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Editor’s letter What’s happening?

Recent news and upcoming events




DON’T ! MISS THIS s Jessica Adam will be in Dtoubtaailk in January d 2014 astrology an see page 7 for details.





Reiki for animals

Is your pet absorbing your emotional issues? Why a little energy healing is great for animals (with special report from Jake the Awakenings cat)

Out of depression

A chronic depression sufferer finds the escape route from the prison of depression is through the heart, not the head.




Unleash your intuition

Listening to the voices in your head could be the sanest thing you do.

When a healer’s mum gets cancer

A healer’s view on why you can’t always help the ones you love most.



Arabic cupping therapy

The traditional Arabic medical technique of hijama, or cupping.


Beginner’s guide to green smoothies

Packing a powerful nutrition punch, get your daily greens in a smoothie.




Holistic anti-aging secrets

A holistic beauty therapist reveals her secret weapons for anti-aging naturally (mostly).

Say goodbye to shampoo

The no-poo or shampoo-free movement is spreading – we explain what it’s all about and how you can join them.

34 Green cars in the UAE

Electric and hybrid cars have taken off overseas but not here? Awakenings investigates the who, what, why, where and how much of green cars in the UAE.


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Crystal healing power

The basics of how and why crystals are used in healing.

Spa Review: Shiro Dhara oil treatment

We visit Breath and Health Alternative Medical Centre to trial their Ayurvedic Shiro Dhara treatment.

Chakra cleansing in Sri Lanka

A seven-day chakra cleansing programme at The Seven Spiritual Resort in Bentota, Sri Lanka.


From the paranormal to juice detoxing.

Retail Therapy

From organic candles to chakra jewellery, eco-rope sandals and bikes you ride in a Jacuzzi (no, really).

UAE Holistic Listings

The A to Z of local holistic services, products, healers, centres…

Neanderthal man goes new age

Diary of how life is changing for a 40-something caveman since he met the Tree Hugger. This issue, he ponders stuck dead people and crystals. SEPTEMBER - NOVEMBER 2013

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editor’s letter

Your guide to holistic and healthy living in the UAE




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Managing Director TAMARA PITELEN Mob: +971 50 843 3262 Art Director JUN RODRIGUEZ Tel: +971 56 754 0837 Subscriptions Manager Motoring Editor ADRIAN MAUL Mob: +971 56 676 9483 Lifestyle Editor SHARON TAYLOR JACKSON Mob: +971 50 450 7149 Online Content ASMA MERCHANT Mob: +971 55 779 5825 Sales enquiries Email Mob: +971 50 8433 262 Contributors ADRIAN MAUL, ALISON DAY, ASMA MERCHANT, ASPEN AMAN, HELGA BERGSTEINSDOTTIR, JENNIFER THOMPSON, KAREN DEGAN, KATRINA VALENTE, SAMAR KHAN Registered at Fujairah Media Freezone Head Office, P.O. Box 4422 Fujairah, U.A.E. Tel: +971 9 224 4100 and Fax: +971 9 224 4101 Printed by UNITED PRINTING & PUBLISHING Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. © 2013 Awakenings Media. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or used in any form of advertising without the prior permission in writing from the Editor. Images from

ince so many people have asked, I think I need to start this Ed’s letter with the confirmation that, yes, married life is brilliant, thanks. Loving it so far. Admittedly, I’m only three months into it but if it carries on like this, I’ll be very happy. I’m a latecomer to the wedded world. The first of my friends to get married did so about 25 years ago. What have I been doing all this time? Don’t know – travelling, career building (supposedly), dating… the time just flies. Anyway, I’m here now and my husband and I are working out our life together. I think he finally understands that when I said I don’t cook, ever, I really meant it. And I’m getting used to rising at 5.45am to help him get out the door and on the road to Abu Dhabi in time for work – I make his breakfast while he’s in the shower. Pouring branflakes into a bowl isn’t cooking. Anyway, let’s move onto the magazine. One of my favourite stories in this issue is about a Dubai woman and animal communicator who gives Reiki healing to animals – we got her around to our house to have a chat with our cat Jake. You can read what our cat told her on page 10. The green smoothie story on page 22 is another goodie, since reading it I’ve been making smoothies every day for the last couple of weeks and I feel great for it. Since I generally try everything we talk about in the magazine, I’ve also been making my own shampoo for the last two weeks out of baking soda and water. Read the ‘no poo’ story on page 30 to find out why. Another thing we were wondering recently was why you never see hybrid or electric cars on Sheikh Zayed Road so we’ve asked the question, ‘Can I buy an eco-friendly car in the UAE?’ and were surprised to find the answer was ‘yes’, see page 34. I hope you enjoy this issue, don’t forget to ‘like’ our Facebook page to keep up to speed on holistic living in the UAE between issues.

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The Thank You list

Awakenings is a labour of love. Special thanks to Shams Larbi, Aspen Aman, Samad Ahmad, Jun Jualag, Adam Broom, Asma Merchant, and Adrian Maul. Bless your cottons! Thank you as well to our friends in business who stock the magazine for us, Illuminations Centre, Third Eye, Organic Glow Beauty Lounge, SpaDunya Club, The Holistic Institute.

SUBSCRIBE FOR FREE TO AWAKENINGS MAGAZINE! Since Awakenings Middle East is such a new arrival to the UAE’s magazine scene, we decided that to get as many people aware of it as quickly as possible, we would do a free subscription offer. So far about 5,000 UAE residents have said, ‘send me that mag of yours for free’ but we want more people to read Awakenings! Make sure you get the next issue in December (it’s quarterly), go to and send us your postal details via the ‘Subscribe For Free’ page.


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What’s happening in your town 14 September, Kids Nutrition workshop

Kids aged 8 to 12 and parents learn to eat and cook healthy food in a playful way at Dubai Herbal and Treatment Centre. Price: AED 150

17 September, Deepak Chopra - The Future of Wellbeing

Spiritual guru Deepak Chopra is coming to Dubai to deliver a seminar called The Future of Wellbeing. Timings: 6pm Price: AED 150 onwards Venue: Madinat Arena, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai Contact: 800 35274

28 September, Be Happy & Stay Happy, No Matter What Gloria Belendez-Ramirez teaches you how to tap into your inner powers to find inner peace and happiness. Timings: 2pm to 6pm

Price: AED 500 Venue: The Holistic Institute, JLT, Dubai Contact: 04 4503525

3–5 October, Luxury Yoga Retreat, Abu Dhabi

Improve your yoga skills in five-star resort. Package includes two-night luxury accommodation (double occupancy), four yoga classes at the Palm Garden overlooking the beach, two meditation classes, a welcome dinner, daily breakfast, and access to all hotel facilities. Price: AED 2,490 Venue: Shangri-La, Abu Dhabi Contact: Caroline Leon on or Sabine Schaffer on

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26 October & 2 November, Introduction to Chue Style Feng Shui Module A

Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese art that studies the energy linked to places. In this two day course, you learn the basic principles of Chue Style Feng Shui and successful completion earns an Accredited Certificate from the Chue Foundation. Timings: 10am to 5pm Price: AED 2,400 (AED 2,100 if registered one week before the course) Venue: The Holistic Institute, JLT, Dubai Tel: 04 4503525

27 October – 12 November, Intuitive Anatomy with Vanya Silverten

An in-depth journey of discovery through the human body to intimately and intuitively meet the organs and systems. The student will discover the emotions and beliefs that are inherent in the body. Prerequisites are Theta Healing Basic and Advanced DNA. Timings: 9am to 5pm Price: AED 7,200 Venue: Illuminations Centre, JLT, Dubai Contact: 04 44 87043 or e-mail or

Join the Awakenings Meet Up group at!


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What’s happening in your town HEADS UP!

21–23 November, Dubai Yoga & Music Festival

January, Astrology 2014 workshop Astrologer and best-selling author Jessica Adams is coming to Dubai to give talks on what the astrological calendar holds for 2014 as well as private readings. Find out how you can make the planetary energies work for you as well as an alert on anything that might need side-stepping. To register your interest for receiving updates about these events, email or keep an eye on the Awakenings Facebook page, For more on Jessica, go to

Dubai Yoga & Music Festival returns in its second year with a line-up of local and international yoga teachers. Three days of yoga classes along with wellness talks, music events and a marketplace for all things yoga. Price: AED 460 for one day and AED 700 for 3 day pass. Also available, AED 35 for Shop and Observe pass to access the marketplace and some talks. Venue: The Westin Mina Seyahi, Dubai Contact: ns to download

FREE meditatio

Renowned Holistic Hypnotherapist Yuvraj Kapadia of Illuminations Wellbeing Centre has prepared eight meditations that he’s kindly offering to Awakenings readers for free! The eight meditations are Physical Detoxification, Emotional Detoxification, Earth Healing, Cleansing, Higher Self Connection, Chakra/Whirling, Relationship Healing, and General Healing. Download for listening to anytime, anywhere. How? Send an email to info@ to receive the download link for your chosen meditation via WE Transfer.




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27-30 November, Abu Dhabi Alive! The Healthy Living Show

UAE’s largest health, nutrition, fitness & well-being event. Get a glimpse of everything from latest diet news to fitness demos, advice from leading health experts, live cookery demos to tasting new health foods in the market. Discover ways of improving your life by learning the importance of good health wellbeing & nutrition Timings: 12pm to 9pm Price: Free entry for pre-registered visitors Venue: Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi


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Comprise of seven individual events including Sport & Leisure, the inaugural Life & Style Show UAE is set to be the largest consumer lifestyle show in the Middle East. Head along for the latest in sports equipment, clothing, clubs, personal trainers and nutritionists. Everything you need to know about living a healthy lifestyle. AED 50 for a one day ticket bought on the day, AED 25 in advance through the website. Free for children under the age of 16. Keep an eye on the Awakenings Facebook page for how you can win tickets! Venue: ADNEC, Abu Dhabi The Life & Style Show UAE - a great day out for all the family!

• Over 500 exhibitors • Celebrity Cooking Demos • Catwalk Shows • Gaming Stages • Football Tournament • KidZania Village • UAE’s Best Dressed Car • Full Size Demo Home • Live Makeovers • Santa’s Grotto • Fitness Classes • DJ Stage • Live Cooking Theatre

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Is your pet absorbing your issues? From falcons to puppies, fish, reptiles, monkeys, horses, cats and wild animals - a little energy healing goes a long way.


or those who believe in energy healing, physical and mental illness are the manifestations of unresolved emotional issues. For example, energy healers believe that diseases like cancer can be the result of an inability to receive love due to perhaps a subconscious belief of not being worthy. Addressing these emotional root causes of disease is the purpose of healing modalities such as Theta healing, Hypnotherapy, Reiki, Pranic healing, Spiritual Response Therapy and other energetic based therapies. It’s not just humans who manifest illness as a result of unresolved emotional issues though, Dubai-based Reiki healer Sabine Poncelet believes many of the problems animals have are often the result of their own feelings of abandonment, jealousy, neglect, or lack of love. In addition she says, our

pets are also a sponge for our negative emotions and feelings. “Reiki is energy, ultimately. It’s a life force energy and when your energy is not in balance you can get sick,” Poncelet says. “Your chakras are energy centres. The best example is your solar plexus chakra, which is linked mainly to all your digestive organs. When you have a stomach ulcer, even a traditional doctor will tell you, ‘reduce your stress’. “When your energy centres are not balanced, you develop problems. It’s the same with animals but more so

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because people transfer their energies to their pets. When you touch or stroke an animal, you may not realise it but you are transferring your energy and emotions. Animals are like a sponge in that way, so are young children.”


Originally from from Belgium, Poncelet has been in Dubai since 2011. For more than 15 years she was a financial controller before becoming a full-time Reiki and energy healer for humans and animals. She knew at the age of seven that she had a


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natural talent for healing and could communicate with animals but it wasn’t until she healed her own daughter with Reiki that she devoted herself fully to energy healing. “I was very intuitive. When I put my hands on people with pain or injuries, they disappeared. I could communicate with animals too; I could feel what they were thinking. I also knew things in advance but my mother said to me, ‘oh it’s just your imagination, forget about this…’ so of course I believed her and for a long time I didn’t use my abilities like I use them now.” As she got older though, Poncelet started researching healing modalities like Reiki and Magnetism. She studied Reiki initially in Europe as she found it was the modality that offered the best explanation for her natural gifts.


Poncelet’s first major success was when her own daughter was born with gastric reflux. She was aged 24 and her newborn baby could not hold milk down because the valve at the bottom of her esophagus would not close. So, she would vomit everything back up, which caused major internal inflammation. “She was just one month old when my doctor told me she would have to be on medication for six years but that this would not heal her, the medication would only reduce the symptoms,” Poncelet said. “I would have tried anything so I put my hands on her in the place she had the pain.” For the next two years, Poncelet gave her daughter the doctor’s medication but she also gave her regular Reiki healing sessions.


PET OWNERS’ FEEDBACK We spoke to some of the people who’ve taken their troubled pets to Sabine Poncelet for Reiki healing, here’s what they said: Cat: Hippie, age 4 Human: Lucie Fonseca, Dubai Issue: Hippie wouldn’t accept a new cat into the house. “Hippie was rescued from the streets of Abu Dhabi when she was about a year old. When she came to us, she was very scared and jumpy. She was also afraid of other cats. Whenever there was another cat around, she would become obsessed by it, stalk and growl all the time, stop eating, stop sleeping, stop purring. She would be very stressed. In April this year, we decided to adopt a new cat, Pepper. We asked Sabine to do a Reiki treatment on Hippie to help her deal with the stress of the other cat in the house. We did one session before the two cats were introduced and one after. The results were brilliant. After the treatments, Hippie accepted Pepper really fast. One week after the second Reiki treatment, we were able to leave the two cats together without supervision and there were no fights. They did not become best friends but they co-exist peacefully. I think Sabine’s intervention helped Hippie feel relaxed and secure so she didn’t feel the need to show aggression and the introduction was a success.” Horse: Prince, age four and a half Human: Vicky Remy, Belgium Issue: Prince was losing weight and refusing to eat Not long after we bought Prince in 2008, he virtually stopped eating despite no physical problem and the vet didn’t know why. He lost a lot of weight, we were very worried. After the first Reiki session, we could see he was feeling better, he started to smell his food and nibble small portions. Sabine said the horse was feeling very sad because he had lost a much loved family member. After the two sessions he was eating normally again and we’ve never had this problem with him since. Sometime later, we found out from the previous owners that Prince had lost his mate not long before we got him. Sabine completely surpassed our expectations; we are very grateful.” Reiki healer Sabine Poncelet and her dog Petzi. (Courtesy of Baginskaya Gallery and Studio)

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“After two years I stopped the medication because she was fully healed – something the doctor said would never happen.” After that, Poncelet studied more energy healing modalities and worked on family and friends with wonderful results. “For 20 years, I was working more on people than animals and initially I only worked on my own animals but later on, when I was about 36, I started working on the animals of my friends in Belgium. Mostly on dogs, cats and horses.”


Animals are very sensitive to energy, Poncelet says, and often respond very well to Reiki and energy healing. She says the issues pets can be caused by the owner - not all the time but it happens. As in the case with a Pekinese dog she worked on recently who suffered from panic attacks, anxiety, sleeplessness and dementia. In his crazed episodes, he would run straight into walls and his owners were at a loss as to how to help him, they were considering euthanasia. “Geordie is 13 years old and after six Reiki sessions he is now fine but when the owner called me, this dog was in a terrible state, he was crazy. It was my first case of dementia and I didn’t know what to do but when I touched him to do the Reiki, I discovered that he was very linked to this woman, his owner. Some dogs are more independent, less sensitive but this dog was soul-linked to her. The dog was like her baby and of course the dog can feel this so he was emotionally involved in the woman’s troubles. She had a lot of problems in her life so she was very stressed and depressed. Unfortunately, her dog took on her troubles.

“At first, I didn’t expect a great result because I didn’t know the origin of the dementia, but when I discovered the origin was in the dog/owner relationship and the dog was having panic attacks because of the owner’s troubles, I thought ‘ok, now I’ve got the root’. The illness is the consequence of the root trouble. You have to get the root and sometimes it’s completely different to the illness.” When the owner understood this, she began making changes in her life, Poncelet says. “Since the Reiki, Geordie

Animals teach us a lot of things including, how to be committed, how to love unconditionally, and how to receive love has been much better, the owner sent me a message last week saying, ‘Wow, it’s wonderful, I don’t know how to thank you. We’re doing so much better.’”


Just like humans, animals suffer from emotional stress and physical illness but some animals are more sensitive than others, Poncelet says. Dolphins are the most sensitive animals on Earth followed by horses. “That’s why we use horses to work with autistic children because they are able to understand certain things, when you speak with a horse – not like speaking with a human – you have the feeling that he understands you. I can’t explain it, it’s amazing.”

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She tells the story of another recent canine client, a chihuahua that was dying from a cancerous tumour. “This chihuahua was at the end of her life when the woman called me, there was not much I could do other than relieve the animal’s suffering in its final days. That first session was 90 minutes long, normally a session is about 30 minutes to an hour but this little dog was sucking in the energy she needed. I asked the dog what happened and how she was feeling, she communicated with me she was feeling depressed, and sad. She told me that since her owner’s baby was born, she had felt rejected. The dog told me, ‘she didn’t look at me anymore; I was abandoned like I was nothing’. “After the session, I asked the owner when the cancer had developed and she said, ‘after my baby was born, maybe nine months to a year later’. “I believe cancer is the result a lack of love, especially for humans. It can manifest because you cannot express your love or you don’t know how to receive love, it’s linked. For animals it is the same, in this case especially.” The chihuahua died four days later but the owner’s feedback was that, after the Reiki session, the dog was much more peaceful and the relationship between the dog and the woman was better so the little dog passed away in peace.


