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We know it’s not usual for food stores to think of themselves as educators, but we’re not your usual market. A big part of our mission is to provide the latest information about health, nutrition and wellness to our community. So we invite top local experts and educators, including natural chefs, holistic nutritionists, acupuncturists, herbalists, and naturopathic doctors to share their knowledge with you in classes and workshops we host here at New Leaf. Join us at one of our upcoming events. We just bet you’ll learn a lot!

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Yoga

Sports & Fitness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

Start your day off refreshed and vibrant with a calming, gentle yoga class taught by local certified instructors in our Community Classroom.

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Yoga

Sports & Fitness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

Start your day off refreshed and vibrant with a calming, gentle yoga class taught by local certified instructors in our Community Classroom.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Yoga

Sports & Fitness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

Start your day off refreshed and vibrant with a calming, gentle yoga class taught by local certified instructors in our Community Classroom.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Yoga

Sports & Fitness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

Start your day off refreshed and vibrant with a calming, gentle yoga class taught by local certified instructors in our Community Classroom.

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Half Moon Bay

Fertility, Pre and Post Natal Yoga with Your Baby

Sports & Fitness
11:30am - 12:30pm
$10.00

With Samantha Corsiglia, Earth Dancer Wellness This comprehensive class will address the daily changing needs of your body while your baby grows and while you heal from birth.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Music and Movement with Mommy and Me

Health & Wellness
10:00am - 11:00am
$7.00

Your child will play and learn in this music and movement class geared towards toddlers and their cargivers. Each class will include songs, dances, instruments, and sometimes a story. Following the 30 minute song session there will be a period of open play.

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Westside Santa Cruz

Wine & Watercolor

Hobbies & Special Interest
6:00pm - 8:00pm
$18.00

With Self-Taught Artist Madia Jamgochian Come spend the evening sipping wine and painting with watercolor. Paper, paint, brushes and still life subject provided. All you have to do is reserve your space and show up! Bring a friend to share the experience.

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Traditional Japanese Fermented Foods Series

Food & Drink
1:00pm - 2:30pm
$75.00

With Eriko Yokoyama and Masumi Diaz This class series will use a traditional culture called Koji. Koji is rice inoculated with the special and safe bacteria called Aspergillus oryzae. Koji has been the key ingredient to make miso, soy sauce, sake, mirin, rice vinegar, amazake, shochu, and shio- Koji. It’s a live food that is rich in enzymes that break down starches and proteins in food into sugars and amino acids and has many health benefits, including: *Promotes beneficial healthy gut bacteria *Full of beneficial enzymes. *High in nutrients, including B vitamins, biotin and folic acid. *Increases bioavailability of minerals. *Contains short-chain fatty acids, which help improve immune system function. This series breaks down as follows: Class #1: Sunday, November 12: Shio-Koji Shio- Koji is a fermented mixture of Koji and shio (sea salt) and water – as a substitute seasoning of salt and has significant health benefit as other fermented food. It can marinate meat, chicken and fish to tenderize and enhance umami; makes quick pickles; and can be added to both savory and sweet dishes. This class offers how to prepare shio- Koji and recipes including using on turkey- just in time for Thanksgiving! Class #2: Sunday, Januyary 14: Miso Miso is a delicious, high-protein seasoning that has been used everyday in the Japanese kitchen for 1300 years. Miso is made with cooked soybeans, Koji and sea salt, then fermented for about 6 months. The fermentation process restores beneficial probiotic that helps break down the amino acids in soybeans and make other foods easier to digest. In this class you’ll learn how to make 2 lb organic miso to take home, and learn the many different ways that miso is used. Since this is a simple but lengthy process, we will prepare for you in advance and explain how we did it. Class #3: Sunday, January 28: Amazake Ama-zake (meaning sweet sake) is a Japanese traditional sweet, non-alcoholic drink made with cooked rice (porridge) or cooked oatmeal, and rice Koji. Amazake is believed to be very nutritious. It contains Vitamin B1, B2, B6, Folic acid, Dietary fiber. Amazake can be eaten as a dessert, snack, and can be used as a natural sweetening agent in baby food, salad dressing, smoothies, etc. It is often considered a hangover cure in Japan. In this class, you will learn how to make and use amazake. You will also have an opportunity to taste variety of amazake. About the instructors: Health nut friends Eriko and Masumi started making Miso, Natto, Pickled plum and Sauerkrau together for the family more than a decade ago. They learned so many things over the years about fermented foods and recognized the importance and benefits of it for gastrointestinal health. Both Eriko and Masumi grew up with a probiotic-rich traditional Japanese diet in Japan. Eriko learned authentic French cooking at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and owned a restaurant for 13 years. And now Masumi and Eriko are passionate about sharing the fermented food classes with our community!

