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reetings! Cindy and I are celebrating our 2nd anniversary as Natural Awakenings publishers this month. Yes, November 2014 was our first. It seems like B.N.A. (Before Natural Awakenings) was in another lifetime and then like it’s been no time at all since we were trying to figure out how to upload files to Dropbox. We’ve come a long way and so has the magazine. It’s up to 48 pages from 32 pages and we have a highly focused distribution carried out by a team of the best magazine distributors ever. There is the still fairly new mobile receptive website, digital edition and very active Facebook page. “Like” us on Facebook to keep up with all the latest breaking news and opportunities. Then there is my latest techie experiment, Aurasma, that allows us to embed video electronically in the print magazine. As we move into the holiday season and the temperatures drop into the high 70’s, it is time to take stock and give thanks. Give thanks for all the good things that have happened and all the good people we have had the privilege to meet. It’s time to give thanks that we are all still here and the future holds infinite promise. I hope you enjoy all the great national and local articles in this month’s magazine. Make time to check out the various events happening around Houston. When you stop by any of our many advertisers thank them for making it all possible.

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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.

6 newsbriefs 11 yogainstructors 17 KNOW YOUR 12 healthbriefs NERVOUS SYSTEM 14 globalbriefs by Jackie St. Cyr, D.C. 16 ecotip 21 inspiration 18 STAY SHARP Powerful Ways to Avoid 22 healthyholidays Mental Decline 24 healingways by Lisa Marshall 26 healthykids 28 wisewords 21 THE ART OF BLESSING 29 fitbody Sanctifying Everyday Life by Dennis Merritt Jones 30 naturalpet 32 farmers'markets 24 WORKPLACE WISDOM 33 moonsigns Mindfulness in Corporate Life 34 calendar by April Thompson 40 resourceguide

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ON THE TRUTH ABOUT DEPRESSION Why Meds Don’t Work and What Does

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a t u ra l Awa k e n i n g s P u b l i s h i n g Corporation’s family of 95 magazines bid a fond farewell to company President Larry Levine, with many joining in on a call and sending notes, prayers and good thoughts prior to his passing on September 23. Levine enthusiastically contributed his all with a host of talents focused on forwarding our collective mission of providing publishers and readers with the tools needed to help us all create a healthier, more sustainable world together. Founder and CEO Sharon Bruckman honors her partner, saying, “Our home office and publishers are truly saddened to lose the beautifully loving, guiding light that Larry generously shared with us throughout the past 12 years. His impact on our lives and Natural Awakenings‘ success will continue to bless our readers. We will miss him dearly.” One of Levine’s last gifts to the company was recommending Pat McGroder as vice president of franchise development. “We welcome Pat, already feeling blessed by the 24 years of experience he brings in highly successful publishing and franchising endeavors,” says Bruckman. McGroder will now also assume some of the operational responsibilities formerly managed by Levine.

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The Psychic Healing Center in the Galleria Area

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ouston’s newest holistic healing center located in the Galleria Area, featuring sound healing sessions and Intuitive Life Coaching is now open. The center offers individualized meditation programs, chakra clearing and balancing, crystal healing bowls and an amethyst healing bed. You can find an array of metaphysical items such as candles, crystals, salt baths, books, jewelry and more. Call and set up an appointment with Zia Evans or Barbie Butler today. The Psychic Healing Center, 3000 Sage Rd #1165. Houston, TX 77056. 713-3772002. See ad on page 10.


Rita Lorraine Carey & Shine Your Inner Light

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riginally from Washington, DC, Rita has recently settled in Houston. She brings with her experiences working in the corporate world and serving in the Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. She studied various healing modalities: energy medicine, quantum healing, nutrition with an emphasis on raising your primal life force, QI/CHI/Prana through movement, breath work, juicing, medicinal herbs and raw food. Her current practice focuses on finding Soul Purpose through accessing client’s Akashic Records. Having access to your Akashic Records will take you on a journey where your soul is known, loved and supported. Accessing this sacred space is about knowing why you do things, why certain people are in your life. It is about connecting to the richness that is you. It is about knowing yourself more deeply. To prepare for the Consultation, consider the areas of your life about which you want information, clarity and understanding. Think about those areas of your life that seem to be hard to change – those areas that seem to get worse with time, never better. Think about your life and where you would like some insight and guidance. You might want to focus on a particular project, research, business endeavor, or life plan. Transformational life guidance is always available for you through the Akashic Records. Important challenges in your life can be addressed and resolved. Rita is available for consultations by phone or skype. Visit her website for more information. Rita Lorraine Carey, shineyourinnerlight.net. See ad on page 17.

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e’ve all entered houses, offices, businesses that just didn’t feel right. Nothing you could exactly put your finger on but something was just off. Imagine the effects of living or working in that environment. This is what Lio (pronounced leo) experienced. He had trouble sleeping and was anxious and depressed. Nothing really seemed to help until he learned about spiritual house cleansing and was able to cleanse his home. Since learning to do this for his own home, Lio has been doing this for other people who have similar issues. Every problem isn’t caused by a spiritual unclean space, but if you have tried other things and they haven’t worked consider giving Lio a call and see if he can help. The call and phone consultation is free and if you decide to book his services, be sure to mention Natural Awakenings for discount on his first visit. LIO Spiritual House Cleansing. 832-279-7870. See ad on page 46.

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The Labyrinth Society (TLS) 18th Annual Gathering Diverse Journeys on a Common Path; Building Community Through the Labyrinth, November 10-12,

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he Annual Gathering is a casual, public conference spanning three days with special workshops and local tours before and after the main event. It is a time when labyrinth enthusiasts and experts gather from around the world to learn, share, and celebrate labyrinths. The Annual Gathering includes featured speakers, workshops, sales of labyrinth-related products, a silent auction, and a wide variety of labyrinths for walking. It is a time to meet and network with others who use and love labyrinths, learn new approaches, experience new labyrinth designs, and support the spread of labyrinth wisdom and community around the world. You can have lunch with a labyrinth expert from another continent, try your hand at building a labyrinth, or shop for unique items not available anywhere else. The Labyrinth Society (TLS) 18th Annual Gathering, November 10-12, 2016. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main Street, Houston, TX 77004. 713-528-0527. See ad on page 11.

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Dougherty & Dougherty: Collaborative Family Law and Mediation

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ougherty & Dougherty is a small, Houston-based law firm which focuses primarily on Collaborative Family Law and Mediation. The firm has served Harris and surrounding counties since 1984. They represent individual clients, providing personalized service attentive to the clients' individual needs and concerns. Their belief is that communication is central to our relationship with their clients, opposing parties and their counsel, and to achieving results that benefit their clients and their families. Although they prefer to handle divorces in collaborative process, they are vigilant and persistent in trying to reach amicable accords in a process that meets the parties' needs. They remain alert and diligent to prepare for trial should reasonable and fair agreements not otherwise be reached. James Dougherty is a former prosecutor for the US Attorney’s Office and the Department of Justice and retired CPA. Jim is persistent in making sure that justice occurs with your case. He uses his years of criminal trial experience and knowledge of the criminal laws to advise and defend people accused of criminal conduct. Judy Dougherty has been practicing family law for more than 30 years. She was one of the earliest trained collaborative lawyers in the area and became a pioneer in the field of mediation serving on many boards, panels and organizations since 1980. Although Judy has been a successful litigator, her Masters in Social Work and negotiation skills have helped her clients resolve their cases out of court with more productive resolutions. Jean Summers has been a licensed attorney for 16 years with practice in family law, estate planning, probate, elder law, health law, mediation, and bankruptcy. She primarily focuses in the fields of family law and estate planning. Jean has a Masters in Psychology and worked with children in the mental health field prior to starting law school. She worked closely with members of the school district as well as Children’s Protective Services to ensure the mental health needs of children were coordinated. They help you navigate through the complex process decision-making in divorce, modifications of child custody & child support, adoptions, and pre and post marital agreements, through mediation and collaboration. Whether you might be going into a marriage and wish to avoid possible conflicts or are to the point of ending a marriage and wish to do so with the minimum conflict, Dougherty & Dougherty is here to help. Contact them to learn more, to schedule a consultation or attend their FREE seminar on Collaborative Divorce on November 9th. Dougherty & Dougherty, 909 Kipling, Houston, Texas 77006. 713-521-9551. Office@ Doughertylaw.com. www.Doughertylaw.com. See ad on page 40.

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atural Awakenings Houston continues to expand our use of Aurasma-augmented reality technology. This month we have even more new videos in both our print and digital magazines! Just open the Aurasma App and point your phone at a page where you see the Aurasma logo and the video will open. So, what do you have to do? Three easy steps. z Download the Aurasma App by going to your Google Store on an Android device or Apple Store on an iPad or iPhone. It’s free! z

Open the Aurasma App. Touch the A at the bottom of your screen. Touch the magnifying glass to search for channels.

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With the Aurasma App open point the camera of your device at a page of the magazine where you find the Aurasma Logo. Move the camera around until it locks onto the target image and the video will open. Each month different exciting, informational videos will be in our magazine. And yes, it works with the digital magazine as well. Just point your device at your laptop screen with the magazine page open. Be sure to participate in the online surveys on our Facebook page. Augment your reality, today!

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lthough many Natural Awakening Magazine readers know Barbara Silberg through her sales of this magazine’s advertising and past interviews published in Houston’s edition, Barbara is a prizewinning poet with over 50 years writing experience, whose verses are often lyrical, sometimes thoughtful, once in a while irreverent (or downright funny), occasionally wise, at times earthy, and frequently achingly romantic. Now, Phoenix Tail Press has published Barbara’s first chapbook in time for the holidays. The Metaphysical Center Point will available (only on CD) at Centerpoint Body Mind & Spirit, and Pixie’s Intent, both located at 2727 Fondren at Westheimer. This poetry chapbook features reflections on what we know; a poem each about a pixie and brownie; plus, poetry focused on death, love, and rebirth. Please see the ad, page 40. natural awakenings

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When The Inner Light Is On, EVERYTHING IS CLEAR True happiness & true freedom are already within us. However, our perceptions & holdings block us from living with it. Realize the source of these blocks to live truly happy… anywhere, anytime, always.

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aby discovered yoga after the birth of her first child in 2000. While experiencing chronic back pain, she bought a yoga DVD and started practicing at home and experienced immediate health benefits; no pain, better sleep, more energy. Ever since, she's been practicing and learning the art of yoga intermittently, up until 2012 when she decided to take her talents to the next level and took the 200 hours Life Power Yoga Teacher Training under Mario's guidance. She has recently completed level 2 of Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Paul and Suzie Grilley, and is currently pursuing her 500 hours with Insight Yoga Institute under the guidance of Sarah and Ty Powers. Her passion is Yin Yoga and Meditation, and she loves to practice Ashtanga Yoga as well. Every day, she looks forward to meeting and connecting with her students on a personal level. Gaby is a 200hr Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance. "Yoga has, and continues to help me become a better person, friend, mother and wife every single day."

