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hen I opened my front door this morning to meet the morning and snag the newspaper, I was greeted by my neighbor’s cat, Baby; I often find her sitting with her back against the door waiting for me. Usually, she turns around and simply watches me until I go back inside. Sometimes we have a small conversation. Mostly we just exchange good mornings. Then she resumes her post until it’s time to take her daily stroll through the neighborhood. At some point in the afternoon, if it’s sunny, she is back again, lying under a shrub in the front yard. In preparing this special issue on Holistic Pet Care, I thought about Baby and the symbiotic relationship people have with pets and how our daily routines often intertwine with theirs, even when they’re not an official member of the family. Since I’m currently without an animal in the household, I like to get my furry fix courtesy of Louie. This sweetly peppy Labradoodle sometimes stays with me when his family is out of town. We fit into each other’s routine and he is great company. Patient, cuddly Louie is never grumpy. His expressive face makes me laugh and I miss him when he leaves. It’s important to recognize that animals have their own personalities, routines and needs. They also have their own environmental footprint, which Colleen Morgan takes a look at this month in “The Pet Pawprint: Reducing a Pet’s Environmental Impact” on page 16. She asked local animal experts for suggestions on how we can decrease that footprint while doing the right thing for these precious companions. It’s an often overlooked facet of a sustainable lifestyle. Similarly, just as we seek a more natural and sustainable path to optimal health for ourselves, we can do the same for our animals. Local veterinarian Janice Posey offers an intriguing Eastern alternative for treating pets’ arthritis and other painful joint and muscle conditions using Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (page 24). She explains the philosophy of TCVM and includes some specific herbal treatments. As with many alternative therapies, treatment is not a one-size-fits-all proposition, but rather is tailored to the individual, taking into account such factors as the animal’s temperament. As we roll into month three of promoting the first annual Gumbo Green Games, we are pleased that prominent businesses and institutions are heating up the competition. We introduce you to some these worthy participants and how you can get involved in “Let the Green Games Begin!” on page 22. We hope to inspire you to join in. This month we will love having our Mardi Gras. It’s great fun and is financially important to our communities. But it always comes with a huge environmental footprint, and we’d like to hear your suggestions on ways we might work to reduce that footprint from today forward; please send your suggestions to Editor@ Too, Gumbo Green Games invites Mardi Gras krewes to compete to be the greenest krewes in Southeast Louisiana. Together, we can do it!

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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.


and Clean Out Your System by Annie B. Bond


Reducing a Pet’s Environmental Impact by Colleen Morgan

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Six Ways to Burn Calories

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26 DIET DETOX A Good Spring Cleaning


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newsbriefs Wellesley College Choir Sings Fundraiser


he 50-member Wellesley College Choir will perform Friday, March 18 at 6:30 pm as a benefit for the Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal. This event will be held in the First Unitarian Universalist Church Sanctuary at 2903 Jefferson Avenue in New Orleans. The performance will be accompanied by a silent auction and a cash wine and soft drink bar. Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit founded by the three United Universalist churches of the Greater New Orleans area (First Church, North Shore, and Community Church) after Katrina as their social-justice program. Volunteers and donations are welcome. Contact Gay DiGiovanni at or Terry VanBrunt at

Retreat Featuring Yoga and Breath Work


ean Johnson of Wild Lotus and breath master Jack Fontana will offer an afternoon intensive retreat on Saturday, March 12, from 2:30 - 7 pm, focused on awakening inner transformation though a combination of powerful practices. Johnson will lead a gentle yoga practice designed to open the belly and chest for deeper breathing, dissolve physical tension in the body, and calm the mind. After a group chanting experience to free the Jack Fontana heart and energize the spirit, Fontana will facilitate an intensive breathwork session utilizing the technique of conscious-connected-breathing to help participants move into an altered state, release stored suppression, and ultimately integrate deeper layers of consciousness. No experience is necessary.

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Enrollment is limited. The cost of the retreat is $90, and pre-registration is required. There will be no refunds or credits if cancelled within 24 hours of the workshop. For more information visit and See ad on page 15.

Reiki for Pets


ianne Lastra, an animal lover and local reiki master, known for her reiki work with animals was invited in January 2011 to speak to a group at the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS) convention. She has also recently joined the Shelter Animal Reiki Association (SARA) that brings reiki to shelter animals in an effort to correct and improve their personalities to increase their chances of being adopted. Lastra offers animal reiki to those interested inexploring this avenue to bring wellness and improved health to their beloved pets. She also offers other natural methods such as flower essences and crystal work for pets. Home visits are an option. To learn more about reiki treatments for pets, contact Tianne Lastra at 504-909-3723. See ad on page 29.


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Playmakers Theater Presents a Classic


ans of local theater and vintage plays will want to catch the Playmakers Theater presentation of “You Can’t Take It With You” by George S. Kaufman and directed by Kay Files that runs from March 18 through April 3, 2011. The theater is located at 19106 Playmakers Rd. in Covington. The play, set in the Depression of the 1930’s, is about two star-crossed lovers and a multi-generational family of eccentric, lovable characters. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Call 985-893-1671 for reservations. Playmakers, Inc. is among the oldest continuously running all amateur theaters in the country. Organized in 1955 as a non-profit theater in Covington, the organization has produced four or more plays each year since its inception, including in 1976 when the old theater was lost to a fire. Playmakers offers opportunity to all who are interested in participating in live theatre. For play times, future productions and more information on the opportunities available check the website at

Mindfulness Retreat


lowering Lotus Meditation and Retreat Center in Magnolia, Mississippi is offering a weekend workshop on March 25-27 titled Meditation, Mindfulness, and Movement: From Fixation to Flow. Buddhist teacher Mushin Ikeda and martial artist John Ellis will instruct. The retreat will feature lectures (dharma talks), meditative movement instructions, body scanning and deep relaxation. The intent of the session is to help participants get unstuck: many people become fixated on good ideas, unfulfilled hopes and dreams, fear of death and other changes and memories of the way things used to be. The same phenomenon occurs with the body as people age and become inactive. The techniques offered at this retreat help people to become being fully alive and find what might be called true happiness by adjusting the mind so that it is fresh, full of gratitude, and ready for new learning.

Woofstock 2011


he 22nd anniversary of Woofstock will be held on Sunday, March 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pelican Park’s Castine Center in Mandeville. This annual event for families and their dogs is presented by the St. Tammany Humane Society and has the central goal of providing low cost vaccinations, at $60, microchip identification implants will be $10, and deeply discounted flea, tick, and heartworm preventative will also be available. Woofstock 2011 is to be a fun filled Sunday afternoon, with live music, food, pictures, a doggie vendor market, and every dog’s favorite: going to the doctor. There will also be doggie contests including best look-a-like, best hippie-dressed dog, stupid dog tricks, and ugliest dog. Admission in advance is $5 for adults and $2 for children; at the door tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. This year, to celebrate the anniversary, there will be free Miller beer with admission for adults.

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Autism Awareness Walk

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he Northshore Families Helping Families (NFHF) is sponsoring the first annual Autism Awareness Walk and Family Fun Day Saturday, April 2 from 10 am to 2 pm at North Oak Park in Hammond. Registration for the walk is $20 per person, and $10 for children, which includes a tee-shirt and a ticket for jambalaya and one drink. The event, which is open to the public, intends to raise awareness of autism spectrum disorders and to fund the NFHF’s new initiative, soar----Strengthening Outcomes with Autism Resources. Registration begins at 9 am. Individuals and teams are welcome. There will be games, activities, food, and music until 2 pm, as well as prizes for the team that has the most participants, raises the most funds, and soars beyond limits, that is, the most creative. Contact Amy Brumfield with NFHF at 985-875-0511 or email at for more details.

