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reetings, It feels like spring is finally here! I’ve harvested my first pot of greens from the kitchen garden and have started volunteering with Farmer Kelvin at the urban garden on 45th Street. It’s nice to be planting, weeding and watering in an actual garden again. I’m also looking forward to blocking off some time to start cycling again. I miss the enthusiasm and freedom of riding with Critical Mass on last Fridays. Cindy is in her spring cleaning mode, dusting and discarding things that don’t serve us anymore. We are both looking forward to the arrival of our second grandchild in a few months. It’s my understanding that it will be a water birth this time. This month’s Natural Awakenings deals with natural childbirth and with women rising. Even if you aren’t planning on having a baby, there is so much good information in this month’s magazine. Share it with a friend or family member who might be interested. Speaking of “women rising”, there is our own, Sarah Gish. She not only writes a monthly column here (and in several other local magazines) but produces the weekly online newsletters “Gish Picks: a guide to cultural activities for families,” “Spirit Picks: a guide to inspiring activities in Houston” and “Picks on Wheels: a weekly video livestream.” This is not to mention her “Summer Book® Online” and her “Ignite Your Life” program. Be sure to read Sarah’s column this month and follow the links to her websites. I believe that Natural Awakenings is Houston’s premier healthy living magazine, but we are much more than just a little recycled newsprint and soy ink magazine. There is the digital magazine and newsletter, the website and social media, the video and augmented reality presence… And now your latest addition, the Natural Awakenings V.I.P. Club. If you’d like to receive valuable discount coupons and chances to win free services and merchandise from our advertisers on your phone, just text NAHTX to 71441. That’s all there is to it. You will receive a confirmation txt back and up to four discount coupons and chances to win each month. If you change your mind, you can always opt out. So, whatever your spring traditions are, enjoy doing them. Get out and about. There is so much to see and do in our great city. And while you are out, drop by our Natural Awakenings advertisers and tell them you learned about them in the pages of our magazine. Bright blessings,

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

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14 DEMYSTIFYING

8 refreshingrecipe HOMEOPATHY by Lin Weiss 9 businessbriefs

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15 IGNITE YOUR LIFE

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“Listen to Your Heart” by Sarah Gish

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16 WHAT IS ZEN

22 healingways

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Creating the Best Start for New Life by Deborah Shouse

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Staying Aware Avoids Problems by Aimee Hughes

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ay 7th, 2017, marks the 3044th birthday of the Buddha. The Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston, located at 12129 Bellaire Blvd, will be celebrating this special day by offering an exhibition of cultural vegetarian cuisine. Hailing from 34 countries, the Zen Center’s practitioners have generously prepared and offered more than 70 different types of dishes from countries such as Japan, Mexico, Colombia, France, and New Zealand. The festival will also feature a unique exhibition on the use of food ingredients in artistic flower arrangements. Other exhibitions include the use of cutlery skills in the artistic depictions of Buddhist stories. We cordially invite everyone to bring family and friends to join this special event. The ceremony will start at 9:30 AM followed by the international vegetarian food festival at 12:00 PM. See ad on page 13.

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ave you ever wanted to help someone and not known how? Have you ever known something was missing in your life but you did not know what to do to change it? Nettie Ramsay first learned of New Decision Therapy (NDT) 24 years ago from a friend. At that time, she was a struggling single mother, 200 pounds overweight and thought that unresolved origin problems with family would always be in her way. She found through New Decision Therapy that she was in her own way. She was able to move forward in my life, finish college, become a naturopath, and a NDT Practitioner and Trainer. If you think that you would like to know more about helping yourself and others please attend a FREE NDT informational talk on May 13, 2017, from 2-4 pm at 12900 Queensbury Lane, Suite 201. To register call 281-794-5255. The techniques used in New Decision TherapyTM facilitate the release of previously unexpressed emotions tied to loss of a loved one, the loss of the cherished phase of life, the loss of a personal hope or dream, or the loss of self-worth due to abuse experienced in the past. This exquisite therapy then goes one step further. It helps you to reconstruct your life based on a healthy and happy choice to be fully alive. I invite you to help yourself and then learn to help others! We l l n e s s Co n s u l t a t i o n s , 1 2 9 0 0 Queensbury Lane, Suite 201, Houston, TX 77079. 281-794-5255. Drnettie.net. See ad on page 37.

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ruly inviting outdoor living spaces engage all the senses. Backyard ponds and water features do just that, with waterfalls splashing into sparkling water, colorful goldfish, fragrant lilies, and rambunctious koi nibbling fingers at hand-feeding time. Inspiration abounds at a dozen private water gardens and koi ponds open to the public on Saturday, May 6, and Sunday May 7. Showcased are everything from serene garden pools, to patio-sized "disappearing" fountains, to huge multipond landscapes, complete with tumbling waterfalls, lush landscaping, dancing dragonflies, blooming water lilies, graceful goldfish, show quality koi, and everything imaginable in between. Photographs are encouraged. All private residential landscapes, many of these ponds and water gardens were professionally installed, while others were designed and built by the homeowners themselves. The pond owners will be on hand to talk with visitors about water gardening, landscaping, pond construction, water quality and filtration, fish health, koi competitions, and more. Sponsored by the Houston Pond Society and the Lone Star Koi Club, this selfguided tour spans two days and is spread over the greater Houston area, with half the ponds open only on Saturday and half open only on Sunday. Hours are from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. A $10 ticket is good for both days, and can be purchased in advance at Nelson Water Gardens in Katy http://nelsonwatergardens.com, or at any of the tour homes on the day of the tour. Go to www.houstonpondsociety. org or www.lonestarkoi.com to find the home nearest to you, and plan your route. Tickets include a brochure with a brief description of each pond, a map, and detailed driving directions to each home. For more information, contact Julie Young, pond tour publicity chairman, at (713) 528-5614 or wallpaperlady@att.net.

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ook the chickpeas until white shells start coming off. Rinse in cold water and toss around with clean hands or a spoon. As the shells float to the top, scoop them out. Keep repeating the process, until all the shells are gone. The shells themselves, can be quite toxic and cause stress to the gastrointestinal tract. This method, makes the hummus smoother and a nicer blend. 2 cups cooked chickpeas (soak overnight; drain, rinse, boil in a large pot, cook 11/2 – 2 hrs) 3 tbs tahini 1 /3 cup extra virgin olive oil Juice of 2 lemons 1 /2 tsp sea salt 1 large clove garlic Pinch of cayenne pepper

Place all ingredients into the blender. Depending on your blender size, you may have to divide the mixture in half and do it in two lots. Blend until smooth and creamy. Serve with fresh bread, salads, baked potatoes, on sandwiches, on nachos, with raw/baked sliced vegies with Falafels, in Lentils, Beans & Nuts, Naan Bread, in Breads, Scones & Pancakes, or as a side serving with your dinner. Other recipes can be found in the new book Fresh Cuisine Recipe Book by Amanda Sloan for sale on Amazon Books & Apple iBooks.


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Spirulina is a Superfood!

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pirulina is a single celled, blue-green algae, that has the highest protein content of any natural food and is densely packed with over 100 vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes and phytonutrients. This highly energizing organism has been heralded as one of the key foods for the future. Much research has been conducted into Spirulina’s many potential health benefits: including enhancing the immune system, lowering cholesterol and fighting against cancer. Research studies have shown that Spirulina has many beneficial, diseasepreventing properties. Spirulina has been found to stimulate the immune system function and help the body to produce new blood cells. Spirulina’s dark blue-green color comes from a rainbow of pigments. Consistently high levels of Phycocyanin give Spirulina its unique blue color. Phycocyanin is widely known as a blood builder in addition to also showing potent anti-viral activity and anti-cancer properties. Other pigments include that of Chlorophyll and the oranges and yellows stored in the Carotenoids and BetaCarotene. A remarkable body of published scientific evidence has been accumulating from around the world, explaining how as little as 3 to 5 grams (one teaspoon) of Spirulina per day, can be effective in supplying some extraordinary health benefits. Spirulina has been consumed as a food for centuries due to its amazing therapeutic properties and dense nutrient. Spirulina is a low-fat, low-calorie, cholesterol-free source of easily digestible vegetable protein containing all the essential amino acids that cannot be produced by the body but are needed to synthesize the non-essential amino acids. Spirulina is an extremely high energy food, great before or after a workout and is very good for total nutrition. Spirulina is available at Superfood Village. Visit their website for more information and during the month of May get a 10% discount on both Spirulina and Moringa when you mention Natural Awakenings magazine. Superfood Village, 3903 Almeda, Houston, TX 77003. 281-733-2444. Superfoodvillage.com. See ad on page 39.

Latin American Tree Bark Improves Diabetes Markers

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study from the University of Prague, in the Czech Republic, has found that extracts from the bark of the Hintonia latiflora, a tree grown in Mexico and South America, can help regulate blood glucose levels in people with Type 2 diabetes. Researchers administered a capsule containing a dry concentrated extract from the plant to 32 subjects with the condition and monitored their blood glucose levels for six months. The subjects experienced an 11 percent decrease in glycated hemoglobin, an indicator that the body can better regulate blood glucose levels during the period, as well as a slight reduction in cholesterol and triglycerides. The researchers also found the natural treatment resulted in a 25 percent reduction in fasting blood glucose levels and a 22 percent reduction in post-meal glucose levels. Liver enzymes showed improved levels in the subjects, as well. No adverse side effects were observed.

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Helium-filled balloons look pretty when released at special events, but they eventually become earthbound trash littering land and water, often traveling great distances before reaching their final resting places; spans of up to 1,300 miles have been recorded. The Ocean Conservancy recently picked up nearly 94,000 balloon remnants in the course of a year’s worth of cleanup operations. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, fish, dolphins, whales, seabirds and sea turtles have all been found with latex balloons in their stomachs, blocking their digestive tracts. One study of two stranded sperm whales in California attributed their deaths to huge amounts of consumed ocean debris. Another found that more than half of one species of sea turtle surveyed had trash in their gut; mostly balloons. The problem is so serious that several states and cities have already outlawed mass balloon releases. Latex balloons are technically biodegradable, but that process can take six months or more, according to the UK National Association of Balloon Artists and Suppliers. Celebratory alternatives include laser shows, music performances, bubbles, banners and reusable inflatable characters. Source: Grist.org

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Demystifying Homeopathy by Lin Weiss

Memory issues, attention deficit, autistic spectrum, hyperactivity, irritability, depression, addiction, trauma, low self-esteem, aggression, compulsions, relationship issues and body image. Classical homeopathy is safe and effective for pregnant women, newborns, children, teenagers, adults and seniors. Animals respond well to homeopathic treatments for illnesses and behavioral issues. What people say about Homeopathy: Charles Frederick Menninger, M.D., founder of the Menninger Clinic: Homeopathy is capable of satisfying the therapeutic demands of this age better than any other system or school of medicine. Mahatma Gandhi: Homeopathy cures a greater percentage of cases than any other method of treatment. Homeopathy is the latest and refined method of treating patients economically and non-violently.