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Yoga

Sports & Fitness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

Start your day off refreshed and vibrant with a calming, gentle yoga class taught by local certified instructors in our Community Classroom.

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Westside Santa Cruz

January Jumpstart: 4 Weeks to Healthier Eating

Health & Wellness
1:00pm - 2:00pm

Wellness Series with Nutrition Consultant Madia Jamgochian Join us for this FREE 4-week series during the month of January and learn how to jumpstart your health with the following nutrition related topics: Class # 1 Tuesday, January 16: Start Your Day with Protein- Healthy habits developed early last a lifetime and breakfast is one of the best habits to establish. Eaten regularly, a protein-rich breakfast can be life changing! Learn how to incorporate protein-rich foods into your breakfast routine. Get tips for meals outside the breakfast box. Class # 2 Tuesday, January 23: Choose Smart Carbs- Carbohydrates, often referred to as carbs, are found in more than just bread. Of the three macronutrients – carbohydrates, fat, and protein – carbs have the greatest impact on blood sugar levels. Explore seasonal options for smart carbs, including vegetables, grains, and legumes. Class #3 Tuesday, January 30: Embracing Healthy Fats- Although our modern culture has distorted our perspective on fats, some fats are essential for optimal health. Historical and scientific evidence show that our ancestors did not suffer from many modern chronic diseases even though they ate wholesome, unprocessed fat-rich foods. Discover our favorite sources of fats and how they are part of a healthy diet. Class #4 Tuesday, February 6: Eat More Veggies- Ever heard of nutrient density? This is a term that measures the nutrient concentration in a food, per calorie. Vegetables are at the top of this list. Low in carbohydrates but chock full of vitamins and minerals, veggies come in a rainbow of colors, and each color signifies a unique nutrient composition. About the Instructor: Madia graduated from Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition in 2013 after completing her BA in Environmental Studies and Exercise Sports Science at UCSB. Shortly after, she started her personal consulting business My Healing Habits. She enjoys educating on how to heal inflammatory and autoimmune conditions, and believes in the food-as-medicine approach.

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Half Moon Bay

Zumba

Sports & Fitness
5:30pm - 6:30pm
$7.00

Get a fun and effective workout to upbeat Latin and international music rhythms.  For all fitness and experience levels.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Stretch Yoga with Linda Grace

Health & Wellness
11:00am - 12:30pm
$10.00

Using chairs and other yoga props, this class is designed to create breath awareness, enhance balance, and increase flexibility for people new to yoga or those experiencing joint sensitivity, overall stiffness due to lack of activity, or other physical limitations. All classes end with restorative poses, using supports and gravity for deep relaxation... helping release tension and reduce stress. If you have specific issues you would like to discuss with LindaGrace prior to class, please email lindagrace@wisewoman-yoga.com

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Westside Santa Cruz

Kick the Sugar Habit!

Health & Wellness
1:00pm - 2:00pm

With Certified Nutrition Consultant Madia Jamgochian The average American consumes upwards of 150 pounds of sugar per year. Added sugar hides in unsuspecting places such as sauces, soups, condiments and even sausages and hot dogs. Overconsuming added sugar, and carbohydrates in general, can put a strain on the body and lead to inflammation and elevated blood sugar, both of which have been shown to contribute to chronic disease. There are easy ways to reduce your sugar intake–education is the first step! Part 1: Wednesday, January 17: Learn how to identify sugar sources, sugar swapping, balanced meals, and reading labels. Part 2: Wednesday, January 31: Blood sugar balance check in, tips for moving forward, plus products and recipes to try. Please sign up for both classes. About the Instructor: Madia graduated from Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition in 2013 after completing her BA in Environmental Studies and Exercise Sports Science at UCSB. Shortly after, she started her personal consulting business My Healing Habits. She enjoys educating on how to heal inflammatory and autoimmune conditions, and believes in the food-as-medicine approach.

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Half Moon Bay

Mindful Eating: A 6-Week Program with Registered Dietitian, Jason Mousel

Health & Wellness
7:00pm - 8:30pm
$150.00

Join us for a deep exploration of how habits drive food choices and develop a clear understanding of how you relate to food. This small group series will meet weekly for six weeks learning techniques to bring mindfulness to your food choices. Mindful eating is a non-judgmental approach to transforming your diet and relationship to food. This program replaces the restriction and deprivation of typical diet plans with an abundant, nourishing and enjoyable approach to eating. Participants will learn basic mindfulness techniques (breath awareness, body awareness, relaxation) and mindful eating skills (tuning into taste, pausing prior to eating, hunger and fullness awareness).Weekly topics: Session 1: Wednesday, January 17• Introduction: mindful eating principles, basic meditation instructions, mindful bite exercise. Session 2: Wednesday, January 24• What am I hungry for? The 7 types of hunger. Session 3: Wednesday, January 31• Enough is enough. Fullness awareness. Session 4: Wednesday, February 7• Craving practice. How to STOP mindless eating. Session 5: Wednesday, February 14• Emotions and food. Triggers and chain reactions. Training the brain. Session 6: Wednesday, February 21• Slow the fork down. Cultivating healthy habits. Ticket price covers all 6 classes.

