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Letter from the Publisher

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Coming of Age

Recently I had the pleasure of staffing a booth with my sister, Cindy, at the Body Mind Spirit Expo. Taking full advantage of the opportunity to bond through my new role as the local Natural Awakenings publisher, we had great fun visiting all the vendors together. I especially enjoyed connecting with two of our partners, Karen Richards at Nature’s Treasures and Naturopath Beth Carpenter, both there as vendors. Our takeaways included fantastic products and leads to services all good for body and soul. Read More

Goat Yoga is a Hit

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by Sheila Julson

Cultivating higher consciousness becomes a little more interesting when adorable, cuddly goats get involved. During goat yoga, goats are brought in to roam among class participants, providing a lighthearted and fun approach to yoga. “It’s a popular trend,” says Rachael Phillips, who formed GOGA Goat Yoga with her fiancé, Trey Kitchen, in September 2017. “We’re starting to see goat yoga pop up all over the country.” Read More

Kids Can Fly High with Aerial Yoga

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by Sheila Julson

Aerial yoga involves colorful, high-density nylon hammocks suspended from a ceiling, providing a unique opportunity for not just adults, but also kids to bring out their inner acrobat. As aerial yoga gains popularity, Laurie Hebert is ready to teach kids this fun type of yoga where they also learn discipline and mindfulness. Read More

Yoga Improves Quality of Life for Cancer Patients and Survivors

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by Matthew McCurdy

Cancer patients and survivors face unique challenges to their physical and mental health, some of which persist for decades. Ample research has found that yoga interventions increase strength and flexibility, improve balance and mobility, lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels, support healthy body weight, lessen fatigue, improve sleep, reduce anxiety and stress, enhance the immune system and improve mortality rates. Read More

Syntropy Wealth Management Opens Office

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Derek Eckert, CFP®, CEBS, managing director at Syntropy Wealth Management, recently opened an office at 7500 Rialto Boulevard, Building 1, Suite. 250, in Austin. He completed the U.S. Forum for Sustainable & Responsible Investment’s Fundamentals for Sustainable and Impact Investment training course, which helps educate and enhance an advisor’s ability to incorporate socially responsible investing (SRI) into investment portfolios and client conversations. Read More

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Cavitations – The Silent Infection

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by Sheila Julson

While most people are familiar with cavities, cavitations—holes in the jawbone created by extracted teeth not healing properly—can trap bacteria, toxins and other debris. Also known by the technical term osteonecrosis of the bone, cavitations often go undetected and lead to a host of underlying health issues. Read More

A Note from Your New Publisher

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Glad to Be Here

As we enter the dog days of summer in Central Texas, gratitude helps take our minds off the heat. I am grateful for the ice cream truck’s warbling music, diving into a favorite swimming hole now and then and spending precious hours with family inside a cooled house. Amidst daily demands such pleasures can be fewer than we hope, but oh-so-welcome.

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