What Poncelet would like people to understand is that their emotions can affect their pets and that the pet’s own feelings contribute to physical and mental ailments, this could be sadness, rejection, abandonment, neglect, etc


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and could be caused by anything from a new animal or baby being brought into the house to old trauma from abuse or neglect from their early life. Even if an animal is now in a loving home, it may have psychological issues stemming from early ill treatment. “I believe your illnesses start with your thoughts because your body reacts to your thoughts. It is all just energy that flows through the meridians and chakras of your body and into your organs. It’s the same thing for animals.” For Poncelet, seeing her animal clients become happier, healthier little creatures after a few sessions of energy healing gives her great joy and satisfaction. Poncelet hopes that one day it will be commonplace to combine alternative and complementary therapy with traditional veterinarian practice as well as with allopathic medicine for humans. In the UAE, this is not usual yet but in the US, Reiki is now commonplace in hospitals with many patients opting for a Reiki session before surgery. In Japan, Theta healing is being used in hospitals and in Germany and Switzerland, a Reiki consultation and treatment is refunded under your health insurance policy, as long as the Reiki practitioner is certified. “We owe so much to the animals in our lives,” Sabine says. “Animals teach us a lot of things including, how to be committed, how to love unconditionally, and how to receive love because they love you unconditionally, all animals without any exception.”


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TRIED AND TESTED BY JAKE THE AWAKENINGS CAT Can Reiki really help pets be happier and healthier? Awakenings wanted to find out so we took animal Reiki healer Sabine Poncelet home to give our cat, Jake, a health check. When we asked Sabine to come over to our house and give our two-year-old cat Jake a check up, we honestly thought there was nothing wrong with him. Apart from a little limping from a hip operation he’d had about 12 months earlier, he seemed fine. How wrong we were! Sabine came over and after a 10 minute body scan of Jake and a chat with him via his higher self, we were surprised to be told that he was feeling intense pain around his teeth and jaw area and that the parasites in his small intestine were out of control which was giving him an upset stomach. We had to admit he was long overdue a de-worming treatment. “Take him to vet to check,” Sabine said, “I don’t know what is causing the pain around his teeth and jaws but he tells me it is intense and he cannot cope with it, he has asked for help. “As for the hip, he says this doesn’t really bother him, only sometimes, he can cope with it. A joint supplement would help though.” So Sabine gave Jake some Reiki to suppress the pain for a while and we took Jake to the vet a couple of days later. Sure enough, the vet tells us that Jake has a severe ear infection caused by ear mites and that it would be causing him a lot of pain. We then remembered he had been scratching his ears a lot lately, we’d even mentioned it a couple of weeks earlier. By the next day, it was obvious even to us that Jake was in a huge amount of pain and discomfort but at least we’d started him on medication for the ear infection. It was heart-breaking to see him in so much pain so we got Sabine back in to do a full Reiki session on him. He communicated with her that the pain was now consuming his whole head. She worked on him for about 30 minutes and he seemed slightly better immediately. Within 24 hours, he was noticeably better. We’re extremely grateful to Sabine for her help with Jake. It was also interesting to hear some of the other things he had to say as well, for example, apparently he gets bored sometimes and he doesn’t feel very confident about facing up to other cats in the neighbourhood. So, we’re going to get another cat to be his companion, a very young female, Sabine advises, and we’ll get him a Reiki session to work on his confidence. Jake the Awakenings cat investigates Reiki for animals...

SABINE PONCELET is the founder of Animal Reiki Dubai, as well as dogs and cats, she works with falcons, birds​, fish, reptiles, amphibians​, and wild animals. To contact her, email or call + ​ 971 (0) 50 81 44 529. For more information, go to

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Feeling the


Get out of your head and into your heart. A way out of depression by Alison Day.

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hy am I writing an article on depression? Because for most of my life I haven’t liked me. Depression and manic depression have left their marks upon the face of my reality. Yet whilst those shadow days of the past were scary times, they taught me how to find my light. Now, I can confidently say I don’t fear my shadows. I observe them, breathe them and through them there is always a sparkling light of new selfdiscovery. For anyone who has known selfloathing, felt un-loveable and lived with depression, I want to share with you how getting out of your head and into your

heart can be a way out of depression. You are your own unique creation and when the words you speak to yourself are ones of love, you and your life can change in magical ways. Happiness is a state of mind, a state of being. Joy and sorrow are the two faces of the same coin we call life. With every toss of that coin you never know which side will land face up. Life is never all joy or all sorrow. It’s a rollercoaster of ups and downs and it is your ability to enjoy the ride, embracing and accepting not just the highs of life but the lows too, that will determine your life experience. You are all you believe yourself to be. It takes courage, self-discipline and time to learn how to change the way you think and behave. If you are depressed or suffer from bouts of depression it is even more challenging to make such changes... but it is possible.

The endless thoughts and chatter that have you alone in the dark can become quiet and be silenced when you allow yourself to see and feel the light within


I didn’t always suffer from low selfesteem and bouts of depression. As a very young child I was confident, outgoing and very gregarious. My father was an army medic and like many ex-pat army kids we lived in many countries and met many other people just like us. When my father left the army and moved to the north east of England when I was 11, I started being bullied. By the time I hit puberty I hated myself. That’s when the self-loathing started and a need for constant approval and acceptance. As I grew older, this transformed into a self-destructive sex addiction that only served to fuel that low self-esteem. Depression is like a black dog that has


kept following me around and recently peri-menopause has made it a rabid black dog. Having lived through my mother’s struggle with bipolar manic depression and her suicide attempts I swore I would never be like that. Yet just nine months ago I lay in a bath going through in my mind how I would kill myself. That’s when I said enough is enough. I tried anti-depressants but it just wasn’t the route I wanted to take. I’m not judging those people who do; everyone needs to find their own path. There are many forms of depression and manic depression that require medication. My dear mum is now healthy and well because she is on Lithium and HRT and without that combination she is victim to her mania and so is all of my family. I am ever thankful to my mum for accepting her illness and choosing to seek help. Now, many years on, we are the closest and happiest we have ever been as a family.


If you’re like me then you will function well a lot of the time but also have periods or bouts of depression and are prone to low self-worth and negative thinking. One thing’s for sure, we are not alone. One in four people will experience some form of mental illness in the course of a year, the most common being anxiety and depression. About 10 per cent of children have a mental health problem at any one time. [Source: Mental Health Foundation UK statistics 2012] So, how do you get out of your head into your heart? You think less and feel more. It is what I call ‘intelligence of the heart’. Practises


To help people with depression, Alison has set up an online resource called Club M.A.D, where people from all around the world can find resources, articles and a forum called Heart2Heart on overcoming depression and living happier, healthier lives. Visit cont. overleaf


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such as yoga and meditation help you open up your heart and solar plexus chakras and the key to opening your heart is self-love. Open your mind to the possibility that you can open your heart and receive all the love, help and support that exists in abundance. The endless thoughts and chatter that have you alone in the dark can become quiet and be silenced when you allow yourself to see and feel the light within. That is how you step through the door of an open heart and onto the path of recovery called Self Love.


Alison is in Dubai in November to host her seminar, Get out of your head and into your heart... a way out of depression. She’ll be sharing insights, ideas and resources on finding a path out of depression. Places are limited. Register your interest for receiving updates, email

Q. How do I recognise early signs of depression?

S.A.D - Sadness – Apathy – Doubt. Typical signs of depression include: Trouble concentrating and making decisions; becoming withdrawn and anti-social; crying for no real reason or feeling hopeless and afraid; irritability, anxiety or panic attacks; feeling apathetic and unmotivated; low libido; insomnia, and suicidal thoughts.

Q. What can I do if I think I might be depressed? Acknowledge that you might be depressed and allow yourself to ask for help and support from loved ones, friends and family. Do something: Co-creator of NLP Dr Richard Bandler said if there was one thing he could give as advice to help overcome depression in the early stages is to ‘do something’. He says depression is like falling down an endless series of rabbit holes, the less active you are and

the more withdrawn and reclusive you become, the worse your depression can get. Go for a walk, accept your friend’s invitation for lunch, listen to music, watch a comedy. Do anything that makes you feel good. Medicate: While it’s not for everyone, anti-depressant medication has helped people. Talk to your doctor. Get help: There are countless therapies available within the realms of traditional medicine and alternative healing. Keep trying till something clicks with you. Options include: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): Your doctor can refer you or look for a qualified therapist. A starting point is Life Works on Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah, Dubai. Go to Theta healing: There are many theta healers in the UAE, one of

whom is Vanya Silverten. Contact Illuminations Wellbeing Centre, JLT, Dubai on 04 448 7043. Reiki: There are many Reiki practitioners in the UAE, one of whom is Sabine Poncelet who works out of KUUR Physiotherapy Center, Dubai. Tel. 050 814 4529. Another is Seda Goksel based near the Jumeirah Mosque. Email her at Hypnotherapy and regression: Rachel Beavan is a certified Hypnotherapist of the National Federation of Neuro Linguistic Psychology and an NLP Practitioner. Email her at Or, attend my seminar in December called, ‘Get out of your head and into your heart... a way out of depression’, see the box out above

ALISON DAY is a writer, public speaker and intuitive coach. Her first book The Metaphysician’s Mirror will soon be available on Kindle. Currently based in the UK, Alison visits Dubai twice a year to hold seminars, workshops and give individual consultations. Email

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ave you ever entered a place and felt extremely uncomfortable without knowing why, or have you ever met someone who gave you the creeps for no particular reason? There are many situations where you may experience a feeling that’s beyond logical explanation; situations where your gut feeling goes against your rational mind and you experience an internal conflict. This may happen in a business setting where you need to take a decision with regards to an important business deal or on the job when you choose people to work with. It can also happen in a situation where your gut feeling tells you not to trust someone, not to go somewhere, or the opposite, to go somewhere, to do something or to call someone. Examples of intuition are many - be it at work or in other settings, sometimes you may ignore or miss out on the powerful messages that come from your intuition. I’m sure you have experienced a situation where you chose to follow your rational mind rather than your intuition only to find out later that you should have listened to your gut feeling.


Unleash your


Your intuition or inner guidance is one of your greatest gifts. Listen to that little voice, says Helga Marin Bergsteinsdottir.

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Albert Einstein said: “Intuition is nothing but the outcome of earlier intellectual experience.” Others have stated that your intuition comes from your DNA and yet others view the intuition as the voice of your higher self or the voice of God. Selfhelp author Wayne Dyer says that if you talk to God through prayers, God talks to you through your intuition. I am fascinated with the theories of quantum physicists who claim that we are all connected through a unified field and we all contribute to one universal consciousness. David Hawkins uses a nice metaphor in his book, Power Verses Force, to describe how human beings are connected to this unified field. He compares human beings to computers and says if a computer has to rely solely on the information stored on the hard disc, it is limited to the amount of information stored there. On the other hand, if the computer connects to the internet it has access to an endless flow of information.


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feel better but will open the gates to allow abundance and wellbeing to flow into your life.


If human beings are like computers, it is through connecting to the unified field that we get access to new ideas and inspiration. Our intuition is part of the whole picture and I believe it is through our intuition we receive information that is beyond the information we have stored in the subconscious mind and we can also, through our intuition, read the energy of people and places. Our intuition is then our natural intelligence that stretches far beyond the brain and the information we keep stored there. I believe connecting to this natural intelligence is our best bet for living a fulfilled and happy life.


David Hawkins explains how we are not only connected to the unified field but how each one of us is constantly influencing that field of unified consciousness with our thoughts and our emotions. Depending on the thoughts we think we give out different energy/vibration. The higher the vibration the closer we are to God consciousness. The closer we are to God consciousness the more we are in tune with our intuition and the stronger the connection to higher powers and to the unified field. So if we are all born with this natural intelligence how come so many of us choose to ignore that inner voice? It usually happens as we grow older. Our minds take on the social conditioning and values and we no longer tune into our intuition or inner voice for guidance.


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It takes practice to know whether the voice comes from your intuition or your head. Here are some simple steps to determine where the voice comes from: Ideas that come from your intuition: w Bring you peace w Re-enter your mind again and again w Make you feel excited w You have an inner knowing that it is the right thing to do w You feel compelled to follow the idea even though it doesn’t make sense Tuning into this inner voice takes more than just practice. My observation is that I need to raise my level of consciousness to feel connected or inspired (in spirit). Your level of consciousness is affected by your thoughts and your emotions, which in turn affects your attitude, your beliefs and your values. When I feel down, hopeless or frustrated I have noticed that all doors to new opportunities close and my mind shuts out all the new and exciting ideas. Conversely, when I feel inspired, optimistic and happy, opportunities and new ideas show up without any effort from my side. It is therefore crucial to practice raising your level of consciousness with positive thinking and a positive attitude. The four fundamental emotions that vibrate at the highest level are the feelings of peace, joy, happiness and gratitude. Practicing getting into these four emotional states on a daily basis not only helps you to

Which is all very well but how do you raise your level of consciousness? w For a start, pay attention to your inner critic. Be conscious of any negative thoughts entering your mind and gently turn them into constructive and positive thoughts; w Nourish your body with live, nutritious foods that allow the flow of energy through your body; w Listen to music that touches you emotionally, that lifts your spirit and warms your heart; w Feed your brain with reading material that inspires, uplifts and broadens your mind; w Keep your home environment tidy and uncluttered. Organise your home in line with the principles of Feng Shui, allowing the free flow of energy; w Spend time in every day in nature, either by the sea, in the mountains or in a forest w Avoid environments where there is loud music and alcohol; w Random acts of kindness. Find opportunities to be kind to a living being every day (includes yourself!); w Use positive affirmations that empower you and are in line with who you want to become; w Use visualisation to connect to universal powers; w Let go of ego dominance that tries to tell you, ‘I am what I have, my reputation, my education, my accomplishments, my job and my role in society.’ You are so much more than the sum of these things. You are magnificent and you can choose to be a hostage of your ego or a host to God.

HELGA MARIN Bergsteinsdottir is an inspirational speaker and the Director of Health, Mind & Body a corporate health and wellness company. Email her at or go to

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When a healer’s

mum gets cancer Surgery or cut back sugar? I’ll take the surgery thanks.’ Is a lifestyle change the hard option? Karen Degen has a thriving business treating clients using EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) aka tapping. When her own mother gets cancer she examines why many people would rather take drugs or have surgery than make lifestyle changes


y mother has cancer and was advised by a natural health practitioner to eliminate sugar from her diet. She has been unwilling to do that but is quite willing to undertake chemotherapy.  ‘Lifestyle change or serious drug that will nearly kill me? Oh I’ll take the drug thanks.’  The choice is incomprehensible to me but it seems it’s the one most people take.

In the book Love, Medicine & Miracles by Dr Bernie Siegel, he talks about what makes someone survive a serious illness. He says: “Patients vary enormously.  Some will do almost anything rather than alter their lives to increase their chances for a cure.  When I offer them a choice between an operation and a change in lifestyle, eight out of ten say: ‘Operate, it hurts less.’”  Like my mother, most people want the quick fix and aren’t prepared to make changes. Even though I successfully treat clients with serious illnesses including cancer, I’m not treating my mum, I have elected to send her to someone else. There are two main reasons why, as a healer, I don’t treat my own mother. Firstly, to some people I’m their therapist but to others I’m a daughter, friend, wife, or sister. When they have a problem they are expecting to talk to that person. Treating them like a client when they haven’t asked for that type of help can be relationship damaging. I don’t change

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my clients. I show them that they need to change and help them to do it. They need to want to change at some level and need to take some action. It is a joint effort. Don’t assume that everyone is ready to look inside themselves and even if they are don’t assume they are ready to change. Secondly, to treat a client I usually need to work with issues deeply hidden in the subconscious mind. I have the skill to do this easily with clients but with myself, family or friends I am clouded by what I know. My feelings and perceptions will stop me seeing their truth, which might be different from my truth. Gary Craig (the original founder of EFT) always said it was important to ‘get yourself out of the way’. When it comes to family, you are intertwined in their life and can’t get out of the way enough, even if you think you can.


Many people have loved ones who aren’t prepared to go to a non-traditional healer such as myself. This can be frustrating for those who understand the undeniable link between your emotions and your physical health. They often ask me for advice on what they can do to help someone who won’t get help. I tell them two things. Firstly, that your loved one has their life to live, their choices to make and their emotions to feel. Your job is to deal with your emotions. Work on yourself for the worry and fear or work with someone like me if you can’t do it on your own. The second piece of advice I give is to do with the Law of Attraction and I quote Abraham (Esther Hicks) who said: “When you focus upon the problems of others, you diminish


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your ability to help them. People believe that you’ve got to focus upon the problem in order to find a solution. And we say, no solution ever comes forth - it’s never inspired; you never recognise it, and you are never able to facilitate or achieve it - from your place of focusing on the problem. They are two entirely different vibrations. If you have someone who has many things going wrong and one thing going right, beat the drum of what’s going right, and let that be your point of attraction. If you focus upon their problems, you achieve vibrational harmony with something other than the Source that gives you solution.”


If, as Dr Bernie Siegel said, 80 per cent of people are not willing to make lifestyle changes for their health, that leaves us with 20 per cent who are. Being willing to make changes however is not the same as being able to. A professional change expert such as an EFT Practitioner knows how to make those changes easily and permanently. Lifestyle change is within your reach but only if you reach out for it.


