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I envisioned myself as a fit, youthful gal starting each day with yoga and meditation
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Northwest Florida Features

Cover art for Natural Awakenings Magazine, April 2015,

Pensacola native Margaret Biggs pays homage to the beauty found in nature and the spirituality a relationship with it ensures through her uniquely rendered oil paintings.

Stacey Vann Lives the Mahabhuta Vision

More than a year ago, Stacey Vann, awakened by a dream at 4 a.m., clearly knew what she would be doing the next year. “It was so clear to me how I was supposed unite all the yoga communities in the region. I visualized a neutral space to celebrate and heal with yoga, warm water and sun, great food and kids and so much more,” explains Vann.

What to Do About the Fungus Among Us

Floodwaters bring damage and despair in their wake, and so can warm summer weather and moist air, if it is allowed to foster the growth of mold.

Move Freely in Your Body and Mind

The way you walk across the room is the way you walk through life,” says Rolf Movement instructor Vivian Jaye. How do you walk across the room? Fluid and free, or fixed and frozen? How we move, our posture and our very presence in our skin speaks volumes about our way of being in relationship with others and especially with ourselves.

Rock Hard Designs Fine Jewellery for the Right Reasons

Gegory Lynn (Rock) Hard, is the proprietor of two Rock Hard Designs jewellery stores in the Panhandle. But to describe them as mere retail outlets would be a gross understatement. The unique shop and gallery in Pensacola, nationally acclaimed since 1975, affords its clientele the opportunity to observe the manufacturing of unique, award-winning designs in vintage, hand-engraved, abstract avant garde or sacred geometry styles, as well as extreme realism in nature.

Massage Comes in Many Flavors—All Tasty

Research gathered by the American Massage Therapy Association has shown the effectiveness of massage for conditions such as low back pain, osteoarthritis of the knee, boosting the body’s immune system functioning, lowering blood pressure and reducing headache frequency.

Holistic Treatments Provide Healing Effects for Cancer Patients

Acupuncture treatments and medical massage specifically designed for oncology patients provide healing effects that can shorten the patient’s healing time and improve their quality of life.

Good Dirt is Hard to Find

It all begins with the dirt. Whether you are growing apples or zinnias, the quality of your crop depends on the quality of the soil. Unfortunately, technological advances, along with consumer demand, have negatively impacted our dirt.


Music fans are expected to head to the white, sandy beaches of Gulf Shores for the seventh annual Hangout Music Festival

Deep Listening: A Healing Practice

Dr. Michael DeMaria is a psychologist, author, sound healing artist and four-time Grammy nominee. A local treasure, he is respected for life guidance that he has offered to many people in our local area, applying his unique integrative psychology for more than 25 years.

Older Adults Have Special Dietary Needs

It’s important for older adults to receive the same nutritional value as younger adults. However, because elders may not burn as many calories as a more active person, they may also need to consume fewer calories.

The Varied Causes of Chronic Fatigue

The reasons why people experience fatigue is a long list that includes thyroid issues, metabolic disturbances, sugar imbalance, depression, hormonal issues and sleep apnea.

Unearthing Cheaper AC and Heat

Dating back to the times of ancient Chinese empires, cultures across the globe have capitalized on the knowledge of the Earth’s ability to provide and store heat.

Three Ways a Reflexologist Restores Your Body

There are reflex areas in both the feet and hands that correspond to every organ, gland, muscle, joint, bone and body part microcosmically. A trained reflexologist knows how to restore the body balance

Sustainable Energy Workshop Brings Advocates Together

Advocates for sustainable energy and industry professionals will have an opportunity to attend a Sustainable Energy 2012 workshop, co-hosted by the Gulf Coast Energy Network and Energy Services of Pensacola and sponsored by National Energy USA on July 27, at New World Landing, in Pensacola.

Diary of a Fit Pregnancy

Heather Blatz, fitness director at Gold’s Gym in Fort Walton Beach, is a proud mother of three. On her journey, she discovered which healthy living practices helped her with the experiences.

