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September 2014 | Denver/Boulder Edition |

Katia I. Meier, MD and The Clear Sky Medical Team

Naturopathic Approach to a Healthy Brain & Migraine Headache Prevention and Treatment


igraines and other types of headaches can cause significant productive loss to employers, and are one of the most common complaints seen in the doctor’s office. Migraine attacks often present as visual disturbances, anxiety, fatigue, disturbed thinking, or numbness and tingling of the extremities. Migraine headaches can be caused by nerve disorders, vascular disorders, hormone imbalances, blood disorders, stress, and food allergies, and stress often contributes to the development of migraines.   Some of the illnesses to be ruled out are bowel problems, mold allergies, vitamin deficiencies, hypertension, TMJ misalignment, food allergies or intolerances, dehydration, spinal subluxations, coffee/ caffeine intoxication, and aspartame (Nutrasweet, Equal) toxicity among others. All of these problems can cause migraine symptoms and usually can be treated very easily without the use of drugs. There are different theories about the physiological cause of migraines.  Although drug treatments are effective, people suffering from headaches often use a wide spectrum of complementary and alternative treatments. If you are looking for natural remedies to prevent and treat migraine headaches, you will first need a complete medical, family, hormone, and diet history before considering the cause of migraine.   Alternative treatments aimed at stress reduction, such as biofeedback and relaxation, are well-studied and should be considered for patients with headaches. These strategies should be considered in addition to a full medical evaluation that includes investigation about the specific cause. The treatment plan should include lifestyle and environmental changes as well as consideration of natural supplements and remedies. The treatment plan should encompass treating you as a person and be tailor-made to fit your needs. Please join us for our free presentation to discuss remedies and specific causes for this debilitating problem at Clear Sky Medical on September 25th at 6:00 PM 


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he recent death of Robin Williams touched us deeply as we put together this September issue. We grew up on Mork and Mindy, watched his movies and enjoyed his unique brand of comedy. From the outside, it looked like Williams had every measure of success - wealth, fame, charity, family and work he was passionate for. Yet, depression and anxiety somehow left him with enough despair and hopelessness that the pain of living was too much to bear. “The inherent suffering of life” as the Buddhists call it… the ego that must bear the “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.” The ego is always suffering. It could be major - personal betrayal, profound loss, devastating injury, terrifying diagnosis, or simply the pain of comparing ourselves to others, not feeling worthy, guilt, shame… No one in human form can escape the inevitabilities of life. Yet, we have a choice. Here at the Home Office, we found ourselves struggling against our own life challenges, backed by a wave of bad news and negativity from the national media – police shooting of an unarmed man in Ferguson, MO; atrocities in Palestine and Ukraine; the nasty social media response to William’s suicide. Sometimes the darkness in our world seems overwhelming. A 4-week raw cleanse kick-started our optimism and renewed our vigor (we’re always amazed at how impactful nutrition is on our mental state) and we committed to a meditation practice with the intention of releasing negative energy while stepping back to observe the struggling psyche. Utilizing such resources as The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer, guided meditations by Lauren Skye of Inner Connection Institute and David Stevens of Yoga of the Mind; Dr. Joe Dispenza’s “Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself” work and creating your day, Higher Brain Living with Kent Johnson…we feel blessed to have so many local resources. Taking time to sit behind our psyche, thoughts, emotions and situations is like a mini-bliss vacation. We are NOT our thoughts, nor our emotions. Our judgment of people and situations drop away and we feel the inherent connection to all things. We see the need for compassion for the abused and the abuser alike. We remember that the fight is over when we quit struggling. From this place we chose and crafted our cover as a reminder to ourselves and our readers of the power of support and compassion. We are all capable of ‘Random Acts of Compassion’ in the face of our own suffering and that of others. Love the you that you see from this place of observing. Be neither harsh with your own psyche nor the failings of others. We’re all in this together on the deepest level. And when the tide of negativity engulfs you from all sides, know that it’s a reaction to your growing light - a backlash against compassion and conscience, the reflexive tightening of the greedy and the selfish, of the hatefilled and those awash in fear. Keep love and compassion in your heart and know that you ARE making the world a better place!

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newsbriefs Taspen’s Expands


aspen’s Organics & Holistic Wellness Center, 12424 Big Timber Dr. #3 in Conifer has expanded to offer more yoga classes, workshops and concerts. Already located in a log building in a beautiful mountain setting, the additional space allows them to schedule: Ion Foot Detox Cleanse; Thai Yoga Massage with Jude; Reiki, Chakra Balancing and Sound Healing with Abby; Quantum Resonance Crystal Bed Sessions; Sound & Vibrational Alchemy, Healing Touch and EFT with Ananda; EVOX-Perception Reframing, Herbal Consultations Utilizing Advanced Biofeedback Scans with Katy; and BodyTalk & AnimalTalk with Susanna. 303-816-0429 or See ad page 31.

Inner Guidance Event


nne Archer Butcher will be the featured speaker at “Inner Guidance - Getting Your Own Answers from the Divine” at the Denver Sheraton West, 360 Union Blvd., Lakewood on September 13 from 1-4:30pm. According to organizers, this highly interactive workshop will showcase tools to help you conquer fears, resolve karmic ties, face challenges with ease, accept inner guidance, recognize daily miracles, and live a more spiritually oriented life. Anne Archer Butcher shares how she survives an encounter with a shark in open water; resolves difficult karmic connections; accepts grace; struggles with malaria; and inspires her high school students to greatness. Butcher received clear and reliable inner guidance that helped her survive and thrive. She reveals how she learned about this guidance through the fascinating teachings of Eckankar. Anne Archer Butcher is an award-winning producer, writer, wife, mother and businesswoman. For workshop info, 303-756-9287(leave a message) or

Santa Fe Leadership Conference


loria Steinem and Alice Walker—two of the most renowned activists in women’s and civil rights and other causes—will be joined by Dr. Chung Yung Kyung and Aaron Stern at Leading by Being: Exploring a New Vision of Leadership, from 7 to 9 p.m., October 11, at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, in Santa Fe. The discussion, presented by New Mexico’s Academy for the Love of Learning and Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center, will spotlight perspectives of these esteemed thinkers on the concept of balanced leadership and explore emerging new styles of leadership. Stern, founder and president of the nonprofit Academy for the Love of Learning, says, “It appears that all around us, new views, expectations of and approaches to leadership are being discussed, imagined, explored and practiced. These explorations are at the heart of the Academy’s New Images of Leadership: A Year Long Community Inquiry.” Cost: $100 (including $65 for the scholarship program) or $35 per person. Location: Lensic Theatre, 211 W. San Francisco St, Santa Fe. For more information or to register, call 505-988-1234, email or visit aloveof See ad page 13.


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newsbriefs Higher Brain Living Live Demonstration


r. Drew Neville presents a free, live demonstration of the Higher Brain Living®(HBL) technique Monday, September 8, 6:30-8:30pm at the DoubleTree Hotel Stapleton North, 4040 Quebec St., Denver. According to organizers, Dr. Michael Cotton has created a simple, powerful technique that can change the physiology of our brains for the better. HBL creates a clear channel and powerful energy surge to the higher brain that opens a gateway to true, lasting, limitless and expansive higher living. The end result is joy, confidence, purpose and passion. Attendees will also learn how they can become an HBL facilitator. Anyone can learn to be a facilitator, and passionate healers in psychology, life coaching, chiropractic, acupuncture, homeopathy, yoga and other holistic fields will learn how they can add a powerful tool to their arsenal that helps clients change, grow, evolve and “live into” lasting peace, happiness and confidence. A second demonstration by Craig Polsfuss is scheduled for Monday, October 13, 6:30-8:30pm at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 1775 E Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., Colorado Springs.

Annual Solar Tour and Green Expo in Golden


he Golden Solar Tour in partnership with the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) is sponsoring the 3rd Annual Golden Solar Tour Saturday, October 4, 9am-4pm to showcase selected solar installations around the Golden, CO area. It hopes to inspire people to make sustainable energy choices that reduce costs, support energy independence, protect against power outages, and reduce carbon emissions. Participants may register at American Mountaineering Center at 710 10th St., in Golden at 9am on October 4th. Tickets are $5 or free for those biking the Tour. A reception follows from 4-8pm with complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres. A Green Expo takes place inside American Mountaineering Center including Renewable Energy & Sustainable Living Exhibits, Workshops and Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Round-Up. According to Sheila Townsend of GST, “The Solar Tour provides real-life examples of how to harness energy from the sun to generate electricity to warm and cool homes, heat water, and reduce or eliminate monthly utility bills.” Contact Michael DeRosia, 303-596-7656 or

Learn to Prevent and Treat Migraines


r. Katia Meier presents a Naturopathic Approach to a Healthy Brain & Migraine Headache Prevention and Treatment Thursday, September 25, 6 p.m. at Clear Sky Medical, 9085 E Mineral Cir. #260 in Centennial. She will discuss how to differentiate migraines from other types of headaches, the many causes of migraines, what underlying conditions to look for and rule out, drug treatments pros and cons, and complementary approaches that yield the best results. Each month, Dr. Meier and her staff host a free presentation on different health topics for better living, such as aging gracefully, optimizing healing, gluten intolerances and thyroid function and disease. Call for latest topic, date and time. For information or to RSVP, call 303-790-7860. See ad inside front cover.

