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newsbriefs Heal With Natural Herbs moves to Midtown
ome places can be described but other places just have to be experienced. Heal With Natural Herbs is a place of the second type. Owners Michael and Denise Bell have just relocated to Midtown in Houston. The outside might look plain but once you step inside I think you have to agree that it’s “The Hippest Little Place in Midtown” . It is a nice place just to hang out but while you are there you can sip some herbal tea, have an ion foot detox, a chair massage or experience the oxygen bar. Denise also has a nice selection of essential oils and salts. Heal With Natural Herbs makes a great place for small group gatherings or events. They are currently open only on Saturdays but are available for special events during the week. Call and make an appointment. Visit their website for details. Heal With Natural Herbs. 3204 Dowling St. Ste.102 A, Houston, TX 77004. 832594-9306/ 281-227-0435/281-788-6494. Healwithnaturalherbs.com. See their ad on page 41.
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r. LaTronica Fisher holds a doctoral degree in Clinical Nursing Practice from the University of Miami and started on the road to practice non-traditional medicine after the loss of her father to cancer. She knew there had to be a better way for her family going forward in healthcare and that if it was to be, it was up to her. Her dream was to create a better life for my family through non-traditional medicine. Dr. Fisher founded Dr. Fisher Road 2 Wellness and has recently moved her practice to the Galleria area. She advocates for over 200 products that are all natural and free of excipients (homeopathic, organic herbals, and clean nutritional formulas). These are both evidenced-based and have been proven successful in clinical testing. If you want to live longer and experience maximized energy, weightloss, eliminate allergies, balance your hormones the natural way, message Dr. Fisher via her website or give her a call today. Dr. Fisher Road 2 Wellness Clinic, 4544 Post Oak Place #254, Houston, TX 77027. 713-520-8188. drfisherroad2wellness.com
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ouston Bike Share and BBVA Compass wish to announce the “BBVA Compass Free Rides” program, designed to help alleviate increased traffic congestion and support Bcycle's role as an official transportation partner for Super Bowl LI. Through the “BBVA Compass Free Rides” program, individuals can receive free Houston Bcycle rides for the 10 days leading up to the Super Bowl, January 27 through February 5, at all Bcycle stations around Houston. Every ride will be free after the rider reserves the bike with a valid credit or debit card, and provides an email address or mobile number at checkout. After the Super Bowl, Bcycle will continue to promote healthy living with “Bike Share Free Fridays” from February 10 through March 31, 2017. Riders will be encouraged to post photos to their social networks incorporating the hashtag #WeAreMobile. For more information about Houston Bcycle, visit houston.bcycle.com or follow @ houstonbcycle on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Cy-Fair Birth Center
t Cy-Fair Birth Center we offer a celebration of pregnancy, birth and postpartum that every mother/baby deserves. We believe every baby should come into the world celebrated and we try to do that from the first visit all the way through the postpartum period by taking care of mom, pampering her and ensuring she gets off to a good start in her parenting journey and her new identity as a mother. We offer several classes on a variety of topics including: belly bindinging, postpartum care, labor preparation, massage, breastfeeding, and more. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and tour our beautiful facility located in North Houston. Call us at 281-469-0093 Cy-Fair Birth Center, 12850 Jones Rd. Ste. 105, Houston, TX 77070. Visit online at cyfairbirthcenter.com. natural awakenings
ania Nuezca has been teaching Bradley Method® partner-coached natural childbirth for four years and currently teaches classes at her home in Humble and at the Cherry Blossom Yoga Studio in Champions. This is a 12-week course which covers everything from nutrition to changes in pregnancy to labor, delivery and post-partem. Women learn about their options and their partners learn how to support them through the entire process. The main focus for the mother is learning how to relax mentally and emotionally. Knowing what to expect, that labor is hard work but that you have the tools: different postures and techniques, and a supportive partner-coach is what the Bradley Method® is all about. If this sounds like an option you’d like to explore further, go to her websites or Facebook page or call for more information. Ta n i a N u e z c a , A A H CC , S p B t r a i n e d , T h e B r a d l ey M e t h o d ® I n s t r u c t o r. B r a d l ey B i r t h . c o m / tanianuezca. 832-265-9779.
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Introducing Dr. Alayna E. PagnaniGendron, D.C., C.Ac.
ounded in 2004 in Houston, TX, by Chris Axelrad, M.S.O.M, L.Ac., FABORM, The Axelrad Clinic has become one of Houston’s most sought-after health and wellness clinics, known for our warm, inviting atmosphere and sincere, compassionate care for our patients. We provide results-oriented, natural wellness care for people of all ages with the goal with each patient is a longterm, self-sustained shift in core factors that determine health and wellness. Our model is based on getting results as quickly and efficiently as possible. Rather than 100 patients on weekly maintenance, we see 100 patients with real health challenges every week. Results matter, and we are proud of our proven history of positive outcomes. There are currently three clinics serving the Houston area. The Houston clinic is located near Memorial Park just inside Loop 610 at Post Oak. The Woodlands clinic is centrally located in the Panther Creek Professional Plaza, near the intersection of W. Panther Creek and Woodlands Parkway. And the Katy clinic is located just southwest of the intersection of Grand Parkway and I-10, convenient to Katy proper, the Energy Corridor, Cypress, Richmond, and Sugar Land. Our mission is simple: To support YOUR health goals and choices, and help you make the most of them. Whether you want to complement your conventional medical treatments with natural support, or go with a 100% natural solution, we do our best to help you achieve the best outcome possible. We never turn anyone away due to financial need. In our experience, there is always a way to make it work from a dollars and cents perspective. Our right to negotiate with our patients is one reason we do not accept medical insurance directly. However, for those who wish to take advantage of their insurance benefits, we will gladly provide the documentation and evidence of payment to support self-filed claims. It’s obvious that Chris and our staff love what they do, and with each patient our primary goal is to make the best effort to consistently provide sincere, compassionate care. Visit our website for more information or give us a call today. Axelrad Clinic. 713-527-9555. axelradclinic.com. See ad on page 26.
r. Alayna E. PagnaniGendron is from the Northeast, graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science. H e r m a j o r w a s Fa m i l y Studies and Pre-med. During her undergraduate studies, she completed a rotation at the Kremples Brain Injury Foundation where she worked with patients who endured traumatic brain injuries and nerve damage. Dr. Pagnani-Gendron then continued her education at Texas Chiropractic College where she graduated with Academic Recognition as a Doctor of Chiropractic. She also earned a second Bachelor’s degree in Human Biology. During her studies, she completed her internship at the Moody Health Center in Pasadena, TX. While in school she completed a rotation at Cenikor in Deer Park treating recovering addicts. She also completed a rotation at Rice University rehabilitating the athletes to their peak performance and has special training in pediatrics and pregnancy. Dr. Pagnani-Gendron holds special certificate training in Webster Technique, Acupuncture, Myofascial Release and Graston Technique. She is currently in the process of completing her C.A.C.C.P., Certified by the Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics. She loves treating her pregnant patients and helping them to feel their best throughout their pregnancies and also enjoys treating infants and children at each milestone in their lives. Her goal in the treatment of patients is preventative care and believes in a healthy living lifestyle and treating patients to help them return to their normal state of health. Dr. Pagnani enjoys treating the entire family from birth and beyond and keep everyone healthy. She looks forward to meeting you and helping you to feel better! HealthPro Chiropractic & Acupuncture, 4101 Greenbriar Dr. Your Special Delivery Suite 135, Houston, TXExperience 77098. HealthProChiro.com. 281-506A Comfortable Intimate Setting 0105. See ad on pageIn 38.
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MyVita Wellness Institute
hief Medical Officer of MyVita Wellness Institute, Dr. Tony Zbigniew Chmielewski was frustrated only seeing sick patients and treating disease, as opposed to focusing on the prevention of these diseases and helping people feel great. Dr. Chmielewski said, “I remember looking at myself and others around me, thinking, does getting older have to be this way? As we age, we tend to retain weight that we cannot get rid of, which seems to get worse every year. We lose muscle tone, and our skin begins to sag. We ask ourselves, is losing your sex drive a requirement of “getting older”? We wonder if we are ever going to feel the way we did when we were younger; or have we lost it forever? The answer is, absolutely not!” Dr. Chmielewski has over 30 years of experience in medicine specializing in fields such as obstetrics, internal medicine, and gynecology. I have practiced in both Europe and the United States giving me a unique perspective on traditional, as well as, preventative medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine along with being board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. MyVita’s Mission is to provide you with an optimal quality of life by guiding you through simple lifestyle changes that will revitalize your energy, improve your sleep, and help you achieve improved health and well-being. MyVita goes beyond conventional medicine and specializes in advanced healthcare for individuals and families like you who are fed up with traditional treatment protocols designed to manage symptoms rather than getting to the root cause of medical conditions or disease. If you are tired of being tired, want: greater energy, true fat loss, restful sleep, improve “brain fog”, menopause relief, improved “sex life” call today for a Free Consultation. MyVita Wellness Institute. 4950 Bissonett Street # 100, Bellaire, TX 77401. myvitawellness.com. 713-661-9995. See ad on page 19.
The Bay Area Birth Center
very aspect of Bay Area Birth Center was designed with your comfort in mind. You will get to know everyone on our staff, and every corner of our facility: from the comfortable reception area to the welcoming kitchen and just-likehome delivery rooms. Take a brief virtual tour through the photos on the website, and then register below to schedule a visit in person or make an appointment. Every birth is unique and miraculous, and about one third of the patients at Bay Area Birth Center choose to celebrate it in the comfort and security of their own home. This option is offered to families who live within 100 miles of our birth center. Founder Jackie Griggs, CNM, who is a Certified Nurse-Midwife with a Master’s degree in nursing who has delivered over 800 babies, yet can still recall each as an “honored, unique event.” You’re invited to learn more by scheduling a complimentary consultation to tour the facilities, meet the staff and talk about the care you envision. Bay Area Birth Center, 3210 Strawberry Road, Pasadena, TX 77504. Offices in the Houston Heights & Beaumont. bayareabirthcenter.com. 713-4725525. See ad on page 9.
eventbriefs POSITIVELY PRIMING THE MIND WORKSHOP
Kim Serafini, founder and CEO of MindPT, will be the keynote speaker at a Positively Priming the Mind Workshop from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Friday March 31st, in Dallas. Participants will learn more about the research and technology behind the accelerated learning tool called Mind Power Technology (MindPT) that serves businesses, nonprofits, organizations and entrepreneurs in creating positive results by priming the mind to start each day on a positive note. Serafini is a leading authority on positive priming and how to accelerate learning and change. This workshop is for coaches, practitioners, doctors, healers, educators, advocates, managers, trainers and others. Attendees will leave with real tools to navigate life more easily and beautifully. MindPT is a revolutionary new way to integrate new beliefs and cultivate the mindset and habits of happiness and success. Traditional personal growth programs often fail to produce the desired results because they require time, effort and discipline, but MindPT is quick and effortless, based on the latest in neuroscience research and proven positive psychology principles. It is shared in fun and engaging bite-sized lessons on a desktop computer or mobile app to create fast and enduring results. Cost is $49, including lunch. For location and tickets, visit PositivePrimingForSuccess.com. See ad page 23.
SPECTRUM CENTER PRESENTS Temple At Midnight Tour with DEVA PREMAL & MITEN with MANOSE ! THURSDAY MAY 18, 2017 7:30 pm at Unity of Houston “Our nourishment and life’s work is to create gatherings around the planet were people can come together in celebration and meditation.”
e are delighted to bring these beautiful artists to Houston again! As many of you already know, this will be a magical evening - a loving gathering of our collective, heart-centered and spiritual communities, elevated by a purity of sound & soul that nourishes the very fiber of our being. This tour just launched so tickets are already on sale nationally and internationally. We want our Texas friends to have a good chance at the best seats. Houston is the only city in Texas this tour will be presented. Celebrated chant masters Deva Premal & Miten bring their Temple at Midnight tour to 19 cities in the USA, Canada and Mexico this May and June. Accompanied by Nepalese bansuri maestro Manose, with Canadian Joby Baker on bass and Danish percussionist Rishi, their unique, spiritually inspired evenings of mantra, song, and chant are treasured by audiences around the planet. These powerful gatherings offer a joyful path to centering in these turbulent times, creating moments of what Deva describes as “ecstatic silence” – or in Miten’s words, “luminous pools of deep celebration.” Deva Premal & Miten with Manose’s 2017 Temple at Midnight North American Tour is sponsored by ORGANIC INDIA in association with UPLIFT.
Cont act Rosa Glenn Reilly for general questions. Rosa235@earthlink.net or SpectrumCenter-Houston.com. Visit www.DevaPremalMiten.com for more information. For ADVANCE TICKET SALES go to https://tickets.bright starevents.com/event/dpm-houston-texas-2017. See ad on page 17. natural awakenings
Five Day Intuitive Painting Workshop- Creating Your Connection to Limitless Creativity February 15-19, 2017
Brilliant Lecture Series presents “A Conversation with Harry Belafonte”
arry Belafonte, the Grammy/Emmywinning artist and humanitarian who popularized Calypso music and sparked the “We are the World” initiative, will make a rare appearance in Houston on Thursday, February 23. HEB presents this Brilliant Lecture Series production, interview-style, in Cullen Theater at Wortham Center, one week shy of Mr. Belafonte’s 90th birthday. Tickets $35 to $125 available at BrilliantLectures.or g. Limited VIP tickets ($250 incl. reception with Mr. Belafonte and Orchestra level ticket) available at (713) 974-1335 or at Info@ BrilliantLectures.org.
xpand your consciousness through creating. Learn and experience how to receive, remove limiting blocks and connect to your creative expression. This workshop is designed for you to cultivate a deep, robust relationship between you and your innate creative process. You will be supported in seeing what supports you and what separates you from this free-flowing process. You will be surprised at what gifts come to you when you allow yourself to live fully expressed. During the workshop, you can relax, explore, and trust the wisdom that leads you as you create. Explore in a critique-free studio. Allow spontaneous expression to flow from you, igniting your intuition with a desire to play. As you dip into the 22+ delicious colors you will be surprised how layers of mental restrictions that contribute to your day-to-day life melt away. This new experience of Freedom is your partner—both in your painting and as you navigate through every aspect of your life. No artistic training needed. No experience required and no critiques are permitted, never-ever. All materials are provided. Are you a blocked Artist looking to reconnect? This is the place for you. Intuitive Painting is available virtually! We come to you via Zoom or Skype. Call or email for details.
Cherie Ray has studied with Michele Cassou for 13 years. She has traveled and assisted Michele with her teaching for 7 years. Cherie teaches and supports the pure integrity of Michele's work. Cost is $525. Houston Heights Studio (77008), cherieray. com. trueyoucreativity.com. Cherie@trueyoucreativity.com. 832-545-8488. See ad on page 10.
