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reetings, January is one of those times of the year that we can make new beginnings. Wipe the slate clean and start afresh. I’ve never been much for New Year’s Resolutions because however well-intentioned those plans at self-improvement might be, I usually forget to follow through on them and then feel bad about having failed. I do find that it’s a good time to make annual goals which are somewhat different from resolutions. At the magazine, our goals for the new year are to increase the page count, increase the print number and increase the number of locations where you can find our magazine. Although I still enjoy holding a paper copy, I know that digital is the future. The sign-up process is now automated and starting in January you can sign up by sending a text message. (Look for the announcement on Face Book providing the number.) We continue to produce videos for the website, social media and to be embedded in the print editions. The new year will see both live streaming video and podcasts featuring our advertisers and local events. Our marketing seminars will resume in February and I hope to make them every other month features. We have an unusually large number of new advertisers starting the new year. Be sure to check out the brief articles introducing them and if what they offer looks interesting, don’t hesitate to give them a call and say that you heard about them in Natural Awakenings. There are also many events in this month’s calendar, many of them free. So, don’t stay in until you get cabin fever. Get out and about and do something new and meet some new friends. So, enjoy the cooler weather while it lasts. Soon enough it will be summer again. Blessed be,

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Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.

21 IGNITE YOUR LIFE Trust In Spirit by Sarah Gish

spotlight 12 bookreviews 14 refreshingrecipe 22 DISCONNECT TO 14 spiritualbrief RECONNECT 17 healthbriefs by Carrie Harmon 19 globalbriefs 21 community spotlight 23 PREGNANCY 27 inspiration AND CHIROPRACTIC 28 healingways A Winning Combination by Dr Jackie St. Cyr 30 naturalpet 32 farmers'markets 33 calendar 38 resourceguide 24 WEIGHT-LOSS SABOTEURS

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newsbriefs

Welcome to Unity of North Houston!

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f you want to know God and to experience God at work in your life, come visit Unity of North Houston on Sundays! You’ll discover a warm, caring community of ordinary people living extraordinary lives. Located on Grant Road in the Cypress community, Unity of North Houston is conveniently located near Highway 290 and 249. Theirs is a positive, practical, progressive approach to Christianity based on the teachings of Jesus - as well as other master teachers - and the power of prayer. Unity teaches that each person is a unique expression of God created with sacred worth. Living from that awareness transforms our lives and the world. Sunday services at 10:15am. Experience joy-filled vibrations and high-energy spirituality in motion during the Sunday service! With live music, singing, affirmative prayer, and dynamic sermons, this is a Sunday service that will feed your body, mind and heart. Now is the time to stoke your inner spark by sharing in the light everyone brings to our community, whether this is your first visit or you have been with us for years. Unity recognizes that there are many expressions of family life. All are welcome. Unity creates an affirming environment that fosters positive self-image, personal responsibility and unconditional love and acceptance. See ad on page 41.

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ouston-based artist and business owner Sarah Gish is someone who knows about igniting lives, having done that much of her life and even more so recently as part of her art project, IGNITE YOUR LIFE! (www.igniteyourownlife.com). She’ll be sharing her wisdom about igniting lives with all of you in a new column starting January 2017. Sarah’s brother Geoffrey Gish died in 2004 due to alcoholism and it was out of this tragedy that IGNITE YOUR LIFE! was born. She has interviewed, photographed, and videotaped countless people about how they ignite their lives – and out of that research, Sarah discovered that being on fire for your life is a firewall to depression, loneliness, and anxiety. She also wrote 12 ways to ignite your life daily and it is those 12 ways that she will write about in 2017. Sarah is the publisher of GISH PICKS: CURATED CULTURE FOR KIDS & ADULTS (www.gishpicks.com) and is looking forward to working with Natural Awakenings to spread the word about cool events and ways to ignite lives! See ad on page 17.

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Pet Communication by Mindy King ou may be aware of how the holiday busyness, extra people and extra food has added to your stress level but have you considered how your pets may be responding to it all? Even if you were alone during the holidays and perhaps being a bit lonely, angry or nostalgic, your pets were likely responding to your moods and copying your behavior. They know when we’re sad or happy and always seem to know what’s going on before we do or can say it out loud to them! I believe animals come to us for a purpose. My dog came to me to teach me pet communications until it was an innate part of me. I think most of us would agree that we are already communicating with our pets and that they get us. What I do is teach people to take it to the next level… simply. Here are a few of my post-holiday tips but really, they apply every day. z Animals are telepathic. They eavesdrop on the pictures created in our mind’s eye – and they don’t ask for permission! Pay attention! z Animals come with a purpose for us. You might be surprised at the variety! Please go to my website sweetsimple healing.com and go to the Pets tab for more information. z If considering adding another pet to your household, find out if your current pet wants another friend (or distraction) around. Many times, we are looking to add another relationship for ourselves or work long hours, and we feel like our pets are lonely too so we try to “fix” them by adding a new friend...when perhaps they are happy being the only pet in the house.

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If our pets begin to act out, consider your pets might be mirroring your behavior in an effort for you to take the hint to calm down! If a trip to the vet becomes necessary, consider adding calmness and perhaps a sense of feeling better for your pet because of going. Lastly if you find yourself needing to go the vet to put your best friend down, please call me. I’m happy to assist you getting your thoughts/pictures to make it better for your pet and you also.

As an energy healer, what I do for people also works for pets. Sending sweetest blessings of love and healing to you and your pets. MINDY KING, Certified Quantum-Touch ® , Heal Your Life ®. mindy@sweetsimplehealing.com. 281-684-1956. SweetSimpleHealing.com. See ad on page 8.

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Fresh Cuisine Recipe Book Sugar/gluten free, vegan recipes, to uplift and enhance your lifestyle.

businessbriefs THREDZ USA

by Amanda Sloan atural Awakenings Houston is pleased to introduce a new recipe series for the new year. Amanda Sloan has kindly agreed to allow us to publish one of the recipes from her new book each month in our magazine. We know you will enjoy reading about, preparing and eating these delicious healthy dishes so be sure to pick up each month’s copy of Natural Awakenings or go to our website and subscribe to our digital edition so you don’t miss a one. Or better yet, follow the Amazon link and purchase her book so you can enjoy all the recipes right now! This sugar/gluten free and vegan cookbook has a wide selection of tasty recipes, which are pretty easy and practical to make, and sweetened using fresh fruits, nuts and spices. Detoxing the body, these recipes are suitable for most diets recommended for good health. The recipes use fresh produce, ensuring the goodness! Enjoy using raw and whole foods, which deliver enzymes and nutrients that are good for the digestive system and liver, using minimal extra virgin olive oil (preferably uncooked)! The recipes are healthy, with a balance of ingredients. Nutritional needs are important; there are plenty of recipes using protein foods. This book is great for vegetarians, vegans, health conscious people, and a healthy pantry!

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HREDZ has just received a new shipment of European style men’s coats and blazers, women’s dresses, and men’s shoes. Founded in Pakistan in 2004, with a strong emphasis on high quality, ready to wear clothes as well as providing its customers with the latest trends in fashion. They strive to inspire and excite your senses with their vibrant color palettes, trendy designs and handpicked accessories which is why they have become one of the leading designer brands in Pakistan. They provide simple, but timelessly cut pieces that have set the bar high as a prestigious fashion label. Whether you need a brand-new outfit or an entire wardrobe of either contemporary South Asian or the latest in European style their inhouse stylists are more than happy to provide you with assistance to make you look your very best. They are open every day except Tuesday. Come by today and be sure to mention that you heard about them in Natural Awakenings magazine.

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eventbriefs Pilgrimage to John of God

Where Hearts & Minds Meet...Magic Happens!

A Weekend Coaching Workshop: January 20-22, 2017

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o you want this year to be more about enjoyment and ease and less about stress and striving? Feel energized and hopeful this year in an easy, natural way. This happens when your heart and mind sync up. No more internal tug-of-war. During this weekend, you will learn: how to live in the flow of life, even when it’s not going your way; explore the intelligence behind life and how to be open to listen; how trying to ‘figure it out’ works against you; how to live relaxed with uncertainty and change; how to live with less pressure, stress, and anxiety; how to feel more connected to life; how to move forward with less insecurity, and how to feel more connected in all of your relationships and potential relationships. You will be part of an exciting community of people who are exploring the same things you are. This weekend will continue to bear fruit for you long after this weekend of learning. Can’t attend in person? Attend virtually. It’s so easy. For more information and to register for above workshops/sessions, visit www.trueyoucreativity.com, or call 832-545-8488. Houston Heights Studio (77008), Friday, January 20th, 6-8:30pm, Saturday, January 21st, 10am-6pm and Sunday, January 22nd, 10am-4pm. $395. Registration deadline is January 18, 2017. Facilitator: Cherie Ray, MLA, Consultant & Coach, supporting clients in living to their true potential with ease and confidence. See ad on page 6.

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ev. Howard Caesar invites YOU to participate in a once-in-a-lifetime Sacred Spiritual Pilgrimage May 7 – 20, 2017, that will offer you opportunities for profound transformation on the physical, spiritual, and emotional levels. For the past eight years, Rev. Caesar has taken a group to Abadiânia, Brazil to experience the extraordinary gifts of one of the world’s great healers, John of God. We invite you to sign-up for this sacred pilgrimage to experience the healing process in the Casa de Dom Inacio de Loyola and explore first-hand the healing gifts of João Teixeira de Faria, the healer known as John of God. See ad on page 13 for more information.

INTUITIVE COMMUNICATION CERTIFICATION WORKSHOP IEL INSTITUTE LEVEL I

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re you a light worker or energy healer and have noticed that you are often unable to disconnect your thoughts and feelings from your clients when you have finished a session? Have you ever dreamed of a full time or part time career in the field of energy work but aren’t sure how to start? Maybe you aren’t interested in becoming a practitioner but would like to learn more about this fascinating field for your personal improvement. Chris Carpentier will be leading a series of classes beginning in January that will give you the opportunity to discover your organic and natural abilities and to receive IEL certification. The January class will help you to receive and interpret the loving energy of the angelic realm. Although the classes are integrated with each other, you may choose the classes that appeal to you. The January class will be held at The Spectrum Center in The Preserve on January 28 & 29 from 10 am until 5 pm. This is a fun class that will give everyone the opportunity to discover their organic and natural abilities to receive and interpret the loving energy of the angelic realm. Through exercises, using tools, and practice, you will gain confidence with a process that measures where you currently stand in developing your skills. In addition, instruction and practice will be provided in the chakras, cutting negative cords of attachments, and clearing and shielding your energy. At the end of the workshop, there will be internship readings required to complete the certification. You can choose not to participate with the internship part of the process and attend the workshop to deepen your understanding or improve your intuitive skills. Spectrum Center, 2060 N. Loop W #205, Houston, Texas 77018. To register call or email: 713-303-7107 chriscarpentier333@gmail.com. chris-carpentier.com. Early Bird Registration - $299, At the Door - $349. See ad on page 23. natural awakenings

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Join us for the Lunar New Year Festival! Sunday, January 15, 2017 – 10:00am to 4:00pm

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t’s a FREE family event. Try some delicious free food and drinks, enjoy the entertainment, and visit our many booths with special New Year’s activities, games filled with prizes for kids and adults of all ages. Learn more about the Power of Awake, Zen meditation, the guiding teacher. Retreats, classes, and special programs are offered through the year. We invite you to set a new goal and intention for 2017, to discover a lasting happiness from within and accessing the Power of Awake through Zen meditation at Universal Door. The celebration will be on the new 9-acre property where we are developing our Awake Center, helping people of all backgrounds, cultures, ages, religions come together and discover how to live truly happy and free in everyday life. See for yourself the fun-loving atmosphere of diverse people with the same goal and intention…to Wake Up from stress, struggles, and conflict not just sometimes but always! It is possible and it is happening day by day. Don’t miss this exciting event!   Universal Door Meditation Center (new property location--15205 Dora Lane, Sugar Land TX 77498). Sunday, January 15, 2017 – 10:00am to 4:00pm. See ad on page 21.

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explains… “we plant seeds and eventually as we water them, give them sunshine, and tend to them daily, we will see the blossoms flourish when the time is right..just keep planting seeds and one day they will blossom in ways you never imagined possible.” In this program, youth and teens learn the basics of meditation in a variety of fun ways…sitting, walking, eating, interactive games, interesting and relatable discussions, and activities that allow them to understand more about themselves and about life. They leave learning how meditation can help them with stress in school, conflicts between friends, miscommunications at home, worries and anxieties about the future. They start to settle down and have space to deal with these emotions, allowing them to make better decisions, which results in more positive and improved outcomes. Also, they begin to discover something new, the Power of Awake from within, which helps them to live truly happy in life and create a better future for themselves and those around them.

