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nyone that has struggled to reduce their intake of low-density lipoprotein (LDL or “bad” cholesterol) may have considered avoiding saturated fat in their diets, although the latest meta-study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine now refutes this. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen, in Denmark, conducted a test to determine if consuming low-fat versus regular cheeses impacts LDL cholesterol levels. The study divided 139 people into three groups. One ate regular fat cheese, one consumed reduced-fat cheese and one didn’t eat any cheese at all for 12 weeks. Both LDL and high-density lipoprotein (HDL or “good” cholesterol) levels were tested at the beginning and end of the period. Researchers found no significant difference in the LDL levels of any of the groups and no difference between the HDL levels of the reduced-fat and regular cheese groups, suggesting that consuming low-fat versions has no measurable metabolic benefit. An increase in HDL levels among those that abstained from eating cheese altogether was noted.
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new study from King’s College London has found that children’s use of electronic devices close to bedtime can reduce their chances of a good night’s sleep. Researchers examined 20 existing studies encompassing 125,000 children between the ages of 6 and 19. They found that youngsters using a device within 90 minutes of falling asleep had an increased likelihood of poor and inadequate sleep quality and excessive daytime sleepiness. Study author Ben Carter, Ph.D., says, “Sleep is an often undervalued, but important part of children’s development, with a regular lack of sleep causing a variety of health problems.” These can include obesity, sedentary lifestyle, reduced immune function and poor diet. Poor food choices and excessive eating can start young, as illustrated in a study from Colorado University, in Boulder, which found a link between sleep deprivation and poor diet choices in preschool children. The Colorado study followed five girls and five boys, ages 3 and 4, that were regular afternoon nappers. They were deprived of their naps for one day, during which their food and beverage consumption was monitored and compared with their choices on a day when their sleep routine remained intact. During the sleep-deprived day, the children ate 20 percent more calories than usual and their diet consisted of 25 percent more sugar and 26 percent more carbohydrates.
The FiveSecond Rule Debunked
he five-second rule is a belief that food that falls to the floor can be safely eaten as long as it’s picked up quickly. Researchers from Rutgers University, in New Brunswick, New Jersey, sought to test its veracity. Four different food items were tested, including watermelon, bread and butter, plain bread and gummy candy, using four different surfaces— stainless steel, ceramic tile, wood and carpet. Each surface was contaminated by bacteria and completely dry before the scientists dropped each item for one second, five, 30 and 300 seconds. A total of 128 separate scenarios were repeated 20 times each and 2,560 measurements were taken and analyzed for contamination. The results proved that longer contact time resulted in more bacterial contamination, but there were also cases of instantaneous contamination, which disproves the five-second rule. The wet surface of a watermelon yielded the most contamination and gummy candy the least. The surface tests yielded surprising results, with carpet transferring significantly fewer bacteria than tile and stainless steel, while wood floors exhibited varied results.
esearchers from Tianjin Medical University, in China, have discovered that regularly taking docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) improves brain function in older adults with mild cognitive impairment. A total of 219 adults over the age of 65 participated in the randomized, double-blind, 12-month trial. Half of the subjects were given two grams of this omega-3 fatty acid daily, while the others received a placebo. The researchers measured cognitive function, including a full-scale intelligence quotient (IQ) test and two IQ subtests which serve as indicators of both short and long-term memory. The tests were administered after six months and again after 12 months. The DHA group showed a 10 percent higher IQ than the placebo group. There were also significant increases in both IQ subtests and brain hippocampus volume in the DHA group. Decreased hippocampus volume is a primary indicator of Alzheimer’s disease.
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esearchers in Singapore studied the relationship between eczema and wheezing in babies and food allergies in toddlers. They collected data from 849 children that had completed skin prick testing for inhalant and food allergies, including eggs, peanuts and cow’s milk at 18 months and 36 months of age. The resulting data were compared to information obtained from questionnaires administered to the children’s mothers at several intervals throughout their first three years of life to determine the prevalence of allergic diseases such as eczema and rhinitis, along with wheezing. The researchers found children that experienced eczema or wheezing within their first 18 months were more likely to have an allergy at 36 months. Occurrences of eczema or wheezing after youngsters were 18 months old appeared to have no notable impact on the later allergy skin test results.
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California’s ongoing ban on single-use plastic carryout bags, approved by 52 percent of voters, is setting a notable precedent for other states. A coalition of environmental groups, grocers and others are collaborating, and Mark Murray, of Californians Against Waste, welcomes elimination of the 25 million plastic bags that pollute California every day, threatening wildlife. In 2007, San Francisco first banned plastic shopping bags, setting off a movement that led nearly half the state, including its biggest cities, to do the same. Although the legislature passed a statewide ban on plastic bags two years ago, paper bags are still for sale at grocery stores and other outlets for a nominal fee.
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Many experts agree on at least one underlying cause behind the trend—a widely studied condition called leaky gut, characterized by intestinal permeability. Microscopic pinholes in an unhealthy small intestine can allow undigested nutrients to pass through intestinal walls, triggering mild immune responses, inflammation and, potentially, the onset of some diseases. Theories of what causes leaky gut are diverse and sometimes contradictory but experts recommend consulting a medical professional if one suffers from food sensitivities. Each individual is unique, so there is no “blanket solution” for everyone. Dysbiosis: Leaky gut is often caused by an imbalance in “good” and “bad” intestinal bacteria, sometimes called dysbiosis, says Krishnan. It can be brought on by the use of antibiotics, antibiotic residues in meats and dairy products or a diet high in sugar and processed foods. Most interesting, he believes, is the discovery that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup used on genetically modified
(GMO) corn and soy crops, contributes to dysbiosis, as verified by Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists in a study published in Interdisciplinary Toxicology. They concluded with a plea to world governments to reconsider policies regarding the safety of glyphosate residues in foods. GMOs: While this issue has been less widely analyzed, a 1996 study published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology found that the Bacillus thuringiensis toxin added to Monsanto’s GMO corn crops to kill pests is not destroyed during human digestion. Danish researchers at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University suggested it may damage cells of the intestinal lining. Gluten: “Gluten causes leaky gut,” says Port Jefferson, New York, naturopathic doctor Doni Wilson, author of The Stress Remedy, voicing one side of the controversy based on her review of scientific literature. She’s concluded, “Whether you are sensitive to it or not, gluten increases the production of zonulin, which can result in damage to intestinal walls and cause the cells on the outside of the intestines to set off an
immune response to anything that passes through. In this condition, what we’re eating—cheese, milk, eggs, corn, soy—is leaking through the gut lining, triggering an immune response and potentially creating multiple food sensitivities.” Wilson also notes that in her clinical experience, only about half of her patients with gluten sensitivities complain of digestive issues. “I’ve found that gluten causes the immune cells on the outside of the small intestine to affect the nervous system, causing headaches, anxiety, depression and insomnia,” she says. Her findings are backed by research from the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Celiac Research and Italy’s University of Catania. The same researchers confirm that non-celiac gluten sensitivity or intolerance can also foster depression; a University of Cincinnati study published in the journal Headache links gluten and headaches. Other proteins in wheat can be problematic, advises Fiona McCulloch, a Toronto doctor of naturopathy, citing a study presented at the annual European Gastroenterology Conference, in Vienna, last October. The report showed that a
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most common food sensitivity triggers: gluten-containing foods (largely wheat), dairy, eggs, soy, corn, peanuts, sugar and artificial sweeteners. “When I say eliminate these foods 100 percent, I mean it,” cautions Virgin. “You need to give your immune system at least that much time to cool off.” She adds, “You can do anything such as this for just three weeks.” Virgin also recommends the elimination diet for weight loss because it helps overcome food cravings triggered by the immune system response and leptin resistance, leveraging the hormone that turns off the body’s hunger signals, a finding confirmed by independent studies performed by Sweden’s Lund University and Italy’s University of Palermo. She’s also documented other positive effects through her own research and experience with participants in her programs, including improvements in energy, focus, joint pain, skin clarity and bloating, all in the designated short time frames.
