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4 5 GO-GREEN IDEAS WHEN GIFT-GIVING FOR THE HOLIDAYS

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8 PATIENT PETS Hospital allows cats and dogs to visit ill owners

9 AMERICA OUTDONE Venezuela Bans GMOs local flavor

6 DEUX LOCAL RIGHT 5 Reasons to Buy Louisiana

10 REVEILLON DINNERS A New Orleans Family Tradition

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12 KALE AND APPLE SALAD 18 EMDR SESSIONS WITH CITRUS VINAIGRETTE FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL by Chef Baker of Ye Olde College Inn

TRAUMA with Glo Therapeutics

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14 HEALTHY HOLIDAY LIBATIONS

Restorative Drinks Revive Good Cheer

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16 FIT NOLA FORUM 20 FITNESS 2017 New Year's Resolutions that Stick

22 GIFT GUIDE For movers & shakers NALAMAG.com

24 DECEMBER EVENTS 26 PLAN AHEAD & LAGNIAPPE

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ew Orleans is a city based on giving. The idea of giving to others is embedded in our blood. Some call it Southern Hospitality, but at its core, it is a deep desire to give love to all. As we approach this holiday season, we are cocooned with that extra thought of giving back to others. People are cheerful with each other as they wish good tidings for the holiday season. It is a constant thought that is implemented in our every action throughout the last few weeks of the year. It is around this time that people reflect on the good fortune that they’ve had in their own lives and try to give back to those who are less fortunate. Whether it is a simple smile, a donation, or their time, the holiday season makes us strive to improve the lives of those around us. Although our Southern roots ensure that we often refer to others in terms of endearment—the classic honey, sugar, darlin’, and others, there is an added layer in the holiday season that pushes us to not only give our kind words, but to give our kind actions. Melissa Burbank is the publisher of this magazine. Her beautiful son Jackson (aka Jax)

is a 3rd grade student at Lusher. Their school motto is a very poignant “Be Kind.” It is something that is central to their teachings at the school. This concept of practicing kindness as a core concept in our lives is one which I myself have tried to adopt into my being. People feel deeply and passionately for their values and beliefs. So often this is wrought not with a desire to reach understanding but with anger and hate. Kindness is a concept that we as people of this world need to employ in every aspect of our lives. It is our job as defenders of our values to not promote diatribes or anger, but foster kindness spouting messages of hope and community. In the South we all know the saying “You catch more flies with honey than vinegar.” This favorite old saying is not only true but essential for progress. It is human nature to react defensively when we feel our values being attacked. The wonderful thing about humanity is our many differences. Finding a way to practice constant kindness is the only way to ensure a peaceful and progressive solution. It is my hope that all of you, no matter your values, will take this holiday season to practice kindness to one another. This does not mean that you have to stop fighting for what you believe is right. But fight with honey, not vinegar. We know the results will be sweeter for us all. May the kindness of the season engulf you and your loved ones for many months to come.

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o you enjoy giving and receiving gifts that are different, unique, or homemade? Being mindful of our carbon footprint by recycling, repurposing, or being a zero waste advocate is the green way to give. Your pantry, craft drawer, or last year’s holiday products may contain exactly what you need to create the best gift you can gift to a friend and the universe when it comes to green gifting.

Do you have a variety of tags, wrapping paper, string, or even last year’s cards? Grab a hole punch and some string + your leftover wrapping paper/ goods = beautiful hanging art or a decorative wall or window accent.

Repurpose your holiday wrapping paper with Origami! Go big with a single one or add some pom-poms to several small ones stringed together— voilà!

Large quart-sized Mason jars can be used in so many ways. Ever thought of an incredible edible gift? How about a soup? Just add in layers, golden lentils, green lentils, dried herbs, throw in some colorful dehydrated veggies and you’re done. All he/she needs to do is simply add water.

Small Mason jars can be used for homemade body products such as salt/sugar scrubs. Just add your mix of either or both (coarse Kosher Salt and Turbinado Sugar), add your favorite almond or coconut oil to favored consistency, and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil— lavender to relax and peppermint to invigorate.

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Homemade postcards and gift tags can have new life when repurposed. Postcards are as simple as keeping the decorative face of the card and discarding (or saving the written sentiment) by cutting the card in half at the fold. Slap a stamp on the blank side and pen a loving note and off it goes. Tags—just cut up leftover cards, paper, or even brown paper bags from the grocery store.

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DEUX LOCAL RIGHT! 5 Reasons to Buy Louisiana By Julie Holman

Louisiana is a flavor like none other—we are a rich and eclectic mix of people, culture, and diverse heritage. The birthplace of jazz, purveyors of divine edibles, vibrant drinkables, and a language not easily duplicated, add a bit of old and new traditions and you have the recipe for the world’s most interesting destination!

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Our homegrown and homemade delights are the pride of our cities, parishes, and state. Natives and transplants take pride in Jazzin’ up our food and beverages with a twist, a spin, and some fais do do… that you’ll never forget.

HERE ARE 5 REASONS TO DEUX LOCAL FOR PRODUCTS, SERVICES, SHOPPING, DINING, AND MORE!

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There’s more than one way to cook gumbo Studies indicate that communities with a large variety of local businesses will offer more product than communities with only a few large national chains. This kind of community support will keep prices low and impact businesses to think in the best interest of consumers. KEEP MONEY and jobs IN THE LOCAL ECONOMY Studies show that up to four times more money stays in the local economy when those dollars are spent with local businesses than with national chains. When you support Louisiana businesses, you take part in a chain reaction to hire local for jobs across the state.

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Healthy Loyalty Businesses depend on customer loyalty and will do all that they can to retain you as a customer, introduce yourself as a local, and create those solid relations. Also studies show people who live in communities where locally owned businesses are the norm are healthier than those who live in places where large corporations dominate. Think about that. When you buy that satsuma, you’re helping to create healthier and happier communities in more ways than one! Louisiana Pride Think of that neighborhood or city that you love and the reasons you go there. It’s typically the people, the charm, and the unique experience. Those businesses contribute to the character of each area whether you’re going to the city and hitting uptown, downtown, maybe the bayou, or even down in the parish shopping for that magical pepper jelly for your next soirée. Knowing all your guests will be asking, “darlin’, where’d you find that?” of course you’re going to show your pride and share the story of how you drove down in the parish, on a full moon, after the Tremé Fest, and yes, you got it local…It’s how we deux it! Julie Holman is a writer, filmmaker 300 RYT, Certified Hospice & Palliative LPN who advocates wellness for all beings

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PATIENT PETS

Hospital Allows Cats and Dogs Pet dogs and cats are visiting with their seriously ill owners, reducing stress and improving morale, at the Juravinski Hospital, in Hamilton, Ontario. The Zachary’s Paws for Healing program, the first of its kind in Canada, was founded by Zachary Noble and his aunt, Donna Jenkins. Before each visit, the animals are thoroughly
cleaned so as not to introduce harmful germs, and brought in on covered, wheeled carts away from all other patients during their one-hour weekly visits. The all-volunteer program plans to offer foster care to pet owners that enter the hospital for treatment. Learn more at ZacharysPawsForHealing.com.

