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Brain Solutions Moves to Cimarron

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odo Yoga Las Vegas is supporting the work of Project AngelFaces through the month of February by donating all proceeds from each Friday's 7 p.m. Modo (hot) Yoga Karma ($5) to the organization. Modo Yoga has a great studio, a wonderful culture, fantastic teachers and a very supportive environment. Project AngelFaces builds sustainable social programs through sharing fresh fruits and vegetables and teaching organic gardening skills. Through four original programs, thay practice sharing, diabetes prevention, waste prevention and community building. Programs include the Neighborhood Fruit Harvest, Community Support Programs, Urban Tribal Gardens and Organic Garden Support Systems. Cost is $5 or more per class. Locations: Modo Yoga Las Vegas, 3638 E. Sunset Rd., Ste. 110, Las Vegas. Project AngelFaces, 316 Bradford Dr., Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-763-1011 or visit

Seed Swap at the Downtown 3rd Farmers’ Market


here will be a Seed Swap event from noon to 1 p.m., February 26, at the Downtown3rd Farmers’ Market during the First Fourth Friday Real Foods Meetup gathering. Seed Swaps are always a rewarding way to build community and share information about gardening, plant varieties and each others' projects. Participants may bring in new, storebought packages or bring what they have saved from their own garden last season. Here are some tips. Bring coin envelopes, other small envelopes or small baggies to take away seeds. Bring labels or a sharpie to label what is swapped. Try to stick to organic, non-GMO seeds as much as possible. Rare or heirloom varieties are always appreciated. Do not come empty-handed; bring at least one package of seed to become a part of the mix. Regular First Fourth Friday gatherings are scheduled during lunch hour so people can grab a snack or bite to eat at the market and do something fun at the same time. Location: 300 N. Casino Center Blvd., Las Vegas. For more information, visit


s they begin their seventh year serving the Las Vegas Valley, Brain Solutions, Inc., is relocating to 1005 South Cimmaron Road, in Las Vegas. Brain Solutions offers support on a journey of hope, healing and learning by offering foundational, brain-based help to children and adults for issues impacting school, work and life in general. Executive Director Kirsten Lopez is the first to bring to southern Nevada and northern Arizona dynamic, cutting-edge brain training programs that include The Tomatis Method, Cellfield Neuroscientific Reading Program and ForeBrain. Her motto is “Enduring results. No medications.” Their scientifically designed programs improve ADHD, anxiety, learning issues, autism spectrum disorder, Tourette’s, multiple sclerosis, auditory processing disorder, sensory integration, stroke recovery, reading issues and more For more information, call 702-3402248, email Info@BrainSolutionsInc. com or visit, See ad, page 41.

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he Golden Dragon School of Qigong & Tai Chi, now in its second year of operating Las Vegas' complete school of qigong, tai chi, superior tonic herbalism, nutrition training, Iron Body 108 Day Method, meditation and intuitive development, also offers Wellucation lectures and hands-on workshops. Their 2016 School offerings include two program options; Qigong; Qigong and Tai Chi; or Spiritual Warrior Training. Programs include a manual, a one-year membership to classes, lectures and workshops and one private session with founder Sifu JC. Tuition and costs vary. Work scholarship programs are available through Naturally Organic Center.


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tevie’s Healing Arts and Spa is offering a two-hour facial special with a 60-minute massage for $99 through February 29. Clients may choose a cherry cordial facial to exfoliate and brighten the skin or a passion fruit facial to tone and firm. Gift certificates available. Stevie's Healing Arts & Skin Care offers custom organic facials, organic body treatments, NovaLash eyelash extensions, toe reading, aromatherapy, life coaching and reiki, among other modalities of wellness. Location: 80 N. Pecos, Ste. A, Henderson, on the corner of Pecos and Wigwam. For more information, call 702-979-8035 or visit See ad, page 13.

First Fridays Resume Downtown


he nonprofit First Friday Foundation will resume producing their popular monthly First Friday arts and culture festival beginning from 5 to 11 p.m., February 5, in downtown Las Vegas, themed Back to Our Future. There are many options to sample more than 30 food trucks and artisan

food vendors. ArtWalk, from 5 to 11 p.m., showcases works by emerging Las Vegas artists. KidZone, from 5 to 9 p.m., is the place with fun activities specifically for little enthusiasts. Families can participate in art-making together, build Lego creations, have fun climbing the rock wall or participate in a drum circle at Boulder Plaza. Dance DepARTment, from 5 to 11 p.m., is where patrons can learn about a variety of dance forms, listen to music, and make new friends while getting good exercise.

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ason Nelson will present Five Accomplishments Coaching: The Life You Were Meant to Live, from 7 to 9 p.m., March 11 at Luminosity Wellness Center. This two-hour live event provides an introduction to Spiritual Coaching Certification Training, Five Accomplishments Coaching, with Jason Nelson. This event is ideal for people interested in attending a Five Accomplishments Coaching Training, which is a Spiritual Coaching Certification, but would like a personal introduction to the work before registering. Nelson will guide a soul connection experience for the group and tell the story of his initiation of the soul. According to co-founder Melissa Lilly, “Participants will come to understand the natural, love-based way each of us are meant to live to create a peaceful, passionate life. There will be Q&A during the event and personal recommendations for all attendees.” Admission is free. Location: 2400 N. Tenaya Way, Las Vegas. RSVP to For more information, call 310-929-5919, email 8

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asis to Zen Wellness Center and Transformation Spa has expanded its menu to include a groundbreaking program, Sexy Soul Beauty Transformative Energy Makeovers, created by Cheri Petroni, a holistic esthetician and reiki practitioner at Oasis to Zen. “Energy makeovers are designed to support each client in connecting inner Zen and outer beauty, resulting in blissfully radiant beauty that transforms one’s soul into much more than a beautiful face,” says Petroni. Petroni’s work over the years as a skin therapist and healer has taught her that lasting beauty requires transformation of not only the physical body, but also core healing of the energy body. As a result, these programs are uniquely designed to address each aspect of holistic wellness in order to unearth blocks, identify unhealthy patterns and create a framework for lasting transformation of mind, body and spirit. According to Petroni, these makeovers combine a framework of self-discovery and a multitude of alternative healing methods, giving participants a priceless system to use for a lifetime of continued spiritual growth and personal healing. “Anyone seeking a radiant inner/outer soul connection is encouraged to schedule a complimentary breakthrough session with me,” she says. “Everyone deserves to be a sexy soul beauty. Tap into divine purpose, blissful beauty and everlasting radiance that emanates from the soul.” Location: 5715 W. Alexander, Ste. 140, Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-491-6035, email or visit Transformation. See ad, page 27.