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Most experts believe the easiest way to deal with food sensitivities is to stop eating the food in question. The so-called “elimination and challenge” diet, which has been in use for decades, is effective, free and addresses the foods responsible for common food intolerances, says Virgin. Simply avoid the food of concern completely for at least three weeks, then eat a small amount of it and catalog and the results. For some people, it may only take a couple of hours for symptoms to return after eating a piece of bread, cup of milk, an egg or bit of tofu. Virgin’s seven-food challenge is a bit more rigorous, but improves feelings of general well-being so readily that many people don’t even want to bring back the eliminated foods because they feel so much better, she says. Her threeweek diet completely eliminates the
People with food sensitivities may be able to tolerate occasional indulgences in their trigger foods once they’ve healed their digestive systems, notes Krishnan. Probiotics can help, especially those encapsulated in spores so they can pass
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Should you and your family receive a chiropractic check-up? Discover the Truth about Chiropractic for All Ages by Dr. Jackie St.Cyr, Network Spinal Analysis Chiropractor
hiropractic for me and my family? Why? We don’t have back or neck pain.” If you are wondering about the answer to this question, you’ll want to read on. As chiropractors, we often encounter those who understand the importance of regular exams for their entire family’s eyes, ears, nose, throat, hearing, and teeth, but who overlook routine family spinal check-ups. In fact, they could be the most important checkups you and your family can receive. As a health conscious person, you want the best for you and your family and no doubt wonder if you are all as healthy as you could be. Several factors determine everyone’s overall health. These include: diet, exercise, proper rest, emotional and spiritual support, and a properly functioning nervous system. A major component of health is the communication between your brain and body. This vital link controls the growth, repair, and function of every tissue and organ. The spinal cord sends messages from the brain throughout the body via billions of nerves. Interference (nerve pressure or irritation) places the body in a state of disharmony. This can lead to decreased immune function and sickness. Starting with the birthing process itself, our bodies are
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With appropriate chiropractic care, both old and new spinal problems can be located and corrected, restoring normal spinal and nervous system function. It’s never too late to gain a healthier spine! Many adult spinal problems actually began in childhood. If left uncorrected, childhood spinal problems may lead to more serious conditions later in life: “As the trunk is bent, so grows the tree.” Without a properly functioning spine and nervous system, true health is impossible to achieve. Maintaining your family’s spinal health is one of the greatest gifts you can provide for all of you. For this reason, families are receiving routine periodic chiropractic spinal check-ups. Today, many progressive consumers are choosing conservative chiropractic care, such as Network Spinal Analysis, to help maximize their own natural healing. Parents of children who receive regular chiropractic care often report that their kids seem healthier than other children; they get fewer colds and other childhood diseases. Adults and the elderly experiencing regular Network Care report improvement in all areas of life including decreased physical symptoms, more emotional and mental peace and overall improved quality of life. The Network approach to health is safe and effective for all ages. For these reasons and more, your Network Spinal Analysis Chiropractor may be your best family doctor! Many people feel encouraged to have a Network Chiropractor as part of their health professionals network. To discover more information and to schedule a Network Spinal Analysis check-up for your family, contact Dr. Jackie St.Cyr INNATE CHIROPRACTIC Healing Arts Center. Dr. Jackie St.Cyr has been a Board Certified Doctor of Chiropractic since 1995 and holds postgraduate education and certification in Network Spinal Analysis and Somato Respirator y Integration. Her practice and the INNATE CHIROPRACTIC Healing Arts Center is located at 230 Westcott St, Ste 220 in Houston, TX. For more information call 713-521-2104 or visit Dr. Jackie online at www.n8chiro.com. See ad on page 31.
Gluten Free. Is that for me? by Megan Magill
What is gluten?
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye.
Why is it a bad thing?
Gluten is not inherently bad. Traditionally grown and harvested, heirloom varieties of gluten containing grains are extremely beneficial for your health and are a great part of a balanced diet. However, within the last 80 years or so, we have genetically modified wheat, barley, and rye grains to increase the gluten protein strand. The reason for genetically modifying these grains and more than doubling the gluten strand is to increase the yield, durability, and shelf life of the grain. But now, the gluten strand is so large that our bodies cannot adapt to this change natural awakenings
in such a short period of time. Our focus on producing quantity over quality is showing to have long-term negative effects on our health.
Traditionally, grains were soaked overnight or fermented before they were cooked and then eaten. This process helped to break down the grains and allowed them to be more easily digestible. Today we skip that step because it takes too much time. One other thing we don’t have the time for is chewing. I know you were told to “chew your food” as a child but chewing food is imperative to proper digestion. Grains and carbohydrates begin the digestion process in the mouth with maceration and combination with saliva. March 2017
If this step is brief or skipped, the next place the carbohydrates have to break down is in the small intestines. If you swallow whole pieces of food, this puts immense strain on your digestive system. Because gluten is larger than it has ever been, it is even more imperative that we use traditional methods when preparing these grains while take the time to properly chew our food.
What effect is gluten having on your health right now?
70% of your digestive system is "your gut" aka your small and large intestines. The walls of your gut are lined with millions of microvilli. Villi are little microscopic fingers responsible for absorbing all the nutrients your body digests. The finger shape increases the surface area in which nutrients can be absorbed. When gluten is introduced to your system, it acts like a rubber paste or glue in your gut. Its sticky nature coats all the villi and forces them to lay flat. With flattened villi, nutrients pass through your system without being properly absorbed. So if you are eating a healthy diet, gluten can actually be robbing you of the nutrients! Unless you have experimented in removing gluten from your diet, you might not know how it is affecting you. If you are intolerant to gluten, you might experience an uncomfortable stomachache when you reintroduce it. But those who have Celiac disease are effected on a much more serious level. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease which means your body attacks itself in an effort to get rid of a foreign invader. Autoimmune diseases can be cured through food and lifestyle changes but if you have celiac disease the first step is to completely eliminate gluten from your diet.
How to go GF?
I usually recommend for all of my clients to eliminate gluten from their diet when they are trying to heal any sort of ailment or disease. It usually takes 2 weeks for gluten to leave your system (remember it’s a thick sticky substance) and then an additional week for your body to repair and adapt to the new gut environment. After 3 weeks you will see and feel a big difference.
Most people say they feel cleaner and lighter inside. To make this transition as easy as possible take note of some of the gluten-containing foods that you eat on a daily basis: bagel, cereal, bread, pasta, beer, etc. Then, focus on what you can eat that is naturally gluten free: potatoes, rice, oats*, corn, quinoa, amaranth, wine, etc. *Oats are naturally gluten free but are usually processed in wheat plants so it’s important to make sure you eat oats free of gluten. Then, brainstorm ways you can put this plan into action. For example: rather than eating cereal or a bagel for breakfast, have a smoothie, eggs, or porridge. Instead of a sandwich for lunch, have a stew, salad, or rice with vegetables and meat, etc. This will also help you diversify the nutrients in your diet which is vital to your health! With any food elimination, it is important to stay ahead of your hunger to reduce cravings. Snacking on healthy food throughout the day and having meals prepared ahead of time can really help. And one tempting thing I would love for you to avoid these 3 weeks are GF packaged products: pastas, bread, cookies, crackers, etc. Even though many of these products are organic, they are still "packaged foods" and contain high levels of sugar and are highly processed. After 3 weeks of this gluten elimination, your cravings will have subsided and you may experience great side effects like more energy, less bloat, less joint pain and headaches, deeper sleep, and notice that you feel lighter! And remember not to focus on just what you can’t eat but what you can eat. Eating a variety of whole foods that are in season and come from the earth is the best thing you can do for vibrant health. Megan McGill is a Certified Natural Foods Chef and Holistic Health Coach who is a firm believer in food’s amazing ability to heal. As a new Houston resident, she is excited to share her passion for finding health and healing through the right combination of organic, local, seasonal food specifically tailored to your condition. To contact her or to learn more go to her website, chefmeganmagill.com.
