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ack in 1993 as I was plugging away on my Associate of Art degree and supporting myself on tips as a Chili’s waiter, I took a career planning course which recommended I become either a city manager or a public relations professional. Rather, I was thinking about owning an adventure travel company or writing health articles for Bicycling magazine. It seems like none of that worked out, and yet it ALL worked out. Eighteen years, two degrees and two careers later I have the hardest, most rewarding job of all - publisher of Mile High Natural Awakenings. This, our ninth edition, boasts Dr. Dean Ornish on the cover for good reason. His focus on lifestyle and preventative health espouses what we believe in. He is a western-trained, allopathic medical doctor who is progressive enough to focus on prevention. In both “Five Steps to Better Health” (pg. 10) and “The Joy of Health” (pg. 15), you will find excellent guidance on taking charge of your own health. Throughout the magazine you will find experts who can help guide you on this journey: Ian Hollaman, D.C. discusses vitamin D (pg. 22); Katia I. Meier, M.D. writes about synthetic vs. natural vitamins (pg. 6); Nancy Levenson is doing amazing things with Yoga Therapy (pg. 20); Debera Jensen at the Fast Focusing Center is using cutting edge techniques to “train the brain” (pg 5); Cate Vieregger, D.D.S. is practicing without mercury or latex; and so many others. These folks are passionate about helping others be the best they can be. I was personally excited to see the article “Foods That Fight Pain” (page 18). Michelle Schoffro Cook wrote the book that taught me how to do a cleansing detox that is both gentle and powerful. Her advice changed my life. And Matthew Heller, D.V.M. writes about keeping your pets pain-free (pg. 16). Our 10-year-old German Shepherd, Gracie, will benefit as we struggle with her crippling arthritis. And, of course, a new year means resolutions. This year, I am again resolving to accept myself just as I am. I will quiet the negative self-talk and develop new strategies for working around my procrastination, laziness, sloppy housekeeping, impatient driving, etc. I’ve been around this self-improvement game long enough to know that self-knowledge, epiphanies and the like don’t magically alter my ego and programming…that the first step to change is acceptance of what is. I will remember that it’s okay not to be okay. Terry and I welcome you to join us as we set our intentions for 2011. We will put on paper all the wonderful things that we want to see manifest in our lives. We will imagine the best possible outcomes that make us feel joy and that get us excited to be alive. We will reach more people than ever before to be a resource on living healthy. More of our readers will find peace and health. The small businesses that are the backbone on this great country will thrive and prosper. And when you hit the inevitable stumbling blocks, remember that nothing worthwhile is easy. If you suddenly got everything you always wanted, where would you put that pony? May your 2011 be prosperous, healthy and exciting. May you see the Truth, Beauty and the Light in good times and bad.
newsbriefs Locally-Owned Healthy Website Launches with Variety of Organic Green Teas
ick Thomas, PhD in Holistic Nutrition, announces his revamped and informative new website with shopping cart, along with his line of organic green teas. HolisticNutrition4U.info is dedicated to explaining healthy options to people interested in improving their health. The site offers well-balanced and comprehensive insights into nutrition, health and the importance of making small changes for a healthier future. The shopping cart features his selected healthy products, Nordic Naturals and Protandim, along with his line of inexpensive, high quality organic teas at less than 20 cents per serving. A believer in the health benefits of green tea, Thomas says, “Green tea is a great way to start off on a healthy foot each day, by helping to reduce cholesterol and cardiovascular disease, increase antioxidants and helping to prevent tooth decay among other powerful and positive effects on the body. If you are going to make just one small change toward health, drink some green tea every day.” His organic green teas include Japanese Cherry, Holiday Berry, Jasmine Blueberry, Pomegranate and Tropical Pineapple. Rick Thomas, based in Parker, received his PhD in Holistic Nutrition with high honors. His dissertation was on celiac disease and the autoimmune connection with systemic lupus erythematosus and fibromyalgia. He offers personal consultation, corporate seminars and lectures. HolisticNutrition4U.info or 612-221-8236. See ad page 12.
Focus on Yourself This Year
he Fast Focusing Center is offering unique new classes in 2011 teaching their successful “brain training” and muscle response techniques: Money/Business Class and Confidence/ Boundless Energy Class. The Money/Business class focuses on getting those negative thoughts about money out of your way. If your negative thoughts about money prevent you from having enough or you think money is “the root to all evil,” attend this class on January 10 and 17 at 6pm. The Confidence and Boundless Energy Class teaches techniques to build competence and increase confidence. You will learn breathing and energy stimulation techniques to keep you going long after others are done on January 12 at 6 pm. The Fast Focusing Center specializes in innovative, nondrug approaches to working with memory, concentrated focus, learning challenges, releasing negative thoughts and emotions to create healthier, happier lives. Money/Business Class: January 10 & 17, 6pm, $30/$21 ea for 1st 2. Confidence and Boundless Energy Class: January 12, 6-8pm, $30/$21 ea for 1st 2. Class space limited, RSVP req’d. Limit two classes per person at intro prices. Fast Focusing Center, 88 Inverness Circle East, Suite H107, Centennial. RSVP 303-506-3560. FastFocusingCenter.com. See ad page 19.
Kick off the New Year with Weigh to Live! A Natural Weight Loss Retreat
eah Lund, Certified Holistic Health Counselor, announces a natural weight loss retreat January 19-23 in Crested Butte, designed to help you discover the food and lifestyle choices that allow you to lose weight naturally and improve your overall health at the same time. Set in a log home on 40 acres, this retreat provides the opportunity for small group and individual attention. Activities will include daily action plans to kick start your metabolism, group and individual workshops, daily movement designed to awaken fat burning DNA hidden inside your body, rest to allow your body to rebalance, healthy cooking classes, grocery shopping and health food Store tour, plus free time to enjoy the ranch including large decks for reading, exercise area, patio hot tub, and snowshoeing in the Aspen grove overlooking the ranch. Leah says, “You can you really lose weight and completely transform your overall health without feeling deprived. This retreat will teach you how to effortlessly maintain your weight for the rest of your life naturally.” Space limited to 8 women sharing accommodations. RSVP Leah Lund at 310-621-7460. Save $100 when you mention Natural Awakenings. OneWholeHealth.com. See ad page 26.
Holistic Non-Toxic Mani/Pedi Practice Relocates to West Wash Park in Denver
he Nail Bar, a natural hand and foot care boutique practice, has recently relocated from the Cherry Creek area to the West Wash Park area in Denver at 533 E. Ohio Ave. The Nail Bar distinguishes itself from area nail and foot care salons because it uses all organic, non-toxic material for its services and offers products you can literally eat. The salon has no odor that you typically smell when you walk into a mani/pedi business. “ I consider The Nail Bar my ‘practice’ because we are unlike any mani/pedi boutique in the area,” said Michelle Marchand, owner, who is a certified Master Pedicurist & Podologist (advanced foot care training), and a European & Holistic-trained 22-year licensed Manicurist. “The implements used at The Nail Bar are individually packaged autoclave sterilized for each client. The Nail Bar is also M.D. medically approved and exceeding state board approval. You won’t receive better more sanitized and knowledgeable care anywhere.” The Nail Bar was voted Denver’s Best by Allure magazine. 533 E. Ohio Ave, Denver. Call for an appointment at 303-320-0305. TheNailBar.biz. See listing page 24.
Katia I. Meier, MD
and The Clear Sky Medical Team INTEGRATING CONVENTIONAL AND NATURAL MEDICINE FOR OPTIMAL HEALTH
ARE THEY GOOD OR BAD FOR ME? Synthetic versus 1atural Vitamins
A supplement made from real foods containing the whole vitamin complex is most effective in supplying our bodies with nutrients that translate into real health benefits. Most supplements contain laboratory made synthetic â€œvitaminsâ€?, which do not exist in nature, and therefore, our bodies are unable to use theP for nutrients. In high quantities, these synthetic â€œvitaminsâ€? can often produce more harm than good, thus creating controversy over the value of supplemental vitamins. These attacks fail to distinguish between the synthetic unusable â€œvitaminsâ€? and true whole-food natural vitamins. When ascorbic acid was discovered in the 1930â€™s by Szent - Gyorgi, it was believed that he had discovered vitamin C. Not exactly; later he himself stated that there is more to vitamin C than ascorbic acid. It is merely a fraction of the whole vitamin C complex. It became evident from scientific experiments that taking ascorbic acid did not reverse scurvy the same as consuming foods that contained the whole vitamin C. The story goes onâ€Ś a fraction of the vitamin E complex called alpha tocopherol, which is commonly used as if it was vitamin E, fails to reproduce the benefits, such as reduction in heart disease, miscarriages and sterility. The studies continued to show that eating or consuming the whole vitamin E complex produced the desired results. Natural folate is commonly substituted by the synthetic, unnatural chemical called folic acid, which does not exist in nature. Due to enzyme deficiencies, folic acid may not be sufficiently converted into active folate, which the human body can use for DNA synthesis and cell replication. Folic acid has been in the news lately for causing cancer. As a nutritionally informed physician, I only recommend vitamins and minerals from a natural food source for the full potential and function of our wellbeing and health. For more information call Clear Sky Medical today!
newsbriefs Local Community Welcomes Body Image Specialist
aria LiPuma, MS, RYT, creator of The Body Temple - Healing from Within Wellness Community has opened her office at the Nourished Health Wellness Center, 1740 Marian St, Denver. LiPuma specializes in helping people recover from disordered eating: overeating, under eating, body and weight obsession. According to LiPuma, â€œYou donâ€™t need a diagnosed illness to benefit from these workshops, just an interest in improving your self-image.â€? LiPuma, who has a background in addiction counseling, will offer private sessions and facilitate workshops at the Center including the Denver Weight Loss & Body Image Workshop discussion and support group Monday evenings 7-8:30pm. As a registered yoga teacher, she also teaches a class called Kripalu Yoga for Weight Loss and Healthy Body Image. In addition to private counseling, coaching, and teaching yoga, Maria facilitates workshops that support her students to navigate change, allow personal growth, and are empowered to live their most authentic, abundant lives. For information contact Maria LiPuma at 720-542-9744 or M_lipuma@ yahoo.com and visit Mlipuma.com.
The new Emerald Heart Cancer Foundationâ€™s mission is to help enhance & save lives of women in complementary & alternative cancer treatments through direct financial help and other resources. They now offer cancer support to women by telephone, donationbased. Call 303 993-8843 in Colorado for more info and appointment. The Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation, Littleton. 303-993-8843. EmeraldHeart.org.
Mind, Body and Spirit Soar at Mile Hi Church
ile Hi Church in Lakewood is kicking off 2011 with a new, two-part Seminar designed to help you get the year off to great start. On Friday, January 14 at 7pm and continuing Saturday, January 15 at 9am, Rev. Dr. Michael Beckwith and Rev. Dr. Roger W. Teel will show you how to live the life of your dreams with 2011 Rev Up!, a dynamic, motivational and rewarding seminar covering topics such as lessons and insight from 2010, radical renewal, drawing from your Vision’s well, living your authentic self and the life of your dreams now. Musical support by Ricki Byars Beckwith and the Mile Hi Music Ministry. 2011 Wellness will take place Friday, January 21, 7pm. Drs. James and Debra Rouse with Dr. Roger Teel and Erica Teel will help you embrace a wellness lifestyle with a simple and effective eating program for significant weight loss, a realistic approach to exercise, and a plan to embrace anti-aging fitness and supercharged vitality. Rev Up! 2011 Fri. Jan 14, 7-10pm., Sat. Jan 15, 9am1pm.$55. 2011 Wellness, 7pm.$30. Special combination price for both the 2011 Wellness and 2011 Rev Up! of $70, a $15 savings. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. RSVP required 303-232-4079. MileHiChurch.org.
