors that function like miniature antennae. They read and respond to environmental signals similar to the larger receptors on the skin’s surface, such as the eyes, ears and nose. natural awakenings

Each human also possesses a unique set of “identity” receptors, a subset of which are called “self-receptors” by the biomedical community, found on nearly all of our cells, with the primary exception of red blood cells. Self-receptors are unrelated to the cell’s function contributing to muscle, bone, brain or heart. Conventional medicine studies the physical aspect of selfreceptors as being the source of “self” but overlook the environmental signals they receive. In other words, individual identity is linked to the signals received by the antennae. When I reached this point in my research, I realized that we can’t die, because our real identity is represented by the invisible environment-derived “broadcast”, which might legitimately be referred to as spirit. My personal identity signal is received by each of my 50 trillion cells endowed with the unique set of “Bruce” self-receptors. While my physical body is like a TV, the “spiritual broadcast” representing the Bruce Show is an eternal, energetic element of the environment.

What is entrainment and why is it important today? A group of heart cells in a Petri dish will each beat to its own vibrational frequency. After a couple of days, they start beating in synchrony, because the stronger heart cells control the tempo. The other cells organize their behavior to entrain with the more powerful one. This happens in women’s college dormitories when residents start the school year with different menstrual cycles, but later experience entrainment, with their cycles beginning and ending about the same time. They link to a pulse and a beat, just like the heart cells. Humans become entrained to a higher force that’s an invisible broadcast of energy in harmony or in discordance. As more of us hold the intention for living a life of love and peace, the broadcast of that harmonic energy amplifies and those not yet there will eventually entrain to the stronger signal. This is the shift we need to make for conscious evolution to occur. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at ItsAllAboutWe.com. January 2016

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et parents have many criteria to consider when choosing a healthcare provider for their prized pet, and among the most vital is trying to find a doctor that uses holistic therapies, because the advantages are many. Wellness care is more than vaccines. While many conventional vets consider giving vaccines and flea medications to all of their patients to be their best form of wellness care, holistic vets know these aren’t always necessary and can potentially be harmful. Instead, true wellness care involves careful consideration of proper diet, blood titer testing instead of vaccines, natural parasite control when appropriate and a heavy dose of diagnostic testing (blood, urine, fecal) to monitor organ function, check for parasites, screen for disorders of the urogenital system, liver and pancreas and early screening for cancer and other inflammatory conditions. There’s also a full physical check for common diseases like dental and heart disease and tumors. Individualized prescriptions for a proper diet and supplements to maintain health are big reasons many owners prefer a holistic vet. Natural treatments include disease prevention. Many pets treated via a more natural approach have an easier experience with occasional illness than those that don’t enjoy this specialized care. Natural therapies can quickly restore an ill pet to his homeostatic balance without the side effects often associated with multiple drug doses.

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A team approach is expected. A holistic practice is a team effort, and the family doctor will suggest options for care, helping an owner decide on the best therapies for each pet. A fuller range of options is available. While holistic vets prefer a more natural approach, they know that if necessary, conventional therapies can sometimes be an appropriate complement if they follow holistic principles, which means infrequent use of low-dose medications and only when absolutely needed. In general, most conditions can be treated successfully without drug therapy, extending the health and life of the patient and reducing medical costs. Gentler anesthesia means quicker recovery. A naturally balanced and gentler approach means less drugging if anesthesia becomes necessary, close monitoring of an anesthetized pet, a smooth and quick recovery for prompt discharge from the hospital and natural forms of follow-up treatment to control post-operative pain and inflammation. New hope rises for the hopeless. Many pets are brought to holistic doctors after conventional care has failed to help them. Some have been turned away by practitioners of conventional medicine because their cases are diagnosed as “hopeless”. Holistic vets and pet parents alike experience considerable satisfaction in helping to give a joyful pet a whole new lease on life. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the award-winning author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. For more information, visit PetCareNaturally.com.

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Farmer’s Market on Grand Parkway. 8am-12n. Church of the Holy Apostles, 1225 W. Grand Parkway in Katy, 77494. farmersmarketongrandparkway.com Heights Epicurian Farmer’s Market. 8am-1:30pm. First Saturdays only. Grace United Methodist Church 1245 Heights Blvd. 77008. HeightsEpicurian.com Memorial Villages Farmers Market. 9am-1pm. First Congregational Church, 10840 Beinhorn Rd. 77024. facebook.com/mvfm

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Canino Produce and Farmer’s Market. 6am-8pm (except Christmas and Thanksgiving) Over 20,000 square feet of Texas produce. Canino Produce and Farmer’s Market 2520 Airline, 77009. 713.862.4027 caninoproduce.com Last Organic Outpost Harvest. 9am-4pm (except during extreme cold or rainy weather). Come and get your hands in the dirt. Help with the work of the garden and harvest your share for FREE. Last Organic Outpost 711 Emile Street, 77020. 832.422.8407 facebook.com/lastorganicoutpost.com Nu Waters Food Co-Op. 9am-5pm Tue-Sun. 2320 Elgin 77004. NuWatersCo-Op.com

TUEDAY

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

WEDNESDAY

Central City Co-Op. 9am-6:30pm. Grace Lutheran Church 2515 Waugh Drive, 77006. centralcityco-op.com City Hall Farmer’s Market. 11am-1:30pm. City Hall 500 McKenny, 77002 (parking available at 400 Rusk) urbanharvest.org

THURSDAY

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

SATURDAY

Eastside Urban Harvest Farmer’s Market. 8am-12n. Parking lot behind 3000 Richmond at Eastside, 77098. urbanharvest. org The Farm Stand at Petrol Station. 9am-1pm. Petrol Station, 985 Wakefield 77018. 713.957.2875 facebook.com/The-FarmStand-at-Petrol-Station The Woodlands Farmer’s Market at Grogan’s Mill. 8am-12n. 7 Switchbud Place in The Woodlands 77380. grogansmillvillage.com

