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New Year, New You. It’s the theme of this issue, but honestly, such a cliché. I gave up making New Year’s resolutions years ago. I was doing the same resolutions year after year and usually forgot about them less than a month in, getting swept up in the craziness of day-to-day life. Then I realized a few years ago that I am really just trying to improve myself all the time. I am always trying to eat better, sleep better, stay in better shape, drink less wine…haha. I try to stick to my routines, meditate in the mornings, do yoga at least once a week, journal more, balance my budget, stick to my budget, spend less money, save more money, get my family out to be more active, run with my dog more, call my friends and family more, see my friends and family more, keep the house and the car in order, try new things, continue old hobbies—always evolving myself, my family, and my businesses. It is an endless array of possible improvement. But it works. I have learned that if you keep taking steps forward, even if you occasionally take a couple steps back, over time, you will move forward—even if it seems like a slow crawl sometimes. It is a lifelong, continuous process that is
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ongoing and it doesn’t have to begin or end with a date on the calendar. And if you don’t let it overwhelm you, and remember to be kind and understanding with yourself, it can be a joyous and satisfying process. I, personally, am still learning to not let it overwhelm me just as I am still learning how to balance the rest of it. Some days I may kill it with some parts of my life and some days I may drop a ball or two—but I think that’s all part of the process and as long as we get up and try to take a step forward, no matter how small, every new day—well, we are bound to progress. So…I kept the theme “New Year, New You” because quite frankly, it is more concise than saying “New Year, Same Ever-Evolving-You” (ha) and I know that we all still love the idea of a fresh start. I still included lots of fun content about how we can improve ourselves because I know that just the art of reading about improvement can make you feel better (fun fact: just thinking about self-improvement will flood the brain with endorphins before you ever actually put anything into action). But, let’s resolve to not do resolutions anymore—to simply work to improve ourselves every day we can, accept that there will be days that we won’t be able to, and settle into the fact that self-improvement is really a lifelong journey. As Winston Churchill said, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal—it is the courage to continue that counts.”
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Keep Moving to Stay Fit
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KICK THE PLASTIC HABIT
Choose Earth-Friendly Alternatives
HAVE A FERRY GOOD YEAR Algiers Ferry & Algiers Point
HEALTHY WEIGHT KIDS Food Choices that Prevent Obesity
THE MILLENNIAL POSTURE
Combatting the Screen Slouch by Dr. Daniel Goodman
DEPARTMENTS 7 fit body 8 green living 9 deaux local 10 healthy kids 12 health brief 13 recipe for success
RECIPE FOR SUCCESS
MEL’S TAKE 5
A SEASONED LIFE
Fit and Fabulous Over 50
Make Your New Year Sparkle
ASK THE LIFE COACH
Prioritizing New Year Goals
Love Your City Awards Gala
15 health brief 16 inspiration 18 calendar 20 ongoing
calendar 22 lagniappe 23 the marketplace
Dis ’n Nat
LUTEIN IN GREENS & EGGS SLOWS COGNITIVE AGING
ealthy diet options of spinach and kale may also help keep our brains fit. In a study from the University of Illinois appearing in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 60 adults between 25 and 45 years old having higher levels of lutein, a nutrient found in green, leafy vegetables, avocados, and eggs, had neural responses more on par with younger people than others of their own age. Lutein is a nutrient that the body can’t make on its own, so it must be acquired through diet. It accumulates in brain tissues and the eyes, which allows researchers to measure levels without using invasive techniques.
NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION STAY FIT & HEALTHY —The Nielsen Company
ACCORDING TO DAYSOFTHEYEAR.COM
CORPORATE PROGRAMS BOOST HEALTH & BOTTOM LINE
Corporate wellness programs are linked to a 25% REDUCTION IN ABSENTEEISM AND SICK LEAVE , 25% REDUCTION IN HEALTH COSTS , and 32%
WILL BE DITCH NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS DAY!
REDUCTION IN WORKERS’ COMPENSATION —pension and disability costs, according to a 2016 meta-analysis of corporate wellness studies by Edelman Intelligence.
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IMPROVE ALL DAY EVERYDAY! January 2018
10,000 STEPS AND COUNTING KEEP MOVING TO STAY FIT by Kathleen Barnes
e have become a nation of couch potatoes. The average American takes only 5,900 steps a day, somewhat better than the sedentary Brits that average less than 4,000. The notion that overall we need to take 10,000 steps a day to be physically fit started with manpo-kei, a 1960s Japanese marketing tool to sell pedometers. While the 10,000 steps concept lacks specific supporting science, it’s widely acknowledged that we are healthier the more that we move. Affixing a target number to it helped spread the notion of the benefits of walking, says Catrine Tudor-Locke, Ph.D., a walking behavior researcher at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Tudor-Locke is a proponent of the walking goal, although she readily admits the real goal is to get people moving more. “Any opportunity to walk more, more frequently and farther, wherever that is—it all adds up,” she says.
MAKING 10,000 STEPS POSSIBLE For those already physically fit and physically active, 10,000 steps is a no-brainer. However, it’s never too late to start for those with exercise programs that have been supplanted by a too-busy-to-workout lifestyle. There’s probably no easier exercise than walking, says Dr. Melina Jampolis, the Los Angeles author of The Doctor on Demand Diet. “Walking is the number one exercise I recommend to most of my patients, because it is exceptionally easy to do, requires only a supportive pair of quality sneakers and has tremendous mental and physical benefits that increase just by getting outside in the fresh air.” The biggest bang for the increased effort is the first 3,000 to 4,000 steps between the sedentary baseline and 10,000 steps, TudorLocke explains. “Still, 10,000 steps is the magic number for the average American,” says Dr. Michael Roizen, chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. “That specific number of steps seems to help break down insulin resistance, an underlying cause of Type 2 diabetes. We’re not exactly sure how this happens, but we know that this amount of exercise takes the glucose from the blood where it is a hazard to the cells, so that it becomes less hazardous.”
EXPONENTIAL HEALTH BENEFITS Many more well-documented health benefits of a walking program include: · increased heart health · lower blood pressure · stronger muscles · improved balance · weight control · natural stress relief Several studies from places like Harvard Medical School’s affiliate Brigham and Women’s Hospital also show that a brisk walking program nearly cut in half the risk of early death in breast cancer patients. Most exercise experts note that a “brisk” walking pace that leaves the walker only slightly out of breath reaps the greatest rewards. “One hundred steps a minute is a good cadence,” advises Tudor-Locke. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends at least 150 minutes of exercise weekly, or 30 minutes five days a week, for virtually everyone. Many experts don’t believe it’s necessary to move for 30 minutes straight. Ten-minute increments work fine; so a quick morning walk around the block, another outing during the lunch hour and a refreshing walk with the dog after work can do the trick. Some evidence from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion suggests that varying walking speed is even more effective in overcoming insulin resistance and burning calories. COUNTING UP Roizen recommends wearing a pedometer or using a free iPhone app (no need for a costly fitness band), mainly to keep up awareness of our daily step count. There’s no age when we don’t need to walk anymore. If a consistent 10,000 steps does wonders for health, some ask if more would be better. “Ten thousand is the answer for health and longevity, but 12,000 or more makes a difference for fitness and calorie burning, so go for it!” Roizen says.
