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hange is here. September is the beginning of fall (Friday, September 22nd), when the Autumnal equinox arrives and temperatures begin to drop—even if it’s just a bit in our neck of the woods. It’s when nighttime and daytime are roughly equal to each other. It’s also a time when many of us travel north to witness the beautiful show nature offers as the landscape explodes with vibrant colors of red, yellow, and orange. For sports fans, baseball season hits the homestretch, while football fans start their warm ups for a new season. And for those of us who love the holidays, September is the preamble to Halloween and Thanksgiving. And to top it all off…it is Yoga Month! That’s why our annual Yoga Guide takes over our September issue. It‘s our opportunity to offer a comprehensive guide to our community. It’s filled with educational editorial, highlights of our Masters of Yoga as well as class and event schedules. And don’t miss the yoga highlights of our very own associate and staff members. Susan Jones, our graphic artist who makes our monthly layout seem effortless, and Leslie Cuevas, our new Associate Publisher and marketing guru share their amazing yoga journeys. For those that are still on the fence about Yoga, this issue will help you make up your mind and find the right teacher and/or studio for your new health focus adventure. And for our seasoned yogis, this issue will support your path with new tools like the Yoga Wheel or entice to reach for a new level through Arial yoga, a new type of Yoga for intermediate to advance yogis which uses a fabric hammock, or yoga swing to help students achieve the traditional Yoga positions. For me, all is an adventure of CHANGE and as they say, change is inevitable. After suffering a rear car collision early this year, which left my back, neck and shoulder in shambles, change is what I’m embracing. My recovery began with physical therapy, retraining my muscles and ligaments through stretches and exercises. But now it’s my turn to adopt a strong steady practice of Yoga. Although I’ve had the opportunity to participate in many classes and workshops in the past, both for yoga and tai-chi, this is the perfect time for me to take the plunge and join this beautiful community of yogis. How about you? We salute all our Yogis, Studios and Teachers for their inspiration, commitment and education. Thank you for your contribution to peace, unity and love.

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n September 9, the Fort Lauderdale Beach Sweep will celebrate its second anniversary, including participation in the Ocean Conservancy’s 32nd Annual International Coastal Cleanup. Special guests include the Fort Lauderdale Mounted Police along with the NHL Florida Panthers’ mascot, Stanley C. Panther and Bubba Gump Shrimp Company’s mascot, Shrimp Louie. With more than 2,000 pounds of garbage, plastics and recyclables and more than 200,000 cigarette butts collected from Fort Lauderdale Beach over the past two years, Beach Sweep is making a difference. The all-volunteer organization is partnered with the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Neighbor Volunteer Office and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce as well as Kids Ecology Corps. (KEC) which provides educational sessions for volunteers during monthly cleanups. Local publisher and artist SusieQ Wood as an Eco Litter Artist often participates by combing through collected trash to make amazing art with the public. The celebration continues  from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 12, with a networking and fundraising event at MOD Wine Lounge, 1826 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale.  Beach Sweep takes place 7 to 11 a.m., the second Saturday of every month. Register at The Hub, where Las Olas meets the beach. For more information, visit


elieve it or not plants have their own individual music and they would love to share it with you, if you care to listen. Thanks to the technology and innovation of the people of Damanhur, Italy, this is now a reality. They have designed a device that once connected with plants allows you to hear each plant individual song. A beautiful capability of this device is that during a treatment session the plant is able to tune into the person receiving the treatment. Thus they play the melody needed to support the treatment. “We are very pleased to have this healing modality available at Minsu Healing Oasis for all of those that would like to experience the healing wonders of nature,” shares Minsu Blanca, Holistic Medicine Practitioner, Physiotherapist and Founder of the Oasis. Science has proven that being close to trees and plants improves mental, emotional and physical health. Studies have shown that plants in homes and workplaces help reduce stress, increase productivity, enhance employee attitudes; lower operating costs and improves air quality. To better understand the full capacity of this device, there are doctors and holistic health practitioners today researching the effects of Music of the Plants in different sites including hospitals, private clinics, schools, home, and different work environments. The goal is to better understand the full capacity of how plant music cuts recovery time and supports healing. Dr. Blanca saw the opportunity to combine her two passions together and create retreats that would not only be life changing, but beautiful to experience. Join her in Mystical Thailand for a magical retreat adventure from October 23rd – 30th, 2017. For details or to book, visit or call (305)-389-1768. Minsu Healing Oasis, 10095 S.W. 88th Street, Suite #103, Miami. See ad, page 62.

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New EFT for Meditation Book


merican Apothecary of Kendall, one of the oldest apothecaries of its kind, invites the community to participate in their AAK Stress Relief Club, every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. “Daily routines and surprises that interrupt the same can cause irritation, anxiety and other set of negative emotions that amount to STRESS,” explains Nelly , owner of American Apothecary of Kendall. “The body interprets these as a direct threat to life itself causing the pituitary gland to signal the adrenal gland, releasing adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol – all hormones that prepare the body to fight or flee. As a direct result, muscles tense, alertness and heart beat increases. Although these reactions can be helpful when faced with danger, keeping this high sense of alertness or stress can begin to weaken your inherent response to any dangerous situation. Lack of sleep is another contributor to stress. Over time, mental burnout or illnesses, including heart disease and cancer, can occur. Fortunately, Essential Oils, Relaxation methods, Herbal Teas and Exercises Therapies can help reduce many types of stress—which is why we organized the AAK Stress Relief Club.”

RI studies have found that meditation produces positive changes in many parts of the brain, including those responsible for stress reduction and memory. The husband-andwife team of Charles and Carol Crenshaw, long-time meditation teachers and cofounders of Inner Peace Yoga Center, in Indianapolis, show how to combine meditation with Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) to reduce stress in their new book EFT for Meditation, available now on Amazon. The Crenshaws describe the ability to remain calm in the face of distressing life experiences as one of the foundations of meditation. They begin the book with an exercise designed to provide the reader with a “quick start” experience of how EFT and meditation can be combined. Carol says, “We show that EFT, which combines advanced psychology techniques with acupressure, can quickly release stress, allowing meditators to deepen their practices.” EFT for Meditation acknowledges the difficulty most people have in establishing a consistent meditation practice. “We demonstrate how to use EFT to overcome resistance, and how to tailor a practice to one’s unique life circumstances, outlining the most popular meditation methods and the role EFT plays in each one,” she adds. Many studies have shown the healing benefits of meditation and EFT when practiced alone. Combining them can produce a powerfully transformative effect.

The Stress Relief Club therapy includes a cup of Relaxing Herbal Tea, some Exercises and drops of Essential Oil in your hand to inhale. By donations, reservations required. Event location: American Apothecary of Kendall, 12232 S.W. 132nd Court, Miami. For more information and to reserve your space call 305598-2822. See crg, page 62.

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ommitted to awakening the inner healer, and empowering souls to reconnect with their natural states of being, whole, Energy Healer Rackie, announces the opening of her school, The School of Energy Healing and Intuitive Development. The school hosts certification classes, and workshops in the Miami, FL area, to introduce and reconnect people with their natural gifts of intuition and energy healing. The main class taught at the school is “Learn How to Heal Class”, a certifying class on Energy Healing, Chakra Healing, and Intuitive Healing. It is a complete energy healing program, with a curriculum that includes understanding how energy works, energy healing, energy protection, the chakra system, intuition development, Divine assistance, and more. The class is split into two levels: Level 1 – Healing the Self, and Level 2 – Healing Others. The next level 1 weekend classes begin October 1st and weekday classes begin October 2nd. Rackie is a certified energy healer, Usui Reiki Practitioner, Akashic Records Consultant, Angel Card Reader and Ordained Minister. “My purpose is to share with others the energy that flows through me so that it serves them for their highest good, and directs them to live life to the fullest and fulfill their life purpose,” as stated on her site. For more information or to register visit or call 305-778-6891. See ad, page 11.

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Caring for Others Prolongs Life


esearchers from several international universities have found that seniors that provide caregiving services live longer than those that do not. The scientists analyzed survival data and information collected from the Berlin Aging Study on 500 adults over the age of 69 from 1990 to 2009. They compared survival rates from the subjects that provided caregiving for children, grandchildren and friends to those that did not. Of the subjects analyzed, the half that took care of their grandchildren or children were still alive 10 years after their first interview in 1990. Caring for nonfamily members also produced positive results, with half of the subjects living for seven years after the initial interview. Conversely, 50 percent of those that did not participate in any caregiving had died just four years after their first interview. The researchers warn that caregiving must be done in moderation. Ralph Hertwig, director of the Center for Adaptive Rationality and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, in Berlin, explains, “A moderate level of caregiving involvement seems to have positive effects on health, but previous studies have shown that more intense involvement causes stress, which has a negative effect on physical and mental health.”



study from Nagasaki University, in Japan, has found that reducing salt in the diet can cut down on the number of trips to the bathroom during the night. Researchers followed 321 men and women with high-salt diets and sleep problems for 12 weeks. Of the subjects, 223 reduced their salt intake from 10.7 grams per day to 8 grams and the remaining 98 increased their salt intake from 9.6 grams per day to 11 grams. The nighttime urination frequency rate for the salt reduction group dropped from 2.3 times per night to 1.4 times, while the increased salt group’s rose from 2.3 to 2.7 times per night.



esearchers from Helsinki, Finland, analyzed data from 2,000 people to find out how sleeping patterns affected their food choices. They discovered individuals that wake up early make healthier food choices throughout the day and are more physically active. “Linking what and when people eat to their biological clock type provides a fresh perspective on why certain people are more likely to make unhealthy food decisions,” explains lead author Mirkka Maukonen, from the National Institute for Health and Welfare, in Helsinki.


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Beetroot Juice Helps Older Brains Act Younger


eets contain high levels of dietary nitrate, which can increase blood flow and improve exercise performance. Researchers from Wake Forest University, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, tested the impact of consuming beetroot juice prior to exercise on the somatomotor cortex, the part of the brain that processes information from the muscles. Twenty-six older adults with hypertension that generally don’t exercise were split into two groups. Half were given a beetroot juice supplement with 560 milligrams of nitrate prior to a thrice-weekly, 50-minute treadmill walk for six weeks. The other half were given a placebo with very little nitrate. The beetroot juice group showed substantially higher levels of nitrate after exercising than the placebo group. “We knew going in that a number of studies had shown that exercise has positive effects on the brain,” explains W. Jack Rejeski, director of the Behavioral Medicine Laboratory in the Health and Exercise Science Department at Wake Forest and study co-author. “We showed that compared to exercise alone, adding a beetroot juice supplement for hypertensive older adults to exercise resulted in brain connectivity that closely resembles what is seen in younger adults.”

Yoga Eases Eating Disorders

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esearchers from Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island, have found that regular yoga practice can help reduce anxiety and depression in young women with eating disorders. The scientists followed 20 girls between the ages of 14 and 18 that were enrolled in an outpatient eating disorder clinic that comprised the larger control group. Those selected agreed to participate in a weekly yoga class and complete questionnaires after six and 12 weeks, assessing their anxiety, depression and mood. Of those that started the study, five attended all 12 yoga classes and six completed between seven and 11 classes. Researchers found decreases in anxiety, depression and negative thoughts among those that participated in the yoga classes, with no negative side effects. Another study from the University of Delaware, in Newark, supports these results. Half of the 38 residential eating disorder treatment program participants did one hour of yoga prior to dinner for five days and the other half did not. The yoga group showed significant reductions in pre-meal anxiety compared to the control group.

Meditation and Music Aid Memory in Early Stages of Alzheimer’s


new study from West Virginia University, in Morgantown, reveals that listening to music and practicing meditation may help improve memory function for those in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers asked 60 adults experiencing subjective cognitive decline (SCD), a common predictor of Alzheimer’s, to engage in kirtan kriya musical meditation or listen to other music for 12 minutes a day for three months, and then consider continuing for an additional three months. Scientists measured the memory and cognitive function of the 53 participants that completed the six-month study and found significant improvements in both measurements at the three-month mark. At six months, the subjects in both groups had maintained or improved upon their initial results.

Tonsillectomies Help Only Temporarily


esearchers from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, in Nashville, Tennessee, examined the effectiveness of tonsillectomies in children with recurring throat infections. Using data from nearly 10,000 studies of tonsillectomies, the scientists analyzed illness rates and quality of life for young patients following the surgery. The analysis found that children experienced a notable drop in school absences and infections in the first year after the surgery, but that these benefits did not persist over time. Dr. Siva Chinnadurai, an associate professor of otolaryngology and co-author of the report, believes, “For any child being considered a candidate for surgery, the family must have a personalized discussion with their healthcare provider about all of the factors that may be in play and how tonsils fit in as one overall factor of that child’s health.”

Can Tooth Scaling and Root Planing Save your Life?


id you know that you are 2x times as likely to die from a heart Disease and 3 times as likely to die from a stroke if you have Gum Disease? Bleeding is a sign of infection and a sign that bacteria is under your gums. Bacteria that is under the gums get into the bloodstream and go to other parts of your body. Every day I have patients coming to my office saying “I have no problems, I feel no pain and I am perfectly healthy.” The reality after doing a quick exam with some x-rays is that they have an enormous amount of bacteria harboring underneath their gums and after questioning just a bit more we come to realize they are not doing everything they are supposed to in the right way. This leads to all different types of bacteria which lead to bleeding while flossing or brushing which is a clear sign of infection. Bacteria reproduce simply and rapidly by splitting in two, one bacteria dividing every 20 minutes can produce 5000 billion bacteria in one day. There was an article in Newsweek several years ago that showed flossing regularly can add 2 years to your life. Something as simple as a scaling and root planing done by your Dentist removes the bacteria from under your gums can help save your life. Regular cleanings go above the gum line scaling and root planing goes beneath the gum line to remove the bacteria and toxins and keep you healthy. Source: Brickell Avenue Dentistry, Dr. Abraham Jaskiel, DMD. 305-653-2231. See ad, page 11.