MARIO ALEJANDRO QUIJANO Co-owner/Yoga Practitioner Namaste Yoga

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ario has been practicing yoga since his very first Ashtanga class back in 1999. His passion for yoga has lead him to discover various styles and lineages rooted in the ancient teachings from India. In 2009 he received his first 200hr yoga certification from The Yoga Institute of Houston with Lex. This would lead him to pursue a second one with Sheryl Braun/LifePower Yoga and a third, also with LifePower under Master Teacher Jonny Kest. For Mario, teaching/learning new styles and continuing his path as an Ashtangi are as he says, "An exciting way to spend the next few decades of my life!" Education and community building are at the heart of Mario's endeavors. His message to the world is a simple one‌Yoga is the answer! Both Gabriella and Mario teach at Namaste Yoga located in the Energy Corridor, 1275 Eldridge Pkwy #160, Houston, TX 77077. For more information, visit their website namasteyogahouston.com or call 281-928-6951. See ad on page 47. natural awakenings

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Silence De-Stresses the Brain

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Acupressure Eases Fatigue in Cancer Survivors

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reast cancer survivors are often plagued by chronic fatigue that lasts long after their treatment is finished. They have few options to relieve the condition, but acupressure shows promise. A study published this summer in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that acupressure can significantly improve two symptoms of fatigue experienced by breast cancer survivors: sleep quality and quality of life. The researchers tested 424 women that had completed cancer treatments at least a year prior to the study. They were divided into three groups—one self-administered relaxing acupressure and another stimulating acupressure, while the control group followed a conventional care plan. After six weeks, fatigue was reduced from 70 percent to 43 percent among those receiving acupressure, with two-thirds of the women in the acupressure groups reaching levels of fatigue considered normal. The relaxing acupressure group showed substantial improvements in sleep quality compared with the conventional care group at week six, but the two groups reached parity at week 10. The relaxing acupressure group was the only one that showed improvements in quality of life, making it a reasonable, low-cost option for managing fatigue symptoms. coka/Shutterstock.com

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he human brain does not function optimally in society’s noise-filled environment. The brain, like the body, needs rest to function, and that comes with silence. A recent study in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience discovered that the brain is able to integrate both internal and external information into a “conscious workspace” when resting. Constant distractions and noises can detract from the brain’s ability to process critical information. Noise also elevates stress hormone levels within the brain. Research published earlier in Psychological Science examined the effects that the relocation of the main Munich airport, in Germany, had on children’s health and cognition. Gary W. Evans, researcher and professor of human ecology at Cornell University, notes that when exposed to constant noise, children develop a stress response that causes them to ignore it. The study’s subjects tuned out both harmful sounds and stimuli that they should be paying attention to, including speech. Silence has the opposite effect, releasing tension in brain and body. Exposure to chronic noise can also hinder children’s cognitive development, according to a study from the World Health Organization and the European Commission Joint Research Centre; this includes language skills and reading ability. To help counter modern noise pollution, attention restoration theory suggests that individuals placed in environments with lower levels of sensory input can recover some of the cognitive abilities they have lost.

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istening to music during a workout or any extended, physically demanding activity can reduce fatigue and improve performance. New research published in Psychophysiology shows that as individuals work out, their attention gradually shifts from the activity around them to internal sensations. Over an extended period, this attention shift creates a sense of exertion. Listening to music while exercising can help shift focus away from the internal fatigue and back to the external world. Researchers from the UK’s Brunel University and University of London tested 19 healthy adults that performed two physical exertion tests while listening to either music or silence. The scientists monitored brain activity using EEG and measured task performance. While listening to music, participants showed both reduced fatigue and decreased stress-related brainwaves. They also performed their tasks more effectively than they did when music wasn’t being played.

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study published in the Journal for Bone and Mineral Research this summer suggests that excessive TV watching during childhood may be associated with lower bone mineral content in young adulthood. The researchers followed 1,181 children over time and measured their weekly hours of TV watching at ages 5, 8, 10, 14, 17 and 20. The bone mineral content (BMC) of each was measured at age 20. The study found that individuals that routinely watched more than 14 hours a week had lower BMC for their whole body and in their arms than those that watched less. Higher BMC helps protect the body against osteoporosis later in life. While all screen time should be monitored in children, TV appears to be the most harmful medium. A report published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine studied 111 children between the ages of 3 and 8 and measured their TV viewing and other screen time, as well as their blood pressure levels. The study linked higher blood pressure with excessive TV viewing, but did not find the same link between the condition and computer usage.

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recent study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology reports that regular exercise during pregnancy can reduce the rate of Cesarean deliveries. Conducted by Thomas Jefferson University Medical College researchers, the study followed more than 2,000 p r e g n a n t wo m e n s p l i t i n t o t wo randomized groups. Half of them exercised 35 to 90 minutes, three to four times a week, while the others did not. Just under 18 percent of the women in the exercise group ended up having Cesarean deliveries versus 22 percent in the non-exercising group. Exercising during pregnancy also appears to improve gestational health. The study participants that worked out regularly experienced a lower incidence of both hypertensive disorders and diabetes mellitus.

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Thanksgiving Lite

Turning the Tide for Turkeys

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The Kroger grocery chain, with nearly 2,500 U.S. stores, including subsidiaries Ralphs, Fry’s, King Soopers and Food 4 Less, has decided to go all in on the organic food market as a follow-up to the 2012 release of its Simple Truth brand of organic foods. Kroger President Michael Ellis says, “We’re really just answering the customer’s call for more and better,” giving Whole Foods Market more competition. Walmart has also begun to satisfy the growing health concerns of its shoppers by integrating organic options in its supermarkets. Now the challenge is for organic farming— which intentionally works to minimize agricultural impacts on the health of people and the planet—to meet the greater demand nationwide for healthier foods. Although implementation will vary depending on climate, experts advise that it begins with farms adopting healthy soil practices. It’s up to consumers to keep the momentum going. Source: Healthy-Holistic-Living.com

Turkeys and Thanksgiving go together for 88 percent of Americans surveyed by the National Turkey Federation. Each year, more than 46 million turkeys provide the entrée for gatherings, yielding leftovers for sandwiches, stew, chili, casseroles and turkey burgers. In 2011, 736 million pounds of turkey were consumed in the U.S., while a few lucky birds avoided the chopping block. The pardoning of a White House turkey began in 1863 when President Lincoln’s son, Tad, interceded on behalf of the bird and its life was spared. Now a tradition, two dressed birds and one live turkey are delivered to the White House each year. The live bird is “pardoned” and lives out its life on a historical farm. At the Farm Sanctuary, turkeys get sponsored or adopted instead of eaten. “Turkeys are friendly and follow you around like puppy dogs. They’ll try to sit on your lap to be petted,” says Gene Baur, president and co-founder of the sanctuary’s New York and two California locations. “At our Celebration for the Turkeys, we feed them cranberries, pumpkin pie and squash. People visit to see them enjoy it. Guests’ snacks are vegan.” Hundreds of turkeys have been adopted and given a lifelong home since the program’s inception in 1986. More than 8,000 people pledged to sponsor a turkey living at the sanctuary in a recent year, proving it’s not necessary to be a president to pardon a turkey.

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frequency of laundering to increase the life of the garment; and donate what no longer works. Buying items that are durable, timeless and made under fair labor conditions from selected organic, resale and outlet stores that sell high-end clothing that lasts at reduced prices will save money over time and reduce resource abuse and waste. Five top outlet chains for superior and lasting value per a 2016 Consumer Reports readers survey are Bon Worth, L.L. Bean, Haggar, OshKosh B’gosh and Izod. Quality labels are welcomed by consignment stores, so the wearer can even retrieve some of the purchase price for gently-used classics. Giving used threads to thrift shops, churches, The Salvation Army and Goodwill Industries is another way to extend the life of items, help others and save landfill space. Another option is to cut up portions of clothing earmarked for disposal so they can live on as cleaning rags for home and vehicles.

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slow descent into dementia seemed inevitable for a 66-yearold man that had been misplacing his keys, missing appointments and struggling at work. He failed doctoradministered cognitive quizzes and tested positive for a gene variant linked to an exponentially higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease. A brain scan revealed scattered clusters of sticky, amyloid plaque—a hallmark of the disease. His hippocampus, or memory center, had shrunk to rank in the lowest 17 percent of men his age. Told there wasn’t much that could be done, he sought the help of University of California, Los Angeles Alzheimer’s researcher Dale Bredesen, a neurologist and founding president of the independent Buck Institute for Research on Aging. He recommended a personalized, 36-point plan, including a high-fat/low-carb diet, intermittent

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fasting, strict sleep schedule, select dietary supplements and other lifestyle changes. Within three months, family members reported marked improvements in his memory. At 10 months, brain scans revealed his hippocampus had grown 12 percent. “Such improvements are unprecedented,” says Bredesen, who described this and nine other hopeful cases in a provocative paper published in June in the journal Aging. “These are the first examples of a reversal of cognitive decline in pre- and early Alzheimer’s patients.”

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the key to both prevention and reversal, at least in early stages, is to pinpoint its numerous drivers—from nutritional and hormonal deficiencies and exposure to infection to environmental toxins and harmful drugs—and attack them simultaneously. It’s a stark departure from the classic, often unsuccessful, one-pill treatment approach. Of the 244 clinical trials for Alzheimer’s drugs between 2002 and 2012, all but one failed. “Imagine having a roof with 36 holes in it, and your drug patched one hole. You still have 35 leaks,” says Bredesen, who believes his synergistic approach— the Bredesen Protocol—can likely make Alzheimer’s drugs work better or render them unnecessary. Skeptical colleagues point out that Bredesen’s paper described only 10 case studies, not a clinical trial. “It is intriguing, but not enough to make recommendations to physicians or patients,” says Keith Fargo, Ph.D., director of scientific programs and outreach for the Chicago-based Alzheimer’s Association. “The current consensus in the scientific community is that we do not have a way to reverse dementia.” While agreeing that a larger study is needed, Neurologist David Perlmutter, of Naples, Florida, whose bestsellers Brain Maker and Grain Brain promote nutritional changes for supporting brain health, considers Bredesen’s study revolutionary. “To reverse Alzheimer’s in one patient is monumental, much less 10,” says Perlmutter. They recently presented together at a conference organized by Sharp Again Naturally, a New York nonprofit that educates patients and caregivers about natural means of slowing and reversing cognitive decline. After losing her mother to Alzheimer’s, the nonprofit’s co-founder, Jacqui Bishop, 74, stopped her own frightening decline by changing her diet and getting her thyroid hormone levels under control via supplements. Now she’s helping others do the same. She says, “We are trying to change the conversation from one of despair to one of hope.”

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Key to Bredesen’s approach is the notion that instead of being one disease, Alzheimer’s consists of three sub-types


Lifestyle changes can prevent and slow cognitive decline. Some say they also reverse it. with distinct drivers: inflammation or infection; harmful environmental exposures; and/or lack of neuron-nurturing hormones. To determine which one to target, he tests patients for blood-sugar, inflammation and hormone levels, heavy metals and critical nutrients such as D and B vitamins. Then he crafts a personalized plan. He notes that the 10 years it can take to progress from subtle decline to full-blown Alzheimer’s provides a huge opportunity. “Ideally, we want people to come in when they have mild impairment or are asymptomatic,” says Bredesen, advising that tests be done for the APOE4, or “Alzheimer’s gene” in one’s 40s. “People have not wanted to know in the past because they’ve been told there is nothing they can do about it. We completely disagree.” One way to stay cognitively sharp is to eat fewer carbs (which boost blood sugar) and eat more fat, says Perlmutter. “There is a clear relationship between elevated levels of blood sugar and increased risk of Alzheimer’s.” One study, published in 2013 in the New England Journal of Medicine, tracked 2,067 healthy adults for seven years and found that the higher their average glucose level, even if they weren’t diabetic, the more likely they were to develop dementia. For instance, those with a level of 115 milligrams per deciliter were 18 percent more at risk than those measuring 100 milligrams per deciliter. A 2012 study published in Neurology followed 266 adults for four years and found that those with higher blood sugar saw certain areas of the brain shrink 6 to 10 percent more than those with lower blood sugar. Gluten can also be problematic, advises Perlmutter, when it’s inflammatory and driving brain degeneration. In contrast, good fat, like that in avocados, fatty fish, coconut oil and walnuts, serves as a foundation for neurons and an efficient, clean-burning fuel source for the brain. This is particularly helpful in someone with early-stage Alzheimer’s, says Bredesen, because the disease can make it harder for the brain to use sugar for fuel. In some cases, both doctors recommend an extremely low-carb, or “ketogenic” diet (fewer than 60 grams of carbs per day). Starved of carbohydrates, the liver produces fat-like compounds called ketones, a brain-fuel source shown to stimulate growth of new neural networks. Bredesen also recommends 12 hours of fasting each night, with zero food intake within three hours of going to sleep. Fasting promotes a process called autophagy, by which the brain essentially cleans itself of damaged cellular material. Eight hours of sleep is also vital. According to University of Rochester research, the space between brain cells opens up during sleep, allowing cleansing channels of fluid to flow more freely. “If you were operating your house 24/7 with no time to rest or clean, it would be disastrous,” says Bredesen. “The same is true of your brain.” Also, they say, keep teeth clean because bacterial infections, including those in the gums, have been shown to hasten formation of neuron-killing plaque. Also critically examine the

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Resources Alzheimer’s Association, alz.org Buck Institute for Research on Aging, BuckInstitute.org David Perlmutter, DrPerlmutter.com MPI Cognition, MPICognition.com Sharp Again Naturally, SharpAgain.org prescription drugs being ingested. A recent study of 74,000 people published in JAMA Neurology found that regular use of heartburn drugs like Prilosec and Nexium increased dementia risk by 42 to 52 percent. Meanwhile, anticholinergic drugs like Benadryl and statin drugs prescribed to manage cholesterol have also been linked to increased dementia. “We see ‘statin brain’ all the time,” observes Perlmutter, who says once patients go off the drugs, they tend to get better.

