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Get Started With The Avatar® Course. “Avatar teaches the use of proven navigational tools that can be used, in harmony with your own integrity, to pass safely across the uncharted turbulence of the mind into the region of the soul.” – Harry Palmer, author of the Avatar materials
REGIONAL AVATAR COURSE
September 18 – 26, 2010 Westminster, CO
This is your opportunity to experience this worldwide Avatar Course right here in Denver. The time is now.
The Avatar Course is about your beliefs and your perspectives. It is a series of experiential exercises that enables you to rediscover yourself and align your consciousness with what you want to achieve. You will experience your own unique insights and revelations
Introduction to Avatar
Wednesday, September 15 – Saturday, September 25, 2010 3pm & 6:30pm Introductions available everyday. Call to schedule an appointment for an intro anytime.
The Westin Westminster Hotel 10600 Westminster Blvd. Westminster, CO 80020
Call Linda: 720-320-9681 For more information and to reserve your place
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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.
17 inspiration 18 healingways
38 communityresource guide
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14 LIVING ART
Creativity Inspires Community
by Kirsten Broadfoot
17 EARTH MUSIC
Soundscapes of Americaâ€™s Places by Susie Ruth
EXPRESSIONS Instrument of Healing
by Mary Beth Maziarz
20 TITANS OF YOGA Lessons Distilled from a Lifetime of Disciplined Practice by Johannes R. Fisslinger
26 23 SEANE CORN ADVICE Finding a Yoga Style and Making It Meaningful by Kim Childs
30 ARTS & CRAFTS WITH A MISSION
ccording to Dictionary.com, creativity is
“the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.; originality, progressiveness, or imagination”
How many of us can say we’ve “transcended” anything lately? That’s a great, creative word! We like the implication that our creative thinking is the catalyst to life change, community change, planet change.
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Denver has a great selection of resources to help you transcend and be inspired, like the Colorado Free University (see classes page 32) with loads of fun, inexpensive, creative-inducing classes. And there are so many great creative people – we’ve highlighted a couple that we know are doing some great work (see box page 17). Then, there are places like The Wildlife Experience (see box page 13), which made us think that we will never run out of fun, interesting and original things to do (Movie and a Martini sounds awesome). Speaking of creating, you’ll notice we’ve created our fun new page to celebrate National Yoga Month! We hope that these pages continue as each month’s theme (October is Healthy Planet) unfolds to bring you some worldclass local resources. If you’d rather find yourself creating meaningful ideas, within Natural Awakenings are many other resources to help you reach for something deeper; the Avatar course takes place around the world and is making a special appearance in Denver for September (see the inside front cover). Yoga of the Mind is holding a free preview to its course in September (see news page 5). The Journey for Conscious Living, a new conscious living community, opened its doors in August and has something for every seeker (see news page 6). Nationally-recognized angel channel Catherine Morgan will be giving in-person readings locally during September (see news page 7). The Journey (see news page 8) can help you break free of old belief systems. With so many talented guides and teachers right here in Denver, there is something for everyone. Our only regret is we haven’t experienced them all yet! Open the door to your creativity, tap into something deeper, join your local community to support those people who are living their passion and bringing it to you.
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newsbriefs Natural Awakenings’ Family of Franchises Keeps Growing
atural Awakenings Publishing Corp. (NAPC) recently welcomed a group of new publishers who completed an August training program at the corporate headquarters, in Naples, Florida. The NAPC training staff spent several days with entrepreneurs from Contra Costa, California; Huntsville, Alabama; Middlesex, Massachusetts; Morris County, New Jersey; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; North Dallas, Texas; Lansing, Michigan; and the Hawaiian Islands. Company CEO Sharon Bruckman launched the first edition of Natural Awakenings in 1994 and began franchising it in 1999. The company currently publishes 78 Natural Awakenings magazines throughout the United States and in Puerto Rico, with a collective readership exceeding 3 million. According to Bruckman, NAPC expects to be publishing 88 magazines by the end of the first quarter of 2011. For a list of where Natural Awakenings is publishing or to learn more about franchising opportunities, visit NaturalAwakeningsMag.com.
Free Seminar on Bioidentical Hormone Therapy
r. Joseph Agnello of BodyLogicMD, is hosting a free seminar this month on bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). Attendees will learn how bioidentical hormones help relieve the symptoms of hormone imbalance brought on by menopause and andropause (male menopause), including weight gain, hot flashes, night sweats, low sex drive and sleep disorders. A board-certified physician with advanced training certification in bioidentical hormone therapy and preventive and anti-aging medicine, Agnello says BHRT is relevant to women and men of all ages. During the seminar, attendees will speak oneon-one with Dr Agnello in a question and answer format. “I attended a BodyLogicMD seminar on BHRT and learned so much about the building blocks for achieving optimal health as well as all the connections that exist between my hormone levels and the symptoms I was experiencing,” says a BodyLogicMD patient from Denver. BodyLogicMD is one of the nation’s largest and fastest growing networks of doctors who specialize in bioidentical hormone therapy. “This therapy is safe and effective,” advises Agnello, “and has helped hundreds of thousands of women and men find relief from debilitating symptoms. As they progress, they take back control of their health and start living their best life.” For seminar time and location and to register, visit Natural. BodyLogicMD.com, call 866-972-5306 or email Seminars@ BodyLogicMD.com. See ad, page 27.
Free Preview Class to Developing Your Intuition Course
avid Stevens, founder of Yoga of the Mind, is teaching a free Class Preview Night Sept 13 at 7 pm, as prelude to an 8-week class on Intuition and Personal Growth. Says Stevens, “The free preview night will show you how intuitive development can empower your personal and professional journey and teach you the importance of intuitive development and how to recognize intuitive insights. It features a powerful meditation.” “Intuition plays a huge role in business,” Stevens said, and meditation plays a big part in intuition. “People can get a lot of benefit from meditation with as little as ten to 15 minutes a day. Between the intuition and meditation, I feel like I’m living in a movie sometimes because it’s helping me create what I want in my life.” Register at Yogaofthemind.com or 303-668-2358. Preview Night free; Intuition Course early bird sign up $150; regularly $240. See listing page 38.
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newsbriefs Misha May’s A Moment For Mutts Fundraiser Announced at Mercury Café November 14
he Misha May Foundation’s annual fundraiser, A Moment for Mutts, will be held November 14 at the Mercury Café 12-3:30 p.m. The fundraiser is the 10th anniversary of the death of Misha, the black lab mix who was adopted by founder Lorraine May, which started the foundation. Lunch by Mercury Café is provided, along with a belly dancing performance by BellyDancewithDalia.com, live and silent auctions, cash bar and slide show of Misha May’s success stories. The fundraiser is an entertaining afternoon for a good cause, to ensure The Misha May Foundation is able to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home dogs (and sometimes cats) at risk, regardless of breed or mix, behavioral or medical issues. The Misha May Foundation saves dogs from euthanasia and fosters them for as long as it takes to find a home. The funds raised will not only go to helping dogs in the future, but to help pay for medical bills, food and shelter currently needed. To see an event flyer and full listing of sponsors and information, go to MileHighNaturalAwakenings.com/ MishaMay. $25/ticket thru Oct; $35/ticket thereafter. $100/ sponsor. For more information, to provide auction item or to volunteer, email MishaMayFoundation@gmail.com or call 303-239-0382. Purchase tickets online at MishaMayFoundation.org.or via check. Location: Mercury Café, 2199 California St, Denver. See listing page 38.
J4CL Presents Matthew Kocel and Sonic Alchemy, A Healing Journey of Sound and Light
ourneys For Conscious Living, a new conscious living community, promotional company and event center in Arvada, is proud to present Matthew Kocel, internationally known musician and sound healer, for an evening of Sonic Alchemy, A Healing Journey of Sound and Light on September 11th at 7pm. Doors open at 6:30pm. Matthew invites you to “come float in the primordial sound current as images of sacred geometry unfold before
your eyes. Immersed in sacred sound, you experience a deep feeling of connectedness. Open heart, open mind.” Sacred geometry animation is by Prometheus Trotsky. J4CL partner, Tryna Cooper shares, “Matthew Kocel is dedicated to the global awakening of humanity and healing the earth through sacred sound. An internationally renowned throat singer and sound healer, his unique vocal style combines Tibetan/Tuvan throat singing and Euro-American overtone chant. Blending the pure tones of Tibetan and crystal bowls, harmonium and his own amazing vocal harmonics – Matthew creates a safe and grounded sacred space that opens the heart and expands consciousness.” Matthew will also be available for individual sessions for a limited time. Tickets are $20 in advance/$25 at the door. Location: Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Building A, Suite 100 (Just north of Gunther Toody’s Diner) in Arvada. For advance tickets or more information call 303-731-6695 or visit J4CL.com or visit Matthew’s site at www.OmShaman.com.
Local Women Authors to Celebrate New Book Speaking Your Truth
enver entrepreneurs and authors Lisa Shultz and Andrea Costantine will be celebrating their new book Speaking Your Truth: Courageous Stories from Inspiring Women being launched on Amazon.com in late August, with a book launch celebration on Tuesday, September 14 at Cork House Wine on Colfax Avenue in Denver. Forty-nine contributing authors shared their personal stories of health and healing, family matters, faith, and self-discovery in the anthology Speaking Your Truth: Courageous Stories from Inspiring Women. “As I saw the book come together, I knew a celebration was in order to acknowledge the women who have stepped up to share their stories and to honor everyone who contributed to helping us get this book out into the world,” says co-author Lisa Shultz. The celebration at Cork House Wine is a free event and open to the public. The event will consist of book signing, book sales, and light appetizers sponsored by contributing authors. Speaking Your Truth: Courageous Stories from Inspiring Women may be ordered through Amazon.com or SpeakingYourTruthBook.com. You may also visit the authors’ websites at LisaShultz.com or AndreaCostantine.com or contact Andrea Costantine at 303-355-5878. Cork House Wine, 4900 E. Colfax Ave, Denver.
5th Annual CampExperience Joins Like-Minded Women
he Fifth Annual CampExperience, a one-of-akind networking retreat for women, is scheduled for Sept. 24-26 in Copper Mountain. More than 200 women from some of the country’s top organizations and businesses will come together in this casual mountain setting for 2 1/2 days of life-changing experiences. “Co-workers, colleagues, sisters, mothers and daughters, and friends come away feeling rejuvenated and energized,” says CampExperience Founder Betsy Wiersma. “Many campers return every year.” More than 35 national and state speakers are on hand to lead keynote sessions and breakout workshops, covering various leadership, optimal health, success skills and creative thinking topics. In addition, CampExperience offers a menu of adventure activities and personal services such as PsycheHike, fly-fishing, self-defense classes, organic cooking, yoga, Qi Gong, spa services, and health services consultations. There’s also a hands-on Creativity Corner that will feature pottery, glass beads, journals and fabric art. Proceeds from all on-site activities will benefit The Women’s Bean Project and Mile High United Way’s Adult Self-Sufficiency Initiative, both based in Denver. On-site activities include the Charity Bow-tique (campers are asked to give three gently used or new items), donations for personal services (massages, reflexology and more), gifts of cash and in-kind services, and matching grants for funds raised. Since 2006, CampExperience has donated more than $116,000 in cash and in excess of 10,000 pounds of clothing and household goods to its charity partners. For a complete schedule and registration information, visit CampExperience.com or call 720.200.0271.
Angel Channel Makes Special Appearance
ationally-recognized angel ch a n n e l C a t h e r i n e Morgan will be giving angel readings at Massage Works Healing Center in Littleton Sept. 10, 19 and 24. “I have been giving readings only by phone this year, so for those who would like to receive an in-person reading, this is an angelic opportunity!” said Catherine. In conjunction with her special appearance at Massage Works Healing Center, Catherine is offering an introductory $60 price for her hour-long readings, which are normally $75. Sessions include describing which archangels are with a person and why, as well as answering personal questions. Location: Massage Works Healing Center, 5808 South Rapp Street, Littleton. To make an appointment, call 720-290-4902. For more information, visit TheAngelsCircle. com. See ad page 30.
Art Therapy and Meditation
aula Robbins of Sunrise Hypnotherapy and Birgit Whitelaw of The Art Connection are holding an Art Therapy and Meditation workshop in Littleton on Sunday, September 26. Birgit, an artist, has a studio, teaches and understands the value of creation and has worked with artists in many capacities for much of her life. Paula will be leading a meditation to awaken your Inner Artist as well as teach meditative techniques for every day support. Art as a form of therapy has long been a rewarding way of looking within for many. Through the process of creating art, one can increase their awareness of themselves and others as well as gain a greater capacity to cope with difficulties, enhance cognitive abilities, and enjoy the lifeaffirming pleasures of making art. Cost is $59 and includes all art supplies. Wear clothing that might get painted. Register at SunriseHypnotherapy.com or call Paula at 303-921-1473.
newsbriefs Conifer Yoga Teacher Publishes Book
or more than a decade local author Bill Eager has pursued an understanding of yoga and natural health. His new book Thrive Inside: Transformative Secrets of Spiritual Masters, Gurus and Shamans weaves teachings from many spiritual traditions. Spiritual teacher Ram Dass notes, “An excellent book.” Certified as an Amrit Method® yoga teacher, Bill has studied with great masters including Alan Finger, AG Mohan and BKS Iyengar. Eager says, “Readers will find insights and practical tips they can apply in all areas of life. Learn how to activate the healing intelligence of energy systems in your own body. Experience an encounter with His Holiness the Dalai Lama that reveals the compassion and love at the core of all relationships.” Thrive Inside is available on Amazon.com and signed copies from ThriveInside.net/yogabook.html. See ad page 21.
It’s About Time: A Truly All-Natural “Face Lift”
atia I. Meier, MD at Clear Sky Medical is now providing an exciting all-natural procedure called The SELPHYL® System, a novel, simple, safe, quick, hypoallergenic, and costeffective treatment used to harness the patient’s own biology and platelets to naturally fill in skin depressions, acne scars, wrinkles and folds, rather than using synthetic, plastic, or animal-derived materials. Dr. Meier performs this natural procedure in-office in less than 20 minutes through a minimally invasive technique using injections. Your own blood is used to prepare a solution which can be re-injected in the desired areas. “Following your treatment, you may see immediate results,” says Dr. Meier. Used on thousands of patients worldwide, SELPHYL® has been shown to be both safe and effective. The treatment will provide a gradual increase in volume and rejuvenation of the skin above the treated area. This happens by release of growth factors from your own platelets stimulating your body’s own collagen production. Contact Dr. Meier’s office, Clear Sky Medical, at 303-790-7860 for more information. See ad page 12.