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The body has an ability to heal itself if it is given the right environment. Many doctors and medical institutions are now saying that the main cause of most illnesses is unresolved emotional issues. The right environment therefore includes being free of negative thoughts, beliefs and emotions. It’s often ‘nice’ people who get these serious diseases because they are the ones who don’t put themselves first; they don’t say ‘no’ and don’t express their negative emotions, especially anger. That old saying, ‘only the good die young’ has a basis of truth. As a EFT healer, it is my job to clear those unresolved issues. Once I’ve done that however the client still needs to make


lifestyle changes to prevent getting sick again in future if they continue to live life the same way. Lifestyle changes I typically teach clients to make include the following: w How to give their opinion, speak up or speak out, rather than leaving things unsaid (which usually results in unresolved emotion) w How to say ‘no’. Many ill people are people pleasers and are always giving to others to the detriment of themselves. w That they must put themselves first and teaching them how to, because many ill people have never done it and don’t know how to start. w How to process their emotions as opposed to suppressing them.

KAREN DEGEN is a Health, Happiness and Success Coach and an internationally certified EFT Practitioner based in New Zealand. She sees clients from all over the world via Skype. Further information on Karen and EFT is available on her website

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Arabic cupping therapy The ancient practice of hijama, or cupping, is a traditional Arabic medical technique that dates back thousands of years but is still widely used today. Samar Khan reports.


upping is an ancient form of therapy that’s been used in traditional Arabic medicine for centuries. It is part of the Unani system of traditional medicine widely practiced by Muslims. Unani medicine is based on the concept of the four humours: phlegm (balgham), blood (dam), yellow bile (safra) and black bile (sauda). There are four types of treatment available, regimental therapy, pharmacotherapy, dietotherapy and surgery. Hijama, or cupping, falls into the regimental therapy category and addresses diseases like migraine, sinusitis, piles, back pain, spondilitis, hypertension, and high cholesterol. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) recommended this practice around fourteen hundred years ago. He said: “Cupping is a cure for every disease if performed in its correct time. Indeed in cupping there is a cure.

“Whoever performs cupping on the 17th, 19th, or 21st day (of the Islamic lunar month) then it is a cure for every disease.” In Arabic, the word ‘Hijama’ is derived from the root word ‘hajm’, which means ‘sucking’. Cupping (hijama) is the process of applying cups to various points on the body (usually acupressure points) by removing the air inside the cups to form a vacuum. It’s believed that 70 per cent of diseases and ailments are due to blood being unable to reach certain parts of the body. Hijama activates the lymphatic system whilst stimulating the production of new and healthier blood and promoting the free flow of the body´s energy, blood and fluids. There are three methods of cupping: 1. Dry cupping - A process of using a vacuum on different pressure points in the body in order to gather blood in that

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area without incisions. This is believed to detoxify and remove congestion. 2. Dry massage cupping - This is a process similar to dry cupping. Olive oil is applied to the skin before applying the cups in order to allow easy movements of the cups. Dry and massage cupping may be administered any time of the day, any day of the week or month without restrictions. 3. Wet cupping - This form of cupping is a process of using a vacuum at different pressure points on the body but with small incisions in order to remove ‘harmful’ blood, which lies just beneath the surface of the skin. Wet cupping should only be administered by a cupping therapist.


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Similar to the Indian tradition of Ayurveda, the traditional Arabic system of medicine called Unani stems from the teachings of Greek physician Hippocrates and Roman physician Galen. It’s based on the Hippocratic theory of the four humours: Phlegm (balgham), Blood (dam), Yellow bile (safra) and Black bile (sauda). These teachings were taken and developed into an elaborate medical system by Arab and Persian physicians such as Rhazes (al-Razi), Avicenna (Ibn Sina), AlZahrawi, and Ibn Nafis. Unani medicine is very close to Ayurveda.

The four humours theory suggests the presence of blood, phlegm, yellow bile and black bile in the human body. Each person’s unique mixture of these substances determines his mizaj (temperament). This theory holds that when the four basic substances are in balance, a person is healthy. All diseases and disabilities supposedly resulted from an excess or deficit of one of these four substances. SAMAR KHAN is a student of The Avicenna Institute and a consultant of Naturopathic Medicine.

Dubai: Breath and Health Alternative Medical Centre specialises in Unani and cupping treatments. 1080 A Wasl Rd, Umm Suqeim 2, Jumeirah. Tel 04 348 9940, email or go to Ajman: Dr. Amr Farouk is a qualified Cupping (Hijama) therapist with a clinic in Ajman at the GMC Hospital. Call him during business hours on +971 (0)6 746 3333. Sharjah: Drs. Fatima Shaheen and Syed Asaduddin Ahmed are Unani and Hijama specialists in Sharjah at Al Hijama Alternative Medical Centre. 306 DeltaTower, Corniche Street, Sharjah. Tel. 06 556 0500. Email:

UNANI AND THE FOUR HUMOURS Though all the systems of medicine consider Hippocrates as the Father of Medicine, the Unani System of Medicine is the only one still following the principles of medicine laid down by Hippocrates and his theory of the four humours, which believes that a person’s health is determined by an equal balance of these four substances, namely dam (blood), balgham (phlegm), safra (yellow bile), and sauda (black bile). If the balance is disturbed, ill health sets in. Unani has a number of methods of redressing any imbalance, which include herbal remedies and hijama (cupping). The four humours, their corresponding elements, seasons, sites of formation, and resulting temperaments alongside their modern equivalents are displayed below: Humour Blood

Season Spring

Element air

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Characteristics Qualities Ancient name Modern Warm, moist sanguine sociable, charismatic courageous, hopeful, amorous, boisterous, creative easily angered, passionate, energetic, task-oriented Warm, dry choleric ambitious, leadership extroverts, moody despondent, sleepless, irritable, cautious, self-reliant and Cold, dry melancholic introverted independent Cold, moist phlegmatic


calm, unemotional, relaxed to lazy, affectionate, reliable, consistent, shy, observant

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Beginner’s guide to

green smoothies For an intense hit of nutrients have a daily green smoothie, writes raw food health coach Jennifer Thompson.


hen was the last time you ate a whole bunch of spinach or parsley in one day? Chances are, you never have yet leafy greens like these pack a powerful punch of nutrition. A great way to utilise the amazing power of green leaf vegetables is with a daily green smoothie. I started making Green Smoothies almost eight years ago. Every morning, I blend a combination of fruit and greens and it fills me up for a healthy start to the day.

I first started Green Smoothies after several months on the raw food diet, and right away, I felt a difference. My energy levels improved and thanks to the added ground flaxseed in the Green Smoothie, so did my bowel movements. This was something everyone could do at home, even if they didn’t want to go into a strict raw food diet. So, I started telling my clients about Green Smoothies. Some of the successes I’ve seen in clients include:

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Symptoms of menopause – gone; acid reflux – gone; sugar cravings – gone; colitis – gone; PMS – improved; digestive disorders and constipation: gone; skin conditions – cleared; sleep function - improved; arthritis – gone… the list just goes on. One of my clients got her 86-year mother hooked on Green Smoothies and saw her digestion function and energy levels improve. Another client canceled his knee replacement surgery after he realized


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GREEN SMOOTHIES 101 Some of the questions people commonly ask when they first enter the world of green smoothies… Q. When greens are liquidised in a blender, do they lose nutrients? To break down all the fiber and cellulose in green leaves, you would have to spend several hours a day chewing and have extremely healthy teeth. In a Green Smoothie, the blender does the chewing for you, blending all the greens into very small pieces.  So, a Green Smoothie can actually provide more nutrition because it’s blended, not less. Q. Can I use powdered greens instead of fresh? The real benefits and healing potential in Green Smoothies lie in the fresh leafy greens, due to their fibere, nutrients and live enzymes.  Powdered greens (spirulina, wheatgrass powder, kelp, green powder blends, etc.) are great to add to your Green Smoothie for even more nutritional power, but don’t forget to use fresh greens too.  Although, if you’re travelling, powdered greens are a practical way to enjoy Green Smoothies on the road.    Q. Can I use ice or frozen fruit? Energy is required to ‘warm up’ a frozen drink and that energy takes away from the process of digestion and absorption.  Using cold water is ok because it’s not nearly as cold as ice.  Q. Can I add yogurt or milk instead of water? Dairy is mucous-forming to the body and can slow down the cleansing and absorption process.  Eat dairy products in your daily diet if you choose but keep the Green Smoothie dairy-free so it is easy for your body to digest.  Q. Isn’t that too much fruit sugar? If you are diabetic or already sensitive to fruit, then use low-glycemic index fruits, such as blackberries, raspberries, strawberries and green apples.  If you are unsure, consult a medical doctor. Q. What is the best blender to use for Green Smoothies? The best blender for Green Smoothies is one that you actually use!  Many people think they need an expensive Vitamix or Blendtec blender in order to make Green Smoothies but a standard household blender is fine, as long as you add water and fruit first, blend, and then add the greens and blend again. That way, you won’t destroy the motor.

that the chronic pain and inflammation in his knee had disappeared after starting to drink Green Smoothies. I heard from clients who lost weight finally, after years of yo-yo dieting and another client got pregnant after eight years on IVF… she calls her baby a ‘Green Smoothie miracle’. What is a Green Smoothie? A Green Smoothie is a mixture of water, leafy greens and fresh fruit. The ingredients


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Q. Am I supposed to eat only Green Smoothies? No. Eat whatever you normally eat just add a Green Smoothie a day to your diet. Q. I eat meat. Will a Green Smoothie still work? Yes. Green Smoothies compliment any diet or lifestyle, whether you are a meat eater, vegetarian, vegan or raw food vegan.  You do not have to give anything up.    Q. Can children drink Green Smoothies? Yes. It’s a fantastic breakfast for the entire family and a great start to a healthy day. cont. overleaf

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are mixed with water and liquidised in a blender, which breaks down the cellulose structure in the greens thereby unlocking their valuable nutrients. A Green Smoothie is a blended drink and not a juice.   Why Green Smoothies? Primarily because of the health results. Greens represent a convenient, essentially noncaloric, nutrient-dense source of otherwise hard to obtain minerals, like magnesium, calcium, potassium, and manganese. When the body starts to get the nutrition it needs, it will naturally start to crave healthier foods, which is a great weight to jump-start eating the right foods for weight loss. As addition, eating fibre in the diet is essential for proper elimination and good colon health. Aim to drink about 500ml (about 17oz/2 cups) of Green Smoothie per day. How to make a Green Smoothie 1. Blend 60 per cent fruit to 40 per cent greens in a blender. 2. Add water and/or high-water content fruits first. 3. Then add greens, blend again. 4. Blend different fruits and greens every day.

5. Try different combinations and find what tastes best to you What to use for greens You can try kale, spinach, Romaine lettuce, bok choy, arugula, celery leaves, alfalfa, clover, parsley, mint, coriander (cilantro), dandelion, Collard greens, watercress, beet greens, or Swiss chard. Avoid using more than two different greens at a time – this will ensure smooth, easy digestion and assimilation. It is important to use variety with your greens over a period of time, so try to buy something different each time you shop. What to use for fruit Enjoy apples, pears, bananas, oranges, papaya, pineapple, peaches, nectarines, grapes, strawberries blueberries or raspberries, depending on what you can find fresh and preferably in season. Watermelon tastes great in a smoothie. You can also use a few pitted dates to add sweet flavour. Use two to three different types of fruit in your smoothie for a pleasant blend of flavours. Banana is delicious because it adds a nice sweetness and thickness to the drink.

4 GREEN SMOOTHIE RECIPES 1. Digestive Power 1 handful fresh watercress ½ bunch parsley 2 cups grapes 2 red apples dash of cinnamon ¼ inch fresh ginger 1 T raw cacao powder 1 T coconut oil 1 cup water 2. Immune Booster 1 handful baby spinach ½ bunch fresh mint 1 apple 1 banana 1 lemon ½ inch fresh ginger 2 cups water   3. Mega Omegas 6-7 large kale leaves 1 handful celery greens 3 bananas 3 fresh passion fruit 2 T ground flax seed 1 T whole flax seed 2 T flax oil 1 tsp agave nectar, raw honey or date sugar ½ cup water   4. Antioxidant Blend 2 handfuls Romaine lettuce 1 cup red grapes ½ cup blueberries 2 T goji berries (soaked) 1 pitted date (medjool if available) 1 tsp acai powder ½ tsp spirulina powder 1 cup water Directions • Carefully wash all greens and fruit.  • In a blender, add the water, fruit and powders and blend until smooth.  • Add the greens and blend again.  • Drink and toast to your vibrant health.

Author Jennifer Thompson prepares a smoothie.

JENNIFER THOMPSON is a qualified IIPA Certified Comprehensive Iridologist and Plant-Based Nutritionist. She works as a Raw Food Educator and a Detox, Fasting and Health Coach. She offers consultations around the world and via Skype. Her DVD, Green Smoothie Power, was released in April 2012. For more information and recipes about Green Smoothies, go to Sign up for free raw food recipes and a newsletter at

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Holistic anti-aging


Holistic beauty therapist Katrina Valente reveals her personal secret weapons when it comes to anti-aging.


tlhough I’ve studied and qualified in just about every beauty therapy you’d care to name, when it comes to anti-aging, I remain an advocate of holistic therapies. I’ve always led a pretty healthy lifestyle. I’ve never smoked, I don’t drink that much and have exercised regularly for the best part of 25 years. I’m no saint though, I eat healthily most of the time but sugar remains my main vice. Both from my own experience of how best to hold back the signs of aging, as well as what I’ve seen from thousands of clients, I’ve come to various conclusions regarding the secrets of staying healthy and young in body, mind and spirit. Here are my top tips:


First and foremost in importance is what you’re feeding your body. I’m a great believer in detoxing and eating natural foods, raw where possible. I make a fresh juice every morning. Vegetable juices are better than fruit as the latter is high in sugar, natural sugars granted but it’s still sugar!

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My favourite mix is carrot, cucumber, celery, beetroot, lemon, apple and ginger. A few hours later I have a protein shake made with vegan protein powder, coconut water, two tablespoons of coconut oil, Chai powder and nuts, all blended together.  Grass-fed organic beef is great for the female hormonal system and is high in iron and the good fatty acids that are essential for aging gracefully. Quality, organic beef is very different from a McDonald’s burger so go ahead and eat home-cooked organic beef once or twice per week. Home-made soups are very high in nutritional value, easy to make and delicious at any time of the day. Stay away from starchy carbs in the evenings and fill up on vegetables; your energy will soar.


I’ve been exercising consistently for about 25 years now. I personally like a firm body so weight-training has always been important to me but my advice is that as we get older we need to change our routines. After two decades of hardcore weight training, I’ve recently been doing the Tracey Anderson workout and I love it! It’s an updated version of the old Callanetics that was all the rage in the 80s. Yoga and Pilates are a wonderful way to keep supple, lean and flexible as we get older. For downloadable workout videos, go to or for a fusion of body resistance, yoga, fitball, balance and aerobic paced moves.


This is another biggie for anti-aging. Prevention is better than cure so the earlier you start taking care of your skin, the better. Professional products are the best as they contain more active ingredients that work on the deeper layers of the dermis where all the collagen and elastin is formed. An interesting fact is that whatever you buy over the counter at your chemist or supermarket only has a two layer penetration, this is a government requirement for consumer use but you’re basically wasting your money. To get a deeper penetration of four to five layers, you need a professional product. This addresses the aging process much more specifically for longer results. A good organic day and night cream plus serums, which penetrate easily and are more specific to skin types, are essential for helping slow down the aging process and let’s not forget a good eye cream. The skin around the eyes is much thinner than the rest of the face so it needs to be treated with different creams. In my opinion, professional skincare is a must to fend off wrinkles, pigmentation and sagging skin tone.



I think the best brand that’s available in Dubai is Solgar. Supplements specifically for anti-aging are Vitamin C Ester, Omega 3, Vitamin E with Selenium, Zinc, B Complex and Sun Chlorella. They’ll all help to balance the hormonal system.


I’ve been doing regular detoxes for many years and I think they’re a must for keeping your system in tip-top health. I just did a five day juice fast with a company called Essentially – the juices are delivered to you each day and you drink a total of six juices a day – one every two hours. Easy! The owner of Essentially has been my client for many years and I know she puts her heart and soul into this business. For detox expertise in the UAE, go to, or


Professional treatments are the icing on the cake of anti-aging. My favourite natural treatment is Intraceuticals Oxygen which cont. overleaf


Water keeps our systems ticking over and prevents toxic build up. Our bodies are 85 per cent water so if we don’t have enough to keep our organs functioning properly, we experience constipation, bloating and Irritable Bowel Syndrome, to name a few. For good quality water, I recommend Jebel Akhdar Natural Mineral Water from the mountains of Oman or Fiji Water. Both are high vibration. Shop online at 


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super hydrates the skin, leaving it lifted and shining. Not all oxygen facials are created equal however. The Intraceuticals oxygen facial is in a league of its own and uses serums and products that keep the skin looking amazing for weeks after the treatment. I seriously love this facial! Of course I would, it’s one that I offer my clients. Go to for more information. For a strong tightening treatment, I recommend the Radio Frequency facial, after five weekly treatments you’ll see some great results that last for about three months after the treatments. A good alternative for those not wanting to have laser treatment. Go to


Even if its only five minutes a day. When we live in awareness, it helps us take responsibility for our lives. Listening to the quiet voice within brings peace and acceptance of the here and now; taking each moment for what it is. Living in acceptance gives us freedom to realise our dreams.

KATRINA VALENTE is a holistic beautician specialising in anti-aging. Call her on 050 565 7679 or email her at and mention Awakenings magazine for a 20 per cent discount for new customers on any treatment.

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We all know who the bad boys are.

