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Nourishing Skin from Inside and Out by Renée Loux

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22 FROM WANTING A DOG TO MAKING THAT MATCH PART 1 by Lorraine May

SUSTAINABLE BEAUTY Pamper Yourself— and the Planet— with an Eco-Friendly Routine by Sally Farhat Kassab

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ay is our anniversary issue – one full year since we took the reins of Natural Awakenings here in Colorado. A year ago mid-April, we were driving cross-country, a compact car in the lead and a dangerously overloaded rental truck towing a trailer - like Smokey and the Bandit, but with cell phones. What a rollercoaster year this has been! Luckily, there are a lot of local resources for stress relief inside these pages. Webster’s defines wellness as: the quality or state of being in good health especially as an actively sought goal. Myrtle Fillmore, founder of the Unity movement over 120 years ago, proclaimed “I am a child of God, and therefore I do not inherit sickness.” What if our natural state is to be vibrantly healthy and glowing with joy? Happy Mother’s Day! This month, we honor all women, mothers, the female perspective, the feminine energy, the Goddess that is every one of YOU! This past year has taught us much about ourselves, how to still be friends and business partners (not easy!), how grateful we are for all the changes we’ve had the courage to make, and for those hurdles we have yet to overcome. We’ve learned that no matter how busy the day is, you better make time for yourself or the next time you look up, it’ll be 8 p.m. and you’ll wonder where the time went! We’ve learned that having a pet is one of the great joys of life, no matter how long it takes to clean the hair out of your clothes, carpet, etc. We’ve made a lot of progress in our commitment to Natural Awakening’s wellness: doubling our distribution; hiring a better-quality printer; upgrading our paper stock to make the colors sizzle; hiring a new layout expert; new email newsletter; new editing team; combining Boulder/Denver; new website and more. More of you are coming across our magazine than ever before from Castle Rock to Longmont and everywhere in between, but you won’t find us out in the street in box. No, you’ll have to go inside a local business to pick us up because we support local businesses! Our first priority is to you, our reader, to provide educational and inspirational articles to keep you moving along in your journey of self-discovery. Our goal is to empower you to take charge of you and your family’s health and well-being. We want to connect you with local businesses and foster wellness and prosperity in our community. Thank you so much for being a part of our adventure; we can’t wait to see what our 2nd year brings!

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he Women’s Empowerment Workshop will take place September 15-18 in Vail at the Vail Racquet Club. This fourday, three-night event of “inner empowerment” and healthy food also includes such “outer” pursuits as hiking, rafting, rock climbing, nature photography, equine empowerment, meditation and yoga. “This event is packed with outdoor activities and inner explorations designed to empower mind, body and spirit,” said Susie Kincade of the Envision.Believe.Create Foundation. All activities are designed to meet women at their own levels physically and emotionally and guided by experts such as: Melisa Pearce of Touched by a Horse; Tanya Miller of Trailwise Guides; Adventure Travel Guides International; nature photographer Bill Bonebrake; horticulture therapists from Betty Ford Alpine Gardens; and Vail’s river outfitter, Timberline Tours. “Each soulful exploration will offer tools for building confidence, problem solving, exploring intuition and self-awareness, meeting unexpected challenges, creating back-up plans, teamwork and play. Nature becomes both the medium and metaphor for the awakening within each woman,” said Kincade. See ad p7 or WomenEmpower.us.

Annual ISSSEEM Conference June 24-27

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he International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine (ISSSEEM) will host its 21st annual conference, “Light, Vision & Consciousness,” June 24-27 at the Westin Resort in Westminster. This year’s theme encompasses the use of light, vision and consciousness for healing and life enhancement. Topics include: use of color and light to heal stress and trauma; how to change DNA with conscious intention; esoteric acupuncture; healing on the spiritual path; and Reconnective Healing. Other highlights include: Friday evening with Michael and Rickie Beckwith on the Law of Emergence; Saturday evening with cell biologist Bruce Lipton discussing his proposal for a “new biology”; and a panel discussion on how the emergence of psychoneuroimmunology has changed the understanding of health and wellness in our lifetime with Scott Anderson, Amit Goswami, Sonia Barrett, Bruce Lipton, Jacob Liberman. ISSSEEM is an interdisciplinary society of professional healers, teachers, researchers and pioneers dedicated to exploring the energetic component within many disciplines including quantum physics, integrative medicine, psychology, applied spirituality and human potential. See ad p19 or issseem-conference.org or call 303-425-4625.

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lisha Gabriell will be presenting a full-day Live Event called “How to Talk to Your Angels… and Get Answers” at Journeys for Conscious Living, 855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100 in Arvada Saturday May 21. According to Gabriell, an energy field will be set in place which will provide a loving, nurturing space to accomplish the following: learn life-long tools to release layers of fear and limitation; work with your “Dream Star” to visualize, create and energetically seal your greatest dreams; create a Theta brainwave state to communicate with the realms of Spirit; practice your skills as a healer to work directly with the Angels of Healing; move easily into conversations with the Angels; learn the creative power of your spoken word; and make your words dynamic and impacting. The evening “Angelic Healing Temple” is “time to relax, open deeply to love and allow the Masters and Angels to fill you with the light of Source/Love,” said Gabriell. See ad p13 or Elisha Gabriell 719-328-0990 or ElishaGabriell.com

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everend DebraRae of Sacred Spaces Center will be presenting a new workshop, “3d versus 5d Energy: Understanding and Surviving to Thrive Through the Ascension Process,” on Thursday May 19 from 7 to 9pm. The workshop will be held at Sacred Spaces, 223 Titan St. in Aurora and, according to Rev. DebraRae, this interactive workshop will teach the most important steps to take toward personal ascension; why it’s imperative to simply Be rather than Do; what are ascension “symptoms” and how to “treat” them; how to create and manifest in 5d energy; and energetic “Power Tools.” “For the first time in human existence, we have the opportunity to ascend 3d energy by learning how to exist, think and create in 5d energy. Rather than needing to ‘transcend’ the human body, we now understand the human body is to be illuminated,” said DebraRae. Rev. DebraRae can be reached at 303-365-0200 or SacredSpacesAndPlaces.com.

briefbriefs LIFESOURCE HEALTH PARTNERS, 65 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood, announces a new addition to their practice. Christina Pacheco CMT, graduated from Boulder College of Massage Therapy, worked in private practice and specializes in chronic pain conditions, debilitating diseases, sports injuries and energy work. See ad p9, 303-934-3600 or LifeSourceHP.com LIFE CHIROPRACTIC has moved to 825 Delaware Ave. Ste P103, in Longmont. They invite everyone to their Grand Opening on Saturday, May 7 from 11am-2pm. There will be food, fun, demonstrations, chair massage, door prizes and a chance to meet Dr. John Wendt. 303-678-1979 SATIAMA announces a Monthly Meditation Community – a free, 30-minute group teleconference every month on Wednesdays at 7 pm MST. Seasoned meditators will guide and reminder emails will include the call code. Sign up at Satiama.com. THE FIRST ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF ENLIGHTENMENT, which aims to help shift the collective consciousness of the world, is being held on a 450-acre ranch in Conifer. The 7-day event begins June 13 and costs as little as $100. FestivalofEnlightenment.com. CLEAR SKY MEDICAL, 10103 Ridge Gate Pkwy, Aspen Bldg, Ste 221, Lone Tree, partners with Berkeley HeartLab and Melissa Normand PA-C for highsensitivity cardiac-risk assessment. Contact Melissa Normand to learn the benefits of HeartLab testing. 303-790-7860. See ad p8 ANGE DE LA MER SALON AND SPA, 1895 Youngfield St, Golden, introduces their new Vibratory Fitness Center, a new type of “workout” seen on television shows The Doctors and The Tyra Banks Show. 303-279-6237or Angedelamer.com. See ad p17.

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Katia I. Meier, MD and The Clear Sky Medical Team INTEGRATING CONVENTIONAL AND NATURAL MEDICINE FOR OPTIMAL HEALTH

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Exercising Your Feminine Energy By Lauren Skye

“Life is not about finding yourself but about creating yourself” (unknown author) This is true not only for personal development, but also applies to your health and beauty. It is not all about what your parents gave you, but what you make of it. In the previous century we were exposed mercilessly to the “toll of the times” and even the use of makeup for ordinary women was frowned upon. Today, makeup is almost a requirement and most women feel undressed without some form of it. Similarly, beauty maintenance has taken on new dimensions today. Although the use of “injectables” might be outside the “comfort zone” for some, others already embrace it as a maintenance routine. Love it or hate it, it’s here! Nothing will make you stop aging; though today there are many options to repeatedly turn back the clock... Selphyl utilizes your body’s own cells and is a simple, natural and quick way of transferring growth factors back into desired areas in your face. This promotes healthy, fresh-looking skin, especially useful in the delicate areas under your eyes where aging shows the most. Botulinum toxin A has been used for medical purposes for 31 years. This protein attaches to the muscle receptor to disable them from working right where it is injected in only minuscule amounts, like a “topical muscle relaxer.” It will make your frown lines disappear. Radiesse is called the “injectable implant” and is made of the calcium that composes teeth and bones. It can literally transform the shape of your face, lifting cheeks and filling in deep folds. It stimulates new collagen growth in areas where it is injected. Juvederm is made of a natural smooth gel substance present in abundance in healthy young skin. It can be used to instantly smooth away fine lines around your lips and restore its natural contours. Sculptra also stimulates collagen growth all over your face and neck where it was injected and is also often used in more delicate areas to rejuvenate healthy young looking skin. All these measures of course work best in combination with a healthy lifestyle, good nutrition and the right kind of hormone balance. As part of my Healthy Aging practice, I have been utilizing aesthetic medicine for seven years. It is amazing what the right products and correct placement can do to create your best self. Schedule your complimentary beauty consultation today!

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or many, life is a persistent call to action, an imbalance between action and rest, male and female energies, yang and yin. Everyone possesses yang and yin energies, regardless of gender. Yang, or male energy, is action-oriented, productive, and result-focused. Yin, or female energy, is receptive, intuitive, and process-focused. Yang is symbolized by the Sun, while the moon is the sign for yin. These are simplistic descriptions of profound natural forces. It takes both of them to make us whole. Currently it’s a yang world. Acquisition and productivity define our self-worth. Yin has been pushed aside, whether in the name of God, corporate power, or the sacred dollar. A saying among scientists is that the best work is done in the bed, bath, and bus. These are decidedly feminine moments when one is receptive, not thinking about the goal. Without yin inspiration, action-oriented energy can easily become misdirected. The inspiration that comes from yin stillness gives rise to yang action toward a worthy goal. Persistent fatigue is a great example of yin’s quiet insistence. When yin is repressed, emotional imbalance, feelings of futility and addictive behaviors may arise. When we try to prove our self-worth with over-action, spirit within won’t support that path. It’s based on a lie that who we are isn’t enough. Yin knows the truth. Meditation is a yin activity. Connecting with spirit within brings peace and healing. It makes daily life flow smoothly. At any moment, take a breath and remember that you are a unique expression of spirit, an irreplaceable piece of the puzzle of all that is. All that you are right now is more than enough. Enjoy this moment of just being you. Lauren Skye is with the Inner Connection Institute, a center for spiritual growth and psychic development. InnerConnection.org. See ad page 6.


Menopause, Diet and Essential Oils

Managing Stress

By Chalyce Macoskey

ow many of us seem to catch every little bug and flu going around? Do you blame it on allergies or genetics? Do you often feel “rundown?” Stress may be the culprit. It suppresses the immune system and causes loss of sleep, depression, heart attack, anxiety, high blood pressure and other illnesses. Mainstream medicine often treats the symptoms, but not the cause. This is like applying a band-aid without taking out the splinter. In order to address the underlying stress and find relief, we must identify the indicators of stress. Feelings of anger, anxiety, fear, depression are common from prolonged stress. If they persist, they will affect our brain chemistry and our physical bodies. Don’t forget to take care of your brain. It is arguably your most important organ. It also benefits from exercise, rest and proper nutrition. It needs to play, relax, laugh, spend time with friends and love others. Testing and therapy from a knowledgeable practitioner can identify brain imbalances and help to put us back on the path to peace of mind. Debera Jensen operates Fast Focusing Center, 88 Inverness Circle East, Ste. H107, Centennial. 303-708-8817. FastFocusingCenter.com. See ad page 15.

