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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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Monday, December 2, 2019

Half Moon Bay

Yoga Flow- All Levels

Health & Wellness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

This class begins with a gentle warm-up, flowing into a series of balancing poses, core work, twists and sun salutations to build heat before winding down to healing and restorative poses. Excellent for all levels to deepen your practice.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Yoga

Health & Wellness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

Start your day with a gentle take on traditional yoga. All elements of regular yoga are practiced at a slower, more gentle pace. An excellent format to improve flexibility as poses are traditionally held for an extended length of time. This practice is helpful for relieving back pain and improving balance.

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Westside Santa Cruz

Superfoods Nutrition Class

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

With Certified Nutrition Consultant Madia Jamgochian Superfoods aren't limited to exotic berries that grow in the Amazon rain forest. A superfood can be classified as anything that is high in nutrient density, rich in antioxidants, containing anti-inflammatory properties, or possessing essential fatty acids! Come to this one hour nutrition class to find out what types of "superfoods' you should be eating more of and why. Food tasting included! 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, December 4, 2019

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Stretch Yoga with LindaGrace

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

A Taste of Morocco

Food & Drink
6:00pm - 8:30pm
$50.00

Learn how to make Morcoccan classics in this hands-on cooking class!

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Half Moon Bay

Yoga Mix- All Levels

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

Wake up, energize and restore your body with Yoga Mix! Yoga Mix is a combination of stretching, flow, balance, Yin yoga, restorative, and meditation.  It is customized as best possible to the student needs.  Each class will wake up the muscles with some gentle stretching, then raise the heart beat with a flow which will incorporate strengthening and balance poses. The last part of class will be dedicated to longer held stretching poses (Yin), and a final restorative pose to start the day refreshed!

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Westside Santa Cruz

Plant Based Chanukah Cooking Class

Food & Drink
6:00pm - 8:30pm
$50.00

Learn How to Make Chanukah Plant Based!

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Sunday, December 8, 2019

Half Moon Bay

Holiday Gifts from the Kitchen

Food & Drink
1:00pm - 3:00pm
$10.00

Cooking demo with the UC Master Preservers!

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Monday, December 9, 2019

Half Moon Bay

Yoga Flow- All Levels

Health & Wellness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

This class begins with a gentle warm-up, flowing into a series of balancing poses, core work, twists and sun salutations to build heat before winding down to healing and restorative poses. Excellent for all levels to deepen your practice.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Yoga

Health & Wellness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

Start your day with a gentle take on traditional yoga. All elements of regular yoga are practiced at a slower, more gentle pace. An excellent format to improve flexibility as poses are traditionally held for an extended length of time. This practice is helpful for relieving back pain and improving balance.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Stretch Yoga with LindaGrace

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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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Half Moon Bay

Yoga Mix- All Levels

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

Wake up, energize and restore your body with Yoga Mix! Yoga Mix is a combination of stretching, flow, balance, Yin yoga, restorative, and meditation.  It is customized as best possible to the student needs.  Each class will wake up the muscles with some gentle stretching, then raise the heart beat with a flow which will incorporate strengthening and balance poses. The last part of class will be dedicated to longer held stretching poses (Yin), and a final restorative pose to start the day refreshed!

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Saturday, December 14, 2019

Half Moon Bay

Yoga and Self Healing with Wah!

Health & Wellness
10:00am - 12:00pm
$18.00

Wah! is a legend in the yoga music world and in this all ages yoga class she combines postures, breathing and self-healing techniques to help you access better health.  Wah! sings live for deep relaxation at the end of class. Learn more at: www.wahmusic.com

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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Westside Santa Cruz

The Mexican Keto Cookbook Cooking Demonstration

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

Come taste recipes from The Mexican Ketogenic Cookbook!

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Westside Santa Cruz

Holiday Baking for Teens

Food & Drink
2:00pm - 4:00pm
$35.00

Holiday Baking Class for Teens With Chef & Nutritionist Laura Casasayas-Pala December is all about making your favorite holiday treats to share with friends and family! This hands on baking class with Laura will provide your teen with the skills needed to start baking at home. Recipes will have a holiday theme and will also be gluten-free friendly. Recipes: - Chocolate Holiday Brownie - Peanut Butter Cookie truffle - Ginger Bread Cookies Ages 12-16. *NOTE: if your child has special needs of any kind, please come 15 minutes early to speak with the instructor. About the Instructor: Laura is a Spanish Acupuncturist, Dietitian and creator of the 11th Hour Coffee food menu. Laura has more than 10 years experience running her own practice in Spain offering private consultation and workshops. She recently moved to Santa Cruz where she is continuing her passion of educating and expanding awareness of mindful and healthy eating.

