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s publisher of Natural Awakenings natural living magazine, I have had the honor and privilege to write this column each month for more than eight years, and it’s a bittersweet moment for me to announce that this will be my last issue. Tracy Patterson is the new owner and publisher, starting with the October issue. She brings exceptional experience and talent as publisher of a national environmental and sustainability magazine in Canada and has a burning passion for healthy, holistic living, which will be a real asset as she takes this publication to greater heights. My decision to move on was difficult for me both professionally and personally as certain life obligations push me onto a different path. I am proud that we have grown this publication from 18,000 printed copies a month distributed at 350 locations to 36,000 copies available at more than 1,000 places today. I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to our 80,000+ loyal readers across the Phoenix-metro area and northern Arizona that pick up each monthly issue! Your commitment to healthy living has inspired me all along the way. I also want to recognize our advertising partners, without whom this publication would not exist. I so appreciate your continued support. And thank you to the many locations that carry the publication, along with our dedicated contractors and vendors that together make this magazine a continued success. As we continue this journey, please reach out and tell us what’s on your mind about what you want more or less of, as well as original suggestions; we don’t know unless you tell us. I’m sure you’re all curious about Tracy’s plans, and her first letter next month is going to fill you in. Wishing everyone the best!

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valon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage, in Tumacácori, will hold the sixth annual Earth Harmony Festival on October 7 and 8. The weekend includes conscious music, delicious food, local vendors and crafts, activities for kids and presentations on a wide variety of sustainable living practices on 220 acres. Keynote speakers include Bill McDorman, former executive director of Native Seeds/SEARCH in Tucson and co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance, and Kate Tirion, director of Deep Dirt Farm Institute. Organizer Amadon DellErba says, “We have created a physical and sacred reality that models the intrinsic values of environmental, social and spiritual sustainability.” EcoTours share a comprehensive look into organic gardening, permaculture, rainwater harvesting, grey water harvesting, heritage crops and heirloom seeds, polyculture, food diversity, composting, solar and wind energy, and green building techniques incorporating natural materials, as well as upcycled and recycled materials, watershed management and Arizona’s largest food forest. Admission is $10 for 12 and up/$3 for 11 and under. Fees from camping, activities and EcoTours foster projects for creating a more sustainable, environmentally conscious, and equitable world. For more information, to become a sponsor or vendor, or for camping reservations, call 520398-2542 or visit See ad on page 12.

he Embracing Your Journey Expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., September 24, at the Double Tree Resort by Hilton. Participants will make discoveries about wellness, healthy habits, healing alternatives, intuition and more while supporting local businesses at this family-friendly event. Sponsored by Purple Lotus Productions, the expo provides eight lectures of about 45 minutes each, including Medical Intuition for Restoring Balance, Dancing for Joy, Gong Meditation, Make Your Own Natural Care Products, Embrace Your Journey of Service, Digital Homeopathy, Law of Attraction and Awaken Your Gifts Within for Beginners— Platform Mediumship. All-day admission is $5, kids 10 and under are free. Location: 5401 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale. For advance tickets, visit For more information, visit See ad on page 6.

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nahata Yoga, Sound and Energy Healing will host Mahankirn Kaur presenting talks on Sat Nam Rasayan from noon to 6 p.m., September 23, and Mahboundlotus from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., September 24. She is the author of two books, Mah Boundlotus and Three Min Start. Kaur, a Los Angeles-based global yogi and healer, was named as personal assistant to Yogi Bhajan, who trained her in the sacred art of healing with inner silence. She was then appointed as his personal healer until he died 10 years later. Sat Nam Rasayan, a centuries-old meditation technique and healing art of kundalini yoga, is passively beneficial for patients and healers. Kaur says, “The self-healing powers of the body become activated and we are able to meet life in a more balanced and clear state.” Bound Lotus is also known as Baddha Padmasana or psychic union pose, with roots in kundalini, ashtanga and hatha yoga. Location: 14148 N. 100th St., Scottsdale. For more information, call 480-699-9600 or visit See ad on page 23.



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ntuitive cooking expert Melanie A. Albert is offering a Discover Endless Energy Retreat in Magical Sedona from October 22 through 27 at a private residence. Participants will enjoy hands-on interactive plant-based culinary cooking sessions, daily hatha yoga, hiking in the red rocks, massage, spiritual practice, vision board creation, quiet time and an urban Phoenix farm-to-table dining experience. Albert is the founder and CEO of Experience Nutrition Group, and author of the cookbook A New View of Healthy Eating. Additional retreats are planned, co-hosted by leaders from around the world in the areas of energy transformation, functional nutrition, blood sugar health, weight loss, spiritual adrenaline recovery, women’s feminine empowerment and holistic entrepreneurship. Albert will be co-hosting this retreat with Lucy Davis, a leader in energy transformation in London, England. Prices range from $2,500 to $3,500, including lodging, meals and transportation from Phoenix to Sedona. For more information, call 602-615-2486, email or visit See ad on page 57.

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Vitamin Drips Provide Anti-Aging Benefits


hen people think of the antiaging options, remedies like Botox, fillers and plastic surgery come to mind. While aging gracefully may include these procedures, the idea of prevention and taking care of ourselves from the inside-out is on the rise. The public and many in the medical community are rediscovering the anti-aging benefits of going back to basics. A paradigm shift toward wellness and prevention can be observed in the increase of healthy restaurants, demand for organic food selections and continued concern with the use of chemicals, pesticides and GMOs used in the production of our food supply. Today’s health-conscious consumers are looking for natural



ways to look and feel better, which has led to a resurgence of some old “new” treatments. One of the fastest-growing options is intravenous (IV) vitamin micronutrient therapy, more commonly referred to as vitamin drips. Physician John Myers is typically credited as the leading pioneer in this field dating back to the late 1950s. He used a combination of B vitamins, vitamin C, calcium and magnesium intravenously to treat a variety of conditions in his patients. Anecdotal benefits include increased energy, improved mood, better sleep and glowing skin. This is now referred to as the Myers Cocktail, which is the foundation for today’s amped-up versions. IV vitamin bars are opening all around the country. Today’s drips typically add antioxidants such as glutathione and can be customized for inflammation, detoxification and anti-aging. The Drip Room opened in 2013 at 4251 N. Brown Ave., Ste. 3A, in Scottsdale. For more information, visit

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 in the following brain regions: larger gray matter volume in the right anterior insula and right inferior temporal gyrus.”

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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.

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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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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 asyet-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:

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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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Common Weed Is Lightweight Insulator The Canadian Coast Guard is testing milkweed pods as a source of potential environmentally friendly insulation in partnership with Encore3, a manufacturing company in Québec, Canada, in prototype parkas, gloves and mittens. The plant is roughly five times lighter than synthetic insulation and hypoallergenic. The Farm Between, in Cambridge, Vermont, harvests the plants and sends the material to Encore3. Coowner John Hayden says, “Milkweed is grown as an intercrop between the rows in our apple orchard to increase biodiversity and provide a host plant for monarch caterpillars. Monarch populations are in serious decline, and the two things we can do to help on the land we steward are to not use pesticides and provide milkweed habitat.”

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 usrtk. org). 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.

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Retired Volunteers Keep National Parks Humming 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

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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

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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.” updates site details and contact information at federal facilities nationwide.