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was a kid when my parents took poet and counterculture guru Allen Ginsberg to NASA at his request. Dad was a German professor at the University of Houston and had invited Ginsberg to speak to the UH students following the success of his book Howl. I wasn’t invited to tag along on the car trip but years later, my dad recounted that Ginsberg sat lotus-style and chanted “Om” the entire way to and from Clear Lake – his way of elevating the energy surrounding the space program, something he looked upon as wasted government dollars. The mighty powers of meditation burned off Ginsberg’s anger before it even had a chance to lift off. “Meditate each morning.” is the third way to ignite your life in my “IGNITE YOUR LIFE!” art project and community campaign (www.IgniteYourOwnLife. com) and the word associated with this concept is “MEDITATE.” Meditation is powerful indeed: research has shown that meditating at least 12 minutes a day improves your memory and concentration and a consistent practice can cure a host of ills while improving brain activity, physical health, and spiritual connection. I specify morning meditation because for many of us, if we don’t get our meditation in first thing, it gets lost in the chaos of the day. Deepak Chopra encourages an “RPM” meditation practice: “Rise.
Pee. Meditate.” I find that meditating first thing in the morning sets the tone for the day and gives me a calm base to which I can return throughout the day. So how do you start this practice? If you wish, return to the wisdom of Allen Ginsberg. He’s got a hilarious video called “Do the Meditation Rock” -- “The first thing you do when you meditate is keep your spine, your backbone straight. Sit yourself down on a pillow on the ground or sit on a chair if the ground isn’t there. Follow your breath, right out of your nose, follow it out as far as it goes.” In my daily routine, I start out by ringing a bowl, finding my breath, and focusing on one word for 15. I then think of at least one person to pray for, one thing to be thankful for, one thing to let go of, and one person to forgive. I throw in a little journaling or an inspirational reading and then I’m done. Well-known Houston yogi Jennifer Buergermeister first fell in love with meditation when doing a silent retreat at which the Vipassanā method was taught – a method which focuses on the breath in a deep way. She learned it at the Dhamma Sirī Southwest Vipassanā Meditation Center (www.siri.dhamma.org), a place which offers free pay-it-forward retreats. If meditating in community (silent or not) is your thing, there are plenty of places to practice meditation in Houston. Tibetan Buddhist Center Dawn Mountain natural awakenings
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Fat doesn’t even make you fat, claims Mark Hyman, a well-known medical doctor in Lenox, Massachusetts, and author of Eat Fat, Get Thin: Why the Fat We Eat Is the Key to Sustained Weight Loss and Vibrant Health. “The theory that all calories have the same impact on your weight and metabolism remains one of the most persistent nutrition myths,” says this practitioner of functional medicine who points out that we’ve been sidetracked by wrong thinking. “Eating fat can make you lean. Healthy cell walls made from high-quality fats are better able to metabolize insulin, which keeps blood sugar better regulated. Without proper blood sugar control, the body socks away fat for a rainy day. The right fats also increase fat burning, diminish hunger and reduce fat storage,” he notes. Whole30, a 30-day diet revolving around clean eating, also emphasizes healthy fats. Devised in 2009 by Dallas Hartwig, a functional medicine practi-
tioner and certified sports nutritionist, and Melissa Hartwig, a certified sports nutritionist, the program aims to reduce inflammation, detoxify the body and reset metabolism. The Salt Lake City, Utah, authors of the New York Times bestselling The Whole30 recommend healthy fats to keep us full and rev up metabolism. Recommended healthy fats include coconut milk and oil, avocados, olive oil, organic ghee (clarified butter) and raw nuts. Josh Axe, a natural medicine practitioner and clinical nutritionist in Nashville, Tennessee, recommends the healthy fats contained in avocados, organic butter and ghee from grass-fed cows and goats, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, and other foods high in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, sardines, walnuts, chia seeds and flax seeds. “Butter’s experiencing a comeback as a healthy fat as its benefits become more widely known,” says Axe. “The omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in butter help the brain function properly and improve skin health.” Ghee, an ancient Indian version of butter, is lactose- and casein-free, while being loaded with fat-soluble vitamins A, D and E, says Axe. These vitamins are best absorbed by the body when they’re in a fat substance and then stored in the gastrointestinal tract, keeping metabolism and digestion on track, he notes. Ghee’s high level of vitamin K2, best known as a natural blood coagulator, “also helps strengthen bones, while the fatty acids found in it improve digestion and reduce inflammation.”
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With today’s overload of conflicting health information—and the temptation to selfdiagnose—how can we accurately assess our status in terms of optimal wellness? One of the major principles I strongly embrace is to listen to your body and adjust your lifestyle based on the feedback it’s providing you. The seven clinically proven gauges I advise you to assess now and continue to monitor every six months or so are fasting insulin level (normal is less than five micro-international units per milliliter of blood; ideal is less than three); vitamin D level (normal is 40 to 60 nanograms per milliliter); waist-to-hip ratio (ideal for men, 0.8; for women, 0.7); body fat percentage (fitness level for women is 21 to 24 percent; for men, 14 to 17 percent); HDL to total cholesterol ratio (ideally 24 to 30 percent or higher); blood pressure (ideal numbers are 120 over 80 systolic/diastolic without medication); and uric acid level (ideal is three to five milligrams per deciliter). It is important to get these levels checked, because it is impossible to know without testing.
In your opinion, what is the greatest health risk Americans face today and what can we do about it right now? I’m convinced that for the typical American, the most important health step to take is to stop drinking soda, sports drinks, fruit juices or artificially flavored and sweetened waters and replace them with pure water. Most people are now aware that sodas are laced with processed sugars like high-fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners, but many don’t know that their favorite sport and vitamin drinks contain these sweeteners plus a host of frightening extras, including toxic chemicals like chlorine, fluoride, phthalates, BPA [bisphenol A] and disinfection byproducts.
What role do carbohydrates play? Carbs are a far dirtier fuel than fat and generate far more reactive oxygen species than fat. Some 70 years of following low-fat diet recommendations has resulted in the vast majority of dieters losing the ability to burn fat as their primary fuel. One of the most powerful strategies to regain this ability is to start a practice of regular intermittent fasting, restricting your eating window to six to 14 hours a day and fast the rest of the day. Of course, you will want to replace a high net carb intake, or total carbs minus fiber, with healthy fats such as those in avocados, coconut oil, seeds and nuts. Avoid industrially processed omega-6 vegetable oils like corn, soy and canola.
Because an indoor, climate-controlled, sedentary lifestyle may lead to slowly developing chronic disease, what changes do you suggest we make? Spending time outside with bare feet in contact with the ground even for short periods can yield significant benefits. It’s even better to do it with the sun shining on your bare skin. The Earth is an abundant source of free electrons, and when the sun shines on your skin a vital biological circuit forms that helps transfer energy to water throughout the body, which serves as a cellular battery. Albert Einstein won a Nobel Prize for describing this process, called the photoelectric effect. Reducing the length of time sitting each day and regularly moving is even more important for most of us than getting regular exercise. A good rule of thumb is to stand up every 15 minutes or so.