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Monday, December 16, 2019

Half Moon Bay

Yoga Flow- All Levels

Health & Wellness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

This class begins with a gentle warm-up, flowing into a series of balancing poses, core work, twists and sun salutations to build heat before winding down to healing and restorative poses. Excellent for all levels to deepen your practice.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Yoga

Health & Wellness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

Start your day with a gentle take on traditional yoga. All elements of regular yoga are practiced at a slower, more gentle pace. An excellent format to improve flexibility as poses are traditionally held for an extended length of time. This practice is helpful for relieving back pain and improving balance.

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Westside Santa Cruz

Healthy Holidays

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

With Certified Nutrition Consultant Madia Jamgochian Does the thought of the upcoming holiday season leave you feeling stressed in terms of not knowing what to eat or how to stick to your diet? Fear not! This one-hour nutrition session with Madia will give you ideas on how to navigate gluten-free, dairy-free and anti-inflammatory diets during the holidays. Sample some of the recipes provided at the end of class! 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, December 18, 2019

Half Moon Bay

Gentle Stretch Yoga with LindaGrace

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

Quick and Easy Tapas: Flavors of Spain!

Food & Drink
6:00pm - 8:30pm
$45.00

With Chef and Nutritionist Laura Casasayas-Pala Everyone loves traditional tapas! Popular throughout Spain, tapas are festive and delicious  appetizers and snacks that are perfect for parties and get-togethers. "Tapas" is the word Spaniards use to describe a small portion of food that goes well with beer or wine. In this hands on class we will be preparing quick and easy traditional Spanish tapas, playing with different seasonal vegetables, edible flowers as well as other local ingredients.  Recipes - Gambas al ajilo (Garlic prawns)- Escalibada con atún (Tuna with typical roasted vegetables)- Champiñones con tacos de jamón (Mushrooms with ham)- Chorizitos a la sidra (Cider Chorizos)- Espinacas a la catalana (Catalonian Spinach)- Txaca de atún y de cangrejo (Txaca Tuna and Crab)- Mejillones con pico de gallo y alioli (Mussles with pico de gallo and alioli) - Pincho de pollo al limón (Lemon Chicken Skewer) Class includes beer or wine pairing for those 21+ About the Instructor: Laura Casasayas was born in Catalonian, Spain and raised around food, stories and traditional cooking. Her grandmother taught her the magic of what ingredients make a delicious, nutritious homemade Spanish dish. Laura is a Spanish Acupuncturist, Dietitian and creator of the 11th Hour Coffee food menu. Laura has more than 10 years running her own practice in Spain. she Recently moved to Santa Cruz and has a very strong desire to keep educating and expanding awareness in mindful and healthy eating.

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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Half Moon Bay

Yoga Mix- All Levels

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

Wake up, energize and restore your body with Yoga Mix! Yoga Mix is a combination of stretching, flow, balance, Yin yoga, restorative, and meditation.  It is customized as best possible to the student needs.  Each class will wake up the muscles with some gentle stretching, then raise the heart beat with a flow which will incorporate strengthening and balance poses. The last part of class will be dedicated to longer held stretching poses (Yin), and a final restorative pose to start the day refreshed!

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Friday, December 20, 2019

Westside Santa Cruz

Wine & Watercolor

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

With Madia Jamgochian Come spend the evening sipping wine and painting with watercolor. Paper, paint, brushes and subject provided. All you have to do is reserve your space and show up! Bring a friend to share the experience. About the Instructor: Madia cultivated her creative side with colored pencils and has only recently branched out to watercolor, a new and exciting medium. She loves using her images to illustrate the nutrition education handouts she makes. You can find her on social media at madias_sketchbook on instagram!

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Monday, December 30, 2019

Half Moon Bay

Yoga Flow- All Levels

Health & Wellness
8:30am - 9:30am
$10.00

This class begins with a gentle warm-up, flowing into a series of balancing poses, core work, twists and sun salutations to build heat before winding down to healing and restorative poses. Excellent for all levels to deepen your practice.

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