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

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Therapeutic Home Recipes Rebalance and Renew Mind and Body by Frances Lefkowitz

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Inner Awareness Brings Calm and Well-Being by Daniel Rechtschaffen

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HENDRIX ON HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS by April Thompson

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n 2010, balance was about as elusive to me as Bigfoot.

Right now, I am watching a light snowfall flurry to the ground and turn the world white. The February issue’s contents are off with our layout person to do her magic, and the busiest time for Natural Awakenings is now done. The relief in our home is palpable.

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That’s the overview of course, but it’s not all true; Doug and I did get to have some fun adventures in our RV, and take part in the many activities and recreation just outside our door. And it sure was nice taking a couple weeks off during the holidays! Before I knew balance was the theme to this issue, I made it a resolution for 2011. To me, balance is a mix of work, play and downtime all in the normal course of a day. (That’s until I hit the lottery of course – then all bets are off!) What it means is that I don’t sit in my chair working for 15 hours and the next day feel I am justified in taking most of the day off. It means I don’t sit at my desk and eat lunch and never see a drop of sun the whole day. How about some time out to play with Gracie Sheds-a-lot Poopypants, our German Shepherd Extraordinaire? She sure deserves it. Oh yeah, and I do have a wonderful, loving partner who deserves a better attitude more often, rather than, “Can you make some more coffee and maybe I’ll have a second wind for that?” I remember once in my first job out of college, a senior marketing staff member whom I considered my mentor said to me, “The work will be there tomorrow too.” I seem to forget that sometimes. I’ve had a history of working my butt off for others, all hours of the night and weekends, and honestly, in 25 years of working, have never felt properly compensated, financially or otherwise. How about you? All that time lost… I’m bound and determined this year to take advantage of some of the great gems for ideas to balance my life in these pages, experience some fun things on a regular basis, and get off my butt every day and head out into the sunshine. I am going to feel energized enough after work to try a NIA class, new meditations, and doesn’t that special on page 7 for the unlimited Bikram yoga sound cool? I’d like to break through some old mental barriers with classes like Fast Focusing Center is offering (page 18) and head on down to The Nail Bar (page 24) for some well-earned pampering. Work will never go away, and that’s good because I believe we have to be productive to feel satisfied. Yet, I hope that you are living the richest life you can and mixing in all the fun, good stuff you deserve. If not, how about heading into the sunshine when you can? Work will be there tomorrow.

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newsbriefs Free Talk on Thyroid Health

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an Hollaman, DC will be hosting a free informational talk on Thyroid health at the Boulder Senior Center East on February 22 at 7pm. Hollaman is a functional medicine practitioner who helps patients with a wide variety of complaints, but he has taken a special interest in thyroid issues as he has seen a great many patients complaining of symptoms such as low energy, brain fog and weight issues. “Traditional medicine often fails to recognize hypothyroidism’s autoimmune underpinnings,” says Hollaman. According to Hollaman, this talk focuses on autoimmune thyroid and what you can do to regain your health. “I hope to educate the public about their options to regain their health,” said Hollaman. The Senior Center is located at 5660 Sioux Dr. in Boulder. Hollaman asks that those interested in attending please reserve a spot by calling 303-882-8447. Ian Hollaman is the director of Red Tail Wellness Centers in Boulder, 3393 Iris Ave, Ste 105. He also specializes in Applied Kinesiology and nutrition. See ad page 2.

Conscious Inspirational Group

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onscious Conversations & Contemplations (CCC) group is hosted every month on the first Wednesday of the month at Journeys for Conscious Living Center in Arvada. The next gathering will be February 2 at 6:45pm. CCC promotes the gathering of individuals that share a common desire to raise the consciousness of humanity and support our planet. Speakers, teachers, trainers, authors and healers are invited to the stage to speak about what they offer. CCC creates a place where individuals can explore different modalities of healing, hear inspired messages, and gain new insights, tools, processes and practices for personal exploration and growth. Denye Robbins, founder of the group, states, “We have food, discussions, meditation, music and more. We exchange business cards, make power connections, and chat about what matters to us concerning Mother Earth and her wellbeing. We uplift and support each other in our endeavors to succeed in our individual missions and visions. We come together as a community for the purpose of sharing and inspiring each other in reaching our highest potential.” Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Building A, Suite 100, Arvada. For event or rental information contact Journeys For Conscious Living at 303-731-6695 or J4CL.com. See ad page 27.

Wellness Gala to Feature Robert Kandarjian

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xperience the special gifts of a select group of experts in the Health, Beauty, and Wellness fields at the Balance Your Life™ Wellness Gala™ Saturday Feb 26, 12-5pm at the First Unitarian Society of Denver. The Wellness Gala is honored to present renowned NYC “Healer to the Stars” and Bestselling Author, Dr.Robert Kandarjian, in a special, Discussion/Hands on Healing on Life & Afterlife at 3pm.  Book signing immediately following. Call to reserve, limited seating available. The Wellness Gala offers Mini Sessions, Workshops, and Demonstrations, concert with Colorado’s own Jazz, Blues & Gospel great, Hazel Miller, performing original music by Emmy-award winning composer, Denise Gentilini at 1:00 pm. 1400 Lafayette St. Denver, CO. A portion of the proceeds benefit Autism. $15 General Admission. Intuitive Readings & Featured Guests Extra Fee. Special programs: Gala admission, plus either featured guest ,book or cd: $35. VIP: Gala admission, BOTH featured guests, book & CD $55. Robert Kandarjian will be available in Denver for private sessions, Feb 27 & 28. Call 973-713-6811 to book an appointment. 720-242-6838. Hazelmiller.com, DrRobertHeals.com, WellnessGala.com.

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ikram Yoga Mile High is offering a special through March of $39 for one month of unlimited yoga, saving the community $110 off current rates. The offer is good for new students and Colorado residents only. Bikram Yoga is a copyrighted 90 minute series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises performed in a heated room of 105º. Bikram Yoga is a therapeutic practice designed to work the entire body from inside out, bones to skin, fingertips to toes. Based on a centuries-old and scientifically proven pathway to health, Bikram Yoga is known for its medical benefits as well as for its ability to train and calm the mind. Thru March 31. Coupon must be presented at time of purchase. Offer cannot be combined with other offers. Bikram Yoga Mile High, 5019 E. Colfax Ave, Denver. 303-377-2227. B i k r a m Yo g a M i l e H i g h . c o m . S e e coupon page 7.

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atural Awakenings has teamed up with WildQuest to offer our readers a chance to win a Wild Dolphin Encounter Caribbean adventure getaway in the Bahamas. The six-night trip includes a one-night stay in Ft. Lauderdale before flying to Bimini, where the lucky winner will enjoy five days of daily excursions on a comfortable catamaran to connect and play with wild dolphins swimming free in their natural environment. The combination of yoga, healthy food, supportive surroundings and dolphin encounters creates a transformative opportunity to relax, expand and reconnect with nature. Natural Awakenings reader Bukki Sitler reports on Facebook: “I won a trip last summer, and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Even off the boat, there is a lot to do, like yoga and daily meditation. It’s a beautiful program.” To sign up for the sweepstakes, visit MileHighNaturalAwakenings.com. To learn more about WildQuest, visit WildQuest.com.

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newsbriefs Cleanse for Health

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lear Sky Medical is offering a 3-4 week well-guided and supported cleansing program, with meal plans, recipes and tips detailing how you can cleanse and still manage in the ‘real world’. “A nutritional cleanse might be the jump start you need if you are looking for a new way to eradicate lingering health issues like headaches, constipation, joint pain, foggy thinking, allergies, skin problems, hormonal imbalances or overweight,� said Karen Dietrich, MNT. Cleansing helps to open our channels of elimination; it promotes drainage and ‘refreshes’ our cellular environment. While most people will initially experience some ‘detox’ effects as toxins are stimulated to leave the body (mostly some fatigue and mild headaches), after a few days a surprising feeling of renewed energy and vigor tends to appear. Clearer thinking and a reduction in chronic health symptoms may also be noticed. As you practice eating clean, healthy, and low-allergenic whole foods, weight loss is likely another beneficial side effect. Karin Dietrich, MNT, practices holistic nutrition therapy at Clear Sky Medical. Info 303-790-7860. ClearSkyMedical.com. See ad page 8.

Massage School Receives National Approval

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he Denver Integrative School of Massage is now an assigned school of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. They received their national approval in September. The school, which already licensed massage therapists in Colorado, is now able to prepare students for the national board exams and licensure. Hillary Hilliard, director and owner, says, “The national approval means that students from any other state can take classes and it appeals to a national audience, since it’s a different program that’s offered anywhere else.� Denver Integrative School of Massage, 303-349-6615 or DenverIntegrativeMassageSchool.com. Be a part of our March issue!

Our main feature is on local and organic foods! Eating local, going organic, growing our own or joining a community food co-op‌ which food choices are best for our health, the environment and society. Nell Newman from Newman’s Organics will be discussing Sustainable Foods & Responsible Philanthropy. Advertise your local organic product and/or service! 303-770-1981 or Doug@MileHighNaturalAwakenings.com.

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News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.

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Where We Come From Counts Making a life is about more than making a living, and a University of Michigan study has found that some cities lead with their heart, while others lead with their head. “The place where we grew up or currently reside… defines who we are, how we think about ourselves and others, and the way we live,” suggest researchers Nansook Park and Christopher Peterson. Hence the common query: “Where are you from?” With more than half of the world’s total population living in cities, the researchers maintain that it’s time to assess what is right about urban life. So, they surveyed character strengths among more than 47,000 residents of the 50 largest U.S. cities. They report that heart-strong cities tended to be warmer, less crowded and more community/teamwork oriented, with more families with children, and perhaps kinder and gentler overall. The five highest scoring heart-oriented cities were: El Paso, Texas; Mesa, Arizona; Miami; Virginia Beach; and Fresno, California. Head-strong cities tended to be more intellectual, innovative and creative, with a greater number of patents per capita. They are often labeled as hot spots for talent and high-tech industries. The five top-scoring cities in this category were: San Francisco, Los Angeles and Oakland, California; Albuquerque; and Honolulu. Some cities scored above average on both counts, including El Paso, Honolulu and Detroit. Is it better to lead with your head or your heart? Each has its own advantages, the researchers conclude. Life may well be good in other towns, too, simply in different ways.

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healthbriefs Green Cleaning Facts By Brian Hazzard

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ver wonder what harm that roll of paper towels or that cleaner is doing to the environment? If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been considering a â&#x20AC;&#x153;greenâ&#x20AC;? cleaning system or service provider, here are some facts: 3,000: the number in tons of paper towels sent to landfills each day; 100: the number of dollars your family could save by replacing paper towels with microfiber cloths or towels; 215,780: the number of exposure cases called into poison centers in 2007 involving household cleaning substances; 100: the number of times higher that indoor air pollution levels can be above outdoor air pollution levels, according to U.S. EPA estimates; 17,000: the number of petrochemicals available for home use, of which only 30 percent have been tested for exposure to human health and the environment; 63: the number of synthetic chemical products found in the average American home, translating to roughly 10 gallons of harmful chemicals; 275: the number of active ingredients in antimicrobials that the EPA classifies as pesticides because they are designed to kill microbes. You can gain some great benefits by going to a Green Cleaning system or using a green cleaning service. For instance, one example is that microfiber mops and cloths reduce water use. A typical microfiber cloth can hold up to seven times its weight in water. Unlike cotton cloths, microfibers leave no lint or dust after use. Microfiber mops and cloths are more effective in picking up dirt and dust than cotton or paper cloths. More importantly, a green cleaning system lowers risk to human health, poses less negative impacts to the environment and lowers health care costs due to reduced exposure to irritants and chemicals. EcoMaids South Denver in Parker provides high quality cleaning services using only products that are safe for you, your family, your pets and the planet. 720-496-1786. Ecomaids.com/SouthDenver. Facts from www.dep.state.fl.us/ green/gc_facts.htm. See listing page 24.


