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Welcome to Natural Awakenings

Natural Awakenings Houston is Houston's premier healthy living magazine.

The Hart Family: Belle, Mike, Ra, Sadie, Cindy and Shango.

Letter from the Publishers


Spring is here, folks! The live oak in the back yard is dropping its leaves by the bushel basket full. The plum tree in the front yard is starting to bloom. Cindy and I have raised the garden bed and planted in early greens. People are enjoying sitting and dining outside again and for many of us, it’s seasonal allergy time again.  <READ MORE>

Feature Articles

Should you and your family receive a chiropractic check-up? 

by Dr. Jackie St.Cyr

Chiropractic for me and my family? Why? We don’t have back or neck pain.” If you are wondering about the answer to this question, you’ll want to read on.

As chiropractors, we often encounter those who understand the importance of regular exams for their entire family’s eyes, ears, nose, throat, hearing, and teeth, but who overlook routine family spinal check-ups. In fact, they could be the most important check-ups you and your family can receive.

As a health conscious person, you want the best for you and your family and no doubt wonder if you are all as healthy as you could be. Several factors determine everyone’s overall health. These include: diet, exercise, proper rest, emotional and spiritual support, and a properly functioning nervous system. 


IGNITE YOUR LIFE: “Meditate Each Morning”       

by  Sarah Gish

I was a kid when my parents took poet and counterculture guru Allen Ginsberg to NASA at his request. Dad was a German professor at the University of Houston and had invited Ginsberg to speak to the UH students following the success of his book Howl. I wasn’t invited to tag along on the car trip but years later, my dad recounted that Ginsberg sat lotus-style and chanted “Om” the entire way to and from Clear Lake – his way of elevating the energy surrounding the space program, something he looked upon as wasted government dollars. The mighty powers of meditation burned off Ginsberg’s anger before it even had a chance to lift off. 


Gluten Free. Is that for me?

What is gluten?

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye.

Why is it a bad thing?

Gluten is not inherently bad. Traditionally grown and harvested, heirloom varieties of gluten containing grains are extremely beneficial for your health and are a great part of a balanced diet.

However, within the last 80 years or so, we have genetically modified wheat, barley, and rye grains to increase the gluten protein strand. The reason for genetically modifying these grains and more than doubling the gluten strand is to increase the yield, durability, and shelf life of the grain. But now, the gluten strand is so large that our bodies cannot adapt to this change in such a short period of time. Our focus on producing quantity over quality is showing to have long-term negative effects on our health.


What is Hypnobabies® 

Hypnobabies® Childbirth Hypnosis is an in-depth, 6-week, complete childbirth education class that incorporates Gerald Kein’s Painless Childbirth techniques to help you have the best birth possible.

Many hypnobirthing classes rely on simple relaxation, breathing or guided imagery, which is great, but we want our Hypno-Moms to enjoy “Eyes Open Childbirth Hypnosis,” easily remaining deeply in hypnosis while walking, talking, changing positions – being as mobile as they would like to be during childbirth. <READ MORE>

Placental Encapsulation

Did you know that your placenta is a perfect bio-identical organ made by your own body? It's full of hormones, iron, and other constituents that science hasn't documented yet.

The hormones that are known to be in the placenta are the same ones that course through our bodies during pregnancy. Logically, the immediate reduction in these hormones post birth would contribute to the "baby blues."  By processing the placenta, and "weaning" your body of them over the course of a few weeks would ideally alleviate some of the symptoms associated with the drastic shift in hormones post baby. <READ MORE>

IGNITE YOUR LIFE: “Take Care of Yourself”              

 “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” This vintage adage (from 1659, per Wikipedia) is as true  as it was when first coined. And we are still struggling with that work/play balance, 400 years later! “Take care of yourself” is the second way to ignite your life in my “IGNITE YOUR LIFE!” art project and community campaign (www.IgniteYourOwnLife.com) and the word associated with this concept is “NOURISH.”  Working less and playing more nourishes our lives. <READ MORE>

Yoga and Pregnancy

A yoga practice is not an exercise class.  It is a practice that addresses all our bodies at once: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and energetic.  It helps us relax and get centered just as much as it helps our fitness and general wellbeing. Yoga done before, during and after pregnancy is a way to bring babies into a better world, one that we would prefer they see.  As we relax and create a more peaceful environment in our external world, the environment within is also relaxed and at peace.  <READ MORE>

Chiropractic Care for Mom and Baby 

Integrated health care is more in demand today than ever before. With this increasing demand, the search for professional natural health care options for families has become common place. However, with the majority of births happening in hospitals and in the care of allopathic medical physicians, when a mother or child experience health challenges, it is easy to reach back into the medical profession for answers. Unfortunately many frustrated families are not finding the answers or results they seek. A growing population of millennials are discovering the amazing benefits of natural chiropractic care starting at birth for their babies.

This article is intended to be a guide to open up your options to natural, gentle and highly effective health care for you and your infant. <READ MORE>

Motherhood Empowerment

As mothers, we are generally the main caregivers for our children, leaving great pressure, responsibility, and consequence of both good and bad with each decision we face, most of which we will not know the effects of until much later. With each and every mother and child being as different as snowflakes in personality, physical growth and culture, deciding which paths to take that fit our own lifestyles and priorities can be our greatest challenge. As we all know, our babies do not come with their own individual hand-book; therefore, many of us are left feeling incompetent, powerless, and side-lined in their role as mothers. So, how in the world do we overcome this? <READ MORE>

Local Events

Houston BCycle & BBVA Compass Bank

Houston Bike Share and BBVA Compass wish to announce the “BBVA Compass Free Rides” program, designed to help alleviate increased traffic congestion and support Bcycle's role as an official transportation partner for Super Bowl LI.