New Meetup Group for “Women Creating Inner Peace and Purpose”
nnie Notestein, Certified Life Coach and owner of Inner Peace and Purpose Coaching, is forming a new Meetup group that meets in person and on the phone. This group/workshop will teach participants how to create inner peace, let go of struggle, set positive goals, create healthy boundaries and say no to stress from the inside out. Participants will learn how to say yes to themselves and high self-esteem while also learning how to let go of the doubts that are keeping them from making their dreams real. Other workshops/events facilitated by Notestein are January’s Step Into the Year of Your Dreams and February’s The Heart – Your Powerhouse for Inner Calm, Love. According to Notestein, “These workshops will include free monthly calls with relaxing meditation and connection. They have low fees, so come to as many events as you wish; each event has its own signup.” RSVP required. For information contact 720-398-9002, Annie@ AnnieNotestein.com or AnnieNotestein.com. Sign up for events at meetup.com/Women-Creating-Inner-Peace. See listing page 24.
Peace PUSH for Pakistan Flood Victims—A Celebration of Peace The Journey’s Weekend he Alandi Ashram of Boulder will T hold its first Peace PUSH (PeaceIntensive Arrives February 12 at makers Uniting Spiritual HumanitariJourneys for Conscious Living anism) to benefit the flood victims of
Pakistan on January 29 in Boulder at the Avalon Ballroom 6:30-11pm. The Pakistani flood victims are in dire need of funds to survive the winter months. News reports from the BBC of London describe victims’ access to emergency funds being thwarted by the necessity to pay bribes to officials to merely have their claims processed. All proceeds will go to the flood victims of Pakistan through a local non-profit organization, Global Green Grants. The Peace PUSH event will bring together local humanitarians such as Reb Zalman, Habiba Ashki Kabir, and Alakananda Ma as well as pillars from the Christian, Buddhist and Pakistan communities. Each will present a portion of the co-created evening celebrating peace and diversity through inspired storytelling, poetry, music and dance from around the globe. Performers include Roshan Bhartiya, Sitar classical Indian music; Kabir, Indian devotional raga singing; Alandi Mandali, Hindu devotional kirtan; Seva Bears, oud, oud, and more oud!; Scott and Shanti Medina, devotional chanting from around the globe. The event will be streamed globally. Peace PUSH events are a production of Alandi Ashram in their mission to serve humanity through spirituality. The Avalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Road, Boulder, 6:30-11:00pm. Minimum donation of $15 prior to event or $25 at the door is requested. Donate at GreenGrants.Giveo.com/campaigns/emergency-fund or contact AlandiAshram.org. See ad page 22.
ourneys for Conscious Living in Arvada will be hosting The Journey’s Weekend Intensive and Advanced Skills with Skip Lackey February 12-13 and February 14, respectively. The Journey is a 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 people free themselves from 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 you will receive and learn to give “The Journey” process; a simple proven step-by step method used by ordinary people all over the world to achieve extraordinary results, no matter their age, background, culture or upbringing. RSVP req’d 973-680-0271 or TheJourney.com. Journeys for Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Building A, Suite 100, Arvada. Also at J4CL, Conscious Conversations & Contemplations (CCC) is held every month on the first Wednesday where seekers can explore different modalities of healing, hear inspired messages, and gain skills, tools, processes and practices for lifting their own unique vibration. J4CL.com. See ad page 20.
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Natural Relief for Colds and Flu
ith cold season in full swing, it’s good to know that we don’t have to rush to the nearest drug store to get relief. Using natural remedies—many of which may already be in the house—can be just as effective. Although such steps don’t claim to cure what ails us, they can bring comfort and often shorten the duration of illness by strengthening the immune system. Here are six helpful tips: Herbal Teas: Chamomile can help cold and flu sufferers relax and get muchneeded rest. Hot ginger tea, spiced with cinnamon and a dash of cayenne, will keep the body feeling warm when we have the chills. Sage: Gargling regularly with sage tea disinfects the mouth; sage-based inhalations further reduce inflammation of the mucous membranes. Garlic: Garlic is a natural antibiotic that also stimulates the immune system and wards off complications such as bronchitis. Homeopathy: The homeopathic remedy Arsenicum album helps when one feels chilly and exhausted. Belladonna is suggested when the symptoms are sudden and intense. Bryonia alba relieves headaches, coughs and irritability and Allium cepa is good for watery discharge. Consult a holistic practitioner to determine potency and doses. Humidifiers: Nothing irritates sensitive nasal passages and sore throats like dry air. Add a few drops of eucalyptus food-grade essential oil to a humidifier to help open airways and clear congestion. Moist heat compresses: When plagued by a throbbing head and difficulty in breathing through the nose, try applying warm moist compresses— perhaps with a drop of peppermint food-grade essential oil—to the cheeks and sinuses. Sources: AssociatedContent.com, eHow.com, HolisticOnline.com, WebMD.com
Build Muscle with Weightlifting Lite W
e know that maintaining muscle mass is important to good health, especially as we age. But is it really obligatory to lift heavy weights to keep muscles in shape? Not necessarily, says a new study conducted at McMaster University, in Ontario, Canada, which shows that effective muscle building also can be achieved by using lighter weights and pumping until the muscles in the targeted area are fatigued. “Rather than grunting and straining to lift heavy weights, you can grab something much lighter, but you have to lift until you can’t lift it anymore,” says Stuart Phillips, associate professor of kinesiology at the university. “We’re convinced that growing muscle means stimulating your muscle to make new muscle proteins, a process in the body that over time, accumulates into bigger muscles.” The new paradigm contradicts current gym dogma and is welcome news for those who cannot lift heavy weights or simply don’t want to.
Why Junk Food Is Aging Here’s another reason to kick the soda habit. Research published online in the FASEB Journal (Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology) shows that high levels of phosphates may add more fizzle to sodas and processed foods than previously thought. New evidence shows that ingesting these accelerates signs of aging by increasing the prevalence and severity of age-related complications, such as chronic kidney disease, cardiovascular calcification and severe muscle and skin atrophy. When the researchers fed mice with a high phosphate diet, the mammals died prematurely. Dr. M. Shawkat Razzaque extrapolated that, “Keeping the balance of phosphate in the [human] diet may be important for a healthy life and longevity,” speaking for his team at the Department of Oral Medicine, Infection and Immunity at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. This gives us all yet another reason to read food and beverage labels.
The Miracle Body
By Lauren Skye & Penni Louise
he human body is an amazing creation. It takes just breath, water and food to create energy, renew its cells and coordinate complex vital functions. The way in which the body’s systems work together is nothing short of miraculous. The body also expresses energies a person carries in their space. It is a physical portrait of their energetic vibrations. Those people who spend time appreciating their body, expressing their truth, loving themselves and their life, tend to stay healthy and vibrant. Notice how much time and energy you spend on cherishing your body – you may also start to notice how often you judge and demean your own body. As the New Year begins and people’s thoughts turn towards “resolutions” for 2011, be aware that “losing weight” is always on the Top Ten list! The media supports invalidation of our natural beauty with unrealistic images and promises to “shed those pounds” in time for summer. It is very easy to notice every bump and bulge instead of the magnificence and grace of our physical selves. Imagine how the body feels beginning the New Year with the message that it is ‘wrong’ or needs to change to be loved. Perhaps this time of the year presents an opportunity to re-create your relationship with your body. Decide instead to validate every inch and element of your body and fill it with the light of unconditional love. Open up to the possibility of self-appreciation, true expression, carefree creativity and rampant bliss on this journey with your body. Enjoy this beautiful physical expression of your unique spirit on earth.
Lauren Skye and Penni Louse are with The Inner Connection Institute in Denver, a center for spiritual growth. The Inner Connection Institute offers programs in meditation, healing clinics, learning programs and workshops on a variety of subjects, as well as other services. InnerConnectionInstitute.org. See ad page 26.
Do You Have a Healthy Home?
ave you ever noticed how houses and businesses feel different even if the floor plans are identical? What you are sensing is the non-physical energy of the space. This energy is a key reason why you are attracted to or avoid certain places, rooms, offices, homes and businesses. The nonphysical energy in a space can be improved, which helps increase business, sell a home or make people more productive and at ease in rooms, especially for those that work at home, even for children or adults who have trouble sleeping. Had a difficult period of life or just moved into a new home? Clear the energy for a fresh start, for a new year, for a better tomorrow. Being at peace in your home, office or place of business is one of the best things you can do for your health. You can explore how house healing can benefit you by watching a house healing video from the Denver Post at YogaoftheMind.com under House Clearings. Questions call David at 303-668-2358 or DavidS@YogaoftheMind.com. See listing page 24.
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Five Steps to
Better Health How integrative medicine can make health care simpler, more effective and more affordable. by Marco Visscher, Ursula Sautter and Carmel Wroth
n the words of Dr. Dean Ornish, founder and chairman of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute, in Sausalito, California, “It is time to change not only who is covered, but also what is covered.” There is an overemphasis, he says, on treating symptoms and on the idea that caring for our health is primarily the responsibility of medical experts, rather than of individuals themselves. Zhaoming Chen, a neurologist and chairman of the American Association of Integrative Medicine, describes the way things currently work. “We only treat the disease after it occurs.” With figures showing that 95 cents out of every dollar spent on health care goes toward treating illness, he notes that “The best way to reduce the costs is prevention.” Integrative medicine puts the patient, not the doctor or the insurance company, at the center of attention, and it puts the focus on the sources of illness and not the symptoms. Health care costs are continually rising, but people are not getting any healthier. Here is a five-point prescription for the future of health care that applies the tenets of integrative medicine to make today’s health care simpler, more effective and more affordable.
1. Emphasize Illness Prevention
About half of all American adults have a chronic illness, according to the Partnership for Solutions, a John Hopkins University-led initiative to improve care for Americans with chronic health conditions. Ornish claims that three-quarters of the more than $2 trillion recently spent on health care in a single year went to treat these kinds of conditions, including obesity. “All of these can be not only prevented, but even reversed through diet and lifestyle intervention,” he says. “It just seems so obvious to me that this is where we should be putting our focus.” There is a long way to go before prevention is on the national agenda. While prevention is indeed better than cure, we tend to reward those who find solutions for existing problems rather than those who ensure that those problems don’t occur. “Prevention is boring,” says Ornish. Rather, “We need to focus on living better.”
Suffering from headaches and depression? Don’t let a doctor put you on drugs; instead, look for the underlying causes. High cholesterol? Try the Mediterranean diet, with a glass of organic red wine a day. The best way to win the war on cancer? Eat healthy, exercise and develop an active social life. An increasing number of physicians are realizing that this type of approach, geared to prevention and a conservative use of medications and technology, not only increases patients’ vitality, but saves lots of money.
2. Promote Healthy Foods
Roberta Lee, a pioneer of integrative health care and primary care physician at the Beth Israel Medical Center Department of Integrative Medicine, in New York City, believes the first prescription any doctor should write should be about diet and lifestyle. “You can never lose by maximizing lifestyle management,” says Lee, pointing out that many conditions not easily diagnosed or cured in a conventional framework can be improved by dietary and lifestyle changes. “There are specific diets that promote wellness,” she says. “They reduce inflammation, [and] increase fiber, vitamins and minerals that come in the form of a lot of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.”
3. Focus on Lifestyle Changes
The majority of health problems and risk factors for illnesses stem from the choices we make: how much time we invest working, exercising and relaxing; time spent with friends and outdoors; and whether we consistently take the stairs or the elevator.
The Sanoviv Medical Institute, in Rosarito, Mexico, is located on a beautiful stretch of the Pacific coast, an hour south of San Diego. The recommended stay for most patients is two weeks. While there, they learn about and experience a lifestyle based around stress reduction, emotional well-being, healthy eating and exercise. Many patients come in with cancer or multiple sclerosis; others come just to detoxify and clear out the accumulated effects of stress. The program includes dietary changes, supplements, daily exercise and a stress management plan supported by psychological counseling and daily meditation. A 2004 study in The Lancet showed that lifestyle changes—quitting smoking, healthier eating habits, moderate alcohol consumption and regular exercise—can prevent 90 percent of today’s cases of heart disease, which currently accounts for more premature deaths and higher health care costs than any other illness, according to Ornish. “When lifestyle is offered as a treatment, it’s as effective and often more effective than what we’re now doing, at a fraction of the cost,” says Ornish. “We pay for all these interventions that are dangerous, invasive, expensive and largely ineffective, and yet interventions that have been scientifically proven to reverse disease, are a simple change of lifestyle.”