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eti pots, used for centuries in Asian cultures to support nasal health and eliminate toxins from the nasal mucosa, have become increasingly popular in the Western world. People use the small Aladdin’s lamp-looking pots to help flush sinuses, usually by pouring a mild solution of unrefined sea salt and water from one nostril through the other (avoid common table salt because it can irritate mucous membranes). The process flushes out unwanted mucus, bacteria, fungi and other microorganisms. Frequent nasal flushing is credited with preventing and relieving sinus infections. Some experts recommend a stronger remedy if an infection is present. “The bacteria and fungus stick rather well to the nasal mucosa and few are flushed out with saline flushes,” remarks Herbalist Steven Frank, of Nature’s Rite. LLC. “Most of these nasty pathogens adhere to the mucosa with what is called a biofilm. Within this slime layer, they are well protected and thrive within the warm moist sinuses, so a small saline bath once a day doesn’t bother them much at all.” To deal with stubborn sinus problems, Frank likes using the neti pot with a colloidal silver wash that is retained in the nostrils for ten minutes. This can be supported with regular intra-nasal spraying of the colloid throughout the day

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Olive Oil Compound Kills Cancer Cells


esearchers from Rutgers University have found that an ingredient in olive oil will kill cancer cells in under an hour. The researchers tested a compound called oleocanthal, a central component of extra virgin olive oil, and found that it caused the premature death of cancer cells in the laboratory by puncturing cancer cell vesicles, called lysosomes. “We needed to determine if oleocanthal was targeting that protein and causing the cells to die,” says Paul Breslin, Ph.D., a professor of nutritional sciences in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers and co-author of the study, published in Molecular and Cellular Oncology. The research also found that the olive oil compound didn’t damage healthy cells. Breslin states that the compound merely “put them to sleep” for a day, after which they resumed their normal, healthy functioning. Senior author David Foster, Ph.D., of Hunter College, points out that additional studies are necessary to determine if the compound halts tumor growth. “We also need to understand why it is that cancerous cells are more sensitive to oleocanthal than non-cancerous cells,” he says.

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Bifidobacteria Probiotic Fends Off Colds and Flu

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n a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, researchers found that supplementing with bifidobacteria probiotics will reduce colds and flu. The study followed 581 college students for six weeks as they prepared for their final exams. During the study period, the students consumed a placebo or a daily supplement with one of three probiotics, including Bifidobacterium bifidum. The students given the bifidum supplement experienced significantly fewer cold or flu infections, and when they did succumb, the infection was generally less severe. The other probiotic supplements did not reduce colds or flu compared to the placebo for the six weeks.


High-Fructose Sweetener Aggravates Asthma and Bronchitis


large study from the New York Medical College and the University of Massachusetts found that high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is linked to a greater risk of asthma and chronic bronchitis. The research included 2,801 people between the ages of 20 and 55 years old. The scientists utilized health data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey of 2003 to 2006 to compare people with a history of chronic bronchitis. The study measured the types of soft drinks consumed, eliminating risks related to known asthma relationships such as smoking. The researchers found those that drank five or more HFCS-containing sodas per week had an 80 percent increased incidence of chronic bronchitis. Greater intake of HFCS has also been linked with higher risk of other health conditions, including diabetes and obesity.

Mediterranean Diet Sustains More Youthful Brain Sizes

esearch published in the journal Cognitive Science has found that toddlers with parents that played with them using humor and fantasy gained increased skills for learning, imagining and bonding, along with thinking in abstract ways. The researchers tested children between 16 and 24 months old in two phases. The first utilized action play among 25 kids and the second utilized verbal play among 40 children. The parents and children pretended to do activities such as washing their hands with no soap or creating situations using a toy. During the second phase, the children and parents played around jokingly by using words, identifying things in funny ways and making believe they were doing things. The researchers found that joking and pretend play allowed the kids to distinguish cues that helped them communicate and develop skills to understand intentions. The study also found that older toddlers relied more on verbal cues to understand pretending and joking communications.


s we age, our brains shrink, a condition linked to cognitive impairment. According to a study from Columbia University, a healthy diet can help reduce such occurrences. The researchers studied 674 adults with an average age of 80. They were divided into two groups, depending upon their diets, and given magnetic resonance imaging scans to measure total brain volume and thickness. It was found that those following diets that most closely resembled the Mediterranean diet—less meat and more vegetables and fish—had larger brain sizes with less shrinking. The researchers equated the average size difference between the groups to about five years of aging. Dr. Yian Gu, a neuropsychology professor at Columbia University, says, “This is another study consistent with previous studies that indicate the Mediterranean diet is an overall healthy diet.” natural awakenings

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Young Children Can Unlearn Racial Sterotyping New research by Paul Quinn, a professor of psychological and brain sciences at the University of Delaware, and his collaborators across the globe, have found a simple exercise that can undo the unconscious racial biases that may begin to develop as early as infancy. Quinn learned that 3-month-olds begin showing a visual preference for the same race they see most often in their daily lives. By 9 months, infants not only distinguish racial categories, but also become less able to tell different individuals apart if they are members of a less-familiar race. In the experiment, the scientists morphed together photos of African and Asian faces to create ambiguous images that looked equally African and Asian. As a result, Quinn reports, “At 9 months, they didn’t respond to the differences between the African and Asian categories, but instead they had two less discriminatory broad categories; ‘own race’ and ‘other race’. We think it might be a precursor to an initial ‘in group/out group’ differentiation and suggest that perceptual and social processing of faces may overlap, even in infants.” Source:

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A new website,, published by the hybrid science and journalism nonprofit Climate Central, provides climate projections for a specific location along with the day’s weather. In addition to a typical forecast of highs and lows, UV (ultraviolet rays) index, wind and times of sunrise and sunset, it graphically shows if the area indicates a warming uptick and by how much. A 40-year-trend-to-date display offers a projection to 2050 and what the weather will be like for the next generation. Geoff Grant, director of digital media for Climate Central, says, “This is just putting weather and climate data together. There’s no spin to it. The weather is how everyone experiences climate.” WXshift draws from 2,000 weather stations across the country and 100 years of temperature, rain and snow data to create customized climate graphics. Tutorials explain such topics as the difference between dew point and humidity, along with news and information about relevant issues.



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Reducing Coffee Shop Waste For many, getting a coffee to go at a favorite spot on the way to work or while dropping the kids off at school and running errands is a weekday ritual. It also warms up the body on cold mornings in northern regions this time of year. The java might taste even better if we reduce the amount of waste traditionally involved. Here are a few ways to better cherish Earth’s resources. Avoid the paper cup; carry a reusable thermos or insulated bottle instead as a matter of routine. Author and activist Beth Terry, in her book Plastic Free: How I Kicked the Habit and How You Can Too suggests both stainless steel beverage containers and mugs. She also recommends glass mason jars and points out that EcoJarz recently began making stainless steel caps and lids instead of plastic. Learn more at MyPlastic Terry further cites the unhealthy aspects of continual use of paper cups because, “Many are lined with plastic, and the plastic lids are often the equivalent of Styrofoam.” If caught without a favorite reusable container, Treehugger. com’s Katherine Martinko recommends at least giving an old paper cup one more turn. “It’s not a zero waste solution, but if you’ve already got a paper cup in your car or kitchen, you might as well extend its life. Wash and hand it over the next time you get a coffee,” she suggests. “It will still do the job.” For those that add cream, milk or sugar to coffee, consider the waste involved just in the plastic and wood stirrers provided by the shop that are tossed in the trash after serving their one-time function. “Avoid all of them,” advises Terry. “Carry a clean utensil in the car,” such as a bamboo tableware or a spork (combination spoon and fork). Cutting down or weaning off of dairy, sugar and especially sugar substitutes is another healthful move.

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through our system as we are swallowing, directly effecting overall health. Wright begins with a thorough examination, saying, “I have learned so much over time, and today my dental examination is more comprehensive than I could have imagined, when I graduated from dental school. The technology we have available makes it possible to deliver a better diagnosis than ever before. I have learned that giving patients the best care matters the most to me and that listening to my patients is critical. It takes time to do state-of-the-art testing and comprehensively examine a patient. My staff takes close-up photos of our patients’ teeth. These images are very clear and provide patients a new vantage point, with details they may have never before seen.” While that is a good start, “I like having my patients involved in the process. Knowledge is power, and when smart patients understand, they make very good decisions and save themselves future health issues. Patients deserve to be informed, they also need to have choices. So many times, we see patients who are sick, battling allergies and autoimmune diseases, cancer, diabetes and heart disease” he says. “After testing, we often find a toxin load that has contributed to multiple problems,” says Wright. “Many times, if we had only helped these patients to understand the value of whole body dentistry, we could have avoided so many issues.” Four Seasons Dental Spa is located at 8855 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-309-4600. See ads, pages 19 and 23.


r. Jim Wright, owner of Four Seasons Dental Spa, states, “As we start a new year and I reflect on how I can be a better human being, doctor, husband and teacher, I have started to think about how would it be if we could have a do-over? What would most of us choose; relationship, financial, career something else? If you really think about it, health is everything. With health, you have the strength and ability to overcome a lot of life’s challenges and create a life you love.” He practices holistic, biological, integrative dentistry. He explains that 80 percent of disease starts in our mouth, which is home to more than 300 different species of bacteria comprised of three types: aerobic, which needs oxygen; anaerobic, which do not need oxygen; and facultative anaerobes, which can switch from aerobic to anaerobic. Our mouths are aerobic it would seem, as there is oxygen present, so the reason we have anaerobic bacteria lies with the gums, and they need to be cleaned out. Research has proven that oral bacteria is a direct precursor to heart disease and stroke. With 20 billion microbes living in our mouth at any time, if you go 24 hours without brushing, that number multiplies by five, shooting up to 100 billion microbes. What happens in the mouth does not stay in the mouth. It travels 16

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as Vegas dentist Dr. Jim Wright adheres to the highest standards of ethical conduct, comprehensive diagnosis and responsible patient care. His patients of all ages at Four Seasons Dental Spa include musicians, entertainers and artists as well as local residents. The transformations he has performed have been featured on magazine covers, and according to MyVegas Top Docs and Dentist, “Dr. Wright’s patients are smart people who do their research and want the very best. His patients want a dentist who is committed to the best quality and understands the impact of dental health on the whole body, as opposed to a doctor who allows insurance companies to dictate treatment and downgrade materials. Dr Wright has championed safe removal of mercury fillings for over 20 years.” He studied one-on-one with Dr. Hal Huggins, the “father of holistic dentistry”, and Wright’s holistic knowledge is considered by colleagues to be unmatched. During his life, Huggins selected Wright as one of the few dentists he trusted for his own dental care.