The Journey Workshop Awakens Infinite Human Potential
kip Lackey will be offering The Journey’s weekend Intensive Workshop November 6 and 7, with Advanced Skills November 8, at the Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport Convention Center. The Journey is cutting-edge transformation and healing work pioneered by internationally acclaimed, best-selling author, speaker and mind-body-healing expert Brandon Bays. It is recognized worldwide as a uniquely potent tool for awakening and liberating the infinite human potential. The work has helped over 1,000,000 people in over 30 countries worldwide free themselves from issues like fear, anxiety, stress, depression, low self-esteem, chronic anger and rage, physical illnesses and disease, and those relating to addictions and unhealthy behaviors, sexual abuse, relationship problems and career performance. At this weekend workshop, says Lackey, you will receive and learn to give “The Journey” process, a simple proven stepby step method used by ordinary people all over the world to achieve extraordinary results, no matter their age, background, culture or upbringing. Location: Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport Convention Center, 15500 East 40th Avenue, Denver. To register, call 973-680-0271 or visit TheJourney.com. See ad page 23.
Author Event at Isis Books
hetan Parkyn, author of Human Design, a book which incorporates the chakra system, the I Ching and the Kabbalah to create an elaborate personality blueprint of who you were designed to be, will be at Isis Books on September 25 from 3-5 p.m. to sign, give readings. Already published in other countries, Human Design will be published and available in the U.S. in September and introduces a system that reveals who you are in life-changing detail. This process delineates three fundamentals of your inner nature: Your Type - the core of your design; Your Authority - how you make decisions; Your Profile - how you interact with others. Author to appear at Isis Books Sept. 25, 3-5pm, Spirit Wise Books Sept. 24, 6:30 pm and a workshop location TBD Sept. 26. For info on locations and times visit The CreativeLivingCenter.com or call 303-477-2831. Info at Isisbooks.com or 303-761-8627. See ad page 27.
Correction to August brief: Free Introduc-
tions to Avatar on page 5. We failed to mention that Avatar® is a registered trademark of Star’s Edge, Inc. All rights reserved.
Fast Focusing Center Relocates a Few Doors Down
he Fast Focusing Center can now be found just a few doors down from its previous location at 88 Inverness Circle East, moving from Suite A-204 to Suite H-107 for more space, and the capacity to hold classes which will be announced. The Fast Focusing Center specializes in innovative, non-drug approaches to working with memory, concentrated focus, and releasing negative thoughts and emotions to significantly improve healthier minds. 88 Inverness Circle E, Ste. H-107, Centennial. FastFocusingCenter.com. See ad page 11.
Traditional Naturopathy Can Help You Get Back in Balance
odi Winter, Naturopathic Doctor, is offering a holistic weight loss program to help individuals lose 30 pounds a month. Called the HCG diet,Winter uses organic foods, colon hydrotherapy, reflexology massage, and offers many full body detoxes. Winter shares, “I personally used this program to lose weight when I was 56 lbs overweight. My thyroid quit functioning and nothing was working. Because it worked for me, I am committed to helping others who are struggling with their weight.” The 30-day program costs $525. Free consultation appointments are available by calling 303-577-9977. Location: 5191 S.Yosemite St.,Ste B, Greenwood Village.. See ad, page 36.
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The Time is Now
inda Denmark Strachan, local Avatar Master says, “The time is NOW to experience the most powerful self-development program available. The Avatar® Course, taught worldwide, comes to Denver this month and we are very excited. It’s about freedom, awareness, tolerance, compassion and new life.” The Avatar Course, guided by licensed Masters, is an individual integration process that allows one to view themselves and their world from a place of calm presence and serene power. From this viewpoint everything is possible, anything can be accomplished, says Strachan. “This course is about you deciding you want to make a change – a change in your own life and to make a change in the world. Then you learn the tools of how to do that. It is remarkably powerful and happens really fast!” said Strachan. Harry Palmer, founder of the Avatar® materials says, “The thing we have to solve is how to make care and compassion more valuable than self-importance and impermanent things. The ultimate solution is broadly awakening the enlightened mind of spiritual consciousness.” This powerful course takes place in Denver September 18-26. Free introduction classes are being scheduled now. Contact Linda Denmark Strachan at 720-320-9681 Avatar® is a registered trademark of Star’s Edge, Inc. All rights reserved. See ad pg. 2.
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Denver’s Newest Yoga Studio Announces Grand Opening
osha Yoga announces their grand opening September 11 at the Woodlawn Center in Littleton. Owner Carrie Searles says, “I’m so excited to be able to offer people classical Hatha yoga that focuses on relaxation, strength and flexibility and to create a comfortable community space for people to just ‘be’.” Denver native Searles started practicing yoga when she was 14 and found that it not only helped her sleep, but also helped her cope with the stresses that go along with being a teenage girl. She even started a yoga club while at Cherry Creek High School. After finishing her post-graduate studies at Denver University, she decided to make a career out of her true passion. The open house is September 11 from 11:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. and includes special events and raffles. Classes officially start on September 1. Kosha Yoga, 1500 W. Littleton Blvd., Ste. 110B, Littleton.303-875-2438. Carrie@yogarific.com. KoshaYogaCenter.com. See ad pgage 21.
globalbriefs News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all. The International Day of Peace is September 21.
Programmed Software Composes Original Music
Daydreams Have Everyday Benefits Scientific interest in daydreaming was kicked off a decade ago, when Marcus Raichle, a neurologist and professor with Washington University in St. Louis, discovered that several parts of the brain become unusually active metabolically when the brain is thought to be idling. His findings further showed that daydreaming is the mindâ€™s default mode... and thatâ€™s not a bad thing. Today, researchers know that daydream content pretty much maps onto peopleâ€™s everyday goals, aspirations and apprehensions, rather than being exotic meanderings. For the average person, daydreaming typically represents a kind of mental rehearsal, maintaining the brain in a state of readiness to respond. As pioneering psychologist Jerome Singer pointed out, â€œYou can engage in trial action without any consequences. Such fantasies may fulfill a psychic need.â€? In Psychology Today, author Josie Glausiusz reports that daydreaming seems to be an essential human activity. Daydreams help us generate our sense of self, hone social skills and serve as a font of creativity for those who pay attention to them, all of which make us feel vibrant, aware and engaged with life.
October 22-24, 2010 Glenwood Springs Lodge Glenwood, Colorado For full workshop information:
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The early-bird registration discount ends September 22. Are youâ€™re dealing with: Â‡ The end of a relationship? Â‡ Devastating medical news? Â‡ Loss of your job or home? Â‡ Or youâ€™re just feeling like you are in a general time of unending hardship? THEN THIS IS THE WORKSHOP FOR YOU!
Life Coaches Stacy S. Spears (Colorado) and Randy Shreve (special guest in from Nashville) have created a very specialized weekend workshop to help you deal with hardship and regain your personal power.
From Darkness, Light is the debut album of Emily Howell, a computer program with the ability to synthesize musical pieces resembling the works of historyâ€™s most renowned classical composers. Emilyâ€™s programmer, David Cope, professor emeritus at the University of California, Santa Cruz, believes that such artistically able machines signal an opportunity for collaboration with human artists, not a digital replacement for them. â€œComputers are there [for us] to extend ourselves through them,â€? he says. Human musicians perform most of Emilyâ€™s compositions. Source: The Christian Science Monitor
Artist-in-Residence Programs Available Nationwide Hundreds of artist-in-residence programs at sites across the country also include those at 29 national parks. The National Park Service offers opportunities for qualifying two-dimensional visual artists, photographers, sculptors, performers, writers, composers and craft artists to live and work in the parks from several weeks to several months of the year. Learn more at nps.gov/archive/ volunteer/air.htm as well as MesArt.com/art/Resources:Artist-inResidency_Programs.
ecobriefs Legislative Imperative
Citizens Spark Action on Climate Change
On October 10, citizens in communities around the world will launch global work parties aimed both to reverse climate change caused by dangerous levels of carbon dioxide emissions and send a clear message to governments that itâ€™s past time for elected officials to get busy. Citizens will put up solar panels, insulate homes, organize bicycle rides, plant trees and advance other ideas for the types of local and global solutions needed to address the current climate crisis. â€œOur message is: If we can get to work, so can our lawmakers,â€? says Bill McKibben, environmental author and founder of 350.org, the group that is rallying the 10/10/10 work party events via the Web. Last year, 350.org orchestrated an international day of action that saw 5,200 events in 180 countries support the goal of reducing CO2 levels from 390 parts per million (now 392 ppm) back to a tipping point of 350 ppm. Leading scientists, beginning with pioneering researcher Dr. James Hansen of NASA, maintain that if we can get back to 350 ppm, we have a shot at climate safety. Get on board at 350.org.
Gulf Update Citizens Move to Ban Toxic Oil Dispersants as Options In response to British Petroleumâ€™s use of toxic chemicals to disperse the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, American citizens are asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to immediately delist products of concern from the National Contingency Plan Product Schedule. This would include removing such dispersants as an approved method of dealing with an oil spill. Products of concern are defined as those that contain any substances known to be a human health hazard or that have not been proven to be nontoxic to wildlife species relevant to the area where they will be used. Sign the petition at ipetitions.com/petition/delist.
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healthbriefs with Katia I. Meier, MD and The Clear Sky Medical Team
THYROID AND INTRACELLULAR HEALTH PART II: THE TREATMENT
Under functioning thyroid is more common than suspected. The thyroid gland is often exposed to nutrient deficiencies and environmental toxins or comes under attack from common autoimmune diseases resulting in under function. Specific supplementation may enhance thyroid function sufficiently to achieve optimal results. In other cases, thyroid hormones need to be added to replenish the under producing organ. Humans have a very specific ratio of different thyroid hormones, the most commonly referred to are T4 and T3, other less active forms do also exist. In conventional medicine only T4, Levothyroxin, most commonly known under the brand name” Synthroid”, is replenished in the assumption the body might convert it into all the other necessary thyroid hormones. In some cases this works well and the activated form called T3 is present. However, it often does not convert sufficiently, and T3 or desiccated thyroid from an animal source (mostly pork) needs to be added to achieve optimal thyroid activity. Thyroid treatment is very individual, not every medication or form works for everyone due to certain food allergies (pork), sensitivities to fillers from compounded medication, or lack of metabolic action. The key is to have someone who really listens to your concerns, obtains proper evaluation through clinical examination and in depth testing of free T4, free T3, reverse T3, TSH and sometimes antibodies. Individual treatment for optimal results should allow for high normal levels of both free T4 and T3 and resolution of all clinical symptoms. At Clear Sky Medical we specialize in your thyroid health. Over the years, we have helped multitudes achieve great improvement in their overall health and well being through better thyroid function.
INTEGRATING CONVENTIONAL AND NATURAL MEDICINE FOR OPTIMAL HEALTH
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Flaxseed: a Natural Alternative to Cholesterol Drugs
new study from Iowa State University’s Nutrition and Wellness Research Center may give men a way to combat high cholesterol without drugs—if they don’t mind sprinkling some flaxseed into their daily diet. In the study, researchers examined the effects of eating flaxseed lignans (natural plant chemicals found in flaxseed) on 90 people diagnosed with high cholesterol. The results showed that consuming at least 150 milligrams per day (about three tablespoons) decreased cholesterol in men by just under 10 percent over the three months of the study. They did not see similar results in women. Suzanne Hendrich, a professor of food science and human nutrition at the university who led the study, notes that the flaxseed tablets used in the research are not available in the United States, but sprinkling ground flaxseed on cereal and other foods can provide ample cholesterol-lowering flaxseed lignans. Ground flaxseed will oxidize over time, she says, possibly affecting its flavor as well as omega-3 content, so keep it fresh.
When More Isn’t Better
In recent years, multiple studies have touted the benefits of following a diet rich in antioxidant vitamins such as C and E. Now, new findings show that while antioxidant-rich foods are fine when eaten in large quantities, taking too many antioxidants in supplement form can put our health at risk. Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute report that many people take way too many vitamins, believing that if a little is good, a lot must be better—but that is not the case. “If you are taking 10 or 100 times the amount in a daily multivitamin, you may be predisposing your cells to developing cancer,” warns institute Director Dr. Eduardo Marbán, who led the study.
Mirrors of Time: Using Regression for Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Healing
s a traditional psychotherapist, Dr. Weiss was astonished when one of his patients began recalling pastlife traumas while undergoing hypnosis. Even though he was shocked and skeptical, his patientâ€™s memories seemed to hold the key to her recurring nightmares and anxiety attacks. Week by week, this patientâ€™s symptoms disappeared as under hypnosis she remembered the traumatic events from her past lives. Many of his patients have been able to rid themselves of chronic lifelong symptoms, such as phobias, panic attacks, recurrent nightmares, unexplained fears, obesity, repeated destructive relationships, physical pain and illness. Perhaps even more important than the curing of physical and emotional symptoms is the knowledge that we do not die when our bodies do. We are immortal. We do survive physical death. Dr. Brian L. Weiss is the highly-respected, former Chairman of Psychiatry at the Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Miami, graduate of Columbia University and Yale Medical School. If you are interested in exploring your past lives and events that may have led to difficulties in your life, consider attending Dr. Weissâ€™s upcoming workshop in Denver, October 30. For more information call 800-654-5126 or visit HayHouse.com.
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Researchers at Karolinska Institute, a leading medical university in Sweden, have demonstrated that contrary to conventional theory, heart cells are able to regenerate themselves. Examining the heart tissue of 50 people over the course of four years, the researchers found that new heart cells appeared to replace older ones at a rate of approximately 1 percent per year in people in their 20s, falling to 0.5 percent per year by age 75. Scientists now hope to find ways to stimulate this natural regeneration of heart cells as a way to avoid heart transplants and help people recover from heart attacks.
Creativity, as we mentioned in the Publisherâ€™s Letter, can mean out of the box thinking. Thatâ€™s what The Wildlife Experience is doing. Art shows, activities, education, movies, and so much more. The facility houses paintings, sculpture, photography and taxidermy by some of the foremost wildlife artists in the world. We love what they offer and what they are doing to help animals and educate all of us. 10035 S. Peoria, Parker.TheWildlifeExperience.org.
creativity inspires community by Kirsten Broadfoot
“All creative people want to do the unexpected.” ~ Hedy Lamarr
When we say someone or something is creative, do we mean imaginative, innovative, inventive, artistic or fantastic? Creativity is about being inquisitive and open to new ideas as well as new ways of putting those ideas together. Individual artists, who are naturally inventive, are central to sustaining the creative spirit for society as a whole.
