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eeling the creepy crawly critters in my worm bin this morning, it occurred to me that these red wrigglers will eat healthier today than many Americans. Their diet is high in the fruits and vegetables that every health professional recommends we eat more often. Worms don’t like fat or salt, therefore fast food is not on their menu. So, why do we feed ourselves foods that even the worms won’t eat? The answer, of course, is that fast foods are cheap, filling and easy at the same time that our culture has persuaded us to turn a blind eye to the frightening repercussions in terms of people’s health and happiness. The truth is that our addiction to fast food and junk foods is hurting us, no question. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a third of American adults are obese and 16 percent of our children are either overweight or obese, with another 16 percent on their way to obesity. In this month’s feature article, “Healthy Eating Family-Style,” Registered Dietitian Matthew Kadey cites just some of the research pointing to processed foods and couch potato screen time as culprits in this alarming trend. He suggests that bringing back family meals prepared at home will afford more than just tastier and more nutritious meals, it also sparks rich family time. His practical preparation tips make meals quickerto-prepare and healthier. Having been a working mom for many years, I understand the challenge. Even though I enjoyed the advantage of being a registered dietitian, sometimes exhaustion would win and take-out would show up on the table. Most nights we did have homecooked dishes, often because, as my son explained to a friend, “We only eat leftovers.” I liked to cook in large batches and preferred to dub the second time around as “plannedovers.” Funny, but I don’t remember anyone complaining. In a society that encourages overscheduling and instant everything, taking the time to sit down together as a family to share a meal and the day’s events may be the only time in the day that members converse for longer than a fleeting moment. Regular family meals are a treasured gift that parents can give to their children. It takes some effort but is possible, with benefits blessing us all now and following our children into adulthood. We have great editorial for the young at heart of all ages in this issue. Maybe something will grab your attention and serve as a topic at your next family meal. Please read on…
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The desire for something quick may be why half of total U.S. food expenditures today go to meals prepared outside the home. Studies suggest that the more we purchase fast food, the greater our girth. “This should come as no surprise, because what is often ordered is mostly out-ofcontrol portions, higher in calories, fat, sugar and salt, than what would be served at home,” says Ayoob. Even shunning the all-too-familiar drive-through for a smarter option could pack on pounds. Researchers reported in
the Journal of Consumer Research that an individual is likely to underestimate the calories in a meal marketed by a restaurant as healthier, than those in a meal from a perceived offender. This mistake often leads to overeating through purchasing extra or bigger side orders, suggest the study’s authors. University of Minnesota research suggests that adolescent members of families that rely on fewer than three purchased meals per week are more likely to consume healthier beverages and vegetables with meals and less prone to indulge in soda and chips at home. Try this: Skip the fast food outlets and open The Joy of Cooking. “Preparing more home-cooked meals is all about planning and implementing time-saving strategies,” says Ponichtera. Take time during the weekend to create dinner menus for the coming week, with input from all family members, and make a detailed grocery list to facilitate an efficient visit to the health food store and grocery. Ponichtera also stresses the, “Cook once, serve twice,” trick, where home chefs purposely double the recipe and plan to serve leftovers later, adding different sides for variety.
When time is at a premium, tossing ingredients for stews or chilies into a slow cooker in the morning is a tasty and healthy option. “Always have a few homemade dishes that can be easily warmed up, such as lasagna, soups and casseroles, in your freezer,” adds Ponichtera. It also works to freeze leftovers in lunch-size containers to take to work. On days when family members have time to cook, make salads and dressings (served on the side) or bean, vegetable and whole-grain side dishes ahead of time, so they will be ready accompaniments for the coming week’s entrées. “Involving children in the meal prep not only saves parents time,” reflects Ponichtera, “but also teaches kids valuable cooking skills they might otherwise lack.” Everybody wins. Canadian-based registered dietitian and nutrition writer Matthew Kadey also takes active vacations to keep trim. Copyrighted © 2012 Penton Media, Inc. 89020:512SH
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according to Aron Chang of Waggonner and Ball. One of the biggest problems, and of most concern to residents, Chang said, is flooding. The current system has a finite capacity – it can only pump stormwater at a certain rate, and if it rains harder and faster than that rate, then there will be localized flooding. In addition to pumping capacity, there are old drainage pipes that are too small, the water funnels into the low-lying areas, or catch basins are poorly maintained, all problems that exacerbate the flooding, Chang explained. The other, related situation is subsidence: pumping out the stormwater causes the ground to sink further, which requires greater pumping capacity. “For example, Jefferson Parish’s Department of Drainage has had to install small pumps along certain canals to bring water from adjoining neighborhoods into the pilesupported canals, which can be higher than the surrounding areas,” Chang said. “The cycles of drawing down water in canals in advance of storms only worsens the problem as that also draws the water table in adjoining areas down and accelerates subsidence.” Many neighborhoods in the study area are between five and 10 feet below sea
City Park oaks & open water with diagram of underground storm drainage network level and every time rainwater is pumped out the soils oxidize, which causes them to sink. “Originally this place was filled with swamps and bayous and to live here we had to draw down the water level,” Chang said. Because the study area is on a river delta, the ground also naturally subsides under its own weight, and there are geologic faults that make it worse in some places. A pre-Katrina study showed that New Orleans East and Kenner subside at a rate of one inch per year. “Gentilly, Lakeview and Kenner are 5-8 feet below sea level after 40-50 years of development,” Chang said. That equates to about 1.7 inches per year, or 8.5 inches every five years. The operators of the drainage systems for Jefferson, Orleans, and St. Bernard have been successful in draining the water from the landscape as quickly as possible, fulfilling their mandate to decrease flood insurance claims, Chang said. However, as the agency drains the study area better, the faster the ground sinks – and harder it is to pump. In addition, subsidence negatively impacts infrastructure, including pipes, streets and building foundations. “In some cases, fixing one problem exacerbates another,” Chang said. This study is designed to look at the big picture for future planning: “Our job is to think holistically, about flooding and subsidence. … The operators are just trying to keep up – they don’t have the resources and time to step back and look at all the pieces and across parish lines.”
Network of pipes, canals and massive pump stations to move stormwater to Lake Pontchartrain and Central Wetlands Unit. Designers from the Netherlands are key members of the team because of the abundant experience the Dutch have had in managing water. In Amsterdam, which is also built in a delta and is below sea level, there are water monitoring wells all over the city, and the water can be set at the same level.
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from community leaders, the design teams will incorporate those comments into prototypical solutions at different scales, from system wide to neighborhood scale to individual properties. Solutions will be tested in areas where they have the potential to have the highest impact on safety and quality of life. With feedback from the stakeholders in those neighborhoods in small design workshops, the final report will catalog various locations where the proposed solutions can be further tested and replicated. “Where can we do this [or that project] in New Orleans, physically and culturally,” Chang said. “There is a lot of innate fear and discomfort with water – there are safety issues – and water infrastructure can mirror class distinctions. These are the issues we want to talk to community leaders about.” Presentations are scheduled for December or January, with the purpose of explaining the project and potential solutions to the general public, with the support of community leaders that the Water Management Strategy team is reaching out to now. This approach for incorporating community members in the design not only informs it, so that potential concerns are addressed early in the design, it involves community members in the process so they become advocates for the plan, and gives it a much better chance at achieving funding down the road. Photos and diagram courtesy of Waggoner & Ball. Aron Chang may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org Colleen Morgan is a free-lance writer and environmental editor for Natural Awakenings. She may be reached at email@example.com.