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Yoga Festival Includes Noted Practitioners


oulful Tribe Arizona Yoga Festival will take place from September 21 through 24 at the Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch. There will be food, retail and wellness vendors to satisfy the needs of all attendees. International yoga stars Vinnie Marino, Kimberly Joy Lipson and others will be on hand, inspiring participants to take their practice to the next level. Teachers and presenters include Anton Holmes Mackey, Sumit Banerjee, Cheryl Oliver, Jenn Chiarelli, Donny Starkins, Patricia Anne Vamos, Mary Bruce, Kim Kirby Ewan, Patrick Reiner, KC Miller, Gordon Ogden, Hamid Jabbar, Beri Golding, Jeff Martens, Lili Cohen, Lorilee Gillmore, Tara Martell, Samantha Lang and others. Founder Sumit Banerjee states, “It’s about bringing people together and continuing to build this mindful community in Arizona. We believe that we can help shape the world into a kinder, more conscious place.” Soulful Tribe believes life is meant to be lived and good vibes are meant to be spread. Their mission is to connect people that believe in the greater good of humanity, connecting the dreamers, the realists, the doers, the artists and everyone from all walks of life that collectively choose to come from the heart, soul and a space of gratitude. Admission is $398. Vendor opportunities are still available. For more information and to register, visit See ad on page 33.

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ur immune system is designed to protect us from foreign invaders such as microbes and toxins. Autoimmune disease occurs when our immune system attacks our own body. Common autoimmune diseases include Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, celiac disease and approximately 120 others. According to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, up to 50 million Americans suffer from autoimmune diseases, and this number is on the rise. Putting this in perspective, heart disease affects 22 million and cancer affects 9 million, so there are more Americans suffering from autoimmune disease than heart disease and cancer combined. Conventional medical treatment for autoimmune disease is limited to powerful immunosuppressant drugs that have serious side effects. Most autoimmune patients are not prescribed these drugs because the risk outweighs the benefit. Moreover, this approach does not address the root cause. Current medical practice looks at



autoimmune disease at the organ and tissue level. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is treated as a thyroid disease. Rheumatoid arthritis is treated as a joint disease. Multiple sclerosis is treated as a nervous system disease. However, all autoimmune diseases are the same disease. The commonality is the immune system attacking its own body, so successful management of autoimmune disease must address the underlying triggers and root causes of immune system hyperactivity. Autoimmune disease is a multifactorial condition. There is no one smoking gun, but rather a complex interplay between genetics and environmental factors. By addressing key leverage points in the body that affect the immune system the most, we can tip the odds in our favor. Because at least 70 percent of our immune system resides in the gut, focusing on gut health will give us the biggest bang for the buck in terms of improving gut-immune axis function and reducing inflammation. Leaky gut is a state in which the intestinal lining becomes too perme-

able. Undigested protein and toxins may leak out of the hyper-permeable intestinal tract on a cellular level, leading to malabsorption and inflammation. This can become a vicious cycle of an overactive immune system and sets the stage for autoimmune disease. Leaky gut can be healed by removing processed foods, sugar and gluten, among other reactive foods. Nutrient deficiencies such as vitamin D and glutathione may need to be supplemented. Environmental toxins and underlying infections may also need to be identified and eradicated so they do not continue to trigger autoimmune flare-ups. Dr. Peter Kan, DC, DACNB, FAAIM, CFMP, the host of the online Ask Dr Kan Show, offers free autoimmune workshops in his Gilbert office, located at 3336 E. Chandler Heights Rd. To register, call 480-9886269. For more information, visit See ad on page 19.






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The ALMI process takes between one and two hours, and continues to show improvement for four months. The ALMI procedure is one of the most dramatic and effective anti-aging procedures available because it uses the power of the body’s natural stem cells, which help repair tissue. But their real power lies in the fact that they are unspecialized cells, meaning that they can transform into whatever kind of cell our body needs. Regardless of whether they are injected into the face to restore volume, into the scalp for hair regeneration or into the joints for tissue repair, stem cells transform accordingly to rejuvenate the area. The procedure also adds PRP to the harvested stem cells to increase the rejuvenating effects. Contact a practitioner that offers the ALMI procedure to determine if it is appropriate. For more information, call Dr. Melanie Icard, of the Anti-Aging Clinic, at 480-599-8370 or visit See ad on page 4.

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SOLAR HEATS UP Demand Surges as Prices Fall by Jim Motavalli


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 comprised 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

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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. California is the leader in installed capacity, followed by North Carolina, Arizona, Nevada, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Utah.

Technical Breakthroughs

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 long-term, 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. 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.

Solar Works for Many Now

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 fossil-fuel 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 natural awakenings

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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.

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.

Savor Self-Acceptance

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.

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 26


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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 selfworth; 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.”

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 Older people are our greatest resource. We need to nurture them and give them a chance to share what they know. ~Susan Perlstein, founder, National Center for Creative Aging and Elders Share the Arts

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:

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.

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“I’m doing something I love,” says Perlstein. “I’m meeting diverse people, learning new things and enjoying a rich life.” 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?

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pieces of equipment you need for doing yoga are your body and your mind. ~Rodney Yee



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.

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

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

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. 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.”

Acknowledge Our Shelf Life

“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.

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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 her life. “We talk about politics, food, religion and cultures; we even pray together,” Richard says. She points to memorable moments of bonding and respect, appreciation

Creative Aging Resources Center for Conscious Eldering Changing Aging Dr. Bill Thomas The Eldering Institute Elders Share the Arts and celebration, and says, “As I’ve grown older, I’ve learned how vital it is to nurture the world I am in.” Deborah Shouse is a writer, speaker, editor and dementia advocate. Her newest book is Connecting in the Land of Dementia: Creative Activities to Explore Together. Connect at




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BEING BEAUTY What Makes Us Glow by Glennon Doyle Melton


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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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.

Simple Strategies for Staying on Track by Marlaina Donato


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—Yee 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

Yoga Brings Multiple Benefits to Daily Living

Flexibility. Yoga poses stretch the muscles, increasing their range of motion. With regular practice, flexibility will increase. Seemingly impossible poses will become possible in time.

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racticing yoga on a regular basis is known to reduce stress, build physical and mental strength, increase flexibility and improve posture to complement a healthy lifestyle. Stress. Yoga’s movements and breath draw attention away from the chaos of life and toward calm as the body moves through postures that require concentration. It can also enhance mood and instill an overall sense of well-being.

mind and being okay with our body not doing exactly what we want it to do will increase mental resolve.

Physical strength. Regular practice strengthens muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints. It takes a great deal of strength to hold balanced poses. With an asana (pose) practice, we receive whole body benefits while remaining low impact on joints. Mental strength. Mental strength comes from welcoming and embracing failure, no matter how long we’ve been practicing. Understanding that our practice will vary from day to day, clearing the

Posture. Improve posture by regularly practicing yoga poses that target the muscles and joints most affected by bad posture, including shoulders, spinal erectors, abdominals and neck. Posture is an important dimension of health that should get the attention it deserves. In addition to strengthening and toning muscles, yoga is a total mind-body workout, linking deep breathing and relaxation with strengthening and stretching poses and postures. Beth Beary is the owner of floo-id Yoga, in Scottsdale. For more information, visit or call 480515-9642. See ad on page 25.