Yielding to the Moment of Creation “Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” ~ Pablo Picasso
mance art, entitled One and Other, encouraged anyone interested to ascend and stay atop the empty plinth for an hour to get a different view of the world. For 100 days, contributing individuals could do whatever they liked for the assigned hour, but the most astounding revelation for all was the ways in which life came to life before their eyes (OneAndOther.co.uk). Consider the inspired vision that prompted residents of Fort Collins, Colorado, to devise a traveling pop-up art gallery that transforms empty downtown storefronts into vibrant art spaces until tenants are found. Since 2009, The
Communal creativity exists along a continuum between spontaneity and structure, and gives birth to myriad forms that are sometimes stunning in their simplicity. The most poignant of these remind us of just how very human we are. Take, for example, the fourth plinth (think pedestal) raised in 2009 in London’s Trafalgar Square by Antony Gormley. This piece of public perfor-
Working with the Senses
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However, a larger creativity comes alive through collective art making, where the creative impulse requires interaction between the artists and audience. Such animating experiences, which often take flight from the creation of familiar objects, bring people together in body, mind and spirit, and work to keep us connected.
Art Lab has filled Old Town with art, innovation, music and smiling faces. Anyone can come and create in the space, display their arts and crafts or just sit, talk, brainstorm and share the good energy. This laid back, yet intimate, contribution to community life ranges from plays and exhibitions to communal paintings (ArtLabFortCollins.org). Tom Borrup, a creative community builder in Minneapolis, sees such everyday cultural expressions as crucial reservoirs of community spirit (CommunityAndCulture.com). He notes that festivals, recurring gatherings in parks, gardens or community centers and artistic activities of all stripes that generate and sustain group traditions build community and contribute to everyone’s quality of life.
“Art has been the means of keeping alive the senses of purpose…” ~ John Dewey Artful togetherness is woven into the very fabric of community life through what often appears to be
… Putting our hands to work Visitors are likely to be surprised by the hive of activity they encounter in local sewing and knitting supply shops lately. Take the Yarn Shop and Fiber Place, in Bozeman, Montana, for example (BozemanYarnShop.com). The owners host monthly knit-alongs, spinning and weaving circles and knit-for-a-cause events. In New Jersey, a community of volunteers with the Blankie Depot has crafted some 147,000 blankets and other comforting goods for needful youngsters since 1999 (BlankieDepo.org). The Sewful Austin group in Texas, on the other hand, just gets people together to have fun and share ideas for sewing projects (Meetup.com/Sewful-Austin). Coffee shops, too, can get in on the act. Dogleg Coffeehouse, in Bandera, Texas, (DoglegCoffeehouse.com) is the site of a free monthly art class led by local artists. They’ve sparked a growing community of folks creating new life for repurposed and re-found items. Spontaneous expression is commonly found in open studios or houses, as groups of artists and others meet to paint, draw, sculpt or mold. Community art collectives like Rock Paper Scissors, in Oakland, California, are hot spots for activities ranging from art walks and talks to writer readings. A volunteer-run organization, RPS fosters all forms of community arts, crafts and performances through collaborative sharing of ideas, skills and resources aimed to strengthen a sense of community (rpsCollective.org). Other artists, like Susan Wood, of SusieQ Art based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, move outside the studio to facilitate the co-creation of art in public spaces (SusieQArt.com). Her favorite sites include parks, science museums and natural health expos. Any-
one within earshot can get a no-cost creative charge by simply picking up a paintbrush to “add a dab.” To date, the largest ad hoc painting party was 115 people strong, all venturing beyond self-imposed boundaries.
… Unleashing indwelling voices Beyond the creative command of our hands, it also feels good to unleash our bodies and expand the scope of our voices. The modern-day resurrection of drum circles, for instance, is giving new life to dance socials. Based upon one of humanity’s most ancient forms of gathering and sharing within and across communities, loosely structured drumming events around the world leave plenty of room for spontaneous jamming. Fans view the drum as an especially powerful instrument relating to the human body, as it mimicks the beat of the human heart. Waleska Sallaberry relates that their Natural Awakenings’ Drumming Circle in Puerto Rico tops 600 participants a month. (Find existing drum circles by state or find out how to start one at DrumCircles.net/circlelist.html.) Another ancient and global form of community building resides in the power of words—whether sung or spoken. We have come to understand that stories sustain our values, myths and belief systems. The National Storytelling
Network helps locate master storytellers in the community (StoryNet.org). We can also create a storytelling event of our own. Ask any informal gathering of new and old friends to each create their own six-word memoir in a round robin event and be amazed at what memories are instantly created. Enjoy checking out and sharing such six-word autobiographies at Smith Magazine (SmithMag.net). Finally, there are celebratory events at which all kinds of vibrant creative forms come together in one place. In Naples, Florida, Live Art meets in various places around town for onthe-spot performance music, painting, fire-spinning, poetry, dance and body painting. It’s a constantly evolving work in progress, sometimes scheduled and sometimes spontaneous, but always full of people having fun together. In New York, the Horse Trade Theater Group is well known for its independent talent and events, featuring open mic, improv, dance and other “drafts in development,” as they nourish the organic advancement of community (HorseTrade.info). The Windmill Market, in Fairhope, Alabama,
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everyday utilitarian activities, such as group gardening, sewing, building, painting and cooking. In sharing time and space, we gain a sense of nurturing and realize ways to hold onto the distinction of a place. In the best scenarios, we honor cherished traditions and remain open to learning and reinvention by accepting and incorporating new ideas from unlikely places.
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offers yet another twist—bringing food, textiles, film, antiques and plants together. Part farmers’ market, part craft fair and part community garden, it’s all about nurturing the fiber of community (WindmillMarket.org). Of course, the ultimate in structure and spontaneity may be the extraordinary Burning Man Project, an annual art event and temporary community based on self-expression and self-reliance in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. This year’s theme is “Metropolis: The Life of Cities.” (For details of the August 30-September 6, event, visit BurningMan.com.)
Expanding and Amplifying Interconnections “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” ~ Albert Einstein While the Burning Man Project is significant for its magnitude and sheer eclecticism, it is temporary, its existence imprinted mainly in the memories of participants. But most creative communities exist like Russian dolls, nested inside other communities and networks of creative activity. These orchestrated intercommunity initiatives can transform a neighborhood’s or city’s well-being on multiple levels. Vehicles vary widely, but here are a few examples to get the creative juices flowing.
One Book, One City local reading programs, like the ones in Chicago, Denver, Malibu, San Diego, Philadelphia and Seattle, engage a whole community in choosing a book to read over a period of time. Readers then come together to participate in a variety of related events. The idea was the 1998 brainchild of Nancy Pearl at the Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library. Many communities choose to feature a local author, and this decision is often socially transformative. At the other end of the spectrum, Flash Mobs entail large groups of volunteers who appear to spontaneously perform a clever act of theater in a public space for a brief period of time. Initially designed as a combined social experiment and form of performance art, the first flash mob occurred at Macy’s in New York City in 2003, organized by Bill Wasik, of Harper’s Magazine. Flash mobs have since appeared all over the country; some more structured than others, but always evoking the feeling that they are happening on the spur of the moment. Whether dramatic or musically inclined, they’re always designed to make us become truly present in our environment; their brilliance is the connection they spark between
the actions of the mob and the place we inhabit as an audience. (See YouTube.com, search Frozen Grand Central Station.) Public participation is the name of the global game with International Pillowfight Day, as communities come together with pillows to play. Part of the Urban Playground Movement, the idea is to reclaim public space for play, away from advertising and consumerism (PillowFightDay.com). Taking a cue from “A Day in the Life” photography projects, World Pinhole Photography Day (PinHoleDay.org) recruits everyday people to create a pinhole camera and take a picture of something in their local community. It happens on the same day, usually the last Sunday in April. Everyone then loads their images onto the collective website to beget a global gallery of images. Finally, the Global Mala Project demonstrates what can be accomplished with a worldwide, intercommunity, consciousnessraising event (GlobalMala. org). Here, yoga studios from many nations gather local individuals to form a “mala around the Earth,” as they perform ritual practices based on the sacred cycle of 108, to raise funds and awareness for pressing global issues. This year, the mala will be held September 18-19. Tune in for an “Om” heard ‘round the world. Kirsten Broadfoot has lived and worked in New Zealand, Australia, the UK, Japan and the United States, granting her a profound appreciation of community life. She has created and coordinates two online communities, the Good Work Circle and COMMUNEcation, and has written numerous conference papers, academic articles and essays. Connect at Kirsti@sterena.com.
Creativity and Community:
Local painter Clyde Steadman says that there is an incredible array of people in studios in Denver where they are creating music, fashion, graffiti, or sculpture.”Denver is a phenomenal community for the creative person…being creative is fundamentally human whether you are making a computer chip or a cabinet.” Clyde says that Art Students League of Denver (ASLD. org) is a great resource. Check out Clyde’s beautiful work on ClydeSteadman.com or in Abend Gallery in Denver and Rich Designs in Colorado Springs. What local artist Kat Urice loves the best about the creativity in Denver is that it’s open to everyone and people are very eager and passionate to connect. Her unique jewelry designs feature recycled content, such as maps and books, and she started with gum wrappers! Who hasn’t twirled a gum wrapper or two, but I certainly didn’t make anything as interesting and great for the environment as this. Check out Etsy.com/Shop/ MsUrice. Ms.Urice@gmail.com or 303-523-8598. Also: beautiful unusual jewelry with Earthen, Tibetan and Asian influences from local artist Susan Ware, SuSuedio Designs. SuSuedioDesigns.com. 303-474-4226 or SuSuedio@aol.com Catch her at Festival Italiano, Sept 11&12 at Belmar Plaza in Lakewood (Alameda & Wadsworth). BelmarColorado.com
EARTH MUSIC SOUNDSCAPES OF AMERICA’S QUIET PLACES by Susie Ruth
ilence is like scouring sand,” brings us into contact with what is says Gordon Hempton, an beyond us, its beauty and mystery. award-winning acoustic ecolo- Hempton encourages us all to join gist. “When you are quiet, the silence in the self-discovery of nature. He’s blows against your mind and etches found, “All we have to do is listen.” away everything soft and unimportant. Sounds, more than sight, connect us, What is left is what is real: pure awarehe observes. In learning to listen to ness and the very hardest questions.” nature’s nuances, we also learn how It’s not easy to find silence, which to listen to one another. His favorite is facing extinction in the modern world. time of day for listening to nature is If a quiet place is one where you can 30 minutes before sunrise. When the listen for 15 minutes in daylight hours atmosphere is still, “It is not unusual to without hearing a human-created sound, hear many square miles at once.” there are no quiet places left in Europe. Astonishment and gratitude illumiThere are none east of the Mississippi nate our being when light breezes play River and perhaps 12 in the American across leaves and set them in motion, West, including one square chirruping night insects wind “Silence is inch in the Hoh Rain Forest at down and the birds’ dawn Olympic National Park, now the think tank chorus begins. When our officially recognized as the of the soul.” moving a stone in a creek quietest place in the United bed alters the water music, States (OneSquareInch.org). In ~ Gordon Hempton it is we who are moved. defending this exemplary spot No one knows why natural of silence, Hempton is effectively protectsounds speak so directly to the human ing the soundscape of about 1,000 square spirit, but we all acknowledge, in silent miles of surrounding land. thanksgiving, that they do. Hempton defines silence not as noiselessness, but “the complete absence Gordon Hempton, of Port Angeles, of all audible mechanical vibrations, WA, is an acoustic ecologist whose leaving only the sounds of nature at her award-winning recordings of Amermost natural. Silence is the presence of ica’s vanishing natural soundscapes everything, undisturbed.” support his campaign to protect the Silence, he would concur, is not silence of our national parks (Soundthe absence of sound, but a way of livTracker.com). Over the past 25 years, ing—an intention to make of one’s own he has circled the globe three times ears, one’s own body, a sounding board in pursuit of environmental sound that resonates with the vibrations of the portraits. Read One Square Inch of Siworld. Silence creates an opening, an lence: One Man’s Search for Natural absence of self, which allows the larger Silence in a Noisy World and voice world to enter into our awareness. It support at OneSquareInch.org/links.
We all feel drawn by enticing creative projects weâ€™d like to try. Now we know whyâ€Ś
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ounting scientific evidence makes it clear that personal creative expression, once perceived as a luxury, sideline or hobby in our busy lives, is in fact a keystone of our most healthy and worthwhile activities. In infinitely varied and pleasurable forms, creative practices can move us beyond artful living to also serve as a vehicle for healing. When we appreciate othersâ€™ creativity, or better yet, actively bring creativity to bear in our own experiences, such participation shapes our sense of self and can render physical and emotional benefits. Studies published in Time and MuSICA (Music and Science Information Computer Archive), for example, have shown that music is a powerful ally. Listening and playing music not only helps us manage our moods and emotions, it also works to reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol, repair and regenerate brain neurons, calm anxiety and regulate heart rate.
Everyone Benefits Kids clearly benefit from the time they spend on creative pursuits. Beyond being great fun, arts education and creative activities help kids develop confidence and discipline, build mental acuity, increase problem-solving skills and shape more powerful futures. A study done by the University of California-Irvine, for example, proved that an important link exists between exposure to music and human intelligence, stating that, â€œMusic trains the brain for higher forms of thinking.â€? A concurring report by the American Music Conference concluded that kids who play a musical instrument are 52 percent more likely to go on to college. Today, children who study the arts continue to outperform non-arts students on Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SAT) by an average of 59 points in verbal skills and 44 points in math skills, according to a College Board study compiled in 2001 by the Music Educators National Conference. As well as helping the young to mature, creative outlets help the mature stay young. â€œA lot of our brain is devoted to movement,â€? notes Kelly G. Lambert, a professor who chairs the psychology department at RandolphMacon College, in Ashland, Virginia. â€œThus, hobbies and activities that use our hands are engaging in more of our brainâ€™s real estate.â€? Experts theorize that hands-on activities such as cooking, gardening, making jewelry, crocheting and sculpting may work to enhance mental clarity, because they activate additional parts of the brain.
