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18 AGELESS BEING Staying Vibrant in Mind, Body and Spirit


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29 WHAT IS THE “POINT” OF ACUPUNCTURE Traditional Chinese Medicine and High Blood Pressure by Jo Nell Norcini



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reetings, “We don’t quit playing because we grow old. We grow old because we quit playing.” This is one of my favorite quotes to live by. While eating healthy, exercise, sleep, spiritual practices are all vital so is a playful outlook and regular just plain old play. I think that sometimes we, I know I, take life too seriously. There are so many things on the to-do list. There is more work than can possibly be done in the time we have to do it. If we can’t get it all done in the time we have, how CAN we get it done if we take time off to have play? Well, how can we get it done if we break down because we didn’t take time off to rest and recreate? Hmmm. So, take time. Give yourself permission to have a down day, a goof-off day once in a while. You aren’t a bad person because you didn’t get something done today. If you must, schedule time off and time for fun stuff, a guy’s night out or girl’s night out or a date night once a month at least. In one of the most structured, scheduled jobs I’ve ever had, the first staff meeting when we all set up our calendars our boss told us to start by putting birthdays, anniversaries and other important personal and family dates in our work calendars. Maybe your life isn’t that structured but sometimes when you don’t plan to have some fun you are planning to have no fun. And speaking of planning… Studies have shown that the planning for that vacation or get away or romantic night out produces more good endorphins than the actual vacation or get away or night out itself. So make plans and enjoy making those plans. There are lots of free and inexpensive things to do right here in Houston listed in our calendar. There are thought provoking articles in this month’s issue. Take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves to you and have fun doing it. Until next month…

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hoenicia Specialty Foods is a dream that started modestly 30 years ago. In 1983 Arpi and Zohrab Tcholakian, formerly of Lebanon, and of Armenian descent, opened Phoenicia Deli on Westheimer Road. Despite the economic downturn in the 1980’s the business grew. In 1992, they leased space to store the imported goods they were receiving. Soon, retail and wholesale customers started going to the storage space for a case of their desired, hard to find specialty items, and eventually this grocery section became a specialty food market. In 2006 the family further branched out and opened Phoenicia Specialty Foods across the street from the deli. The enterprise has continued to grow ever since thanks to loyal, local Phoodie friends. Much of Phoenicia’s success has been due to importing power that has kept prices reasonable for patrons. In November of 2011, Phoenicia Specialty Foods Downtown opened its doors at the fabulous One Park Place luxury high-rise across from Discover Green. Downtown residents and workers now have a one-stop shop stocked with all the market’s signature food favorites. Phoenicia Downtown also features MKT Bar, an in-house gastro-pub that accommodates as many as 260 guests. This hip, urban hangout is the perfect stop before the theater, after a sporting event or just to enjoy a tasty night out. Complimentary parking available. Come and experience the YUMMY! first hand at either of Phoenicia’s two locations.

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nnouncing the birth of Nurture Gourmet Meals, founded in Houston this July which is now producing chef prepared, healthy, gourmet packaged meals in one of the most innovative vacuum packaging invented. This product enables the end user to heat the meal in the same packaging in less than 2 minutes. Once the meal reaches the right temperature the package vents itself to prevent over cooking, delivering a great meal every time. Nurture Gourmet Meals contain no additives or preservatives and are a convenient way to eat an every-day healthy meal without spending endless time in the kitchen. Less time in the kitchen, less energy used, less carbon footprint in our environment. The packaging is 100% recyclable. Nurture Gourmet Meals is ready to fulfill the need Houstonians have for convenient, delicious and simple ReadyTo-Eat meals. Everything from traditional meatloaf and pasta to green enchiladas and pork loin diablo. For the foodie in your, check out their more adventurous menus and enjoy!

Houston Earth Citizens Walk


arth Citizens Organization (ECO) develops leaders who make a difference through community service and outreach activities. Participants apply the tools and skills they acquire through our training programs to serve in areas, such as caring for less privileged children, helping people with disabilities, and teaching exercise to senior citizens, where help is needed most. Through service, leaders develop a greater sense of responsibility to make contributions locally as well as globally — moving forward to a more mindful, humane, and sustainable world. Earth Citizens Houston will be holding a fund raising walk Sunday October 4 from 10am-2pm starting from the parking lot of T.C. Jester Park at 4201 T.C. Jester Blvd. 77018. Adult tickets for the walk are $25 and children under 13 may join the walk for free. Come out and enjoy a walk in nature with other Earth minded people, and support a good cause. 832-252-9642

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hrough music, dance and celebrations of community, Earthdance, the largest global festival for world peace, has radiated harmony from over 600 locations in 50 countries since 1997. This year, the event’s 2015 musical “Prayer for Peace” will be played simultaneously on September 19th - the annual United Nations’ Peace Day - in the morning in the Australian rainforest, at midnight in London, at sunrise in the Himalayas, and at 6 p.m. in Houston, a profound moment that synergizes and heals our planet. Amazingly, this year the theme is “Awakening” – congruent with the mission of this Natural Awakenings magazine! Besides the global prayer for peace, Earthdance 2015, Houston’s tenth annual festival produced by ISKCON of Houston and Ecstatic Dance of Houston is a family friendly event featuring an interactive “spiral dance”, a drum circle, cultural programs, vegan/ vegetarian food, henna, face-painting, kirtan (mantra-chanting), children’s activities, flow artists and local crafts Each Earthdance event promotes and financially benefits local charities in the areas of peace, environmental sustainability or social justice and the Houston event will support Kid’s Meals Project. Please join us in distributing the love and peace to our fellow inhabitants of mother earth. Give peace a dance and a chance to transform our hearts! Venue: Gauranga Hall. Hare Krishna Temple & Cultural Center, 1320 W 34th St, Houston, TX- 77018. Saturday, Sep 19 from 5-9pm. For more information, Tw i t t e r. c o m / E a r t h d a n c e H t o w n , or Phone or text to 713979-7698. See our ad on the back cover.

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reen Planet Sanctuary is one of a few cool places in Houston that you either know how to find your you don’t since it tucked in behind an auto repair shop off of Briar Forest in west Houston. It’s a green oasis of quiet right not far from a busy shopping center. In 2000, Cathy Ingram opened it as Garden Dreams, her landscaping business. After eight years in doing landscaping, Cathy decided to scale back the physical maintenance part of the business and just focus on landscape design but what to do with the property? Several of her friends suggested she turn it into a place where like-minded, people could come to feel the peace and quiet that comes from closeness to the earth. So, the barn became a yoga studio, the bedrooms became offices for various holistic practitioners and things evolved with the addition of a labyrinth and a pond. While the Houston area has lots of great metaphysical places, Green Planet Sanctuary is one that is more about connections to this world and each other, and sustainability than other worldliness. On September 12, Green Planet Sanctuary will have a grand re-opening featuring The Tea Den as a joint venture with Bean’s Café and Yutumi. The Tea Den will feature custom tea blends, slow juice and coffee as well as local handmade crafts and Go Texas items. Regular hours will be Wednesday & Thursday 9-7, Friday and Saturday 9-9 and Sunday 10-5. Whether you come for yoga and stay for tea or come for tea and experience the salt water flotation tank or just come to hang out. Join us for our Grand Re-Opening. Once you’ve found Green Planet Sanctuary, you will come back. Green Planet Sanctuary, 13424-B Briar Forest Drive 77077. Visit online at

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Yoga Boosts Brain Gray Matter


esearch from the Brain Imaging and Analysis Center at Duke University Medical Center has found that a regular hatha yoga practice increases gray matter within the brain, reversing the loss found among those with chronic pain. The researchers tested seven hatha yoga meditation practitioners and seven non-practitioners. Each of the subjects underwent tests for depression, anxiety, moods and cognition levels, along with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) brain scans. The scientists found that the brains of the yoga meditation practitioners contained significantly greater gray matter by volume in key brain regions, including the frontal, temporal and occipital cortices, plus the cerebellum and the hippocampus, compared to the non-yoga subjects. The yoga meditation practitioners also had more gray area in the prefrontal cortex regions that are involved in decision-making, reward/consequence, control and coordination.

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Support Groups Keep Artery Patients Mobile


esearch published in the Journal of the American Heart Association has determined that when peripheral artery disease patients engage in behavioral support groups that encourage exercise, they realize increased mobility. The researchers from Northwestern University followed 194 patients for a year, testing subjects at six months and again at 12 months. The patients were divided into two groups; one attended weekly intervention group meetings, while the control group attended weekly lectures. After six months, the researchers found that only 6.3 percent of those that attended the support group meetings experienced mobility loss, compared to 26.5 percent of those that didn’t attend the meetings. After one year, the support group attendees again showed positive results. The control group had 18.5 percent loss in mobility, while only 5.2 percent of the support group attendees did.

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Daily Exercise Adds Five Years to Life


esearch published this year in the British Journal of Sports Medicine has determined that just 30 minutes of exercise, six days a week, can result in a reduced risk of early death by 40 percent, regardless of the intensity of the exercise. The researchers followed nearly 15,000 men born between 1923 and 1932. The men’s exercise and sedentary levels were measured along with the number of deaths that occurred during two 12-year study periods. In the second 12-year period, the researchers followed almost 6,000 of the surviving men. The researchers compared those men that were sedentary with those that exercised either moderately or intensely and found that moderate to intense exercise increased their average lifespan by five years. This improvement was comparable to the difference between smoking and non-smoking, according to the researchers. The data comes from the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, in Oslo. The scientists’ finding confirms that public health practices for elderly men should include efforts to increase physical activity, along with efforts to reduce smoking.

Smog Increases Stroke Risk


esearch from Germany has found that the high particulate numbers in smoggy areas increase the risk of stroke. The Heinz Nixdorf Recall study followed more than 4,400 people between the ages of 45 and 74 years old. The researchers began the study in 2000. They compared stroke and heart attacks to air pollution particulate matter (PM) levels of PM10 (particle sizes of 10 micrometers or less) and PM2.5 (2.5 micrometers or less). The study found that stroke incidence was more than twoand-a-half times higher among people with long-term exposure to PM10, while stroke incidence increased by more than three times among people with long-term exposure to PM2.5 smog.



esearch published in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research has found a new mechanism that may provide the key to why some foods are particularly healthy. The researchers found that epigallocatechin gallates, a class of polyphenols contained in green tea, apples, cocoa and other herbs and foods, blocks vascular endothelial growth factor, or VEGF, which is implicated in the buildup of plaque in the arteries, as well as cancer growth. Blocking VEGF helps prevent angiogenesis—when tumors form new blood vessels that help them grow. The researchers, from the Institute of Food Research, in Norwich, in the United Kingdom, tested the polyphenols, as well as human cells, in the laboratory.



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Lucia’s Buttermilk Lemon Cake with Fresh Berries and Lemon Verbena Featured in her cooking class Under the Tuscan Sun Cake 1 cup sweet butter 3 cups flour 2 cups sugar 3 eggs ¼ tsp salt 1 tsp baking powder 1 cup buttermilk or heavy cream 3 tbsp lemon juice 3 tbsp lemon zest Glaze ½ cup soft butter fresh seasonal berries 2 ½ cups powdered sugar grated lemon zest Lemon verbena leaves for garnish 5 tbsp lemon juice Cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and salt. Incorporate this with the butter mixture, adding the buttermilk to balance the consistency. Lastly, add the lemon juice and grated lemon zest. Bake in a non-stick pan at 300 degrees for 50 minutes. Remove and cool before glazing. To make the glaze, combine the butter, powdered sugar and lemon juice, and mix well. Pour over the cake and smooth the glaze out to the sides with a knife. Decorate the top and base with seasonal berries, more lemon zest, and the lemon verbena. Recipe provided by Lucia Bettler of Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098. 713-523-6494.


