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he top three reasons for ill health today are poor nutrition or malnutrition, exposure to environmental toxins, and stress. We experience these so regularly that we count such conditions normal rather than the abnormal. When these factors combine or become extreme, we become sick or diseased; yet conventional medicine still continues to treat symptoms instead of seeking to remedy the underlying cause. When I was in private practice as a nutritionist, a businessman being treated for heart disease was referred to me because his blood work failed to improve despite what his doctor judged to be a fairly healthy diet, regular exercise routine and the correct medication. My role was to reevaluate his diet. When we met, the man seemed angry. When I asked if he was angry about being there, he responded by pounding on the desk and shouting, “I am not angry!” He realized, of course, that he had just proven my point. Talking together about his life, it became clear that he was highly agitated about being betrayed by a friend. His diet was not so much the issue, as his doctor had thought. So, I recommended helpful sessions with a therapist. Today, I would also have recommended an appropriate mind-body therapy to keep both everyday and major life stressors in check. This all speaks to a complementary approach to conventional medicine. And here’s another one: How often have we heard someone say, “It’s all in your head”? When it comes to our physical and emotional well-being, mental health is being increasingly admitted to be a primary factor. Certainly, modern medicine has brought sometimes helpful drugs, sophisticated surgeries and advanced technologies, but none of these substitutes for ongoing self care and our own healing powers; often that’s all that’s needed. Thankfully, more conventionally trained doctors and healthcare workers are recognizing this, and moving to the forefront of the emerging movement of health care versus sick care. Dr. James Gordon is one of the pioneers at the cutting edge. Trained as a psychiatrist and now a professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine, he is also founder of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, in Washington, D.C., which is active in Louisiana. Gordon discovered mind-body medicine as he sought to free himself from depression. He and his team of professionals bring mind-body medicine to bear in helping people traumatized by community-wide disasters, including Katrina, Rita and the BP Gulf oil spill. They train local professionals, who in turn teach others in affected communities in how to use mind-body techniques to deal with issues they are experiencing. In the process of serving, they are also demonstrating to the wider community that mind-body medicine works. For more about their ongoing work in our region, read Linda Sechrist’s feature article, “The Center for Mind-Body Medicine: Ordinary People Making Extraordinary Differences in Southeast Louisiana.” A sought-after expert, we are fortunate that Dr. Gordon has agreed to be the keynote speaker at the first NOLA Healthy Living & Sustainability Expo, on October 12. His dynamic presentations are full of inspiration and humor. Invite your friends and neighbors; everyone needs to hear his message.
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ocal nonprofit Bayou Rebirth will hold a Native Plant Symposium in New Orleans on Friday, October 11 in an effort to present opportunities and barriers for utilizing native plants to help manage storm water. The event, which is to be held at Delgado Community College, is made possible through funding by the Louisiana Native Plant Society and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry’s Urban and Community Forestry Program. Natural Awakenings is also a sponsor of the event. This one day conference will introduce planners, engineers, botanists and community members to native plants as a resource for solving water-related problems, as there has been a resurgence of the use of biological systems, wetlands in particular, to manage water. So-called green infrastructure include green roofs, rain gardens, rainwater catchment systems and other strategies that retain storm water runoff and reduce the burden on the drainage system. Developers and designers will have the opportunity to learn from native plant experts and growers about how best to use natives for function as well as form. Networking of these groups will also help develop the commercial market for native plants. The symposium will offer speakers and panels, site visits where native plants are used around the city, and breakout sessions with mini design charettes facilitated by Delgado Horticulture students. These sessions will allow for attendees to contribute their expertise and work together to apply their new knowledge to pilot projects. Bayou Rebirth’s Native Plant Symposium will be held the day before the NOLA Healthy Living & Sustainability Expo, hosted by Natural Awakenings, which is working together with Bayou Rebirth to help promote and host both inspirational events. Bayou Rebirth is celebrating its fifth year working with volunteers to restore wetland sites in southern Louisiana through wetland plantings, rain garden installations, education programs and neighborhood nurseries around the city. The team of interns and part-time supervisors is lead by Bayou Rebirth’s Founder and Director Colleen Morgan, who is also Natural Awakenings’ Environmental Editor. For more information on the event, or for those interested in sponsorship opportunities, visit the website at www.bayourebirth.org, email email@example.com or call 480-621-2237. See ad on page 5. – a quaint oasis in the heart of old metairie –
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he Manchester Guardian reports that childbirth experts in the United Kingdom are urging the National Health Service (NHS) to reverse its policy on early clamping and cutting of a newborn’s umbilical cord. A recent Swedish study of 400 full-term infants from low-risk pregnancies published in the British Medical Journal found that delayed cord-clamping at birth resulted in infants being 5 percent less likely of being anemic two days later or iron deficient four months later. The latter problem has been associated with impaired brain development. The practice of separating infants from the placenta within 10 seconds of delivery has been commonplace since the 1960s, as supported by the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, which advises the NHS. However, several doctors, medical organizations and the nonprofit National Childbirth Trust (NCT), plus the World Health Organization, disagree; they advocate leaving the placenta untouched for at least 30 seconds up to whenever it stops pulsating naturally (usually between two to five minutes). Exceptions would be if the baby’s or mother’s health necessitates medical intervention. “At birth, about a third of the baby’s blood is still in his or her cord and placenta,” explains Belinda Phipps, NCT chief executive. Unfortunately, “It is still accepted practice to deprive the baby of this blood.”
A Tribute to the American Elderberry
he International Society for Horticultural Science named the elderberry its 2013 Herb of the Year for good reason. In June, scientists gathered in Columbia, Missouri, to share research on the potential of elderberries and elder flowers for preventing and treating illnesses at the first International Elderberry Symposium. For example, Dennis Lubahn, director of the University of Missouri’s Center for Botanical Interaction Studies, and his team are researching the molecular mechanisms behind elderberry’s folk medicine legacy; specifically, how the berries might help prevent strokes, prostate cancer and inflammation while boosting an individual’s resistance to infectious diseases. Preliminary results show that just two tablespoons of elderberry juice per day appear to offer protection against prostate cancer. Madeleine Mumcuoglu, Ph.D., from the Hebrew University Hadassah Medical Center, in Jerusalem, explained how the yet unnamed active principle in elderberry blocks viruses from entering human cells. She believes that elderberry extract holds significant potential for preventing and reducing symptoms of the flu, including avian flu and swine flu, plus HIV and the herpes simplex virus. The effective dose may be just one tablespoon a day. While Mumcuoglu believes elderberry extract is safe, she does not recommend it for pregnant women or those with autoimmune diseases, because it is a known immune system stimulant. “It may be completely risk-free,” she says. “We simply don’t yet have adequate data for proof.” For more information, visit MUConf.Missouri.edu/elderberrysymposium.
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“Early detection is better than late detection, but it’s not prevention,” says Silberstein, who taught the psychology of health and disease at Pennsylvania’s Immaculata University. “We focus on building up patients—minimizing treatment side effects, enhancing immune system function, improving nutritional status and addressing the reasons for sickness in the first place.” “Conventional medicine never addresses the cause, which is a process that needs to be understood so the individual can turn it off,” elaborates Massachusetts Institute of Technologytrained scientist Raymond Francis, author of Never Fear Cancer Again: How to Prevent and Reverse Cancer. Based on his experience beating cancer and research into cellular biochemistry and molecular biology, he concluded that the disease is a biological process that affects the entire body, not something that can be cut out, killed or poisoned. “Central to healing and prevention is the elimination of things that fuel the growth of cancer cells, such as sugar, toxins, heavy metals, nutrient-deficient processed foods and an acidic environment in the body,” observes Francis. “Regular exercise, a daily, high-quality multivitamin and detoxification are equally crucial to restoring the body’s biological terrain.” Doctor of Naturopathy Judy Seeger, founder of CancerCleanseCamp.com and host of CancerAnswers.TV and Cancer Winner Radio, recommends both a regular detoxification regimen and ongoing healthy nutritional plan to help maintain a healing alkaline environment. While this helps cleanse the body of environmental toxins, the toxic emotions and stress that produce acid, weaken the immune system and create an environment for cancer to propagate, must also be dealt with. Experts generally agree on a range of basic, commonsense preventive measures that include a low-fat, plant-based diet; aerobic, flexibility and strength exercises; healthy sleep habits; and other stress-reducing activities. “These are basic ingredients for maintaining sound health, and can be crucial toward improving the health of an individual with cancer,” says Dr. Keith Block, the “father of integrative oncology,” and author of Life Over Cancer. He founded The Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment, in Skokie, Illinois, that customizes care plans based
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“When it comes to one’s lifetime risk of cancer, healthy diet and lifestyle choices can make all the difference.” ~ Susan Silberstein, Ph.D., founder and president of the Center for Advancement in Cancer Education life-threatening, complications. An anticancer biochemical terrain will even boost a patient’s overall quality of life. At the Block Center, detailed assessments identify disruptions in six defining features of patients’ biochemical terrain— oxidation, inflammation, immunity, blood coagulation, glycemia and stress chemistry. Cancer thrives on terrain disruptions, which also can impair treatment.