Maintenance for Body and Soul By Michelle Marchand

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healthy soul responds to care and lfeeding, like the mind and body. Pampering has been looked at in the past as a luxury or something we don’t deserve. Change your mindset ...call it maintenance for the soul. An opportunity to heal your feet, what literally supports us, carries us, balances us. And our hands are our communicators, what we talk with, laugh with, greet with….an extension of our soul that needs to be treated with care, and covered with good soul-full products. Chemicals in nail polish can be absorbed through the skin and make you feel dizzy, drowsy or even depressed, and how about that smell when you walk in a salon? You can breathe it in and feel ill. Traditional nail polish usually contains the chemicals formaldahyde, toluene and dibutyl phthalate which can cause cancer and other serious illness. Toxic chemicals in cosmetics are especially dangerous for pregnant women, as the chemicals can enter the bloodstream of the mother and harm the development of the fetus. The EPA even released a guide designed to help protect workers at nail salons from being over-exposed to toxins that exist in nail salon products. When you are maintaining the beauty and functionality of your feet and hands, especially in this cold weather, consider the products being used. There are great options for healthy, organic materials and products, which will help you love your body even more. Michelle Marchand is the owner of The Nail Bar, which specializes in natural nails. The Nail Bar is open Tues-Sat by exclusive appointment only. 303-320-0305. TheNailBar.biz. See listing page 24.

Balance through Ayurveda By Alakananda Ma

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nowing your prakruti or Ayurvedic constitution offers many benefits for balance in the body, mind and spirit. Although you will often read or hear of the one diet or the one exercise program that is ideal for everyone, Ayurveda offers the consideration that people are different and have different needs. The diet that worked for your best friend could be harmful for you. By knowing your constitution, you are in a position to tailor your diet, exercise, daily supplemental Ayurvedic herbs, massage oils and other aspects of life to your individual needs for balance. Your constitution can also give you important clues about your relationship to the seasons. For instance, if you are vata, autumn is likely to be your most challenging season. So it could be important to do warm oil massages and take Ashwagandha at that season. If you are pitta, summer brings the most challenges, while if you are kapha, you will need to take extra care in winter and spring. Your constitution also tells you about your sensitive time of day. From two to six in the morning and afternoon are sensitive for vata, who can get very stressed and anxious at these times. The times around midnight and noon are dangerous for pitta events such as anger outbursts or midnight snacking. And sleeping after sunrise or eating heavily in the evening can make kapha sluggish and slow. These are just few of the many benefits of knowing our constitution to create balance in your health and lifestyle. Alakananda Ma is a British-trained medical doctor, a spiritual renunciant and has been studying Ayurveda since 1980. She is the director of Alandi Ayurveda Clinic, 2457 20th St. Boulder. See ad page 7.

ecotip Savvy Switch

Why Tap Water is a Better Choice Did you know that Americans now drink more bottled water than milk or juice? We buy 30 billion bottles a year, 80 percent of which ends up in landfills for hundreds of years. That’s why Earth-friendly folks use refillable bottles these days. In addition to being eco-savvy, consumers have plenty of reasons to avoid bottled water. According to a four-year study by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), we cannot assume that the bottled water we purchase is necessarily any better regulated, purer or safer than most tap water. Here are some revealing facts: n People typically spend from 240 to 10,000 times more per gallon for bottled water than for tap water. n According to government and industry estimates, at least 25 percent of bottled water (some say 40 percent) is tap water, sometimes with additional treatment, sometimes not. n Independent laboratory analysis in the NRDC study showed that about one-third of the bottled waters tested contained significant contamination in at least one test. That means

the levels of chemical or bacterial contaminants exceeded those allowed under a state or industry standard or guideline. n The Food and Drug Administration doesn’t regulate water bottled and sold in-state, effectively exempting 60 to 70 percent of U.S. bottled water from FDA standards. Even when its rules apply, they are weaker in many ways than Environmental Protection Agency rules governing big-city tap water. The majority of the country’s tap water passes the EPA standards. n Tap water test results and notices of violations must be reported to state or federal officials. There is no mandatory reporting for water bottlers; manufacturers have recalled bottled water 100 times, without letting consumers know about it two out of three times. n City water systems must issue annual “right-to-know” reports, telling consumers what is in their water; bottlers successfully killed such a requirement for bottled water. Every American has a right to safe, good-tasting water from the tap. If we choose to buy bottled water, we deserve the same assurances that it too, is safe. Whether our water comes from a tap or a bottle, we have a right to know what’s in it. If bottled water is so pure, why not prove it, with full disclosure on the label? Primary Source: National Resources Defense Council (nrdc.org)

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healthbriefs Acupuncture Helps Heart Patients esearch news from Germany reports that acu-

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puncture can improve exercise tolerance in patients suffering from chronic heart failure. The researchers gave such patients—who were on conventional medication and stable—10 sessions of acupuncture, focusing on the healing method’s pressure points that boost general strength, and according to traditional Chinese medicine, influence the nervous system and inflammation. The control group was treated with placebo needles that did not break the skin. The needles did not increase the heart’s pumping function, but they seemed to have an influence on skeletal muscle strength, and increased the distance that the heart patients were able to walk in a given time. The acupuncture patients also recovered more quickly from the exercise and tended to feel less general exhaustion. This finding could provide a useful option in the future if relatively low-cost acupuncture treatment can work to improve the prognosis for cardiac patients over the long term.

Grapefruit’s Bitter-Sweet Secret

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rapefruit’s piquant combination of sweet and slightly bitter tastes comes with a newly discovered benefit. Researchers have discovered that naringenin, an antioxidant derived from the bitter flavor of grapefruit and other citrus, may be of help to people with diabetes. Naringenin, the researchers explain, causes the liver to break down fats instead of storing them, while increasing insulin sensitivity, two processes that naturally occur during long periods of fasting. The natural compound, the scientists suggest, seems to mimic some lipid-lowering and anti-diabetics drugs; it holds promise for aiding weight control, as well as regulation of blood-sugar levels, both vital components in treatment of Type 2 diabetes. “It is a process that is similar to the Atkins diet, without many of the side effects,” notes Martin L. Yarmush, Ph.D., a physician who is the director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Engineering in Medicine and a study author. Earlier evidence has shown that naringenin also has cholesterol-lowering properties and may ameliorate some of the symptoms associated with diabetes. Source: Public Library of Science

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Blushing Could Save Face Most people try to hide their blushes when they’re embarrassed, but new research published in the journal Emotion suggests that facial expressions can serve an important role in smoothing social interactions. Researchers from the University of Groningen, in the Netherlands, had participants read vignettes about typical social transgressions and mishaps, and then rate how favorably they felt about the faces of the ostensible social culprits. Blushing people were judged more favorably than non-blushers, regardless of the other emotional cues on their face. The researchers argue that blushing signals a sincere acknowledgement of wrongdoing and communicates to others that we won’t make the same mistake again. They concluded that blushing might prevent people from being socially excluded after committing some kind of transgression. It could actually help us, yes, save face.

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RELAX & RECHARGE Therapeutic home recipes rebalance and renew mind and body. by Frances Lefkowitz

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chieving balance on all levels of being is the true measure of vibrant health,” says Thomas Yarema, a multidiscipline physician and director of the Kauai Center for Holistic Medicine and Research, in Hawaii. Integrative physicians and practitioners understand that in many ancient Eastern therapies, including Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine, well-being is all about balance. In these disciplines, harmony—and by extension, health and happiness—is created by a constant rebalancing of energies, sometimes complementing a natural state and sometimes countering it. Thus, depending on our physical and emotional makeup (easy-going personality? hot-tempered?) and current situation (need a job? getting married?), balance may require a calming down or a boosting up, turning inward or turning outward. Consulting the latest research and advice from scores of experts, Natural Awakenings has created a guidebook of recipes for balancing mind and body. Whether the immediate need is to relax, refresh, release or recharge, we’ve got a simple to-do to get you back in balance. Try these new approaches today.

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“Change is good,” the saying goes, but even good change, like falling in love or going on vacation—causes stress.

Stress is widely reported in medical journals like The Lancet and The Journal of the American Medical Association as linked to health problems from heart disease and diabetes to hair loss and depression. Because stress affects the immune system, frequent colds or bouts with the flu may signal a need to slow down. Fuzzy thinking, forgetfulness and feelings of frustration can also indicate that it’s time to relax. Get Herbal Drinking a cup of herbal tea is a simple, gentle and enjoyable way to “take five.” Herbal educator Dodie Harte, of the Sierra Institute of Herbal Studies, recommends a blend of three common calming herbs: chamomile, linden flower and passionflower, with a dash of relaxingly aromatic lavender flower. Add a cup of boiling water to a mix of one teaspoon of each herb and a small sprig of lavender, then let steep for 5 to 10 minutes. Apply Pressure Like acupuncture, acupressure is a technique of Traditional Chinese Medicine that works to rebalance the flow of chi, or energy, in the body by stimulating key points along its energy meridians, or pathways. While acupuncture uses needles that puncture the skin and requires a visit to a professional, acupressure stimulates via points on the skin’s surface and can be part of a self-care practice.

“When acupressure points are stimulated, they release muscular tension, promote circulation of blood and enhance the body’s life force energy to aid healing,” explains Michael Reed Gach, Ph.D., founder of the Acupressure Institute, in Berkeley, California, and author of Acupressure’s Potent Points: A Guide to Self-Care for Common Ailments. To relax the neck and relieve tension headaches, use the point at the base of the skull, just where the head attaches to the neck. Feel for the hollow between the two thick, vertical muscle masses—finding and pressing it will probably elicit a sigh. Put one or both thumbs in that hollow and apply gentle pressure for one to two minutes.