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omeopathic medicine is an alternative to western, pharmaceutically inclined medicine. It can often cure disease for conditions that conventional medicine may only offer temporary relief. It can also complement and be integrated with conventional medicine. Homeopathic remedies are gentle and made from natural substances from the plant, animal and mineral kingdoms. These substances are diluted many times and treated to make them safe, gentle and side effect free. This allows for the potential of deep and lasting healing from serious and chronic disease. Homeopathy has been practiced around the world for over 200 years. It is based on the principles of Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, an 18th century German physician. Hahnemann’s “Law of Similars”, ("Like cures like”) holds that substances that cause healthy people to get symptoms can cure diseases that have these symptoms. Homeopathy is a proven science with a vast documentation detailing thousands of remedies and innumerable cures. New remedies and provings are constantly being developed and refined. Homeopathy is experiencing an exciting renaissance in light of the often devastating side effects of pharmaceuticals. Some of the common issues addressed by homeopathy include…allergies, arthritis, headaches, colds, flu, teething, colic, digestive issues, high blood pressure, skin problems, fatigue, menopause, PMS, infertility, insomnia and more.

Paul McCartney: I can't manage without homeopathy. In fact, I never go anywhere without homeopathic remedies. I often make use of them. Lindsay Wagner: If I was not an actress, I would be a homeopathic doctor. Mark Twain: The introduction of homeopathy forced the oldschool doctor to stir around and learn something of a rational nature about his business. You may honestly feel grateful that homeopathy survived the attempts of the allopaths to destroy it. There are many therapeutic, energetic healing modalities derived from nature. Homeopathy is a profoundly safe and effective complement to any regimen. The body wants to heal. Pursue your options and be well! Lin Weiss MH, CYT is a Mind-Body Healer in private practice in Houston, TX. She is an experienced & educated Holistic Practitioner specializing in Bio-Energetic Balance; Brain Balancing; Cognitive Reframing; Homeopathy; Nutrition Therapy; Safe & Natural Fertility; Vibrational Healing; Autistic Spectrum disorders and Yoga Therapy. Educating groups and individuals in the healing power of the mind/body connection. Call Lin to schedule your private healing consultation. conscioushealingnow.com. 713-858-8595

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e were given two ears and one mouth so it’s obvious just by looking at our physical bodies that listening is more important than speaking. Listening to each other as we travel down the road of life is important, but even more important is listening to yourself and your heart. We can’t connect with others if we don’t first connect to ourselves. “Listen to your heart” is the fifth 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 “LISTEN.” I have been working on these 12 ways for ten years so they are carefully crafted to fall in order beautifully and to have phrases that are meaningful. Listening to your heart follows meditation because once you’ve been still, you can tune in to yourself. I suggest listening to your heart

first thing in the morning and then tuning in throughout the day. It’s these moments of quiet reflection and mindfulness that strengthen your intuition and guide you to creating the life you want. I have always been good at selflistening, but I learned more about it while teaching a 10-week class based on Sonia Choquette’s powerful book, Your Heart’s Desire: Instructions for Creating the Life You Really Want. I found a video

of Choquette to show the group and in it, she described a simple way to connect with yourself: put your hand across your heart and state “My heart says ……...” We started doing that at the end of each session and that action became a habit that I now do every morning at the end of my meditation. What’s interesting about this exercise is that my thoughts come through unfettered, without editing. Setting the intention of listening to what my heart says while connecting physically with my heart makes it easy to crystallize that connection. And Choquette makes the leap that listening to your heart increases your psychic ability, a handy tool to have! An important thing to note about listening to your heart is that you can’t listen when all around you is chaos. Shut out the noise of the day and the worries in your mind in order to do that. It’s like listening to a good song: you can’t hear all the words or the instruments if it’s too loud around you. And we each have our own unique song in our hearts. I learned in the movie “March of the Penguins” that parents find their children by listening carefully to their “song” and left convinced that we are the same: we each have our own song. Bringing our unique song to life by attentive listening to the heart is what life is all about. “Listen to your heart” is one of my 12 ways to ignite your life daily – ways that, if followed, will stave off depression, anxiety, loneliness, and isolation. Being ignited for your life does that!

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What is Zen Meditation? Why is it a Must Investment for our Children? by Tue Nguyen

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editation is a must investment for our children. As a mother of two sons, and an educator at an elementary school, I say this because I see how much it can change the lives of young children in a positive way by planting the seeds of Awake in them. I feel that meditation and realization of the Awake within are the best gift we can give our children. Each one of us has experienced suffering in life one way or the other in the form of stress or anger or depression. During one such low point in my life, I had the great fortune of meeting Zen Master, Thich Dieu-Thien, who is an awakened Buddhist nun, devoted to teaching the direct path to “Wake Up” from stress, struggles, and conflicts, and return to our original Awake Mind. She taught me that the only way to end suffering is to realize the cause and the source of it. To be able to do this, we need to meditate to go back to our clear, Awake Mind. Zen Meditation means to Wake

Up, to know the truth about ourselves and the world around us. I have been going to Universal Door Meditation Center (UDMC) for about six years now, and from what I have learned from my Zen Master, it is possible to Awaken and realize true happiness and true freedom within us to be at ease in any situation, disturbed by nothing. My two young sons have been going to the meditation class at UDMC for about four years now. They practice meditation at home by sitting regularly and they also apply it at school, at karate class, and everywhere. By coming to meditation class and practicing daily, they get a lot of benefits. They focus more in class and have been performing better in school. They maintain A’s in all subjects. They can listen more and follow instructions better than before. At home, when they play together, many times, arguments and fighting are avoided when they are mindful and catch their unclear mind. Sometimes, when they do start

an argument or a fight, they can immediately catch their “dirty water” (mad, angry, irritation, jealousy) and return to their clear, centered Awake Mind. They usually walk away from each other and each one counts from 1-20 and focuses on his breath. Focusing on breath helps them to calm down and know what to do to solve the problems in their level. In addition to their stellar academic performance, and building great relationships with people around them, I also see their health improving. My older son has asthma, but after attending the meditation class and practicing to focus on his breath, his asthma is almost gone. He has asthma only once or twice during the cold season, but other than that he’s doing great. I am sure if he continues to practice regularly, asthma will be completely out of his life soon. I consider myself lucky to have met my Zen Master, Thich Dieu-Thien. She has changed my life in ways I never imagined and I am a much happier person today. I have reaped so many benefits from her teachings and will continue to walk on this path because I know this is my path to true happiness. I am so glad that my sons are part of this journey. We give so many expensive material gifts to our children, but what could be better than the key to true happiness? UDMC offers classes for youth and teens every Sunday from 11 AM to 12:30 PM followed by lunch. The children practice sitting and walking meditation, and learn to be good listeners, and leaders. I highly recommend this program to all parents out there so they can give the gift of true happiness to their children. This is not only the gift of parental love, but it is the gift of compassion and true, unconditional love.

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woman’s body is exquisitely designed to conceive, nurture and give birth,” says Dr. Carol J. Phillips, an Annapolis, Maryland, prenatal chiropractor, doula and author of Hands of Love: Seven Steps to the Miracle of Birth. Judith Lothian, Ph.D., associate editor of the Journal of Perinatal Education, professor of nursing at Seton Hall University, in South Orange, New Jersey, and a natural childbirth educator, knows the significance of women’s deep intuitive instinct. “Women who feel supported and encouraged can tap into their own wisdom and find deep satisfaction in giving birth naturally. The process itself perfectly prepares mother and baby to continue on their journey together.” Several gentle strategies help mothers-to-be prepare for the joys of natural pregnancy and childbirth.

prenatal supplement. Vitamin C is important for a strong amniotic sac; she suggests at least 500 milligrams daily. A high-strung mom can take magnesium chloride baths or sip a soothing cup of red raspberry leaf tea. “Women that are concerned about their diet can tune into the baby and ask what they need,” says Lori Bregman, of Santa Monica, California, a doula, birth coach and author of The Mindful Mom-to-Be. If craving a certain dish, she can research its benefits and healing qualities. The yearning for comfort foods like pizza, macaroni or ice cream may signal the need for more nurturing. Eyeing popcorn or chips could be a sign she’s stuffing down an emotion. She can ask herself, “What am I suppressing?”

“Eat a lot of protein, including vitamin B-rich foods, during both pregnancy and breastfeeding,” advises O’Mara. “Nursing moms need to eat nutrientdense foods frequently, along with getting adequate fluids,” says Wilson. She recommends foods that assist lactation called galatactagogues, like almonds, avocados, legumes, kale and spinach. To increase milk production, add fennel to meals or smoothies, or turn to capsules.

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“Follow your urges,” counsels Peggy O’Mara, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, former editor of Mothering Magazine and author of Having a Baby, Naturally. “Eat when you’re hungry. Sleep when you’re weary. Go to the bathroom the moment nature calls. Practice this in pregnancy so you’ll be in the habit of listening to your instincts when you give birth.” This simple advice counters women’s common habit of attending to other people’s needs instead of their own. Along with eating organic whole foods, Kristy Wilson, of Las Vegas, a certified professional midwife, labor doula and placenta preparation specialist, recommends both a plant-based food supplement with iron and whole food natural awakenings

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Wilson recommends yoga, swimming, walking or light jogging three to five times a week, for 20 minutes a day. “Squatting like a child on your haunches is a great exercise for childbirth,” she says, noting that 20 squats daily will strengthen core muscles. Sitting on an exercise ball instead of a desk chair or couch also engages core muscles, while improving posture. “Regular exercise brings more energy, better sleep, reduced stress, higher spirits, better odds of an easy labor, faster post-delivery recovery and reduced risk of gestational diabetes and high blood pressure during pregnancy,” Bregman finds. She recommends a prenatal yoga practice that includes breathing and visualizations. This restorative form of yoga offers gentle stretching, promotes good circulation and naturally supports relief or healing of many possible pregnancy ailments. “To alleviate physical distress, try chiropractic prenatal care,” says Phillips. Light finger contact from an experienced practitioner helps realign bony segments and restores the body’s normal tone. “A prenatal expert can adjust so the mom’s body maintains its balance and the baby is free to move.” Craniosacral therapy reestablishes balance to the membranes that encapsulate the brain and spinal cord.

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of contractions. They are doing exactly what your body needs to do to give birth.” As a midwife, she helps moms relax and embrace these intensely important sensations by focusing on what is going on in their body. Research published in the journal Cell Adhesion & Migration shows that the hormones released during labor enter into the baby’s immune system to also strengthen the child.

