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n a recent visit with an aunt, we were talking about hormones and the havoc they can wreak if not kept in proper balance. My mother, who succumbed to breast cancer in her 50s, had been among the first to take prescribed synthetic hormones during menopause. Mom vowed she would not go through what her mother had experienced during the change of life and considered the hormones a miracle drug. Sadly, with the hindsight of long-term studies, we now know this wasn’t so. Hormone imbalance has affected me, as well, which is why I find Kathleen Barnes’ feature article, “The Hormone Balancing Act,” so compelling. Hormone issues can be present at any age and stage, not just midlife menopause, and men have their own hormone challenges (more on that next month). Barnes’ article explains how imbalances can develop from multiple factors, many related to lifestyle. The good news is that we also have many options to alleviate symptoms, including natural treatments and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Equally vital, it’s time to consider all that contributes to imbalanced lives—obesity, lack of exercise, poor diet, stress, insufficient sleep, exposure to toxic substances—which upset our health in more ways than just affecting hormone balance. With no one-size-fitsall solution, a holistic approach aimed at achieving optimal individual health is called for. May’s special Women’s Wellness issue also provides an overview of the latest popular, less invasive, more natural skincare treatments for combating signs of aging. No one need feel embarrassed by wanting to change or improve the way they look. Safe and effective aids exist; some are even relaxing. Good skincare is important to women and men alike. While caring for the outside, remember that exercise, mind-body practices and healthy foods make for happy longevity. May also brings wonderful events. On May 10, we have the first Annual Green Natties Awards at the Eiffel Society with a silent auction, and entertaining awards ceremony, with music by Freddie Omar and Band. I continue to be inspired by our local Green Games, a sustainability competition among area businesses committed to a workable future for our community and Planet Earth. We are also thrilled to have the New Orleans Chamber Foundation and LifeCity as co-sponsors. (Page 16 has ticket details.) On May 13, we’ll see you at the annual NOLA Veggie Fest at the New Orleans Healing Center (page 3).Three days of fun and music on three stages at Bayou Boogaloo begins May 18; stop by to say hi in the wellness tent (info in the news briefs and back cover). We wind up the month’s goodies with The Eat Local Challenge kickoff on May 30 at Rouses in the CBD in New Orleans (page 15). Rumor has it that this newest Rouses has a rooftop garden. Join us for some locally sourced refreshments and meet others that have said “Yes!” to the challenge (registration info on page 15). Wishing a happy Mother’s Day to all nurturing souls,

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n May 10 Addiction Recovery Resources, Inc. and Biobehavioral Medicine are inviting the community to attend the ribbon cutting and open house at their brand new 8,000 square foot building, located at 4933 Wabash St. in Metairie. The event will take place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Special guests, the Honorable Cynthia Lee-Sheng and Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul D. Connick, Jr. will be present to cut the ribbon. Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be given away. The spacious and state of the art facilities will offer a comfortable and nurturing environment for adults seeking to overcome the challenges of drug and alcohol addictions. Addiction Recovery Resources, Inc and Behavioral Medicine have offered professional treatment for addiction since 1994. For more information on programs offered, call 504-780-2766. See ad on page 12.

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he Flowering Lotus Meditation and Retreat Center in Magnolia Mississippi will present two retreats in May. On May 11 to 13, Carla Brennan will lead “The Breath of Well-Being” retreat. Awareness of breathing is the primary approach in many meditation traditions and considered the gateway to relaxation, balance and letting go. Brennan is an Insight Meditation teacher in Santa Cruz, CA. She is also an artist and former psychotherapist. Participants will explore their relationship to their breath using simple practices in both sitting and moving meditation. Noble Silence will be observed. May 25 to 27, “Feeding Your Demons: Application of the Four Noble Truths” with Sister Santussika, an American Therevadan Buddhist nun, will be featured. “Feeding Your Demons” is offered as a powerful method to effectively experience the first three noble truths: understanding suffering, letting go of its cause, and realizing its cessation. Participants will meditate, review the Four Noble Truths, practice “Feeding Your Demons,” share experiences, and explore how this practice can be applied to the wider scenario of suffering in the world. To learn more about the center and programs or to register, visit or call 504-905-4090. See ad on page 12.

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small, yet intriguing study published in Acupuncture in Medicine found that traditional Chinese acupuncture curbed the severity of hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms. Fifty-three middle-aged, postmenopausal women were divided into two groups; one received such treatments twice weekly for 10 weeks, while the other experienced “sham” acupuncture with blunt needles that did not penetrate the skin. In both groups, levels of estrogen and other hormones were measured before the study began and before and after the last session. Menopausal symptoms—hot flashes, vaginal dryness, urinary tract infections and mood swings—were also measured before and after the treatments, using a five-point menopause rating scale (MRS) in order to assess their severity. At the end of the study, the women receiving Chinese acupuncture scored significantly lower on the MRS scale, with hot flashes seeing the sharpest decrease. The researchers explain that acupuncture boosts production of endorphins, which may stabilize the temperature control system of the body. They say that more investigation is needed because the study was small, but note that its results seem promising, suggesting that traditional Chinese acupuncture could be an alternative for women unable or unwilling to use hormone replacement therapy to relieve menopausal symptoms.

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oraging and hunting skills, all but forgotten in the 21 st Century, are making a comeback. Local residents are embracing that ancient, primal art of searching for available, fresh food, albeit in an urban environment. Based on participants of the upcoming Eat Local Challenge, it still involves strategy, stealth, planning, maneuvering, and acceptance that the result may not be expected, but satisfying nonetheless. Last summer, Caroline Heylman decided to make a change– to eat local foods. She planned her meals, shopped at a farmers’ market, and found farms that sold fresh eggs, milk and chicken she could afford. Her descriptions resemble foraging missions – unknown territory, discovery and new experiences around each bend. For $25, she got a box of surprise vegetables weekly from the market; then she looked elsewhere for ingredients to go along with them. If she found a bargain, that would be the foundation of the meal, like when a $3 bag of bruised tomatoes was transformed into tomato sauce.

“Overall I came out with a great understanding of how seasonal, local products really do taste better,” Heylman said. “You don’t have to have as many ingredients in a dish if the ingredients you do have are flavorful and fresh. We are lucky to live in a city that is so close to so many great natural resources, and I can’t wait to challenge myself again this June.” For a second year, New Orleanians have the unique opportunity to dedicate an entire month to the search and discovery of local food. The Eat Local Challenge organizes tours, field trips, parties, and a blog for participants to post their experiences and recipes (this year on Facebook). There will also be a scavenger hunt for trees that fruit, and the opening of a new farmers market at the OCH Art Market held on the second Saturday of every month, located at 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. The Eat Local Challenge is the brainchild of history buff and home renovator Lee Stafford, an Alexandria , Louisiana native who received a history


Lee Stafford degree at Tulane University in the 1980’s before starting a screenprinting business and renovating homes around the city. His biggest project currently is the commercial building on O.C. Haley Blvd. that houses the OCH Art Market and the Zeitgeist theater, which features independent films and documentaries. “O.C. Haley is a local asset that was being squandered,” Stafford said. “I am interested in beautifying these assets, preserving them and learning about their history. … Most of America doesn’t have a story this rich.” He felt the same about food, especially

