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letter from publishers hanks for picking up this month’s issue! We like to imagine you finding just the right path to wellness within our pages. Or perhaps, finding the inspiration to move forward with your life in other important ways through healing modalities, meditations, great classes, new careers, inspirational messages and more. With Valentine’s Day in this month, it is a good time to consider online, conscious dating with Natural Awakenings singles on (p18), while you are opening your heart to love (p9). Read up on meditation and mindfulness (p14) and then take a class with Anita Destino (Back Cover), Debra Lin Allen (p9), or J4CL (p19 ). In today’s world, RESILIENCE is more important than ever and you’ll learn how to increase your own on p16. Have fun figuring ways to put more of our top 10 Heart Healthy foods into your daily diet on p20. We think we’ll start with chocolate and raspberries! We don’t need to tell you that Coloradoans love their dogs, but you may be interested to learn about the benefits of Service Animals AND the important legal distinctions between them and Companion or Assistance animals (p22). Good to know! Perhaps most importantly, on page 24, you’ll learn about Self Love through the timeless wisdom of Charlie Chaplin. We were just as surprised as you to learn of his great depth and wisdom, but it sure makes us want to learn more about this American icon. Some tips to remember during February: Look for the Light in everything; Give Thanks even for your challenges; Choose to see the highest good in yourself and others, and Be Kind as much as possible!

Correction: On P26 of the January edition under “It’s Time to ‘Gut’ Healthy,” the first sentences should read, “Hippocrates said all disease begins in the gut. Ninety-five percent of your Serotonin and 80 percent of your immune system reside in your gut.” Also, Kelly Haugh’s phone number should read 720-236-7897.

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r Katia Meier, an integrative physician and aesthetic medicine doctor, offers a new hair restoration procedure for men and women to reverse hair loss and improve the thickness and quality of hair using platelet-rich plasma derived from their own blood. “Using your own body’s healing power,” says Dr Meier, “we draw a bit of your own blood, to ‘harvest your own magic healing powers,’ process it so only the enriched platelet cells remain, and inject it into the scalp in tiny amounts, which stimulates natural hair growth. It’s 100% natural, requires no down-time and reverses thinning hair. We’ve had incredible success!”  “This treatment can be combined with a healing laser, worn like a bike helmet, which stimulates hair growth. Success is guaranteed wearing it only 20 minutes twice weekly. None of these procedures have any side effects or risks, they are 100% natural and guaranteed successful,” says Meier. Treatments vary depending on the individual’s need, age and health; maintenance is usually 2-3 treatments per year. To schedule a consultation, call Clear Sky Medical at 303-790-7860. See ad page 2. 

r Sorina Simion-Rodgers announces the opening of a new location for Bionuu at 129 West County Line Road in Littleton to better serve clients, and address the increased demand for services. Open Monday through Friday, Bionuu’s mission is to support men and women of all ages maintain their health and vitality. The services offered work together and enhance the benefits of each: hormone replacement therapy; nutritional balancing and replacement; IV supplementation; weight loss and nutritional counseling; as well as medical esthetics. Dr Simion-Rodgers says, “Quality of life and health goals are particular to each individual despite what our own beliefs might be. We support anybody willing to start on the path of a better life, better health, but cannot do it without commitment on the part of the clients. We understand that making life changes is difficult so we continue to educate clients to see the changes they desire. We hope to develop very long and even lifelong relationships with our clients and support them with achieving their goals through phases of their lives.” Schedule your appointment at 303-656-9841 or

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xplore alternative choices for taking care of your body, mind, spirit & our environment March 24th and 25th from 10am to 5pm at The Ranch/Larimar County Fairgrounds – South Hall, 5280 Arena Circle in Loveland. Experience healing modalities from massage, reiki and reflexology to energy re-balancing, Iridology and deep muscle massage; have an intuitive reading; discover aspects of your Self through astrology, aura portraits, clairvoyant, tarot or past life readings; or learn what your pets are thinking with animal communicators. See various crystals & gemstones; try natural skin care products; learn about past lives, spirit guides, feng shui and aromatherapy. Shop creative vendors and unique artisans. Attend free hourly lectures, and register for exciting door prizes. Bring a canned food donation & receive $1 off admission. $7/ day, $12/weekend. Children 12 and under FREE. Free Parking. Visit for more info. See ad page 3.

Free Healing and Meditation in Boulder


oulder Psychic Institute, 1332 Pearl Street in Boulder, is now offering free healing & meditative services every Friday from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Each week focuses on a special theme like Chakra Balancing, Singing Bowls, Channeled Angel Healings, Chanting, Singing & Storytelling, Live Meditative Guitar Music, and Astral Adventures. “This is a great way to cultivate community and reset before the weekend,” says Michelle Corazao, Master of Angelic Healing. “These sessions relieve pain, stress and suffering to focus on clarity and contentment in a supportive, connected atmosphere.”


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After the Friday services, 15-minute “mini” readings or healings are offered from 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. for only $15. Says Corazao, “You may want a Mini Reading to receive insight on the energies fueling (or blocking) your endeavors. Ask questions and get answers! In a Trance Medium Healing you will sit in front of 2-3 healers who run ‘white’ vibration energy in order to see you on a pure spirit level and give you an extremely powerful healing. In a Christ Force Healing, you will lay fully clothed while a healer channels the Christ current of forgiveness through your body to wash away obstacles and make space for ease, abundance and joy!” BPI is located on the Pearl Street Mall between 13th & 14th streets on the 2nd floor.

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vie Yang, Certified Clinical Aromatherapist and Registered Aromatherapist, is offering a New Year Special on a consultation for customized essential oil blends at $5 for 15 minutes*, which includes a 10-minute follow-up phone call. Your consultation includes a detailed discussion on what health issues you want to address, and a medical history screening for any precautions that need to be taken before the use of certain EOs. “Using my expertise and intuition, I will put together a blend of different essential oils specifically for your mind, body and emotions,” says Evie. “You smell all the oils before they’re blended so you get a sense of what the blend will smell like, and instructions for use. I made a blend with frankincense, cedarwood and vetiver for a client who wanted to keep grounded, focused, and motivated while in college. My client told me it has helped a great deal.” “With more than 90 essential oils available to support us in staying motivated and encouraged this new year, a customized EO blend can be created for any individual,” says Evie.

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ne of the world’s top business and brand strategists, Debbie Allen, will teach her acclaimed Highly Paid Expert Seminar on Friday, March 16th from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Public Service Credit Union conference room, 7502 West 80th Avenue in Arvada. Sponsored by Journeys for Conscious Living, this special event will teach you her “Expert Positioning Formula” so that you can discover how to become the highly paid, go-to expert in your industry. According to Debbie, “In almost every buying decision, people tend to follow the advice of ‘go-to’ experts. When you become the ‘go-to’ expert in your niche market you will instantly attract more attention to your business by educating others with your knowledge and experience. To stand out in a crowded marketplace, it’s critically important that every area of your marketing best represent your personal and professional expert brand.” Debbie Allen is considered one of the world’s top business and brand strategists, teaching business owners, entrepreneurs, coaches and speakers how to dominate the internet with their expertise. $49. Call 303-469-0306 or for info/registration or visit See more Journeys for Conscious Living events at

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A study of more than 50,000 people in the Czech Republic by the Seventh-Day Adventist Loma Linda University, in California, found that those that made breakfast their largest meal of the day had lower body mass index (BMI) levels. Lunch as the largest daily meal showed the next best results. The researchers concluded that timing and frequency of meals play a role in predicting weight loss or gain. The two factors associated with higher BMI were eating more than three meals a day (snacks were counted as extra meals) and making dinner the dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest meal.

Moderate Exercise Guards Against Depression In Exercise and the Prevention of Depression, a study of 33,908 adults in Norway by the University of New South Wales, researchers found that one hour of exercise a week reduced depression in 12 percent of the subjects. The purpose of the study was to address whether exercise protects against new-onset depression and anxiety and if so, the intensity and amount of exercise required. They concluded that regular leisure-time exercise of any intensity provides protection against future depression, but not anxiety. Thus, increasing the population of people exercising may provide public mental health benefits and prevent a substantial number of new cases of depression. 8

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Mindfulness Reduces Alcohol Cravings In a randomized, double-blind experiment published in the International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, University College London researchers found that among 68 heavy drinkers, just 11 minutes of recorded mindfulness training reduced drinking. Subjects were closely matched with an active control group that was taught relaxation techniques. Seven days later, the mindfulness group on average drank 9.3 fewer units of alcohol, roughly equal to three pints of beer, while the relaxation group showed no drop in alcohol consumption.

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Research from the University of Texas at Arlington reported in The FASEB Journal, published by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, has found that zinc supplements can inhibit or slow the growth of esophageal cancer cells. The research also found that zinc deficiency is common among throat cancer patients. Zinc-rich foods include spinach, flax seeds, beef, pumpkin seeds and seafood such as shrimp and oysters.


