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

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International Yoga Day Meshes with Rites of Summer

A n x i e ty C l i n i c S t r u c t u re d in Calming Format

The International Fe d e ra t i o n of Yoga and Meditation will celebrate of the International Day of Yoga, June 21, as declared by the United Nations. As this date coincides with the summer solstice, people worldwide are expected to join in love, acceptance and spiritual union with a seven-minute universal prayer for healing humanity and our planet. The summer solstice is a time to celebrate the light of consciousness within ourselves and within each and every person, and yoga means union. The spirit of yoga reveals the similarities of our souls beyond race, gender, social endeavors or religious beliefs. Yoga addresses our differences as opportunities to expand our horizons, revealing a path towards complete transformation of the human being on all its levels of manifestation.

Down Dog Diagnostics is holding a four part Anxiety Clinic, in August and September at Tru Yoga, designed for those that suffer from anxiety; GAD, panic disorder a n d PTSD. Even though it is taught in a group setting, this is a very private and personal experience. The lights will be low, presentations are given with visual aids (PowerPoint and handouts) and all activities are private. There is no group work or requirement to speak publicly. The utmost care and attention is given to accommodate those that are not comfortable in social situations, and a spouse, friend or family may also attend. Participants will learn breathwork, meditation and gentle movement techniques that help to break the psychological, biochemical and physical cycles that sustain anxiety. A presentation on how to turn off the “fight-or-flight� response and turn on the relaxation response will be taught in the first class. A take-home program with daily exercises and lifestyle suggestions will be distributed, as well.

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newsbriefs Luminosity Wellness Center Expands Facilities and Services

Luminosity Wellness Center has expanded into a beautiful 5,000-square-foot section of their current building located at 2400 North Tenaya Way, in Las Vegas. A Grand Re-Opening event is planned for June 18, with refreshments, hands-on demonstrations, facility tours and great fun in general. The evening will celebrate the changes and honor recently added team members Anita Saldana, with Terramind; Nanci Stone, with Life Coaching by Nanci; Karen Bratton, with Yoga For Everybody; Michele Ficano; Reiki for Stress Relief; Laura C. Cantu; Julianna Char, with Soul Healing Sanctuary; Stephanie Jensen, with Selenite Yoga; and Michael Rojas, of Deep Breath Ahhh. The new format includes Serenity Hall, a 10-practitioner silent hall that includes live plants and a waterfall. Executive Hall is home to seven businesses working together as a collaborative unit. The center also houses a media room for projects and a resource room that supports students and facilitators. There are two classrooms and access to three more. For more information, call 702-721-9355, email Christine.Essex@ LuminosityWellnessCenter.com or visit LuminosityWellnessCenter.com. See ad, page 26.

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Soul Sanctuary is moving to new location at 1771 East Flamingo Road, Suite 104, near the UNLV campus, where they can serve more of the Las Vegas community. As well as being closer to buses and other convenient transportation venues, Soul Sanctuary will also offer more classes in the larger space. Soul Sanctuary has added Scott Schmidt, a certified usui/holy fire Reiki master with Blue Fire Reiki, to the staff. His caring touch is a welcomed addition. Soul Sanctuary also offers the only John of God Crystal bed in the Las Vegas Valley and their crystal sanctuary includes a wide variety of healing and life-altering crystals from all over the world. For more information, call 702-7487166, email Info@SoulSanctuaryLV.org or visit SoulSanctuaryLV.org. See ad, page11.

Celebrate Health, Healing & Happiness at Tuscany Suites The fourth annual Health, Healing & Happiness (HHH) conference will be held from June 12 to 14 at Tuscany Suites & Casino, in Las Vegas, to discover natural solutions that embrace our whole body, mind and spirit. The event starts on Friday at 6 p.m. with a welcome reception, followed by a full, two-day conference in the Florentine Ballroom. The program starts at 8 a.m. with a yoga or fitness class, and speaker sessions commence from 9 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. There will be noted speakers in nutrition, fitness, spirituality and personal development, gourmet chefs cooking plant-based cuisine, speaker book signings and photo ops, yoga and fitness classes, a healthy lunch buffet, a holistic marketplace, raffles and giveaways and raw carpet interviews. For all HHH ticket prices and more information, call 702-772-9401 or visit HealthHealing-Happiness.com. See ad, page 16.

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Pure Living Expo & Conference at Sedona’s Red Rocks

DeLois Clausell Hollinger, a Nerium International representative, offers anti-aging products for the face, body and now the brain. After 20 years of research, Princeton University professor Dr. Jeffry Stock discovered the EHT molecule, that in turn led to the development of EHT Age-Defying Supplement, which fortifies and strengths the natural brain functions, protects and supports neuronal networking, enhances the body’s natural energy stores, boosts the body’s immune system, increases focus and promotes better cognition function and overall brain health. The EHT supplement promises to improve better cognitive function and overall brain health; fortify and strengthen natural brain functions; protect and support neuronal networking; enhance the body’s natural energy stores; and boost the body’s immune system. The introductory release of this product is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. A full-scale release is planned for August.

The third annual Raw Living Expo has been renamed the Pure Living Expo & Conference to concentrate on exploring the connection between food, health and ecology from July 23 to 27 at the Arizona Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa, with a motto of “Rejuvenate, Cleanse, Empower.” The world’s premiere enlightened eating celebration showcases two of the fastest-growing segments of the food marketplace: gluten-free and raw living foods. With a lineup of potent yoga and wellness classes, personal growth workshops and an all-new Pure Earth School, the Expo attracts a global group of health enthusiasts hungry for change for three days of panels, demos, meals and parties. With more than 45 presenters and 50 top companies, the Pure Living Expo & Conference features professional chef demonstrations, keynotes, workshops, the Best of Raw Awards gala, receptions, outdoor gardening skills, after parties and more.

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Amethyst BioMat Now Available at Body Resonance Body Resonance Myofascial Wellness Center now offers healing sessions using an Amethyst BioMat, along with myofascial release techniques. Owner Rowena Cua states that the Amethyst BioMat is used by thousands of satisfied customers all over the world that wish to experience the soothing synergy and the quantum energetics of far-infrared heat rays, negative ion therapy and the healing properties of amethyst crystals. BioMat sessions include listening to guided meditation. “The Amethyst BioMat is great in conjunction with your myofascial release treatments and will be an added benefit to your healing process,” says Cua. This unique innovation of bio-technology consists of 17 layers of healing material. Far-infrared heat was discovered by NASA to penetrate the skin and increase circulation to detoxify the body

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ew research from Sweden has found that flotation therapy helps increase sleep quality, reduce pain and relieve anxiety and depression. Flotation therapy, sometimes called isolation therapy, consists of floating in a tank of water with minimized interruptions and sensory stimuli. Researchers from Karlstad University divided 65 people into two groups. One group underwent 12, 45-minute flotation therapy sessions for seven weeks, while the other group did not. Both groups were given a battery of physiological and psychological tests before and after the treatment period. The therapy was conducted using three commercial flotation therapy centers that provided sensory isolation systems to promote relaxation as part of the treatment. Compared to the control group, the flotation therapy group reported significant decreases in pain, anxiety, depression and stress levels and better sleep quality. The flotation group’s average depression scores went from 4.42 to 2.25, while the control group’s scores barely budged. The worst pains among the flotation group dropped from 64 to 40 on the scale.

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n international team of scientists has confirmed that consuming berries such as strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, blackcurrants, mulberries and raspberries can significantly reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Blueberries, in particular, were found to be associated with increased memory and learning. Researchers from Washington State University, the U.S. National Institutes of Health, India’s Annamalai University and Oman’s Sultan Qaboos University’s College of Medicine and Health Sciences reviewed two decades worth of research relating to consuming berries and dementia. They found that the many biochemicals contained in berries provide antioxidant protection to neurons and prevent the formation of beta-amyloid fibrils found in the brains of Alzheimer’s disease patients.