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seeds and sunflower seeds. Probiotics are also important for keeping the immune system strong. For some kids, eating all-natural yogurt is enough, but for others, probiotic supplements may be necessary. “I’m really passionate about educating and teaching families about the benefits of eating real food and helping them recognize that food is really the best medicine,” says Yablon-Brenner. Exercise: Daily exercise is a key component of any health regimen. “Sometimes, I literally write a prescription for family exercise,” says Rosen. Outdoor exercise is beneficial because it also exposes children to the sun, helping them to manufacture the vitamin D that is essential for a strong immune system. Other highly recommended exercise programs include yoga for stress reduction, which can be adapted even for small children. Supplements: Rosen and Hamilton both favor select supplements for children, especially during cold and flu season. Rosen recommends a whole-food
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of the play and the magic of the moment.” A part-time writing instructor at Carroll University, in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Boyd has been posting weekly parental advice blogs on USYouthSoccer.org for four years. One suggests that if field conditions are damp, parents should bring gallon-size baggies to protect the car’s floor from the mud of soccer shoes, plus a change of clothes for the players. In another, she asks parents “not to be snooty or pompous” if their child’s team is better than the opposition and to “have more patience with referees that don’t meet your standard of perfection in calls.” Because soccer calls for near-constant movement—running with or toward the ball or walking into a better position on the field—it’s an effective antidote to childhood obesity. The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (Fitness.gov) suggests that children get one hour or more a day in either moderate or vigorous aerobic physical activity. For adults, the recommendation is at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day, or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity. Playing or practicing soccer skills definitely meets the criteria. Last year, the American Academy of Pediatrics Association (HealthyChildren.org) cited soccer as a way for children to be physically active while they learn teamwork and sportsmanship. It also noted that the most common player injuries are minor sprains and strains, followed by bruises. Boyd advises, “Most of these require rest, ice, compression and elevation for the injured area, and a week away from the sport. Don’t rush children back onto the field; think long-term.” Current and longtime U.S. national Olympic team member Christie Rampone, of Point Pleasant, New Jersey, notes that because soccer doesn’t involve the hands, “Youngsters get used to using other, different muscle groups, allowing for optimal strength and coordination.” She suggests that parents have children also note some non-action elements of the sport, such as the communication occurring on the soccer field. Even when people in the stands are loudly shouting encouragement, players are talking with each other and using body language to enhance their team play. “Point out to kids the positive emotions and energy expressed when things don’t
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response and reported reduced pain. Oschman says that some professional athletes swear by the practice, including members of four U.S. Tour de France teams (between 2003 and 2007) that were grounded nightly during the competitions. Gallagher, who estimates that 70 percent of his patients consciously practice grounding, sees improvement in conditions including heart disease, arthritis, chronic pain, autoimmune diseases, chronic fatigue syndrome, attention deficit disorder, allergies, asthma, menopausal symptoms, sleep apnea and jet lag. Judged safe for all ages, blood-thinners present the only known complication, so heart patients should consult their doctors. “This is like the relationship of vitamin D from sunlight,” concludes Gallagher. “We are receiving something that is integral to our design, part of our nature. Earthing isn’t an intellectual concept; it’s a necessity of life.” Freelance journalist Debra Melani writes about health, medicine and fitness from Lyons, CO. Connect at Debra Melani.com or DMelani@msn.com.
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Whether you are a healthy person and just want to stay that way, or you have a serious illness like cancer, Journey into Wellness offers something for everybody! Conveniently located in Metairie just yards away from EJ Hospital.
Reiki m Healing Touch m Massage m Hanna Somatic Education m Mind-Body Exercises m Angel Card Readings m Compassionate and motivational sessions for cancer patients m Classes m Counseling/Psychotherapy m Food and Lifestyle Coaching m Akashic Records Counseling m Private Yoga classes
Tianne LasTra Director, Reiki Master and Teacher, 504.909.3723, amazingreiki.com DannY BUrKe Somatic Educator in the Tradition of Thomas Hanna, Northshore and Metairie, 504-915-7200, lifesomatics.com sUZanne eVen Certified Holistic Health Coach and Yoga Instructor 504.729.7333, EnlightenedByWellness.com TanYa DraCHenBerG, MA, LMFT Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, 504.342.5083, mindbodyspiritcounselor.com ViCKY DaLLMann Certified Adorata Workshop Instructor & Practitioner 504.442.6206, adorata.org
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Journey into Wellness
3939 Houma Blvd., Doctors Row Bldg 3, Suite 15, Metairie
Treatment rooms and class space for practitioners are available to rent. Visit our website for events and classes www.journeyintowellness.net natural awakenings
calendarofevents Note: All Calendar events must be received via email by August 10 for the September issue. $10/Event Calendar or Ongoing Calendar listing. $25/Upcoming Events, $59 MarkYourCalendar. Free community wide events are listed for free as space is available. Email email@example.com for guidelines and to submit entries. No phone calls please.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1
MONDAY, AUGUST 6
Deep Tissue Massage Clinic – 12:45pm & 2:15pm (also 8/3, 8/8, 8/15, 8/17). Help a student 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.
Gentle Yoga – 6-7pm, 7:05-8:10pm, 8:15-9:30pm. New Session begins with 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/Register: 504-782-4432.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 3
TUESDAY, AUGUST 7
Are Unity and Free Will Just An Illusion? – 6:308pm. Do personal experiences support or disprove the provocative statements “man cannot do” and “man is a machine?” Guided meditation, attention exercises, discussion. Gurdjieff Foundation of LA series “Awakening to Man’s Possibilities”. Free, open to public. Unitarian Church, 5212 S. Claiborne, NOLA. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org, 985-502-6582.
