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hen we began publishing Natural Awakenings nearly two years ago, we could only imagine the possibilities for alternative and complementary health care in the region. Today, we have come together to successfully weave a stronger natural living community than ever before. As Kathleen Barnes points out in “Alternative Goes Mainstream,” this phenomenon is due to a confluence of trends: a growing body of credible scientific research that supports the effectiveness of many alternative therapies; public demand for a choice of natural and non-invasive therapies; and conventional practitioners that have embraced holistic treatments such as mind-body practices and energy medicine. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) in the National Institutes of Health has begun to fund studies of alternative and complementary therapies, but many more are urgently needed. Director Dr. Josephine P. Briggs characterizes the need as compelling. “Tens of millions of Americans are spending $34 billion per year (mostly out-of-pocket) on a variety of complementary approaches, most often without any solid [clinical] evidence about safety or usefulness,” she observes. Testimonies of those helped and healed by such approaches are most often anecdotal. The opportunities to make real differences in some very challenging health issues are equally compelling.  NCCAM research has also influenced practice by health professionals. Considering a growing body of research through the rigorous lens of evidencebased medicine, the American College of Physicians and American Pain Society include a number of complementary approaches including healing touch, massage, acupuncture, and chiropractic in their clinical practice guidelines  for managing chronic low back pain. Complementary approaches are increasingly being integrated into conventional care in a variety of settings. Together we are fostering a natural health care revolution. As one local integrative physician remarks, “We are in a paradigm shift right now where integration of alternative and Western medicine is beginning.” Looking to the future, Linda Sechrist asked respected experts to demystify the year 2012 on the Maya calendar, and they answered with reassurance about what is and is not predicted for planet Earth this year. Go ahead and plan your next holiday party for December 22, 2012! To tie it all together, we share insight from Deepak Chopra on the universal outlook for conscious being.   May we all become conscious beings. Naturally, 4

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ACUPUNCTURE TCM Is Not Just for Humans Anymore by Dr. Jenny Taylor


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eeping in touch with the best choices for a green and healthy lifestyle is now easier than ever, thanks to Natural Awakenings’ new iPhone and iPad app, available as a free download at Apple’s iTunes App Store. Individuals on the go can find products, practitioners and services dedicated to healthy living, right at their fingertips. They can also read articles on the latest practical, natural approaches to nutrition, fitness, creative expression, personal growth and sustainable living, offered by national experts with fresh perspectives. The exclusive app instantly connects to user-friendly galleries: “Local Magazines” includes a searchable listing of all Natural Awakenings franchise publishers, with instant links to phone numbers and websites. “National Directory” lists healthy, green businesses, resources and services, complete with directions. “This Month” shows the current national magazine content, always fresh and new. “Healthy Kids” is a collection of how-to articles that focus on raising, nurturing and empowering vibrant children. “Natural Pets” offers an information resource dedicated to holistic well-being for companion animals. “Article Archives,” a comprehensive library of thousands of articles, is searchable by key words. “En Español” features an archive of current and historical articles in Spanish. To download the free app, search “Natural Awakenings” in the iTunes App Store or visit See ad on page 11.

Experience the Benefits of the HU Spiritual Exercise


re you looking for a technique to help you deal more gracefully with life’s challenges, achieve a loving attitude or gain peace of mind and heart? Gain a deeper understanding of yourself and why things happen the way they do in your life at free Community HU Song services presented by Eckankar, Religion of the Light and Sound of God Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. on January 10, February 14 and March 13 at the Unity Church of Indianapolis. The word HU is ancient name for God and a love song to God. Singing and experiencing the uplifting, soothing and healing power of the HU has been practiced for thousands of years in one form or another for inner attunement. In the same way a musician can use a tuning fork to find the right pitch, the person singing HU tunes in to a higher spiritual awareness. Anyone can work with the HU regardless of age, background or religion. At the events, an officiator will explain the HU, its benefits and how to do the exercise. The group will sing HU out loud together for about 20 minutes and then enjoy a quiet, five-minute contemplation. Fellowship and light refreshments will follow. Location: 907 N. Delaware St. For more information on the event or Eckankar, call Indiana’s Eckankar message line at 888-746-4488 or visit 6

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ith bargain and deal sites becoming more and more popular, applies to the Indianapolis area with a new concept in discount buying. We are seeking merchants who would like to present good deals on products and services geared towards the Natural, Healthy and Holistic community. With targeted marketing to a niche audience of Naturally Good People, a beneficial partnership is formed. Businesses attract like-minded customers who build and sustain the community together —naturally. has partnered with Natural Awakenings Magazine as our official media partner to help connect Naturally Good Businesses to Naturally Good Customers. It is our commitment to offer fair deals for the community and the merchants, with the merchant deciding upon the deal or offer. is excited to be a healthy website devoted to good deals and a thriving business community. Support your local businesses by purchasing their Naturally Good Deals whenever possible and share it with a friend.



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Dancing Encourages Smiles in New Nia Classes


plifting and energizing Nia classes— which tap into the body, mind and spirit using the healing arts, dance arts and martial arts—are being held at the Earth House in Indianapolis on Tuesdays from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Private instructor Rhonda Vaughn will guide participants in this low-impact, whole body workout traditionally performed barefooted with diverse music that allows the body to move its own organic way to music. Vaughn says, “My Nia journey began in 2006 when I walked into a class and the dancer in me became alive again! Nia has made me love my whole body and has allowed me to discover what has been waiting to come out and play. I now have the opportunity to share my passion of dancing Nia style since I received my White Belt in September of 2008. Nia has made my soul smile and my joints move with love and gratitude. I am happy to say that I dance through life with a smile!” Fee: first class is free, otherwise $10/drop in or $40/5 class pass. Location: 237 North East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204. For more information, call 317-201-9659, visit or email natural awakenings

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ave an entire Old English tea party at your home or business this winter via Tina Jesson of Tina’s Traditional Old English Kitchen, who is celebrating the history and essence of this delightful tradition in two convenient ways. She bakes English Scones and cakes and makes preserves such as Strawberry Conserve and Old English Marmalade and sells them at Traders Point Creamery Green Market, in Zionsville, from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday mornings and can also put on English Tea Parties in homes and offices throughout our area. Jesson first came up with the idea of combining traditional Old English recipes with local organic ingredients after coming to Indianapolis from the United Kingdom in 2008 and not finding some of her favourite foods. She also produces a range of chutneys, like green tomato chutney (Grandma’s special recipe) which is cooked liked a jam but has chillies and vinegar and tastes particularly well with strong hard cheese or ham on the bone. Green Market location: 9101 Moore Rd. For more information on Tina’s Traditional Old English Kitchen, call 317-858-4345.

outhWaters is expanding and now offers a variety of wellness products including the popular Strength Stability bracelets, Alkaline Ionized Pen and Thermos. The bracelets are durable, silicone wristbands constructed with two Mylar Holograms and come in a vast array of colors. The Portable Water or Alkaline Ionized Pen changes bottled water into high pH, antioxidant, alkaline, micro-clustered drinking water. It significantly improves the taste of water with 40 minerals. The longer the water sits with the ionic tube submerged, the stronger the ionization and the higher the pH. The Pen has a shelf life of approximately one to two months depending on the usage. In YouthWaters’ first six months of business, the company reports it has grown to include more than 4,000 customers globally and plans on expanding from residential to commercial systems in the years to come. For more information on available products, watch the video on or go directly to See ad on page 11.

Two Electric Vehicle Public Charging Stations at the Arthur M. Glick JCC


ndianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL) recently selected the JCC to be the first public electric vehicle charging station outside of the downtown area as part of IPL’s Electric Vehicle Charging Station Pilot Program. The agreement demonstrates both organizations’ commitment to protecting our environment and promoting the preservation of our community. Joan Soller, IPL manager of corporate planning, remarks: “IPL is eager to support the energy needs for electric vehicles in Central Indiana. The JCC’s passion for the project and the location of its facilities will foster EV adoption and charging.” Two public charging stations have been installed in the east parking lot of the Arthur M. Glick JCC, 6701 Hoover Road, Indianapolis. For electric vehicle owners, the JCC’s central location on Indy’s north side is a tremendous convenience and the service is highly affordable. The cost is $2.50 per charging session regardless of the amount of time used. According to Bruce Sklare, JCC Special Projects representative, “The JCC’s partnership with IPL is one part of a much larger initiative to encourage our community to be good stewards of the environment. In 2012, the JCC will roll out other plans to promote outdoor activities and raise awareness of the health benefits of spending more time out-of-doors.” The EV program provides up to 200 IPL customers who own electric vehicles the opportunity to qualify for a 220V charging station in their home or business. This higher voltage (220V vs. the standard 110V) allows customers to charge their cars faster. By providing the charging stations to customers, IPL will be able to study how much electricity these vehicles require and what their impact would be on the power grid. This program will allow IPL to create products and a pricing structure for off-peak hour usage to ensure affordable and reliable service. In addition to local economic development benefits, IPL estimates EVs will annually reduce green house gas emissions by more than a ton per vehicle when fueled by electricity from its mix of renewable and fossil fuel generation instead of petroleum fuel.   For more information, visit 8

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Art With A Heart


overty creates obstacles for those who live within its shadow. For children, these obstacles often obstruct the path to academic success. Research has shown that arts education programs can help at risk children overcome the disadvantages of being poor and improve academic performance by providing emotional nurturing and intellectual challenge. Also, business leaders and art educators have long advocated that art education for children is vital for our nation to remain competitive in a global economy that increasingly demands creativity. To help serve this important purpose, Art With a Heart (AWAH), a nonprofit organization founded in 2002, provides a hands-on visual art experience to educate and inspire at-risk youth.  It works with students facing poverty, homelessness, addiction and crime to help them become more successful personally and academically; its curricula meets state standards for visual art while ensuring that students develop creatively.  AWAH provides visual arts education that meets art and other academic state standards in a safe and supportive environment to at-risk students in K-12 grades while also meeting their emotional needs and developing their social and communication skills.  The average class size is 12 students which allows for the attention each student needs to be successful. Currently teaching in 25 public, private and charter schools as well as neighborhood centers across Indianapolis, AWAH serves more than 1000 students a year through summer camps, kindergarten, after school, contract teaching and Honors Art programs. 

