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When We Set Out by Mark Nepo


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eaching me how to steer the 30-foot-long sailboat he built, my father would say, “It’s the sail that follows the wind, and the rudder that follows the sail.” The sail, by its nature, will catch the wind and lean into it. The rudder is for steering once we’ve set sail. Our soul is like a sail. Once hoisted, it’s filled by the wind of Spirit, which establishes our course and direction. Our will is our rudder; its job is to follow where the soul filled with Spirit leads, helping to steer our way. When we lean on will to make things happen, we can grow stubborn, confused or lost. Clear sailing comes when we’re being carried toward a vision greater than our self, feeling wholly alive along the way. Scudding along the sea, my father was living once for all time, feeling the sensation of all life in that moment. We all yearn to live in these moments forever, yet even a taste of aliveness can fill, sustain and refresh us in the midst of daily tasks. We all face times beyond our control when life doesn’t follow our designs and we’re asked to work with life and not fight, curse or hide from it. When insisting on our way, we can get so tangled in our will that we can’t find or feel the wind of Spirit. During these times—when we fear there is no meaning and it seems there’s nothing holding us up—our will can puff, snap and flap about in a desperate attempt to fill what looms as an empty life. 4

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But even setting out on the sea, it’s never easy. My father remarked, “It’s always harder to sail toward a fixed point, because you will inevitably have to cross the wind several times to get there.” By contrast, a boat moves its fastest and cleanest when it simply follows the wind. It’s the same when we listen for where life is taking us, instead of busily thinking about where we’re going. Devoting ourselves to experiencing the journey, rather than determining a destination, we discover our way. Like a sail, our life must be out in the open before the wind will show its face. Likewise, Spirit fills us when we can inhabit our true nature. We miss what awaits us if we hover too close to the shore of our past, our family, someone else’s dream for us, or an old identity. To feel the wind in our face, we must leave the shallows and harbors for the deep. Only then will the larger, timeless destination show itself and our soul be filled enough with Spirit that our smaller self will have no choice but to engage in steering us toward all that matters. Adapted excerpt from The One Life We’re Given: Finding the Wisdom that Waits in Your Heart, by Mark Nepo (Atria). Connect at and

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rain Solutions, Inc. (BSI), a Las Vegas practice focused on helping individuals with learning, communication, focus and coordination issues most often characterized by children and adults with ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, Tourette’s, learning disorders and other conditions stemming from brain injury or dysfunction, is now enrolling for summer classes. BSI offers a variety of neuroscience-based programs, including the Tomatis Method and Cellfield Reading Intervention, designed to trigger brain neuroplasticity to improve functioning in children and adults without medications. The programs at Brain Solutions generate foundational results for memory, balance, sensory integration, processing and self-control. Rather than based in a try-more/try-harder model, programs at BSI bring about enduring and more robust brain function to allow the individual greater success at home, work, school and life in general. They are designed for anyone that may face these challenges or has a loved one that struggles. Natural Awakenings readers receive 10 percent off the Tomatis program in the month of May. For a free consultation, call 702-340-2248, email or visit See ad, page 35.

Biking is Catching on with New Passes


eople are embracing bike sharing and rolling up impressive numbers for the RTC Bike Share program the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada introduced only six months ago. With 180 bikes at 21 strategically placed stations in downtown Las Vegas, it provides a convenient, healthy and affordable transportation option. Since launching last October, users have BOUGHT nearly 4,000 passes and burned more than 1 million calories pedaling their way on short trips. RTC Bike Share single-ride passes can be purchased at the station kiosks for $4 for 30 minutes of usage. Other passes include a 24-hour pass for $8 and a 30-day membership for $20, both of which can be purchased online. The longer passes and memberships allow users to check out a bike for a half-hour at a time within the pass duration. The program complements the dedicated green bike lanes in downtown Las Vegas and the RTC Bike Center at the Bonneville Transit Center, which offers free bike parking, complimentary bike clinics, onsite bike repairs and rentals, as well as bathrooms, showers and lockers for commuting cyclists in the downtown area.

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he Salt Room is expanding in their new location at 10624 South Eastern Avenue, Suite G, in Henderson. Mother’s Days specials include Ultimate Pamper, a 60-minute massage, 50-minute facial, five, 45-minute Salt Cave sessions and a Himalayan salt lamp for $299 ($435 value); or the Grand Pamper, a 60-minute massage, 50-minute facial and three, 45-minute Salt Cave sessions for $199 ($310 value). Offering a unique experience for revitalizing mind, body and soul, The Salt Room offers salt therapy, Holo-Yoga, holotherapy for kids, body treatments, facials, skin regimens and holomassage. “Salt therapy, also referred to as halotherapy, is a drug-free holistic therapy that recreates the microclimate of a salt cave,” says founder Ava Mucikyan, “It helps treat respiratory conditions such as cold, flu, allergies, asthma, bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, sinus infections, sinusitis, rhinitis, hay fever and emphysema. In addition, the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of salt therapy effectively treat skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis. Salt Therapy can dramatically enhance sports and singing performances and improve lung function by increasing lung capacity and stamina. It has no side effects and helps build your immune system.” Locations in Summerlin and Henderson. For more information, call 702-2287258 or visit

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oga Haven is offering a free yoga program for other nonprofits that service abused and at-risk populations, mainly women, youth and young adults. Fewer than 5 percent of trauma victims have tried yoga nor reaped its full benefits. Yoga Haven launched its first yoga program with Crossings Supportive Housing/St. Jude’s Ranch for Children in March. Crossings provides housing for homeless 18-to-25-year-olds; the six-month program provides yoga three times per week and monthly workshops for 15 residents. Yoga Haven reaches out to organizations that can benefit from the yoga program. On May 7, Yoga Haven will featuring Heidi Otero guiding a vinyasa flow yoga class. She mentored under Zeek Vincent, creator of Z-Flow Yoga. On May 21, Lauren Ann Verona will lead a Hot Yin Flow yoga class at 103 Hot Pilates Yoga (4245 S. Grand Canyon Dr. Ste. 118). She holds a 500-hour certification and is and an alumni ambassador for Lululemon Athletica. Qualified professional yoga teachers that want to instruct in the program are encouraged to attend Yoga Haven’s Community Outreach Reception in June at Ashley Wynn’s studio, The Grateful Yogi (6070 S. Rainbow, Ste. 104). Date TBD. For more information, visit

Celebrate Food Revolution Day with 555 Dinner

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onprofits Create A Change Now and The Reset Project will hold their third joint health education event celebrating communities working together to create sustainable change in nutrition education with a ‘555’ dinner from 6:30 to 9 p.m., May 7, at the UNLV Garden, in support of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day. Five Chefs: Executive Chef Mark Sandoval, of UNLV, Chef Rick Moonen, of RM Seafood and RX Boiler Room, Executive Chef Hansel Tan, of chow, Pastry Chef Vincent Pellerin ,of Eatt Healthy Food Restaurant, Executive Director of Mixology & Spirits Education for SGWS Francesco Lafranconi, and host Executive Chef Donald Lemperle, of VegeNation. Five Farms: Jennifer Mujica, of Living Well Organic, has collaborated with the chefs and planted specific crops for each menu course. Five Courses: Each chef has designed one course and our mixologist has crafted original drinks for this years menu that are plant-based and all the produce and herbs direct from the UNLV farm. Tickets start at $77 at Location: 616 E. Carson Ave., Ste. 120, Las Vegas.

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he sixth annual Health, Healing & Happiness Expo, one of the most popular events in the West for nutrition and natural solutions that embrace body, mind and spirit, will take place from June 09 through 11, at Tuscany Suites & Casino. There will be top speakers, master chef demos, holistic health expo, a Friday welcome reception, Friday gala dinner with the stars, exciting new workshops, yoga and fitness classes, vegan lunch buffets, great raffles and giveaways. At a Gala Dinner with the Stars on Friday, dine with keynote speakers of the conference and feast on a four-course vegan gourmet dinner created by celebrity Chef Mayra in an elegant setting. Attend amazing new workshops this year and for a small extra fee, learn about anti-aging foods, edible skincare, the 528Hz healing frequency, how to deal with candida, using turmeric for health and much more. Presenters include: Dr. Joel Fuhrman, M.D. “America’s Health Coach” is a family physician and best-selling author of Eat to Live, End of Heart Disease and many more. He is a nutritional researcher who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods. Brian Clement, Ph.D., LN, is the director of the Hippocrates Health Institute in Florida, an internationally acclaimed raw foods nutrition expert and author of numerous popular books, including Living Foods for Optimal Health. Dr. Michael Klaper, M.D., is an award-winning clinical instructor; contributor to PBS programs Food for Thought and Diet for a New America. 10