Swedish Massage Clinic – 6:15pm & 7:45pm (also 8/28). Help a student 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.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 4 Course on Wisdom Workshop – 9am-Noon (also 9/1 Topic: Abundance). First in series of workshops based on Adorata: The Path of Enlovement by Tiziana DellaRovere, offers practical tools to deeply connect with Divine Mother, opening the path to receive Her healing love. Info/ RSVP Contact Vicky: 504-442-6206. Saturday Morning Massage Clinics – 9:15am & 10:30am (also 8/11, 8/18). Help a student with their education at the student massage clinic. Swedish 8/4 & 8/18, Deep Tissue 8/11. $30/by appointment. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info: 504-293-0972. 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. Do You Have Too Much Stuff? (Also 8/5). Free in home consultations by professional organizer, Stasia Cymes. Clear the Clutter guides you through the process of creating new space & peace of mind. To schedule your complementary consultation call: 504-920-1800.
markyourcalendar Primordial Sound Meditation CHOPRA CERTIFIED FREE 1 hour introductory class
August 18th, 2012
8:00 a.m. Join us in X-Trainers “Zen Room” 3700 Orleans Ave, Mid-City Located in the Center of the American Can Retail Area
Tai Chi Group Class – 7pm-8pm. Reduce stress, relieve pain, gain flexibility and balance. Improve the quality of life. Tamashii Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St, NOLA. Offering an Intro program of 3 classes, value at $59. Reserve space by 8/6. Info: 504-866-2241.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 9 Tai Chi Group Class – 9:30am-10:20am. Reduce stress, relieve pain, gain flexibility and balance. Improve the quality of life. Tamashii Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St, NOLA. Offering an intro program of 3 classes, value at $59. Reserve space by 8/8. Info: 504-866-2241. Illuminate Together – 9-11am. Monthly gathering, on the second Thursday, for Spirit centered entrepreneurs to connect with other like-minded individuals, share and learn as well as create new business together. For details contact Michelle at email@example.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.
Tai Chi and Qi Gong Basics A 6 month course Fall/Winter 2012/2013 Courses begin October 2012 and January 2013 with long time practitioner and teacher Marilyn Yank Course cost: $250 (payment plans available)
To enroll call 504-610-3672 TheAmmaCenter.org
Neuromuscular Therapy Clinic – 6:15pm & 7:45pm (also 8/14, 8/21). Help a student 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. Wellness Class – 7pm-8:30pm (also 8/23). With Suzanne Even, Cert. Holistic Health Coach. Experience improved health and energy by incorporating nutrient dense foods into your diet. Make changes now and avoid common chronic diseases becoming epidemics. $25/class. 3939 Houma Blvd, Bldg 3, Metairie. Info: 504-729-7333.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 10 Swedish Massage Clinic – 12:45pm & 2:15pm. Help a student 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. For Tomorrow to be Different – 6:30-8pm. To prevent our past from becoming our future, what can be tried today? Guided meditation, attention exercises, discussion. Gurdjieff Foundation of La Series “Awakening To Man’s Possibilities”. Free, open to public. Unitarian Church, 5212 S. Claiborne, NOLA. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org, 985-502-6582.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 11 OCH Art Market – 10am-3pm. Local arts & crafts, and food. 2nd Sat each month. 1618 Oretha C. Haley Blvd, Central City, NOLA. The Madisonville Art Market – 10am-4pm. Art market featuring painting, photography, wood working, pottery, and jewelry along the Tchefuncta River on Water St. in Old Madisonville, near LA Hwy 22. Free. Info: 985-624-7216. The Invaders – 10am. Learn about plants that don’t belong in our landscapes and how they impact our wild places. Speaker is Michael Massimi, Invasive Species Coordinator for Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program. Vines and plants that are good plantings for urban gardens for sale. Open 9am-Noon. Parkway Partners Greenhouse, 1137 Baronne St, NOLA. First Degree Reiki Class – 11am-7pm (8/11 & 8/12). 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.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 14 Tai Chi Group Class – 9:30am-10:20am. Reduce stress, relieve pain, gain flexibility and balance. Improve the quality of life. Tamashii Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St, NOLA. Offering an intro program of 3 classes, a value at $59. Reserve space by 8/13. Info: 504-866-2241. 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.
Holistic Education Monthly Meeting/Metairie – 6:30-7:30pm. Sponsored by Holistic Center for Health and Healing, Inc. Anna Zeringue will speak about the MELT Method. Free, open to the public. Old Metairie Library, 2350 Metairie Rd. Info: email@example.com.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15
Karate Registration – Fall Karate Programs for Teens & Children. Improve confidence and self respect. Enroll in our Anti Bullying Program. Get a free copy of my book “Sensei’s Secrets to Better Behaved Kids.” Tamashii Karate Center, 8132 Willow St, NOLA. Info: 504-866-2241. Free Workshop on Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils – Learn to use essential oils for relaxation as well as to improve many other areas of your life. Limited space. Info/RSVP Tianne: 504-909-3723.
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Acupuncture encourages self-healing by bringing your body into a state of balance and harmony.
We offer personalized treatments in a warm and inviting setting with a gentle, comforting touch.
Chinese Medicine can treat a wide variety of conditions. Please contact us for a free consultation to determine if acupuncture is right for you. Addiction • Anxiety • Arthritis • Chronic Fatigue • Depression • Digestive Issues • Infertility • Insomnia • Menstrual Problems • Pain Management • Stress Reduction • •Plus much more•
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THURSDAY, AUGUST 16
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Deep Tissue Massage Clinic – 6:15pm & 7:45pm (also 8/23, 8/30). Help a student 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. Dr. Cathy Posey on New Paradigm of Wellness – 6:30-8pm. Guest speaker will discuss a new paradigm of wellness: Laminine; an innovative discovery for humanity in the form of a perfect whole food nutritional supplement. Affordable Healing Arts, 2372 St. Claude St, Suite 220, NOLA. Info/RSVP: 504-669-1020. Holistic Education Monthly Meeting/Covington – 7-8pm. Sponsored by the Holistic Center for Health and Healing Inc. John Osborne, iridologist and nutritionist will speak on, “What your eyes say about your health”, discussion follows. Covington Council Chambers, 222 Kirkland St, Covington. Free/open to public. Info: 985-630-2652.
O n Earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 17
Knowledge/Experience/Understanding – 6:30-8pm. Are the conditions that lead to a higher level of understanding based on precise knowledge and precise experience of being? Guided meditation, attention exercises, discussion. Gurdjieff Foundation of La series “Awakening To Man’s Possibilities”. Free, open to public. Unitarian Church, 5212 S. Claiborne, NOLA. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org, 985-502-6582.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 18
First Degree Reiki Class – 11am-7pm (8/18 & 8/19). 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. Lemon-aid Day for Animals – The Humane Society of LA invites kids of all ages to man and operate a lemonade stand, with the proceeds benefiting the Humane Society programs. Register at 1-888-6-humane.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 19
Isometrics Workshop – 9am-4pm (2nd day 8/26). 12 hour CEU Ortho-Bionomy class for body workers. An opportunity to learn subtle techniques to help clients achieve great results. Instructor: Peggy Scott. $245 Registration/$220 if paid by 8/5. Lakeview, NOLA. Info: 319-855-3799.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22 Karate Registration – Fall Karate Programs for Teens & Children. Improve confidence and self respect. Enroll in our Anti Bullying Program. Get a free copy of my book “Sensei’s Secrets to Better Behaved Kids”. Tamashii Karate Center, 8132 Willow St, NOLA. Info: 504-866-2241.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 24 The Chief Means of Happiness in This Life – 6:30-8pm. An exploration of habits, do they affect awareness of how we take others into consideration. Guided meditation, attention exercises, discussion. Gurdjieff Foundation of La series “Awakening To Man’s Possibilities”. Free, open to public. Unitarian Church, 5212 S. Claiborne, NOLA. Info: zoukini@ aol.com, 985-502-6582.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 25 Walk 4 Recovery – 9am. Addiction is a preventable disease and recovery works. Addiction Recovery Resources First Annual Walk 4 Recovery at Audubon Park. Walk begins at 9:00 a.m. Register online before June 30 to receive t-shirt. Audubon Park, Shelter 10 & Newman, 6500 Magazine St, NOLA. Info: 504-780-2766. First Degree Reiki Class – 11am-7pm (8/25 & 8/26). 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. Bow Wow Luau – 7-10pm. The Humane Society of LA hosts 2nd Annual Singles Charity Auction. 24 of city’s hottest singles (12 ea. men/women) auctioned to highest bidder. Proceeds to Humane Society of LA for cruelty investigation/prevention programs. Also on Sept 1 – first Gay Singles Charity Auction. Tickets: $20. (Also 9/1 – first Gay Singles Charity Auction, Tickets: $25). Purchase tickets at 1-888-6-humane. Location: Eiffel Society, 2040 St. Charles Ave, NOLA.
