NIHA Offers Innovative Smoking Cessation Program

Nicotine addiction is responsible for nearly one half of a million deaths per year in the United States and over five million deaths worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. The link between nicotine addiction and cancer, cardiovascular disease and other chronic psychiatric and medial disorders is irrefutable, yet our healthcare system offers smokers few safe, drug-free and effective options ... Read More »

Befriending the Inner Muse

Every person was created to be creative and has an inner muse (inspiration) and artist (expression) at their disposal at all times. Each person is an inexhaustible source of ideas, inventions and innovations that can be used in work or play—all inspired by an unseen force within us, that which can be called the inner muse.  Whether written, performed or ... Read More »

More Than A Resolution

Now is the time of year when many will create and attempt to live up to resolutions.  Each one of us has the chance to determine the course of his or her life. Unless this resolution is made with a firm and fierce commitment, the resolution-maker is destined to remain the same as before, never changing. Most people make resolutions ... Read More »

Learning the Science of Life: Ayurveda

Ayurveda, “the science of life”, derives from India, with roots going back 5,000 years to the Vedic period. Not surprisingly, it is called “the Mother of All Healing”. Ayurveda is a system of naturopathic medicine, covering all domains found in naturopathic schools, from herbs to surgery. It is perhaps the world’s oldest and most complete form of naturopathic medicine. Our ... Read More »

Feeding People, Not Landfills

America wastes 40 percent of its food, according to the National Resources Defense Council. That’s enough food to fill the Rose Bowl in California every day. 40 percent of our food equals 72 billion pounds of food per year or $165 billion per year. Food waste consumes the 25 percent of fresh water that is wasted on growing this food; ... Read More »

An Interview with Shiva Rea

Recently, Sofia Sunaga, a friend of Natural Awakenings DC, had the opportunity to speak with yogini, firekeeper and global activist Shiva Rea, well-known for the creative and transforming ways that she leads in the evolution of prana flow yoga throughout the world. Rea is the creator of prana flow yoga and the innovator of many programs such as Yogadventure Retreats, ... Read More »

Love and Joy, Come to You

As we roll from our November holidays into the hustle and bustle of December, it is good to take stock. In our family and in many others (yours included, perhaps), December is the moment in our year where we make time to be with one another and to revel in the opportunity to be a family. I am blessed with ... Read More »

Noted Sufi Teacher to Visit Georgetown

Sufi teacher Pir Zia Inayat-Khan will present a rare set of public programs in Washington during the first weekend in November. On Friday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m., he will lead an evening of invocation and reflection on “The Sufi Path of Love.” He will also lead a seminar on “The Path of the Heart,” with Sufi teachings, meditations and ... Read More »

Meditation Goes Mobile

When today’s images of inner peace seem synonymous with destroying your work-assigned smartphone, unplugging and stepping away from a device might be the opposite of what you need. Why not find peace and love your mobile device all over again? A digital health technology start-up headquartered in Washington, MeditationAnywhere has set out to help people do just that. High tech ... Read More »

Values and Community at Maryland University of Integrative Health

When Cheryl Walker first entered the Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) in 1998, as a student in a community education program, she had no idea that one day, she would be setting a new standard for university education as the nation’s first Chief Values Officer. Nor did she realize she would be creating a transformational educational experience for the ... Read More »