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FABULOUS FAN FARE Healthy Tailgating Foods to Cheer For by Judith Fertig


at, play, party… and repeat. We may call it tailgating, fangating, homegating, a watch party or simply eating with friends before a big game. According to the American Tailgaters Association, in St. Paul, Minnesota, an estimated 50 million Americans tailgate annually. Whether we’re on the road or at home, making the menu healthy is a winning strategy for hosts and guests. Here, two experts divulge their winning ways. Says Debbie Moose, author of Fan Fare: A Playbook of Great Recipes for Tailgating or Watching the Game at Home, Ivy League schools like Princeton and Yale claim credit for pregame picnics that 19th-century sports fans packed into their horse and buggy for local road trips. Moose lives in the tailgate trifecta of the North Carolina triangle, home to Duke, North Carolina and Wake Forest universities. She enjoyed discovering that University of Washington sports fans from the Seattle area like to sail to their chosen picnic



spots, while University of Hawaii folks grill fish on hibachis in Honolulu. Moose naturally prefers healthy, Southern-style fare such as deviled eggs and marinated green bean salad, which can be served hot, cold or at 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 nonGMO 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. “Keep your menu interesting,” says Falk. “I always like to feature a dish for each team. For instance, if you’re hosting an Alabama versus Washington watch party, you could feature an Alabama barbecue dish with white sauce and oysters or other fresh seafood. Both dishes are characteristic of the local foods in the universities’ respective hometowns.” Falk recommends buying more local beer than needed to make sure not to run out. Game day guests can get hot and thirsty, indoors or out. Supply lots of filtered water in non-breakable containers. For easy entertaining, Falk recommends biodegradable dishes and cups. “Whenever there are a lot of people in one room, especially when they’re drinking, a glass will likely be broken,” she says. “Save yourself cleanup and the risk of glass shards by committing to temporary cups and plates that are Earth-friendly and compostable.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

Healthy Tailgating Recipes 2 lb fresh green beans, ends trimmed, but left long 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.

Crowd-Pleasing Marinated Green Beans 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

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 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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Chilled Red Bell Pepper Soup Yields: 4 small servings

Black Bean Summer Salad Yields: 8 side dishes or 4 light meals This salad is easily doubled to feed a crowd. 2 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels 2 (15 oz) cans black beans, rinsed 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 In a large bowl, toss together the corn, black beans, green onions, banana pepper and tomatoes.

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

Vegetarian-Friendly Barbecue Cauliflower Nuggets Yields: 8 appetizer servings Plant-based barbecue is a home run or touchdown. 1 head of cauliflower 1 cup all-purpose or gluten-free flour 1 Tbsp barbecue spice blend 1 cup nut milk of choice 1 cup tomato-based barbecue sauce Accompaniment: Dipping sauce of choice Preheat the oven to 450° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Rinse and separate cauliflower florets into small- to medium-sized pieces.

In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, vinegar, chili powder, salt and pepper.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the barbecue spice, flour and nut milk until smooth.

Pour the dressing over the vegetables and toss to coat them all. Then stir in the cilantro.

Dredge each piece of cauliflower in the batter before placing it on the baking sheet.

Refrigerate from 1 to 3 hours to let the flavors come together.

Bake for 18 minutes or until golden brown. Brush the cauliflower with barbecue sauce and return to the oven for an additional 5 minutes.

Note: If using frozen corn, drain it well and lightly sauté in a couple of teaspoons of olive oil before adding it to the salad. This removes moisture that may make the salad watery. Courtesy of Debbie Moose, Southern Holidays: A Savor the South Cookbook. 36


Remove the cauliflower from the baking sheet and plate alongside a dipping sauce of your choice. Adapted from Daina Falk’s

Michelada Yields: 8 servings Mix this cocktail in a pitcher and serve over ice. Part bloody Mary and part beer, the umami flavor comes from Maggi Seasoning, a bottled condiment available at better grocery stores. Glass Rimmer: Lime wedges (plus more for serving) 2 Tbsp kosher salt ½ tsp chili powder Michelada: 1 (32 oz) bottle of chilled Clamato (about 4 cups) 1 (32 oz) bottle or 3 (12 oz) bottles chilled Mexican lager ½ cup fresh lime juice 1½ tsp Worcestershire sauce 1 tsp bottled hot sauce 1 tsp bottled Maggi Seasoning For the glass rimmer, mix the kosher salt and chili powder on a small plate. Rub rims of pint glasses with lime wedges and dip in salt mixture. Set aside. Mix Clamato, lager, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce and Maggi Seasoning in a large pitcher. Fill glasses with ice, top off with Michelada mixture and garnish with added lime wedges. Adapted from Judith Fertig’s 500 Mexican Dishes.

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FLOATING AWAY STRESS Isolation Tanks Induce Deep Rest and Healing by Gina McGalliard


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 clean, quiet, private realm. The water is typically filtered three to five times between each session and sanitized using UV light; some also use peroxide and ozone gas to purify the water. Without any sensory input—no sight, sound or tactile sensations—the floater typically enters a profound 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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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.”

Marvelous Magnesium

Lying for an hour in water infused with Epsom salt, or magnesium sulfate, the body receives a huge infusion of magnesium, a mineral essential to optimal health. While calcium and vitamin D deficiencies get more attention, it’s even more likely most of us are low on this element due to magnesium-depleting drugs and inadequate farm soils. Many ailments shown by research to be helped by floating have also been linked to magnesium deficiency. The mineral is also essential for heart health, strong bones and central nervous system function, as reported in The Magnesium Miracle, by Dr. Carolyn Dean, a physician and naturopath in Kihei, Hawaii.

Wide-Ranging Healings

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 posttraumatic 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.

Discoveries Within

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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n 2009, an Environmental Working Group (EWG) study found that bone meal and animal byproducts in eight of 10 major national dog food brands contain fluoride in amounts between 1.6 and 2.5 times higher than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommended maximum dose in drinking water. Some fluoride from tap water used in the manufacturing of pet food contributes to this. Olga Naidenko, Ph.D., lead researcher of the study, remarks, “A failed regulatory system and suspect practices by some in the pet food industry puts countless dogs at risk of ingesting excessive fluoride.” Fluoride occurs naturally in rocks, soil and thus some food plants and water supplies. More enters food via use of fluoride-based pesticides and commercial processing facilities. The EWG advises that two-thirds of all Americans, along with pets and farm animals, are exposed to artificially fluoridated tap water.

Fluoride Dangers to Humans While fluoride exposure hasn’t been studied in dogs or cats, according to Dr. Joseph Mercola, ample research points to the dangers of fluoride to human health, including: n Arthritis n Bone cancer (osteosarcoma) n Bone fractures n Brain damage and lowered IQ n Damaged sperm and increased infertility n Deactivation of 62 enzymes n Dementia n Disrupted immune system n Disrupted synthesis of collagen n Genetic damage and cell death n Hyperactivity and/or lethargy n Impaired sleep (inhibits melatonin produced by the pineal gland) n Increased lead absorption n Increased tumor and cancer rate n Inhibited formation of antibodies n Lowered thyroid function n Muscle disorders

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Fluoride Dangers to Canines Dogs are at substantial long-term risk for exposure to unacceptably high levels of fluoride. They are, for example, at significantly higher probability for bone cancer than humans, with more than 8,000 cases diagnosed each year in the U.S., compared with about 900 human cases. According to the EWG, a dog drinking normal amounts of tap water would be exposed to 0.05 to 0.1 milligram (mg) of fluoride per kilogram (kg) of body weight daily. A 10-pound puppy that daily eats about a cup of dog food would ingest approximately 0.25 mg fluoride per kg body weight a day, based on average fluoride content in the eight contaminated brands it tested. Altogether, the puppy could be exposed to 3.5 times more fluoride than the EPA allows in drinking water. Large breed puppies may be exposed to even more fluoride due to higher water intake. Whatever the size and the appetite of a dog, combined fluoride exposure from food and water can easily become unsafe. Eating the same food every day, they may be constantly consuming more fluoride than is healthy for normal growth, leading to health problems and higher veterinary bills later in life.