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ccording to U.S. Census data from 2000, 37.5 million women are currently reaching menopause age (40 to 59) and up to 70% of these women may experience varying symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, UTI’s, memory problems, fatigue, irritability and others. Menopause is marked by ovarian follicle depletion and a decrease in progesterone. These hormonal changes affect the entire endocrine system; hypothalamus, pituitary, thyroid, parathyroids, adrenals, pineal body, reproductive glands and the pancreas. A deficiency in one creates an imbalance and this is where menopause symptoms come into play. The first step in managing this change is to clean up the diet. Read labels carefully. Purchase meat and dairy that is free of steroids, antibiotics and hormones. It doesn’t have to be organic to be healthy meat. Farmers pay a high price for an organic certification and many local farmers, who have practiced organic for years, can’t afford to pay this price. Be aware of all processed, synthetic foods (and vitamins) and avoid GMO foods. The second step is to work with an experienced practitioner who is knowledgeable about the use of therapeutic-grade essential oils. Mother Nature has provided a bountiful pharmacy and certain essential oils have hormone-like properties which may help support the endocrine system. Using these oils instead of synthetic hormones offers a safer, natural alternative without harmful side effects. A trained professional will understand the ideal oil blend, delivery method and body placement to address specific imbalances of the individual. For example, hot flashes may respond to bergamot, clary sage, nutmeg, sage, ylang ylang, endoflex, fennel, peppermint or others rubbed behind the ankles to affect the ovary, over the uterus for the lower back and along both sides of the spine and clavicles; it may also help to diffuse them. Chalyce Macoskey is VP of Aromatherapy for the Natural Therapies Certification Board. Dan Purser, M.D. specializes in natural hormone therapy and is giving a free lecture on the benefits of essential oils and women’s health May 18, 7pm at LifeSource Health Partners, 65 S. Wadsworth, Lakewood. 303-934-3600 or LifeSourcehp.com.

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The Well and the Wellness Wheel

Celebrating Women’s Sexuality

By Ruth Sharon

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magine women gathering around the ancient well to tell stories, check in with each other, report news and support each other. This tradition is part of who we are as women. Our modern times create a different sort of well—restaurants, coffee shops, bars, spas, gyms, hobby groups, game nights or book clubs. Are we getting the nourishment we really need? Holistic wellness involves developing/healing the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of our being. Sometimes we favor one area and neglect the others. Using a “wellness wheel” alone or with friends “around the well” can be a great diagnostic tool to evaluate the balance/imbalance of flow through life. Contemplate each area of your life as it corresponds to the wheel’s sections and then write your strengths and areas to develop, including action steps to take. Take into account inner and outer action steps. Honor your journey with compassion and kindness. 1. The center of the wheel; spiritual connection, activity, community, service. 2. Physical well-being and self-care 3. Emotional well-being 4. Mental, intellectual development, belief systems , self talk 5. Physical environment, work, leisure activities, money 6. Emotional support, relationships with family, friends, community 7. Environmental/ media mental influences, stimulation, learning Choose a friend, coach, or develop your own support group to help you stay on track with your intentions, actions and celebrations. Use your “well” for wellness, not to complain about ailments, symptoms and concerns. Draw from the well what is truly needed; healing, nourishment, light, perspective, peace and connection. Ruth Sharon, M.S., is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Wellness Coach, Yoga and exercise teacher. 303-796-7004 or EnergyForLife.us. See Save the Date page 26.

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ere’s yet another reason to switch completely from refined flour products to whole grains. In a new study by the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, at Tufts University, adults who ate three servings of whole grains a day while also eating less than one serving a day of commercially enriched flour products had less of a type of fat tissue that is thought to play a key role in triggering diseases. The fat is known as visceral adipose tissue, or VAT, which surrounds internal organs. The researchers examined 2,834 participants, ages 32 to 83, and VAT volume was approximately 10 percent lower in the healthy eating group. However, lead study author Nicola McKeown, Ph.D., explains that, “Whole grain consumption did not appear to improve VAT volume if refined grain intake exceeded four or more servings per day. This result infers that it is important to make substitutions in the diet, rather than simply adding whole grain foods. For example, choosing to cook with brown rice instead of white, or making a sandwich with whole grain bread instead of white bread.”

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here is much to celebrate about being a woman…one aspect is the capacity for blissful, prolonged, ecstatic, sexual pleasure. Unfortunately, too many women do not know this pleasure or worse, associate sex with pain and suffering, whether emotional or physical. Our culture has not traditionally supported our inner Goddess. Many of us were not raised to embrace our sexuality in a healthy, safe manner. We grew up with beliefs and attitudes about sex that result in shame, fear and apathy. Most sexual dysfunction is due to emotional responses to sex rather than medical issues. Common dysfunctions are loss of libido, painful intercourse, difficulty reaching orgasm and chronic yeast and bladder infections. According to WebMD and the National Cancer Institute, birth control pills, which contain synthetic hormones, may drastically lower libido, cause weight gain, mood changes and increase your cancer risk. Pregnant or lactating women may have a lower sex drive due to complex hormonal changes that couples can address by staying connected sexually in a loving, supportive manner that meets all needs. The psychological aspects of sexual dysfunction can be challenging but not impossible to treat. A trusted friend or professional to talk to can be helpful, especially when one is questioning what is “normal” sexually. Many women are surprised to learn their fantasies, insecurities, self-doubts, fetishes, fears, pains are far more common than they imagined and not abnormal at all. This awareness can be a huge step toward a more fulfilling sex life. If your sex life isn’t great, contact a professional experienced with women’s issues, and take back your Goddessgiven right to sexual ecstasy. Velina Lujan is a Certified Holistic Stress Manager with the Frontier Medical Institute/Grossman Wellness Center. 303-2334247. FMIClinic.com. See listing page 25.


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BABY ON BOARD PREPARING FOR PREGNANCY & MOTHERHOOD by Jessica Iclisoy

It’s vital for a woman of any age to physically prepare for pregnancy and motherhood, for the health of both the mother and the baby. Start by speaking with a trusted medical practitioner, and then consider the following practical advice, geared to keep everyone healthy and happy through every stage of the childbirth process. Getting Ready for Pregnancy Stop taking birth control pills. If you’ve been using a hormonal method of birth control, your doctor may want you to take several months off before trying to conceive. Doing so allows your cycles to regulate and clears your body of any lingering manmade hormones; use another form of non-hormonal birth control during this time. Get your body in shape. According to Mairi Breen Rothman, a certified nurse-midwife with the M.A.M.A.S., Inc. home birth practice, in Takoma Park, Maryland, being in shape ensures a healthier pregnancy. “Pregnancy is hard work, and the more strength you have, especially in your core, back and legs, the better you’ll feel during pregnancy,” she advises. Being in good physical shape before pregnancy can also make it easier to stay fit during the nine months that follow. Start eating better. A balanced, organic diet provides the nutrients needed to raise a healthy developing baby. “Dur-

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ing pregnancy, the baby is very much a part of its mother’s body,” says Rothman. “That means eating toxin-free foods, which cuts back on chemicals found in the mom’s body, will also limit chemical exposure to the baby.” Also remember to take a prenatal vitamin; a study by the MRC Epidemiology Resource Centre, at the University of Southampton, in the UK, found that only 5.5 percent of the 238 pregnant women monitored had taken the recommended 400 micrograms of folic acid each day prior to becoming pregnant. Take care of chronic medical conditions. If you have diabetes, high blood pressure or asthma, for example, get it under control before becoming pregnant. Apprise your healthcare professional of any family health problems, so he or she can plan ahead once you conceive.

Having a Healthy Pregnancy Take prenatal yoga. “Prenatal yoga not only promotes long, lean and supple muscles, it also helps with breathing, which is important during labor and delivery,” counsels Rothman. Yoga also helps open the hip and pelvic joints and eases the aches and pains of pregnancy. The cat-cow pose, in particular, benefits the lower back, promotes circulation and even helps move the baby into the proper birth position. Limit exposure to toxins. Examine the labels of products you regularly use—especially skincare and cleaning products— and banish anything that contains a toxic soup of chemicals; if you can’t pronounce an ingredient, it’s probably not good for you or your growing baby. Research from leading institutions such as the University of California–Berkeley and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has linked personal care and cleaning product ingredients to endocrine disrup-

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tion, neurotoxicity, developmental and reproductive disorders and cancer. There are now plenty of easy-to-find, toxinfree product alternatives. Green cleaners are available at most grocery stores and CosmeticsDatabase.com offers helpful guidance on safe beauty products suggested by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group. Research alternative therapies. Taking drugs for common medical problems such as headaches, colds and muscle pain isn’t always the best approach. Speak with your midwife or obstetrician about options like acupuncture, massage and homeopathy. According to a study published in Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, Swedish researchers found acupuncture to be effective in relieving back and pelvic pain during pregnancy; of the 1,500 pregnant participants, 60 percent of those who tried acupuncture reported substantial pain relief.

Natural Mothering Strategies Breast is best. Although breast-feeding isn’t super easy, it’s the healthiest option. “Human milk is meant for human babies, so it’s exactly formulated to be just what babies need and what they can easily digest,” notes Rothman. Breast-feeding gives babies an immunity boost, so that they tend to get sick less often and receive just the right nutrition; it also provides a sense of comfort, warmth and security that bottle feeding can’t match. Use natural remedies for illness. Aromatherapy and homeopathy remedies work to reduce mothers’ and babies’ exposure to over-the-counter drugs. For instance, eucalyptus makes a good natural decongestant; simply add a few drops into the bath, a diffuser or even onto a cotton ball that can be placed on a bedside table, for a soothing scent. Be sure to talk with your doctor about any natural measures that you are taking to support family health. Jessica Iclisoy, a holistic mother and founder of California Baby natural baby care products, writes about natural living from Beverly Hills, CA. Connect at Jessica@CaliforniaBaby.com.

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Foods for Ageless Beauty Nourishing Skin from Inside and Out Using naturally effective skincare products and eating foods that fortify and foster healthy cells works to renew, repair and rejuvenate skin for lasting beauty. by Renée Loux

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any authorities have good reason to champion the fact that food nutrients such as antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds and omega oils are now showing up in personal care products. According to studies published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Food and Chemical Toxicology and Environmental Health Perspectives, skin can absorb up to 60 percent of what we apply to it. So, feeding skin high-quality ingredients may be as critical as the food we eat. It’s common knowledge that drinking a sufficient amount of pure water is essential for overall health and radiant skin. Here is a look at how other recommended foods contribute to ageless beauty. Avocados: Avocados are abundant in skin-beautifying goodies: omega-3 fatty acids, which support healthy, flexible, strong cell membranes to ensure that nutrients can enter cells and waste can be removed; antioxidant vitamins A and E; fortifying Bcomplex vitamins; lecithin, to protect and strengthen cell walls; and potassium, to support new cell growth. They also host a portfolio of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds— including phytosterols, carotenoids, flavonoids, zinc and folate—that fight free radicals and repair, soothe and renew skin and tissue on a cellular level.

