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contents 14 LOCAL INSIGHTS Action is at the Core of Wellness by Ian Hollaman DC

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Love Your Self First by Stacey Joslin




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ings to Freedom: Babaji’s Mystic Revelations, a documentary film of Yogiraj Gurunath Siddhanath, will premier for free Friday March 8 at Meitreya Sangha, Spirit Bldg, Ste 100, 4665 Nautilus Ct South in Boulder at 6pm. From “The journey of a Self-Realized Master into the mysterious Himalayan mountains as he relates his experiences in the midst of the awesome heights of snowy peaks and profound caves. The Yogi pours out his teachings from the depths of the soul with the blessings of the immortal called the ancient of days or Babaji. Yogiraj transmits healing energy with the sound of his voice and through vibrations of his image. The viewer is transported into higher dimensions of reality.” An initiation will be offered: Saturday, March 9, Denver Hamsacharya, Jennifer Mason, will be offering initiations into Babaji’s Kundalini Kriya Yoga from 9-4pm at the Starhouse, 3476 Sunshine Canyon in Boulder. Call for pricing. Space is limited. RSVP to 720-556-2020, or See ad page 7.

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pplewood Plumbing, Heating and Electric has made a generous donation of $1000 to the Misha May Foundation. Applewood donates $1000 monthly to non-profit organizations. “They are such a community-minded company and their donation helps carry on our mission of rescuing and rehabilitating animals and offering classes to the community,” says Lorraine May, Executive Director. The Foundation also received the gift of free graphic design services through 19 Lives Design. Tomas, owner, designs ads, logos and all types of collateral and is a passionate animal lover who creates animal portraits as well. Support the companies that support their communities at, and


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he Acupuncture Lounge is making the ancient art of acupuncture more accessible by offering Community Acupuncture. “Unlike private room acupuncture, a group setting allows us to offer a different level of affordability and accessibility. Our sliding-scale can bring the cost down as low as $15/treatment. Acupuncture works best when it is done frequently and consistently and this allows the average citizen with an average pay check, or those whose insurance won’t cover acupuncture to benefit from this proven modality,” said Sylvia Rojas. The clinic will also feature herbal medicine, tea, elixirs and Thai massage to further support the health of its community. The Acupuncture Lounge, 750 E 9th Ave Denver, 303-832-7375,

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Imported Reiki Practice Opens in Littleton


he Reiki Healing Room has relocated from Arizona to Colorado, inside Light Touch Chiropractic, 2594 W Crestline Ave., Littleton. Trading sand for snow, Heidi Mentink is a Reiki Master Teacher and Licensed Esthetician with 14 years experience in the Wellness industry. She offers Reiki and Reiki training-including Reiki I, II, and Master/ Teacher degree as well as angel card readings. Heidi Mentink, 303-919-6266 or

New Massage Therapist at Your Center


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atural Awakenings has launched an online National Readership Survey to learn how to better serve its readers. “Your participation takes just two minutes and will give us a better understanding of what you need and how well we’re delivering on your expectations,” says founding CEO Sharon Bruckman. “We’ll also use your responses to help guide the direction of future development.” With readers’ interests in mind, Natural Awakenings provides information and resources for living a healthier, happier life. Now publishing in more than 85 communities nationwide, as well as Puerto Rico, Natural Awakenings is the country’s most widely read healthy living magazine, with a loyal monthly readership exceeding 3 million, and growing. The survey is anonymous and will not capture email addresses. Please take a few minutes to visit natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Connect With Your Inner Goddess


Cabin in the Woods Deborah Ronglien Inspired by the beauty of nature, Deborah Ronglien favors watercolors and mixed media as the foundation for her florals, landscapes, cityscapes and contemporary images. Softly transparent hues, careful blending and judicious highlights capture the award-winning Minnesota artist’s expressive vision. After earning a bachelor’s degree in fine art, Ronglien traveled abroad to study in Europe, and then returned to her home state, where she has worked from her Eden Prairie studio for more than 20 years. “I paint in several styles, always paying close attention to the elements of design,” she advises, noting that custom work is what she particularly enjoys. “It’s so rewarding to collaborate with a client in creating a fine art memory they will have for a lifetime.” Ronglien’s art, whether realistic or abstract, radiates serenity and balance. “Painting is a spiritual experience [for me],” she says, “created through a partnership between an inspiration from within and principles of classical design and composition.” View the artist’s portfolios at and 8

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he Heart of Your Goddess, a weekend retreat, takes place at Peaceful Valley Ranch near Lyons March 8-10. Karen Rice King, Certified Healing Arts Practitioner and Master Dowser, will lead a Fire Ceremony and exploratory work. King says, “Participants will enter their Sacred Garden, the ethereal mirror for their lives, and release any blockages. Going deep into their hearts, they will meet their Inner Goddess.” Jeanny Russell, teacher of life skills and self-discovery for 30 years, will guide participants to create and decorate Goddess dolls from soft sculpted forms which they will take home. Russell leads crafts workshops as well as costume design and doll-making and she promises “to inspire creativity in all the participants so they experience a new sense of themselves in transforming their daily lives.” See

Chant Fest Comes to Denver


he Denver Chant Festival takes place Feb. 15-17 at the Sherman Street Event Center, 1770 Sherman St., in Denver. The first-year yoga and Bhakti music event will gather the nation’s top Bhakti (spiritual song) musicians including Jai Uttal, Dave Stringer, C.C. White, Govindas and Radha and beloved sound-smiths including DJ Drez, the Luminaries and an array of local live musicians and DJs. Internationally-beloved yoga instructors including Bryan Kest, Janet Stone and Saul David Raye are all on the lineup. Reg/Info at (use code ‘MHNA10’ at checkout to receive a 10% discount). See ad page 10.

New Dating Website from Natural Awakenings


ust in time for Valentine’s Day, Natural Awakenings is premiering a new online dating site,, in partnership with the Conscious Dating Network, the Internet’s largest and oldest conscious/spiritual/green dating site. Niche, online dating offers singles an efficient way to screen and date potential partners that share similar values and interests and are ready to be in a loving relationship. is designed to facilitate this enlightened way of meeting, dating and connecting. The site will allow singles to join, create a full profile, upload photos and videos, send hellos, indicate interest, and even read and reply to private messages and IMs, all for free. Upgrading, which allows members to initiate personally written messages and IM’s, is inexpensive compared to other online dating sites, with packages ranging from $7.97/ month to $16.97/month. For more information, visit Receive a 20 percent Valentine’s discount when joining in Feb. by using the referral code, “NASingles”. See ad, page 4.

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Hot Peppers Help the Heart


ebruary is Heart Health Month, and individuals that like hot peppers have another reason to continue their spicy habit, according to recent research. A study presented at the latest National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society focused on the benefits of capsaicin and its fiery-hot relatives, a piquant family of substances termed capsaicinoids, that give cayenne, jalapeños, habanero and other chili peppers their heat. The research team discovered that these substances boost heart health in several ways: They block the action of a gene producing a substance that makes arteries contract and restrict the flow of blood to the heart and other organs; lower cholesterol by reducing its accumulation in the body and increasing its breakdown and excretion; decrease the size of cholesterol deposits already formed in blood vessels that narrow arteries and increase the risk of heart attacks or strokes; and reduce overall levels of socalled “bad” cholesterol while not affecting levels of “good” cholesterol.

Reading Helps Teens Beat the Blues


ooks stimulate the mind in more ways than previously known, and may even help reduce the risk of depression in teenagers, according to a new study published in the journal Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine researchers report adolescents that spend more time reading books are less likely to experience a major depressive disorder than those listening to contemporary music. Participants were called up to 60 times during five extended weekends over two months and asked if their attention was currently devoted to television, movies, music, video games, the Internet, magazines, newspapers or books. Teens that spent the most hours listening to music were 8.5 times more likely to be depressed than those that spent the least amount of time absorbed in tunes. In contrast, adolescents that read the most (primarily books) were 10 percent as likely to be depressed as those that read the least. Major depression is thought to affect one in 12 teenagers, according to the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Brian Primack, the assistant professor of medicine and pediatrics who led the study, remarks, “These findings may help clinicians and parents recognize links between media and depression. This is worth emphasizing because overall in the United States, reading books is decreasing, while nearly all other forms of media use are increasing.”

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otoriously difficult to treat, chronic back pain may be behind more disability and days off from work than any other health condition. A recent study published by the British Medical Journal, involving more than 500 patients, concludes that practicing the Alexander Technique, an awareness practice to identify and correct unconscious negative physical habits related to posture and movement, breathing and tension, combined with moderate exercise, can help. The patients were either given normal physician care, massage or six or 24 lessons of the technique, which helped them learn to align the head, neck and back muscles, release unnecessary restrictions and improve overall balance. Half the patients in each group were also assigned to walk briskly for 30 minutes a day, five days a week. Massage provided pain relief for the corresponding group for the first three months, and then the benefit had to be reinstated. Patients trained in how to daily use knowledge acquired from practicing the Alexander Technique reported less pain and an ability to do more by the end of the year. Individuals that received six lessons and stuck to a recommended exercise routine did nearly as well as those that had 24 lessons. For more information, visit

Mindful Meditation Eases Loneliness V

alentine’s Day can increase feelings of loneliness, especially for the elderly, and may pose an additional risk factor for health problems such as heart disease and Alzheimer’s. A new study published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, offers fresh evidence that mindfulness meditation reduces negative thoughts about being alone in older adults and also improves their physical health. The ancient practice dates back to the time of Buddha and focuses on creating an attentive awareness of the present moment. In the study, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, in Pennsylvania, recruited 40 healthy adults between the ages of 55 and 85 that were interested in learning the technique. Subjects were assessed at the beginning and end of the study using an established loneliness scale, and blood samples were collected. After eight weeks of meditation training, participants reported decreased feelings of loneliness, and new blood samples revealed reduced pro-inflammatory gene expression (manifestion of encoded information). Inflammation is thought to promote the development and progression of many diseases, including cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases and cancer. Lead researcher J. David Creswell reports, “Mindfulness meditation training is a promising intervention for improving the health of older adults. It’s important to train your mind like you train your biceps in the gym.”



onsumers do not need to buy overpriced, sugary sports drinks in order to replenish carbohydrates and electrolytes during or after exercise, say researchers at the Appalachian State University Human Performance Lab at the North Carolina Research Campus, in Kannapolis. Instead, just grab a banana. The tasty fruit not only offers the same performance boost as sports drinks, but additional advantages, as well. Bananas provide antioxidants not found in the manmade beverages, plus a greater nutritional boost, including fiber, potassium and vitamin B6. Bananas also boast a healthier blend of natural sugars than sports drinks.



motional Freedom Technique (EFT) uses tapping along acupuncture meridians to relieve stress so the body can resume the natural function of self-healing. Through the Veterans Stress Project (, the therapy is now being used and tested with veterans exhibiting posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms such as insomnia, anger, grief and hypervigilance. A study by the nonprofit Soul Medicine Institute has shown that 86% of vets that used EFT have resolved most of their PTSD symptoms and that, on average, their pain diminished by 68%. Dr. Steve Manire, a chiropractor and EFT practitioner in Little Rock, Arkansas, states, “Too many of our nation’s veterans are left believing that they have to live with stress for the rest of their lives when they return from their tours of duty.” He asserts that many find significant relief with EFT. The Veterans Stress Project will connect veterans dealing with posttraumatic stress with EFT practitioners across the country for six sessions at no cost. Email Deb Tribbey at Deb@

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

Safer Cells Mobile Phones Becoming Less Toxic

Creative Reuse New Life for Old Bedding Reusing, recycling or repurposing a worn-out mattress is a far better solution than adding another to the 20 million or so that annually end up in landfills. Before discarding, first check with family members, friends or coworkers, or post a note on a community bulletin board or on the Internet ( about the availability of a free, gently used mattress. Next, offer to donate the mattress to The Salvation Army, Goodwill Industries or a local consignment or thrift shop, church, shelter or disaster relief organization. Note that this option may require professional cleaning prior to donation. Many nonprofit outlets provide free home pickup of items, which can be claimed as a charitable tax deduction. Crafty individuals may want to disassemble the mattress and make use of buttons, tabs and fabric for sewing pillowcases, reupholstering indoor furniture, covering outdoor furniture or as stuffing for pillows. Check with local artist centers too, because one or more of their members may wish to use recyclable materials like the metal springs in their works. The wooden frame and the stuffing of the mattress can be used to create a backyard compost pile. The wood slats become the compost bin’s architecture, while the foam padding or cotton stuffing serves to shelter compost from the elements and keep the pile warm, which accelerates the composting process. The same stuffing also can be used as landscape fabric to help control the growth of weeds in the garden, and springs make a serviceable trellis to support growing plants.