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t was a year ago January 1 that Flourish Yoga and Wellbeing arrived in Fishers with a flourish of activity and grace promising a new kind of yoga studio. Now, owner Amy Thomas is welcoming the community to a celebratory open house gently, firmly and massaged the tension meltsin away. Champ partyrhythmically this January 1 and also invites until all to consider participating its Posture Clinics and other classes andand events. ideal way to release tension, strains frustrations. Posture Clinics are special yoga seminars during which the students get to observe, ask questions and work on different postures. All basic yoga postures and breathing techniques are covered. It’s a greatoffers way to take your practice to Champissage provides Champissage thefrom: next level whether you are aadditional newcomer orbenefits: have been practicing for years. relief Since opening, the center now has 13 teachers, three massage therapists and offers 30 classes including posture clinics, seven days a week. Also, Yoga Teacher •Tension headaches • Encourages healthy hair Training will kick off this coming spring.

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Ancient Form of Massage Offers Relief


hampissage is an East Indian method of head massage that can be  a soothing antidote to the hustle and bustle of stressful living. The simple, ayurvedic techniques have been used throughout India for thousands of years as a highly effective way of relieving stress and are now offered locally by Linda Barber, CMT. During what Barber calls “The Ultimate Seated Massage,” one is seated in a comfortable chair, remains fully dressed and no  oils are used so it’s by private appointment or in your workplace safe for pregnant women or those with sensitivities. Then, Barber applies a series of massage  techniques  using finger and palm of hand friction and pressure. Stress typically accumulates in the head, neck, shoulders and upper back. These areas are gently, firmly and rhythmically massaged until the courtesy tension begins melting away.  Photo of Narendra Mehta “As  an A-Type personality,  I never stopped long enough to take a deep breath until my own life began to unravel both physically and emotionally. Finding such a sense of calm through massage drew me to  become a practitioner  of holistic  therapy  which  revealed a  gift of healing.  I consider it a  high call  as a  trusted professional  to offer professionalized care for the wellbeing of all my clients with love, grace and gratitude,” says Barber.

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Matrix Energetics Offers LifeTransforming Seminars


eginning in January and continuing throughout 2012, Matrix Energetics will offer its transformative seminars in cities across the United States and in Canada. Upcoming programs are scheduled for San Francisco; Asheville, North Carolina; Albuquerque; Scottsdale, Arizona ; Fort Lauderdale; San Diego and Toronto. Matrix Energetics, a consciousness technology for insight, healing and spiritual growth, was born from a set of energetic treatments discovered by Dr. Richard Bartlett in his chiropractic and naturopathic practice. Using principles of quantum and energy physics, Bartlett says this teachable, transferable system helps individuals to shift into a more balanced state and create new, infinite possibilities in their lives. “Matrix Energetics offers easy-to-learn techniques and strategies for enhancing all areas of life, such as health, family, career, relationships and finances,” he explains.” Once you learn to catch the wave of Matrix Energetics, it can become whatever you let it. Some of my students have developed abilities I’ve never dreamed of having.” Bartlett is the author of several books, including the award-winning Matrix Energetics: The Science and Art of Transformation and The Physics of Miracles and The Matrix Energetics Experience. For seminar dates, locations and registration information, call 1-800-269-9513, email or visit Friday night demonstrations are free and open to the public, space permitting.

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healthbriefs Science Confirms FASTING IS GOOD FOR THE HEART


ew evidence from cardiac researchers at the Heart Institute at Intermountain Medical Center, in Utah, suggests that routine, periodic fasting is good for our health and specifically, our heart, because it reduces weight and levels of sugar and triglycerides in the blood. The results expand upon a 2007 Intermountain Healthcare study showing a direct association between fasting and a reduced risk of coronary heart failure. The findings were presented at the 2011 annual scientific sessions of the American College of Cardiology, in New Orleans.

Benefits of Herbal Brews


njoy your next cup of herbal tea while toasting to better health. U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded researchers have confirmed the science-based health benefits of three of Americans’ favorite herbal teas. Chamomile tea has long been said to soothe a troubled belly and restless mind. After reviewing scientific literature on the herb’s beneficial bioactivity, the study team published an article in Agricultural Research describing test-tube evidence that the beverage also offers moderate antimicrobial and significant antiplatelet-clumping action. They found that peppermint tea also shows significant antimicrobial, plus antiviral, antioxidant and antitumor actions, and even some antiallergenic potential. After reviewing human clinical trials, the researchers further reported that drinking hibiscus tea lowered blood pressure in a group of pre-hypertensive and mildly hypertensive adults.


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other’s warnings against slouching were correct. Recent research proves that poor posture not only makes a bad impression, it can make us feel physically weaker. The study, published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, explored the relationship of posture and pain tolerance and found that by simply adopting more dominant poses, individuals can feel more powerful, in control and better able to tolerate distress. More, those studied using the most dominant posture were able to comfortably tolerate more pain than others assigned a more neutral or submissive stance. People tend to curl up into a ball when in pain, but the University of Southern California researchers recommend doing the opposite—try sitting or standing up straight, lifting the chin, pushing out the chest and generally expanding the body shape. They suggest that these small, yet empowering, changes in behavior can decrease sensitivity to pain. Adopting a powerful posture may even affect the body’s hormone levels, boosting testosterone, which is associated with increased pain tolerance, and decreasing cortisol, typically released in response to stress.

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Calm Work Stress

eeling psychologically strained or blue at work? A simple, daily B vitamin supplement may be an answer. Australia’s Centre for Human Psychopharmacology, at Swinburne University of Technology, and the National Institute of Complementary Medicine recently partnered in a study assessing the personalities, work demands and mood, anxiety and strain experienced by 60 men and women. Half the group took a nutrient-herb-blend supplement with the full spectrum of B vitamins plus calcium, magnesium and vitamin C, nutrients known to help with the stress response; and passionflower and oats, which also soothe the nervous system. The other half received a placebo. At the end of three months, controlling for differences in personality and work demands, the B-complex treatment group reported significantly lower personal strain. The supplement group also reported decreased feelings of depression/dejection, anger/hostility and tension/anxiety, as well as less fatigue. The placebo group noticed no such changes. It’s wise to talk with a doctor or other health professional before beginning any supplementation program; bottled Bs may interact with certain medications and with each other. B vitamins occur naturally in meat and tuna; whole grains; leafy greens like collards, kale and Swiss chard; lentils and beans; broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbage; and potatoes and oranges.

Tangerines’ Tangible Gifts


angerines are sweet, affordable and in season, and now there’s another reason to stock up on this juicy fruit. Researchers from the University of Western Ontario have discovered that a tangerine flavonoid, nobiletin, appears to help prevent obesity and protect against Type 2 diabetes and atherosclerosis, the leading cause of heart attacks and strokes. When the researchers fed mice a “Western” diet high in fats and simple sugars, they became obese, showing all the signs associated with metabolic syndrome: elevated cholesterol and triglycerides, high blood levels of insulin and glucose, and fatty livers. A second group of mice—fed the same unhealthy diet, but with nobiletin added—experienced no symptoms of metabolic syndrome and gained weight normally. Ingesting nobiletin also prevented the buildup of fat in the liver by stimulating genes that help burn excess body fat, while inhibiting genes responsible for manufacturing it.



es, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, says Heather Leidy, an assistant professor in the University of Missouri’s department of nutrition and exercise physiology. “Everyone knows that eating breakfast is important, but many people still don’t make it a priority.” Leidy’s research shows that a healthy breakfast, especially one high in protein, increases satiety and reduces hunger throughout the day, making it a valuable strategy to control appetite and regulate food intake. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging, she discovered why. Eating a protein-rich breakfast works to reduce the brain signals controlling food motivation and reward-driven eating behavior.

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Deepak Chopra Explores Conscious Being by Linda Sechrist

When we are personally practicing the divine attitudes of loving kindness, joy, compassion and equanimity, we are moving out of our limited ego.


eepak Chopra, founder of the Chopra Foundation and the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, in Carlsbad, California, is a New York Times bestselling author and world-renowned authority in the field of mind-body healing. Regarded by Time Magazine as the “poet-prophet of alternative medicine,” he also lectures around the world and hosts Deepak Chopra Radio on

In War of the Worldviews: Science vs. Spirituality, you and physicist Leonard Mlodinow debate humanity’s most fundamental perennial questions. What is the crux of this contention? Overall, my co-author suggests that the universe operates according to laws of physics, while acknowledging that science does not address why the laws exist or how they arise. I maintain that the laws of nature, as well as mathematics, share the same source as human consciousness. He further observes that while science often casts doubt on spiritual beliefs and doctrines insofar as they make representations about the physical world, science does not— and cannot—conclude that God is an illusion. While not defending God in religious terms, I maintain that God is a way of understanding some extremely crucial things: the source of existence, the reality beyond space-time and the underlying consciousness and creativity of the universe. 14

What is your understanding of consciousness? Consciousness is that which makes possible perception, cognition, emotions, personal relationships, biology, biological function, the environment and its relationship to us, as well as the universe and its relationship to us. Without consciousness, there would be none of this.

Do you feel consciousness and God are one and the same? Yes, God is infinite consciousness that expresses itself as the universe. We are little bubbles of consciousness in the ocean of consciousness. Outside of space-time, Infinite Consciousness expresses itself and gives birth to every form of individual consciousness—the individual observer and the internal process of observation, as well as the objects, which are also experienced within the observer.

