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Who’s a Natural Awakenings NYC Reader?

reader spotlight: Meet Jennifer Fragale Life’s mission: To live an authentic life by making decisions with the greater good in mind, not compromising my values and leading by example. Work: I create websites for individuals and small businesses, working across various industries to strategize and build digital experiences. Proudest achievements: For years it was my “lifelong goal” to be quoted ... Read More »

Open Heart Conversations at the United Palace

The Open Heart Conversations (OHC) at the United Palace of Spiritual Arts offer the opportunity to explore and experience the enduring religious and spiritual traditions with some of the world’s best-known mystics, progressive thought leaders and visionary teachers. Rev. Arda Itez, who co-hosts the monthly series along with Rev. Dr. Jose Román, says it draws inspiration from the Dalai Lama’s ... Read More »

Shared Mission to Help Fuels CBD Oil Company

In August 2017, Greg Prasker and Lee Regenbogen sat down to discuss starting a CBD oil company. Although they barely knew each other, Prasker says, they bonded over their shared sense of mission: they wanted to help people, not just make money. They shook hands, and SupHERBals was formed.“We didn’t walk into this with a huge investment,” Prasker says. “We ... Read More »

Phoenix Qigong a Highlight of Upcoming Eastover Events

For generations, New Englanders flocked to Eastover, the iconic resort in the Berkshires, for graduation parties, family reunions and corporate events. Since its purchase in 2010, people travel to what is now Eastover Estate and Eco-Village, not just for weddings and other celebratory gatherings, but also for holistic retreats, trainings, classes and workshops, such as Phoenix Qigong with Joe Lok, ... Read More »

Uplifting the World through Alexander Technique

The world needs more love, openness and compassion—and Alexander Technique (AT) can help, says Mona Al-Kazemi, the co-founder of Think AT, an education studio based in New York City. “Before we can give to others, we really have to start with ourselves,” Al-Kazemi says. “Yet every day, many of us rush through our tasks and responsibilities, not taking enough time or space ... Read More »

Give the Gift of the Outdoors This Holiday

By Roger Dubin “Experiences, not possessions.” I’ve been hearing that a lot lately, and I love hearing it. This is the way I live now. I no longer have to have another shirt, an extra belt or a fifth watch. I can’t possibly use all the stuff I have already. Instead I will go on another hike, or travel to ... Read More »

My Miraculous Journey through Breathing

By Nevşah F. Karamehmet My journey—the one that brought me here to New York City—began 20 years ago. I was in my 20s, healthy and successful. I’d gone to the best schools in Turkey, and I had a great social life. My family and friends supported and loved me. I really had it all, yet I was unhappy and didn’t ... Read More »

Who’s a Natural Awakenings Reader? Meet Selmin Karatas 

Life’s mission: My father and I started a family business called Kazani Hair Care. These clean beauty products are made from age-old recipes and plant-based ingredients that nourish the scalp and make your hair look lustrous and healthy. My mission is to enhance women’s and men’s self-confidence and create sustainability for future generations as we donate part of our proceeds ... Read More »

Awakening Our True Voice

By Jean McClelland A baby cries, and we are riveted by the sound’s urgency. Children run, play and laugh, and we stand in awe at their spontaneity and the richness of their imaginations. We resonate with their joy and yearn for when we, too, experienced such openness. Even a young child’s gibberish is filled with inflection and color that communicate ... Read More »

Hiking Boosts Your Immunity

By Roger Dubin When I saw that this month’s issue of Natural Awakenings was going to focus on the immune system, it occurred to me that it’s been several years since I’ve had a cold or another illness. I’d also just gotten good results from a routine blood test. We all know that blood doesn’t lie. This got me thinking, “Could ... Read More »