Edible Evening Garden Party


he Edible Schoolyard New Orleans and FirstLine Schools will celebrate the Second Annual Edible Evening Garden Party on March 24 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Edible Teaching Garden at Samuel J. Green Charter School, located at 2319 Valence Street. The event will feature live local music, seasonal delicacies from some of the city’s finest restaurants, fine wine, signature cocktails, and a silent auction. Green Charter’s Teaching Garden is planted, maintained and harvested by students as a part of the school’s programming and extracurricular activities. The school’s Teaching Kitchen and transformed cafeteria, The Green Café, will also be part of the venue for the evening. Proceeds from the fundraiser will support The Edible Schoolyard and its mission to change the way public school children eat, learn and live at four FirstLine public charter schools in New Orleans: Samuel Green, Arthur Ashe, John Dibert, and Langston Hughes. More than 30 restaurants are participating. Tickets start at $45, and are available on-line at or by calling 504-267-9053. For information about FirstLine Schools, visit, or call Jay Altman 504-9521331. 8

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Show Solidarity by Switching Off Power for an Hour Worldwide, participating residences, commercial facilities, government buildings and iconic landmarks will all go dark for one hour at 8:30 p.m. (local time) on March 26 to take a stand for conscious stewardship of Earth’s resources. Last year, the lights went out in 4,500 cities in 128 countries. This year, is also making it possible for participants to share stories online describing what they are doing and planning to do to benefit the environment in the year ahead. Together, our actions add up. Sign on, form a group event or share an eco-story at

The Buzz

Trouble for Wild Bumblebee Populations Bumblebees, those ace field hands that pollinate apple orchards, berry crops, tomato fields, wildflowers and flowering yard plants, are facing hard times in the United States. Nearly 10 percent of wild bumblebee species have suffered serious declines in numbers and geographic range, according to the first attempt at gauging the health of such populations nationwide. Research surveying 78,000 specimens across eight species—and correlating reductions in numbers with potential causes—found that four of the species are in decline. Each had significantly lower genetic diversity than the four more robust species. This factor may make them more vulnerable to environmental stresses, including fragmented habitat and the intracellular parasite, Nosema bombi, sometimes present in high numbers in the troubled species. The bees’ ranges have dropped by as much as 87 percent below their historically greatest extent, much of the decline occurring within the past 20 years. At the same time, the relative abundance of bees as compared with estimates of their known numerical peaks has plunged by as much as 96 percent. Sydney Cameron, Ph.D., an entomologist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, characterizes bumblebees as “incredibly resilient.” Yet, he remarks, “There’s a threshold, and above that threshold? Bang, that’s it. We just don’t know what the thresholds are for these species.” The study is considered an environmental warning and wake-up call. Source: The Christian Science Monitor

Canned Chemicals

New Packaging Moves Away from BPA The chemical Bisphenol A (BPA), used for years in clear plastic bottles and food can liners, has been restricted in Canada and some U.S. states and municipalities because this synthetic estrogen is a suspected endocrine disruptor—a chemical that can interfere with the body’s gland and hormone functions. The Food and Drug Administration will soon decide what it considers is a safe level of exposure, based on a mounting body of independent research. Now, Consumer Reports has released results of its tests of 19 common canned foods; almost all of them contained BPA—even those labeled BPA-free and organic. The highest levels were found in canned soups and green beans. According to the most recent National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 93 percent of Americans have detectable levels of BPA in their bodies. Among Japan’s population, after BPA was voluntarily removed from the linings of food and beverage cans in 1997, a 2003 study showed that levels of BPA were down 50 percent. In the U.S., major food suppliers are starting to respond with non-BPA packaging for select products ranging from juice to tuna and pasta sauce.

Dietary Shift

Home Preparation of Fresh Veggies on the Decline A new U.S. Department of Agriculture study reports that households headed by older generations spend more money per person on fresh vegetables prepared at home than their younger counterparts. After accounting for income and other demand factors, its Economic Research Service found that households headed by a person born in 1960 spent 66 cents per week less than those with a household head born in 1930. Younger generations continue to spend different amounts in each subsequent age point, with the youngest spending the least. Because of younger people’s continued reliance on convenience foods, the researchers project that, as they age, they will spend more on fresh grocery veggies than they do now, but when they reach their parent’s current age, they will still spend less on such foods than their parents do now. Several mainstream health advocacy organizations now promote consumption of plant-based foods, aiming to turn this trend around; they include the American Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute, Johns Hopkins University and American Heart Association.

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Double-Duty Label Fair Trade Goes Domestic

Many people today are familiar with International Fair Trade, as it applies to the importing of items such as coffee, tea and cocoa. However, as the movement has grown, it has become apparent that many of the challenges facing producers in developing countries are also shared by North America’s family farmers. Big agribusiness continues to thrive, while small farmers have gone out of business. Consumers pay more, while farmers receive less. Meanwhile, farm workers are often denied fair wages and basic rights. So, a group of Canadian farmers, convinced that organics had been co-opted by large corporate-style interests and that cheap organic grain imports were undercutting their homegrown organic production, have given birth to Domestic Fair Trade certification. To aid organic food shoppers, they have developed the fairDeal food label. It will most likely show up in the organic bins of local food co-ops. Initial products include flax, wheat, barley, oats, beans, peas, lentils, hemp seeds and mustard. Domestic Fair Trade Association (DFTA) members include farm workers and their organizations; farmers and farmer groups; retailers; non-governmental organizations; marketers; and processors and manufacturers. Qualifying standards commit members to the principles of Domestic Fair Trade and continual improvement of their day-to-day practices. For information, visit

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healthbriefs Olive Oil Protects the Liver

Extra virgin olive oil can help protect the liver from oxidative stress and resultant organ damage, according to research from the University of Monastir, Tunisia, and King Saud University, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. When lab rats were exposed to a toxic herbicide known to deplete antioxidants in the body and cause oxidative stress, those that were fed a diet rich in olive oil were partially protected from liver damage. The organ plays a crucial role in ridding the body of toxic substances. Source: BioMed Central

Herbs Alleviate Anxiety

For the first time, scientists have conducted a systematic review of research into the use of nutritional supplements in the treatment of anxiety disorders. Findings by a metastudy team at the nonprofit Global Neuroscience Initiative Foundation show strong evidence that the use of extracts of passionflower or kava or a combination of L-lysine and L-arginine can help alleviate symptoms of anxiety. The next step is to measure effective dosages. Source: BioMed Central

Black Rice – Exotic and Healthy


lack rice—long a staple food for one-third of the world’s population—is gaining popularity in the United States because of its exotic look and nutty flavor. Now, research chemists with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service report that the black variety of this grain may help soothe the inflammation involved in allergies, asthma and other diseases. These health benefits are attributed to its outer bran layer which, unlike with white rice, is not polished off during processing. Collaborating researchers tested the effects of black rice bran extract on skin inflammation in laboratory mice and found that it reduced the inflammation by 32 percent compared to control animals; the rice bran also decreased production of certain substances known to promote inflammation in the body. Brown rice bran extract did not have these effects. When the scientists fed the mice a diet containing 10 percent black rice bran, swelling associated with allergic contact dermatitis, a common type of skin irritation, decreased. These results show a potential value of black rice bran as an anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic food ingredient. It may also hold promise as a therapeutic agent for the treatment and prevention of diseases associated with chronic inflammation.

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hen it comes to brain-boosting nutrition, blueberries now have some serious competition. For the first time, researchers have shown that drinking beet juice can increase blood flow to the brain in older adults—a finding that could hold potential for combating the progression of dementia. “There have been several very high-profile studies showing that drinking beet juice can lower blood pressure, but we wanted to show that drinking beet juice also increases perfusion, or blood flow, to the brain,” says Daniel Kim-Shapiro, director of Wake Forest University’s Translational Science Center’s initiatives for fostering independence in aging. “There are areas in the brain that become poorly perfused as you age,” he notes, “and that’s believed to be associated with dementia and poor cognition.” Beet juice, the researchers explain, contains high concentrations of nitrates. When we eat nitrate-rich foods such as beets, celery, cabbage and spinach, good bacteria in the mouth turn nitrates to nitrites, which help open up blood vessels in the body, increasing blood flow and oxygen to the brain.

The Sticky Side of Non-Stick Cookware

Compounds in non-stick cookware may be associated with elevated levels of cholesterol in children and teens, according to West Virginia University School of Medicine research published in Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. An earlier national survey had found a near universal presence of perfluoroalkyl acids (PFOA) in Americans’ blood serum; these chemicals are used in the manufacture of fluoropolymers, which facilitate non-stick heat resistance for cookware and breathable, waterproof properties for clothing fabrics, carpet and upholstery. In the university study, which examined 12,476 Ohio River Valley youth exposed to PFOA-contaminated drinking water, one in five not only had significantly higher PFOA levels than the national average, but relatively higher total cholesterol levels, including LDL (low-density lipoprotein), or “bad” cholesterol, as well. More research is needed. Source: JAMA and Archives Journals

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Take a Stand Against Biotech Bullies Early this year, the Obama administration approved three genetically modified organism (GMO) crops— Monsanto’s Roundup Ready alfalfa and sugar beets and Syngenta’s amylase corn to produce ethanol. Food Democracy Now, a grassroots community for a sustainable food system, is circulating an online petition objecting to these decisions that support biotech.