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that blueberries contain some of the highest antioxidant levels of any food, especially when fully ripe, and teem with skin-healing, anti-inflammatory properties. The deep, purple-blue color of these morsels is a reflection of the pigment-rich antioxidant phytonutrients, called anthocynanins, shown to improve the integrity of collagen in skin and inhibit photoaging (sun damage), according to a study in the Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. Cruciferous Vegetables: The crucifer family— including cabbage, broccoli, kale and radishes— is loaded with skinbeautifying compounds. According to studies by the National Academy of Sciences, its sulfurcontaining phytonutrients boost the body’s natural detoxification enzymes to combat and repair damage to skin. Low in calories, these mineral-dense and antioxidant-rich veggies are packed with carotenoid antioxidants, which help neutralize carcinogens and oxidative stress on skin, reduce inflammation and bolster immune response. They also contain isothiacyanates, which research published by The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows, specifically guard against breast cancer. Dark Leafy Greens: Dark leafy vegetables, such as collard greens, parsley, spinach and Swiss chard, offer more nutrients with fewer calories than any other food. Like cruciferous veggies, they’re packed with carotenoid antioxidants. Green veggies are also an excellent source of vitamins A and C, which the body needs to produce and regulate the sebum in our skin and hair follicles for healthy, well-conditioned skin and a supple complexion. Green Tea: Green tea is infused with a potent portfolio of age-defying antioxidants. Because green tea is minimally


processed, of all the teas, it offers the most antioxidant polyphenols, including a specific catechin believed to inhibit cancer and also beautify the skin. Macro-algae: Ocean-growing seaweed (macroalgae) contains more minerals and trace minerals than any other food, according to research published by Food Chemistry—10 to 20 times more than many land vegetables. Long prized for their beautifying effects on skin and hair, sea vegetables are an abundant source of antioxidant vitamins A, C and E, as well as B-complex vitamins, including B12, for glowing skin; plus they have the unique ergosterol, which converts into vitamin D2 in the body to support healthy skin cell metabolism and growth. Look for sea veggies arame, dulse, hijiki, nori and wakame for a concentrated source of age-defying nutrition. Omega Oils: Healthy oils, including omega fatty acids, grow and nourish healthy, glowing skin, strong nails and lustrous hair. They act as a conditioner for skin, maintaining and supporting healthy, flexible, strong cell membranes to ensure that nutrients can enter cells and waste can be removed. Uncooked oils offer many beautifying benefits; because many nutrients are damaged and destroyed by heat— the fresher and less refined the oil, the better. Foods rich in omegas include flax seed and oil; olives and olive oil; pumpkin seed and oil; walnuts; and winter squash. So, eat and drink up! Renée Loux is a celebrated green expert, organic chef, restaurateur and media personality and the co-founder of Andalou Naturals. She has authored four books, including Easy Green Living and The Balanced Plate. Visit ReneeLoux.com.

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Natural Beauty — HEAD TO TOE A Holistic Guide to Looking Your Best by Frances Lefkowitz

s it true that, You’re only as pretty as you feel? Yes, says Alan Dattner, a New York medical doctor and pioneer in holistic dermatology. “The most important thing that people can do for beauty,” he says, “is to come from peace, joy, appreciation and happiness inside, and let that radiate out on their faces.” Many experts agree: The secret to true beauty is to work from the inside out, as well as the outside in, reducing exposure to toxins of all sorts, including stress, and watching what we put in the body, as well as what we put on it. Here’s how Natural Awakenings’ panel of beauty professionals answered when asked how we can take good care of skin, hair and nails, and look our best, naturally.

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known anti-inflammatory properties, as well as minerals that form the building blocks of healthy skin and hair. Studies in the British Journal of Nutrition and elsewhere indicate that omega-3 oil, from borage, flaxseed, or fatty, saltwater fish like salmon can help hydrate the skin and reduce puffiness. According to research from the University of Brussels, silica—present in cucumbers, rhubarb, bean sprouts and other veggies—seems to play a role in skin hydration, as well as the formation of healthy nails and hair. Because skin, nails and hair all need a range of nutrients to grow, repair, and rejuvenate, Tannis also suggests a good multivitamin supplement. Finally, drinking plenty of water is vital to keeping skin hydrated from the inside out.

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How do I keep my skin resilient, clear and looking youthful?

Labels on my hair care products show a long list of unpronounceable ingredients. Is it possible to get great hair without dumping all these chemicals on it?

“Lifestyle issues, including stress, have a huge impact on skin,” advises Allison Tannis, a registered holistic nutritionist and author of Feed Your Skin, Starve Your Wrinkles. Before spending money on creams and treatments, look at your eating, sleeping, working, playing and exercising habits. “Stress, whether environmental or internal, increases the body’s production of free radicals, which leads to damage of cells, including skin cells,” Tannis explains. So, anti-stress activities, and just relaxing, boost your appearance. Adequate sleep is also crucial for cellular rejuvenation, which is why signs of sleep deprivation show up in the face immediately, ranging from pimples and puffiness to creases and dark, under-eye circles. A healthy skin diet is high in anti-

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inflammatory foods and antioxidants that fight free radicals. Tannis notes that, “Inflammation disorganizes the skin’s complex infrastructure that keeps it tight and strong.” Basically, a diet that’s good for the body is great for the skin, as well, and comprises vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats, such as olive oil. As for key foods, helpful antioxidants are found in berries and brightly colored fruits; Tannis especially likes kiwis and raspberries. Seeds and nuts have well-

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It’s smart to be concerned about the ingredients in hair care and skincare products, because they are subject to little official regulation and may include ingredients that are not only ineffective, but harmful to health and damaging to hair and skin. That’s why green living expert Renée Loux, author of Easy Green Living, makes environmentally friendly choices. “If it’s toxic for the Earth, it’s probably toxic for our bodies, too,” she believes. Complex ingredient lists often make it hard to know what we’re applying. Fortunately, consumer advocates like


Loux (ReneeLoux.com) and the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org) have done our homework for us. When choosing products, Loux’s rule of thumb is, “plants over petroleum.” In other words, if the primary ingredients—listed in descending order by percentage in a shampoo, conditioner, gel, serum or mousse— are botanical or plant-derived ingredients, you and the planet are probably safe. Petroleum and petrochemicals—which are commonly used in many hair care products and are derived from a non-renewable resource—don’t break down well into natural components in the environment and may be harmful to human health. Loux also pays special attention to the, last few ingredients listed on the label because this is where innocuous-sounding toxins often hide, perhaps as a fragrance or colorant. In the shampoo category, Loux likes low-sudsing versions, because suds are typically created by syntheticfoaming agents called sulfates (sodium lauryl sulfate is common) that may irritate skin and poison the environment. With hair color, look for a stylist that uses low-ammonia dyes, or buy them yourself in health food stores and natural pharmacies; temporary colorants are safer than permanent dyes. “The deeper the color, the more important it is to look at the ingredients,” counsels Loux.

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cleanser instead, preferably one that is pH balanced. Oily skin will need a toner after washing to control oil secretion, and then a moisturizer, while dry skin can go straight to the moisturizer. “Men’s skin is actually thicker, rougher, and more oily and sweaty than women’s skin,” notes Jacknin. “Also, men have the special challenges of a beard. So, while a man may borrow his wife’s or girlfriend’s lotion, he may also want to find a skincare line made especially for him.” The next two steps in Jacknin’s natural skincare routine are exfoliation, to remove dead skin cells from the skin surface, and facial masks, which deep-clean, nourish and revitalize skin. These steps should be done once or twice a week, depending on skin type and the strength of the exfoliator or mask. Exfoliates come in two forms: abrasives, which physically rub off the dead skin cells; and chemical, which dissolve or peel away the surface skin layer. Natural abrasives include oatmeal and sugar granules, while fruit sugars and fruit acids, from pumpkin, apple or papaya, for example, provide natural chemical peels. Look for products with fruitderived exfoliates or make your own (Jacknin recommends Skin-Care-Recipes-and-Remedies.com). Take advantage of professional exfoliation and facial treatments by estheticians and spas that use professional product lines with plant-based ingredients. The final step in any skincare routine is sun protection. Wearing essential clothing, including hats, sunglasses and long sleeves, and staying out of the midday sun are dermatologist Dattner’s first choices


for protecting skin from rays that can age and damage it. When in the sun, wear a mineral-based sun block such as zinc oxide, which stays on top of the skin, rather than getting absorbed, and forms a physical barrier to both UVA and UVB ultraviolet rays. Also, watch out for nano-minerals; these have been broken into particles small enough to be absorbed by the skin during the manufacturing process, with possibly harmful results, according to Dattner, Loux and other experts. Unfortunately, the U.S. government does not require that nanominerals be listed on labels, so consumers must do their own research. What about makeup? As Loux points out, the skin absorbs 60 percent of what goes on it, and many cosmetics are full of unregulated, untested petrochemicals. Does that mean you shouldn’t wear any makeup? Not at all. Makeup artist Jessa Blades, of Blades Natural Beauty (BladesNaturalBeauty.com), says that switching over to natural, safe, mineral- and plant-based cosmetics is easy, as long as you are realistic. In general, the fewer ingredients used, the safer the product. “Give natural products a bit of time, and don’t be so hard on them,” she suggests. Her natural eyeliner requires reapplying a few times a day, she says. “But I’m willing to do that for my health.” Her tips for making the transition: 1) Switch slowly; don’t dump all your old favorites all at once; 2) Go natural on the products you use every day, such as con-

cealer and lipstick, which gets absorbed directly into the bloodstream when you eat or lick your lips; 3) Change your expectations, as natural makeup is not as long-lasting, inexpensive or easy-to-find as the more common, but toxic, stuff. The good news is when it comes time to remove it, all you need is raw coconut or sweet almond oil and a cotton ball. “Natural makeup just slides right off,” says Blades.

acetones. Always apply them outside or near an open window. Even better, achieve a smooth, clear shine without any polish using a nail buffer. It’s a quick, inexpensive way for men and women to sustain a natural, finished look.

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In a word, exfoliate. Rub away calluses and thickened, cracked skin with an emery board, and then relax while soaking feet in Epsom salts to soften skin, and rub gently with a luffa or pumice stone. Foot scrubs containing salt or sugar granules invigorate and increase circulation, especially if they include peppermint, rosemary or tea tree oil within a moisturizing Shea butter or organic foot oil. Exfoliating creams, similar to facial exfoliates, but stronger, also help peel away withered winter skin. Always be sure to apply a moisturizer to protect the newly exposed skin. Remember to soften elbows and knees, too.

The smell at the nail salon is noxious; should I be worried about what’s going onto my fingernails? “If your eyes are watering, your nose is twitching and your lungs are seizing up, you should listen to your body,” says Loux. It is hard to get colors—especially bright, deep, rich, shimmering ones—to stick to nails; consequently, of all cosmetics, nail polishes tend to contain the most toxins. “Nail polish is one of the tougher products to find for someone who’s looking to go natural,” says Loux. But she points out that some brands are eliminating toluene, a petroleumbased solvent that the Environmental Protection Agency has linked to mild to severe problems with respiratory and nervous systems as well as kidney and liver functions. These less toxic polishes require more benign removers than conventional noxious-smelling

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Katia Meier, MD - Clear Sky Medical By Candice Marley as a last resort because I use primarily homeopathic remedies to treat him for any ailments. There are so many ways to live well, be healthy and be your best. That’s the way I strive to treat my patients as well.

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ou should see my supplement cabinet at home!” Dr. Katia Meier exclaims, when talking to Natural Awakenings about living a healthy life. She lives the life she preaches to patients, focusing on proactive prevention and healthy, conscious living. Her practice, Clear Sky Medical, is a fusion of cutting-edge preventive, aesthetic and natural medicine.

So you have integrated everything you know into your medical practice, but also include beauty treatments like injectables?

How did you get interested in holistic medicine? KM: I was born in a small town in Germany to a physician mother, who was utilizing a wide variety of alternative treatments in her practice, including acupuncture, herbs and homeopathy. When I was sick, I was treated with herbs, homeopathy or whatever alternative treatment remedy was best suited for me at the time. My environment became a part of who I am, and growing up in a holistic family gave me lifelong personal experience with the everyday use of alternative treatments.

tory, so as a medical student I came to the US to work on an Indian Reservation. This led to a family practice residency at the University of North Dakota, a hospital which had the most baby deliveries in the country at the time, so I spent a good part of my time delivering babies.