Kathleen Barnes is author of numerous books on natural health, including Our Toxic World: A Survivor’s Guide. Connect at KathleenBarnes.com. natural awakenings
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KICK THE PLASTIC HABIT CHOOSE EARTH-FRIENDLY ALTERNATIVES
rocery bags, bottles, cups new regulations restrict what’s and straws comprise much accepted, leaving trash haulers of the 9.1 billion tons of scrambling. Although recyclable, plastic manufactured worldwide in by Avery Mack these are the worst plastics. the past 65 years. Once discarded, Polyvinyl Chloride, used 79 percent resides in landfills and in plastic wrap, toys, squeeze litters the environment, with more bottles and packaging for peacreated daily. nut butter, contains lead and Annually, the equivalent of five grocery bags of trash for phthalate esters that affect development of testosterone, every foot of coastline worldwide enters the oceans, killing according to a study by the National Institute of Child Health 100,000 marine animals. A 2016 World Economic Forum and Human Development. report says by 2050, the world’s seas could contain more Polystyrene, in Styrofoam, plastic utensils and disposable plastic than fish. or carryout containers, is toxic to our brain and nervous At the 2017 Our Ocean Conference, the Ocean Consersystem. Ask what restaurants use. vancy and its partners announced a $150 million preventive Polycarbonate, found in the lining of canned foods, sports plan. “This is a major breakthrough for trash-free seas,” drinks, juice drinks, catsup bottles and clear sippy cups, consays Susan Ruffo, the conservancy’s managing director of tains bisphenol (BPA), a proven endocrine disruptor. international initiatives. “Our research found improved waste management in Southeast Asian countries (Indonesia, SMALL CHANGES MAKE A DIFFERENCE Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and China) can halve plastic Recycling weakens plastic grocery bags, necessitating going in the ocean by 2025.” double-bagging to avoid spills. Average families annually When the United Nations launched the Clean Seas camaccumulate about 1,500 plastic bags, with 99 percent ending paign in 2017, Indonesia pledged $1 billion to reduce plastic in landfills, as litter or stuffed in the pantry according to the waste by 70 percent within eight years through education, taxes Center for Biological Diversity. Worldwide, many countries on plastic bags and investing in alternative products. Increased ban or tax bags. awareness is crucial to buy and discard less, create alternatives “Annually, 50 billion water bottles are sold globally, inand recycle more to support the planet’s overall health. cluding 30 billion in the U.S. That’s 1,500 individual water bottles thrown away per second,” says Deanna Latson, coEXPANDING FOOTPRINT founder of ARIIX, which makes water purification systems, Lacking space, technology and equipment to transform in Bountiful, Utah. “One filter can purify the equivalent of waste into reusable materials, U.S. municipalities typically ship thousands of them a year.” The U.S. annual bottle recycling it to a sorter for processing elsewhere, often to China, where rate is only 23 percent.
Beth Terry, of Oakland, California, author of Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too, offers 100 tips at MyPlasticFreeLife.com, including this planet-saving advice: · Opt for bar soap instead of liquid, soap nuts in lieu of plastic-packaged powders, and baking soda and lemon or vinegar rather than sprays to clean. · Ask the butcher to wrap meat in paper, forgoing trays and plastic wrap. · Buy fruit at farmers’ markets; return containers for reuse. · Turn out-of-fashion garments into cleaning rags; skip plastic scrubbers. · Carry reusable water bottles and cloth shopping bags. · Avoid over-packaged frozen foods. · Use glass jars for leftovers and storage. · Buy kitty litter packaged in paper. · Choose stainless steel pet food and water bowls. As a substitute, glass is endlessly recyclable, but facilities are few. Find resource centers at gpi.org/glass-resource-locator. “Plastic innovations stop at invention and don’t follow through to end-of-life solutions,” says Tom Szaky, CEO and founder of TerraCycle, in Trenton, New Jersey. It accepts both basic and difficult-to-recycle waste including pens, laboratory waste, cigarette butts, art supplies, small auto parts, bathroom cleaning waste, toys, candy wrappers and coffee pods (TerraCycle.com).
CONTACT INFLUENCERS Tell companies when products have excessive or harmful packaging. In Delray Beach, Florida, Saltwater Brewery created biodegradable, safely edible wheat and barley six-pack rings to replace traditional plastic rings hazardous to wildlife. Restaurants routinely provide fresh plastic straws with refills. BYOS (bring your own straw), whether plastic, stainless steel or paper, and let management know why. Americans daily discard 500 million plastic straws (StrawlessOcean.org/alternatives). “Consumers are willing to change if options are available,” observes Szaky. “Manufacturers need to offer high-quality, reusable products designed for reuse, equal or superior in value to single-use, disposable items.” Connect with the freelance writer via AveryMack@mindspring.com.
HAVE A FERRY GOOD NEW YEAR by Julie Holman
ALGIERS FERRY & ALGIERS POINT Algiers Point is the second oldest neighborhood in New Orleans, founded in 1719, a year after the French Quarter, the oldest descendant of a waterway system that began in the late 1820s.
Economic Impact—A few steps off the Ferry and you will embrace historical buildings, quaint bars, eateries as well as Yoga & Wellness studios and corner parks.
Ferry services—Fees $2.00 per person-exact cash*
Get involved: · Algiers Historic Society: algiershistoricalsociety.org · Confetti Kids: confettikids.org · Friends of the Ferry: friendsoftheferry.org · Algiers Economic Development Association: algiersbonfire.com
Decrease your carbon footprint—The Algiers Ferry is a great way to commute to and from downtown. No charge for animals, bikes, or scooters. Fitness Path—The Algiers levee offers views across the Mississippi in both directions, popular with joggers, bikeriders, and dog-walkers. LED lights and benches line the pathway. Safety—Heading across the Mississippi for dinner and drinks or during Festivals and Mardi Gras, ferry use decreases the risk of alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents.
Future—Keep our ferries Rollin’ on the River. If the ferries were to be discontinued, over one million pedestrians who regularly take the Algiers Ferry would have to find alternative transportation for work and play.