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Affirmations can positively state the mother-to-be’s intentions for pregnancy and birth. Examples include: “Birth is a safe and wonderful experience. I am choosing the right path for my birth. I trust my body and my instincts. I have all the support I The connections need.” Wilson recommends choosing two established between to four that resonate, repeating them every morning while gazing into the mirror, mother and child placing them on the refrigerator door and are much stronger even having them pop up on a smartphone. “Meditation prepares you for childwhen she progresses birth and can also be soothing during labor through pregnancy by offering tools that push away fear,” says O‘Mara. She likes this mantra from Thich and birth from a Nhat Hahn’s book, Being Peace: “Breathing natural perspective. in, I calm myself, breathing out, I smile.” To begin, sit comfortably in a quiet room ~Kristy Wilson with eyes closed. For women new to meditation, Wilson suggests lighting a scented or colored candle and noticing the colors and Prepare the Mind movement of the flame for something physical to focus on. “Just say, ‘No thanks,’ to friends who want to burden you with “This calming practice is important because labor becomes stories of their long, excruciating labors,” O’Mara advises. like a meditation,” she says. The mother copes through the “Protect yourself from toxic people and their horror stories. contraction, then uses her meditation skills to reset, refocus Focus on maintaining your own good health and surround and ground herself before the next contraction. yourself with people that have experienced a normal birth. Plan Wilson and Bregman both encourage expectant mothers to have uplifting support during the birthing process and in to keep a journal during pregnancy. “Record thoughts and the postpartum period.” experiences. Sometimes dreams tell things about the child, A woman easily influenced by others might ask her doula, midwife or spouse to be her advocate. A woman that needs to who has a story too,” advises Wilson. exercise control might seek such assistance for peace of mind, Design a Special Experience knowing that her wishes will be followed. “‘Pain’ is a fear-based word,”Your to beSpecial avoidedDelivery in conversa- Create a Birth Plan Experience tions about labor, Wilson explains. “Don’t fear strength Those that prefer a home birth can find a compatible midwife In A Comfortable Intimate the Setting through a natural birthing community such as the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives, International Childbirth Education Association and La Leche League. For a hospital experience, look for low-Caesarean rates, a personally compatible doctor and a distinct birthing center. Either way, a doula or midwife can help craft the desired birth plan. • Personal, Private Care • Mom & Baby Never Separated Upon selecting a venue, the expectant mother may imag• Home Visits For Follow Up Care • Licensed & Accredited Birth Center ine the ideal birth environment and write positive statements, • Houston’s Most Experienced Midwives such as, “I want to move around freely. I want my husband Call Today & schedule a complimentary and sister with me at all times.” consultation to tour our facilities, meet our staff and talk about the care you envision: “If a home birth is a mother’s first choice, design two plans; (713) 472-5525 one for home and one for the hospital,” suggests Phillips. “If the mother needs hospital care during labor, the attendants 3210 Strawberry Rd • Pasadena, Texas • www.BayAreaBirthCenter.com Pasadena Birth Center, offices in Houston Heights and Beaumont will know her wishes.” 18

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Wilson encourages the spouse t o b e i nvo l ve d f r o m t h e b e g i nning. “The partner’s energy plays a role in how the birth progresses during labor. Plus, being part of the planning keeps him engaged and attuned to her wishes.”

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“The birthing mother needs continuous support from someone that can focus on her and her needs,” says Phillips. “The partner also needs to have access to experienced support. Both need to surround themselves with people that know how to enfold them in love.”’ A birthing team includes the medically trained attendant appointed to help deliver the baby; either a midwife or a doctor. Many women choose to have a trained doula collaborate, as well. She provides continuity of care and advocacy, lessens the need for medical intervention, stays with the mother, honors and includes the partner and supports the parents in making informed decisions. With home births, family members tend to invite themselves over. The mom needs to have control of her birthing atmosphere. “I encourage moms to be firm regarding who they want in the room when the baby is born,” Wilson says.

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“Giving birth is the first big unknown of parenting,” says Wilson. “You plan for it and then you have to trust and accept the outcome.” She encourages postpartum appointments for discussing the birth. “A breastfeeding mother’s nutrient requirements are actually higher postpartum,” Wilson says. To prevent deficiencies, she suggests moms nourish themselves during this period, delaying any focus on weight loss and regaining muscle tone. The birth team and other friends can deliver meals, do light housecleaning, run a load of laundry and bring groceries. The new parents will welcome this generous and loving help. Deborah Shouse is a mother, writer, speaker, editor and health advocate in Kansas City, MO. Her latest book, Connecting in the Land of Dementia: Creative Activities to Explore Together, focuses on life’s meaningful moments (DementiaJourney.org). natural awakenings

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and more comfortable. Water immersion during labor is defined as immersion in a tub with depth that allows for complete submersion of the abdomen, so the standard household tub is usually not sufficient to offer the benefits of water immersion. There can be some confusion among consumers when it comes to the difference between waterbirth and simply laboring in water. Let’s first define and distinguish between “water labor” and “waterbirth.” Water labor is the use of warm water immersion during any stage of labor up to, but not including the actual birth of the baby, whereas waterbirth includes the second stage of labor (pushing) that results in the birth of the baby entirely underwater.

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Is it Safe? More than 28,000 waterbirths and their babies experience the have been observed in research studies. The good news is that same kind of care in childbirth. harmful effects of waterbirth were either non-existent or very What is Waterbirth? Waterbirth in the United States rare, and babies born in the water has gained in popularity over had similar health compared to the past decade or two. Many babies born on land. There are some situawomen are interested in using warm water during labor for tions in which waterbirth is not its ability to make labor easier recommended. Preterm babies

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(earlier than 37 weeks) should not be born in water. Water labor and birth are also not advised for women with: ▄ Abnormal bleeding ▄ A fever in labor ▄ Active herpes lesions, hepatitis B or C, or HIV ▄ Continuous fetal monitoring (unless the equipment is designed for use in water) ▄ Reduced mobility that would prevent her from leaving the tub quickly if necessary ▄ Epidural analgesia or anesthesia ▄ Administration of opioid or other sedating medications near the time of birth ▄ Any pregnancy condition that can complicate birth or the transition of the baby to extrauterine life Benefits to the Mother and Baby Warm water can help a woman relax and feel less pain during labor. Even the sight and sound of water can be calming. Women using water in labor tend to experience: ▄ Less fear and stress ▄ A shorter labor ▄ Greater mobility during labor ▄ Less pain medication ▄ Higher rates of intact perineum ▄ Significantly less chance of episiotomy (vaginal cutting) ▄ Less risk of significant vaginal tearing ▄ Less blood loss ▄ Higher levels of satisfaction A waterbirth can also make a very smooth transition for the baby who has been growing and developing in a warm water environment for nine months.

Rather than being born into a bright, air-filled room, the baby goes from the comfort of the womb into warm water and then is gently lifted out of the water and placed on the mother’s chest. When compared to “landborn” babies, the babies born in water have no difference in APGAR scores (an assessment of the baby’s wellbeing at birth), no difference in newborn infection rates (very rare), no difference in NICU admission rates, and no increase in mortality rates. Umbilical cord tears are rare (2.4 per 1,000 waterbirths) and are reason to proceed cautiously and gently when lifting the baby from the water. Another preventable risk is fetal tachycardia (fast heart rate) caused by high water temperature. For this reason, the water should be maintained between 97°F and 100°F. Just remember that is should be close to body temperature for the most comfort and safety.

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labor due to continuous fetal monitoring and equipment that is not waterproof. For these reasons, women who desire waterbirth are most likely to find this option at a freestanding birth center or a homebirth with a midwife. A freestanding birth center is a licensed facility which is not affiliated with or owned by a hospital. They are typically run by midwives who have vast experience attending waterbirths. Homebirth midwives often bring an inflatable tub designed for birth to their client’s home to facilitate a smooth and comfortable waterbirth. Midwives follow practice guidelines to ensure safety and infection control. They also utilize equipment that helps them monitor and manage labor while the woman is immersed in warm water (items such as a waterproof Doppler, thermometer, and flashlight). So, what’s the bottom line? Waterbirth is a reasonable option for low-risk women. If a woman has a strong desire for waterbirth, she should start by seeking out and scheduling consultations with midwives in her area. Good websites for Houston area women to begin their search include houstonmidwives. org or texasmidwives.com. For more information about waterbirth, check out Waterbirth International at waterbirth.org. About the Author: Ashley Musil is a midwife and co-owner of Wellspring Midwifery Care & Birth Center in Kingwood, Texas. She is also an Evidence Based Birth® Instructor and is passionate about education and healthcare autonomy. She has attended nearly 150 births since 2011, most of which were waterbirths. For more information about her birth center and practice, please visit wellspringbirthcenter.com. May 2017

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he Heart to Lead: Women as Allies for the Greater Good, a documentary film directed and produced by Cheryl Gould, of Naples, Florida, explores the emerging paradigm of heart-based feminine leadership and how it is attuning women to their inner strengths, beliefs, each other and our Earth. “Women’s deeper unity of being is empowering them to take action and lead. Women who once longed for a culture that would reflect their highest priorities are now creating one in which they support each other and make a difference,” says Gould. She notes that for centuries, a vast number of women have led and served as change agents. “Unfortunately, the majority of them never made it into the headlines or history books. A prime example—few individuals knew that 12 women ran for president before Hillary Clinton.” In a recent Yes! magazine article, Rucha Chitnis reports that women are rising up to push back against growing corporate power, land grabs, economic injustice, climate change and more. Women’s groups and networks offer a paradigm shift, she concludes, exposing links between unbridled capitalism, violence, the erosion of human rights and destruction of the Earth. A woman’s style of leadership in America’s corporate boardrooms, activist-led movements or state and federal government may not be plainly evident. Feminine wisdom’s emerging solutions are compassionate, collaborative and consensus-building, and pursue universal outcomes and group cooperation. They contrast with conventional competitive strategies and solutions, according to The Legislative Effectiveness of Women in Congress study at Vanderbilt University’s Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, in Nashville. Jean Shinoda Bolen, a medical doctor, Jungian analyst in Mill Valley, California, and author of Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman, has been advocating since 2002 for a United Nations Fifth World Conference on Women (5WCW). “Empowered and equal women are the key to peace and sustainability. We need to rise up together and fulfill the Dalai Lama’s words at the Vancouver Peace Summit: ‘It will be up to Western women to bring about peace.’” Bolen’s 5WCW vision joins millennial women worldwide

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now entering their era of activism with her book The Politics of the Solar Age: Women Rising Resources in the feminist movement spearheaded by Alternatives to Economics, has mentored a boomer generation of women that’s staff members of Rising Women Rising Tinyurl.com/ forwarded the equality and empowerment World. Henderson contends that to shape WomensHeartToLeadFilm of women this far. To this end, she marched a future for the good of all, we must bring in Washington, D.C., on January 21 in Vimeo.com/ondemand/AsSheIs into balance the masculine and feminine the Million Women’s March that globally energies and learn to value the longattracted 5 million participants. “To make human rights marginalized qualities of feminine wisdom. women’s rights, we need a united global women’s movement,” Henderson’s Love Economy paradigm reflects the sharing she states. and caring sector not presently reflected in the nation’s Sande Hart, from Orange County, California, director gross domestic product. “Women’s unpaid work—raising of the Charter for Compassion International-Women and children, taking care of households, serving on school boards, Girls sector and president of the women’s global interfaith volunteering, caring for aging parents, etc.—constitutes 50 organization Spiritual and Religious Alliance for Hope percent of all production in the U.S. and 70 percent of that (SARAH), participated in the Los Angeles Women’s March in developing countries. This unvalued economic sector with 750,000 others. “There’s a sense that we’ve had enough. underlies and supports the public and private parts of the entire We’re not angry. We are morally outraged and seeking peaceful economy,” advises Henderson, who observes that competition solutions wrapped in compassion and based in justice for cannot be the sole basis for an economy with any expectation all. In nearly 15 years of women’s community building, I’m of high quality of life on a small planet. convinced that healing our communities with resilience and In her film, As She Is, producer and director Megan a regenerative spirit is our biological and innate imperative. McFeely, of Marin County, California, captures her own I see women emerging in unprecedented ways to make this journey to understand the collective potential of the feminine happen,” says Hart. and how to live true to its innate knowing. She queries: “Can The Rising Women Rising World organization provides you imagine what might happen if women here and around tools and training to help women and men develop feminine the world rose up together and used our power of longing to wisdom and the qualities of potent compassion, deep listening, heal the Earth?” intuition and inclusivity. Hazel Henderson, an evolutionary economist in St. Augustine, Florida, host of the Ethical Markets Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. online TV show and researcher of The Love Economy shared Connect at ItsAllAboutWe.com.