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Milk Muddle

Organic Milk Producer Under Pressure The Aurora Organic Dairy pastures and feedlots north of Greeley, Colorado, are home to more than 15,000 cows—more than 100 times the size of a typical organic herd. It is the main facility of the company that supplies milk to Walmart, Costco and other major retailers. They adhere to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) organic regulations, but critical weaknesses exist in the inspection system the government uses to ensure that food is organic; farmers are allowed to hire their own inspectors to certify them, and thus can fall short of reaching standards without detection. Organic dairies are required to allow the cows to graze daily throughout the growing season rather than be confined to barns and feedlots. Although the USDA National Organic Program allows for an extremely wide range of grazing practices that comply with the rule, Aurora was observed onsite and via satellite imagery by the Washington Post as having only a small percentage of the herd outdoors on any given day. The company disputes the data. U.S. organic dairy sales amounted to $6 billion last year; although it is more expensive to produce, the milk may command a premium price of 100 percent more than regular.

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Finland, internationally renowned for innovative educational practices, is poised to become the first country to eliminate school subjects. Officials are making changes to be implemented by 2020 that will revolutionize how the school system works by allowing pupils to absorb a body of knowledge about language, economics and communication skills. “We need something to fit for the 21st century,” says Department of Education head Marjo Kyllonen. The system will be introduced for seniors beginning at age 16. They will choose which topic or phenomenon they want to study, bearing in mind their ambitions and capabilities. “Instead of staying passively in their benches listening to the teachers, students will now often work in smaller groups collaborating on projects, rather than just assigned classwork and homework.” Another new model of learning sparked by XQ: The Super School Project ( is underway at New Harmony High School, housed on a floating barge at the mouth of the Mississippi River southeast of New Orleans. They’ve received a $10 million grant to work on environmental issues when it opens in 2018. “High schools today are not preparing students for the demands of today’s world,” says XQ Senior School Strategist Monica Martinez; she notes that about a third of college students must take remedial courses and are not prepared to thrive as employees. 14

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Plutonium Problem Glass or Cement May Encase Nuclear Waste

Congress might consider authorizing the U.S. Department of Energy to encase much of the nuclear waste at the Washington state Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation’s largest waste repository, in a cement-like mixture, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office. It states that when burying the waste, cement would be less expensive and faster than vitrification, an alternative process currently used to turn the waste into glass logs. A $17 billion vitrification plant, one of the federal government’s most expensive construction projects, is intended to separate much of the waste into high- and low-level radioactive material, but construction has stalled over design and safety concerns. After the highly radioactive waste is immobilized in the glass logs, it would theoretically be shipped to an as-yet-nonexistent national repository proposed for Yucca Mountain, in Nevada. The 56 million gallons of waste in question is left over from plutonium production for nuclear weapons since World War II, and the site itself has a history of leaks. The Department of Energy likes the cement burial, but state officials believe the best way to safely deal with the waste and protect the environment is by turning it into glass. Source:

Bat Banter

The Egyptian fruit bat is a highly social mammal that roosts in crowded colonies. A machine learning algorithm helped decode their squeaks, revealing that they speak to one another as individuals. The research appears in the journal Scientific Reports. Researchers at Tel Aviv University, in Israel, discovered that the bats exchange information about specific problems in four categories. Ramin Skibba, at Nature, notes that besides humans, only dolphins and a handful of other species are known to address individuals, rather than making broad, general communication sounds. Studies allow that it may eventually be possible to understand nuanced communications in other species.

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Winnebago Assists Computer Literacy Librarian Shannon Morrison drives the Digibus, a new, 40-foot-long Winnebago computer classroom that hit the road in January bound for Fresno County, California, communities with the goal of bringing free computer literacy and job searching skills to the public. It employs 12 computer tablets with keyboards and staff that include bilingual interpreters. The library bus was scheduled to spend one week at each of two different communities each month.

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Lasers Stamp Prices on European Produce Food retailers are aiming to cut plastic and cardboard packaging by ditching stickers on fruits and vegetables, instead using high-tech laser “natural branding” and creating huge savings in materials, energy and CO2 emissions. Pilot projects are underway in Europe with organic avocados, sweet potatoes and coconuts. The technique uses a strong light to remove pigment from the skin of produce. The mark is invisible once the skin is removed and doesn’t affect shelf life or produce quality. The laser technology also creates less than 1 percent of the carbon emissions needed to produce a similar-sized sticker. Source: The Guardian natural awakenings

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The Monsanto agrochemical company, long cited for its ubiquitous toxic Roundup herbicide and pro-genetically modified organism (GMO) science, is reeling from the disclosure of internal communications that indicate it suppressed knowledge of the potential dangers of its herbicide and received insider help from U.S. regulators. Many documents have been made public by attorneys involved in a personal injury case involving cancer, just one of hundreds pending (reference nonprofit U.S. Right to Know at Attorney Brent Wisner states, “These [documents] show that Monsanto has deliberately been stopping studies that look bad for them, ghostwriting literature and engaging in a whole host of corporate malfeasance. They have been telling everybody that these products are safe because regulators have said they are safe, but it turns out that Monsanto has been in bed with U.S. regulators, while misleading European regulators.” Monsanto is currently seeking to merge with Germany’s Bayer AG, another industry giant, but the deal is subject to government review. It remains to be seen if these revelations will interfere with the process or prompt other actions by such regulating bodies as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Retirees are volunteering at hundreds of nationally protected lands. They staff visitor centers, do maintenance, clean up debris and remind visitors to keep food items secure from wildlife. Last year, volunteers outnumbered National Park Service staff about 20 to one, expanding the financially strapped agency’s ability to serve hundreds of millions of visitors. Nearly a third of them are 54 and up, contributing to the 7.9 million service hours worked in 2015 by all 400,000 volunteers. Volunteer opportunities also exist at National Wildlife Refuge sites, fish hatcheries and endangered species field offices of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Sallie Gentry, volunteer coordinator for the Southeast Region, based in Atlanta, notes that Georgia’s Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge has a dozen designated spots for motor homes in its Volunteer Village. She says most volunteers are local retired residents whose working hours vary while RV volunteers commit to 20 hours a week for at least three months. In return, they get free hookups for electricity, sewage, propane and water. “They have skills they want to contribute, but are also looking for a social outlet,” notes Gentry. Cookouts and potlucks are common. She also cites the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge, an important migratory stop especially for songbirds, as a place with great appeal. “We supply uniforms, training, tools and orientations,” says Gentry. “It’s a mutually beneficial investment.” She suggests that individuals apply for specific sites at least a year in advance. Megan Wandag, volunteer coordinator for the USFWS Midwest Region, based in Minneapolis, cites the popular Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, in Bloomington, and the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, near Des Moines, as “oases near urban areas.” USFWS Southwest Region volunteer coordinator Juli Niemann highlights the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, in central New Mexico, that has 18 recreation vehicle spots and an average occupancy duration of five months. “It’s a prime wintering place for sandhill cranes.”

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Meet our Masters of Yoga! Yoga Is For Everyone!


oga, a holistic art and practice that originated some 5,000 years ago in India, aims to integrate mind, body and spirit. The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit root yuj, meaning to yoke or unite, and refers to the joining of body with mind and mind with soul to achieve health, balance, tranquility and enlightenment. Individuals of every age and physical condition can benefit from the regular practice of yoga, which has

been proved to enhance flexibility, strength, stamina and concentration. Using a combination of asanas, or postures, and breathing techniques, yoga works to induce deep relaxation and reduce stress, tone the body and organs, increase vitality and improve circulation and energy flow. Uplifting and meditative, yoga can be applied as a spiritual practice, as well. Although many schools or styles of yoga exist, most differences derive from the primary focus of the practitioner’s attention: precise alignment of the body; holding of the asanas; flow between the postures; breath and movement coordination; or inner awareness and meditation. No particular style is better than another, and many students practice more than one.


elcome to our 2017 Natural Awakenings Local Yoga Guide! Celebrate this year’s National Yoga Month by supporting and recognizing those teachers and studios committed to the wellbeing of our community. Join a class and begin a new journey of health! Leslie Cuevas, Associate Publisher, Natural Awakenings Miami/FL Keys.


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Rodney Yee on Yoga as a Way of Life

You can blink and half your life is gone. You can’t always be busy, busy, busy; you have to decide how to fill your life.



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enowned yogi and international teacher Rodney Yee, of New York City, has maintained an inspired yoga practice for 37 years while juggling career obligations, fame and family life. While the benefits of yoga are increasingly well known—from stress reduction and pain management to a more limber body and inner peace—Lee is also aware of the challenges to maintaining a consistent practice. Here he shares insights on the pitfalls encountered by both beginning and advanced students.   “My advice is to first get rid of self-berating behavior, including judgmental inner dialogue. In many aspects of life, we are constantly measuring ourselves against a standard, which is a waste of time and energy,” says Yee. With a professional background in classical dance and gymnastics, Yee decided to give yoga a try at a nearby studio when he craved more physical flexibility. “As many people do, I came to yoga for a reason. I was a dancer with tight joints. After the first class, I couldn’t believe how I felt. It was not at all like an athletic high; I had a sense of well-being and knew what it means to feel peaceful and clear.” For people with jam-packed lives, finding time for exercise can be daunting. Yee suggests a relaxed approach to scheduling yoga into a busy day. “As the rishis [Hindu sages] say, we shouldn’t ‘try’ to meditate, not try to force a natural state. To say, ‘I have to do yoga,’ just puts another thing on our to-do list. Sometimes discipline is needed, but another part of discipline is not about force.”

Different approaches to yoga abound, and part of staying motivated may include exploration of a variety of traditions as individual needs change due to lifestyle, health, interests or simple curiosity. Yee reminds us to go with the flow and follow how we feel in the moment. “Different schools of yoga exist because each offers something different. There is a form for all of our moods and a practice for how you feel at any given time.” Reflecting on how his own practice has evolved through the years, Yee recollects, “In my 20s and 30s, my yoga practice was arduous, including three to four hours of strong, physical work and a half hour of pranayama [breath work]. Then for 20 years, it involved a lot of teaching. Over the past 17 years, my practice has become more subtle, with a focus on sequencing and meditation; it’s about how to do this all day long in the context of my body and my life; about being both centered and in the world. In some way, we’re always doing yoga, as we already take 20,000 breaths a day. From a philosophical and ethical point of view, yogis have no choice but to practice.” Because many American women have found their way to a yogic path, men often assume it’s primarily a women’s niche. But yoga has been a male practice for nearly 2,500 years in other countries. Yee encourages men to not feel intimidated. “Why not try something that can help you improve your business, family life and even your golf game?” he queries. While Yee believes in a no-pressure approach, he also suggests inviting ways to foster consistency. “If you are just beginning, set aside a half-hour before going to bed or get up a half-hour earlier. Also note that pain is less to be avoided than learned from.” Wisdom can come from dedication to a yoga practice. Yee’s philosophy is, “You can blink and half your life is gone. You can’t always be busy, busy, busy; you have to decide how to fill your life. As spiritual teacher Ram Dass counsels, ‘Be here now.’ Train yourself to bring body, mind and heart together and fully drink from that.” Learn more at Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at natural awakenings

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yogaprofiles Skanda Yoga:


kanda Yoga is a breath-inspired, alignment-based power vinyasa style that sets a physical, and spiritual intention based on the daily oracle of the Dreamspell calendar system to align students  with nature´s cyclical patterns of time. We have 20 unique sequences and 3 different levels of classes that allow for consistent progression in asana physically, and spiritual growth by refining our mental energies.  All of the classes are fun, challenging, inspiring, and self-empowering.  2 locations: 1800 SW 1st Ave. Miami, FL. 33129. 328 Crandon Blvd. Key Biscayne, FL. 33149. For more information call 786-567-8124  or visit our website www. See ads, pages 21 and 23.

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he 1st Friday of the month Ayama hosts a Chakra Activation Reiki Circle & Crystal Bowl SoundBath.  This month we will tap into the Manipura, the third chakra, and the center of willpower.  The gift of this chakra is sensing your personal power, being confident, responsible, and reliable. It is the center of your self-esteem, your willpower, self-discipline, as well as the warmth in your personality.  The energy of this chakra allows you to transform inertia into action and movement. It allows you to meet challenges and move forward in your life.

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M Movement has a power house of 25 strong and passionate Movement Leaders guiding over 60 classes a week. If you want to move and move consciously, this is the place for you. Offering everything from traditional basic vinyasa, Skanda, Dharma, Broga, Fluidus Method, Restorative, Power, Lil’ Movers (Kids yoga) and Ayur-yoga classes; to their signature Soul Sweat class that incorporates functional movement in a HIIT (high intensity interval training) workout while barefoot and their OM Hybrid classes that blend functional movement and yoga in a 75 minute class to their OM Strength and Movement class which incorporates gymnastics, dance, and handstands principles. Community is a big part of the way and the why it operates… offering a free Saturday morning run club followed by a yoga stretch class to its free class the first Friday of every month taught by a different movement leader or combo of leaders. For those of you looking to start yoga, Yoga Basics Workshop is a great series to learn the basics-offered 4 consecutive Saturdays in September starting the 9th. Variety in movement is OM’s essence… It is not only unique in its size and layout, but it offers a very robust schedule with tons of diversity. There is something for everyone. So long as you are willing to move, they’ve got you covered... Website:, Email: Facebook: ommovement, Instagram: ommovement, Twitter: om_movement

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it and consulting with the experts, I decided to purchase one online. The Yoga Wheel allows those with my type of challenge to slowly, and supported, bend backward, giving the spine a good stretch. I find it very useful when working on stiff muscles and knots. It’s almost like giving yourself a massage.