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Hatha Yoga as a Healing Modality Prior to the colonial era, six main systems of Yoga were popular in different times and places. These paths are not in competition with each other, but reflect the idea that different methods of achieving inner peace work better for different people. • Jnana Yoga: disciplined inner seeking and meditation • Tantra Yoga: subtle body meditation methods: chakras, sacred sound, and kundalini energy • Classical Ashtanga Yoga: ethics, seated postures, breath, and meditation practices • Karma Yoga: selfless service • Bhakti Yoga: devotional methods including prayer, mantra, and worship • Hatha Yoga: Tantric meditation methods, deep relaxation methods, postures, systematic breath practices, and cleansing practices. Although the first five branches of the pre-colonial Yoga tree mainly concerned themselves with the mental and spiritual wellbeing of the human being, Hatha Yoga was unique in its attention to the physical body and its health. A longer and healthier life, it was argued, increases the chances of achieving enlightenment in this life. Because it was based on the principles of Ayurvedic Medicine, its practices were usually prescribed seasonally (depending on whether they were heating or cooling) and individually (based on a person’s Ayurvedic constitution, age and health needs). Yoga practices can be compatibly combined with Ayurvedic herbal therapies and dietary and lifestyle recommendations. Many health issues often seem to resolve much more quickly and completely when both are used together. Sarasvati Buhrman, Ph.D., C-IAYT, E-RYT500, is an Ayurvedic medicine practitioner and Yoga Therapist. Yoga teacher training begins March 23, see page 29.

Open Your Heart to Love It’s important we don’t let hurt harden our heart from future happiness in love. It might be easy to blame the other person for disappointing us. However, we want to put in effort to see our part, no matter how small, so we see the moments we could have made different choices. Be open and curious, more interested in your own growth and expanding your capacity to love and be loved than you are in being attached to a specific outcome or being the one who is “right.” Asking empowered, self-reflection questions generates insight to align with the love we desire to create, rather than with diminished versions of ourselves giving an illusion of safety. Where did you give your power away? Where were you not being fully authentic, or possibly over-giving to try to get another to love you? Were there times you didn’t speak up for yourself? Life is happening through us, not to us. This is an opportunity to graduate from old habitual ways of relating and patterns of the past. Once we see them clearly, we have the chance to make different choices and create a different future. Often times our part in contributing to the dynamic might seem quite subtle. It can be challenging to see our own blind spots. Ask a trusted friend for some honest feedback or seek help from a coach or counselor to support you if needed. As Carl Jung once said, “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” Contact Jennifer Zundel Coaching at 303-352-1970 or

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Neuroenergetic Release for Pain Relief

Meditate With Your Chi Qigong holistic wellness is anchored deeply into the ancient wisdom of Wu Wei, the Taoist lifestyle of aligning our thoughts and behaviors with the rhythms of Nature in our environment to bring the mind, spirit, soul and body into perfectly balanced communion. This is accomplished through a heart-centered, earth-grounded approach in exercise, nutrition and daily activities to refine our chi. Through continual qigong practice, every breath we take is filled with meditative movement and stillness. We become keenly aware of where, when and how to move our chi internally and around us to maintain this balance.

The results: • We slow down and even reverse our physical aging process. • Physical health improves dramatically, eliminating illness and dis-ease, recovering from injuries. Stamina greatly strengthens while we develop a lasting inner peace and confidence about life and the future. • Promptly eliminating distractions and excess from daily living becomes second nature and living simply nourishes and strengthens our spirit. • Accepting “what is” in our lives and around us becomes easy and graceful and we become a healing influence with others. • Our voice of inner knowing grows to be loud and undeniable and we trust it. The mind is clear in thought. • We find and express our true nature, fully supported by the Universal Chi. • Life becomes amazing! Contact Debra Lin Allen, medical qigong practitioner, teacher and Qigong Lifestyle® coach at 720-427-0406 or See ad page 9. 10

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Neuroenergetic Release® facilitates rapid release and balancing of all systems of the body by using neuroenergetic points that interface with the nervous and energetic systems simultaneously, according to local founder Don Kipp. “NER predicts and prevents injuries, degenerative changes and dis-ease. Both short term, and over a lifetime, NER saves individuals thousands in dollars and untold priceless time helping people be pain-free and perform, function, and feel better,” says Kipp. NER addresses core-distortion patterns - those imbalances and compensation stored in the body that develop after trauma and make the body susceptible to injury. The patterns tend to worsen over time, surfacing later in life as migraines, digestive issues, scoliosis, sciatic, asthma, menstrual/back/neck/ shoulder pain, joint tenderness, and digestive problems, Kipp explains, and believes these irregularities are at the root of almost all bodily pain and dysfunction. Kipp claims to have a 90% success rate in relieving asthma, and sees children often as well, especially if they have colic, chronic ear infections, problems sleeping or are developmentally delayed. The patient, fully clothed, is given a brief structural analysis of the body to find distortions and asymmetry. S/he then lies on the table where the practitioner holds two corresponding NER points. The abnormal tension in the muscle almost instantly disappears. Both can feel this rapid release and the resulting structural change can also be observed. Kipp says, “Clients have fewer symptoms; feel less tension and pain, and have greater energy and ease of movement. Dramatic structural change routinely happens in one session. In most cases this structural change and reduction of pain and symptoms is substantial and long lasting. The goal is to quickly get the client stable, symptom free, out of pain and to a greater state of health that they can selfmaintain.” Don Kipp can be reached at 303697-4923 or see listing page 30.

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Range Brutality Shooting Wild Horses and Burros As we went to press, the fate of 90,000 wild horses and burros depended on Congressional action, as the U.S. Senate and House were hammering out differences in the delayed 2018 spending bill. The Senate version vowed to fund “humane and viable options” to the animal euthanasia allowed in the House bill. Last October, the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board recommended that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) achieve its on-range population goal of 26,715 wild horses and burros while also phasing out the use of long-term holding facilities within three years. Killing tens of thousands of healthy animals would “be a betrayal of millions of taxpayers that want wild horses protected as intended in the 1971 Wild FreeRoaming Horses and Burros Act,” says Neda DeMayo, president of Return to Freedom Wild Horse Conservation. BLM has been tasked by Congress with the responsibility of protecting wild horses and other wildlife. The agency has balked at using affordable fertility control, despite ample evidence that it’s a more than 90 percent safe and effective means of population control, critics charge. Instead, it spends 65 percent of its annual budget in capturing, removing and warehousing animals.

Renewable Payoff Germany Undergoes an Energy Renaissance Last May, Germany’s renewable energy mix of solar, wind, hydropower and biomass generated so much power for a few hours that customers actually got paid for using electricity. The country’s renewable power sources generate 88 percent of total electricity demand, and growing wind power assets alone are expected to make the phenomenon a regular occurrence. When this happens, commercial producers either close power stations to reduce the electricity supply or pay consumers to take it off the grid.

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Industry Revs Up for Electric Car Future China, the world’s largest car market, is planning to stop production and sales of traditional energy vehicles in favor of electric vehicles (EV), and the decision has sped up competitive development by U.S. automakers. General Motors is promising to launch at least 20 new electric vehicles in the next six years. “General Motors believes the future is all-electric,” says Mark Reuss, the company’s head of product development. The falling cost of lithium-ion batteries also brings a tipping point into view, observers say. By 2025 it’s possible that electric drivetrains will have no cost disadvantage compared with internal combustion engines. Technology is fast resetting the outlook for what cars can do, how consumers use them and how much an EV will cost. Tesla, Ford and Japanese and European companies are also responding to what’s being called both “the age of electricity”, and “the age of personalized transportation”. February 2018


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Monsanto Still Gaming the System Monsanto, the company that makes the controversial weed killer Roundup, is setting farmer against farmer and state against state with its newest product, dicamba. Amid claims and counterclaims over effectiveness and safety of crops and humans, the debate is shedding new light on how new agricultural products are introduced, tested and regulated. One major difference with dicamba is the gaseous vaporization it uses to treat crops, causing the poison to spread onto neighboring plants via wind. Brad Williams, a Missouri farmer, says that leaves on trees were “so deformed you couldn’t even really identify the differences between them.” The manufacturer claims that proper usage protocols are not being followed. Some farmers agree, while others report crop damage and human health issues. One pivotal point of debate is which federal and state agencies have jurisdiction and the power to set enforceable guidelines. At stake are millions of acres that have already been sprayed, along with the future of non-GMO farms inadvertently contaminated by the dicamba sprayed on genetically modified crops that need the poison to survive.