classifieds LIST FOR RENT, ITEMS FOR SALE, HELP WANTED, OPPORTUNITIES, PRODUCTS OR SERVICES HERE. To Place a Classified Listing Email to email@example.com. Must be received by the 10th of the month prior to publication. $1 per word. $20 minimum. Must be prepaid.
services AA – DRINKING IS YOUR BUSINESS. STOPPING IS OURS. C a l l A l c o h o l i c s Anonymous. 504-838-3399. AA-NewOrleans.org PET SITTER – Greater N.O. area EB & WB. $15/visit includes walk & feeding. Discounts for regular business & referrals. Military base access. Pet First Aid Certified. Contact Michelle 504-298-PETS, firstname.lastname@example.org or http://504PetSitter.com/
PRODUCTS BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES CURRENTLY PUBLISHING NATURAL AWAKENINGS MAGAZINES – For sale in Mobile/Baldwin, AL; Jacksonville/St. Augustine, FL North Central FL; Indianapolis, IN; Santa Fe, NM, Long Island, NY; Asheville, NC; Northeastern, PA; Columbia, SC; San Antonio, TX; southwestern, VA; Madison, WI. Call for details 239-530-1377. LOOKING FOR A COOK/ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT to assist me in my real estate and retreat center businesses in exchange for room and board. Must have own income. Mature female preferred. Call 504-905-4090.
for rent - commercial OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE – MID-CITY AND MARIGNY. Virtual, Private or Share floor space in a triple bottom-line atmosphere. Competitive/ below market rent for your growing business. Full amenities including WiFi/conference room/ office equip plus value added services provided! TheBuildingBlock.com or call 504-561-7525.
ATTENTION LOCAVORES: Free-range, rich in omega-3, brown/blue eggs from the Latino Farmers Cooperative of Louisiana $5/dozen. Call 504-333-3611
volunteer opportunities FLOWERING LOTUS MEDITATION AND RETREAT CENTER. Volunteers needed to live at meditation retreat center in Magnolia, MS which will include room and board in exchange for work. Must be a meditator interested in furthering meditation practice. Vegetarian facility. www. floweringlotusmeditation.org. Dolores Watson at 504-905-4090. See ad on page 22. The Humane Society of Louisiana needs volunteers. To find out how you can help contact Jeff Dorson at 901-268-4432 or StopCruelty11@gmail.com. The LatinoFarmersCoop.org An urban agriculture nonprofit committed to promote responses to food, farm and nutrition needs gardening and food pantry volunteers. Call 504-333-3611 or Info@LatinoFarmersCoop.org.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 28 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.
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FRIDAY, AUGUST 31 Different States of Consciousness – 6:30-8pm. Can we learn to live from a more authentic and aware place? Guided meditation, attention exercises, discussion. Gurdjieff Foundation of La series “Awakening To Man’s Possibilities”. Free, open to public. Unitarian Church, 5212 S. Claiborne, NOLA. Info: email@example.com, 985-502-6582. Last game of the Season! Zephyrs vs Iowa Cubs. The Alliance for Affordable Energy is partnering with the Zephyrs to raise money for the energy efficiency work. Baseball! Fireworks! Home plate tickets $10. Contact The Alliance at firstname.lastname@example.org or 504-208-9761 for tickets.
Picture Your Art on Our Covers! Submit your artwork or photos to Natural Awakenings for the chance to be seen on one of our covers. For more information, including a list of monthly themes, submission terms and format requirements, visit: NaturalAwakeningsMag.com/covers
ongoingevents Note: All Calendar events must be received via email by August 10 for the September issue. $10/Event Calendar or Ongoing Calendar listing. $25/Upcoming Events, $59 MarkYourCalendar. Free community wide events are listed for free as space is available. Email email@example.com for guidelines and to submit entries. No phone calls please.
sunday Daily Kundalini Yoga by Donation – 9am. Also daily 5am practice and 5pm meditation. Kundalini yoga is the yoga of awareness. Clear the obstacles that limit life and awaken to fullest potential. Free. Divine Yoga, 1223 Baronne St and 1228 O.C. Haley Blvd. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Meditation Class for Healing – 9-10am. For healing our city and for world peace. A non-traditional spiritual connection. No dogma. Led by Mike Wittenbrink, MBA of Powerpath Academy. Unity Temple, 3722 St. Charles Ave, NOLA. Info: 504-339-0594.
Butoh Dance: Ancestral Whispers – 6-8pm. Do you hear the call to explore your deepest dance, to walk between the worlds, to go beyond human binds? ($13 drop in, $40 for 4 classes.) Divine Yoga Center, 1228 O.C. Haley Blvd. Contact Odile, email@example.com, 512.921.0464 Pilates Mat & Barre – 6:15-7pm. Tone, lengthen and strengthen core muscles in this combination of Pilates mat work and ballet barre movements. Sometimes the smallest movements get the biggest results. Feel the difference. Transform NOLA, 8422 Oak St., www.TransformNOLA.com.
