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Contents 32 SACRED VESSELS
The Lifeblood of Heart Health
36 VITAL STEPS
The Path to Vascular Fitness
38 GOOD HEARTS START YOUNG
Boosting Kids’ Cardiovascular Health
39 CHOOSING LOVE
How to Cope With Fearful Times
40 DISRUPTING DISPOSABLES
The Drive to Banish Single-Use Plastics
42 A FEAST FOR ALL SEASONS
Embracing the Rainbow Year Round
43 LINDA CARROLL
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44 HEALING JOINTS FROM WITHIN
The Promise of Regenerative Medicine
46 PAIN RELIEF FOR PETS
Prolotherapy Gives Joints New Life
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spotlight 25 health briefs 36 fit body 38 healthy kids 39 inspiration 40 green living
42 conscious eating 43 wise words 44 healing ways 46 natural pet 48 calendar 52 classifieds 57 resource guide
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n our cultural tradition—as well as in many other cultures around the world, from Mexico to Ireland to Singapore—February is celebrated as the season of love. Romance blooms with an abundance of roses, chocolates and sweethearts walking hand-in-hand, but this time of year is not just about romantic desire and attraction. It can also be a reminder to practice self-love and nurture the connections with our family and friends. Whatever relationships you choose to focus on this month, Natural Awakenings is full of inspiration to help you feel the love—and pass it on to others. Let’s take a peek inside! It would not be a Valentine’s Day issue if we didn’t first and foremost discuss the central theme of this whole season—the heart. Our feature article for this month is on “Cardiovascular Health” and the importance of lifestyle choices that maintain a strong, vibrant, dynamic heart. In the next decade, almost half the number of adults in this country are projected to suffer from cardiovascular disease and related health issues, so to protect yourself from the risk, this article delves into how simple, natural and practical shifts can make all the difference. Continuing on this topic, our “Fit Body” column explores the benefits of vascular fitness as an integral part of any workout routine. All kinds of aerobic exercises such as running, cycling, swimming, rowing or even walking can boost your heart rate and promote clear, robust, flexible blood vessels. If you are new to aerobic exercise, small and incremental movements like just taking an extra 100 steps each day can lead to major strides in cardiovascular wellness. Finally, do not miss our “Choosing Love” article, written by social activist Scarlett Lewis, the founder of a nonprofit called Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement in memory of her six-year-old son who was killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook tragedy. Out of her grief stemmed a desire to teach children the life-skills they need to feel empowered and thrive mentally and emotionally in both personal and relational contexts. The enrichment program she subsequently created has reached all 50 states and has impacted more than one million kids. In this article, Lewis describes why choosing love is not a one-time decision—it’s a continuous way of life. As usual, dear readers, this is just a quick glance at all the inspirational content you’ll find tucked within these pages. It’s always a treat to hear your thoughts on each issue, so please send any comments, questions or feedback to Publisher@NASRQ.com. And from the Natural Awakenings team to all of you—here’s to love and light this Valentine’s Day!
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ave you experienced unexplainable synchronicities, premonitions, mystical encounters, or picked up energy, feelings and thoughts from people or places you have visited? Do you sometimes feel like the only one who has these types of experiences or that if you told people, they might think you’re crazy? If so, this free online summit, airing February 3–Feb 26, is for you. The summit host, Waxéla (wa-shay-la) Sananda will interview 25 masterful spiritual teachers who will share their knowledge and useful practices through in-depth conversations. Their wisdom will help you accelerate the ascension process, expand intuitive abilities and deepen relationships. In addition, this summit will offer insight on how to: Activate your ethereal DNA Communicate with animals, both deceased and living Release trauma for yourself, your genetic heritage, and your soul lineage Live on prana lifeforce and gain freedom from food addiction Use essential oils to activate the third eye and open the heart to gratitude Experience twin flame ascension Use quantum tools and life hacks
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Yoga Therapy Is a Hug for Your Heart Health
e often approach new goals with the same old tools, but in order to truly change our lives, we must implement lifechanging actions into our daily routines. Making lifestyle shifts with diet and movement is like mopping the floor while the faucet overflows—it will make a difference for a while, but the leak won’t be fixed without a deeper examination into the root of what causes stress on our hearts. Dr. Dean Ornish, founder of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute and Ornish Reversal Program, has based the cornerstone of his proven clinical research, lifestyle programs, and popular books on yoga’s dynamic system of mindful biopsychosocial tools to effectively reduce and reverse stress reactions underlying heart disease, diabetes, cancer, obesity, anxiety, depression and possibly brain changes that lead to Alzheimer’s. Yoga therapy, which is targeted yoga for the purposes of recovery and healing, develops a sensitivity around the onset of mental, emotional, and physical stress, while learning de-stressing skills to then manage and transform it. It integrates these skills with diet and movement for a holistic, transformative methodology. Manage your life challenges more successfully, reduce your health risks, slow the effects of aging, lose weight, enhance sleep, improve peace of mind, and enjoy the life you have. A yoga therapist will coach you to gradually integrate lifestyle changes that will enhance health and quality of life with increasing benefits over time. Location: 1219 S. East Ave., Suite 104, Sarasota. Consultations are free by appointment. Visit Empowered2Wellness.com
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oin us at Unity of Sarasota to celebrate “60 Years of Motown and Black History Month Sunday.” Our special guest musician for this event is Eddie Watkins, Jr., who is fresh from a gig with The Temptations, and has worked with artists such as Diana Ross, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye and other Motown stars. When Motown left Detroit for Los Angeles so did Watkins, who transitioned into playing with Barbra Streisand, James Brown and other musical legends across different genres. Then, while in recovery from drug abuse, he experienced a spiritual awakening that led him to focus on helping to create a world that works for all through his powerful and positive music. Watkins has since been a Music Director for both Unity Churches and Centers for Spiritual Living. Come listen to various Motown hits, combined with spiritual uplift, on February 9, 1 p.m.
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id you know that dentists outnumber medical doctors in facial esthetics? Dentists administer injections in arguably the most delicate area of the body, and several have developed gentle techniques. Dentists are also comfortable with needles due to daily use of dental anesthetics, and are versed in the delicate anatomy of the head and neck region. For that reason, many take advanced classes in Botox injections for therapeutic and cosmetic applications. There is a new trend among biological and holistic dentists which is the use of platelet-rich fibrinogen—or PRF—in regeneration of dental surgical sites and facial esthetics. Botox, being a toxic substance, carries a risk of vascular occlusion and skin necrosis, but PRF is harvested from the patient’s own blood, so the risk of skin toxicity is low. Several vials of a patient’s blood are spun in a centrifuge which separates blood cells from plasma which is rich in stem cells and growth factors that stimulate skin cells to rejuvenate. PRF in liquid form can be gently injected directly into problem spots such wrinkles or blemishes, and the rest is used for microneedling via Dermapen. For optimal results, it is recommended to have three sessions one month apart, followed by one or two sessions per year for maintenance as needed. Of course, nutritional cleansing prior to and post procedure will enhance the result, and is highly recommended. At White Sands Dentistry we are excited to announce that we expanded our tool set to include this rejuvenating procedure and currently offer a 2020 New Year Dermapen Special of purchasing three sessions for the price of two. Location: 520 48th St. Ct. E, Bradenton. For more information, call 941-748-9393 or visit WhiteSandsDentistry.com.
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Mediums Richard Schoeller and Al and Geoff Potts at Sarasota Center of Light
arasota Center of Light is excited to welcome international mediums Richard Schoeller and Al and Geoff Potts in February. Classes, workshops and events on The Four Agreements, Healing Mediumship and Consciousness are also scheduled. Revs. Al and Geoff will join us for both Sunday Celebrations on February 2, giving the Spiritual Talk, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., and Spirit Messages, 7 p.m. Richard Schoeller will be at both Sunday Celebrations on March 1, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., offering the Spiritual Talk and Spirit Messages, 7 p.m. Schoeller will present “Deepening Your Mediumistic Connection with Spirit,” an opportunity to connect with spirit, understand your experience and share it with others on February 25. On February 27, he will offer “An Evening of Mediumship” in the sanctuary to demonstrate mediumship and share messages from the spiritual realm. The Four Agreements, based on the teachings of a book by Don Miguel Ruiz, will be offered on February 4, 11, 18 and March 3—one agreement per class with a different facilitator for each. Rev. Jim Toole will teach the fourth agreement, as well as his weekly “Developing Consciousness” on Fridays, 6 p.m. Rev. Jim will also offer an eight-week series of “Intermediate Mediumship Classes” on Thursdays that will begin February. Check the NA calendar and our website for details, costs and locations of these events and others scheduled. Join us for services, extensive education programs, events, visiting mediums and musical events throughout the year. Location: 852 S Tuttle Ave., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-953-6620, email ChurchOffice@SarasotaCenterofLight.com or visit SarasotaCenterofLight.com.
Your Face, Only Younger: Acupuncture Face and Necklift Seminar with Dr. Anna
n February 12, 2 p.m., Dr. Anna Baker, DOM and founder of Faces by Dr. Anna, will present a seminar on altering the course of facial aging with her muscle tightening acupuncture face and necklift. Her technique reverses the puffing and sagging features of aging in the muscles of the face and neck in order to return the original features. Dr. Anna has a database of over 500 people, and she will show photographed results for different ages and face types. A nationally board-certified Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Dr. Anna has been practicing in Sarasota since 1998. She has developed her specialty in a muscle tightening acupuncture face and necklift with no needles used on the face. Up to three treatments can be done in one day with a 10-treatment minimum. After the treatments are completed, a one or two treatment touch-up is suggested every 18 months to maintain the lift. Dr. Anna’s work has been nationally televised, and she has been voted Sarasota’s favorite anti-aging practitioner. Location: 2721 Mall Dr., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-921-2662. To view photographed results, visit FacesByDrAnna.com. For those who cannot make the seminar, Dr. Anna also offers free consultations.
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t’s the ‘20s— 1920s that is. Take a step back in time when speakeasies, bootleggers, flappers, and the spiritualism movement was all the rage. The Spirit University will be presenting our “Roaring ‘20s Psychic Fair” on February 22, 11a.m. to 4 p.m. Spiritualism saw a revival in the 1920s after World War I. Many families lost relatives during this time and felt the need to connect with their loved ones who died in the war. What followed were séances, medium readings and travelling spiritualists who conducted galleries of spiritual phenomena and evidence to a broader audience. At the Spirit University, we are channeling this same mentality, as we invite you to experience a séance, receive a personalized intuitive reading or healing, or attend a lecture to expand your knowledge of both this world and the next. In addition, we will celebrate these diverse expressions of the human and spiritual on February 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with education, enrichment and expansion of the self at our “Books and Spirit Art Fair.” We invite you to meet local writers and artists who use their talents to inspire your path of spiritual growth. You can attend lectures by these creators, find out what inspires them and learn about their process. You can also purchase their creations and experience an intuitive reading. This is a unique event that will activate your own creative juices and bring vision and wonder into your own life too. Location: 373 Braden Ave., Sarasota. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 941-954-3200, email Light@VictoriaAckerman.com or visit TheSpiritU.com.
International Medical Advisory Board on Spinal Decompression (IMABSD) which is the gold-standard in this Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression. In the practice of this modality, I use innovative technologies to apply a distraction force that releases the nerve compression often associated with lower back pain and sciatica. Spinal decompression then creates a negative pressure—or vacuum—inside the disc. This effect causes the disc to pull in the herniation, and that increase in negative pressure also causes the flow of blood and nutrients back into the disc which allows the body’s natural fibroblastic response to heal the injury and rehydrate the disc.
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Back or Neck Pain? Not on The Sarasota Disc Center’s Watch! by Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer
he American Chiropractic Association estimates that 80% of people in the United States alone will experience back pain to some degree in their lives. This statistic might seem bleak, and for those impacted by this condition, surgical procedures might appear to be the only available course of action, but the reality is, the end of suffering is within reach—and it’s much less extreme or invasive than many people think. Enter: Dr. David Cifra, DC, the Director of Disc Centers of America, with clinics in both Sarasota and Syracuse, New York. Dr. Cifra has been instrumental in the expansion of Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression as an alternative to painful and often risky surgeries. His treatment method is unique and revolutionary in that it activates the body’s natural intelligence to heal and restore itself. The process sounds complex in theory, but it’s actually straightforward in execution—and to learn more about how Dr. Cifra harnesses this method to bring continuous relief to patients who have experienced minimal success elsewhere, I spoke to him directly. If you are one of the millions who 22
suffer from this common yet debilitating kind of pain, I hope our conversation below offers reassurance that you are not beyond healing. Natural Awakenings: Can you summarize what “Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression” means, how it works and what the unique benefits are? Dr. David Cifra: Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is a medical breakthrough technology that relieves pressure on the pinched nerves—called neural impingement—of the spinal column without the use of medications, invasive surgeries or painful injections. As an innovator of this method, my practice is at the forefront of technology that offers conservative treatment options to patients who deal with severe spinal issues such as neck or back pain, herniated or degenerative discs, sciatica, stenosis, facet arthrosis, facet syndrome, failed neck or back surgeries, numbness or tingles, and arm or leg pain. I am the only physician in the Sarasota area who is trained and certified by the
THESE DOCTORS ARE NA: What are the potential of THESEhazards DOCTORS ARE A A spinal operations, and how is your method both safer and more effective for patients in the long-term? Dr. Cifra: One of the largest statistics in the practice of medicine is failed back surgery—in other words, the success rate for that kind of procedure is low. On the flipside, Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression has been researched and proven to yield an 86% to 90% success rate which is the definition of conservative care. There is no risk with conservative care if the Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is performed by a trained and certified practitioner.
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NA: Which kinds of people would be the right candidates to receive this Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression treatment protocol? Dr. Cifra: The following patients would benefit from Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression: anyone who has been informed they need an operation but would rather avoid it, who has experienced a failed back surgery, who does not respond to other options—medications, physical therapy, injections, chiropractic or acupuncture, who has been told there are no other available treatments for their condition, or who wants to relieve pressure on their pinched neck or spinal nerves with a conservative method that does not use drugs and surgery. NA: Can you recount one particular “success story” from a patient who stands out to you and reinforces the efficacy of this approach? Dr. Cifra: A man named Ron from Bradenton had suffered for 12 years from a compressed vertebra which debilitated
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him to the point where he could barely walk. This pinched nerve caused spasms in his left hip which left him with a pain that continued to worsen over time. Ron went the traditional route and saw his physician for both a diagnosis and treatment, and he even tried epidurals which did not provide a lasting effect and ultimately stopped working. Next, he underwent ablation which initially seemed to work, but after four months, his pain returned. Finally, Ron visited a surgeon who recommended an MRI, but this surgeon then concluded an operation would not help the issue. Out of frustration, Ron asked his physician if Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression might be effective. The physician was not aware of this treatment but agreed it could be worth an attempt since he was out of traditional options. Ron met with me for an evaluation and found that he would, in fact, be a candidate for a three-month treatment plan with visits three to four times a week. Initially, I asked Ron where his tender spots were, so I could precisely address them. After three weeks of treatment, Ron confirmed that his tender spots were nonexistent six out of seven days a week. He also noted, “I can stand up straight now—I could not do that before!”
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Use Probiotics to Reduce Bone Loss and Newborn Infections Bone loss leading to increased fracture risk occurs in half of postmenopausal women, but new research from Sweden offers a deterrent: a combination of three Lactobacillus probiotic strains. A total of 249 healthy, early postmenopausal women over the age of 50 that took the probiotics for a year suffered no significant bone loss in the lumbar spine compared to a placebo group, report researchers at Gothenburg University. They had slight reductions in bone loss at the neck and no changes at the hip or upper femur. In a British Medical Journal-published study on probiotics that spanned 10 years and involved nearly 1,000 at-risk babies, researchers from the UK’s Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital found that newborns with gut infections were twice as likely to recover when given probiotics as part of their treatment in intensive care units, with sepsis rates reduced from 22.6 percent to 11.5 percent. The strains used were L. acidophilus, Bifidobacterium bifidum and B. longum subspecies infantis. The babies were suffering from necrotizing enterocolitis, a rare infection and inflammation of the intestines which can affect low-birthweight babies.