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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/ Rawfully Organic Food Co-Op. 11am-2pm Vacant Lot 3400 Bissonett 77005. You must order your shares by 9 pm Friday in order to pick up on Saturday. Rawfullyorganic.com City Hall Urban Harvest Farmer’s Market. 11am-1:30 pm. City Hall 901 Bagby, 77002. urbanharvest.org. Farmers Market at Bridgeland. 12:30-3:30pm. 2nd Saturdays. 16902 Bridgeland Landing, Cypress 77433. farmersmarketatbridgeland.org/

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

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SATURDAY JANUARY 2

TUESDAY JANUARY 5

Marva’s Holistic Fair. 10am-5pm. Psychics, tarot readers, palmists, healers, vendors of all sorts. Admission Free. LaQuina Inn-Galleria on 610 West Loop North between San Felipe and Post Oak, 77027. 713-444-3581 psychicfairs.com. Visionary Vision Boards, 2016 Invite the New into YOU!1:30-4:30pm Vision Boards have a magical way of bringing the “unknown into the known.” There is “new” waiting on an invitation from you to present itself. Be specific or let the Universe handle the details. Taught by Cherie Ray. $65. Class to be held in Galveston at The Emerald on Monday, January 11th, , www.trueyoucreativity.com

A Mindful New Beginning! 7-9pm Ready for an energized and centered 2016? Join us to get intentional about your media consumption patterns. Together we’ll reflect on the ways media can nourish us and the ways they can be depleting. You’ll have an opportunity to set your intentions for the new year before the session closes. $20. Dawn Mountain 2010 Naome Street, Suite A 77054. Dawn Mountain is conveniently located just south of the Texas Medical just a block from the NRG Park stop on the Metrorail Red Line. DawnMountain.org. Natural Awakenings readers use coupon code NADEC for $5.00 off the cost of each workshop!

SUNDAY JANUARY 3

FRIDAY JANUARY 8

Centerpoint Body Mind and Spirit Expo. 1-5 pm. Psychics, Astrology, Tarot, Ear Candling, Massage, Fengshue, Ionic Foot Bath, Palmist, Pranic, Reiki & Matrix Healers, Jewelry, Foot Reflexology, Pet Massage, Pet Healing, FREE coffee, tea & pastries. Admission Free. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 713-9327224 centerpointhouston.com

Life Coaching & Intuitive Painting – Launching 2016 with Clarity and Aliveness! - Friday 6-9pm, Saturday 10am-6pm & Sunday 10am-4pm. Intuitive Painting is painting with no goal in mind. Exploring painting in a critique- free studio reconnects you with your innate Creativity. Venture into the Creative process with curiosity and experience spontaneous expression. Allow spontaneous expression to flow from you, igniting your intuition with a desire to play. As you allow yourself to relax into the process you will be surprised how layers of mental restrictions that contribute to your day-to-day life melt away. This new experience of Freedom is your partner—both in class and as you navigate through your life. True You Creativity Studio in The Heights. For more information and to register, visit www.trueyoucreativity.com

Bayou Bikers. 8am. Meet at Market Square Park for 25- to 40-mile bike rides exploring the bayous of Houston. Rides are open to all. Mountain bikes or bikes with fat tires are necessary. This is an informal group whose purpose is to show Houstonians and visitors the beauty of Houston’s waterways. Market Square 301 Milam, 77002. 713-845-1000 marketsquarepark.com

MONDAY JANUARY 4

Blessing of Mother Earth. Jan. 4-6. This workshop involves a coming together on 12th night to bless and give back to Mother Earth. Using the Three Kings Biodynamic preparation we join together in a simple Ceremony of Blessing for Mother Earth. (There is of course no charge involved for the Ceremony itself). The program ends at 4pm on January 6th so make travel arrangements accordingly. Retreat Cost – $120 + Accommodation & Meal Rate – $130 = Total $250. For more information or to book this retreat: retreats@whiteaglelodge. org Saint John’s Retreat Center 2615 St. Beulah Chapel Road Montgomery, TX 77316. whiteaglelodge.org

Friday Night Sights: Wildfish Theatre. 7-8 pm Mesmerizing musical review to interact with Los Trompos.Thanks to media sponsor Gish Picks and Spirit Picks. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com

SUNDAY JANUARY 10

Half-Day Zen Retreat. 9am-noon. Open to everyone; prior meditation experience recommended There will be three sessions of sitting and walking meditation. Silence is observed. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. cthouston.org

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Centerpoint Body Mind and Spirit Expo. 1-5 pm. Psychics, Astrology, Tarot, Ear Candling, Massage, Fengshue, Ionic Foot Bath, Palmist, Pranic, Reiki & Matrix Healers, Jewelry, Foot Reflexology, Pet Massage, Pet Healing, FREE coffee, tea & pastries. Admission Free. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 713-932-7224 centerpointhouston.org Angel Classes. Learn to connect and communicate with your angels. Classes will begin Jan 10 and will be ongoing. The Chakra haven 402 East Main Street, Tomball 77375. For more information call 346-234-7754 or like is on FaceBook at facebook.com/thechakra.heven

MONDAY JANUARY 11

markyourcalendar Plant It Forward Farm Share Begins. Make sure your New Year’s resolution to eat healthy comes true and sign-up for a Plant It Forward Farm Share today! Next season begins Monday, January 11th. Each week you will receive 6-8 varieties of the freshest vegetables available in Houston- all organically grown! www.plant-it-forward.org Cheap Skate Night. 4-10pm. Glide around The ICE for just $7.00 per person plus tax. Includes skate rental. Thanks to media partner Houston on the Cheap for supporting Cheap Skate Nights. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com Visionary Vision Boards, 2016 Invite the New into YOU!1:30-4:30pm Vision Boards have a magical way of bringing the “unknown into the known.” There is “new” waiting on an invitation from you to present itself. Be specific or let the Universe handle the details. Taught by Cherie Ray. $65. Class to be held in Galveston at The Emerald on Monday, January 11th, , www.trueyoucreativity.com