The Ecology Center, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in conjunction with technicians at, has published a list of toxic chemicals found in 36 cell phones from a range of manufacturers. The good news is that companies are responding to consumer and regulatory pressure and these troublesome components are on the decline. The Motorola Citrus, Apple iPhone 4S and LE Remarq were the least toxic cell phones in the analysis. Two of the bestselling models, the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S III, ranked fifth and ninth, respectively. Among earlier models, the 2007 iPhone 2G was found to contain the most toxic materials. Jeff Gearhart, research director at the Ecology Center, concludes, “The takeaway is that mobile phones are chemically intensive and full of chemical hazards, but they’ve been getting a lot better.” The center reported that every phone sampled in the study contained lead, bromine, chlorine, mercury or cadmium. Source:

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We can learn much from animal species that selfmedicate naturally. Some have developed the ability to alter their diets and behavior in ways that provide protection from lethal, microscopic parasites. Chimpanzees held captive often succumb to infection by a parasitic worm, which can lead to lethal intestinal blockages or secondary bacterial infections. But chimps in the wild rarely experience such deadly ailments. More than 30 years ago, Michael Huffman, who studies evolution of social systems at the University of Kyoto, in Japan, noticed that wild chimps treated themselves by ingesting foods with special properties that fight intestinal worm infections. Scientists recently discovered why monarch butterflies are so picky in choosing the milkweed plants on which to lay their eggs. “The females often taste a plant, reject it and fly away,” explains Jacobus de Roode, Ph.D., of Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia. His research team found that butterflies infected with a certain protozoan parasite seek out milkweeds containing high levels of cardenolide, a plant steroid that interferes with parasite growth in monarch caterpillars. Scientists have identified many other species that partake in self-medicating practices, including macaques and sheep. Recognition that various insects such as honey bees and fruit flies share this trait is enabling scientists to rigorously examine the phenomenon in the laboratory, with hopes of finding applications in animal husbandry and even human medicine.


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Good Hood Paving the Way in Sustainable Streets A one-and-one-halfmile stretch of Cermak Road, on Chicago’s West Side, will soon become one of the greenest streets in the country, and possibly the world. The historic industrial artery is shedding its smokestacks and corrugated steel warehouses for a $16 million makeover by the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) that will make the corridor a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum showcase. Improvements range from solarpaneled bus stops to native plants and pavement that absorbs rainwater. Armed with tax increment financing funds and grant money, the CDOT set to work incorporating what may be the most sustainable elements ever to go into a single stretch of road. In addition, all materials were found within a 500-mile radius of the project. Twenty-three percent of the materials used are from recycled sources, and more than 60 percent of the redevelopment construction waste will itself be recycled. Other cities are studying the project as a blueprint for change. Source:

actionalert Worse & Worse Fracking Goes Radioactive Grassroots Environmental Education, based in New York state, where extensive underground hydraulic fracturing—known as fracking—is proposed for tapping pockets of natural gas, has issued a report exposing major radioactive impacts of the practice that’s underway in several states and planned for many more. The Northeast’s Marcellus Shale region is coveted for its rich gas deposits trapped in a substrate far below the water aquifer. Fracking not only uses toxic chemicals under high pressure that can contaminate drinking and groundwater— it can also release substantial quantities of deadly radioactive poisons, bringing them to the surface, where they have the potential to pollute air, water, soil, food crops and animal feed. The report notes that the radioactive material includes, for instance, carcinogenic radium-226, with a half-life of 1,600 years, which remains toxic for up to 32,000 years. E. Ivan White, a staff scientist for 30 years on the congressionally chartered National Council on Radiation Protection, observes that such radioactive material could easily bio-accumulate over time and deliver a dangerous radiation dose to potentially millions of people long after drilling is completed. He states, “Neither New York state nor the Nuclear Regulatory Commission would permit a nuclear power plant to handle radioactive material in this manner.” Doug Wood, associate director of Grassroots Environmental Education and editor of the report, says, “Once radioactive material comes out of the ground… it is virtually impossible to eliminate or mitigate. Sooner or later, it’s going to end up in our environment and eventually, our food chain. It’s a problem with no good solution—and the [state] is unequipped to handle it.” Wood believes that releasing radioactive radium from the ground is a moral issue. “We must not burden future generations with this. We must say ‘No.’ to fracking now,” he says, “and implement the use of sustainable forms of energy that don’t kill.”

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localinsights ACTION IS AT THE CORE OF WELLNESS By Ian Holloman, DC


ellness is defined as a balanced state of biochemistry, emotional health and structure, not necessarily the lack of pain or symptoms. It is attained through constant maintenance of relationships, exercise, proper diet and chiropractic. It is a daily endeavor, not merely a once a year cleanse to “allow” you to pursue detrimental health habits. Instead of joining a gym for a month or doing a cleanse, take a step back and look at how wellness is achieved through these three elements. Structural health is critical to movement and the balance of 550 muscles stabilizing 212 bones and joints. Having a team who can support your body through the years so that you can remain active is crucial. Just like regular vehicle maintenance, chiropractic can keep you aligned, moving and pain free! Biochemistry is supported through diet and your ability to detoxify our increasingly toxic environment. Eating like a caveman is easy, but for some, eliminating those refined carbohydrates and grains is an epic challenge. I challenge my clients to eat ‘Paleo’ (think lean protein, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and berries) for a month and ask themselves if they feel more vibrant and energetic - I have yet to find a client who has said “no”! Emotional health grounds us and allows us to experience wellness and optimum health. Relationships must be maintained, and sometimes boundaries of those relationships need to be redefined. Talking about your feelings. Try a fun activity like biofeedback to improve your ability to handle the daily stress of life. Take charge of your health in 2013, but remember that wellness is a balance between biochemistry, emotions and structure!



re you a CBI or an EBU? Where are you mostly engaged - in your inner or outer life? Are you more motivated to receive intrinsic rewards (peace, serenity, connection) or are you more focused on accomplishing things outwardly (money, success, being important)? Or, are you equally balanced? Those that are Conscious But Ineffective (CBI) are in touch with their emotions. They meditate and are grateful for the sacred aspects of the human experience, yet are not often effective when it comes to getting stuff done. A CBI person may cancel engagements because they are ‘processing’ or struggle to make commitments and keep good agreements. They are better at meditating than hatching and leading a plan of action. At worst, they are flakey or whimsical. Power, leadership, business are not important to a CBI. The Effective But Unconscious (EBU) person can be relied on to make things happen. Career growth is important and they are dependable as followers or leaders to stick to the plan and get things done. They are not preoccupied with ‘keeping their options open’, they make decisions and move forward. They achieve, strive and do but struggle to slow down, reflect and contemplating the nature of all that is. Most likely, you are a little of each although one aspect may predominate. The goal for many as we move into an ‘integrated’ age is to synthesize within ourselves: the male and female energy; the thinker and feeler; the scientific left brain and the artistic right brain; and the inner and outer worlds. It starts with desire, continues with an awareness of what we habitually do and do not give attention to in our life and shows up most when we invite practices or rituals which support us in the direction we need to grow. Jack Butler, executive coach and seminar leader, blogs on strategies for conscious change agents and personal mastery at

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on ourselves? Consider letting yourself off the hook. If we quit trying to be perfect, then we can let go and just be perfection. You are brilliant, beautiful and smart. What is there not to love?



ith so many distractions, fears and pressures to live up to, it can be difficult to develop authentic self-love. Sometimes the first step is simply to accept who we are without trying to fix or change anything. Stop beating yourself up and just be. Other elements that can help us generate self-love are:

BE GROUNDED IN YOUR SPIRITUALITY. Spirituality is a life-style, a day-to-day, focused existence. Commit to a spiritual practice, don’t just ‘dabble.’ Meditation and daily gratitude can connect us to the intrinsic love we all possess.

AVOID DISTRACTIONS. Distractions that take away from our highest good can destroy our passion for life. Family dramas, destructive relationships, draining friendships, unhealthy eating habits and harmful internal dialogue are examples. Believe in yourself. EMBRACE FEAR. An angel once told me, “A little bit of fear is nothing to be afraid of.” Fear is a part of moving forward and can reveal hidden talents and skills. Fear, the opposite of Love, needs to be faced and moved through, not avoided. Avoiding emotions creates disharmony within our entire system and can eventually cause illness.

YOU DON’T NEED TO BE PERFECT. Perfection is only a perception. God sees us as perfect just the way we are, so why do we put so much pressure

GIVE TO OTHERS. The fiercely opinionated ego makes it tough to listen to Spirit. If you feel disconnected, try giving to others. Ask yourself, “What will help other people open up? What do they need that I have to give?” Seek out opportunities to listen, help, support, accept or be generous to others. Give what you seek and you will be standing in the stream of Divine Love, experiencing it for yourself. By sharing our talents to others, we witness what we truly have to offer, as well as reveal our limitations. Humility is having an accurate view of our gifts and limitations and is an integral component to wisdom. Wisdom leads us to accept, appreciate and love who we are as Divine Creations. Stacey Joslin is a certified Angel Practitioner and author of A Higher Love: Walking a Profound Journey.

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only for the unknown, but for the unknowable, as well,” explains Greg Glassman, founder of CrossFit. Due to its nonspecific nature, this approach may not be best for an athlete focusing exclusively on one sport. “While it may not help you become an elite marathoner, this can be an effective training regimen for those interested in broad-based, functional fitness,” advises Bob LeFavi, Ph.D., a certified strength and conditioning specialist, senior coach for USA Weightlifting and professor of sports medicine at Armstrong Atlantic State University, in Savannah, Georgia. The program requires disciplined workouts three to five days a week in an intense circuit format with little rest. This allows the practitioner to finish in five to 30 minutes, depending upon his or her current fitness level and the day’s plan.


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CrossFit, a strength and conditioning program used by the military over the past decade, is growing in popularity with recreational athletes.


hile most traditional exercise plans target a specific area of fitness—like jogging for cardiovascular health or weightlifting for strength—CrossFit focuses on all of them by combining many types of exercise. A typical mixture might include weightlifting, gymnastics, aerobics and explosive plyometrics, energetic and fast-acting movements that improve strength and speed. The goal is to enable the body to respond to many different and sometimes competing stimuli. “CrossFit training prepares the body not


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A free Workout of the Day (WOD) is posted daily on CrossFit. com. WODs generally involve exercises using combinations of Olympic weights, dumbbells, kettlebells, medicine balls, gymnastic rings, climbing ropes, jump ropes and rowing machines. Bodyweight-only exercises such as push-ups, sit-ups and pull-ups are commonly included. Most WODs are named for women or fallen military heroes. Here are a few examples. Cindy – as many rounds as possible of five pull-ups, 10 push-ups and 15 bodyweight squats within 20 minutes Angie – 100 pull-ups, 100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups and 100 bodyweight-only squats with in-between breaks Murph – a one-mile run, followed by 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 bodyweight squats and another one-mile run; advanced athletes do it all wearing a 20-pound vest The objective is to beat one’s own overall best time with each workout. “CrossFit training is unique in that it rarely schedules rest periods, unless specified as part of the WOD,” says Brian Kliszczewicz, a CrossFit researcher and Ph.D. student of exercise physiology at Auburn University, in Alabama. “Your fitness level will determine the length, intensity and duration of each WOD.” Kliszczewicz’ recent research found that CrossFit subjects expended more than 250 calories on average during 20 minutes of the Cindy workout. Any WOD can be done at home with the proper equipment, a base level of physical fitness and knowing how to properly execute each exercise. Consulting with a coach can help; be sure to ask for credentials and references, including education and experience in sports science and conditioning. Glassman also suggests visiting one of 5,000 CrossFit affiliates worldwide; warehouse-like facilities that are unlike traditional fitness centers in that they don’t have lots of machines. Instead, the only equipment available is what’s necessary for conducting WODs. Workouts are completed in groups, with participants usually performing the same exercises, directed by a CrossFit coach trained to observe individual technique. Because athletes like to compete with themselves and others, they can post their personal bests for each WOD on the CrossFit website.