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Tyler Gregory, 23, attended a small, insular high school in rural Ohio where bullying was problematic. As a senior with younger siblings approaching their high school years, he aimed to change the local culture
to make bullying uncool. Gregory decided to make a movie to submit to the NO BULL Challenge, a national organization that provides students a platform to develop and disseminate materials that spark dialogue about such troubling issues. Challenges ranged from teaching himself filmmaking and persuading students to participate to mustering the courage to present the project to his school. He achieved the transformation he sought, beginning with 70 students participating in his production. “I appealed to classmates by asking, ‘How do you want to be remembered? Why not choose to be viewed positively, as leaders?’” says Gregory, who later became a spokesperson for NO BULL Challenge. To date, the challenge has received 600 submissions, garnering 23 million impressions through digital and social media, the vehicles of cyberbullies. A recent graduate of Dayton, Ohio’s Wright State University, Gregory has spoken to about 45,000 students in 27 states in school assemblies. Nancy Willard, director of Embrace Civility in the Digital Age, headquartered in Creswell, Oregon, believes that such initiatives, which shift schools from punitive approaches to making bullying incompatible with accepted social norms, are the only way to bring lasting change. “We need to cultivate a climate where being hurtful is contrary to a school’s expressed values. Most young people don’t like to see their peers being hurtful and admire those that
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Cyberbullying isn’t limited to attacks on unpopular kids that lack satisfying peer relationships. It’s seven times more likely to occur between current or former friends and romantic partners than between strangers, according to a study led by Diane Felmlee, professor of sociology at Pennsylvania State University. Felmlee’s research further found that nonheterosexual youth are four times as likely as their heterosexual peers to be cyberbullied, while popular kids are also frequently targeted. Two social dynamics seem to be at work: “One involves individuals that violate social norms, such as LGBTQ youth, and the other revolves around status struggles,” reports Felmlee. “In
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Most youths don’t report cyberbullying, feeling embarrassed, afraid the situation will get worse or doubtful of remedial action. “Schools need to step up their response to bullying, make it known that it won’t be tolerated, set clear policies and enforce them,” counsels Gregory. Because most bullied youths don’t speak up, parents need to communicate openly with kids and be aware of their online activities, advises Felmlee. Willard notes that it’s also important
to address the bullies themselves through understanding their motivation, and then persuading them to accept responsibility and take steps to rectify harm. “This should be about reparation, not punishment.” Gregory’s high school film assures bullies that it’s never too late to make amends. While it can be hard to stand up to bullies, caring peers can easily express support. “Bystanders have the power to change the atmosphere,” agrees Gregory. “Kindly approaching a student being picked on who may feel alone and ashamed goes further than most students realize.” Those affected by cyberbullying also can cut off their aggressors, suggests Gregory. “The ‘block’ button is powerful. Cyberbullies want to see a reaction. Blocking them from social media exchanges or texting takes away their power.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.
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The Self-Invest Series with Helen Racz. 11am-1pm. Happiness and success can often seem illusive, mysterious or even magical, like we need a special chant, a favor from the Divine or to find just the right key to make it a regular part of our lives. LEARN how to apply SPIRITUAL LAWS to your everyday life EASILY & with FUN and HUMOR. Cost: $125 Monthly. Location is in Katy, address will be sent to you after registration. HelenRacz.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
Buffalo Soldiers Museum. 1-5pm. Buffalo Soldiers Museum is the only museum dedicated to preserving the legacy and honor of African American soldiers in the United States. Free. Buffalo Soldiers Museum, 3816 Caroline Street, 77004. Buffalosoldiersmuseum.com 713-942-8920.
Houston Museum of Natural Science. 3-6pm. Roam the Serengeti, walk with dinosaurs and discover the world's mineral wonders. Free. HMNS 5555 Hermann Park Drive 77030. hmns.org Free Family Thursdays at The Health Museum. 2:00pm7:00pm. Free entry into The Health Museum to enjoy permanent and traveling exhibits (DeBakey Cell Lab requires a $3 fee) on Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Dr., 77004. thehealthmuseum.org 713-521-1515 Children’s Museum of Houston. 5-8pm. Enjoy all the interactive exhibits at the museum with your children. Free. Children’s Museum 1500 Binz, 77004. 713-522-1138 cmhouston.org
markyourcalendar Your Health Is Your Wealth. 7pm. Come learn about the benefits of CBD nano-enhanced hemp oil on fibromyalgia, chronic pain, arthritis, inflammation, sleep problems, anxiety, and much more. Salt Of The Earth Spa, 9920 Hwy 90, Ste. B200, Sugarland, 77478. For more info: LaTronica Fisher (713) 520-8188 or Sandy Hinderliter (832) 939-8998 www.drfisherroad2wellness.com 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
Dinner Music with Jimmy Deen. 7-9pm. Cover charge. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com
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. 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. Feeling stressed? Want something to help you feel better? Try meditation with us. Free, registration required. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston, 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. cthouston.org Children’s Zen Meditation. 10am-12n. Open to children ages 4-12. Parents must be present and participate. Free, registration required. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston, 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. cthouston.org 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://bit.ly/2kbWEst
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/2kbWEst Meditation: Enhance your Spiritual Journey. 11am-1pm. Each week we will explore a topic about spiritual living and meditation. We will learn an easy-to-do Meditation technique leading to deeper levels of bliss and joy!! This meditation requires no difficult postures and can be done by sitting comfortably on a chair. There will be free vegetarian lunch after meditation. 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 Praying Circles Around Your Children. 8:30am-9:30am. In the season of Lent, we will have a space to gather and work through practices of prayer and parenting children in the single-digit years. Facilitated by Lacey Webster in the Jones Bldg, J-204. No cost; book purchase optional. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main Street, 77004. www.stpaulshouston.org/gatherings 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 **No Oneness Blessing after the 11am service on 3/19** 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? email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 SPRING Youth and Teen Program at Universal Door Meditation Center. 11:00am–12:30pm. 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
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WEDNESDAY MARCH 1ST
An Evening with Spirit. 7:00pm-9:00pm. Join in an evening of love, laughter and tears as Heather demystifies the myths and misconceptions of mediumship and channels messages of love and encouragement from loved ones on the other side. Limited seating. Register at bit.ly/eveningwithspirit0317. Holiday Inn Houston Downtown,1616 Main St, 77002
THURSDAY MARCH 2ND
FRIDAY MARCH 3RD
Chandra Yoga – Kids Yoga! 6:00pm. Come join us for a fun Kids Yoga class!!! No experience required. Location: 708 Telephone Rd., Space C, 77023. For class pricing and more info please visit our Facebook page facebook.com/ChandraYoga4Life LiveStream Oneness Meditation Broadcast with Reverend Howard Caesar. 11:30am-12:30pm. The Oneness Meditation is a powerful transmission of Divine Energy which helps one move into higher states of consciousness; allowing the individual to deepen their spiritual journey. The results are transformative, bringing lasting changes and shifts in consciousness. Each person will have their own unique experience during the meditation. Love offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr., 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org https:// livestream.com/accounts/913316/events/6962622