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Environmental journalist Fred Pearce, author of the new book, The New Wild: Why Invasive Species Will Be Nature’s Salvation, traveled across six continents and ecosystems from remote Pacific islands to the United Kingdom and the Great Lakes to reveal some outdated scientific ideas about invasive species and the balance of nature. Pearce argues that mainstream environmentalists are correct that we need a rewilding of the Earth, but they are wrong if they believe it can be achieved by reengineering ecosystems. He thinks that humans have changed the planet too much, and nature never goes backward. But a growing group of scientists is taking a fresh look at how species interact in the wild. According to these new ecologists, we should applaud the dynamism of alien species and the new ecosystems they create. In an era of climate change and widespread ecological damage, it’s crucial that we find ways to help nature regenerate. Embracing this new ecology, Pearce proposes, is our best chance, maintaining, “To be an environmentalist in the 21st century means celebrating nature’s wildness and capacity for change.”

According to a new study by the U.S. Energy Department ( EnergyDepartmentWindReport), wind power could provide more than a third of the nation’s electricity in a few decades, while posting a net savings in energy costs. Undersecretary for Technology and Energy Lynn Orr, Ph.D., states, “With continued commitment, wind can be the cheapest, cleanest option in all 50 states by 2050.” Wind power has tripled since 2000, and now supplies nearly 5 percent of the country’s electric power. The report says that it could dramatically reduce air pollution and go a long way toward meeting the country’s goals of slowing climate change. Meanwhile, Spanish engineers have invented the Vortex Bladeless wind turbine, a hollow straw that sticks up 40 feet from the ground and vibrates when the wind passes through it. Instead of using a propeller, the Vortex takes advantage of an aerodynamic effect called vorticity. The result is a turbine that’s 50 percent less expensive than a bladed model and is nearly silent. It’s not as efficient as conventional turbines, but more of them can be placed in the same amount of space, for a net gain of 40 percent in efficiency. Plus, with no gears or moving parts, maintenance is much easier and they are safer for bats and birds.


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o your kids have a lack of focus? Restless or distracted? Easily stressed out, impatient, or irritated? Or maybe just needing to improve their listening or communicating skills? The youth and teen program at UDMC for kids grade 1-12 addresses these topics and more. Meditation is definitely not just for adults! Kids need all the help and support they can get to develop the tools to maintain a healthy balance in everyday life. Under the direction of Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien, senior meditation students guide kids to learn the basics of mindfulness and meditation, and through games, crafts, and activities, kids will apply valuable life lessons, have fun, and discover much more about themselves! Supporting kids to be stable early in their life is so much better and easier than dealing with a really difficult problem years down the road.

n Saturday, September 26, 2015, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. the Meditative Fitness™ fall semester open house will launch eleven weeks of transformative, enjoyable, and uniquely customized Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, and Meditation classes. If you are ready to refine your mind, restore your body, and renew your life, then Meditative Fitness Programs™ is for YOU! Each class is skillfully taught by Master Healer, Gladys Wesley-Kennedy. Master Gladys provides fun yet sacred space to establish a healthy mind, body, and life. Through her dynamic teaching style and stimulating in-class lectures, you will learn to establish lasting mental, physical, and spiritual health. Classes are held at Nurture Soul Therapeutics, 9834 Spring Cypress Rd, Houston, TX 77070. Meditative Fitness™ classes meet Monday through Wednesday from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Class days and format are as follows: Intro to MedFit™ (Monday), Mindful Meditation™ (Tuesday), Tai Chi Gong™ (Wednesday). Secure your spot in the Meditative Fitness Programs™ today!

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Tips on ImprovingHome Energy Efficiency by Shen Ge


aking sure your home is as energy efficient as possible helps in ensuring that your solar panels generate the maximum benefit for you. The analogy is like pouring water into a bucket with a giant hole at the bottom. You want to make sure your home doesn’t have a giant energy hole sucking away the benefits you’re getting from solar. As can be seen, the largest energy usage lies in heating and many of our tips have to do with keeping the heat in.

specializes in retrofitting buildings to make them more energy-efficient. You can pick up a roll of insulation for about $15 at home improvement stores.

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A Programmable Thermostat

Programmable thermostats have become popular due to their energy- and moneysaving benefits. When used properly, this device can save users up to $150 per year, and it’s generally more accurate than a regular thermostat, according to Energy Star.

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Energy usage according to US Department of Energy (Credit: US Department of Energy). When shopping for appliances, realize that there are two price tags. The first is the purchase price while the second is the cost of operating the appliance during its lifetime. Energy Star rated appliances including refrigerators, dishwashers, washers, and dryers are much more energy efficient than models which merely follow the minimum federal standards for energy efficiency. For instance, Energy Star refrigerators are 20% more efficient than non-qualified models. Fridges with freezers on top use 10 – 25% less energy than side or bottom-mounted units. Energy Star dishwashers are required to use less than 5.8 gallons of water per cycle, while older models before 1994 can use as much as 10 gallons per cycle. Just with this upgrade, you could save around $8 per year in energy costs.

Incandescent light bulbs are being phased out; the US wouldn’t be manufacturing any such light bulbs after this year. Fluorescent bulbs last four to 10 times longer than regular light bulbs. Another option is going with the more expensive but even longer-lasting LED bulb. If you enjoy a directional light for reading, cooking, or working at home, you might prefer the LED bulbs. For general home lighting, such as illuminating a room, CFL might be best.

You might be surprised to find how much money you could save by patching up your windows and doors. In homes that haven’t been weather stripped, air leaks account for 30 to 40 percent of heating and cooling loss, according to Energy Star. Weather stripping materials cost less than $10 for 15 feet.

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AGELESS BEING Staying Vibrant in Mind, Body and Spirit by Kathleen Barnes

Agelessness: Engaging in and experiencing life without fear of falling, failing or falling apart.


n a nutshell, that’s the philosophy of visionary women’s health expert Dr. Christiane Northrup, of Yarmouth, Maine, as explored in her latest book, Goddesses Never Age. “We’re long overdue for a paradigm shift about how we feel about growing older,” says Northrup. “You can change your future by adopting a new, ageless attitude that will help you flourish physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. We don’t have to buy into modern medicine’s promotion of the idea of the pathology of aging.” O n e o f N o r t h r u p ’s p r i m a r y admonitions: “Don’t tell anyone how old you are. Another birthday means nothing.”

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system that we will become decrepit, frail and mentally feeble at a certain age. “When my mother turned 50, her mailbox suddenly filled with ads for adult diapers, walkers and longterm care insurance,” Northrup quips. The point is well taken. Think vibrant, healthy, gorgeous and yes, sexy Sandra Bullock, Johnny Depp, Chris Rock and Brooke Shields—all 50 or older—as the targets of ads for Depend. We’re living and working longer, and many of us are feeling, looking and staying young longer. So is 60 the new 40? Yes, say State University of New York at Stony Brook researchers, and further note that we’re generally leading longer and healthier lives. Centenarians are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population. In the 2010 census, 53,364 people had

surpassed their 100th year, an increase of 40 percent over the 1980 census, and more than 80 percent of them are women. The National Institute on Aging projects that this number could increase tenfold or more by 2050. What we think of as “old” has changed. Many baby boomers refuse to buy into the mythology of aging, bristle at being called senior citizens and especially dislike being called elderly. Their position is backed by science. Stem cell biologist Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., author of Biology of Belief and currently a visiting professor at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic, in Auckland, is best known for promoting the concept that DNA can be changed by belief, for good or ill. Lipton explains that we all have billions of stem cells designed to repair or replace damaged—and aging— tissues and organs. “[These cells] are profoundly influenced by our thoughts and perceptions about the environment,” Lipton explains. “Hence our beliefs about aging can either interfere with or enhance stem cell function, causing our physiological regeneration or decline.” “Yes, we are destined to grow older, but decrepitude and what we call aging is an optional state,” Northrup adds. “Our genes, nutrition and environment are under our control far more than we may have thought.” More, she says, “Words are powerful. Don’t talk yourself into believing your brain is turning to mush just because you are over 40.”

Take Control of the Body

“Manage the four horsemen of the aging apocalypse,” encourages nutrition and longevity expert Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., a Los Angeles board-certified nutritionist and author of The Most Effective Ways to Live Longer. He says the aging process, including disease, loss of physical or mental function and the general breakdown of systems, is caused by one or more of four factors: oxidative damage (literally rusty cells); inflammation; glycation (excess sugar, metabolic syndrome); and stress. “Collectively, they damage cells and DNA, wear down organs and systems, deeply damage the vascular pathways that deliver blood and oxygen to the entire body, and even shrink brain size,”

explains Bowden. While it may seem like a tall order to make lifestyle changes that vanquish these four horsemen, Bowden says they can be broken into manageable elements by e m p l oy i n g a n arsenal of healthful weapons: whole foods, nutrients, stress-reduction techniques, exercise, detoxification and relationship improvement. “All of these actually do double duty, battling more than one of the four processes that can effectively shorten your life,” he reports, based on his 25 years of study.

and avidly avoiding residues of the poisonous pesticides and herbicides sprayed on crops eaten by people and livestock.

Oxidative Damage

This is the result of excessive sugar that glues itself to protein or fat molecules, leaving a sticky mess that creates advanced glycation end (AGE) products that damage all body systems and are acknowledged culprits in the dreaded diseases associated with aging. Bowden’s basic answer is to minimize intake of sugar and simple carbs; anything made with white flour or white rice. Also avoid fried dishes and any foods cooked at high temperatures that actually skip the glycation production in the body and deliver harmful AGEs directly from the food. He advises taking 1,000 mg of carnosine (available in health food stores) daily to prevent glycation.

Consider what rust does to metal. That’s what free radical oxygen molecules do to cells. Over time, they damage them and cause aging from within. “Oxidative damage plays a major role in virtually every degenerative disease of aging, from Alzheimer’s to cancer to heart disease and diabetes, even immune dysfunction,” says Bowden. His recommended key to destroying free radicals is a diet rich in antioxidants, including lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and healthy fats, nuts, grass-fed meats and organic dairy products. Avoid environmental free radicals that show up in toxic chemicals by eating as much organic food as possible

Compute Your Real Age Lifestyle choices can make our bodies older, or younger, than our number of orbits around the sun, according to Michael Roizen, a doctor of internal medicine and author of This is Your Do-Over: The 7 Secrets of Losing Weight, Living Longer, and Getting a Second Chance at the Life You Want. “Seventy percent of aging is in the simple things you do or don’t do,” he maintains.


Long-term inflammation is a silent killer because it operates beneath the radar, often unnoticed, damaging blood vessel walls. Like oxidative damage, inflammation is a factor in all the degenerative diseases associated with aging, says Bowden. His suggestion: First, get a C-reactive protein (CRP) test to determine the levels of inflammation in our body. A CRP level over 3 milligrams/liter indicates a high risk of a heart attack. Anti-inflammatory foods like onions, garlic, leafy greens, tomatoes, beans, nuts and seeds have all been widely scientifically proven to reduce chronic inflammation.


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chronological age can’t be changed, “Your ‘real age’ [calculated from data he collected from 60 million people] is the result of a wide variety of factors that are within your control. Dietary choices alone can make you 13 years younger or older than your actual age.” Roizen adds uncontrolled portion sizes, tobacco use and physical inactivity to the list of life-shortening lifestyle options.