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the history of the food indigenous to Louisiana. Two years ago, when he saw a reality TV show based in Canada where residents of a small town committed to 100 days of eating only food that came from within 100 miles. This effort was based on the book Plenty by Alisa Smith. Stafford was convinced that, if it could be done in British Columbia, it could be done in New Orleans, where produce is plentiful and the seafood catch is like no other. “We live at the heart of Mississippi River farmland and Gulf of Mexico resources,” he said. “… This was right after the [BP] oil spill, when the shrimp industry was in trouble – we needed to recognize how valuable our local resources are.” So he thought up the Eat Local Challenge as an excuse to change his diet, and encourage others to follow suit. A group effort helps all participants stay on track and allows for workshops, gettogethers around food, and other activities. At the time, Stafford was not a farmers market shopper, he said. “I had no idea what local foods were, but I appreciated good food and the culture of the region – and I was curious,” he said. “I knew it was good for my health, the local economy, and the environment, and it would help me build connections with local growers and producers.” He quickly discovered that eating local wasn’t a piece of cake. He figured out how to make cucumber and watermelon smoothies and crawfish omelets, but after a few days he realized he had to start thinking ahead. “I did not prepare,” he said. “The farmers markets supply almost everything [you need] to get by. But I found myself waiting for the market to open, and that I needed to stock up on a wider variety of food.” Stafford also had to get used to cooking. He wanted to learn, though, and found he could get creative. He had discoveries and breakthroughs, and felt more independent. “I am in control - I make my own decisions about what I eat,” he said, acknowledging that there were limits based on availability. Beyond that, the only limit is the imagination. “Once you get into it you find out it’s easy,” he said. “And you get into asking the question where does our food come from?” Notably, Stafford and other participants found that the cost was about the same in the end. Heylman said she wasted less food because she only bought what she needed, and she didn’t eat out as much, which saved her money. Meat, chicken and dairy were the more expensive items, Stafford said, but this year the event is partnering with a new butcher shop to help participants satisfy their protein needs without breaking the bank. In addition to a Facebook page and blog, the Challenge will also be documenting the experiences of participants with YouTube videos. There will be a pre-set calendar of events, including workshops, tours, and other activities that integrate other like-minded groups and business. Stafford, who said 350 people participated last year, has set a goal of 5,000 for the June 2012 event.

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ormones rule our lives; it’s a simple fact of biochemistry. In their role as the body’s chemical messengers, hormones affect every human biological system. Without them, nothing works correctly. Women’s hormonal systems are as complex as men’s, although vastly different. They govern reproduction, plus every aspect of health—including metabolizing food, proper immune function, physical and emotional responses to stress and the aging of cells.

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Puberty and the early reproductive years should be the physical peak of a young woman’s life; when she is physically active and full of energy and youthful health. It’s also the time when breasts develop, hips widen, pubic hair appears, menstruation begins, and she becomes

capable of pregnancy. The good news is that several studies by the National Cancer Institute and the University of California, Los Angeles, have shown that regular exercise undertaken at this age results in lower estrogen levels throughout a woman’s life, greatly reducing her risk of breast cancer and other hormonal cancers. Yet, C.W. Randolph, Jr., a leading bioidentical hormone physician and co-author of From Hormone Hell to Hormone Well, reports that the ideal hormonal balance is routinely upset today. Culprits are obesity among young American women and the everyday presence of toxic estrogenic chemicals in today’s dairy products and meat, personal care products, plastics, food containers, pesticides and herbicides, as well as car exhaust. “These compounds often have chemical structure similar to estrogen and

Major Female Hormones d Estrogen is produced by the ovaries, adrenal glands and in several other parts of the female body. It is responsible for physical maturation, including development of breasts, regulation of the menstrual cycle and preparing the uterus to receive a fertilized embryo.

d Luteinizing hormone governs the ovaries’ production of estrogen and progesterone.

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d Testosterone is present in women, although in far lower levels than in men. It serves as a component of healthy sexual desire and in maintenance of healthy bones and muscles.


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can act like estrogen when introduced into the body,” Randolph explains. “Over time, these substances can increase estrogen in the body, potentially causing problems.” Categorized as xenoestrogens, these hormone disruptors can cause rapid growth in breast tissue and have been blamed for the appearance of breast tissue and even milk production in girls as young as 18 months and the early onset of puberty, particularly among AfricanAmerican girls. They are also suspected in the rising incidence of breast cancer in younger women today.

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Women in their reproductive years often experience extreme stress in struggling to balance family, work, relationships and a need for personal growth, along with economic challenges. Women’s health expert Dr. Christiane Northrup, author of The Wisdom of Menopause, blames the stress of modern lifestyles for hormone disruptions in women in their childbearing years. “The stress hormones cortisol and epinephrine can have long-term effects on all other hormones,” advises Northrup. Concurrently, many women sacrifice self-nurturance in order to nurture others. The first result is often premenstrual syndrome (PMS), which Northrup calls

Ways to Avoid Manmade Estrogens d Choose organic milk and dairy products. d Eat organic meats and wild-caught fish. d Avoid canned foods and plastic water and soda bottles. d Do not use lawn or garden chemical pesticides or herbicides. d Shed outdoor shoes before entering the house. d Avo i d f u r n i t u r e m a d e f r o m medium-density fiberboard (MDF) and synthetic carpeting; these materials outgas toxic chemicals. d Use natural household-cleaning products, including baking soda and vinegar. d Choose natural personal care products, including shampoos, lotions and cosmetics. a “lifestyle disease.” “We know that this problem seems to worsen with each subsequent child. That made the connection for me,” she adds, “that with growing families and responsibilities, women no longer take care of themselves as well; no longer get the amount of exercise they once did. The body is quite forgiving in their 20s, much less so in their 30s.” Part of the result is the attempt to reduce stress levels by eating high-fat and high-sugar comfort foods. Weight gain, blood sugar imbalances and sex hormone imbalances follow. “Excess blood sugar changes the way estrogen, progesterone and testosterone are metabolized,” Northrup explains. “PMS and other problems of the reproductive years often go away when you get your blood sugar balanced, but—here’s the rub—you won’t get it rebalanced unless you are addressing the very real stressors in your life.” Due to the presence of xenoestrogens and Americans’ general fondness for processed comfort foods, women in their childbearing years are also increasingly afflicted by polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a condition characterized by

overproduction of testosterone and other male hormones. Insulite Laboratories, in Louisville, Colorado, reports that infertility and early onset Type 2 diabetes, another hormonal imbalance problem, are closely connected to PCOS. The first priority for every woman at any age, counsels Northrup, is to get blood sugar (glucose) under control. “Get a glucometer. You don’t need a prescription. If your blood sugar level isn’t between 80 and 90 in the morning, you need to look at your diet and lifestyle. Getting this under control will create hormonal balance in the vast majority of women. It’s so simple.”


The next hormonal shift overlaps with a woman’s reproductive years. Symptoms of perimenopause, or the start of menopause and the end of childbearing years, typically show up between the early and late 30s. These range from hot flashes, night sweats and insomnia to weight gain, fuzzy thinking and redistribution of hair on the body. Again, the presence of xenoestrogens and stress contribute.

Women of other cultures rarely experience the intensity of perimenopausal symptoms that Western women report. So does that make perimenopause a lifestyle disease, as well? Emphatically yes, says Holly Lucille, a doctor of naturopathy, registered nurse and past president of the California Naturopathic Doctors Association. “Diet and lifestyle are absolutely essential to a healthy hormonal system,” which she explains in her book, Creating and Maintaining Balance: A Woman’s Guide to Safe, Natural, Hormone Health. “The biochemistry of the body is based on vitamins and minerals. If we compromise food and lifestyle choices, we are not getting the nutrients necessary to have a healthy endocrine system.” We i g h t g a i n i s a p a r t i c u l a r concern during perimenopause. In their book, From Belly Fat to Belly Flat, Dr. Randolph and Genie James, cofounders of the Natural Hormone Institute, advocate a specific eating plan to override belly fat and related accumulating effects of excess estrogen. “In perimenopause, progesterone production usually declines rapidly, more than 120 times faster than

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Seven Steps to Address Perimenopausal Symptoms 1. Good diet that’s heavy on organic foods and low in saturated fats 2. Vitex, or chasteberry, to increase progesterone naturally and help balance excess estrogen 3. Black cohosh extract, like that found in Remifemin, to control hot flashes and night sweats 4. Blood sugar stability

estrogen or testosterone production. That’s what aggravates the symptoms,” Randolph notes. “Because women in perimenopause are usually still menstruating, they think their hormones are okay.” “The more body fat you have, the more estrogen tips the hormonal imbalance,” says Lucille. “Those fat cells hold on to toxins and place more burden on the liver, making it unable to effectively metabolize those extra estrogens,” which are stored in body fat and brought into the body as xenoestrogens. “At the end of the day, estrogen is a messenger, and its message is to tell cells to grow and