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esearch from Wayne State University, in Detroit, has found that hatha yoga can significantly improve cognitive health in as little as two months. Researchers tested 118 adults with an average age of 62 years. One group engaged in three, hour-long hatha yoga classes per week for eight weeks, while the other group did stretching and strengthening exercises for the same duration. The participants underwent cognitive testing before and after the eight-week period. At the end of the trial, the hatha yoga group showed significant improvements in cognition compared to the other group. The yoga group also recorded shorter reaction times, greater accuracy in high-level mental functions and better results in working memory tests. Source: Journal of Gerontology

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An Avocado a Day Keeps Bad Cholesterol Away

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esearch published by the Journal of the American Heart Association has determined that just one avocado a day can significantly reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL), a type of cholesterol carrier known to increase the risk of hardening of the arteries. The researchers tested 45 overweight adults between 21 and 70 years old that followed an average American diet for two weeks before adopting one of three diets: a low-fat diet, a moderate-fat diet that included one Hass avocado per day or a moderate-fat diet without an avocado. After five weeks, researchers found that the addition of the avocado reduced LDL significantly more than the diets that did not contain the fruit. While both the low-fat and moderate-fat diets reduced LDL levels, the moderate-fat diet with an avocado reduced LDL by better than 60 percent more than the moderate-fat diet alone, and above 80 percent more than the low-fat diet alone.

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globalbriefs News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.

Solar Harvest

New Technology Makes Windows Power Producers

SolarWindow Technologies, Inc.

SolarWindow Technologies’ new window coatings are a “first of its kind” technology that could turn the buildings we live and work in into selfsufficient, mini power stations. They can generate electricity on see-through glass and flexible plastics with colored tints popular in skyscraper glass. The coating can be applied to all four sides of tall buildings, generating electricity using natural and artificial light conditions and even shaded areas. Its organic materials are so ideal for lowcost, high-output manufacturing that the technology is already part of 42 product patent applications. When applied to windows on towers, it’s expected to generate up to 50 times the power of conventional rooftop solar systems while delivering 15 times the environmental benefits. For example, a single SolarWindow installation can avoid the amount of carbon emissions produced by vehicles driving about 2.75 million miles per year, compared to 180,000 miles for conventional rooftop systems.

Lost Lands

Salinity is Eating Away Farmland Worldwide Every day for more than 20 years, an average of almost eight square miles of irrigated land in arid and semi-arid areas across 75 countries have been degraded by salt, according to the study Economics of Salt-Induced Land Degradation and Restoration, by United Nations University’s Canadian-based Institute for Water, Environment and Health. Salt degradation occurs in arid and semi-arid regions where rainfall is too low to maintain regular percolation of rainwater through the soil and where irrigation is practiced without a natural or artificial drainage system, which triggers the accumulation of salt in the root zone, affecting soil quality and reducing productivity. In the Colorado River Basin alone, studies peg the annual economic impact of salt-induced land degradation in irrigated areas at $750 million. The cost of investing in preventing and reversing land degradation and restoring it to productive land would be far lower than letting degradation continue and intensify. Methods successfully used to facilitate drainage and reverse soil degradation include tree planting, deep plowing, cultivation of salt-tolerant varieties of crops, mixing harvested plant residues into topsoil and digging a drain or deep ditch around salt-affected land. 12

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Farm Therapy Veterans Heal Through Agriculture

Of the 19.6 million veterans in the United States alone, approximately 3.6 million have a service-related disability, 7.6 percent are unemployed and they collectively make up 13 percent of the adult homeless population, according to the Independent Voter Network. Organizations worldwide are helping veterans heal their wounds through farming and agriculture. The goal is to create a sustainable food system by educating them to be sustainable vegetable producers, providing training and helping families rebuild war-torn lives. Eat the Yard, in Dallas, Texas, was founded by Iraq War veterans James Jeffers and Steve Smith to cultivate fresh produce in community gardens. The two began organic farming in their own backyards for both therapeutic and financial reasons, and then slowly began to build more gardens in their community. They now sell their produce to local restaurants and businesses. The Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) is working with veterans across the U.S. to transition them into agriculture. The coalition partners veterans with mentors experienced in farming and business, matches them with agriculture-related job opportunities and organizes equipment donations in Iowa and California. FVC is helping former members of the armed forces in 48 states. S o u r c e : F o o d Ta n k . c o m / news/2014/11/veterans-day


Creature Crime Feds Make Animal Abuse a Felony In October, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) classified animal cruelty as a class A felony and a “crime against society,” on a par with such serious crimes as homicide. The FBI intends to prosecute intentional abuse and torture, gross neglect, sexual abuse and organized abuse, which includes dog fights. Also, the onset of tracking animal abuse cases nationwide will assist local police and counselors in identifying and connecting with minors that show an early tendency to abuse. FBI studies show an alarming connection between animal abusers and perpetrators of extremely violent crimes against humans. The goal is that early detection and intervention will help certain children get the counseling and social support they need to live productive lives free of crime and abuse. “Regardless of whether people care about how animals are treated, people, like legislators and judges, care about humans, and they can’t deny the data,” says Natasha Dolezal, a director for the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark College, in Portland, Oregon. Source: EliteDaily.com

Plastics Ping-Pong

China Reverses Its Recycling Policy Plastic items we carefully separate from the rest of the trash and put in a distinct container may have a dubious fate, according to environmental watchdog Quartz. U.S. recycling companies have largely stayed away from accepting plastic, and most of it has been shipped to China, where it can be processed more cheaply. But China has announced a new Green Fence policy (Tinyurl.com/ ChinaGreenFence), prohibiting importation of much of the plastic for recycling that it once received. Plastic categories #3 through #7 (shampoo bottles to butter tubs) may go into domestic landfills again until a solution is found, says David Kaplan, CEO of Maine Plastics, a post-industrial recycler. China controls a large portion of the recycling market, importing about 70 percent of the world’s 500 million tons of electronic waste and 12 million tons of plastic waste each year. These Chinese policy changes will put pressure on Western countries to reconsider their reliance on this formerly cost-effective practice of exporting waste and the necessity for increasing their domestic recycling infrastructure.

Euro Space

Forty Percent of Hamburg Will Be Green Space Hamburg, Germany, named Europe’s 2011 Green Capital by the European Union, is implementing an ambitious plan to create and link 27 square miles of new and existing green space, comprising 40 percent of its land area. The result will put nature within easy reach of every resident, provide connectivity for walking and bicycling to eliminate automobile traffic by 2035 and make the city more resilient to flooding caused by global warming. The metro area population currently numbers 4.3 million as Europe’s 10th-largest city. Since 2000, Germany has converted 25 percent of its power grid to renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and biomass. The architects of the clean energy movement energiewende, which translates as “energy transformation”, estimate that 80 percent to 100 percent of Germany’s electricity will come from renewable sources by 2050. Angelika Fritsch, a spokeswoman for the Department of Urban Planning and the Environment, says, “The more important result may be the provision of green infrastructure to absorb rain and flood waters.” Sea levels in the port city have risen by 20 centimeters over the past 60 years and are expected to rise another 30 centimeters by 2100. Source: Inhabitat.com

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larly and often. 5. Relax and go with the flow of life by being unafraid of stepping outside your comfort zone. 6. Be adventurous! Try new things and take more risks. 7. Think for yourself instead of letting other people’s opinions influence you! 8. Eliminate judgement! Practice non-judgement in all of your interactions.