Refresh Perhaps the problem isn’t stress, but a feeling of weariness or listlessness. According to Atlanta psychiatrist Tracey Marks, a medical doctor and author of the new book, Master Your Sleep: Proven Methods Simplified, the continuous flow of electronic information in our smartphone lifestyles may be overstimulating our brains. The first step to refreshing and replenishing is to log off. In short, she says, “Off-hours create better on-hours.” Go Solo Psychologist Ester Schaler Buchholz, Ph.D., author of The Call of Solitude, believes that “alonetime” is a basic need. She supports this belief with

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a series of infant studies, analysis of historical and anthropological data, and research examining how meditation and rest bolster the immune system. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get enough solitude,â&#x20AC;? she observes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We get out of touch with ourselves; we get forgetful; we get sloppy.â&#x20AC;? We may also get angry, anxious and depressed. Take a daily, refreshing, mini-retreat by stepping away from the rest of the world for 15 minutes. Find a room with a door and turn off all electronicsâ&#x20AC;Ś then read a book, write a letter, meditate, or just close your eyes and listen to the silence. Sleep â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sleep ends up being one of those things we see as expendable,â&#x20AC;? says Marks. Yet, a growing body of studies from Harvard Medical Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Division of Sleep Medicine and other research institutions shows that it is crucial to your mental and physical health, as well as many of the bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s major restorative functions, including tissue repair, muscle growth and protein synthesis. New findings by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center even show that the brain uses sleep to consolidate memories and make them more accessible when weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re awake. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We should really think of ourselves as operating on a 16-hour battery,â&#x20AC;? Marks advises, because we must recharge ourselves in order to perform well. Signs of sleep deprivation include irritable moods and an inability to concentrate. Marksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Countdown to Bedtime routine starts an hour beforehand. Put away the work and turn off the computer. Stop drinking fluids. Take a warm bath or footbath and don pajamas. Read, meditate or listen to music to wind down. Adjust the bedroom temperature to between 68 and 74 degrees and turn off all lights and electronics, covering their LED displays. If it takes more than 30 minutes to fall asleep, get out of bed and do something relaxing until you feel drowsy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If your mind is busy, write out your thoughts on a problem-solving worksheet,â&#x20AC;? she suggests. Get Outside Time and again, it has been proven that nature heals. One researcher, from the University of Southern California, has found that even just gazing at a natural

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landscape, sunset or grove of trees from a window can activate endorphins in the brain that make us feel good. Getting outside is even better. Integrative Psychiatrist Henry Emmons, a physician and author of The Chemistry of Joy, explains that sunlight provides us with vitamin D, which he notes, â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;Ś plays a role in many physiological processes, including moods.â&#x20AC;? Emmonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; prescription: at least 30 minutes outside daily, without glasses, which can filter out healing components of sunlight. Neuroimmunologist and physician Esther Sternberg, author of Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being, points to an extensive body of research showing that the colors, patterns and scents of natural environments affect mental and physical well-being. She recommends spending time in gardens and growing your own plants, even if only a window box of herbs.

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After you have de-stressed, refreshed and released, it may be time to ramp up your energy. These final steps are geared to recharge your emotional and physical batteries. Stay in Touch Physical touch in any form stimulates the body, and while massage is typically used to relax and release, it can also revitalize. A recent National Institutes of Health study showed that massage had a positive effect on cancer-related fatigue in patients who were undergoing treatments that drained them of energy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;During an invigorating massage, the therapist uses faster paced, gliding, strokes, rather than slow, sustained, pressure,â&#x20AC;? explains Kristen Sykora, a licensed massage therapist and spokesperson for the American Massage Therapy Association. In-between visits (locate a local practitioner at Finda MassageTherapist.org), thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plenty you can do on your own. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Physiologically, when you massage yourselfâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;even when you rub lotion on your skinâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re asking the blood vessels to open up and bring in blood, nutrients and oxygen into that area,â&#x20AC;? Sykora says. She suggests


a simple tapping technique, called tapotement, for re-energizing any area of the body that feels fatigued, such as quadraceps or derrière. To work on quads, sit comfortably, so the muscles are relaxed, make a soft fist and tap gently all over the muscle for one to two minutes. Use either the pinky end of the fist or the underside, where the fingers are curled.

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Walk A simple way to get moving, walking raises heart rate and breathing capacity, increases circulation of blood and nutrients to all systems of the body and, as new research from the University of Pittsburgh shows, improves memory. It’s a relatively low-impact, safe, form of exercise that also gets you outdoors, which has its own balancing benefits. Beginners can try for 10 minutes a day at a slow, comfortable pace, while more experienced walkers may shoot for 30 minutes a day at a faster, more invigorating pace.

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Try Something New Sticking to the safe, familiar and triedand-true may seem like an energyconservation measure, but upsetting your routine and trying new things can re-cultivate a passion for life. And passion, says Marks, helps provide life with meaning and purpose. “It’s important to find pleasures outside of work, even if you do love your job,” she counsels. What will you do? Something you’ve always wanted to do, or used to do and have always wanted to get back to. Or, something you never thought you could do, or think you’re too old to do. Natural Awakenings’ monthly Calendar of Events is a perfect place to start. Take a cooking or art class (local community colleges are great, too) or join a dining or green drinks or birdwatching group (Meetup.com facilitates local gatherings). Learn a new sport (tennis, paddleboarding, salsa dance) or a musical instrument (ukulele, an easy instrument to pick up, is making a comeback). Join a community gardening, handcrafting or reading circle, which are all part of the growing make-it-yourself movement. The list is endless... Frances Lefkowitz’s new book, To Have Not, has been named one of five Best Memoirs of 2010 by SheKnows.com. Connect at FrancesLefkowitz.net.

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Happiness Is…

Just Say “Yum” to Local Organic Chocolate

CHOCOLATE B Dark and Delicious, it’s Blissfully Healthy by Gabriel Constans

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id you know that more than half of U.S. adults prefer chocolate to other flavors and spend $55 per person per year to indulge their hankering? That’s a lot of chocolate— some 3.3 billion pounds annually, or about 12 pounds per chocoholic. The International Cocoa Organization further estimates that by 2015, U.S. chocolate sales will top $19 billion. Eating dark chocolate makes people happy, researchers have learned, because it contains phenylethylamine, the same nurturing hormone triggered by the brain when we fall in love. According to the California Academy of Sciences, the theobromine in chocolate acts as a myocardial stimulant, dilator of coronary arteries and smooth muscle relaxant, all inducing good feelings. Researchers at the Harvard Medical School and Boston University School of Medicine recently reported that subjects who consistently consumed dark chocolate showed a 40 percent lower risk of myocardial infarction and stroke than those who did not. A study published in the European Heart Journal that tracked almost 20,000 people for 10 years found that people who ate about 7 grams of dark chocolate per day had lower blood pressure and 39 percent less risk of experiencing a stroke or heart attack, compared to those who ate an average of 1.7 grams daily. Scientists from Switzerland’s University Hospital point out that cocoa powder and chocolate

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contain rich sources of polyphenol antioxidants, the same beneficial compounds found in red wine and many fruits and vegetables that help to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. Chocolate lovers will be glad to know that dark chocolate contains more antioxidants per 3.5 ounces than prunes, raisins, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, kale, spinach, Brussels sprouts, alfalfa sprouts, plums, oranges, red grapes, red bell peppers, cherries, onions, corn or eggplant. Gabriel Constans, Ph.D., is a counselor, journalist and author of a dozen books, including Luscious Chocolate Smoothies: An Irresistible Collection of Healthy Cocoa Delights and Great American Smoothies. For more information, visit GoGabriel.com.

A Bite of History Xocolatl was the Aztecs’ word for chocolate, which they called “bitter water” and considered a gift from the gods. Cultivated for 1,000 years, the cacao tree is prolific once it reaches maturity, producing cocoa pods every six months for about 20 years. The beans must be fermented before they begin to taste like the chocolate we know and love.

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oulder resident Barbara Yeager never liked typical storebought chocolate very much. She wanted something that at least left her feeling as good as she did before eating it. What she does like is “playing” in the kitchen, and, having an innate sense with food, she discovered organic, raw cacao as her new toy. During a time of transition, deciding what to do after 40 years teaching meditation and yoga as well as being a life coach, Yeager created her first mint patty in 2009 which she shared with friends. A chocolate with no sugar, no diary, no soy and no gluten? A food that you can eat without guilt? And it’s delicious? Well, give me more, they all said, and she realized she had something very unique to offer a health-conscious community. It’s a success story that has its roots in a passion for increasing health, happiness and well-being in herself and others, and Yeager will readily tell you about the healthy, high quality of her chocolate. Besides the obvious appeal for anyone with sensitivities with sugar, dairy, soy and gluten, her chocolates are also all organic, “live food,” processed under 115 degrees and preserving their bio-available nutrients. What does that mean? Just about the healthiest stuff you can eat. Yeager’s line of chocolates have fun names like Chocolate Climax (cherries in crème), Cosmic Mint (the original mint patty), Heart Throb (coconut), Karma Melt (date caramel) and Meteor Shower (mint crunch). There are other options, and some labels are energy healing symbols. Today, you can find her line of Life Opening Chocolates in Boulder’s Whole Foods stores on Pearl and Baseline Streets, the Boulder Bookstore, in Boulder’s Best Organics gift boxes, The Stone Cub in Lyons, AbesMarket.com and more locations listed on her website LifeOpenings.com.

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Why Canned Food is Best for Cat Health by Dr. Lisa Pierson

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ften ignored principles of proper feline nutrition explain why cats have a better chance at optimal health if they are fed canned food instead of dry nuggets or kibble. Putting a little thought into what we feed our cats can pay big dividends over their lifetime and likely help them avoid experiencing serious, painful and costly illnesses. To begin, it is vital to understand that cats are obligate (strict) carnivores, and are very different from dogs in their nutritional requirements. Cats are designed to have their nutritional needs met by the consumption of a large amount of animal proteins (meat/ organs), instead of those found in plants (grains/vegetables). Plant proteins are less complete than meat proteins. A wild cat’s diet typically consists of rodents, birds, rabbits, lizards and insects. Such natural feline prey are high in animal protein, high in water content (about 70 percent) and low in carbohydrates (less than 5 percent). Most canned foods are of similar proportions. Now, consider three key negative issues associated with dry cat food: 1) as a protein source, it’s too high in plant (grain or vegetable) protein and too low in animal protein; 2) the water content is far too low, at just 5 to 10 percent; and 3) its carbohydrate load is too high, as much as 50 percent. This is not what is needed to support a healthy animal.

Protein Puzzle Humans and dogs can take the amino acids provided in plant proteins and, from those, produce any missing amino acids normally provided by animal

Just as with humans, diet comprises the bricks and mortar of health for our pets. Unfortunately, as we have strayed from a healthy diet, so have the feline friends that are dependent upon us for their food. proteins. Cats cannot do this, and so cannot live on a vegetarian diet. That is why the protein in dry cat food, which is often heavily grain-based, is not equal in quality to the protein in canned cat food, which is meat-based. The protein in dry food, therefore, earns a lower score in terms of biological value. Many pet food companies use grain proteins, such as corn, wheat, soy and rice, which are cheaper ingredients than meat proteins, because this practice contributes to a higher profit margin.

Water for Life Water, too, is vital to life and it also plays a critical role in the health of a cat’s urinary tract. Cats, by nature, have an extraordinarily low thirst drive and are designed to obtain water as part of their food. People who feed their cat dry food think that the animal is consuming enough water, because they see it drinking from a water bowl, but cats do not make up their water deficit this way. We can think of wet food, packaged in cans or pouches, which is a minimum of 75 percent water (approximating that of a cat’s normal prey), as working to flush out the cat’s internal plumbing several times each day, because such a water-rich diet produces much more urine than a water-depleted dry diet. The fact that urinary tract problems are common in cats, and often life-threatening, underscores the importance of keeping water flowing through the kidneys and bladder, which is critical to the health of this organ system.