Dozens of large food manufacturers and farm, food and agricultural organizations, both conventional and organic, are on board in opposing these lab-engineered food products for a variety of reasons such as unknown health and environmental consequences, including genetic contamination. Instead, the Obama administration should be forging progress in making agriculture more sustainable and encouraging farmers to convert to organic farming practices. Join with 50 million organic consumers who daily take a stand for their right to know what is in their food and how it’s produced. Tell President Obama to instruct the U.S. Department of Agriculture to ban planting of these GMOs. Sign the petition at Action. go/347?akid=298.238135. FB4IuF&t=7.

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DETOX Six Ways to Burn Calories and Clean Out Your System by Annie B. Bond

The part can never be well, unless the whole is well. ~Plato


here are as many different types of exercise as there are ways to move. Although all types of exercise will help to detoxify your body, some are clearly more beneficial than others. Try one of these today and feel better immediately. Walk This Way Generally speaking, aerobic exercises like walking, jogging, cycling and swimming are the most detoxifying. Of the wide array of choices, walking is hands-down the most popular. It is something almost everyone can do to get a daily dose of healthy detoxification. Jump for Joy Bouncing on a trampoline, such as a mini-tramp or rebounder, is one of the least appreciated exercises for cleansing and strengthening every cell of the body. Experts point out that it is also one of the best workouts for activating the lymphatic system. Let Your Body Flow For centuries, yoga has been prescribed as moving medicine for the immune system. Yoga has been reported to lower stress hormones that compromise immunity, while stimulating the lymphatic system to purge toxins and bring fresh, nutrientoxygenated blood to each organ to help ensure optimum functioning.


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Pick Up the Pace There’s a longstanding myth among participants that exercising at a lower intensity for a longer duration maximizes the burning of fat and releases toxins. Not true. To really rev up metabolism, burn more calories and keep the fat-burning switch turned on longer after an exercise session, try picking up the pace for one or more shorter periods. Make Some Muscle Strength training is known to boost natural muscle-making chemicals such as human growth hormone and preserve the muscle we have, while also replacing the muscle tissue we’ve lost. Lifting weights also helps us shed fat by simply burning calories. As a bonus, a calorie-burning metabolism can stay elevated for up to 48 hours after we’ve finished lifting. Take It Outside When possible, infuse an exercise routine with fresh air by doing it outdoors. When exercising outside, it’s important that we not add to our toxic burden by walking or jogging along busy roads or highways, because breathing in chemical-laced exhaust nullifies the benefits. Annie B. Bond is an internationally renowned expert on personal detoxification and past executive editor of, which sourced all health claims in The Purification Plan, by the editors of Rodale Health Books.

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Professors Robert and Brenda Vale, from Victoria University in New Zealand, calculated the carbon footprint of our pets in their book, “Time to Eat the Dog? The Real Guide to Sustainable Living.” They report that man’s best friend, the dog, accounts for more than twice the carbon emissions of a 4.6-liter Land Cruiser driven 10,000 kilometers (6,200 miles) a year. The Vale’s other results: •

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What Goes In Food is the most direct way to take that step, specifically by cooking pets meals instead of purchasing processed, bagged food that has been shipped across the country. Purchasing meat and produce and cooking them at home at least cuts out the first step, the most energy intensive one. “Cooking for your pet is a very realistic thing,” said Dr. Brian Hill, a veterinarian with Maple Small Animal Clinic in Uptown. “But you have to be responsible.” Consult with a veterinarian about adding the necessary vitamins and minerals. If a pet has allergies, he said, cooking their food is often the cure. “Most people are resistant to it but it is not that big a deal,” he said. “Do it all at one time and put it in little zip lock bags and then start over again next week.” He suggested starting with a bag of sweet potatoes and pork roasts. Some consider that too time consuming, so they spend a little more for higher quality food made of prime cuts of meat instead of the animal parts humans do not consume. Some argue that utilizing such waste is beneficial, but kibble made from mostly scraps combined with corn and cheap grains provides little nutrition for the animal. “It doesn’t benefit the dog, but it makes the bag look bigger,” said Ryan Hebert, the dog and cat food manager at Jefferson Feed. Food made with game

such as duck and rabbit, high quality grains and fruits is more expensive, but the bag lasts longer. “Pretend you are always eating potato chips,” he said. “Eating higher quality food is like eating a meal, so they do in fact eat less.” If less goes in, less comes out. A large amount of cat food is made from Menhaden, a small fish at the bottom of the food chain. Moving in schools the size of blue whales, this fish filters the water and serves as food for many larger fish species. Overfishing of this species has resulted in polluted waters and a malnourished fishery.

What Comes Out Eco-friendly dog owners face a quandary every time they reach for a plastic bag – to pick up or not? According to the EPA, every dog in the U.S. excretes 274 pounds of waste a year, so the 73 million dogs produce 6.3 million tons of dog waste. Leaving it on the street pollutes the waterways and is not appreciated by most urban dwellers, but is the landfill a better place?

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Other Green Pet Tips Recycle unused items instead of buying toys, Dr. Hill said. Better yet, go to a dog park, where play includes getting much-needed exercise. Diane Lundeen from Petcetera on Magazine St. in New Orleans suggests that used clothing and other materials be used for stuffing for a bed, and old towels should be reused as pet-specific towels, or they can be brought in to her store for that purpose. Some vaccines may not be necessary, especially for older dogs, so consult with a veterinarian. Also seek out medicines with less packaging. Keep cats indoors at night, when they are likely to hunt wildlife. Bird mortality from cat attacks is considered

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Dr. Hill’s advice: use biodegradable bags or trash as pick up tools. Sealing it in a plastic bag keeps those nutrients from ever again becoming soil. At one time our pups buried their remains under dirt, vehemently backcasting to create a mound where microbes could work their magic. “Also, the energy produced to make [the food] is gone forever,” Dr. Hill said. “Keep plastic out of the equation. … That is the best thing you could do overall for your pet’s carbon footprint.” Pet composters are also available, and some worm farms utilize pet waste to produce fertilizer. It can be composted underground so it directly mixes with the subsoil, but it is important to separate it from compost to

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emphasize keeping kittens clean, because anything clinging to fur can easily be ingested and cause illness. Also, always provide fresh water and make sure the cat’s stool looks brown and solid. They actually provide a Guide to the Rainbow of Poop, but that’s another story. A kitten found in a box or otherwise abandoned will need to be bottle-fed feline replacement formula, bought from a pet store, or fed a special goat’s milk formula that pet owners can make at home. Note that cow’s milk will make kittens sick and won’t provide the nutrients they need. Introducing a new kitten to existing household cats and dogs must be done with care. It’s recommended to quarantine a new kitten for seven days—essentially keeping them in their own room, away from other household pets, particularly if the kitten is from the pound or has been rescued from the roadside. Such kittens may carry diseases or parasites that can spread among family pets. The quarantine period also lets cats sniff each other under the door and become accustomed without a hissing match. After the quarantine, Wisconsin Veterinarian Katharine Hillestad

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Planning for a New Puppy Puppies are much higher maintenance than kittens and need constant supervision. Not only will family members need to monitor whether pups need to relieve themselves (telltale signs include circling and sniffing the ground), but new homes should be “puppy-proofed” before their arrival by removing anything at puppy-level that is precious and/or chewable (that goes double for footwear). Fortunately, puppies have the advantage of being highly trainable—even in their first few months. “You should start training a puppy as soon as possible. The more you work with a puppy and the more consistently, the faster it will learn,” says Mychelle Blake, with the Association of Pet Dog Trainers ( Typically, puppies are ready for a puppy socialization class after they’ve received their first or second round of vaccinations—check with a holistic veterinarian for the best approach. Blake adds: “You can also start your puppy right away with training in the home if they are not quite ready for a class.”