Foods to Reduce Estrogen Dominance d Cruciferous vegetables and green leafy vegetables with indole-3carbinol to decrease xenoestrogens, including broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, spinach, celery and kale; two to three servings a day d Any citrus fruits, which have d-limonene to promote estrogen detoxification; one serving a day d Insoluble fiber as an estrogen binder, such as oats, berries, dried beans and apples; two servings a day d Lignans as estrogen binders, such as flaxseed, sesame seeds and flaxseed oil; two to three tablespoons a day Source: From Belly Fat to Belly Flat, by Dr. C.W. Randolph, Jr., and Genie James 20

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5. Stress management, as well as adrenal support via an adrenal glandular supplement 6. Regular exercise 7. Bioidentical hormone replacement, if symptoms become too uncomfortable Source: Creating and Maintaining B a l a n c e : A Wo m a n ’s G u i d e t o Safe, Natural, Hormone Health, by Dr. Holly Lucille proliferate. That’s what we don’t want.” When estrogen becomes dominant, several things happen, including a more rapid release of insulin from the pancreas, which triggers sugar cravings. “It’s not a willpower problem,” Randolph assures. “Too much estrogen causes you to pack on the pounds in the belly area, and belly fat produces more estrogen. It’s a vicious cycle.” Lucille considers perimenopause the opposite of puberty and counsels, “While we are dealing with these changes, bringing some hormones on board for a short time can be a valuable tool.” However, she cautions, replacing anything isn’t the issue. “You have to look at the big picture,” she avers. “Putting hormones into a toxic body is like putting gas into a dirty gas tank. We have to restore function first.” Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) has been a boon for millions. Results of the Women’s Health Initiative, a national study of women’s health between 1991 and 2002, involving more than 160,000 postmenopausal women ages 50 to 79, sparked more widespread use early in the 21st century, when research began to show the dire consequences of synthetic hormone replacement. The Million Woman Study of British women also found that taking synthetic hormones at menopause doubled the risk of breast cancer for women. Northrup calls bioidenticals “nature’s ideal design,” due to the prescription of individually tailored doses, custom-made by compounding pharmacies. Although these are rarely covered by insurance, estradiol-only patches may be; however, additional progesterone and testosterone

may still be necessary, depending on test results, according to Northrup.


If a woman has had no menstrual periods for 12 months, she is considered to be in menopause. However, Lucille asserts, “Menopause is not a disease.” Northrup touts menopause as the most creative and precious time of a woman’s life; it is often a time of spiritual awakening and self-fulfillment. “When the female brain passes menopause, the brain changes,” advises Northrup. “In a sense, we move from alternating current to direct current; I believe that this is the way the brain encodes wisdom.” “Yet there are women in their 60s that are still having hot flashes. What should they do?” queries Northrup. Natural alternatives exist that are safe and effective. “Many herbs have been used for millennia that have estrogen-like properties, but do not have estrogen’s side effects,” Northrup says. “There is huge confusion about this: Plant hormones have different structures than mammalian hormones and cannot act as growth hormones. If you have too much estrogen, these plant hormones can actually protect against excess stimulation.” Her favorite is pueraria mirifica, which has helped relieve perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms in 80 percent of her patients within days. (Because the method of harvesting and processing supports effectiveness, Northrup likes Solgar brand PhytoGen.) She also uses maca, from Peru, for its phytoestrogens, vitex, black cohosh and omega-3 fatty acids such as those found in salmon for ongoing hot flashes. “Some women go through these years and truly take their place as women of wisdom and power. They don’t need any additional hormone support; they have enough life energy coming,” comments Northrup. “Others may need to take some kind of hormone support their entire lives. Either way, no one should suffer.” Kathleen Barnes is a natural health advocate, author and publisher. User’s Guide to Natural Hormone Replacement i s a m o n g h e r m a ny b o o k s . V i s i t

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As a certified Happiest Baby educator, mother of three and owner of Gummy Giggles Baby Boutique, in Yukon, Oklahoma, Lori Simmons provides parents with essential tools and knowledge to help calm unhappy babies. She notes that while dealing with a crying infant is simply part of being a parent, colic is a condition moms dread the most. Making the baby feel as if he or she is still in the womb is key, she advises. “People try to not make any noise, but the reality is, babies often cry because it’s too silent.” She recommends swaddling the baby, swaying and shushing quietly in the baby’s ear—all to mimic the comforts of the womb. The best advice that she gives any new parent is that it’s okay not to know everything. “Just listen to your instincts and understand that each child will learn and grow at his or her own pace,” she says. “Most importantly, relax and don’t sweat the small stuff.”

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According to Certified Life Coach Clare Seffrin Bond, although the adolescent years can be difficult, there’s plenty that parents can do to nurture teens and encourage responsible behavior. “The best parenting advice I ever received was from my mom, who encouraged me to grow into parenthood—taking it day by day, without the expectation that I would be proficient simply through the act of giving birth,” says this mother of two, in Richmond, Indiana. Rewarding relationships come through accepting the notion that children are individuals living their own journey, rather than extensions of their parents. “What parents see or feel in a situation is not necessarily what the child is experiencing,” Bond

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he common wisdom goes like this: that the myth of “some enchanted evening,” when all is awash with the thrill of connection and the aliveness of new romance, is actually a delusion… a hormonally manufactured lie. That soon enough, reality will set in and lovers will awaken from their mutual projections, discover the psychological work involved in two people trying to reach across the chasm of real-life separateness, and come to terms at last with the mundane sorrows of human existence and intimate love. In this case, the common wisdom is a lie. From a spiritual perspective, the scenario above is upside down. From a spiritual perspective, the original high of a romantic connection is thrilling because it is true. It is in fact the opposite of delusion. For in a quick moment, a gift from the gods, we are likely to suspend our judgment of the other, not because we are temporarily insane, but because we are temporarily sane. We are having what you might call a mini-enlightenment experience. Enlightenment is not unreal; enlightenment—or pure love—is all that is real. Enlightenment is when we see not as through a glass darkly, but truly faceto-face. What is unreal is what comes after the initial high, when the personality self reasserts itself and the wounds and triggers of our human ego form a veil across the face of love. The initial romantic high is not something to outgrow, so much as

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it’s kept away from the dog’s skin and the buzzing rush of air doesn’t cause anxiety. Plucking. Harsh-coated, non-shedding dogs such as the Cairn terrier should not be bathed; strip their coat instead. “Plucking removes the soft, dead undercoat, allows a healthy, vibrant coat to grow and maintains a proper rough texture that repels dirt and water,” explains Patti McCully, a Cairn breeder in Arvada, Colorado. “Baths soften the coat and would eliminate this autoclean feature. Stripping doesn’t hurt the dog. There’s no stinky smell, either.” Nails. If an owner is squeamish about cutting a dog’s nails too short, local rescue clinics often offer nail trims for a small donation. At home, use a handheld grinding tool with a dome safety feature from the hardware store, instead of graband-crunch clippers. “The easiest way to do a dog’s nails is to have the dog do it himself, dragging its nails across a filing board,” counsels M. Shirley Chong, a clicker trainer in Grinnell, Iowa. “I teach people how to do this and it’s easy to train the dogs, because they enjoy it.” The trick is to put the board out of reach between supervised sessions ( Finally, when the family dog is having a bad hair day and time is an issue, a professional can save the day. Mobile groomers make house calls, and regular grooming contributes to a sweet-smelling dog.