FRIDAY JANUARY 15

Friday Night Sights: Suchu Dance. 7-8pm Ethereal, atmospheric dance performance inspired by the fluid light patterns of Field of Light. Suchu Dance is an award-winning dance ensemble creating and performing all original choreography. Ranging from 8-12 members, Suchu Dance is known or its inventiveness, variety and comedic innovation. Thanks to media sponsor Gish Picks and Spirit Picks. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com

SATURDAY JANUARY 16

Urban Harvest Fruit Tree Sale. 9am-1pm. Houstonians looking to grow and harvest their own tree-ripened fruit will welcomed into a pop up orchard with more than 100 varieties of fruit trees adapted to grow in Houston’s soil and climate. Rice University’s Greenbriar Lot 6, 6100 Main 77005. Urbanharvest.org/fruit-tree-sale Visionary Vision Boards, 2016 Invite the New into YOU!10am-1pm Vision Boards have a magical way of bringing the “unknown into the known.” There is “new” waiting on an invitation from you to present itself. Be specific or let the Universe handle the details. Taught by Cherie Ray at her studio in The Heights. $65. Register at trueyoucreativity.com One Day Meditation Retreat. 8:00am - 3:00pm. Start the new year with happiness and stability! Through clear and direct teachings, Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien guides students to connect with Awake Mind and to apply meditation through various daily activities such as sitting, walking, eating, and movement, to Wake Up and live truly happy in any situation. Pre-registration is required by Jan 11. Suggested donation $50, includes refreshments and lunch. Universal Door Meditation Center - 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498 www. universaldoor.org 281-565-9718

SUNDAY JANUARY 17

Blessing Ceremony. 10am-12n. Come and experience peace and blessing. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. cthouston.org Centerpoint Body Mind and Spirit Expo. 1-5 pm. Psychics, Astrology, Tarot, Ear Candling, Massage, Fengshue, Ionic Foot Bath, Palmist, Pranic, Reiki & Matrix Healers, Jewelry, Foot Reflexology, Pet Massage, Pet Healing, FREE coffee, tea & pastries. Admission Free. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 713-932-7224 centerpointhouston.org


WEDNESDAY JANUARY 20

markyourcalendar Holistic Child Birth Classes - Holistic Prenatal Care. 7 pm Learn about the work of the womb bodies to balance the energies of pregnancy and birth to prepare no-morning-sickness meals that are delicious to eat any time of day. Minimize and eliminate the mental stress of pregnancy and facilitate a vision of birth that is sound and obtainable. Upper Kirby * RSVP www.alifeofpeace.org/birth

THURSDAY JANUARY 21

Awake NOW Happening. 7-9pm. Come experience an opportunity to connect to your community, express your gifts and share your wisdom in a co-creative climate in which we thrive using music, movement and meditation. Everyone is a leader and everyone is a teacher (and it’s OK when you don’t feel that way). Open to all! Children are welcome to participate. Join us for this celebration of well-being. Unity of Houston 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org. Come as you are or as you want to be!

FRIDAY JANUARY 22

markyourcalendar The Catalyst Group - Coaching for what you want to be Coached On!- For those who want to learn how to live in clarity with ease and resilience regardless of circumstances Life Coach Cherie Ray has designed The Catalyst Group for you! This dynamic 10 week course includes a day and a half jump-start intensive followed by group gatherings and three individual coaching sessions to address what you choose. There are two different groups for your convenience, Evening Group and Lunch Time group. Both groups Jump Start: January 22nd from 7-9pm and January 23rd from 10am-4pm. Evening Group meets 5 Tuesdays, from 6:45-8:45pm. Lunch Time group meets 5 Tuesdays, from 11am-1pm, True You Creativity Studio in The Heights. You may also participate virtually through our online option. www.trueyoucreativity.com Movie Yoga: Turning Your Life into an Epic Adventure workshop with Tav Sparks. 9 am to 4:30 pm. Experience and learn to use Movie Yoga, the revolutionary new practice that transforms how we experience movies and gives us a new, easy life-strategy for on-going change, inner exploration, and fulfillment. Cost $95 until December 10; $115 after. Hyatt North Houston 425 North Sam Houston Pkwy E. 77060 holotropic.com The Healing Potential of Non-Ordinary States of Consciousness, with Stan Grof. 6:30-8pm. Lecture by Stan Grof on non-ordinary states of consciousness. This is an abbreviated version/introduction to the 3 day workshop listed below. ($15 at the door, no preregistration required) Hyatt North Houston 425 North Sam Houston Pkwy E. 77060 holotropic.com

markyourcalendar The Adventure of Self-Discovery Workshop - Holotropic Breathwork, with Stan Grof and Tav Sparks; 6:30 pm to Sunday January 24, 12:30 pm. With Holotropic Breathwork each participant gains direct access to his or her own inner healing wisdom. In the HB session, this wisdom brings you a unique and ideal combination of experiences that can include aspects of your personal history, psychological death and rebirth, transpersonal interconnections, and the greater spiritual reality to which we all belong. $325 until December 10, $375 after December 10. Hyatt North Houston 425 North Sam Houston Pkwy E. 77060. holotropic.com

SATURDAY JANUARY 23

Arbor Day at the Arboretum. 10-2pm. You’re invited to celebrate trees with us at our annual Arbor Day Celebration! This year’s event is packed with nature festivities and all things tree. You can be an ambassador for trees and help us End Treelessness by stopping by, taking home a free native tree seedling, making some crafts and participating in some of our nature themed activities. Houston Arboretum and Nature Center 4501 Woodway Dr. 77024. Houstonarboretum.org

markyourcalendar Hines Center Grand Opening. 6-8pm. The Bishop John E. Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer seeks to facilitate knowledge of and relationship with God by nurturing the spirituality of Christ Church Cathedral parishioners and those who live and work in downtown Houston through spiritual practices, prayer, and opportunities for both Christian and interfaith lecture and conversation. Join us for our grand opening. Free. Hines Center 500 Fannin 77002. Hinescenter.org

markyourcalendar Living Your Voice: 101. 10am-5pm. A workshop by Tony Pryor for beginning and experienced speakers and singers. Experience the joy and power of reclaiming your unique voice by conquering your limitations. Jung Center 5200 Montrose 77006 LivingYourVoice.com