You Harvest What You Plant Youth and Teen 2017 Spring Program

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he great majority of students who have begun the practice of Zen Meditation at Universal Door have seen endless benefits and wished that somehow someway they had discovered this when they were younger, and this is exactly how the beginning of the Youth and Teen Program at Universal Door Meditation came about! Several years ago, our guiding teacher, Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien was approached by many families with children experiencing depression, tremendous stress, and feeling lost and hopeless. These parents did not know what to do or how to help their children but in some way heard about the Zen Master and decided to give it a try. To their amazement, upon meeting the Zen Master, there was finally someone who was able to help, someone who truly understood what was happening and knew how to clearly guide their kids to open up, to see where the problem was, and help them break through the dark clouds and stuck points that kept them running in circles. The Zen Master was able to help them discover a Power within themselves that could help them ‘Wake Up’ from their issues and live truly happy. Parents were so surprised at how effective meditation was, even for kids, and the level of what it was they were learning, saying they wished they had only known about it sooner. Something so simple yet so profound and highly needed but not taught in schools. Something so precious and rare, seemingly too good to be true yet found nowhere else but from within. The Zen Master then decided that we needed to offer people a regular, weekly program for youth and teens, so they could begin to develop the tools needed to be truly happy and successful in life. Instead of waiting until big problems happened, families could begin the journey of self-discovery and meditation as soon as possible. Many parents who have enrolled their children in this on-going weekly program have seen profound benefits. It usually doesn’t happen instantly, but improvements are seen along the way. As the Zen Master

For those interested in learning more about the youth and teen program, please contact us by email, phone, or come visit Universal Door Meditation Center and meet the volunteer teachers who are guided by the Zen Master to help the future of our children be brighter, and happier day by day. The Spring semester runs most Sundays from Jan. 22 to May 21, 2017 from 11:00am to 12:30pm. We are located at 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498. 281-565-9718, www.universaldoor. org. See ad on page 21.

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yogainstructor spotlight

bookreviews How Old Is Your Soul by Alyssa Malehorn hat does it mean to be an old soul? In this revolutionary work, spiritual teacher Alyssa Malehorn i l l u m i n a t e s t h e d iv i n e framework behind healing, growth and enlightenment on a soul level. These timeless truths provide clarity and support for those who seek to develop mastery over their inner world and effectively ride the wave of soul progression. Now available for the first time in print, you can access these leading-edge tools and techniques for connecting with your authentic soul self. Receive step-by-step guidance and divine transmissions of energy. Experience the healing effects of mantras, mudras and free guided meditations (provided exclusively for readers) that are specifically designed to address the issues that arise as we travel through the spectrum of soul ages. How Old Is Your Soul? provides a path to your soul’s natural state of freedom, with inspired guidance that liberates you from the unhealed energies of the past and allows you to discover who you really are.

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e s s i c a G a rc i a s t a r t e d Chandra Yoga 4 Life in order to tailor the classes in a manner that fit her teaching style. One that is purposeful, focused, supportive and loving for her students. Her passion for sharing her Yoga practice shines through her teaching and she welcomes all levels and accommodates as necessary. She has been teaching Yoga for six years and studied at Shambhava School of Yoga completing her 200-hour yoga teacher certification and several other advanced trainings. Currently she teaches at the YMCA and the Downtown Club and has taught over 1,000 classes combined at 24 Hour Fitness, Memorial Hermann, Total Plaza and Samadhi Yoga Studios. Jessica was drawn to Yoga in 2004 because of its effects to release tension from her body and mind and to help her with anxiety she dealt with as a teenager and young adult. Through her practice she has been able to live a life with much less anxiety and be aware if anxiety arises she can control it with her pranayama and/or asanas. She now is more calm and is able to enjoy life more fully and share the techniques she’s learned along the way with her students. A personal practice is very important and through Jessica’s classes she shows her students how to build a personal practice of their own so they can reap the benefits of what they learn on the mat and take it off the mat and into their everyday lives. Join a class today! Check out the Facebook page at www. facebook.com/ChandraYoga4Life. See ad on page 43.

Alyssa Malehorn is a spiritual teacher, soul guide, psychic medium and divine transmitter of healing for the purpose of illuminating and demystifying the path to enlightenment. Her mission is to empower, educate and enlighten all truth-seekers. Alyssa is a catalyst for transformational healing, wisdom, and joy for individuals and groups worldwide, and is a leader in the empowerment of those seeking freedom from overwhelm and fear. She is also the creator of the life-changing, online Spirit Within: Spiritual Awakening Program. Info about consultations, speaking engagements and workshops (in TX, as well as Sedona, Arizona) is available at alyssamalehorn.com.

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by Anne Sermons Gillis inally, a revolutionary book of affirmations, action plans, and deep insights into the human consciousness that transforms and heals the soul, the local and global community, and the planet. These living words not only unlock our natural inner bliss, it takes us on a journey through deep psychology, metaphysics, and non-dualism. This book calls us to heal the most basic wounds of our human condition, to move beyond narcissism to compassion and justice, to become a Global Boom-Box, and to create a world-wide renaissance of cooperation and community. Each chapter opens with a bit of wisdom from the author…or a sweet story… or a useful suggestion. The topics range from health, money, and relationships to social justice and the environment. The heartfelt wisdom is followed by actions and affirmations that will help you really “get” what Anne Sermons Gillis is sharing. When we read a book and a word hits our hearts, we don't race forward to read the next sentence. We stop, savor the realization, and sense something larger; we experience a wordless space that explodes with liberation and peace. It is from this space that all is born, all is created, and all is loved. It is the source of being. It is Radical Presence. This book offers a pathway to that Presence.

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Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime Sacred Spiritual Pilgrimage Sunday, May 7 – Saturday, May 20, 2017 to John of God in Abadiânia, Brazil to experience the extraordinary gifts of one of the world’s great healers, with Rev. Howard Caesar, Senior Minister Unity Of Houston John of God. The healing process in the Casa de Dom Inacio de Loyola will FOR MORE INFORMATION offer you opportunities for profound transformation on physical, AND TO REGISTER CONTACT: spiritual, and emotional levels. Monica Evon at 760-774-1398 email - monica@sacredlighttours.com We invite you to sign-up for this sacred pilgrimage and or Leatha Tukes 713-782-4050 explore first-hand the healing gifts of João Teixeira de Faria, email - ltukes@unityhouston.org the healer known as John of God.

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refreshing recipe Kidney Bean Stew 1½ cups red kidney beans, soaked and cooked 5-6 chopped tomatoes Fresh herbs OR 1½ tsp of each; dried basil, oregano or dried mixed herbs 1 red/white onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped OR crushed 2 cups diced vegies that you have in stock ie carrot, broccoli and pumpkin are good

Steam the vegetables, towards the end of cooking beans, or separately. Meanwhile, sauté the onion, garlic, then add the tomatoes, kidney beans and herbs. Then add the other vegetables, simmer, until stew is well combined and thickened. Add a little water if necessary, season with sea salt OR kelp salt, pepper and a pinch cayenne pepper (if you have some). Variation Replace the tomatoes, with 1 tsp of each; turmeric/curry powder/cinnamon for a spicy flavor. And if you cook the beans separately, you can simmer vegies in a pan in water first, then add remaining ingredients.

spiritualbrief The Importance of the Physical Body in Spiritual Development by Alan Brock ften, the spiritual path is associated with the inner world and awakening the higher perceptions of the 3rd eye. In truth, though, spirituality is about awakening and unifying our total being, body, mind and spirit. Like any structure, the foundation is critically important. As we cultivate and circulate energy in the physical body through mindful movement, we create a base that helps the rest of our path to unfold much more smoothly. Have you had the experience of being Zen on your meditation pillow, only to get knocked over as you re-enter the world? Do you find yourself empathic and absorbing negative energy from people you interact with? A part of this is inherent in the journey, but as we develop a strong foundation through conscious connection of mind and body, it lessens dramatically and that which we do experience is more easily handled. So, how to do it? Grounding meditations are very helpful and a useful piece of the overall package, but still largely involving the inner world. Where the mind goes, energy follows, so as we bring our mind to our body, we generate energy in the body. While there are many techniques, each with their own subtleties, the general idea is mindful, physical movement. If any of this resonates with you call me or visit our website today to set up a free Clarity Session and open to the life of abundance that is waiting for you!

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study from Drexel University, in Philadelphia, has linked autism spectrum disorder with prenatal exposure to organochlorine chemicals. The researchers examined 1,144 children born in southern California between 2000 and 2003 with mothers that had enrolled in a state-sponsored prenatal screening program. Blood tests were taken during their second trimester of pregnancy, a critical time for neurodevelopment, to measure exposure to organochlorine chemicals, including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) and pesticides such as DDT. These compounds were banned from production in the U.S. in 1977, but remain in the environment. It’s well known that they can cross the placental barrier, impacting neurodevelopment in fetuses. The researchers selected participants based on previous health diagnoses: 545 children with autism spectrum disorder and 181 with intellectual disabilities, plus 418 free of both issues as a control group. They found a 50 to 82 percent increased autism risk in children with the highest levels of four identified PCB compounds in utero, based on which ones were present. “The results suggest that prenatal exposure to these chemicals above a certain level may influence neurodevelopment in adverse ways,” says Kristen Lyall, Sc.D., assistant professor in the university’s A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, promising further related studies.

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Although food manufacturers have pledged to voluntarily eliminate bisphenol A ( B PA ) — a n endocrine disruptor linked to developmental problems in fetuses, infants and children—in their packaging materials, it’s still found in the lining of many canned goods. Recent testing by an advocacy group found BPA in 70 percent of nearly 200 samples, including products from Campbell and Kroger, which have joined the pledge. “It’s in beer, coffee, tea, energy drinks and aerosol cans for whipped cream... it’s everywhere,” says Samara Geller, a database and research analyst with the Environmental Working Group (EWG). According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, BPA is safe at the levels people are exposed to via canned foods, but many consumers would rather not take the risk. Consequently, EWG created a new tool to help consumers avoid the 16,000 products that may have BPA in their packaging. The numbers listed on package UPC codes can be compared against the database at Tinyurl.com/EWG-BPA-Lookup. “Our main goal was to get this out quickly to as many people as possible,” says Geller. “The UPC code is really your best defense to finding out what they’re talking about,” because product names can change.

Maryland is the first state in the nation to pass strict restrictions on pesticides thought to be responsible for significant reductions in bee populations with enactment of its Pollinator Protection Act. Maryland lost more than 60 percent of its hives in 2015, each containing up to 20,000 honeybees, making it one of the states with the highest recorded declines. The national average is about 42 percent, yet across the country, farmers and gardeners are still using pesticides linked to colony collapse disorder. Globally, more than one-third of the world’s food supply could be a risk if these and other pollinators are lost. Neonicotinoids are one potent class of systemic pesticides introduced to agriculture in the 1990s that have been linked to bees’ demise. In recent years, pesticides such as Knockout Ready-to-Use Grub Killer, Ortho Bug B Gon, and All-In-One Rose & Flower Care have been made available to consumers and beekeepers have noticed a corresponding increase in bee deaths. The Maryland law bans the use of neonicotinoids by everyday consumers that have been spraying home gardens and trees with these deadly pesticides. Farmers and professional gardeners are exempt from the law. A similar law is awaiting the governor’s signature in Connecticut. Although the U.S. Department of Agriculture has not officially recognized the well-researched link, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is reviewing it.

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Diet experts say the battle of the bulge has been exceedingly hard to win for one clear reason: We’re oversimplifying the solution and underestimating the saboteurs. “We’re learning that it’s not as simple as calories-in and calories-out,” says Dr. Pamela Wartian Smith, an Ann Arbor, Michigan, physician specializing in functional and nutritional medicine and author of Why You Can’t Lose Weight. Research reveals that everything from food allergies to hormone imbalances and disruptions in gut bacteria can subtly undermine the best-laid weight management plans. Working out too much or eating too little can also backfire. Even a mean boss or a cold workplace cubicle can factor in. Certainly, diet and exercise are key, experts emphasize. Yet, if we’re doing all the right things and still seeing disappointing numbers on the scale, there’s still more we can do. Here are some common weight-loss saboteurs and what to do about them. www.NaturalAwakenings-Houston.com

Underperforming Thyroid

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Bite into a food we’re sensitive to and our body switches into “fight-or-flight” mode. It stores fat and water, releases histamines that widen blood vessels and inflame tissue, and cranks out stress hormones like epinephrine and norepinephrine that make us want to eat more of that food. “You literally get a high so that you crave more,” says Smith. She notes that unlike true allergies, which can prompt an immediate reaction, food intolerances often manifest subtly over several days. When we are repeatedly exposed to a food we’re sensitive to, we feel bloated and sluggish, regardless of the calorie count. Allergy medications can also prompt weight gain, in part by boosting appetite. One study by Yale researchers found people that regularly ingested antihistamines like Zyrtec and Allegra were far more likely to be overweight than those not using them. What to do: First, cut out the most-craved foods. “If someone tells me they just cannot live without cheese, I assume they are allergic to it,” says Smith. Or, try an elimination diet. Ban common allergens like milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts and gluten (if possible, try sticking to only rice and lamb— two hypoallergenic foods—for four days). Then reintroduce other foods slowly and monitor the results. To combat seasonal allergies naturally, try vitamin C, quercetin and butterbur supplements.