Qigong, a traditional Chinese massage technique and movement practice, may offer hope for the one in 68 American children suffering from autism spectrum disorder. Researchers at Portugal’s Oporto University reviewed 10 high-quality studies, all of which involved massage for children as young as 2, including two which also employed slow qigong movements and breathwork for older children. Previous studies have found that the qigong type of gentle massage practiced for 15 minutes daily by parents on autistic children helps the children tolerate touch, feel reassured by it and bond more deeply with parents that also feel less stress. The meta-study affirmed, “Qigong seems to be able to decrease severity of individual sensory, behavioral and language components of autism, and improve self-control, sociability, sensory and cognitive awareness, as well as healthy physical behavior.”
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Go Red for Heart Month by Dr. Fred Harvey, MD
t’s February again which means that Valentine’s Day will be here soon. All the hearts that we see this month are an important reminder that heart disease is still the number one cause of death for humans. We spend time in October “thinking pink” for breast cancer, and although that is a major cause, 10 times as many women die from heart disease than breast cancer. In fact, more women die of a first heart attack than men, because they do not seek help. Many don’t think it is a serious problem because we rarely hear much in the news about heart disease. So it seems to me that a critical health risk for women is being neglected. The American Heart Association is attempting to bring this women’s health concern to the forefront, so we can make an impact and address the problem. As a result, that organization started a “GO Red” campaign to educate the American public on this issue. There is new information being uncovered on how we develop arterial disease. We know that cholesterol does not cause heart disease or even heart attacks, but that it is a biomarker for the risk. This means it is a reliable sign that we can test to see
if a person might be at risk for a specific problem. Cholesterol rises in response to damage to the blood vessels. Cholesterol is like “spackle” for cracks in the lining of the artery. Inflammation causes these cracks in the vessel lining, and it is the main driver of the onset of heart-related concerns, but inflammation has many interconnected causes. When a functional medicine doctor evaluates a patient for cardiac vascular disease, we look for the cause of the problem. We don’t simply treat cholesterol numbers because that only treats the marker—not the cause. We have many new tests available that can show where the inflammation is, so we can address the source of inflammation to stop the progress of this disease. We look at factors such as homocysteine, myeloperoxidase, oxidized (rancid) LDL cholesterol, and omega-3 balance. In functional medicine, we have many novel tools to help us in our quest for healthy arteries. We customize diet and lifestyle changes in all of our patients. We employ high-dose and highquality nutritional supplements like pure fish oil. We also can use medications such as EDTA for chelation therapy. Chelation is a proven intravenous therapy that reduces the progress of coronary heart disease and prevents the need for bypass surgery in some cases. This is especially effective for diabetics. If you want to learn more information, please join our discussion on the Harvey Center Facebook page or contact the Harvey Center to schedule your consultation with Dr. Fred Harvey. For more information and to make an appointment, call 941-929-9355.
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Feng Shui for New Beginnings by Christina Captain, DAOM, MSAOM, MSHN, MA Lucky Dragon says: “Use Feng Shui to kick start a new beginning in 2020.”
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My Constant Companion for Well-Being by Michelle Giambra
hen I am at home, my cat is virtually always with me. She is my constant companion. Jin Shin Jyutsu® is the same—my constant companion, always with me, a reliable friend that I can always count on. If my mind is preoccupied with worry, I hold my thumb. The mind chatter calms, and I think more clearly. If my back aches, holding my index finger provides relief. My vision gets blurry when I spend a lot of time on the computer, but 15 minutes or so of touching the back of my head is like having my lenses wiped clean. When I feel overwhelmed, I “give myself a big hug.” The energy shifts, and I connect with a centeredness of being. One day, I was rushing and twisted both of my ankles. The pain was excruciating, and by the evening, I could barely walk. I thought for sure that I would be stuck in bed for at least a day. However, thanks to Jin Shin Jyutsu, I woke up the next morning virtually pain-free and completely hobble-free! The birth of Jin Shin Jyutsu as we know it today began in 1912 in Japan, when Jiro Murai dramatically cured himself of a terminal illness. Following his “miraculous” recovery, Master Murai dedicated the rest of his life to research, study, practice, develop and eventually teach Jin Shin Jyutsu. A true scientist, he used many research methods, studied ancient texts, and documented his findings. After 34 years of gathering insight, he then started teaching others this wisdom and practice. Mary Burmeister met Master Murai when she was visiting Japan in the 1940’s. She attended his private lectures and launched her lifelong study of Jin Shin Jyutsu. Mary returned to the United States in the 1950’s, then after decades of devoted study and practice, she began to teach others and created textbooks and self–help books to share this knowledge with the world. Jin Shin Jyutsu is more than a technique. Techniques are limiting, but Jin Shin Jyutsu is an art that inspires self-awareness, enhances self-understanding and provides practical applications to maintain and restore harmony on all levels of being. An artist learns skills, then with awareness and understanding, they apply their tools. In Jin Shin Jyutsu, the tools are the hands through which Universal Life Energy flows. The body contains 52 energy centers (safety energy locks), each with specific functions. Gently touching
the safety energy locks in a single hold—or a sequence of holds— restores a harmonious flow of life energy through the body. Jin Shin Jyutsu can be received from a trained practitioner or applied on oneself. Regular harmonizing is beneficial to maintain proper flow and functioning of energy pathways, relieve stress, reenergize the body, mind and spirit, and feel both happy and calm. Jin Shin Jyutsu has enriched my life beyond measure. It helps me connect with my inner harmony. It brings to life ancient truths, making them real and tangible. It is enlightening as it unburdens body, mind and spirit. Labels and judgments are removed. Perceptions shift, and the world looks brighter. It is my constant companion—always with me, a reliable friend I can always count on. Jin Shin Jyutsu is always with you too! Michelle Giambra, Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner and Self-Help Instructor, LMT has over 20 years of experience with Jin Shin Jyutsu. She offers private sessions, teaches self-help and leads meditations at her studio, Suncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu. Call 941-228-2972, email Michelle@SuncoastJSJ.com, or visit SuncoastJSJ.com. The Jin Shin Jyutsu information provided in this article is intended to complement, not replace, the advice of your physician or other healthcare professional.
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The Facts about Yoga By Eric Winder, DC
y practice is focused on relieving pain and other problems by releasing the restrictions from fascia, or fibrous connective tissue. In my clinical experience, I have come to consider yoga one of the most effective forms of exercise for maintaining healthy, flexible fascia. When performed correctly, yoga promotes tone and flexibility in every area of the body
which no other single form of exercise can claim. However, due to missing one essential concept, not everyone has a positive experience with yoga. Some of my patients are intimidated by yoga because they can’t achieve the stretching poses they see others doing in classes, or they find yoga to be painful. In addition, I treat people for pain or even
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injuries from yoga on a consistent basis including a few yoga instructors. Why are there so many problems with an exercise I strongly recommend? The most important element of a positive yoga experience is paying attention to the breath. Most yoga instructors teach their students to feel the ebb and flow of the breathing cycle as they move through their poses. What this means—or should mean—is feeling how tension comes and goes in the breathing cycle. If at any point, the breath feels tight, it seems hard to inhale or exhale, or there is even a need to hold the breath, this is a sign of pushing too hard in the pose. At this point, it’s time to step back and re-evaluate. Perhaps stretching less is what is needed, or maybe a prop like a pillow or chair would help achieve greater flexibility without causing additional strain. An effective yoga practice also means paying attention to stress in all areas of the body along with the breath—the leg muscles, the hips, the back of your neck, even bottoms of the feet. For example, while performing a forward bend you might be able to touch your calves or toes without a sense of pain or problem. But if you don’t pay close attention, you could miss noticing that your breathing has become shallow or restricted. After backing up, you should find the breath eases, and the position will stimulate muscle tone and encourage flexibility. Many people who complain they are not becoming more flexible with yoga are actually trying to stretch too far and too quickly. When the tissues are stretched too tight, even if there is no pain, the tension can cut off the blood flow and starve that tissue for oxygen. This tends to cause decreased flexibility. Of course, there will always be a sense of stretching in the body with yoga, and for some people who have not stretched much in their lives, this can feel uncomfortable, but it should never rise to the level of pain or restricted breathing—that is a sure sign of stretching too far, too soon. The three main situations where I see people suffer pain, or even injury, with yoga are due to the following: •
The person practicing yoga has never been exposed to the idea of breath awareness, or their yoga instructor emphasizes achieving a specific yoga posture over breath awareness.
The person is aware they should be paying attention to their ease of breathing, but they allow a sense of competition or hastiness to make them strive too hard to reach the “correct” yoga pose. Yoga instructors sometimes injure themselves because they feel obligated to show their classes a pose in pictureperfect form, even though their bodies might have an “off day,” or they don’t have the flexibility for a specific pose.
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hen people think about heart health, what generally comes to mind is the fist-sized muscle that pumps and oxygenates the body’s lifeblood. However, the heart of the matter is not the pump itself, but the vascular system— the network of veins, arteries and capillaries that distributes blood to every cell in the body, delivering nutrients and eliminating waste. Each human adult harbors an astonishing 60,000 miles of blood vessels— enough to wrap around the planet twice. Keeping these hard-working vessels supple and open is the key not only to avoiding disease, but also to ensuring a long and healthy life. The alternative—arteriosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries—can slowly and silently bring on cardiovascular disease (CVD), which can result in a heart attack, stroke, vision loss and cognitive decline. CVD is the leading cause of death in the U.S., killing one in four Americans,
When a disease is lifestyleinduced, the only thing that can reverse it is a dramatic change in diet and lifestyle. We’ve seen over and over again that it works. ~Brenda Davis 32
according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). By 2035, nearly half the population—45 percent—is predicted to have some form of the disease. “A hundred years ago, we were farming the back 40 with a team of horses, eating what we grew. Kids don’t get out and ride bikes; they’re playing video games and eating crap. There’s very little doubt how we got to this problem,” says John Osborne, M.D., director of cardiology at State of the Heart Cardiology, near Dallas. Yet, the nation’s number one killer, which can fester for decades without symptoms, is largely preventable and reversible. Only 15 percent of CVD is related to genetics; the rest is attributed to lifestyle, and the right choices can make all the difference. The key is to adopt heart-healthy habits before the body delivers a potentially fatal warning. “The initial presentation of heart disease can be an acute catastrophic event that results in death in half the men and two-thirds of the women. That’s not treatable,” warns Osborne.
Know the Risk Factors
The first step toward cardiovascular health is awareness. Important indicators of CVD risk include: 4 High blood pressure (over 140/90) 4 High cholesterol (over 240 mg/dL) 4 High triglycerides (over 200 mg/dL) 4 High blood glucose (over 140 mg/dL) 4 Obesity (BMI over 30) 4 Inflammation (hsCRP test above 2 ml/dL) 4 Physical inactivity (less than 30 minutes a day) 4 Smoking or vaping (any at all) 4 Chronic stress 4 Loneliness
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Any of these factors can increase the risk of CVD, but possessing a cluster of the first five comprises a condition called metabolic syndrome, which significantly increases the potential for heart disease and Type 2 diabetes—itself a significant risk factor that can damage blood vessels, as well as the organs they support. “While diabetes is the seventh-leading cause of death in the United States, this figure belies the fact that most people with diabetes die of heart disease, kidney failure and other complications,” says Brenda Davis, RD, of Alberta, Canada, author of Kick Diabetes Essentials: The Diet and Lifestyle Guide. Metabolic syndrome, like CVD, has few obvious symptoms and is on the rise: Nearly one-third of adults in the U.S. have it, according to the CDC. The one distinct marker for the condition is an accumulation of fat around the waistline, characterized by a measurement of over 35 inches for women and 40 for men.
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“When a disease is lifestyle-induced, the only thing that can reverse it is a dramatic change in diet and lifestyle,” says Davis. “We’ve seen over and over again that it works.”
n Know the Numbers
CVD flies under the radar even though it’s increasingly common at younger ages. The Journal of the American Medical Association released a study in December 2019 stating that about one in four young adults in the U.S. have pre-diabetes, putting them at increased risk for Type 2 diabetes and CVD. Lisa McDowell, director of clinical nutrition and wellness at St. Joseph’s Mercy Health System, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and team dietitian for the Detroit Red Wings, works with elite athletes of all ages and notes that they more likely know their favorite player’s jersey number than their own health numbers. “Learn what your blood pressure is, know your body mass index, get your cholesterol levels and triglycerides and your [hemoglobin] A1C.
There’s not an excess of blueberries in the American diet; there’s an excess of relatively inexpensive, highly processed junk foods in large containers. ~Lisa McDowell Know these numbers early on and, if there’s a problem, fix it,” she advises. While simple blood tests help monitor indicators for CVD, more sophisticated tests can be even more revealing. In 2018, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association (AHA) jointly issued new guidelines for patients over age 50 to get a computerized tomography (CT) scan to determine their calcium score. The procedure checks for hardening of the arteries and predicts the risk of a 10year future cardiovascular event. “This identifies people who have preclinical atherosclerosis, regardless of risk factors,” says Osborne. “It also helps people modify behaviors, because they are faced with a diagnosis.” Yale R. Smith, a Melbourne, Florida, M.D., who specializes in metabolic and functional medicine, utilizes the U.S. Food & Drug Administration-approved protein unstable lesion signature (PULS) blood test. Recommended for patients in their 40s, it measures inflammatory biomarkers for the body’s immune system response to arterial injury and provides a chronological heart age and risk of a CVD event. “If you can show someone the future, it’s a wake-up call to make lifestyle changes to increase longevity,” Smith says.
n Eat for Heart Health
Perhaps the single most important change that people can make is diet. “But a lot of people don’t want lifestyle medicine—they’d rather take a statin with their Big Mac,” says McDowell. Preventing or reversing CVD requires diligence, but it’s largely about eating real, whole food—and mostly plants.
This means avoiding processed foods and consuming less salt, trans fats, saturated fat and cholesterol; and more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds. “There’s not an excess of blueberries in the American diet; there’s an excess of relatively inexpensive, highly processed junk foods in large containers,” says McDowell. Overcoming the urge to grab fast and easy foods requires education. “Everyone needs to learn how to read a food label and avoid foods linked to vascular disease,” she adds. Vegans have healthier cholesterol levels in their blood compared to vegetarians, which in turn have better levels than meateaters. Study-verified diets that lower CVD indicators also include the Mediterranean diet, as well as two developed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet and the Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) diet, which also addresses exercise and weight control. “I don’t believe that one diet fits everybody, but there’s a preponderance of evidence that the more plant compounds you get, the better off you are,” says McDowell.
Some cardiovascular boosters:
Leafy greens flush out excess sodium and magnesium, and reduce inflammation. Berries improve circulation by boosting nitric oxide, which expands blood vessels. Pomegranate juice lowers blood pressure and reduces plaque formation. Walnuts, peanuts and almonds lower LDL, the “bad cholesterol”. Oily fish, chia and flax seeds with omega-3 fatty acids lower triglycerides. Soy with anti-inflammatory isoflavones helps dilate blood vessels. “We could eat tofu, tempeh, miso, edamame, soy beans or even organic soy ‘veggie meats’ in place of red meat,” says Davis. Yogurt, kefir and other fermented probiotic dairy products help improve glycemic control, blood lipids, cholesterol and blood pressure. Supplements can be very helpful: Red yeast rice extract, much like a statin, significantly lowers total cholesterol and LDL. February 2020
n Move It
Sitting all day and then briefly exercising doesn’t provide the same benefit as moving periodically throughout the day. Take more frequent breaks from sitting, get up to move around for a couple of minutes every 30 minutes. Exercise strengthens the endothelium, the innermost of an artery’s three layers, and produces nitric oxide, which helps
keep arteries open and healthy. Getting the blood moving lowers cholesterol and blood pressure, and increases oxygen and nutrients to the body. Exercising outdoors provides additional benefits. Research from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health found that exposure to green spaces helped prevent metabolic syndrome.
n Stress Less, Socialize More
Spending even 20 minutes outdoors in nature can do wonders for high blood pressure and cortisol levels, studies show. Walking or talking with a friend deepens social engagement, a key factor in lowering CVD risk: “Having the right tribe is crucial,” says McDowell. “If you’re with people who support you and make you laugh, you feel less stress.” Walking a dog outdoors gets three cardiovascular pluses—exercise, nature and
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n Don’t Smoke
Not starting to smoke or vape at all is ideal for cardiovascular health, but quitting allows the body to begin to heal, reducing the risk of coronary heart disease after one year by 50 percent, reports the AHA; 14 years later, the risk is the same as a non-smoker’s. “It’s not intuitively easy to make healthy decisions,” says McDowell. “We have to learn how to make good choices.” Julie Peterson writes from rural Wisconsin. Connect at JuliePeterson2222@gmail.com.
