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Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.

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Surprisingly Simple Changes for Feeling Good by Kathleen Barnes

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letterfrompublisher Let Us Resolve We will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word. ~ Göran Persson, former Prime Minister of Sweden

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ith the coming of the new year, I did a little research on the most common resolutions people make. As you might expect, the Internet pops up plenty of Top 10 lists derived from U.S. surveys of varying credibility. Yet the most interesting thing to me is their similarities. It’s hardly a surprise that losing weight, getting fit and quitting smoking, which show up year after year, make most of the lists, often near the top. The number one items are almost universally health related. That says a lot about us: Our lifestyle choices count. People want to feel empowered to take control of their own well-being. America’s conventional healthcare system is falling far short of the mark. There must be a better way. Recently I watched a video called Escape Fire that may be rented at iTunes and Amazon.com for about $4. It tells the story of our healthcare system’s failings and the reasons why, but also demonstrates the possibilities for a better standard of national health consciousness using a more holistic and integrative approach. Wouldn’t it be great if individual resolutions to create a better world in specific ways showed up on Google’s Top Ten lists? The natural and human-made disasters experienced in 2012 alone compel us to deeply consider Göran Persson’s call to caring actions. It all prompted me to create my own list of intentions for creating a better self and contributing to a better world in 2013: 1) Be open to possibilities for change; 2) Never hurt anyone; 3) Give generously to those in need; 4) Reduce my own carbon footprint; 5) Read widely; 6) Spend more time with family and friends; 7) Advocate for fairness and justice; 8) Sit less; 9) Meditate more; 10) Laugh as much as possible. Resolutions are all about possibilities. If we believe it is possible to have a sustainable world, we will make it so. Likewise, if we believe we are the masters of our own health, we will make that happen, too. Sharon Bruckman, Natural Awakenings’ founder and CEO, says she has moved from being an optimist to being a “possibilist”. Perhaps this is the direction we should all be moving in to make 2013 a year of magnificent possibilities. Wishing you an expansive year of good news, Lolita Werhan, Publisher

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tasia Cymes asks “Do you have too much stuff?” Among the New Year’s resolutions there is certain to be some promising to clean out living and office space, so as to have a fresh start in the new year. Where to begin? That’s where Cymes is prepared to help through her business, Clear the Clutter. Cymes points out that clutter represents the past and it’s heavy, stagnant energy can weigh a person down. Cymes is a holistic professional organizer who works with clients, encouraging them to let go of that which no long serves them. She explains that lightening the load releases energy of the past and returns the flow to one’s personal space. Cymes makes it easy by doing much of the physical work. All the client has to do is sit back and and decide if something is important to them or not. She says she can make a dramatic difference in a home in a single three hour session. Clear the Clutter is a Grade A business on Angie’s List. Free 20 minute consultations are available. To schedule an appointment call 504-920-1800. See ad on page 12

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Statewide Energy Efficiency Rules Pass

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n December 12th, the Louisiana Public Service Commission voted to approve a statewide Energy Efficiency Resource Standard. Energy efficiency programs are popular across the United States because they help families and businesses save money. The Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC), in partnership with the Sierra Club, the Alliance for Affordable Energy, and other interveners, have been working on these rules since 2009, according to a press release from the Alliance and Sierra Club. The rules will follow a two phase process. Phase I will require utilities to design and implement efficiency programs, where investment is capped at 0.5% of gross revenues or about $25-30 million. Industrial customers of 5 megawatts or larger are exempt. Phase II will decide the long-term investment, determine how large industrials will participate, and what compensation for lost revenues will be allowed for the utilities. “With the passage of these rules, Louisiana families will be able to enjoy the health and prosperity of a clean energy economy,” remarked Jordan Macha, the Gulf States Representative of the Sierra Club. Casey DeMoss Roberts, Executive Director of the Alliance for Affordable Energy said “……These new rules will help Louisianans lower their energy bills and use those savings for other critical needs like medicine and food.” Casey DeMoss Roberts of the Alliance for Affordable Energy may be reached at 504982-0468 and Jordan Macha of the Sierra Club at 713-299-4300.  

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very Saturday morning, WGSO 990 AM radio has a show focused on “All Things Local” from 9 to 10 a.m. The show, the brainchild of Hollygrove Market co-founder and science teacher Kevin Fitzwilliam, is geared to promoting the local economy and sustainability. The show has been on the air since July 2011. “The goal of the show is to inform listeners about the source of the products that they buy, to help them to be active in the local economy, as a consumer,” he said. “… They can be better informed about the products they buy, whether they are concerned for the health of the environment or they want their money to stay in the community longer.” The show also serves as a vehicle for artists and entrepreneurs to learn how they can “get into the game” and become a part of the local economy. Periodically the show addresses topics that help listeners learn new skills, such as fixing their bicycle or cooking. Most importantly, the show presents “useful, practical information” with a backdrop of sustainability. Starting in December, Fitzwilliam began including segments on the greening of Mardi Gras every week. “We interview the people who are ‘making it happen’ to give practical advice to our listeners,” said a press release. Login to www.allthingslocalnola.info to learn more about the show.


Repurposing Christmas Trees

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or almost 20 years, the Christmas Tree Program was an annual series of events that transplanted discarded trees to contraptions in the marshes that built land and protected shorelines. Budget cuts forced the state to eliminate the program two years ago, but Jefferson and Orleans Parishes are keeping it going on a shoestring. On January 12, volunteers from Jefferson will load up boats with trees destined for so-called “cribs” in the nearby marshes of Goose Bayou, near Lake Hermitage. Unlike in previous years, this will be the only day of Christmas tree transport for marsh restoration. Some trees will be used for projects in Plaquemines Parish, and the remainder will be chipped for compost. “This is a great tool for public awareness towards the loss of our wetlands,” said Jason Smith of Jefferson Parish Environmental Affairs. And if the structures in the marsh are not replaced with trees, he said, they will not be able to continue doing their important work of protecting the wetlands behind them. The structures should be refilled annually because the trees decompose quickly due to the wave energy and water. The cribs slow down the water as the waves break against them, allowing the area behind them to be calmer and the sediment in the water to settle out. “The area benefits from accretion of soil,” Smith explained, “which allows for the growth of emergent and aquatic vegetation, creating fisheries habitat.” Those interested in using their boats for the project, which starts at 8 a.m. on January 12, or helping to load and unload should contact Jason Smith at 504731-4612 and come to Cochiara’s Marina, 4477 Jean Lafitte Blvd. in Lafitte. Trees will be picked up in Jefferson and Orleans on January 10, 11 and 12.