Injury Risk Professor Henry N. Williford, EdD, a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and department head of Physical Education and Exercise Science at Auburn University at Montgomery, cautions, “Make sure the staff at a CrossFit affiliate is appropriately trained to deal with emergencies; at a minimum, they should be certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid.” Let the coach know of any discomfort or pain during a workout. As an intense workout progresses, many CrossFit exercises can be performed as one is becoming increasingly tired, increasing the risk of injury to a joint or muscle. Beginners, seniors and anyone out of shape or with a previous injury or health condition needs to take additional precautions; basic guidelines for physical activity are published by the American College of Sports Medicine at It’s important to start slow and gradually increase the intensity of workouts. “Personal safety is always a major factor that must to be considered when selecting any exercise regimen,” remarks Williford. Requirements for starting to practice CrossFit exercises include a base level of sufficient physical strength to handle the demands, which may be achieved by first following a less intense plan. Always check with a physician before starting any exercise program. Michael R. Esco, Ph.D., is an associate professor of exercise science versed in sports medicine and director of the Human Performance Laboratory at Auburn University at Montgomery, AL.

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Bodywork Goes MAINSTREAM Helpful Access Points to Health by Linda Sechrist

The seed holds within itself hints of its magnificent maturity. So it is with the practice of whole-person health care, which has matured in language, sophistication, credibility and acceptance. In a single generation, we’ve seen its presence grow from the outer edges of holistic and alternative wellness to complementary and integrative health care. Its latest evolution into America’s mainstream is known as functional medicine. The branch of massage therapy, the germination point for myriad therapies collectively known as bodywork, patterns the movement’s development.


nce considered a luxury for the pampered few, massage was among the first therapies to be widely recognized by physicians as a respected aspect of integrative and functional medicine. Bodywork increasingly shares this status, as it is included in conventional medicine’s more innovative healthcare models that embrace a body, mind and spirit approach. One of many examples is Duke Integrative Medicine, in Durham, North Carolina, where patient services


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include a form of integrative massage that blends Swedish massage, myofascial therapy, reflexology, energy work and somatic therapy techniques. In the public’s view, bodywork is still largely associated with massage, although distinct forms stand on their own, including Rolfing, structural integration, shiatsu and myofascial and craniosacral therapies. Bodywork professionals generally belong to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), whatever their specialized

modality. They may also participate in other professional organizations, such as the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, which has some 80,000 members, many of which are also members of the International Association for Structural Integrators. These nonprofits’ websites help individuals locate practitioners in their area. According to Maureen Moon, past president of AMTA, many massage therapists (which don’t refer to themselves as bodyworkers) are trained in various bodywork therapies and intuitively integrate them into their sessions, depending upon each client’s needs. She notes that, “Many AMTA members are so passionate about their profession and meeting the continuing education (CEU) requirements that they go far beyond the units required to maintain their license, which can vary from stateto-state.” For example, Moon has trained in spinal reflex analysis, developed by Dr. Frank Jarrell, neuromuscular and craniosacral therapies, shiatsu and seven massage therapies. “Most AMTA members are CEU junkies,” quips Moon, who points out that national conventions provide continuing education and chapter meetings frequently introduce attendees to new techniques. Some practitioners discover specialties while in search of pain relief for personal injuries or other conditions.

Myofascial Therapy Olympia Hostler, a myofascial therapist in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, had two serious horse riding accidents during adolescence and three automobile accidents by age 40, which combined, left her so incapacitated that she could barely walk. “I couldn’t work for three years, because I was so debilitated,” relates Hostler. She found her doctor’s diagnosis of severe permanent damage to the body’s soft connective tissue, or fascia, and the prognosis of a lifetime of living with pain unacceptable. So she began searching for something that would help restore health. Her investigation of therapies ended with myofascial release, an effective whole-body approach to the treatment of pain and dysfunction, developed by Physical Therapist John F. Barnes. “I had several sessions and found lasting pain relief unlike anything I’d ever experienced,” advises Hostler.

ing programs in order to maintain their trademark, and structural integrators can attend any of 14 certified U.S. schools, we are all structural integrators; our training is based on the work of Ida Rolf,” says Diane Roth, a boardcertified structural integrator who has specialized in massage and bodywork for 25 years in the Chicago area. Roth explains that all practitioners in this field of study combine hands-on freeing and realigning of fascial tissue with awareness and movement educaRolfing As a Certified (advanced) Rolfer and Rolf tion, in order to structurally integrate the whole body. Restoration of postural Movement Practitioner, Robert McWilbalance and functional ease greatly helps liams has been able to pursue his lifethe body, which, she says, constantly lalong passion in the fields of movement and physical fitness, which included 25 bors against the powerful force of gravity. Like Moon, Roth has studied and incoryears as a professional dancer and 14 as porated other adjunct therapies and moa professor of modern dance. He taught dalities, such as craniosacral therapy and at both the University of Oklahoma and myofascial release. From her perspective, the University of Florida, in Gainesville. bodywork differs from massage in that it “In the 1980s, while I was still dancrequires more involvement from the client. ing, I had an experience with Rolfing, “I tell my clients that with a veritable vildeveloped by Ida P. Rolf [Ph.D.], that lage of treatments available, there is always transformed my dancing, increased my help for anyone that suffers with aches and athletic performance alignment, coordipains, regardless of age,” says Roth. nation, flexibility, balance, muscle tone, expressive power and overall sense of Shiatsu relaxation onstage, as well as in daily Shirley Scranta, owner and director of life,” relates McWilliams. He currently the International School of Shiatsu, in serves as an assistant teacher at the Rolf Doylestown, Pennsylvania, discovered Institute of Structural Integration, in The Book of Shiatsu: The Healing Art of Boulder, Colorado, where he trained. Finger Pressure, by Saul Goodman, in Although McWilliams’ clients generally a health food store. She subsequently see him to treat the pain and discomfort of researched the school that Goodman injuries, he says that they frequently change founded in 1978, based on the theories their focus to how their body is working of masunaga Zen shiatsu, kushi macrobetter overall. “This is because injuries tend biotic and his own shiatsu shin tai. to resolve themselves after a few sessions of In 1996, Scranta became one of deep tissue manipulation of the myofascial Goodman’s clients. “I drove a roundsystem,” says McWilliams. trip of 240 miles for weekly treatments A specialized series of 10 sessions because each session made me feel works to systematically balance and better and stronger. After five sessions, I optimize both the structure (shape) enrolled in classes and graduated later and function (movement) of the entire that year,” says Scranta. She believes body. Each session focuses on freeing the widely known form of acupressure up a particular region of the body. The helped her body reestablish its own effect releases old limiting patterns and intelligence system, which had been postures and restores the body’s natural distorted by childhood trauma. “This gentle technique applies varying alignment and sense of integration. “Ofdegrees of pressure to release tension, ten, as freedom of physical expression strengthen weak areas, facilitate circulaincreases, so does emotional exprestion and balance the life energy that flows sion,” comments McWilliams. through the meridians in the body,” she explains. “In my case, it helped me conStructural Integration nect with my body so that I could honor it “While Rolfers graduate from The and do what it needed to rejuvenate itself.” Rolf Institute and attend certified trainUnlike massage therapies focused on improving circulation, inducing relaxation or draining lymph fluid, the myofascial treatment reached Hostler’s deepest layer of fascia to free the restrictions causing her pain. “It was amazing that a hands-on application of gentle, sustained pressure into areas of restriction in the myofascial connective tissue could begin to relieve many years of ongoing, intense pain,” says Hostler.

Craniosacral Therapy Chiropractor Lisa Upledger is vice president of The Upledger Institute, in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. A craniosacral therapy (CST) practitioner, educator and wife of CST developer Dr. John Upledger, she advises that tension-related problems are a growing complaint in our modern world. Fortunately, such issues are among the myriad conditions that respond quickly to the gentle touch of this modality. In a 2007 Massage magazine article, she advised that the positive effects of the therapy rely to a large extent on the performance of the body’s inherent self-corrective mechanisms. “CST works through the craniosacral system to facilitate this function and thereby normalize the environment in which the central nervous system functions,” she noted. “As this is accomplished, a wide range of sensory, motor and neurological problems are improved.” CST practitioners listen with their hands to the slow pulsations of the craniosacral system. With a soft touch, equivalent to the weight of a nickel, they explore any fascia restrictions throughout the client’s body, which rests fully clothed in a supine position. Effects of the treatment can be wide-ranging, affecting the musculoskeletal, nervous, cardiovascular and immune systems as well as organs, connective tissues and energy systems. It works to release deeply held physical and psychological patterns held within the body. A coin with different impressions on each side is still only one coin, a blend of precious metals. When the coin is tossed to reveal either heads or tails, the visible symbol is one interpretation of the whole imprint—an analogy that may best define the difference between massage and bodywork. All variations on the theme share the same goal—restoring health to the whole person. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Find other natural living articles at her website,


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expectant mothers to find a therapist trained in prenatal massage.


Hot Stone Massage Hot stones enhance a Swedish or deep tissue massage through strategic placement of heated stones on the body to encourage the exchange of blood and lymph and provide ultimate relaxation of tense, tight muscles. Richardson particularly suggests it to counter “mouse syndrome”—her term for the nagging discomfort people can get from performing repetitive motions at a computer. Typically, the therapist first places a group of preheated stones on stubborn muscles, allowing the heat to penetrate knots, and then uses the stones to further massage muscles back to normal.

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can benefit from a Swedish massage.” During 12 years in the business, she’s helped clients ranging from Navy Seals to athletes from the Admirals professional hockey team, of Norfolk, Virginia, and Brown University’s swim team, in Providence, Rhode Island. Swedish massage consists of long, gliding, gentle strokes on upper muscle layers, often abetted by kneading, pummeling, brushing and tapping. Swedish massage is especially effective in improving circulation and relaxation; relieving muscle tension and back and neck pain; and decreasing stress. As the lymphatic system is stimulated, oxygen flow to muscles increases, resulting in a relaxed, almost dreamlike state. Swedish Massage Prenatal Swedish massage is also “I’ve always wanted to create a bumper popular among pregnant women. sticker that says, ‘Massage Prevents Road Therapists apply minimal pressure to Rage,’” quips Kris Richardson, of Kristine reduce back pain and to encourage Richardson Massage Therapy, in Sturdrainage of the excess fluid that may bridge, Massachusetts. She’s witnessed collect in the legs and lower extremifirsthand how, “Anyone that feels stressed ties due to edema. It’s important for ccording to the American Massage Therapy Association, 53 percent of those that seek out professional massages do it to manage and relieve stress. Healthcare professionals recommend it as a way to support overall wellbeing, and its popularity continues to grow with some 38 million current U.S. massage enthusiasts. But which form of massage is best? It depends on our personal preferences as well as which benefits we need, which may change from time to time. Natural Awakenings asked several expert licensed massage therapists to distinguish among the most widely used massage therapies to help us make the right choice.