SUNDAY JANUARY 24

Centerpoint Body Mind and Spirit Expo. 1-5 pm. Psychics, Astrology, Tarot, Ear Candling, Massage, Fengshue, Ionic Foot Bath, Palmist, Pranic, Reiki & Matrix Healers, Jewelry, Foot Reflexology, Pet Massage, Pet Healing, FREE coffee, tea & pastries. Admission Free. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 713-932-7224 centerpointhouston.org Eat It Raw! 2-4pm. Join Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram of Rawfully Organic Co-op and learn how to make delicious meals for the entire family from raw and organic foods. Kristina will share her passion for this healthy lifestyle by teaching and demonstrating how to prepare seasonal dishes from a variety of raw and locally grown produce. Come prepared to sample the class projects! $35. Houston Arboretum and Nature Center 4501 Woodway Dr. 77024. Houstonarboretum.org

MONDAY JANUARY 25

Cheap Skate Night. 4-10pm. Glide around The ICE for just $7.00 per person plus tax. Includes skate rental. Thanks to media partner Houston on the Cheap for supporting Cheap Skate Nights. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com

FRIDAY JANUARY 29

Friday Night Sights: Aerosol Warfare & Houston Lowriders. 7-8pm. Don’t miss a live painting by Aerosol Warfare at Los Trompos and Houston lowrider cars on display. Thanks to media sponsor Gish Picks and Spirit Picks. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.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

SATURDAY JANUARY 30

Gandhi Memorial. 4-5pm. Join the Gandhi Library, the Consul General of India, and Unity PeaceMakers in recounting and honoring the blessings of Mahatma Gandhi. In the rich tradition of India, be re-inspired to enact the vision of a world that blesses all. Unity of Houston 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713782-4050. unityhouston.org

SUNDAY JANUARY 31

Zen Meditation Workshop. 10-11am Join us for this one-hour meditation workshop. It is open to all beginners and is free of charge. No prior registration required. Learn the simple technique of meditation and boost your mental health. Guided by Ordained Zen Masters of Chung Tai Chan Monastery No fees. Donations are welcome. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd. 77072. 281-568-1568 cthouston.org Centerpoint Body Mind and Spirit Free Health Expo. 1-5 pm. Psychics, Astrology, Tarot, Ear Candling, Massage, Fengshue, Ionic Foot Bath, Palmist, Pranic, Reiki & Matrix Healers, Jewelry, Foot Reflexology, Pet Massage, Pet Healing, FREE coffee, tea & pastries. Admission Free. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 713-932-7224 centerpointhouston.org

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5 Day Intuitive Painting Workshop- Creating Your Connection to Limitless Creativity - Cherie Ray, Life & Creativity Coach, Learn and experience how to receive, remove limiting blocks and connect to your creative expression. Begins Wednesday, February 3-7, 2016. Register at trueyoucreativity. com

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 6

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

SUNDAY FEBRURAY 14

Blessing Ceremony. 10am-12n. Come and experience peace and blessing. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. cthouston.org

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 19

markyourcalendar Seventh Annual Texas Yoga Conference. Welcome to year seven which will be held February 19-21. We inform adults and youth through educational materials, workshops, classes and trainings about the benefits of breathing techniques, meditation, and yoga to promote wellness. We believe yoga is a preventative and complementary treatment of diseases often caused by stress. Our intention is to promote not only the teachers of the practice but yoga as a way of life for all fostering peace and wholeness for the masses. India House 8888 W. Bellfort, 77031. texasyogaconference.com

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 20

First Annual Houston Tea Festival. Follow us down the rabbit-hole Saturday and Sunday as we celebrate the world’s most popular beverage with talks, workshops, tea tastings, tea and food pairings, vendors and shopping, tea samples, an elegant afternoon tea, live music, entertainment, children’s activities, movie screening, murder mystery, tea industry networking events! University of Houston Clear Lake, Atrium II & Bayou Building, 2700 Bay Area Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77058. houstonteafestival.com Facebook.com/icedteafest

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 21

Half-Day Zen Retreat. 9am-noon. Open to everyone; prior meditation experience recommended. There will be three sessions of sitting and walking meditation. Silence is observed. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. cthouston.org

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 28

Zen Meditation Workshop. 10-11am Join us for this one-hour meditation workshop. It is open to all beginners and is free of charge. No prior registration required. Learn the simple technique of meditation and boost your mental health. Guided by Ordained Zen Masters of Chung Tai Chan Monastery No fees. Donations are welcome. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd. 77072. 281-568-1568 cthouston.org

THURSDAY MAY 19

markyourcalendar Blossom: A Yoga & Spirit Renewal Retreat. Plan for a little rejuvenation in 2016! Attend a 4 day retreat beginning at 5pm on Thursday May 19 and running through Sunday May 22. Nurture your body, mind, and spirit at our spring yoga retreat in the magical high desert of Santa Fe, NM on a five-star oasis. Come to Blossom! Packages start at $2350. Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado, Santa Fe, NM. Brought to you by Soul Bliss Yoga. For more information and to reserve your spot, visit: www.soulblissyoga.com/ blossomsantafe2016 or contact:retreats@soulblissyoga. com or 720-295-2127.