So what was your education like How did you meet your husband, Greg ? in Germany? KM: I began a 2-year Naturopathic Medicine program in Germany and then decided to also go to medical school. In Germany, medical schools are not funded or influenced by big drug companies, and alternative medicine is available as an elective program at the university. So, I was able to learn the in-depth science side of medicine, while still discovering and learning about my passion, Alternative Medicine.

How did you come to the United States? KM: I was adventurous at the time and had an interest in Native American his-

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KM: In a dance class. He was helping the instructor. We both love to dance – just about any type of dancing. We also like outdoor activities like hiking, biking, and snowboarding, or just enjoying nature with our 3 year old son, Noah.

How do you incorporate how you practice into your family’s lifestyle? KM: We treat ourselves with holistic, natural means and eat and live an organic natural life style. My son, for example, needs antibiotics only

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Any last words? KM: My passion is educating patients on how to be the best they can be. I am grateful for my background and training because it has given me the ability to be very flexible in choosing treatment approaches which help my patients to live the highest quality of life. See ad page 8. Candice Marley Randall, HHP, NC, MH, is a local writer and holistic practitioner with Align Holistic Health & Well Being, LLC. She can be reached at 720-277-9124 or candice@alignholistichealth.com.


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OPHELIA’S ORACLE Donna DeNomme and Tina Proctor ISBN 978 1 61539 958 1

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hat an amazing book! Local authors Donna DeNomme and Tina Proctor have created a gift of a read in the delightful story of a 12 year old girl who explores her emerging sense of self through learning stories of ancient Goddesses from the caring and supportive women in her life. These are the stories of the divine feminine that have been passed down through the centuries - the stories that grandmothers and mothers have shared with their daughters the world over for millennia. These tales of the Goddess create that red thread of remembrance for our girls of today, and give them the resources and tools that they need to mold their lives as they grow into the women of tomorrow. But Ophelia’s Oracle is not just stories….this wonderful book is also full of engaging activities and exercises that incorporate meditation, creative expression and ways of looking inward so that a young girl can begin to understand who she is, what strengths she possesses and how to tap into her own reservoir of internal wisdom to find empowering answers for herself. The format of Ophelia’s Oracle is in sections called Portals. A portal is a doorway and in this book, each section is a doorway to adventure and discovery. In each Portal an important concept is thoroughly examined through story, activities, poetry, art (many of the pictures and poems have been created by girls) and actual events that occurred during the writing. The lesson of each Portal is presented in an engaging and empowering way - allowing the reader to go at her own pace, lingering over an exercise or activity that really inspires her to explore the experience in-depth and apply discoveries directly to her life. A perfect book to play through with your daughter, niece or other young woman with whom you share a deep connection (or would like to), Ophelia’s Oracle is something that, while written for young girls between 10 and 16, can also be a fun journey with precocious young ladies of younger years. Ophelia’s Oracle is also a wonderful experience for an adult woman, useful and fun in the event that you wish to reconnect with the girl within your soul. The authors will be appearing at Isis Books and Gifts on Saturday, June 25 to talk about the creation of their book and sign copies. Karen CharboneauHarrison is the owner of Isis Books and Gifts with a precocious 8 year old daughter who loves this book. Isisbooks.com

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ou think you want a dog. And you want the best match. Being informed and prepared is the wisest way to begin this journey of a decade or more. For even when you have done your research, the truth is, you will be adding a unique individual to your family who may or may not be what you expected. Even after choosing the right puppy, or successfully training an older canine, living with a dog requires you to accept him for who he is. If you aren’t prepared for this joyful, yet sometimes challenging, aspect of the human – canine bond, you might want to postpone your final decision. Let’s first examine some common myths. Then we’ll address you, your family and community, canine professionals and pup providers. IGNORE THE MYTHS – GET REAL! We have all heard the hype: dogs are unconditionally loving and only want to please us; dogs and kids belong together; this dog won’t bite; canine care isn’t that expensive; get a puppy and mold him. Sometimes all of this turns out to be true, but often enough, it doesn’t. Dogs aren’t able to live just for us, although their efforts are amazing. In actuality, they need to be taught most things about living with humans. We are obviously different species, but it isn’t always obvious how best to handle the differences. Just like us, dogs want to live a good life. But unlike us, they are completely dependent. You will have to either care for, or make arrangements for care, 24/7 for his entire life. If you become homeless, ill or unable to improve his behavior, he will still need you. Dogs die in shelters every day from human decisions. YOU, YOURSELF AND YOURS! Be mindful of a deeper need that you may think a dog can fill while you wait for the partner, career, or dream for which you yearn. Dogs acquired as temporary solutions in unsettled situations often find themselves needing their own solutions later, when the baby comes or the job relocates.

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Before choosing a dog, take a critical look at your life. You may have a lifestyle worthy of an active dog if you already spend time hiking with friends. Sounds like a great home for a less active or older dog if you prefer evenings by the fire and mornings on the patio. You might have the time and patience, and be able to acquire the expertise, to raise a puppy into a welladjusted adult dog if you have a home business or a very flexible schedule. No matter what type of dog you choose, there will be expenses such as food, training and vet care. Bills for injuries or allergies are two examples of unwelcome surprises. As your dog ages, he may require medication, surgery or long term care. YOU AND YOUR FAMILY Are all family members in agreement regarding having a dog, fully acknowledging future shedding, digging or barking possibilities? Is there a 100% commitment to share duties such as feeding, training, and poop-scooping? How will you arrange family vacations, educate children’s friends and accommodate the other family pets? YOUR COMMUNITY Your dog will be living within the jurisdiction of your community. Have you investigated licensing requirements and breed restrictions, vaccine protocols and costs, homeowner’s insurance or rental limitations, as well as leash laws and park etiquette? Stay Tuned for Part 2 of From Wanting a Dog to Making That Match in the June issue. We’ll be talking about all the outside resources you’ll need. Lorraine May is founder and Executive director of The Misha May Foundation, a grass-roots 501(C)3 non profit rescue. The Foundation offers a Dog Trainer Certification course as well as unique classes such as Understanding Dogs. MishaMayFoundation.org.


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MAY 16, MONDAY Equine Massage Level 2 – 9am-5pm. In depth canine anatomy & organ systems, intro to kinesiology, pressure point massage and more. May 16-20 Level 2 $1,260. Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage, 6810 N Roxborough Park Rd., Littleton. *

MAY 5, THURSDAY Canine Massage Level 1 –9am-5pm. Traditional Chinese medicine, meridian pathways, building your own business, in-depth anatomy and organ systems, intro to Kinesiology and more. May 5-8 Level 1 $1,260. Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage. 701 Park St., Castle Rock. 866-903-6462, 303-669-4227 or RMSAAM.com

MAY 18, WEDNESDAY Acupressure Level 2-Large and Small Animal– 9am-5pm. Intro to anatomy and physiology, strokes and techniques. Cranial and pressure point massage, pathologies related to athletes and much more. May 18-24. Level 2 $1,519. Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage. 6810 N Roxborough Park Rd., Littleton.*

Looking Ahead JUNE 10-11 5th Annual Gigantic Yard Sale - June 10 8am3pm and June 11 9-noon. Raise funds for the Baby Bear Medical Fund - for Dogs Who Are Ill, Injured and Outcasts. Volunteers and donations needed. The Misha May Foundation. 303-239-0382. MishaMayFoundation.org. * Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage. RMSAAM has several locations. NCBTMB Approved Provider #451073-09. 866-903-6462, 303669-4227 or RMSAAM.com

MAY 10, TUESDAY Canine Massage Level 2 –9am-5pm. Traditional Chinese medicine, meridian pathways, building your own business, in-depth anatomy and organ systems, intro to Kinesiology and more. May 10-13 Level 2 $1,300. Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage. St. Castle Rock.*

MAY 11, WEDNESDAY Equine Massage Level 1–9am-5pm. Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology. Strokes and techniques, pathology and much more . May 11-15 Level 1 $1,260. Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage. 6810 N Roxborough Park Rd., Littleton. *

Ongoing SUNDAY Canine Nail Trimmings–12-5pm. $5. Hero’s Pets, 8086 W Bowles Ave, Unit N, Littleton. 303-9721928 or HerosPets@gmail.com. Herospets.com

WEDNESDAY Canine Nail Trimmings–12-4pm. $7. Hero’s Pets, 8086 W Bowles Ave, Unit N, Littleton. 303-9721928 or HerosPets@gmail.com. Heropets.com

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communityresourceguide Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. For 2011, only $45 to be included in the Community Resource Guide. Email Publisher@MileHighNaturalAwakenings.com to find out more. ACUPRESSURE/QIGONG HEALING

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Joedee Love 303-232-4146 LoveJoedee@gmail.com Often the body experiences pain and unpleasant symptoms because it’s experiencing the result of energy blockages. With training in the Asian arts of Qigong, Sooji (hand acupressure) and auricular therapy, I would be honored to help resolve the blockages. I look forward to working with you to create a path of health and wellbeing. I offer affordable rates and package deals and I’m located 10 minutes from Belmar. The therapies I use may help with a variety of issues: PTSD, Physical and Emotional Pain, and Immune function. $5.00 off first appointment. Private appointments available.

5855 Wadsworth Bypass Building A, Suite 100 Arvada, CO 80003 303-731-6695 J4CL.com Journeys for Conscious Living (J4CL) is an organization leading the world in conscious living, hosting world class events, speakers and event center (space rental) to empower people to create thoughtful changes in living their lives every day, thus creating the space and energy to stay centered and expand the community. J4CL’s center and events promote experiences for discovering and developing a life of passion, purpose and contribution. J4CL invites you to co-create opportunities, collaboration and communities for individuals and businesses to reach their full, highest potential, while experiencing love, joy and transformation. See ad, page 5.

ALL NATURAL MANI/PEDI THE NAIL BAR

CHIROPRACTIC

Michelle Marchand, Owner West Wash Park 533 E. Ohio Ave., Denver 303-320-0305 TheNailBar.biz

KENNEDY WELLNESS WITH NATHAN KENNEDY

The Nail Bar is the only full-service natural hand and foot care boutique in Denver which uses only all natural, safe, non-toxic, high quality products for the body. You will notice there is no chemical odor when you walk into the calming energy of The Nail Bar. Instruments are individually sterilized, with licenses and advanced certifications to preserve and advise you on the health of your skin and nails. Michelle, owner of The Nail Bar, is a certified master pedicurist and licensed podologist and European trained, licensed manicurist. Medically supervised and approved practice.

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

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222 Milwaukee St., Ste. 308, Denver 303-322-5015 KennedyWellness.com Come see why one patient visits me all the way from Pennsylvania! His testimonial can be seen on my website. I suffered through a nearfatal poisoning as a teenager and I applied myself to medicine and healing as a way of life. Chiropractic is my way of giving health to others because it does not limit me to the allopathic model of disease-care. Let my scientific, in-depth approach and easy-going manner assist you on your path to wellness. Reduce back/neck spasms! I work with your body nutritionally to decrease the root cause of inflammation. Remodel bulging discs with nutrition and osmotic principles. Call me today at 303-322-5015.

RED TAIL WELLNESS CENTERS Ian Hollaman, DC 3393 Iris Ave. #105, Boulder 303-882-8447 RedTailWellnessCenters.com Ian Hollaman, DC focuses on difficult and chronic cases such as elevated glucose and cholesterol, thyroid disorders, and novel solutions to pain and injuries. He holds a proficiency level in professional Applied Kinesiology and has accumulated hundreds of hours in post graduate nutrition. See ad page 11.

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RED TAIL WELLNESS CENTERS Karen Hollaman, DC, LMT 3393 Iris Ave., Boulder 303-882-8447 RedTailWellnessCenters.com After a 4 year ‘Medical Mystery’ in my teenage years, I learned the true value of health from a holistic chiropractor. Because of her understanding of how the body heals itself when given the proper support, I was given a second chance at life. Chiropractic resonated with me and I knew I wanted to offer women and children the same hope and care I had been generously given. If you or your family struggles with health issues please contact the Red Tail Wellness Center so I can help you take flight again and let your health soar. See ad page 11.