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Deep Tissue Massage Nicole Russo, of Evolve Body Therapy Center, in Charlotte, North Carolina, is among America’s corps of therapists whose specialties include deep tissue massage. Nine years in, she has performed massage on sore pro football players with the Tennessee Titans, Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers, as well as Cirque du Soleil artists. The primary goal of this style is to repair injured or overstressed muscles, which also leaves clients feeling better, sounder and more flexible. Russo advises, “Injuries are a result of uneven wear and tear, which results in postural imbalances.” So she applies slow strokes, proven kneading techniques and directed pressure via fingers, thumbs or elbows to work muscles from end-to-end, where they are attached to bones, addressing postural distortions, inflammatory pain and stored emotional tensions to restore muscle health. Russo says deep tissue massage is usually targeted and intense, but, “It’s a massage that produces lasting results. My clients also often report that they don’t get headaches or backaches anymore.”

Shiatsu Massage Shiatsu massage is designed to leave a client feeling, “clear, sparkling and ready to do the next thing,” says Dawn Grey Lapierre, of Intuitive Massage Therapy, in Santa Cruz, California. She describes the experience as active, rather than passive.

A licensed massage therapist for nearly 20 years, she also incorporates and applies principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine into each session. For shiatsu massage, the fully clothed client lies on a mat. The therapist will apply pressure from the fingers, knuckles, elbows, knees and feet in a stimulating manner and also move the body into various positions in deep stretching. Shiatsu is used to release tension and strengthen weak areas in order to facilitate even circulation, cleanse cells and improve the function of vital organs. Lapierre describes the experience as both invigorating and intimate. “I’m moving around on the floor with you, using my knees on the back of your thighs, or my feet on your back. I’m using any part of my body that will be useful in promoting better energy flow along the meridians in your body.” Shiatsu delivers a vigorous massage; aficionados of more basic styles may graduate to using it.

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get stretched and pulled until I’ve worked every inch of your body.” She likes to focus on acupressure points and kneads sore muscles until energy blockages are cleared and energy flow fully restored. Thai massage also incorporates gentle rocking motions, rhythmic compression along the body’s energy meridians and passive stretching. It promotes flexibility, inner organ massage, oxygenation of the blood, quieting of the mind and general well-being. Traditional Thai therapy is performed on a mat using no oils, with the client fully clothed. Thai massage is a favorite among yoga students.

Reflexology For those new to massage and interested in trying it out, reflexology is a good way to start. Reflexology is performed only on the hands and feet, via finger and thumb massage, with the client fully clothed. It is based on the belief that specific reflex points on the soles of the feet and the palms of the hands correspond with every major organ, gland and area of the body.

Lapierre works reflexology into all of her massages, explaining, “A lot of healing can be accomplished simply through working the hands and feet, because every part the body is mapped out to related pressure points on the hands and feet. Thus, we can clear energy channels and release tension throughout the body just by working these specific points.” Lapierre describes reflexology as calming and soothing. Reflexology is especially suited for anyone wary about being touched; it is often incorporated with other forms of massage, as well. Practitioners encourage everyone to find the form of massage that suits them best. “You will surely find one that brings you renewed vitality,” concludes Lapierre. “Massage not only feels good, it’s a good way to increase physical, mental and emotional health by reducing the effects of everyday stress. If you can’t take the day off to unwind, at least find an hour to get a massage.” Rachel Mork is a freelance copywriter, editor and novelist in Charlotte, NC. Connect at


we need the “high” they produce. Soon, increased amounts of foods like cheeseburgers, potato chips or chocolate chip cookies are necessary to help us feel good again. Handling emotions without turning to food can be a knotty problem, health professionals agree, involving interweaving physical, emotional and spiritual strands.

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One solution is to simply pay attention to what our body is saying. Are we truly feeling hunger pangs? “When we eat in the absence of hunger cues, regularly choose unhealthy comfort foods or continue eating when we’re already full, something is out of balance,” observes Simon at Identifying “trigger” foods might also enlighten us, advises Peeke. “You’re out of control if you have a particular food in your hand and you can’t just enjoy it, walk away and say, ‘Ahh, that was wonderful.’ Life’s okay without that particular food.” The key is being smart about which foods we need to eliminate and which ones will help us feel good and enjoy an overall better quality of life. “When you follow a plant-based, unprocessed, whole foods eating plan, your body chemistry becomes balanced and your biochemical signals (hunger, cravings and fullness) work well,” explains Simon. “Each time you eat, you feel satisfied and balanced, physically and emotionally.”

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stressful day might have us seeking solace in ice cream, pizza or potato chips. Other times, we may feel a second donut or another high-calorie treat is our reward for a task well done. Occasional food indulgences are one of life’s pleasures, but habitually eating in response to our emotions can cause weight gain and health problems.

Core Issues “Emotional hunger represents an appetite, craving or desire to eat in the absence of true physiological hunger cues,” explains Julie Simon, author of The Emotional Eater’s Repair Manual: A Practical Mind-Body-Spirit Guide for Putting an End to Overeating and Dieting. “Emotional hunger often feels the same as physical hunger,” she adds, yet it might represent an unconscious longing for pleasure, calm, comfort, excitement or distraction. It can also have a physiological basis. A 2011 study from the University of Leuven, in Belgium, shows that stomachbased hormones can connect directly to the brain, setting up cravings for sugary and fatty foods, suggesting that we are hardwired to want the foods that provide the greatest number of calories in the smallest quantities. Sugary, starchy, salty and fatty foods also push the brain’s “reward” button, prompting the production of more dopamine, the neurotransmitter of pleasure and well-being. Dr. Pam Peeke, Ph.D., author of The Hunger Fix: The Three-Stage Detox and Recovery Plan for Overeating and Food Addiction, maintains that these foods also create a difficult-to-break addiction cycle. According to Peeke, an assistant clinical professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, in Baltimore, the more high-calorie foods we eat, the more

Emotional Underpinnings Once we understand the physical component of emotional hunger, we can address the feelings that cause it. Most famous for their Rescue Remedy herbal and floral drops that help soothe anxiety, Bach Flower Essences recently created an Emotional Eating Support Kit that includes homeopathic essences of crabapple, cherry plum and chestnut bud. They maintain that four daily doses can help us think clearly and calmly when we fear losing control, plus objectively observe mistakes and learn from them. Some feelings, however, can’t be “gentled” away. “Soothe the small stuff, grieve the big stuff,” Simon advises. Experiencing abandonment, betrayal, domination or violation may require therapy. Lesser stressors can often be soothed by music, being outdoors, talking to a friend, taking a warm bath, walking, meditative yoga or pausing to pray—instead of eating. “No matter how sophisticated or wise or enlightened you believe you are, how you eat tells all,” maintains Geneen Roth, author of Women, Food, and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything. “Your world is on your plate.” Roth came to terms with her own food addictions and now leads retreats to help others do the same. When we begin to understand what prompts us to use food to numb or distract ourselves, the process takes us deeper into realms of spirit and to the bright center of our lives, says Roth. She urges us to be present in the moment and to use good food as a sort of meditation. Notice the beautiful greens in the salad and bless the farmer that grew them. It’s one path to realizing the essence of food that’s good for us is a blessing we deserve. Award-winning cookbook author Judith Fertig blogs at natural awakenings

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lot of time saying, ‘Just be kind.’ More positive results come from promoting kind behaviors and being ‘pro-hero’ than from simply discussing why bullying is hurtful.”

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Positive Ways to Promote Kindness by Meredith Montgomery


he National Education Association estimates that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fears of being attacked or intimidated by other students. Bullying is more than a buzzword. According to, it’s defined as unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-age children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. Kelly Hughes, a school counselor at Bayside Academy, in Daphne, Alabama, has noticed a dramatic shift in bullying behaviors. She observes, “Kids are not hitting or punching or pushing each other as much as they used to. Rather, they are using inperson relational aggression such as hurtful words, glares, whispering and excluding individuals, exacerbated by social media and cell phones.” While anti-bullying legislation exists in 49 states (Montana is the exception), approaches for addressing this problem vary. Hughes says, “In my job, I spend a


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Eric D. Dawson, president and co-founder of Boston-based Peace First (, also believes in the power of positive language. “We need to move away from harsh language that focuses kids on what not to do and instead ignite their moral imagination—call on them to be problem solvers,” he says. To counter bullying in society, Dawson suggests that we all need to be role models, and talk about and celebrate peacemaking. “We can’t expect our kids to listen to us when we tell them to be peaceful and share if they then see us aggressively cut in front of others on the road or in the checkout line. We can also ask kids how they were peacemakers during their day, in addition to what they learned.” Founded in 1992 in response to the youth violence epidemic, Peace First provides programs and free online tools to help teach students peacemaking skills. The nonprofit is based on the premise that children have a natural aptitude for it and peacemaking can be taught, just like other subjects; their curriculum teaches and reinforces core social/emotional skills in communication, creative conflict resolution, courage, cooperation, empathy and civic engagement. A New York City student remarks, “Peace First teaches that even if you don’t like someone, it shouldn’t affect how you work together to accomplish something... [putting] peace first makes my heart beat lovelier.”

Good for Us and Others The International Forgiveness Institute (IFI) (, in Madison, Wisconsin, has added its support to the anti-bullying movement. Stemming from the research of IFI founder Robert Enright, Ph.D., and his colleagues, the institute works to forward forgiveness for personal, group and societal renewal. It attests that in forgiving a hurtful person, a personal transformation begins that can enhance self-esteem and hopefulness. Enright’s scientific studies further demonstrate that when children learn about forgiveness, feelings of anger, depression and anxiety are reduced. “We believe that forgiveness is a choice,” explains Enright. “When you forgive, you may benefit the person you forgive, but you benefit yourself far more.” Enright recalls his experiences working with incarcerated men that were serving life sentences. “The first thing the assigned therapists asked the group to do was to tell me their story; tell me about the hurts that had been perpetrated on them. One man began to cry, saying that no one had ever asked for his story.” The therapists listened to a tale of the cruel disciplinary measures he had endured at home as a child and recognized a correlation with the crime he had committed. “I’m not justifying his actions, but we can see that he was an extremely wounded man. Many bullies in school have a story, and we need to take the time to hear their story.

Peace First’s partner schools experience an average reduction of 60 percent in incidences of violence and 50 percent fewer weapons brought to school, plus a 70 to 80 percent increase in observed student peacemaking. “Because those that engage in bullying are often filled with rage from having been bullied themselves, they get to a point that they don’t care about the consequences of their actions, including detention,” Enright continues. Instead of focusing on the prevention of unwanted behaviors, he says, “Our program is meant to take the anger out of the heart of those that bully, so they bully no more.” An elementary school-age participant in the Forgiveness Program concludes, “Sometimes it is hard to forgive someone straight away if they really hurt your feelings. It might take longer to see their worth and show them real forgiveness… but it is worth it in the end.” Meredith Montgomery is the publisher of Natural Awakenings Mobile/Baldwin, AL (

Peace in Action When a first-grader returned to class shaken up after being accosted by a fourth-grader in the restroom, his teacher stepped back to see how the class would use Peace First principles. The boy was immediately embraced by his classmates, who quickly concluded that it was every student’s right, not a luxury, to feel safe, and thereafter implemented a restroom buddy system. The offending fourth-grader was then invited into their classroom to hear how each of the first-graders felt personally affected by the incident. He was also required to spend recess with the first-graders for the next two weeks. It became a transformative experience for everyone involved. The older student was recast from victimizer to a responsible, caring individual. He has continued to display improved behavior, volunteering to help in the classroom and foregoing lunch periods with friends to support the first-graders and their teacher. “There’s a misconception that peacemaking is holding hands and singing songs,” says Peace First President Eric D. Dawson. “It’s more a set of skills that’s nurturing human development. It’s working together to solve a problem.”