ANTI-AGING ENEMIES Here are the culprits who will, without any shadow of doubt, speed up your aging process… Alcohol, sun and smoking You’ve heard it all before so just to further ingrain it on your brain. Alcohol, sun and smoking are the three stooges that will cause the most damage for your skin and liver – all of which makes you older, faster. Alcohol causes significant dehydration so if you must have a tipple, at least alternate it with water. As for smoking, I’ve never understood the attraction of swallowing mouthfuls of toxin-filled smoke. It makes your skin grey and wrinkled, it clogs your pores, makes your hair and clothes smell, gives you bad breath… and lets not forget things like lung cancer, emphysema and other respiratory diseases plus the environmental impact of all those butts ending up in our waterways and oceans. Obviously, cigarettes are hard to kick otherwise no-one would smoke but make the effort to ditch these poisonous sticks. The sun is the biggest factor in premature aging. Too much of it causes skin cancer, moles, dehydration, burns, and aging.  My 80-year-old Scottish mother has never laid in the sun and as a result has the most baby soft skin. Pure white with not a mark on it.  Although, everything in moderation, we do need Vitamin D from the sun – something that most of us here in Dubai are deficient in. Spend 20 minutes per day outside to get your Vitamin D quota.    Junk food Bad food ages you, be it fried food, processed food, packet or powdered food, anything full of sugar, preservatives, artificial hormones, colourings and chemicals. You know this. I don’t need to tell you. These foods clog you up and put pressure on your digestive system as well as fill your body with the articifical hormones that end up in our beef, chicken and fish. Go organic.   Lack of sleep Late nights and less than seven hours sleep a night is another way to flick your ‘get old faster’ switch. The hours before midnight are the most essential for energy and vitality so get to bed at 10pm.   Caffeine Caffeine in soft drinks or coffee takes 24 hours to get through the liver. It’s addictive and also very dehydrating. Coffee is a big part of Arab culture and genetically the Arab body can tolerate coffee better than a Caucasian person. Again though, a little of what you fancy does you good. If you enjoy coffee, drink it in moderation and make sure it’s as high quality and organic as possible.


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Beginner’s guide to

No Shampoo

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Heard of the ‘no poo’ movement? People across the world are dumping store-bought shampoo and conditioner in favour of making their own. Why bother? To free yourself from daily hair-washing; to reduce the toxic load on your body and on the planet. And to save money. Aspen Aman investigates…


hy would anyone want to give up shampoo? What’s wrong with shampoo? This is a good question, especially for anyone who’s already using organic and cruelty-free products in an effort to be as ‘green’ and eco-conscious as possible. For a start, the environmental impact of going shampoo and conditioner-free is a compelling reason, since the product going down the drain is just baking soda and vinegar as opposed to a cocktail of chemicals that they need to be removed at the waste treatment plant in order for the water to be released back into the environment – this process takes huge amounts of water, not great when you live in a desert that already has huge challenges with water scarcity. Then there’s the bazillions of tonnes of plastic waste generated by our global obsession with daily hair-washing. Believe it or not, a large no-poo movement is already gaining traction all over the world. These people have opted to forego shampoo and shampoo, instead making their own hair wash and conditioning products from the traditional cleansing ingredients your great-grandma used to use like baking soda – aka bicarbonate of soda, water and vinegar. You’ll spend as much in a year as you would on one bottle of organic shampoo. Apart from the environmental reasons,

many ‘no-poo’ or ‘shampoo free’ converts also believe it’s better for your health. Anything you put on your skin and scalp gets into your blood stream within seconds and from there it can be taken through your organs to every part of your body. That’s why pregnant women stop dyeing their hair – for fear of their unborn child being harmed by colouring chemicals. Why else would you try no-poo? Some no-poo-ers say their hair got healthier, fuller and more vibrant than it was when they removed the artificial (and toxic)


chemicals. Some people experience reduction of dandruff, psoriasis and other scalp issues when they go no-poo. Others report improved hair growth and reduced hair-fall since the scalp and hair follicles become healthier when chemical-free. We’re not going to pretend it’s not a challenge initially though. It takes at least 30 days for your hair to adjust to not being stripped of all its natural oils every day so for a while it will still pump out excessive amounts of oil – you’ll get the greasies in other words but it’s ok, there are natural remedies. Of course, if you try no-poo and don’t like it, go back to your commercial shampoo.


So you’re thinking about giving no-poo a try? Here’s what you need: Ingredients • Baking Soda (any brand will do) • Distilled White Vinegar (fine/oilyprone hair) • OR • Apple Cider Vinegar (curly/ dryness-prone hair) • Castile Soap (can buy at the Organic Supermarket)

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Basic Equipment • A squeeze-bottle or old shampoo/ conditioner bottle for baking soda/ water cleanser • A good spray bottle for vinegar rinse • Measuring cup and some measuring spoons • A funnel for putting baking soda into squeeze bottle Other Helpful Stuff • A ‘before’ picture showing the condition of your hair • Bathroom-safe (i.e. BPA-free plastic) storage containers for your baking soda and vinegar mixes • Spices like cinnamon sticks, star anise and/or vanilla pods for vinegar rinse • Essential oil (for very dry, not oily, tresses) The Basic Cleansing Formula (your homemade shampoo) With no-poo, your new shampoo is basically just a mix of baking soda and water (filtered or mineral). The ratio is roughly one teaspoon of baking soda per cup (250mls) of water. Remember baking soda is NOT baking powder! You will end up playing around with this ratio in the first few weeks of no-poo. In the first few weeks of de-toxing, oily hair days, you’ll probably want a higher proportion of baking soda to water mixture. Somewhere in about week three, you’ll find that your hair may be trending towards dryness at the ends, which means you need to step down the ratio of baking soda to water. Squirt the baking soda/water cleanser mixture all along the hairline and on the crown of the head. These are the oiliest areas. Don’t squirt the cleanser on the ends of the hair – it will dry them out. Gently massage the mixture into your hair and scalp. You will not get lather but may find your hair as a bit of a slippery feel to it. In all cases, rinsing well is essential. Pay attention to how your hair feels each day during this detox transition

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BATTLING THE GREASIES During the inevitable first month detox period of going no-poo when you’re transitioning away from chemical-based shampoo/conditioner, your hair may get very oily. Here are a few tips on how to combat the greasies:

1. Adjust the ratio of baking soda (aka bicarbonate of soda) to water in the cleansing

solution. Start with one tablespoon baking soda to one cup water. If your hair is not getting clean, increase to roughly two tablespoons of baking soda to one cup of water. You should only need to have this higher ratio of baking soda for about two weeks while your hair is seriously detoxing and giving you the greasies.

2. If you are desperate to combat severe greasies during the first week or two, try the

baking soda paste method. Put a quantity of baking soda into your palm, add water and then rub into the scalp – especially around the hairline, over the ears and on the crown of the head where the scalp tends to get oiliest. Let the paste be an emergency remedy rather than your no-poo routine.

3. Add a squirt of all-natural Castile soap in the baking soda/water solution for an extra

shot of cleaning on the first week. You can adjust it to adding the squirt of Castile soap if/ when needed.

4. If you have fine, limp or prone-to-oily hair, don’t use the apple cider vinegar. Instead,

use regular white vinegar. You may find that a ratio of 50:50 water/vinegar works for your hair – or even more diluted solutions of vinegar with water. Experiment until you find what works for you.

5. As a general rule, people with oily or fine hair won’t need to apply the vinegar rinse to

the roots – especially during the greasies detox period. Use a spray bottle to spritz the vinegar rinse exactly where it is needed. Too much vinegar solution equals heavy, greasy hair at this stage of the process.

6. Use the DIY dry shampoo as a touch-up later in the day if your hair is just too oily

to tolerate. Cornstarch is better for light coloured hair while a cocoa/cornstarch mix is better for darker hair. The cornstarch/cocoa is a 1:1 ratio.

7. Experiment: You’ll need to note (mentally or by writing down your notes) how your hair is

reacting to the baking soda/water cleanser and the vinegar rinse – and just give yourself a few weeks to get through this stage by playing around with the solutions and the dry shampoo.


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period. Be prepared to experiment because this is a process of you getting your hair back to its natural state and learning what is best for your hair and preferences. Expert Tip: Use Castile Soap (available at organic food stores in Dubai) diluted in water about once a week if you want to help cleanse the oily hair more thoroughly. In highly diluted ratios, this is a great solution for people with real oily scalp issues during the detox; also good if you have sweaty/dirty hair after a workout. The Basic Conditioning Formula Remember this little rule of thumb: Cleanser on the scalp and roots of hair, conditioner on the lengths and ends. Cleanser on the ends will dry your hair out over time (just like with commercial shampoo, by the way) and conditioner on the scalp will create oiliness/ heaviness (ditto for conditioner). • Fine/Oily-prone hair: Distilled white vinegar and water – in a distilled solution. Try straight vinegar as a rinse, but will probably arrive at a highly diluted solution (mine is about 50/50 white vinegar/water solution) that smoothes the hair shaft after washing but doesn’t weigh the hair down. • Curly/dryness-prone hair: Apple cider vinegar and water – in a distilled solution. Just like the fine/oily-prone folks, you’ll probably end up with a distilled solution but the ratio may be more like 70 per cent vinegar to 30 per cent water. But, like everything no-poo, you’ll be learning what is best for your individual needs by trial and (few) errors. In both cases, finish off your hair with a cool/cold water rinse to close the hair cuticle. This reduces frizz and oiliness. Some people like adding a few drops of essential oil to their vinegar rinse to reduce the vinegar smell and give more moisture to the hair. Do this carefully as a little essential oil goes a long way in your hair. Also, your hair will not smell like vinegar with no-poo. Some people find a faint whiff of vinegar on day one and two but not longer, as your hair quickly adjusts to the vinegar rinse and doesn’t absorb the odour.


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CHEMICAL NASTIES IN YOUR SHAMPOO/CONDITIONER A brief overview of some of the most commonly-used chemicals in commercial shampoos and conditioners. • Sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate, a.k.a. SLS and SLES: These are the foaming agents that make you think your hair is clean even though the foam does not do any cleaning. SLS/SLES have been linked to carcinogenic activity in the body and can also cause genetic mutation, skin/eye irritation and disruption of the body’s endocrine system. • Parabens: This is a whole family of chemicals ending with the suffix ‘paraben’. Parabens have been described as “estrogen mimicker” which means that they send signals to the body that is similar to estrogen, which can lead to hormonal imbalances in women and men as well as increased risk of some cancers. Look for methylparaben, propylparaben, and butylparaben or any other chemical ending in ‘paraben’. • Quaternium-15: A preservative that releases formaldehyde into the body. Quaternium-15 is linked to cancers like leukemia and is also an allergen and can cause contact dermatitis. • Fragrance: While this sounds harmless enough – even appealing – the catch-all phrase ‘fragrance’ or its even nicer-sounding cousin ‘parfum’ covers over 4,000 different chemicals used in personal care products. Many of these are petroleumbased, have been linked to cancer and can cause rashes/allergic reactions and headaches. • Methylisothiazolinone: This unpronounceable ingredient is often shortened to MIT on a label. It has been shown to cause neurological damage – especially in fetuses – and has been linked to Alzheimer’s. For specific information on what toxic or otherwise harmful chemicals are in your favourite personal grooming products, consult the Skin Deep Cosmetics database by the Environmental Working Group at

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Green cars in the UAE

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ach year, air pollution kills about seven million people globally. This is more than the combined death toll of diseases such as malaria and AIDS that are devastating parts of the world. [Source: World Health Organisation.] In China, being the ‘Asian Tiger’ has left people living in cities in which they can barely breathe. In 2010, 1.2 million deaths in China were attributed to air pollution [Financial Times]. The price of that country’s incredible economic growth and industrialisation in recent years is being paid economically and socially. China has realised things must change and is now tackling its environmental challenges with its usual ferocity and is aggressively putting measures in place to reduce its carbon footprint. Here in the UAE, air pollution is responsible for an estimated 850 deaths a year, according to a study commissioned by the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi. [October 2009, The National] “The greatest risk is outdoors, where residents are exposed to unhealthy levels of ozone smog and particulate matter,” the newspaper reported. The UAE authorities understand the issues with air pollution and the government is taking steps to minimise the problems by monitoring air pollution and introducing legislation to cut emissions. Progress though appears minimal at best.


Eco-friendly cars are a relatively modern concept stemming back to the 1970s when a worldwide fuel shortage resulted in smaller, more economical cars being designed and produced. Through history however there have been other times when it has been necessary to produce more efficient cars, such as after the Second World War, again as a result of fuel shortages. Initially all efforts were driven towards fuel savings due to the scarcity of fuel and its rising cost. The true drive towards eco-friendly cars was not until the late


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1990’s when the impact of pollution and greenhouse gasses on the environment and ozone layer became widely reported. Eco friendly cars today are considered those that are economical, have low pollutant emissions and a relatively low impact on the environment through their manufacture and disposal. Today the manufacture and disposal of most modern cars is vastly improved from previous years, about three quarters of a modern car can now be recycled. This means that probably 80 to 90 per cent of a car’s environmental impact nowadays is as a result of fuel consumption and emissions of air pollution.

... customers see themselves as role models for others, by showcasing the convenience and reliability of modern hybrid vehicles GAS, DIESEL OR PETROL

So what fuel options are there? The obvious are petrol and diesel but nowadays, alternative fuels such as Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) are becoming more commonly available for cars throughout the world. In 2012 the Executive Council in Abu Dhabi decreed that 25 per cent of taxis had to be converted to CNG, and a number of filling stations now supply CNG across the UAE. The other alternatives of course are electric vehicles (EV) and many manufacturers are now mass-producing electric or hybrid cars (hybrid cars have a combination of electric motors and internal combustion engines). Standard petrol and diesel cars are fairly well known. They impact the environment by using up diminishing fossil fuels as well as emitting air pollutants such as carbon monoxide (CO), hydrocarbons (HC),


nitrogen oxides (NO) and particulate matter. Modern petrol cars are fitted with catalytic converters which significantly reduce the CO, HC and NO emissions at the expense of producing more carbon dioxide (Co2). Diesel cars tend to have slightly less impact on the environment than their modern petrol counterparts simply because the cars are more fuel efficient. For cars powered by CNG, emissions of carbon dioxide are similar to diesel vehicles, but outperform petrol. NO and particulate emissions are also significantly less than petrol engines; however, hydrocarbons are higher due to the methane in CNG.


In sum, petrol engines in cars, buses, trains and planes emit deadly greenhouse gasses like carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide and volatile organic compounds. This is air pollution and it’s why residents of cities like Dubai live our lives permanently shrouded in a brownish haze of poison-filled air. Overseas, the issue has prompted more uptake of less environmentally harmful vehicles and in some global cities, electric and hybrid cars are now commonplace. Invariably, this is in countries where governments are actively encouraging their citizens to adopt ‘green’ cars via incentives such as grants and tax rebates. For example, in the UK, buyers of electric vehicles (EVs) get a grant of 25 per cent of the car’s value up to GBP 5,000 as well as exemption from car tax and congestion charges. This is just as well for the green car industry because EVs can be up to 80 per cent more expensive to buy than their combustion engine counterparts. In the UAE, we have neither the incentive of high petrol prices nor government incentives therefore – assuming you had the option - buying an EV can be an expensive choice and the running costs of electric vehicles will likely be higher until such time as the initial purchase prices become much more comparable. This is part of the reason why you don’t see electric cars on Sheikh Zayed Road. cont. overleaf

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The lack of uptake in the UAE isn’t just about fuel prices though. Another major disincentive is the lack of infrastructure such as battery recharge stations to support electric and hybrid vehicles. Many residents in the UAE live in high-rise flats without access to garaging for their cars. This means that without government-provided or private sector-provided infrastructure, EVs and Plug in Hybrids (PIVs) are limited to those people who live in villas with garaged or off-road parking available. The US and many European countries are embracing the drive towards more environmentally friendly cars and are putting infrastructure in place in larger towns to support EVs and PIVs. Even the UAE has

one such recharge power point near the Financial Centre Metro Station in Dubai.


So, for those people in the UAE for whom price and power recharging is not an issue, what range of electric or hybrid vehicles are available? Interestingly, most options are at the luxury or high-end range, with brands like Porsche and Fisker Karma leading the way. This comes down to some simple facts like wealthier people tend to live in villas so there is somewhere to recharge the electric battery, as opposed to high-rise apartment owners. For electric vehicle buyers – as opposed to hybrid buyers - the UAE offers almost nothing. I was not able to find a single

supplier apart from Al Futtaim that offers a luxury hybrid, the Fisker Karma at a price of AED 560,000. The Karma is an extended range EV with the option of a petrol engine to provide power to the electric motor; so it’s more of a hybrid than a true EV. Hybrids are more versatile than pure EVs since they can recharge their batteries from their engines and tend to have a greater range. Many manufacturers now produce hybrids including Renault, Toyota, Nissan, Chevrolet, Ford, Peugeot, Volkswagon, Lexus, BMW, Mercedes and Porsche. Of all these manufacturers, only Lexus and Porsche offer their hybrids in the UAE. Of the rest, only BMW is prepared to special order a hybrid car for a customer.

