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Practical Pillars of Well-Being by Christa O’Leary




Bringing Out the Best in Introverts


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Boosting Diets and Heart Health


by Judith Fertig

20 CYCLES OF SPIN Returning to its Heart-Healthy Origins by Janet Osen


Katherine Woodward Thomas on Drawing True Love Our Way by Debra Melani


A Hawaiian Mantra Lets Love Back In


How to Keep Little Hearts Humming by Shawn Messonnier


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“Love is the one thing in this world that will always bring you joy. When you feel as though you aren’t loved or that love is lacking in your life, you may find yourself surrounded by feelings of inadequacy or sadness. Finding love doesn’t mean you have to be in a romantic relationship; it can be the love of family, friends, or even a pet that satisfies this human need. When you have love in your life, you’ll always be able to tap into the feelings of happiness that love gives you. Do you love yourself? If you don’t—if you’re not happy with your spiritual being—you need to determine what you don’t love about yourself and use that information to make changes so you can love the special person you are. Think about the love in your life that you may not even realize is there. Love comes in all different shapes and forms; you just have to know who and what you love and who and what loves you back ....”* What is the first image that comes into your mind when you hear the word “love”? I see my daughters. Every time. My “little babies” bundled in my arms. I’ve never experienced a more intense love then the first moments I held Ysabel and then, 18 months later, A’ngel. (Uh oh, here come the tears!) As Agatha Christie says, “A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity. It dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.” My love for my children is like nothing else in the world. My love knows no law, no pity and dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path. (It’s true, just ask the preschool teacher that put my then 3-year-old child in the baby room because she cried when I departed!) My girls are my heartbeat. My great-nieces, Mia and Madeleine, are the slight pause between my heartbeats. There is no stronger love in the world than what I feel for all four of these amazing girls. So, this Valentines Day I celebrate them, knowing they are complete and perfect. I am honored they chose me to guide them in this lifetime. Through all stages of our lives, they have my unconditional love. I know who I love and I know who loves me back. I am blessed. Happy Valentines Day,

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tevie’s Healing Arts and Spa has relocated to 10870 South Eastern, Suite 100, in Henderson, inside the well-known SkinBar, a full-service skin care center. Stevie’s offers custom organic facials, organic body treatments, NovaLash eyelash extensions, toe reading, aromatherapy, Reiki, life coaching and much more. Owner Stevie Abrusci is happy that the new location is “a perfect escape into physical Stevie’s Healing Arts & Spa and spiritual wellness.” Abrusci’s definition of healing arts is “any type of practice not using drugs, usually using instead the ‘laying on of hands’ and creating a mental, spiritual and/or physical healing.” Trained at the New Mexico Aveda Institute and the Southwest Institute of Natural Aesthetics, in Tempe, Abrusci believes in a holistic-minded approach toward skin care, and has pursued her passion for esthetics with integrity and excitement since 1977. Within the new location, Stevie’s Healing Arts and Spa brings Abrusci’s passion and belief in a more organic, mind, body, spirit approach to skin care. She believes in the efficacy of her products and their active ingredients and aims to share her knowledge with her clients. For more information, call 702-979-8035 or visit

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newsbriefs Luminosity Wellness Center Lights the Way Toward a Balanced Future


he Luminosity Wellness Center, a facility that serves the greater Las Vegas area and focuses on providing the community with holistic and educational services that cater to the mind, body and spirit, is expanding their horizons and inviting holistic practitioners and energy healers to share their space in order to facilitate healings and hold classes. “The more we are able to work together as a community, the more we can grow and live in a healthier manner,” says co-owner Vhan Reeves. Christine Essex, a certified trainer of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and master clinical hypnotherapist, founded the center with Reeves, a certified Reiki master/teacher and laughing yoga instructor. The Luminosity Wellness Center offers classes and programs that encourage ways of wellness by empowering individuals to be responsible for their own health, and brings together a culture of collaborative professionals to help them. Location: 2400 N. Tenaya Way, Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-7219355 or visit

World Sound Healing Day


he purpose of World Sound Healing Day is to heal our planet, heal our waters and raise our consciousness. Join thousands of people all over the world for the 12th annual World Sound Healing Day from noon to 12:30 p.m., February 14. Participants are requested to sound forth for five minutes with an “Ah” sound, created and projected with the energy of compassion and love, sending a sonic valentine to Gaia, our Mother Earth. Then, visit to enhance the vibratory effect as everyone sounds together for global harmonization, planetary peace and healing. For more information, visit WorldSound


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kudos The Clean Energy Project and Green Chips made history by flipping the switch for the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign's newly installed solar panels, signaling that the world's most famous sign is now powered by Nevada's very own solar energy. Lydia Ball, executive director of the Clean Energy Project, says, “Converting this iconic sign's power source to solar is putting a stake in the ground, letting people everywhere know that it is possible to use our natural resources to power our existing economy.” For more information, visit To sign a pledge supporting Nevada solar power, visit 8

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Sound Healing Defined by Regina Murphy he most intelligent and educated people in the field of healing and medicine have never heard of Sound Therapy or Sound Healing. Many may have heard of playing a singing bowl, drumming or possibly even chanting, but, typically, that is about all that might come to mind. The world of Sound Therapy is one of the most astounding journeys available to us. As for myself, I stumbled upon it accidently in 2004 and, from that moment on, my life was forever changed. I left no stone unturned and after ten years of spending time and resources in this field, I know I have barely scratched the surface of the subject. A subject so pervasive, that for the most part it is overlooked by humanity, and yet is the basis of all life because everything vibrates. Dr. Kurt Ebert, Ph. D., a Neuro Psychologist, introduced a form of sound therapy called Attractor Field Therapy. This therapy, within the field of Energy Psychology, involves tapping on certain meridian points. What separates Dr. Ebert’s work is that he uses sound frequencies instead of tapping to achieve amazing results. Even more amazing, he uses sound frequencies that can be made silent through the use of a transmitter – it is really silent sound therapy. I purchased his entire line of products, spent years working with them, added tuning forks and eventually another therapy in the field called Vibroacoustics. This therapy uses low frequencies on a sound bed or chair that vibrates the body with sound, again producing amazing results. I have always wanted to do something faster and easier, so I began experimenting with every kind of metal speaker and every available recording. I eventually purchased sound generators, sound beds and pads and opened my own recording studio. My audio/video Vibroacoustic programs are used all over the world in hospitals and are being studied in the NICU of St. Vincent’s Hospital.   At this time I have produced over 300 different programs and continue to work with gifted composers and artists to bring more and more awareness to the benefits of sound therapy. I have also designed a multi-sensory self-treatment theater that has a sound bed and a projector, engaging as many senses as possible to facilitate relaxation and healing in the most pleasant way possible. I also lend these lounges out to schools, nursing homes and healing centers on a regular basis. Although a lounge is the perfect setting, playing the audio and video programs in your own home have very fast, and often immediate, results. Sound travels through air and will eventually affect you. It is always a blessing to any environment to interrupt the Wi-Fi signals from the television and play healing music with stunning video and specific frequencies for whatever your body needs. These programs benefit us on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Many of the best programs are available as free downloads at


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Early Warnings of Heart Troubles Differ for Women


omen may worry more about breast cancer, but in reality, heart disease is the top killer of American women, claiming 300,000 lives a year, 7.5 times the number that die of breast cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although heart disease is more often perceived as a men’s issue, since 1984 more women have died of heart dis-

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ease than men. Part of the reason may be that women’s heart attacks can differ from men’s and the American Heart Association (AHA) warns that women often fail to recognize the symptoms, ranging from torso aches and pains and nausea to anxiety, shortness of breath, dizziness and extreme fatigue. They may experience subtle symptoms for months and write them off as byproducts of menopause, heartburn or effects of aging. The National Institutes of Health states that 43 percent of women that have heart attacks experience no chest pain. The difference between the more subtle signs of a heart attack in women and the more dramatic signs in men may help explain why 75 percent of men, prompted to act quickly, survive a first heart attack, while only 62 percent of women do, according to the AHA. “Research shows that women may not be diagnosed or treated as aggressively as men,” notes the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Nostalgia Arms Us for the Future


aving lingering fond memories of happy times, once actually thought to be a psychiatric disorder, have now been confirmed as a healthy and, ultimately, positive activity. Most people experience nostalgia at least once a week and nearly half of those surveyed reported experiencing it three or four times a week, say researchers at England’s University of Southampton. When speaking wistfully of the past, individuals are usually reconstructing happy memories of family and friends, and typically become more optimistic about the future, reports lead researcher and Social Psychologist Constantine Sedikides, Ph.D., who observes, “Nostalgia makes us a bit more human.” The Southampton paper, presented to the American Psychological Association, meshes well with another study confirming that nostalgic memories inspire positive feelings of joy, high self-regard, belonging and meaningfulness in life. In two studies, social psychologists at North Dakota State University found that past fond memories help us become more self-confident and cope better in the present. “We see nostalgia as a psychological resource that people can dip into to conjure the evidence they need to assure themselves that they’re valued,” says lead researcher Clay Routledge.