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RETHINKING RECOVERY Holistic Approaches to Healing Addictions by Lisa Marshall

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hrough 15 years of alcohol and prescription drug addiction, one prominent Virginia business owner tried it all to get clean: three inpatient rehab centers; talk therapy; Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA), spending roughly $200,000 in the process. “I would follow through for about a year, and then start to feel like I was on top of things and get complacent,” says the 52-year-old, who asked that her name not be used. She’d treat herself to “just one drink” and soon find herself in a familiar downward spiral. She last relapsed in October 2012. Three months later, she was on the interstate in the morning, a half-empty four-pack of mini wine bottles on her front seat, when she swerved and slammed head-on into a semi-trailer truck. She escaped her flattened car with minor head trauma, gratitude that her children didn’t have to “bury their drunk mother,” and a renewed will to sober up and rediscover happiness. Today, she’s done just that, thanks to a comprehensive, holistic approach that included hiring a life coach that specializes in addiction, overhauling her diet, making time for daily physical and spiritual exercises and reframing her addiction, not as a disease she is cursed

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with, but as a predisposition she has the power to keep at bay. “Yes. I was passed a gene by my alcoholic father. Yet that only becomes a threat to me when I make a choice to ingest something that cuts the beast loose,” she says. “I work hard every day, using a whole bunch of different tools to keep that from happening again.” She is one of a growing number of alcoholics and addicts reaching beyond the standard trifecta of 28-day rehabs, 12step programs and psychotherapy toward an approach that addresses mind, body and spirit. More than 40 million Americans over the age of 12 (16 percent of the population) are addicted to alcohol or drugs, according to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at New York City’s Columbia University. Yet the standard treatments yield less-thanstellar success rates. Sixty percent of addicts return to drug use within a year after rehab, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and only 5 percent of AA attendees continue with meetings after 12 months, according to AA research. David Essel, a Fort Myers, Florida, life coach who specializes in working with substance abusers, says that when examining all the data, only about one in 10 addicts or alcoholics that

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use conventional means alone are still clean after one year. Fortunately, because people vary widely in emotional needs and physiologies, other complementary options are also catching on.

Mending Brain and Body

Enter a group meeting for recovering addicts or alcoholics and chances are there will be a pot of black coffee, plus donuts or cookies. “Having poor eating habits is a primary contributing factor to relapse,” says Registered Dietitian David Wiss, founder of NutritionInRecovery. com, which provides nutrition consulting for recovery programs in Los Angeles. Because substance abuse can deaden appetite and many of the same neurological circuits that drugs and alcohol stimulate are also activated by salty or sugar-laden foods, newly recovering addicts tend to be ravenous and drawn to junk food. “After 30 days in treatment, people can gain 10 to 30 pounds. They often turn back to addictive substances they’ve abused to get their appetite back under control,” says Wiss. (Because smoking deadens taste buds, drawing people to seek out more intense salty or sugary flavors, it exacerbates the problem.) In a subconscious attempt to get maximum stimulation of now-neglected reward centers in the brain, users often eat little most of the day, then binge later, leading to erratic blood sugar levels that can impact mood, further sabotaging recovery. After years of abuse, addicts also tend to suffer deficiencies of proteins and good fats—key building blocks of a healthy brain. “The brain has been rewired due to the use of substances. Without healing it, you can attend all the meetings in the world and you’ll still struggle with cravings,” reports Essel. He starts new clients with 500 milligrams (mg) daily of the dietary supplement DL-phenylalanine, an amino acid precursor to feel-good neurotransmitters such as norepinephrine. He also gives them tyrosine, an energizing amino acid said to quell sugar cravings. For relieving a craving in progress, he recommends 500 to 1,000 mg of glutamine, placed under the tongue. Wiss says he generally recommends food over supplements, yet asking newly recovering addicts to also revamp their


diets can be tough. “I wouldn’t expect anyone to make a big nutritional change in their first week of sobriety,” he says. After that, he encourages small steps: Drink eight glasses of water per day. Eat three meals and three snacks to keep blood sugar stable. Load up on fiber, which can help heal the gut and replenish it with healthy bacteria. Eat plenty of lean protein to promote production of feel-good brain chemicals. Load up on nuts, seeds, fatty fish and other omega-3 fatty acids that suppress inflammation in the brain and have been shown in some studies to quell depression. Daily exercise is also key as Wiss notes that it “circulates our blood and gets all those healthy nutrients into our brain.” Physical activities can also help fill the void and even provide a new sense of identity for someone whose self-esteem has been shattered, says Scott Strode, founder of Denver, Colorado’s Phoenix Multisport, which hosts group cycling, running and climbing outings for recovering addicts and alcoholics. Strode kicked his own cocaine habit

18 years ago by immersing himself first in boxing, then climbing and triathlons. He founded Phoenix in 2007 to help fill what he sees as a gaping hole in recovery support services—a place where people with similar pasts can gather and talk without dwelling exclusively on their dependence issues. He has since served 15,000 people in Colorado, California, and Boston, offering 60 free outings a week for anyone at least 48 hours sober. “By being part of something like this, you can let go of the shame of being the addict, the junkie or the one that let down the family. Now you are the climber or the mountain biker,” says Strode. He stresses that Phoenix programs aren’t intended to replace treatment. Still, “For some, just that redefining of self may be enough. For others, it’s a powerful tool in a broader toolbox.”

Beyond AA

Co-founded in 1935 by an alcoholic named Bill Wilson, Alcoholics Anonymous now has 2 million members and has played an important role in many successful recoveries. However, its God-

based approach (five of the 12 steps refer to God or Him), a credo that alcoholics must admit “powerlessness” and its emphasis on alcoholism as a defining disease aren’t for everyone. Naysayers point to a 2006 finding by the nonprofit Cochrane Collaboration that states, “No experimental studies unequivocally demonstrated the effectiveness of AA or 12-step approaches for reducing alcohol dependence or problems.” Such concerns have prompted some alternative recovery fellowships, including Moderation Management (Moderation.org), which helps people that want to drink less; and Smart Recovery (SmartRecovery.org), which supports an ethos of self-empowerment via cognitive behavioral therapy, nutritional changes and group discussions. Other programs focus on renewing the soul by applying metaphysical practices to the traditional 12 steps. “The conventional 12 steps talk about a higher power outside of you,” says Ester Nicholson, a singer, author and addictions counselor. In her book Soul Recovery: 12 Keys to Healing Addiction, she describes a descent into crack cocaine

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addiction beginning in her teens, and the long climb out of it. At first, she says, the 12 steps helped her break free of what she calls the “spiritual malady, mental obsession and physical allergy,” that is addiction. But after a decade of being clean, followed by a near-relapse, she discovered meditation and other spiritual practices. “I realized that this higher power can restore me to sanity, but the higher power is actually within me. I found this wonderful bridge between the 12 steps and universal spiritual principals, and it is rocking my world.” Patti Lacey, 54, an Essel client, likewise found lasting sobriety by extending her toolbox, learning to focus not only on past pain, but on bringing forth her best self. According to the International Coach Federation, which reports an uptick in interest in recovery coaching, a coach helps to establish individual goals and map a journey to success. Two years into recovery, Lacey still takes her supplements daily, rises at dawn to meditate, attends 12-step meetings and is part of a nondenominational church community. She also regularly meets with her coach to report progress and update goals, including getting a handle on her finances, a frequent casualty of addiction. “Everybody’s journey is different,” Lacey confirms. “What I needed was someone to tell me exactly what to do in the beginning, and then be around to hold me accountable. That changed everything.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at LisaAnnMarshall.com.