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Silberstein and other leading physicians, including Dr. Tien-Sheng Hsu, a Chinese psychiatrist and author of the Secret to Healing Cancer; Dr. Jingduan Yang, a board-certified psychiatrist and founder and medical director of the Tao Institute of Mind & Body Medicine; and Seeger, believe that the mind and spirit play a significant role in healing. “Cancer begins in the spirit and ends up in the body, which is why I recommend that anyone positively diagnosed read the Cancer Report,” remarks Silberstein. Cancer Report, co-written by John R. Voell and Cynthia A. Chatfield, discusses psychoneuroimmunology and the powerful role that the mind, emotions and spirit play in contributing to or resisting disease and healing even the
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In 2011, Harvard School of Public Health researchers made news by discovering that consuming one serving of canned food daily for five days led to significantly elevated urinary levels of bisphenol-A (BPA). This plastic and epoxy resin ingredient is found in the liners of many food and drink cans and sometimes in plastic bottles. It’s known to be a serious endocrine disrupter. Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, altered functions of reproductive organs and other ailments have been linked to high BPA levels in several studies, including one cited in Endocrine Reviews journal. The Manchester Guardian also recently reported that the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health Safety has stated that an unborn baby’s exposure to BPA through the mother could be linked to many health problems, including breast cancer later in life. When plastics are subjected to stress—like heat, light or age— undisclosed additives used in their production for strength, flexibility and color can leach out and even contaminate lab results, as the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry found. Such chemicals can migrate into our digestive systems and through our skin; they can also off-gas into the air, according to a recent study by Weber State University’s Energy & Sustainability Office, in Ogden, Utah. Plus, unrecycled plastic materials can enter waterways and kill marine life through ingestion or entanglement (ocean garbage patches are major examples). Reducing our own plastic footprint can both safeguard family health and prove that we are serious about pressuring industry to produce less of it. The key, according to Terry, is not to be intimidated
Milo Cress, of Burlington, Vermont, launched the national Be Straw Free campaign at age 10, when he realized that restaurants routinely give customers a plastic straw whether they want it or not. or overwhelmed by plastic overload, but persist in taking baby steps (see MyPlasticFreeLife.com).
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As a starting point, Terry notes that plastic enables the long-distance food distribution system. Reducing food miles associated with our meals helps cut down on the use of plastic. In the kitchen, use airtight stainless steel containers or glass jars or simply refrigerate a bowl of food with a saucer on top to hold leftovers for the next day. Compost food waste. Reuse empty plastic food bags and line garbage cans with old newspapers instead of plastic bags. Terry cautions, “People assume everything that carries the triangular symbol is accepted at all recycling facilities. This is not the case. What isn’t accepted is landfilled or even incinerated.” Also, according to the city of Oakland’s Waste Management Department, she learned that “Much of what we put out for recycling goes to China, and their processing standards are not as strong as ours.” In Plastic Free, the author provides scores of tips for borrowing, renting and sharing products; buying used plastic equipment if it’s a necessity; and avoiding disposable packaging and paper products. Areas for improvement range from personal care and household cleaning products to bags, bottles, grocery shopping, takeout food, portable leftovers and lunches, plus durable goods. Activists will move on to also participate in area cleanups, donate to green organizations and write their legislators. Randy Kambic, a freelance editor and writer in Estero, Florida, regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings.
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The Center for Mind-Body Medicine Ordinary people making extraordinary differences in Southeastern Louisiana by Linda Sechrist
“After Katrina, I received mops and buckets from disaster relief. From the Mind-Body Center for Medicine, I got my life back.” ~ Mindy Milam, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
n the midst of the chaos practitioners through CMBM. experienced during post“MBCLA is the only nonHurricanes Katrina and profit organization in this area Rita, Haiti’s 7.0-magnitude systematically and consistently earthquake, the Sandy Hook applying, teaching, studying, Elementary School tragedy, and integrating a mind-body and the Gaza, Syrian and approach that complements Kosovo wars, who among us traditional biomedical and could believe that it is possible psychological models of care,” for people traumatized and says Toni Bankston, MBCLA beleaguered by such dire Director. Additionally, it is circumstances to find comfort, deeply committed and has a Dr. Gordon with Theresa Close and Mack McClendon, ED of calm and hope? It’s even more proven track record of making Lower 9th Ward Community Village Center after Katrina challenging to envision that it the services available and could be found in something accessible to people who as simple as a deep breathing exercise or a guided imagery ordinarily have challenges with access due to economic meditation. However, Dr. James Gordon, founder and director disadvantage or living in remote areas of the state,” says Bankston, of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington DC, never who has also served as a member of Gordon’s international team. doubts that such practical and scientifically grounded mind-body By 2005, Bankston was a veteran psychotherapist of 25 techniques can do just that. years, who had already been significantly involved in working The Mind-Body Medicine Center of Louisiana with trauma and disadvantaged populations. However, nothing Gordon, a world-renowned expert in the use of mind-body prepared her for the personal mind-body trauma she experienced medicine to heal depression, anxiety and psychological trauma, or what she witnessed post-Katrina. When Gordon and his team along with his team of health and mental health professionals arrived Bankston was more than ready to leap into the opportunity arrived in New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina and Rita. With to learn the CMBM model that includes Gordon’s “soft belly” compassionate hearts, they taught Gordon’s model of proven breathing meditation. skills for self-care and wellness to 80 health and mental health professionals in the Gulf Coast Region. This evidence-based, Self-empowering “Soft Belly” culturally sensitive model is still in use at the Mind-Body Center “Anyone can close their eyes and breathe in through the nose of Louisiana (MBCLA), located in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. and out through the mouth,” says Gordon, whose soothing voice The non-profit educational organization formed in 2009 and makes it easy to follow his slowly delivered instructions to let is dedicated to addressing the health and mental health needs the belly be soft and take oxygen into the lungs. In “soft belly,” of Louisiana residents. MBCLA’s faculty of 10 experienced, breathing deepens and the muscles relax naturally without effort. licensed health care and mental health providers, case managers Thoughts are allowed to come and go without intellectual pursuit. and nursing professionals are certified as mind-body medicine When the eyes are opened and the individual’s attention returns to 26
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efore singing was part of any human culture, it was part of nature. Nature never tries hard; it just is. It grows and blossoms and flows. So does heartfelt singing—as a joyful expression of soul, of one’s essential being. It is giving and sharing. Most of all, it is alive. Singing like this doesn’t ask for effort. But it does ask for courage. In expressing our longings, hopes and love, we may encounter fear, shame
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to do to achieve personal satisfaction is to sing what’s inside us, enabling who we are to emerge. That’s why singing is healing; it helps make us whole. Giving emotional space to ourselves in song allows us to be heard in a special way; no two voices are alike because each is exactly suited to the individual. Our innate tendency to sing, like other forms of music, connects us with others and reminds us of ways in which we are attuned to one another. More natural than talking, the vibration of a singing voice is the most magical, direct way to connect our internal and external worlds. It’s comforting to note that we can only sing off-key if we compare our voice to another’s. No child ever decides by himself that he can’t sing. A child spontaneously sings, dances and draws without preconception until an authority figure steps in with a discordant opinion. Singing is a natural phenomenon as intuitive as breathing. It’s our right to sing freely, and so share our hearts and music with the world. As a soaring expression of love it contributes greatly to the well-being of individuals, communities and society. Jan Kortie first introduced the idea of voice-liberation in the Netherlands 30 years ago, developing a joyful approach to personal and professional singing that extends beyond traditional methods and techniques. His book, Your Soul Wants to Sing, available in Dutch, is the primer for his Academy of Voice Liberation, where he serves as director.
