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 Yoga Texas. Video by ARISE.

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Use This Summer to Prepare Children for Kindergarten

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by Amy Webre

As the parent of a preschooler, the term “kindergarten readiness” may be familiar, but what does it really mean? Simply put, it challenges parents to ask themselves if their child is ready to enter a kindergarten classroom where he or she will succeed in school. Kindergarten is the first step into a child’s formal education. Preparing for this new environment—socially, emotionally and academically— will set the child up for a successful year full of fun, learning and new discoveries.

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Staying Present in the Modern World

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by Brad Schiller

Most spiritual teachings center on the present moment and encourage a focus on the “Now”. Everything in life happens in each moment and thus life should be lived with as little distraction from the Now as possible. Modern technology has provided many exciting wonders, but at the same time scores of today’s technologies rip people away from the present.

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Natural Allergy Relief for Early Summer

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by Angela Holmes

For allergy sufferers, the great state of Texas brings enormous challenges. Due to a variety of wet and dry climates plus roving wind patterns, allergens flow abundantly. In 24 hours, a person can inhale 7,200 allergen grains in spring or summer. Whether it’s dust, pollen from plants or even the spores of fungi, there’s simply a lot of allergen matter in the air Texans breathe.

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Personal Discovery Awaits at the Body Mind Spirit Expo

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The Body Mind Spirit Expo returns to the Palmer Events Center, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., July 15, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., July 16. The event is dedicated to help people discover the radiant life that surrounds us at every moment. This year’s event promises a weekend filled with the finest presentations, exhibitors and entertainment; each is intentioned to help people grow personally and discover a realm of wellness possibilities.

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Michael “Mukti” Buck Brings Thai-Yoga Bodywork Techniques to Austin

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For centuries, the ancient therapeutic system of Thai-Yoga Bodywork has been used to maintain wellness and bring health into balance. This month, Austinites will have the opportunity to learn more through Traditional Thai-Yoga Bodywork on the Mat, a three-day course that begins at 1 p.m., June 23 and runs through 2 p.m. June 25. Held at the Zero Circle Center, the course teaches a sequence of Thai-Yoga Bodywork techniques to deepen therapeutic offerings and will provide demonstrations by Michael "Mukti" Buck, a world-renowned Thai and Vedic massage teacher. A manual will be provided for note taking, and hours of practice giving and receiving massage are included.  

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Helping Children with Anxiety

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by Sharon Hudson

With the pressures of state testing, bullying, social media and changes going on in the home, many children are experiencing high levels of stress and anxiety. Anxiety disorders affect one of every eight children per the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. The Child Mind Institute says that early anxiety leads to psychiatric disorders later in life such as panic attacks, depression, social phobias and suicidality. To prevent your child from developing an anxiety disorder, take the time to teach her tools that she can use every day to help her deal with those moments she is feeling anxious or worried about a future event.

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Serenity Kids Crafts Baby-Approved Healthy Foods

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Serenity Kids, an Austin-based business that makes baby food with health and serenity for animals and the environment in mind, offers three flavors for babies ages 6 months and up: chicken with organic peas and carrots; beef with organic kale and sweet potato; and uncured bacon with organic kale and butternut squash. The meats used in Serenity Kids products are sourced from farmers that practice regenerative agriculture to heal the planet. Serenity Kids donates 1 percent of its profits to the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, which protects consumer access to nutrient-dense foods by defending family farms.

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Wellness in the Workplace

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Employee wellness isn’t just a fad, or only for big companies with big budgets. Even smaller employers who integrate wellness into their overall objectives find they experience benefits on many levels.

Healthy employees are more engaged, more productive, use fewer sick days, have fewer accidents and experience lower turnover. Smaller organizations have even more to benefit from a wellness program that’s right-fitted to their needs.

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John Edward On Finding Harmony in a Hectic World

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by Sheila Julson

Seen by many as the “Rock Star of Psychics,” John Edward has gained an international following through his innovative television shows, Crossing Over with John Edward and John Edward Cross Country. He’s authored eight New York Times bestselling books on spirituality and continues to provide fresh, original insight on physical and mental well-being through his membershipbased interactive Web series, Evolve. Edward will host one of his live events in Austin at the Doubletree from noon to 2 p.m., June 3.

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