New Orleans Chapter AMORC Rosicrucian’s – Meetings held every Sunday and Wednesday at our 2801 Loyola Ave. Suite 4, Kenner La 70062 Location. Call 504-472-5635
monday Therapeutic Yoga-Northshore – 5-6:15pm. This class provides a safe, supportive environment for those wanting to participate in a yoga practice to complement their current health regimen. Bayou De Zaire, Madisonville. Contact Becky to enroll: 504 669- 6885 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 in MidCity – 6-7pm. Also 7:058:10pm & 8:15-9:30pm. Becky Bazile, 500RYT certified teacher. 6-week sessions, sessions ongoing. Registration required, space limited to 8 students. $60/session or $12/walk-in (if space available). Yoga Village Studio 3443 Esplanade Ave. Nola. Register/Info: Becky 504-782-4432 or email@example.com All Levels Hatha Yoga – 6-7:30pm. Beginners welcome and appropriate for intermediate and experienced practitioners. Asana, pranayama, mantra, mudra, maybe some Sanskrit and more. $10/class or $48/6. Yoga School, 603 S. Tyler St, Covington. Info: 985-892-4170 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Guided Mediation and Knowledge Group – 6:30pm. Free guided meditation sponsored by Art of Living. The New Orleans Healing Center, 2732 St. Claude Ave (4th Floor). Info: Call Allen 504-247-6692. Roots of Yoga/Wild Lotus Downtown – 6:307:30pm. (also Thurs) This class explores the foundations of yoga practice and focuses in more detail on healthy alignment and body mechanics in postures. For beginners and beyond. Wild Lotus Yoga/Downtown, 2nd floor of New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claud Ave, NOLA. For info: 504-899-0047 or email@example.com Insight Meditation Group – 7:30-9pm. Meditaton practice and discussion Tuesday evenings. 2134 Magazine St., 3rd fl., New Orleans. Info: noimg@ me.com or call Larry at 504-343-8378. Serenity Yoga/Wild Lotus Downtown – 7:459:15pm. Gentle postures, relaxation exercises and calming music with emphasis on chilling out and slowing down to melt away stress and center awareness. Wild Lotus Yoga/Downtown ,2nd floor of New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claud Ave, NOLA. For info: 504-899-0047 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Do You Have Too Much Stuff? – 10-noon. Free in home consultations by professional organizer, Stasia Cymes. Clear the Clutter guides you through the process of creating new space & peace of mind. To schedule call (504) 920-1800. Spiritual, but not religious? – 11am. If you like what Wayne Dyer and Maryann Williamson have to say, you will love Unity Church of Practical Christianity in Metairie. We encourage the transformation of your life through practical spiritual principles. 3939, Veterans Blvd, Metairie (2 blocks west of Cleary, rear of Bldg). For more info call 504-885-7575.
Northshore Yoga – 5:30-7pm. All levels welcome to come and explore Hatha Yoga offered by Wendy McKee ERYT. Opening the body to settle the mind and connect within. Mats & Props provided $10/ class or $48/6 classes. Yoga School, 603 S. Tyler St., Covington Contact: Wendy McKee 985-789-0793 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. Hanna Somatics class – 7-8pm. Learn how to be more flexible and release pain and stiffness from muscles and joints. Bring mat & towel to Our Place Fitness, 338 N. Vermont in downtown Covington. $20. Call Danny Burke 504-915-7200 for more info. Yoga Diva in Harahan – 7pm. (also Wed 5:15). New and experienced yogis. Breathe, gently flow and focus to awaken one’s inner goddess. 5700 Citrus Blvd, upstairs in Curves of Elmwood. For info and pricing, call Karen 504-220-5325. Vinyasa Yoga/Yoga 504 – 6:30-7:45pm. Instructor: April Stolf. Come on an empty stomach, bring mat and water. Bodhisattva Tea Spa, 3021 N. Arnoult St., Metairie. Info: 504-982-9642.
tuesday Vinyasa Flow/Yoga 504 – 6:30pm. (also Sat 9am) Improve flexibility, focus, and balance. Connect with the higher vibrations of self and the Universe. Led by April Stolf. At Bodhisattva Tea Spa, 3021 N. Arnoult St, Metairie. Info: 504-888-9299. 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.
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. Guided Meditation – 10:30am-noon. Meditation is an excellent way to directly connect with your true inner self and with all divine energy to receive self-healing! Uptown Holistic Center, 723 Hillary, New Orleans. Call Dr. Jess Tregle: 504-352-6418. Hanna Somatics class – 2-3pm. Learn how to be more flexible and release pain and stiffness from muscles and joints. Wear loose clothing that allows for movement. EJGH Wellness Center, 3726 Houma Blvd. $10/nonmembers. Call Danny Burke 504-915-7200 for more info. German Coast Farmers Market/West Bank – 3-6:30pm. 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 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 Bossetta 200 RYT. 985-630-7242 or email@example.com
Nia on the Northshore – 6-7pm. (also 8:30-9:30am Thurs). For all ages/levels, Nia is a self-healing and conditioning practice that combines dance, martial arts, and yoga. Soul-stirring music helps guide your body to express, de-stress, and rejuvenate. Bayou De Zaire Yoga, Madisonville. For info call 985-792-0003. 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. Rasta Vinyasa/Yoga 504 – 6:30-7:45pm. Experience yoga to the vibration of Reggae music. Instructor: April Stolf, Bodhisattva Tea Spa, 3021 N. Arnoult St, Metairie. Info: 504-982-9642. Meditation & Discussion Group – 7-8:30pm. A Vipassana (Insight) meditation group. All interested in learning to meditate are welcome. Donation based. Sponsored by Flowering Lotus Meditation and Retreat Center. Offered at The N.O. Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave (corner St. Roch), 4th fl, Info: 504-905-4090 or email@example.com.
friday Flow Wave at Wild Lotus – 9-10:30am. Flow emphasizes the practice of connecting breath and motion in a fluid style of movement. Flow-Waves classes include sequences from Kali Ray Tri-Yoga with a strong emphasis on wavelike spinal movement. Wild Lotus Yoga, 4832 Perrier St, NOLA. Info: (504) 899-0047 or firstname.lastname@example.org Restorative Yoga – 6-7:15pm. In this class the body is supported in gentle yoga poses using bolsters and blankets and small adjustments are offered to enhance relaxation in the pose, offering a chance to unwind from our hectic day to day lives, release muscular tension and emotional stress. Wild Lotus Yoga, 4832 Perrier St, NOLA. Info: (504) 899-0047 or email@example.com
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.
Kundalini Yoga w/ Steph – 7:30-9pm. By donation! Come relax into the yoga of pure awareness. Expand into yourself. Heal from within. Divine Yoga Center: 1228 O.C. Haley Blvd. Contact: Kundalini@YogaNOLA.com.
All Levels Hatha Yoga – 5-6:30pm. Beginners welcome and appropriate for intermediate and experienced practitioners. Asana, pranayama, mantra, mudra, maybe some Sanskrit and more. $10/class or $48/6. Yoga School, 603 S. Tyler St, Covington. Info: 985-892-4170 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Camellia City Farmers Market – 8am.-1pm. Featuring yard eggs, Mediterranean foods, herbs, produce, baked goods, coffee and iced tea, local musicians, tastings and cooking demos. Griffith Park, 333 Erlanger and Second St, Olde Towne, Slidell. Info: 985-640-8291.
TriYogaNOLA/Mid-City – 6pm. Release, renew, and realize with relaxing, flowing movements to release tension in the body and calm the mind. All levels. 4436 Toulouse. For info and pricing call Karen: 504-220-5325. A Course in Miracles – 6:30-8pm. Offered by Dr. Gary Arnold continuously in New Orleans since 1988. Free and open to the public. Location: Unity Church of Metairie, 3303 Richland, Ste. 2A, Metairie.