Carb Load The high carbohydrate load of dry cat food wreaks havoc on the blood sugar balance of many cats because they lack the necessary enzyme systems to efficiently process carbohydrates. This comes as no surprise, given a cat’s strict carnivore status. While some cats are able to handle elevations in blood sugar levels, many are not, and this can contribute to the development of diabetes. In the 20th century, dry kitten and cat food attracted a huge following due to its convenience and affordability, but informed and caring owners now realize that wet cat food is a far more healthy choice. Veterinarians and enlightened consumers understand that a core principle of nutrition is: pay more for good food now or pay the doctor later. This principle applies to our pets, as well as to us. Finally, no discussion of dry versus canned food would be complete without addressing the myth that dry food is good for a cat’s teeth. In fact, this old tale has no basis in reality. Lisa Pierson is a doctor of veterinary medicine based in Lomita, CA.

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arville Hendrix, Ph.D., knows the sorrow of a broken relationship. In 1975, after a 16-year struggle to make a failing marriage work, Hendrix and his wife decided to split up. On the day the divorce was final, he was scheduled to teach a class on marriage at a university graduate school. As Hendrix responded to audience questions, he realized that everyone wants to know the secrets of successful marriages—including him. That “Aha!” moment spurred years of research with couples and led to his seminal book, Getting the Love You Want, and the creation of Imago Relationship Therapy with his second wife, Helen LaKelly Hunt, Ph.D. Their partnership of 28 years has produced nine books on intimate relationships and parenting, most recently Receiving Love, and six grown children. Imago Therapy seeks to unearth the hidden agendas that we all bring to our relationships and address them with openness, compassion and fearlessness.

What should you know before getting into a relationship? You need to know what pushes your buttons, whether it’s someone not looking at you while talking or someone being late. You should also know what happened in your childhood that made you sensitive to that. Why? Because the person you will be attracted to is going to push that button. It’s an opportunity to repair the shut-down part of yourself as you stretch to meet your partner’s needs and become whole in doing so. The divorce rate has been 50 percent for the past 60 years, because people think conflict means you’re with the wrong person. But conflict is growth trying to happen. Every person who falls in love goes through this drama: You meet someone who activates the negative aspects of your parents or caretakers, and your unconscious wants this person, who acts as a parental surrogate, to fulfill the unmet needs of childhood. When such conflict occurs, you know you are in a relationship with the right person. Many people may go to therapy or read self-help books, but if the issue you need to address is triggered only by certain types of people, you can’t work on it until it’s triggered. If you do go to therapy, go together. Therapy can actually be bad for your marriage unless you are in the same room at the same time with the same person helping you work through these issues.

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love, but romantic love is fragile and driven by expectations, whereas real love is durable and lasts through frustrations.

What can we do to keep and develop intimate connection? We teach couples how to have a different kind of conversation. It is called an Imago Dialogue, in which partners listen deeply to each other with curiosity, empathy and respect: what the other person thinks, how they feel and particularly, what they want in the relationship—and it is all done without criticism. In a dialogue, I will tell you what frustrates me. Time is often a big factor—whether it’s being late or early, time together or alone or time management. We have a primordial need for reliability; what scares children most is parents not being reliable. So I might say, “I need you to show up on time. In childhood, I couldn’t count on people.” You might respond, “Not having parents who kept promises, I imagine you feel frightened when I don’t show up.” Then you come to the behavior needed to respond: For example, “If I’ll be late, I’ll give you a call, so you know when I’ll be there.” It’s all about communication.

If we fail to fix a past relationship, what does it take to make the next one work well? It takes changing the notion that between our marriages, we can get fixed. You are going to take any unresolved problems into the next relationship. The best and only thing you can do is be aware of this and resolve to respond to it differently the next time. Ultimately, the best thing anyone can do for a relationship is to agree to end all negativity. If criticism is the basis of conflict, then appreciation, adoration and empathy are the basis for safety and passion in a relationship. April Thompson is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. Connect at AprilWrites.com.

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localinsights Finding Balance with Clairvoyant Meditation By Lauren Skye & Penni Louise

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ith relatives safely back to their hometowns and holiday decorations packed away, celebration and merriment tend to slowly surrender to the pressures of new work deadlines and the responsibilities of everyday life. Looking forward to gifts and comfort food is replaced by drive-through windows and exasperation. This post-holiday season, consider carrying your favorite holiday vibrations, such as love, peace, and joy throughout the year. Clairvoyant Meditation is an opportunity for intentional decisions about what energy you want to hold throughout each day, and is a great way to create balance in your day and life. ‘Clairvoyant’ simply means ‘Clear Vision’. Clairvoyance is an ability we all have, but tend not to use. It is like that “a ha” moment when you realize the truth behind a situation, and recognize it for what it really is. Clairvoyant meditation brings this ability to the foreground of consciousness and makes our spiritual vision stronger. Try this simple process; ground the body by imagining a connection from the base of your spine (the first chakra) all the way into the center of the earth. A beam of light or tree trunk works great. Next, settle your awareness, your point of attention, in the center of your head, behind the third eye. Take a breath. Imagine a balloon in front of you. Fill it with all your troubles and cares. Let the balloon go. Take a break from these considerations and breathe. Imagine a big gold ball of energy above your head. Imagine that this ball is filled with joy, peace, abundance, or whatever vibration you’d like to experience. Drop this ball into your body through the top of your head, like a setting sun. Allow the energy to permeate your whole body, every cell and the spaces between the cells. And, when the body is full, let this golden light surround you as well. Bring in another gold ball if you’d like. This short meditation takes just a few moments, and it can change your whole day. By consciously creating our own energy fields, we can manage our stress, stay healthy, and are not subject to the whims of the alternating, agitating winds of humanity around us. We become proactive co-creators with spirit, manifesting a more joyous adventure of life. Through Clairvoyant Meditation, we can not only connect with our creative power to intend and manifest, but allow space for relaxation, personal reflection and connection. Lauren Skye & Penni Louise are with the Inner Connection Institute, a center for spiritual growth and psychic development, where people come to learn about their spiritual essence through meditation, healing, and clairvoyance. Denver and Wheat Ridge locations. InnerConnection.org. See ad page 28.

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Psychic Readings and Mediumship Have Answers For You By Intuitive Joise Roase

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gyptians believed so strongly in an afterlife, that their dead were buried with treasures to take into the next world. Today, while burial with possessions is forsaken, the quest for answers about the afterlife still remains. We turn to religious texts and spiritual leaders for comfort. Some seek paths of prayer or meditation; still others look for those gifted with abilities to psychically communicate beyond this realm of five senses. There is no shortage of books on the subject of life after life. Numerous experts such as Raymond Moody, M.D., Danion Brinkley and Judith Orloff, M.D. have stories of experiencing communications with loved ones who have left this life. Just as these respected leaders in their fields have realized life is a continuum, we are never alone, and we do not die, we too have our experiences, to give us proof of the immortality of the soul. Loved ones who have crossed over and Masters have many pearls of wisdom to give us, as we meditate and communicate with the realms of Spirit. They address prior lifetimes, present challenges and possible futures, based on our choices. Here are some ways you will benefit from a gifted medium or psychic communicator: v Answers and insights into relationships and partnerships; marital or business; v Turn financial blocks into stepping stones to greater prosperity; v Gain insight into the life path you are on, the challenges you are facing, and ways to overcome the past; from this lifetime or prior incarnations. There is opportunity for those in the physical and non-physical to truly heal and achieve peace together; v Answers to your health questions about your family, you or your animals; v With a broader range of information all can make better decisions. When receiving guidance from extraordinary realms of wisdom and love, you will know how to attract those with whom you can co-create a life of fulfillment and being of service. Your own Master within can be activated and your power restored to you once again; v Preventive Is Easier Than Curative! Intuitive sessions can give you just the edge you need to master this approach to life. Receiving confirming information that no one could know, or descriptions of a loved one or animal that has passed, is very helpful in trusting your communicator. Always feel free to ask specific questions to help you be at ease and then just remain open to experiencing miracles! Joise Roase has been a gifted medium, psychic and healer since childhood. Appointments for psychic readings, animal communications or closure with loved ones that have passed over, and Master Guidance, can be made at 303-968-9438. JosieRoase.com. See ad page 12.

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Money: Friend or a Foe? By Debera Jensen

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f money was the focus of one of your New Year’s resolutions, you’re not alone. According to a 2010 survey by Fidelity Investments, 42 % of Americans will include finances in their 2011 New Year’s resolutions, up from 35 % last year. Whether it’s making more or saving more, debt reduction or retirement planning, money remains a hot topic. dkslBut as we know, talk is cheap. To resolve is one thing, to achieve results another. Where do you start? Hire a financial planner? Work more hours? Squirrel away your pennies? You may be interested in knowing that brain science holds the answers. Yes, brain science. No multi-level marketing opportunities. No Ponzi schemes. No Nigerian bank offering unheard of investment returns. The power to change your financial future rests within the synaptic chemistry of your brain. Therein lies the power to erase negative thinking, re-pattern positive beliefs and change forever your financial view of the world. More times than not, our brains are pre-wired with negative beliefs about money. Many of these beliefs are learned in childhood through familial, cultural, social, educational and religious experiences. They take root in our subconscious and like a computer virus, sabotage good intentions and efforts. Here’s a short list of negative beliefs about money. Are any of these echoing in your brain? • Money doesn’t grow on trees. • Money is the root of all evil. • I may be poor but I’m a good person. • Money goes out faster than it comes in. • It’s impossible to keep up with the cost of living. • A penny saved is a penny earned. • Rich people are greedy and dishonest. • Rich people are seldom happy. Utilizing unique brain science strategies can replace those negative thought patterns about money with positive ones. Even in today’s unstable economy, business owners are reporting increased sales and unprecedented growth. Individuals are expressing the freedom that comes from not living paycheck to paycheck. So, be resolved to take control of your life by collecting a wealth of positive beliefs. Debera Jensen is with The Fast Focusing Center and offers classes to help remove unwanted negative thoughts about money and other issues. 303-708-8817. See ad page 18.

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Ian Hollaman, DC focuses on difficult and chronic cases such as elevated glucose and cholesterol, thyroid disorders, and novel solutions to pain and injuries. He holds a proficiency level in professional Applied Kinesiology and has accumulated hundreds of hours in post graduate nutrition. See ad page 2.

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DOG TRAINING MISHA MAY FOUNDATION Lorraine May, Executive Director 303-239-0382 MishaMayFoundation.org

Understanding Dogs - Not your typical “sit, stay, lay down” class. Holistic approach to training, behavior, health and healing, including obedience, Reiki, flower essences, calming techniques and communication. Includes a behavior consultation, coaching session and treatment plan for each participating dog. Listen and learn, engage in handling, and be guided in follow-up practice. May holds masters degrees in both education and psychology. She teaches in-home behavior sessions, public classes, and consults various shelters and rescue groups. Registration required. Email for dates and info: MishaMayFoundation@gmail.com. See ad, page 16.