Mindfulness for Everyone: Sensing Mind What’s The Difference Between Sensing And Perception? In this course we’ll rest the mind deeply in the body’s sensations & discover how our usual conceptual labels can cloud our perceptions. As we learn to recognize direct experience we can avoid getting swept away in daily life. 12
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ediumship, Conducting a Medium Session, Intuitive Business Model” Whether you want to take your skills to a public forum, or you desire to learn more about connecting with deceased loved ones for personal growth, this class will help bring clarity to a mysterious process. You will learn how to make connections clearly and safely, as you discover your personal gift inherent to all. We will be exploring your level of intuition and the claire senses that are your strongest gift, regardless of your interest in pursuing mediumistic activities. The February class will be held at The Spectrum Center in The Preserve on February 25 & 26 from 10 am until 5 pm. At the end of the workshop, there will be internship readings required to complete the certification. The internship is optional if you are taking the class for personal growth.
mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. ~Swami Sivananda
Spectrum Center. 2060 N. Loop W #205, Houston, Texas 77018. To register call or email: 713-303-7107 email@example.com. chris-carpentier.com. Early Bird Registration $299, At the Door $349. Bird Registration $299, At the Door $349. See ad on page 20.
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Fenugreek Eases Menopause
randomized, double-blind study from the Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Science and Research, in Bangalore, India, has found that an extract of fenugreek husk (FHE) called FenuSMART can provide relief from common symptoms of menopause, including night sweats, insomnia, headaches, hot flashes and mood swings. Researchers studied 88 menopausal women between the ages of 45 and 58. Half were given one gram of FHE per day for 90 days while the other half received a placebo. The study measured the impact the supplement had on the subjects’ menopausal symptoms through weekly telephone sessions. At the study’s end, approximately 32 percent of the women in the FHE group reported no hot flashes, while the placebo subjects saw the frequency of theirs reduced from three to five per day to one or two. Additionally, the subjects that took FHE experienced a 57 percent reduction in night sweats, a 68 percent abatement of mood swings, a 75 percent drop in insomnia and 58 percent fewer headaches.
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esearchers from the David Grant Medical Center, at Travis Air Force Base, in Fairfield, California, have found that oral doses of aloe vera can reduce fasting blood glucose and glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c), which indicates the average glucose level over the previous three months, in patients with Type 2 diabetes. Data from nine clinical studies that included 89 diabetes patients were analyzed. Findings suggest that patients with a fasting blood glucose level of more than 200 milligrams per deciliter experienced the greatest benefits from the aloe vera.
CHINESE HERBS LESSEN POSTPARTUM BLUES
study from the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, in Beijing, reports that Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM) can be an effective treatment for patients with postpartum depression. Traditional Chinese Medicine advocates herbal treatments based on underlying issues. Researchers analyzed data from 47 clinical trials encompassing 3,795 participants between the ages of 18 and 43 suffering from postpartum depression. The study pooled results into three categories: CHM versus placebo, CHM versus routine treatments (antidepressants) and CHM plus routine treatments versus only routine treatments. The study found that using Chinese herbs combined with antidepressants is the most effective approach, noting that CHM is a safe, effective alternative for patients unable or unwilling to take antidepressants.
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NRG Stadium: Big Game Sustainability
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Does my child need to be a certain age, weight or height before they see a chiropractor? Chiropractic is safe for newborns at any age, weight or height, even preemies. It is highly recommended that parents have their newborn checked by a chiropractor to correct any subluxations, strains of their spine, or stresses in their nervous system that may have occurred during the pregnancy or birth. As the child develops, regular check-ups by their chiropractor insure proper development and thriving of all their body systems.
Chiropractic Care for Mom and Baby by Dr Jackie St. Cyr
Can chiropractic adjustments on a baby damage their development? No. Just the opposite. Research shows that chiropractic adjustments benefit the healthy development of all infants and insure their proper, most healthy growth and vitality without the use of drugs or surgery.
ntegrated health care is more in demand today than ever before. With this increasing demand, the search for professional natural health care options for families has become common place. However, with the majority of births happening in hospitals and in the care of allopathic medical physicians, when a mother or child experience health challenges, it is easy to reach back into the medical profession for answers. Unfortunately many frustrated families are not finding the answers or results they seek. A growing population of millennials are discovering the amazing benefits of natural chiropractic care starting at birth for their babies. This article is intended to be a guide to open up your options to natural, gentle and highly effective health care for you and your infant. Chiropractic Care for Moms A mom’s body goes through numerous awe inspiring changes during pregnancy, delivery and post childbirth with millions of different hormonal changes, chemical reactions and developmental changes happening to her nervous system, muscular and skeletal systems. Now, more than ever, a mother’s body needs to be vitally healthy to respond immediately and accurately to all these demands. The highly effective
care of Network Spinal Analysis (Gentle Chiropractic) addresses and provides immediate results for mom and her developing baby. This is a list of some of the most common ailments moms seek care for during and post their pregnancy: ▄ Low back and hip pain ▄ Low energy / lethargy / fog brain ▄ Immune system dysfunction ▄ Post Partum Depression ▄ Anxiety and irritability ▄ Stress reduction ▄ Headaches ▄ Morning sickness/ nausea ▄ and more
What exactly is it you do? We bring the infant’s spine into more alignment and ease to allow for greater flow of life force and proper functioning of the nervous system which in turn influence all other systems of the body. We do this through a gentle touch examination of the baby’s spine, responsiveness and posture. Our adjustments for a newborn are light and of less impact to the child than that of the birth process. The amount of pressure required is equivalent or less than the pressure you would feel comfortable placing on your own eyelid. This is a list of some of the most common ailments parents seek care for in their infant or child:
Chiropractic Care for Baby Even though the birth process is ultimately beautiful, it is traumatic and stressful for a newborn. Many newborns can benefit from the gentle examination from a skilled chiropractor who works with the delicate new baby. Chiropractic is safe for all ages. In fact, the pressure and stress placed on a baby’s spine, and entire body, in utero and during the birth process is much greater than what they receive during a chiropractic adjustment. When parents call our offices, they have a number of questions. Rightfully so, all parents need to be fully educated about the chiropractic care their infant will experience in our offices.
▄ Fussiness ▄ Feeding and breastfeeding/ latching issues ▄ Colic ▄ Ear infections and ear aches ▄ Allergies/ eczema ▄ Acid Reflux ▄ Torticollis ▄ Development issues and issues thriving ▄ Sleep regulation problems ▄ Breathing problems ▄ Digestive issues ▄ Children with special needs and behavior concerns
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is to remove interferences to the natural innate healing power running through the nervous system. When that power is unleashed the healing that results is profound. Our offices at Innate Chiropractic Healing Arts Center receive calls from Moms who have tried everything and are now facing surgery or yet another round of antibiotics for their baby. They hear of our services through a friend, an article, or an online video and reach out in a desperate act of wanting their child to be happy and healthy. Now that you have this guide we invite you to pass it along to someone you know who is expecting, or has been gifted with a new child in their family. Maybe you know of a Mom who has “tried everything”. When they give chiropractic a chance they learn that Network Spinal Analysis Chiropractic is exactly what they had always searched for. Email our offices at frontdesk@n8 chiro.com to receive a free gift of “A Parent’s Guide to Today’s Chiropractic” mailed to your home. You can also visit our website for many articles and resources, and stories of how Dr. Jackie has helped moms, babies and the whole family. Dr Jackie St. Cyr has been a Board Certified Doctor of Chiropractic since 1995 and holds postgraduate education and certification in Network Spinal Analysis and Somato Respiratory Integration. Her practice and the INNATE CHIROPRACTIC Healing Arts Center is located at 230 Westcott St, Ste 220 in Houston, TX. For more information call 713-521-2104 or visit Dr. Jackie online at N8Chiro.com. See ad on page 30.
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Easier pregnancy with chiropractic by Alayna Pagnani Gendron, D.C., C.Ac
ongratulations on your baby! The moment you find out you are pregnant is a special time filled with joy, nerves, and excitement. You are also probably still feeling great. Eventually hormone changes take over and that little baby bump grows throwing off your center of gravity. Then, all of a sudden, you take a step and feel a sharp twinge in your lower back. Ouch! This experience is common for many women throughout their pregnancy. However, most moms-to-be don’t realize there is safe and effective help out there for back pain during pregnancy- It is chiropractic! Pregnancy is an extraordinary time in your life and this is the time to take really good care of your body and your growing baby. Eating right, exercising and visiting your healthcare provider are all ways to maintain a healthy pregnancy, but adding a prenatal chiropractor to that list can make all the difference in how you feel for those long nine months. Not only does chiropractic care help to decrease low back pain, but it has also been shown to increase chances for a safe and natural labor. Why does your back hurt during pregnancy? Well, there are several physiological and endocrinological (hor-
monal) changes that occur in preparation for creating the environment for the developing baby. This includes hormone changes that loosen up ligaments and joints, protruding abdomen, increased back curve, pelvic changes, and postural adaptations that can all result in a misaligned spine or joints known as segmental dysfunction of the spine. Segmental dysfunction (chiropractic vertebral subluxation) is the result of improper motion or position in the vertebra or sacroiliac joints affecting nerve communications that can cause muscles to go into spasm. This is what can cause back pain and those painful conditions during pregnancy, such as sacroiliac joint dysfunction, sciatica, diastasis symphysis pubis, and round ligament pain. Pelvis misalignment is another symptom that can occur in pregnancy and can cause a reduction in the amount of room available for the developing baby. This restriction is called intrauterine constraint. A misaligned pelvis may make it difficult for the baby to get into the best possible position for delivery, causing the baby to be in breech or posterior presentation. This can affect the mother’s ability to have a natural, non-invasive birth and lead to intervenwww.NaturalAwakenings-Houston.com
tions such as C-sections. Chiropractic adjustments can help to align the pelvis and spine which will reduce the tension on the nerves and muscles, decrease pain, and keep the pelvis in good alignment to allow the baby room to get in the best head down position for delivery. Prenatal chiropractors are trained in the Webster technique, which is a specific chiropractic analysis and diversified adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation/SI joint dysfunction. Adjustments help the neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis to improve. Webster technique is used throughout pregnancy. We encourage patients to start treatment as soon as they become pregnant. This will help to keep the pelvis aligned properly while the body is changing due to the growth of the baby. It is specifically used when a misaligned pelvis causes the tightening and torsion of specific pelvis muscles and ligaments. It is these tense muscles and ligaments and their constraining effect on the uterus, which prevents the baby from achieving the best possible position for birth. Webster is a safe and effective adjustment throughout pregnancy. Webster is done using very gentle low force with the help of a drop table. It does not hurt the baby or the mom. Most moms leave the office feeling much better than when they walked in. Chiropractic isn’t just helpful during pregnancy. It is also crucial after you give birth. Your body just went through a major event that can cause joints to shift. Often after birth, whether vaginally or via C-section, the mother’s pelvic biomechanics change – these changes can bring discomfort with walking, nursing and sleeping. Adjustments can help to restore the pelvic balance with similar manipulation, exercises and stretches that were used during prenatal care. Adjustments can help to realign the pelvis before all of the hormones in the body decrease and the joints solidify. This will help to prevent future back pain as well as set your body and pelvis up to be in proper alignment for future pregnancies. The best time to get adjusted postpartum is within the first six weeks. New baby means new positions for your body. You will be holding your little bundle for hours, nursing or bottle
feeding her, carrying your baby in her car seat, and rocking her to sleep. This can cause a lot of tension in the mid to upper back and alter normal body biomechanics. There is a tendency for new mothers to flex forward for long periods of time, which can aggravate the mid back area. Your chiropractor can help to keep your back in proper alignment and motion which will decrease tension in those awkward positions. Babies and children benefit from adjustments too. Birth can be a traumatic experience on a newborn’s body. They are pulled, torqued and twisted which can affect the alignment of their spine. As children learn how to walk, they are falling constantly, and when they become older, children tend to be active and play sports. All of these activities can cause misalignments in your child’s spine. By evaluating and correcting misalignments in the spine, it can help prevent injury, pain and back issues later on in life. Pediatric chiropractors go through almost two years of special training, classes, research projects and a board certification test. They learn safe, gentle, effective and specific techniques to properly adjust little bodies. Along with putting the spine in proper alignment, chiropractic adjustments have been proven to help increase immune system response. This can potentially help the body to better fight infections, decrease colic, and decrease severity of ear infections. Regular adjustments may decrease allergy symptoms, decrease growing pain and even help babies to sleep better. The doctor uses a very gentle touch when adjusting your child. It does not hurt and most children seem happy and relaxed after their adjustment. Every person should be under chiropractic care. Please visit your chiropractor today and see how truly amazing your body can feel! If you are looking for a pregnancy and pediatric chiropractor, please visit http://icpa4kids.org/Find-a-Chiropractor/ Dr. Alayna Pagnani-Gendron, D.C., C.Ac., HealthPro Chiropractic & Acupuncture. 4101 Greenbriar Drive, Suite 135, Houston, TX 77098. 281-5060105. firstname.lastname@example.org. healthprochiro.com. houstonpregnancychiro.com. See ad on page 38.
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Can HypnoBirthing really help you have a great birth? by Cliodhna Griffin, HBCE, APPAC
magine being pregnant and being terrified to give birth, or so afraid of your birth day that you can’t bring yourself to even think about it. What if you’ve had a previous traumatic birth and you’re terrified of history repeating itself? You may be a first time mom and just honestly not know what to expect on your birth day besides the gory stories you’ve heard from your friends or family members and you’re nervous to give birth. These are such common fears and realities for so many expectant moms and such valid fears and concerns too. We, as a society, have been conditioned for generations to believe birth is an agonizing and torturous event that happens to a woman and a cross we must bear. But is it? Why does it have to be this way? Why would women continue to birth again and again if it really was as bad as we hear? What can our pregnant moms do to make their births easier, better and dare I say, actually enjoyable?
Enter HypnoBirthing®. The HypnoBirthing® Institute, founded by Marie F. Mongan, has been helping women have comfortable, calm and easier births for over 25 years. Based on the workings of Dr. Grantly Dick-Read, a
once educated and having experienced what Hypnosis for childbirth really is like, they are often blown away at how effective and relaxing it actually is. A HypnoBirthing® class won’t teach a mother how to give birth; her body and baby already know how to do this, but over the span of five weeks, with each class lasting roughly 2.5 hours, we, as HypnoBirthing® Practitioners teach our moms about their body, and why it is working the way it is in order to birth their babies easily and comfortably. We teach our moms about the powerful muscle that is the uterus and how through breathing and relaxation techniques, to assist in helping it preform to the best of its ability and to not resist and impede what it is trying to do. We teach our moms to trust their bodies, for the birthing body is not a lemon, it is beautifully designed and they must trust the process to just release, relax and let go. We remind our moms they are capable and strong beings. We prepare our couples for every turn their birth may take, because we know, birth very rarely goes exactly to plan and it is vital to be prepared and educated as much as possible. We pay great attention to the dad or birthing companion and educating them on how best to assist the laboring mom.
