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The “gong bath” has become a popular wellness practice. People come to shed their stress and take a psycho-acoustic getaway to heightened states of consciousness. The gong induces a holistic resonance in the body and a spontaneous meditative state in the mind, resulting in an expanded sense of awareness and wholeness. A gong bath can look like a big slumber party; everyone lays down on thick pads around the gong and is “bathed” in waves of resonance from these ancient instruments for an hour or two. Using a variety of mallets, the gong-master can create complex...
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Flashback to 2010 in Iraq with Sean Haggerty's SEAL team returning to base camp upon completion of a successful mission, thirsting for a cold beer, while knowing full well that none would be found in the marketplace. Haggerty took corrective action and called stateside, requesting friends to send over the necessary ingredients for a home brew. Soon thereafter, pouring from an improvised Gatorade cooler, came the first rendition of a Protector brewed craft beer. With the seed or "hop" if you will, now planted in mind, Haggerty began to envision that upon completion of his...
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Magic Mike Stilwell combines magic with personality, bowler or top hat in place, a warm Cheshire cat smile across his lips, with his masterful, decades-honed expertise, he leaves both young and old in total wonderment and sheer delight. As one of the country's leading corporate magicians, Stilwell finds his calendar filling years in advance, and understandably so given the utmost quality of his masterful performance and the utter astonishment of those in attendance at his magical routine. Witnessing his slight of hand, while incredibly close to his audience, leaves one in amazement that it...
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A Keto-styled diet has been around for decades, similar to the (Atkins Diet), the focus is on a very low carbohydrate intake and an abundance of high fat and some protein. Those who follow the plan can choose what percentage of fat and protein to ingest, while keeping true to a very low carb meal plan. The Keto diet has been shown to be effective in reducing body weight, and studies indicate that it may have beneficial effects on diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer's disease. A strict following of the diet results in the body becoming highly efficient at using a person's body fat for energy,...
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While in Quebec, LeBlanc’s passion had always been in the arts, and he felt confident in his ability to pursue a degree in architecture in Los Angeles, California, especially with English being so prevalent in schools throughout Montreal. Yet shortly after arriving in LA, the entertainment capital of the world, he began hearing how he looked like Tom Cruise. Only once had anyone in Canada ever compared him to the "Risky Business" actor. Remembering dressing up as Maverick from "Top Gun" for a 2011 Halloween party, where the reactions were so immediate, so positive...
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Upon arrival into the wonder that is India, one begins to sense a pulsating rhythm that seemingly orchestrates this multi-tiered democracy of over one billion inhabitants. Clearly, it is impossible to look in a single direction and capture all of the colors, sights or sounds emanating from such a diversified populace. Although the government recognizes Hindi as the Mother tongue, with 30 different languages spoken across the country, English is recognized as India’s second language and most Indians that a traveler will meet speak very proper English.With former palaces reserved for...
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Holistic is a buzzword nowadays, and the Encinitas and Leucadia areas have long been leaders of the pack. Eastern fashions, healthy eating, and ancient practices like yoga have exploded in popularity in recent years. Holistic medicine is a form of healing that considers the who person, body, mind, and spirit or emotions in a quest for optimal health and wellness. It addresses the root causes...
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The Nonprofit Cinderella’s Attic assists young women to rise above economic challenges to attend their high school prom in style. What to wear to prom can feel like the most monumental fashion decision in a young woman's life, but for many young women in San Diego, a prom dress is a luxury they just can’t afford. One recent survey put the average...
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This women led movement of predominately Latinas in National City, San Diego joined together in 2010 to help conquer a health crisis in their lower-income community, resulting in successes that were beyond what anyone could imagine. These were mothers seeking a healthier lifestyle in order to address a personal or family crisis resulting from diabetes, obesity or other health related issues....
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If done in earnest, searching for a tour operator or an agency to handle the all-important services required upon arrival in a foreign country can be an arduous task. Given the wealth of opportunities online from the very large, well-established firms to the cyclo driver offering guide service from a thatched-roof kiosk in a Third World country, one has an abundance of choices. Some of those...