Seniors Benefit from Community Connection

Beyond the connection felt with inclusion in family life and socializing with friends, research shows that seniors that feel a sense of purpose and learn new things are healthier, both physically and mentally.

End Knee-Jerk Reactions to Maintain Calm

Sometimes it’s hard to be the calm in the storm. Instead of being a loving, responsible adult, we feel as if we’re being attacked, and that’s when we react.

Building for the Future

EcoSmart Worldwide, LLC, is a Florida-based educational consulting, design integration and green products purchasing company.

Five Unusual Weight Loss Tips

Why Go Vegan?

We have come a long way in understanding how the food we eat affects our health, our mental state and even our emotions, but we may not be as aware of the effects on our climate, water and soil, and on the creatures with whom we coexist.

Healing Touch Therapy is Heart-Centered

Healing Touch was developed by Janet L. Mentgen, RN, BSN, (1938-2005), a practitioner of energy-based care since 1980 in Denver, Colorado.

Options Abound for Sustainable Participation on the Emerald Coast

This month, we’re pleased to highlight green initiative organizations working to keep our local environment safe and healthy. All of them can use your financial support and volunteer services.

Encouraging Couples’ Fertility

T​he female body is a bit like a beautiful pear tree. When it's growing and healthy it's capable of producing lots of fruit. But if there's not enough rain, or nutrients in the soil, it might not even be able to flower. Just like some women can't get or stay pregnant.

Empowerment Tools for Joyful Living

Sometimes it feels like every day there is more to do and more issues to resolve. Personal empowerment tools can help keep us calm in spite of weighty issues that arise with family, friends, society, politics, economics and even the Earth.

Create a Personal Renaissance Movement

Life can become mundane at times. As busy individuals, we work, provide for our families and fall into a routine. As time drifts by, we may stop growing artistically in new ways. However, we can change that. We can have a more engaging, fulfilling life.

SIN without the Guilt

Just as soon as healthy living gets back on track after overindulging during the winter holidays, along comes Valentine’s Day, the chocolate bonanza of the year. Fortunately, local Chef Will Guthrie has invented the perfect indulgence without the guilt with his Sin-In-A-Tin Chocolate Pâté, smothered in 60 percent Belgium bittersweet chocolate.

A New Solution to Indoor Allergies

The Everclean Green air filter, developed by eGreen technologies and marketed locally by Emerald Air Services, protects homes by reducing energy use and indoor pollution.

Unfolding Myofascial Release

Unexplainable tightness or pain could be caused by restrictions in our fascial tissue. Wrapping every cell, our fascia, or connective tissue, forms one continuous web from head to toe throughout the entire body, surrounding all structures, not just the muscles.

Natural Birth is Best with Proper Preparation

Women go through many processes in life, and giving birth is one that a woman’s bodies is specifically designed to accomplish. It knows exactly how to prepare for conception and pregnancy, and when it is time, the labor and birth process.
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Northwest Florida Newsbriefs

Personalized Medicine Focus of March Presentation

O​n March 29, Rodney D. Soto, M.D., with Genestyle Medical, will be at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa to give a presentation on “the new paradigm in wellness,” personalized medicine.

Experience an Unforgettable Christmas Eve

Unity of Pensacola will present a Christmas Eve Candelight Night Under the Stars Service for an hour of intention and celebration of the Christ child within us all from 6 to 7 p.m., December 24.

Learn About the Dynamic Laws of Prosperity

Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist Maia Rizzi will present a talk on the Dynamic Laws of Prosperity from 10 a.m. to noon, September 5, at Evermans' Community Room, in Pensacola.

Organic Mattresses Now Available Locally

T​he Good Morning Mattress Center. Located at 7160 North Davis Highway, in Pensacola, is the first retailer on the Gulf Coast to offer non-toxic, organic mattresses in all sizes, from crib to California King.

