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in this issue: Welcome to the Annual Yoga issue. We know how important it is to keep your body loose and moving freely. We also welcome several new writers of which 3 are doctors whose practices are devoted to plant-based living. In Kale: As Good As You’ve Heard, Dr. Anthony Salzarulo shows us how few greens can compare to the magnificent nutrient panel of kale, making it a highly nutrientdense food. It truly is a superfood. Included are 2 quick and easy recipes for Kale also. [page 6] Issue Spotlight-Yoga. We get 4 articles with different perspectives on the practice of yoga. We also introduce a new section in our Yoga issue called The Maui Yoga Connection. We let our local Maui yoga studios tell us, in their own words, the benefits of doing yoga in their studios. In Yoga: An Ancient Practice With Modern Applications, Megan Nolan shows us how Yoga encourages postural awareness. By encouraging us to internalize our focus and awareness, Yoga helps us to learn more about ourselves and our postural habits or tendencies. As we use the Yoga practice to help bring ourselves back into balance, we also develop mindfulness of how we hold and carry our body and how it affects our experience of life. [page 9] In Tears on the Yoga Mat, Denise LaBarre shares with us how it’s ok to shed tears during your yoga practice. It’s better to release that energy than to have internal pressures come out in other, possibly damaging, ways to yourself and others. [page 12] In Yoga Brain, Petra shows us how moving our body energy is a key to longevity, healing and youthfulness. Our bodies are made up of energy. We are energetic beings with enough electric current running through us to light a 15-watt light bulb. We are so powerful! [page 14] In Yoga and Non-violent Living, Dr. Will Tuttle shows us that the more we understand about nutrition, the more we understand that all of us have been given the gift of physical bodies that don’t require anyone to suffer to get all the nutrients we need to be radiantly healthy. Our physical, mental, spiritual, cultural, and environmental health depend on our questioning the official narratives and traditions of our culture, and endeavoring to be the positive change we wish to see in our world. [page 19] Our Green Pages, Wellness & Healthy Living Directory lists all the services and products needed to live an incredible healthy life. We have a directory of yoga studios, bodyworkers, health food stores, healthy restaurants, vegan chefs, retreat centers, farmer’s markets and much more. It also includes many new businesses bringing even more health products and services to Maui. [page 26] In A Song For Mauna Kea: Cause For Care, Home Le’amohala, a native Hawaiian, shows how the voices atop Mauna Kea are being focused on and heard globally because they are the same cries that resound from every mother, father, and elder who can see that their progeny’s world is being sacrificed for someone’s personal, momentary (and superficial) glorification, whether through notoriety, monetary Find what gain, or both. Inextricably tied to this is the fact that these lands were not granted or offered you need in our by the Hawaiians, they were stolen. [page 32] In Big GMO Ag is Destroying the Health of Maui … and the World, Dr. David Klein shows us how the state of Hawaii is not doing its job of insuring the welfare of its citizens. These giant chemical companies make poison and promote the poison foods industry. For almost two decades, they have been growing test crops on Maui and Kauai with some of the most dangerous synthetic pesticides used in agriculture today. See what you can do to help. [page 36]
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KALE: as good as youâ€™ve heard
by Dr. Anthony Salzarulo Few greens can compare to the magnificent nutrient panel of kale, making it a highly nutrient-dense food. It truly is a superfood. One cup of fresh raw kale supplies approximately 10,000 IU of vitamin A, primarily in the forms of betacarotene. It also contains the other carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin. These carotenoids have antioxidant properties that protect the body from free radicals. Eventually, the damage caused by free radicals can cause several chronic illnesses.
Kale is also an excellent source of amino acids. It contains all nine essential amino acids, making it an indispensable food source for everyone, including vegans and vegetarians. It is also supported by several non-essential amino acids and contains all but two of the twenty amino acids present in protein. Another unique nutritional quality of kale is the abundant presence of omega-3 fatty acids. Generally thought of as a nutrient only found in fish, seafood and flax, kale takes its place among omega-3 foods. Kale actually contains more omega-3 fatty acids than omega-6 fatty acids, which is rare among most veggies.
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Lutein and zeaxanthin have been studied rigorously for their roles in eye health. Playing various protective functions, these two carotenoids that are established within the human retina not only scavenge free radicals, thereby protecting individuals from developing age-related macular degeneration and cataracts, but also guard against the damage caused by blue light. Fluorescent lighting, computer and video screens, cell phones and even alarm clocks emit damaging blue light that contributes to modern eye degeneration. This superfood is a necessary dietary supplement to combat the impairment committed by everyday technology.
Kale also provides an impressive amount of vitamin K, containing 547 micrograms per single cup serving. Vitamin K is most often associated with blood clotting, but it has also been studied as an influential nutrient in bone mineralization. Postmenopausal women with risk factors for osteoporosis have an increased potential for vitamin K deficiency, contributing to bone loss. Kale is a macronutrient-packed superfood that contains vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids and a hefty supply of fatty acids. These attributes make kale a remarkable addition to any healthy diet.
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Yoga: An ancient practice with modern applications by Megan Nolan
The first Yogis came thousands of years before the invention of technology as we know it, yet it is absolutely amazing how perfectly suited this ancient practice is for our modern world. With much of our work and communications taking place through the use of digital devices, we are seeing a drastic increase in neck and shoulder pain issues, so much so that the epidemic even has its own name: “tech neck”. We have all likely felt the affect of long hours at the computer or sometimes even after just a few minutes on our phones. As we focus on the screen in front of us, our head tends to gravitate towards it, shortening our neck and drastically increasing the amount of pressure on our spine. This forward head posture (when the head is in front of the shoulders, instead of right on top) puts such an intense load on your neck that it can be the equivalent of up to 60 pounds (!) of pressure. To deal with this pressure, your body has to call in extra help, and does so by increasing muscle tension in the upper back and shoulder area, often leading to discomfort and setting the stage for pain and mobility issues.
enter in the solution: YOGA! Here are just a few ways this ancient practice can help us counter the effects of our modern lifestyles: yoga focuses on spinal alignment. Recognizing the spine as the central pathway of our nervous system, the Yogis have long known that the health of our spine is absolutely essential to our overall health and well-being. By moving us through our normal range of motion, Yoga helps us counter-balance the effects of our daily activities (driving, sitting, etc.) and helps return our bodies to a more neutral, balanced position. These movements also help nourish the spinal disks (shock absorbing cushions between the spinal vertebrae), which helps ward off degeneration and keeps your spine younger, longer. helpful hint: Try practicing a gentle backbend like Cobra pose to help maintain flexibility in the front of your body, strengthen your back muscles and balance the effects of long hours in a seated position.