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Previous studies have linked processed foods to hypertension and high cholesterol, and a 2019 British Medical Journal study of 105,000 adults reported that a 10 percent increase in the consumption of processed foods corresponded to a 12 percent overall increase in cardiovascular disease.
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High blood pressure occurs when the force of blood pushing against the vessel walls is too high, making the heart and vessels work harder. The friction damages the endothelium— the inner lining of veins and arteries—plaque builds up, the vessels narrow and blood pressure increases even more. Contributing factors include being sedentary, overweight and consuming excessive alcohol or salt.
A waxy, fat-like substance found in all cells of the body, cholesterol can pile up (mostly as a consequence of poor diet) and stick to arterial walls, creating plaque that stymies blood flow to the heart.
The end product of digesting fats in food, triglycerides become fat in the blood that gives the body energy. Numbers climb with consumption of refined carbohydrates, simple sugars and fatty foods, contributing to arteriosclerosis.
A cluster of conditions that affect up to a third of Americans, metabolic syndrome
is defined by high blood pressure; high levels of blood sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides; and excess fat around the waist. It’s closely linked to Type 2 diabetes, another CVD risk factor.
Obesity—which afflicts almost 40 percent of American adults—causes chronic inflammation, harms the endothelium and causes poor cholesterol numbers. A 12year study of 17,640 Europeans, published in the European Heart Journal, found that obese people with metabolic risk factors were two-and-a-half times as likely to have heart disease as those of normal weight.
When stressed by such factors as work overload, family strife or traumatic memories, the body releases adrenaline, which causes acceleration of breathing and heart rate, contraction of vessels and a rise in blood sugar. Chronic stress can cause constricted arteries that lead to arteriosclerosis and inflammation of the endothelium. Further, stressed people often turn to vascular-destructive activities such as smoking, drinking and binge eating.
Chronic inflammation, caused by such factors as fried and processed foods, smoking, obesity, alcohol and stress, can trigger the immune system to attack healthy tissues, including the endothelium, raising CVD risk. C-reactive protein (CRP), an inflammation marker, is measured by the hsCRP blood test. Men with higher CRP levels had three times the risk of heart attack and twice the risk of stroke, Harvard scientists have found.
A lack of regular, ongoing physical activity has been shown to dramatically increase obesity, blood pressure, cholesterol and inflammation. A 2019 British study found that artery functions declined and CVD risk factors worsened in just two weeks when active exercisers reduced their daily steps from 10,000 to 1,000.
Smoking and Vaping
Nicotine, carbon monoxide and chemicals in cigarettes increase blood pressure and heart rate, damage the endothelium and cause blood platelets to clot more, which is why smokers are two to four times more likely to get cardiovascular disease. E-cigarettes and cigars may be worse due to higher doses of nicotine, the AHA warns.
People need people: Harvard researchers examined 23 studies that involved 181,000 adults and found that loneliness, social isolation or both were associated with increased risks of heart attacks (29 percent) and strokes (32 percent). February 2020
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t is well-known that exercise combats cardiovascular disease by balancing blood pressure and managing blood sugar, but aerobic exercise, not resistance training, takes the prize for keeping the body’s thousands of miles of blood vessels more supple. A 2017 study published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise shows that all-extremity exercise like brisk walking improves arterial flexibility in older individuals; even those with a sedentary history.
For blood vessel flexibility, any sort of sustained aerobic exercise helps. Find something you enjoy so that you’ll keep doing it in the long term. ~Alex Hutchinson Moving the body regularly also lowers stress hormones like cortisol that can ignite damaging vascular inflammation. A West Virginia University study presented at the 2016 Experimental Biology meeting in San Diego showed that aerobic exercise fosters healthy blood vessels in rats exposed to chronic stress. Combining aerobic exercise with good diet and paying attention to triglyceride levels all help to keep us young from the inside-out.
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study by the University of Missouri School of Medicine published in Experimental Physiology, walking just 10 minutes after prolonged sitting can restore blood flow in the legs and improve impaired vascular function. Results like these are another reason to get up and move. Walking, running, swimming, cycling, jumping rope and playing tennis are all excellent options. “For blood vessel flexibility, any sort of sustained aerobic exercise helps. Find something you enjoy so that you’ll keep doing it in the long term,” says Alex Hutchinson, New York Times bestselling author of Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights? Fitness Myths, Training Truths, and Other Surprising Discoveries from the Science of Exercise. The Toronto-based, Outside magazine science columnist underscores that treadmills and walking outside foster equal benefits by increasing the heart rate. The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes per week of moderate aerobic exercise. Dr. Regina Druz, a board-certified cardiologist and medical director of the Integrative Cardiology Center of Long Island, explains, “This translates into 30 minutes a day, five times a week. A specific exercise program may be helpful for those with a medical condition, but for overall vascular health, any physical activity like walking or taking the stairs will do.” Druz also highlights the role of nitric oxide: “One of the most studied mediators of vascular health is [nitric oxide], which makes arteries flexible.” Research findings published in 2018 in the journal Hypertension spotlight the correlation between the number of daily steps and arterial plasticity through a technique called pulse wave velocity, which measures how fast
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Nitric oxide, responsible for the dilation and contraction of blood vessels, is produced by exercising and helps to protect the smooth interior lining of the arteries from excessive plaque accumulation. Adding nitric oxide-boosting foods to an already healthy diet can give us an extra edge over vascular conditions like stroke and peripheral artery disease. “Beets, arugula, spinach and rhubarb are all good sources of dietary nitrate. They’re not miracle supplements, but if you make these foods a regular part of your diet, you’ll have a positive effect on your arteries,” says Hutchinson. Research by Florida State University published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reveals that a one-cup daily serving of blueberries helps to protect the arteries from stiffness. Watermelon, rich in the nonessential amino acid L-citrulline, also packs a nitric oxide punch. Full-spectrum vitamin E is another good option, especially for addressing peripheral artery disease and reducing serum triglyceride levels that are often seen as secondary to “bad” cholesterol levels, but which low levels are vital to cardiovascular health. Druz cautions against using supplements as substitutes for healthy nutrition and exercise, and underscores the importance of dialing down stress, “I advise my patients to build stress resiliency, which involves recognizing and practicing stress response. This, along with nutrition and consistent exercise, will lower inflammation and help build stress resiliency.”
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e don’t often think of children as having cardiovascular problems, but evidence is mounting that many youngsters today—because of scant exercise, poor eating habits and excessive screen time—are on track to experiencing serious heart and circulatory problems later in life. “Instead of taking a wait-and-see approach by treating disease later in adulthood, we should help children maintain the standards of ideal cardiovascular health that most children are born with,” reports Julia Steinberger, M.D., director of pediatric cardiology at the University of Minnesota Medical School, in Minneapolis, and lead author of a 2016 scientific statement on children’s cardiovascular health from the American Heart Association (AHA). In a March 2019 update, the AHA noted that fewer than 1 percent of children meet all seven criteria, or metrics, for ideal cardiovascular health; half of all children meet merely half the measures, which include physical activity, healthy 38
eating, not smoking, attaining ideal body mass index (BMI), total cholesterol, blood pressure and glucose readings. Poor metrics in a child are linked to such adverse outcomes as heart attacks, heart failure and stroke in adulthood, advises Elaine Urbina, M.D., director of preventive cardiology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, adding that poor metrics in teens are linked to fatty build-up in the neck arteries and arterial stiffness later in life. But starting in utero, crucial strategies can promote strong cardiovascular systems in kids. Children born to mothers with low vitamin D levels have about a 60 percent higher risk of elevated systolic blood pressure between ages 6 and 18, reports a Boston Medical Center study in the journal Hypertension; vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy may head that off. Other important strategies include:
Get them moving. Children should be physically active at least 60 minutes a day, the AHA recommends, but among
kids 6 to 11, only half of the boys and a third of the girls meet that guideline; by ages 16 to 19, merely one in 10 boys and one in 20 girls do. A review of 50 fitness studies in 28 countries involving 25 million children concluded that American kids today are about a minute and a half slower running a mile than their peers 30 years ago. “Aerobic exercises like running, swimming and cycling use the big muscles of the body and are excellent ways of stressing and strengthening the heart and lungs,” says study author Grant Tomkinson, Ph.D., professor of education, health and behavior studies at the University of North Dakota. Even simply walking to school in the morning for 10 minutes reduces stress in kids and curbs heart rate and blood pressure increases, a University of Buffalo study found.
Feed them well. About 91 percent of
U.S. children have what is classified as a “poor” diet that’s heavy in simple carbs like desserts and sugary drinks, the AHA reported. It recommends feeding kids a diet heavy in fruits, vegetables, fish and whole grains and low in sodium and sugary foods and drinks. A 2016 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study of 2,142 children found that nine of 10 kids exceeded recommended sodium levels. A Cleveland Clinic study found that obese children eating a low-fat, plant-based vegan diet for four weeks began lowering their risk of heart disease by improving their weight, blood pressure, BMI, cholesterol levels and insulin sensitivity.
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Restrict screen time. Australian 6-year-olds that spent the most time in front of TVs, computers and video games had narrower arteries in the back of their eyes—a marker of future cardiovascular risk—reported a study in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular. A study from Canada’s McMaster University found that kids with video game addictions sleep less, which in turn elevates blood pressure, lowers helpful HDL cholesterol and raises triglycerides. Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based health writer. Connect at OHaraRonica@gmail.com.
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adulthood was four times higher if one or both parents smoked without taking care to limit the child’s exposure; when they did take care, the risk was still almost two times higher, according to an Australian study in the journal Circulation. Discouraging a teen from vaping is also critical to future health: New research from the University of Kansas School of Medicine shows that adults that vape are significantly more likely to have a heart attack, coronary artery disease and depression compared with those that don’t vape or use any tobacco products.
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t’s hard to make sense of some of the troubling things we see on TV and read about in the news. Our kids ask us, “Why are these things happening?” It’s an important question and it all comes down to two competing feelings: fear versus love. When we see disturbing images such as school shootings or political opponents attacking one another, it cultivates anxiety, which is epidemic in our society. When left untreated, it can lead to negative outcomes including substance abuse, depression, suicide and violence. Often, we look to those in perceived power to solve these issues. Perhaps what we haven’t considered is that these are not political issues; rather, they are issues of the heart and only we can solve them. So we continue to see pain and suffering played out before us. We feel powerless and this feeds our unease. Our personal safety is a priority and external safety measures sometimes fail. If we don’t feel safe, nothing else matters. There is a solution. The opposite of anxiety and fear is love. When we examine the trajectory of most societal ills, there is often an arc of loneliness, depression, isolation and often abuse. From a young age, we can learn to choose love as a thoughtful response to any situation. When we do this, we take back our personal power. We become part of the solution to the issues we see, and science tells us that others will do the same.
There is a formula for choosing love. It starts with courage. My son Jesse was a 6-year-old boy who stood up to the shooter that came into his first-grade classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary School and saved nine of his classmates’ lives before losing his own. We all have that courage within us: the courage to be kind, to speak our truth, to do the right thing. We can only have one thought at a time, so we can shift our thinking by replacing a negative thought with a grateful one. Forgiving helps us to take back our personal power and is a gift we give ourselves. It is the foundation of healthy relationships that lead to greater happiness and connection in our lives. Compassion in action helps us step outside our own busyness, distraction and even pain to help others. When we do this, we’re choosing love and helping to create a safer, more peaceful and loving world. When we model the practice of these character values as a thoughtful response for our children, they grow up to do the same. Scarlett Lewis is the founder of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure every child has access to social and emotional education and support. Connect with her at Info@JesseLewisChooseLove.org. February 2020
Disrupting Disposables The Drive to Banish Single-Use Plastics
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niversities, sports arenas, restaurants and other businesses are taking up the call to “disrupt disposables” as part of a global effort to dramatically cut down on single-use plastics. The environmental problems caused by those ubiquitous throwaways have become a mainstay of news reporting, and studies on how best to reduce them through public policy abound. A recent Canadian research paper in the Marine Pollution Bulletin explores strategies such as bans, tax levies and education. Experts agree that it is not just a litter problem, but a sobering matter of human and planetary health. As these plastics wind up in the oceans and landfills worldwide, they can languish virtually intact for up to 1,000 years, entangling and choking marine mammals and terrestrial wildlife. Or, they break into toxic microplastics that enter drinking water supplies, eventually ingested by humans. Because plastics are made from petroleum, their production also adds to greenhouse gases that contribute to the climate crisis. Two-pronged efforts by businesses and individuals to divert plastics from the waste system and replacing them with Earth-friendly alternatives will eventually pay off, experts say, but it will be a long and 40
slow process. However, momentum is building, spurred by consumer demand and a growing number of enterprising businesses, organizations and academic institutions. At Penn State University, agriculture and biological engineering professor Judd Michael is working with sports facilities to lower both plastics use and littering; the initiative is working so well that their approaches may be taken up by other schools across the nation. “One of my projects is with NASCAR’s Pocono Raceway [also in Pennsylvania], where the owners of the track wanted to continue to make the venue more green,” he says. “There is zero waste in suites for that track, and they are initiating a comprehensive recycling program. They try to get tailgaters to participate, as well.” On campus, Penn State provides bags of different colors for tailgaters with instructions for fans to separate recyclables in one bag and everything else in the other. That program was exported to Pocono. Michael is also working with PepsiCo, which owns Frito-Lay, to develop alternative packaging. The University of Florida’s efforts began in 2012, when the campus freed itself from plastic bags, getting buy-in from
Chick-Fil-A, Subway and other eateries that agreed to switch to alternatives. “We’ve been Styrofoam-free since 2012, as well,” says Allison Vitt, outreach and communications coordinator for the UF Office of Sustainability. “At the end of 2018, we officially switched over all to compostable straws.” They feel like plastic, but are certified compostable, she says. UF has engaged with Cupanion, a company that developed an app that has a “fill it forward” program, distributing money to clean-water charities worldwide. “Since 2016, we’ve been working with them to reduce single-use plastic, rewarding people for reusing their bottles,” says Vitt. Interested students, staff and faculty are given a barcode sticker to scan on their phone each time a bottle is refilled at a campus retailer or water fountain. The app provides points that can be redeemed for monthly prizes. “It also shows you your personal footprint—your cumulative impact, like how many single-use bottles you have avoided,” she says. On a smaller scale, Dana Honn and his wife Christina went completely plasticfree upon opening Café Carmo, in New Orleans. “We only had about a dozen seats, but determined to have as little waste as possible. Every year, we were able to build upon it,” he says. “A lot of local folks have really changed their perspective. We see a lot more customers coming in and saying they appreciate that we are using compostable cups and compostable straws.” It’s a slow, but steady effort, says Eric DesRoberts, senior manager of the Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Seas program. “We have worked with a number of restaurants talking about why it is important to be taking action to keep plastics out of the waste stream and out of the ocean.” More people are volunteering to clean up and cut back on plastics, and more businesses are asking the nonprofit, Washington, D.C.-based, environmental advocacy organization how they can do their part. “There is momentum, but it is challenging,” says DesRoberts. Yvette C. Hammett is an environmental writer based in Valrico, Florida. Connect at YvetteHammett28@hotmail.com.
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Food always tastes better in the season it was intended to be eaten in. ~Brigit Binns
A Feast for All Seasons Embracing the Rainbow Year Round
by April Thompson
o matter where we live, eating seasonally in winter doesn’t have to be boring or limiting; a culinary adventure awaits the home chef that’s willing to leave avocados and asparagus to their rightful seasons and embrace the winter rainbow of bitter greens, sweet potatoes, sunny citrus and fuchsia beets, among other timely delicacies. “Sometimes people think of winter foods as brown and soft and boring, and it’s absolutely not the case. Winter brings bright things like pomegranates, beets and citrus, which offer color and acidity,” says Brigit Binns, the Paso Robles, California author of 30 cookbooks, including Cooking in Season: 100 Recipes for Eating Fresh. Eating seasonally is especially important in winter, says Shannon Stonger of Texas, author of Simple Food for Winter: 30 Grain-Free Recipes to Get You Through the Dark Days. “Winter foods like fermented vegetables, root vegetables, squashes and hardy greens are especially helpful in the colder, darker months, when our bodies are in need of comfort foods as well as pre- and probiotic foods,” says Stonger, a homesteader and founder of the blog NourishingDays.com. There are plenty of other reasons to stick to a seasonal diet in winter, adds Binns. “Food always tastes better in the season
it was intended to be eaten in. Seasonal foods are naturally ripened, rather than harvested early and trucked in. In addition to enhanced flavor, eating seasonally helps minimize use of fossil fuels to bring our food to us, and is likely to be less expensive.”