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Fargo says researchers are keenly interested in many of the ideas in Bredesen’s paper. Although it’s too early to endorse them, numerous studies are underway. But he wonders if some patients that assert that they’ve reversed dementia actually suffered from something else, like sleep apnea or depression. Bredesen stands by his research, asserting that the 10 patients in his paper had all been formally diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or its precursors. One 69-year-old entrepreneur that was planning to close his business after 11 years of mental decline is now expanding it. A 49-year-old woman that scored poorly on neuropsychological tests showed no signs of cognitive decline when she was tested again nine months later. In all, more than 100 people have participated in the program. “We have people that are four-and-a-half years out and doing very well,” he says, noting that such strategies aren’t likely to work for someone with advanced Alzheimer’s. In some cases, the results may be more subtle, but for those caring for a sick loved one, any positive progress means a lot. Paul Tramontozzi knows. After his father, then 75, was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia, the New York City financial advisor attended a Sharp Again Naturally meeting seeking advice. “I was skeptical, but when the answer you get from everyone else is, ‘There’s nothing you can do,’ you become more willing to listen.” He took his father off his cholesterol medication, fed him spoonfuls of coconut oil daily and put him on a specific supplement regimen. His balance improved and he could participate in family outings again. “If you had told me a few years ago we’d be able to take Dad to a restaurant for his 80th birthday, I would have said, ‘No way.’ But we did.” Tramontozzi says his father isn’t cured, but the advice he obtained facilitated more time together and insights on how to avoid a similar fate. “These are all things a healthy 37-year-old should be doing right now anyway. I just wish we’d found out earlier.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at LisaAnnMarshall.com. 20

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ost blessings are done quietly, in the silence of one’s own mind and heart; most often others don’t even know about it. How a blessing is done is not as important as the fact that it’s done mindfully. There is nothing magical or mystical about conferring a blessing—it’s simply confirming the presence of God, divine Spirit, at the center of that which is being blessed. Masters, teachers, sages and saints from every spiritual tradition have used blessings as a way to consecrate, sanctify, purify and heal. Wedding ceremonies, memorial services, christenings and everything in-between have at one time or another been blessed. Anyone can offer a blessing. Ernest Holmes, author of Science of Mind, defined a blessing as constructive thought directed toward anyone or any condition. He says, “You

bless a man when you recognize the divinity in him.” When things are good, it can seem easy to neglect the practice of blessing ourselves and others. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: “Never lose

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Jacqueline Gallo, operational excellence manager for Whitcraft Group, a manufacturing plant in Eastford, Connecticut, discovered meditation 12 years ago while seeking solace during a traumatic time. Today, Gallo does three short sits a week and occasionally participates in 10day retreats. Whitcraft doesn’t offer meditation to employees, but Gallo says mindfulness enables her to be available to her staff and solve problems without getting “swept off my feet so easily by all the desires, agendas and emotions confronted at work.” Carroll cautions that it’s not about trying to eliminate our own or others’ emotional agendas or personal biases at work; rather, individuals use mindfulness to become more conscious of and relaxed about them. “Meditation helps develop agility in viewing… to self-regulate, drop fixed mindsets, become self-aware,” explains Carroll, who has coached university presidents, CEOs and nonprofit executives in mindful leadership techniques. “You learn things from a competitor’s perspective or pick up on social cues you may miss if you instead had a fixed lens on a situation.”

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While meditation may be on the upswing in the workplace, it was a battle to legitimize it, according to Tara Healey, program director for mindfulness-based learning at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (HPHC). A longtime meditation practitioner, Healey started the Mind the Moment program a decade ago while serving as an organizational capacity building consultant. Surveys had shown that employees were overwhelmed and dissatisfied, but lacked the skills to rectify their situation. “The leadership said, ‘Great, let’s do it, but not tell anyone,’” relates Healey. She notes that meditation, a core component of her multifaceted mindfulness course covering everything from workplace stress to mindful listening, wasn’t accepted in the workplace at that point. Today, 30 percent of her company’s 1,050 employees have completed a six-week class introducing them to the power of mindfulness; some go on to participate in a guided monthly group meditation practice or use company meditation rooms for individual practice. The health services company also offers the course to its member companies throughout New England. To date, more than 12,350 people in 174 companies

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Chemnitz University of Technology compiled data from 20plus neurology studies, finding significant correlations between meditation and areas of the brain related to capacities for self-regulation, introspection and complex thinking. A Rice University study specifically found a positive relationship between workplace mindfulness, job performance and employee retention. While workplace mindfulness programs vary and may incorporate helpful talks, encouraging readings and group discussions, Healey and Carroll both caution that reading or talking about mindfulness or meditation is no substitute for the practice itself, which many find challenging. “You won’t taste the benefits just reading about it,” remarks Healey. “The practice will come into play come showtime.” Connect with April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.

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situations or sudden changes. Criticism, defeat and the distress of others deeply affect them. Parenting a highly sensitive child can be highly rewarding, but some parents find it exhausting. Special skills help in gracefully raising a healthy, happy and well-adjusted sensitive child without wearing ourselves out. Accept, rather than seek to change them. Embracing a child as being highly sensitive is step one. No one can change them into less sensitive, more traditional kids. Accept their specialness as part of the family’s shared journey. See it as a gift. It’s easy to get frustrated or angry with a child if they continually cry, withdraw and shy away from social situations. Instead of viewing these behaviors as flaws, see them as providing the child a special gift. Sensitivity often characterizes artists, innovators, prodigies and great thinkers. Partner up. Sensitive children respond far better to requests for desired behaviors when acting in partnership with the adults in their life. Harsh discipline can elicit emotional meltdowns and outbursts of energy in temper tantrums, crying or yelling. Partnering with a child includes learning to avoid their triggers and giving them ready tools to use when they feel overwhelmed, such as breathing exercises. Professional counselors can help shape the relationship. Focus on strengths. Remembering that a highly sensitive child may be incredibly talented is essential when they are acting out. Training ourselves to see a child’s strengths first—such as their incredible creativity, perceptiveness and keen intellect—helps us accept their challenges, such as being overwhelmed, highly emotional, introverted at times,

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shy, picky about clothes and other preferences, or overly active. Create calmness. It’s worth taking the time to create spaces that match a child’s sensibilities. Create a “peace corner” at home designed to deliver the serenity that highly sensitive children crave by using just the right lighting, colors, sounds and surroundings; elements might include headphones, favorite plush toys and coloring markers. Instill inner discipline. Establishing gentle structure and clear limits with respect goes a long way. Reasonable reminders of what’s needed now and why yield better results than shouting and warnings of consequences. Connect with peers. Like everyone else, highly sensitive children are drawn to other “birds of a feather”, and getting these kids together to nurture each other’s strengths is good. It may mean some extra effort by parents to help a child find kids that get along together and make play dates. A highly sensitive child can be steered in a helpful emotional direction by well-adjusted, happy and healthy sensitive adults. Sensitive children need especially good role models because they are learning how to use their incredible gifts in a world that sometimes doesn’t value their inherent worth. Maureen Healy, of Santa Barbara, CA, runs a mentoring program for highly sensitive children based on her social and emotional learning curriculum for K-8 students, child psychology training and current scientific research. She is the author of Growing Happy Kids and The Energetic Keys to Indigo Kids (HighlySensitiveKids.com).

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Kelly Brogan on the Truth About Depression

Why Meds Don’t Work and What Does by Kathleen Barnes

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n t e g ra t ive m e d i c a l doctor Kelly Brogan, a w o m e n ’s h e a l t h psychiatrist and author of A Mind of Your Own, has turned the world of neuropsychiatry on its head by revealing that depression can be reversed without a single prescription drug. She asserts that depression is not caused by imbalanced brain chemistry, but by lifestyle choices that unbalance the entire human physiology. That’s why conventional antidepressants generally don’t work. She instead prescribes eliminating foods that trigger inflammation in order to rebalance all body systems. According to the National Institute for Mental Health, depression annually affects 15.7 million adult Americans, or about 8.3 percent of the population.

What’s your stand on the illness model of medicine and how you arrived there? My training as a conventional doctor was predicated on a disease care model that offers patients only one solution—a prescription. We have never had a shot at true wellness, having handed over our health to corporations loyal to their shareholders, rather than to us. Conventional medicine is based on the notion that we are born broken and need chemicals to feel better; the body is a machine that needs recalibration; and doctors always know what they are doing. 28

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After investing thousands of hours researching what would aid my own journey back from health challenges, I saw how we have been duped. Health is our natural state, and we can restore it by natural means. The way to prevent and reverse illness is to communicate with the body in a language it understands. It’s so simple, yet society considers it an act of rebellion to consider this kind of lifestyle.

Which science supports your conclusion that antidepressant drugs don’t work for most patients? Taking an antidepressant for depression is like taking a Tylenol for a shard of glass in your foot. Wouldn’t you rather just remove it? Antidepressants don’t work the way we think they do and come with risks, including impulsive violence and debilitating withdrawal. They also can distract from an opportunity to identify the real cause of symptoms, one that is entirely reversible, in my experience. Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors like Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil and Lexapro are commonly prescribed to treat depression by boosting serotonin levels. There are many studies debunking their use and effectiveness. The 2012 Ottawa Hospital Research Institute study led by Paul Albert, Ph.D., concluded, “Direct serotonin-enhancing effects of antidepressants disturb energy homeostasis and worsen symptoms.” www.NaturalAwakenings-Houston.com

As far back as 1998, Irving Kirsch, Ph.D., an expert on the placebo effect at Harvard Medical School, published a meta-analysis of the treatment of 3,000 patients, finding that drugs improved depression in only 27 percent of the cases.

What’s the link between women, high blood sugar, diabetes, obesity and depression? When I meet a patient that complains about irritability, anxiety, foggy thinking, fatigue and insomnia, I visually plot her day-to-day symptoms on a mental graph. I find that the sugar rollercoaster accounts for the vast majority of diabetes, obesity, depression and other symptoms troubling my patients, especially women. Sugar disturbs mental health in at least three ways: It starves the brain by causing blood sugar highs and lows that can eventually cause insulin resistance, diabetes and even Alzheimer’s disease; promotes inflammation, which is closely linked to depression; and derails hormones by raising levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the body’s effort to balance blood sugars. Depression also has roots in thyroid imbalances, which are common in women more than 40 years old, and in food intolerances, especially to gluten, soy and corn, that can affect the brain in unpredictable ways.

Is there a general protocol that seems to work best? While there are no quick fixes, I see turnarounds every week because I help my patients see the benefits of simple choices like avoiding wheat and wheat products. You need a month of serious commitment to quit sugar, alcohol, coffee, wheat and dairy. Then you discover you aren’t an irritable, tired, forgetful person, which is its own incentive toward feeling better. It’s the basis to make choices with your own fully informed consent. Applying such information leads to long-term change and healing. Kathleen Barnes has authored numerous natural health books, including Food Is Medicine: 101 Prescriptions from the Garden. Connect at KathleenBarnes.com.


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ith 11,000 studios across the U.S., “Pilates continues to grow because an increasingly wide spectrum of people are discovering how it can benefit them,” says Elizabeth Anderson, executive director of the Pilates Method Alliance, in Miami. Pilates instructor Amanda January, who works at The Carriage Club, in Kansas City, eventually became an instructor because, “I love the challenge of it. I had always been a dancer, and found Pilates provides the movement therapy that my dance classes lack.” Current trends are combining Pilates not only with yoga, but also dance and even boxing. “My favorite fusion Pilates class is barre,” says Halley Willcox, a certified Pilates teacher originally from Austin, Texas, now a grad student at the University of Arizona, in Tucson. Barre classes mix classical ballet exercises with yoga and Pilates (see Tinyurl. com/Barre4Fitness). The boxing variation, called piloxing, incorporates pugilistic moves and barefoot interval training. “No prior experience is necessary; the possibilities are endless,” comments Willcox. Anderson believes, “The growth we’re observing is due to the fact that Pilates addresses fitness across the entire body, rather than parts. It creates a wonderful feeling of overall well-being; the exercise is done in a balanced manner on all planes and is coordinated with conscious breathing. Plus, it doesn’t cause injuries, it prevents them.”

says January. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy’s TED talk, “Change Your Posture, Grow Your Confidence, Follow Your Dreams,” shares the results of her Harvard University research, which demonstrates how people that assume what she calls “power postures” actually change the chemistry in their brains, boosting confidence on many levels. Pilates is recognized as a highly effective way to improve posture.