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Westside Santa Cruz

One Pot Ayurvedic Soups and Stews

Food & Drink
6:30pm - 9:00pm
$45.00

With Ayurvedic Practitioner Talya Lutzker Warm your bones, stoke your digestive fire, and weather the cold days to come with a hands-on evening of Ayurveda-inspired soups and stews. Warming to your body and pleasing to your your palate, these original culinary creations will enhance your fall season with flavor, nourish you deeply, and provide you with plenty of inspiration for how to make daily soups, stews and one pot meals exciting. We'll explore the use of various protein sources and finish our evening with an especially amazing Fresh Coconut Cream Pie.  About the Instructor: Talya became a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner through the Dhyana School of Therapeutics in Sebastopol in 2003. She was the first Ayurvedic Chef at DeAnna Batdorff’s Pancha Karma Center, where she helped transform the lives of clients & students by sharing cooking skills, nutritional know-how, personalized Ayurvedic education and coping strategies to foster a healthier relationship with food. Talya has continued to spread her ayurvedic knowledge in Santa Cruz for the past 15 years.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Yoga

Sports & Fitness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

Start your day off refreshed and vibrant with a calming, gentle yoga class taught by local certified instructors in our Community Classroom.

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Half Moon Bay

Fertility, Pre and Post Natal Yoga with Your Baby

Sports & Fitness
11:30am - 12:30pm
$10.00

With Samantha Corsiglia, Earth Dancer Wellness  http://www.earthdancerwellness.com/ This comprehensive class will address the daily changing needs of your body while your baby grows and while you heal from birth.

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Westside Santa Cruz

California Coastal Foraging: Cooking with Wild Seaweeds

Food & Drink
6:00pm - 8:00pm
$25.00

Cooking Demo with Ian O'Hollaren, founder of Seaquoia Wild Seaweeds & Nutrition Consultant Madia Jamgochian Did you know that sea vegetables, also known as seaweeds, are a nutritional powerhouse packed with protein, vitamins and minerals? Rich in iodine, sea vegetables can play an important role in providing thyroid support. Seaweeds are also high in calcium, folic acid and magnesium, as well as iron, potassium, and pantothenic acid. Of the brown variety, arame, hijiki, kelp, kombu and wakame are the most popular. Nori, a red seaweed, is perhaps the most well known variety being a main ingredient in sushi rolls. Studies have shown that sea vegetables have been consumed since at least 8000 B.C.E. by cultures in the Japanese region. Today, however, most people have strayed away from including sea vegetables in their every day diet. This class aims to change that by showing you how to utilize fresh sea vegetables harvested just up the coast from Santa Cruz. Come hungry! About the Instructors: Ian O’Hollaren combined his knowledge and passion of the ocean and turned it into a business and lifestyle. For almost 2 years, Seaquoia Wild Seaweeds has been harvesting seaweeds from California’s unique and bio-diverse coastal ecosystem. Ian strives to connect people to the source of their food while promoting environmental awareness, which has been his business philosophy from the start! Madia graduated from Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition in 2013 after completing her BA in Environmental Studies and Exercise Sports Science at UCSB. Shortly after, she started her personal nutrition consulting business My Healing Habits. She enjoys educating on how to heal inflammatory and autoimmune conditions, and believes in the food-as-medicine approach.

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Music and Movement with Mommy and Me

Health & Wellness
10:00am - 11:00am
$7.00

Your child will play and learn in this music and movement class geared towards toddlers and their cargivers. Each class will include songs, dances, instruments, and sometimes a story. Following the 30 minute song session there will be a period of open play.

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Downtown Santa Cruz

Weekend Tasting: Citrus Fest

Food & Drink
12:00pm - 4:00pm

This weekend, swing by for our annual Citrus Fest, where you can taste the most delicious citrus of the season!

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Capitola

Weekend Tasting: Citrus Fest

Food & Drink
12:00pm - 4:00pm

This weekend, swing by for our annual Citrus Fest, where you can taste the most delicious citrus of the season!

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Westside Santa Cruz

Weekend Tasting: Citrus Fest

Food & Drink
12:00pm - 4:00pm

This weekend, swing by for our annual Citrus Fest, where you can taste the most delicious citrus of the season!

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Half Moon Bay

Weekend Tasting: Citrus Fest

Food & Drink
12:00pm - 4:00pm

This weekend, swing by for our annual Citrus Fest, where you can taste the most delicious citrus of the season!