Julie Holman loves all things Louisiana, especially sharing ways we can support our local economy and empower one another to embrace a healthy lifestyle. Contact Julie.firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to share your Deaux Local story. PHOTO: By Bogdan Migulski (Own work) natural awakenings
FOOD CHOICES THAT PREVENT OBESITY By Amber Lanier Nagle
Small changes in daily eating routines translate into healthier weight for America’s kids. n 2010, President Obama and Michelle Obama launched Let’s Move! as their signature initiative to tackle epidemic levels of U.S. childhood obesity. While modest progress has been made, it remains a public health crisis. A brief by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the obesity rate remained fairly stable at nearly 17 percent between 2011 and 2014 for children 2 to 19 years old. Caused mainly by inadequate physical activity, unhealthy diets and rare genetic factors, obesity increases the risk of significant health problems, including high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes, plus joint and breathing issues. “We must launch our own family anti-obesity campaigns,” urges pediatrician Ricardo Riesco, co-owner of Peds Care, in Dalton, Georgia. “Along
with increasing activity levels, we can encourage healthier eating habits at home and lead by example.”
PORTIONS MATTER In today’s “supersize-me” climate, teaching youngsters about appropriate portion sizes is imperative in fostering healthy eating habits. “It’s often hard for parents to find time to cook a meal at home,” Riesco acknowledges. “Too often, parents will pick up fast food for dinner, which is typically higher in calories and fat, plus the portion sizes are far too large.” When parents can’t prepare a meal from scratch, a frozen, boxed meal can be a better alternative than fast food. “The portions are more appropriate, so there’s more control with how much a child eats.” Tasty frozen organic meals are available at many grocers now.
RETHINKING FAMILY PLATES “A large part of the obesity problem stems from children consuming sodas and refined, processed, junk and fried foods,” says Daemon “Dr. Dae” Jones, a Washington, D.C., naturopathic physician and author of Eat More Plants. “They are low in nutrients, and high in sugars and calories that pack on the pounds.” Jones says the best way to combat obesity and form healthy eating habits is to replace processed foods with a whole foods diet plentiful in colorful fruits and vegetables, with sides of whole grains, nuts and seeds, and beans and legumes. “These foods are high in vitamins, nutrients, fiber, proteins and healthy fats. Lean meats, chicken and fish are good choices for protein, as well.”
BREAKFAST AND SNACKS Breakfast provides fuel for the body and helps young minds concentrate and learn, so experts warn against skipping or skimping on it. “I tell parents to, ‘Get
out of the box,’” says Doctor of Naturopathy JoAnn Yanez, executive director of the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges. “Offer them a balance of fats, proteins and complex carbohydrates.” She suggests making a batch of pancakes using an extra egg or almond meal for protein, served with fresh fruit and nitrate-free sausage. “I also recommend steel-cut oats,” she says. “I make them in advance, and in the morning add in all sorts of good stuff such as fresh fruit, almond meal and almond milk.” “Although almost everything can be enjoyed in moderation, decreasing or eliminating high-calorie, high-fat, low-nutrient treats can also help children develop healthy eating habits for life and prevent obesity,” says Registered Dietitian Wendy Palmer, manager of child wellness and a certified health education specialist at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. “A medium-sized apple or banana, or a cup of baby carrots with hummus, is a nutrient-rich snack for kids. Avoid snacks that have no nutritional value or are coated in sugar.” For more good ideas, see Tinyurl.com/ HealthySnackingOptions.
NO SUGARY DRINKS “There’s a strong correlation between sugary drinks and overweight, obese children,” observes Palmer. “I recommend that parents remove all sugary sodas, sports drinks and juice boxes from their children’s diets. Water and unsweetened seltzer water are great alternatives.” Palmer notes that many eating patterns are set before a child turns 3, so limiting all sugary drinks, including juices, is an important component of teaching young children healthier eating habits that will last a lifetime. Studies suggest a strong link between obese children and obese adults, so for parents concerned that their child’s cute baby fat has turned into something more, the time to act is now. Amber Lanier Nagle is a freelance writer in Northwest Georgia (AmberNagle.com). natural awakenings
THE MILLENNIAL POSTURE By Dr. Daniel Goodman DC
Times have changed. Computers, internet, smart phones and more. But have these advances caused an epidemic toward posture and health? Unfortunately, the answer is yes. This can be attributed to a syndrome known as anterior head carriage, forward head posture, text-neck, or what I refer to as the millennial posture. In previous decades, manual labor led to lower back pain rising with awareness of lumbar support. Today, we are seeing detrimental effects on the neck or cervical spine due to overuse of malposition of the head hanging in flexion. Generally, good posture has certain markers and parameters that are deemed normal. From a side view, oneâ€™s profile should align vertically from the ear, shoulder, hip, and ankle bone. Additionally, the cervical spine and lumbar spine are supposed to have similar curves. We are beginning to see that the integrity of the cervical curve is straightening. This causes early disc degeneration and arthritis as well as can alter the
function of the nervous system itself! The nervous system controls every cell, tissue, organ, and function in the body, including pain and the ability to heal. Housed in the spinal column, with distorted posture, excess or aberrant stresses are integrated throughout the spine greater affecting overall wellness. The average person spends at least four hours with their head down looking at their cell phone every day. This does not include the time spent in forward head posture while driving, working, or typing. For each inch of forward head posture, that is an added ten pounds of force that the rest of the body must compensate for. This excess compressive loading is causing changes in the integrity of the spine and discs. By being proactive, we can impede this phenomena or stop it altogether.
THREE ACTION STEPS TO COMBAT THE MILLENNIAL POSTURE: 1 | STOP LOOKING DOWN TO TEXT! Bring the phone to eye level, or better yet, decrease your cell phone usage completely.
2 | GET A LAPTOP STAND. They only cost 15 dollars on the low end. Set it so your eye level is one to two inches below the top of the screen. If you are looking down at your computer, you are feeding into the distortion.
3 | BE AWARE! Dr. Daniel Goodman DC is a nervous-system based chiropractor who focuses in wellness, family care, chronic pain, and natural health solutions. Dr. Goodman is available for complimentary ergonomic evaluations and consults in the workplace as well as lunch and learn sessions on posture, ergonomics, and natural health. Upper Cervical Family Chiropractic, 132 West Harrison Ave, New Orleans, 504.488.1800 12
Just by simply being conscious to try and keep the head more squarely on the shoulders, you will retrain your body and neurology to hold a better head position and in turn improve posture.
recipe for success
EAT FIT NOLA Eggplant
MAKES 8 SERVINGS
In a medium sauce pan, brown the meat. Remove any excess fat, by straining in a colander. In the same pan, saute garlic and onion for about 2 minutes. Be careful not to let the garlic burn. Return the meat to the pan, add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, basil, and pepper. Cover and simmer on low for 30-40 minutes.
Preheat a grill pan. Slice the zucchini into thin slices to resemble lasagna noodles. Grill the zucchini on both sides until there are some nice grill marks on each side (about a minute or so. This helps to remove any moisture in the zucchini so the lasagna isn't too watery).