Align with Spirit


The long-term effects of physical, mental or emotional stress are tremendously damaging to the human physiology. Sustained exposure to the stress hormone cortisol can shrink parts of the brain, damage blood vessels, increase blood sugar levels, heart rate and blood pressure and contribute to chronic inflammation, according to wellestablished science recorded in the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Bowden warns, “Stress management is not a luxury.” In its many forms, including prayer, meditation and breathing exercises, it should be part of any agelessness program. Deep, restful sleep is as vital a component as ending toxic relationships, having a nurturing circle of friends and doing familiar, gentle exercise such as yoga or tai chi. Overall, Bowden adds, “Rather than thinking of such endeavors as antiaging, I strive to embody the concept of age independence. I admire former Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, who resigned from the court when he reached age 90 because he wanted to play more tennis.” Bowden recommends embracing the concept of “squaring the curve”, meaning that instead of anticipating and experiencing a long downhill slope of poor health leading to death, “I look at a long plateau of health, with a steep drop-off at the end.” Wellness guru Dr. Michael Roizen, chair of the Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute, contends that although our 20


“If you don’t have some kind of spiritual foundation, literally, God help you,” says Northrup. “God isn’t confined to a book or a church, mosque or synagogue. Divinity is the creative loving, vital flow of life force that we’re all part of and connected to. Our bodies are exquisite expressions meant to embody, not deny our spirits.” Touch, pleasure and sex can be part of it, too. Individuals that have the most fulfilling sex lives live the longest, according to researchers conducting the University of California, Riverside’s Longevity Project. “Pleasure comes in infinite forms,” says Northrup. “It can mean the exquisite taste of a pear or the sound of an angelic symphony, the kiss of sun on skin, the laughter of a child, spending time with friends or creating a

pastel landscape. When you experience pleasure, God comes through and you become aware of your divine nature. You’ll find that joy comes in ways that are unique to you.” Connection with the natural world is an essential element of agelessness, says Northrup. “The human body evolved to walk on the Earth, drinking its water, breathing its air and basking in its sunlight.” The bottom line is, “Agelessness is all about vitality. Taking all the right supplements and pills, or getting the right procedure isn’t the prescription for anti-aging,” says this renowned physician. “It’s ageless living that brings back a sense of vibrancy and youthfulness.” We could live to be well over 100 years old and, as Northrup likes to paraphrase Abraham Hicks, of The Law of Attraction fame, “Wouldn’t you rather have your life end something like this: ‘Happy-healthy, happy-healthy, happyhealthy, dead.’ Isn’t that a lot better than suffering sickness, decrepitude and frailty for years?” Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous books on natural health, her latest being Food Is Medicine: 101 Prescriptions from the Garden. Connect at

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pecially designed movements performed to music can dramatically improve memory, as well as slow the process of physical aging, according to Denise Medved, of Hendersonville, North Carolina, the founder of Ageless Grace. Medved’s foundational physical and mental exercise classes involve 21 exercises that promote brain plasticity by activating all five functions of the brain: analytic, strategic, kinesthetic learning, memory/recall and creativity and imagination. Find videos of Ageless Grace exercises by searching YouTube, including this one: n While sitting in a chair (all exercises are taught in this position to develop core strength), make a circle with the right lower arm. n Add a triangular motion with the left foot. n Next, add a horizontal movement with the left hand. n Finally, do the entire series in reverse. Classes are available in all 50 states and in 12 countries. To find a teacher nearby, visit

Kindness in the Light of Compassion by His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda


harma is said to be complete when kindness and charity are practised as its integral components in addition to other basic tenets. Kindness and charity (dāna) are hailed as exemplary virtues, both of which are rooted in compassion. There is often the tendency to mix up kindness (dayā) with compassion (karunā) from a practical perspective. Sanskrit philosophical usage, however, clearly distinguishes between these qualities. Compassion is usually not directly mentioned as part of the standard principles of what dharma entails. This is because compassion is a state of being achieved through the work of introspection based on transcending passion. Sanskrit wisdom teachings point out that dharma clings to the one who is a compassionate being. Whereas kindness permeates through offerings whenever kindly acts are undertaken without any expectation of receiving in return. Of course, charitable intent is often closely linked with the random acts of kindness. Kindness is said to be more rooted in compassion when the nature of the offering is impersonal. Herein impersonal implies impartiality with regard to name and fame. Similarly, charity is said to be rooted in compassion when the recipients are worthy of their cause and the charitable intent is pure and impersonal. In both cases impersonal also relates to the absence of an urge to seek recognition by the practitioner. One may participate repeatedly in random

acts of kindness which will surely purify the heart. However, this does not automatically make one compassionate. A kind person may be responding to a particular situation but might not fully relate to what is the cause of suffering. Kindness surely harbours a giving quality and beautifully turns a situation into an opportunity to practice a virtue. However, this does not necessarily allow the kind person to be anchored in a state of compassion. Kindness might not itself yield to forgiveness, whereas compassion itself teaches how to forgive. Similarly, humility should not be mistaken as a sign of compassion. Humility is the fruit of seeking ripened by the light of knowledge. Humility might make one polite but not necessarily compassionate. Similarly, a genuine donor supporting a noble cause cannot be deemed to be established in compassion based simply on the charitable or hospitable intent. Compassion is an internal freedom wherein the compassionate one can natural awakenings

fully relate to what is residing in the heart of the sufferer (or enjoyer). It implies that the compassionate one has overridden all experiences and their consequences. The compassionate one naturally exhibits integrated behavior in all interactions. Such a person attains an incredible capacity to relate to all emotions, cope with all contradictions and exhibit an extraordinary maturity of personality as if knowing about all kinds of experiences. There is a smooth efficiency and effectiveness in all actions guided by an expanded vision. The creativity of such a person is a source of inspiration to all others and they teach everyone around them when and how to let go. A higher yoga of balance emanates from their wisdom, wherein raw passions of reaction and overreaction are overridden so effortlessly. Therefore a compassionate being is neither enamoured by the world nor needing to be critical of the worldly ways. While kindness might subside somewhat after the act and might rise again at an appropriate opportunity, compassion is said to be a state of knowing whereupon the evenness of mind exudes a natural benevolence. A general attitude of kindness is helpful in preparing oneself towards compassion. It is the compassionate one who graces all around with equanimity and deep understanding. Kindness and other virtues practiced over time can mature into compassion provided there is the cultivation of dispassion (vairāgya) September 2015


through mindful disengagement from worldly distractions. Herein the burden of growth into a state of compassion rests upon those who are so called more highly evolved. The challenge of compassion poses an interesting enigma. The contact of our subtle sense organs with the objects of the world guided by the condition of mind, ego and intellect manifests the experience of pleasure, pain and stupefaction. The capacities and limitations of the subtle sense organs determine the nature and degree of the experience. Obviously the ability to experience is markedly different between species based on their evolution. The more highly evolved is the intelligence, the greater is the range of pleasure and pain. The wider is the swing of pleasure and pain, the greater is the burden of achieving compassion. This is why the Sanskrit wisdom teachings urge a server to recognize the value of aiming higher at nobler actions and thus help transcend passion. Dharma teaches that the ambition to succeed should be measured against the wisdom of right action. Moreover, the passion to achieve must disengage from the fruits of the labour for real success to prevail.



Yoga philosophy teaches a beautiful way to compassion. Of course, it rests in the understanding of the trinity passion, dispassion and compassion. Dispassion towards worldly allurement is the support for persistent practice (abhyト《a). Herein practice implies a gathered focus on the right action that prevents derailment from a higher path. Regularly practicing proven meditation techniques or earnestly praying for greater benevolence would be deemed as persistent practice. Such practice brings about spiritual clarity and discriminative wisdom. Furthermore, consistent spiritual practice aids dispassion. Meditation takes hold when dispassion and persistent practice are both invoked. Of course, dispassion matures in stages based on understanding the consequences of worldly engagements and due to the spiritual clarity gained from introspective practices. Dispassion is not necessarily an antithesis to spirited participation. On the contrary, the right energy is applied behind a performance. So much so that dispassion ushers in a way to become a mighty performer, until one reaches the highest stages and naturally withdraws from the need to act externally.

Dispassion stops the flow of the mind towards seeking pleasure and prevents entrapment from the realms of passion. Dispassion allows a practitioner to realize that the opposite of pleasure is not pain, but the absence of pain. Deeply cultivated dispassion helps rid oneself of misery and further strengthens spiritual practice, even leading to the transition from concentration to calmness, from one-pointed focus to tranquility. Dispassion towards worldly attractions cultivates compassion for the world; such is the experience. This is verifiable and visible among sages, saints and noble servers. Through dispassion one transcends passion into compassion. And this requires consistent spiritual practice. A compassionate one certainly deems enjoyment of pleasure to be insatiable. A compassionate being discerns bliss from pleasure. Compassion makes repose in bliss attainable. A compassionate one is always kind. His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda will be offering a series of public events in Houston this September. For details see the ad on page 11 or visit

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Face Your Mind to Recognize Disease Patterns by Gladys Wesley-Kennedy Master Gladys has been called back to the monastery in China for a six week sabbatical. During her absence we present a few of “the best of Master Gladys” articles from previous years.


s you read this article, you, like many other Americans, may be wrought with concerns about the future of healthcare, global warming, disappearing rainforests, animal extinction, money, and job security. Consequently, perhaps, you, like many Americans, live with underlying feelings of fear, angst, depression, or helplessness. Perhaps even, you, like many Americans, overly consume food and drink, excessively watch TV; and, regularly use stimulants, addictive substances, or pharmaceuticals, all in a futile attempt to achieve some level of… relief. If you have any such feelings or habits, please read on. My name is Gladys Wesley-Kennedy, Founder and Qi Gong Master of The Wellness & Healing Arts Institute (The WHAI) pronounced “the way”). At The WHAI we empower our clients to heal themselves of chronic pain, sickness, or disease by teaching the profound ancient philosophies and energy practices of: yoga, tai chi, qigong, and meditation. Most of our clients come to The WHAI, desperately seeking relief from chronic



ailments, pain syndromes—or worse— attempting to escape the untimely advances of the Grim Reaper. Most have, repeatedly, been failed by allopathic treatments and, as a last resort, come to us. They come, yearning for a miracle through unconventional therapies like qi gong or herbal therapies. During initial consultations, I am often dismayed by how woefully ignorant we Americans are about our particular health challenges. For example, most of us do not know the correct name of our illness, its cause, or our physician’s name. Often, we neither possess, nor have ever reviewed, our medical reports or records. Moreover, to treat our problems, we depend on and overconsume prescription drugs—for years—without knowing the dosage or why we’ve taken them so long. The reality is, as Americans, we have access to the world’s most advanced medical system, but are pushed through it like blind, deaf, and dumb mutes. Furthermore, it is a system that does not work—yet, we pay enormous sums of money to be failed by it! I was one such American.