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began my personal training in the Non-Violent System (NVS) of self-defense with Grandmaster Verkerke in 1996,” says Eddie Rose, senior instructor of NVS Peace in the Midst of Non-Violence at Shangri-La Springs, in Bonita Springs, Florida. This aspect of the martial art form seicho jutsu was created by Canadian Daniel Verkerke, Ph.D., as a simple selfdefense system to teach and perpetuate nonviolence; he continues to share it with the public, law enforcement, corporations and private security firms in the U.S. and internationally. Nonviolent self-defense is akin to the dynamics of bullfighting. “The matador never matches his strength with the enormous animal; rather, he redirects the energy of the bull with simple and precise movements— counterbalancing—and letting the bull’s energy move past him,” explains Rose. He’s trained everyday people of all ages and walks of life in this approach, in the U.S., UK, Puerto Rico and Jamaica. “As they train, students begin to feel more secure wherever they go, because they are learning how to be safe even in the midst of physical confrontation,” says Rose. “They wind up feeling more empowered as they learn how to neutralize aggression simply and effectively.”

Practicing NVS increases balance, coordination, overall flexibility and joint mobility. Its soft, circular, martial arts movements, combined with slowto-fast linear movements, also enhance cardiovascular health. “Mental and spiritual training includes the awareness and development of a state of being conscious of energy and mind. Everyone’s actions and reactions directly reflect the development of their mind,” says Rose. Another nonviolent form of self-

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defense is Shaolin five animal kung fu, a martial arts style that mimics the characteristics of five animals—the tiger, leopard, snake, crane and dragon. Instructor Lloyd Fridenburg owns Fitness with a Purpose, in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, where he emphasizes the awareness and avoidance concept as the psychological heart of nonviolent self-defense. Fridenburg, founder and senior instructor of the Waterloo Kung Fu Academy, explains, “The concept emphasizes being constantly aware of your surroundings while avoiding obvious areas of potential danger.” He also stresses the importance of proper body language—being able to read that of others, as well as how to diffuse confrontation upfront in how we present ourself. “Martial arts are a two-sided coin,” he says. “There’s the martial aspect, which involves techniques that allow a person to defend him- or herself in a wide range of situations. Then there’s the art aspect, which encompasses a deeper study, encompassing forms of movement and mental, philosophical and meditative techniques.” “Overall health benefits are no different than one might expect of any disciplined fitness regimen,” notes Fridenburg. “However, the nature of a quality martial arts program forces practitioners to focus their entire attention on what they are doing. The mere act of staying grounded in the

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present moment dramatically reduces stress and sets martial arts practices apart from many other forms of movement.” Tai chi, an ancient, softer style of Chinese martial art, leverages relaxation, posture and energy work, rather than muscular tension. As a Taoist art, it embodies the way nature works, using minimal effort to accomplish a lot. “Demonstrating tai chi as a form of nonviolent selfdefense is much easier than describing it,” says Aaron D. Nitzkin, Ph.D., of New Orleans, a Tulane University professor, tai chi master and certified medical qigong instructor. “If someone attacks, you don’t resist; you can use tai chi principles to yield to their movements with a natural, circular, continuous motion, turning their own force against them. When you move aggressively against a master, it feels like you’ve just bounced off them and fallen down. In order to win at tai chi fighting, you need

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to remain completely calm and centered and most of all, listen to your opponent’s energy with your hands, so that you can yield to it and then redirect it.” It’s a profound lesson in interpersonal communication. “My students report stronger immune systems, greater clarity of mind, better sleep, less anxiety and depression, and greater emotional stability,” says Nitzkin. “Practitioners become much more sensitive to and conscious of the internal condition of their bodies, and even develop the ability to feel bioelectric fields.” Whichever form of nonviolent self-defense suits us, experts advise that students study with a certified and experienced instructor for optimum results and safe practice. Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy and senior staff writer for Longevity Times online. Connect at Aimee@LongevityTimes.com.

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THE JOYS OF GRANDPARENTING How to Mindfully Love Little Ones by April Thompson

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eing a grandparent can be magical; an opportunity to create both lifelong memories and formative experiences for grandchildren. However, it can also pose challenges that need to be managed mindfully, say experts. For more than 25 years, Patricia Salem, of Louisville, Kentucky, a licensed and board-certified art therapist, has taught mindfulness practices and art therapy in such diverse settings as hospitals and schools. Aiming to help kids and adults learn to harmoniously ease life’s challenges, her work across generations has led her to seek ways to support entire family systems on their individual and familial journey to more mindful living. Her classes focus on skills like cultivating awareness, communication, self-compassion and self-care. “Teaching mindfulness and stress reduction to children is a start; however, teaching parents and grandparents is important, too. Children need reinforcement at home for practices they are learning in order for them to take hold,” says Salem. Carolyn Tucker, a psychotherapist in Atlanta, started offering classes on mindful grandparenting six years ago after witnessing a rise in grandparents seeking therapy. “In working with new mothers, I’ve found that a common area of friction is too little or too much support from grandparents. I thought it wise

to help prepare them,” says Tucker. She helps grandparents develop realistic expectations of their role. “It’s easy to revert to what you know—the parenting role—so it’s important to set mindful intentions,” she observes. Tucker encourages grandparents to make mindful memories during time spent with the grandchildren. “You can find joy by being still and marveling at a grandchild’s beautiful little hands and dimpled knees while registering how

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the air in the room feels to create a vivid mental snapshot of the moment. “Parents and kids can become too busy, and grandparents can help them slow down. Lie on the grass together and look at cloud shapes or blow a dandelion. To me, that is the romance of grandparenting, and mindfulness allows the romance to blossom,” she says. Susan Moon, a Berkeley, California, author and grandmother who has practiced Zen Buddhism for nearly 40 years, sees grandparenting as an opportunity to release expectations; this feat can be difficult for parents caught up in their youngsters’ identities. “It’s easier for grandparents to accept grandkids for who they are and just be joyful with them. They get to be in the moment with the kids without worrying about the day-to-day details of caregiving that can consume parents.” She explores such ideas in her book This is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity. Being past their working years, grandparents are often more accepting and peaceful themselves, which can be inspiring for younger generations, adds Salem. For Moon, it’s vital to be mindful of the image of aging that’s projected; “I try to model that old age isn’t tragic, and show the joy in this stage of life,” she says. Yet grandparents also should be mindful of any physical limitations

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and set boundaries with grandkids as needed. “It’s okay to say, ‘I can’t hang on the jungle gym with you,’ and suggest an alternative,” says Moon. Good relationships with the grandkids begin with maintaining open relationships with their parents, experts note. To do this, consistently engage in compassionate listening. “It can be tempting for grandparents that know what may have worked in raising their own children to react or jump in, but it’s important to avoid giving unsolicited

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advice,” Salem cautions. At the same time, grandparents can notice aspects a harried parent may miss and, if handled carefully, can provide important insights. “I was known as the ‘fairy mom’, offering magic, art and imagination. I was grateful my own mother was there, too, because one child needed more structure and stability than I was providing,” says Tucker, a mother of four. “She gave me mindful feedback without making me feel like she was

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trying to usurp my role.” Moon suggests practicing “right speech”—messages that are positive, affirming and loving—with everyone. “It’s important to be humble and recognize the huge job of parents and all they juggle. Let them know that you are there to support them in whatever way you can.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.


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Mind Over Mouth - Managing Your Weight, Size and Shape Introduction. 7:00pm-8:00pm. Join hypnotists Claudia Autry and Stephanie McDaniel and get in shape for summer! Learn how hypnosis can be used to help with weight management goals by decoding cravings, reinforcing healthy behaviors of drinking water, food portions, mindfulness and exercise, and increasing willingness and motivation. Class will include information demystifying hypnosis and short hypnosis session. $10. 3207 Mercer St., 77027. Contact Claudia to RSVP 281-849-4610.

TUESDAY MAY 2ND

Conscious Grandparenting Create new memories, but also share old stories. “Kids want to hear about how their parents were as children, and it gives them a sense of history,” advises author Susan Moon. Be open to learning new technology to communicate across the generational divide. “While grandparents learn about the world of social media from their grandchildren, they can also encourage them to cut back on checking their cell phones in favor of interpersonal activities,” says art therapist Patricia Salem. When visiting grandkids, especially if they live in different cities, “Always have some ‘grandma magic’ up your sleeve—like games, puzzles or craft projects that can be collaborated on—to maximize precious time together,” suggests Moon. Invite grandchildren to try out meditation or breathing techniques practiced by their elders. “It can help lessen the stresses they encounter in school and at home,” says Salem. “Be careful to foster cooperation rather than competition in any shifting relationship with a child-turned-parent,” advises psychotherapist Carolyn Tucker. Otherwise, it can create chaos, undermine a parent’s confidence and strain relationships. For more advice on being a great grandparent, visit GrandparentsLink.com.

Clear the Air… Smoke Cessation Using the Power of Your Mind. 5:30pm-6:00pm. Join Claudia Autry, certified hypnotist and Reagan Barry, licensed acupuncturist for an informative talk and learn how hypnosis, acupuncture and herbology can be used to stop cravings, stop the smoking habit quickly and permanently, and restore health and well-being. Free. Meridian Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine, 8831 Long Point Rd. #302, 77055. Contact Reagan at 281-788-6654. 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 MAY 3RD

Sit ‘n Stitch. 5:30pm-6:45pm. Whether you knit, crochet, or embroider, join us to visit while we stitch! Free. Unity Bookstore, 2929 Unity Drive, 77057. bookstore@unityhouston.org 713-782-8320 An Evening with Author Sidhhartha Mukherjee. 7:30pm. St. Paul’s UMC will host this evening with the author presented by Brazos Bookstore. Pulitzer Prize winning author Mukherjee marks the release of the paperback edition of his book, "The Gene: An Intimate History." Tickets can be purchased at www. brazosbookstore.com. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main Street, 77004.

FRIDAY MAY 5TH

markyourcalendar Nora’s Home “Giving Back to the Future” Gala. 7:00 pm. Please join us for the 6th annual gala to benefit Nora’s Home facility and programs that provide care, education, and support for transplant patients and their families. For information on how to purchase sponsorship benefits and opportunities and tickets or for information on the DeLorean raffle, please call Natalie Lencioni Raymer at 832-831-3721, email gala@norashome.org or visit www. norashome.org. Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston, 2222 West Loop South, 77027.