What steps can we take to shift human consciousness? No social transformation happens in the absence of personal transformation. Therefore, without worrying about other people, the questions to ask yourself are these: Can I be the change that I want to see in the world? What kind of world do I want to live in and how can I become the agent to create that world for myself? When we are personally practicing the divine attitudes of loving kindness, joy, compassion and equanimity, we are moving out of our limited ego. If

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we all do this and reach critical mass, it is possible to create a peaceful, just, sustainable and healthy world—but we each have to shift our self to get where we want to go. To make such a radical shift, we must explore the process of waking up, which centers on transcending the maelstrom of everyday thoughts to find the Source of the mind.

How do you define transcendence? There are many levels of transcendence. The most profound is deep meditation, known to alter brain structure and lead to lasting transformation. Transcendence can also happen through deep contemplation, mindfulness, music, poetry, art in any form, dance, falling in love and selfless service. Whenever you experience any quality of pure consciousness, however fleeting, you have transcended the mundane. Pure consciousness, which is the unseen, infinite potential from which everything springs, is centered within itself; silent and peaceful, awake, self-organizing, spontaneous, dynamic, blissful, knowing, whole and encompassing. Despite the infinite diversity of the physical world, at a deeper level, only one process is occurring: Wholeness is moving like a single ocean that holds every wave. You experience this quality when your life makes sense and you feel a part of nature; you are at home simply by being alive. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings.

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by Judith Fertig


“The cornerstone of the Thrive Diet is high net-gain foods. It’s that simple. By eating more high net-gain foods, your energy will rise, body fat will decrease, mental clarity will be enhanced, and cravings for refined foods will fade.” ~ Brendan Brazier

o say that Brendan Brazier, a former professional triathlete from Vancouver, Canada, has energy to spare is an understatement. Brazier has turned his vegan Ironman success into a triptych of bestselling books: Thrive, Thrive Fitness and his new cookbook, Thrive Foods: 200 Plant-Based Recipes for Peak Health. He has created the Vega line of whole food products and become an activist for improving the health of people and the planet through food choices. “I discovered that with the perfect combination of the right foods, it was possible to achieve incredible levels of fitness that went far beyond what I could have achieved on a regular diet,” he explains. “The perfect combination for me is a whole food, EarthBrendan Brazier

friendly plant-based diet. But even small changes—like adding these seven clean, quality super foods to a person’s daily diet—can help decrease body fat, diminish visible signs of aging, boost energy without caffeine or sugar, enhance mood and improve sleep quality.”

Brazier’s Seven Super Foods

Maca. This root vegetable from South America increases energy by nutrition, not stimulation, advises B ra z i e r, wh o r e c o m m e n d s t h e gelatinized form for best results and often adds it to a drink after a workout. Hemp protein. Rich in omega-3 and omega-4 essential fatty acids, hemp protein powder makes a great base for a smoothie. Fresh ginger and ground, dried turmeric. These spices help the blood circulate more efficiently, and thus boost energy. Brazier adds them to drinks or smoothies. Chia. Small, white chia seeds help sustain energy and maintain a feeling of fullness. He enjoys them in a blueberry chia breakfast pudding. Fresh leafy greens. Brazier believes the consumption of chlorophyll-rich, leafy green vegetables, combined with moderate exercise, is the best way to create a biologically younger body. Chlorella. This freshwater green algae, taken as a dietary supplement, is best known as a powerful energy enhancer and brain booster. Green tea. Rich in chlorophyll and antioxidants, green tea causes a slow, steady release of energy over the course of several hours. “Each new year brings fresh resolve to launch healthier habits that lead to fitter bodies, better sleep, increased performance and happier lives,” says Brazier. “Diet is one of the things we have the power to change right now in order to begin to thrive.”


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Judith Fertig celebrates healthy cooking at AlfrescoFoodAndLifestyle.

The beauty of a good diet is that the right foods will not only help us overcome nutritional stress, but also other negative stressors, like pollution and environmental toxins. Plus, we’ll be able to better perform during positive demands like exercise and educational activities. My recommended action plan consists of seven easy steps. Step One. Examine your current diet. What things are you eating that might be reducing your energy or aren’t supporting your health and fitness goals? Step Two. Prepare for success by researching and listing foods that are conducive to thriving. Step Three. Graze throughout the day. Eating several small meals helps maintain energy levels, eases digestive strain and spreads nutrients to sustain us all day.


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Step Four. Drink a nutritious smoothie each day—it delivers whole food nutrition that’s easy on the digestive system and provides lasting energy. Here is a go-to favorite. Mango Cashew Smoothie ½ cup powdered hemp protein 1 cup mango, fresh, frozen or pulp ½ cup soaked raw cashews ½ tsp vanilla extract 1 Tbsp maple syrup (or agave nectar) 1½ cups purified water ½ cup ice Purée all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Step Five. Eat a big, green salad every day; these are a staple when eating to thrive.

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t Reinventing Wellness, Sarah Stout offers a holistic approach to nutrition— focusing on the person as a whole and how diet and lifestyle can dictate well-being. As a Naturopath, Certified Clinical Nutritionist and Raw Food Gourmet Chef, she recommends a lifestyle approach that will work best for each individual—teaching them a new lifestyle, not a diet that requires deprivation and short-lasting benefits. Stout takes a scientific yet personal approach to wellness. She understands that all areas of life are connected and that healthy relationships, regular exercise, and a spiritual practice are essential forms nourishment. Acknowledging that changes need to be made is a crucial component on the path toward healing. Stout also recognizes that we are all unique, and therefore what works for one person may not work for another. She looks at age, health, activity level, blood type,e functional blood chemistry and personal preference to determine a client’s Sarah Stout, Certified nutrition needs and customize a plan designed to restore optimal health and well- Clinical Nutritionist, ness. She helps clients understand the benefits of specific foods, and the vital role HHC, CNHP proper nutrition plays in healing. She specializes in fertility issues; thyroid health, Certified Raw Food diabetes; food sensitiviyies and allergies; candida;; detox, weight loss, pediatric Gourmet Chef nutrition and much more. Her own health challenges years ago prompted her to take an active role in healing herself through proper nutrition, conscious eating, supplementation and alternative health therapies including meditation, chiropractic care, acupuncture, massage therapy and Reiki. Today, she is helping people become who they want to be—and who they are supposed to be—by guiding them on the same path. Beginning January 9, she will launch a six-week group counseling workshop. It is a great and affordable way (only $350) for individuals to start the New Year off with a commitment to health and happiness. The sessions include cooking classes, fitness classes and nutritional counseling services in a safe, confidential group environment. Reinventing Wellness 8725 Gordonshire Drive, Indianapolis 46278 317-408-0110 For more information on how Sarah Stout can help, visit or call 317-863-0365. See ad on page 16. natural awakenings




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ilates can help to build and maintain lean muscle mass while you are losing weight, realign posture as the body’s center of gravity changes, promote long elegant posture and graceful flowing movement, and keep you centered and energized— all at the same time,” explains Jillian Hessel, a Los Angeles-based Pilates teacher with 26 years’ experience. “I find that many people are successfully losing weight with Pilates because they become much more aware of their bodies, and in turn, treat them

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Burn More Calories Creating muscle mass is one of the best ways to increase calorie-burning potential. Pilates can help accomplish that in spades. “Simply stated, Pilates is strength training,” says Alycea Ungaro, owner of Real Pilates, in New York City. “We work with resistance to increase strength and hence, muscle mass. Using springs and different apparatus to increase the load to the muscles, we can affect a metabolic increase by building lean muscle mass.” Individuals can add a variety of tools to a basic Pilates mat routine to help tone muscles all over and avoid boredom. “I enjoy adding bands, body rings and light weights to my routine because it provides variety and challenges muscles in a different way,” says Cabán. Resistance bands are easily portable, yet create a considerable amount of challenging

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One of the best ways to look and feel thinner is to maintain good posture. Pilates helps create better posture by firming not only the abs, but the back, as well. “All Pilates work is performed with proper alignment and attention to posture. By establishing optimal spinal alignment, you can facilitate better circulation, improved lymphatic flow and increased stamina of the muscles along the spine,” says Ungaro. Not only will toned spinal muscles help with continued weight loss vis-à-vis increased metabolism, standing up straight will automatically make a person appear thinner, thereby increasing one’s confidence, as well. “You will stand taller, hold your waist tighter and feel stronger,” she adds.

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No weight loss regimen is complete without cardiovascular work. Combining the strength training of Pilates and a consistent cardio session works to help you lose weight and tone up nearly twice as fast as doing either routine on its own. Walking up hills works, or to add variety and challenge, “Consider swimming, running or the elliptical machine,” suggests Ungaro. “Steady-state activity is great for cardio conditioning.”

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alternative medicine; and some hospitals are encouraging their staff to become proficient in energy medicine and healing techniques. The U.S. government established the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) in 1992, under the auspices of the National Institutes of Health, to investigate and evaluate promising unconventional medical practices. In the 21st century, it’s been picked up more widely under the concept of integrative medicine, in which conventional medical and more natural therapies are used to complement one another. This encouraging development also reflects current trends among major categories of therapies that take body, mind and spirit into account.

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aven’t we all at some time shifted to more healthy foods, enjoyed a massage, consulted with a chiropractor or naturopath, popped a vitamin C supplement or attended a yoga, Tai chi, qigong or Pilates class? Many of us also meditate regularly and pray for sick friends and relatives. If we’ve engaged in any of these activities, we are among the nearly two-thirds of Americans that use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies each year. While these approaches to wellness have been practiced for millennia, it’s only been in the past decade or so that they have begun to move from the U.S. alternative fringe into the American mainstream. 20

The widespread use of CAM therapies is due to a confluence of three trends: a growing body of credible scientific research that supports their effectiveness; popular demand for these natural, non-invasive and effective therapies; and growing recognition by conventional practitioners that healing is accomplished through holistic treatments that address body, mind and spirit.