Yoga encourages postural awareness. By encouraging us to internalize our focus and awareness, Yoga helps us to learn more about ourselves and our postural habits or tendencies. As we use the Yoga practice to help bring ourselves back into balance, we also develop mindfulness of how we hold and carry our body and how it affects our experience of life. As this awareness grows, we can start to see its benefits trickling into our everyday life when we become mindful of our posture and check in with it regularly throughout the day. helpful hint: Find a posture reminder (something that happens often throughout your day for example: checking your email, answering your phone, etc.) that reminds you to stop and reconnect to your breath and reminds you to become aware of how you are holding your body and how you could do so with more ease. makes use of our busy, monkey minds. The nature of our world today is such that we are constantly bombarded with information and are well adept at multitasking. Asana (the physical postures of Yoga) practice calls upon this skill by challenging us to constantly scan
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our bodies, shifting our awareness around and within the different aspects of the pose while still maintaining an even breath. By making use of our mind’s ability to do several things simultaneously, Yoga allows us to experience mental stillness and focused awareness. Since they help us to develop focus and find quiet within our busy minds, meditation and Yoga are found to be incredibly beneficial for brain health and function according to recent studies done at Harvard University. helpful hint: Many people find it challenging to focus their mind; you are not alone! Place yourself in a comfortable position and try repeating a word or a sound that has special meaning to you for at least 3 minutes a day. You can say it silently or out loud, and if you get distracted, simply take a breath and patiently begin repeating the word again. Some days will be easier than others, but keep trying, gradually adding a minute at a time or even doing this practice twice a day. yoga helps us to slow down. In a world of instant gratification and receiving information at lightning-fast speeds, the practice of Yoga reminds us of
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the beauty and benefit of slowing things down. Because of its calming effect on our nervous system, even just a few minutes of Yoga slows down your heartbeat and your rate of respiration to encourage healing and recovery throughout your whole body. By allowing time for us to pause within our day, Yoga encourages us to move slowly and mindfully. As we practice observation and slowing down on the mat, we develop the ability to do so in our lives off the mat, too. Whether it is to appreciate beauty around us or to pause and allow for some space to respond to a situation rather than react to it, Yoga reminds us to tune in and observe. helpful hint: If you find yourself in a stressful situation, begin to observe your breath. After a few breaths, gradually begin to lengthen your exhalations. As you exhale, feel yourself releasing the worry, frustration or whatever is bothering you; slowly begin to lengthen your inhalation to fill space that you have created with the release. Continue until you feel yourself calm down and relax.
Timeless in its lessons and applications, Yoga can serve as an indispensable tool for living well and feeling fully alive and vibrant. We hope this article has given you some practical ideas for how you can bring the practice of Yoga off the mat and into your daily life!
As a lover of movement and exercise, Megan Nolan was drawn to the beauty and graceful strength of Yoga at a young age. After completing her Yoga Teacher Training in 2006 as a compliment to her work as a Personal Trainer, her approach to movement and exercise shifted to reflect the balance between effort and ease, strength and softness. By balancing these two worlds, Megan’s unique style helps her students develop stability and mobility as well as postural and self awareness for life both on and off the mat. Megan balances her time between managing and teaching a variety of classes at Body Alive Yoga and Movement Studio www.bodyaliveyoga.com and working for tattoo artist RachelG at her shop Exotic Eye Tattoo - www.exoticeyetattoo.com in Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii.
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Tears on the Yoga Mat
The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit word for ‘connection’ or ‘union.’ A yoga practice connects awareness of the breath with specific poses (asanas), whose energetic effects are said to bring harmony and union to your whole being. That includes body, mind, spirit, and emotions.
by Denise LaBarre
Because it has been around so long (estimates are roughly between 5,000 to 10,000 years) and engages so many people and cultures, yoga has evolved in many different ways. The yogic spectrum runs from an approach that treats the process primarily as physical exercise, to an approach that focuses on breathwork and chanting as the gateway for spiritual transformation. You can easily find classes in hot yoga; partner yoga; yoga with continual movement or long-held poses; laughing yoga; yoga with chanting or without; by yourself; in a room with many others; online… There are hundreds of variations.
Emotional release during yoga is healthy In some practices, the form is emphasized, in others, the effect or result is emphasized, but all include breath, positioning of the body, and awareness of the transitional connections between poses or movements, i.e. the how is generally as or more important than the what. In my 40+ years of bodywork practice, I have seen that those with more 12
ectomorphic bodies—those with long, slender bones and bodies and relatively little muscle or fat—need stretching, over massage or vigorous movement. They tend to accumulate tension and stiffness in their tendons and ligaments rather than in their muscles. I think of such bodies as “yoga bodies.” By contrast, those whose bodies tend toward the mesomorphic pole— those with shorter bones and bigger, heavier muscles—may tend to need movement even more than stretching. So Tai Chi, massage, and movementoriented yoga practices may be a better fit for them. As a mesomorph, I am not built to do an elegant, locked eagle pose, ever, and I do both yoga and Qi Gong for their respective benefits. Finding a practice that fits your body’s needs makes all the difference for what you stick with. The practice becomes a gift to yourself as well as those around you as it builds your connection with your center. What I’m saying here also applies to Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and other practices that bring body, mind, awareness, and breath into alignment. Breathing while moving or holding poses—especially challenging poses held for a long
time—moves energy through the physical stuck spots that often hold buried emotional energy. For example, yoga’s “camel pose”, where you kneel and stretch your chest open, bend backwards and reach for your heels, is a known tear-jerker as it literally opens the chest and exposes the heart. If your practice triggers emotional release, consider yourself lucky. It’s generally healthier to release stuck emotion than carry it around because it tends to leak out unconsciously in your behavior and can cause problems. The trick is to create a safe space so that release can happen gracefully.
When the Tears Start to Flow While emotional release in a yoga class is generally acknowledged as normal, it doesn’t always feel safe and not every yoga instructor has the skill set to hold emotional release effectively. Our culture tends to characterize emotional outbursts of any intensity as unpleasant and embarrassing, so it takes out-of-the-ordinary kindness and understanding to create emotional safety in a room full of people—such that tears or laughter waiting for release can flow out.
It’s best if the instructor sets up the practice with a few words about emotions being welcome and how she (or he) will handle emotional release if it arises. She doesn’t
align your body • mind • awareness • breath need a degree in psychology or to be a high-level intuitive to facilitate this emotional healing. To hold space for potentially uncomfortable emotions, the instructor simply deepens her breath and encourages her student(s) to do the same. The idea is to bring a child-like wonder and curiosity to what’s happening. She models this by letting go of any pre-conceived ideas, agenda and judgment she might have, and expanding into the present moment. She then gently observes and allows the body that is releasing emotions to lead the way. If she doesn’t
understand something she notices, she might ask directly, “What’s going on in your body?” or “If your shoulder could speak, what would it say?” It is amazing how willing most bodies are to “speak” when given a sincere and willing ear. She creates the opening with an attitude of acceptance far more than with any particular technique. Whether you are teaching a yoga class, doing asanas on your own, or doing another meditative practice, the thing to do when an emotion arises is to deepen the breath and sink into it even further. Adding permission for emotions to surface in your practice(s) will expand the healing possibilities immensely. For information about Workshops on facilitating emotional release in your yoga or other healing practice, please call 808-575-2244 or go to www.healingcatalyst.com/services/workshops/ For more about this subject, see my blog post on Facilitating Emotional Release: www.healingcatalyst.com/when-the-tears-start-to-flowemotions-on-the-yoga-mat/
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The practice of yoga has many layers and is many different things to many people.
by Petra Juicy
It is exercise, a way to strengthen our muscles and have a lean body. It is willpower, determination and commitment when we are holding a difficult pose. It is concentration, presence and an exercise for our brain. It is a lifestyle which reminds us of health, vibrancy, flexibility, opening and expanding. AND it is also a way of moving our body’s energy. Moving our body energy is a key to longevity, healing and youthfulness. Our bodies are made up of energy. We are energetic beings with enough electric current running through us to light a 15-watt light bulb. We are so powerful! Energy that does not move within our body becomes stagnant and leads to sickness or disease. So it’s crucial that we move, shake, jiggle, dance, stretch and breathe energy flow in our body daily. Here are some sample ways we can move energy in our body to create cleansing, expanding and healing. 1. T ake 3 deep breaths every day—move the energy with the power of deep full body breathing. Try gathering all the internal gunk as you breathe in and release all the internal gunk as you breathe out. 2. G et on a mat, get on the floor—go to a yoga class or move the coffee table out of the way in your living room and get on the floor. It doesn’t matter where you do it or how you do it. Just do it! Sit cross-legged and start rotating your hips and jiggling your spine. Move your body and stretch into the pain spots too. Release all the tightness and become flexible.