1 1/2 pounds extra lean ground beef
2 egg whites
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 cup reduced fat cottage cheese
1/2 onion, chopped
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 25-ounce jar of Sal & Judy’s Heart Smart Sauce
1 teaspoon Sal & Judy’s Italian Seasoning
6 oz can tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon Sal & Judy’s Creole Seasoning
2 tablespoon chopped fresh basil ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper 4 medium zucchini, sliced 1/8” thick
For more ways to spice up your table, check out Ochsner Eat Fit recipes at EatFitNOLA.com
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine the egg whites, cottage cheese, pepper, and Italian and Creole seasonings.
Spray your 9x13 baking dish with non-stick spray. In the bottom of the pan, spread around a little bit of the meat sauce. Then place a layer of the zucchini on top. Spread a thin layer of the cheese mixture onto the zucchini layer. Repeat with meat sauce, zucchini, and cheese mixture for an additional layer. Sprinkle the mozzarella and parmesan cheese evenly over the whole dish.
2 tablespoons part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
Recipe by Rebecca Miller, MPH, RDN, LDN of Ochsner’s Eat Fit NOLA
Bake for 30-45 minutes and let stand for about 5-10 minutes before serving.
Per serving: 300 calories, 7 grams fat, 3.5 grams saturated fat, 720 mg sodium, 25 grams carbohydrates, 9 grams fiber, 15 grams sugar, 35 grams protein
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YOUR PUBLISHER’S GUIDE TO ALL THINGS #NATURALINNOLA
5 PLACES TO GRAB A SALAD ON THE GO 1. CITY GREENS | “We like to have fun and get a little weird” is one of their mantras. Love it! They also serve seasonally fresh produce that is locally sourced. With salads, wraps, and soups served at 3 locations: Elmwood, CBD, and Old Metairie— this can be a go-to to grab-and-go. www.eatcitygreens.com. 2. FRESH BAR | Like the Chipotle or
Subway for salads! This fast-casual gem on Magazine Street near the park can make a salad just the way you like it on the fly (and then you can eat it on the Fly! Ha). www.freshbarnola.com.
3. SATSUMA CAFÉ | With 2 locations already, one in the Bywater and another on Maple Street in Uptown, this awesome eatery often has a line out the door. They now have a 3rd one on the way, Satsuma To-Go, that will serve fresh salads and sandwiches already prepared, on Magazine St. near Whole Foods. www.satsumacafe.com. 4. MAX WELL | The new kid on the vegan
block, Max Well just had its grand opening on December 11th and I am so excited about it. Serving more fruits, veggies, whole grains, and nuts, they are creating a menu of “nutritionally dense whole foods” often in their raw form to serve food that “heals and satisfies.” Yet another great addition to restaurants geared towards healthy eating here in NOLA! Welcome Max Well, we’re glad you’re here! www.maxwellneworleans.com.
5. SWEGS KITCHEN | Swegs hit the NOLA
scene with a bang. With their first location in Mandeville blowing up, they now have locations in Midcity, a satellite location in Benson Tower in the CBD, and just recently opened their newest location on Veterans in Metairie. With the motto, “Eat Well. Feel Great,” this is a great place to pick up healthy food that is already prepared or made fresh to order and you can even “build your own salad” for $8.95. I love the color-coded menu so you can easily find food that is vegan or gluten-free, to name a couple of examples. I love that the tomato basil soup is not cream based and every now and then I treat myself to a chocolate peanut butter sweggie (their super yummy smoothies). They cater events as well. www.swegskitchen.com.
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A SEASONED LIFE | FIT AND FABULOUS OVER 5O By Julie Holman
LET’S GET MOVING! Whether it’s a new dawn or a New Year applying and obtaining wellness/fitness goals do wonders for emotional and physical well-being. Particularly after 50, metabolism shifts and hormonal imbalance partnered with a sedentary lifestyle lead to weight gain, immobility, or injury. People over 50 who maintain consistent activity and make subtle diet changes have increased flexibility, balance, and heightened sexual appetite. There’s room for improvement at any age—just take action! Determine your fitness goal—write it down, post where you see it daily, and apply the SMART acronym. SPECIFIC MEASURABLE ATTAINABLE RELEVANT TIMELY
Remove obstacles to your success. Don’t buy junk! Omit sugars, pre-packaged junk food, and eliminate fast food. If you embrace doing just those 3 things alone, you WILL optimize your metabolism, increase your energy, and think more clearly. MOVE IT. Park farther, skip the elevator, try Community Yoga, ride or rent a bike. GET OUTSIDE: Walk around Bayou St. John, City Park, Audubon Park, Crescent Park, or the Fly. HYDRATE: Nourish your inside with H20—it reflects on your outside. MEDITATE: Ohm. Set the timer for 5 minutes every morning and every night. CELEBRATE: Reward yourself with a massage or round of golf. LISTEN TO YOUR BODY: Exercise common sense and treat yourself well, for it’s not the quantity but it’s the quality of our life experiences.
Julie Holman CHLPN, CTT and E-RYT loves sharing the benefits of mindfulness and Yoga. When not movin’ ‘n groovin’ she is a perfectly seasoned Writer, and Emmy-nominated Producer who specializes in working with 501c3 Arts/Cultural & Wellness organizations.
Contact Julie.email@example.com if you would like to share your story.
ASK THE LIFE COACH
with Carla Robertson
INSPIRED LIVING Five Ways to Make the New Year Sparkle by Kelly Martinsen nspiration may strike anywhere, at any time. The trick is nurturing the process to appear on demand when we need it most. Often, an inspiration is sparked when we perceive someone being selfless, courageous, physically extraordinary or deliciously creative. However, we don’t need to wait for outside stimuli when we can discover internal stirrings by invoking any of these self-inspiring tips.
1. JUST DO IT – The Nike slogan has never been more appropriate. We all have something we’ve thought about doing or trying. Whether traveling to a new location, trying a different sport, joining a new-to-us group or club, or making more friends, don’t put it off—just do it. 2. DEFEAT ALLODOXAPHOBIA – It’s the fear of others’ negative opinions. Everyone suffers from this to some extent, and it can hinder us from living our best life. Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt remarked, “You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.” 3. VOLUNTEER – A common excuse for not volunteering is, “I don’t have the time.” Next year, make the time. When researchers at the London School of Economics examined the relationship between volunteering and happiness in a large group of American adults, they found that the more people volunteered, the happier they were.