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volunteer opportunities FLOWERING LOTUS MEDITATION AND RETREAT CENTER. Be a part of the development/ expansion of the only Buddhist oriented retreat center in the deep south. Only 1 1/2 hours from New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Jackson. All welcomed to our donation based retreat center. 504-905-4090 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: 985-892-7387, 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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sunday Daily Kundalini Yoga by Donation – 9am. Free 5am practice and 5pm meditation. Kundalini yoga is the yoga of awareness. Clear the obstacles that limit life and awaken to fullest potential. Beautiful community Space. Divine Yoga, 1223 Baronne St and 1228 O.C. Haley Blvd. Contact:   Beginners Yoga Class – 9:30-10:45am. Focus is on key themes of the practice and introductory poses. Assumes little or no yoga experience. Great for beginners and those needing to refresh basics. $15 drop in/$10 students. Freret Street Yoga, 4608 Freret St, NOLA. Info: 504-899-1142 or 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. Abundant Living Class begins at 12:30pm. 3939-2A, Veterans Blvd, Metairie (2 blocks west of Cleary, rear of Bldg). For more info call 504-885-7575. 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. Free. Jefferson Hwy at Clearview. For info: call Alan 504-606-8512.  New Orleans Chapter AMORC Rosicrucian’s – Meetings held every Sunday at our 2801 Loyola Ave. Suite 4, Kenner La 70062 Location. Call 504-472-5635

monday Yoga Diva/Harahan – 8am. Also at 1pm, 6:30 pm, & 8pm. Release, renew, realize in gentle Hatha yoga flows at new studio in Harahan. All Levels. Daily classes. Yoga Diva, 5700 Citrus Blvd, Harahan. (Upstairs in Curves). For details /to register: 504220-5325 or 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. Northshore Yoga – 6 pm. Drop-ins welcome. Fun w/ respect to all levels, promoting muscle health, balance, movement, needed relaxation w/stress-free environment. Mats/props provided. 1.5 hour @ $10. Yoga School, 603 S. Tyler St, Covington, 985-5027576 or

Gentle Yoga in MidCity – 6-7pm. Also 7:05-8:10pm & 8:15-9:30pm. Becky Bazile, 500RYT certified teacher. 6-week sessions, sessions ongoing. Registration required, space limited to 8 students. $60/ session or $12/walk-in (if space available). Yoga Village Studio 3443 Esplanade Ave. Nola.  Register/ Info: Becky 504-782-4432 or yogavillagenola@ Pilates Mat & Barre – 6:15-7pm.  Tone, lengthen and strengthen core muscles in this combination of Pilates mat work and ballet barre movements. Sometimes the smallest movements get the biggest results. Feel the difference. Transform NOLA, 8422 Oak St., Butoh Dance: Ancestral Whispers – 6-8pm. Do you hear the call to explore your deepest dance, to walk between the worlds, to go beyond human binds? ($13 drop in, $40 for 4 classes.) Divine Yoga Center, 1228 O.C. Haley Blvd.  Contact Odile, odilenicole@, 512.921.0464  Yoga504 in Lakeview – 6:30-7:30pm. Grow with the trees and set with the sun. Come on an empty stomach, bring mat and water. No class if rain. Suggested donation: $10. Between Pontchartrain Blvd and West End Blvd. 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@ Restorative Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. Come unwind after your Monday. Great for beginners. 1st class free, $10 drop-in or $40 punch card for 5 classes. Healing Within at Heart Pines Studio, 2800 East Gause Blvd, Slidell. Info: 985-326-0965. Zumba – 6:45-7:45pm. Dance your cares away. Have fun and lose weight at the same time. 1st class free, $10 drop-in or $40 punch card for 5 classes. Healing Within at Heart Pines Studio, 2800 East Gause Blvd, Slidell. 985-326-0965 Restorative Yoga w/Michele – 7:30-8:30pm. General yoga class open to all levels. Poses focus on restoration, revival and soothing a tired body using supportive props and blankets to provide a safe environment. $15 drop-in. Namaste of Metairie, 4413 Chastant St, Metairie. Info: 504-484-9579.

tuesday Yoga for Athletes – 5:45-6:45am. Tues & Thurs. Power vinyasa class led by Lauren. An accessible, challenging, flowing style of yoga designed for runners who have tight hip, backs, and/or legs. Helps all athlets to improve performance. Warm room loosens up joints. Namaste of Metairie, 4413 Chastant St, Metairie. Call 504-484-9579.

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. Order Vintage Garden Soups – Order by noon Tuesday for delivery on wedneday. Fresh delicious savory soups developed by our chef. Options for special diets. Visit website on ad for soups of the week and delivery/pick-up options. Call 504-620-2495. 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). Northshore Yoga – 5:30-7pm. Beginners to intermediate hatha yoga, gentle tai chi warm up, meditation, breath work. Beginners welcome. $10.00 a class or $48.00 for 6.  Yoga School, 603 S. Tyler, Covington. Info Pat Wren 985-276-8599. New Empowerment Class – 7-9pm. Awaken your power within. Get all the love and joy you want, while raising your self-esteem and self-confidence. Transform the subconscious mind. Learn to wipe out negative messages in your head. Led by Mike Wittenbrink, MBA, Powerpath Academy. Love donation. Unity Temple, 3722 St Charles Ave, NOLA. Details: 504-339-0594 or Insight Meditation Group – 7:30-9pm. Meditaton practice and discussion. 2134 Magazine St., 3rd fl., New Orleans. Info: or call Larry at 504-343-8378.

wednesday Better Bottoms Merchandise Sales – 9am-3pm. Open to the public every Wed. Cloth Diapering Moms on site for questions and advice. Call to arrange for other dates or times. 1500 Edwards Ave, Ste F,  Harahan, 70123. 504-731-7500. 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. Guided Meditation – 10:30am-noon. Meditation is an excellent way to directly connect with your true inner self and with all divine energy to receive self-healing! Uptown Holistic Center, 723 Hillary, New Orleans. Call Dr. Jess Tregle: 504-352-6418. Free Concert at English Tea Room – 12:30-2:30pm. A free harpist concert every Wednesday in May. Breakfast, lunch and high tea served daily. A superg retail tea selection. The English Tea Room, 7634 Rutland St, Covington. 985-898-3988. 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 Edible City Gardens School Open House – 4-6pm. Meet Michele Claiborne, Today’s Medicine Woman & Founder of Edible City Gardens School and learn more on Kitchen Pharmacy and how to grow your own foods for nutritious and delicious easy meals. Free More Info: 504.330.8380.

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All Levels Hatha Yoga – 5-6:30pm. Beginners welcome and appropriate for intermediate and experienced practitioners. Asana, pranayama, mantra, mudra, maybe some Sanskrit and more. $10/class or $48/6. Yoga School, 603 S. Tyler St, Covington. Info: 985-892-4170 or 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@ Zumba – 6:45-7:45pm. Dance your cares away. Have fun and lose weight at the same time. 1st class free, $10 drop-in or $40 punch card for 5 classes. Healing Within at Heart Pines Studio, 2800 East Gause Blvd, Slidell. 985-326-0965 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 Kundalini Yoga w/ Steph – 7:30-9pm. By donation! Come relax into the yoga of pure awareness. Expand into yourself. Heal from within. Divine Yoga Center:  1228 O.C. Haley Blvd. Contact:

friday All Levels Yoga – noon-1pm. Modifications and variations on sun salutations and standing poses are taught so that everyone can practice in a way that feels challenging but not overwhelming. $15/ drop in; $10 students. Freret Street Yoga, 4608 Freret St., New Orleans. Contact: or 504-899-1142. or by phone

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. Morning Yoga – 8-9am – The perfect way to kick off your weekend. Guaranteed you will get the most out of your weekend after this class. 1st class free, $10 drop-in or $40 punch card for 5 classes. Healing Within at Heart Pines Studio, 2800 East Gause Blvd, Slidell. 985-326-0965 Crescent City Farmers Market – 8am-noon. Openair 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.

Tri-Yoga/Mid-City – 9am. A deep, relaxing, meditative class enjoying slow gentle flows. $15 per class or $48 per month. Triyoga New Orleans, 4436 Toulouse, Call Jennifer for info: 512-483-1127 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. Beginners Yoga Class – 9:30-10:45am. Focus is on key themes of the practice and introductory poses. Assumes little or no yoga experience. Great for beginners and those needing to refresh basics. $15 drop in/$10 students. Freret Street Yoga, 4608 Freret St, NOLA. Info: 504-899-1142 or gr@ Yoga Class – 9:30am. Start your day in a positive frame of mind with a restorative experience. American Can (next to X-Trainers), 3700 Orleans Ave, Mid-City. $15 walk-ins/packages available. Info: 504-482-2FIT. Capoeira Angola w/ Donovan Miller – 10am-noon. By donation. Learn the Brazilian martial art at this beautivul community space. Divine Yoga Center, 1228 O.C. Haley Blvd. Contact:


Hollygrove Market & Farm – 10am-2pm. 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).