GMO Labeling Initiative Makes November Ballot


he hard-working staff and volunteers of Right to Know Colorado have succeeded in collecting 171,370 signatures to place Proposition 105 on Colorado ballots this November 4th. Thanks to their efforts, Coloradoans will have the power to vote for mandatory labeling of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s) in their food. “We had over 500 people collect signatures throughout the state with signatures from every county in the state. The people of Colorado made this happen,” said campaign chairman, Larry Cooper. Monsanto lawyer Michael Taylor (who was later rewarded with a job at Monsanto as Vice President for Public Policy) wrote the rules allowing GMO’s to be incorporated into the U.S. food supply in 1996 – despite the absolute lack of safety data and many valid concerns. Colorado is poised to be the second state in the Union to allow its citizens to make their own informed choice on whether to consume these “frankenfoods” by requiring GMO ingredients be listed on food labels. Vote YES on Prop 105 in November! Tammi DeVille Merrell, 720-467-0189, or natural awakenings

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esearch from the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, in Australia, has found supplemental vitamin D3 reduces the incidence of infection among seniors. More than 600 subjects, ages 60 to 84, were divided into three groups and for one year took either 1,000 international units (IU) a day of vitamin D3, 2,000 IU a day of vitamin D3, or a placebo. Those given the 2,000 IU of vitamin D3 per day were 28 percent less likely to require antibiotics prescriptions than those taking the placebo. Those older than 70 years were 47 percent less likely to be prescribed antibiotics than the placebo group.

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Pre-K Education Linked to Better Health 26 Years Later


n addition to an increased likelihood of achieving academic success, children that participate in gamebased educational training also have a significantly lower risk of developing future cardiovascular disease, according to University of North Carolina researchers in a paper published this year in Science magazine. Launched in the 1970s, the Carolina Abecedarian Project studied more than 100 children beginning when they were just over 4 years old. Fifty-seven focused on language skills while also receiving nutritional and health services. A control group received the same nutritional and health services, but not the early language education. Early education turned out to be an indicator for significantly healthier individuals when they had reached the age of 30, with a lower average systolic blood pressure than those in the control group and no symptoms of metabolic syndrome—a condition related to diabetes, heart disease and obesity. Twenty-five percent of the control group had metabolic syndrome symptoms at age 30.


Yoga Improves Balance; Supporting Loved Ones with Depression Reduces Stress


hat can we do to help when someone we care about is suffering from depression? In addition to sensible advice—taking precautions to keep our dear one physically safe and encouraging them to find good professional help—we MUST keep reaching out. When our supportive calls go unanswered, we must call again. When knocks at the door leave us standing alone on an unwelcoming porch, we can still leave a note inviting her to lunch . . . or a walk . . . or a movie. When we reach out our hand to find no one reaching back, when all our overtures are ignored, we must keep trying. No matter how much you crave a quick fix, there most often isn’t one. You simply must try again. You never know when what you say or do may be the very thing which helps that particular person hang on for one more day. And perhaps in that new day—the depression may lift. You just never know. So no matter what, offer an encouraging word, give a listening ear, and show up with caring companionship. Hold your friend or family member in a loving space. Even when it doesn’t look like it, it can mean more than you think. Donna DeNomme, licensed spiritual coach, has helped clients with their mental, physical, and emotional healing since 1991. 303-271-0510. See listing page 30.


f you’ve ever admired the effortless grace with which your neighboring yogi launches onto one foot and assumes a perfectly immobile balancing posture, you may have assumed that balance is a talent, not developed skill. Studies show that consistently working on physical balance can prevent injury, stabilize mood and increase stability in certain postures. A recent study in Contemporary Nursing(July 2014, Vol 48, Issue 1) found that seniors living in residential care demonstrated positive changes in balance - an important factor in preventing injury from falls. In a different study(Evidence Based Complementary Alternative Medicine, May 27, 2013), a rehabilitation program found yoga shows promise as a therapy for improving balance in stroke survivors. Many new practitioners turn to yoga to improve their muscle tone and flexibility. However, the strength and focus used to maintain balancing postures can have a positive effect on stress levels and mood, too. A study in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry (June 2014) reported that “yoga may improve the functioning of traumatized individuals by helping them to tolerate physical and sensory experiences.” The deep breathing sustained during balance slows the heart rate and calms the mind. When practiced regularly, yoga can be an excellent means to achieving better balance and stress reduction on and off the mat. Elizabeth Fritzler teaches yoga at Sunrise Ranch. For more information or to schedule a class, e-mail See ad page 23

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Antioxidant Supplements Improve Eye Health


ye health may be improved by taking certain antioxidant supplements, according to researchers at Austria’s Medical University of Vienna. They studied 40 healthy volunteers between the ages of 18 and 30 split into two groups, giving a control group a placebo pill and the other a supplement containing vitamins C and E, lutein, zeaxanthin, zinc, copper, selenium, gingko biloba, flavonoids, omega-3 fatty acids and alpha-lipoic acid. The medical scientists tested the health and blood flow of the retinal artery, which feeds the eye with blood and nutrients. The results of the two-week trial showed the supplements significantly improved blood flow through the retinal arteries. The supplements also helped protect the retinal arteries from free radical damage. The scientists concluded that such supplementation can prevent a type of cellular dysfunction in the eye induced by oxidative stress that is assumed to play a role in age-related macular degeneration.


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ccording to the National Institutes of Health, most sleep apnea is caused by a sagging soft pallet or other obstruction in the throat. Not so. According to other research (Frank, S. R., 2010 Sleep Apnea, A new approach to an emergent problem: J. Grim, ed. Longmont: s.n., pp. 23-24), it is caused by the diminution of the signal from the brain to the diaphragm that occurs when muscular inhibition is imposed during the transition from stage I to stage II sleep. The reduction in the signal to breathe causes breathing to shallow and simply stop. The brain, realizing the need to breath, forces the subject to make a rapid inhalation to re-start respiration. This rapid inhalation drags the sagging soft tissues into the airway. The throat doesn’t close off during the day or when you lay down awake, only during sleep after the rapid inhalation. The solution is not to have tissue removed from your neck or force air into your lungs with a machine; it is to increase the signal that keeps the breath going so that you don’t have to make the rapid inhalation. Several simple herbs intensify the signal from the brain to the diaphragm; increase the gas-transfer efficiency of the lungs; and relax skeletal muscles that can obstruct this signal Lobelia, Thyme and Cramp Bark do just that. Steven Frank is an innovative herbalist at Nature’s Rite, 1-800-991-7088 or See ad page 9.

Healing Without Medicine


ealing without medicine is a key tenet of Taoist practices. Taoists believe we are energetic beings first and physical beings second. Because Qi (chee), or essential energy, is the foundation of our health, it is affected by: everything we eat, drink, take (medications); environment; music, books and movies; thoughts, emotions, words we speak, actions and breath. From a place of consciousness, we have the opportunity to mindfully regulate our health and well-being by creating harmony in our energy field and subsequently our physical body. Key tools for managing this energy include Tai Chi, Qi Gong, meditation, diet/lifestyle and regulation of our mental state. Allopathic Western Medicine is slowly recognizing the benefits of these practices. According to Harvard Women’s Health Watch (May ’09), “This gentle form of exercise (Tai Chi) can prevent or ease many ills of aging and could be the perfect activity for the rest of your life.” At first, we may not be aware of feeling the energetic impact directly, but we feel better and have more energy as we shift lifestyle. Through consistent practice, our experience of Qi flow in the body grows, our health improves and our consciousness expands - there comes a tipping point when ill health is gone, our energetic and physical foundations have been rebuilt and we can experience not only significant health and wellness, but transformation of consciousness and awareness. Yun Xiang Tseng (Master Chen) and Corinne Chaves 970-586-8133 or See Daily Calendar: Sept 11 Universal Consciousness Festival.

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

Safer Shampoo Makers Agree Not to Use Cancer-Causing Chemical

GMO Gung-Ho U.S. Farmers Plant More GMO Crops Farmers in the U.S. added 12 million more acres of genetically modified (GM or GMO) crops in 2013, reports Clive James, with the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications, and now lead the world in their production by volume. Even as many U.S. consumers reject foods containing GM ingredients, many farmers continue to embrace the technology. “In general, choosing GM seed is an economic decision for farmers,” says North Dakota Farmers’ Union President Mark Watne, who grows corn, soy and wheat in Minot. “If you give them a tool to battle weeds at a reasonable cost, they adopt it.” Source: USA Today

Apple Crunch Celebrating Pesticide-Free Orchards The nationally acclaimed Rodale Institute will celebrate its fifth annual Organic Apple Festival on September 21 in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, more than 30 years after planting the trees. Organizers note that when growers select just one genetic variety of apple to reproduce and cultivate, they create a monoculture that easily becomes more susceptible to pests and diseases than an orchard that hosts several varieties. An array of insects and blights favor this all-American fruit, which is why standard apples are the single-most pesticide-contaminated produce item at conventional groceries. Large agribusiness operations typically grow fruit bred for durability and color during shipping and shelf life. Organic apples, by contrast, are chosen for flavor and regional adaptability.

This year, the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) reached legal agreements with 26 major companies to discontinue using a cancercausing chemical in shampoo and personal care products, and potential agreements with more than 100 additional companies are still pending. Cocamide diethanolamine (DEA), a synthetic chemical created from a chemical reaction between coconut oils and diethanolamine, has been used for decades in shampoos and other products as a foaming agent. In 2012, California listed the chemical as a known carcinogen, based on assessment by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer, which evaluated skin exposure tests on animals. In 2013, the CEH brought lawsuits against companies selling products in California containing the substance without a health warning, as required under Prop 65, the state’s consumer protection law for toxic chemicals. Note: A Think Dirty app offers information about the potentially toxic ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products and what not to buy. Source: (

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By Dr. Michael Cotton


fter three decades of obsessively studying human potential, I have found that rarely do people have true and lasting transformational change. I now know the missing link is the lack of energy in the highest, most evolved part of our brain. The culprit that’s hijacking all of this energy and potential is our lower, survival brain. It had hundreds of thousands of years to get very adept at just surviving. It does this by unconsciously rerouting blood flow, oxygen, energy and metabolism, based on only one parameter - how to survive. This lower brain doesn’t care about you being happy, finding out who you are or what you were meant to do; nor does it care about your goals and ambitions. All it cares about is that you survived until the next day - because the logic of the lower brain is sameness equals safety. This part of your brain has constantly been working against you changing anything in your life. I developed Higher Brain Living® (HBL), a unique, gentle-touch process that surges energy through the body directly into the Higher Brain by activating energy pathways known as chi, prana, kundalini, etc. Research by Dr. James Oschman, B.S. Biophysics, Ph.D. Biological Sciences, has revealed that these pathways are piezo-electric energy is released when gently compressed or stretched in specific ways. HBL allows us to powerfully and consistently cue these pathways, mobilizing this dormant energy and directing it to the higher brain. This increases the metabolism of the higher brain, awakening its potential! Dr. Penny Montgomery, specialist in the field of neurofeedback training,

has been studying the brain for over 40 years. Recently she conducted EEG studies on shifting energy using HBL techniques. “There were phenomenal changes in the brain at exactly the right times with a transition of one state to the other in the prefrontal cortex. I never would have believed a brain could change that fast if I had not measured it myself,” she said. Increasing oxygen to the prefrontal cortex activates the body’s ability to rejuvenate, feel inner calm, find meaning and effect change. This allows the release of stress, and an increase of joy, confidence and passion to grow and evolve every day. The higher brain becomes your ally in effecting positive, permanent change. Dr. Michael Cotton, DC is a leading Evolutionary Theorist and the founder of Higher Brain Living®. Learn more about HBL in Denver on Sept 8 at 6:30pm. See ad page 6.