Winterizing the Kitchen
Much of the fall harvest, particularly root vegetables, stores well through the winter (hence the idea of a root cellar), extending produce across seasons, according to Steven Satterfield, chef and author of Root to Leaf: A Southern Chef Cooks Through the Seasons. There are lots of root vegetables beyond just carrots and potatoes to be enjoyed in winter, including sunchokes, parsnips and turnips, which can be used creatively rather than “boiled to death,” says Satterfield. For example, the Atlanta restaurateur incorporates parsnips into an upside-down cake with winter spices like nutmeg, black pepper and ginger. Binns likes to add texture to winter dishes with nuts, color with herbs, and crunch with a winter vegetable like fennel. Warming soups are always comforting during the coldest season, but she also likes warm salads, like a beet and escarole salad drizzled with a warm sherry vinaigrette. Satterfield suggests that specialty citrus like blood oranges, Meyer lemons
and cross-hybridized varieties such as tangelos and pomelos are fun to intersperse with winter vegetables to maximize brightness and freshness. A lot of winter produce can be great in raw form as well, he adds, including Brussels sprouts, rutabaga or daikon radish, shaved thinly or julienned into a salad. Winter squash is a favorite staple of the Stonger family in the cooler months. “It is easy to grow, easy to store and so deliciously sweet and rich. We roast it as a side dish, mash it as a sort of breakfast porridge or make soups and curries from it,” says Stonger. Satterfield suggests using all the parts of winter vegetables to maximize the harvest and minimize food waste. For example, the seeds of winter squashes can be roasted with herbs and spices and eaten as is, churned into other dishes such as a squash seed granola or blended and strained into a homemade broth to add some texture, fat and flavor. After roasting carrots with Moroccan spices, Satterfield suggests taking the leafy carrot tops and chopping them with cilantro and garlic to make a green sauce to crown the carrots. Swiss chard stems can also be chopped and cooked into Portuguese bread soup, with leftover stale bread made into olive oil croutons and egg whites stirred in at the end.
Winter Health Boosters
Beyond selecting seasonal produce, chefs recommend a few key dietary tweaks in winter, such as stepping up vitamin D consumption. “Since you’re not seeing a lot of sun this time of year, it’s more important to get it through colorful vegetables like carrots, cabbage or radicchio. Watermelon radishes are another winter vegetable full of vitamins,” says Binns. “You can grow your own sprouts throughout the winter as a great microgreen option. Sprouts are incredibly high in enzymes, something often lacking in other winter dishes,” suggests Stonger. “Fermented vegetables and other fermented foods can make up the difference in winter.” April Thompson is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. Connect at AprilWrites.com.
Linda Carroll on Skills That Make Love Last by Kajsa Nickels
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sychotherapist Linda Carroll was drawn into the dynamics of couples’ counseling three decades ago when she saw how in her own marriage, petty disagreements could turn into full-blown arguments with the potential for deep wounds. She and her husband Tim worked on their issues by attending workshops across the country, including Imago therapy and PAIRS (Practical Application of Intimate Relationship Skills), which were so effective that she developed a curriculum called Love Skills by combining those tools, her experience as a married person and counselor, personal training from consciousness pioneers and resources from ancient mythology and spiritual/religious traditions. She has co-taught the course with her husband for more than 25 years. Her first book, Love Cycles: The Five Essential Stages of Everlasting Love, has been translated into several languages and details stages in romantic relationships. Her new book, Love Skills: The Key to Unlocking Lasting, Wholehearted Love, is a guide to developing a relationship toolkit.
What is the Love Cycles model?
It is based on the fact that feelings of love are seasonal. Like the seasons of the year, they are a natural progression of a relationship. If you understand the seasons, you
can pass through them. All relationships are teachers. If we allow them to teach us, we become free to love deeper and better.
What is the most difficult Love Cycles stage, and why?
Each stage has its own unique challenges. For example, the first stage, the Merge, has a magic to it due to the chemical cocktail that floods your body when in the presence of your significant other. But this stage can be treacherous in that you can mistake your feelings for evidence that this is the “right” person for you. In the Power Struggle stage, feelings will have worn off and power struggles will start to show up. The third stage is Disillusionment. Differences between both of you really start to show up at this time. The fourth stage is the Decision stage. At this point, many couples find themselves wanting out. The key to making it through this stage is to remember that this, too, shall pass and to commit to working it out. It’s important to realize that life is not about getting an A+ at all times. Sometimes, we need to accept that a C- is okay; and if you do need to leave a relationship, it is possible to do it in a wholehearted way at best—at the least, to minimize damage. The fifth stage I call Wholehearted Love, a stage reached only through mindfulness and unconditional love. Because love has changing seasons, a couple will not stop at
the fifth stage forever, but getting back to this state will become easier and easier as time goes on.
What was your impetus for writing Love Skills?
I have been teaching the program for 25 years and drew from my almost 40 years as a couples therapist, many trainings all over the country and own life experiences in my relationship with my husband to compile the program. Most couples lack the skills to manage the troubles of life. There is a skill to every aspect of a relationship, especially in communication: listening, speaking, knowing when to speak and when to be silent.
Who is most likely to benefit?
The relationship you have with yourself is a core part of the Love Cycles model. If you do not have a good relationship with yourself, you cannot have a solid and meaningful relationship with another person. This is a couples’ book, although it can also be gone through by a single person if the partner is not interested in it. What I tell people is that you can only work on your part. If the other person doesn’t want to buy in or isn’t wholeheartedly on board—or at least partially willing—there is nothing that you can do about it. You need to be able to be okay and confident in yourself. You cannot change another person, but you can always change yourself.
What is one of the most important pieces of advice you have for couples?
I hope that couples come to realize that feelings of love are like clouds, always changing. A good relationship requires a skill set, which we practice whatever the feelings are. We are not born knowing how to love skillfully, but this skill set can be learned by anyone and will make you able to listen better and appreciate each other more. Kajsa Nickels is a freelance author who resides in northeastern Pennsylvania. Connect at FidelEterna45@gmail.com. February 2020
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S Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. ~Lao Tzu
omeday, medical science will allow us to infuse damaged or aging organs with new cells, or to manufacture made-to-order organs on a 3-D printer. These emerging techniques to revitalize worn-out body parts are on the drawing board in the field of regenerative medicine. However, for the injured college athlete or the grandmother with compromised joint function, healing and pain relief can already be found in the form of prolotherapy and other non-invasive approaches that stimulate the body to heal itself. Injection therapies using dextrose or the patient’s own platelets or stem cells are being used to naturally stimulate the body to produce collagen and rejuvenated tissue, offering hope to those with soft tissue injuries, osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease and even pain syndromes like fibromyalgia. A recent review in the British Medical Bulletin of 10
high-quality studies of dextrose prolotherapy in adults with mild to moderate osteoarthritis of the knee showed patients experienced significantly less pain and improved range of motion in both the short term and long term without adverse effects. Eighty-two percent of patients were satisfied with the treatment.
A type of regenerative medicine innovated by osteopathic physician Earl Gedney in the 1930s, prolotherapy induces low-grade, temporary inflammation with the intention of triggering connective tissue cells called fibroblasts in and around the injection site. “If you cut your arm or twist your ankle, various immune cells rush to the area to begin the repair process. This is a very basic comparison of what prolotherapy does with injections directed to specific anatomical points,” says Ross A. Hauser,
M.D., founder of Caring Medical Regenerative Medicine Clinics, in Fort Myers, Florida, and Chicago. “Prolotherapy is used to treat osteoarthritis because it helps correct the underlying reason why it has occurred, which is joint instability. The body overgrows bone as a long-term response in an effort to stabilize an unstable joint,” Hauser says. Naturopathic physician Brent Cameron, of Aurora Natural Medicine, in Gilbert, Arizona, suggests individualized treatment plans for best results. “My recommendations are very patientspecific, which is an important piece in prolotherapy.” Cameron says his patients are likely to start seeing relief in the first week. “In many instances, they experience complete relief and mobility after a series of treatments.” While Cameron attests to the efficacy of dextrose prolotherapy, he is cautious with recommending it for people with systemic inflammatory conditions. “Someone with a history of joint-related autoimmune response tends to mount stronger inflammatory responses. Other forms of regenerative medicine can be helpful for rheumatoid arthritis [RA], but not in the inflammation-mediated way, like prolotherapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections.” One option, according to the Institute of Regenerative Medicine, in Boca Raton, Florida, might be very small embryonic-like stem cells (VSELS), an emerging form of regenerative stem cell therapy. These have shown promise in dealing with RA and other autoimmune diseases. Meanwhile, the Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine is ramping up its research into approaches that stimulate the body to repair itself, with numerous ongoing clinical trials utilizing different injection therapies for the treatment of osteoarthritis.
The Power of Platelets
PRP injections are similar to prolotherapy, using platelets from the patient’s body instead of dextrose. “As blood flows through an injury site, the inflammatory chemicals trigger the platelets to release growth factors, which causes the torn fibers of the damaged structures to heal,” says Fort Worth osteopath Gerald Harris, of Texas Prolotherapy and Neural Therapy. PRP is sometimes used in conjunction with stem cell therapy, which is typically applied in cases in which something needs to be replaced, to help fill in gaps in ligaments or tendons, Harris says. PRP injections have proven to be effective in easing chronic low back pain from damaged vertebral discs. An overview of research published in the Journal of Spine Surgery in 2018 found it to be safe, effective and feasible, with promising potential for the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. Harris says that people that wish to avoid surgery or cortisone injections can benefit from PRP, which can also be applied topically to treat non-healing wounds like bedsores and diabetic ulcers. Harris subscribes to the power of persistence. “Don’t give up. With proper treatment there is a strong likelihood that you can live a happy, healthy life free from chronic pain.” Marlaina Donato is the author of several books and a composer. Connect at AutumnEmbersMusic.com.
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Pain Relief for Pets Prolotherapy Gives Joints New Life by Julie Peterson
rian Engler, of Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, was asked to provide hospice care for a senior Akita. Tadao was underweight, weak, arthritic and had been severely neglected. He needed a place to live out his remaining days in comfort. Even though Tadao was unstable with severely limited mobility, Engler believed that the old dog had more than a little life left in him. Engler’s veterinarian tried prolotherapy injection treatments for Tadao’s joint pain and he soon became more comfortable and gradually more active. “By the time we completed the treatments, he was able to get up and down with ease and started cruising around the kitchen looking for snacks on the counter,” says Engler. Prolotherapy, short for proliferative therapy, isn’t just for dogs. Any animal with a joint can receive the regenerative injection therapy, which relieves pain by strengthening ligaments and tendons supporting the joint. It’s minimally invasive, involving the injection of a sugar solution directly into the affected area. The body’s inflammation response kicks in, resulting in regrowth of new fibers in ligaments and tendons. Prolotherapy has been around a long
time. It was used to treat lame animals around 1350 B.C. Back then, a hot poker was used to induce the inflammation response. In the 1930s, injection of an irritant solution at the site of the injury became the new method, and has since been shown in scientific studies to facilitate the repair and regrowth of connective tissue, ligaments, tendons, cartilage and other joint-stabilizing structures. Modern prolotherapy has remained basically the same for the last 80 years, although the injected irritant solution is modified according to the veterinarian, the type of animal and the injury. Every vet uses a slightly different prolotherapy “cocktail”, which typically includes 50 percent dextrose and possibly several other ingredients the practitioner finds useful, such as saline, vitamin B12, lidocaine and homeopathic combinations. Some vets also offer platelet-rich plasma or stem cells in the injection mixture. “Prolotherapy offers an effective alternative to surgery in a significant number of partial ligament tears or persistent joint pain issues,” says Judith M. Shoemaker, DVM, owner of Always Helpful Veterinary Services, in Nottingham, Pennsylvania. “It’s quite inexpensive and the success rate is very good. Many
animals respond after just a few treatments.” Shoemaker typically does prolotherapy treatments in three- to five-week intervals until the joint heals. She also looks to correct the underlying issues of the problem. “Joints don’t get torn up with normal movement,” she says. Animals may have joint issues from falling, but other causes include overweight, long toenails or chiropractic issues. Prolotherapy stabilizes joints after an injury and achieves pain-free motion, but it’s only successful if the cause of the injury is remedied. “Prolotherapy is a very important tool in integrative veterinary care, but it’s not a panacea, and it’s never a stand-alone treatment,” says Christin Finn, DVM, owner of the Canine Rehabilitation & Integrative Veterinary Center, in Kingston, Washington. “It’s part of a combination of integrative treatments based on what is best for your pet.” The right balance of treatments to help an animal feel comfortable could include laser therapy, osteopathic manipulation, acupuncture, physical therapy, custom braces, prolotherapy or rest. Using prolotherapy in conjunction with other posture-correcting and integrative therapies is a win for pets and their owners. Surgery is fraught with complications and expensive. When prolotherapy is used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan, animals can recover from injuries that may have been debilitating or even fatal. Ivey Sumrell’s Irish sport horse recovered from a severe injury. At 8 years old, Johnny was bitten on the neck by a stallion. “His neck became unstable and he had severe problems walking,” says Sumrell, of Tryon, North Carolina. “Ultrasound-guided prolotherapy was done three times to all of his neck joints.” Johnny was able to be ridden and lived to be 22. And Tadao, the dog that was expected to die in hospice care a year ago, is enjoying life. He’s now well-nourished and loved, and painlessly goes for walks and plays at the park. “Tadao is the poster child for what prolotherapy can do,” says Engler. Julie Peterson writes about health and environmental issues. Reach her at JuliePeterson2222@gmail.com.
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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1 Psychic Saturday - 10:30am-1pm. Readings and Healings, 15-minute readings $20. Vibrational Healing, Love Donation. Gift certificates available. Sarasota Center of Light. 852 S Tuttle Ave., 941-953-6620, SarasotaCenterOfLight.com. Reiki I Attunement and Certification Class 12noon-5pm. The first in three levels of Usui Reiki. An ancient art of hands-on healing handed down lineage to lineage. This is a class for an initiate into the frequencies of powerful healing arts. $122/class. ($111 each for 4 classes.) At Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. in Sarasota. For info/questions call Rev. Zan Benham, 941-586-9087.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2 ECK Light and Sound Service - 11am-noon. Attitudes Create Your World. Much of the trouble we have in life is due to long-standing negative attitudes that created these rough spots. Divine Spirit may dispel some, while others are Soul’s to work through to gain purification and the consciousness of what It is. Free. LaQuinta Inn & Suites, 812 Kings Highway, Port Charlotte, 941-358-0325, Meetup. com/EckankarInSarasota. Have you been mystified when bad things happened to good people? Share questions on this with others at Eckankarblog.org
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4 The Four Agreements - Feb 4, Feb 11, Feb 18, and Mar 3. This class series is based on the teachings of the book, The Four Agreements, written by Don Miguel Ruiz. Each of these classes are important and experiencing all of them will make a profound difference in your life. Through your participation in this series you are setting an intention to create new agreements which bring freedom and transcendence from fear and personal limitations. See each class description under above dates. $15/class. Sarasota Center of Light. 852 S Tuttle Ave., 941-953-6620, SarasotaCenterOfLight.com.
