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appy New Year, everyone! I hope your holiday season was filled with festive cheer and, as you enter 2016, may you embrace its opportunities for positive change and self-improvement. As I look ahead to the promise of new beginnings, I—just like many of you—feel motivated to re-commit to my nutrition and fitness goals after all that holiday feasting! Now is the prime time to start pursuing a healthier lifestyle that promotes physical, mental and emotional well-being. This month’s article on “Reasons to Try Acupuncture” explains how this ancient healing modality can help alleviate aches and pains, allergies, digestive issues, stress or anxiety, and other concerns that might be preventing you from experiencing vitality this year. In addition, if regular exercise is on your resolution list, be sure to read “Dancing for the Body, Mind and Spirit” for suggestions on making fitness both enjoyable and effective. Since we’re also heading into cold and flu season, check out our feature on “Healthy Seasonal Soups” for recipe inspirations that will provide immuneboosting nutrients and keep you cozy during these winter months—or, as “wintry” as it gets here in Florida! Finally, let’s not forget about our furry friends. Make sure they also stay healthy throughout 2016 with advice from our “Benefits of Using a Holistic Vet” article. As always, please feel free to email any comments or suggestions to And, I hope you’ll find this issue both insightful and informative as you embrace all the possibilities of this exciting New Year!

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n January 22 at 1 p.m., Dr. Anna Baker, DOM, will give a seminar about Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna, her revolutionary anti-aging serum made from real pearls and Chinese herbs without any preservatives. Pearls contain amino acids that retighten muscles and slowly return the face to its younger look, with daily use. Dr. Anna will show photographed results of patients from various age groups. Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna is also available as a muscle tightening body lotion, a men’s anti-aging line and a sports performance line. This seminar’s topic of the month will focus on how to use Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna with a special weight loss diet. Location: 2721 Mall Dr., Sarasota. Hours: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 941-921-2662 or visit

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Improve Your Balance through Dynamic Thinking


tatistics show that one third of people over 65 will fall, and many will suffer serious injuries. This is costly to a person’s way of life. Therefore, balance training can help people gain the ability to re-right themselves if they slip. Moshe Feldenkrais, D.Sc., a pioneer in brain change research advocates learning how to counter-balance. This requires a torso, or rib cage, that can bend and move. Can you imagine yourself becoming more agile and able to respond to slip hazards? On January 30, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Bonnie Kissam, M.A., a Feldenkrais Practitioner since 1983, will lead a seminar titled “Moving from and through Your Core.” This even will take place at Ionie’s in downtown Sarasota. Based on Feldenkrais’ “Awareness through Movement: lessons, as well as lecture and partner work, participants will discover how mobility supports dynamic balance. Concepts of Posture, reversibility and counter-balance principles will be explored in safe, participatory movement lessons performed in a chair or lying on the floor. This seminar will help participants rediscover how to balance through their forgotten bones, keep the torso agile, and move from the pelvis as your core to better balance. This also counts toward 6 CEs for LMTs. Location: 1241 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota. Cost: $120 (register early for discount). For more information and to sign up, call 941-3602248, email Bonnie@FeldenkraisInSarasota. com or visit

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newsbriefs Intuitive Life Coaching for the New Year


n 2016, do you want to determine your purpose, goals and desires, while releasing anger, fear and grief? Do you want to discover life-changing strategies to create an authentic life that empowers you to help both yourself and others? Julia King, intuitive life coach and speaker, Reiki practitioner, kinesiology practitioner, ordained minister and Law of Attraction educator, has recently moved her practice to the Sarasota area. She offers coaching in all areas of life with a focus on identifying and healing the obstacles that prevent you from pursuing your divine purpose. Most sessions are conducted via Skype with the privacy and convenience most clients want. In-home sessions can also be arranged.

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Turn Back the Hands of Time this New Year


n January 27, 5–7 p.m., visit Abrams Dermatology for a Botox Happy Hour. During this event, Dr. Brad Abrams and Nurse Practitioner Sheryl Wilson will be on-hand performing injections to help you look your best. Botox, a neuromodulator, relaxes fine lines and wrinkles in areas such as the glabella (the “angry lines), forehead and crow’s feet (around the eyes). Botox has been used cosmetically since 2002, and is the only approved treatment for lines and wrinkles. Juvederm is a hyalronic acid that fills lines around the nose and mouth. Voluma is also a hyalronic acid t used to plump up the cheeks. Hyalronic acid (HA) is a substance found naturally in our bodies. It attracts and holds 1,000 times its weight in water to the area being treated. HA injections typically last between nine and 12 months. Botox injections have minimal social downtime, but patients might experience redness at injection site. Juvederm and Voluma may require more social downtime, and patients should plan on the possibility of swelling or bruising at the injection site. If this happens, Abrams has a laser to shorten the lifespan of bruising. Botox and Juvederm have long been used in refreshing appearances and helping “turn back the hands of time.” Consultations will be available at this event with Dr. Abrams, Sheryl Wilson NP, and Catherine Deans, LE to discuss the use of Botox, Juvederm and Voluma, along with personalized skin care routines. Location: 3328 Bee Ridge Rd., Sarasota. Cost: $10 per unit for Botox, $450 per vial for Juvederm, $600 per vial for Voluma. For more information, call 941-926-2300, email or visit 12

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Feel Rejuvenated for the New Year with a Therapeutic Massage


ll-Natural Healing Medical Center offers therapeutic massages to help relieve neck, back and joint-related aches or tension. Medical-grade massage “involves the manipulation of soft tissue structures in the body to prevent and alleviate pain, discomfort, muscle spasms and stress,” explains Dr. Michael House, AP, OMD. First-time patients are invited to enjoy this invigorating experience at the special rate of $35 for one hour. Massage therapy can improve circulatory, lymphatic, musculoskeletal and nervous system function, while expediting injury or illness recovery. These wellness enhancing treatments are offered in the form of Swedish massage for gentle relaxation, Pressure Point therapy for specific injuries, and Sports massage for muscle groups related to athletic pursuits. So, start this New Year with physical rejuvenation at AllNatural Healing Medical Center! Location: 2650 Bahia Vista St., Suite 309, Sarasota. Cost: $40 for 1 hour (after first massage). For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 941-953-3700 or visit

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health-related resolutions this New Year with help from AllNatural Healing Medical Center’s “30-Day Weight Loss Program.” This comprehensive plan includes the following benefits: an hour-long consultation on how to eat for your individual body type with Dr. House, AP, OMD, three 30-minute weekly follow-up sessions with Dr. House, a body assessment including fat, bone muscle and water content, vibration therapy, far infrared sauna usage, eight lipotropic injections and unlimited 30-day access to the machines during office hours. Although this program is valued at $600, it is currently available for $300. Location: 2650 Bahia Vista St., Suite 309, Sarasota. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 941-9533700 or visit


n January 13 at 6 p.m., Join Christina Captain, DAOM (c), for a complimentary demonstration of her unique blend of cosmetic acupuncture, homeopathic facial injections and nutrition for natural facial rejuvenation. Captain is a premier bio-injection specialist, educator and cosmetic acupuncturist who strives to bring the natural beauty out in every individual, utilizing the least invasive techniques possible. These are lasting results that you’ll visibly notice. So, stop by Captain’s integrative center for an evening of learning and laughter that you will remember for a long time. Complimentary one-on-one meet and greets are also available. Location: Midtown Medical Park, 1219 S East Ave., Suite 104, Sarasota. For more information and to register for this event, call 941-951-1119, email Dr_Captain@ or visit

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newsbriefs Beach Life Wellness “Manifesting Your Dreams in 2016” Offers “New Year, New he New Year is upon us, and now is a You” Functional Personal T perfect time to set intentions for the year you want to create. On January 31, 6–8 p.m., Training Elysian Fields will host a highly-anticipated Elysian Fields Presents

class with Margo Park, titled “Manifesting Your Dreams in 2016.” This class will provide you with all the tools necessary for manifesting your best life. Park will focus on time-tested and proven formula to help you achieve more of what you do want and less of what you don’t want. She will also help you recognize the possibilities for a richer, more rewarding life by eliminating confusion and obstacles that keep you from achieving your goals for career, relationships, peace, health, freedom or happiness. This illuminating information is grounded and down-to-earth, with real-life examples that will inspire you to move forward on your own path of self-awareness for truth, happiness and success.  Join us for this inspiring evening at Elysian Fields, and let’s make 2016 the best year yet! Due to high demand, pre-registration is required.  Location: 1273 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Cost: $25. For more information and to register, call 941-361-3006 or visit 

Erinn Earth Hosts Book Release and Workshop


n January 31, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Erinn Earth, devaPriya Yogini, will be releasing her new book, along with a corresponding workshop at Unity of Sarasota. Earth’s new book is titled Sun Grazing, Aura Seeing and Naad Hearing: Exercises for Increased Psychic Sensitivity. Both this book and the workshop will offer insight into the study of light, auras and the deeply mystic practice of naad sound listening. The book signing will take place in the Unity Bookstore, and the workshop will take place in Unity Classroom B. The author’s personal experience is interwoven into this partially biographical book, along with step-by-step techniques for increasing these subtle sensitivities.
In addition, the workshop will be descriptive and instructional, even for those who have never done these types of exercises Anyone with an interest to learn more about increasing awareness will find the event useful. Other publications by Earth will also be available for purchase including the Core-Self Discovery DVD, Core-Self Discovery Text Companion and Kundalini Yoga Home Practice. Location: 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota. Cost: $10 (books) and $10 (workshop). For more information, visit 14

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re your ready to look and feel your best in 2016? Beach Life Wellness is committed to your success! Fitness specialists Lucho De Vettori, PFE, PT, and Jake Grabin, PT, will work together to provide a truly customized personal training and nutrition program that addresses your specific goals. After a few sessions, you will feel a noticeable difference, and with persistence, you will become a completely transformed person. Both one-on-one and couples personal training sessions are available. From beginners to athletes, Beach Life’s Functional Training System is unique and innovative, utilizing various functional exercise progressions to improve strength, flexibility, cardio endurance, posture, balance and coordination. Each session is adjusted to your current fitness level and customized to your goals, needs or limitations. These safe and fun workout routines create muscle confusion to keep your body challenged and your interest engaged. This program can be used for weight loss, inch reduction, body shaping, body building, muscle fascia training, sports, TRX, golf, tennis, law enforcement, clinical exercise therapy, pre-or postsurgery, rehabilitation and pregnancy. In addition, you can consult with De Vettori to develop a simple lifestyle nutritional plan that will maximize your results.  De Vettori and Grabin are offering a “New Year, New You” four-week kick-start program offered in January. This includes eight customized personal training sessions, a fitness plan for off days, lifestyle nutritional coaching and a full fitness assessment which includes a total body composition analysis, functional movement screening, fitness test and 45day vegan protein shake supply. Sessions will take place by appointment on Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: 301 Albee Rd. W, Nokomis. Cost: $450 (sign up during the month of January to get $75 off). For more information, call 941-244-2006, email or visit

Workshops to Experience Your Best Life this New Year


his month, at Radiant Soul Yoga & Wellness, we are offering workshops and classes for you to learn techniques for creating change and trying new pursuits. On January 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., join Patty Seidensticker, Mandy Main and Janice Baxter as they lead this enjoyable and enlightening workshop. Snacks, drinks and lunch are provided. Handouts are included. Wear comfortable clothes. We will begin with easy yoga and breathwork, then we’ll introduce the 6 stages of change to help you understand the process of making long-term transformations in your daily life. You will determine one change you’d like to make in the New Year, and we will help you create a plan to implement it. Lunch will also be served through a cooking demonstration, showcasing a one dish meal that anyone can prepare at home. We will then share simple ways to create nutritious meal plans for the whole family. After lunch, we will share self-care tools to improve daily health and empower you to pursue your New Year intention. Finally, yoga and a guided meditation will finish our day in order to integrate the tools you’ve learned. Location: 3512 N Lockwood Ridge Rd., Sarasota. Cost: $75 (before January 6), $85 at the door. RSVP is preferred. For more information and to register, call 941-380-1206, email or visit

Detox for a Healthy New Year at Fusion Therapy


s we enter 2016, we release the old and embrace the new. In order to embrace a healthier and more vital version of yourself, Fusion Therapy welcomes you to experience our detoxification protocols including our full-spectrum infrared sauna. January is the ideal month for detoxification, and Fusion Therapy is currently offering a special, customized Detoxification and Immune Strengthening Regimen. Unlike most infrared saunas, our sauna offers the latest heating technology, incorporating near- and mid-wavelengths with far-infrared therapy. Because infrared heat penetrates human tissue versus simply heating the surface of the skin, infrared saunas are seven times more effective than traditional saunas at detoxifying the body. A traditional sauna produces sweat composed of only 3% toxins, while our sauna produces sweat composed of 20% toxins. Safe and clinically proven, infrared heat can be an amazing addition to your health care regimen.   At Fusion Therapy, your infrared sauna treatment will be customized to your needs, providing the optimal blend of infrared wavelengths to achieve your desired results. Near-infrared therapy aids in pain relief, muscle recovery, skin clarity, wound healing and arthritis. Mid-infrared stimulates blood flow, mimics a passive cardiovascular workout, burns fat, and promotes weight loss.  Far-infrared lowers blood pressure, deepens core sweat, and helps the whole body detoxify and alkalize.  Location: 7069 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 941-921-7900 or visit

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newsbriefs Mindfulness, Food and Body Image Workshop


rom January 14 to February 18, 6–7:30 p.m., the Sarasota Mindfulness Institute will present a six-week Mindfulness, Food and Body Image workshop on Thursday evenings. Each class will include mindfulness meditation instruction and practice. There will also be discussions, questions and special topics such as eating experiences, family history, how to recognize self-sabotage, and how to nurture yourself around food and body image. The instructor, Lily Myers, M.A., is a licensed mental health counselor and mindfulness meditation teacher with over 25 years’ experience leading groups in various settings. She trained with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program in 1989, and received advanced teacher training at the Center for Mindfulness in 2001. She has a private practice in mindfulness-based psychotherapy in Sarasota. This program is open to women interested in exploring their relationship with food and body image, using mindfulness to bring awareness to unhealthy eating habits and negative thoughts or emotions around body image. Mindfulness can help restore balance to the entire process of eating, as well as help befriend and cultivate kindness towards ourselves to improve health and well-being. Pre-registration is required, as the class is limited to 12 participants. Location: 530 Dolphin St., Studio 6, Sarasota. Cost: $150. For more information and to register, call 603-924-2216, email or visit Mindful-Eating.html.

Local Trance Channel Returns to Sarasota


arianne Chapel, a trance channel, has recently come back to Sarasota after traveling extensively for three years. She will be offering her first Community Channeling Session on January 31, 4–5:30 p.m. The community is invited to listen and ask questions as Chapel channels non-physical energy beings, Grace and John. During this one-hour session, Grace and John will discuss universal topics such as the purpose of life, reincarnation, heaven and more. This open question-and-answer forum will leave participants with a powerful sense of knowing. Sessions are reflections and affirmations of the purpose of life and beyond. Conversations are always comfortable, two-way and in plain English. This warm, highly spiritual experience nurtures a connection that can be felt physically on an uplifting energy level. Plus, it can be enjoyable and insightful to experience dialogue with someone from “another world.” These sessions explain the truth about our existence and lift the veil for our world to evolve into a higher consciousness. Cost: $10. Reservations required. Location will be provided along with reservation confirmation. For more information, call 941-374-3492, email MarianneChapel@ or visit


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The Sarasota Native American Indian Festival Returns for 2016


ome celebrate the culture and artistry of the Native American people at the Sarasota Native American Indian Festival. This event will take place at the Sarasota Fairgrounds on January 22, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., January 23, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and January 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets will be available for purchase at the gate. The festival will feature handmade arts and crafts, paintings, pottery, bead and leather work, jewelry and sculpture, along with authentic Native American food. In addition, Little Big Mountain and the Big Mountain dancers will return this year to share traditional Native American drumming, singing and various styles of dance throughout the weekend. Little Big Mountain is a fourth-generation dancer, singer and educator on Native culture. The Big Mountain family’s performances started during the mid1800s when Little’s great grandfather performed with the famous “101 Ranch Buffalo Bill Show.” Will Harjo from the Creek nation will be the guest flute musician, and Nashville recording artist Traci Snowe will make a guest appearance to share her beautiful music throughout the weekend. This event will serve as a tribute to the extraordinary life of Rex A. Begaye, its founder. His remarkable gifts as an artist and educator of Native American culture were the inspiration for this bringing authentic Native American culture to Sarasota. Location: 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Cost: $8 for adults, $3 for children ages 6–12, free for children ages 5 and under. For more information, call 941928-7892, email or visit SarasotaNativeAmericanIndianFestival.

