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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 »

Our Words Create Our Worlds

By Michael Mongno Staying conscious in a world such as ours can be very difficult at times. So much of what’s around us can easily drive us back to sleep, or back to living unconsciously. Below is the sleep that the 13th-century Persian poet Rumi speaks of: For years, copying other people, I tried to know myself. From within, I ... Read More »

United Palace Hosts Conversation with Toltec Masters

Toltec masters don José Ruiz and don Miguel Ruiz Jr. will be featured guests at the United Palace’s next Open Heart Conversation. This relaxed afternoon event will begin at 3 p.m., November 11, with doors opening at 2:30 p.m. The brothers will be sharing insights based on the traditions of the Toltec, who ruled central Mexico from the 10th through ... Read More »

Jazz Up the Holiday Spirit with The Gospel Messiah

Five years ago, the United Palace in Washington Heights mashed up hip-hop dance with Tchaikovsky’s music to produce its groundbreaking annual touring show, The Hip Hop Nutcracker. This holiday season, the historic Manhattan theater is continuing that tradition by presenting Handel’s Messiah—uptown style—with Too Hot To Handel: The Gospel Messiah, at 3 p.m. on December 15. This reimagining of the ... Read More »