Wisdom and Wellness Fair

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n all-age Wisdom and Wellness Fair will be held at Our Lady of Wisdom Healthcare Center on Friday, January 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is sponsored by Our Lady of Wisdom, Life Line Screening and CVS Pharmacy. A featured speaker at the fair will be Dr. Michael Jazwinski, Ph.D., Director of Tulane’s Center for Aging, who will speak on “Genes, Aging and Public Health.” A reception will be held following the presentation. In addition to exhibiting professionals, Life Line Screening will offer ultrasound diagnostic testing at a discount for attendees who preregister with this code: HSC5313. CVS will provide flu shots, which may be covered by insurance. Our Lady of Wisdom Healthcare Center is located at 5600 General De Gaulle Dr., New Orleans, 70130. Admission and parking are free. For more information contact Rebecca Stahr at 504-304-5440 or ourladyofwisdom@olwhealth.org or visit www.olwhealth.org.

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Flame Retardant May Pose Health Risks

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imply drinking a glass of water can prompt better choices at the dinner table, concludes new research by T. Bettina Cornwell, Ph.D., of the University of Oregon, and Anna R. McAlister, Ph.D., of Michigan State University. In separate studies, young adults and children were tested according to their food and beverage choices. When the participants were served a soda, they selected foods that tended to be more salty and caloriedense. However, when the provided beverage was water, participants ate more raw vegetables.

besity, anxiety and developmental and reproductive problems have all been linked to small quantities of a flame retardant frequently used in furniture and baby products, according to a recent, limited study on rats by researchers at Duke University. Baby rats with mothers that ingested small amounts of the chemical Firemaster 550 gained more weight than those that weren’t exposed, and exposed female offspring displayed more anxiety, reached puberty earlier and exhibited abnormal reproductive cycles. Study co-author Heather Stapleton, Ph.D., associate professor of environmental chemistry at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment, is a leading expert on flame retardants, particularly children’s exposure to the toxic chemicals they can release. She specifically notes that the new research assessed exposure to doses far lower than those of earlier studies. “This raises red flags about a widely used chemical that we know little about,” advises Stapleton. “What we do know is that it’s common in house dust, and people, especially kids, are being exposed to it.” “Firemaster 550 was put on the market with almost no study,” says Linda Birnbaum, director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, which funded the new research. She says the preliminary findings strongly suggest the need for more studies.

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“The human body is an excellent lie detector. It is the world’s most sophisticated laboratory, with more wisdom than all medical professionals put together,” says King. His favorite technique is to tap into the body’s vast wisdom using applied kinesiology, or muscle testing. “The principal is simple. When you are telling a truth or when something is good for the body, whether you are conscious of it or not, your body loosens up. When you are telling a lie or the body is rejecting something, your body tightens.” Many holistic practitioners use applied kinesiology as a diagnostic tool. An easy way to use muscle testing at home is to bend forward, fingers stretching toward the toes. Set a baseline truth by saying out loud, “My name is _______,” and notice the length of the stretch. Then utter an untruth, like calling yourself by a different name. Most people will find their range of motion is noticeably limited in the event of an untruth or something else that is not helpful. A practical solution: Apply this technique in making any choice related to personal health.

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author of Earthing. New research from the University of California-Irvine published in the Journal of Environment and Public Health explains how modern lifestyles tend to separate us from the healing electrical energies of the Earth. Because we rarely walk barefoot or sleep on the ground and most people wear rubber-soled shoes that break the currents, few are benefitting from this wealth of easily accessed healing energies that benefit the heart, brain, muscles and nervous and immune systems. “Practically no one has the slightest notion of an electrical or energetic connection between his or her body and the Earth,” explains Sinatra. “The ground provides a subtle electric signal that governs the intricate mechanisms that help maintain health and make our bodies work, just like plugging a light into a power socket.” Taken together, the research points to many health benefits gained by staying connected with our home planet, which Sinatra reports in Earthing, including reduced inflammation, relief from chronic pain muscle tension and headaches, l ow e r b l o o d p r e s s u r e a n d tempered hormonal swings. As a practical solution, Sinatra prescribes taking a little “vitamin G” (for grounding) every day: Walk

barefoot as much as possible. Sit or lie on the ground with as much skin as possible in contact with living things such as grass, trees, pine needles or earth. During the winter, touch grounded electrical outlets or metal plumbing pipes. Also, wear comfortable, leather-soled shoes without socks indoors and out, because leather is an excellent conductor of Earth’s energies.

Ditch the Bra “Breast cancer is caused by bras,” medical anthropologist Sydney Ross Singer states unequivocally. He is co-author of Dressed to Kill, with Soma Grismaijer, and director of the Institute for the Study of Culturogenic Disease, in Pahoa, Hawaii. “Bras are designed to change the shape of a woman’s breasts to a culturally approved image,” remarks Singer. “But bras also create a pressure band between the breast and the lymph nodes, causing inflammation and swelling, and causing lymph to back up, restricting the body’s natural detoxification system.” “Cancer-causing toxins are delivered to the breast tissue by the bloodstream and are kept there by the bra,” he explains, likening the toxins to bullets. “The bra holds them in place, pointed directly at the breasts.” Singer’s research, conducted in

the early 1990s, showed that women that wore bras 24/7 had a breast cancer risk 125 times that of women that never wore bras. Yet Singer’s findings have been largely dismissed by the medical community, and bra manufacturers still offer few wire-free styles. A Harvard School of Public Health study, published in the European Journal of Cancer Care in 1991, also discovered that bra-free women had a lower rate of breast cancer. Because the results were not central to the focus of the university’s research at the time, there’s been no follow-up. A practical solution: Wear a bra as little as possible. If it is sometimes necessary, wear one without wires, and engage in regular breast massage. This can be enjoyable and is an ideal partner activity.