Northwest Florida region wide rally aligns with the worldwide March Against Monsanto

A worldwide grassroots group March Against Monsanto has inspired a broad coalition of individuals and groups to gather in cities and towns all over the world as part of a global effort to raise public awareness and bring increasing political pressure to bear regarding Monsanto’s corporate farming and business practices and to insist upon labeling of foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMO). The Northwest Florida region wide rally will take place ...

EARTH DAY 2015: Hope for Our Future

When we learn about the condition of our most valuable resource—this spinning planet we call home—we may feel a sense of urgency, desperation or even defeat.

Pilates Day Celebration

Pure Pilates, in Downtown Pensacola, is celebrating National Pilates Day 2015 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 2...

Integrative Medicine Course at Center for Lifelong Learning

Wellness Rocks! Integrative Medicine classes will be held from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. on Wednesdays, from January 22 to February 26, at the University of West Florida Fort Walton Beach auditorium.

Bruni Relocates and Reopens Pilates Core Training

The Pilates Core Training studio, which was damaged during an April flood, has reopened at a new location, 1310 B Dunmire Street, in Pensacola, and will hold an Open House celebration in the new, state-of the-art studio from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., December 6, with free classes all day, gift certificates and discounted packages.

The Healing Clinic Transforms to Serve the Community

At THE Healing Clinic of Fort Walton Beach, owner and transformational healer Felicia McQuaid, myofascial release specialist Laura Tyree and massage therapist Mike Ortega have provided services to more than 1,000 people in their first year of operation.

There’s More than One Way to Rub a Foot

Zen Center Offers New Home Study Course

The Zen Center of Panama City is offering the Waiest home study program as a path to personal development that only you can take.

Standup Paddleboard Yoga offered from Destin to Watercolor Resort

Shanda Beste, of Inner Chi Wellness & Soul Shine SUP Yoga, is offering standup paddleboard yoga at the Boathouse with Yolo Board Adventures at Watercolor Resort and private or group paddle instruction, customized parties and retreats...

Organic Hair Care in Pensacola

Camy Kilker, with Le Vogue Salon, is now providing organic hair color in downtown Pensacola.

Group Hike on the Upper Ecofina

Brian Skoskie will conduct a five-mile guided hike to the banks of upper Econfina Creek.

Truly Heal Workshop in Destin

Chronic degenerative diseases are on the rise, and it’s time to take a fresh new look at how we view our health.

30A Farmers’ Markets Continue to Grow

Diane K. Kolopanas, producer and administrator of three farmers’ markets along 30A and in Santa Rosa Beach, has added the products of several local vendors whose offerings include grass-fed beef and dairy and organically grown aquaponics and hydroponic produce.

Float Brothers Float Spa Opening in Destin

Float Brothers Float Spa, the first float therapy spa on the Emerald Coast, is opening December 12 at the Plantation Commons Shopping Center, 4495 Commons Drive West, in Destin.

Mahabhuta Yoga Festival is an Expression of Love

The fourth annual Mahabhuta Yoga Festival will take place in this, the Year of the Wood Sheep (celebrating family), from November 20 to 22 at Sanders Beach.

Discover New Horizons of Joy ​at East of Eden

East of Eden Retreat and Spa, in Santa Rosa Beach, will host an all-day Joy Workshop Retreat with Felicia McQuaid and Laura Tyree from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., September 12.

Try Zyto Scan For Free

E​sther's Garden of Healing is offering Zyto Scan appointments at no cost to Natural Awakenings readers.

Hot Yoga Om Offers Radiant Infrared Heat

Hot Yoga Om has opened at 222 Miracle Strip Parkway Southeast, Unit A, in downtown Fort Walton Beach. Laura Tyree, owner of Dragonfly Yoga, has partnered with Felicia McQuaid, owner of THE Healing Clinic, to combine yoga with infrared heat.

New Acupuncture and Nutrition Clinic in Downtown Pensacola

The husband-and-wife team of Dr. Peter Shark, AP, and Niko Shark, HHC, have opened Gulf Coast Wellness, located at 310 East Government Street, in Pensacola, overlooking downtown Seville Square.