WHAT IS A GREEN CAR Eco-friendly cars are fuel-efficient, have low pollutant emissions and a relatively low impact on the environment through their manufacture and disposal. In the 1970s, efforts to make cars more fuel-efficient were motivated by the worldwide fuel shortage and its rising cost. It wasn’t until the late 1990s that an environmental motivation was sparked by the realisation of how much damage pollution and greenhouse gasses were doing to the environment and earth’s ozone layer. Today the manufacture and disposal of most modern cars is vastly improved from previous years, about three quarters of a modern car can now be recycled. This means that 80 to 90 per cent of a car’s environmental impact is now a result of fuel consumption and air pollution. Initially it was thought that the environmental impact of producing and subsequently disposing of large volumes of batteries for electric cars would have a significant impact to their environmental footprint. This was widely overestimated and in fact the battery production and disposal only contributes towards approximately 15 per cent of the environmental footprint for the car, a large portion of which is attributed to sourcing and processing the raw materials such as cobalt, nickel and copper. The other aspect of electric cars is the impact of producing the electricity to recharge the batteries when you plug them in. In the UAE, most power plants are natural gas, which produces about half the carbon dioxide and a third less nitrogen oxides than oil and coal-fired power plants. Ironically, the UK and US are two of the countries with the greatest uptake of green cars yet both of them have large numbers of coal-fuelled power stations, therefore significantly reducing many of the benefits for electric vehicles. • Hybrids With both an electric motor and an internal combustion engine, the drive can be either completely electric, completely engine or a combination of the two. The batteries can be recharged by the internal combustion engine or, most efficiently, through energy absorbed through braking. Some hybrids can also be plugged into mains supply to charge the batteries. • Plug In Vehicle (PIV) hybrids Cars that can plug into electric charging points to recharge their batteries. • Electric cars Need connecting to electric charging points to recharge their batteries. • Hydrogen Cell cars Powered via an electric motor that’s recharged using a hydrogen cell. New to the market, these are very rare and expensive. The only waste product from a hydrogen cell is water making these extremely eco-friendly, however producing the hydrogen fuel is not!

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The resounding reason I was told by the companies regarding why they do not offer a green range was the lack of charging infrastructure available. In 2012, Porsche sold a total of 9,171 cars across the region, of which 192 since 2010 were hybrids. Why do Porsche offer hybrids to UAE customers in contrast to almost all other car manufacturers? Managing Director for Porsche Middle East and Africa George Wills said: “We believe our customers should have access to the entire model range, including our hybrid offers. We don’t follow the general trend, we want to set it. It is important to start building up the awareness and confidence in customers for hybrid models in this region; only through this, the general acceptance will increase.” Wills acknowledged the uphill battle however: “In comparison to Europe, we have less external factors influencing the consumer buying decision, such as petrol costs, tax benefits, emission standards or a well-planned charging infrastructure.”


Wills says that most people who buy hybrid cars are well aware of the benefits before they buy. “Some are looking for an alternative to a classic combustion engine to fulfil their


HOW FAST ARE GREEN CARS? A need for speed is no longer a reason to dismiss electric cars. Earlier this year, the current electric land speed record of 328 km/h was set by Britain’s Lord Drayson. The very first electric land speed record of 63 km/h was set in 1898 by Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat.

overall lifestyle decision of creating the least impact on the environment and use available resources in the most efficient way. However, we have also noticed that some customers see themselves as role models for others, by showcasing the convenience and reliability of modern hybrid vehicles.” Wills says he is confident this trend towards greener cars will continue in the coming years although education is needed. “There is a demand for educating the regional audience on environmental friendly drives and eliminate potential prejudices, for example the life expectancy of a battery, high voltage lines in a car and service intervals.” “Our brand is ready for the challenge with an attractive model line-up. There is a lot of talk these days about hybrids in our region but we should not forget that also cars with a standard combustion engine develop further and feature a variety of fuel and emission reducing measures nowadays.”

As hybrid and electric cars become more established elsewhere in the world, chances are the UAE is almost certain to follow. Many road users drive short distances within the cities so EV range is not be an issue. In addition, the UAE’s hot climate offers a massive resource for recharging them roadside if solar power stations are introduced. Harnessing the power of the sun with roadside charging stations that are already being used in other countries as park and charge units seems a viable solution for the region. It would only take a local entrepreneur to accept the challenge of driving the infrastructure and the UAE could be one of the highest users of hybrid and electric vehicle’s in the world thereby vastly reducing its carbon footprint and drastically improving its air quality. WHAT WILL A GREEN CAR COST YOU IN THE UAE? TURN THE PAGE TO FIND OUT...

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Will solar power recharge stations like this one day be commonplace in the UAE?


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The UAE winner – no other manufacturer is pushing the green envelope in the UAE as much as Porsche. In the UAE, Porsche offers the Cayenne S Hybrid, Panamera S Hybrid and Panamera S E-Hybrid. The world’s first plug-in hybrid in the luxury class, the Panamera S E-Hybrid’s fuel consumption is 3.1 litres per 100km and reaches a speed of up to 135 km/h in pure electric drive mode. This year will also see the unveiling of the 918 Spyder, the first ever hybrid super sports car with a total of 887 hp combined from three engines, an acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 2.8 seconds and an average consumption of a mere 3.3 litres per 100 kilometres. Buy it: Panamera S Hybrid AED 485,000 (petrol equivalent is AED 462,000) Cayenne S Hybrid AED 326,000 (petrol equivalent is AED 307,000) Contact: Porsche on tel: +971 4 321 3911,

The Porsche Panamera S E Hyb

rid, yours for AED 485,000.

g recharged at a power point.

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Offers two hybrids in the UAE market, the RX450 and the LS600. Buy one: RX450 AED 270,000 (petrol equivalent AED 249,000) LS600 AED 570,000 (petrol equivalent AED 494,000) Contact: Tel: 800 LEXUS (53987) g recharged at a power point.

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Fisker Karma

The world’s first luxury hybrid, the Karma is designed by Henrik Fisker, a car designer who had given the world iconic cars like the Aston Martin DB9 and the BMW Z8 Roadster. Unfortunately, things have come unstuck for Fisker and his company looks headed for bankruptcy. CO2: The Karma has emissions of just 47g/km CO2, the lowest of nearly any passenger vehicle with an internal combustion engine. In comparison, CO2 emissions for the Lamborghini Aventador are 398 g/km, which is very high. Buy one: AED 560,000 Contact: Tel 800 FISKER (800 347537), email

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THE WORLD’S FIRST HYBRID CAR WAS A PORSCHE Faced with public demand and the challenge of smelly steam vehicles and internal combustion engines, the Austrian Dr. Ferdinand Porsche invented an electric wheel hub in 1896 to power the world’s first front-wheel-drive car. This car had a range of around 50 km/h. To increase its range, Porsche later added an internal combustion engine to spin a generator that provided power to the electric motors. Thus the hybrid was invented in around 1900.

Porsche’s Electromobile

The Lohner-Porsche electric car, powered by wheel-hub motors, caused a sensation at the Paris world trade fair in 1900. The Lohner-Porsche electric car, a “Chaise” with the internal vehicle number 24000, was exhibited as the only Austrian car at the 1900 Paris World’s Fair. A news report at the time described the development of the first-ever transmissionless vehicle as a revolutionary innovation. The electric motors in the hubs of the front wheels had an output of 2.5 horsepower at 120 rpm. The 44-cell, 80-volt rechargeable battery with a capacity of 300 ampere-hours gave the car a range of 50 kilometres between recharges; the maximum speed was 50 kilometres per hour. The slow speed of the electric motor permitted direct drive and installation in the wheel. The motor operated without chains and thus without mechanical power loss. Consequently, the electric motor was extremely efficient and was almost silent during operation. The total weight of the vehicle was 1,205 kg. The car could be braked at all four wheels - by the motors at the front axle and with the aid of a mechanical strap brake at the rear axle.

Ferdinand Porsche

Taken in 1900, Ferdinand Porsche sitting next to the driver of a Lohner-Porsche Electromobile with four wheel hub engines, each rated at 2.5 hp. This vehicle was intended for competition use, and Ferdinand Porsche himself delivered it to the purchaser, E.W. Hart, who lived in Luton, north of London, England.


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The basics of

crystal healing If you’ve never understood why all those new age hippie types love crystals so much, Asma Merchant is here to explain the basic theory behind crystal power.


ave you ever met a stranger who made you feel happy just being around them? Or had someone’s enthusiasm rub off on you? You’re being affected by their energy field and picking up their vibration. In a similar way, crystals emit an energy vibration that can bring many benefits when utilised properly. Crystals don’t heal your diseases or fix your issues but they assist in amplifying your own energy and accelerating your internal healing process. I think of them as a gang of close friends. Just like our friends, some crystals invigorate and some cheer you up while others soothe you. Also there might be some that you don’t connect with at times. Let intuition be your guide in picking the right crystals for you. Always touch them and sense them before you buy. Still, the choice can be overwhelming and it can all get very complicated because there are so many different crystals, all with differing properties, so in this article we’re sticking to the basic to get you started. Here are some of the most commonly used crystals and what they can help you with…


One of the most popular crystals, Rose Quartz is the soft, pretty love guru. Associated with the heart chakra, this pink coloured quartz is known for its unconditional love. She will either help you in attracting the right mate or help you heal from the wrong one. Rose quartz also helps with forgiveness, gentleness, compassion and most importantly self-love. She is the one who pushes us forward when we feel low about ourselves.

Citrine would be the power dressing, money making, successful friend who is all about pushing us into action. Associated with the solar plexus, this yellow coloured quartz is all about making things happen in the physical plane. Citrine helps enhance your personal power, mental focus and creativity.

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We all have that one friend who is so at ease with themselves that they glow with the power. That’s Carnelian for you. This crystal helps you in owning your power yet grounds and stabilises you. It has a warm, joyous and gratuitous energy to it. Linked to the sacral and root chakra, this orange helps in owning our sexuality too.


Vibrant and charming yet also soothing, Turquoise is the stone you pick when you have to make yourself heard. Turquoise assists in resolving communication issues and keeps reminding us to speak our truth without fear. Turquoise is also beneficial in protecting against any outside influences.


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Muddled and confused? Don’t know where to turn for guidance? Clear Quartz is your best friend. Helps in finding focus and clarity while kickstarting your intuitive abilities. It also aids in your spiritual journey by working on clearing your Third Eye and Crown Chakra. Clear Quartz also assists in amplifying the energies of other crystals.


The friend who makes you forget your problems, Amethyst is the epitome of peace and calm and is known for relieving stress instantaneously. It also shares qualities with Clear Quartz by assisting in your spiritual journey.


This your nononsense buddy who will bring you back to earth when you are flying too high and at the same time pushes you forward when you aren’t moving. This one friend knows how to keep it real by helping you face what you are denying and unwilling to look at. Also protects you from negative energies.

• Clear using singing bowls • Bury them under soil or in your potted plant • Visualise your crystal under white light with the intention of clearing it It also helps to charge your crystals every once in a while by leaving them under sunlight or moonlight. The next step is to state the intention for which you want to use it for. Pick the right crystal for the job so if you want love, rose quartz, if you want confidence to speak up, go turquoise. The easiest way to incorporate crystals in everyday life is to get small tumbled stones and carry them with you in your purse or your pocket. The crystal needs to be in physical contact with you so it attunes itself to your energy. I like wearing them as jewellery so I got myself a pendant cage that way I can keep changing the crystals as per my mood and requirements. You can buy a pendant cage at


Some people use crystals in meditation to get specific guidance or they place specific crystals on parts of the body to accelerate healing but that’s getting beyond the basics so we’ll leave that for a future article.

WHERE TO BUY CRYSTALS IN THE UAE? Sparklefairy: Online store Laughing Buddha: Festival city, Ibn Battuta and Souq Al Bahar Art & Picture Framing: Ground floor, Lamcy Plaza Elements Fengshui: Al Khaleej Centre, Deira City Centre and level one Mall of the Emirates

CRYSTALS AND PHYSICAL HEALING A quick guide on which crystals help with which physical symptoms of disease or discomfort… Amethyst: Headaches, insomnia, stress, overcoming addictions Aventurine (healing stone): Releasing toxins, near-sightedness, skin issues Citrine: Depression, digestive issues, stomach, kidney and liver problems Hematite: Aids blood circulation, increases blood supply Moonstone: Aids fertility, female reproductive issues, balances hormones

How to use crystals

First things first, when you buy yourself a new crystal make sure that you cleanse it in any of the ways listed below. That way you remove any remnant energies from the people who have handled it previously and restore it to its full potential. • Wash them under running water • Keep them in a bowl of salt and water. Some crystals disintegrate or lose colour in water so be wary. • Smudge with incense or sage


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Spa Review: Shiro Dhara Ayurvedic oil therapy You might not know the name Shiro Dhara but you’ll surely of heard of the famous Ayurvedic treatment where litres of oil are poured onto your third eye. Asma Merchant tries it out at Breath and Health Alternative Medical Centre.

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hen our Editor decided to send me for an Ayurvedic massage, I had visions of oil being poured onto my forehead from a pot hanging above. I had a consultation with the in-house Ayurvedic specialist, Dr. Oseela, who asked me a few questions to figure out my constituent or dosha to customise the oils to be used. She also pre-warned me that Ayurvedic massages are medicinal and therapeutic and it might be a good idea to not expect a relaxing and aromatic massage. With all of this information, I was led into a warm low-lit room by Maria, a certified Ayurveda therapist. The first part was going to be a 75 minute long Herbal Soothe massage (known as Kizhi). Now, I was expecting to hold my breath the whole time as I was told the oils can be a bit pungent but in fact I found the smell soothing. It was a heady mix of turmeric and thyme and a lot of different herbs. Maria could immediately tell that I do not go for massages regularly and sit at a desk all day. She worked the kinks out of my stiff neck and shoulders. It was a tad painful but I knew I was in expert hands by the way she worked on me gently yet firmly. She completely took me by surprise when she found an achy area on my foot and asked me if I had stomach problems. Spot on! This was followed by heated herbal pouches being patted all over to release the muscle tension. I quite enjoyed that. By the end of 75 minutes my body was absolutely invigorated, yet my mind was relaxed. On to the next part, which was a 45 minute Shiro Dhara treatment, also called Tranquility. Turns out this is the famous imagery seen everywhere. About six litres of warm medicated


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oil trickles through your forehead to mentally relax you. In my case, that didn’t happen. After the initial bliss of releasing tension in my head, I was quite uncomfortable for the rest of the time. Maria was intuitive enough to figure that out and assured me it happened only to a handful of people. Most people fall asleep during this treatment. Apparently the monkey mind of my constituency is to blame. I got about 11 hours of uninterrupted sleep later and my body felt recharged the next morning.

The word Ayurveda is translated as ‘science of life’ or ‘life knowledge’. It is a system of traditional medicine and approach to living that traces its roots to the earliest known civilisation in India, a people who lived in the Indus valley from BC3000 to BC1500. All about balance, Ayurveda is used to both prevent and cure illness and stresses the use of plant-based medicines and treatments. It explains the nature of everything in the universe and teaches us how to live in harmony with the natural world, knowing the connections that we share. Hygiene is a central practice of Ayurvedic medicine, which involves regular bathing, cleansing of teeth, skin care, and eye washing.

WHAT ASMA HAD DONE… Herbal Soothe (Kizhi): 75 minutes AED 490 In this treatment, warm herbal bags are used to massage the entire body to release tension and revitalize the mind. The heat and aromas from fresh herbs slowly seep into the muscles reducing spasm and stiffness; pains and aches; fatigue and lethargy. Excellent for back aches, enhances peripheral blood circulation, cleanses the channels of circulation and detoxify. Tranquility (Shiro Dhara): 45 minutes AED 450 A stream of medicated herbal oil is poured onto the forehead to dissolve stress and tension. A body massage is included in the process. Very effective for mental relaxation, sleep disturbance, head ache, hair problems and skin diseases. Discount! Mention Awakenings when you book and get the two treatments for AED 890 Breath and Health Alternative Medical Centre Dubai´s premier wellness centre, Breath and Health helps people transform their lives through a host of traditional and modern therapies that focus on your lifestyle as well as your health issues. Therapies include Ayurveda, cupping, colon hydrotherapy, ear candling, facial and peel treatments, a range of massage techniques, lymphatic drainage, shiatsu, detox wrap, reflexology, hot stone therapy, yoga, Tai Chi, Hammam, nutrition and diet, Quantum Biofeedback and Electromagnetic Wave Therapy. Breath and Health Alternative Medical Centre 1080, Al Wasl Road, Umm Suquim 2, Jumeirah, Dubai Tel. +971 4 3489940 Email:

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A seven day

chakra cleanse in

Sri Lanka

The Seven Spiritual Resort in Sri Lanka combines mind, body and energy healing while getting away from it all.


world of its own set on 17 acres of land by the beach in Bentota, Sri Lanka, the recently opened Seven Spiritual Resort takes wellbeing travel to a whole new level. Along with the now standard fare of yoga, meditation, massage and organic food that so many wellness retreats around the world are now offering, The Seven also offers Pranic healing, Reiki, crystal therapy, Theta healing and hypnotherapy. Choose from a completely independent visit where you use whichever of the spa and facilities that you wish or book a group programme such as the Weekend Stress Buster or the Seven Day Chakra Programme, which methodically addresses each of the major chakras one by one; cleansing, healing and activating. The first day deals with the root chakra, the second day deals with the

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A typical day on the Chakra programme is as follows: Day One: Root Chakra Located at the base of the spine, the root chakra or base chakra is the seat of security and grounding. A balanced root chakra helps a person feel secure, strong and stable as well as able to accomplish their own unique life plan. The colour of the root chakra is a rich red and the activities of the day revolve around this colour. Guests are provided red garments to wear for the day and will be taught a chanting mantra to activate the cleansing of the root chakra. All the food for the day will be grounding,

strengthening, warm to provide a great sense of security. The meditation and yoga classes and spa therapies also revolve around the root chakra and participants will receive a ‘red pack’ containing information and material for root chakra activation including teas, incense sticks and mantra manual.