NA: Tell our readers a little about the Yoga Wheel! SJ: First and foremost, let me share that I’m not an expert and that you must be very, very careful when using it. I highly recommend you watch instructional web casts online or consult your user’s manual before you begin. Or better yet, attend a local class and let a teacher introduce you. Having said that, it is imperative that you center yourself in the middle of the wheel or you may slip off easily. What works for me is to hold the wheel with my hands on both sides for stability as I slide back into my bend. But you must follow instructions and see what works for you. There are many other uses for the wheel other than then simple back bend. It is up to you to safely explore the endless possibilities.

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NA: What’s your overall impression of the A conversation with Susan Jones, Graphic Artist, Yoga Wheel? SJ: The wheel comes in many different sizes depending on Natural Awakenings Miami/FL Keys


here’s a new tool in the yoga world that is quickly catching on. It’s called the Yoga Wheel. A sturdy cylinder suitable for intermediate and advanced practitioners, this wheel is used to open the entire back, shoulders, align the spine, relax muscles, expand the chest, and stretch the hip flexors and quadriceps. It is use by yogis to advance and deepen their postures while pushing their practice to a new level. Our very own Susan Jones, Natural Awakenings Magazine graphic artist, sat down with us to share her experience on the Wheel.

NA: Tells us about your yoga practice? SJ: As a five year practicing Yogi I have run into my fair share of setbacks. Some which kept me from practice all together. However, over the last couple of months, with determination, I’ve lost thirty pounds and my practice has taken a serious turn into another direction. My flexibility and strength has taken me to the next level of inversions and hand-balances, which I never thought I would ever achieve. Today I find myself making my own personal goals and reinforcing it with my go to intention of YES I CAN.

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your own person level of flexibility. It is a great way to end your day before going to bed or in the morning to help you loosen up for the day. I have used it many times when I’ve had a migraine headache. I’ve also used it as a stress reliever after sitting at my desk for hours while laying out the next issue of Natural Awakenings Magazine. My universal intention with my new tool is to train my back and achieve Upward Bow (Wheel Pose). I imagine there are others like me out there who would benefit from trying the Yoga Wheel, and I hope they do. Namaste! Natural Awakenings recommends you always consult your physician before beginning any new exercise regimen. Engaging in any exercise regimen involves the risk of injury. Susan Jones or Natural Awakenings Miami/FL Keys or NA Corporation shall not be liable for any claims for injuries or damages resulting from or connected with the use of the Yoga Wheel.

Leslie Cuevas, Associate Publisher and Marketing Director of Natural Awakenings Miami/FL Keys shares her yoga journey.


’ve always been a positive and curious person who’s asked herself “what’s my purpose, where am I going or what the lesson is?” As a child I had a very active imagination and was full of energy! My mind often filled with questions or ideas which I enjoyed exploring. However, I also struggled to maintain focus and clarity. I was about ten when I saw someone doing yoga on PBS and immediately noticed their sense of calm; I mimicked what I saw and loved it! Flexibility came really easily to me but balance, harmony or believing in myself sometimes didn’t. Achieving those yoga poses was a welcome confidence booster that also provided harmony from within. Even though lying down at the end for that nap where I didn’t actually sleep (known as Corpse’s pose or Savasana) was definitely weird but oddly relaxing. For some reason everything seemed better and lighter afterwards. Life happened and it wasn’t until about six years ago that I was exposed to yoga again. Married with two children, I hadn’t really learned what a healthy lifestyle was. I was 40lbs overweight, tight and stiff in most places. A former coworker had just become a yoga instructor and invited me to attend a “hot” yoga class. It sounded dreadful, plus


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Finding My Inner Yogi

my heels were about 2 inches off the ground in Downward Dog (or Adho Mukha Svanasana) since my flexibility was long gone. I remembered my childhood experience and could feel that strength and harmony deep within. Even though others couldn’t see it physically, I could see that empowered and peaceful version of myself in my mind’s eye. Most yogis have lots of room for growth and as we continue to practice, our true selves organically emerges. It’s a very personal experience and can often differ from others’. My friend became an AMAZING teacher and I left that first class feeling inspired, empowered and very, very icky! Hot yoga is an intense yet invigorating way to release toxins (physical or otherwise)! Soon I couldn’t wait to hit my mat and experimented with several types of yoga at various studios. I eat more naturally, lived more mindfully and focused on spiritual happiness. But, I didn’t practicing consistently or really know the philosophy of yoga so I still wasn’t embracing my inner yogi. I took a leap of faith and become a yoga instructor in a comprehensive and stellar program. It allowed me to truly experience the mind, body, soul connection that creates an unmistakable harmony from within and more importantly, understand how to share that with others. The journey of a yogi is that of compassion for oneself and others, awareness, selfdiscovery, acceptance and growth. It’s not a religion or “spiritual thing” but rather a connection between our happiness, and the life force which drives us toward that happiness. When we step onto our mat, there’s absolutely no judgment whatsoever because we’re there for growth, not tangible achievement. Just like life, yoga is a journey and the key is to have good intentions, breathe deep and simply flow.


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for Healing During Cancer by Tamera Anderson-Hanna


s more and more individuals flock to yoga for the complementary mind body benefits, it is highly suggested that yoga can also help during times of chronic illness; and researchers have been out to explore these benefits. Tari Prinster the author of Yoga 4 Cancer (Y4C) is one example of someone who has been using her experience to help others connect with yoga while healing from various forms of cancer. Prinster, a breast cancer survivor herself, has practiced yoga for over 15 years and has focused on sharing her expertise in modifying yoga and poses for survivors while teaching fellow registered


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Y4C aims to help students connect with their breath and move to their ability. Modifications and poses are aimed to strengthen bones and help move the lymphatic system, which is important when an individual is undergoing chemotherapy. The lymphatic system does not move on its own. Yoga, like other forms of exercise, helps this do the job it is intended to do, which is to flush toxins from the body. Bones can become fragile while undergoing treatments, such as chemotherapy. It interferes with the balance of osteocytes and osteoblasts which help to preserve healthy bone structure. Additionally, Yoga strengthens muscles around the bones. This along with flushing the lymphatic system aids in the healing process and maintains the integrity of the skeletal system.

Psychological Support Yoga not only helps to calm the central nervous system, but it helps improve mood as anxiety and depression can be common during a cancer diagnosis. When you incorporate yoga into your life and find ways to connect with your body, you also gain a sense of mental strength which helps you recognize your role in the healing process versus sitting back and relying

entirely upon medications to do all the work. Research supports that yoga helps to reduce stress, anxiety, depression, as well as decrease blood pressure, improve flexibility, assists in decreasing pain, aids in digestion, assists in improving mood, selfesteem, and helps individuals maintain a healthy weight among other benefits. Yoga’s ability to help you breathe and connect with your body helps during the healing process, but it can also become a tool for lifelong remission. Y4C isn’t just for survivors, it is also open to family members seeking to find the benefits of yoga for healing, connection, and stress management. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with cancer you may want to consider finding a supportive class and accessible location so they can begin to explore this additional support for health and healing. Tamera Anderson-Hanna, LMHC, CAP, CRC is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Certified Addiction and Rehabilitation Counselor, who became a Registered Yoga Teacher while coping with breast cancer in 2015. She owns and operates Wellness, Therapy & Yoga in Florida and offers Life Coaching, Private and Corporate Yoga, and Yoga classes in Miami. She is certified in Yoga for 12 Step Recovery, Yoga for Cancer, along with teaching other styles of yoga. Connect with Tamera Andeson-Hanna at 786-457-1023, www., on Facebook /, or email

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Yoga Lessens Back Pain and Opioid Use


ith the U.S. opioid epidemic reaching a boiling point, insight into the effectiveness of alternative methods of pain relief has become increasingly relevant. Scientists from the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System have found yoga to be an effective technique to reduce back pain. The researchers divided 150 California veterans with chronic low back pain into two equal groups. One attended two yoga classes per week— comprising postures, movement and breathing techniques—for 12 weeks in addition to their more conventional treatment. The other continued such treatment without yoga. Scientists measured pain levels before and after the core study period and again six months later. After only 12 weeks, those that participated in the yoga practice experienced a 2.05 point reduction in Roland−Morris Disability Questionnaire scores, compared to a 1.29 reduction for those that received only usual care. After six months, this difference increased, with the yoga group’s scores decreasing 3.37 points compared to only an 0.89 reduction in the usual care group. In addition, pain intensity scores were reduced by 0.61 in the yoga group and 0.04 in the group receiving usual care after 12 weeks. Opioid medication use declined among all participants, from 20 percent to 8 percent after six months.

study from Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, in São Paulo, Brazil, suggests a link between regular yoga practice and an increase in brain cortical thickness, associated with memory and attention. The researchers used brain imaging scans (CT) to measure the cortical thickness of 42 Brazilian women older than 59. Twenty-one of the subjects had practiced hatha yoga regularly for at least eight years. These women were compared to 21 other women matched for age and education that engaged in other physical activity comparable to hatha yoga. The researchers found that the cortical thickness in the yoga practitioners was significantly greater in the left prefrontal lobe of the brain. This portion of brain gray matter is linked to awareness, attention, executive function and memory, suggesting that hatha yoga practice may be associated with cognitive preservation. The scientists added, “The present results parallel those previously reported in which younger yoga and meditation practitioners had greater gray matter volumes than non-practitioners compared to non-practitioners in the following brain regions: larger gray matter volume in the right anterior insula and right inferior temporal gyrus.”

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yogaspotlight Yoga: The Cure All for All by Alex Urvina, Owner of Just OM Yoga Studio


oga was originally used as a pathway of spiritual development. Yoga masters such as Krishnamacharya and spiritual leaders such as the Dalai Lama agree, all our stress and suffering is a result of a misunderstanding of the true nature of reality. Practicing meditation, mindful breathing, or taking time out for a quick Savasana is an easy way to step back from the constant barrage of distractions in life, and appreciate the miracle of life occurring with every breath you take. When we can discover joy in simply sitting and breathing, our time develops meaning and purpose. This is the pathway to true, unhindered happiness and contentment. These days, yoga is synonymous with good health. What is it about this ancient lifestyle that has changed so many lives, all over the world? Unlike contemporary medicine and sports, the healing power of yoga can be applied by anyone, anywhere, so that regardless of age or ability, you’ll find your best ally for the health of your body, mind, and soul, in yoga. Alex Urvina, owner of Just OM Yoga Studio in South Miami, has seen firsthand the transformative power of yoga affect each student. Since each individual has different

reasons for coming to class, Urvina makes sure the studio offers a diverse palette of classes, such as Yoga Smoothie (a blend of Iyengar, Anusara, and Vinyasa). This way, those seeking spiritual enlightenment can practice right alongside those simply looking to destress, work out, or increase mobility. Urvina’s studio welcomes students across a wide spectrum of health and abilities each day, and one of the most popular classes is the Gentle Stretch-Y-oga. Where, slow, deliberate movements give students much needed respite and time to get into their bodies and out of their minds during meditation. Meditating is something that anyone can do, in sickness and in health. It allows us to see the beauty in each breath and each passing moment, and this is where we experience joy. Your yoga practice will only give to you what you give of yourself. The first step to health is to sit down on your mat and just begin. Urvina recommends a daily practice, but even just once a week will offer noticeable benefits, including increased flexibility, strength, concentration, balance, and motivation. Discover your true, infinite self through the ancient wisdom yoga has to offer. Just OM Yoga Studio, 7227 S.W. 57th Court, South Miami. (305) 665-4982. See ads, page 20 and 21.

eventhighlight The Sacred Space Miami presents Modern Om Mindfulness Festival


aturday, October 14, 2017, Modern Om will be hosting their 2nd annual Mindfulness Festival at the Sacred Space Miami. Known as the Modern Life Festival last year, Modern Om founder and CEO, Myk Lyykhov, for the second year in a row has gathered together over 30 health, wellness and spiritual leaders from around the globe to give south Florida new insight of what a mindfully lived life means in our modern world. Jennifer Grace from Haye House Publications, Urban Shaman Omar Ahmadzai, Anand Von Roenn founder of Skanda Yoga and lucid dreaming coach, and sex & intimacy expert Jared Weiss are only a few of the highlighted key note speakers to grace the many platforms of the event. The Sacred Space Miami, who consistently hosts personal growth workshops and meditations as well as upscale plant-based dining (Plant Food & Wine), will present the Modern Om Mindfulness Festival for the second year in a row. Leading up to the event, The Sacred Space will also host the first event of a 21-day, 21-venue mindfulness challenge, Modern Om’s Cushion Crawl, as one of the Premier Meditation events. This event offers up to $5,000 of escalating prize give-aways for completion of meditation and movement stops. With Premier Events such as Paul Toliusziz at Sacred Space, Jennifer Grace at East Hotel, Osho Cathartic Meditation at Temple House, Jared Bistrong Sound Bath at 1 Hotel, and Kino MacGregor & Omstars closing at Faena Hotel. For information and registration go to 26