Parkinson’s Cafe Hosts Class on Massage Therapy


izz Pugh, owner of Lakewood Ranch Medical Massage, recently gave an informational talk on December 3, to both Parkinson’s patients and their supporters at the Parkinson’s Cafe. This community-wide program is a positive and uplifting monthly event that brings together patients and their families for social, cultural and intellectual discussion. Pugh, a Massage Therapist and Touch Educator, presented on the topics of medical research, communication tips, basic techniques, safety and more. Pugh has also made these resources available to non-attending Parkinson’s patients—regardless of whether they are involved in the Parkinson’s Cafe program—on her website. In addition, she will be uploading videos for at-home use for both patients and their caregivers, free of charge.

Roy Eugene Davis to Appear at Unity of Sarasota


n January 17, 2–5 p.m., Unity of Sarasota invites the community to spend an afternoon with Roy Eugene Davis, one of the last two living direct disciples of Paramahansa Yogananda. Davis is a scholar, rational thinker, and one who lives the spiritual teachings and training of his master Yogananda. It’s rare that a direct disciple of a master can share his intimate account of that relationship, years ago, Don and Vanessa Baugh but in his book Yogananda as I Knew opened Vanessa Fine Jewelry on Him, Davis shares the psychological Lakewood Main Street, and they are and spiritual transformations that celebrating this anniversary by offering occurred throughout his discipleship. customers one free insurance document or Davis’ Center of Spiritual 10% off one repair from now until Valentine’s Day. The 10th Anniversary Coupon is available Awareness is located in the north Georgia mountains where people from on their website and social media channels. all over the world attend his retreat. The Baughs have been an integral part of this community since 1999 when they opened His talks are intelligent, kind and filled with commentary of his time with Vanessa’s Jewelcrafters in the Sarasota Square Yogananda. But, more importantly, Mall. In 2001, they moved to the Southgate he focuses the audience on “selfMall and renamed it Vanessa Fine Jewelry. realization” rather than on what he In 2005, they opened a second location in calls “psychic distractions.” Lakewood Ranch. There, on Lakewood Main Street, they found what had been At Unity of Sarasota, Davis will missing from the mall locations—an ability to become a part of their community, so they closed the Southgate location and focused all their energy on this new flagship discuss his time with Yogananda, lead a Kriya Pranayama meditation and store. answer questions. His books will also Their commitment to making the Suncoast a better place is evident in their be available for purchase in the Unity involvement with Meals on Wheels, Girls, Inc., SMART, the Lakewood Ranch Bookstore. This event is by donation Community Fund, the Lakewood Ranch Kiwanis Club, the Lakewood Ranch only. Attendees are asked to consider Business Alliance, the Manatee Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Chamber of the value of the teachings received, Commerce Small Business Council. and donate accordingly. Seating and Vanessa Fine Jewelry specializes in unique custom-designed pieces. The parking is limited, so please try to showroom features world-renowned designs from manufacturers like Kabana, S. carpool. Kashi & Sons, Frederic Sage, Breuning, Elma Gil, Denny Wong, MarahLago and Yanni B. In addition, the on-site repair shop can handle all your jewelry and watch Location: 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota. repair needs. For more information, call 941-9553301 or 941-355-1414, email JoMooy@ Location: 8131 Main St., m104, Lakewood Ranch. For more information, call or visit 373-6311 or visit To download the presentation videos and PDF files, as well as videos for at-home use, visit For more information, call 941-321-5311 or email

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newsbriefs Monique Darling & Peter Peterson Return Present “Intro to Tantra” Retreat


njoy two days of meditation, Qigong, play, dance, silence and spaces to express everything you typically can’t say aloud. Practicing fearlessly relating with yourself and every other relationship you will ever have. Dive into self-care activities including communion with nature, body work to release stored emotion and trauma from the body, spiritual enhancement through meditation, and nutritional awareness to create self love, self acceptance and health maintenance. This weekend retreat will help open you mind and body to energetic reality, find confidence to ask for everything you desire, because you can trust your own “no” and practice utter self accountability, and learn how to respond instead of react to other peoples’ words or behaviors. What would it be like to lose the notion of rejection, to not feel judged, and to learn that feelings just want to be felt? Find the answers to these questions by attending our retreat, led by Monique Darling and Peter Peterson. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit For more information on Monique darling, visit

Dr. Rebecca Merz offers Psychomanteum Sessions at Pixie Dust


ebecca Merz, PhD., has joined the Pixie Dust team to offer psychomanteum sessions. The modern-day psychomanteum, developed by Dr. Raymond Moody, was derived from ancient practices in Greece. It is a dimly-lit ritual space with a mirror at one end, used to focus attention and angled to reflect the surrounding darkness. A psychomanteum session is a guided three-part process, involving intentionsetting, mirror-gazing and integrating the experience. The psychomanteum is commonly used by grieving individuals who are open to exploring a possible connection with a deceased loved one. The experience may assist in addressing feelings of sadness, anger, guilt or other emotions in response to the death of a family member, child, friend, pet or other relationship. It is common for grieving individuals to desire or attempt to communicate with the deceased. Experiencing a psychomanteum session allows you to explore this desire in an emotionally supportive, safe and confidential environment. The psychomanteum may also be used by individuals, seeking insight about major life transitions, recent losses or other life questions. It is common for new perspectives, shifts and creative solutions to emerge, leading to healing and positive change. For over 13 years, Dr. Rebecca Merz has been helping individuals access deeper levels of consciousness to bring about healing and change, and to enhance creativity. She researched the transformative and healing effects of the psychomanteum process for seven years during her work as a psychomanteum facilitator and research coordinator at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, California. Her doctoral dissertation on the topic has been published online and presented nationally. She holds a Doctorate in Transpersonal Psychology with doctoral-level certification in Clinical Psychology.  Location: 1476 Main St., Sarasota. For more information and to schedule a session, call 1-941-366-6325 or visit 18

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Enjoy Music, Art, Wellness and Community Camping at Little Econ Love Fest


his four-day event has grown in Central Florida around the idea of creating community through sharing music and art in a spirit of celebration. Whatsit Entertainment is excited to bring the Love Fest back to Maddox Ranch for our third installment of this family and community-centric music and arts festival, taking place February 11–14. As our Florida family of festivals grows, we are constantly inspiring one another with new ideas and approaches to our tribal gatherings. We will offer exciting new additions to our lineup will be announced over the next few months including a community kitchen, on-site water filters, a stage dedicated to both comedy and wellness, and performances from Florida and Southeast bands. Our Sacred Love Temple will be setting up their Traveling Temple at the festival as a workshop space to share their own teachings, as well as other teachers’ events. If you are interested in teaching a workshop or volunteering with the Our Sacred Love Temple, contact Love Priestess Lucia Gabriela. Teachers and volunteers will receive a free festival ticket. Location: 2505 W Bella Vista St., Lakeland. For more information, visit or the Little Econ Love Fest Facebook page. To be a teacher or volunteer, email Support@

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his unique massage experience will align your mind, body, heart and soul with your highest potential, facilitating healing through self-love. Imagine walking into a quiet, peaceful and sacred space to experience a deep healing on your body. Imagine feeling welcomed and appreciated for just being you—judgment of who you are, how you look or what you are going through. Imagine your everyday mind surrendering to silence and experiencing mental clarity. Imagine feeling grounded, aligned and whole. Then, emerge feeling rejuvenated, relaxed, invigorated and full of vitality. Massage is a powerful tool for self-healing, as the power of touch has been scientifically proven to benefit our overall well-being. Massage can be used as a preventative tool to sustain vitality and strengthen the immune system, keeping our bodies strong and resistant to illness. Energy Healing Touch™ is a unique combination of several healing modalities. Because healing happens at both physical and beyond-physical levels, Energy Healing Touch™ addresses these deeper levels. Modalities such as Reiki, Integrative Energy Therapy™, Shiatsu, Cranial-Sacral, Reflexology, Meridian Trigger-Point, Sound Healing, Crystal Healing, Aura Balancing, Chakra Clearing, Meditation, Breathwork, Aromatherapy, Intuitive Touch and Unconditional Love provide intensive healing for the mind, body, heart and soul. Because you are powerfully unique, your self-healing process is also unique and based on your individual needs. Energy Healing Touch™ can include Deep Tissue, Hydrotherapy, Structural Bodywork, Lymphatic work, Acupressure, Hot Stone, Cupping, Russian Massage, Sport/Stretching Massage and others.


oin Dr. Rene Ng, Acupuncture Physician, in an entertaining and informative interactive discussion on what to include in your New Year’s resolution list for a healthy 2016. This free talk and brainstorming session will take place at the Isles of Palmer Ranch Clubhouse. The discussion will cover both the typical goals that individuals put on their lists, as well as essential but often overlooked items that you might not normally think about. The bottom line is to enable you to put together the best and most comprehensive resolution list that will make 2016 your healthiest year yet. Location: 5901 Benevento Dr., Sarasota. Space is limited. For more information and to register, call 941-922-1892 or 941-773-5156.

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“Creating Greater Peace, Joy & Love” right Life, an award-winning gift shop, education center and Natural Awakenings’ 2014 winner for “Favorite Business of the Year,” is offering a brand new meditation series in 2016 called “Creating Greater Peace, Joy and Love.” This meditation will take place every Monday night, 6:30–7:30 p.m., and will be offered by donation only. It will focus on deepening one’s own sense of inner peace, love and joy, while generating these feelings for the rest of the world as well. Each meditation will be facilitated by Kathy Keh, Bright Life’s owner, and will integrate colors, sounds and fragrances specifically selected to increase the vibrations of peace, joy and love.


The C. G. Jung Society of Sarasota Presents “Relationships: the Psychodynamics of Self and Other”


o theme seems to preoccupy us more than the desire for relationships. Yet, everywhere, we see broken relationships. The relationship between self and other carries the imprint of first relationships. This lecture will explore our projection and transference dynamics, the desire to merge with the other and the search for the “Magical Other.” It will also explore the difference between being in love and loving. The C.G. Jung Society of Sarasota will present James Hollis in a lecture on January 29, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and workshop on January 30, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., taking place at the Sarasota Memorial Hospital Waldemere Auditorium. Location: 1700 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Lecture Only Cost: $20 (for society members), $25 (for general public) Workshop Only Cost: $55 (for society members), $65 (for general public). Lecture & Workshop Cost: $60 (for society members), $75 (for general public). For more information and to register, call 941-284-3664, email or visit Events. For more information on the lecturer, visit

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newsbriefs Creating Your Best Year Ever!


n January 30, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Unity of Sarasota is offering a new approach to achieving your dream life. Learn how to prepare and implement a plan to successfully knock out that bucket list! This event is free, and healthy snacks will be provided. What is it that we want as we approach the end of our lives? More cars? More money? More property? However, if you were to ask someone in hospice care they might say, “I would like to have more time with my family,” or, “I would like to complete the life mission I was sent here for.” So, let Unity help you regain outrageous health this New Year, so you can have more time with loved ones and be able to complete your life’s purpose! Location: 3021 Proctor Rd., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-9241227, email or visit

William Henry Returns to Sarasota


earn, practice and experience the harmonizing effects within your own hands for your total well-being in self-care classes and playshops hosted by Suncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu: January 8, 6-7:15 p.m., Guided Hands-On Self-Healing Meditation. Availability is limited, so reserve your space by 2 p.m. the same day. January 23, 1–3 p.m., Eight Finger Mudras for Basic Daily Tension and Stress Relief. Ancient wisdom was revived in 1912 by Jiro Murai after healing himself from a “terminal” illness using these finger mudras. Reserve your space, with payment, by January 19. January 30, 1:30–6:30 p.m., Hands-On Harmonizing Sequences for Basic Daily Tension Release. An in-depth exploration of Jin Shin Jyutsu Self Help Book I: Getting to KNOW (Help) MYSELF, Art of Living by Mary Burmeister. Learn 20 sequences for restoring and maintaining balance. Reserve your space, with payment, by January 24. February 13, 1–4 p.m., Harmonizing with Fingers & Toes Playshop. Learn the five attitudes, their correlation to energy pathways in your body and how they relate to your fingers and toes. Determine your predominant attitude(s) and experience the results of holding your fingers and toes with awareness. Availability is limited, so reserve your space, with payment, by February 9. February 20, 1–6 p.m., 26 Keys to Harmonizing Your Total BE-ing. Discover safety energy locks within your body, learn how they relate to your physical, mental and emotional well-being, and experience how to harmonize them. Availability is limited, so reserve your space, with payment, by February 14.

osmic Center of Spiritual Light is delighted to announce the return of William Henry this February. He will also be offering transformative workshops here from February 5–7. Henry is a renowned investigative mythologist who has been a trusted voice on human transformation and ascension for over twenty years. He has written 18 books, is featured on the History Channel’s Ancient Aliens, and hosts Arcanum on Gaiam TV. Henry is also a seasoned presenter and communicator who has shared the stage with some of the greatest higher consciousness teachers including Gregg Braden, Graham Hancock, Lynn McTaggart, Drs. JJ and Desiree Hurtak and Dr. Eben Alexander. His workshop will delve into “Ancient Aliens and Stargate Metaphysics,” based on the latest decodings of the most cryptic symbols in Sumerian, Egyptian and Mayan artwork. He will take us on an exciting journey into the sacred art of the ancients that reveals secrets of the inner human light body, “light self.” Henry’s workshops change people’s lives and perceptions by helping them access new levels of spiritual understanding. He helps feed the spirit, bringing blessings to our lives. Details on these workshops are forthcoming. Look for more details in the February 2016 edition of Natural Awakenings.

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January 2016


newsbriefs Local Health Care Professionals Offer Purification Program


aily exposure to toxins, including pollutants and diets high in processed foods, can ultimately disrupt the body’s endocrine, immune, nervous and reproductive systems. To help patients purify their bodies, Beau Smith D.C., offers a 21day purification program, developed by whole food supplement manufacturer Standard Process Inc. This program uses whole, organic and unprocessed food, along with whole food supplements to help cleanse the body. Although the body rids itself of toxins naturally, eventually it can become overburdened. Purification, also known as detoxification, can help remove toxins. The Standard Process 21-Day Purification Program is designed to lighten the toxic load, improve digestion and help maintain a

healthy weight.* On January 28, join Drs. Jill and Beau Smith at Mainstay Chiropractic for a Patient Purification Workshop to introduce the 21-day purification process and explain in further detail the benefits of purification. Pre-registration by January 25 is required. Location: 717 Honore Ave., Sarasota. For more information and to register, call 941342-1292 or visit *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Rosemary Court Yoga Hosts Ashtanga Yoga Workshop


n January 24, 1–3:30 p.m., Senior Ashtanga Yoga teacher Amy Gordon will visit Sarasota to lead an Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series and Introduction to Second Series Workshop at Rosemary Court Yoga. In this workshop, the Ashtanga Yoga primary series will be followed by an introduction to second series poses. Hip and quadricep strengthening poses will also be practiced to help participants ease into this intermediate series, and additional core work will prepare them for backbending. Class will end with guided relaxation, pranayama, Reiki and meditation. Location: 810 Central Ave., Sarasota. Cost: $40. For more information and to pre-register, call 941-952-5280, email or visit 22

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Acupuncture Face and Necklift Seminar with Dr. Anna


n January 20 at 2 p.m., Dr. Anna Baker, DOM and founder of Faces by Dr. Anna, will present a seminar on changing the course of facial aging with her muscle tightening acupuncture face and necklift. Her technique reverses aging in the muscles of the face and neck, returning the original features. Dr. Anna has a database of over 500 patients, and she will show pictures of results for various ages and face types. This seminar will be held at the Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna Store. A nationally board-certified Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Dr. Anna has been practicing in Sarasota since 1998. She has developed a specialty in a muscle tightening acupuncture face and necklift, without any needles used on the face. Up to three treatments can be done in one day with a 10-treatment minimum. After 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, to register for the seminar and to schedule a free consultation, call 941-924-2723. To view before-and-after photos, visit

Explore the Science of “Inner Knowing” with Sarasota IONS Group


hen Dan Brown’s book and movie The Lost Symbol used the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) in the story, many people were interested. Considered the world’s frontier consciousness research center, IONS is now represented in Sarasota. The original non-profit group was cofounded in 1973 by former astronaut and MIT trained engineer Edgar Mitchell. His epiphany in space caused him to rethink life’s purpose. Seeing the earth from space caused a profound “inner knowing” within him that life is not an accident. So, he created an opportunity for scientists and researchers to study this concept. Over the years, Tarot, magic, the occult, the power of prayer, psychic healing, afterlife and quantum physics have come under study at the IONS Institute. Satellite groups like the Sarasota branch discuss these and other ideas. Applications of IONS research have affected psychology, healthcare, technology and daily life. Before becoming Sarasota’s IONS group leader, Jean Pierre Khordoc presented Ancient Wisdom lectures at IONS groups in Dallas. He also his own launched group there called “Cafemetaphysics.” He raises awareness and consciousness by speaking on esoteric, metaphysical, quantum physics, economic and financial topics. Khordoc has recently brought the IONS connection to Sarasota, and the group focuses on “Consciousness, Awareness, and Synchronicity,” “Past Life Regression,” the “IONS Transformation Model,” the Bloodline documentary film, and the “Uses and Value of Numerology.” At the January 14 meeting, Rev. Elizabeth Thompson will speak on “Global Stewardship in 2016.” Meetings take place every second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in Unity Church’s Enlightenment Center. Location: 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota. For more information, call and to sign up, call 941-249-9750 or email jpkhordoc@gmail. com.