3. E xercise classes, the gym, running, weights, martial arts, and hiking physically moves the energy through your body while working deeper on cardio and muscles. 4. D ance—turn on the music and move your body. Go for it! Release your inhibitions, fully selfexpress and move your body in rhythm. Check out Ecstatic Style dance gatherings to shake your booty in community or just blast the tunes at home. 5. G et bodywork—get a massage, a reiki session or see an energy healer. Allow a body healer to move your energy through you and out of you through the power of touch. 6. M ake love—with yourself or another. It’s a way to create bliss, release tension, open to full selfexpression and expand your heart. 7. T hink it so—close your eyes, turn within and mentally release old wounds, patterns, stuck energies, emotions, hurts, regrets, pains, shame, anger and resentment. All these energies are heavy and weigh our bodies down. When we release low vibration energies, we lift up our vibration and create space for much more juicy stuff to come in.
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An example of intention could be “I intend that my yoga practice today give me clarity and direction for the next step of my career” or “We intend for this love making session to release any past wounds or hurts within us and bring us closer to ourselves and each other”. Or we can say “I intend for this 15 minute stretch session to release this pain in my shoulder and create greater healing”. Let’s commit to moving energy in our body on a regular basis so no stagnation can occur. Let’s also commit to creating more self-love in our lives. A regular practice of yoga, stretching, deep breathing, getting massages, self nurturing and healthy eating is a perfect way we can love ourselves more and more and more. This practice will give us health, vitality, vibrancy, youthfulness, flexibility and expansion. Yoga is a sacred contract we make with ourselves to promise to take care, love and nurture our bodies, our hearts and our minds. Yoga is also a spiritual practice, a place for us to connect to ourselves, to the universe and to our world-wide community.
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As interest in yoga continues to spread in Western culture, we may
wonder if there’s more to it than just performing postures (asanas) and learning a routine of Indian calisthenics or gymnastics. Fortunately, when we look more deeply, we see that the yogic tradition has a great deal more than this to teach us all. Beyond the usual fitness, flexibility, balance, and rejuvenating effects that are making it wildly popular in our culture, we see that yoga is rooted in spiritual practice and in an aspiration to achieve spiritual union, reflected in the root meaning of the word. As an essentially spiritual path of purification and awakening, it’s not surprising that it’s based on cultivating an attitude of nonviolence, or in Sanskrit, ahimsa. Though often overlooked in contemporary yogic practice, this is particularly significant because all of us are born into a culture that teaches us to compete, eat animal-sourced foods, and behave in many ways that are the opposite of ahimsa. Hidden within the outer forms of yoga, lay the inner transformation that yoga seeks to create within us.
quickly stolen from them, causing both blatant panic and utter distress.
It’s no accident, for example, that in the foundational yogic text, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra on the Eight Limbs of Yoga, the very first branch on the very first limb is ahimsa. This underlying teaching is that, as we make nonviolence and lovingkindness for others the primary guides in our lives, we find that freedom, wisdom, joy, peace, and authentic spiritual awakening naturally and inevitably follow. Regarding food, the yogic tradition has long recognized consequent vegetarianism as the ideal, encouraging abstention from the violence and toxicity inherent in eating flesh and eggs, but it has traditionally included dairy products. Now that spell is being broken and yoga practitioners are increasingly committing to vegan living as an essential foundation for their practice.
Denied their mothers’ nurturance and milk, the calves survive, ironically, on a mixture of soymilk, cows’ blood, and additives. The mother cows are immediately impregnated again while lactating, which quickly destroys their health; their physical misery mirrors the emotional agony they face, of being confined, sexually abused, and robbed of their children. Of the four calves that a dairy cow typically births, one will become a slave to replace her mother, and the other three will be killed either at birth or after a few months of excruciating hyper-confinement for veal. These calves bring in money for their flesh, skin, and the rennin in their stomachs that’s used to coagulate cheese. In fact, it’s common practice to send a cow to slaughter when she’s eight months pregnant with her fifth calf so the industry can kill them both to increase profits. Though their natural lifespan is 25 years, cows are sent off to slaughter at only 4 to 5 years of age, debilitated by this abuse, and this is standard procedure on virtually all dairies, both organic and commercial.
This is a significant development, demonstrating the vibrancy and authenticity of the yoga community as it becomes increasingly obvious that dairy operations are inherently abusive in many ways. For example, cows are forcibly impregnated on what the dairy industry grossly terms “rape-racks” to induce lactation. After nine months of pregnancy, the innocent, intelligent, mother cows give birth. And their babies are then Living Aloha
Buying and eating dairy products are unnecessary and contrary to the spirit and practice of yogic principles. In fact, they are detrimental not just to the cows who suffer by being reduced to milk machines, but also to fragile ecosystems, wildlife, climate stability, and genetic diversity, all of which are harmed by dairy operations, and animal agriculture in general. This is because of the inherent inefficiency of feeding irrigated grains to cows for dairy. For example, it takes a thousand gallons of water to make one gallon of milk, plus enormous quantities of grain, land, fishmeal, and petroleum, while generating polluting excrement, soil erosion, deforestation, and greenhouse gases such as methane and nitrous oxide. Besides the trauma inflicted on cows and ecosystems, dairy industry workers are also traumatized by being forced to routinely mutilate and abuse the animals they are exploiting. As dairy consumers, we are paying them to do work that tends to bring out the worst in them. Hungry people are also harmed, because millions of dollars of taxpayer-funded subsidies artificially reduce the cost of dairy products that convert land, grain, and fertilizer into greenhouse gases, toxic sewage, and dairy products for the privileged while millions of people endure hunger and starvation. Add to that the detriment that dairy products have on the human body. Veganism, the authentic contemporary practice of ahimsa, is an empowering response to this violence and waste, and blesses animals, our Earth, hungry people, wildlife, and our own physical, mental, and spiritual health as well.