Zinc Orchestrates Immune Response


any have heard that zinc can stop a cold in its tracks, and new research from Ohio State University tells us why; it turns out that zinc gently taps the brakes on immune responses, slowing them down and preventing inflammation from spiraling out of control. The researchers’ work with human cells and animals found that zinc serves to balance the immune response within the cells so that the consequences of insufficient zinc at the time of an infection include excessive inflammation. Of all the zinc contained in our bodies, only about 10 percent of it is readily accessible to help fight off an infection, notes Daren Knoell, professor of pharmacy and internal medicine and lead author of the study, published in Cell Reports. The research team suggests that proper zinc balance is especially important in battling serious and potentially deadly infections. Zinc deficiency affects about 2 billion people worldwide, including an estimated 40 percent of the U.S. elderly.

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umans like to think of themselves as unique when it comes to taking vows of togetherness. But a surprising number of other species in the animal kingdom provide sterling examples of fidelity, monogamy and lifelong pairing. Gibbons, of the ape family, are the nearest relatives to humans that mate for life. They form extremely strong pairings and both sexes are on relatively equal footing in their relationships. Bald eagles, our national emblem, typically mate for life, except in the event of a partner’s inability to procreate. Wolves, often portrayed as tricksters in folklore, conduct a family life more loyal than many human relationships. Wolf packs typically comprise a male, a female and their offspring, making them akin to a human nuclear family. Swans form monogamous pair bonds that last for many years or even for life. Their loyalty is so storied that the image of two swans swimming with their necks entwined in the shape of a heart has become a universal symbol of true love. French angelfish are seldom found far from their mate, because they live, travel and even hunt in pairs. The fish form monogamous relationships that often last as long as both individuals are alive. In fact, they act as a team to vigorously defend their territory against neighboring pairs. Other examples include albatrosses, African antelopes, black vultures, Malagasy giant rats, prairie voles, sandhill cranes, termites and, of course, turtle doves.

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ement that incorporates waste ash from sugar production is not only stronger than ordinary cement, it also qualifies as a greener building material. Researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen, in Denmark, have found that cement made with sugar cane ash mixed in is stronger, can withstand higher pressure and crumbles less than ordinary cement. In countries where sugar cane is grown, such as Cuba and Brazil, this agricultural waste product has been added to cement for years. Extracting sugar from the cane typically leaves a lot of fiber waste that is burned into ash, discarded and then requires disposal. Using sugar cane ash also can lower the energy use and carbon footprint of cement production. Heloisa Bordallo, a researcher at the Institute, comments, “You are saving both CO2 emissions and raw materials.” Source: 12

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shopping malls have decimated many types of small businesses around the country, the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies notes that independent bookstores are doing surprisingly well. For the last four years, their number and total sales have grown, despite the recent recession. In 2009, citizens patronized 1,651 independent bookstores in the United States; today their number exceeds 1,900. In addition, local coffee shops have grown faster than the largest chain’s storefronts. Bakers and specialty food purveyors, independent pharmacies and pet, fabric and stationery stores are growing, too. One reason for the good news is the “buy local” ethic promoted by groups such as the American Independent Business Alliance. Last year, sales at independent businesses in cities benefitting from these campaigns grew 8.6 percent; those without them still increased 3.4 percent. Independents are winning customer loyalty in part by hosting and sponsoring events that enrich the community. The public is realizing that buying local supports area families, keeps more dollars circulating locally and strengthens a healthy sense of community that benefits everyone. Source:

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Home Safe Home Practical Pillars of Well-Being by Christa O’Leary

Done right, our home serves as an empowering foundation for wellbeing. Aligning with four key pillars of harmony will facilitate an inspired, healthy and vibrant home that supports body, mind and spirit.

Mainstays of a Home in Harmony

Creating an inspired and healthy home environment soothes the soul and recharges our proverbial batteries. Making healthful choices in the products we use and consume helps ensure we retain a healthy body and vibrant living in an era when we are inundated with disease-producing toxins in our homes, food, air and water. Applying simple solutions to slow down helps us maintain a calm mind amidst the frenetic pace of daily life. Periodically unplugging from the instant demands of technology is a good first step. Tuning into our life purpose and 14

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sharing it with others allows us to shine. We naturally radiate our inner light in ever-expanding ways.

Mindful Strategies

A study published by the International Academy for Design and Health shows that because our home influences us on many levels, the setting is continually either supporting or depleting its occupants. Consciously creating and sustaining a nurturing environment fortifies the roots from which family members evolve and grow. Experience shows us how improving our immediate surroundings, ranging from our wardrobe to household furnishings, helps to manifest positive internal transformations. The activity

likewise reflects our inner landscape, allowing us to take a step back and observe how we are changing and hope to change. That’s why we periodically feel impelled to clear unsettling clutter from our private spaces. It’s an irritant that disrupts order and our sense of beauty; even when it’s stashed in drawers and closets, we still know it’s there. It competes for attention and distracts our focus. A recently relocated design client felt that her new house was beautiful, but didn’t feel like a home. The woman explained that when she was there, she was short-tempered with her kids, a sharp contrast to her usual demeanor. She yearned to love her home, enjoy her kids and live vibrantly. A key part of the solution was tackling the home’s mudroom entrance that was cluttered with the kids’ detritus, a condition that irritated her the minute she walked through the door. Many of the home products we buy contain disquieting, hidden elements. Understanding which ingredients are hazardous is imperative to maintaining a safe home environment. Key decisions range from the choice of carpets, couches and bedding to cleaning products, laundry solutions and air fresheners. Knowing the products we use are healthful enhances peace of mind. As one homeowner said, “I am so relieved to have a better understanding of what products I shouldn’t bring home. I was so scared before that I just ignored the idea that chemicals could be harmful.” Being informed and alert to the composition of the items we bring into our home—including food—is vital. More than 80,000 chemicals make up the ingredients in commonly available products that end up in the typical American home, and a large portion of them are toxic. Nearly 20 percent of the chemicals are not divulged, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA also reports that the average person holds more than 700 toxic chemicals in their body. We inhale myriad chemical byproducts that fill the air both indoors and out, plus ingest numerous toxins in the foods and beverages we consume. Once absorbed, they remain

in the body unless flushed out, throwing it out of balance and, as widespread research shows, causing a broad range of diseases. reports that the psychological impacts of feeling stressed, helpless and overwhelmed by the fear of lurking poisons can directly influence our physical health. Making informed choices can alleviate such feelings. It only requires taking a series of small and

manageable, progressive steps to create our own style of a healthy and harmonious home life. On a spiritual level, we can rest assured that such caring for our inner temple and larger environment supports a greater good and fosters a deeper connection to life’s Source. We feel more physically, psychologically and spiritually vibrant. Our home becomes a vital wellspring that, cleaned and furnished

with holistic awareness, continually refreshes us. Christa O’Leary is founder and CEO of Home in Harmony, Inc., combining expertise in marriage and family therapy, interior design and green living. Her book, Home in Harmony Lifestyle: Designing an Inspired Life, will be released in November. Connect at