6am: Herbal tea 6:45am-7:45am: Yoga and pranayama to activate the root chakra 8am: Breakfast 9am to 12pm: Free time for therapy, use of library and spa facilities 12pm: Lunch 3pm: Juice of the day 2pm to 5pm: Free time for therapy, use of library and spa facilities

5pm: Tea 6:30pm to 7:30pm: Meditation to clear and energise root chakra 8pm: Dinner 9pm to 10pm: Assimilation of energy 10:45: Sleep * activities will be held on the banyan tree island (weather permitting) * therapeutic hypnosis and energy healing will be available as guests require Seven Day Chakra Programme How long: Eight nights and nine days Price: AED 6,480 ($1,800) Package includes: All meals and airport transfers; two body treatments and two energy healing treatments. Three excursions to tourist sites around Bentota. A consultation with both the yoga therapist and the energy healing therapist. cont. overleaf


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Don’t have time to go away for nine days? The Seven also offers a two-day/three-night programme called Balance where the Seven team help you to connect with the healing energy of Mother Earth and the cosmos. When these energies are balanced within the individual, deep healing happens. On day one, you learn how to connect with Mother Earth and draw her energy into your body for physical healing and prosperity.

Price: AED 990 ($ 275) Includes: Breakfast, lunch and a light evening snack; massage, yoga and healing treatments. The Seven Spiritual Resort No. 87, Galle Road, Bentota, Sri Lanka.

 Tel. +943 42 270 1060 Email:

Day two, focuses on connecting with The Higher Self and opening up the higher chakras – the heart, throat chakra, third eye and crown chakras. Both days start with morning yoga, pranayama breathing and stretching followed by a wholesome Sri Lankan breakfast. After breakfast, have your consultation with the energy healer or yoga therapist. After that, relax in the pool of nothingness, release cellular memories at the holistic spa or have an Energy Healing session. A buffet will be served at lunch and dinner along with a special evening tea experience. A complete schedule of events is provided to each guest in their arrival package (arrival package also includes teas, incense sticks and mantra manual). Balance programme How long: Two nights/three days Price: AED 2,250 ($625) Package includes: All meals and airport transfers; 1 body therapy; 1 energy healing treatment; free consultation with an Energy Healing Therapist; a free consultation with a Yoga Therapist.

BOUTIQUE WEIGHTLOSS BOOT CAMP, UK AND FRANCE NuBeginings is a boutique weightloss boot camp and health retreat, aiming to help women and men lose weight by learning a new way of thinking about food choices. The NuBeginnings weightloss spa was founded in 2008 by Victoria Willis, after her own lifelong struggle with food and her weight. “I struggled with my weight since I was eight years old. When I first started NuBeginnings, I weighed nearly 300 pounds. I have qualifications in nutrition and exercise, yet I still could not lose the excess weight. Then I started to learn about hypnotherapy and the power of our subconscious mind. I trained as a hypnotherapist and did some subconscious work and it was then that changes in my life took place. I am now less than half the weight I was when I started NuBeginnings,” Victoria said. A fitness vacation at NuBeginnings usually lasts for at least one week. Only nine guests per week are hosted to ensure exclusivity and personal attention. A unique programme combining nutrition, exercise and hypnotherapy is then prescribed for each guest, complemented with workshops and lectures to instill a new way of thinking among the guests. NuBeginnings promises an average weight loss of 10 pounds from a guest’s stay at the boot camp. Choose from two boot camps – a mansion house on the UK’s North Devon coast or a chateau in the French Loire valley.


Can’t even get away for a weekend? The Seven also offers a one-day Healing Journey programme for a short, quick fix of yoga, meditation, pranayama breathing, massage, detox food and energy healing modalities. Healing Journey How long: One day

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For the love of books From the paranormal to juice detoxing, great reads you can now buy online from Kinokuniya Bookworld’s new cyber shop. Good news! You no longer have to traipse all the way to Dubai Mall to browse through Kinokuniya’s incredible selection of wonderful books. Now you can let your fingers do the walking in the new online Kinokuniya bookstore. Here’s some of the must-reads we found on a browse through the recently launched online bookshop website… A New Science of the Paranormal: The Promise of Psychical Research By Lawrence LeShan BookWeb Price: AED 64.00 Mainline science rejects the paranormal because it cannot be proven by the classical methods of controlled experiments. But sciences such as geology, astronomy, and anthropology also don’t rely on laboratory testing for repeatable results. Moreover, psi concerns consciousness, which is by definition non-quantitative. “Psi researchers must stop acting like science’s poor relations,” says author Lawrence LeShan, “limiting themselves to controlled experiments such as analysing statistics of people guessing cards being flipped in the next room.” LeShan outlines the principles of carrying out a real study using mainstream science methodology of clairvoyance and precognition; mediumship and spirit controls, and psychic healing. “Psychic research,” says LeShan, “can transform our sense of reality itself to offer a new and more hopeful picture of ourselves and of the world.”

The Juice Master: Turbo-charge Your Life in 14 Days By Jason Vale BookWeb Price: AED 65.00 A 14-day diet plan with 30 raw energy recipes from leading health coach, Jason Vale aka The Juice Master. Fast becoming the UK’s most popular health coach, Vale’s first ever 14 day diet programme includes: no wheat, no yeast, and ‘man made’ carbs at lunchtime only
- 70 per cent of your daily menu to be water-rich ‘live’ foods
- not eating three hours before going to bed
exercising twice a day for 45–60 mins
- TV and recreational computer time being kept to a max of two hours a day
- 30 recipes including Green Veggie Power Soup, Turbo Salad, Protein Snack Attack and Green Power Smoothie. The self-proclaimed Juice Master also tackles the most common excuses people use to let ourselves off the hook for being overweight or not eating as well as they could, such as: ‘I can’t because… I’ve got a slow metabolism… I don’t have time…’.

Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal: An A-Z Guide to Safe and Healthy Eating By Reader’s Digest Editors BookWeb Price: AED 69 Focused on how to avoid and treat problems through the foods we eat, seven million copies of the original book have been sold worldwide and we face growing health problems, an aging population. Now revised and updated with the latest scientific findings and time-honored natural remedies, Foods that harm looks at the role diet plays in the healing heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other serious illnesses, as well as the impact of food on stress, insomnia, and other common complaints. Ninety two ailments are listed along with symptoms and causes as well the foods that help or harm that condition.

I’m a Believer By Jessica Adams BookWeb Price: AED 46.00 Mark Buckle is a cynical primary teacher in south London who doesn’t believe in anything, and absolutely, positively doesn’t believe in life after death. Then, five days after his girlfriend Catherine dies in a car accident and he’s trying to come to terms with his loss, she starts communicating with him and turns his world (and belief systems) upside-down. As the novel progresses, the truth about Mark’s relationship with Catherine is revealed. Jessica Adams’s characteristic humour is combined with an exploration DON’T ! of more serious issues. I’m A Believer is MISS THIS about love, life and what lies beyond. s will

All these books and many more on personal growth and wellbeing are available at Kinokuniya Bookword in Dubai Mall but you can now also buy them online! Go to While you’re at it, ‘like’ the Kinokuniya Facebook page at For more information, email or call 04 434 0111.

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therapy Human+Kind All-in-One Body Oil

Are you a new mommy? Get back your stretch mark free skin with this Human+Kind All-in-One Body Oil. Filled with intensely nourishing and lightweight natural essential oils, minerals and vitamins, it is the perfect remedy for all mothers. Free from parabens and other chemical nasties, it is suitable for sensitive skin too. Price: AED 80 Available at: Boots The Pharmacy, Organic Foods & Café, Make Up Etc., The Change Initiative, Down To Earth and Organic Glow Beauty Lounge

Palm Lights eco-friendly candles

Palm Lights is the only place in UAE to buy candles made with RSPO certified palm wax and pure therapeutic grade essential oils. Hand-poured, the palm wax production is clean and uses no harmful solvents/catalysts unlike soy wax and paraffin. The essential oils are derived through steam distillation or cold press methods ensuring a 100 per cent degradable, natural and ecofriendly candle. Available in 11 essences including rosemary, vetiver, cedarwood, patchouli, neroli, and peppermint. Palm Lights are free of phthalates and carcinogenic parabens commonly found in ‘fragrance’ candles. Buy it: From AED 90 to AED 150, visit Palm Lights at ARTE at Time Square Center or have it delivered to your door, email

Moroccan Rose Otto Sugar Body Polish

Made with fair trade rose extract from Southern Morocco, it is a gentle exfoliating Cane Sugar body polish exfoliates the skin, boosts cell turn around and enhances skin renewal. The Olive and almond oils replenish dry skin while Paraguay tea and Caffeine from kola nut boosts microcirculation to energize revive and tone the skin. Price: AED 225 Available at: Harvey Nichols, The Change Initiative and The Grooming Company.



Neal’s Yard Remedies is the UK’s first certified organic health and beauty company, first high street retailer to sell certified organic essential oils, first company to produce Soil Association certified cosmetics, first CarbonNeutral high street retailer as well as one of the first companies to launch Fairtrade certified cosmetic ingredients. NYR has also launched a range of organic cosmetics, which is now available in the UAE. The range includes foundation, lipgloss and lipstick, eyeshadow, bronzer, eyeliner and more. Mascara will be added soon. Buy it: Prices range from AED 85 for a lipgloss to AED 150 for a mineral bronzer. NYR has outlets at Wafi Mall, Dubai Mall, Sahara Mall in Sharjah, Fotouh al Khair Centre in Sharjah, Muscat City Centre in Oman, lower ground floor, Dubai Marina Mall.


We’ve got 10 to giveaway, to win, just tell us which organic beauty product you would like NYR to make next - email your entry to ‘ with NYR lipgloss in the subject head’ Winners will be picked on 30 October.

The winner of the Sparklefairy crystal pendant competition in the last issue was Karima Nanji. Thank you to everyone who entered the competitions.

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Daisy’s Iconic Jewelry Chakra range

Daisy’s Chakra range is a chic interpretation of ancient Buddhist symbols. An entire range encompassing pendants, bangles and charms that is as beautiful as it is inspiring. Chakra is supported by six trend collections; Good Karma, Friendship, Dog Tags, Zodiac, House Of Thunder and Alpha Rings. Price: AED 152 to AED 8,150 depending on materials used Available at: Burj Al Arab Spa, Sukar


Don’t have enough time to exercise? With a Spabike you can do it while you bathe (you couldn’t make this stuff up…) Combining exercise, hydrotherapy and massage, Spabike is a private Jacuzzi with an integrated pedaling system that uses hydraulic resistance. This bicycle gives users a traditional workout but training in water both reduces stress and impact on your joints while also helping minimize water retention and provides a simultaneous massage. Two Spabike models are available, the Spabike Tonic, allows users to bike in either sitting or standing positions, and the Spabike Relax, providing a smooth and progressive workout in a semi-horizontal position, excellent solution for pregnant women and users with reduced mobility. Spabike is customizable so buyers can choose the colour and incorporate their own logo. You can even go green with Spabike by installing a recycling tank to save both water and energy. Email:

Rope Sandals from Nomadic State of Mind

Sandals with a social conscience. These eco-friendly rope Sandals are handcrafted with vegan-friendly materials. They are entirely handmade in a former Nicaraguan coffee farm and look fun-tastic. Appease your inner eco-warrior with a pair of these. Price: AED 180 Available at:

Chitra Pesthamel Beach and Bath towels

Pesthamal is a traditional Turkish towel used in the Turkish Baths. The peshtamal absorbs water as fast as a traditional towel, dries very quickly, and takes up less space. All Chitra products are handmade and embellished with natural stone detail and lacework trimmings. Price from AED 279 onwards Available at:

Bits for children

Little BU Wash Off Nail Polish Formula An ideal gift for younger people, this nail polishes come in thirteen different colours that are free from any toxins and chemical and can easily be washed off with water. Each nail polish has a different name and personality to entice the imagination of young girls. Price starting at AED 39. Available at: Toy Store, Sharjah Ladies Club and The Change Initiative Child’s Farm Organic Collection of Bath and Body products This award-winning, innovative and affordable range of natural, organic and free-from synthetics toiletries for children has recently come to Dubai. All the products in the range are infused with honey and fruity scented organic orange, tangerine, strawberry and peppermint oils. Price starting at AED 55 Available at: Toy Store in Dubai Mall.


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52 listings

UAE listings

Alternative, complementary and holistic products and services available in the UAE.

Dubai Herbal & Treatment Centre Conventional (allopathic), complementary and alternative medicine plus wellness treatments. Ayurveda, Beauty, Gynaecology, Homeopathy, Nutrition, Psychology, Traditional Chinese Medicine. Za’abeel, Oud Metha Rd. Tel: 04 335 1200 Email: Dubai Physiotherapy & Family Medicine Clinic Comprehensive family medicine and physiotherapy. 1st Floor, Town Centre Jumeirah, Jumeirah Beach Road. Tel: 04 349 6333 Holistic Healing Medical Centre Eastern and western medicines. Ayurveda, acupuncture, colon hydrotherapy and Homeopathy. Al Wasl Road, Umm Suqeim 3.
 Email: Tel: 04 348 7172 Synergy Integrated Medical Centre A clinical acupuncturist, Martine (Dip. AC clin. Ac (China) Certificate in Paediatric Acupuncture) specialises in fertility, pregnancy and post-natal treatments. She uses a combination of traditional Chinese therapies including acupuncture, massage, cupping and moxibustion.
 Email: Tel: 04 348 5452 Wellbeing Medical Centre Complementary conventional and alternative health care, cosmetic surgery.


Beijing Tong Ren Tang Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic that offers acupuncture, cupping, therapeutic massage. Tel: O4 349 8188

Breath & Health Alternative Medical Centre Dubai’s premier wellness centre offers cupping, ear candling, Aromatherapy Massage, Ayurveda, Colon Hydrotherapy Cupping Therapy & Hijama, Diet & Nutrition, Ear Coning & Candling, Electromagnetic Wave Therapy, Hair care (Organic), Play & Creative Arts Therapy Pranic Healing, Quantum Biofeedback Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, Stress Management, Tai Chi, Thai Massage & Therapeutic Stretching, Unani Yoga & Fitness. Villa 1080, Al Wasl Road, Umm Suqeim 2. Email:
 Tel: 04 348 9940 Dubai Herbal & Treatment Centre Conventional (allopathic), complementary and alternative medicine plus wellness treatments. Ayurveda, Beauty, Gynaecology, Homeopathy, Nutrition, Psychology, Traditional Chinese Medicine. Za’abeel, Oud Metha Rd.
 Email: Tel: 04 335 1200 Dubai Mall Medical Centre Complementary and alternative medicine with Naturopathic Medicine Practioner Dr Heather Eade. 7th Floor, Dubai Mall, Downtown. Tel: 04 449 5111 Holistic Healing Medical Centre Eastern and western medicines. Ayurveda, acupuncture, colon hydrotherapy and Homeopathy. Al Wasl Road, Umm Suqeim 3.
 Tel: 04 348 7172 Dr Parviz Rashvand, Synergy Integrated Medical Centre Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, Dr Parviz combines natural modalities and specialises in cancer, MS, autism and other severe auto-immune and degenerative conditions.
 Tel: 04 348 5452

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Angel Messages by Stella Angel therapy, intuitive guidance and more. T: +971 50 8703639 E: Angels of Light Founders Terri and Buddy are certified Angel Therapy Practitioners from the Diana Cooper School of Angels, and Angel Crystal Healers.
 E: T: 050 655 4814 Angel Therapy with Coomi Vevaina and Sharlaine India-based therapists who regularly visit Dubai to conduct workshops and private sessions. Contact Illuminations Wellbeing Centre Tel: 04 448 7043


Spadunya Club Award-winning holistic and wellness spa for women using the 100 per cent organic, French colour therapy spa range called Altearah Bio in holistic vibrational and energetic treatments. Hammam, hydrotherapy, beauty room and steam, sauna and showers. [See also Colour Therapy, Beauty, and Yoga & Fitness] Shams 1, The Walk at JBR, Plaza Level. Email: Tel: +971 4 439 3669


Third Eye Centre Miyan is a Jyotish Maharishi (PhD equivalent research degree in Vedic Astrology) and holds a DMA (Diploma in Medieval Astrology). Private readings and group workshops.
 Email: Tel: 04 326 6539 Vedic Astrologer & Numerologist, Lalit Soonderji Private readings and group workshops

Aura Alternative Medicine Centre Three kinds of treatment Ayurvedic medicines, diet and lifestyle management and Panchakarma for detox, rejuvenating and relaxing. Office 201, Al Faisal 1, CBI Bank Building,
King Faisal Road, Sharjah
 Email: Tel: 06 575 7001 Balance Wellness Centre, Ayurvedic Dr Chandy George Ayurvedic assessments and wide range of wellness services, organic and ayurvedic therapies, energy healing. Third floor, Oasis Centre
 Tel: 04 5151 4051 www.balance-wellness-centre Breath & Health Alternative Medical Centre Dubai’s premier wellness centre offers cupping, ear candling, Aromatherapy Massage, Ayurveda, Colon Hydrotherapy Cupping Therapy & Hijama, Diet & Nutrition, Ear Coning & Candling, Electromagnetic Wave Therapy, Hair care (Organic), Play & Creative Arts Therapy Pranic Healing, Quantum Biofeedback Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, Stress Management, Tai Chi, Thai Massage & Therapeutic Stretching, Unani Yoga & Fitness. Villa 1080, Al Wasl Road, Umm Suqeim 2. Email:
 Tel: 04 348 9940

Organic Glow Beauty Lounge Eco-friendly, organic salon. Organic hair treatments, ammonia-free colour, aromatherapy massage, formaldehydefree mani-pedis, fresh fruit facials, homemade scrubs and more. Stocks Simply Organic products for purchase. E: T: 04 380 4666 DUBAI

Dubai Mall Medical Centre Complementary and alternative medicine with Naturopathic Medicine Practioner Dr Heather Eade. 7th Floor, Dubai Mall, Downtown.
 Tel: 04 449 5111