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Miyoko Schinner, the “queen of vegan cheese” with her brand Miyoko’s Kitchen, creates the most delectable whole food, plant-based cheeses in the world. Steve Pavlina is a long-term vegan, an self-help author, motivational speaker and entrepreneur, attracting more than 100 million visits to Chef Mayra , or “Dr. Flavor”, has been in the healthy eating and cooking industry for more than 12 years, combining Latin and Caribbean passion, flavors and a sense for the high vibrations of food into her artful culinary creations. Don Tolman, the “whole food medicine cowboy”, searches the world for the lost wisdom of the ancients and the about the real potential of human beings. John Pierre, “trainer to the stars”, is a renowned nutrition and fitness expert and one of the U.S .pioneers in creating brain-building classes. He will train his

legendary boot camp. Chef Keidi Awadu is an award-winning raw food chef who has developed a brand of nutritionally dense cuisine he calls Living Superfood. Chef Stacey Dougan has been a vegan and raw foods chef for more than 12 years and owner of the popular Simply Pure plant-based eatery in Container Park Las Vegas. Brenda Carey is the founder and editor in chief of Vegan Health & Fitness magazine. She works closely with top vegan athletes and nutritional experts worldwide to show how nutrition can provide optimum performance and health. Ina Mohan, founder and president of, created the annual Health, Healing & Happiness conference to raise awareness for natural solutions like diet and lifestyle, which can prevent and heal diseases. Her mission is to empower people to take control of their own health and their life. is a guide to a healthy, cruelty-free and sustainable lifestyle that promotes and informs about the benefits of a plant-based diet for human health, the environment, and animal welfare. Prices start at $30 and VIP packages are available. Location: 255 E. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas. Buy tickets at For more information, visit and See ad, page 5.

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op UFO Conference contact in the desert will return to Joshua Tree for a fifth year from May 19 to 22 at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center, in California, with an all-star lineup of speakers. In one of the most famous UFO sighting areas in America, thousands of enthusiasts from all over the globe attend this event each year. Chariots of the Gods author Erich von Daniken, Ancient Aliens star Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, George Noory, host of Coast to Coast AM, Fingerprints of the Gods author Graham Hancock, Disclosure Project founder Dr. Steven Greer and best-selling author of the Communion series, Whitley Strieber, will all be on hand to discuss the latest developments in UFOlogy. Other speakers include include two-term Alaska Senator Mike Gravel, popular Ancient Aliens expert Robert Schoch, Secret Space Program veteran Corey Goode and Aztec sighting incident authorities Scott and Suzanne Ramsey. This prestigious group also feature Robert Bauval, Michael Tellinger, David Wilcock, Andrew Collins, Jacques Vallee, Linda Moulton Howe, Chris Hardy, Jim Marrs, Michael Dennin, Nick Pope, Michael Salla, David Sereda, Richard Dolan, Brian Foerster, Jason Martell, James Gilliland, Carl Lehrburger, Laura Eisenhower, Sasha and Janet Lessin, Mike Bara, Joel “Doc” Wallach, Jimmy Church, Clyde Lewis, JJ and Desiree Hurtak, Kathleen Marden, Kim Carlsberg, Patty Greer, Steve Murillo and many others. Breaking off into several tracks, the conference will focus on topics such as Ancient Alien studies, Contact Experiences, Sightings, Crop Circles, Abduction, other proof of alien visitation and Government Interactions with Aliens. In addition to the panels, lectures, meet-and-greets, film screenings and natural beauty included with a weekend pass, attendees are also able to purchase tickets for more than 30 workshops from the top UFO experts, including Wilcock, von Däniken, Tsoukalos and Greer, and a luncheon with Noory. Night vision and fieldwork experiences will be available, and on May 23, nine of the presenters will each offer three-hour intensives. Cost is $275/$495 couple. Location: 59700 29 Palms Hwy., Joshua Tree, CA. For more about passes, lodging, meals and other options, visit


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ertified Yoga Therapist Alicia Cuglietta has amassed training and certifications exceeding 1,000 hours in yoga therapy and specializes in anxiety disorders, back care and women’s health. She leads semiannual formal yoga retreats and women’s weekends of healing throughout the warmer months at The Retreat at Eagle Valley, an intimate retreat house three hours outside of the Las Vegas Valley offering yoga, meditation, relaxation, nature, massage and healthy home cooked vegetarian cuisine. Indoor accommodations and onsite camping are available. A Memorial Day Yoga Retreat will be held from May 25 to 29. The retreat begins with dinner and an opening circle and will conclude after breakfast on May 29. There will be yoga, nature, delicious food and time spent with wonderful people. A typical day at the retread includes meditation, breakfast, yoga flow, lunch, a guided hike, gentle yoga, dinner and a fire ceremony. Each day will have a similar schedule and classes/activities are optional. She states, “I have been a yoga teacher and yoga therapist for many years now. As such, it’s been my dream to offer the healing practices of yoga in a retreat style setting. That dream has now become a reality. “Whether you are new to yoga or

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he Sophia Center for Goddess Study will hold a book signing for Sekhmet: Transformation in the Belly of the Goddess, by Nicki Scully, at 6:30 p.m., June 2, and a weekend workshop based on Scully’s work on June 3 and 4 that includes a ritual at the Temple of Goddess Spirituality dedicated to Sekhmet. Participants will learn how to take offerings of fear, rage and weakness to Sekhmet and have them transformed into alchemical gold, the universal medicine for physical, emotional and soul healing. The Lioness Goddess Sekhmet of the Egyptian pantheon is a fierce protector of truth, balance, and the cosmic order of Ma’at. Known and feared as the

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esearchers from the United Kingdom’s University of Winchester have found that cycling improves brain function. The study tested the cognitive function of 17 physically active men in their 20s before and after two, 30-minute sessions on a stationary bike. The results showed significant cognitive improvements following each session. Biking to work is also a good way to reduce our carbon footprint, but breathing in exhaust fumes and other pollutants is a concern for street cyclists. Alexander Bigazzi, a transportation expert in the department of civil engineering and school of community and regional planning at the University of British Columbia, has studied the relationship between average-speed bicycle travel and inhalation of potentially harmful air. Using a U.S. Census-based computer model of 10,000 people, Bigazzi found that the ideal bicycling speed to inhale the minimum amount of pollution is between 7.5 to 12.5 miles per hour (mph), placing the lowest risk for women at nearly eight mph and for men at just over eight mph. “The faster you move, the harder you breathe and the more pollution you could potentially inhale, but you are also exposed to traffic for a shorter period of time. This analysis shows where the sweet spot is,” says Bigazzi.

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esearchers from the Copenhagen University Hospital, in Denmark, discovered expectant mothers that take omega-3 supplements while pregnant reduce the risk that their babies will develop asthma. Analyzing blood samples from 695 Danish women at 24 weeks of gestation and again one week after birth, the study tested the levels of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)—longchain omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, fish oil and DHA-algae supplements—in the women’s blood. The health of the babies was monitored for five years and compared with the blood analysis. The children of the mothers given 2.4 grams of long-chain omega-3 supplements during their third trimester displayed an overall 31 percent reduced risk of developing asthma. “Asthma and wheezing disorders have more than doubled in Western countries in recent decades,” explains Professor Hans Bisgaard, of the Copenhagen Prospective Studies on Asthma in Childhood at the hospital. “We now have a preventative measure to help bring those numbers down.”

Latin American Tree Bark Improves Diabetes Markers

study from the University of Prague, in the Czech Republic, has found that extracts from the bark of the Hintonia latiflora, a tree grown in Mexico and South America, can help regulate blood glucose levels in people with Type 2 diabetes. Researchers administered a capsule containing a dry concentrated extract from the plant to 32 subjects with the condition and monitored their blood glucose levels for six months. The subjects experienced an 11 percent decrease in glycated hemoglobin, an indicator that the body can better regulate blood glucose levels during the period, as well as a slight reduction in cholesterol and triglycerides. The researchers also found the natural treatment resulted in a 25 percent reduction in fasting blood glucose levels and a 22 percent reduction in post-meal glucose levels. Liver enzymes showed improved levels in the subjects, as well. No adverse side effects were observed.



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Marine Reserve Preserves Ocean Biodiversity The French government has expanded the Réserve Naturelle Nationale des Terres Australes Françaises, a highly protected marine reserve in French-controlled, sub-Antarctic waters of the southern Indian Ocean, from about 8,000 to more than 46,000 square miles; it now includes seven areas surrounding the islands of Crozet and Kerguelen. France intends to designate 10 percent of its oceanic territory by 2020, and this action brings the total as of the end of 2016 to 1.3 percent. These large-scale, fully protected marine reserves may serve as climate refuges for many species. The rich biodiversity of the new addition includes marine mammals, fish, seabirds, orcas, penguins, Antarctic fur seals and the critically endangered Amsterdam albatross. Source:

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New Seed-Sharing Law in California California is the fourth state to pass a law making it legal to swap seeds and collect them in non-commercial libraries. That’s good, because the U.S. Department of Agriculture Federal Seed Act, in place for 80 years, mandates that any activity involving non-commercial distribution of seeds must be labeled, permitted and tested according to industrial regulations that would be both costly and burdensome to the hundreds of local seed libraries operating in 46 states. Nebraska, Illinois and Minnesota also recently passed laws protecting noncommercial seed activity from regulatory requirements. Free seed libraries, swaps and exchanges increase access to local food and can play a large role in expanding and preserving biodiversity. Neil Thapar, the food and farm attorney at the Sustainable Economies Law Center, says, “We wanted to create the legal framework for an alternative system that is not reliant on large companies to provide open-pollinated seed varieties. Seed sharing has a direct connection to building local economic resilience.” The center is taking action to try to get laws changed in all 50 states.