As a child and young person raised on a diet loaded with dairy products, my siblings and I experienced the earaches, sore throats, runny noses, constipation, acne, and other problems that are commonly linked with dairy consumption. Cows’ milk is intended for baby calves who put on six hundred pounds in their first year, and who have the digestive enzyme rennin to break down casein, the main protein in milk. We lack this enzyme and casein causes enormous mischief in humans, as contemporary research has confirmed, increasing the risk of autoimmune diseases, diabetes, kidney disease, obesity, breast, prostate, and colon cancer, and other conditions caused by the inflammatory and acidifying effects of dairy foods. Giving up dairy products and living a plant-based – vegan – lifestyle for the past 35 years has not only brought me (and my spouse Madeleine) wonderful health benefits, it has also brought greater mental clarity and inner peace. After all, the many toxic chemicals and heavy metals in our environment are typically fat soluble and end up in the fat of cows who are fed huge quantities of GMO grain, soy, alfalfa, fish meal, and rendered animal by-products, as well as hormones, antibiotics, and other drugs and chemicals. These toxins end up concentrated in milk and especially in cream, cheese, ice cream, butter, and ghee. Besides these physical toxins are the metaphysical toxins. In buying dairy, we are supporting (and directly causing) terror, despair, confinement, desperation, panic, sadness, rage, and anxiety, because these are the routine experiences of the innocent animals on dairy operations, and we then go further
and eat these toxic products, incorporating them and polluting our body temple, and feeding them to our trusting children. We do this because we have been taught to do it; that’s basically the only reason. It’s profoundly liberating to make an effort to understand the bigger picture of our food choices, and to bring our lives and food choices into alignment with our values. The more we understand about nutrition, the more we understand that all of us have been given the gift of physical bodies that don’t require anyone to suffer to get all the nutrients we need to be radiantly healthy. Veganism is another word for ahimsa: for lovingkindness, mercy, and caring for others. Our physical, mental, spiritual, cultural, and environmental health depend on our questioning the official narratives and traditions of our culture, and endeavoring to be the positive change we wish to see in our world. We are all connected. May we discover and practice the teachings of yoga to increase not just physical, mental, and spiritual health, but also to contribute to building a world of harmony, freedom, justice, and compassion for all of us on this beautiful and abundant Earth.
Dr. Will Tuttle, visionary educator and musician, is author of the international best-seller, The World Peace Diet. A former Zen monk and recipient of the prestigious Courage of Conscience Award, he has created eight CD albums of uplifting original piano music. www.worldpeacediet.com
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yoga connection Mangala Yoga Many options abound, in our beautiful island community, to connect with healing resources. Following, you will find a comprehensive and detailed list of yoga and movement studios here on Maui, with information about what they provide and what you can expect, to help when you’re looking for the best yoga studio to fit your unique needs. Included in each listing, you will find contact information, to help you get started or to continue to deepen your existing practice. When you connect with these studios, please be sure to mention that you saw them in Living Aloha Magazine. Many Mahalos and we look forward to seeing you on the yoga journey!
Mangala Yoga in Haiku and Makawao offers geographic and scheduling flexibility for variations in your schedule. Our yoga classes include 3 different types of Vinyasa: candlelight (yin/restorative); heated and sculpt Vinyasa Flow classes (in an infrared heated studio); and prenatal yoga. Additional offerings include intensive weekend workshops, our “5 Week Yoga Challenge,” and a retail boutique featuring yoga wear and locally made jewelry. We have on-site body workers available with specialties in massage, physical therapy, cranial sacral, and more. Mangala Yoga is dedicated to the creation of auspicious beginnings for all who grace us with their presence. The name “Mangala” is derived from the Sanskrit word meaning “holy” or “auspicious.” We strive to create a sacred opening every time you enter our studio doors, complete a yoga class, join us for a workshop, embark upon our 5 week yoga challenge, or journey into the realm of yoga teacher training. We consider our Yoga Alliance Accredited 200 and 300hour Yoga Teacher Trainings core to our “kuleana” (our responsibility and joy). Our Teacher Training programs immerse you in the philosophy, technique and sequencing behind our unique and highly soughtafter Vinyasa Flow style. You will leave our teacher trainings with everything you need to embark upon your career as a confident and effective yoga teacher.
808-359-2252 1170 Makawao Ave. • Makawao, HI 96768 810 Kokomo Rd., #102 • Haiku, HI 96708 www.mangalayogastudios.com
photo by : Krystle Marcellus
Body Alive Yoga At Body Alive Yoga and Movement Studio, our mission is to help our students and our local community, integrate the teachings and practice of Yoga into their lives, both on and off the mat. By creating a nurturing environment where everyone feels welcome and at home, we help our students form the foundation of their well-being by deepening their knowledge of mind, body and spirit. In order to support all the different aspects of health, we offer a wide selection of events, classes, and cleanses. These include: a diverse selection of Yoga, strength and core training classes, meditation and chanting classes, specialized workshops, collaborative musical events, juice cleanses and inspirational challenges. To help our students dive deeper into their practice, we offer further education with ongoing intensives on a variety of topics and themes. We are very excited to be hosting our first Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher Training Program in February of 2016. We are honored to be Wailuku’s first downtown Yoga studio and to have been supporting our local community for almost 10 years. Nestled in I’ao Valley with beautiful mountain and ocean views, our studio is filled with powerful yet lighthearted mana that inspires us as teachers and students to live authentically on a Yogic path of continued growth, expansion and lifelong learning.
808-987-1928 1995 Main St. Wailuku, HI 96793 www.bodyaliveyoga.com
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yoga connection The Maui Yoga & Dance Shala
Infusion Yoga Barre
Aloha kekahi i kekahi - Love one another. Since 1996, the Maui Yoga & Dance Shala has been offering on a daily basis the Aloha spirit and community atmosphere that has attracted locals and travellers alike to practice in its bright, sunlit studios. With utmost devotion to her art and lifestyle, owner Nadia Toraman has kept the timeless yoga tradition going strong with her goal to assist transformation in the mind and body while uplifting the spirit through practice. Besides daily classes, the Shala has been a shining light for yoga teacher trainees who come through the school’s door to uplift their own practice and train with Nadia and her instructors, many becoming top teachers worldwide.
We are excited to announce Infusion to be the very first studio to offer Barre and Yoga classes on Maui by the most highly qualified teachers. When Trish decided to open her own space on Maui she wanted to offer something new and fresh by incorporating her 16 year yoga expertise as well as introducing the island to its very first Barre classes. We believe that total body wellness is created through a combination of Yoga focusing on the breath, expanding your heart, and calming your mind; while our Barre Fusion™ classes offer you the fastest way to tone, lengthen and strengthen your physical body. Trish developed Barre Fusion™ a perfectly balanced 60-minute class of strength, flexibility, and fun to create the most effective way to lean and tone your body. Barre Fusion™ is a very well thought out class combining Pilates, yoga, ballet, and core strengthening to targeting hips, thighs, seat, abdominals and arms. It is a lowimpact class, using isometric movements to firm, lengthen, and shape long lean muscles to sculpt your body accessible to all fitness levels. Inspired by the revolutionary exercise routine developed by the world-famous ballerina, Lotte Berk and her orthopedist, Trish had the opportunity to receive her Barre Teacher Training Certificate from Fred Devito, one of Berks first instructors.
Om Maui Our philosophy at Om Maui is to encounter balance with your wellness. We believe that ideal health comes from a variety of experiences for the mind, body and spirit. Our studio is unique in that we are not just a gym or a yoga studio but a shared space where you can practice Yoga, Pilates, Spinning, fitness and functional weight training in small group class, semi-private or private classes. Also, we have Hybrid classes that mix formats, like Spin/Pilates, Spin/ Barre or Spin/Core, where you can improve your cardio resistance, strength, core and flexibility in only one hour of training.