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Complementary Healing Tools by Lisa Marshall Ear acupuncture: Since 1974, addiction specialists have used an ear acupuncture needling protocol to ease cravings, decrease anxiety and improve sleep during withdrawal. Numerous published studies in The Lancet, the Archives of Internal Medicine and others support its efficacy. More than 1,000 U.S. programs now use it, according to the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (AcuDetox.com). Neurofeedback: Also known as EEG biofeedback, this technique uses electroencephalography sensors attached to the head to enable someone to observe their own brain wave activity on a computer and learn to intentionally alter it via visualization and relaxation techniques (isnr.net). Aromatherapy: Life coach David Essel recommends three aromatherapy oils to clients in recovery: lavender, a relaxant; lemon grass, for energy; and frankincense, a mood-balancer. Ibogaine: This psychoactive brew derived from the West African shrub Tabernanthe iboga has been used ceremonially for

centuries. In the 1960s, an opioid addict accidentally discovered that after experiencing an intense, four-to-eight-hour dreamlike “trip”, his cravings for heroin ceased. Deborah Mash, Ph.D., a professor of neurology and molecular and cellular pharmacology at the University of Miami, traveled to Amsterdam in the early 1990s to see if there was any truth to such cases. “I saw a man that was on heroin and cocaine and addicted to benzodiazepines undergo detox with no withdrawal signs, and in 36 hours look like a new person,” she recalls. She has been studying it ever since. The drug is believed to serve as an addiction interrupter, acting on opioid receptors in the brain to quell withdrawal symptoms. Some describe it as “resetting the brain” to a pre-addicted state. Ibogaine is illegal in the U.S. Some offshore clinics are providing it, but Mash warns that some are unscrupulous, so buyer beware. (ClearSkyIbogaine.com offers medically supervised Ibogaine therapy in Cancun, Mexico).

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haviors unlike my true nature, which is wholeness. I free-fall into the loving presence of spirit within, and allow it to heal every known and unknown false belief. I am transformed by the renewal of my mind. Never give up. In loving compassion for every aspect of my being, I humbly surrender to the love of spirit. I know myself as a perfect expression of life. I surrender all, and I am restored to the life I am created to live. Willingness. I acknowledge the people I have offended based on false beliefs, fear, doubt and unworthiness. I am willing to go to any lengths to clean up my side of the street. Cleaning up the wreckage. Backed by all the power of the universe, I lovingly, directly and honestly make amends in a way that supports the highest good of all concerned. Spiritual maintenance. I am in tune with my inner self. With integrity, love and self-compassion, I acknowledge my mistakes and continue to clean up the mistakes of my past and present. Conscious contact. Through daily prayer and meditation, I deepen my conscious connection to the divine and experience the fullness of the universal presence as the dynamic reality of my life. Loving service. Through my awakened consciousness, I am now prepared to carry the message of truth out into the world. I am now a clear channel to support the awakening of others to their true identity of wholeness.

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hi Kung (also spelled “Qigong,” and best translated as “life energy cultivation”) is an ancient Chinese healthcare system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques, and focused attention. These attributes make it an excellent complementary practice for anyone recovering from substance abuse and its physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual manifestations. Chi Kung creates an awareness of and influences dimensions of our being that are not part of traditional exercise programs. Most exercises do not involve the meridian system (used in acupuncture), nor do they emphasize the importance of mindful intent and breathing techniques in physical movements. By adding these dimensions, the benefits of Chi Kung as an exercise increase exponentially; its gentle, rhythmic movements reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality, and enhance the immune system. It has also been found to improve cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic and digestive functions. Through consistent practice, people can regain a youthful vitality, maintain health into old age, and speed up recovery from illness. The most important long-term effect of Chi Kung is that it reestablishes the mind-body-spirit connection. In late 2003, I was invited to an open house at the Las Vegas Recovery Center (LVRC), a rehabilitation clinic offering comprehensive treatment for chronic pain and addiction. In chatting with the staff I naturally started talking about Tai Chi Chuan and Chi Kung and the benefits I was experiencing in my life. I had been practicing and teaching Chi Kung and Tai Chi Chuan at the Lohan School of Shaolin under the tutelage of Dashi Steven Baugh. They thought Chi Kung might be helpful to incorporate into the treatment program for their clients. The staff was particularly interested in the mind-body-spirit connection, which is exactly what recovery should entail. This was the beginning of my involvement with the “enhancement” program at LVRC. In working with recovering addicts as well as people suffering from chronic pain, I find it most useful to concentrate on the series of exercises called the “Eight Section Brocade.” Eight refers to the number of individual exercises in the form that, when practiced together, impart an energetic quality in the body that is analogous to a piece of richly woven cloth (hence, “brocade”). It is easy to learn and unpar-

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alleled when it comes to the general tonification of chi (“life force energy”) and improvement of one’s health. The Taoists, who developed the Eight Section Brocade, had a different way of looking at life and one I think we would be well served to explore in modern society. Taoists were interested in cultivating harmony in all aspects of their lives. They believed that the human form is one of the major connection points between two powerful forces in nature: Heaven (Sky) and Earth. During Chi Kung practice we become like batteries, simultaneously absorbing the energy from Heaven and Earth. This is the source for much of the stamina and vitality that ancient Taoists experienced through Chi Kung. Today, at LVRC, we are using this ancient system to help heal the shattered lives of those suffering from addiction. It is a perfect fit, especially when considering the ease with which it can be practiced, and what little strain it puts on the weakened condition of most newly recovering addicts. In addition, the exercises are mild enough that our clients in the chronic pain program are able to benefit as well. As their bodies, minds, and spirits get stronger, recovering addicts become free to incorporate further healing modalities into their lives, while maintaining a solid foundation in a twelve-step program. One of the biggest stumbling blocks for addicts in recovery is the management of their emotions. Many people have trouble coping with their feelings in a healthy manner, and addicts are especially prone to problems in this area. Quite simply, addicts are not used to addressing their emotions in a healthy way. W h e n they put down the substances they were abusing, they are confronted with the reality of their life experience in its entire splendor, both the good and the bad. The bad


sometimes appears more prominent and causes them to falter in their recovery. Often these unpleasant emotions become so acute they cause physical manifestations in their bodies. The Eight Section Brocade exercises are particularly effective in helping people neutralize these physical manifestations. To expedite this healing, we often add a sacred sound or vibration to the Chi Kung exercises. Sound vibrations and their effect on healing have been known throughout human history. In sound healing, audible vibrations are used to re-harmonize cells that have been imprinted with disruptive frequencies. Some imprints may have been the result of toxic substances, such as drugs, emotional traumas, or pathogens.1 In the context of the Eight Section Brocade Chi Kung exercises, we use specific vocal sounds to help neutralize the physical effects of pain-infused emotions, heal residual emotional baggage from our past, and prevent such emotions from dominating our lives in the present. In my book, Chi Kung in Recovery: Finding Your Way to a Balanced and Centered Recovery (Central Recovery Press, 2013) I show how Chi Kung, along with mindfulness and twelvestep work, has been indispensible in my own recovery from addiction. I share my discoveries and provide an illustrated, step-by-step guide to the Eight Section Brocade exercises. Also included are guided meditations and visualization exercises that I’ve taught and used with clients over the years to powerful effect. It is my humble wish that more people in recovery from addiction and/or chronic pain will find out about the benefits of Chi Kung, practice its simple, gentle exercises, and seek out a teacher or other like-minded individuals to support their efforts toward a healthy, balanced recovery. Greg Pergament is the author of Chi Kung in Recovery. He leads Desert Dharma, a Buddhism/12 Step group, and is President of Lotus In The Desert, a Vipassana sangha in Las Vegas, Nevada. Greg brings a grounded, wise and playful presence to his teaching and his recovery. For more information, visit CentralRecoveryPress.com.

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The Gut-Mind Connection David Perlmutter on How Stomach Microflora Affect Brain Health by Linda Sechrist

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r. David Perlmutter, a board-certified neurologist and recipient of the Linus Pauling Award for his innovative approaches to addressing neurological disorders, has recently released Brain Maker, the latest in a series of books on brain health. This medical advisor to the Dr. Oz Show demonstrates how brain problems can be prevented by adopting lifestyle changes that nurture the bacteria living in the digestive system.