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Creating Balance and Prosperity for 2014 by Susan Fefferman Home truly is where the heart is. That’s why it’s so important that your home is nurturing, supportive, safe, and makes you feel like you’re getting a big hug when you walk through the door. No matter what’s going on in the outside world, once you step inside, you should be completely relaxed and able to connect to body, mind and spirit. When you implement changes in your home, you will notice that your life is also transformed - instantly, dramatically and permanently. This is Feng Shui. Feng Shui is an ancient art and science dating back 4000 years to Chinese philosophy and culture. The many different schools of Feng Shui practiced around the world today have adapted to the geographical locations and times of our modern world. One school of practice called “Classical” has the same roots as acupuncture. Whereas needles are used to improve the energy patterns of the body, Classical Feng Shui uses both decorative and non-seen items made of the five elements: water, wood, fire, earth and metal (and their representative colors) to remedy any negative influences caused by the invisible energies in our environments. Bringing the elements into our spaces also helps us reconnect with nature by balancing the natural order

of things. ‘Feng’ literally means wind and ‘Shui’ (pronounced shway) means water. Water and wind carry Chi (the energy of life) and 60% of our bodies are comprised of water and air. The three principles of chi are: (1) everything is alive; (2) everything is connected or related; and (3) everything is always changing (weather, seasons, bodies, emotions, etc.). How a space feels will deeply affect people’s responses on both conscious and subconscious levels. While some places seem to feel naturally inviting, warm and inspiring, others do not feel right and people usually do not thrive there, or worse, they want to leave quickly. Bringing Feng Shui into the internal and external design of a building can have immediate, noticeable, and positive effects upon the way that people react and function there. One could say that Feng Shui is a practical technique for manipulating energy (chi) to improve wealth and prosperity, relationships, career, family, children, creativity, education, community respect, and health among other things. Feng Shui practices can also include a deeper understanding in using crystals, essential oils and even astrology. For example, the new solar year begins February 4, 2014 and with it, the transition from the Water Snake to the Green Wood Horse.

The Wood Horse represents growth, fast victories, unexpected adventure, and surprising romance. It is an excellent year for travel, and the further away (and off the beaten path) the better. Energy is high and production is rewarded. Decisive action, not procrastination, brings victory. But you have to act fast in a Horse year. If you are not 100% secure about a decision, then don’t do it. Events move so fast in the year of the Horse that you don’t want to gallop off in the wrong direction! In Chinese astrology, Horse year is considered a fortunate year that brings luck and good things. Understanding the chi of your work and living spaces can maximize the balance and prosperity being universally offered. Susan Fefferman is an internationally educated and certified Classical Feng Shui Consultant. She is an instructor with the International Feng Shui School which will be offering certification courses in Las Vegas March 23-28, 2014. For more information contact Susan at (619) 361.1846 or Reference: astrology/chinese-zodiac/6769-theyear-of-the-wood-horse-2014.html

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Bringing Out the Best in Introverts by Meredith Montgomery


abrielle Perillo’s daughter, A’ngel, 11, is a deep thinker, compassionate for all beings (human and not), a defender of justice, spiritual and extremely creative. She pursues any subject she studies with focus and passion. Although other children are naturally drawn to her, A’ngel, a born introvert, generally prefers to play quietly on her own. At first, her mother worried that her daughter was being insensitive to others and not paying attention to her surroundings. But once Mom released her own emotional projections, she recognized how happy her daughter is in her own space and began to appreciate the benefits of this independence. At least a third of Americans are introverts, yet many parents are prone to mischaracterize their more private children as antisocial, selfcentered and lonely. Susan Cain, a former corporate attorney and author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking,

explains, “Introverts are not antisocial, they just prefer socializing in lower-key ways.” They usually form a few deep and intimate relationships compared to extroverts that often cultivate many friends. Christine Fonseca, an educational psychologist and author of Quiet Kids, notes the danger in misunderstanding a child’s hesitancy or reserved nature. “Kids can benefit from understanding who they are and what it means to be an introvert. Otherwise, they may compare themselves to their extrovert friends and feel deficient.” Introverts own many exceptional qualities. They tend to be deep thinkers able to work independently in highly creative and innovative ways. They may prefer to learn a lot about a few topics instead of a little about many different areas. Often described as empathetic, conscientious and self-aware, intro-

verts make authentic leaders and effective managers as adults. Introvert and extrovert temperaments are distinguished by how individuals generate energy. Introverts process the world and recharge through solitude; many can flourish in social situations as long as they can rejuvenate by being on their own. Fonseca notes a defining difference in physiology. “Introverts use part of the nervous system that has a long pathway from point A to point B, so it takes them longer to process information.” Cain adds, “Introverts also usually have a longer runway than others, so it takes them longer to take off and fly. It’s crucial that the message they’re receiving from parents and teachers is, ‘That’s okay.’” It’s important that parents balance how they honor a child’s preferences with teaching them skills to thrive. “Don’t expect them to follow the gang,” says Cain. “Instead, encourage them to follow their passions.” Parents can empower children with tools to increase their comfort zone. If youngsters have difficulty speaking up in class, it helps to prepare them with what they want to say beforehand. Cain notes that this lessens anxiety and when they are able to speak up, they’ll feel like part of the class. Simple tips can offer relief in uncomfortable social situations. Perillo reinforces social manners before she and A’ngel arrive at an event. She focuses on the greetings, reminding her to extend her hand first, speak clearly, make eye contact and smile. Also, because selfpromotion doesn’t come naturally to introverts, they often need coaching to highlight their own assets when applying for a club, college or job. Fonseca encourages families to embrace digital technology. She observes, “Most introverts are extroverts online. While face-to-face communication tends to drain them, that doesn’t happen as much online, plus it’s easier to feel more adept socially there.” They’ll still need to disconnect and renew after socializing online, so it’s important to set usage boundaries. Fonseca, who has one introverted and one extroverted child, facilitates dialogue that teaches each of them to

communicate with their peers about their needs. “My introvert tells her extrovert friends not to take offense if she needs to take quiet time alone. They offer each other a perspective that makes their own point of view more well-rounded.” From a neuropsychological perspective, introverts and extroverts can learn from each other, as well. According to Fonseca, extroverts that habitually activate their sympathetic nervous system (“fight-or-flight”) can experience burnout if they don’t learn

how to slow down and be calm. However, introverts, relying mostly on their parasympathetic system (“rest and digest”), can be overly calm and slow to respond to situations. Fonseca notes, “It’s not about one temperament being more positive than the other; it’s about understanding who everyone is, their authentic self and finding balance.” Meredith Montgomery is the publisher of Natural Awakenings Mobile/Baldwin, AL (


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esearch tells us that 14 out of any 10 individuals like chocolate,” quips cartoonist Sandra Boynton. American chocolate lovers buy 58 million-plus pounds around Valentine’s Day, according to Nielsen Research. Ideally, the dark treat would be as healthy as a salad or an apple. Fortunately, accumulating research is on the way to giving plant-based chocolate superfood status. All chocolate starts with cacao beans, seeds from the pods of the tropical cacao tree that thrives only in hot, rainy climates in Africa, Indonesia and South America. Local soil and climate conditions determine flavor characteristics, much as with grapes. Harvested beans are fermented to create the chocolate taste and then dried. Afterwards, chocolate makers add brand-specific ingredients to the cacao solids. “The percentage number on a bar’s wrapper represents the weight that actually comes from the cacao bean content,” says Robert L. Wolke, professor emeritus of chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh

and author of What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained. “The higher the n u m b e r, the lower the percentage of sugar and the less sweet, more bitter and complex the flavor.” This is significant because dark chocolate contains higher levels of antioxidants which can help reduce cell damage, according to the Integrative Medicine Department at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor. Alex Whitmore, founder of Taza Chocolate, in Somerville, Massachusetts, recently had one of its bars lab tested for antioxidant levels, called ORAC, or oxygen radical absorption capacity; the higher the value, the more antioxidants. Taza Chocolate’s 80% Dark Bar had a 65 percent higher ORAC than Himalayan goji berries, famed for being a superfood. “This is very high for a chocolate bar,” notes Whitmore. Cocoa also serves as a superfood for cardiovascular and metabolic health, report two recent studies from separate teams of Harvard School of Public Health researchers. A 2012