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Today, even the staid American Medical Association recommends a multivitamin supplement for virtually everyone; you can find a yoga class in almost any YMCA or community college; prestigious medical schools have departments of complementary and

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Understanding Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) requires a dramatic mental shift away from symptomrelated modalities of Western medicine. Here, one’s wellness and illness is based on managing the flow of energy, or chi (pronounced CHEE), through the body. TCM has been used in China and others parts of Asia for 5,000 years. Its core concept requires that the practitioner treat the underlying causes of disease, rather than just the symptoms. TCM has now become foundational in modern thinking as well, prompting an understanding that the entire organism—body, mind and spirit—must be addressed in order for healing to take place. “Homotoxicology is the most exciting trend in TCM today,” says Jonathan Wald, an acupuncture physician and academic dean of E a s t We s t C o l l e g e o f N a t u r a l Healing, in Sarasota, Florida. He explains: “It’s a blend of homeopathy, acupuncture and herbal medicine, with allopathic diagnostic techniques.” Homotoxicology (sometimes called biopuncture) applies herbal and homeopathic solution injections at specifically related energy meridian points to relieve various disease conditions or pain and rebalance the body. Another promising development is use of the Ryodaraku machine that

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measures electrical resistance to identify diseases in their beginning stages, affording early treatment. “I think of Ryodaraku almost as a TCM form of a blood test,” says Wald. “It helps us see what’s going on and we can often correct it with a little electrical stimulation pen.” Today, TCM and Western allopathic medicine are being considered in concert more often as practitioners find practical common ground in hospitals and clinical settings throughout the United States.

through energy modalities, including his technique. “We had 350,000 people at our online Tapping World Summit last year,” he says. “That says something about the need that we are fulfilling.”

Energy Therapies

Current energy therapies comprise a broad range of hands-on healing modalities, ranging from Reiki, Healing Touch and Emotional Freedom Techniques (tapping), to an increasing array of hybrids. The Energy Medicine Institute (, in Ashland, Oregon, notes that energy medicine can employ a variety of non-invasive methods intended to trigger the body’s natural healing powers, working to activate energies that have become weakened, disturbed or unbalanced. According to the institute, flow, balance and harmony can be restored and maintained within an energy system by tapping, massaging, pinching, twisting or connecting specific energy points (known as acupoints) on the skin; tracing or swirling the hand over the skin along specific energy pathways; exercises or postures designed for specific energetic effects; focused use of the mind to alter specific energies; and/or surrounding an area with healing energies (one person’s energies impact another’s). Nicolas Ortner, founder of The Tapping Solution, calls this Emotional Freedom Techniques-based energy modality, “…a combination of ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology.” By tapping on meridian points of the body while repeating certain helpful affirmations about health or emotional situations, energetic blockages can be removed, allowing profound physical and emotional changes to take place. Ortner is excited about the growing awareness of self-guided healing 22

World Health Organization says that 90 percent of the health care given on this planet is given by women in their own homes, using local plants.” Weed reports that across the United States, attendance at herbal conferences has soared. Herbalism is a big idea whose time has come again, and is now being rewoven into family life. “I call it reweaving the healing cloak of the ancients,” she says. “This is evolutionary medicine.”



H e r b a l i s m i s w i d e l y p ra c t i c e d worldwide to heal body and mind, and herbs and other plants are sometimes used in spiritual healing. Herbs are commonly prescribed by conventional physicians in Europe. In 1978, the German Commission E published a list of more than 300 herbs, noting research attesting to their safety and effectiveness, as well as possible side effects and drug interactions. The United States has lagged in its acceptance of herbal interventions. Still, Susun Weed, founder of the Wise Woman Center, in Woodstock, New York, and author of four herbal books, including Healing Wise, points out that drug companies have been quick to isolate various herbal medicine components and market them as prescription drugs. “In the ’60s, I discovered that the weeds in my garden were better medicinal plants than the ones I intentionally planted,” recalls Weed. “Back then, there was a general belief that these alternative systems weren’t ‘real’ medicine.” But it’s more a matter of the Western world catching up with the rest of the world, she notes. “The

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Homeopathy, operating on the principle of “like treats like,” involves the use of highly diluted substances to trigger the body’s natural process of healing. According to The Society of Homeopaths, “A substance which causes symptoms when taken in large doses, can be used in small amounts to treat those same symptoms.” For example, drinking too much coffee can cause sleeplessness and agitation. Thus, when caffeine is made into a homeopathic medicine, it could be used to treat people with these symptoms. Dana Ullman, author of The Homeopathic Revolution and Everybody’s Guide to Homeopathic Medicines, notes that the trend in homeopathy in the United States has its debunkers. He attributes this to establishment fears that, “If homeopathy is true, then everything about modern medicine and science is false.” But, he adds, “The homeopathy deniers ignore or downplay the substantial body of verifying evidence from basic science and clinical research—from outcome studies, cost-effectiveness studies and epidemiological evidence.”

Meditation and Related Therapies

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention note that 90 percent of all doctor office visits are related to stress. Meditation, breath work, guided imagery and some yoga disciplines

are effective ways to slow down the mind, relieve stress and bring body, mind and spirit into balance. More than 1,000 published studies have linked various types of meditation as well as contemplative yoga to changes in metabolism, blood pressure, brain activation, stress relief and pain reduction. Angela Wilson, assistant director of the Institute for Extraordinary Living (IEL), affiliated with the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, in Lenox, Massachusetts, reports burgeoning interest in these therapies. “Doctors have become very interested in any practice that can help people slow down and calm down,” observes Wilson. A 2007 NCCAM study found that 9.4 percent of U.S. adults, more than 20 million people, had practiced meditation in the previous year. Some of the latest IEL research provides scientific proof that Kripalu yoga (often called “meditation in motion”) can act as a buffer, “…helping people to face daily challenges without getting rocked off their feet or off their center,” says Wilson. She is also excited about a recent Massachusetts General Hospital study. It showed that in just eight weeks of practicing meditation, subjects experienced physiological changes in the part of the limbic system that relates to fear, resulting in less stress and anxiety.


Naturopathic medicine, a general system of natural medicine, includes nutrition, herbalism, homeopathy, acupuncture and energy medicine. Its goal is to holistically

address the entire organism—body, mind and spirit. In general, naturopathic physicians are those that work to support our innate healing abilities. They universally encourage adoption of lifestyle changes that promote optimal health. In states where naturopathic doctors (ND) are licensed, practitioners are required to graduate from a four-year residential naturopathic medical school and pass a board examination. In states that do not license them, people that successfully complete online courses can call themselves a naturopath. Make sure that any consulting naturopathic doctor has graduated from a residential program approved by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians ( Carl Hangee-Bauer, current president of the national association and a doctor of naturopathy with San Francisco Natural Medicine, has long been a proponent of licensing. He observes, “Currently, 16 states license naturopaths, and the trend is toward more licensing states and inclusion in federal programs, as well as loan forgiveness.” He believes this will bring more qualified students to the profession. Economics is among the many incentives driving consumers to a greater awareness of the benefits of pursuing wellness, as they come to understand how major, long-term medical bills might be reduced by applying common sense, healthy lifestyle practices and other doable steps toward preventing illness in the first place. “Our practice is growing every year. People are willing to pay for quality health care,” remarks HangeeBauer.


Nutrition comprises the time-tested foundation of health and includes foods and vitamin and mineral supplements, as well as herbs and spices. Importantly, core values about nutrition vary from culture to culture. In the United States, the Standard natural awakenings

American Diet (SAD) has been off-track for long enough that it has resulted in a widespread health crisis. The problem is that, contrary to the counsel of nutrition experts, many of us have become heavily dependent upon highfat, high-sugar, heavily processed foods. The typical American’s diet is severely lacking in recommended vegetables, fruits and whole grains. “The health crisis isn’t limited to the United States,” states Joshua Rosenthal, founder of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, in New York City. “Fast food and processed foods have invaded other traditional cultures, as well. Today’s chronic diseases that plague our own population now constitute a world health crisis.” Rosenthal is encouraged by the growing awareness of healthy eating, as taught by 19,000 graduates of his school, providing services in all 50 states and 82 countries. “We are at the beginning of a revolution,” he says. “By 2020, people will see that the quality of our food affects everything. Awareness and education are at the forefront of this revolution, and movements like ours are among the major catalysts for change.”

Looking Forward

Overall, today’s trends in CAM therapies are positive, hopeful and helpful. Conventional medicine seems to be becoming more open to a broad range of therapies it once peremptorily relegated to the scientific dustbin. New research and long-term evidence proves that many of these n o n - i n va s i v e t h e r a p i e s are effective and can wo r k h a n d - i n - h a n d with conventional therapies. Individually and in combination, they can result in healings and cures once unimaginable to traditional practitioners. Kathleen Barnes has written 18 books, most of them on natural health and healthy living, and owns the publishing company Take Char ge Books. Connect at January



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doctors focus on identifying the disease that is creating the symptoms affecting the patient. The goal is to halt the progression of the disease and/or sustain life. Alternative practitioners’ goal is a patient’s overall wellness and improved quality of life. They focus on uncovering and alleviating any imbalances that are robbing the individual of their quality of life. A holistic practitioner and patient are a team with a mutual mission. This means they can expect to spend time together completing and evaluating