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Venezuela Bans GMOs Venezuela has passed a law that imposes some
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Reveillon Dinners —

A NEW ORLEANS FAMILY TRADITION By Dodge Prescott

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h i l e t h e re s t of the country may be thinking of their traditional holiday menu of poultry, a few basic starches, and potatoes, Orleanians are preparing for their traditional “Reveillon” Dinner. Most locals craft a menu handed down from their family and friends or are perusing the menus of over 50 restaurants that have revived the tradition rich in European and Creole influences. The culinary copycats, hungry for a new twist on an old tradition, have ignited the popularity on bilateral coasts. French and Spanish influences as well as the Crescent City’s European culture infused the “awakening” or the “Reveillon”—a word drawn from the French language. In the 1880s originally the meal was prepared and served after midnight

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mass on Christmas Eve. Then New Orleans was primarily Catholic and essentially numerous 19th-century family and friends would feast together on a community table or shared space. The “Reveillon” resembled a typical breakfast with egg dishes, breads, and puddings, but over time was modified to also include turtle soup, oysters, and grillades of veal. Of course, the fine menu also accompanied robust repasts with wine, cordials, and a variety of fanciful adult beverages. The dinners famous for celebratory gatherings could last until the sun began to rise. During the ’40s & ’50s shifting cultures and fast food evolved to the point where the once-celebrated “Reveillon” and the oncetreasured tradition of fine dining family


gatherings started to fade. Thankfully, with the popularity of Southern cuisine in the 1990s, the tradition was revived and revamped with some modern influences. Fast-forward— today families and friends make time to gather, share in the revelry, and celebrate the season either at home or dining at restaurants offering their version of the 3-5 course meals. If you are curious about restaurant participation, go to www.nola.com/dining. Bon appÊtit and Revel on! natural awakenings

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recipe for success

Ochsner Eat Fit Recipe Kale and Apple Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette by Chef Baker Guevara of Ye Olde College Inn 1 1/2 ounces boiled shrimp 1 pinch ground black pepper 1 pinch salt 2 ounces apple, sliced 2 ounces kale 1 tablespoon pecan halves 1 tablespoon blue cheese, crumbled 1 teaspoon Steen’s Cane Vinegar 2 1/2 ounces Ye Olde College Inn Citrus Vinaigrette (recipe right)

Boil shrimp over medium heat until cooked—about 2 to 3 minutes. Lightly season with salt and pepper after cooking. Slice apples into fine strips using a mandolin slicer. Add boiled shrimp and apple slices on top of kale. Sprinkle the top with sliced pecans and crumbled blue cheese. Pour 1 teaspoon Steen’s Cane Vinegar into salad, and serve with citrus vinaigrette. Per serving: 540 calories, 46 grams fat, 8 grams saturated fat, 740 mg sodium, 21 grams carbohydrate, 4 grams fiber, 10 grams sugar (4 grams added sugar), 18 grams protein

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MAKES 1 SERVING

Citrus Vinaigrette 3 cups extra virgin olive oil 4 oranges, juiced 4 lemons, juiced 4 limes, juiced 1 tablespoon parsley 3 tablespoons honey 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 3 tablespoons Steen’s Cane Vinegar 1 tablespoon shallots, chopped 1 pinch ground black pepper 1 pinch salt

Combine all ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Whisk together until well incorporated.


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Libations Restorative Drinks Revive Good Cheer by Judith Fertig

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uring jam-packed special occasions like holidays, our drinks should multitask, too. We need festive tipples to refresh us without overdoing it, restore equilibrium if we overeat or drink or revive us when we’re feeling low from a seasonal cold or flu.

In addition to traditional offerings that family and friends might expect,  why not add a new and improved signature drink to everyone’s repertoire? These feel-good beverages, featuring winter fruits high in vitamin C, anthocyanins, therapeutic herbs and fresh ginger, deliver delicious boosts to help us feel our best.  

REFRESH The season of hospitality is happily also the season of pomegranates, blood oranges and Meyer lemons (a sweeter, thin-skinned, aromatic variety). These vibrant fruits give a taste of good cheer to anything we can pour, shake, muddle or simmer. Whether we offer fresh-squeezed blood orange juice in the morning, a non-alcoholic cocktail of pomegranate juice and sparkling water, or a squeeze of Meyer lemon juice in a hot toddy or tea, the tart flavor is a sure pick-me-up. The red color in antioxidant-rich blood oranges and pomegranates indicates the presence of anthocyanins, compounds that might help prevent cancer and heart disease, as well as treat eye disorders, according to an article published in the Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology. Meyer lemons are a good source of vitamin C, essential for producing collagen needed to support the formation of new bone, blood vessels, ligaments and tendons, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

RESTORE After an evening of over-imbibing, our systems need to reboot. The stomach needs help in processing alcohol, plus we may be dehydrated and feeling a little queasy. Filtered water, coconut water or a sweet, caffeine-free coffee or carbonated beverage of the lemon-lime variety rehydrate, as well as help our digestive system break down and flush out the alcohol. According to Registered Dietitian Aicacia Young, in Austin, Texas, founder of ClimbHealthy.com, the simple act of drinking water before we go to bed can assist in the recovery process. Research published in the Food & Function journal found that lemon-lime soda helps the body metabolize alcohol better by speeding up its ability to process the compound aldehyde dehydrogenase, the main cause of hangover symptoms. For nausea and motion sickness, ginger or peppermint tea can help, according to studies in the American Journal of Physiology and the French Prescrire International.   REVIVE Sometimes the stress of holiday to-dos, often combined with travel, can lower the resilience of our immune system. When we feel symptoms of a cold or flu coming on, the classic hot toddy can help us feel human again. The alcohol in whiskey is a natural decongestant; plus, it helps get us to sleep. Honey soothes and perky lemon juice gives us hope that we’ll feel better the next day. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS. Connect at JudithFertig.com.

The best holiday drinks are festive and taste great. They should also be easy to fix. Here are five to get us started.