Yoga Class/Mid-City – 9:30am. Start your day in a positive frame of mind with a restorative experience. American Can (next to X-Trainers), 3700 Orleans Ave, Mid-City. $55/month or $20/class walk-ins. Info: 504-482-2FIT. Covington Farmers Market – 9am-1pm. (also 10am-2pm Wed) Offering fresh produce, fresh baked breads, prepared foods and plants. Located at Covington City Hall, 609 N Columbia St., Covington. Mandeville Trailhead Community Market – 9am1pm. Fifty-plus vendors weekly: Gourmet foods, art, produce and plants. Tai Chi at 9:30am. Parking lot of the Mandeville Trailhead on the St. Tammany Trace off LA59. For vendor/entertainment info: Donna Beakley 985-845-4515. Sitting Meditation Group – 10-11am. Come practice zazen (sitting meditation) as well as walking meditation. Instruction and discussion also available. 3909 Bienville St., Suite 103 (near Canal and Carrolton intersection) in Mid-City. More info: contact Brian by email at email@example.com or call 504-644-7351. Capoeira Angola w/ Donovan Miller – 10amnoon. By donation. Learn the Brazilian martial art at this beautivul community space. Divine Yoga Center, 1228 O.C. Haley Blvd. Contact: Kundalini@YogaNOLA.com Do You Have Too Much Stuff? – 10-noon. Free in home consultations by professional organizer, Stasia Cymes. Clear the Clutter guides you through the process of creating new space & peace of mind. To schedule call (504) 920-1800.
thursday Crescent City Farmers Market/Mid-City – 3-7pm. Farmers Market at 3700 Orleans Ave, American Can Co. building, New Orleans, rain or shine.
Yoga Basics - Northshore—9-10 am. (also 6-7:15pm Tues) This class creates a solid foundation for beginners. It’s also ideal for those wanting to refine the fundamentals of their yoga practice. Bayou De Zaire, Madisonville. For info call 985-792-0003.
Gretna Farmers Market – 8:30am-12:30pm. Featuring fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, baked goods, dairy, native fruit wines and garden plants. Located in the old train depot, 300 Huey P. Long Ave, between 3rd and 4th streets, Gretna. Info: 504-362-8661. Westwego Farmers & Fisheries Market – 8:30am12:30pm. Open year round, rain or shine. Free parking. Featuring fresh produce, seafood, bakery items, dairy, plants, prepared foods & handcrafted items. Plus live music & kids activities. 484 Sala Ave, corner of 4th St., Westwego. Contact 504-341-3424, x 209.
Hollygrove Market & Farm – 10am-2pm. (also 10am-2pm Sundays & noon-6pm Tues). NOLA’s only CSA-style market selling each week assorted fresh local and organic fruit and vegetables from LA, MS & AL. 8301 Olive St, NOLA (across from Carrollton Boosters). Sankofa Farmers Market - 10am-2pm. Weekly market in the Ninth Ward offering fresh produce, seafood, baked goods, and plants from local farmers and fishermen. New location at 3819 St. Claude Ave. Info: 504-872-9214 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crossroads Arts Bazaar – 10am.-5pm. Indoor Art Market at the New Orleans Healing Center. Free. 2372 St. Claude Ave, NOLA. 504-940-1130. Indoor Art Market at the New Orleans Healing Center. Guided Meditation Group – 2:30-3:30pm. Free guided meditation sponsored by Art of Living. Fairgrinds Coffee House (upstairs), 3133 Ponce de Leon, New Orleans. Info: call Allen at 504-247-6692. ACA Came to Recover Meeting – 5:30-6:30pm. The Lambda Center is a safe place for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender members of various 12 step programs to meet. Groups that meet at Lambda are predominantly gay, but all are welcome to attend. The LambdaCenter, 1024 Elysian Fields.
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We offer a variety of manual therapies in a luxurious and relaxing ambiance in our convenient Metairie location. See ad on page 5.
JANICE E. POSEY, DVM
315 Lee Ln., Ste. 104, Covington 985-898-3623/504-466-9129
acupuncture ACUPUNCTURE IN NOLA COMMUNITY CLINIC 3624 Magazine St., New Orleans 504-224-1069 AcupunctureInNOLA.com See ad on page 24.
KELLY KIVIKO, ACA
Louisiana 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.
TONYA TIGART, ACA
LA Lic.# ACA.200032 3624 Magazine St., New Orleans 504-224-1069 AcupunctureInNOLA.com
Acupuncture is gentle and effective. Tonya offers Acupuncture and Oriental medicine in a relaxing environment. She is experienced in the treatment of pain, stress and allergies, plus many more conditions. Call to schedule an appointment.
addiction treatment ADDICTION RECOVERY RESOURCES, INC. 4933 Wabash St., Metairie 504-780-2766 ARRNO.org
Louisiana ’s leading private addiction treatment facility, providing effective care for adults struggling with addictive disorders. Our individualized programs address the physical, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of addictive disease, including co-occurring disorders. See ad on page 15.
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 26.
bodywork AVIVA MASSAGE & BODYWORK SPA
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 32.
BODY SUGARING USA DAY SPA
Dora Ochoa, L.M.T. 1800 W. Causeway Approach., Ste. 122 Mandeville 985-626-5538 BodySugaringUSA.com
Unique, painless & permanent hair removal, specializing in Brazilian bikini lines. Home of the “Slimmer You” body wrap and cellulite massage. Instant gift certificates on our website.
Letrice Barber-Hayes, LA Lic#5335-01 Kimberly Burrell, LA Lic#5460-01 2601 N. Hullen Ste 241, Metairie 504-310-5575 or 504-914-7114 PeacefulBeginningsForYou.com
Our goal is to tailor the client’s experience based on initial interview information, overall experience – We offer a variety of massage: traditional Swedish Massage, Sports Massage, Deep Tissue work, Hot Stone Massage, and Reflexology. See ad on page 12.
TOUCH AND HEAL MASSAGE THERAPY
Melissa K. Brocato, LMT, LA Lic#4861 8725 Oak St., New Orleans 504-388-1468 TouchAndHealMassageTherapy.com
Can you imagine a life without pain? Clinical massage could be an addition to your pain management routine. Also offering group packages, prenatal and sports massage. Located inside Salon Alphonse on Oak Street. Outcalls available.
UPTOWN THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE Uptown Holistic Center LA Lic. # 389201 723 Hillary St., New Orleans 504-275-5923
Ken Leavitt, founder of the Uptown Holistic Center, has been studying Massage/Bodywork for over twenty years. Combining Asian,Eastern and Western modalities to provide lasting beneficial results. 90 minutes- $110.00. See ad on page 6.
Danny Burke 504-915-7200 firstname.lastname@example.org LifeSomatics.com
PEACEFUL BEGINNINGS FOR YOU
Somatics, an all natural way to eliminate pain, repair injury and improve sports performance through gentle, slow movements. Danny is a Somatic Educator trained in the tradition of Thomas Hanna. Northshore and Southshore appointments available. See ad on page 35.
counseling and psychotherapy
CHIROPRACTIC ANDREA SCHEELE, LCSW, LMFT HEALTH “YouCENTER too can move away from the past and towards
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UPPER CERVICAL FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC
128 W. Harrison Ave., New Orleans 504-488-1800 UCFamilyChiropractic.com
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 19.