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Westside Santa Cruz

Beer Pairing with Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery

Food & Drink
6:00pm - 7:30pm
$12.00

With Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery come to this fun Friday night to learn more about beer and food pairing. Details coming soon... About the Brewery: SCMB brews in the traditional fashion in a family owned and operated local, organic brewery. Their ales are not filtered, not pasteurized, not radiated, and not brewed with any genetically modified ingredients.

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Stress, Hormones & Your Health

Health & Wellness
10:30am - 11:30am
$5.00

With Judy Pearson Kobsar, CHHC Certified Wellness Practitioner & Certified Nutritionist At this break-through lecture, learn why counting calories doesn’t work for weight loss, the impact of hormone imbalance, and how functional medicine can resolve health struggles.

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Downtown Santa Cruz

Weekend Tasting: Citrus Fest

Food & Drink
12:00pm - 4:00pm

This weekend, swing by for our annual Citrus Fest, where you can taste the most delicious citrus of the season!

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Capitola

Weekend Tasting: Citrus Fest

Food & Drink
12:00pm - 4:00pm

This weekend, swing by for our annual Citrus Fest, where you can taste the most delicious citrus of the season!

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Westside Santa Cruz

Weekend Tasting: Citrus Fest

Food & Drink
12:00pm - 4:00pm

This weekend, swing by for our annual Citrus Fest, where you can taste the most delicious citrus of the season!

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Half Moon Bay

Weekend Tasting: Citrus Fest

Food & Drink
12:00pm - 4:00pm

This weekend, swing by for our annual Citrus Fest, where you can taste the most delicious citrus of the season!

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Downtown Santa Cruz

Weekend Tasting: Citrus Fest

Food & Drink
12:00pm - 4:00pm

This weekend, swing by for our annual Citrus Fest, where you can taste the most delicious citrus of the season!

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Capitola

Weekend Tasting: Citrus Fest

Food & Drink
12:00pm - 4:00pm

This weekend, swing by for our annual Citrus Fest, where you can taste the most delicious citrus of the season!

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Westside Santa Cruz

Weekend Tasting: Citrus Fest

Food & Drink
12:00pm - 4:00pm

This weekend, swing by for our annual Citrus Fest, where you can taste the most delicious citrus of the season!

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Half Moon Bay

Weekend Tasting: Citrus Fest

Food & Drink
12:00pm - 4:00pm

This weekend, swing by for our annual Citrus Fest, where you can taste the most delicious citrus of the season!

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Westside Santa Cruz

Boosting Behavior Change: A 4 Week Wellness Series

Health & Wellness
1:00pm - 2:00pm

Wellness Series with Kimberly Smith-Martinez, Licensed Psychologist Week 1: Monday, January 22: Intro to Behavior Change Join Kimberly Smith-Martinez, licensed psychologist and wellness coach, for the first of a four part series entitled "Boosting Behavior Change." In this first hour long interactive lecture you will learn about the science behind journaling and how this tool can help increase your awareness when it comes to changing behavior. At the end of the hour, you will know how to begin tracking your Mind, Mouth and Muscle. Week 2: Monday, January 29: Goal Setting  In this week's interactive session you will gain understanding of the importance of being clear on identifying the "Right Whys" when it comes to goal setting. By the end of the hour you will be able to identify about the stage of change you are currently occupy. You will also design your own SMART Goal Plan. Week 3: Monday, February 5: Boredom Busters In this week's interactive session you will learn easy steps to cultivate motivation and learn about NSVs. Week 4: Monday, February 12: Relapse Prevention In this week's interactive session you will gain understanding of Relapse and learn strategies to help you get back on track when you've slipped off your goal. There will be time during this class session to review any questions from the previous weeks as well as celebrate your success thus far! About the Instructor: Kimberly Smith-Martinez is a licensed psychologist (CA #29082) and certified Wellness Coach, with nearly 20 years’ experience, who practices in Santa Cruz. Dr. Kim teaches her clients and attendees of her lectures about psychology, mindfulness and the importance of self-care in managing stress in order to create a vibrant, joyful life. She works with adults of all ages helping them gain understanding about managing distressing symptoms and working through life transitions such as loss and bereavement. You can learn more about her practice by visiting her website: www.envisionyourdreams.com , Psychology Today or on FaceBook at Envision Your Dreams.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Yoga

Sports & Fitness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

Start your day off refreshed and vibrant with a calming, gentle yoga class taught by local certified instructors in our Community Classroom.

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Half Moon Bay

Zumba

Sports & Fitness
5:30pm - 6:30pm
$7.00

Get a fun and effective workout to upbeat Latin and international music rhythms.  For all fitness and experience levels.