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detailed medical histories and lifestyle information sheets, consulting and sharing observations, collaborating in carrying out treatment and cooperating in initial and followup examinations. The personal patient/client relationship is generally more intensive than experienced with conventional services. As with any field, it is important to check a practitioner’s credentials and educational background to ensure that he or she is qualified. It’s also vital that each service provider be a good fit for a patient’s needs, personality and circumstances. So much information is available today via the Internet that figuring out the best combination of treatment options can be overwhelming and confusing. Informed, friendly collaboration between practitioner and patient produces the best results in restoring and even expanding overall quality of life. Here are some tips on how patients can serve their own best interests. Take responsibility. Play an active role in improving your own health. Become knowledgeable about options presented by a trusted practitioner. Taking action in spite of possible fears gives you some sense of control. Partner with your practitioner. Offer regular, precise and accurate reports on your treatment’s progress. With alternative care, treatment is highly individualized and requires ongoing monitoring and adjustment to discern what is working and what isn’t. Follow and continue treatment as advised and exercise patience and compassion for yourself and your treatment team. Take care of yourself. Eat healthy, sleep until rested and regularly engage in suitable physical activity and gentle exercise. Call whenever you need help or advice. Stick with it. Expect incremental progress, even in the face of setbacks. Visualize an optimum state of wellness for yourself. Past failures do not need to be repeated when you work in tandem with your practitioner partner(s). Watch for relief, then acknowledge and nurture it by being a good patient. Share all good news with your practitioner. Don’t own the disease. Avoid scary labels and lists of symptoms in discussions with yourself and others. You want them to visualize health right along with you. Maintain a healthier lifestyle. Returning to old habits may cause problems to return. Make health a priority in daily choices. Treat your practitioner with respect. Caring natural practitioners are ready and willing to walk with you on your path of healing. Forego rants about past bad experiences and direct any complaints about lack of coverage for alternative treatment toward the insurance companies. Remember, your success is also your natural practitioners’ success, and they are invested in answering your questions and earning your trust. Help them help you. Finally, let them know when they’re doing a good job; a little appreciation goes a long way during a day of caretaking. Terri Evans has a worldwide practice that began in Southwest Florida in 1991. A Doctor of Oriental Medicine and licensed acupuncture physician, she is certified in many modalities of alternative medicine. Learn more at

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ANIMAL ACUPUNCTURE TCM Is Not Just for Humans Anymore by Dr. Jenny Taylor


eterinarians that practice a holistic approach appreciate that traditional Western schooling equips them to use antibiotics and other drugs to lessen troubling symptoms, but they also ask: “Do drugs vanquish the root of the problem? Why do so many patients return with new symptoms that suggest the need for more drugs? Are permanent health and healing possible?”

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of the animal that are not functioning normally, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) focuses on systematically restoring what is out of balance and affecting the quality of an animal’s life as a whole. This ancient method of treating illness uses acupuncture alongside other modalities such as acupressure, massage, nutrition, herbs, exercise and meditation. TCM practitioners believe that health can be defined as a state of harmony; if the body moves out of harmony with itself and the external

environment, dis-ease and energy stagnation occur. TCM aims to unblock this stagnation and return the body to harmony and health. Although acupuncture has been used to treat humans for some 5,000 years, the first recorded application to an animal was about 3,500 years ago, when an elephant was treated for stomach bloat. Treatment of farm animals in rural China and Korea soon followed, but written evidence of its use on household pets has been documented only from the 20th century. From the Latin acus, meaning “needle,” and p u n g e r e , m e a n i n g “ t o p i e rc e ,” practitioners place tiny, thin, sterile needles under the skin at precise points, with the intention of moving chi (pronounced CHEE) around the body to prevent or treat disease. I n 1 9 7 4 , Th e I n t e r n a t i o n a l Veterinary Acupuncture Society was founded to help educate and direct veterinarians in integrating TCM and acupuncture into their practices. The society has since become the premier governing and licensing body for veterinary acupuncturists, with more than 500 licensed practitioners in the United States alone. It’s vital to note that because most states classify acupuncture as a surgical procedure, it can only be legally practiced by a licensed veterinarian certified in acupuncture. These same states often similarly restrict the practice of acupressure (applying pressure to acupuncture points, instead of placing needles, to move energy around in the body). This is important to understand, because if a pet owner engages an unlicensed, non-certified practitioner, he

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Veterinary acupuncture is used to treat conditions ranging from muscle injuries and paralysis to arthritis and neurologic, gastrointestinal and reproductive disorders. It is also frequently used as a maintenance procedure for healthy, athletic animals that participate in performance competitions. Many thoroughbred racehorses, for example, receive regular treatments. Veterinary acupuncturists develop and implement treatment plans based upon each animal’s needs, including the recommended frequency of treatment, plus the anatomical points that must be stimulated for successful outcomes. Dealing with acute problems usually involves more frequent treatments in initial stages that then taper off within a few weeks. While any illness or health problem can be treated using acupuncture alone, if a pet experiences a chronic, recurring health issue, it will likely benefit from a TCM program that also includes complementary, customized, nutritional and behavioral modifications. Veterinary acupuncturists often recommend herbs and nutritional supplements to help improve overall health. The focus is always on achieving long-term balance and harmony and preventing future illness, while treating current ailments. Depending on their specialized

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How do you know if you can truly afford a home?

Renting Isn’t Throwing Your Money Away


t only took a sixth grade math assignment on investing in the stock market for Peter Dunn to know that he wanted to work in the world of finance. “Even then I loved the way money affected people differently,” says Dunn, a.k.a. “Pete the Planner”. Now an awardwinning comedian and financial mind, Pete was honored as one of Indy’s Best and Brightest in 2007 in the category of finance and in 2009 in the category of Media, Entertainment, and Sports. A regular financial analyst on WISH TV, and author of What Your Dad Never Taught You About Budgeting, the founder of Advanced Planning Solutions uses his super quick wit and financial expertise to address everything from how to teach children about money to how to communicate better with your spouse about ever-so-delicate finances. Natural Awakenings asked Pete to give readers a sound financial tip for 2012. He quickly suggested dispelling a long held homeownership myth that can save money and credit ratings. 28

Why do you want to dispel the myth of homeownership? In our present soft real estate market there are thousands of “renters” who are thinking about buying a home because they have been led to believe that renting is throwing money away. Just like Justin Bieber’s music, I’ve heard that homeownership myth 10 million times. Unfortunately, it’s an ugly phrase that has been passed down from Baby Boomers who don’t know what they are talking about.

When does renting really make sense?

Renting makes a tremendous amount of sense in many different situations, especially if you are contemplating “buying” a house, which you can’t afford. I find that many people are surprised to learn that affording a home (in terms of buying it) isn’t as simple as affording the payment. In fact, the problem is that the majority of potential homebuyers believe that they can move into a house and pay a mortgage equal

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Affording the payment is certainly part of it. Your mortgage payment, including tax and insurance, should not exceed 25% of your net (take home pay) household income. My magic down payment number is 10%. While you don’t technically need have to 10%, I believe that if you can’t afford to scrape together 10% of the value of the home you are considering purchasing, then frankly you truly can’t afford to own the home. The proven ability to save money is an invaluable step in home ownership. If the dishwasher goes out, the property taxes go up, or if you want your home to have great landscaping, you need money. My 10% home equity requirement isn’t about home equity; it’s about proving that you have the ability to save significant money on a regular basis. I have had to clean up the pieces of hundreds of financial situations that are the result of buying instead of renting. There always is the exception to the rule; however, the rule isn’t “renting is throwing your money away”. For more information, visit


In the Year 2012 Dispelling the Mystery by Linda Sechrist

Searching “Maya 2012” online yields a morass of some 10 million results, so Natural Awakenings sought clarity about the phenomenon of expected world change associated with December 21, 2012, by focusing on what leading authorities have to say.


ohn Major Jenkins, a respected 2012 author of Maya Cosmogenesis 2012 and The 2012 Story, and director of The Center for 2012 Studies, created contemporary awareness of the galactic alignment of the sun with the center of the Milky Way galaxy, which underlies the famous 2012 cycle-ending date on a winter solstice. His studies of the original Mayan calendar, located in Izapa, supported the true day count of the Mayan Long Count calendar. Jenkins points out that according to the calculations of astronomer Jean Meeus, this alignment began around 1980 and will end around 2016. “Meeus’ calculations support my belief that the alignment occurs over time, rather than precisely on December 21, 2012,” advises Jenkins. Robert Sitler’s long-standing personal relationships with today’s Maya and formal study of their living communities in Mexico and Guatemala inform his latest book, The Living Maya: Ancient Wisdom in the Era of 2012. He serves as director of Latin American studies at Stetson University, in DeLand, Florida. Both experts agree that December 21, 2012signals neither the end of the world nor the conclusion of the complex Mayan calendar; it is however, the end of the 13-Bak’tun cycle of 5,125 years. The calendrical cosmology indicates that this period comes to fruition on December 21, 2012, the northern hemisphere’s winter solstice. “Nothing in any of the ancient hieroglyphs refers to the end of the world,” advises Sitler. He further notes that contemporary Mayas’ strong environmental ethic aptly supports the needed shift in consciousness forecasted for 2012. From Jenkins’ perspective, the shift is what the ancient Maya saw as a transformation and renewal involving an awakening of consciousness. “It is a misconception that the awakening will automatically happen on December twenty-first.” He explains that Mayan spiritual teachings intended to empower individuals and provide guidelines for

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Soup’s On!

Healthy Choices Kids Love by Claire O’Neil


hat’s a surefire way to get kids dashing to the dinner table? Simmer up a batch of hearty soup and then sit back and watch it disappear,” says Ken Haedrich. “Kids love soup,” he maintains, “because it’s warm and soothing and slurpy.” A former navy Seabee and author of the classic Soup Makes the Meal, Haedrich is a father to four grown children. “Besides being kidfriendly, soup has other advantages,” he

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“This light, restorative soup is so delicious you don’t have to be sick to enjoy it,” says Bond. “Either way, its luscious fragrance helps clear sinuses, and the potatoes soothe the digestive tract. It’s a delightful broth, filled with spinach, parsley, leeks and garlic, that yields minerals, vitamins and healing antioxidants, with some winter root vegetables for sweetness. A steaming bowlful on a cold winter day is wonderfully comforting.” Serves 4 to 5 1½ Tbsp olive oil 1 large leek, well washed, white parts


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continues. “It can be made ahead of time, and you’ll probably end up with leftovers—a bonus for busy families.” Soup is also a great way to get kids interested in vegetables and in cooking. “Starting at around 2 years old, kids want to be in charge of what they eat, just like they want to choose their own clothes,” says Beth Bader, author of The Cleaner Plate Club. So Bader and her daughter Amelie started entertaining fresh ways of looking at food. At the

grocery store or farmers’ market, for example, they played “I Spy,” as in “I spy something purple that tastes like.... Amelie could pick any vegetable and we’d figure out how to cook it at home—often in soup,” says Bader. Chicken broth-based soups may also boost immunity and help battle the sniffles, according to researchers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Stephen Rennard and his colleagues found that properties of chicken soup help soothe sore throats and ease other cold symptoms. Soups made with vegetable broths likewise offer anti-inflammatory properties and comforting goodness, maintains green living expert Annie B. Bond. Inspired by Haedrich’s book, Bond added her own spin to this soup for her daughter.