Aura Alternative Medicine Centre Three kinds of treatment Ayurvedic medicines, diet and lifestyle management and Panchakarma for detox, rejuvenating and relaxing. Office 201, Al Faisal 1, CBI Bank Building, King Faisal Road, Sharjah. E: T: 06 575 7001



Email: Tel: 04 448 7043


Melany Oliver, Access Bars Practitioner and Facilitator Release unhelpful judgement, beliefs and perceptions easily and effortlessly. Private one on one healing sessions as well as classes to become a certified Access Bars practitioner. Tel: 050 794 7695 Email:

Wellbeing Medical Centre Complementary conventional and alternative health care, cosmetic surgery and laser treatments. Jumeirah 3. Tel: +971 4 348 4406 Email:


Tel: +971 4 348 4406




Dubai Herbal & Treatment Centre Conventional (allopathic), complementary and alternative medicine plus wellness treatments. Ayurveda, Beauty, Gynaecology, Homeopathy, Nutrition, Psychology, Traditional Chinese Medicine. Za’abeel, Oud Metha Rd. Email: Tel: 04 335 1200


Katrina Valente Holistics A facial therapist and holistic aesthetician/healer with more than 20 years experience in the beauty industry
 Tel: 050 565 7679 Tanamera 100% natural hair and body care products from earth-friendly ingredients not tested on animals. Outlets in MOE, Deira City Centre, and Dubai Mall in Dubai. Al Wahda Mall in Abu Dhabi. Email: Tel:04 399 0422


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Aromera - Martina Hakim Holistic Healing for skin and soul Organic skin care and Happiness Coach, Systemic/Family Constellations (Bert Hellinger) Tel.: 050 141 8790 Email:


Green Car Rental A range of hybrid to 100 per cent electric vehicles to hire. From the Nissan Leaf to the BMW X6 Hybrid and Tesla Roadster. Tel. 04 321 7478. Email: info@

Clinical Reflexology, The Holistic Institute IFPA and ITEC accredited for diplomas in Clinical Aromatherapy and Reflexology. Email:


Breath & Health Alt. Medical Centre See Alt. Medical Centres for details. 1080, Al Wasl Road, Umm Suqeim 2. Email:
 Tel: 04 348 9940


Spadunya Club Award-winning holistic and wellness spa for women using the 100 per cent organic, French colour therapy spa range called Altearah in holistic vibrational and energetic treatments. Hammam, hydrotherapy, beauty room and steam, sauna and showers. Shams 1, The Walk at JBR, Plaza Level. Tel: +971 4 439 3669 Email:


Abeer Ayash, Art Healer Abeer creates Soul Paintings for clients using colour for its therapeutic value. Email: Tel: 04 326 6539

CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE (see Acupuncture) COUNSELLING (see also Life Coaching)


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Andrea Tosatto, Clinical Psychologist, Synergy Medical Centre Specialising in teens and children, Dr Tosatto uses Cognitive Psychotherapy with Jungian analysis as well as yoga and music therapy as needed.
 Tel: 04 348 5452

Pamella Pierrepont, Colour Therapist Colour mirrors Dubai and Bio-Altearah Ascension through Colour. Tel. 0558097445 or email starlightpathways@


Clinical Aromatherapy, The Holistic Institute IFPA and ITEC accredited for diplomas in Clinical Aromatherapy and Reflexology. Email:
 Tel: 04 450 3535

Dubai Herbal & Treatment Centre. See Alt. Medical Centres for details. Email: Tel: 04 335 1200

Katrina Valente Holistics A facial therapist and holistic aesthetician/healer with more than 20 years experience in the beauty industry. Email:
 Tel: 050 565 7679


Detox Delight Dubai Detox juices delivered to your door and bespoke detox programmes. Email: Tel: 055 5568 318

Pamella Pierrepont, Starlight Pathways - Thinking into the Future Therapies and Learning Solutions for Kids, PIDDS, The Listening Programme, The Learning Breakthrough.Tel. 0558097445 or email starlightpathways@


Kay Vosloo, Talise Wellness Polyclinic, Al Qasr Hotel Flush out impacted fecal matter, toxic wastes, yeasts and other undesirable matter that build up over time and contribute to a variety of illnesses. To book, Email: Mona at MJWellness@ or call +971 4 366 6810

Helen Williams, Life Works Counselling and development. Helen is a Gestalt Therapist. 996 Al Wasl Rd, Umm Suqeim 1 Email: Tel: 04 3942464



Melany Oliver, Emotional Empowerment Release unwanted emotions and get to the core of the issue. Private one on one healing sessions as well as group workshops. Tel: 050 794 7695 Email:


Cris Falconi Feng Shui Residential and corporate feng shui, interior design and consultancy. Tel. 055 362 9027 Email:

DORN METHOD (Spinal therapy) Karima Nanji a SpaDunya Club See ‘Holistic Centres’


Healthy Bliss Jennifer Thompson is a certified Iridologist, Raw Food Coach and Detox Expert. Email or www.

Generation Nourished Holistic Health Coaching Programs for women and teenagers looking to lose weight, gain energy, have blood sugar imbalance, or want to overhaul their diet & lifestyle. Tel: 055 106 7511

Breath and Health Alternative Medical Centre Villa 1080, Al Wasl Road, Umm Suquim 2 Email:
 Tel: 04 348 9940

Cosmic Healing Centre (see Holistic Centres)

Pranic Healing Centre Encorporates pranic with crystal healing.

Art of Detox, Malcolm Slyper A free online service dedicated to preventing disease through natural cleansing and detox and raw food. Detox retreats hosted. Tel: +12024079737. Email: info@


Third Eye Centre Clinical Hypnotherapist Monisha specialises in EFT and Hypnotherapy. Offers workshops such as Taking Charge, Self Hypnosis, Karma and Forgiveness. Contact Monisha at The Third Eye Centre. Email:
 Tel: 04 326 6539

Tarnia Chapman, Spiritual Counsellor A graduate of the UK School of Metaphysics for the Expansion of Consciousness, Tarnia offers private sessions available to know yourself, be yourself and express yourself. Email: or call 050 2754 571

Third Eye Energy clearing and space management for corporates and individuals. Email: Tel: 04 326 6539 Cosmic Healing Centre (see Holistic Centres)



Herbline Essentials Ayurvedic face, body, hair, acne and slimming treatments made from natural ingredients sourced in the Himalayas. Available through and, UAE pharmacies including Boots, Bin Sina, Health First and United Pharmacies.

Integrated Clinical Hypnotherapy, Illuminations Well-Being Centre Certified by the Universal School of Integrated Clinical Hypnotherapy Middle East. Five stages. For more information, go to or call Illuminations on 04 448 7043


Organic Supermarket and Café Stocks organic skincare and cosmetics.


Neal’s Yard Remedies
 Organic Natural Health and Beauty. 
Dubai locations: Wafi Mall, Sun, Level 1 (04 324 5141); The Dubai Mall, Level 1 near Nayomi (04 325 3154); Dubai Marina Mall (050 189 3191); coming soon to Town Centre Springs.
Sharjah locations: Sahara Centre, Sharjah (06 554 6702)
Abu Dhabi locations: Fatouh al Khair Mall (02 628 9044) and Al Wahda Mall extension, unit E239 Second Floor

Tel: 04 450 3535


Snowberry Organic Cosmetics Available at Spadunya Club, Shams 1, The Walk at JBR, Plaza Level. Email:
 Tel: +971 4 439 3669


Organic Glow Beauty Lounge Eco-friendly salon offering organic treatments. Email: Tel: 04 380 4666


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Point Zero Floatation Center, Abu Dhabi Floatation Therapy, Ayurveda and Body Works are on offer at this HAAD registered spa centre for relaxation, recuperation and rehabilitation. Khalifa City A, Abu Dhabi opposite Al Forsan Sports resort and next to Berlitz Language Center. Street #12, Villa 3. Call +971 (2) 445 5775, email bookings@

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Aspen Aman, The Gong House Private and group sessions for healing mind and body through sound meditation as well as gonging classes. Special classes also held for children. Lawrence Enderle Lawrence hosts Gong Bath Meditations and Sound and Vibration sessions and workshops at The Third Eye Center (see Holistic Centres). Zarine Dadachanji Various weekly times and locations around Dubai. Go to Gong-Bath-Meditations ABU DHABI


The Alignment Institute Aura alignment, Feng Shui, guided meditation, Tarot, NLP. P.O. Box 114350, Abu Dhabi Tel: 050 6811728 Email: SpaDunya Club Holistic Wellness Consultants offer therapies that include Reflexology, Iridology, Holistic Nutrition, Theta Healing, Quantum Reading, the Dorn Method, PIDDDS (Personal Integrated Dynamics, Diet and Determination), Breuss Massage, and Reiki. Shams 1, The Walk at JBR, Plaza Level.
 Tel: +971 4 439 3669 Email: Discover Nirvana Self-discovery workshops, yoga for kids, space clearing and feng shui for the home, Ayurvedic cooking, wellness for pets, crystal healing, Reiki, Theta healing and online shopping.
 Email: The Miracles Center Icon Tower, office 306, next to Byblos Hotel Tecom (Dubai Internet City Metro) Tel: 056 148 5118 Email: Cosmic Healing Centre Services, treatments, events and training in various healing modalities, self-empowerment workshops and meditations, plus alternative and complementary therapies. Pranic, Theta, Reiki, Vastu and Feng Shui, Crystal, KriyaShakti, EFT, Hypnotherapy.Office No: 402; Montana Building, Home Options Building, GPO, Karama, Dubai. Email: Tel: 04 357 6676

Illuminations Well-Being Centre 409, Fortune Executive Towers, Cluster T, Plot T1, JLT (next to Dubai Marina Metro). Email: Tel: 04 448 7043 The Third Eye Centre 1101 Saeed Tower II, On top of Nandos/ KFC, next to Four Points Sheraton, Sheikh Zayed Road. Financial Centre Metro. Email:
 Tel: 04 326 6539 The Holistic Institute A variety of holistic therapies, studies and career training. Tel: 04 450 3535 Email: Balance Wellness Centre Ayurvedic treatments, diet, counselling, meditation, therapeutic massage, herbal therapies, yoga and Pilates. Third floor, Oasis Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road Email: Tel: 04 384 7010


Green Facilities Management (Green FM)
 Environmentally-friendly home maintenance and repair, from water tank cleaning to pest control, renovations, air con service and repair, 24/7 emergency call outs and more. Tel. 04 440 8929
or 050 5520 150 Email:


Awakened Soul, Rachel Beavan Healer and psychotherapist Email: Sabine Poncelet Healer & Hypnotherapist. Private sessions at KUUR Physiotherapy Center. Hypnotherapy for: anger, stress, anxiety management. Self confidence,self esteem, past life regression and more. Tel. 050 81 44 529 Inner Self Consultancy Alexandra Salkova offers hypnotherapy, NLP coaching, Theta healing, EFT, Reiki, De-stress programme. Email alexandra@ Tel. 050 698 4612. Graca Ward Hypnotherapy for addictions such as smoking, phobias and sea-sickness. Email:

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Stephanie Niazi, Spadunya Club Stephanie uses iridology to evaluates wellness imbalances through tissue markings in the eyes which are addressed with holistic nutrition and food solutions.


Osteopathic Health Centre Malcolm Gregory and Nargis Raza give self-help and support to people suffering from pain. Umm Suqueim and Mirdiff
 Email: Tel: 04 348 73 66


Inner Self Consultancy Alexandra Salkova offers hypnotherapy, NLP coaching, Theta healing, EFT, Reiki, De-stress programme. Email alexandra@ Tel. 050 698 4612. Soul mapping, Stephanie Hamilton Get help with understanding your life’s purpose. Tel: 050 870 1927 Email:

 Tel: 04 452 6969


Eco Maid ME The region’s first and only toxin and carcinogen-free, eco-friendly cleaning service using primarily citrus and mineralbased cleaners imported from Europe and New Zealand. Tel: 050 158 2192 or 04 388 1292


Kcal Extra Healthy calorie-controlled monthly meal plans delivered daily to your door. Tel: 04 3395 316 or sign up at the website Right Bite Healthy calorie-controlled monthly meal plans delivered daily to your door. Tel: 04 338 8763 Email: HealthTrendz Healthy food to go. Email:

Livia Anzaldo, Liv 2 Lead Individual lifestyle coaching plus corporate coaching, wellness and adventure travel retreats, yoga classes. Email:
 Tel: 050 1819 527


Sushma, Third Eye Certified Life Coach, Sushma conducts coaching workshops and sessions Email: Tel: 04 326 6539

The Third Eye Centre - See ‘Holistic Centres’ for contacts.

Cosmic Healing Centre - See ‘Holistic Centres’ for contacts. Illuminations Well-Being Centre Various regular weekly meditations. See ‘Holistic Centres’ for contacts.

Discover Nirvana - See ‘Holistic Centres’ for contacts.

Lucy Mackintosh
, Law of Attraction Dubai Tel: 050 358 2004, www.changing-lives. net and


Dreamworks Spa Dubai Balinese foot reflexology and massage centres in various locations Email:
 Tel: 800 6277 243

Sahaja Yoga Meditation A method of meditation based on achieving ‘thoughtless awareness’. Free weekly sessions, Tel: 050 295 3571 Email: Vipassana Meditation Offering courses in Vipassana Meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka. Ten day silent meditation retreats held in RAK.



Feet First Reflexology and massage centre. Services include deep tissue massage, de-stress massage, shiatsu massage, acupressure facial, slimming massage Email: Tel: 04 366 9956


Naturopathy Touch Building Lake City Tower, opp JLT metro station, JLT.

Andrea Balazs, Holistic Health Coach & Yoga Teacher Pre and postnatal nutrition, women’s health, and weight management. Hatha and pre/postnatal private and group yoga classes across Dubai. T: 050 584 2934. E: andrea@


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Dubai Doula Carol Unterhorst is a Dubai-based doula with a degree in Psychological Counselling and skills in acupressure. Contact her through http://ca-doula.

farmer’s market on Fridays between 11am until 3pm. Where: BS4, Al Seef 2, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Dubai Tel: +971 4369 5209 Email:

available, including Rehab Pilates. Two locations:
Palm Strip Mall, 1st Floor, Jumeirah. Tel: +971 04 345 3228
 JLT JBC2, Tower, Cluster V, Tel: +971 4 458 5399

Placenta Passion For placenta encapsulation, Elizabeth Bain is a midwife, public health nurse, certified birth doula, hypnobirthing practitioner and an independent Placenta Encapsulation Specialist. E. T. 050 4215180/ 050 456 1333

Down to Earth Organics Supplies organic food and groceries in Dubai. Store at G11, Sheikh Hamdan Awards Complex, Opposite Union Flag, Jumeirah 1, Dubai.
 Tel: 04 386 3391



Greenheart Organic Farms Freshly harvested organic produce from UAE farms sold to Dubai residents, via designated collection points or through home delivery (minimum order Dh100). All the produce on offer is chemical and pesticide-free. The farms practise bio diversity, crop rotation and companion planting. A website and online ordering system is in place and you can pop in to the shop in Arjan, Al Barsha 2, close to the Arabian Ranches roundabout.


Carol Talbot, Matrix Training Solutions Leadership, Neuro-linguistic programming and accelerated learning techniques. Mazaya Centre, Entrance A, 3rd Floor, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3432-55 Comar Fowler & Associates, Beryl Comar Using a combination of techniques ranging from traditional classroom teaching, group and pair work and NeuroLinguistic Programming.
 Tel: 050-655 4523


Stephanie Niazi, Spadunya Club Holistic nutrition and iridology to evaluates potential wellness imbalances. Uses Reflexology, Pranic healing, Colour Therapy, Quantum Reading and Dynamic Phyto-Therapy. Shams 1, The Walk at JBR, Plaza Level. Tel: +971 4 439 3669 Email:


Lalit Soonderji, Vedic Astrologer & Numerologist Private readings and group workshops Email: Tel: 04 448 7043


Balqees Honey Raw Yemeni Sidr Honey is the best and most expensive in the world due to taste, nutritional and medicinal value. Shop in Dubai Mall. Free delivery around Dubai. Tel: 050 655 2023 Be Super Natural A UAE online shop for raw, vegan, organic, fairtrade, ethical foodstuffs and groceries. Blue Planet Green People Organic and eco-home, body-care and health foods, along with fruit and veggie produce from local producers at this JLT store plus a

Organic Supermarket and Café Fresh organic and biodynamic food, supplements, skincare, cosmetics, baby items and household cleaning products. Stores in Greens and Shk Zayed Road just past Oasis Centre. Tel: 04 4340577 Milk & Honey Gourmet and premium organic brands and produce. 24/7 delivery. Tel: 04 432 8686 for Palm Jumeirah and 04 435 6363 for Meadows Town Centre. Twitter #milkandhoneydxb Ripe Middle East Supplies local organic produce in Dubai. Farm fresh fruit and vegetables delivered to your door or for purchase at the farmers markets. Warehouse 11, 6A Street, Al Quoz behind Times Square Ctr. Email:
 Tel: 04 380 7602 The Green League, Dubai Garden Centre Fresh organic fruit and vegetables. Every day at Fresh Corner in the Dubai Garden Centre, Sheikh Zayed Rd and every day at Lafayette Gourmet, Second floor Dubai Mall. On weekends at Down to Earth, Jumeirah 1. Tel: 056 176 2992 or email:


Real Pilates Contemporary Pilates and STOTT PILATES(r) teacher training courses. Over 130 group classes per week. Private and Semi-Private Sessions also


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Soul Photography with Nektar Lifestyle Stephanie Hamilton specialises in photography projects that heal and celebrate your life. Tel: 050 870 1927 Email: The GMCKS Pranic Energy Healing Center Pranic healing courses of all levels and group meditations. Encorporates pranic with Arhatic Yoga, KriyaShakti, crystal healing and Feng Shui.
 Tel: 04 3688067/ 3688104 or mobile 050-6566547 Yogi George, The Third Eye Yogi George teaches Pranic Healing and conducts private sessions at Third Eye. Email:
 Tel: 04 326 6539


Meihua Li Tai Chi Group or private lessons available weekly. See website for times. Tel: Anmarie 050 4698589 Email: The Third Eye Qigong Instructor Ania gives personal classes and group workshops in Qigong as well as healing sessions to remove blocks from meridians and energy channels. Email: Tel: 04 326 6539


Dreamworks Spa Dubai Balinese foot reflexology and massage centres in various locations. Email: Tel: 800 6277 243 Feet First Reflexology and massage centre. Services include deep tissue massage, de-stress massage, shiatsu massage, acupressure facial, slimming massage. Email: Tel: (0) 4 366 9956


Awakened Soul, Rachel Beavan Healing, guidance and psychotherapy. Email:


Seda Goksel Healing Reiki Master and Theta healer. Private healing sessions and Reiki classes. Tel: 050 600 6968 Email: Awakened Soul, Rachel Beavan Healer and psychotherapist Rachel offers healings as well as classes in Reiki. Email: Tibetan Usui Reiki Diane is a spiritual trance healer and Tibetan Usui Reiki healer. Tel: 050 749 2566 or book through the website. Women only. www. Melany Oliver, Reiki Master & Teacher Private one on one healing sessions as well as Reiki workshops from beginners to advanced for people wanting to become Reiki Masters. Tel 050 794 7695 Email:


Animal Reiki in Dubai Sabine Poncelet helps heal your animal and yourself with energetic care. Tel: 050 814 4529 Email Diane Taylor, Tibetan Usui Reiki Diane uses Reiki on horses to help heal their issues. Tel: 050 749 2566 or book through the website at www.