Connect to Your Bliss with Dr. Andrew Vidich . 12:302:30pm. Each of us has unique gifts and a special place and purpose in this world. Too often however, our lives are overwhelmed with relentless anxiety, worry and lack of love. This day come and experience your own unique gifts through interactive workshops by Dr. Andrew Vidich, learning a powerful meditation practice and quiet time for reflection and silence. Samadhi Yoga & Dance Heights, 106 Aurora Street, (Heights Area), Houston TX 77008. 832-295-0099. houstonsos.org Introduction to Intuitive Painting & Open Studio. 6:00pm8:45pm. 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. All materials included. $55/session multi session discounts available. True You Creativity Studio in The Heights. For more information and to register, visit www.trueyoucreativity.com
markyourcalendar Finding Lasting Peace in Challenging Times with Dr. Andrew Vidich. 6:45-8:30pm. In today’s fast-paced and stress-filled world, many of us find ourselves living lives of quiet desperation. Through a simple, fully integrated fivestep practice, each of us can learn to live and work more consciously and compassionately in the present moment. CenterPoint Mind, Body & Spirit, 2727 Fondren Road, Houston TX 77063 Ph: 713.932.7224. houstonsos.org
Introduction to Intuitive Painting & Open Studio. 10:00am1:00pm. Intuitive Painting swings the doors open to living with more expression and authenticity. When you understand the nature of creativity and its principles, you begin to relax and trust. You will learn these principles during this series. No experience is needed. No critiques are permitted. All materials included. $55/session multi session discounts available. True You Creativity Studio in The Heights. For more information and to register, visit www.trueyoucreativity.com
markyourcalendar Meditation for Personal and Global Healing with Dr. Andrew Vidich. 2:45-4:30. Meditation is a spiritual technology which can ignite a powerful personal and global healing process. Find out why doctors, health practitioners, universities, corporations and even insurance companies are now utilizing the practice of meditation as a means of creating a more positive, healthy and enriching lifestyle. In this presentation Dr. Andrew Vidich will present a simple yet powerful meditation technique that can not only positively transform our inner self but also foster a revolutionary change in our societal, governmental and religious institutions. Central Market, 3815 Westheimer Rd, Community Room (2nd Floor), Houston TX 77027 Ph: 713-386-1700. houstonsos.org
markyourcalendar An Empowerment Workshop: Becoming The Person You Want to Be with Dr. Andrew Vidich. 6:45-8:30pm. In this workshop participants, will learn a simple but profound method for creating change in their life. This seven-step process focuses on three basic laws of the universe; We are all accountable, we create our own experience, and life rewards action. In addition participants, will learn how the practice of introspection is the key to unlocking the treasury of divinity within. Carmel Temple, 1208 Pennsylvania St., South Houston TX 77587 Ph: 281.766.4767. houstonsos.com
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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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SATURDAY MARCH 4TH
markyourcalendar Transforming Your Life Through Meditation with Dr. Andrew Vidich . 9:45-11:30am. Mediation can be the key that unlocks the inner doorway to a life of deep inner peace. It has been practiced for thousands of years and is the core practice of all great spiritual and religious traditions. By learning how to “tap inside,” as Emerson put it each of us can mine the unlimited wealth lying dormant inside us. In this class we will learn a simple yet highly effective method to help still our restless mind, and achieve a state of inner equipoise. Trini Mendenhall Sosa Center, 1414 Wirt Road, Houston TX 77055 Ph: (713) 956-0881. Houstonsos.org Marva’s Holistic Fair. 10:00am-5:00pm. Psychics, tarot readers, palmists, healers, vendors of all sorts. Admission Free. LaQuinta Inn-Galleria on 610 West Loop North between San Felipe and Post Oak, 77027. psychicfairs.com 713-444-3581 Dowsing For Beginners with Kristina Woods. 10:30am– 1:00pm. Have you ever wondered if dowsing is for you? In this class you will learn the history of dowsing, how to prepare yourself and your pendulum/rods, how to phrase your questions for maximum accuracy, and how to interpret your responses. Bring your pendulum or dowsing rods or you can borrow from the store. $40.00. Body Mind & Soul, 7951 Katy Frwy Ste. N, Houston, 77024. 713-993-0550 www.bmshouston.com Spirit Quest’s Psychic & Holistic Fair. 12:00pm-6:00pm. Come and enjoy a day of intuitive and holistic pampering for yourself or your family. Try out different healing modalities, get a reading, or shop a variety of products. Free. The Spirit Quest Center, 303 Main St., Spring (Old Town Spring), 77373. thespiritquestcenter.com Reaching For the Divine: Building Your Spiritual Communication with Kristina Woods. 2:30pm–5:30pm. Do you long to create a more peaceful life for yourself? Do you long to connect with your spiritual guides? In this class we will clarify how our communication with self, others, and the energetic world shapes our reality. We will identify how to make shifts communications that support us in fulfilling our deepest desires and connect us with the Divine. $50.00. Body Mind & Soul, 7951 Katy Frwy Ste. N, Houston, 77024. 713-993-0550 www.bmshouston.com
markyourcalendar The Way of Illumination with Dr. Andrew Vidich. 3:455:00 pm. Each of us has unlimited spiritual potential lying within us. If we only knew how great our spiritual inheritance is we would be hugging the trees and kissing the ground. There is an everlasting fountain of Light lying within us. If we only knew how to tap into this eternal abundance all our cares and worries would greatly diminish. In this talk participants will learn the simple yet powerful steps to living in the light of compassion and embodying the gifts of divine love. Samadhi Yoga & Dance Heights, 106 Aurora Street, (Heights Area), Houston TX 77008 Ph: 832-295-0099. houstonsos.org
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SUNDAY MARCH 5TH
Bayou Bikers. 8:00am. Meet at Market Square Park for 2540 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 Labyrinth Prayer Walks. 9:15am-1:00pm. All are invited to experience prayer while walking the outdoor labyrinth. This is a come-and-go morning: you set the pace and the intention. Certified labyrinth facilitators will be on hand to offer guidance. Free and open to the public. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main Street, 77004. www.stpaulshouston.org/gatherings Blessing Ceremony. 10:00am-12:00pm. Free. CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 email@example.com www. cthouston.org 281-568-1568.
markyourcalendar Living In The Light; 5 Steps to An Awakened Life with Dr. Andrew Vidich. 10:45-12:30. Each of us has unlimited spiritual potential lying within us. If we only knew how great our spiritual inheritance is we would be dancing with joy and delight. There is an everlasting fountain of Light lying within us. If we only knew how to tap into this eternal abundance all our cares and worries would instantly disappear. In this talk and discussion participants will learn a science of inner transformation by ascending into the great fountainhead of Light pouring down upon us. Carmel Temple, 1208 Pennsylvania St., South Houston TX 77587 Ph: 281.766.4767. houstonsos.org
markyourcalendar Living From Our Soul; A Spiritual Journey of Transformation with Dr. Andrew Vidich. 1:45-3:30 pm. In this talk and interactive discussion, we review the journey of spiritual awakening from the first flickering s of self -awareness to the deepest realization of our True Self. Participants will explore the five stages of the development of this awakening, including preparation for beginning our spiritual journey, knowledge of meditation as the secret to this inner awakening, connecting to our Core, Living from our Core or Higher Self, and the final merger in Truth. Carmel Temple, 1208 Pennsylvania St., South Houston TX 77587 Ph: 281.766.4767. houstonsos.com
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markyourcalendar What’s Your Purpose with Kevin Casey & Sarah Gish. 3:00pm–5:00pm. This is the class for you if you are wondering what your purpose in life is! Astrologer Kevin Casey and Intuitive Guide Sarah Gish will talk to you about ways to catch your dreams and uncover who you really are, using tools from astrology as well as personal intuition. $50.00. Body Mind & Soul, 7951 Katy Frwy Ste. N, Houston, 77024. 713-993-0550 www.bmshouston.com
SUNDAY MARCH 12TH