Hum Often Another Singer assertion is that simply humming “mmmmmmmmm” a couple of minutes a day can stimulate the thyroid and increase the production of thyroid hormones of those with an underactive thyroid. The butterfly-shaped gland wraps around the larynx, or voice box, which Singer contends is part of nature’s elegant design, meant to be stimulated by sound. The Cleveland Clinic reports that 10 percent of the U.S. population age 65 and over suffers from hypothyroidism, with the rate in the general population between 1 and 2 percent. The condition is a

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Adopt a Pet “Animals are among our best teachers,” says Dr. Carol Roberts, the author of Good Medicine: A Return to Common Sense, who teaches holistic care at the University of South Florida’s Morsani College of Medicine. “Animal companions give us so much more than they ask for and live in a state of unconditional, open-hearted love.” Roberts notes numerous studies that show the simple presence of a loving animal can lower our blood pressure and slow the heart rate. A CDC heart study, for example, showed subjects that had owned a cat at any time were 40 percent less likely to die of a heart attack. Japanese researchers from Azabu University, in Kanagawa-ken, found that dog owners experienced a spike in oxytocin—a neurotransmitter that helps us cope with stress—by simply meeting their pet’s gaze. While people widely recognize that walking the dog is great exercise, other loving interactions with our pets support happiness and health, as well.

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alternatives to the plastic beads and other throws that krewes currently purchase. Groh presented figures on the amount of money spent on the plastic variety of throws on an annual basis. According to a study by Tulane Professor Toni Weiss, Mardi Gras krewes spend a total of $7.4 million on beads, while individual krewe members spend an additional $4.37 million, for a grand total of $11.78 million. “Unfortunately, the most convenient throw items remain plastic beads from oversees,” Groh said. “If the members of one Super Krewe spend an average of $1500 each on throws, it equates to $56,000 per block. Assume 75% of that is spent on retail/bulk priced beads, then one krewe will throw 15 tons of plastic beads per block over a 70 block route - totaling 1,050 tons.”  Levesque, from Arc of Greater New Orleans, outlined his organization’s program to recycle beads, which includes bins at grocery stores as well as trailers that follow parades. Arc employs intellectually disabled individuals to sort the beads at a living wage for resale to krewes.


Evans, from the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, spoke about the root of the problem being the consumption of oil and plastic by our society. Through a program called Zombeads, the organization is promoting throws that are made in New Orleans with recycled materials. Karina Nathan from Kolossos received applause when she stated she would like to see “more show and less throw.” Groh also explained that the goal of Verdi Gras is not to put a damper on anyone’s Mardi Gras, but to find ways to decrease the carbon footprint while bringing more of the money spent on throws back into our local economy. VerdiGras is holding its second annual All Green Ball on January 12 from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. at Southport Hall, with a patron party starting at 6:30pm. This event is the organization’s primary fundraiser. For information on attending this event or for tickets, call 504-710-4780.

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One Racine, Wisconsin, mom, Cindy Schultz, a tireless advocate for her autistic son, says, “As an infant, he either had constipation or diarrhea. There was never a happy medium.” The GFCF diet has improved his health and his ability to communicate. Shauna Layton, in Clinton, Indiana, says her son experienced similar bowel problems and she also saw a remarkable turnaround in his language abilities and social interactions as they adhered to a GFCF diet and eliminated sugar and yeast. Other parents from her online support group, Together in Autism, report similar success. “Some children have never talked, and now they are saying ‘Mom,’ ‘Dad,’ or ‘I love you,’ for the first time,” Layton says. A definitive gut-brain link with autism has yet to be identified. Some scientists suggest that kids with autism are more likely to have leaky gut syndrome (intestinal permeability), which allows peptides from gluten and casein to escape from the digestive tract, cross the intestinal membranes, enter the bloodstream and go to the brain, causing the neurobehavioral symptoms known as ASDs, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. While the AAP knows of no scientific proof that a GFCF diet will bring benefits, they note that it’s possible, especially in people suffering from celiac disease. Parents have also observed that food dyes can exacerbate hyperactivity in children, a connection unconfirmed by the federal government. In 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Food Advisory Committee suggested further testing, while voting against additional food labeling requirements for potentially problematic dyes. Meanwhile, some parents affirm that eliminating such dyes has helped them better manage their children’s attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). A 2011 study taking into account 35 years of research found that many ADHD children showed significant improvement after eliminating dyes from their diets; it also registered that greater than 70 percent were positively influenced by various dietary changes. The results

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Empowered to be energy efficient Three Green Games contestants make their mark in the energy sector. The nonprofit Green Light New Orleans (greenlightneworleans.org), a veteran of the Games, leads volunteers in changing out light bulbs in residential homes to more efficient bulbs. Started in 2007 by Austrianborn musician Andreas Hoffman, the organization has since worked with almost 17,000 volunteers, who have switched out

approximately 400,000 bulbs, saving an estimated 152 million Kilowatts of energy over the lifetime of the bulbs and more than $17 million on utility bills. This equates to a carbon dioxide reduction of about 173 million pounds. Green Light now has 90,000 bulbs a year to use, thanks to Energy Smart, CITGO, Entergy and many other donors. Green Light also has spearheaded Tip the Block, a program that installs free backyard vegetable gardens for residents who have received energy efficient light bulbs through the organization. The program is starting to build rain barrels with volunteers, which helps divert water from the pumping system – a high energy user for the City of New Orleans. Solar power has become very popular, especially now that the state and federal tax credits have combined with financing options to make solar panels affordable. Joule Energy (joule-energy.com), another second-year contestant, came on the scene when a group of entrepreneurs saw that available tax incentives could help them do something good for the environment, according to Marketing