4. Use Alternative Therapies
they treat,” says Nielsen. “The proof is in practitioners working side-by-side and people being able to experience what this therapy can do.” Chen points out that chemotherapy, surgery and radiation dramatically change a patient’s life, and people need strong support from family and friends to adapt to these changes. Chen believes that treating cancer should involve both conventional and alternative medicine. “Patients also need some lifestyle changes: smoking cessation, minimizing alcohol intake, adopting a low-fat, high-fiber diet. Besides that, because [conventional] treatment may cause nausea and pain, patients may benefit from acupuncture, meditation, yoga and Tai chi. This will help them cope with pain better.”
Another way to reduce costs is to use alternative and complementary therapies such as homeopathy, naturopathy, yoga and herbal medicine that can supplement and even replace conventional methods. Such complementary treatments work to nourish, nurture and augment the body’s own defenses.
Another way to reduce costs is to use alternative and complementary therapies such as homeopathy, naturopathy, yoga and herbal medicine that can supplement and even replace conventional methods. Such complementary treatments work to nourish, nurture and augment the body’s own defenses. One alternative healing method that’s now beginning to find its way into hospitals is acupuncture, which has been shown, among other benefits, to help relieve pain, stress and nausea during pre- and postoperative care. Beth Israel’s Department of Integrative Medicine is bringing acupuncture into the hospital free of charge as part of a fellowship program for Chinese medicine practitioners. “The future of acupuncture is to be a part of best practices in the conventional setting,” says Arya Nielsen, a nationally board-certified acupuncture specialist who leads the program. “The research is just too good.” The goal is to train both acupuncturists and conventional doctors in the benefits of this technique so that it can be incorporated into Beth Israel’s best practices. “Even if physicians have time to read the acupuncture studies, what really makes it gel is when they see the results on the patient
5. Treat People, Not Diseases
As Nurse Béatrice Fleury pours a steaming infusion of yarrow over a piece of cotton and then wrings it out, the aroma of the medicinal herb wafts over to the hospital bed where Eliane Perrot is waiting for her body wrap. When the compress and a hot water bottle have been gingerly applied to her lower back and secured by a soft cloth sash, she leans back with a contented sigh. The compress will help her liver better metabolize the toxins that have accumulated in it after months of breast cancer therapy. The wrap’s warmth will also create a sense of temporary well-being, a precious feeling for the frail, exhausted, 65-year-old. Alternative treatments like the yarrow wrap are the order of the day at the Paracelsus Spital, in the Swiss town of Richterswil, outside of Zurich. Founded in 1994, the clinic is one of a handful of hospitals in Europe devoted to complementary healing. In addition to orthodox treatments and drugs, the conventionally schooled doctors here also use therapies and medications based on the holistic approach to medicine inspired by the anthroposophy of Waldorf education founder Rudolf Steiner. “If you want to understand a person’s disease and support his self-healing powers, it’s of central importance to look at the human being as a whole—body, spirit and soul,” says Paracelsus Medical Director Erich Skala. “This may require more time and effort, but it’s how you treat the causes, and not just the symptoms.” Dr. Daniel Dunphy, of the San Francisco Preventive Medical Group, believes the Paracelsus approach is what the United States needs. “You have to take time to get to know the patients and listen to their stories,” he counsels. “I want to know their personal history, their traumas, how they do at work, what they eat and at what times of the day—and then I know what to do about their problem.”
â€œWhat we now have is not a health care system; itâ€™s a medical delivery system.â€? Dr. Daniel Dunphy, San Francisco Preventive Medical Group
The Bottom Line
Of course, the bottom line in the debate about health care is cost. Proponents of integrative health argue that the promotion of preventive steps such as eating healthy food and making positive lifestyle changes, as well as using complementary methods to treat the whole person and not just the disease, will result in â€œâ€Ś the biggest return on investment this nation could ever have,â€? in the words of William Novelli, a professor at Georgetown Universityâ€™s McDonough School of Business and the former CEO of AARP. Kenneth R. Pelletier, clinical professor of medicine at the University of Arizona School of Medicine and the University of California School of Medicine, has been putting numbers behind the arguments for integra-
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ne of the main things on our minds as the year changes and renews itself on January 1st is how we can improve our lives. No matter what parts need to be energized, fluffed, transformed and moved, we all focus on positive change and the implementation of our goals, plans and dreams. I was talking about this with a colleague of mine, Michelle Cobb, who is an interior designer, artist, landscape architect and teacher of the principles of Feng Shui. I personally use Feng Shui techniques quite successfully in my home and business and I asked Michelle: â€œif there was one book on â€œFeng Shuiâ€? you would recommend to the novice by Karen Rauch Carter and the experienced alike, what would it be?â€? Isbn 0684866048 As usual, she came through with a wonderful and useable idea. The book, Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life shows you in plain language how you can use Feng Shui as the subtitle says: â€œto get love, money, respect and happiness.â€? Fun to read and packed with simple and common sense ideas this book tells you how you can use Feng Shui to create harmony and balance in your life while transforming the areas where you need more positive energy applied. Have you been curious about â€œFeng Shuiâ€?, but put-off by words you donâ€™t understand? Then this is the perfect book for you â€“ the author defines each word and concept in a totally practical and clear manner while giving you many simple tools to create and attract the changes you want in your life. For example, the words Feng Shui are translated from the Chinese language as â€˜wind and waterâ€™ â€“ in other words, the utilization and focusing of the strengths of the natural elements to enhance every area of your life. Using the ideas from this book, you will literally start to re-arrange the â€˜stuffâ€™ in your life (furniture, artwork, paperwork) and begin to create a flow of energy in your home or office which draws to you the things you desire
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progress, and if the changes are enough to accomplish your goals, great; and if not, then you can do more.
THE JOY OF HEALTH
Who seems to benefit most from this approach, and to what degree?
A conversation with Dr. Dean Ornish on lifestyle changes that foster well-being by April Thompson
or more than 30 years, renowned medical doctor Dean Ornish has led pioneering clinical research proving that making simple changes in the way we eat and live can radically transform our health. He directed the first randomized, controlled trials demonstrating that lifestyle changes may halt or reverse the progression of even severe coronary heart disease, as well as early-stage prostate cancer. In collaboration with Nobel Laureate Elizabeth Blackburn, Ph.D., Ornish also showed that healthy lifestyle changes can increase telomerase, and thus lengthen telomeres, the ends of chromosomes that control how long we live. Ornish is the founder and president of the nonprofit Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, California, and a clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He is the author of six bestselling books, including Eat More, Weigh Less and most recently, The Spectrum.
What sparked your interest in preventive medicine? I got interested in doing this work when I was learning how to do bypass surgery as a medical student. We’d cut people open, bypass their blocked arteries and tell them they were cured; then they‘d go home and continue to do the same things that caused the problem in the first place—smoke, overeat, drink too much, work too hard and so on.
More often than not, their bypasses would get clogged up again, and we’d cut them open again and bypass the bypass, sometimes multiple times. That became a metaphor for an incomplete approach for me. Sometimes you need to use drugs and surgery in a crisis, but ultimately, you must address the underlying cause.
What is the concept behind The Spectrum and how does it differ from other lifestyle programs? The problem with most lifestyle-oriented health programs is that they are restrictive, all-or-nothing, fear-based approaches. If you go on a diet or exercise program, sooner or later you’re going to go off of it. Then people feel like they’ve failed; it makes it hard to maintain Sustainable changes, on the other hand, are based on joy, pleasure and freedom. In our research, we found that the more you change your lifestyle, the more you improve and the better you feel. The better you feel, the more likely you are to continue these changes. The Spectrum is not a diet; it’s an overall way of living. If you overindulge one day, you then eat healthier the next. Let’s say, for example, that you want to lower your cholesterol or get your diabetes under control. You begin by making moderate changes that you choose. There’s no pushback because you set the pace. We’ll help track your
One of our most interesting research findings was that the primary determinant of improvement wasn’t how old or sick people were, it was how much they’d changed their diet and lifestyle. The body has a remarkable capacity to heal itself if we simply stop doing what’s causing the problem. We’ve seen hundreds of thousands of patients slow or reverse the progress of life-threatening diseases when they make good changes. Such lifestyle changes can work not only as well as drugs and surgery, but oftentimes better, and at a fraction of the cost. Plus, the side effects are all good ones.
You stress the importance of individual lifestyle changes, but what about changing our sick health care system? We do need to look at the politics of health care and hold our leaders responsible for some of decisions that have created the mess we’re in. For example, after 16 years of lobbying, working with Medicare and members of Congress, we learned a few months ago that Medicare is finally covering our program for reversing heart disease. It’s game changing. If Medicare covers it, all the other insurance companies will follow their lead, and we can make these sorts of programs available to people who most need them, rather than just those who can afford it. If we change reimbursement, we change not only medical practice, but also medical education. Otherwise, I could do a thousand studies with a million patients and it would always remain on the fringes of medical practice. For more information visit pmri.org or OrnishSpectrum.com. April Thompson is a freelance writer based in Washington, D.C. See AprilWrites.com
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roviding pain relief for pets is important, whether they are recovering from an injury or surgery or suffering from a chronic problem. But recognizing signs of pain in animals is tricky because it’s subjective and its expression varies with each animal. Some pets are stoic when faced with horrible injuries, while others howl over minor ailments. Humans complain, grumble and often self-medicate to alleviate their aches. A pet may need help and be communicating, “I hurt!” if any of the following signs are evident. n Being unusually withdrawn, inactive, restless or exceptionally clingy n Refusing to walk stairs or not rising quickly when called n Avoiding physical contact, such as being lifted or carried n Whining, whimpering, howling or meowing constantly n Biting or continually licking a particular part of the body n Flattening ears against the head n Loss of appetite
Changes in behavior may be the only way a cat or dog will communicate its plea for relief from pain. Keep in mind that in nature, predators seek out animals that display signs of pain or injury as a preferred target, so it’s natural to hide pain as a protective measure. In the event of a trauma, illness or surgery, seek diagnosis and assistance from a trusted integrative veterinarian. Mounting evidence from institutions such as the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association and American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture supports the use of alternative modalities to effectively manage pain and provide relief. Some of the most common include the following approaches.
Nutraceuticals These non-drug nutrients play a significant role in strengthening normal body tissues, repairing damaged tissues and improving efficient body metabolism. Pet guardians may use vet-recommended nutraceuticals for up to six to eight weeks to manage low levels of pain.
Homeopathic Remedies Homeopathic remedies, sometimes referred to as homotoxicology, comprise the use of plant and animal materials to stimulate the body into action; homeopathy is often explained as, “Like heals like.” Specifically, exposure to a large amount of a toxin (e.g., poison ivy or arsenic or anthrax) would likely cause specific physical problems, but in a small, controlled dose, it may stimulate the body to heal similar problems. We regularly apply Traumeel, manufactured by Heel, a blend of 12 homeopathic remedies for temporary relief of minor aches and pains associated with bruises, sprains and injuries such as
dislocations, fractures and trauma. It can also ease pain associated with inflammation and arthritis. Forms include dissolvable tablets, ointments and drops.
Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) is a holistic approach that considers each being as a wholeâ€”body, mind and spiritâ€”and takes into account both diet and environment. For the practitioner, disease is the result of an imbalance of the bodyâ€™s energy flow, which needs to be redirected, rebalanced and restored. Herbal formulas are prepared for pets suffering from musculoskeletal injuries due to an acute trauma, like a sprain or back injury, or a chronic discomfort, such as arthritis. They are available in capsules, powders and tea pills. In medical terms, acupuncture can assist the body to heal itself by effecting certain physiological changes, such as increasing blood circulation and relieving muscle spasms. General conditions treated by acupuncture include arthritis; back pain; muscle pain and spasms; and stroke. A simple acute problem like a sprain may require only one treatment, where more severe or chronic ailments may require multiple sessions.