GREEN CLEANING ECOMAIDS SOUTH DENVER 17011 Lincoln Ave #602, Parker P 720-496-1786 / F 720-496-1789 SouthDenver@EcoMaids.biz www.EcoMaids.com/SouthDenver

EcoMaids of South Metro Denver truly-green cleaning services for all of South Denver and the surrounding areas. EcoMaids of South Metro Denver is locally owned and we have been proud Colorado residents for over 30 years. As parents, pet lovers and believers in living a healthy lifestyle; we take pride in providing high quality cleaning services using only products that are safe for you, your family, your pets and the planet. If for any reason you are dissatisfied with any aspect of your EcoMaids experience, simply contact us within 24 hours of your cleaning and let us know where we went wrong. We’ll come back at your convenience and fix any deficiencies free of charge. Leave the cleaning to us and spend more time with the people you cherish most. Questions about our services or products, please call or email, anytime. Get a free estimate online or call us today at 720-496-1786.

HEAL YOURSELF ACCREDITED JOURNEY PRACTITIONERS

P.O. Box 10 Louisville, CO 80027 973-680-0271 TheJourneyUSA.com Ever feel you never have enough money, are attractive or good enough? These are limiting beliefs, stuck in your subconscious mind. The Journey guides you to access your own wisdom, clearing out belief systems that hold you back from a fulfilling and happy life. Uncover and clear out the driving force behind physical dis-ease or emotional blocks or anything holding you back from your fullest potential. See ad, page 17.


INTEGRATIVE HEALTH CLEAR SKY MEDICAL

Katia I. Meier, M.D. 10103 Ridge Gate Parkway Aspen Building, Suite 221 Lone Tree, CO 80124 303-790-7860 ClearSkyMedical.com Family practice physician specializing in Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement therapy, Neurotransmitter balancing, comprehensive Nutritional analysis and therapy, Homeopathy, Herbalogy, Naturopathic Medicine, Personalized Detoxification Programs, Medical Weight Loss and Cosmetic procedures. Treating all ages and most insurance welcomed. Call for more information today. See ad, page 8.

ALANDI AYURVEDA CLINIC & ALANDI ASHRAM

Alakanand Ma, M.B. 2457 20th Street, Boulder, CO 80304 303-786-7437 Info@AlandiAshram.org AlandiAshram.org Alakananda Ma reaches into the heart of Ayurveda. A British medical doctor and spiritual renunciant, she has dedicated her life to serving others and relieving suffering. An appointment with her is an opportunity for deep physical, mental, emotional and spiritual transformation. She has been studying Ayurveda since meeting Dr Vasant Lad in India in 1980 and practicing in Boulder since 1989. She is a board member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association and along with her dedicated team of graduate students, offers a full service experience including vital signs, diet and lifestyle counseling, onsite pancha karma and an in-house pharmacy. Sliding scale accepted. See ad, page 7.

LIFE COACHING INNER PEACE AND PURPOSE COACHING

Annie Notestein, Certified Life Coach 3375 Chisholm Trail, #306, Boulder 720-398-9002 Annie@AnnieNotestein.com AnnieNotestein.com

Would you love to let go of struggle, create goals YOU want to achieve, create healthy boundaries and say no to stress from the inside out so you can say yes to yourself and high self-esteem? Do you have a dream you want to make a reality but doubt is holding you back? Call Annie for a complimentary phone consultation to see if working together is right for you.

MASSAGE AND MORE Stress Management Services ~ Massage & Wellness Center

Velina Lujan, MA, CMT Certified Holistic Stress Management Instructor Fairwayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Offices 5600 Arapahoe Avenue Suite 203 Boulder, CO 80303 303-717-7709 YourStressManager.com $49 Introductory Special for new clients. Our team of expert practitioners offer therapeutic massage, holistic bodywork of many modalities, informational presentations, energy work, cosmetology, stress management consultation, assessment, treatment and coaching, massage for elderly and ill, guided imagery, hypnotherapy, certified nutritional consultation, herbalist, psychic readers, bodywork, classes and much more! Stress Management Services also offers a low-cost Community Massage & Wellness Clinic to make holistic care accessible to all who are in need. Held in BOULDER ONLY on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month from 9-7 by appointment only. See calendar. Boulder: Fairwayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Offices, 5600 Arapahoe Avenue, Ste. 203. Golden: 2801 Youngfield St., Ste. 117. Golden office on M,W,F with Velina Lujan only.

HEALING SPACE

Natalie Gentry, CMT 121 S Madison St, Ste D, Denver 80209 303-325-4150 HealingSpaceDenver.com Nurture your body, mind and spirit and rediscover your self through the healing power of touch, movement and breath. Healing Space offers relaxing and deep tissue massage, Maya Abdominal/Uterine Massage, Prenatal/Post Partum Massage, Spiritual Plant Healing, Nia classes, and Transformational Breath facilitation. Schedule your appointment today. See ad, page 27.

PSYCHOLOGY & GROWTH KATHY HIGGINS, MS, MA, LPC, CACII

SANCTUARY INNER CONNECTION INSTITUTE CHURCH OF INFINITE SPIRIT 2755 South Locust St., Suite 213 Denver, CO 80222 303-282-9439 InnerConnection.org

A non-denominational, spiritual sanctuary offering clairvoyant reading and healing services, meditation classes, psychic development programs, ministerial services, and ordination programs. Locations in Denver and Lakewood. We support you in creating the life you desire, and show you how through easy, effective techniques. Free aura clearing and chakra balancing in Lakewood every Wednesday. Free open channel clinic Fridays in Denver. Everyone is welcome! Call for more information. Denver 303-282-9439. Lakewood 720-413-7303. See ad, page 28.

SCHOOLS ROCKY MOUNTAIN SCHOOL OF ANIMAL ACUPRESSURE AND MASSAGE Locations, dates and classes available on website 866-903-6463 RMSAAM.com

The Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage (RMSAAM) offers rewarding and challenging educational programs suitable for Massage Therapists and animal lovers alike. Time is divided into classroom and lab portions allowing students to apply knowledge in a hands-on setting with dogs and horses. RMSAAM also offers courses in Equine Massage, Large and Small Animal Acupressure, Reiki Animal Practitioner, Essential Oils and Aromatherapy for Animals and other special workshops. Tuition assistance available. NCBTMB Approved Provider #451073-09. Register 866-903-6462 or RMSAAM.com. See ad, page 17.

Deer Creek Counseling 7345 South Pierce St., Ste 110 Littleton, CO 80128 720-663-7702 KathyHigginsLPC.com Kathy Higgins, MS, MA LPC, CACII helps individuals bring about change in order to live more effective and joyful lives, using Interpersonal, dialectical and Person-Centered therapies as well as Hypnotherapy. Kathy specializes in treating Depression and Bipolar Mood Disorder; Trauma and PTSD with EMDR; Phobias, Anxiety, and OCD; Eating Disorders; Recovery from Addictions, Career Change and Alternative Spirituality. Flexible schedule to meet your needs. Insurance Accepted.

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SAVE THE DATE FEBRUARY 2011 BECOME A CERTIFIED MASTER HERBALIST! Comprehensive 17 month, 450 hour Program in “Botanical Medicine: East and West “ prepares you to become a competent, professional herbalist. Just for Health School of Reflexology and Healing Arts. State Approved and provider of continuing education by ARCB. Denver Metro area. Rachel Lord or Luke Terry, 303-320-4367; JustForHealth7@gmail.com. JustForHealth.net.

Wednesday, Feb 8, 5:30 pm AUTHOR TELLS WHY IT’S NEVER TOO LATE FOR LOVE AUTUMN ROMANCE: STORIES AND PORTRAITS OF LOVE AFTER 50 Late-life romance an incredible opportunity for spiritual growth and healing? It’s true! Carol Denker, author of Autumn Romance: Stories and Portraits of Love After 50, will share inspiring stories from her book, plus hope and advice from the couples who lived it. Perfect Valentine’s gift for friends or lovers, available at special price that night. Location: Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder. Info/details 267-210-3101. AutumnLove.org.

3 Day Course: Sat & Sun, Feb 19 & 20, 9am-6pm Tues, February 22, 5:30 – 9:30pm ASIAN ENERGY THEORY & TECHNIQUES This course is an amazing introduction to Asian Energy Theories & Techniques and incorporates subjects such as Chinese Meridian Theory & Organ Function; Pulse rates; Moxabustion; Cupping; Floral Acupressure; Tuning Forks; Tibetan Singing Bowls; and Gong baths. This course includes 20 In-Class hours. RSVP Req’d. Fee $425. Location: Denver Integrative Massage School, 2416 W. 32nd Ave., Denver. Info/details 720-270-3633. DenverIntegrativeMassageschool.com.

Starts Wednesday, March 2 for 8 weeks LIVING WITH CHRONIC ILLNESS: A SOUL PERSPECTIVE Let’s go to Costa Rica! Join us for a ten-day retreat of amazing adventure and spiritual rejuvenation in tropical paradise! February 12th to 20th, 2011. Relax into this exquisite tropical vacation giving space for inner listening and reverent presence amid wonders of Nature. This is your time to step back from daily routines and connect deeply with the power and beauty of your own core essence. All-inclusive price: $900 Includes food, lodging and transportation. Airfare not included. Call Susannah, 970 443-2480 or email Susannah@DivineNatureTours.com. DivineNatureTours.com.

July 17 – 27 SUMMER 2011 CROP CIRCLES/ANCIENT SACRED SITES TOUR Facilitated by Louise Olivi, M.S.

Join us for a never-to-be-forgotten experience with the greatest unsolved mystery of our modern times: the crop formations that continue to occur in the grain fields of England. For 11 days we will: Explore the crop circles with veteran British researcher Lucy Pringle; Visit the ancient Neolithic temple complex of Avebury Stone Circle: Silbury Hill, the Sanctuary and the West Kennet Longbarrow; Enjoy private time in the center of Stonehenge; Visit the town of Glastonbury, the legendary Isle of Avalon; Explore the Georgian town of Bath and Wells Cathedral; Attend the annual Glastonbury Crop Circle Conference. Accommodations: Castle and Ball Hotel in Marlborough, Wiltshire and the Tor Down B&B in Glastonbury, Somerset. Fee: $2,800 double occupancy; pls inquire about single supplement. Fee includes airport transfers to/from Heathrow Airport, all transportation, accommodations, breakfasts, entry fee into Stonehenge and crop circle conference. Not included: Airfare, other meals. $500 Deposit required by April 1. Limited to 5/6 participants, so book early! Info/payment: Use PayPal or contact Louise at lolivi2001@yahoo.com.

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ENERGETIC BOUNDARIES CLASS for Feb. Six week or two-day class, $150 payable in three installments. Learn how to manage energy—yours and others—with simple, fun and powerfully effective energetic tools; learn how to create “mock-ups;” meet/work with your Healing Master. This class is a pre-requisite for all other classes taught at Sacred Spaces. Contact Rev. DebraRae, Sacred Spaces Center, 303-365-0200, AngelChanneler@aol.com, SacredPlacesAndSpaces.com.

FEBRUARY 1, TUESDAY Juice Plus+ Virtual Franchise–6:30-8:30pm. Believe in Whole Food nutrition? Interested in teaming up with a company who is educating the world about this important topic? Come learn about our Juice Plus+ Virtual Franchise and see if it’s a fit for you! Free. Seats are limited. Contact Heather at 303-753-2665. DTC Marriot. Aspen DeCew - Hot Seat Nights–6:30-9:30pm. First Tues every month. Observe the work of Human Software Engineering and the WaveMaker technology first hand in a large audience setting. A chance to be in the “Hot Seat” and experience the transformation for yourself, if you choose. $20/Pre-registration; $30/at door. To register, email us at Info@TrulyConscious.com or call 303.730.6695. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. Register 303-731-6695 or Info@TrulyConscious.com.