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Reducing and Reusing Several contestants from last year are continuing their march to ultimate sustainability through recycling. Strike It Green (strikeitgreenprops.com) is an operation headed by Lonnie Schaffer and fueled by the burgeoning movie industry in the region. Schaffer takes props from movie sets and has filled a 15,000 sq. ft. warehouse with a variety of items that she rents out to future films. These items are usually donated, as they were previously sent to the landfill. Strike It Green now offers rental of repurposed items for private events as well as movies. The Arc of Greater New Orleans (arcgno.org/enterprises. php) is expanding its Mardi Gras bead recycling program. According to Vance Levesque of The Arc, the nonprofit has bins out at Rouses Supermarkets for residents to bring their beads all year long, instead of just right after Carnival, and will be pulling trailers behind at least six parades into which parade goers can “throw back” their unwanted plastic beadware. Last year The Arc natural awakenings

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or to produce their own pesticides, such as “Bt” corn and cotton. Bill Freese, a science policy analyst at the nonprofit Center for Food Safety, warns us to be leery of simplistic claims that don’t take into account unintended consequences. Fo r e x a m p l e , he points out that, “GMO crops have nothing to do with feeding the world, because almost all genetically engineered crops are corn and soybeans... used to feed livestock in rich countries, or to feed automobiles.” Approximately 40 percent of corn currently is used to make ethanol.

Freese adds, “They don’t increase yields and they don’t increase nutrition.” But GMO crops have led to a staggering increase in herbicide use, putting both farmers and consumers at greater risk for exposure to these toxins and related diseases, according to the Center for Food Safety. So the question is: Are GMOs the panacea industry wants us to believe, or are they contributing to chronic disease? Here are three claims commonly heard about GMOs, generally made by the biotechnology industry and their funded researchers.

Claim: GMOs are safe. Fact Check: Little research exists on

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Claim: GMO crops use fewer pesticides,

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of a calendar for journal entries – Parkway Partners has a colorful and inspiring growing calendar that is just right for this. It gives a great deal of useful gardening advice: planting times, what to direct seed and what to plant as starts, when to harvest your fruits and vegetables, how to get the best from your soil, what seasonal color to plant, the months of prime tree-planting season, how to best use our ‘lake effect’ and plant successfully in our unusual micro-climate…and so much more. Meet and get to know the natives. Zone 9 is friendly to all indigenous species, and some transplants have become so well entrenched –it’s hard to tell them from the natives. Crepe Myrtles, Azaleas, and Camellias all hail from the Orient. But they are obviously at home and accepted as natives in New Orleans. Silverbells, American Beautyberry, Live Oaks, Button Bush, Sugar Maples, Sweetbay Magnolias, Parsley Hawthorn and Mayhaws are just some of the locals that can’t wait to gain a foothold back in their native soil and are worth considering for the right space in your garden. H a p py N e w Ye a r a n d H a p py Journaling! Join Parkway Partners on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. for a free educational series and plant sale (9 a.m. to noon). Learn what is seasonally pertinent in a growing garden from local experts. Pick up your growing calendar there. Parkway Partners, 1137 Baronne St., New Orleans. Office Phone: 504-620-2224.


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Feeding a raw food diet is not without controversy. The American Veterinary Medical Association voted last summer to advise veterinarians to recommend clients against feeding raw meats and bones to pets. Pet Partners, formerly known as the Delta Society, which registers pets as therapy animals, has instituted a policy that states, “Animals may not be fed a raw protein diet. Animals previously fed [such] a diet must be off it for at least four weeks before registering them.” (See PetPartners.org/ rawdiet.) Deciding which foods to feed our pets requires extra research and meal preparation time, as well as money, but motivated owners like the results they see in their pet’s health. Missourian Sandra Murphy may be reached at StLouisFreelanceWriter@ mindspring.com.

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and dogs that need a unique protein source. “Dehydrated foods are also a good way for a squeamish owner to start a raw diet for their dog,” remarks Dr. Laurie Coger, an associate veterinarian a t t h e B l o o m i n g r o v e Ve t e r i n a r y Hospital, in Rensselaer, New York, who also offers consultations through TheHonestKitchen.com. Coger suggests, “First, determine what a dog or cat needs in his diet, then transition gradually from kibble to a cooked or raw diet. Cats may resist change, while dogs can be more flexible.” Pet food maker Steve’s Real Food is another option as it does not use lamb, pork or venison. Each poses a greater risk of carrying toxoplasmosis, a parasitic

disease that can be passed on to pets, especially cats. “If you decide to incorporate raw foods, find a wholesale meat supplier so you can buy in bulk. You’ll need a freezer to take full advantage,” suggests Coger. “Feeding raw is not an all-or-nothing proposition, so mix and match. Cook when you have time, feed raw several days a week and use high-quality dehydrated or dry food when traveling.” Dr. Cathy Alinovi, owner of Hoof Stock Veterinary Service, in Pine Village, Indiana, found that switching to a raw diet solved an itching problem with her mixed-breed dog. She reports that, “Eighty percent of the reasons my clients bring their pets to me are cured by changing to better food.” Alinovi points out two drawbacks of serving raw food: “You can’t leave it out all day and it can be a challenge to transport home on a hot day.” But she’s found that the benefits are many, “Dog and cat furs shine and shed less; even their behavior improves.” Dog owners also note cleaner teeth, with no tartar buildup, cutting down on trips to the vet.

To handle raw meat and bones safely, follow the same guidelines as when cooking for family members. When shopping, keep meat, seafood and poultry separate from other foods—double-bag them to keep juices contained. In the fridge, store meat products in sealable containers on the lowest shelf, so that potential drips won’t touch other foods. Fridge temp should be 40° Fahrenheit or lower. Use one cutting board for meats and another for produce. Wash hands before and after handling meat. Sanitize countertops, wooden cutting boards and knives with white distilled vinegar (5 percent), undiluted, heated to 130° F and left on the surface for one minute; then dry with a recycledpaper towel or air dry. It will kill 99 percent of germs. Plastic cutting boards go in the dishwasher.