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The 22nd Annual Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance. Sat. 5/6, 10am-5pm - Sun. 5/7, 9am-4pm. A weekend-long, nationally acclaimed classic car and vintage wooden boat show takes place each spring and attracts more than 15,000 attendees. Proceeds from the 2017 event will again benefit the Boys and Girls Harbor, whose mission is to provide a home and safe environment for abandoned and abused children and healthy, comprehensive care for children and families in crisis. $25 online in advance, $35 at the gate, kids 10 & under free. Lakewood Yacht Club 2425 E NASA Pkwy., Seabrook, 77586. www.keels-wheels.com

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Marva’s Holistic Fair. 10:00am-5:00pm. Psychics, tarot readers, palmists, healers, vendors of all sorts. Admission Free. LaQuinta Inn-Galleria, 1625 W Loop 610 South on West Loop 610 between San Felipe and Post Oak, 77027. psychicfairs.com 713-444-3581

markyourcalendar Chakra Healing Workshop + Crystal Light Table Sessions with Chris Carpentier. 10:30am-1:00pm. A Chakra Healing play date! First a workshop on how to clear your chakras and then sign up for a light crystal clearing bath Session (healing sessions from 1:30 pm- 6:00 pm and are $35 for 15 min). There are seven major chakras that connect to every organ and every anatomical part of the body. By having some basic knowledge regarding the function and purpose of each energy center, one can identify resistance, blocks, and imbalances. $55.00. Body Mind & Soul, 7951 Katy Frwy Ste. N, 77024. 713-993-0550 www.bmshouston.com

SUNDAY MAY 7TH

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

markyourcalendar Buddha’s Birthday. 11:00am. Please call for additional information. Universal Door Meditation Center, 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, 77498. www.universaldoor.org 281-565-9718

markyourcalendar Buddha’s Birthday Ceremony and International Vegetarian Cuisine Festival. Noon. The Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston will host the third annual International Vegetarian Cuisine Festival. This year, the event will feature approximately fifty vegetarian dishes from up to thirty countries. The different foods will be on display along with placards identifying the food, the country, and a brief description. Visitors will have a chance to savor each dish. Come and enjoy the amazing variety of vegetarian cuisine available worldwide! Free. CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON, 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. zen@cthouston.org www. cthouston.org 281-568-1568

MONDAY MAY 8TH

markyourcalendar 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

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THURSDAY MAY 11TH

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

Iconoclasts Poetry Collection Book Release. 7:00pm-9:00pm. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church celebrates Iconoclast Artists as they release THEY SAY vol. 2, their second anthology of poems. It’s a collection written by young poets across Houston. Come for the students’ live performances and to get your copy of the book which supports scholarships for the program. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet Street, 77005. www.iconoclastartists.org

FRIDAY MAY 12TH

A Moment’s Peace: Finding Stillness - a Meditation Workshop with Elizabeth & Allie Irvine. 10:00am–11:00am. Feelings of peace, joy, and creativity happen within the quiet stillness of one’s mind. Each of us holds the ability to focus our attention on what we want to perceive at any moment. Join us for a morning meditation and learn how to use a mala as a grounding tool, a simple visualization exercise, and a short guided relaxation to find the stillness within you. $15.00. Body Mind & Soul, 7951 Katy Frwy Ste. N, 77024. 713-993-0550 www.bmshouston.com

WEDNESDAY MAY 10TH

Chakra Breath Work with Gandhari. 5:30pm-6:45pm.Learn how to use toning and breath work to open up and balance your energy centers. Free. Unity Bookstore, 2929 Unity Drive, 77057. bookstore@unityhouston.org 713-782-8320 Office Space at Market Square Park. 8:00pm. Join us for a film under the stars as the Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow presents Office Space (R). Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and grab a spot on the lawn. Free. Market Square Park, 301 Milam, 77002. marketsquarepark.com/

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Canino Produce and Farmer’s Market. 6am-8pm (except Thanksgiving and Christmas) Over 20,000 square feet of Texas produce. Canino Produce and Farmer’s Market 2520 Airline, 77009. 713-862-4027 caninoproduce.com Independence Heights Farm. Mon-Sat 9am-6pm (except during extreme cold or rainy weather). Come and get your hands in the diprt. Help with the work of the farm and harvest your share. Check in with Farmer Kelvin. A project of Last Organic Outpost and Food Everywhere Coalition. Independence Heights Farm 100 East 45th @ Yale, 77018. NuWaters Food Co-Op. 11am-7pm Mon-Sat. 1-5pm Sun. We are a retail food cooperative located in the area currently known as Midtown and historically known as the 3rd Ward. Our store is in the historic old Eldorado Ball Room building. We provide fresh food to a community recently identified as a food desert. NuWaters is a fresh twist on a very old idea. We are not recreating the wheel, we are dusting off the wheel and using it again. We invite you to join us on this journey to community and food wholeness. NuWaters Food Co-Op 2320 Elgin, 77004. NuWatersCo-Op.com

Westchase District Farmer’s Market. 3-6pm. 10503 Westheimer (at Rogerdale), 77042. (1 block west of Beltway 8) westchasedistrictfarmersmarket.com Kingwood Farmer’s Market. 3-7pm. Town Center Park, 8 N. Main St., Kingwood, 77339. facebook.com/kingwoodfarmersmarket

TUESDAY Spring Branch Farmer’s Market. 2-6pm. Unitarian Fellowship of Houston, 1504 Wirt Road, 77055. facebook.com/ springbranchfarmersmarkethouston Rice University Farmer’s Market. 3:30pm-6:30pm. Rice University, Entrance 13B off of Greenbriar Dr, 5600 Greenbriar 77005. farmersmarket.rice.edu/ Rawfully Organic Food Co-Op. 1-4pm for volunteer hours. 4-7pm for pick-up. Houston Arboretum, 4501 Woodway Dr., 77024. You must order your shares by 9pm Monday in order to pick up on Tuesday. Rawfullyorganic.com

WEDNESDAY Central City Co-Op. 9am-6pm. Kindred Church, 2515 Waugh Dr., 77006. centralcityco-op.com City Hall Farmer’s Market. 11am-1:30pm. City Hall. 901 Bagby Street, 77002 urbanharvest.org

SATURDAY Eastside Urban Harvest Farmer’s Market. 8am-12n. 3000 Richmond at Eastside, 77098. urbanharvest.org The Farm Stand at Petrol Station. 9am-1pm. Petrol Station, 938 Wakefield Dr., 77018. 713.957.2875 http:// bit.ly/1oD6m8F The Woodlands Farmer’s Market at Grogan’s Mill. 8am-12n. 7 Switchbud Place, Spring, 77380. grogansmillvillage.com Farmer’s Market on Grand Parkway. 8am-12n. Church of the Holy Apostles, 1225 W. Grand Parkway, Katy, 77494. farmersmarketongrandparkway.com Heights Epicurean Farmer’s Market. 8:30am-1:30pm. First Saturdays only. Grace UMC, 1245 Heights Blvd., 77008. HeightsEpicurean.com Memorial Villages Farmers Market. 9am-1pm. First Congregational Church, 10840 Beinhorn Rd. 77024. http://bit.ly/1YfwDWD Farmer’s Market at Imperial. 9am-1pm. 198 Kempner, Sugar Land, 77498. Imperialfarmersmarket.com Tomball Farmer’s Market. 9am-1pm. 205 W. Main St. on the corner of Main Street (FM 2920) and Walnut Street in downtown Tomball, 77377. tomballfarmersmarket.org Conroe Saturday AM Farmers Market. 9am-1pm. 135 N Main, Conroe, 77301 facebook.com/ConroeSamM/

SUNDAY East End Street Market. 10am-2pm. 2800 Navigation Blvd, 77003. Eastendhouston.com/market Magnolia Farmer’s & Artisan’s Market. 11am-3pm. 1st , 3rd & 5th Sundays. Intersection of FM 1488 and FM 1774 in Magnolia, 77354. sweetmagnoliapickins.net Farmers Market at Bridgeland. 12:30-3:30pm. 2nd Sunday. 16902 Bridgeland Landing, Cypress 77433. farmersmarketatbridgeland.org

markyourcalendar AWARE for All – Houston. 11:00am-2:00pm. Aware For All is a free program that brings the local community together to learn about the clinical research process. The event provides free health screenings, free food, and important information about clinical research, community resources, and clinical trial participation. The event also serves as a forum for open dialogue between patients, members of the public, and health and research professionals. Free, Pre-registration is encouraged. Windsor Village, Kingdom Builders’ Center (KBC), 6011 West Orem Drive, 77085. awareforall@ciscrp.org 1-877-MED-HERO (1877-633-4376) www.awareforall.org A Special Kundalini Meditation. 7:30pm-8:45pm. Awakening your kundalini and cleansing your chakras leads to states of higher consciousness, well-being and freedom from the tyranny of the monkey mind. This leads to a greater bond with your Higher Sacred Self and the discovery of true happiness. Kundalini: The vital force lying dormant within one until activated, which leads one toward spiritual power. Everyone is welcome. Love offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr., 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org

SATURDAY MAY 13TH

Solarize Houston Workshop – 10:30am-12pm. Solarize Houston, a non-profit organization explains how you can participate in a group purchase of residential solar to obtain a discount on your solar system. Free. Green Building Resource Center, 1002 Washington, Houston. SolarizeHouston@outlook.com. Solarize-Houston.org.

markyourcalendar New Decisions Therapy Training. 2-4pm New Decision TherapyTM facilitates the release of previously unexpressed emotions tied to loss of a loved one, the loss of the cherished phase of life, the loss of a personal hope or dream, or the loss of self-worth do to abuse experienced in the past. Join Dr. Nettie Ramsay for a FREE talk introducing this unique form of therapy. Learn to help yourself and help others. FREE. Wellness Consultations 12900 Queensbury Lane, suite 201 Houston, TX 77079. Call 281-794-5255 to reserve your place. Drnettie.net

TUESDAY MAY 16TH

Clear the Air… Smoke Cessation Using the Power of Your Mind. 5:30pm-6:00pm. Join Claudia Autry, certified hypnotist and Reagan Barry, licensed acupuncturist for an informative talk and learn how hypnosis, acupuncture and herbology can be used to stop cravings, stop the smoking habit quickly and permanently, and restore health and well-being. Free. Meridian Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine, 8831 Long Point Rd. #302, 77055. Contact Reagan at 281-788-6654. 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 MAY 17TH

Singing Bowl Jam Session. 5:30pm-6:45pm. Bring your singing bowl and gather with others to experience the soothing, nourishing, healing and empowering sound vibrations resonating from the singing bowls. Free. Unity Bookstore, 2929 Unity Drive, 77057. bookstore@unityhouston.org 713-782-8320

THURSDAY MAY 18TH

Blanket Bingo. 6:00pm-9:00pm. Join us for Blanket Bingo benefiting Market Square Park and Buffalo Bayou Partnership. Bring your blanket, lawn chairs or snag one of the tables at the park for a night of fun, music and great prizes! $10 admission includes one bingo packet (approx. 9 games). Additional games and daubers can be purchased for $1 each. Market Square Park 301 Milam, 77002 marketsquarepark.com/

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markyourcalendar Deva Premal & Miten: Temple at Midnight. 7:30pmThis will be a powerful gathering offering a joyful path to centering in these turbulent times, creating moments of what Deva describes as “ecstatic silence” – or in Miten’s words, “luminous pools of deep celebration.” $35-up. Unity of Houston 2929 Unity Dr., 77057. For tickets visit https://spectrumcenter-houston.com/

FRIDAY MAY 19TH

Oneness Awakening Course. Fri. 5/19 – 7pm-9pm & Sat. 5/20 – 9am-9pm. Awakening is the rising of consciousness where there is greater awareness, joy, love, togetherness, and focus in everything that you do and experience. The course is an intensive journey of inner growth, culminating with participants having the option to be initiated as a Blessing Giver. For more info, fees, and to register: unityhouston.org or call Janis Shanks at 713-782-4050. Unity of Houston, Wallet Hall, 2929 Unity Dr., 77057.

