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contents 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.

22 The Trivedi Effect


Difficult to Believe, Impossible to Deny by Rick Amor

24 AGELESS BEING Staying Vibrant in Mind, Body and Spirit by Kathleen Barnes



MEDICAL MAINSTREAM Research Proves its Health Benefits

by Meredith Montgomery


Four Tips to Flip the Joy Switch by Linda Joy


ALEXANDRA PAUL ON VEGAN ACTIVISM Her Kind Lifestyle Honors All Living Things by Gerry Strauss



Free Play Earns the Winning Score by Luis Fernando Llosa

38 EYE HEALTH FOR DOGS 10 Foods to Keep Canine Vision Sharp by Audi Donamor

40 ANIMAL COMMUNICATION A Complement to Veterinary Care by Babette de Jongh

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30 healingways 15 3 1 inspiration 34 wisewords 37 healthykids 38 naturalpet 42 classifieds 42 calendar 15 47 resourceguide

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newsbriefs Wongu Wellness Day Cooking For Your Health


ongu University of Oriental Medicine invites the public to celebrate Wongu Wellness Day ~ Cooking For Your Health from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., September 4 at Wongu Health Center. Attendees will discover how Asian medicine can help maintain health in daily life through food and enjoy health and culinary talk, cooking demonstrations and a light lunch. An information session on the Master of Science in Oriental medicine (MSOM) program is scheduled and all are welcome to tour the facility. Wongu University of Oriental Medicine is the first and only Oriental Medicine University in Nevada approved to grant a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) degree. Wongu offers courses in Oriental Medicine, acupuncture, herbology, and much more. The university operates on a quarter system and is currently accepting applications for Fall 2015. Wongu Health Center offers a variety of affordable acupuncture treatments and Oriental Medical care to the public.

There is a fountain of youth: It is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age. ~Sophia Loren

The event is free. RSVP required. Location: Wongu Health Center, 8630 South Eastern Ave., Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-852-1280, email or visit, See ad, page 11.

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newsbriefs I Am A Woman Workshop Series at RYK Yoga and Meditation Center


ach year RYK Yoga and Meditation Center offers a series of workshops dedicated to and for women. The I Am A Woman Workshop Series will run from September to November. Monthly titles under the theme include I am the Grace of God, The Art of Conscious Communication and Authentic Relationships. The workshops are designed so participants can rediscover a true identity as a woman; Noble, Sacred & Invincible. “These special workshops will help deliver yourself to your Infinity, sensitivity and radiance, encourage recognition of the innate power to heal yourself and others, teach you about relationships and life cycles, as well as give you the key to physical and emotional well-being so you uncover the beauty within you,” says RYK Yoga and Meditation Center founder Cosmin Mahadev Singh. According to Singh, these wonderful teachings have been known and used in the science of yoga for thousands of years. The workshops are intended for all women of every culture, levels of life, age and spiritual beliefs. Dates and times are available on the RYK Yoga website. Location: 8450 West Sahara Avenue, Suite 109, Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-478-9600 or email or visit See ad, page 29.

Flavors of the Heart


lavors of the Heart is a heart-healthy culinary event showcasing some of Las Vegas' top chefs and restaurants creating and serving special dishes that are healthy for the heart and still a feast for the taste buds. The event is from 7 to 10 p.m., September 19, at Worlk Market Center, Worldview on 16, Building B and allows Las Vegas residents to discover new restaurants, recipes and ways to live heart healthy. Cookbooks featuring the recipes prepared at the festival will be available for a donation. The Heart-Healthy Culinary event is organized by Las Vegas American Heart | Stroke Association to raise awareness about healthy eating. This event supports the Teens Cook with Heart Program in Las Vegas. Flavors of the Heart is supported by Chef Works, Smiths, Big Horn Olive Oil Company, Tortillas Inc., Rescuescg and Cut and Taste. Tickets are $75 per person and discount packages are available. Location: 475 South Grand Central Pkwy, Las Vegas. For more participation or sponsorship information, call 702-789-4383 or visit


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The Thanks-LIVING Bike Crew Doing Good for Good


ach month an amazing group of people ride through the streets of Las Vegas on cool bikes and pass out fruit, warm clothing, blankets, water and pet food to the city's homeless. The group, The Thanks-LIVING Bike Crew, creates a fun theme and sets out with the goal to bring food and smiles to as many people as possible. “We hope that in doing this, we can encourage people on the streets to realize that they can help too,” says organizer Tatiana Newcomb. “We want all people to join the crew because no matter how hard someone has it, there is always someone who has less.” Newcomb and her Crew believe fresh fruit is something that most homeless rarely receive, yet truly want and appreciate. “By passing out the fruit on bikes,” explains Newcomb, “we open up a line of communication to people we never would have been able to. We are able to communicate with these beautiful souls and hear their stories.” “Taking the time to listen and understand their plight, we’re putting more good into this world,” says Newcomb. “Hopefully we can teach this one piece of fruit at a time. We love helping our community and hope that all of Las Vegas will join us.” Location: 1010 North Main St., Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-6090161, email or visit

booknews Learn to Banish Back Pain


own Dog Diagnostics will begin The Banish Back Pain program on October 1 at Luminosity Wellness Center in Las Vegas. The program is designed to educate participants about back pain, gentle movements, proper posturing and stress reduction techniques to improve or banish nagging back pain. A take home program is included to facilitate an ongoing practice. No yoga experience required. Back pain affects over 80% of the population at some point, often becoming chronic, and is a leading cause of doctors visits and missed days at work. Misuse and under-use of our bodies are often the culprit. Not only is chronic back pain uncomfortable, overly tight back muscles can lead to migraines, spasms, herniated disks, etc. Medication is commonly prescribed, but often simple movement, stretching/ strengthening and stress management can be just as effective, if not more. Our bodies are designed to move and movement is key. Stress reduction plays an equal role because stress causes tension in the back muscles that feel 20% more intensity than other muscles in the body since their job is to protect the spine. When the mind worries, it sends messages through the nervous system to the muscles and the muscles tense in preparation to defend. This recurring cycle can cause chronic pain

3 Skincare Mistakes That Add 10 Years to Your Face


his month, Oasis to Zen Wellness Center & Transformation Spa owner, Cheri Petroni releases The Natural Radiance and Ageless Beauty Solution, an ongoing ebook program in which Petroni reveals trade secrets for radiant and gorgeous glow skin. This unique interactive, online program was borne from Petroni’s own struggle with skin health and body toxicity. Petroni created this program to offer a unique approach to ageless and nontoxic skincare that can be implemented from the comfort of home. According to Petroni, “The program can be implemented from the comfort of home and downloaded for years to come.” “Do you feel like just another face in the crowd or, does no one seem to notice when you enter a room?” asks Petroni. “If so, you can transform your skin and join the ageless transformation movement right now! Go to your computer and download the free ebook “3 Skincare Mistakes That Add 10 Years to Your Face.” For more information, call 702-491-6035, email RevealYourRadiance@gmail. com or visit See ad, page 17.

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Smog Increases Stroke Risk


esearch from Germany has found that the high particulate numbers in smoggy areas increase the risk of stroke. The Heinz Nixdorf Recall study followed more than 4,400 people between the ages of 45 and 74 years old. The researchers began the study in 2000. They compared stroke and heart attacks to air pollution particulate matter (PM) levels of PM10 (particle sizes of 10 micrometers or less) and PM2.5 (2.5 micrometers or less). The study found that stroke incidence was more than twoand-a-half times higher among people with long-term exposure to PM10, while stroke incidence increased by more than three times among people with long-term exposure to PM2.5 smog.

Daily Exercise Adds Five Years to Life


esearch published this year in the British Journal of Sports Medicine has determined that just 30 minutes of exercise, six days a week, can result in a reduced risk of early death by 40 percent, regardless of the intensity of the exercise. The researchers followed nearly 15,000 men born between 1923 and 1932. The men’s exercise and sedentary levels were measured along with the number of deaths that occurred during two 12-year study periods. In the second 12-year period, the researchers followed almost 6,000 of the surviving men. The researchers compared those men that were sedentary with those that exercised either moderately or intensely and found that moderate to intense exercise increased their average lifespan by five years. This improvement was comparable to the difference between smoking and non-smoking, according to the researchers. The data comes from the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, in Oslo. The scientists’ finding confirms that public health practices for elderly men should include efforts to increase physical activity, along with efforts to reduce smoking.

Muscle-Building Supplements Linked to Testicular Cancer


ew research published in the British Journal of Cancer has found that taking muscle-building supplements can increase the risk of testicular cancer by up to 65 percent. The study monitored 356 cancer patients and 513 control subjects, all from Connecticut and Massachusetts. The case-control study was conducted by researchers from the Yale School of Public Health and the Harvard School of Public Health, and tested for testicular germ cell cancer. About 90 percent of testicular cancers originate from germ cells. The researchers found the subjects that used multiple musclebuilding supplements and those that began using the supplements when they were younger had the greatest risk of developing cancer. 10

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Plants Absorb Second-Hand Smoke, Too


on-smokers aren’t the only ones to suffer from passive smoking. New research from the Technical University of Braunschweig, in Germany, has determined that plants can also absorb nicotine from cigarette smoke, soil and pesticide sprays. The data showed that many plants yield higher quantities of nicotine residues from periods when pesticides used contained nicotine. Plants that were mulched with tobacco leaves also absorbed nicotine into their leaves. “Tremendously elevated nicotine levels were detected after fumigation with cigarette smoke,” says Dirk Selmar, lead author of the study.

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Chamomile Tea Helps Us Live Longer


n a study of 1,677 Mexican-American men and women over the age of 65 from the Southwestern U.S., researchers have found that drinking chamomile tea decreases the risk of earlier mortality by an average of 29 percent. Researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch followed the study population for seven years. Among those tested, 14 percent drank chamomile tea regularly. These were primarily women, and those women that drank chamomile tea experienced a 33 percent reduced mortality during the study period. The small group of men that drank the chamomile tea regularly did not register a significant difference in mortality. Chamomile also has a long history of use in folk medicine and is primarily used to settle digestion and calm the mind. It is a leading natural herbal tea in many countries and contains no caffeine. While various species may be used, chamomile tea is traditionally made by infusing the flowers of either German chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) or Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) into hot water. In Spanish-speaking regions, chamomile tea is often referred to as manzanilla tea—consumed in Mexico and other Spanish cultures for centuries.

esearch published in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research has found a new mechanism that may provide the key to why some foods are particularly healthy. The researchers found that epigallocatechin gallates, a class of polyphenols contained in green tea, apples, cocoa and other herbs and foods, blocks vascular endothelial growth factor, or VEGF, which is implicated in the buildup of plaque in the arteries, as well as cancer growth. Blocking VEGF helps prevent angiogenesis—when tumors form new blood vessels that help them grow. The researchers, from the Institute of Food Research, in Norwich, in the United Kingdom, tested the polyphenols, as well as human cells, in the laboratory.