HOLISTIC NUTRITION DELICIOUS HEALTH Holistic Nutrition, Health, and Lifestyle Coaching Simla Somturk Wickless, MBA, CHC, CNE 877-211-0220 Boulder, CO and via telephone/Skype internationally EnjoyDeliciousHealth.com / DeliciousHealthBlog.com Women entrepreneurs/business professionals: get out of overwhelm, double your energy, and take control of your health to grow your business sustainably, implement true life-work integration, and lead an intensely pleasurable and influential life. Need to go deeper? Simla supports you with adrenal health, autoimmune conditions such as arthritis or fibromyalgia, gastrointestinal issues, food allergies, and more. Review our testimonials and learn more about our approach via website. Complimentary 30-minute Delicious Health Discovery Session. Call 877-211-0220 today.

HOLISTIC PRACTITIONER SOUL PATH INSIGHTS Jennifer K. Garcia Denver Metro Area/Colorado 303-872-3719 JenniferKGarcia.com Soul Path Insights specializes in expanding your awareness, tapping into your potential and opening the door to your true life purpose. Jennifer’s vision and mission as a holistic practitioner is to provide hands-on healings and clear guidance into some of life’s biggest challenges. She is passionate about helping facilitate real change and teaching others. She offers Clairvoyant Readings, Soul Readings from the Akashic Records and teaches Psychic Development Classes in Aurora and at Isis Bookstore. Schedule your appointment or class today and we look forward to meeting you soon.


INTEGRATIVE HEALTH

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CLEAR SKY MEDICAL

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Katia I. Meier, M.D. 10103 Ridge Gate Parkway Aspen Building, Suite 221 Lone Tree, CO 80124 303-790-7860 ClearSkyMedical.com

Blaine Wilkins 303-501-3330 HarvestPlenty.com / Ecoscraps.net

Family practice physician specializing in Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement therapy, Neurotransmitter balancing, comprehensive Nutritional analysis and therapy, Homeopathy, Herbalogy, Naturopathic Medicine, Personalized Detoxification Programs, Medical Weight Loss and Cosmetic procedures. Treating all ages and most insurance welcomed. Call for more information today. See ad, page 8.

INTERIOR DESIGN THREE HORSE DESIGN Trish Bradley P 303-243-0728 / Email 3horsedesign@gmail.com ThreeHorseDesign.com Specializing in green, sustainable and renewable design. As much or as little green as you desire. Will just rearrange your furniture or do a complete home remodel. Will Eco-organize your kitchen or office to help you recycle better. Staging: Commercial and Residential. Window coverings for energy efficiency. FREE CONSULTATIONS. LEED, Solar and RESNET Educated.

ORGANIC LAWN CARE CLEAN AIR LAWN CARE Josh Studer, Local Franchise Owner Cherry Creek - East Denver 303-681-4543 Josh@cleanairlawncare.com www.cleanairlawncaredenver.com Clean Air Lawn Care is committed to reducing the amount of air pollution caused by gas powered machinery. The use of chemical fertilizers and sprays also pollute the atmosphere and groundwater. We are running a “Come Clean” campaign that allows you to receive a free year’s worth of organic fertilizer when you drop the use of chemicals and sign up for full service with Clean Air. All of our equipment is electric; powered by wind and solar. Our mowing techniques promote the use of less water for your lawn. Visit us online or call Josh for a free estimate at 303-681-4543.

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

EcoScraps recycles fruits and veggies into high quality soil amendments that are natural and organic. Our Harvest Plenty Premium Organic Soils premium soils are composted locally using produce waste from Local Produce Suppliers, Grocery Stores, and many other local organizations. Harvest Plenty have higher nutrient values than other organic composts, and have longer lasting results than chemical based soils. Harvest Plenty soils contain no animal byproducts, or the high sodium and ammonia problems that typically come with manure based soils. Harvest Plenty contains no petrochemicals. Available in Utah, Arizona, Oregon, and Colorado.

SANCTUARY INNER CONNECTION INSTITUTE CHURCH OF INFINITE SPIRIT 2755 South Locust St., Suite 213 Denver, CO 80222 303-282-9439 InnerConnection.org A non-denominational, spiritual sanctuary offering clairvoyant reading and healing services, meditation classes, psychic development programs, ministerial services, and ordination programs. Locations in Denver and Lakewood. We support you in creating the life you desire, and show you how through easy, effective techniques. Free aura clearing and chakra balancing in Lakewood every Wednesday. Free open channel clinic Fridays in Denver. Everyone is welcome! Call for more information. Denver 303-282-9439. Lakewood 720413-7303. See ad, page 6.

SEXUALITY AND HEALTH FRONTIER MEDICAL INSTITUTE/ GROSSMAN WELLNESS CENTER Velina Lujan, MA, CMT Certified Holistic Stress Manager Applewood Tech Center 2801 Youngfield Street, Suite 117, Golden 303-233-4247 FMIClinic.com With an emphasis on Human Sexuality and Stress, Velina offers evaluation and assessment of stressors, consultation and coaching, hands-on bodywork and selfcare instruction. She specializes in • Aging • Stress & Pain Reduction • Chronic Health Conditions • Sexual Dysfunction • Relationships and much more!! Conveniently located off I-70 and Youngfield in East Golden. Call NOW to book your appointment: 303-2334247. Velina also has limited availability in Boulder. Call 303-717-7709 for Boulder ONLY.

WELLNESS/FITNESS COACHING FOR WOMEN WELLNESS BEGINS HERE, LLC Kim Ruggierio, CWC 1-866-709-6005 Info@WellnessBeginsHere.net WellnessBeginsHere.net How do you climb a mountain? Take charge of your health the same way… one step at a time. A unique, nationwide service offered by Wellness Coach and Degreed Exercise Physiologist, Kim Ruggierio, dedicated to the complex needs of women. Kim focuses on balanced living, fitness/weight loss, managing health issues and specializes in clients challenged by Cancer, Lupus, Menopause, Thyroid Disease, Hormone Imbalance and Fibromyalgia. We believe in an integrative holistic/modern approach to prevention and healing. Ask about our innovative Virtual Fitness Training Program, which combines assessment, dietary guidance, exercise, and balanced living practices, via telephone, email and Skype. May Special: one FREE SESSION for new clients who commit to a minimum of four sessions. See ad, page 13.

SCHOOLS ROCKY MOUNTAIN SCHOOL OF ANIMAL ACUPRESSURE AND MASSAGE

COMING IN JUNE

Locations, dates and classes available on website 866-903-6463 RMSAAM.com The Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage (RMSAAM) offers rewarding and challenging educational programs suitable for Massage Therapists and animal lovers alike. Time is divided into classroom and lab portions allowing students to apply knowledge in a hands-on setting with dogs and horses. RMSAAM also offers courses in Equine Massage, Large and Small Animal Acupressure, Reiki Animal Practitioner, Essential Oils and Aromatherapy for Animals and other special workshops. Tuition assistance available. NCBTMB Approved Provider #451073-09. Register 866-903-6462 or RMSAAM.com. See ad, page 23.

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savethedate WOMEN’S WELLNESS SUPPORT GROUP Wednesdays, 5 - 6:15 p.m. Gather with other caring, wise and health-oriented women “around the well” to: ♥ Develop a richer spiritual connection ♥ Deepen your communication ♥ Empower your actions for the results you desire ♥ Support each other and hold each other accountable. Facilitated by Ruth Sharon, M.S., Licensed Professional Counselor, Wellness Coach, Yoga/Meditation Teacher, Energy for Life. Individual, couple and family counseling available. Call Ruth for free consultation: 303-796-7004. www.EnergyForLife. us/blog /events for details/register.

REINVENT YOUR LIFE WORKSHOP May 14, 9:30-3:30pm Are you eager to explore possibilities for change? Your life should bloom to its fullest just as the opening buds are doing now. Carol Denker, who reinvented her life at 50, shows how to identify deepest desires and strongest potential, then teaches surefire methods to put dreams in place. Vision Boards, fun activities, lunch and strong group support. Each person leaves with a follow-up plan. $55 for the full day, incl. yummy lunch. Carol Denker, M.S., M.Ed, is facilitating this group in Denver. RSVP/info Carol at 267-210-3101 or caroldenker@comcast.net. AutumnLove.org/workshop.html.

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MAY 1, SUNDAY Eckankar Worship Service-Working with a Dream Teacher – 10:30-11:30am. Celebrate harmony with Divine Spirit. Dynamic speakers and original creative arts demonstrate the gifts found through daily practice of the spiritual principles found in Eckankar. Free. Eckankar Center of Boulder Valley, 1800 30th St. Ste 208 Boulder. 303-443-1610 or Eck-Colorado.org. BodyTalk Wellness Clinic – 2-5pm. Every 1st Sunday. Experience an energetic re-balancing session! BodyTalk energy medicine encompasses all aspects of health: mind, body, and spirit. All ages welcome. Suggested Donation $20. Rocky Mountain BodyTalk Alliance, 2299 Pearl St., Ste 310, Boulder. Deborah 303-579-0849 or info@ rockymtbodytalk.com. RockyMtBodyTalk.com. Spiritual Gathering, Aura Healing Clinic & Lunch at Mimi’s Café – 11am-12:30pm. Also May 15. Spiritual gathering of blessings, love, healing, empowerment and community. Church followed by aura healing clinic, refreshments, community and (1st Sun. only) lunch at Mimi’s Café. Rev DebraRae, Officiating Minister. Donations welcome. Sacred Spaces House of Light, 223 Titan St., Aurora, 303365-0200. SacredSpacesAndPlaces.com.

May 18, 7-8:15pm Hormones play a significant role in women’s health conditions. Maintaining proper balance of those hormones is critical to health, reproduction, emotional stability and more! Dr. Purser’s “Real Solutions for the Top 7 Female Health Concerns” explains how natural progesterone in conjunction with essential oils and proven lifestyle changes can literally transform your life. This class will focus on real challenges: menopausal symptoms, vascular disease, fibromyalgia, cancer, migraines, etc. FREE. LifeSource Health Partners, 65 S. Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood. Seating limited. Call 303-934-3600 to register or online at LifeSourceHP.com.

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Wellness Workshop – 6:30-8:30pm. Add better nutrition into your daily diet! Join us for an evening of prevention and take-home tips to implement for your whole family. Appetizers and drinks served. Free. Contact Heather 303-753-2665. Active Meditation I – Learn skills that help you relax, recharge and focus your mind. Clear blocks and foster creativity. $90 for the series. Three different class times: Denver Daytime-Tuesdays, May 3-24 10am-Noon; Denver Evening-Wednesdays, May 4-25 6:30-8:30pm; Wheat Ridge Saturdays, May 21-June 11, 2-4pm. Inner Connection Institute 2755 S Locust St., Ste 213 Denver. 303-282-9439 or InnerConnection.org.

MAY 4, WEDNESDAY Spa Day – 12-4pm. Enjoy complimentary minifacials*, makeovers*, chair massage, product samples, raffle drawings and more! *$10 reservation fee at time of sign-up comes with a $10 Pharmaca gift coupon. Receive a Free Pharmaca Lavender Travel Kit with $75 purchase or more while supplies last. Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, 2700 Broadway Boulder.

Non-Denominational Church Service – 11am. Doors open from 10:40-11am. Celebrate the journey of life with meditation and a spiritual message on the first Sunday. Service followed by a free aura healing/chakra balancing clinic. Rev. Lauren Skye, Officiating Minister. Church of Infinite Spirit/Inner Connection Institute, 2755 South Locust St., Ste 213, Denver. 303-282-9439. InnerConnection.org.

Become the Artist of Your Life – 6-9pm. Just as the buds are opening, your life deserves to bloom--and you can design it. Carol Denker, who reinvented her own life at 50, teaches the 7 Essential Steps for Change and demonstrates that change is possible and thrilling at ANY age. $30. Parker Rec Center 17301 E Lincoln Ave., Parker. Carol Denker, AutumnLove.org or Diane Lange 303-841-4500.