While stricken with cancer, out of sheer fear and ignorance about other options, I ignorantly paid for numerous invasive surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation, and an array of prescription drugs because, I was told, “…it is the leading protocol of cancer care.” Hence, based on my intimate experience as a former patient of our American medical system, and subsequent years of operating a holistic health practice, I can make this informed declaration: “There is no reason for us Americans to continue to live with such ignorance or depend on a flawed medical system.” I survived cancer, not because of the efficacy of a cancer protocol, but rather because I found and healed the source of my ‘dis-ease,’ which was a habitually negative mindset. Until I found and rectified my out-ofcontrol mind, emotions, and habits, nothing and no one could heal me. This epiphany initially occurred while being treated by a qi gong master. During an intense qi gong energy healing session, I spontaneously recognized the disease patterns I had lived with and nearly died from. I realized that the expression of my physical disease was the outward reflection of my inner dis-ease. Thus, my revelation was, since my mind and lifestyle were cancerous, so were my cells. That was my cure! To live…I had to learn to live right! Hence, the good news: To reestablish good health and abundant life, we do not need to rely solely on people or things outside of us. When I became mindful of my thought patterns and honest about the persistent problems in my daily reality, I knew where the healing had to begin. I recognized that my mind was incessantly haunted by worries about the future, my diet was imbalanced, and my relationships were strained. I also worked too much, drank too much alcohol and coffee, and was habitually critical, judgmental, and extremely arrogant. Once I began to identify and correct these dis-ease patterns, I readily improved…and, I continue to. The secret of wellness and healing is to identify and correct the source of pain, sickness, or disease within. Simply speaking, the source within is: habitual, dis-eased thoughts and emotions. To find these, take stock of your thinking


patterns and daily reality. Face yourself and your life conditions—honestly. Identify aspects of your life that are out of balance and problematic. Also, stop focusing on your physical pain or diagnosis—they are merely indicators of a much deeper issue—the outward manifestation of inner disharmony. Everyone is born with an innate healing mechanism that is powerful beyond measure. Our bodies are constantly rebuilding and healing. This power is an inherent mechanism of our mind and physical body, and we can learn to master it. So, endeavor to identify disease patterns and, oneby-one, replace them with improved ways of thinking and living. Begin to live by exercising mindfulness of your thoughts, emotions, and actions—this is what it means to, live consciously and purposefully. Wellness is our birthright. The ability to heal ourselves and to create the life conditions that we want is our greatest gift and power! This article was written in response to an invitation from Natural Awakenings Magazine. They asked me to write several articles describing the basic

steps for establishing lasting well-being. This article serves as the introduction. Starting next month, there will be more articles that discuss actual case histories, and describe effective healing practices and methodologies. Some of the featured articles will include: “Transforming Disease Patterns into Healing Habits” and “Finding Your Way out of Mind Hell.” The mutual goal of Natural Awakenings and The WHAI is to empower readers to take the lead in their health and overall well-being. Therefore, we sincerely hope you will join us, each month, as we chronicle the way home along the ancient and time-honored path within. The journey starts here—together, within these pages—one article and one step at a time. Until next month, may you enjoy abundant health and well-being!

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How Your Angels Help You Discover Your Soul Purpose by Kim O’Neill


re you aware that the secret to creating inner peace and happiness is directly linked to carrying out your spiritual destiny? Think of destiny in terms of a spiritual to-do list. You are currently living on the earthly plane to accomplish a very specific set of goals and objectives that you planned while you were still in heaven. Fulfilling your destiny is the reason you have been reborn on the earthly plane, and your entire quality of life hinges on how you pursue your spiritual objectives. The secret of creating a satisfying quality of life is twofold. It involves developing an awareness of your spiritual destiny, and the daily effort you put forth to achieve it. Life on the earthly plane is never



easy. No matter how far you’ve already navigated down your spiritual path, there are times when you’re likely to be overwhelmed by confusion about your true purpose, gripped by fear of failure, frustrated about the timing involved in what you’re trying to manifest, and continually dealing with difficult issues in your relationships with other people. And, of course, there is the ever-present change that is at the heart of the earthly experience. How you respond to all of the ongoing transition and challenge will dictate your day-to-day quality of life. How can you continually prevail over all of the distractions and concerns you face on a daily basis? How can you maintain faith in who you are and what

you are here on earth to achieve? How can you overcome all of the negativity, hopelessness, and resistance to change that confound so many of us at times? Your guardian angels are actual partners in helping you remember who you are, why you are here, and the timing in which you are meant to achieve all the dynamics of your destiny. The key to accessing all of the guidance and direction they can provide is to develop your ability to better hear and discern what they are trying to communicate… and trust in your ability to get it right. “Channeling” is the process of communication that takes place between spiritual beings existing in heaven and human beings existing on the earthly plane. All the residents of heaven, including God, the network of guardian angels, and your departed loved ones are spiritual beings. They regularly provide human beings with a wealth of intuitive insight designed to help pave the way for success and fulfillment. As you become more receptive to spiritual communication, you’ll discover that there are a great number of angels working with you to provide assistance and direction. During waking hours, your angels speak to you telepathically, providing intuitive information that sounds like a little voice inside your head, which you are very likely to interpret as your own thoughts. While you’re asleep, angels communicate with you in the form of dreams, which are meant to provide insight into your career, relationships, issues, health, safety, abundance, and even past-life experiences. Think for a moment about the dreams you’ve had that have been particularly memorable or repetitive. Along with recalling past-life experiences, your dreams bring clarity to what is happening currently in your life, and even furnish an awareness of what is to come in the future. It may also prove very comforting for departed friends and family members to maintain a relationship with you by making an appearance in your dreams, often to share some very necessary information that they feel will be spiritually or emotionally constructive. Guardian angels start an open dialog with us when we arrive on the earthly plane and continue to provide

unwavering support throughout our lives, even if we remain unaware of their existence or our inborn ability to communicate with them. If you practice your communication skills, you’ll quickly build a more cohesive and tangible relationship with them. Developing the ability to channel with your angels will dramatically improve your quality of life. The process of channeling is incredibly simple. While it may sound grandiose to communicate with heavenly beings, it is your birthright as a fullfledged member of the same community. Don’t forget that you, too, are a spiritual being, and live in heaven between each of your earthly lifetimes. You are only here on the earthly plane for a short spiritual pilgrimage to accomplish a number of very specific goals. You are a spiritual being yourself, and have guardian angels already assigned to work with you to assist in the accomplishment of your spiritual agenda. Your guardian angels have been providing intuitive information to you since you were an infant, and because this communication has already been occurring, there is no question about your ability to be able to do it.

You have already been channeling, since birth, whether you realize it or not. The ability to continue doing so will remain intact no matter how much you ignore or deny that the process is taking place. With just a little practice, you can develop communication skills that will allow you to have a two-way conversation with your guardian angels, or departed loved ones, whenever and wherever you wish. Imagine how lifechanging it would be to have immediate access to the wealth of information available from them—as well as from your soul’s memory bank—and how you could use those insights to build far greater success in your life. One of the biggest keys in developing your channeling ability is to get into the habit of spending time actually talking with them. Plan fifteen minutes once a week (or, even better, every morning!), to sit in front of your computer; or, if you’re old-school like me, you can assemble a notebook and pen to take notes. Make sure you’re in an environment where you won’t be disturbed. Next, it’s important to quiet your brain so what you hear will not be “head talk.” Simply ask your brain to put itself on “mute” and to become

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The Hidden Deficiency Having the proper amount of iodine in our system at all times is critical to overall health, yet the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition finds that iodine deficiency is increasing drastically in light of an increasingly anemic national diet of unpronounceable additives and secret, unlabeled ingredients. This deficit now affects nearly three-quarters of the population.

Causes of Iodine Deficiency


Almost everyone is routinely exposed to iodine-depleting radition

Low-Sodium Diets

Overuse of zero-nutrient salt substitutes in foods leads to iodine depletion

Iodized Table Salt

Iodized salt may slowly lose its iodine content by exposure to air


A toxic chemical found in baked goods overrides iodine's ability to aid thyroid

Iodine-Depleted Soil Poor farming techniques have led to declined levels of iodine in soil

A Growing Epidemic Symptoms range from extreme fatigue and weight gain to depression, carpal tunnel syndrome, high blood pressure, fibrocystic breasts and skin and hair problems. This lack of essential iodine can also cause infertility, joint pain, heart disease and stroke. Low iodine levels also have been associated with breast and thyroid cancers; and in children, mental retardation, deafness, attention deficient and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and impaired growth, according to studies by Boston University and the French National Academy of Medicine.

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Traditional Chinese Medicine and High Blood Pressure by Jo Nell Norcini, L. Ac., M.A.O.M


blood pressure reading is one of the most basic diagnostic tools used in health care today. Every health care provider that you visit will use this screening tool. Your blood pressure (BP) readings are so important that you will even find these measuring devises, called sphygmomanometers, in drug stores and at pharmaceutical counters. But what exactly is blood pressure and what do these numbers represent? Blood pressure is the amount of pressure exerted by the blood against the walls of the arteries. The top number, called systolic, measures the amount of pressure against the arteries when the heart is contracted. The bottom number, called diastolic, measures the amount of pressure against the arteries when the heart is at rest.

Ninety percent of people who have high blood pressure (hypertension) have what is referred to as primary (or essential) hypertension. This means that there is no known cause or reason for this individual to have this condition. There are associated risk factors involved which include age, obesity, lack of exercise, alcohol, smoking, having too much salt in the diet, stress, ethnicity and family history. Hypertension does not have any associated symptoms and many people are completely unaware that they have this condition. That is why it is referred to as “the silent killer.” Those people who have BP readings outside of the normal range have increased risks for heart disease, stroke and kidney damage. If you find that your BP is elevated, there are steps you can take to help get your pressure back within the normal range. These steps include losing weight, exercising, reducing your salt intake, changing your eating habits, quitting smoking, reducing your alcohol intake, meditating and - you guessed it - getting acupuncture! Acupuncture has been proven to lower blood pressure. Studies show that acupuncture works by increasing the levels of nitric oxide in the blood. Nitric oxide helps the blood vessels to relax thereby increasing blood flow and reducing the pressure in the arteries. Acupuncture also helps to reset the autonomic nervous system to stop the vicious cycle that is caused by stress. If you are currently on medications to help control your blood pressure, acupuncture can help you to reduce your dosage and thereby help to reduce some of the side effects caused by taking these drugs. Please note that this process includes monitoring by your physician. You are not to reduce your dosage on your own! So if you are currently pre-hypertensive, think about acupuncture before getting on the pharmaceutical train. If you are already at stage 1 or stage 2, acupuncture treatments may help reduce your dependence on medication. Jo Nell Norcini is an acupuncturist at Cypress Area Acupuntuce located at 9834 Spring Cypress Road 77070.