SATURDAY MAY 20TH

Sacred Space: What It Is & How to Create It with Anna Silvernail. 2:00pm–4:00pm. Are you struggling to incorporate meaning and spirit into your everyday life and manifest your desires? Is your home a reflection of your highest and brightest self? Through the creation of sacred space we make room for authenticity, spirit, and powerful transformation to enter our lives. Learn what “sacred space” really is, how to create and maintain it, and why it is so crucial to living the life of purpose and fulfillment you desire. $50.00. Body Mind & Soul, 7951 Katy Frwy Ste. N, 77024. 713-993-0550 www.bmshouston.com

SUNDAY MAY 21ST

Half-day Retreat. 9:00am-12:00pm. Chan/Zen Meditation Classes guided by Ordained Zen Masters of Chung Tai Chan Monastery. Free. CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 zen@cthouston.org www.cthouston.org 281-568-1568 Group Past Life Regression with Melanie Harrell. 1:00pm– 2:30pm or 3:30pm–5:00pm. Have you ever felt drawn to a person or place and wondered why? Have you ever sincerely worked on an issue and found that it keeps coming back? Join Melanie for an exploration of your past through the fascinating process of past life regression. Group regressions are for “light” subjects. Deep or difficult issues should be addressed privately. $40.00. Body Mind & Soul, 7951 Katy Frwy Ste. N, 77024. 713-993-0550 www.bmshouston.com

markyourcalendar Choral Scholars End-of-Year Concert. 4:00pm. A free concert by the St. Paul’s Choral Scholars under the direction of Eddie Quaid. The Choral Scholars is an auditioned group of advanced high school singers who present the finest in sacred choral music. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main Street, 77004. More at www.stpaulshouston.org/choralscholars

MONDAY MAY 22ND

Mind Over Mouth - Managing Your Weight, Size and Shape Introduction. 7:00pm-8:00pm. Join hypnotists Claudia Autry and Stephanie McDaniel and get in shape for summer! Learn how hypnosis can be used to help with weight management goals by decoding cravings, reinforcing healthy behaviors of drinking water, food portions, mindfulness and exercise, and increasing willingness and motivation. Class will include information demystifying hypnosis and short hypnosis session. $10. 3207 Mercer St., 77027. Contact Claudia to RSVP 281-849-4610. 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 MAY 23RD

“Holy Women, Holy Men” Evening Prayer. 7:30pm. St. Paul’s will recognize the life and witness of Nicolaus Copernicus and Johannes Kepler and their contributions as astronomers and mathematicians. The service is part of the Holy Women, Holy Men series, which explores the spiritual lives of a diverse group of saints. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main Street, 77004. More at www.stpaulshouston.org/music New Moon in Gemini Forecast & Meditation with Kimberley McSherry. 7:00pm–8:30pm. The New Moon of Gemini heralds a month long opportunity to explore new possibilities and gather needed information in order to adapt our perceptions to accommodate what current reality dictates. Join us as we come together to play with ideas and help each other to see the world a little differently. $25.00. Body Mind & Soul, 7951 Katy Frwy Ste. N, 77024. 713-993-0550 www.bmshouston.com Oneness Blessing Meeting with Prana Deeksha. 7:00pm9:00pm. Prana Deeksha is the most powerful form of Deeksha. A Prana Deeksha Giver must be initiated in the Temple of the Supreme Light by touching the physical Golden Ball which is embedded with the power of the Supreme Light. Please note that Prana Deeksha is given spontaneously only if the needed conditions are met. If the conditions are not met, either Golden Orb or Hands On Deeksha will be given. Child care available, reservation only. $10 suggested Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr., 77057. 713-782-4050 unityhouston.org

WEDNESDAY MAY 24TH

Essential Oils Summer Guide. 5:30pm-6:45pm. Learn which oils are great for the summer: bug repellent, sore muscles, hand sanitizer, fruit/veggie wash, jet lag zapper, poison ivy remedy, swimmer's ear, cuts/scrapes cleaner, pest control for gardening, indigestion for BBQ overload. Sample the oils and enter to win door prizes. Free. Unity Bookstore, 2929 Unity Drive, 77057. bookstore@unityhouston.org 713-782-8320

THURSDAY MAY 25TH

LiveStream Oneness Meditation Broadcast with Reverend Howard Caesar. 11:30pm-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

markyourcalendar Spirituality of Beer. 6:30pm. Barkley Thompson, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, will explore the spirituality of beer. In this fun-filled and enlightening course, Barkley will engage figures ranging from the Egyptian god Osiris to C.S. Lewis of the Narnia Chronicles. And, of course, we'll taste some delicious beer! Class is $30 per person. Visit http:// hinescenter.org/lectures-and-workshops/ for additional details. Hines Center, 500 Fannin St, Ste. 100, 77002.

FRIDAY MAY 26TH

Solar Energy System Workshop – 2-4pm. This workshop addresses the basics on installing and operating a solar system. It covers solar array types, costs of equipment/labor, permitting, energy savings, and reliability. Free. TXRX Labs, 205 Roberts St, Houston 77003. William.Swann2@gmail.com. HoustonRenewableEnergy.org. Critical Mass-Houston. Assemble at 6:30 pm. Roll at 7:15pm. A casual bike ride starting from downtown Houston and going wherever. Cars rule the road every day, but one day a month we get together to celebrate our love for bicycles and have fun riding. Free. Market Square, 301 Milam, 77002. criticalmasshouston.com

SUNDAY MAY 28TH

Meditation Workshop. 10:00-12:00pm. Open to everyone especially for beginners to meditation. The master will give a brief introduction to meditation and guide the participants to do meditation. Free, donations welcome. CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 zen@cthouston.org www.cthouston.org 281-568-1568

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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 MAY 30TH

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

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Medicine Buddha Blessing Ceremony. 9:30am-3:00pm. Free. CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 zen@cthouston.org www.cthouston.org 281-568-1568

MONDAY, JUNE 5TH & 19TH

Mind Over Mouth - Managing Your Weight, Size and Shape Introduction. 7:00pm-8:00pm. Join hypnotists Claudia Autry and Stephanie McDaniel and get in shape for summer! Learn how hypnosis can be used to help with weight management goals by decoding cravings, reinforcing healthy behaviors of drinking water, food portions, mindfulness and exercise, and increasing willingness and motivation. Class will include information demystifying hypnosis and short hypnosis session. $10. 3207 Mercer St., 77027. Contact Claudia to RSVP 281-849-4610.

SUNDAY, JUNE 11TH

Half-day Retreat. 9:00am-12:00pm. Chan/Zen Meditation Classes guided by Ordained Zen Masters of Chung Tai Chan Monastery. Free. CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 zen@cthouston.org www.cthouston.org 281-568-1568 The 3rd Annual George Springer All-Star Bowling Benefit. 7:30pm-10:00pm. This Bowling Benefit is being hosted by George Springer, a Houston Astros outfielder and Sports Illustrated cover athlete. The evening will begin with a cocktail reception followed by bowling with celebrity lane captains, open bar and dinner. The event will also feature sport themed items, experiences, and memorabilia in a silent auction. All proceeds from the event and silent auction will help send kids and teens to Camp SAY. Lucky Strike Houston, 1201 San Jacinto St., 77002. For tickets, sponsorship, ads or more info contact Noah Corman - 212-414-9696 ext. 201, email: noah@say.org or visit www.say.org

SUNDAY, JUNE 18TH

Meditation Workshop. 10:00-12:00pm. Open to everyone especially for beginners to meditation. The master will give a brief introduction to meditation and guide the participants to do meditation. Free, donations welcome. CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 zen@cthouston.org www.cthouston.org 281-568-1568

SATURDAY JULY 15TH & SUNDAY JULY 16TH

A Weekend of Self Empowerment Using EMDR and Hypnosis. 9:00am-3:00pm. Join Certified Hypnotist Claudia Autry, and Dee Gardner (LMSW, LCDC, CSAT, EMDR-II) and learn how Eye Movement Desensitization Reprogramming (EMDR) rewires the brain and hypnosis can be used in conjunction to move you forward in your life, find your voice and step into your true authentic self in this highly experiential workshop. Early registration discount before July 1st of $295 and $325 after. 3207 Mercer St. 77027. Contact to RSVP Claudia 281849-4610 or Dee 832-489-1998.

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daily Houston Arboretum. 7am-7pm. Walk in nature. Learn about native plants and wildlife. Free. Houston Arboretum 4501 Woodway Dr., 77024. houstonarboretum.org St. Arnold Brewing Company - Brewery Tours. Mon.-Fri. Public Tours at 1:00pm and 3:00pm – no admission charge, food and beer a la carte prices. Sat. Tours at 12pm, 1pm, and 2pm - $10 Admission Charge (includes souvenir glass and four 8oz samples). 2000 Lyons Ave, 77020. saintarnold.com 713-686-9494 Rothko Chapel. 10am-6pm (except during special events) The Rothko Chapel is an independent institution, a sacred place open to all people, every day. Free. Rothko Chapel 3900 Yupon, 77006. 713-524-9839 rothkochapel.org Waugh Bridge Bat Colony. Sunset. Every evening at sunset, more than 250,000 Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from crevices found in the Waugh Drive Bridge. These creatures are non-migratory and call the bayou home year-round. Free. Waugh Street at Allen Parkway 77019. houstontx.gov/parks/bats.html

monday Yoga on the Green. 11am-noon. Strengthen, relax and recharge. Presented in partnership with Texas Military Veterans Network. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com Open Mic at The Last Concert Cafe. 6:00-10:00pm. Last Concert Café 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com Beginners Yoga 7-8:30 pm. Discover your strengths and balances through a therapeutic approach to yoga alignment and mind/body integration. First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, 5200 Fannin 77004. stanpolins@hal-pc.org. www.firstuu.org Food Not Bombs. 8pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Courtyard 521 Lamar, 77002. houstonfoodnotbombs.org

tuesday Grace2Go. 7:00-8:30 am. On the go? Want a boost to the start of your day? Drive thru for free coffee, a breakfast bite, and a prayer if desired. All are welcome. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort, 77025. www.graceinhouston.org.