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As the only double board-certified holistic dentist in Nevada, Wright is constantly upgrading to the most modern, state-of-the-art technologies and materials to give his patients the best-quality dental care possible. “Holistic, biological, integrative, general and cosmetic dentistry is available at our office,” says Wright. “My staff and I listen, empower and

work with our patients. We know that 80 percent of disease begins in the mouth. With knowledge, patients can make the best decision for their dental care, overall health and experience their best productive life.” He believes that autoimmune, fibromyalgia, cancer, Lyme, Hashimoto’s, Candida and other health issues, including a heavy mercury burden, can be eased through proper dental care. Four Seasons Dental Spa offers such services as removal of silver mercury amalgam fillings using International academy safety standards and Dr. Huggins’ Protocols, DNA testing of root canals, biological compatibility testing of dental materials and artistic cosmetic dentistry without unnecessary drilling of natural teeth. Invisalign Braces, Lumineers Holistic Veneers, CEREC one-day crowns and sedation are all available. Four Seasons Dental Spa, is located at 8855 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas. For appointments, call 702-309-4600 or visit See ads, pages 19 and 23.

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Functional Dentistry Connects Oral Health to Sleep Apnea and Heart Disease by Linda Sechrist


he focus of functional medicine— whole person health care—easily expands to include dentists trained in oral systemic health. Currently embraced by a small percentage of today’s farsighted dentists and doctors, this relatively new field of prevention and wellness views the mouth as a key portal when considering the status of the whole body. Similar to the way doctors of Oriental medicine assess the heart’s pulse to help diagnose health issues throughout the body, these systemic health dentists consider the gums, tongue, teeth and throat to be key signals of overall health. American Academy for Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH) Executive Director Bobbie Delsasso was a periodontal hygienist for more than 30 years before becoming a consultant and public speaker on the larger perspective. “I taught patients about the importance of good nutrition and alerted them to consult their physician regarding what their mouth health might indicate about their body’s health,” she says. While the academy educates dental professionals to understand the internal workings of nutrition and what the mouth reveals about overall well-being, “Less than 6 percent of physicians even learn adequate basics of nutrition in medical schools,” she notes.

designed for medical professionals by physician Bradley Bale and Amy Doneen, an advanced registered nurse practitioner, co-founders of the Bale/Doneen Method for the prevention of heart attack, stroke and diabetes. Mike Milligan, a doctor of dental medicine, founder of Eastland Dental Center, in Bloomington, Illinois, and AAOSH president, explains that heart attack and stroke are triggered by an inflammatory process which can be initiated or exacerbated by periodontal disease and abscessed teeth. Thomas Nabors, a doctor of dental surgery and an authority in molecular analysis and genetic risk assessment for periodontal diseases, provides clinical proof that

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Other vital advances in oral systemic health involve treating airway concerns such as snoring and sleep apnea. “Snoring is typically caused by muscles and tissues relaxing in the throat and mouth, resulting in decreased space in the airway passage and vibration of tissues. Eventually, individuals can develop sleep apnea, which can also result in hypertension and other problems,” advises Milligan. In sleep apnea, the sleeper’s breathing pauses often or produces hypopnea, slowed or shallow breathing for 10 or more seconds at a time. Fewer than five episodes per hour is normal, with five to 15 considered mild apnea, 15 to 30 moderate and more than 30 severe. Although 20 percent of Americans may have sleep apnea—typically associated with insomnia, tiredness and less oxygen in the body—95 percent of affected individuals go undiagnosed. To help, Milligan suggests that before going to bed we lower the thermostat in the bedroom and avoid drinking alcohol, smoking, watching television or working on a computer. Improved breathing helps assuage snoring, sleep apnea, asthma, hay fever and nasal congestion. Milligan cites Patrick McKeown’s work, explained in his book The Oxygen Advantage. An authority on the Buteyko Breathing Method, McKeown explains how improved breathing dramatically improves oxygenation, releases more energy and supports lifelong health and wellbeing. Muscle retraining using orofacial myofunctional therapy can help prevent sleep apnea and also abate temporomandibular joint disorders. This new field is concerned with orofacial functional patterns and postures when teeth are apart, their status 95 percent of each day

and night. It also retrains muscles to keep the tongue at the roof of the mouth and the lips together to prevent breathing through the mouth, correct swallowing function and eliminate poor oral habits such as thumb sucking. Three mechanical treatments for sleep apnea include mandibular advancement oral devices used to move the lower jaw forward, a continuous positive airway pressure machine to aid airway functioning, or surgery, which is the last resort. “The real opportunity for catching and preventing this is with children 5 to 10 years old, when their jaws are developing,” says Milligan. He further cites links discovered between the mouth and brain. “Oral spirochetes, which normally live in the mouth, have been found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. Dr. Judith Miklossy, from the International Association for Alzheimer’s, spoke at an AAOSH conference about the link between oral bacteria and dementia, and Garth Ehrlich, Ph.D., professor of microbiology, immunology and otolaryngology at Drexel University College of Medicine, addressed rheumatoid arthritis and certain types of cancers. All of these links are more than enough reasons why good oral hygiene is essential to good health,” says Milligan. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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what’s happened, move through it and move on.” “I like yoga because it makes me feel like there is calm all around me,” says 8-year-old Biko Cooper. Dee Marie, the Boulder, Colorado, founder and executive director of Calming Kids, a nonprofit program that integrates yoga into the classroom to foster a nonviolent atmosphere, says, “When a child learns through yoga how to feel a sense of themselves and begins to understand their self-worth and stand tall in their power, they can begin to regulate their breath and their emotions.” These invaluable skills stay with children through adulthood.


Mindful Minutes for Little Ones Yoga Helps Kids Focus and Relax by Julianne Hale


merican kids’ school, after-school and weekend schedules now rival the hectic pace of their multitasking parents. Like their adult counterparts, youngsters need time to decompress from the pressures of life and be present in their own skin, and yoga provides the tools to accomplish this. Most adults take to their yoga mat to create harmony in their body and mind, increase flexibility and balance, build muscle tone and strength, and because it makes them feel great. These same benefits apply to children as their developing bodies and minds respond to yoga on a deep level, both on and off the mat.