Animal Chiropractic Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy, also referred to as animal chiropractic, is applied to correct common misalignments in the spine, restoring motion to the spine, as well as proper nerve and muscle function. Misalignment may be caused by trauma, overexertion or the normal wear and tear of everyday life. Proper adjustment allows the body to fully function and better heal itself. The number of adjustments required to alleviate pain varies based on the severity of the disease or injury. Pain management requires a team effort, but the resultâ€”a pain-free pet that feels happier and healthierâ€”is worth it. Dr. Matthew J. Heller is a holistic veterinarian and owner of All About PetCare, in Middletown, OH. For more information, call 513-424-1626 or 866-YOUR-VET, or visit AllAboutPetCare.com.
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consciouseating When it comes to relieving pain, food really can be the best medicine. tasting favorites that can yield extra benefits.
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Cherries Muraleedharan Nair, Ph.D., professor of natural products and chemistry at Michigan State University, found that tart cherry extract is 10 times more effective than aspirin at relieving inflammation. Only two tablespoons of the concentrated juice need to be taken daily for effective results. Sweet cherries have also been found to be effective. Other Berries Nair later found the same anti-pain compound in other berries, specifi-
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cally blackberries, raspberries, blueberries and strawberries. Celery and Celery Seeds James Duke, Ph.D., author of The Green Pharmacy, found more than 20 anti-inflammatory compounds in celery and celery seeds, including a powerful flavonoid called apigenin. Add celery seeds to soups, stews or as a salt substitute in many recipes. Ginger Ginger reduces levels of pain-causing prostaglandin in the body and has been widely used in India to treat pain and inflammation. A study by Indian researchers found that when people who were suffering from muscular pain were given ginger, they all experienced improvement. New research from the University of Georgia supports these findings. If you’re taking medications, check with your health practitioner for possible herb-drug interactions. Turmeric Turmeric (Curcuma longa), the yellow spice commonly used in Indian curries, is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties and for suppressing pain without harmful side effects. Its main therapeutic ingredient is curcumin. Research from institutions such as the University of California, San Diego, and Cornell University indicate that curcumin appears to be a safe, natural alternative to COX-2 inhibitor drugs. Fatty Fish Many fatty fish like salmon, mackerel and herring contain omega-3 fatty acids that convert in the body into hormone-like substances that decrease inflammation and pain. According to research reports from arthritis specialists associated with the National Institutes of Health, omega-3 is an effective anti-inflammatory agent; ingesting fish oil acts directly on the immune system by suppressing 40 to 55 percent of the release of cytokines, compounds known to destroy joints. Many other studies similarly demonstrate that eating moderate amounts of fish or
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localinsights Yoga Therapy â€“ A New (or Old) Path to Wellness By Nancy Levenson
t the start of each New Year, almost all of us consider ways in which we could be healthier. For those of us with chronic health conditions or overweight, itâ€™s not always that easy to add this to our resolution list. Perhaps yoga therapy is a path to consider for 2011. Yoga therapy is not a new emerging field of wellness, yet it differs from what most Westerners have experienced as yoga classes. With its roots dating back thousands of years, yoga therapy is now finding its way as a primary vehicle for optimal wellness for individuals with all sorts of conditions because of its ability to promote health at all levels of a being simultaneously. Yoga Therapy takes a holistic approach, tapping into the physical, energetic, emotional and spiritual dimensions of an individual, and places equal emphasis on each area of their health. For many of us, symptoms of an illness or disease may occur first in our physical body. We might notice a shortness of breath, a lump in our body, thinning hair, digestive issues or a whole host of other symptoms that lead us to seek health-care. But to treat just the physical body is to not solve the underlying condition that may have led to our symptoms and illness in the first place. In the case of individuals suffering from depression, to treat just the mind body doesnâ€™t lead to optimal health either. Thus, a yoga therapist works with their clientâ€™s condition in mind at all times and respects that the client is more than just a physical body in their approach to dis-ease management.
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While most yoga postures have therapeutic applications, yoga therapy employs a whole host of yoga tools, including lifestyle changes, to help guide the client back towards optimal wellness, which is after all our true nature. Yoga therapy is applicable to individuals or groups with specific health challenges. And, unlike a traditional yoga class where you conform to a given practice, in yoga therapy, the class conforms to you and what you need to move forward on your path of wellness. As approaches to health continue to evolve, yoga therapy will play a major role for those individuals who chose wellness therapist in your area, visit the International Association of Yoga Therapists website at iayt.org. Nancy Levenson, E-RYT 500 and Professional Yoga therapist, is the founder of NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness Center, a new center in downtown Littleton, offers clients unique six and eight week specialty wellness programs focused on respiratory issues, total back-care, depression, anxiety, breast cancer and yoga specially tailored to the plus-sized individual. 303-725-1434. NamasteWorksYoga.com.See ad page 18.
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Treat you and your family to Affordable Wellness Ayurveda, or “science of life” is the ancient Indian art of physical, mental, and emotional healing based on inner balances unique to each individual. It works at the deepest levels of health. YES! You can afford Ayurveda! See how East meets West! Receive care from an Ayurvedic doctor who is also a British physician Empower yourself with our expert guidance and lifestyle tools Sliding Scale Available Use your Flexible Spending Account for True Health! Increase your Vitality Decrease Depression We are a fully accredited Ayurvedic medical school and can help you begin a career in Ayurveda Ongoing workshops and lectures
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localinsights Vitamin D – Is Your Family Getting Enough? By Ian Hollaman, DC
itamin D is a hot topic these days, and for good reason. While it’s importance for bone health has long been known, current research is finding that sub-optimal vitamin D is implicated in many disease states, especially for pregnant women, their unborn children and their nursing infants. That begs the question of what is a healthy amount of vitamin D and is it the same for everyone? In November the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Food and Nutrition Board (FNB) recommended that a 3-pound infant and a 300-pound pregnant woman needed almost the same amount of vitamin D. Although 400 IU/day may be a reasonable dose for infants, the recommended 600 IU/day for pregnant women is gravely low according to current research. It is currently estimated that tens of millions of pregnant women and their nursing babies are severely vitamin D deficient resulting in a dramatic increase of a disease from the Dark Ages, rickets. Gestational vitamin D deficiency is associated with rickets, neonatal pneumonia, doubled risk for preeclampsia, tripled risk for gestational diabetes and a quadrupled risk for primary cesarean section. Although this dramatically low level of vitamin D is common, it is not normal or healthy for anyone. Low vitamin D levels are associated with three childhood epidemics: asthma, autoimmune disorders and, according to a 2010 article in article in Acta Paediatrica (world’s most respected pediatric medical journal), autism. It is thought that pregnant and lactating women should take at least 5,000 IU/day. This significantly higher amount not only prevents rickets, but current research indicates it will also address health issues surrounding: brain, eye, prostate, breast, skin, nerve, immune, and heart health, mood, and most importantly fetal health. Interestingly, the FNB indicated that vitamin D toxicity might occur at intakes of 10,000 IU/day; however there is not any evidence that 10,000 IU/day has ever caused toxicity in humans. In fact, 30 minutes of summer sunshine gives adults more than 10,000 IU of vitamin D! It is always smart to have your vitamin D level checked via blood a few times a year as it can fluctuate. For optimal health, your vitamin D level should fall within 50-80 ng/ml. If your vitamin D level is low, as it is for more than 50% of people living north of Atlanta, Georgia, you may want to consider increasing your vitamin D intake or your sun exposure. This is most important for pregnant and lactating women. The 50-80 ng/ml level is optimal and was obtained by humans who live and work in the sun. You cannot achieve this level with current recommendations and even our mile high altitude does not compensate during the winter months. Vitamin D, while technically a hormone, is one of the most significant vitamins in our body. Maintaining an optimal level reduces our risk of many health complications. The FNB is clearly stuck in the past where the focus of vitamin D was bone health. Do yourself and your family a favor by checking and optimizing your vitamin D levels by working with your health professional. Dr. Ian Hollaman, DC is the director of Red Tail Wellness Centers in Boulder, 3393 Iris Ave, Ste. 105. 303-882-8447. RedTailWellnessCenters.com. See ad page 2.
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RED TAIL WELLNESS CENTERS Karen Hollaman, DC, LMT 3393 Iris Ave., Boulder 303-882-8447 RedTailWellnessCenters.com After a 4 year ‘Medical Mystery’ in my teenage years, I learned the true value of health from a holistic chiropractor. Because of her understanding of how the body heals itself when given the proper support, I was given a second chance at life. Chiropractic resonated with me and I knew I wanted to offer women and children the same hope and care I had been generously given. If you or your family struggles with health issues please contact the Red Tail Wellness Center so I can help you take flight again and let your health soar. See ad page 2.
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Journeys for Conscious Living (J4CL) is an organization leading the world in conscious living, hosting world class events, speakers and event center (space rental) to empower people to create thoughtful changes in living their lives every day, thus creating the space and energy to stay centered and expand the community. J4CL’s center and events promote experiences for discovering and developing a life of passion, purpose and contribution. J4CL invites you to co-create opportunities, collaboration and communities for individuals and businesses to reach their full, highest potential, while experiencing love, joy and transformation. See ad, page 27.
CHIROPRACTIC RED TAIL WELLNESS CENTERS Dr. Ian Hollaman, DC 3393 Iris Ave. #105, Boulder 303-882-8447 RedTailWellnessCenters.com
Dr. Ian Hollaman focuses on difficult and chronic cases such as elevated glucose and cholesterol, thyroid disorders, and novel solutions to pain and injuries. He holds a proficiency level in professional Applied Kinesiology and has accumulated hundreds of hours in post graduate nutrition. See ad page 2.
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Understanding Dogs - Not your typical “sit, stay, lay down” class. Holistic approach to training, behavior, health and healing, including obedience, Reiki, flower essences, calming techniques and communication. Includes a behavior consultation, coaching session and treatment plan for each participating dog. Listen and learn, engage in handling, and be guided in followup practice. May holds masters degrees in both education and psychology. She teaches in-home behavior sessions, public classes, and consults various shelters and rescue groups. Registration required. Email for dates and info: MishaMayFoundation@gmail.com.
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Are you at yet another crossroad in your life and want to activate your inner guidance for clarity and focus? Do you feel out of touch with your deepest desires, or stuck in confusion and lack of focus? If you are experiencing confusion on what to do next, out of touch with your deepest desires and purpose, looking for guidance in getting in touch with yourself or going through a major change, call Fortune and Fortitude. People who seek guidance from Fortune and Fortitude have arrived at a crossroad in their life and need help bringing light, clarity and focus to achieve what they really want.
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P.O. Box 10 Louisville, CO 80027 973-680-0271 TheJourneyUSA.com Ever feel you never have enough money, are attractive or good enough? These are limiting beliefs, stuck in your subconscious mind. The Journey guides you to access your own wisdom, clearing out belief systems that hold you back from a fulfilling and happy life. Uncover and clear out the driving force behind physical dis-ease or emotional blocks or anything holding you back from your fullest potential. See ad, page 19.
INTEGRATIVE HEALTH CLEAR SKY MEDICAL
Katia I. Meier, M.D. 10103 Ridge Gate Parkway Aspen Building, Suite 221 Lone Tree, CO 80124 303-790-7860 ClearSkyMedical.com Family practice physician specializing in Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement therapy, Neurotransmitter balancing, comprehensive Nutritional analysis and therapy, Homeopathy, Herbalogy, Naturopathic Medicine, Personalized Detoxification Programs, Medical Weight Loss and Cosmetic procedures. Treating all ages and most insurance welcomed. Call for more information today. See ad, page 6.
ALANDI AYURVEDA CLINIC & ALANDI ASHRAM
Alakanand Ma, M.B. 2457 20th Street, Boulder, CO 80304 303-786-7437 Info@AlandiAshram.org AlandiAshram.org Alakananda Ma reaches into the heart of Ayurveda. A British medical doctor and spiritual renunciant, she has dedicated her life to serving others and relieving suffering. An appointment with her is an opportunity for deep physical, mental, emotional and spiritual transformation. She has been studying Ayurveda since meeting Dr Vasant Lad in India in 1980 and practicing in Boulder since 1989. She is a board member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association and along with her dedicated team of graduate students, offers a full service experience including vital signs, diet and lifestyle counseling, onsite pancha karma and an in-house pharmacy. Sliding scale accepted. See ad, page 17.