meta-analysis of clinical trials published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concluded that consuming dark, unsweetened cocoa powder and dark chocolate can improve blood pressure, vascular dilation and cholesterol levels, plus reduce metabolic precursors like diabetes that can lead to heart disease. In 2011, Eric Ding, Ph.D., a Harvard School of Public Health epidemiologist and nutrition scientist, reviewed shortterm trials of subjects ingesting 400 to 500 mg per day of flavonoid-rich cocoa, which he equates to 33 bars of milk chocolate or eight bars of dark chocolate. While Ding feels this is an unreasonable amount to eat because of the extra calories from sugar and fat, he states, “Supplements with concentrated cocoa flavonoids may perhaps be helpful for garnering the benefits discovered. The key is getting the benefits for heart disease while avoiding the calories, and for that, chocolate bars are not likely the best solution.” Another observational study published in Nutrition shows that eating dark chocolate might help keep the pounds off for teenagers. Researchers with the Healthy Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescence program at the University of Zaragoza, in Spain, knew that chocolate consumption in adults already had been linked to lower body mass index. They found that chocolate consumption was also associated with lower total and midsection fat in European adolescents, reports Sayer Ji, founder of GreenMedInfo. com, a natural health research database. “The quality and cocoa content they used in their research is probably much higher than in America,” says Ji. “From my perspective, it appears that even when researchers don’t control for type, the results across the board are rather startling. Even American subjects, presumably eating common milk chocolate bars, see benefits.” So, this Valentine’s Day—and every day—we can happily relish that oneounce piece of artisan dark chocolate melting slowly in our mouth and know we’re doing it for pleasure and for health. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAnd from Overland Park, KS.

Chocolate Cookery Vegan Chocolate Pie

Serve this with fresh raspberries and enjoy a little romance. Yields 8 servings Chocolate Wafer Crust 6½ oz dairy-free chocolate wafer cookies, crushed into fine crumbs 1 Tbsp maple or date sugar 3 oz vegan buttery stick (such as Earth Balance), melted and slightly cooled Chocolate Filling 13 oz dairy-free semisweet chocolate chips (such as Ghirardelli) 1 /3 cup strong brewed coffee 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 lb silken tofu, drained 1 Tbsp agave 1 (9-in) prepared chocolate wafer crust

For the filling, melt the chocolate chips with the coffee and vanilla in a medium metal bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring often with a spatula. Combine the tofu, melted chocolate mixture and agave in a blender or food processor until smooth, about 1 minute. Pour the filling into the crust and refrigerate for 2 hours or until the filling becomes firm.

Vegan Hot Chocolate

A comforting way to enjoy the benefits of chocolate on a cold day. Yields 4 servings

2½ cups plain rice milk 3 Tbsp maple or date sugar 3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder ½ tsp salt ½ tsp vanilla extract Preheat the oven to 350° F. For the crust, 1 pinch ground cinnamon combine the cookie crumbs, sugar and 1 pinch cayenne pepper melted vegan buttery stick. Press this mixture firmly and evenly into the bottom, up Bring the rice milk, sugar, cocoa powder, the sides and just over the lip of a 9-inch salt, vanilla extract, cinnamon and cayenne metal pie pan. Bake on the middle rack of pepper to a simmer in a saucepan over the oven until the crust is set and appears medium-high heat. Remove from the heat dry, 18 to 20 minutes. Remove from the and whisk until frothy. Serve immediately. oven and cool completely, about 1 hour. Source: Recipes courtesy of Judith Fertig

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and revolutions per minute (RPMs) or pedal strokes be kept at pre-specified levels. According to Pro, Spin should combine mind and body training by using a variety of heart rate zones to improve health, fitness and performance. Instructors take participants through a series of rides known as Energy Zones, each serving a specific purpose like endurance, strength or recovery. Terri Arends, a master Spin instructor and group fitness director at the Jewish Community Center of Dallas, Texas, attests that without such rides, the aerobic foundation crumbles. She likes to put riders through “kicking Spin rides and moments of Zen that allow riders to let go and find their inner athlete.”

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CYCLES OF SPIN Returning to its Heart-Healthy Origins by Janet Osen


ike many newly minted sports, “Spin” has at its center a near-mythical figure: its creator, Jonathan Goldstein—better known as Johnny G—by most accounts a unique eccentric with an unheralded passion for cycling. In 1987, while training for the renowned The Race Across America bike event, a mega-marathon 3,100-mile race from Los Angeles to New York, Goldstein was struck by a car and nearly killed. It produced an epiphany: Building an indoor bike simulating the outdoor experience would create a novel workout that would incorporate cardio training and emphasize a mind-body connection. With the formation of Mad Dogg Athletics in 1994, the Spinning craze began rolling. Rolling Stone magazine named it the newest hot exercise and by 1996 there were 1,000-plus Spinning centers in 30 countries.

True to Form

Conceived as a form of cardio biofeedback, the activity keyed on training the heart muscle aerobically using a heart monitor. The original goal was to provide an “aerobic base” by working at 65 to 80 percent of one’s maximum heart rate, making the 20

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heart a more effective pump and increasing oxygen levels throughout the body. The Spin program follows the principle that participants will train aerobically for six to 12 weeks prior to a “Race Day”—a special ride performed at a steady anaerobic threshold generally at 85 to 95 percent of maximum heart rate. Anaerobic threshold, or AT, is the point at which the body accumulates lactic acid in the muscles faster that it can be removed. “Aerobic base building creates a strong foundation for increasing one’s lactate threshold,” explains Lorey Pro, a master Spin instructor and assistant director of fitness and wellness at Louisiana State University. “Riders can increase their tolerance for anaerobic exercise.” “The metabolism’s foundation is strengthened by aerobic base building. Without it, the body will fall apart if the athlete moves right into anaerobic threshold training,” explains Shannon Derby, a master Spin instructor and certified group fitness and personal trainer at Mountain’s Edge Fitness Center, in Boulder, Colorado. In contrast to indoor cycling, Spin requires that exertion rates be correlated to levels based on maximum heart rates,

In today’s typical Spin class, no one wears a heart monitor. While some gyms and boutique facilities offer endurance or strength rides, most conduct only interval rides featuring top 40 music selections and a loose interpretation of the prescribed movements, positions and cadence rates. “Interval rides tend to get picked most,” observes Derby. “There are many different kinds and they are fairly easy to teach and well liked, even though that isn’t what the official Spinning program recommends.” Del Lugo, a Spin instructor and fitness professional in Suffern, New York, who works at the nearby Torne Valley Sports Complex and Lifeplex Health Club, says he rarely sees classic Spin done anymore. In Lugo’s

Latest Spins on Original Spin Hydrorider: Lightweight aluminum, rust-proof bike affords aqua cycling in the pool. RealRyder: Bike innovation tilts and moves with participants’ body weight to more accurately simulate outdoor cycling. High Tech: Onboard computers track resistance levels, cadence and heart rates designed for precision rides. Bands Classes: Resistance bands attach to a sliding track on the ceiling to tone abs, arms and chest. Fusion: Classes combine Spin with other workouts like yoga.

world, Spin should be simply a “fun, safe experience with the instructor endeavoring to instill enthusiasm and encouragement.”

Moving Forward

One key indicator of whether a fitness activity is a trend and not a fad is the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) annual Fitness Trends survey. In 2012, Spin made ACSM’s top 20 list of fitness trends, citing it as “one of the most popular group exercise programs in the commercial sector.” Yet it fell off of ACSM’s list last year. Reviving the original training program may prove helpful in preventing potential Spin burnout. Workouts were originally designed to culminate each week in a meditative, low-impact recovery ride to allow for rest and recovery, which is pivotal to any successful fitness program. The key to Spin’s continuity may be in moving cycling back to its origins—re-educating participants about how best to use Spinning to maximize desired results for body, mind and spirit. Janet Osen is a freelance writer in Rockland County, NY. She is a certified Spin instructor working toward her yoga teacher certification.