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A Third of U.S. Power May Be Wind by 2050 According to a new study by the U.S. Energy Department (, wind power could provide more than a third of the nation’s electricity in a few decades, while posting a net savings in energy costs. Undersecretary for Technology and Energy Lynn Orr, Ph.D., states, “With continued commitment, wind can be the cheapest, cleanest option in all 50 states by 2050.” Wind power has tripled since 2000, and now supplies nearly 5 percent of the country’s electric power. The report says that it could dramatically reduce air pollution and go a long way toward meeting the country’s goals of slowing climate change. Meanwhile, Spanish engineers have invented the Vortex Bladeless wind turbine, a hollow straw that sticks up 40 feet from the ground and vibrates when the wind passes through it. Instead of using a propeller, the Vortex takes advantage of an aerodynamic effect called vorticity. The result is a turbine that’s 50 percent less expensive than a bladed model and is nearly silent. It’s not as efficient as conventional turbines, but more of them can be placed in the same amount of space, for a net gain of 40 percent in efficiency. Plus, with no gears or moving parts, maintenance is much easier and they are safer for bats and birds. Source: Wired

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De-Salting Water Could Help Drought-Stricken Areas A team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Jain Irrigation Systems has devised a method of turning brackish water into drinking water using renewable energy. This solar-powered machine is able to pull salt out of water and disinfect it with ultraviolet rays, making it suitable for both irrigation and drinking. Electrodialysis works by passing a stream of water between two electrodes with opposite charges. Because the salt dissolved in water consists of positive and negative ions, the electrodes pull the ions out of the water, leaving fresher water at the center of the flow. A series of membranes separate the freshwater stream from increasingly salty ones. The photovoltaic-powered electrodialysis reversal system recently won the top $140,000 Desal Prize from the U.S. Department of Interior. “This technology has the potential to bring agriculture to vast barren lands using brackish water,” says Richard Restuccia, Jain’s vice president of landscape solutions. The prize was developed to supply catalytic funding to capture and support innovative ideas and new technologies that could have a significant impact on resolving global water demand. Among 13 desalination projects under consideration along the California coast, the Carlsbad Desalination Project will be the largest in the Western Hemisphere once it is completed in the fall. Source: 12

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Embracing Invasives Rethinking the Balance of Nature

Environmental journalist Fred Pearce, author of the new book, The New Wild: Why Invasive Species Will Be Nature’s Salvation, traveled across six continents and ecosystems from remote Pacific islands to the United Kingdom and the Great Lakes to reveal some outdated scientific ideas about invasive species and the balance of nature. Pearce argues that mainstream environmentalists are correct that we need a rewilding of the Earth, but they are wrong if they believe it can be achieved by reengineering ecosystems. He thinks that humans have changed the planet too much, and nature never goes backward. But a growing group of scientists is taking a fresh look at how species interact in the wild. According to these new ecologists, we should applaud the dynamism of alien species and the new ecosystems they create. In an era of climate change and widespread ecological damage, it’s crucial that we find ways to help nature regenerate. Embracing this new ecology, Pearce proposes, is our best chance, maintaining, “To be an environmentalist in the 21st century means celebrating nature’s wildness and capacity for change.” Source:

Earth laughs in flowers. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


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Online Summer of Peace Program Continues Designed by The Shift Network as “the largest virtual peace event on the planet,” a free, online three-month global movement program, The Summer of Peace, continues through September 21. It promises to inspire participants by teaching ways to heal conflicts within oneself, in relationships and in the world using peace, instead of conflict, as the new baseline. Featured thought leaders include Deepak Chopra, Ervin Laszlo, Grandmother Agnes Pilgrim, Karen Armstrong, Lisa Garr and Congressman Tim Ryan, plus messages from the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Jane Goodall. Programs include The Subtle Activism Summit: Inner Dimensions of Peace Building from September 8 to 10, and 11 Ways to Transform Your World from September 11 to 21, concluding on the United Nations International Day of Peace. “You’ll discover more personal ease, joy and well-being with techniques to connect more profoundly to the deep peace within yourself and the latest in the science of compassion,” says Garr, host of The Aware Show and Being Aware and bestselling author of Becoming Aware. She also attests that participants will find the best practices for citizen engagement and conscious activism to help accelerate the shift to a world of peace. For more information or to register, visit

The theme for the 2015 Green Schools STEM Summit is, ‘Connecting Sustainability, STEM Education, and Urban Agriculture,’ and the primary goal is to arm teachers with the knowledge and tools they need including classrooms that are Green, Healthy learning environments where every child can thrive.


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With over 15 community partner organizations participating and over 200 K-12 teachers from around the state expected to attend, the Green Schools STEM Summit will provide valuable information from national experts in sus- tainability, a wealth of hands-on classroom and curriculum tools for teachers, as well as a huge dose of inspiration for making our schools great places to teach, to learn and to grow! Keynote Speaker: Stephen Ritz, Green Bronx Machine

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Parliament of World Religions Gathering The 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions, regarded by organizers as the oldest, largest and most inclusive gathering of all faiths and traditions, will be held from October 15 to 19 at the Salt Palace Convention Center, in Salt Lake City. International spiritual leaders will come together to share wisdom and best practices in dealing with critical global issues, especially climate change and care for creation; income inequality and wasteful consumption; and war, violence and hate speech. Leading speakers include the Dalai Lama, Karen Armstrong, Tariq Ramadan, Mairead Maguire, Jim Wallis, Oscar Arias Sanchez, Eboo Patel, Vandana Shiva and Michael Bernard Beckwith. Attendees can also participate in a Women’s Assembly and Program Initiative; training in dialogue, interfaith activism, fundraising and organizing; musical performances and film showings; breakout sessions; and networking opportunities. Cost: $200 to $550, based on date of registration. Discounts and housing options are available for families, groups, organizations and students, along with scholarship and sponsorship opportunities. For more information or to register, email 2015@ or visit

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Location matters. Consider a park or beach as a setting to promote exercise and time outdoors. Children’s museums and wildlife centers frequently host kids’ birthday parties. Other “experience parties”, as suggested at, include pottery making, tie-dyeing organic T-shirts or touring a local fire station. Forgo traditional trappings. Rather than using paper materials, consider decorating an old sheet as a festive tablecloth, utilize recycled computer or other repurposed paper to print custom placemats, and personalize cloth napkins found at estate sales or made from old clothes with guest names written with fabric pens for a unique and reusable party favor. Find details on these and other tips at Sustainable gifts. PlanToys makes its toys from rubberwood, a sustainable byproduct of latex harvesting, and non-formaldehyde glues. For preteens, gift a subscription to the National Wildlife Federation’s Ranger Rick magazine or a birdhouse or bird feeder. Make a maestro. Presenting a gift card for introductory music lessons can launch a young musician. A recent study by the National Association for Music Education notes that early exposure to music develops language, reading, math and memorization skills; improves hand-eye coordination; builds confidence and a sense of achievement; and promotes social interaction and teamwork when performing with others. Or, give tickets to introduce a child to classical, pops or jazz concert-going.

Adults Healthy drinks and eats. Serve or bring organic, locally made beer and wine and pure fruit juices. Have the party catered by a health food restaurant or store, or order organic takeout. Do-good gifts. Antique and consignment shops are filled with items rich in culture and history. Museums, art centers and specialty gift shops offer fair trade creations handmade by overseas workers that all purchases assist. Family ties. Work beforehand with a partner or family member of the birthday celebrant to showcase family photos at the party and spark sharing of nostalgic stories among guests.

On July 23, the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of H.R. 1599, known by supporters as the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act and dubbed the “Deny Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act” by opponents. The bill removes the requirement that foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMO) be labeled as such, preventing consumers from the right to know whether or not the foods they purchase contain potentially harmful ingredients. If it becomes law, H.R. 1599 will preempt state labeling requirements, including the pioneering Vermont GMO labeling law scheduled to take effect next year. First, a companion bill will have to clear the Senate. No date is set yet for this and the time to let our senators know that we want to protect truth and transparency on food labels and encourage them to oppose the DARK Act starts now. Make the people’s voice heard by contacting local state senators, call 202-224-3121 and visit ContactYourSenatorToday.

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osmin Mahadev Singh, founder of RYK (Raise Your Kundalini) Yoga and Meditation Center, is licensed with Kundalini Research Institute and registered with the International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association and Yoga Alliance. He is also an accomplished Traditional Reiki Master having trained in both the United States and Europe. RYK Yoga is the first Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Center of Las Vegas. Singh’s approach uses cutting edge scientific research harmoniously integrated with the ancient teachings of Kundalini Yoga as taught by renowned global authority Yogi Bhajan through a direct, unbroken lineage with Harijiwan and Yogi Amandeep Singh. This year, for the first time in Las Vegas, RYK will offer Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training. Born in Bucharest, Romania – a country with a deep-rooted history in diversity and spirituality. Singh’s upbringing was enriched with a combination of old and new world teachings, setting the foundation for an inner calling of growth and search for knowledge, which led him on his spiritual path. Singh created a unique and inviting space where students can begin, develop, maintain or re-kindle their yoga practice. “Whether you are a first timer or an advanced student, we are dedi-


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cated to offering you the most effective methods to a healthier lifestyle based on your current and growing needs,” says Singh. “We offer a wide range of inspiring yoga and meditation classes, as well as personal development workshops all designed to elevate your awareness and ignite your passion for life.” According to Singh, his mission is to improve the lives of RYK students and positively impact the lives of those within the communities. “Students can expect major positive life changes when one has a true commitment to work on themselves,” he says. “Our center provides a universal practice that welcomes all tradition, walks of life, and fitness levels to participate in the practice of personal growth,” explains Singh. “Our goal is to guide you on your own path to self discovery and enlightenment. If you are looking for relaxation, to breathe easy, calm your mind, laugh more and challenge your mind, body and spirit, we invite you to visit the RYK Yoga and Meditation Center of Las Vegas and experience the peace and serenity that dwells within you.” Singh’s own world experience gives him the ability to exercise true empathy and compassion. His universal teachings transcend cultural and demographic boundaries and can be understood and

appreciated by everyone. His teachings parallel the proverb, “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Cosmin goes beyond feeding you knowledge for a day. He provides you with the “know-how” to recognize and harness the necessary tools for skillful living. Singh remains committed to expanding his knowledge and experience of his yoga practice to provide his students with the most effective self-empowering approaches that are sure to raise their over-all well being. His teaching will allow you to realize that you can live a healthy and happy life. You will soon be walking your own path awakened by raising your Kundalini. Location: RYK Yoga and Meditation Center, 8450 W Sahara Ave., #109, Las Vegas. For more information, call 702478-9600, email or visit See ad, page 29.