British Physician who simply asked, why is birth supposed to hurt? After observing many laboring women, he came to the realization that if a woman removed fear from her birth, she was more likely to not tense up and when a laboring woman didn’t tense up and remained relaxed, she was far, far less likely to feel that excruciating pain we so often see in the media. Marie F. Mongan knew that by educating our moms and teaching valuable tools and techniques that they could go on to have great birthing experiences. Marie F. Mongan set forth tools such as Deepening and Relaxation techniques, Breathing exercises and talks about the importance of Visualizations and Affirmations to condition the mind and prepare the body for the work it will do on the birthing day. When a mother practices and fine tunes these tools and techniques she may very well go on to have a faster, easier and better birth for her and her baby. As a certified HypnoBirthing ® Practitioner and the founder of Born Free Birthing, I find the biggest hurdle our parents have is the Hypno/Hypnosis aspect. Many of the parents that attend my class expect I will preform a Vegas/ Entertainment type of Hypnosis, but
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We teach wonderful massage and deepening techniques that will help mom stay in her calm zone. We prepare our dads or birthing companions for the birth from the very start to the very end, what to expect through the stages of labor, how to communicate with the caregiver on duty, bonding with mom and baby before, during and after the birth, hospital protocols, comfort measures for mom on the birth day and so on. When our dads or birthing companions are fully prepared and confident on the birth day, then mom can relax and birth free of worry or concern. When both mom and dad are educated and prepared for the birth of their baby, the birth day can be one of the most empowering days filled with immense joy, bonding and discovery, for it’s not just a baby that was born, but parents too. Cliodhna is the founder of Born Free Birthing and is a certified HypnoBirthing® Practitioner in Houston, TX, who has been trained in HypnoBirthing® by the founder Marie F Mongan and is proudly Houston’s first APPA triple certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist. Cliodhna is a dedicated practitioner and loves to help moms have happy births and strong postpartum recoveries. For more information, go to www.bornfreebirthing.com. You can follow Born Free Birthing on Facebook at www.facebook. com/bornfreebirthing and on Instagram at www.instagram. com/bornfreebirthing. To find a certified Mongan Method HypnoBirthing® Practitioner near you, go to www.HypnoBirthing.com.
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IGNITE YOUR LIFE “Take Care of Yourself” by Sarah Gish
ll work and no play m a k e s Jack a dull boy.” This vintage adage (from 1659, per Wikipedia) is as true as it was when first coined. And we are still struggling with that work/play balance, 400 years later! “Take care of yourself” is the second way to ignite your life in my “IGNITE YOUR LIFE!” art project and community campaign (www.IgniteYourOwnLife.com) and the word associated with this concept is “NOURISH.” Working less and playing more nourishes our lives. But how do we do that? I went to see Sunita Tarkunde of the Houston Ayurveda Center to see how that 4,000-year-old system of Indian medicine could help and she told me that my body was off balance and that I needed to shut down all screens at 10pm each
night. She looked at me firmly and said “You shut down your screens, you listen to my meditation, and you go to sleep.” I’m a hard nut to crack – that was three years ago and I think I’ve followed Sunita’s advice only three times! But she’s right: the body needs rest. According to a study last February by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2016/p0215-enough-sleep.html), only 1/3 of Americans are getting enough sleep. Adults 18-60 years old should be getting seven hours of sleep each night. Co-founder and editor in chief of The Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington, has written two books about sleep and what she’s termed a “sleep deprivation crisis.” I can’t emphasize this enough: getting enough sleep is an important way to nourish yourself.
Taking care of yourself involves putting yourself first and making your body, mind, and soul a priority. When I hit a wall with self-care recently, I wrote down five things that I need to do every week to stay sane and balanced and I posted that list in my bathroom so I’ll see it daily. I looked at my exercising, my spiritual needs, and my bedtime routine. I decided to do these five things: exercise regularly again, walk a labyrinth, get to a recovery meeting, sleep seven hours each night, and meditate each day. I haven’t been perfect but I do my best. “Take care of yourself” is one of my twelve ways to ignite your life daily – ways that, if followed, will stave off depression, anxiety, loneliness, and isolation. Being ignited for your life does that. I am an artist and I create when I have things I need to work out in my life. My brother Geoffrey Gish died of alcoholism in 2004 at 43 years old and I not only wanted to deal with my grief by honoring his bright and loving way of being in the world but I also wanted to encourage others to be ignited for their lives so that they could hopefully avoid that same tragic ending. Over the next 12 years, I wrote 12 ways to ignite your life and summed up each way with one word to make them easy to remember; you can see the full list on the IGNITE YOUR LIFE! website. I now volunteer with teenagers, teaching them about the 12 ways and making bracelets (one is pictured) with all of the words as a service project at their sober high school, Archway Academy. The bracelets sell at Lucia’s Garden and Unity of Houston bookstore. Because of them, we are getting those concepts out into the world. Sarah Gish is the founder of IGNITE YOUR LIFE. Igniteyourownlife.com and publisher of GISH PICKS: Culture for Kids & Adults. Gishpicks.com. See ad on page 31.
exercise and nutrition to help HypnoMoms stay healthy and comfortable. Why choose a natural, easier birth using Hypnobabies? Most of our moms need no drugs, which means less risk of side-affects. Since labor proceeds naturally few, if any, interventions are required minimizing the risk of complications for both mom and baby. Hypno-Moms tend to have shorter labors since there is less resistance of the birthing muscles when pain and fear are minimized or eliminated. Breech and posterior babies can sometimes be turned using hypnosis. Blood pressure, heart rate, and temperature can be lowered and nausea, back and hip pain eliminated with hypnosis during pregnancy and labor. The self-hypnosis and relaxation skills taught in class, not only help moms sleep better and feel more confident during pregnancy and birth, but these are skills both they and their birth partner can use for the rest of their lives.
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ypnobabies® Childbirth Hypnosis is an in-depth, 6-week, complete ch i l d b i r t h e d u c a t i o n c l a s s t h a t incorporates Gerald Kein’s Painless Childbirth techniques to help you have the best birth possible. Many hypnobirthing classes rely on simple relaxation, breathing or guided imagery, which is great, but we want our Hypno-Moms to enjoy “Eyes Open Childbirth Hypnosis,” easily remaining deeply in hypnosis while walking, talking, changing positions – being as mobile as they would like to be during childbirth.
How does Hypnobabies® Childbirth Hypnosis work? Hypnobabies® uses the same kind of hypnosis techniques that people employ when preparing for surgery without any medication, which is called hypnoanesthesia. We’ll use hypnosis scripts to train your inner mind. You’ll be fully in tune with your baby during the birthing process and as aware as you’d like to be, easily able to communicate and be in charge of your own birth experience. Our comprehensive childbirth education curriculum also ensures that
our Hypno-moms understand what is happening during birth and have the knowledge and confidence to make the best decisions for themselves. Our classes teach Hypnobabies® birth partners how to fully support our Hypno-Moms, although Hypnobabies® can also be used very successfully by single mothers. Classes also focus on
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started photographing births and quickly realized I wanted more and decided to become a doula. I worked with a few obstetric clients as well as a few midwifery clients. I enjoyed doula work more then photographing, but it still left me wanting more. I spoke with the midwife I used during my fourth pregnancy about assisting her and shortly after started apprenticing with her. I went to the prenatal exams, births and postpartum exams of her clients and loved the interactions and the strong relationship that was built between most clients and the midwife. It took me one year before I officially enrolled in the Association of Texas Midwifery Training Program.
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ell me a little about your background. How did you decide to become a midwife?
As a mother, I am a natural caregiver and the role of midwife was one I took to very well. I had three hospital births, where none were bad, I just felt like it could have been better. I hired a midwife with my fourth, and it began my love of midwifery. I was already working as an IBCLC prior to the birth of my fourth, but wanted to be a part of the birth world. Shortly after the birth of my fourth, I
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A midwife is a professional who cares for low risk women during their pregnancy, birth, and postpartum period. We typically start seeing clients between 8-10 weeks. We monitor the mother and baby throughout the pregnancy for adequate growth and nutritional health. An appointment with a midwife is similar to that of an OB but much more in-depth. We monitor vital signs, do lab work when indicated, listen to the fetal heart tones, but we also discuss stress, exercise, mental well being, and answer any questions or concerns the parents might have. Midwifery is based on informed consent: keeping the client informed and having open dialogue with parents. A midwife is only part of the team; the parents are the other half.
Could you tell us a little about the history of midwifery?
Midwifery was established long before
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obstetrics. Many older women in the community provided care to pregnant women and passed along their knowledge to other women wanting to become midwives. As time passed, the promise of a pain-free childbirth made its way and obstetrics and hospital births grew among the urban middle class. Midwives continued to provide care to the underprivileged women in their community. For decades midwives were seen as uneducated and dangerous. Laws and regulations came into play and the community midwives were required to be licensed and regulated. Schools were formed for midwifery education and standards have to be met. Midwifery has been gaining in popularity in the United States and is beginning to be more mainstream in all social classes. However, the reasons it is most sought after is parents seek to be more involved in their prenatal care, are becoming more educated about risk of interventions and drugs, and desire a more natural option for pain management during childbirth.
What are some of the advantages of having a home birth with a midwife over a hospital birth?
Personally, as a midwifery client, I enjoyed getting into my own bed, eating my own food and not being separated from my family after giving birth. For clients, some of the advantages I see is they are less inhibited with moving around, being vocal, and being nude. They are in their own comfort zone, so they feel safe and free. They birth in more natural positions, they tolerate the normal pain of childbirth easier, and find deep comfort in having their family there. I see
advantages for their partners too. They are more involved in the laboring process but also feel more comfortable because they are in their own space. The staff doesnâ€™t change at certain times; there are no restrictions on movement, showering/baths, or drinking or eating. All those things add up in big ways for the clients. Additionally, the rise in the cesarean rates due to interventions is at an all time high and many clients feel uneasy even walking into a hospital.
Are there circumstances where you would not recommend a home birth and how do you handle any complications that might arise?
Not every woman is low risk. There are certain medical conditions that would prevent a woman from being a midwifery client. There are also some factors, such as advanced maternal age, that may be considered a risk but may not disqualify a woman from risk midwifery care. Some clients that start out low risk later develop a condition that makes them higher risk. Midwives typically have an OB they can consult with or send a client to for further evaluation. Midwives do ongoing risk assessments throughout the entire pregnancy, labor, and postpartum period. We are also trained in basic life support, neonatal resuscitation and carry medications to handle some complications.
How would you recommend our readers go about choosing a midwife?
Choosing a midwife is very personal. I recommend to all my prospective clients to interview at least one or two other midwives. It is important to feel comfortable asking questions. You have to trust your health care provider and feel confident in their ability to handle issues if they arise. Ask a lot of ques-
tions when you interview a midwife; not just about how they handle situations but how often they transport to the hospital. You should also ask if they bring a birth assistant, how many clients do they take that are due the same month, do they have vacations planned, where the appointments take place and what the fees involved in care are. One of the most important factors is trust. Also remember, it is never too late to change health care providers if you donâ€™t feel comfortable or feel your provider dismisses your concerns or wishes.
Are there other birthing professionals that you work with before, during or after a birth?
Some of the other professionals I refer to or recommend for clients in pregnancy is a chiropractor, massage therapist, child birth educators, breastfeeding classes, birth photographers and doulas.
Is there anything else that you'd like to share with our readers?
The pain of childbirth is often seen as something to fear. It is a natural emotion to feel; yet childbirth in reality is nothing like we see on television or in movies. When allowed, a womanâ€™s body will guide her and work with her to birth her baby. Just like childbirth, there are many myths around midwifery. I would encourage every expecting parent to at least call a midwife and chat with them. Lastly, I would encourage all expecting parents to read some well written books on pregnancy and childbirth, breastfeeding and to be always be active in your care. Michelle Levins, Heights Midwifery. heightsmidwifery@ gmail.com. 713-449-0243.
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to not only feel relief in the physical body from the classic discomforts of pregnancy, but also to bring a sense of calm to the fast-paced changes in emotions and stress level. A good prenatal class should be a combination of safe stretches that challenge the students, balanced with restorative postures to bring comfort and peace. Pregnancy and becoming a new Mom are not an easy undertaking, so a good yoga class should help women build strength and stamina that will last throughout the pregnancy and aide in the delivery and recovery from giving birth. The breathing and relaxation techniques done during yoga can help a woman focus and stay calm when she goes into labor and moves through her delivery. It is just as powerful for those who have a C-section as for those who deliver naturally, the techniques are used individually for each situation. Women who do yoga find their pregnancies more comfortable, their deliveries a more pleasant experience and their recovery faster than women who do not do yoga. Yoga creates a healthy body, a happy mind and a peaceful spirit. There is no better way to bring a child into the world. If more women would do yoga during pregnancy the next generation will look at our planet from a different perspective. There would be less traumatic birthing experiences therefore, less trauma in the lives of those entering the world. Where there is less trauma, there is less violence and more peace. More people should find their way to their yoga mat for these same reasons. If we want to see a change, we must BE the change. Valerie Immore, Owner. Sundance Yoga Studios, Pearland and Friendswood, TX. 281-482-9642.
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Did you know that your placenta is a perfect bio-identical organ made by your own body? It's full of hormones, iron, and other constituents that science hasn't documented yet.
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When is it not safe?