The Four Agreements: The First Agreement, Be Impeccable with Your Word - 7-8:30pm. With Joan Volpe. This class is based on the teachings of the book, The Four Agreements, written by Don Miguel Ruiz. Your word is the power to create; the gift that comes directly from God. Join us for discussion and experiential exercises to understand the power of the Word and the limitations we have accepted through our developing years. $15. Sarasota Center of Light. 852 S Tuttle Ave., 941-953-6620, SarasotaCenterOfLight.com.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5 “Experience Higher Consciousness” w/ Frank Difilia - 6:30-8pm. Join Frank and learn how to live a more peaceful and fulfilling life by experiencing a higher state of awareness and presence in the here and now. Frank Difilia is a psychotherapist with a master’s degree in Psychoanalytic Studies and also a Certified Hypnotherapist. He has taught meditation and conducted individual and group Past Life Regressions. This workshop will explore the ideas and techniques of Alan Watts (Zen), Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now), Joel Goldsmith (The Infinite Way), and Osho for achieving a continuous state of bliss filled higher consciousness. You will learn to meditate and escape your everyday worries and concerns. $25. Elysian Fields, 1273 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 941-361-3006, Info@ElysianFieldsOnline.com. Creating Transformation & Change, Part 3 of 6 - 7 to 8:30pm. Attending this Part 3 session will be quite valuable, even if you missed parts 1 & 2. Come and share in the energy of these inspiring teachings, to kick-start your life in the new year with renewed positivity and shift in your awareness. Caroline and Paul Crawford with their team of Infinite Intelligence, will assist you to gain a deeper understanding of these easy to integrate Universal Laws of Allowing, Attraction and more. Feel a stronger connection to your inner guidance to achieve your heart’s desires. $20 donation is requested. Session 4 will be on Feb.19th. Reservations call or text 941-402-9508. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota. CMFSarasota.org, Facebook: CMF of Sarasota, PaulCrawford-TimelessTeachings.com.
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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7 Gallery by Advanced Student Mediums - 7-9pm. On this night a number of our advanced student mediums will present a Spirit Messages Gallery, supported by two of our certified Spirit Mediums. Each attendee will have the opportunity to receive information from their spirit loved ones or guides, by the different styles of each student. Come and enjoy this fun and informative evening. $10 donation is requested. See FREE COUPON for 1st time attendees, on our Facebook site. CMFSarasota. org, Facebook: CMF of Sarasota, Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota, 941-266-8435.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8 Books & Spirit Art – Enrichment Day - 10am5pm. A delightful day of exploration, education, and experience into Spirit Art and Artists, Metaphysical and Spiritual Books, Writers and Writing: Intuitive Bubble Art, Poetry & Prose, Intro to Tai Chi & Chi Gong, Secrets of Your Life Path, Understanding the Afterlife, How to Auto Write, The Art and Aesthetics of Altar Design, The Art of Making Dream Catchers. $12 each. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@ VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. Experience HU, the Sound of Soul - 11am-noon. Chanting HU can bring you peace, calm, and harmony, regardless of your religion, culture, or walk of life. There will be 15-20 minutes of chanting followed by 2-5 minutes of quiet contemplation, then sharing of spiritual thoughts and experiences with light refreshments. Free.Visit Eckankarblog.org/ sound-of-soul for a video and further explanation of the Sound of Soul. Jacaranda Library, Conference Rm, Venice, 941-358-0325, Meetup.com/EckankarInSarasota. For increased awareness on profound topics such as life after death, relationships, and more, go to Eckankarblog.org
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Private Sessions: Counseling, Energy Work, Reiki, Hypnosis, Past Life Regression, Soul Retrieval, Intuitive and Oracle Card Readings Tuesdays On-going – Mastering the Law of Attraction, 7-9pm Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd. Sun. Feb. 23 – Universal Service, 10:30am Reiki Saturday Series R. I – Feb. 1, R. II – Feb. 15, R. III – Mar. 7, Attunement – Mar. 14 Both at Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd., Sarasota Rev. Zan Benham (Butterfly Deerwoman) www.woman-spirit.com • Zan@woman-spirit.com • 941-922-7839 Visionary • Intuitive Counselor • Shamanism • Reiki Master Teacher • Ceremonialist • Reader
Cannabis Cooking Class at Point Lumineux Valentines Chocolates - 1pm. Join us for an hour and a half of fun!! You now have your MMJ card and you may already know how to vape, dab, smoke... let us teach you how to ingest medical marijuana. $30 class fee includes ingredients to make chocolates, including essential oils for special flavoring, decorative molds to make your chocolates, recipe, whisk, and spatula to take home (participants must provide your own mmj concentrate product for this workshop) and dosing information. *All registered UV participants must have a valid Florida MMJ card and must provide their own mmj product for this workshop. Cooking Mamas is not responsible for any adverse reactions or actions following the workshop. Point Lumineux, 2206 Jo An Drive, Ste 4, Sarasota.
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Unity in Spirit – Networking & Conversations - 12-1:30pm. Valentines Tea Party - The Spirit University cordially invites you to the Unity in Spirit networking & conversations gathering! This event is to connect the different spiritual centers here in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, exchange ideas, do some networking, break down barriers, and work together to build a brighter future. We look forward to assisting the spiritual communities of Sarasota and Manatee and making them stronger! Please RSVP by Monday, February 10th including how many attendees. $15. Elixir Tea House, 1926 Hillview St, Sarasota, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com.
Fairy Gardens - 7-9pm. Spiritual Artist and Intuitive, Tammy Kubiak, has been working with fairies during the past 3 years with very satisfying results. She will show the students how to create their own special fairy garden, and to connect with them as well. All supplies needed are provided, but if you have a favorite crystal or figurine you would like to incorporate, then you are encouraged to bring it with you. $20 donation requested. Reservations please by February 7th. Call or text 941-539-9703. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota, CMFSarasota.org, Facebook is CMF of Sarasota.
Audience with Caroline Crawford - 2 to 4pm. British born International Medium Caroline Crawford, conveys messages from the spirit world with both clarity and conviction in a rare and profound way. This highly gifted Medium brings messages from your loved ones that are inspirational and uplifting to touch your heart, bringing a renewed sense of awakening through the heart and soul. This event will include an inspirational talk, and a Divine Light Transmission to cleanse and align your energies. You are warmly invited to join us for an uplifting and inspiring afternoon. $20 donation requested. Reservations recommended. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, at our new location: 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota, 941-266-8435. More info, CarolineCrawford.org , Facebook: Caroline Crawford - Timeless Teachings, or CMFSarasota.org, Facebook: CMF of Sarasota.
Shamanic Stone Divination - 6-8pm. Discover how to use the most powerful tool in existence for their own personal guidance (your own intuition!), but they have FUN doing it! Gone are the days of dry, boring and often times, intimidating lectures and workshops. NOW is the time to bring more JOY into the process of self-discovery and soul growth and this workshop does just that. And the best part is that no prior experience is needed! With Vicky Edgerly. $29, includes pouch of stones. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com.
Romanticism Throughout the Ages: An Expression through Music, History & Literature -2:30pm. Eleonora Lvov, internationally acclaimed Russian virtuoso, plays a broad spectrum of music – with the artist’s own personal impressions and historical remarks. The program includes magnificent works from Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt to the inimitable enchantment & power of Rachmaninov and Gershwin among others, performed by Ms Lvov with incomparable elegance, passion and tenderness. Experience romance and poetry with this luminous, boldly emotive pianist with staggering technique who emanates ardent passion and spirituality through music. Selby Public Library – Geldbart Auditorium, 1331 1st St, Sarasota, 941358-0235, EleonoraLvov.com.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9 Release Embedded Emotions Past & Present 1-2pm. Depressed? Often Anxious? This may be caused by a hidden emotion. The divine has assisted me with the ability to pinpoint trapped emotions as well as the day on which they were embedded in your body. By using healing energy and with your readiness to release them, we do some energy work and they are gone. You may now be freed from this blockage offering you the possibility of a healthier, happier life. With Ann Bliss. $15. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com.
The Four Agreements: The Second Agreement, Don’t Take Anything Personally - 7-8:30pm. With Carolan Carey. In this workshop, we will learn how to stop taking each hurtful remark and criticism thrown at us as truth. If we accept any mean comments that are thrown at us, then we are allowing the “ME” in us to take over. Comments are a reflection of the commentator’s reality, not yours. $15. Sarasota Center of Light. 852 S Tuttle Ave., 941-953-6620, SarasotaCenterOfLight.com.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12 Join us for a Cool Night Out at Point Lumineux - 5-7pm. CoolSculpting Event - Sponsored by Allergan. We will be performing demonstrations on a few different procedures and you will be given the opportunity to sit in on scheduled consultations to answer any additional questions you may have. This is a Free Event! We’ll have a raffle to win up to two free cycles, a $1,500 value, and we’ll offer special pricing to anyone who signs up for CoolSculpting procedures that evening. Also, we’re so excited to announce we’re now offering financing through Green Sky Financing. RSVP and learn everything you need to know about the CoolSculpting procedure. Call 941-217-6828 to schedule your consultation and reserve your spot today! Point Lumineux, 2206 Jo An Drive, Ste 4, Sarasota.
Sierra Club’s General Meeting - 7pm. Speaker: Dr. Uzi Baram Professor of Anthropology Topic: Rising Sea Levels and Cultural Heritage on Florida’s Gulf Coast faces a crisis with rising sea levels, with potential loss of thousands of historical and archaeological sites. Sarasota Garden Club, 1131 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14 Guided Energy Harmonizing Meditation 6-7:15pm. Be renewed as you are guided through dynamic hands-on energy harmonizing that you apply to your own body. Profound relaxation, quiet mind, pain relief, and more. Register by 4pm. $18/class, $60/5 classes prepay. Cash or check. Suncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu, 820 Central Ave, Sarasota. Contact: Michelle 941-2282972, Michelle@Suncoastjsj.com, Suncoastjsj.com.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15 Celestial Mystical Fair - 11am-4pm. Come and learn what Spring & Summer have in store for you. Relax in this spiritual oasis. Experienced mediums available. 20 min. reading/$25 donation. We will also have crystal bowl healer/reader, card readers and healers working. Plus, we will offer pendulums, homemade essential oil health blends and crafts plus other hand-made gifts for sale. Come for the fun and to benefit from any one or several of the services being offered. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota, 941-266-8435, CMFSarasota.org, Facebook is CMF of Sarasota. Reiki II Attunement and Certification Class 12noon-5pm. The second in three levels of Usui Reiki. An ancient art of hands-on healing handed down lineage to lineage. This is a class for an initiate into the frequencies of powerful healing arts. $122/class. At Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. in Sarasota. For info/questions call Rev. Zan Benham, 941-586-9087. The 12 Kinds of Body Function Energy - 1-5pm. Learn your personal body function energy flows: what they are; where they flow; what they do; how they affect your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being; their relationships to numerology and astrology; what stresses them; and how to harmonize them! Part 1 on Feb 15. Part 2 on Mar 7. Take one or both parts. Space is limited. Early bird rate is $75 if you pay by Feb 7. Investment is $88 after Feb 7. Suncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu, 820 Central Ave, Sarasota. Contact: Michelle 941-228-2972, Michelle@Suncoastjsj.com, Suncoastjsj.com.
Harmonic Polarities: The Yin Yang of the Feminine/Masculine - 1-3pm. Come find out how the divine dance of the stars is more inclusive of the Feminine force than might be immediately noticeable. Although Venus and Moon have primarily been the only traditional planets arguably associated with the Feminine, the language of the zodiac and planets is actually quite ripe with symbolism that includes many representations of such a force, in addition to the complementary Masculine energy with which it integrates. With Nathaniel Glosson. $29. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman. com, TheSpiritUniversity.com.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16 Experience HU, the Sound of Soul - 10-11am Chanting HU can bring you peace, calm, and harmony, regardless of your religion, culture, or walk of life. There will be 15-20 minutes of chanting followed by 2-5 minutes of quiet contemplation, then sharing of spiritual thoughts and experiences with light refreshments. Free.Visit Eckankarblog. org/sound-of-soul for a video and further explanation of the Sound of Soul. ECKANKAR Center and Reading Room, 3650F Webber St., Sarasota, 941358-0325, Meetup.com/EckankarInSarasota. What about the spiritual aspects of health and healing? Take your search to Eckankarblog.org The Rockin’ Kirtan Band Joins CSL Cultural Coast - 11am. With their unique blend of ancient Sanskrit chants and everyone’s favorite PeaceLove & Rock-n-Roll, join us for a unique spiritual experience! Sarasota Garden Club, 1131 Blvd of the Arts contact Rev. Theresa Fieberts 941-376-0177, CSLCulturalCoast.org. Sunday Afternoon Healing Outreach - 1-2pm. Be our guest and receive an energetic healing in a loving atmosphere of friendship, honor, positive energy & devotion. Open-to-everyone. Energetic healing works on different levels of your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual being, enhancing everything in life. One of the greatest health benefits may be stress reduction and relaxation, which triggers the body’s natural healing abilities (immune system), aids in better sleep, and enhances overall well-being. With Richard Powell. $15. Suggested Donation. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman. com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. Abundance Revolution Workshop - 1-4pm. Create Greater Abundance with Ease and Flow! When you begin understanding and applying the Universal Laws of Creation and the tools that are part of this program you will begin experiencing more abundance in every aspect of your life. Participants have reported a heightened feeling of abundance, a greater sense of security and self-confidence and an overall sense of well-being. create greater abundance, success in your life. Not in years, but in weeks and days. With Annindita Palaus. $99/ advance, $129/ATD. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota,941-544-5874, Light@ VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com.
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Conversations with Mikka - 6-7:30pm. Full Spectrum Health is hosting open, informal small group conversations about nutrition with Mikka Knapp, RDN the third Monday of each month. Come curious. Bring questions! RSVP 941-9521200. Full Spectrum Health is located in the Gulf Gate area, 2106 Bispham Road Sarasota. Healthy snacks provided. Learn more about Mikka at BrightBodyNutrition.com.
Viva La Breathing - 6:30-8:45pm. Intro to Feldenkrais® & TOUCH TO INFORM Seminars-concepts from the FM with applications for LMTs, coaches, educators 941.360.2248 www.feldenkraisinsarasota.com BREATHING, moving your CORE from the inside. Release tension in the diaphragm, ribs, improve posture, action. 5317 Fruitville Road, 941360-2248, FeldenkraisInSarasota.com.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18 The Four Agreements: The Third Agreement, Don’t Make Assumptions - 7-8:30pm. With Gerry Greig. The course starts with the last paragraph of the third agreement. “What you need comes to you easily because Spirit moves freely through you. This is the mastery of intent, …… This is the path to personal freedom. Explore how our view of life and our discernment and other awareness help create freedom and presence within you and your experience. $15. Sarasota Center of Light. 852 S Tuttle Ave., 941-953-6620, SarasotaCenterOfLight.com.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19 Mudra Meditation - 11:30am-12:30pm. In guided meditation format, you practice mudras (finger poses) to ease tension & stress; quiet your mind; connect with your inner joy & serenity and more! In 1912 Jiro Murai used these mudras to prove that they release circulation blockages & he was cured of a terminal illness. This was the beginning of Jin Shin Jyutsu® as we know it today! Register by 10am, the day of the meditation. Only $10! Cash or check. Suncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu, 820 Central Ave, Sarasota. Contact: Michelle 941-228-2972, Michelle@ Suncoastjsj.com, Suncoastjsj.com. ECK Wisdom on Spiritual Freedom - 6-7pm. What Is the Secret of True Freedom? Are you everything you want to be? You came into this life to spread your wings and live in freedom– heart, mind, and Soul! We will be discussing various tools described in the new book ECK Wisdom on Spiritual Freedom, which will be given, as a gift to attendees.Free. ECKANKAR Center and Reading Room, 3650 F Webber St., Sarasota, 941-358-0325, Meetup.com/EckankarInSarasota. Have you been looking for ways to overcome fear? Others share their experiences at Eckankarblog.org. “Empath Survival Skills” w/ Julie Klutinoty - 6:30- 8pm. Do you feel fatigue on a regular basis? Do you experience ‘brain fog’ or feel like you can’t get enough ‘space’ to yourself? This Level 1 workshop explores the varieties of energies sensed by Empaths, or highly sensitive people. You will receive take home tools to create your own Energetic Hygiene Kit. Learn how to clear & rid yourself of lower vibrational energies. Find out how to Hold Space & Stay Vital as you move forward & bring your focus to fostering your own vibrational health & well-being. Stay connected to your True Self, Love! $25. Elysian Fields, 1273 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 941-3613006, Info@ElysianFieldsOnline.com.