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“Breathing and mindfulness practices are important for children,” explains Mariam Gates, the Santa Cruz, California, creator of the Kid Power Yoga Program and author of Good Morning Yoga and the upcoming Good Night Yoga. “There is so much that children are not in control of in their everyday lives; to give them a way to physically process their experience, to self-soothe and find their own internal 22 Greater Las Vegas

source of strength, is crucial.” “Having kids experience simply paying attention to their breath as it comes all the way in and moves all the way out can serve them well in every area of their lives going forward,” says Gates. In the classroom, it transfers to learning skills benefited by the ability to focus. From toddlers to teens, children can have a difficult time processing and controlling their emotions, which are vital life skills. Carla Tantillo, founder of Mindful Practices, a Chicago-area wellness organization, has found that yoga and the practice of mindfulness help children express themselves in constructive ways. She observes, “In any situation, especially in communities where reactivity, impulsiveness and violent solutions are modeled, yoga empowers children to pause and take a breath so they can own

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Educators are starting to take notice of yoga’s benefits for children, including those with attention deficit disorders or autism, but yoga practice is still rare among school-age children. As encouragement, “Make it fun,” advises Gates. “It’s essential to create experiences that feel accessible and enjoyable for kids. They must feel empowered to do it themselves and take over the experience.” Six-year-old Carmen Wheeler likes doing yoga with her dad. “Yoga gets me feeling strong and it really calms me down,” she says. Music can help children relax and focus during their practice. Soothing basic instrumentals are good to start; an Internet search for yoga music for kids reveals many options. Parents can assist by incorporating yoga into a child’s daily bedtime ritual. “Do whatever they are willing to do with them,” counsels Marie. “Start by lying on the bedroom floor, doing stretches and focusing on breathing. Then move to the bed and teach some relaxation and visualization techniques.” Marie cautions parents against insisting that their child’s yoga practice mirror their own. “We have to meet children where they are.” Adults think that yoga has to look a certain way, but sometimes children don’t necessarily want to do the postures we’re familiar with.

The best teaching reaches each individual child in a way that resonates with them because yoga is a lifestyle, not an exercise regimen,” she says. Yoga novices and parents that prefer specific guidance can take advantage of local studio classes for children and families or use DVDs, online streaming services and instruction books. Kevin Day, age 5, regularly starts his days with a Boat pose. “I like it because you can do it with a friend,” he says. Lisa Flynn, the Dover, New Hampshire, founder and chief executive officer of ChildLight Yoga and Yoga 4 Classrooms, is optimistic about the future. “In 10 years, I envision social and emotional learning, yoga, and mindfulness integrated at every school and mandated by educational policy,” she says. In addition to improved physical, social, emotional and cognitive health and wellness of the students, teachers and parents, she foresees “a positive shift in the overall school climate.” Julianne Hale is a freelance writer and Natural Awakenings franchise magazine editor in Cleveland, TN.

Cultivating Mindfulness in the Classroom by Julianne Hale


hen Scott Frauenheim, director of the Chicago International Charter School (CICS) West Belden, noticed that some students in his kindergarten through eighth grade urban classrooms were not fully engaged, he decided to focus the 2014-2015 school year on mindfulness for both students and faculty. He enlisted the help of Mindful Practices, a Chicagobased school wellness organization founded by Carla Tantillo. Using the strategies Tantillo recommends in her book Cooling Down Your Classroom, teachers were taught to involve students in mindful minutes—short bursts of simple yoga poses, breathing exercises and other

techniques—to cultivate mindfulness. The initiative proved to be powerful and helpful, explains Frauenheim. “Soon students were able to identify areas of personal need throughout the day and cultivate mindfulness within themselves using what they learned.” The program concluded last year, but CICS West Belden teachers and students continue to use designated time to practice mindfulness in the morning and as a classroom mental reset when they notice that students are distracted or unfocused during the day. Mindful Practices’ innovative programs have achieved similar success in other elementary, middle and high schools in the Chicago area.

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and Judith Light were always active and athletic. Tony would bring in a tap dance teacher and Judith a private trainer during lunch breaks. Being tutored on the set, I had no physical education classes or sports activities, so it was super-important for me to see how self-motivated they were to stay fit and in shape. Their example instilled a desire to take care of myself as an adult.

I think everything that you put into your body has a connection to how well we function in daily life. As a mom of two, eating organic is a priority; when organic is not an option, it’s about finding the healthiest accessible choices. I eat tomatoes like other people eat fruit and love papaya. I would put avocado on anything. I also like to cook with healthful herbs and spices like garlic and onions, which is natural for an Italian like me. We keep genetically modified foods out of our house.  

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I love being outside in my organic garden three or more times a week. Also, the kids and I regularly head outside, which is an easy place to keep them happily and healthfully occupied without my having to jump through hoops.

In the beginning, a primary benefit is giving your child quality nourishment, including healthy antibodies and other goodies to support health. As they start eating solids, it’s still about maintaining that intimate connection until they’re ready to be weaned and you’re ready to surrender this last physical bond.

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thing is to be in the moment, doing the best I can every day. I’ve also learned to be kind to myself when I’m failing to do so or something is annoying me due to some unfortunate imbalance.

How do you and your husband keep both your friendship and love vibrant? We work hard at maintaining a good and healthy marriage, which can be tested in tough times. I believe that it’s vital to have the ability to laugh; you have to find humor in things, reminding yourself and each other that there is something funny in every daily activity, no matter how mundane or hard. When there’s no time to eat together or be intimate, shared laughter is an easy thing to achieve together. Done daily, it can only make the marriage stronger. We enjoy date nights once or twice a week when my parents take care of the kids. I’ll put on mascara and change out of yoga pants, even if we’re just hanging out together. Then we do little things like asking how each other’s day went and caring about the answer. We also look for ways we can help each other throughout the week.