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(Bottom #) Less than 80


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Interview with Jaime Garcia of Sol Reflexology, Massage and Bodyworks. Part 2 By Mike Hart

This is part two of a two part interview I had with Jaime Garcia, owner of Sol Reflexology, Massage and Bodyworks. If you missed part one last month, you can read it online at our website What is reflexology and what can it do for a client? Reflexology is very simply the reflex points of one part of the body to another part of the body. For example, there are currently four known reflexology areas: the hands, feet, face, and ears. Hands and face get very quick results due to the proximity to the brain, but the effects are not as long lasting as the hands and feet. Reflexology can do things similar to what massage therapy can do for you. The advantage of reflexology is that if you have severe issues with your shoulders and it hurts SO bad no one can touch you. We can get to the shoulders through reflexology without having to touch your shoulders directly. Another advantage is some folks really enjoy their hands or feet worked on instead of their problem area. They don’t have to remove their clothes and can sit in a comfortable recliner. Besides all that, reflexology is that it is generally less expensive than massage therapy. I’ve had some great $20 foot rubs where the person started on my head and neck while my feet were soaking. How is reflexology different from that? A foot rub or a foot massage is exactly that, someone massaging your feet. It may or may not be painful to the client and may or may not leave the client feeling more relaxed. In addition, oils 30


or lotions are used during the session. In reflexology, there are no oils or lotions and there is no massage or foot rub of any kind. We also don’t touch any other part of your body. It is not necessary if reflexology is being utilized. We focus on points on the foot or hands with points that activate the part of the body that is associated with that part of the hand or foot. Think of reflexology points as nerve plexus that are connected to the different areas of your body that pretty much slap that part of the body and say, “Wake up! And get to work! There is something not right here!” Another big difference between reflexology and a foot rub is the price. I used to charge $100 for an hour of reflexology, but had to bring the price down just to be able to compete with other locations claiming they do reflexology. I’m actually thinking of raising my prices just to show folks we are different. Don’t get me wrong, there are some places that actually do reflexology, but they are far and few inbetween. If you find one that charges $20 and is truly reflexology, you got yourself a major bargain. Other than just making you feel relaxed, what can the various forms of massage you offer do for a client? Therapy is what we focus on; relaxation is just a byproduct if done properly. It

doesn’t matter if your issues is due to life changing experiences that either emotional or physical, or you have decided to follow the path of wellness and need assistance in getting there, emotionally or physically as well. The relaxation may happen during your session or after, but I can tell you that most of our clients feel the effects for more than a few hours, in most cases, several days after. Lymphatic Drainage Therapy, or LDT, is my specialty and allows me to work on so many different types of conditions and the best part of this modality, there is no pain whatsoever. In short, the lymphatic system is the sanitation department of your body. Cleaning your body out due to emotional or physical traumas, LDT is the way to go. It is not light Swedish, it is manual therapy and even if someone is not experienced in receiving massages, they will see the differences immediately. I feel so strongly about LDT, I believe every therapist should increase their skill in this field and there are not enough of us to go around. LDT allows us to work on cancer patients, pre and post op patients, breast augmentation or reduction, liver issues, allergy issues, neurological issues, auto-immune issues, heart diseases, strokes, diabetes, clinical depression, cognitive dysfunctions, and many more. Now, for folks that don’t mind the pressure, there is Shiatsu. Shiatus means finger pressure in Japanese but the techniques can be superior to deep tissue, sports, and other intense types of modalities due to working with meridian lines of the body at different levels of pressure for the fascia tissues; that is superficial, deep, or visceral. Most of the time, Shiatsu many conditions that acupuncture works with too, but without the use of needles. However, folks with accidental injuries (work or non-work related), martial arts, and sports related issues from sports enthusiast; tend to seek out Shiatsu as their method of choice for their condition. We do add Aromatherapy in most of our work when appropriate, but other modalities we offer are Ancient Thai Massage, Pre and Postnatal Massage, Cupping, Sports, Acu-Kineseiology, Reflexology, and of course, Swedish.

Why is it important that the massage therapist be licensed and insured? The importance of seeking out licensed massage therapist, or LMT, was implemented by the government to protect its citizens. We must undergo special training and education and pass an examination that tells you that at least we are at a certain level and not some Joe Shmo off the streets that has little knowledge or training of the human body. We must undergo classes in Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Business, and massage therapy techniques. Granted there are a few gifted individuals that don’t require any education to work on others, but how many do you know? In addition, if the licensed massage therapist is insured, they will be protecting you if any harm comes to you due to mal practice or whatsoever. Note that being licensed does not mean they are insured, so be sure to ask for proof. Why is that important? The same points that we use to help you may hurt you too if done incorrectly or carelessly. If the therapist is not licensed and they hurt you, do to a mistake, what good is taken them to court if they don’t have the funds to pay for those expensive medical bills? Believe me, most therapists are not wealthy and are barely making it. Just like most teachers, most massage therapist picked massage therapy more for the love of helping others than for the money.

know it as your sixth sense or heart will never let you down. In most cases, I tell everyone that if within 3 visits you don’t see a change or improvement in your well-being, try someone else. I’m talking about all types of therapy. The therapist and client combination is key to your wellbeing and Eastern medical practices don’t thrive on you being ill. Even at Sol Reflexology Massage & Bodyworks, I let everyone know that if I’m not the therapist for you, I’ll help you find ‘em. The second advice I will give is it doesn’t

matter what path of wellness you take or who you go with, Easter or Western. That decision has to come from within, so follow your gut, sixth sense, your heart, or whatever you wish to call it. That is your spirit within speaking to you. It is always trying to speak to us, we just don’t always listen. Keep your heart and mind open my friends, always. Namaste. Jaime Garcia is the owner of Sol Reflexology, Massage and Body Works. See his ad, page 27.

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EYE HEALTH FOR DOGS 10 Foods to Keep Canine Vision Sharp by Audi Donamor


ey colorful foods, packed with nutrients, protect against eye problems ranging from progressive retinal atrophy and uveitis to cataracts and glaucoma. Here are 10 foods that are highly regarded in helping prevent and defend against vision problems. Their eyeworthy nutrients include anthocyanins, beta-carotene, carotenoids, glutathione, lycopene, omega-3 essential fatty acids, phytonutrients—and the special partnership of lutein and zeaxanthin, sometimes referred to as “sunscreen for the eyes”. An easy way to serve these powerpacked foods is as a mash. Simply combine a few cups of fruits and vegetables in a food processor with a



half-cup of filtered water and blend as a raw pet meal topper. For a cooked topper, chop the fruits and vegetables and place in a medium sized sauce pan with the filtered water and a couple tablespoons of first-pressed olive oil. Simmer gently, cool and serve. Maybe top it all off with a fish or egg. Blueberries contain two eye-healthy carotenoids: lutein and zeaxanthin. They also deliver anthocyanins, eyenourishing phytonutrients known to support night vision, according to a study published in the Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology. University of Oklahoma research suggests that flavonoids like the rutin,

resveratrol and quercetin in blueberries may help prevent retinal atrophy. Their selenium and zinc components also support vision, according to a study from the National Eye Institute. Eating blueberries has even been associated with the reduction of eye fatigue, according to The Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry. Broccoli’s anti-cancer benefits are well known, but it’s also recognized as one of the best vegetables for eye health. A good source of lutein and zeaxanthin, it’s also packed with beta-carotene. Don’t leave the leaves behind, because they contain even more beta-carotene than the stems and florets. Researchers at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine have found that broccoli and broccoli sprouts protect the retina from free radical damage, which may be due to a compound called sulphoraphane that boosts the body’s defense against free radicals. Carrots come in 100 varieties, from deep purple and white to brilliant orange. Each is a storehouse of nutrient power, providing vitamin A, betacarotene, vitamins C, D, E and K, and riboflavin, niacin, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, sodium, iron, magnesium, manganese, sulphur, copper and iodine. The adage that carrots are good for the eyes is true. They even contain lycopene and lutein, phytonutrients that protect

from UVB radiation and free radical damage. Cold-water fish such as salmon, tuna, cod, haddock and sardines are rich in omega-3s, especially EPA and DHA, which are widely known to be important to cellular health. DHA makes up 30 percent of the fatty acids that comprise the retina. The particularly high levels of omega-3s in sardines add further protection to retinal health, according to researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.   Eggs are rich in cysteine and sulphur, two components of glutathione. Cataract Health News reports that sulphurcontaining compounds have been found to protect eyes from cataract formation. Egg yolks contain lutein, and a University of Massachusetts study has found that eating an egg a day raised levels of lutein and zeaxanthin in the blood; at the same time, blood serum lipids and lipoprotein cholesterol concentrations remained stable. Garlic. Researchers at the University of Oregon suggest that sulphur-rich garlic is important for the production of glutathione, a protein that acts as an antioxidant for the eye’s lens, and can be instrumental in the prevention of some visual problems. Kale is an excellent source of lutein and zeaxanthin. The American Optometric Association says these special antioxidants act like “internal sunglasses.” Add beta-carotene to the mix and kale serves as a preferred foil to oxidative stress. Pumpkin’s orange color is a sure sign that it’s packed with carotenoids

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like beta-carotene, which help neutralize free radicals. Its lutein and zeaxanthin generally promote eye health and further protect against retinal degeneration. Even pumpkin seeds carry several benefits, including omega-3s, zinc and phytosterols to enhance a dog’s immune response. Sweet potatoes are loaded with both beta-carotene and anthocyanins, the latter high in antioxidant and antiinflammatory properties. Tomatoes are famous for their

lycopene, a carotenoid and phytonutrient found in red produce. This powerful antioxidant helps protect against sun damage and retinal degeneration and has been well documented as effective in cancer prevention. Processed tomato products contain higher levels of lycopene than the raw fruit. Audi Donamor regularly contributes to Animal Wellness Magazine (Animal, from which this was adapted and used with permission.

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Live Creatively with Permission, Passion and Purpose: Intuitive painting Series & Open Studios. 10am-12:30pm. Intuitive Painting swings the doors open to living with more expression and authenticity. You will learn what separates you from your aliveness. You will be pleasantly surprised how good it feels to be in the flow of your own life. $50. True You Creativity Studio in the Heights 77008.


Forest Ecology with Chris Garza. 9-11 am. Join us at the Arboretum and learn more about Houston’s intricate forest ecology. We will discuss the interrelated relationships and interactions between the forest’s woody plant species and the wildlife living among the trees. $35. Houston Arboretum and Nature Center 4501 Woodway Dr. 77024. Marva’s Holistic Fair. 10am-5pm. Psychics, tarot readers, palmists, healers, vendors of all sorts. Admission Free. LaQuina Inn-Galleria on 610 West Loop North between San Felipe and Post Oak, 77027. 713-444-3581 Labor Day Play – Crazy About Collage. 10am-3pm with lunch break. Rid yourself of the common, wrong belief that only some of us are creative. You will learn five principles of creativity as we explore collage. With a deeper understanding of the nature of creativity, it becomes easier to express oneself creatively. $95. True You Creativity Studio in the Heights 77008. Chuck Murphy, Spiritual/Psychic Intuitive and Medium. 10am-5pm. Put your hands in Chuck’s hands and let him tell you what Spirit tells him. He’s a “rare medium, well done.” $20. Marva’s Psychic Fair. LaQuina Inn-Galleria on 610 West Loop North between San Felipe and Post Oak, 77027. Dancin’ in the Street: Motown Review. 8pm. The thrill on the hill is back for a soul-filled Labor Day weekend at Miller Outdoor Theatre! Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Dancin’ in the Street… covers the timeless classics of legendary Motown artists and many more soul music greats. Free, ticketed event. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Herman Park Drive 77030.


Bayou Bikers. 8-11am. Free. A 25- to 40-mile bike ride 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. Free. Market Square 301 Milam, 77002. 713-845-1000 Centerpoint Body Mind and Spirit Expo. 1-5 pm. Psychics, Astrology, Tarot, Ear Candling, Massage, Fengshue, Ionic Foot Bath, Palmist, Pranic, Reiki & Matrix Healers, Jewelry, Foot Reflexology, Pet Massage, Pet Healing, FREE coffee, tea & pastries. Admission Free. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 281730-3017


Free Day of Yoga. 8-10:30am. The Houston yoga community celebrates the Tenth Annual Houston Free Day of Yoga this Labor Day. Live music provided by ARExpressions. Free. Rothko Chapel 3900 Yupon, 77006. 713-524-9839


Under the Tuscan Sun. 6:30-10 pm. The beauty and simplicity of Tuscan countryside living beckons to us. Come to Lucia’s kitchen where only the freshest ingredients are allowed. Herbs picked right from the garden and Italian opera provides the backdrop for an evening of cooking the “cuisine of the sun.” Menu: spinach pasta with asparagus and lemon peel, baked yellow peppers with ricotta and herbs, basil and lemon chicken with summer squash and mushrooms, fresh sliced tomatoes with buffalo mozzarella and basil with balsamic vinegar and pine nuts, and buttermilk lemon cake with fresh berries and lemon verbena. $65.00 Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098. 713-5236494.


