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New Briefs - November 2009

Nov 03, 2009 07:21PM
Clear House Energy Healing Now open in Southend

Clear House, an energy healing center, recently opened in Charlotte’s South End and provides individual sessions and group workshops.  Owners Lynn Knight and Terri Beatty offer their combined 33 years of healing experience to deliver transformational experiences for their clients.

“By releasing unserving patterns of thoughts and emotional blockages, natural flow returns and you can live from a place of choice versus reaction,” says Beatty.  “We get to the core so shifts are faster and more sustained.”

Believing each person is unique, sessions are customized to best serve clients. Blending techniques offers synergy and expanded possibilities to release and transform. Techniques include Craniosacral Therapy, Somato emotional Therapy, Sacred Centered Healing, Emotional Freedom Techniques and Matrix Energetics. 

The focus at Clear House is on life as a whole and they address patterns across the spectrum of individual, family and work life. They serve individuals looking for a different life experience, children and family dynamics and workplace patterns.  

“My clients tell me that the best part of this work is the inner strength and peace it gives them,” says Knight, who holds a Ph.D. This is the place they can come, put it all down and get deep rest. Parents express the increase in connection with ‘inner knowing’ that shows up in better communication skills, ability to speak, stronger concentration and improved quality of life for them and their family.”

Clear House is located at 2108 South Boulevard, Suite 111. For info on events and workshops visit or call 704-375-3045 to learn more. Launches Yoga for today’s digital world offers viewers the ancient practice of yoga in the most modern of ways—on demand on their computers. For less than the cost of taking a class at most yoga studios, users can stream a high-definition yoga video for 14 days.

“With the economic challenges that everyone has faced, people are looking for alternatives in terms of health care and well-being,” said Brian Ratté, founder. “And more and more Classes are typically filmed live on location and feature real students at an actual studio. Viewers can sample a variety of yoga styles, such as Vinyasa, Ashtanga and Anusara, and broaden their exposure to teachers around the world. also offers free instructional short videos taught by its partnering teachers. Viewers can learn the intricacies of a specific yoga pose or deepen their understanding of related topics, such as Ayurvedic medicine or yoga for golfers.

The site also highlights the connection between yoga and addictions recovery. On its Recovery Vibe page, offers online yoga classes tailored to recovering addicts, as well as video testimonials and other resources.

“The benefits of yoga and meditation are well-documented and have a great chance of enhancing every aspect of an addict’s recovery and overall health,” said Vicki Johnson, licensed addiction therapist, yoga instructor and Recovery Vibe blogger.

To see the full catalogue of classes available, visit

Plastic Bottles Banned from Landfills in NC

A state law kicked in last month that bans plastic bottles from landfills. While residents are urged to recycle plastic bottles, State enforcement efforts are targeted at haulers who show up at landfills with loads of the banned material.

The state’s goal is to recycle 2 million tons of bottles, cans, and other materials each year by 2012. Currently, N.C. residents recycle 1.3 million tons a year, with only one in five plastic bottles being recycled.

The state hopes to persuade people to keep plastic bottles out of the trash by focusing on them as raw material for the state recycling industry. The state has plants that are a part of a manufacturing chain that turns used bottles into new bottles and other materials. The largest plastics recycling plant in the country is set to open in Fayetteville next year.

Higher Insurance for State Employees Who Smoke and Are Overweight North Carolina will become the second state to penalize state employees by putting them in a more expensive health insurance plan if they're overweight starting in July 2011. North Carolina and South Carolina state employees who smoke will pay more for their health insurance next July.

With health care costs for state employees rising each year, N.C. officials are hoping to improve state workers' health to save money in medical expenses.

Anne Rogers, director of integrated health management with the N.C. State Employees Health Plan, says that tobacco use, improper nutrition and inactivity are the main causes of preventable deaths in the state and highlights the need for a healthy workforce.

More than 600,000 state employees, retirees and teachers are covered in the health plan with total costs last year of $2.6 billion. Last spring, the legislature bailed out the plan with $250 million to pay the bills after rising costs and inaccurate projections left little money for claims. Over the next two years, the state general fund will pump about $408 million into the health plan.

It is estimated that the higher costs for smokers could save $13 million in the 2010-2011 budget year, according to Rogers, and highlights the plan's priority is to save money and improve health.

Charlotte SouthPark Turkey Trot Nov 26

The 2009 Charlotte SouthPark Turkey Trot will take place on Thanksgiving morning. Entering its 21st year, the event is Charlotte’s longest-running road race event.

Beginning and finishing in close proximity to SouthPark Mall, Turkey Trot features four different events, providing something for everyone; the feature 8K run, a 5K walk, 1 mile Family Fun Run and a 26.2 yard Tot Trot for children under 6.  The 1 mile Fun Run kicks things off at 8:30 a.m. and the event concludes with the kid’s Tot Trot at 10:00 a.m.

The Turkey Trot has partnered with The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Sharon United Methodist Church Youth Ministry.  In return for a portion of the event proceeds, both charities provide essential volunteer and organizational assistance to the event that ensure a memorable experience for all the participants.

For all the event details, visit To volunteer, please email [email protected].

The Invision Mirror Now Available See yourself in your dreams

The Invision Mirror is a powerful new tool that allows you to literally put yourself in the middle of all that you want to create in your life. The corkboard with a mirror inset in the middle are beautifully framed in hardwood picture frame moldings. Images, words, prayers and affirmations representing goals, dreams and passions can be on the cork surface.

Seeing yourself surrounded by all that you wish to manifest as you reconnect with yourself by doing mirror work can make believing in your dreams much easier. Tom Milton, a life coach who invented The Vision Mirror, says combining a vision board and mirror work is like holding a pep rally for yourself every time you use it.

“Starting your day with a few minutes in front of the Invision Mirror will change the way you approach your day,” says Milton. “You can raise your energy level significantly in a very short session you will be amazed at how quickly you start to notice changes in your life.

For more info visit

Memory Walk 2009 A journey to end Alzheimer’s

Join the cause at Freedom Park on Nov 14 to raise money for the fight against Alzheimer's. Memory Walk is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research. Since 1989, Memory Walk has raised more than $260 million for the cause.

All Memory Walk donations benefit the Alzheimer's Association, the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. The mission of the Alzheimer's Association is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

Visit for more info.

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