Sample: Monthly Magazine News Briefs

The following is a sample of News Briefs written for Natural Awakenings Magazine…

Open Heart Yoga

 Open Heart Yoga is offering its first workshop series beginning in December at its Unitarian Universalist Church location on Clays Mill Road. Workshops will include a variety of wellness and fun workshops. Says owner Whitney Rubison, “In this time of economic hardship, many people are not taking time for themselves…maybe not so much because of lack of time, but because of money. To help address this we want to offer…awesome workshops for reasonable prices!”

On December 11, Open Heart Yoga is offering a Candlemaking Workshop with Penny Gase from 2 – 4 pm. They will also be visiting Joseph-Beth Booksellers for Story Time Yoga on Saturday, December 18 from 11:00 am to12:00 pm. Beginning in January, additional offerings will include Journaling the Chakras, with Lori-Lyn Hurley; the beginning of a six week series on Intuitive Weight Loss for Women, with Tammy Mae Moon; Finding Your Authentic Self, with Cynthia Francis; Herbs, Oils, & Essential OH My!, with Dr. Indigo; Beginning Poi Class, with Marie Conger, and more.

Open Heart Yoga Studio is based in the Universalist Unitarian Church at 3564 Clays Mill Rd. in Lexington. For further information about dates, times, costs, and registration, call Whitney Rubison at 859-537-5166, email, or visit 

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 Maharishi Light Therapy with Gems Treatments

Maharishi Peace Palace, long-time provider of instruction in Transcendental Meditation, has begun offering Maharishi Light Therapy with Gems (MLG) at its Lexington location. A profound and unique method of applying the healing and balancing power of precious gemstones, MLG combines the ancient knowledge of Ayurveda with modern technology through the use of special light “beamers.” There are 12 gems at the end of each beamer that amplify the nourishing and orderly qualities of 13 different gemstones, including sapphires, diamonds, and rubies.

The light passing through the gemstones serves as a vehicle to bring the highly orderly frequencies of the respective gems to the body’s corresponding cells and organs, especially those parts of the body that need to be supported. People report a wide variety of benefits from treatments, including greater energy and strength of self healing, relief from chronic conditions, improved perception, deep relaxation, bliss and well being.

Maharishi Peace Palace is located at UK Coldstream Research Campus, 1537 Bull Lea Rd. in Lexington. For more information contact Jeffry and Mary Murphy at (859) 269-3803, email or visit

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Insurance, Chocolate Scrubs Come to A Touch of Paradise

A Touch of Paradise Massage Center has good news for anyone who has had a personal injury, motor vehicle accident, or has been injured on the job. They are now providing insurance billing in each of these cases – including workers compensation — making it more affordable for the people who may need a professional restorative massage because of their injuries.

Erik Byrd, Licensed Massage Therapist and owner of A Touch of Paradise says, “We are so pleased to be able to provide this new service. Because we offer a range of therapeutic approaches, including therapeutic massage, cranio-sacral therapy, visceral massage and hot stone therapy – I’m confident that we can help people significantly in their recovery from damaging personal injuries.”

And one more thing! In January, to celebrate the arrival of a new year, A Touch of Paradise is making it even more inviting for anyone who’s thinking of getting a massage. They are including a touch of the spa – a Chocolate & Peppermint Brown Sugar Body Scrub with Vanilla Body Butter finish. Better still, the price in January is $10 off for a 60- minute massage.

A Touch of Paradise Massage Center is located at 366 Waller Avenue in Lexington. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call Eric Byrd at 859-381-9503. Visit

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 Resolve to Evolve: New Year’s Retreat at Barefoot

Barefoot Works Yoga Studio plans to usher in the new year with a New Year’s Yoga Retreat, on Saturday, January 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., led by owner Sharon Tessandori.