Free Event – Lunch Coach is on Call! 12n-12:45pm. Topic: Motivation: It’s just not necessary to get things moving. Call in instructions at Blanket Bingo. 6-9pm. The stakes are high for Blanket Bingo! Bring your blanket, lawn chairs or snag one of the tables at the park for a night of music and great prizes. $10 admission (cash only) includes one bingo packet. Additional games and daubers can be purchased for $1 each. Market Square 301 Milam, 77002. 713-845-1000


Live Creatively with Permission, Passion and Purpose: Intuitive painting Series & Open Studios. 10am12:30pm. Intuitive Painting swings the doors open to living with more expression and authenticity. You will learn what separates you from your aliveness. You will be pleasantly surprised how good it feels to be in the flow of your own life. $50. True You Creativity Studio in the Heights. Remember When Rock Was Young: Elton John Tribute. 8pm. Today, Craig A. Myer is considered to be the best Elton John tribute artist in the market today whose strong vocals, striking resemblance, and amazing talent on the piano has audiences everywhere remembering when rock was young. This spectacular musical journey celebrates the decades of chart topping hits by Sir Elton John. Free, ticketed event. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Herman Park Drive 77030.

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Tai Chi Sun Dragons. NEW QUIGONG classes taught by Black Belt Certified Tai Chi instructor Mary Griffin starting September 12. For more information and to reserve your space call 713-205-6960. Two Day Hansayogin Workshop. Saturday 9am1:30pm and Sunday 9am-1:30pm. This free workshop is a rare opportunity to learn authentic Himalayan pranayama techniques (breathing exercises) directly from an ordained Vedic monk, His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda. Participants will learn a set of techniques for cleansing nadi, balancingagni, and chanting udgitha, which can be practiced to increase energy, promote mindfulness and restore wellness. India House - 8888 W Bellfort St, Houston, TX 77031. For questions contact 832-780-9008. Registration is free, donations to the Nonprofit are welcome. Pre-registration online is required at Edible Wild Plants. 9am-1pm. From acorns to wild violets, the Texas landscape is filled with an abundance of wild edibles. Ancient foodstuff can be found everywhere from outside your front door to the depths of the Piney Woods. Learn where to find, how to identify and proper preparation of the fruits, shoots, roots, and salad greens growing all around you. Whether you are learning to survive in the woods or just want to cut your food bills, this class is for you. $65. Houston Arboretum and Nature Center 4501 Woodway Dr. 77024. Lotions and Potions. 1-4 pm. The healing and cleansing properties of the bath have fascinated us for as long as we have known water. With proper attention to detail, you can transform a modest bathroom into a personal healing chamber filled with beauty and scent. Essential oils are incredible gifts from nature’s flowers and herbs that can enhance our spirits and provide healing to our bodies. In this class, Lucia Bettler will lead you in making a brown sugar scrub, a relaxing bath salt, a fragrant room spray and more! $60.00 Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098. 713-523-6494. Naturally Wild Families: Geocaching. 1-3pm. This is a beginner’s class to the fun hobby of geocaching. We’ll learn the basic terminology and how to use a GPS in a short introduction, and then set out to look for geocaches around the Arboretum for the remainder of the time. For those who like a challenge we will have 19 GPS Garmin units available for your use, but if you have a smart phone there are several Geocaching apps you can download that are very easy to use. $35. Houston Arboretum and Nature Center 4501 Woodway Dr. 77024.


Two Day Hansayogin Workshop. Saturday 9am1:30pm and Sunday 9am-1:30pm. This free workshop is a rare opportunity to learn authentic Himalayan pranayama techniques (breathing exercises) directly from an ordained Vedic monk, His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda. Participants will learn a set of techniques for cleansing nadi, balancingagni, and chanting udgitha, which can be practiced to increase energy, promote mindfulness and restore wellness. India House - 8888 W Bellfort St, Houston, TX 77031. For questions contact 832-780-9008. Registration is free, donations to the Nonprofit are welcome. Pre-registration online is required at Half-Day Zen Retreat. 9am-noon. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568.

September 2015


Centerpoint Body Mind and Spirit Expo. 1-5 pm. Psychics, Astrology, Tarot, Ear Candling, Massage, Fengshue, Ionic Foot Bath, Palmist, Pranic, Reiki & Matrix Healers, Jewelry, Foot Reflexology, Pet Massage, Pet Healing, FREE coffee, tea & pastries. Admission Free. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 281-730-3017 Houston Pagan Pride Day. 1-9pm. Vendors, music by Robin Kirby & Friends and Wild Rabbit Salad, group ritual, guest speaker Ellen Dugan. Charities: SNAP and Spiral Scouts. Concert Pub Galleria 5636 Richmond 77057


Twilight Meditation. 6-7pm. Joseph Newland is a long-time meditator who has sat with teachers in various traditions and is a representative of the Sufi Order International. He is a lover of light, a believer in the unity of religious ideals, and especially fond of the epiphany of the everyday. A reception follows the program. $10. Rothko Chapel 3900 Yupon, 77006. 713-524-9839.


Introduction to Yogic Upasana Meditation. 7pm-9pm. Be in the presence of a living saint, His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda, experience guided meditation and wisdom from the Sanskrit heritage. Learn how to combine yogictechniques with contemplation for meditation on light within the body. For questions contact 832-780-9008. Heights School of Yoga - 1547 Rutland St, Houston, TX 77008. Blessing/greeting line after the discourse. Registration is free, donations to the Nonprofit are welcome - to register go to


Five Love Languages with Dr. Gary Chapman. 7:30pm. Dr. Chapman has discovered five fundamental “languages of love”. You will learn not only what these languages are but how to discover your own love language and the love language of others. Unity Church of Houston 2929 Unity Drive 77057. For information or to purchase tickets call the Unity Bookstore 713-7828320 or visit our website.


Pine Leaf Boys at Market Square. 7:30pm. Louisiana’s finest, four-time Grammy-Nominated, world-renown Pine Leaf Boys are making their way to Downtown Houston on September 18. These guys have made a name for themselves by presenting their own inimitable brand of Cajun music with youthful exuberance. Market Square 301 Milam, 77002. 713-845-1000


One day Meditation Retreat. 8am-3pm. Through Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien’s clear teachings she guides students to connect with Awake Mind and to apply meditation through various daily activities such as sitting, walking, eating, and working, to Wake Up and live truly happy in any situation. Pre-registration is required by Sept. 14. Suggested donation $50, includes refreshments and lunch. Universal Door Meditation Center - 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498 281-565-9718 Nature Revealed: Biodiversity. 9-11am. Biodiversity is defined as the variety of life in the world or in a particular habitat or ecosystem. In the first half of this class, you’ll explore the Arboretum’s plant diversity along an environmental gradient during an outdoor field project with Dr. Huston. In the following hour we will discuss the effects of environmental conditions including climate change on plants, animals, people, societies, species diversity and ecosystem processes. $35. Houston Arboretum and Nature Center 4501 Woodway Dr. 77024. Earth Dance: Awakening. 5-9pm. Through music, dance and celebrations of community, Earthdance, the largest global festival for world peace, has radiated harmony from over 600 locations in 50 countries since 1997. This year, the event’s 2015 musical “Prayer for Peace” will be played simultaneously in the morning in the Australian rainforest, at midnight in London, at sunrise in the Himalayas, and at 6 p.m. in Houston, a profound moment that synergizes and heals our planet. Amazingly, this year the theme is “Awakening” – congruent with the mission of this Natural Awakenings magazine! $12. ISKCON-Houston 1320 W 34th Street 77008. For more information: EarthdanceHtown Phone/text: 713 979 7698

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Holistic Learning the Vedic Way. 6pm-9pm. Be in the presence of a living saint, His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda, and experience blessings and wisdom from the Sanskrit heritage. The discourse will explore how traditional Vedic learning is nonlinear, promotes accelerated learning, and improves memory, especially in children. Blessing line after the discourse followed by supper and tea. VPSS Haveli, Vallabh Hall - 11715 Bellfort Village Dr, Houston TX 77031. For questions contact 832-780-9008. Registration is free, donations to the Nonprofit are welcome - to register go to Step Afrika! 8pm. The electrifying dance troupe Step Afrika! returns to Miller for another exhilarating performance! Step Afrika! is the first professional company in the world dedicated to the tradition of stepping, an art form born at African American fraternities and based in African traditions. Step Afrika!’s intricate kicks, stomps, and rhythms mixed with spoken word pound the floor and fill the air. Free, ticketed event. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Herman Park Drive 77030.


Centerpoint Body Mind and Spirit Expo. 1-5 pm. Psychics, Astrology, Tarot, Ear Candling, Massage, Fengshue, Ionic Foot Bath, Palmist, Pranic, Reiki & Matrix Healers, Jewelry, Foot Reflexology, Pet Massage, Pet Healing, FREE coffee, tea & pastries. Admission Free. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 281730-3017


Awake Now - A Happening. 7-9pm. Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere that includes music, meditation, movement and a drum circle. The event will also feature accomplished musicians and teachers. Connect to kindred seekers, express your gifts and share your wisdom. $10 suggested gratitude gift. Unity Pyramid, 2929 Unity Dr/ 77057. 713-782-4050.


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. Free Monthly Affirmation Gathering with Doyle Ward. 7-8:30pm. Join us in September as we explore Prosperity and Abundance. This is a powerful evening focused on affirmative thinking to help you achieve your dreams! Every area of life can be enhanced with affirmative thinking: relationships, health, career, and prosperity. Spectrum Center, 4100 Westheimer, Suite 233, 77027. For more information and to sign up for a FREE weekly affirmation newsletter, visit: or call 832-628-4113.


Medicinal Wild Plants. 9am-1pm. The tradition of gathering wild plants for medicine is as old as our existence on Earth. In this fun and informative workshop, you will learn how to identify some of the medicinal plants found in this region. We’ll discuss how, when and which part of each plant to harvest, and we will go over specific uses and how to process the plant for medicine. A demonstration on how to make a tincture at home will be given. $65. Houston Arboretum and Nature Center 4501 Woodway Dr. 77024.

Ask Kim Live! 11am-2pm.You’re invited to my newest event, Ask Kim Live! I’ll be offering free mini readings to members of the audience chosen in a lottery-type system. Arrive before 11:30 am to get your lottery ticket and choose a seat in the beautiful Edgar Cayce’s Houston Center auditorium. I’d LOVE to see you there! FREE. Edgar Cayce A.R.E. Center 7800 Amelia Rd. 77055.

Anette Carlstrom Workshop “The Alchemy of Love”… Synchronizing the Heart and the Mind. 10am-5:30pm. During this workshop Anette will share the keys to evolve higher consciousness. Learn the secrets to the Alchemy of Consciousness and turn your life into happiness and peace. $100. Unity of Houston Pyramid, 2929 Unity 77057. 713-782-4050.

Janmashtami 6pm-midnight. Indian cultural program featuring live music, art, costumes and children’s programs. FREE. George R. Brown Convention Center 1001 Avenida De Las Americas 77010.