Turtle Turnaround

Record Hatchlings Give Hope Worldwide, six of the seven sea turtle species are threatened or endangered because of human activity. A ray of hope now shining from conservation efforts is that nesting sea turtles have posted record numbers of successful hatchlings in South Carolina the last three years, with Georgia and Florida reporting similar results. Decades of helpful efforts are paying off due to increased public awareness of turtlefriendly practices at seaside locations. Heed these rules: 4 Keep lights off on beachfront property during nesting season. 4 Refrain from using flash photography on the beach at night. 4 Keep beaches and oceans clean. Litter such as plastic bags and balloons can cause injury or death when sea turtles mistake them for jellyfish, a favorite food. 4 Respect sea turtles by observing them from a distance. 4 Report dead or injured sea turtles and nest disturbances to 1-800-9225431. Learn more about sea turtle conservation and how to get involved at Find an introductory video at OceanToday.


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Balloon Doom

Helium-filled balloons look pretty when released at special events, but they eventually become earthbound trash littering land and water, often traveling great distances before reaching their final resting places; spans of up to 1,300 miles have been recorded. The Ocean Conservancy recently picked up nearly 94,000 balloon remnants in the course of a year’s worth of cleanup operations. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, fish, dolphins, whales, seabirds and sea turtles have all been found with latex balloons in their stomachs, blocking their digestive tracts. One study of two stranded sperm whales in California attributed their deaths to huge amounts of consumed ocean debris. Another found that more than half of one species of sea turtle surveyed had trash in their gut; mostly balloons. The problem is so serious that several states and cities have already outlawed mass balloon releases. Latex balloons are technically biodegradable, but that process can take six months or more, according to the UK National Association of Balloon Artists and Suppliers. Celebratory alternatives include laser shows, music performances, bubbles, banners and reusable inflatable characters.

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t is not uncommon for professional dental services to offer perks such as plush reclining chairs, aromatherapy and relaxing music and videos, but savvy individuals seek even more; biological dentists with a holistic philosophy is based on the theory that the whole is more than the sum of its parts, or symptoms. Armed with mounting evidence that supports the link between periodontal disease and heart disease, diabetes and pre-term births, growing numbers of dental patients are exploring safe and healthy treatment options and protocols. “People who need dental work are doing research that helps them make better, more health-conscious decisions. I respectfully call them Google Doctors! They are smart and I love having this type

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of patient. Often, they teach me things about whole body health.” explains Dr. James Wright, DDS, AIAOMT, AIABDM, founder of Four Seasons Dental Spa. The holistic dental spa works to educate patients on how to be their own dental advocate. Across the lobby, patients enjoy care and learning in the Level 2 Wellness Clinic, with Dr. John Fitzgerald, creator of “When faced with an opinion that you have evidence of gum disease, for example, you should be aware of the difference between short- and long-term options, as well as the real issues, which are the health consequences,” comments Wright. “I see it all the time. People just don’t realize how toxins in their mouths can impact their whole health. Eighty

percent of disease begins in the mouth. Biocompatibility for example, has less to do with periodontal disease than with other chronic illnesses, pain and allergies. The more you understand ahead of time about periodontal examinations, diagnostic tests, proposed treatments and expected results, the better your questions will be during consultations with your dentist and health practitioners.” Root causes can be difficult to discover, and very important as they can be the key to unlock illness. This same principle applies to everything from treating individual issues underlying halitosis to restoration of teeth with old mercury fillings or chronically infected root canals. It’s important to know that those considering having silver, mercury amalgam fillings removed, realize this must be done by a biologic or holistic dentist with experience in low-emission removal techniques. When done incorrectly, removal of amalgams can expose the patient to a substantial amount of mercury. According to Wright, holistic dental treatment may be the most important health decision we make. “We protect the patient in 10 different ways during the mercury removal process, and we fully protect our dentists and dental assistants.” He says. “Preparation is timeconsuming, with a 45-minute set-up time. We never take short cuts, we follow safe protocols 100 percent of the time and we have never had a patient sick, or with a mercury spike, after removing the old mercury fillings.” According to Wright, the present void in holistic dental health care exists because medical doctors have little to no training in dentistry, and dentists aren’t licensed to treat the whole body. That gap is being filled by biological dentists that consider a patient’s teeth, jaws and gums from a whole-body perspective. Biological dentists typically work closely with an array of healthcare professionals, including environmental physicians, acupuncturists, chiropractors, naturopaths, nutritionists, body workers and other holistic practitioners. “True biological dentists are not just mercury-free, they use least reactive, least-toxic materials based on blood chemistry and materials testing,” advises Wright. “They believe that proper nourishment, detoxification and restoration

of balance and function are paramount to overall health and that dentistry plays a vital role.” They ascribe to the ‘First, do no harm principle.’ It is a mission they support by taking hundreds of hours of continuing education, keeping up-to-date with studies published throughout the world and making substantial investments in the special equipment and supplies necessary for health-conscious dental interventions, such as necessary precautions for safe removal of amalgam fillings that contain mercury. Life circumstances and stressors, health issues and even daily activities can affect the diagnosis and treatment of oral conditions. Wright remarks, “Most people are surprised that chronic and acute health problems, emotional and physical stress, dietary changes, weight gain or loss, accidents, operations, travel, new medications, supplements and lack of sleep all can be connected with the health of gums and teeth.” The firm belief that dental products and procedures also affect the entire body is a shared premise of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT), the Holistic Dental Association (HDA) and the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine (IABDM). Representing a population that still comprises less than one-half of 1 percent of practicing dentists, these organizations have established training programs, scientific studies and strict biological treatment standards. Individuals seeking to become their own dental advocate usually start with downloaded information from biological dental organization and consumer group websites. The following sites also offer directories of holistic, biological or mercury-free dentists: Consumers for Dental Choice ( Holistic Dental Association (; International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine (; International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology ( and International Association of Mercury-Free Dentists ( Location: 8855 W. Flamingo Rd., Suite 102, Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-309-4600 or visit, See ads, page 3 and back cover.

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r. J a m e s Wright recently saw a patient with a history of smoking, but no other health issues. A dental exam revealed periodontal gum disease and one cavity. The periodontal treatment was started, and after six weeks, a follow-up exam revealed major improvement and the patient was very optimistic about continuing her periodontal gum care. At the next appointment, Wright planned to address one cavity, located on the outside border of an old silver mercury amalgam filling. The decay was due to leakage and breakdown, which is common with such fillings. When Wright asked how she was feeling, she replied, “Not great, I have been feeling strangely off. I am experiencing joint aches, brain fog, depression and restless leg issues, I can’t figure out what is going on, this is just not like me.” “When I examined her teeth, Wright explains, “I noticed a new filling where the old mercury filling had been, which led me to ask about the old mercury filling which had been surrounded by decay.” The patient explained, ‘I am embarrassed to tell you, but I went back to my old dentist because I had booked an appointment before I came in to see you, and he was much cheaper for the filling.’” Wright’s assistant asked if holistic safety protocols were used

to remove the old silver mercury filling. His patient responded, “No, I did not even realize it was the tooth with the mercury. The dentist just drilled it out and never even mentioned the mercury.” She went on to say that she had the filling done just before she started feeling sick, about a month prior, and she was still feeling miserable. It was not until all the puzzle pieces were put together that the patient remembered that in her youth she had many health issues after visiting the dentist. Her childhood dental care included placement of silver mercury amalgam fillings. Later in life, she had many old mercury fillings removed and replaced with beautiful new white crowns and again experienced health issues. Science shows that mercury affects every cell and system in our body. Depending on genetic coding, effects and symptoms of mercury toxicity can be different in individuals. This patient reports she is going through the same body aches that she had in her 20s and 40s. Many of these conditions can result from the underlying inflammation and immune dysfunction associated with a high burden of mercury. “I suggested tests done by a holistic practitioner, so we together could best determine a wellness path,” says Wright. The cost of continued on page 22 natural awakenings

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be thought of as the master antioxidant. One of its many roles is to attach to metals and other toxins to help guide them out of the body. While Glutathione is helpful, it is only part of the solution, along with Liposomal or IV vitamin C, in combination with other supplement to clear the system of mercury, as it is easy to move mercury around the body, and difficult to move out of the body. In this case, the patient’s doctor and I believe it is very likely the patients transport system was blocked.” The patient plans to undergo genetic APOe testing to look at the potentiaal reason that mercury causes her problems, when so many people seem to not have any issues. “Genetics and epigenetics clearly have an influence over our ability to detox, and with the genetic information and her detox which is ongoing, she likely will be able to regain her former healthy profile” explains Wright. Location: 8855 W. Flamingo Rd., Suite 102, Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-309-4600 or visit, See ads, page 3 and back cover.