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In a champagne flute, pour a jigger of gin, the juice of half a blood orange and a squeeze of Meyer lemon juice. Top up with champagne. Courtesy of Kathryne Taylor, a whole foods and vegetarian blogger; Search CookieAndKate.com.

Combine 1 liter of Cabernet Sauvignon, a quart of pomegranate juice, 1/4 cup Agave nectar, 1 thinly sliced Meyer lemon and 1 thinly sliced pear in a pitcher. Add ice and stir. Pour into glasses to serve.

Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, and then add 1 small knob of fresh ginger, precut into thin slices. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain out the ginger slices and serve in a mug.

Bring 1 cup of water to a boil. While it’s boiling, place 7 to 10 fresh organic mint leaves in a tea cup. Pour the hot water over the mint leaves and let them steep in the cup for 5 minutes. Strain out leaves as desired, and enjoy. Courtesy of Heather Crosby, author of YumUniverse: Infinite Possibilities for a Gluten-Free, Plant-Powerful, Whole-Food Lifestyle; YumUniverse.com/ fresh-peppermint-tea.

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Bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Remove from the heat. Stir in the juice of half a Meyer lemon, a tablespoon or two of honey and a jigger of whiskey. Serve hot in a mug. Courtesy of Judith Fertig, AlfrescoFood AndLifestyle. blogspot.com.

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hitney Mitchell’s cheerful, “If you can hear me, give me a clap! If you can hear me, give me a snap!” echoing through the Abundance of Desire Community Center was the perfect kickoff for the 2016 Fit NOLA Forum, held on Friday, November 4th.

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Whitney, the superb host of the event and the Fit NOLA program lead for the New Orleans Health Department is passionate about making health and fitness fun. As the participants stood up to take part in the ice-breaker activity, a Bounce Fitness class led by Moe Joe of Dancing Grounds, it was clear that this event was designed for everyone to enjoy their time and make new friends. Starting with country bounce and progressing through a few call and response dances, Moe Joe finished the warm-up managing to get all of the initially hesitant participants facing their chairs in proper bounce position in true NOLA fashion, at which point one surprised lady with a smile on her face exclaimed “Look! I think I’m doing it a little bit!” The goal of Fit NOLA, a partnership between the City of New Orleans and local organizations, is to increase the quality of life for all who live, learn, work, and play in New Orleans through building a healthier city by promoting more physical activity and improved nutrition. In the past three years, Fit NOLA has attracted over 200 community partners who are working to promote physical activity, healthy eating, and other health behaviors, such as smoking cessation among the people they influence. The Fit NOLA forum is an annual event to provide an update on the Fit NOLA activities, recognize individuals and groups making progress in the communities, to offer and exchange knowledge, and to focus on neighborhood connections among individuals, organizations, and businesses who desire to help make New Orleans a healthy city. In Whitney's words, “I want to allow people working in the communities a platform to network and have those Aha-moments.” The Fit NOLA forum is open to all those interested in health and fitness in New Orleans. A diverse group of participants from a variety of backgrounds including the many libraries, schools,

health care sector, private business owners, community organizers, and residents came together to brainstorm and find solutions for promoting health and wellness in the city. After a warm welcome and briefing on Fit NOLA, the participants were split into neighborhood groups to learn more about the six Fit NOLA sectors, including the Community Sector, Health Care Sector, School Sector, Business Sector, Early Childhood Sector, and the Healthy Community Design Sector. In addition to learning about each sector and how the participants of the forum could benefit from or partner with the many Fit NOLA programs, the groups also brainstormed with a focus on finding solutions to specific Fit NOLA challenges. One of the major topics included finding more ways to promote services, such as the Fit NOLA app that is available free of charge and can help both locals and visitors to the city find opportunities for physical activity and healthy meals. By sharing information about currently available programs, each participant left the event with more information to share with their communities, clients, families, and friends. Including a healthy take on New Orleans culture through bounce fitness and a healthy lunch including special dishes, such as shrimp with cauliflower grits and black bean brownies, the Fit NOLA forum made a loud statement by showing that Louisiana culture with its music, dance, and culinary tastes can be paired with a focus on health. Whitney’s enthusiasm, as she declares, “Health is natural!” is contagious, and the vision of transforming our city’s image to one that includes health and well-being is well on its way to becoming a reality. Dr. Ester is an exercise physiologist and exercise psychologist specializing in personalized lifestyle change programs. She can be reached at iina@livefreelaughhardfitness.com

To be part of this movement, you can find more information about Fit NOLA and all the available health-related programs in New Orleans by visiting their website, www.nola.gov/healthdepartmentfit-nola and by downloading their Fit NOLA app.

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Psychological trauma is the emotional response to a deeply distressing or disturbing experience. Trauma may be induced by acts including war, political violence, human rights abuses, criminal violence, rape, domestic violence, child abuse, sexual abuse, or other forms of interpersonal abuse. Shock and denial are common short term reactions. Longer term reactions include unpredictable emotions such as anxiety, avoidance, numbing, flashbacks, strained relationships, and even physical symptoms such as headaches or nausea. Traumatic events create psychological trauma when it overwhelms one’s ability to cope. Moving forward can be challenging. Trauma survivors are both genders, of all ages, races, classes, sizes, sexual orientations, and religions. Trained professionals can help. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of psychotherapy that enables people to heal from symptoms and emo-

tional distress resulting from disturbing life experiences. It was created to treat simple and complex trauma, and is recognized by the American Psychiatric Association, World Health Organization, and the Department of Defense. Research indicates EMDR and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT ) are superior to all forms of treatment and “are highly efficacious in reducing PTSD symptoms.” Over 100,000 clinicians worldwide are trained. This powerful psychotherapy approach has helped over an estimated 2 million people of all ages relieve many types of psychological distress. GLO Therapeutics is pleased to announce Rob J. Harrison, LCSW has joined its staff. With nearly 15 years’ experience in the mental health field, Rob completed an additional 40+ hours of in-class training, 20+ hours of clinical contact training, and 10+ hours of supervision in EMDR. He is qualified to treat simple and complex Post Traumatic Stress. Rob specializes in trauma, disassociation, grief/loss, depression, anxiety, phobias, and psychosis. He also has supplemental training in Mindfulness, CBT, and Crisis Intervention. Contact Rob at 504-466-2266 or rob@glotherapeuticsllc. com to obtain further information about EMDR therapy.