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Katherine Woodward Thomas on Drawing True Love Our Way by Debra Melani


fter years of experiencing love going sour, Katherine Woodward Thomas set a goal: She would marry her soul mate within a year. Her quest inspired a surprising awakening that spurred her to look deep inside for the key that would unblock love. Thomas realized the transformation that enabled her success involved clear steps that could help anyone. Today, the licensed psychotherapist and relationship expert has guided thousands toward successful relationships via her national bestseller, Calling in “The One”: 7 Weeks to Attract the Love of Your Life, and subsequent books and seminars.

What catalyzed your Calling in “The One” professional journey? I was 41, a card-carrying member of one of America’s largest-growing groups— the never-marrieds. I had bought into the cultural belief that a woman my age had little chance of finding a great husband. I felt anxious and resigned, trying to come to terms with it, but sad inside. Fortunately, at the time, I was part of a small group supportive of each other’s intentions. So I set the outrageous intention that I would be engaged by my next birthday. I also recognized my longstanding pattern of attracting unavailable men who were engaged, married or alcoholics. A woman in the group said, “Katherine, I will hold that intention with you 22

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if you permit me to hold you accountable to be the woman you would need to be in order to fulfill it.” Her wake-up call turned my focus from running out to find love to going within to discover the barriers I had against it. Thus I began what became the Calling in “The One” process.

How does it differ from other approaches to finding love? Many approaches focus on the external reasons love is elusive, such as all the good men are taken, men don’t like powerful women or just not having met the right person. This approach focuses more on the internal reasons—going within to discover and release one’s own conscious and unconscious barriers. For most of us, a gap exists between how much we think we want love and how much we are actually open and ready to receive it. Until we bridge that gap, we will covertly keep love at bay, and won’t even realize we are doing it.

What are the most common hidden barriers to love? One hidden barrier is resentment. We only resent people to the extent that we’ve given our power away to them. Uncover your role in what happened. Even if it was 97 percent their fault and 3 percent yours, zero in on that 3 percent, because you’ll only be able to trust yourself to love again once you’ve taken that responsibility. If you still feel resent-

ful, you have not yet evolved beyond the person you were before. Another centers on old agreements—the spoken and unspoken, agreements we make, usually in an emotional time—such as “I’m never going to let myself get hurt again” or “I’ll never love anyone the way I love you.” Such agreements live in our lives as intentions. They may no longer be conscious, yet still set our course. Another has to do with toxic relational dynamics. To find the best partnership, you need to be your best self. Maintaining a toxic dynamic drains personal power, making it hard to move forward in life. It’s vital to evolve out of this debilitating dynamic so you are in the center of your power everywhere in life. The fourth area, and probably the most important, revolves around the core beliefs you hold about both yourself and others. You might have a reasonably clear sense of yourself around money, career and friendship, but your core love identity might cause you to believe yourself unworthy of a quality partner. Identifying and challenging these beliefs is critical in learning how to break free from them, helping to raise your value in your own eyes and thus in others.

You believe the best way to find a needle in a haystack is to become magnetic and allow that needle to find you. How does one become magnetic to love? Being centered in the truth of your own value and the real possibilities you hold for true love is wildly attractive. Love yearns to embrace us, but can’t come to us if it can’t come through us. When we shift into this place of possibility, we can become profoundly magnetic to love. Learn more at CallingInTheOne. net, or Explore the qualities possible in an enlightened mate at NaturalAwakenings Freelance journalist Debra Melani i s f r o m Lyo n s , C O. C o n n e c t a t

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John of God

Crystal Light Healing Bed Coming to Las Vegas by Gabrielle Wyant


enee Adcock could not have imagined the amazing ways her life was about to change when in 2012, she walked into a little metaphysical store and was offered an opportunity to enjoy the John of God Crystal Light Healing Bed. As she lay under the pulsing lights and images came into focus, she immediately realized the crystal lights were manifesting her own personal healing, and she decided she wanted to introduce this to others. As a young girl, Adcock felt “different” because she had what she can now define as the gifts of aura viewing, insight and intuition. Today, she is a spiritual counselor, studying for a master’s degree in divinity. Adcock is a natural healer, skilled in essential oil therapies, and travels across the country offering sessions on the Crystal Light Healing Bed. The beds are only allowed to be purchased by people that have been approved by the famous healer, Joao Teixeira de Faira, John of God (JohnOfGod. com). “I asked for and received permission, I’m blessed to share this experience with my life companion Barry Lawton, Jr.,” says Adcock. Adcock and Lawton travel from


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town to town, as John of God is said to have done, hoping to heal multitudes of people. Of the bed, Adcock states, “I have set my intention to make it available to as many people as I can. I want to share its healing properties with all who are called to the experience.” Adcock says her life revolves around her travels, where she offers sessions and provides spiritual guidance to hundreds of people.

The Crystal Light Healing Bed

The concept of the bed, also called crystal bath therapy, is said to have been channeled to John of God, who then had it developed for practical use and incorporated it as an important healing modality. “John of God oversees the making of each and every bed,” says Adcock. The device has seven extremely clear and highly polished Vogel cut quartz crystals suspended approximately 12 inches above the client lying on a massage table. Each crystal is aligned above one of the seven human energy centers, or chakras. Colored lights, chosen to match the frequency of chakra colors, radiate light and energy through the crystals to each respective chakra and pulse on and off in

specific rhythms to cleanse, balance and align the energies. The individual receiving the session rests face up with eyes closed, bathing in the energy. The crystals for the beds were mined in the small town of Garimbo de Ouro, in Brazil, where gold and precious stones, quartz crystals and amethyst lie beneath the surface of most of that area, resulting in what is reportedly a profound energy emanating from the land. According to John of God, the crystals making up the bed were, “born in beds of water, deep beneath the earth.” They are extracted from the earth and personally selected and guaranteed by John of God. Each of the seven crystals comes from a single stone and is carefully polished to exacting standards. An understanding of crystal therapy was developed by IBM researcher Marcel Vogel, who spent his lifetime investigating quartz crystals. He invented microfiber technologies that send information through the vibrations of light and designed experiments demonstrating the power of crystals to affect physical processes. Crystals have some of the most orderly molecular structures found in nature. Vogel discovered that light passing through a crystal will resonate with the structured patterns of the crystal. One theory for the health-giving effects of crystal therapy is that the well-organized vibration resonating from the crystals helps to organize the water in our tissues and cells. Many believe that the crystal healing light beds are prescribed by the Entities (healing spirit guides) of John of God’s healing center, Casa De Dom Inacio. According to Adcock, “The Healing Spirit Entities of the Casa are able to use

this device as a portal so that they may more easily make their presence felt to those who seek their help in healing.”


What People Might Experience During a Session

According to Adcock, when people visit the crystal bed, they have very personal experiences. Often, their experiences exceed expectations. Many people that have experienced the lights also feel themselves move into an altered state during a session. Many say they feel the sensation of being “worked on” by spirits and some experience a feeling of great atonement to spirit. Individual experiences can range from deeply relaxing to energizing or in some cases, profoundly moving. While lying on a massage table, the client relaxes to peaceful music and the combination of crystals and color therapy opens and balances the chakras while clearing blocks in the energy field. “I have seen clients have healings from a variety of issues, but everyone’s experience is so different; from total relaxation to healing of physical problems. I have seen visions and had physical problems disappear completely,” says Adcock. The Crystal Bed is a powerful, lifechanging experience for most people. Many come for the beautiful feeling of peace, relaxation and spiritual expansion. Those that experience the bed often feel like their heart has opened and they know a deep sense of love and peace. This can result in any type of healing. Many people feel a great release from grief or loss. Adcock says, “I believe anything that does not support us can be cleared away to result in health, happiness, finding our true purpose and a closer connection to God.” Adcock loves working with people as they evolve in their consciousness as a result of their session. Spirit Enlighten will be in Las Vegas from Mar. 20-25. For more information on scheduling a Crystal Bed session, call 251-279-0298, email or visit

HEALING HURT A Hawaiian Mantra Lets Love Back In H

o’oponopono is an ancient Hawaiian huna, a secret to facilitating forgiveness within; or simply, the art of forgiveness. Four healing phrases are employed in a harmonic mantra to help “make things right” or “correct the errors”. It works to cleanse hurt feelings and relieve suffering from being in an unforgiving or unforgiven state. According to the Babylon online dictionary, Ho’oponopono is used to release problems and blocks that cause imbalance, unease and stress in the self; bring peace and balance through physical, mental and spiritual cleansing that involves repentance and transmutation; and create balance, freedom, love, peace and wisdom within individuals, social entities, the world and the universe. Ho’oponopono Forgiveness Mantra I am sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you.