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f you’re already a body worker or massage therapist, Ortho-Bionomy courses are an invaluable addition to your training and skills. If you’re a layperson drawn to the healing arts, Ortho-Bionomy is a powerful entry portal to help yourself and others live more mobile, pain free lives,” says Sheri Covey, Advanced Instructor at the Rocky Mountain Ortho-Bionomy Center. Take Ortho-Bionomy (O-B) for a “test drive” in Boulder, with an introductory workshop series – there’s only 2 left! Sept 24 from 5-8pm the class is working with Ribs, Thoracics and Lumbar, and on Oct 29 from 5-8pm, they will be working with Extremities. It’s $90 per class at Bistro Bodyworks Living Center, 3825 Iris Ave., Ste 300 in Boulder. Additionally, The Rocky Mountain Ortho-Bionomy Center, based in Denver, is offering a 10-wk training course leading to the certification Practitioner of Ortho-Bionomy through the Society of Ortho-Bionomy International. A new, updated training program covers philosophy, theory and applied techniques. Weekly modules can be taken individually or sequentially for Practitioner certification. The program allows students pay as they go. According to Covey, O-B has a foundation that is structural, but has the heart of neurological work that most bodywork junkies compare to Cranial Sacral. The work has a profound ability to shift the effects of neurological trauma & physical trauma in the Enteric Nervous system. The work is Principle-based and rather than forcing the body to recover, O-B chooses to support the body into deeper self-recognition which becomes the catalyst for understanding and correction. It is able to work effectively with the body’s structure, soft tissue, fascia, nervous system, lymphatic, and endocrine systems. It often benefits and speeds recovery of joint injuries, surgeries and accidents that can throw the body into confusion and pain. The neurological influence can help calm the nervous system and that can assist the body in starting the healing process in a quicker timeframe. The work is reflexive based and sessions often can often keep improving the body’s understanding for weeks. Registration/information, contact Sheri Covey at 970209-9400 or See ad page 8.




Exploring a New Vision of Leadership A Conversation with Gloria Steinem, Alice Walker, Dr. Chung Hyun Kyung and Aaron Stern This event ushers in a yearlong exploration: What does a holistic, balanced leader look like? How is leadership changing and what is the new form of leadership? Presented by The Academy for the Love of Learning and Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center

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7 STEPS TO HEALTHY CAREGIVING Nurture Yourself While Helping Another by Deborah Shouse


f you’re depressed, tired or sick, your caregiving is likely to suffer,” counsels John Schall, CEO of Caregiver Action Network, in Washington, D.C., and a former family caregiver. “For the sake of your loved one, take care of yourself.” The AARP estimates that some 34 million family caregivers provide for someone that is ill or disabled in the U.S. According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, in Bethesda, Maryland, caregivers generally struggle with finding time for themselves, managing emotional and physical stress and balancing work and family responsibilities.


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Experts suggest that the following seven steps can help people enjoy a healthier, less stressful and more conscious approach to care giving— and receiving.

Reframe Care When Lori La Bey’s mom was diagnosed with dementia, the daughter initially felt she was the only family member that could help her. However, gradually, the Minneapolis-based international caregiver advocate and founder of learned to welcome help from others. “Being perfect gets in the way of true connections,” she observes.

Although La Bey began her caregiving out of love, the volume of related tasks soon sparked stress. That’s when she taught herself to slow down and reframe her outlook: Before going into her mom’s room, folding her laundry, scheduling healthcare practitioners and delivering dinner, La Bey paused to ask: “Is Mom safe, happy and pain-free?” Centering on those three questions reminded her that she was doing this work out of love. Psychotherapist Diana Denholm, Ph.D., author of The Caregiving Wife’s Handbook: Caring for Your Seriously Ill Husband, Caring for Yourself (, sought to keep her husband as engaged and active as possible. When she had difficult issues to discuss, she’d make a “talking date” with him, offering choices by saying, “I’d love to chat with you. Would Tuesday before dinner or Thursday after breakfast work for you?” Before the date, she’d select a comfortable room and clear her mind by meditating, napping or mindfully sipping herbal tea. The conversations would cover anything from how to work with their health professionals to plans for his end-oflife ceremony. They agreed on strategies and worked together as a team.

Redefine Assistance “I’ll carry your luggage for you, Dad, since you’re not feeling well”… La Bey still remembers her father’s downturned mouth as she tugged the suitcase out of his hands. “I was trying to be helpful, but instead I took away his dignity and power,” she later realized. “If I had packed his bag lighter, he could have carried it like always.” When are we helping and when are we doing too much? “Put yourself in the sick person’s shoes. Avoid doing something the person can do for himself,” agrees Denholm. Controlling behavior changes the dynamics of the relationship and can put the caregiver in a parental role. She recommends a holistic brainstorming exercise in which the caregiver writes answers to such questions as: What am I frustrated about? What really annoys me? Why am I angry with myself?

The results offer a window to understanding our own feelings. “Feeling anger could mean we’re acting codependently and taking on too many responsibilities,” Denholm says. “The caregiver’s job isn’t to save the patient, but merely to support him or her in necessary ways.”

Ask for Help “I don’t want to be a burden,” and “We’re afraid of losing our privacy,” and “I’m the only one who can take care of him; no one else can do it right,” are common concerns. “These self-limiting beliefs prevent people from reaching out for help,” says family caregiver and life coach Yosaif August, founder of Yes To Life Coaching (, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and author of Coaching for Caregivers: How to Reach Out Before You Burn Out. August quotes a recent Johns Hopkins study that reported caregivers might improve their health “… when caregiving is done willingly, at manageable levels and with individuals who are capable of expressing gratitude.” Accepting assistance makes caregiving more manageable. August understands how overwhelming the experience can be and advises caregivers to ask themselves: “What do I need help with right now?” Keep answers specific, such as, “I need someone to prepare dinner tomorrow night, mow the lawn and pick up our vitamins.” August also suggests creating a family Declaration of Interdependence, a personal statement documenting how the family prefers to be helped, along with the attitudes and behaviors they find especially supportive. Encourage family and friends to ask these two questions: “Are you open to advice?” and “Is this a good time to talk about your spouse’s condition?” Make much-needed breaks sacrosanct from such discussions.

Nurture through Nourishment More than 50 percent of caregivers surveyed in a 21st-century study spearheaded by the National Alliance for Caregiving reported, “I don’t have time to take care of myself.” That can trans-

late to a lack of exercise, an unhealthy diet and little or no respite. “If you aren’t healthy and strong, you can’t properly care for anyone else,” says Liana Werner-Gray, New York City natural lifestyle consultant and author of The Earth Diet ( To begin each day, she advises drinking one cup of warm water with juice from half a lemon, explaining that stress produces acid and lemon water metabolizes as alkalinity and helps keep the body’s pH balanced. For healthy snacks, Werner-Gray recommends easy and nutrition-rich choices like fresh fruits, green smoothies, organic nut butters and a trail mix of raw nuts, seeds and dried fruits. Save time with the smoothies by making a large batch and freezing portions to enjoy later. A basic recipe might include two handfuls of greens, such as spinach and kale, a banana and other fruits, almond milk or purified water and maybe adding flaxseed, cinnamon or goji berries. When appropriate, share the same health-boosting foods with the loved one.

welcome and appreciate life. Begin each day by showing gratitude for being alive and end it focused on forgiveness and gratitude. “When you cultivate gratitude, you notice more things to be grateful for,” says August. La Bey concurs, and writes down at least five things she is grateful for every day. She mentally replays time with her mom and appreciates the little moments and signs of hope, like “the twinkle in Mom’s eye or the way she held hands and smiled.” This puts her in an upbeat frame of mind when she drifts off to sleep. She also writes out her intention for the day, envisioning positive outcomes. She might affirm: “I am going to have a grace-filled day. Things will go smoothly.” Denholm centers herself by petting her cats. Some caregivers chant or practice meditation or mindful breathing, while others might take a walk, shop, or sit quietly in a church.

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La Bey discovered that her journey as a caregiver also dramatically enhanced her own life. “Mom taught me so much,” she relates. “I learned compassion and unconditional love on multiple levels. I learned to live in gratitude, instead of loss.” August notes, “Even in the tough times, I experienced an engaged, poignant and rich connection with my parents.” For Denholm, treasured gifts included strengthening her communication with her husband and working as a team. “Allowing yourself to reach out for assistance and make time for respite will deeply enrich your caregiving experience,” concludes Schall.