What actions does your family emphasize in being stewards of the Earth? We try to be as eco-friendly as possible, including having lights on timers, conserving water and being kind to animals. I cannot stress how important it is to visit a farm and organic gardens and orchards with children so that they see where their food comes from. We can’t take good food for granted.

In addition to a naturally healthy lifestyle, what else do you credit for your enduring youthfulness? My secret is happiness. I’ve always said that as long as my laugh lines are deeper than my frown lines, I’m living a good life.

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DEEP LISTENING Our Wholehearted Attention Is Our Greatest Gift by Kay Lindahl


erhaps one of the most precious and powerful gifts we give another person is to really listen to them with quiet, fascinated attention and our whole being; fully present. Deep listening occurs at the heart level, and we must ask ourselves how often we listen to each other so completely. Such listening is a creative force. We expand, ideas come to life and grow and we remember who we are. It brings forth our inner spirit, intelligence, or true self, and opens up the space for us to thrive. Sometimes we have to do a lot of listening before another’s inner being feels replenished. Some people just need to talk and go on and on, usually in a superficial, nervous manner. This often happens because they have not been truly listened to. Patience is required to be a listening presence for such a person long enough that they get to their center point of tranquility and peace. The results of such listening are extraordinary. Some would call them miracles. Listening well takes time, skill and a readiness to slow down to afford time

for reflection and to let go of expectations, judgments, boredom, self-assertiveness and defensiveness. When two people listen deeply to one another, we sense that we are present not only to each other, but also to something beyond our individual selves; something spiritual, holy or sacred. Once we experience the depth of being listened to like this, we naturally begin to listen to be present with another. We notice what occurs when we interrupt someone and when we don’t. We watch what unfolds when another stops speaking and we ask, “Is there anything else?” Listening is an art that calls for practice. Imagine if we all spent just a few minutes each day choosing to practice the art of listening; of being fully present with the person we are with. Being truly listened to and understood yields a sigh of contentment and joy. Kay Lindahl, of Long Beach, CA, is the author of The Sacred Art of Listening, from which this was adapted with permission from SkyLight Paths Publishing.

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At least three universities in England have offered puppy rooms to stressed students. More than 600 students signed up last year in Bristol alone. Gordon Trevett, from the University’s Centre for Sport, Exercise and Health, says, “Every year I see students fretting about their exams, and I thought this would be a great way to ease the stress and take their minds off it. People with dogs have lower blood pressure in stressful situations than those without a dog, and we know that playing with a dog can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine, which calm and relax.” Jo Woods, from the Bristol Students Union, says, “It’s important to do fun and different things to de-stress during exams, and cuddling a puppy is a perfect way to release some endorphins.” Source: BBC

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Bill Cunningham, CEO of Dallas-based Fun Time Shows, the largest Shrine Circus producer in the country, says he’ll no longer produce shows featuring elephants, tigers, lions or other wild animals. Cunningham says, “These animals are very special; we cohabit the Earth with them and they are deserving of our respect and awe. They’re not here to perform tricks for our entertainment.” He says, “I’ve tried to listen to the mothers that said they didn’t want their kids to grow up and learn that the animals they saw had been probed, poked, prodded and chained to a floor.” The move has received an outpouring of support from outside the industry, including People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Cunningham’s Shrine Circuses will still feature high wire acts, human cannonballs, trapeze artists and motorcycle tricks, along with performing horses and dogs. “The horses and dogs act in true collaboration with their owners,” says Cunningham. “We feel the audience still wants to see domestic animals.” Source:

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Bird-Watching for Beginners Start with a Bird Feeder and Binoculars by Sandra Murphy


or those that love animals but can’t provide a home to a domestic pet, wild birds are just outside the window. Between 50 and 60 million Americans list bird-watching as a hobby. To start, all we need is a bird feeder. For safety and comfort, position feeders near a tree or bush at least 15 feet from windows. Scott Logan, an Audubon Society board member in Sherman Oaks, California, cautions, “Birds stay alert for predators. An unmarked window looks like an escape route. They won’t see the glass.” Products like Window Alert, a decal that reflects ultraviolet rays birds see but humans don’t, can prevent a crash. A book on local birds will describe the best food to attract them, whether residents or just passing through. Bluebirds love mealworms. Hummingbirds like floral nectars and orioles prefer citrus flavors. Cardinals and jays dine on sunflower seeds. Always provide unseasoned, unsalted seeds. In cold weather, also remember to hang homemade suet combining one part organic regular fat peanut butter with five parts organic, non-GMO (genetically modified) corn meal. Pour fresh water in the birdbath daily, change hummingbird nectar every three days and discard moldy seeds and old suet. Feeding year-round doesn’t interfere with migration, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, in Ithaca, New York.

Migration, nest building, feeding a new family and staying warm in colder weather require substantial calories. “American goldfinches are social and will stay to eat,” adds Logan. “Blue jays and titmouses are ‘grab-and-go’ birds.”

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In Arlington, Texas, Cathy Stein, owner of, will participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count this year from February 12 to 15 ( “One easy resource for identifying birds is Merlin, the free app from Cornell Lab,” says Stein. “Take the bird’s picture, which is helpful in identifying details that can be overlooked or forgotten otherwise.” Merlin works like facial recognition for birds, comparing eyes, beaks and tails to species in its database by location ( Audubon’s free app includes birdcalls ( Jon Weber-Hahnsberg, a 12-yearold volunteer at the Dallas Zoo, and his seven-member team won last year’s statewide birding competition hosted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department by identifying 72 species in 12 hours. “Now I’m hooked,” he says. “Outside the city, there are snowy egrets, waterfowl, hawks and owls to see.” National wildlife refuges managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are suitable birding sites for both

novices and pros. Here are some tips for beginners. Focus on big, easy-to-see birds. Sandhill crane tours are a hit in Mississippi and other Gulf Coast states ( Concentrate on birds that travel in flocks. Common redhead ducks migrate in great numbers to the Texas coast each winter ( LagunaAtascosaBirdlife). Look for standouts, birds with characteristics that capture the imagination, like the speed of a peregrine falcon, large wingspan of a California condor or unusual color of Florida’s roseate spoonbills. (Visit and In Maine, see puffins at the only colony that allows visitors to go ashore for a close-up look (MaineBirdingTrail. com/MachiasSealIsland.htm). Not a refuge, ownership of the island has been disputed for two centuries.