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The Healing Power of Shamanic Yoga – Medicine Yogi Style by Ian Darrah


aster yogis and shamans say that modern mankind is dangerously sick, risking self-destruction and planetary ecosystem collapse. Shamanic yoga teaches that the medicine which can heal this sickness exists inside as awakened consciousness. It sees the people who are on this path of total healing and wellness as “Medicine Yogis.” Just about everyone in big cities nowadays is feeling disconnected from Pachamama (Mother Nature) and, what wisdom and traditions call, the divine feminine and the unconditional love of the heart. Many, around the planet, feel an inner calling and are awakening to the panacea of pure inner consciousness through a plethora of practices. This experiential realization leads people to feel intimate universal connection. Yoga says this ultimately connected union experience is what yoga actually is. Amidst yoga’s current global explosion, most yogis are unaware that, as a top U.S. authority on Yoga, Ayurveda and Vedic studies states that “Shamanic and yogic traditions… are closely linked together in many ways.” —David Frawley, author of Yoga for Your Type. In fact, Hatha yoga, the type most widely practiced type under the many styled “brand names”, emerged a millennia-ago out of shamanic tribal tantric cultures of Northern India and the Himalayas. Shamanic yoga taps into this ancient, mysterious and mystical origin providing the practitioner the experience of unique vibrations and a timeless glimpse into new realms of possibility. MediYogi® Hatha Yoga School was founded to show shamanic-yoga methods which, since the dawn of time, have been most effective at helping people. Ian Darrah, Founder of MediYogi® – Inspired Hatha Yoga School, combines yogic and shamanic principles and practices to help serious seekers and practitioners access and experience fuller awakening of innate pure consciousness. For more information on Shamanic Yoga classes, workshops in key Miami studios and centers, as well as retreats and yoga teacher training programs in Miami and Peru’s Sacred Valley of the Inka and the Amazon Rainforest, call 786-443-9564, or visit www. See ad, page 25. natural awakenings

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rauma-Conscious Yoga is a progressive healing modality bringing peace and community to military servicemembers, veterans and their families, while galvanizing medical institutions enthralled by its clinical health benefits. “Trauma is all around us,” Connected Warriors, Inc. Founder Judy Weaver, explains. “If we let the body do what it wants to do naturally, then we would be better able to cope with trauma.” From traffic nightmares and hurricane threats, to deployments and wars – trauma can potentially overwhelm the senses and hijack the nervous system, pushing a person into a cloud of Post-traumatic stress (PTS (to reduce stigma and increase understanding, the letter “D” was omitted)), or what Weaver calls, the “trauma groove.” What does the body naturally want to do with trauma? It would likely rather expel trauma than turn itself into a toxic storehouse. Children shake off their stress instinctively. For better or worse, growing-up often means learning to internalize some trauma. Throwing a temper tantrum is unbecoming. Yet civility has consequences. And for warriors, suppressing or “muscling through” trauma isn’t a matter of being polite; its life or death. Sometimes success and survival comes at a cost. According to The National Center for PTSD, 7 to 8% of Americans will have PTSD at some time during their lives. Compared to the general public, veterans experience higher rates of PTSD. In any given year, 11 to 20% of the younger American veterans, deployed after 9/11 to Iraq and Afghanistan, will have PTSD. “If trauma is a poison, then TraumaConscious is an antidote helping reverse damage, retrain the mind, and restore the body,” Weaver further explains. Trauma-Conscious Yoga is built upon a “safe, secure, and predictable” yoga practice and classroom environment to empower service members, veterans and their families, and “warriors.” They learn how to use props, such as blocks and straps, to assist their current practice, or prepare them for mainstream yoga classes. The postures are restorative, allowing a gradual and manageable release of trauma. From the tempo to the temperature, the classroom environment is setup to minimize triggers and maximize benefits. Teachers guide warriors through breath and body work, showing them how their yoga practice is their toolkit for building resilience and healthy coping skills. Warriors are encouraged to honor their personal needs and pace. The warriors are the shining stars of Trauma-Conscious Yoga’s success and deserve all of the credit! By showing up and being present week after week, warriors are the ones creating communities and healing together through the practice of Trauma-Conscious Yoga. As such everyone affected by PTSD is invited to discover resilience and community through Trauma-Conscious Yoga! Connected Warriors, Inc. (Connected Warriors), Developed by Connected Warriors, Inc. Founder Judy Weaver, C-IAYT, ERYT-500, YACEP, is a Boca Ratonbased nonprofit organization providing cost-free evidence based Trauma-Conscious Yoga Therapy to warriors of all ages and practice levels, in the U.S. and internationally. Thanks to their synergistic partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Connected Warriors is at the forefront of clinical studies on yoga’s positive effects.1 1American Journal of Preventive Medicine: July, 2017. Clinical Trial: NCT02524158 Yoga Alliance Teachers are certified and have completed the Connected Warriors Trauma-Conscious Yoga Teacher Training course. For more information, locate a class, or help visit


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Aging with Passion and Purpose Finding Fulfillment, Creativity and Meaning by Deborah Shouse


ant to age well? The answer isn’t in your 401k. Self-acceptance, a positive attitude, creative expression, purposeful living and spiritual connections all anchor successful and meaningful aging. In fact, these kinds of preparations are just as important as saving money for retirement, according to Ron Pevny, director of the Center for Conscious Eldering, in Durango, Colorado, and author of Conscious Living, Conscious Aging.

Savor Self-Acceptance

While most people believe adulthood is the final stage of life, Dr. Bill Thomas is among the creative aging experts that identify another life chapter: elderhood. “Elders possess novel ways of approaching time, money, faith and relationships,” says Thomas, an Ithaca, New York geriatrician and fierce advocate for the value of aging. “The best chapters may be near the end of the book,” Thomas continues. “Once you appreciate yourself and your years, you can relinquish outdated expectations and seek to discover your true self. Then the world can open up to you,” says Thomas. “Living a rewarding life means we are willing to say, ‘These chapters now are the most interesting.’” During this time, rather than feeling consumed by what we have to do, we can focus on what we want to do. 30

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For older people, relationships offer foundational connections; but as we age, friends may drift away, relocate or die. “Successful aging requires refilling our funnel of friends,” says Thomas, who considers socially engaged elders with friends wealthier than a socially isolated millionaire. “Notice opportunities for interacting and connecting,” advises Shae Hadden, co-founder of The Eldering Institute in Vancouver, Canada. Talk with the checkout person at the grocery store or smile at a stranger walking her dog.

Cultivate a Positive Attitude

Our beliefs about aging shape our experiences. A Yale University study found that older individuals with more positive self-perceptions of aging lived 7.5 years longer than those less so inclined. Connecting with positive role models helps us release limiting beliefs and embrace an attitude of gratitude instead. Other life lessons can be gleaned from observing how negativity affects people physically, emotionally, and socially. Holding onto regrets traps us in the past zapping energy and self-worth; it also keeps the best in us from shining out says Pevny. He suggests a simple letting-go ceremony, with friends as witnesses. If possible, hold it in a natural outdoor setting.


At one of his conscious aging retreats, Pevny created a fire circle. Mike, 70, had been a dedicated long-distance runner for most of his life. Now plagued with mobility issues, Mike decided to let go of regrets. He brought a pair of running shorts into the circle and talked about what the sport had meant to him— its joys, challenges and camaraderie. Then he tossed the shorts into the fire, telling his friends, “I am letting go so I can find a new purpose and passion.”

Understand Our Life Stories

Creating our own life review helps us acknowledge and understand our most significant experiences and reminds us of all we’re bringing to our elder journey. Pevny offers these approaches: n Develop a timeline, dividing life into seven-year sections. For each, write about the strongest memories and most influential people. n Consider what matters most, from people and values to challenges and dreams. n Write to children and grandchildren, sharing tales of our life’s most significant events and lessons. n Record key stories on audio or video.

Explore the Arts

The changes that aging brings can mire elders in depression and isolation. “Older people need to be brave and resilient,” says Susan Perlstein, of Brooklyn, New York, founder emeritus of the National Center for Creative Aging, in Washington, D.C., and founder of Elders Share the Arts, in New York City. “To age creatively, we need a flow of varied experiences, exploring new activities or reframing longtime interests from a fresh perspective.” Expressive arts can engage people’s minds, bodies and spirits. A George Washington University study shows that people engaged in the arts are happier and healthier. Perlstein understands this firsthand, having begun taking guitar lessons in her 70s. Motivated to play simple songs for her new granddaughter, she subsequently learned to play jazz and blues tunes and joined a band. “I’m doing something I love,” says Perlstein. “I’m meeting diverse people, learning new things and enjoying a rich life.”

The answers can lead to fresh settings, including local community centers and places of worship. Many universities have extension classes for lifelong learners. State arts councils support programs, and museums and libraries host helpful activities. Shepherd Centers encourage community learning and Road Scholar caters to elders that prefer to travel and study.

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~Susan Perlstein, founder, National Center for Creative Aging and Elders Share the Arts Musician John Blegen, of Kansas City, Missouri, was 73 when he realized his lifelong secret desire to tap dance. When Blegen met the then 87-year-old Billie Mahoney, Kansas City’s “Queen of Tap,” he blurted out his wish and fear of being “too old.” She just laughed and urged him to sign up for her adult beginner class. He asked for tap shoes for Christmas and happily shuffle-stepped his way through three class sessions. “Tap class inspired me, encouraged me and gave me hope,” he says. “Now I can shim sham and soft shoe. It’s a dream come true.” To unearth the inner artist, ask: n Which senses do I most like to engage? n Do I enjoy looking at art or listening to music? Do I like sharing feelings and experiences? If so, a thrill may come from writing stories or plays, acting or storytelling. n As a child, what did I yearn to do; maybe play the piano, paint or engineer a train set? Now is the time to turn those dreams into reality. n How can I reframe my life in a positive way when I can no longer do activities I love? If dancing was my focus before, how do I rechannel that energy and passion? If puttering in the garden is too strenuous, what other outdoor interests can I pursue?

Discover a Purpose

Upon retirement some people feel purposeless and lost. They yearn for something that offers up excitement, energy and joy. Hadden invites people to be curious and explore options. “We’re designing our future around who we are and what we care about now,” she says. Try keeping a journal for several weeks. Jot down issues and ideas that intrigue, aggravate and haunt. After several weeks, reflect on the links between concerns that compel and those that irritate. Perhaps we’re intrigued by a certain group of people or a compelling issue. “A concern points to problems and people you want to help,” Hadden observes. This can range from lending a hand to struggling family members, maintaining our own health, volunteering for a literacy project or working to reduce world hunger. “Choose what inspires you to get out of bed each day, eager to move into action.”

Develop Inner Frontiers

People in their elder years may still be measured by midlife standards, which include physical power, productivity and achievement. “They come up short in the eyes of younger people,” dharma practitioner Kathleen Dowling Singh remarks. “But those standards do not define a human life.” Rather, aging allows us to disengage from the pressures of appearances and accomplishments. As we release judgments and unwanted habits, we can increase our feelings of spirituality and peace. “When doors in the outer world seem to be closing, it’s time to cultivate inner resources that offer us joy and meaning. We have the beautiful privilege of slowing down and hearing what our heart is saying,” says Singh, of Sarasota, Florida.

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Nearly three-quarters of America’s adults believe they are lifelong learners. It helps them make new friends and community connections and prompts volunteerism. ~Pew Research Center

Meditation is one way to deepen spiritually as we age. “Sit in solitude, gather your scattered thoughts and set an intention,” Singh suggests. “A daily practice shows what peace, silence and contentment feel like. As you become more comfortable, add time until you’re sitting for 20 to 40 minutes.”

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“We cannot speak about aging and awakening without speaking about death and dying,” Singh believes. “We need to confront our mortality.” Meditating on the coming transition opens us up to the blessings of life. We can ask ourselves deep questions such as, “What am I doing? What do I want? What does this all mean? What is spirit?” Singh believes such searching questions are vital. None of us knows how much Earth time we have to awaken to a deeper, fuller experience of the sacred.

Help the World In today’s world of chaos and crisis, the wisdom of elders is more important than ever. “Older people need to be engaged, using their insights to help the Earth, community and world,” Pevny says. Creative aging is about improving the future for subsequent generations. In 2008, longtime educator Nora Ellen Richard, 70, of Overland Park, Kansas, wanted to be of greater service. She asked herself, “What if I housed a foreign student?” and found the International Student Homestay Program. She embarked upon an exploration of cultures from around the world without leaving home. Today, Richard has hosted more than a dozen female students and each relationship has expanded and enriched


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lenty of people are pretty, but haven’t yet learned how to be beautiful. They have the right look for the times, but they don’t glow. Beautiful women glow. That’s because beautiful is not about how we look on the outside; it is about what we’re made of and being “full of beauty” on the inside. Beautiful people spend time discovering what their idea of beauty is on this Earth. They know themselves well enough to know what they love, and they love themselves enough to fill up with a little of their particular kind of beauty each day. When we are with a beautiful woman, we might not notice her hair, skin, body or clothes, because we’ll be distracted by the way she makes us feel. She is so full of beauty that some of it overflows onto us. We feel warm and safe and curious around her. Her eyes typically twinkle a little and she’ll look at us closely—because a beautiful, wise woman knows that the quickest way to fill up with beauty is to soak in another’s beauty. The most beautiful women take their time with other people; they are filling up. Women concerned with being pretty think about what they look like, but women concerned with being beautiful think about what they are looking at, taking in the loveliness around them. They are absorbing the whole beautiful world and making all that beauty theirs to give to others. Source: Adapted excerpt from Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton (Flatiron Books). She’s the founder and president of the nonprofit Together Rising. Read more at natural awakenings

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deeply calm state of theta brain waves that tends to bring the subconscious to the surface. It can take experienced meditators years to learn to consistently achieve this condition, remarks Bryan Gray, of Float North County, a spa in Solana Beach, California.