What is Kundalini Yoga? Kundalini Yoga as Taught by Yogi Bhajan is the origin from which all yogas have emerged. It is the most effective and complete yoga you can practice. It is designed to give you “hands on” experience of your highest consciousness. It teaches a method by which you can achieve the sacred purpose of your life. Kundalini Yoga is not a religion; it is universal and nondenominational. It is known as “The Yoga of Awareness” and is the fastest way to establish an aligned relationship between your body, mind and soul. Kundalini Yoga is for anyone and everyone. It is for people who have to cope with the daily obstacles and stresses of holding jobs, raising families, managing businesses and maintaining a household. It is for those who want the skills to cope successfully with the challenges of living in this day and age.


YOGA THERAPY Allows Mind and Spirit To Deeply Rest by Alicia Cuglietta


eople are often referred to yoga as a remedy for an illness or injury. However, yoga is not “one size fits all” and many conditions call for Yoga Therapy. Blindly joining a group class could do more harm than good. Yoga Therapy uses the ancient techniques of yoga, such as postures and movements, breathing techniques, mudra and meditative practices. These are fused with modern scientific and medical knowledge and used to individualize

a yoga practice to improve the practitioner’s health and wellbeing. Everything is custom tailored to the individual: postures and movement stretch and strengthen the muscles, proper breathing taught, mudra to affect energy and meditation to help the mind and spirit deeply rest. Our bodies are operated via two complex branches of our nervous system. The sympathetic system (SNS) is responsible for the fight or flight response (adrenaline rush when

frightened) and the parasympathetic (PNS) system is responsible for rest, restoration and rebalance (relaxation). Within the nervous system is the vagus, a large nerve that regulates other bodily systems; immunity, cardiovascular, digestion, hormones, etc. When stressed, ill or injured we tend to remain in the SNS and rarely engage the PNS. This is problematic because systems of the body must rest and rebalance for healing to occur. It is for this reason many over-worked, stressed people have suppressed immune systems. Bringing awareness to sensations in the body soothes the nervous system and creates an environment for healing. With yoga therapy, one can take attention from an over-thinking mind and place it into a disconnected body to reconnect mind, body and spirit, rebalance the vagus nerve and restore harmony so that true healing may begin. Alicia Cuglietta is founder of Down Dog Diagnostics, LLC. For more information call 702-768-2906 or visit See ad, page 29.

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TheGuruji Trivedi Effect Mahendra Trivedi Offering Unlimited Human Potential by Rick Amor


an a human being affect living organisms and nonliving materials at the atomic level simply through one’s thoughts? Can the human mind transform the atomic composition of living and nonliving elements by believing and intending that such compositions can and will be altered? Can illness disappear, medical conditions alter and general health vastly improve by unleashing the energy within us to manifest such change? For centuries, these questions have been posed and answered affirmatively by “faith healers” who have consistently and passionately beseeched the masses “Believe it to be so and it will be so.” This faith based ideology thrived in ages of abundant spiritual belief, but with stark scarcity of scientific or empirical data to assess the efficacy of such 22 Greater Las Vegas

thought. In 1995, Mahendra Trivedi, a 32 year old mechanical engineer from India discovered that he had a gift that he describes as divinely bequeathed to and harnessed by him and, by so doing, he could release the unlimited potential for greatness in everything.” “While I was sleeping in a trancelike state, my brain entered a realm of super consciousness and I began to harness a message from the Universe that I was born with a gift to heal myself from unnecessary struggling and suffering, and that I was to use these gifts for my own betterment and that of others, the environment and all humanity,” says Trivedi. “First, I solved all of my physical, mental and emotional problems. When I did, I was overflowing with wealth in every aspect of my life.

I then distributed this wealth to friends, colleagues and eventually to people all over the world.” Trivedi quickly found that his true purpose in life was to share that which so immediately affected his own. “The moment I discovered my gifts, I was out of all forms of poverty,” says Trivedi. “I found that people were suffering from anxiety and depression because they had poverty in many aspects of their lives. They thought their future was full of misery. I, on the other hand, realized that my future is filled with happiness, pleasure and wealth because I have so much wealth in my life. I realized that I needed and wanted millions of people around me to enjoy this wealth as well.” After witnessing the dramatic results of his “blessings” upon his friends and colleagues, Trivedi wanted proof that the life-changing impacts everyone was receiving from this energy was something real, and not a placebo effect. At the same time he realized that, although there have been many spiritual leaders and “holy men” who had come before him, no one had the ability to scientifically validate their gifts and “powers” with any significant and measurable outcome. However, unlike his predecessors and consistent with his skeptical nature he also realized that to be most effective, his gift needed to be judged and proven through a more objective set of criteria. He chose science as the means through which his abilities would be either proven or refuted. “I realized that through science this gift can be highly useful to millions and even billions of people,” says Trivedi. “Without science, you cannot prove anything.” Trivedi endeavored to establish that science would prove, through the most sophisticated technologies available today, that his thought intentions could and would effectuate permanent atomic, molecular and cellular change effecting the behavior and character of living organisms and nonliving materials such as humans, plants, seeds, animals, genetics, microbes, metals, ceramics, polymers and chemicals. Within the ensuing 20 years, the impact of Trivedi’s transformative thought intentions became known as “The Trivedi Effect”.

“We have conducted over 4,000 experiments on more than 250 varieties of organic and inorganic compounds under controlled laboratory conditions,” explains Trivedi, “and stringent field trials with the use of the most sophisticated technologies available.” “Through scientific analysis, we found that I can increase and decrease the size of the atom and can change the atomic mass by channeling the energy of the universe through my thought intentions, achieving the maximum potential of all living and nonliving things. Now, my abilities are based on objective scientific facts and not founded simply on the basis of faith. The Trivedi Effect has been tested in numerous case studies involving plants and animals. The results have been impressive, leading to high quality, 100% organic crops with increased yield by as much as 500% over the controlled (unblessed) land, seeds and plants. Animals blessed by Trivedi have been found with increased immunity, lower mortality rates and higher food production compared to control groups. Trivedi noted that he has helped thousands of professionals achieve maximum health, success and happiness through his blessings and his teachings. “People from all walks of life are feeling the benefits of my gift in many areas of their lives,” said Trivedi. “They are experiencing higher quality sleep, calmness and are less fearful of the future. Their anxiety and depression have disappeared and they are experiencing better health and emotional wellbeing. Many have discovered their life’s purpose, talents and skills. Further, they are able to implement these talents, skills and hidden gifts in their everyday lives and become more successful. Their confidence has increased tremendously and without confidence, you cannot be successful.” Trivedi intentionally created a website for educational purposes and includes research and peer-reviewed science publications. “The consistently positive findings of The Trivedi Effect ultimately led to the creation of the corporate tagline “The Trivedi Effect, Difficult to Believe, Impossible to Deny,” says Trivedi. “I

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AGELESS BEING Staying Vibrant in Mind, Body and Spirit by Kathleen Barnes

Agelessness: Engaging in and experiencing life without fear of falling, failing or falling apart.


n a nutshell, that’s the philosophy of visionary women’s health expert Dr. Christiane Northrup, of Yarmouth, Maine, as explored in her latest book, Goddesses Never Age. “We’re long overdue for a paradigm shift about how we feel about growing older,” says Northrup. “You can change your future by adopting a new, ageless attitude that will help you flourish physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. We don’t have to buy into modern medicine’s promotion of the idea of the pathology of aging.” One of Northrup’s primary admonitions: “Don’t tell anyone how old you are. Another birthday means nothing.”

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Our Western society fosters a belief system that we will become decrepit, frail and mentally feeble at a certain age. “When my mother turned 50, her mailbox suddenly filled with ads for adult diapers, walkers and longterm care insurance,” Northrup quips. The point is well taken. Think vibrant, healthy, gorgeous and yes, sexy Sandra Bullock, Johnny Depp, Chris Rock and Brooke Shields—all 50 or older—as the targets of ads for Depend. We’re living and working longer, and many of us are feeling, looking and staying young longer. So is 60 the new 40? Yes, say State University of New York

at Stony Brook researchers, and further note that we’re generally leading longer and healthier lives. Centenarians are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population. In the 2010 census, 53,364 people had surpassed their 100th year, an increase of 40 percent over the 1980 census, and more than 80 percent of them are women. The National Institute on Aging projects that this number could increase tenfold or more by 2050. What we think of as “old” has changed. Many baby boomers refuse to buy into the mythology of aging, bristle at being called senior citizens and especially dislike being called elderly. Their position is backed by science. Stem cell biologist Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., author of Biology of Belief and currently a visiting professor at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic, in Auckland, is best known for promoting the concept that DNA can be changed by belief, for good or ill. Lipton explains that we all have billions of stem cells designed to repair or replace damaged—and aging—tissues and organs. “[These cells] are profoundly influenced by our thoughts and perceptions about the environment,” Lipton explains. “Hence our beliefs about aging can either interfere with or enhance stem cell function, causing our physiological regeneration or decline.” “Yes, we are destined to grow older, but decrepitude and what we call aging is an optional state,” Northrup adds. “Our genes, nutrition and environment are under our control far more than we may have thought.” More, she says, “Words are powerful. Don’t talk yourself into believing your brain is turning to mush just because you are over 40.”

Take Control of the Body

“Manage the four horsemen of the aging apocalypse,” encourages nutrition and longevity expert Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., a Los Angeles board-certified nutritionist and author of The Most Effective Ways to Live Longer. He says the aging process, including disease, loss of physical or mental function and the general breakdown of systems, is caused by one or more of four factors:

oxidative damage (literally rusty cells); inflammation; glycation (excess sugar, metabolic syndrome); and stress. “Collectively, they damage cells and DNA, wear down organs and systems, deeply damage the vascular pathways that deliver blood and oxygen to the entire body, and even shrink brain size,” explains Bowden. While it may seem like a tall order to make lifestyle changes that vanquish these four horsemen, Bowden says they can be broken into manageable elements by employing an arsenal of healthful weapons: whole foods, nutrients, stress-reduction techniques, exercise, detoxification and relationship improvement. “All of these actually do double duty, battling more than one of the four processes that can effectively shorten your life,” he reports, based on his 25 years of study.