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et Ventures, LLC recently announced the release of Woof Rescue Pet Adoption App for Android which features over 100,000 adoptable pets. “We’ve had such an enthusiastic response to our iOS pet adoption app in the first year—building an Android version was an obvious choice to help place more pets,” said Mark Wade, founder and CEO at Pet Ventures. Woof Rescue Pet Adoption App for Android is a new product, driven by customer feedback, and is part of Pet Ventures’ commitment to deliver the best tools to promote pet adoption from rescue shelters. Tens of thousands of people in North America have already found the iOS app to be a valuable resource as they search for adoptable pets in rescue shelters, and rescue organizations have also welcomed the new tool for promoting pet adoption. In addition, a growing number of cities are banning the sale of animals from commercial breeders, so featuring adoptable pets in a mobile app with attractive photos and extensive details gives people options, thereby reducing the number of homeless animals Founded in 2015, Pet Ventures is a fast growing startup in the pet industry. This company offers multiple products and services designed to enhance pet ownership.

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Feel Young, Live Long


esearch published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has found people that feel younger than their years have a lower incidence of earlier mortality. Conducted by scientists from the UK’s University College London, the research analyzed data from 6,489 people and measured their self-perceived age with the question, “How old do you feel you are?” Then, over more than eight years, the scientists tracked the number of deaths from all causes. Almost 70 percent of those that averaged a little over 65 reported feeling at least three years younger than their chronological age. Only a quarter said they felt close to their age and about 5 percent said they felt more than a year older. The research found that deaths among those that felt younger were 14 percent, while more than 18 percent of those who felt their own age and more than 24 percent of people that felt older died during the follow-up period. The research further found that individuals that felt at least three years younger were less likely to die later from heart disease or cancer. These relationships prevailed even when other health and lifestyle factors were eliminated. Co-author Andrew Steptoe, Ph.D., says, “We expected to find an association between self-perceived age and mortality. We didn’t expect that the relationship would still be present even when wealth, other socio-demographic indicators, health, depression, mobility and other factors were taken into account.”

Vitamin E and D Supplements Hinder Alzheimer’s and Falls Among Elderly


wo common vitamins are making headlines in medical research. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that supplementation with vitamin E may reduce the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. The five-year study followed 561 Alzheimer’s patients and included a placebo and the pharmaceutical drug memantine. Those that took vitamin E had a reduced progression of the disease compared to both a placebo group and the memantine group. Also, researchers from the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center found that vitamin D supplementation reduced the risk of falling for elderly folks. The study had a vitamin D supplement or a placebo delivered through a Meals-on-Wheels program to 68 people. The subjects were given blood tests and their history of falls was measured. Diaries revealed that the individuals taking vitamin D supplements fell less than half the number of times than the placebo group.


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Leave Them at the Door: Shoe Soles Harbor Risky Bacteria


esearch from the University of Houston has determined that a species of bacteria that has become resistant to many antibiotics might be tracking into homes on the soles of shoes. More than a third of randomly tested homes were contaminated with Clostridium difficile bacteria, and 40 percent of doorsteps were also infected with the bacteria. Depending upon the strain, C. difficile can cause intestinal infections, inflammation and severe diarrhea. Study author M. Jahangir Alam, Ph.D., comments, “Shoes are contaminated from diverse sources, and we are regularly contaminating our doorsteps by shoes.” The researchers tested three to five household items within 30 houses in Houston, Texas. They collected 127 environmental samples— from 63 shoe bottoms, 15 bathroom surface samples, 12 house floor dusts and 37 other household surfaces They found that 41 of them harbored C. difficile and nearly 40 percent of the shoes were positive for the bacteria. They also found that a third of the bathroom surfaces harbored the bacteria, a third of house dust and 19 percent of other surfaces maintained the bacteria. The cause of many intestinal disorders, this bacteria species has become increasingly resistant to antibiotics and many household cleaning products.

Autism Spurs Creative Thinking


he UK’s University of East Anglia and the University of Stirling conducted a study of individuals with autistic traits among 312 people recruited through social media, including 75 diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder. Each of the subjects completed a series of creativity tests in which they determined uses of mundane objects. Published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, the study found that while the autistic people chose fewer uses for each object, their choices were significantly more original and creative. The subjects developed a greater range of “divergent thinking”. Martin Doherty, Ph.D., co-author of the study, confirms, “People with high autistic traits can have less quantity, but greater quality of creative ideas. They are typically considered to be more rigid in their thinking, so the fact that the ideas they have are more unusual or rare is surprising. This difference may have positive implications for creative problem solving.” The researchers found that while the average person will utilize simple mental strategies to produce more obvious answers first, autistic people tend to first utilize more demanding strategies during their processing, thus producing the more creative result.

Sunlight Reduces Risk of Pancreatic Cancer


esearchers from the University of California (UC) School of Medicine at San Diego have determined that regions with greater exposure to ultraviolet (UV)-B radiation from the sun and reduced cloud cover have significantly lower incidence of pancreatic cancer. In an analysis of global rates of the disease, the research, published in the Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, demonstrated that areas with more sunshine had only one-sixth of the pancreatic cancer rates of areas with less sunshine. The farther from the equator, the less is the exposure to UV-B radiation, leading to less body production of vitamin D. Study author Cedric F. Garland, doctor of public health, a UC professor and member of the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, says, “If you’re living at a high latitude or in a place with a lot of heavy cloud cover, you can’t make vitamin D most of the year, which results in a higher-than-normal risk of getting pancreatic cancer.” According to World Cancer Research Fund International, 338,000 new cases of pancreatic cancer are diagnosed annually, and it is the seventh most lethal form of cancer.

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Playing Outside Before Lunch Spurs Kids to Eat Healthier


esearchers from Brigham Young University and Cornell University have determined that simply moving recess to precede lunch significantly increases students’ consumption of fruits and vegetables at lunch. The researchers tested firstthrough sixth-graders from seven schools in Utah for 14 school days. In three schools, recess was switched from after to just before lunch. In the other four schools, recess still followed lunch. Published in the journal Preventative Medicine, research found that when recess was just prior to lunch, students ate 54 percent more fruits and vegetables. Moving recess also resulted in 45 percent more kids eating at least one serving of fruits and vegetables during school-provided lunches. The researchers concluded that results show the benefits of holding recess before lunch and suggest that if more schools did this, there would be significant increases in fruit and vegetable consumption, particularly among students that eat school lunch as part of the National School Lunch Program.

Scientists Urge Ban on Non-Stick Pan Coatings


new paper published in the Environmental Health Perspectives journal warns of the continued health risks of chemicals used for non-stick pan coatings and water repellents on clothing. The chemical is being found in some municipalities’ drinking water. More than 200 scientists signed the statement, which presents the dangers of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). These chemicals are persistently used as pan coatings, despite more than a decade of research showing associations with liver toxicity, neurological disorders, cancers of different organs and types, and heart conditions. The paper noted that many manufacturers have discontinued long-chain PFAS production and substituted shorter-chain PFAS. The scientists caution that these shorter-chain PFAS may not effectively reduce PFAS exposure because more has to be used to achieve the same effectiveness, maintaining PFAS in the environment with exposure levels relatively unchanged. It calls for scientists, governments, chemical manufacturers and consumer product manufacturers to participate in halting all PFAS production.

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Eastern Practices Penetrate U.S. Corporate Culture Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini has introduced free yoga and meditation classes for employees of the health insurance giant, and more than 13,000 are participating. On average, they experienced a 28 percent reduction in their stress levels, 20 percent improvement in sleep quality, 19 percent reduction in pain and 62 minutes per week of extra productivity. “We have this groundswell inside the company of people wanting to take the classes,” says Bertolini. “It’s been pretty magical.” He sells the same classes to businesses that contract with Aetna. Google now offers emotional intelligence courses for employees and General Mills has a meditation room in every building on its Minneapolis corporate campus. Even conservative Wall Street firms such as Goldman Sachs are teaching meditation on the job. Some programs, from yoga sessions for factory workers to guided meditations for executives, are intended to improve overall well-being; others to increase focus and productivity. Most aim to make employees more present-minded, less prone to make rash decisions and generally nicer people to work with. More than 21 million individuals now practice yoga nationwide, double the number from a decade ago, and nearly as many meditate, according to the National Institutes of Health. Source:

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Making History with the Women’s Meditation Circle Tenth Anniversary by Jo Mooy


pon moving into an empty house in early January 2006, my friends said, “We need to bless your house. Pick a date.” I said, “The night of the full moon.” On the full moon of January 14, eight friends, who would become a close-knit group over the next ten years, sat on folding chairs specially purchased for the event. We gathered in a circle around a cardboard box turned into a makeshift altar, burned incense and invoked blessings for the house. This was the start of what would become known as The Women’s Meditation Circle of Southwest Florida. We decided to repeat this ritual on the February full moon. By March, the group of eight had doubled as word spread in the community. Before the end of the year, we were regularly seating forty women in the homes of members. Soon, no home was large enough to hold our group. We needed a permanent home. In 2008, Shahabuddin David Less, director of Rising Tide Spiritual Center, heard about the work of our group and offered their center on Friday evenings for the Women’s Meditations. It became a regular part of Rising Tide’s offerings and has been our spiritual home ever since. What’s so special about the Women’s Meditation Circle? Why has it survived for ten years when other groups haven’t? This is why. Every circle is a rimmed container, but this one is uncommon. At its start, the Women’s Meditation Circle set a vision of raising human consciousness through the work we did. With respect and integrity, this circle reflects that vision to others. It opens wide to all women who come in the door. It’s a place where strangers become friends, and friends become family.


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In their own words, women have said: “I find love and acceptance every time I attend a gathering.” “It’s the place where I learned how to meditate.” “It broadened my understanding of spirituality.” “No matter how wretched my week has been, when I walk into that space, I’m grounded and feel peace and contentment.” “This circle and these women are my spiritual home.” “It’s my north star constantly guiding me back home.” These testimonials were borne out when The Women’s Meditation won Natural Awakenings’ Nattie Award for “Favorite Meditation Group” six years in a row until the magazine retired this category in 2015. Women from different religious backgrounds or spiritual disciplines find a welcoming home here. They, along with leaders of many spiritual centers in southwest Florida, are chosen to lead the twice-a-month meditations. Though their practices are varied, they nourish the group’s collective spirit. We’ve had Gong Meditations, Pipe Ceremonies, Shamanic journeys, Kirtan Chanting and Balinese Spirituality. The nights of Drumming, Connecting with Animal Totems and Guided Imagery Meditations pack the room as readily as those on Mindfulness or Honoring the Ancestors. The work of The Women’s Meditation Circle is not limited to just leading meditations. equinoxes and solstices are also celebrated on each seasonal change. Children and men not only are invited to attend, but are active participants in the ceremonies, with kids reading their personal messages of hope for a peaceful world. We support charitable organizations through special collection efforts like “The Hope Project” in India which helps the poor in Delhi, and “The Mayors Feed the Hungry Program” of Sarasota and Manatee counties. Ten years have passed since our simple beginning. From eight women, we’ve grown to well over five hundred now. On January 8, we will celebrate our tenth anniversary on the new moon. This is fitting, as the new moon symbolizes new beginnings. It’s a time when we review the past and set new goals for the future. Our vision remains the same, but our vitality is enhanced by the many new women who come each Friday to our meditations. We cherish those who have been with us for ten years, and we continue to hold the circle sacred as we embrace all who enter. On January 8, women are invited to make history with us as we celebrate our tenth anniversary with a film of our first ten years together. The eight original members will be introduced. Fairy Elaine Silver will perform a Ho Opono Pono, a sacred song recognizing the work we’ve done over the years. Meditation leaders from the beginning to the present will be recognized for their contributions to this circle. Patricia Cockerill will then lead a specially developed meditation called “The Archetypes of the Goddesses,” designed to honor the goddess in each of us. The Tenth Anniversary Meditation will be held at Rising Tide, located at 5102 Swift Rd., Sarasota. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and will be closed at 7 p.m. Because a large crowd is expected, please park at the Ashton Street Post Office. This event is offered by $10 donation to Rising Tide. For more information, email or visit

Chinese Health Gem of the Month: Bone Broth for Enhancing Vitality & Immunity by Rene Ng, DOM, AP, L.Ac.


one-based soups are a common dish seen at dinner tables in most households thtoughout China. Soup and daily nutrition have been used along with herbs as the primary source for maintaining wellness and addressing health issues for thousands of years. The majority of all soups used to tonify the body contain some form of bones as the base ingredient. In Chinese medicine, the kidney system is key to healthy development, as well as maintaining skeletal strength. The Chinese believed that animals with strong, tough bones contained the nutritional substances that allowed them to maintain tough bone density as well. So, when these bones are cooked in soup, the nourishing substances permeate the broth, and whoever drinks the soup will benefit from this absorption. As a result, the skeletal and kidney systems will strengthen which boosts the circulatory low and improves improved immune health. Below, is a recipe for a bone-based soup that will boost the immune system and increase one’s overall vitality:

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medical system and got nothing,” says Mills. With functional medicine, “In a very short time, they had me feeling nearly 100 percent.”