Prevent High Ingestion of Fluoride

The EWG recommends owners purchase pet foods free of bone meal and other meals made from animal byproducts. It also suggests that government set fluoride limits in pet food that protect both puppies and large breeds most at risk for bone cancer. Dr. Michael W. Fox, an internationally recognized veterinarian and former vice president of the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International, recommends providing pets with fluoridefree water; spring water or reverse osmosis filtered water also works well. In preparing homemade food for a pet, make sure any added bone meal is free of fluoride and lead. Ethical bone meal producers will test for these contaminants; verify with the source. Fox suggests a good bone meal substitute might be fossilized oyster shell, dolomite or a synthesized or refined calcium supplement like calcium citrate, ascorbate, stearate or gluconate. Or, consider a pure tricalcium and dicalcium phosphate, blended with magnesium. Fox attests that bones from longer-lived food animals such as dairy cows, laying hens and breeding stock likely contain higher levels of fluoride than shorter-lived animals like chickens, calves

and lambs. In his article “Fluoride in Pet Food: A Serious Health Risk for Both Dogs and Cats?” he writes: “Fluorides accumulate in farmed animals over time from phosphate fertilizers, phosphate supplements, bone meal and fish meal supplements and pesticide and industrialpollution-contaminated pastures and animal feed. The bones, fins, gills and scales of fish are often high in fluoride.” He recommends raw food diets that avoid ground bone from older animals like beef cattle and adult sheep. Dr. Karen Becker is a proactive and integrative veterinarian in the Chicago area, consults internationally and writes Mercola Healthy Pets (

Fluoride-Free Feeding Tips n In homemade food preparation, avoid Teflon-coated pans, which may increase the fluoride levels in food. n Avoid cooking with fluoridated water, which concentrates fluoride in the food. n Avoid toothpaste or oral rinses intended for humans, to brush canine teeth. Dental health products made for pets are fluoride-free.

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Determining Our Place on the Anti-Aging Spectrum by Paul Stallone


ging is best done gracefully. Some are able to do it naturally, and some need a little help. That help can come in many forms, from supplements and aesthetic procedures to surgery. There are myriad of combinations in between to help slow down the hands of time. It’s inevitable to face ourselves every day, and if the reflection in the mirror causes unhappiness, there’s plenty we can do about it. Any program should be supervised by a skilled physician and begin with a consultation, which may be free. Many non-surgical options are temporary, but some results can last a few years. Do enough research to find a practitioner to trust.

They can even help replace lost supportive tissue in joints, thus easing joint pain. Supplemental nutrients come in all shapes, sizes and quality, which might be cheap, worthless and even dangerous for the wrong person. Physician-grade supplements, obtainable only from a licensed professional, are among the highest-quality on the market. During the consultation, a program will be mapped out. Results can take months and will fade when the program stops, but many have achieved great results using this natural method. Most recommended supplements will also benefit other parts of the body and can complement other antiaging therapies.



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comprised of a purified protein derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, found in natural environments like lakes, soil, forests and in some mammals and marine life. Once injected, it blocks nerve impulses, causing specific muscles to relax and the wrinkles to soften. The results are not permanent, with an average of six months for most people. There are minor risks associated with receiving these treatments, but many can be avoided by seeing an experienced and reputable physician. One of the best things about Botox and Dysport is their flexibility. We can opt to receive a little for a refreshed look or something more, depending on the desired result. We can start slow, and schedule another appointment for more correction.


Either used alone or coupled with Botox or Dysport, dermal fillers can virtually take decades off some faces. They can plump lips, remove wrinkles, enhance shallow contours, soften creases and even improve the appearance of recessed scars. Dermal fillers are most often used as volumizers for lifting and filling areas like cheeks, jawlines, chins and temples. Just because fillers can improve multiple areas doesn’t mean we have to correct everything. A little can go a long way. There are dermal fillers with different ingredients for different parts of the face. Some stimulate the body’s

growth factors, with the volume supplied by our own biological tissue growing over time.


Another option for anyone wanting to combat the total effects of aging is hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to address internal effects such as fatigue, weight gain, low libido, stamina and mental cognition. This is a great option for anyone wanting to feel younger, not just look younger. It requires a little more commitment, multiple office visits and blood work, but the payoff will be felt from the inside-out. Self-esteem has a significant impact on our health and outlook on life. Many people address aging with these techniques to help themselves feel and look like the way that makes them feel more confident. An experienced physician can help navigate the available information and together agree on the level of correction desired. The longer we wait, the less time we’ll have to enjoy the results. Paul Stallone, NMD, founded the Arizona Integrative Medical Center, located at 8144 E. Cactus Rd., Ste. 820, in Scottsdale. He combines natural/alternative/conventional treatments for each patient’s needs. For more information, call 480-214-3922 or visit See ad on the inside front cover.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 Reflexology Feet – 9am-6pm, Sept 1-2. Learn relaxing and rejuvenating techniques for use with self and others. Lots of practice time. With Barbara Jenkins. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623215-7988.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 Reflexology Hands – 9am-6pm. Learn therapeutic reflexology to care for your hands, yourself and those you touch. Great wellness service for stress relief and relaxation. With Barbara Jenkins. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988. info@ Meet the Ascended Masters – 10:30am-Noon. Gain awareness about the Ascended Master Djwal Kul and the Goddess of Liberty. The Summit Lighthouse, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020. iRest Yoga Nidra – 6-7pm. Class begins with gentle movement to prepare for this guided meditation shown to calm the nervous system and help release negative patterns. iRest also helps alleviate symptoms of insomnia, PTSD, anxiety and depression. $10. Must pre-register by 4pm day of. Restoring Balance Mind & Body, 2045 S Vineyard, Ste 139, Mesa. Info/registration: kim@ Call/text 253-549-5342.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 Trigger Points: Hand and Wrist – 9am-1pm. Address soft tissue challenges related to hands and wrists by working with trigger points and referral areas to facilitate pain relief and improved functioning. With Barbara Jenkins. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 Autoimmune Solutions Workshop – 5:30pm. Discover the root causes of autoimmune disease (there is always a trigger or multiple triggers) and why eating healthy is not enough to recover from



relaxation and healing to the sound of the gong. With Sevak Singh. $25 advance, $30 door. Anahata Yoga, Sound and Energy Healing, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. 480-699-9600.

autoimmune disease. Free. Hope Integrative Wellness Center, 3336 E Chandler Heights Rd, Ste 123, Gilbert. 480-988-6269. How To Transform Your Life – 6:30pm. Learn how to use the timeless wisdom of Buddha’s teachings to transform your life by tapping into a reliable source of happiness and fulfillment within your mind. By developing and maintaining a peaceful mind all the time you can find a truly happy and meaningful life. With Buddhist Monk Gen-la Kelsang Jampa. $15 advance; $20 door. Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 882 Sunset Ave, Prescott. 928-637-6232.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 The Power To Be Happy – 6:30pm. Everyone can find lasting happiness by developing a calm and peaceful mind. Learn how we can improve the quality of our life through transforming our mind. Learn simple and effective meditation techniques to make yourself and others happy. With Buddhist Monk Gen-la Kelsang Jampa. $15 advance; $20 door. Coconino Center for the Arts, 2300 North Fort Valley Road, Flagstaff. 928-637-6232. Guided Meditation – 6:30-7:30pm. Raffle proceeds and love donations shared with LaFrontera Arizona EMPACT Suicide Prevention Center & Animal Rescue. With Marsha Craven. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988. info@How2Heal. com. Shambhala Open House – 6:30-8pm. Welcoming everyone interested in learning mindfulness meditation and practice. Introduction to the concept of basic goodness and to the Shambhala lineage. Shambhala Meditation Center, 7042 E Osborn Rd, Scottsdale. Gong Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Experience deep relaxation and meditation through the power of the gong. With Gretchen Bickert. $10-20 donation. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E. Southern Ave, Mesa 480-892-2700.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 Spiritual Psychic Roots – 6:30pm. Do you wonder how many roots of your own energy trace you left in your past, on your house, work, relationships or even clothing? All of these energy-roots are pulling you down or backward. Mimi shares techniques to be sure you are on your way to happiness and a good future. $35. Universal Touch, 534 E University Dr, Mesa. RSVP: 480-835-5380. Full Moon Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Incorporates light kundalini yoga, meditation, plus deep