4. JOURNAL – People often journal as a way to reflect upon their lives. That can be helpfully revealing, but rather than looking back, look forward, using a journal as a blueprint to manifest the most inspired year yet. Write out plans and dreams with the steps needed to achieve them. 5. GRATITUDE – This is the big one. One way to be and stay inspired is by starting off each day in a state of gratitude. Every morning before getting out of bed, think of at least three things to be grateful for. By doing this, we recognize the blessings we have and greet the day in a positive frame of mind. It’s a perfect way to end each day, too. When someone routinely inquires, “How are you?” answer, “I am grateful.”
Our time on Earth is not infinite. With only so many days promised, let’s vow to live them inspired.
KELLY MARTINSEN is publisher of Natural Awakenings Long Island and author of the new book A Year of Inspired Living (Publisher@awakeli.com).
How do I keep clear energy around what is most important to me as I set goals for the New Year? —Lori
ori, you’re already ahead of the game by realizing that you need to focus on what is important to you. So many of us get caught up in the New Year frenzy and look outside of ourselves to determine what the “good life” is, or what health or wellness looks like, rather than listening to our inner wisdom. Get still, then ask yourself, “What do I want?” Write a list. Choose one or two very specific things that you want most from that list, then ask, “Why do I want them? Why are they worth working for? How are these goals aligned with my long-term vision for my life?” Take your time and write out your answers. What you most deeply want does not need to make sense to anyone but you. Once you articulate your goals clearly, the steps to getting there will also be clearer. Then simply keep taking small steps and checking in regularly for alignment with your vision. If you get off track, it’s ok; no need to give up. Revisit your why. Start again. Watch what becomes possible! Carla is a master certified life coach in New Orleans. Have a question for Carla or want to learn more about her programs, events or services? Contact her at carla@ livingwildandprecious.com or 504-507-0687.
HERO DEREK WILSON
erek Wilson is the definition of community Ambassador for health. Mr. Wilson is a peer leader who encourages participants to get active and educates his peers on healthy eating. He has participated in Bike Easy’s Complete Streets Ambassador program to improve walk-ability and bike-ability in the Claiborne Corridor. He is also a Greenway Ambassador, working to improve resident engagement with the Greenway, educate community on storm water management, and gather community feedback to shape Greenway programing. Lastly, he is an ambassador for the Krewe De Lose program. Krewe de Lose is a Tulane-based weekly healthy lifestyle support and education program in which persons learn how eating right and exercising can help one live a healthier life, with classes taught or co-taught by community ambassadors.
Fit NOLA & Whole Foods Market together launched Healthy Heroes—a program to celebrate community members leading healthy efforts across New Orleans. Each month, residents are invited to NOMINATE A HEALTHY HERO ONLINE before the designated deadline for a chance to be selected as that month’s sole winner. Nomination questions focus on the environment Healthy Heroes create for themselves and others.To learn more about the Healthy Hero initiative or apply to be a Healthy Hero, please visit: nola.gov/health-department/fit-nola/healthy-hero/.
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markyourcalendar Blue Cliff College, Massage Therapy Department, Continuing Education, CEUs for LMTs January 13-14, 2018
Massage Cupping Bodywork Introduction, Annie Garic, ACE Educator
January 13-15, 2018
Massage Level 1 Certification, Annie Garic, ACE Educator
January 27-28, 2018
Deep Tissue Beyond the Basics, John Chetta, LMT
February 23-25, 2018
Ortho-Bionomy Basics: Focus on Spine & Pelvis, Peggy Scott, Associate Advanced Instructor of Ortho-Bionomy
March 3-5, 2018
Ortho-Bionomy Basics: Focus on Extremities, Peggy Scott, Associate Advanced Instructor of OrthoBionomy
JANUARY 9, 2018 Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program – 12:30pm. Dr. Debbi Hannan presents: The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program at Chiropractic Health Center. Free. 101 Clearview Pkwy at Airline Dr, New Orleans. 504-454-2000
New Years Day Restore to Radiance Workshop – 12-3pm. $50. Wild Lotus Yoga Uptown. 4842 Perrier St, New Orleans. 504-8990047. WildLotusYoga.com
JANUARY 2, 2018 Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program – 5:30pm. Dr. Debbi Hannan presents: The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program at Chiropractic Health Center. Free. 101 Clearview Pkwy at Airline Dr, New Orleans. 504-454-2000 Drum Circle – 7pm. An ancient, energizing, rhythmic spiritual practice! $10 Suggested Donation. Unity of Metairie. 3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. 504-8857575. UnityOfMetairie.com
JANUARY 4, 2018 5 Week Practices in Self Care Course – 7:45-9pm. $90. Wild Lotus Yoga Uptown. 4842 Perrier St, New Orleans. 504-899-0047. WildLotusYoga.com
JANUARY 5, 2018 Kagami Baraki Weekend Seminar at NOLA Aikido – 6:30pm. Through January 7. $100, whole seminar; $40, per class. 3909 Bienville St, New Orleans. NOLAAikido.com.
JANUARY 6, 2018 Tree Planting – 10am-12pm. Woodlands Conservancy. 449 F Edward Hebert Blvd, Belle Chasse. Emma@WoodlandsConservancy.org
March 17-18, 2018
Get Fit with Fred Boot Camp – 11:15am12:15pm. $5. Bad Wolf Bar & Grill. 2010 O’Connor St, Gretna.
March 24-25, 2018
111th Jackson Day Race – 7am-1pm. $40. Members $35-40, Youth $20-30. Aycock Barn. 409 Aycock St, Arabi. NOTC@RunNOTC.org
Hot Stone Massage, Derrie Bergeron, LMT Reiki I & II, Toshii Cooper, LMT & Reiki Master Teacher
May 26-28, 2018
Ortho-Bionomy: Chapman’s Reflexes, Debby Benson, Advanced Instructor SOBI
June 23-24, 2018
Atoning Chakra Massage, Toshii Cooper, LMT & Reiki Master Instructor For information: 504-293-0972. PeggyS@BlueCliffCollege.com
JANUARY 1, 2018 New Year’s Day Run/Walk – 8-11am. $25-30, $20-25 for youth/seniors. Crescent Park, 2300 N Peters St, New Orleans. CrescentParkNOLA.org
JANUARY 7, 2018
Jazz Funeral for the Old Year – 11am. This service will feature the history and stories of this deeply New Orleans tradition and rituals for laying down and cutting loose the weight of the old year. 5212 S. Claiborne Ave, New Orleans.