Why did you begin your book with the quote, “Death begins in the colon,” rather than “Brain health begins in the gut”? I wanted to draw attention to the real lifeor-death issues mediated by what goes on inside the gut. Individuals with an immediate concern for their heart, bones, immune system or brain must recognize that the health of these parts and functions are governed at the level of commensal gut bacteria, the normal microflora that eat what we eat. This relationship is the most powerful leverage point we have for maintaining health.

How were you led to expand from studying the nervous system and brain to investigating gastrointestinal medicine? Early on in my career, I was taught that everything that goes on in the brain stays there. But leading-edge research now reveals that seemingly disparate organs are in close communication, regulating each other’s health. As scientific litera28

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ture began supporting the notion that gut-related issues have a huge bearing on brain health, and specifically on brain disease, it became important to me to be able to leverage deep knowledge of this empowering information in terms of being able to treat brain disorders.

What is the Human Microbiome Project (HMP)? HMP, launched in 2008 by the National Institutes of Health, is a $115 million exploration of the gut microbiome. In the ongoing research project involving genetic and DNA assessment, researchers are looking at the microbiome array in the gut of individuals suffering from various diseases. They are drawing correlations between emerging patterns in the abnormalities of gut bacteria and specific diseases. For example, autism correlates with an overabundance of the Clostridia species. In diabetes, there are more Firmicutes than Bacteroidetes, which we also see in obesity characteristic of the Western cosmopolitan diet. This is paving the way for interventions designed to restore a normal balance of gut bacteria. An example in my book is Dr. Max Nieuwdorp’s research at the University of Amsterdam, in which he discovered an array of abnormal bacteria that characterize Type 2 diabetes. In the more than 250 individuals diagnosed with diabetes that he treated in a doubleblind study, he was able to reverse the disease by inserting a series of fecal material transfers from healthy, lean donors into diabetic patients.

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What is the most eye-opening information about the roles played by gut organisms? More than 100 trillion bacteria live in our gut. Plus, there are viruses, yeast species and protozoa. When we factor in their genetic material, it means that an astonishing 99 percent of the DNA in our body is bacterial. It’s humbling to realize they influence all manner of physiology, from our immune system to our metabolism, making vitamins, maintaining the gut lining and controlling inflammation, the key mechanism involved in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and any number of brain degenerative disorders. They also exert influence over the expression of our 23,000 genes, in effect regulating the expression of the human genome. The latest startling discovery—which is so new that it’s not in the book—is that bacterial DNA sequences have now been found in the human genome, meaning we are partly bacterial. It reveals the most sophisticated symbiotic and intimate relationship at the deepest level imaginable. It turns the previous way of thinking about who we are upside-down. Our perceptions of the world, moods, hunger or satiety, even our metabolism, are dictated by gut bacteria, which deserve careful stewarding. They don’t deserve, for example, to be bombarded by the capricious use of antibiotics whenever we have the sniffles.

How can we reestablish good gut health? Better food choices bring about significant changes in our body’s microbiome. By incorporating prebiotic foods such as Jerusalem artichokes, dandelion greens, garlic, leeks, onions, jicama or Mexican yam, as well as fermented foods such as kimchi, kombucha tea, yogurt and kefir, individuals can reestablish good gut health that helps them gain control over inflammation, the cornerstone of all degenerative conditions. Inflammation originates in the gut. Balancing bacteria and reducing intestinal permeability, which allows substances to leak through the lining of the small intestine into the bloodstream, can reduce it. Visit Linda Sechrist’s website, ItsAllAbout We.com, for the recorded interview.


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Yoga for the Bros Men Find it Builds All-Around Fitness by Meredith Montgomery

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ive thousand years ago, most yoga teachers and students were men. Today, of the 15 million American practitioners, less than a third are males. However, this figure has increased in the past decade, with teachers in some areas reporting a balanced ratio of men and women in their classes. Yet, even as professional athletes add yoga to their training regimen, Power Yoga founder Bryan Kest, in Santa Monica, California, points out, “To the mainstream man, yoga is not masculine. You see men in ballet performances, but it doesn’t mean men are attracted to ballet.” Eric Walrabenstein, founder of Yoga Pura, in Phoenix, agrees. “To achieve the widest adoption of the practice, we need to shift away from the notion that yoga is a physical exercise primarily for women, to one that embraces yoga’s holistic physical, mental and emotional benefits for anyone regardless of gender.”

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Physically, yoga can complement traditional workout routines by increasing flexibility, strength and balance, and also play a role in pain management and injury prevention. Kest says, “Yoga is the best fitness-related activity I know of, but the tone and shapeliness that results is a byproduct. The focus is on balance and healing.” He encourages students to 30

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challenge themselves without being extreme. “The harder you are on anything, the faster you wear it out. If our objective is to both last as long and feel as good as possible, it makes no sense to push hard. Instead we should be gentle and sensitive in our practice.” Men will do well to learn how to stop what they’re doing and breathe, says Kreg Weiss, co-founder of My Yoga Online (now on Gaiam TV), from Vancouver. He emphasizes the importance of modifying poses as needed during classes and notes that doing so takes vulnerability that doesn’t come naturally to most men. “If you find yourself shaking while holding downward dog, allow yourself to go down to the floor without worrying about what others will think.” Societal pressures of masculinity sometimes dictate who a man thinks he should be. Breaking through such barriers enables a man to be relaxed with himself and unafraid as, “It changes what goes on off the mat, too,” observes Weiss. B h a v a Ram (née Brad Willis), founder of the Deep Yoga School of Healing Arts, in San Diego, points out, “Men need yoga because it helps us deal better with stress and emotional issues. When we have more inner balance, we show up better for ourselves, spouses, friends and loved ones.”

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being used in treatment plans for conditions ranging from addiction and trauma to multiple sclerosis and cancer. Ram was a Type A aggressive reporter and network war correspondent and, “Like many men with similar personality types, I struggled with anger and control issues. I had no interest in yoga; it seemed strange and unnecessary to me,” he recalls. After a broken back, that ended his journalism career, failed surgery, advanced cancer and dependance on prescription drugs, he found himself facing death. Inspired by his young son to take control of his health, he embraced yoga as a healing way forward. After two years of dedicated practice, Ram says he turned 80 pounds of physical weight and 1,000 pounds of emotional toxins into gratitude, forgiveness and loving kindness. “I left 90 percent of my back pain behind and the cancer is gone.” Kest explains that yoga’s significant therapeutic value is based on its capacity to reduce stress and its effects, while teaching and strengthening techniques to cope with it. “Ninety percent of the stress we put on our bodies originates in the stress we put on our minds,” he says. “If you want to be healthy, you have to look at mental fitness, not just the size of your biceps or the strength of your cardiovascular system. It’s calmness and peacefulness of mind that matter.”

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Weiss urges men new to yoga to take time to find the right class. “When men that can’t touch their toes walk into some preconceived notion of a class full of women Om-ing, they feel apprehensive and the experience does them no service.” Regardless of one’s state of fitness, it’s important to start slowly, with a focus on the breath. “If you don’t have a good foundation, you can miss a lot of yoga’s benefits. Seek teachers with a solid yoga background educated in anatomy.” Walrabenstein recommends that first-timers find a class that meets their expectations of targeted benefits. “Remember that yoga is supposed to serve you in enabling your best life possible. If for you that means a vigorous workout, go for it. Even the most physically-oriented yoga styles can carry profound mental and spiritual benefits—and can lead to


a deeper, more rewarding practice over time.” Arrive early to class to get settled and talk with the teacher about physical status, potential limitations or other concerns. Yoga is practiced barefoot and clothing should be loose and comfortable, allowing the body to sweat and move. Walrabenstein reminds men to have fun. “Yoga, like anything, can be awkward at first. Make space for your learning curve and remember, no one in class is judging you.” Meredith Montgomery, a registered yoga teacher, publishes Natural Awakenings of Mobile/Baldwin, AL (HealthyLivingHealthyPlanet.com).