All About Your Dreams - 7-9pm. Have you had a dream that felt like it meant something more? One with objects and themes that felt deep, but left you wondering what it is all about? Hopefully the dream was clear enough for you to write it down, to further explore. Once we begin to understand our dreams, it can help us greatly to continue our life path. In this class, Intuitive and Medium Cheryl Buchanan with 22 years’ experience, will explore the dream with your spirit guide or loved one, to interpret the possible deeper meaning. So, bring your journal, share your dream and let’s explain it. $15 donation requested. Reservations please. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota, text or call 937-418-7068, CMFSarasota.org, Facebook is CMF of Sarasota.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22 Moving from, Thru CORE. TOUCH TO INFORM Seminar - 9:30am-5pm. Discover your skeleton as a source of balance, your pelvis/torso is a powerful engine that allows you to move efficiently. Discover the relationship w pelvis, spine. Enhance SITTING & Action. Ionie’s, 941-360-2248, FeldenkraisInSarasota.com. Mastery Training - 10am-5pm, Feb 22nd & 23rd. With Deborah Mills. Live more deeply into the truth of who you really are and leave behind all that no longer serves your highest purpose and expression of being. This unique and powerful experiential workshop will upgrade your operating systems and deeply awaken your potential within to live your part of the divine plan for personal and planetary evolution. Deborah is a gifted healer, medical intuitive and spiritual guide who has been teaching workshops on Healing and Awakening Consciousness for over 20 years. $275. Register at SoulFocusedHealing.com or contact Ariyana at Optimume@gmail.com or 941-321-9770. Lumina Health, 2301 Porter Lake Drive, Sarasota. Roaring 20’s – Spiritualism Psychic Faire -11am4pm. Jazzy intuitive readers, speak easy lectures all day long, swanky live music, big cheese photo booth, hoofer dancing, billet readings, workshop with Victoria Ackerman and heebie-jeebies seance demo. Readings, Healings are 15 minutes, so you have plenty of time to sample multiple styles. Whether you’re well acquainted with the wonderful world of Spirit, or just beginning your journey, this is a perfect opportunity to learn, connect, grow. $5 entry fee. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman. com, TheSpiritUniversity.com.
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Spiritual Discussion - 11am-noon. Have You Had a Spiritual Experience? Come share and learn more about spiritual experiences such as coincidences, guidance from departed ones or angels, dreams, past lives, and soul travel. These topics come from the Spiritual Experiences Guidebook which will be given as a gift to attendees. Free. Mid County Regional Library, Meeting Room B, 2050 Forest Nelson Blvd., Port Charlotte, 941-3580325, Meetup.com/EckankarInSarasota. Have you experienced strong intuitions and inner guidance? Wondered about past lives? Others who have share at Eckankarblog.org.
Aya Despacho – A Sacred Shamanic Grief Ceremony - 1-3pm. This is a beautiful and very moving ceremony where we come together in the spirit of community to celebrate the life of someone recently departed or passing to bring balance and energetic closure. We will build a “Despacho” (a prayer bundle) consisting of layers of various elemental ingredients that have been infused with our own personal prayers, hopes and wishes for our loved ones who have crossed the Rainbow Bridge to the Afterlife. With Vicky Edgerly. $20, all supplies included. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@ VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com.
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Angelle Peace & Kim Belew at CSL Cultural Coast - Inspirational Speakers, Musicians/SingerSongwriters and Spoken Word Artists return to ignite your highest and best possibilities! Last year’s appearance had our audience laughing and crying, transforming while being entertained - don’t miss this opportunity! Watch our website/FB for info on possible House Concert or workshop. Contact Rev. Theresa Fieberts 941-376-0177, CSLCulturalCoast.org.
Free Medical Cannabis Educational Event - Sponsored by Muv, Trulieve, Surterra - 5:308pm. Please join us for our informational event. Here, you will find answers to your questions, obtain product knowledge, and speak with our doctors in reference to consultations – now available to clients who qualify at Point Lumineux! We are excited about this educational seminar sponsored by Muv, Trulieve & Surterra. We hope to see you there! Event Sponsors Muv, Trulieve & Surterra will be providing food! Call 941-217-6828 to register, Point Lumineux, 2206 Jo An Drive, Ste 4, Sarasota.
4 Steps to Manifesting Your Soul Mate - 10am5pm. Disappointed in love? Ready to meet the One? Learn the 7 types of soulmates, how to attract your dream partner, clear blocks and negative beliefs, reprogram your subconscious and more! Fun and interactive! For more information, email Indiratheta@ gmail.com or call 406 600-4138. The Universal Service -10:30am. This weekly egalitarian worship service celebrate all of humanity’s religions and spiritual traditions on a single altar. Reverends rotate leading the services each week. Rev. Zan Benham will officiate this one and her talk is on “Continuing to Hold The Light, The Love and The Joy.” Something for everybody. At Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, RisingTideInternational.org, Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839. ECK Light and Sound Service - 11am-noon. Thriving Spiritually in the World Today. Spiritual life is not meant to end problems which are opportunities for Soul’s unfoldment. The spiritual student develops the inner link with the ECK, the Holy Spirit, the Supreme Creative Force that guides him around all the blocks in his path that once defeated him. Free. ECKANKAR Center and Reading Room, 3650F Webber St., Sarasota, 941-358-0325, Meetup.com/EckankarInSarasota. Have you wished you had used love instead of anger but didn’t know how? Find out ways others have accomplished that at Eckankarblog.org. Meet the Author Workshop and Book Signing with Debra Diamond - 12-2pm. Join Author Dr. Debra Diamond for an inspiring talk about what really happens in the afterlife. A well-known speaker and author Debra Diamond, Ph.D., a gifted psychic/ medium and medical intuitive, will offer insights from her years as a medium and “death doula,” working with hospice patients in transition. Debra was gifted with her abilities as a child but became a top-ranked Wall Street Money Manager, regular CNBC commentator and Professor at Johns Hopkins U. before deciding to pursue a life of service and spirituality. She is committed to helping others and assisting through Spirit. The workshop fee is $5. Held at Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota. DebraDiamondPsychic.com.
Deepening Your Mediumistic Connection with Spirit - 7-9pm. With world renowned medium Richard Schoeller, Join Richard for an exploration and experience of connecting to Spirit, becoming more clearly aware of the inspiration and information being shared and how it can be expressed for the greatest benefit for yourself and each and all. All levels welcome. $30. Sarasota Center of Light. 852 S Tuttle Ave., 941-953-6620, SarasotaCenterOfLight.com.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26 Psychic/Medium and Author Dr. Debra Diamond Presents Near Death Experiences -The Real Story - 4:30-6:30pm. Well known speaker and author Debra Diamond, Ph.D., a gifted psychic/medium and medical intuitive, will offer insights from her years as a medium and author working with near-death experiencers. You will learn; the elements of a neardeath experience, the circumstances that give rise to an NDE, the unmistakable connections between the energetic world and the NDE, the role of manifestation and intention and NDE. Debra was gifted with her abilities as a child but became a top-ranked Wall Street Money Manager, regular CNBC commentator and Professor at Johns Hopkins U. before deciding to pursue a life of service and spirituality. She is dedicated to the empowerment of her clients. Workshop Fee $5. Held at Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota. DebraDiamondPsychic.com.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27 Canoe Journey – A Group Meditation Experience - 6-7pm. We will travel along the beat of the drum in “canoe(s)” together, over a waterfall and down into the lower world where the animal kingdom resides. This is a magical and mystical journey where you can experience the beauty of human connection with your traveling companions. Fellowship, sharing our visions and grounding our experience into this physical plane. With Vicky Edgerly, $10. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman. com, TheSpiritUniversity.com.
classifieds SERVICES HOUSECLEANING. Enjoy your free time and let us do what we do best: Housecleaning to your healthy satisfaction. Call Paula for a free estimate 941-320-4052. Divining Rods - 7-9pm. Tammy Kubiak will be providing a brief history of divining rods, explaining the many purposes they can be used for. She will demonstrate to the student how to construct his/her own divining rods, and then coach each one in how to use them most effectively. Tammy will provide all the supplies needed for creating a set of divining rods to call your own. $20 donation requested. Reservations please by February 20th. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota, text or call 941-539-9703, CMFSarasota. org, Facebook is CMF of Sarasota.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28 An Evening of Mediumship - 7pm. With world renowned medium Richard Schoeller. Join us in our Sanctuary for a wonderful evening of fellowship, connection and Spirit Communication with Richard Schoeller. He will be demonstrating mediumship and sharing messages from the Spiritual Realm, offering as many messages to as many as possible of those who are present. $15. Sarasota Center of Light. 852 S Tuttle Ave., 941-953-6620, SarasotaCenterOfLight.com.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29 Meditation Mastery – Level 2 - 10am-1pm.The Meditation Mastery Level 2 workshop is meant to be for the more advanced meditation practitioner. Preferably one who have taken the Level 1 workshop previously. This workshop with aimed towards developing your intuition and “clair” abilities to get more clearer messages from your inner reservoir of knowledge and wisdom that is timeless and omnipresent. Learn to Develop Intuition, Create Positive Inner Voice, Problem Solving, & Remote Viewing. With Annindita Palausis. $125/advance, $149/ATD. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. Amp Up Your “QI” With Dee - 1-4pm. Participants will be learning, participating and practicing, ancient Chinese Qi Gong healing exercise forms. Moving meditation, breath work, Qigong exercise, and intentions comprise the “work” done during this workshop. The workshop will end with a prayer circle using the nine-breath method. (Speciﬁc breathing technique done by monks). With Denise Duquette. $20. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. Past Life Regression - 1-3pm. Hypnotist and pastlife reader Susan Spiezio will be conducting this group past life regression session. Feel free to bring pillows, blankets, or anything that would make you feel more comfortable while lying on the carpeted floor. Chairs will also be provided. A short discus-
sion will follow for anyone who wishes to discuss their experience. $15 donation requested. More info from Susan at 941-807-4624. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota. More info from Susan at 941-807-4624, CMFSarasota.org, Facebook is CMF of Sarasota.
land Clinic. Facilitated by Laura Garrison, Ph.D., (trained by the founder of TRIM-LIFE.) Designed for those who have ‘failed at every diet.’ Begins March 4 in Sarasota. Info and registration: La-Alza.com.
The Divine Balance of Masculine / Feminine in Astrology - 3-5pm. Come find out how the divine dance of the stars is more inclusive of the Feminine force than might be immediately noticeable. Although Venus and Moon have primarily been the only traditional planets arguably associated with the Feminine, the language of the zodiac and planets is actually quite ripe with symbolism that includes many representations of such a force, in addition to the complementary Masculine energy with which it integrates. With Nathaniel Glosson. $29. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com.
7 Signs You Are Highly Intuitive - 6:30-8pm. Awaken Intuition and Use It. How sensitive to other’s energies are you? Do you know what manifest really means? How can this be revealing to help self or others? A lecture that keeps audience involved, revealing the intuitive, empathic self within. Through a series of visual and participation they will soon realize what they can truly feel. With Karen Webster. $20. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@ VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com.
SUNDAY, MARCH 1 Vibration-Raising TSU Community Potluck 12-1:30pm. Come to a get together of light minds and hearts in a casual environment with a welcoming group. Bring your favorite dish. This event will be held directly after the Sunday Celebration (held from 10:30am to 12pm). Bring your instruments if you wish to join in. You’ll find people to connect with through spirit, music, and food. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. Sunday Afternoon Healing Outreach - 1-2pm. Be our guest and receive an energetic healing in a loving atmosphere of friendship, honor, positive energy & devotion. Open-to-everyone. Energetic healing works on different levels of your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual being, enhancing everything in life. One of the greatest health benefits may be stress reduction and relaxation, which triggers the body’s natural healing abilities (immune system), aids in better sleep, and enhances overall well-being. With Richard Powell. $15 Suggested Donation. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman. com, TheSpiritUniversity.com.
TUESDAY, MARCH 3 The Four Agreements: The Fourth Agreement, Always Do Your Best - 7-8:30pm. With Rev Jim Toole. The fourth agreement is about the action of the first three. It shows you how to put the first three into practice. This agreement is to always do your best, even if your best constantly changes. This final agreement will help you to increase the power of the other agreements, while freeing yourself from old patterns. $15. Sarasota Center of Light. 852 S Tuttle Ave., 941-953-6620, SarasotaCenterOfLight.com.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4 TRIM-LIFE 6-Week Integrative Medical Weight Management Program - As offered by the Cleve-
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SATURDAY, MARCH 7 Reiki III Master Attunement and Certification Class - 12noon-5pm. The third Master level of Usui Reiki. An ancient art of hands-on healing handed down lineage to lineage. This is a class for an initiate into the frequencies of this powerful healing arts. $122/class. At Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. in Sarasota. For info/questions call Rev. Zan Benham, 941-586-9087. The 12 Kinds of Body Function Energy - 1-5pm. Learn your personal body function energy flows: what they are; where they flow; what they do; how they affect your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being; their relationships to numerology and astrology; what stresses them; and how to harmonize them! Part 1 on Feb 15. Part 2 on Mar 7. Take one or both parts. Space is limited. Early bird rate is $75 if you pay by Feb 28. Investment is $88 after Feb 28. Suncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu, 820 Central Ave, Sarasota. Contact: Michelle 941-2282972, Michelle@Suncoastjsj.com, Suncoastjsj.com
MONDAY, MARCH 9 The Gifts of Imperfection Monthly Group 6-8pm, every second Monday (March-December). Based on the research of Brené Brown, Ph.D. and the book “The Gifts of Imperfection.” This group is for anyone who is interested in letting go of perfectionism and “who you think you’re supposed to be and embracing who you are.” Each group will cover one of the guideposts from the book, give you an opportunity to create an imperfect project, and offer ways to strengthen the practice of courage, compassion and connection. No art experience necessary, registration required, space limited. $75/ month. Creative Counseling Solutions of Sarasota, Inc. 2803 Fruitville Road, Suite 137, Sarasota, 941932-1134, CreativeCounselingSRQ.org. Contact Natalie Lampkin, LMHC, CDWF for more details.
SATURDAY, MARCH 14 The Finale Attunement Class - 12noon-5pm. This Master class brings it all together. It expands on the art and frequency of the Reiki Master Practitioner. This ancient hands-on healing art is as good and powerful as its perceiver. An opportunity here to get out of the way and let spirit take over. Handed down lineage to lineage this is a class for the initiate. $122. At Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. in Sarasota. For info/ questions call Rev. Zan Benham, 941-586-9087.
on going events
sunday Sunday Morning Wake up Class - 9am. With David Hawkins. Think outside the box and find new answers. Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota, 941-955-3301. Nia - 10am. With Becky. Say yes to living well with Nia: a blend of the dance, martial, and healing arts. Also Wednesdays and Fridays at 9am. All classes only $10! Wild Ginger Apothecary in Gulf Gate, 6557 Superior Avenue. 941-312-5630, WildGingerApothecary.com. Unity of Sarasota - 10-10:15am meditation before the 10:30 service. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-955-3301, UnityOfSarasota.org. Sunday Service at CMF - 10:30am. Please join us each Sunday morning for spiritual healing, an inspirational talk, special music and messages from spirit. Leave refreshed and inspired to start the new week. We feature a variety of speakers and spirit message bearers throughout the year. Refreshments and fellowship period follow the service. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Dr., Suite 204, Sarasota. 941-266-8435, CMFSarasota. org, Facebook: CMF of Sarasota. Sunday Celebration - 10:30am-12pm. Join us for a beautiful celebration each Sunday in the Spiritualist tradition. We begin with healings at 10:30am, followed by inspirational trance lectures at 11am. Each service is ended with inspiring and uplifting Spirit Messages. We invite people of all faiths and backgrounds. With Rev. Mary Linn Clarke and Rev. Thomas Clarke. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. Universal Service -10:30am. This weekly egalitarian worship service celebrates all of humanity’s religions and spiritual traditions on a single altar. Scriptures, songs, prayers, chants, and offerings from each religious tradition are accompanied with universalist prayers that honor all faiths as lights serving humanity’s unfoldment. Different officiates/ Cherags rotate on leading the services each week. At Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839, RisingTideInternational.org. Unity of Sarasota- 10:30am. The uplifting service begins with music and a powerful talk by Rev. Dr. Suzi Schadle with music by Rob Satori. All are welcome. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-955-3301, UnityOfSarasota.org. Sunday Morning Celebration Service - 11am. (Spiritual Healing available 10:30–11am). We celebrate life in an uplifting and inspirational morning service that includes singing, music, a guided meditation, greeting of the community and an inspirational talk by Rev. Jim Toole. Vibrational Healing - 10:30 – 11am in the sanctuary. Enjoy the energy, fellowship and inspiration of this Spiritual Community. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, SarasotaCenterOfLight.com. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light Sunday Services - 10:30am. Open Heart Divine Healing Service with Rev Sharon-Elizabeth James (1st Sunday of the month). Rev. Eric Watrous, Connecting with Angels, Masters and Teachers (2nd Sunday of the month), Rev. Molly Friedenfeld, Inspirational Sunday (3rd Sunday of the month), Rev. Mary Gemming, Ph.D., Ascended Master Teachings (4th Sunday of
the month). Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-3719333, CCOSL.com.