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ensory isolation in a floatation tank is known for inducing deep relaxation with subsequent improved health. A 2014 study published in the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry investigating the effects of a series of flotation tank treatments for 65 participants, showed it to be an effective measure in decreasing stress, depression, anxiety and pain, while enhancing a sense of optimism and quality of sleep. The Book of Floating: Exploring the Private Sea, by Michael Hutchison, reports on 20th-century research suggesting the therapy can help allay ailments like chronic pain, migraines and sore muscles. There’s also evidence for enhanced meditation, creativity and spiritual experiences. Float therapy was invented by Dr. John C. Lilly, a neurophysiology specialist. The individual enters an enclosed tank containing 11 inches of water heated to 93.5 degrees—a normal temperature for human skin— and some 1,000 pounds of dissolved Epsom salt. The effect is like buoyantly floating in the Dead Sea, but in a 34

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Scientific research has shown that floating can release the feel-good neurotransmitters endorphins and dopamine, and lower the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol. Studies performed by the Laureate Institute of Brain Research, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which maintains a float clinic, have found the therapy is an effective treatment for patients with anxiety disorders. “It frees your mind of distraction and puts it in a zone,” explains Gray. “It removes the need for fight or flight, so those hormones are reduced. That part of the brain mellows out.”

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Chronic pain sufferers often find relief through floating because the lessened gravity allows the body to fully relax. The accompanying serenity releases the brain’s natural endorphins, which act as natural painkillers, into the bloodstream, reports Hutchison. The sheer tranquility of floating can alleviate some mental health issues. “We’ve had several people with post-traumatic stress disorder. One man has returned six times and says he’s advanced more in the last three months while floating than he did in the prior five to 10 years,” says Andy Larson, owner of Float Milwaukee. Athletes also appreciate floating because it shortens injury recovery periods through enhancing blood flow, helping to heal sore muscles. The way it facilitates a calm state ideal for implanting ideas into the subconscious mind enables them to better visualize improved performance.

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Floaters can fall into what sleep specialists call the hypnagogic state, meaning they are apt to have lucid dreams while awake. Also known as Stage 1 sleep, it is the drowsiest condition we experience while still consciously aware. This is the scientific explanation for reports of visions or “Eureka!” problem-solving moments in the tank, says Hutchison. This phenomenon can be especially beneficial for creative artists. “We have a girl that always emerges from the tank with an idea for a new painting,” says Gray. He also regularly hosts a composer that has worked with famous singers, who has experienced innovative musical breakthroughs while floating. Floating is among the rare healing modalities that can benefit body, mind and spirit in just one hour, with repeat benefits. Gina McGalliard is a freelance writer in San Diego, CA. Connect at

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room temperature. “At the game or at home, your guests will be moving around, so go for foods that can be eaten with one hand,” she suggests. She also plans her menu around color, universal appeal and variety because it’s healthier than just serving a mound of barbecued chicken wings and a big bowl of potato chips. She likes recipes that can do double duty; her black bean summer salad with cherry tomatoes and corn can function as a colorful side dish or as a salsa for non-GMO blue corn chips. “Recipes that you can do ahead of time make things easier on game day; just pull them from the fridge and go,” says Moose. Daina Falk, of New York City, grew up around professional athletes because her father, David Falk, is a well-known sports agent. Excitement-generating sports are in her blood and inspired her to write The Hungry Fan’s Game Day Cookbook. She knows that most of the tailgating in her area takes place for football and baseball games and NASCAR races. On, Falk serves up tips for every fangating/homegating occasion, from the Kentucky Derby to the Super Bowl. by Judith Fertig “Keep your menu interesting,” says Falk. “I always like to feature a dish for each at, play, party… and repeat. We Americans tailgate annually. team. For instance, if you’re hosting an may call it tailgating, fangating, Whether we’re on the road or at Alabama versus Washington watch party, homegating, a watch party or home, making the menu healthy is a winyou could feature an Alabama barbecue simply eating with friends before a ning strategy for hosts and guests. Here, dish with white sauce and oysters or other big game. According to the American two experts divulge their winning ways. fresh seafood. Both dishes are characteristic Tailgaters Association, in St. Paul, Says Debbie Moose, author of of the local foods in the universities’ respecMinnesota, an estimated 50 million Fan Fare: A Playbook of Great Recipes tive hometowns.” Falk recommends buying for Tailgating or Watching the Game more local beer than needed to make sure at Home, Ivy League schools like Princnot to run out. Game day guests can get hot eton and Yale claim credit for pregame and thirsty, indoors or out. Supply lots of picnics that 19th-century sports fans filtered water in non-breakable containers. packed into their horse and buggy for For easy entertaining, Falk recomlocal road trips. Moose lives in the mends biodegradable dishes and cups. tailgate trifecta of the North Carolina tri“Whenever there are a lot of people in angle, home to Duke, North Carolina and one room, especially when they’re drinkWake Forest universities. She enjoyed ing, a glass will likely be broken,” she discovering that University of Washington says. “Save yourself cleanup and the risk sports fans from the Seattle area like to of glass shards by committing to temposail to their chosen picnic spots, while rary cups and plates that are Earth-friendUniversity of Hawaii folks grill fish on ly and compostable.” hibachis in Honolulu. Moose naturally prefers healthy, Photograph by Ranjana Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie Southern-style fare such as deviled eggs and marinated green bean salad, fiction from Overland Park, KS ( which can be served hot, cold or at


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Healthy Tailgating Recipes the vegetables. Refrigerate four hours or overnight, stirring or shaking occasionally. Let come to room temperature before serving. Courtesy of Debbie Moose, Fan Fare: A Playbook of Great Recipes for Tailgating or Watching the Game at Home.

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In a large bowl, toss together the corn, black beans, green onions, banana pepper and tomatoes. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, vinegar, chili powder, salt and pepper.

Yields: 8 servings This simple salad is easy to double or triple. Make it the day before the game and refrigerate. ½ large red onion, thinly sliced 1 /3 cup extra virgin olive oil ¼ cup herb-flavored white wine vinegar or regular white wine vinegar Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 2 cloves garlic, crushed 2 lb fresh green beans, ends trimmed, but left long

and well drained 5 or 6 green onions, white and green parts, chopped 1 large sweet banana pepper, seeded and chopped 1½ cups halved cherry tomatoes 6 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 Tbsp lime juice 2½ Tbsp red wine vinegar 1 tsp chili powder Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 1 /3 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves

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Pour the dressing over the vegetables and toss to coat them all. Then stir in the cilantro. Refrigerate from 1 to 3 hours to let the flavors come together.

This salad is easily doubled to feed a crowd.

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Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Place the sliced onions in a colander over the sink. In a small bowl, stir together the oil, vinegar, salt and pepper until combined. Stir in the garlic. Set aside. When the water comes to a boil, add the green beans. Cover and cook for 5 to 10 minutes or just until the beans are bright green; do not overcook. Pour the beans and hot water over the onions in the colander. Rinse under cold running water to cool down. Drain well for a few minutes. Place the beans and onions in a large bowl or large re-sealable plastic bag. Pour the dressing in and mix with

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Quadruple this recipe to make soup for a larger gathering. Serve in small sipping cups—cold for games in hot weather or hot for games in cold weather. 1 red bell pepper, stemmed ½ cup low-fat Greek or dairy-free yogurt ¼ yellow onion 2 Tbsp tomato paste 1 small/mini-cucumber ¼ cup rice vinegar 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard 4 large garlic cloves 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil Garnish: Flat leaf (Italian) parsley (minced optional) Roasted and salted pumpkin seeds Blend all main ingredients, except garnish, in a high-speed blender into purée. Serve topped with the parsley and a sprinkle of pumpkin seeds. Adapted from Daina Falk’s

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Since then, the duo has been producing short films that contribute to the expansion of human awareness, and hosting annual conferences in the U.S. and Europe involving leading scientists, academics and other pioneering thinkers. Thousands of participants from around the world interact in forums and respectful dialogues with luminaries such as Menas Kafatos, Ph.D., a professor of computational physics at Chapman University, in Orange, California; Peter Russell, a theoretical physicist and author of From Science to God: A

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Where do revelations about a deeper reality begin? MB: Individual and communal explorations often occur around life’s big questions, such as what it means to be conscious and to seek meaning and purpose; the possible place of intuition as the edge where knowledge meets the unknown and unknowable; and how crucial individual awakening is to social transformation.

What is meant by nonduality? ZB: Nonduality is the philosophical, spiritual and scientific understanding of fundamental oneness in which there is no separation. Through quantum mechanics, Western science has reached an understanding of what Eastern mystics have long understood. Duality, generally determined in terms of opposites such as self and other, conscious and unconscious, illusion and reality, as well as separation between the observer and the observed, is an illusion. Nonduality is the understanding that our identifying with common dualisms avoids recognition of a deeper reality. Until recently, human sciences have ignored the problem of consciousness by calling it the “hard problem”. This has led to our present fragmented worldview rife with chaos, conflict and crises. It may be time for scientists to accept the discoveries of the mystics and consider consciousness intrinsic to every observed scientific phenomenon. Understanding that consciousness is the key to the universe, reality and ourselves may be the missing link in bridging science and spirituality.

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or youngsters at Tiny Trees Preschool, in Seattle, nature is their classroom— rain or shine; tuition even includes a rain suit and insulated rubber boots. At Schlitz Audubon Nature Preschool, in Milwaukee, children use downed wood to build forts and fires. Students of Vermont’s Educating Children Outdoors (ECO) program use spray bottles of colored water to spell words in the snow.

Forest Schools Based on the publicly funded forest kindergarten model used by Scandinavian countries since 1995, Tiny Trees encompasses seven urban park locations throughout the city, ranging from 15 to 160 acres. With no buildings, playgrounds or commercially produced furniture and 30 percent less overhead, “We can make exceptional education affordable,” remarks CEO Andrew Jay. “Most of the day is spent exploring the forest. If children see salmon in the 42

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stream, we observe them from a bridge, and then search out the headwaters to see where they’re coming from,” explains Jay.

Nature Preschools The launch of Earth Day in 1970 and America’s nature center movement in the 1960s yielded another immersive nature-based model that includes indoor learning. The preschool at the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Designcertified Schlitz Audubon Nature Center includes three nature-focused indoor classrooms and three outdoor areas— two with manmade structures like a slide and picnic tables, and one left completely natural. Founding Director Patti Bailie says the children spend most of their day outside and teachers can take them beyond the play areas to explore 185 acres of prairie, forest, wetlands and lakefront beach habitats.

ECO currently collaborates with seven Vermont public schools from preschool to high school, offering year-long programs for students in inquiry-based outdoor learning for up to four hours a week. “We immerse ourselves in nature with a 10-minute hike into the forest,” says program coordinator Melissa Purdy. Students first learn safety protocols and how to set up camp. Introducing skill-appropriate tools, preschoolers whittle sticks, third-graders build teepees and lean-tos, and high school students build bridges across streams.

Building Resiliency Sharing space with insects and plants requires special safety protocols and preparation, but the injury rate of outdoor learning is no higher than that of indoor schools. “Children are building risk literacy—they climb trees, but only to safe heights; they step on wet rocks, but learn how to do so without falling,” says Jay. Classrooms without walls work because students have a sense of freedom within reasonable boundaries. “In winter, we dress warmly and do more hiking to generate body heat. We use picnic shelters in heavy rains. Children don’t have anxiety about the future—rain means puddles to splash in and snow means building snowmen,” says Jay.

Developing the Whole Child Outdoor learning naturally creates knowledge of local ecosystems, environmental stewards and a sense of place, but teachers also observe many other developmental benefits. At the Magnolia Nature School, at Camp McDowell, in Nauvoo, Alabama, Madeleine Pearce’s agile and surefooted preschoolers can hike three miles. Located in a rural county with a

“We are innately connected to nature, but need to provide opportunities to make that connection,” says Patti Bailie, former assistant director of Antioch University’s nature-based Early Childhood certificate program, in Keene, New Hampshire. Here’s how. Get wild at home. Hang bird feeders, grow wildlife-attracting plants, start a compost pile and designate an area of the yard for natural play where kids can dig and the grass isn’t mowed. Explore a forest instead of a playground. Without swing sets and toys, children create imaginative play, build forts and climb trees. Incorporate active transportation into the family routine. Walk, bike or paddle. Rain gear and flashlights enable rainy and after-dark explorations. Join a family nature club. At, connect with other families that value and use the natural world for playing, growing and learning via their Natural Families Forum.