detoxing is several thousand dollars, but the prognosis of a return to health is worth the temporary discomfort of detoxing and financial pain the she in experiencing right now. Keeping informed of her progress with the integrative doctor that started the patient on a detox program, Wright suggested further tests of her hair, urine and blood, a Tri-Test, to determine if the transport system that moves toxins out of the body is blocked. “Her detox will take months and possibly years to complete, as mercury can be very difficult to remove from the body,” says Wright. “Fortunately, with the Tri-Test, she will be able to safely test and determine her mercury levels in the future.” Detoxification is essentially an antioxidant system. Inflammation, in contrast, plays the role of “attack and repair”. For example, after receiving a cut, we will notice that the skin around that cut becomes red, warm and a little swollen. This is because inflammatory cells move in to “attack” any potential pathogens (bad bacteria) that may try to move into our body through the cut (the skin is a normal barrier of defense). Inflammation is often protective in the short term, but it is associated with increased oxidative stress, meaning there is an increase in reactive compounds that can cause damage to our cells and our DNA. Wright says, “Our patient is feeling only slightly better now, at two months into the detox protocol, whereby mercury is escorted out of the body. Glutathione can

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NATURAL MOTHERHOOD Creating the Best Start for New Life by Deborah Shouse


woman’s body is exquisitely designed to conceive, nurture and give birth,” says Dr. Carol J. Phillips, an Annapolis, Maryland, prenatal chiropractor, doula and author of Hands of Love: Seven Steps to the Miracle of Birth. Judith Lothian, Ph.D., associate editor of the Journal of Perinatal Education, professor of nursing at Seton Hall University, in South Orange, New Jersey, and a natural childbirth educator, knows the significance of women’s deep intuitive instinct. “Women who feel supported and encouraged can tap into their own wisdom and find deep satisfaction in giving birth naturally. The process itself perfectly prepares mother and baby to continue on their journey together.” Several gentle strategies help mothers-to-be prepare for the joys of natural pregnancy and childbirth.

of The Mindful Mom-to-Be. If craving a certain dish, she can research its benefits and healing qualities. The yearning for comfort foods like pizza, macaroni or ice cream may signal the need for more nurturing. Eyeing popcorn or chips could be a sign she’s stuffing down an emotion. She can ask herself, “What am I suppressing?” “Eat a lot of protein, including vitamin B-rich foods, during both pregnancy and breastfeeding,” advises O’Mara. “Nursing moms need to eat nutrient-dense foods frequently, along with getting adequate fluids,” says Wilson. She

Build a Baby-Friendly Body “Follow your urges,” counsels Peggy O’Mara, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, former editor of Mothering Magazine and author of Having a Baby, Naturally. “Eat when you’re hungry. Sleep when you’re weary. Go to the bathroom the moment nature calls. Practice this in pregnancy so you’ll be in the habit of listening to your instincts when you give birth.” This simple advice counters women’s common habit of attending to other people’s needs instead of their own. Along with eating organic whole foods, Kristy Wilson, of Las Vegas, a certified professional midwife, labor doula and placenta preparation specialist, recommends both a plantbased food supplement with iron and whole food prenatal supplement. Vitamin C is important for a strong amniotic sac; she suggests at least 500 milligrams daily. A high-strung mom can take magnesium chloride baths or sip a soothing cup of red raspberry leaf tea. “Women that are concerned about their diet can tune into the baby and ask what they need,” says Lori Bregman, of Santa Monica, California, a doula, birth coach and author

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during labor enter into the baby’s immune system to also strengthen the child.

Spark the Spirit

Affirmations can positively state the mother-to-be’s intentions for pregnancy and birth. Examples include: “Birth is Wilson recommends yoga, swimming, a safe and wonderful experience. I am walking or light jogging three to five choosing the right path for my birth. I times a week, for 20 minutes a day. trust my body and my instincts. I have all “Squatting like a child on your haunches the support I need.” Wilson recommends is a great exercise for childbirth,” she choosing two to four that resonate, resays, noting that 20 squats daily will peating them every morning while gazstrengthen core muscles. Sitting on an ing into the mirror, placing them on the exercise ball instead of a desk chair or refrigerator door and even having them couch also engages core muscles, while pop up on a smartphone. improving posture. “Meditation prepares you for child “Regular exercise brings more birth and can also be soothing during energy, better sleep, reduced stress, labor by offering tools that push away higher spirits, better odds of an easy labor, faster post-delivery recovery and The connections established fear,” says O‘Mara. She likes this mantra from Thich Nhat Hahn’s book, Being reduced risk of gestational diabetes and between mother and Peace: “Breathing in, I calm myself, high blood pressure during pregnancy,” breathing out, I smile.” Bregman finds. She recommends a prechild are much stronger To begin, sit comfortably in a quiet natal yoga practice that includes breathing and visualizations. This restorative when she progresses through room with eyes closed. For women new to meditation, Wilson suggests lighting a form of yoga offers gentle stretching, pregnancy and birth from scented or colored candle and noticing promotes good circulation and naturally a natural perspective. the colors and movement of the flame supports relief or healing of many posfor something physical to focus on. “This sible pregnancy ailments. ~Kristy Wilson calming practice is important because “To alleviate physical distress, try labor becomes like a meditation,” she chiropractic prenatal care,” says Phillips. Light finger contact from an experienced practitioner helps says. The mother copes through the contraction, then uses her realign bony segments and restores the body’s normal tone. meditation skills to reset, refocus and ground herself before “A prenatal expert can adjust so the mom’s body maintains the next contraction. Wilson and Bregman both encourage expectant mothers its balance and the baby is free to move.” Craniosacral therapy reestablishes balance to the mem- to keep a journal during pregnancy. “Record thoughts and experiences. Sometimes dreams tell things about the child, branes that encapsulate the brain and spinal cord. who has a story too,” advises Wilson.

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Prepare the Mind

“Just say, ‘No thanks,’ to friends who want to burden you with stories of their long, excruciating labors,” O’Mara advises. “Protect yourself from toxic people and their horror stories. Focus on maintaining your own good health and surround yourself with people that have experienced a normal birth. Plan to have uplifting support during the birthing process and in the postpartum period.” A woman easily influenced by others might ask her doula, midwife or spouse to be her advocate. A woman that needs to exercise control might seek such assistance for peace of mind, knowing that her wishes will be followed. “‘Pain’ is a fear-based word,” to be avoided in conversations about labor, Wilson explains. “Don’t fear the strength of contractions. They are doing exactly what your body needs to do to give birth.” As a midwife, she helps moms relax and embrace these intensely important sensations by focusing on what is going on in their body. Research published in the journal Cell Adhesion & Migration shows that the hormones released

Design a Special Experience Create a Birth Plan

Those that prefer a home birth can find a compatible midwife through a natural birthing community such as the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives, International Childbirth Education Association and La Leche League. For a hospital experience, look for low-Caesarean rates, a personally compatible doctor and a distinct birthing center. Either way, a doula or midwife can help craft the desired birth plan. Upon selecting a venue, the expectant mother may imagine the ideal birth environment and write positive statements, such as, “I want to move around freely. I want my husband and sister with me at all times.” “If a home birth is a mother’s first choice, design two plans; one for home and one for the hospital,” suggests Phillips. “If the mother needs hospital care during labor, the attendants will know her wishes.” Wilson encourages the spouse to be involved from natural awakenings

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the beginning. “The partner’s energy plays a role in how the birth progresses during labor. Plus, being part of the planning keeps him engaged and attuned to her wishes.”

Orchestrate a Childbirth Team

“The birthing mother needs continuous support from someone that can focus on her and her needs,” says Phillips. “The partner also needs to have access to experienced support. Both need to surround themselves with people that know how to enfold them in love.”’ A birthing team includes the medically trained attendant appointed to help deliver the baby; either a midwife or a doctor. Many women choose to have a trained doula collaborate, as well. She provides continuity of care and advocacy, lessens the need for medical intervention, stays with the mother, honors and includes the partner and supports the parents in making informed decisions. With home births, family members tend to invite themselves over. The mom needs to have control of her birthing atmosphere. “I encourage moms to be firm

regarding who they want in the room when the baby is born,” Wilson says.