Heart Chakra Class – 7pm. Energy center that affects love, compassion, spirituality. $10 Suggested Donation. Unity of Metairie. 3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd. 504-885-7575. UnityOfMetairie.com 3 Week Living the Heart’s Truth Course – 7:45-9:15pm. $54. Wild Lotus Yoga Uptown, 4842 Perrier St, New Orleans. 504-899-0047. WildLotusYoga.com
JANUARY 10, 2018 Deep Tissue Massage Clinic – 12:45 & 2:15pm. Also Jan 12, 17, 19, 24, 26 & 31. Help a student with their education at our student massage clinic. Deep Tissue is a full body massage that really works out the kinks. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info or appointment: 504-293-0972 8 Week Kids & Tweens Yoga Courses – 4-5:15pm. $108. Wild Lotus Yoga Uptown, 4842 Perrier St, New Orleans. 504-899-0047. WildLotusYoga.com Wellness Wednesday: Sexual Health – 6-8pm. Glitter Box New Orleans, 1109 Royal St #A, New Orleans. Info@GlitterBoxNO.com
JANUARY 11, 2018 Deep Tissue Massage Clinic – 6:15 & 7:30pm. Also January18. Help a student with their education at our student massage clinic. Deep Tissue is a full body massage that really works out the kinks. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info or appointment: 504-293-0972 Neuro-Muscular Therapy Clinic – 6:15 & 7:30pm. Also January 18. Help a student with their education at our student massage clinic. NMT is a deep massage that targets a problem area such as low back pain. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info or appointment: 504-293-0972
JANUARY 11, 2018 Green Drinks: Building the Water Economy – 5:30-7pm. Free. LifeCity. Janae@MyLifeCity.com
JANUARY 19, 2018 MANIFEST YOUR POTENTIAL Through January 21st. Join Jack Fontana and Jennifer Maricelli in an exciting journey manifesting your heart’s desire. Feel inspired, get rewired, and create your vision for 2018 through breathwork, processes, dialogue, journaling, etc. Prepare to be illuminated for the new year. $399 all-inclusive 2-night stay, meals, and instruction with double occupancy ($40 additional for private room) if booked by Jan 12th, $475 after the 12th; cash, check, or credit/debit card. William Kelly Retreat Center. 510 N 2nd St., Bay St Louis, MS. 504-453-9161. JackFontana.com
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JANUARY 16, 2018
Nature, the Nature Archetype, and the Psychology of C. G. Jung – 7:30pm. $15, Students $10, Members Free. Parker UMC, 1130 Nashville, New Orleans. JungNewOrleans.org
Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program – 5:30pm. Dr. Debbi Hannan presents: The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program at Chiropractic Health Center. Free. 101 Clearview Pkwy at Airline Dr, New Orleans. 504-454-2000
One World Everybody Eats 2018 Summit – 9am. Through January 15. $100. Maison Dupuy Hotel. 1001 Toulouse St, New Orleans. OneWorldEverybodyEats.org Winter Zen Meditation Retreat – 9pm. Through January 13. $150. $180 for Overnight Stay. 13152 Chef Menteur Blvd. Info@ TibetanHouse.com
JANUARY 13, 2018 2nd Annual Black Women’s Wellness Conference – 9am-5pm. $65-75. Students: $35. New Orleans Jazz Market. 1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleans. Info@WilbornClinicalServices.com Give Warmth to the Homeless Project – 9-11:30am. St Joseph Church. 610 6th St, New Orleans. NOLAKnittersGive@gmail.com Hike for Your Health – 10am12pm. $5. Free for Members. Woodlands Conservancy. 449 F Edward Hebert Blvd, Belle Chasse. Emma@ WoodlandsConservancy.org Free Introduction to AcuReiki – 11am-12pm. Free. Call to RSVP: 504-410-9716.
Metaphysical Bible Study – 7pm. See ancient scripture through new eyes! $10 Suggested Donation. Unity of Metairie. 3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. 504-8857575. UnityOfMetairie.com
JANUARY 17, 2018 Magnify & Midnight Run – 6:309pm. Free. 1230 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans. yamarchno.org
JANUARY 18, 2018 Swedish Massage Clinic – 6:15 & 7:30pm. Also January 25. Help a student with their education at our student massage clinic. NMT is a deep massage that targets a problem area such as low back pain. $30. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info or appointment: 504-293-0972
JANUARY 19, 2018 Spiritual Cinema: Unacknowledged – 7pm. Intriguing film focusing on the Disclosure Files and UFO government secrecy. $5 Suggested Donation. Unity of Metairie. 3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. 504-885-7575. UnityOfMetairie.com
JANUARY 20, 2018 MLK Day of Service – 8am-2pm. Free. UNO. 2000 Lakeshore Dr, New Orleans.
JANUARY 23, 2018 Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program – 12:30pm. Dr. Debbi Hannan presents: The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program at Chiropractic Health Center. Free. 101 Clearview Pkwy at Airline Dr, New Orleans. 504454-2000 Voices of Unity – 7pm. Open discussion on spirituality. $5 Suggested Donation. Unity of Metairie. 3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. 504885-7575. UnityOfMetairie.com
JANUARY 25, 2018 LifeCity Love Your City Awards – 6:30-9pm. After January 1: $40, Members $25. At the Door: $45, Members $35. Sheraton Hotel. 500 Canal St, New Orleans. Jeana@ MyLifeCity.com. MyLifeCity. com/LoveYourCity-2018/
JANUARY 27, 2018 Obesity & Bariatic Update: Battle of the Bayou Bulge – 7am-2:45pm. $150 Physicians, $100 Non-Physicians. Downtown Marriott. 859 Convention Center Blvd, New Orleans. Education. Ochsner.org/CME
JANUARY 28, 2018 Pet CPR & First Aid Class – 12-3pm. Join us for the only Pet CPR & First Aid certification class in the city! Learn life-saving skills to help the furry friends around you. Pre-registration is recommended. $69.95. NOLA Bark Market. 3041 N. Rampart St, New Orleans. 504-571-9008. CleverCanine2@gmail.com. Designing a Home Yoga Practice You Can Stick To – 3-5:30pm. $35. Wild Lotus Yoga Uptown. 4842 Perrier St, New Orleans. 504899-0047. WildLotusYoga.com
JANUARY 30, 2018 Tulane Climate Action Day – 9am-6pm. Free. Kendall Cram Room, Tulane LBC, McAlister Pl, New Orleans.
JANUARY 30, 2018 Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program – 5:30pm. Dr. Debbi Hannan presents: The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program at Chiropractic Health Center. Free. 101 Clearview Pkwy at Airline Dr, New Orleans. 504-454-2000
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Introduction to Zen Meditation – 8:30 am (except the first Sunday of the month). By donation. Midcity Zen. 3248 Castiglione St, New Orleans. MidCityZen.org. Community Hot Quickie – 9-10am. Sixty minute, Bikram-inspired hot yoga. Same therapeutic practice, less time! All levels welcome; no class package required – by donation every week! Yes, Yoga. 8338 Oak St, New Orleans. YesYogaNOLA@gmail.com. YesYogaNOLA.co. Sunday Morning Meditation – 9am. Unity of New Orleans Spiritual Center, 3722 St Charles Ave, New Orleans. 504-899-3390. UnityNewOrleans.org. A Course in Miracles – 9:30am. Unity of New Orleans Spiritual Center, 3722 St Charles Ave, New Orleans. 504-899-3390. UnityNewOrleans.org.