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Annie Notestein, Certified Life Coach 3375 Chisholm Trail, #306, Boulder 720-398-9002 Annie@AnnieNotestein.com AnnieNotestein.com
Would you love to let go of struggle, create goalsYOU want to achieve, create healthy boundaries and say no to stress from the inside out so you can say yes to yourself and high self-esteem? Do you have a dream you want to make a reality but doubt is holding you back? Call Annie for a complimentary phone consultation to see if working together is right for you.
MASSAGE AND MORE Stress Management Services ~ Massage & Wellness Center
Velina Lujan, MA, CMT Certified Holistic Stress Management Instructor Fairwayâ€™s Offices 5600 Arapahoe Avenue Suite 203 Boulder, CO 80303 303-717-7709 YourStressManager.com $49 Introductory Special for new clients. Our team of expert practitioners offer therapeutic massage, holistic bodywork of many modalities, informational presentations, energy work, cosmetology, stress management consultation, assessment, treatment and coaching, massage for elderly and ill, guided imagery, hypnotherapy, certified nutritional consultation, herbalist, psychic readers, bodywork, classes and much more! Stress Management Services also offers a low-cost Community Massage & Wellness Clinic to make holistic care accessible to all who are in need. Held in BOULDER ONLY on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month from 9-7 by appointment only. See calendar. Boulder: Fairwayâ€™s Offices, 5600 Arapahoe Avenue, Ste. 203. Golden: 2801 Youngfield St., Ste. 117. Golden office on M,W,F with Velina Lujan only.
Natalie Gentry, CMT 121 S Madison St, Ste D, Denver 80209 303-325-4150 HealingSpaceDenver.com Nurture your body, mind and spirit and rediscover your self through the healing power of touch, movement and breath. Healing Space offers relaxing and deep tissue massage, Maya Abdominal/Uterine Massage, Prenatal/Post Partum Massage, Spiritual Plant Healing, Nia classes, and Transformational Breath facilitation. Schedule your appointment today. See ad, page 27.
MEDITATION / INTUITION YOGA OF THE MIND 8 E. 1st Ave., Suite 103 Denver, CO 80204 303-668-2358 YogaOfTheMind.com Discover ways to tap into your intuition and release stress and fear with Yoga of the Mind. Powerful meditation CD available now will teach you how to quickly let go of anxiety. Learn methods to use daily; take it with you wherever you go. Great as a gift. YOTM also offers a Free Preview Night to Explore Your Intuition class 7-9pm, January 17. Learn how to find the confidence to follow your own intuition and tap into Source. Eight-week course starts 1/24 Mondays 7-9pm. $150 if you sign up before or on Preview Night. Yoga of the Mind, 8 E. First Ave, Denver. 303-668-2358. CD and more information available atYogaoftheMind.com. See ad, page 14.
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Michelle Marchand, Owner West Wash Park 533 E. Ohio Ave., Denver 303-320-0305 TheNailBar.biz The Nail Bar is the only full-service natural hand and foot care boutique in Denver which uses only all natural, safe, non-toxic, high quality products for the body. You will notice there is no chemical odor when you walk into the calming energy of The Nail Bar. Instruments are individually sterilized, with licenses and advanced certifications to preserve and advise you on the health of your skin and nails. Michelle, owner of The Nail Bar, is a certified master pedicurist and licensed podologist and European trained, licensed manicurist. Medically supervised and approved practice.
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SANCTUARY INNER CONNECTION INSTITUTE CHURCH OF INFINITE SPIRIT 2755 South Locust St., Suite 213 Denver, CO 80222 303-282-9439 InnerConnection.org
A non-denominational, spiritual sanctuary offering clairvoyant reading and healing services, meditation classes, psychic development programs, ministerial services, and ordination programs. Locations in Denver and Lakewood. We support you in creating the life you desire, and show you how through easy, effective techniques. Free aura clearing and chakra balancing in Lakewood every Wednesday. Free open channel clinic Fridays in Denver. Everyone is welcome! Call for more information. Denver 303-282-9439. Lakewood 720-413-7303. See ad, page 26.
SCHOOLS ROCKY MOUNTAIN SCHOOL OF ANIMAL ACUPRESSURE AND MASSAGE Locations, dates and classes available on website 866-903-6463 RMSAAM.com
The Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage (RMSAAM) offers rewarding and challenging educational programs suitable for Massage Therapists and animal lovers alike. Time is divided into classroom and lab portions allowing students to apply knowledge in a hands-on setting with dogs and horses. RMSAAM also offers courses in Equine Massage, Large and Small Animal Acupressure, Reiki Animal Practitioner, Essential Oils and Aromatherapy for Animals and other special workshops. Tuition assistance available. NCBTMB Approved Provider #451073-09. Register 866-903-6462 or RMSAAM.com. See ad, page 17.
WEIGHT LOSS RETREAT Rocky Mountain Womanâ€™s Natural Weight Loss Retreat
Hosted by Leah Lund, Holistic Health Counselor January 19-23 Crested Butte, CO OneWholeHealth.com Weigh to Live! A Womenâ€™s Retreat For Natural Weight Loss
January 19-23. Rocky Mountain Womanâ€™s Natural Weight Loss Retreat is designed to help you discover the food and lifestyle choices that allow you to lose weight naturally and improve your overall health at the same time. Set in a log home on 40 acres, this retreat provides the opportunity for small group and individual attention. Each retreat accepts a maximum of 8 women sharing accommodations. Weigh to Live! brings you awareness of the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual elements behind weight and allows you to synchronize your choices for your success! Real change happens when you take action. Register and details at OneWholeHealth.com. Want more support? At-home, 10-week Natural Weight Loss Program also available. See www.OneWholeHealth.com for details on the Weigh to Live! Package pricing for retreat and program are available. See ad, page 26.
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SAVE THE DATE FEBRUARY 2011 BECOME A CERTIFIED MASTER HERBALIST! Comprehensive 17 month, 450 hour Program in “Botanical Medicine: East and West “ prepares you to become a competent, professional herbalist. Just for Health School of Reflexology and Healing Arts. State Approved and provider of continuing education by ARCB. Denver Metro area. Rachel Lord or Luke Terry, 303-320-4367; JustForHealth7@gmail.com. JustForHealth.net.
FEBRUARY 12-20 Ten-Day Adventure and Spiritual Rejuvenation Retreat Let’s go to Costa Rica! Join us for a ten-day retreat of amazing adventure and spiritual rejuvenation in tropical paradise! February 12th to 20th, 2011. Relax into this exquisite tropical vacation giving space for inner listening and reverent presence amid wonders of Nature. This is your time to step back from daily routines and connect deeply with the power and beauty of your own core essence. All-inclusive price: $900 Includes food, lodging and transportation. Airfare not included.Call Susannah, 970 443-2480 or email Susannah@DivineNatureTours.com. DivineNatureTours.com.
April 9-16 St. Croix USVI Retreat 2012 and Beyond: Empowering Your Spiritual Self Join our retreat on St. Croix to explore the meaning of the 2012 phenomenon and how your conscious participation from one world age to another can benefit you and all of humanity. Gain a deeper understanding of your role during this time of unprecedented change which will allow you to go forward toward 2012 and beyond to help anchor the coming of a New Age. Included: a private villa overlooking Buck Island, group discussions, self-healing exercises, meditations, Munay-Ki rites and channeled messages. Louise Olivi, M.S., is a spiritual/intuitive counselor from Connecticut, facilitating workshops and retreats over the past 22 years. Louise channels the wisdom and compassion of the Hopi Great Spirit, Maasaw, who brought the Hopi their prophecies. $1,500 incl. dbl occupancy accommodations (single supplement applies), most meals, five classes conducted by Louise, private beach, pool at villa, transfers to and from St. Croix airport and transport around island. Airfare not included. Details at www.spiritweaving.com or email Louise at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOW FORMING ENERGETIC BOUNDARIES CLASS for Jan/Feb. Six weekly classes, $150. Learn how to manage energy—yours and others—with simple, fun and powerfully effective energetic tools; learn how to create “mock-ups;” meet/ work with your Healing Master. This class is a pre-requisite for all other BPI classes. Contact Rev. DebraRae, Sacred Spaces Center, 303-365-0200, AngelChanneler@aol.com, SacredPlacesAndSpaces.com.
JANUARY 1, SATURDAY New Year’s Weekend Psychic Fair–12-5pm. Saturday and Sunday. Gain insight into the events of 2011. Tarot, Pendulum, spirit guides, I Ching, angels and more. Chair massage, Reiki and Chakra Balancing and much more will be available. Free to attend. Isis Books and Gifts, 2775 S Broadway, Englewood. 303-761-8627. IsisBooks.com.
JANUARY 2, SUNDAY Boulder Eckankar Worship Service–10:30-11:30am. “Does Divine Love Have a Sound?” The ECK Worship Service provides an uplifting setting to deepen our un-
derstanding of how Divine Spirit (the ECK) works in our lives. Free. Crossroads Gardens, 1800 30th St, Ste 208, Boulder. 303-443-1610 or Eck-Colorado.org. Non-Denominational Church Service–11am. Celebrate the journey of life with meditation and an informative spiritual message on the first Sunday of every month. Service is followed by a free aura healing-chakra balancing clinic. Rev. Lauren Skye, Officiating Minister. Free. Church of Infinite Spirit/Inner Connection Institute, 2755 South Locust St, Suite 213, Denver. 303-282-9439 or InnerConnection.org. Spiritual Gathering, Aura Healing Clinic & Lunch at Mimi’s Café–11am-12:30 pm. A spiritual gathering of blessings, love, healing, empowerment and community. Church is followed by an aura healing clinic, refreshments and community. Rev DebraRae, Officiating Minister. Donations accepted. Sacred Spaces House of Light, 223 Titan St., Aurora, 303-365-0200. SacredSpacesAndPlaces.com. New Beginnings: Jump-Start Your Well Being for 2011–7pm. Each night through Saturday, Jan 8th. Cleansing your mind, body and spirit in the comfort of your own home. One hour online radio program. Register TheJourneyUSA.com, Cleanse2011.
Dance Like Nobody’s Watching–7-9pm. Free Flow, Ecstatic, Trance Dance and whatever works for YOU. Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine Mixer with Music, Dance, Food and more. Love offering/donation. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695. J4CL.com.
JANUARY 4, TUESDAY Meditation Skill and Energy Management for the Modern Healer–11am. An evening of learning and selfcare for: Counselors, Social Workers, Massage Therapists, Teachers, and anyone in the helping professions. As modern healers, you have a unique set of abilities and an increased level of sensitivity to those around us. Learn tools to better manage these gifts and allow your work to empower you. Church of Infinite Spirit/Inner Connection Institute, 2755 South Locust St, Suite 213, Denver. 303-282-9439 or InnerConnection.org. Romance Angels Workshop–7-9pm. Learn how to work with the Romance Angels for healings and guidance to manifest the romantic relationship you desire. $40. Journey Within, Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio, 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood. 720-413-7303. Aura and Chakra Healing Clinic- Gain mental clarity and relief of stress, along with increased creativity through a simple 10-15 minute energy healing. Aura and chakra healings are when a trained healer helps you make positive shifts in subtle, non-physical energy which profoundly influences how we feel, how healthy we are, and how effective we are in our day to day lives. No appt. needed, stop by from 5:30-6:45pm. Yoga of the Mind, 8 E. 1st Ave, #103, at 1st & Broadway above The Hornet Restaurant. Lot parking across street, behind Hornet. 303-668-2358. YogaoftheMind.com.