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Even though caregivers may feel they don’t have time to spare, Dr. Jordan D. Metzl, author of The Exercise Cure, says it’s vital to incorporate physical activity. He recommends starting by walking 30 minutes a day for one month. If necessary, it can be done in 10-minute increments. According to a study by Mayo Clinic Physician James Levine, Ph.D., in Scottsdale, Arizona, “Sitting is the new smoking.” Researchers have linked sitting for long periods of time with a number of health concerns that include obesity, metabolic syndrome and increased risks of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer. The solution is to move more and sit less—walk while on the phone and stand up while reading. Metzl suggests a stretch break every 20 minutes. Three of his “commandments” for fitness are having fun, setting goals and minimizing sitting. “Schedule exercise and respite breaks and make them as inviolate as a doctor’s visit,” advises Schall.

Commune with Spirit August suggests establishing a twofold consciousness-raising ritual to

Deborah Shouse is the author of Love in the Land of Dementia: Finding Hope in the Caregiver’s Journey. Follow her blog at


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Kamini Desai Explores a Yogic Life Inner Calmness Leads to Self-Mastery by Linda Sechrist


amini Desai’s Ph.D.-worthy versatile body of teachings combines her lifelong interests in Western psychology and Eastern philosophy. Trained at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, she develops and leads core programs for Florida’s Amrit Yoga Institute, providing advanced studies dedicated to the science and system of integrated human development. A resident of Salt Springs, Florida, and the Netherlands, she teaches in 10 countries on three continents.

up and energy to optimally flow. Then, in what Amrit yoga describes as the “second half of the posture,” I close my eyes and feel that released energy becoming magnified through my attention. The stronger the energy becomes, the more the mind organically dissolves into a meditative state where mental, emotional and physical healing can happen spontaneously.

What is a yogic lifestyle? It means being focused on inner peace. Through the study of yoga as a complete science of self-mastery, I’m cultivating the realization of my highest self beyond body and mind. This intention is the director of my unfolding life. I like to use the metaphor of a ship. If this higher self as a wise captain isn’t steadily setting the course at the helm, then on any given day, the happy, sad, grieving, enthusiastic or depressed me will likely be steering my life in a contrary direction and I’ll just be going in circles. In the Integrative Amrit Method of Yoga, along with the integrative method of yoga nidra that I practice and teach, my focus is on the release of body energy, rather than any physical pose. Energy is healing. When energy is freed up, it naturally calms the mind and creates a spontaneous, meditative state in which the highest self can be experientially known. To free energy, I attune to the sensations resulting from the physical alignments in any yoga posture. Each pose focuses attention on sensations occurring along the meridian lines in the body, allowing areas that are blocked and limited to open


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My dad, now approaching 82, has always been an example of one whose entire life is about moving towards a changeless state of being and of what it means to remain a nonjudgmental witness to all that happens in life. Still, I had to learn my own lessons.

How have you benefited from yoga? I began studying with my dad when I was 16. Now, at 46, I more fully value the depth of yoga. The longer I practice, the more grateful I am that my mind is less fragmented than it otherwise would be. I’m progressively able to deal with situations that would have sent me over the edge before. I more naturally avoid wasting a lot of mental energy in internalized, “If they say this then I’m going to say that,” conversations. With less mental chatter, I have more energy and stamina to focus on what is in front of me. I can be totally absorbed in each present moment for a deeper sense of fulfillment in what I’m doing.

How do you feel about the Westernization of yoga?

What was it like to grow up as the daughter of Yogi Amrit Desai, a well-known guru? I feel blessed that I was exposed to my father’s teachings from a young age. His message that I first embraced was that people and things will always change, and if I rely on either of them for happiness and peace of mind, I’m depending on the undependable. The need is to find internal stability in the midst of every polarity.

Individuals that begin any style of yoga for its physical benefits are off to a good start, but anyone that maintains a regular practice becomes curious about yoga’s other benefits, like relaxation, more peace and a sense of happiness that arises without any apparent cause. Eventually they ask, “Why is this good thing or greater bliss happening to me? What else is there besides postures?” Although everyone eventually learns many life skills, we rarely learn how to live our lives well, manage our emotions and relate to others in ways that create more peace and happiness within. These are the uncaused benefits of yoga that people come to love.

Find more of her words of wisdom in articles posted at Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit ItsAllAbout for the recorded interview.


Say Yes to Yoga It Boosts Health, Peace, Community and Spirituality by Lynda Bassett


ois Parker Carmona first stepped into a yoga studio looking for better physical health. “I was doing hot vinyasa because I wanted to sweat. I wanted to feel better,” she recalls. Many people on a similar quest try yoga for the first time during September’s National Yoga Month ( yoga_month), founded by Johannes Fisslinger. “This year, more than 2,200 yoga studios will offer informative public events or a free week of classes to new students to educate everyone about the health benefits of yoga and inspire a healthy lifestyle,” says Fisslinger. “Yoga and mindfulness are an essential part of America’s newly emerging health paradigm.” Like many others, as Carmona deepened her practice, she discovered that yoga’s benefits transcend the physical. Then she

went further, becoming a certified Baptiste yoga instructor and coowner of Melrose Yoga, in Melrose, Massachusetts. “Many of us are so busy and consumed with the constant motion of day-to-day activities that we lose complete track of who we are, along with the state of our bodies,” she says. “Yoga reconnects me with myself.”

Flexibility One reason that people try yoga is to improve their flexibility. A recent report from Yoga Alliance, a nonprofit association based in Arlington, Virginia, states that it can improve flexibility and mobility and increase range of motion over time as ligaments, tendons and muscles lengthen and become more elastic. It also helps relieve muscular tension throughout the body. Improvements in flexibility generally depend

on an individual’s age, health and commitment to practicing yoga, as well as the style chosen. “There are so many different lineages of yoga, and each teacher has his or her own style. Plus, each individual progresses at their own pace,” Amore explains. “It’s really a question of where you want this personal practice to take you and how you embrace it in your private life.” The bottom line is that everyone’s journey is different.

Mental Health Many experts concur that yoga can be effective in reducing stress. As students continue their practice, they feel less stress and an increased sense of peace and relaxation, along with other mental health benefits. “Yoga gives you what is often called a ‘witness consciousness’,” says John Kepner, executive director of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, in Little Rock, Arkansas. “Being able to observe the external events around you, but not being caught up in the drama. In modern terms, it’s an increased ability to stay cool, calm and collected. After a good yoga class, your troubles can appear further away.”

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taught the same group of students for 10 years and notes their special relationship: “If one goes to the same yoga class regularly, a friendship tends to develop with others in the class, called Songhai. After a while, practicing together becomes one of the most valuable parts of the practice,” he says. This beneficial, deeper sense of community—a major allure of a longterm yoga practice—develops mainly from the intangible sense of working together in terms of physical, mental and spiritual support.

Spirituality and Connectedness “Even beginning students quickly realize how connecting with their bodies and their breath helps them in their everyday lives,” says Carmona. “It adds a transcendent dimension to everything you do in life.” In addition to its more immediate tangible benefits, other long-term benefits experienced by students may be harder to define or quantify. Carmona observes, “People generally say that yoga has changed their life, physically, mentally and spiritually.” Lynda Bassett is a freelance writer outside Boston, MA. Connect at

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m” is a Hindu sacred sound considered the greatest of all mantras, traditionally used in prayers, chants and meditation—possessing high spiritual and creative power, it can be recited by anyone. Om is both a sound and a symbol rich in meaning and depth. When pronounced correctly, it is actually “AUM.” Aum consists of four syllables: A, U, M and the silent syllable. The first syllable is A, pronounced as a prolonged “awe.” The sound starts at the back of the throat and is stretched out; sense the feeling of the solar plexus and chest vibrating. The next is U, pronounced as a prolonged “o-o-,” with the sound gradually rolling forward along the upper palate and vibrating the throat. The third syllable, M, is pronounced as a prolonged “mmmm,” with front teeth gently touching. Start to feel the top of the head vibrate. The last syllable is the deep silence of the infinite. As intelligence rises from the deep silence, merge the chant from the M to the deep silence.

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Why do we chant it? Everything in the universe is pulsating and vibrating—with nothing standing still. The sound Om, when chanted, vibrates at 432 Hz, the same vibrational frequency found throughout nature. By chanting the keynote sound of the universe, we are symbolically and physically tuning in to and acknowledging our connection to all other living beings, nature and the universe. The universal vibrations and rhythmic pronunciation also physically affect the body by slowing the nervous system and calming the mind, similar to the effects of meditation. When the mind relaxes, blood pressure decreases and ultimately, heart health improves. Finally, chanting AUM is well-suited to mark the beginning or end of a yoga practice or meditation session or as a respite from regular daily activities. It signifies that this is a special time to care for ourselves and practice being mindful. Sam Saunders lives and teaches yoga in Dubai. Connect at

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A Lovely Loo that’s All Green, Too Tips for Eco-Friendly Plants, Shades and Cleaners by Avery Mack


ey elements like low-flow faucets and showerheads, VOC-free paint, sustainable flooring and nonporous countertops form the foundation of an eco-friendly bathroom. Now let’s take a look at the softer side of green. Start by considering the use of honeycomb window shades and double-glazed windows to keep this most intimate room comfortable year-round and reduce utility bills. Periodically letting in fresh air helps keep the room dry and reduces growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. While the kitchen harbors the most germs in the house, the bathroom is a close second. Instead of harsh chemical cleansers, try white vinegar, a safe and economical alternative. Its acidity is effective in killing most germs. Madeleine Somerville, of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, author of All You Need Is Less, uses heated vinegar misted on the shower door to remove soap scum. To achieve a shiny tub, she advises mixing one-quarter cup of baking soda, one tablespoon of natural dishwashing soap and enough water to make a paste. The baking soda also freshens the drain when the tub is rinsed. Toilet bowl ring stains can be scrubbed away with a pumice stone. “Cleaning faucet aerators and exhaust vents on a regular basis extends


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equipment life, maintains efficiency and prevents minor plumbing problems,” advises Keita Turner, a New York City area interior designer. Turner has also installed dual-flush toilets that necessitate less water and upkeep. Bathroom odors are another concern. A few drops of essential oil on a cotton ball placed inside the toilet paper roll freshens the air every time the roll turns—without the plastic waste byproduct from store-bought brands. Baking soda removes odors in the bath like it does in the fridge. Upgrade from a simple bowlful by designing a mini-Zen meditation spot using a flat, open wooden box and a doll housesized rake. Adding a smooth rock or two for texture heightens visual appeal. Green plants can chip in by absorbing odors, as well. Many, like the Boston fern, thrive in shower steam. Flowering plants add an inviting touch. Be sure to choose child- and pet-safe greenery. Even quick, water-saving showers eventually result in towels and washcloths destined for the laundry. The Good Housekeeping Research Institute suggests that towels can be used up to four times before washing if they are hung to dry between showers, reducing both water and energy usage.