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The Rise of Functional Medicine New Paradigm Gets to the Root Cause of Disease by Lisa Marshall


y the end of 2014, Trina Mills, of Parker, Arizona, had given up on conventional medicine. She’d been diagnosed with a thyroid disorder 17 years earlier and taken medication ever since without feeling her symptoms of fatigue, muscle aches and stomach problems ever fully subside. She’d visited endocrinologists, gastroenterologists and a half-dozen other specialists, each of which offered a different diagnosis and prescribed a different drug. At one point, she had her gallbladder removed. At another, her doctor suspected she had bleeding in her brain and sent her for a computerized axial tomography (CAT) scan. Some thought she was a hypochondriac; others said she was depressed. “I would tell them, ‘I’m just depressed that you can’t figure out why I’m so sick,’” she says. 34

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Weighing a skeletal 82 pounds, the 54-year-old mother of three finally wrote out a living will and braced for the inevitable. Then she heard of a new Center for Functional Medicine opening at the prestigious, century-old Cleveland Clinic. As the first clinic of its kind to open at an academic medical center, it promised to look at the underlying causes of disease, while focusing on the whole person, rather than isolated symptoms. Intrigued, Mills caught a flight to Ohio and soon was offering up 30 tubes of blood, stool and saliva samples, as well as an exhaustive life history. One year later, thanks to a series of personalized diet and lifestyle changes, she’s 10 pounds heavier and feels better than she has in decades. “I spent a lot of years and money in the traditional

In the 25 years since nutritional biochemist Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D., of Gig Harbor, Washington, coined the term, this science-based, whole-body approach to addressing chronic disease has gained widespread traction. More than 100,000 physicians—60 percent of them medical doctors—have trained with the Institute for Functional Medicine he founded in Washington and New Mexico, and numerous medical schools have added its tenets to their curricula. More naturopaths and chiropractors are also distinguishing themselves with a functional medicine emphasis. “It is not alternative medicine at all,” stresses Bland, whose latest book, The Disease Delusion, details how functional medicine can curb chronic diseases like arthritis, diabetes, dementia, and heart disease, which constitute 78 percent of U.S. health care costs. “It’s the basis of 21st-century health care,” he says. For most of the 20th century, conventional medicine centered on a singular objective: Arrive at a diagnosis and treat it with drugs or surgery. Then, the alternative medicine movement proffered a toolbox of more natural therapies, including acupuncture, herbs and massage to address these same diagnoses. The 1990s brought integrative medicine, a best-of-both-worlds approach. “While all of the above have merit, they lack the necessary guidance to help practitioners determine which tools work best for which patient,” says Dr. Mark Hyman, director of the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine. “Alternative therapies and conventional treatments are tools. We need a new map that can teach us how to skillfully use those tools,” maintains Hyman. “That map is functional medicine.” Because one chronic disease such as diabetes can have dozens of underlying causes, or one culprit such as a genetic predisposition or exposure to toxins can lead to multiple chronic conditions, functional medicine focuses on systems, rather than organs, and origins, rather than diseases. “It’s about listening

to the patient’s story in a different way, where the objective is not simply about arriving at a diagnosis,” explains Bland.

Ferreting Out Key Clues

Key to discovering the underlying origins of a health issue are a host of new gene, blood and gut health tests. “They allow us to look under the patient’s ‘metabolic hood’ at the genetic and biochemical factors influencing health,” says Naturopathic Doctor Kara Fitzgerald, who heads up a functional medicine clinic in Newtown, Connecticut. For instance, certain genes influence how a person burns and stores fat. Depending on which variant a patient has, based on a genetic test, they might be guided toward a higheror lower-fat diet. Those genetically prone to difficulty in metabolizing the amino acid homocysteine (an excess of which can raise the risk of heart disease) might be advised to take folic acid supplements. If a patient displays intractable gut problems, rather than simply look for blood or pathogens in the stool, Fitzgerald also looks at the DNA of their gut microbiome, mapping out which strains of good bacteria are present or absent and prescribing prebiotics, probiotics or whole foods to promote a healthful balance. For another patient with thinning hair and aching joints, she might use specialized blood tests to look for micronutrient deficiencies, signs of allergies or certain autoantibodies—proteins produced by the immune system that mistakenly attack one’s own tissues—

that might herald a brewing autoimmune disorder. “Research shows that predictive autoantibodies can show up in the blood 10 or even 20 years before an autoimmune disease such as Type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis or rheumatoid arthritis makes itself known,” says Fitzgerald, pointing to a seminal review published in 2007 in Scientific American: “If a patient with mild, early-stage symptoms is proactive with diet and lifestyle changes, they may be able to fend it off.” High-tech tests aside, Bland stresses that what’s most important is “a tool that has been largely lost in medicine today: Knowing how to listen to the patient.” In a typical exam, Fitzgerald thoroughly inspects often neglected body parts, including the tongue and fingernails, which can hold important clues to underlying health. She asks about past emotional trauma which might trigger chronic disease, and inquires about what environmental toxins and harmful chemicals both the patient and their birth parents may have been exposed to. One example might be a patient exposed to cigarette smoking in utero having a bias toward an allergic disease. If their parents grew up in a period of famine, they might have inherited a genetic disposition for rapid weight gain. “She spent two-and-a-half hours with me,” in her initial consultation, recalls 52-year-old Lauren Zambrelli, of Long Island, New York, who credits Fitzgerald for helping her tame her multiple sclerosis into remission. “It was like having a sister for a doctor.”

Lobby for Change To lobby for consistent insurance coverage of more complementary therapies, check out these resources. CoverMyCare ( This national grassroots advocacy campaign, a project of the Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium, aims to support the proper full implementation of Section 2706 of the Affordable Care Act, which states that insurers cannot leave licensed practitioners like naturopaths, chiropractors, massage therapists or Oriental medicine practitioners out of their provider networks. It still lacks enforcement at the state level, although Oregon and Rhode Island recently passed legislation to fix the existing loophole; California, Hawaii, Minnesota and New Mexico are working to do the same. American Sustainable Business Council ( Reimbursement). The organization recently launched a campaign to urge insurers to cover integrative practices.

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hile most practitioners recommend that patients consult with a physician to interpret their test results, several companies offer gene, blood and microbiome lab testing directly to consumers. Here are a few options to consider. uBiome, Inc. ( Send in swab samples from gut, mouth, nose, genitals and/or skin and the company will genetically sequence the DNA of resident bacteria and send findings back within six weeks, identifying good and bad varieties present, deficiencies, and how that personal microbiome compares to others with similar lifestyles, such as smokers, vegans, meat-eaters, etc. It’s also possible to test a client’s microbiome over time to see if dietary changes implemented to change gut health are working. WellnessFX ( Visit an affiliated diagnostic lab to submit blood samples with results posted within a week on a secure website. Different packages targeting weight loss, sports performance, heart health or women’s health issues look at different biomarkers in the blood, such as levels of certain micronutrients, hormones or signs of inflammation. Clients can request an online consultation with a doctor or dietitian to interpret the results. Pathway Genomics (Pathway. com): The company’s DNA Insight Genetic Health and Wellness Tests use genetic material taken from saliva to analyze genetic markers. Ordered via a licensed practitioner, online or through a smartphone app, clients receive a kit, send in a sample and get results within three weeks. The Pathway Fit tests snapshot 75 genetic markers related to metabolism and sports performance. Others look for genes that influence nutrient absorption, heart health or hormonal function.

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Functional medicine doctors don’t shy away from prescription drugs when necessary, but they do lean decidedly toward the lower-tech modalities, using dietary supplements, allergen-free diets, exercise, mind-body practices and toxin avoidance as their primary tools. “We basically take out the bad stuff from the body and put in the good stuff,” says Hyman. Maintaining good health is priceless, but without conventional insurance coverage, it can be expensive. While Mills’ doctor visits were covered by insurance (which is rare), she spends roughly $1,000 a month on supplements to address her diagnosed leaky gut syndrome, nutrient deficiencies and mercury poisoning. Zambrelli has paid thousands out of her own pocket, too. Some people worry that, like most conventional physicians, some functional medicine practitioners place too much emphasis on expensive tests and too little on the most crucial and affordable remedy—self-care. “Functional medicine as a concept is an important step forward,” says integrative medicine pioneer Dr. James Gordon, founder of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. “However, some practitioners do a lot of tests and prescribe a lot of supplements and work on cleaning out the gut, but neglect the psychological, spiritual and social issues. That concerns me.” Bland and Hyman concede that some practitioners over-test, but say that will fade over time as they learn to better discriminate which ones are useful for specific patients. Several efforts also are underway to get more functional medicine providers and the acupuncturists,

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pain, I always take pulses in several parts of the body, and then take into account many factors, including age, gender and life situation,” says Buchman. “The underlying causes of the pain may be different in a 20-something student with a stressful academic load than a 50-something woman that’s a recent empty nester redefining her future,” he explains. When researchers at China’s Central South University reviewed 13 studies on acupuncture and low back pain, they concluded that comprehensive

Good Reasons to Try Acupuncture Thousands of Studies Show Healing Results by Kathleen Barnes


serotonin and relieving inflammation, as he ancient Chinese art of acuwell as bringing many other body propuncture is gaining popularity cesses into normal function. in modern Western medicine for Brevard, North Carolina, licensed many reasons. “There’s lots of research master acupuncturist Paul Buchman, to support the effectiveness of acupuncadds, “Acupuncture differs from conture for a wide variety of conditions,” ventional Western medicine in many says Thomas Burgoon, a medical doctor who practices internal medicine in West ways, primarily in that when it treats a disease on the physical level, it also Chester, Pennsylvania, and is president has far-reaching effects on our mental, of the American Academy of Medical emotional and spiritual aspects.” Acupuncture, an association of docChronic back tors of medicine and pain: Chronic low osteopathic medicine The U.S. Library of back pain affects 80 that use acupuncture Medicine database percent of us at some in conjunction with conventional treatlists more than 23,000 time and is the secondcommon cause ments. studies on acupuncture. most of disability in Ameri Acupuncture can adults, according to a University treatments typically involve the nearly of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study painless insertion of very thin needles to published in the Journal of the American stimulate the body’s natural repair and Medical Association. regulation mechanisms based on the A recent study of Australian fundamental Chinese medicine principle patients arriving in Melbourne hospital that the inside of the body can often emergency rooms complaining of low be treated from the outside. Burgoon back pain found that those treated with explains that acupuncture works by stimulating and releasing the body’s natu- acupuncture experienced as much pain relief in an hour as those given drugs. ral pain relievers, including endorphins, “When I treat a person for low back producing the feel-good brain chemical 38

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No Needles Needed for Kids by Kathleen Barnes


cupuncture can be helpful for children, especially in treating asthma, allergies and childhood digestive disorders, including colic, says Melanie Katin, a licensed acupuncturist who specializes in treating children in New York City. “Acupuncture for children rarely involves the use of needles. Since their qi (life force) flows very close to the surface of their skin, it doesn’t require a lot of movement to get things flowing in the right direction,” she explains. Acupuncture for kids typically involves light, fast brushing of the skin to encourage a healing circulation of energy. Katin teaches parents to continue treatments at home. She explains that it’s still technically acupuncture, not acupressure, which would involve prolonged stimulation of the body’s energy meridian sites. Sometimes she includes the use of small instruments for tapping or brushing the skin and tuning forks to stimulate the meridian points. She remarks, “The kids love it.”

Find a local physician trained in medical acupuncture at FindAnAcupuncturist treatment plans that involve acupuncture are urgently needed. Headache: Acupuncture has long been used to relieve the pain of migraines and tension headaches. Australian research published in EvidenceBased Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that 16 acupuncture sessions cut in half the number of days that patients experienced migraines, significantly reducing pain. “Acupuncture is a must-try therapy for anyone with migraines or chronic or tension-type headaches,” says Burgoon. He notes that Aetna Insurance Company policy considers acupuncture among accepted, medically necessary treatments for migraines, chronic low back pain, knee osteoarthritis, postoperative dental pain and nausea associated with surgery, pregnancy and chemotherapy.

Asthma and allergies: More than 25 million Americans have asthma, including 6.8 million children. Danish research published in the journal Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine showed that 10 acupuncture sessions given over a three-month period reduced asthma symptoms and use of inhaled steroids, but only when acupuncture was ongoing. Benefits diminished when treatments were discontinued. German researchers at Berlin’s Charité University Medical Center found similar effects for seasonal allergies by comparing it with the effects of antihistamines and sham acupuncture. “Patterns of bad health get more ingrained in our body systems as we get older,” says Melanie Katin, a licensed acupuncturist specializing in treating children in New York City and professor at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. “If we can catch an illness in a child’s first seven or eight years, we may be able to prevent it from becoming chronic in adulthood.” Digestive problems: Acupuncture has been found to be effective for treating colic in babies, irritable bowel syndrome, morning sickness and postoperative nausea caused by anesthesia and chemotherapy treatments, verified

in research from Australia’s University of Sydney on patients after surgery for metastatic liver cancer. Several other studies, including one from the Milwaukee’s Medical College of Wisconsin, show that acupuncture rebalances the nervous system and restores proper digestive function, while relieving pain. The World Health Organization review of research notes how acupuncture relieved gastrointestinal (GI) spasms better than atropine injections, and also recommends acupuncture for relief of nausea. “Acupuncture helps calm down an overactive GI tract and stimulates an underactive one,” explains Burgoon. Acupuncture is a non-pharmaceutical remedy for many health problems, Burgoon says. “I fell in love with acupuncture when I discovered I could use it to treat some problems that nothing else helped. I almost never prescribe any medications. Instead, I help people get off pharmaceuticals.” Kathleen Barnes is author of many natural health books, including The Calcium Lie 2: What Your Doctor Still Doesn’t Know, with Dr. Robert Thompson. Connect at


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inter season soups on chilly days can warm us, both body and soul. Whatever our food preferences or time constraints, some new twists on traditional favorites will satisfy everyone’s taste buds—with an accent on healthy pleasure. Here’s where to start.   Reinventing the past. From her Colorado mountain home, Jenny McGruther, author of The Nourished Kitchen, celebrates the wisdom of traditional foodways, making nutrientdense, healing soup broth from bones, water, vegetables and seasonings. McGruther’s twist is to make it in a six-quart slow cooker. Once her family has dined on organic roast or rotisserie chicken, she simmers the bones with purified water, a bay leaf or two, a few whole peppercorns and a few chopped organic vegetables like onion, carrot and celery

on the low setting for 24 hours. Then she ladles the broth through a coffee strainer into another container, refreshes the slow cooker with more water and simmers the bones and seasonings for another 24 hours. Eventually, the broth will have less flavor and color, and that’s when McGruther starts all over again. “I call this perpetual soup,” she says. She blogs at Slowing it down. With homemade broth on hand, it’s easy to make the Italian winter staple of Tuscan Vegetable Bean Soup. Cookbook authors and slow cooker experts Kathy Moore and Roxanne Wyss, from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, love to make this when they’re working on a cookbook deadline. They simply use what they have in the refrigerator, freezer or pantry. “With a soup like this you can always substitute one vegetable for

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another, adjusting the recipe to what you enjoy and have on hand,” advises Moore. The pair blogs at PluggedInto Speeding it up. Sometimes, we need a single serving of homemade soup fast. Award-winning recipe developer and cookbook author Camilla Saulsbury, of Nacogdoches, Texas, whips up a Pumpkin Sage Soup that can simmer in a saucepan within minutes, ready to be enjoyed in a mug. Saulsbury uses organic canned pumpkin, full of vitamins, which can vary in sweetness. “If needed,” she suggests, “add a drizzle of maple syrup to enhance the flavor of the soup.” Making “bisque” in a high-speed blender. Karen Adler is an avid grower of organic tomatoes in her Kansas City garden. When the seasonal harvest comes to an end, Adler grills or oven roasts the tomatoes, along with organic peppers and onions, and then freezes them, ready to make Roasted Tomato Bisque any time of the year. “My secret to a light bisque without using cream is to blend all the roasted vegetables together with a high-speed blender to give it body. A swirl of extra-virgin olive oil at the end finishes ensuring the satisfying flavor,” she says. Going cold. Douglas McNish, head chef at Toronto’s raw and vegan restaurant Raw Aura, serves a popular Lemon, Cucumber and Dill Soup, which is easy to make in a food processor. “This soup is amazing this time of year, when most of our diets may be lacking in healthy fats and trace minerals,” says McNish.   Warming up. Two cookbook authors teamed up across many miles to write 300 Sensational Soups. Meredith Deeds lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, while Carla Snyder resides in Cleveland, Ohio. They’ve mutually discovered the naturally warming properties of curry powder in Curried Coconut Chickpea Soup. Snyder observes, “A good soup nourishes the heart, as well as the stomach, spreading a feeling of satisfaction and contentment.” Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood from Overland Park, KS.