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he discussion on water management in Orleans Parish has reached a fever pitch this summer, as visiting experts and local advocates have gathered together to talk about “green infrastructure” as part of the Urban Water Series. The five-part series, hosted by the Greater New Orleans Foundation, brought in water managers from across the country to share innovative methods for dealing with storm water without using pipes. During the June 27 session, Charlotte Kaiser from The Nature Conservancy outlined the ways that the Philadelphia Water Department – the first in the country – has developed strategies for financing storm water-friendly landscaping installations. The most important aspect is the city’s drainage fee, which assesses commercial developments a fee based on the size of the property and the percentage of impervious surface on it. For developments that install catchment or detention systems to reduce runoff or add pervious surface, the fee is reduced or waived. “Cities turn rain into pollution - it falls on a roof, picks up dirt and oil and goes into a sewer and goes into a waterway,” Kaiser said. “Green infrastructure is turning it back into rain by recharging the groundwater. In this country, 10 trillion gallons of polluted water goes into waterways.”
Keiser is involved in a consortium of organizations and agencies working on financing options for green infrastructure, and Philadelphia’s fee and credit strategy seems to be working, for the most part. The group is working on turning the strategy into a financing opportunity. “But it turns out fee isn’t high enough – not enough to pay for itself. There needs to be a financial carrot.” Brian Van Wye, who works at the Washington, D.C. drainage department, which looks out for the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, outlined that city’s drainage fee and the voluntary storm water management program that works with homes, schools, condominium associations and small retail establishments to reduce the impacts. In
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eople often seek out a holistic veterinarian due to concerns about conventional medications. One new client recently inquired about her 3-yearold female poodle diagnosed with epilepsy last year. The traditional veterinarian’s prescription for phenobarbital was helping to control the seizures, but the owner questioned the long-term consequences of feeding her pet the drug for the rest of its life. Surely, she thought, there must be a natural alternative. There are many causes for canine seizures, with epilepsy being the most common. Epilepsy is the term used when the cause is unknown, so testing is needed to ensure other factors are not present. These might include toxicities, especially in younger dogs and puppies (may include vaccines); brain tumors, more common in older dogs and certain breeds such as boxers and Boston terriers; infections, as in meningitis, or immune disorders such as the neurologic disease granulomatous meningoencephalitis, NOLAHealthyLiving.com
or GME; parasites, including aberrant heartworms; and regional diseases such as tick-borne illnesses like Lyme or ehrlichiosis. Common testing includes a physical examination, food hypersensitivity and blood tests, tick serology, urine, fecal and cerebrospinal fluid analyses and a brain scan, which is usually a computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan. Not all tests are needed on all pets because the veterinarian will rule out issues during the process. If other causes are ruled out and the problem is labeled as epilepsy, phenobarbital can be helpful, although side effects can occur as a result, including liver disease. In every case, the animal should be examined at least two to four times a year for possible complications from the drug, starting with a blood profile and urinalysis. It’s always best to supplement such treatment with natural remedies to help
protect the liver, including milk thistle and choline. Alternatively, natural therapies don’t usually lead to side effects or require the same intense regimen of regular evaluation. Patients have experienced good results with phosphatidylcholine, which works to stabilize brain cell m e m b ra n e s , a n d s o r e d u c e a n d prevent seizures, while also providing detoxification support for the liver. Phosphatidylcholine supplements are also used to prevent and treat another common neurological problem in pets—cognitive disorder (akin to Alzheimer’s in humans). Dimethylglycine supplementation aids in treating seizures, as well. It both supports the nervous system and provides energy to the body’s cells. Herbs, including valerian, passionflower, kava, gastrodia (tian ma), uncaria (gou teng), ostrea concha (mu li) and buthus martensi (quan xie), can also be helpful. Because they can be powerful natural medicines that could interact with each other and with prescription medicines, use them only under veterinary supervision. Homeopathic remedies are also widely incorporated into natural treatments of seizures such as tinctures of stramonium and belladonna. A twice-daily homeopathic detoxification treatment for pets experiencing seizures f r o m a ny c a u s e , u s i n g b e r b e r i s , nux vomica and lymphomyosot, is recommended, as well. Due to the overwhelming success of using natural therapies for pets with epilepsy at our Paws & Claws Animal Hospital, most do not need to rely on medications for the problem. Those pets that arrive on a regimen of strong anticonvulsant drugs are slowly weaned off of them, resulting in improved health, lower vet bills and better control of recovery. Most never have another seizure, as long as they stay on the natural therapy protocol prescribed. S h aw n M e s s o n n i e r, a d o c t o r o f veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the award-winning author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. Visit PetCareNaturally.com.
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sunday Kundalini Yoga – 5-6am. Taught by Elizabeth Eckman. Clear the obstacles that limit life and awaken to fullest potential. Morning meditation follows from 6-8:30am. Free. Divine Yoga Center, 1223 Baronne St, NOLA Contact: email@example.com. New Orleans Chapter AMORC Rosicrucian’s – Meetings held on Sundays and Wednesdays as listed in event calendar. 2801 Loyola Ave. Suite 4, Kenner Location. Call 504-472-5635 for times and more information. Do You Have Too Much Stuff? Free 20 min. consultations by professional organizer, Stasia Cymes. If you’re open to the process of change, you can reclaim your space & peace of mind. 3 hr sessions are available. Call 504-920-1800 for appt.
monday Mindfulness Meditation Group – noon-1pm. Reduce stress, improve coping skills, maximize personal wellness. Based on work by leaders in medical and mental health fields. All faiths invited. Cost: $15. Women’s Center for Healing & Transformation, Abita Springs. Call Clarke McBee, LPC at 985-705-1398 Guided Meditation – 5-6:30pm. Strengthen your overall health as you are guided through meditation. Great for beginners and those experienced. Uptown Holistic Center, 723 Hillary, New Orleans. Dr. Jess Tregle 504-352-6418. Gentle Yoga – 6-7pm. (also 7:15-8:15pm & 8:309:30pm) Becky Bazile, 500 RYT, Certified Yoga Teacher. 6-Week ongoing sessions. Studio space limited to 8 students, pre-registration required. $60/ session or $12/walk-in. Yoga Village Studio, 3443 Esplanade Ave. NOLA. Info/Reg: 504-782-4432 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Basic/Beginners Aikido Classes – 6:15-7:15pm. Practice a martial art of peace for every body whose benefits include self-defense, flexibility, strength, balance, stress reduction, concentration, community, and fun! First class is free. Comfortable, loose-fitting clothes suggested. NOLA Aikido, 3909 Bienville St., Suite 103 (near Canal and Carrolton intersection) in Mid-City. More info: 504-208-4861, email@example.com. Yoga Diva in Harahan – 7-8pm. (also Wed 5:156:15pm) Relax the body, focus the mind, deepen self-awareness w/ a systematic approach for flexibility, strength, concentration, breath & range of motion. All levels. Mats/props provided. $60/month ($15/class x 4). 5700 Citrus Blvd (in Curves), Call Karen before coming: 504-220-5325.
Introduction to Nichiren Buddhism – 7-8:15pm. Learn how to activate your greatest potential, increase your compassion and achieve absolute happiness. Free. SGI-USA Buddhist Center, 1331 Prytania St, NOLA. Info: 504-310-2011.
tuesday Crescent City Farmers Market/Uptown – 9am-1pm. Open air market with fresh locally grown fruits, vegetables, seafood, baked breads and pies, bedding plants, dairy products, freshly cut flowers. Located in the parking lot of Uptown Square. Northshore Chair Yoga – 10-11am. A therapeutic combination of gentle and challenging yoga poses modified in a chair. Appropriate for beginners, seasoned students and those with limited mobility. Peaceful environment with mats/chairs/props provided. 60 minutes at $5/class. Yoga School, 603 S. Tyler St., Covington. Contact Erin, 200-RYT: 985-705-4110 or MorYoga@ymail.com. Northshore Hatha Yoga – 5:30-7pm. Gentle and challenging yoga poses for rejuvenation & relaxation. Appropriate for beginners to advanced students. Peaceful environment with mats/props provided. 90 minutes at $10 per class or $48 for 6 classes. Yoga School, 603 S. Tyler St., Covington. Contact Erin, 200-RYT: 985-705-4110 or MorYoga@ymail.com Emotional Intelligence (EQ) & Peacebuilding Class – 6:30-8:30pm. No experience necessary. Bring unlined journal/sketch pad. $10/class or $80/10 classes. Affordable Healing Arts in New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave, Ste 220. To reg: 504-669-1020 or DayaNaef@gmail.com N.O. Insight Meditation Group – 7:30-9pm. This is a peer led group that meets for practice, study and discussion. No experience necessary. Location: 2134 Magazine St, 3d fl, NOLA. Info: call Larry at 504-343-8378.