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Westside Santa Cruz

January Jumpstart: 4 Weeks to Healthier Eating

Health & Wellness
1:00pm - 2:00pm

Wellness Series with Nutrition Consultant Madia Jamgochian Join us for this FREE 4-week series during the month of January and learn how to jumpstart your health with the following nutrition related topics: Class # 1 Tuesday, January 16: Start Your Day with Protein- Healthy habits developed early last a lifetime and breakfast is one of the best habits to establish. Eaten regularly, a protein-rich breakfast can be life changing! Learn how to incorporate protein-rich foods into your breakfast routine. Get tips for meals outside the breakfast box. Class # 2 Tuesday, January 23: Choose Smart Carbs- Carbohydrates, often referred to as carbs, are found in more than just bread. Of the three macronutrients – carbohydrates, fat, and protein – carbs have the greatest impact on blood sugar levels. Explore seasonal options for smart carbs, including vegetables, grains, and legumes. Class #3 Tuesday, January 30: Embracing Healthy Fats- Although our modern culture has distorted our perspective on fats, some fats are essential for optimal health. Historical and scientific evidence show that our ancestors did not suffer from many modern chronic diseases even though they ate wholesome, unprocessed fat-rich foods. Discover our favorite sources of fats and how they are part of a healthy diet. Class #4 Tuesday, February 6: Eat More Veggies- Ever heard of nutrient density? This is a term that measures the nutrient concentration in a food, per calorie. Vegetables are at the top of this list. Low in carbohydrates but chock full of vitamins and minerals, veggies come in a rainbow of colors, and each color signifies a unique nutrient composition. About the Instructor: Madia graduated from Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition in 2013 after completing her BA in Environmental Studies and Exercise Sports Science at UCSB. Shortly after, she started her personal consulting business My Healing Habits. She enjoys educating on how to heal inflammatory and autoimmune conditions, and believes in the food-as-medicine approach.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Stretch Yoga with Linda Grace

Health & Wellness
11:00am - 12:30pm
$10.00

Using chairs and other yoga props, this class is designed to create breath awareness, enhance balance, and increase flexibility for people new to yoga or those experiencing joint sensitivity, overall stiffness due to lack of activity, or other physical limitations. All classes end with restorative poses, using supports and gravity for deep relaxation... helping release tension and reduce stress. If you have specific issues you would like to discuss with LindaGrace prior to class, please email lindagrace@wisewoman-yoga.com

Sign Up For Event

Half Moon Bay

Kick the Sugar Habit

Health & Wellness
1:00pm - 2:00pm

With Certified Nutrition Consultant Madia Jamgochian The average American consumes upwards of 150 pounds of sugar per year. Added sugar hides in unsuspecting places such as sauces, soups, condiments and even sausages and hot dogs. Overconsuming added sugar, and carbohydrates in general, can put a strain on the body and lead to inflammation and elevated blood sugar, both of which have been shown to contribute to chronic disease. There are easy ways to reduce your sugar intake–education is the first step! About the Instructor: Madia graduated from Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition in 2013 after completing her BA in Environmental Studies and Exercise Sports Science at UCSB. Shortly after, she started her personal consulting business My Healing Habits. She enjoys educating on how to heal inflammatory and autoimmune conditions, and believes in the food-as-medicine approach.

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Half Moon Bay

Mindful Eating: A 6-Week Program with Registered Dietitian, Jason Mousel

Health & Wellness
7:00pm - 8:30pm
$150.00

Join us for a deep exploration of how habits drive food choices and develop a clear understanding of how you relate to food. This small group series will meet weekly for six weeks learning techniques to bring mindfulness to your food choices. Mindful eating is a non-judgmental approach to transforming your diet and relationship to food. This program replaces the restriction and deprivation of typical diet plans with an abundant, nourishing and enjoyable approach to eating. Participants will learn basic mindfulness techniques (breath awareness, body awareness, relaxation) and mindful eating skills (tuning into taste, pausing prior to eating, hunger and fullness awareness).Weekly topics: Session 1: Wednesday, January 17• Introduction: mindful eating principles, basic meditation instructions, mindful bite exercise. Session 2: Wednesday, January 24• What am I hungry for? The 7 types of hunger. Session 3: Wednesday, January 31• Enough is enough. Fullness awareness. Session 4: Wednesday, February 7• Craving practice. How to STOP mindless eating. Session 5: Wednesday, February 14• Emotions and food. Triggers and chain reactions. Training the brain. Session 6: Wednesday, February 21• Slow the fork down. Cultivating healthy habits. Ticket price covers all 6 classes.