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Britain only recycled 57 percent of the plastic bottles that were sold there in 2016, and is considering charging a deposit fee to reduce litter. Scotland is also introducing a deposit return policy for cans and bottles. Denmark recycles 90 percent and South Australia 80 percent by using deposits as an incentive. UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove says that almost 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into the world’s oceans each year, with up to 80 percent washing out to sea from land. Gove is consulting with the industry to determine the advantages and disadvantages of different types of reward and return systems for plastic, metal and glass drinks containers. Britain’s decision to charge a deposit for each plastic bag in 2015 has slashed usage.

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Popular Needlework Crafts Go Green Whether for function, decoration or personal gifting, the skillful hobbies of yarn arts such as knitting, quilting, weaving, stitching, sewing, crocheting and macramé are going strong. The difference these days is that doing it eco-responsibly is enhancing the process. “More people are making and hand-dyeing their own yarn,” says blogger Ann Budd (, of Boulder, Colorado, former editor of Interweave Knits magazine and author of Knitting Green. “The results are beautiful with different color combinations, and even striping.” Also, more yarn is American-sourced. “Shearing and dyeing are done here to cut down on the overall carbon footprint,” explains Budd, who conducts workshops for shops and clubs, plus two annual learning retreats. This year’s are in Savannah, Georgia, from April 26 to 29, and in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, from September 20 to 23. suggests Green Mountain Spinnery ( as a U.S. source of certified organic, natural fiber yarns processed without toxic oils, chemicals or dyes; Ecobutterfly Organics (, for vegan-friendly, fair trade and botanically dyed organic cotton yarns and fiber, recycled glass beads, buttons and kits; and Organic Cotton Plus (, offering certified organic woven and knit fabrics, hemp and hemp-blended fabrics, threads, ribbons and vegetable-based dyes. Interweave (, a craft magazine publisher, provides video and online education. Learn how to avoid potential hand and arm pain from repetitive motions with the new book Knitting Comfortably: The Ergonomics of Handknitting ( by San Francisco physical therapist and needlework teacher Carson Demers. For many needlework fans, charitable volunteering keeps their fingers flying. Members of the nonprofit Mittens for Detroit ( make mittens, gloves, hats and lapghans for children and adults in need. Donna Davis, of Roswell, New Mexico, has knitted hats for African newborns, wool items for Eastern European orphans and scarves for American artists. Learn more at

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ore Americans than ever before are seeking the benefits of meditation, which notably improves mental, physical and spiritual health. Choosing from its many styles and traditions can be daunting for a new meditator, as is figuring out how to incorporate such a practice into a busy life.

Universal Appeal “Meditation is for people of all spiritual backgrounds. As a tool to develop awareness, it can enhance what you already believe and practice,” assures Diana Lang, the Los Angeles author of Opening to Meditation: A Gentle, Guided Approach and a spiritual counselor who has taught meditation for 37 years. For Jackie Trottmann, a Christian author from St. Louis, Missouri, there is no contradiction between a meditation practice and her faith; rather, they complement one another. For her, “Prayer is like talking to God, whereas meditation is listening to God. Before I came to meditation, I had been doing all the talking.”

She came to meditation during a trying period working in sales and marketing. “When a friend gave me a meditation CD, I popped it in after a stressful conference call and felt instantly calmed. Ten years later, meditation has gone beyond quieting the mind; it’s sunk into my heart and spirit,” says Trottmann, who went on to publish her own CDs at “I came to meditation tired of habitual suffering and stress, and wanting to be happier,” says Bill Scheinman, a coach in MindfulnessBased Stress Reduction (MBSR), which he refers to as “mindfulness practice without the Buddhist jargon.” The Oakland, California, instructor has taught mindfulness in settings ranging from corporations to prisons, drawing from a range of meditative disciplines and 23 years of intensive practice.

Begin Modestly “Millions are seeking more mindfulness through meditation, but don’t know

how to go about it,” says Sean Fargo, a Berkeley, California, meditation instructor and former Buddhist monk. “The key is to take baby steps, like going to the gym for the first time. Start by practicing a few minutes a day; just pay attention to something such as the sensations of breathing, without judgment.” “Having taught meditation to tens of thousands of people, I would say the most common issue is that beginning meditators don’t think they’re doing it right. It’s important not to judge yourself or have loaded expectations about the experience,” notes Lang. She suggests starting wherever we are right now, adding, “Whatever book, class or teacher you first stumble upon is a clue.” But that doesn’t call for rigidly adhering to a particular type of meditation forever.

Assess Benefits “Shop around and try different things, but at some point, you will begin to discover what works for you,” advises Scheinman. In trying to decide which meditation practice is right for us, “Go with what feels juicy,” says Fargo, who founded, offering 1,500 free mindfulness meditations, worksheets and talks. “You’re more likely to do what feels alive and enlivening.” The act of meditating can be uncomfortable, but the challenges are part of its power. Scheinman remarks. “If you establish a daily practice, eventually, you will become more clear-headed, kinder and happier. That’s how you know your practice is working—not how you feel during meditation itself.” Consistency is key. It’s not effective to only meditate when you feel good, he says.

Overview of Options Mindfulness practices go by many names, from vipassana to MBSR, and can be done sitting or walking, but all are focused on cultivating moment-to-moment awareness. “Mindfulness is about being aware: deliberately paying attention to body sensations, thoughts and emotions. Focused attention is on the body, heart and mind,” explains Scheinman. Guided visualization differs from most forms of meditation in that the meditator is intentionally creating a mental image, typically one of a peaceful, beautiful place. Typically, the goal of a guided visualization is deep relaxation and stress reduction. Mantra meditations involve continuous repetition of a word, phrase or sound, drawing spiritual power from the sound’s vibration, as well as its meaning. Many mantras are uttered in a tradition’s native language, such as shanti, meaning peace in Sanskrit. Teachers like Lang prefer to use mantras in English that meditators can more easily grasp, such as, “Love is the way.” Breathing meditation. Meditation experts say our everpresent breath is a sound foundation for a meditation practice, as well as an easy place to start. “Tapping into the power of our breath is vital; it cleanses our system,” says Trottmann. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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ADVERSITY How to Strengthen Your Resilience Muscle by April Thompson


t’s an incredibly hopeful message: We can go through the most terrible things imaginable and still get through to a better place,” says David B. Feldman, associate professor of counseling psychology at California’s Santa Clara University and co-author with Lee Daniel Kravetz of Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering and Success. Such researchers have found that, like elastic stretched beyond its normal limits, people often don’t just bounce back to their old form, but stretch and expand in new ways. The pair conducted in-depth case studies of survivors of extreme traumatic experiences that went on to do bold things. Just one case in point: After losing a leg in a car accident, college basketball player Casey Pieretti reinvented himself as a successful Hollywood stuntman. According to many studies, 60 to 80 percent of people grow in some way from personal trauma, known as “post-traumatic growth”, according to Feldman. “It can be as simple as appreciating each day more. It can mean deepening relationships. It may result in a renewed sense of spirituality. Or, it might take one’s life in a dramatically different direction,” he says. Ila Eckhoff, a financial executive in New York City, has experienced more than her share of challenges: developing cerebral palsy as a toddler, enduring 12 childhood surgeries, losing her mother at age 11 and four years ago, her husband. “All of the struggles and losses brought me here, now,” says Eckhoff. “Nobody ever said life was easy. We have greater appreciation for the things that we had to struggle to achieve.” Choosing self-directedness instead of selfpity in the face of challenges differentiates those that thrive from those that merely survive, observes Catherine Morisset, a life coach from Ottawa, Canada, who specializes in resilience. “It’s taking responsibility for life and managing the way you want to live it. We all have choices, even in the face of difficulty,” she says.

Mastering an Optimal Outlook “Challenges don’t define you. How you respond does,” remarks Doug Hensch, an executive coach and author of Positively Resilient: 5½ Secrets to Beat Stress, Overcome Obstacles, and Defeat Anxiety. He attests that having a growth mindset is vital, focusing on 16

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strengths without disregarding areas needing improvement. Maintaining a balanced outlook that’s realistic, yet positive, enables individuals to move on from trauma. For supersurvivors, being pragmatic serves them far better than a false sense of optimism about bad situations, Feldman found, saying, “They grieved losses, but thought realistically about what to do next.” “Optimism in the best sense is focusing on the positive without denying the negative, while focusing on what’s in your control,” notes Hensch. Martin Seligman, known as the “father of positive psychology”, found that when people take setbacks personally, viewing them as permanent, pervasive and personal, they develop a sense of learned helplessness that inhibits growth and happiness. “It’s important not to ‘catastrophize’ or generalize a failure and extend it to other areas of life,”



says Dr. Steven M. Southwick, a professor of psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine who focuses on post-traumatic stress disorder and resilience.