To avoid spreading germs, personalize towels and washcloths for each child by color or marking with an initial or colored dot. Organic cotton towels are eco-friendly, comfy and widely available, as are organic cotton bath mats. For the crafty, make a mat from recycled towels or upgrade to a foot-massaging mat made from recycled wine corks. On special occasions when a soothing bath is called for, add a whimsical touch with Mr. Green, the world’s first rubber duck made in the U.S. from environmentally friendly, recycled and recyclable material. “Recycled materials call for different sculpting and molds, so designing Mr. Green was the hardest thing we’ve ever done,” says Craig Wolfe, president of CelebriDucks, in San Rafael, California. It’s a fun way to remind kids about going green while they spend a few extra minutes getting clean. To indulge in post-shower personal pampering, consider health-enhancing coconut oil for head-to-toe moisturizing. As a hair treatment, coconut oil blocks protein loss and reduces frizz. Make a home exfoliating sugar scrub by combining one-half cup of virgin coconut oil, one cup of organic sugar and 20

Cleaning Recipes Freshen drains and keep oils and lotions from clogging bathroom pipes by pouring one cup of baking soda into the drain, followed by a cup of hot, white vinegar. After it foams, wait five minutes and then flush with hot water. Mix two tablespoons of salt with one teaspoon of white vinegar to form a paste effective for cleaning chrome faucets. Scrub chrome with a cut lemon to remove hard water stains. Use lemon juice and an old toothbrush to scrub grout. Periodically douse the toilet with a half-cup of lemon juice and swish with a toilet bowl brush to keep it fresh. Add a few tablespoons of lemon juice into a spray bottle filled with water to clean windows and mirrors. Primary Source:

drops of lime or another essential oil to gently scrub away dry winter skin. Dry skin and ragged cuticles also benefit from whipped coconut oil. Its antifungal properties help keep toenails healthy and sandal-ready. Goat’s milk soap can reduce symptoms of dry skin, eczema and psoriasis. Its alpha-hydroxy acids remove dead skin cells. Add honey as a natural anti-

bacterial boost. Mixing in colloidal oatmeal produces a gentle exfoliator. Let the next upgrade of the bathroom be of a more personal nature aligned with our core values of being good to our family and our home planet. Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via AveryMack@

Green Bathroom Trivia  Never clean with sponges—they merely move the germs around; use a washable cloth wipe instead.  Turkish cotton towels dry faster than the Egyptian variety.  Always put the upper toilet lid down. Testing by scientists at Leeds University found airborne germs 10 inches above and around the commode.

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Recommended House Plants Plants on the counter or windowsill add green to the room and serve as air purifiers. Aloe—provides gel inside the leaves to soothe burns and shaving nicks

 Low-flow toilets use as little as 1.6 gallons per flush compared to older styles that use five to seven gallons. The average person flushes five times a day.

Boston fern—can be challenging to grow, but absorbs humidity and moisture

 A bath averages 35 to 50 gallons of water versus a 10-minute shower with a low-flow showerhead maxing out at about 25 gallons. Better yet, take quicker showers and turn off the water while lathering and shaving.

English ivy—can reduce airborne fecal matter particles

 Conventional showerheads run at 5 gpm (gallons per minute) compared with low-flow at 2.5 gpm. Conventional faucets can flow at 3 gpm versus low-flow faucets at half that rate. For a calculation of personal water usage, visit Primary Source:

Eucalyptus—adds its own fresh aroma Heart leaf philodendron—cleans the air; poisonous if eaten by kids or pets Peace lily—cleans the air; poisonous to pets, especially cats Snake plant—needs little light or water; cleans the air of chemicals used in personal products Primary Source:


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Indian Vegetarian Cooking Potent Spices and Veggies Fend Off Disease by Bushra Bajwa


egetarians seeking flavorful variations can try 9,000 Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi grocery stores nationwide. “We are now seeing 20 percent non-Indian customers in our store,” says Vipul Patel, owner of the Louisville, Kentucky, branch of Patel Brothers, the largest Indian U.S. grocery store chain. “Usually, new customers come in with an Indian recipe and we help them find the ingredients.”

Indian Veggies Vegetarianism has been a way of life in India for millennia. Some Indian vegetables may already seem familiar; winter melon, or white pumpkin, for example, is a squash that cooks and tastes like its orange counterpart. Eggplants native to India are egg-shaped and smaller than the American variety; they cook in less time and have a less bitter taste. “By eating a larger variety of vegetables, consumers benefit from an increased array of vital nutrients and specialized phytochemicals that have healing and medicinal qualities,” says Ronald Hubbs, a practitioner at NW Naturopathic Medicine, in Portland, Oregon. He advises against overcooking vegetables to maintain their nutritional qualities.


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Consider pickled vegetables, known as achar. “Naturally fermenting vegetables can turn some of them into superfoods, with enhanced properties that are rich in healthy bacteria and support digestion and immunity,” says Hubbs, citing studies in the Journal of Nutrition and Clinical Microbiology Reviews. Daals, or lentils, including Indian diet staples peas and beans, provide a good source of protein that is also high in fiber, he says. Lentils—highly versatile and available with or without the skin, whole or split—can be eaten thick and creamy, soup-like or dry, cooked with other vegetables or simply enhanced with basic Indian spices. Popular legumes include black-eyed peas and garbanzo beans. Different regions in the Indian subcontinent have their preferred daal spices and cooking methods, but all citizens often serve them with boiled rice or Indian bread, called chapatti.

Indian Spices Although often considered “hot”, the blend of aromatic herbs and spices used in many Indian dishes, including those incorporating dairy, can be layered in for tantalizing flavors without necessitating frequent water breaks.

Many commonly used herbs and spices have proven medicinal properties, historically recognized for their healing properties in ayurvedic therapies and more recently, in Indian alternative medicine. For example, University of Maryland Medical Center research shows that fennel seeds aid digestion and the Journal of Phytopathology reports that carom seeds have antiseptic properties. Recently, researchers at Penn State University found that antioxidant spices such as turmeric, oregano, cinnamon, cloves and paprika reduced triglycerides in the blood by 30 percent, helping to reduce the risk of chronic disease. “That’s because adding spices to a meal decreases the amount of fat in the bloodstream after eating,” explains study leader Ann Skulas-Ray, Ph.D. Americans can easily learn to bring out the best in their own Indian cuisine with the subcontinent’s alluring blends of herbs and spices delivering both unforgettable flavor and nutrient-rich fare. Bushra Bajwa is a freelance writer in Issaquah, WA. Connect at

EZ Garam Masala Authentic garam masala is made with whole spices that have been roasted and ground, but this quick and easy substitute will add a warm, sweet flavor to vegetables, rice and other foods. 2 Tbsp ground coriander 1 Tbsp ground cumin 1 Tbsp ground cardamom 1 Tbsp ground black pepper 1 Tbsp ground fennel seed 1 tsp ground mustard ½ tsp ground cloves ½ tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp ground cayenne red pepper 2 Tbsp ground turmeric Mix the spices in a small bowl, place in an airtight container and store in a cool, dry place.


Spicy Indian Family Recipes Basic Okra 3 Tbsp olive oil 2 finely chopped medium yellow onion 2 finely chopped vine tomatoes 18 oz okra (about 50 pieces), washed, dried, ends trimmed and then cut into ½-inch pieces Sea salt to taste Red chili powder to taste ½ tsp coriander powder ½ tsp turmeric powder Fresh cilantro for garnish Heat oil in a 2-quart saucepan to lightly brown the onions. Add salt, chili powder, coriander powder and turmeric. Mix. Add tomatoes and cook on medium heat for 5 to 6 minutes, covered. Add the okra, mix well and simmer for another 8 to 10 minutes. Serve garnished with cilantro.

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Organic Baby Potatoes and Chickpeas 1 Tbsp olive oil 2 cups chickpeas, cooked, drained and rinsed 3 baby potatoes, washed and diced 1 finely chopped tomato Sea salt to taste 1 tsp garam masala blend of ground spices 1 jalapeño finely chopped (optional) ¼ tsp baking soda 2 Tbsp purified water Fresh cilantro for garnish Heat oil in saucepan before adding ingredients. Add chickpeas, potatoes, tomatoes, salt and garam masala to saucepan and bring to a boil. Add baking soda and water, and then simmer for 7 to 8 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Recipes courtesy of Bushra Bajwa.

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Secrets of a Soulful Marriage Book Launch Party–5:309pm. Jim and Ruth Sharon are launching Secrets of a Soulful Marriage. Order your copy before the event. $12/buffet + cash bar. Purple Ginger 2, 7340 S Clinton St, Englewood.

Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1 st Ave., #103 Denver. David Stevens 303-668-2358, or

Shamanism Class/Ceremony–7-9pm. An evening with world-renowned Master Ayahuasca Shaman Hamilton Souther. Discover the mysteries and learn how these ancient teachings can be incorporated into daily living. Lecture, Q&A, and ceremony. Donation. Celebration Metaphysical , Colorado Springs.