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Westside Santa Cruz

Intro to Sushi Making: Part 2

Food & Drink
6:00pm - 7:30pm
$35.00

With Certified Sushi Chef Carlos Mayorga I this hands-on class, Carlos will teach you how to make maki rolls. Maki sushi - from "maku", which means "to wrap/roll", and features the nori on the outside of the roll. If you have attended the Intro to Sushi class part 1, this is the perfect next step for sushi lovers. It is also ok to jump in on this class if you haven't attended a past sushi class. This class will use brown rice as a base, and other fresh ingredients including salmon and tuna. About the Instructor:Carlos started out as a tempura chef in sushi restaurants when he discovered his passion for sushi. He persued this interest and signed up for Sushi School here in Santa Cruz to become a professtional sushi roller. Carlos works for Mai Sushi here in New Leaf's Westside location.

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Yoga

Sports & Fitness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

Start your day off refreshed and vibrant with a calming, gentle yoga class taught by local certified instructors in our Community Classroom.

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Half Moon Bay

Fertility, Pre and Post Natal Yoga with Your Baby

Sports & Fitness
11:30am - 12:30pm
$10.00

With Samantha Corsiglia, Earth Dancer Wellness  http://www.earthdancerwellness.com/ This comprehensive class will address the daily changing needs of your body while your baby grows and while you heal from birth.

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Westside Santa Cruz

Traditional Japanese Fermented Foods Series

Food & Drink
6:00pm - 7:30pm
$100.00

With Eriko Yokoyama and Masumi Diaz of Hakouya Cooking School This class series will use a traditional culture called Koji. Koji is rice inoculated with the special and safe bacteria called Aspergillus oryzae. Koji is the key ingredient used to make miso, soy sauce, sake, mirin, rice vinegar, amazake, shochu, and shio- Koji.  It’s a live food that is rich in enzymes that break down starches and proteins in food into sugars and amino acids and has many health benefits, including: *Promoting beneficial healthy gut bacteria *Full of beneficial enzymes. *High in nutrients, including B vitamins, biotin and folic acid. *Increases bioavailability of minerals. *Contains short-chain fatty acids, which help improve immune system function. This series breaks down as follows: Class #1: Thursday, January 25: Amazake CANCELED DUE TO LOW ENROLLMENT Ama-zake (meaning sweet sake) is a Japanese traditional sweet, non-alcoholic drink made with cooked rice (porridge) or cooked oatmeal, and rice Koji. Amazake is believed to be very nutritious. It contains Vitamin B1, B2, B6, Folic acid, Dietary fiber. Amazake can be eaten as a dessert, snack, and can be used as a natural sweetening agent in baby food, salad dressing, smoothies, etc. It is often considered a hangover cure in Japan. In this class, you will learn how to make and use amazake. You will also have an opportunity to taste variety of amazake. Class #2: Thursday, February 8: Miso Miso is a delicious, high-protein seasoning that has been used everyday in the Japanese kitchen for 1300 years. Miso is made with cooked soybeans, Koji and sea salt, then fermented for about 6 months. The fermentation process restores beneficial probiotic that helps break down the amino acids in soybeans and make other foods easier to digest. In this class you’ll learn how to make 2 lb organic miso to take home, and learn the many different ways that miso is used. Since this is a simple but lengthy process, we will prepare for you in advance and explain how we did it. Class #3: Thursday, February 22: Shio-Koji Shio- Koji is a fermented mixture of Koji and shio (sea salt) and water – as a substitute seasoning of salt and has significant health benefit as other fermented food. It can marinate meat, chicken and fish to tenderize and enhance umami; makes quick pickles; and can be added to both savory and sweet dishes. This class offers how to prepare shio- Koji and recipes including using on turkey- just in time for Thanksgiving! Series Ticket: $100 for all three classes, Drop in Ticket: $35 About the instructors: Health nut friends Eriko and Masumi started making Miso, Natto, Pickled plum and Sauerkrau together for the family more than a decade ago. They learned so many things over the years about fermented foods and recognized the importance and benefits of it for gastrointestinal health. Both Eriko and Masumi grew up with a probiotic-rich traditional Japanese diet in Japan. Eriko learned authentic French cooking at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and owned a restaurant for 13 years. And now Masumi and Eriko are passionate about sharing the fermented food classes with our community! Follow them on facebook at Hakouya Cooking School.

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Music and Movement with Mommy and Me

Health & Wellness
10:00am - 11:00am
$7.00

Your child will play and learn in this music and movement class geared towards toddlers and their cargivers. Each class will include songs, dances, instruments, and sometimes a story. Following the 30 minute song session there will be a period of open play.