Socialization is a big part of puppy rearing. Young pups need to get used to other people, to other dogs and to new places in a safe, controlled environment. That will keep them from being afraid—and also from acting inappropriately, whether jumping on people, nipping, barking or biting. While it’s possible to teach puppy parents basic dog training techniques from a book or online literature, Blake says a trainer really helps to train owners in the proper techniques. “A professional trainer can help to coach you in training competence, which

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A Holistic Approach to Pet Joint Pain

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rom the graves of early humans we have evidence that herbs were used as medicine going back as far as 60,000 years ago. Chinese emperor Shen Nong, also called the Divine Farmer, is the legendary originator of Chinese herbal medicine, having compiled the first known Materia Medica in 3700 B.C., a collection of the most useful herbs’ properties, actions and dosages for humans and animals. Even today this forms the basis for Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It was several thousand years later that veterinary medicine became a separate branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The Traditional Chinese Medicine approach to the use of herbal therapy differs from the Western approach in several ways. The Western approach uses mainly single herbs, while TCM will use a combination of 4 to 15 herbs according to a formula. Each medical system uses its own subset of herbs. Some Western herbs such as garlic

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Start off each morning for two weeks (or up to a maximum of two months), with hot lemon water, perhaps spiced with cinnamon and ginger, for an added metabolic boost. The antioxidant D-limonine in lemon thins bile and is helpful in breaking down fat-trapping toxins. Use the juice of one small lemon to eight ounces of warm water. Then, sip a total of 64 ounces of cran-water between meals throughout the day. Mix one ounce of unsweetened cranberry juice per seven ounces of pure water. Cranberry helps to balance pH, suppress hunger and combat cellulite and water retention, while drawing out

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and cabbage can also support the liver’s ability to detoxify the body.  Finally, eating adequate protein is essential to ensure that the liver can produce the enzymes it needs to break down toxins into water-soluble substances for excretion. Protein plays a crucial role in tissue growth and healing, strengthening the immune system and burning fat. Eat at least 4 to 6 ounces of wild salmon, free-range organic poultry or hemp protein each day during detox. Choosing a daily dose of high-quality glutathione-boosting whey protein powder or a brown rice/yellow pea protein powder is another way to pump up the detox process. Such spring cleaning can help purge our body of toxins and give our whole system the cleansing boost it needs, simultaneously preparing it for even more healthy weight loss in coming months. Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D. and certified nutrition specialist, is an awardwinning New York Times bestselling author and media expert. Fat Flush for Life is the latest in her book series on body detoxification and weight loss.

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umans have had good reasons to grow basil, rosemary and other culinary herbs for thousands of years. Edible herbal accents and aromas enhance the beauty and flavor of every dish they touch, be they sprigs of fresh parsley tossed into hot couscous or marjoram and thyme sparking a savory risotto. A big garden isn’t needed to grow most kitchen herbs; in fact, it’s often better to grow these culinary gems in pots. In any household, the sweet spot for cultivating herbs is a puddle of sunshine near the kitchen door. Time and again, the cook will dash out to gather a handful of this or that while two or three dishes simmer on the stove. Dinner is less likely to boil over when herbs can be snagged in a matter of seconds.

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Because small pots heat up and dry out faster than larger ones, herbs usually grow best in larger containers. Fourteen-inchwide plastic or fiberglass pots are lightweight, easy to handle and provide ample room for four or more plants. Half-barrel wooden planters are great and fixed oblong planters also work well. Cooks and gardeners will have the most fun combining upright herbs that reach for the sky with others that tend toward low, mounding growth. When shopping for seedlings, look for interesting ways to combine leaf textures and foliage colors, too. For example, anchor an herbal container bouquet with red-leafed basil and surround it with marjoram and thyme. Then, create a second container by combining silvery sage with green chives and curly parsley. This two-pot herb garden will produce a season’s worth of fresh flavors.

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Basil’s spicy-sweet flavor with strong floral notes puts it on everyone’s planting list. This fast-growing annual loves warm weather. Basil planted in the early part of the growing season will produce numerous flowering spikes within a couple of months, which should be snipped off. The more basil is pinched back, the bushier it becomes.

When shopping for plants, experiment with the way herbs from these two groups look when they are arranged together: n Upright growth habit: basil,

chives, dill, rosemary, sage n Mounding growth habit: marjoram, parsley, thyme

Chives taste like very mild scallions, and plants will produce new leaves

throughout the growing season, if trimmed regularly. These cold-hardy plants become dormant off-season and return the following year, featuring an early show of edible pink flowers. The slender, upright leaves combine well with other herbs. Dill is a fast-growing annual that prefers cool growing conditions. Its leaves, flowers and seeds carry a savory tang that enhances the flavor of pickles, marinated vegetables and breads. Placed in the center of a large pot, a single dill plant will grow more than two feet tall and may require staking. Marjoram deserves wider use, because the little plants combine a light oregano flavor with subtle notes of mint and lemon, and marjoram tastes good raw or cooked. Its lanky stems look lovely spilling over the sides of mixed containers.

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Parsley needs a bit more moisture than other herbs, so place it closer to the center than the edge in mixed containers. Both mild-flavored curly and more assertive flat-leafed Italian parsley do well in roomy containers. Rosemary tolerates strong sun and heat, so it’s a wise choice in hot months. Northerners grow rosemary as an annual, but in milder climates, these woody perennials can continue as a perennial for years. Rosemary’s piney flavor and aroma takes center stage in rice dishes and casseroles, and the woody stems make delightful skewers. Sage charms everyone with its luminous leaves, which may be gray-green or variegated with pink and cream, depending on variety. Smoky sage is the definitive herb to pair with poultry, and it’s great with potatoes, too. Thyme is the flavorful herb that brings depth to many French and Cajun dishes. The fresh version is incomparable for lending savory flavor notes to fresh vegetables. Both English thyme and lowgrowing lemon thyme make appealing edge plants in mixed containers. Barbara Pleasant is the author of numerous gardening books, including Starter Vegetable Gardens: 24 No-Fail Plans for Small Organic Gardens. For more information visit


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calendarofevents TUESDAY, MARCH 1 Neuromuscular Therapy Clinic – 6:15pm & 7:45pm. (Also 3/3, 3/10, 3/15, 3/17, 3/22, 3/24, 3/29, 3/31). Help a student with their education at the student massage clinic. Neuromuscular Therapy is area specific and re-educates the body. Blue Cliff College, 3200 Cleary Ave., Metairie. $30. By appointment only. 504-456-3141, x2248. C.G. Jung Society of New Orleans – 7:30pm. Oil in the Gulf and the Mistress of the Beasts. Drawing from ancient myths/images and connecting them to the pelican, analyst Jutta von Buchholtz explores ways to heal our relationship to nature. $10/members free. 2 CEUs. Parker Methodist Church, 1130 Nashville Ave. NOLA.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2 Deep Tissue Massage Clinic – 6:15pm & 7:45pm (Also 3/9, 3/14, 3/16, 3/21, 3/23, 3/28, 3/30). Help a student with their education at the student massage clinic. Deep Tissue is muscle specific and really works out the kinks. Blue Cliff College, 3200 Cleary Ave., Metairie. $30. By appointment only. 504-4563141, x2248. Milk Party – 7pm. Join in for mother to mother breastfeeding support. Certified International Lactation Consultant, Julie Holcomb will attend to answer questions. ZukaBaby. No registration is required. 504-596-6540.

FRIDAY, MARCH 4 Neuromuscular Therapy Clinic – 9:15am, 10:45am & 1:30pm. (Also 3/11, 3/18, 3/25). Help a student with their education at the student massage clinic. Neuromuscular Therapy is area specific and reeducates the body. Blue Cliff College, 3200 Cleary Ave., Metairie. $30. By appointment only. 504-4563141, x2248.

SATURDAY, MARCH 5 E-Waste and Paint Drop – 10am-2pm. First Sat/ month drop off old paint and electronic waste (computers only) to the Whole Foods Market, corner of Magazine & Joseph Sts. Inside in bad weather. Freret Street Market – 12noon-5pm. Lively market with over 90 vendors, great food items, dog adoption, children’s play area and music. 4400 Freret St., New Orleans.