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body turns nutrients into energy, and how well we burn off stored fat. When thyroid hormone production falls, metabolism can also decrease by as much as 40 percent. Yet as many as four in 13 women suffer from a thyroid hormone deficiency, says Toronto naturopathic doctor Natasha Turner, author of the new book The Hormone Boost. “You can diet and exercise until you are blue in the face, but if your thyroid is out of balance, you won’t achieve the body you’re looking for,” she says. “It’s a common cause of weight gain.” What to do: Get tested for levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and, if possible, T4 (thyroxine) and T3 (triiodothyronine) also. TSH signals the thyroid to make more T4, the inactive form of thyroid hormone that is converted into T3, the form the body is able to use. Abnormal blood levels of any of these can impact metabolism adversely, and a TSH test alone may be unable to identify a problem, caution Smith and Turner. In some cases, medication may be required. Otherwise, move to embrace lifestyle habits that reduce stress levels, because the stress hormone cortisol can inhibit thyroid function. Get eight hours of sleep; sleep deprivation also impairs thyroid function. Eat lots of fiber, which helps the body eliminate excess estrogen and other thyroid-damaging metabolic byproducts. Also, stock up on foods containing tyrosine

(almonds and avocadoes), and selenium (Brazil nuts). In some cases, if an iodine deficiency is at play, a doctor may suggest iodine supplements or iodine-rich foods like kelp and sea bass.

Imbalanced Gut

The trillions of microorganisms in our gut have a profound impact on our ability to maintain a healthy weight, says Dr. Raphael Kellman, a New York City physician practicing functional medicine and author of The Microbiome Diet. “The gut bacteria are the gatekeepers of the calories that enter our body,” he explains. Research shows that certain species of bacteria aid in the metabolizing of carbohydrates, while others help break down fats and protein. Some turn on genes that fight inflammation; others influence how well the body responds to insulin. Diversity and balance of helpful bacteria species are keys to health. “If changes in the percentages of certain bacteria occur, the microbiome loses its ability to help us maintain a healthy weight,” says Kellman. In one landmark 21st-century study by University of Colorado researchers, swapping the gut bacteria of a skinny mouse with that of an obese one made the skinny mouse gain weight. What to do: Go easy on antibiotics, which can wipe out gut bacteria diversity. Load up on fermented foods like kim chi, sauerkraut, kefir and yogurt. Eat lots of inulin-containing plant fiber to give desirable bacteria something to

chew on, and consider taking a probiotic supplement until weight loss and health goals are achieved.

Overdoing Diets

As The Biggest Loser contestants learned, losing too much weight too fast can bring metabolism to a screeching halt; the body, coaxed into starvation mode, moves to conserve fuel and store fat. “If you try to lose weight by drastically slashing calorie intake and going crazy on the cardio machines, you’ll do more harm than good,” says Turner. Performing intense cardiovascular exercise such as running, cycling or swimming for more than 45 minutes can make cortisol levels surge, accelerating muscle loss and impairing the immune system. That’s counterproductive because muscles burn calories at rest, too. Consistent over-exercise can also prompt the stressed body to respond in a fightor-flight fashion, storing more belly fat and leading to the “skinny but fat” body composition common among models and marathon runners, she says. Skipping meals can prompt the key thyroid hormone T3 to fall off too, further slowing metabolism. Plus, six weeks into a restrictive weight-loss program, levels of the feel-good hormones dopamine and serotonin also start to decline, killing motivation and fueling cravings. The result is a weight plateau or even weight gain. What to do: Unless walking, limit workouts to 40 minutes, advises Turner. Instead of slogging away at a steady pace on the treadmill, try intervals (short, high-intensity efforts separated by brief rest periods), which have been shown to boost both fat burning and cardiovascular fitness. For example:

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Alan Hedge, Ph.D., a workplace design researcher with Cornell University, in New York, says women, who tend to have less muscle and body hair to provide natural warmth, are at particular risk of packing on pounds due to an overly cold environment. “When the body is cold, it adapts by laying down insulation, which is fat,” he says. Even without eating extra calories, if we’re constantly cold at work, as 31 percent of women are according to a recent CareerBuilder survey, we tend to gain about a pound or two per year, says Hedge. Other research, conducted at Northwestern University, in Illinois, shows that workers exposed to more light in the morning weigh about 1.4 pounds less on average than those toiling in windowless cubicles. The suspected reason is that morning light triggers a cascade of hormones that positively impact appetite and metabolism. Another study, by Ohio State University researchers, found women that experienced a stressful event at work or elsewhere and then ate a fat- and calorie-laden meal the next day burned 100 fewer calories from that meal than non-stressed workers. What to do: At work, move the desk toward a window or at least take a walk every morning. Bring a space heater, extra sweater or hot tea fixings. After an ultra-stressful workday, eat especially healthfully that night. Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at LisaAnnMarshall.com.


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magine being outside on a sunny day, looking at a clear, blue sky. It’s natural to feel calm and wonderful while contemplating this expansive view. Then a solitary bird flies across our field of vision. Noticing it takes our attention away from the stillness of the sky to instead track its movement as it flies by. Then we start thinking about the bird: “I wonder where it’s coming from and going? Why is it alone? Has it lost its mate?� At that point, we are no longer feeling calm, but concerned. Inside of each of us, right now, there is a “big blue sky� of awareness with all kinds of “birds� flying around, including thoughts, emotions, physical sensations and anything in the external world that catches our attention.  Attaining a consistent inner calm is possible by learning to be more interested in and attentive to the conscious awareness that is calmly observing what’s going on in our thinking,

emotions, bodily sensations and life. We can live permanently engaged with this awareness and the inner dominion it contains instead of being helplessly caught up in the content of our own or others’ thinking or emotion, which are often conditioned by the world to be more negative than positive. As we mature in this skill, we discover that such awareness is always still, silent, peaceful, powerful, unlimited and infinite. It reflects who we really are as opposed to who we think we are. Through practice, it becomes our natural way of being and we awake to an excellent way of living To experience this, try the Gently Alert Attention Wide Open (GAAWO) technique. Look at something that’s straight ahead while simultaneously letting the gaze gently open up wider, looking neither left nor right, using passive peripheral vision. Now do the same with up and down, so gentle alertness encompasses an even greater scope. As we do this, we will likely notice that our thoughts are stilled and we feel more present, calm and quiet than a moment earlier. This simple technique works for everyone. By playing with it regularly, we can discover that a sense of peace never leaves us; rather, we leave our innate, peaceful center when we focus on and feel the to and fro movements of our mind. Exchanging typical thinking for staying in a conscious state of awareness helps us to unchain our being from limiting views and perspectives, so that we live more freely. Sandy C. Newbigging is the creator of Calmology principles and techniques, including the transformative GAAWO. He offers a 12-week Calmology foundation course at CalmClan.com. Connect at SandyNewbigging.com.

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he latest National Health Interview Survey available, from 2012, shows an annual expenditure of $30.2 billion in out-of-pocket costs for complementary health approaches, benefiting 33 percent of adults and 12 percent of children, and representing about 10 percent of out-of-pocket U.S. healthcare costs. Insurance rarely covers complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in full. As provider networks shrink, premiums rise and the future of healthcare reform remains uncertain, health-conscious consumers yearn for innovative ways to afford this kind of care.

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When Dr. Chad Krisel worked at an urgent care center, he saw up to 55 patients a day. Since opening Integrative Family Medicine of Asheville (IntegrativeAsheville.org), in North Carolina, with Dr. Brian Lewis, he averages 12 patients a day. His team provides a membership-based practice in a payment model known as direct primary care (DPC). Endorsed by the American Academy of Family Physicians, DPC is broadly accessible. By applying simplicity, sustainability, quality and collaboration, their integrative practice provides comprehensive care for less than what many pay for phone service. “DPC removes traditional financial incentives and conflicts of interest because membership fees fund us. Our only incentive is to help and heal patients,” Krisel explains. Paying for memberships out-of-pocket (often electing high-deductible plans) or via a health-sharing plan, clients value coverage that includes annual wellness exams, phone or virtual appointments and educational classes, plus follow-ups and urgent care at minimal costs. The U.S. mainstream fee-for-service approach, whether paid by insurance or cash, has been criticized for encouraging unnecessary tests and procedures because doctors are paid for 28

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For generations, Christian communities have operated health care sharing ministries (HCSM) to collectively share the cost of each other’s medical bills as an alternative to outside insurance. Members are exempt from current Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA) mandates. Liberty HealthShare, a nonprofit HCSM chartered by the Mennonite church, believes that everyone has the right to practice religion as they see fit. Their members share a commitment to personal health and sharing in the burden of health expenses with others that have these values. “Many in the functional and integrative medical arenas also believe in these principles,” says Tom Blue, of Richmond, Virginia, a director with The Institute for Functional Medicine. “Cost sharing feels very familiar; you present your card to your provider, but there’s no set network of providers, which is favorable for those seeking more progressive forms of care.” Expanding upon this model, Blue worked with the company to create its Liberty Direct program (LibertyDirect.org). Individuals pay an annual membership fee plus a monthly share amount. After fulfilling their annual unshared amount of out-of-pocket expenses (similar to a deductible), participants’ healthcare costs—including approved naturopathic and alternative treatments—can be submitted as expenses to be shared by the group. Liberty Direct provides financial advantages to DPC practitioners and patients by subsidizing membership fees; it favors nutrition over chronic prescription dependence by reimbursing physician-prescribed nutritional supplement and pharmaceutical expenses under the same terms. Members must be in good health with a lifestyle that helps sustain wellness, including good nutrition, exercise and abstinence from tobacco use and drug and alcohol abuse. The program also accepts approximately 7 percent of applicants on provisional terms when pre-existing conditions such as hypertension, obesity and diabetes can be improved through lifestyle changes. They pay an extra fee per month to cover the cost of a health coach; when they achieve their goals, they become full members paying regular rates. “The economics are staggering,” says Blue, who used to pay $760 a month for insurance with a $12,400 deductible and now pays a monthly share of $449 with a family unshared amount of $1,500. HCSMs are affordable because of restricted overhead budgets. Plus, they appeal to natural-health conscious clients and can decline unsuitable applicants. “This concept of communal cost sharing works—Liberty’s share amounts decreased in 2013 and have not changed since,” comments Blue.

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“When thousands of dollars spent for natural protocols were denied reimbursement by my insurance company, I saw that the system needs to change,” Gray recalls. CAM therapies still deemed “unproven” by traditional insurance companies gave Gray a second chance at life. Following remission, she began a 20-year search for alternative medicine insurance. Finding none, in 2014, she created GreenSurance (MyGreenSurance.com). Serving people that proactively care for their health and prefer natural medicine as primary care, GreenSurance developed an evidence-based and science-backed list of 40-plus covered CAM modalities, including thermography, energy therapy, biofeedback, essential oils and homeopathy. It also covers conventional medical and emergency care. Enrollees of the member-owned organization are supplied third-party payer information for provider direct billing once the member’s out-of-pocket amount is met. They use

any state-licensed provider and the program is often more affordable than traditional insurance. GreenSurance is currently investing resources to broaden consumer access to the tax advantages of a health spending account (HSA). H.R. 1752 would allow enrollees in any healthcare-sharing program to open an HSA. “Simply, we’re a co-op whose members empower us to create an exempt program that protects members from ACA penalties and traditional health insurance,” says Gray. “More, we’re a grassroots movement for change.” Krisel notes, “Doctors too, are livid about the current status of America’s healthcare system. Be vocal about what’s important to you. The more voices heard in Washington, the more change we’ll see.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi (HealthyLivingHealthyPlanet.com).

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Functional Medicine for Pets Why the Best Vets Use It by Shawn Messonnier

Why Functional Medicine

The system of medicine practiced by most vets is geared toward acute care of a severe trauma or a climax in illness that necessitates urgent diagnosis and treatment. They typically apply specific, prescribed treatments such as drugs or perform surgery to treat the immediate problem or symptom. This approach works well for pets experiencing a crisis, but isn’t appropriate for restoring health when animals have chronic disorders. It also doesn’t help them to at least live comfortably with incurable problems without the side effects often caused by extensive administration of medications. Conventional veterinary science lacks the proper tools for preventing and treating complex, chronic disease. In most cases, it doesn’t

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any pet owners have chosen functional medicine for their own care, so they logically turn to it for their four-legged family members, as well. Most veterinarians are still unfamiliar with this approach to pet health care and may even discourage its use because they see it as being out of synch with conventional ideology. Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging patients and doctors in a partnership designed to improve health. This evolved practice better addresses individual needs than a traditional approach that focuses on illness and treating disease rather than restoring overall health. By shifting from an allopathic platform to a more holistic, patient-centered one, functional medicine addresses the whole pet, not just a set of symptoms.

