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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


Looks like another brief winter is behind us and spring is just around the corner. We did lose a few of our favorite plants last month but were able to get most of them in the greenhouse saving them from freezing. There are several things going on in the magazine this month in our great big city of Houston. <READ MORE>


Feature Articles: Natural Childbirth

Interview with a Midwife 

Tell me a little about your background. How did you decide to become a midwife?

As a mother, I am a natural caregiver and the role of midwife was one I took to very well. I had three hospital births, where none were bad, I just felt like it could have been better. I hired a midwife with my fourth, and it began my love of midwifery. <READ MORE>

Can HypnoBirthing® really help you have a great birth? 

Imagine being pregnant and being terrified to give birth, or so afraid of your birth day that you can’t bring yourself to even think about it. What if you’ve had a previous traumatic birth and you’re terrified of history repeating itself? You may be a first time mom and just honestly not know what to expect on your birth day besides the gory stories you’ve heard from your friends or family members and you’re nervous to give birth. <READ MORE>

Easier pregnancy with chiropractic

Congratulations on your baby! The moment you find out you are pregnant is a special time filled with joy, nerves, and excitement. You are also probably still feeling great.  Eventually hormone changes take over and that little baby bump grows throwing off your center of gravity.  Then, all of a sudden, you take a step and feel a sharp twinge in your lower back. Ouch! This experience is common for many women throughout their pregnancy.  However, most moms-to-be don’t realize there is safe and effective help out there for back pain during pregnancy- It is chiropractic! <READ MORE>

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.

8th Annual Texas Yoga Festival

February 17-10

ISKCON Temple -

1320 W 34th Street - Houston, TX 77018

We inform adults and youth through educational materials, workshops, classes and trainings about the benefits of breathing techniques, meditation, and yoga to promote wellness. We believe yoga is a preventative and complementary treatment of diseases often caused by stress. Our intention is to promote not only the teachers of the practice but yoga as a way of life for all fostering peace and wholeness for the masses. 

Founded in 2009 by the founder of Breathe the Cure, Inc., a Texas 501(c)(3), Jenny Buergermeister, who organized the annual event with local studios in Houston and support from all over the state.

Brilliant Lecture Series presents “A Conversation with Harry Belafonte”

February 23

Cullen Theater @ The Wortham Center

Harry Belafonte, the Grammy/Emmy-winning artist and humanitarian who popularized Calypso music and sparked the “We are the World” initiative, will make a rare appearance in Houston on Thursday, February 23. HEB presents this Brilliant Lecture Series production, interview-style, in Cullen Theater at Wortham Center, one week shy of Mr. Belafonte’s 90th birthday. Tickets $35 to $125 available at BrilliantLectures.org. Limited VIP tickets ($250 incl. reception with Mr. Belafonte and Orchestra level ticket) available at (713) 974-1335 or at Info@BrilliantLectures.org

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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