There are a couple pregnancy issues that arise that can cause the placenta to not be beneficial. When a person struggles with anxiety or depression during pregnancy, those same feelings can resurface while ingesting your placenta. Chorioamnionitis, is an infection of the layer between the uterus and the amniotic sac. It’s usually diagnosed in late pregnancy. If the hospital sends the placenta to the pathology lab, it obviously won’t be able to be used. Things like Hepatitis C, Aids, HIV are questionable and that’s something that you need to disclose with your processor, and they can decide if they are going to process it or not. For further questions about the process of placenta encapsulation, reach out to Erin Young, owner of Mother Nurturing, LLC. She is proud to provide you with the healing benefits of your placenta safely and professionally. Serving the Greater Houston metro as a professional doula since 2012, and a licensed Massage Therapist (MT 121460) since 2002. Erin Young, Owner of Mother Nurturing, LLC offers several services to ease your transition into parenthood. Massage Therapy, birth and postpartum Doula services, Placenta Processing, Belly Binding and private childbirth education to name a few. To learn more about her services and/ or hiring Erin, please visit her website at www.mothernurturing.com, email her at email@example.com or call 713-714-7649. 28
Motherhood Empowerment by Crystal Prince
s mothers, we are generally the main caregivers for our children, leaving great pressure, responsibility, and consequence of both good and bad with each decision we face, most of which we will not know the effects of until much later. With each and every mother and child being as different as snowflakes in personality, physical growth and culture, deciding which paths to take that fit our own lifestyles and priorities can be our greatest challenge. As we all know, our babies do not come with their own individual hand-book; therefore, many of us are
left feeling incompetent, powerless, and side-lined in their role as mothers. So, how in the world do we overcome this? While working closely with women as a doula and educator during one of their most impacting journeys of life called “motherhood”, I have found empowerment to be an essential attribute every mother should seek to obtain. Robert Adams gives us his version of the definition of ‘empowerment’ in his book Empowerment, Participation and Social Work (fourth edition), “Empowerment: the capacity of individuals, groups and/ or communities to take control of their
circumstances, exercise power and achieve their goals, and the process by which, individually and collectively, they are able to help themselves and others to maximize the quality of their lives.” In the world of motherhood, we can utilize the three different types of empowerment that Robert Adams speaks of within community empowerment, group empowerment and self-empowerment. Community and large group empowerment can be seen through many organizations such as International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN), March of Dimes, La Leché League, and Postpartum Progress. We can see large groups of women joining together to bring awareness and support to one another, usually with a common challenge to overcome. These groups work largely to empower and educate women nationally and world-wide by using evidence-based research and an understanding of how to help mothers get through their challenges. Small empowerment groups can branch off of some of the groups mentioned above, as well as other individual local and social media groups. This is where we as moms can really dig in, get educated, relate on a more personal level, and build relationships with other mothers that may be experiencing similar challenges from the small things like diaper blow-outs and teething troubles, to larger issues like tongue/lip tie, infant prematurity, and postpartum depression/ anxiety. Some topics we can laugh off with anecdotes. Some topics we tend to
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and take it away, but I cannot take back a vaccination; I can change positions during labor, but cannot take back waters being artificially broken. Not that any permanent decisions can or should always be avoided. Motherhood empowerment is something to be treated much like a sports game (my favorite analogy for this). Have trusted coaches and cheerleaders- Get in touch with other mothers, doulas, support groups, and physicians. These are the people that you can lean on in times of question and to cheer you on when you feel like you just can’t go on. Take caution on your intake/diet- Weed out the judgment and negativity, while being able to accept positivity, encouragement and constructive education. There will always be people in the crowd “booing” your choices, just heed advice from those trusted coaches and trust your gut. Exercise- Find support wherever you need it, be supportive by sharing knowledge and lending an ear, and be active in matters that you find your own challenges and passions. Empowerment will take self-effort and evaluation and may take some sweat, but WOW the strength that it can bring you. Have a game plan- Planning is a great thing and helps us reach our goals, but as in any game, we can come across obstacles, so be ready by consulting your trusted coaches, your own knowledge and instinct to change plays and strategies. You won’t always win every play, but try and try again. You’ll get through it enjoy this motherhood adventure, probably better than you could have ever imagined. Crystal Prince- Motherhood Empowered, LLC. Doula, Educator & Real Mom of Motherhood.
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Rev. Cynthia James presents “I Choose Me!” 9:00am-4:30pm. Ladies are you wanting to live a BIGGER life? Spend the day with Rev. Cynthia James if you are feeling a call to bring your voice to the world, your community, your relationships or your career. The women we admire today got to where they are because they had a vision, they activated their creativity, they up-leveled their skill sets, and they dared to be bold. They are NOT the exception! $95 (includes lunch). Pyramid (Retreat Activities) & Wallet Hall (Lunch) at Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org Marva’s Holistic Fair. 10:00am-5:00pm. Psychics, tarot readers, palmists, healers, vendors of all sorts. Admission Free. LaQuinta Inn-Galleria on 610 West Loop North between San Felipe and Post Oak, 77027. psychicfairs.com 713-444-3581 Creativity Coaching & Intuitive Painting. 10:00am-5:00pm. In this workshop you will learn the principals of creativity and explore 100% creativity through Intuitive Painting. Through understanding how creativity works, you move from wanting, to do DOING, with a natural ease. You will be surprised at the joy that comes from moving a brush! Explore in a critique-free studio. You will leave with a renewed freshness for living a life filled with authenticity, passion, and creativity. No experience necessary. $155. Cherie Ray, True You Creativity Studio in the Heights, 77008. www.trueyoucreativity.com Spirit Quest’s Psychic & Holistic Fair. 12:00pm-6:00pm. Come and enjoy a day of intuitive and holistic pampering for yourself or your family. Try out different healing modalities, get a reading, or shop a variety of products. Free. The Spirit Quest Center, 303 Main St., Spring (Old Town Spring), 77373. thespiritquestcenter.com
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Bayou Bikers. 8:00am. Meet at Market Square Park for 2540 mile bike rides exploring the bayous of Houston. Rides are open to all. Mountain bikes or bikes with fat tires are necessary. This is an informal group whose purpose is to show Houstonians and visitors the beauty of Houston's waterways. Market Square, 301 Milam, 77002. 713-845-1000 marketsquarepark.com Meditation Workshop. 10:00-11:00am. Open to everyone especially for beginners to meditation. The master will give a brief introduction to meditation and guide the participants to do meditation. Free, donations welcome. CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 zen@ cthouston.org www.cthouston.org 281-568-1568 ECKANKAR Sunday Worship. 11am - 12pm. You, your friends, and your family are warmly invited to the ECK Worship Services at the Houston Eckankar Center. Each service focuses on an aspect of Eckankar. They often feature a reading from ECK works, singing HU, talks, creative arts, and a group discussion of spiritual principles at work in daily life. Activities are provided for the youth, ages 5–17, on the first and third Sundays. Houston Area Eckankar Center, 11231 Richmond Avenue, Suite D106, 77082. eckankar-texas.org/ site/centers/houston/ 281-759-1130
Public Oneness Meditation with Reverend Howard Caesar. 12:30pm-1:30pm. The Oneness Meditation is a powerful transmission of Divine Energy which helps one move into higher states of consciousness; allowing the individual to deepen their spiritual journey. The results are transformative, bringing lasting changes and shifts in consciousness. Each person will have their own unique experience during the meditation. Child care available, no reservation required. Love offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr., 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org
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Oneness Blessing Meeting with Golden Orb Deeksha. 7:00pm9:00pm. Experience the newest form of Deeksha released from Oneness University, the Golden Orb Deeksha! This Deeksha will be offered the last Tuesday of each month at our Oneness meeting. All those initiated as Golden Orb Deeksha Givers are welcome to give the Blessing, everyone else may receive the Golden Orb Deeksha! All are welcome to attend and experience this special Blessing! Child care available, reservation only. $10 suggested Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050 unityhouston.org
Keep Calm and Release. 9:00am-6:00pm. Join Claudia Autry Certified Hypnotist and Reiki and Dee Gardner LMSW,LCDC,EMDR-II, CSAT-C and learn about relieving anxiety with Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), rewiring the brain, improving sleep, digestion and uplifting hopelessness with hypnosis. $195. 3207 Mercer, 77027. RSVP Claudia Autry (281) 849-4610
markyourcalendar Chakra Healing Workshop + Crystal Light Table Sessions with Chris Carpentier. 10:30am–1:00pm. A Chakra Healing play date for February! First a workshop on how to clear your chakras and then sign up for a light crystal clearing bath Session (healing sessions from 1:30 pm- 6:00 pm and are $35 for 15 min). There are seven major chakras that connect to every organ and every anatomical part of the body. By having some basic knowledge regarding the function and purpose of each energy center, one can identify resistance, blocks, and imbalances. $55.00. Body Mind & Soul, 7951 Katy Frwy, Ste. N, 77024. 713-9930550 www.bmshouston.com
markyourcalendar Ordering from the Cosmic Kitchen Workshop with Doyle Ward. 1:00pm–5:00pm. Imagine that the universe is like a Cosmic Kitchen with an Infinite Menu, just waiting to take and fulfill your orders. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to effectively place YOUR orders with the Cosmic Kitchen and use the Law of Attraction to create what you want in your life. Discover the eight principles for creating your orders and apply them to career, prosperity, relationships, health, traveling, and housing. Make 2017 your most incredible year ever! $55.00. For more information and to register, visit: www.blissfulquests.com or call 832-628-4113. Blissful Quests, LLC, 2400 Augusta Drive, Suite 372, 77057.
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 12TH
Half-day Retreat. 9:00am-12:00pm. Chan/Zen Meditation Classes guided by Ordained Zen Masters of Chung Tai Chan Monastery. Free. CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 firstname.lastname@example.org www. cthouston.org 281-568-1568
Sacred Pilgrimage to Egypt with Rae Chandran
This magical retreat offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Egypt with a custom guided program led by internationally renowned channeler and author Rae Chandran that combines nature, history, adventure and spiritual experiences in some of the most magnificent spots in the world. March 31 – April 9, 2017
10 days / 9 nights • Cost: $3,800 - $4,200 (airfare not included)
Spiritual Retreat in Israel – July 2017 Meditations, Initiations and Channelings
To register for the Egypt or Israel tour or for more information, call Susan Deflavis Winters at 239-340-1036 or email Panguswf@gmail.com For more information about Rae Chandran, visit RaeChandran.com natural awakenings
ECKANKAR FREE Book Discussion. 11:00am-12:00pm. You are invited to a free book discussion on Eckankar. Explore your own spiritual experiences and learn more about the teachings of Eckankar. Learn how to look within for answers to spiritual questions. Houston Area Eckankar Center 11231 Richmond Avenue Suite D106, 77082. eckankar-texas.org/site/centers/ houston/ 281-759-1130 Looking for Love in all the Wrong Places: Changing Relationship Patterns with Mary Lindsey Wilson. 2:00pm–4:30pm. Are you experiencing “Groundhog Day” in your relationships -- the players are different, but the story remains the same? Join Mary for this humorous, eye-opening process inspired by Teal Swan’s work. Warning: this will absolutely create change! $55.00. Body Mind & Soul, 7951 Katy Frwy Ste. N, 77024. 713-993-0550 www.bmshouston.com
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 18TH
Healing Touch Certificate Program, Level 1. Healing Touch is a relaxing, nurturing energy therapy. Healing Touch uses gentle, heart-centered touch to assist in balancing Physical, Mental, Emotional, Spiritual well-being. Tuition $295 (special student and early bird pricing available). A Healing Collective, 4231 Bellaire Blvd., Suite T, 77025. Contact Margaret Harle at email@example.com or call 713-419-8207.
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 19TH
Blessing Ceremony. 10:00am-12:00pm. Free. CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 firstname.lastname@example.org www. cthouston.org 281-568-1568
New Family Empowerment Group. 6:30pm-7:30pm. Motherhood Empowered would like to welcome expecting parents and parents with infants to discuss infant milestones, joys, challenges and our topic of the month! Free. Malcom Purvis Library, 510 Melton Street, Magnolia, 77354. www. motherhoodempowered.com
ECKANKAR Sunday Worship. 11am - 12pm. You, your friends, and your family are warmly invited to the ECK Worship Services at the Houston Eckankar Center. Each service focuses on an aspect of Eckankar. They often feature a reading from ECK works, singing HU, talks, creative arts, and a group discussion of spiritual principles at work in daily life. Activities are provided for the youth, ages 5–17, on the first and third Sundays. Houston Area Eckankar Center, 11231 Richmond Avenue Suite D106, 77082. eckankar-texas.org/site/ centers/houston/ 281-759-1130
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MONDAY FEBRUARY 13TH
Oneness Blessing Meeting with Prana Deeksha. 7:00pm9:00pm. Prana Deeksha is the most powerful form of Deeksha. A Prana Deeksha Giver must be initiated in the Temple of the Supreme Light by touching the physical Golden Ball which is embedded with the power of the Supreme Light. Please note that Prana Deeksha is given spontaneously only if the needed conditions are met. If the conditions are not met, either Golden Orb or Hands On Deeksha will be given. Child care available, reservation only. $10 suggested Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr., 77057. 713-782-4050 unityhouston.org
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 15TH
markyourcalendar 5 Day Intuitive Painting Workshop- Creating Your Connection to Limitless Creativity. Begins Wednesday, February 15-19, 2017. You will learn and experience how to receive, remove limiting blocks and connect to your creative expression. This workshop is designed for you to cultivate a deep, robust relationship between you and your innate creative process. No experience required and no critiques are permitted. All materials are provided. $525. Attend virtually if you’re unable to attend in person. True You Creativity Sudio in the Heights, 77008. Reserve your space by emailing Cherie@trueyoucreativity.com. www. trueyoucreativity.com
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 16TH