Make Caring Connections Social networks are critical in the face of challenges, resilience experts agree. “When we are wronged or feel unsafe, it’s natural to withdraw when we should do the opposite,” says Feldman. “It’s also not the number of friends you have, or even how much time you spend with them, that matters. All you need is at least one person you can count on.” “We are built to be connected with others. It has a significant impact in regulating stress,” says Southwick, a co-author of Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life’s Greatest Challenges. Over the past two decades, Southwick and his colleagues have studied three groups that have come through harrowing events: being Vietnam War prisoners, Special Forces instructors and civilians. They found people that rebounded strongly often shared common attributes, including embracing a spiritual outlook and social network. In 2013, Damon Redd, of Boulder, awoke to a severe flooding event, with his home and business buried under five feet of mud and water that nearly wiped out his clothing business, Kind Design, overnight. “It was the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through, to lose everything I had built. It also gave me a new perspective on what’s important. It made me aware that you can replace physical things, but you can’t replace memories. My mind was blown away by the support I received.” Redd ended up paying forward the kindness. “We cleaned and repaired 1,500 pairs of gloves in our inventory that were damaged that day, and are donating them to search-and-rescue teams and ski patrols. The more good you do, the more good other people will do,” Redd professes. Altruism and owning a moral code is another common characteristic of resilient individuals, according to Southwick. Having a purpose is a huge indicator of whether a person will rise to the occasion. “You can endure almost anything if you have a mission, or believe what you are doing has meaning. It gives you great strength,” he says.

In 2016, Bobbi Huffman lost her high school sweetheart and husband to suicide a few days before Valentine’s Day. As she began to process the tragedy, she saw two choices ahead: “Drop into a deep depression and give up or focus on our deep love for one another, get into therapy, and make a difference by inspiring, encouraging and helping others,” says Huffman. She chose the latter, asking for professional help and signing up for the 16-mile Overnight Walk for Suicide Prevention, in New York City. “Getting into the best shape of my life at age 50 became my passion. As I walked through the night, I reflected on our beautiful memories as a couple. It was an amazing, healing experience,” reflects Huffman.

Parents do a disservice to their kids when they try to remove adversity from their lives. When little things go wrong, rather than rush to fix it, let the kids figure out a solution. They’ll realize it’s not the end of the world. ~Doug Hensch Forgiveness—whether for others or ourself—is another key to help us move forward, reports Feldman. “Often, people can get stuck in blame, but resentment keeps people shackled to the past. If and when a person is ready to forgive, widespread research indicates that it can lead to better health outcomes.”

Strengthening Our Resilience Muscle Experts point out that there isn’t any one perfect formula or single must-have trait for building resilience, and none we can’t develop. Learning a skill like mindfulness is an easy place to start. “Resilient people don’t try to avoid stress, but learn how to manage and master it,” says Southwick. “Mindfulness meditation requires practice, but through

it, you can learn to regulate emotions and relax the nervous system.” Eckhoff practices mindfulness several times a day with a one-minute gratitude meditation. “I have five things I am most grateful for. I close my eyes, take a deep breath and say them. It brings me focus, reduces stress and reminds me of how lucky I am,” she says. Morisset suggests making incremental changes to strengthen our resilience muscles. “Success builds success and failure builds failure, so do something you know you can accomplish and build on that,” she counsels. Writing can also be a good coping tool, according to Hensch. “Just write about your emotions. It’s amazing how much you can learn about yourself and how calming it can be.” Good times are the best times to begin “resilience training” notes Hensch. “I sought out a therapist once I had turned the corner after my divorce and was dating someone and my business was taking off. It was precisely because I knew something else would likely happen, and I wanted to be better prepared for it,” he recalls. Applying positive self-talk when something blindsides us helps, as does not expecting to handle things perfectly. “There’s nothing wrong with just staying afloat when you’re in the middle of trauma or adversity. One key to happiness in life is just managing expectations. It’s okay to be anxious, sad and worried at times—in fact, it’s healthy,” says Hensch. Hardships are just that: hard. However, with time and experience, resilient individuals come to trust their ability to get through them, large and small. “Resiliency is not about how you bounce back from a single traumatic event; it’s how you respond every day to the challenges that life presents,” Eckhoff has learned. “Repetitive use of this ‘muscle’ builds strength and enables you to do more and sometimes, the impossible.” Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at




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heir playful appearance as a beach ball look-alike makes exercise balls welcome props in home workouts, gyms and yoga studios. “They’re a fun training tool for every age, from children to maturing Baby Boomers,” says Dennis Fuchs, CEO of TheraGear, in Sumas, Washington. “Exercise balls are affordable and offer many benefits, from enhanced mobility to reduced risk of injury and increased athletic performance.” Originally developed by Italian plastic manufacturer Aquilino Cosani in 1963 as a toy called the Gymnastik and then used by British and Swiss physical therapists to help orthopedic patients, the ball has since come a long way to serve fitness needs. Also known as Swiss, stability, balance, physio- and Pilates balls, this colorful piece of equipment can range in size from 14 to 34 inches to be appropriate for a user’s height (

Core Strength Without Strain Stability balls are recommended by fitness trainers and chiropractors for their ability to build core strength and increase flexibility of pelvic muscles without putting unnecessary strain on the back. “The core is a series of muscles used in almost all functional movement; tailored exercises focus both on abdominal and back strength and pelvic and hip stability,” explains Linnea Pond, an exercise instructor at the Pocono Family YMCA, in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Using an exercise ball also promotes full body conditioning. “Swiss ball training connects the brain with stabilizer muscles, improving gross motor skills and upper body strength, as well,” Fuchs elaborates. “These versatile training balls help equip an individual to handle the functional demands of sports and everyday life.”

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Exercise balls are used in occupational therapy for stroke patients and others recovering from injury. “A stroke deadens part of the brain, and to regain movement in an affected arm or leg, an unaffected part of the brain must take over the lost function. The

goal of the therapist is to establish new neural pathways through repetition and visual reinforcement. We have patients do simple exercises with the ball hundreds of times so these pathways start to form,” explains Bob Schrupp, a physical therapist and founder of Therapy Network, in Winona, Minnesota. One goal for physical and occupational therapists is to help clients perform rehabilitation exercises that also motivate them to continue exercising. While the ball is an excellent tool in clinical settings, Schrupp cautions, “After a stroke, or if you’re older or in poor health, it’s always best to check with your doctor or physical therapist to determine if stability ball exercises are appropriate.”

Pregnant Women and Senior Fitness Balance balls, when used properly, can offer a safe way for pregnant women, children and seniors to stay fit. Exercising with a ball can help older individuals increase flexibility, especially in the hips, with cardiac strengthening as a bonus. Pregnant women can safely increase and maintain abdominal strength as the baby grows, and in doing so, care for muscles that will help them through labor. “Pregnancy can throw a woman off balance, and a growing baby puts pressure on internal organs. Pressing the back on a stability ball against a wall offers support for squats. Sitting on a ball helps maintain good posture and pelvic mobility, and reduces low back pain,” explains Pond. Incorporating the ball into yoga or Pilates routines prompts different muscles into action because it calls on the body’s learned ability to sense and respond to movement, termed proprioception. Pond says, “Proprioception is challenged just from sitting on the ball; there are immediate physical adjustments made to maintain posture and stability. In yoga, the ball is another tool to increase flexibility and balance.”

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Regarding the equipment’s eyecatching appearance, Schrupp sees a helpful bonus: “The ball is a big, colorful reminder to perform your exercises.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at February 2018


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Foods Our Heart Will Love

Top 10 Heart Healthy Choices by Judith Fertig


e can love our hearts with 10 superfoods that just might

make perfect ingredients for a Valentine’s Day meal, starting with dark chocolate.


Cocoa powder. Cacao’s

flavanols lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of stroke and act as antioxidants to prevent inflammation. Dr. JoAnn E. Manson, a physician, doctor of public health and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School affiliate Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, confirms, “Between 400 and 900 milligrams (mg) a day of cocoa flavanols may favorably affect several mechanisms and pathways related to cardiovascular disease prevention.” Not all chocolate is created equal.


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Manson recommends chocolate with cocoa or cacao as the first ingredient, not sugar. She and her colleagues are currently conducting the Cocoa Supplement and Multivitamin Outcomes Study, a large-scale, randomized study of 18,000 U.S. men and women testing the benefits of ingesting 600 mg per day of cocoa flavanols.


Raspberries. Just one-half cup

of berries a day can provide plenty of phytonutrients and antioxidants for decreasing inflammation and preventing heart disease, says Wendy Bazilian, a doctor of public health and registered dietitian in San Diego, and author of The SuperFoodsRx Diet: Lose Weight with the Power of SuperNutrients. “Whirl them into a breakfast smoothie, add them to a green salad or combine them with dark chocolate for a tasty, heart-healthy dessert,” she advises.


Salmon. Full of omega-3 fatty acids, wild-caught salmon (about two six-ounce weekly servings) helps reduce systemic inflammation and risk of developing atherosclerosis, hypertension and stroke, according to Dr. Josh Axe, of Nashville, Tennessee. Beyond prevention, omega-3s in oily fish are also widely known to treat atherosclerosis, normalize heart rhythms and help lower blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels, as well as significantly lower the risk of stroke.