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 firstname.lastname@example.org www.cthouston.org 281-568-1568 Crystal Grids: What They Are and How To Use Them with Anna Silvernail. 2:00pm–4:00pm. Do you collect crystals and would like to learn new ways to use them effectively? Would you like to learn how to use grids with your healing crystals? In this class, Certified Crystal Healer Anna Silver will cover all the basics on crystal grids—how to construct them, why you should use them, and how you can combine them with other tools to create lasting and positive change in your life. $45.00. Body Mind & Soul, 7951 Katy Frwy Ste. N, Houston, 77024. 713-993-0550 www.bmshouston.com
TUESDAY MARCH 14TH
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 MARCH 15TH
Chandra Yoga – Kids Yoga! 6:00pm. Come join us for a fun Kids Yoga class!!! No experience required. Location: 708 Telephone Rd., Space C, 77023. For class pricing and more info please visit our Facebook page facebook.com/ChandraYoga4Life
FRIDAY MARCH 17TH
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
Introduction to Intuitive Painting & Open Studio. 10:00am1:00pm. Intuitive Painting swings the doors open to living with more expression and authenticity. When you understand the nature of creativity and its principles, you begin to relax and trust. You will learn these principles during this series. No experience is needed. No critiques are permitted. All materials included. $55/session multi session discounts available. True You Creativity Studio in The Heights. For more information and to register, visit www.trueyoucreativity.com
WEDNESDAY MARCH 8TH
Clearing & Awakening: A Heart-Centered Workshop with Max Highstein. 10:00pm–5:00pm (one hour lunch break). What is your biggest challenge? Get to the bottom of your challenges, receive higher guidance, and clear what blocks you. Mysticism and psychology come together in this workshop, as we focus on three key aspects—Learning to live from your Higher Heart, Receiving information, love, and support from your higher self, ascended masters, saints, and angels, Releasing the old fear, anger, sadness, and shame that keeps us stuck. This workshop is designed to help you make deep and lasting changes, quickly! $150.00. Body Mind & Soul, 7951 Katy Frwy Ste. N, Houston, 77024. 713-993-0550 www.bmshouston.com
Seeking the Welfare of the City: Decoding Whiteness, Race and Reconciliation. 7:00pm-8:30pm. A three-part series engaging important texts around racial dynamics and how they impact the social, spiritual and moral welfare of our city. Facilitated by Rev. Dr. Matt Russell and Rev. Karyn Richards-Kuan in the Jones Bldg, Fondren Hall. Free and open to the public. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main Street, 77004. www.stpaulshouston.org/gatherings
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SUNDAY MARCH 19TH
Half-day Retreat. 9:00am-12:00pm. Chan/Zen Meditation Classes guided by Ordained Zen Masters of Chung Tai Chan Monastery. Free. CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 email@example.com www.cthouston.org 281-568-1568 Public Oneness Meditation with Reverend Howard Caesar. 12:30pm-1:30pm. The Oneness Meditation is a powerful transmission of Divine Energy which helps one move into higher states of consciousness; allowing the individual to deepen their spiritual journey. The results are transformative, bringing lasting changes and shifts in consciousness. Each person will have their own unique experience during the meditation. Child care available, no reservation required. Love offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr., 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org
TUESDAY MARCH 21ST
Oneness Blessing Meeting with Golden Orb Deeksha. 7:00pm9:00pm. Experience the newest form of Deeksha released from Oneness University, the Golden Orb Deeksha! This Deeksha will be offered the last Tuesday of each month at our Oneness meeting. All those initiated as Golden Orb Deeksha Givers are welcome to give the Blessing; everyone else may receive the Golden Orb Deeksha! All are welcome to attend and experience this special Blessing! Child care available, reservation only. $10 suggested Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050 unityhouston.org
WEDNESDAY MARCH 22ND
markyourcalendar Seeking the Welfare of the City: Decoding Whiteness, Race and Reconciliation. 7:00pm-8:30pm. A three-part series engaging important texts around racial dynamics and how they impact the social, spiritual and moral welfare of our city. Facilitated by Rev. Dr. Matt Russell and Rev. Karyn Richards-Kuan in the Jones Bldg, Fondren Hall. Free and open to the public. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main Street, 77004. www.stpaulshouston.org/gatherings
SATURDAY MARCH 25TH
Mitzvah Day. 9:00am-3:00pm, in shifts. For Mitzvah Day this spring, St. Paul’s is partnering with Rise Against Hunger to package meals for the world’s most vulnerable populations. All ages are encouraged to come! St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main Street, 77004. Sign up for a shift and/or make a donation: www.stpaulshouston/mitzvahday
markyourcalendar 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUNDAY MARCH 26TH
markyourcalendar 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 email@example.com.
markyourcalendar Join Helen and The Emissarians. 1:00pm-3:00pm. Come and experience The Emissarians, a transformative vibration of divine love and wisdom, channeled through Helen Racz. $45. Location in Katy, Tx (address will be sent to you when you register). www.Emissarians.com
Henna Body Art Workshop. 2:00pm-4:00pm. Learn the beautiful, ancient art form of Henna Body Art with Professional Henna Artist of 12 years, Macy Ulbricht. In this 2 hour beginner, comprehensive class, you will learn how to make henna paste from scratch, roll henna "cone" applicators, step-by-step design drawing techniques and henna "alphabet", storage of henna powder and paste, aftercare of henna designs, a brief history of this 5,000 year old art, and tons of henna painting fun! Class includes all materials, including a mini henna kit. Please register to confirm your space. $25 Registration & Materials, $35 Class, $60 Total. Pixie's Intent 2727 Fondren Rd., Ste. 5B, 77063. To register call/txt/email Macy 832-5075191 firstname.lastname@example.org
MONDAY MARCH 27TH
Breastfeeding Empowerment Group. 6:30pm-7:30pm. Motherhood Empowered would like to welcome moms-to-be and currently breastfeeding moms to relate & discuss breastfeeding joys, challenges and our topic of the month! Free. Malcom Purvis Library, 510 Melton Street, Magnolia, 77354. www.motherhoodempowered.com
TUESDAY MARCH 28TH
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 MARCH 29TH
Chandra Yoga – Kids Yoga! 6:00pm. Come join us for a fun Kids Yoga class!!! No experience required. Location: 708 Telephone Rd., Space C, 77023. For class pricing and more info please visit our Facebook page facebook.com/ChandraYoga4Life
FRIDAY MARCH 31ST
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
planahead SUNDAY, APRIL 2ND
Blessing Ceremony. 10:00am-12:00pm. Free. CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 email@example.com www. cthouston.org 281-568-1568
SUNDAY, APRIL 9TH
markyourcalendar Tom Bird Method Workshop: Write in the Divine Author State. 1:30-4:00 pm. Many are drawn to the art form of writing to allow healing, transformation and the release of their divine potential. In this two-and-a-half-hour complimentary workshop, you write with Tom using his most successful technique, the innate and natural Divine Author Within space. Unity of Houston. 2929 Unity Drive 77057. tombird.com.
THURSDAY, APRIL 6TH THRU SUNDAY MAY 21ST.
markyourcalendar Cirque du Soleil: KURIOS. This spring's must-see event is coming your way: Cirque du Soleil’s KURIOS show is appearing in Houston. Whether you're planning a group activity in the company of your family, friends, colleagues, customers, or students, this is your guarantee of a spectacular success! Book your tickets through Natural Awakenings Houston and support Houston’s premier healthy living magazine! NaturalAwakenings-Houston.com
Thanks to our special prices, a la carte options and all-inclusive packages, you can create a unique and exhilarating event that your guests will talk about long afterwards.
MONDAY, APRIL 10TH
New Family Empowerment Group. 6:30pm-7:30pm. Motherhood Empowered would like to welcome expecting parents and parents with infants to discuss infant milestones, joys, challenges and our topic of the month! Free. Malcom Purvis Library, 510 Melton Street, Magnolia, 77354. www.motherhoodempowered.com
FRIDAY, APRIL 21ST
One-day Retreat. 9:00am-4:30pm. Chan/Zen Meditation Classes guided by Ordained Zen Masters of Chung Tai Chan Monastery. Free. CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 firstname.lastname@example.org www.cthouston.org 281-568-1568
SATURDAY, APRIL 22ND
One-day Retreat. 9:00am-4:30pm. Chan/Zen Meditation Classes guided by Ordained Zen Masters of Chung Tai Chan Monastery. Free. CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 email@example.com www.cthouston.org 281-568-1568
SATURDAY, APRIL 22ND
markyourcalendar 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 713-419-8207.