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ature journal content is highly personal, ranging from scientific species accounts to wildlife-inspired stories. With just a notebook, pencil and fully engaged senses, nature enthusiasts of all ages can foster observation skills, creativity and outdoor exploration. Prompt open-ended questions. “Nature journals encourage children to ask questions and search for answers,” says Tiny Trees Preschool CEO Andrew Jay, of Seattle. Ask why flowers are blooming, how slugs suddenly appeared and what type of tree a leaf came from. Build upon findings with drawings and notes. Make a sound map. Project Learning Tree, a nationwide environmental education program funded by the American Forest Association, suggests drawing an “X” in the middle of the page to represent where the child is sitting. Then use pictures, shapes or words to show the relative

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locations of surrounding sounds. Consider the macro perspective. Vermont’s Outdoor Education Coordinator Melissa Purdy shows students close-up shots of moss or sticks without revealing what the abstract image is. Students note what they observe and wonder as they try to solve the mystery. Alternatively, challenge children to draw their own macro images by looking at an object with a magnifying glass. Find a sit spot. Give children the time and space to write and draw freely in their journal as they sit quietly in nature. “Return to the same spot regularly and see how things have changed,” advises Patti Bailie, a professor of early childhood education at the University of Maine, in Farmington. If kids are too busy exploring and learning while outside, reflections can be captured once they’re back inside, too.

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ow is a good time to buy a solar system and get off the grid. Solar photovoltaic prices have fallen 67 percent in the last five years, reports Alexandra Hobson with the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). It’s a boom period for solar—a record 14.8 gigawatts were installed last year in the U.S. Solar represented 39 percent of all new electric capacity added to the grid in 2016, surpassing natural gas (29 percent) and wind (26 percent). In the first quarter of this year, solar and wind together com-

prised more than half of all new U.S. power generation. The Solar Investment Tax Credit was extended for five years at the end of 2015, so homeowners and businesses can qualify to deduct 30 percent of the installed cost from their federal taxes. Also, there’s no upper limit on the prices for the qualifying panels. There are 1.3 million solar systems in the U.S. now, with a new one added every 84 seconds. Some 260,000 people currently work in the industry, double the figure of 2012.

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In 2016, the average residential solar system produced seven kilowatts, at an average installed cost of $3.06 per watt, according to Hobson. A system costing just over $21,000 before taking the income tax credit yields a final net cost of $15,000. “It’s a perfect marriage for residential customers,” says Bill Ellard, an energy economist with the American Solar Energy Society (ASES). “The systems will produce electricity for about five cents per kilowatt-hour year-round compared to the average electric price of 10.34 cents per kilowatt hour tracked in March 2017.” New solar panel designs coming online mean even greater savings. Panels with built-in micro-inverters are cutting home installation costs for large central units (although their longterm, all-weather durability isn’t clear yet). A breakthrough at Japan’s Kobe University means single solar cells could achieve 50 percent efficiency, up from the 30 percent formerly accepted as the upper limit. Ugly panel frames may also be a thing of the past. More aesthetically pleasing frameless panels are expected this year from big players like SolarWorld, Canadian Solar and Trina Solar, with adapted mounting hardware. Producers like Prism Solar and DSM Advanced Surfaces are also working on frameless clear panels, with cells bound between panes of glass. These attractive clear panels are highly resistant to fire and corrosion.

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Tesla, which recently acquired SolarCity, is marketing tempered glass photovoltaic shingles that integrate with tile roofing materials to make the installation nearly undetectable. Tesla claims they’re three times as strong as standard roof shingles and guarantees them for the life of the house.

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For an average household electric load of 600 kilowatt-hours per month, for example, a daily dose of five hours of direct sunlight and four-kilowatt system will likely meet demand. For households with higher usage, especially in the South and West, bigger installations are the norm. “Solar system sizes have been growing fairly steadily as the price has come down,” Hobson notes. Thanks to Google Earth, solar installers usually know if a property has the right conditions; avoiding the fee for an onsite inspection. Houses with a southern orientation within 40 degrees of direct southern exposure are golden. Those with flat roofs work well because the panels can be tilted for maximum effect. Adjustable panels can also be adapted to the best angle per season.

Panels can’t be in shade for a significant part of the day. Rooftop installers can work around vent pipes, skylights and chimneys. If major obstructions are a problem, ASES suggests a ground-mounted array or solar pergola, a freestanding wooden frame to mount panels. Solar systems heat swimming pools, too, offering huge operational savings over conventional heaters. They start at around $3,500 and average $5,500, compared to an average $2,664 for a fossilfuel heater, reports Determine if a state has net metering laws, which make it easy to sell excess power from a whole-home system back to the grid. Check for local tax subsidies on top of the federal 30 percent. The beauty of solar is that once the system is in place, operating costs are negligible. The lifespan of today’s panels is two decades and the payback is just two to three years. Jim Motavalli is an author, freelance journalist and speaker specializing in clean automotive and other environmental topics. He lives in Fairfield, CT. Connect at

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Cannabinoids are the Most-Studied Therapeutic Compounds on the Planet by Linda Sechrist


undreds of abstracts published on the results of cannabis research can’t be wrong. The links to 567 of them posted on, give viewers the opportunity to click their way to research that demonstrates the wide range of healing attributes and therapeutic properties of Cannabis sativa. This important herbaceous species, which was used in conventional medicine until the 1930s, is a virtual treasure trove of phytochemicals, antioxidants, essential oils and cannabinoids— a class of diverse chemical compounds that act on specialized receptor cells that repress neurotransmitter release in the brain. In 2016, Frontiers in Plant Science named cannabis “the plant of the thousand-and-one molecules.” From the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, in Germany, to Israel’s prestigious Hebrew University, in Jerusalem, which opened a cannabis research center and joined a consortium of 19 research teams at local academic institutions to study cannabinoids, the compounds of Cannabis sativa have become the most studied group of compounds on the planet. One of the most active of these cannabinoids is cannabidiol. Referred to as CBD, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration legalized it in



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: Is it true that your dental health can help you heal from chronic illness?

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A: Autoimmune disease, heart disease, lung disease, diabetes. There is a new type of doctor emerging in our society who is not only traditionally trained but is looking to find the root cause of the problems. These are the doctors who are referring patients to us. These doctors are connecting forms of cancer, neurological conditions, parathyroid (calcium absorption), pineal gland malfunctioning (sleep disorders) and hormonal imbalances to teeth in the mouth which are abscessed, dead or root canaled. Q: What is the first step that you recommend for a patient who wants to take action to bettering their chronic illness?

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A: A deep cleaning of any gum infection in the mouth and extracting the teeth that are rotted or dead. Finding out what materials would be compatible with their blood and immune system. The blood will coagulate (clot) when a material is not compatible with the body when we do biocompatibility testing. This test is science-based and very accurate. It does not depend on human interpretation. Additionally, you can look at the meridian tooth chart to see if there are any other issues that may be correlated to your dental health. Q: What is the meridian tooth chart?

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A: The meridian tooth chart is based on acupuncture meridians— pathways of energy that span across interrelated body parts, glands and tissues. Each tooth is associated with a particular meridian through which energy flows. Dentists familiar with the chart are often able to assess patients’ general state of health and wellness simply through a review of the oral environment. If a weakness in a particular system or organ exists, the condition of the tooth associated with that area could exacerbate the problem. For a more interactive map of the meridian tooth chart, visit

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Trigger Your Body Into Healing Itself With An Alternative Treatment

Ibogaine can treat a myriad of conditions from anxiety to depression to diabetes and more By Mona Sabbah


n today’s modern world, stress is a reality for most of us. From career pressures and parenthood to poor nutrition, personal relationships and media overload, stress takes center stage in the very fabric of our every day. Aside from the obvious and continuous anxiety it creates, the consequences stress has on our health is quite staggering. In fact, many life-threatening diseases such as cancer and diabetes are related to stress, since our “flight or fight” (aka stress) response negatively impacts our immune system. According to Indiana University, stress can be responsible for many physical problems including increased blood pressure, arthritis, fibromyalgia, asthma, high blood pressure and migraines, which can lead to debilitating illnesses. In fact, the World Health Organization estimates that by 2020 heart disease and depression will be the number one and two leading causes of disability in developed countries. Over 350 million people today are diagnosed as “depressed,” predisposing them to strokes and heart diseases. In 2012, the American Diabetes Association reported 29.1 million Americans, that’s 9.3% of the population, had diabetes. In 2012, diabetes was the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S. Stress is so prevalent these days, even Fortune 500 companies are trying to be part of the solution. In fact, Johnson & Johnson (#35 on 2017’s Fortune list) recently developed a $100,000 Anti-Burnout Program for their CEO’s, with the goal of balancing their mental, physical and emotional state. Even the Mayo Clinic is part of the program, performing health assessment for the over-worked CEOs. It’s safe to say there’s no denying the impact stress has on all of us, and it’s time do more than just try to manage it. Instead why don’t we treat the individual root causes for it, before it’s too late, and what’s known today as rampant becomes a debilitating and global epidemic— just like the life-threatening diseases it can cause. 54

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Enter ibogaine, a natural substance derived from the Tabernanthe iboga tree found in West Africa. Its roots, pun non-intended, are found in the spiritual traditions of the Bitwi and Pygmy people. In 1962, Howard Lotsof claimed its anti-addictive properties, which is why it’s a popular treatment for opiate addiction. It allows addicts to detox with virtually no withdrawal symptoms. There’s lots of research surrounding ibogaine, from 1950s CIA reports to the French who marketed it as Lambarene. Today, you can find ibogaine treatment facilities around the world from Canada to Netherlands to Mexico and South Africa. David Dardashti, Founder and Executive Program Director at Ibogaine Clinic in Puerto Aventuras, an affluent community just 30 minutes outside of Playa Del Carmen, has developed over 250 precise protocols and dosage intervals for successful ibogaine treatments to help more than just opiate addicts. Thanks to over 8 years of research and 4,200 patients, Dardashti and his medical staff at Ibogaine Clinic, have been able to treat people with executive burnouts, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, PTSD, depression, Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis. There are over 150 testimonials on his Youtube channel, Ibogaine By David Dardashti, with some with over 45,000 views, with patients from every corner of the U.S. and even the world, thanking him for changing their lives. U.S.educated doctors as well as specialists such as surgeons and cardiologist also testify to the effects “miraculous” effects of ibogaine. There’s a lot of discussion about why the U.S. doesn’t legalize it, which is related to Big Pharma losing profit since the natural substance can’t be patented. In 1967, ibogaine was classified as a Schedule 1 drug in the U.S., so it’s very difficult to research. That’s why testimonials, are so important in making people aware that there’s something out there that can truly help change their lives, whether the disorders are directly stress-related or full-blown diseases like Alzheimer’s. But to David, he’s just the vehicle. “Ibogaine is god’s medicine. It’s taken in pill form, and allows your body to heal itself, through our introspection and subconscious. With ibogaine, our body’s central nervous system gets ‘triggered and fired up’ so to speak, in order to send signals to neurotransmitters and brain receptors, so our entire body can heal.” For more details and supporting information about ibogaine, please contact David Dardashti by visiting, or call at 1-888-462-1164. For testimonials, go to Mona Sabbah is the marketing Director for Ibogaine. See ad, page 37. Additional Resources: the-life-threatening-toll-stress

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Lymphatic Support Red clover Trifolium pratense – The beautiful abundant summer blossoms are cooling and soothing to dry tissue and heal swollen congested glands. Red clover tea or tincture reduces puffiness, helps to carry waste out of the blood stream and can help to dissolve cysts.

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Detoxifying Liver Herbs Burdock Arctium lappa – The sweet, nourishing and slightly bitter roots invigorate the liver’s metabolism, feed healthy gut bacteria and aid the rapid elimination of toxins. The earthy broth from fresh burdock root can be frozen in small portions and added to daily cooking. Make a decoction from the dried root or use the tincture. Milk thistle Silybum marianum – Silymarin in milk thistle seeds creates a protective coating around liver cells, preventing toxins from entering. Milk thistle helps speed up regeneration of liver cells and helps heal the liver trauma of alcoholism, infections, chemo and radiation therapy. Since silymarin is not water soluble, take capsules or a tincture.

Kidney Supporting Herbs Dandelion leaf Taraxacum officinale – The bitter leaf of dandelion lowers blood pressure by reducing the volume of fluids present in the body through urination. It is rich in potassium and does not deplete the body of electrolytes. Dandelion leaf helps to move digestion and can be consumed fresh in salads, as tea, or in tincture form. Stinging nettle Urtica dioica – Nettle leaf is high in iron, silica and potassium and a blood building and nourishing tonic with detoxing diuretic action. Enjoy fresh nettle Miami-Dade/Florida Keys

Oregon grape root Mahonia spp. – The bitter component berberis is a broadband antibiotic that feeds beneficial gut bacteria and aids in the proper assimilation of food. Oregon grape stimulates the liver, gallbladder and the lymphatic system and removes waste from connective tissue. The tincture of the root soothes achy and inflamed joints.


healthy diet of organic whole foods combined with anti-inflammatory and detoxifying herbs helps the immune system to recognize and eliminate microbial invasions and cell mutations. Given that the body eliminates toxins through the digestive tract, kidneys, skin and the lymphatic system, adding herbs to one’s daily diet to support these body systems is a great way to stay healthy.


Angelica Angelica archangelica – Angelica’s sweet and bitter root is a warming carminative that stimulates digestion and increases bile production to help digest fats. It can help break up accumulations of water, blood and phlegm in the body and opens up the skin to sweat out toxins. Enjoy as tea or tincture.