Helps Coordination and Rehabilitation Many dancers and professional athletes access the therapeutic qualities of Pilates to help them recover from injuries and enhance balance and coordination. Anderson remarks, “With a qualified teacher, Pilates can be applied as a postrehabilitation modality once post-surgery physical therapy is completed, to further strengthen the body. Elite athletes such as professional dancers, baseball and football players, ice skaters and equestrians are also finding ways that Pilates can strengthen and assist them with their performances, well-being and injury prevention.” One of the ways that Pilates helps is by affecting body fascia. “Muscles work together, not individually, within the fascia, and the best way to change the muscle is through resistance,” says January. “It’s why Pilates uses spring tension, resistance bands and even jumping. Pilates improves balance and coordination because all the muscles work together. The entire body is learning how to dance in unison with itself.”

Boosts Immunity “The more I committed to a regular Pilates practice, the more I noticed I wasn’t getting sick as often,” says January. “Pilates helps boost the immune system through reducing stress, a well-known contributor to disease. It’s accessible to people of all ages. You don’t have to be flexible or strong to begin, just willing.” She offers this advice to beginners. “Check out all the local studios to see what they offer. It’s best to start out taking classes twice a week with a certified teacher for two to three months. That’s easy to commit to. Then you can see if Pilates is right for you.” Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy on the faculty of the Yandara Yoga Institute. Connect at ChezAimee@gmail.com.

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Brad Nierenberg blogs about dogs at PawsitivelyBradleyNierenberg.com, from Wilmington, Delaware. He relates an experience when friends watched Bitsy, his Cavalier King Charles spaniel, and she escaped out the front door. Fortunately, a neighbor found her. Afterward, he says,

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he holidays bring buffet feasts, ribboned gifts, stockings of goodies, ornaments and tinsel that to animals all look good enough to eat. Pets can get into trouble, especially if they’re away from home. Boarding may be the best alternative when the family travels for holidays.

“I asked other dog-crazy owners which kennel they’d recommend.” Kennels used to be an indoor cage with a dog door to a fenced run area outside. Dogs could see each other, but not play together. Well-heeled facilities offered fancy amenities, geared more to impress the owner than comfort the pet and were generally bereft of enriching experiences. “Pets are living, breathing, loving creatures, and boarding facilities not yet up to speed need to catch up to how people feel about pets today,” says Charlotte Biggs, COO of the nonprofit International Boarding and Pet Service Association, near Austin, Texas. It helps its members create safe, responsible pet care facilities by including holistic, positive and green practices in their safety and training manuals. Susan Briggs, co-founder of the independent Professional Animal Care Certification Council for the pet care industry, in Houston, advises, “Take a tour. Kennels should be clean and organized. You should feel comfortable with the staff.” “Do the employees talk about your pet like you’re bringing the car in for an oil change? If it’s ignored in favor of paperwork, maybe you should keep looking,” says Josh Brown, owner of Far North Kennel, in Anchorage, Alaska. “You want to go where the staff bends down and lets your pet come to them. It should be obvious your dog’s going to get positive human interaction. When you walk out after touring the facility, you should feel better about boarding than when you walked in.”

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Costs vary, so ask what’s included in the basic fee, such as group play, treats, administered meds, special bedding and feeding the same food as at home. The pet also should be able to have their bed, toys and favorite things with them. Also be clear about medications, health or mobility issues and special bedding or grooming preferences. An apparent bargain can be either less than expected or more expensive once all costs are totaled. “Ask if titers are accepted in lieu of current vaccinations, and don’t feel

pressured to over-vaccinate,” advises Briggs, who explains that titers assess levels of immunity from previous vaccinations. She also suggests asking about the facility’s emergency plan, including evacuation. The more information everyone has, the better the pet’s stay will be. Socialized dogs or cats should be able to enjoy group playtime or a communal catio (enclosed indoor/outdoor space for felines); others would rather watch from afar. Stays should be individualized, not uniform. Facility owners suggest first booking a day visit and then an overnight as a test. Before booking, also ask about unseen factors. Josh Parker, co-founder of K-9 Resorts Daycare and Luxury Hotels, in Fanwood and other New Jersey locations, recommends that boarding clients look for features such as eco-friendly cleaning products; air purifiers and ventilation systems to prevent spreading of germs; a floor plan that reduces stress by limiting views of other animals; lighting that dims at night for restful sleep; a good ratio of staff to pets that allows employees to spend time with nervous boarders, spot any signs of

illness or distress early on and intervene if quarrels arise; and availability of an on-call veterinarian with access to the family vet or nearest emergency facility. Leave a medical directive explaining what should be done if an owner can’t be reached. Flooring at better resorts is antibacterial. Outdoors, artificial grass made of recycled products is soft on paws, drains better than grass and is easier to clean. It’s eco-friendly because it requires no watering, mowing or pesticides.

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“Some facilities like ours offer webcam options so you can ‘visit’ with your dog while you’re traveling,” says Brown. Texting kennel updates and selfies of an employee with a pet can also ease any worries. “I just want my pet in a place where she is safe, secure, well cared for and loved,” says Nierenberg. Though apart, pets and their people can all enjoy a fresh adventure. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@ mindspring.com.

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Farmer’s Market on Grand Parkway. 8am-12n. Church of the Holy Apostles, 1225 W. Grand Parkway in Katy, 77494. farmersmarketongrandparkway.com Heights Epicurian Farmer’s Market. 8am-1:30pm. First Saturdays only. Grace United Methodist Church 1245 Heights Blvd. 77008. HeightsEpicurian.com

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

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

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

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

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Eastside Urban Harvest Farmer’s Market. 8am-12n. Parking lot behind 3000 Richmond at Eastside, 77098. urbanharvest.org

Memorial Villages Farmers Market. 9am-1pm. First Congregational Church, 10840 Beinhorn Rd. 77024. facebook.com/mvfm Farmer’s Market at Imperial. 9am-1pm. 198 Kempner, Sugar Land, 77498. imperialsugarland.com/ farmersmarket Tomball Farmer’s Market. 9am-1pm. Corner of Main (FM 2920) and Cherry in downtown Tomball 77377. tomballfarmersmarket.org Conroe Saturday AM Farmers Market. 9am-1pm. 135 N Main Conroe 77301 facebook.com/ConroeSamM/

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

The Farm Stand at Petrol Station. 9am-1pm. Petrol Station, 985 Wakefield 77018. 713.957.2875 facebook.com/The-FarmStand-at-Petrol-Station The Woodlands Farmer’s Market at Grogan’s Mill. 8am-12n. 7 Switchbud Place in The Woodlands 77380. grogansmillvillage.com

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Capricorn – Your energy is on the rise. Look out for issues with authority figures at work. Take care of your health especially lower abdomen. Avoid disagreement with friends and network circle. Take care of your children’s health especially later in the month. Your favorable days are 6th and 7th.

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hat is your moon sign? The moon signifies Mother energies in the Universe. For centuries, sages in ancient cultures have based their predictions on the movements of the moon because they are more accurate. Your Vedic Moon Sign is different from your sun sign or moon sign in Western Astrology. You can learn your Vedic Moon sign and what it means for you by visiting OpenMindAstrology. com or calling 832-597-8888. The call and brief Moon Sign consultation is FREE. Call today! Aries – You will feel more energetic and have a harmonious relationship with siblings. Expect aggressive yet positive energy at work. Try to avoid a ego clash/ arguments with spouse. Look for spiritual transformation. Your favorable days are 12th and 13th. Taurus – Harmony and passion in relationship with spouse this month though your spouse could have issues with authorities or government officials. Keep an eye on your parent’s health especially mother. Your luck is on the rise. You will experience some financial progress. Your favorable days are 14th and 15th.

Leo – Think twice before signing any documents. Keep an eye on your mother’s health. Tensions brewing at home especially later in the month. Use an assertive approach at work to achieve positive results. Watch out for possible car trouble. Your favorable days are 21st and 22nd. Virgo – Think twice before you speak especially during the first part of the month. Your relationship with younger siblings might suffer later in the month. You should double check every document before signing especially if it’s from a boss or government. Try not to be aggressive with your romantic relationship. Consider a small luxury purchase for you home. Your favorable days are 23rd and 24th. Libra – You may feel an aggressive energy at home and with your spouse and from authority figures. Your finances may suffer however your luck will be on the rise. Try to avoid getting into confrontations. Now is a good time to sign any official documents after the first week. Your favorable days are 25th, 26th, and 27th.

Gemini – Be careful as you might have confrontation with your siblings. There might be issues or misunderstandings at work with your boss. Your home life will be prosperous and harmonious. Possible issues in romantic relationship. Your favorable days are 16th and 17th.

Scorpio – The first week is positive. This month continue to take care of your parent’s health, especially your dad. Expect issues with authority figures or government. Don’t worry as you will feel a boost of energy. Expect an improvement in finances. Your favorable days are 2nd, 28th, 29th, and 30th.

C a n c e r – Yo u c o u l d h a v e misunderstandings or confrontations in your romantic relationship. Your energy is on the rise. After the first week, expect positive news at work and choose your words carefully to avoid trouble. Your favorable days are 18th, 19th and 20th.

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Aquarius – Watch out for arguments with your spouse. Take an aggressive yet positive approach to spirituality. Later in the month there may be issues with authorities or government. Expect some financial gain. Look out for tensions at home. Your favorable days are 8th and 9th. Pisces – Your finances are on the rise. Don’t be too bossy with your friends or network circle. Think twice before signing any official documents. Avoid any misunderstandings with your mentor or guru. Look for some positive news at work and home. Your favorable days are 10th and 11th.

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WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 2ND

Creativity for Clarity, Play, and Experiencing Freedom: 5 Day Intuitive Painting Workshop. Wed. Nov 2nd-Sat. Nov. 5th 10:00am-6:00pm and Sun. Nov. 6th-10:00am-2:00pm. This workshop is designed for you to cultivate a deep, robust relationship between you and your innate creative process. You will be supported in seeing what supports you and what separates you from this free flowing process. You will learn the fundamental principles of creativity. No experience required and no critiques are permitted, never-ever. Inquire for more class fees and details. Houston Heights Studio, 77008. www. trueyoucreativity.com

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Oneness Awakening Course. Nov. 4th- 7:00pm-9:00pm and Nov. 5th-9:00am-9:00pm. Awakening is the rising of consciousness where there is greater awareness, joy, love, togetherness, and focus in everything that you do and experience. The course invites you to see what life is like beyond the realm of the mind. The course is an intensive journey of inner growth, culminating with participants having the option to be initiated as a Blessing Giver. Child care available, reservation only. For fees and registration visit unityhouston.org. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 5TH

Marva’s Holistic Fair. 10:00am-5:00pm. Psychics, tarot readers, palmists, healers, vendors of all sorts. Admission Free. LaQuinta Inn-Galleria on 610 West Loop North between San Felipe and Post Oak, 77027. psychicfairs.com 713-444-3581 Houston’s 25th Turkishfest. Saturday Nov. 5th 11am-10pm and Sunday Nov. 6th 11am-9pm. A selection of the best live Turkish music, local bands, Turkish Folk Dance Groups and belly dancing performances. The festival Grand Bazaar, with over 20 booths and stands, offers a wide variety of handcrafts and souvenirs reflecting the art and traditions of the Turkish culture. Also an entire area for children! $6 for adults, children under 12 free. Jones Plaza, 601 Louisiana St, 77002. www. houstonturkishfest.com

markyourcalendar FIRST SATURDAY’S ART MARKET. 11am-6pm. First Saturday Arts Market is a monthly outdoor fine arts event featuring the works of dozens of visual artists. Located in the Historic Houston Heights by YogaOne Studios, 540 W. 19th St. at Lawrence St., the market showcases paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry and handcrafted items. Bring the entire family and come enjoy the great outdoors, live music and delicious fare from some of the area’s best gourmet food trucks. FirstSaturdayArtsMarket.com Does Walking The Spiritual Path Have To Be This Hard? 1:00pm-3:00pm. Do you feel like the activities that are supposed to be bringing you peace are making life more stressful? Are you desperately seeking a way to integrate your spirituality with the whole of your life? Give yourself a break and join us for a passionate, insightful workshop full of wisdom and practical techniques to help you flow with your path rather than against it. Free. Wild Spirit Yoga, 104 Houston St, Tomball, 77375. Please visit www.groundyourdivinity.com for more info and to register. See you there! Connecting With The Goddess Through Tarot with Kevin Casey. 3:00pm-5:00pm. In this introductory tarot class you have an opportunity to explore the deep meaning behind tarot’s archetypal imagery with Goddess as your personal guide. Using the Goddess Tarot by Kris Waldherr, you will not only open to the wisdom of the tarot and develop your intuition but also connect with the Goddesses who want to assist you in your growth. $35. Body Mind & Soul 7951 Katy Frwy Ste. N, 77024. www.bmshouston.com 713-993-0550