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La Leche League Meeting/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 Rm, Causeway & 17th St, Metairie. Info: 504-952-3951 or chaplain.k@hotmail.com.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 4

Fitness Fridays – 6-6:50pm. (also 1/11 & 1/18) These three classes are a great way to sample Transform NOLA’s offerings and figure out what works for you. Each class combines the TRX, yoga and Pilates to work the core and the body as a whole. Bonus: includes a one-on-one fitness consultation. Investment: $35. Transform NOLA, 8422 Oak St, NOLA. 985-640-2648.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 5

Paint & E-Waste Drop-Off/Uptown – 10am-2pm. Drop off old paint and electronic waste (computers only) 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. CHAT – 10am-4pm. A Community Health Awareness Day, bringing healing arts & health information to the community. Local health organizations provide demos, talks, free or low cost health screenings. New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St Claude Ave. For info contact Debra Howard: 985-467-0900. First Degree Reiki Class – 11am-7pm (also 1/6). 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. Sugar Blues Seminar – 12:30pm. Join Lisa Guillot to discuss your unique situation and determine how she can help you achieve your personal goals at St. John’s coffee house, 535 E. Boston, Covington. Seating is limited, reserve your spot. Free, donations appreciated. Info: 985-231-8006 or earthgirlhealth@gmail.com. Beginner’s Yoga Course – 1-3pm (also 1/12, 1/19). Three 2-hour sessions to prepare for group or home practice. Sessions cover pranayama (the breath), principles of alignment and more. $75. Students who complete course qualify for a 20% discount on first class package. Transform NOLA, 8422 Oak St, NOLA. Info: 985-640-2648.

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New Orleans Arts District Art Walk – 6-9pm. Monthly art walk on Julia and Camp streets. Visit 25 galleries and museums. The January art walk will feature “New Orleans by Table” by Linda Lesperance. Julia & Camp streets. Info: 504-895-7375.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 6

New Orleans Chapter AMORC Rosicrucian’s – noon Harmonization Ritual, 12:30pm Officers meeting, 1:00pm Chapter Convocation Rehearsal, 2pm Chapter Convocation Ritual, 3pm Open Forum. Located at 2801 Loyola Ave. Suite 4, Kenner. Info: 504-472-5635.

MONDAY, JANUARY 7

Gentle Yoga Classes – 6-7pm, 7:15-8:15pm, 8:30-9:30pm. New Session begins Jan 7th 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 or yogavillagenola@gmail.com.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 8

The Greatest Secret to Self-Empowerment: Love Letters of Transformation – 6:30-8:30pm. Take back your power and create a happier life. The most powerful process known for improvement. Taught by Mike Wittenbring, MBA. Cost: love donation. Unity Temple, 3722 St. Charles Ave., NOLA. For info: 504-339-0594 or Mike345@Gmail.com

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9

3 Yoga Classes – 4:30-5:30pm Chair Yoga, 6-7 pm 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 Adult) other classes $60/session or $12/ walk-in. Yoga Village Studio, 3443 Esplanade Ave. NOLA. Info/Register: 504-782-4432 or yogavillagenola@gmail.com.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 10

Tai Chi Group Class – 9:30-10:20am. Reduce stress, relieve pain, gain flexibility and balance. Improve self-esteem. Offering an Intro Program of 3 classes for $59. Reserve space by 1/9. Tamashii Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St, Uptown, NOLA. Info: 504-866-2241.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 11

Swedish Massage Clinic – 12:45pm & 2:15pm (also 1/18). 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.

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.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 12

Holistic Education Monthly Meeting/Metairie – 6:30-7:30pm. Sponsored by Holistic Center for Health and Healing, Inc. Sara Albee will speak about the Oneness Blessing and the Awakening of Humanity. Free, open to the public. Old Metairie Library, 2350 Metairie Rd. Info: holistic.education. meeting@gmail.com.

Journal for a Day – 8:30am-4pm. Experience 10 journaling techniques that bring more meaning to your personal writing, improve mental and physical health, boost creativity. Workshop based on the work of Kathleen Adams. Cost $90. Northshore Archdiocesan Pastoral Center, 69090 East Hwy. 190 Service Rd, Covington. Info: 504.583.0461 or emorgandufrene@gmail.com.

La Leche League Meeting/New Orleans – 7-8pm. LLL of New Orleans meets first Tuesday each month. Open to all women interested in breastfeeding. Learn more, ask questions, and benefit from a community of breastfeeding mothers. Free. ZukaBaby, 2122 Magazine St, NOLA. Info: Courtney Landry, LLLofneworleans@gmail.com. Tai Chi-Chi Gong Group Class  – 7-8pm.  Reduce stress, relieve pain, gain flexibility and balance. Improve self-esteem. Reserve space by 1/7. Tamashii Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St, NOLA. Info: 504-866-2241. C. G. Jung Society Lecture – 7:30pm. Sex, Jung, and Videotape: Examining the Shadows of “A Dangerous Method.” A prior viewing of the film is recommended. Presenters: Elizabeth Shaw and Laura Tuley. 1.5 contact hours for LPCs. $10 (members free). Parker Methodist, 1130 Nashville Avenue, NOLA. 

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Gretna Art Walk – 8:30am-12:30pm. Art walk 2nd Sat each month September – May. More than 80 artists and craft vendors. 6th St. at Huey P. Long Ave., Downtown Gretna.

Elite Skin Suite Open House / Health Fair – 9am2pm. Learn the benefits of using organic skincare, natural detoxification, treating skin concerns, maintaining youthful complexions, alternatives to injections and restoring body’s PH. Demonstrations, Prizes, Special offers. First 50 people to register receive free gift. Premier Fitness Gym, 1909 Airline Dr, Metairie. Info: 504-452-6964. Growing Citrus – 9am-Noon. Alan Vaughn is considered the greatest local authority on growing citrus and serves as the Plaquemines Parish LSU Agricultural extension agent. On Sale at Greenhouse: citrus, fig and other trees, winter vegetable plants, colorful flowering plants. Parkway Partners Greenhouse, 1137 Baronne St, NOLA. Info: 504-620-2224. Saturday Morning Massage Clinics – 9:15am & 10:30am (also 1/19, 1/26). Help a student with their education at the student massage clinic. NMT: 1/19; Deep Tissue 1/12 & 1/26. $30/by appointment. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info: 504-293-0972.