Free Coaching Event-Rising to the Occasion. 6:00pm-8:00pm. Consultants Cherie Ray & Kim Kasse, will share information and have a conversation about what we all strive to achieve. You will gain insights and meet new friends at this free group coaching event. We’ll meet at True You Creativity Studio in the Houston Heights, 77008. Attend virtually if you’re unable to attend in person. Reserve your space by emailing Cherie@ trueyoucreativity.com. www.trueyoucreativity.com
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 17TH
markyourcalendar Texas Yoga & Music Conference 2017. Friday Feb. 17th to Sunday Feb. 19th! We inform adults and youth through educational materials, workshops, classes and trainings about the benefits of breathing techniques, meditation, and yoga to promote wellness. India House 8888 W. Bellfort Blvd., 77031. For schedule, registration and ticket info please visit www.texasyogaconference.com Introduction to Intuitive Painting & Open Studio. 10am-1pm. Intuitive Painting swings the doors open to living with more expression and authenticity. When you understand the nature of creativity and its principles, you begin to relax and trust. You will learn these principles during this series. No experience is needed. No critiques are permitted. All materials included. $55/session, multi session discounts available. True You Creativity Studio in The Heights, 77008. For more information and to register, visit www.trueyoucreativity.com
Oneness Blessing Meeting with Golden Orb Deeksha. 7:00pm9:00pm. Experience the newest form of Deeksha released from Oneness University, the Golden Orb Deeksha! This Deeksha will be offered the last Tuesday of each month at our Oneness meeting. All those initiated as Golden Orb Deeksha Givers are welcome to give the Blessing, everyone else may receive the Golden Orb Deeksha! All are welcome to attend and experience this special Blessing! Child care available, reservation only. $10 suggested Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr., 77057. 713-782-4050 unityhouston.org
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 24TH
Critical Mass-Houston. Assemble at 6:30 pm. Roll at 7:15pm. A casual bike ride starting from downtown Houston and going wherever. Cars rule the road every day, but one day a month we get together to celebrate our love for bicycles and have fun riding. Free. Market Square, 301 Milam, 77002. criticalmasshouston.com An Evening of Spirit Communication with Mark Anthony. 7:00pm–9:00pm. This uplifting and inspiring presentation by Mark Anthony, the Psychic Lawyer®, author of the critically-acclaimed, award-winning, and best-selling book Never Letting Go, is for anyone who has lost a loved one. Mark, who was born with the ability to communicate with spirits, will make connections for audience members to loved ones on the Other Side. $40.00. Body Mind & Soul, 7951 Katy Frwy, Ste. N, 77024. 713-993-0550 www.bmshouston.com
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 25TH
markyourcalendar IEL Institute Level II – Advanced Intuitive Communication Certification. 2/25 & 2/26 10:00am-5:00pm. Whether you want to take your skills to a public forum or you desire to learn more about connecting with deceased loved ones for personal growth. Under this program, you will experience lessons on mediumistic skills, the business of mediumship and intuitive practices, the three basics elements of a professional medium session, and much more! Cost - Early Bird $299, $349 at door. Spectrum Center, 2060 N. Loop W #205, 77018. To register call 713-303-7107 or email email@example.com. Crystals & Stones: A Deeper Practice to Supercharge Your Life with Anna Silvernail. 2:00pm–5:00pm. Do you love collecting and working with crystals and stones, but are looking to deepen your connection to the mineral kingdom? Have you already taken my Crystals & Stones: The Basics class and are ready to learn more? Join me in this intermediary course on crystals as we explore types of crystal points & their meanings, seven crystal systems and their chakra correspondences, how to practice crystal meditation, and more. $60.00. Body Mind & Soul, 7951 Katy Frwy, Ste. N, 77024. 713-993-0550 www. bmshouston.com
An Evening of Spirit Communication with Mark Anthony. 7:00pm–9:00pm. This uplifting and inspiring presentation by Mark Anthony, the Psychic Lawyer®, author of the critically-acclaimed, award-winning, and best-selling book Never Letting Go, is for anyone who has lost a loved one. Mark, who was born with the ability to communicate with spirits, will make connections for audience members to loved ones on the Other Side. $40.00. Body Mind & Soul, 7951 Katy Frwy Ste. N, 77024. 713-993-0550 www.bmshouston.com
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 26TH
ECKANKAR FREE Spiritual Discussion/Community HU. 11:00am-12:00pm. You are invited to the ECK roundtable discussions. A roundtable discussion is a small, open discussion on a spiritual topic, facilitated by an ECK Spiritual Aid, a specially trained member of the ECK clergy. The spiritual topics being discussed are: - The Road to God, an Adventure of a Lifetime - Open your Heart to a Greater Love for God - What Our Relationships Teach Us Spiritually. Bring your friends! Open to persons of all faiths. Community HU singing followed by Spiritual Discussion. Houston Area Eckankar Center, 11231 Richmond Avenue, Suite D106, 77082. eckankar-texas.org/ site/centers/houston/ 281-759-1130 “Beyond Forgiveness: Living a Life of Letting Go” Workshop. 1:30pm-3:30pm. With every opportunity to step further into our greater good and life journey is the likelihood that something from our past will resurface. In most cases, these events and memories have been hanging around in our minds for long periods of time… years even. It is inevitable, however, that these dangling participles make their way into our field of vision. They should not, by any stretch of the imagination, be the genesis of our undoing. In fact, these seemingly, unwarranted mental and emotional intruders rise to the occasion in our mind to create an impulse for us to extract more of our true essence and character. $20 Love Offering. Pyramid at Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr., 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org
MONDAY FEBRUARY 27TH
Breastfeeding Empowerment Group. 6:30pm-7:30pm. Motherhood Empowered would like to welcome moms-to-be and currently breastfeeding moms to relate & discuss breastfeeding joys, challenges and our topic of the month! Free. Malcom Purvis Library, 510 Melton Street, Magnolia, 77354. www. motherhoodempowered.com
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 28TH
Oneness Blessing Meeting with Prana Deeksha. 7:00pm9:00pm. Prana Deeksha is the most powerful form of Deeksha. A Prana Deeksha Giver must be initiated in the Temple of the Supreme Light by touching the physical Golden Ball which is embedded with the power of the Supreme Light. Please note that Prana Deeksha is given spontaneously only if the needed conditions are met. If the conditions are not met, either Golden Orb or Hands On Deeksha will be given. Child care available, reservation only. $10 suggested Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr., 77057. 713-782-4050 unityhouston.org
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An Evening with Spirit. 7:00pm-9:00pm. Join in an evening of love, laughter and tears as Heather demystifies the myths and misconceptions of mediumship and channels messages of love and encouragement from loved ones on the other side. Limited Seating. Register at bit.ly/eveningwithspirit0317. Holiday Inn Houston Downtown,1616 Main St, 77002
SUNDAY MARCH 5TH
Meditation Workshop. 10:00-11:00am. Open to everyone especially for beginners to meditation. The master will give a brief introduction to meditation and guide the participants to do meditation. Free, donations welcome. CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 zen@ cthouston.org www.cthouston.org 281-568-1568
SUNDAY MARCH 19TH
Half-day Retreat. 9:00am-12:00pm. Chan/Zen Meditation Classes guided by Ordained Zen Masters of Chung Tai Chan Monastery. Free. Chung Tai Zen Center Of Houston 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072 firstname.lastname@example.org www.cthouston. org 281-568-1568
SATURDAY MARCH 25TH
markyourcalendar IEL Institute Level III – Energy Intuitive Certification – Crystal Therapy. 10:00am-5:00pm. This one day workshop event is part of the IEL Program and will build credits toward the Level IV Advanced Energy Intuitive Certification. This part of the program has a heavy focus on the teachings of Dr. Marcel Vogel and his methods of using fine cut crystals as an energy device. Cost - Early Bird $149, $179 at door. Spectrum Center, 2060 N. Loop W #205, 77018. To register call 713-303-7107 or email email@example.com.
SUNDAY MARCH 26TH
Houston Arboretum. 7am-7pm. Walk in nature. Learn about native plants and wildlife. Free. Houston Arboretum 4501 Woodway Dr., 77024. houstonarboretum.org
Grace2Go. 7:00-8:30 am. On the go? Want a boost to the start of your day? Drive thru for free coffee, a breakfast bite, and a prayer if desired. All are welcome. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort, 77025. www.graceinhouston.org.
Free Vegetarian Meal. 9:00am. (except Sunday) A free vegetarian meal for any and all. Free. ISKCON Temple 1320 West 34th Street, 77018. 713-686-4482 iskconhouston.org St. Arnold Brewing Company - Brewery Tours. Mon.-Fri. Public Tours at 1:00pm and 3:00pm – no admission charge, food and beer a la carte prices. Sat. Tours at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm - $10 Admission Charge (includes souvenir glass and four 8oz samples). 2000 Lyons Ave, 77020. saintarnold.com 713-686-9494 Rothko Chapel. 10am-6pm (except during special events) The Rothko Chapel is an independent institution, a sacred place open to all people, every day. Free. Rothko Chapel 3900 Yupon, 77006. 713-524-9839 rothkochapel.org
IEL Level III - Energy Intuitive Certification - Sound Vibrational Medicine. 10:00am-5:00pm. This one-day event will be focused on sound vibrations and how they affect the human body. There will be a demonstration of sound entrainment, with the use of sound to clear the chakras, endocrine glands, and energetic blocks. Cost - Early Bird $149, $179 at door. Spectrum Center, 2060 N. Loop W #205, 77018. To register call 713-303-7107 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Vegetarian Meal. 12:30pm. (except Sunday) A free vegetarian meal for any and all. Free. ISKCON Temple 1320 West 34th Street, 77018. 713-686-4482 iskconhouston.org
Henna Body Art Workshop. 2:00pm-4:00pm. Learn the beautiful, ancient artform of Henna Body Art with Professional Henna Artist of 12 years, Macy Ulbricht. In this 2 hour beginner, comprehensive class, you will learn how to make henna paste from scratch, roll henna "cone" applicators, step-by-step design drawing techniques and henna "alphabet", storage of henna powder and paste, aftercare of henna designs, a brief history of this 5,000 year old art, and tons of henna painting fun! Class includes all materials, including a mini henna kit. Please register to confirm your space. $25 Registration & Materials, $35 Class, $60 Total. Pixie's Intent 2727 Fondren Rd., Ste. 5B, 77063. To register call/txt/email Macy 832-5075191 email@example.com
Free Vegetarian Meal. 7:30pm. (except Sunday) A free vegetarian meal for any and all. Free. ISKCON Temple 1320 West 34th Street, 77018. 713-686-4482 iskconhouston.org
MONDAY MARCH 27TH
Breastfeeding Empowerment Group. 6:30pm-7:30pm. Motherhood Empowered would like to welcome moms-to-be and currently breastfeeding moms to relate & discuss breastfeeding joys, challenges and our topic of the month! Free. Malcom Purvis Library, 510 Melton Street, Magnolia, 77354. www. motherhoodempowered.com
SATURDAY, APRIL 22ND
markyourcalendar Earthday Birthday, Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of A Healing Collective. 10:00am-4:00pm. A Healing Collective invites you to join us during our 10th anniversary celebration featuring samples of the work done at AHC by leading healers and educators in Houston. Free to attend. A Healing Collective, 4231 Bellaire Blvd., Suite T, 77025. Contact Margaret Harle at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 713-419-8207.
FRIDAY - SUNDAY, APRIL 28TH – 30TH
Waugh Bridge Bat Colony. Sunset. Every evening at sunset, more than 250,000 Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from crevices found in the Waugh Drive Bridge. These creatures are non-migratory and call the bayou home year-round. Free. Waugh Street at Allen Parkway 77019. houstontx.gov/parks/ bats.html
monday Hatha Yoga. 9:00-10:00am. Join Shuwen for a morning of asanas and pranayama which help bring peace to the mind and body. All levels welcome. Pro Dynamic Fitness, 14520 Memorial Dr., 77079. For more information go to prodynamicfitness.com or call 713-909-5502.
Aerial Yoga. 10:15am & 6:30pm. Pro Dynamic Fitness offers authentic yoga, supported by a silk hammock, to explore, refine and advance traditional asanas, both in the air and on the ground. No experience required. Pro Dynamic Fitness, 14520 Memorial Dr., 77079. For more information go to prodynamicfitness.com or call 713-909-5502 Yoga at India House. 11:00-12:00am. Enjoy relaxing cardio work out at India House. Free. India House, 8888 West Bellfort, 77031. Go to the website, print out the form and email it to the address given. http://www.indiahouseinc.org/ programs/yoga-classes The Self-Invest Series with Helen Racz. 11am-1pm and 6:45pm-8:45pm. Happiness, Success can often seem illusive, mysterious or even magical, like we need a special chant, a favor from the Divine or to find just the right key to make it a regular part of our lives. LEARN how to apply SPIRITUAL LAWS to your everyday life EASILY & with FUN and HUMOR. Cost: $125 Monthly. Spectrum Center, 2060 North Loop West, Suite 205, 77018. HelenRacz.com Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 6:30-7:30pm. Come around and try our free weekly yoga-meditation classes. Simply turn up, and make yourself comfortable. Each session includes the basics and a practical guided meditation, so that you can start meditating at home straight away. Free. South Community Center. 2235 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, 77380. 832-433-2415. info@Houston-Meditation.org Intro to Meditation 101.7-8pm. Universal Door Meditation Center offers this free, beginner level class, open to the public. Here we begin to discover the difference between False Mind and Awake Mind by applying basic Zen Meditation. Donations Welcome. Universal Door Meditation Center 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, 77498. www.universaldoor. org 281-565-9718
Yoga at Resurrection MCC. 7:00-8:00 pm. Get in touch with your mind, body, and spirit through Yoga! Connect with others in this non-competitive activity suitable for everyone. All body types and skill levels are welcome. Please bring a mat and towel. Extra mats are available for those new to Yoga. Free, donations accepted. Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, 2015 West 11th Street, 77008. Yoga@ ResurrectionMCC.org
Chandra Yoga - Focus: Finding Balance. 6:45pm-7:45pm. This class will focus on balancing the mind, body and breath. We will perform Pranayama (controlled breathing) that balances the brain and breath and work on Asanas (postures) that help to counteract the imbalances in our bodies. All levels welcome. Drop-in and multiple class pricing available. 708 Telephone Rd., Space C, 77023. Visit our Facebook page - facebook.com/ChandraYoga4Life
Oneness Blessing Meeting. 7-9pm. Our weekly meeting includes sharing, meditation, Oneness teachings, and the giving and receiving of the Oneness Blessing, also known as Deeksha. Connect with the Oneness Community to explore deeper experiences of Oneness, Divine Love and accelerated awakening. Child care is available, reservation required. $10 suggested Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr., 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org
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. email@example.com. www.firstuu.org
Open Mic at The Last Concert Cafe. 6:00-10:00pm. Last Concert Café 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www. lastconcert.com
Food Not Bombs. 8pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Courtyard 521 Lamar, 77002. houstonfoodnotbombs.org
markyourcalendar Abolish Your Inner Saboteur 2017. April 28th-30th! This live weekend event will transform, empower and launch your unique passion into the world even faster. End selfdoubt, confusion, worry, hesitance, stalling... Transform it all into SHEER POWER. Realize your potential. Make your mark. Freedom awaits. For registration and ticket info visit TinaMarie.com/abolish or call (888) 721-4204. Hilton Post Oak, 2001 Post Oak Blvd., 77056.