wednesday Better Bottoms Merchandise Sales – 9am-3pm. Open to the public every Wed. Cloth Diapering Moms on site for questions and advice. Call to arrange for other dates or times. 1500 Edwards Ave, Ste F, Harahan, 70123. 504-731-7500. German Coast Farmers Market/West Bank – 2:306pm. Open-air market offering fresh produce, rotisserie & fresh meats, fresh pastries/breads, sausage, kettle corn, cracklins, prepared foods, soy candles, goat milk soap and lotions. Arts and crafts 4th Wed. Located at 12715 Highway 90, St. Charles Plaza Shopping Center, Site of the old K-mart building, Luling, LA
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3 Yoga Classes – 4:30-5:30pm Chair Yoga, 6-7pm Gentle Flow, 7:30-8:30pm Restorative Yoga with Becky Bazile, Certified Teacher. 6-Week ongoing sessions. Studio space limited to 8 students, pre-registration required. Chair yoga ($45/session for senior adults) other classes $60/session or $12/walk-in.Yoga Village Studio, 3443 Esplanade Ave. NOLA. Info/reg: 504-782-4432 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Northshore Yoga – 5:30pm. Gentle, challenging and relaxing classes focusing on breath and movement appropriate for beginners and seasoned students. Pleasant, stress-free environment with mats/props provided. 90 minutes @$10/class or 6 classes/$48. Yoga School, 603 S. Tyler St., Covington. Info/ Mary Ann, 500RYT. 985-630-7242 or email@example.com. Basic/Beginners Aikido Classes – 6:15-7:15pm. Practice a martial art of peace for every body whose benefits include self-defense, flexibility, strength, balance, stress reduction, concentration, community, and fun! First class is free. Comfortable, loose-fitting clothes suggested. NOLA Aikido, 3909 Bienville St., Suite 103 (near Canal and Carrolton intersection) in Mid-City. More info: 504-208-4861, firstname.lastname@example.org. Qigong with Suzanne – 6:30-7:45pm. Gentle movement with breath, self-massage, and visualization to calm the mind, strengthen the body and bring awareness to blockages in chi. $40/month for 4 weekly classes. Women’s Center for Healing & Transformation, 71667 Leveson St, Abita Springs. Sign up w/ Suzanne Harper 985-789-9321 or email@example.com
thursday Crescent City Farmers Market/Mid-City – 3-7pm. Farmers Market at 3700 Orleans Ave, American Can Co. building, New Orleans, rain or shine.
Moderate Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. Moderate yoga with cert. yoga teacher Sally Meredith. Learn to establish a strong foundation to move deeper into each pose. 6-Week ongoing sessions. Limited to 8 students, pre-registration required. $60/session or $12/Walk-In. Yoga Village Studio, 3443 Esplanade Ave. NOLA. Info/Register: 504-782-4432 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
friday Aikido of New Orleans – 7-8:15pm. The martial art of power and movement. Free introductory class for adults. 2134 Magazine St, 3d fl, NOLA. Info: email@example.com or 504-561-0123.
saturday Vietnamese Farmers Market – 6-9am. Over 20 vendors set up shop on blankets spread with produce, beyond the courtyards are shops selling Vietnamese baked goods and imported groceries. 14401 Alcee Fortier Blvd, New Orleans East. Crescent City Farmers Market/Downtown – 8amnoon. Open-air market with great selection of fresh locally grown fruits, vegetables, seafood, baked breads and freshly made pies, bedding plants, dairy products, fresh flowers. Cooking demos by some of the city’s most acclaimed chefs. Located at 700 Magazine, corner of Girod, New Orleans. German Coast Farmers Market/East Bank – 8amnoon. Open-air market offering fresh produce, rotisserie meats, fresh meats, fresh pastries/breads, sausages, kettle corn, cracklins, prepared foods, soy candles, goat milk soap and lotions. Arts and crafts 2nd Sat. Ormond Plantation, 13786 River Rd., Destrehan. For info call 985-359-0190.
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Second Degree Reiki Class – Inquire for further dates/time with Reiki Master Elizabeth Ohmer Pellegrin. Oku Den (The Deeper Knowledge) is available for Reiki Students with 6 months experience in Usui Shiki Ryoho. For private classes and residential retreat information call 504-376-8518 or 504-388-2356 text.
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Swedish Massage Clinic − 12:45pm & 2:15pm. (also 8/23 & 30). Help students with their education at the student massage clinic. Swedish is good for overall relaxation & increasing flexibility. $30/ by appointment only. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info: 504-293-0972. Happy & Healthy Hour − 5-7pm. Relax and refresh with Reiki, reflexology, massage, Ayurvedic oleation treatments and herbal iced teas. Free. Affordable Healing Arts in the New Orleans Healing Center, 2nd floor upper. 504-408-2266. Light Language I – Cindy Daigle of Center for Enlightened Transformation will show how to shift energies in one’s aura by creating a personal 7-shape chakra grid. Journey into Wellness, 3939 Houma Blvd, Bldg 3, Ste 15, Metairie. Details: 504-931-6494.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 3
Saturday Morning Massage Clinics − 9:15 & 10:45am. Help students with their education at the student massage clinic. Swedish: 8/3 & 17; Deep Tissue: 8/10; NMT: 8/24 & 31. $30/by appointment only. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info: 504-293-0972. Paint Drop-Off/Uptown − 10am-2pm. Drop off old paint to Arabella Station Whole Foods Market. The Green Project’s tent is at the corner of Magazine & Joseph St in good weather and inside near the massage table in bad weather. First Degree Reiki Class – 11am-7pm. (also 8/3 & 4) w/Reiki Master Elizabeth Ohmer Pellegrin. Reiki promotes and accelerates healing of the body, mind and spirit. Learn to do Reiki for yourself and others. No experience needed. Private classes and retreats on request. Pre-registration required. $250. Info/ registration: 504-376-8518 or text 504-388-2356. Freret Market – Noon-5pm. 90 vendors with food, art, music, flea market, children’s play area and pet adoption. 4400 block of Freret St, NOLA. Info: 504-638-2589. Chalk Painting Workshop − 4-5:30pm. Home Decor Exchange will hold a “how to” demonstration on chalk painting. 708 Aris Ave, Metairie. For more information: 504-265-8736.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 6
Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program – 12:30pm. Dr. Debbi Hannan presents: The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program at Chiropractic Health Center, 101 Clearview Pkwy at Airline Dr. Free. Reservations required: 504-454-2000.
Neuromuscular Therapy Clinic − 6:15 & 7:45pm. (also 8/22). Help students with their education at the student massage clinic. NMT is a partial body massage focused on a specific problem area. $30/ by appointment only. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info: 504-293-0972. Avatar® Info Hour − 6:30-8pm. Before taking on the world, we need to master our own mind. The Avatar Course opens a window to the inner workings of our own consciousness. Free. For location and reservations: Michele 985-774-3853 or Peggy 985-707-3395. La Leche League/New Orleans – 7-8pm. Monthly meetings. Open to all women interested in breastfeeding. Chance to learn more, receive help and meet other breastfeeding mothers. Led by trained and accredited La Leche League leaders. ZukaBaby, 2122 Magazine St, NOLA. Contact: Courtney Landry LLLofNewOrleans@gmail.com. Tai Chi-Chi Gong Group Class – 7-8pm. Reduce stress, relieve pain, gain flexibility and balance. Celebrating 30 years of health & wellness. Reserve space by 8/5. Tamashii Karate and Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St, Uptown. Info: 504-866-2241.
