Ecstatic dance is for everybody, and from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. November 2, there will be a community dance celebrating Dia de los Muertos—the Mexican holiday known as Day of the Dead. Dia de los Muertos is a joyous celebration of life and honoring family and friends departed. The family-friendly event will also highlight the move of Ecstatic Soul Sessions’ mid-weekly community dance from East Austin to their new location in the 78704 neighborhood.
Magazine publisher Shelly Searle introduces the Austin Texas Edition of Natural Awakenings, with testimonials from Austin business owners: Sherry Gingras, of Drumz; Gabriella Espinosa, of Pure Soul Alchemy; and Mardy Chen, of Pure Bikram Yoga. Video by ARISE.
by Kai-Chang Chan
Ginseng is an important traditional Chinese herbal remedy. It is one of the most popular natural tonics and has been shown to possess many intriguing health properties including a protein anabolic effect, anti-tumor activities and an inhibitory effect on tumor angiogenesis and metastasis. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), ginseng can tonify yuan qi (the source of energy), the lungs, spleen, promote the generation bodily fluids, relieve thirst, calm the spirit and even improve brain functioning. Clinical research has shown that ginseng can promote cardiac function, treat hypertension, treat diabetes mellitus, treat sexual dysfunction and may treat cancer.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There are many strateg ies that women can use to increase the odds of keeping their breasts healthy as they age. In addition to eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly and getting plenty of sleep, it is recommended that self-exams be performed monthly in the shower and clinical breast exams and screenings be carried out through a physician.
by Ashley Wearing
Sage smudging is an ancient art and ritual widely practiced by Native Americans to rid a space of negative energy. The process involves burning sage and fanning a feather toward the spaces in your home that have energy debris, which is a buildup of negative energy caused by arguments, a loss in family, divorce and anything that causes stress and keeps the energy stagnant in one’s space.
The Awesmic City Expo will return for a third year, bringing local businesses, nonprofits and representatives of arts, science, education, holistic health, economic justice and environmental restoration together for a weekend of engaging discussion and activities. Taking place October 15 and 16 at the Palmer Events Center under the theme Cultivating Cosmic Cultures, the expo will provide attendees with an opportunity to partake in discourse that gives solutions to some of our planetary challenges concerning the environment.
From deep in the Amazon rainforest of Acre, Brazil, eight members of the Yawanawá tribe take a journey from their home to share their sacred songs, ancestral dance, languag e and spiritual heritage through Journey to Mutum: a Cultural Encounter. Presented by Indigenous Celebration, based out of Florida, the Yawanawá will treat the public to rituals never before seen in the United States. Their live performance, Journey To Mutum: Cultural Encounter, will take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m., October 7, at Unity Church of the Hills.
Native Americans and indigenous tribes in India and Africa have performed firewalking—the act of walking barefoot across hot embers or stones—to gain the energy to perform hands-on healing for others, self-healing and to fill up with the power they need to accomplish big challenges. Energy healer and certified firewalk instructor Kerri Hummingbird will lead a Firewalk Empowerment Workshop from 5 to 9 p.m., September 16.