JANUARY 5, WEDNESDAY Experience the Healing Method of QiGong–5:307pm. Experience a powerful and affordable opportunity to relax,& unwind as you experience Qigong (pronounced Chee Gong) Energy Healing. Recieve a 10 minute Qigong Energy Healing, and experience the benefits that Qigong can bring into your life. $5-10 donation to People House. People House, 3035 W 25th Ave, Denver. 720-887-3532. CCC: Consciousness Conversations & Contemplations–6:45-10pm. CCC hosts monthly meetings to share a common desire to raise the consciousness of our planet. Raise awareness and consciousness through presentations, discussion, interaction, and networking. Explore integration of enlightened living in our personal and professional lives. Love offering/donation. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695. J4CL.com.
JANUARY 6, THURSDAY Brain Balance Achievement Center Informational Lecture–12pm. If your child have Academic, Social or Behaviors Concerns, this event is for you. Dr. Tamara Eslich will speak about the brain and will explain why there is an epidemic of children with these concerns. She will also discuss the recent research about children with academic and neurobehavioral issues. The Brain Balance Program will also be explained. Free. Brain Balance Achievement Center of Golden, 1211 Avery St, Golden. 303-278-1780 or BrainBalanceCenters.com. Wellness Workshop–1pm. Sick and tired of being sick and tired? Come learn little changes that will make a big difference in your health this year. Free. Info 303-753-2665. Oneness Blessing–5:30-6:30pm. The blessing can accelerate spiritual growth and deepening. It assists the recipient in a more heartfelt experience of Oneness and the Divine. Donation. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. 303-237-8851. Spirituality vs. Freedom–7-9pm. In this class, Lani Renee will help you understand the difference between the “New Age” Phenomenon and the Ancient Mystery Teachings, or the Occult. Learn about the history of our world and find out why living at this time in our history is so important, and why America holds the keys for “freedom.” Free. Journey’s for Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Arvada. 303-467-0633.
Yoga for Total Back Care–5:30-6:30pm. Jan 6th–Feb 24th. This eight-week therapeutic Viniyoga series will focus on total back care, beginning with a focus on the upper back, neck and shoulders, then bringing the attention to care for the low back, sacrum and hips. You will be introduced to yoga sequences designed to become part of your everyday back care regimen to help alleviate back pain and maintain a healthy, functional back. $99/8wks. NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, 5860 S. Curtice St, Littleton. Register NamasteWorksYoga.com. Student Space–1-2:30 pm. Got tools (completed Energetic Boundaries class or equivalent)? Guided by Rev. DebraRae, you’ll create use your tools to create “your space,” run “your energy,” work energetic dynamics, create mock-ups and trade healings ($20). Twice monthly (1st & 3rd Thurs.) Sacred Spaces Center, 223 Titan St, Aurora. 303-365-0200. SacredPlacesAndSpaces.com.
JANUARY 7, FRIDAY Low-Cost Community Massage & Wellness Clinic–9am7pm. Stress Management Services is offering their expert care to all who are in need at an affordable rate starting at $45/50 minute session and sliding down according to financial need. App’t req’d. Details and Info 303-717-7709 or YourStressManager.com.
JANUARY 8, SATURDAY Spirited Woman New Year’s Rejuvenation Spa– 10am-12pm. Embrace the New Year with various healing techniques for your body mind and spirit. $45. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St, Denver. 720-865-3580 or BotanicGardens.org. 2011 New Year Tarot Reading–10am-1pm. Are you ready to know how 2011 looks for you? Lani Renee will guide through a process of revealing your New Year, January through December, and help you see your journey that begins on Jan. 1st. Everyone will learn how to do this reading, so you’ll be able to share it with your friends and loved ones. Start the year out right. $25. Journey’s for Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Arvada. 303-467-0633. Step Into the Year of Your Dreams–10am-2pm. Discover what’s wrong with New Year’s Resolutions and five more ways you may be unknowingly preventing yourself from living the life you desire. Learn how to transform your blocks into success. Discover what you really want. Create a powerful vision collage for 2011. $45. Inner Peace and Purpose Coaching, 3350 Chisholm Trail, Boulder. RSVP 720-398-9002. Stop Smoking with Hypnosis–11am-12:30pm. A low cost seminar bringing the power of hypnosis to one of the most common New Years Resolutions, to quit smoking cigarettes. Presented by Charles Patrick CCHt. Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. $5. Mercury Café, 2199 California St, Denver. Register 303-330-8876. Winter Cooking Demo: Featuring Dark Leafy Greens– 12-1pm. Join us for a free cooking demonstration four times a year. Each season, we’ll feature a local, seasonal favorite and teach you about a variety of ways you can serve it to keep it interesting all season long. This winter demonstration features dark leafy greens. Free. Bauman College, Boulder. BaumanCollege.org.
Health Extravanganza: Total Body Health Info with Professionals–1-3pm. Information and guidance for a new you in the New Year with total body health. From a good night sleep to healthy eating habits and everything in between. Free. Sunflower Farmers Market, 1131 E 120th Ave, Thornton. 303-457-3600. Major Planetary Aspects for 2011–3:30-5:30pm. What can we expect in 2011 and how can we flow with the cosmos rather than work against it? Understand the planetary configurations for 2011, how they will affect you personally as well as how potent energy points awaken our consciousness. $20. Isis Books and Gifts, 2775 S Broadway, Englewood. 303-761-8627.
JANUARY 9, SUNDAY D-DAY: Discover, Define, Declare, Do–All Day. Discover and clear limiting beliefs that keep you stuck. Define the next year of your life. Declare your action plan and then do it. Take action now. $97 in advance; $75 for 2 or more; $125 at the door. Register 973-680-0271 or TheJourneyUSA.com. Alandi Ayurveda Day of Wellness–12-4pm. Bring the light of healing into your life in 2011 with Dr. Alakananda Ma and the graduate students from Alandi Ayurvedic School. Enjoy an afternoon of exploration about how Ayurveda can support your health and overall wellbeing. Find out your pulse reading, constitution, astrology reading, and practical information on how to bring Ayurveda into your life. Free. Prajna, 765 Gilpin Dr, Boulder. 303-786-7437 or AlandiAshram.org. Tea Talks for Women: Embracing Joy and Freedom with Rev. Dr. Petra Weldes–2:30-4:30pm. Create more joy together. Explore beliefs, contemplate truths and delve deeply into the nature of our own lives. $10. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. 303-232-4079 or MileHiChurch.org. Feng Shui Rules with Michelle Cobb–3pm. Feng Shui isn’t just ancient Chinese wisdom it’s really common sense. Learn how to rearrange your stuff to improve the energy flow in your home, office and landscape. Fun and informative. Free. Isis Books and Gifts, 2775 S Broadway, Englewood. 303-761-8627. IsisBooks.com. Manifestation Ceremony–5-8pm. A New Year’s ritual open to anyone who wants to put 39 Intentions into motion; 13 Personal Goals, 13 Material Goals, and 13 Spiritual Goals. You will be guided to determine your goals, and led in a sacred ceremony to send them into the Universe. Lani Renee has been doing sacred ceremonies for 15 years and loves to begin every New Year with magic, come be a part of this amazing celebration. $25. Journey’s for Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Arvada. 303-467-0633.
JANUARY 10, MONDAY Money/Business Class–6pm. Do your negative thoughts about money prevent you from having enough? Do you think money is “the root to all evil” (and other negatives you have heard or read)? Get those negative thoughts out of your way. $30 one session / $21 each (1st 2). Fast Focusing Center, 88 Inverness Circle E, H-107, Centennial. 303-708-8817. FastFocusingCenter.com.
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Be The Biggest Loser Weight Loss Challenge– 7-7:45pm. This 8-week program advises proper nutrition, healthy food choices and encourages exercise and hydration. $35/person. Main Street Nutrition, 915 Walnut St, Louisville. 303-910-7192. MainStreetNutrition.net. Plus Size Yoga–9:30-10:30am. Jan 10th–Feb 28th. Overweight doesn’t have to mean out of shape. This eight week series is for plus sized individuals who want to be introduced to their body in a whole new way. This practice employs the use of props, gentle movement, breathing and meditation. We offer a judgement free space to help you embrace a healthier lifestyle. $96/8wks. NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, 5860 S. Curtice St, Littleton. Register NamasteWorksYoga.com.
JANUARY 11, TUESDAY Meditation for Living–5-week program. Bring the benefits of clairvoyant meditation into your life. In these dynamic times it is more important than ever to access all of our abilities and spiritual awareness. Learn specific, easy and effective techniques to see, change and manage energy. With awareness, challenges become opportunities and healing happens. $150 includes classes, guided meditation CD and one-hour student reading. Inner Connection Institute, 2755 S Locust St, Ste 213, Denver. 303-282-9439. Aura and Chakra Healing Clinic–Gain mental clarity and relief of stress, along with increased creativity through a simple 10-15 minute energy healing. Aura and chakra healings are when a trained healer helps you make positive shifts in subtle, non-physical energy which profoundly influences how we feel, how healthy we are, and how effective we are in our day to day lives. No appt. needed, stop by from 5:30-6:45pm. Yoga of the Mind, 8 E. 1st Ave, #103, at 1st & Broadway above The Hornet Restaurant. Lot parking across street, behind Hornet. 303-668-2358, www.yogaofthemind.com. Moms and Money–10am and 7pm. Come see if this is a fit for you. We are looking for people who are positive, health minded and have a heart for helping others. Earn extra play money or a full second stream of income. Free. Park Meadows area. Reservations Heather 303-753-2665. Venture Law Advisors, LLC: Networking Workshop–5:30-7pm. An evening of Wine, Cheese, and Networking with other like-minded entrepreneurs. The workshop will be on tips and techniques for attracting and closing first round investors and setting the stage for growth. Presented by Charles with Venture Law Advisors. $5 donation. Green Spaces, 1368 26th St, Denver. 303-720-6850 or GreenSpacesHome.com. Nutritional Cleansing and Weight Loss–7-8:30pm. Revolutionary new cleansing/fat burning system, a totally natural, safe and effective program to rid your body of the harmful toxins built-up over your lifetime. Radically change your health; participants report weight loss of 9-12 pounds in just 9 days. Free. LifeSource Health Partners, 65 S. Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood. Limited Seating 303-934-3600. Weight Management & Healthy Body Image–78:30pm. Insightful, thought provoking, motivational discussion on weight management and healthy body
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Meditation for Living–5-week program. Bring the benefits of clairvoyant meditation into your life. Church of Infinite Spirit/Inner Connection Institute, 2755 South Locust St, Suite 213, Denver. 303-282-9439 or InnerConnection.org.
Support for Your New Year’s Resolutions–6-7:30pm. Use EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) to clear out your subconscious blocks to your 2011 goals. Open to those with a basic understanding of EFT. Free. Clear Source Coaching, Downtown Littleton. 303-955-7532 or ClearSourceCoaching.com.
Be The Biggest Loser Weight Loss Challenge–77:45pm. Details see Jan 10. $35/person. Main Street Nutrition, 915 Walnut St, Louisville. 303-910-7192 or MainStreetNutrition.net. Confidence/Boundless Energy Class–6-8pm. Have you ever said, “If I only had the confidence, I would…”? This class will teach you techniques to build your competence and increase your confidence. Learn breathing techniques and energy stimulation techniques to keep you going long after others are done. $30 one session / $21 each (1st 2). Fast Focusing Center, 88 Inverness Circle E, H-107, Centennial. 303-708-8817. FastFocusingCenter.com. Insights & Understandings with Hank Innerfeld– 7-9pm. The Ascension Path. Each month we discuss and address insights and understanding in an open forum. The discussions allow us to explore a broad spectrum of spiritual knowledge to facilitate our growth and expansion. Join us to begin or continue the journey. $15-$20 donation. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695. J4CL.com.