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¾ cup ready-to-use chicken or vegetable broth 2 /3 cup pumpkin purée (not pie filling) ¼ tsp dried rubbed sage 3 Tbsp half-and-half, whole milk or coconut creamer Salt and freshly ground black pepper In a saucepan, bring the broth, pumpkin and sage to a simmer over medium-high heat. In the mug, stir broth, pumpkin and sage until blended. Stir in cream and heat for 1 minute more. Season it to taste with salt and pepper before pouring into a mug. Garnish with roasted pumpkin seeds. Adapted from 250 Best Meals in a Mug, by Camilla V. Saulsbury

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Treating Autism

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n The Autism Revolution, Pediatric Technology and Massachusetts General Neurologist and Neuroscientist Hospital Medical Imaging facility. Martha Herbert approaches autism “While autism is often thought of as as a whole-body condition that can a genetic disorder, it’s the result of a geneimprove, rather than be a static, lifelong environment interaction where genes are genetic brain disorder. corrupted,” explains Psychiatrist Robert “It’s the way the brain is shifted Hendren, who is currently partnering in into acting when faced developing the Center with a combination of Experts agree that a for Autism Spectrum stressors—some, but Disorder and Neurodenatural foundation velopmental Disorders not all of which are genetic—at a vulnerable for health begins with at the University of Calipoint in development,” fornia, San Francisco. breastfeeding infants says Herbert. NonAccording to the genetic challenges can U.S. Centers for Disease to support natural come from the immune Control and Prevention, immunity, and then autism is the fastestsystem, nutrition, the environment and ensuring children’s growing developmental stress. “Addressing disability, now affecting diets are rich in them can make a one in 68 children and profound difference in nutrients at all ages. one in 42 boys. Autism the condition; maybe Speaks (AutismSpeaks. even turning it around.” org) defines autism spectrum disorder Herbert directs the Treatment Re(ASD) as a group of complex brain search and Neuroscience Evaluation of development disorders characterized by Neurodevelopmental Disorders (TRAN- difficulties in social interaction, verbal SCEND) program at a joint Harvard and nonverbal communication and University, Massachusetts Institute of repetitive behaviors. 44

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Many experts agree that in some cases, autism can be prevented. “Prevention needs to start early—preconception is ideal,” says Dr. Kenneth A. Bock, of Bock Integrative Medicine, in New York, and author of Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma and Allergies. Emphasizing omega-3 essential fatty acids, folic acid and probiotics during pregnancy can be beneficial, and it’s important to avoid iron deficiency, which has been tied to higher rates of autism, Hendren counsels. Results from a recent University of California, Davis study published in Environmental Health Perspectives reveals increased rates of autism among children of women that live close to pesticide-treated fields during pregnancy, particularly during the second and third trimesters. Hendren says, “Living near heavily sprayed fields can be very detrimental. Living close to freeways or downwind of coal-fired power plants is also associated with autism.” If heavy metal toxicity in blood is confirmed, chelation therapy is often used to remove metals, although Hendren advises against using it for the general treatment of ASD. “Chelators pull out mercury, along with other metals, a process that can be harmful. Instead, think about diet and nutritional supplements that can help detoxify the body more safely,” he explains. Bock says, “It’s not enough to detoxify, we have to remove and prevent exposure to neurodevelopmental toxins.” Herbert suggests avoiding toxic household products, electromagnetic exposure from devices such as cell phones and baby monitors, which can lead to stress, sleep disruption and cell health problems, as well as antibiotic overuse, which can disrupt the gut microbiome, increasing vulnerability to exposure to other harmful chemicals. Herbert notes some parents observe that their child became autistic after a vaccination but there are also autistic children that are vaccine-free; still others become so after facing other stresses such as illness or trauma. “We need to focus on the underlying vulnerabilities and keep children strong and resilient so they can handle life’s

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Currently, the only treatment that has been proven to consistently improve the core symptoms of ASD is behavioral therapy designed to foster language, socialization and academic skills. While effective, this approach is time- and staff-intensive. With the rise and prevalence of autism in the past decade, more parents are turning to complementary and alternative treatments (CAM). Hendren reports that the best researched and safest CAM therapies for treating autism include melatonin to improve sleep, omega-3 fatty acids to ease hyperactivity and possibly improve socialization, multivitamins to supplement a limited diet or poor appetite and methyl B12

injections to protect against oxidative stress. Massage therapy has also proven effective in increasing connectivity with others and reducing over-arousal, while reducing ASD symptoms. Research remains in its infancy, but other CAMs deemed acceptable for a professionally monitored trial include B6 and magnesium supplements to correct metabolic aberration, folic acid for improvements in core symptoms, probiotics to ease gastrointestinal distress and iron supplementation for a deficiency. Although clear benefits have yet to be backed by scientific evidence, many parents of children with ASD report that behavior improves with a diet free of the proteins gluten (found in wheat, barley and rye) and casein (found in dairy). Other parent-endorsed diets include anti-yeast, anti-hyperglycemia, specific carbohydrate, low-oxalate and specific food reaction regimens. A review article in the journal Autism Research and Treatment notes that acupuncture, exercise, and musicand animal-assisted therapy have all been reported as helping to reduce a variety of ASD functional and behavioral symptoms. From sound-dampening headphones that offset loud noises to structuring the environment to anticipate transitions, removing stressors can help reduce the debilitating characteristics of ASD. “This improves abilities to learn and interact with others, but we also don’t want to

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ensory kids, like those living with autism spectrum, sensory processing, anxiety or attention deficit disorders, are often highly affected by the design of their physical environments. Here are some tips for removing daily stressors for a more supportive home environment. Identify the common sensory challenges for the child so the family can create spaces that support them. Kids may struggle with regulating their emotions, initiating tasks, maintaining focus, rigid rules, lack of flexibility or being consistently overwhelmed. Less is more because these kids

are often more sensitive to environmental stimuli. Tone down the color scheme of their bedroom and playroom, and maintain uncluttered spaces. Clearly defined and labeled areas in certain rooms can help them know what to expect and how to use each space appropriately. Define areas and tasks with visual aids to foster more focused, calm and flexible interactions. Consider creating a designated dressing area with hooks that hold the next day’s clothes and a laundry hamper. This provides a visual routine to follow and structural aids to help complete the task successfully.

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shelter them from having a chance to learn the rules of social interaction in real-world situations,” advises Hendren. Because autism is a heterogeneous disorder with numerous subtypes, the best individualized combination of treatments can be challenging to identify and can often change throughout one’s life. Bock reminds families that even with a successful treatment plan, “A parent’s love is the final element that brings these recovering children out of darkness into light.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi (HealthyLiving Create a space to escape and regulate when they return home anxious, overwhelmed or ready to explode; a zone to help them feel calm and connected again. Dark and quiet spots are best, like the corner of a closet, bottom bunk, under a desk or even a cardboard box “cabin”. Add a flashlight, favorite books, beanbags, heavy or weighted blankets, handheld sensory toys and something that taps into the child’s current fascination. Carolyn Dalgliesh is the founder of Systems for Sensory Kids & Simple Organizing Strategies in North Kingstown, RI, and author of The Sensory Child Gets Organized. Connect at

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through your feet and release your head,” guides facilitator Amber Ryan, of New York City, who travels the world for dance sessions. “Use your body as a gateway into the now.” For two hours, dancers move freely and individually, swaying, sensing and interacting in an experience called “the wave”, intended to move energy through the body, release emotions and heal the psyche. It’s based on Roth’s premise that, “Each of us is a moving center, a space of divine mystery. Though we spend most of our time on the surface in daily ordinary existence, most of us hunger to connect to this space within, to break through to bliss, to be swept into something bigger.”


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for movement with purpose beyond improved fitness as it’s practiced in drug- and alcohol-free club-style events and ecstatic dance experiences, as well as dance fitness programs. “It’s about honoring body intelligence and paying attention to the body and mind-body connection,” says Metz. “The modalities mentioned most often are 5Rhythms, Soul Motion, Open Floor, JourneyDance, and the Nia Technique,” says Metz. A brief look at three of them shows how each has its own style.

5Rhythms In St. Petersburg, Florida, 22 women have gathered to seek the bliss promised by 5Rhythms, one of the original conscious dance forms, founded by the late Gabrielle Roth. “Find your flow. Feel your connection to the Earth

JourneyDance Toni Bergins, from the Massachusetts Berkshires, is a frequent presenter at the Kripalu Center and Omega Institute for Holistic Studies. After years of studying and teaching movement, drama, creative visualization and gestalt techniques, she combined them in creating JourneyDance. More than 400 trained facilitators now offer it in 60- or 90-minute classes worldwide based on the philosophy, “Move into a new story!” Every class includes visualization, creative movement, affirmations and evocative music, all working together to release emotions and connect with spirit. “You learn to love your body, expand your emotional intelligence, clear your mind and connect with your inner source,” explains Bergins. “You express yourself, infuse life with creativity and connect with a dancing community.” Participants engage in a ritual journey of physical transformation, cleansing the body through breath, sweat and expression. In this safe space, “Dancers discover their power and personal heart medicine, their true essence,” says Bergins.

Nia Technique For those that prefer more structure, the Nia Technique is the original barefoot mind-body-spirit fitness practice, activating sensation and awareness in a workout adaptable for everybody. More than 2,600 instructors in 51 countries offer 60-minute classes where enthu-

Dance Sites siasts move the way the body is built to move, reaping cardiovascular fitness and therapeutic benefits while having joyful fun. Dancers, guided by instructor’s moves, feel the rhythm of the music and ground themselves in spirit, equipping themselves to take the self-healing experience into everyday life. “Nia has always blended form and freedom,” says Debbie Rosas, of Portland, Oregon, co-founder and creator of the technique. “We are now introducing new FreeDance classes to bring what we have learned through Nia to embody consciousness in new ways, conditioning the whole body and nervous system. It’s an invitation to move in free, unbound, unstructured ways to offset the tendency we have to move less as we age.” Dancers move to music designed to animate each chakra through an eight-stage process via a Nia DJ. They’re guided to listen to body feedback through sensation, release emotions and relish being in the present moment. “Regardless of how you act, dress or think, the way you feel inside reveals the most accurate truth of oneself and this is reflected in dance,” says Rosas. “Moving without interference allows your unconscious creative self to shine. You can connect to the sacred artist within; the one that holds a palette with endless colors, shapes and possibilities.” She sees life as ultimately a free-style dance into the self that supports a philosophy of “Love your body, love your life”. “Dance is in everyone’s family tree, a universal message,” says Metz. “In conscious dance, you disconnect from gadgets and reconnect with yourself and others around you. People need that.” Gail Condrick is a Nia faculty member, retreat leader and archetypal soul coach in Sarasota, FL. Connect at GaelaVisions. com.

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iving green means living well, using what you create with minimal waste,” says Mike Bond, an ecologist and bestselling activist author in Winthrop, Maine. Here, he and other savvy sources share tips to go ever greener in ways that are painless and affordable.

Start Small 4 Choose the best bulb for the job. Light bulbs can confuse even informed shoppers. Incandescent bulbs last more than 750 hours, but aren’t energy-efficient. Fluorescent bulbs use 75 percent less energy than incandescent and last 10 to 15 times longer. A 20-watt compact fluorescent light (CFL) uses 550

fewer kilowatt-hours than a 75-watt incandescent bulb. For additional information, check InfoLightBulbs. For a free app showing the best buy, visit 4 Use appliance thermometers. Widely available, this useful tool will confirm a correct operating temperature of 37 to 40 degrees in the refrigerator and zero degrees in the freezer. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a warmer fridge allows bacteria to grow, while 10 degrees cooler than the ideal range increases energy use 25 percent. Chiller units work harder if the room temperature exceeds 70 degrees, so keep appliances out of direct sunlight and away from the stove.

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Go Greener 4 Replace old appliances with energyefficient models. Check out a unit’s Energy Star rating. Consider a tankless heater for hot water on demand, rather than 24/7 heating. 4 Choose eco-tires. Low rolling resistance improves gas mileage and reduces emissions. Keep tires properly inflated and periodically rotated for longer wear. Watch for future innovations in sustainable materials currently in research and development. 4 Ban idling. Don’t idle an electronic fuel-injected engine for more than 30 seconds when parked in cold weather; it warms up faster by being driven, explains the U.S. Department of Energy. Fuel injection engines took over in the 1980s and early 90s. Only older carburetors need a couple of minutes’ warm-up. The Department of Energy’s

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Bruce Lipton on the Epigenetics Revolution Our Beliefs Reprogram Our Genetic Destiny by Linda Sechrist


ruce Lipton, Ph.D., author of The Biology of Belief and The Honeymoon Effect, is a stem cell biologist and internationally recognized leader in bridging science and spirit. He is a visiting fellow lecturer on immunology at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic and participated in the Foundation for Conscious Evolution’s seventh Worldwide Meeting on Human Values, in Mexico. His research explains the interplay between individual consciousness and body biology.

Why do you start with epigenetics as a foundation for health? Many people, programmed with the concept of genetic determinism, believe that genes in the fertilized egg at conception determine character and fate. Unable to pick our DNA genes, we are powerless to control our life, so that the only option is seeking help from someone in the biomedical community to fix our genes. I introduced a new vision about the understanding of genes a half-century ago that is now the new science of epigenetics. Epi- means “above”. Here, we can realize control by regulating the environment in which we live and our perception of it, making us the master of our own genetics rather than a victim of heredity.

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it promises radical change capable of revolutionizing civilization. Its dynamics are equivalent to the leap from Newtonian physics to quantum physics, which led to everything from computers and cell phones to Martian rovers. We are freed to abandon the belief that genes cause cancer, for instance. In changing our lifestyle, beliefs and perceptions, we also change our genetic expression. Remember, this works because how we individually interpret our world is translated by the brain into chemical information that adjusts the behavior and genetics of cells to complement our perception. We could live in the healthiest environment, but if our mind perceives it as threatening and non-supportive, our biology will become less healthy and can generate disease. The cells’ response is based on the brain’s information, which actually is only an interpretation. Personal perceptions and the way we live, including our spiritual nature, adjust genes to manifest either a functional state of health or one of dysfunction.

Where is the “self” that makes people different? No two people are the same biologically. If I inject my cells into another human, their immune system will recognize it as “not-self” and begin to eliminate them. On the surface of virtually all our cells are thousands of protein receptors that function like miniature antennae. They read and respond to environmental signals similar to the larger receptors on the skin’s surface, such as the eyes, ears and nose.

Each human also possesses a unique set of “identity” receptors, a subset of which are called “self-receptors” by the biomedical community, found on nearly all of our cells, with the primary exception of red blood cells. Self-receptors are unrelated to the cell’s function contributing to muscle, bone, brain or heart. Conventional medicine studies the physical aspect of self-receptors as being the source of “self” but overlook the environmental signals they receive. In other words, individual identity is linked to the signals received by the antennae. When I reached this point in my research, I realized that we can’t die, because our real identity is represented by the invisible environment-derived “broadcast”, which might legitimately be referred to as spirit. My personal identity signal is received by each of my 50 trillion cells endowed with the unique set of “Bruce” self-receptors. While my physical body is like a TV, the “spiritual broadcast” representing the Bruce Show is an eternal, energetic element of the environment.