FEBRUARY 2, WEDNESDAY Oneness Blessing–5:30-6:30pm. A team of certified blessing-givers are offering a non-denominational benediction and Oneness Energy transfer. The blessing can accelerate spiritual growth and deepening. Donation. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. 303-237-8851 or MileHiChurch.org. CCC: Consciousness Conversations & Contemplations–6:45-10pm. First Wednesday every month. CCC hosts monthly meetings to share a common desire to raise the consciousness of our planet. We raise awareness and consciousness through presentations, discussion, interaction, and networking. We explore integration of enlightened living in our personal and professional lives. Love offering/donation. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695. J4CL.com. 10 Minutes of Peace with Qigong–5:30-7pm. Experience an affordable opportunity to reduce trauma, ease pain, improve vitality, or simply relax at the end of your workday. Receive your 10 minute Qigong Energy Healing, and experience the wisdom that Qigong can bring into your life. This energy work is very gentle, and non-invasive. Love Offering. People House, 3035 W 25th Ave, Denver. Pre-register 720-887-3532 or Qigong@peoplehouse.org.

FEBRUARY 3, THURSDAY Student Space – 7-8:30pm. Got tools (completed Energetic Boundaires class)? Guided by Rev.DebraRae, you’ll create use your tools to create “your space,” run “your energy,” work energetic dynamics, create mockups and trade healings ($20). Twice monthly (1st & 3rd Thurs.) Sacred Spaces Center, 223 Titan St, Aurora. 303-365-0200. SacredPlacesAndSpaces.com. Children’s Yoga Teacher Training–Call for times. This six-month training program will assist a yoga teacher’s understanding of the “how’s & why’s” of teaching children. $1878/108 hrs training. PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala, 3333 Federal Blvd, Denver. 303-432-8099. Acupunture Treatments–9am-6pm. Celebrate acupuncture in a relaxing group setting. Free. Left Hand Community Acupuncture, 409 S Public Rd, Lafayette. 720-248-8626 or Info@LeftHandACU.com. Brain Balance Achievement Center Informational Lecture–12pm. Dr. Tamara Eslich will speak about the brain and explain why there is an epidemic of children with Academic, Social or Behavioral concerns. She will


also discuss the recent research about children with academic and neurobehavioral issues. Free. Brain Balance Achievement Center of Golden, 1211 Avery St, Golden. 303-278-1780 or BrainBalanceCenters.com. Secrets of a Soulful Marriage Date Night–6:30-8:30pm. Learn lessons and tips for a soulful marriage from a couple who’s been married for 40 years while enjoying a dinner date with your spouse. Free to attend; Pay for your dinner. TBD, Denver. RSVP by Feb 2. 303-796-7004.

FEBRUARY 4, FRIDAY Botanic Gardens–All Day. Free. Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, Deer Creek Canyon Rd, Littleton. BotanicGardens.org.

FEBRUARY 5, SATURDAY Stress Reduction for Teachers–1-3pm. A 3-week meditation program for teachers to learn to release stress, worry and anxiety. Learn to manage the energy of the classroom and your workload with a simple meditation. $108/person. Journey Within, Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio, 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood. 720-413-7303 or AnitaDestino.com. Women’s Meditation and Fun Intuitive Class–13:30pm. This is a gathering of women excited to develop their meditative and intuitive skills. Josie brings forth personal messages from Guidance and Spiritual Teachings. $25. 4155 E Jewell Ave, Ste 705, Denver. 303-968-9438 or JosieRoase.com. Never Too Late for Love–2-3:30pm. Author Carol Denker shares inspiring true tales from her new book: Autumn Romance: Stories and Portraits of Love after 50. Good news, hope and advice. Free. Ross-Cherry Creek Library, 305 Milwaukee St, Denver. 303-210-3101 or AutumnLove.org. Bring Loving Relationships Into Your Life–10:3011:30am. Learn how Feng Shui can help attract the energy of love into your life. Learn how to make your bedroom comfortable for two, make room for a mate and choose images that can enhance your love life. Discover what form of energy lives in your relationship area and how to change, fix or enhance that space to draw more love into your life! $25. Contact Michelle Cobb 303-346-8115 or IsisBooks.com

FEBRUARY 6, SUNDAY Community HU Song–10:30-11:30am. The public is warmly invited to attend a community HU Chant or HU Song. A gathering to sing the ancient love song to God, the HU. Free. Crossroads Gardens, 1800 30th St, Ste 208, Boulder. 303-443-1610 or ECK-Colorado.org. Never Too Late for Love–2-3:30pm. Details see Feb 5th. Free. Aurora Public Library, 14949 E Alameda Pkwy, Aurora. 303-739-6632 or AutumnLove.org. Introductory Presentation to Beyond Limits Course: Practical Spirituality for Dynamic Living–1:30-3:30pm. A life changing opportunity to release frustrating limitations, open up to infinite possibilities, gain powerful

tools for everyday miracles. Free. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave, Lakewood. 303-237-8851 or MileHiChurch.org. Alandi Ayurveda Day of Wellness–1-4pm. Empower your health with the wisdom of Ayurveda during this free afternoon of workshops, readings, forums and discussions. Topics will include: Power Hour- 15 minute individual readings; Holistic Healing and Ayurveda; Easy Ayurveda Self-care Tips; Alandi Ayurveda Wisdom Panel Forum. Organic India will join us to serve herbal teas, the elixer of life. If you make a first-time clinic appointment during this day, you will receive a special gift. Free. Prajna, 765 Gilpin Dr. Boulder 303-786-7437 or AlandiAshram.org. Spiritual Gathering, Aura Healing Clinic & Lunch at Mimi’s Café – 11am-12:30pm. A spiritual gathering of blessings, love, healing, empowerment and community. Church is followed by an aura healing clinic, refreshments and community. Rev DebraRae, Officiating Minister. Donations accepted. Sacred Spaces House of Light, 223 Titan St., Aurora, 303-365-0200. SacredSpacesAndPlaces.com.

Open Door Reading Space – 7-8:30pm. In a group setting, Rev. DebraRae will offer medium communication from loved ones with whom you would like to communication. You may ask questions and offer communication to them as well. $20. Sacred Spaces Center, 223 Titan St, Aurora. 303-365-0200. SacredPlacesAndSpaces.com. Qigong for Life and Health–5:45-6:45pm. This is the start of a 6 week series, but may be joined at any time. Qigong can be practiced by everyone, regardless of physical limitations, and has no negative side effects. Kyri Comyn has practiced several martial arts forms during her younger years, and when age and physical limitations arose, began practicing Tai Chi Chu’an for health. $15 Contact Kyri Comyn kyrill@comcast.net or IsisBooks.com. Drum Circle with Shaman Rick Strong Feather and John Thunderheart Robinson–7-9pm. Second Thursday each month. Join the community for Drum Circle, Dige Players, Flutes, Shamanic Healing, Sound Healing, and Messages from the StrongFeather and The ThunderHeart. Love offering/donation. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695. J4CL.com.

FEBRUARY 8, TUESDAY Never Too Late for Love–6-8pm. Details see Feb 5th. Free. Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder. 303-762-2572 or AutumnLove.org. Bikram Yoga Donation Class–11am. Bikram Yoga Mile High is offering a donation yoga class to support community based non-profit organizations that encourage healthy, sustainable living. Give what you can (suggested minimum donation $5) and receive great yoga and good karma! Arrive early, space is limited. Bikram Yoga Mile High, 5019 E Colfax Ave, Denver. Contact 303.377.2227 or BikramYogaMileHigh.com

FEBRUARY 9, WEDNESDAY Healthy Heart Event–12-4pm. Enjoy complimentary heart health consultation, cholesterol screening including HDL breakout, product samples and more. Free; $10 reservation fee for cholesterol screening. Receive a $10 Pharmaca coupon at time of cholesterol screening. Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, 2700 Broadway, Boulder. 303-442-0589. Never Too Late for Love–6-8pm. Details see Feb 8th. Free. Englewood Public Library, 1000 Englewood Pkwy, Englewood. 303-762-2572 or AutumnLove.org. Wellness Workshop–1-2:30pm. Come learn about whole food nutrition, ways to prevent illness and disease, and take home tips that will make big changes in your health!  Free. Contact Heather for more details 303-753-2665. Littleton

FEBRUARY 10, THURSDAY February Networking Luncheon–11:30am-1pm. Join the Alliance of Professional Women for the February Luncheon. $25/members; $35/non-members. Ondo’s Tapas, Cherry Creek. 303-368-4747.

FEBRUARY 11, FRIDAY Freedom from the Inside Out (formerly EFT Practice Grp)–6-7:30pm. Monthly, we practice do-it-yourself energy techniques like EFT and The Emotion Code, and explore ways to change from within to create different results in our lives. Clear Source Coaching, Downtown Littleton. Free. info 303-955-7532. Raising Responsible Kids without Raising the Roof– 7pm. Get easy to learn steps that will change your life and create responsible kids without the need for lectures and reminders. With Jim Fay. $15. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. 303-237-8851 or MileHiChurch.org. Spiritual Movie Night–7-9pm. Second Friday each month. The latest spiritual movies picked by Kay Ford Johnsen to share with our community. Check our web site for film listing. $10. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695. J4CL.com.

FEBRUARY 12, SATURDAY Booksale Fundraiser for Boulder County AIDS Project–8am-12pm. Huge selection of used books priced to sell and all proceeds go to support people in our community living with AIDS/HIV. Free to attend. Joyful Furniture, 2000 21st St, Boulder. 303-565-6678 or Emily@JoyfulFurniture.com. Ministers Workshop for Men–9am-1pm. Four male ministers are sharing their insight and wisdom with us in this half-day event. $15. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. 303-232-4079 or MileHiChurch.org. Death as a Spiritual Teacher–9am-1pm. 5 Saturdays. Heal the wounds of your losses and release the fear of moving onto the next level of existence. Dr. Patty Luckenbach.

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$75. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. 303-232-4079 or MileHiChurch.org. Open House and Healing Festival–2-5pm. It’s going to be a great event showcasing all of our magnificent healers offering services at Satya, plus fun kids’ activities, live music, prize drawings and more. Free to attend; $1/minute for Healings or Readings. Satya Institute at Samadhi Yoga, 639 E 19th Ave, Denver. 303-860-9642 or SamadHiYoga.net. Perfect Gift for Valentine’s Day–3-5pm. Carol Denker shares true tales of courage, coincidence, hope and healing from her new book, Autumn Romance and shares the journey the book became. Free. Broadway Book Mall, 200 S Broadway, Denver. 303-744-2665 or AutumnLove.org. Valentine’s Psychic Fair–10:30am-5:30pm. What’s going on with your love life? Find out with the talented Psychics at Isis! Some of Colorado’s best psychics and intuitives will be on hand to answer your questions and help you to explore your options. Jackie, Carol, Judith, Joanne and more will answer your questions and bring you insight. IsisBooks.com Bring Your Friend For Free to Bikram Yoga Mile High–2:30pm. Bring in a new student to our school and they practice for free when you attend with your friend at the regular rate. Introduce the benefits of Bikram Yoga to someone special. Arrive early, space is limited. Bikram Yoga Mile High, 5019 E Colfax Ave, Denver. Call 303.377.2227 or BikramYogaMileHigh.com.