Yoga at India House. 11:00-12:00am. Enjoy relaxing cardio work out at India House. Free. India House, 8888 West Bellfort, 77031. Go to the website, print out the form and email it to the address given. http://bit.ly/2kbWEst T'ai Chi Ch'uan. 5:45pm-7:00pm. Intended for serious relaxation, this class concentrates on creating and moving Chi/Qi (vital force) through meditation while moving. Jon Naylor teaches the traditional Yang Style short form with martial arts references. Beginners are encouraged to arrive early. Free. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin Street, 77004. firstuu.org

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Wednesday Oneness Blessing. 5:30-6:45pm. The Oneness Blessing, also known as Deeksha, is a hands-on, direct transfer of energy. Which can strengthen your relationship with your Divine, Spirit, God; however you relate to that. Bring freedom from your chattering mind. And can cause your Authentic You to shine and become present in the moment and experience fullness of life as it truly is. The more blessings you receive, the greater the benefit. Child care available, no reservation required. Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org

The Self-Invest Series with Helen Racz. 6:45pm-8:45pm. 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. Spectrum Center, 2060 North Loop West, Suite 205, 77018. HelenRacz.com

Christian Meditation. 6:00-7:00pm. Experience meditation and contemplative prayer using ancient prayer practices of the early Christian communities. Explore and study contemporary and ancient texts of the contemplative way. All are welcome. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort, 77025. Parking is free and available at the Woodwind St. entrance. www.graceinhouston.org. Questions? info@graceinhouston.org or 832-667-8601.

Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 6:30-7:30pm. Come around and try our free weekly yoga-meditation classes. Simply turn up, and make yourself comfortable. Each session includes the basics and a practical guided meditation, so that you can start meditating at home straight away. Free. South Community Center. 2235 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, 77380. 832-433-2415. info@Houston-Meditation.org Circus Arts. 6-8pm. Circus Arts will consist of ground arts and acrobatics such as contortion/flexibility, Low Tight wire, Partner acrobatics, juggling and hand balancing. Circus Arts is taught by instructors from Cirque la Vie, a Houston Contemporary Circus company formed by Reyie Nal. Must be 13 and up for class. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com

Urban Ride. 6:30pm. Be ready to roll at 6:30PM. The route is 20 miles. Riders should be comfortable keeping a pace of 18-20 mph. Helmet, front and back light, spare tube, and CO2 cartridges are required. Earphones are not allowed. Speed may vary depending on who shows. Safety comes first. Free. Urban Bicycle Gallery, 4814 Nett St., 77007. judy@urbanbicyclegallery.com

Intro to Meditation 101.7-8pm. Universal Door Meditation Center offers this free, beginner level class, open to the public. Here we begin to discover the difference between False Mind and Awake Mind by applying basic Zen Meditation. Donations Welcome. Universal Door Meditation Center 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, 77498. www.universaldoor.org 281-565-9718

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Yoga at Resurrection MCC. 7:00-8:00 pm. Get in touch with your mind, body, and spirit through Yoga! Connect with others in this non-competitive activity suitable for everyone. All body types and skill levels are welcome. Please bring a mat and towel. Extra mats are available for those new to Yoga. Free, donations accepted. Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, 2015 West 11th Street, 77008. Yoga@ResurrectionMCC.org

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Wednesday Meditation. 6:30-7pm. We create our life experiences through our way of thinking. One way to align ourselves with Spirit is through meditations. Unity of North Houston, 11738 Grant Road Cypress, 77429. 281-374-7085. unitynorthhouston.org

markyourcalendar Zumba on the Green. 6:00-7:00pm. ACE certified personal trainer, Oscar Sajche shows you how to make your workout a party! Come see why hundreds of Houstonians come out to the park to move it and lose it! Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com Blue Line Bike Ride. 7pm. We have multiple rides that leave from our Heights location on Wednesday evening at 7:00pm. Each ride has its own route and distinct pace, so come on out and decide which one works best for you and hop in! Free. Blue Line Bike Lab, 3302 White Oak Drive, 77007. 713-802-1707 www.bluelinebikelab.com/shop-rides Beginning Zen Meditation. 7:30-9:30pm. Feeling stressed? Want something to help you feel better? Try meditation with us. Free, registration required. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. cthouston.org Diamond Way Meditation. 7-7:45 pm. Free. Diamond Way Buddhist Center, 2217 W 34th Street, Suite D. 281. 77018. 281-436-6081. diamondway.org/houston/ Hellina Bucket Band 8:00 -10:00pm. Free dinner music. Last Concert Café, 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com Food Not Bombs. 8pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Courtyard 521 Lamar, 77002. houstonfoodnotbombs.org Pot Roast. 10:00pm-12mn. Late night music outside under the stars. Cover charge. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com Drum Circle at Midnight 12mn-2am $7.00 Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com

thursday Grace2Go. 7:00-8:30 am. On the go? Want a boost to the start of your day? Drive thru for free coffee, a breakfast bite, and a prayer if desired. All are welcome. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort, 77025. www.graceinhouston.org. Integrative Hatha Yoga Classes. 9:30am. Facilitated by Certified Yoga Therapist, Lin Weiss MH, CYT. Balance Mind, Body & Spirit. An integrative approach with classical Hatha foundations. Focusing on structural alignment, pranayama breathing technique and strength building. Bellaire Triangle Yoga Studio. Suitable for all levels. Call 713-859-8595 to reserve your class.

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 Parkour. 6:30-8pm. Experienced, certified coaches utilize a unique, deconstructed approach to teaching running, jumping, climbing, crawling, balancing, vaulting, and fluidly moving through any environment…turning “working out” into “play”. Class will meet on the Deck under the Oak Trees, participants must arrive by 6:45pm. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com Meditation Class: Discovering the Awake Within. 7-9pm. Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien closely guides and interacts with students to realize Awake Mind is already within, they have the capacity to Wake Up, and how to apply meditation. This class provides a stable foundation for those who are ready to move to the next level, go deeper in their meditation practice, and touch with the Awake within. Suggested donation $50/ month. Pre-registration required. Universal Door Meditation Center, 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, 77498. universaldoor. org. 281-565-9718 Chaz and the Plastik Flask. 7pm. Upbeat musical style with a rock and roll sound. Cover charge. Last Concert Café, 1403 Nance St., 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com

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

markyourcalendar Dinner Music with Jimmy Deen. 6-8pm. Cover charge. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com

Museum of Fine Arts-Houston. 10am-9pm. If you have not spent time enjoying the art exhibits at MFAH, what are you waiting for? Free. MFAH, 1001 Bissonnet, 77005. 713-6397300 mfah.org

saturday

Yoga at India House. 11:00-12:00am. Enjoy relaxing cardio work out at India House. Free. India House, 8888 West Bellfort, 77031. Go to the website, print out the form and email it to the address given. http://bit.ly/2kbWEst

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.

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 Buffalo Soldiers Museum. 1-5pm. Buffalo Soldiers Museum is the only museum dedicated to preserving the legacy and honor of African American soldiers in the United States. Free. Buffalo Soldiers Museum, 3816 Caroline Street, 77004. Buffalosoldiersmuseum.com 713-942-8920. Houston Museum of Natural Science. 2-5pm. Roam the Serengeti, walk with dinosaurs and discover the world's mineral wonders. Free. HMNS 5555 Hermann Park Drive 77030. hmns.org

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. 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

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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 Young Writers Workshop. 10:30am-11:30am. Kids learn to express their thoughts an develop language skills. Presented by Houston Public Library/HPL Express and Discovery Green. Houston's only free and open writing workshop for kids conducted by Writers In The Schools. Limited to 25 students, first come first serve. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com For more information please call 832-393-1375.

markyourcalendar Recycling Saturdays. 11:00am-2:00pm. The City of Houston provides a recycling station for plastic and now - thanks to I Recycle Glass, you can also bring your glass each week to be recycled. Please bring paper and plastic recyclables separately from glass. Please note: Recycling container is provided by the City of Houston Solid Waste Management. The schedule can be subject to change, but park staff will accept your recycling in the park office during the hours of 10am-2pm regardless of whether the container is on site. Recycling can be affected by street closures. Check discoverygreen.com each week for schedule updates. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com 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 STEM Saturdays. 12:30pm-1:30pm. Girlstart leads a fun, hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education program for kids. Space is limited to 60 kids on a first come first serve basis. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com 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 T'ai Chi Ch'uan. 10:30am-12:00pm. Intended for serious relaxation, this class concentrates on creating and moving Chi/Qi (vital force) through meditation while moving. Jon Naylor teaches the traditional Yang Style short form with martial arts references. Beginners are encouraged to arrive early. Free. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin Street, 77004. firstuu.org Dinner Music with Jimmy Deen. 6-9pm. Cover charge. Last Concert Café, 1403 Nance St., 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com

sunday Yoga for the Body and Mind. 8-9:30 am. Yoga classes based on the teachings of Swami Ramdev ji including asanas, pranayama and meditation. Free. Arya Samaj Greater Houston Center, 14375 Shiller Rd., 77082. 281-242-5000 aryasamajhouston.org. Sunday at Houston Zen Center. 8am-11am. We start with the practice of Morning Service. This is followed by meditation, then work practice, which involves mindful cleaning and straightening in the Meditation Hall and the Center’s grounds. Then a dharma talk, the teachings of Buddha. You are welcome to attend some or all of the Sunday program. Free. HOUSTON ZEN CENTER, 1605 Heights BLVD., 77008. 713-869-1952. houstonzen.org Sunday Oneness Blessing. After 9am and 11am services. The Oneness Blessing, also known as Deeksha, is a hands-on, direct transfer of energy. Which can strengthen your relationship with your Divine, Spirit, God; however you relate to that. Bring freedom from your chattering mind. And can cause your Authentic You to shine and become present in the moment and experience fullness of life as it truly is. The more blessings you receive, the greater the benefit. Child care available, no reservation required. Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050.

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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

Christian Meditation. 9:00am-9:30 am. Experience meditation and contemplative prayer using ancient prayer practices of the early Christian communities in preparation for receiving Holy Communion at the 10am worship service. All are welcome. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort, 77025. www. graceinhouston.org. Questions? info@graceinhouston.org or 832-667-8601.