As we age, managing life’s challenges becomes especially important to overall health and well-being. A regular creative practice helps, according to Manhattan psychologist Dr. Joseph Cilona. “Creative activities can be highly beneficial in the management of stress,” he believes, “particularly the stressors associated with chronic life issues, such as coping with physical illness, a demanding job or troublesome relationships.” As a result, he says, “Individuals can experience a decrease in stress, anxiety and uncomfortable physical symptoms and improvement in symptoms of depression.”
Help for Families Art-based projects open a channel to express difficult feelings and insights. These can be especially helpful for individuals facing conflict or transition, for those recovering from substance abuse and for victims of abuse or trauma. Art therapy— a guided, clinical application of creative practices—is one of therapeutic medicine’s fastest growing fields. “Art therapy enables clients to express themselves nonverbally, allowing for subconscious wounds to be expressed via drawing, painting, making masks, creative writing and meditation,” observes Candice Christiansen, a licensed professional counselor and clinical director at Journey Healing Centers addiction treatment facilities in Arizona and Utah. “Art therapy gives clients a way to explore their painful histories in a safe, more comfortable forum.” Rachel Brandoff, a licensed art therapist and co-founder of the Creative Arts Therapies Center in New York City
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remarks, “I’ve seen families be drawn together through their own creativity and develop abilities to overcome difficult and often dividing circumstances. Creativity can foster new ways of thinking that allow individuals to find resourceful new ways of being in their world.”
Plus, it’s Fun While any facet of creativity enhances daily experience, focused creative endeavor soothes our bodies, nurtures a rich sense of personal identity and advances the success of our children. When we commit to pursuing a form of art, attend community arts events, vote yes on public referendums for arts funding and support the arts with our time and donations, we keep creativity alive and kicking, making its wonderful works and wider benefits available to all. Happy creating! Mary Beth Maziarz is an author and professional songwriter whose songs have appeared in 50 films and television shows. Her most recent book is, Kick-Ass Creativity – An Energy Makeover for Artists, Explorers, and Creative Professionals. Connect at mb@KickAssCreativity.com.
he key to prevention is knowing all your risk factors and also knowing what is best done to reduce them. AccuT rate diagnosis and treatment looks at the different subtypes including the size of the lipoproteins LDL and HDL, treatment will vary according to subtypes and size.
Spectracell Laboratories uses one of the most accurate, gold-standard tests of in-depth evaluation of Lipoprotein Particle (LPP) sizes by direct measurement versus the calculation method most commonly done. The particle size of the lipoproteins which carry the cholesterol around in the body are what really determines their tendency to cause plaque in the arteries. The smaller the LDL, the more prone it is to go through the blood vessel wall and create plaque, so for LDL “big is better”. This also goes for HDL; only the Buoyant HDL 2b has the ability in the right kind of concentration to keep arteries clean by removing unwanted fats. LDL has 6 different subtypes, LDL 1 and 2 are bigger and less dangerous, while LDL 3 and 4 are denser, smaller and have more potential to cause plaque. LP(a), is a very problematic LDL, and is often the cause for blood clots and plaque in the arteries. It is mostly inherited, responds minimally to diet and exercise , and does not respond at all to statin drugs. It can only be treated with higher does of niacin. RLP is called remnant lipoprotein. I also call it ‘radical’ lipoprotein since it is responsible for plaque due to its very small size and ability to cause trouble without having to be oxidized like LDL . Omega 3’s will reduce the danger caused by RLP best, other treatment like niacin can be added to reduce the risk further more. Additional risk factors include markers for sufficient detoxification such as homocysteine, the inflammation marker CRP, and insulin resistance marked by fasting insulin. Cutting edge research now allows the evaluation of genetic markers to determine how any one person’s risk factors are best treated, or how serious the calls to action is for their situation. There are currently 4 different genetic markers that evaluate risk and an individual’s tendency to respond well to various treatments, medications and diets. For example, ‘Kif 6 ‘ is a genetic marker which shows if a statin drug has more benefit than risk for a specific person. A larger percentage of people currently taking a statin drug for primary prevention develop unwanted side effects more than receive protection from the drug. Most insurances pay for more advanced testing, so there really is no reason to keep getting inaccurate treatment based on insufficient testing. Katia I. Meier, MD at Clear Sky Medical knows that preventive measures need to be based on accurate information in order to successfully lead to a happy and healthy long life. We recommend advanced testing to all of our patients to give everyone that opportunity.
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TITANS OF YOGA LESSONS DISTILLED FROM A LIFETIME OF DISCIPLINED PRACTICE by Johannes R. Fisslinger
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Enjoy the moment; don’t be inhibited by the past or future. You are in a timeless space, connected to the infinite. ~ Sharon Gannon, co-creator of Jiva Mukti Yoga
organizers of National Yoga Month have collected in one place insights
Try this healing exercise: Sit up, put your hands in your lap, close your eyes and watch your breath. Take 30 seconds to enjoy this moment, right now, being present… and connecting with your inner smile. ~ Lilias Folan, called the “First Lady of Yoga” since her 1972 PBS series, Lilias! Yoga and You
on health, happiness and enlightenment from contemporary practitioners who are deemed by their peers as world titans of yoga.
he essence of yoga, no matter its style, is a journey of self-discovery and transformation. It becomes a way of life that embraces a system of physical science, while honoring the quest for mental and emotional stability and balance. Millions of U.S. practitioners of all ages enjoy the benefits of increased flexibility and muscle strength, better posture and alignment, and decreased stress. As their practice deepens, they also experience yoga’s larger gift: a body/mind attunement that nurtures mental clarity, emotional composure and a greater sense of overall well-being. The titans interviewed incorporate various techniques and approaches. Yet, they all agree upon the following handful of principles, designed to inspire, facilitate and heighten anyone’s yoga practice.
Focus on the Breath If you bring your attention to your breathing, you become present; develop this muscle of being present by focusing on the breath. ~ Bryan Kest, creator of Power Yoga Try this transformative exercise: If your mind becomes restless, relax your jaw and breathing, then become aware of the quality of your breath, using a soft inhale and exhale. Feel your belly move as breath enters and exits through the nostrils, like a guest. Choose to observe your breath and it will redirect the mind. ~ Lisa Walford, developer of YogaWorks teacher training program
Be Present in the Moment
Experience Health and Oneness with the Body
Yoga… is about the power of now, being present in the moment. Anytime, [you can] take a few deep breaths and find a peaceful space within. ~ Beth Shaw, founder of YogaFit
Regular practice is key. Inevitably, if you do the postures enough, there’s magic to them. Even if you [begin with] no intention, yoga leads you to a state of union. Practicing yoga Continued on page 22
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helps you remember that youâ€™re already perfect, already free. ~ Sara Ivanhoe, creator of bestselling yoga DVDs If you donâ€™t feel good in your bodyâ€”if you canâ€™t move forward with ease and not dis-easeâ€”how can you feel good about anything? Yogaâ€Ś makes us feel good about the bodies we are in. ~ Beth Shaw Yoga strengthens our life force and makes us stronger from deep inside; it builds life energy, prana, chi. ~ Vinnie Marino, Vinyasa flow teacher who employs music styles ranging from trance to rock
Strengthen the Mind through Meditation The real power of yoga is in meditation, the qualities of the mind behind the action. Bring these meditative qualities into the physical practice, and it becomes meditation in motion. ~ Bryan Kest Learn to concentrate on your mantra, your sacred words that you recite over and over again. My favorite is, â€œLet goâ€Ś just let it goâ€Śâ€? ~ David Life, co-creator of Jiva Mukti yoga Practice pranayama [regulation of the breath] and meditation to improve concentration and the power of your mind. The mind creates emotions and thoughts; when the mind is healthy, the body and mind connect. Then you really find your soul essence, your consciousness. ~ Rajashree Choudhury, teacher of Bikram yoga
Experience Oneness with the Spirit For energy to be flowing, you have to be in tune and in balance not only with the nature around you, but [with] something thatâ€™s deeper inside you. This energy thatâ€™s in you, in me, in plants and animals, is the pure energy, the one life that connects us all. Who you are is an expression of consciousness, an expression of God. ~ Kim Eng, Qi Flow yoga teacher and partner of author Eckhart Tolle Yoga helps you [let go of] attachment to material things and empowers your soul. ~ Rajahshree Choudhury The essence of yoga is truth and loveâ€Ś willingness to embrace the God that is within, recognizing that we are all connected. ~ Seane Corn, internationally celebrated yoga teacher Johannes R. Fisslinger is the co-founder of National Yoga Month and founder of Yoga-Recess in Schools. Both initiatives are coordinated by the Yoga Health Foundation. For information about free local yoga classes and events in September and the new Titans of Yoga DVD, featuring 25 masters of yoga and meditation now available through yoga teachers and studios, visit YogaMonth.org.
SEANE CORN C FINDING A YOGA STYLE AND MAKING IT MEANINGFUL by Kim Childs
Seane Corn, a yoga superstar featured on magazine covers and Oprah.com, has been practicing yoga for 23 years and teaching for well over a decade. She has also taken her yoga â€œoff the mat,â€? inspiring activism and raising funds for programs around the world that serve at-risk youth and AIDS/ HIV treatment and prevention. Natural Awakenings asked this renowned teacher to share her advice on choosing a style of yoga and creating a home practice.
orn observes that personality may initially predispose a student to prefer one style of yoga over another. â€œFor example, the style of yoga I teach is Vinyasa, a fluid form of yoga,â€? she says. â€œIt tends to draw people who are more athletic and perhaps more goal-oriented or self-competitiveâ€”those who prefer a practice that feels more like a workout.â€? This style of so-called flow yoga can also be very emotionally therapeutic, she adds. Students who want to try more vigorous yoga styles like Vinyasa or Ashtanga should have a basic understanding of how to build yoga asanas (postures), integrate the breath and work with their bodyâ€™s flexibility. â€œIn my dream world, students would know that there are techniques they need to understand before they approach a more challenging or fluid practice,â€? says Corn. â€œThat would mean either going to a very beginner-level class or an Iyengar class. For some students, that may feel too slow, but itâ€™s providing the appropriate information thatâ€™s going to give them longevity in their practice.â€? Likewise, she recommends Iyengar if an individual is recovering from an injury. Without proper technique, students can compromise their knees, lower backs and necks, Corn counsels. She explains that while Iyengar is quite a methodical and precise style for teaching fundamentals, styles like Kripalu, characterized as â€œmeditation in motion,â€? can be more forgiving. Once people begin to practice, physical and life changes may lead to
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the exploration of other styles. This is true for Corn, who has studied many traditions over the years. â€œWhen I was younger, I wouldnâ€™t have considered an Iyengar or a Kripalu class,â€? she recalls. â€œIt was only Ashtanga or Vinyasa. Now that Iâ€™m in my 40sâ€”or even back in my 30sâ€”Iâ€™ve wanted a deeper practice that has more space and more areas of stillness and connection, which seems to match my growth as a person.â€? For those who are grounded in yoga fundamentals and want a home practice, Corn recommends setting aside 30 minutes to an hour at least three days a week. â€œIf you have a half-hour, I would recommend 10 minutes of sun salutes, 10 minutes of standing poses and 10 minutes of backbends, forward bends and a resting pose.â€? Turn off phones and other distractions, she advises, and focus. The more sacred, intentional and meaningful a home practice is, the more likely one is to regard it as more than an exercise routine. â€œI set up an altar with things that are important to me,â€? remarks Corn. â€œWhen I put my palms
together, Iâ€™ll set an intention and ask Spirit that the practice be a reflection of my devotion, a dedication to something greater than myself.â€? At 43, Corn credits her yoga practice and diet (avoiding meat, fish, dairy, sugar, alcohol, caffeine and chemical additives) with maintaining her good health. â€œMy bones are strong, my muscles and joints are quite supple, and my hormonal system is in really good shape,â€? she reports. â€œI donâ€™t have PMS or other [premenopausal] symptoms and my skin looks good and clear. More importantly, Iâ€™m just very comfortable in my body and confident on my feet.â€? As with any physical undertaking, anyone with a pre-existing injury or medical condition should consult a doctor before beginning a yoga practice. Corn advises students to, â€œFind a teacher who can meet you where you are.â€? Once on the mat, she says, explore what feels right and allow your practice to evolve as you do. Kim Childs is a Kripalu yoga teacher in the Boston area. Connect at KimChilds.com.
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FEEL GOOD FILMS A Conversation with Producer Stephen Simon by Ellen Mahoney
mong Stephen Simon’s many acclaimed films are the Academy Award-winning What Dreams May Come, Somewhere in Time, and the groundbreaking Conversations with God. He also co-founded The Spiritual Cinema Circle in 2004 with relationship experts Gay and Kathlyn Hendricks. As a subscription-based monthly DVD community, Spiritual Cinema Circle offers viewers a continuous array of upbeat and inspirational films that help us feel better about being human.
Why did you decide to produce spiritual films? I’ve always loved films like It’s a Wonderful Life, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, and 2001: A Space Odyssey, that have a spiritual content to them, even though Hollywood refers to them as fantasy films. My dad was a big comedy director in the 1930s and 40s, and I always knew spiritual movies were the kinds of films I wanted to make. When I was about 30 years old, I read this extraordinary book
called Bid Time Return, by Richard Matheson, which I went on to produce as my first film, called Somewhere in Time. What Dreams May Come was also based on a Matheson novel. Later, when I read the Conversations with God books by Neale Donald Walsch and we became good friends, I just knew the story of his life would lend itself to film.
What is the difference between a spiritual and a religious film? Mainstream media uses the words spiritual and religious as synonymous terms, but they are not. A religious film would be like The Passion of the Christ or The Ten Commandments, whereas a spiritual film would be like Whale Rider or What Dreams May Come. I believe spirituality is a personal and private experience, where you have your own relationship with whatever you might call the Divine. You might call this God, but you also might call this spirit, life, the universe or nature. You can be a spiritual person but not be religious,
yet I firmly believe that spiritual and religious people have much more in common than they differ.
Has mainstream America been receptive to this spiritual movement? I don’t believe in the word mainstream. To me, it means that entertainment has lost all of its individuality. When you try to attract everybody, you have to be concerned with not offending anybody, and that is not what art and filmmaking is about. Spiritual filmmaking is definitely a niche. We have subscribers in nearly 100 countries around the world and the primary demographic of our audience tends to be more adult. What we offer strongly appeals to individuals who are looking for this kind of transformative entertainment that both enlightens and allows them to feel better about themselves and the world.
Which filmmakers are producing films that are right for your audience?