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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 Bayou Bikers. 8:00am. Meet at Market Square Park for 25- to 40-mile bike rides exploring the bayous of Houston. Rides are open to all. Mountain bikes or bikes with fat tires are necessary. This is an informal group whose purpose is to show Houstonians and visitors the beauty of Houston's waterways. Market Square 301 Milam, 77002. 713-845-1000 marketsquarepark.com

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 8TH

Senior Wellness Day: Thank filled-Living. 9:00am-12:00pm. Join us for an engaging and informative three hours which will inspire you in maintaining your overall wellness through interactive activities, lab experiences, active participation, and role playing! Special rates for Groups/Seniors available – register your group today. To make group reservation contact reservations@thehealthmuseum.org or 713-521-1515 ext. 119. The Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Dr 77004. thehealthmuseum.org

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 9TH

markyourcalendar Introduction Seminar to Collaborative Divorce: A more positive way to work together. 11:00am-12:00pm. Creative agreements, less stress, parties retain control, lower emotional and financial cost, create win/win solutions, more peaceful, less conflict, protect your privacy, avoid court, preserve relationships, better long term resolutions that permit better parenting. Additionally- A responsible approach to marriage-Premarital Agreements- Understand financial goals and assets, protect separate property and clarify assets and debts, understand goals and expectations for marriage, process for maintain marital relationship, avoid future conflicts, address cultural differences prior to marriage. Free. Dougherty & Dougherty, 909 Kipling St, 77006. RSVP – 713-521-9551 www.doughertylaw.com

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 11TH

Lost In Translation at Market Square Park. 7:00pm. Join us for a movie under the stars as the Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow presents, Bill Murray Drama, Lost in Translation (R). Market Square Park. 301 Milam, 77002. marketsquarepark.com

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 12TH

markyourcalendar Walk to Feed the Hungry. Registration begins 8am, the walk itself at 9am. Join us (and other Buddhist and Christian denominations) in a gentle walk down Heights Esplanade to help raise funds for programs that provide direct aid, develop sustainable food production, promote education for girls and women, and give women opportunities for right livelihood. Register online at www. buddhistglobalrelief.org , or for more information, call 281-861-1200 or email dan@houstonzen.org . www. houstonzen.org Spirit Quest’s Psychic & Holistic Fair. 12:00pm-6:00pm. Come and enjoy a day of intuitive and holistic pampering for yourself or your family. Try out different healing modalities, get a reading, or shop a variety of products. Free. The Spirit Quest Center, 303 Main St., Spring (Old Town Spring), TX 77373. thespiritquestcenter.com

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markyourcalendar Home for the Holidays. The annual Home for the Holidays Festival in celebrates the Christmas spirit of historic Old Town Spring every weekend from Nov. 12 thru Dec. 24. Join us for this year’s 36th season. Stroll the decorated winding paths, enjoy a hot chocolate or other holiday delights at one of our local restaurants, encounter strolling performers and festive exhibits and choose local unique holiday gift ideas and perfect treasures for everyone on your shopping list from one of the over shop the over 150 unique gift shops. http://oldtownspring.com/homefor-the-holidays-2/

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 13TH

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 Public Oneness Meditation with Reverend Howard Caesar. 12:30pm-1:30pm. The Oneness Meditation is a powerful transmission of Divine Energy which helps one move into higher states of consciousness; allowing the individual to deepen their spiritual journey. The results are transformative, bringing lasting changes and shifts in consciousness. Each person will have their own unique experience during the meditation. Child care available, no reservation required. Love offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-7824050. unityhouston.org Goddess Yoga - Kali, with Pia Das. 1:00pm-3:00pm. Join us for a monthly women’s empowerment workshop on exploring goddess energy. For the month of November, our focus will be on Kali, the Dark Mother, the goddess of transformation. Through guided meditation, mantra, discussion, and movement, we will work with our inner goddess Kali. Bring a yoga mat for light movement, a journal and your favorite pen. $45. Yoga Heart Studio 5959 Westheimer Rd, Suite 210, 77057. houstonyogastudio.com

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 16TH

markyourcalendar Free Event – Happiness! 6:00pm-8:00pm. Consultants Cherie Ray & Kim Kasse, will share information and have a conversation about what we all strive to achieve. You will gain insights and meet new friends at this free group coaching event. Attend virtually if you’re unable to attend in person. Reserve your space by emailing Cherie@trueyoucreativity.com. True You Creativity Studio, Houston Heights 77008. Complete details at www. trueyoucreativity.com

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 17TH

Introduction to Intuitive Painting & Open Studio. 6:00pm8:30pm. Intuitive Painting swings the doors open to living with more expression and authenticity. When you understand the nature of creativity and its principles, you begin to relax and trust. You will learn these principles during this series. No experience is needed. No critiques are permitted. All materials included. $55/session multi session discounts available. True You Creativity Studio in The Heights. For more information and to register, visit www.trueyoucreativity.com

markyourcalendar Thursday Sip & Stroll 5-9pm. Join the 19th Street Merchants for their Third Thursday Sip & Stroll event. Food, drinks, music and shopping in the historic Houston Heights. Be sure to stop by Venus Hair Designs and Fly High Little Bunny and tell them you read about it in Natural Awakenings! West 19th Street from Shepherd to Yale.

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 18TH

Introduction to Intuitive Painting & Open Studio. 10:00am1:00pm. Intuitive Painting swings the doors open to living with more expression and authenticity. When you understand the nature of creativity and its principles, you begin to relax and trust. You will learn these principles during this series. No experience is needed. No critiques are permitted. All materials included. $55/session multi session discounts available. True You Creativity Studio in The Heights. For more information and to register, visit www.trueyoucreativity.com


SATURDAY NOVEMBER 19TH

markyourcalendar 1,000 Cranes: Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of A Healing Collective. 10:00am-12:00pm. Join us as we welcome back Joan Son, Internationally Recognized Origami Artist, who will offer this special origami workshop. Light refreshments will be served. Supplies will be provided. (Children ages 12 and up are welcome when accompanied by adults.) $20 suggested donation. A Healing Collective 4231 Bellaire Blvd., Suite T, 77025. ahealingcollective.com Zentangle® with Chris Powers. 10:30am-12:30pm. The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by mindfully drawing structured patterns. Anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, and provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal wellbeing - one stroke at a time. $40. Body Mind & Soul 7951 Katy Frwy Ste. N, 77024. www.bmshouston.com 713-993-0550 Where is the Sweetness of Life? Diabetes Complementary Alternatives. 2:00pm-4:00pm. Come explore the natural alternatives using essential oils, moringa, acupuncture, mindfulness, hypnosis and meditation with Claudia Autry and Stephen Stein. $40. 3207 Mercer, 77027. Contact Claudia (281) 849-4610

markyourcalendar YogaMass™. 5:00pm-6:00pm. A unique and participative worship experience engaging the senses and integrating body, mind, and spirit through the combined practice of yoga, breath work, meditation, and Holy Communion. Bring your mind, body, soul and mat. All levels are welcome. Chairs are available for those who wish to sit. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort (one block west of Stella Link), 77025. For more information, contact Grace at 832-667-8601, info@graceinhouston.org or yogamass.com.

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 20TH

Meditation Workshop. 10:00-11:00am. Open to everyone especially for beginners to meditation. The master will give a brief introduction to meditation and guide the participants to do meditation. Free, donations welcome. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 zen@cthouston.org www. cthouston.org 281-568-1568. Holistic Wellness Fair 1-5pm Featuring a lecture on Brain Growth and Repair Therapies by Ms. Louise Hayes, PhD. This Month: Healing the Compromised Brain. Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Dementia, Autism, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy. FREE. Tai Chi to Excellence Studio 1270 Conrad Sauer Ste. 106 Houston, TX 7704. Call 713-205-6960. Does Walking The Spiritual Path Have To Be This Hard? 4:00pm-5:30pm. Do you feel like the activities that are supposed to be bringing you peace are making life more stressful? Are you desperately seeking a way to integrate your spirituality with the whole of your life? Give yourself a break and join us for a passionate, insightful workshop full of wisdom and practical techniques to help you flow with your path rather than against it. Free. Schakolad Chocolate Factory,1500 Research Forest Dr, Suite 130, The Woodlands, 77381. Please visit www.groundyourdivinity.com for more info and to register. See you there!

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 24TH

67th Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade. 9:00am. The Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade began in 1949, when Santa arrived at Union Station and rode his sleigh to the downtown Foley’s. Since then, the Thanksgiving Day parade has gone through a few changes but today, it remains a 67 year-old holiday tradition showcasing the Houston community and entertaining parade-goers lining the streets on Thanksgiving morning. The parade will begin at 9:00 am on Smith at Lamar, north to Walker, east to Milam, south to Pease, west to Louisiana, north to Clay, west to Smith, and north to end at Smith and Dallas. www.houstontx.gov/thanksgivingparade/

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 25TH

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

MONDAY NOVEMBER 28TH

Balance & Efficiency: New Moon in Sagittarius Forecast and Meditation with Kimberley McSherry. 7:00pm-9:00pm. The new moon of Sagittarius heralds a month long opportunity to explore the quality and level of emotional satisfaction we derive from our belief systems and unconscious perceptions that define our world view. $25. Body Mind & Soul 7951 Katy Frwy Ste. N, 77024. www.bmshouston.com 713-993-0550

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 29TH

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 NOVEMBER 30TH

markyourcalendar "Wishes Do Come True" Gala. 6:30pm. The holidaythemed gala will celebrate the Center's 30th Anniversary and benefits the Center's mission to provide high-quality counseling to those who otherwise are not able to afford mental health care services. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy live entertainment and bid on curated live and silent auctions. For info on sponsorship benefits, opportunities, and tickets please contact Micheline Donnelly at mikkidonnelly@me.com. Hotel ZaZa, 5701 Main St., 77027. www.samaritanhouston.org

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DesignCraft Holiday Art Market. 10am. DesignCraft is AIGA Houston’s 7th Annual Holiday Market featuring the work of local artists, crafters, creatives and more. Find the perfect gifts and enjoy demonstrations by local artisans, live music and local food trucks. Market Square Park. 301 Milam, 77002. marketsquarepark.com

SUNDAY DECEMBER 4TH

Dawn Mountain’s Annual Holiday Open House. 10:30am Free Dharma Talk with Anne and Harvey. 11:00am - Enjoy a free one-hour guided meditation, followed by festive refreshments, mingling, & unique holiday shopping at 12 noon. Dawn Mountain Center for Tibetan Buddhism, 2010 Naomi St, Suite A, 77054. www.dawnmountain.org

TUESDAY DECEMBER 13TH

Senior Wellness Day: Scent-sational Holiday Living. 9:00am12:00pm. Join us for an engaging and informative three hours which will inspire you in maintaining your overall wellness through interactive activities, lab experiences, active participation, and role playing! Special rates for Groups/Seniors available – register your group today at reservations@ thehealthmuseum.org or 713-521-1515 ext. 119. The Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Dr 77004. thehealthmuseum.org

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 28TH

New Moon in Capricorn Forecast and Meditation with Kimberley McSherry. 7:00pm-9:00pm. The New Moon of Capricorn heralds a month long opportunity to explore the quality and level of emotional satisfaction we derive from our definition of reality and the systems and structures we have created to support it. $25. Body Mind & Soul 7951 Katy Frwy Ste. N, 77024. www.bmshouston.com 713-993-0550

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 12-18

Sedona Joe’s Grand Canyon Winter Art Workshop. Enjoy a weeklong oil painting get away at the Grand Canyon. Daily instruction for beginners and experts by artist Paula Swain. Included with the registration fee are private accommodations at Thunderbird Lodge for 6 days and 6 nights. Each day breakfast, lunch and dinner will be at the Bright Angel Restaurant. Call or visit our website for more details or to register. Sedona Joe's 311 Main Street, Suite A., Spring, TX 77373. 832-2121165 http://www.sedonajoesartretreats.com/