Through the “BBVA Compass Free Rides” program, individuals can receive free Houston Bcycle rides for the 10 days leading up to the Super Bowl, January 27 through February 5, at all Bcycle stations around Houston. Every ride will be free after the rider reserves the bike with a valid credit or debit card, and provides an email address or mobile number at checkout. After the Super Bowl, Bcycle will continue to promote healthy living with “Bike Share Free Fridays” from February 10 through March 31, 2017. Riders will be encouraged to post photos to their social networks incorporating the hashtag #WeAreMobile.

Science of Spirituality Series:

Empower your soul through meditation.

March 1-5

A meditation workshop series for all those who want to explore the limitless potential of the soul. It is meant to awaken the attendees to the empowered soul and its rich qualities of unlimited wisdom, fearlessness, immortality, unconditional love, bliss and connectedness to all life. Click on the link above for times and locations. All workshops are FREE and open to the public.

Cirque du Soliel-KURIOS

Opens April 6

What if you could alter reality at will? Delve into a world where seeing is disbelieving.. Step into the curio cabinet of an ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space and dimensions in order to reinvent everything around him. Suddenly the visible becomes invisible, perspectives are transformed, and the world is turned upside down. 

Book your tickets today!


THURSDAY MAY 18, 2017   

7:30 pm at Unity of Houston

“Our nourishment and life’s work is to create gatherings around the planet were people can come together in celebration and meditation.”

We are delighted to bring these beautiful artists to Houston again!  As many of you already know, this will be a magical evening - a loving gathering of our collective, heart-centered and spiritual communities, elevated by a purity of sound & soul that nourishes the very fiber of our being. <READ MORE>


Bradley Method®

Tania Nuezca has been teaching Bradley Method® partner-coached natural childbirth for four years and currently teaches classes at her home in Humble and at the Cherry Blossom Yoga Studio in Champions. <READ MORE>

Axelrad Clinic

Founded in 2004 in Houston, TX, by Chris Axelrad, M.S.O.M, L.Ac., FABORM, The Axelrad Clinic has become one of Houston’s most sought-after health and wellness clinics, known for our warm, inviting atmosphere and sincere, compassionate care for our patients.

We provide results-oriented, natural wellness care for people of all ages with the goal with each patient is a long-term, self-sustained shift in core factors that determine health and wellness. <READ MORE>

The Bay Area Birth Center

Every aspect of Bay Area Birth Center was designed with your comfort in mind. You will get to know everyone on our staff, and every corner of our facility: from the comfortable reception area to the welcoming kitchen and just-like-home delivery rooms. Take a brief virtual tour through the photos on the website, and then register below to schedule a visit in person or make an appointment. <READ MORE>

Local Pain Remedy Uses Time-Tested Ingredients

C.E. Smith, a local entrepreneur, has introduced Aunt Alberta's Remedy to the market. Her Aunt Alberta mixed natural herbs to develop remedies that "cured everything that ailed you." Her Remedy is a homeopathic pain relief cream that penetrates deep into the skin and muscle tissues. Several time-tested ingredients, oil of wintergreen, iodine, and castor oil are combined to bring effective pain relief results. <READ MORE>


At Cy-Fair Birth Center we offer a celebration of pregnancy, birth and postpartum that every mother/baby deserves. We believe every baby should come into the world celebrated and we try to do that from the first visit all the way through the postpartum period by taking care of mom, pampering her and ensuring she gets off to a good start in her parenting journey and her new identity as a mother.
We offer several classes on a variety of topics including: belly bindinging, postpartum care, labor preparation, massage, breastfeeding, and more. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and tour our beautiful facility located in North Houston. Call us at 281-469-0093

Cy-Fair Birth Center
12850 Jones Rd. Ste. 105
Houston, TX 77070

Dr. Fisher Road 2 Wellness

Dr. LaTronica Fisher holds a doctoral degree in Clinical Nursing Practice from the University of Miami and started on the road to practice non-traditional medicine after the loss of her father to cancer. She knew there had to be a better way for her family going forward in healthcare and that if it was to be, it was up to her. Her dream was to create a better life for my family through non-traditional medicine. <READ MORE>

Dr. Alayna E. Pagnani-Gendron, D.C., C.Ac.

Dr. Alayna E. Pagnani-Gendron is from the Northeast, graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science. Her major was Family Studies and Pre-med. During her undergraduate studies, she completed a rotation at the Kremples Brain Injury Foundation where she worked with patients who endured traumatic brain injuries and nerve damage. Dr. Pagnani-Gendron then continued her education at Texas Chiropractic College where she graduated with Academic Recognition as a Doctor of Chiropractic. She also earned a second Bachelor’s degree in Human Biology. During her studies, she completed her internship at the Moody Health Center in Pasadena, TX. While in school she completed a rotation at Cenikor in Deer Park treating recovering addicts. She also completed a rotation at Rice University rehabilitating the athletes to their peak performance and has special training in pediatrics and pregnancy. <READ MORE>

MyVita Wellness Institute

Chief Medical Officer of MyVita Wellness Institute, Dr. Tony Zbigniew Chmielewski was frustrated only seeing sick patients and treating disease, as opposed to focusing on the prevention of these diseases and helping people feel great. Dr. Chmielewski said, “I remember looking at myself and others around me, thinking, does getting older have to be this way? As we age, we tend to retain weight that we cannot get rid of, which seems to get worse every year. We lose muscle tone, and our skin begins to sag. We ask ourselves, is losing your sex drive a requirement of “getting older”? We wonder if we are ever going to feel the way we did when we were younger; or have we lost it forever? The answer is, absolutely not!” <READ MORE>

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