BOPP DERMATOLOGY AND FACIAL PLASTIC SURGERY
3901 Houma Blvd., Ste 410, Metairie 504-455-9933 BoppSkin.com
We offer non-surgical alternatives to keeping your face, body and skin healthy and youthful. We specialize in lasers, filler, topicals, peels and ultrasound facial lifting to achieve our patient’s goals. See ad on page 11.
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THE WOODHOUSE DAY SPA 4030 Canal St., New Orleans 504-482-NOLA (6652) Nola.WoodhouseSpas.com
cooking instruction THE ULTIMATE KITCHEN COMMANDO
Jodi Brown 504-616-7171 UltimateKitchenCommando.com
I teach my clients how to Eat their way to better health quickly, easily and deliciously. Empower yourself with a food makeover, a corporate lunch and learn, or a weekend retreat. I can customize a class and demonstration for your organization or church.
COSMETICS TEINTE HAIR SALON & STUDIO 816 Hickory Ave., Ste A Harahan
A full service hair salon and makeup studio specializing in organic hair products, organic beauty & bath products. We are the exclusive retailer of Afterglow organic mineral cosmetics. Free 5 Minute Makeup Consultations available. See ad on page 7.
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 on page 13.
dentist MIKE ROBICHAUX, DDS
1101 Robert Blvd., Ste. A, Slidell 985-641-8058 MikeRobichauxDDS.com
Offering a holistic and patient-centered 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 20.
Energy/Environment Advocacy ALLIANCE FOR AFFORDABLE ENERGY
2372 St. Claude Ave., NOLA 504-208-9761 All4Energy.org
The Alliance for Affordable Energy is a nonprofit that advocates for fair, affordable, environmentally responsible, community-based energy policies for Louisiana and the nation. Founded in 1985, the Alliance watchdogs Louisiana’s regulatory bodies and Utility companies. See ad on page 8.
feng shui LIVE, LOVE AND FENG SHUI Eveline Hoffmann Feng Shui practitioner 504-861-3370 email@example.com
Offering Feng shui consultations for homes and businesses Find balance and serenity within your home .Make intentional changes in your dwellings and you will alter your life in positive wide ranging ways. Your environment will begin to assist you and you will uncover solutions to your day to day issues and life will improve. See ad on page 19.
Fitness ALL INCLUSIVE HEALTH FITNESS STUDIO 4119 Magazine St. 504-715-0397 AllInclusiveHealth.com
All In – a whole health fitness studio! Exercise: personal training, running plans, group exercise classes. Eat: get a nutrition plan from our fitness nutrition specialist or schedule a medical nutrition therapy session with our registered dietician. See ad on page 18.
FISHING CHARTER POISSON ROUGE CHARTERS Inland Saltwater Fishing and Wetland Tours 504-782-4917 PRouge.com
Enjoy a chartered fishing trip for speckled trout and redfish and stay vacation with two nights at the Rose Guesthouse B & B on historic Esplanade Ave. $600 for 2 guests. Additional guests $100 each. See ad on page 24.
flower essences ELIZABETH OHMER PELLEGRIN, R.M.T.
Australian Bush Flower Practitioner 504-388-2356 firstname.lastname@example.org NolaReiki.com
Practitioner and teacher of Australian Bush Flower Essences. Many custom blended essences available, including: Woman, Calm & Clear, Study, Detox, Travel Ease, Adolescence, Yoga, Confidence and Stress Relief. National LMT/CEU classes available. See ad on page 26.
holistic healing Centers AFFORDABLE HEALING ARTS A Community of Healers located inside the NOHC 985-467-0900 email@example.com affordablehealingarts.com
AHA! is 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 10.
UPTOWN HOLISTIC CENTER
723 Hillary St., New Orleans 504-865-0966 UptownHolisticCenter.com
A group of independent Holistic Practitioners committed to the highest level of Holistic Health Care. Emphasis on the whole person – body, mind & spirit – allows for a more complete process of healing and well-being.
Shamanic Practitioner Affordable Healing Arts LLC 2372 St. Claude Ave., Ste. 220, New Orleans 408-540-8627 firstname.lastname@example.org
Journey into the shamanic realms for self-discovery, retrieving soul-parts disassociated in trauma, clearing blocks and connecting with your essential self. Energy work, sound healing, movement integration. Workshops and individual sessions.
CENTER FOR ENLIGHTENED TRANSFORMATION
STEP’S HOLISTIC INFORMATION & REFERRAL SERVICES
Cindy B. Daigle 504-931-6494 North shore and New Orleans area email@example.com 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 17.
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.
NOLA BIOMAT TEAM BioMat Healing Synergy 504-388-6388 NolaBioMat.com
HARMONIOUS YOU, LLC Holistic Therapy/PSYCH-K 504-669-1020 HarmoniousYou.org
PSYCH-K is a fast, safe, non-invasive, extremely effective technique that combines psychology and kinesiology that works with the subconscious mind to change negative beliefs that hold us back from having the life we want. See ad on page 24.
DR. JESS TREGLE
Metaphysician 504-352-6418 ReconnectingLife.com
Let us do a demo of this healing mat that works through a synergy of FarInfrared Heat, Negative Ions, and Amethyst Crystals. A safe, natural way to achieve optimal health now and maintain a more resilient body in the future. See ad on page 13.
indoor Environmental services HEALTHY HOME SOLUTIONS, LLC
Heal your body, mind & spirit! You will become more relaxed and peaceful and more happy, light, and uplifted! Release ALL forms of negativity from you such as stress, anger, anxiety/fear, sadness, and pain! Gain inner-peace and true freedom.
POWER PATH ACADEMY OF SELF EMPOWERMENT AND TRANSFORMATION Mike Wittenbrink, MBA 504-339-0594 PowerPath.org
L.E. “Step” Stepteaux, Jr., C.Ht. 504-236-4687 Stepinfo@mailaka.net
Call (985)288-5858 HealthyHome-Solutions.com
Healthy Home Solutions, LLC is a fully certified and insured indoor environmental consulting firm. Services include inspections, forensic investigations, consulting and design solutions for mold, corrosive drywall, lead, and many other “sick building” related problems. See ad on page 12.
integrative medicine IRENE SEBASTIAN, M.D., Ph.D
Our mission is to awaken people to their own power and potential – to self-empowerment and transformation. Learn to find your power, heal yourself, and create a better life! Create more joy, love, self-esteem, selfconfidence, and raise your level of consciousness. Weekly Tuesday class. 25 years experience. Workshops, personal coaching, and Free Classes. Details on web page.
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 9.
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 21.
SLIDELL NUTRITIONAL MEDICINE
Dr. James Fambro 315 Robert Blvd., Ste. A, Slidell 985-288-5162 GetWellSlidell.com
Give your body what it needs to be Self-Healing. Our services include Functional Medicine Evaluation, Sports Medicine Evaluation, Intravenous Vitamin/Mineral Therapies, Food and Environmental Testing/Treatment, Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy & Pulsed Magnetic Field Therapy. See ad on page 16.
martial arts NOLA AIKIDO
Providing practice in a martial art of peace for every body whose benefits include fitness, core training, flexibility, balance, strength, mindfulness, stress reduction, self-defense, and fun. All are welcome to our beautiful Mid-City facility! See ad page 7.