Honor the Postpartum Mother

“Giving birth is the first big unknown of parenting,” says Wilson. “You plan for it and then you have to trust and accept the outcome.” She encourages postpartum appointments for discussing the birth. “A breastfeeding mother’s nutrient requirements are actually higher postpartum,” Wilson says. To prevent deficiencies, she suggests moms nourish themselves during this period, delaying any focus on weight loss and regaining muscle tone. The birth team and other friends can deliver meals, do light housecleaning, run a load of laundry and bring groceries. The new parents will welcome this generous and loving help. Deborah Shouse is a mother, writer, speaker, editor and health advocate in Kansas City, MO. Her latest book, Connecting in the Land of Dementia: Creative Activities to Explore Together, focuses on life’s meaningful moments (

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he blessingway ceremony helps a woman prepare mentally, emotionally and spiritually for the work of birthing, opening her to instinctive abilities that will guide her in mothering,” says Donna Miller Watelet, interfaith minister and co-author of Mother Rising: The Blessingway Journey into Motherhood. Miller Watelet, a facilitator of dozens of blessingway rituals, shares an example of a nourishing gathering: In a comfortable and safe room, a group of friends circles the mother-to-be, signifying their support. They discuss the intention for the blessingway and invite the mom to symbolically let go of any fears blocking a harmonious experience. Once her fears are emptied out, they fill her up with

affirmations, appreciations and adornments. Women can gift an object that has meaning to them, such as a bead, flower or scrap of cloth, as a sign of their commitment to her. These gifts will then be fashioned into something lasting, such as a necklace for the mother. The circle may then bind themselves together, each woman wrapping red yarn around her wrist before passing along the skein until everyone is connected. As they discuss this intertwining, they cut the binding yarn and keep the bracelets, a reminder of their caring for the new family. “Finally, we enjoy a feast together,” Miller Watelet says. “Sharing a meal reminds us to bring the intentions of the blessingway back into everyday life.”


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Taggart Siegel Seeks to Seed an Agricultural Revolution by April Thompson


or more than 30 years, Taggart Siegel has produced award-winning films on little-known aspects of the natural and cultural world. His diverse documentaries range from the story of a Hmong shaman immigrant adjusting to American life to a Midwestern organic farmer that salvaged his family’s farm. Siegel’s latest film, Seed: The Untold Story, follows global seed keepers from Minnesota to India battling multinational agribusinesses in a quest to protect our agricultural heritage and food sources— ancient seeds passed down through untold generations. Interviews with farmers, ethnobotanists and activists explore the importance of the genetic material that these tiny time capsules carry. Siegel is the founder and executive director of Collective Eye Films, a nonprofit media company in Portland, Oregon. He co-directed and produced this latest offering with documentary filmmaker Jon Betz, with backing from Academy Award-winning actress Marisa Tomei.

Why does the colossal loss of food crop diversity during the past century matter? Up to 96 percent of seed varieties have been lost since 1903. During this period, we have destroyed the infrastructure of traditional agriculture: 10,000 years of seeds saved from families and farmers. It threatens our survival. We can’t rely on genetically modified seeds to

see us through climate changes. We need nongenetically engineered seed varieties like the thousands of different types of rice grown in India to be able to adapt to extreme events like floods and droughts. Universal responsibility to save seeds began to dwindle in the 1920s, when hybrid corn crops came onto the market, promising higher yields; instead of growing crops from seeds saved, borrowed or shared with neighbors, farmers bought seeds from stores. In the 1990s, huge corporations bought up some 20,000 seed companies, and the number of cultivated seed varieties dropped precipitously. Ten agrichemical companies now control more than two-thirds of the global seed market.

How do hybrid seeds differ from open-pollinated seeds?  You cannot save a hybrid seed; if you try to use it, the results are unreliable. Hybrids are engineered to be planted for one year only. With open-pollinated and heirloom seeds, you’re planting reliable seeds saved from year to year, generation to generation, bred for the consistency of their qualities. Indigenous people in Mexico’s Oaxaca Valley, for example, have successfully cultivated local seeds for at least 8,700 years, right up to today. Hybrids require high levels of chemical inputs to produce. Illustrating the contrast, Hopi corn, grown for thousands of years, requires little water and

contains much more protein than today’s commercial crops, without poisoning the land with heavy industrial inputs. The Hopi think of seeds as their children, intimately connected with their heritage and culture, so they protect them. Beyond big, strong crops, farming is a spiritual act.

Why do so many farmers voluntarily choose hybrid seeds, given the troubling issues involved? Most farmers just want streamlined labor and the biggest yield. Often, commodity crops using commercial seeds and chemical fertilizers have the biggest yield and make them the most money, even though severe downsides like the loss of flavor and nutrients mean it’s ultimately not the best result. In India, more than 250,000 farmers have committed suicide during the past 20 years to escape onerous debts accrued to purchase industrialized agricultural inputs. An Indian seed salesman interviewed for the film despairs, “The seeds we sell don’t taste good and require so many chemicals that many farmers kill themselves.”

What is the seed-saver movement achieving, and how can everyday gardeners and citizens take action? Seed libraries and banks are critically important because the seeds are adapted to the local environment. Seed libraries have multiplied from only a handful a few years ago to as many as 300 located in towns across America today. Public libraries check out seeds to plant in your garden, asking only that you return harvested seeds for others to enjoy. Farmers can now “back up” their seeds in local seed banks, which are also becoming important educational resources to teach students about these issues. To locate a screening or purchase a DVD of the film, visit Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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he Heart to Lead: Women as Allies for the Greater Good, a documentary film directed and produced by Cheryl Gould, of Naples, Florida, explores the emerging paradigm of heart-based feminine leadership and how it is attuning women to their inner strengths, beliefs, each other and our Earth. “Women’s deeper unity of being is empowering them to take action and lead. Women who once longed for a culture that would reflect their highest priorities are now creating one in which they support each other and make a difference,” says Gould. She notes that for centuries, a vast number of women have led and served as change agents. “Unfortunately, the majority of them never made it into the headlines or history books. A prime example—few individuals knew that 12 women ran for president before Hillary Clinton.” In a recent Yes! magazine article, Rucha Chitnis reports that women are rising up to push back against growing corporate power, land grabs, economic injustice, climate change and more. Women’s groups and networks offer a paradigm shift, she concludes, exposing links between unbridled capitalism, violence, the erosion of human rights and destruction of the Earth. A woman’s style of leadership 28 Greater Las Vegas

in America’s corporate boardrooms, activist-led movements or state and federal government may not be plainly evident. Feminine wisdom’s emerging solutions are compassionate, collaborative and consensus-building, and pursue universal outcomes and group cooperation. They contrast with conventional competitive strategies and solutions, according to The Legislative Effectiveness of Women in Congress study at Vanderbilt University’s Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, in Nashville. Jean Shinoda Bolen, a medical doctor, Jungian analyst in Mill Valley, California, and author of Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman, has been advocating since 2002 for a United Nations Fifth World Conference on Women (5WCW). “Empowered and equal women are the key to peace and sustainability. We need to rise up together and fulfill the Dalai Lama’s words at the Vancouver Peace Summit: ‘It will be up to Western women to bring about peace.’” Bolen’s 5WCW vision joins millennial women worldwide now entering their era of activism with the feminist movement spearheaded by a boomer generation of women that’s forwarded the equality and empowerment of women this far. To this end, she marched in Washington, D.C., on January 21 in the



Million Women’s March that globally attracted 5 million participants. “To make human rights women’s rights, we need a united global women’s movement,” she states. Sande Hart, from Orange County, California, director of the Charter for Compassion International-Women and Girls sector and president of the women’s global interfaith organization Spiritual and Religious Alliance for Hope (SARAH), participated in the Los Angeles Women’s March with 750,000 others. “There’s a sense that we’ve had enough. We’re not angry. We are morally outraged and seeking peaceful solutions wrapped in compassion and based in justice for all. In nearly 15 years of women’s community building, I’m convinced that healing our communities with resilience and a regenerative spirit is our biological and innate imperative. I see women emerging in unprecedented ways to make this happen,” says Hart. The Rising Women Rising World organization provides tools and training to help women and men develop feminine wisdom and the qualities of potent compassion, deep listening, intuition and inclusivity. Hazel Henderson, an evolutionary economist in St. Augustine, Florida, host of the Ethical Markets online TV show and researcher of The Love Economy shared in her book The Politics of the Solar Age: Alternatives to Economics, has mentored staff members of Rising Women Rising World. Henderson contends that to shape a future for the good of all, we must bring into balance the masculine and feminine energies and learn to value the long-marginalized qualities of feminine wisdom. Henderson’s Love Economy para-

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digm reflects the sharing and caring sector not presently reflected in the nation’s gross domestic product. “Women’s unpaid work—raising children, taking care of households, serving on school boards, volunteering, caring for aging parents, etc.—constitutes 50 percent of all production in the U.S. and 70 percent of that in developing countries. This unvalued economic sector underlies and supports the public and private parts of the entire economy,” advises Henderson, who observes that competition cannot be the sole basis for an economy with any expectation of high quality of life on a small planet. In her film, As She Is, producer and director Megan McFeely, of Marin County, California, captures her own journey to understand the collective potential of the feminine and how to live true to its innate knowing. She queries: “Can you imagine what might happen if women here and around the world rose up together and used our power of longing to heal the Earth?” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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MASTERING SELF-DEFENSE Staying Aware Avoids Problems by Aimee Hughes


began my personal training in the Non-Violent System (NVS) of self-defense with Grandmaster Verkerke in 1996,” says Eddie Rose, senior instructor of NVS Peace in the Midst of Non-Violence at Shangri-La Springs, in Bonita Springs, Florida. This aspect of the martial art form seicho jutsu was created by Canadian Daniel Verkerke, Ph.D., as a simple self-defense system to teach and perpetuate nonviolence; he continues to share it with the public, law enforcement, corporations and private security firms in the U.S. and internationally. Nonviolent self-defense is akin to the dynamics of bullfighting. “The matador never matches his strength with the enormous animal; rather, he redirects the energy of the bull with simple and precise movements—counterbalancing—and letting the bull’s energy move past him,” explains Rose. He’s trained everyday people of all ages and walks of life in this approach, in the U.S., UK, Puerto Rico and Jamaica. “As they train, students begin to feel more secure wherever they go, because they are learning how to be safe even in the midst of physical confrontation,” says Rose. “They wind up feeling more empowered as they learn how to neutralize aggression simply and effectively.” Practicing NVS increases balance, coordination, overall flexibility and joint mobility. Its soft, circular, martial arts movements, combined with slow-to-fast linear movements, also enhance cardiovascular health. “Mental and spiritual training includes the awareness and development of a state of being conscious of energy and mind. Everyone’s actions and reactions directly reflect the development of their mind,” says Rose.