Turmeric Curcuma longa – Turmeric is a potent and powerful anti-inflammatory by removing waste products from the body. It a blood cleanser, rebuilds damaged liver tissue and is healing to the joints. Make golden turmeric paste ( and take a teaspoon two to three times daily. Ginger Zingiber officinale – Eat fresh ginger root or drink fresh ginger tea to improve digestion, reduce heat and stiffness in achy joints and open up the skin to release perspiration. Ginger also works wonders on stiff muscles in a liniment or oil. Marshmallow Althaea officinalis – The root of this pretty garden plant is moistening, softening and anti-inflammatory, soothes all mucus membranes in the body and has a lubricating effect on joints. An overnight cold infusion of the root is the most effective way to enjoy all its benefits. Susanna Raven is an herbalist and medicinal herb grower, and owner of Raven Crest Botanicals, a small-scale organic herb farm nestled in the hills in upstate NY. Their mission as stated on their site:“Our small-scale herb farm in the beautiful Schoharie county in upstate NY uses organic growing methods without the use of artificial fertilizers or pesticides. We apply sustainable methods to build and improve our soil. Our earth sheltered solar greenhouse is used to grow herb seedlings in the spring and dry our harvest during the summer month without the use of fossil fuel. Our solar operated and pond fed irrigation system does not require any electricity. Our herbs are grown in self fertilizing raised Huegelkultur permaculture beds. We took the NOFA farmer pledge to commit to the principles and practices of organic farming.” For more information, visit

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 Open House With Treehouse Learning - 11-2 pm, Interested in Nature based Learning for your little one? Join Treehouse Learning at Greynolds Park Tuesday. Learn about how Treehouse intertwines nature and the fine arts to enrich each child’s learning experience. RSVP to 561-8868865. Event at Greynolds Park, 17530 W Dixie Hwy, North Miami Beach, FL 33160,

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 20 The Greater Miami Holistic Chamber of Commerce presents: “PAUSE: Stop Obsessive Thinking so You Can Start Living”. Facilitated by Transformational Coach Tiffany Nicole, 6:30 – 8:30PM, The Center for Social Change, 2103 Coral Way, Miami FL 33145, 2nd Floor. $5 members, $10 non-members. RSVP to 305-851-1911.

SEPTEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 10 Skanda Yoga Teacher Training 200hrs With Anand and Sadhana – Weekends 3-6pm Teacher training designed for those who wish to pursue teaching or refine their teaching skills for private and group classes. It exceeds the Yoga Alliance requirements due to the amount of home study through reading and practice. Skanda Yoga Studio 1800 SW 1st Ave., Ste. 102 Miami, FL 33129-1178 call 786 567 8124



Ayurveda: La Sabiduría de la Vida con Jesus Caballero, 3:30 - 6:00 p.m. ¿Cuántas veces te has preguntado cuál es la mejor dieta a seguir? ¿Las ensaladas son siempre una comida sana? ¿Deberías comer leche, soya, azúcar…?  Ven y obtén las respuestas a estas preguntas y más . Inversión $35 RSVP.  Just OM Yoga Studio, 7227 SW 57th Ct, South Miami. Info (305) 665-4982

The Greater Miami Holistic Chamber of Commerce Co-Sponsor Event: “Conscious Entrepreneurs Roundtable – Branding with a Conscience”. Facilitated by Sirena Andras of Creative Chi, Inc. 8:30 – 10:30AM, The Center for Social Change, 2103 Coral Way, Miami 33145, 2nd Floor. Continental Breakfast Included. Fundraiser. Suggested Donation of $25. RSVP to 305-851-1911.



Introduction to Mindfulness and Self Inquiry 6:30pm-7:45pm - Mindfulness is an ancient practice that develops calmness, presence, spiritual growth and physical health. This intro will contain an overview of mindfulness and a practice session. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Miami, Donation, Audrey Bloom at 305-301-8251


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 Free healing session with Cristovao Brilho - 5:00 pm – HOTEL COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT - 2051 S LeJeune Road – Coral Gables - 33134 - call 786295-8665 - must arrive by 5:00 pm – Free Parking.

Free yoga classes for Parkinson’s and other neuro-motor degenerative diseases, 1:00–2:00 pm to increase balance, strength, and well-being. Participants may bring one caregiver. Space is limited; preregistration required. Aum Home Shala, 3104 Fl Ave., Coconut Grove, FL 33133. 1-305-441-9441.

The Four Desires Workshop with Anamargret Sanchez. Based on the best-selling book, The Four Desires by Master Yoga Teacher Rod Stryker, immerse yourself in a life-changing and transformational process that will help you tune

into the power of your soul and guide you to a place where material and spiritual abundance can intersect. Live with purpose, clarity and inspiration. Investment $360 (Early yogi special Sept 17) RSVP. Just OM Yoga Studio, 7227 SW 57th Ct, S. Miami. Info (305) 665-4982

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1 Learn How to Heal Level 1 Weekend Classes Begin. Get certified as an: Energy Healer, Chakra Healer, and Intuitive Healer upon program completion, certified by the School of Energy Healing and Intuitive Development.  Call 305-778-6891

MONDAY, OCTOBER 2 Learn How to Heal Level 1 Weekday Classes Begin. Get certified as an: Energy Healer, Chakra Healer, and Intuitive Healer upon program completion, certified by the School of Energy Healing and Intuitive Development.  Call 305-778-6891

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3 Open House With Treehouse Learning - 11-2 pm, Interested in Nature based Learning for your little one? Join Treehouse Learning at Greynolds Park Tuesday. Learn about how Treehouse intertwines nature and the fine arts to enrich each child’s learning experience. RSVP to 561-886-8865. Event at Greynolds Park, 17530 W Dixie Hwy, N. Miami Beach, FL 33160,

OCTOBER 3 & 10 Mindfulness Class and Retreat - 6:30pm-8:00pm - This 4 part class will cover the art and skill of practice; body & breath; emotions & the mind. Teacher, Audrey Bloom has been practicing and teaching for 30 years. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Miami, Donation, Call 305-301-8251 to register

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Heroes Salute Tribute Weekend - Each fall, Hawks Cay Resort hosts an annual Heroes Welcome program, this year from Aug. 20 - Nov. 18, to honor military, fire and rescue, law enforcement and medical personnel; a special event is planned to include an All-American barbecue, heroes tribute and musical guests. For rates visit website. 1-888-313-5749.

SEPTEMBER 1 - 4 Key West Brewfest - What better way to spend a weekend than combining sun, fun, beer and a great cause? All proceeds will benefit the charitable efforts of the Key West Sunrise Rotary of the Conch Republic. Beer tastings, food and reggae rhythms round out the Labor Day Weekend activities at The Southernmost Hotel Collection in Key West. For ticket info please call 1-800-354-4455. Prices vary.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 Join the Ocean Conservancy’s Annual International Coastal Cleanup - Be an active part of an international volunteer effort to clean up our world’s shores and coastal waters, even many of the most commonly found pieces of trash items we use every day from food wrappers to beverage containers to plastic bags.

SEPTEMBER 28 – OCTOBER 1 REEF Fest - Celebrate marine conservation success and education initiatives with diving, seminars and parties. All REEF Fest events are open to the public. Seminar topics include: Introduction and Advanced Florida Keys Fish ID, The Best of Blennies, Fish Behavior, Keys Habitats and Ecosystems, Amazing Sharks, Restoring Coral Reefs, and program updates from REEF Staff. Contact: 305-852-0030

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ongoingevents NOTE: All calendar events must be received via email by the 10th of the month and adhere to our guidelines. Email for guidelines and to submit entries. No phone calls or faxes, please. Or visit swfl. to submit online. Bereavement & Grief Support- 7pm, during school year. Children’s Bereavement Center, 7600 S. Red Rd, Suite 307. To register: 305-668-4902.

sunday Wholistic Healing Workshop - Individual evaluations.  6pm-8pm, $35. Reservations required 305587-4639, Wholistic Energy Healing Center, Hallandale. Shiva’s Circle of Fire: Yoga and Meditation in Motion. 10-11:30 -1760 NE 144th St, North Miami, FL 33181. Call to schedule. 305-710-0516. Donation only. Women Only – Free Chi gong for cancer survivors and voice lessons for healing and empowerment. 2:30 - 4:30, N & S Miami locations. Call 305-948-6878 Dharma Meetings – 2pm. Tibetan Buddhist Dharma Center 3239 West Trade Ave. Unit 10, Coconut Grove. FREE. 305-775-7541. Jazzercise® - $5. 10am. South Miami Community Center 5800 SW 66 St. Call Cathie 305-666-5457. Miami Center for Spiritual Living- 10:30amFree. Non-denominational. 2490 Coral Way, Miami, 786-206-6355. Sunday Services at SOUL Church – 11am at the SOUL Service at the Elks Lodge, 6304 SW 78th St in South Miami. Free pot-luck lunch. 305-221-6516.

monday Mindfulness for Stress Alleviation - $20/session 6 to 7:20 pm - 260 Palermo Ave, # 12 Coral Gables 33155. Changes guaranteed after 4 sessions.

Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)- Bilingual Support group. 305-666-1778. Self-Defense for Women classes- Free. Also Wed. 7:15 – 8:30 pm at Bayfront park in downtown Miami. 305-358-7550

tuesday Free Stress Relief with Aromatherapy – 7pm American Apothecary 12232 SW 132 CT, Miami FL 33186. Reservations call or text 305 598-2822 American Buddhist Inspired Meditation – 6 7:45pm – Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 7701 SW 76th Avenue, Miami, FL, 33637. Bob 305-234-0610 Support group for Anxiety and Depression -7:30 to 9:00 pm $30 fee, Zenith Miami Counseling and Coaching Center 1392 SW 22nd Terr, Miami FL 33145 (2nd floor) Dr. M. Cheour at 786-230-6591. Yoga and Meditation Class – 7 – 7:45. Free. West Dade Regional Library, 9445 Coral Way. RSVP Lawrence 305-926-3578.  Are you a VET living with PTS? If so, call Banyan Holistic Healthcare Center for help, Miami Lakes or Pinecrest location.  Call now to schedule, (305) 663-5696. Laughter Yoga Sessions - $5.00 each - 9:30-10:15 AM, North Shore Youth Center 501 72nd Street, Miami Beach 33141, 305-861-3616.

Course in Miracles - 8pm. Free. 7855 SW Coral Way. Contact Mercedes 786-200-8410 or Nimia 305-261-3190.


Connected Warriors Free Yoga for Veterans, Service Members and Families. 5:30-6:15 pm Sampoorna Yoga Miami, 10107 Sunset Drive, Miami, FL 33173

Guided Meditation - All levels welcome- 7 pmDonations-3390 Mary Street Suite 116, Coconut Grove- Please RSVP 305-607-8627

Power of Meditation – 9 - 9:45pm – 2nd & 4th Monday. Conference Call – 312-757-3121 code: 698805965. Free. Massage Relief for Combat Veterans - 50% off therapeutic massages for our combat service personnel.  Call 305-351-0819.  Shala Spa 1119 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. Military Mondays at Hirooka’s - 50% off Kitesurfing or Paddleboarding for all Military and Public Service Personnel - Hirooka Surf & Sport, 2377 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL. 954-444-3942


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Connected Warriors - Free Yoga Classes for Veterans and Families of Veterans - 3pm at Brickell Hot Yoga 301 SW 17th Road, 33129 305-856-1387. Free orientations for PTS and pain relief with discount services for military or vets. The Banyan Holistic Please call 305-663-5696 to schedule Free Veterans Sailing – with Team Paradise, the Paralympic Sport Club of Miami.  12 – 12pm Team Paradise Sailing, Inc. 2620 S. Bayshore Drive, Miami 33133.  305-776-8778. Drub-Dhe Meditation- 7:25-9:30pm. Free-donations are welcome. Regency House 353 West 47th St., Flat 7A, Miami Beach. Contact: Robert Phuntsog Ngo-drub 305-213-2577.