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yield the best results in terms of total function. Functional medicine integrates traditional Western medical practices with what are sometimes considered “holistic” or “complementary” healing methods. The focus is on prevention through nutrition, diet and exercise; use of the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques; and prescribed combinations of botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets and detoxification programs, using drugs only when necessary as a last, rather than a first, resort. This whole-pet approach allows doctors to choose whichever therapies are best for each patient. Holistic vets see many patients for which conventional medicine has proven ineffective. Sometimes conventional doctors back away from offering treatment, either because the pet is “too old,” the treatment is “too expensive” or the results are unlikely to be “satisfactory.” Functional medicine can help many of these so-called hopeless cases, return pets to health and often heal disease after principles of functional medicine have been consistently applied to the pet’s everyday lifestyle. Finding a functional medicine vet is challenging, but worth the effort. Focusing on the individual needs of a pet ensures the optimum chance for achieving and sustaining proper health. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the 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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Bayou Bikers. 8:00am. Meet at Market Square Park for 25- to 40-mile bike rides exploring the bayous of Houston. Rides are open to all. Mountain bikes or bikes with fat tires are necessary. This is an informal group whose purpose is to show Houstonians and visitors the beauty of Houston's waterways. Market Square, 301 Milam, 77002. 713-845-1000 marketsquarepark.com

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Oneness Blessing Meeting with Golden Orb Deeksha. 7:00pm9:00pm. Experience the newest form of Deeksha released from Oneness University, the Golden Orb Deeksha! This Deeksha will be offered the last Tuesday of each month at our Oneness meeting. All those initiated as Golden Orb Deeksha Givers are welcome to give the Blessing, everyone else may receive the Golden Orb Deeksha! All are welcome to attend and experience this special Blessing! Child care available, reservation only. $10 suggested Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr., 77057. 713-782-4050 unityhouston.org

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White Stone Ceremony. 7:00 pm. The white stone is an ancient ritual from biblical times. When people were released from bondage of any kind, they were given a white stone. Receive the name of your new Divine Nature for 2017. Join Rev. Farolyn Mann for this very powerful and contemplative service as we set our intentions to receive the blessings of the New Year upon which to write a new name. Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr., 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org

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2017 Reality Board Workshop. 10am-1pm. In this coaching and creating workshop you will gain tools of awareness, once seen, change everything about what you see as possible for you. Invite 2017 to be your most alive and fresh year yet! You will also create a New Reality board. New Reality Boards have a magical way of bringing the experience of aliveness and possibility into your daily life. Houston Heights Studio, 77008. Please visit trueyoucreativity.com for more details! Marva’s Holistic Fair. 10:00am-5:00pm. Psychics, tarot readers, palmists, healers, vendors of all sorts. Admission Free. LaQuinta Inn-Galleria on 610 West Loop North between San Felipe and Post Oak, 77027. psychicfairs.com 713-444-3581

SUNDAY JANUARY 8TH

2017 Reality Board Workshop. 1:00pm-4:00pm. In this coaching and creating workshop you will gain tools of awareness, once seen, change everything about what you see as possible for you. Invite 2017 to be your most alive and fresh year yet! You will also create a New Reality board. New Reality Boards have a magical way of bringing the experience of aliveness and possibility into your daily life. Houston Heights Studio, 77008. Please visit trueyoucreativity.com for more details! NIA JAM! 5:00pm-6:30pm. Studio NiaMoves Houston is holding a NIA JAM featuring the theme WE RISE! Multiple high energy teachers will be co-teaching this class and all levels of students are welcome! Free/by donation. 508 Pecore St, 77009. See niamoves.com for more information!

MONDAY JANUARY 9TH

Group Past Life Regression with Melanie Harrell. 10:00am– 11:30am. Have you ever felt drawn to a person or place and wondered why? Join Melanie for an exploration of your past through the fascinating process of past life regression. Deep or difficult issues should be addressed privately. Maximum 12 people. $40. Body Mind & Soul, 7951 Katy Frwy Ste. N, 77024. 713-993-0550 www.bmshouston.com

TUESDAY JANUARY 10TH

Oneness Blessing Meeting with Prana Deeksha. 7:00pm9:00pm. Prana Deeksha is the most powerful form of Deeksha. A Prana Deeksha Giver must be initiated in the Temple of the Supreme Light by touching the physical Golden Ball which is embedded with the power of the Supreme Light. Please note that Prana Deeksha is given spontaneously only if the needed conditions are met. If the conditions are not met, either Golden Orb or Hands On Deeksha will be given. Child care available, reservation only. $10 suggested Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr., 77057. 713-782-4050 unityhouston.org

FRIDAY JANUARY 13TH

markyourcalendar Nourishing Darkness--Continuum Movement Immersion Weekend. Friday 6:30pm–Sunday 4:00pm. Dreaming, moving, creating and resting, this weekend over-night Continuum immersion is designed to clear away old, limiting beliefs and patterns and replace them with new intentions and energies for 2017. $250 for the weekend. A Healing Collective, 4231 Bellaire Blvd. Suite T, 77025. Register at http://pattyadamik.com/events

SATURDAY JANUARY 14TH

markyourcalendar Living Your Voice 101 Workshop with Tony Pryor. 9:00am-4:00pm. Imagine how different your life might be if you could express your inner voice authentically. The workshop combines fundamental vocal technique with creative performance experiences that will help you build greater confidence. Visit www.livingyourvoice.com for more information. For questions, pricing, directions, etc., please call Tony Pryor at 713-826-9814.

SUNDAY JANUARY 15TH

Lunar New Year Festival at Universal Door Meditation Center. 10:00am-4:00pm. Try some delicious free food and drinks, entertainment, and visit our many booths with special New Year’s activities, games filled with prizes for kids and adults of all ages. Learn more about the Power of Awake, Zen meditation, the guiding teacher, retreats, classes, and special programs being offered through the year. The celebration will be on the new 9 acre property where we are developing our Awake Center. Free. Universal Door Meditation Center, 15205 Dora Lane, Sugar Land, 77498. 281-565-9718 www.universaldoor.org

markyourcalendar The Dharma of Pete the Cat 11am. Please join us for meditation and a dharma talk by Natural Awakenings Houston publisher Mike Hart. Using the story of Pete the Cat and his four groovy buttons as a jumping off place, the talk centers on the Buddhist teaching that life is dukkha or suffering and ways that we, like Pete the Cat, can live in a world where you seem to keep losing your buttons. Free. Carmel Temple 1208 Pennsylvania St, South Houston, TX 77587. carmeltemple.org Crystals & Stones: The Basics with Kevin Casey. 1:00pm– 4:00pm. Are you drawn to crystals and stones but aren’t sure what to buy or what to do with them once you get home? Do you have a growing collection that you’d like to use effectively? In this inaugural class you will learn how crystals work on our minds, bodies, and spaces. $55.00. Body Mind & Soul, 7951 Katy Frwy Ste. N, 77024. 713-993-0550 www.bmshouston.com

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Oneness Blessing Meeting with Golden Orb Deeksha. 7:00pm9:00pm. Experience the newest form of Deeksha released from Oneness University, the Golden Orb Deeksha! This Deeksha will be offered the last Tuesday of each month at our Oneness meeting. All those initiated as Golden Orb Deeksha Givers are welcome to give the Blessing, everyone else may receive the Golden Orb Deeksha! All are welcome to attend and experience this special Blessing! Child care available, reservation only. $10 suggested Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr., 77057. 713-782-4050 unityhouston.org

THURSDAY JANUARY 19TH

markyourcalendar The Tom Bird Method Retreat: Write Your Book In A Weekend (3 Days). Jan 19th at 9:00am – Jan 21st at 3:00pm. When done from the holistic Divine Author Within space, the magic of writing provides a heart-centered connection that uncovers life’s mysteries and creates permanent life-changing transformation. Over the course of these long weekends, 95% of attendees finish the writing of their books for a wide-array of reasons, including publication, creative expression, professional development, healing, and transformation. Tickets available: www.unityhouston. org $495. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr., 77057. 713782-4050. unityhouston.org Exploring the Principles of Creativity & Intuitive Painting. 6:00pm-8:45pm. Intuitive Painting swings the doors open to living with more expression and authenticity. When you understand the nature of creativity and its principles, you begin to relax and trust. You will learn these principles during this series. No experience is needed. No critiques are permitted. True You Creativity Studio in The Heights, 77008. For more information and to register, visit www.trueyoucreativity.com or call 832-545-8488 Mindful Self-Compassion Training - 8 week training to learn self-compassion, great for reducing anxiety, depression, and insecurity. $495.00 for 8 Thursday evenings and 1 Sat. morning. Institute for Spirituality and Health, 8100 Greenbriar Dr. #220, Houston. CMBH-Gwen@comcast.net. 832-741-0266. CenterforMindBodyHealth.org.

FRIDAY JANUARY 20TH

Where Hearts & Minds Meet... Magic Happens! A Weekend Coaching Workshop. Friday evening 1/20 6pm-8:30pm, Saturday 1/22 10am-6pm, & Sunday 1/23 10am-4pm. Do you want this year to be more about enjoyment and ease and less about stress and striving? Feel energized and hopeful this year in an easy, natural way. This happens when your heart and mind sync up. No more internal tug-of-war. To learn more visit www.trueyoucreativity.com

SUNDAY JANUARY 22ND

Half-day Retreat. 9:00am-12:00pm. Chan/Zen Meditation Classes guided by Ordained Zen Masters of Chung Tai Chan Monastery. Free. CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON, 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 zen@cthouston.org www.cthouston.org 281-568-1568 Permanent Weight Loss Secrets – The Axelrad Clinic hosts this informative 90-minute seminar covering the simple, powerful tools you need to not only lose unwanted pounds, but keep them off forever WITHOUT complicated diets or exercise routines. For information about time and location and to get your FREE ticket, visit www.axelradclinic.com/events.

markyourcalendar Uncover Your Unique Spiritual Path. 3:00pm-5:00pm. Confused by the many healing modalities and wonder which one is right for you? Feel like you’re doing the work but don't seem to be moving forward at the pace you’d like? Join a group of like-minded seekers for an evening of insight, experience and practical techniques to help you embrace your own unique path and make immediate progress! Free. Wild Spirit Yoga, 104 Houston St, Tomball, 77375. Please visit www.groundyourdivinity.com for more info and to register. See you there!

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MONDAY JANUARY 23RD

markyourcalendar Zen and Psychology: Skillful Allies in Supporting One’s Health. 6:00pm-7:30pm. Lecture by David Zuniga, PhD on the uses of Zen meditation for people with acute and chronic health issues. Free. South Campus Research Bld. MD Anderson Cancer Center SOUTH CAMPUS RESEARCH, 7455 Fannin St., 77054. Mdanderson.org/integrativemed

TUESDAY JANUARY 24TH

New Moon in Aquarius Forecast & Meditation with Kimberley McSherry. 7:00pm–9:00pm. The New Moon of Aquarius heralds a month long opportunity to explore the level of emotional satisfaction we derive from living authentically, according to the dictates of our own personally defined unique selves. Come join us to celebrate the process of individuation and self-actualization achieved thus far, and to support each other to further accomplish this important goal. $25. Body Mind & Soul, 7951 Katy Frwy Ste. N, 77024. 713-993-0550 www.bmshouston.com Oneness Blessing Meeting with Prana Deeksha. 7:00pm9:00pm. Prana Deeksha is the most powerful form of Deeksha. A Prana Deeksha Giver must be initiated in the Temple of the Supreme Light by touching the physical Golden Ball which is embedded with the power of the Supreme Light. Please note that Prana Deeksha is given spontaneously only if the needed conditions are met. If the conditions are not met, either Golden Orb or Hands On Deeksha will be given. Child care available, reservation only. $10 suggested Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr., 77057. 713-782-4050 unityhouston.org

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 25TH

Find Your Best Places: A Talk on Astrocartography with Dan Furst. 7:00pm–8:30pm. Astrocartography is today’s hottest, most talked-about astrology resource. It draws all your personal lines for jobs and money, marriage, love relationships, family and health on a world map, and shows you the best – and hardest-- places for your goals. $15. Body Mind & Soul, 7951 Katy Frwy Ste. N, 77024. 713-993-0550 www.bmshouston.com

FRIDAY JANUARY 27TH

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 Oneness Awakening Course. Jan.27th- 7:00pm-9:00pm and Jan 28th-9:00am-9:00pm. Awakening is the rising of consciousness where there is greater awareness, joy, love, togetherness, and focus in everything that you do and experience. The course invites you to see what life is like beyond the realm of the mind. The course is an intensive journey of inner growth, culminating with participants having the option to be initiated as a Blessing Giver. Child care available, reservation only. For fees and registration visit unityhouston.org. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr., 77057. 713-782-4050

SATURDAY JANUARY 28TH

2017 Reality Board Workshop. 10am-1pm. In this coaching and creating workshop you will gain tools of awareness, once seen, change everything about what you see as possible for you. Invite 2017 to be your most alive and fresh year yet! You will also create a New Reality board. New Reality Boards have a magical way of bringing the experience of aliveness and possibility into your daily life. Houston Heights Studio, 77008. Please visit trueyoucreativity.com for more details!

markyourcalendar IEL Institute Level I – Intuitive Communication Certification. 10:00am-5:00pm on 1/28 & 1/29. This is a fun two day class that will give each individual the opportunity to discover their organic and natural abilities to receive and interpret the loving energy of the angelic realm. Through exercises, using tools, and practice, you will gain confidence with a process that measures where you currently stand in developing your skills. Cost - Early Bird $299, $349 at door. Spectrum Center, 2060 N. Loop W #205, 77018. To register call 713-303-7107 or email chriscarpentier333@gmail.com.