These four forgiveness phrases, both individually and collectively, help heal us and our relationships with others, especially loved ones. Each one melts hearts and heals souls. Going deeper, we can voice this mantra in communing with the divine and see the effect both within and without.

I am sorry for participating in this erroneous memory data. Please forgive me for not seeing the perfection in this moment, and playing back a universal memory I have received within me that is riddled with wrongs and errors. Thank you for cleansing me, others, the world and the universe. I love you. Loving the sweet divine is the greatest power or energy there is in all space. I am now loving everyone involved and affected. I know that my perceptions of them are within me, where this error first occurred and where it can be eradicated. Like planting a seed in soil that grows into nothing of our making, the divine does the work as we allow it to work through us. As we come to consistently use the Ho’oponopono mantra, we may elect to select a special word as a substitute for the whole mantra to use as a touchstone, so that when we say or think this word, we are immediately clear and clean of all the pain associated with any erroneous memory data presented. Our heart is healed and family or friends will return to relationships with a lighter heart. We do not need to understand how it works, only that it does. Source: Adapted from

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enior Spaniel Rescue, Inc., will host the third annual Find Your Furry Valentine event, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., February 15, in the Bass Pro Shops parking lot, adjacent to the Silverton Hotel and Casino. There will be pet-friendly booths, crafts, raffles, prizes, animal demonstrations and live local entertainment. Local food trucks will provide lunch and snacks. Mary Sanders, president of the Senior Spaniel Rescue, says, “Find Your Furry Valentine provides an incredible and much-needed opportunity for local rescue organizations to work together to raise awareness, funds and homes for needy animals in the community. It is a great event for the entire family, while providing an opportunity to raise critical funds for local rescues. If you are looking for a new furry family member, Find Your Furry Valentine allows prospective adopters to meet available pets in our community and begin the placement process. And if your-four legged family is complete, the event features pet-focused products and services.” All event funds stay in the community and aid in sustaining the medical needs of Las Vegas fostered animals, while increasing awareness of the need to adopt homeless dogs, cats, pigs and donkeys during the brutal winter months, when adoption rates and fundraising are lower. Location: 3333 Blue Diamond Blvd., Las Vegas. For more information, visit

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t Your Service Pet Supplies & Grooming, in Henderson, is now hosting "full-time" small animals from the Nevada SPCA. Their new Adopt & Shop Center is located within the store. The animals live and receive love in the center until they find their forever homes. At any given time, there are several little critters that need homes, from bunnies to Chilean degus. As soon as one finds their "happily ever after" home, it’s place is taken by another pet from the Nevada SPCA shelter. At Your Service is always striving to help bring animals and families together. Along with the new Adopt & Shop Center, the store hosts weekend adoption events with local rescue groups, including Las Vegas Hot Diggity Dachshund Rescue, Vegas Shepherd Rescue, All For Love Animal Society and Las Vegas Boxer Rescue, as well as fundraisers throughout the year. At Your Service even hosts regular Doggie Date Nights. Location: 55 S. Valle Verde, Las Vegas. For more information, call Gena Bunim at 702-982-4324 or email 26

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he Heaven Can Wait Animal Society (HCWS) has developed a free, downloadable activity guide for children that teaches the basics of responsible pet ownership. Children will learn about the Heaven Can Wait mascot, Grizzly, complete activities related to pet ownership, make crafts and delicious recipes for their pets and even browse through a list of recommended books about pets. Continuing their effort to foster kindness and empathy toward all living beings, the Heaven Can Wait Society and Angels for Animals helps educators provide humane education lessons and after-school clubs in their school community. The Angels for Animals program provides units for grades one to three and four to five. In addition, there are plays, recommended reading lists and PowerPoint presentations to aid in the learning of these important topics. For middle and high school, there is a manual to assist educators in forming an after-school club that focuses on the humane treatment of companion animals. Studies show children that are introduced to humane education programs become more empathetic and understanding toward animals and each other. Heaven Can Wait’s Humane Education Program strives to nurture empathy in children by teaching appreciation and respect for animals in homes, communities and the environment by providing opportunities for meaningful and rewarding service learning projects. The Angels for Animals humane education materials can be downloaded from the website, are reproducible and free to educators.

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ymptoms that suggest a dog or cat’s heart is not pumping effectively include coughing and fatigue from light exercise. Before the signs are evident, it is far better to check for heart disease during regular twice-yearly visits to the veterinarian. Using a stethoscope, a skilled doctor can pick up telltale heart murmurs during the examination. A fairly common problem with cats, heart disease tends to occur as cardiomyopathy, an issue with the heart muscle. In most dogs, where cardiomyopathy is rare, it usually involves damaged heart valves, resulting in “leaks” that allow blood to flow in both directions. Upon an initial diagnosis of heart disease, one of two mistakes in treatment routinely occur: Either a doctor prescribes strong cardiac medications to “prevent” heart failure from happening (even though no medication has been shown to prevent heart failure), or he takes a wait-and-see approach, only intervening when the disease progresses to irreversible heart failure. The better approach is to do further testing and evaluation at the first sign of a murmur, including chest X-rays, an electrocardiogram (EKG) and a cardiac

ultrasound to classify the stage of the disease and determine if conventional medications can help. Follow-up visits every six months allow the doctor to identify the point at which heart disease has progressed toward impending heart failure. In general, pets with either a diseased or failing heart can benefit from supplements. Individual regimens vary, based on the nature of the patient’s case.




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Vegas Pet Expo – 10am-6pm. Shop, learn, play, adopt. Bring your pets. Meet Shorty and Hercules from “Pit Boss”. Hundreds of exhibitors, live entertainment, prizes, low-cost vaccinations, megaadoption, free nail trims, agility demonstrations, animal rights activist, more. Free. Cashman Center, 850 N Las Vegas Blvd, LV. February Volunteer Orientation – 11:45am1:15pm. Attend the Animal Foundation’s volunteer orientation held in the Large Conference Room. Volunteers provide shelter pets with exercise and enrichment during their stay plus much more. Visit online to learn more. Clark County Library, 1401 E Flamingo Rd, LV.


5th Annual Pasta for Paws Dinner – 6-9pm. Lots of fantastic raffle prizes, good food and terrific conversation. $30/person. For more information please contact All Fur Love Animal Society: Events@


Yappy Hour…The Doggy Happy Hour! – 6-9pm. Enjoy cocktails, yappatizers, live DJ music, free doggy goodie bags, giveaways, events, contests, prizes, as dogs make friends and enjoy the huge courtyard. All dog sizes and breeds welcome. Rumor Boutique Hotel, 455 E Harmon Ave, LV.

sunday The Dog House Adoptions – 11am-2pm. Extraordinary animals will be on display and available for adoption. Tivoli Village, 302 S Rampart Blvd, LV.

monday Pet Loss & Bereavement Support Group – 6:307:30pm. Coping with loss of a pet can be difficult and lonely. Dr. Susan Wheeler shares answers with those who are grieving. Small and caring weekly support group in an atmosphere of emotional support and growth. Free. Community Lutheran Church, 3720 E Tropicana. 24-hour phone: 702735-5544.