Another nonviolent form of self-defense is Shaolin five animal kung fu, a martial arts style that mimics the characteristics of five animals—the tiger, leopard, snake, crane and dragon. Instructor Lloyd Fridenburg owns Fitness with a Purpose, in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, where he emphasizes the awareness and avoidance concept as the psychological heart of nonviolent self-defense. Fridenburg, founder and senior instructor of the Waterloo Kung Fu Academy, explains, “The concept emphasizes being constantly aware of your surroundings while avoiding obvious areas of potential danger.” He also stresses the importance of proper body language—being able to read that of others, as well as how to diffuse confrontation upfront in how we present ourself. “Martial arts are a two-sided coin,” he says. “There’s the martial aspect, which involves techniques that allow a person to defend him- or herself in a wide range of situations. Then there’s the art aspect, which encompasses a deeper study, encompassing forms of movement and mental, philosophical and meditative techniques.” “Overall health benefits are no different than one might expect of any disciplined fitness regimen,” notes Fridenburg. “However, the nature of a quality martial arts program forces practitioners to focus their entire attention on what they are doing. The mere act of staying grounded in the present moment dramatically reduces stress and sets martial arts practices apart from many other forms of movement.” Tai chi, an ancient, softer style of Chinese martial art, leverages relaxation, posture and energy work, rather than muscular tension. As a Taoist art, it embodies the way nature works, using minimal effort to accomplish a lot. “Demonstrating tai chi as a form of nonviolent selfdefense is much easier than describing it,” says Aaron D. Nitzkin, Ph.D., of New Orleans, a Tulane University professor, tai chi master and certified medical qigong instructor. “If someone attacks, you don’t resist; you can use tai chi principles to yield to their movements with a natural, circular, continuous motion, turning their own force against them. When you move aggressively against a master, it feels like you’ve just bounced off them and fallen down. In order to win at tai chi fighting, you need to remain completely calm and centered and most of all, listen to your opponent’s energy with your hands, so that you can yield to it and then redirect it.” It’s a profound lesson in interpersonal communication. “My students report stronger immune systems, greater clarity of mind, better sleep, less anxiety and depression, and greater emotional stability,” says Nitzkin. “Practitioners become much more sensitive to and conscious of the internal condition of their bodies, and even develop the ability to feel bioelectric fields.” Whichever form of nonviolent self-defense suits us, experts advise that students study with a certified and experienced instructor for optimum results and safe practice.

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hen dietary concerns, food sensitivities or curiosity prompt us to try alternative milks, it helps to know the basic facts about the leading types, to choose the best ones for us.

Almond Milk

Pro: Almond milk is low in fat and can be easily made at home, so ingredients are known. One cup of homemade almond milk has about 40 calories, one gram of protein, 6 percent of the daily value (DV) for calcium, three grams of fat and eight grams of carbohydrates. As for store-bought options, one cup of Silk Organic Almond Original contains 60 calories, with one gram of protein, 10 percent DV for calcium, two-and-a-half grams of fat and eight grams of carbohydrates. Con: Almond milk is neither high in protein nor calcium; it’s not as nutritionally packed as other alternatives. Some might not care for the faint nutty flavor.

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Pro: Dr. Josh Axe, a functional medicine physician who owns the popular natural health website,, and the Exodus Health Center, near Nashville, Tennessee, points out, “High in mediumchain triglycerides, coconut milk is a very filling, fat-burning food.” One cup of homemade coconut milk has about

450 calories, six grams of protein and 64 grams of fat, plus trace minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and copper. Canned coconut milk is similar: one cup of Native Forest Unsweetened Coconut Milk Classic contains 420 calories, three grams of protein and 45 grams of fat, plus trace minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and copper in each cup. Con: High in fat and calories, coconut milk may not be the best choice for drinking every day, but is delicious in Asian-style soups and curries.

Hemp Milk

Pro: Hemp milk, made from hulled hemp seeds, contains 10 essential amino acids, including key fats. “Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are vital for healthy functioning of the brain,” says Axe. Hemp milk works well for people with tree nut allergies. One cup of Pacific Hemp Original has 140 calories, three grams of protein, 50 percent DV for calcium, five grams of fat and 20 grams of carbohydrates. Living Harvest Tempt Hemp Milk has 80 calories per cup, two grams of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, eight grams of fat and one gram of carbohydrates. Con: Grassy-tasting hemp milk tends to separate in hot coffee.

Rice Milk

Pro: High in vitamins and calcium when fortified, rice milk made from brown rice is also high in vitamins. According to Ted Kallmyer, author of Flexible Dieting, in Bend, Oregon, rice milk is the least likely alternative milk to trigger an allergy. One cup of Pacific Rice Milk has 130 calories, one gram of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, two grams of fat and 37 grams of carbohydrates. One cup of Rice Dream Organic Rice Drink has 120 calories, one gram of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, 2.5 grams of fat and 23 grams of carbohydrates. Con: Low in fat and protein, it’s also relatively high in carbohydrates. It has a less creamy texture than hemp, coconut or soy milks.

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Pro: Soy milk provides more protein than other alternative milks. Look for a calcium-fortified, organic brand that doesn’t contain the thickening agent carrageenan, suggests Dr. Andrew Weil, founding director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, in Tucson. Different brands have different nutritional components. For example, one cup of Organic Valley Soy Original has 100 calories per cup, with seven grams of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, three grams of fat and 11 grams of carbohydrates. One cup of Organic EdenSoy Extra Original Soymilk contains 130 calories, with 11 grams of protein, 20 percent DV for calcium, four grams of fat and 13 grams of carbohydrates. Con: Some people might not like the thick texture and soy aftertaste. Dr. Frank Lipman, founder and director of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center, in New York City, says that limiting soy is a good idea due to soy’s prevalent pesticide saturation and its researched links to thyroid, endocrine system and sex hormone dysfunction (Tinyurl. com/SoyDarksideStudies). If soy is eaten, “Choose certified organic, soy products— preferably fermented versions like miso, natto and tempeh—with the Non-GMO Project seal; and do so sparingly, no more than twice a week,” advises Lipman. Judith Fertig writes food health articles and cookbooks from Overland Park, KS (

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The Joys of Grandparenting How to Mindfully Love Little Ones by April Thompson


eing a grandparent can be magical; an opportunity to create both lifelong memories and formative experiences for grandchildren. However, it can also pose challenges that need to be managed mindfully, say experts. For more than 25 years, Patricia Salem, of Louisville, Kentucky, a licensed and board-certified art therapist, has taught mindfulness practices and art therapy in such diverse settings as hospitals and schools. Aiming to help kids and adults learn to harmoniously ease life’s challenges, her work across generations has led her to seek ways to support entire family systems on their individual and familial journey to more mindful living. Her classes focus on skills like cultivating awareness, communication, self-compassion and self-care. “Teaching mindfulness and stress reduction to children is a start; however, teaching parents and grandparents is important, too. Children need reinforcement at home for practices they are learning in order for them to take hold,” says Salem. Carolyn Tucker, a psychotherapist in Atlanta, started offering classes on mindful grandparenting six years ago after witnessing a rise in grandparents seeking therapy. “In working with new