Drum Circle – 5:30-7:30pm. Chanting 5:30-6pm., drumming 6-7:30pm. No experience necessary. Donations welcome. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303-237-8851 or MileHiChurch.org.

Oneness Blessing – 5:30-6:30pm. A team of certified blessing-givers will be offering Oneness Blessings, a non-denominational benediction and Oneness Energy transfer. The blessing can accelerate spiritual growth and deepening. Donations Welcome. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303-237-8851 or MileHiChurch.org.

MAY 2, MONDAY

ENHANCING WOMEN’S HEALTH WITH ESSENTIAL OILS

2730 S Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303 or AnitaDestino.com.

Kirtan with Tom Fuhrmann – 7-9pm. Join Tom Fuhrmann’s Littleton Kirtan Gang for an evening of Kirtan. Musicians include Tom Fuhrmann, Harmonium; Michelle Davidson, Vocals; Steve Bross, Tabla. Info Tom 303-435-3152. Love Offerings/ Suggested Donation $10. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695. J4CL.com. Get Through Your Blocks – 6pm. Yes, you can! You can get through those blocks that are stopping you from being the best you can be. $30 one session / $21 each (1st 2). Fast Focusing Center, 88 Inverness Circle E, H-107, Centennial. 303-7088817 or FastFocusingCenter.com.

MAY 3, TUESDAY Workshop on the Power of Money – 7-9pm. Learn how to work with your Angels to release energetic blocks, cords and past-life patterns to create the abundance you desire. A powerful healing with your Angels will help heal anxiety around money and open you to the infinite supply from the universe. $40. Journey Within, inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga

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CCC: Consciousness Conversations & Contemplations – 6:45-10pm. CCC hosts monthly meetings to share a common desire to raise the consciousness of our planet. We raise awareness and consciousness through presentations, discussion, interaction, and networking. Love offering/donation. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695. J4CL.com.

MAY 5, THURSDAY Just for Men 4-Week Meditation – 7-9pm. Learn how to manage the energy of the male standard around the high vibration of female energy in relationships and in general. This program will help you relax and create change in your life. Feel the results and experience the change. $144. Journey Within, inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. 720-413-7303. Anitadestino.com. Nutritional Cleansing Presentation & Tasting – 7-8:30pm. Learn about this new cleansing and fat burning system that is natural, safe and effective! Help your body eliminate toxins. Participants report an average weight loss of 9-12 pounds in just nine


days! Includes a product tasting. Free. LifeSource Health Partners 65 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. RSVP to 303-934-3600 or LifeSourcehp.com.

MAY 6, FRIDAY Low-Cost Community Wellness Clinic – 9am-7pm. Therapeutic massage, holistic bodywork, energy work, cosmetology, stress management consultation and assessment, treatment and coaching, massage for elderly and ill, guided imagery, hypnotherapy, certified nutritional consultation, psychic readings, private yoga classes and more!1st and 3rd Fridays by appt. $45 or sliding scale. Stress Management Services, 5600 Arapahoe Ave, Ste. 203. Boulder. Marie 720-877-1727 or marie@yourstressmanager.com.

MAY 7, SATURDAY Medical Massage Seminar – 11:30am-1pm. “A New View of the Body: Scientific Breakthroughs in Healing” presented by Dr. Joan Sloss, EdD, LMT. Learn what your doctors don’t yet know about the most important and amazing tissue in your body. Free. Healing Unleashed, LLC. 3609 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. RSVP 303-986-0492 or info@healingunleashed.com. HealingUnleashed.com. Grand Opening - Life Chiropractic New Location – 11am- 2pm. Celebrate the Grand Opening of our new office. Food, fun, demonstrations, chair massage, door prizes and more! Learn about our educational opportunities and meet Dr. John Wendt. Free. Life Chiropractic, 825 Delaware Ave. Ste P103, Longmont. Cari Taplin, Office Manager 303-678-1979. Active Meditation 1 Tele-Class – 9-10am. Saturdays May 7-May 28. Learn easy, effective skills to help you relax, recharge and focus your mind on creating energetic boundaries for a smoother day. Clear blocks and foster creativity. $75 for the phone series. Inner Connection Institute. Lauren Skye 303-282-9439 or InnerConnection.org. Holistic Healing/Psychic/Vendor Fair – 11am-6pm. J4CL offers an exciting fair with an variety of complimentary healing modalities including massage, shamanic, foot baths, reiki, cord cutting, healing touch, oils, crystal bowls, and bars. Readers include palmistry, tarot, intuitive, astrological and vendors include crystals, jewelry, oils, clothing, and more. $20/20 minutes or per healer/reader/vendor. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695. J4CL.com. Reinvent Your Life Workshop – 9:30am-3:30pm. Let your life bloom to its fullest just like the spring flowers. Carol Denker, who reinvented her life at 50, helps you to identify your goals and your potential, then teaches surefire methods to put your dreams in place. $50. Recreation Ctr at Eastridge, 9568 University Blvd. Highlands Ranch. RSVP Carol Denker at caroldenker@ comcast.net or Heather HGoetz-Zettl@hrcaonline.org. AutumnLove.org Wicca Year and Day – 12:30-2:30pm. Lisa Lanyon discusses energy, healing, Auras, Chakras, Magickal foods and recipes, herbs, stones and other Magikal tools. Donations welcome. Isis Books and Gifts, 2775 S Broadway, Englewood. 303-761-8627 or IsisBooks.com. Intro to Shamanism – Power Animal Journey – 3-5pm. In this experiential workshop, learn to connect with your personal animal spirit guide for advice, spiritual companionship and increased well being. Renna Shesso received her training through the Foundation for Shamanic Studies. $20. Isis Books and Gifts, 2775 S Broadway, Englewood. Renna Shesso, rennafire@yahoo.com or 303-761-8627 or IsisBooks.com.

savethedate WRITING OUR WINGS OF RECOVERY; THURSDAYS STARTING MAY 19 FREE PREVIEW Thursday May 12, 6-8:30pm Journal-writing workshop provides tools and support for furthering recovery from disordered eating or any compulsion. Anyone with food issues or any obsession welcome. Carolyn Jennings’ journal has been a primary tool for her recovery from an eating disorder. A Journal to the Self® certified instructor and award-winning author, Carolyn offers acceptance and safety, guiding participants through writing that uncovers what disrupts and promotes health and wholeness. Dig under your stories to discover what’s really there. Thursdays, May 19-June 30, 6-8:30pm. $150 (No one denied because of cost--contact Carolyn at 303-469-3672 or CJennings@WritingOurWings.com.) Pomegranate Place, Oasis for Women, 750 Clarkson Street, Denver.

FIT, FAB & FREE: LIVE! May 20 and 21, 7 - 10pm Fri; 9am - 6pm Sat A hip-shaking, mind-stretching, money-magnetizing event for women. Why? Because an empowered woman is an unstoppable force for Freedom. For Change. For Love. You deserve it. The world needs it. Freedom demands it. Early Bird: $225. The Lodge and Spa, 112 Overlook Drive, Breckenridge. For more info please contact Jolina Karen 970-389-4513 or JolinaK@gmail.com. JolinaKaren.com/ffflive.

ANA FORREST - YOGA WORKSHOP SERIES IN DENVER June 3-5th Ana Forrest, creator of Forrest Yoga, has a unique and powerful philosophy and approach toward yoga. She has spent 30 years studying a multitude of yoga styles and healing modalities in order to create Forrest Yoga – an intense sequence of postures focusing on breath, strength, integrity, and spirit. Workshop consists of 5 topic-specific sessions over three days and are part of Ana’s National book tour for her new work Fierce Medicine. Local host - Root Yoga Center. For info go to www.RootYogaCenter.com.

METAPHYSICAL FAIR Fri., June 17, 12-8pm & Sat., June 18, 10 am-5pm $3 admission + snacks/ beverages available for purchase. Readers, Healers, Vendors + FREE workshops (donations appreciated). Readings/Healings offered for $1/minute with a 20 minute minimum. Come to the fair! Unity Temple, 1555 Race St., Denver.

LIGHT, VISION, & CONSCIOUSNESS 21ST ANNUAL ISSSEEM CONFERENCE June 24-27 Westin - Westminster The Beckwiths, Peter Kater, Bruce Lipton, Amit Goswami and more. Light, color, and sound to transform our work, our world, and ourselves. Gifted artists, potent healers, pioneering researchers, and global leaders elucidate the extraordinary. Research workshops, art, energy devices and FREE public events. ISSSEEM.org.

600 HOUR CERTIFIED MASSAGE THERAPY PROGRAM Starts July 16 Denver Integrative Massage School is Affordable: The most competitive tuition rates in Colorado; offers Flexible Schedules: Open course modules, take 50 hours up to 600 hours and has a Thai Yoga Massage Focus: Increased earning power because of dual focus in BOTH Eastern and Western massage modalities. Contact Hillary@dimassageschool.com or 720-270-3633.

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MAY 9, MONDAY Confidence/Boundless Energy Class – 6pm. Have you ever said, “If I only had the confidence, I would…”? Techniques to build competence and increase confidence. Learn breathing and energy stimulation techniques to keep you going long after others are done. $30/1 session / $21 each (1st 2). Fast Focusing Center, 88 Inverness Circle E, H-107, Centennial. 303-708-8817 or FastFocusingCenter.com.

MAY 10, TUESDAY Heal the Lie and Discover Your Truth – 7-9pm. Two-week workshop examines limiting beliefs. Changing these beliefs will shift your perception and your life. Jennifer will guide you on a journey to your 7 Houses of Wisdom to eliminate limiting thoughts and beliefs so you can create new, empowering truths. $77. Journey Within, inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio, 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. 720-413-7303 or anitadestino.com. Informational Lecture – 12pm. Does your child have academic, social or behavioral concerns? Dr. Tamara Eslich explains why there is an epidemic of children with these concerns and discusses the recent research about children with academic and neurobehavioral issues. Free. Brain Balance Achievement Center, 1211 Avery St., Golden. 303278-1780 or Golden@BrainBalanceCenters.com. BrainBalanceCenters.com. Children’s Wellness Workshop – 1-3pm. Also May 16. Wonder how to get more whole, raw fruits, veggies & berries in your daily diet? Come learn simple take home tips and change your health picture today! Free. Reserve your spot by calling Heather 303-753-2665.

Drum Circle with Shaman Rick Strong Feather and John Thunderheart Robinson –7-9pm. Join the community for Drum Circle, Dige Players, Flutes, Shamanic Healing, Sound Healing, and Messages from the StrongFeather and The ThunderHeart. Love offering/donation. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695. J4CL.com. Herbcraft V: Sleeptime Remedies and the Nervous System – 6-9pm. Learn the causes of disrupted sleep and which herbs will nourish and soothe the nervous system. Create aromatherapy pillow mists, dream pouches, and an herbal dream balm. $45 members; $52 non-members. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver. 720-865-3580 BotanicGardens.org. Open Door Reading Space – 7-8:30pm. In a group setting, Rev. DebraRae will be available for Q&A, including Guide/Angel communication. $20. Sacred Spaces Center, 223 Titan St, Aurora. 303-365-0200. SacredPlacesAndSpaces.com. Strong, Sexy & Satisfied: A 3-Step System for Food/ Life/Work Success – 5-6pm. Virtual 12-week live group program for women entrepreneurs and professionals who want a healthier, sexier body naturally without dieting; a life that feels balanced and happy; work that is fulfilling and meaningful. It’s all connected! Incredible guest experts. Delicious Health of Boulder. Contact S3Program.com or EnjoyDeliciousHealth.com.