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 19.
3909 Bienville St., Ste 103 New Orleans 504-208-4861
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 29 and calendar for classes.
BLUE CLIFF COLLEGE Clearview Mall, Metairie 504-293-0972
APRIL STOLF MNLP, RYT 504-982-9642 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 30.
Certified Life Empowerment Coach 504-421-0567 email@example.com
Having a Life you Love to Live Starts When You Choose to Create it. I would Love to empower you to create the changes that you Desire and Deserve! Emotional Empowerment Coaching for Teens and Adults.
Diaper Delivery 504-731-7500 BetterBottomsBaby.com
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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 7.
natural foods & supplements NATURE LOVERS HEALTH FOOD 3014 Cleary Ave., Metairie 504-887-4929 CherylBreaud@gmail.com
Since 1985. We are your independent health food store. Our goal is to provide the knowledge you need to take responsibility for your health. Our knowledgeable staff will help you find answers. Vitamins, herbs, gluten-free products.See ad on page 26.
Jeanie Leclere 504-888-4464/504-319-3665 Jeanie_leclere@att.net
Plant Based PhytoBurst Chews have the same amount of vitamins and minerals as the food in this bountiful basket! Tasty Nutrition Chews help support our immune system, increased energy, & promote longevity. Free samples. Six-month money back guarantee.
natural Pharmacy CASSO’S WELLNESS STORE & GYM
ministry/spirituality UNITY CHURCH OF METAIRIE 3939 Veterans Blvd., Metairie 504-885-7575 Daily Prayer Line 504-885-7056
Breaking boundaries through transformative thought. A Christian church celebrating the Love of Spirit while honoring all paths. (2 blocks off Cleary, entrance/parking in rear of bldg). Sunday service 11am.
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 2.
naturopathic doctor DR. LISA MARIE CHAMBERS, ND Northshore Office 1305 W. Causeway Approach Mandeville 985-624-2295 Accurate Clinic 2401 Vets Blvd., Ste. 16, Kenner 504-472-6130 DrLisaMarieChambers.com
Dr. Chambers works in partnership with her patients to discover, understand and address the root cause of their illness. By treating the whole person, she also offers preventive care before serious illness occurs.
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Stasia Cymes Professional Organizer 504-920-1800 ClearTheClutterToday.com
Clear the Clutter guides you through the process of cleansing your home or office, creating new space & peace of mind. During times of transition or ready for a change. Schedule your complimentary consultation today! See ad on page 17.
neurofeedback BRAIN WORKS ACADEMY Cheryl Schoenberger, RRT 985-809-7077 BrainWorks.us
Neurofeedback is a safe, non-drug therapy that gently balances the brainwaves by exercising the neural pathways. If you’ve been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, autism, depression, or other disorders, please contact us for a free consultation. See ad on page 30.
nutritionist DANIELLE PACIERA, LDN, RD, CCN 5002 Prytania St., New Orleans 504-889-8771 Danielle@365Vitality.com
Cutting edge holistic nutrition services. Specializing in complementary and alternative medicine, therapeutic uses of foods, supplementation, vegetarian nutrition, women’s health, sports performance, eating disorders, depression, addiction, and more. See ad on page 18.
oxygen therapy 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 17.
pOOL SERVICE ECO POOL SERVICE 504-451-0586 EcoPoolService.com
Your source for no salt, no chlorine pools. We offer monthly pool service, pool remodels, leak detection, pool resurfacing with 20 year warranty, eco pool filters, design & consultation for new pools. NSPF certified pool operators. See ad on page 5.
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Reiki Master Teacher & Practitioner 504-388-2356 NOLAReiki@gmail.com NOLAReiki.com
Offering 22 years experience in Reiki – Usui Shiki Ryoho, upholding the highest standards in Reiki classes and Reiki sessions. Reiki is simple to learn and can be applied as self-treatments to enhance health and emotional well-being or in clinical settings as a practitioner. See also Flower Essences listing. See ad on page 26 and calendar for classes.
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TIANNE D. LASTRA
Usui, Karuna & Rainbow Reiki Master 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 17.
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retreat center DOLORES WATSON
621 Opelousas Ave., New Orleans 504-905-4090 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 22 and ongoing calendar.
SKIN CARE RODAN + FIELDS DERMATOLOGISTS Holly Andre 985.502.8597 HAndre.MyRandF.com
The creators of Proactive are changing skin and lives with their clinically proven products for wrinkles, sun damage, acne, and sensitive skin. Call or visit website to get free personalized consultation. Business opportunities available. See ad on page 5.
solar SOUTH COAST SOLAR, LLC 2605 Ridgelake Dr., Metairie 504-529-SUN9 SouthCoastSolar.com
100% locally owned and operated, South Coast Solar is Louisiana’s largest solar energy company. Call or visit our website to set up a free estimate. See ad on page 28.
WELLNESS CENTER JOURNEY INTO WELLNESS
3939Houma Blvd. Bldg. 3 Suite 15 Doctors Row Metairie, LA 70006 504.909.3723 JourneyIntoWellness.net
A place of learning and complementary therapies and modalities are all available in our newly renovated medical complex. Treatment rooms and class space for practitioners are available to rent. Contact Tianne Lastra, Director. See ad on page 35.
yoga BAYOU DE ZAIRE YOGA STUDIO A Yoga Haven on the Northshore 149 Hwy. 1077, Madisonville 985-792-0003 BayouDeZaireYoga.com
Now Open! Practice yoga the way the ancient yogis intended: surrounded by nature. A soaring ceiling, skylights, wood floors, and windows overlooking 6 acres of piney woods-Bayou de Zaire is convenient serenity for Yoga, Nia, and Meditation. Our dedicated instructors, among the best on the Northshore, teach all ages and levels. We especially welcome beginners, baby boomers, and those who seek yoga to heal physically & holistically, age gracefully, and de-stress naturally. See ad on page 6.
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.
4413 Chastant St., Metairie 504-484-9579 NamasteMatairie.com
ABUNDANT HEALTH THERMAL IMAGING
Metairie’s premiere yoga, Pilates & movement studio is a cozy neighborhood community offering 25+ classes & workshops each week to bring balance, strength & clarity to your life and body. See ad on page 18.
Baton Rouge – 225-229-6107 Lafayette – 337-298-0113 AbundantHealthThermalImaging.com
Cutting edge technology for early disease detection. No radiation – no contact – painless. Specializing in full body imaging. Best detection for breast, heart, thyroid, gallbladder disorders, cancers, etc. See ad on page 6.
Mia Oramous, Owner 8422 Oak St., New Orleans 985-640-2648 TransformNOLA.com
Experience peace and serenity in this treetop space. Yoga, Pilates, Nia and TRX workout classes are offered throughout the week; private sessions are also available. Class schedule, descriptions and more on website. See ad on page 31.
WILD LOTUS YOGA
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