SUNDAY JANUARY 29TH

New Year’s Ceremony. Free. CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON, 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 zen@cthouston.org www.cthouston.org 281-568-1568

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markyourcalendar Texas Yoga & Music Conference 2017. Friday Feb. 17th to Sunday Feb. 19th! We inform adults and youth through educational materials, workshops, classes and trainings about the benefits of breathing techniques, meditation, and yoga to promote wellness. India House 8888 W. Bellfort Blvd., 77031. For schedule, registration and ticket info please visit www.texasyogaconference.com

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 18TH – SUNDAY FEBRUARY19TH

markyourcalendar Healing Touch Certificate Program, Level 1. Healing Touch is a relaxing, nurturing energy therapy. Healing Touch uses gentle, heart-centered touch to assist in balancing Physical, Mental, Emotional, Spiritual well-being. Tuition $295 (special student and early bird pricing available). A Healing Collective, 4231 Bellaire Blvd., Suite T, 77025. Contact Margaret Harle at margaret.harle@ ahealingcollective.com or call 713-419-8207.

MONDAY JANUARY 30TH

markyourcalendar An Evening Mastermind - Inspiration: Living Under the Influence - Group & Individual Coaching Courses. 6:30pm-8:30pm. Kick off your week with inspiration! This is a mastermind group for living an inspired life! Too often it's believed that stress, anxiety, fear, and worry are part of life. It has been suggested that these conditions are woven into the fabric of life to attain the success you desire in your career, relationships, parenting, education, aging, transitions, money, and the infinite uncertainties about life. What if this assumption about life is not accurate? Classes are in-person or virtual. True You Creativity Studio in the Houston Heights, 77008. Please visit trueyoucreativity. com for more details and to register!

TUESDAY JANUARY 31ST

Oneness Blessing Meeting with Golden Orb Deeksha. 7:00pm9:00pm. Experience the newest form of Deeksha released from Oneness University, the Golden Orb Deeksha! This Deeksha will be offered the last Tuesday of each month at our Oneness meeting. All those initiated as Golden Orb Deeksha Givers are welcome to give the Blessing, everyone else may receive the Golden Orb Deeksha! All are welcome to attend and experience this special Blessing! Child care available, reservation only. $10 suggested Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr., 77057. 713-782-4050 unityhouston.org

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Meditation Workshop. 10:00-11:00am. Open to everyone especially for beginners to meditation. The master will give a brief introduction to meditation and guide the participants to do meditation. Free, donations welcome. CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 zen@cthouston.org www.cthouston.org 281-568-1568

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12TH

Half-day Retreat. 9:00am-12:00pm. Chan/Zen Meditation Classes guided by Ordained Zen Masters of Chung Tai Chan Monastery. Free. CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 zen@cthouston.org www.cthouston.org 281-568-1568

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Blessing Ceremony. 10:00am-12:00pm. Free. CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 zen@cthouston.org www. cthouston.org 281-568-1568

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 25TH – SUNDAY FEBRUARY 26TH

markyourcalendar IEL Institute Level II – Advanced Intuitive Communication Certification. 2/25 & 2/26 10:00am-5:00pm. Whether you want to take your skills to a public forum or you desire to learn more about connecting with deceased loved ones for personal growth. Under this program, you will experience lessons on mediumistic skills, the business of mediumship and intuitive practices, the three basics elements of a professional medium session, and much more! Cost - Early Bird $299, $349 at door. Spectrum Center, 2060 N. Loop W #205, 77018. To register call 713-303-7107 or email chriscarpentier333@gmail.com.

SATURDAY MARCH 25TH

IEL Institute Level III – Energy Intuitive Certification – Crystal Therapy. 10:00am-5:00pm. This one day workshop event is part of the IEL Program and will build credits toward the Level IV Advanced Energy Intuitive Certification. This part of the program has a heavy focus on the teachings of Dr. Marcel Vogel and his methods of using fine cut crystals as an energy device. Cost - Early Bird $149, $179 at door. Spectrum Center, 2060 N. Loop W #205, 77018. To register call 713-303-7107 or email chriscarpentier333@gmail.com.

SUNDAY MARCH 26TH

IEL Level III - Energy Intuitive Certification - Sound Vibrational Medicine. 10:00am-5:00pm. This one-day event will be focused on sound vibrations and how they affect the human body. There will be a demonstration of sound entrainment, with the use of sound to clear the chakras, endocrine glands, and energetic blocks. Cost - Early Bird $149, $179 at door. Spectrum Center, 2060 N. Loop W #205, 77018. To register call 713-303-7107 or email chriscarpentier333@gmail.com.

SATURDAY, APRIL 22ND

Earthday Birthday, Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of A Healing Collective. 10:00am-4:00pm. A Healing Collective invites you to join us during our 10th anniversary celebration featuring samples of the work done at AHC by leading healers and educators in Houston. Free to attend. A Healing Collective, 4231 Bellaire Blvd., Suite T, 77025. Contact Margaret Harle at margaret.harle@ahealingcollective.com or call 713-419-8207.


ongoingevents daily Houston Arboretum. 7am-7pm. Walk in nature. Learn about native plants and wildlife. Free. Houston Arboretum 4501 Woodway Dr., 77024. houstonarboretum.org Free Vegetarian Meal. 9:00am. (except Sunday) A free vegetarian meal for any and all. Free. ISKCON Temple 1320 West 34th Street, 77018. 713-686-4482 iskconhouston.org St. Arnold Brewing Company - Brewery Tours. Mon.-Fri. Public Tours at 1:00pm and 3:00pm – no admission charge, food and beer a la carte prices. Sat. Tours at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm - $10 Admission Charge (includes souvenir glass and four 8oz samples). 2000 Lyons Ave, 77020. saintarnold.com 713-686-9494 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 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

monday Hatha Yoga. 9:00-10:00am. Join Shuwen for a morning of asanas and pranayama which help bring peace to the mind and body. All levels welcome. Pro Dynamic Fitness, 14520 Memorial Dr., 77079. For more information go to prodynamicfitness.com or call 713-909-5502. Tai Chi & QiGong in The Woodlands / Spring. 5:35pm. Have you heard about the benefits of Tai Chi and QiGong and wanted to try it out? Or, do you have experience and are looking to deepen your practice? Come join us and learn simple, time tested methods and movements to clear the mind, circulate energy and relax the body. First group class free! Multiple membership options and private sessions available. 427 Carson Ridge Dr, Spring, 77386. Please call 281-702-3389 or visit www.groundyourdivinity.com for details and to register. Open Mic at The Last Concert Cafe. 6:00-10:00pm. Last Concert Café 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com Chandra Yoga - Focus: Finding Balance. 6:45pm-7:45pm. This class will focus on balancing the mind, body and breath. We will perform Pranayama (controlled breathing) that balances the brain and breath and work on Asanas (postures) that help to counteract the imbalances in our bodies. All levels welcome. Drop-in and multiple class pricing available. 708 Telephone Rd., Space C, 77023. Visit our Facebook page facebook.com/ChandraYoga4Life

HUMOR. Cost: $125 Monthly. Spectrum Center, 2060 North Loop West, Suite 205, 77018. HelenRacz.com

Beginners Yoga 7-8:30 pm. Discover your strengths and balances through a therapeutic approach to yoga alignment and mind/body integration. First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, 5200 Fannin 77004. stanpolins@hal-pc.org. www.firstuu.org Food Not Bombs. 8pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Courtyard 521 Lamar, 77002. houstonfoodnotbombs.org

tuesday Grace2Go. 7:00-8:30 am. On the go? Want a boost to the start of your day? Drive thru for free coffee, a breakfast bite, and a prayer if desired. All are welcome. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort, 77025. www.graceinhouston.org. Aerial Yoga. 10:15am & 6:30pm. Pro Dynamic Fitness offers authentic yoga, supported by a silk hammock, to explore, refine and advance traditional asanas, both in the air and on the ground. No experience required. Pro Dynamic Fitness, 14520 Memorial Dr., 77079. For more information go to prodynamicfitness.com or call 713-909-5502 Yoga at India House. 11:00-12:00am. Enjoy relaxing cardio work out at India House. Free. India House, 8888 West Bellfort, 77031. Go to the website, print out the form and email it to the address given. http://www.indiahouseinc.org/ programs/yoga-classes The Self-Invest Series with Helen Racz. 11am-1pm and 6:45pm-8:45pm. Happiness, Success can often seem illusive, mysterious or even magical, like we need a special chant, a favor from the Divine or to find just the right key to make it a regular part of our lives. LEARN how to apply SPIRITUAL LAWS to your everyday life EASILY & with FUN and

Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 6:30-7:30pm. Come around and try our free weekly yoga-meditation classes. Simply turn up, and make yourself comfortable. Each session includes the basics and a practical guided meditation, so that you can start meditating at home straight away. Free. South Community Center. 2235 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, 77380. 832-433-2415. info@Houston-Meditation.org Intro to Meditation 101.7-8pm. Universal Door Meditation Center offers this free, beginner level class, open to the public. Here we begin to discover the difference between False Mind and Awake Mind by applying basic Zen Meditation. Donations Welcome. Universal Door Meditation Center 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, 77498. www.universaldoor.org 281-565-9718 Yoga at Resurrection MCC. 7:00-8:00 pm. Get in touch with your mind, body, and spirit through Yoga! Connect with others in this non-competitive activity suitable for everyone. All body types and skill levels are welcome. Please bring a mat and towel. Extra mats are available for those new to Yoga. Free, donations accepted. Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, 2015 West 11th Street, 77008. Yoga@ResurrectionMCC.org Oneness Blessing Meeting. 7-9pm. Our weekly meeting includes sharing, meditation, Oneness teachings, and the giving and receiving of the Oneness Blessing, also known as Deeksha. Connect with the Oneness Community to explore deeper experiences of Oneness, Divine Love and accelerated awakening. Child care is available, reservation required. $10 suggested Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr., 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org Tom Turner Band. 6pm-8pm. Live music at The Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com James Wilhite. 9pm-11pm. Live music at The Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com

Sacred Pilgrimage to Egypt with Rae Chandran T

his magical retreat offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Egypt with a custom guided program led by internationally renowned channeler and author Rae Chandran that combines nature, history, adventure and spiritual experiences in some of the most magnificent spots in the world.

March 31 – April 9, 2017

10 days / 9 nights • Cost: $3,800 - $4,200 (airfare not included)

Spiritual Retreat in Israel – July 2017 Meditations, Initiations and Channelings

Hatha Flow Yoga. 7:00pm. Join Stefanie for a restoring combination of gentle stretching and strengthening hatha yoga and slow flow vinyasa. Class will include breath work, or pranayama, to calm and soothe the mind, asana practice, vinyasa flow, and a restorative Savasana. The Woman’s Earth Nurturing Studio, 2816 Isabella St., 77004. For class fees and information please call 832-899-4325 or visit thewomansearthstudio.com Empowered Living In The New Year. 7:00pm. Minister and author Arthur Johnson presents a series on empowered living in the new year. Suggested $15/week. Creative Life Spiritual Center, 5326 Spring-Stuebner Rd., Spring, 77389. Contact info@creativelife.org or visit creativelife.org

To register for the Egypt or Israel tour or for more information, call Susan Deflavis Winters at 239-340-1036 or visit Panguswf@gmail.com For more information about Rae Chandran, visit RaeChandran.com natural awakenings