SWIHA’s 25th Anniversary Celebration and Labor of Love Festival – 6-9:30pm. One light can light the way for many. Featuring founder KC Miller. Free. Presentation on self-discovery and healing. Free. Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, 1100 E Apache Blvd, Tempe. A Blissful Journey To the Subtle Mind – 6:30pm. Buddha taught that we have different levels of consciousness. By training in meditation we can learn to experience its more subtle levels. Through this we will naturally improve our concentration and mental peace, accelerate our spiritual development, and open ourselves to a profound and life-changing view of reality. With Buddhist Monk Gen-la Kelsang Jampa. $15 advance; $20 door. Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona. 928-637-6232.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 Reiki I and II – 10am-6pm, Sept 9-10. Bring reiki as a healing practice into your life and your enhanced healing powers will always be with you. With Marsha Craven, 5th generation Usui Reiki Master teacher and 2015 Natural Choice Award winner as reiki practitioner. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988. Kids Fall Harvest Cooking Class – 11am12:30pm. Kids learn about fruit and veggies that are good for hydration, while having fun making spiralized veggie pasta with new friends. They will have fun preparing colorful raw pasta and cashew basil dressing. With local Phoenix cookbook author, Melanie A. Albert. $25. The Farm at South Mountain, 6106 S 32 St, Phoenix. 602-615-2486. A Vision for Peace Workshop – 1:30pm. In our troubled world, there is decreasing trust and harmony between people and increasing unhappiness. How can we solve these problems and make positive changes in our relationships with others? Learn practical but profound methods taught by Buddha for improving our good heart and our wisdom. $35 advance; $40 door. Flagstaff Federated Community Church, 400 W Aspen Ave, Flagstaff. 928-637-6232. Guided Meditation and Reiki – 6-7:30pm. Still your mind and be open to the energetic adjustment that will follow. With Karli Horner. $30 pre-paid. floo-id Yoga, 7077 E Mayo Blvd #130, Phoenix. 480-515-9642. Bashar: Sedona Weekend Event – Sept 9-10. Bashar as channeled by Darryl Anka. Sedona Performing Arts Center, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Rd, Sedona.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 Meet the Ascended Masters – 10:30am-Noon. Experience the Power of the Sacred Fire through the Spoken Word – Ascended Master Zarathrustra. The Summit Lighthouse, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020.

Yoga Basics – 1-2:30pm, 3 wks. Learn with precision and safety the foundation of the vinyasa yoga practice. Perfect for beginners and anyone looking to strengthen the foundation of their existing yoga practice. $75 prepaid. floo-id Yoga, 7077 E Mayo Blvd #130, Phoenix. 480-515-9642. emPower Concert Event – 7pm. Magic and positive music with Daniel Nahmod, Sue Riley and Richard Mekdeci. Daniel’s music provides the soundtrack for the New Thought movement and Sue and Richard are cofounders of emPower Music and Arts and the PosiPalooza! concerts which is emPowering humanity through music, writing and the spoken word. $20. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 Healing Circle – 9:15-11am. For certified reiki practitioners who want to share and support others on their energy path. Pure Light Therapies. RSVP: Judy Richter. 480-695-2002.   Hypnotherapy Certification – Start of a 500hour state-licensed certification course. Hypnotherapy Academy of America. 505-767-8030.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Snoring and TMJ – 5pm. Informational seminar that discusses treatment options using oral appliance therapy and how it works. Free. Koala Center for Sleep Disorders – Biltmore, 4235 N 32nd St, Ste A, Phoenix. 602-883-1931. Thyroid Solutions Workshop – 5:30pm. Learn the number one cause of thyroid problems, why most people still experience thyroid symptoms even when a lab test is normal, and natural solutions to heal the thyroid. Free. Hope Integrative Wellness Center, 3336 E Chandler Heights Rd, Ste 123, Gilbert. 480-988-6269.



Unity World Day of Prayer – Peace in the Midst – Sanctuary open for Prayer Vigil 9am-6pm; Meditative Service 7-7:45pm. Times of great change challenge us to find our center in the midst of seeming chaos. The spiritual practice of finding peace right where you are, in the midst of any situation, has been the prescription of master teachers through the ages. Donation. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700.

Fall Raw Gourmet Hands-On Culinary Class – 5-7:30pm. Create a beautiful deconstructed lasagna with local Arizona farmers’ veggies and a gourmet raw salad. Learn how to expertly plate your dishes to create a beautiful culinary presentation. With Melanie A. Albert, local Phoenix cookbook author. $45. The Farm at South Mountain, 6106 S 32 St, Phoenix. 602-615-2486.

Unity World Day of Prayer Service – 7-8pm. A 24-hour Prayer Vigil celebrated at Unity Village and in Unity centers and churches around the world. With Rev. Julianne. Donation. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, #102, Mesa. Rev. Julianne: 480-593-8798 or

The Intuitive Pathway (TIP) Intensive – Sept 1517, part one; Oct 20-22, part two. For those interested in medical intuition, executive intuition, interspecies communication, forensics, creative writing, innovation, resource location and many more applications. Cay Randall-May, Ph.D., LMT, Certified Medical Intuitive. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988.

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Reiki and Meditation Fusion – 6:30-8pm. Enjoy a relaxing guided meditation combined with reiki. While in your meditative state, you will receive a calming reiki treatment. This will allow you to go even deeper within. The class size is limited to 8 people due to the individual healing included. Laveen. Address will be given after you RSVP. $20. RSVP: 909-268-1445. Choose Happiness – 7-8:30pm. Each and every one of us has the potential to tap into an endless supply of peace and happiness. Gen-la Kelsang Jampa will explain the methods that free us from negative emotions, making joy and happiness our everyday reality. With Buddhist monk Gen-la Kelsang Jampa. $15, must preregister. Kadampa Meditation Center Phoenix, 614 E Townley Ave, Phoenix.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 Chakra Balancing and Healing – 10am-6pm, Sept 13-14. Balancing Your Seven Magnificent Chakras “Mag 7” Chakra extravaganza. Experience the power of balancing and healing through your major chakras. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-2157988.

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Massage Therapist Training

Afterlife Research and Education Symposium September 15-17

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extra income can become a massage therapist. Massage therapy programs start October 2, with morning and afternoon options. Multiple diploma programs are available. Southwest Institute of Healing Arts 1100 E Apache Blvd, Tempe 480-994-9244 •

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 Art of Recovery Expo – 9:30am-4pm. Offers the “whole family” resources, educational workshops and a celebration of National Recovery Month. Over 100 exhibitors of leading behavioral health and treatment providers. Free. Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix. Free Healing Saturday – 10am-2pm. Free 40-minute Healing Touch sessions by appointment only. With Kim Carter, HTCP. Restoring Balance Mind & Body, 2045 S Vineyard, Ste 139, Mesa. To register, call/text Kim at 253-549-5342 or email Open House – 10am-2pm. Come and see what the new International Kadampa Retreat Center is all about. Join us for a tour, video presentation and guided meditations. 6701 E Mountain Ranch Rd, Williams. 928-637-6232. Extended Vinyasa – 1-2:30pm. Features all the physical mental and spiritual benefits of a regular class in a heated room, plus a lot more. Work on both “beginner” and “advanced” postures and more. $25 prepaid. floo-id Yoga, 7077 E Mayo Blvd #130, Phoenix. 480-515-9642. Redox Signaling Molecules Seminar – 1:303pm. All of our health problems are due to cells that are unable to maintain a healthy redox potential. Aging, poor diet, mental stress, poor hydration and inadequate exercise set the stage for this imbalance, which advances the pace of aging and illness. Experience for yourself what these redox signaling molecules can do for you. DC Village Health Club and Spa, Scottsdale. RSVP: Text 480-395-7333. Chakra Harmony – 7-9pm. A unique group healing experience with James Titschler. $29. Anahata Yoga, Sound and Energy Healing, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. 480-699-9600.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Pure Light and Reiki Therapy Level 2 – 8am4pm. The next step in your reiki journey to learn how to use your gift as a practitioner. Pure Light Therapies. RSVP: Judy Richter. 480-6952002.   The Creator and the Creation: A Philosophical Viewpoint – 1-2:30pm. Since time immemorial,