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NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS THAT STICK

by Aimee Hughes

Every January, we rally our hopes, vowing that this time our New Year’s resolutions will finally stick. However, “If you don’t have a plan, plan to fail,” says Kansas City, Missouri, personal trainer Jake Albracht. We can make our health and fitness goals for 2017 a reality instead of just wishful thinking.

FIND A GOOD TRAINER.

“A personal trainer provides a helpful base of knowledge because the hardest part for most people is a lack of planning and diligence in following up. Trainers can step in to help a client achieve their goals,” says Albracht. Jeanne Rankin, assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Kentucky, in Lexington, adds, “A personal trainer can also help you set lofty goals that you wouldn’t have considered on your own due to fear of failure in achieving them.”

SECURE PERSONAL ATTENTION. Individual attention is invaluable. Albracht notes, “There’s nothing like the instant feedback with technique, information and support that one-on-one training provides.” Rankin adds, “In ongoing individual evaluation, a personal trainer can see exactly what’s going well and what isn’t, providing a better assessment than in a group.” “Group settings can also be positive and mimic a team environment, but a one-onone relationship allows for a deeper bond of trust. Sometimes that can make all the difference in the world,” Albracht explains.

ASK QUESTIONS. If engaging a personal trainer isn’t in our available budget, they are often willing to answer a few burning fitness questions.

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Most of us have had volunteer teachers at some point in our lives that expected nothing in return because they loved sharing what they know. It’s a slower process, but can be a viable option.

SET REALISTIC GOALS. “I tell clients that structuring a program of specific goals will always trump a non-structured program,” says Albracht. “They need to fill out a goals sheet and develop a personal model that is repeatable, sustainable and successful. We use the SMART acronym for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely.” Sometimes writing things down is just what’s needed to make them actually happen.


ACQUIRE A FITNESS POSSE.

“When you look at pictures of famous people in magazines, realize that the images have been Photoshopped. They also have access to the best and most expensive resources in the world, and looking good is their job,” reminds Rankin. “Set a goal, and then set a bunch of small, achievable, measurable and quantifiable steps along the way that’ll push you towards that bigger goal.” For example, if the goal is to lose 50 pounds in a year, then maybe shoot to lose 30 pounds in the first six months and 20 in the second six months. “Breaking it up into what feels doable for you is key,” says Rankin.

ESTABLISH INTENTIONS. Krysten Clark, a Los Angeles personal trainer, yoga teacher and founder of Yoga Nutrition, uses the SMART elements along with establishing an intention for each session. She states, “It’s important to recognize what ‘being healthy’ means to you. I always have my clients set an intention for

their workout in the moment, which allows them to be fully present with what they’re doing and why they’re doing it. Connecting with their ‘why’ proves powerful in a day-today practice.” She also strives to bring mindfulness into any fitness workout that evolves from a mindbody connection. The accompanying sense of self-compassion furthers progress in the never-ending process of personal growth and healthy living.

HIT THE RESET BUTTON IF NEEDED. “Set a deadline to attain

An accountability partner can be a friend or a personal trainer—someone that’s only a phone call away. Rankin observes, “If you know that you are letting someone down by not working out, then you are more likely to stick to a plan, especially if you’re paying that person.”

Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy and consultant for the Yandara Yoga Institute. Connect at ChezAimee@gmail.com.

a goal and work backwards from there to achieve it,” advises Albracht. “If the goal is missed, reassess and plan again.” Be patient and forgive yourself as often as necessary if slip-ups occur. The ultimate results of feeling good and healthier provide their own payoff.

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2. For the city commuter

Our city was built for bike riding—ok, not the roads. We are just one big stretch of flat road under a canopy of beautiful trees. If you want to push yourself to become a bike commuter this should help you manage those bumps in the road. Schwinn Cutter is sold at independent bike dealers.

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calendar of events FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6

The Truth About Anger • 9am-4pm.

Massage Clinic • 9:15am, 10:45am

Drumming Circle • 7pm. Led by

Learn about anger and how to control it. No time for therapy? Experience the benefits in this one day workshop. Call to register. Limited seating. $150. GLO Therapeutics, LLC, 4134 Florida Ave, Ste 204, Kenner. 504466-2266.

& 12:45pm. Help a student with their education at our student massage clinic. Deep tissue massage or neuromuscular therapy. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Call for appointment or more info. 504-293-0972.

Brenda Aranda and Paul Martinez. Please bring a drum, if possible. $10 suggested donation. Unity of Metairie, 3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. 504-885-7575. UnityOfMetairie.com.

Mindful Mothering • 10am-11:30am.

Fall Plant Walk • 10am-11:30am.

Enjoy yoga, mindfulness with children, and your own Mother Nature with Carol Le Blanc, PhD each month. $20. Womens Center for Healing & Transformation, 71667 Leveson St, Abita Springs. 985-892-8111.

Maypop Community Herb Shop’s Rachael Reeves discusses how plants can help support our health and well-being. $10-$30 sliding scale. Press Street Gardens, 7 Press St, New Orleans. MaypopHerbShop.com.

Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) Clinic • 12:45pm & 2:15pm. Help a

Holiday Arts & Crafts Bazaar •

student with their education at our student massage clinic. NMT is a partial body massage focusing on a specific problem area, such as low back pain. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Call for appointment or more info. 504-293-0972.

Sounds of the Season • 7pm-9:30pm. Spirited interactive musical performance and lite dinner. Advance tickets $25 online. Sponsored by Clearwater Sanctuary and Womens Center, 71667 Leveson St, Abita Springs. ClearwaterSanctuary.org.

Mantra Concert with Girish • 7:30pm-9:30pm. An evening of singing and mantra music with renowned Kirtan artist Girish. $20. Wild Lotus Yoga, 4842 Perrier St, New Orleans. 504-889-0047.

Metaphysical Madness • 8pm10pm. Spirit gallery with mediums Sid Patrick, Lana Johnson and Trenny Simmons. Psychic readings and aura photos preshow for additional cost. Accepting toys to be distributed to TOYS FOR TOTS. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. English Turn Golf & Country Club, Clubhouse Dr, New Orleans. Spiritual6.com.

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10am-4pm. Local female artists to exhibit their crafts. Refreshments will be served. Free. Womens Center for Healing & Transformation, 71667 Leveson St, Abita Springs. 985-892-8111.