Adoption Open House – 10am-5pm. Come meet adorable adoptables waiting for foster or forever homes. Over 30 beautiful, healthy dogs are waiting for homes. All adoptions include free training. 3652 Procyon St, LV. Southern Nevada Bully Breed Rescue, 702-483-7487. The Samadhi Legacy Foundation, 702-768-2383. Paws 4 Love Pet Rescue Adoptions – 10am-3pm. Promotes lifelong relationships between people and companion animals. Shelter and care is provided for each precious life until adopted into a forever loving home. Petsmart, 531 N Stephanie, HD. 702560-8622. Happy Home Animal Sanctuary Adoptions – 11am4pm. Sat-Sun. No-kill, no cage, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives of abandoned and homeless cats and dogs. Offers care and a peaceful living environment for abused, physically handicapped, aged or homeless animals. Petsmart, 9869 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-203-4134.

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calendarofevents Please call ahead to confirm dates and times. For extended event descriptions and additional listings visit NaturalAwakeningsLV. com. All calendar events must be received by the 10th of the month prior to the next month's publication and adhere to our guidelines. Submit listings online at SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1 Stop and Smell the Flowers – 2-3:30pm. Melody Bartone, an Alternative Pathfinder, teaches all about the essential oils involved in the ancient art of Aromatherapy, how to use oils, and how Aromatherapy can assist in reclaiming balance. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-507-3946.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2 Fruit Trees: Selection and Care for Desert Climates – 2-4pm. Don Fabbi, PhD, Master Gardener, teaches all about fruit tree selection, best varieties for this region, bare root and container planting, timing, location, watering, fertilizing fruit trees for maximum productivity. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-5073964.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5 The Five Tibetan Rites – 5-5:30pm. The Ultimate Anti-Aging Exercise Program revitalizes and rebuilds the entire body in just 15 minutes. Free introduction. If elect to participate, wear comfy clothes and bring a yoga mat. Please RSVP: 702659-2390. Free. Love offerings accepted. Naturally Organic Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702659-2390.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6 Don't Exercise - Lymphacise! – 1-2:30pm. Activate the lymphatic system, boost metabolism; burn fat and lose inches without exercise. $13. Transformations, 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-405-9375. Tai Chi Class – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn traditional flow movements to balance the mind and body to

create health, relieve stress, bring back well-being. Gentle practice can be done by all ages, even in chair position. Space limited, must register by calling: 702-507-3964. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charelston Blvd, LV. 702-507-3964.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8 Exploring Your Personal Power through Akashic Records – 11am-2pm. Gain more clarity and direction in daily life. Explore the personal soul’s purpose. Take spiritual growth into one’s own hands. $20. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 800 N Rainbow, 100, LV. 702-948-4999.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9 Jana- Divine Love Galactical Meditation – 6:308pm. Guided meditation with healing galactic music assists in transformational work, including karmic clearing, chakra balancing/cleansing, while reaching higher planes of consciousness, anchoring Divine, Love, Christ consciousness into the heart. By Jana Pedestrea & Rose Catmull. $20. Unity Center in the Valley, 3037 E Warm Springs Rd, 300, LV. 702-350-1711.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12 Spiritual Cleansing/Clearing Tools & Techniques for Body, Mind, & Soul – 7pm. Spiritual cleansing is an important process of healing oneself, helping physical bodies and mind to be closer to the Divine. Vibrate out, bring peace within. Bring a pen and journal. $20. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 800 N Rainbow, 100, LV. 702-948-4999.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15 Angel Therapy Meditation & Discussion – 11am12:30pm. Angel Therapy Meditation & Discussion is a guided meditation and discussion about working with Archangels to release old blocks and toxins dealing with fear, abundance, relationships, etc. Free meditation CD. $25. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 800 N Rainbow, 100, LV. 702-767-3860.


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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21 Aura Photography with Renee – 3-8pm. Lady of the Light, my aura camera, takes one’s photograph, captures on film one’s aura. The meaning of the colors that show up in the aura photograph will be explained. $25. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 800 N Rainbow, 100, LV. 702-948-4999. Food Combining Secrets - Nutrition Class – 6-7:30pm. Meditative Nutrition Class - EZ Weight Loss Series. Lose excess fat, rejuvenate the body, heal digestive disorders through scientific food combining. No dieting/deprivation. Class includes free movie, handouts, food sampling. $13. Transformations Wellness Center, 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-405-9375.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22 Kick the Sugar Addiction Naturally – 3-4pm. In this EZ Weight Loss class, learn to control blood sugar levels, energy and moods. By donation. Naturally Organic Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-405-9375.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25 Balancing Hormones Naturally with Essential Oils – 6:30-8:30pm. Hormones are responsible for mood, energy level, clarity of mind, sexual desire and muscle mass. In this interactive seminar by Jeri Ostrander, Educational Consultant, learn how to balance hormones naturally. Free. Transformations, 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-405-9375.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26 Angel Therapy Meditation and Discussion – 6-7:30pm. Guided meditation and discussion about working with Archangels to release old blocks, toxins; cut cords of fear; heal past-life issues; allow abundance, gain confidence, courage, clarity about life's purpose. $25. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 800 N Rainbow, 100, LV. 702-948-4999.

SATURDAY, MARCH 1 Predictive Astrology: The Significance of Your Age – 1-2:30pm. Gain insight into life based on one’s age. Learn the connection between 12 houses of astrology and specific ages. Easy to apply predictive astrology technique. Taught by astrologer, Mary Swick. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-507-3964.

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Piano Lessons – Ages 7 and up. Private piano lessons intended for the beginning or intermediate learner. $20/30 minutes. Summer Trail at Mountain’s Edge. Call or text Dominique Koldewyn: 435-592-0662.

Pregnancy Yoga – 9-10am. Classes join chair and pregnancy yoga to create strength, focus, flexibility and awareness through a gentle yoga practice designed especially for people over 50, movement disabilities, and pregnant women’s needs. $7. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874.

Yoga & Meditation – See website for daily class schedule. Just Breathe Wellness Center, 5333 S Arville St, Ste 206, LV. 702-553-6819.

sunday fresh52 Sunday Farmers’ & Artisan Market – 8:30am-1pm. fresh52 farmers' and artisan market is a lively, friendly, open-air market where neighbors and friends come together to celebrate the community. Free. Sansone Park Place, 9480 S Eastern, LV. 702-900-2552. Krishna Fest – 6-9pm. A unique night out. Experience mantra chants, vibrant world music, stimulating spiritual knowledge of ancient India. Relax over a super-tasty vegetarian dinner with a diverse range of thoughtful people. Free. Govinda's Center of Vedic India, 7181 Dean Martin Dr, LV. 702-434-8332.

monday Beginning Meditation – 12-1pm. Beginning meditation with Joan Lembo. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. Gentle Yoga – 1-2pm. Gentle Yoga with teacher Joan Lembo. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874.

A New Slim You – 5-6pm. A New Slim You in 90 days. Learn in Delphine's class to use essential oils for weight loss, create an active lifestyle, plan healthy meals, create healthy lifetime habits. Website for details. Flawless Silhouettes Wellness Spa, 8820 S Maryland Pkwy, 115, LV. Inspiration Reiki Healing Circle – 6-8pm. Teacher Victoria Stitzer. Donation. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702433-3874.


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@


Chi Kung/Qigong – 10-11am. Tues-Fri. Chi Kung, the art of developing internal energy for health and vitality, mind expansion and spiritual cultivation uses body movements, rhythmic breathing, visualizations and healing sounds. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. Beginner Tai Chi for Seniors – 2-3pm. Teacher Doris Fong. Tai Chi in the style 29 Tao. A gentle style perfect for seniors. $5. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702433-3874. Yoga for Children – 4-5pm. Yoga for children with teacher Joan Lembo. $15. Naturally Organic Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. LV Aikikai – 6-7pm. Aikido, Japanese martial art, teaches that attack is opportunity to defend. Body of instruction includes aikido, bokken (wooden sword), jyo (wooden staff), iaido (sword drawing) and zazen (seated zen meditation). $5/class. Winchester Cultural Center, 3130 McLeod Dr, LV. 702-879-8792. Spiritual Book Club for Women – 6-8pm. Fourth Tues. First meeting is Meet and Greet and discuss future book choices. Meditation included in each meeting. Suggested donation: $8. Just Breathe Wellness Center, 5333 S Arville St, Ste 206, LV. 702-553-6819. Beginner Yoga Class – 7pm. Flow with the movements, let go of what doesn’t serve. Unfold strength and power on the mat. Learn how to shine inner light. Beginner class restores, rejuvenates what’s already inside. $10. Astrid Stokes: 702-592-5600. Tai Chi – 7-8pm. Learn Traditional Yang style Tai Chi Chuan, passed on from generations of Masters to Disciples with Master Shirfu Jackson. Beginners to Grand Masters, all styles, systems, welcome to come, share. $15. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874.