Non-Denominational Church Service–1:30pm. Meditation and a spiritual message on 1st Sunday ea month. Free aura healing/chakra balancing clinic. Rev. Margaret Johnson, Officiating Minister. Rocky Mountain Miracle Center, 1939 S. Monroe Street, Denver. 303-282-9439 or




As seen on Gaiam TV: Higher Brain Living–6pm. Easily and quickly change your patterns – and make it last. Trigger a natural energy surge, release the grip of the primal ‘stress’ brain, and allow your true potential, health, and energy to emerge! Free. AWAKEN Higher

Urban Agriculture Tours–8:30am-12:30pm. Also on 9/20. Visit three urban farms and end with a delicious, seasonal lunch at the last stop. Meet fellow urban agriculture supporters and see farms at their height of production. $28. Denver Botanic Gardens 720-865-3580.

Massage Therapy Classes Start a wonderful career in massage therapy! Swedish Massage, Anatomy and Physiology, Kinesiology, Chair Massage, Communications, Medical Massage, Teaching Methods, Management, and Special Needs Massage. Scholarships avail-

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Oneness Blessing Deeksha and Meditation Northwest Denver/Arvada–7-9pm. Deeksha is a Divine intelligent energy transfer that causes a neurobiological transformation within the brain. $10. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

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Vedic Astrology Training–Vedic Astrology is a study of life that is supported by Yoga and Ayurveda. Free Intro on 9/7. Support others in their quest. $2250 tuition. PranaYoga, 3333 Federal Blvd, Denver. Hansa 303-4328099,

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able. Academy of Natural Therapy, 625 8th Ave, Greeley. Contact Jennifer 970-352-1181 Kirtan with Tom Fuhrman–7:30pm. Join us for devotional call and response chanting known as Bhakti Yoga. Floor seating and chairs, please bring your own. $12. Info Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

TUESDAY SEPT 9 Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., #103 Denver. David Stevens 303-668-2358, or Learn to Heal with Angels–7-9pm 5-wk course introduces you to Archangels & Healing Angels to heal, release grief, guilt, addictions and habits to create the life you desire.. Early/$185, Regular Price/$200. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd. Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita 720-413-7303 FREE Trust Your Intuition class–7:15-8:30pm. Relieve stress, achieve your goals with less effort and have an overall calmer lifestyle. Learn to easily hear your intuition. Yoga of the Mind, 8 E 1st Ave, Denver. David Stevens 303-668-2358 or Higher Brain Living–6pm. As seen on Gaiam TV; easily and quickly change your patterns – and make it last. Trigger a natural energy surge, release the grip of the primal ‘stress’ brain, and allow your true potential, health, and energy to emerge! Free. AWAKEN Higher Brain Living, 2100 W Littleton Blvd, Littleton. 303-907-3468 or

WEDNESDAY 10 A Simpler Way to Reading the Tarot–7-9pm. 4 wks. Learn to use the reading mat, review suites and court cards. Tarot reading mat incl. Bring own tarot cards or purchase a Rider Waite deck. $111. RSVP David 303668-2358, Free Date Night for Soulful Couples–7-8:45pm. Bring alive your romance, sparkle and soulful connection! Jim and Ruth Sharon lead an opening ceremony to honor your relationship. FREE Soulful Couples Meetup, 6162 S Kearney St, Denver.

THURSDAY SEPT 11 Universal Consciousness Festival: A Rocky Mountain Healing & Wellness Festival–9am-5pm. Celebration and gathering of healers for “Healing Without Medicine” with speakers herbalists Lesley & Michael Tierra, internal martial artists Masters Yunxiang Tseng & Yunlong Zhong, nutritionist Paul Pitchford, poet David Axelrod, musician Carlos Nakai. Pkg $525. Individual Days: 9/11 Thurs $109; 9/12 Fri: Conf: $75; Perf: $50; Sat 9/13 Conf: $75; Concert: $50; Sun 9/14 Conf: $75; 9/15 Seminar $109. Aspen Lodge Resort & Spa, 6120 Hwy 7, Estes Park. Details/register Evolution Series–6:45-9pm. Monthly gathering exploring evolutionary and cutting edge concepts, tools, and technologies that expand human consciousness and support healthy sustainable living. $10. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th Ave., Arvada. 303-731-6695 or

FRIDAY SEPT 12 Community Drum Circle–7-9pm. Bring food to share and your instruments for an evening of Loving Shamanic Sound and Vibrational Expansion. $10 donation. Journeys

savethedate BECOMING A SUN: ANNUAL CREATIVE FIELD CONFERENCE September 5–6 at Sunrise Ranch, Loveland Join workshop leader and speaker David Karchere on a life-changing, 24-hour journey to trace the path of our personal and collective destiny—the process of knowing the wisdom and power of the universe in the practical experiences of life. Share enlightened thought about the creative process unfolding in life while engaging fully with the creative spirit within. Cost: $297. For more information or to register, visit

INNER GUIDANCE – OUR DIVINE BIRTHRIGHT A WORKSHOP FEATURING AUTHOR ANNE ARCHER BUTCHER Saturday, September 13, 1-4:30pm Gain exceptional spiritual tools with Anne Archer Butcher, author of Inner Guidance – Our Divine Birthright. She shares incredible stories of her rescue at sea by dolphins, conscious out-of-body journeys, facing her inner fears and finding happiness. Explore insights and techniques to conquer fears; Accept and benefit from your own divine guidance; Unlock your spiritual wisdom; Learn to open your heart, recognize daily miracles and live a more spiritually-oriented life. $35 in advance/$45 at door. Location: Sheraton Denver West, 360 Union Blvd, Lakewood. Info/RSVP or contact communications@ or 303-756-9287 (leave message for return call).

EDGAR CAYCE’S HOLISTIC LIVING: CREATING A HEALTHY LIFE — BODY, MIND, AND SOUL Saturday, October 4, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Experience the life-affirming health principles found in the Edgar Cayce readings! Cayce, considered to be the “Father of Holistic Medicine”, gave practical and applicable steps toward good health. Dr. Peter Schoeb will bring you Cayce’s most important and practical guidelines so you can enjoy a life filled with vibrant health and energy. $69/members and seniors. Nonmembers, $79. First Universalist Church of Denver, 4101 E. Hampden Avenue, Denver. Sponsored by A.R.E. (Association for Research and Enlightenment) A.R.E. Headquarters 1-800-333-4499. Local Contact: Darlene Bodnar 303-637-7107, E-Mail: Website:

BECOME AN ORTHO-BIONOMY PRACTITIONER Training Starts November 2014 in Denver The Rocky Mountain Ortho Bionomy Center is offering an entirely new program with courses in philosophy, theory and applied techniques to become a Practitioner of Ortho-Bionomy. For bodyworkers or massage therapists as an invaluable addition to your training and skills. For laypersons drawn to the healing arts as a powerful entry portal to help yourself and others live more mobile, pain free lives. RMOBC offers courses that stand on their own, or can be taken sequentially to become certified Practitioners of Ortho-Bionomy through the Society of Ortho-Bionomy International (SOBI). Registration/information, contact Sheri Covey at or 970-209-9400.


The philosophy of the program is based on Learning Theory – teaching the dog what he or she needs to know to live in human society. The preferred choice of feedback is positive reinforcement which makes a desired behavior more likely to occur. Dogs are set up for success so that corrections are rare. Punishment is not recommended due to the damage it can cause in the owner / dog relationship. Email for an application. SEPT 15: Kriser’s Pet Supply – Colorado Mills, 14710 W Colfax, Lakewood SEPT 16: L’il Angel Pet Boutique and Gallery, 1014 S Gaylord St, Denver SEPT 17: Village of Five Parks, 13810 W 85th Dr, Arvada

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For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. 303731-6695. Trance Medium Healing Clinic–7pm. Open Channeling 7-7:30ish. Free. Followed by Healings $10. Facilitating re-alignment and cleansing of the spiritual body. Rocky Mountain Miracle Center, 1939 S. Monroe Street, Denver. 303-282-9439 or

FRIDAY SEPT 12 The Rite of Passage into the Heart–6-8pm. Explore how certain plants may support our authentic experience with intimacy, self-love. Info Clinicalherbalism. com/workshops. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism. 2900 Valmont Rd., Ste. F-1, Boulder. $25. RSVP Guided Meditation w/ Gongs and Singing Bowls– also on 9/26. A meditative experience that begins with discussion of chakras, then sound healing experience. Taspen’s Organics & Holistic Wellness Center, 12424 Big Timber Dr. #1, Conifer. RSVP req’d 303-638-3374

SATURDAY SEPT 13 Back to School with Essential Oils–1-2:30pm. Avoid colds/flu and increase your child’s focus/ attention with safe, natural, effective essential oils. Free. Rishi’s Community Yoga Studio, 2750 S Wadsworth Blvd, #D202 Denver. RSVP 303-744-0711 or Awakening Your Inner Kitchen Witch–6:30-9:30pm. Explore magical and health-related applications of kitchen herbs. Info Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism. 2900 Valmont Rd., Ste. F-1, Boulder. $35. RSVP

SUNDAY SEPT 14 Free Energy Clearings–Noon-1:30pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove non-useful

energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Free! Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., #103 Denver. David Stevens 303-668-2358, Botanical Dreamtime: Science, History, and Folklore– 1-6pm. Silent languages of plants, spirits, unprocessed work in waking world can find expression in dreamtime. Info Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism. 2900 Valmont Rd., Ste. F-1, Boulder. $45.RSVP FREE Trust Your Intuition class–1:30-3pm. Relieve stress, achieve your goals with less effort and have an overall calmer lifestyle. Learn to easily hear your intuition. Yoga of the Mind, 8 E 1st Ave, Denver. David Stevens 303-668-2358 or

Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove nonuseful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., #103 Denver. David Stevens 303-6682358,

WEDNESDAY SEPT 17 Meditation For Living Program–10:30am. 4 wkly sessions explore benefits of meditation and easy, effective skills to relax/recharge and manage energy. $175/early; $190/day of. Inner Connection Institute NEW LOCATION Harmony Yoga, 560 South Holly St, Denver. Margaret Johnson 303-282-9439