I think the most important quality in a birdwatcher is a willingness to stand quietly and see what comes. Some people are very competitive in their birding. Maybe they’ll die happy, having seen a thousand species… but I’ll die happy knowing I’ve spent all that quiet time being present. ~Lynn Thomson, Birding with Yeats: A Memoir

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n Tucson, Arizona, welcomes hummingbirds and exotics like the brilliantly plumed elegant trogon from the tropics. n High Island and Galveston, Texas, are the first stop for birds crossing the Gulf of Mexico. n Cape May, New Jersey, hosts shorebirds year round plus it’s en route to Canada. n Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, in Chatham, Massachusetts, yields sightings of shorebirds such as plover, sandpipers and terns. n Prairie Pothole Region stretching from Iowa to Minnesota, Montana and the Dakotas is especially good for watching waterfowl. n Cleveland, Ohio, near Lake Erie, celebrates hundreds of species flying to Canada in May. “It’s great for anybody with a life list,” says Santella. “You can add scores of species to your list in one day.”


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In the fall, raptors migrate and lists some of the best spots to watch hawks. n Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, in Kempton, Pennsylvania n Golden Gate Raptor Observatory, in Sausalito, California n Hazel Bazemore County Park, in Corpus Christi, Texas n Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory, in Duluth, Minnesota n Cape May Hawk Watch, Cape May Point State Park, in New Jersey. As rivers freeze over, eagles migrate south to follow the food supply, often near dams where fish gather. During the spring thaw, they return north to nest. Prime Wisconsin eagle watching sites include Lake Pepin, Necedah Wildlife Refuge, La Crosse, Prairie du Sac refuge, Sauk City and Wyalusing State Park. Alton, Illinois, is also along the Mississippi Flyway for eagles. Florida eagles tend to stay year-round.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27 ThetaHealing Animal Class – 10am-5pm. Feb 2728. This course was developed for those who love animals and have a deep connection and affinity with all living things. You will gain a deeper understanding in healing with animals. Prerequisites: Basic & Advance DNA. $400. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-324-2595.

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Aspects of Distance Healing – 2:30-3:30pm. Learn first hand from Christine Contini and others regarding: Near Death experiences, Dimensional travel, what we can hear with telepathy, what we can see with minds eye, and what we can accomplish with distance healing. $15. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-721-9355.

Qigong and Tai Chi with Sifu JC – 10am-12pm. Qigong is a self-healing system that incorporates body, breath, visualizations and sounds. Tai Chi is a martial art that helps with posture, hand-eye coordination, self-defense and well-being. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874.

Zumba – 6-7pm. Shake up the mid-week with various rhythmic steps. Everyone welcome, you determine the intensity. We provide the sounds, you bring the moves, and towel. Free. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-721-9355. Breath of Sound – 6:30-7:30pm. This interactive meditation explores the connection between mind, body and emotion, through breath, sound and rhythm. Blocked or un-serving energies are released. This process can be intense encouraging you to challenge yourself. Free. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-721-9355. Reiki Healing Circle – 7-9pm. Learn new information regarding natural healing. Participate in a group discussion or simply observe. Experience guided meditation and receive deep personalized healing. Relax and recharge the mind and body. Donation. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. Victoria: 702-659-2390.

thursday Campus Tour & Info Session – 2pm. This is a one-hour group tour and brief information session on Wongu’s Master's Degree program in Oriental Medicine. Individual sessions can be scheduled by calling: 702-463-2122, ext 302. Wongu University of Oriental Medicine, 8620 S Eastern Ave, LV. Esoteric Yoga with Master Ileana – 6-8pm. This class is based off of ancient Yoga traditions. Each student will learn tools to lighten and develop his or her emotions, and improve health, energy levels and physical strength. $20. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. Free Power Coaching – 6:30pm. Open to public. Weekly solutions to life's questions. Join us for a special interactive, educational experience. Discover new tools and techniques to transform your Life Experience. Bring your open mind and a notepad. Free. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. Christine Essex: 274-6670. Akashic Book Study Workshop with Anika Ray – 6:30pm. Explore spirituality and connect with the aspect of being divine in nature, the soul. Workshop is based on the book How to Read the Akashic Records by Linda Howe. $10. Enchanted Forest Reiki, 2280 S Jones Blvd, LV. 702-359-0848.


Creative Solutions with Christine Essex – 2:303:30pm. Join Christine Essex as we explore communications and how to get what you want. Learn to program your unconscious mind and move toward your future with a plan. Change your thoughts, change your life. $15. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-721-9355. Friday Night Awakening – 6:30-10:30pm. Start your weekend in our Sacred Space with a Crystal Bowl Meditation, moving into Reiki Energies and ending with some Chanting Sounds of the drums. Love donation. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-721-9355. Reiki Healing Circle – 7-9pm. An open forum discussion with Reiki master/inspirational speaker, followed by guided meditation and deep personalized Reiki healing. Free. $5 suggested love offering. Appreciation donations welcome. Center for Spiritual Living, 1420 E Harmon Ave, 3, LV. Victoria: 702-659-2390.

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saturday Qigong and Tai Chi with Sifu JC – 9am-12pm. Qigong is a self-healing system that incorporates body, breath, visualizations and sounds. Tai Chi is a martial art that helps with posture, hand-eye coordination, self-defense and well being. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter. com.

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Integrative Yoga – 12-1pm. Allow evolution by sound to increase vibration and boost the bodies immunities with this class that combines: Meditation, Hatha Vinyasa flow and Ancient Yoga to create an electric mind animation for relief and flexibility. $14. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. Spiritual Experience Discussions – 6-7pm. Discuss spiritual experience of all faiths in a respectful and open environment. Free. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874.