FEBRUARY 13, SUNDAY Tea Talks for Women: Creating the Rest of Your Life; Get Clarity–2:30-4:30pm. Experience the lights-on method of taking your life and work to the next level with pioneer and expert in the field of energy coaching, Cathy Hawk. $10. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. 303-232-4079 or MileHiChurch.org. Never Too Late for Love–3-4pm. Details see Feb 8th. Free. Koelbel Library, 5955 S Holly St, Littleton. 303-693-7449 or AutumnLove.org.

FEBRUARY 15, TUESDAY Brain Balance Achievement Center Informational Lecture–6:30pm. Details see February 3rd. Free. Brain Balance Achievement Center of Golden, 1211 Avery St, Golden. 303-278-1780 or BrainBalanceCenters.com. Guided Meditation: Releasing Past Relationships–78pm. This gentle meditation will focus on cleaning out the energies and attachments from past relationships that are keeping you stuck in the same relationship patterns. Being stuck in these patterns prevents you from getting what you truly desire and having the relationship you deserve. $10/person. Journey Within, Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio, 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood. 720-413-7303 or AnitaDestino.com. Meditation Skills and Energy Management for the Modern Healer–Call for time. An evening of learning and self-care for: Counselors, Social Workers, Massage Therapists, Teachers, and anyone in the helping professions. If you share the drive to serve and support others, this workshop is for you. Learn tools to better manage

these gifts and allow your work to empower you. $30. Inner Connection Institute, 2755 S Locust St, Ste 213, Denver. 303-282-9439 or InnerConnection.org.

FEBRUARY 16, WEDNESDAY Contemplative Hatha Yoga Teacher Training–Call for times. The purpose of the training is to introduce the foundations for teaching yoga from a classical perspective. $3750/265 hr training. PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala, 3333 Federal Blvd, Denver. 303-432-8099. Oneness Blessing–5:30-6:30pm. Details see February 2nd. Donation. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. 303-237-8851 or MileHiChurch.org. 10 Minutes of Peace with Qigong–5:30-7pm. Details see Feb 2nd. Love Offering. People House, 3035 W 25th Ave, Denver. Pre-register 720-887-3532 or Oigong@ peoplehouse.org. Gifts Stranger than Fiction–7-8pm. Join us for an opportunity to see ‘Gifts Stranger than Fiction’ a spiritually uplifting video featuring Harold Klemp, the Spiritual Leader of Eckankar. Free. Crossroads Gardens, 1800 30 th St, Ste 208, Boulder. 303-443-1610 or ECK-Colorado.org. Are There Tannins in My Tea?–7-8pm. Tea educator Donna Fellman will be talking about the chemistry of tea, answering questions about caffeine, tannins and more. Free. Seven Cups, 1882 S. Pearl St, Denver. 303-777-2877 or SevenCupsDenver.com.

FEBRUARY 17, THURSDAY Wellness Workshop–1-2:30pm.Tired of being Sick and Tired? Come learn how to improve your health and strengthen your immune system the natural way!  Like mother nature intended - we can do this through whole food nutrition. Free. Contact Heather for more details 303-753-2665. Littleton Suzane Northrop–7pm. Suzane Northrop, internationally acclaimed trance medium and expert in psychic phenomena, has helped thousands make contact with those they thought were gone forever. Cost and Info 970-443-0732 or BellaSpark.com. Inn at Palmer Divide 443 S. Hwy 105, Palmer Lake. Student Space – 7-8:30pm. Got tools (completed Energetic Boundaries class)? Guided by Rev.DebraRae, you’ll create use your tools to create “your space,” run “your energy,” work energetic dynamics, create mockups and trade healings ($20). Twice monthly (1st & 3rd Thurs.) Sacred Spaces Center, 223 Titan St, Aurora. 303-365-0200. SacredPlacesAndSpaces.com. Oneness Deekshas & Sacred Sound with Ann Hines & Donna Baldwin–7-9pm. Third Thursday each month. Come for a Oneness Deeksha experience with live Sacred Sound from crystal bowls and native American flute. Deeksha is a Divine intelligent energy transfer that causes a neurobiological transformation within the brain of each receiving individual. Love Offering/$20 suggested Donation. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695. J4CL.com.

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FEBRUARY 18, FRIDAY Step Wisdom: Knowledge from the Ages for Successful Step Families–6:30-9pm. Eleanor Alden will explore how wisdom can be gained by stories about the common phenomena of relationships we call step. $15/$10/Members free. Community United Church of Christ, 2650 Table Mesa Dr, Boulder. 303-473-8373 or BFJung.org. Suzane Northrop–7pm. Suzane Northrop, internationally acclaimed trance medium and expert in psychic phenomena, has helped thousands make contact with those they thought were gone forever. Cost and Info 970-443-0732 or BellaSpark.com. Unity of Denver 3021 S. University Blvd., Denver.

FEBRUARY 19, SATURDAY Guidance for 2011 from Your Spirit Guides–10amNoon. This is a time when we usually focus on plans and goal setting for the New Year. Get insights from your spirit guides to help you with your goals. Karen will give each attendee psychic messages from your spirit guides. You will also get a handout to use at home to connect with your spirit guides. Cost $20. Class size is limited to 20 people so pre-registration is advised. Contact Karen Fox, 303-942-0646 or PsychicClarity. com or IsisBooks.com.

FEBRUARY 20, SUNDAY Spiritual Gathering & Aura Healing Clinic – 11am12:30pm. A spiritual gathering of blessings, love, healing, empowerment and community. Church is followed by an aura healing clinic, refreshments and community. Rev DebraRae, Officiating Minister. Donations accepted. Sacred Spaces House of Light, 223 Titan St., Aurora, 303-365-0200. SacredSpacesAndPlaces.com. Community HU Song–10:30-11:30am. Details see February 6. Free. Crossroads Gardens, 1800 30th St, Ste 208, Boulder. 303-443-1610 or ECK-Colorado.org. Healing Cancer from Inside Out–2-5pm. Movie screening with panel discussion and food samples following. Free. Pleasant St, Eaton Humanities Rm 1B50, Boulder. 303-719-8264 or 720-933-3068. Isis Events Day – Heart and Mind–11am-2pm. Kami Lichtenberg will discuss the power of words. Judith Brownlee will share simple, quick meditation techniques. Sean Morris will discuss the integration of heart and mind. Karen Fox will give you methods for communicating with your loved ones in spirit, and you will have an opportunity to ask questions about spirits and spirit communication at. FREE. IsisBooks.com Bikram Movie Night and Pot Luck Dinner–6:30pm8:30pm. Enjoy classic footage of Yogi Bikram Choudhury performing extraordinary feats of greatness on CBS’s “That’s Incredible”. Learn more about the man that created the largest yoga organization in the world. Free. Space is limited, please register at Bikram Yoga Mile High, 5019 E Colfax Ave. Denver or 303-377-2227 or BikramYogaMileHigh.com Suzane Northrop–2pm. Suzane Northrop, internationally acclaimed trance medium and expert in psychic


phenomena, has helped thousands make contact with those they thought were gone forever. Cost and Info 970-443-0732 or BellaSpark.com. Embassy Suites 4705 Clydesdale Blvd., Loveland (I-25 & Crossroads Blvd.)

FEBRUARY 21, MONDAY Denver Botanic Gardens–All Day. Free. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St, Denver. BotanicGardens.org. Kirtan with Tom Fuhrmann – 7:30-9:30pm. Join Tom Fuhrmann’s Littleton Kirtan Gang for an evening of Kirtan. Musicians include Tom Fuhrmann, Harmonium; Michelle Davidson, Vocals; Steve Bross, Tabla; Rick Franz, Guitar. Info Tom 303-435-3152. Third Monday of the Month. Love Offerings/Suggested Donation $10. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695. J4CL.com.

FEBRUARY 22, TUESDAY Meditation for Living in Denver–Day and evening sessions. 5-week program to bring the benefits of clairvoyant meditation into your life. In these dynamic times it is more important than ever to access all of our abilities and spiritual awareness. Learn specific, easy, and effective techniques to see, change, and manage energy. With awareness, challenges become opportunities and healing happens. $150-includes 5 classes, guided meditation CD and 1hr student reading. Inner Connection Institute, 2755 S Locust St, Ste 213, Denver. 303-282-9439 or InnerConnection.org. Basic 5-Wk Meditation–7-9pm. Learning the skills of meditation can help you achieve a lifelong transformation and not only help you relax but create change in your life. Letting go of the negative and stress; making room for the positive and improve health. $180/person. Journey Within, Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio, 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood. 720-413-7303 or AnitaDestino.com. Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? Lecture– 7pm. Is your immune system the culprit behind your thyroid problem? Join me and take the first step to regain your health and thrive in 2011. Families welcome. Free. Boulder Senior Center East, 5660 Sioux Dr, Boulder. RSVP 303-882-8447 or RedTailWellnessCenters.com

FEBRUARY 23, WEDNESDAY Meditation for Living in Wheatridge–Call for times. 5-week program to bring the benefits of clairvoyant meditation into your life. In these dynamic times it is more important than ever to access all of our abilities and spiritual awareness. Learn specific, easy, and effective techniques to see, change, and manage energy. With awareness, challenges become opportunities and healing happens. $150-includes 5 classes, guided meditation CD and 1hr student reading. Inner Connection Institute, 4325 Harlan St, Wheat Ridge. 303-282-9439 or InnerConnection.org. Jungian Concept Series: Dream Interpretation–6:309pm. 4 Wednesdays. Learn some of Jung’s basic concepts and attitudes toward the dream and their interpretations. Call for fees. Community United Church of Christ, 2650 Table Mesa Dr, Boulder. 303-473-8373 or BFJung.org.

FEBRUARY 25, FRIDAY Conversations with Psyche–4-5:45pm. This group offers an ongoing forum to explore and discuss topics and exchange ideas with others interested in Jungian thought. $10. Community United Church of Christ; 2650 Table Mesa Dr, Boulder. 303-443-2413 or BFJung.org. Starting Out Right: Love and Logic 101–7-9pm. Three Fridays. Learn the powerful Love and Logic tools to make parenting more fun and build a happier family with Rev. Barry Ebert. $60/individual; $100/couple. Childcare available $5/child/night. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. 303-232-4079 or MileHiChurch.org.