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mothers, I’ve found that a common area of friction is too little or too much support from grandparents. I thought it wise to help prepare them,” says Tucker. She helps grandparents develop realistic expectations of their role. “It’s easy to revert to what you know—the parenting role—so it’s important to set mindful intentions,” she observes. Tucker encourages grandparents to make mindful memories during time spent with the grandchildren. “You can find joy by being still and marveling at a grandchild’s beautiful little hands and dimpled knees while registering how the air in the room feels to create a vivid mental snapshot of the moment. “Parents and kids can become too busy, and grandparents can help them slow down. Lie on the grass together and look at cloud shapes or blow a dandelion. To me, that is the romance of grandparenting, and mindfulness allows the romance to blossom,” she says. Susan Moon, a Berkeley, California, author and grandmother who has practiced Zen Buddhism for nearly 40 years, sees grandparenting as an opportunity to release expectations; this feat can be difficult for parents caught up in their youngsters’ identities. “It’s easier for grandparents to accept

grandkids for who they are and just be joyful with them. They get to be in the moment with the kids without worrying about the day-to-day details of caregiving that can consume parents.” She explores such ideas in her book This is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity. Being past their working years, grandparents are often more accepting and peaceful themselves, which can be inspiring for younger generations, adds Salem. For Moon, it’s vital to be mindful of the image of aging that’s projected; “I try to model that old age isn’t tragic, and show the joy in this stage of life,” she says. Yet grandparents also should be mindful of any physical limitations and set boundaries with grandkids as needed. “It’s okay to say, ‘I can’t hang on the jungle gym with you,’ and suggest an alternative,” says Moon. Good relationships with the grandkids begin with maintaining open relationships with their parents, experts note. To do this, consistently engage in compassionate listening. “It can be tempting for grandparents that know what may have worked in raising their own children to react or jump in, but it’s important to avoid giving unsolicited advice,” Salem cautions. At the same time, grandparents can notice aspects a harried parent may miss and, if handled carefully, can provide important insights. “I was known as the ‘fairy mom’, offering magic, art and imagination. I was grateful my own mother was there, too, because one child needed more structure and stability than I was providing,” says Tucker, a mother of four. “She gave me mindful feedback without making me feel like she was trying to usurp my role.” Moon suggests practicing “right speech”—messages that are positive, affirming and loving—with everyone. “It’s important to be humble and recognize the huge job of parents and all they juggle. Let them know that you are there to support them in whatever way you can.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at




Create new memories, but also share old stories. “Kids want to hear about how their parents were as children, and it gives them a sense of history,” advises author Susan Moon. Be open to learning new technology to communicate across the generational divide. “While grandparents learn about the world of social media from their grandchildren, they can also encourage them to cut back on checking their cell phones in favor of interpersonal activities,” says art therapist Patricia Salem. When visiting grandkids, especially if they live in different cities, “Always have some ‘grandma magic’ up your sleeve—like games, puzzles or craft projects that can be collaborated on—to maximize precious time together,” suggests Moon. Invite grandchildren to try out meditation or breathing techniques practiced by their elders. “It can help lessen the stresses they encounter in school and at home,” says Salem. “Be careful to foster cooperation rather than competition in any shifting relationship with a child-turnedparent,” advises psychotherapist Carolyn Tucker. Otherwise, it can create chaos, undermine a parent’s confidence and strain relationships. Fo r m o r e a dv i c e o n b e i n g a great grandparent, visit

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ome of the best plants to keep as summer companions are herbs that enrich life with their flavors, fragrances and beauty. It’s not too late to pot up a few herbs or plant them in the garden if we choose varieties that thrive in hot, summer weather.

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“I place basil as the number one herb in popularity, as well as heat t o l e r a n c e ,” s ay s Cristina Spindler, owner of the Peconic River Herb Farm, in Calverton, New York. “Basil actually prefers heat.” There are many types, and greenleafed culinary varieties are easy to grow through the summer, provided they’re not allowed to dry out. Two particularly heat-hardy types are purple-leafed varieties such as red rubin and African blue, which debuted in 1983. “Purple basil is shockingly fragrant and beautiful on the plate. Plus, it’s easy to grow in a small space and pro-

duces quickly,” says Lisa Kessler, who for several years has co-owned with her husband, Ben, the White Hills Lavender and Herb Farm, in Dearing, Georgia. “The flowering tops are usable as herbs and as beautiful cut flowers, so don’t toss them away.” “African blue basil flourishes in summer heat and is an especially beneficial nectar plant for bees and other pollinators,” says Traci Anderson, who has been running Seminole Springs Herb Farm, in Eustis, Florida, in their family for more than 20 years. Vigorous and heavyflowering, it can grow to over three feet tall, and usually persists as a perennial in Florida, Texas and other mild winter climates.

Mediterranean Flavors

Rosemary is the most adaptable and heat tolerant of Mediterranean herbs; it can be grown as a perennial where soil doesn’t freeze hard in winter. “My top herb garden

choice for the hot, humid conditions in the South is Tuscan blue rosemary, because it is beautiful, easy to grow and is wonderful in all kinds of foods and products,” Kessler says. “It blooms in several seasons and provides bees with off-season food.” Thyme is a top cooking herb, although too much summer rain can lead to mildew and leaf blight. This rarely happens with Summer savory, which has a punchy flavor that Spindler describes as “a peppery cross between oregano and thyme that’s perfect on all of the classic summer veggies—squash, green beans, tomatoes and corn.” Kessler recommends oregano as part of our summer planting list. “Let your kids or grandkids have the experience of putting it in the pasta sauce. It’s easy to grow in a small herb garden and will last through the winter in most parts of the South.”

An unrelated tropical plant from Africa with strong oregano flavor, the leaves of variegated Cuban oregano are pretty enough to grow alongside flowers, and the plants thrive in humid heat. Cuban oregano readily grows through hot summers, and the plants produce more leaves each time leaf tips are harvested.

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In Central Florida, Anderson recommends culantro, aka Mexican coriander, as a summer herb different from the better-known cilantro. “Culantro equals the flavor of cilantro, but with no bitter or medicinal aftertaste.” A great longterm performer, it continues producing flavorful new leaves even after the plant starts blooming. Anderson also suggests growing West Indian lemongrass for its fragrant leaves and thick stalks. A vigorous, clump-forming grass, lemongrass can be grown in containers anywhere or served as an edible ornamental in landscapes where summers are hot. “Lemongrass enjoys a sunny and moist environment,

so it benefits from being near an air conditioner drain or downspout,” she advises.

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Herbs always need watering in hot weather, and pouring from a watering can at the base is far better than bathing the leaves with a hose. Should containers become so dry that they refuse to take up water, place them in a broad dish or pail filled with three inches of water for 30 minutes to rehydrate the roots. Always grow herbs in pots with large drainage holes, so excess water can drain quickly. Make a habit of pinching off a few herbal leaves, crushing them between the fingers and inhaling their fresh aromas. For maximum benefit, repeat daily. Author Barbara Pleasant’s new book, Homegrown Pantry: A Gardener’s Guide to Selecting the Best Varieties & Planting the Perfect Amounts for What You Want to Eat Year Round, is now available (Storey Publishing). Connect at

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DECODING DOG BODY TALK Three Signals of Anxiety by Susan Briggs


amily dogs frequently accompany us on errands and outings away from their familiar home environment and we want them to enjoy these expeditions, so understanding their view of the world is important. To a dog, every experience is either familiar or unfamiliar. The first time they encounter a new sound, place or person, they may feel anxious. We can help with the adjustment by introducing them slowly to each new experience and step aside to provide them distance or space to observe it first at their own pace. Knowing the “tells” that signal when a dog is comfortable or uncomfortable goes a long way to a harmonious experience. Allison Culver, assistant director of The Lightfoot Way holistic animal learning center, in Houston, remarks, “Knowing how to communicate with your animal can save a lot of heartache.” With a bit of applied attention, we can readily learn to understand the changes in canine body posture and behavior that communicate their emotional state. Start by observing the dog’s posture when they are relaxed at home. It’s likely that their weight is balanced on all four

legs and their mouth is slightly open; movement is relaxed, loose and agile. When a dog feels happy or playful, notice how their ears may perk up or tilt slightly forward. Their tail might rise and wag, and they may emit a cheerful bark. Using their visual and audio demeanor as a baseline prepares us to be alert for three secret tells that signal a change in their emotion. Closing their mouth routinely occurs when a dog is unsure or anxious. When their mouth remains closed for a minute or more, it’s a sure clue that they need more time to process information. Lip licking such as quick flicks of the tongue is meant to appease and may prevent an uncomfortable situation from escalating into anything resembling a confrontation. Dogs do it with each other and with us, too. A look away that avoids direct eye contact likewise signals that a dog is urgently processing their current environment. Norwegian dog trainer Turid Rugaas, author of On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals, identifies the lip licking and averting of the eyes as self-calming

behaviors. She affirms, “When dogs are stressed by the environment, they start using calming signals to ease the stress.” When this happens, first try creating more space or distance between the dog and any perceived threat; this may return them to their body language norm. If not, consider using holistic calming aids like a properly mixed lavender essential oil spray or Bach Rescue Remedy Pet flower essences, keeping these well away from their face. Also try mentally engaging the dog with learned cues. A quick game of sit, down, sit plus high-five allows them to engage in a familiar activity while they adjust to a new environment. If the pet does not respond to normal cues and continues to display multiple stress signals for an extended period, leave the scene altogether. Their anxiety hasn’t been relieved. If it’s still important that the dog learns to enjoy the troubling environment, work with a professional trainer that uses positive reinforcement tools to aid the transition (see or The trainer will assist in creating a plan that allows the pet to adjust at a pace that allows them to remain comfortable. By observing a dog’s posture, we can be confident of choosing mutually good outings. Susan Briggs, of Houston, TX, is co-author of Off-Leash Dog Play: A Complete Guide to Safety & Fun, c o - f o u n d e r o f Th e D o g G u r u s and owner of Crystal Canine (

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Sage and Other Ways to Protect Your Space – 7-9pm. We’ll explore sage and other plants known for clearing benefits, while discovering how to protect your space with high energy tools like essential oils, sound, and crystals. Everyone takes home a sage stick for practice. $23. Oasis to Zen, 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. 702-491-6035.