The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com.
Center for Spiritual Living Cultural Coast 11am. Join us the first Sunday each month for a contemplative/meditative experience. The rest of the month is a bit more lively - always an inspiring message based on the Science of Mind (New Thought) philosophy, featuring local & internationally known musicians. Sarasota Garden Club, 1131 Blvd of the Arts, Contact Rev. Theresa Fieberts 941-376-0177, CSLCulturalCoast.org.
Learning to Connect Classes at CMF - 7-9pm. Join Susan Houliston and guest instructors every Monday & Tuesday to learn techniques for connecting with Spirit. Students are given the opportunity to practice lessons to develop their skills and each class will end with healings by the “WE” for all attending. Discussion and refreshments follow. $10 donation is requested. Please refer to the CMF website CMFSarasota.org for description of the programs offered for each weekly class, or call Susan at 941-266-1696. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota.
Sunday Evening Celebration Service - 7pm. Our evening service is special for the Spirit communication offered by our Pastor, Rev. Jim Toole, one of our mediums, or a guest medium. Experience the inspiration and joy as we come together for an inspirational talk, singing, music, prayer and celebrating life. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, SarasotaCenterOfLight.com.
monday Drop-In Psychic Intuitive, Tarot, and Astrology - 10am-6pm, Monday through Friday, Sat 12-4pm. Psychic, Tarot/ Astrology. Also, by appointment and special scheduled events! $25/15 minutes. Wild Ginger Apothecary in Gulf Gate, 6557 Superior Avenue. 941-312-5630, WildGingerApothecary.com. iRest Integrative Yoga - 4:30-5:30pm. Taught by Laura Garrison, PhD, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500. $15. La-Alza.com. Indian Shores. Feldenkrais with Bonnie K - 5:45pm. Ongoing Awareness Through Movement lessons. Improve posture, body/mind connection, self-reliance. $15. Ionie’s, 1241 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. 941-360-2248. FeldenkraisInSarasota.com. Paganism - 6:30-8:30pm. A series of classes to answer questions, dispel myths, and teach you on how to connect with your inner witch presented by Pagan high-priestess Helen Greene. This 12-week course is designed give students a solid foundation with a new topic each week including practical exercises to enhance ones’ spiritual life. Please come join us and discover what natures’ power has to offer. With Helen Green. $10. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@ VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. Pub Theology - 6:30-8pm, the 2nd Mon. of the month. Rev. Amy Zehe Bring your Spiritual questions. Meets at Pub 32, 8383 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Anchoring Light Channeled Meditation 6:45pm. With Dr. Rev Sharon-Elizabeth (Baba Sharone). Award winning Anchoring Light Channeled Meditation serving the Ascension of our planet with the Ascended Realms as Anchors of Light every Monday since July 16, 2007! Love Offering. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdw, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333, CCOSL.com. Intuitive Energy Exchange-Conscious Creation - 7-8:30pm. Strengthen your connection to your higher self in this Spirit guided experience into Self Realization, Soul Reintegration and Life Revitalization. Learn meditative breathing/clearing techniques to center and ground your life force. Practice creative visualization and design an affirmation to empower your true will to create a life of renewed passion, refined focus and sustaining joy for your soul’s purpose. With Lynn Cat Neal. $20.
Basic Healing Certification Classes - 7:30-9pm. Mondays, beginning Jan. 13, 20, 27. This 20-week healing program offers a focused, well-rounded curriculum and practicum. Students may complete the curriculum for certification or attend individual classes. $15/class. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, SarasotaCenterOfLight.com.
tuesday CBD Tea with the Herbalist - 10am-12pm. Join our on-site herbalist, Paige Charron, for informal Q&A on topics of hemp CBD and herbalism for health. As always, customers are always provided a cup of herbal tea and free samples of CBD if they choose. Wild Ginger Apothecary, 6557 Superior Avenue in Gulf Gate, 941-312-5630, WildGingerApothecary.com. Unlock Your Psychic Senses - 2:30-4pm. Discovering different psychic and intuitive practices is made fun in this dynamic, exploratory class! From lucid dreaming to psychometry, seeing auras to telepathy, we will be diving into a different topic every week to explore what they are and how to apply them using our own psychic gifts. This is a great opportunity to learn new techniques, as well as to share your own experiences and methods with your peers. With Barbara Harrison. $15. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@ VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. ECK Wisdom on Life After Death - 9:30am-noon. Discover illuminating answers to timeless questions about what really happens after we die. Explore heaven, near-death experiences, reincarnation, and the truth about the afterlife. Attendees will receive a gift book. Free. FGCU Conference Room, 117 Herald Court Square, Suite 211, Punta Gorda, 941-358-0325, Meetup.com/EckankarInSarasota. Creative Manifestation - 4-5pm. Everyone has experienced that joyful moment when the light flashes on - the Ah-ha! of intuitive connection, messages and creativity from another dimension or your higher consciousness. This class will give you the tools you need to open up new frontiers, find your own resolution to everyday problems and aid you in decision-making. You may learn to see things in new ways. Through simple step-by-step exercises that require no special abilities. With Barbara Harrison. $7 includes supplies. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@ VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. Energetic Chakra Balancing - 6-7pm. Do you have difficulty concentrating, sleep problems, feeling helpless, not able to express yourself, lack motivation, close off to others or not able to accomplish goals? It’s possible that your chakras are
out of alignment. Maintaining a healthy body and mind that are perfectly in balance with one another is a possible endeavor. With Barbara Harrison. $10. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. Living a Positive Lifestyle - 5:30-7pm. Network & meet like-minded people in a supportive environment that fosters meaningful relationships. Get motivated, focus on your growth mindset & thrive personally & professionally. Certified Life Coach, Jill Larson & Certified Fitness Coach, Christal Borg will help you remove your self-limiting beliefs & discover your strengths. $20 donation optional. At Larson Natural Health Center, 3560 S. Tuttle Ave, Sarasota. Email Jill@PositiveSolutionsForSuccess. com or call 941-363-6744. An Evening of REIKI Healing - 7-8pm. Reiki is a technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. These brief sessions are offered through non-touch, with the practitioner’s hands placed and held on a series of locations on the head and front of the torso and sometimes limbs to a fully clothed recipient. If you have never experienced Reiki now is the time to try it. With Barbara Harrison. $15 suggested donation. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. Gifts of the Earth: Crystals & Stones - 7-8pm. Learn the gifts of the Earth, crystals and stones that may enhance your health and well-being. Classes are an on-going class. Something new every week. These magical gems, when used with different spiritual modalities like astrology, Tarot and pendulum, can increase the positive effects of chakra balancing, Reiki and meditation. For spirit practitioners can enhance ability to receive a stronger response. Gain the confidence to use crystal and stones on a daily basis. With Cathy Zapsalis. $10. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@ VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. Mastering the Law of Attraction - 7-9pm. This class takes you to the leading edge of co-creation, working with the Principles of the Laws of Cause/ Effect or Sow/Reap. This is a study and support group for living life as masterfully as we can, given our various quirks and preferences of life. We move forward in our understanding of the Law of “if you ask it is given.” $10. At Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd. Sarasota. Rev. Zan Benham, 941-9227839, Zan@Woman-Spirit.com, Woman-Spirit.com. Psychic Practice Circle - 7-9pm. During this continuing series, come together with like-minded individuals to practice your psychic and mediumship skills. Develop and expand your intuitive abilities in a supportive and caring atmosphere. This is not a class, but rather an opportunity to advance and share your sacred gifts in friendly environment. Each session will be preceded by a brief meditation and blessing. Open to all regardless of experience. Join us for one, any, or all weeks! With Shirley Smolko. $5. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman. com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. Timeless Teachings - Laws of the Universe - 7pm, every 2nd and 4th Tuesday. With Paul and Caroline Crawford. As you discover the deeper secrets of universal laws and share in the energy of these advanced teachings, you will feel the calling and purpose of your soul to reach higher vibrations with the collective consciousness, expanding your
understanding and awareness. Each session will build on these profound teachings that the nonphysical team known as JERAMA, will convey through Caroline and Paul. Following an initial insightful discourse, you will then be given time to ask direct questions to the team, which are meaningful to you at this time, assisting you on your continued pathway. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to converse with Beings of Light whose soul intention is to assist your ascension and the evolution of humanity. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-3719333, CCOSL.com.
wednesday Raindrop Technique Healing with Eva Franklin - Has its origin in the Lakota Native Americans. In its co-creation, it uses nine 100% therapeutic grade essential oils. Scientific research and a growing list of testimonials point that it may help with the following conditions: emotional issues, chronic pain, slipped disc, scoliosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, epstein bar virus, immune system, pneumonia, asthma, chronic stress and more. Hablo Español. EvaFranklin26@yahoo. com, 941-961-9540, Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CCOSL.com. Feldenkrais with Bonnie K - 9:45 and 11am. Awareness Through Movement class at 9:45am to improve posture, balance, and body awareness. Ongoing Awareness Through Movement at 11am. Lessons (in chairs/on floor) are designed to quiet non-working habitual patterns, invite you into a process for learning and offer experiences for more efficient movement. $15. Ionie’s, 1241 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. 941-360-2248. FeldenkraisInSarasota.com. Unity of Sarasota - 10-11am. Introduction to Tai Chi & Qi Gong with Leslie Harris-Senac. $5 per class. Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota, UnityOfSarasota.org. Free Healing Clinic - 4-6:30pm. Our Masters tap into the Divine Source of energy to balance and heal your being. Relax and enjoy this renewing and enlightening experience. Love Donation Appreciated. Angel Ministries, 2269 S Tamiami Trl, Venice. Rev Patricia Charnley, 941-492-4995, AngelMinistriesfl.org. Automatic Writing - 6-7pm. Tap into your psychic abilities! Build a channel to the “other side” while communicating through pen and paper. Learn to open your mind and listen to the communication of your guides, loved ones, angels and those who have gone beyond and now wish to communicate. Beginners welcome. We will provide the inspiration and coaching that will help open your mind to a higher consciousness. With Barbara Harrison. $5. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. Sound Bath Meditation - 6pm. Join for a relaxing hour sound event with Sema, Only $10. Wild Ginger Apothecary, 6557 Superior Avenue in Gulf Gate, 941-312-5630, WildGingerApothecary.com. A Course in Miracles - 7pm. With Molly Friedenfeld. Discover the peace that resides within you, illuminating the pathway for souls to remember their inner wisdom and brilliance, gather in a sacred circle, spiritual discussion and illuminations from
the book, meditation, sharing and understanding the lessons from the workbook A Course in Miracles assists us with detaching from judgment and attachments of this world in order to “be in this world but not of it.” $10 donation. To register, CCOSL.com. Tarot Practice Circle - 7-8:30pm. The Tarot is a wonderful tool that can cultivate your intuition. Due to the vast amount of information etched into each of seventy-eight cards in a Tarot deck. To become a good Tarot reader, you need to practice in a safe environment with no judgments. The best kind of practice is with a warm loving community of friends who share your interests and passion for the Tarot. With Barbara Harrison. $5. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@ VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. Unity of Sarasota - 7pm. Weekday service with music and inspiration. Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota, UnityOfSarasota.org. Wednesday Candlelight Healing, Intention and Meditation Service - 7pm. Please join us Wednesday evening for the new format of our Healing, Intention and Meditation service. Receive a Spiritual Healing, create healing requests and intentions and join us in a meditation. We share our energy and intentions together in our candlelit sanctuary in a truly a sacred and divine hour of gentle, peaceful, reflection and connection. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, SarasotaCenterofLight.com.
thursday Exploring Death, Dying and Beyond - 2nd and 4th Thursdays, January thru April. With Brenda Mayberry RN Hospice Nurse and Sandra Strauss, author of several books. Join us if you are caring for a sick or aging loved one, preparing for our own death or a loved one, curious about life after death, dealing with “unfinished business” or experiencing grief, searching for evidence-based answers regarding death, seek to live a more joyous and peace-filled life. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CCOSL.com. Awaken Your Intuition - 2:30-4pm. Intuitive abilities are the higher subtle senses that are beyond our rational mind; of knowing, hearing, seeing, sensing, they allow us to perceive information on a more subtle level, to know what to get and what to avoid in our life. They come with us to help guide us on our soul’s journey in life, to help make better decisions, and align to our life’s path, and connect to the universal consciousness. With Elaine Rhoden. $10. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. Romancing the Crone - Talk, Laugh, Learn, and Expand - 4-5pm. Crone is rooted in the word corona…crown. We crones wear the crown of the “wise woman”. We’ll talk life (and past life), spirituality, experiences, hopes and dreams, and what draws life force through us. This will be an interactive evolving group. Every week will have a focus or a project. Each session will begin with a meditation relating to the day’s discussion. Some sessions will have guest leaders from The Spirit University family. With Deni Dreazen. $5. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com.
Group Meditation Circle - 6:30-8pm. We are living in a very powerful time of awakening, transformation and ascension. Let come together support each other and stand in the Light to move through this divine shift and time of growth together. Please join us every week and continue to awaken and transform ourselves into the beautiful beings of light that we are. We are all on the path, each of us is exactly where you are meant to be! With Jackie Zimmerman. $15. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@ VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. Pet Grief - 7pm, 3rd Thurs of the month. A safe place to express your grief from loss of a pet. Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota. Higher Self Activation & Empowerment - 7pm. With Mark Libowitz, M.A., MSW. Release hold patterns and move into clarity. Improve physical and emotional health and vitality. Attract the best people and situations. Learn enduring Daily Practices. Awaken & express your True Soul Purpose. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CCOSL.com. Spooky Mystical Britain - 7-9pm. Beginning February 13th to March 5th. The British Isles has had a long grisly history. We will explore this land and learn about the numerous castles, medieval abbeys, prehistoric stone circles, holy wells and ancient burial chambers. Through fabled ghost stories from centuries past. We will hear about tales of spooky sightings and other mysterious occurrences in the many haunted mansions, pubs and hotels. With Tracey Corporan. $10. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@ VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com.
Women Ignited: Community Women’s Circle - 7-9pm. 3rd Thurs of the month. With
Chrystal “FireHeart” Kubis. Are you ready to stand in your full presence, peace and power and be supported in doing that? Join us for our monthly women’s circle. This event led by Chrystal ‘FireHeart’ Kubis is guaranteed to be filled with inspiration, support, ceremony and celebration! The time is now to collectively unite as a transformational force of love in our lives and in the world. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CCOSL.com. Intermediate Mediumship Classes, with Rev Jim Toole - 7:30- 9pm. This 8-week series will give participants an opportunity to develop their mediumship beyond the basics that was taught in the previous series. Learn and practice practical and sacred techniques to connect with spirit for personal and public expression in a sacred and highly energized environment. $15/class. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave, Sarasota. Please contact Rev Jim to attend, 941-330-5031, RevJimToole@ gmail.com, SarasotaCenterofLight.com.
friday Shamanic Healing with Eric - 11am-7pm. Fridays only by appointment. These powerful healing sessions are often channeled and rely on the high vibrational angels, masters, healers, and teachers that flow through Eric. All sessions are different depending on the treatment that is needed. All will receive results in accordance with your own bodies’ desire and willingness to heal. $60/1 hour, $30/30 mins. Contact Eric 941-928-4225 or Cosmic Center
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of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-3719333, CCOSL.com. Cloud Tai & Chi Gung with Reuben Fernandez - 2pm. For better health, improved balance and peace of mind the main principle of tai chi is internal relaxation. Tai Chi is known as an internal martial art. The power and energy do not depend on muscle power, strength or speed, rather power comes from internal relaxation and release of Chi. In this class we will focus on developing a tai chi body the basic warm up exercises and the Chen form as well as Chi Gung for its health benefits…. Reuben D. Fernandez. Tai Chi and Chi Gung has been ongoing for the past 15 years. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CCOSL.com. Developing Consciousness with Rev Jim Toole - 6pm. Enjoy a time of connection, checking in with each other, discussing spiritual topics and joining in a channeled meditation. All are welcome Love offering. Sarasota Center of Light Ed Center 852 S Tuttle Ave, Sarasota, 941-330-5031, RevJimSCOL@gmail.com.