Hatha Yoga. 9:00-10:00am. Join Shuwen for a morning of asanas and pranayama which help bring peace to the mind and body. All levels welcome. Pro Dynamic Fitness, 14520 Memorial Dr., 77079. For more information go to prodynamicfitness.com or call 713-909-5502. Wednesday Oneness Blessing. 5:30-6:45pm. The Oneness Blessing, also known as Deeksha, is a hands-on, direct transfer of energy. Which can strengthen your relationship with your Divine, Spirit, God; however you relate to that. Bring freedom from your chattering mind. And can cause your Authentic You to shine and become present in the moment and experience fullness of life as it truly is. The more blessings you receive, the greater the benefit. Child care available, no reservation required. Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org
Christian Meditation. 6:00-7:00pm. Experience meditation and contemplative prayer using ancient prayer practices of the early Christian communities. Explore and study contemporary and ancient texts of the contemplative way. All are welcome. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort, 77025. Parking is free and available at the Woodwind St. entrance. www.graceinhouston.org. Questions? info@graceinhouston. org or 832-667-8601. Urban Ride. 6:30pm. Be ready to roll at 6:30PM. The route is 20 miles. Riders should be comfortable keeping a pace of 18-20 mph. Helmet, front and back light, spare tube, and CO2 cartridges are required. Earphones are not allowed. Speed may vary depending on who shows. Safety comes first. Free. Urban Bicycle Gallery, 4814 Nett St., 77007. firstname.lastname@example.org Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 6:30-7:30pm. Come around and try our free weekly yoga-meditation classes. Simply turn up, and make yourself comfortable. Each session includes the basics and a practical guided meditation so that you can start meditating at home straight away. Free. Kingwood Library, 4400 Bens View Lane, 77339. 832-433-2415. info@Houston-Meditation.org Sahaja Yoga-Meditation. 6:30-8:00pm. Come around and try our free weekly yoga-meditation classes. Simply turn up, and make yourself comfortable. Each session includes the basics and a practical guided meditation, so that you can start meditating at home straight away. Free. University Branch Library, 14010 University Blvd., Sugar Land, 77479. 832-433-2415. info@Houston-Meditation.org Wednesday Meditation. 6:30-7pm. We create our life experiences through our way of thinking. One way to align ourselves with Spirit is through meditations. Unity of North Houston, 11738 Grant Road Cypress, 77429. 281-374-7085. unitynorthhouston.org
markyourcalendar Chandra Yoga - Focus: Hip and Chest Openers. 6:45pm7:45pm. This class will help to release tension in the chest, shoulders, heart and back. We will work with pranayama (controlled breathing), strengthening, lengthening and stretching asanas (postures). All levels welcome. Drop-in and multiple class pricing available. 708 Telephone Rd., Space C, 77023 Visit our Facebook page - facebook.com/ ChandraYoga4Life Blue Line Bike Ride. 7pm. We have multiple rides that leave from our Heights location on Wednesday evening at 7:00pm. Each ride has its own route and distinct pace, so come on out and decide which one works best for you and hop in! Free. Blue Line Bike Lab, 3302 White Oak Drive, 77007. 713-802-1707 www.bluelinebikelab.com/shop-rides Beginning Zen Meditation. 7:30-9:30pm. Feeling stressed? Want something to help you feel better? Try meditation with us. Free, registration required. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. cthouston.org Diamond Way Meditation. 7-7:45 pm. Free. Diamond Way Buddhist Center, 2217 W 34th Street, Suite D. 281. 77018. 281-436-6081. diamondway.org/houston/ Hellina Bucket Band 8:00 -10:00pm. Free dinner music. Last Concert Café, 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www. lastconcert.com Food Not Bombs. 8pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Courtyard 521 Lamar, 77002. houstonfoodnotbombs.org Pot Roast. 10:00pm-12mn. Late night music outside under the stars. Cover charge. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com Drum Circle at Midnight 12mn-2am $7.00 Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com
thursday Grace2Go. 7:00-8:30 am. On the go? Want a boost to the start of your day? Drive thru for free coffee, a breakfast bite, and a prayer if desired. All are welcome. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort, 77025. www.graceinhouston.org.
markyourcalendar Integrative Hatha Yoga Classes. 9:30am. Facilitated by Certified Yoga Therapist, Lin Weiss MH, CYT. Balance Mind, Body & Spirit. An integrative approach with classical Hatha foundations. Focusing on structural alignment, pranayama breathing technique and strength building. Bellaire Triangle Yoga Studio. Suitable for all levels. Call 713-859-8595 to reserve your class. Museum of Fine Arts-Houston. 10am-9pm. If you have not spent time enjoying the art exhibits at MFAH, what are you waiting for? Free. MFAH, 1001 Bissonnet, 77005. 713-6397300 mfah.org Aerial Yoga. 10:15am & 6:30pm. Pro Dynamic Fitness offers authentic yoga, supported by a silk hammock, to explore, refine and advance traditional asanas, both in the air and on the ground. No experience required. Pro Dynamic Fitness, 14520 Memorial Dr., 77079 For more information go to prodynamicfitness.com or call 713-909-5502 Yoga at India House. 11:00-12:00am. Enjoy relaxing cardio work out at India House. Free. India House, 8888 West Bellfort, 77031. Go to the website, print out the form and email it to the address given. http://www.indiahouseinc.org/ programs/yoga-classes Buffalo Soldiers Museum. 1-5pm. Buffalo Soldiers Museum is the only museum dedicated to preserving the legacy and honor of African American soldiers in the United States. Free. Buffalo Soldiers Museum, 3816 Caroline Street, 77004. Buffalosoldiersmuseum.com 713-942-8920. Houston Museum of Natural Science. 3-6pm. Roam the Serengeti, walk with dinosaurs and discover the world's mineral wonders. Free. HMNS 5555 Hermann Park Drive 77030. hmns.org Free Family Thursdays at The Health Museum. 2:00pm7:00pm. Free entry into The Health Museum to enjoy permanent and traveling exhibits (DeBakey Cell Lab requires a $3 fee) on Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Dr., 77004. thehealthmuseum.org 713-521-1515
friday Houston International Folk Dancers. 7:30-10pm. Houston International Folk Dancers is a recreational folk dance group that celebrates ethnic dances from around the world: Eastern and Western Europe, Middle East and Mediterranean, and the Americas. You will delight in the diverse rhythms, melodies and unique dance styles of cultures from over 30 countries. Experienced folk dancers are always ready to help beginners. Singles welcome. Dress comfortably. Admission is $5. First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, 5200 Fannin, 77004. Additional info at www.folkdancers.org Food Not Bombs. 8pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Courtyard, 521 Lamar, 77002. houstonfoodnotbombs.org Dinner Music with Jimmy Deen. 7-9pm. Cover charge. Last Concert Cafe 1403 Nance St. 77002. 713-226-8563 www. lastconcert.com
saturday Yoga for the Body and Mind. 8-9:30 am. Yoga classes based on the teachings of Swami Ramdev ji including asanas, pranayama and meditation. Free. Arya Samaj Greater Houston Center 14375 Shiller Rd. 77082. 281-242-5000 aryasamajhouston.org. Hatha Yoga. 9:00-10:00am. Join Shuwen for a morning of asanas and pranayama which help bring peace to the mind and body. All levels welcome. Pro Dynamic Fitness, 14520 Memorial Dr., 77079. For more information go to prodynamicfitness.com or call 713-909-5502.
markyourcalendar Integrative Hatha Yoga Classes. 9:30am. Facilitated by Certified Yoga Therapist, Lin Weiss MH, CYT. Balance Mind, Body & Spirit. An integrative approach with classical Hatha foundations. Focusing on structural alignment, pranayama breathing technique and strength building. Bellaire Triangle Yoga Studio. Suitable for all levels. Call 713-859-8595 to reserve your class.
Children’s Museum of Houston. 5-8pm. Enjoy all the interactive exhibits at the museum with your children. Free. Children’s Museum 1500 Binz, 77004. 713-522-1138 cmhouston.org
markyourcalendar Your Health Is Your Wealth. 7pm. Come learn about the benefits of CBD nano-enhanced hemp oil on fibromyalgia, chronic pain, arthritis, inflammation, sleep problems, anxiety, and much more. Salt Of The Earth Spa, 9920 Hwy 90, Ste. B200, Sugarland, 77478. For more info: LaTronica Fisher (713) 520-8188 or Sandy Hinderliter (832) 939-8998 www.drfisherroad2wellness.com Heighten Weight Loss with Hypnosis. 7pm-8:30pm. Learn to tap into your subconscious to remove barriers and unhealthy habits that keep us from making and maintaining long lasting changes in our weight and our lives. $35. NiaMoves, 508 Pecore St., 77009. Call Claudia Autry for more info. (281) 849-4610. Meditation Class: Discovering the Awake Within. 7-9pm. Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien closely guides and interacts with students to realize Awake Mind is already within, they have the capacity to Wake Up, and how to apply meditation. This class provides a stable foundation for those who are ready to move to the next level, go deeper in their meditation practice, and touch with the Awake within. Suggested donation $50/ month. Pre-registration required. Universal Door Meditation Center, 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, 77498. universaldoor. org. 281-565-9718 Chaz and the Plastik Flask. 7pm. Upbeat musical style with a rock and roll sound. Cover charge. Last Concert Café, 1403 Nance St., 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com Hightailers. 9pm. Longest running house band in existence! Gulf Coast Rhythm and Blues. Cover charge. Last Concert Cafe, 1403 Nance St., 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com
Hatha Yoga - Back to the Basics. 9:30am-10:30am. This class emphasizes the basics of Hatha Yoga. We will perform Pranayama (controlled breathing) and work on proper Asana (posture) alignment. All levels welcome. Drop-in and multiple class pricing available. 708 Telephone Rd. Space C, 77023. Visit our facebook page - facebook.com/ChandraYoga4Life Beginning Zen Meditation. 10am-12n. Feeling stressed? Want something to help you feel better? Try meditation with us. Free, registration required. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston, 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. cthouston.org Children’s Zen Meditation. 10am-12n. Open to children ages 4-12. Parents must be present and participate. Free, registration required. Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston, 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072. 281-568-1568. cthouston.org Yoga at India House. 10:00-11:00am. Enjoy relaxing cardio work out at India House. Free. India House, 8888 West Bellfort, 77031. Go to the website, print out the form and email it to the address given. http://www.indiahouseinc.org/ programs/yoga-classes Aerial Yoga. 10:15am. Pro Dynamic Fitness offers authentic yoga, supported by a silk hammock, to explore, refine and advance traditional asanas, both in the air and on the ground. No experience required. Pro Dynamic Fitness, 14520 Memorial Dr., 77079 For more information go to prodynamicfitness. com or call 713-909-5502 Young Writers Workshop. 10:30-11:30am. Kids learn to express their thoughts and develop language skills. Presented by Houston Public Library/HPL Express and Discovery Green. Houston's only free and open writing workshop for kids conducted by Writers In The Schools. Limited to 25 students, first come first serve. Free. Discovery Green 1500 McKenney, 77010. discoverygreen.com For more information please call 832-393-1375.
Beginning Meditation. 11:00-11:30am. Enjoy relaxing meditation class at India House. Free. India House, 8888 West Bellfort, 77031. Go to the website, print out the form and email it to the address given. http://bit.ly/1rfNLkl
The Conversations With God Study Group. 9:30am-10:45am. Study materials provided, this ongoing gathering is facilitated by Dr. Obidike Kamau. Free. Carmel Temple, 1208 Pennsylvania,77587. carmeltemple.org
Meditation: Enhance your Spiritual Journey. 11am-1pm. Each week we will explore a topic about spiritual living and meditation. We will learn an easy-to-do Meditation technique leading to deeper levels of bliss and joy!! This meditation requires no difficult postures and can be done by sitting comfortably on a chair. There will be free vegetarian lunch after meditation. Free. India House, 8888 West Bellfort, Rm 217, 77031. houstonSOS.org
Sunday Service at Unity of North Houston. 10:15-11:15am Experience joy-filled vibrations and high-energy spirituality in motion that is our Sunday service! With live music, singing, affirmative prayer, and dynamic sermons, this is a Sunday service that will feed your body, mind and heart. Now is the time to stoke your inner spark by sharing in the light everyone brings to our community. Unity of North Houston, 11738 Grant Road Cypress, 77429. 281-374-7085. unitynorthhouston.org
Falun Dafa. 4-6pm. Falun Gong also known as Falun Dafa is a traditional Chinese qigong practice. It uses gentle movements and meditation to cultivate the body, mind, and spirit. Falun Gong is a complete and powerful system, which consists of five simple exercises, which can be performed by anyone regardless of age, physical condition, or prior experience. If you plan to visit a practice location, please call the contact person beforehand. Outside of Chinese Consulate, 3417 Montrose Blvd., 77006. Henry - 956-844-2835. falun-houston.org
Carmel Temple All Faith Service. 11:00am. Different guest speaker every week. Free. Carmel Temple, 1208 Pennsylvania, 77587. carmeltemple.org
Dinner Music with Jimmy Deen. 6-9pm. Cover charge. Last Concert Café, 1403 Nance St., 77002. 713-226-8563 www. lastconcert.com
sunday Yoga for the Body and Mind. 8-9:30 am. Yoga classes based on the teachings of Swami Ramdev ji including asanas, pranayama and meditation. Free. Arya Samaj Greater Houston Center, 14375 Shiller Rd., 77082. 281-242-5000 aryasamajhouston.org. Sunday at Houston Zen Center. 8am-11am. We start with the practice of Morning Service. This is followed by meditation, then work practice, which involves mindful cleaning and straightening in the Meditation Hall and the Center’s grounds. Then a dharma talk, the teachings of Buddha. You are welcome to attend some or all of the Sunday program. Free. HOUSTON ZEN CENTER, 1605 Heights BLVD., 77008. 713-869-1952. houstonzen.org Sunday Oneness Blessing. After 9am and 11am services. The Oneness Blessing, also known as Deeksha, is a hands-on, direct transfer of energy. Which can strengthen your relationship with your Divine, Spirit, God; however you relate to that. Bring freedom from your chattering mind. And can cause your Authentic You to shine and become present in the moment and experience fullness of life as it truly is. The more blessings you receive, the greater the benefit. Child care available, no reservation required. Love Offering. Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr, 77057. 713-782-4050. unityhouston.org **No blessing after the 11am service on 2/5/2017** Christian Meditation. 9:00am-9:30 am. Experience meditation and contemplative prayer using ancient prayer practices of the early Christian communities in preparation for receiving Holy Communion at the 10am worship service. All are welcome. Grace Episcopal Church, 4040 W. Bellfort, 77025. www. graceinhouston.org. Questions? email@example.com or 832-667-8601.