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Courting Marriage Success Relationship Expert Stephanie Coontz Shares Go-To Guidelines by S. Alison Chabonais


tephanie Coontz, professor of history and family studies at The Evergreen State College, in Olympia, Washington, shares her learned perspective in an intriguing oeuvre of books—Marriage, A History: How Love Conquered Marriage; The Way We Never Were; The Way We Really Are; and A Strange Stirring. She’s also co-chair and director of public education at the University of Miami’s research-based nonprofit Council on Contemporary Families. As a speaker, she shares good news on marriage, based on her extensive study and observations.

Is marriage becoming passé? While marriage as an institution is less powerful than it used to be, people have higher expectations of marriage as a relationship. Precisely because most Ameri-

cans no longer feel they have to marry, they are more specific about what they want from it. When a marital relationship works today, it is fairer, more intimate, more mutually beneficial and less prone to violence than ever before. Yet, individuals are less willing to stay in a relationship that doesn’t confer these benefits.

some men still want an admiring, yielding woman, the trend favors valuing more individualized traits. In a reversal from 40 years ago, men are much less interested in a partner’s cooking and housekeeping than in her intelligence, humor and accomplishments. Women value a mate that shares household chores more than one that is a high earner. (See more results of a Pew Research Center survey at

What guidelines foster a rewarding marriage? Be truly interested in your partner’s ideas and activities; take pride in their achievements; use endearments or offer tactile affection without being asked; have a sense of humor about differences; and never let irritation or anger slide into contempt.

How can small, daily interactions contribute to intimacy?

We all have moments when we are irritated, angry or emotionally or intellecWhich qualities do people tually unresponsive. A mate will tolermost desire in a mate today? ate these as long as he or she trusts you The old model of married love held that to be loving and attentive most of the opposites attract. Men wanted mates time. It’s an emotional line of credit— that were pliable and nurturing; women each partner needs to keep replenishwanted men that were ambitious, pow- ing the reserves of trust and good will, erful and protective. The new model is rather than drawing them down. based on similarities of interests and Psychologist and researcher John talents. While some women are still Gottman, Ph.D., suggests people need about five positive interactions for every attracted to men that are richer, taller, negative one in an intimate relationship. more powerful and slightly scary, and


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Wings to Freedom: Babaji’s Mystic Revelations, a documentary film of Yogiraj Gurunath Siddhanath, will premier for free Friday March 8 at Meitreya Sangha, Spirit Bldg, 4665 Nautilus Ct South, Ste 100 in Boulder at 6pm. Initiation offered Saturday, March 9 into Babaji’s Kundalini Kriya Yoga from 9-4pm at the Starhouse, 3476 Sunshine Canyon in Boulder. Space is limited. RSVP or call 720-556-2020.

YOGA FOR THE BACK: 4-WEEK OR 8-WEEK THERAPEUTIC SERIES Winter 2013 Session, Feb 9 March 2, Saturdays 2-3:30 pm, Designed specifically for those suffering from back pain! Each class will consist of education about your back health, breathing techniques to ease back pain, gentle yoga practice increasing strength and flexibility, guided relaxation or meditation, and weekly home practice. We address the common muscle imbalances leading to back pain, and bring harmony back to the body. No previous yoga experience required. RSVP req’d. No pregnant women, please. $60/4-week series.

EVOLVE EXPO February 23-24, National Western Complex “New Beginnings” holistic expo features vendors, speakers and workshops with products and services involved with alternative healthcare, free energy, green living, wealth building and conscious living. Presented by Journeys for Conscious Living. Booths available and filling up fast. Sponsorships available. Call 303-469-0306, ext 13.


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United for Human Rights Open House–6pm. Join Sgt. Daniel Steele with the Denver Police Department and United for Human Rights Foundation to find out about the human trafficking problem in Denver, learn proactive ways to handle and prevent. Educate yourself and others on our fundamental human rights. Church of Scientology, 2340 Blake Street, Denver.


Who will win the Superbowl? Non-Denominational Church Service–NEW TIME/LOCATION! 1:30pm. Celebrate life’s journey with meditation/informative spiritual message. Incl free aura healing/chakra-balancing. Rev. Margaret Johnson, Officiating Minister. Rocky Mountain Miracle Center, 1939 S. Monroe St., Denver. 303-282-9439 or Eckankar Worship Service–10:30-11:30am. Understand how Divine Spirit (the ECK) works in our lives. Reading from the ECK works, HU Song, quiet contemplation, music and connection. Free. Eckankar Center of Boulder Valley, 1800 30th St., #208 Boulder. 303-443-1610 or Learn to Heal with Angels; 5 Weeks–2-4pm. Meet your Guardian & Healing Angels. Guided meditations help you heal, release grief, guilt, addictions and habits to create the life you desire. Early Bird $185, Regular $200. Journey Within; Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio, 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. Anita Destino 720413-7303 or

FEBRUARY 5, TUESDAY Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Aura clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove nonuseful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., #103 Denver. David Stevens 303-6682358 or Oneness Blessing/Deeksha & Ananda Mandala–Ananda Mandala at 6:30pm; Deeksha at 7:15pm. Oneness Blessing/Deeksha is a nondenominational transfer of divine energy. Ananda Mandala is a guided-breath meditation to allow a deepening of Deeksha Blessing. $5. Heart of Oneness Center, 720 14th St., Golden. 303-278-3414 or

FEBRUARY 6, WEDNESDAY Oneness Blessing–5:30pm. Certified blessing givers will be offering Oneness Blessings, a non-denominational benediction that assists the recipient in a more heartfelt experience of Oneness and the Divine. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood or

FEBRUARY 7, THURSDAY Oneness Blessing Deeksha–7-9pm. Deeksha is a Divine intelligent energy transfer that causes a neurobiological transformation within the brain

of each receiving individual. Experiential rather than conceptual. supports all paths or beliefs. $10. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695 or Improve your Energy Boundaries with Grounding and Centering–Cont’d 2/14. Eliminate worry and stress in 10 minutes/day for people with “busy minds” and people-intense professions. $39. Yoga of the Mind 8 E. 1st Ave., #103, Denver. David Stevens 303-668-2358 or

FEBRUARY 8, FRIDAY Trance Medium Healing Clinic–7pm.Open Channeling 7-7:30ish, Free. Followed by Healings $10. Trance medium healing is a dynamic process facilitating re-alignment and cleansing of the spiritual body. Involves channeling, energy readings and intense individual clearings. No appt necessary. NEW LOCATION! Rocky Mountain Miracle Center 1939 S. Monroe St., Denver. 303-282-9439 or

FEBRUARY 9, SATURDAY Body Blogging: Body-Mind Exploration Workshop– 9:30am-12:30pm. Belly Intelligence is a cutting-edge, Body-Mind approach that utilizes movement and embodiment techniques to tap into your body’s innate intelligence and perspective. $40. Shanti Home, 7504 Grandview Ave., Arvada. Sheila 720-530-6555 or Visioning and Manifesting Your 2013–1-4pm. Use guided meditation/imagery to increase receptivity to abundance and the creativity of the vision board. Consciously create the life you desire! $30. RSVP req’d for supplies. Heart of Oneness Center 720 14th St., Golden. Norma 303-810-2045 or New Moon Intention Ceremony with Drum Circle– 7-9pm. Share in the introspection and creation energy of the new moon. Join us for shamanic celebration. Bring your drum, snack to share. $10. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695. Colorado Home and Garden Show–Through Sun Feb 17. Stop by Booth 662 and visit Golden Solar; see their solar display and win a solar thermal system! Find inspiration from the latest ideas and trends in landscaping, gardening and home improvement. Colorado Convention Center. or

FEBRUARY 10, SUNDAY Healing with Feng Shui, Gems & Minerals–1-3pm. Learn the inner meaning and healing properties of minerals and use Feng Shui to place them beneficially in your home and office. Presented by Beth Kuper, Feng Shui Consultant, and Karen Rice King, Gem Therapist & Master Dowser. Gems, minerals, and gem elixirs available for sale. $20 includes handouts, snacks & beverages. CHHC, 409 So. Public Road, Lafayette. More info at or call 303.665.0175.

FEBRUARY 11, MONDAY Accelerated Meditation Program–6-8pm. 3-wk accelerated program explores the benefits of meditation while teaching easy, effective skills to relax and recharge in rapid-fire format. Facilitated by Lynn Austin. $120 pre-pd full/$135 at the door. Inner Connection Institute North

Side: 4325 Harlan St., Wheat Ridge. 303-257-4797 or Sufi Chanting & Meditation–7-8:30pm. Sa’bura leads sacred chanting. Explore unity within your heart through the vibrational power of sound. Utilize Sufi practices to take us deeper into Love. $10. Heart of Oneness Center, 720 14th St., Golden. 303-278-3414 or

FEBRUARY 12, TUESDAY Active Meditation Program–6:30-8pm.4-wk series to create more contentment, empowerment, and lasting change. Learn easy, effective ways to relax, recharge, and find emotional balance. Facilitated by Lauren Skye. $110-4 classes/$150-4 classes + downloadable recordings of class. Inner Connection Institute, 975 Lincoln St., #202, Denver. 303-282-9439 or Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Aura clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Free. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., #103 Denver. David Stevens 303-668-2358 or Spiritual Attunement–7:15-8:30pm. Also on 2/26. Begin with deep guided meditation. Then receive channeled messages from Spirit Guides dedicated to our spiritual evolution. Integrate with sound healing via Tibetan bowls.$10-20. Adi Shakti Center, 2014 Pearl St., Boulder. Pati Scamacca 303-621-6884 or Intro into your Intuition–7-8:30pm. Ready to relieve stress; achieve your goals with less effort and overall calmer lifestyle? Come to this FREE class to access your intuition through Yoga of the Mind Intuitive Meditation. David Stevens 303-668-2358 or

FEBRUARY 13, WEDNESDAY Emergence to Essence Circle–6:30-8:30pm. Lifetransforming group based on the work of Barbara Marx Hubbard’s Emergence: The Shift from Ego to Essence. Develop your authentic power, create greater flow in your life & live your true essence with grace & joy. $144/5-sessions. Heart of Oneness Center 720 14th St., Golden. 303-278-3414 or


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CCC: Consciousness Creatives Community–6:4510pm. CCC hosts monthly meetings to share a common desire to raise the consciousness of our planet through presentations, discussion, interaction and networking. Bring business cards, fliers, snack to share. $10. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th Ave, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

FEBRUARY 15, FRIDAY Denver Chant & Yoga Fest–2-6pm. Join Jai Uttal, Dave Stringer, C.C. White, Govindas and Radha and beloved sound-smiths, The Luminaries, DJ Drez. Yoga by Bryan Kest, Janet Stone and Saul David Raye. $50/single event, $200/weekend. Sherman Street Event Center, 1770 Sherman St, Denver. Register at (use code MHNA10 at checkout to save 10%).


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PRIMORDIAL SOUND MEDITATION WORKSHOP Pre-Registration Tuesday Feb 26; Workshop Friday, March 8 - Saturday, March 9 Practiced for thousands of years, meditation is a tool for rediscovering the body’s own inner intelligence. Primordial Sound Meditation (a Chopra Center Course) uses individually selected sounds of nature called mantras to disconnect us from the activity of life. These primordial sounds are based on the vibration the universe was creating at the moment of your birth. Ananda Yoga Therapy, Golden. Info or call 303-8957298. Online registration, go to Schedule tab then Workshops.

CHANNELING DEMYSTIFIED March 9, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m “Channeling” is a generic term used to describe the process of communicating with Spirit. In this class, you’ll learn the types of channeling and differentiate between characteristics that are common and unique to each channeling type; experience Spirit communication using “automatic writing” and discuss techniques to ensure an effective automatic writing session and interact with Spirit through a trance channel. Presented by Eclectic Horizons and The Aspen Program for Psychic Development. $55. Location: The Cloisters on Wadsworth in Lakewood. Register at , questions 720-248-8396.