SUNDAY, APRIL 23RD
One-day Retreat. 9:00am-4:30pm. Chan/Zen Meditation Classes guided by Ordained Zen Masters of Chung Tai Chan Monastery. Free. CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 email@example.com www.cthouston.org 281-568-1568
MONDAY, APRIL 24TH
Breastfeeding Empowerment Group. 6:30pm-7:30pm. Motherhood Empowered would like to welcome moms-to-be and currently breastfeeding moms to relate & discuss breastfeeding joys, challenges and our topic of the month! Free. Malcom Purvis Library, 510 Melton Street, Magnolia, 77354. www.motherhoodempowered.com
FRIDAY – SUNDAY, APRIL 28TH
markyourcalendar Abolish Your Inner Saboteur 2017. April 28th-30th! This live weekend event will transform, empower and launch your unique passion into the world even faster. End selfdoubt, confusion, worry, hesitance, stalling... Transform it all into SHEER POWER. Realize your potential. Make your mark. Freedom awaits. For registration and ticket info visit TinaMarie.com/abolish or call (888) 721-4204. Hilton Post Oak, 2001 Post Oak Blvd., 77056.
THURSDAY MAY 18
markyourcalendar Deva Premal & Miten with Manose: Temple at Midnight Tour. Celebrated chant masters, Deva Premal & Miten bring their Temple at Midnight tour to Houston. This powerful gathering offers a joyful path to centering in these turbulent times, creating luminous pools of dee p celebration. Concert will be held at Unity of Houston 2929 Unity Dr, Houston, TX 77057. For information contact Rosa Glenn Reilly at SpectrumCenter-Houston.com
communityresourceguide Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide email firstname.lastname@example.org to request our media kit. ACUPUNCTURE
THE AXELRAD CLINIC
MARILYN K. JONES, DDS
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 17.
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 patientcentric 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 27.
Hormonal Wellness With Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, and Nutrition Locations in Houston, The Woodlands, and Katy 713-527-9555 www.axelradclinic.com
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.
Houston Dental Health Center 800 Bering Dr. Houston, TX 77057 712-785-7767 MarilynKJonesDDS.com
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.
BEAUTY & SKIN CARE POOFY ORGANICS WITH ORGANIC FELECIA
Felecia Hunt, Independent Guide League City 832-226-6957, email@example.com http://organicfelecia.poofyorganics.com
Who says ORGANIC needs to be boring or expensive? ALL gluten and cruelty-free, nonGMO, most offerings USDA Organic. 500+ products made in the USA for women, men, kids, babies, & home. Contact me for a free catalog.
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 ALAYNA PAGNINI, DC, CAC
HealthPro Chiropractic & Acupuncture 4101 Greenbriar Dr., Ste. 135, 77098 281-506-0105 9720 Cypresswood Dr., Ste. 130, 77070 281-809-0100 HealthProChiro.com
HealthPro is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to our patients. It is our commitment that we help our patients return to a natural state of health and to maintain a healthy lifestyle. We achieve this by addressing the patient as a whole and not just a condition. We provide a variety of treatment options including adjustments, muscle therapy, acupuncture, nutritional support, and rehabilitation to name a few. Dr. Alayna Pagnani-Gendron focuses on woman’s health and pediatrics and has her Webster Technique Proficiency Certification and is completing her Pediatric Certification. Visit our website for more information or call to schedule an appointment.
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! Dr. Jackie’s approach to health and wellness incorporates a “full-spine, whole-person” approach utilizing the gentle techniques of Network Spinal Analysis (NSA) and Somato Respiratory Integration (SRI). 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.
JOYCE LONG’S WELLNESS INSTITUTE
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 15.
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!
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.
5901 Hillcroft Street Suite B2 Houston, TX 77036 713-785-1600 ThredzUSA.com
COACHING ABOLISH YOUR INNER SABOTEUR! Houston, Texas April 28-30, 2017 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 19.
Positive change starts now! 832-628-4113 http://blissfulquests.com/
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 16.
1308 James Street Rosenberg, TX 77471 281-344-0095 JoyceLong.biz
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.”
1501 DURHAM STREET HOUSTON, TX 77007 713-880-9191 HoustonGym.com
HAIR DESIGN TUSCANY VILLAGE SALON
West Lake Houston Center 7506 Fm 1960 Rd E Humble, TX 77346 281-361-7567 vagaro.com/michaelvela Mon-Friday from 10-7. Saturday 9-5
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.
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.
ENERGY MEDICINE 832-423-8318 enerbodybalance.com email@example.com
HEALING COME & BE HEALED 713-302-1313
Rarely will you meet a person so genuinely loving and kind as Josephine. Her work is mental, emotional and spiritual healing for those who are in distress. A consultation with her involves honestly answering questions about your problem that helps her find the likely cause and the course of action you should take to find healing. She has been doing this healing work for years and does it by donation or love gift only so that she can make it available to all regardless of their financial circumstance. She is fluent in both Spanish and English. Call her today to find out if she can help you or to schedule a consultation. Se habla español!
THE CHAKRA HAVEN
CLAUDIA AUTRY, HYPNOTIST
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.
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. In addition to hypnosis I have a variety of other modalities to help you, including 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.
402 East Main Street Tomball, TX 77375 346-234-7754 facebook.com/thechakra.heven
(by appointment only) 281-849-4610 firstname.lastname@example.org claudiaautry.com
AUNT ALBERTA’S REMEDY MINDY KING
Certified Quantum-Touch®, Heal Your Life® email@example.com 281-684-1956 SweetSimpleHealing.com
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. Mindy also works with pet’s and the issues they and their owner encounter. Call today to schedule an appointment. See Ad on page 30.
Homeopathic Pain Relief Cream 973-715-9097 Info@AlbertasPainRelief.com http://www.albertaspainrelief.com/
Try Aunt Alberta’s Remedy to ease joint and muscular aches and pains from sciatica, gout, arthritis, neuralgia, fibromyalgia and more. Great buy, a 4oz jar for $15. All natural ingredients! Refer a friend and get 10% off your purchase. Read what people are saying about Aunt Alberta’s Remedy our website and order some today.
HYPERBARIC OXYGEN 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!
8618-B Stella Rd. Houston, TX 77025 832-986-5144 hbotamerica.com
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.
IEL INSTITUTE TRAINING INTUITIVE COMMUNICATION CERTIFICATION WORKSHOPS March 25th & 26th Spectrum Center 2060 N. Loop W #205 Houston, Texas 77018 713-303-7107 firstname.lastname@example.org chris-carpentier.com
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 3 Training. This consists of 2 separate one day sessions. In the first on March 25th, the focus will be on the teachings of Dr. Marcel Vogel and his methods of using fine cut crystals as an energy device. The second on March 26th, focuses on sound vibration medicine and the use of crystal bowls. You do not have to attend both workshops. All workshops may be taken as standalone classes or as part of the IEL certification program. Call or email for details or to register. See ad on page 20.
INTEGRATIVE DERMATOLOGY 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.
CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON Chan/Zen Meditation Classes Guided by Ordained Zen Masters of Chung Tai Chan Monastery. No fees. Donations are welcome. No prior experience required for beginners. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., Houston 77072 281-568-1568 • email@example.com CTHouston.org
Beginning Meditation: (A) Wed, 7:30–9:30pm. (B) Sat, 10am– noon. Children Meditation: Sat 10am–12pm - For children ages 4–12 and parents. One-day Retreat: Fri., Apr. 21, 9am4:30pm. Sat., Apr. 22, 9am-4:30pm. Sun., Apr. 23, 9am-4:30pm. Half-day Retreat: Sun., Mar. 19, 9am-noon. Meditation Workshop: Sun., Mar. 12, 10am-noon. Blessing Ceremony: Sun., Mar. 5, 10am-noon. Sun., Apr. 2, 10am-noon. Check the web site (event calendar) for the most current information. See ad on page 25.
ION FOOT DETOX/ OXYGEN THERAPY HEAL WITH NATURAL HERBS
“The Hippest Little Place in Midtown” 3204 Dowling St. Ste.102 A Houston, TX 77004 832-594-9306/ 281-227-0435/281-7886494 Healwithnaturalherbs.com
Tired of suffering from muscle aches, chronic pain, inflammation, low energy, migraines, allgeries, bloating gas. Ion Foot Detox Special Saturday all-inclusive $50 includes ion foot detox, massage chair, Oxygen Therapy. Call or book online. Saturday appointments only! Available for private parties on days other than Saturday. Call TODAY!