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ASTROLOGY WORKSHOP Astrology 101: Exploring Your Natal Astrology Have you ever been curious about how astrology worked? How do they come up with that "daily horoscope"? Some days it fits, and some days it doesn't? What about metaphysics & your Soul? This one-day workshop was developed to help BEGINNERS explore those questions and read the message of their own chart in a meaningful manner. Using an easy-to-follow method, the workshop will cover the planets and houses, as well as ways to use astrological influences in a positive way. -- TWO DATES -Saturday, August 17th, 2013 OR Sunday, August 18th, 2013 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (Lunch, Natal Chart & Workshop Materials Included) LOCATION: The Women's Center for Healing & Transformation, 71667 Leveson St., Abita Springs, LA MORE INFO & REGISTER AT: theastrologyproject.com August 2013
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Deep Tissue Massage Clinic − 12:45 & 2:15pm. (also 8/9, 14 & 17). Help students with their education at the student massage clinic. Deep Tissue is muscle specific and really works out the kinks. $30/by appointment. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info: 504-293-0972. La Leche League/Jefferson – 6:30-7:30pm. LLL of Jefferson meets first Wednesday each month. Open to all women interested in breastfeeding. Learn more, ask questions and benefit from a community of breastfeeding mothers. Free. Destination Maternity meeting room, Causeway & 17th St, Metairie. Info: 504-952-3951 or Chaplain.K@hotmail.com. Intro to Hypnosis Class & Other Mind Matters – Get the facts about hypnosis along with tools and techniques to navigate the mind field and regain personal power. A free monthly class. Seating limited/pre-registration required. Slidell. Details contact: Bonnie Miller: BMiller@mhsfi.org or 985-726-9333, ext 118.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 8
Tai Chi Group Class − 9:30-10:20am. Reduce stress, relieve pain, gain flexibility and balance. Celebrating 30 years of health & wellness. Reserve space by 8/7. Tamashii Karate & Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St, Uptown. Info: 504-866-2241. Swedish Massage Clinic – 6:15 & 7:45pm. (also 8/13 & 29). Help students with their education at the student massage clinic. Swedish is good for overall relaxation & increasing flexibility. $30/by appointment only. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info: 504-293-0972. Psychology Meets Numerology & Mayan Astrology Workshop − 7-9pm. Attendees will determine their Myers Briggs personality type, Life Path Number and Mayan Birth Calendar and compare these pieces of information to learn more about themselves. Laptop &/or Smart Phone required. Love Offering Appreciated. Akashic Reiki: 504-233-8555.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 9
Happy & Healthy Hour − 5-7pm. Start the weekend with a pick-me-upper: Ayurvedic oleation treatments, Reiki, massage and herbal iced teas. Free. Affordable Healing Arts in the New Orleans Healing Center, 2nd floor upper. 504-408-2266.
Reiki Practitioners’ Sharing – 6-8pm. Practitioners Level I and above, all lineages. A brief group prayer/meditation and general discussion and the giving and receiving of Reiki sessions. Suggested donation $5 plus. Women’s Center for Healing & Transformation, Abita Springs. RSVP to Kelly McGee: Kem_lmt@yahoo.com or 504-913-6155.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 10
Personal Growth Workshop − 9am-4pm. Personal Growth Workshop that explores the Enneagram personality system. $89. Women’s Center for Healing and Transformation, Abita Springs. Call Ann with Enneagram Insights for details: 985- 773-2307.
DNA Skincare − 5pm. Jahnel Profit, Licensed Esthetician, discusses the benefits of this skincare line. Royal Nubian Skincare Studio in Classy Shears Salon & Spa, upstairs suite, 3815 Frenchmen St. Please RSVP: 504-406-0509.
OCH Art Market – 10am-3pm. Local artists, food and music. 2nd Sat each month with different monthly themes. 1618 Oretha C. Haley Blvd, Central City, NOLA. Info: 985-250-0278.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 20
Plants that are Super – 9am-noon. Allen Owings (10am) from the LSU Hammond Research Center will speak on LA Super Plants and the plants that grow most easily in New Orleans. Free talk. Herbs, sun loving tropicals and LA SuperPlants for sale at the greenhouse. Parkway Partners, 1137 Baronne St, NOLA.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 11
Reiki Circle − 11am-1pm. Master Thea Bashful and Akashic Master David Redbord inform, guide and channel universal energy for healing and relaxation in a community setting. Open to anyone interested in the practice of Reiki. By donation. Affordable Healing Arts in the New Orleans Healing Center. Info: 504- 491-9952.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 13
Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program – 5:30pm. Dr. Debbi Hannan presents: The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program at Chiropractic Health Center, 101 Clearview Pkwy at Airline Dr. Free. Reservations required: 504-454-2000. Holistic Education Monthly Meeting/Metairie − 6:30-7:30pm. Sponsored by Holistic Center for Health & Healing, Inc. Speaker: Tanya Simmons on Brain Heart Conference. Discussion follows. Free/ open to public. Old Metairie Library, 2350 Metairie Rd. Info: 504-812-1332.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 15
Mindfulness Stress Reduction & Healing − 7-9pm. Presentation of a video of Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD of the Center for Mindfulness Medicine at Univ. of Massachusetts, who gives guidance and insight into Mindfulness and how it can work for us. Presentation followed by discussion. Love offering appreciated. Info: Akashic Reiki 504-233-8555.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 16
Light Language III – 9am-5pm. A 5-day workshop (8/16-8/20) led by Cindy Daigle of Center for Enlightened Transformation. Learn powerful 144 shape grids created to shift the energy in ourselves, realizing our life purpose or to effect change in a national or global arena. Also on Skype. Fee: $1100. Journey into Wellness, 3939 Houma Blvd Bldg 3, Ste 15, Metairie. Info: 504-931-6494.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 17
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First Degree Reiki Class – 11am-7pm. (also 8/17 & 18) w/Reiki Master Elizabeth Ohmer Pellegrin. Reiki promotes and accelerates healing of the body, mind and spirit. Learn to do Reiki for yourself and others. No experience needed. Private classes and retreats on request. Pre-registration required. $250. Info/registration: 504-376-8518 or text 504-388-2356.
Reiki Level One – 10am-7pm. Learn the powerful and spiritual practice and healing art of Reiki. A gentle and empowering training led by Reiki Master Dr. G. Love. $250, includes course material fee. Pre-reg. required. Contact: 5directionswellness@ gmail.com or call 917-881-8507.
Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program – 12:30pm. Dr. Debbi Hannan presents: The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program at Chiropractic Health Center, 101 Clearview Pkwy at Airline Dr. Free. Reservations required: 504-454-2000. Free Family Self Defense Class – 6-7pm. Tamashii Karate & Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St, Uptown. Registration required: 504-866-2241. Deep Tissue Massage Clinic − 6:15 & 7:45pm. (also 8/27). Help students with their education at the student massage clinic. Deep tissue is muscle specific and really works out the kinks. $30/by appointment. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info: 504-293-0972. Avatar® Info Hour − 6:30-8pm. Before taking on the world, we need to master our own mind. The Avatar Course opens a window to the inner workings of our own consciousness. Free. For location and reservations: Michele 985-774-3853 or Peggy 985-707-3395.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21
NeuroMuscular Therapy Clinic – 12:45 & 2:15pm. ( also 8/28). Help students with their education at the student massage clinic. NMT is a partial body massage focused on a specific problem area. $30/ by appointment only. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info: 504-293-0972.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 22
Meditation Class − 5:30-7pm. (also 8/29). Learn to practice Vipassana meditation and relaxation in a 3 class series. Presented by Sue McCann, LPC-S, LMFT, LAC, RYT. $60/three meetings. Insights of New Orleans, 2412 Athania Pkwy, Metairie. Space limited. Reservations required: 504-832-4096 or Kevin@InsightsofNO.com. Monthly Sustainability Series – 5:30-7pm. Sponsored by Global Green, AIA and USGBC, a monthly panel presentation and discussion series on issues of sustainability and environmental responsibility. Location: AIA New Orleans, 1000 St. Charles Ave., NOLA. Info: 504-525-8320. Change Your Mind Change Your Brain − 7-9pm. A video presentation about how neuroscientists concluded that molecular biologist and Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard was the “happiest man alive.” Discussion follows. Love offering appreciated. For details: Akashic Reiki 504-233-8555.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 23
Parents Night Out – 7-10pm. (also 8/26). Drop off your child and have a parents night out. Fee & registration required by 8/22. Tamashii Karate and Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St, Uptown. Info: 504-866-2241.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 24
Using Mother Nature’s Medicine Cabinet − 10amnoon. Sick and tired of being sick and tired? Use medicinal grade essential oils to replace toxic pharmaceutical drugs to resolve health concerns and live healthier, longer. Includes samples, biosurvey assessment. $15. Holistic Life Approach, 107 N Theard St, Covington. Contact Janice: 228-7317731 or EssentialWellness4@gmail.com. First Degree Reiki Class – 11am-7pm. (also 8/25) w/Reiki Master Elizabeth Ohmer Pellegrin. Reiki promotes and accelerates healing of the body, mind and spirit. Learn to do Reiki for yourself and others. No experience needed. Private classes and retreats on request. Pre-registration required. $250. Info/ registration: 504-376-8518 or text 504-388-2356. Detox Your Body Using Essential Oils − 1:303:30pm. Explore basic techniques to eliminate toxins using a variety of simple strategies, including essential oils, to cleanse the body gently and naturally. Includes handouts, samples and biosurvey assessment. Door prizes. $15. Holistic Life Approach, 107 N Theard St, Covington. Contact Janice: 228-731-7731 or EssentialWellness4@gmail.com.