Opening Your Heart to Love – 11am-Noon. Choose to unblock the flow of love and life. For those grieving from a loss or blocked from love. 1st class free, $10 drop-in or $40 punch card for 5 classes. Healing Within at Heart Pines Studio, 2800 East Gause Blvd. Slidell, LA 985-326-0965

Sankofa Farmers Market – 10am-2pm. Weekly market in the Ninth Ward offering fresh produce, seafood, baked goods, and plants from local farmers and fishermen. 3500 St.Claude Avenue, corner of Gallier St.

Empowerment Hour – Noon. 2nd floor, New Orleans Healing center. $5 suggested donation. Call 504-264-3292. Crescent City Farmers Market – 3-7pm. Farmers Market at 3700 Orleans Ave, American Can Co. building, New Orleans, rain or shine. TriYogaNOLA/Mid-City – 6:30pm. A gentle, flowing class in our special setting, to strengthen and condition your body and mind. 4436 Toulouse. Call Karen: 504-220-5325.

Align and Refine – 6:30-7:45pm. This yoga class is perfect for the student ready to take their yoga to the next level. 1st class free, $10 drop-in or $40 punch card for 5 classes. Healing Within at Heart Pines Studio, 2800 East Gause Blvd, Slidell. 985-326-0965 A Course in Miracles – 6:30-8pm. Offered by Dr. Gary Arnold continuously in New Orleans since 1988. Free and open to the public. Location: Unity Church of Metairie, 3303 Richland, Ste. 2A, Metairie, LA 70002


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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.

Crossroads Arts Bazaar – 11am.-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. Transform Kids – 2-2:30pm Sprouts (3-6 yr olds) 3:30pm Trees (7-12 yr olds). Children are natural yogis. Enhance their mind-body connection with yoga. 5-class package for $50. Transform NOLA, 8422 Oak St., 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. Yoga504 in Lakeview – 6:30-7:30pm. Grow with the trees and set with the sun. Come on an empty stomach, bring mat and water. No class if rain. Suggested donation: $10. Between Pontchartrain Blvd and West End Blvd.

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Swedish Massage Clinic – 6:15pm & 7:45pm. (also 5/8 & 5/29). 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. Overcoming Fear for Actors Workshop – 6:308:30pm. (also 5/22). Presented by Harmonious You. $40 (cash,check,paypal). Please pre-register. At Affordable Healing Arts –AHA!, 2372 St. Claude Ave, #220, NOLA. To register call: 504-669-1020. C. G. Jung Society – 7:30 pm. The Epic of Evolution: Our 21st-Century Mythic Story, presented by Kathleen O’Gorman, PhD. Through film and discussion we’ll explore the emergent epic story of our times. 2 CEUs for LPCs. $10/free to members. Parker Methodist, 1130 Nashville Avenue, NOLA.

Saturday Morning Massage Clinics – 9:15am & 10:45am. (also 5/12, 5/19, 5/26). Help a student with their education at the student massage clinic. Swedish 5/5 & 5/19, Deep Tissue 5/12, Neuromuscular Therapy 5/26. $30/by appointment. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info: 504-293-0972. 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 Sts in good weather, and inside near the massage table in bad weather.



Illuminate Together – 10am. Gathering of spiritual entrepreneurs meet monthly at the Fair Grinds Coffee Shop, 3133 Ponce De Leon St, New Orleans to share ideas on how to create ideal businesses, support one another and meet other members of the community. Info: Michelle 504-383-4668 or Deep Tissue Massage Clinic – 12:45pm & 2:15pm. (also 5/4, 5/9, 5/16, 5/18). 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. New Orleans Chapter AMORC Rosicrucian’s – 7-8pm (also 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30). Open House / Open Forum. 2801 Loyola Ave. Suite 4, Kenner, La. Info: 504-472-5635. The Secret of Successful Relationships – 7:309:30pm. Cary Bayer, N.Y. based life coach introduces “Relationship Aerobics,” showing how to use the Law of Attraction to draw more love into one’s life. Suggested love offering $15 before April 30/$25 after. Unity Church of Metairie, 3939 Veterans Blvd, enter at rear of bldg. Info: 504-885-7575.


Deep Tissue Massage Clinic – 6:15pm & 7:45pm. (also 5/24, 5/31). 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.


Ultimate Kitchen Commando Food Demo – 1:30pm. Jodi Brown will be preparing Raw Strawberry Cheesecake Pudding with Double Chocolate Pecan Crumble (raw, gluten free & dairy free) at the Food Heritage Stage at Jazz Fest. New Orleans Fair Grounds, NOLA.


Judy Stock Performance – 11am. Song writer and performer extraordinaire at Unity of Metairie, 3939 Veterans Blvd, Metairie. Entrance from rear parking lot. Info: 504-885-7575. Gentle/Restorative Yoga – 6-7pm, 7:05-8:10pm, 8:15-9:30pm. New Session begins with Becky Bazile, 500 RYT, Certified Yoga Teacher. Classes done in 6-week sessions. Sessions are ongoing. Space limited to 8 students, pre-register. $60/session or $12 walk-ins. 3443 Esplanade Ave. NOLA. Info/ Register: 504-782-4432.


Heal Your Life Support Group – 6:30-8:30pm. Harness the power of affirmations and loving yourself to transform your life in this support group based on Louise Hay’s book You Can Heal Your Life. Facilitated by Peggy Billeaudeau-Bueche and Carolee Laffoon. Free, donations to church appreciated. Unity Church of Baton Rouge, La. Tai Chi group class – 7-8pm. Reduce stress, relieve pain, gain flexibility and balance. Improve the quality of life. To celebrate Women’s Wellness we are offering a Free Intro program of 3 classes, valued at $59. Reserve space by 5/7. Tamashii Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St, NOLA. Info: 504-866-2241. Holistic Education Meeting/Metairie – 7:30pm. Sponsored by the Holistic Center for Health and Healing Inc. Speaker: David Harrison on past life regression. Discussion follows. Free/open to public. Metairie Library, 2350 Metairie Rd. Questions to:


Tai Chi group class – 9:30am-10:20am. Reduce stress, relieve pain, gain flexibility and balance. Improve the quality of life. To celebrate Women’s Wellness we are offering a Free Intro program of 3 classes, valued at $59. Reserve space by 5/9. Tamashii Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St, NOLA. Info: 504-866-2241. Herbilicious Lite at Passionate Platter – 6pm. Louisiana favorites – BBQ shrimp, cheesy grits, green tomatoes, remoulade, bananas Foster. Linda Franzo teaches how to make them lite in calories; not in taste. Passionate Platter, 2104 First St., Slidell. Details and to register: 985-781-4372.

Green Natties Awards – 6-9pm. Join NOLA’s sustainable business community in a celebration of the completion of the first year of the Green Games. Food, Drinks, Music by Freddie Omar, Silent Auction and an entertaining awards ceremony. $30 before May 1; $40 at door; students $25. Purchase tickets on-line. At the Eiffel Society, 2040 St. Charles Ave. See ad on page XXX for link or call 504-330-2157. Neuromuscular Therapy Clinic – 6:15pm & 7:45pm. (also 5/15, 5/22). Help a student with their education at the student massage clinic. NMT is a partial body massage focused on a specific problem area. $30/by appointment only. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info: 504-293-0972.