Labor Management with Acupuncture – 11am7pm. This bed uses seven pure quartz crystals and colored light beams focused at your body’s energy centers. The alternating lights produce a balancing effect on you while 30 plus benevolent beings work on you deeply. $79. Enchanted Forest Reiki, 2280 South Jones Blvd, LV. 702-948-4999.


Clarify Your Heart’s Desires and Next Steps – 11am-12:30pm. Discover your unique answers regarding your heart’s true desires and your next action steps. Experience a relaxing meditation and a journaling exercise for expressing your inner answers. $10. Healing House Institute, 6166 S Sandhill Rd, LV. 702-720-4065. Exploring Gluten Free Skincare – 4-5pm. Learn to navigate the beauty aisle to effectively choose the perfect gluten free products for your skin. Join Oasis to Zen at Natural Grocers as Cheri Petroni share the truth about gluten free skincare. Complimentary. Natural Grocers – North Las Vegas, 6305 Simmons St, NLV. 702-491-6035. “Karuna” Reiki Drumming Circle and Chants with Holy Fire Karuna Master Teacher Debbie Veach – 7pm. Combine Reiki and chanting blowing it through the beat of a drum and you have the perfect way to let go of any stress or negative energy, clear the mind and empower the soul. $5. Enchanted Forest Reiki, 2280 South Jones Blvd, LV. 702-948-4999.


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Labor Management with Acupuncture – 11am-1pm. This class will provide acupressure techniques both you and your partner can do during labor to help reduce pain and support labor. $25/couple. 1485 W Warm Springs, HD. 702-475-0870.


Guided Angelic Meditation with Frances – 7pm. Join Frances Urtaza for a beautiful channeled meditation with cleansing, clearing, grounding, frequencies, and energies from the angelic realms. $10. Enchanted Forest Reiki, 2280 South Jones Blvd, LV. 702-948-4999.


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Usui Reiki II Plus Holy Fire Certification class – 9am-5pm. Two days. Use Reiki to heal unwanted habits from the past.Receive a Reiki II attunement. Learn three ancient Reiki symbols, distant Reiki healing, Gyoshi ho, Reji-ho, Byosen scanning, Practice Reiki on others, Chakra balancing with stones. $200. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 South Jones Blvd, LV. 702-948-4999. Brain Solutions Free Informational Seminar – 10am. Does someone you love struggle with LD, anxiety, ADHD, dyslexia, ASD, Tourette’s, reading or MS symptoms? Looking for options? Our programs are based in neuroscience. Offering foundational help with no medications. Hope starts here. Free. Brain Solutions Inc., 1005 S Cimarron, LV. 702-340-2248. Healing With The Angels Meditation – 11am12:30pm. Enjoy a peaceful meditation that calls upon the angels and archangels to help with healing your life and manifesting your true desires. Receive divine messages from healing angel cards. $10. Healing House Institute, 6166 S Sandhill Rd, LV. 702-720-4065. Spring Cleaning Naturally with Essential Oil Creations – 2-5pm. In this experiential workshop, we will share oils and play with recipes for natural household cleaning, as we discover together how easy it is to create a toxin-free household for your family and pets. Complimentary. Oasis to Zen, 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. 702-491-6035.


Raw Food Prep Class: Just Soups – 1-3pm. Learn to prepare delicious, nutritious, non-toxic, enzyme-filled living hot and cold soups. Receive mouth-watering recipes, shopping & storage tips, learn to combine food properly for better digestion and much more. $20/prepaid. $25/door. Transformations, 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702659-2390.


Usui Reiki I Certification Class plus Holy Fire – 6:30-9:30pm. Two day. Learn to smudge. Reiki principals: Reiki lineage and heritage, Gassho meditation, chakra balancing, Reiki I attunement, Reiki hand position, practice and discussion time. Holy Fire is an additional energy filled with powerfully healing frequency. $150. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 S Jones Blvd, LV. 702359-0848. Recover And Restore Your Energy, Power & Beauty – 7-9pm. We're all in the process of recovering from trauma, disappointment or hurt. Strengthen and restore your chakra centers as we focus on the star chakra, while your intuition is fortified and expanded with vibration-boosting, bliss-expanded with vibration-boosting, bliss expanding exploration. $39. 3905 Diamond Ridge St, LV. 702-491-6035.


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World Beat Community Drum Circle – 3pm. Come join our community heartbeat and discover why drum circles are becoming more and more popular. Drumming together may boost our immune system, promote healing and elevate our well being. All drums included. Free. Summerlin Library Performing Arts Center, 1771 Inner Circle Dr, LV.


Reiki 3rd Degree-Master Practitioner Certification Training – 11-7pm. If you intend to have your own Reiki Full or Part-time Practice and have your 2nd Degree, this training is for you. Learn 5 Master symbols. Raise your vibrations 2,500X, and much more! Register now: $495, various discounts available. Transformations, 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-659-2390. ‘Divine Bowls’ A Crystal Bowl Experience With Kenzie Brown – 11:30am and 4:30pm. Resonate with crystal bowls of moldavite, amethyst, emerald, and ruby/carnelian in a meditation that will transport you to “infinity and beyond”. Kenzie Brown is offering her healing and transformative Sacred Sound Therapy in two meditations. $25. Enchanted Forest Reiki, 2280 South Jones Blvd, LV. 702-948-4999.


Fats That Heal - EZ Weight Loss – 2-3:30pm. Learn about the importance of EFAs in our body; which fats are essential and which ones are detrimental; what food contain EFAs. This class is an eye opener. Includes Guided Imagery for easy instant memorization. $12/prepaid. $16/door. Transformations, 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702659-2390.

specialevent Sekhmet: Transformation in the Belly of the Goddess Join world renown author and teacher Nicki Scully. Take your offerings of fear, rage and weakness to Sekhmet and have them transformed into alchemical gold, the universal medicine for physical, emotional and soul healing. Pre-registration special by May 17, 2017. Call fore more info.

Book Signing: June 2 • 6:30pm Weekend Workshop: June 3-4 Sophia Center for Goddess Study 6034 Smoke Ranch Rd., Las Vegas 702-489-7999

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Hot Hula Fitness – 7-8pm. Hot Hula Fitness® incorporates easy to perform dance movements set to the sounds of traditional Polynesian drum beats. We isolates your larger muscle groups, increasing strength and definition to your core, glutes, quads and arms. $10.Oasis to Zen, 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. 702-491-6035.

Wongu University Health Center – Mon-Thu. Wongu University Health Center offers a variety of affordable acupuncture treatments and Oriental medical care to the public. Private session by the OMD available. Discount for senior, veteran and student. Call for more details. Wongu Health Clinic, 8630 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-852-1280. Clinic. 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.

sunday Halo-Yoga in the Salt Cave – 11am. Rejuvenate your mind, body and soul with this weekly class in our pristine Himalayan Salt Cave. $25. Salt Room LV, 1958 Village Center Cir, 7, LV. 702-228-8258.

monday Wongu University Health Center Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Services – Offering a variety of affordable acupuncture treatments and Oriental medical care to the public. Private session by the OMD available. Discount for senior, veteran & student. Call for more details. Wongu University Health Center: 8630 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-8521280. Laughter Yoga Class – 6:30-7:30pm. Laughter Yoga is about breathing, moving and exploding with the kind of laughs you feel in your belly and in your soul. This is a low impact program-you can use the chair or floor. $10. Sophia Center for Goddess Study, 6034 Smoke Ranch, Rd, LV. 702489-7999.

thursday Tonic Teas and Oils – 5-6pm. This free tea class teaches you all about Tonic Herbs and Essential Oils; how they benefit your health, how to make your own elixirs, the philosophy and so much more. Also, try new teas weekly. Class comes with free samples and special discounts. Free. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. Qigong Awakening – 7pm. Qigong is an integration of physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intentions. Practice Qigong to maintain health, heal the bodies, calm the mind and reconnect with spirit; regardless of ability or age. $12. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 S. Jones Blvd, LV. 702-948-4999.

friday Reiki Spiritual Mastermind – 7-9pm. 2nd & 4th Fri. Open to all. An unforgettable inspirational and healing experience. Re-connect with Higher Self. Receive personalized healing in a loving, warm, friendly atmosphere. Bring a friend, or meet one. Donation welcome.1420 E. Harmond Ave, 2nd Floor, Rm 3, LV. 702-659-2390.

saturday Goddess Gathering – 10:30am. The Goddess Gathering is a combination of Goddess Study and sisterhood socialization. Learn the ancient and living Goddesses and how to apply their attributes to our daily living. Embrace the power of life. Love donation. Sophia Center for Goddess Study, 6034 Smoke Ranch, Rd, LV. 702-489-7999. Wudang Tai Chi Sword – 11am-12pm. The Wudang Sword is one of the most revered weapons in Martial Arts. This elegant style will teach you how to move like a dragon, how to project your energy and the full sword form. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874.

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