Hatha Yoga – 6-7:30pm – Free - King David Foundation, 17971 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura, FL Suite #117. Bennett - 305-949-0950.  Free Acupuncture for Combat Veterans – 1-2pm, Acupuncture Center for Wellness, Inc., 16663 NE 19 Avenue, Suite 111, North Miami Beach, Fl. 33162, (305) 940-7763. Healing With Dance - South Miami Hospital for physical limitations from illness/surgery. No dance experience necessary. 9:30-10:30am. $5. 786-662-8106. Jazzercise® - $5. M&W 6:30pm. South Miami Community Center 5800 SW 66 St. Ongoing classes available all week. Call Cathie 305-666-5457. Meditation for overall well-being- 7:30- 9pm. 8150 SW 92 St, Miami. 786-556-7318. Donation. Healing Meditation – 6pm – American Apothecary, $5, 12232 SW 132 CT. Miami, FL 33186, 305-598-2822

thursday Free Stress Relief with Aromatherapy – 7pm American Apothecary 12232 SW 132 CT, Miami FL 33186. Reservations call or text 305 598-2822 Music listening therapy program Free to Veterans with PTS and anxiety related issues - For more information please call 786.453.7722 Connected Warriors Free Yoga for Veterans, Service Members and Families. Chair Yoga – 10-11am - Sampoorna Yoga Miami, 10107 Sunset Drive, Miami, FL 33173 Introduction to Bach Flowers - 3rd Thursdays 10 am-11:30 am - Free - 3390 Mary Street Suite 116, Coconut Grove- Please RSVP 305-607-8627 Nutrition Solutions for IBS, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis & Migraines - $15, 7-8PM, Coral Gables, Alison Grewal, RD: 786-546-6800. Weekly Yoga Classes $10 per Class! - 5:306:45pm Five Sisters…a spiritual journey. 8805 SW 132 ST, 786-250-4170 Postpartum Yoga at Key Biscayne, 10:15 - $20, 305-299-7826 Laughter Yoga Sessions - $5.00 each - 9:3010:15 AM, North Shore Youth Center  501 72nd Street, Miami Beach 33141, 305-861-3616

friday Monthly Yoga Class for Special Needs Teens - Limited Space Call to Reserve - Just OM Yoga Studio, 7227 SW 57th Ct, South Miami. (305)665-4982 Overeathers Anonymous - 7:30 pm (South, Steps/Traditions) Don’t Eat No Matter What Group. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church   10700 SW 56 St, Miami, 33165, Room 9. Michael (305-815-2733)

Monthly Free Reiki Healing Circle - 2nd Friday of the month at Five Sisters…a spiritual journey, 8805 SW 132 ST, 786-250-4170 Chair massage – 5-9pm - Enjoy 5 minute complementary chair massage every Friday Pecan’s Day Spa, 305-284-8636, 7800 SW 57th Ave Suite 120, Miami, FL 33143. Free Acupuncture for Combat Veterans – 1-2pm, Acupuncture for Wellness Center, Inc., 7550 SW 57th Avenue, Suite 116, South Miami, FL 33143, 305-669-6699. Dharma Meetings – 8pm. Tibetan Buddhist Dharma Center 3239 West Trade Ave., Unit 10, Coconut Grove. FREE. 305-775-7541. Family Night- 3rd Friday of the month. 3-9pm. Free admission & parking. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 Macarthur Cswy. 305-373-5437. Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) - Free jazz concerts on the last Fri. Joan Lehman Building, 770 NE 125 St. 305-893-6211. Coral Gables Art Walk – An art walk centered around downtown Coral Gables, with all the galleries between Miracle Mile and Ponce de Leon Rd. Free trolly transportation. 

saturday SW Community Farmers’ Market- in Tropical Park, 7900 Bird Rd. Every Saturday, 9:00am3:00pm. 305- 663- 0917. EBT/SNAP welcome. Ayurvedic Sessions - Call to set up appointments -Just OM Yoga Studio, 7227 SW 57th Ct, South Miami. (305)665-4982 Yoga Therapy for 50+ - 10am-11:15am - 1760 N.E. 144th St, North Miami, FL 33181.  Call to schedule.  305.710.0516. $10.00 Donation.




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Yoga with Drishti- 9:00 am - at Biscayne Park Recreation Center, 11400 NE 9th Court. 305-335-7618.  


Lincoln Road Art Walk- 1st Sat. of the month. 7-10pm. 40+ local artists, museums and galleries in South Beach. ArtCenter/South Florida 800, 810 & 924 Lincoln Road. 305-674-8278.

October 14th The Sacred Space Miami presents MODERN OM Mindfulness Festival

Open House/Exhibitions – 2nd Sat. Meet ArtSouth studio artists & staff. Free. Refreshments. 240 North Krome Ave. 305-247-9406.

Local & world renowned mindfulness experts, speakers, yoga teachers, business leaders, artists & musicians! Over 30 workshops, guided meditations, & yoga. Event details page 26.

Miami Art Museum - 1pm. Free. 2nd Sat. 101 West Flagler St. 305-375-3000. Yoga-Style* Exercise, Prenatal - South Miami Hospital. 10:45 am-12:15 p.m. and 5:30-7pm. $10. 786-662-8106.  

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Meditation- Free. 7pm. Unity Church, 9591 Overseas Highway, Marathon.

Big Pine Key Flea Market- 8am. South of the only traffic light in town on U.S. 1.


Family Swim YMCA. 2-4pm. $3 Adults, $2 Kids. FKCC swimming pool. 1-305-295-9622.   Movies at The Spiritual Garden - Spiritual up lifting movies. 1st and 3rd Sun. 7pm. Good will offering is $5. Unitarian Universalist fellowship 801 Georgia St.  1-305-394-2005. Nightly Sunset Celebration - Free. Enjoy a spectacular sunset entertained by the various carnival performers and vendors. Mallory Square, Key West. 1-305-292-7700.  


Cardio-Sculpting Class 8:30-9:20am. Pirate Wellness Center, MM21.4 Cudjoe Key.  1-305744-3348 Aerobic Dance - 1-1:55pm. CoffeMill Dance. 916 Pohalski St. 1-305-296-9982.

tuesday Healing Yoga/Meditation – 9am. donation The Village Square, MM81 Bayside. 1-305-853-1003. Free Guided Relaxation Class - 7 -8 PM at Islamorada Fitness MM 85.9 bayside. Bring a towel or exercise mat and a pillow. (Sponsored by Keys To Peace. 305-619-0534. Mothers and Babies Group - for new moms, their babies and expecting mothers. Free. 1-3 p.m. Healthy Start, Gato Bldg, 1100 Simonton St., Key West. 1-305-293-7516 or 1-305-293-7511. Stories for Children - 10:30am. Key Largo Library, 101485 US1. 1-305-451-2396. Also Thur, 10:30am, Stories for children ages 2 ½ -6. 

Tai Chi – 7pm. $15. Coffee Mill Dance and Yoga Studio, 916 Pohalski St, Key West, 1-305-2969982; 1-305-735-3519.


Ancient Indian Meditation - 6:30-8:30pm. 1-305-292-6958. Tai Chi for Inner Harmony - 9:30-11am on Sugarloaf Key. Call Lydia at 1-305-745-2811. Toddler Playtime Stories- Ages 10 months to 2 years and their caregivers. Free. 10:30am12:30pm. Key West Library, 700 Fleming Street, Key West. 1-305-292-3595. 

thursday The Long Walk Home Interactive Workshops for Veterans & Family– 6 – 7:30pm – Free – Transition to Civilian Life. Open to public. 97.671 Overseas Hwy. Oceanside. 305-504-3795

friday Salsa Dance Lessons- 7:30-9pm. Paradise Health & Fitness. 1796 N.Roosevelt Blvd. 1-305-296-6348.

saturday Healing Yoga/Meditation – 9am. $10 Islander Resort, MM82.1 Oceanside. 1-305-664-2031

Family Hour- For children of all ages. Free. 1pm. Key West Library, 700 Fleming St, Key West. 1-305-292-3595.

Story Hour - ages 5 years & up. 10:30-11:30am. Games & stories. Marathon Library, 3251 Overseas Hwy. 1-305-743-5156.   Key West WPA Walking Tour – Old Town Key West. 10am. $20. 1-305-296-3573.

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We offer natural & holistic dentistry N: for the entire family. Dr. Theodore Her3173 mann, DMD, PA, is a holistic dentist who has been practicing dentistry in South Florida for over 20 years and offers natural & holistic dentistry for the entire family See ads, page 2.


Miami-Dade/Florida Keys

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT): We exclusively provide HBOT utilizing hospital grade hyperbaric chambers in a compassionate, professional environment.


SOBE BODY & MIND 305-433-0867

Updated services now include: hypnotherapy, CranioSacral Therapy, physical therapy, Energy healing/Reiki; acupuncture, guided meditation, shamanic healing, sound healing, Chi-gong, Yoga, Tai-Chi, Massage therapy, Talk therapy, & Matrix Energetics. Treatments are for adults and children.


Laura H. Betts, ANDI IT, HCO, CHT 4654 North University Drive Lauderhill FL 33351 954-749-9998

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LAURA PFEFFER, LMT, CLT 305-878-7612

Decongest your Lymphatic system to Support your b o d y ’s n a t u r a l detoxification & healing functions (breast & prostate health, pre & post-surgery, weight loss). Restore optimal lymph flow for overall wellbeing. Feel relaxed, lighter, more energetic!


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Samara, of Samara Programs, offers the latest in state-of-the-art Electro-Sound Lymphatic Instrumentation. This therapy uses a gentle, high-frequency sound pulse, to loosen tagnation and assist your body in decongesting your entire lymphatic system. See ad, page 8.


Karen Levy, MD 305-505-0455

Achieve healing/aesthetics from within! Detox protocols, Ozone therapy-IV, prolozone. Platelet Rich Plasma -Vampire Facial®, Vampire Face Lift®), ED / Peyronie’s Disease via Priapus Shot®, O-Shot®, Vampire Breast Lift®, Hair Loss/ scar therapy.  Hormone Balancing.  See ad, page 6.

Simple and effective hypnosis to help you break through life’s toughest problems and activate your inner resources. Holistic fitness training also available. Call for appointments.

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Everglades University is an accredited, private not-forprofit university offering bachelor’s and master’s degree programs online and on-campus. The University combines small class sizes and innovative programs with traditional academic values. See ad, page 3.

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It’s•Travel Time! Laura Quinones 407-486-8895

Get paid while you travel and see the world! As an active Certified Travel Agent I can teach you how to get paid while going on vacation. Relax, Take Some Time for Yourself and begin your dream by contacting me Today! Fulfill your bucket list of travel destinations. Ask your friends and families that travel to book through you and earn commission! The possibilities are endless. See ad, page 41


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Laura Quiñones - Certified Travel Agent - ID# A1591039 TEACHERS AND HEALERS NEEDED- Just OM Yoga Studio please send your resume to Call Today: 407.486.8895 • YOGA SAI AYURVEDIC COLLEGE 9000 S.W. 137th Ave., Ste 220 Miami, FL 33186 305.380.0652

Sai Ayurvedic College is the leading center for ayurvedic study, practice, treatment and research in the southeastern United States—with an associated Ayurvedic Wellness Center and its many academic and clinical offerings. See ad, page 8.


975 W 41 Street, Suite 409 Miami Beach, FL 33140 Tel.: 305-702-0272

Skincare with a holistic approach. Collagen induction therapy with great results on wrinkles, sun damage and acne scarring. Relaxing spa atmosphere. Oncology friendly cosmetics and makeup.


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Radiation Free Cancer & Inflammation Screening. Locations in GA, FL and SC. Injury documentation, determine origination of pain, evaluate nerve pathology, and monitor progress of current treatments. Improve heat signatures with Bemer and YL Essential Oils. Ask me how. Prevention is the cure!


7227 SW 57th Ct, South Miami (305) 665-4982

New Retail Store and Holistic Room-- Unique intimate, inviting yoga studio combined with kind & highly qualified yoga teachers committed to your personal physical improvement and spiritual growth, offering 10+ yoga styles, weekly classes for all ages and experience levels. enJOY Free Mat + Towel + Tea    See ad, page 20.


7520 SW 75th Ave Suite K   305-740-7800

Heal, relax and rejuvenate body, mind and spirit in this holistic yoga and wellness center offering Yoga, Tai Chi, Capoeira, Acunpucture, Healing Massages, Reiki, Bach Flower Therapy, Facials, Foot Detox, Workshops and Classes. Call today! See ad, page 24.

EVENT COORDINATOR -NOW INTERVIEWING. Looking for more of a challenge or a chance to fully utilize your skills, while becoming part of something greater than yourself? Qualified candidate will manage and oversee all aspects of each event: from organizing to planning, including procurement of vendors and locations, etc. MUST HAVE EXPERIENCE. Work for a high % of revenue generated. 305-598-3315. Have resume ready to email. PHONE SALES- Natural Awakenings is looking for a part-time Salesperson. Flex- hrs, base salary plus commission. MUST HAVE EXPERIENCE. Call 305-598-3315. Have resume ready to email.

FOR RENT Room for rent - $600 in a beautiful Healing Center. Hallandale Beach  305-439-3956

FOR SALE BEACH CONDO FOR SALE. Ocean Front South Beach Living with outstanding amenities: private pools, direct ocean access, right on the boardwalk, state-of-the-art exercise room, security, renovated common areas, across the street from the Edition Hotel. Magnificent 7th floor views, 1 bedroom, 1.5 bath, large walk-in closet, ceramic floors and separate kitchen door access. Close to restaurants and shopping areas. 786-238-8542. WOW! YOGA PANTS AND TOPS! Embedded with mantras, sacred symbols and positive messages. Shop Online:


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I offer Hypnosis, Life Coaching and Neurolinguistic Programming. I can help you to unlock your true potential and reach those goals you’ve always wanted to to reach. Whether its dealing with stress, depression, weight loss or simply life management, I can help with it all. Offices conveniently located in Aventura and Weston. Fluent in English and Spanish.

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RETREATS SPIRITUAL RETREATS TO EGYPT AND ISRAEL – These unique tours with guide Rae Chandran offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Egypt or Israel with a custom guided program that combines nature, history, adventure and spiritual experiences in some of the most magnificent spots in the world. Call Susan for more details at: 239-340-1036 or email Panguswf@ Visit:

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natural awakenings

September 2017


Qi Revolution

Wellness Event

3-Days of Powerful Qigong Healing for $149 Discover about Foods that destroy health and which help reverse specific diseases! “Learned more about FOOD AS MEDICINE in 4 hours

at QI REVOLUTION than my entire time in Med School.”

–Claudia Gabrielle, M.D.

We believe that God gave everyone a healing hand. Improve your breath, posture and have more energy! “I have 30 years experience in Tai Chi and never felt energy this strong before. ”

–Rick Agel, M.D. - Atlanta, GA

Miami Miccosukee Resort November 10th-12th $149 for 3 Days Training. Seating Limited.

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Miami-Dade/Florida Keys

- Salem, NH

September 2017 Natural Awakenings Miami  

Healthy Living Magazine

September 2017 Natural Awakenings Miami  

Healthy Living Magazine