33 experts in afterlife communications, consciousness studies, death, dying and the new spirituality gathered for one amazing conference. Learn scientifically proven, cutting-edge afterlife communications practices, end-of-this-life-activities and explore the meaning and purpose of life, presented by the Afterlife Research and Education Institute, Inc. Embassy Suites, Scottsdale humans have been asking questions such as, when and how was this universe created? Who created it? Why are we here? This presentation highlights the logic and rationale in support of the Vedantic philosophy of cyclic time, involving cyclic creation and dissolution. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, #102, Mesa. Rev. Julianne: 480593-8798 or Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training – 1-4pm. An experiential workshop with Sevak Singh. Free. Anahata Yoga, Sound and Energy Healing, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. 480-699-9600.

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Attend an upcoming class or retreat from the “Book Whisperer” Tom Bird Sept 20 – Sedona Creative Life Center Sept 27 –Storm Wisdom Oct 7 – Unity of Phoenix Fast Track Retreat Sept 28 through Oct 4 Write Your Book in a Weekend Retreat Nov 9-12 Sedona Rough Hotel and Spa 928-821-6946 • positive ones that you really would like to enjoy in your life and future. $35. Universal Touch, 534 E University Dr, Mesa. RSVP: 480-835-5380. Drumming Circle – 6:45-7:45pm. Join us for a one hour drumming experience if you enjoy expressing yourself through the sounds and vibrations of rhythm. You do need to bring your own drum or percussion instrument. With Tony LaMantia. $10. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700. Soulful Tribe Az Yoga Festival – Sept 21-24. Featuring Arizona’s best yoga instructors. Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, Scottsdale.


Healing Circle – 6-8pm. For certified reiki practitioners who want to share and support others on their energy path. Pure Light Therapies. RSVP: Judy Richter. 480-695-2002.  

Wonder of Woman Retreat – Sept 22-24. Enjoy holistic awakenings in the Pines; escape to the forest to rejuvenate and reconnect with nature with yoga sessions, guest speakers, personal massage and more. $320. Crown King Bunkhouse and Bradshaw Cabins/Suites. Karen: 480-490-3195.



Autoimmune Solutions Workshop – 5:30pm. Discover the root causes of autoimmune disease (there is always a trigger or multiple triggers) and why eating healthy is not enough to recover from autoimmune disease. Free. Hope Integrative Wellness Center, 3336 E Chandler Heights Rd, Ste 123, Gilbert. 480-988-6269.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 Energy Exchange (Reiki and other modalities) – 6:30-8pm. A beautiful energy exchange for practitioners of any level. If you are not a practitioner but interested in energy healing you are invited to come and receive. We will begin with a healing guided meditation and then let the gentle flow of energy healing take place. Laveen. Address will be given after you RSVP. $10. RSVP: 909-268-1445.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 Money, Abundance, Success or Scarcity? – 6:30pm. Is it all energy consciousness by choice, state of mind or believe system? Where is this coming from, our ancestors, past life or our own creation? Learn how to clear and create the new

Body Contouring – 10am-6pm. Exchange body wraps to reduce cellulite, tone your body and lose 4-14”. Fee. Prerequisite: Not pregnant or nursing. With Maria McCracken. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623215-7988. Sat Nam Rasayan – Noon-6pm. Presented by Mahankirn Kaur, author of two books, Mah Boundlotus and Three Min Start. Anahata Yoga, Sound and Energy Healing, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. 480-699-9600. Spirit Drum Circle – 7-8pm. With Cindy Green. $15-20. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, #102, Mesa. Rev. Julianne: 480-593-8798 or

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Embracing Your Journey Expo – 9am-5pm. Explore alternative and healthy ideas, new modalities, products and practitioners. Find nutrition coaches, organic food samples, reiki healers, aura photos, intuitive readers and more in a fun atmosphere. Free lectures, raffles every hour and gift bags to the first 100 tickets purchased.  $5, $50 limited VIP passes. Kids 10 and under are

free. Double Tree Resort by Hilton, 5401 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale. Meet the Ascended Masters – 10:30am-Noon. Discover the true story experiences that Godfre had with Saint Germain. The Summit Lighthouse, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020. Interfaith Forum Q&A – 1-2:30pm. Representing Judaism and the High Holy Days, with Dr. Lawrence Bell, executive director of the Arizona Jewish Historical Society. $10. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, #102, Mesa. Rev. Julianne: 480-593-8798 or Intro to Herbal Healing – 1-2:30pm. Free gift. SW Herb, 148 N Center St, Mesa. RSVP: 480694-9931. Restorative Yoga Nidra with Gong – 1-2:30pm. Restorative yoga poses with Yoga Nidra and concludes with a healing gong bath. After the conscious relaxation of the fight-or-flight muscle through comfortable poses, yoga nidra is a type of “sleep with awareness,” a scientific meditation and relaxation technique that is easy to perform and is suitable for all age groups. $30 prepaid. floo-id Yoga, 7077 E Mayo Blvd #130, Phoenix. 480-515-9642. Mahboundlotus – 1:30-4:30pm. Presented by Mahankirn Kaur, author of two books, Mah Boundlotus and Three Min Start. Anahata Yoga, Sound and Energy Healing, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. 480-699-9600.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 CranialSacral Balancing Therapy I – 9am-6pm, Sept 25-27. Powerful complementary healing

modality supports healing from the inside. Take the therapeutic benefits experienced in class home to family, friends and your practice. With Barbara Jenkins. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 Thyroid Solutions Workshop – 5:30pm. Learn the number one cause of thyroid problems, why most people still experience thyroid symptoms even when a lab test is normal, and natural solutions to heal the thyroid. Free. Hope Integrative Wellness Center, 3336 E Chandler Heights Rd, Ste 123, Gilbert. 480-988-6269. Chakra Cooking Demonstration – 6:30-8pm. A fun and interactive class that includes a step by step demonstration. We will also discuss each ingredient in the recipe and its nutrients for certain chakras. With Chef Raquel. $25. Laveen. Address will be given after you RSVP at 909-268-1445.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 Reiki Circle – 6:30-7:30pm. Healing circle open to all energy workers who wish to participate. With Darlene Moore. Donation. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 Facial Rejuvenation – 9am-6pm. Practice facial lymphatic drainage sequence and acupressure techniques and experience rejuvenating results. With Barbara Jenkins. $110. Healing Arts Con-

nection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 Intro to Herbal Healing – 11am-12:30pm. Free gift. SW Herb, 148 N Center St, Mesa. RSVP: 480-694-9931. Portal to Energy Healing – Noon-4pm. Witness amazing changes with energy medicine. Get a glimpse of what is possible plus take away healing techniques that you can begin using immediately. Decide what your next step is in learning how to support body-mind-spirit. With Marsha Craven. $50 for one, $80 for two. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988. Healthy Habits for Harmonious Hormones – 1-2:30pm. Learn five must-do habits for women over 40 to fight belly fat and brain fog and increase energy. $30 prepaid. floo-id Yoga, 7077 E Mayo Blvd #130, Phoenix. 480-515-9642.

planahead OCTOBER 1 Harvest of Peace – 9am-2pm. Celebration of the autumnal equinox and the goodness of humanity and society. We encourage families with children to celebrate with us. Free. Shambhala Meditation Center, 7042 E Osborn Rd, Scottsdale. phoenix.