HEALER TRAINING PROGRAM WITH WENDY DE ROSA March 21-23 in Boulder The Healer Training Program has a strong emphasis on self-healing and is a wonderful platform for powerful transformation and self-actualization. The year-long program consists of four modules with additional conference calls, personal assignments, group support, and supervision outside of the classroom. Course completion affords participants a certificate as a Held in Light Healer Training Program graduate and the possibility to continue with a mentoring program for further study.

BACH FLOWER ESSENCES CERTIFICATION PROGRAM May 7th- June 6th, Tues/Thurs 6-9pm; Saturday June 1st 10-5pm. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism offering evening training with Deanna Gabriel CCH CN for Bach Flower Essences Certification Program. State Approved program prepares graduate to offer flower essence consultations in retail or clinical settings. Classroom training, field work and clinical case analysis included. Round table meetings Sept-May, 3-5pm first Thursday of each month. 720-406-8609. .

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Yoga Anatomy–in Winter Park! CE credits, or link to 200hr training in Costa Rica. Taught by anatomy author Jo Ann S. Jones. Discounts by 2/10, full workshop or single days. Info/register

FEBRUARY 17, SUNDAY Community HU Song–10:30-11am. HU song, an ancient name for God sung for spiritual upliftment. Free. Eckankar Center of Denver 5800 E Evans Ave. or Eeckankar Center of Boulder Valley 1800 30th St., #208. 303-756-9287 or Dragonfly, Side Crow, and Advanced Side Plank Workshop–Noon-2pm. Vinyasa 1 practice, playtime in Dragonfly, Side Crow and Advanced Side Plank, Sun C, finish with hip and shoulder openers. $30. Yama Yoga Village 6818 S Dallas Way, Greenwood Village. 303-790-6081. Tea Talks for Women with Cathie Beck–2:30pm. Trauma and catastrophe can leave even the most resolute soul asking «Why?» Best-selling journalist Cathie Beck shares her journey from welfare mother to best-selling author. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. or


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A Basic Meditation 5-Weeks –7-9pm. Meditation can transformation your life and create change. Meet your Guardian Angel or Spirit Guide. Let go of the negativity and make room for the positive. Feel your health improve. Early Bird $165, Regular $180. Journey Within; Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-4137303, Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Aura clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Free. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., #103 Denver. David Stevens 303-668-2358 or

FEBRUARY 20, WEDNESDAY Oneness Blessing–5:30pm. Certified blessing-givers offer Oneness Blessings, a non-denominational benediction that assists the recipient in a more heartfelt experience of Oneness and the Divine. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood or



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John of God Circle in Denver–7-9pm. Experience the healing power of this community prayer and meditation circle rooted in the work of John of God, hosted by Susie Verde. Love Offering. 1776 S Jackson St. #B, Denver. Susie Verde 303-448-0068 or All you Want to Know about Hormones & When to Replace Them–6pm. Dr Katia Meier, MD discusses hormone replacement therapy. FREE. Clear Sky Medical 9085 E Mineral Circle #260, Centennial. RSVP 303–790–7860 or

FEBRUARY 22, FRIDAY Four-Day Meditation and Prayer Retreat– Dr. Roger W. Teel guides you to Enhance and deepen your consciousness through meditation and prayer in a beautiful setting. No prior experience is required. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood or

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OM Oneness Blessing Deeksha Event–6:30-9:30pm. J4CL invites you to share in the special energy of the Oneness Meditators and Oneness Blessing Evening at the Evolve Expo. $10. National Western Complex, Denver. Journeys for Conscious Living 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695 or

FEBRUARY 23, SATURDAY Evolve Expo–Sat and Sun. Welcome new beginnings at the National Western Complex in Denver. Two full days of exhibitors, vendors, and speakers featuring Free Energy, Alternative/Complimentary Health, Wealth Building, and Conscious/Creative Living. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695 or Open House! Brain Balance Achievement Center in Highlands Ranch–10am-4pm. Meet the staff and tour the center. FREE. 1970 E County Line Rd., #G, Littleton. RSVP 303-278-1780 or Sacred Sound Concert and Gong Bath–7-9pm. Share in the celebration and energy of sacred sound with gongs, crystal bowls, drumming and dance at the Evolve Expo. National Western Complex, Denver. Journeys for Conscious Living 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695 or

FEBRUARY 24, SUNDAY Be Your Best Self: Family Yoga Fun–1-2pm. 4th Sundays Jan-May. Family members of all ages, share special time together in healthy activities: yoga, storytelling, breathing exercises, and games for learning together how to “be your best self.” Up to 4 family members for one fee of $30. $2/ea addt’l family member. Karma Yoga Center, 290 S. Franklin at Alameda, Denver. RSVP Karma at 720-3793627 or

FEBRUARY 26, TUESDAY Pre-register for Primordial Sound Meditation–Meditation on 3/8 (7-9pm) and 3/9 (1-4pm). Primordial Sound Meditation (a Chopra Center Course) uses individually selected sounds of nature called mantras to disconnect us from the activity of life. These primordial sounds are based on the vibration the universe was creating at the moment of your birth. Ananda Yoga Therapy, Golden. RSVP 303-895-7298 or Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Aura clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Free. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., #103 Denver. David Stevens 303-668-2358 or Easy, Active Meditation–7:30-8:30pm. Explore meditation Yoga of the Mind style with David Stevens. We hear it all the time “I can’t meditate but would like to.” This meditation will fly by so fast you will not believe it! Forget all the stuffy ideas you have about meditation. $10. 303-668-2358 or

FEBRUARY 27, WEDNESDAY 8-wk Chakra Series–6-7:45pm. The Chakra Series of workshops is life-changing. It has been asserted that virtually ALL disease process begins with energetic imbalance. $199-$220 after 2/17. Yama Yoga Village, 6818 S Dallas Way Greenwood Village. 303-790-6081.

FEBRUARY 28, THURSDAY An Evening with Shmaya-Channeled Language of Light–6:30-8pm. Receive personal guidance/healing from Shmaya that transforms well-being on a deep profound level. The sound/vibration of the words transmits healing. $15. Heart of Oneness Center 720 14th St., Golden. JoAnne Palladino 303-263-0679 or Intro into your Intuition–Noon-1:30 Ready to relieve stress; achieve your goals with less effort and overall calmer lifestyle? Access your intuition through Yoga of the Mind Intuitive Meditation. FREE. David Stevens, 303-668-2358 or

ongoingevents check dates/times: Sustainable Solutions Meetup/Thrive Movement Solutions Group–7-9pm. Working to add state legislation to the Colorado ballot requiring mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods. Anyone interested invited. Dates/times see Sustainable Solutions Meetup or Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

daily Tour Church of Scientology* Public Information Center–9am-9:30pm. What is Scientology? Dare to find out for yourself. Self-guided tours daily. All religions and beliefs welcome. 2340 Blake Street, Denver. 303-789-7668. Free Personality Test–9am-10pm. Are you curious about you? What are your strengths? What is holding you back? Find out today! Call 303-789-7668. 2340 Blake Street, Denver.

mondays Journey to the Heart Women’s Circle–6:308:30pm. Discover the beauty, love and compassion of yourself. Honoring the Heart, Emotions of the Heart, Living with Passion, Saying Yes to Ourselves. 4 sessons. Also Thurs, 1-3pm. $50. Heart of Oneness Center 720 14th St., Golden. Norma Reitsma 303-810-2045 or Find Your Center at Your Center–11am-7pm. Begins 2/11. Introducing the region’s first Young Living Retail & Resource Room. Stop in anytime to learn how Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils can transform your life in 2013! Exciting information on health benefits, usage and applications. Sample our unique oils! Offering essential oils Massage, Tues-Sat by appointment only. First-time client pricing for all! Resource Room also open Saturdays by appointment.1075 S. Yukon Street, Suite 340, Lakewood. 303-5183515.,


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John of God Circle of Boulder–7:30-9:30pm. Experience the healing power of this community

prayer and meditation circle rooted in the work of John of God, hosted by Susie Verde. Love Offering. Vida Yoga Studio 2749 Iris Ave., Boulder. 303-4480068 or

wednesdays Free Energy Healings; Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing–6-7pm. A healing is like an “energy car wash.” Release negative energy blocking growth and create the life you desire. Love offering. Journey Within; Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303 or

thursdays Aura and Chakra Healings–6-7pm. Drop-in for a 10-min energy cleanse and release negative thoughts, emotions, pain, and fear. Get replenished with your own positive energy and feel great! FREE. 1332 Pearl St, Boulder. 303-530-0920 or Psychic Readings–7-8:30pm. By appt. Learn about your soul essence, past lives, and aura. Questions about relationships, career, money, health, etc. welcome. FREE. 1332 Pearl St., Boulder. 303-530-0920 or

saturdays Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing Healing Clinic in Wheat Ridge–NEW TIME! 1-2pm. A healing is like a psychic shower-unneccessary energy is cleared, clarity and contentment are restored. Donations welcome. 1-hr student readings available by appt after clinic- $25. Inner Connection Institute North Side: 4325 Harlan St., Wheat Ridge. 303-2574797. Hubbard Dianetics* Seminar–2-day seminar 9am-6pm. English/Spanish. Learn how to get rid of the unknown source of unreasonable fears, upsets and insecurities, remove barriers stopping you from achieving your goals. $100, incl Dianetics book, lunch, snacks. 2340 Blake Street, Denver. RSVP

Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism Offering Introductory, Advanced, and Clinical training in Medical Herbalism and Clinical Nutrition in the Vitalist Tradition.

sundays Scientology* Sunday Service-11am-noon. Repair the ravages of the week at Scientology Sunday Service. Nondenominational; all religions and beliefs welcome. 2340 Blake Street, Denver. *©2012 CSCO. All Rights Reserved. DIANETICS, L. RON HUBBARD, HUBBARD and SCIENTOLOGY are trademarks and service marks owned by Religious Technology Center and are used with its permission.

looking ahead 2013 MARCH 8, FRIDAY THE HEART OF YOUR GODDESS–Fri 4pmSun Noon. Release unwanted blocks and deepen your connection with your inner Goddess. Create your soft sculpture Goddess Doll with skilled dollmaker and costume designer Jeanny Russell. Karen Rice King, personal growth and spirituality teacher for over 30 years, will co-facilitate. $365 includes room, meals, and workshop supplies, 2 nights/3 days. Peaceful Valley Ranch. See KarenRiceKing. com or call Karen 303-665-0175.

MARCH 21-23 Healer Training Program with Wendy De Rosa– The Healer Training Program has a strong emphasis on self-healing and is a wonderful platform for powerful transformation and self-actualization. In Boulder.

MARCH 22-29 Discover your “Heroine’s Journey” in Costa Rica–Life-changing retreat includes group facilitation, one-on-one coaching, healthy meals, yoga/ meditation, spa treatments, hiking to magnificent rainforest waterfalls and more. “Retreats” at www. or 877-595-8622.

APRIL 20 Grand Opening Celebration! Brain Balance Achievement Center in Highlands Ranch– FREE. 1970 E County Line Rd., #G, Littleton. RSVP 303278-1780 or

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come home with your fridge filled up? Specializing in healthy and specific diets to fit your lifestyle. My passion and formal training mixed together with a spice that will awaken your taste buds! Natural Food Endevours with Elise Alexandra Summer, 732-618-4661.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES Appointment Setters: Confident in talking to people and not afraid of commission? Cold calling and/or walk-in to set appointments for Natural Awakenings; $10/appointment set and bonuses. Script and training given. Part-time easy grocery/gas money! Email

Digestive or Feminine Issues? Do you struggle with Feminine Odor • Vaginal Discharge • Yeast • Gas & Bloating? Discover the link between digestive and feminine health. Breakthrough probiotic blend developed just for women! Supports healthy digestion AND promotes female health by influencing vaginal flora. Woman-owned business; Made in Colorado.