The Power of Story – 10am-1pm. Explore several classic myths that can help guide one in life, create your own quest story for a journey in the shamanic realms. Cost $30. New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave, NOLA. Info: Rebecca Green, Shamanic Practitioner, 408-540-8627 or rebecca.green51@gmail.com.

Tai Chi Group Class  – 7-8pm.  Reduce stress, relieve pain, gain flexibility and balance. Improve the quality of life. Offering an Intro Program of 3 classes for $59. Reserve space by 1/14. Tamashii Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St, Uptown, NOLA. Info: 504-866-2241.

OCH Art Market – 10am-3pm. Local artists, food, music. 2nd Sat each month – different themes. 1618 Oretha C. Haley Blvd, Central City, NOLA. Info: 985-250-0278.

Deep Tissue Massage Clinic – 12:45pm & 2:15pm (also 1/23, 1/25). 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.

Light Language I – 6-10pm. Cindy Daigle-Center for Enlightened Transformation. Learn to write your own 7 shape personal grid using Sacred Geometry. Cost $65. Journey Into Wellness Center, 3939 Houma Blvd. Bldg 3, Suite 15, Metairie. Info: 504-931-6494.

Registration for New 2013 Classes – Give the gift of health, wellness and personal safety. Tamashii Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St, Uptown, NOLA. Info: 504-866-2241.

Light Language II – 9am-5pm. (also 1/20) Cindy Daigle-Center for Enlightened Transformation. Learn to write a powerful 49 shape grid using Sacred Geometry & the 7 rays. Cost $290. Journey Into Wellness Center, 3939 Houma Blvd. Bldg 3, Suite 15, Metairie. Info: 504-931-6494.

The Madisonville Art Market – 10am-4pm. Monthly art market featuring painting, photography, wood working, pottery, and jewelry along the Tchefuncta River on Water St. in Old Madisonville. Free. Info: 985-624-7216. First Degree Reiki Class – 11am-7pm (also 1/13). 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. Adorata Workshop-Purity – 1-4pm. Mother Mary’s call to experience a reconnection with this essential component of your being, no matter how many mistakes or misunderstandings you’ve experienced, know that you are loved, simply because you exist. Cost $45, pre-registration required. Journey Into Wellness - Metairie. Info/Register: 504-442-6206 or vicky@adorata.org. 2nd Annual VerdiGras All Green Ball – 6:30-8pm patron party featuring local drinks, food and The Honeypots. , 8pm-midnight ball. Live music, including The Susan Cowsill Band. Southport Music Hall, 200 Monticello Ave., Jefferson. For info and tickets call 504-710-4780.

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Adorata Workshop-Purity – 1-4pm. Mother Mary’s call to experience a reconnection with this essential component of your being, no matter how many mistakes or misunderstandings you’ve experienced, know that you are loved, simply because you exist. Cost $45, pre-registration required. Journey Into Wellness - Northshore. Info/Register: 504-442-6206 or vicky@adorata.org. New Orleans Chapter AMORC Rosicrucian’s – 7-8pm. Open House /Open Forum (3). Located at 2801 Loyola Ave. Suite 4, Kenner. Info: 504-472-5635.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 15

Second Degree Reiki Class – Inquire for further dates/times 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. Deep Tissue Massage Clinic – 6:15 & 7:45pm. 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.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 17

Sugar Blues Seminar – 5:30pm. Join Lisa Guillot to discuss your unique situation and determine how she can help you achieve your personal goals at St. John’s coffee house, 535 E. Boston, Covington. Seating is limited, reserve your spot. Free, donations appreciated. Info: 985-231-8006 or earthgirlhealth@gmail.com. Swedish Massage Clinic – 6:15pm & 7:45pm (also 1/24). 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. Holistic Education Monthly Meeting/Covington – 7-8pm. Sponsored by the Holistic Center for Health and Healing Inc. Bonnie Miller, Clinical Hypnotherapist will speak on How to use the mind to produce desired responses and avoid the pitfalls of self sabotage in the future, discussion follows. Free/ open to public. Covington Council Chambers, 222 Kirkland St, Covington. Info: 985-630-2652.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 18

All Age Wisdom and Wellness Fair – 9am-4pm. Learn the options to live life to the fullest. Dr. Michal Jazwinski, Ph.D., Director of Tulane’s Center for Aging, will speak on “Genes, Aging, and Public Health. Free. Our Lady of Wisdom Healthcare Center, 5600 Gen De Gaulle Dr., NOLA. Info: 504-304-5440.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 19

First Degree Reiki Class – 11am-7pm (also 1/20). 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.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 20

New Orleans Chapter AMORC Rosicrucian’s – 11am TMO Home Oratory Study Group Meeting, 12:30pm Council of Solace, 1:30pm Pronaos Convocation Rehearsal, 2pm Pronaos Convocation Ritual. Located at 2801 Loyola Ave. Suite 4, Kenner. Info: 504-472-5635.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 22

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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Neuromuscular Therapy Clinic – 6:15pm & 7:45pm. Help a student with their education at our 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.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23

Registration for New 2013 Classes – Give the gift of health, wellness and personal safety. Tamashii Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St, Uptown, NOLA. Info: 504-866-2241.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 25

Candlelight Meditation & Restorative Yoga – 7-8:30pm. Get rid of holiday stress. Appropriate for all levels. Brief explanation of meditation techniques followed by a sitting meditation, then a restorative yoga practice. Yoga teacher training starting Feb 2013. Transform NOLA, 8422 Oak St, NOLA. Info: 985-640-2648. Tea Tasting/Bodhisattva Tea Spa – 7-11pm. Tasting are 4th Friday each month. Offering whole leaf teas, herbs and tea accessories as well as massage therapy, infrared sauna, esthetics, ayurveda treatments, yoga, reiki, tai chi and qi gong. Tea Tasting Free. 3021 N. Arnoult Rd., Metairie. Info: 504-888-9299.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 26

First Degree Reiki Class – 11am-7pm (also 1/27). 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.