Oxidative Damage

Consider what rust does to metal. That’s what free radical oxygen molecules do to cells. Over time, they damage them and cause aging from within. “Oxidative damage plays a major role in virtually every degenerative disease of aging, from Alzheimer’s to cancer to heart disease and diabetes, even immune dysfunction,” says Bowden. His recommended key to destroying free radicals is a diet rich in antioxidants, including lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and healthy fats, nuts, grass-fed meats and organic dairy products. Avoid environmental free radicals that show up in toxic chemicals by eating as much organic food as possible and avidly avoiding residues of the poisonous pesticides and herbicides sprayed on crops eaten by people and livestock.


Long-term inflammation is a silent killer because it operates beneath the radar, often unnoticed, damaging blood vessel walls. Like oxidative damage, inflammation is a factor in all the degenerative diseases associated with aging, says Bowden. His suggestion: First, get a C-reactive protein (CRP) test to determine the levels of inflammation in our body. A CRP level

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This is the result of excessive sugar that glues itself to protein or fat molecules, leaving a sticky mess that creates advanced glycation end (AGE) products that damage all body systems and are acknowledged culprits in the dreaded diseases associated with aging. Bowden’s basic answer is to minimize intake of sugar and simple carbs; anything made with white flour or white rice. Also avoid fried dishes and any foods cooked at high temperatures that actually skip the glycation production in the body and deliver harmful AGEs directly from the food. He advises taking 1,000 mg of carnosine (available in health food stores) daily to prevent glycation.


The long-term effects of physical, mental or emotional stress are tremendously damaging to the human physiology. Sustained exposure to the stress hormone cortisol can shrink parts of the brain, damage blood vessels, increase blood sugar levels, heart rate and blood pressure and contribute to chronic inflammation, according to wellestablished science recorded in the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Bowden warns, “Stress management is not a luxury.” In its many forms, including prayer, meditation and breathing exercises, it should be part of any agelessness program. Deep, restful sleep is as vital a component as ending toxic


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relationships, having a nurturing circle of friends and doing familiar, gentle exercise such as yoga or tai chi. Overall, Bowden adds, “Rather than thinking of such endeavors as antiaging, I strive to embody the concept of age independence. I admire former Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, who resigned from the court when he reached age 90 because he wanted to play more tennis.” Bowden recommends embracing the concept of “squaring the curve”, meaning that instead of anticipating and experiencing a long downhill slope of poor health leading to death, “I look at a long plateau of health, with a steep drop-off at the end.” Wellness guru Dr. Michael Roizen, chair of the Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute, contends that although our chronological age can’t be changed, “Your ‘real age’ [calculated from data he collected from 60 million people] is the result of a wide variety of factors that are within your control. Dietary choices alone can make you 13 years younger or older than your actual age.” Roizen adds uncontrolled portion sizes, tobacco use and physical

inactivity to the list of lifeshortening lifestyle options.

Align with Spirit

“If you don’t have some kind of spiritual foundation, literally, God help you,” says Northrup. “God isn’t confined to a book or a church, mosque or synagogue. Divinity is the creative loving, vital flow of life force that we’re all part of and connected to. Our bodies are exquisite expressions meant to embody, not deny our spirits.” Touch, pleasure and sex can be part of it, too. Individuals that have the most fulfilling sex lives live the longest, according to researchers conducting the University of California, Riverside’s Longevity Project. “Pleasure comes in infinite forms,” says Northrup. “It can mean the exquisite taste of a pear or the sound of an angelic symphony, the kiss of sun on skin, the laughter of a child, spending time with friends or creating a pastel landscape. When you experience pleasure, God comes through and you become aware of your divine nature. You’ll find that joy comes in ways that are unique to you.” Connection with the natural world is an essential element of agelessness,

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says Northrup. “The human body evolved to walk on the Earth, drinking its water, breathing its air and basking in its sunlight.” The bottom line is, “Agelessness is all about vitality. Taking all the right supplements and pills, or getting the right procedure isn’t the prescription for anti-aging,” says this renowned physician. “It’s ageless living that brings back a sense of vibrancy and youthfulness.” We could live to be well over 100 years old and, as Northrup likes to paraphrase Abraham Hicks, of The Law of Attraction fame, “Wouldn’t you rather have your life end something like this: ‘Happy-healthy, happy-healthy, happyhealthy, dead.’ Isn’t that a lot better than suffering sickness, decrepitude and frailty for years?” Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous books on natural health, her latest being Food Is Medicine: 101 Prescriptions from the Garden. Connect at

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to mainstream advertising,” says McCall, who notes an increase in doctors, nurses and therapists attending the Yoga as Medicine seminars he and his wife Eliana teach internationally and from their Simply Yoga Institute studio, in Summit, New Jersey.

Mounting Evidence

Yoga Enters the Medical Mainstream Research Proves its Health Benefits by Meredith Montgomery


fter practicing internal medicine for 10 years in Boston, Dr. Timothy McCall became a fulltime writer, exploring the health benefits of yoga. As the medical editor of Yoga Journal and the author of Yoga as Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing, he says, “In the late 90s, the conveyor belt of patient care continued to speed up and I got frustrated. There was less time to form relationships with patients, which is essential to providing quality care without excessive tests and drugs.” Initially, McCall found that most of the documented research on yoga was from India, and notes it was low in quality from a Western perspective (though it is now excellent). In the West, the first notable scientific yoga article was published in 1973 in The Lancet on combining yoga and biofeedback to manage hypertension. According to the International Journal of Yoga, the surge in yoga’s popularity here finally gained

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academic interest in 2007, and there are now more than 2,000 yoga titles in the National Institutes of Health PubMed. gov database, with 200 added annually. Initially, yoga teacher and economist Rajan Narayanan, Ph.D., founded the nonprofit Life in Yoga Foundation and Institute to offer free teacher training. Within a couple of years, the foundation’s focus shifted to integrating yoga into the mainstream healthcare system. “We realized that to make a real difference, we needed to teach doctors about yoga and its scientifically proven effects,” he says. Medical providers can earn credits to keep their licenses current by attending courses by Life in Yoga, the only yoga institution independently certified by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. Currently, even if physicians don’t practice yoga, it’s likely that many of their patients do. “You now see it everywhere from major medical centers

“Yoga may help prevent diseases across the board because the root cause of 70 to 90 percent of all disorders is stress,” says Narayanan. Yoga increases the body’s ability to successfully respond to stress by activating the parasympathetic nervous system, which slows the heart and lowers blood pressure. That in turn suppresses sympathetic activity, reducing the amount of stress hormones in the body. Studies collected on demonstrate that yoga has been found to help manage hypertension, osteoporosis, body weight, physical fitness, anxiety, depression, diabetes, reproductive functions and pregnancy, among other issues. Studies at California’s Preventive Medicine Research Institute

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have tracked amelioration of heart disease. A growing body of research is validating yoga’s benefits for cancer patients, including at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. A small study at Norway’s University of Oslo suggests that yoga even alters gene expression, indicating it may induce health benefits on a molecular level.

Cultural Challenges

“ Fo r yo g a t o b e e f f e c Any physical tive, a regular practice must b e i m p l e m e n t e d , w h i c h exercise done is challenging in a culture where with breath people can’t sit for long without an electronic device. It’s more awareness than just popping pills,” says becomes yoga; Narayanan. McCall says, “Even if people anything done can commit to just a few minutes without the of yoga practice a day, if they keep it up the benefits can be breath is just a enormous.” physical practice. “There are no sales reps telling doctors to use yoga therapy ~Rajan Narayaran like there are for pharmaceuticals,” remarks Narayanan, and until yoga is funded by health insurance, it will be challenging to gain full acceptance in mainstream medicine. Another barrier is certification standards. The International Association of Yoga Therapists ( and the Council for Yoga Accreditation International ( are both beginning to offer certifications for therapy training programs and therapists. Narayanan is hopeful that certification could lead to yoga being covered by insurance. Medical school curricula have started shifting to embrace complementary approaches to wellness, with many textbooks now including information on mind/body therapies. The Principles and Practices of Yoga in Healthcare, co-edited by Sat Bir Khalsa, Lorenzo Cohen,  McCall and Shirley Telles and due out in 2016, is the first professional-level, medical textbook on yoga therapy. “Yoga has been proven to treat many conditions, yet yoga teachers don’t treat conditions, we treat individuals,” says McCall. “Yoga therapy is not a one-size-fits-all prescription because different bodies and minds, with different abilities and weaknesses, require individualized approaches.” While medical research is working to grant yoga more legitimacy among doctors, policymakers and the public, McCall says, “I believe these studies are systematically underestimating how powerful yoga can be. Science may tell us that it decreases systolic blood pressure and cortisol secretion and increases lung capacity and serotonin levels, but that doesn’t begin to capture the totality of what yoga is.” Meredith Montgomery, a registered yoga teacher, publishes Natural Awakenings of Mobile/Baldwin, AL (Healthy

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Choose Happiness Four Tips to Flip the Joy Switch by Linda Joy


recent Harris Interactive poll indicates that only one in three Americans are happy. Success, education and increases in annual household income create only marginally more happiness. So what will it take to go the distance? Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Choosing Happiness endeavors to discover just that. Its collection of intimate stories from more than two dozen women reveals telling insights—most profoundly, that happiness is a choice that anyone can make, regardless of their history or circumstances. Four tips from contributors to the book show how we all can rise up out of our troubles to the other side, shining.

Let Go of ‘Supposed To’

Family, friends and society exert pressure on us to achieve certain goals or impose their definition of success. When our soul doesn’t fit the mold, exciting things can happen. Happiness strategist Kristi Ling seemed to have it all: a high-powered job in Hollywood, significant income and the

envy of all her friends—but her success felt empty. She writes from her home in Los Angeles, “Each morning I’d get up thinking about who I needed to please, and then prepare myself to exist for another day. I looked and felt exhausted just about all the time. The worst part was that I thought I was doing everything right!” After a middle-of-the-night epiphany, Ling left her job and set out to discover what her heart wanted. She began following a completely different life path as a coach and healer, in which success means manifesting joy.