Farm Shares Schedule Plant It Forward Farms invites you to enjoy your own weekly box of our fresh, local produce through our Farm Share program which helps ensure our efforts to give newly arrived refugees access to the American dream. You, the socially and environmentally conscious consumer, will be supporting local refugee farmers and their families to earn a living wage by farming sustainably on urban farms in Houston. Farm Shares may be picked up at the following locations. Visit our website for more information or to sign up. http://plant-it-forward.org/our-produce/ farm-share/

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Nature Discovery Center in Bellaire 3:30 - 7 pm 7112 Newcastle St, Bellaire Avenufitness West University 3:30 - 6:30 pm 6211 Edloe St, Houston, TX 77005

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Local Foods in Rice Village 3:30 - 7 pm 2424 Dunstan Rd, Houston Dr. Blazek's Office in the Heights 3:30 - 7 pm 2310 Rutland St, Houston Pearland Elite Training Center 3:30 - 7 pm 4407 Halik St, Pearland University of St. Thomas 4 - 6:30 pm 1318 Sul Ross St., Montrose Plant It Forward Warehouse 3:30 - 7 pm 4030 Willowbend Blvd, Meyerland

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Fondren Farm 3:30 - 7 pm 10611 Fondren Rd, Houston Dr. Blazek's Office in the Heights 3:30 - 7 pm 2310 Rutland St, Houston University of St. Thomas 3:30 - 7 pm 1318 Sul Ross St., Montrose

Sunday Celebrations at Creative Life Spiritual Center. 9:30am and 11:00am. Founding minister Jesse Jennings speaks on the basics of the Religious Science path. Love offering. Creative Life Spiritual Center, 5326 Spring-Stuebner Rd., Spring, 77389. Contact info@creativelife.org or visit creativelife.org

*Summer* Youth and Teen Program at Universal Door Meditation Center. 11:00am–12:30pm. **Beginning in June!** 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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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.

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

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

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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BIOLOGICAL DENISTRY MARILYN K. JONES, DDS

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

Natural Dentistry supports the body and the mind by finding the cause of dental problems. The dental examination includes noticing systemic and habitual influences. Setting the stage for the body to heal itself includes removing infection and toxins, correcting structure, and providing the best dental materials for you which will promote an outstanding environment for your overall health. Dentistry is my true love and as a true Biological Dentist, I combine modern technology, safe protection protocols, advanced knowledge of biological dentistry and medicine, and a patient-centric approach to enhance the wellness of all my patients. If you have dental issues or currently have silver amalgam fillings, call me today to schedule an appointment. See ad on page 23.

BOOKS THE POWER OF AWAKE by Thich Dieu Thien

Known internationally as a very inspiring teacher full of w i s d o m , c l a r i t y, a n d 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 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 “fullspine, 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 11.

CLOTHING THREDZ USA

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

THREDZ offers a wide selection of hand woven unstitched fabrics, ready to wear clothing for both men and women as well as formal wear. They provide simple, but timelessly cut pieces that have set the bar high as a prestigious fashion label. Whether you need a brand new outfit, or an entire wardrobe, their in-house stylists are more than happy to provide you with assistance to make you look your very best. Visit our website or come by our store, today! See ad on page 10.

COACHING ABOLISH YOUR INNER SABOTEUR! Houston, Texas July 14-16 tinamarie.com

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

BLISSFUL QUESTS

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 12.

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

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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 onlyyours or ours). By appointment only. Be well-Stay well. CALL TODAY!

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ENERGY MEDICINE

HEALING

ENERBODYBALANCE

COME & BE HEALED

How often do you find yourself saying you are tired or you just don’t have the energy to do this or that or feel out of sorts or not yourself? We are not just a body and a set of experiences – we are energy. Come for an energy medicine session with Cecilia and see results. Cecilia Timon is an Eden Energy Medicine Clinical Practitioner and a Reiki Master. EnerBodyBalance is conveniently located in the Montrose neighborhood.

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!

832-423-8318 enerbodybalance.com cecilia@enerbodybalance.com

GYMS HOUSTON GYM

1501 DURHAM STREET HOUSTON, TX 77007 713-880-9191 HoustonGym.com

Twenty years ago, Houston Gym opened as an alternative to big, impersonal fitness centers with staffs of high-pressure salespeople. We built a facility that boasts NEW stateof -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.

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

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MINDY KING

Certified Quantum-Touch®, Heal Your Life® mindy@sweetsimplehealing.com 281-684-1956 SweetSimpleHealing.com

Mindy’s most important work with women between the ages of 40 and 70 who are stuck and frustrated trying to move forward in life after a lost relationship, grief, empty home, illness, or retirement. She can help you embrace your fears by discovering your gifts and offering tools that support changing with joy. If you are a woman who feels lost and wants to feel heard, supported and rejuvenated with clarity, give Mindy a call. See Ad on page 15.

HOLISTIC SHOP THE CHAKRA HAVEN

402 East Main Street Tomball, TX 77375 346-234-7754 facebook.com/thechakra.heven

A cute little shop just outside the Old Town Tomball district. Featuring: candles, crystals, jewelry, oils, incense, herbs and more. Also by appointment only: meditation classes, tarot readings and Christian numerology. Meditation 101 each Wednesday at 6-7pm. Call for more information.

HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES AUNT ALBERTA’S REMEDY

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.

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HYPERBARIC OXYGEN HBOT AMERICA

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.

HYPNOBIRTHING BORN FREE BIRTHING -

HypnoBirthing® Classes & Placenta Encapsulation Services. Cliodhna Griffin, HBCE, APPAC 281-217-9294 bornfreebirthing@gmail.com www.Bornfreebirthing.com

Hypnobirthing® C h i l d b i r t h Preparation teaches amazing relaxation techniques and tools. It introduces a level of calmness that allows for a much more comfortable and easy birth. I believe that childbirth is a natural, normal and healthy experience for women. A woman's body is created to concieve, nurture and birth. In the absence of special circumstances, healthy women and their healthy babies deserve to be tended to as they wish and to birth in a calm, peaceful, stress-free manner. If you have any questions or would like more information regarding the services I offer, please feel free to contact me.

HYPNOSIS CLAUDIA AUTRY, HYPNOTIST (by appointment only) 281-849-4610 cautry@gmail.com claudiaautry.com

We l c o m e t o y o u r transformation! Whether you are looking to change habits such as smoking or weight or looking to find better ways of relaxing and increasing the joy in your life, I can help you. 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.


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.

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/ 281-227-0435/281-788-6494 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 linweiss@earthlink.net conscioushealingnow.com

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

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

Beginning Meditation: (A)Wed, 7:30–9:30pm. (B)Sat, 10am–noon. Children Meditation: Sat 10am– noon - For children ages 4–12 and parents. Half-day Retreat: Sun., May 21, 9am-noon. Sun., Jun. 11, 9am-noon. Meditation Workshop: Sun., May 28, 10am-noon. Sun., Jun. 18, 10am-noon. Blessing Ceremony: Sun., May 7, 10am-noon. Buddha's Birthday Ceremony and International Vegetarian Cuisine Festival: Sun., May 7 at noon. Medicine Buddha Ceremony: Sun., Jun. 4. Check the web site (event calendar) for the most current information. See ad on page 13.

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

Are you ready to Wake Up? D i s c o v e r Aw a k e m i n d 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 11am12:30n*. * = requires pre-registration/class fee. See our ad on page 14.

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 wellseasoned 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.

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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 IN YOUR WATER? Houston has the 6th worst water in the country. Our system takes out chlorine, pesticides and more. Plus, we treat and condition the water to make it healthier for your family. More than a water softener, table top unit or RO alone. Healthy water from every faucet or shower. Member BBB-A+ rating since the 80’s. Don’t delay. Call Henry today! 281-773-5441

NEW DECISION THERAPY WELLNESS CONSULTATIONS

12900 Queensberry Lane, Suite 201 Houston, TX 77079 281-794-5255 drnettie.net

If you or someone you care about is suffering from addictions, compulsive behavior patterns, unhealthy relationship patterns, anxiety, phobias, depression or feeling stuck New Decision TherapyTM can help. NDT uses applied and behavioral kinesiology to identify emotional trauma which may be the root cause of the problem. Once the traumatic experience that caused the behavior has been identified, the negative impact on body and mind can be cleared. Dr. Ramsay will be leading a FREE talk on NDT May 13th. Call Dr. Nettie Ramsay, N.D. today to schedule your initial consulation.

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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 categorycreating 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.

OPTICIAN 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.

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.

REIKI TRAINING REIKI MASTER JULIA CARROLL, PH.D. SCHOOL of HEALING ARTS 713-822-7380 julia@juliacarroll1.com JuliaCarroll1.com

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

ORGANICALLY GROWN PRODUCE PLANT IT FORWARD

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

Join the Farm Share Program Today! Enjoy your own weekly box of our local, organically grown produce by enrolling in our Farm Share Program. Get 6-8 different varieties, enough for a family of 3-5 each week. Purchase a 5-week miniseason for $132, a perfect gift for your healthconscious 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 16 & 34.

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 16.

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I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall. ~Nadine Stair

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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.

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 multi-ethnic leadership program on race, solidarity and kinship. Weekly worship on Sundays at 8:30 am, 9:45 am and 11:05 am Check out our other offerings in the Natural Awakenings calendars. 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 t h at su p p or t s pir itual 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 9.

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.


SUPERFOODS SUPERFOOD VILLAGE 3903 Almeda Road Houston, TX 77004 281-733-2444 superfoodvillage.com

Superfood Village is an ingredients company providing world class superfood ingredients including chlorella, spirulina, moringa, wheatgrass and over 25 other superfoods offering their customers a new frontier beyond isolated vitamin & mineral supplements. They sell both wholesale and retail quantities. Visit their website for a complete listing of the superfoods they have available. Call, drop by or order online TODAY. Mention Natural

Awakenings magazine and get a 10% discount on both Spirulina and Moringa.

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

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

THERMOGRAPHY THERMAL IMAGING SERVICES

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

No Compression, No Radiation, Painless. Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging or Thermography, creates images that illustrate heat patterns in the body. The thermal images are analyzed for abnormalities that may be signs of disease in the body. Thermography can be conducted onsite at your business through Thermal Imaging Services for Corporate Wellness. Locations in: Houston, Lake Charles, LA, Katy, Beaumont, The Woodlands, Tyler and Kingwood. Call for current schedule and to make an appointment. See ad on page 19.

YOGA BAYOU BLISS YOGA 808 West Main Street Houston, TX 77006 713-955-0900 bayoublissyoga.com

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.

JENNYOGA:

“To remember who you are and that you matter in this world…” 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. Now offering private and group sessions for Transpersonal Counseling, Neuropath Modification, Yogic Meditation, and Yoga for Mental and Emotional Therapy. Visit the website for more information or call to set up an appointment.

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

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

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TRANQUIL HEART YOGA

12288 Westheimer Road, Suite 380 Houston, TX 77077 (281) 759-6002 info@tranquilheartyoga.com

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!

YOGA FOR MENTAL & PHYSICAL HAPPINESS

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

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

YOGA TRAINING NURTURE SOUL THERAPEUTICS

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

Nurture Soul Therapeutics is the only RYS offering the 200-hour Integrative Yoga Teacher Training Program in Houston, TX. Along with offering Yoga classes with a focus on health and healing to the general public, graduates teach Yoga-based wellness programs in a wide variety of complementary settings including hospitals, businesses, and health care settings. This program is registered with the Yoga Alliance as a 200-hour Teacher Training certification program (RYT200) and offers a strong foundation for Advanced Yoga Therapy Programs. 200 hr. Spring-2017 - Every other weekend (JanJun)! Will be offered in Sugar Land at Ayush Wave. 300 hr. Coming on Fall-2017 - Week modules (JulDec)! Will be offered in Copperfield at Nurture Soul. Registration is now open. Contact us TODAY!

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