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Meet the Ascended Masters – 10:30am-Noon. Become skilled in how to travel to etheric temples of Light. The Summit Lighthouse, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020. Discover Your Gifts and Graces – 6-7:30pm. Presentation on self-discovery and healing. Free. Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, 1100 E Apache Blvd, Tempe.

OCTOBER 2 Geriatric Massage: Frail and Robust – 8am-5pm, Oct 2-5. Comprehensive hands-on continuing education designed for licensed massage therapists or students, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, as well as those involved in care giving. With Tammy Roecker. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623215-7988.

OCTOBER 3 Dance in the Light – Oct 3-6. Are you ready to be the light? Learn to trust your intuitive gifts and share them with the world, become a powerful healer and create your own sacred ceremonies and tools. Facilitated by BakeR Gendron. $688. Gateway Cottage Wellness Center, 470 N SR 89A, Sedona.

OCTOBER 5 Shambhala Sadhana Practice of Full Moon Chants – 6-7:30pm. These chants are a way to celebrate and strengthen our understanding of basic goodness and enlightened society. Public welcome. Shambhala Meditation Center, 7042 E Osborn Rd, Scottsdale.

OCTOBER 6 Universal White Time Healing Level One – Oct 6-8. Learn specific techniques to access and apply energetic power and quantum frequencies. Be led through this new yet ancient healing art to reach the deepest vibration, on the physical plane at



the atomic level which opens the door to a new dimension for you. WhiteTimeHealingClasses. com. 480-395-7333. “I Love Myself Special” DNA Cell(f) Imagery and Communication – Oct 6-9. Take action now to make achieving your life goals totally possible. Learn to change your DNA to make sure your beliefs are serving you. With Marsha Craven. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988. info@

OCTOBER 7 Death and Dying: A Buddhist Perspective – 9:30am-12:30pm. Humility enables us to see the interdependence between ourselves and others by increasing our love, compassion and respect for all living beings. With an open and connected mind we can improve our relationships with others and find lasting peace and happiness. $25 pre-registered. Kadampa Meditation Center Phoenix, 614 E Townley Ave, Phoenix. Earth Harmony Festival – Oct 7-8. Eco village tours, live music, speakers, yoga, kid’s village, vendors, camping and more. $10. Avalon Organic Gardens and Eco Village, Tumacacori, AZ. 520398-2542.

OCTOBER 10 Universal White Time Healing Level Two – Oct 10-11. Learn specific techniques to access and apply energetic power and quantum frequencies. Be led through this new yet ancient healing art to reach the deepest vibration, on the physical plane at the atomic level which opens the door to a new dimension for you. WhiteTimeHealingClasses. com. 480-395-7333.

OCTOBER 15 Complimentary Oncology Massage – Free for volunteers who have ever received treatment for cancer. The customized massage will be provided in a classroom setting as part of a nationally certified continuing education course. With Jacki Sellers. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988.

OCTOBER 16 Lymphatic Drainage Massage – 9am-6pm. Oct 16-18. A massage protocol to stimulate the lymphatic system function while enhancing the immune system and assisting the interaction of the lymphatic system interactions with the digestive, circulatory and cerebrospinal systems. With Barbara Jenkins. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623215-7988.

OCTOBER 20 Health, Healing Happiness: The Soul Connection – Oct 20-22. Discover the impact that your mental, emotional and spiritual bodies have on your wellbeing and the life you want to attract. Learn how your own beliefs can heal or harm your body and remove the roadblocks on your life path. The Collective Sedona, Sedona.702-970-7775. The Intuitive Pathway (TIP) Intensive – Oct 20-22, part two. Designed for anyone interested in medical intuition, executive intuition, interspecies communication, forensics, creative writing, innovation, resource location and many more applications. Cay Randall-May, Ph.D., LMT, Certified Medical Intuitive. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623215-7988. Universal White Time Gemstone Healing Levels One and Two – Oct 20-22. Learn specific techniques to access and apply energetic power and quantum frequencies. Be led through this new yet ancient healing art to reach the deepest vibration, on the physical plane at the atomic level which opens the door to a new dimension for you. 480-395-7333.

OCTOBER 21 Mastering Subtle Energy Workshop – 12:305:30pm. Do other people’s energies leave you feeling fatigued and stressed? Speakers David Router and Dr. Theresa Ramsey will present techniques to overcome these issues. Venue8600, Scottsdale. Register at

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Discover Endless Energy Retreat – Oct 22-27. Rediscover your pure, energetic self. Enjoy extreme self-care, hands-on interactive plant-based culinary cooking sessions, daily Hatha yoga, hiking in the red rocks, vision board experience, massage, spiritual practice, quiet time, and farm-to-table dining experience. Co-hosted by Melanie A. Albert, local Phoenix cookbook author, and Lucy Davis, leader in Energy Transformation from London. Sedona location. 602-615-2486.

For Pet’s Sake: Energy Medicine for Animals – Oct 27-29. Learn how to nurture your pet’s health, find the best diet for your pet, deepen your bond and improve your sensitivity, and help fearful, stressed or abused animals. With Madison King. $595. The Wigwam Resort, Litchfield Park.

Reflexology Hands – 9am-6pm. Learn therapeutic reflexology to care for your hands, yourself and those you touch. Great wellness service for stress relief, relaxation. Learn how to bring healing to entire body, just by working with the hands. Good for massage therapists, health care and hospice staff, care givers, spa/salon staff and kind people. With Barbara Jenkins. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623215-7988.

OCTOBER 23 Cranial Rhythms – 1-5pm. Experience deep healing from gently engaging the cerebrospinal system. With Barbara Jenkins. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. Preregister: 623215-7988.

OCTOBER 30 Reflexology Feet – 9am-6pm, Oct 30-31. Learn relaxing and rejuvenating techniques for use with self and others. Good for massage therapists, health care and hospice staff, care givers, spa/ salon staff and kind people. With Barbara Jenkins. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988. info@



Shambhala Open House – 6:30-8pm. We welcome everyone interested in learning mindfulness meditation and practice. Introduction to the concept of basic goodness and to the Shambhala lineage. Shambhala Meditation Center, 7042 E Osborn Rd, Scottsdale.

NOVEMBER 2 Trigger Points: Hand and Wrist – 9am-1pm. Address soft tissue challenges related to hands and wrists by working with trigger points and referral areas to facilitate pain relief and improved functioning. Good for massage therapists, health care and hospice staff, care givers, spa/salon staff and kind people. With Barbara Jenkins. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988. info@How2Heal. com.

NOVEMBER 3 Medical Intuitive Seminar – Nov 3-5. Opening the doors of high sense perception. Learn medical intuitive techniques including opening your soul’s eyes to see your physical body’s energy anatomy and much more. $495 early bird. Gateway Cottage Wellness Center, 470 N SR 89A, Sedona.

Take advantage of fresh, local produce from Peoria Farmers’ Market: the best Arizona farms. Visit their respective Park West, 9744 West Northern Avenue, websites for the most current information. Peoria Ahwatukee Farmers’ Market: 4700 East Warner Road, Phoenix Sundays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Carefree Farmers’ Market 1 Sundial Circle, Carefree Fridays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Chandler Farmers’ Market: 3 South Arizona Avenue, Chandler Thursdays 3 to 7 p.m. Gilbert Farmers’ Market: 222 North Ash Street, Gilbert Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon Goodyear Farmers’ Market 3151 North Litchfield Road, Goodyear Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mesa Community Farmers’ Market: 20 E. Main St., Mesa Fridays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Old Town Scottsdale Farmers’ Market 3806 North Brown Avenue, Scottsdale Saturdays 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.