Be Grateful Now

While we’re striving to change our life or wishing things could have been different, we often forget to pay attention to what we have right now. Boni Lonnsburry, a conscious creation expert and founder/CEO of Inner Art, Inc., in Boulder, Colorado, writes about the morning she decided to choose happiness, despite the enormous challenges she was facing, including divorce, foreclosure, bankruptcy and possible homelessness. “I thought to myself, ‘Yes, my life could be better, but it also could be a hell of a lot worse. I’m healthy and smart—why, I even have some wisdom. Why am I focusing on how terrible everything is?’” Using the power of her choice to be happy right now, Lonnsburry not only found joy amidst the adversity, but created love and success beyond her wildest dreams.

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ourselves, even against the love we want. Certified Relationship Coach Stacey Martino, of Yardley, Pennsylvania, writes, “From the first day we met, I’d been waiting for [my boyfriend] Paul to end our relationship. I begged him for another chance—not for our relationship, but to be my authentic self—to figure out who I am and show up in our relationship as the real me.” Fourteen years later, Martino and her boyfriend, now husband, are still exploring the depths of their love for one another. For them, the choice to be vulnerable was the gateway to happiness.

Look Inward Instead of to Others

If we can’t own our pain, how can we create our joy? Choosing happiness means taking full responsibility for our state of mind, with no excuses. Lisa Marie Rosati, of Kings Park, New York, who today helps other women catalyze their own transformation, writes: “I didn’t want to accept what was going on inside [me], so I looked outside for a way to make things better. I depended on intimate relationships to complete me, and on friends and acquaintances for entertainment. My self-esteem floated on incoming compliments and I absolutely never wanted to spend a minute alone with my own thoughts, lest they erode whatever happiness I possessed at the moment. I was exhausted, frustrated and quite frankly, pissed off.” It took a flash of insight to set Rosati free of her patterns of blame—and then realizing she could create her own fulfillment was all it took to catapult her into a place of empowerment. Look out, world! As Los Angeles happiness expert and Positive Psychology Coach Lisa Cypers Kamen says, “Happiness is an inside job.” Joy, love and inspired living are ours for the taking—all we must do is choose. Linda Joy is the heart of Inspired Living Publishing and Aspire magazine. Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Choosing Happiness is her third in a series of bestselling anthologies. Next up is Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Cultivating Joy. Learn more at


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I became a vegetarian when I was 14, after reading Frances Moore Lappé’s Diet for a Small Planet, which taught me how eating meat was destructive to the planet. A couple of years later, I did a book report on Peter Singer’s Animal Liberation and learned the ethical reasons against eating animals. I stopped using cosmetics tested on animals when I was a teen and stopped wearing leather, wool and silk in my 20s. I finally gave up eating dairy in my late 40s, and I wish I’d done it earlier. Although I did it to benefit animals, being vegan has enriched my life and changed the way I look at the world. The only way there will be enough food and water for Earth’s expected 10 billion people in 35 years is if humankind stops raising animals for food, so my veganism is helping the planet, as well as my own health.

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of 5 and 12, having the freedom to develop, create and innovate is critical.” Creativity isn’t limited to only younger children. How sports are taught in this country at all levels, right up through college, often inhibits athletic creativity and problem solving—as Levy has noticed year after year in the freshmen players she trains—rather than fostering these attributes.

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any parents concerned that their children are getting engulfed by social media often turn to sports to spark physical activity. They scramble to sign their toddlers up for swimming and tennis lessons, T-ball and soccer practice, hoping these activities will teach their kids about motivation and leadership, while getting them off the couch and out the door. They hope that sports will be a conduit for their kids to learn what it takes to strive, drive toward a goal and succeed in later life. As a result, more than 40 million kids across America are engaged in organized play. But youth sports are not a panacea; while parental intentions are good, they sometimes don’t realize the potential for negative consequences. Those that have studied the phenomenon believe that youth sports—which on the surface, appear to provide a perfect environment for children to learn life lessons and develop critical social and physical skills—might hamper our children’s healthy physical, social, psychic and creative development.

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It seems that many young kids playing on teams today are over-coached by controlling, command-oriented adults. As Jenny Levy, head coach of the University of North Carolina’s 2013 NCAA champion women’s

lacrosse team at Chapel Hill puts it, “Kids are kind of like overbred dogs, mimicking the drills we run in practice. They aren’t wired to think creatively. They do what they know. What’s safe.” This kind of behavior can start at an early age, when kids should be engaging in free play with minimal adult supervision in unstructured settings. Parenting expert Kim John Payne, author of Simplicity Parenting and The Soul of Discipline, says, “Parents are giving in to enormous societal pressure to push kids into high-performance sports settings several times a week. It’s an ‘arms race’ of sorts, with the clear victims being the kids themselves that are robbed of their childhoods.” There’s a much more holistic way kids can experience play, including sports. An American Academy of Pediatrics study attests that free and unstructured play is healthy and essential for helping children reach important social, emotional and cognitive developmental milestones, plus managing stress and becoming resilient. Payne observes, “In free play, children have to actively problem solve and take one another’s feelings into account if the play is to be successful. In sports, the social problem solving is largely extrinsic, facilitated by coaches, referees or parents. During a child’s formative stages, between the ages

It’s crucial to consider the whole child, not just the budding athlete. To revive a child’s imagination and create better conditions for developing creativity, resiliency and flexibility, contemplate the option of taking a child out of organized youth sports for a while to provide the time, space and opportunity to rediscover childhood play and games. Then support them in re-entering organized athletics when they’re a bit older and more physically and emotionally ready. Also, some kids that get heavily involved in highly structured youth sports too early may be prone to behavioral problems and serious physical injuries. The best thing a parent can do for a young child that is active and interested in sports is roll up their sleeves and join in unscripted backyard or playground family play. Kids thrive in the attention offered from mom or dad, regardless of parental athletic skill levels. Also, organize play dates with other neighborhood kids of varying ages, because they love to learn from each other, including how to work out disagreements.  Once kids are socially, emotionally and physically ready, organized sports can be an amazing platform for fun-filled learning. Having already experienced healthy free play, a child will be ready for and thrive in a more focused, competitive, organized and structured play environment. Fortified by a creative foundation in earlier years, a youngster is better able to identify and express their own mind, body and spirit. Luis Fernando Llosa is the co-author of Beyond Winning: Smart Parenting in a Toxic Sports Environment and co-founder of A writer, speaker and former Sports Illustrated reporter, he lives in New York City, where he coaches his five kids. For more information, visit

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EYE HEALTH FOR DOGS 10 Foods to Keep Canine Vision Sharp by Audi Donamor


ey colorful foods, packed with nutrients, protect against eye problems ranging from progressive retinal atrophy and uveitis to cataracts and glaucoma. Here are 10 foods that are highly regarded in helping prevent and defend against vision problems. Their eye-worthy nutrients include anthocyanins, beta-carotene, carotenoids, glutathione, lycopene, omega-3 essential fatty acids, phytonutrients—and the special partnership of lutein and zeaxanthin, sometimes referred to as “sunscreen for the eyes”. An easy way to serve these power-packed foods is as a mash. Simply combine a few cups of fruits and vegetables in a food processor with a half-cup of filtered water and blend as a raw pet meal topper. For a cooked topper, chop the fruits and vegetables and place in a medium sized sauce pan with the filtered water and a couple tablespoons of first-pressed olive oil. Simmer gently, cool and serve. Maybe top it all off with a fish or egg. Blueberries contain two eye-healthy carotenoids: lutein and zeaxanthin. They also deliver anthocyanins, eye-nourishing phytonutrients known to support night vision, according to a study published in the Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology. University of Oklahoma research suggests that flavonoids like the rutin, resveratrol and quercetin in blueberries may help prevent retinal atrophy. Their selenium and zinc components also support vision, according to a study from the National Eye Institute. Eating blueberries has even been associated with the reduction of eye fatigue, according to The Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry. Broccoli’s anti-cancer benefits are well known, but it’s also recognized as one of the best vegetables for eye health. A good source of lutein and zeaxanthin, it’s also packed with betacarotene. Don’t leave the leaves behind, because they contain even more beta-carotene than the stems and florets. Researchers at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine have found that broccoli and broccoli sprouts protect the retina from free radical damage, which may be due to a compound called sulphoraphane

that boosts the body’s defense against free radicals. Carrots come in 100 varieties, from deep purple and white to brilliant orange. Each is a storehouse of nutrient power, providing vitamin A, beta-carotene, vitamins C, D, E and K, and riboflavin, niacin, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, sodium, iron, magnesium, manganese, sulphur, copper and iodine. The adage that carrots are good for the eyes is true. They even contain lycopene and lutein, phytonutrients that protect from UVB radiation and free radical damage. Cold-water fish such as salmon, tuna, cod, haddock and sardines are rich in omega-3s, especially EPA and DHA, which are widely known to be important to cellular health. DHA makes up 30 percent of the fatty acids that comprise the retina. The particularly high levels of omega-3s in sardines add further protection to retinal health, according to researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.   Eggs are rich in cysteine and sulphur, two components of glutathione. Cataract Health News reports that sulphurcontaining compounds have been found to protect eyes from cataract formation. Egg yolks contain lutein, and a University of Massachusetts study has found that eating an egg a day raised levels of lutein and zeaxanthin in the blood; at the same time, blood serum lipids and lipoprotein cholesterol concentrations remained stable. Garlic. Researchers at the University of Oregon suggest that sulphur-rich garlic is important for the production of glutathione, a protein that acts as an antioxidant for the eye’s lens, and can be instrumental in the prevention of some visual problems. Kale is an excellent source of lutein and zeaxanthin. The American Optometric Association says these special antioxidants act like “internal sunglasses.” Add betacarotene to the mix and kale serves as a preferred foil to oxidative stress. Pumpkin’s orange color is a sure sign that it’s packed with carotenoids like beta-carotene, which help neutralize free radicals. Its lutein and zeaxanthin generally promote eye health and further protect against retinal degeneration. Even pumpkin seeds carry several benefits, including omega-3s, zinc and phytosterols to enhance a dog’s immune response. Sweet potatoes are loaded with both beta-carotene and anthocyanins, the latter high in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Tomatoes are famous for their lycopene, a carotenoid and phytonutrient found in red produce. This powerful antioxidant helps protect against sun damage and retinal degeneration and has been well documented as effective in cancer prevention. Processed tomato products contain higher levels of lycopene Make vision than the raw fruit.