MONDAY, AUGUST 26
Registration for Children & Teen Karate Classes – Children learn confidence, respect, discipline and more. Tamashii Karate & Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St, NOLA. Info: 504-866-2241.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 27
Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program – 5:30pm. Dr. Debbi Hannan presents: The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program at Chiropractic Health Center, 101 Clearview Pkwy at Airline Dr. Free. Reservations required: 504-454-2000. Avatar® Info Hour − 6:30-8pm. Before taking on the world, we need to master our own mind. The Avatar Course opens a window to the inner workings of our own consciousness. Free. For location and reservations: Michele 985-774-3853 or Peggy 985-707-3395.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 29
Meditation Class − 5:30-7pm. Learn to practice Vipassana meditation and relaxation in a 3 class series. Presented by Sue McCann, LPC-S, LMFT, LAC, RYT. $60/three meetings. Insights of New Orleans, 2412 Athania Pkwy, Metairie. Space limited. Reservations: 504-832-4096 or Kevin@InsightsofNO.com.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 31
First Degree Reiki Class – 11am-7pm. (also 9/1) w/Reiki Master Elizabeth Ohmer Pellegrin. Reiki promotes and accelerates healing of the body, mind and spirit. Learn to do Reiki for yourself and others. No experience needed. Private classes and retreats on request. Pre-registration required. $250. Info/ registration: 504-376-8518 or text 504-388-2356.
planahead WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
Take Control of Your Health Care – 6:30-8:30pm. Medicine cabinets often contain drugs that are synthetic, toxic, expensive and even dangerous. Use medicinal grade essential oils to resolve health concerns and live healthier, longer. Includes samples, biosurvey. Free. Castine Center, Pelican Park, 63350 Pelican Blvd., Mandeville. Contact Info: (985) 6267997 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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acupuncture FAMILY ACUPUNCTURE & WELLNESS
Erin Kenning, MSOM, Dipl.OM, LAc, LA Lic.# ACA.200039, NAET specialist 9515 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge 504-715-2317 NolaFamilyWellness.com
Experience a Pain-free body, a Peaceful mind, and a Greater overall vitality. Take the first step to a life of ultimate wellness. Visit us on the web or call for more information. See ad on page 13.
KELLY KIVIKO, ACA
LA Lic.# ACA.200012 530 E. Rutland St., Covington 985-869-3299
Acupuncture Works! It is a safe, drug-free approach to managing many common health concerns. Specializing in herbal medicine, pain, stress, women’s health, and more.
PANGEA ORGANICS Rachelle 520-907-5314 Cynthia 985-768-0691
Your Beauty Ecologists! Our organic and ecofriendly skin care products are free from GMO’s, Gluten, Sulfates and Synthetic Ingredients. What goes on your body is as important as what goes in. See ad page 9.
ROYAL NUBIAN SKINCARE 3815 Frenchmen St. 504-406-0509 RoyalNubianSkincareStudio.com
A specialty beauty & wellness spa for all skin types for whole body anti-aging and skin repair through facials, body treatments, detox, and more. Contact Jahnel Profit, nationally trained, master esthetician. See ad page 28.
animal holistic medicine JANICE E. POSEY, DVM
315 Lee Ln., Ste. 104, Covington 985-898-3623/504-466-9129
Offering a holistic, integrative approach to healing your beloved pet through acupuncture, herbal medicine/nutritional supplements, and food therapy. We treat the patient, not the symptoms. See ad on page 36.
Beauty & SkinCare ELITE SKIN SUITE
1909 Airline Dr. (Inside Premier Fitness) Metairie, LA 70001 504.452.6964 EliteSkinSuite.com
Holistic approach to skincare using certified organic products. Customized sessions that will address and correct your skin conditions and concerns in a relaxed atmosphere. Holistic approach to skincare using certified organic products. See ad on page 31.
bodywork AVIVA MASSAGE & WELL-BEING
Linda L. Strickland, BA, CHt, RM, LMT 601 Lafitte St., Mandeville 985-727-9665
Discover the difference & feel the peace through massage/bodywork, select spa services & energy work. Integrative, intuitive, customized approach. Aromatherapy at all sessions. LA 1479/E2445. See ad on page 27.
BODHISATTVA TEA SPA 3021 N. Arnoult Rd., Metairie 504-888-9299 BodhisattvaTeaSpa.com
A unique tea boutique and spa offering a variety of whole leaf teas, herbs and tea accessories. Spa services include Massage Therapy, Infrared Sauna, Esthetics, Usui Reiki, Qi Gong and Yoga. Call for appt. See ad on page 14.
HOLISTIC LIFE APPROACH, LLC Karen Boudreaux, LMT#5214, CHHC 985-276-8119 HolisticLifeApproach.com
We offer a “Whole Person” Approach to Health, Wellness, Stress Reduction and Balance. Personalized massage modalities support you in Nurturing Yourself. We add result-oriented health and diet coaching, to help you reach your Goals! See ad page 11.
breathwork JACK ANTHONY FONTANA Breathing Coach 3200 Lake Villa Dr., Metairie 504-453-9161 JackFontana.com
Let me guide you through a breathing experience that can release stress, fear, suppression, anxiety and create a space of healing, acceptance and physical and emotional well being. Come Breathe, Relax and Let Go!
There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children. ~Nelson Mandela
breathwork BREATH OF LIFE, LLC
Patricia Stout, LCSW Cert. Integrative Breathwork Facilitator 985-264-8089 email@example.com PatriciaStout.com
Breathwork journeys for women only--individually or in group setting. Invite Your group to a breathwork retreat at the Women’s Center for Healing & Transformation in beautiful Abita Springs. Release, renew, refresh. Breathe.
business Development NEW ORLEANS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
1515 Poydras St, Ste 1010, NOLA 70112 (504) 799-4260 firstname.lastname@example.org www.NewOrleansChamber.org
The New Orleans Chamber supports local business development and growth through educational seminars and networking opportunities and more. In 2011 a Green Committee was formed to foster sustainable business development in the Greater New Orleans area. Check the website for the Chamber’s next networking event.
CHI Machine JOFFRION MITTS, M. ED.
Alternative Health Consultant 504-897-9670 ChiMachineForYourHealth.com
Stress, poor circulation, headaches, back pain, insomnia, depression, stroke, asthma, weight loss? You name it! Oxygen heals! Free one week in- home trial! See ad on page 14.
CONSIGNMENT STORE HOME DÉCOR EXCHANGE
chiropractic/wellness CARE CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC 2201 11th Street, Mandeville 985-626-4422 CareChiropractic.us
Dr. Nancy Gravel offers pain relief and total health care to her patients, specializing in relief of neck and back pain, headaches, spinal rehab, sports injuries, auto accidents, drug-free pain relief during pregnancy. Accepting most insurance/affordable payment plan. See ad on page 27.
CHIROPRACTIC HEALTH CENTER
Dr. Debbi Hannan 101 Clearview Pkwy. at Airline, Metairie 504-454-2000 HannanWellness.com Experience the difference! We offer total wellness care: Chiropractic, detoxification, nutrition, endermologie, DRX-9000 nonsurgical spinal decompression, cold laser, EB-Cellular Cleanser, Far Infra Red Sauna and the Ideal Protein Diet plan. See ad page 16.
UPPER CERVICAL FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC
128 W. Harrison Ave., New Orleans 504-488-1800 UCFamilyChiropractic.com
Rebuild, repair and renew your body today! Family wellness consultant, Dr. Joshua Rilette, helps alleviate aches and pains through specific chiropractic care and offers weight loss plans, cold laser therapy, nutrition, body cleansing, detoxification and orthopedics. See ad on page 21.
counseling and psychotherapy ANDREA SCHEELE, LCSW,
LMFT 708 Aris Ave. LA 70005 “You too Metairie, can move away from the past andAttachment towards Psychotherapy 504-265-8736 a life of vitality, wholeness and fulfilling relationships.” 1303 Amelia St., New Orleans HomeDecorxchange.com 504-899-2686 Upscale consignment Individual, Couples boutique at affordable & Family Therapy prices. Large & small home /décor & Attachmentfurniture, Psychotherapy EMDR accessories, jewelry, Andrea Scheele, LCSW, LMFT handbags and home1303 party products. Amelia Street Accepting New Orleans, LA 70115 new consigners weekly. (504)Rental 899-2686Space available for home party products. Wed-Sat 10-6. See ad page 13.
Relational Well-Being: in individuals and couples. Trauma Resolution (EMDR): loss, childhood neglect and abuse & other traumatic events. Alleviate Anxiety and Depression. Emotional Support for a Healthy Lifestyle: weight loss. See ad on page 23.
PSYCH-K & Mediation 504-723-2899 email@example.com
day spa THE WOODHOUSE DAY SPA 4030 Canal St., New Orleans 504-482-NOLA (6652) Nola.WoodhouseSpas.com
A results oriented approach to growth & healing that is designed to restore balance & harmony to body, mind and emotions. Marylou also guides couples in conflict to peace through the gentle process of sacred mediation. See ad on page 27.