MONDAY, MARCH 7 Chair Massage at Monday Madness/The Nutrition Co – 9am-7pm. Take a break from your day: Relax and feel the healing benefits of massage. Offered by Mel Borne, LMT. 4350 Hwy 22, Ste. H, Mandeville. 985-869-2087.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9 Holistic Education Monthly Meeting/Metairie – 6:45pm. Sponsored by Holistic Center for Health and Healing, Inc. Network time followed by program. Speakers: Debbie and Ken West present Infrared Mammography. Free. Old Metairie Library, 2350 Metairie Rd, Metairie. Library/504-838-4350; info/504-841-0188.

SATURDAY, MARCH 12 Transformation Through Yoga/Breath/Sound – 2:30-7pm. An afternoon retreat with Sean Johnson and Jack Fontana focused on inner awakening through a combination of powerful practices. Wild Lotus Yoga, 4842 Perrier St., NOLA. 504-899-0047. Broad Flea Pain and E-waste Drop – 11am-4pm. Drop off old paint and electronic waste (computers only) to the Broad Flea at the old Roberts supermarket on North Broad and Bienville. Second Saturday of every month. Theosophical Society Covington Lodge – 2-4pm. (Also 3/26). Free. 2101 N Hwy 190, Rm. 200, Covington. Contact:

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Garden Pest and Disease Mgmt – 3pm. Grow Mo’ Betta training series offered by New Orleans Food and Farm Network covers vegetable, herb and flower gardens. A “how-to” series on organic gardening with a different topic each month. Hollygrove Market and Farm, 8301 Olive St, NOLA. $5. Contact: ariel@ or 504-864-2009.

SUNDAY, MARCH 13 Yoga Stops Traffic – 3-5pm. 108 Sun Salutations in the City Park fundraiser for street children in India. Gather under the large oak tree at Carrollton Ave. entrance. 504-309-9618; Bayou Jam Concert – 5:30-7:30pm w/The Topcats. Bayou Jam Concert series returns; fans are invited to bring family and friends, blankets and chairs for this popular concert series. Heritage Park, Slidell. Free. 985-646-4375.

TUESDAY, MARCH 15 Tai Chi Group Class – 6-7pm. Reduce stress, relieve pain, gain flexibility and balance. Improve the quality of life. Tamashii Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St., Uptown. 504-866-2241.

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Intro to Yoga Course – 7:45-9:30pm (3/15 & 3/17). 6 week course with an emphasis either on stress relief, relaxation, and meditation or strength, flexibility, and balance. Wild Lotus Yoga, 4842 Perrier St., NOLA. 504-899-0047. Writing for Healing/Book Study Telecourse – 8pm (3/15-4/12). Learn how writing can produce lasting health improvements in this book study of “Writing as a Way of Healing” by Louise DeSalvo. Facilitated by Carolee Laffoon, Heal Your Life® Coach. $75 before 3/6 or $85. Register at


Paint and E-waste Drop-Off at Hollygrove Market – 10am-2pm. Drop off old paint and electronic waste (computers only) to the Hollygrove Market & Farm, 8301 Olive St. New Orleans. Pick up a $25 box filled with locally-grown, fresh produce while there.

THURSDAY, MARCH 17 Holistic Education Monthly Meeting/Covington – 7pm. Sponsored by the Holistic Center for Health and Healing, Inc. Network time followed by program. Free and open to public. Covington Council Chambers, 222 Kirkland St. Info: 504-841-0188.

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Northshore Garden Show – 9am-4pm. (also 3/20) Sponsored by LSUAg & Master Gardeners. Covered event, 30 exhibits, gardening info, hourly presentations, children’s activities, food concessions, door prizes. Adults: $3/children under 12 free. St. Tammany Fairgrounds, Covington. Folsom Community Farmers Market – 9am-1pm (Third Saturdays, 3/19-11/19). Featuring fresh produce, prepared foods, plants, crafts, and live entertainment, plus the Back-to-Basics Series with local “do-it-yourself” experts. Located one block west of Hwy. 25, all along Railroad Avenue from Rosa Cryer St. to Garfield St, Free parking. 985-796-9833.

Karate Class – Time TBA. Registration for adult and children Karate class. Better fitness, develop confidence and learn self defense. Tamashii Karate Center, 8132 Willow St. Uptown. 504-866-2241.



Second Degree Reiki Class – Time TBA w/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 504-388-2356. Sustainable Design Series – 5:30-7:30pm. Monthly panel discussion of topics from sustainable design to community action. Hosted by AIA New Orleans, Global Green & USGBC-Louisiana. Free. Call 504-525-2121.


Open Mic Night – 7pm. TGITF (Thank God It’s the Third Friday) Share your comedy, singing, music, poetry, talents at Unity Church in Metairie, 3939 Vets. Blvd (2 blocks west of Cleary, entrance/parking lot in rear of bldg).

Nourish Life – 10:45am-12:15pm w/Farah. 6 week course to renew, refresh & spring! The premise of this course is that good, nourishing food and a positive, nurturing lifestyle can provide for optimal wellness, health, and happiness. Wild Lotus Yoga, 4842 Perrier St, NOLA. 504-899-0047. First Degree Reiki Class – 11am-7pm (3/19 & 3/20) w/Reiki Master, Elizabeth Ohmer Pellegrin. Reiki promotes and accelerates healing and balance of the body, mind and spirit. Learn to do Reiki for the self and others. No experience needed. Private classes and retreats on request. Pre-registration required. $250. Info/registration: 504-388-2356.

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Register: 985-264-8089 Yogic Cleanses “Kriyas” Workshop – 2-6pm. Purify the body internally and support the practice of asana, pranayama, and meditation. $60/includes tongue scraper, neti pot, ayurvedic oil and detailed handout; $55/early bird. Balance Yoga & Wellness, 120 S. Cortez St. 504-309-9618. Abita Springs Opry – 7-9pm. The first show of the spring series features the Steve Anderson Group and Erika Lewis with Tuba Skinny. Abita Springs Town Hall, 22161 Level St., Abita Springs. Doors open at 5:45pm. $15/adults; $12/children. 985-892-0711.

SUNDAY, MARCH 20 Woofstock 2011 –10am-4pm. St. Tammany Humane Society presents live music, food, pictures, doggie vendor market, doggie contests, deeply discounted vaccinations, microchip IDs, flea, tick and heartworm preventative available. Pelican Park’s Castine Center, Mandeville. $5/adults, $2/kids advanced, or $10/adults, $5/kids at the door.

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Restorative Workshop – 2-5pm w/Tamara Starck. Unwind tension, release stress and restore energy in a three-hour Restorative and Yin Yoga workshop. Balance Yoga & Wellness,120 S. Cortez, NOLA. 504-309-9618.


Tai Chi Group Class – 7-8 pm. Reduce stress, relieve pain, gain flexibility & balance and improve the quality of life. Tamashii Tai Chi Center 8132 Willow St., Uptown. 504-866-2241.


Free Chi Kung/Meditation/Breathing Workshop – 10:30-11:30am. Develop internal energy (Chi) to improve health and well-being. Create a calm, centered and focused mental attitude to carry through any stressful situation. Tamashii Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St, Uptown. 941-866-2241.


Breastfeeding: The Gold Standard Conference – Time TBA (3/23-3/25). “Making More Milk” is the topic for this year’s conference. Hampton Inn, downtown. For more info:


Free Chi Kung/Meditation/Breathing Workshop – 10:30-11:30am. Develop internal energy (Chi) to improve health and well-being. Create a calm, centered and focused mental attitude to carry through any stressful situation. Tamashii Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St, Uptown. 941-866-2241. 2nd Annual Edible Evening Garden Party – 6-9pm. Benefits and celebrates Edible Schoolyard’s 5th year in New Orleans. Featuring live local music, seasonal delicacies from some of the city’s finest restaurants, fine wine, signature cocktails, and a silent auction. Samuel J. Green Charter School, 2319 Valence St., NOLA. $45/up. 504-267-9053.