Virtual Franchise Presentation –1-2:30pm. Looking for a way to bring in extra money? We are looking for people to team up with.  We are changing the health picture of thousands of children around the world.  We need help doing this!  If you are a positive person who likes interacting with others, educating and working with children, and a person who wants to make a real difference in this world, we want to visit with you! FREE. Littleton. Contact Heather at 303-753-2665

FEBRUARY 26, SATURDAY Balance Your Life ™ Wellness Gala ™ –12-5pm. Experience the special gifts of a select group of experts in the Health, Beauty, and Wellness fields through Mini Sessions, Workshops, and Demonstrations. Intuitive Readings and Featured Guests Extra Fee. Portion of proceeds benefit Autism. $15/general admission; $35/Gala admission; $55/VIP admission. Call for details. First Unitarian Society of Denver, 1400 Lafayette St, Denver. 720-242-6838 or WellnessGala.com. Reinvent Your Life After 50–9:30am-12pm. Carol Denker successfully reinvented her own life now, through Vision Boards and group support, she helps others do the same. It’s fun and it works. $35. A-Shirley Publishing, TBA, Denver. 267-210-3101 or AutumnLove.org. Psychic & Healing Fair – Noon–5pm. Rev. DebraRae available for readings at fair rates of $20/20 min.; healing modalities offered may include Aura Healings, Egyptian Rod Healings, Tuning Fork Balancing, Chi Machine, Reiki, Ionizer Detox Foot Bath; plus vendors’ merchan-

LOOKING AHEAD 2011 MARCH 1 – APRIL 19 Breath with Movement Yoga–5:15pm/6:30pm for an hour. An eight week series, held every Tuesday evening at 5:15 or 6:30. This one hour class is perfect for a beginner to intermediate student desiring to reconnect with breath and body and the deeper aspects of classical yoga. If you desire to breathe and move better, you will discover how to coordinate breath with movement in learning classical yoga. Limited to ten clients. $96/8 wk series. NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, 5860 S Curtice St, Littleton. 303-725-1434 or NamasteWorksYoga.com.

MARCH 7-28 Breath with Movement Yoga–5:30-6:30pm. An eight week series, held every Monday evening. This one hour class is perfect for a beginner to intermediate student desiring to reconnect with breath and body and the deeper aspects of classical yoga. If you desire to breathe and move better, you will discover how to coordinate breath with movement in learning classical yoga. Limited to ten clients. NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, 5860 S Curtice St, Littleton. 303-725-1434 or NamasteWorksYoga.com.

MARCH 18 An Evening with Joe Dispenza, DC–7pm. Joe Dispenza, DC, well known for his part in the movie “What the BLEEP do We Know!?”, will teach you how to harness the power of the most important tool in your body - your brain and mind - to create the life you want. A workshop series that will empower you with the tools to change your mind and change your life, forever. Lecture only: $25/advance or $30/door. Lecture/Workshop Combo: $159 (includes lunch). Embassy Suites, 4705 Clydesdale Blvd. Loveland (I-25 & Crossroads Blvd). Contact 970-443-0732 or BellaSpark.com.

dise. Come for an hour or come for the day! 223 Titan St, Aurora, 303-365-0200, SacredSpacesAndPlaces.com Embodying Your Written Word–10am-3pm. This interactive workshop invites self discovery through exploration and celebration. Meditate focusing on the breath, play with facilitated and free movement and write your inspirations and reflections. This nurturing experience will be co-facilitated by Natalie Gentry, Transformational Breath™ Trainer and Nia instructor, and Vicki Kinney-Peterson, Writer and Life/Leadership Coach. Space is limited to 15. Cost (includes lunch), $100 before February 15th, $110 by February 22nd. Contact Natalie Gentry 303-325-4150 or HealingSpaceDenver.com.

FEBRUARY 28, MONDAY Transformational Breath™ Series–6-8pm. Improve the effectiveness of your breathing with this innovative breath technique. Experience the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual benefits of this self-care modality by learning how to utilize this breathing style, establish a focus for a breath session, incorporate affirmations, and understand body mapping. Three consecutive Mondays. Cost $100. Space is limited to 5. Registration deadline is February 25th. Park Hill Methodist Church. Contact Natalie Gentry at 303-325-4150 or HealingSpaceDenver.com. Wellness Workshop–1-2:30pm. Come join us and learn about Children’s health, where our children are headed, and how we can turn that around through whole food nutrition.  We will have important information for you to take home and tips to implement right away to improve your family’s health. Free. Contact Heather at 303-753-2665. Littleton.

MARCH 19 Joe Dispenza, DC Level 1 Workshop–9am-5pm. Joe Dispenza, DC, well known for his part in the movie “What the BLEEP do We Know!?”, will teach you how to harness the power of the most important tool in your body - your brain and mind - to create the life you want. A workshop series that will empower you with the tools to change your mind and change your life, forever. $149 includes lunch. Embassy Suites, 4705 Clydesdale Blvd., Loveland (I-25 & Crossroads Blvd). Contact 970-443-0732 or BellaSpark.com.

APRIL 2-3 Just Get Happy-Two Day Conference–All day. Focused on teachings of Abraham-Hicks and Law of Attraction. Includes exciting line-up of presenters and workshops. Life is supposed to be fun. Discover the experience of joy, passion, and happiness for life. $135 before March 15th/$165 after March 15th. Embassy Suites Denver SE, 7625 E Hampden Ave, Denver. 303-918-1204 or JustGetHappy.com.

APRIL 8 An Inside View of Rarities & Oddities–6-7pm. Get an inside perspective of the creative process behind Rarities & Oddities from the artists themselves. Hear first-hand their thoughts, ideas and viewpoints in a rousing discussion while enjoying complimentary wine. Free. Lakewood Heritage Center Country School, 801 S Yarrow St, Lakewood. 303-466-5685 or BNCDance.com/Free-Events/.

APRIL 9 What Successful Men Will Know about Women and Sex Now–12-4pm. Women know what they want and the secrets are deeper than the ocean and higher than Mt. Everest. Learn how to scale that peak and find the secrets to getting off the roller coaster of sexually and emotionally charged relationships. Q&A after seminar. Josie Roase. Register and Prepay by March 31. $99. 4155 E Jewell Ave, Denver. 303-968-9438 or JosieRoase.com.

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shower. During a healing, energy one does not need to be carrying is cleared, including blocks to growth and flow. Clarity and contentment are restored. Donations appreciated, but not required. Mini-readings are available after the clinic $25. Inner Connection Institute, North Side location, 4325 Harlan St, Wheat Ridge. 303-257-4797 or www.innerconnection.org.

Peace Prayers–10-11:30am. Join us for prayers, contemplation, meditations for peace, prosperity, and love. Love Offering/Donation. Journey for Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695 or J4CL.com.

Psychic Readings–7-8:30pm. Learn about your soul essence, your past lives, and the colors of your aura. Find clarity with career and money, relationships and love, spirit guides and angles, life purpose and next steps. Free. 1332 Pearl St, Boulder. 303-530-0920.

nection Institute, 2755 S Locust St, Ste 213, Denver. 303-282-9439 or InnerConnection.org.

Non-Denominational Church Service–11am. First Sunday of every month. Celebrate the journey of life with meditation and an informative spiritual message on the first Sunday of every month. Service is followed by a free aura healing - chakra balancing clinic. Free. Inner Connection Institute, 2755 S Locust St, Ste 213, Denver. 303-282-9439 or InnerConnection.org. Healing Circle: Journey Toward Self–7-8pm. Designed to deepen your personal meditation or healing through the practice of expanded awareness. Includes time for personal healing to deepen the connection with your higher-self. $8. Samadhi Center for Yoga and Meditation, 639 E 19th Ave, Denver. 303-860-9642.

tuesday Aura and Chakra Healing Clinic–Gain mental clarity and relief of stress, along with increased creativity through a simple 10-15 minute energy healing. Aura and chakra healings are when a trained healer helps you make positive shifts in subtle, non-physical energy which profoundly influences how we feel, how healthy we are, and how effective we are in our day to day lives. No appt. needed, stop by from 5:30-6:45pm. Yoga of the Mind, 8 E. 1st Ave, #103, at 1st & Broadway above The Hornet Restaurant. Lot parking across street, behind Hornet. 303-668-2358, www.yogaofthemind.com.

wednesday Free Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing–12:151pm. A healing is an energy clearing, like a psychic shower. During a healing, energy one does not need to be carrying is cleared, including blocks to growth and flow. Clarity and contentment are restored. Donations appreciated, but not required. Inner Con-

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Free Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing–67pm. A healing is an energy clearing, like a psychic shower. During a healing, energy one does not need to be carrying is cleared out of one’s space, including energies that block growth and flow. Donations accepted. Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio, 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood. 720-413-7303 or AnitaDestino.com. Nia Classes–noon-1pm and 6-7pm. Natalie Gentry, owner of Healing Space, is offering Nia classes at two convenient times. Drop in/$14. Packages available. Contact Natalie Gentry at 303-325-4150 or HealingSpaceDenver.com. Dancing the Soul 950 Jersey St. Ste. C Denver. DancingTheSoul.com. Breath Awareness Classes–5:30-6pm. Contact Natalie Gentry at 303-325-4150 or HealingSpaceDenver.com. Dancing the Soul 950 Jersey St. Ste. C Denver. DancingTheSoul.com.

thursday BHS-Business Honoring Spirituality Networking– 7-9am. Our mission is to unite business professionals in a Spiritual surrounding, allowing for limitless individual and group development of Spiritual and professional possibilities. With a network of various businesses and services, we open our lives to more knowledge, abundance, friendship, Spirituality and prosperity. Bring plenty of business cards. $5 donation. Mile Hi Church, 9079 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. Info and speaking opps. BHSMileHi.org. Meditation for Moms–10-11:30am. Feb 3 through Feb 24. This class is specifically designed for moms and moms-to-be. Learn meditation techniques and energy dynamics to help you be more present and joyful in your parenting. Learn how to manage your own emotional states and your relationship to the energies of others around you, and tune in to your own answers and truth about being a parent. $90. Inner Connection Institute, 2755 S Locust St, Ste 213, Denver. 303-282-9439 or InnerConnection.org. Free Aura and Chakra Healings–6-7pm. Negative energy will be gently removed from your body and then replaced with your own positive energy. You will feel great and be ready take your next steps. Free. Boulder Psychic Institute, 1332 Pearl St, Boulder. 303-530-0920 or BoulderPsychicInstitute.org. Free Aura and Chakra Balancing–6:30-7:30pm. A healing is an energy clearing, like a psychic

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friday Tea Tastings–3-4pm. Taste two or three teas side by side and get answers any tea-related questions you may have. Free. Seven Cups, 1882 S Pearl St, Denver. 303-777-2877 or SevenCupsDenver.com. Trance Medium Healing Clinic–7-7:30pm. Arrive a little early, doors auto-lock at 6:55. Trance medium healing is a dynamic process facilitating re-alignment and cleansing of the spiritual body. This clinic involves channeling, energy readings, and intense individual clearings. Please plan some time for yourself after your healing. No appointment necessary. Healings follow $10. Inner Connection Institute, Denver location, 2755 South Locust St., Suite 213, Denver. 303-282-9439 or InnerConnection.com. Modern-Day Meditation Class–7:15-9pm. This meditation guides people to a more open and calm state, to think clearly about solutions for daily life changes and find a deeper spiritual connection within. First class Free. Colorado Health and Wellness Center, 126 W 5th Ave, Denver. 800-388-3788. Nourishing Qigong Healings–2-6pm. Qigong healing uses non-invasive techniques that diminish pain, strengthen immune function, and balance the nervous system. $35/1 session or $100/ 4 sessions paid in advance. Contact Joedee Love at 303-232-4146 or lovejoedee@gmail.com.

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