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wednesday Hatha Yoga. 9:00-10:00am. Join Shuwen for a morning of asanas and pranayama which help bring peace to the mind and body. All levels welcome. Pro Dynamic Fitness, 14520 Memorial Dr., 77079. For more information go to prodynamicfitness.com or call 713-909-5502. Wednesday Oneness Blessing. 5:30-6:45pm. The Oneness Blessing, also known as Deeksha, is a hands-on, direct transfer of energy. Which can strengthen your relationship with your Divine, Spirit, God; however you relate to that. Bring freedom from your chattering mind. And can cause your Authentic You to shine and become present in the moment and experience fullness of life as it truly is. The more blessings you receive, the greater the benefit. Child care available, no reservation required. Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org Christian Meditation. 6:00-7:00pm. Experience meditation and contemplative prayer using ancient prayer practices of the early Christian communities. Explore and study contemporary and ancient texts of the contemplative way. All are welcome. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort, 77025. Parking is free and available at the Woodwind St. entrance. www.graceinhouston.org. Questions? info@graceinhouston.org or 832-667-8601. Urban Ride. 6:30pm. Be ready to roll at 6:30PM. The route is 20 miles. Riders should be comfortable keeping a pace of 18-20 mph. Helmet, front and back light, spare tube, and CO2 cartridges are required. Earphones are not allowed. Speed may vary depending on who shows. Safety comes first. Free. Urban Bicycle Gallery, 4814 Nett St., 77007. judy@urbanbicyclegallery.com Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 6:30-7:30pm. Come around and try our free weekly yoga-meditation classes. Simply turn up, and make yourself comfortable. Each session includes the basics and a practical guided meditation so that you can start meditating at home straight away. Free. Kingwood Library, 4400 Bens View Lane, 77339. 832-433-2415. info@Houston-Meditation.org Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 6:30-8:00pm. Come around and try our free weekly yoga-meditation classes. Simply turn up, and make yourself comfortable. Each session includes the basics and a practical guided meditation, so that you can start meditating at home straight away. Free. University Branch Library, 14010 University Blvd., Sugar Land, 77479. 832-433-2415. info@Houston-Meditation.org Wednesday Meditation. 6:30-7pm. We create our life experiences through our way of thinking. One way to align ourselves with Spirit is through meditations. Unity of North Houston, 11738 Grant Road Cypress, 77429. 281-374-7085. unitynorthhouston.org Chandra Yoga - Focus: Hip and Chest Openers. 6:45pm7:45pm. This class will help to release tension in the chest, shoulders, heart and back. We will work with pranayama (controlled breathing), strengthening, lengthening and stretching asanas (postures). All levels welcome. Drop-in and multiple class pricing available. 708 Telephone Rd., Space C, 77023 Visit our Facebook page - facebook.com/ChandraYoga4Life Blue Line Bike Ride. 7pm. We have multiple rides that leave from our Heights location on Wednesday evening at 7:00pm. Each ride has its own route and distinct pace, so come on out and decide which one works best for you and hop in! Free. Blue Line Bike Lab, 3302 White Oak Drive, 77007. 713-802-1707 www.bluelinebikelab.com/shop-rides Beginning Zen Meditation. 7:30-9:30pm. *Classes begin January 11th* Feeling stressed? Want something to help you feel better? Try meditation with us. Free, registration required. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. cthouston.org Diamond Way Meditation. 7-7:45 pm. Free. Diamond Way Buddhist Center, 2217 W 34th Street, Suite D. 281. 77018. 281-436-6081. diamondway.org/houston/ Hellina Bucket Band 8:00 -10:00pm. Free dinner music. Last Concert Café, 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com Food Not Bombs. 8pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Courtyard 521 Lamar, 77002. houstonfoodnotbombs.org Pot Roast. 10:00pm-12mn. Late night music outside under the stars. Cover charge. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com

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

thursday Grace2Go. 7:00-8:30 am. On the go? Want a boost to the start of your day? Drive thru for free coffee, a breakfast bite, and a prayer if desired. All are welcome. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort, 77025. www.graceinhouston.org. Integrative Hatha Yoga Classes. 9:30am. Facilitated by Certified Yoga Therapist, Lin Weiss MH, CYT. Balance Mind, Body & Spirit. An integrative approach with classical Hatha foundations. Focusing on structural alignment, pranayama breathing technique and strength building. Bellaire Triangle Yoga Studio. Suitable for all levels. Call 713-859-8595 to reserve your class. Museum of Fine Arts-Houston. 10am-9pm. If you have not spent time enjoying the art exhibits at MFAH, what are you waiting for? Free. MFAH, 1001 Bissonnet, 77005. 713-6397300 mfah.org Aerial Yoga. 10:15am & 6:30pm. Pro Dynamic Fitness offers authentic yoga, supported by a silk hammock, to explore, refine and advance traditional asanas, both in the air and on the ground. No experience required. Pro Dynamic Fitness, 14520 Memorial Dr., 77079 For more information go to prodynamicfitness.com or call 713-909-5502 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 Free Family Thursdays at The Health Museum. 2:00pm7:00pm. Free entry into The Health Museum to enjoy permanent and traveling exhibits (DeBakey Cell Lab requires a $3 fee) on Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Dr., 77004. thehealthmuseum.org 713-521-1515 Children’s Museum of Houston. 5-8pm. Enjoy all the interactive exhibits at the museum with your children. Free. Children’s Museum 1500 Binz, 77004. 713-522-1138 cmhouston.org Meditation Class: Discovering the Awake Within. 7-9pm. Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien closely guides and interacts with students to realize Awake Mind is already within, they have the capacity to Wake Up, and how to apply meditation. This class provides a stable foundation for those who are ready to move to the next level, go deeper in their meditation practice, and touch with the Awake within. Suggested donation $50/month. Pre-registration required. Universal Door Meditation Center, 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, 77498. universaldoor.org. 281-565-9718 Chaz and the Plastik Flask. 8pm. Upbeat musical style with a rock and roll sound. Cover charge. Last Concert Café, 1403 Nance St., 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com Hightailers. 10pm. Longest running house band in existence! Gulf Coast Rhythm and Blues. Cover charge. Last Concert Cafe, 1403 Nance St., 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com

friday Exploring the Principles of Creativity & Intuitive Painting. 10am-1pm. Jan. 6th, 13th, & 20th. Intuitive Painting swings the doors open to living with more expression and authenticity. When you understand the nature of creativity and its principles, you begin to relax and trust. You will learn these principles during this series. No experience is needed. No critiques are permitted. All materials included. True You Creativity Studio in The Heights, 77008. For more information and to register, visit www.trueyoucreativity.com or call 832-545-8488

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Houston International Folk Dancers. 7:30-10pm. Houston International Folk Dancers is a recreational folk dance group that celebrates ethnic dances from around the world: Eastern and Western Europe, Middle East and Mediterranean, and the Americas. You will delight in the diverse rhythms, melodies and unique dance styles of cultures from over 30 countries. Experienced folk dancers are always ready to help beginners. Singles welcome. Dress comfortably. Admission is $5. First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, 5200 Fannin, 77004. Additional info at www.folkdancers.org Food Not Bombs. 8pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Courtyard, 521 Lamar, 77002. houstonfoodnotbombs.org Dinner Music with Jimmy Deen. 7-9pm. Cover charge. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com

saturday Yoga for the Body and Mind. 8-9:30 am. Yoga classes based on the teachings of Swami Ramdev ji including asanas, pranayama and meditation. Free. Arya Samaj Greater Houston Center 14375 Shiller Rd. 77082. 281-242-5000 aryasamajhouston.org. Hatha Yoga. 9:00-10:00am. Join Shuwen for a morning of asanas and pranayama which help bring peace to the mind and body. All levels welcome. Pro Dynamic Fitness, 14520 Memorial Dr., 77079. For more information go to prodynamicfitness.com or call 713-909-5502. Integrative Hatha Yoga Classes. 9:30am. Facilitated by Certified Yoga Therapist, Lin Weiss MH, CYT. Balance Mind, Body & Spirit. An integrative approach with classical Hatha foundations. Focusing on structural alignment, pranayama breathing technique and strength building. Bellaire Triangle Yoga Studio. Suitable for all levels. Call 713-859-8595 to reserve your class. Hatha Yoga - Back to the Basics. 9:30am-10:30am. This class emphasizes the basics of Hatha Yoga. We will perform Pranayama (controlled breathing) and work on proper Asana (posture) alignment. All levels welcome. Drop-in and multiple class pricing available. 708 Telephone Rd. Space C, 77023. Visit our facebook page - facebook.com/ChandraYoga4Life Beginning Zen Meditation. 10am-12n. *Classes begin January 14th* Feeling stressed? Want something to help you feel better? Try meditation with us. Free, registration required. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston, 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. cthouston.org Children’s Zen Meditation. 10am-12n. *Classes begin January 14th* Open to children ages 4-12. Parents must be present and participate. Free, registration required. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston, 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-5681568. cthouston.org Yoga at India House. 10:00-11:00am. Enjoy relaxing cardio work out at India House. Free. India House, 8888 West Bellfort, 77031. Go to the website, print out the form and email it to the address given. http://www.indiahouseinc.org/ programs/yoga-classes Hatha Yoga on the Green. 9am-10am. A practice for enhanced awareness, and a strong, healthy body. No pre-registration required. Participants must sign a waiver upon arrival. PLEASE NOTE: Due to public health reasons, yoga mats will no longer be loaned out but can be purchased in the office from 9 am-6 pm. You are welcome to bring your own yoga mat, a towel and water. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com Aerial Yoga. 10:15am. Pro Dynamic Fitness offers authentic yoga, supported by a silk hammock, to explore, refine and advance traditional asanas, both in the air and on the ground. No experience required. Pro Dynamic Fitness, 14520 Memorial Dr., 77079 For more information go to prodynamicfitness.com or call 713-909-5502


Young Writers Workshop. 10:30-11:30am. Kids learn to express their thoughts and develop language skills. Presented by Houston Public Library/HPL Express and Discovery Green. Houston's only free and open writing workshop for kids conducted by Writers In The Schools. Limited to 25 students, first come first serve. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com For more information please call 832-393-1375. Beginning Meditation. 11:00-11:30am. Enjoy relaxing meditation class at India House. Free. India House, 8888 West Bellfort, 77031. Go to the website, print out the form and email it to the address given. http://bit.ly/1rfNLkl Meditation: Enhance your Spiritual Journey. 11am-1pm. This spiritual program examines techniques and concepts on how to develop accuracy in Meditation. The cornerstone of the Sant Mat teachings is meditation, because only through meditation we can experience spiritual realization. Spiritual Discourse, Meditation, Vegetarian Meal. Free. India House, 8888 West Bellfort, Rm 217, 77031. houstonSOS.org Falun Dafa. 4-6pm. Falun Gong also known as Falun Dafa is a traditional Chinese qigong practice. It uses gentle movements and meditation to cultivate the body, mind, and spirit. Falun Gong is a complete and powerful system, which consists of five simple exercises, which can be performed by anyone regardless of age, physical condition, or prior experience. If you plan to visit a practice location, please call the contact person beforehand. Outside of Chinese Consulate, 3417 Montrose Blvd., 77006. Henry - 956-844-2835. falun-houston.org Dinner Music with Jimmy Deen. 6-9pm. Cover charge. Last Concert Café, 1403 Nance St., 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com

sunday Yoga for the Body and Mind. 8-9:30 am. Yoga classes based on the teachings of Swami Ramdev ji including asanas, pranayama and meditation. Free. Arya Samaj Greater Houston Center, 14375 Shiller Rd., 77082. 281-242-5000 aryasamajhouston.org. Sunday at Houston Zen Center. 8am-11am. We start with the practice of Morning Service. This is followed by meditation, then work practice, which involves mindful cleaning and straightening in the Meditation Hall and the Center’s grounds. Then a dharma talk, the teachings of Buddha. You are welcome to attend some or all of the Sunday program. Free. HOUSTON ZEN CENTER, 1605 Heights BLVD., 77008. 713-869-1952. houstonzen.org Sunday Oneness Blessing. After 9am and 11am services. The Oneness Blessing, also known as Deeksha, is a hands-on, direct transfer of energy. Which can strengthen your relationship with your Divine, Spirit, God; however you relate to that. Bring freedom from your chattering mind. And can cause your Authentic You to shine and become present in the moment and experience fullness of life as it truly is. The more blessings you receive, the greater the benefit. Child care available, no reservation required. Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org Christian Meditation. 9:00am-9:30 am. Experience meditation and contemplative prayer using ancient prayer practices of the early Christian communities in preparation for receiving Holy Communion at the 10am worship service. All are welcome. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort, 77025. www. graceinhouston.org. Questions? info@graceinhouston.org or 832-667-8601. Sunday Celebrations at Creative Life Spiritual Center. 9:30am and 11:00am. Founding minister Jesse Jennings speaks on the basics of the Religious Science path. Love offering. Creative Life Spiritual Center, 5326 Spring-Stuebner Rd., Spring, 77389. Contact info@creativelife.org or visit creativelife.org Movement Meditation for Healing Mind and Body . 9:30am–10:30am With an emphasis on bringing together mind, body, and movement to be in the present moment, Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien guides students to connect with Awake mind, which is profoundly healing, and also restores and refreshes every aspect of our being. Suggested donation $50/month, pre-registration required. Universal Door Meditation Center, 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, 77498 www.universaldoor.org 281-565-9718

The Conversations With God Study Group. 9:30am-10:45am. Study materials provided, this ongoing gathering is facilitated by Dr. Obidike Kamau. Free. Carmel Temple, 1208 Pennsylvania,77587. carmeltemple.org Sunday Service at Unity of North Houston. 10:15-11:15am Experience joy-filled vibrations and high-energy spirituality in motion that is our Sunday service! With live music, singing, affirmative prayer, and dynamic sermons, this is a Sunday service that will feed your body, mind and heart. Now is the time to stoke your inner spark by sharing in the light everyone brings to our community. Unity of North Houston, 11738 Grant Road Cypress, 77429. 281-374-7085. unitynorthhouston.org Carmel Temple All Faith Service. 11:00am. Different guest speaker every week. Free. Carmel Temple, 1208 Pennsylvania, 77587. carmeltemple.org Semanal Programa de Meditación 10am-1pm. Ciencia de la Espiritualidad es una organización global, no religiosa, sin fines de lucro, espiritual dedicado a la unidad del amor y de la paz. Nuestro grupo de meditación Houston ha estado activo durante más de 52 años y se reúne regularmente. Cada semana nuestro grupo se reúne para meditar juntos, reflexionar sobre las palabras de los grandes santos y místicos y pasar algún tiempo con otras personas que comparten el objetivo de llevar una vida espiritualmente enriquecida y satisfactoria. Gratis. Trini Mendenhall Sosa Center 1414 Wirt Road 77055. houstonSOS.org 832-304-0767. Acoustic Jams. 10:30am. Easy listening music to brunch by. No cover charge. Last Concert Café, 1403 Nance St., 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com Ecstatic Dance Evolution. 10:30-1:00pm. Ecstatic Dance Evolution is a unique transformational Ecstatic Dance practice developed by Houston’s Sydney Samadhi Strahan. This Dance has been actively evolving since 2003, giving Houstonians a consistent place to be free in mind-body-spirit and express themselves through movement with an accepting creative community. Free. MATCH: Midtown Arts and Theater Center, 3400 Main Street, 77002. ecstaticdanceevolution.com