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find out what happened during puppyhood to cause such extreme fear. Talk therapy, energy healing and short-term medication may be combined to dissolve the pattern of fear, when medication-alone would only suppress it. While a vet can advise on the prognosis of a life-threatening illness, estimating the probable cost in money, time and suffering, an animal communicator can reveal a pet’s thoughts and feelings. Does he or she want to undergo drastic treatment or are they ready to die? Old, seemingly decrepit animals often have reason to stay and endure, and that is their wish. At the same time, young, seemingly resilient animals are sometimes ready to transcend this earth. We won’t know until we ask. An animal communicator can find the root cause of emotional issues but cannot practice veterinary medicine. However, with the unique skills of both a vet and a communicator, sources of

Telepathic abilities are a gift we’re all given. Animals use it all the time, but people’s minds are often too cluttered to receive telepathic communication clearly. Anyone can learn with a little practice. Write out questions you’d like to ask your animal companion. Start working with a good-quality photograph of your animal companion, one in which you can clearly see the eyes. Because it’s a spirit-to-spirit connection, proximity isn’t necessary. Sit comfortably, both feet on the floor. Take slow, deep breaths and relax. Strong emotions and personal agendas block effective communication. If you feel any emotion coming up, notice it, then set it aside. When invested in getting a certain answer, you’re likely to imagine it, instead of the truth. Release the need to have opinions validated. Feel the space inside your heart open. With your heart open and ready to receive, look into the photo of your animal’s eyes. Imagine that your animal companion is sitting in front of you. Now, ask a question. The answer may come as an imagined voice, a snapshot image or a short movie clip you see in your mind’s eye. Or, a sense of knowing that wasn’t there before. Accept whatever comes to you. If you don’t understand, ask for clarification. Practice daily. Once focus is mastered, work with live animals to gain additional information but remain open to whatever comes up.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 Healthy Eating Cooking Demonstration – 6:307:30pm. Sari Dennis, founder of My Wellness Counts LLC, prepares healthy versions of favorite dishes, as requested by Whole Foods Markets customers. Free. Whole Foods Market Tenaya, 7250 W Lake Mead Blvd, LV.



Wongu Wellness Day/Cooking for Your Health – 10am-1pm. Wongu University cordially invites the public to a day of Asian medicine, nutrition and cooking demonstrations. Tour the health center facility. Info session on MSOM program. Free admission (RSVP required). 8630 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-852-1280.

Naturally Organic Healing Center Invites instructors experienced in wellness industry to host classes in yoga, meditation and dance. Two free days at studio. Call 702-433-3874. Visit, for open time slots.

Women's Spiritual Power Circle – 7pm. First and third Fri. An ongoing community of women dedicated to the empowerment of the feminine, deepening of spiritual connection, living passions, anchoring into one’s light, and creating a supportive community. Donation. 1771 E Flamingo Rd, 104B, LV. 702-272-7872.

SERVICES Join the ECO-CLUB – Members get benefits such as discounts, resources, free gifts and more. For free info about books, games, DVDs, health products, etc., send a large SASE: EduConsultants, PO Box 31043, Las Vegas, NV 89173.

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Soul-Training – 11am. An emotional release system combining inner and outer freedom. It connects to one’s higher purpose to release inner child trauma, pain and suffering. It creates safety and well-being. Love offering. 1771 E Flamingo Rd, 104B, LV. 702-272-7872. FREE Limited Time Offer

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September 5 • 12-2pm 8855 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas Bianca Freeny

Energy Dynamics – 2pm. Discover how we show up in a community. Are we energetically dominating others to get what we want? Are we stealing other peoples’ energy? Transmute the race, ego mind to love, kindness and contribution. Love offering. 1771 E Flamingo Rd, 104B, LV. 702-2727872.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 The Four Agreements a Metaphysical Approach – 3pm. Spiritual Therapist Scott William Schmidt leads a spirit filled exploration of The Four Agreements written by Don Miguel Ruiz. Discover how four simple agreements can change the whole outlook on life. Love donation. 1771 E Flamingo Rd, 104B, LV. 702-272-7872.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 Aromatherapy 101 – 7pm. Weds. Sep. 9-Oct. 7. Great class for those who use or sell essential oils. Gain confidence in oils. Learn about safety, storage, uses, carriers, botanical names, energetics of the oils and more. $197/all five classes. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, 101, LV. Melody Bartone-Helmick: 702-460-4080.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 Artist Way Creativity Group – 7pm. 2nd and 4th Thurs. The book The Artists Way by Julia Cameron is also about finding one’s inner voice, discovering where one’s spirit wants to express, and getting past the blocks to that expression. Love donation. 1771 E Flamingo Rd, 104B, LV. 702-272-7872.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 Ribbon Cutting for The Lead Team Networking Open House – 4-6pm. The LV Health Chamber celebrates its newest member, The Lead Team, opening a new office with an open house and ribbon cutting. Refreshments, networking and video services from BizVid will be available. Free. 3160

S Valley View Blvd, 103, LV. Mark Weinberger: 702-979-5985. The Essence of Healing – 6:30pm. This event is an introduction to Reconnective Healing. As Dr. Eric Pearl retells his experience with the Reconnective Healing frequencies, the concept of healing is explored; learn how simple it is to heal. $48. Ana Clavell: 702-997-3103. Northwest Reiki Share and Crystal Bowl Meditation – 7-9pm. Experience the life changing energy of Reiki, along with a relaxing meditation using crystal bowls that will lift one’s vibration. Practitioners are welcome to share their energetic gifts. Love donation. 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. Cheri Petroni: 702-491-6035.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 Autumn Plant Sale at Las Vegas Springs Preserve – 8am-1pm. Find a diverse selection of drought tolerant plants. Gardens staff experts available to answer questions on plant care. Free. Las Vegas Springs Preserve, 333 S Valley View, LV. Dawn Barraclough: 702-822-7733. Dawn. The Essentials of Reconnective Training Program Level 1 – 9:30am. Two-day. Experience and discover how to interact with the Reconnective Healing frequencies. Highly engaging training program will introduce the fullness of Reconnective Healing. (Requisite for Level II: Reconnective Healing Foundational Practitioner Program.) $639. Ana Clavell: 702-997-3103. InfiniteReconnect. com. ThetaHealing Practice Class – 12-4pm. Prerequisites: Basic DNA. Take ThetaHealing technique further. Every month there is a new topic to work on and discuss. This is an excellent opportunity to work on perfecting technique. $20. 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-324-2595. TheSacredArtOfHealing. com.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 Pathway to Your Dreams – 11am. Living a chosen path or one someone else chose? Take control and discover one’s life purpose and the pathway to get there. It's not too late to unleash personal dreams. $65. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, 101, LV. Melody Bartone-Helmick: 702-4604080. New Moon Meditation – 12pm. The New Moon, a powerful time for new beginnings: planting new seeds, putting new cycles into motion. A perfect day to start a new project, a new relationship, a new business. $20. RYK Yoga and Meditation Center, 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-4789600. Thanks-LIVING Bike Crew Create Your Own Super Hero (Round Two) – 7pm. An epic day of giving back. Check out Facebook page for event info and invite. Fresh fruit, water and supplies are provided to give to the less fortunate. Free. 1010 N Main St, United Movement of Kindness. Facebook. com/ThanksLIVINGbikecrew.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 Level II: Reconnective Healing Foundational Practitioner Program – 9:30am. Two- day. Designed to help start a new practice and offer

Reconnective Healing. Already have an existing healthcare practice? Learn ways to incorporate Reconnective Healing into it. $444. Ana Clavell: 702-997-3103.

the vibes of multiple healers working as one. $5. 800 N Rainbow Blvd, 100, LV. 702-948-4999.


Thetahealing Rhythm for Finding Your Perfect Weight – 10am-4:30pm. Prerequisites: Basic DNA & Advance DNA. This class will help each person learn what subconscious beliefs could be blocking the releasing of weight. $125. 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-324-2595.

Supporting Your Wellness with Essential Oils Learn the benefits of Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils, and how to incorporate them into a safe and effective daily routine. (Please check with your doctor to see if oils are right for you). Free.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Alkalize & Drop Off Pounds – 10-11:30am. Learn to pH-balance the fluids in the body, why health depends on it. Learn what can be done to reverse and prevent many health conditions. Includes guided imagery for easy memorization. $13.50. 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. Victoria: 702-659-2390. Learning Made EZ thru Waking Hypnosis – 6-7:30pm. Free interactive NLP seminar with Victoria Stitzer, Master of NLP, EFT-TFT practitioner, Rapid Behavior Modification expert. Learn how to improve memory, concentration and recall of information almost instantly. Free. 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. Victoria: 702-659-2390. Info@ Yoga Flow-Rootist Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. A style of yoga that by its design and sequences help facilitate energy clearing and flow. Open to all levels; a great way to release the day. $10. 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. Cheri Petroni: 702-4916035. Tibetan & Crystal Bowl Meditation with Cheri Smith – 7pm. The powerful sound of musical vibrations brought through the sound of Tibetan bowls, crystal bowls and chimes can help the body and mind to cleanse the soul, calm the mind and fill one’s spirit. $15. 800 N Rainbow Blvd, 100, LV. 702-948-4999.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 Hot, Dry and Inked: Tattoo Art Exhibit – 10am4pm. Modern Western tattoo art was influenced by life at sea, but what happens when tattoo artists live in the desert? Learn how Las Vegas tattoo artists are influenced by the Mojave Desert. Included with admission. Las Vegas Springs Preserve, 333 S Valley View, LV. Dawn Barraclough: 702-822-7733. The Enchanted Energy Exchange – 6:30pm. Enjoy the enchanting vibrations of energy work being done on oneself, or feel free to share one’s own energy with others at this circle of love. Feel


Healthy Happy Hour – 12pm. Learn how to reset metabolism and lose 5-20 pounds in a 10 day transformation. Purium is pure, premium super foods that help combat low energy, poor digestion, weight gain and more. Free. Dr. Denise Tropea's Office, 7350 W Cheyenne Ave, 110, LV. 702-419-4780.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 Crystals and Their Healing Functions – 1pm. Experience the wonderful healing and joyful world of crystals and their magic. Learn which crystals are used with each chakra and learn to recognize which crystals are personally calling. Love offering. 1771 E Flamingo Rd, 104B, LV. 702-272-7872.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 Habits 2 Health Free Fitness Days – 6am & 7am. 6pm & 7pm. Participate alone or with friends in free fitness classes to begin the journey to a stronger and healthier body. Free. 650 E Horizon Dr, 8, HD. 702-863-8424. ThetaHealing Intuitive Anatomy – 10am. Sep 21-25; Sep 27-Oct 1; Oct 5-Oct 9. Prerequisites: ThetaHealing Basic & Advanced DNA. Learn the feelings and beliefs that all personal body systems store and how to release them. 15 day class. More info visit: Soul Healing Sanctuary on Facebook. $1700. Luminosity Wellness Center 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-686-2727.