Free Seminar on Renewable Energy Savings and Property Values

Homeowners and business property owners in Northwest Florida will want to attend a free educational seminar on January 7 to learn ways of adding value to their property while saving energy and/or generating renewable energy.

Winter Solstice Celebration with Michael DeMaria

Dr. Michael DeMaria, an integrative psychologist, yoga/meditation teacher and four-time Grammy-nominated musician, will present his third annual Winter Solstice Healing Celebration from 6 to 8 p.m., December 21, at the Sanders Beach Community Center, in Pensacola.

Local Clinic Debuts New Therapeutic Laser

Pro-Active Chiropractic, in Niceville, is now offering the new Multiwave Locked System (MLS) Therapy Laser, which uses specific wavelengths of light to treat painful and debilitating conditions as part of their continuing investment in advanced technologies and progressive procedures in the chiropractic field.

Wellness Counseling that Comes to You

Wellness Rocks Series Host Leading Practitioners

Wellness Rocks, Pensacola’s premier Natural Health Care educational series, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., June 12, in the Everman’s community education room, sponsored by Natural Awakenings in partnership with the Herb Study Group.

New Yoga Studio offers Free Classes

Niceville’s newest hot spot, the Yoga Junkie Studio, will hold a two-day grand opening celebration...

Healing Tools for Spiritual Wholeness

Agustine Peralho has studied with author Don Miguel Ruiz, and Rosa Peralta, an experienced facilitator of personal growth processes, will hold classes on the healing wisdom and practices of four spiritual paths.
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Alyssa Milano’s Anti-Aging Secrets

The actress who has grown up before our eyes is committed to consistent eco-friendly choices that include breastfeeding and playing outdoors with her children.

Edible Heirlooms

The healthy, tasty, GMO-free varieties of produce that our grandparents enjoyed are making a comeback.

Ditch the Hotel

For a truly memorable vacation, try a yurt or castle via AirBnB, a house swap in Hawaii, or house sitting in London.

What’s Your Child’s EQ?

By listening closely to our children and validating their emotions, we can empower them to better handle tough situations, sometimes all on their own.

Awakening to Spirit

By penetrating to the core of our true identity through spiritual practices, we open the door to vast expanses of peace, healing and joy.

Green Arts

With a little research, we can make beautiful art and crafts using non-toxic supplies from planet-friendly sources.

Good Reasons to Try Acupuncture

Research reports how acupuncture is particularly powerful for back pain, headaches, allergies and digestive problems.

Gay Hendricks on Nurturing Love in Midlife

Making love still sparkle later in life means moving out of relationship ruts and opening up to new ways of communing and being together.

Heavenly Scents

Using essential oils to blend your own distinctive fragrances, we both tap into their healing powers and avoid the toxins found in most commercial perfumes.


Hospitals—infamous for poor-tasting and less than healthful food—are beginning to use on-site farms and greenhouses to boost patient nutrition and community well-being.


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See More »Health Briefs

Omega-3s May Increase Risk of Prostate Cancer

Rethinking Fish Oil Supplements

Ashwagandha Pumps Up Testosterone

Naturally Boosts Levels

E-Cigarettes Produce Free Radicals

Risks Involved with Vaping

Medicinal Mushroom Heals HPV

Research Finds Cure in Fungus Extract

Awe and Wonder Prime Physical Health

Healthy Benefit to Experiencing Emotions

Live Comedy Evokes Trust and Empathy

Stand-up Comics Induce Bonding in Audience Members
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See More »Global Briefs

Bye-Bye Dye

Mars and Others Abandoning Artificial Colors

Swedes’ Solution

Six-Hour Workday Reaps Benefits

Banish Bugs

Safely Keep Winged Visitors Away from Outdoor Events

Well Well

New Healthy Building Standard

Municipal Pioneers

More U.S. Cities Leaving the Grid

Buzz Benefactors

More Retailers Ban Bee-Toxic Products

2016 Annual Natural Living Directory