markyourcalendar Sunday Celebrations at Creative Life Spiritual Center. 9:30am and 11:00am. Founding minister Jesse Jennings speaks on the basics of the Religious Science path. Love offering. Creative Life Spiritual Center, 5326 Spring-Stuebner Rd., Spring, 77389. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit creativelife.org Movement Meditation for Healing Mind and Body . 9:30am– 10:30am With an emphasis on bringing together mind, body, and movement to be in the present moment, Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien guides students to connect with Awake mind, which is profoundly healing, and also restores and refreshes every aspect of our being. Suggested donation $50/month, pre-registration required. Universal Door Meditation Center, 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, 77498 www.universaldoor. org 281-565-9718
Semanal Programa de Meditación 10am-1pm. Ciencia de la Espiritualidad es una organización global, no religiosa, sin fines de lucro, espiritual dedicado a la unidad del amor y de la paz. Nuestro grupo de meditación Houston ha estado activo durante más de 52 años y se reúne regularmente. Cada semana nuestro grupo se reúne para meditar juntos, reflexionar sobre las palabras de los grandes santos y místicos y pasar algún tiempo con otras personas que comparten el objetivo de llevar una vida espiritualmente enriquecida y satisfactoria. Gratis. Trini Mendenhall Sosa Center 1414 Wirt Road 77055. houstonSOS.org 832-304-0767. Acoustic Jams. 10:30am. Easy listening music to brunch by. No cover charge. Last Concert Café, 1403 Nance St., 77002. 713-226-8563 www.lastconcert.com Ecstatic Dance Evolution. 10:30-1:00pm. Ecstatic Dance Evolution is a unique transformational Ecstatic Dance practice developed by Houston’s Sydney Samadhi Strahan. This Dance has been actively evolving since 2003, giving Houstonians a consistent place to be free in mind-body-spirit and express themselves through movement with an accepting creative community. Free. MATCH: Midtown Arts and Theater Center, 3400 Main Street, 77002. ecstaticdanceevolution.com
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SPRING Youth and Teen Program at Universal Door Meditation Center. 11:00am–12:30pm. For youth grades 1-12. Under the guidance of Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien, youth are introduced to the Awake Mind within, and through basic meditation as well as other activities and games, they learn how to return to it. Registration required, call for more details. Suggested donation $60/month. Universal Door Meditation Center, 2619 Charles Lane, Sugar Land, 77498 universaldoor. org 281-565-9718 Dawn Mountain Sunday Meditation. 11am-12noon. Join us for guided meditation suitable for everyone. Led by senior members of the Dawn Mountain community. Free. Dawn Mountain 2010 Naomi Street, Suite A, 77054. http://dawnmountain.org Sunday Discussion Circle. 11:30am-12:30pm. You are invited to join us for facilitated, fun, educational discussions on a variety of topics. We practice our UU values of keeping an open mind, listening respectfully, learning from differing perspectives, entertaining new ways of thinking about issues, following guidelines, and being welcoming. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin St. Rm 304, 77004. 713526-5200 www.firstuu.org Centerpoint Body Mind and Spirit Expo. 1pm-6pm. Angel oracle readings, psychic medium, tarot card readings, soul oracle readings, tea leaf astrology, astrology and past life readings, foot reflexology, energy healers, jewelry, crystals and more! Coffee, lemonade and nutritious snacks. Admission Free. Center Point (in the old Metaphysical Matrix building) 2727 Fondren Suite 5M, 77080. 713-932-7224 centerpointhouston.org Diamond Way Meditation. 5-5:45 pm. Free. Diamond Way Buddhist Center. 2217 W 34th Street, Suite D., 77018. 281436-6081. diamondway.org/houston/ Food Not Bombs. 7pm. Help provide free vegan meals for Houston’s homeless. Volunteer, donate, or just come see what we do. Free. Downtown Library Courtyard 521 Lamar, 77002 houstonfoodnotbombs.org
markyourcalendar Sunday Love Feast. 7:00pm. A dharm talk and kirtan followed by a free vegetarian meal for any and all. Free. ISKCON Temple 1320 West 34th Street, 77018. 713-6864482 iskconhouston.org
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AYURVEDA AYUSH WAVE-AYURVEDA AND YOGA 15263 Southwest Freeway Sugar Land, TX 77478 281-870-2772 AyushWave.com
Experience what people in India have known about for centuries, the healing power of Ayurveda. Ayush Wave Ayurveda Wellness and Yoga is the new, alternative and holistic wellness center in Sugar Land. Our focus is on providing alternative therapies to chronic diseases using Ayurveda, the form of traditional medicine from India in a spa environment. To learn more visit our website or call today for a consultation.
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BIOLOGICAL DENISTRY MARILYN K. JONES, DDS
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Natural Dentistry supports the body and the mind by finding the cause of dental problems. The dental examination includes noticing systemic and habitual influences. Setting the stage for the body to heal itself includes removing infection and toxins, correcting structure, and providing the best dental materials for you which will promote an outstanding environment for your overall health. Dentistry is my true love and as a true Biological Dentist, I combine modern technology, safe protection protocols, advanced knowledge of biological dentistry and medicine, and a patient-centric approach to enhance the wellness of all my patients. If you have dental issues or currently have silver amalgam fillings, call me today to schedule an appointment. See ad on page 27.
BOOKS THE METAPHYSICAL CENTER POINT by Barbara Silberg
Although many Natural Aw a k e n i n g M a g a z i n e readers know Barbara Silberg through her sales of this magazine’s advertising and past interviews published in Houston’s edition, Barbara is a prizewinning poet with over 50 years writing experience, whose verses are often lyrical, sometimes thoughtful, once in a while irreverent (or downright funny), occasionally wise, at times earthy, and frequently achingly romantic. This poetry chapbook features reflections on what we know; a poem each about a pixie and brownie; plus, poetry focused on death, love, and rebirth. Available only at Centerpoint Body Mind & Spirit, and Pixie’s Intent, both located at 2727 Fondren at Westheimer in Houston.
THE POWER OF AWAKE by Thich Dieu Thien
Known internationally as a very inspiring teacher full of wisdom, clarity, and compassion, Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien easily engages people of all ages, cultures, religions, and backgrounds, and helps them to discover more about who they really are, transform all stress and conflict in daily life, and return to the Awake already within each person. Based on her own personal experience, she reminds readers that our goal is not just to recognize ego but to fully realize the source and nature of it, break the system of ego, and live truly happy and free in any situation. In Awake, ego doesn't exist; in ego, Awake cannot appear."You are not the voice in your head, or the emotions, or the stress... You are what can recognize the voice, the emotions, and the stress. You are Awake." -- Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien. Available on Amazon. com
CHIROPRACTIC ALAYNA PAGNINI, DC, CAC
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HealthPro is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to our patients. It is our commitment that we help our patients return to a natural state of health and to maintain a healthy lifestyle. We achieve this by addressing the patient as a whole and not just a condition. We provide a variety of treatment options including adjustments, muscle therapy, acupuncture, nutritional support, and rehabilitation to name a few. Dr. Alayna Pagnani-Gendron focuses on woman’s health and pediatrics and has her Webster Technique Proficiency Certification and is completing her Pediatric Certification. Visit our website for more information or call to schedule an appointment.
INNATE CHIROPRACTIC HEALING ARTS CENTER 230 Westcott St suite 220 Houston, TX 77007 (713) 521-2104 n8chiro.com
Our team is pleased to welcome you to the Innate Chiropractic Healing Arts Center in Houston where we offer a variety of gentle healing modalities to enhance your LIFE FORCE, ENERGY and PEAK PERFORMANCE, naturally! Dr. Jackie’s approach to health and wellness incorporates a “full-spine, whole-person” approach utilizing the gentle techniques of Network Spinal Analysis (NSA) and Somato Respiratory Integration (SRI). For those interested in deeper healing and personal development, we also offer a variety of classes and workshops including collage, life goal setting, and empowerment drumming. Visit our website and give us a call today! See ad on page 30.
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COLONICS JOYCE LONG’S WELLNESS INSTITUTE
1308 James Street Rosenberg, TX 77471 281-344-0095 JoyceLong.biz
Established 1989 Joyce hasn’t closed. Just relocated. Call to schedule any of the following services: massage therapies, lymphatic drainage massage and facials, reflexology, infra-red sauna, ion cleanse foot or hand baths, Chinese cupping or colon hydrotherapy (prescriptions only- yours or ours). By appointment only. Be well-Stay well. CALL TODAY!
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Why not give yourself and your family the special gift of energy medicine and GET FREE AT LAST! Zilla has over 20 years’ experience as a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner, including work at Kaiser Permanente and Stanford University School of Medicine. She combines five therapeutic modalities for powerful results, customizing each session specifically for your issues. These include, Healing Touch, TFT (Thought Field Therapy), EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), Advanced Reiki and MA, Clinical/Medical Hypnotherapy. She calls this the “Grand Slam Healing Intensive”. Call for a FREE 15 MINUTE consultation or book a session. The FIRST 20 MINUTES ARE FREE! “Nothing binds you except your thoughts. Nothing limits you except your fears. Nothing controls you except your beliefs.”
ENERGY MEDICINE ENERBODYBALANCE
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Do you want to relieve your pain or tension and maintain those good results? Cecilia Straub Timon, EEMCP, has used and taught Eden Energy Medicine with her clients for several years. She started with Reiki and Brain Gym. She now uses Eden Energy Medicine and tapping as well in her work with clients. These non-invasive techniques derived from ancient healing practices relive tension and pain and increase energy and vitality. Contact her today to see if she can help you.
GYMS HOUSTON GYM
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Twenty years ago, Houston Gym opened as an alternative to big, impersonal fitness centers with staffs of high-pressure salespeople. We built a facility that boasts NEW state-of -the-art equipment, yet retains the casual feel of a neighborhood gym. Simply put, Houston Gym is a place for people who are serious about achieving physical fitness. M-F: 5a-11p, Sat & Sun: 8a-8p. Call for a FREE Trial Pass.
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Michael Vela has been a stylist for 30 years, almost all of that time in the Kingwood, Atascocita and Humble area. He cuts women’s, men and kids hair, does color, highlights and perms. He specializes in Brazilian Blowout smoothing treatment. Michael says, “I strive to take excellent care of everyone who sits in my chair, to find styles that meet the unique needs of their hair and most of all I will listen to them. Give him a call or visit his website to schedule an appointment.
VENUS HAIR DESIGN
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Venus Hair Design is a must-see place on 19th Street in The Heights. Venus and her staff are proud to be able to provide their customers of any age with any style, from a trim to a Mohawk. She is a wizard at color. If you live in or are visiting The Heights be sure to drop by, say hi and check out her Art Car, the Venus Hairse and mention you saw her in Natural Awakenings magazine.
HOLISTIC SHOP THE CHAKRA HAVEN
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A cute little shop just outside the Old Town Tomball district. Featuring: candles, crystals, jewelry, oils, incense, herbs and more. Also by appointment only: meditation classes, tarot readings a n d C h r i s t i a n n u m e r o l o g y. Meditation 101 each Wednesday at 6-7pm. Call for more information.
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Ground Your Divinity is a holistic wellness company created to help foster the evolution of humanity by working with people on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels and release what is in their way to living the life they were intended to live. This can include consultation and assistance in the areas of fitness, nutrition, lifestyle balance, physical grounding, self-love, emotional release, energy work, meditation, spiritual awakening and enlightenment. Starting with you, we can create a world of health, happiness and peace we all know is possible... one person at a time. Call or visit our website today to set up a free Clarity Session and open to the life of abundance that is waiting for you!
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We l c o m e t o y o u r transformation! Whether you are looking to change habits such as smoking or weight or looking to find better ways of relaxing and increasing the joy in your life, I can help you. In addition to hypnosis I have a variety of other modalities to help you, including reiki, ThetaHealing and customized essential oil blends and affirmations which can be combined or used individually. Together we form a partnership for your growth! Call today to book your appointment.
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HYPERBARIC OXYGEN HBOT AMERICA
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HBOT America provides Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy through the breathing in of 100% oxygen at a greater than normal pressure. HBOT is medically approved by the FDA for 14 uses such as wound healing, osteomyelitis, severe anemia, and more. Also, now introducing our Biodensity machine, which aids in increasing bone density by stimulating the body's natural bone generation process. Biodensity is a safe alternative to high impact activity and helps fight effects of Osteoporosis through four Isometric exercises. Visit our website for more information and pricing or call us today to schedule a session.
IEL INSTITUTE TRAINING INTUITIVE COMMUNICATION CERTIFICATION WORKSHOP
February 25th & 26th Spectrum Center 2060 N. Loop W #205 Houston, Texas 77018 713-303-7107 email@example.com chris-carpentier.com
Are you a light worker or energy healer? Have you ever dreamed of a full time or part time career in the field of energy work? Maybe you aren’t interested in becoming a practitioner but would like to learn more about this fascinating field for your personal improvement. Chris Carpentier invites you to attend IEL Institute Level 2 Training. The focus will be on mediumistic skills, the business of mediumship and intuitive practices. You do not have to attend all levels of the workshops. Call or email for details or to register. See ad on page 20.
INTEGRATIVE DERMATOLOGY INTEGRATIVE DERMATOLOGY CONSULTATIONS 748 E 12th St, Unit 2 Houston, TX 77008 integrativedermconsults.com 832-639-3376
A Functional Medicine approach to skin disease can be most helpful for chronic skin conditions such as acne, chronic dry skin, eczema, psoriasis or rosacea. The emphasis is on improving skin from the inside out, by addressing underlying nutritional, immune, and other issues. If you have tried everything and still have a skin problem. Visit our website for more information or to set up and appointment.
INTUITIVE COUNSELOR JULIE PARKER
FACE READING YourInnerBlueprint.com 832-305-5498
Each individual is born with their own personal blueprint. The secrets of your inner nature and your own potential are beautifully and perfectly inscribed in the features and lines of your face. Face Reading is an ancient branch of Chinese Medicine, originally used as a diagnostic tool, it provides clues regarding an individual’s personality patterns, their inherent strengths and weaknesses, where they tend to excel and where they might face challenges. Call today and let me help you find answers to your questions about relationships, career, dating, self-improvement or other areas of your life.
ION FOOT DETOX/ OXYGEN THERAPY HEAL WITH NATURAL HERBS
“The Hippest Little Place in Midtown” 3204 Dowling St. Ste.102 A Houston, TX 77004 832-594-9306/ 281-227-0435/281-7886494 Healwithnaturalherbs.com
Tired of suffering from muscle aches, chronic pain, inflammation, low energy, migraines, allgeries, bloating gas. Ion Foot Detox Special Saturday all-inclusive $50 includes ion foot detox, massage chair, Oxygen Therapy. Call or book online. Saturday appointments only! Available for private parties on days other than Saturday. Call TODAY!
LIFELINE TECHNIQUE MARY BETH HAUBRICH, CLP Certified LifeLine Practitioner 2245 Texas Drive, Suite 300 Sugar Land, TX 77479 864-266-8501 firstname.lastname@example.org JoyfulHealingArts.com
The LifeLine Technique® is a way to access the subconscious programs of the mind so we can create sustainable change at the root of painful and stressful patterns. We use muscle reflex testing and a conscious intention to harmonize the subconscious reactive patterns of emotion, facilitating the body’s innate ability to heal, regenerate, and thrive. Are you ready to transform pain into power, fear into courage, and live fully in the present moment? If so, Grab the LifeLine! Call Mary Beth today. Sessions available in person, via phone or Skype.
MEDICAL INTUITIVE INTEGRATIVE THERAPIES FOR NATURAL HEALING & WELLNESS LIN WEISS MH, CYT Holistic Healer Medical/ Spiritual Intuitive Master Teacher Houston, Texas 77025 713-858-8595 email@example.com conscioushealingnow.com
Through her WHOLE-istic approach, Lin weaves inspired wisdom with proven healing traditions for integrating mind/ body & soul. ALL NATURAL, ALL THE TIME, she specializes in Homeopathy; Bio-energetic Healing; Neuro-chemical Analysis/ Balance; Chakra Attunement; Nutrition Therapies; Orchid Essences; Zero Energy Balance & more. Addressing a wide range of symptoms, ie: Allergies; ADD/ADHD; OCD: Arthritis; Autistic Spectrum; Chronic Fatigue; Depression; Detoxification; Fibromyalgia; MS; Parkinsons: Trauma Release, etc. Classes: Intuitive Development and Psychology of the Chakras! Call Lin today to find out if she can help you.