JANUARY 13, THURSDAY Open Door Reading Space–7-8:30pm. In a group setting, Rev. DebraRae will channel your Guides and Angels, relaying their communication to you and providing you the opportunity to ask questions of them. $20. Sacred Spaces Center, 223 Titan St, Aurora. 303-365-0200. SacredPlacesAndSpaces.com. Alliance of Professional Women Monthly Networking Luncheon–11:30am-1pm. Spkr:Ava Diamond, President of The Diamond Success Group. Ava gives people the inspiration and tools they need to take their lives and their businesses to the next level. An expert in employee engagement, she works to create aligned, focused organizations where people are passionately committed to results. $25/Alliance Members; $35/guest. Maggiano’s Denver Tech Center. APWColorado.org. The Power of Love–5-8pm. This class is simply about God. Are you ready to understand the greatest wisdom of all human souls, including yours? To understand God, you must Know God. Join Lani Renee and find out the secrets to “love.” This class will include a powerful meditation that will bring you one with God’s Love. Free. Journey’s for
Drum Circle–7-9pm. Join Shaman Rick Strong Feather and John Thunderheart Robinson and the community for Drum Circle, Dige Players, Flutes, Shamanic Healing, Sound Healing, and Messages from the StrongFeather and The ThunderHeart. Love offering/Donation. Journeys for Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695 or J4CL.com.
Spiritual Movie Night–7-9pm. The latest spiritual movies picked by Kay Ford Johnsen to share with our community. See J4CL.com for film listing. $10. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695 or J4CL.com. 2011 Empowerment Series–7-10pm. Come to 2011 Rev Up and 2011 Wellness. Live the life of your dreams with radical renewal and anti-aging wellness with Dr Roger Teel, Dr Michael Beckwith, Drs Debra and James Rouse. $55 for 2011 Rev Up; $30 for 2011 Wellness; $70 attend both. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. 303-232-4079 or MileHiChurch.org. Secrets of Greater Loving Evening–7-10pm. Singles and couples, if you long for deeper more intimate connections or more passionate sex, this is the place to be. At the end of this playful yet enlightening evening, you’ll know how to maximize the chemistry, love and joy in your current or future relationship. Free. The Center for Greater Loving, Denver. 303-956-2796 or GreaterLoving.com.
JANUARY 15, SATURDAY 2011 Empowerment Series–9am-1pm. Details see Jan 14th. $55 for 2011 Rev Up; $30 for 2011 Wellness; $70 attend both. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. 303-232-4079 or MileHiChurch.org. New Psychic/Health Fair at J4CL–11am-6pm. This brand new event is launching in January, right in time for the New Year! Our Psychic/Health Faire will offer you a variety of empowering opportunities to help you grow, get you “unstuck,” guide you in some way, or simple just make you feel better! From Psychic Readings, Cord Cuttings, DNA Activations, Energetic Healings, to more…plus you can come shop at our Conscious Gift Store. Free to attend. Journey’s for Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Arvada. 303-467-0633 or J4CL.com.
JANUARY 16, SUNDAY Spiritual Gathering & Aura Healing Clinic–11am12:30pm. A spiritual gathering of blessings, love, healing, empowerment and community. Church is followed by an aura healing clinic, refreshments and community. Rev DebraRae, Officiating Min-
ister. Donations accepted. Sacred Spaces House of Light, 223 Titan St., Aurora, 303-365-0200. SacredSpacesAndPlaces.com. Boulder Community HU Song–10:30-11am. You are warmly invited to attend a community HU Chant (or HU Song), a gathering to sing the ancient love song to God, the HU. Free. Crossroads Gardens, 1800 30th St, Ste 208, Boulder. 303-443-1610 or Eck-Colorado.org. Brazilian Crystal Healing Meditation–1-3pm. A powerful afternoon of meditation with the spiritual entities of world renowned Brazilian Healer, John of God. Be guided through breath and visualization to reach a state of deep relaxation. $20. Isis Books and Gifts, 2775 S Broadway, Englewood. 303-761-8627 or DenverCrystalBed.com. Ayurveda Self-Care with Alakananda Ma Devi–14pm. This course presents the Ayurvedic approach to self-care, making ancient classical techniques of selfnurturance accessible and relevant to contemporary American issues and lifestyles. Discover your Ayurvedic constitution and learn simple ways to crated wellbeing and balance for yourself and your family. $25. Shambala Center Community Rm, 1345 Spruce St, Boulder. 303-444-0190 x106 or Boulder.Shambhala.org. Circling: Using Women’s Medicine for Safety & Protection–1-4:30pm. Safety and protection are a necessary part of our well-being. Journey within and without to secure boundaries without closing off to the world. Leave with ideas and ritual to help put up our seals. The circle has been a natural way for women to gather since the beginning. Continue that tradition and spread the sisterhood. Connect with other wise women. Join in ceremony with drums and rattles. $20. Alpha Institute, 3510 S Corona St, #1, Englewood. 720-530-2834 or AWomensCircle.net.
JANUARY 17, MONDAY Explore Your Intuition Free Preview Night–Free Preview Night of 8 week course that will open your mind, develop your intuition and find the confidence to follow it. Explore and empower your personal journey when you tap into your vast intuition. Preview night will teach you a powerful meditation and put you in touch with your intuitive voice. Register for 8-week course at preview night for just $150; reg. $240. Class starts January 24th for 8 weeks, Mondays from 7-9pm. Yoga of the Mind, 8 E. 1st Ave, #103, 1st & Broadway above The Hornet Restaurant. Lot parking across street, behind Hornet. 303-668-2358, www.yogaofthemind.com. Money/Business Class–6pm. Do your negative thoughts about money prevent you from having enough? Do you think money is “the root to all evil” (and other negatives you have heard or read)? Get those negative thoughts out of your way. $30 one session / $21 each (1st 2). Fast Focusing Center, 88 Inverness Circle E, H-107, Centennial. 303-708-8817. FastFocusingCenter.com. Kirtan with Tom Fuhrmann–7:30-9:30pm. Join Tom Fuhrmann’s Littleton Kirtan Gang for an evening of Kirtan. Musicians include Tom Fuhrmann, Harmonium; Michelle Davidson, Vocals; Steve Bross, Tabla; Rick Franz, Guitar. $10 suggested donation. Journeys for Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695 or J4CL.com.
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JANUARY 18, TUESDAY Aura and Chakra Healing Clinic–Gain mental clarity and relief of stress, along with increased creativity through a simple 10-15 minute energy healing. Aura and chakra healings are when a trained healer helps you make positive shifts in subtle, non-physical energy which profoundly influences how we feel, how healthy we are, and how effective we are in our day to day lives. No appt. needed, stop by from 5:30-6:45pm. Yoga of the Mind, 8 E. 1st Ave, #103, at 1st & Broadway above The Hornet Restaurant. Lot parking across street, behind Hornet. 303-668-2358,YogaoftheMind.com. Brain Balance Achievement Center Informational Lecture–6:30pm. Details see Dec 6. Free. Brain Balance Achievement Center of Golden, 1211 Avery St, Golden. 303-278-1780 or BrainBalanceCenters.com. Introductory Evening to Beyond Limits: Practical Spirituality for Dynamic Living–7-8:30pm. Is your life on snooze? Don’t miss this life changing opportunity to awaken to your destiny. Learn about the Science of Mind and Spirit courses. Free. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. 303-237-8851. MileHiChurch.org. The Saboteur: Quieting the Voice Within Workshop– 6:00-8:30 pm. Are you sick and tired of the voices within holding you back from a life of fulfillment and joy? It is time to take action and this workshop is your answer! Simple and powerful tools for quieting the voices of your Saboteur.$35 includes coaching consult (new clients only.) Deb Roffe, Certified Life Coach. Bring a friend and receive 50% off your registration. Fertile Ground Wellness Center, 1091 S Gaylord Street, Denver. 303-550-5923. Summitlifecoaching.net.
JANUARY 19, WEDNESDAY Weigh to Live! Natural Weight Loss Retreat–WedSun. Can you really lose weight and completely transform your overall health? And do it without feeling deprived? Can you effortlessly maintain your weight for the rest of your life and do it naturally? The answer is yes; this retreat will teach you how. Save $100 when you mention this ad. Held in Crested Butte. Cost and details call Leah Lund, Holistic Health Counselor, 310-621-7460 or OneWholeHealth.com. Meditation for Living–5-week program. Bring the benefits of clairvoyant meditation into your life. In these dynamic times it is more important than ever to access all of our abilities and spiritual awareness. Learn specific, easy and effective techniques to see, change and manage energy. With awareness, challenges become opportunities and healing happens. $150 includes classes, guided meditation CD and one-hour student reading. Inner Connection Institute, 4325 Harlan St, Wheat Ridge. 303-282-9439. Wellness Workshop on Children’s Health–1pm. Sick and tired of your kids being sick and tired? Come learn little changes that will make a big difference in your families health this year. Learn “green light, red light foods” that can make your kids sick or keep them healthy. Free. RSVP Heather at 303-753-2665. Experience the Healing Method of QiGong–5:30-7pm. See Jan 5th for details. $5-10 donation to People House. People House, 3035 W 25th Ave, Denver. 720-887-3532.
Boulder Eckankar Video Night–7-8pm. Join us for an opportunity to see “What’s It All About?” a spiritually uplifting video featuring Harold Klemp, the Spiritual Leader of Eckankar. Free. Crossroads Gardens, 1800 30th St, Ste 208, Boulder. 303-443-1610 or Eck-Colorado.org. Yvonne’s Tea Travels–7-8pm. Yvonne Russel attended Seven Cups’ green tea tour in China in early 2010. In this talk, she will share pictures, stories and lessons from the tea masters she met there. Free. Seven Cups, 1882 S Pearl St, Denver. 303-777-2877 or SevenCupsDenver.com.
JANUARY 20, THURSDAY Oneness Blessing–5:30-6:30pm. Details see Jan 6th. Donation. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. 303-237-8851. Student Space–7-8:30pm. Got tools (completed Energetic Boundaries class or equivalent)? Guided by Rev.DebraRae, you’ll create use your tools to create “your space,” run “your energy,” work energetic dynamics, create mock-ups and trade healings ($20). Twice monthly (1st & 3rd Thurs.) Sacred Spaces Center, 223 Titan St, Aurora. 303-365-0200. SacredPlacesAndSpaces.com. Greater Loving Puja Circle–7-9pm. A sacred ritual of opening, healing, and awakening designed for both singles and couples. Men and women will partner in a series of exercises to discover deeper peace, more aliveness, and greater love. You do not need to be in relationship. As a matter of fact, this is a great way to meet conscious men and women. Cost & details GreaterLoving.com. The Center for Greater Loving, Denver. Oneness Deekshas & Sacred Sound with Ann Hines & Donna Baldwin–7-9pm. Come for a Oneness Deeksha experience with live Sacred Sound from crystal bowls and native American flute. Deeksha is a Divine intelligent energy transfer that causes a neurobiological transformation within the brain of each receiving individual. It is not a teaching or concept, but rather an experience or process that supports all paths or beliefs. $20 Suggested donation. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695 or J4CL.com.
JANUARY 21, FRIDAY Low-Cost Community Massage & Wellness Clinic–9am-7pm. Details see Jan 7th. App’t r e q ’d . D e t a i l s a n d I n f o 3 0 3 - 7 1 7 - 7 7 0 9 o r YourStressManager.com. 2011 Empowerment Series–7-10pm. Details see Jan 14th. $55 for 2011 Rev Up; $30 for 2011 Wellness; $70 attend both. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. 303-232-4079 or MileHiChurch.org.
Baby Massage Class–11am- 12pm. Join Karen Hollaman DC LMT for a 1 hour class. Learn new ways to connect with your baby and to ease colds, colic, stomach aches and more. Cost $15. Call 303-882-8447 to register, space is limited. Red Tail Wellness Centers, 3393 Iris Ave. Boulder. RedTailWellnessCenters.com New Year’s Women’s Yoga Retreat–StarHouse with Shanti Medina and Cheri Shanti–6:30-9:30pm. Gathering in a sacred circle of women to practice from the
2012 Ascension Gathering–3-5pm. Bring in the Golden Age with like-minded people. Learn from others; teach to others. Awakening ALL out of love, not monetary gain. Free. Awakening as One, 2550 Harlan St, Edgewater. 720-243-2725.