Swedish Massage Clinic – 12:45pm & 2:15pm. (also 5/25) 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. The Breath of Wellbeing Retreat – 3pm. Carla Brennan, Insight Meditation teacher visiting from Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. Explore the relationship to breath and discover how it can keep us grounded and focused in the here and now. Flowering Lotus Retreat Center, Magnolia, MS. Info/ Register: 504-905-4090. Spring Cleanse Kickoff Meeting – 7pm. 10 or 21 day cleanse lead by Michelle Tanner, Certified Holistic Health Counselor. Receive Cleanse Workbook, Daily Journal Pages, Food List, Exclusive Cleanse Facebook Group Access for Unlimited Support, Conclusion Meeting/Integration Tips. Cleanse starts May 12. $75 for 10-day, $130 for 21-day. Register/ Info: 504-655-6010.


Cloth Diapers 101 – 9-10am. Learn about modern cloth diapers, how to care for them, pros and cons, hands on demonstration. $20 for 2 family members. Receive a $20 coupon off of a purchase of $100 for attending. Registration required. ZukaBaby, 2124 Magazine St, NOLA. Info: 504-596-6540. OCH Art Market – 10am-3pm. Local arts & crafts, food, fresh juices and raw foods from Surrey’s; even a bike repair workshop! 2nd Sat each month. 1618 Oretha C. Haley Blvd, Central City, NOLA. Mother’s Day High Tea – 9am-6pm. Breakfast, lunch and high tea served all day. Superb tea selection. Call for reservations for Mother’s Day. The English Tea Room, 734 Rutland St, Covington. Call 985-898-3988. NOLA Veggie Fest – 10am-6pm. (also 5/13 10am5pm) Over 2 Days there will be Speakers, Cooking Demonstrations, Movie Showing, “Vegucated” and much more. Open to public, $10 Adults, $6 Teen, Free 12 & under, Movie $4. New Orleans Healing Center, 2723 St. Claude, NOLA. Russell Harris Talks Dirt/Parkway Partners – 10am. LSU Agricultural Agent Russell Harris talks about how to analyze and remediate soil for optimum growing conditions with an emphasis on sustainable methods. Available at the Greenhouse: LA SuperPlants, warm-season vegetables, herbs, shady bedding and sunny butterfly plants. Open 9am-Noon. Parkway Partners Greenhouse, 1137 Baronne St, NOLA.

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Men’s Health

Conscious Connected Breathing Presents – 10am5pm. Breathwork for Self Care Part One. Approved by the LA Board of Massage Therapists for a maximum of 6 CEU credits. Blue Cliff College Houma Campus, Houma, La. Info/Register: 985-601-4000. Mothers & Daughters Tea – 10:30am. Everything’s coming up roses. How to’s on growing roses. How to propagate and take home a rose cutting. Tea, talk and garden tour: $35. The Passionate Platter, 2104 First Street, Slidell. For details and to register: 985-781-4372. Prosperity Workshop by Harmonious You – 12:302:30pm. (also 5/26 & 6/9). Awaken your prosperity mindset; assess limitations & improve self-worth, be open to abundance. Creating magnets for $$. Use vibrations and money consciousness implementation. At Affordable Healing Arts –AHA!, 2372 St. Claude Ave, #220, NOLA. To register call: 504-669-1020. 


Kitchen Pharmacy Workshop - 4-5pm. Michele Claiborne, Today’s Medicine Woman & Founder of Edible City Gardens School will be speaking & demonstrating how to heal from our own Kitchen. Also a Healthy Recipes from Easy Home Grown Foods Workshop: food demonstrations on simple, easy to prepare nutritious and delicious meals at Veggie Fest, New Orleans Healing Center. For More info: 504.330.8380.

504-330-2157 markyourcalendar SANSKRIT LANGUAGE & THE YOGA SUTRAS

Weekend Retreat with Nicolai Bachman 6/8/12 @ 1pm thru 6/10/12 @ 2pm Delve deep into the language and philosophy of yoga Sessions with author and master teacher, Nicolai Bachman River’s Retreat Center ,Covington, LA. $395 (tuition, lodging and meals) Sponsored by Southern Star Yoga Center

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Summer Registration - For Karate and Tai Chi programs for men, women, teens and children. Keep physically fit, improve quality of life, and learn self defense. Tamashii Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St, NOLA. Info: 504-866-2241. Holistic Education Meeting/Covington – 7-8pm. Sponsored by the Holistic Center for Health and Healing Inc. Speaker: Glenn Davis, Master Herbalist on Balancing the Body’s Chemistry. Discussion follows. Covington Council Chambers, 222 Kirkland St, Covington. Free/Open to public. More info: 985-630-2652.


Dr. Paul Harch Speaks on Brain Injury Treatment – 4-6pm. A meeting of the Brain Injury Association of Louisiaa (BIALA). Dr. Harch will speak on use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in treating brain injury. Humanities Center, 938 Lafayette St, NOLA. Free. Space limited, must register. CEUs pending approval. Register by email:


7th Annual Bayou Boogaloo – 3 day (5/18-5/20) festival of food, art, music and fun events for the whole family. Takes place along Bayou St. John. See news briefs in this issue for details.





Party in the Garden – 6-9pm. Sample food and cocktails of over 20 local chefs and mixologists among the fruit and vegetable gardens of Hollygrove Market & Farm. Raffle, live and silent auction. Tickets: $40. Purchase early, limited tickets. 8301 Olive St, NOLA. For tickets call 504-483-7037 or email:

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Tai Chi group class – 9:30-10:20am. Reduce stress, relieve pain, gain flexibility and balance. Improve the quality of life. To celebrate Women’s Wellness we are offering a free intro program of 3 classes, valued at $59. Reserve space by 5/14. Tamashii Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St, NOLA. Info: 504-866-2241. Spring Pastas & Dessert – 6pm. This could be a hands on class. $45. The Passionate Platter, 2104 First St., Slidell. Details and to register: 985-781-4372. The Summer Garden – Time TBA. Grow Mo’ Betta presents, Jeanne Firth on summer gardening at Grow Dat Youth Farm, City Park, NOLA. Open to public, $5/person, free for members of New Orleans Food & Farm Network. Info: 504-483-6967.

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May 10th-13th First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans

Introduction to Vedic Astrology – 7pm-9pm. Presented by Dennis M. Harness, Ph.D, Professional Astrologer visiting from Sedona, AZ. Vedic Astrology can reflect the soul’s blueprint regarding health, career, relationships and spiritual growth. $10/person at the door. Yoga School, 603 Tyler Rd. Covington, La. Info: 504-782-4432. Conscious Connected Breathing Presents – 10am5pm. Breathwork for Self Care Part One. Approved by the LA Board of Massage Therapists for a maximum of 6 CEU credits. Blue Cliff College Metairie Campus, Clearview Mall, across from food court. Info/Register: 504-293-0972. Yoga504 Manifestation Workshop – 4-6pm. Discover your purpose, apply the power of attraction, create a vision board, learn 5 steps to get results. Bring old magazines and your happy soul. Hosted by April Stolf, NLP Life Coach. $25/person. Space is limited. Bodhisattva Tea Spa, 3021 N. Arnoult St, Metairie. Register: 504.982.9642.


“Developing Your Remote Viewing Skills Using Breathwork” with Dr. Gary Arnold and Jack Fontana   Sat. May 26th – 10am to 5pm   Unity Church of Metairie, Metairie LA. Develop the practical expression of your Intuition.  Discover how the technology of Remote Viewing can help you reach your true potential.

5212 S. Claiborne Ave. NOLA 70125

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Overcoming Creative Blocks Workshop – 6:308:30pm. Presented by Harmonious You. $40 (cash, check or paypal). At Affordable Healing Arts-AHA! , New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave., #220. Must pre-register: 504-669-1020.


Heal Your Life Support Group – 6:30-8:30pm. Harness the power of affirmations and loving yourself to transform your life in this support group based on Louise Hay’s book You Can Heal Your Life. Facilitated by Peggy Billeaudeau-Bueche and Carolee Laffoon. Free, donations to church appreciated. Unity Church of Baton Rouge.


Neuromuscular Therapy Clinic – 12:45pm & 2:15pm (also 5/30). Help a student with their education at the student massage clinic. NMT is a partial body massage focused on a specific problem area. $30/by appointment only. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info: 504-293-0972. Summer Registration - For Karate and Tai Chi programs for men, women, teens and children. Keep physically fit, improve quality of life, and learn self defense. Tamashii Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St, NOLA. Info: 504-866-2241.