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tuesday Oneness Blessing Meeting. 7-9pm The Oneness Blessing, also known as Deeksha, is a hands-on, direct transfer of energy. Which can strengthen your relationship with your Divine, Spirit, God; however you relate to that. Bring freedom from your chattering mind. And can cause your Authentic You to shine and become present in the moment and experience fullness of life as it truly is. The more blessings you receive, the greater the benefit. Child care is available, no reservation required. Love Offering. Unity of Houston 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org

daily Houston Arboretum. 8am-6pm. Walk in nature. Learn about native plants and wildlife. Free. Houston Arboretum 4501 Woodway Dr., 77024. houstonarboretum.org

Light Language & Sound Healing with Robert Tang. 10am7pm. Experience the language of love and light. Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098 Call 832-799-8545 for an appointment. www.robertctang.com

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 Field of Light. Dusk-11pm. The Field of Light at Discovery Green comprises 4,500 radiant, frosted glass spheres atop slender stems connected by illuminated fiber optic. The spheres and stems wait quietly until dusk and then bloom with gentle rhythms of colored light as darkness falls over the park. 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

Tarot & Intuitive Counseling with Allison Miller. 10am-7pm. Compassionate support and guidance for healing the heart and soul. Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098 Call 713-7214056 for an appointment.

Meditation and Aura Cleansing. 11:30am-12:30pm. This meditation opens the heart and crown chakras, enabling you to draw large amounts of divine energy into the crown. Free. CenterPoint, 1-5 PM, 2727 Fondren Suite 5M 77080, 713932-7224 www.centerpointhouston.org Two-Step Tuesdays. 6-10pm Grab your partner for a boot scootin’ good time on the Anheuser-Busch Stage. Line dance lessons by instructors from Neon Boots. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com

Tools for Life–Learning to Use the Alexander Method. 6:307:30 pm. Chris Lidvall will be offering a group class in the Alexander Technique. $20/class, $72 for 4 classes. A Healing Collective, 4231 Bellaire Blvd, Suite T, Houston, Texas 77025 Chris Lidvall, 281-989-8574.

Light Language & Sound Healing with Robert Tang. 10am7pm. Experience the language of love and light. Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098 Call 832-799-8545 for an appointment. Regression Therapy with Eppie Munoz, Jr. 11am-5pm. Access your past life to heal current life issues. Edgar Cayce A.R.E. Center 7800 Amelia Road, 1B., 77055. Call 832.530.3360 to make an appointment. edgarcaycehouston. org/Eppie-Munoz,-Jr.html Yoga. 11am-12n. Strengthen, relax and recharge. Presented in partnership with Texas Military Veterans Network. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com Open Mic with Jimmy Deen. 7:00-11:00pm. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 6:30-7:30pm. Come around and try our free weekly yoga-meditation classes. Simply turn up, and make yourself comfortable. Each session includes the basics and a practical guided meditation, so that you can start meditating at home straight away. Free. Kendall Neighborhood Library. 609 Eldridge Parkway, 77079. 832-433-2415. info@ Houston-Meditation.org Beginners Yoga 7-8:30 pm Discover your strengths and balances through a therapeutic approach to yoga alignment and mind/body integration. First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston 5200 Fannin 77004. stanpolins@hal-pc.org. Food Not Bombs. 8pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Countyard 521 Lamar, 77002.. houstonfoodnotbombs.org

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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

Eden Energy with Stania. 1:30-3:30pm. The class will focus on working directly with the body’s energy systems to help create health and wellness. Benefits from this class include: Boosted energy level Enhanced metabolism Improved memory Reduced stress. $18. Green Planet Sanctuary 13424B Briar Forest, 77077. 713-253-4208, call to RSVP. greenplanetsanctuary.com

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Integrative Shiatsu & BodyTalk with Guy Hiscock. 10am7pm. Shiatsu is one o fthe most effective body therapies in the world today and is based on traditional Asian medicine. The BodyTalk System involves working to integrate knowledge stored in the left brain with intuitive parallel-processing abilities of the right-brain. Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098 Call 713-818-1958 to make an appointment or visit hiscockintegrativeshiatsu.com

Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 6:30-7:30pm. Come around and try our free weekly yoga-meditation classes. Simply turn up, and make yourself comfortable. Each session includes the basics and a practical guided meditation, so that you can start meditating at home straight away. Free. South Community Center. 2235 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, Houston, Texas 77380. 832-433-2415. info@Houston-Meditation.org Yoga Skills for a Changing World with Brandy Deutsch. 6:30pm. $60 per month or $20 drop in. Spectrum Center 4100 Westheimer at Midlane, 77027. 233. 832.754.5022 holisticchanges.net Wellness Education. 7 – 7:30 p.m. Come, learn about the latest breakthrough in all-natural healthcare. This category-creating technology has been featured by the National Institute of Health and is redefining anti-aging. Free informational presentations held Tuesdays at the Trini Mendenhall Sosa Community Center, 1414 Wirt Road, Houston, TX 77055. RSVP to Angelle at (832) 472-1366. Oneness Blessing Meeting. 7-9pm. The Oneness Blessing, also known as Deeksha, is a hands-on, direct transfer of energy. Which can strengthen your relationship with your Divine, Spirit, God; however you relate to that. Bring freedom from your chattering mind. And can cause your Authentic You to shine and become present in the moment and experience fullness of life as it truly is. The more blessings you receive, the greater the benefit. Child care is available, no reservation required. Love Offering. Unity of Houston 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org Charles Bryant Showcase. 7-11pm. Dinner music at Last Concert Café. Get your Vegan Tex-Mex On! Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com