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SPRING Youth and Teen Program at Universal Door Meditation Center. 11:00am–12:30pm. *Beginning January 22nd* For youth grades 1-12. Under the guidance of Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien, youth are introduced to the Awake Mind within, and through basic meditation as well as other activities and games, they learn how to return to it. Registration required, call for more details. Suggested donation $60/month. Universal Door Meditation Center, 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, 77498 universaldoor.org 281-565-9718 Dawn Mountain Sunday Meditation. 11am-12noon. Join us for guided meditation suitable for everyone. Led by senior members of the Dawn Mountain community. Free. Dawn Mountain 2010 Naomi Street, Suite A, 77054. http://dawnmountain.org Sunday Discussion Circle. 11:30am-12:30pm. You are invited to join us for facilitated, fun, educational discussions on a variety of topics. We practice our UU values of keeping an open mind, listening respectfully, learning from differing perspectives, entertaining new ways of thinking about issues, following guidelines, and being welcoming. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin St. Rm 304, 77004. 713526-5200 www.firstuu.org Centerpoint Body Mind and Spirit Expo. 1pm-6pm. Angel oracle readings, psychic medium, tarot card readings, soul oracle readings, tea leaf astrology, astrology and past life readings, foot reflexology, energy healers, jewelry, crystals and more! Coffee, lemonade and nutritious snacks. Admission Free. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 713-932-7224 centerpointhouston.org Diamond Way Meditation. 5-5:45 pm. Free. Diamond Way Buddhist Center. 2217 W 34th Street, Suite D., 77018. 281436-6081. diamondway.org/houston/ Food Not Bombs. 7pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate, or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Courtyard 521 Lamar, 77002 houstonfoodnotbombs.org Sunday Love Feast. 7:00pm. A free vegetarian meal for any and all. Free. ISKCON Temple 1320 West 34th Street, 77018. 713-686-4482 iskconhouston.org

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Since 2004, The Axelrad Clinic has been providing 100% natural, specialized care for Wo m e n ’ s H e a l t h a n d Hormonal Wellness. Our experience in this area is unparalleled and we pride ourselves on our extensive experience, having helped over 3,000 women heal and thrive using our unique combination of acupuncture, herbs, nutrition, and stress-reduction. Experienced, effective care for thyroid, adrenal fatigue, depression, stress, anxiety, PMS, endometriosis, PCOS, and reproductive concerns. Book your free initial consultation at www.axelradclinic.com or call 713-527-9555. See ad on page 19.

BIOLOGICAL DENISTRY MARILYN K. JONES, DDS

Houston Dental Health Center 800 Bering Dr. Houston, TX 77057 712-785-7767 MarilynKJonesDDS.com

Natural Dentistry supports the body and the mind by finding the cause of dental problems. The dental examination includes noticing systemic and habitual influences. Setting the stage for the body to heal itself includes removing infection and toxins, correcting structure, and providing the best dental materials for you which will promote an outstanding environment for your overall health. Dentistry is my true love and as a true Biological Dentist, I combine modern technology, safe protection protocols, advanced knowledge of biological dentistry and medicine, and a patient-centric approach to enhance the wellness of all my patients. If you have dental issues or currently have silver amalgam fillings, call me today to schedule an appointment. See ad on page 18.

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

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

BOOKS THE METAPHYSICAL CENTER POINT by Barbara Silberg

Although many Natural Aw a k e n i n g M a g a z i n e readers know Barbara Silberg through her sales of this magazine’s advertising and past interviews published in Houston’s edition, Barbara is a prizewinning poet with over 50 years writing experience, whose verses are often lyrical, sometimes thoughtful, once in a while irreverent (or downright funny), occasionally wise, at times earthy, and frequently achingly romantic. This poetry chapbook features reflections on what we know; a poem each about a pixie and brownie; plus, poetry focused on death, love, and rebirth. Available only at Centerpoint Body Mind & Spirit, and Pixie’s Intent, both located at 2727 Fondren at Westheimer in Houston.

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THE POWER OF AWAKE by Thich Dieu Thien

Known internationally as a very inspiring teacher full of wisdom, clarity, and compassion, Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien easily engages people of all ages, cultures, religions, and backgrounds, and helps them to discover more about who they really are, transform all stress and conflict in daily life, and return to the Awake already within each person. Based on her own personal experience, she reminds readers that our goal is not just to recognize ego but to fully realize the source and nature of it, break the system of ego, and live truly happy and free in any situation. In Awake, ego doesn't exist; in ego, Awake cannot appear."You are not the voice in your head, or the emotions, or the stress... You are what can recognize the voice, the emotions, and the stress. You are Awake." -- Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien. Available on Amazon. com

CHIROPRACTIC INNATE CHIROPRACTIC HEALING ARTS CENTER 230 Westcott St suite 220 Houston, TX 77007 (713) 521-2104 n8chiro.com

Our team is pleased to welcome you to the Innate Chiropractic Healing Arts Center in Houston where we offer a variety of gentle healing modalities to enhance your LIFE FORCE, ENERGY and PEAK PERFORMANCE, naturally! For those interested in deeper healing and personal development, we also offer a variety of classes and workshops including collage, life goal setting, and empowerment drumming. Visit our website and give us a call today! See ad on page 31.

CLOTHING THREDZ USA

5901 Hillcroft Street Suite B2 Houston, TX 77036 713-785-1600 ThredzUSA.com

THREDZ offers a wide selection of hand woven unstitched fabrics, ready to wear clothing for both men and women as well as formal wear. They provide simple, but timelessly cut pieces that have set the bar high as a prestigious fashion label. Whether you need a brand new outfit, or an entire wardrobe, their in-house stylists are more than happy to provide you with assistance to make you look your very best. Visit our website or come by our store, today! See ad on page 25.


COACHING ABOLISH YOUR INNER SABOTEUR! Houston, Texas March 17-19 tinamarie.com

Learn how to transform negativity in your life; people, jobs, health concerns, memories all into emblems of peace, calm and power. Over the past five years, the powerful transformation toolset has been experienced by thousands in private sessions, in workshops and now ABOLISH YOUR INNER SABOTEUR – THE EXPERIENCE is being released … Space is limited. Visit our website, take advantage of the Early Bird Special and sign up today! See ad on page 3

BLISSFUL QUESTS

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Are you ready to achieve your dreams and enjoy balance and success in every area of your life? Find out how, in just 12 weeks, you could be happier and more successful thanks to Heal Your Life® Coach Doyle Ward, who has already helped hundreds of people achieve their dreams! I offer both online and private one-on-one coaching. What are you waiting for? Take that first step toward happiness now! See ad on page 27.

COLONICS JOYCE LONG’S WELLNESS INSTITUTE 1308 James Street Rosenberg, TX 77471 281-344-0095 JoyceLong.biz

Established 1989 Joyce hasn’t closed. Just relocated. Call to schedule any of the following services: massage therapies, lymphatic drainage massage and facials, reflexology, infra-red sauna, ion cleanse foot or hand baths, Chinese cupping or colon hydrotherapy (prescriptions only- yours or ours). By appointment only. Be well-Stay well. CALL TODAY!

EFT-HEALING TOUCH-HYPNO ZILLA ADAMS, BA, CHTP, EFT, MH

Energetic Wellness Center - Holistic Healing Katy Office: 439 Mason Park BLVD, Suite C, Katy, Texas 77450 Houston Office: The Preserve, 2060 N. Loop West, Suite 205 Houston, Texas 77018 808-280-3111 zillaadams@gmail.com www.zillaadams.com www.ptsdwarriorwellnessprogram.com

Why not give yourself and your family the special gift of energy medicine and GET FREE AT LAST! Zilla has over 20 years experience as a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner, including work at Kaiser Permanente and Stanford University School of Medicine. She combines five therapeutic modalities for powerful results, customizing each session specifically for your issues. These include, Healing Touch, TFT (Thought Field Therapy), EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), Advanced Reiki and MA, Clinical/Medical Hypnotherapy. She calls this the “Grand Slam Healing Intensive”. Call for a FREE 15 MINUTE consultation or book a session. The FIRST 20 MINUTES ARE FREE! “Nothing binds you except your thoughts. Nothing limits you except your fears. Nothing controls you except your beliefs.”

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Michael Vela has been a stylist for 30 years, almost all of that time in the Kingwood, Atascocita and Humble area. He cuts women’s, men and kids hair, does color, highlights and perms. He specializes in Brazilian Blowout smoothing treatment. Michael says, “I strive to take excellent care of everyone who sits in my chair, to find styles that meet the unique needs of their hair and most of all I will listen to them. Give him a call or visit his website to schedule an appointment.

VENUS HAIR DESIGN

361 West 19th Street Houston, TX 77008 713-868-4725 venushairhouston.com

Venus Hair Design is a must-see place on 19th Street in The Heights. Venus and her staff are proud to be able to provide their customers of any age with any style, from a trim to a Mohawk. She is a wizard at color. If you live in or are visiting The Heights be sure to drop by, say hi and check out her Art Car, the Venus Hairse and mention you saw her in Natural Awakenings magazine.

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

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GYMS HOUSTON GYM

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Twenty years ago, Houston Gym opened as an alternative to big, impersonal fitness centers with staffs of high-pressure salespeople. We built a facility that boasts NEW state-of -the-art equipment, yet retains the casual feel of a neighborhood gym. Simply put, Houston Gym is a place for people who are serious about achieving physical fitness. M-F: 5a-11p, Sat & Sun: 8a-8p. Call for a FREE Trial Pass.

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HEALING MINDY KING

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Leadership Training for individuals and corporations; Grief Recovery; Quantum To u c h ® I n s t r u c t o r a n d Practitioner, Heal Your Life® Teacher and Coach; fun workshops with LMT CEU’s available. Call today to schedule an appointment. See Ad on page 8. or to schedule a consultation.

HOLISTIC WELLNESS COACH GROUND YOUR DIVINITY 427 Carson Ridge Dr. Spring, TX 77386 281-702-3389 www.groundyourdivinity.com

Ground Your Divinity is a holistic wellness company created to help foster the evolution of humanity by working with people on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels and release what is in their way to living the life they were intended to live. This can include consultation and assistance in the areas of fitness, nutrition, lifestyle balance, physical grounding, self-love, emotional release, energy work, meditation, spiritual awakening and enlightenment. Starting with you, we can create a world of health, happiness and peace we all know is possible... one person at a time. Call or visit our website today to set up a free Clarity Session and open to the life of abundance that is waiting for you!

HEAL WITH NATURAL HERBS

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

HYPERBARIC OXYGEN HBOT AMERICA

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HBOT America provides Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy through the breathing in of 100% oxygen at a greater than normal pressure. HBOT is medically approved by the FDA for 14 uses such as wound healing, osteomyelitis, severe anemia, and more. Also, now introducing our Biodensity machine, which aids in increasing bone density by stimulating the body's natural bone generation process. Biodensity is a safe alternative to high impact activity and helps fight effects of Osteoporosis through four Isometric exercises. Visit our website for more information and pricing or call us today to schedule a session.

THE CHAKRA HAVEN

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A cute little shop just outside the Old Town Tomball district. Featuring: candles, crystals, jewelry, oils, incense, herbs and more. Also by appointment only: meditation classes, tarot readings a n d C h r i s t i a n n u m e r o l o g y. Meditation 101 each Wednesday at 6-7pm. Call for more information.

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INTEGRATIVE DERMATOLOGY CONSULTATIONS 748 E 12th St, Unit 2 Houston, TX 77008 integrativedermconsults.com 832-639-3376

A Functional Medicine approach to skin disease can be most helpful for chronic skin conditions such as acne, chronic dry skin, eczema, psoriasis or rosacea. The emphasis is on improving skin from the inside out, by addressing underlying nutritional, immune, and other issues. If you have tried everything and still have a skin problem. Visit our website for more information or to set up and appointment.

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

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Are you a light worker or energy healer? Have you ever dreamed of a full time or part time career in the field of energy work? Maybe you aren’t interested in becoming a practitioner but would like to learn more about this fascinating field for your personal improvement. Chris Carpentier invites you to attend IEL Institute Level 1 Training: Intuitive Communication. You do not have to attend all levels of the workshops. Call or email for details or to register. See ad on page 23.