Compost NOW – 4-5:30pm. Free. Accept fruits and vegetables scraps, coffee grounds, tea bags, eggshells, nut shells, seed shells, plain bread, grains, and rice. No meat, bones, or dairy. Bring in a paper or compostable bag or a reusable container and freeze your scraps. Children’s Resource Library. Beginners Karate Class – 5:30-6:15pm. Also Wednesday and Friday. First class free. LA Karate Association Dojo, 706C Phosphor Ave, Metairie. 504-835-6825. LKAKarate.com Basic/Beginners Aikido Class – 6:15pm-7:15pm. Practice the art of peace. First class free. NOLA Aikido, 3909 Bienville St, Ste. 103 in Mid-City, New Orleans. 504-208-4861. Info@NOLAAikido.com.
Science of Being – 9:30am. Unity of New Orleans Spiritual Center, 3722 St Charles Ave, New Orleans. 504-899-3390. UnityNewOrleans.org.
Qigong/Dao-In – Noon. Tues & Thurs. Bring a mat. $5/class. New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St Claude Ave, 4th flr, New Orleans. 985-467-0900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Yoga of Jesus – 9:45am. Class based on the Yogananda book The Yoga of Jesus. All are invited. Free. Unity of New Orleans Spiritual Center, 3722 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans.
Connected Warriors Yoga – 12-1pm. Higher Power Yoga and Cycle, 514 City Park Ave. Free Yoga for Veterans, Service members, active, military, and their friends and family.
Strength Palace – 10-11am. No-pressure group exercise class for real people promoting positivity and strength for all. 4210 St Claude Ave, inside Shaolin-Do Kung Fu & Tai Chi, New Orleans.
Young Yogis – 3:45-4:30pm. Fun, playful class for kids 4 to 8 years old to strengthen their bodies with yoga poses and learn to focus and center themselves with breathing and meditation. Music, games, and stories complete the mind-body connection. Led by Heidi, a certified Kidding Around yoga instructor and experienced elementary school teacher. $49/six classes; $10 drop-in. Transform NOLA. 8509 Oak St, New Orleans. 985-640-2648. TransformNOLA.com
Unity of New Orleans Spiritual Center Sunday Service – 11am. 3722 St Charles Ave, New Orleans. 504-899-3390. UnityNewOrleans.org. Sunday Celebration Service – 11am. Unity of Metairie. 3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd, 504-8857575. UnityOfMetairie.com. Eckankar – 11am-12pm. Discover what Eckankar can do for you to enrich your life with Divine Guidance. NO Healing Center, 2371 St Claude Ave, 4th floor. Basic/Beginners Aikido Class – 3:30pm4:30pm. Practice the art of peace. First class free. NOLA Aikido, 3909 Bienville St, Ste. 103 in Mid-City, New Orleans. 504-208-4861. Info@ NOLAAikido.com. Yin Yoga – 5-6pm. Gentle, restorative yoga: Long holds. Deep stretching. Props. Yoga newbies encouraged! Yes, Yoga. 8338 Oak St, New Orleans. YesYogaNOLA@gmail.com YesYogaNOLA.co.
Yoga in the Cathedral – 5:30-6:30pm. Bring your own mat. Free (donations accepted.) Christ Church Cathedral, 2919 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans. HIIT at the Peristyle – 6-7:30pm. All levels. Bring a water bottle and a friend. Free. Peristyle on City Park. Relax, Release, and Renew – 6:30-7:30pm. Weekly series to build coping skills, create deep relaxation, nourish your mind/body/spirit, and enhance life. $10 Suggested Donation. Affordable Healing Arts. 2372 St Claude Ave, Suite 220, New Orleans. AffordableHealingArts.com Northshore Table Tennis Club – 6:30-9:30pm. $5 per session. Abita Recreation District #11. 22517 Hwy 36, Abita Springs.
WEDNESDAY | QI-GYM | 10-11am. Qi-Gong and Brain Gym® movements to restore & rewire health in mind and body. Broadmoor Arts & Wellness Center. 3900 General Taylor, New Orleans. BrainHeartBalance.com or 504-309-0002.
wednesday Gentle Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. Free. Lyons Rec Center, 624 Louisiana Ave. Prayer and Healing – 11am. Unity of New Orleans Spiritual Center, 3722 St Charles Ave. 504-8993390. UnityNewOrleans.org. Compost NOW – 12:30-2pm. Free. Accept fruits and vegetables scraps, coffee grounds, tea bags, eggshells, nut shells, seed shells, plain bread, grains, and rice. No meat, bones, or dairy. Bring in a paper or compostable bag or a reusable container and freeze your scraps. Behind Latter Library/Friends of NOPL. Wellness Wednesdays: Ideal Protein – 5-5:30pm. Majoria Drug Store, 888 Terry Parkway, Terrytown. 504-392-1551. email@example.com. idealmajoria.com. Community Meditation – 6-7pm. Love Offering. Unity of Metairie, 3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. 504-885-7575. UnityOfMetairie.com. Compost NOW – 6-7:30pm. Free. Accept fruits and vegetables scraps, coffee grounds, tea bags, eggshells, nut shells, seed shells, plain bread, grains, and rice. No meat, bones, or dairy. Bring in a paper or compostable bag or a reusable container and freeze your scraps. Mid-City Library. Aerial Yoga: Power – 6-7pm. Get superhero strong in a fun, vibrant class that utilizes aerial hammocks to support and challenge you in traditional and unique yoga poses. Accessible to all fitness levels – even a true beginner. $15 drop-in. Transform NOLA. 8509 Oak St, New Orleans. 985640-2648. TransformNOLA.com Core + More! – 6-6:50pm. Transform NOLA, 8509 Oak St. 985-640-2648. mia@TransformNOLA. com. TransformNOLA.com. Basic/Beginners Aikido Class – 6:15-7:15pm. Practice the art of peace. First class free. NOLA Aikido, 3909 Bienville St, Ste 103, in Mid-City, New Orleans. 504-208-4861. Info@NOLAAikido.com. Free Spirited Yoga – 6:30pm. Free. Join NOLA Tribe Yoga for Free Spirited Yoga every Wednesday night. Warm up 5K at 5:35pm. The Tchoup Yard, 405 Third St, New Orleans. Inner Flow Yoga – 6:30pm. Enhances lymphatic flow, digestion, immunity, balance, and relaxation. Great for beginners! $10. The Esplanade at City Park Yoga Studio, 3443 Esplanade Ave, 2nd Fl, New Orleans, LA. A Course in Miracles – 6:30pm. Facilitated by Mary Beth Ellis. Unity of New Orleans Spiritual Center, 3722 St Charles Ave, New Orleans. 504899-3390. UnityNewOrleans.org. A Course in Miracles Discussion – 7pm. Join Rev Jack Fowler. Love offering. Unity of Metairie, 3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. 504-885-7575. UnityOfMetairie.com. Level Up! Intermediate Yoga – 7:30-8:30pm. A challenging practice to bring you to the next level! Arm balances. Backbends. Inversions. 95 degrees. Come be playful and learn to fall in style! Yes, Yoga. 8338 Oak St, New Orleans.