Fitness BODYFUSION IN-HOME FITNESS 504-495-1937 BodyFusion.info
From beginning to end, our dedicated spa teams ensure your journey enhances your well-being and enlivens your spirit. Over 70 massage, facial, body and nail treatment options. Special packages and group events also available. See ad page 21.
2313 Metairie Rd., Metairie 504-338-4268 Spajouvence.com
Quaint oasis in the heart of Old Metairie, with a massage therapist with over 10 years experience. Physician, Dr.Edmond Wood combines western medicine with eastern philosophy. Other services offered: Massage, Facials, Body wraps, botanical peels, Weight loss, B-12. See ad page 6.
dentist MIKE ROBICHAUX, DDS
1101 Robert Blvd., Ste. A, Slidell 985-641-8058 MikeRobichauxDDS.com
Offering a holistic and patientcentered approach to dentistry, because we believe the health of the mouth and overall health cannot be separated. We help those we serve make decisions that are in their best interests, based on their values and goals, by providing state of the art information within a trusting relationship. See ad on page 18.
energy psychology GAIL GILLESPIE, PH.D
Child and Adolescent Psychologist The Healing Center 2372 St. Claude 337-458-1965
Traditional approaches are combined with powerful yet gentle acupressure point stimulation (Emotional Freedom Technique) to efficiently and effectively reduce or eliminate physical and emotional pain. Family-centered and holistic treatment for mind/body/spirit healing.
A woman’s time is short, health a priority. BodyFusion brings training -Cardio, Strength, Flexibility -conveniently to your home. BodyFusion works within Your crowded schedule. To reserve a free individual fitness analysis call Debbie today.
flower essences ELIZABETH OHMER PELLEGRIN, R.M.T.
Australian Bush Practitioner & Teacher 504-388-2356 firstname.lastname@example.org NolaReiki.com
Practitioner and teacher of Australian Bush Flower Essences. Many custom blended essences available, including: Detox, Calm & Clear, Stress Relief, Confidence, Cognis, Woman, Travel Ease, Adolescence, Yoga. National LMT/CEU classes available. See ad on page 14.
Health Coach EARTH GIRL HEALTH Lisa Guillot 985-231-8006 EarthGirlHealth.com
Together, we will discover the food and lifestyle choices that best support you. Making gradual, lifelong changes enables you to reach your current and future health goals. Schedule a free one-hour health consultation. See ad on page 12.
HOLISTIC LIFE APPROACH, LLC Karen Boudreaux, LMT#5214, CHHC 985-276-8119 HolisticLifeApproach.com
We offer a “Whole Person” Approach – customized to fit YOU, Your Lifestyle! One-on-One Support, Kitchen Raids, Grocery Field Trips. We support you in reaching YOUR Goals of Health, Wellness, and Balance. See ad on page 11.
GREEN OAKS APOTHECARY 2259 Carey St. Slidell, La 985-285-9215 Find us on Facebook
Handmade in Olde Towne Slidell, we offer aromatherapy and herbal remedies for the body and home that are made from organic/organically raised earth origin ingredients: absolutely NO petro-chemicals, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, formaldehyde, or any other junk! See ad page 13.
holistic healing Centers AFFORDABLE HEALING ARTS Located inside the NOHC 2nd Floor Upper, Ste 200 985-467-0900 email@example.com affordablehealingarts.com
AHA! is a Community of healing Arts Practitioners in a beautiful, comfortable space where practitioners and clients meet. Independent practitioners find affordable shared office space in a community environment. Clients find practitioners with their best interests in mind. See ad on page 29.
WOMEN’S CENTER FOR HEALING & TRANSFORMATION 71667 Leveson St,. Abita Springs 985-892-8111 WomensCenterForHealing.org
Non-profit center with events, classes, support groups and on-site professional appointments for women, by women. Massage, health and fitness coaching, holistic and body-based psychotherapy, spiritual consultations, and more. Large room rental for women’s workshops. See ad on page 11.
ABITA HEALING ARTS in The Women’s Center for Healing Suzanne Harper, LMT, MHealthEd 985-892-9322 Virginia Davis, BSRN, LMT 985-400-8933
Massage Therapy, Chi Nei Tsang, Tai Chi, Continuing Ed. for LMT’s, Qigong classes & workshops. Food for Longevity & Healing workshops. Integrative Health Coaching, Mind-Body Skills Groups. Refer to Women’s Center ad on page 11.
holistic/energy healing CENTER FOR ENLIGHTENED TRANSFORMATION Cindy B. Daigle 504-931-6494 North shore and New Orleans area firstname.lastname@example.org CindyDaigle.org
Cindy utilizes powerful energetic healing methods to shift and balance the auric field, chakras and the cells of our body. Health, Joy, and Balance within, attracts the same externally. See ad on page 24.
DR. JESS TREGLE Metaphysician 504-352-6418 ReconnectingLife.com
Dr. Jess specializes in a type of natural healing that makes you feel more relaxed, very peaceful, and much lighter! Release anxiety, sadness, anger, guilt, pain, and all other negative feelings! Gain your inner-freedom back!
STEP’S HOLISTIC INFORMATION & REFERRAL SERVICES L.E. “Step” Stepteaux, Jr., C.Ht. 504-236-4687 Stepinfo@mailaka.net
Connecting People With People and Information Around The World. I enjoy helping people to reach their goals, from around the country to around the world via the Telephone & the Internet.
hypnosis HYPNOTHERAPY SERVICES
Methodist Health System Foundation Bonnie Miller, Director 985-726-9333 ext 118
Hypnosis is an effective means of communicating with your mind to overcome blocks and achieve goals. Individual, group and corporate programs. Locations in Slidell, LA and Hattiesburg, MS. See ad on page 9.
integrative medicine IRENE SEBASTIAN, M.D., Ph.D
401 Veterans Blvd., Ste. 203, Metairie 504-838-9804 IreneSebastianMD.com Experience the difference that Homeopathic Medicine and Functional Medicine can bring to your health. The safe alternative— Less need for prescription drugs— Stimulation of your innate healing force. See ad on page 22.
Dr. Kathleen Posey, M.D. 377 Hwy 21, Ste. 101, Madisonville 985-845-4111 KathleenPoseyMD.com
Our mission is to improve health and reverse chronic disease through hormonal and energetic balancing and nutrition. A practice of preventive medicine and wellness with a holistic approach to women’s gynecological and overall health. We offer a healthy medically supervised weight loss program. See ad on page 20.
PMA MEDICAL TREATMENT AND WELLNESS CENTER OF LOUISIANA
massage schools BLUE CLIFF COLLEGE Clearview Mall, Metairie 504-293-0972
Train for an exciting, new career as a Licensed Massage Therapist. Earn an Associates degree upon completion of advanced massage training. Inquire about financial aid. See calendar for information about our $30-student massage clinic. Visit our retail shop for massage supplies: Biotone & Therapro Cremes & Oils, aromatherapy products, books & more. Monthly specials! See ad on page 9.
Kenner and Metairie Locations 504-441-5555 PMAWellness.US
Multidisciplinary, Integrative approach to healthcare, including primary care, weight loss management, food intolerance testing, allergy testing, hormone balancing (in-house laboratory) and a vast array of aesthetic services. See ad page 12.
life coach APRIL STOLF MNLP, RYT 504-982-9642 email@example.com gestalt-institute.com AprilStolf.com
Life, Yoga, Fashion. A unique combination of services from an NLP Master Practitioner, Yoga Instructor, and Fashion Expert to support you in becoming your best Self. Overcome obstacles, regain enthusiasm, build confidence, improve overall health, and discover your personal style. See ad on page 15.
Coach/ Peacebuilder 504-669-1020 WholeBrainWorld.com
natural baby & child BETTER BOTTOMS
Diaper Delivery 504-731-7500 BetterBottomsBaby.com
Better Bottoms is an affordable cloth diaper service that has serviced hundreds of New Orleans Metro area babies! Keep baby happy and healthy while keeping diapers out of landfills! Check our website for diaper options and accessories. See ad on page 30.
2122 Magazine St., NOLA 504-596-6540 ZukaBaby.com
ZukaBaby specializes in cloth diapers, breastfeeding supplies, baby carriers, natural toys and locally made baby items. Hosting monthly community events: La Leche League, Babywearers Meetup, nutrition classes and Wee Hands baby sign language. See ad on page 32.
Works with groups and one-on-one to promote progress and peace using whole-brain processes working to prevent/resolve conflicts creatively, use emotional intelligence (EQ) skills and leadership and meditation for stress relief. See ad page 9.