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LIFELINE TECHNIQUE MARY BETH HAUBRICH, CLP Certified LifeLine Practitioner 2245 Texas Drive, Suite 300 Sugar Land, TX 77479 864-266-8501 marybethhaubrich@gmail.com JoyfulHealingArts.com

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


MEDICAL INTUITIVE INTEGRATIVE THERAPIES FOR NATURAL HEALING & WELLNESS LIN WEISS MH, CYT Holistic Healer Medical/ Spiritual Intuitive Master Teacher Houston, Texas 77025 713-858-8595 linweiss@earthlink.net conscioushealingnow.com

Through her WHOLE-istic approach, Lin weaves inspired wisdom with proven healing traditions for integrating mind/ body & soul. ALL NATURAL, ALL THE TIME, she specializes in Homeopathy; Bio-energetic Healing; Neuro-chemical Analysis/ Balance; Chakra Attunement; Nutrition Therapies; Orchid Essences; Zero Energy Balance & more. Addressing a wide range of symptoms, ie: Allergies; ADD/ADHD; OCD: Arthritis; Autistic Spectrum; Chronic Fatigue; Depression; Detoxification; Fibromyalgia; MS; Parkinsons: Trauma Release, etc. Classes: Intuitive Development and Psychology of the Chakras! Call Lin today to find out if she can help you.

MEDITATION CARMEL TEMPLE

1208 Pennsylvania Street South Houston 77587 713-944-0014 CarmelTemple.org

Carmel Temple is a quiet sanctuary far away from the outer world of seeming chaos. It is a place of peace, healing, study, teaching, meditation, love, warmth, and friendship. Opened in 1970, Carmel Temple is a loving place made available for all seekers of the Light. Join us in this welcoming environment, this Sunday where enlightenment, healing, and especially love are found. See ad on page 31.

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

Beginning Meditation: (A) Wed, 7:30–9:30pm, classes begin Jan. 11. (B) Sat, 10am–noon, classes begin Jan. 14. Children Meditation: Sat 10am–noon, classes begin Jan. 14 - For children ages 4–12 and parents. Half-day Retreat: Sun., Jan. 22, 9am-noon. Sun., Feb. 12, 9am-noon. New Year's Ceremony: Sun., Jan. 29. Meditation Workshop Sun., Feb. 5, 10am-noon. Blessing Ceremony: Sun., Feb. 19, 10am-noon. Check the web site (event calendar) for the most current information. See ad on page 10.

DAWN MOUNTAIN CENTER FOR TIBETAN BUDDHISM

UNITY OF HOUSTON

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

Unity of Houston offers p o si t i v e , p r a c tic a l teachings that support spiritual evolution and abundant living. The Unity movement is open and welcoming of all individuals regardless of race, color, gender, age, creed, religion, national origin, ethnicity, physical disability or sexual orientation. We take an extremely positive approach to life, emphasizing our Oneness in God and the goodness in people and all of life. We believe… ”Life is meant to be good!”. Come and discover it for yourself! See ad on page 13.

2010 Naomi Street, Suite A Houston, TX 77054 Dawnmountain.org

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

GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH 4040 West Bellfort Street Houston, TX 77025 713-666-1408 GraceInHouston.org

We are a welcoming Christian community sharing our spiritual journeys through worship, fellowship and outreach. Grounded in both Episcopal worship and ancient practices, we are faithful to the rich traditions of our church while also open to creative expressions of our faith in worship and ministries. Come and be with us for any or all of our many programs and services.

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 provides a wide variety of opportunities to know and experience God. We provides classes, lectures, workshops, and programmed group settings to foster connection, understanding, and compassion for self, other, and the mystery that beautifully and expansively holds us. Visit our website for a complete listing of offerings and join with us soon. See ad on page 22.

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UNITY OF NORTH HOUSTON

11738 Grant Road Cypress, Texas 77429 281-374-7085 http://www.unitynorthhouston.org/

Ours is a positive, practical, progressive approach to Christianity based on the teachings of Jesus - as well as other master teachers and the power of prayer. Unity teaches that each person is a unique expression of God created with sacred worth. Living from that awareness transforms our lives and the world. Unity recognizes that there are many expressions of family life. All are welcome. Unity creates an affirming environment that fosters positive self-image, personal responsibility and unconditional love and acceptance. If you want to know God and to experience God at work in your life, join us on Sundays! You’ll discover a warm, caring community of ordinary people living extraordinary lives.

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! Attend our FREE Tuesday Meditation 101 class. Tue: Meditation 101, 7-8pm, FREE Drop In Class. Thurs: Meditation Class: Discovering the Awake Within. 7-9pm*. Sun: Movement Meditation for Healing Mind and Body. 9:30-10:30am* Sun: Youth and Teen Program 11am-12:30n*. * = requires pre-registration/class fee. See our ad on page 21.

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GRACE’S NUTRITION MARKET

1421 Spring Cypress Rd. Spring, TX 77373. 281-353-6630 facebook.com/Graces-Nutrition-Market

Grace’s Nutrition Market, your friendly neighborhood health store, packed full of well-seasoned knowledge, friendly advice, and goodies, has been in the same Spring, Texas location for upwards to 40 years, and current owner for at least 20 years. We specialize in any nutritional needs you may encounter in your daily life, from the common cold, to weight loss, or even full body nutritional counseling. Grace’s is home to a wonderful pair, Robyn and Beverly, our Iridologist and Nutritionist. Iridology appointments are available throughout the week, or to just come talk to for good quality you can trust. We look forward to meeting you soon.

PLANT IT FORWARD

“a farm in every neighborhood” 832-983-0405 farmshareprogram@plant-it-forward.org Plant-it-forward.org

Join the Farm Share Program Today! Enjoy your own weekly box of our local, organically grown produce by enrolling in our Farm Share Program. Get 6-8 different varieties, enough for a family of 3-5 each week. Purchase a 5-week mini-season for $132, a perfect gift for your health-conscious loved ones or purchase a 20-week season for $507. The summer vegetables include winter squash (hard squashes), edamame, eggplant, basil, peppers, okra, arugula, basil, cucumbers, green onions, roselle, malabar spinach, possibly cantaloupe if weather cooperates, and even watermelon if weather cooperates. Sign-up today for the Summer 2016 Season! See ad on pages 31 & 32.

REIKI CLAUDIA AUTRY, REIKI PRACTITIONER (by appointment only) 281-849-4610 cautry@gmail.com ClaudiaAutry.com

We l c o m e t o y o u r transformation! Whether you are looking to change habits such as smoking or weight or looking to find better ways of relaxing and increasing the joy in your life, I can help you. I have a variety of modalities, including hypnosis, reiki, ThetaHealing and customized essential oil blends and affirmations which can be combined or used individually. Together we form a partnership for your growth! Call today to book your appointment.

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

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ORGANIC RESORT & SPA NUTRIGENOMICS

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SCHOOL of HEALING ARTS 713-822-7380 julia@juliacarroll1.com JuliaCarroll1.com

Julia was the first Reiki Master in the State of Texas, has written 5 healing books and has had university based Reiki research published. Her book, Nu-Reiki Onness, can be found on her website and is FREE. Contact Julia today to schedule an appointment to discuss enrolling in one of her Reiki certification courses.

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TEA ROOMS MC HUGH TEA ROOM AND GIFTS 5305 Bissonnet, Suite D Bellaire, TX 77401 713-218-6300 mchughtea.com facebook.com/mchughtea

Tea rooms are trendy and organic teas are ALL the rage, but did you know there’s an elegant, Afternoon Tea that serves over 60 organic teas right under your nose? McHugh Tea Room is setting the pace, serving it up 6 days a week with Texas flare. Owners, Kim McHugh and Billie Stafford tell their customers to “come hungry!” For lunch, foods such as chicken salad sandwich on croissant with chipotle mayo and a side of fresh cut fruit and grandma’s tomato basil soup are served or maybe you prefer a cast iron grilled cheese on sourdough! For special occasions, make a reservation for Afternoon Tea and enjoy inlaid breads of swirled rye and challah which hold between them the family pimento cheese recipe cut into hearts or even adorable ducks shapes for baby shower themes. It’s the perfect place to recharge your spirit or celebrate special moments and wonderful friendships.

THERMOGRAPHY THERMAL IMAGING SERVICES

Angel Marlow, CNHP, CAHC, CCT 5851 San Felipe, Suite 710 Houston, Texas 77057 and 24550 Kingsland Blvd. Katy, TX 77494 713-621-4406 angel@thermalimagingtexas.com ThermalImaingTexas.com

No Compression, No Radiation, Painless. Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging or Thermography, creates images that illustrate heat patterns in the body. The thermal images are analyzed for abnormalities that may be signs of disease in the body. Thermography can be conducted onsite at your business through Thermal Imaging Services for Corporate Wellness. Locations in: Houston, Lake Charles, LA, Katy, Beaumont, The Woodlands, Tyler and Kingwood. Call for current schedule and to make an appointment. See ad on page 17.

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

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

BAYOU BLISS YOGA

TRANQUIL HEART YOGA

At Bayou Bliss Yoga we focus on cultivating freedom in the body to create freedom in the mind. Our small group, private and semi-private yoga classes to give you the instruction you need to develop more body awareness, flexibility, freedom of movement and greater sense peace and ease. We specialize in therapeutic yoga and beginner’s yoga. Meditation is offered every Tuesday at 7:30pm by donation. We also offer massage, breathwork, hands of light healing, bio-field tuning and sound healing to support your health and wellbeing. The first class is always FREE so call today.

Voted among the top ten yoga studios in Houston last year, our amazing instructors draw from many traditions including Ashtanga Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Thai Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Forrest and the yogic and meditation traditions of Tibet. With this vast knowledge of the yoga tradition and the intrinsic understanding of the human body, our instructors will guide you through a practice that is not only physically challenging, but also mentally stimulating and emotionally uplifting. Our dedication to help you become your best, spiritually, mentally and physically is what makes Tranquil Heart Yoga the premier Hatha Yoga studio of West Houston. We also offer Tai Chi and Qi Gong classes as well as massage and many other wellness modalities. We believe Yoga is for Every Body. Come and find out for yourself!

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

CHANDRA YOGA 4 LIFE 708 Telephone Rd. #C Houston, TX 77023 281-541-8336 chandrayoga4life.com

Welcome! Namaste! Chandra Yoga 4 Life focuses on the 3 major aspects of Yoga incorporating asanas, pranayama and meditation. We work closely with each student, meeting the student where they are Welcome! Call 281-541-8336 Se habla español.

JENNYOGA

at Interface Samaritan 4803 San Felipe Houston, TX 77056 713-539-7418 jennyoga.me

Have you always yearned to experience the many health benefits attributed to yoga, but never known where to begin? Or are you a master yogi already well acquainted with all the physical and mental benefits of yoga, but on the hunt for a new challenge? Either way, you are the perfect candidate for Jennyoga, the ultimate Houston destination for anyone looking to add a calming influence into his or her lifestyle. Classes Wed 12:30 pm and Sunday 11:30 am.

NURTURE SOUL THERAPEUTICS 7062 Lakeview Haven Dr. #100 Houston, TX 77095 281-674-YOGA NurtureSoul.com

Yoga is beneficial for the health in ways that modern science is just beginning to understand. Even though it has been applied with therapeutic intention for thousands of years, Yoga Therapy is only just now emerging as a discipline in itself. Tuesdays 4:00pm to 5:00pm - Yoga for Pain Management. Thursdays 4:00pm to 5:00pm - Beat your Insomnia with Yoga. For Private Yoga Therapy Classes, Massage Therapy, Healing Arts or Integrative Life Coaching Program call and make an appointment.

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YOGA FOR MENTAL & PHYSICAL HAPPINESS

FACILITATED BY LIN WEISS, Certified Yoga Therapist, Integrative Hatha Yoga, Tuesdays @ 7:00pm Saturdays @ 9:30am Bellaire, Texas 713-858-8595 linweiss@earthlink.net conscioushealingnow.com

Lin Weiss is the founder/owner of Yoga for Mental & Physical Happiness. Her passion for yoga is evidenced by her warm & personable teaching style. Small classes afford individual instruction for students of any level, making progress attainable & real. Lin loves helping students use yoga to find balance & overcome limitations. Her classes are at the same time energizing, & relaxing, as she focuses on creating a supportive & joyful environment for her students. Private sessions available by appt.

YOGA TRAINING NURTURE SOUL THERAPEUTICS

200 hour & 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training 7062 Lakeview Haven Dr #100 Houston, TX 77095 281-674-YOGA NurtureSoul.com

Nurture Soul Therapeutics is the only RYS offering the 200-hour Integrative Yoga Teacher Training Program in Houston, TX. Along with offering Yoga classes with a focus on health and healing to the general public, graduates teach Yoga-based wellness programs in a wide variety of complementary settings including hospitals, businesses, and health care settings. This program is registered with the Yoga Alliance as a 200-hour Teacher Training certification program (RYT-200) and offers a strong foundation for Advanced Yoga Therapy Programs. 200 hr. Spring-2017 - Every other weekend (Jan-Jun)! Will be offered in Sugar Land at Ayush Wave. 300 hr. Coming on Fall-2017 - Week modules (Jul-Dec)! Will be offered in Copperfield at Nurture Soul. Registration is now open. Contact us TODAY!

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