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Traditional Japanese Fermented Foods Series

Food & Drink
1:00pm - 2:30pm
$75.00

With Eriko Yokoyama and Masumi Diaz This class series will use a traditional culture called Koji. Koji is rice inoculated with the special and safe bacteria called Aspergillus oryzae. Koji has been the key ingredient to make miso, soy sauce, sake, mirin, rice vinegar, amazake, shochu, and shio- Koji. It’s a live food that is rich in enzymes that break down starches and proteins in food into sugars and amino acids and has many health benefits, including: *Promotes beneficial healthy gut bacteria *Full of beneficial enzymes. *High in nutrients, including B vitamins, biotin and folic acid. *Increases bioavailability of minerals. *Contains short-chain fatty acids, which help improve immune system function. This series breaks down as follows: Class #1: Sunday, November 12: Shio-Koji Shio- Koji is a fermented mixture of Koji and shio (sea salt) and water – as a substitute seasoning of salt and has significant health benefit as other fermented food. It can marinate meat, chicken and fish to tenderize and enhance umami; makes quick pickles; and can be added to both savory and sweet dishes. This class offers how to prepare shio- Koji and recipes including using on turkey- just in time for Thanksgiving! Class #2: Sunday, Januyary 14: Miso Miso is a delicious, high-protein seasoning that has been used everyday in the Japanese kitchen for 1300 years. Miso is made with cooked soybeans, Koji and sea salt, then fermented for about 6 months. The fermentation process restores beneficial probiotic that helps break down the amino acids in soybeans and make other foods easier to digest. In this class you’ll learn how to make 2 lb organic miso to take home, and learn the many different ways that miso is used. Since this is a simple but lengthy process, we will prepare for you in advance and explain how we did it. Class #3: Sunday, January 28: Amazake Ama-zake (meaning sweet sake) is a Japanese traditional sweet, non-alcoholic drink made with cooked rice (porridge) or cooked oatmeal, and rice Koji. Amazake is believed to be very nutritious. It contains Vitamin B1, B2, B6, Folic acid, Dietary fiber. Amazake can be eaten as a dessert, snack, and can be used as a natural sweetening agent in baby food, salad dressing, smoothies, etc. It is often considered a hangover cure in Japan. In this class, you will learn how to make and use amazake. You will also have an opportunity to taste variety of amazake. About the instructors: Health nut friends Eriko and Masumi started making Miso, Natto, Pickled plum and Sauerkrau together for the family more than a decade ago. They learned so many things over the years about fermented foods and recognized the importance and benefits of it for gastrointestinal health. Both Eriko and Masumi grew up with a probiotic-rich traditional Japanese diet in Japan. Eriko learned authentic French cooking at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and owned a restaurant for 13 years. And now Masumi and Eriko are passionate about sharing the fermented food classes with our community!

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Westside Santa Cruz

Boosting Behavior Change: A 4 Week Wellness Series

Health & Wellness
1:00pm - 2:00pm

Wellness Series with Kimberly Smith-Martinez, Licensed Psychologist Week 1: Monday, January 22: Intro to Behavior Change Join Kimberly Smith-Martinez, licensed psychologist and wellness coach, for the first of a four part series entitled "Boosting Behavior Change." In this first hour long interactive lecture you will learn about the science behind journaling and how this tool can help increase your awareness when it comes to changing behavior. At the end of the hour, you will know how to begin tracking your Mind, Mouth and Muscle. Week 2: Monday, January 29: Goal Setting  In this week's interactive session you will gain understanding of the importance of being clear on identifying the "Right Whys" when it comes to goal setting. By the end of the hour you will be able to identify about the stage of change you are currently occupy. You will also design your own SMART Goal Plan. Week 3: Monday, February 5: Boredom Busters In this week's interactive session you will learn easy steps to cultivate motivation and learn about NSVs. Week 4: Monday, February 12: Relapse Prevention In this week's interactive session you will gain understanding of Relapse and learn strategies to help you get back on track when you've slipped off your goal. There will be time during this class session to review any questions from the previous weeks as well as celebrate your success thus far! About the Instructor: Kimberly Smith-Martinez is a licensed psychologist (CA #29082) and certified Wellness Coach, with nearly 20 years’ experience, who practices in Santa Cruz. Dr. Kim teaches her clients and attendees of her lectures about psychology, mindfulness and the importance of self-care in managing stress in order to create a vibrant, joyful life. She works with adults of all ages helping them gain understanding about managing distressing symptoms and working through life transitions such as loss and bereavement. You can learn more about her practice by visiting her website: www.envisionyourdreams.com , Psychology Today or on FaceBook at Envision Your Dreams.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Yoga

Sports & Fitness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

Start your day off refreshed and vibrant with a calming, gentle yoga class taught by local certified instructors in our Community Classroom.

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Half Moon Bay

Zumba

Sports & Fitness
5:30pm - 6:30pm
$7.00

Get a fun and effective workout to upbeat Latin and international music rhythms.  For all fitness and experience levels.