Communication • 2pm-4pm. Learn various types of communication & skills to enhance interpersonal and professional interaction. Call to register. $45. GLO Therapeutics, LLC, 4134 Florida Ave, Ste 204, Kenner. 504-466-2266.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4

Chant Workshop with Girish • 1pm3pm. A two-hour chanting immersion for those seeking to introduce or deepen the bliss of chanting to their daily lives. $45. Wild Lotus Yoga, 4842 Perrier St, New Orleans. 504-889-0047.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4

The Dream Caravan • 11:30am - 7:00pm, The Arts Estuary, 1024 Elysian Fields Ave., NOLA Dive deeply into your dreams with a variety of intensive dream focused workshops, including one led by a student of the celebrated Jungian dream analyst Marion Woodman. Dream consultations, healing practitioners, a dynamic dream poetry reading and a live concert by local band Fever Dreams will create a dynamic and enlightening day. $22, www.thedreamcaravan.com

CG Jung Society of New Orleans Presents The Divine Child: Archetype of Renewal • 7:30pm. Jungian analyst Deedy Young explores how a new way can sometimes emerge in a culture. $15, students $10, members free. Parker UMC, 1130 Nashville, New Orleans. JungNewOrleans.org.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7

Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) Clinic • 12:45pm & 2:15pm. Help a student with their education at our student massage clinic. NMT is a partial body massage focusing on a specific problem area, such as low back pain. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Call for appointment or more info. 504-293-0972.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8

Deep Tissue Massage Clinic • 6:15pm & 7:45pm. Help a student with their education at our student massage clinic. Deep tissue is muscle specific and works out the kinks. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Call for appointment or more info. 504-293-0972.

Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) Clinic • 6:15pm & 7:45pm. Help a student with their education at our student massage clinic. NMT is a partial body massage focusing on a specific problem area, such as low back pain. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Call for appointment or more info. 504-293-0972.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9

Mindful Mom & Buddha Baby • 10:30am-12noon. Learn to bond with your baby via restorative yoga. Guided by Carol Le Blanc, PhD. $20. Womens Center for Healing & Transformation, 71667 Leveson St, Abita Springs. 985-892-8111.


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Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) Clinic • 12:45pm & 2:15pm. Help a student with their education at our student massage clinic. NMT is a partial body massage focusing on a specific problem area, such as low back pain. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Call for appointment or more info. 504-293-0972.

Spirit Gallery with John Cappello • 7pm-9pm. A presentation from a qualified medium who gives messages from the Spirit world to audience members. $35 in advance or $40 at the door. Metaphysical Resource Center, 1708 Lake Ave, Metairie. 504-7088353.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10

Swedish Massage Clinic • 9:15am, 10:45am & 12:45pm. Help a student with their education at our student massage clinic. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Call for appointment or more info. 504-293-0972.

Kitchen Medicine: Remedies from the Garden • 10am-11am. Maypop Community Herb Shop’s Jen Stovall will discuss the medicinal properties of different culinary spices. $10-$30 sliding scale. Parkway Partners, 1137 Baronne St, New Orleans. MaypopHerbShop.com.

Conscious Connected Breathing • 2:30pm-5:30pm. Release tension, anxiety, and stress with the power of the breath. $54. Wild Lotus Yoga, 4842 Perrier St, New Orleans. 504-889-0047.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11

Young Yogis Fall Workshop • 9am11am. Fun, creative class for 4 to 8 year olds. Songs, stories, crafts, snacks and movement. Class size limited to 10, so please preregister to secure your child’s spot. $30. Transform NOLA, 8422 Oak St, New Orleans. 985-640-2648.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13

Full Moon Circle • 6pm-8pm. Crystal, reiki and sound will guide us through this ceremony. Please bring a journal. Free. Crescent City Circle at Art Egg Studios, 1001 South Broad Street, New Orleans.

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16

Second Tuesday Tea Time • 6:30pm7:30pm. With Jen Stovall and Rachael Reeves. Use your senses to ascertain the actions and energetics of a different herb each month. Donations accepted. Maypop Community Herb Shop, 2701 St Claude Ave, New Orleans. MaypopHerbShop.com.

Crown Chakra Class • 7pm. Paul Martinez and Brenda Aranda demonstrate how to communicate with one’s spiritual nature. $10 suggested donation. Unity of Metairie, 3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. 504-8857575. UnityOfMetairie.com

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14

Swedish Massage Clinic • 12:45pm & 2:15pm. Help a student with their education at our student massage clinic. Swedish massage is good for overall relaxation and increased flexibility. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Call for appointment or more info. 504-293-0972.

Mediumship Student Gallery • 7pm-9pm. Local medium Sid Patrick will be assisting his mediumship students. Observe their development and receive a message from spirit. By donation. The Cannery, 3803 Toulouse St, New Orleans. 504-708-8353.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15

Deep Tissue Massage Clinic •

6:15pm & 7:45pm. Help a student with their education at our student massage clinic. Deep tissue is muscle specific and works out the kinks. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Call for appointment or more info. 504-293-0972.

Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) Clinic • 6:15pm & 7:45pm. Help a student with their education at our student massage clinic. NMT is a partial body massage focusing on a specific problem area, such as low back pain. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Call for appointment or more info. 504-293-0972.

Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) Clinic • 12:45pm & 2:15pm. Help a student with their education at our student massage clinic. NMT is a partial body massage focusing on a specific problem area, such as low back pain. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Call for appointment or more info. 504-293-0972.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17

Lotus Lounge • Call for time. Join Andra to explore the philosophy and history behind the yoga practice. $20. Wild Lotus Yoga, 4842 Perrier St, New Orleans. 504889-0047.

Psychic Fair • 12pm-6pm. Mediums, psychics, healers, astrologers, aura photos, crystals, essential oils, jewelry and more. Sessions are $20 for 20 minutes. Free admission. Metaphysical Resource Center, 1708 Lake Ave, Metairie. 504-708-8353.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20

Metaphysical Unity Bible Study • 7pm. A reflection on Jesus’ birth stories found in Matthew and Luke. $10 suggested donation. Unity of Metairie, 3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. 504-885-7575. UnityOfMetairie.com.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21

Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) Clinic • 12:45pm & 2:15pm. Help a

student with their education at our student massage clinic. NMT is a partial body massage focusing on a specific problem area, such as low back pain. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Call for appointment or more info. 504-293-0972.

Swedish Massage Clinic • 12:45pm & 2:15pm. Help a student with their education at our student massage clinic. Swedish massage is good for overall relaxation and increased flexibility. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Call for appointment or more info. 504-293-0972.

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22

Spiritual Cinema: A Christmas Carol • 7pm. Join us for the television

6:15pm & 7:45pm. Help a student with their education at our student massage clinic. Deep tissue is muscle specific and works out the kinks. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Call for appointment or more info. 504-293-0972.

adaptation of Charles Dickens’ famous novel. $5 suggested donation. Unity of Metairie, 3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. 504-885-7575. UnityOfMetairie.com.