THURSDAY SEPT 18 Meditation For Living Program–6:30pm. 4 wkly sessions explore benefits of meditation and easy, effective skills to relax/recharge and manage energy. $175/early; $190/day of. Inner Connection Institute


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Restorative Yoga and Tibetan Crystal Bowl Relax and Renew Workshop –7:15- 9:15pm. With Charmaine Stattman and Claudia Ingraham. $40. Rishi’s Community Yoga Studio, 2750 S Wadsworth Blvd, #D202 Denver. RSVP 303-744-0711 or

FRIDAY SEPT 19 Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism–launching our newest group of student clinical herbalists, providing holistic wellness consultations, working with herbs, nutrition and lifestyle to educate and empower you. Faculty oversight. Sliding scale. Confidential. 2900 Valmont Rd., Ste. H-1, Boulder. 720-406-8609




NEW LOCATION Harmony Yoga, 560 South Holly St, Denver. Lauren Skye 303-282-9439

Create Energy Boundaries: Be Grounded & Centered Workshop–10am-Noon. Also on 9/27. Eliminate worry and stress for people with “busy minds� or who work in intense people professions. $39. Yoga of the Mind, 8 E 1st Ave, Denver. David Stevens 303-6682358. RSVP Energy Tools Workshop to Accelerate Your Spiritual Growth–12:30-5:30pm. With Greg Meyerhoff. Take charge of your life with these powerful tools to manage your energy and function better in your world. Rishi’s Community Yoga Studio, 2750 S Wadsworth Blvd, #D202 Denver. $110. RSVP 303-744-0711 or

SUNDAY SEPT 21 Autumn Equinox Celebratory Ceremony–11-1:30pm. A sacred circle to honor and utilize powerful seasonal energies: release what no longer serves you, draw in support, and embrace clear intentions. Donna DeNomme respectfully facilitates from 28 years’ experience. 303271-0510,

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FREE intro to Transformational Meditation course–12-1:30 pm. 5 wks. Create and manifest in your inner world to produce powerful results in the outer world. $150 Yoga of the Mind, 8 E. First Avenue, Denver. David Stevens, 303-668-2358. Register Community HU Song–10:30-11am. Community HU song, an ancient name for God sung for spiritual upliftment. Free. Eckankar Center of Boulder, 1800 30th St., #208, Boulder 720-466-3322.


Fall Begins Become the Healer & Intuitive you were Born to Be–7-9 pm. 9 wks. Reap the benefits of group meditation to explore and develop your healing and intuitive abilities. $225 Yoga of the Mind, 8 E. First Avenue, #103, Denver. David Stevens, 303-6682358. RSVP

TUESDAY SEPT 23 Telephone 4-week Series; Meditation For Living Program– 6:30pm. Learn by phone! 4-session explore the benefits of meditation and easy, effective skills to relax/recharge and manage energy. Fee incl downloadable audio program! $140/early, $150/ day of. Lauren Skye, Inner Connection Institute 303-282-9439 The Path of the Sacred: Shamanic Wisdom–A three or nine-month exploration with a small committed group delving into profound wisdom teaching. Donna DeNomme respectfully facilitates from 28 years’ experience. Nine-month group begins late September. 303-271-0510, Yoga Teacher Training–Our trainings offer an inclusive experience of the spiritual foundations, helping you hone your yoga teaching skills and deepen personal practice. $3850 tuition. PranaYoga, 3333 Federal Blvd, Denver. Hansa, School Director 303-432-8099 Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove nonuseful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., #103 Denver. David Stevens 303-6682358, Sustainable Food Film Series:GMO-OMG–68:30pm. 4 films relating to sustainable food practices, organic farming and community agriculture. $5. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St, Denver. 720-865-3580 or

ongoing looking ahead 2014 tuesdays FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3 Academy of Massage Therapy First Friday Art Show–5-8pm. Also on 11/7. Incl snacks and free chair massage. 625 8th Ave, Greeley. Info Jennifer 970-352-1181 or

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4 Mile Hi Healthy Happenings Health Fair at The Cherry Creek Athletic Club–9am-1pm. Health Fair with Healing Solutions, Green Lifestyle ideas, Healthy Chocolate and more! FREE. The Cherry Creek Athletic Club, 500 So. Cherry Street, Denver. Details/participate Academy of Massage Therapy Massage Fair–10am-4pm. Raffle prizes, vendor booths, speaker presentations and discounted services. 625 8th Ave, Greeley. To be a vendor or speaker, contact Jennifer 970-352-1181 or

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10 Deepen your understanding of Western Herbalism–4-6pm.Discover western herbs that are part of the ancient teachings in Chinese Medicine and explore various uses. Info workshops. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism. 2900 Valmont Rd., Ste. F-1, Boulder. $25. RSVP

MONDAY, OCTOBER 20 Massage Therapy Classes Start a wonderful career in massage therapy! Hydrotherapy, Sports Massage, Reflexology, Neuromuscular 1, Trigger Point Massage, Infant and Prenatal Massage, Pathology, Nutrition. Scholarships available. Academy of Natural Therapy, 625 8th Ave, Greeley. Contact Jennifer 970-352-1181

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23 A Basic Meditation 5-Weeks–7-9pm. Meet your Guardian Angel or Spirit Guide. Learn an easy way to let go of negativity and make room for the positive. Early $165, Regular $180. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita 720413-7303, or

THURSDAY SEPT 25 Naturopathic Approach to a Healthy Brain & Migraine Headache Prevention and Treatment– 6pm. Free presentation to discuss remedies and specific causes for this debilitating problem. Clear Sky Medical 9085 E Mineral Circle #260, Centennial. RSVP 303-790-7860

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Longmont Spiritual Transformation with Transmission Meditation–7pm. Join us for a group meditation that is a stimulus to our individual development and also a potent form of world service. Always free. Connie 720-494-0368

wednesdays Developing Compassion–7-8:30pm. Learn to develop love and compassion, thereby increasing our own happiness and well being. $10, $7/students, senior or military. Kadampa Meditation Center, 1081 Marion St, Denver. Kate Franklin, 303-813-9551 or info@ Free Energy Healings; Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing–6-7pm. A healing is like an “energy car wash” that releases negative energy to create the life you desire. Free. Journey Within; S Wadsworth Blvd. Bldg 2-108, Lakewood. Anita Destino, 720-413-7303 or Yoga Sculpt–9:30-10:30am. Integrates balance and flexibility of yoga with full body strengthening routine. First Class: $6, Drop-In: $12 (Packages available). 303-816-0429 Taspen’s Organics & Holistic Wellness Center, 12424 Big Timber Dr. #1, Conifer.

thursdays Bhakti Yoga–9:30-11am. Blend of lecture, mantra, asana and meditation. It focuses on deepening your understanding of the spiritual path of a yogi. First Class: $6, Drop-In: $12 (Packages available). 303-816-0429 Taspen’s Organics & Holistic Wellness Center, 12424 Big Timber Dr. #1, Conifer. Aura and Chakra Healings–Drop-In between 6-7pm. Receive a 10 minute cleanse and release negative thoughts, emotions, pain and fear. Get replenished with positive energy and feel great. FREE. 1332 Pearl St. Boulder. 303-530-0920. Psychic Readings–7-8:30pm by appt. Learn about your soul essence, past lives, and aura. Ask questions about relationships, career, money, and health. FREE. 1332 Pearl St. Boulder. 303-530-0920.

sundays Meditations for World Peace–10:30am-Noon. Buddhist meditations, teachings and prayers for world peace foster inner peace and harmony. Kids class. Everyone welcome. Donation. Kadampa Meditation Center, 1081 Marion St, Denver. Kate Franklin 303-813-9551 or

TUESDAY SEPT 30 Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., #103 Denver. David Stevens 303-668-2358, davids@ or

Wheatridge Spiritual Transformation with Transmission Meditation–6pm. Join us for a group meditation that is a stimulus to our individual development and also a potent form of world service. Always free. Tim 303-239-8101

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

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GET INVOLVED Sleep Study: Karen Rice King, Master Dowser, is conducting a scientific sleep study to determine whether Earth Acupuncture can reduce the stress that causes sleep disturbances. Just as medical acupuncture balances your body’s meridians, Earth Acupuncture balances your property and home. To find out if you qualify to participate in this study, contact or call 303-665-0175.

HEALTHY PRODUCTS/ SERVICES Energy-Based Chiropractor: Dr Rob Smigelski, DC, focuses on the mind-body-spirit connection and specializes in helping patients with autoimmune and brain-based difficulties. Symptoms of these difficulties can include brain fog, memory loss, low energy, insomnia, chronic pain and poor concentration. No painful popping/cracking; health and holistic wellness from an integrated approach. Lafayette and Denver. 720-381-8561 or Remove Toxic Amalgam (Silver) Fillings: Denver’s first holistic, naturopathic dentist offers mercury free AND mercury safe amalgam (silver filling) removal. Numerous studies have found amalgam (50% mercury) to be a substantial source of exposure to mercury vapor, which has potentially hazardous side effects to your health. Holistic-minded individuals should consider the safe removal and handling of any silver fillings. We offer a biocompatibility test to decide which replacement material is best for you. Financing available. 20% off new patient exam and x-rays when you mention Natural Awakenings. SOUTH LAKEWOOD DENTAL, Scott Stewart, DDS & Naturopathic Physician, 2525 S Wadsworth Blvd, Ste 11, Lakewood, 303-988-4338.

SPACE FOR RENT Quiet, professional furnished space available, full or part-time. Reasonable rates. Private suite option available. Includes utilities, a/c, reception area, closet. One room w/ bathroom plumbed for closed-system colonics. Wellness Spa on 5th Ave, Denver. 303-777-2555.