Columbia Street Block Party – 5:30-9pm. (Last Friday’s March-Oct). This free family event features classic cars, shops and art galleries open late, live and DJ entertainment, food and drinks. 200-500 Block of Columbia Street, Downtown Covington. Free. 985-892-1873. Meditation/Mindfulness/Movement: From Fixation to Flow – 3:30pm (3/25) - 1pm (3/27). Retreat includes lectures (dharma talks), meditative movement instructions, body scanning and deep relaxation. All meals, linen and instruction is included. Flowering Lotus Meditation and Retreat Center, Magnolia, MS. $195. 504-905-4090. Couples Yoga Workshop – 7:30-10pm w/Sean Johnson. Couples are invited to be guided through a series of deeply relaxing yoga assists and simple yoga massage techniques. Wild Lotus Yoga, 4842 Perrier St., NOLA. 504-899-0047.


Breastfeeding/ Parenting/Leadership Conference – Time TBA. Following the Gold Standard Conference, The La Leche League of Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana host Oceans of LLLove, A Breastfeeding, Parenting and Leadership Conference. For more info: Yoga Workshops – Times TBA (3/26-3/27) w/Livia Shapiro. Livia’s classes creatively weave together the principles of Anusara Yoga, studies in psychotherapy, as well as poetry, myth, story-telling, and music. Wild Lotus Yoga, 4842 Perrier St., NOLA. 504-899-0047. Create a Brighter Future: Release the Past – 9:30am-12:30pm w/Carolee Laffoon, Certified Heal Your Life® Coach. Based on the teachings of Louise Hay, discover how to move beyond limita-

tions based on the past and create a life desired. The Red Shoes, Baton Rouge. $30. 225-338-1170. Build It Back Green Program – 11am-1pm. Take part in Global Greens water management workshop at the green model home to learn about rain gardens, cisterns, bioswales, and other methods of water management. Holy Cross Project Visitor’s Center, 409 Andry St. Free. 504-525-2121. Candlelight Yoga – 7:30pm w/Live jazz guitar music. Relax into the weekend with a gentle, flowing yoga class for all levels. Chai and sweets served afterwards. Balance Yoga & Wellness, 120 S. Cortez St. $15. 504-309-9618.


Holistic Medicine Education Meeting – 7-9pm. Potluck and network time 6:30-7pm. Different speaker each month. Free. House of Broel, 2220 St. Charles Ave, NOLA.



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Crescent City Farmers Market – 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.


Morning Flow Yoga – 9:15-10:30am. (also Thurs) Taught by Lindsay. Shanti Yoga Shala, 3528 Magazine St, New Orleans. or 310-435-6098. Chair Massage at Columbia Natural Food – 10am2pm. Take 15 minutes for yourself. By using acupressure techniques in a precise sequence, the body is encouraged to release tension. Columbia Natural Food Market, 415 N Columbia St, Covington. Tommie Main, LMT#5627. Contact: 985-515-7218

Kripalu Yoga – 1011:30am. Taught by Veronique. Gentle. Shanti Yoga Shala, 3528 Magazine St., New Orleans. shantiyoganola@gmail. com or 310-435-6098. 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. Spiritual discussion group 12:30pm. Please join us for movie matinee on last Saturday of the month at 1:00pm. 3939–2A, Veterans Blvd, Metairie (2 blocks west of Cleary, rear of building). For more info call 504-885-7575. Relax Deeply- Yoga Restoratives – 5:30-6:30pm. Taught by Daria- All Levels - Check our website in ad for prices. Shanti Yoga Shala, 3528 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA, 70115. shantiyoganola@ or 310-435-6098. Transmission Meditation – 6:30pm. Want to help the world and build a stronger connection with your own spiritual nature? Transmission Meditation is the simplest way to do both at the same time says Benjamin Creme. No fee. Uptown, NOLA. For info: call Alan 504-606-8512. 

monday Yoga Basics – 6:15-7:45pm. Taught by Katherine. Level 1. Shanti Yoga Shala, 3528 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA, 70115. 310-435-6098 or   

Hollygrove Market & Farm – noon-6pm. 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). Beginners Yoga – 5:30-6:45pm. Donation based. Swan River Community Center Arabi, 7011 St. Claude Ave, #213, Arabi. arabi@swanriveryoga. com or 985-218-0724. Weekly Insight Meditation Group – 6:30-9pm. 2134 Magazine St., 3rd fl., New Orleans. Contact or 504-343-8378. Community Class – 7:15-8:45pm. A playful and fun class combining flowing yoga sequences, restorative poses and breathing with awareness. No prior experience necessary. Taught by Ann Yoachim. By donation.  Balance Yoga & Wellness, 120 S. Cortez St, Mid-City. 504-309-9618. Brazilian Dance and Drumming Class – 7:30-9:30pm. Casa Samba offers classes on samba, traditional Afro-Brazilian dance and drum rhythms from Rio to Bahia. Gym/ dance attire suggested. Instruments provided. $8/class. 800 Race St. @ Annunciation (N.O.R.D. Bldg). Call Curtis Pierre 504-553-9500 or 504-236-7479.

Order Vintage Garden Soups – Order by noon Tuesday for delivery on Wednesday. Fresh delicious savory soups developed by our chef. Options for special diets. Free delivery with $15 min or $3 delivery fee. Also pick up at two locations. Visit website on ad for soups of the week or call 504-620-2495.

wednesday “Dog Day at the Spa” – all day. The Peaceful Buddha Day Spa donates 10% of all profits to the ASPCA each Wednesday. Spa offers specialty facials, manicures, pedicures and customized massages. 4303 Canal St, New Orleans. 504-322-2482. LASPCA Wellness Wednesdays – Ensure your pet’s health with annual vaccinations and a wellness check-up. Basic Wellness Exam $20, low-cost spaying and neutering available. By appt.only. 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd, New Orleans. Call 504-368-5191. Covington Farmers Market – 10am-2pm. Offering fresh produce, fresh baked breads, prepared foods and plants. Located at The Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire, Covington. Intro to Mystical Meditation – 10:30am- noon. Strengthen your entire being through a guided meditation. Experience the positive, uplifting transformation of your energy. Donations only. Uptown Holistic Center, 723 Hillary, New Orleans. Contact: Jessica Tregle German Coast Farmers Market-West Bank – 3-7pm. 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 Meditation/Deeksha Blessing – 6:15 pm. Rev. David Florence will facilitate a meditation followed by the blessing and class on Eric Butterworth’s discover the Power Within at 7p.m. 3939-2A Veterans Blvd. (2 blocks west of Cleary, entrance/parking lot at rear of bldg.) Metairie.  504-885-7575.Beginner Bellydance Class – 6:30-7:30pm. 4332 Magazine St, above Hey Café – take the staires inside café. $15 drop in/$60 class cards for 6 classes. Contact:

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Meditation & Study Group – 7-8:30pm. 45 min meditation, refreshments, then 45 min. book discussion group. Donations. 621 Opelousas Ave, Algiers Point (gate locked 7pm sharp!). Info: 504-905-4090 or Meditation 101 – 8:30-9:45pm. Learn how to meditate, no experience necessary. Donation based. Swan River Community Center Arabi, 7011 St. Claud Ave, #213, Arabi. or 985-218-0724.

thursday Crescent City Farmers Market – 3-7pm. Farmers Market at 3700 Orleans Ave, American Can Co. building, New Orleans, rain or shine. Course in Miracles – 6:30-8pm. Taught for 22 yrs. by Gary Arnold. Unity church of Metairie, Love offerings. 3939-2A Veterans Blvd (2 blocks west of Cleary, entrance/parking lot in rea). Love offerings. Call 504-885-7575. Intro to Meditation – 6:30-8pm. Strengthen your entire being through a guided meditation. Experience the positive, uplifting transformation of your energy. Donations only. Uptown Holistic Center, 723 Hillary, New Orleans. Contact Jessica Tregle Brazilian Dance and Drumming Class – 7:309:30pm. Casa Samba offers classes on samba, traditional Afro-Brazilian dance and drum rhythms from Rio to Bahia. Gym/dance attire suggested. Instruments provided. $8/class. 800 Race St. @ Annunciation (N.O.R.D. Bldg). Call Curtis Pierre 504-553-9500 or 504-236-7479.

friday Daily Kundalini yoga – 9am. Kundalini yoga class offered daily by donation. Devine Kundalini Yoga, 1223 Baronne St., New Orleans. 866-989-3626. Yoga Level II – noon-1pm. Donation based. Swan River Community Center Arabi, 7011 St. Claude Ave, #213, Arabi. or 985-218-0724.