808-573-5666 – 95 Makawao Ave. Makawao, HI 96768
It’s also is known for hosting unique workshops, kirtan concerts, specialty dance classes, and free community events. The Paia location offers 2 studios. One features infra-red heat and the other, a lush garden and outdoor patio with a tropical garden. The new Wailea Yoga Shala Studio in the Gateway Center is highlighted by its large, spacious studio—with one view towards Haleakala and the other overlooking the ocean. Both locations feature inspiring teachers and affordable classes. Maui Yoga Shala represents the loving Aloha spirit, which embraces the divine breath, kindness, friendship, and healing—always ready to share!
808-269-6679 71 Baldwin Ave., Paia, HI 96779 www.infusionyogamaui.com
808-283-4123 381 Baldwin Ave. Paia, HI 96779 34 Wailea Gateway Pl. A-208 Wailea, HI 96753 www.maui-yoga.com Living Aloha
Afterglow Yoga is a Maui movement studio where our philosophy is to bring outstanding Yoga, Barre, and movement to our island community at an affordable price. Our well lit space is located in the heart of old Wailuku town and caters to both working professionals and professional moms and dads, by presenting classes designed to fit your busy lifestyle, 7 days a week. Our shorter more frequent class times make it easy to start and commit to a daily movement practice. We are pleased to invite you to our welcoming space, which features solid bamboo floors, 2 showers, infrared heaters, and an Iyengar ropes wall. By offering a safe and non-competitive environment to move and practice in, we hope that you cultivate love and compassion on the mat (or barre) and then share it with the world.
Michelle Lou Lan is the Founder of MeshYoga, and a former principal dancer. She has been teaching yoga since 2006 when she was forced to quit her dancing career due to a severe injury. Bringing together her passions of dance and yoga, she created a simple and unique style based on traditional yoga. With knowledge of the human body, she was able to break down each pose straight to the basics. Michelle has completed a variety educational programs with great masters across the world, time and time again. Sheâ€™s had the opportunity to teach all over from Shanghai, Bali, Hawaii (the most special place to her), Hong Kong, and New York, also working with many Celebrities and Olympic winners. In her life, she finds most of her inspiration has come from nature.
Our studio is unique on Maui because we offer quality instruction at a price you can afford. There are many studios on island that feature exceptional teachers, but our goal is to provide comprehensive and affordable instruction at a reasonable rate. We are also the only studio on island that offers so many different amenities at a single location! Please check out our website for class offerings and specials.
808-268-9723 1942 Main St. Wailuku, HI 96793 www.afterglowyoga.com
Exploring the world alone, she has learned to embrace each situation with courage. She believes you can find every answer amongst nature and oneself. This is how she brings the spirit of fun and adventure to each and every class. MeshYoga is practice of refined and redefined form. The poses are broken down into simple steps and then rebuilt. While particular movements are treated as lone components, attention is placed on engaging every muscle and relieving the joints. This allows a safe progression into advancement for the student and their yoga journey.
808-868-0252 161 Hana Highway Paia, HI 96779 www.meshyoga.com
yoga connection Maui Yoga Path
Deni Roman, Iyengar Yoga teacher planted the seed in 2002 at the Maui Yoga Path, located at the Mana Kai Resort for locals and visitors to cultivate their inner selves. The location on Keawakapu beach enriches the yoga experience as the body, mind and spirit are soothed by the sound of the waves and the beauty abounds.
Bikram Yoga is a demanding series of 26 postures (asanas) and two breathing exercises (pranayamas), suitable for all ages and levels of ability. Each posture stretches and strengthens specific muscles, ligaments and joints needed for the next posture. The Bikram method stimulates the organs, glands and nerves, moving fresh oxygenated blood to your entire body, restoring all systems to a healthy working order. Bikram scientifically designed this 90-minute program to deliver total health through the balancing and strengthening of every system in the body in order to prevent illness and injury and limit the effects of aging. In addition, the series of postures combine skills of concentration, patience, determination and self-control, which lead to increased mental clarity and reduced stress.
The Maui Yoga Path is guided by the teaching of B.K.S. Iyengar who was voted by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Iyengar Yoga is considered the world’s gold standard of yoga teaching. Integrating the yoga philosophy in each asana with emphasis on body alignment builds strength, flexibility, balance and a sense of calm, clarity, and wellbeing. The use of props, such as blocks, belts, bolsters, chairs, wall ropes and blankets, helps to make this yoga accessible to everyone. Structural posture is improved and injuries have solutions. Deni returns yearly to the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Institute in Pune, India to deepen her own practice and to bring fresh insights for her students.
808-874-5545 – Mana Kai Resort 2960 S. Kihei Road • Kihei, HI 96753 www.mauiyogapath.com
Island Spirit Yoga Island Spirit Yoga offers a peaceful sanctuary where locals and visitors can connect in cultivating physical and spiritual well-being. It is our belief that you can rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit in rhythm with the healing energy of Maui. It is our intention to share the benefits of yoga by combining ancient traditions with contemporary wisdom. Yoga will deepen your inner awareness, strengthen the body and quiet the mind. Island Spirit Yoga offers over 25 classes per week, including Nia movement, and all levels of yoga. The studio provides a supportive, heart-centered atmosphere, filled with genuine Aloha.
A regular practice of Bikram Yoga also improves body posture and spine alignment. It relieves back pains and headaches; strengthens muscles; reduces symptoms of chronic diseases; gives better self-confidence; improves body image; improves flexibility, balance and strength; all while offering a general feeling of wellness and peace.
The studio and some of our highly qualified instructors have been voted Best of Maui. Its reputation as one of Maui’s most popular studios is a result of our friendly staff, inspiring instructors, and the sacred ambiance.