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September Spotlight JOURNEYS FOR CONSCIOUS LIVING 7401 West 59th Ave., Arvada 303-731-6695 Discover and develop a life of passion, purpose and contribution. Journeys for Conscious Living (J4CL) is an organization leading the world in conscious living, hosting world class events, speakers and event center (space rental) to empower people to create thoughtful changes in living their lives every day, thus creating the space and energy to stay centered and expand the community. J4CL invites you to co-create opportunities, collaboration and communities for individuals and businesses to reach their full, highest potential, while experiencing love, joy and transformation. See ad page 24.

STUDIO Z DENTAL Tom Zyvoloski DDS Aesthetic Excellence and Holistic Family Care 818 W South Boulder Rd, Suite 100, Louisville 303-666-7110 If you’re the type of person who cares enough about your body to shop for organic produce, why not give the same thought to your dental health? At Studio Z Dental, we use only the safest, most natural products with each of our clients. Curious about mercury safe dentistry? Check out our videos at


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CONSCIOUSNESS SHIFT MARY BETH KENNEDY, MA 1637 28th St, Boulder 303-589-8006 Reconnective Healing transcends the limitations of human ability and imagination. By opening to it, we are able to restore balance and harmony in our lives and transform our bodies, minds and souls in ways that otherwise may seem impossible. Mary Beth has been a practitioner, mentor and coach for 14 years. One of the most experienced Reconnection Practitioners in the world, she travels with Eric Pearl and the Reconnection Teaching Team in addition to her practice in Boulder.

VIBRANCE DENTISTRY with DR. CATE VIEREGGER 7400 E Crestline Circle, Ste 230, Greenwood Village 303-770-1116 Whether your goal is to encourage a healthy attitude towards oral health in your children or ease your own anxiety about dental procedures, our friendly staff and relaxing atmosphere will change the way you approach dental care. At Vibrance Dentistry, we believe that oral healthcare should be a pleasant and relaxing experience. Our state-of-the-art equipment and spa-like amenities allow us to offer services that transcend traditional dentistry and promote wholebody wellness. See ad page 21.

DENTIST SOUTH LAKEWOOD DENTAL Scott Stewart, DDS & Certified Naturopathic Dentist 2525 S Wadsworth Blvd, Ste 11, Lakewood 303-988-4338 Denver’s first holistic, naturopathic dentist offering mercury free AND mercury safe amalgam (silver filling) removal. Numerous studies have found amalgam (50% mercury) to be a substantial source of exposure to mercury vapor, which has potentially hazardous side effects to your health. Holistic-minded individuals should consider the safe removal and handling of any silver fillings. We offer a bio-compatibility test to decide which replacement material is best for you. Financing available. 20% off new patient exam and x-rays when you mention Natural Awakenings. Call today for a radical improvement in your health. See ad page 19.

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

ENERGY HEALING/ MEDITATION JOURNEY WITHIN with ANITA DESTINO Inside Irongate Execute Plaza, Belmar area 777 S Wadsworth Blvd. Bldg 2-108, Lakewood 720-413-7303 A safe place for people interested in creating change in their lives, Journey Within helps you focus on spiritual growth, developing your intuition and personal development. Give to yourself with Free Energy Healings, Angel Healings, Guided Meditations, Meditation Classes, Workshops and Intuitive Readings/Healings. Join us for a Free Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing held every Wednesday from 6-7 pm, open to everyone. Reconnective Healing with Mary Beth Kennedy. Transform your body, mind and soul! See full listing under Consciousness Shift.

FAMILY PRACTITIONER CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with Dr. Katia Meier. Board Certified in Anti-Aging Medicine and specialty trained in Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy and Functional medicine. See full listing under PHYSICIAN or see ad page 2.

HEALING CRYSTALS SOLDIS - HEALING CRYSTALS 1470 S. Santa Fe Drive, Suite 104B, Denver 303-317-6634 / / Here at Soldis, we believe healing can be done naturally. Not only do we offer healing crystals, but we work hard at trying to incorporate healing crystals into every item we have. Are you a novice at healing crystals, and don’t know what to do with it? We can help you. All the bath products are handmade. Try our healing soaps and bath products. At Soldis, we strive to make our customer’s lives better than when they walked in.

HEALTHY AGING CLEAR SKY MEDICAL KATIA I. MEIER, M.D. Panorama Falls 9085 E Mineral Circle, #260, Centennial 303-790-7860 Feel and look your best at any age with Katia Meier, MD, Board Certified in Anti-Aging Medicine, Specialty trained in Bio-identical Hormone Therapy, Holistic and Naturopathic medicine in Europe and certified in laser and injectable aesthetic dermatology. Specializing in whole body health with customized approaches to Healthy Aging, BHRT, Nutritional analysis and Therapy, Medical Aesthetics and non-surgical rejuvenation treatments, Homeopathy, Herbology, Detoxification Programs, Medical Weight Loss for men & women. All ages; most insurance welcome. Set up your appointment today. See ad page 2.

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DR. ROB SMIGELSKI, DC BioTransformational Institute Lafayette and Denver 720-381-8561 / 1 in 8 people over the age of 65 suffer from Alzheimer’s. Over 50 million Americans have an autoimmune disease. You shouldn’t have to live in fear of your body, mind and spirit degenerating as you grow older. Dr. Smigelski specializes in addressing brain health and autoimmune conditions by using an integrated approach of chiropractic, functional medicine, and Chinese medicine concepts. Are you experiencing brain fog, fatigue, temporary memory loss, cold hands and feet? Call today to set up an appointment, or for a free 20 minute consultation.

CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with Dr. Katia Meier. Board Certified in Anti-Aging Medicine and specialty trained in BioIdentical Hormone Therapy and Functional Medicine. See full listing under PHYSICIAN or see ad page 2.


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625 8th Avenue, Greeley, CO 970-352-1181 / When you are a massage therapist, every day is rewarding! The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects Massage Therapist employment growth of 20.1% by 2020. The Academy of Natural Therapy (ANT) has a long tradition of graduating the finest students, produced through a combination of hands-on, one on one instruction, excellent instructors and a real world atmosphere with over 300 hours in fully equipped facilities - the Student Clinic and the Natural Therapy Health Center. 1000 Hour Massage Therapy Program accredited by the Commission of Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA). Financial aid available. See ad page 6.

PSYCHIC DEVELOPMENT THE ASPEN PROGRAM FOR PSYCHIC DEVELOPMENT Explore Your Potential! Karen Fox, Ph.D., Director I-25 & Belleview 303-942-0646 We are all psychic! Improve your innate psychic abilities to make better decisions or become a professional. Take the classes you choose. Certificates in Psychic Studies, Medical Intuition, and Spirit Mediumship. We teach the “clairs.” Leader in Psychic Education since 2010.

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

PHYSICIAN: BOARD CERTIFIED HOLISTIC CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with KATIA I. MEIER, M.D. Panorama Falls 9085 E Mineral Circle, #260, Centennial 303-790-7860 Feel and look your best with Dr Katia Meier, Board Certified Holistic MD specializing in whole body health for children and adults. Customized approaches to Healthy Aging, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement therapy, Nutritional analysis and Therapy, Medical Aesthetics and non-surgical rejuvenation treatments, Homeopathy, Herbology, Naturopathic Medicine, Personalized Detoxification Programs, Medical Weight Loss for men and women. Treating all ages and most insurance welcomed. Make your appointment today. See ad page 2.


September Spotlight DONNA DENOMME, MA Psychotherapist, Licensed Spiritual Coach, Reiki Master, Intuitive Counselor, Shamanic Healer, Ceremonial Facilitator 303-271-0510 Tap unrealized potential for health, wealth, and happiness. Move past stifling limitations, heal wounds, and embrace your greater yet-tobe. Awaken a masterful life with Donna DeNomme—conscious energy teacher, licensed spiritual coach, and ceremonial leader. In private practice since 1987, Donna was voted Colorado’s “Spiritual Health Guru” by the prestigious 5280 Magazine for her unique combination of innovative therapeutic techniques. She is the award-winning, internationally-published author of Turtle Wisdom and Ophelia’s Oracle.

SPIRITUAL HEALING/ COUNSELING LIVE YOUR KNOWING COUNSELING RENEE ELLIS, MA RMT Psychotherapy, Intuitive Counseling Past Life Therapy, Energy Healing, Classes Located in Central Denver 720-984-9575 Are you dealing with challenges in your relationships, career or health, loss of a loved one, or finding and following your life path? Renee specializes in helping women find the clarity, freedom and intuitive perspective to gracefully move through life transitions to a more joyful experience. She weaves traditional counseling techniques with intuitive abilities, energy healing, personalized Bach Flower Essence formulas and past life therapy without regression. Individual sessions, programs and classes. Free 30-minute consultation.

SPIRITUAL RETREAT & CONFERENCE CENTER SUNRISE RANCH 100 Sunrise Ranch Road, Loveland 970-679-4200 Home for leaders & people who are committed to the spiritual regeneration of humanity. Our programs & events are meeting the evolving needs of our world and empower personal transformation. Concert venue & conference facilities for leadingedge organizations; opportunities to participate in our 350acre organic farm and ranch; & connection with like-minded people in this multifaceted spiritual community. See the Calendar for events. See ad page 23.

TRANSFORMATION AWAKEN HIGHER BRAIN LIVING® CENTER-LITTLETON with Kent Johnson / 303-907-3468 2100 W Littleton Blvd, #248, Littleton NEW IN COLORADO: From your first session, you experience an energy surge through the connective tissue of your body, loosening the grip of your fear-based “survival” brain as this energy shifts into your prefrontal cortex. As your stress plunges, you rediscover your inner Joy, Passion and Purpose - YOUR intended purpose! This gentle-touch technique is so consistent and predictable that we guarantee it. 1st step: See a LIVE demonstration - email for a video clip and schedule.

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natural awakenings

September 2014


September 2014 Mile High Natural Awakenings  

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

September 2014 Mile High Natural Awakenings  

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