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Usui Reiki I Plus Holy Fire Two Night Certification Class – 6:30pm. Two day. Holy Fire energy is an additional energy which provides purification, healing, empowerment and guidance. $150. 800 N Rainbow Blvd, 100, LV. 702-948-4999.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 Drums of the Wolf Meditation/Journey Circle – 7pm. Deep drumming brings participants into a dream-like guided journey meditation. Journey on a Viking ship, travel with a wolf, or float in a sea of colors--only spirit knows. $15. 800 N Rainbow Blvd, 100, LV. 702-948-4999.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 Pleiadian Meditation Chakra Clearing – 7pm. Charles Cowart leads a very unique Pleiadian meditation, designed to clear a pathway to all one’s energy channels. This clearing provides a relaxing, soothing experience, ridding the body of negative energy. Love donation. 1771 E Flamingo Rd, 104B, LV. 702-272-7872.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 EZ Weight Loss-Detoxify – 10am-11:30pm. Lose excess fat by intensely oxygenating through food and breath only, with little or no physical exercise. Reverse and prevent many health conditions. Includes guided imagery for easy memorization. $13.50. 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. Victoria: 702-6592390. Anxiety? Focus? Learning Issues? Open House – 6:30pm. Suffer from anxiety, ADHD, focus, learning, reading issues, ASD, Tourette's, MS symptoms and more? Scientifically designed programs with lasting results and medications. Now offering Cellfield Reading. Brain Solutions offers hope. Free. 702-340-2248.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 Reiki Levels 1 and 2 – 6-9pm. Sat; Sun 9am-6pm. Learn to heal oneself and assist others with Reiki. Learn and be attuned to Reiki 1 and 2 in this powerful life changing class. Cost includes certification from the RMA, certificate and manual. $250/active SS members. $350. 1771 E Flamingo Rd, 104B, LV. 702-272-7872. Northwest Energy Shower Interactive Meditation – 7-9pm. This is a unique interactive meditation. It involves playing musical instruments to calm the mind and embrace one’s inner child. The result: A magical release of what no longer serves. Love donation. 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. Cheri Petroni: 702-491-6035.


Asian Heritage Celebration – 10am-4pm. Celebrate Asian heritage with food concessions, live music and dance performances including the tradition lion dance and Taiko drums. Also martial arts, cooking demonstrations and sake sampling. $5/adults. $3/children ages 5-12. Free/under 5. Las Vegas Springs Preserve, 333 S Valley View, LV. Dawn Barraclough: 702-822-7733. Dawn. Deliciously Dairy-Free – 12-2pm. See how easy it is to go dairy-free. Taste a variety of vegan cheese. Enjoy a hands-on demonstration of plant-based milks and ice cream using nuts, seeds and bananas. Free. Whole Foods Market, 8855 W Charleston Blvd, LV. Bianca Freeny.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 Full Moon Meditation – 12pm. The time of the full moon is a period when spiritual energies are uniquely available and facilitate a closer rapport between humanity and Divinity. One’s energy will be at its highest. $20. RYK Yoga and Meditation Center, 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-4789600. Full Moon Meditation under Soothing Strings of Violin– 12-2pm. Full moon meditation helps transcend the mind, and feel the divinity within. Sit back, relax, while heavenly strings of Rebecca Sabine's violin take one through the Sea of Light. $40. 1958 Village Center Circle, 7, LV. 702-228SALT (7258). Raw Food Class: Pickling, Curing, Fermenting – 1-3pm. Prepare scrumptious nutritious side dishes that tickle the palate and add a rainbow of colors to the table. Simple. Easy. Inexpensive. Packed with enzymes. Includes recipes, hands-on experience, filling meals. $25. 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. Victoria: 702-659-2390.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 Drugless Pain Management – 6-7:15pm. Interactive NLP seminar with Victoria Stitzer, Master of NLP, EFT-TFT practitioner, Rapid Behavior Modification expert. Learn to reduce and eliminate physical, emotional pain through the power of the subconscious mind. Free. 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. Victoria: 702-659-2390.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 Crystal & Tibetan Bowl Meditation – 6pm. Relax, sit back with closed eyes, travel through different corners of the universe and back to earth under the soothing sounds of the crystal and Tibetan bowls. $40. 1958 Village Center Cr, 7, LV. 702-228SALT (7258).

Holy Fire Karuna Reiki Level I Certification Class – 10am-6pm. Karuna Reiki is an advanced level of Reiki taught to students already certified as Usui Reiki Masters. Class teaches Karuna's origin, symbols, how to give a treatment; an attunement is included. $250. 800 N Rainbow Blvd, 100, LV. 702-948-4999.

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A LOOK AHEAD SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4 Restorative Flow Workshop – 3-5pm. Two hours of bliss. Nurture body, mind & spirit. First hour focuses on meditative movement while the second hour is all about the restorative poses using the wall, blankets and bolsters. $30. Tru Yoga, 7310 Smoke Ranch Rd, LV. 702-331-1600. TruYoga.Vegas.


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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17 Plant-Based Proteins – 12-2pm. Animals get their protein from plants, people can too. Learn how to get all the protein the body needs with a whole foods, plant-based approach. Free. Whole Foods Market, 8855 W Charleston Blvd, LV. Bianca Freeny:


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daily Angel Card Readings – One of the most common ways angels speak to people is by showing repetitive number sequences. They also communicate through Angel cards. Through angel guidance, questions, concerns will be answered by Nanci. $45 (50 min) session. 2400 N Tenaya Way, 101, LV. 702-460-1680 Balancing Hormones Naturally – Learn to balance hormones with natural, safe and gentle nonprescription 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, resulting from the estrogen in our environment. Watch video classes by Dr. Patricia Beckstead B.S., D.C. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) – A revolutionary process for healing emotional and physical pain. In many cases, EFT can be applied directly to physical symptoms for relief without any emotional contributors. EFT can be learned and self applied. $99 per session (packages available). 2400 N Tenaya Way, 101, LV. 702-460-1680 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. Luminosity Wellness Center – Learn the art of hypnotherapy, NLP, Reiki, Theta Healing, the MELT Method, aromatherapy/herbology, chakra balancing and more. Certification classes. Through experience learn self-healing. Prices vary per service. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-721-WELL. 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. 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. Spice Up Workshops & Classes – Supplements for workshops with workbooks, games and DVs. Each set includes books and DVD. Show short segments of DVDs that best fit the class topic. $39.95/ set. Receive free info on packets. Send a SASE: Edu-Consultants, PO Box 31043, Las Vegas, NV 89173. 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.

sunday Kids' Art & Yoga Workshop – 11am. Combining yoga and art, this workshop fosters each individuals unique talents through active engagement. Class starts with yoga and leads into an art lesson allowing creative expression. $25. 1958 Village Center Cir, 7, LV. 702-228-7258. Soul-Conversations: An Interfaith Meditation and Conversation – 11am. An interactive open spiritual community with whom to explore beliefs. Each week a new leader and a new inspiration. Love offering. 1771 E. Flamingo Rd, 104B, LV. 702-2727872. Healing Anxiety, Panic and Depression – 1pm. Feel anxious for no reason? Depressed? Off meds and searching for healing through wholistic methods? Suffer from panic or anxiety attacks? Find the root cause of this suffering. Love offering. 1771 E Flamingo Rd, 104B, LV. 702-272-7872. 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 07-122015 with Lifestyle action steps. Love donation. 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. Christine Essex: 702-7219355.

monday Kids’ Yoga with Ashley – 5-6pm. Develop confidence, relaxation, strength, flexibility, breath awareness and creativity. A unique effective program in a fun and supportive environment for kids 6-10 years old. $49/8 classes. 1171 S Buffalo, LV. 702-997-

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. Healing Mondays Reiki Circle – 6pm. Immerse 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. 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-478-9600. Free Reiki Share – 6:30pm. Experience the ancient healing art of Reiki in a safe community. A meditation followed by 20-30 minutes of Reiki energy shared among the group. Fellowship and refreshments afterwards. Love donation. 1771 E Flamingo Rd, 104B, LV. 702-272-7872. Beginner Yoga and Meditation – 7-8:15pm. Expand awareness of the physical body and mental environment through gentle postures (asanas) and breath work (pranayama) while having a bit of fun learning the age-old knowledge of yoga. $10. 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. Cheri Petroni: 702-4916035. 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. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-4333874. Healing the Roots of Addiction – 7pm. A community to help 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.

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. 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-4789600. 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. GreatBasinPermaculture. Drums of the Wolf Meditation/Journey Circle – 7pm. Deep drumming will bring participants into a dream-like guided journey meditation. Perhaps find oneself on a Viking ship, traveling with a wolf, or floating in a sea of colors--only one’s spirit knows. $15. 800 N Rainbow Blvd, 100, LV. 702-948-4999.

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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. 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-478-9600.

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. 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. Jeff: 702-324-2595. Kids’ Yoga with Ashley – 5-6pm. Develop confidence, relaxation, strength, flexibility, breath awareness and creativity. A unique effective program in a fun and supportive environment for kids 6-10 years old. $49/8 classes. 1171 S Buffalo, LV. 702-9979050. 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. Beginner Yoga and Meditation – 7-8:15pm. All levels welcome. Expand awareness of the physical body and mental environment through gentle postures and breath work, while having a bit of fun with the age-old practice of yoga. $10. 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. Cheri Petroni: 702-491-6035.

thursday Campus Tour & Info Session – 2pm. This is a one-hour group tour and brief information session on Wongu’s Master's Degree program in Oriental Medicine. Individual sessions can be scheduled by calling: 702-463-2122, ext 302. Wongu University of Oriental Medicine, 8620 S Eastern Ave, LV.

Superior Health With Essential Oils – 6-7pm. 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. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo, LV. Christina: 702-5262196. 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. 800 N Rainbow, 100, LV. 702-948-4999.

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.

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. 702-802-9130.

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. 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-478-9600.



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.

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. 702-8321000.

Qigong and Tai Chi with Sifu JC– 10am-12pm. Qigong is a self-healing system that incorporates body, breath, visualizations and sounds. Tai Chi is a martial art that helps with posture, hand-eye coordination, self-defense and well-being. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. 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. 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. Adam Stuart Littman: 725222-0323. Reiki Spiritual Mastermind – 7-9pm. An open forum discussion with Reiki master/inspirational

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speaker, followed by guided meditation and deep personalized Reiki healing. $5 suggested love offering. Free. Appreciation donations welcome. Center for Spiritual Living, 1420 E Harmon Ave, 3, LV. Victoria: 702-659-2390.