A filmmaker produces a spiritual movie because itâ€™s in his heart and it comes from his soul. We have a number of filmmakers weâ€™ve nurtured whom I think are wonderful. For example, weâ€™ve distributed five films from Santa Fe-based Scott Cervine and four films from Geno Andrews, headquartered in Los Angeles.
hope is that viewers are pleased with our movies and feel better at the end of the film than they did at the start. Visit SpiritualCinemaCircle.com for a free trial. Ellen Mahoney teaches writing at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are your overriding goals and hopes for Spiritual Cinema Circle? When Spiritual Cinema Circle films help our community of viewers feel better about being human, that makes me happy. There is enough media that look at the dark, ugly, negative, violent, greedy sides of humanity, and there is no question that these dark elements seem to be part of human nature. But thereâ€™s little light shown on the beautiful side of our natureâ€”the side that consciously evolves, forgives and loves. Spiritual films allow us to look at our humanity when we operate at our best. This is what we look for when qualifying films for the Spiritual Cinema Circle. The films we choose are dramatic and the characters experience difficult challenges, but at the end of the day, there is always transcendence, a powerful transformation and a pathway through whatever the darkness may be. Our
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Circle Round: Raising Children in Goddess Tradition By Karen Charboneau-Harrison
ooking to explore the Divine Feminine with your children? Look no further, this wonderful book, Circle Round, has everything you need for a fun journey into Spirit. Goddess tradition embraces the wheel of life - the cycles of birth, growth, love, fulfillment and death. Each turn of the wheel is explored here, celebrating the transitions of life spanning the changing seasons. Here you’ll find rites of passage, short meditations to share with you family, crafts to make, stories about the Goddess, songs, recipes to enjoy at the new and full moon, simple rituals perfect for introducing children to experiencing the Starhawk, Diane energies of the seasons and moon phases, house Baker and Anne Hill blessings, games and lore. ISBN: 1 553 37805 8 Cleverly organized, Circle Round is divided into Four Parts, each of which is rich with information and things to do. Part One explores Goddess Tradition, the creation of simple rituals and how to develop and hand-down family traditions. Part Two gives information on the energies of each season within the Wheel of Life with stories especially connected with each season plus rituals, activities,
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crafts to make and foods to prepare which reflect the special time. Part Three of Circle Round focuses on life cycles beginning with birthing rituals and baby blessings. It continues into childhood and early adolescence with new ideas about what the Tooth Fairy might exchange for that little tooth under the pillow, nighttime prayers and coming of age rituals for girls and boys. This well constructed section of the book examines sometimes hard to talk about subjects like sexuality and death and how to discuss this information in a healthy, comfortable way with children and teens. Part Four focuses on the Elements - earth, air, fire, water and spirit - with exercises for safely and creatively experiencing the gifts of each element with age appropriate activities for all children. As a one-of-a-kind resource designed for use by people of many faiths and beliefs, Circle Round is a welcome companion which shares a multitude of ideas, lore, ritual and stores to create meaningful family events and experiences. Designed for families with children any age from infants to late adolescents, all the ingredients for enjoying the spirit of each season are here, along with suggestions for how you can create your own unique family traditions. Never preachy or proselytizing, Circle Round celebrates family, the concept of Sacred Earth and Goddess tradition in a fun, illuminating way. With this book, you will foster a sense of family togetherness through celebrations that honor the sacredness of life and our Mother Earth. Karen Charboneau-Harrison is the owner of Isis Books, Gifts and Healing Oasis. She is the mother of two – one a wise and lovely adult of 35 and the other a lively, joyous 8 year old who specializes in building fairy resorts in her backyard.
localinsights Exploring Joyful Movement through Exercise
ia was developed in 1983 by former aerobics instructors, Debbie and Carlos Rosas. They understood that their students wanted to participate in an exercise class that would challenge them to develop their flexibility, agility, mobility, stability and strength. However, they also recognized that the body has its own sense of natural movement and that people like to move in ways that are enlivening. They strove to create a type of movement modality that was low-impact in nature that would also invite the student to, in the words of Carlos, “re-connect to passion, play, ease, and joy, and re-awaken something very powerful in us— whole-body dance movement.” Nia is about celebrating the joy of movement and all that it entails. It includes creating a space in which to dance freely, setting an intention for what one would like to experience during the dance, creating an awareness of the how the music and movement feel in the body, and liberating ourselves to dance without self-conscious restraint, both with choreography and without. As Nia has evolved, Debbie and Carlos have incorporated various dance styles (Modern, Jazz, Duncan dance and Ethnic) with Martial Arts (Tai Chi, Aikido, and Tae Kwon Do) and the Healing Arts (Yoga, Feldenkrais, Alexander Method) to create an original exercise modality that is healing to the body, mind and spirit. Additionally, Nia was created to be accessible to women and men of all ages, abilities, skill levels, and body types. It is even a perfect modality for people recovering from injuries and illness. As we move through our adulthood lives, we are often tasked with tending to external responsibilities that can overwhelm and numb us to who we are at our core. Activities that ignite our passion, joy, and honor our authentic selves are often sidelined because we have children to care for, bills to pay, jobs to maintain. Nia helps us to remember that we matter and that those little nuances in our personalities that make us so unique are very important. Natalie Gentry is the owner of Healing Space and is a massage therapist, Nia instructor, and a Transformational Breath Facilitator. She begins teaching ongoing Nia classes at the Consulate Healing Center on Monday, September 13th. For more information, call Natalie at (303)325-4150 or email Natalie@HealingSpaceDenver. com. HealingSpaceDenver.com. See listing page 38.
Which Came First: The Creativity or the ADHD?
ho can deny the inextricable role creativity plays in change? Without creative minds, there would be no inventors, artists, actors or entrepreneurs. No problem-solvers or visionary leaders. Creativity is essential for change, social or otherwise. But what makes for a creative mind? “People who are creative are open to new experiences, curious, risk-takers and thrill-seekers,” said Dr. Bonnie Cramond, Associate Professor of Education Psychology at the University of Georgia. “People with ADD tend to be more spontaneous than the average person. They speak freely ... think freely ... [They] often … do not know what they’re going to do next,” said Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., instructor at Harvard Medical School and director of the Hallowell Center for Cognitive and Emotional Health in Massachusetts. Notice the similarities between qualities of the creative mind and symptoms of the disorder? Some of history’s most creative minds might have been diagnosed with ADHD. Consider: Robert Frost was sent home from school for daydreaming; Thomas Edison was severely scolded in class for drawing and doodling after which he was homeschooled. Modern-day examples of the ADHD/creative-mind link: David Neeleman who founded JetBlue Airways and built it into America’s eighth largest airline. Or Paul Orfalea, who sold his company, Kinkos, to FedEx for a cool $2.4 billion. But if ADHD primes the creative pump, ADHD also corrodes the seals. Jitters, short attention span, impulsive behavior, lack of focus and absence of organization become roadblocks to success, especially for adults. Many who suffer from these symptoms desire relief but hesitate due to fear of a loss of creative juices. The good news is that there is a new, safe, drug-free treatment, hailed by many as a scientific breakthrough that can enhance creativity. Although not a cure, Neurofeedback helps the brain function better and has shown effectiveness in treating people with ADD, ADHD, traumatic brain injury and other learning disorders. Neurofeedback measures a person’s brain energy through sensors placed on the scalp and ears. This electrical brain energy creates a signal which is sent to a computer. The computer studies the EEG (brain energy) and displays it as a computer game. During the session, a Neurofeedback trainer adjusts the program to increase certain desired brain wave energy, and decrease or inhibit other ones. With the aid of Neurofeedback training, an ADHD brain can reorganize neuronal pathways through positive reinforcement. This can mean freedom from negative behaviors and mindsets, increased ability to focus and channel creativity in a positive way. Many report more passion in their work, more excitement in their life and more creativity in their minds. The Fast Focusing Center, located in Centennial, is dedicated to helping enhance brain function. FastFocusingCenter.com. 88 Inverness Circle E, Ste. H-107, Centennial. See ad page 11.
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s one person’s trash really another’s treasure? According to a Durham, North Carolina-based arts and crafts store, it is. The Scrap Exchange lets people explore their creativity while helping out the environment. The exchange was founded in 1991 as a sustainable art supply store that takes unwanted materials from businesses and community members and resells them as arts and crafts supplies. Materials sell for 50 to 70 percent off their retail prices, and popular items include paper, fabric, office supplies, marble scraps and CD cases. The idea is to promote environmental awareness and creative expression by providing high-quality, low-cost materials for artists. The Scrap Exchange also provides an in-house art gallery to show off the work of local artists who turn recycled materials into crafts such as handmade bags, metal sculptures and jewelry. Classes in artistic skills like quilting and collage also are available. Plus, the store offers children’s birthday parties that give kids a chance to invent fun projects with their friends while teaching them about taking care of the planet. The Resource Center in Chicago is another nonprofit organization that is encouraging creative repurposing of materials. Its Creative Reuse Warehouse (CRW) finds and recovers rejected items and byproducts that local businesses treat as waste. They donate these materials to Chicago area schools, service organizations, per-
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formance companies and individual artists. It’s a win-win situation for the CRW’s donors and recipients—donors get a tax deduction and recipients obtain materials to teach classes and create artwork that they may not have been able to afford otherwise. Similar programs are available throughout the country. The Scroungers’ Center for Reusable Art Parts has graced San Francisco since the 1970s; participants learn about different crafts and art techniques in its unique workshops. Creative Reuse Pittsburgh, a relative newcomer, collects reusable discards from businesses and other organizations in its region, offers hands-on creative arts programs and hosts booths at local arts festivals. Add up the mental, emotional, social and environmental benefits of artful hours used to turn trash into treasure and the lure of time wellspent at a creative reuse center is nearly irresistible. This article was created by the Center for American Progress (American Progress.org).
READY RESOURCES OF REUSABLE STUFF Some of the centers listed below also accept individual donations of suitable items for reuse. Art From Scrap Provides arts and crafts materials reuse store, environmental education and arts program. ArtFromScrap.org in California Arts & Scraps Offers reusable industrial scraps to the public. ArtsAndScraps.org in Michigan Creative Reuse Pittsburgh Accepts donations of materials from manufacturers, retail stores, radio stations, hotels, offices, grocery stores and universities. CreativeReusePGH. blogspot.com and Construction Junction.org in Pennsylvania East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse Collects and redistributes materials for education, creative projects and arts and crafts. CreativeReuse.org in California Extras for Creative Learning Redistributes excess inventory, outdated stock, overruns or seconds to teachers, group leaders, parents and artists. EXCL
MORE GREEN CRAFTING IDEAS Art & Creative Materials Institute Certifies safety and quality of crafting materials and helps teachers and consumers identify nontoxic choices. acminet.org Artterro – Art of the Earth Creates and sells eco-friendly, openended art projects with quality materials for kids’ crafts when recycled materials aren’t available locally. Kits are assembled and shipped from Goodwill Industries. Artterro.com
Recycles.org in Massachusetts Hudson Valley Materials Exchange Serves as redistribution center and creative resource for materials suitable for art, education and construction. HVME. com in New York Materials Exchange Center for Community Arts (MECCA) Accepts and distributes donated scraps and discards for reuse in art projects. Materials-Exchange.org in Oregon Materials for the Arts Serves New York City as its premier reuse center. MFTA.org in New York Materials for the Arts Program Offers suitable items gathered by The Monroe County Solid Waste Management District’s Reuse Division to nonprofits, churches, schools and artists working on community projects.
CraftGossip Craft blog network’s sub-blog discusses recycled crafts. Also publishes GreenCraft magazine. Recycled Crafts.CraftGossip.com Make-Stuff Provides arts and crafts ideas for every age that use everyday and recycled materials. Make-Stuff.com Team EcoEtsy Blog Members share eco-news, eco-tips, member features, eco-friendly creations and how-tos. Etsy sources are big on reducing, reusing and recycling. Blog.EcoEtsy.com
MCSWMD.org in Indiana reDiscover Community resource center recycles business discards into children’s learning tools. reDiscoverCenter.org in California The Resource Center The group’s Creative Reuse Warehouse collects overruns, rejects and byproducts from businesses and industries to redistribute as educational and artistic resources. ResourceCenterChicago.org in Illinois The ReThink + ReUse Center Makes business and industrial materials donations available to parents, teachers and artists. RethinkAndReuseMiami.org in Florida The Scrap Exchange Collects clean, reusable industrial discards and donated materials from individuals for creative reuse. Scrap Exchange.org in North Carolina Scrounger’s Center for Reusable Art Parts (SCRAP) Redistributes unwanted materials collected from businesses and individuals to teachers, parents, artists and organizations. Scrap-SF.org in California
Have you checked creative and recreational offerings with your Local Community Center? Over 1,000 organized classes and activities are going on at any given time and offer aquatics, arts & crafts, cultural & social activities, fitness & sports, health, special events & tours and more. The Denver Parks and Rec site has a downloadable brochure on the right side, bottom of the page at Denvergov.org/Recreation. Check your specific town; Golden’s awesome Community Center isn’t on that list. Rec.CityofGolden.net. September 2010
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See FreeU.com for more details and other great classes. Sept. 8 Beginning Ballroom Dance – 6:30-8pm. Four Wednesdays. $57 (single)/$108 (couple) Non-member/$45(single)/$86(couple) Member. Colorado Free University, Central Denver (I-25 & Alameda). Sept. 9 Beginning Piano – 7-8pm. Four Thursdays. $71 Non-member/$59 Member + $20 optional material fee. Colorado Free University, SW Denver (Evans and Santa Fe). Sept. 12 Weaving for Beginners – 1-3pm. Four Sundays. $101/Non Member; $89/Member. $2 materials fee; $20 loom; $20 yarn. Colorado Free University, Lowry, Denver. Sept. 16 Pottery for Beginners – 6:30-9pm. Four Thursdays. $86/Non Member; $74/Member. $25+ materials fee. Colorado Free University, Arvada. Sept. 18 Photography Safari – 9am-3pm. $132/Non Member; $120/Member. Colorado Free University, Lowry, Denver. Sept. 19 Your Life in Print: Memoirs, Personal Essays and Autobiographical Fiction – 1-4pm. $51/
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 Colorado State Fair – thru Sept 6. Stop by any Colorado Loaf ‘N Jug location to pick up Buy One get One Free coupons for State Fair gate admission and/or State Fair carnival rides.1001 Beulah Avenue, Pueblo. ColoradoStateFair.com. Consciousness Conversations & Contemplations – 6:45–10:00pm. Featured guest Matthew Kocel, internationally known musician and sound healer. CCC hosts monthly meetings to share a common desire to raise the consciousness of our planet through presentations, discussion, interaction, and networking. Donation and snack to share. Location: Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Suite 100, Arvada (just north of Gunther Toody’s Diner). Info 303-731-6695 or J4CL.com.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 EFT Tapping Group – 6-8pm. Overcome limiting beliefs, self sabotage, addictions, anxiety, self esteem and self confidence issues using a mix of EFT, NLP and more. $30/$21, 2+. 88 Inverness Cir E, Ste H107, Centennial. 720-425-3488. Breathing, Meditation and Guided Visualization – 6pm. Breathing is easy, right? Practice “belly breathing” and bringing the breath back down into the lungs, slowing the heart rate and allowing our minds and bodies to be centered and ready to deal with the present moment as it unfolds. Practice and explore Guided Meditation. $15. RSVP req’d 720-663-7702 or DeerCreekCounseling@gmail.com. Energetic Boundaries/Student Space – 7-8:30pm. Want tools to manage energy--yours and others? Learn EB in the first six classes for $25/class. Got tools (completed EB class)? Guided by Rev.DebraRae,
Non-member; $39/Member. Colorado Free University, Lowry, Denver. Sept. 25 Herbal Soap-Making Workshop – 10am4pm. $67 Non-member/$55 Member + $15 material fee. Colorado Free University, Lowry, Denver. Sept. 25 Screen Writing Workshop – 1-3pm. Six Saturdays. $192 Non-member/$178 Member + $20 material fee. Colorado Free University, Lowry, Denver. Sept. 28 Improv 1 – 6:30-8:30pm. Four Tuesdays. 81 Non-member/$69 Member + $5 material fee. Colorado Free University, Lowry, Denver. Sept. 30 Intro to Filmmaking – 6:30-9pm. Two Thursdays. $91 Non-member/$79 Member. Colorado Free University, Lowry, Denver.