What is entrainment and why is it important today? A group of heart cells in a Petri dish will each beat to its own vibrational frequency. After a couple of days, they start beating in synchrony, because the stronger heart cells control the tempo. The other cells organize their behavior to entrain with the more powerful one. This happens in women’s college dormitories when residents start the school year with different menstrual cycles, but later experience entrainment, with their cycles beginning and ending about the same time. They link to a pulse and a beat, just like the heart cells. Humans become entrained to a higher force that’s an invisible broadcast of energy in harmony or in discordance. As more of us hold the intention for living a life of love and peace, the broadcast of that harmonic energy amplifies and those not yet there will eventually entrain to the stronger signal. This is the shift we need to make for conscious evolution to occur. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

The Link between Sleep and Your Health by Rebekah Greer “Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.” —Thomas Dekker


leep plays a vital role in our physical well-being, from weight loss to disease prevention to complexion. Rest is one of the most important processes we can engage in for overall health. Considering we sleep, on average, one-third of our lives, it’s easy to understand what a difference a good night of sleep can make. While we sleep, our bodies recharge. The body regulates chemicals and hormones in charge of metabolism, hunger and blood sugar, repairs and heals the heart and blood vessels, keeps the immune system running strong and even burns calories, all while we sleep. If you’re getting plenty of sleep but still not feeling rested and recharged, keep in mind that not all sleep is created equal. You can ensure a more restful and better quality sleep by following a nighttime routine and making sure your sleep is as comfortable as possible. Nighttime Routine Just as children need a nighttime routine to help them ease into a restful slumber, so do adults. As you prepare for bedtime, keep the following sleep hygiene tips in mind: Put away or turn off electronic devices and opt for a bedtime story instead. Reading helps turn off our thoughts of the day and enter into a relaxed state. As much as possible, stick to a regular bedtime and wake time each day, even on weekends. Limit or eliminate caffeine intake in the evenings and avoid eating late at night or several hours before bedtime. Avoid late-afternoon naps, as this can make it harder to fall asleep at bedtime and interrupt your sleep routines. A soothing bath, lower lighting levels and relaxing aromatherapy can also help you relax before heading to bed. Sleep Comfortably Now that you’ve perfected your nighttime routine and created a relaxing, rest-inducing sleep environment, what about your mattress and bedding? Your mattress is the foundation for quality rest. If your current mattress is over eight years old, it could be time for a replacement. When looking for a new mattress, consider this an investment in your sleep and, therefore, your health. The right mattress can make a tremendous difference in sleep quality, especially if you’re experiencing pain or discomfort while sleeping. Mattress choices can be overwhelming, but when shopping for a new mattress, remember to take your

time and find the right feel. A mattress that’s too firm can aggravate pressure points, while one that is too soft won’t properly support your body, resulting in an achy morning. Seek out the most comfortable mattress possible which will encourage deeper, higher quality sleep. Visit a sleep center with knowledgeable, friendly staff and take your time trying out the options. Don’t be afraid to bring your pillow from home and take 15-20 minutes trying out each potential new mattress. If you’re looking for a mattress to specifically fit your body and ideal comfort level, a customizable mattress may be a good option. Traditional mattresses may contain chemicals that aggravate sensitivities or allergies, so if this is a concern, there are also natural and organic mattress options to consider. Once you’ve addressed the foundation for a good night’s sleep, don’t overlook your bedding. You may not immediately think of pillows and sheets impacting your health, but they can certainly affect how restful and regenerating sleep is each night. When choosing a pillow, consider its material, as well as your sleeping position. There are a multitude of material choices including various down alternatives like shredded microfiber, natural kapok or shredded latex, solid pillow choices made of memory foam or natural organic latex. There are even pillows with built-in cooling gel to keep you sleeping on the cool side of the pillow. When considering a pillow for your sleeping position, back sleepers need medium support to cradle the natural curvature of the upper spine. Side sleepers will do best with a firm pillow that contours the head, neck and shoulders to ensure spinal alignment. If you sleep on your stomach, choose a soft, plump pillow that cushions the head and neck without causing unnatural turns to either side. If your sheets are hot or scratchy, this can also make for a restless night. Consider sheets that are made from natural materials such as Tencel (eucalyptus fiber) or bamboo for a cooler, softer sleep. If you’re concerned about exposure to residues, dyes or chemicals, consider organic cotton sheets which become softer with every wash. If you suffer from allergies or sensitive skin, a mattress encasement or protector can be an important part of your bedding. Not only will it protect your mattress from body oils and spills, but it can help prevent dust mite or pet dander buildup and protect you from chemicals that may reside in traditional mattresses. There are many small steps you can take to getting a better night’s sleep. When the quality of your sleep increases, you’ll feel and look better, but more importantly, you’ll be healthier. This article is written by the owner of Top Drawer Furniture, a local family-owned retailer of mattresses, bedding products and natural sleep solutions. For a consultation and more information about healthier mattress and bedding options, call 1-941-877-1381 or visit natural awakenings

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et parents have many criteria to consider when choosing a healthcare provider for their prized pet, and among the most vital is trying to find a doctor that uses holistic therapies, because the advantages are many. Wellness care is more than vaccines. While many conventional vets consider giving vaccines and flea medications to all of their patients to be their best form of wellness care, holistic vets know these aren’t always necessary and can potentially be harmful. Instead, true wellness care involves careful consideration of proper diet, blood titer testing instead of vaccines, natural parasite control when appropriate and a heavy dose of diagnostic testing (blood, urine, fecal) to monitor organ function, check for parasites, screen for disorders of the urogenital system, liver and pancreas and early screening for cancer and other inflammatory conditions. There’s also a full physical check for common diseases like dental and heart disease and tumors. Individualized prescriptions for a proper diet and supplements to maintain health are big reasons many owners prefer a holistic vet. Natural treatments include disease prevention. Many pets treated via a more natural approach have an easier experience with occasional illness than those that don’t enjoy this specialized care. Natural therapies can quickly restore an ill pet to his homeostatic balance without the side effects often associated with multiple drug doses.

A team approach is expected. A holistic practice is a team effort, and the family doctor will suggest options for care, helping an owner decide on the best therapies for each pet. A fuller range of options is available. While holistic vets prefer a more natural approach, they know that if necessary, conventional therapies can sometimes be an appropriate complement if they follow holistic principles, which means infrequent use of low-dose medications and only when absolutely needed. In general, most conditions can be treated successfully without drug therapy, extending the health and life of the patient and reducing medical costs. Gentler anesthesia means quicker recovery. A naturally balanced and gentler approach means less drugging if anesthesia becomes necessary, close monitoring of an anesthetized pet, a smooth and quick recovery for prompt discharge from the hospital and natural forms of follow-up treatment to control post-operative pain and inflammation. New hope rises for the hopeless. Many pets are brought to holistic doctors after conventional care has failed to help them. Some have been turned away by practitioners of conventional medicine because their cases are diagnosed as “hopeless”. Holistic vets and pet parents alike experience considerable satisfaction in helping to give a joyful pet a whole new lease on life.


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World Class Theatre, Made in Sarasota by Juliette Jones When we come together at the foot of the stage, we come with a deep expectation: we are there to leave the world of ordinary reality and enter into a world of the non-ordinary. The performance experience closes a great rift in our lives by enabling us to experience imaginative truth as physical presence.


he theatre is a magical environment, and the stage a center for powerful energy convergence— where time stands still in the completeness of the now, a balancing and transcending place, a mirror of mirrors, a space to learn and play, to be solemn and to believe. The relationship between actors and audience becomes a living crucible wherein catharsis, laughter, heightened awareness and all types of consciousness transformation occur. A quality theatrical performance can be described as a gateway into different ways of viewing reality— not just actors pretending to be characters, but invisible and incarnate life shaping the now. Once upon a time, I was a die-hard theatre devotee. In fact, for nearly a decade, the study of acting and the drive to master performance art was the central focus of my life. I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University Northridge then, despite meager circumstances, managed to matriculate to Michigan State University on a Graduate Assistantship, where I acquired a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting. For awhile, I performed in summer stock, regional and repertory theaters, eventually landing the role of Julia in the Detroit Repertory Theatre’s racially integrated performance of A Delicate Balance. The Detroit Rep was populated by a fierce group that produced challenging theatre for adult audiences. Located in the heart of what would now be called a “socially disadvantaged neighborhood,” most mainstreamers stayed away. Nevertheless, I was impressed by the strong number of loyal 54

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season ticket holders and donors who flocked to attend performances and support the theatre, which operated on the notion that diversity can operate in unity—not a popular notion with in Detroit at the time. This was the type of theatre that blossomed in an alley and brought diverse cultures together, united in our humanity. After the closing of Delicate Balance, I decided to bow out of theatre practice. It wasn’t a difficult decision; in fact, I felt as though I’d reached the end of an important relationship and was ready to exit gracefully. Acting was a glorious experience, and I cannot overemphasize how the skill-sets one develops as a performer can be used in every phase of life; however, my time had come to explore other pursuits. Fast forward thirty-five years. Recently, a friend of mine began working for Sarasota’s Asolo Repertory Theatre. Her joy and excitement for the place was contagious, so I decided to visit and tour the premises. My friend was right; Asolo Rep is an exciting venue—an elegant, theatrical oasis of the highest caliber, yet astoundingly welcoming and accessible. Like many Sarasota residents, I was familiar with this theatre’s intriguing name, but I had no idea where its origins stemmed from. As it happens, the original Historic Asolo Theater (built during the 18th century) was located in a castle near Venice, Italy. The structure was dismantled and eventually purchased by the State of Florida as an acquisition for the Ringling Museum of Art, and is presently located inside the Ringling Museum Visitors Pavilion. The Historic Asolo Theatre has been meticulously reconstructed to incorporate the original architecture into a modern facility for staging contemporary theatrical performances. The graceful jewel box-shaped edifice is now used by Asolo Rep for one production each season; however, most productions take place at the larger mainstage Mertz Theatre across the street. The Mertz is a stunning 500-seat proscenium theatre, built in the early 20th century as an opera house in Dunfermline, Scotland. The theatre was purchased by Asolo Rep in the mid-1980s, and is now the central performing venue for Asolo Rep productions. In addition, the Mertz is located adjacent to the Ringling Visitors Pavilion—a gateway to the entire Ringling experience including the Historic Asolo, Circus Museum, Bayfront Gardens, Ca’d’zan (John and Mabel Ringling’s mansion on the bay), the Ringling Museum of Art and an Education Center. This composite grouping of the theatres and Ringling grounds is both overwhelming in inspirational grandeur and an engaging experiential nature. I am ashamed to admit that, during the several years I’ve lived near Sarasota, I had not previously attended these theatres or toured the Ringling grounds. Sometimes, as residents, we fail to enjoy the sites that are most special about our surroundings, but I will not continue making this mistake. In fact, I encourage every reader who seeks inspiration and loves beauty not to let the approaching year pass without visiting the Ringling and experiencing a theatrical performance at Asolo Rep. The 2015-2016 season will be rich and extensive, offering a multitude of performance selections by Asolo Rep—a world-class theatre company that performs in true repertory rotation and represents one of 71 member theatres in

the League of Resident Theatres (LORT). This season will also showcase a series of plays produced by the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, a renowned three-year MFA program. The sheer volume and scheduling of these available offerings exceeds the scope of what can be listed here, so I am opting instead for a partial illustration. During the past four years, Asolo Rep has developed an undertaking titled, The American Character Project, featuring annually rotating thematic insights into American lives and experiences. This season, the overarching subject matter will focus on Times of Change which examines American cultural and religious values in a rapidly changing world. The theatre’s producing artistic director Michael Donald Edwards writes how this effort as captures “diverse groups of people, as well as the country itself, in moments of deep fundamental change,” while at the same time, realizing that social and cultural change can be difficult which, therefore, requires “an empathetic expansion of spirit and mind.” In keeping with this exploration of cultural change through the theatrical medium, a new series of performances and discussions titled IllumiNation is forthcoming and will feature plays that examine “race, religion, identity and cultural intersection in ways that are uniquely American.” West Side Story, All the Way, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Disgraced and Josephine have been chosen to promote cross-cultural conversations and “elevate our shared experiences.” At Asolo Rep, the examination of cultural and religious diversity through our core humanity remains front and center. “It seems that just the visible presence of a social context creates in individuals the need to be at one with it and, thereby,

with each other. And, where is ‘social context’ ever more visibly present than in that veritable scale of social order, a theatre auditorium?” David Cole, The Theatrical Event As a complement to the IllumiNation performance series, Asolo Rep has integrated several interesting free or low-cost events to provide opportunities for audience participation through insightful interaction. Post-performance discussions, opportunities for direct interface with production staff and an annual community-based documentary theatre piece, Faces of Change (in this case inspired by the production of Disgraced), will explore cultural and religious performance themes sparked by the production. Powerful theatrical performances often move audience members to conversation about what they have seen and heard. For those who desire to participate, these complementary events take audience members beyond the role of spectator and provide a variety of forums to express their ideas and feelings. This allows the community a to strengthen and move its awareness forward, thereby expanding the context for IllumiNation. However, the IllumiNation Series is only one numerous world-class events presented throughout Asolo Rep’s 2015-2016 season. For those who have yet to discover everything Asolo Rep has to offer—that’s reason enough to visit this truly magical environment. Asolo Repertory Theatre is located at 5555 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-351-8000, 800-361-8388 or visit

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Discover Health & Happiness this Year with Jin Shin Jyutsu® by Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer


he New Year provides a unique opportunity to define and pursue goals, set fresh intentions and re-commit to the areas of our lives that matter most. Whether it’s prioritizing relationships, implementing health and fitness regimens, or practicing stress reduction, we’ve likely assured ourselves that 2016 will be the year we accomplish those resolutions. Ironically, however, the daily exertion and gradual burn-out of forcing ourselves to stay “on track” can cause the same anxiety and health deterioration we resolved to eliminate. Despite these wellintentioned life improvement strategies, we often subject our minds and bodies to more tension in the process. What if, rather than perpetuating that cycle, we viewed the promise of this New Year as a catalyst for embracing healthier and happier lives? Jin Shin Jyutsu can help evoke just that. In fact, Michelle Giambra, long-time practitioner and owner of Suncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu in Sarasota, describes this healing modality as an “Art of Living.” “Simply put, Jin Shin Jyutsu is a physio-philosophy which includes hands-on applications to alleviate strain and reinforce well-being. Supporting the mind, body and spirit, Jin Shin Jyutsu can ease aches and pains, relieve anxiety, restore a healthy energy flow, calm the mind, enhance clear thinking, promote better sleep, improve vitality and enrich the enjoyment of life. Jin Shin Jyutsu isn’t about ‘adding more,’ but instead, it’s about ‘unloading’—removing what keeps us from living in a happy and fulfilling way,” clarifies Giambra. She continues, “In the study and practice of Jin Shin Jyutsu, our self-awareness grows, and we realize how certain foods we eat, thoughts we think and attitudes we cling to affect our well-being. We learn that everything lives in relationship, and we discover how these relationships impact our ‘be’-ings on every level. “Our bodies contain energy pathways that nourish each cell. Both external and internal stressors (e.g. anxieties and worries, types of diet, physical strains or injuries) disharmonize this energy flow. When left unattended, these disruptions can result in mental or emotional imbalances and physical discomfort or disease.  “Imbalance occurs for many reasons—hectic schedules, 56

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overwhelming circumstances, physical ailments, pleasing others, the list goes on. But, as we understand these stressors and their implications to our energetic pathways and overall wellness, we can use the built-in ability with our hands to restore balance and harmony.” Giambra explains that 26 regions called Safety Energy Locks (SEL) exist along the body’s energy pathways. By applying the hands, fingers or fingertips, either to an individual SEL or in conjunction with other SELs, energy flow will be activated, restoring overall balance. Therefore, the process of Jin Shin Jyutsu application helps clear away “energetic debris.” People of all age groups and physical demands—including infants, children, pregnant women and seniors—can benefit from this ancient therapeutic art, so incorporate these tenets of Jin Shin Jyutsu into your daily life and attain optimal vibrancy in 2016.

Receive Personal Energy Harmonizing Sessions These procedures last one hour and include approximately 50 minutes of hands-on energy balancing, along with a designated relaxation period and self-help instruction. The recipient lies, face-up and fully clothed, on a massage table, and Giambra begins by listening to energy pulses in the wrists. Along with signals received from these pulses, she also observes body alignment and considers previous medical diagnoses or physical symptoms to determine the individual’s energetic needs. Then, she applies her hands to the SELs in various sequences, specifically based on the recipient’s needs, restoring their harmonious flow of life energy. “What someone experiences during a session is unique to that person. Most express a deep sense of relaxation and renewal. Some feel an energy flow in the form of tingling or twitching sensations. It’s also not uncommon for a longforgotten memory or emotion to resurface. Many people say they feel ‘lighter’ and might even fall asleep during the session,” expounds Giambra.

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While profound relaxation, rejuvenation, pain relief and more can occur in just one session, a more intensive option is also available for those seeking to deepen their experience as a health maintenance adjunct, or for those with conditions like depression, arthritis, cancer or chronic fatigue. This program consists of six or more consecutive sessions which Giambra likens to “spring-cleaning for the mind, body and spirit.” “During the first few sessions, superficial imbalances are harmonized, with each session building on the previous. Imbalances are cleared, layer by layer, re-establishing the

body’s harmonious patterns and opening the pathways for a healthier, happier life,” she notes. features practical tips for embracing a fit, nutritious and empowered lifestyle.