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Intro to Meditation 101.7-8pm. Universal Door Meditation Center offers this beginner level class open to the public. Here we begin to discover the difference between False Mind and Awake Mind by applying basic Zen Meditation. Donations Welcome. Universal Door Meditation Center 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498 www.universaldoor. org 281-565-9718 Yoga at Resurrection MCC. 7:00-8:00 pm. Get in touch with your mind, body, and spirit through Yoga! Connect with others in this non-competitive activity suitable for everyone. All body types and skill levels are welcome. Please bring a mat and towel. Extra mats are available for those new to Yoga. Donations Accepted. Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church 2015 West 11th Street 77008. Yoga@ResurrectionMCC.org Capoeira Angola. 7:30-9:30pm. Capoeira Angola is a martial art incorporating dance, music and philosophy. It was developed by Africans in Brazil during colonial times. $15. The Flamenco Room 4212 Canal Street, 77003. lipanurban.org

wednesday Subtle Energy Therapies with Connie Silva. 10am-7pm. Healing touch and light therapy. Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098 Call 832-613-1075 for an appointment. Oneness Blessing Meeting. 5:30-6:45pm. The Oneness Blessing, also known as Deeksha, is a hands-on, direct transfer of energy. Which can strengthen your relationship with your Divine, Spirit, God; however you relate to that. Bring freedom from your chattering mind. And can cause your Authentic You to shine and become present in the moment and experience fullness of life as it truly is. The more blessings you receive, the greater the benefit. Child care is available, no reservation required. Love Offering. Unity of Houston 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org Urban Ride. 6:30pm. Friendly cycling group. All routes go through inner city – each day of the week we have a different route. Please obey the rules of the roads. Stop at all traffic lights and stop signs. Free. Urban Bicycle Gallery 4814 Nett St. 77007. judy@urbanbicyclegallery.com Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 6:30-7:30pm. Come around and try our free weekly yoga-meditation classes. Simply turn up, and make yourself comfortable. Each session includes the basics and a practical guided meditation, so that you can start meditating at home straight away. Free. Kingwood Library. 4400 Bens View Lane, 77339. 832-433-2415. info@ Houston-Meditation.org African Dance. 6:30-8:00pm. Lessons in African dance offered by Lipan Urban. $15. Tango Cielo 3710 Main Street, 77009. Lipanurban.org. Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 6:30-8:00pm. Come around and try our free weekly yoga-meditation classes. Simply turn up, and make yourself comfortable. Each session includes the basics and a practical guided meditation, so that you can start meditating at home straight away. Free. University Branch Library, 14010 University Blvd. Sugar Land, TX 77479. 832-433-2415. info@Houston-Meditation.org Psychic Development with Grendl. 7-9pm. We all have psychic abilities. They just need to be developed. Check the website for cost and registration. CenterPoint 2727 Fondren Suite 5M 77080, 713-932-7224 www.centerpointhouston.org Jazz Nights on ICE. 7-9pm. Jam to Jazzy tunes on the ice with Houston musician and skating - Jazzman Jawad. Sponsored by Ice Rink Events. Free to listen, skating fees apply. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com Diamond Way Meditation. 7-7:30 pm. Free. Diamond Way Buddhist Center. 2217 W 34th Street, Suite D. 281. 77018. 436.6081. diamondway.org/houston/ Hellina Bucket Band 7:30-10:00 Free dinner music. Free. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com Beginning Zen Meditation. 7:30-9:30pm. Feeling stressed? Want something to help you feel better? Try meditation with us. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281.568.1568. cthouston.org Spiritual Unfoldment Meditation Class- 7:30PM -9PM Join us for our meditation circle class. Any changes in time will be texted to you if you sign up. Love Offering, First Spiritualist Church of Houston, NSAC 2115 Turner Dr. Houston, Tx. 77093 713-695-2550 firstspiritualistchurchofhouston.org Liana Liles 713-240-0058


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 Food Not Bombs. 8pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Countyard 521 Lamar, 77002. houstonfoodnotbombs.org Pot Roast. 10:30pm-12mn. Late night music outside under the stars. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com

Hightailers 10:30-2 am Longest running house band in existence. Gulf Coast Rhythm and Blues - $7.00 Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com

friday Recycling Fridays. 8:30am-12:30pm. Drive by and drop off sorted plastic, aluminum, paper, glass, and flattened cardboard boxes. Free. Emerson Church. 1900 Bering Dr., 77057 (between Westheimer and San Felipe) 713-782-8250. Emersonhouston.org

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

Regression Therapy with Eppie Munoz, Jr. 11am-5pm. Access your past life to heal current life issues. A.R.E. Center 7800 Amelia Road, 1B, 77055. Call 832.530.3360 to make an appointment. edgarcaycehouston.org/Eppie-Munoz,-Jr.html

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Hot Nights on ICE. 7-10pm. Mix, Mingle and turn up the heat. Free to listen, skating fees apply. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com

Museum of Fine Arts-Houston. 10am-9pm. If you have not spent time enjoying the art exhibits at MFAH, what are your waiting for? Free. MFAH 1001 Bissonnet, 77005. 713.639.7300 mfah.org Yoga at India House. 11:00-12:00am. Enjoy relaxing cardio work out at India House. Free. India House, 8888 West Bellfort, 77031. Go to the website, print out the form and email it to the address given. http://www.indiahouseinc.org/ programs/yoga-classes Buffalo Soldiers Museum. 1-5pm. Buffalo Soldiers Museum is the only museum dedicated to preserving the legacy and honor of African American soldiers in the United States. Free. Buffalo Soldiers Museum 3816 Caroline Street, 77004. Buffalosoldiersmuseum.com 713.942.8920. Houston Museum of Natural Science. 2-5pm. Roam the Serengeti, walk with dinosaurs and discover the world’s mineral wonders. Free. HMNS 5555 Hermann Park Drive 77030. hmns.org Children’s Museum of Houston. 5-8pm. Enjoy all the interactive exhibits at the museum with your children. Free. Children’s Museum 1500 Binz., 77004. 713.522.1138 cmhouston.org Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 6:00-7:00pm. Come around and try our free weekly yoga-meditation classes. Simply turn up, and make yourself comfortable. Each session includes the basics and a practical guided meditation, so that you can start meditating at home straight away. Free. Houston Public Library, Central Branch, 500 McKinney Street, 77002. 832-433-2415. info@Houston-Meditation.org Free EFT Tapping Thursdays with Helen Racz. 7-8:30pm. EFT is a healing modality based on the same principles as acupuncture but without the needles. Free. Spectrum Center 4100 Westheimer, Suite 233, 77027. 713.922.8895. efthouston.com Bank of America: Screen on the Green. 7-8pm. Skate and watch or just enjoy the movie. Check the website for the night’s feature film. Skating fees apply. Bank of America card holders and employees can skate for $7.00 plus tax. Movies will be oriented towards the Hill. You are welcome to bring blankets, and chairs to view from the hill. Food, beer and wine are available at the Lake House. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com Meditation Class: Discovering the Awake Within 7-9pm Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien closely guides and interacts with students to connect with Awake Mind and to apply meditation. This class provides a stable foundation for those who are ready to move to the next level, go deeper in their meditation practice, and touch with the Awake within. Suggested donation $50/month. Suggested donation $50/month. Universal Door Meditation Center 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498 www.universaldoor.org 281-565-9718 Bohemeo’s Badass Bike Ride. 7pm. Every kind of bike is welcome but note the first and third Thursday of the month the ride is fast paced (16-18 mph) and contains about 20-25 miles with bridges. The other Thursdays it is a more social and slower ride, maintaining pace at 12-14 mph for about 12-15 miles. Free. Bohemeo’s 709 Telephone Road, 77023. 713.923.4277.