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only, chopped 1 large carrot, peeled and diced small 1 large potato, diced small 1 parsnip, peeled and diced small 4 cloves garlic, minced 5 cups vegetable stock Sea salt to taste Handful fresh parsley leaves, chopped 4 oz (large handful) fresh spinach leaves, rinsed and coarsely chopped Freshly ground black pepper to taste 1. In a soup pot, heat the olive oil and add leeks, carrot, potato, parsnip and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, over medium heat about 5 minutes. Add stock and salt to taste, and then bring to a simmer. 2. Simmer soup, partially covered, for about 5 minutes, and then stir in parsley and spinach. Simmer, partially covered, about 5 more minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Add pepper to taste and serve piping hot.

Winter Vegetable Soup

This recipe is adapted from The Cleaner Plate Club: More Than 100 Recipes for Real Food Your Kids Will Love, by Beth Bader and Ali Benjamin. “Parmesan rinds are the secret to a rich flavor in nearly any soup,” advises Bader, the mother of a 6-year-old. “When you finish up a wedge of Parmesan cheese, save the rind and freeze it for later use. When you add the rind to a hot soup, it will melt a bit and little pieces of Parmesan will blend into the soup. ” Tip: She finds farro, an ancient strain of grain, in the bulk foods aisle. Makes 12 servings 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 2 /3 c u p c h o p p e d c a r r o t ( a b o u t 3 medium carrots)

FEBRUARY healthy mind plus: relationships /3 cup chopped celery (about 3 stalks) 2 garlic cloves, minced 10 cups vegetable or chicken stock 1 Tbsp dried summer savory 2 tsp dried thyme 2 bay leaves 2 small Parmesan rinds, optional 1 lb sweet potatoes, peeled and diced small (¼-inch cubes) 1 lb winter squash, peeled and diced small (¼-inch cubes) 1 cup farro, rinsed and drained or 1 cup lentils, rinsed, sorted and drained 1 bunch (about 12 oz) kale or chard greens, stemmed and chopped Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 2

1. Warm the oil over medium-low heat and add the onion, carrot and celery. Sweat this combination, known as a mirepoix, until the onion is translucent. 2. Add the stock and the savory, thyme and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Add the sweet potato, squash and Parmesan rinds, and then simmer for 30 minutes. 3. Add the farro or lentils and simmer for 30 more minutes (or until the lentils, if present, are al dente).

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4. Add the greens, and simmer for 5 more minutes. 5. Remove the bay leaf and Parmesan rinds. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve. Annie B. Bond blogs and writes at Beth Bader blogs at and Claire O’Neil is a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO. natural awakenings




Take a Hike

Hiking With Indy Club is More Then Just Leg Work

by Beth Davis


any of us may think hiking i s o n l y f o r t h e wa r m e r months, but members of the Indianapolis Hiking Club say it just isn’t so. Since the Club’s inception in 1957, members have been hiking 52 weeks per year—come rain, shine, sleet or snow. In fact, many actually prefer the cooler months. The key, says Club member, Marsha Webster, is dressing for the season and having the right clothing items for colder conditions. For hikers, that usually means layers—bulky coats won’t do—and ensuring that hands and feet are protected. Webster suggests gloves; thin, tight fitting socks; and insulated, waterproof boots. “Hiking is a relatively inexpensive way to stay fit and truly enjoy the outdoors,” she says. “The main thing is to be prepared. So, if rain is expected, have your rain gear.” When the Club was formed by a group of Hoosiers who liked to hike and work on conservation projects, the founders stated the Club’s purpose was “to encourage a love of nature through the promotion of outdoor recreation in the form of hikes and outings, and to sponsor other activities incidental to the foregoing.” Although membership has grown from 82 members in its first year to over 700 members today (making it one of the largest hiking organizations in the country), the group has always remained faithful to the goals of the founding members. According to Webster, though hiking is certainly the main focus of the Club—in 2011 they scheduled a record 2,262 hikes—the friendships and camaraderie built are just as important. “It is such a wonderful way to meet people and to see parts of the city and surrounding areas that some of us may not have done otherwise,” she explains. According to Webster, hikes are 32

scheduled every day of the year and include morning, afternoon and evening choices on most weekdays and a variety of moderate and long distance options every weekend. During 2011, the Club visited most Indiana state parks and forests, the Hoosier National Forest, the Knobstone Trail, nature conservatories, wildlife refuges and numerous rural communities in Indiana and nearby states. For 2012, extended trips are already planned to Smoky Mountains National Park, Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes in Michigan, Rocky Mountains NP in Colorado, and Shaker Village in Kentucky. In addition to daily hikes, the Club also hosts a Christmas party, summer picnic, social and business meetings and weekend overnights, often in conjunction with other hiking clubs. And though members must be at least 18 years of age, all skill levels—from beginner to advanced—are welcome. Dues are $20 per year for an individual and $30 per year per couple. For more information, visit

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Raw-Cocoa, High-Antioxidant Diet Produces Significant Weight Loss


recent study has found that overweight or obese individuals who consumed an antioxidant-rich, raw-cocoa based meal-replacement shake over a twelveweek span were able to lose significant weight. The study is the first of its kind to comprehensively show that a high-antixoidant diet, particularly one featuring unprocessed cocoa, can effectively help promote healthy weight loss. The study was published in the December, 2011 issue of the American Journal of Bariatric Medicine.

“ Fe w s t u d i e s h ave specifically investigated the association of high antioxidant foods such as raw cocoa with safe and effective weight control. Our study is the first to truly examine this relationship, and its findings were very pronounced,” said Machiel N. Kennedy, MD, the study’s lead author. Fifty people, in the age range of 26-73 years, were chosen from other 250 applicants. The participants were either overweight or obese measured by MBI criteria set by the World Health Organization. The participants were to consume a high antioxidant meal replacement shake and at least three pieces of high-antioxidant healthy chocolate pieces made from raw

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Burning Bowl New Year’s Day Service – 1011:15am. Rid yourself of unhealthy emotional attachments by writing what you wish to forgive or release from the past on flash paper. The paper is then placed in a bowl of fire. Letters to God setting intentions for 2012 will also be written. Free. Unity Church of Indpls, 907 N Delaware St., Indpls. 317-635-4066.



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Creating the Work You Love – 9:30 am 12:30 pm. Designed to help you find clarity, vision and the courage to imagine doing work that is soul satisfying. $40 includes full set of materials. Don’t wait – your time is now! Elaine Voci Life Skills Coaching, LLC 11805 N. Pennsylvania St. Carmel. 317-730-5481; register at

Lightened Dishes to Lose Inches Cooking Class – 5:30-6:30pm. Chop, cook and eat well! Join the fun and learn how to prepare food that will keep you “on plan” and on your way to a lifetime of healthy living without the excess weight. $35. Reinventing Wellness, 8725 Gordonshire Dr., Indpls. 317-408-0110.

Restorative Yoga – 2-3:30pm. This gentle type of yoga releases the body at a deep level. All poses are done on the floor and supported by various props. $20., 6520 East 82nd St., Suite 218, Indpls.



White Stone Ceremony Service – 10-11:15am. A meaningful ceremony based on the bible passage “. . .and I will give a white stone, and on the white stone is written a new name that no one knows except the one who receives it.” Participants may write a word or name, on white stones from the Holy Land that symbolizes a new beginning for 2012. Don Treadwell leads the service. Free. Unity Church of Indpls, 907 N Delaware St., Indpls. 317-635-4066.


Spiritual Healing Class – 1-2:30pm. Spiritual Healing, led by Unity Minister, Don Treadwell, explores the spiritual dimensions of the healing process using the book, “The Dynamic Laws of Healing “ by Catherine Ponder. An afternoon and evening session each meet on four consecutive Mondays beginning on January 9. Evening session: 6:30 to 8:00 pm. By Donation. Unity Church of Indpls, 907 N Delaware St., Indpls. 317-635-4066.


Lose Weight and Resolve Eating Issues for the New Year – 6-7:15pm. 4 wks. Lose weight, change eating habits, reduce food cravings. Use the proven techniques of EFT and hypnosis. $15 per session. 5038 E. 56th St., Indpls. 317-4454203. Jose Arguelles Screening and Discussion on Unified Field – 7-8:30pm. Explore topics like Vladimir Vernadsky’s noosphere, the Global Consciousness Project, how ancient mystical traditions addressed this cosmic force, and how we might influence and utilize the Unified Field to assist the evolution of our species. Free. Evolver Indpls. Earth House Collective, 237 North East St.,

Fearless Living: Handling Life’s Peaks & Valleys with Grace – 6:30-8am. What would life be like if you discovered that no one was against you? The entire universe is ready to work with you to have your needs met, obligations fulfilled, and your desires demonstrated. 7-week class, taught by Rev. Bob Uhlar, is based on the book “The I of the Storm”, by Gary Simmons. By Donation. Unity Church of Indpls, 907 N Delaware St., Indpls. 317-635-4066. Five-Course French Wine Dinner – 6-9pm. This special evening will pair an exquisite organic menu with the specialty wines of France, led by a Sommelier from Chicago. The Loft Restaurant. Traders Point Creamery, 9101 Moore Rd, Zionsville. 317-733-1700. Healthy Chocolate Weight Loss Symposium – 7pm. Come hear the benefits of high-antioxidant raw-cocoa. Caribbean Cove Waterpark, Hotel & Conference Center (formerly the Holiday Inn North at the Pyramids). Free. 3850 Depauw Boulevard  Indpls. (317) 872-9790. Joyce 317-3632262.