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 17TH-19TH

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

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ongoingevents daily Houston Arboretum. 7am-7pm. Walk in nature. Learn about native plants and wildlife. Free. Houston Arboretum 4501 Woodway Dr., 77024. houstonarboretum.org Free Vegetarian Meal. 9:00am. (except Sunday) A free vegetarian meal for any and all. Free. ISKCON Temple 1320 West 34th Street, 77018. 713-686-4482 iskconhouston.org St. Arnold Brewing Company - Brewery Tours. Mon.-Fri. Public Tours at 1:00pm and 3:00pm – no admission charge, food and beer a la carte prices. Sat. Tours at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm - $10 Admission Charge (includes souvenir glass and four 8 oz samples). 2000 Lyons Ave, 77020. saintarnold.com 713-686-9494 Rothko Chapel. 10am-6pm (except during special events) The Rothko Chapel is an independent institution, a sacred place open to all people, every day. Free. Rothko Chapel 3900 Yupon, 77006. 713-524-9839 rothkochapel.org Free Vegetarian Meal. 12:30pm. (except Sunday) A free vegetarian meal for any and all. Free. ISKCON Temple 1320 West 34th Street, 77018. 713-686-4482 iskconhouston.org Waugh Bridge Bat Colony. Sunset. Every evening at sunset, more than 250,000 Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from crevices found in the Waugh Drive Bridge. These creatures are non-migratory and call the bayou home year-round. Free. Waugh Street at Allen Parkway 77019. houstontx.gov/parks/ bats.html Free Vegetarian Meal. 7:30pm. (except Sunday) A free vegetarian meal for any and all. Free. ISKCON Temple 1320 West 34th Street, 77018. 713-686-4482 iskconhouston.org

monday Hatha Yoga. 9:00-10:00am. Join Shuwen for a morning of asanas and pranayama which help bring peace to the mind and body. All levels welcome. Pro Dynamic Fitness, 14520 Memorial Dr., 77079. For more information go to prodynamicfitness.com or call 713-909-5502. Yoga on the Green. 11am-Noon. Strengthen, relax and recharge. Presented in partnership with Texas Military Veterans Network. Due to public health reasons, yoga mats will no longer be loaned out but can be purchased in the office from 9am-6pm. You are welcome to bring your own yoga mat, a towel and water. Participants are required to sign an exercise release form upon arrival. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com Tai Chi & QiGong in The Woodlands / Spring. 4:30pm, 6pm, or 7:30pm. Have you heard about the benefits of Tai Chi and QiGong and wanted to try it out? Or, do you have experience and are looking to deepen you practice? Come join us and learn simple, time tested methods and movements to clear the mind, circulate energy and relax the body. First class free! Multiple membership options and private sessions available. 427 Carson Ridge Dr, Spring, 77386. Please call 281-702-3389 or visit www.groundyourdivinity.com for details and to register Open Mic at The Last Concert Cafe. 6:00-10:00pm. Last Concert Café 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www. lastconcert.com Hatha Flow Yoga. 7:00pm. Join Stefanie for a restoring combination of gentle stretching and strengthening hatha yoga and slow flow vinyasa. Class will include breath work, or pranayama, to calm and soothe the mind, asana practice, vinyasa flow, and a restorative Savasana. The Woman’s Earth Nurturing Studio, 2816 Isabella St., 77004. For class fees and information please call 832-899-4325 or visit thewomansearthstudio.com 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.

James Wilhite. 10pm-Midnight. Live music at The Last Concert Cafe 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

tuesday Grace2Go. 7:00-8:30 am. On the go? Want a boost to the start of your day? Drive thru for free coffee, a breakfast bite, and a prayer if desired. All are welcome. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort, 77025. www.graceinhouston.org. Aerial Yoga. 10:15am & 6:30pm. Pro Dynamic Fitness offers authentic yoga, supported by a silk hammock, to explore, refine and advance traditional asanas, both in the air and on the ground. No experience required. Pro Dynamic Fitness, 14520 Memorial Dr., 77079 For more information go to prodynamicfitness.com or call 713-909-5502 Yoga at India House. 11:00-12:00am. Enjoy relaxing cardio work out at India House. Free. India House, 8888 West Bellfort, 77031. Go to the website, print out the form and email it to the address given. http://www.indiahouseinc.org/ programs/yoga-classes The Self-Invest Series with Helen Racz. 11am-1pm and 6:45pm-8:45pm. Happiness, Success can often seem illusive, mysterious or even magical, like we need a special chant, a favor from the Divine or to find just the right key to make it a regular part of our lives. LEARN how to apply SPIRITUAL LAWS to your everyday life EASILY & with FUN and HUMOR. Cost: $125 Monthly. Spectrum Center, 2060 North Loop West, Suite 205, 77018. HelenRacz.com Zumba. 7pm-8pm. Join Marco Oliver for free dance fitness classes. Dance yourself to a happy and healthy you. Please bring water, a towel and some indoor shoes. Free. Edgar Cayce's A.R.E Center & Spa 7800 Amelia Road Houston TX 77055 http://www.arecenterhouston.org Circus Arts. 6-8pm. Circus Arts will consist of ground arts and ground acrobatics such as, contortion/flexibility, Low Tight wire, Partner acrobatics, juggling and hand balancing. Circus Arts is taught by instructors 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 Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 6:30-7:30pm. Come around and try our free weekly yoga-meditation classes. Simply turn up, and make yourself comfortable. Each session includes the basics and a practical guided meditation, so that you can start meditating at home straight away. Free. South Community Center. 2235 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands,77380. 832-433-2415. info@Houston-Meditation.org Intro to Meditation 101.7-8pm. Universal Door Meditation Center offers this free, beginner level class, open to the public. Here we begin to discover the difference between False Mind and Awake Mind by applying basic Zen Meditation. Donations Welcome. Universal Door Meditation Center 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, 77498. www.universaldoor. org 281-565-9718 Yoga at Resurrection MCC. 7:00-8:00 pm. Get in touch with your mind, body, and spirit through Yoga! Connect with others in this non-competitive activity suitable for everyone. All body types and skill levels are welcome. Please bring a mat and towel. Extra mats are available for those new to Yoga. Free, donations accepted. Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church 2015 West 11th Street 77008. Yoga@ ResurrectionMCC.org Oneness Blessing Meeting. 7-9pm. Our weekly meeting includes sharing, meditation, Oneness teachings, and the giving and receiving of the Oneness Blessing, also known as Deeksha. Connect with the Oneness Community to explore deeper experiences of Oneness, Divine Love and accelerated awakening. Child care is available, reservation required. $10 suggested Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org Tom Turner Band. 7pm-9pm. Live music at The Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www. lastconcert.com

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wednesday Hatha Yoga. 9:00-10:00am. Join Shuwen for a morning of asanas and pranayama which help bring peace to the mind and body. All levels welcome. Pro Dynamic Fitness, 14520 Memorial Dr., 77079. For more information go to prodynamicfitness.com or call 713-909-5502. Tai Chi & QiGong in The Woodlands / Spring. 3:15pm & 4:30pm. Have you heard about the benefits of Tai Chi and QiGong and wanted to try it out? Or, do you have experience and are looking to deepen you practice? Come join us and learn simple, time tested methods and movements to clear the mind, circulate energy and relax the body. First class free! Multiple membership options and private sessions available. 427 Carson Ridge Dr, Spring, 77386. Please call 281-702-3389 or visit www.groundyourdivinity.com for details and to register. Wednesday Oneness Blessing. 5:30-6:45pm. The Oneness Blessing, also known as Deeksha, is a hands-on, direct transfer of energy. Which can strengthen your relationship with your Divine, Spirit, God; however you relate to that. Bring freedom from your chattering mind. And can cause your Authentic You to shine and become present in the moment and experience fullness of life as it truly is. The more blessings you receive, the greater the benefit. Child care available, no reservation required. Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org Christian Meditation. 6:00-7:00pm. Experience meditation and contemplative prayer using ancient prayer practices of the early Christian communities. Explore and study contemporary and ancient texts of the contemplative way. All are welcome. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort, 77025. Parking is free and available at the Woodwind St. entrance. www.graceinhouston.org. Questions? info@graceinhouston. org or 832-667-8601. Urban Ride. 6:30pm. Be ready to roll at 6:30PM. The route is 20 miles. Riders should be comfortable keeping a pace of 18-20 mph. Helmet, front and back light, spare tube, and CO2 cartridges are required. Earphones are not allowed. Speed may vary depending on who shows. Safety comes first. Free. Urban Bicycle Gallery 4814 Nett St. 77007. judy@urbanbicyclegallery.com Zumba on the Green. 6:30-7:30pm. ACE certified personal trainer, Oscar Sajche shows you how to make your workout a party! 6:30-7:30 pm. Come see why hundreds of Houstonians come out to the park to move it and lose it! Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 6:30-7:30pm. Come around and try our free weekly yoga-meditation classes. Simply turn up, and make yourself comfortable. Each session includes the basics and a practical guided meditation, so that you can start meditating at home straight away. Free. Kingwood Library. 4400 Bens View Lane, 77339. 832-433-2415. info@ Houston-Meditation.org Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 6:30-8:00pm. Come around and try our free weekly yoga-meditation classes. Simply turn up, and make yourself comfortable. Each session includes the basics and a practical guided meditation, so that you can start meditating at home straight away. Free. University Branch Library, 14010 University Blvd. Sugar Land, 77479. 832-433-2415. info@Houston-Meditation.org Blue Line Bike Ride. 7pm. 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

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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

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

Food Not Bombs. 8pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Count Yard, 521 Lamar, 77002. houstonfoodnotbombs.org

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

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. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com

Dinner Music with Jimmy Deen. 6-9pm. 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. Museum of Fine Arts-Houston. 10am-9pm. If you have not spent time enjoying the art exhibits at MFAH, what are you waiting for? Free. MFAH 1001 Bissonnet, 77005. 713-6397300 mfah.org Aerial Yoga. 10:15am & 6:30pm. Pro Dynamic Fitness offers authentic yoga, supported by a silk hammock, to explore, refine and advance traditional asanas, both in the air and on the ground. No experience required. Pro Dynamic Fitness, 14520 Memorial Dr., 77079 For more information go to prodynamicfitness.com or call 713-909-5502 Yoga at India House. 11:00-12:00am. Enjoy relaxing cardio work out at India House. Free. India House, 8888 West Bellfort, 77031. Go to the website, print out the form and email it to the address given. http://www.indiahouseinc.org/ programs/yoga-classes Buffalo Soldiers Museum. 1-5pm. Buffalo Soldiers Museum is the only museum dedicated to preserving the legacy and honor of African American soldiers in the United States. Free. Buffalo Soldiers Museum 3816 Caroline Street, 77004. Buffalosoldiersmuseum.com 713-942-8920. Houston Museum of Natural Science. 2-5pm. Roam the Serengeti, walk with dinosaurs and discover the world's mineral wonders. Free. HMNS 5555 Hermann Park Drive 77030. hmns.org Free Family Thursdays at The Health Museum. 2:00pm7:00pm. Free entry into The Health Museum to enjoy permanent and traveling exhibits (DeBakey Cell Lab requires a $3 fee) on Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Dr 77004. thehealthmuseum.org 713-521-1515