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martial arts TAI CHI-QI GONG
Shifu King Lam 8132 Willow St., Uptown 504-866-2241 KingLam1199@gmail.com
Asian Arts to improve health, fitness, personal safety, rejuvenate energy. Achieve a better mind, body and spirit. Serving New Orleans community for 35 years. KingLamtaichi-karate.com. See ad on page 7 and calendar for classes.
Jeff Landry 985-273-8411 Jeffandawn.iamlimu.com
Seaweed in a bottle. Fortified with proprietary Fucoidan-rich limu extract. Helps strengthen your immune system, improve mobility, boost your metabolism and has antiaging properties. Need extra income? Business opportunities available. See ad on page 17.
MARDI GRAS ZONE SUPERMARKET 2706 Royal St, NOLA 504-947-8787 MardiGrasZone.com
Original supermarket offering a great selection of organic and vegetarian healthy foods, natural pet supplies, and wellness products. Sustainably integrated, providing fresh and pickled produce, free-range eggs, and aged beef fresh from the 100%™ farm. See ad page 33.
THE NUTRITION COMPANY 4350 Hwy 22, Ste H, Mandeville 985-727-3482 VitalityJuice.com
“Where Healthy Tastes Good.” Featuring organic juices, wheatgrass, all natural, sugar free smoothies, full service organic coffee bar. Also freshly prepared organic salads, soups, chilis, free range burgers and grilled sandwiches, wraps, paninis, vegetarian & vegan specialities. Delicious Swerve baked goods! Dine-in/take-out. Catering available. Open Mon-Fri 10-6, Sat 10-5, closed Sun. See ad on page 10.
Jeanie Leclere 504-888-4464/504-319-3665
Nourish your body with all natural, food-sourced vitamins, minerals, glyconutrients and antioxidants. Simply mix with food or beverage without affect taste. Enjoy the benefits of energy boosting with immune system-supporting nutrition
OIL & VINEGAR
6111 Pinnacle Pkwy., Covington 985-809- 1693 Louisiana.OilAndVinegarUSA.com
An interactive gourmet specialty shop packed with international food and cooking products in alluring, Mediterranean-style surroundings. See, Smell and Taste the many flavors while enjoying an un-matched shopping experience with an international flair. See ad on page 6.
natural Pharmacy CASSO’S WELLNESS STORE & GYM
3308 Cleary Ave., Metairie 504-888-3077 TheWellnessStore.com
Pharmaceutical quality nutritional products, vitamins, minerals, herbs and natural hormones. Natural hormone balancing consultations. Counseling on pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals by a registered pharmacist and clinical nutritionist. Alkaline water available as well as sessions with Photon Genius. See ad on page 47.
naturopathic doctor DR. CATHERINE WILBERT, ND Phone: 985-727-3482 CatherineWilbert.com
Nationally recognized weight loss & wellness expert, author of the book, Mending Your Metabolism. Stop treating symptoms and start getting well! Diabetes, blood sugar control, weight management, women’s health, detox, performance nutrition and more. Ask about out 12-week “Set on Success” Weight Loss to Wellness Program. End dieting forever!
NATURE’S LINK WELLNESS CENTER Kristine Devillier, ND 337-332-2705 KristineDevillier.com
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The Enneagram is a personality typology combining psychology and spirituality. The purpose of the Enneagram is to help us become more present, awake, and connected. Workshops/ Groups/Individual Coaching. Northshore/Southshore. See website!
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Offering 23 years experience in Reiki – Usui Shiki Ryoho, upholding the highest standards in Reiki classes and Reiki sessions. Reiki can be a personal tool for healing and growth, a way to give energy to family and friends, or a gentle complementary therapy in holistic medicine. See ad on page 14 and calendar for classes.
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Enter our r/Evolutionary healing space and connect to your birthright as a Universal Energetic Be-ing! We offer Usui Reiki Attunements, Community Supported Continuing Education, Spiritual/Emotional Healing, Spinal Alignment, Food/ Lifestyle Counseling, and Cross-cultural Shamanic Apprenticeships.
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Usui, Karuna & Rainbow Reiki Master 3939 Houma Blvd., Bld. 3, Ste. 15 Metairie 504-909-3723 AmazingReiki.com
Certified & experienced Master Teacher offering sessions & classes to the Greater N.O. Area. Healing Touch, Pranic Healing, Crystal Healing, Reiki Drumming and Animal Reiki practitioner. Visit our website for full information. See ad on page 29.
retreat center DOLORES WATSON
621 Opelousas Ave., New Orleans 504-905-4090 email@example.com FloweringLotusMeditation.org
Elegant, donation based retreat center in quaint, quiet Magnolia, MS just 1 1/2 hours from New Orleans, Baton Rouge or Jackson. Ongoing retreats in meditation and yoga. Ongoing meditation group in New Orleans. Vegetarian. Available for rental. Capacity for 40 people. See ad on page 28 and ongoing calendar.
1223 Baronne St. Kundalini@YogaNOLA.com YogaNOLA.com
Kundalini Yoga is considered to be the most comprehensive of yogas, combining meditation, physical practice and breathing exercises. All levels of experience are welcome to all classes. See ad on page 31 and calendar for events/classes.
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Gambit’s ”Best Place to Take a Yoga Class” ten years in a row. Over 40 ongoing classes per week for beginners and experienced taught by skilled teachers in a peaceful, positive atmosphere. Offering courses, workshops, retreats and concerts. See ad on page 11 and calendar for events/classes.
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WELLNESS CENTER INSIGHTS OF NEW ORLEANS
Sue McCann, LPC-S, LMFT, LAC, RYT 504-832-4096 InsightsofNO.com
Insights of New Orleans, your easily accessible wellness center collaborating with each client to rejuvenate, restore, and inspire with offerings of compassionate holistic healing modalities. Metairie location.Visit our website for list of modalities. See ad on page 6.
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yoga teacher training YOGA SCHOOL, L.L.C.
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Offering Yoga Alliance registered teacher training with certification at the 200 hour and 500 hour levels. Also a state licensed Yoga Therapy training program. Visit website for more information. See ad on page 27.
yoga therapy AMY ARCHINAL, RYT, PRYT Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy 504-899-6167 NewOrleansYogaTherapy.com
Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy combines meditation, assisted yoga postures, breathwork and client-centered dialogue to promote self-awareness. Discover the wisdom of your body. See ad page 21.
NOW AVAILABLE AT CASSO’S WELLNESS STORE & GYM Hello Everyone, Seek first the “Kingdom of God” not the “Thingdom of Man”. LUKE Chapter 10:27 You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.
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Please go to www.thewarningsecondcoming.com. It’s crucial to read the messages from March 16, 2013 forward and use these messages to prepare your spiritual life. Have no fear because this is God reaching out to us in these times with Love. Please say the Crusade Prayers attached to these messages.
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Abiding as Love in Each Present Moment The peace of Christ depends on your willingness to abide in the present for no other reason than to extend creation. To be one who receives Love, acknowledges the presence of Love, breathes Love, and then allows it to flow through the body-mind, through the voice, through the handwritten word, through the wink of an eye… whatever it is. Then you are done with it and you are on to the next moment.
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Holy relationship, then, is where any two beings choose to come together and each of them, individually, chooses to be in the presence of Love. Then, whatever happens, happens. Perhaps one will sit in a chair and read a book while another one watches a movie. Perhaps they will come together and create a beautiful dinner. It really becomes quite irrelevant because they will be moved by the mysterious energy of Love itself, which is the will of God creating experience through His creations. And when that moment is gone, it is gone. The mind of each of them simply finds itself in a new present moment. Please love and pray for each other all over the world.
The mind then, that is free… free from the egoic need to make, to control, to shape… is free from identification with the past and anxiety over the future, abides in the perfectly eternal now. For no other reason than to receive the awareness that it abides in Love’s perfect presence, and then allows that mysterious reality through that mind… right where it is… as it is. It does not need to make a show. This is not about having a prescribed set of activities to do. You are merely present in the moment, and Love lives you.
Love Y’all, Mike
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The peace of Christ comes only to that mind that withdraws valuation from the past and the future, and surrenders into the present. For only in the present can Love be felt, known and extended. Such a mind is a creator. And through that mind, the perfection of Love’s extension flows… without impediment, without obstacle, and without mistake.
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Monthly magazine with editorial focus on health, wellness, fitness, environment and sustainable living in the Greater New Orleans, Louisiana...
Published on Jul 29, 2013
Monthly magazine with editorial focus on health, wellness, fitness, environment and sustainable living in the Greater New Orleans, Louisiana...