Deep Tissue Massage Clinic •

Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) Clinic • 6:15pm & 7:45pm. Help a student with their education at our student massage clinic. NMT is a partial body massage focusing on a specific problem area, such as low back pain. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Call for appointment or more info. 504-293-0972.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23

Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) Clinic • 12:45pm & 2:15pm. Help a student with their education at our student massage clinic. NMT is a partial body massage focusing on a specific problem area, such as low back pain. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Call for appointment or more info. 504-293-0972.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27

Comparative Religions • 7pm. A look at Christianity and Wicca/Paganism through Christmas and Yule celebrations. $10 suggested donation. Unity of Metairie, 3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. 504-885-7575. UnityOfMetairie.com.

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Class • 7pm-8pm. Learn EFT, or “tapping”, a gentle, self-administered acupressure technique for diminishing or clearing physical and/or emotional pain. By donation. Affordable Healing Arts, 2372 St Claude Ave, Ste 220, New Orleans. RSVP: Gail Gillespie. 504-442-8762.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31

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Restore to Radiance • Info to Come. Nurture your mind, body and spirit in this special New Year’s Day Workshop filled with gentle movements, supported restorative postures, meditation and chanting. $50. Wild Lotus Yoga, 4842 Perrier St, New Orleans. 504-889-0047.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 13

200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training • Info to Come. Yoga Alliancecertified program designed to provide a comprehensive and challenging process for students interested in taking their yoga skills off the mat and/or becoming instructors. Visit website for deadline and pricing information. Transform NOLA, 8422 Oak St, New Orleans. TransformNOLA.com.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 26

Burning Bowl Service • 6pm. Come

Psychopharmacology • 9:30am-

ready to set powerful intentions, instead of resolutions. Release false, limiting beliefs into an actual fire. Facilitated by Reverend Jack Fowler. Love offering. Unity of Metairie, 3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. 504-8857575. UnityOfMetairie.com.

12:30pm. An in-depth look and discussion into the effects of drugs on the mind and behavior. $65. GLO Therapeutics, LLC, 4134 Florida Ave, Ste 204, Kenner. 504-466-2266.

Holiday-related Lagniappe •December 2016 Reindeer Run & Romp—register online Saturday, December 10. Registration 8:00am | Race Start 9:00am Begins & Ends at The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk—Spanish Plaza

From Musicals to Teddy Bear Tea at the WWII Museum December 3, 10 & 17. Kids of all ages enjoy food and sweet treats, lively music from the Victory Belles, and an extra invitation for their favorite teddy or doll to join in the fun. For more details and to check out the many entertaining shows go to: www.nationalww2museum.org

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The Louisiana Children’s Museum in the Historic Arts District Festival is back for its Trees Family Fun Day on December 3, 2016. A funfilled home away from home experience as schools have decorated festive trees, fun activities for the entire family, and a Family Fun Pajama party. For more information, review the website lcm.org

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Holiday Series—Enjoy the sounds of the season, with a wide variety of concerts around the metro area, including the LPO Holiday Spectacular on December 9, 10 & 11, featuring none other than the 610

Stompers! The Yuletide Celebration concerts are on December 3, 4 & 6 and the Baroque Christmas Concerts are on December 15 and 16. Each concert will feature their own special holiday twist. Check out www.lpomusic.com

Preservation Hall annual Creole Christmas 2016—A Benefit Concert Series for the Preservation Hall Foundation featuring Traditional New Orleans Holiday Classics performed by The Preservation Hall All-Stars with special guest TBA. Performances are: Sunday December 18th 2:30pm & 4:00pm & Saturday December 24th 1:00pm, 2:30pm & 4:00pm. www.preservationhall.com


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Clearwater Meditation Community • Daily Meditations. Instruction for beginners. Buddhist, Christian, Yogic and Gurdjieff traditions. Open Dharma groups Monday and Friday. Free for members, $10 suggested donation for nonmembers. Clearwater Sanctuary, Covington. 985-630-1009.     Clearwater Yoga Sangha • Daily yoga classes: Asana, Pranayama, Chanting, and Sutra Studies. Yoga retreats once a month. Classes free for members, $15 nonmembers. Clearwater Sanctuary, Covington. 985-639-1009. Sunday Morning Meditation • 9am. Join Mike Wittenbrink as he leads a group meditation designed to bring you quiet and stillness as you embrace the new week. Unity of New Orleans Spiritual Center, 3722 St Charles Ave, New Orleans. 504-899-3390. UnityNewOrleans.org. A Course in Miracles • 9:30am. A discussion and in-depth study of themes involving forgiveness, love, and learning to base one’s life on the teachings of Jesus Christ. Unity of New Orleans Spiritual Center, 3722 St Charles Ave, New Orleans. 504-8993390. UnityNewOrleans.org. Science of Being • 9:30am. With Baron Eugene Fersen. As humans enlighten their bodies, minds, and spirits with the pure knowledge of inspiration and love, more will be revealed to mankind. Unity of New Orleans Spiritual Center, 3722 St Charles Ave, New Orleans. 504-899-3390. UnityNewOrleans.org.

Unity of New Orleans Spiritual Center Sunday Service • 11am. A loving family of spiritual seekers who honor all paths to God. 3722 St Charles Ave, New Orleans. 504-899-3390. UnityNewOrleans.org.

Unity Sunday Celebration Service – 11am. Honors all spiritual paths, lifestyles and religions. Experience a heartfelt message. Love offering. Unity of Metairie, 3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. 504-8857575. UnityOfMetairie.com.

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Clearwater Meditation Community • Daily Meditations. Instruction for beginners. Buddhist, Christian, Yogic and Gurdjieff traditions. Open Dharma groups Monday and Friday. Free for members, $10 suggested donation for nonmembers. Clearwater Sanctuary, Covington. 985-630-1009.    

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Clearwater Yoga Sangha • Daily

Therapeutic Exercise • 8:30am. With

yoga classes: Asana, Pranayama, Chanting, and Sutra Studies. Yoga retreats once a month. Classes free for members, $15 nonmembers. Clearwater Sanctuary, Covington. 985-639-1009. Kundalini Reiki Yoga • 10am-11am. Restorative Hatha yoga and reiki for physical, mental, and spiritual wellness. By donation. Broadmoor Arts and Wellness Center, 3900 General Taylor St, New Orleans. 504-249-5199. Zen Meditation • Noon. With Patricia Stout. Weekly practice in the Plum Village tradition with the mindfulness bell and guided phrases leading into silent sitting meditation. Donations appreciated. Women’s Center for Healing & Transformation, 71667 Leveson St, Abita Springs. 985-892-8111. WomensCenterForHealing.org.