Uptown Hot Vinyasa – 9-10am. New class time! A dynamic, heated flow practice. Come sweat and move like you! All levels welcome. Yes, Yoga. 8338 Oak St, New Orleans. YesYogaNOLA@gmail.com. YesYogaNOLA.co. Qigong/Dao-In – Noon. Tues & Thurs. Bring a mat. $5/class. New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St Claude Ave, 4th flr, New Orleans. 985-467-0900 or dc@ affordablehealingarts.com. Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Free. Popp’s Bandstand, in front of Morning Call in City Park. 56 Dreyfous drive. Bring a mat, a water bottle, and a friend. Compost NOW – 6-7:30pm. Free. Accept fruits and vegetables scraps, coffee grounds, tea bags, eggshells, nut shells, seed shells, plain bread, grains, and rice. No meat, bones, or dairy. Bring in a paper or compostable bag or a reusable container and freeze your scraps. Alvar Library. Northshore Table Tennis Club – 6:30-9:30pm. $5 per session. Abita Recreation District #11. 22517 Hwy 36, Abita Springs. Peaceful Mamas Monthly Class for Busy Moms – 7:45-9:15pm. Wild Lotus Yoga Uptown. 504-899-0047. TeamLotus@WildLotusYoga.com. WildLotusYoga.com WildLotusYoga.com.504-899-0047. TeamLotus@WildLotusYoga.com. WildLotusYoga.com
Tiny Trees – 10-10:30am. Simple, animated poses, games, music, breathing, and meditation are all a part of this sweet, fun, class designed especially for you and your child. One adult can attend with up to two children, ages 1 to 3. $49/ six classes; $10 drop-in. Transform NOLA. 8509 Oak St, New Orleans. 985-6402648. TransformNOLA.com Happier Hour Wine Tasting – 5-7pm. Free. Spirit Wine, 3500 Magazine St, New Orleans. Jammin’ Community Hot Quickie – 5:30-6:30pm. Bikram-style class to music. Live DJ and Oak St. Happy Hour on the fourth Friday of every month! Donation suggested. Yes, Yoga. 8338 Oak St, New Orleans. YesYogaNOLA@gmail.com. YesYogaNOLA.co. New Orleans Spiritual Awakening Group – 6-9pm. New Orleans Spiritual Awakening Group sponsored by Homeward Bound Services. May Wen. Broadmoor Arts and Wellness, 3900 General Taylor St., NOLA. https://facebook. com/neworleansspiritualawakening. Beginners Yoga / Level 1 Vinyasa – 6-7pm. Free. Broadmoor Arts and Wellness Center, 3900 General Taylor. Bring a mat, a towel, and a water bottle along with any other props you wish to bring. WildLotusYoga.com.504-899-0047. TeamLotus@WildLotusYoga.com. WildLotusYoga.com
Northshore Table Tennis Club – 9:30am-12:30pm. $5 per session. Abita Recreation District #11. 22517 Hwy 36, Abita Springs. Yoga and Guided Meditation – 10-11:30am. Yoga nidra with Katrina Zech. $15 donation. Unity of New Orleans Spiritual Center, 3722 St Charles Ave, New Orleans. UnityNewOrleans.org. Inner Flow Yoga – 10am. Enhances lymphatic flow, digestion, immunity, balance, and relaxation. Great for beginners! $10. The Esplanade at City Park Yoga Studio, 3443 Esplanade Ave, 2nd Fl, New Orleans, LA. Compost NOW – 10:30-12pm. Free. Accept fruits and vegetables scraps, coffee grounds, tea bags, eggshells, nut shells, seed shells, plain bread, grains, and rice. No meat, bones, or dairy. Bring in a paper or compostable bag or a reusable container and freeze your scraps. Rosa Keller Library. Level Up Intermediate Yoga – 11am-12:15pm. A challenging practice to bring you to the next level! Arm balances. Backbends. Inversions. 95 degrees. Come be playful and learn to fall in style! Yes, Yoga. 8338 Oak St, New Orleans. YesYogaNOLA@gmail.com. YesYogaNOLA.co.
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LOVE YOUR CITY AWARDS GALA
CELEBRATING SUSTAINABILITY LEADERS IN NEW ORLEANS!
We all love our city, but what are we doing about it?
n Thursday, January 25th, LifeCity, Natural Awakenings, and the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce will be celebrating those businesses and non-profits that are solving our community’s greatest challenges. We invite you to recognize those organizations who are working hard every day to make a difference for our community—those organizations that are putting their love for New Orleans into action in their business purchasing, operations, and services. The Love Your City Awards (formerly known as the Green Games Awards), celebrates the incredible social and environmental impact of 2017
for our region. From installing rain gardens that reduce flooding, to strengthening health care benefits, we have so many organizations to recognize for their leadership in building a stronger New Orleans. Why should you participate? It’s Impactful: By supporting the Love Your City Awards, you are helping support: • Organizations who support a triple bottom line • Measuring externalities like pollution or health care access that have significant costs to society • A transition to a more sustainable economy • A stronger New Orleans (because we love our City!) • In 2016 alone, the impact of these organizations collectively has lead to over 58,000 gallons of water saved in just one small thing like removing bottled water! • It’s fun! • The Awards Ceremony is an unforgettable event filled with live music from the only all-female, Shake ‘Em Up Jazz Band! Expect swing dancing and bring your dancing shoes! • The event is MC’d by local comedian, Mary Jacobs, of Live Girls, an all-star improv group! • There will be incredible food from local green restaurants like Cafe Carmo and SEED!
How can you participate? • Attend the event! Buy your tickets here: mylifecity.com/love yourcity-2018 • Be a conscious consumer in New Orleans: support local, impactful, minorityowned business • Support policies that grow the Impact Economy: attend Environmental Advisory Committee Meetings to the New Orleans City Council Chaired by LifeCity, CEO, Liz Shephard (fourth Fridays of the month, from 11-1pm) We hope you will join us for this fantastic event!
For more information contact publisher@NALAmag.com.
PLEASE SUPPORT OUR LOCAL NEW ORLEANS SMALL BUSINESSES AND SERVICE PROVIDERS. CONTACT THEM TODAY AND TELL THEM NALAMAG SENT YOU!
New Year, New You