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saturday Sarasota Farmers Market - 7am-1pm. Rain or shine. Established in 1979, the market continues its tradition of serving the community with local produce, plants, prepared foods and artisans. They currently have a full market that includes 70 vendors and 5,000 sq ft of produce and plants. 1592 Main
St from Lemon Ave to Selby Five Points Park, Downtown Sarasota. Central Sarasota Year-Round Farmers Market - 8am-1pm, rain or shine. Every agriculture vendor at the market (fruits, vegetables, herbs, plants, etc.) is a grower or farmer, not just a reseller. The Florida House, 4454 S Beneva Rd, Sarasota. CentralSarasotaFamersMarket.com. Bradenton Farmers’ Market - 9am-2pm. Over thirty-five vendors offering locally-grown fruits, vegetables, plants, organic products, fresh seafood, prepared foods, as well as the s of local artists, craftspeople and musicians. 1005 1st Ave W, Bradenton. 941-932-9440. RealizeBradenton.com/our_vendors. Downtown Bradenton Farmers’ Market - 9am2pm. Features a special activity including guest chefs, raffles, arts & crafts vendors, children’s activities. Old Main St, Downtown parking/free on weekends. Dogs on leashes welcome. 941744-7484. Psychic Fair - 10am-3pm. 2nd & 4th Sat. Are you searching, questioning and seeking answers? Choose from some of the best Intuitive Artists in the area. See what your future holds. Complimentary refreshments. Private Readings $1/Min. Angel Ministries, 2269 Tamiami Trail, Venice. Rev Pat & Rev Donna, 941-492-4995, AngelMinistriesfl.org. The Third Testament? - 11am. Introduction to the life work of Martinus. Live Stream with chat questions. Free. 941-462-3177, TheThirdTestament.info.
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Celebrating 28 wonderful years, this award-winning store for conscious living offers a unique assortment of quality, hand-selected gifts: Jewelry, crystals, books, greeting cards, clothing, candles, aromatherapy, incense, and more……… Private intuitive readings offered daily by the most reputable readers in town. Engaging classes and events monthly. Open: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 12pm-5pm. Always looking for experienced teachers, psychic readers, and astrologers..
THE OM SHOPPE
4801 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 941-706-3257 • www.theomshoppe.com, www.theomshoppeandspa.com
Unique and one of a kind gifts, products, and spa services. The luxury spa includes services such as S o u n d Wa v e A t t u n ementTM, Crystal Alchemy Energy AttunementTM , and massages that incorporate the ancient healing sounds of singing bowls & crystal gridding. We offer an array of healthful and personally empowering products. Enjoy a visit to our showroom and discover the largest selection of crystal singing bowls in Florida. We invite you to stop in and mention code Natural10 to receive 10% off any single item.
CHIROPRACTORS GENTLEBAY SARASOTA CHIROPRACTIC
Residual Strain Therapy Eric Winder DC Offices in Sarasota and Venice, FL 941-957-8390 • email@example.com
Professional care with a personal focus. Feel better through proper alignment, and get back to work and play! See our website for more information.
CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY AND LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE
TERRY SCHIBLER, LMT MA11621
Fusion Therapy 7069 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 941-921-7900 • FusionTherapySarasota.com
Terry Schibler has 30 years experience in advanced bodywork. He has a singular ability to trace, recognize and treat complex pain patterns through numerous modalities such as CranioSacral Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage, Visceral and Fascial manipulation. Terry’s hands-on work is effective for a wide range of problems associated with pain and dysfunction such as Migraines, Chronic neck/back pain, Concussions, TMJ, Post-surgical dysfunction...and more.
CRYSTALS THE CRYSTAL CAVE
1899B Fruitville Rd., Sarasota 941-346-6203 CrystalCave.me
Sellers of stones, crystals, mineral specimens, fossils, jewelry, books, gifts, etc. Susan has over 25 years experience working with crystals and stones
1273 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 941-361-3006 • ElysianFieldsOnline.com
Celebrating 28 wonderful years, this award-winning store for conscious living offers a unique assortment of quality, hand-selected gifts: Jewelry, crystals, books, greeting cards, clothing, candles, aromatherapy, incense, and more………Private intuitive readings offered daily by the most reputable readers in town. Engaging classes and events monthly. Open: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 12pm-5pm. Always looking for experienced teachers, psychic readers, and astrologers.
THE OM SHOPPE
4801 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 941-706-3257 • www.theomshoppe.com, www.theomshoppeandspa.com
Unique and one of a kind gifts, products, and spa services. The luxury spa includes services such as S o u n d Wa v e A t t u nementTM, Crystal Alchemy Energy AttunementTM , and massages that incorporate the ancient healing sounds of singing bowls & crystal gridding. We offer an array of healthful and personally empowering products. Enjoy a visit to our showroom and discover the largest selection of crystal singing bowls in Florida. We invite you to stop in and mention code Natural10 to receive 10% off any single item.
DENTISTRY FLORIDA INTEGRATIVE DENTISTRY
Dick Chapman 2401 University Pkwy # 204, Sarasota 941-893-5968 DickChapmanDDS1@gmail.com
Our Holistic practice is committed to achieving optimal health using the highest standards in professional care and safety working together with our integrative modalities. Our approach to dentistry is based on honesty, integrity and respect.
WHITE SANDS DENTISTRY
Dr. Martina Mallery 520 48th Street Court E. Bradenton 941-748-9393 WSDentalManager@gmail.com WhiteSandsDentistry.com
ENERGY HEALING HEALING ROOMBLUE LIGHT ENERGY HEALING
HEALING ROOM, ENERGY HEALING, BIOFEEDBACK STRESS MANAGEMENT, PEMF Treatments to balance over a thousand conditions! Infrared Inversion, Sound Immersion with the Singing Bowls 718-791-3797 • PureFieldForce@gmail.com
Energy Healing helps the body with a long list of conditions, aches, pains and imbalances. Biofeedback Scanning locates the imbalances and it also corrects them. PEMF (Pulsed Magnetic Field Therapy) reenergizes damaged cells, it is a powerful tool to MANAGE PAIN! 941-586-9539, Facebook.com/CreateBalanceandHealing
Goddess Healing with Susan 6283 Lake Osprey Dr., Sarasota 941-822-8056 TheGoddessShoppe.net
Susan Milligan is a Physician Assistant, Reiki Master, and graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing specializing in Energy Healing and Past Life Regression.
LIGHT CODE ACTIVATIONS LUCIA LIGHT FLORIDA
Waxela (wa-shay-la) Sananda 512-585-9265 call or text LuciaLightFlorida.com
Through Waxela’s process you will expand your intuitive abilities and gain confidence in your spiritual gifts. Upgrade your frequency with Light Code Activations while integrating your soul’s wisdom and wealth.
MEDICAL SPA AND WELLNESS FELDENKRAIS METHOD® THE FELDENKRAIS METHOD®
Lessons for Children (ABM), Adults, Classes, Prof Seminars Bonnie Kissam, M.A., Feldenkrais® Practitioner, LMT, CE Provider 941-360-2248 Bonnie@FeldenkraisInSarasota.com FeldenkraisInSarasota.com
The Feldenkrais® Approach , ‘Movement with Attention’, helps one ‘sense easier, improved posture and ways of moving. Clients optimize their musical, athletic or everyday activities through heightened ‘awareness’. They find unique ways to recover from injury, surgeries or illness. Call for appointments, classes or for weekend TOUCH TO INFORM seminars 941-360-2248 , Bonnie@FeldenkraisInSarasota.com.
Our holistic & biological dental practice offers fluoride-free, mercury-free and mercury-safe procedures, Huggins Protocol, biological extractions, jaw-bone cavitation/NICO revisions, Ozone Therapy, holistic dental hygiene protocols, phase-contrast microscopy, homeopathic support, metal-free restorations, dental material biocompatibility testing, detoxification protocols and nutritional counseling all the while taking highly conservative and preventative approach.
INQUIRE WITHIN GODDESS SHOPPE
BETH A. SNYDER HYPNOSIS & MINDFUL COACHING Beth A. Snyder, CCHT 941-228-8020 firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking for a new and empowering way to create the positive change in your life you desire? Have you suffered enough, struggling with habits, sadness, anxious feelings or stress? Discover within you a new and happier way to be in the day to day. Hypnosis is a safe, simple and successful way to empower yourself. You are unique and deserve a compassionate customized approach to achieving your goals. I invite you to learn more, enjoy free resources, and schedule a complimentary compassionate consultation at bethsnyderhypnosis.com or call 941.228.8020. Feel better now!
JIN SHIN JYUTSU® SUNCOAST JIN SHIN JYUTSU
Michelle Giambra, Certified Practitioner at Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave 941-228-2972 SuncoastJSJ.com
Michelle shares this ancient, hands-on art of balancing life energy in the body with individuals addressing acute, chronic and serious health projects along with those interested in maintaining wellness. MA42460
NIA CLINIC MEDSPA
5250 17th Street Unit 106 941-203-5347 NiaClinicMedSpa.com. Non Invasive Aesthetics
Medical Marijuana E v a l u a tions, BioTE® Bioidentical Hormone R e p l a c e ment Medspa specializing in eyebrow Microblading, eyelash extensions, non-surgical micro needling face and neck lifting, CryoSkin fat freezing, facials, chemical peels. Dr Boyle specializes in BioTE® hormone replacement, weight loss injections, Marijuana evaluations, Botox and injectables, as well as pain management.
NATURAL FOOD CAFE EVERGREEN
801 S Tamiami Trail, Nokomis, FL 941-412-4334 • CafeEvergreen.net
Cafe Evergreen is a natural, organic restaurant. Our menu consists of many organic recipes designed to not only taste delicious, but also enhance your health. Open 7 days a week 11am-9pm.
NATURAL HEALTH CBD AMERICAN SHAMAN
4016 Cattleman Drive, Sarasota 941-929-4378 CBDAmericanShaman.com
CBD American Shaman is dedicated to bringing wellness to the world through ultra-concentrated terpene rich CBD oil derived from all natural, high quality industrial hemp.
NATURAL PET FOOD HOLISTIC FOR PETS
Valerie Clows 713 Honore Ave, Sarasota, 941-378-4367 5770 Ranch Lake Blvd, East Bradenton, 753-7297 • HolisticForPets.com
Specializing in Hypo-allergenic Foods, Frozen Natural Raw Foods, Herbal & Homeopathic Remedies, Detergent & Soap Free Shampoo, Natural Flee Preventatives Skin Care Products, Healthy treats, Toys and gifts.
NEUROFEEDBACK THE BRAINWAVE CENTER
1440 Main St., Sarasota 941-552-4500 • BrainwaveSarasota.com
We offer Brain Mapping and Neurofeedback Training. Non-drug, Non-invasive relief for anxiety, depression, ADHD, Trauma, and more. Free consultation. Retrain Your Brain & Enjoy Life!
NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS SPECIAL NUTRITION DISCOUNT PRICES
1882 Stickney Point Rd, Sarasota 941-929-0884 • SpecialNutrition.net
Offering the largest selection of all major supplement brands and natural products in the Sarasota area at discount prices. Special orders are our pleasure.
SUPER VALUE NUTRITION
2163 Siesta Drive Sarasota, 941-366-1997 5842 Bee Ridge Rd. Sarasota, 941-342-1908 SuperValueNutition.com SuperValueNutrition@gmail.com
Sarasota’s original discount Vitamin store, family owned since 1977! Lowest prices and best selection in town!
PAIN MANAGEMENT NECK AND BACK PAIN SARASOTA DISC CENTER
Dr. David Cifra, DC Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Specialist 315-345-7390 DoctorCifra@SyracuseDiscCenter.com SyracuseDiscCenter.com
Medical Breakthrough Technology! Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Specialist, Dr. David Cifra, DC.Advanced procedure for patients who have back and neck pain and want to avoid narcotics, epidural injections,and unnecessary surgeries. Over 90% effective. No pain, No drugs, No surgery. Call today 315-345-7390. FREE CONSULTATION.
AUNT ALBERTA’S REMEDY Homeopathic Pain Relief Cream 973-715-9097 Info@AlbertasPainRelief.com AlbertasPainRelief.com
Need Relief from Arthritis? Try Aunt Alberta’s Remedy to ease muscular aches and joint pain. Her Remedy is a homeopathic pain relief cream that penetrates deep into the skin and muscle tissues. Get beneficial relief from sciatica, fibromyalgia, arthritis, neuralgia, gout, and more. All-natural ingredients! Do you want to feel a real difference from the nagging aches of arthritis? Feel less pain & have more range of motion? Use Aunt Alberta’s Pain Relief Cream! Get relief today! Great buy, get a 4oz jar for $15! See website for other options. See what people say about Aunt Alberta’s Remedy and Purchase Now on our website: AlbertasPainRelief.com.
PET SUPPLIES HOLISTIC FOR PETS
Valerie Clows 5411 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, 941-378-4367 5770 Ranch Lake Blvd. East Bradenton, 753-7297 HolisticForPets.com
Specializing in Hypo-allergenic Foods, Frozen Natural Raw Foods, Herbal & Homeopathic Remedies, Detergent & Soap Free Shampoo, Natural Flee Preventatives Skin Care Products, Healthy treats, Toys and gifts
SHAMANIC PRACTICES SPIRITUAL COUNSELOR, SHAMANIC AND REIKI PRACTICES
Rev. Zan Benham, BSL, BD, CHT 941-922-7839
Spiritual counselor, shamanic practitioner, Reiki healing, breath, and energy work, hypnosis, soul retrieval, past life regression all to empower and help you move into the Divine flow of the joy and power within you.
SPA AND WELLNESS THE OM SHOPPE
4801 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 941-706-3257 • www.theomshoppe.com, www.theomshoppeandspa.com
Unique and one of a kind gifts, products, and spa services. The luxury spa includes services such as S o u n d Wa v e A t t u n ementTM, Crystal Alchemy Energy AttunementTM , and massages that incorporate the ancient healing sounds of singing bowls & crystal gridding. We offer an array of healthful and personally empowering products. Enjoy a visit to our showroom and discover the largest selection of crystal singing bowls in Florida. We invite you to stop in and mention code Natural10 to receive 10% off any single item.
SPIRITUAL CENTERS CENTER FOR METAPHYSICAL FELLOWSHIP
3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota 941-266-8435 CMFSarasota.org Facebook: CMF of Sarasota
10:30 Sunday worship with inspired talk, music, spirit messages and healing. Weekly classes, special events, monthly message gallery. Come to engage, be enriched and enlightened.
CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL LIVING CULTURAL COAST Rev. Theresa Fieberts Sarasota Garden Club, 1131 Blvd of the Arts, Sarasota 941-376-0177 CSLCulturalCoast.org
11 AM at Sarasota Garden Club, 1131 Blvd of the Arts. Sometimes meditative, sometimes rockin’ ~ always heart/mind opening! Inspiring spiritual connection through message & music.
SARASOTA CENTER OF LIGHT
852 S Tuttle Ave, Sarasota 941-953-6620 • sarasotacenteroflight.com
Experience the peaceful energy, love and light of our metaphysical spiritual community. Join us for the inspiration, healing and connection to Spirit in our services, classes and social gatherings.
THERMOGRAPHY TAMPA BAY THERMOGRAPHY June Drennon, CCT 2008
Certified Clinical Thermographer 2008. Prevention is better than early detection. Knowledge is power: Know your risk factors to make corrections and avoid developing pathology. Call for location convenient for you.
YOGA WILD GINGER APOTHECARY
6557 Superior Avenue (Gulf Gate Shopping Village), Sarasota 941-312-5630 WildGingerApothecary.com
Community for health + wellness. Offering hemp CBD, bulk herbs, remedies, sage, gifts, cards, metaphysical tools, essential oils, jewelry and more! Classes and drop-in psychic readers daily. Open MonFri 10-6 and Sat 10-4.
IBE is Gathering Smart Business Owners With a Common Purpose to Upgrade Their Business!
IBE Barter has the largest regional barter exchange on Florida’s gulf coast. Join the IBE Barter Community as we expand our reach into your community. IBE Brings over 29 years of experience working with thousands of Regional, National and International Trading Business Partners.
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Feel The Results with IBE Barter, Since 1991 Your competitors will wonder what your secret weapon is! 1161 N Tamiami Trail • Sarasota, Florida
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