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Thrive Tapping with Helen Racz. 7-9pm. The Thursday Night Group Tapping is an amazing gift. The work is alive and, as in all living things, it has evolved. This evolution is taking us deeper into creating positive change on purpose with purpose. The beautiful meridian based science of EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) was originally used to clear blocks in our energy fields. What we know now is that EFT is capable of much, much more. Donations accepted. Spectrum Center at The Preserve 2060 North Loop West, Suite 205 77018. helenracz.com (Ending Nov 17th) 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. 7-9pm. Upbeat musical style with a rock and roll sound. Cover charge. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St., 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com Hightailers. Starts at 9pm. Longest running house band in existence! Gulf Coast Rhythm and Blues. Cover charge. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St., 77002. 713-226-8563 www. lastconcert.com

friday 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

saturday Yoga for the Body and Mind. 8-9:30 am. Yoga classes based on the teachings of Swami Ramdev ji including asanas, pranayama and meditation. Free. Arya Samaj Greater Houston Center 14375 Shiller Rd. 77082. 281-242-5000 aryasamajhouston.org. Hatha Yoga. 9:00-10:00am. Join Shuwen for a morning of asanas and pranayama which help bring peace to the mind and body. All levels welcome. Pro Dynamic Fitness, 14520 Memorial Dr., 77079. For more information go to prodynamicfitness.com or call 713-909-5502. Integrative Hatha Yoga Classes. 9:30am. Facilitated by Certified Yoga Therapist, Lin Weiss MH, CYT. Balance Mind, Body & Spirit. An integrative approach with classical Hatha foundations. Focusing on structural alignment, pranayama breathing technique and strength building. Bellaire Triangle Yoga Studio. Suitable for all levels. Call 713-859-8595 to reserve your class. 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 Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 10:00am-12:00pm. Come around and try our free weekly yoga-meditation classes. Simply turn up, and make yourself comfortable. Each session includes the basics and a practical guided meditation, so that you can start meditating at home straight away. Free. Woodsland Park and Community Center, 443 Danover Rd, Katy, 77494. 832-4332415 info@Houston-Meditation.org Yoga at India House. 10:00-11:00am. Enjoy relaxing cardio work out at India House. Free. India House, 8888 West Bellfort, 77031. Go to the website, print out the form and email it to the address given. http://www.indiahouseinc.org/ programs/yoga-classes Aerial Yoga. 10:15am. Pro Dynamic Fitness offers authentic yoga, supported by a silk hammock, to explore, refine and advance traditional asanas, both in the air and on the ground. No experience required. Pro Dynamic Fitness, 14520 Memorial Dr., 77079 For more information go to prodynamicfitness. com or call 713-909-5502

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Young Writers Workshop. 10:30-11:30am. Kids learn to express their thoughts and develop language skills. Presented by Houston Public Library/HPL Express and Discovery Green. Houston's only free and open writing workshop for kids conducted by Writers In The Schools. Limited to 25 students, first come first serve. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com For more information please call 832-393-1375. Beginning Meditation. 11:00-11:30am. Enjoy relaxing meditation class at India House. Free. India House, 8888 West Bellfort, 77031. Go to the website, print out the form and email it to the address given. http://bit.ly/1rfNLkl Tai Chi & QiGong in The Woodlands / Spring. 11am. Have you heard about the benefits of Tai Chi and QiGong and wanted to try it out? Or, do you have experience and are looking to deepen you practice? Come join us and learn simple, time tested methods and movements to clear the mind, circulate energy and relax the body. First class free! Multiple membership options and private sessions available. 427 Carson Ridge Dr, Spring, 77386. Please call 281-702-3389 or visit www. groundyourdivinity.com for details and to register. Meditation: Enhance your Spiritual Journey. 11am-1pm. This spiritual program examines techniques and concepts on how to develop accuracy in Meditation. The cornerstone of the Sant Mat teachings is meditation, because only through meditation we can experience spiritual realization. Spiritual Discourse, Meditation, Vegetarian Meal. Free. India House 8888 West Bellfort, Rm 217, 77031. houstonSOS.org STEM Saturdays. 12:30-1:30pm. 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 Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 2:30-4:00pm. Come around and try our free weekly yoga-meditation classes. Simply turn up, and make yourself comfortable. Each session includes the basics and a practical guided meditation, so that you can start meditating at home straight away. Free. Outreach Center of West Houston, 725 Bateswood Drive, 77079. 832-433-2415. info@Houston-Meditation.org Falun Dafa. 4-6pm. Falun Gong also known as Falun Dafa is a traditional Chinese qigong practice. It uses gentle movements and meditation to cultivate the body, mind, and spirit. Falun Gong is a complete and powerful system, which consists of five simple exercises, which can be performed by anyone regardless of age, physical condition, or prior experience. If you plan to visit a practice location, please call the contact person beforehand. Outside of Chinese Consulate 3417 Montrose Blvd., 77006. Henry 956-844-2835. falun-houston.org Dinner Music with Jimmy Deen. 6-9pm. Cover charge. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www. lastconcert.com

sunday Yoga for the Body and Mind. 8-9:30 am. Yoga classes based on the teachings of Swami Ramdev ji including asanas, pranayama and meditation. Free. Arya Samaj Greater Houston Center, 14375 Shiller Rd. 77082. 281-242-5000 aryasamajhouston.org. Sunday Oneness Blessing. After 9am and 11am services. The Oneness Blessing, also known as Deeksha, is a hands-on, direct transfer of energy. Which can strengthen your relationship with your Divine, Spirit, God; however you relate to that. Bring freedom from your chattering mind. 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 Movement Meditation for Healing Mind and Body . 9:30am– 10:30am With an emphasis on bringing together mind, body, and movement to be in the present moment, Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien guides students to connect with Awake mind, which is profoundly healing, and also restores and refreshes every aspect of our being. Suggested donation $50/month, pre-registration required. Universal Door Meditation Center - 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, 77498 www.universaldoor. org 281-565-9718

Christian Meditation. 9:00am-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. The Conversations With God Study Group. 9:30am-10:45am. The group is now studying Neale Gary Renard's book, THE DISAPPEARANCE OF THE UNIVERSE, study materials provided, this ongoing gathering is facilitated by Dr. Ngozi Kamau. Free. Carmel Temple, 1208 Pennsylvania,77587. carmeltemple.org Carmel Temple All Faith Service. 11:00am. Different guest speaker every week. Free. Carmel Temple, 1208 Pennsylvania,77587. carmeltemple.org Semanal Programa de Meditación 10am-1pm. Ciencia de la Espiritualidad es una organización global, no religiosa, sin fines de lucro, espiritual dedicado a la unidad del amor y de la paz. Nuestro grupo de meditación Houston ha estado activo durante más de 52 años y se reúne regularmente. Cada semana nuestro grupo se reúne para meditar juntos, reflexionar sobre las palabras de los grandes santos y místicos y pasar algún tiempo con otras personas que comparten el objetivo de llevar una vida espiritualmente enriquecida y satisfactoria. Gratis. Trini Mendenhall Sosa Center 1414 Wirt Road 77055. houstonSOS.org 832-304-0767. Acoustic Jams. 10:30am. Easy listening music to brunch by. No cover charge. Last Concert Café, 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com Ecstatic Dance Evolution. 10:30-1:00pm. Ecstatic Dance Evolution is a unique transformational Ecstatic Dance practice developed by Houston’s Sydney Samadhi Strahan. This Dance has been actively evolving since 2003, giving Houstonians a consistent place to be free in mind-body-spirit and express themselves through movement with an accepting creative community. Free. MATCH: Midtown Arts and Theater Center 3400 Main Street, 77002. ecstaticdanceevolution.com 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 Fall Youth and Teen Program at Universal Door Meditation Center. 11:00am–12:30pm. For youth grades 1-12. Under the guidance of Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien, youth are introduced to the Awake Mind within, and through basic meditation as well as other activities and games, they learn how to return to it. Registration required, call for more details. Suggested donation $60/month. Universal Door Meditation Center, 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, 77498 universaldoor.org 281-565-9718 Dawn Mountain Sunday Meditation. 11am-12noon. Join us for guided meditation suitable for everyone. Led by senior members of the Dawn Mountain community. Free. Dawn Mountain 2010 Naomi Street, Suite A, 77054. http://dawnmountain.org Centerpoint Body Mind and Spirit Expo. 1pm-6pm. Angel oracle readings, psychic medium, tarot card readings, soul oracle readings, tea leaf astrology, astrology and past life readings, foot reflexology, energy healers, jewelry, crystals and more! Coffee, lemonade and nutritious snacks. Admission Free. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 713-932-7224 centerpointhouston.org Diamond Way Meditation. 5-5:45 pm. Free. Diamond Way Buddhist Center. 2217 W 34th Street, Suite D., 77018. 281436-6081. diamondway.org/houston/ Food Not Bombs. 7pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate, or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Courtyard 521 Lamar, 77002 houstonfoodnotbombs.org Sunday Love Feast. 7:00pm. A free vegetarian meal for any and all. Free. ISKCON Temple 1320 West 34th Street, 77018. 713-686-4482 iskconhouston.org

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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 4pm-7pm 7112 Newcastle St, Bellaire

TUESDAY:

Local Foods in Rice Village 3:30 pm - 7 pm 2424 Dunstan Rd, Houston Dr. Blazek’s Office in the Heights 3:30 pm - 7 pm 2310 Rutland St, Houston Pearland Elite Training Center 3:30 pm - 7 pm 4407 Halik St, Pearland University of St. Thomas 3:30-7 pm 1318 Sul Ross Montrose

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The Corner of Fondren and Willowbend 3:30 pm - 7 pm 10611 Fondren Rd, Houston Dr. Blazek’s Office in the Heights 3:30 pm - 7 pm 2310 Rutland St, Houston American Health Foods 3:30-6 pm 21202 TX-249 #500, Houston University of St. Thomas 3:30-7 pm 1318 Sul Ross Montrose Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center 3:30 - 7 pm 5601 S Braeswood Blvd, Houston

FRIDAY:

Summerwood Elementary School 3:30 - 7 pm 14000 Summerwood Lakes Dr, Houston

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

Cypress Area Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine 10330 Lake Road, Building D Houston, TX 77070. By appointment only 713-825-1636. CypressAreaAcupuncture.com

At Cypress Area Acupuncture, I strive to provide quality health care at affordable prices. I believe that I am your partner in helping you obtain optimal health. I provide treatments in a relaxing atmosphere where you will seldom, if ever, have to wait and you will never feel rushed. Questions are always welcome and I will do everything possible to make your treatments comfortable and relaxing. Call or make an appointment on our website. See ad on page 18.

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

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

BIOLOGICAL DENISTRY ATTORNEYS DOUGHERTY & DOUGHERTY 909 Kipling Houston, Texas 77006 713-521-9551 Office@Doughertylaw.com www.Doughertylaw.com

Collaborative DivorceA more positive way to work together. Creative agreements, less stress, parties retain control, lower emotional and financial cost, create win/win solutions, more peaceful, less conflict, protect your privacy, avoid court, preserve relationships, better long term resolutions that permit better parenting. Additionally- A responsible approach to marriage-Premarital AgreementsUnderstand financial goals and assets, protect separate property and clarify assets and debts, understand goals and expectations for marriage, process for maintain marital relationship, avoid future conflicts, address cultural differences prior to marriage. Contact us for more information, to schedule a consultation or to attend our FREE seminar on November 9th.

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MARILYN K. JONES, DDS

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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 27.

BOOKS THE METAPHYSICAL CENTER POINT by Barbara Silberg

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

THE POWER OF AWAKE by Thich Dieu Thien

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

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Our team is pleased to welcome you to the Innate Chiropractic Healing Arts Center in Houston where we offer a variety of gentle healing modalities to enhance your LIFE FORCE, ENERGY and PEAK PERFORMANCE, naturally! For those interested in deeper healing and personal development, we also offer a variety of classes and workshops including collage, life goal setting, and empowerment drumming. Visit our website and give us a call today! See ad on page 14.

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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!

COLONICS JOYCE LONG’S WELLNESS INSTITUTE

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

ENERGY MEDICINE ENERBODYBALANCE

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

KEN ROGERS, ND, CNCMH, NATUROPATH COACHING ABOLISH YOUR INNER SABOTEUR!

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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 2

BLISSFUL QUESTS

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Are you ready to achieve your dreams and enjoy balance and success in every area of your life? Find out how, in just 12 weeks, you could be happier and more successful thanks to Heal Your Life® Coach Doyle Ward, who has already helped hundreds of people achieve their dreams! I offer both online and private one-on-one coaching. What are you waiting for? Take that first step toward happiness now! See ad on page 26.

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Our facility, class-1 equipment, and supervision enable you to do your own private colonic. We also feature: Nutritional A n a l y s i s , We i g h t L o s s , Nutritional Blood review, Premium Grade Nutrition to match your analysis, and more. Call us for more information or to make an appointment. 10% Discount. Call now. Feel better soon.

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

ZILLA ADAMS, BA, CHTP, EFT, MH

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

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

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HAIR DESIGN TUSCANY VILLAGE SALON

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

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

HEALING MINDY KING

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Leadership Training for individuals and corporations; Grief Recovery; Quantum To u c h ® I n s t r u c t o r a n d Practitioner, Heal Your Life® Teacher and Coach; fun workshops with LMT CEU’s available. Call today to schedule an appointment. See Ad on page 6.

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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!