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ANTI-AGING HEALTHY AGING – MIND, BODY, SPIRIT Holistic Health & Hormone Coaching Dr. Patricia Beckstead, B.S., D.C. 702-263-0844 • Free Phone Q & A

Want to look and feel your best? More energy, vitality, youthful confidence, weight loss. Learn to integrate holistic practices into your life. Mind-body therapies, antiaging vitamins and foods, replace depleted youth hormones, prevent adult diseases. 20% off physician coaching with ad. See ad, page 16.


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The LVHFCoC improves the health of health, fitness and wellness businesses. Effective networking. Business development. Amplify your marketing reach. Membership with a like-minded community on a mission of better health.


Looking for answers? Let your Angels be your guide .... A Good Reading is a Good Healing! Lifelong Angel and Master Tarot Card Reader. Appointments available. Call Now! Summerlin area. Available for parties and events.


Dr. Margaret R. Colucci 2085 Village Center Cir, #110, LV 89134 702-880-5335 • Dr. Colucci specializes in natural family wellness care. Treating the whole body naturally, focusing on family wellness care, auto , work and sports injuries, pediatric & pregnancy chiropractic. Dr. Colucci is a 1989 Palmer Graduate serving the Las Vegas valley for over 25 years.


Ready to infuse your business and/or career with more soul? ASA is designed to help you advance your business and/or career to the next level. Our workshops focus on the 5 pillars for building a successful and sustainable business with the soul of your team. See ad, page 21.


Specializing in anxiety disorders, back care and women’s health. Wellness practices using traditional yoga fused with modern wellness and designed to meet the individual where they are, aiming to bring about balance and healing. See ad, page 13.


Ana Clavell, RHFP, RCP, CPLC 170 S. Green Valley Pkwy., Suite 300 Henderson 89012 702-997-3103 • I can help you take control of your own health today with science-backed RH (Reconnective Healing©) and the Reconnection® and resolve conflicts in your life through Resolution and Spiritual Coaching.



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Intuitive and empathic children and adults often face challenges in a classroom and workplace. Innerlight Energy Balancing Therapy helps improve focus and concentration and remove frustrations in large settings. Innerlight helps understand and develop intuitive gifts while relieving symptoms of anxiety and overstimulation in kids, teens, and adults.

STEVIE'S HEALING ARTS & SPA Corner of Pecos and Wigwam 80 N Pecos, Suite A, HD, NV 702-979-8035 •

Organic and holistic healing arts center in Green Valley, offering advanced skin care, deep tissue and Swedish massage, natural eyelash extensions, aromatherapy, toe reading and much more. See ad, page 13.

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Starla Slaughter 702-419-4780 • $50 Gift Card Code: STARLA Ready to look, feel and perform like a young person? Purium is pure and premium superfoods that help combat low energy, poor digestion, weight gain and more. Awaken Your Body!


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Dr. Jim Wright, DDS, AIAOMT, AIABDM 8855 W Flamingo, LV 89147 702-281-9900 Practicing holistic, biological dentistry with safe removal of mercury. State of the art early detect cavity mapping, cosmetic, general, specialty dentistry and low sensitivity teeth whitening. Offer holistic, no-prep veneers, Lumineers, Invisalign Braces, dental implants and All on 4 Implant Bridges, sleep and full sedation dentistry. See ads, pages 19, 23.

BELL CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL AND HOLISTIC DENTISTRY Dr. Michael Bell, DDS 8068 W Sahara Ave, #A, LV 89117 702-256-7666 •

Holistic dentistry with a whole body approach to create a healthy smile and body. Live microscopic viewing of mouth bacteria. Laser gum disease treatment. Computerized TMJ and bite analysis. Mercury testing and removal. Nutritional testing. Autonomic nervous system analysis. Invisalign. See ad, page 10.


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The only all natural wellness spa in Las Vegas. We provide healing and relaxation for holistic restoration of mind, body and spirit through advanced skin, body treatments, massage, Ortho-Bionomy®, Reiki and energy work, holistic workshops, guided meditations, yoga and more. See ad, page 27.

Specializing in the John F. Barnes Myofascial Release. The ultimate whole body approach, mind-body treatment and missing link to healthcare. Highly effective in treating acute and chronic pain.

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Welcome to the world of halotherapy & discover a revolutionary solution to respiratory difficulties. Naturally treat allergies, asthma, copd, bronchitis, etc. We also offer halomassages, facials, halo-yoga & halo-meditation classes. 100% natural Allergy relief for all ages. See ad, page 15.

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Jamie provides massage, energy work, Reiki and private yoga sessions. Celebrating over ten years of services. She integrates a variety of techniques customizable to you.Specializing in women’s care. Mobile, distance or in-office sessions.


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Roxanne Perillo, Reiki Master/Teacher Shamanic Energy Medicine 920-336-6468 • Try a remote healing session with various energy-based therapies. Remote healing involves one person directing Universal Life Energy to a person in a different location. Heal by releasing that which does not serve you. See ad, page 42.


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Central Summerlin! Charleston & Buffalo 1171 S. Buffalo Dr, Suite 110, LV 702-433-3874 N a t u r a l l y O rg a n i c i s Summerlin's BEST resource for all things health related. From classes, meditations, supplements, lectures and health programs, JUST WALK IN, we'll take it from there! Check out our website! See Golden Dragon ad, page 14.


Specializing in anxiety disorders, back care and women’s health. Wellness practices using traditional yoga fused with modern wellness and designed to meet the individual where they are, aiming to bring about balance and healing. See ad, page 13.


Jeff Renel ThetaHealing Practitioner/ Instructor 702-324-259 Experiencing health or emotional issues. Find the change you need at The Sacred Art of Healing where they assist you in creating a positive mind, body and soul. See ad, page 33.


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