Pumpkin seeds. High in

magnesium—about 764 mg per cup—roasted pumpkin seeds, or pepitas, top the list of heart-healthy nuts and seeds. Magnesium is an important electrolyte that helps the heart

fire on all cylinders and not skip a beat. Improvements in lipid profiles can occur with a daily intake of 365 mg, or about a half-cup, of pepitas. Enjoy roasted pumpkin seeds as a snack or scatter them in a salad, bowl of chili or soup for a delicious crunch.

Avocados. Fresh avocados supply magnesium, plus they’re a good source of potassium, another electrolyte the heart needs for optimum functioning. “You probably know bananas and citrus fruits are top sources of potassium, but I like avocados because they also supply healthy fats,” says Dr. Stephen T. Sinatra, a board-certified cardiologist with the HeartMD Institute, in Manchester, Connecticut.



Almonds. Sinatra recommends

a handful of almonds a day to raise HDL, a form of “good” cholesterol he likens to a “lipid garbage truck”

that picks up oxidized “bad” LDL in the bloodstream and carries it to the liver for processing.


Extra-Virgin Olive Oil.


Beet Juice. A 2015 study in the

Cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil with a high phenol content can help lower blood pressure (via about two tablespoons daily), make more efficient a n d p r o t e c t i v e H D L cholesterol, and protect the inner lining of arteries.

journal Hypertension found that two daily eight-ounce glasses of beet juice can help reduce high blood pressure. Beets contain a natural dietary nitrate found in previous studies to lower high blood pressure. Enjoy beet juice in smoothies, as a tart drink

known as a “shrub” (beet juice with raspberry vinegar) or in soups like borscht.

Garlic. Allicin, the sulfur compound that gives garlic its distinctive aroma, helps keep blood thin and flowing optimally, says Sinatra. The freshest chopped garlic offers the best benefits, according to a study from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.



Pomegranate. Drinking

about one cup of pomegranate juice a day for three months can improve blood flow to the heart, reports a study in the American Journal of Cardiology. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (


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Overcoming Obstacles

Do-Good Dogs Do Almost Anything Service Animals Train to Help People in Need by Sandra Murphy


ervice dogs help an aging population live full lives in spite of limitations, no matter the size, age or breed of dog. Plus, hundreds of thousands of canines make living with disabilities both possible and more pleasant.

The Rules “Service dogs don’t eat on duty, and should be on the floor, not put in a handbag or shopping cart,” advises Maggie Sims, project manager for the Rocky Mountain Americans with Disabilities Act Center, in Colorado Springs. “If the dog disrupts business, the person can be asked to remove the animal and then return. Emotional-support dogs are not provided for by the disabilities act, because the dog does not perform a specific task. “We get calls from people concerned about fake service dogs when owners try to bring them into places where pets generally aren’t allowed. Usually, they’re the ones that behave badly,” Sims says. Service animals are not required to wear a special vest or have documentation. 22

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Educating the Public A motorcycle accident left Matthew Smith dependent on using a wheelchair or crutches. An administrator at Comcast Cable, in Baltimore, Maryland, Smith relies on his pit bull, Jericho, to fetch dropped items, open doors and help him maintain balance. “Gravity is my specialty,” he jokes. “If I fall, he braces me so I can get up. Moving about stresses my shoulders, so Jericho pulls the wheelchair on days when I’m in pain.” Although working service dogs should not be petted or approached, Smith tells Jericho, “Go say ‘Hi,’” if someone asks to approach him. “Pit bulls have an undeserved bad reputation, so I’ll take a minute to let people meet him to change that perception. When Jericho is the subject of conversation, it also takes the spotlight off of me,” he says. Jericho was trained by Apryl Lea, a certified assistance dog trainer for the Animal Farm Foundation’s Assistance Dog Program, in Kingston, New York. She explains, “The pit bulls I train

“When a counter is too high, a service dog can pass money to the cashier. Dogs will pull a rope to open a heavy door. In the event of seizures or fainting, our dogs react based on location; at home, they find another family member, but in public, will stay with their person,” Lea says. The muscles of a patient with Parkinson’s disease may freeze while walking. Dogs brace against a resulting fall or touch the person to help unfreeze the muscles. Tethered to an autistic child, the dog provides distraction from repetitive behaviors like flapping hands or crying, while keeping the child in a safe area. Some dogs are trained to track the child, as well, in case of escape. Likewise, dogs can give Alzheimer’s disease patients a bit of freedom without getting lost.

Sounding Alerts Hearing dogs alert their hearingimpaired person to the sound of a doorbell or ringing phone. In the car, they’ll nudge the driver with a paw if they hear a siren. Riley the Chihuahua’s job is caring for Jennifer Wise, an aromatherapist and owner of Enchanted Essence, in Toledo, Ohio. Wise has a neurological disease that affects her legs and makes her prone to falls. “Riley’s trained to bark for help if I am unable to get up,” she explains. “If barking fails, he’ll grab someone’s pant leg or shoelaces and pull in my direction. He’s small, but determined.” Michelle Renard, a stay-at-home mom in Woodstock, Georgia, relies on Mossy, a goldendoodle trained by Canine

When someone brings a dog into a place of business, we can legally ask only two short questions: “Is this animal needed for a disability?” and “What tasks has the animal been trained to do in relation to the disability?”

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are from shelters, and must be good with people and other animals and be comfortable in social settings that match the person’s lifestyle.”

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Assistants, in nearby Alpharetta, to detect high- and low-blood sugar levels. “She’s never wrong,” says Renard.

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Linda Blick, president and co-founder of Tails of Hope Foundation, in Orange County, New York, observes, “A veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder may not show outward symptoms, but have anxiety. Dogs are trained to turn on the lights, lick their person’s face or apply reassuring pressure by lying across their person’s chest to bring them out of night tremors. “One of our veterans was so uncomfortable in public, it was difficult for him to even speak to the veterinarian about his dog’s torn knee ligament,” Blick explains. “For the sake of the dog, he managed to discuss care, a big step for him.” As Sims states, “True service dogs literally give people with disabilities their lives back.”

Under Colorado state law HB16-1426 (effective January 2017), it is a crime to knowingly misrepresent a companion, assistance, or emotional support animal to avoid pet fees or have an animal in housing that otherwise does not allow animals.

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• An animal that primarily provides emotional support, comfort, and/or companionship for a person with a disability is

• A service animal is categorized as such because it is tasked with performing services directly related to a person’s disability. A person’s disability may not always be visible. • Service animals, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), are either trained canines or miniature horses ONLY. There are no specific requirements about height and weight of canines, however, such specifications exist for miniature horses. • Per several city-specific ordinances in Colorado, pit bulls are a banned breed of canines. This ban does not include trained service animals.

commonly referred to as a companion or assistance animal. • Companion or assistance animals do not qualify as service animals and are not protected under the ADA, however, they are protected under federal and state housing laws. • Companion or assistance animals do not require training. • Only individuals with disabilities are entitled to have companion or assistance animals, however, they are only allowed within the individual’s home. • Housing providers are permitted to ask for documentation to provide evidence of a person’s disability for companion or assistance animals if the disability is not obvious. • Businesses and other public entities are not required to allow companion or assistance animals into their businesses. Find out more about service animals at

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SELF-LOVE by Charlie Chaplin


s I began to love myself, myself I ffound ound d that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth. Today, I know, this is AUTHENTICITY.

As I began to love myself, I understood how much it can offend somebody as I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me. Today I call it RESPECT. As I began to love myself, I stopped craving for a different life, and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow. Today I call it MATURITY. As I began to love myself, I understood that at any circumstance, I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm.

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Today I call it SELF-CONFIDENCE. As I began to love myself, I quit stealing my own time, and I stopped designing huge projects for the future. Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in my own rhythm. 24

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T od day I call it SIMPLICITY SIMPLICITY. Today As I began to love myself, I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health—food, people, things, situations and everything that drew me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism. Today I know it is LOVE OF ONESELF.

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As I began to love myself, I quit trying to always be right, and ever since, I was wrong less of the time. Today I discovered that is MODESTY. As I began to love myself, I refused to go on living in the past and worrying about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where everything is happening. Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it FULFILLMENT. As I began to love myself, I recognized that my mind can disturb me and it can make me sick. But as I connected it to my heart, my mind became a valuable ally. Today I call this connection WISDOM OF THE HEART. We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing new worlds are born. Today I know that is LIFE. Chaplin’s World museum, in Switzerland, opened in 2016 (

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NOTE: All Calendar events & Special Offers must be received by February 5 (for March issue) and adhere to our guidelines. Visit for guidelines and to submit entries. All entries will be edited.