EVERY DAY Super Sand Dome – thru September 12. Daily 11am-3pm. Wednesdays 11am-7pm. Inside a brightly colored inflatable 770-square-foot dome, are piles upon piles of wet sand ready to sculpt, dig, transform and build creations worthy of the seaside. Weather permitting. Children’s Museum of Denver Plaza, 2121 Children’s Museum Drive, Denver. 303-433-7444. MyChildsMuseum.org. Calling all art teachers! The Wildlife Experience is looking for young talent to participate in student art exhibition Nurturing Nature: Growing Young Colorado Artists. Between twenty and forty pieces of art based on a wildlife or nature theme will be accepted for each show. Call 720-488-3329 or email Lyoung@twexp.org for details. Space is limited.
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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 Quantum Breath Meditation & Yoga with Yogi Amrit Desai – Fri-Sun. Yogi Amrit Desai will teach ancient secrets that take you into the deepest levels of meditation like a seasoned master. Experience a paradigm shift that effortlessly silences your mind and draws you into the innermost core of your Being. The Quantum Breath Meditation helps decrease stress-related health problems such as anxiety, depression, fatigue and insomnia. Location: Shambhala Mountain Center, Red Feather Lake. Starting at $385. Call 888-788-7221 or ShambhalaMountain. org/programs/1423. Art Therapy Groups for Underserved Breast Cancer Patients – 1-2:30pm. Hands-on art therapy group to encourage new coping skills and learning news ways of adjusting to loss and of creating a new future. Four sessions, materials, light snack are provided. Transportation available. Free. This program is for the under or uninsured who qualify for Medicaid or C.I.C.P. RSVP req’d 303-561-3000. University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora. TheOtherSideArts.org. 27th Annual Taste of Colorado – Fri-Mon at Civic Center Park over Labor Day weekend. Free outdoor event with more than 500,000 visitors each year to sample culinary delights from dozens of Colorado’s favorite restaurants. ATasteofColorado.com. Celebration Fair – Fri-Sun. Safe environment to explore the deeper aspects of life, metaphysical philosophies, and holistic lifestyle. Rev. Deb-
raRae available for readings/healings; pre-book session. $5. Readings 20 min/$20. Fri:1-9pm; Sat 10am-7pm;Sun 10am-6pm. Denver Merchandise Mart, 451 E 58th Ave #4270. 303-365-0200. or CelebrationFair.com.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 Hot Seat Night: A Truly Conscious Evening – 6:30- 9:30pm. Hot Seat Night with Aspen DeCew - Identify & delete the hidden barriers to your life. Watch the instantaneous results. Be in the hotseat if you choose. Aspen is an early adopter and pioneer in the emerging field of Human Software Engineering. $20 in advance/$30@door. Location: Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Suite 100, Arvada (just north of Gunther Toody’s Diner). Info 303-731-6695 or J4CL.com.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 Somatics Movement Therapy – Release tight or injured muscles, relieve chronic pain, improve posture and breathing. These easy gentle movements regain strength, flexibility and freedom of movement. Session 1 focuses on the shoulder and back: 3 sessions. The full spine, hips and shoulder: 5 weeks. Classes are between 30-45 minutes. Shoulder/ back session:$25 member/$30 nonmembers, Wed Sept 8, 15 and 22. Full spine hips, and shoulder session:$40 members/$45 nonmembers, Wed Sept 29 for 5 weeks.Wheatridge Recreation Center, the Anderson Building, 4355 Field St, Wheat Ridge. Registration and info: Ci.Wheatridge.Co.us or 303-231-1300. Reach Dr. Rosanne Dektor at Nonforce1. com or Huumom@gmail.com.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 10th Annual Colorado Seth Conference – Thurs through Sun. 9am. Presenters, group discussions, experiential workshops, fun entertainment and a group energy created by like-minded people. Embassy Suites, 7525 E Hampden Ave, Denver. 303-918-1204. ColoradoSethConference.com. Canine Massage – 9am-5pm. Lev 1, 2 & 3. Intro to Anatomy & Physiology, in depth canine anatomy and organs, intro to Kinesiology, end of life issues, immune system, pain evaluation and more. Certificate upon successful completion of each course, written exam and practical. $1260/level plus books & materials. 701 N Park St, Units C & D, Castle Rock. Register 303-669-4227 or RMSAAM.com. Movie and a Martini – 5:30-10pm. Featuring Caddyshack. Starts with a cocktail hour featuring martinis followed by a special presentation of a timeless film chosen by Movie and a Martini enthusiasts. Doors open at 5:30pm, Martinis at 6:30, Movie at 7:30. $20/members; $25 non-members. Buy 7 movies, get the 8th free. 21 and older pls. The Wildlife Experience, 10035 S Peoria, Parker. 720-488-3300 or TheWildlifeExperience.org. Oneness Blessing – 5:30-7pm. A team of certified blessing givers will be offering Oneness Blessings, a non-denominational benediction and Oneness Energy transferred. The blessing can accelerate spiritual growth and deepening. It assists the recipient in a more heartfelt experience of Oneness and the Divine. Love Offering. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. MileHiChurch.org. Journaling, Letter Writing, and “Rants” and “Raves” – 6pm. Recording our thoughts, feelings, dreams, and fears can be cathartic and illuminating. Use the journal to help defuse emotions, or alternatively, to explore and intensify thoughts. Practice Ranting and Raving; and Writing Letters to Our Unfinished Business. $15. RSVP req’d at 720-663-7702 or DeerCreekCounseling@gmail.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 or SacredPlacesAndSpaces.com.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 EFT Practice Group – 6-7:30pm. A practice group for people with basic understanding of EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). Free. Vicki Nelson 303 955-7532 or email@example.com. ClearSourceCoaching.com. Art Therapy Groups for Underserved Breast Cancer Patients – 1-2:30pm. Hands-on art therapy group to encourage new coping skills and learning news ways of adjusting to loss and of creating a new future. Four sessions, materials, light snack are provided. Transportation available. Free. This program is for the under or uninsured who qualify for Medicaid or C.I.C.P. RSVP req’d 303-561-3000. University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora. TheOtherSideArts.org Denver Beer Fest – thru Sept 19. A citywide suds-centric experience leading up to America’s biggest and most prestigious beer festival and competition, the Brewers Association’s Great American Beer Festival (GABF). Includes beer tastings at local Denver restaurants, beer-paired dinners, “meet the brewer” nights, beer tappings, Denver brewery tours and a variety of entertaining beer events throughout the Mile High City including Oktoberfest and the Great American Beer Festival! Denver.org/DenverBeerFest.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 Local Foods Festival – 11am-4pm. Second annual festival featuring more than 50 vendors, local food organizers, farmers, cooking demos and more. Free. Denver Botanic Gardens, 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton. 303-865-3580. BotanicGardens.org. Lauren’s Live Animal Days at The Wildlife Experience – 11am & 1pm. Pamela Cole, insect collector and artist. Do you know what makes an insect, an insect? Find this out and more while observing live and mounted specimens. Included with paid regular museum admission. The Wildlife Experience, 10035 South Peoria, Parker.720.488.3300. TheWildlifeExperience.org. Matthew Kocel and Sonic Alchemy, A Healing Journey of Sound and Light – 7pm (Doors open 6:30pm). Journeys For Conscious Living, a new conscious living community, promotional company and event center in Arvada, presents Matthew Kocel, internationally known musician and sound healer, for an evening of Sonic Alchemy, A Healing Journey of Sound and Light. Immersed in sacred sound, experience a deep feeling of connectedness. Sacred geometry animation is by Prometheus Trotsky. $20 in advance/$25@door. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Suite 100, Arvada (just north of Gunther Toody’s Diner). Info 303-731-6695 or J4CL.com. Large and Small Animal Acupressure Massage – 9am-5pm. Lev 1 and 2. TCM and it’s origin, energy meridian pathways, acupressure points and techniques,
patterns of disharmony, Five Element theory and much more. $1260/level plus books and materials. 51151 WCR 18, Longmont. Register 303-669-4227 or RMSAAM.com. Deaf Dogs 11th Anniversary Picnic – 10am-1pm. Misha May will be selling harnesses, t-shirts, and gift items. Lorraine May will be on hand to answer training questions for a donation. Best Friends Pet Care, 11440 West 44th, Wheatridge. Info 303-422-2055. Setting Intention at the New Moon – 1-2:30pm. Support for manifesting your dreams. Learn how to use the New Moon’s productive energies to facilitate conscious manifestation as well as learning about your personal desires and manifestation style based on your horoscope. $30. Limited to 12 students. Isis Books & Gifts, 2775 S Broadway, Englewood. 303-761-8627 or IsisBooks.com. Psychic Self-Defense – 3-5:30pm. Learn techniques that offer ways to learn healthier psychic boundaries and to keep negativity and curses at bay. Discuss and practice techniques. $25. Isis Books & Gifts, 2775 S Broadway, Englewood. 303-761-8627 or IsisBooks.com. Advanced Yoga Training-Children’s Yoga Teacher Training – 10:30-5:30pm Sat, 12:30-5:30pm Sun. 200RYT required. Comprehensive 108 hour training. One weekend per month. Class runs until Feb 13, 2011. Register for advanced certification in this specialty area of children’s yoga, enhance personal growth, deepen your study of yoga, and accumulate continuing education hours. $1,878. 3333 Federal Blvd, Denver. 303-432-8099 or Pyamandala@gmail.com.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 Why Weight 9 Wk Intensive: I Can Make You Thin – 9-11am. 9-wk course. Personalized, science-based techniques to change thoughts about body, food and feelings about food. $270. 88 Inverness Cir E, Ste H107, Centennial. 720-425-3488. Understanding Dogs – 2-4pm, Sundays Sept 12-Oct 17. Integrative, holistic approach to training, behavior, health and healing, including obedience, reiki, flower essences, calming techniques and communication. Includes a behavior consultation / coaching session / treatment plan for each participating dog. One Human/one Dog $150; Additional human $45; Fee for Human without dog $90. RSVP req’d 303-239-0382 or email MishaMayFoundation@ gmail.com. Sage Valley Pet Center, 16400 West 54th Avenue, Golden. Experience the Healing of the Divine – 10am-12pm. Invoke the power of the Divine Feminine, the angels and the elements to bring healing to your body, mind and soul. Special healing requests accepted at the door. Sponsored by the Esoteric Order of the Golden Dawn’s Sanctuary of Thoth-Hermes in Denver. Free. Isis Books & Gifts, 2775 S Broadway, Englewood. 303-761-8627 or IsisBooks.com. Creative Living Event and Healing Buffet – 11am4pm. Free talks and a tasty buffet of different practices, methods and tools for creative living. Free. The Cre-
ative Living Center North, 8747 N Sheridan, Arvada. TheCreativeLivingCenter.com. The Power of Love: Transformation through Ku n d a l i n i Yo g a a n d M e d i t a t i o n – 1 - 4 p m . $45. HarDarShan Khalsa. Info 303-803-0159. CarolineAshleyYoga.com.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 Free Preview Night Develop Your Intuition, Fuel Your Growth – 7-8:30pm. Open your mind, develop your intuition and confidence to follow it. Learn how intuitive development can empower your personal journey. Free preview night features powerful meditation, learn the importance of intuitive development and how to recognize intuitive insights. 8-wekk class starts September 20. Preview night free; early bird special $150 for 8-week class. 8 E. 1st Ave, Suite 103 1st & Broadway. Above the Hornet Restaurant. 303-668-2358. YogaoftheMind.com.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 Nutrition Class – 11:30am-12:30pm. Learn about nutrition and how it affects your weight. Optional - 12 week weight loss challenge. Lose weight and gain money. Weekly weigh-ins and support. $35 for challenge which goes to winners at the end (less admin costs). Victorian Peaks, 11020 S Pikes Peak Dr, #50, Parker. Pre-registration req’d 303-617-4235 or ParkerNutrition.com. Families and Dogs Safety Training and Fun – 7:30-8:30pm. This class will focus on engaging with known friendly dogs, assessing the risk and safe action options with unknown dogs, and learning crucial training exercises which enhance safe relationships. This class is appropriate for children 5 years and above, as well as adults. Children must be accompanied by a parent since family participation will be the theme of the evening. Min donation per family $10.00. Doggie Pause, 3242 S Acoma, Englewood. RSVP req’d MishaMayFoundation@gmail.com or 303-239-0382.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 Transformational Breath Series for Women – 6-8pm. 6-8pm. Learn to breathe fully into your body and experience the benefits of breathing effectively. The series of three classes begins on Wednesday, September 15th, continues on September 22nd, and concludes on September 29th. Cost: $40/class, $100/ series of three classes. Location: Pomegranate Place, 750 Clarkson St. Pls bring pillow, blanket and sheet. Space is limited. RSVP req’d Natalie Gentry, Certified Transformational Breath Facilitator, at 303-325-4150 or Natalie@HealingSpaceDenver.com.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 California Pizza Kitchen for The Misha May Foundation Fundraiser – 11am-10pm. 20% donated from meals purchased goes to MMF. Bring flyer available at MishaMayFoundation.org. Location: Cherry Creek Mall, 3000 East First Avenue, #185, next to Neiman
A warm water exercise that soothes and stretches the body and mind, all levels.