Wellness Class – 7pm. Feelings and emotions featuring Marilyn York. Hampton Inn, 2311 N Shadeland Ave., Indpls. Virginia Biasizzo. 617-990-6979. Raw Food Workshop, Film Screening & Cooking Demo – 5:30-8:30pm. Learning the philosophy and science of eating vegan raw and living foods with raw food chef Allie McFee. A screening of the film, Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days will be shown at 5:30 pm. $5. Evolver Indpls. Earth House Collective, 237 North East St., Indpls.


Introduction to Meditation – 2-4:45pm. Sun 9am12pm. Learn meditation for a focused mind, lowered blood pressure and improved health, freedom from stress, and inner tranquility. Non-sectarian. $105. Inner Peace Yoga Center, 5038 E 56th St., Indpls. 317-257-9642.

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daily FLOW: Can You See the River?Exhibit – Daily through Feb. 2012. Reveals important and unique elements of the White River water system through a series of installations at stopping points along the river and the canal, engaging visitors and increasing awareness of the watershed and the role that it plays in the life of the city and its inhabitants. Free. Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis. Pilates Reformer Classes – Mon–Sat. No Sun classes. Visit website for times. Engage the mind with the body to create exercises that involve whole body movement. $20-$35. Inner You Pilates, 14950 Greyhound Ct, Indianapolis. 317571-8367. Yoga Classes – Mon-Sun. Visit website for times. Classes range from Hot Vinyasa to Yin to Slow Flow. Flourish Yoga + Wellbeing, 10138 Brooks School Rd, Fishers. 317-841-0103. FlourishYoga.Biz.

sunday Dharma For Kids – 11am-12:15pm. Suitable for ages 4-11. Children learn how to develop harmony, confidence and methods to calm the mind. The topics of both classes will correlate to foster parent/child discussion after class. $5 per child. Snacks included. Dromtonpa Kadampa Buddhist Center, 6018 N. Keystone Ave, Indianapolis. 317374-5281. Kundalini Yoga – 11am-12:15pm. Starts Jan. 8. All levels. A unique blend of posture, breathwork, meditation and chanting. Currently working through the chakras. Modifications available for any fitness level. $7. Cityoga, 2442 N Central Ave, Indianapolis. 317-430-3875. HariDattiKaur@hotmail. Prayers For World Peace with Mandy Vickery – 11am-12:15pm. All welcome. Increase and maintain a happy, positive mind. Free/Donation. Dromtonpa Kadampa Buddhist Center, 6018 N. Keystone Ave, Indianapolis. 317-374-5281. Sahaja Meditation – 12-1pm. A simple and spontaneous meditation technique, which destresses mind, improves attention and brings inner peace and joy harnessing one’s own inner energy. Free. Old National Bank, 6135 N College Ave, Indianapolis. 317-300-4560. Warming Up to Hot Vinyasa – 2-3:15pm. Class for those new to yoga or anxious about the idea of practicing yoga in a hot room. $17. Flourish Yoga + Wellbeing, 10138 Brooks School Rd, Fishers. 317-841-0103. FlourishYoga.Biz.


Meditation Basics – 6:15-7:30pm. 4 Tuesdays beginning Jan. 10. Learn to prepare the body and mind for meditation. We’ll cover breathing techniques, tips for sitting, and working with the mind. Great for those new to meditation. breath., 6520 East 82nd St. Suite 218 Indpls. 317-502-5630.


Sommelier’s Wine Special on select organic & sustainable wines. The Loft Restaurant, Traders Point Creamery, 9101 Moore Rd, Zionsville 317733-1700.

Slow Flow Yoga – 8am. Donation. Pilates Wellness Studio, 1233 Parkway Dr., Zionsville. 317-8732163.


Farmers’ Market at the City Market – 10am1pm. Market Street between Delaware and Alabama sts, Indianapolis. 317-634-9266.

Therapeutic Yoga – 5pm. Donation. Pilates Wellness Studio, 1233 Parkway Dr., Zionsville. 317873-2163. All-Level Vinyasa Flow – 5:30-6:30pm. Flow through poses and put the mind in touch with the body. Modifications offered. 317-870-7220. Optimal Wellness Center, 4545 Northwestern Dr, Ste A, Zionsville. Simply Meditate – 7-8pm. Meditation Classes for Beginners. Learn meditation to relax the body and mind, achieve inner peace and mental clarity and develop a kind and patient attitude toward everybody. $10/$5 Students. Dromtonpa Kadampa Buddhist Center, 6018 N. Keystone Ave, Indianapolis. 317-374-5281 or Kundalini Yoga – 7 – 8:15pm. Starts January 9th. All Levels. Become consciously conscious with the yoga of awareness. A unique blend of posture, breathwork, meditation and chanting. Modifications available for any fitness level; bring a yoga mat. $12 w class pkg / $15 for drop-in. Pinecone Center, 841 W. 53rd St. (Rocky Ripple), Indianapolis.

tuesday Restorative Yoga – 11:30am. Flourish Yoga + Wellbeing, 10138 Brooks School Rd, Fishers. 317-841-0103. FlourishYoga.Biz.

Yoga for Healing the Heart – 5:45-7pm. Yoga for those recovering from stress, grief, life crisis. Yoga – 6pm. Beginner and advanced levels. Stillpoint Family Chiropractic, 9780 Lantern Rd, Ste 230, Fishers. 317-863-0365. Laughter Yoga – 7:15pm. Every 3rd Tuesday. Laugh yourself healthy with Laughter Yoga. Free. Stillpoint Family Chiropractic, 9780 Lantern Road, Suite 230, Fishers. 317-863-0365. Nia Dance – 5:45-6:45pm. Movement class to music for your body, mind, emotions and spirit, drawing from the dance, martial, and healing arts. $10/ class or $40/5-class pass. First class free. Earth House, 237 N. East St. Indpls. Rhonda Vaughn. 317-201-9659.

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Power Yoga – 12:30-1:30pm. This high energy class will feature fun music and allow you to move from one pose to the next with a strong focus on your breath. The class will build strength, flexibility, and mental focus. 317-870-7220. Optimal Wellness Center, 4545 Northwestern Dr, Ste A, Zionsville. Adventure Yoga for Kids – 4:15-5pm. Ages 4 to 8. With today’s hectic schedules, it is so important to teach your kids how to relax and take care of their bodies. With the use of imagery and children’s stories, we explore a wide variety of yoga poses and breathing techniques. 317-870-7220. Optimal Wellness Center, 4545 Northwestern Dr, Ste A, Zionsville. Half Price Glasses of Wine – 5-9pm. Choose from a selection of organic & sustainable wines for half the price. The Loft Restaurant, Traders Point Creamery, 9101 Moore Rd, Zionsville. 317-7331700. Sahaja Meditation – 7-8pm. A simple and spontaneous meditation technique, which destresses mind, improves attention and brings inner peace and joy harnessing one’s own inner energy. Free. Old National Bank, 4950 E. County Line Rd., Greenwood. 317-300-4560. Health & Wellness Class – 7pm. Every 2nd Wednesday. First class free/$5. Whitewillow Integrative Health Specialist. Hampton Inn, 2311 N. Shadeland Ave, Indpls.

thursday Half Price Bottles of Wine – 5-9pm. Organic and sustainable bottles of wine are half price.. The Loft Restaurant, Traders Point Creamery, 9101 Moore Rd, Zionsville. Beginner Yoga – 6-7 pm. A relaxing, slow paced class where we practice basic yoga poses. Gentle, relaxing poses are held longer than in a flow class. Beginners welcome. 317-870-7220. Optimal Wellness Center, 4545 Northwestern Dr, Ste A, Zionsville. Free Community Drum Circle – 6:45-8pm. All ages/experience welcome. Free. Hand Drum instruction class prior to the drum circle at 6:15-6:45pm. $5. Bongo Boy Recreational Music and Wellness Center, 8481 Bash Street Ste 1100, Indpls. 317-771-0241.

Live Music – 5-9pm. Start the weekend off right with a farm-to-table dinner, organic glass of wine, and live musical performances every Friday night at The Loft Restaurant! Traders Point Creamery, 9101 Moore Rd, Zionsville. 317-733-1700.

saturday Continental Breakfast – 9-11am. Rise and shine! The Loft offers an enticing spread of organic, freshly made breakfast favorites every Saturday morning. Traders Point Creamery, 9101 Moore Rd, Zionsville. 317-733-1700. Winter Green Market – 9-12pm. Shop our vendors to find the best selection in local organic products. The Green Market, 9101 Moore Rd, Zionsville. Yoga for Kids – 10-11:15 a.m. at Peace through Yoga in the heart of Eagle Creek Park. Six classes/$30. Book Study – 9am-12noon. Second Sat/month. Now Creations founder, Vince Lisi, leads a book study and currently studying the New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. Fishers United Methodist Church, 9196 E 116th St, Fishers. Visit for details.

Kids Rhythm Club – 10:45-11:30am. Participate in “kids drum circle” and explore recreational music making through rhythm and rhythm based games. Recommended ages for kids: 3-12, Parents are encouraged to participate. $5. Bongo Boy Recreational Music and Wellness Center, 8481 Bash Street Ste 1100, Indianapolis. 317-771-0241. Introduction to Yoga – 12:30-2pm. Second Saturday of every month. Free. All People Yoga Center, 1724 E. 86 St, Indy. 317-818-1800. Yoga – 12:30pm. Beginner and advanced levels. Stillpoint Family Chiropractic, 9780 Lantern Rd, Ste 230, Fishers. 317-863-0365.

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HSI is the first choice in providing direct services for shelter cats and dogs, including adoption, foster home placement, behavior training, appropriate medical care, and affordable spay/neuter services.