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Reiki, vibrational healing & intuitive reading for first-time clients. In person or phone. 700 E 9th Ave., #9, Denver. JoAnne Palladino, Reiki MasterTeacher, Channel, & Intuitive. 303-263-0679


Includes assessment interview, evaluation and treatment recommendations by Inge Sengelmann, LCSW, SEP, RYT-500, Embody Your Life, 305788-6857 or


Consulting services that enable you to make positive changes in your life and environment. Tina Atchley, Everyday Health and Home, 303-910-4593 or



Each Wednesday 6-7 pm, open to everyone. Repeats $5/ pp. Journey Within, 777 S Wadsworth Blvd., Bldg 2-108, Lakewood. Anita Destino, 720-413-7303


Deep healing at the physical, emotional, mental and/ or spiritual levels of your being. 679 W Littleton Blvd, #205 Littleton. Marie Adams EEM-AP, CHT, PT, Healing Change, 303-668-0299


Live Your Knowing Counseling, Creekside at Highline Office Park, 1211 S Parker Rd, Denver. Renee Ellis, MA RMT, 720-984-9575


South Lakewood Dental, 2525 S Wadsworth Blvd, #11, Lakewood. Scott Stewart, DDS & Naturopathic Physician, 303-988-4338


Romance Angels Workshop–1-3pm. Single or involved, the Romance Angels can help you experience greater joy and bliss in your love life. Open to Everyone Early Bird $60, Regular Price $75 Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303,

Balance Hormones During Cycles of Moodiness With Essential Oils–3-5:30pm. Learn how to use Essential Oils (EO), with an in-depth look at EO that support hormone balance. We’ll make 2 blends: #1 Balance Hormones Roll-On Blend; #2 Support Emotions, Relaxation, Clarity Inhaler Blend. $65 in Littleton. *For women who aren’t pregnant or nursing. RSVP Evie Yang CCA, RA, at 858-922-2964 or

I Ching Wisdom for Constancy Amid Change–10 semi-monthly workshops, 9:30am-Noon. The respected book of Eastern natural health, the I Ching, guides our qigong practice for peace of mind; spiritual and physical health; and clarity. Tuition: $600. Chi Wellness, The Center of Qigong, Denver. Debra Lin Allen 720-427-0406,

It’s Back! Journey’s Quarterly Holistic Healing and Psychic/Intuitive Fair–11am-5pm. Enjoy massage, shamanic, foot baths, reiki, sound healing, healing touch, oils; palmistry, tarot, intuitive, astrological; and crystals, jewelry, oils, and art. $20/20 mins or as offered. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695.



Mindfulness and Meditation Workshop–7:15pm9pm. Come learn, practice, and share about mindfulness and meditation, and some techniques that will lead you to a more balanced life. Instructor: Tryna Giordano Cooper. Suggested offering: $10-$20. Journeys for Conscious Living 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-550-4223 or 303-731-6695.

Qigong with Food–10 monthly workshops, 6-8pm. Step by step, our Chi Nutrition workshops teach us what and how we eat to achieve vigorous health, clarity of mind and inner peace. Tuition, learning materials and food: $600. Chi Wellness, The Center of Qigong, Denver. Debra Lin Allen 720-427-0406,

Lavender-Eucalyptus-Peppermint Personal Nasal Inhaler Party–5-7pm Wednesdays. Learn to make this ultra-convenient inhaler (fits in your pocket) to promotes relaxation, boost your immune system, support your emotions, and support your energy levels. $8 incl refreshments. Littleton. RSVP Evie Yang 858922-2964 or



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The Women’s Way to Health, Wealth, and Happiness Meetup–7-9pm. “Facebook Groups - Easy Facebook Engaging” presented by Kathy Mason. Learn how to boost your business, your profits, and your impact. Available live stream as well. 7502 W 80th, Arvada. Donation. Contact Tryna 303-550-4223 or Kathy 720-938-2536.

Lavender-Eucalyptus-Peppermint Personal Nasal Inhaler Party–5-7pm Wednesdays. Learn to make this ultra-convenient inhaler (fits in your pocket) to promote relaxation, boost your immune system, support your emotions, and support your energy levels. $8 incl refreshments. Littleton. RSVP Evie Yang 858922-2964 or

FRI FEB 16 Chinese New Year-Yang Earth Dog 2018 Celebration!–7pm. Fun social qigong ceremony to align with the Brown Yang Earth Dog after the New Moon’s partial solar eclipse in Aquarius! Bring your favorite dish to share (no gluten/dairy, please). All welcome. Chi Wellness, The Center of Qigong, Denver. Debra Lin Allen 720-427-0406 or Sacred Drumming Circle, Sound Celebration & Meditation–7-9pm. Join the community for appreciation, celebration and release using sound, breath, mindfulness and meditation in the Energy of the Circle. Bring a snack, your drums, rattles, flutes and other instruments. Love offering/$10. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695. Debbie Allen’s Highly Paid Expert Workshop– 8:30am-5:30pm. Discover how to position yourself as THE Go-To expert and become a highly paid entrepreneur on you own terms. Debbie Allen is considered one of the world’s top business and brand strategists. 7502 W 80th, Arvada. For info/reg go to or call 303-469-0306.

SAT FEB 17 Citrus Rosemary Sugar Scrub Party–3-5pm Saturdays. Oh So Soft Skin-finally-after creating this! Get my secret recipe and make with your friends. Bonus! Invaluable tips on essential oils from a Certified Aromatherapist. $8 incl refreshments. Littleton. RSVP Evie Yang 858-922-2964 or Shamanic Practices: Medicine Wheels, Power Animals and Ceremonies–9am-6pm. Learn practical wisdom from Mayan, Lakota, Navajo and Siberian traditions. Discover how medicine wheels provide insights about your journey. Experience ceremony to invoke new energy to your life and projects, explore totems and smudging techniques. $75. Rocky Mountain Miracle Center, 1939 S Monroe St, Denver. or

SAT FEB 24 The Journey Experience Intensive Workshop & Advanced Skills Workshop–thru 2/26. Learn The Journey - a simple step-by-step roadmap to access cellular memory and heal the root cause of any physical or emotional life issue. Discover the radiant essence of your own being. Public Service Credit Union building, lower level, in the community room. 7502 W 80th, Arvada. For info/reg 1-855-625-6876 or .

MON FEB 26 We Are Change Open Mic Night-6–10pm. Share the power of our local grassroots activist community at an evening of food, music, interviews, headliners, poetry and dancing . Journeys for Conscious Living 7401 W 59th, Arvada. Visit for details.

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Free Healing Therapy for Individuals with Cancer–Reiki and Healing Touch support relaxation and balance on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Sign up for free sessions at one of our partner locations, or in-home for those too sick to travel, at

Energy Healings/Aura Clearing/Chakra Balancing–6-7pm. A healing is an energy clearing, release negative energy blocking growth and create the life you desire. $5/healing. Free for first timers. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303

sundays North Boulder Spiritual Transformation with Transmission Meditation–7pm. Join us for a group meditation that is a stimulus to our individual development and also a potent form of world service. Free. Lon 303-746-7118

mondays Longmont Spiritual Transformation with Transmission Meditation–7pm. Join us for a group meditation that is a stimulus to our individual development and also a potent form of world service. Free. Connie 303-834-0526

tuesdays Wheatridge Spiritual Transformation with Transmission Meditation–7pm. Join us for a group meditation that is a stimulus to our individual development and also a potent form of world service. Free. Tim 303-239-8101 $30 Psychic Readings–7-8:30pm, by appointment only. Performed by our graduate students. Enjoy an advanced skill set and ask questions about relationships, career, health, and more!

Lavender-Eucalyptus-Peppermint Personal Nasal Inhaler Party–5-7pm. It’s fast and easy to make this ultra-convenient inhaler (pocket size). Promotes relaxation, boosts immune system, supports emotions, supports energy levels. Chk other dates/times offered. $8 incl refreshments. Littleton. RSVP Evie Yang 858922-2964 or

thursdays House Healings–Got ghosts? Sleepless nights? Consistent household conflict? House healings are great in times of transition! Offered every Thursday from 7-8:30pm in Boulder or over-thephone. $30 Psychic Readings–Tuesdays & Thursdays from 7-8:30pm, by appointment only. Performed by our graduate students. Enjoy an advanced skill set and ask questions about relationships, career, health, and more!

saturdays Qigong Movement–1-2:30pm. Meditative “Stillness within Movement” in this fun group experience increases flexibility, strength, endurance, mental focus and calm. Suitable for folks healing from physical considerations. $20 drop-in or $90/6 classes. Chi Wellness, Denver. Debra Lin Allen 720-427-0406. Tai Chi + Push Hands–2:45-4pm. Develop true internal yin-yang sensitivity and serenity, in these fun, dynamic chi-cultivation classes in Yang 24 Taiji and playful Push Hands! $20 drop-in or $90/6 classes. Chi Wellness, Denver. Debra Lin Allen 720-427-0406 Citrus Rosemary Sugar Scrub Party–3-5pm. Oh So Soft Skin-finally-after creating this! Get my secret recipe and make with your friends. Bonus! Invaluable tips on essential oils from a Certified Aromatherapist. $8 incl refreshments. Littleton. RSVP Evie Yang 858922-2964 or