808-872-2402 251 Lalo St. Kahului, HI 96732 www.bikramhawaii.com
808-667-2111 840 Wainee St. Lahaina, HI 96761 www.islandspirityoga.com
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Mangala Yoga - Makawao
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1170 Makawao Ave, Unit 1 Makawao, HI 96768 808-359-2252 • makawaoyoga.com
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Mangala Yoga - Haiku 880 Kokomo Ave. Ste. 126 Haiku, Hi 96708 808-359-2252 • mystudionorth.com
Maui Yoga Path
Bikram Yoga Kahului
2960 S. Kihei Rd. in Kihei 808-874-5545 • mauiyogapath.com
251 Lalo St. Suite A2 Kahului, HI 96732 808-872-2402 • bikramhawaii.com
Yoga Shala - Wailea 34 Wailea Gateway Pl. A-208 Wailea, HI 96753 808-283-4123 • maui-yoga.com
Maui Hot Yoga & Kickboxing 115 E Lipoa St., Kihei, HI 96753 808-463-8811 • mauihotyoga.com
Anahata Yoga Annette Davidsson 808-359-3181 • ayoga.us
Christine Wilkinson Yoga Therapeutics Wailuku, HI 96793 603-203-0102 • cwyoga.com
Angel Yoga-Angel Hoenig 808-874-1887
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161 Hana Hwy. Paia, HI 96779 808-868-0252 • meshyoga.com
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Sacred Sounds Music Events Kirtan at Yoga Shala
71 Baldwin Ave., Paia, HI 96779 808- 269-6679 • infusionyogamaui.com
Fridays at 7 PM 381 Baldwin Ave • Paia, HI 96779
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Maui Yoga Shala - Paia 381 Baldwin Ave., Paia, HI 96779 808-283-4123 • maui-yoga.com
Om Maui 95 Makawao Ave. Makawao, HI 96768 808-573-5666 • mauiyogafitness.com
Maya Yoga in Huelo 808-268-9426
Wisdom Flow Yoga Jennifer Lynn 808-268-4095 • wisdonflowyoga.com SOUTH SIDE
Kihei Community Yoga 1847 S. Kihei Rd. #103 Kihei, HI 96753 808-269-2794 • kiheiyoga.com
Bikram Yoga 845 Waine’e Street #204 Lahaina, HI 96761 bikramyogalahaina.net
Island Spirit Yoga 840 Wainee St. Lahaina, HI 96761 808-667-2111 • islandspirityoga.com
Maluhia Paloma Beach and home sessions offered 808-489-6303 CENTRAL MAUI
Jennifer Loftus nianow.com/jennifer-loftus BODYWORK • MASSAGE, CHIROPRACTIC • ReiKI, ACUPUNCTURE • ROLFING UPCOUNTRY/EAST MAUI
Peter Hofmann Therapeutic Massage Peter Hofmann, LMT 808-298-8971
Body Alive Yoga
Denise LaBarre-Body Whisperer
1995 Main St., 2nd Fl, Wailuku, HI 96793 808-987-1928 • bodyaliveyoga.com
808-575-2244 • HealingCatalyst.com
Hot Stone Massage-Hana
Ultimate in Relaxation Carla Morningstar P-808-248-7297 • M-808-268-4007
1942 Main St., Wailuku, HI 96793 808-268-9723 • afterglowyoga.com
Temple of Peace Healing Sanctuary – Colonics, Hydrotherapy & Spa 808-575-5220 templeofpeacemaui.com
Transformational Healing Arts 510-292-5990 • reclaimingbalance.org
Reiki Sessions & Training - Bill Cox 808-572-4177 • mauireiki.com
Reiki and Cranioasacral Lucia Maya • 808-866-8246 luminousadventures.com
Shalandra Abbey Reiki Master, Author 808-280-7704 • reikihawaii.com
Hands of Light - Coreena
Len Jacoby, L.Ac Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Herbs 808-662-4808
Reiki with Jenna
Heavenly Pivot Acupuncture Naya Cheung Rice
Reiki Maui HI Patricia Gould
808-633-1753 • heavenlypivot.com
Sarah Thompson Intuitive Healing Maui
Pole Fitness thepoleroom.com • 808-283-2606
Orthopedic Massage on Maui
Raphiell Nolin LMT 808-264-1144
Maui Rolfer - Josh Froberg
Mauirolfer.com • 808-757-1125
808-665-8282 • kapalua.com
Lomi Lomi Massage
Maui Massage & Wellness
Tanmayo N. Brown 808-283-6888 • mauiwellnes.com
Ethan Sisser • 808-633-6609
808-669-0100 • zensationsspa.com
The Maui School of Therapeutic Massage
Thai Body Work - Adrian Avocado
Galan Sports Chiropractic & Massage
Carol A. Phelan Bodywork
169 Ma’a St. • Wailuku, HI 808-938-7084
Healing Hands Chiropractic of Maui Anthony Jayswal, D.C.
Doucette Chriropractic & Kinesiology
Enlighten Up Massage and Sound Table Adrian Blackhurst
808-572-1888 • massagemaui.com
Hale Ho’ola Haleakala Maui Bodyworks/Syntropy Neuromuscular Integration Hanne Johanna Holland, LMT 808-280-2949 • mauibodyworks.com
Ho’omana Spa Maui 808-573-8256 • lomimassage.com
Joanne Green Therapeutic Massage 808-344-9344 joannegreenbodywork.com
Ajna Wysowski Hypnotherapist, Reiki, Psychic 817-480-2973 ajnaoftheworld.wordpress.com
650-490-6342 • adrianavocado.com SOUTH SIDE
Medical & Sports Massage Therapy - Steve Dollahite National Board Certified 808-298-1636 • Massage4Maui.com
Maui Mobile Reiki Energy Spa 808-212-3248 • facebook.com/reiki.maui
Watsu and Massage Brenda M. Martin
808-575-2440 • spaluna.com
Fabian Physical Therapy Erika Fabian
95 Lono St., #202 - Kahului 808-872-3333 • fabianpt.com
Massage Maui Style
Dr. Michael Pierner Chiropractic Care
Spa Luna Massage
Complete Chiropractic & Massage Richard Sargent, D.C.
Ocean LightForce Chiropractic Maui
808-280-1523 • massagemauistyle.com
808-269-4337 • watsuonmaui.com
Christine Wilkinson Karuna Reiki Master
VanQuaethem Chiropractic 808-667-7700 • getadjustedmaui.com
Wailuku, HI 96793 603-203-0102
Jeffrey A. Tice, L.Ac Acupuncture 808-281-2727 • taotonow.com
the GREEN Karine Villemure Massage Therapy and Clinical Skin Care 808-298-9512
Maui Therapeutic Massage Dean Nicklaw
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Dr. Bonnie Marsh, ND
Lumeria Maui Retreat Center
905 Kokomo Rd. • Haiku, HI 96708 808-575-2242
1813 Baldwin Ave. • Makawao, HI 855-579-8877 • lumeriamaui.com
Dr. Nancy Lins, N.D. Naturopathic Physician
Banyan Tree House B & B
808-667-9554 • drlinshawaii.com
3265 Baldwin Ave. - Makawao 808-572-9021 • bed-breakfast-maui.com
Maui Wellness Center/ Ananda Sanctuary in Haiku
Green Ti Boutique and Massage 808-242-8788 • greentimaui.com
808-463-5856 • mauiwellnesscenter.com
Bowenwork Maui Jennifer Carey
Hale Akua Garden Farm 110 Door of Faith Rd. in Huelo 808-572-9300 haleakuagardenfarm.com
Wailuku Health Center Andrew M. Janssen, DC Chiropractor
MAUI MASSAGE SCHOOLS
Maui Academy of Healing Arts
808-879-4266 • massagschoolmaui.com
Erin L. Elster, DC Chiropractor
Spa Luna Massage School
808-866-6551 • erinelster.com
Sabai Massage Therapy 808-463-7734 • thaimassagemaui.com
Roth Chiropractic 808-244-0312 Homeopathy
Maui Homeopathy Hana, HI • 808-248-7568 Naturopaths (Upcountry & Central locations) 3681 Baldwin Ave. Ste. A104 Makawao, HI 96768 808-633-8177 • mauiND.com
1371 Malaihi Rd in Wailuku 808-244-4921 • schooloftantra.com
Sabai Massage School
808-572-1888 • massagemaui.com
Dr. Marsha Lowery ND
MAUI RETREAT CENTERS
Heart Intelligence Coaching and Retreats with Tomas and Joan Heartfield, PhD 808-572-1250 • talkinghearts.com
810 Kokomo Rd • Haiku, Hi 96708 808-214-9011 • fuzionfitinc.com
850 Haliimaile Rd. • Makawao, HI 96768 808-281-6925 crossfitupcountrymaui.com
The Gym Maui SPIN/CYCLING STUDIOS
Enjoy The Ride MAUI 118 Kupuohi St, C-2 • Lahaina, HI 96761 808-667-7772 • enjoytheridemaui.com
Heart Path Journeys
233 S. Market St. • Wailuku, HI 96793 808-633-8177 • mauiND.com
Temple of Tantra
The Maui School of Therapeutic Massage
3200 Wailea Alanui Dr. • Kihei, HI 96753 888-901-4521 • sunshineretreats.com
Malama Healing Arts CenterMassage Therapy & School
808-573-8256 • lomimassage.com
In Home Personal Trainer Functionalty / Core Training Marco
Palms at Wailea
4224 Hana Hwy in Hana 808-248-7841
Ho’omana Spa Maui
3390 Old Haleakala Hwy Pukalani • 808-633-6463 anytimefitness.com
808-575-2440 • spaluna.com
808-463-7734 • thaimassagemaui.com
GYMS & FITNESS TRAINERS
470 Kaluanui Rd. • Makawao, HI 808-243-7284 • heartpathjourneys.com
300 Ohukai, B 202 - Kihei 808-891-8108 • thegymmaui.com
The Pole Room 142 Kupuohi St, F2 • Lahaina, HI 96761 808.283.2606 • thepoleroom.com
Valley Isle Fitness Center 41 E. Lipoa St., Kihei, HI 96753 808-874-2844 • valleyislefitnesscenter.com
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A Song for Mauna Kea: Cause for Care by Home Le’amohala
In a remote part of our planet, atop a relatively isolated and seemingly desolate part of a mountaintop, a faint noise is being heard across the globe. It is the protests of a small group of people who are crying out for sanctity. It may appear to be a simple cry for the preservation of a mere speck of land, but the reason that this cry is being heard throughout the many societies that span our globe is profound. What is presently taking place atop Mauna Kea is the expression that resonates with practicality and sensibility throughout our human hearts. The world is watching these critical events with solemn anticipation specifically because it represents the same challenge that all of humanity is now facing—the recognition that this Earth is our Life Support System, our Provider, our Mother; and as such, she deserves our reverence. This return to sanctity is now at odds with the voracious drive for myopic financial gain that has been disintegrating the human character and fueling rampant destruction of our sacred Earth.