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Westside Santa Cruz

January Jumpstart: 4 Weeks to Healthier Eating

Health & Wellness
1:00pm - 2:00pm

Wellness Series with Nutrition Consultant Madia Jamgochian Join us for this FREE 4-week series during the month of January and learn how to jumpstart your health with the following nutrition related topics: Class # 1 Tuesday, January 16: Start Your Day with Protein- Healthy habits developed early last a lifetime and breakfast is one of the best habits to establish. Eaten regularly, a protein-rich breakfast can be life changing! Learn how to incorporate protein-rich foods into your breakfast routine. Get tips for meals outside the breakfast box. Class # 2 Tuesday, January 23: Choose Smart Carbs- Carbohydrates, often referred to as carbs, are found in more than just bread. Of the three macronutrients – carbohydrates, fat, and protein – carbs have the greatest impact on blood sugar levels. Explore seasonal options for smart carbs, including vegetables, grains, and legumes. Class #3 Tuesday, January 30: Embracing Healthy Fats- Although our modern culture has distorted our perspective on fats, some fats are essential for optimal health. Historical and scientific evidence show that our ancestors did not suffer from many modern chronic diseases even though they ate wholesome, unprocessed fat-rich foods. Discover our favorite sources of fats and how they are part of a healthy diet. Class #4 Tuesday, February 6: Eat More Veggies- Ever heard of nutrient density? This is a term that measures the nutrient concentration in a food, per calorie. Vegetables are at the top of this list. Low in carbohydrates but chock full of vitamins and minerals, veggies come in a rainbow of colors, and each color signifies a unique nutrient composition. About the Instructor: Madia graduated from Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition in 2013 after completing her BA in Environmental Studies and Exercise Sports Science at UCSB. Shortly after, she started her personal consulting business My Healing Habits. She enjoys educating on how to heal inflammatory and autoimmune conditions, and believes in the food-as-medicine approach.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Stretch Yoga with Linda Grace

Health & Wellness
11:00am - 12:30pm
$10.00

Using chairs and other yoga props, this class is designed to create breath awareness, enhance balance, and increase flexibility for people new to yoga or those experiencing joint sensitivity, overall stiffness due to lack of activity, or other physical limitations. All classes end with restorative poses, using supports and gravity for deep relaxation... helping release tension and reduce stress. If you have specific issues you would like to discuss with LindaGrace prior to class, please email lindagrace@wisewoman-yoga.com

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Westside Santa Cruz

Kick the Sugar Habit!

Health & Wellness
1:00pm - 2:00pm

With Certified Nutrition Consultant Madia Jamgochian The average American consumes upwards of 150 pounds of sugar per year. Added sugar hides in unsuspecting places such as sauces, soups, condiments and even sausages and hot dogs. Overconsuming added sugar, and carbohydrates in general, can put a strain on the body and lead to inflammation and elevated blood sugar, both of which have been shown to contribute to chronic disease. There are easy ways to reduce your sugar intake–education is the first step! Part 1: Wednesday, January 17: Learn how to identify sugar sources, sugar swapping, balanced meals, and reading labels. Part 2: Wednesday, January 31: Blood sugar balance check in, tips for moving forward, plus products and recipes to try. Please sign up for both classes. About the Instructor: Madia graduated from Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition in 2013 after completing her BA in Environmental Studies and Exercise Sports Science at UCSB. Shortly after, she started her personal consulting business My Healing Habits. She enjoys educating on how to heal inflammatory and autoimmune conditions, and believes in the food-as-medicine approach.

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Half Moon Bay

Mindful Eating: A 6-Week Program with Registered Dietitian, Jason Mousel

Health & Wellness
7:00pm - 8:30pm
$150.00

Join us for a deep exploration of how habits drive food choices and develop a clear understanding of how you relate to food. This small group series will meet weekly for six weeks learning techniques to bring mindfulness to your food choices. Mindful eating is a non-judgmental approach to transforming your diet and relationship to food. This program replaces the restriction and deprivation of typical diet plans with an abundant, nourishing and enjoyable approach to eating. Participants will learn basic mindfulness techniques (breath awareness, body awareness, relaxation) and mindful eating skills (tuning into taste, pausing prior to eating, hunger and fullness awareness).Weekly topics: Session 1: Wednesday, January 17• Introduction: mindful eating principles, basic meditation instructions, mindful bite exercise. Session 2: Wednesday, January 24• What am I hungry for? The 7 types of hunger. Session 3: Wednesday, January 31• Enough is enough. Fullness awareness. Session 4: Wednesday, February 7• Craving practice. How to STOP mindless eating. Session 5: Wednesday, February 14• Emotions and food. Triggers and chain reactions. Training the brain. Session 6: Wednesday, February 21• Slow the fork down. Cultivating healthy habits. Ticket price covers all 6 classes.

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