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 – 8am-noon. 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 – 8am-noon. 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 & hand-crafted items. Plus live music & kids activities. 484 Sala Ave, corner of 4th St., Westwego. Contact 504-3413424, x 209.

Hollygrove Market & Farm – 10am2pm. 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. Local produce, seafood and baked goods. Chef demos, music and Project Ujamaa Youth Tentwhere kids learn healthy eating, arts and crafts. Every Saturday. 5500 St. Claude Ave, corner of Caffin Ave. Friends of the New Orleans Public Library Book Sale – 10am-2pm. Lots of fiction, non-fiction, local & rare books, CDs, DVDs, videos & records plus children’s books. Help rebuild the New Orleans Public Libraries. Book donations appreciated! At the Carriage House behind the Latter Branch Library, 5120 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans. Meditation Group – 2:30-3:30pm. Fairgrinds Coffee House. Sponsored by Art of Living Foundation. 3133 Ponce de Leon, New Orleans. For info contact Allen 504-247-6692. Community Class – 4-5:30pm. A playful and fun class combining flowing yoga sequences, restorative poses and breathing with awareness. No prior experience necessary. Taught by Ann Yoachim. By donation.  Balance Yoga & Wellness, 120 S. Cortez St.; 504.309.9618.

Cloth Diapering 101 – 9am. Learn about modern cloth diapers, how to care for them, the pros and cons, hands on demos and handouts to take home. Fee: $20 may bring up to 2 family members. Receive a $20 coupon off a purchase of $100 for attending. Reg. required, Zukababy, 2124 Magazine St, New Orleans, call to register 504-596-6540 or email erin@ Covington Farmers Market – 9am-1pm. 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. Kundalini Yoga Class – 9-10:15am. All levels class taught by Melissa. Shanti Yoga Shala. 3528 Magazine St., New Orleans. 310-435-6098 or Eracism Meeting – 10-11:30am. Join a facilitatorlead focused conversation on various race-related topics and issues. All are welcome. Meetings held at J. Singleton School, 1924 Philip St, New Orleans, 70113. For more info call 504-866-1163 or visit.

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FOR RENT - Commercial Great Office Space for Chiropractor Or Other Healthcare Provider or a group of health providers. Located at 3749 North Causeway Blvd. Ste B, Metairie, LA 70002. Space is about 2000 sq ft. For more information, please call Raul Llanos, MD at 504-834-1050. See photo.

ANIMAL HOLISTIC MEDICINE JANICE E. POSEY, DVM 504-559-0141 315 Lee Lane, #104 Covington, LA 70433

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 page 16.

Office Space Available. 2 locations: Mid-City and Marigny. Open, airy, naturally lit. Full amenities. Office Equipment/Desks/Conference Room/Utilities/ WiFi included. Starts @ $450/month. Call 504-388-3583. Perfect space for licensed massage therapist or other quiet holistic provider. 462 sf includes large 14 x 17 treatment room, closet, office/kitchen and waiting room. $600/mo with annual lease. 3200 Lake Villa Ave, Ste 208, Metairie. 504-535-9771.

FOR RENT - residential Full or Part-Time Residence in Magnolia, MS at Flowering Lotus Meditation and Retreat Center. Private rooms. Mature women preferred. Vegetarian. $400 monthly. Utilities included. Yearly lease. 504-905-4090.


Linda L. Strickland, BA, CHt, RM, LMT 601 Lafitte St., Mandeville 985-727-9665

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Once again for this logo design, we used a circular motif. Circles are reminicent of the body and it's many curves. The AVIVA name stabilizes the central 'flora' figure, by means of the letter "i" as the stem or trunk of the 'flora'. The 'flora' invokes a natural sensation, earthy and calm. The circluar text brings all the elements together and reiterates the AVIVA name as a total massage & bodywork spa.

The Humane Society of Louisiana needs volunteers. To find out how you can help contact Jeff Dorson at 901-268-4432 or St. Tammany Humane Society – Help foster pets, many tasks for fundraising, help with animal socializing, many more. Call for wish list. Contact: 985892-7387, x 106. The An urban agriculture nonprofit committed to promote responses to food, farm and nutrition needs gardening and food pantry volunteers. Call 504-333-3611 or


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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 page 14.

BODY SUGARING USA DAY SPA Dora Ochoa, L.M.T. 1800 W. Causeway Approach., Ste. 122 Mandeville, 985-626-5538 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.

CHANGE IN MOTION MASSAGE,LLC Mel Borne, LMT #4158 Northshore Area 985.869.2087

Relax with personalized in-home sessions. Specializing in Shiatsu, Swedish and Deep tissue. Customized blending of techniques are incorporated into sessions. Essential oils are used to maximize the healing benefits of your massage. See ad page 14.

THE PEACEFUL BUDDHA DAY SPA Carey Mischler, LMT 4303 Canal St., New Orleans 504-322-2482

Offering unique services that combine therapeutic massage and aesthetics in Mid-City. Discounts available to first responders. 10% of profits donated to ASPCA every Wednesday. See ad page 14.

BREATHING JACK ANTHONY FONTANA Breathing Coach 3200 Lake Villa Dr.,Metairie 504-453-9161

Let me guide you through a breathing experience that can release stress,fear,suppression,anxiety and create a space of healing,acceptance and physical and emotional well being. Come Breathe, Relax and Let Go!


985-373-2321 Holistic, metaphysical Christian minister, ordained in 1994. Ministries include: weddings, vow renewals, funerals, divorce ceremonies, baptisms, communion, dedications and naming ceremonies.

CHI MACHINE Joffrion Mitts, M.Ed.

Alternative Health Consultant 504-897-9670 Exercise with no effort! Lose weight! Relieve stress! Eliminate pain! Improve circulation! Lower blood sugar! Breathe deeper! Sleep better! Increase energy! Feel happier! Free one week in-home trial!


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. See ad page 21.


1131 S. Tyler St, Covington 985-809-3133 Colon Hydrotherapy removes stagnant fecal matter and toxic bacteria along with cellular debris. Get relief of unhealthy digestive symptoms and achieve greater immunity, enhanced energy, clearer skin, improved mental clarity, and a general elevation in mood.


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1101 Robert Blvd, Ste A, Slidell, LA 70458 985-641-8058


Custom construction and renovation specializing in energy efficiency and indoor air quality. Certified by National Assoc. of Homebuilders as a Green Builder. Locally owned, 20 years experience, over 3000 homes built.

COUNSELING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY ANDREA SCHEELE, LCSW, LMFT Attachment Psychotherapy 1303 Amelia St., New Orleans 504-899-2686

When you experience loss, illness, depression, stress or are going through major life transitions Attachment Psychotherapy will benefit you. Individual, couples, family, parent/child and small group therapy. See ad on page 30.

Only closed system colonic in New Orleans. We offer a 60 minute appointment, because we know you cannot rush a cleanse. HYDROTHERAPY We provide a highly trained therapist focused exclusively on your need at all times. See ad page 27.



Teaching Brain Gym in Education, In-service and individually to help any learning difficulties, AD(H)D, reading, writing, attention, memory, performance, success for goals, and the joy and ease of learning. Available for teachers, parents, children and adults. See website for upcoming trainings/seminars.


Uptown Holistic Center 3213 Florida Ave, Ste D, Kenner . Free yourself from traumatic memories, of PSYCH-K Street, New Orleans 504-466-2266 limiting thoughts and addictive behavior. Support723 whatHillary is most meaningful in theand journey of living your life’s504-723-2899 purpose. Psychotherapist Naturopath. A unique TM

5002 Prytania, NOLA, 70115 504-813-9130

Licensed Professional Counselor. Holistic Psychotherapy for personal growth, stress, transition, etc. Individual and Group Mind-Body Skills Training (guided imagery, meditation, breathing, relaxation, tapping, etc). Evening and Saturday appointments available.




Reclaim health and vitality by eliminating toxins in the body. We offer Open System Colon Hydrotherapy, Far Infrared Sauna with Ozone, Ion Foot Detox and Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber Therapy. Certified Colon Hydrotherapist and member of I-ACT. See ad page 20.

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 page 18.