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 Spiritual Unfoldment Meditation Class- 8PM -10PM Join us for our meditation circle class. Any changes in time will be texted to you if you sign up. Love Offering. First Spiritualist Church of Houston, NSAC 2115 Turner Dr. Houston, Tx. 77093 713-695-2550 firstspiritualistchurchofhouston.org Ken Pitman 832-692-3666 Food Not Bombs. 8pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Count Yard, 521 Lamar, 77002. houstonfoodnotbombs.org Dinner Music with Jimmy Deen. 6-9pm. $7.00 Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert. com

Recycling Saturdays. 11am-2pm. Bring your glass, paper, plastic, and aluminum to a recycling station at Discovery Green. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com Community Open Forum. 1-4pm. All are invited to create and participate, ask questions, and share ideas. Topics are unlimited, and can include paranormal, psychic, metaphysical and spiritual subjects. Free. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 281-7303017 centerpointhouston.com Drumming Class: djembe. 1:30-2:30. Group djembe drumming class by Lipan Urban. $15. The Eye of Africa Gallery 709 11th Street, 77008. Lipanurban.org. Tai Chi Sun Dragons. 3-4:30pm. Tai Chi Chuan classes taught by Black Belt Certified Tai Chi instructor Mary Griffin (lineage of Grand Master Her Yue Wong) Saturday. $25 at the door. $80/ month prepaid. Center Point 2727 Fondren (corner of Westheimer and Fondren) 77063. 713-932-7224 www. centerpointhouston.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. $7.00 Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert. com

sunday Movement Meditation for Healing Mind and Body -- 9:30 – 10:30am With an emphasis on bringing together mind, body, and movement to be in the present moment, Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien guides students to connect with Awake mind, which is profoundly healing, and also restores and refreshes every aspect of our being. Suggested donation $50/month. Universal Door Meditation Center 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498 www.universaldoor.org 281-565-9718

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Healing Service, Lecture, and Messages from Spirit. 10:30 am First Spiritualist Church of Houston, NSAC. Music by Dwain Briggs. 713-695-2550 2115 Turner Dr. 77093. firstspiritualistchurchofhouston.org

Yoga for the Body and Mind. 8-9:30 am. Yoga classes based on the teachings of Swami Ramdev ji including asanas, pranayama and meditation. Free. Arya Samaj Greater Houston Center 14375 Shiller Rd. 77082. 281-242-5000 aryasamajhouston.org.

Acoustic Jams. 10:30am-12n. Easy listening music to brunch by. No cover charge. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com

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 Kitchen Kraft with Grendl Tucker. 11am-12:30pm. We will be demonstrating how to create candles, herbal tinctures and teas, natural herbal medicinals, aromatherapy, rune making and many other hands-on body, mind and spirit projects. Check the website for cost and registration. CenterPoint, 1-5 PM, 2727 Fondren Suite 5M 77080, 713-932-7224 www. centerpointhouston.org Yoga at India House. 11:00-12:00am. Enjoy relaxing cardio work out at India House. Free. India House, 8888 West Bellfort, 77031. Go to the website, print out the form and email it to the address given. http://www.indiahouseinc.org/ programs/yoga-classes Beginning Meditation. 11:00-11:30am. Enjoy relaxing meditation class at India House. Free. India House, 8888 West Bellfort, 77031. Go to the website, print out the form and email it to the address given. http://www.indiahouseinc.org/ programs/yoga-classes

Dance Evolution-Central. 10:30-1 pm. Free-form barefoot movement community. Free. Planet Funk Academy- 5731 Logan Ln. 77008. ecstaticdanceevolution.com/ Dawn Mountain Sunday Meditation. 11am-12noon. Join us for guided meditation suitable for everyone. Led by senior members of the Dawn Mountain community. Free. Dawn Mountain 2010 Naome Street, Suite A 77054. http:// dawnmountain.org Fall Youth and Teen Program at Universal Door Meditation Center. 11:00am – 12:30pm. For youth grades 1-12, starts Sept. 13. Through games and activities, they are introduced to basic meditation practice and life skills needed to understand more about themselves and how to be truly happy. Call for more details. Suggested donation $60/month. Universal Door Meditation Center 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498 www.universaldoor.org 281-565-9718 Diamond Way Meditation. 5-5:30 pm. Free. Diamond Way Buddhist Center. 2217 W 34th Street, Suite D., 77018. 281436-6081. diamondway.org/houston/ Food Not Bombs. 7pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Countyard 521 Lamar, 77002 houstonfoodnotbombs.org

Annie B Band. 8-10pm. One of Houston’s top blues bands. $7. 00 Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com

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

Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide email cindy@naturalawakeningsmag.com to request our media kit.