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ongoingevents Note: All Calendar events must be received via email by January 10 for the February issue. $15/Event Calendar or Ongoing Calendar listing. $25/Upcoming Events, $59 MarkYourCalendar. Qualified free community wide events are listed for free as space is available. Email calendar@nolahealthyliving.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: info@yoganola.com.   Unity Powerpath Healing Circle & Meditation – 9-10am. Get out of physical and emotional pain, release stress, connect with your Divine Spirit. Create love and joy in your life through guided meditation. Free. Led by Mike Wittenbrink, MBA. Unity Temple, 3722 St. Charles Ave, NOLA. Info: 504-339-0594. 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 for times. 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 hour sessions are available. Visit  ClearTheClutterToday.com or call 504-920-1800

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Science and Art of Herbology One Year Course. A 2-hour monthly self-empowering course: a hands on learning experience in every class. Practical skills necessary to practice herbal home health care, natural cosmetics, & medicinal herbology. Contact Sharon Murphy, Certified Herbalist and Educator, Cost: $695. (504) 579-1493 or email resourceforlife@bellsouth.net.

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.

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Gentle Yoga – 6:00-7:00pm, 7:10-8:10pm or 8:30-9:30pm. New Session begins Jan 7th 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 or yogavillagenola@gmail.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, info@nolaaikido.com. 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 – 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. $15 drop-in / $60 for 5 classes. January special: $8/first class to new students. 5700 Citrus Blvd,Contact Karen 504-220-5325.

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.

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Take it off Tuesday – 10am-4pm. Botanicallybased body contouring treatment will safely detoxify,tighten, tone and firm the skin while minimize the appearance of scars and cellulite. Dramatic results in 45 min. $20 special today. Elite Skin Suite in Premier Fitness Gymnasium, 1909 Airline Dr., Metairie. 504-452-6964. Insight Meditation Group – 7:30-9pm. (also 7:308:30am Fridays) for practice, study and discussion. 2134 Magazine St., 3rd fl., New Orleans. Info: noimg@me.com or call Larry at 504-343-8378 or email noimg@me.com

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. 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 3 Yoga Classes – 4:30-5:30pm Chair Yoga, 6:007:00pm 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 Adult) other classes $60/session or $12/walk-in. Yoga Village Studio, 3443 Esplanade Ave. NOLA. Info/Register: 504-782-4432 or yogavillagenola@gmail.com. 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, 500 RYT. 985-630-7242 or mboss@bellsouth.net 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, info@nolaaikido.com. 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 evolved812@aol.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. Kali Ray TriYoga – 6-7pm. Awaken, absorb, focus, strengthen, magnify and direct energy flow in relaxing, flowing movements that release tension and calm the mind. All levels. $15/class. January New Student Special: $8/first class. 4436 Toulouse, NOLA. To register call Karen: 504-220-5325. Meditation and Oneness Blessing - 7pm. (also Sun at Divine Yoga) Lead meditation followed by a sacred energy  transfer facilitating higher states of consciousness. By donation. New Orleans Healing Center, Interfaith Space, 4th Floor, 2732 St.Claude. Info: sara@onenssneworleans.com. 504-615-9414.

friday BodyFusion Yoga Class – 8:15-9:15am. Simple Hatha style yoga, with a slow easy flow. $10/ class. Space limited. St. Philip’s Church, 3643 Aurora Drive, New Orleans. Register with Debbie at 504-495-1937 or bodyfusion@cox.net Aikido of New Orleans – 7-8:15pm. Free introductory class for adults to Aikido, the martial art of power and movement. 2134 Magazine St, 3d fl., NOLA. Info: dojo@aikidoneworleans.org 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. 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. 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. 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, Ste 103 (near Canal and Carrolton intersection) in Mid-City. More info: contact Brian by email at xernaut2@gmail.com or call 504-644-7351. 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 info@sankofanola.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. Gentle Yoga for Seniors and Adults – 11amnoon. Free and no registration required. Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center, 4300 S. Broad, NOLA. For more info: broadmoorcoordinator@gmail.com 6 for 6 Saturdays – 2-3pm. Buy 6 items and get 6 free. This is a great way to taste a wide variety of our items. All Gluten free and dairy free. The PeaceBaker, 6601 Veterans Blvd Ste 1, Metairie. 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. 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 hour sessions are available. Call 504-920-1800 for an appointment.

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acupuncture FAMILY ACUPUNCTURE & WELLNESS

Erin Kenning, MSOM, Dipl.OM, LAc, LA Lic.# ACA.200039, NAET specialist 9515 Jefferson Highway, NOLA 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 22.

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 35.

Beauty & SkinCare RODAN + FIELDS DERMATOLOGISTS

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, womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health, and more.

addiction treatment ADDICTION RECOVERY RESOURCES, INC. 4933 Wabash St., Metairie 504-780-2766 ARRNO.org

Louisiana â&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 32.

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 10.

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 5.

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 34.

LIFE SOMATICS

Danny Burke 504-915-7200 danny@lifesomatics.com LifeSomatics.com

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.

MARRAKESH MASSAGE

Zev Attias, LA Lic. #6926 319-855-3799 marrakeshmassage@gmail.com marrakeshmassage.com

We offer a variety of manual therapies in a luxurious and relaxing ambiance in our convenient Metairie location. See ad on page 14.

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.

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UPTOWN THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE Uptown Holistic Center LA Lic. # 389201 723 Hillary St., New Orleans 504-275-5923

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128 W. Harrison Ave., New Orleans MARYLOU SMITH 504-488-1800 with the transformational power of PSYCH-K Energy Psychology & UCFamilyChiropractic.com Experience your unlimited power through the gentle processMediation Couples Rebuild, repair and renew your body of PSYCH-K . Free yourself from traumatic memories, 504-723-2899 today! Family wellness consultant, limiting thoughts and addictive behavior. Supportinfo@marylousmith.com what is Dr. Joshua alleviate most meaningful in theRilette, journeyhelps of living your life’sMarylouSmith.com purpose. aches and pains through specific chiA results oriented approach to growth ropractic care and offers weightSmith loss Marylou TM

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& 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 29.

