Float Your Cares Away

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Located in Austin for the past 13 years, Zen Blend operates a lightproof, soundproof flotation tank filled with 800 pounds of Epsom salt and 10 inches of water heated to skin temperature, in which a person floats as a form of deep relaxation. They are open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and offer one-to-two-hour floats, massage and float packages, couples packages and far infrared sauna sessions.

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Finding Peace, Face to Face

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White Tantric Yoga, a one-day meditation workshop facilitated in 37 cities around the world, is coming to the Omni Hotel Downtown Austin on February 1, from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

White Tantric Yoga enables participants to break through subconscious blocks so that they can have a more enjoyable life. In the shortest time, they can experience release from a lot of the burden they carry in their minds. It is done in pairs as a group meditation. Participants sit facing a partner and follow instructions for meditation given on a video by Yogi Bhajan, whose authority to be the Mahan Tantric, master of White Tantric Yoga, was bestowed upon him in 1970. Although Bhajan has passed away, a representative of the Mahan Tantric will be present to facilitate the meditation.

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Try Before You Buy at the Gluten-Free Wellness Event

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Individuals with allergen sensitivities, gluten intolerance, celiac disease and related illnesses will welcome the Gluten and Allergen-Free Wellness Event, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., February 2, at the Travis County Expo Center Banquet Hall, in Austin. The event will offer educational presentations and a wide selection of vendors of gluten- and allergen-free products.

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Community Spotlight – Awakening to Rhythm

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Sherry Gingras, drumming teacher and owner of Drumz, in Austin, believes that drumming can save the planet, and she is doing her part to facilitate that result. It’s a bold and immense goal, but she embraces it with joy, enthusiasm and an infectious passion for indigenous rhythms. During her classes, she not only teaches traditional African beats and drumming techniques, but also throws in generous helpings of insight, inspiration, historical perspective and lots of fun.

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Sound Therapy Does the Body Good

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Sound therapist Everitt Allen, ERYT-5OO, offers sound-healing sessions designed to reduce stress, insomnia, migraines, muscle tension and pain, as well as balance blood circulation. Producing a relaxation response and helping to stimulate and open the chakras, the 30- to 45-minute sessions are preformed while lying on an Amethyst BioMat. Healing Tibetan bowls are also available for purchase, by appointment.

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Letter from Publisher – December 2013

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Dear Santa,

Between your busy schedule and ours, the past year has flown by. Our Natural Awakenings team in Austin is finally catching up with you with some special requests we think you’ll appreciate. We’ve posted the few personal things on out holiday gift list to your Facebook page for your elves’ review. But it’s more important that we ask your kind assistance in sharing idea s for giving to those in urgent need with your vast network of good people everywhere.

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Community Spotlight – Mission Wellness

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by Sandra Yeyati

Michelangelo, the sculptor of David, said, “In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.”

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The Miracle of Midlife – Being Exactly Who We Need to Be

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by Marianne Williamson

How would we live, were we not afraid of death? How would we live if we gave ourselves permission to give to life everything we’ve got? In The Longevity Factor, Lydia Brontë, Ph.D., observes that we’ve added 15 years to our lives… but in the middle, not at the end. No longer identifying ourselves as “over the hill” at whatever age, we are simply removing the hill. We are forging a different conversation and a new vision to take us beyond the limited thought forms that have defined the parameters of age for generations.

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Letter from Publisher – November 2013

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Winter holidays kick off the season with a Day of Thanksgiving for good reason. In the midst of all the goingson and challenges, simply expressing gratitude for large and little blessings can work wonders in restoring a healthy balance. Gratitude never fails to enrich lives.

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Chinese Medicine for Stress Relief

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Our bodies are hardwired to handle stress, but over time, too much stress takes its toll. When we feel threatened, the sympathetic nervous system is activated, causing the heart rate to increase, pupils to dilate and blood to be directed towards the extremities. Digestion can temporarily shut down. Cortisol, sometimes called “the stress hormone,” is released, causing increases in both blood pressure and inflammation, while suppressing the immune system. If our bodies continue to experience high amounts of cortisol, symptoms can evolve into anxiety, depression, fatigue, digestive issues and tension headaches.

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