Every Thursday 7pm, Aura Wellness Center, Sheraton Denver West 360 Union, Lakewood, CO. RSVP to 720-963-2043 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.aichiwithpetri.webs.com
Marcus, 303-388-5686. Info 303-239-0382 or email MishaMayFoundation@gmail.com. Oneness Deekshas & Sacred Sound With Ann Hines & Donna Baldwin – 7-9pm. 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. It is not a teaching or concept, but rather an experience or process that supports all paths or beliefs. Love Offering/$20 Suggested. Location: Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Suite 100, Arvada (just north of Gunther Toody’s Diner). Info 303-731-6695 or J4CL.com. Relax your Muscles and Stimulate your Senses: Progressive Muscle Relaxation, Song and Music, Aromatherapy, Taste and Touch – 6pm. This hands-on, nose-on and ears-on class we will stimulate our senses using soothing techniques. $15. RSVP req’d 720-663-7702 or DeerCreekCounseling@gmail.com. Understanding Dogs – 7:30-9:30pm, Thursdays Sept 16-Oct 21. Integrative, holistic approach to training, behavior, health and healing, including obedience, reiki, flower essences, calming techniques and communication. Includes a behavior consultation / coaching session / treatment plan for each participating dog. One Human/one Dog $150; Additional human $45; Fee for Human without dog $90. RSVP req’d 303-239-0382 or email MishaMayFoundation@gmail.com. Pet Station, 2300 S Colorado Blvd. Denver Metro Holistic Moms Network Monthly Meeting – 6:30pm. The third in a series: Looking at Ourselves: Breaking Free from our Inherited Beliefs about Parenting with Francesca Starr, PhD, LPC. Free. Denver Waldorf School, 940 Fillmore St, Denver. HolisticMoms.org. Energetic Boundaries/Student Space – 7-8:30pm. Want tools to manage energy--yours and others? Learn EB in the first six classes for $25/class. Got tools (completed EB class)? Guided by Rev.DebraRae, you’ll create “your space,” run “your energy,” work energetic dynamics, create mock-ups and trade healings ($10). Sacred Spaces Center, 223 Titan St, Aurora. 303-365-0200. SacredPlacesAndSpaces.com. Introductory to Beyond Limits: Practical Spirituality for Dynamic Living – 7-8:30pm. Release frustrating limitations, open up to infinite possibilities and gain powerful tools for everyday miracles. Free. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. MileHiChurch.org.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Art Therapy Groups for Underserved Breast Cancer Patients – 1-2:30pm. Hands-on art therapy group to encourage new coping skills and learning news ways of adjusting to loss and of creating a new future. Four sessions, materials, light snack are provided. Transportation available. Free. This program is for the under or uninsured who qualify for Medicaid or C.I.C.P. RSVP req’d 303-561-3000. University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora. TheOtherSideArts.org
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 Animal Care Affair and Pet Blessing – 9am-3pm. Dedicated to loving and caring for your pets, this annual event includes animal related exhibits and vendors, demonstrations, snacks, musical entertainment, animal adoption and two special blessing ceremonies. Free. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. MileHiChurch.org. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT): Level 1 Training – 9am-3pm. EFT Training will teach you how to heal yourself. EFT is a process for releasing the internal, subconscious blocks that keep you from achieving your personal and professional goals. $140. Syracuse Building I, 6021 S Syracuse Wy, Greenwood Village. Registration req’d 303-843-6000. One Weekend to Change Your Life: The Meditation for Living Accelerated Program – Sat- Sun 9am-1pm.
Learn tools to release stress, worry, anxiety, pain and other energies that are not beneficial. Space is limited. $150. Inner Connection Institute, 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood. 720-413-7303. Spirit Mediumship – 10:30am-2:30pm. See PsychicClarity.com for pre-requisites. Learn to connect with spirits around individuals getting a psychic reading. Learn techniques for spirit communication, including self-hypnosis, dreams and psychometry (reading a personal object). Bring a personal item for a classmate to read. $45. Isis Books & Gifts, 2775 S Broadway, Englewood. Pre-register 303-761-8627. IsisBooks.com. New to NIA Playshop – 3-5:30pm. Learn specific techniques to guide and deepen the relationship between body and NIA movement. Discover how to use the body, mind, spirit and emotional realms to achieve fitness results, improve awareness and create changes. $10. Isis Books & Gifts, 2775 S Broadway, Englewood. 303-761-8627 or BodyMindAlignedFitness.com.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 Hop Skip & a Jump Start – 9am. Children’s Museum of Denver’s 4th Annual Family-friendly 5K Run – Stroller-Friendly 5K and Expo 9am. Mini-Meets and Activities 10am. Follow the scenic Platte River Trail, making music with your feet, leap-frogging hopscotch and dashing through a cloud of floating bubbles. After the race, children of all ages can participate in minimeets including a Kid Course, Toddler Trot and Infant Crawl. All proceeds support the Children’s Museum of Denver. Children’s Museum of Denver, 2121 Children’s Museum Drive, Denver. 303-433-7444. MyChildsMuseum.org. Equinox Psychic Fair – 12-5pm. Tarot, Pendulum, Channeling, Angels and more. Gain insight and the answers to your questions with some of Denver’s most talented Psychics, Readers and Intuitives. Chair Massage, Reiki and Chakra Balancing available. Free. Isis Books & Gifts, 2775 S Broadway, Englewood. 303-761-8627. IsisBooks.com. Tea Talks for Women: What Would I do Today if I Were Brave? – 2:30-4:30pm. Interactive session teaching easy ways to prioritize your goals, break your goals down into achievable tasks and track and celebrate your progress. $10. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. MileHiChurch.org.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 Develop Your Intuition, Fuel Your Growth 8-Week Class – 7-9pm Mondays. Open your mind, develop your intuition and confidence to follow it. Learn how intuitive development can empower your personal and professional journey. $240 for 8-week class. 8 E. 1st Ave, Suite 103 1st & Broadway. Above the Hornet Restaurant. RSVP req’d 303-668-2358. YogaoftheMind.com. Equine Massage – 9am-5pm. Lev 1 & 2. Intro to Anatomy & Physiology, strokes and techniques, building and marketing your practice, cranial and pressure point massage and much more. $1260/level plus books & materials. 6810 N Roxborough Park Rd, Littleton. RMSAAM.com. The Tao of Food: Lifestyle Medicine through Nutritional Healing – 7-8:30pm. Learn to combine the best of Eastern and Western nutrition and discover the difference between food with vital Qi energy and devitalized food. Nutrition is the basis upon which all healing takes place. Empower yourself with affordable, natural self-health care. Free. People House, 3035 W 25th Ave, Denver. 303-477-9256 or AcupunctureDenverCo.com.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 Women’s Intuition Course – 7-9pm. Prerequisite: Meditation for Living. Two Tuesdays. Learn to play with the natural creative energy unique to females. Expand your abilities to heal yourself and your body; meet your healing spirit guide. $70. Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio, 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood. 720-413-7303.
Say YES to Life! An Experiential Event – 7-8:30pm. Learn tools to Blast through your fears; Ignite passion from within; Create new possibilities for living your dreams; Live from joy in every moment. Free introductory event. 3301 E. Colfax Avenue, Denver. 303-562-8517 or CreativeTransformations@yahoo.com. Yoga Training-Contemplative Hatha Yoga Teacher Training – 6-8:30pm. Every Tues and one weekend 9am-6pm/mo. Teach and introduce yoga asana and includes info and avenues to take yoga beyond the mat to a lifestyle of wellness and stillness. This certification is an extensive 265 hours and is applicable toward a 200 RYT. $3,930. 3333 Federal Blvd, Denver. 303-432-8099 or Pyamandala@gmail.com. Understanding Dogs – 7:30-9:30pm, Tuesdays Sept 21-Oct 26. Integrative, holistic approach to training, behavior, health and healing, including obedience, reiki, flower essences, calming techniques and communication. Includes a behavior consultation / coaching session / treatment plan for each participating dog. One Human/one Dog $150; Additional human $45; Fee for Human without dog $90. RSVP req’d 303-239-0382 or email MishaMayFoundation@gmail.com. Doggie Pause, 3242 S Acoma, Englewood. Sustainable Food Film Series: Food Fight – 7-9pm. Discover how American agriculture policy and food policy developed in the 20th century, and how the California food movement has created a counter-revolution against big agribusiness. Free. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York Street.303-865-3580. BotanicGardens.org.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 Transformational Breath Series for Women – 6-8pm. See Sept 15th for details. $40/class; $100 for all three. Pomegranate Pl, 750 Clarkson St. 303-325-4150. Anesthesia Free Dental Cleaning for Dogs and Cats – Teeth Cleanings for Dogs and Cats performed without anesthesia by Certified Veterinarian Turie Norman and Vet Tech Cindy Lloyd. $150.00 ($25 deposit and appointment required). Deposit is refundable if pet teeth needs vet for more thorough cleaning or extraction. Information Cindy Lloyd, Natural Pet 303-514-0076. Cindy@NaturalPetProducts.net. Hero’s Pets, 8086 W. Bowles Ave., Unit N, Littleton.303-972-1926. Herospets.com.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 Oneness Blessing – 5:30-7pm. See Sept 9th for details. Love Offering. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. MileHiChurch.org. Say YES to Life! An Experiential Event – 7-8:30pm. Learn tools to Blast through your fears; Ignite passion from within; Create new possibilities for living your dreams; Live from joy in every moment. Free introductory event. 4383 Tennyson Street, Denver. 303-562-8517 or CreativeTransformations@yahoo.com.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Art Therapy Groups for Underserved Breast Cancer Patients – 1-2:30pm. Hands-on art therapy group to encourage new coping skills and learning news ways of adjusting to loss and of creating a new future. Four sessions, materials, light snack are provided. Transportation available. Free. This program is for the under or uninsured who qualify for Medicaid or C.I.C.P. RSVP req’d 303-561-3000. University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora. TheOtherSideArts.org. Passionate Partnership Workshop – 6pm Friday – 6:30pm Sunday. Weekend for singles and couples to reveal the magnificent lover within. Heart-opening and passion-enhancing. Transform your love live forever. Cost and location GreaterLoving.com. Love is Forever: Pet Loss Workshop – Fri-Sun. Friday 7-9pm. Saturday 9am-3pm. Sunday 2-5pm. Losing a beloved pet can be one of our hardest losses to bear. Love is Forever is a weekend workshop designed to support participants as they work through their grief, moving toward understanding and reconciliation. $20. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. MileHiChurch.org.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 Love is Forever: Pet Loss Workshop – Fri-Sun. Saturday 9am-3pm. Sunday 2-5pm. See Sept 24 for details. $20. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. MileHiChurch.org. Finding Your Own Inner Excellence – 6:30-9pm. Join Gurmukh from Golden BridgeYoga for this powerful Rebirthing Experience, including Deep Meditation and KundaliniYoga, followed by the Gong. $64. The StarHouse, 3476 Sunshine Canyon, Boulder. Presented by Karuna at Caroline Ashley Yoga in Boulder on behalf of Golden Bridge Yoga, carrying on the teachings of Yogi Bhajan. For more info, contact Karuna at 303-803-0159. CarolineAshleyYoga.com. Student Psychic Medium Readings – 10:30am-1:30pm. Group Session. See PsychicClarity.com for pre-requisites. Get experience doing psychic medium readings. Give messages about spirits around those in attendance. Last hour will be a discussion of the experience. $25. Limited to 7. Isis Books & Gifts, 2775 S Broadway, Englewood. Pre-register 303-761-8627. IsisBooks.com. Psychic & Healing Fair – 12-5pm. 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’ merchandise. Come for an hour or come for the day! 223 Titan St, Aurora, 303-365-0200 or SacredSpacesAndPlaces.com. Home Cleansing and Protection – 12:30-2:30pm. Cover basic home cleansing, blessing and sealing techniques. Explore approaches to banishing unwanted energies and the importance of learning mental/emotional control. $25. Isis Books & Gifts, 2775 S Broadway, Englewood. 303-761-8627. IsisBooks.com. Human Design – 3-5pm. Author Chetan Parkyn asks, “Are you following the right life path and living true to your human design?” then provides tools to answer that question from the Human Design system. Draw from four ancient wisdom traditions to create an elaborate personality blueprint of who you were born to be. Free. Isis Books & Gifts, 2775 S Broadway, Englewood. 303-761-8627. IsisBooks.com.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 Denver Botanic Garden Free Day – Colorado residents can enjoy a special free day at the Gardens, thanks to funding from the SCFD. Free Days occur during regular Gardens hours only, and do not include ticketed events. York Street location only. BotanicGardens.org. Five Laws for the Aquarian Age: Living in the Heart – 10:30-12:30pm and 6:30-9pm. Join Gurmukh in Chanting, Dancing, Breath Walking, Meditation, Kundalini Yoga, and experiencing the deep relaxation and purification of the Sacred Sound Current of the Gong. $108. The StarHouse, 3476 Sunshine Canyon, Boulder. Presented by Karuna at Caroline Ashley Yoga in Boulder on behalf of Golden Bridge Yoga, carrying on the teachings of Yogi Bhajan. For more info, contact Karuna at 303-803-0159. CarolineAshleyYoga.com. Old South Pearl Street Association 2010 Pet Fair – 9am-1pm. Rescue groups, boarding facilities, health care providers, natural foods, nutritional experts. Misha May adoptable dogs will be present. Volunteer hours: 7am3pm: outdoor set-up and take down, transport and handle dogs, table literature. 1500 block of S. Pearl St. Volunteer or info MishaMayFoundation@gmail.com. Human Design: The One Day Experiential – 10am6pm. Workshop with Author Chetan Parkyn. Draw from four ancient wisdom traditions: astrology, the chakra system, the I Ching and the Kabbalah. $150 by 9/12. $195 after 9/12. 8747 N Sheridan, Arvada. 303-801-7563 or TheCreativeLivingCenter.com. Love is Forever: Pet Loss Workshop – Fri-Sun. Sunday 2-5pm. See Sept 24 for details. $20. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. MileHiChurch.org.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 Denver Classical Homeopathic Medicine Meet Up Group – 5:30-7pm. Join Dr. Wanda Bedinghaus for a discussion of the healing power of homeopathic medicine. Free. Healing
Unleashed, 3609 S Wadsworth Blvd, Ste 132, Lakewood. Meetup.com/Denver-Classical-Homeopathic-Medicine.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 Women’s Intuition Course – 7-9pm. Prerequisite: Meditation for Living. See Sept 21 for details. $70. Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio, 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood. 720-413-7303.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 Transformational Breath Series for Women – 6-8pm. See Sept 15th for details. $40/class; $100 for all three. Pomegranate Pl, 750 Clarkson St. 303-325-4150. Somatics Movement Therapy – Release tight or injured muscles, relieve chronic pain, improve posture and breathing. These easy gentle movements regain strength, flexibility and freedom of movement. Classes are between 30-45 minutes. Full spine hips, and shoul-
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2 Understanding Dogs – 11am-1pm, Saturdays Oct 2-Nov 6. Integrative, holistic approach to training, behavior, health and healing, including obedience, reiki, flower essences, calming techniques and communication. Includes a behavior consultation / coaching session / treatment plan for each participating dog. One Human/one Dog $150; Additional human $45; Fee for Human without dog $90. RSVP req’d 303-239-0382 or email MishaMayFoundation@gmail.com. Sage Valley Pet Center, 16400 West 54th Avenue, Golden.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8 Contemplative Sanskrit: An Introduction – 2:30-5pm. 9am-5pm Weekends. October 8th thru Dec 3. 200RYT required or permission of the instructor for this 45 hour course. Enhance your skills and knowledge as a yoga teacher through deepening your understanding of Sanskrit, the language of yoga. $990. PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala Training Center, 3333 Federal Blvd, Denver. 303-432-8099.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17 Conscious Sexuality – 6pm Friday -6:30pm Sunday. Ecstatic and freeing weekend providing a deeper connection, more passionate sex, new forms of foreplay and expanded pleasure. Cost and location GreaterLoving.com.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25 Ayurveda Training: Foundations of Ayurveda – 9am-6pm Saturday. 12-4:30pm Sunday. Begins Oct 25th through June 26. 132 hour course. The Foundations of Äyurveda course is an introduction to Äyurvedic philosophy and provides a means for understanding the concepts of Äyurveda. It prepares the student for deeper studies and is a prerequisite for future Äyurveda courses. $2886. PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala Training Center, 3333 Federal Blvd, Denver. 303-432-8099.