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The original "National Horse Show" has its origin at Madison Square Garden where it was first held in 1883 and continued its presence until 2011 when it was moved to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. The tradition of showing horses runs deepest on the East Coast with the Del Mar National, considered by most to be the finest within the western region. Begun in 1945 as a component of the Del...
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Bringing back the Northern White Rhino certainly would be cause for celebration, and the Beckman Center at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research (ICR) is a key player in the collection and preservation of living cells taken from endangered species worldwide. Established in 2004, it has a variety of research groups actively engaged in conservation genetics, reproductive...
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Myanmar (Burma), a decades long cloistered community, not long ago opened its doors to the outside world, offering exciting opportunities for the willing traveler wishing to experience a truly unique and wondrous journey. Thought of as the "Land of Pagodas", it has been one of the world's least traveled countries, and remains cloaked in ancient mysteries. Yangon (Rangoon), its capital, is the...
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"It was on a remarkably clear day in the gardens of Buckingham Palace that in February 2015, Dame Sandra Rhodes was granted Damehood by Queen Elizabeth of England. "Never would have I thought at age 12, chalking in "Doodlebugs" in the London shelter with V2 rockets flying overhead that I would one day be standing in the gardens at the palace with such recognition. I didn't even know what a...
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Gabrielle Benot, of Latvian descent, has developed a reputation as a major figure in equestrian art. Showcased within galleries and by private parties on a global scale, she is passionate about capturing the equestrian experience in artistic form. The artistic quality of her work transcends genre classification, her artistry reflecting elements of abstract, impressionism and modern art. Aside from her teachers at the Royal Fashion Academy, she was in influenced and inspired by the works of Jackson Pollock, Gerhard Richter, and Pino Daeni, among others. Her creative genius was on...
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Local executive producers Patti Judd and Gregory Shockro and GPS Film Partners announce the release of their film "An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn", an edgy unconventional romantic-comedy, which debuted as an audience favorite at this year's Sundance Film Festival and was picked up by Universal Pictures. Beverly Luff Linn's west coast premier took place Monday night, October 8th to a full house at Hollywoods's historic Grauman's Egyptian Theater with cast and filmmakers hitting the red carpet prior to the screening with an intimate after party held at Essex & Beauty. A local pre-release...
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Eliza Friedman, founder and jewelry designer of Jewels With A Purpose created a unique and innovative approach that offers a stunning collection of Italian jewelry for sale by silent auction at fundraising events nationwide. Friedman began this enterprise some 13 years ago and presently is positioned on the West Coast while her partner is on the East Coast; the combination of which is helping over 200 charities raise money to support their programs.

These talented ladies continuously think outside the box and consistently create an aura of high fashion with their magnificent displays, be...
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A behind the scenes photo display and video capsule of the professional talent that joined together at a photo shoot for Cover on some of the editions used in the September/October issues of Discover Magazines, out in digital format in early September followed by hard copies to be distributed throughout San Diego. The Cover photo shoot, lasting some 6 hours, highlights the glamour in attending some of the many fine galas held throughout the year in San Diego. Included within the pages of the forthcoming issue is a guide to assist in choosing the perfect combination leading to a grand...
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Established in 1937 by Paramahansa Yogananda, the Self Realization Fellowship, its 17-acre site a prominent fixture along the South Coast Highway in Encinitas, welcomes visitors the world over to follow the teachings of Kyira Yoga, founded a long time passing in Eastern India. The center is open to all, be it to follow the teachings covered during its daily sessions or merely to enjoy the pleasure of visiting its manicured gardens, beautifully intertwined with Koi ponds and spectacular cliffside views of the Pacific shoreline. One must enter the grounds and walk the paths to gain a...
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Leave there be no doubt that this fascinating adventure by private vehicle, private boat, private driver and private guide, each night placing one’s head to pillow within the very finest of accommodations on site, whilst journeying to the spectacularly unique and culturally enriched highlights of the Southeast Asian Basin will ignite a mixture of...
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