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NOVEMBER 9 Cranial Neural Support for Longevity – 9am6pm, Nov 9-11. Exciting techniques for working with and communicating with the brain, cranial and neural systems to increase vitality, promote wellness, resolve residual effects of previous trauma and delay onset of age related challenges. With Marsha Craven, 2015 Natural Choice Award Winner for CranialSacral Therapy. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988. Way of the Seabhean – Nov 9-13. Learn shamanic priestessing with international shamanic teacher and healer Amantha Murphy. $1,144 early bird. Gateway Cottage Wellness Center, 470 N SR 89A, Sedona.

DECEMBER 3 Geri-Fit Instructor Training and Certification – This course is for instructors who want to expand their knowledge of strength training for seniors. The course will teach you 50+ evidence-based strength training exercises that use dumbbell weights. You’ll also receive training in balance and fall prevention as well as one-on-one corrective exercise techniques specifically tailored for the older adult population. $315. Setay Dance & Fitness Studio, 7430 S 48 St, Ste 100, Phoenix. 1-888-437-4348, ext 3. Registration deadline: Oct 31.

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Tai Chi and Qi Gong – 10-11am. No class Sept 4. Activate and experience the natural healing capabilities in the body. With Leslie Cook. Suggested $10-15 donation. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700.

Rewind Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. Designed for people 50 and up, the class focuses on balancing, increasing flexibility and building functional strength. With Kim Carter. $10 (first class is free, maximum six students). Restoring Balance Mind & Body, 2045 S Vineyard, Ste 139, Mesa. Preregistration required. Call or text Kim: 253-5495342.

tuesdays Watercolor Art Classes – 9:45am-12:30pm. All levels, beginner to advanced. Learn fluid color technique, drawing and composition. Small class of 8 students. No talent required, just a desire to create. With Allura Westly. Paradise Valley area. 602-469-0524. Rewind Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. Designed for people 50 and up, the class focuses on balancing, increasing flexibility and building functional strength. With Kim Carter. $10 (first class is free, maximum six students). Restoring Balance Mind & Body, 2045 S Vineyard, Ste 139, Mesa. Preregistration required. Call or text Kim: 253-5495342. Chronic Pain Prevention Class – 6-7pm. Learn about an integrative three-step approach for pain relief using stretch therapy, corrective exercise and nutrition metabolism identification. Free. Studio Health, 1425 S Higley, Ste 101, Gilbert. RSVP: 480-466-6398. Shakti Naam Yoga – 6:45-8:15pm. Experience a new type of yoga using music, mantra, mudra (hand positions), meditation and movement to align with the vibration of the universe, bringing more health and happiness into your life. With Moriah Salzman and Jeannie MacLaughlin. $10 donation. Unity of Mesa Sanctuary, 2700 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700.

wednesdays Watercolor Art Classes – 9:45am-12:30pm. All levels, beginner to advanced. Learn fluid color technique, drawing and composition. Small class of 8 students. No talent required, just a desire to create. With Allura Westly. Paradise Valley area. 602-469-0524. Hatha Yoga with the Tibetan Singing Bowl – 5:30-7pm. Join long-time yogi Melanie A. Albert for hatha yoga with the music of the Tibetan Singing Bowl. This hatha yoga class is time for you to take time for your own self-care. Open to all levels. Donation. The Farm at South Mountain, 6106 S 32nd St, Phoenix. 602-615-2486. Mindfulness Meditation – 7-7:30pm. Shambhala sparks your heart and mind through the practice of mindfulness meditation and community. We welcome all people interested in this path oriented towards modern life. Meditation instruction available. Shambhala Meditation Center, 7042 E Osborn Rd, Scottsdale.

Buddhist Meditation – 6:30-8pm. How to Transform your Life: A Blissful Journey. Learn the fundamentals of Buddhist view with step-by-step instructions on how to experience more love in our heart and our life to benefit our self and others. All sessions open to newcomers. $10 ($5/students and unemployed). Unity of Mesa, 2740 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700.

fridays Hot Flow Yoga – 5:30pm. Special $5 drop in rate. floo-id Yoga, 7077 E Mayo Blvd #130, Phoenix. 480-515-9642. Gnosis of Yeshua – 6-8pm. Weekly study of the teachings of Yeshua, including singing bowls, guided meditation, focused prayer and energy work. $10. Unity of Mesa, 2740 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700.

Mindfulness Meditation and Chants – 9:3010am. Sitting and walking meditation 10-11am. Attend one or both sessions. Shambhala sparks your heart and mind through the practice of mindfulness meditation and community. We welcome all people interested in this path oriented to modern life. Meditation instruction available. Shambhala Meditation Center, 7042 E Osborn Rd, Scottsdale. Prayers for World Peace – 10-11:15am. Enjoy practical advice and meditations that lift the heart and bring energy and hope; from this inner peace, world peace grows. In these troubled times, this is an opportunity to make prayers together for our families and friends, and for the cessation of all the pain and problems in the world. $5. Kadampa Meditation Center Phoenix, 614 E Townley Ave, Phoenix. Celebration Service – 10:30-11:45am. September theme: “Seize the Day” Discover New Thought, Ancient Wisdom, and Interfaith teachings – ACIM – and open-minded, loving, creative people. Features uplifting music and positive messages to enlighten, encourage and sometimes make you laugh. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, #102, Mesa. Rev. Julianne: 480-593-8798 or

A Course in Miracles – 7-9pm. Group book study open to newcomers. Donation. Unity of Mesa, 2740 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700.

sundays Sunday Services – 9am and 10:45am, starting Sept 10. A Positive Path for Spiritual Living. Childcare available for infants through 5th grade at 9am. Nursery available for infants through kindergarten at 10:45am. Youth ministry classes are open in the Education Annex at 10:45am.. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700.

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ART CLASSES WATERCOLOR ART CLASSES Allura Westly 3611 E. Sunnyside Drive Phoenix, AZ 85028 602-469-0524

Allura Westly, master teacher, opens her sanctuary studio to all levels, beginner to advanced. Learn fluid color technique, drawing and composition. Small class of 8 students. No talent required, just a desire to create.



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“Celebrating a Positive Path to Spiritual Living” 952 E. Baseline Road #102 • Mesa, AZ 85204 Rev. Julianne Lewis 480-593-8798 At Interfaith CommUNITY, we share open-minded joyful spirituality with respect for cultural, religious and lifestyle diversity. Join us for the journey toward our unique and perfect Divine Potential! See ad on page 43.


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New Kadampa Tradition 614 E. Townley Ave. • Phoenix, AZ 85020 602-243-5220 A Temple dedicated to bringing peace and happiness to the world, and to removing suffering, through meditation and classes on Modern Buddhism. Be inspired and empowered to reach your full spiritual potential to be of greatest benefit to others.

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Experience the Divine. We are an inclusive community that offers a diversity of spiritual practices. Our offerings include courses in the Western Mystical Tradition, Angelic Theurgy, Meditation and Prayer.




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YOGA FLOO-ID YOGA 7077 E. Mayo Boulevard, Suite 130 Phoenix, AZ 85054 480-515-9642 Featuring a wide variety of yoga classes, including Bikram Style and heated vinyasa, perfectly warmed and humidified to provide immediate improvement in muscle and ligament flexibility. $49 new student special. See ad on page 25.

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