Salsa y Salud 8pm. Houston’s biggest outdoor salsa event! Salsa y Salud 2015 promises to be a fiery evening of eye-catching dance and worldclass musicianship. Free, ticketed event. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Herman Park Drive 77030.


Blessing Ceremony. 10am-12n. Come and experience peace and blessing. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. Centerpoint Free Healing Expo. 1-5 pm. Psychics, Astrology, Tarot, Ear Candling, Massage, Fengshue, Ionic Foot Bath, Palmist, Pranic, Reiki & Matrix Healers, Jewelry, Foot Reflexology, Pet Massage, Pet Healing, FREE coffee, tea & pastries. Admission Free. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 281-7303017


Free Class Offering – Creative Meditation. 6:307:45pm. Meditation is a practice which de-stresses, reboots and enriches your life. No experience? No worries.....You can do this! Reserve your space by calling 832.545.8488 or emailing your reservation to Directions to the Studio (located in The Heights 77008) will be emailed to you.

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The Catalyst Group. If you’re in transition or if you want to upgrade your experience life, this is customized just for you. In-person and virtual options are available. Facilitated by Cherie Ray, MLA Coach and 3 Principals Practitioner. For complete details visit:


Nature Revealed: All About Birds. 9-11am. Explore the beauty and diversity of birds! In this class, you’ll get an introduction to bird biology and the basics of bird watching. You’ll learn what a bird’s beak can tell you about its lifestyle, how eggs help birds fly, and what “GISS” is. Then you’ll get to put your new knowledge in practice on a bird watching hike. Binoculars are recommended, there will be some available. $35. Houston Arboretum and Nature Center 4501 Woodway Dr. 77024. Marva’s Holistic Fair. 10am-5pm. Psychics, tarot readers, palmists, healers, vendors of all sorts. Admission Free. LaQuina Inn-Galleria on 610 West Loop North between San Felipe and Post Oak, 77027. 713-444-3581

Centerpoint Body Mind and Spirit Expo. 1-5 pm. Psychics, Astrology, Tarot, Ear Candling, Massage, Fengshue, Ionic Foot Bath, Palmist, Pranic, Reiki & Matrix Healers, Jewelry, Foot Reflexology, Pet Massage, Pet Healing, FREE coffee, tea & pastries. Admission Free. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 281730-3017 Anette Carlstom Presents “How to Live Free of Fear, Worry & Stress”. 2:30pm-5:30pm. In this workshop you will learn how to shift from “scared” to “sacred” and ignite living in Grace. Discover how to release confusion and frustration and find the doorway into joy in your relationships. $45. Unity of Houston Pyramid, 2929 Unity 77057. 713-782-4050.


Dr. Fuhrman’s Houston Weekend Immersion. October 9-11. Nutrition expert and New York Times bestselling author Joel Fuhrman, M.D. will show you how to lose weight, achieve optimal health and reverse and prevent chronic disease. Check the website for price. Royal Sonesta Hotel, 2222 West Loop South Freeway, Houston. .


Half-Day Zen Retreat. 9am-noon. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568.


John Demartini Presents “The Power Of You: The Key To Success, Fulfillment and Legacy.” 7:30pm. Come discover the power that lies within you, the power that will give you everlasting fulfillment and that will catapult you into leaving your lasting legacy on the planet. $30. Unity of Houston Pyramid, 2929 Unity 77057. 713-782-4050.


NEW! Weekend Workshop: “How to Talk With Your Angels and Departed Loved Ones” 7-9pm Develop your inborn psychic ability in a safe, secure atmosphere. In this intensive weekend event (3 day), Kim will share what she has learned as a professional channel and psychic with over twenty-eight years of experience conducting private sessions and workshops across the globe. With Kim as a coach, you’ll build a more tangible relationship with your angels and develop greater confidence in your ability to hear them. $150 pre-register $170 at the door. Edgar Cayce A.R.E. Center 7800 Amelia Rd. 77055.


Dussehra & Diwali Festival. 4-10 pm. A celebration of the victory of light with a parade, traditional dance and costumes, music, food and a dramatic stage show. Skeeters Stadium 1 Stadium Dr, Sugar Land, TX 77498. 713-714-5680. NEW! Weekend Workshop: “How to Talk With Your Angels and Departed Loved Ones” 7-9pm - See October 16th listing.


NEW! Weekend Workshop: “How to Talk With Your Angels and Departed Loved Ones” 7-9pm - See October 16th listing.


Living Your Voice: 101. 10am-5pm. A workshop by Tony Pryor for beginning and experienced speakers and singers. Experience the joy and power of reclaiming your unique voice by conquering your limitations. $190. True You Creativity Studio in the Heights. 77008. 713-826-9811


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

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

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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. Dinner Prasadam, 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

monday Tarot & Intuitive Counseling with Allison Miller. 10am-7pm. Compassionate support and guidance for healing the heart and soul. Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098 Call 713-721-4056 for an appointment. Light Language & Sound Healing with Robert Tang. 10am-7pm. Experience the language of love and light. Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098 Call 832-7998545 for an appointment.

September 2015


A Course in Miracles Meeting 7-9 pm-hosted by Daileen 432.517.8311. CenterPoint, 1-5 PM, 2727 Fondren Suite 5M 77080. 713-932.7224 $25/ month.

Regression Therapy with Eppie Munoz, Jr. 11am5pm. Access your past life to heal current life issues. Edgar Cayce A.R.E. Center 7800 Amelia Road, 1B., 77055. Call 832.530.3360 to make an appointment.,-Jr.html

Wellness Education. 7 – 7:30 p.m. Come learn about the latest breakthrough in all-natural healthcare. This category-creating technology has been featured by the National Institute of Health and is redefining anti-aging. Free informational presentations held Tuesdays at the Trini Mendenhall Sosa Community Center, 1414 Wirt Road, Houston, TX 77055. RSVP to Angelle at (832) 472-1366.

Open Mic Night and Longest Happy Hour 5-midnight. No cover charge. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 Bum-ba Toning. 6:30-7:30pm. Tighten and tone your bum and body. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. 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. Food Not Bombs. 8pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Countyard 521 Lamar, 77002..

tuesday Introductory Tai Chi with Greg 9-10am. Experience the soft, smooth movements of Tai Chi Chuan while enjoying a view of the forest. $15. Houston Arboretum 4501 Woodway Dr., 77024. Call to register: 713-3660421 or come 15 min early.


Energy Balancing & Clearings with Celilia Wheelis. 10am-7pm. Cecilia is a healing-energy worker and practitioner who assists individuals in order to heal and recover their vitality. Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098 Call 832-799-8545 for an appointment.

Subtle Energy Therapies with Connie Silva. 10am7pm. Healing touch and light therapy. Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098 Call 832-613-1075 for an appointment.

Iyengar Yoga with Daryl 10:30am-12n. Slow down and relax in the peaceful beauty of the Arboretum during a 90-minute Iyengar yoga session. $15. Houston Arboretum 4501 Woodway Dr., 77024. Call to register: 713-366-042 or come 15 min early.

Oneness Blessing. 5:30-6:45pm. Love Offering. Unity of Houston 2929 Unity Dr., 77057. 713.782.4050. Urban Ride. 6:30pm. Friendly cycling group. All routes go through inner city – each day of the week we have a different route. Please obey the rules of the roads. Stop at all traffic lights and stop signs. Free. Urban Bicycle Gallery 4814 Nett St. 77007.

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

Open Mic with Jimmy Deen. 7:00-11:00pm. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 Yoga Skills for a Changing World with Brandy Deutsch. 6:30pm. $60 per month or $20 drop in. Spectrum Center 4100 Westheimer at Midlane, 77027. 233. 832.754.5022



Yoga at Resurrection MCC. 7:00-8:00 pm. Get in touch with your mind, body, and spirit through Yoga! Connect with others in this non-competitive activity suitable for everyone. All body types and skill levels are welcome. Please bring a mat and towel. Extra mats are available for those new to Yoga. Donations Accepted. Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church 2015 West 11th Street 77008. Capoeira Angola. 7:30-9:30pm. Capoeira Angola is a martial art incorporating dance, music and philosophy. It was developed by Africans in Brazil during colonial times. $15. The Flamenco Room 4212 Canal Street, 77003.

Light Language & Sound Healing with Robert Tang. 10am-7pm. Experience the language of love and light. Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098 Call 832799-8545 for an appointment.

Yoga at the Temple. 5:45-7:00pm. Level 1 yoga class. $5-$15 donation. ISKCON Temple 1320 West 34th Street, 77018. 713. 686.4482

Intro to Meditation 101 7-8pm Universal Door Meditation Center offers beginner level class open to the public. Here we begin to discover the difference between False Mind and Awake Mind by applying basic Zen Meditation. Donations Welcome. Universal Door Meditation Center 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498 281-565-9718

African Dance. 6:30-8:00pm. Lessons in African dance offered by Lipan Urban. $15. Tango Cielo 3710 Main Street, 77009. Reiki, Sound & Share Events 7-9 pm, Come enjoy natural healing energy. Accompanied with crystals and the sacred sound frequencies of the Solfeggio tuning forks. Stefanie Nelson. CenterPoint, 1-5 PM, 2727 Fondren Suite 5M 77080, 713-932-7224 $20/class. Diamond Way Meditation. 7-7:30 pm. Free. Diamond Way Buddhist Center. 2217 W 34th Street, Suite D. 281. 77018. 436.6081. Hellin A Bucket Band 7:30-10:00 Free dinner music. Free. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713226-8563 Beginning Zen Meditation. 7:30-9:30pm. Feeling stressed? Want something to help you feel better? Try meditation with us. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281.568.1568.

Spiritual Unfoldment Meditation Class- 7:30PM -9PM Join us for our meditation circle class. Any changes in time will be texted to you if you sign up. Love Offering, First Spiritualist Church of Houston, NSAC 2115 Turner Dr. Houston, Tx. 77093 713-695-2550 Liana Liles 713-240-0058 Blue Line Bike Ride. 7pm. Starts at the bike shop and heads east for a loop through the 5th ward and over the viaduct into downtown. Then it heads west on Washington to TC Jester and north up to 43rd St. Second half of the ride continues west on 43rd/Clay Rd to Blalock and south to Westview where it heads back east to the Heights. Free. Blue Line Bike Lab - 3302 White Oak Drive, 77007. 713.802.1707 Beginning Zen Meditation. 7:30–9:30 pm. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281.568.1568. Food Not Bombs. 8pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Countyard 521 Lamar, 77002. Pot Roast. 10:30pm-12mn. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 Drum Circle at Midnight 12mn-2am $7.00 Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563

thursday Angel Readings with Victoria Alvarado. 10am-7pm. Many of her clients consult her in the areas of career, relationships, finance, health and spirituality. 7pm Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098 Call 713523-6494 for an appointment. Museum of Fine Arts-Houston. 10am-9pm. If you have not spent time enjoying the art exhibits at MFAH, what are your waiting for? Free. MFAH 1001 Bissonnet, 77005. 713.639.7300 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. 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. 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. 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 Argentine Tango Lessons. 6:30-7:30 pm. Tango fundamentals for complete beginners. Basic tango steps, emphasizing connection, musicality and line of dance. This class will make you a confident beginner to enter any tango class or dance floor. No partner no experience necessary. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010.