What many in our community may impulsively retort is that the TMT (Thirty Meter Telescope) that is being proposed for construction atop Mauna Kea will avail ‘critical information about the mysteries of the Universe that will support the better understanding of our Cosmos for humanity’. On the surface this may seem well and good enough, but we will soon need to pose the question, “What good is knowing about the mysteries of the Universe if, in the process, we desecrate our own planet and destroy the lives of those we share it with?” In protest one might say, “But building a ‘little’ telescope on one little spot on top of a big giant mountain won’t hurt anything”. And therein lies the problem. In the wake of its construction and use will be a violently disturbed habitat of endemic birds and flora that may not survive its impact. And although the massive footprint of the TMT may seem
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insignificant compared to the habitat decimation that is happening elsewhere in the world, it will undeniably leave a formidable footprint of concrete, steel, and machinery that will have a useful lifespan of perhaps 100 years—after which it will become an obsolete monolith for our mo’opuna to contend with. It will be a heap of scrap left standing atop a sacred entity, a mountain. For those who question the sentiments that anyone may hold for a mountain, we ought to recognize that throughout history and across the globe, humans have always found places that were held in constant awe. Whether they were waterfalls, lakes, ocean vistas, or majestic valleys, we have always found ourselves feeling a deep sense of humility, wonder, reverence, and connection with something absolutely grand while in their presence. In these sacred places we have been able to find sanctity with our world. Not the least of these sacred places can be recognized in our reverence for mountains. Whether we see the greatness of Mt. Fuji, Mt. Shasta, Denali, the Andes, the Rockies, the Sierras, or the Himalayas, we humans have always felt a deep and penetrating reverence for our mountains. The indigenous people of Hawai’i were able to see and embrace this same significance that has heralded mountains as temples throughout human societies. They established folklore and tales that captivated the minds and stirred the imaginations of their mo’opuna, and then bade them to continue holding their sacred mountain in reverent regard. Like cultures and civilizations throughout the world, chants, dances, rituals, and celebrations were established to expressly pay homage to this Life Supporting entity. From the mountains, we receive the waters that nourish our gardens and ourselves. The clouds that drift into and embrace Her slopes cry joyous tears that cascade from lofty heights to trickle their way into our hearts. We rejoice with gratitude and humility for the prosperity that they grant us. We sing their praise and dance in their honor. We tell mirth filled tales of their providence and beacon our progeny to carry this sentiment into their heritage so the generations may retain the wisdom of reverence for our beloved, Life giving mountains. On Mauna Kea, the generations who have been able to receive and honor this gift from our kupuna are now crying out. They are solemnly proclaiming their creed that echoes not only through the hearts of fellow kanaka, kama’aina, and malahini but through the hearts of anyone and everyone who has ever recognized and held dear the sanctity of our Mother Planet. Hawaiians are fighting for the sanctity of the human heart. The ancient ability to recognize, revere, and pay sincere homage to our Mother is presently being challenged by the Living Aloha
human weakness for short term gratification. This applies not only to the plight of Mauna Kea but to every atrocity that is presently being committed in the interest of immediate monetary gain. The voices atop Mauna Kea are being focused on and heard globally – specifically because they are the same cries that resound from every mother, father, and elder who can see that their progeny’s world is being sacrificed for someone’s personal, momentary (and superficial) glorification, whether through notoriety, monetary gain, or both. Inextricably tied to this is the fact that these lands were not granted or offered by the Hawaiians, they were stolen. Lest we again permit the callous will of uninvited aggression to dominate and rule our lives, we should be concerned about these events atop Mauna Kea. We should allow our ability to care run unbridled, unfurled, and free. If you find yourself recognizing the connection that this disruptive global event is having with every other injustice that is being imposed on the citizens of our world, including our fellow Earthmates, and even our selves, then it may be time to become part of the cry for sanctity. It may be time to make phone calls, write letters, hold up a placard or picket sign, talk to your neighbors, your representatives (i.e. senators, district reps., mayor, governor, etc.) and take action. It may be time to make your voice heard so that the cries from Mauna Kea or any other part of our Sacred Heart can sing out in confidence that they will be heard and supported. Our imminent return to more humble ways of living is becoming more of a pressing necessity than a luxury. What we will soon need to recognize is that returning to our humble reverence for Papa Honua, our Mother Earth, isn’t an imposition, it’s a blessing. And not only a blessing for us, but for the heritage that we will soon be handing… reverently… to our children.
Live Aloha, re-embrace Sanctity. Imua! Home Le’amohala is a native Hawaiian, the Founder of Onipa’a Sustainability Center, Fulfillment Coach, and author of The What, Why, and How of Sustainability, and Embracing Sovereignty. For free copies or more information visit ola-life.org.
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Big GMO Ag is Destroying the Health of Maui…
and the World
by David Klein, Ph.D., Naturopathic Doctor This article title may smack of overboard sensationalism, especially if you have never suffered with a debilitating illness or witnessed a loved one with a disease condition linked to GMO foods, but the reality is truly harrowing. I am just one of many doctors in the health field who have witnessed the rising incidence of GMO diet-related illness in recent years. We do indeed have a mounting crisis, here and worldwide. The clients who have come to me in recent years with severe inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) have been slower to heal and suffered more, despite the most effective dietary healing programs. GMO foods have insidious effects, which can be life-ruining. Prior to 2005, I’ve observed that the two main causes of IBD have been 1. meat-based diets, and 2. highly-processed diets rich in
irritating items, especially pepper, chili peppers, curries, oregano, onions, garlic, vinegar, coffee and salt. In recent years, two new factors have arisen: 3. reckless over-prescription of antibiotics, and 4. GMO foods.