3333 Kingman St, Ste 102, Metairie 504-885-8355


GINA L.the ORIHUELA, LCSW-BACS, ND,of CTN with transformational power PSYCH-K Holistic Psychotherapy & Counseling MARYLOU SMITH Experience your unlimited power through the gentle process


2627 General Pershing, NOLA 504-644-7376

EDUCATIONAL KINESIOLOGY Tanya Simmons BA Ed. Licensed Brain Gym Practitioner/Consultant. New Orleans 504 309 0002/710 2622

holistic approach to assist you in coping Marylou Smith A Colonics, Wellness, Weight with loss, illness, stress, depression, or Advanced PSYCH-K Facilitator Loss Day Spa, Colon Hydroother life transitions. Individual, family Private Sessions therapy, massage therapy, acand/or group therapy clients. Children, tivated oxygen sauna, ion foot Uptown Holistic Center • 723 Hillary St, NOLA 504.723.2899 adolescents, and adults. See •ad page 16. bath, reflexology, integrated medicine, and other • • ral /spa offerings. Across from Clearview Mall in the major business area of Metairie. See ad page 32. JENNIFER ENGEL, M.Ed LPC


Offering a whole person health-centered approach to enhance the patient’s overall health and wellness. Treating each person with respect as a partner in their own health care. See ad page 18.

Certified Green Builder 1-888-660-0123

1101 Robert Blvd, Ste A, Slidell, LA 70458 985-641-8058

PSYCH-K is a process that frees your mind of limiting and self-sabotaging beliefs and replaces them with life enhancing beliefs that lead to great joy, fulfillment and growth.See ad page 22.

FENG SHUI LIVE, LOVE AND FENG SHUI Eveline Hoffmann Feng Shui practitioner 504-861-3370

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 page 30.

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5012 West Esplanade Ave, Metairie 70006 504-456-5993 Gini Davis, Physical Therapist, Crescent City Physical Therapy (Uptown/Metairie Clinics), has specialized in treatment of foot, ankle and lower extremity problems for more than 35 years and now offers women’s and men’s shoes with style and comfort to support healthy, pain-free feet. Gini can fabricate new orthotics, or fit your orthotics into new shoes. She and staff provide in-depth knowledge and customer service. See ad page 26.


4207 Dumaine St., New Orleans 504-484-7245 Need some pampering? We offer just that in our one on one sessions in hair, massage and aromatherapy. Patti Spring has 32 years of experience in helping clients to fulfill all their personal grooming and body maintenance goals. Come experience yourself as Live Art. See ad page 14.


Community Herbalist 504-872-9973


Dr. Roy Solomon, Metaphysician/Minister 671 Rosa Ave, Suite 214, Metairie 504-841-0188 Specializing in the healing of Mind, Body and Spirit. The Reconnection, Inner Child, Forgiveness, Meditation, FES, Monthly Education Classes, Teaching “You can if you will”.

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Holistic Energy Healing 504-352-6418 Energy Healing is an effective therapy of alternative medicine and holistic health. One releases negativity and gains positive energy! Become more healthy, and thrive at an accelerated pace! Healing occurs physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually!

INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE IRENE SEBASTIAN, M.D., Ph.D 401 Veterans Blvd, Suite 203 Metairie, LA 70005 504-838-9804

Offering a holistic approach to healthcare: Integrative Medicine, Homeopathy, Functional Medicine, Herbal Therapy, and Nutrition. See ad page 25.


Wellness Clinic 3749 N. Causeway, Metairie, LA 70002 504-834-1050 Integrative wellness clinic offering ayurveda consultation, cosmetic LASER procedures, bio-identical hormone therapy, non-surgical treatment for urinary incontinence, best natural supplements on the market, other medical spa services. See ad page 34.


Providing holistic consultations to foster well-being and support healing using herbal medicine, nutrition, and lifestyle choices. Address acute issues and constitutional imbalances by creating a personal wellness plan that incorporates medicinal herbs into your life.



232 Barry Ave, New Orleans, 70121 H 504-861-3011 * C 815-520-2891 With a holistic approach, Osteopathic Medicine effectively treats pain without the use of drugs. We treat fibromyalgia, cancer pain, birth trauma, arthritis, chronic head, neck, back, pelvic, and abdominal pain. Other modalities: Reiki, Bodytalk, Supplement Consultation. See ad page 29.

LIFE COACH Charly Borenstein-Regueira Certified Professional Life Coach Corporate & Life Coaching Services 7121 Walmsley Ave, Ste D, NOLA 70125 504-259-7726

Elite athletes and executives have coaches. Imagine how much more productive and fulfilling your life would be if you had your own Life Coach. You don’t have to imagine anymore, contact Charly today.


Shifu King Lam 8132 Willow St, Uptown 504-866-2241 Asian Arts to improve health, fitness, personal safety, rejuvenate energy. Achieve a better mind, body and spirit. Serving New Orleans community for 35 years. See ad page 19 and calendar for classes.

MASSAGE SCHOOLS BLUE CLIFF COLLEGE 3200 Cleary Ave. Metairie, LA. 70002 504-456-3141

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.


2124 Magazine St., NOLA 504-596-6540

ZukaBaby is a new shop specializing in cloth diapering, babywearing and handmade children’s items. Cloth diapering classes every Saturday. See calendar for other events. See ad page 30.


Nationally recognized weight loss & wellness expert, author of the book, Mending Your Metabolism. Stop treating symptoms and start getting well! Diabetes, blood sugar control, weight management, women’s health, detox, performance nutrition and more. Ask about our 12 week “Set on Success” Weight Loss to Wellness Program. End dieting forever!

DR. LISA MARIE CHAMBERS, ND Center For Functional Medicine 723 N. Causeway Blvd, Mandeville 985-237-0277 Accurate Clinic 2401 Vets Blvd, Ste 16, Kenner 504-472-6130

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.

NUTRITIONIST DANIELLE PACIERA, LDN, RD, CCN 3618 Magazine St, New Orleans 70115 504-889-8771

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 page 12.

REALTOR CHERYL GAUTIER, REALTOR, GREEN Dorian Bennet Sothebys Int Realty Cell 504-638-7441

Outgoing pet-friendly Realtor with a degree in fine art and a background in health food and natural remedies, caring for the needs of buyers, sellers and renters.

REIKI ELIZABETH OHMER PELLEGRIN, R.M.T. Reiki Master Teacher & Practitioner 504-388-2356 •



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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 page 31. • 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 page 7 and calendar for events/classes.



4842 Perrier St. New Orleans, LA 70115 504-899-0047

UNITY CHURCH OF METAIRIE 3939-B Veterans Blvd, Metairie (back entrance) 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 west of Cleary, entrance/parking in rear of bldg) Sunday service 11am.

STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION/ ROLFING Certified Advanced Practitioner 504 301 4641

29 years of bodywork experience. Rolf Method of Structural Integration, Massage, Personal Training. LA Lic #4062

TIANNE D. LASTRA Usui, Karuna & Rainbow Reiki Master


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 page 29.

SOLAR POWER EARTH SUPPLY, LLC 11 Davis Blvd., 70121 504-224-0246


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Offering 20 years experience in Usui Shiki Ryoho, upholding the highest standards in Reiki classes and Reiki sessions. Practitioner and Teacher of Australian Bush Flower Essence. Also providing Astra-Lite massage & Reiki tables – lightweight and easy to transport. See ad page 31 and calendar for classes.


Gambit’s ”Best Place to Take a Yoga Class” five 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 page 15 and calendar for events/ classes.

A state licensed school and Yoga Alliance registered teacher training certification program at the 200 hour and 500 hour levels. Visit website for more information. See ad page 15.



AMY ARCHINAL, RYT, PRYT Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy 504-899-6167

Life Counsellor 504-330-8380 Michele is today’s Medicine Woman, Natural Healer, Minister and Life Counsellor. Michele has a reputation of inspiring and showing how to bring purpose and joy back into people’s lives, along with health!

Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy combines meditation, assisted yoga postures, breathwork and clientcentered dialogue to promote selfawareness. Discover the wisdom of your body. See ad page 15.

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Natural Awakenings S.E. Louisiana March 2011  

Free magazine focused on health, wellness, fitness environment and sustainable living in S.E. Louisiana.

Natural Awakenings S.E. Louisiana March 2011  

Free magazine focused on health, wellness, fitness environment and sustainable living in S.E. Louisiana.