Feeding Your Demons Retreat – (5/25-5/27). Application of the Four Noble Truths with Sister Santussika, American Therevadan Buddhist Nun. Students will meditate, review the Four Noble Truths, practice Feeding Your Demon and share experiences. Flowering Lotus Retreat Center, Magnolia, MS. Info/ Register: 504-905-4090. Candlelight Meditation and Restorative Yoga – 7-8:30 pm. Appropriate for all levels. Sitting meditation followed by a restorative yoga practice designed to get rid of the week’s tensions and help you begin the weekend with a smile! Transform NOLA, 8422 Oak St, NOLA. Info: 985-640-2648. Tea Tasting – Tasting are held the fourth Friday each month. Bodhisattva Tea Spa, 3021 N. Arnoult Rd, Metairie, La. Info: 504-888-9299.


Cloth Diapers 101 – 9-10am. Learn about modern cloth diapers, how to care for them, pros and cons, hands on demonstration. $20 for 2 family members. Receive a $20 coupon off of a purchase of $100 for attending. Registration required. ZukaBaby, 2124 Magazine St, NOLA. Info: 504-596-6540. Intuitive Training and Breathwork – 10am-5pm. With Dr. Gary Arnold and Jack Fontana. Location in New Orleans to be announced. Info/Register: 800-472-1320.


New Orleans Chapter AMORC Rosicrucian’s – 1pm. Council of Solace, 1:30pm. Pronaos Convocation Rehearsal, 2pm. Pronaos Convocation Ritual, 3pm. TMO Home Oratory. 2801 Loyola Ave. Suite 4, Kenner, La. Info: 504-472-5635.

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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 34.

acupuncture ACUPUNCTURE IN NOLA COMMUNITY CLINIC 3624 Magazine St., New Orleans 504-224-1069

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POISSON ROUGE GITE Folsom, LA 504-782-4917


Louisiana Lic.# ACA.200012 530 E. Rutland St., Covington 985-869-3299

Acupuncture Works! It is a safe, drug-free approach to managing many common health concerns. Specializing in herbal medicine, pain, stress, women’s health, and more.


LA Lic.# ACA.200032 3624 Magazine St., New Orleans 504-224-1069

A farm B&B experience just one hour from New Orleans. Farm related activities, swimming, spa services, and reconnective healing. Rooms available for nightly rental in the solarpowered main house. Call (504)782-4917 or visit See ad on page 27.


Acupuncture is gentle and effective. Tonya offers Acupuncture and Oriental medicine in a relaxing environment. She is experienced in the treatment of pain, stress and allergies, plus many more conditions. Call to schedule an appointment.

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 12.

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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.


Dr. Kevin Le Blanc, ND, MMP, LMT # LA2487 504-535-9771 Greater New Orleans + Pacific NW

We are a result-oriented practice incorporating different modalities specific to each Client and Session. Find your Joy in Living with relief from pain and stress. Discover your Source of energy, clarity, flexibility, and vibrant health. See ad on page 17.


Letrice Barber-Hayes, LA Lic#5335-01 Kimberly Burrell, LA Lic#5460-01 2601 N. Hullen Ste 241, Metairie 504-310-5575 or 504-914-7114

Our goal is to tailor the client’s experience based on initial interview information, overall experience – We offer a variety of massage: traditional Swedish Massage, Sports Massage, Deep Tissue work, Hot Stone Massage, and Reflexology. See ad on page 6.


Melissa K. Brocato, LMT, LA Lic#4861 8725 Oak St., New Orleans 504-388-1468

Can you imagine a life without pain? Clinical massage could be an addition to your pain management routine. Also offering group packages, prenatal and sports massage. Located inside Salon Alphonse on Oak Street. Outcalls available.

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

Ken Leavitt, founder of the Uptown Holistic Center, has been studying Massage/Bodywork for over twenty years. Combining Asian,Eastern and Western modalities to provide lasting beneficial results. 90 minutes- $110.00. See ad on page 35.


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breathwork 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 aspace of healing,acceptance and physical and emotional well being. Come Breathe, Relax and Let Go! Unique session for caregivers.

chiropractic/wellness CHIROPRACTIC HEALTH CENTER

Dr. Debbi Hannan 101 Clearview Pkwy. at Airline, Metairie 504-454-2000

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 25.


128 W. Harrison Ave., New Orleans 504-488-1800


4401 Veterans Blvd, Ste 200 504-885-8800

A Colonics, wellness, weight loss day spa, colon hydrotherapy, massage therapy, activated oxygen sauna, ion foot bath, reflexology, integrated medicine, and other natural spa offerings. Across from Clearview Mall in the major business are of Metairie. See ad page 27.

cooking instruction THE ULTIMATE KITCHEN COMMANDO Jodi Brown 504-616-7171

Tired of your doctor and nutritionist telling you what to do and wish someone would just come to your house and show you how to make it all work? Here I am. I offer full-day food makeovers & healthy cooking classes. Take back your life! Feel alive again.


A full service hair salon and makeup studio specializing in organic hair products, organic beauty & bath products. We are the exclusive retailer of Afterglow organic mineral cosmetics. Free 5 Minute Makeup Consultations available. See ad on page 5.

Rebuild, repair and renew your body today! Family wellness consultant, Dr. Joshua Rilette, helps alleviate aches and pains through specific chicounseling and ropractic care and offers weight loss psychotherapy plans, cold laser therapy, nutrition, body cleansing, detoxification and orthopedics. See ad on page 30. SCHEELE, LCSW, LMFT “You too can move away from the past andANDREA towards Attachment Psychotherapy a life of vitality, wholeness and fulfilling relationships.”

colon hydrotherapy Individual, Couples & Family Therapy


Psychotherapy / EMDR 19317 N.Attachment 10th St., Covington Andrea Scheele, LCSW, LMFT 985-809-3133 1303 Amelia Street New Orleans, LA 70115

(504) 899-2686 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.

1303 Amelia St., New Orleans 504-899-2686

Relational Well-Being: in individuals and couples. Trauma Resolution (EMDR): loss, childhood neglect and abuse & other traumatic events. Alleviate Anxiety and Depression. Emotional Support for a Healthy Lifestyle: weight loss. See ad on page 12.

WILLIAM ARENDELL, LCSW Licensed Clinical Social Worker 504-358-0377

In working with clients I tailor traditional therapies with the latest research and techniques to deliver individualized and effective results for individuals and families. With a holistic approach I can help if you have trouble sleeping, feel overwhelmed, have trouble concentrating, or procrastinate. See ad on page 34.

day spa THE WOODHOUSE DAY SPA 4030 Canal St., New Orleans 504-482-NOLA (6652)

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 23.


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

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 2.


3901 Houma Blvd., Ste 410, Metairie 504-455-9933

We offer non-surgical alternatives to keeping your face, body and skin healthy and youthful. We specialize in lasers, filler, topicals, peels and ultrasound facial lifting to achieve our patient’s goals. See ad on pages 2 and 22.

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the gentle process MARYLOU SMITH memories, Advanced PSYCH-K Facilitator Support504-723-2899 what is our life’ purpose. Engage the power of mind to create mith rapid change and experience the life ilitator you choose. The process of PSYCHssions K® is a simple & effective way to 3.2899 release the past and consciously sign your present and future. See ad on page 17.


feng shui

2800 E. Gause Blvd., Slidell 985-326-0965

JOAN MARSHALL, M.Ed. 504-812-8676

Eco-therapy for you and your environment. Holistic health counseling and feng shui consultations for individuals and businesses throughout GNO. Specialities include design consulting, career counseling, and stress management. Design your space - Design your life.

Heartpine Healing Center offers an array of holistic practices to meet the needs of your mind, body, and spirit. Services Include Dental Care, Massage, Reiki, Yoga, Zumba, Life Coaching, Workshops & more. See ad on page 31.