Yoga Helps Vets Heal by Meredith Montgomery

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ccording to the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, an essential aspect of recovering from trauma is learning ways to calm down, or self-regulate. As suicide, divorce, domestic violence, drug abuse, homelessness and violent behavior continue to plague veterans and members of the military, yoga is being regarded as a promising treatment or adjunctive therapy for addressing symptoms associated with trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Numerous studies indicate that veterans that practice yoga (including postures, breath work, guided visualization and affirmation) can better cope with PTSD and other emotional challenges, and realize enhanced physical and mental stability. Former war correspondent Bhava Ram founded Warriors for Healing (W4H). Launched online and through trained teachers this year, “We want to spread the word that yoga science is proven to be extremely effective for coping with PTSD and life-based trauma,” he

says. The intention is to help people unlock their inherent power to heal, and to assist in a journey of self-empowerment as they establish new lives. W4H and its foundation partners provide resources for veterans and their families to implement yoga’s transformational lifestyle practices, including nutrition, philosophy, breath work and postures. Studies from leading institutions including the University of California, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital have shown that these practices can change the organism that is us down to the level of our genomes. “We’re not stuck where we are,” says Ram. “My own history illustrates this, and I’ve seen many others heal from remarkable challenges.” Bootstrap, an online yoga system specific to the challenges of military duty-related stress, has distributed 70,000 yoga sessions to troops and veterans and their families since 2013. Designed to fill the many gaps left by traditional

treatment strategies, it’s tailored to empower users to manage stressors and stressful episodes in a productive and ongoing way. Founder Eric Walrabenstein, a former U.S. Army infantry officer, notes that the program is curriculum-driven. Beyond breath and body postures, its 10-week structure makes it accessible to those that wouldn’t necessarily step into a studio. “The multimedia program has been clinically proven to derail chronic stress caused by military service in less than one hour per day,” he says. Bootstrap is presented as a stressmanagement program that just happens to use yoga techniques. “We did this because many men tend to self-select themselves out of the practice,” he says. “We wanted to avoid that as well as the idea that yoga is primarily about postures, when that’s only a small fraction of what the practice is.” Visit WarriorsForHealing.org and BootstrapUSA.com.

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cause a gain in body fat, which can decrease testosterone levels. Balance is the key.” Broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage: Cruciferous vegetables are rich sources of indole-3-carbinol, which helps both balance testosterone and estrogen, and neutralize excess estrogen in men and women, says Occhiogrosso. Yes, men have estrogen, too, just less than women, and too much blocks testosterone production. Red grapes: This whole food is a good source of resveratrol and proanythocyanidin, which block harmful estrogen production, says White. Excess estrogen production spurred by eating foods like soy and flax and the growth hormones contained in big agriculture’s meat and dairy products lowers testosterone production in men. Strawberries: Due to their cortisollowering vitamin C, all berries help reduce stress, including when hormones are released during a heavy workout that can hamper testosterone production. One study published in the International Journal of Sports Medicine confirms that more cortisol equals less testosterone; another in the World Journal of Men’s Health shows that high cortisol lowers sex drive and results in delayed ejaculation. Plus, two Brazilian studies showed animals with the highest vitamin C intake had the highest sperm counts among study subjects. Another good cortisol fighter is the allicin in garlic. Pomegranates: Occhiogrosso likes pomegranates for building testosterone levels. An impressive study from the International Journal of Impotence Research showed that the performance of 47 percent of the impotent male study participants improved after consuming a daily glass of pomegranate juice for four weeks. “Food is always the first choice when I’m treating men with testosterone and fertility issues,” says Occhiogrosso. “It’s often effective without the dangers of testosterone injections.” Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous health books, including Food Is Medicine: 101 Prescriptions from the Garden. Connect at KathleenBarnes.com.


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SATURDAY, JUNE 20 Empaths Unite – 10am. The mission of Empaths Unite is to empower empaths to learn to use the gift. This is a community of empaths that meets monthly for conversation and community. Love offering. 3450 E. Russell Rd, 112, LV. 702-7487166. SoulSanctuaryLV.org.

SUNDAY, JUNE 21 International Yoga Day Celebration – 9am12pm. Celebrate the International Yoga Day through FREE demo classes, meditations and fun group activities. Everybody welcome, no previous yoga experience necessary. Come to get a taste of authentic yoga and spirituality. Free. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Rd, LV. Ileana: 702-823-6512. Meetup.com/Esoteric-Yoga. 7-min Meditation/Prayer for Peace on Earth – 10:23-10:30am. Join the worldwide network of loving hearts, to support the healing of humanity and Earth. People of religions and spiritual paths welcome. Download guidance at YogaUnited.org. Free. Ileana: 702-823-6512. YogaUnited.org. Celebrate Solstice through Yang Spiral Meditation –10:30-11am. Join a powerful group meditation involving astrological calculations and sacred geometry, to enhance healing and spiritual


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daily Balancing Hormones Naturally – Learn how to balance hormones with natural, safe and gentle non-prescription hormones for men and women of all ages. Relieve hot flashes, weight gain around the middle, mood swings, low energy, low libido, anxiety, erectile dysfunction, depression, insomnia and many more symptoms. Most importantly, help avoid hormone related cancers such as breast, prostate and ovarian cancers resulting from the estrogen in our environment. Watch video classes by Dr. Patricia Beckstead B.S., D.C. BalancingHormonesNaturally.com.

Intentional Healings Center Broadcast with Jodi Friedman – Reiki sessions, Chakra Clearing & Soul Healing sessions, Reiki certification classes, Reiki shares, Intentional Abundance classes, vision boards, meditation for success and inner healing work. Various pricing-see meetup for prices. Intentional Healings, 3450 E Russell Rd, 110, LV. Jodi: 702-274-4545. MeetUp.com/IntentionalHealing/ center/events/calendar/?scroll=true. Kundalini Yoga and Meditation – Tues-Fri. Kundalini Yoga and Meditation classes are a dynamic blend of postures,breathing exercises, relaxation and meditation, which teach you the art of self healing and elevation. No previous experience required,achieve results with your very first class. $18 packages available. RYK Yoga and Meditation Center, 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-478-9600. RYKYoga.com.

Luminosity Wellness Center – Learn the art of hypnotherapy, NLP, Reiki, Theta Healing, the MELT Method, aromatherapy/herbology, chakra balancing and more. Ask about certification classes. Through experience learn self-healing. Prices vary per service. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-721-WELL (9355). Medical Qigong – Tues-Fri. 10-11am. Use body movements, rhythmic breathing, visualizations and healing sounds to develop internal energy for health, vitality, mind expansion and spiritual cultivation. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter@gmail.com. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com.

Private Spiritual Retreat – Private in-home retreat near mountains with Certified Spiritual Coach. Choose two and three-day retreats (dates based on availability). Includes lodging, all meals (vegan/ vegetarian) and classes for transforming one’s life. Costs vary depending on package. Mountains Edge/ Blue Diamond & Durango. 702-720-4065.

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$39.95/set. Receive free info on packets. Send a SASE: Edu-Consultants, PO Box 31043, Las Vegas, NV 89173. Cultural-Diversity@hotmail. com. Success-Secrets.ws.