There is mounting scientific evidence to back up our claims. But, one does not have to be a scientist to understand this—it’s just plain common sense that herbicides and GMO foods are dangerous and destructive.
GMOs are created by a laboratory process that transfers genetic material into the DNA of an organism, giving them different traits, which do not occur in nature, such as resistance to herbicides and pesticides. The resultant new GMO foods have proteins and other constituents, which are foreign and pathogenic to our physiology, causing inflammatory responses, cellular dysfunctions and severe illness.
GMO seeds and plants are “Roundup-Ready.” This means that they can be sprayed with Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide and survive the poisoning, while their neighboring weeds die. This is not always the case, however; resistant “superweeds” are reportedly defeating the herbicidal efforts.
The bottom of the page lists three authoritative sources that are sounding alarms about GMO madness. I highly recommend viewing all three videos and conducting your own research.
Roundup and many other herbicides are metal chelators. The chemical ingredient that does the chelating is known as glyphosate. This means that chelating chemicals bond to mineral elements in the soil, bacteria and other micro organisms, plant cells, and animal cells, including human cells, as well
Dr. Lorrin Pang, M.D. - Concerns About GMO Foods – YouTube channel : Hawaii SEED Tour 2013 Lorrin Pang, M.D., M.P.H., a physician and Medical Officer for Maui County, and co-leader of the SHAKA Movement expresses his concerns about GMO foods.
Engineered Food and Your Health: The Nutritional Status of GMOs – YouTube channel : OrganicGrowersVideo Thierry Vrain, Ph.D., a retired biologist and genetic engineer exposes the sinister machinations of the biotech industry and the virulent effects of GMO agriculture and foods in this new “must-watch” video.
The world’s leading no-GMO crusader and occasional Maui visitor, Jeffrey Smith explains the destructive health effects of GMO foods in his DVD titled Genetic Roulette. To rent or buy the film, visit GeneticRouletteMovie.com. His book, titled Genetic Roulette – The Gamble of Our Lives, is available through Amazon.
as the proteins and enzymes within those living organisms. When the minerals, such as iron, magnesium, manganese, calcium and zinc, in organic molecules and within the cells of living organisms are locked up by glyphosate, they cease to function, health deteriorates and death can ensue. In other words, glyphosate destroys enzymatic and physiological functionality, that causes nutritional deficiency or terminal malnutrition of the bacteria we need in our soils and our gut. The plants, their fruits, humans and all animals in the food chain now eating the tainted foods are at risk. Glyphosate has been shown to alter the balance of intestinal micro flora, promoting the growth of pathogenic strains and decreasing
the numbers of good bacteria needed to synthesize vitamins. This weakens our body’s defense system, leading to toxemia, bowel inflammation and a chain reaction of physiological deterioration. Glyphosate is also bio accumulative, i.e., it builds up and persists in soil, microorganisms and all animals in the food chain. It gets even worse: components of GMO foods reportedly become part of the bacteria in our digestive tracts and reproduce continuously inside us— and that is why millions worldwide are suffering with inflamed bowels and allergies and getting no relief. Antibiotic treatments only make matters worse—poisons don’t help
a poisoned and weakened body.
These crops reportedly accumulate high levels of glyphosate that remain in the food. Corn and cotton varieties are also engineered to produce an insecticide called Bt-toxin. The Bt-toxin is produced in every cell of genetically engineered corn and ends up in corn chips, corn tortillas, and other ingredients derived from corn (including all the many products containing “high fructose corn syrup”). A recent study suggests that Bt-toxin, glyphosate and other components of GMOs are linked to five conditions that may either initiate or exacerbate gluten-related disorders: intestinal permeability, imbalanced gut bacteria, immune activation and allergies, impaired digestion, damage to the intestinal wall, colitis, Crohn’s disease and irritable bowel. The proliferation
Is it any wonder why glyphosate has been labeled as “worse than DDT”? The Institute for Responsible Technology has noted that genetic engineering processes create massive collateral damage, causing mutations in hundreds or thousands of locations throughout plants DNA. Natural genes can be deleted or permanently turned on or off, and hundreds may change their behavior. Even the inserted genes can be damaged or rearranged, and may create proteins that can trigger allergies or promote disease. Glyphosate also promotes the growth of cancer cells. Does the phrase “Franken foods” come to mind? How about “genocide”?
There are nine GMO food crops currently on the market: soy, corn, cotton oil, canola oil, sugar from sugar beets, zucchini, yellow squash, Hawaiian papaya, and alfalfa. Yes, eating papayas here on Maui is dangerous unless they are non-GMO.
of GMO foods is also directly correlated with rising incidences of allergies and, as you’ll see in Dr. Thierry Vrain’s video, autism. Yes— autism! These conditions make life miserable and often tragic, and the trends are rising. Hawaii is home to one of the world’s most extreme concentrations of GMO research fields by five of the largest biotechnology and chemical companies: Monsanto, Dow Agro Sciences, Syngenta, DuPont Pioneer and BASF. Maui County is home to extensive soybean, corn and other crop breeding and seed multiplication activities performed by Monsanto and some of the other
Here are some fairly recent statistics illustrating the dominance of GMO “Roundup Ready” crops in the U.S.: 93% of all soybeans 93% of all corn 93% of all cottonseed oil 95% of sugar beets Living Aloha
biotech giants. Many say that Hawaii is “ground zero” for GMO research. These companies make poison and promote the poison foods industry. For almost two decades, they have been growing test crops on Maui and Kauai with some of the most dangerous synthetic pesticides used in agriculture today. And what is the Maui legislature, Health Department, the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Surgeon General doing about this, while the health of Americans —which is already in a calamitous state— slides
further downhill? Why is the science behind this not regarded as simply commonsense and obvious? Why are the rising disease statistics not yet alarming? Why did Maui County judges recently reject the GMO moratorium? Because they are swayed by Monsanto’s legal team who convinced the judges that the economy (GMOchemical agriculture and Monsanto jobs) is more important than the health concerns of the citizens they are charged with safeguarding. Last year, Kauai was handed the same lame deal by its judiciary.
The state of Hawaii is not doing its job of insuring the welfare of its citizens. It’s up to us to educate our fellow Hawaiian citizens, present the truth, and make the judiciary comply. In this way, Monsanto and the other hoodlums in the GMO industry will get booted out and healthful, sustainable and nutritious agriculture can regain their rightful place. The health of our economy, environment, flora and fauna, including us, will only improve, and we’ll have a great chance of restoring the paradise that has been lost.
For more information on GMO and to take action toward restoring sanity and health to our Valley Isle, please get involved with SHAKA Movement. Visit www.mauigmomoratoriumnews.org and www.facebook.com/groups/ShakaMovement Also, please ask your physicians to become educated about GMO dangers and be vocal about GMO-caused diseases. Medical doctors have tremendous clout in the area of public safety policy. They must step up and testify.
Please support this right cause. David Klein, Ph.D. is a Naturopathic Doctor and Director of the Colitis & Crohn’s Health Recovery Center in Haiku. He is the author of the bestseller, Self Healing Colitis & Crohn’s and has led thousands of clients to vibrant wellness. For more information, visit www.colitisandcrohnscenter.com or contact Dr. Klein at firstname.lastname@example.org or 808-572-0861.
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