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ANDREA SCHEELE, LCSW, LMFT

Breathing “YouCoach too can move away from the past andAttachment towards Psychotherapy 3200 aLake Dr.,wholeness Metairieand fulfilling relationships.” life ofVilla vitality, 1303 Amelia St., New Orleans 504-453-9161 504-899-2686 JackFontana.com Individual, Couples Relational Well-Being: in individuals Family Therapy Let&me guide you through a and couples. Trauma Resolution breathing experience that can (EMDR): loss, childhood neglect and Attachment Psychotherapy / EMDR release stress, fear, suppression, abuse & other traumatic events. AlleAndrea Scheele, LCSW, LMFT viate Anxiety and Depression. Emoanxiety and create a space of 1303 Amelia Street New Orleans, LA 70115and physical tional Support for a Healthy Lifestyle: healing, acceptance (504) 899-2686 weight loss. See ad on page 8. and emotional well being. Come Breathe, Relax and Let Go! Unique session for caregivers.

LIVE, LOVE AND FENG SHUI Eveline Hoffmann Feng Shui practitioner boehlen747@gmail.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 25.

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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 16

chiropractic/wellness 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 non-surgical spinal decompression, cold laser, EB-Cellular Cleanser, Far Infra Red Sauna and the Ideal Protein Diet plan. See ad on page 7.

Fitness

THE WOODHOUSE DAY SPA 4030 Canal St., New Orleans 504-482-NOLA (6652) Nola.WoodhouseSpas.com

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 on page 29.

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.

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ELIZABETH OHMER PELLEGRIN, R.M.T.

MIKE ROBICHAUX, DDS

1101 Robert Blvd., Ste. A, Slidell 985-641-8058 MikeRobichauxDDS.com

BODYFUSION IN-HOME FITNESS

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 17.

Australian Bush Practitioner & Teacher 504-388-2356 nolareiki@gmail.com 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 9.

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gluten free THE PEACEBAKER

6601 Veterans Blvd, Ste. 1, Metairie 504-888-9094 ThePeaceBaker.com

A dedicated gluten-free bakery also offering dairy free and vegan items for walk in, catering and wholesale. Our mission: Give back to the community and provide awareness and partnerships with regards to food allergies. See ad on page 20.

Health Coach

holistic/energy healing CENTER FOR ENLIGHTENED TRANSFORMATION Cindy B. Daigle 504-931-6494 North shore and New Orleans area cindy@outlookdesign.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 19.

EARTH GIRL HEALTH DR. JESS TREGLE

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 28.

Metaphysician 504-352-6418 ReconnectingLife.com

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.

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AFFORDABLE HEALING ARTS A Community of Healers located inside the NOHC 985-467-0900 helpme@affordablehealingarts.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 2.

POWER PATH ACADEMY OF SELF EMPOWERMENT AND TRANSFORMATION Mike Wittenbrink, MBA 504-339-0594 PowerPath.org

Learn “The Greatest Secret to SelfHealing, Empowerment, and Creativity” in our on-going Tuesday night class. Take back your power, release your emotional pain, solve your problems, and create a happier life. Open class: come once or every week. At Unity Temple. 3722 St. Charles, NOLA. For details, call or see web page.

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.

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 11.

Dr. Kathleen Posey, M.D. 377 Hwy 21, Ste. 101, Madisonville 985-845-4111 KathleenPoseyMD.com

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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.

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STEP’S HOLISTIC INFORMATION & REFERRAL SERVICES L.E. “Step” Stepteaux, Jr., C.Ht. 504-236-4687 Stepinfo@mailaka.net

REBECCA GREEN

Shamanic Practitioner Affordable Healing Arts LLC 2372 St. Claude Ave., Ste. 220, New Orleans 408-540-8627 rebecca.green51@gmail.com

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.

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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 6.

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, Nutrition Assisted Addiction Recovery, Intravenous Vitamin/Mineral Therapies, Food and Environmental Testing/Treatment, Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy & Pulsed Magnetic Field Therapy. See ad on page 15 and profile on page 21.


life coach APRIL STOLF MNLP, RYT 504-982-9642  april@aprilstolf.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 28.

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 8.

Holistic Lifestyle Coach NewOrleansHealing.com 504-669-1020

Harmonious You promotes a new perspective in coaching, wellness and life transitions by focusing on the positive. Define your goals and get there quickly. Free consultations, new client discounts and gift certificates available! See ad on page 20.

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 9 and calendar for classes.

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 21.

6111 Pinnacle Pkwy., Covington 985-809- 1693 Louisiana.OilAndVinegarUSA.com

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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 page 10.

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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.

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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 24.

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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 12.

retreat center DOLORES WATSON

621 Opelousas Ave., New Orleans 504-905-4090 evolved812@aol.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 19 and ongoing calendar.

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reiki ELIZABETH OHMER PELLEGRIN, R.M.T.

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Offering 22 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 9 and calendar for classes.

TIANNE D. LASTRA

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 16.

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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 27.

THERMAL IMAGING/ THERMOGRAPHY ABUNDANT HEALTH THERMAL IMAGING

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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 18.

WELLNESS CENTER JOURNEY INTO WELLNESS 3939 Houma Blvd., Bld. 3, Ste. 15 Doctors Row, Metairie 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 25.

yoga DIVINE YOGA

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 33 and calendar for events/ classes.

TRANSFORM NOLA

Mia Oramous, Owner 8422 Oak St., New Orleans 985-640-2648 TransformNOLA.com

Yoga, Pilates, Nia and TRX workout classes offered all week; private sessions also available. 200-hr yoga teacher training starts February 2013. Class schedule, descriptions and more on website! See ad page 24.

WILD LOTUS YOGA

4842 Perrier St., New Orleans 504-899-0047 WildLotusYoga.com

Gambit’s ”Best Place to Take a Yoga Class” eight 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 33 and calendar for events/classes.

yoga teacher training YOGA SCHOOL, L.L.C.

603 S. Tyler St., Covington 985-893-8834 YogaSchoolCovingtonLA.com

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 33.

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 33.

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