Organic Supermarket and Café Organic eatery with outlets in the Greens and Dubai Mall. Baker & Spice Salads, handmade wild bread, cakes, breakfasts and mains, all made from locally sourced ingredients where possible.
Location: Souk al Bahar and Dukkan al Manzil, Downtown Dubai. Marina Promenade. Maps on website. Tel: 04 425 2240, 04 427 9856 and 04 362 Balance cafe Vegan and vegetarian dishes as well as non-vege. The menu shows the calories, fat, carb, fibre, cholesterol and sodium content of each dish. Cooking classes

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Saladicious Fresh and healthy salads a speciality.
Location: On Jumeirah Beach Road going towards Jumeirah Mosque, take a right turn at The One. There’s also a deli on JBR Walk. Tel. Jumeirah 04 345 5822 or JBR Walk 04 423 0855 Zest restaurant Natural, fresh and nutritious food and drink using the highest quality ingredients, organic when possible. We do not use sugar, additives, preservatives or colouring.
Location: Tunisia Food Court, Ibn Battuta Mall. Tel: Call 800 ZEST (800 9378) for delivery. ABU DHABI

Zayna Spa, Abu Dhabi Well-being treatments and traditional massages in this spa hotel based in the Grand Millennium Al Wahda Hotel, Abu Dhabi. From a Tropical Salt Mousse Glow to re-energise and repair the skin to a caviar facial for advanced facial treatment against aging.
 Email: Tel. +971 2 495 3822

Elements Fengshui Candles, crystal rocks and jewellery, aura cleansers, pendulums, singing bowls and bells, new age music and more. Outlets in Al Khaleej Centre, Bur Dubai; Deira City Centre; Level 1 Mall of the Emirates; Dubai Mall. Email: Tel: 04 295 0988

Noviplus Noviplus offers members discounts on health and fitness services, tips and advice, news, fitness tools and more. Tel: 050 585 6948 Email:


Natural Healing Spa Villa 1183, Al Wasl Road, Dubai. Tel: +971 4 3483896

Ornament Gifts Angels, crystals, art and handmade jewellery. Shop owner Birgit Schurenberg is a certified Refelxologist, Reiki Master, Crystal Healer. Contact Birgit on 050 795 9916 prior to your visit and for consultations and directions Email:
 Tel: 04 388 4483 or 050 795 9916

Spadunya Club, JBR Various holistic techniques from an international team of therapists and healers. Treatment suites, hammam, hydrotherapy, beauty room and steam, sauna and showers. Adjacent is Fitness@ Spadunya offering personal training, Aerobics, Pilates, yoga, dance. Shams 1, The Walk at JBR, Plaza Level. Tel: 04 439 3669

Sparklefairy Dubai’s first new age and wellness online boutique, buy anything from crystals to dream-catchers, oracle cards, incense, and jewelry.

eSSensuals Aromatherapy Centre Holistic women’s spa using Decleor and Organic Neal’s Yard Remedies products. Treatments include massages, Facials, body treatments, reflexology, Aroma Manicure, Pedicure and more. First floor, Jumeirah Centre, Jumeirah Beach Road (next to Spinneys and Magrudys). 04-3448776

The Little Fair Trade Shop Products and foodstuffs made by artisans and farmers in developing or disadvantaged countries. Email: thelittlefairtradeshop@hotmail. com. Tel: Sabeena on 050 105 2813 The Change Initiative, Barsha Sustainable products, from household to fashion and appliances. Email: Tel: 800 824


Mizan at Rocco Forte Hotel Abu Dhabi Traditional massages, Hammam rituals and tailor-made treatments using the world-

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Anahata Spa Beauty, health and holistic wellbeing. Manicures with organic nail varnish and facials and body massages with healing crystals. Khalifa City A, Abu Dhabi. Tel: 02 557 7722. Email:

Laughing Buddha Stalls within various Dubai malls selling new age products such as crystals, jewellery, incense, CDs and oils. Ibn Battuta, Dubai Festival City.

Third Eye Centre Sells books, crystals, herbal products, oracle cards, incense, essential oils, meditation CDS and more. Email:
 Tel: 04 326 6539 to shop online

Sparklefairy is Dubai’s first online boutique for crystal gemstones and jewellery, go shopping at




Sophie’s The motto is Eat well. Live well. Be well. A ‘gastro-café’ offers homemade healthy food, local and organic when possible. Location: Lower Ground Floor, Building 8, The Shoreline, Palm Jumeirah Tel: 04 451 5982

Nathalie’s Cafe Right Bite founder Nathalie Haddad is serving fresh, low-fat meals in Abu Dhabi media zone, Twofour54 in Khalifa Park.

renowned brands Maroc and Natura Bisse


The Farm Located out on Emirates Road, this newbie to the Dubai food scene promises local and organic ingredients, where possible.
Location: Al Barari, off Emirates Road - driving directions on website Tel: 04 392 5660

T: 02 441 1330 DUBAI

also on offer, plus take-away. Third floor of the Oasis Centre on Sheikh Zayed Rd Tel: 04 384 7010

Lotus Wellness Spa, Dubai Marina Holistic treatments for men and women. Lotus Hotel Apartments & Spa, Marina Tel: 044402805 Email: Talise Wellness Spa, Madinat Jumeirah Blends integrative medicine and diagnostics with holistic therapies. Features 26 treatment rooms, including couples suites and a variety of facials, massages and body treatments using top range spa products. Kalm Holistic Beauty, Palm Jumeirah A One Stop holistic shop offering women facials, manicures, pedicures, eyelash

extensions, massages, waxing, threading, hair treatments, haircut and blow drying. Palm Island Jumeira, Riva Beach Club, between Shoreline Apartments 7 and 8. Tel: +9714 451 9988. Supreme Chi Energy Spa, JLT Energised water therapy spa for problems like asthma, angina, hypertension, migraines, headaches, back pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, high cholesterol, morning sickness, etc. Swiss Towers, Y3, opposite Carrefour & Damas, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Dubai Tel: 04 3605806 / 055 8742129 Email: Sisters Beauty Lounge, Dubai & Abu Dhabi A high-end chain of salons for women that offer organic facials and brands including Cowshed, Eminence and Shiffa. Various locations around Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Go to the website for details. Six Senses Spa, Zighy Bay, Oman Holistic and pampering combining east and west therapies. Tel: +968 2 6735 555


Samad Ahmad Using SRT, SpR and other energy healing modalities, Samad gets to the root of what’s not working in your life and clears the way for healing, abundance and happiness. Powerful and life-changing work from this gifted healer. Email: Lukas Putz An SRT practitioner and teacher, Lukas works out of Illuminations Well- Being Centre (see Holistic Centres).
 For SRT information, www.


Well Woman Clinic, Melanie Schlatter Psychologist Melanie Schlatter specialises in anxiety, panic attacks, depression, grief, sleep difficulties, pain, changes in body image, the initial shock of a disease or illness diagnosis, and medical treatments and tests. She also offers stress management programmes. Al Dhiyafah Street. Email: Tel: 04 332 7117 Dubai Physiotherapy & Family Medicine Comprehensive family medicine and

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physiotherapy. 1st Floor, Town Centre Jumeirah, Jumeirah Beach Road. Tel: 04 349 6333

B-Wellness Retreats Three-day retreats designed to help women jumpstart into healthy living through distressing, relaxing, and focusing on themselves and their health. Email

UNANI (CUPPING/HIJAMA) Dr. Amr Farouk, Ajman Clinic at GMC Hospital. Call during business hours on +971 (0)6 746 3333.


Al Hijama Alternative Medical Centre Drs. Fatima Shaheen and Syed Asaduddin Ahmed are Unani and Hijama specialists in Sharjah, 306 DeltaTower, Corniche Street, Sharjah. Tel. 050 804 9107 or 06 556 0500. Email:


TRAVEL (see ‘Wellness Retreats) THETA HEALING

Illuminations Well-Being Centre Several Theta Healers including Master Healer Vanya Silverten work out of New Illuminations (see Holistic Centres) or



Raw Yoga Abu Dhabi A group for raw food and yoga fans.


Melany Oliver, Theta Healer Private one on one or group healing sessions. Tel: 050 794 7695 Email:

(see also ‘Pilates’, ‘Tai chi’, ‘Qigong’) Bodytree Studio, Abu Dhabi Yoga, Pilates and dance classes to help find your individual potential for greater wellbeing, from the inside out. Coming from the Corniche on 26th /Al Nahyan St, turn left at 11th Street/Sheikh Hazza Bin Zayed St and take the first right. Bodytree is the front cream villa directly across the road from the ADNOC station. Tel: +971 2 443 4448 Email: Anaadi Yoga Abu Dhabi Indoor and outdoor group yoga, private one-to-one sessions, corporate, SUP Yoga, prenatal and kids yoga at various locations in Abu Dhabi. T: Neli 056 602 0690. E: anaadiyoga@

Sabine Poncelet Theta Healing session & Mediumship 050 81 44 529 Theta Healing Universe Part of Third Eye Centre, offers Theta Healing courses and sessions. Tel: 04 326 6539

Six Senses, Zighy Bay, Oman Holistic and pampering combining east and west therapies. Tel: +968 2 6735 555


Meihua Li Tai Chi Group or private lessons available weekly. See website for times. Tel: Anmarie 050 4698589 Email:

Yoga Retreats Groups taken on yoga and personal growth retreats in the UAE and abroad. T: 050 1819527. E:

Om Life High-end wellness, fitness and physiotherapy equipment for spas, clinics, gyms and private clients. Eg, float rooms, mild hyperbaric oxygen chambers, acupressure mats, instant reusable heat packs, speed fitness EMS, and pulsed electromagnetic field therapy. Tel: +971 4 368 0994 Email:

Aura Alternative Medicine Centre Ayurvedic medicines, diet and lifestyle management and Panchakarma for detox, rejuvenating and relaxing. Office 201, Al Faisal 1, CBI Bank Building, King Faisal Road, Sharjah. Email: Tel: 06 575 7001 Balance Wellness Centre Yoga and Pilates classes including Hatha, Yoga Therapy, Vinyasa Flow, Dynamic, Pre and Post Natal, Pranayama and Meditation. Third floor, Oasis Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road. Email: Tel: 04 384 7010. Bikram Yoga Middle East Single class AED 70 and one month unlimited classes, AED 700. Icon Tower, 4th Floor, TECOM. Tel: 04 368 6287


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Bharat Thakur Artistic Yoga Yoga for flat abs and improved stamina. Group classes in various locations through Dubai, Ajman, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah. Book your free trial class on 800 9642 Helen Horne Radiantly Alive Yoga Teacher & Holistic Health Coach Tel; 052 940 3610 Email: Exhale Fitness Ladies-only studios providing quality Yoga, Pilates, Body Toning and Dance Fitness. Motor City and JBR. Tel; +971 4 4243777 Email: Club Stretch Bikram Yoga and Pilates studio. Al Mina Road, Satwa and Dubai Marina. Email: Tel: 04 345 2131 Fitness 360 Locations at Mazaya Centre (04 330 7711), Arabian Centre (04 236 2111) and International City Email Fitness@Spadunya Spadunya Club’s fitness centre offers Personal Training, Aerobics, Pilates, Yoga, Dance, kids classes and more. Shams 1, The Walk at JBR, Plaza Level. Tel. +971 4 439 3669 MMA Fitness Centre, Hot Yoga Hot yoga is held at this multi-discipline fitness centre. Location, Pacific Bldg. 2nd Level, TECOM, Dubai, UAE Tel: 04 367 5077 Email: Yogalates Bliss Yogalates (fusion of Yoga & Pilates) at Fraser Suites, Noura El-Imam hosts Yoga Workshops and Teacher Trainings as well as Adventure & Wellness Retreats. Tel: 050 3289 642 Irina Yoga Private and group Hatha Yoga at venues across Dubai. Email: Chakra Yoga, Third Eye Centre Specialised Chakra Yoga programmes and courses as well as regular yoga classes. Email:

Tel: 04 326 6539 for a schedule Naturopathy Touch Hatha, Power, Ashtanga, Yoga Nidra, Therapeutic Yoga, Pre and Post-natal. Lake City Tower, opp JLT metro station, JLT. Email: Tel: 04 452 6969 Livia Anzaldo, Yoga Alliance Instructor Email: Tel: 050 1819 527 Phoenix Rising Pilates, Yoga, AcroYoga, Thai Yoga Massage and Dorn Body Alignment. Various weekly locations including JBR, Jumeirah and Open Air yoga in Safa Park. See the website for details or call Sandy on 050 735 9683 or email Talise Spa Yoga, Madinat Jumeirah Hatha, Astanga, Advanced Yoga, Fitness Yoga, Vinyasa Fit Yoga, Meditative Yoga. Also monthly full moon yoga sessions. Email: Tel: +971 4 366 6818 Rawr Bikram Yoga Dubai Al Sufouh Rd, 713 Concord Tower, Dubai Media City (same building as Lime Tree cafe and Mini Cooper showroom) Email: Tel: 04 4232 808 Yoga Room, JLT Ashtanga yoga studio. Swiss Tower, Cluster Y, JLT. Tel. 050 518 9966 Email: Zen Yoga Various forms of yoga at several locations in Dubai including Dubai Media City, Springs Town Centre and Jumeirah. Rocket Yoga with Dharna Ashar Rocket yoga held at Yoga Om Studio at Dubai Investments Park, The Market Level, near Courtyard Marriot. Classes are every Tuesday 10.30am and Fridays at 10am. T: Dharna on 050 556 6740. E:

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Stuck dead people

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he Tree Hugger and I have been together a couple of years now so by now I’ve met all her friends. She kept me away from the weirdest ones for a while but now I know the truth. Some of her friends see dead people. If the dead people are stuck, her friends try and get them to go through a tunnel. I can’t see the

tunnel. I can’t see the dead people either. Apparently we had one of these stuck dead people in our villa. It kept switching our lights on and off. At least that’s what Tree Hugger said, I wanted to get the electrician in but Tree Huggers friends came round to persuade the stuck dead person to “walk towards the light”. I thought they were all

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batty at first but they’re nice enough once you get to know them. Another thing her and her friends go on about is rocks. They call them crystals but they look like rocks to me. We have some huge rocks around the house, Tree Hugger says they do things like get rid of negative energy and fill your heart with love. Back in my army days, we had to lift backpacks full of rocks over our heads and run around an obstacle course. Those rocks didn’t seem to get rid of my negative energy. Nor did the pack of angry, snarling soldiers I was running alongside seem to have hearts filled with love. No point telling Tree Hugger that. She loves her rocks, she wears them as necklaces, rings, and ear-rings and has little bowls filled with polished coloured ones positioned all over the house. “They have special powers,” says Tree Hugger. “Can they get me a cup of tea and a biscuit?” I ask. Tree Hugger didn’t think that was as funny as I did. One particular friend of hers, Sylvia, has rocks all over her house; she even takes them to bed with her. Goodness knows how her husband copes. She talks to them of course – all Tree Hugger’s friends talk to rocks and plants – the difference with Sylvia is that her rocks talk back to her! She says some of them have little spirits living inside them. I know this girl quite well now and apart from hearing voices talking to her from rocks, she’s a normal woman who’s climbed high up the corporate ladder. She’s even met Hillary Clinton. I wonder if Hillary talks to rocks. I guess Bill could fit into that category. Last week I said, “Show me one of your talking rocks Sylvia.” She brought out a clear crystal quartz about the size of her hand. “See, look inside,” she said, “Can you see the little fairy?” No. I could not see the little fairy. “Say hello to her,” said Sylvia. “Hello fairy,” I said to the rock. “Are you alright in there? It’s not too cramped?” If my old Sergeant Major could’ve seen me, he’d think I was stoned.


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