MEDITATION CARMEL TEMPLE
1208 Pennsylvania Street South Houston 77587 713-944-0014 CarmelTemple.org
Carmel Temple is a quiet sanctuary far away from the outer world of seeming chaos. It is a place of peace, healing, study, teaching, meditation, love, warmth, and friendship. Opened in 1970, Carmel Temple is a loving place made available for all seekers of the Light. Join us in this welcoming environment, this Sunday where enlightenment, healing, and especially love are found. See ad on page 24.
CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF HOUSTON Chan/Zen Meditation Classes Guided by Ordained Zen Masters of Chung Tai Chan Monastery. No fees. Donations are welcome. No prior experience required for beginners. 12129 Bellaire Blvd., Houston 77072 281-568-1568 • firstname.lastname@example.org CTHouston.org
DAWN MOUNTAIN CENTER FOR TIBETAN BUDDHISM 2010 Naomi Street, Suite A Houston, TX 77054 Dawnmountain.org
Join us every Sunday morning from 11:00 to 12:00 for free, guided meditation suitable for everyone. You dawn mountain don’t need to know how to meditate before you come. Just need to come and experience meditation for yourself. Led by senior members of the Dawn Mountain sangha (community), this meditation offers a chance to take a mindful pause from your busy life, enjoy serenity and fellowship, and learn a bit more about Buddhist practice at Dawn Mountain. See ad on page 12.
GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH 4040 West Bellfort Street Houston, TX 77025 713-666-1408 GraceInHouston.org
We are a welcoming Christian community sharing our spiritual journeys through worship, fellowship and outreach. Grounded in both Episcopal worship and ancient practices, we are faithful to the rich traditions of our church while also open to creative expressions of our faith in worship and ministries. Come and be with us for any or all of our many programs and services.
UNITY OF HOUSTON 2929 Unity Drive Houston TX 77057 713-782-4050 UnityHouston.org
Unity of Houston offers positive, practical teachings that support spiritual evolution and abundant living. The Unity movement is open and welcoming of all individuals regardless of race, color, gender, age, creed, religion, national origin, ethnicity, physical disability or sexual orientation. We take an extremely positive approach to life, emphasizing our Oneness in God and the goodness in people and all of life. We believe…”Life is meant to be good!”. Come and discover it for yourself!
Beginning Meditation: (A) Wed., 7:30–9:30pm. (B) Sat., 10am– Noon. Children Meditation: Sat. 10am–Noon - For children ages 4–12 and parents. Half-day Retreat: Sun., Feb. 12, 9am–Noon Sun., Mar. 19, 9am–Noon. Meditation Workshop Sun., Feb. 5, 10am–Noon. Sun., Mar. 5, 10am– Noon. Blessing Ceremony: Sun., Feb. 19, 10am– Noon. Check the web site (event calendar) for the most current information. See ad on page 22.
UNITY OF NORTH HOUSTON
11738 Grant Road Cypress, Texas 77429 281-374-7085 http://www.unitynorthhouston.org/
Ours is a positive, practical, progressive approach to Christianity based on the teachings of Jesus - as well as other master teachers and the power of prayer. Unity teaches that each person is a unique expression of God created with sacred worth. Living from that awareness transforms our lives and the world. Unity recognizes that there are many expressions of family life. All are welcome. Unity creates an affirming environment that fosters positive self-image, personal responsibility and unconditional love and acceptance. If you want to know God and to experience God at work in your life, join us on Sundays! You’ll discover a warm, caring community of ordinary people living extraordinary lives.
UNIVERSAL DOOR MEDITATION CENTER 2619 Charles Lane Sugar Land, TX 77498 281-565-9718 UniversalDoor.org
Are you ready to Wake Up? Discover Awake mind through Zen meditation. Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien guides students to apply this life-changing tool in all situations. Find out how Awake mind can transform stress, struggles, health issues, and conflicts that you thought were unchangeable facts of life! Attend our FREE Tuesday Meditation 101 class. Tue: Meditation 101, 7-8pm, FREE Drop In Class. Thurs: Meditation Class: Discovering the Awake Within. 7-9pm*. Sun: Movement Meditation for Healing Mind and Body. 9:30-10:30am* Sun: Youth and Teen Program 11am-12:30n*. * = requires pre-registration/class fee. See our ad on page 15.
NATURAL FOOD GRACE’S NUTRITION MARKET
1421 Spring Cypress Rd. Spring, TX 77373. 281-353-6630 facebook.com/Graces-Nutrition-Market
Grace’s Nutrition Market, your friendly neighborhood health store, packed full of well-seasoned knowledge, friendly advice, and goodies, has been in the same Spring, Texas location for upwards to 40 years, and current owner for at least 20 years. We specialize in any nutritional needs you may encounter in your daily life, from the common cold, to weight loss, or even full body nutritional counseling. Grace’s is home to a wonderful pair, Robyn and Beverly, our Iridologist and Nutritionist. Iridology appointments are available throughout the week, or to just come talk to for good quality you can trust. We look forward to meeting you soon.
NATURAL HORMONES DR. FISHER ROAD 2 WELLNESS
Dr. LaTronica Fisher, DNP, ANP, GNP, RN 4544 Post Oak Place Dr. STE #254 Houston, Texas 77027 DrFisherRoad2Wellness.com 713 520-8188
Say goodbye to hot flashes, night sweats, depression, PCOS, thyroid problems, low libido and more. There is a 100% natural way to restore your body’s hormone balance without using either synthetic prescription hormones or bio-identical hormones. Your body already knows how to produce the correct amount of hormones. It’s just a matter of stimulating it to do so. Call me today for your FREE consultation and be on your way to a younger body and a good night’s sleep.
ORGANICALLY GROWN PRODUCE PLANT IT FORWARD
“a farm in every neighborhood” 832-983-0405 email@example.com Plant-it-forward.org
Join the Farm Share Program Today! Enjoy your own weekly box of our local, organically grown produce by enrolling in our Farm Share Program. Get 6-8 different varieties, enough for a family of 3-5 each week. Purchase a 5-week mini-season for $132, a perfect gift for your health-conscious loved ones or purchase a 20-week season for $507. The summer vegetables include winter squash (hard squashes), edamame, eggplant, basil, peppers, okra, arugula, basil, cucumbers, green onions, roselle, malabar spinach, possibly cantaloupe if weather cooperates, and even watermelon if weather cooperates. Sign-up today for the Summer 2016 Season! See ad on pages 24 & 31.
NATURAL WATER FILTRATION & TREATMENT ACCENT NATURAL WATER
Whole House Water Treatment 23206 I-45 North Spring, TX 77373 281-773-5441 AccentH20.com
DO YOU KNOW WHAT’S I N Y O U R WAT E R ? Houston has the 6th worst water in the country. Our system takes out chlorine, pesticides and more. Plus, we treat and condition the water to make it healthier for your family. More than a water softener, table top unit or RO alone. Healthy water from every faucet or shower. Member BBB-A+ rating since the 80’s. Don’t delay. Call Henry today! 281-773-5441
ORGANIC RESORT & SPA DEER LAKE LODGE AND SPA
10500 Deer Lake Lode Rd. Montgomery Tx 77316 936-647-1383 DeerLakeLodge.com
Can’t lose weight? Feeling Sluggish? Don’t have the energy you used to have? Let us help undo the damage from over-consumption and poor food choices. Our program of fasting, juicing, cleansing and colonics is designed to energize, strengthen and enlighten. All natural, organic, resort and spa. Immerse yourself in personal attention from our staff while indulging in our many bodypampering and beautifying spa treatments. Call of visit our website to book your stay today! See ad on page 13.
NUTRIGENOMICS ANGELLE ADAMS
(832) 472-1366 Angelleadams1@gmail.com
Learn about an all-natural breakthrough that’s redefining healthcare! Activate your body at the cellular level with category-creating technology in the field of nutrigenomics. This unique science has been featured on major television networks and validated in peer-reviewed studies posted by the National Institute of Health! Contact us for more information and a free consultation.
REIKI TRAINING REIKI MASTER JULIA CARROLL, PH.D. SCHOOL of HEALING ARTS 713-822-7380 firstname.lastname@example.org JuliaCarroll1.com
Julia was the first Reiki Master in the State of Texas, has written 5 healing books and has had university based Reiki research published. Her book, Nu-Reiki Onness, can be found on her website and is FREE. Contact Julia today to schedule an appointment to discuss enrolling in one of her Reiki certification courses.
TEA ROOMS MC HUGH TEA ROOM AND GIFTS
5305 Bissonnet, Suite D Bellaire, TX 77401 713-218-6300 mchughtea.com facebook.com/mchughtea
Tea rooms are trendy and organic teas are ALL the rage, but did you know there’s an elegant, Afternoon Tea that serves over 60 organic teas right under your nose? McHugh Tea Room is setting the pace, serving it up 6 days a week with Texas flare. Owners, Kim McHugh and Billie Stafford tell their customers to “come hungry!” For lunch, foods such as chicken salad sandwich on croissant with chipotle mayo and a side of fresh cut fruit and grandma’s tomato basil soup are served or maybe you prefer a cast iron grilled cheese on sourdough! For special occasions, make a reservation for Afternoon Tea and enjoy inlaid breads of swirled rye and challah which hold between them the family pimento cheese recipe cut into hearts or even adorable ducks shapes for baby shower themes. It’s the perfect place to recharge your spirit or celebrate special moments and wonderful friendships.
THERMOGRAPHY THERMAL IMAGING SERVICES
Angel Marlow, CNHP, CAHC, CCT 5851 San Felipe, Suite 710 Houston, Texas 77057 and 24550 Kingsland Blvd. Katy, TX 77494 713-621-4406 email@example.com ThermalImaingTexas.com
No Compression, No Radiation, Painless. Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging or Thermography, creates images that illustrate heat patterns in the body. The thermal images are analyzed for abnormalities that may be signs of disease in the body. Thermography can be conducted onsite at your business through Thermal Imaging Services for Corporate Wellness. Locations in: Houston, Lake Charles, LA, Katy, Beaumont, The Woodlands, Tyler and Kingwood. Call for current schedule and to make an appointment. See ad on page 19.
YOGA AYUSH WAVE-AYURVEDA AND YOGA 15263 Southwest Freeway Sugar Land, TX 77478 281-870-2772 ayushwave.com
Maharshi Patanjali is believed to be the founder of yoga through his writings, Patanjali Yoga Sutras. Our Yoga studio teaches patanjali yoga. Ayush Wave specifically focuses on yoga as therapy of specific conditions. We offer yogic classes specific based on your requirements. Please visit our website for information on class timings and pricings.
BAYOU BLISS YOGA
TRANQUIL HEART YOGA
At Bayou Bliss Yoga we focus on cultivating freedom in the body to create freedom in the mind. Our small group, private and semi-private yoga classes to give you the instruction you need to develop more body awareness, flexibility, freedom of movement and greater sense peace and ease. We specialize in therapeutic yoga and beginner’s yoga. Meditation is offered every Tuesday at 7:30pm by donation. We also offer massage, breathwork, hands of light healing, bio-field tuning and sound healing to support your health and wellbeing. The first class is always FREE so call today.
Voted among the top ten yoga studios in Houston last year, our amazing instructors draw from many traditions including Ashtanga Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Thai Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Forrest and the yogic and meditation traditions of Tibet. With this vast knowledge of the yoga tradition and the intrinsic understanding of the human body, our instructors will guide you through a practice that is not only physically challenging, but also mentally stimulating and emotionally uplifting. Our dedication to help you become your best, spiritually, mentally and physically is what makes Tranquil Heart Yoga the premier Hatha Yoga studio of West Houston. We also offer Tai Chi and Qi Gong classes as well as massage and many other wellness modalities. We believe Yoga is for Every Body. Come and find out for yourself!
808 West Main Street Houston, TX 77006 713-955-0500 bayoublissyoga.com
CHANDRA YOGA 4 LIFE 708 Telephone Rd. #C Houston, TX 77023 281-541-8336 chandrayoga4life.com
Welcome! Namaste! Chandra Yoga 4 Life focuses on the 3 major aspects of Yoga incorporating asanas, pranayama and meditation. We work closely with each student, meeting the student where they are Welcome! Call 281-541-8336 Se habla español.
at Interface Samaritan 4803 San Felipe Houston, TX 77056 713-539-7418 jennyoga.me
Have you always yearned to experience the many health benefits attributed to yoga, but never known where to begin? Or are you a master yogi already well acquainted with all the physical and mental benefits of yoga, but on the hunt for a new challenge? Either way, you are the perfect candidate for Jennyoga, the ultimate Houston destination for anyone looking to add a calming influence into his or her lifestyle. Classes Wed 12:30 pm and Sunday 11:30 am.
NURTURE SOUL THERAPEUTICS 7062 Lakeview Haven Dr. #100 Houston, TX 77095 281-674-YOGA NurtureSoul.com
Yoga is beneficial for the health in ways that modern science is just beginning to understand. Even though it has been applied with therapeutic intention for thousands of years, Yoga Therapy is only just now emerging as a discipline in itself. Tuesdays 4:00pm to 5:00pm - Yoga for Pain Management. Thursdays 4:00pm to 5:00pm - Beat your Insomnia with Yoga. For Private Yoga Therapy Classes, Massage Therapy, Healing Arts or Integrative Life Coaching Program call and make an appointment.
12288 Westheimer Road, Suite 380 Houston, TX 77077 (281) 759-6002 firstname.lastname@example.org
YOGA FOR MENTAL & PHYSICAL HAPPINESS
FACILITATED BY LIN WEISS, Certified Yoga Therapist, Integrative Hatha Yoga, Tuesdays @ 7:00pm Saturdays @ 9:30am Bellaire, Texas 713-858-8595 email@example.com conscioushealingnow.com
Lin Weiss is the founder/owner of Yoga for Mental & Physical Happiness. Her passion for yoga is evidenced by her warm & personable teaching style. Small classes afford individual instruction for students of any level, making progress attainable & real. Lin loves helping students use yoga to find balance & overcome limitations. Her classes are at the same time energizing, & relaxing, as she focuses on creating a supportive & joyful environment for her students. Private sessions available by appt.
YOGA TRAINING NURTURE SOUL THERAPEUTICS
200 hour & 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training 7062 Lakeview Haven Dr #100 Houston, TX 77095 281-674-YOGA NurtureSoul.com
Nurture Soul Therapeutics is the only RYS offering the 200-hour Integrative Yoga Teacher Training Program in Houston, TX. Along with offering Yoga classes with a focus on health and healing to the general public, graduates teach Yoga-based wellness programs in a wide variety of complementary settings including hospitals, businesses, and health care settings. This program is registered with the Yoga Alliance as a 200-hour Teacher Training certification program (RYT-200) and offers a strong foundation for Advanced Yoga Therapy Programs. 200 hr. Spring-2017 - Every other weekend (Jan-Jun)! Will be offered in Sugar Land at Ayush Wave. 300 hr. Coming on Fall-2017 - Week modules (Jul-Dec)! Will be offered in Copperfield at Nurture Soul. Registration is now open. Contact us TODAY!
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