Earn additional income in 3 days per month delivering Natural Awakenings near your home! We are looking for help in all areas of Denver and Boulder. Perfect for those with flexible schedules. Must be available for 3 days at the end of the month and have your own transportation. Need reliable, trustworthy people who could use a little extra cash at the end of the month. Must have a computer; must know how to use Excel. All mags must be delivered by 1st of each month. Email


NATURAL PAIN RELIEF IN PAIN? POOR HEALTH? CAR ACCIDENTS? Symptoms including headaches, neck, back pain, numbness, tingling, and dizziness can gradually ruin your quality of life. These problems can become permanent without adequate diagnosis and treatment. Free consultation. Most cases Auto insurance pays 100%. WE CAN HELP! CALL NOW! 303-922-2977


Your Center Welcomes New Massage Therapist/ Reiki Master! Experience profound Mind-BodySpirit healing, relief and relaxation with Linda, Certified Massage Therapist and Master Reiki Teacher. Offering Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, Prenatal and Raindrop. Linda uses Young Living’s Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils for best results. By Appointment Tues-Sat. All first-time client pricing! 303-518-3515.

Join a Rapidly Growing Community of Practitioners! We are pleased to announce the availability of three private counseling offices at People House East at 13693 E. Iliff Ave., Suite 112, in Aurora. People House,, a nonprofit center for personal and spiritual growth, has grown so much over the last few years that it was time to expand to a second location. With space for up to 6 practitioners, it includes use of a conference room as well as a sun drenched atrium. Space is available by the hour, day or a full-time lease. For a tour contact Katie Brown at 303-480-5130 or

Peaceful Path Healing Arts: Reiki Master and Polarity Practitioner with more than 20 years experience. Individualized Sessions tailored to your personal needs. Benefits include: Relaxation; Stress Relief; Trauma Release; Pain Reduction; Restful sleep; Accelerated healing; Spiritual Growth and more. Reiki and Polarity techniques have been shown to assist healing of Cancers and other serious illnesses. Many have successfully used these modalities to provide physical and emotional support for those undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments. For more info and to set appointments call 303 778 6829 or visit


HEALTHY PRODUCTS CAREER/LIFE COACHING Become magnetic to love! Certified ‘Calling in the One’ coach, Sandi Lynn, invites you to shift past relationship patterns to create an extraordinary 2013 relationship. Based on the book by the same name, this model of coaching has proven effective for thousands of men and women internationally. Free consult. Access Wholeness, Sandi Lynn, 303635-6330, Awaken Your Purpose and Empower Your Life: Are you dissatisfied with your work? Do you know you have something important to offer but aren’t sure what it is or how to create it? Discover simple but powerful tools to uncover your deeper purpose and create fulfilling, prosperous and meaningful work. Call Marlene 720-771-1257. or

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Deep Tissue Massage: Alivio Massage Therapy offers each client a custom massage including Deep Tissue, NMT, and Myofascial Realease. Looking for even more detoxification modalities? Try Raindrop Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage, and Access Consciousness “The Bars” Energy work. Right in Downtown Denver! Alivio Massage Therapy, Alison Cox, 616405-7078, Traditional Ayurveda: Taos high desert Ayurvedic clinic offers Kindly priced panchakarmas (seasonal detoxification) and rejuvenating retreats. We specialize in traditional Ayurveda, pranic yoga, and healthy organic grown-on-the-spot food. Friendly, quiet, private, secluded. Come and rejuvenate with Tizia! 575-776-2212 or Personal Chef: Tired of deciding what to cook for everyone? Want to have a dinner party or just want to

How is your pet feeling emotionally, mentally or physically? Ask them! Telepathic animal communication phone sessions with living or passed pets lets you ask about their body, behaviors, fears, history, health, relationships, end of life questions, etc. Clearing work also offered for pets around stuck life areas/patterns. Classes taught. Animal Communication with Danielle Tremblay, 303-955-4292,

PSYCHIC MEDIUM Missing a deceased loved one? Would you like to communicate with someone who has passed? Psychic Mediums Kent and Cindy communicate with Spirit to translate messages to you in a one-to-one session via telephone or video Skype. Schedule sessions by email at Subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter at

SPIRITUAL RESOURCES Spiritual Readings: Receive spiritual guidance and healing on life issues. Connect with your spiritual resources. Available in person and by phone. “The Path Home is Love” Located in Louisville. Spirit Communication Services, Pati Scamacca, 303-6216884,

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CONSCIOUS EVENTS & SPEAKERS JOURNEYS FOR CONSCIOUS LIVING 7401 West 59th Ave., Arvada 303-731-6695 Discover and develop a life of passion, purpose and contribution. 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 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 26.



LIFE WORK INTUITIVE WITH NANCY MCCLEARY Uncover your perfect career and get specific actions steps for creating the work of your dreams. It is time to get excited about your Life! Life Work Intuitive Nancy McCleary will guide you in discovering your true passion, what you really came here to do. Nancy uses a combination of Channeled Guidance, Numerology and Astrology. Gain self-understanding, relief and heal anything that may be holding you back from achieving your greatest potential. Nancy is a certified Intuitive Coach, having trained with Sue Frederick, author of the book I See Your Dream Job. Sessions are conducted over the phone.


Whether your goal is to encourage a healthy attitude towards oral health in your children or ease your own anxiety about dental procedures, our friendly staff and relaxing atmosphere will change the way you approach dental care. At Vibrance Dentistry, we believe that oral healthcare should be a pleasant and relaxing experience. Our state-of-theart equipment and spa-like amenities allow us to offer services that transcend traditional dentistry and promote whole-body wellness. See ad page 28.

Did you know not all brands of essential oils are the same? Some are not pure. And some use synthetics, losing the power of the oil. Learn about essential oils and what they can do for you. Oils can be a safe alternative for “Over the Counter” medications and your health. We offer classes and events to help you have a better understanding of the use of oils for daily living.

FAMILY PRACTITIONER CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with Dr. Katia Meier. See full listing under PHYSICIAN or see ad page 16.




Lorraine May, Executive Director 303-239-0382 Adopt your best friend today! We rescue dogs and cats and foster them until we find a forever home. Classes in Understanding Dogs with positive reinforcement techniques and Dog Trainer Apprentice to become a dog trainer utilizing behavior science and holistic approaches. Many more classes – see our website for adoptable animals and classes. See ad page 11.

KATIA I. MEIER, M.D. Panorama Falls 9085 E Mineral Circle, #260, Centennial 303-790-7860 Feel your best at any age with Dr Katia Meier, Board Certified Holistic MD specializing in whole body health inside and out with customized approaches to Healthy Aging, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement therapy, Nutritional analysis and Therapy, Medical Aesthetics and non-surgical rejuvenation treatments, Homeopathy, Herbology, Naturopathic Medicine, Personalized Detoxification Programs, Medical Weight Loss for men and women. Treating all ages and most insurance welcomed. Call to set up your appointment today. See ad page 16.

COUNSELING OPEN SPACE, OPEN MIND CM BROWN Boulder 303-396-9023 Are you confused? Overwhelmed by life? It sometimes helps to sit down and stop analyzing. You already have the answer. You may simply need help allowing what is already present to reveal itself. It is easier than you might imagine. This is not psychotherapy or learning how to cope. Through the Buddhist and Vedantic teachings, uncover a new way of living your life. Private meetings include discussion, reflection, and self inquiry. Discover how thoughts and preconceived notions create unnecessary limitations in the way you approach your life. Don’t approach your life. Live it. Free 30 minute consultation. Reasonable rates. Sliding scale available.



JOURNEY WITHIN WITH ANITA DESTINO Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood 720-413-7303 A safe place for people interested in creating change in their lives, Journey Within helps you focus on spiritual growth, developing your intuition and personal development. Give to yourself with Free Energy Healings, Angel Healings, Guided Meditations, Meditation Classes, Workshops and Intuitive Readings/Healings. Join us for a Free Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing held every Wednesday from 6-7 pm, open to everyone.

Dr Talismae J Martin PhD, ND, Owner & College Director 7550 S Blackhawk Street, Englewood 970-201-5110 Talismae Holistic College offers a wide variety of holistic certification and licensing programs for the student who wishes to practice a “naturopathic philosophy” in Esthetics, Massage and/or Hairstyling industries and Holistic Coaching. Additionally, it has a Spiritual Psychology (Seminary) Journal Program as the basis for a seminary course leading to ordination.

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HOLISTIC SKIN CARE NATURAL ACNE CLINIC Jessica Fanning, Esthetician, Acute Homeopath & Laser Specialist 8719 E. Dry Creek Rd, Centennial, CO 80111 773-983-3257 Have you tried everything to clear your acne? Are you looking for a natural approach to eliminate acne from the inside and out? I specialize in teenage, hormonal and adult acne. A customized program of clinical skin care, vitamins, homeopathic remedies and diet changes will be recommended to clear your skin. Currently offering a complimentary 15-minute information session.

TALISMAE PROFESSIONAL SKIN CARE Dr Talismae J Martin, PhD, ND, Licensed Naturopathic Esthetician 970-201-5110 Talismae Skin Care contain no perfumes/dyes/petroleum/sulfates and is not tested on animals. It is for you if you have sensitive skin, are allergic to ingredients found in most over-the-counter skin care products, have ever had skin cancer, are discerning what goes on your skin & face, have redness, lines, dryness and breakouts every month.

HYPNOTHERAPY COLORADO WELL BEING HYPNOTHERAPY Karen Galvin, LPC, CMS, CHt 700 Front St., Suite 103, Louisville 720-208-8170 Licensed Professional Counselor and IBH certified clinical and medical support hypnotherapist. Learn to use your mind and thoughts to manage stress and anxiety, unpleasant physical symptoms, change habits, increase motivation, surgery preparation and accelerated healing. Free consultations. Find out how hypnotherapy can help you.

RED TAIL WELLNESS CENTERS KAREN HOLLAMAN, DC, LMT 4520 North Broadway, Boulder 303-882-8447 Women, are you looking for a different standard of care for you and your children? I was given a second chance at life because of a holistic chiropractor’s understanding of how the body heals itself when given the proper support. I 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 9.

CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with Dr. Katia Meier. See full listing under PHYSICIAN or see ad page 16.

KIDS: LEARNING/ BEHAVIOR DISORDERS BRAIN BALANCE ACHIEVEMENT CENTERS 1211 Avery Street, Golden 1970 E County Line Rd, Littleton (Sprouts Plaza) 303-278-1780 HIGHLANDS RANCH NOW OPEN! Help your child reach his or her greatest physical, mental, social and academic potential. Individualized and comprehensive brain-based approaches (not drug-based) to help children with neurobehavioral and learning difficulties such as dyslexia. Customized physical and cognitive exercises, combined with dietary change can correct the underlying imbalance, improve function and reduce/eliminate negative behaviors. Tour our center and learn how we can help your child. See ad page 2.



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Are you tired, foggy-brained, gaining weight for no reason, have elevated cholesterol and other symptoms of thyroid disease, but your thyroid levels are “normal?” Go beyond the “traditional” standard of care to Ian Hollaman, DC, who focuses on difficult and chronic cases such as elevated glucose and cholesterol, thyroid disorders, and novel solutions to pain and injuries with proficiency in multiple modalities such as Applied Kinesiology, Functional Medicine. Chiropractic and Nutrition. See ad page 9.

FREE 30-minute coaching session! Stir your soul to greatness by unrelenting focus and action towards your dream. Life’s journey~create it, live it, love it. Business and life coaching. Beth also tutors and coaches people on blog writing and Wordpress. Her personal blog is


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LIFE TRANSFORMATION BJ BROWN, MSW, CIBP Body-Centered Psychotherapist, Shamanic Practitioner, Reiki Master In Boulder 303-808-4006 We create a compassionate and powerful container in which you discover the source of your well being Discover a deeper sense of wholeness, integrity, passion and joy. BJ Brown brings her commitment, presence, humor and expertise in the areas of relationship, trauma, spirituality, life transition, addiction, and body-mind awareness. Retreats, long distance consultations and healings also offered. Read my recently published book, “The Six Gates of Completion - A Companion in Life’s Transitions”, available on my website, Kindle, The Boulder Bookstore, and The Tattered Cover. Begin your life transformation today!