Reiki Healing Circle – 6-8pm. Experience guided meditation channeled by Victoria (Reiki Master of 25 years) and receive deep personalized healing. Bring a friend or meet one. Relax and recharge mind and body. Free. Love offerings accepted. Naturally Organic Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-659-2390. Vinyasa Yoga and Sonic Therapy – 7-8:30pm. An all level Vinyasa flow class with pranayama and mantra meditation. Learn the secrets of relaxation and explore the practical techniques for a healthy mind, body and soul. Donation based. Govinda's Center, 7181 Dean Martin Dr, LV. 702-434-8332.

thursday Green Drinks – Second Thurs. Network with other eco-friendly business professionals. Times/ locations vary. Country Fresh Farmers' Market-Water Street – 9am-4pm. Outdoor market selling fruits and vegetables, fresh-baked breads, salsas, honey, jams, loose leaf teas, organic soaps, dolls, jewelry, crafts and more. Free. Downtown HD in Events Plaza, 240 Water St, HD. 702-579-9661. ‘Bet on the Farm’ Farmers’ Market – 10am-1pm. Mario Batali’s and Joe Bastianichу’s sustainable market. Free. Springs Preserve, 333 S Valley View Blvd, LV. Mommy Circle – 10-11am. Moms and their babies gather to learn and share along with lactation consultant Amanda. A great place to give and receive information from one another and have support from peers. Free. Flawless Silhouettes Wellness Spa, 8820 S Maryland Pkwy, 115, LV. Reiki with Angels Meditation – 11:30am12:30pm. Heal, restore and empower oneself. Allow the love of the Angel and the power of Reiki to assist in a spiritual journey. Seek to bring Divine Light into everyday lives. $10. Just Breath Wellness Center, 5333 S Arville, 206, LV. 702-350-1711. Organic Flow Yoga – 5-6pm. Organic Flow Yoga with teacher Jenn Stuber. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702433-3874. Tantra Seminars – 6-8pm. Intensive Tantra Class – a progressive and advanced Tantric training for people who are ready to take control over their life

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Downtown 3rd Farmers’ Market – 9am-2pm. Locally grown fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs, flowers and artisanal selections. Guest chef demonstrations. Kids craft zone. Dog park. Largest indoor Farmers’ Market in the valley. Free parking. 300 N Casino Center, LV. Organic Flow Yoga – 9-10am. Organic Flow Yoga with teacher Jenn Stuber. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702433-3874. Country Fresh Farmers’ Market – 10am. Free. HD Pavilion, 200 S Green Valley Pkwy, HD. 702579-9661. fresh52 Friday Farmers’& Artisan Market – 3-7pm. fresh52 farmers’ and artisan market is a lively, friendly, open-air market where neighbors and friends come together to celebrate the community. Located outside Whole Foods at Town Square. Free. Town Square (outside Whole Foods), 6605 Las Vegas Blvd S, LV. 702-9002552. Crystal & Tibetan Bowl Meditation – 4-5pm. Crystal & Tibetan Bowl Meditation with teacher Cheri Smith. Donation. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. Yoga for Stress Relief – 4-5pm. Teacher Joan Lembo. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. Homemade Vegan/Vegetarian Dinners – 6-9pm. Friday is vegan/vegetarian dinner night at Govinda’s. Preparations will consist of vegetable stew, rice or pasta, soup, bread, a dessert and beverage for a donation of $8/plate. Senior/student discounts available. $8. Govinda's Center, 7181 Dean Martin Dr, LV. 702-434-8332. Community HU – 6:15-6:45pm. Fourth Fri. Community HU: Open the heart to divine love and experience upliftment, joy, relaxation and spiritual connection with the HU chant every 4th Friday of the month. Free. Pure Health Foods, 7575 W Washington, LV. 702-224-4325. Drums of the Wolf Meditation – 7:30-8:45pm. Deep drumming brings each participant into a

dream-like journey. The instructor beats a shaman drum as participants meditate to a different theme each week. Heal oneself, heal the world. $15. Barefoot Sanctuary, Whole Foods—meet at Juice Bar, 6689 S Las Vegas Blvd, LV. 702-596-0673.

saturday fresh52 Saturday Farmers'& Artisan Market – 9am-2pm. fresh52 farmers’ and artisan market is a lively, friendly, open-air market where neighbors and friends come together to celebrate the community. Free. Tivoli Village, 302 S Rampart, LV. 702-900-2552. Chair Pilates – 9:30-10:30am. Achieve physical goals through chair Pilates with Terra. Terra is a highly educated Pilates instructor with over 10 years of experience. Semi-private classes are limited to six people. Packages available. $20. Flawless Silhouettes Wellness Spa, 8820 S Maryland Pkwy, 115, LV. Monthly Cleaning and Organizing – 9:30am1:30pm. Monthly cleaning and organizing your home or office. A clean, organized environment helps promote a positive, happy, healthy spirit and promotes peace of mind. 619-761-1856. $15 per hour, four hour minimum. $15/per hour. Tai Chi – 10-11am. Teacher Sifu JC Cox. Can be combined with Chi Kung (9-10am) both for $15. Saturdays only. $10 per class. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. class-schedule/. Tai Chi Fan or Saber – 11-11:30am. Teacher Sifu JC. $5. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. Yoga – 11am-12pm. Cultivate balance, peace and renewal through Yoga with Susan, Silhouetttes’ Certified Yoga Instructor. Susan’s intention is to nurture the innate healing potential within each student. $10/class, pay by the month $12. Flawless Silhouettes Wellness Spa, 8820 S Maryland Pkwy, 115, LV. Diet Is a Four Letter Word – 2-3pm. Holistic Health Coach Mike Newsome shares his weight loss story and knowledge about how to get healthy without dieting. $10/depending on package. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter. com/classes/. Healthy Living + Raw Foods – 3-4pm. Learn how to live toxic-free, embrace abundance in eating, and live one’s ideal life now with teacher and Certified Holistic Health Coach Sabra Davis. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. Spiritual Experiences Discussion – 6-7pm. Understand the purpose of spiritual experiences, discover new spiritual adventures in daily life. Free. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo, LV. 702-224-4325.



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Practicing holistic, biological dentistry with safe removal of mercury according to the standars of IAOMT and IABDM. State of the art early detect cavity mapping, cosmetic, general, specialty dentistry and low sensitivity teeth whitening. Dr. Wright offers holistic, no-prep veneers, Lumineers, Invisalign Braces, dental implants and All on 4 Implant Bridges, sleep and full sedation dentistry. See ad, page 5.

BELL CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL AND HOLISTIC DENTISTRY Dr. Michael Bell, DDS 8068 W Sahara Ave, Ste 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 11.

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Lessons are intended for the beginning or intermediate learner, ages 7 and up. Cost is $20 for 30 minutes, plus initial material cost. Gift certificates available. See ad, page 32.

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Quality, full-service, pet supply store with the best value in the valley. Pet-friendly. On-site “Barkery”. Nutritional experts. Professional grooming available seven days for cats, dogs and little critters. Pet adoptions too! See ad, back cover.



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Whether you’re looking to strengthen your body, focus your mind, or just treat yourself, let our licensed specialists take care of you. We offer nails, hair, massage, pilates, yoga, health coaching, aesthetics and body contour. See ad, page 4.

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