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MAY 11, WEDNESDAY HüMüH Transcendental Buddhism Satsang – 7:308:30pm. Satsang: a gathering of spiritually-minded people who come together to study spiritual teachings. The HüMüH Satsang will study a teaching by Wisdom Master Maticintin entitled Effective Prayer. Free. Donations welcome. Full Moon Books and Event Center, 9106 W. 6th Ave., Lakewood. Contact HüMüH 800-336-6015 or office@humuh.org. HUMUH.org. Confidence/Boundless Energy Class – 6pm. See listing May 9. Fast Focusing Center, 88 Inverness Circle E, H-107, Centennial. 303-708-8817 or FastFocusingCenter.com. The Clear Path Retreat from One Whole Health – May 11-15. Five-day, four-night retreat is for women ready to overcome obstacles and propel forward in their personal and professional lives. Set on the serene 40-acre Longhorn Ranch, this retreat will help you discover the food and lifestyle choices that best support your overall health and well-being. Experience stillness, individual attention and connection with kindred spirits. Call for pricing. Longhorn Ranch and Stable, 17300 Hwy 135, Crested Butte. OneWholeHealth.com. Eliminate Low Back Pain and Sciatica – 7-8:15pm. Review basic spinal anatomy and common causes of low back pain and sciatica. A brief survey and a simple orthopedic assessment will screen for low back problems. Learn about natural treatments and schedule a personal evaluation to relieve back pain and sciatica without drugs or surgery. Free. LifeSource Health Partners, 65 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. RSVP 303-934-3600.

MAY 12, THURSDAY Writing Our Wings of Recovery Free Preview 6-8:30pm. Journal-writing workshop provides tools and support for furthering recovery from disordered eating or any compulsion. Anyone with food issues or any obsession welcome. Carolyn Jennings’ journal has

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been a primary tool for her recovery from an eating disorder. Workshop starts Thursdays, May 19 - June 30, 6-8:30pm. $150. Carolyn at 303-469-3672 or CJennings@WritingOurWings.com. Pomegranate Place, Oasis for Women, 750 Clarkson Street, Denver.

Freedom From the Inside Out – 5-6:30pm. We practice do-it-yourself techniques like EFT, The Emotion Code and The Healing Codes to clear our energy blocks, emotional baggage and limiting beliefs. Meets monthly. Free. Littleton. Contact Vicki Nelson at 303-955-7532 or ClearSourceCoaching@gmail.com. Trance Medium Healing Clinic – 7pm. Trance medium healing is a dynamic process facilitating realignment and cleansing of the spiritual body. Clinic involves channeling, energy readings, and intense individual clearings. Plan time for self after healing. Arrive early, doors auto-lock at 6:55pm. Open Channeling 7-7:30ish-Free. Healings to follow-$10. Inner Connection Institute, 2755 South Locust St., Ste 213, Denver. 303-282-9439 or InnerConnection.org Spiritual Movie Night – 7-9pm. The latest spiritual movies picked by Kay Ford Johnsen to share with our community. Check our web site for film listing. $10. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695. J4CL.com. Seeds of Change Drum Circle – 6-7pm. Strengthen community and expand friendships using sound, words, drum, rattles and meditation. Bring your intentions, blessings and prayers. Special guest Rachael Lord, RN.CMT.MH and Andrea Lord, Women’s Circle facilitator. Donations welcome. Isis Books and Gifts, 2775 S Broadway, Englewood. 303-761-8627 or IsisBooks.com.

MAY 14, SATURDAY Children’s Network Business Showcase – 9:30am3pm. The ‘Magic of Giving’ is a major community event to raise funds for The Children’s Miracle Network. Visit our Healing Unleashed booth! Free. Costco Wholesale, 7900 W. Quincy Ave. Littleton. Healing Unleashed, LLC. 303-986-0492 or info@healingunleashed.com. HealingUnleashed.com.

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Reinvent Your Life Workshop – 9:30am-3:30pm. See May 7 or Save the Date for details. RSVP/info Carol at 267-210-3101 or caroldenker@comcast.net. AutumnLove.org/workshop.html. Angels of Light Healing Support Circle - 6-9pm. The Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation and master healer and spiritual guide Karen Korona invite women with cancer, their partners/caretakers and children to an Angels Of Light Healing Support Circle. Donations Welcome. Kosha Yoga, 1500 W. Littleton Blvd., Ste 110B, Littleton. Sue 303 993-8843 or Emeraldheartcf@gmail.com . Tools for Kids – 2-3pm. This class teaches the young ones the same life-changing skills we teach adults, in a format that works just for them. Two workshops are scheduled to accommodate different ages. Sat May 14, 2-3pm for ages 7-10 and Sun May 15, 2-3-pm for ages 11-16. $25. Inner Connection Institute,4325 Harlan St., Wheat Ridge. Lynn Austin 303-257-4797 or Innerconnection.org May Psychic Fair – 10:30am-5:30pm. Colorado’s best psychics and intuitives available to answer your questions. Nancy, Kami, Carol, Sean will answer your questions and Marci McCaffery will be offering personal astrological consultation as well. $1 per minute. Isis Books and Gifts, 2775 S Broadway, Englewood. 303-761-8627 or IsisBooks.com.

MAY 15, SUNDAY Community HU Song – 10:30-11am. Find inner peace by chanting the once-secret name for God, HU. All are welcome. Expand your awareness; experience divine love; heal a broken heart; find solace in times of grief. Bring a friend. Free. ECKANKAR Center of Boulder Valley, Crossroads Garden, 1800 30th St. Ste 208, Boulder. 303-443-1610 or Eck-Colorado.org Past Lives, Present Lives – 2-5pm. Interpret the messages of your past life and techniques for contacting your former self. Class includes meditation and discussion. Sean Michael Morris is a professional psychic, spirit guide channel and teacher. Readings by appt. $35. Isis Books and Gifts, 2775 S Broadway, Englewood. 303-761-8627 or IsisBooks.com. RSVP Sean Michael Morris 303-408-9730 or SeanMichaelMorris.com.

MAY 16, MONDAY Traditional Chinese Acupuncture Intro and Workshop – 6-7:15pm. Through the use of needles at the right points, the body can heal itself. This class includes a presentation, Q&A, and workshop. Participants can experience complimentary ear acupuncture, if interested. Free. LifeSource Health Partners, 65 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. RSVP to 303-934-3600 or LifeSourcehp.com. Money/Business Class – 6pm. Also on May 18. Do your negative thoughts about money prevent you from having enough? Do you think money is “the root to all evil” or have other negative money thoughts? Get those negative thoughts out of your way. $30 one session / $21 each (1st 2). Fast Focusing Center, 88 Inverness Circle E, H-107, Centennial. 303-708-8817. FastFocusingCenter.com. Kirtan with Tom Fuhrmann – 7-9pm. See May 2 listing. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303731-6695. J4CL.com. Restorative Yoga - 9am-6pm.Our bodies appreciate gentleness. In deep relaxation, our muscles soften and let go. This is a Professional training (continuing ed); opening it up for others who would like to experience a day of restoring. Take some time out to nurture yourself. $150. PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala, 3333 Federal Blvd, Denver. Hansa 303-432-8099 or pyamandala@gmail.com . Pyamandala.com


MAY 17, TUESDAY The Bible, Metaphysics and You! – 9am-noon or 7-10pm. Awaken to new dimensions of yourself and your potential. Explore the Bible in the light of Science of Mind and Spirit. Enjoy this impossible journey of breezing through the Bible in just six weeks! Tuesdays, May 17 – June 21. $75. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303-232-4079 or MileHiChurch.org.

MAY 18, WEDNESDAY Enhancing Women’s Health with Essential Oils – 7pm-8:15pm. This class focuses on real challenges for women such as hot flashes, difficulty sleeping, low libido, mood swings, PMS and more. Dr. Purser’s “Real Solutions for the Top 7 Female Health Concerns” discusses natural progesterone, essential oils and proven lifestyle changes that can transform your life. Free. LifeSource Health Partners, 65 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. RSVP 303-934-3600 or LifeSourceHP.com. Oneness Blessing - 5:30-6:30pm. See listing May 4. Donations welcome. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303-237-8851 or MileHiChurch.org.

MAY 19, THURSDAY Writing Our Wings of Recovery - 6-8:30pm. Thursdays, May 19 - June 30. Journal-writing workshop provides tools and support for furthering recovery from disordered eating or any compulsion. Anyone with food issues or any obsession welcome. A Journal to the Self® certified instructor and award-winning author, Carolyn offers acceptance and safety, guiding participants through writing that uncovers what disrupts and promotes health and wholeness. $150. Carolyn at 303-469-3672 or CJennings@WritingOurWings.com. Pomegranate Place, Oasis for Women, 750 Clarkson Street, Denver. A Year in Flowers – 7-8:30pm. Discover inspiring new ways to grow, glean, harvest and gather floral design ingredients in every season. Photographer and garden blogger David Perry with author and outdoor living expert Debra Prinzing will share their passion for local and seasonal flowers in a two-part talk. $20/adult; $10/ students. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver. 720-865-3580 or BotanicGardens.org. 3d vs. 5d Energy: Understanding & Surviving Ascension – 7-9pm. Learn how to ascend 3d energy to exist, think and create in the freedom of 5d energy. Understand how to illuminate the body rather than transcend it. Learn the most important step toward personal ascension, why it’s imperative to BE vs. DO and more. $20. Sacred Spaces Center, 223 Titan St, Aurora. 303-365-0200. SacredPlacesAndSpaces.com. Oneness Deekshas & Sacred Sound with Ann Hines & Donna Baldwin –7-9pm. Oneness Deeksha experience with live Sacred Sound from crystal bowls and native American flute. Deeksha is a Divine intelligent energy transfer that causes a neurobiological transformation within the brain of each receiving individual. It is not a teaching or concept, but rather an experience or process that supports all paths or beliefs. Love Offering/$20 suggested Donation. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695. J4CL.com.

MAY 20, FRIDAY Fit, Fab & Free: Live - 7-10pm Fri; 9am-6pm Sat. A hip-shaking, mind-stretching, money-magnetizing event for women. Why? Because an empowered woman is an unstoppable force for Freedom. For Change. For Love. You deserve it. The world needs it. Freedom demands it. Early Bird: $225. The Lodge and Spa, 112 Overlook Drive, Breckenridge. Jolina Karen 970-389-4513 or JolinaK@gmail.com. JolinaKaren.com/ffflive. Low-Cost Community Wellness Clinic – 9am-7pm. See listing May 6. Stress Management Services, 5600

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Arapahoe Ave, Ste. 203, Boulder. Call Marie at 720877-1727 or marie@yourstressmanager.com. Free Community Acupuncture Treatments – 2-8pm. Discover what community acupuncture is all about! Acupuncture treats seasonal allergies, PMS, stress, neck, shoulder, back pain, and much more. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome on a space-available basis. Free. Left Hand Community Acupuncture, 409 S. Public Rd., Lafayette. Contact 720-248-8626 or info@lefthandacu.com. The Alchemy of Grief – 6:30-9pm. Through lecture and experiential exercises, Annamarie Fidel-Rice will demonstrate how alchemy can expand and revision our understanding of death and grief. $15 general/$10 students, seniors/members free. Community United Church of Christ, 2650 Table Mesa Dr., Boulder. Boulder Friends of Jung 303-473-8373 or info@bfjung.org. BFJung.org. Live The Stress-Free Life – 6pm. Also May 25. The world seems crazy right now, but… does life really have to be this hard? Experience the full “lightness” in your being after de-stressing from life’s challenges. See how quickly things can change for you! $30 one session / $21 each (1st 2). Fast Focusing Center, 88 Inverness Circle E, H-107, Centennial. 303-708-8817. FastFocusingCenter.com.

MAY 21, SATURDAY Neurofeedback Seminar: Do you or your child REALLY have ADHD? – 11am-12:30pm. Learn what can cause symptoms of ADHD, and how to avoid medication that may not be appropriate. Many symptoms of ADHD can be caused by other things. Free. Healing Unleashed, LLC., 3609 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. RSVP 303-986-0492 or info@healingunleashed.com. HealingUnleashed.com

Balance Achievement Center, 1211 Avery St., Golden. 303-278-1780 or Golden@BrainBalanceCenters.com BrainBalanceCenters.com.