CASEY RATHJEN Intuitive Consultant, Life Coach, Hypnotherapist, Energy Healer, Pet Intuitive 720-515-7408 Need to overcome fears or anxiety and gain confidence to create success? Would you like to communicate better and overcome conflict in your relationship? Would you like to learn more about your intuition and have a peaceful and balanced life? These are just a few of the many things I assist people with. Being able to apply my natural gifts with my certified skills allows me to address what’s happening emotionally, physically, and energetically and creates a safe space for complete healing and success. You have all the answers; I just get the honor to help you connect with them.

MASSAGE IN TOUCH MASSAGE THERAPY WITH BRENNA WITT, LMT Kittredge Village, 26030 Hwy. 74, Kittredge 303-526-0038 Do you have sore muscles, an injury with persistent pain or just need to relax? Allow your mind and body to melt into my capable hands at In Touch Massage Therapy, located on scenic Hwy 74, just minutes from Evergreen.. Enjoy your fully customized massage with Trigger Point Therapy, Deep Tissue and/or Hot Stone while listening to the soothing sounds of Bear Creek and bird songs outside the window. New client special! $45 for an hour; $65 for 1.5 hours or the package: buy 5 and get the 6th free! Gift Certificates are available. Call or email for your massage today!

BALANCE HEALING Esther Yang,, CMT 7007 E Hampden Ave, Ste B, Denver 303-758-1078 Bring balance, health and happiness to your life. Heal persistent pain, body aches and relax with Balance Healing’s therapeutic massage. This type of massage brings healing to the body by pressure points using acupuncture meridian techniques that revitalize the spirit, mind and body. We also provide acupuncture sessions to help relieve pain and healing foot reflexology. Come and relax with soft music and in an atmosphere of true healing. Gift Certificates available. Call for your appointment today at 303-758-1078.

NATURAL PAIN MANAGEMENT AIM HIGH WELLNESS Denver, Aurora, Lakewood and Wheat Ridge Tired of the PAIN? Our doctors have over 50 years of experience helping thousands get pain free naturally. Helping your hard to treat cases. • Neck, Back, Shoulder, arms pains • Headaches • Car accident injuries • Work and sports injuries. Our caring staff makes the difference! Auto and group insurance accepted, and affordable cash plans. CALL NOW! Free consultation (303) 922-2977



THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN ORTHOBIONOMY® CENTER, LLC Sheri Covey, Advanced Instructor 970-209-9400 Next Week of Classes: Feb 11-15 Ortho-Bionomy® is bodywork that engages our selfcorrecting reflexes from positions of comfort and ease of movement. Based in Osteopathy, “Ortho” is effective in healing acute and chronic pain. Working thru the nervous system, “Ortho” interrupts the pain cycle. Painful tissues can re-organize, re-pattern and change. RMOBC offers classes in Denver and Grand Junction. Take one class or multiple classes towards a Practitioner’s Certification thru the Society of Ortho-Bionomy International. Bodyworkers and laypersons welcome. New trainings offered monthly.


NUTRITION CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with Dr. Katia Meier. See listing under PHYSICIAN or see ad page 16.

ORGANIZING SERVICES DARCI MEYERS, MA Personal and Professional Organizer Golden Wellbeing Collective 720-413-2969 Live fully right now by making space for and attracting what you really want! Collecting things does not bring lasting happiness. The truth is you are enough just as you are. Organize, de-clutter and rediscover what makes you happy; experience clarity, peace and renewed energy. It is time to reclaim your life! Take advantage of this New Year offer - 50% off initial consultation.

Panorama Falls 9085 E Mineral Circle, #260, Centennial 303-790-7860 Feel your best with Dr Katia Meier, Board Certified Holistic MD specializing in whole body health inside and out for children and adults. Customized approaches to Healthy Aging, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement therapy, Nutritional analysis and Therapy, Medical Aesthetics and non-surgical rejuvenation treatments, Homeopathy, Herbology, Naturopathic Medicine, Personalized Detoxification Programs, Medical Weight Loss for men and women. Treating all ages and most insurance welcomed. Make your appointment today. See ad page 16.

KEYBOARD MAGIC STUDIO Evelyn Billberg 303-629-9209 Discovering the Genius Within! Join us on this exciting journey. We’ll help you find that place within, bursting with music and waiting to be discovered and expressed through the keyboard. Instruction is presented in a manner which will advance the student’s skill and enjoyment as rapidly as possible. This special instruction will help the student understand harmony and theory and use that knowledge to play beautiful music. PIANO MARVEL: This new computer interactive piano course is used for interested students in the Keyboard Magic Studio. It is fun and dynamically instructive.

PROBIOTICS WWW.MYBIO-V.COM Feel Fresh and Confident Every Day 1-888-770-2468 110% Guaranteed, Made in Colorado Concerned with Feminine Odor • Vaginal Discharge • Yeast • Gas & Bloating? Discover the digestive/feminine health link. Take BIO-V™ daily to help your body create a clean, natural fresh scent; Aids with smooth, comfortable digestion and immune response to unhealthy bacteria or fungi; Regularly promote your overall feminine well-being – and enjoy the benefits of a balanced system. Ensure a significantly higher percentage of beneficial organisms reach your intestines alive with the patented BIO-tract® Delivery System which protects probiotics from gastric acid and extends shelf life without refrigeration. See ad page 19.

PSYCHIC DEVELOPMENT THE ASPEN PROGRAM FOR PSYCHIC DEVELOPMENT Explore Your Potential! Karen Fox, Ph.D., Director 303-942-0646 We are all psychic! Improve your innate psychic abilities to make better decisions for your life or to become a professional. Take the classes you are drawn to or get a certificate in Psychic (Clairvoyant, Clairaudient, Claircognizant+), Medical Intuitive, or Spirit Medium. We have a variety of classes and instructors.

PSYCHOLOGY & GROWTH IT HELPS TO HAVE SOMEONE TO TALK TO. AYA COUNSELING & CONSULTING, LLC CARNITA M. GROVES, MA, LPC, CAC-III 1761 Ogden St, Denver O: 303-698-0446 / F: 720-858-8183 natural awakenings

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PSYCHOLOGY & GROWTH OPENING DOORS COUNSELING Barbara Pettibone, MSW, LCSW Denver 303-862-5712 Identify your core issues and apply your own inner strengths to address them. Specializing in women’s issues, Barbara focuses on depression, anxiety, PTSD, abuse, relationship issues, severe mental illnesses including Schizophrenia & Bipolar Disorder, addiction and life changes. She strongly believes that every client has within themselves the resources to address and resolve conflicts. Fees based on ability to pay/sliding scale. No insurance/credit cards. Flexible scheduling.

ROLFING BODY ALIVE ROLFING DENVER WITH ERIN FARLEY 303-915-5274 Discover a new level of healing! Rolfing® Structural Integration is a form of bodywork that can lead to postural improvements, alleviate chronic pain and discomfort, or allow for greater freedom of movement and provide a sense of revitalized energy and bodily well-being. Rolfing works on the seamless network of connective tissue to release, realign and balance the whole structure, with the goal of allowing the body to remain effortlessly upright. Whether you are active or not-so-active, or merely looking for the “next step” ignited by physical transformation, achieve your optimum state of alignment and ease in gravity. Call today. Soul Body Integration clients receive a discount on sessions at Body Alive Rolfing.

SPIRITUAL COUNSELOR RENEE ELLIS, MA CMT Psychotherapy, Intuitive Counseling Past Life Therapy, Energy Healing Located in Central Denver 720-984-9575 Release the past, create the future and experience your life from a whole new perspective. Move into a rich and joyful life with guidance and support as you travel through significant life transitions, transform grief, and find clarity about your life path and purpose. Renee is a unique guide who weaves together traditional counseling techniques with intuitive abilities, energy healing, personalized Bach Flower Essence formulas and past life therapy without regression. Her focus is on grief and loss, life transitions, finding and stepping onto one’s path, spiritual development, releasing phobias and healing from chronic pain. Individual sessions and classes. Free 30-minute consultation.

614 10th Street, Golden 720-278-5253 A solar system for your home or business has never been so affordable and painless! You know solar is good for the environment, but it’s also great on your wallet! Hedge yourself against everincreasing electricity rates and inflation. Clean, quiet, maintenance free, reduce pollution and CO2 emissions. Increase your property’s value. Colorado owned and operated with master electricians and professional installers. Respectful, clean and quick work. Solar incentives, tax credits and rebates available – ask us today! Buy or lease options. Installation guaranteed for 10 years. See ad page 19.


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CHURCH OF INFINITE SPIRIT Main Office: inside Balanced Body Center 975 Lincoln St, Ste 202, Denver Denver: 303-282-9439 Wheat Ridge: 303-257-4797 Create the life you desire through our easy, effective, supportive techniques. 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 Wheat Ridge. Free aura clearing and chakra balancing in Wheat Ridge every Saturday 1:30 2:30pm. Free open channel clinic in Denver at the Rocky Mtn Miracle Center on the 2nd Fridays of the month at 7pm. Spiritual Services on 1st Sundays at RMMC, 1:30pm. Everyone Welcome! Call for more information. 303-282-9439. See ad page 10.

WELLNESS CENTER SPIRITUAL GROWTH ENERGETIC LIFE STRATEGIES: INFORMATION FOR TRANSFORMATION Rev. Lisa Giroux Reiki Master/Teacher, Certified NOW, Spirit Guide, Akashic Records and Prayer practitioner 719-839-0461 FB/reikiwithlisa Make the shift toward more self awareness and spiritual growth with my private phone coaching programs. Learn simple ways to cultivate more well being and peace of mind with my foundation program “the Simplicity of Spirituality” teachings. Peace on Earth begins with Peace of Mind. Namaste. Book one phone session/get one 1/2 price!

YOUR CENTER MASSAGE & YOUNG LIVING RESOURCE ROOM 1075 S. Yukon St. Suite 340 Lakewood 303-518-3513 Find Your Center at Your Center’s first Young Living Essential Oil Retail & Resource Room. We offer individually tailored wellness plans designed to enhance and transform your life. This unique Center offers exciting health & wellness information as seen in the news, used in hospitals nationwide, and now at your fingertips! Featuring Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils and products. Also offering essential oils Massage Therapy and Reiki energy healing for optimal relaxation and restoration.




THE JOHN OF GOD CIRCLE OF BOULDER Meets Tuesdays with Susie Verde 303-448-0068 John of God is known as one of the most powerful healing mediums in the world. At his spiritual hospital in Brazil, he attracts thousands of people from all over the world in search of profound healing. Susie Verde is a native Brazilian official guide with over seven years experience, who regularly brings groups to see John of God and gives public talks at his Center. In service locally, her John of God Circle of Boulder meets most Tuesdays of the year. Come for the community support and immerse yourself in the current of this remarkable healing energy from Brazil. See ad page 32. 303-304-7460 Invite balance and health into your whole body and life today with New Beginnings Health & Wellness and find a tranquil sanctuary created specifically for your healing, rejuvenation, and relaxation. Tailor services and products to suit your individual needs, offered by professionally certified or licensed practitioners passionate about their work. Naturopathy, Homeopathy, Holistic Health Coaching, Natural Weight Loss Coaching, Bio-Individual Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching, Psychic Healing, Reiki, Hypnotherapy, Massage, Facials, Chakra Balancing, Allergy Testing, as well as educational classes and support groups. Parties, Groups and Companies served with Chair Massage, Readings, or Healthy Lifestyle Classes.


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February 2013 Mile High Natural Awakenings  

Mile High Natural Awakenings is a locally-owned, monthly publication, serving metro Denver and Boulder and the surrounding counties of Arapa...

February 2013 Mile High Natural Awakenings  

Mile High Natural Awakenings is a locally-owned, monthly publication, serving metro Denver and Boulder and the surrounding counties of Arapa...