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Michelle Giambra is a Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner, Self-Help Instructor and Licensed Massage Therapist with 18 years of experience studying and practicing this ancient art. She has been voted “Favorite Local Energy Healer” and “Favorite Local Holistic Practitioner.” Her practice, Suncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu is located at Rosemary Court Wellness Center, 810 Central Ave., Sarasota. For more information on appointments and events, call 941-228-2972, email Michelle@SuncoastJSJ. com or visit The information provided is intended to complement, not replace, the advice of your own physician or healthcare professional

A cornerstone of the Jin Shin Jyutsu philosophy is grounded in self-help which allows people to increase their own self-awareness. By learning simple and effective energy harmonization strategies that can be utilized virtually anywhere, participants become empowered with wellness benefits at their fingertips. “Jin Shin Jyutsu self-help classes and playshops are offered in various formats and focal points including ‘Hands-On Harmonizing Sequences for Basic Daily Tension Release,’ ‘Accessing Your Personal Warehouse of Abundance,’ ‘Vision’ or ‘Memory,’ to name some examples. All classes and playshops are fun, experiential and dynamic. You’ll learn, practice and become familiar with tools that can be used throughout everyday life,” adds Giambra.

Attend Guided Hands-On Self-Healing Meditations On the second Friday of each month, Giambra leads these classes for individuals to practice and experience Jin Shin Jyutsu self-help. Giambra assures that no previous experience is required for participation—just “relax and follow the spoken hand-placement instructions on your own body to harmonize the flow of life energy.”

Introduce Jin Shin Jyutsu to Your Workplace Self-help classes and presentations can even be customized to accommodate organizational needs or interests. Giambra facilitates professional seminars on multiple topics including how to make Jin Shin Jyutsu part of your wellness routine, how Jin Shin Jyutsu alleviates physical or mental strain, and how Jin Shin Jyutsu can manage certain disease-related symptoms. Giambra elaborates, “Bringing the calming and stressreducing benefits of Jin Shin Jyutsu to your workplace doesn’t only make your day better—it helps your associates as well. I teach self-help classes at your office and equip employees with rejuvenation tools they can easily use throughout the workday. In addition, my other service includes onsite Jin Shin Jyutsu mini-sessions to relieve tension and promote relaxation.” While initially positive and wellness enhancing, the pursuit of New Year’s resolutions often becomes stressful and overwhelming in the long-run. Rather than relentlessly spurring yourself toward arbitrary goals or lofty expectations, make self-care a priority throughout 2016. After all, when the mind, body and spirit are aligned in harmonious energy, your entire being will feel empowered to embrace a wholesome, centered and vibrant lifestyle.

Upcoming Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Care Classes & Playshops: • Guided Hands-On Self-Healing Meditation • Next Classes: January 8, February 12, March 11 at 6 p.m. • Registration: Limited availability. Reserve your space by 2 p.m. the day of class. • Eight Finger Mudras for Basic Daily Tension & Stress Relief • Next Class: January 23, 1–3 p.m. • Registration: Reserve your space, with payment, by January 19. • Hands-On Harmonizing Sequences for Basic Daily Tension Release • Next Class: January 30, 1:30–6:30 p.m. • Registration: Reserve your space, with payment, by January 23. • Harmonizing with Fingers & Toes • Next Class: February 13, 1–4 p.m. • Registration: Limited availability. Reserve your space, with payment, by February 9. • 26 Keys to Harmonizing Your Total Be-ing • Next Class: February 20, 1–6 p.m. • Registration: Limited availability. Reserve your space, with payment, by February 14

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Rhythmic Gymnastics: Combining Fitness with Strength, Grace and Beauty by Rossy Mihaylova


hythmic Gymnastics made its Olympic debut in 1984 and immediately sparked the interest of the American public. The delicately flowing movements of the rhythmic gymnast, performed with her apparatus—a hoop, ball, rope, club or satin ribbon—were well-received Los Angeles Olympic Games. Spectators and participants alike soon recognized the sport’s potential. Young girls and women can begin the sport at almost any age, either to participate for fitness and leisure or to progress into the competitive sphere. Rhythmic Gymnastics is safe, pleasurable, and can be taught in small or large groups. The most striking aspect of a Rhythmic gymnast is the sublime grace she projects while on the floor. The delicacy with which she handles her apparatus is visually stunning. However, outward characteristics like beauty, form-line and amplitude are meaningless without the performer’s inner spark—the individual drama she adds to the routine. Learning to express oneself is a central component of Rhythmic Gymnastics which likens this sport to the art of ballet. An artist with eyes to see, ears to listen and a soul to feel is highly regarded among Rhythmic gymnasts. The sport’s feminine beauty can be embraced by any mother and father who watches their daughter flourish into a strong and beautiful human through exploring her self-

expression on the floor. In the Greater Sarasota-Bradenton area, Euro Rhythmic Gymnastics offers the only local venue for parents to enroll their daughters of any age in Rhythmic Gymnastics classes. Our core mission is to develop “stronger, graceful and beautiful” young women throughout the community. Moreover, we are excited to expand the area of both athletics and entertainment across the Suncoast. We offer classes specialized for ages three and four, ages five and six, and ages seven and up. In addition, we also have groups for former dancers and gymnasts who desire to take their skill sets to another level or continue their Rhythmic Gymnastics practice. Adults are also invited to try this sport through our groups designed for women who have become bored with traditional fitness programs and want to experience a new form of physical activity. Our enjoyable classes promote creativity, artistry, strength, flexibility, discipline and other advantageous qualities. The pioneer responsible for bringing the diversity of Rhythmic gymnastics to this area is Rossy Mihaylova, former member of the Bulgarian Artistic Gymnastics Olympic team and Rhythmic Gymnastics collegiate champion for Rhythmic gymnastics. She originally comes from one of two countries that established modern Rhythmic Gymnastics, along with Russia. Her her expertise stems from several decades of coaching Gymnastics including 10 years in the United States. Euro Rhythmic Gymnastics holds its classes at Longwood Run Community Park, University Parkway, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-212-9166 or visit

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Why Choose between Quality and Economy when Special Nutrition Offers Both? by Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer


s we leave the memory of 2015 behind in order to focus our efforts and intentions on the possibilities of 2016, we’ve likely begun strategizing an action plan for self-improvement. Many people formulate New Year’s resolutions around the areas of wellness and finance. However, taking initiatives to eat more nutritiously often comes at the bank account’s expense. As a result, we must deliberate wholesome products versus affordable rates. Fortunately, this quandary does not exist at Special Nutrition, a Sarasota institution for 15 years. This purveyor of health supplements and natural foods has earned a welldeserved reputation for offering exemplary customer service, a wide variety of merchandise and unsurpassed savings. “We guarantee the lowest prices and largest supplement selection in town,” confirms Louise Mastro, nutritional consultant and owner of Special Nutrition. Shoppers who appreciate a welcoming atmosphere, personalized attention, knowledgeable staff and premium inventory at discounted prices will find these attributes in abundance at Special Nutrition. Therefore, it’s no surprise this local, independently-run business has attracted repeat traffic since opening in 2001. “The main advantage of coming here is that we really do treat our customers ‘special,’” quips Mastro. From multi-vitamins, calcium formulas and fish oils to anti-inflammatory supplements and healthy snack options, Mastro devotedly and consistently stocks her shelves with products made from pure ingredients that people can consume with confidence. In addition, if a specific brand or item is not in-store, the Special Nutrition team will eagerly remedy that situation. “Special orders are our pleasure,” emphasizes Mastro. She’ll even ship mail-order purchases to any destination across the United States and Canada. For well over a decade, the Sarasota community has applauded this establishment’s long-standing commitment to customer satisfaction. In fact, this loyalty culminated in the distinction of Natural Awakenings’ “Nattie Award” for “Favorite Place to Buy Nutritional Supplements” in 2014. Mastro accredits her store’s success to the undeniably effective combination of trusted quality and budget-friendly costs. “I got into this business because I truly want to help people through the use of natural vitamins and supplements,” she declares. This passion manifests itself in each detail

that sets Special Nutrition apart from the competition, from the visually stimulating curb appeal outside to the sincere hospitality inside. As a result, everyone who frequents this local landmark can depend on a positive shopping experience. Rather than compromising your physical vitality for financial frugality—or vice versa—in 2016, enjoy the benefits of both this year. Special Nutrition understands that wellness should be widely accessible to the community at large, not an exclusive perk for the “clean eating” elite. So, as the New Year unfolds, visit Special Nutrition and discover how you can achieve health-related goals, while saving money in the process. Special Nutrition is located at 1882 Stickney Point Rd., Sarasota. Store hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 941-929-0884 or visit Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer is the Managing Editor of Natural Awakenings Sarasota-Manatee. She also works as a freelance writer, blogger and social media marketer, based in Southwest Florida. Her personal blog, HealthBeAHippie., features practical tips for embracing a fit, nutritious and empowered lifestyle.

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Consciousness, Toxins & Traumas: the Roadblocks to New Year’s Resolutions by Dr. Paula Koger RN, MA, OMD


recently had a spectacular experience. Of course, as with all spectacular experiences, the challenge lies in adequately communicating its spectacular-ness. However, I will rise to the challenge of telling you how I achieved personal freedom from the fear, grief and anger programmed into me from a young age. Beneath these issues, I uncovered my hidden, gifts, jewels and genius—attributes that exist within every individual. Most people only access 5-10 % of their inner capacity. So, knowing this, I pinpointed all the negative aspects of myself and symptoms of those traits that needed improvement. Then, after finding these issues, I cleared out the traumas and generational patterns which caused them. As a practitioner of the healing arts, who has traveled through several countries and healthcare professions looking for solutions to mankind’s suffering and disease, I have long recognized the impact of these toxins and issues on the body’s ability to function optimally. I have utilized numerous advanced skills, techniques, devices and scans to locate and eradicate suffering and disease. I have travelled globally and

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generally not supposed to step outside the arbitrary “box” of how we treat patients. I have never let it stop me, though— not then, and not now either. The disheartening part of this equation is people thinking they have a choice in life, yet not being able to act on their own agency. The choices we make are based on the data programmed by our life experiences, parents, teachers, peers and associates. By deleting that data and installing new programs, we truly have the freedom to choose. This has now become increasingly more accessible through computer, sound and light technology. It is thrilling to partake of these innovative processes that help us open to ourselves. Miracles are usually dismissed as “too far out to believe.” But, what I’m talking about is the miracle of taking full responsibility for addressing the issues in the tissues, then setting your energy free to flow in its own natural way. Allowing yourself become who you were meant to be is a miracle you can personally achieve. You exist in a field of electrical energy, and your job is to keep it amped up and flowing freely. If you deny this fact—as stated by Einstein, “everything is energy”—you might miss knowing what you can accomplish in life. The spectacular thing I have discovered is what lives inside you. My clinical experience shows our resistance to becoming our best selves is blocked by our attachment to detrimental yet familiar patterns. To learn more about how you can release these patterns and realize your potential, visit

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Come Back to You! by Christina Captain, DAOM (C), MSHN


o you ever wonder how life can get so out of balance? It occurs to me that we just wake up one day feeling miserable, like we do not know who we are anymore or how we reached this point. I compare this state to driving home from work and pulling into the driveway without remembering any stoplights, other cars or even turns along the way. This is a dangerous business—not being aware (also known as “being present”)—because, in that state of distraction, we can begin to wander off the path of balance and harmony, veering directly into misery. That lack of attention is precisely why we end up feeling like we are “out of options.” The good news is you do have options—being aware that you are out of balance is the key and first step back to the “You” that “You” want to be. Awareness can occur in a multitude of ways. Hopefully, it will not be the “universal

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baseball bat upside the head” in the form of a diagnosis. In my 25-plus years of experience treating patients, beginning with allied health and now complementary—or, integrative— medicine, that “diagnosis wakeup call” is the most profound and seemingly most motivating of all. My practice specialty is prevention from reaching the distracted “zombie” state, as well as the subsequent disease and disorder states that provide devastating wakeup calls. You might ask yourself, “How does one attain the awareness required to create a strategic plan of prevention?” First, you must be in tune with your body and take the time to listen to what it is saying. Your body will actually tell you everything you need to know about how it is doing and what it needs. You just need to pay attention. The main challenges of hearing or noticing our bodies’ internal cues are the modern world we live in and our obsession with pseudo connectivity. Technological advances are destroying humans’ connection with the earth and nature. We are so wrapped up in checking our IM’s, texts, tweets and emails that we forget to take a walk, kayak, go camping or simply visit the beach. These self-imposed restrictions create a barrier to the force that feeds our essence—nature and the earth. There is a beneficial field of medicine aptly named Naturopathy, and its entire focus hinges on this theory. Human existence requires life to be outside, connecting with the grass, sand, water and mountains. We do not exist as merely part of nature—we are nature. Outside activities allow our bodies and minds to recharge our essence. They are integral in giving us the ability to hear our bodies speak clearly. Another important way we can become more aware is to quiet the mind through meditation. A quieted mind is a peaceful body, and vice versa. After years of practicing the art of meditation, one can literally walk through the greatest of chaos, and remain at peace. If you haven’t tried mediation, even starting with a mindfulness practice where you spend less than five minutes per day mediating, will create a dramatic effect. In fact, ample research supports

the beneficial effects of meditation on the brain and body. My point is you only need to do three things to begin this process of selfawakening: 1. Reduce the time you spend with technology driven connectivity. 2. Reconnect with nature! Go outside! Spend time on the ground, in the water or atop a mountain. 3. Begin to practice meditation, even if it’s only quiet breathing for one minute per day.

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These key concepts will begin your process of returning to the “You” that “You” want to be. What better time to start anew than right now, with a New Year? So start where you are now and determine where you want to be next year this time. Remember, I am right here with you, and maybe we’ll run into each other on the beach!

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Christina Captain, DAOM (C), MSHN, is a nationally board certified (NCCAOM) acupuncture physician and director of integrative medicine at the Family Healing Center which she founded in 2000. In 2014, she earned a Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport, and is currently a candidate for the Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine with a specialty in Pain management and Integrative Medicine. Family Healing Center is located at Midtown Medical Park, 1219 S East Ave., Suite 104, Sarasota. For more information and to schedule a complimentary meetand-greet, call 941-951-1119, email Dr_ or visit • 866.414.0188

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Out with the old, and in with the new… So, if this custom of making New Year’s resolutions is becoming obsolete, what can we establish in its place to keep with the times, while inspiring successful change? Perhaps, we could first establish a new approach to or view of change itself. After all, a resolution is really about renewal through change, isn’t it? Therefore, why not take that a step further and consider how to reinvent our concept of human change and evolution?

New Years Evolutions by Juliette Jones “The great miraculous bell of translucen t ice is suspended in mid-air. It rings to announce endings and beginnings. And it rings because there are fresh promises and wonder in the skies. The clear tones resound in the placid silence of the winter day, And echo long into the silver-blue serenity of night. The bell can only be seen at the turning of the year, When the days wind down into nothing and get ready to march out again.” — Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration


re you one of the people who no longer make New Year’s Resolutions? It appears this custom may have fallen out of favor in modern society. In fact, “a CBS poll taken in 2013 found that 68% of Americans don’t make New Years resolutions. People under the age of thirty were more likely to make resolutions than older folks, but only about half of resolution-makers keep their promises” (Stephanie Pappas, The Nxt Tech). So, are we to understand that the bulk of American culture has abandoned the practice of making promises to themselves as part of their New Year ritual? Maybe that’s a positive trend. I’ve come to believe 64

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that making a promise to myself has important implications. I don’t like the idea of telling myself that I’m going to do something, then failing to follow through; since this sort cycle subtly erodes self confidence. It’s better not to make any promises at all, at least without giving real consideration. If I make a promise to myself, I want to mean it. The practice of making New Years’ resolutions began in the ancient world, thousands of years ago. In the modern world, people who make resolutions usually focus on goals, relating to self-improvement (e.g. losing weight, getting a new job, saving money). I’ve read there is even a U.S. Government website, giving instructions on how to succeed at keeping these selfimprovement resolutions. For the ancients, this custom was about making public oaths or promises, based on worship of the gods or reaffirmation of political allegiance. By 300 BC, Roman Generals marked the New Year with a march from the provinces to the capital city, to swear loyalty toward their Emperor, and to attend celebratory activities. For them, the New Year was linked to the Roman god Janus, overseer of passages, gates, doors, beginnings and endings, and whose name designated the first month of each year—January.