World Service Through Transmission Meditation A simple group meditation providing both a dynamic service to the world and powerful, personal spiritual development. • Ron 303-819-2100

LOVE NOTES FROM HEAVEN February 17, 2pm Internationally Beloved & Denver’s Very Own Breakthrough Intuitive Coach & Medium Elisa Malangone offers an impactful, inspirational and heartwarming afternoon of deep connection and communication with Spirit. Elisa’s genuine heart-centered approach is extremely respectful, gracious, validating, precise and deeply compassionate. Her life-changing insight, loving guidance and healing messages have brought healing and comfort to many for over 20 years. Leave with loving messages from spirit, motivation, enlightenment, and clarity. Insight Studio, Wheat Ridge. $25/advance, $30/ door (email to reserve your seat). RSVP

17TH ANNUAL SPRING HOLISTIC FAIR MARCH 24 & 25, 10 AM – 5 PM Explore alternative choices for taking care of your body, mind, spirit & our environment. Bring a canned food donation & receive $1 off admission. FREE Parking! FREE Lectures!! $7/day, $12/weekend; children 12 & under FREE. Tickets at the door. The Ranch / Larimer County Fairgrounds - South Hall, 5280 Arena Circle, Loveland. For more info, see or contact Carol O at 970472-0200 or

8TH ANNUAL VEGFEST COLORADO SAT, JULY 28, 10 am – 6 pm & SUN, JULY 29 10 am -5 pm The 8th annual VegFest Colorado (VFC), a health and environmental fair, takes place July 28-29, at their new location at the 1st Bank Center, 11450 Broomfield Lane in Broomfield. VFC offers two days of family-friendly activities including speakers, cooking demonstrations by nationally acclaimed chefs and cookbook authors, food sampling, exhibitors, food trucks, movies, activities for children and more. Learn from renowned luminaries about health, diet, environmental and animal rights issues, and the advantages of embracing a compassionate, crueltyfree, plant-based lifestyle.

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HEALTHY PRODUCTS/SERVICES Spirit Guide Life Coaching: Thirsting for Clarity? Simone connects with her spirit guides to receive information that can shift your perspective, uncover gifts, give direction and increase clarity as you move toward living your life with greater authenticity. or call (720) 507-4440. Allergy Testing for Foods and Supplements: Using FDA registered Biofeedback testing. 160+ foods tested with immediate color results. See what foods and/or supplements may be causing you bloating, gas, fatigue, brain fog etc. $185. Call Trish Watson, CNC 303-2570058

$30 Off Initial Healing Session: Reiki, vibrational healing & intuitive reading. In person or phone. 700 E. Ninth Ave., Suite 9, Denver. JoAnne Palladino, Reiki Master-Teacher, Channel & Intuitive. 303-263-0679 or Remove Toxic Amalgam (Silver) Fillings: Denver’s first holistic, naturopathic dentist offers mercury free AND mercury safe amalgam (silver filling) removal. Financing available. 20% off new patient exam and x-rays when you mention Natural Awakenings. SOUTH LAKEWOOD DENTAL, Scott Stewart, DDS & Naturopathic Physician, 2525 S Wadsworth Blvd, Ste 11, Lakewood, 303-988-4338.

JOBS AVAILABLE Earn Extra Spending $$ as a Distribution Driver for Metro Denver Area: Natural Awakenings is looking for a reliable, conscientious, honest delivery driver with a good driving record and car, who lives in the area. Must have own insurance; basic ability to work with Excel/email; be available for a day or three between the 25th-1st; ability to take on side jobs for extra $$ on same route. No phone calls please. Email with your qualifications.



Feng Shui-Spring Cleansing–6-8 pm. Clear obstructions and move the energy flow in your home and work space. Generate prosperity, create life balance and nourish your spirit and invigorate your health. Tuition: $60. Chi Wellness, The Center of Qigong, Denver. Debra Lin Allen 720.427.0406,

Richard Rudis Gong Bath–7-8:30pm. Friday. Richard Rudis created the first original Gong Bath experience twenty years ago. Bring a pillow, mat and blanket. Go to for details and tickets or contact WholeLifeModalities at wholelifemodalities@ or 720-371-9137. Location: Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

Deepen your practice, Improve your health, and Become a Yoga Teacher–225-hr, 5-month yoga teacher training through Sacred Grove Wellness, w/Dr. Buhrman and her extraordinary team of Yoga teachers. meet Yoga Alliance 200-hr training requirements., 303-720-8284 or 303-443-6923.

MARCH 20 Learn to Heal with Angels; 5 Wks–7-9pm. Meet your Guardian/Healing Angels. Guided meditations help you heal, release grief, guilt, addictions and habits to create the life you desire. Early/$235, Reg/$250 Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303, or

MARCH 22 5-Week Class on Chakras and Auras–Thursdays 7-9pm. Learn about your Chakras and how they coincide with our Aura; clean and align your Chakras; easy technique to set energetic boundaries. Early/$235 Reg/$250 Journey Within, 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino, 720-413-7303, or

2018 Directory


6th Annual Healthy Living Directory Feature: Living Courageously Plus: Meditation Styles

Healthy Food Issue



Feature: Ethnic Cuisine Plus: Super Spices Feature: Climate Health Update Plus: Healthy Home

Women s Health Issue

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APRIL 28 & 29 2nd annual Colorado Holistic Fair–10am-5pm. Experience healing modalities & intuitive readings. Shop with our unique artisans. Attend our Free hourly lectures. Exciting door prizes! Free Parking! $7/day;$12/weekend; Children 12 & under FREE. Adams County Fairgrounds 9755 Henderson Rd, Brighton. Belu Olisa Fairs - Carol O 970-4720200, or

SEPT 15 & 16 36th annual Fall Holistic Fair–10am-5pm. Explore alternative choices for taking care of your body, mind, spirit & our environment. Children 12 and under FREE. Bring a canned food donation & receive $1 off admission. FREE Parking! FREE Lectures! $7/day; $12/weekend. The Ranch/Larimer County Fairgrounds - South Hall, 5280 Arena Circle, Loveland. Belu Olisa Fairs - Carol O 970-472-0200, or



Feature: Natural Care First Plus: Personalized Medicine Feature: Livable Communities Plus: Natural Beauty

Nutrition Issue


Feature: Farmers Rooted in Health Plus: Anti-Inflammatory Diet Feature:6LPSOLͤHG Parenting Plus: Multilevel Healing

Body Movement Issue


Feature: Joint Health Plus: Yoga for Flexibility Feature: Game Changers Plus: Chiropractic

Health Defense Issue


Feature: Immune System Boosters Plus: Safe Drinking Water Feature: Uplifting Humanity Plus: Holidays


February 2018


yourlocalresources NEW! FENG SHUI CHI WELLNESS, THE CENTER OF QIGONG Debra Lin Allen, Founder/Director 720-427-0406 Organizing your home and workplace to balance the flow of chi in your surroundings not only assures prosperity in your finances and career but also greatly improves your personal health and longevity, graces your relationships with harmony, sparks creativity and grows inner peace and joy. Clear energetic obstructions and direct focus in your natural strengths toward positive life transformations. Healthy environmental chi promotes a healthier you! See ad page 9.

HEALING JOANNE PALLADINO Intuitive – Channel – Reiki Master-Teacher 303-263-0679 / NEW CLIENT Specials; FREE Activations to Awaken.Your session will touch all aspects of your being. 1. A meaningful intuitive reading helps expand perspectives; 2. Shmaya, a channeled vibrational light language, attunes you to a love frequency; 3. Reiki healing to dissolve energetic blockages; 4. Life changing guidance that will shift ‘old patterns’ that no longer serve you. In-person or by phone.

INTEGRATIVE CARE CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with Dr. Katia Meier. Board Certified in AntiAging Medicine and specialty trained in Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy and Functional Medicine. See full listing under PHYSICAN or see ad page 2.

MESSAGES FROM SPIRIT ELISA MALANGONE 720-372-3927 / Searching for passion and insight to your life purpose? Connect to your unique insight and higher soul perspective for guidance concerning healing from grief and loss, health, career, relationships, finances, and other matters of the heart. Elisa combines authentic mediumship abilities and intuitive coaching by connecting to spiritual guidance to assist you in tapping into your higher wisdom and best self. Live, phone or virtual readings & events. Call or see website for more details. See ad, page 19. 30

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NO-PAIN OPTIMAL ALIGNMENT NEUROENERGETIC RELEASE™ (NER) Donald W. Kipp, Founder 303-697-4923 NER helps people be Healthier, Decrease Pain, and Increase Peak-Performance ...In Seconds! Control systems, not force are used to painlessly and quickly realign and rebalance the entire body. This releases whole-being patterns causing seemingly unrelated symptoms (such as back pain, headaches, indigestion, brain-fog and asthma). NER predicts and prevents injuries, degenerative changes, and dis-ease. Call now for optimal health and performance.