Wongu University of Oriental Medicine - Graduate Program – 9:30am-5:30pm. The non-profit school offers a Master of Science Degree in Oriental Medicine. Coursework includes acupuncture, herbology, Taiji, moxibustion, Western medicine, practice management and more. Currently accepting applications. $180/didactic unit. $18/clinical hour. Wongu University of Oriental Medicine, 8620 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-463-2122. Start@Wongu. org. Wongu.org.

sunday fresh52 Sunday Farmers’ & Artisan Market – 8:30am-1pm. fresh52 Farmers' & Artisan Market is a lively, friendly, open-air market where neighbors and friends come together to celebrate the community. Free. Sansone Park Place, 9480 S Eastern, LV. 702-900-2552. fresh52.com. On the Ranch Farmers and Artisan Market – 9am-2pm. On the Ranch brings farm fresh certified organic produce, local honey, handmade jams, sauces, food, jewelry, natural skincare, free kids arts & crafts and more to North Las Vegas. Free. Craig Ranch Regional Park, 628 W Craig Rd, NLV. 702-726-2426. OnTheRanchMarket.com.

Soul-Conversations: An Interfaith Meditation and Conversation - 11am. Every Sunday. Explore a different inspiratoinal prayer, poem or story and take that into meditation, listening for Divine guidance. A loving, safe, exploratory sacred community. Love offering. Soul Sanctuary: 702-748-7166. SoulSanctuaryLV.org. Sunday Sound Circle Meditation – 12pm. Weekly guided sound meditation, utilizing crystal singing bowls, gongs, chimes, drums, breath work, body movements. To create balance within the physical bodies. Chakra balancing and clearing of energy blocks is often experienced. $5. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. DeepBreatheAhhh.com. Spirit Walker Series – 2-5pm. "The Spirit Walker" leads participants on a journey. This adventure began 01-11-15 as an Awakening, followed on 04-12-2015 with a lesson in Financial choices, ending 07-12-2015 with Lifestyle action steps. Love donation. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. Christine Essex, 702-721-9355. LuminosityWellnessCenter.com.

Krishna Fest – 6-9pm. A unique night out. Experience mantra chants, vibrant world music, stimulating spiritual knowledge of ancient India. Relax over a super-tasty vegetarian dinner with a diverse range of thoughtful people. Free. Govinda's

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monday Ashtanga Yoga with Simone – 6-7pm. “Come where you are and begin there.” Learn the foundations of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga as you build your practice. You will bring strength, flexibility and endurance to the body and stillness to the mind. $10. 1171 S Buffalo, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. "Healing Mondays" Reiki Circle – 6pm. Immerse Yourself in the wonderful healing energy by giving and receiving Reiki. Reiki is a natural, safe, and effective healing system that uses Spiritually Guided Universal Energy to treat physical, mental, emotional and spiritual issues. $18 packages available. RYK Yoga and Meditation Center, 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-478-9600. RYKYoga.com.

Guided Meditation – 7-8pm. For anyone and everyone seeking to increase personal meditation experience, learn additional breathing techniques and create a mind at rest from thought. Guided by Susan. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com.

Healing the Roots of Addiction – 7pm. This is a community to help you live a life of substance without the substance. A guide back to the root of your addiction so you can transcend that issue into personal power. Love offering. Soul Sanctuary: 702-748-7166. SoulSanctuaryLV.org.

tuesday Mindfulness Meditation – 5pm. Mindfulness Meditation is an adaptation of an ancient Buddhist Vipassana meditation, practicing along with accepting and nonjudgmental focus; remaining focused on the present moment as we understand the process of observing and releasing thoughts. $18 packages available. RYK Yoga and Meditation Center, 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-4789600. RYKYoga.com.

Great Basin Permaculture Monthly – Last Tues. 6-7:30pm. This group educates the community about permaculture in order to promote sustainable food production, water, conservation, energy and more. All are welcome. Green Valley Library, 2797 N Green Valley Pkwy, HD. Facebook.com/ GreatBasinPermaculture.

Qigong and Tai Chi with Sifu JC– 6-8pm. 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. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. Esoteric Yoga: Beginner with Ileana – 6-8pm. Every Tuesday night. Benefits range from improvement of physical conditions and health, to high spiritual and mystical states experienced through meditation, and everything in between: emotional


balance, increased energy, self esteem, sex-appeal, intelligence, memory, control. $20. Intentional Healings Center, 3450 E Russell Rd, 213, LV. Jodi Friedman: 702-274-4545. Meetup.com/IntentionalHealings-Center/events/221688350/.

Messages with Gregory Kompes – 7pm. Ask questions and Psychic Intuitive Gregory A. Kompes shares the answers he receives from one’s spirit guides, angels, archangels, transitioned family members, and inner being. No question is out of bounds. $20. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. LIVE Gong Meditation – 7:30pm. The sound of the Gong creates deep relaxation, releasing us from the torrent of thoughts our mind releases, balances the chakras, stimulates the glandular and nervous system,gives a sense of expanded awareness and higher consciousness! $18 packages available. RYK Yoga and Meditation Center, 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-478-9600. RYKYoga.com.

wednesday Theta Meditation – 1-2pm. This meditation is specially designed to take you into a deep Theta state to achieve amazing healings. Every meditation is created for a specific healing and to help awaken the sleeping master within you. Love donation. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. Jeff: 702-324-2595. TheSacredArtOfHealilng. com. Reiki - Yoga with Lisa Agnello – 6-7pm. Every Wednesday night. Open the mind - relax the body - unleash the spirit. Yoga is infused with the peace and tranquility of Reiki. Move gracefully through the asanas while receiving healing energy and awakening the chakras. $15. Intentional Healings Center, 3450 E Russell Rd, 213, LV. Jodi Friedman: 702-274-4545. Meetup.com/Intentional-HealingsCenter/events/221687987/. 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. TransformationsLasVegas.com.

Vinyasa Yoga and Sonic Therapy – 7-8:30pm. An all levels vinyasa flow class with pranayama and mantra meditation. Learn the secrets of relaxation and explore the practical techniques for a healthy mind, body and soul. Donation based. Govinda's Center, 7181 Dean Martin Dr, LV. 702-434-8332. GovindasCenter.com.

thursday Green Drinks – Second Thurs. Network with other eco-friendly business professionals. Times/ locations vary. Facebook.com/GreenDrinksLV. 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 Angela Stueber: 702-463-2122, ext 302.

Wongu University of Oriental Medicine, 8620 S Eastern Ave, LV. Wongu.org.

Homemade Vegan/Vegetarian Dinners – 6-9pm. Thursday is vegan/vegetarian dinner night at Govinda’s. Preparations will consist of vegetable stew, rice or pasta, soup, bread, a dessert and beverage for a donation of $8/plate. Senior/student discounts available. $8. Govinda's Center, 7181 Dean Martin Dr, LV. 702-434-8332. GovindasCenter.com.

Superior Health With Essential Oils – 6-8pm. Essential Oils are 50-70 times more powerful than herbs. Learn about why one uses dōTERRA Essential Oils and how to use them. RSVP and receive a free 5ml Wild Orange. Free. Naturally Organic 1171 S Buffalo, LV. Christina: 702-562196. Christina.Certified-Pure-Oils.com. Esoteric Yoga Class – 6-8pm. Every Thursday. Learn the fundamentals of spirituality fromthe practical viwe of Yoga. Receive step-by-step guidance to enhance your body, mind and spirit. $20. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Rd, LV. Ileana: 702-823-6512. Meetup. com/Esoteric-Yoga. 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 Center, 800 N Rainbow, 100, LV. 702948-4999. EnchantedForestReiki.com.

Solar NV Monthly Meeting – 6:30pm.

Praying Past the Blocks Prayer Community – 7pm. A prayer community designed to help one move past the blocks to the life the heart dreams about. A loving community to listen to one’s inner wisdom in meditation and receive prayer support. Donation. 3450 E Russell Rd, 112, LV. 702-8029130. SoulSanctuaryLV.org.