Virginia Davis, RN, LMT. Learn a routine that helps to clear the major meridians, release muscle tension and nourish joints. $40/month, $12/drop-in. Women’s Center for Healing & Transformation, 71667 Leveson St, Abita Springs. 985-892-8111. WomensCenterForHealing.org. Qigong/Dao-In • Noon. Tues & Thurs. Class designed to de-stress and focus on self care, join Debra Howard for an hour or so practicing gentle movements with intention. Bring a mat. $5/class. New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St Claude Ave, 4th flr, New Orleans. 985-467-0900 or dc@ affordablehealingarts.com.

MELTing Into Yoga with Sadani • 4pm-5pm. Techniques and postures to hydrate the body and increase flexibility. $40/month, $12 drop-in. Womens Center for Healing & Transformation, 71667 Leveson St, Abita Springs. 985-892-8111. Stronger, Leaner, Longer • 5:30pm. Pilates-based strength class builds muscle and tones. Core 101 screening required. Transform NOLA, 8422 Oak St, New Orleans. 985-640-2648.

Basic/Beginners Aikido Class • 6:15pm-7:15pm. Benefits include selfdefense, flexibility, strength, balance, stress reduction, concentration, community and fun. First class free. NOLA Aikido, 3909 Bienville St, Ste 103 in Mid-City, New Orleans. 504208-4861. Info@NOLAAikido.com. Clearwater Yoga Sangha • Daily yoga classes: Asana, Pranayama, Chanting, and Sutra

TUESDAY

Clearwater Meditation Community • Daily Meditations. Instruction for beginners. Buddhist, Christian, Yogic and Gurdjieff traditions. Open Dharma groups Monday and Friday. Free for members, $10 suggested donation for nonmembers. Clearwater Sanctuary, Covington. 985-630-1009.     Clearwater Yoga Sangha • Daily yoga classes: Asana, Pranayama, Chanting, and Sutra Studies. Yoga retreats once a month. Classes free for members, $15 nonmembers. Clearwater Sanctuary, Covington. 985-639-1009.

Okinawan Karate Weapons Class • 6pm-7pm. Tamashii Karate & Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St, New Orleans. Info: Sensei King Lam: 504-866-2241. Meditation Class • 7pm-8:15pm. Sitting in stillness. Beginners welcome. Led by Gael Thompson. $10 drop in/$30 monthly. Tibetan House, 4900 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans. TibetanHouse.com.

WEDNESDAY

Clearwater Meditation Community • Daily Meditations. Instruction for beginners. Buddhist, Christian, Yogic and Gurdjieff traditions. Open Dharma groups Monday and Friday. Free for members, $10 suggested donation for nonmembers. Clearwater Sanctuary, Covington. 985-630-1009.     Clearwater Yoga Sangha • Daily yoga classes: Asana, Pranayama, Chanting, and Sutra Studies. Yoga retreats once a month. Classes free for members, $15 nonmembers. Clearwater Sanctuary, Covington. 985-6391009. Meditation Class • 9am -10:15am. Sitting in stillness. Beginners welcome. Led by Gael Thompson. $10 drop in/$30 monthly. Tibetan House, 4900 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans. TibetanHouse.com. Qigong Class • 9:30am. $90/six-week seminar. Tamashii Karate & Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St, New Orleans. Register: 504-886-2241.


Reiki Healing Session • 10am-11am. Jessica Leigh Dagoglou offers a powerful 20 min, full hands-off healing session for the entire group followed by a guided meditation to encourage integration of healing energies. Please bring a bottle of water to rehydrate and help facilitate detoxification. Free. Broadmoor Arts and Wellness Center, 3900 General Taylor St, New Orleans. JDagoglou@yahoo.com. Prayer and Healing • 11am. Facilitated by Harriet Stafford. Unity of New Orleans Spiritual Center, 3722 St Charles Ave. 504899-3390. UnityNewOrleans.org.

Beginner Children’s Karate Class • 5pm-5:45pm. Build self confidence, self discipline. Tamashii Karate & Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St, New Orleans. Info: Sensei King Lam: 504-866-2241. Community Meditation • 6pm. Join us on a journey of music, beautiful images and complete silence. Love offering. Unity of Metairie, 3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. 504-885-7575. UnityOfMetairie.com.

Basic/Beginners Aikido Class • 6:15pm-7:15pm. Benefits include selfdefense, flexibility, strength, balance, stress reduction, concentration, community and fun. First class free. NOLA Aikido, 3909 Bienville St, Ste 103, in Mid-City, New Orleans. 504208-4861. Info@NOLAAikido.com. A Course in Miracles • 6:30pm. Facilitated by Mary Beth Ellis. Unity of New Orleans Spiritual Center, 3722 St Charles Ave, New Orleans. 504-899-3390. UnityNewOrleans.org.

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THURSDAY

Clearwater Meditation Community • Daily Meditations. Instruction for beginners. Buddhist, Christian, Yogic and Gurdjieff traditions. Open Dharma groups Monday and Friday. Free for members, $10 suggested donation for nonmembers. Clearwater Sanctuary, Covington. 985-6301009.     Clearwater Yoga Sangha • Daily yoga classes: Asana, Pranayama, Chanting, and Sutra Studies. Yoga retreats once a month. Classes free for members, $15 nonmembers. Clearwater Sanctuary, Covington. 985-639-1009. Yoga in Metairie • 10:45am. Vinyasa flow, hatha and restorative. All levels. $15/ class, $49/4 class pass, $79/8 class pass. First class is free. 3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Ste 1A (behind Parran’s Po-Boys), Metairie. 504-252-0223. Facebook.com/ MCJazzerciseYoga/. Qigong/Dao-In • Noon. Tues & Thurs. Class designed to de-stress and focus on self care, join Debra Howard for an hour or so practicing gentle movements with intention. Bring a mat. $5/class. New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St Claude Ave, 4th flr, New Orleans. 985-467-0900 or dc@ affordablehealingarts.com.     

Oneness Blessing and Meditation • 6pm-7pm. Calming energy and inner peace. Free. Broadmoor Arts & Wellness Center, 3900 General Taylor St, New Orleans. 504249-5199.