JANUARY 25, TUESDAY Nutritional Cleansing and Weight Loss–7-8:30pm. Details see Jan 11th. Free. LifeSource Health Partners, 65 S. Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood. Limited Seating 303-934-3600. Wellness Workshop–7pm. Come learn take home tips to help get your family, and keep your family, healthy this year. Free. RSVP Heather 303-753-2665. Aura and Chakra Healing Clinic–5:30-6:45pm. Gain mental clarity and relief of stress, along with increased creativity through a simple 10-15 minute energy healing. Aura and chakra healings are when a trained healer helps you make positive shifts in subtle, non-physical energy which profoundly influences how we feel, how healthy we are, and how effective we are in our day to day lives. No appt. needed, stop by. Yoga of the Mind, 8 E. 1st Ave, #103, at 1st & Broadway above The Hornet Restaurant. Lot parking across street, behind Hornet. 303-668-2358, www.yogaofthemind.com.
Free Cooking Class–4-6pm. By Moveable Feast and with the Chef, Elizabeth Buckinham, CPC. Free. Sunflower Farmers Market, 1131 E 120th Ave, Thornton. 303-457-3600.
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LOOKING AHEAD 2011 February–May 200Hr Integrative Yoga Therapy Teacher Training–This immersion program gives you in-depth skills to teach yoga as a healing art. Suitable for anyone wanting to go deeper in their own practice, body-workers, health care professionals or exising yoga teachers desiring to move into therapy. See website for details. NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness Center, 5860 S Curtice St, Littleton. NamasteWorksYoga.com.
the world. Gain Clarity, Focus, Health, Wealth, Creativity, Passion and Purpose. $395. Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport Convention Center, 15500 East 40th Avenue, Denver. 973-680-0271. Details and registration at TheJourney.com.
February 20 Essential Oils and Aromatherapy–9am-5pm. Application of oils, contraindications, specific conditions and more. $125. Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure & Massage, 6810 N Roxborough Rd, Littleton. 303-669-4227. RMSAAM.com.
Conscious Relating Workshop–Singles and Couples will discover how to create deeply loving, connected and ecstatic relationships. Heartopening & passion-enhancing, the experiential weekend will transform participant’s love-lives forever. Details at GreaterLoving.com. The Center for Greater Loving, Denver. 303-956-2796.
Nutritional Cleansing and Weight Loss–7-8:30pm. See details Feb 10th. Free. LifeSource Health Partners, 65 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood. Limited Seating. 303-934-3600 or LifesourceHP.com.
February 10 Nutritional Cleansing and Weight Loss–78:30pm. Lecture introduces revolutionary new cleansing/fat burning system, totally natural, safe and effective program to rid your body of the harmful toxins built-up over your lifetime. Program radically changes your health. Participants report weight loss of 9-12 pounds in 9 days. Free. LifeSource Health Partners, 65 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood. Limited Seating. 303-934-3600 or LifesourceHP.com.
February 12 The Journey Intensive Weekend–Learn how to get to the root cause of practically any longstanding issue, creating both physical and emotional healing. The Journey process, a step-by- step roadmap to healing, has transformed the lives of tens of thousands around
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February 23 The Healing Ribbon for Breast Cancer–67:30pm. A six week program to help you develop tools and techniques for coping with breast cancer. Each ninety minute session will deepen awareness of your physical body, enhance your flow of breath, and bring you in touch with your emotions. Series $99. NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness Center, 5860 S Curtice St, Littleton. 303-725-1434 or NamasteWorksYoga.com.
February 26 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. Creative Counseling Center, 6021 S Syracuse way, Conference Rm, Greenwood Village. 303-843-6000 or CreativeCounselingCenter.com.
Clairvoyant Readings Amanda’s clairvoyant readings deliver information in a fresh new perspective. Look at your question from a different angle and make room for healing and change. Amanda’s readings are fun, validating, and to the point. For more information visit www.amandakronberg.com or call 720-220-9882.
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Salesperson: Health and Wellness Magazine (Denver/Boulder area). Monthly health and wellness magazine looking for commission only FT or PT salesperson. You determine your income by the effort you put in. Perfect position for someone looking to educate themselves in the natural market, work flexible hours and have unlimited earning potential. This is NOT an MLM. Contact leads, cold call, set up appointments to present the magazine and benefits, close sale, maintain accounts with monthly contact for changes to campaign as needed. Plenty of training available. No sales meetings or sales goals or other corporate BS required. We work from the heart, and expect you do (or want to) too. MUST have good phone voice, be a self starter, familiar with the holistic, eco-friendly, sustainable industry, work well on a deadline and be organized. Call Doug at 303-770-1981 or fax resume to 303-991-6892 or email Doug@MileHighNaturalAwakenings.com.
Looking for a way you can bring in extra $$? Looking for a way for your family to be healthier? We are looking for people who have a heart for helping children, enjoy educating others, and who want to truly make a difference in this world.We are a wellness company, changing the health picture of children all around the world. 40 yrs experience, DEBT FREE, Experience not necessary, just a positive, teachable attitude. Flexile hours, consistant bonuses, and rewards are endless. Informative presentation on Jan 11th at 10am and 7pm. To reserve your seat for one of these times, please contact Heather at 303.753.2665 or firstname.lastname@example.org. CURRENTLY PUBLISHING NATURAL AWAKENINGS MAGAZINES – For sale in Austin,TX; Lexington, KY; Manhattan, NY; Pensacola, FL; Southwest VA; and Ventura/Santa Barbara, CA. Call for details 239-530-1377.
ongoingevents sunday Healing Circle: Journey Toward Self–7-8pm. Designed to deepen your personal meditation or healing through the practice of expanded awareness. Includes time for personal healing to deepen the connection with your higher-self. $8. 639 E 19th Ave, Denver. 303-860-9642.
monday Breath with Movement Yoga–5:30-6:30pm. An eight week series for those desiring to breathe and move better. Monday and Wednesday night. If you suffer from anxiety, stress, or respiratory issues you will discover how to coordinate breath with movement in learning classical yoga. $96 for 8 wk series. $96/8 wk series. NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness Center, 5860 S Curtice St, Littleton. 303-725-1434 or NamasteWorksYoga.com. Ashtanga Vinyasa Free Flow Yoga w/EmySol– 6:30pm. Exhilarating and complete Yoga practice. Uses Ujjayi breath to flow from one asana (pose) to another to energize metabolic rate to burn fat and build a firm toned healthy body. Ends with deep relaxation/short meditation. Instructor: EmySol -Ananda Shakti Ma. Call for pricing. No exp. req’d. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695. J4CL.com. Weight Loss and Healthy Body Image Support Group–7-8:30pm. Discussion and support group facilitated by Maria LiPuma, MS, Weight Management Counselor and Coach. Free Telephone Consult. Enjoy Physical and Emotional Health and Well-being. $15. Nourished Health Wellness Center, 1740 Marian St, Denver. 720-542-9744 or MLiPuma.com.
tuesday Aura and Chakra Healing Clinic–Gain mental clarity and relief of stress, along with increased creativity through a simple 10-15 minute energy healing. Aura and chakra healings are when a trained healer helps you make positive shifts in subtle, non-physical energy which profoundly influences how we feel, how healthy we are, and how effective we are in our day to day lives. No appt. needed, stop by from 5:30-6:45pm. Yoga of the Mind, 8 E. 1st Ave, #103, at 1st & Broadway above The Hornet Restaurant. Lot parking across street, behind Hornet. 303-668-2358, www.yogaofthemind.com.
The Joyful Warrior: Yoga for Depression–5:30-7pm. Jan 12th–Feb 16th. A therapeutic yoga series for those with depression, seasonal affective disorder or just seeking more joy in life. Over a six week period of one 90 minute class a week, students will use a range of yoga therapy tools, in a safe, confidential, and caring environment where they can connect with other individuals. $99/6wks. NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, 5860 S. Curtice St, Littleton. Register NamasteWorksYoga.com. Free Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing–6-7pm. A healing is an energy clearing, like a psychic shower. During a healing, energy one does not need to be carrying is cleared out of one’s space, including energies that block growth and flow. Donations accepted. Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio, 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood. 720-413-7303 or AnitaDestino.com. Ashtanga Vinyasa Free Flow Yoga w/EmySol– 6:30pm. Exhilarating and complete Yoga practice. Uses Ujjayi breath to flow from one asana (pose) to another to energize metabolic rate to burn fat and build a firm toned healthy body. Ends with deep relaxation/ short meditation. Instructor: EmySol -Ananda Shakti Ma. Call for pricing. No exp. req’d. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695. J4CL.com.
thursday Free Aura and Chakra Healings–6-7pm. Negative energy will be gently removed from your body and then replaced with your own positive energy. You will feel great and be ready take your next steps. Free. Boulder Psychic Institute, 1332 Pearl St, Boulder. 303-530-0920 or BoulderPsychicInstitute.org. Free Aura and Chakra Balancing–6:30-7:30pm. A healing is an energy clearing, like a psychic shower. During a healing, energy one does not need to be carrying is cleared, including blocks to growth and flow. Clarity and contentment are restored. Donations appreciated, but not required. Mini-readings are available after the clinic $25. Inner Connection Institute, North Side location, 4325 Harlan St, Wheat Ridge. 303-257-4797 or www.innerconnection.org. Yoga for Balance and Breath–6:45-7:45pm. Jan 6th–Feb 24th. This Eight-week therapeutic Viniyoga series explores external physical balance to internal mental balance and equanimity, both on and off the mat. Includes; asana, pranayama and meditation. $96/8wks. NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, 5860 S. Curtice St, Littleton. Register NamasteWorksYoga.com.
wednesday Breath with Movement Yoga–5:30-6:30pm. An eight week series for those desiring to breathe and move better. Monday and Wednesday night. If you suffer from anxiety, stress, or respiratory issues you will discover how to coordinate breath with movement in learning classical yoga. $96 for 8 wk series. $96/8 wk series. NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness Center, 5860 S Curtice St, Littleton. 303-725-1434 or NamasteWorksYoga.com.
Psychic Readings–7-8:30pm. Learn about your soul essence, your past lives, and the colors of your aura. Find clarity with career and money, relationships and love, spirit guides and angles, life purpose and next steps. Free. 1332 Pearl St, Boulder. 303-530-0920. BHS-Business Honoring Spirituality Networking–79am. Our mission is to unite business professionals in a Spiritual surrounding, allowing for limitless individual and group development of Spiritual and professional possibilities. With a network of various businesses and services, we open our lives to more knowledge, abundance, friendship, Spirituality and prosperity. Bring plenty of business cards. $5 donation. Mile Hi Church, 9079 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. Info and speaking opps. BHSMileHi.org. Kripalu Yoga for Weight Loss and Healthy Body Image–7:15-8:30pm. A yogic journey, acceptance of self: body, mind, spirit, non-judgmental self-inquiry, encourages and supports release of excess weight and healthy body image. $15/drop in fee; $65/5 classes; $120/10 classes. Nourished Health Wellness Center, 1740 Marian St, Denver. 720-542-9744 or MLiPuma.com.
friday Tea Tastings–3-4pm. Taste two or three teas side by side and get answers any tea-related questions you may have. Free. Seven Cups, 1882 S Pearl St, Denver. 303-777-2877 or SevenCupsDenver.com. Trance Medium Healing Clinic–7-7:30pm. Trance medium healing is a dynamic process facilitating re-alignment and cleansing of the spiritual body. This clinic involves channeling, energy readings, and intense individual clearings. Please plan some time for yourself after your healing. No appointment necessary. Healings follow $10. Inner Connection Institute, Denver location, 2755 South Locust St., Suite 213, Denver. 303-282-9439 or InnerConnection.com. Modern-Day Meditation Class–7:15-9pm. This meditation guides people to a more open and calm state, to think clearly about solutions for daily life changes and find a deeper spiritual connection within. First class Free. Colorado Health and Wellness Center, 126 W 5th Ave, Denver. 800-388-3788.
saturday Advanced Bluegrass Pick–1-4pm. Open Bluegrass pick. Bring your instrument and play or just watch. Free. Paul’s Coffee & Tea, 956 W Cherry Ste 101, Louisville. 720-259-1723 or PaulsCoffeeandTea.com.
When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy
each step along the way. ~ Wayne Dyer
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