MEDICAL INTUITIVE INTEGRATIVE THERAPIES FOR NATURAL HEALING & WELLNESS LIN WEISS MH, CYT Holistic Healer Medical/ Spiritual Intuitive Master Teacher Houston, Texas 77025 713-858-8595 firstname.lastname@example.org conscioushealingnow.com
Through her WHOLE-istic approach, Lin weaves inspired wisdom with proven healing traditions for integrating mind/ body & soul. ALL NATURAL, ALL THE TIME, she specializes in Homeopathy; Bio-energetic Healing; Neuro-chemical Analysis/ Balance; Chakra Attunement; Nutrition Therapies; Orchid Essences; Zero Energy Balance & more. Addressing a wide range of symptoms, ie: Allergies; ADD/ADHD; OCD: Arthritis; Autistic Spectrum; Chronic Fatigue; Depression; Detoxification; Fibromyalgia; MS; Parkinsons: Trauma Release, etc. Classes: Intuitive Development and Psychology of the Chakras! Call Lin today to find out if she can help you.
DAWN MOUNTAIN CENTER FOR TIBETAN BUDDHISM 2010 Naomi Street, Suite A Houston, TX 77054 Dawnmountain.org
Join us every Sunday morning from 11:00 to 12:00 for free, guided meditation suitable for everyone. You 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 26.
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 7.
NATURAL FOOD GRACE’S NUTRITION MARKET
1421 Spring Cypress Rd. Spring, TX 77373. 281-353-6630 facebook.com/Graces-Nutrition-Market
Grace’s Nutrition Market, your friendly neighborhood health store, packed full of well-seasoned knowledge, friendly advice, and goodies, has been in the same Spring, Texas location for upwards to 40 years, and current owner for at least 20 years. We specialize in any nutritional needs you may encounter in your daily life, from the common cold, to weight loss, or even full body nutritional counseling. Grace’s is home to a wonderful pair, Robyn and Beverly, our Iridologist and Nutritionist. Iridology appointments are available throughout the week, or to just come talk to for good quality you can trust. We look forward to meeting you soon.
NATURAL HORMONES DR. FISHER ROAD 2 WELLNESS
Dr. LaTronica Fisher, DNP, ANP, GNP, RN 4544 Post Oak Place Dr. STE #254 Houston, Texas 77027 DrFisherRoad2Wellness.com 713 520-8188
Say goodbye to hot flashes, night sweats, depression, PCOS, thyroid problems, low libido and more. There is a 100% natural way to restore your body’s hormone balance without using either synthetic prescription hormones or bio-identical hormones. Your body already knows how to produce the correct amount of hormones. It’s just a matter of stimulating it to do so. Call me today for your FREE consultation and be on your way to a younger body and a good night’s sleep.
NATURAL WATER FILTRATION & TREATMENT ACCENT NATURAL WATER Whole House Water Treatment 23206 I-45 North Spring, TX 77373 281-773-5441 AccentH20.com
DO YOU KNOW WHAT’S I N Y O U R WAT E R ? Houston has the 6th worst water in the country. Our system takes out chlorine, pesticides and more. Plus, we treat and condition the water to make it healthier for your family. More than a water softener, table top unit or RO alone. Healthy water from every faucet or shower. Member BBB-A+ rating since the 80’s. Don’t delay. Call Henry today! 281-773-5441
NUTRIGENOMICS ANGELLE ADAMS
(832) 472-1366 Angelleadams1@gmail.com
Learn about an all-natural breakthrough that’s redefining healthcare! Activate your body at the cellular level with category-creating technology in the field of nutrigenomics. This unique science has been featured on major television networks and validated in peer-reviewed studies posted by the National Institute of Health! Contact us for more information and a free consultation.
ORGANIC RESORT & SPA DEER LAKE LODGE AND SPA 10500 Deer Lake Lode Rd. Montgomery Tx 77316 936-647-1383 DeerLakeLodge.com
Can’t lose weight? Feeling Sluggish? Don’t have the energy you used to have? Let us help undo the damage from over-consumption and poor food choices. Our program of fasting, juicing, cleansing and colonics is designed to energize, strengthen and enlighten. All natural, organic, resort and spa. Immerse yourself in personal attention from our staff while indulging in our many body-pampering and beautifying spa treatments. Call of visit our website to book your stay today! See ad on page 28.
FACTORY EYEGLASS OUTLET 7921 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77024 713-468-5665 factoryfineeyewear.com
Do you need new eyeglasses? Whether you are looking for premium or generic eye ware, Alex Atuesta at Factory Eyeglass Outlet has something for you. They feature both premium Zeise lenses cut in house and generic lenses starting at $99 along with a wide selection of the latest frames. Alex and his staff also do eyeglass repair and offer lifetime adjustments for their customers. Experience their friendly, professional one on one service the next time you need new eyeglasses or need your eyeglasses repaired. Factory Eyeglass Outlet accepts most insurance plans.
ORGANICALLY GROWN PRODUCE PLANT IT FORWARD
“a farm in every neighborhood” 832-983-0405 email@example.com Plant-it-forward.org
Join the Farm Share Program Today! Enjoy your own weekly box of our local, organically grown produce by enrolling in our Farm Share Program. Get 6-8 different varieties, enough for a family of 3-5 each week. Purchase a 5-week mini-season for $132, a perfect gift for your health-conscious loved ones or purchase a 20-week season for $507. The summer vegetables include winter squash (hard squashes), edamame, eggplant, basil, peppers, okra, arugula, basil, cucumbers, green onions, roselle, malabar spinach, possibly cantaloupe if weather cooperates, and even watermelon if weather cooperates. Sign-up today for the Spring 2017 Season! See ad on pages 8 & 32.
REIKI TRAINING REIKI MASTER JULIA CARROLL, PH.D. SCHOOL of HEALING ARTS 713-822-7380 firstname.lastname@example.org JuliaCarroll1.com
Julia was the first Reiki Master in the State of Texas, has written 5 healing books and has had university based Reiki research published. 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.
ST. PAUL’S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 5501 Main Street Houston, TX 77004 713-528-0527} stpaulshouston.org
St. Paul’s Houston centers itself around vibrant worship that moves us to Christian mission, hospitality and faith formation for all peoples and communities. St. Paul’s is also home to ProjectCURATE, a multiethnic leadership program on race, solidarity and kinship. Weekly worship on Sundays at 8:30 am, 9:45 am and 11:05 am, and many of our other offerings in the Natural Awakenings calendar. We hope you'll respond to the Spirit leading you to connect and grow with us.
UNITY OF HOUSTON 2919 Unity Drive Houston TX 77057 713-782-4050 Unityhouston.org
Unity of Houston offers positive, practical teachings that support spiritual evolution and abundant living. The Unity movement is open and welcoming of all individuals regardless of race, color, gender, age, creed, religion, national origin, ethnicity, physical disability or sexual orientation. We take an extremely positive approach to life, emphasizing our Oneness in God and the goodness in people and all of life. We believe…”Life is meant to be good!” Come and discover it for yourself! See ad on page 3 & 13.
SPIRITUALITY CARMEL TEMPLE
1208 Pennsylvania Street South Houston 775804. 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 8.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com ThermalImaingTexas.com
No Compression, No Radiation, Painless. Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging or Thermography, creates images that illustrate heat patterns in the body. The thermal images are analyzed for abnormalities that may be signs of disease in the body. Thermography can be conducted onsite at your business through Thermal Imaging Services for Corporate Wellness. Locations in: Houston, Lake Charles, LA, Katy, Beaumont, The Woodlands, Tyler and Kingwood. Call for current schedule and to make an appointment. See ad on page 6.
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 713-955-0900 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.
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.
12288 Westheimer Road, Suite 380 Houston, TX 77077 (281) 759-6002 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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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