Live Gong Meditation – 7:30pm. The sound of the Gong creates deep relaxation, releasing us from the torrent of thoughts our mind releases, balances the chakras, stimulates the glandular and nervous system, gives a sense of expanded awareness and higher consciousness! $18 packages available.

friday Farmers Market at Downtown 3rd – 9am-2pm. A thriving, bustling, community gathering place featuring the largetst selection of organic produce from California family farms. Local Nevada farmers picked and brought to market at the peace of the season. Unique gourmet artisan products, spices grown in the desert, best raw food and gluten free products. Award winning. 300 North Casino Center Blvd. Easy parking. 702-708-1891. Downtown3rdFarmersMarket.com. 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. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com.

experience uplifting, joy, relaxation and spiritual connection with the HU chant every fourth Friday of the month. Free. Pure Health Foods, 7575 W Washington, LV. 702-224-4325. Energy & Healing Circle – 6:30pm. All are welcome. This relaxed, open circle is a wonderful opportunity to experience and share the gifts of Reiki and other energy healing practices in an informal, supportive environment. Love donations accepted. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. Adam Stuart Littman: 725-222-0323. LuminosityWellnessCenter.com.

Reiki Spiritual Mastermind – 7-9pm. An open forum discussion with Reiki Master/Inspirational Speaker; followed by guided meditation and deep personalized Reiki healing. Give the gift of Reiki to self/others. $5 suggested love offering. 1420 E Harmon, 3, LV (Across UNLV). 702-659-2390.

Taize Prayer Service – 7pm. Taize Prayer consists of simple Christian phrases set to music and repeatedly sung/prayed in community, amidst candlelight and darkness. Relax and enjoy this spiritual service led by Rob Manfrey. Donation. Soul Sanctuary: 702-802-9130. SoulSanctuaryLV.org. Yoga Nidra "Conscious Deep Sleep" – 7:30pm. Guided by the soothing and comforting voice of your teacher, while you enter into a deep sleep but still remaining conscious and aware. Yoga-Nidra expands your consciousness allowing for a greater sense of self-awareness. $18 packages available. RYK Yoga and Meditation Center, 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-478-9600. RYKYoga.com.

saturday Downtown Summerlin Farmers 'Market – 9am2pm. Curated by Kerry Clasby, also known as the Intuitive Forager. This Farmers' Market is the only one in Las Vegas where 90% of its produce is organic and free of pesticides. Free. Downtown Summerlin, 1980 Festival Plaza Drive, LV. 702832-1000.

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. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com.

Mindfulness Meditation – 10:30am. Mindfulness Meditation is an adaptation of an ancient Buddhist Vipassana meditation, practicing along with accepting and nonjudgmental focus; remaining focused on the present moment as we understand the process of observing and releasing thoughts. $18 packages available. RYK Yoga and Meditation Center, 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-4789600. RYKYoga.com. Spiritual Experience Discussions – 6-7pm. Discuss spiritual experience of all faiths in a respectful and open environment. Free. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com.

Community HU – 6:15-6:45pm. Fourth Fri. Community HU: Open the heart to divine love and

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ENERGY HEALING/BALANCING ANGEL'S LIGHT COACHING

Rose Catmull Rose@AngelsLightCoaching.com 702-350-1711 • AngelsLightCoaching.com Awaken and Discover Your Inner Peace. Scheduling a session with Rose will can assist to free yourself from "struggles" in your life. Additionally: Awaken your intuition, Release attachments and beliefs, Connect to your angels, Integrate back into the flow of Joy and Love. Private sessions, seminars, classes and meditations offered. See ad, page 35.

INNERLIGHT ENERGY THERAPY Christina Faye 702-493-4823 loving_intentions@me.com

Intuitive and empathic children and adults often face challenges in a classroom and workplace. Innerlight Energy Balancing Therapy helps improve focus and c o n c e ntration 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.

SPIRIT OF THE OWL

Roxanne Perillo, Reiki Master/Teacher Shamanic Energy Medicine 920-336-6468 • SpiritOfTheOwl.com 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 17.

EMPOWERMENT/CONSULTING TRACEY OWENS

Empowerment Catalyst Tracey@TraceyOwens.com 251-680-4413 • TraceyOwens.com Embark on a Spiritual Journey of going within to create more of what you want in your l i f e ! Tr a c e y ’s E n e r g i z e d Empowerment techniques combine guided mentoring with Intuitive Chakra Illumination. Immediately begin to improve your life in positive ways. Sessions available by phone, via Skype or in-person. See ad, page 15.


ENERGY PRODUCTS ALPHABIO CENTRIX, R & D 2520 Saint Rose Pkwy, #117 Henderson, NV 89074

At AlphaBio Centrix, R&D we use space age technology to manufacture energetically infused products for your safety from radiation and to enhance your healthy lifestyle. In December, AlphaBio Centrix was selected for the 2014 Best of Henderson Award in the "Physical Engineering & Life Sciences Research & Development" category. See ad, page 43.

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HEALING/HOLISTICCENTERS ENCHANTED FOREST REIKI CENTER, SPIRITUAL ITEMS 'N MORE 800 N Rainbow Blvd, #100, LV 89107 702-948-4999 EnchantedForestReiki.com

Reiki-ShamanicCranial SacralChakra BalancingSound TherapyBars AccessCrystal healers. Plus lots of classes and events such as Reiki Certification, meditations, intuitive studies and much more. Visit our beautiful metaphysical gift shop. See ad, page 17.

LUMINOSITY WELLNESS CENTER 2400 N. Tenaya Way, Las Vegas 89128 702-721-9355 (WELL) LuminosityWellnessCenter.com

We are a complimentary holistic center that gives individuals valuable insight and up-to-date information on health and wellness topics and trends. Visit our website for upcoming free Community Workshops. See ad, page 26.

HOLISTIC DENTISTRY AAA DENTAL & FOUR SEASONS DENTAL SPA

Dr. Jim Wright, DDS, AIAOMT, AIABDM 8855 W Flamingo, LV 89147 702-281-9900 HolisticDentistLasVegas.com 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. We offer holistic, no-prep veneers, Lumineers, Invisalign Braces, dental implants and All on 4 Implant Bridges, sleep and full sedation dentistry. See ad, pages 36 & 43.

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

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 at, page 23.

MEDICAL CENTERS DOCTOR ALLEN WELLNESS & MEDICAL CENTER

Evan C. Allen, MD, Board Certified Family Physician 1701 Green Valley Pkwy, #5B, HD 702-754-4900 • AllenWellness.com Dr. Allen specializes in reversing diseases. Reverse Heart Disease, Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Asthma, Migraines, Fatty Liver and many other diseases easily and naturally, without the cost of expensive medications and supplements using scientifically proven techniques. See ad, page 21.

RESTORATION NEUROLOGY 7106 Smoke Ranch Rd, #110 Las Vegas, NV 89128 702-796-3847

All natural, very effective treatment for difficult medical conditions that result from low neurotransmitter levels: chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, insomnia, migraines, fibromyalgia, Alzheimer ’s, Parkinson’s, Crohn’s, addiction, ADD, IBS, mood disorder, obesity, restless leg and more.See ad, page 22.

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5463 S. Durango Drive, Ste 120/E Las Vegas, NV 89113 702-776-8881 •BodyMFR.com Specializing in the John F. Barnes Myofascial Release. The ultimate whole body approach, mind-body treatment and missing link to healthcare which is highly effective in treating acute and chronic pain.

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Puhrump, NV Request information: LasPalomas@NaturalAwakeningsLV.com Now taking reservations for 2016 Are you looking for a location to hold a r e t r e a t , c e r e m o n y, meditation or spiritual gathering? Las Palomas in Puhrump will be available soon! This 2.5 acre flat, primitive property is a spiritual area to retreat, renew, relax and connect with Spirit. Located within the Nopah Mountain Range, you'll see eagles soar overhead as you watch the sun set in the west while the moon rises in the east. Awaken at Las Palomas!

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