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Conscious Healing Playground – 7-8:30pm. Fun-filled event and explore your power to heal! Begin with a 30-minute meditation to tap into your intuitive source. Stay for free 10-minute healing sessions with Spiritual Coach Ken Bechtel and Intuitive Energy Healer Wakenda Willingham. Free, donations welcome. Conscious Movement, 685 Briggs St., Erie. Wakenda Willingham 303-916-1497 or wakendarose@hotmail.com. ConsciousMove.com.

Inspirational Movie Night Unmistaken Child - 7 pm. This beautiful film provides a rare glimpse into the ancient traditions of Tibetan Buddhism as it documents how enlightened old souls are rediscovered once they transmigrate from one human incarnation to another. Donations welcome. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303-237-8851 or milehichurch.org.

Informational Lecture – 6:30pm. Does your child have academic, social or behavioral concerns? Dr. Tamara Eslich will speak about the brain and explain why there is an epidemic of children with these concerns, and discusses recent research about children with academic and neurobehavioral issues. Free. Brain

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3rd Annual Free Yoga in the Park–8:15-9:15am every Wednesday and Saturday June 4 - Sept 10. Find inner peace this summer; step outdoors and onto the mat. NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness and the Highlands Ranch Metro District. Free. Civic Green Park 9370 Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch. NamasteWorksYoga.com.

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MAY 23, MONDAY Words Class – 6pm. Learn how words affect you every day and how powerful they are, sometimes without us knowing or understanding how they impact our brains. Erase negative subconscious programming. $30 one session / $21 each (1st 2). Fast Focusing Center, 88 Inverness Circle E, H-107, Centennial. 303-708-8817. FastFocusingCenter.com.

MAY 24, TUESDAY Nutritional Cleansing Presentation & Tasting – 7-8:30pm. See listing May 5. Free. LifeSource Health Partners 65 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. RSVP to 303-934-3600 or LifeSourcehp.com. A Basic 5-Week Meditation – 7-9pm. Meditation can help you transform your life, relax and create change. Learn the lifelong skills to develop a personal practice in our 5-week meditation. Meditation reduces stress and improves health. Feel the results and experience the changes in your body. $180. Journey Within inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio, 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303 or AnitaDestino.com.

MAY 25, WEDNESDAY HüMüH Transcendental Buddhism Satsang – 7:308:30pm. See Listing May 11. Contact HüMüH (800) 336-6015 or office@humuh.org, HUMUH.org. The Bio-Mechanics of Auto Injury – 7-8:15pm. Community service program to educate the public about automobile accidents and injury. Dr. Keuhn has over 25 years of experience helping people recover from soft tissue injuries. He understands the complicated aspects of the medical and legal issues associated with auto accidents. Free. LifeSource Health Partners 65 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. RSVP 303-934-3600 or lifesourcehp.com. Wellness Workshop – 1-3pm. Also May 31. Trying to bridge that gap between what you eat and what you

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BodyTalk Wellness Clinic–2-5pm. Every 1st Sunday. Experience an energetic re-balancing. BodyTalk energy medicine encompasses all aspects of health: mind, body, and spirit. All ages welcome. Suggested Donation $20. Rocky Mountain BodyTalk Alliance, 2299 Pearl St., Ste 310, Boulder. Deborah 303-579-0849 or info@rockymtbodytalk.com. RockyMtBodyTalk.com.

JUNE 8 HüMüH Transcendental Buddhism Satsang– 7:30-8:30pm. Also June 22. Satsang: a gathering of spiritually-minded people to study spiritual teachings. The HüMüH Satsang will study a teaching by Wisdom Master Maticintin entitled Effective Prayer. Free. Donations welcome. Full Moon Books and Event Center, 9106 W. 6th Ave., Lakewood. 800-336-6015 or office@humuh.org. HUMUH.org. The 5 Pranavayus-Opening to Lightness and Joy–5:30-7:30pm. Prana is the radiance of life itself, the moving force behind sensation, the tool to dispel impurities, and the source to bring balance back to the body. Master your internal winds. $19. NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, 5860 S. Curtice St., Littleton. RSVP (no drop-ins) Nancy Levenson, NamasteWorksYoga.com.

JUNE 11 Enhancing Mood with Mudras, Movement & Meditation – 8:30-10:30am. Journey thru movement of body blending yoga, somatics and ballet. Find and move the breath with mudras, drop into a deep, meditative state with yoga nidra – to enhance mood, release stress and find joy! $19. RSVP, no drops ins. NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, 5860 S. Curtice St., Littleton. Nancy Levenson. NamasteWorksYoga.com.

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Thank You – We honor the hundreds of thousands of brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of Duty, Honor, Freedom, Liberty and a United States of America. We say, bring ALL the troops home!

JUNE 17 Metaphysical Fair–12-8pm Fri and 10am-5pm Sat. Readers, Healers, Vendors and free workshops. Readings/Healings offered for $1/min; 20 minute minimum. Snacks and beverages available for purchase. $3. Donations welcome. Unity Temple 1555 Race St., Denver. 303-377-4838 or UnityTempleofDenver.org.

JUNE 24 Light, Vision & Consciousness–June 24-27. 21st Annual ISSSEEM Conference -Bridging Science and Spirit. Explore a spectrum of ways to transform our work, world, and self with light, color, and sound. Artistic, technical and mystical aspects are illumined by pioneering researchers, global leaders and potent healers. Art, exhibits, workshops, public events. Westminster.ISSSEEM.org.

JUNE 29 Women’s Wellness Wednesdays-Restorative Yoga –5:45-7pm. 4 Wed’s thru July 20. Step into a nurturing space, be fully supported thru yoga with props, experience blissful breathing and deep meditation. Release from the stress of the day. Class size limited to 10. $69. NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, 5860 S. Curtice St., Littleton. Nancy Levenson, Certified Restorative Yoga Instructor & Yoga Therapist. NamasteWorksYoga.com.

JULY 3 BodyTalk Wellness Clinic–2pm-5pm. Every First Sunday. Come experience an energetic rebalancing session. BodyTalk energy medicine encompasses all aspects of health: mind, body, and spirit. All ages welcome. Suggested Donation $20. Rocky Mountain BodyTalk Alliance, 2299 Pearl St., Ste 310, Boulder. Deborah 303-579-0849 or info@rockymtbodytalk.com. RockyMtBodyTalk.com.

JULY 27 Foundations of Ayurveda: Training in the ancient science of Ayurveda–3:30-6pm. Wed’s thru Dec 18 and one w/e each month. Basic Ayurvedic philosophy, anatomy and physiology; the essence of Spirit moving to a material manifestation, signs of the body being “out of balance”, assessment techniques and tools of Äyurveda. $2626. PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala, 3333 Federal Blvd., Denver. Hansa 303-432-8099 or pyamandala@gmail.com. PYAMandala.com.


ongoingevents daily Yoga & Bliss Workouts – Various Dates and Times. Various yoga classes are offered including Yoga Synthesis, Ashtanga, Sun Salutations/Pranayama, Classical Sivananda and Beginners Hatha Yoga. Bliss workouts incorporate a blend of yoga, Pilates, calisthenics, breathing, visualization and creative movement. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695. J4CL.com.

sunday Divine Transmission Meditation –7-8pm. Guided Meditation to align with Source Frequency, accelerate awakening and enhance spiritual development. Facilitated by Steven Hartung. $8. Samadhi Center for Yoga and Meditation, 639 E 19th Ave. Denver. 303-860-9642. SamadhiYoga.net.

monday Breath with Movement Yoga–5:30pm and 6:45pm. Engage body, breath and mind in flowing practice. Classical yoga therapy series combines muudras, movement, and meditation. Class size limited to 10. $96 for 8-week series. NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, 5860 S. Curtice St., Littleton. 303-725-1434 or NamasteWorksYoga.com.

tuesday Community Thai Yoga Massage Student Clinic– 11:30am-3:30pm. Student practicum sessions available to the public! Traditional, community massage setting. Sessions combine Thai yoga massage with Asian and Western massage techniques. $21/60 min, $28/90 min. 2414 W. 32nd Ave., Denver. Appt req 720-252-2716 or danielle@denverintegrativemassageschool.com. DenverIntegrativeMassageSchool.com Aura and Chakra Healing Clinic–5:30-6:45pm. Gain mental clarity, relieve stress and increased creativity with energy healing. Trained healer helps make positive shifts in subtle energy which profoundly influences feelings and health. Yoga of the Mind, 8 E. 1st Ave, Ste. 103, Denver. 303-668-2358 or YogaOfTheMind.com. Breath with Movement Yoga–5:15pm and 6:30pm. See Monday info. NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, 5860 S. Curtice St., Littleton. 303-725-1434 or NamasteWorksYoga.com.

wednesday Free Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing – 12:151pm and 5:45-6:15pm. A healing is an energy clearing, like a psychic shower. During a healing, energy one does not need to be carrying is cleared, including blocks to growth and flow. Clarity and contentment are restored. Donations appreciated, not req’d. Inner Connection Institute; 2755 South Locust St., Suite 213, Denver; 303-282-9439. Innerconnection.org Women’s Wellness Support Group - 5-6:15pm. Gather with other caring, wise and health-oriented women “around the well” to develop a richer spiritual connection, deepen your communication, empower

your actions for the results you desire, support each other and hold each other accountable. Facilitated by Ruth Sharon, 303-796-7004. www.EnergyForLife.us/ blog /events for details/register. Ancient Chinese Healing Art: QiGong–6-8pm. Rebalance and release stress from the body.Trouble sleeping? Emotional? Low energy? Aches and pains? Schedule your appointment with a Certified Qigong Healing Practitioner. $35. Native Transformations Healing Center, 3035 W. 25th Ave., Denver. RSVP 720-887-3532 or qigong@Peoplehouse.org Free Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing–6-7pm. A healing is an energy clearing, like an “energy car wash”. Release negative energy blocking you from growth and stopping you from creating the life you desire. Donations accepted. Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio, 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood. 720-4137303 or AnitaDestino.com.

thursday Breath with Movement Yoga– 6pm. See Monday info. NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, 5860 S. Curtice St., Littleton. 303-725-1434 or NamasteWorksYoga.com. BHS-Business Honoring Spirituality Networking– 7-9am. Uniting business professionals in a Spiritual surrounding; limitless individual and group development of Spiritual and professional possibilities. Bring business cards. $5 donation. Mile Hi Church, 9079 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. Info and speaking opps. BHSMileHi.org. Community Thai Yoga Massage Student Clinic– 11:30am-3:30pm. See Tuesday listing for info. Appt req 720-252-2716 or danielle@denverintegrativemassageschool.com. DenverIntegrativeMassageSchool.com Free Aura and Chakra Healings–6-7pm. Negative energy gently removed from your body and replaced with positive energy. You will feel great and be ready take your next steps. Free. Boulder Psychic Institute, 1332 Pearl St, Boulder. 303-530-0920 or BoulderPsychicInstitute.org. Free Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing – 6:307:30pm. A healing is like a psychic shower. During a healing, unneeded energy is cleared, including blocks to growth and flow. Clarity and contentment are restored. Donations welcome. Mini-readings available after clinic ($10). Inner Connection Institute; 4325 Harlan St, Wheat Ridge; 303-257-4797; Innerconnection.org.

friday Modern-Day Meditation–7:30-9pm. Guides you to a more calm and open state, to think clearly about solutions for daily life changes and find a deeper spiritual connection within. 1st class free. Center of the Golden One, 800-338-3788. Colorado Health and Wellness Center, 126 W 5th Ave. Denver.

saturday Open Bluegrass Jam–1-4pm. Open Bluegrass Jam with some great musicians and plenty of room to sit and listen. Free. Paul’s Coffee & Tea, 956 W. Cherry, Louisville.

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