UPTOWN HOLISTIC CENTER 723 Hillary St., New Orleans 504-865-0966

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 on page 17.


flower essences

Cindy B. Daigle 504-931-6494 North shore and New Orleans area


Australian Bush Flower Practitioner 504-388-2356

Practitioner and teacher of Australian Bush Flower Essences. Many custom blended essences available, including: Woman, Calm & Clear, Study, Detox, Travel Ease, Adolescence, Yoga, Confidence and Stress Relief. National LMT/CEU classes available. See ad on page 33.

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 35.

HARMONIOUS YOU, LLC Holistic Therapy/PSYCH-K 504-669-1020

PSYCH-K is a fast, safe, non-invasive, extremely effective technique that combines psychology and kinesiology that works with the subconscious mind to change negative beliefs that hold us back from having the life we want. See ad on page 33.

holistic healing Centers AFFORDABLE HEALING ARTS A Community of Healers located inside the NOHC 985-467-0900

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.

AHA! [exclamation point italicized] is a beautiful, comfortable space where practitioners and clients meet. Independent practitioners find affordable shared office space in a community environment. Clients find practitioners with their best interests in mind. See ad on page 10.


Our mission is to awaken people to their own power and potential – to self-empowerment and transformation. Learn to find your power, heal yourself, and create a better life! Create more joy, love, self-esteem, selfconfidence, and raise your level of consciousness. Weekly Tuesday class. 25 years experience. Workshops, personal coaching, and Free Classes. Details on web page.

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

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.

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

Connecting People With People and Information Around The World. I enjoy helping people to reach their goals, from around the country to around the world via the Telephone & the Internet.

NOLA BIOMAT TEAM BioMat Healing Synergy 504-388-6388

Let us do a demo of this healing mat that works through a synergy of FarInfrared Heat, Negative Ions, and Amethyst Crystals. A safe, natural way to achieve optimal health now and maintain a more resilient body in the future. See ad on page 9.

hypnotherapy DEEP PEACE HYPNOSIS LLC Rev. David G. Harrison, CCHt. 504-228-9004

Deep Peace Hypnosis offers hypnotherapy services to help people Improve Test Scores, Quit Smoking, Lose Weight and much more. We conduct individual and group therapy sessions and we also have Custom-Made Hypnosis CD’s for sale.


Mariah Sinclair, CCHt 504-302-0131

METHODIST HYPNOTHERAPY SERVICES Bonnie Miller, Clinical Director 985-726-9333 ext 118

Hypnosis is not magic…it is a powerful tool to transform your life, heal your body, empower your mind, and revive your spirit. Stress, Pain, Anxiety, Fear, Birthing, Forensic, PLR, IBS, FMS, Habits, Disorders, Motivation, etc. You must take the first step towards your good health and happiness. Individual, Group and Corporate Wellness Programs. Hypnosis Works!

indoor Environmental services HEALTHY HOME SOLUTIONS, LLC Call (985)288-5858

Healthy Home Solutions, LLC is a fully certified and insured indoor environmental consulting firm. Services include inspections, forensic investigations, consulting and design solutions for mold, corrosive drywall, lead, and many other “sick building” related problems. See ad on page 35.

integrative medicine IRENE SEBASTIAN, M.D., Ph.D

401 Veterans Blvd., Ste. 203, Metairie 504-838-9804

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 26.

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

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 19.

Using compassion, intuition and the tool of hypnosis, Mariah changes clients’ lives. Specializing in: Post divorce/break-up healing, changing habits, alleviating physical ailments, birth hypnosis, reducing stress, increasing spiritual connection. Individual and group sessions available.


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life coach APRIL STOLF


As a certified neurolinguistic life coach, yoga instructor, wardrobe stylist and image consultant, I offer a unique blend of tools to help individuals master the change they desire whether it be in their personal or business life. See ad on page 29.


Certified Life Empowerment Coach 504-421-0567

Having a Life you Love to Live Starts When You Choose to Create it. I would Love to empower you to create the changes that you Desire and Deserve! Emotional Empowerment Coaching for Teens and Adults.

martial arts ADORASOUND HEALTH Andrew McLean 425 First St., New Orleans 504-975-3786

“Healing from Within” with Taoist healing arts – Chi Nei Tsang (applied Chi Kung for the internal organs) and private and group Chi Kung classes. Stress and addiction therapy with NADA (Auricular) Acupuncture.


3909 Bienville St., Ste 103 New Orleans 504-208-4861

Providing practice in a martial art of peace for every body whose benefits include fitness, core training, flexibility, balance, strength, mindfulness, stress reduction, self-defense, and fun. All are welcome to our beautiful Mid-City facility! See ad page 8.


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 on page 31 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!

ministry/spirituality UNITY CHURCH OF METAIRIE 3939-2A Veterans Blvd., Metairie 504-885-7575 Daily Prayer Line 504-885-7056

Breaking boundaries through transformative thought. A Christian church celebrating the Love of Spirit while honoring all paths. (2 blocks off Cleary, entrance/parking in rear of bldg). Sunday service 11am.



ZukaBaby specializes in cloth diapers, nursing bras, baby carriers, natural toys and locally made baby items. Milk Parties twice monthly and ongoing natural parenting classes. See ad on page 28.

natural foods & supplements NATURE LOVERS HEALTH FOOD 3014 Cleary Ave., Metairie 504-887-4929

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 27.

PHYTOBURST CHEWS Jeanie Leclere 504-999-4464

Plant Based PhytoBurst Chews have the same amount of vitamins and minerals as the food in this bountiful basket! Tasty Nutrition Chews help support out immune system, increased energy, & promote longevity. Free samples. Six-month money back guarantee.


425 First St., New Orleans 504-975-3786

Use music as a Healing Art with the Indian classical music tradition. Melodious ragas can be sung or played on instruments (Indian or Western). Rhythmic talas are best studied on traditional tabla drums or vocally.

natural baby & child BETTER BOTTOMS

Diaper Delivery 504-731-7500

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 13.

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2124 Magazine St., New Orleans 504-596-6540



3308 Cleary Ave., Metairie 504-888-3077

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naturopathic doctor DR. LISA MARIE CHAMBERS, ND Northshore Office 1305 W. Causeway Approach Mandeville 985-624-2295 Accurate Clinic 2401 Vets Blvd., Ste. 16, Kenner 504-472-6130

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.


Nutrition for a Lifetime Paul Hood 504-250-0838

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Personal Life Coach & Natural Healer 504-330-8380

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DANIELLE PACIERA, LDN, RD, CCN 5002 Prytania St., New Orleans 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 on page 36.

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I especially love my career as a realtor and thoroughly enjoy helping clients buy or sell a piece of America. My specialty is residential real estate, and in particular, working with buyers purchasing residential property.


Usui, Karuna & Rainbow Reiki Master 504-909-3723

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 8.


Reconnective Healing® & The Reconnection™ 504-352-6418

Healing takes place physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually! Become reconnected with your true inner self and with your true purpose in life! Strengthen your sense of unity with yourself, others, the earth, and the universe!


621 Opelousas Ave., New Orleans 504-905-4090

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 12 and ongoing calendar.


Reiki Master Teacher & Practitioner 504-388-2356

Offering 21 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 on page 33 and calendar for classes.


New Orleans

Experience peace and serenity in this treetop space. Yoga, Pilates, Nia and TRX workout classes are offered throughout the week; private sessions are also available. Class schedule, descriptions and more on website. See ad on page 29.


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

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 29 and calendar for events/classes.


5700 Citrus Blvd., upstairs in Curves, Harahan 504-220-5325

SOUTH COAST SOLAR, LLC 2605 Ridgelake Dr., Metairie 504-529-SUN9

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 10.


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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 29 and calendar for events/classes.

NAMASTE OF METAIRIE 4413 Chastant St., Metairie 504-484-9579

Metairie’s premiere yoga, Pilates & movement studio is a cozy neighborhood community offering 25+ classes & workshops each week to bring balance, strength & clarity to your life and body. See ad on page 17.

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

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 28.

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

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 29.

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A magazine focused on healthy and sustainable living in the Greater New Orleans, Louisiana area.