BARBIE BUTLER, SOUND HEALING & MEDITATION 3000 Sage Road, Suite 1165 Houston, TX 77056 281-799-6889

Are you stressed? Feel scattered? Having trouble staying grounded and centered? Experience a sound healing session with Barbie sitting under the pyramid as she plays the crystal bowls that that are attuned to your chakras. Let her lead you in a meditation especially designed just for you. She offices in The Phychic Healing Center conveniently near The Galleria. Call her TODAY to schedule an appointment or for more information.

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

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

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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 a n d C h r i s t i a n n u m e r o l o g y. Meditation 101 each Wednesday at 6-7pm. Call for more information.

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

THE PSYCHIC HEALING CENTER 3000 Sage Road #1165 Houston, TX 77056 713-377-2002

Houston’s newest holistic healing center located in the Galleria Area. Featuring sound healing sessions and Intuitive Life Coaching by Zia Evans. You can find an array of metaphysical items such as candles, crystals, salt baths, books, jewelry and more. Zia also offer individualized meditation programs, chakra clearing and balancing, crystal healing bowls and an amethyst healing bed. Call today for an appointment.

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HOLISTIC HOMEOPATHY FOR WELLNESS ANUSHA THIAGARAJAN 4100 Westheimer, Suite 233 Houston, TX 77027 7335 TX-6, Suite 200 Missouri City, TX 77459 Holistichomeopathy.net 832-671-2631

Integrating Mind, Body and Spirit Homeopathy is an art and science. The word “homeopathy” is derived from the Greek words homeos “similar” and pathos, “disease”. Homeopathy means “to treat with a remedy that produces an effect similar to that of the disease”. Anusha Thiagarajan practices traditional homeopathy with offices both in Houston and Missouri City. Visit her website for more information and call her today for a consulation.

HYPERBARIC OXYGEN HBOT AMERICA

8618-B Stella Rd. Houston, TX 77025 832-986-5144 hbotamerica.com

HBOT America of Houston provides hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) for a wide variety of clients, from athletes to those wishing to speed healing after surgery. HBOT has been medically approved by the FDA for 14 uses, including severe anemia, osteomyelitis, arterial insufficiencies, diabetic skin treatments, wound healing and more. Hundreds of studies have been done on the use of HBOT for other conditions. Introductory “Ah-Ha” session just $49. Visit our website today to arrange a tour of our facilities or book an appointment

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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.

INTUITIVE COUNSELOR CHUCK MURPHY SPIRITUAL INTUITIVE

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

For over 25 years, Chuck has been helping people find their purpose. Chuck’s mission is to help others experience the Love and Guidance of Spirit and realize their True Beauty and Unique place in Creation. Let let him help you discover your unique place in creation. Visit his website for information about phone and SKYPE readings also classes and free Meetups. Mention this ad for a 10% discount. Contact Chuck today to schedule a one-on-one reading over the phone, via Skype or in person.

JULIE PARKER

FACE READING YourInnerBlueprint.com 832-305-5498

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

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

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

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

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

MEDITATION CARMEL TEMPLE

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

Carmel Temple is a quiet sanctuary far away from the outer world of seeming chaos. It is a place of peace, healing, study, teaching, meditation, love, warmth, and friendship. Opened in 1970, Carmel Temple is a loving place made available for all seekers of the Light. Join us in this welcoming environment, this Sunday where enlightenment, healing, and especially love are found. See ad on page 10.

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CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON

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

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., Nov. 6, 9am-noon. Meditation Workshop: Sun., Nov. 20, 10-11am. Blessing Ceremony: Sun., Nov. 13, 10am-noon. Check the web site (event calendar) for the most current information. See ad on page 30.

DAWN MOUNTAIN CENTER FOR TIBETAN BUDDHISM 2010 Naomi Street, Suite A Houston, TX 77054 Dawnmountain.org

Join us every Sunday morning from 11:00 to 12:00 for free, guided meditation suitable for everyone. You don’t need dawn mountain to know how to meditate before you come. Just need to come and experience meditation for yourself. Led by senior members of the Dawn Mountain sangha (community), this meditation offers a chance to take a mindful pause from your busy life, enjoy serenity and fellowship, and learn a bit more about Buddhist practice at Dawn Mountain. See ad on page 27.

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

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


THE HINES CENTER FOR SPIRITUALITY AND PRAYER 500 Fannin Street Houston, TX 77002 713-590-3320 HinesCenter.org

The Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer is a co-created response to the community’s longing for rich spiritual formation and expression. The center provides a wide variety of opportunities to know and experience God. We provides classes, lectures, workshops, and programmed group settings to foster connection, understanding, and compassion for self, other, and the mystery that beautifully and expansively holds us. Visit our website for a complete listing of offerings and join with us soon. See ad on page 12.

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

Unity of Houston offers positive, practical teachings that support spiritual evolution and abundant living. The Unity movement is open and welcoming of all individuals regardless of race, color, gender, age, creed, religion, national origin, ethnicity, physical disability or sexual orientation. We take an extremely positive approach to life, emphasizing our Oneness in God and the goodness in people and all of life. We believe… ”Life is meant to be good!”. Come and discover it for yourself! See ad on page 3.

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

Are you ready to Wake Up? Discover Awake mind through Zen meditation. Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien guides students to apply this life-changing tool in all situations. Find out how Awake mind can transform stress, struggles, health issues, and conflicts that you thought were unchangeable facts of life! Attend our FREE Tuesday Meditation 101 class. Tue: Meditation 101, 7-8pm, FREE Drop In Class. Thurs: Meditation Class: Discovering the Awake Within. 7-9pm*. Sun: Movement Meditation for Healing Mind and Body. 9:30-10:30am* Sun: Fall Youth and Teen Program 11am-12:30n*. * = requires pre-registration/class fee. See our ad on page 10.

NATURAL FOOD GRACE’S NUTRITION MARKET

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

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

NATURAL WATER FILTRATION & TREATMENT ACCENT NATURAL WATER

Whole House Water Treatment 23206 I-45 North Spring, TX 77373 281-773-5441 AccentH20.com

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

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 mini-season for $132, a perfect gift for your health-conscious loved ones or purchase a 20-week season for $507. The summer vegetables include winter squash (hard squashes), edamame, eggplant, basil, peppers, okra, arugula, basil, cucumbers, green onions, roselle, malabar spinach, possibly cantaloupe if weather cooperates, and even watermelon if weather cooperates. Sign-up today for the Summer 2016 Season! See ad on page 24.

ORGANIC HEALTH AND BEAUTY PRODUCTS NEIL’S YARD REMEDIES

Felecia Hunt, Independent Consultant 832-226-6957 huntfelecia@gmail.com https://us.nyrorganic.com/shop/ feleciahunt facebook.com/NYROFeleciaHunt

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

ORGANIC RESORT & SPA NUTRIGENOMICS ANGELLE ADAMS

(832) 472-1366 Angelleadams1@gmail.com

Learn about an all-natural breakthrough that’s redefining healthcare! Activate your body at the cellular level with category-creating technology in the field of nutrigenomics. This unique science has been featured on major television networks and validated in peer-reviewed studies posted by the National Institute of Health! Contact us for more information and a free consultation.

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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 bodypampering and beautifying spa treatments. Call of visit our website to book your stay today! See ad on page 25.

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REIKI CLAUDIA AUTRY, REIKI PRACTITIONER

(by appointment only) 281-849-4610 cautry@gmail.com ClaudiaAutry.com

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

TAPPING THRIVE TAPPING.

Spectrum Center 2060 North Loop West, Suite 205 Houston, TX 77018. HelenRacz.com

Using EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) to create Thrive Consciousness with Helen Racz every Thursday Night 7-8:30 pm at the new Spectrum Center. EFT is a form of acupressure, based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and emotional ailments but without the invasiveness of needles. Claim your wholeness! How good can you feel? FREE, donations accepted. No need to call or preregister. Just come! Spectrum Center at the Preserve 2060 North Loop West, Suite 205 77018 http://spectrumcenter-houston.com/our-history/map-and-directions/

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.

SPIRITUAL HOUSE CLEANSING LIO SPIRITUAL HOUSE CLEANSINGS

832-279-7870

Do you feel negative all the time, depressed, can’t concentrate, can’t sleep and don’t know why? Maybe the problem isn’t you but it is your house. Call me, Lio (pronounced leo) for a FREE phone consultation to see if my spiritual house cleansing services can be of help and when you call, ask for my Natural Awakenings discount. Se habla español!

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 9.

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

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

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BAYOU BLISS YOGA 808 West Main Street Houston, TX 77006 713-955-0500 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, breath-work, 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.

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

Welcome! Namaste! Chandra Yoga 4 Life focuses on the 3 major aspects of Yoga incorporating asanas, pranayama and meditation. We work closely with each student, meeting the student where they are Welcome! Call 281541-8336 for an unlimited monthly pass for $50, offer ends September 30 call TODAY!

JENNYOGA

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

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

LITTLE DHARMA YOGA

14520 Memorial Dr. Houston, TX 77079 832-444-2800 prodynamicfitness.com facebook.com/littledharmayoga/

Through games and activities we will breathe, move, sing, laugh, and play through postures. Ages 3-11. Other ages accepted on a case by case basis. Special needs yoga sessions are available. Call Melissa to schedule a funfilled kids yoga class at your location: parties, schools, events or private lessons! Or schedule to meet her at Pro Dynamic Fitnesss. For more information call 832444-2800.


NAMASTE YOGA

1275 Eldridge Parkway Houston, TX 77077 281-928-6951 Namasteyogahouston.com

We are a “boutique” Yoga Studio conveniently located in the heart of the Energy Corridor in West Houston, we offer a variety of yoga classes and styles to cater for the needs of our community. Our classes are small giving us an opportunity to develop a relationship with all our students getting to know their name and enjoying a chat after class over tea is part of who we are. We offer classes for first timers as well as experienced Yogis. Our schedule includes Ashtanga Yoga, Vinyasa, Slow Flow, Yin Yoga, Mindful Meditation, Kids and Prenatal yoga and private classes, there is a class for everyone in the family!!! As part of giving back to the community and doing “our bit” we have a Community Class every Sunday at 9:45am, we have been offering the class ever since we started as we believe everyone should have an opportunity to practice and enjoy yoga. Visit our website for class schedules and join our community today!

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.

SAHAJA YOGA MEDITATION

meetup.com/free-houston-meditationand-stress-relief-yoga-class houston-meditation.org info@Houston-Meditation.org

The Houston Sahaja Yoga Meditation group warmly invites you to join our FREE 7-week course “Chakra Cleansing through Sahaja Yo g a Me d i t a t i o n Te c h niques”, taking place at a number of locations in the Greater Houston area. Sahaja Yoga Meditation is natural, easy, and powerful. All classes and the literature provided are free. Simply turn up, and make yourself comfortable. There is always place for beginners, so there is no need to make a booking in advance.

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!

THE WOMAN’S EARTH NURTURING STUDIO PRO DYNAMIC FITNESS KIDS YOGA 14520 Memorial Dr., Houston, TX 77079 713-909-5502

Join Melissa for a fun-filled kids yoga class! Through games and activities, we will breathe, move, sing, laugh, and play through postures. Pro Dynamic Fitness, 14520 Memorial Dr., Houston, TX 77079. For more information and class schedules, go to our website or call 713-909-5502.

2816 Isabella St. Houston, Texas 77004 832-899-4325 thewomansearthstudio.com

Our studio is a beautiful multilevel warm setting in a historic Houston area near the museum district. The Woman’s Earth is a boutique spa and wellness center offering holistic services of massage, yoga, facial and meditation. Our yoga offerings include Vinyasa, Hatha, Kemetic, Prenatal and Mommy and Me. The heartbeat of our studio is partnering with woman-owned businesses to bring workshops, classes, retreats and events that exemplify our values Work, Elevate, Awaken, Renew, Teach and Heal in each experience so each guest leaves relaxed, inspired and rejuvenated. Call today. We look forward to nurturing you!

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

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

YOGA TRAINING MINI YOGIS TEACHER TRAINING

14520 Memorial Dr. Houston, TX 77079 832-444-2800 http://miniyogis.com/houston-texas-october15-16-2016-foundation-teentween/

Focusing on kids ages three to sixteen, this twenty-hour course will give you all the tools you need to create your own yoga program for children, teens and tweens (and Yoga Alliance CEUs, too!). Through the use of themes, games, music, books, and other props, we will transform traditional practice into a creative, stimulating, and—most importantly—FUN yoga experience for kids. Visit our website for more information or to register.

NURTURE SOUL THERAPEUTICS

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

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

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