Free EFT Tapping Thursdays with Helen Racz. 7-8:30pm. EFT is a healing modality based on the same principles as acupuncture but without the needles. Free. Spectrum Center 4100 Westheimer, Suite 233, 77027. 713.922.8895. Yoga for Beginners with Rose Silva. 7- 8:30pm. “I am not Flexible enough!” “I am too Old or too Big!” “My doctor told me to do yoga, but I don’t feel confortable in the regular yoga studios!” If the affirmations resonate with you, Nurture Soul is here to change this stigma. Home model based studio to make you feel safe, no mirrors, small groups, therapeutic yoga teacher. Come and you will leave feeling empowered. $100 - Pre-registration is required call 281-674-YOGA Nurture Soul Therapeutics 9834 Spring Cypress Rd. 77070 (a mile East of Hwy 249). Meditation Class: Discovering the Awake Within 7-9pm Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien closely guides and interacts with students to connect with Awake mind and to apply meditation. This class provides a stable foundation for those who are ready to move to the next level, go deeper in their meditation practice, and touch with the Awake within. Suggested donation $50/month. Universal Door Meditation Center 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498 281-565-9718 Bohemeo’s Badass Bike Ride. 7pm. Every kind of bike is welcome but note the first and third Thursday of the month the ride is fast paced (16-18 mph) and contains about 20-25 miles with bridges. The other Thursdays it is a more social and slower ride, maintaining pace at 12-14 mph for about 12-15 miles. Free. Bohemeo’s 709 Telephone Road, 77023. 713.923.4277. Hightailers 10:30-2 am Longest running house band in existence. Gulf Coast Rhythm and Blues - $7.00 Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563

friday Recycling Fridays. 8:30am-12:30pm. Drive by and drop off sorted plastic, aluminum, paper, glass, and flattened cardboard boxes. Free. Emerson Church. 1900 Bering Dr., 77057 (between Westheimer and San Felipe) 713-782-8250. Angel Readings with Victoria Alvarado. 10am-7pm. Many of her clients consult her in the areas of career, relationships, finance, health and spirituality. 7pm Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098 Call 713-523-6494 for an appointment. Massage & Colon Hydrotherapy. 9am-7pm Lucia’s Garden 2360 W. Alabama 77098 Call Denee at 281-635-8298 for an appointment. Regression Therapy with Eppie Munoz, Jr. 11am5pm. Access your past life to heal current life issues. A.R.E. Center 7800 Amelia Road, 1B, 77055. Call 832.530.3360 to make an appointment.,-Jr.html 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

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

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. Hatha Yoga. 9-10am. Hatha yoga will unwind and rehabilitate you as well as challenge and strengthen you. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. Beginning Zen Meditation. 10am-12n. Feeling stressed? Want something to help you feel better? Try meditation with us. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281.568.1568. Children’s Zen Meditation. 10am-12n. Open to children ages 4-12. Parents must be present and participate. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281.568.1568. 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. Beginning Meditation. 11:00-11:30am. Enjoy relaxing meditation class at India House. Free. India House, 8888 West Bellfort, 77031. Go to the website, print out the form and email it to the address given. http://www. Recycling Saturdays. 11am-2pm. Bring your glass, paper, plastic, and aluminum to a recycling station at Discovery Green. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. Community Open Forum. 1-4pm. All are invited to create and participate, ask questions, and share ideas. Topics are unlimited, and can include paranormal, psychic, metaphysical and spiritual subjects. Free. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 281-730-3017 Drumming Class: djembe. 1:30-2:30. Group djembe drumming class by Lipan Urban. $15. The Eye of Africa Gallery 709 11th Street, 77008. Tai Chi Sun Dragons. 3-4:30pm. Tai Chi Chuan classes taught by Black Belt Certified Tai Chi instructor Mary Griffin (lineage of Grand Master Her Yue Wong) Saturday. $25 at the door. $80/ month prepaid. Center Point 2727 Fondren (corner of Westheimer and Fondren) 77063.

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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. Dinner Music with Jimmy Deen. 6-9pm. $7.00 Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563

sunday Movement Meditation for Healing Mind and Body 9:30 – 10:30am. With an emphasis on bringing together mind, body, and movement to be in the present moment, Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien guides students to connect with Awake mind, which also restores and refreshes every aspect of our being. Suggested donation $50/month. Universal Door Meditation Center 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498 281-565-9718 Oneness Blessing Meeting. 10-10:30pm. The Oneness Blessing is a direct transfer of intelligent sacred energy which causes the heart to open, quiets the chatter of the mind, opens the door to higher states of consciousness and initiates a process of Awakening into Oneness. Love Offering. Unity of Houston 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. Healing Service, Lecture, and Messages from Spirit. 10:30 am First Spiritualist Church of Houston, NSAC. Music by Dwain Briggs. 713-695-2550 2115 Turner Dr. 77093 Acoustic Jams. 10:30am-12n. Easy listening music to brunch by. No cover charge. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 Dance Evolution-Central. 10:30-1 pm. Freeform barefoot movement community. Free. Planet Funk Academy- 5731 Logan Ln. 77008. Discovery Hoop Dance. 10:30-11:30am. Have a blast burning calories! Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. Dawn Mountain Sunday Meditation. 11am-12noon. Join us for guided meditation suitable for everyone. Led by senior members of the Dawn Mountain community. Free. Dawn Mountain 2010 Naome Street, Suite A 77054. Fall Youth and Teen Program at Universal Door Meditation Center. 11:00am – 12:30pm. For youth grades 1-12, starts Sept. 13. Through games and activities, they are introduced to basic meditation practice and life skills needed to understand more about themselves and how to be truly happy. Call for more details. Suggested donation $60/month. Universal Door Meditation Center 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77498 281-565-9718 Diamond Way Meditation. 5-5:30 pm. Free. Diamond Way Buddhist Center. 2217 W 34th Street, Suite D., 77018. 281. 436.6081. Food Not Bombs. 7pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Countyard 521 Lamar, 77002

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AYURVEDA SANTHIGRAM WELLNESS KERALA AYURVEDA 5901 Hillcrost E-1A Houston, TX 77036 281-888-2705

This state-of- the-art facility in the center of Hillcroft Shopping Plaza now brings the age-old traditional Kerala Ayurveda natural healing therapies from India to Houston. They have a wide array of herbal supplements and the clients at Santhigram have experienced significant relief from lifestyle related disorders like stress, sleeplessness, headaches, gastric troubles, back/joint/body pains etc. and multiple other conditions. Lakshmi, a registered Ayurveda Holistic Practitioner in the U.S, welcomes you to visit and discover what Santhigram Ayurveda can do for you.. See ad, page 15.

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

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!



HOMEOPATHIC AUNT ALBERTA’S REMEDY Homeopathic Pain Relief Cream 973-715-9097

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


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

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.


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 •

Beginning Meditation: (A) Wed, 7:30–9:30pm, starting Sept. 2. (B) Sat, 10am–noon, starting Sept. 5. Children Meditation: Sat 10am– 12pm, starting Sept. 5. - For children ages 4–12 and parents. Half-day Retreat: Sun., Sept. 13, 9am-noon. Sun., Oct. 11, 9am-noon. Meditation Workshop: Sun., Sept. 20, 10-11am. Sun., Oct. 4, 10-11am. Blessing Ceremony: Sun., Sept. 27, 10am-noon. Sun., Oct. 25, 10am-noon. Check the web site (event calendar) for the most current information.See ad on page 26.


Let me help you discover your unique place in creation. In person readings at Marva’s Fair on the 1st Saturday of each month. Visit my website for information about phone and SKYPE readings. Mention this ad for a 10% discount.

2619 Charles Lane Sugar Land, TX 77498 281-565-9718

Are you ready to Wake Up? D i s c o v e r Aw a k e m i n d through Zen meditation. Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien guides students to apply this life-changing tool in all situations. Find out how Awake mind can transform stress, struggles, health issues, and conflicts that you thought were unchangeable facts of life! Our weekly classes: Intro to Meditation 101 drop-in class – Tuesdays, 7-9pm. Meditation class* – Thursdays, 7-9pm. Movement Meditation class* – Sundays, 9:30 – 10:30am. Youth and Teen Program* – Sundays, 11am – 12:30pm. Our next 1-day retreat*, Saturday Sept. 19, 8am – 3pm. * = requires pre-registration/class fee. See calendar listings for more details.

ORGANIC RESORT & SPA DEER LAKE LODGE AND SPA 10500 Deer Lake Lode Rd. Montgomery Tx 77316 936-647-1383

All natural, organic, resort and spa. Semi-fast juicing cleanse, raw food classes, yoga, life enhancement classes, and a variety of natural spa and salon services. See ad on page 2.


2704 Milam Street Suite 5 (Midtown) Houston, TX 77006 713-360-6167

True reflexology focuses on working with your mind, body, and soul through your feet or hands which may have longer lasting effects than a typical foot or hand massage. This is why Sol Reflexology sessions are only performed by highly trained massage therapists. In addition to massage therapy, Sol Reflexology offers acupuncture, aromatherapy, chiropractic, and hypnosis sessions to cater to every need for life style improvements. Jaime G. Garcia, owner. See ad on page 27.


Hypnosis-Reiki-Essential Oils 281-849-4610

Upgrade your life with hypnosis: stop smoking, weight management, optimistic outlook, performance enhancement, super learning… Relax and rebalance with Reiki. Change your life with essential oils. Custom blends consultations available.





Yoga, holistic practitioners, labyrinth, salt water floatation tank PLUS The Tea Den, custom tea blends, slow juice, coffee, local craft and Go Texas items. Come for the yoga and stay for the tea or come for the tea and check out the salt water flotation or just come and hang out in the greenest most peaceful place in the Energy Corridor. Grand Re-Opening September 12. Hours will then be Wednesday and Thursday 9-7, Friday and Saturday 9-9 and Sunday 10-5. 281-558-1112.

Learn about an all-natural breakthrough that’s redefining healthcare! This category-creating technology has been featured on major television networks and discussed in peer-reviewed studies listed by the National Institute of Health! Informational presentations are held Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. at the Trini Mendenhall Sosa Community Center, 1414 Wirt Road, Houston, TX 77055. Come hear about the global future of health and wellness available now for you and those you love! Please RSVP.

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THERMAL IMAGING SERVICES Angel Marlow, CNHP, CAHC, CCT 3300 Chimney Rock, Ste. 208 713-621-4406

No Compression, No Radiation, Painless. Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging or Thermography, creates images that illustrate heat patterns in the body. The thermal images are analyzed for abnormalities that may be signs of disease in the body. Thermography can be conducted onsite at your business through Thermal Imaging Services for Corporate Wellness. Locations in: Houston, Lake Charles, LA, Katy, Beaumont, The Woodlands, Tyler and Kingwood. Call for current schedule and to make an appointment. See ad page 25.


Acupuncture (Pain, Chronic Illness & Cosmetic) Message Therapy (Rotator Cuff & Spinal Specialist) Reiki Healing Energy, Small Groups & Private Yoga Therapy & Meditation Classes, FarInfrared Sauna for Detoxing and Weight Management, Holistic Life Coaching: Wellness, Nutrition & Essential Oils Consultation, 200&300 Hr Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training. See ad on page 17.


TAI CHI CHUAN TAI CHI SUN DRAGONS Mary Griffin, Instructor 713-205-6960

Tai Chi Chuan classes taught by Black Belt Certified Tai Chi instructor Mary Griffin (lineage of Grand Master Her Yue Wong) Saturdays 3-4:30pm at Center Point 2727 Fondren (corner of Westheimer and Fondren) Houston, TX 77063. Prepaid $80 per month or $25 at the door. NEW QIGONG CLASSES starting September 12. Call to reserve your space. 713-205-6960.

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