The FitLife Open House – 9am. Helping people live the FitLife. Each month, become more mobile, flexible and gain strength; then, enjoy a healthy meal from a local neighborhood restaurant. Inspire, educate and motivate. $15. FitLife Fusion, 8645 W Flamingo Rd, 104, LV. 702-220-8222. Info@ Qigong and Tai Chi with Sifu JC – 9am-12pm. Qigong is a self-healing system that incorporates body, breath, visualizations and sounds. Tai Chi is a martial art that helps with posture, hand-eye coordination, self-defense and well being. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. Meditation Exploration – 9:30am. Explore meditation. Focus on quieting the mind. Discover the path to peace. $10. 1771 E Flamingo Rd, 104B, LV. 702-272-7872. 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. 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-4789600. Spiritual Experience Discussions – 6-7pm. Discuss spiritual experience of all faiths in a respectful and open environment. Free. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874.



Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare, spirituality and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide email to request our media kit.


Understand your animal companion and heal behavioral issues through telepathic communication and counseling. Session may include healing with Body Talk, Reiki and Matrix Energetics, plus transcript and follow-up call.


Dr. Margaret R. Colucci 2085 Village Center Cir, #110, LV 89134 702-880-5335 • Dr. Colucci, specializes in treating the whole body in family wellness care, pediatric and pregnancy chiropractic care, auto, work and sports injuries. Colucci, a 1989 Palmer graduate, serving the Las Vegas valley for over two decades. Serving Summerlin.


Nicole Taylor Sharp, Dir. of Membership 702-539-4400

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


Holly Davis, CPCI/Counselor 702-626-9400 • Psychology means "healing the soul." Holly works with adults and children to bring balance and wholeness. There are deep waters in a human, but one of understanding brings them out.


DeLois Clausell Hollinger 702-217-1170 • Want younger looking skin? Nerium offers proprietary products that address the signs and underlying causes of aging. A powerful antioxidant that boosts the cell renewal process to reveal younger-looking skin. 30 day money back guarantee.


Vanessa’s compendium on plantbased health and fitness is centered on taking action and organized to be a quick reference. Ignite the fire of self-worth, health and happiness without sacrificing life's decadent pleasures.

BALANCING HORMONES NATURALLY Stop the insanity: Non-prescription hormones Clinic or phone appointments & on-line sales Dr. Patti Beckstead, D.C. • 800-489-5933

Tired of not feeling like yourself... hot flashes, low energy, weight gain, moods? Don't want dangerous drugs or side effects? We can help! Call today for your FREE consultation


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


Rose Catmull 702-350-1711 • 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. Business Spotlight, page 19 See ad, page 20.

To be included in the next Natural Resource Guide, call 702-305-5828 or email and request a rate sheet.

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


Roxanne Perillo, Reiki Master/Teacher Shamanic Energy Medicine 920-336-6468 • Try a remote healing session with various energy-based therapies. Remote healing involves one person directing Universal Life Energy to a person in a different location. Heal by releasing that which does not serve you. See ad, page 27.


Empowerment Catalyst 251-680-4413 • 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.

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 14.

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Christina Frei • 702-526-2196

Gain the knowledge and tools to relieve stress and anxiety, ease digestive upset, boost energy and immunity, soothe occasional aches and pains, support healthy weight, be prepared for life's little emergencies.


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 27.

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

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 50.


Starla Slaughter 702-419-4780 • $50 Gift Card Code: STARLA

Ready to look, feel and perform like a young person? Purium is pure and premium superfoods that help combat low energy, poor digestion, weight gain and more. Awaken Your Body!


Halotherapy in the Himalayan Salt Cave Massages, Facials, Health classes & more • 7022287258 Welcome to the world of halotherapy & discover a revolutionary solution to respiratory difficulties. Naturally treat allergies, asthma, copd, bronchitis, etc. We also offer halomassages, facials, halo-yoga & halo-meditation classes. 100% natural Allergy relief for all ages. See ad, page 31.


The only all natural wellness spa in Las Vegas. We provide healing and relaxation for holistic restoration of mind, body and spirit through advanced skin, body treatments, massage, OrthoBionomy®, Reiki and energy work, holistic workshops, guided meditations, yoga and more. See ad, page 19.


Dr. Jim Wright, DDS, AIAOMT, AIABDM 8855 W Flamingo, LV 89147 702-281-9900 Practicing holistic, biological dentistry with safe removal of mercury. State of the art early detect cavity mapping, cosmetic, general, specialty dentistry and low sensitivity teeth whitening. Offer holistic, no-prep veneers, Lumineers, Invisalign Braces, dental implants and All on 4 Implant Bridges, sleep and full sedation dentistry. See ads, pages 5,32.

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

Holistic dentistry with a whole body approach to create a healthy smile and body. Live microscopic viewing of mouth bacteria. Laser gum disease treatment. Computerized TMJ and bite analysis. Mercury testing and removal. Nutritional testing. Autonomic nervous system analysis. Invisalign. See ad, page 21.

MASSAGE HEALTHFULLY LIVING LLC Jamie Schab LMT RYT 200 NVMT #509 • 1-702-379-3628 North Las Vegas and mobile sessions Promoting wellness through holistic massage, energy work, Reiki and private yoga sessions. Celebrating over ten years of service for men, women and children. Specializing in women’s care. $60 introductory offer for one hour energy work or massage.

MEYER METHOD OF MASSAGE BY COZY Cozy Meyer LMT Registered Ortho-Bionomy® Practitioner 5715 W Alexander Rd, Site 140 LV


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Dr. Allen specializes in reversing diseases: Heart Disease, Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Asthma, Migraines, Fatty Liver and many others; easily and naturally, without the cost of expensive medications and supplements Scientifically proven techniques.


We are a full-scale vegan organic restaurant. Open 7 days/week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Take out, delivery and online ordering available. We are casual and family friendly. See. See ad, page 34.


8620 S Eastern Ave, LV 89123 702-463-2122 •

5463 S. Durango Drive, Ste 120/E Las Vegas, NV 89113 702-776-8881 • 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.


With Ortho-Bionomy Get Deep 2375 E. Tropicana Ave, #295, LV 89119 Meyer Method tissueof pain relief that lasts longer, 702-660-8970 Healing Massage without the pain of deep tissue Bodywork That Reduces Pain work. SeeWithout ad, page 19. More Creating $115 Leading the fight in Nevada for animal protection. Author of Cooney's Law (felony cruelty 702-327-9082 law). We promote and improve NVMT#1876 the welfare for domestic and wildlife animals, bringing attention to make a difference in MEDICAL CENTER issues surrounding companion animals; animal Qty: 250 cruelty, pet overpopulation and responsible pet DOCTOR ALLEN WELLNESS & ownership through education, information, MEDICAL CENTER legislation and enforcement.

Evan C. Allen, MD, BC Family Physician 1701 Green Valley Pkwy, #5B, HD 702-754-4900 •


Nevada State Board approved to offer a MS Degree in Oriental Medicine. Didactics with clinical training in acupuncture and herbology ensure competent practitioners. Step into a new career or expand your practice. See ad, page 11.


Central Summerlin! Charleston & Buffalo 1171 S. Buffalo Dr, Suite 110, LV 702-433-3874 N a t u r a l l y O rg a n i c i s Summerlin's BEST resource for all things health related. From classes, meditations, supplements, lectures and health programs, JUST WALK IN, we'll take it from there! Check out our website! See Golden Dragon ad, page 21.


Rev. Victoria Stitzer, Master of NLP, Reiki Master, CHT, EFT Expert in Rapid Behavior Modification 702-659-2390 • Re-script your emotional trama; heal physical/emotional pain; eat right for your type; EZ weight loss; non-invasive detox; past life regressions; become certified Reiki practitioner in 12 hrs. Results guaranteed. 20% off this ad. See ad, page 31.


3450 E. Russell Rd, Suite 112, LV 702-748-7166 An interfaith, spiritual center dedicated to helping people discover their individual connection to the Divine and to their own spirit within them. Classes, groups and workshops for finding your own answers. Individual spiritual counseling. See ads, pages 25, 26.


YOGA/MEDITATION RYK YOGA AND MEDITATION CENTER 8450 W. Sahara Ave, Suite 109 Las Vegas, NV 89117

The first Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Center of Las Vegas offering daily yoga and meditation classes, LIVE gong meditation, yoga nidra, Reiki healing, workshops, retreats, yoga teacher training, corporate programs, personal consultations, hypnotherapy, past life regression, massage services. See ad, page 29.

Glen's massages respect each client's condition, muscular needs and personality. She provides individualized, caring and focused massage treatments to optimize muscle function and relaxation with a variety of techniques.

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A Community of Holistic Business and Wellness Practitioners

Meet the TEAM and Companies inside the Luminosity Wellness Center

• Practitioners • Expos • Community Outreach • Workshops • Free Weekly Wellness Talks

702-721-WELL (9355) 2400 N Tenaya Way, Las Vegas, NV 89128

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Weʼve always been the areaʼs guide to healthy living and a healthy planet. Now, weʼre putting together a directory of local resources that readers will refer to all year long. Health & Wellness•Green & Sustainable Living•Fitness & Nutrition•Personal Growth

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Connect with our health-conscious readers through year-round distribution of this special edition, both in print and online. Reservation deadline is November 10, 2015. Early bird rates available until September 10, 2015. Grow your business with us. Natural Awakenings Magazine has been published in the area for more than 5 years and has been rewarded with enthusiastic readers and successful advertisers. Our focus is healthy and green living for everyone... kids and pets included! Our national editorial staff provides us with high quality content featuring well known figures from Dr. Oz to Michael Franti, and we compliment those articles with timely and intriguing local pieces. Each month, 15,000-20,000 copies are distributed for free to more than 300 locations throughout Clark County. In order to distribute this annual directory all year, thousands of extra copies will be printed. Join our effort to inspire readers and improve our community while experiencing quality exposure in front of our health and eco-conscious readers.

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Natural Awakenings-Greater Las Vegas September 2015  

Mahendra Trivedi on the Trivedi Effect, Vegan Activism, Ageless Living, Yoga as Medicine, Animal Communication, RYK Yoga & Meditation Center...

Natural Awakenings-Greater Las Vegas September 2015  

Mahendra Trivedi on the Trivedi Effect, Vegan Activism, Ageless Living, Yoga as Medicine, Animal Communication, RYK Yoga & Meditation Center...