Individualized nutritional, vitamin supplement, exercise, and hormone replacement therapy treatment plan for men and women called the G.A.M.E. PLAN. Regain vigor and a zest for life. See ad on page 13.


2001 Bridgeport Rd, Indianapolis, 317-241-2661

Jameson Camp is a resource for the entire Indianapolis community. We offer anywhere from summer camp programming to retreat or meeting spaces to suit your needs.



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Health & Wellness Class – 7pm. Every 3rd Thursday. First class free/$5. Whitewillow Integrative Health Specialist. Hampton Inn, 2311 N. Shadeland Ave, Indpls.

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Meditations For Everyday Life – 7-8:30pm. Current Series: How to Solve Human Problems. $10. Dromtonpa Kadampa Buddhist Center, 6018 N. Keystone Ave, Indianapolis. 317-374-5281 or


9780 Lantern Rd., Ste. 230, Fishers 317-863-0365

Chiropractic focused wellness care concerned with the entire patient, not just symptoms. Office care centered around optimizing the nervous system and thereby optimizing life. See ad on pages 12 and 25.


5501 E. 71st St., Ste A, Indianapolis 317-259-0796

We promote a “cleansing” lifestyle that focuses on balancing the inner ecosystem at our colon hydrotherapy center. This lifestyle incorporates regular internal cleansing, detoxification and nourishment programs. See ad on page 27.



A delicious, diabeticfriendly, unprocessed Belgian chocolate with more antioxidants in one 33-calorie piece than 1/2 pound of raw spinach. No preservatives or caffeine. See ad on page 10. natural awakenings

April Jordan, Independent Distributor 317-937-2398

Therapeutic-grade essential oils; organicallypure; over 130 Essential Oils for health, kids, pets; Plus, essential oilenhanced nutritional supplements and products for kids, personal care, dental, home. Income opportunities also available. January



Understand why the Wise Men brought Frankincense to the Christ-child and why essential oils are mentioned 200 times in the Bible. Call for free CD.


4545 Northwestern Dr., Ste. A, Zionsville 317-870-7220

Dr. Montieth offers natural, safe and effective treatments for the entire family. Natural hormone balancing, fibromyalgia, fatigue, depression, anxiety, seizures, attention, focus and more. See ad on pages 19 and 24.



Nancy Arden, Independent Distributor 317-695-3594



11805 North Pennsylvania Street, Carmel 317-730-5481

Since 1995 - specializing in career coaching, managing transitions, and monthly Intent Heals Journal Workshops. Awaken to your best self through a workshop or individual




Sarah Stout CCN, HHC, Raw Foods Chef 317-408-0110


Offering a distinctive and broad selection of natural and organic foods, supplements, beauty products, and apparel. Family owned and operated since 1971. See ad on page 16.

9101 Moore Rd., Zionsville 317-733-1700

Indiana’s only year-round market, bringing you sustainably produced local goods. Winter hours, Saturdays from 9am-12pm. See ad on page 24.


9101 Moore Rd., Zionsville 317-733-1700

This artisan dairy farm is a serene break from the city hustle. Serving Brunch, Lunch & Dinner for the ultimate organic farm to table experience!  See ad on page 7. 38



Serving NW Indy, Zionsville & Carmel 317-224-5243

Professional in-home cat and dog care, dog walking and house sitting. We’ll make sure your pets enjoy your vacation as much as you do!


Barbara Manley, RN, MS 8499 Fishers Center Drive, Fishers 317-753-1167

It is my goal to lead you deeper into an understanding of your true self to facilitate healing and transformation through integrative therapies. See ad on page 7.

Enjoy a variety of certified organic produce through the Community Supported Agriculture program and buy locally grown certified organic seeds and seedlings. TRADERS POINT CREAMERY, THE LOFT RESTAURANT & DAIRY BAR

Offering a variety of nutritional and holistic health counseling services. Specializing in raw foods certifications, private cooking classes, corporate services, and menu planning. See ad on pages 16 and 17.

WHITEWILLOW INTEGRATIVE   HEALTH SPECIALIST 740 E. 52nd St., Ste 11, Indianapolis 617-990-6979

Indianapolis/Crossroads of America

More than twenty years experience successfully managing symptoms of chronic illness. Free Consultations. See ad on page 24.




6350 Guilford Avenue, Indianapolis 317-253-3709




Avon - Rockville Rd Broad Ripple - 62nd St. & Keystone Greenwood - County Line & Emerson Noblesville - S.R. 37 North of 32

Greatest selection of products that improve your pet’s well-being. See ad on page 26.



YELENA PHOTOGRAPHER OF JOY 812-333-8178 924 West 17th Street, Bloomington

Award-Winning Belarusian-American Photographer and Costume Stylist offering Magical Portrait Art Celebrating You, Your Family and Your Life. Creating images with the light of joy. See ad on page 3.


Planet Soul is on a mission to UNIFY the world through kindness, respect and service rooted in the belief We Are One. Join us. See ad on page 10.


You r sou rce for Anusara© Vinyasa, Restor at ive a nd Prenatal yoga. Wellt rained teachers guide you skillfully towards personal wellness on all levels. Private lessons available.

14535B Hazel Dell Parkway, Carmel 317-703-4431

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Carmel City Center, 711 Veteran’s Way 317-777-0896

Devoted to providing high-quality items via Fair Trade, environmentally friendly goodies and organic skin care products that are made with all of nature’s wonders. See ad on pages 11.


6520 E. 82nd St., Ste. 218, Indianapolis 317-502-5630

Enjoy smaller classes with personalized instruction. Exercise your body then join us for meditation, offered several times each week. Early morning and lunch classes available.





8609 E. 116th Street, Fishers 317-915-9642


A family-owned wellness center integrating the modalities of yoga and massage into the medical system of Carmel Riverview Rehab. Linda Banter and son Eric Banter. See ad on page 24.



Peaceful, Natural Skin Care. No chemicals, no synthetics, just plant-based ingredients. Products include Face Cleansers, Serums, Moisturizers, Body Oils, Hand and Nail Creams, and Healthy Balms. See ad on page 7.

10138 Brooks School Road, Fishers 317-841-0103

Featuring Hot Vinyasa, other yoga classes, private instruction, therapeutic massage, and counseling services. Our mission is to guide and nurture you to manifest infinite possibilities. See ad on page 9. PEACE THROUGH YOGA


450 E. 96th Street, Ste 500, Indpls 317-370-5111

State-of-the Art thermal imaging scans are non-invasive, radiation free, affordable, no prescription required, and painless. Get results fast for any area of the body. See ad on page 33.

In the heart of Eagle Creek Park 317-679-1168

Feel at peace at the end of a yoga class with a natural realignment of your body and a natural realignment of your perception of life. See ad on page 6. natural awakenings

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317-862-6332 January




ACUPUNCTURE Angelica Kokkalis

Zionsville, 765-497-0817 (20%*)


Carmel, 317-730-5481 (20%*)

Metabolic Balance of Indiana, LLC

Perk Up Café

Indpls, 317-251-0033 (10%*)

CHIROPRACTOR Family Care Chiropractic Indpls, 317-580-1800 (10%*)

Stillpoint Family Chiropractic Fishers, 317-863-0365 (50%*)

Zionsville Holistic Chiropractic & Wellness Ctr. Zionsville, 317-733-9630 (20%*)

COACHING Cool Lime Life

Indpls, 317-724-8592 (15-25%)

ENERGY WORK Classical Systems

Indpls, 317-498-9822

317-564-2333 (10%*)


Carmel, 317-574-9500 (15%*)

MASSAGE Be Bliss Indpls, 317-501-7606 (-$10*)

Champissage Indianapolis Indpls, 317-385-0280 (-$10/45min)

Forest Aura Wellness

Indpls, 317-213-4523 ($45/60min)

Living Hands Integrated Therapeutic Massage, LLC

Indpls, 213-4523 ($45/60min)

Mother Nature’s Sun


Indpls, 317-253-5683 (-$15)

Therapeutic Massage (-$25)

Nature’s Karma

Carmel, 317-843-9999 (15%*)

SKINCARE Clenapure

Indpls, (10%)

Frangipani Body Products Indpls, (15%*)

Skin Wellness

Carmel, 317-777-0495 (Free Waxing*)

THERAPIST Complete Life Management, LLC Carmel, 317-650-1086 (20%)

Nicole Burgess Indpls, 317-840-0490 (20%*)

Renewal, LLC

Carmel, 317-730-5155 (20%*)

YOGA Inner Peace Yoga Center

Indpls, 317-257-9642 (33%*)

Carmel, 317-641-4835 (25%*)

Z-Coil Pain Relief Footwear

Avon, 317-272-9264 (Free Knotty Boy Laces)

FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE Optimal Wellness Center

Zionsville, 317-870-7220 (20%*)

GREEN CLEANING Organically Clean

Indpls, 317-469-3201 (5%)

HOLISTIC MEDICINE Geist Age Mgmt Experts, P.C. Fishers, 317-752-8958 (33%*)


Elaine Voci Life Skills Coaching, llc


Indpls, 617-990-6979 (25%)

WildRose Wellness Arts, LLC Bloomington, 812-272-1850 (5%*)

MEDIATION Providence Mediation

Fishers, 317-572-8366 (-$15/hr)

NUTRITION Reinventing Wellness

Indpls, 317-408-0110 (20% or -$5*)

OPTOMETRIST Eyes For Wellness

Indpls, 317-818-0541 (15%*)

PET STORE Pet Supplies Plus

Indpls, (Free Dog Wash)

PILATES Inner You Pilates Carmel, 317-571-8367 (15%*)

Mind, Body, Harmony


Indpls, 317-442-6123 (BOGO)

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We are NOW building our Central Indiana Provider Network. To become a NAN Provider contact Nancy Caniff @ 317-862-6332 or email

Welcome to our new providers! NAN members can receive special discounts from our network providers. Memberships available soon.

*See for details on network providers Indianapolis/Crossroads of America and offered discounts. Some exclusions apply to specific offers.

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