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

LAZELLE BRADLEY

Center Point 2727 Fondren, Ste 5M (Fondren & Westheimer) 77063 281-440-3136 LBNutritionist@comcast.net

Stay out of the doctor’s office! Superior live whole foods concentrated that you simply add to your smoothie. Quick and easy with no shopping or cooking. Also, products for detox and weight loss. Non-invasive gluten sensitivity test available. Antiaging skin care products that will reduce the look of your face by 10 years in a few months with daily use. Center Point 2727 Fondren, Suite 5M (Fondren & Westheimer) 77063. Sunday May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 32. From 1-5 pm. Call or email for an appointment.

HOLISTIC SHOP THE CHAKRA HAVEN

AUNT ALBERTA’S REMEDY Homeopathic Pain Relief Cream 973-715-9097 www.healnbloom.com

Try Aunt Alberta’s Remedy to ease joint and muscular aches and pains from sciatica, gout, arthritis, neuralgia, fibromyalgia and more. Great buy a 4oz jar for $13. All natural ingredients! Refer a friend and get 10% off your purchase. Read what people are saying about Aunt Alberta’s Remedy at our website.

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

ION FOOT DETOX HEAL WITH NATURAL HERBS

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

Looking for a nice peaceful place to just hang out. Well, you’ve found it. We feature ion foot detox, chair massage, an oxygen bar, herbal teas, essential oils and much more. Come by for the Lady’s Tea or the Gentlemen’s Mini-Golf and you won’t want to leave.

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 5.

THE HINES CENTER FOR SPIRITUALITY AND PRAYER 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. Join us January 23 from 6-8 pm for our Grand Opening. See ad on page 11.

MEDITATION CLASSES

A cute little shop just outside the Old Town Tomball district. Featuring: candles, crystals, jewelry, oils, incense, herbs and more. Also by appointment only: chakra balancing, tarot readings, angel readings, angel healings and Reiki. New Angel Classes start Jan. 10.

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CHUCK MURPHY SPIRITUAL INTUITIVE

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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CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON

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

Meditation classes start the week of Jan. 10. Beginning Meditation: (A) Wed, 7:30–9:30 pm, starting Jan. 13 (B) Sat, 10am–12pm, starting Jan. 16. Children Meditation: Sat 10am–12pm, starting Jan. 16 - For children ages 4–12 and parents. Half-day Retreat: Sun., Jan. 10, 9am-12pm. Sun., Feb. 21, 9am-12pm. Meditation Workshop: Sun., Jan. 31, 10-11am. Sun., Feb. 28, 10-11am. Blessing Ceremony: Sun., Jan. 17, 10am-12pm. Sun., Feb. 14, 10am-12pm. Check the web site (event calendar) for the most current information. See ad on page 17.

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UNIVERSAL DOOR MEDITATION CENTER 2619 Charles Lane Sugar Land, TX 77498 281-565-9718 UniversalDoor.org

Are you ready to Wake Up? Discover Awake mind through Zen meditation. Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien guides students to apply this life-changing tool in all situations. Find out how Awake mind can transform stress, struggles, health issues, and conflicts that you thought were unchangeable facts of life! Tue: Meditation 101. 7- 8pm* 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 14.


NATURAL HEALTH CHRIS KIRSCHBAUM Mydoterra.com/oilsedu oils.edu@gmail.com 801-592-4476

ARE YOU READY TO CREATE A HEALTHIER YOU IN 2016? Are you searching for natural solutions to support your family’s health? Discover the power of essential oils and learn how they can support your mental physical and emotional health, in a safe, effective and affordable way that doesn’t have side effects. Get started today by requesting the free ebook “The Top 10 Essential Oil Uses Guide”.

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.

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

DO YOU KNOW WHAT’S IN YOUR WATER? 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. Install now for the holidays and save up to $1000. Call Henry 281-773-5441

THERMAL IMAGING SERVICES Angel Marlow, CNHP, CAHC, CCT 3300 Chimney Rock, Ste. 208 713-621-4406 angel@thermalimagingtexas.com ThermalImaingTexas.com

No Compression, No Radiation, Painless. Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging or Thermography, creates images that illustrate heat patterns in the body. The thermal images are analyzed for abnormalities that may be signs of disease in the body. Thermography can be conducted onsite at your business through Thermal Imaging Services for Corporate Wellness. Locations in: Houston, Lake Charles, LA, Katy, Beaumont, The Woodlands, Tyler and Kingwood. Call for current schedule and to make an appointment. See ad page 13.

YOGA FOR MENTAL & PHYSICAL HAPPINESS TEXAS YOGA CONFERENCE 8888 West Bellfort Houston, TX 77031 texasyogaconference.com

Welcome to year seven which will be held February 19-21, 2016 at India House located at 8888 W. Bellfort 77031. We inform adults and youth through educational materials, workshops, classes and trainings about the benefits of breathing techniques, meditation, and yoga to promote wellness. We believe yoga is a preventative and complementary treatment of diseases often caused by stress. Our intention is to promote not only the teachers of the practice but yoga as a way of life for all fostering peace and wholeness for the masses. See ad on Back Cover.

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WELLNESS ORGANICALLY GROWN PRODUCE PLANT IT FORWARD

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Join the Farm Share Program Today! Enjoy your own weekly box of our local, organically grown produce by enrolling in our Farm Share Program. Get 6-8 different varieties, enough for a family of 3-5 each week. Purchase a 5-week mini-season for $132, a perfect gift for your health-conscious loved ones or purchase a 20-week season for $507. Sign-up today for the Winter-Spring 2016 Season! See ad on page 22.

INTEGRATIVE THERAPIES FOR NATURAL HEALING & WELLNESS LIN WEISS MH, CYT HOLISTIC HEALER MEDICAL/SPIRITUAL INTUITIVE MASTER TEACHER Houston, Texas 77025 713.858.8595 linweiss@earthlink.net conscioushealingnow.com

Through her WHOLE-istic approach, Lin weaves inspired wisdom with proven healing traditions for integrating mind/body & soul. ALL NATURAL, ALL THE TIME, she specializes in Homeopathy; Bioenergetic 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. Intuitive Development classes now forming!

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