Describing the retreat in some detail, Tessandori writes, “What better time of year to reflect and recommit to your body, your yoga and your life? The theme for our retreat is Resolve to Evolve: Creating Your Vision for the Year. We will spend a full day in asana, pranayama, meditation and creative work. Creative movement will get the energy and creative juices flowing. Restorative poses and forward folds will allow us to turn inward and begin to let go of the stresses and stories of the past year. We’ll explore ways to relax, refresh and renew our habits on all levels. Meditation, journaling and the creation of a personal vision board help us to get clear and create our vision for the year.”

Barefoot will provide the blank vision board, glue, and scissors needed for the retreat. Participants need to bring a journal, 3 or more magazines with images they like, and anything else they would like to put on their vision boards. The cost of the retreat is $99 if registered by Dec. 23, or $115 after Dec. 23. This cost includes instruction, lunch, juices, teas, treats, and most supplies.

Barefoot Works Yoga Studio is located at 2891 Richmond Rd., Suite 202, in Lexington. Contact Sharon Tessandori at 859.433.7787 or visit

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O’Neal’s Treasure Maps to Renewal

Mary Claire O’Neal, Lexington-based communication consultant, coach, and author of the award-winning book, Becoming What You Want to See in the World, will be facilitating two workshops and book signings in the Rochdale Room of the Good Foods Market & Café in January.

On Saturday, January 15, from 10 -11a.m., the workshop Renewal in the New Year will include tried and true ways to help participants create resolutions that succeed, resonate with their highest values, and bring renewal in 2011. On the next Saturday, January 22, from 10-11:15 a.m., she will present the hands-on workshop, Treasure Map Your Way to Fulfillment and Success in 2011, teaching participants to create their own treasure maps for the new year’s resolutions and goals. All materials will be includedbut participants are welcome to bring any images, words or phrases that represent goals and resolutions to incorporate into their treasure maps

 O’Neal will be signing copies of the New Expanded Green Edition of Becoming What You Want to See in the World in conjunction with the workshops.

The Good Foods Coop is located at 455 Southland Drive in Lexington. Register by calling 859-278-1813. Cost of the workshop on January 15 is $7 ($5 for Co-op members) and for January 22 it is $12 ($10 for Co-op members). For further information about Mary Claire O’Neal, her coaching practice and writing, visit

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Craft Beer Comes to Good Foods

Beer’s Here! Craft beer is now available at Good Foods Market & Café in their Specialty Department. The Co-op, as it is affectionately known, is a locally owned and operated cooperative in business since 1972, and a long-time provider of natural and wholesome foods, personal care products, and supplements for Central Kentuckians.

Adding to the Specialty Department’s variety of local, national, and international cheeses, olives, crackers, and other unique products, they have now added craft beers. Customers can purchase a single beer, a six-pack, or create their own mix-and-match six-pack. Customers can also now enjoy a cold beer with their meal in the Café.

Marketing Manager Danielle Dove says of the new addition, “I hope you will come in and experience our new craft beer selection, feel free to ask our friendly staff for advice, and offer suggestions for beer that you would like to see in the store.”

The Good Foods Coop is located at 455 Southland Drive in Lexington. Their second location, Good Foods Chapter 2, is inside the downtown Lexington Public Library at 140 E. Main Street. For further information about the new craft beers, contact 859-278-1813 or visit To contact the downtown location, call 859-422-6802. 

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 Take the 10.10.10 Challenge!

The Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection is challenging the Commonwealth to reduce waste disposal, energy consumption and water use each by 10% over the next three years with the launch of the 10.10.10 Challenge. The Department is also seeking businesses and organizations to partner with the campaign and help spread the positive message of sustainability across the state.

While Kentucky is a beautiful state there is much room for improvement. Kentucky ranks 7th in per capita energy consumption in the U.S. (U.S. Department of Energy) and 4th in municipal solid waste generation last year. The 10.10.10 Challenge recognizes that we must take action to change our behaviors and become environmental leaders in the nation.

Taking the 10-10-10 Challenge is easy. Simply register yourself, your business or your organization and begin taking steps to reduce your environmental impact.

For more information on how to become a partner, please email Visit


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