FRIDAY

A Course In Miracles Discussion •

Clearwater Meditation Community •

7pm. Join Rev Jack Fowler for a heart and mind opening discussion that teaches us to see the world through the eyes of love, instead of fear. Love offering. Unity of Metairie, 3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. 504-8857575. UnityOfMetairie.com. Yoga in Metairie • 7pm. Vinyasa flow, hatha and restorative. All levels. $15/class, $49/4 class pass, $79/8 class pass. First class is free. 3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Ste 1A (behind Parran’s Po-Boys). 504-252-0223. Facebook.com/ MCJazzerciseYoga/. Beginner Tai Chi Class • 7pm-8pm. Reduce stress, better balance, mind, body. Tamashii Karate & Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St, New Orleans. Info: Sensei King Lam: 504-866-2241.

Daily Meditations. Instruction for beginners. Buddhist, Christian, Yogic and Gurdjieff traditions. Open Dharma groups Monday and Friday. Free for members, $10 suggested donation for nonmembers. Clearwater Sanctuary, Covington. 985-630-1009.     Clearwater Yoga Sangha • Daily yoga classes: Asana, Pranayama, Chanting, and Sutra Studies. Yoga retreats once a month. Classes free for members, $15 nonmembers. Clearwater Sanctuary, Covington. 985-639-1009. Meditation Class • 10am-11:15am. Sitting in stillness. Beginners welcome. Led by Gael Thompson. $10 drop in/$30 monthly. Tibetan House, 4900 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans. TibetanHouse.com. Morning Meditation • 10am-11am. Jessica Leigh Dagoglou teaches you to start the weekend off right with a relaxing guided

BLUE CLIFF COLLEGE MASSAGE THERAPY DEPT CONTINUING EDUCATION CEUS FOR LMTS JANUARY 20-22, 2017 MediCupping, Annie Garic

JANUARY 27-29, 2017 Ortho-Bionomy Postural Re-education & Post Techniques, Peggy Scott

FEBRUARY 3-5, 2017 Geriatric Massage, Dr. Sharon Puszko

MARCH 18-19, 2017 Hot Stone Massage Derrie Bergeron

MARCH 25-26, 2017 Reiki I & II, Sunny Robichaux BCC Clearview Mall, Metairie For CEU Info or to register: 504-293-0972 PeggyS@BlueCliffCollege.com

meditation with therapeutic imagery. This is a great option for first-time meditators who have trouble getting engaged with the meditation experience. Free. Broadmoor Arts and Wellness Center, 3900 General Taylor St, New Orleans. JDagoglou@yahoo.com. Yoga • 1:30pm-2:30pm. Take charge of your emotions and maintain a healthy immune system. Gwendel Booth, Hatha Ashtanga Yoga Instructor. $15. Womens Center for Healing & Transformation, 71667 Leveson St, Abita Springs. 985-892-8111. Vegan Pop-Up • 5pm-7pm. By Guard Your Grill Vegan Food. Complimentary libations inside. Cooking outside (cash preferred for pop-up purchases). Kitchen Witch’s Sip & Shop Fridays, 1452 North Broad St, New Orleans. 504-528-8382. Ecstatic Dance • 6:30pm-8pm. A freeform conscious dance space. Connect with your spirit through movement. $14/drop-in. NOLA Yoga Loft, 2042 Magazine St, New Orleans. 504-345-3444.

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Little Yogis • 11am-11:30am, 2-5 year

SATURDAY

olds; 11:45am-12:30pm, 6-10 year olds. 1st Sat. Each month, we’ll explore the pages of a popular children’s book with traditional yoga poses and lots of laughter. Bayou Yoga, 1800 W Causeway Approach, Ste 11, Mandeville. 985-237-1842. DoBayouYoga.com.

Kids Yoga Class • 10am-11am.

Clearwater Meditation Community • Daily Meditations. Instruction for beginners. Buddhist, Christian, Yogic and Gurdjieff traditions. Open Dharma groups Monday and Friday. Free for members, $10 suggested donation for nonmembers. Clearwater Sanctuary, Covington. 985-630-1009.     Clearwater Yoga Sangha • Daily yoga classes: Asana, Pranayama, Chanting, and Sutra Studies. Yoga retreats once a month. Classes free for members, $15 nonmembers. Clearwater Sanctuary, Covington. 985-639-1009. Prenatal Yoga • 9:30am. This powerful class helps you build the strength you need both mentally and physically. Modifications for a pregnant body at all stages and the physical and mental benefits of a traditional vinyasa flow class. Bayou Yoga, 1800 W Causeway Approach, Ste 11, Mandeville. 985-237-1842. DoBayouYoga.com. 

Alcohol and Drug Education Program • 10am. Eight-week group for first offense DWI/ DUI or marijuana possession. Eight sessions equal 12 hours of education. Limited seating. $40/session. GLO Therapeutics, 4134 Florida Ave, Ste 204, Kenner. Register: 504-466-2266. GloTherapeuticsllc.com.

$80/6 weeks. Tamashii Karate & Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St, New Orleans. Register: 504-886-2241.

Sitting Meditation Group •

Qigong and Tai Chi for Mental and Physical Wellness, Stress Relief and Heightened Immune Function  •

10am-11am. Practice zazen (sitting meditation) as well as walking meditation. Instruction and discussion also available. 3909 Bienville St, Ste 103, in Mid-City, New Orleans. 504644-7351. Brian: xernaut2@gmail.com.

Yoga and Guided Meditation • 10am-11:30am. Yoga nidra with Katrina Zech. Experience pure rejuvenation and deep relaxation through movement, breath and mindfulness practice. $15 donation. Unity of New Orleans Spiritual Center, 3722 St Charles Ave, New Orleans. UnityNewOrleans.org. Yoga • 11am-noon. Gentle yoga for all ages. Free. Broadmoor Arts & Wellness Center, 3900 General Taylor St, New Orleans. 504-249-5199.

1pm-2pm. Nola Chi Kung presents meditations in motion focusing on the breath for balance, relieving stress and mental wellness. Ancient methods with a modern sensibility. Facilitated by Marc LaPorte. Dropin rate: $16. 5- and 10-class package rates also available which include the Yoga classes. Nola Yoga Loft, 2042 Magazine St, New Orleans. 504-931-6725. NolaYogaLoft.com. Qigong • 2pm-3pm. Gentle, healing movement class for all levels and ages. Free. Broadmoor Arts & Wellness Center, 3900 General Taylor St, New Orleans. 504-249-5199. Psychic Saturdays • 12pm-6pm. Except the 3rd Saturday. Featured psychic readings: $30/30 min and $50/60 min. Metaphysical Resource Center, 1708 Lake Ave, Metairie. 504-708-8353. MetaphysicalResourceCenter.com.

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