der session:$40 members/$45 nonmembers, Wed Sept 29 for 5 weeks.Wheatridge Recreation Center, the Anderson Building, 4355 Field St, Wheat Ridge. Registration and info: Ci.Wheatridge.Co.us or 303-231-1300. To reach Dr. Rosanne Dektor: Nonforce1.com or Huumom@gmail.com.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 Bio-identical Hormone Therapy Seminar – 6:30-7:30pm. BodyLogicMD provides targeted and comprehensive seminars focused on natural bioidentical hormone therapy and customized fitness and nutrition programs. Highly trained physicians share their expertise and show how individualized programs are designed to meet the unique needs of each patient. Guests speak directly with the physician presenter(s) in a Q&A following each seminar. Free. 1805 S Bellaire St, Ste 201, Denver. 866-972-5306 or Denver.BodyLogicMD.com.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28 AWARE’s Memories Lost and Found 2010 Luncheon – 10:30am-1:30pm. A fundraiser for Alzheimer’s research featuring Mollie Katzen author of the Moosewood Cookbook who shares her fresh, smart and informative recipe for healthy, happy eating. $150/Angel ticket; $100/Luncheon ticket; $75/Young Professional. Hyatt Regency at Colorado Convention Center, 650 15th St, Denver.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30 Trick or Treat Off the Street – 10am-5pm. Saturday and Sunday. Creep, crawl or slither into a Halloween celebration with plenty of ghoulish surprises for children of all ages. This event features a variety of activities including creepy crawly crafts, ghost stories and a haunted graveyard. Candy booths in the hallways. Members access at 9am. Members free/ Non-members Museum admission. The Wildlife Experience, 10035 S Peoria, Parker. 720-488-3300. TheWildlifeExperience.org. Past Life Regression Workshop – 10am-5pm. Join Dr. Brian Weiss, M.D., best-selling author and the nation’s foremost expert in past-life regression therapy for an all-day intensive workshop. $139. Denver Merchandise Mart, Plaza at the Mart, Denver. 800-654-5126.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5 Denver Botanic Gardens – Colorado residents can enjoy a special free day at the Gardens and Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, thanks to funding from the SCFD. Free. Denver Botanic Gardens, Chatfield, Littleton. BotanicGardens.org
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8 – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Botanical Illustration Retreat – The red canyon, mountains, plateau and running water of Gateway Canyons provide the beautiful backdrop for this outdoor painting experience. Five days filled with workshops, presentation, demos, portfolio sharing and other related activities. Everybody is welcome. Gateway Canyons Resort, Gateway. Price and Info 720-865-3653 or Mervihj@BotanicGardens.org.
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Lauren’s Live Animal Days at The Wildlife Experience – 11am & 1pm. Organization for Bat Conservation. Do you know what the only flying mammal is? Bats! Observe several live bat species including the largest in the world, the Malayan flying fox. Included with paid regular museum admission. The Wildlife Experience, 10035 South Peoria, Parker.720.488.3300. TheWildlifeExperience.org.
Advanced Yoga Training: Patanjali Yoga Sutras Module – 6-8:30pm, weekends 9am-6pm. Nov. 28-Jan. 25. Meets one wkend/mo. 200RYT required. Register for advanced certification in this 115 hour course, study the Yoga Sutras to enhance personal growth, deepen your study of yoga, and accumulate continuing education hours. $1,898. PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala Training Center, 3333 Federal Blvd, Denver. Info 303-432-8099 or Pyamandala@gmail.com.
ongoingevents special event Colorado State Fair – thru Sept 6. See times and info at ColoradoStateFair.org. Stop by any Colorado Loaf ‘N Jug location to pick up Buy One get One Free coupons for State Fair gate admission and/or State Fair carnival rides.1001 Beulah Avenue, Pueblo.
sunday Planetary Healing, World Harmony Meditations – 8-9am. A brief discourse and guided meditations which assist us to hold unconditional resonance for ourselves, others and the planet. Free. Teleconference. Info: 720-301-3993. Spiritual Gathering & Aura Healing Clinic – 11am-12:30pm. First and third Sun each month. A spiritual gathering of blessings, love, healing, empowerment and community. Church service is followed by an aura healing clinic, refreshments and community. Rev DebraRae, Officiating Minister. Donations accepted. 223 Titan St, Aurora. SacredSpacesAndPlaces.com. Labyrinth – 4-8pm. Fourth Sun each month. A quiet, meditative walk that has taken place in all religious traditions in various forms around the world. Free. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. 303-232-4079. Healing with the Masters – 7-8pm. Enjoy a renewed sense of who one truly is. This Healing Circle is designed to allow one to directly experience the energy of the Masters, to expand one’s awareness of truth and restore balance to one’s mental, emotional and physical bodies. $8. Samadhi Center for Yoga, 639 E 19th Ave, Denver. 303-638-1225.
Nia Classes – 6-7pm. Beginning Sept 13th. Awaken and celebrate the joy of movement with Nia. Low impact exercise accommodates all skill levels. Drop in $13; Pkg of 5 classes $55; Pkg of 10 classes $100. Natalie Gentry, Certified Nia Instructor. Varuna Room, The Consolate Healing Center; 750 E 9th Ave. 303-325-4150 or Natalie@HealingSpaceDenver.com. Ashtanga Vinyasa Free Flow Yoga With EmySol – 7pm. Exhilarating and complete Yoga practice. Free flow series uses Ujjayi breath to flow from one asana (pose) to another energizing the metabolic rate to burn fat and build a firm toned body. Increases stamina and develops strength and flexibility. The class ends with savasana (deep relaxation) and short meditation. No exp req’d. Call for pricing 303-423-0080. Location: Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Suite 100, Arvada (just north of Gunther Toody’s Diner). Info 303-731-6695 or J4CL.com.
Belly Dance Groove – 5:45-6:30pm. Focus on isolation, strength, flexibility, basic steps and combinations. We will learn basic movements, as well as choreography to put it all together. Class size limited to 10. $10/class. Isis Books & Gifts, 2775 S Broadway, Englewood. 303-761-8672 or IsisBooks.com.
Connect with Spirit – 7-9pm. First Tues each month. Interactive Channeling group with author and clairvoyant Holly Burger. Ask your guidance questions; release energy blocks. $20. 5224 W 25th, Edgewater. TheCreativeLivingCenter.com. Kundalini Yoga with Caroline Ashley – 9am. Location: Studio BE, 2077 30th St, Boulder. Call for info 303-803-0159. CarolineAshleyYoga.com. Modern-Day Meditation – 7-8:30pm. 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. $10 donation. First class free. Miracle of Love Center, 4277 W 43rd Ave, Denver. 800-338-3788.
tuesday NIA Class – 10:30am. Tuesdays starting Sept 7. NIA has the workout of kickboxing, the fun of Zumba, the strength of Pilates-based work and the flexibility of Yoga.Based on ‘the Body’s way’ which means using the body’s design to improve function, it addresses the body’s 5 main sensations: flexibility, strength, mobility, agility and stability and focuses on conditioning the body and the nervous system. Fun and playful, NIA movement integrates dynamic, expressive and systemic movement. $10. Taught by Tracy Revell, NIA black belt. Isis Books & Gifts, 2775 S Broadway, Englewood. 303-761-8627 or IsisBooks.com.
Transformational Breath Series For Women – 6-8pm. Learn to breathe fully into your body and experience the benefits of breathing effectively. The series of three classes begins on Wednesday, September 15th, continues on September 22nd, and concludes on September 29th. Cost: $40/class, $100/series of three classes. Pls bring pillow, blanket and sheet. Space is limited. Location: Pomegranate Place, 750 Clarkson St. RSVP req’d Natalie Gentry, Certified Transformational Breath Facilitator at 303-325-4150 or Natalie@HealingSpaceDenver.com.
Gain Energy and Clarity – You will leave feeling better, refreshed and more open to creating the opportunities that life offers. Relieve stress, pain, gain clarity, and increase creativity during a 15-minute rebalance. Free every Tuesday, Civic Center Eats in Denver from 11-2pm; and from 6-7pm at Yoga of the Mind Classroom. Register to win a 30 min reading. Civic Center Eats, Civic Center Park, Broadway and Colfax; Yoga of the Mind, 8 East First Ave, #103, Denver. 303-668-2358. YogaoftheMind.com.
Body Balance classes at Golden Pilates – 9-10am. The Body Balance class soothes the joints and increases core strength, balance and coordination through the Trager Approach, Pilates-based fundamentals and Qi Gong. Energize and release tension while developing a deeper mind/body connection. $12/class or $10 with a 10-class card. 922 Washington Ave.,Golden. RSVP req’d 303-547-2221.
Dreams To Reality – Thru Sept. 12pm. Group Coaching Program second, third and fourth Tues. 60-min calls. $149/ month. Register SummitLifeCoaching.net.
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Discover Real Happiness with the Avatar® Course – 6-9pm. Explore how one’s beliefs are affecting one’s reality and how one can use the Avatar tools to change the blueprint one operates from. These intros are filled with awakening to new possibilities and discovering the preciousness of life. If interested in creating the rest of one’s life more deliberately or if one has found oneself in a repeating pattern that would like to change, the Avatar Course
EFT Clinic for Stress/Anxiety Relief – 5-8:30pm. Third Wed each month. EFT (tapping) is acupuncture without the needles. Tap on specific stressrelief points on the body. It is amazingly fast, and easy to learn/use. $20. The Center of Well-Being, 1385 Carr St, Ste 6, Lakewood. 303-667-2223. Free Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing – 6-7pm. A healing is an energy clearing, like a psychic shower. During a healing, energy one doesn’t need to be carrying is cleared out of one’s space, including energies that block growth and flow. Donation. 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood. 720-413-7303.
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thursday QiGong for Life and Health – 5:45-6:45pm. The Chinese medical system is holistic, and practicing Qigong integrates body, mind and spirit for overall health and well-being. $15. Isis Books & Gifts, 2775 S Broadway, Englewood. 303-761-8627 or IsisBooks.com. Ai Chi – 7-8pm. A warm water contemplative or meditative exercise that helps gain awareness of Self. Free 1-hr Watsu with each 10 punch card purchase; $60 value, if say saw this in Natural Awakenings. Aura Wellness Center, 360 Union Blvd, 2nd fl, Lakewood. 720-963-2043. AquaFreeFlow@gmail.com, AiChiWithPetri.webs.com, or SheratonDenverWest. com/Fitness-Studio-Classes. BHS-Business Honoring Spirituality Networking – 7-9pm. 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 apps BHSMileHi.org.
friday Modern-Day Meditation – 7:30-9pm. See Tues listing. 126 W 5th Ave, Colorado Health & Wellness Center, Denver. 800-338-3788
saturday Farmers Markets throughout Denver – Check dates and times at VendorHippo.com.
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FOSTER/ADOPTION LOOKING FOR A CAT OR DOG TO OWN OR MAYBE TRIAL WITHIN YOUR FAMILY? – Misha May Foundation has many cats and dogs available for foster or adoption― different breeds, personalities, all looking for you. If your home is not available, we are always in need of volunteers and donations. Contact: 303-239-0382 or MishaMayFoundation@gmail.com. Click on Make A Donation at MishaMayFoundation.org or send a check to Misha May, P.O. Box 151166, Lakewood, CO 80215-1166.
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GAIN ENERGY AND CLARITY YOGA OF THE MIND 8 E. 1st Ave., Suite 103 Denver, CO 80204 303-668-2358 YogaOfTheMind.com Free Energy Balancing every Tuesday and register to win a 30-min reading. You will leave feeling better, refreshed and more open to creating the opportunities that life offers. Relieve stress, pain, gain clarity, and increase creativity during a 15-minute rebalance. Free every Tuesday, Civic Center Eats in Denver from 11-2pm and from 6-7pm at Yoga of the Mind Classroom. See ad, page 18.
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NIA CLASSES AND MORE 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 26.
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