NUTRITIONAL COUNSELING CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with Dr. Katia Meier and staff offer Certified Nutrition therapists, specializing in the food-brain connection, nutrition for cancer prevention, autoimmune diseases, food sensitivities/allergies, elimination diets and medically supervised weight loss.. See full listing under PHYSICAN or see ad page 2.

PHYSICIAN: BOARD CERTIFIED HOLISTIC CLEAR SKY MEDICAL Dr. Katia Meier 9085 E Mineral Circle, #260, Centennial 303-790-7860 / Feel and look your best with Dr Katia Meier, Board Certified Holistic MD specializing in whole body health 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 Program, Medical Weight Loss for men and women. Make your appointment today. See ad page 2.

SPIRIT GUIDE LIFE COACHING SPIRIT GUIDE LIFE COACH Simone St. John 720-507-4440 Thirsting for Clarity? Simone connects with her Spirt Guides to receive information that can shift your perspective, uncover gifts, give direction and increase clarity as you move toward living your life with greater authenticity. “Simone’s Spirit Guides pinpointed the road blocks I put on myself that have kept me in a holding pattern. Her Spirit Guides gave me enlightenment and empowerment to start fresh with intention and purpose.” -Octavia M.

TANTRA & INTIMACY JUDITH ANNE CONDON Conscious Relationship/Tantra Coach 1025 Rosewood Ave, Ste 106, Boulder 303-630-9479 / I am dedicated to Conscious Relationship & Tantra. Tantra. It’s a path of meditation…what sets it apart from other ‘paths’ is that it looks to the wisdom of the body & the senses as a means to becoming more present & alive in every aspect of our lives. Our bodies have a deep wisdom that modern life often ignores. Sessions include bioenergetics, breathe practices, meditation & more. There is no nudity or sexual contact. Individuals & couples may explore issues such as Tantric Lovemaking & Spirituality; Tools for Initiating & Deepening Intimacy; Support in the Awakening Process; Men, Women’s & Teens Empowerment.

WELLNESS SERVICES A TOUCH FOR WELLNESS Debbie Sloan CMT, LE 10050 Ralston Rd, Suites 1&2, Arvada 303-995-9919 / A wellness studio to nurture your body, skin and spirit, Debbie offers massage therapy, hot stone massage, facials, waxing. She has many years of experience and is creative with combining services as needed. Experience a CBD massage or facial using our products. We sell CBD products that are federally legal, one of our many firsts in the cannabis industry. We have ongoing educational presentations and consultations about hemp/CBD products. (Not MMJ).

yourlocalresources ACUPUNCTURE JASMINE PEARL ACUPUNCTURE Leilani Houston, MSTCM, L.Ac. 8906 W Bowles Ave, Ste 110, Littleton 303-736-9117 Leilani loves to help you find health and happiness in your life. She does this with Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Reiki, Theta Healing, and Dream Interpretation. She believes that meditation is a key to a less stressful and less painful life, and is now offering meditation classes.


HINSDALE AUTOMOTIVE 15455 E Hinsdale Dr., Centennial 303-617-0152 /

CHI HEALING / QIGONG CLASSES CHI WELLNESS, THE CENTER OF QIGONG Debra Lin Allen, Founder/Director 720-427-0406 Thrive in balance and flexibility in body and life, physical vigor and health, spontaneity and inner peace through chi cultivation, care and practice with Debra Lin Allen. Medical Qigong and Qigong Lifestyle Coaching by appointment. Group qigong self-care classes throughout the week. Professional certification programs to teach qigong and do medical qigong therapy also available. Your prosperous life awaits you, call today! See ad page 9.


Psychotherapy, Intuitive-Focused Counseling, Past Life Therapy, Energy Healing, Classes 1211 S Parker Road, Suite 103, Denver 720-984-9575 / Experience the benefits of traditional counseling while openly and actively acknowledging the role of intuition and the soul’s journey in achieving wellbeing. Live Your Knowing Counseling helps you gracefully bring wisdom to life through a unique blend of traditional psychotherapy, intuitive wisdom, past life reconnecting, and energy balancing. Move through grief, relationship challenges, depression, anxiety and self-doubt. Discover your path and purpose, reveal your unique wisdom, and experience sensitivity as strength. Gain clarity, confidence and a more joyful life. Get started today with a phone or in-person complimentary consultation.

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7401 West 59th Ave., Arvada

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Professional Mechanics, Not Professional Prices! Owner Darrell Weddell’s motto is to take care of your problem, educate you to make an informed decision, and to advise on future repairs and maintenance. Whether it’s major or minor issues, your electrical system, or a combination of mechanical problems, Darrell’s team has the experience and knowhow to diagnose and accurately repair your vehicle.

7502 West 80th Ave., Ste 170 (Lower Level PSCU Building), Arvada 303-731-6695 or 303-469-0306 Discover a life of passion, purpose and contribution. Journeys for Conscious Living 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. See ad page 19.

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COUNSELING/ PSYCHOTHERAPY EMBODY YOUR LIFE, LLC Inge Sengelmann, LCSW, SEP, RYT 607 10th Street, Suite 109, Golden 305-788-6857 Break through the limits of talk therapy with body-mind-spirit integration strategies to help you tap into limitless wellbeing. Healing is more than reducing symptoms. Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Somatic Experiencing® & ParaYoga® combined can empower you to thrive by rewiring unhelpful nervous system patterns and amplifying your healing potential.

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VIBRANCE DENTISTRY Dr. Cate Vieregger 7400 E Crestline Circle, Ste 230, Greenwood Village 303-770-1116 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. Our stateof-the-art equipment and spa-like amenities allow us to offer services that transcend traditional dentistry and promote whole-body wellness. See ad page 21.


ENERGY MEDICINE / ENERGY PSYCHOLOGY HEALING CHANGE Marie Adams EEM-AP, CHT, PT 679 W Littleton Blvd. #205, Littleton 303-668-0299 / Individual sessions using a combination of different techniques such as Eden Energy Medicine (EEM), Hypnotherapy, EFT (meridian tapping), and Matrix Reimprinting will facilitate deep healing at the physical, emotional, mental and/or spiritual levels of your being to create that permanent change in your life. You will leave the sessions with tools that you can use at home to continue the healing work and progress towards a better you. Ongoing classes in EEM for increased Joy, Health and Vitality! Free 20-minute phone or Skype consultation.

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH EVERYDAY WHOLE HEALTH AND HOME Tina Atchley 303-910-4593 Create a home and work environment that energetically supports your health and well-being. Disturbances in the earth’s natural flow of energy caused by cell phone towers, electromagnetic energy, underground water and the like, create stress in our environment that affects us physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Neutralize geopathic stress energy, cure negative vortexes, release karma lines, space clearing and more. Heal your home/work space for harmony in relationships, better sleep, enhanced creativity, improved health and more. Free 15-minute consultation.

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JOURNEYS FOR CONSCIOUS LIVING AT MEETINGS & EVENTS 7502 West 80th Ave., Ste 170 (Lower Level PSCU Building), Arvada 303-731-6695 or 303-469-0306 Discover a life of passion, purpose and contribution. Journeys for Conscious Living is an organization leading the world in conscious living, hosting world class events, speakers, and gatherings, and offering an event center (space rental) to empower people to create and express thoughtful changes in living their lives every day, thus creating the space and energy to stay centered and expand community. See ad page 19.

FAMILY PRACTICE/ HEALTHY AGING CLEAR SKY MEDICAL Katia Meier, MD 9085 E Mineral Circle, #260, Centennial 303-790-7860 / Feel and look your best at any age with Katia Meier, MD, Board Certified in Anti-Aging Medicine, Specialty trained in Bio-identical Hormone Therapy, Holistic and Naturopathic medicine in Europe and certified in laser and injectable aesthetic dermatology. Specializing in whole body health with customized approaches. All ages; most insurance welcome. Set up your appointment today. See ad page 2.

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JOURNEY WITHIN Anita Destino 777 S Wadsworth Blvd. Bldg 2-108, 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 Energy Healings, Angel Healings, Guided Meditations, Meditation Classes, Workshops and Intuitive Readings/Healings. Join us for Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing every Wednesday from 6-7 pm, open to everyone. $5 per person. Free to first time visitors.


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February 2018 Mile High Natural Awakenings  

Mile High Natural Awakenings is a locally-owned, monthly publication, serving the Front Range from Aurora to Evergreen - from Castle Rock to...

February 2018 Mile High Natural Awakenings  

Mile High Natural Awakenings is a locally-owned, monthly publication, serving the Front Range from Aurora to Evergreen - from Castle Rock to...