“Evolution by choice, not chance…” — -Barbara Marx Hubbard Futurist proponent Barbara Marx Hubbard has created a modern model (and movement) for change, and has been promoting the idea of conscious evolution as part of her life work. Conscious evolution refers to the theory that humankind has now acquired an ability to choose what our species will become. What we actually become in the future, “based on recent advancements in science, medicine, technology, psychology, sociology and spirituality” can direct our conscious control in a revolutionary way. Marx Hubbard elaborates, “Conscious evolution is really the evolution of evolution, from unconscious to conscious choice. While consciousness has been evolving for billions of years, conscious evolution is new. It is part of the trajectory of human evolution.” Understanding that each person is a unique and important contributor, not only to our personal futures, but the future of the human species as a whole, is necessary for discovering the power within us—both as individuals and as co-creative contributors to the sea of change presently awash on our planet. The tremendous levels of transformation and crisis that many are experiencing result from an evolutionary shift. This process of self-becoming, and re-becoming in the midst of such change is our personal contribution to the impulse of creation. Therefore, the evolutionary idea is to shift into seeing ourselves as conscious co-creative agents of the universe. We become transformationally motivated, “by

understanding evolution as an expression of universal intelligence, now becoming conscious of itself within us and as us,” states Marx Hubbard.

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Whatever we do is part of a global challenge to evolve. I can see how my own life has expanded and blossomed, as I fully open to the idea of being a co-creative agent with everyone, everything and every experience—pleasant or unpleasant. When properly seen, everything can be used to evolve. We can trust the universe to direct us toward the path of our trajectory if we live in harmony with disciplined and developed inner integrity. Marx Hubbard explains, “common sense dictates that we evaluate our beliefs on the basis of how they affect us. If they make us more loving, creative and wise, they are good beliefs. If they make us cruel, jealous, depressed and sick, they cannot be good beliefs.” Therefore, we no longer have to be bound to the wheel of unhealthy traditions or beliefs. As never before, the times afford us opportunity for creative change. Dee Ward Hock, the founder of Visa, offers this perspective, “We are at the very point in time when a 400-year-old age is dying, and another is struggling to be born—a shifting of culture, science, society and institutions enormously greater than the world has ever experienced. Ahead, lies the possibility of the regeneration of individuality, liberty, community and one another, and with the divine intelligence such as the world had never dreamed.” Above all, we need to become aware and embrace all aspects of our transformation as part of a new birth and the promise of new life. Each person reflects billions of years of creation, and each person is, in fact, a creator. When we learn to view the cosmos as our ultimate parent and depth consciousness as our guide in life, life becomes a promising adventure, and challenges transform into opportunities. As we delve deeper into this work, we shed the fear of both beginnings and endings. However, we cannot deny or ignore the importance of our role in this evolutionary process. Life will move to support every individual as they discover authentic ways to contribute toward actualizing the whole of existence. So, if you’re someone who no longer cares about making New Year’s resolution, find a different way to change and evolve which might just help you reach your highest course in the year ahead!

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Not Your Grandpa’s Implant Material by Carlo Litano, DMD, PA


eramic dental implants provide better aesthetics, a more permanent tooth replacement solution, and better biocompatibility than titanium implants, metal implants, dental bridges or dentures. Conversely, titanium is susceptible to corrosion, resulting from contact with saliva and other bodily fluids. Corrosion can also occur in dental implants due to stress caused by bite forces. In fact, the same bacteriaborne acids that cause tooth decay could also potentially corrode titanium implants over time, although further research on this issue is still required. As titanium corrodes, it creates

an electromechanical disturbance in the body, causing pain and discomfort. Ultimately, this can lead to the body rejecting an implant altogether. Therefore, this broken-down titanium can cause metal toxicity as it seeps into the soft tissue, blood stream and even bone. Symptoms include irritation and burning sensations in the soft tissue, pharyngeal swelling, labored breathing, narrowed larynx and abdominal pain. In addition, titanium oxide nano-particles have been shown to induce emphysema and lung redness in adult mice. The surface of the remaining metal structure becomes more abrasive as it breaks down which can contribute to bone loss, as well as becoming a factor in soft tissue irritation. Compared with a superior implant material like zirconia, titanium has an especially difficult time bonding with gum tissue. Allergic sensitivity to titanium is also a concern. Studies have shown that 20%–25% of the population suffers from various types of metal allergy, and titanium allergies, specifically, are believed to occur in 4%–10% of all people. Symptoms include oral ulcers, hyperplastic gingivitis, oral dryness and loss of taste.

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attributes that stand on their own merits. It is worth noting, however, that none of the risks regarding titanium, are a significant factor with zirconia implants. Zirconia is a biocompatible, nontoxic material, and is not a known allergen. In fact, patients, who have replaced titanium implants with ceramic alternatives due to a titanium allergy, have experienced fullmouth rehabilitation from their allergy symptoms. Another benefit of zirconium implants correlates with how well the gums react to this material post-surgery which lessens incidents of gum disease, high inflammation and implant failure. Conversely, titanium products tend to create lingering and unpleasant complications, including gum disease and inflammation, which is likely caused by free radicals present in the metallic materials. Finally, the long-term health benefits presented by ceramic implants include its proven ability to resist plaque build-up, making it easier for patients to care for their implant teeth and sustain oral hygiene. Plaque accumulation leads to higher bacterial counts in the mouth and, ultimately, to high levels of toxins and inflammation. Whether you’re concerned about potential complications presented by metal in the mouth, you are simply looking for a more natural result, ceramic dental implants are a safe and effective alternative to titanium dental implants. Holistic dentists generally offer ceramic dental implants to their patients precisely because they support a metal-free philosophy. Therefore, it’s no wonder that I have long been placing ceramic dental implants in my patients. The real question is, why isn’t everyone else? Dr. Carlo Litano specializes in holistic and integrative dentistry, and received his Doctorate degree from Nova Southeastern University’s College of Doctoral Medicine. He practices at Florida Integrative Dentistry, located at 2415 University Parkway, #215, Sarasota. For more information and to schedule a complimentary consultation, call 941-893-5968 or visit

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Fat Shredding Fitness in 2016 by Beau R Smith, DC


any people try to lose weight by walking, jogging or using an elliptical machine at a moderate pace. Athletic trainers used to recommend cardiovascular training that consists of 30–45 minutes of continuous effort, three to four times per week, to shed pounds. However, the results of training at a moderate pace are often disappointing or slow, at best. Burst training offers better results and can be done in a variety of ways. After all, it is important to keep exercise interesting. The technical name for burst training is “high intensity interval training.” Burst training is characterized by a high intensity burst of activity followed by a period of low intensity activity or rest. Burst training should only be performed for 20–30 minutes, three sessions per week, if the goal is to burn fat, as training for longer periods changes the body’s response to this exercise. Longer exercise programs trigger stress hormones in the body, making it harder to lose weight. If your goal is to achieve endurance and cardiac fitness, a longer program might be appropriate. There are a couple ways to perform burst training. One method is to apply a one-to-one ratio of high intensity training to low intensity training. For instance, a person can lift weights at an intense interval of three minutes followed by three minutes of rest. Another method is to sprint at near maximum effort for 30–60 seconds followed by three to four minutes of rest. Burst training can be adapted to multiple activities. For example, running, swimming and cycling are

popular choices for burst training. This can also be done in conjunction with resistance training, as long as a person can perform with enough intensity to raise their heart rate to the appropriate level. Before beginning a workout, it is important to stretch and warm up for at least five minutes, as this will help prevent injuries and make the training more comfortable. In order to maximize weight loss, it is necessary track the heart rate. People who train using the one-to-one method should max out the heart rate at 80% of their maximum recommended heart rate. The one-to-one method is best for beginning a fitness program after being inactive for years. There are several charts on the internet for choosing a target heart rate, based on age. The heart rate recommendations get lower with age. People who are generally healthy and under 40 years old can utilize the following equation to simplify this process: 170 – Age = Upper limit.        Upper limit – 20 = lower range. For example, someone who is 35 years old would calculate their target heart rate like this: 170 – 35 = 135 Beats per Minute (BPM) is the upper limit. 135 – 20 = 115 BPM is the lower limit. The objective is to raise the heart rate to its upper limit during the burst, then allow the heart rate to decline toward its lower limit during rest. There are various heart rate monitors on the market that are affordable and easy to use. Another option is to simply determine one’s pulse by feeling an artery in the wrist or neck, while counting the pulsations for 60 seconds. If all else fails, an indicator of working hard enough is difficulty talking throughout the workout. The sprinting version of burst training is suited for people who are already active. Sprinting can raise the heart rate to 160–170 BPM. During the rest period, let the heart rate fall close to its lower limit outlined in the equation above. Sprinting can take the form of running, swimming or cycling. An integral component of this method is pushing near the maximum effort. This author prefers to use the sprinting method of burst training. People living in Sarasota have an

excellent opportunity to perform burst training at Sarasota BMX, as BMX racing is enjoyable for all ages. It takes 30–60 seconds for most riders to race around the track which makes BMX racing ideal for burst training. Many families even ride and practice together since combining family activity and exercise is a convenient way to manage time. When children observe their parents exercising, it sets an example to continue exercising as adults. Most habits children form are influenced by their parents before age eight. Exercising as a family gives parents the opportunity to instill successful behaviors in children for the rest of their lives. Sarasota BMX is currently upgrading its facility, and a state-of-the art Olympic-style BMX Supercross track will open in June 2016 on Tuttle Avenue. Burst training provides several benefits. Stephen H. Boutcher published an article in the Journal of Obesity, reviewing the literature on burst training and fat loss. Boutcher reports, “Chronic responses to HIIE training include increased aerobic and anaerobic fitness, skeletal muscle adaptations, and decreased resting insulin and insulin resistance.” This article outlined how the body responds rapidly to burst training. Fitness levels can increase in as little as two weeks. Burst training can combat obesity, prevent Type II Diabetes, and improve heart health. Research also shows that burst training is safe for most people. However, those with health challenges should check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program, just to be safe. Burst training is a quick and effective workout to burn fat. In addition, these workouts consistently remain fresh and exciting since burst training can be adapted to many activities. Burst training can be enjoyed by the entire family. The intensity of this exercise can be modified for different fitness levels. All factors considered, burst training offers maximum benefits with minimal time commitments. So, give it a shot—you have nothing to lose but your gut. References and resources:NCBI.NLM. The-Basics-Of-High-Intensity-IntervalTraining

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energies. Being healthy means that your body is balanced and in homeostasis. The Yin and the Yang energies are balanced and flourishing. To achieve this, moderation becomes key. Too much of anything is not good. You need to have equal, balanced portions of meat, vegetables, acidic fruits, alkanlinic fruits and so on. And yes, you do need suger, as this ingredient feeds the ATP process that produces essential energy reserves. Too much sugar, however, can increase inflammation in the body and cause numerous health issues. That being said, limit the intake of dairy, sweet desserts, and oily, greasy or fried foods. What about GMOs and processed foods? The rule here is, less is better. Also, keep plenty of fruit in your refrigerator. This way, when you open the refrigerator late in the evening to grab a bite, you will have healthier options than high-fat snacks or desserts.

The Ultimate Holistic Guide to a Healthy 2016 by Rene Ng, DOM, AP, L.Ac


he Christmas holiday season has passed, and we are now entering into 2016. Along with this New Year comes new resolutions, new adventures and new beginnings. During January, most of us begin listing our new year’s resolutions. Typically, they involve losing weight, getting healthier, making financial changes, nurturing positive relationships and so on. However, as far as getting healthier is concerned, this should go beyond just eating healthy and exercising regularly—it requires critically examining everything about your lifestyle. Here are the top 10 factors you should take into account when putting together your list of health resolutions:

Breathe Fresh Air Contrary to popular belief, the initiative that starts us on the path to health is not proper nutrition; it is a good supply of oxygenated blood. Our circulatory systems provide nutrients to our entire bodies. When quality, oxygen-rich blood flows and nourishes our organ systems, they become strong and perform their functions well. And one of these functions is to assimilate and digest food. Therefore, include regular walks (15 minutes or more) as often as possible (preferably daily) in oxygen-filled areas, surrounded by trees. Walk slow, breathe deeply, let your thoughts flow freely and enjoy the fresh air around you.

Eat Healthy This is an item on almost every person’s resolution list, but what does it really mean to eat healthy? To cut out sweets or red meat, perhaps? In Chinese Medicine, everything is expressed in terms of the Yin and Yang 68

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Develop Good Eating Habits The human body is a creature of habit that functions best with consistentency, especially where food is concerned. When you eat the same anount of meals at the same times each day, you will help your body plan out its distribution and usage of nutrients. Consistency tells the body when to expect new food. This also helps the body plan out how much to process and how much to store between each meal which optimizes its overall funcationing. So, eat slowly, chew thoroughly and allow time for digestion.

Ensure Bowel Regularity Food that is not converted into nutrients and used by the body turns into waste products which we need to expel. Otherwise, these waste products can become toxic over time and even develop into tumors and cancers. Therefore it is essential to maintain a healthy, regular bowel movement system. You can achieve this by consuming an optimum amount of fiber in your diet and by keeping your intestines moist, so the lubricated stool can pass. Nutrition plays a significant part in bowel health, so yo minimize the intake of dairy products and fried or oily foods, while drinking plenty of fluids. Including foods such as watermelon and peaches in your diet can also help to facilitate bowel movements.

Say Sayonara To Stress This does not mean that you can rid yourself of stress entirelty. In fact, for most people (if not all), stressors are part of everyday life. You can’t avoid family, work or personal obligations, but you can find outlets to better manage your stress. Tension is like a balloon; you fill it up with air until it eventually pops. However, if you release some air periodically, the balloon will never reach maximum capacity. Therefore, find ways to continually let stress out; otherwise, you might lose control and potentially suffer a breakdown. Tension affects us in two primary ways—physically and emotionally. To be able to manage physical stress, get involved in activities like competitive sports, iron pumping, or cardiovascular exercises. This will help to move and free up the energy (Qi) that gets stagnated in the body whenever stress prevails.

Emotional stree affects us mentally, and if not controlled, depression and irritability can manifest. Creative activites that nourish positive energies are the best way to mnage emotional stress. Get involved with actvities like dancing, singing, painting, drawing or sewing. Convert the stagnated emotional energy into positive, vibrant energy. Not only will you feel less overwhelmed by the stress around you, but you will be able to make something meaningful and exciting out of these stress levels.

Remember, a Healthy Spirit is a Happy Spirit A happy mind is essential for a happy heart, and a happy heart is essential for a happy life. When we manifest happiness, we will experience improvements in physical and mental health, as well as quality of life. So, as part of your resolution, pursue activites that facilitate this feeling. One powerful way is through giving to others. Get involved in charitable and non-profit work. Religious people can also find opportunities for doing this at churches, synagogues, temples, missions and other places of worship. Donate your time and lend a helping hand to those in need. And by this, I do not necessarily mean monetary. The feeling you experience from serving another person cannot be measured or weighed in terms of dollars and cents. It will feel like gold and will put a smile on your face!

Strenghten Your Body Allocate time for exercise to keep your body in shape. Physical exertion promotes circulation and develops musculoskeletal strength. Breathing and energetic exercises such as Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Meditation smooth out energy flows throughout the body, unobstruct stagnated energy and calm the mind. Eye movement exercises (including ping-pong) keep the eyes lubricated and associated muscles strong. This will lead to healthy eyes and slow vision deterioration.

should the need arise. This will bring you peace of mind, and knowing you are not helpless will ease the stress on your shoulders. Self-dense is a skill you hope never to use but are relived to possess in compromising situations.

Tune Your Body Up Regularly Just like a car, our bodies will get out of alignment and out of balance over time. Therefore, it is essential to practice consistent maintenance that re-balances your body and returns it to homeostasis. This will help keep your body healthy, slow down the aging process, strengthen the immune system and keep chronic ailments at bay. Schedule regular visits to get a massage, acupuncture and other forms of treatments that will strengthen the weaknesses, sedate the excesses, re-balance and unblock the energies in your body.

Conclusion So, there you have it—my top ten areas to cover in my list of New Year’s resolutions. Now, will 2016 be a healthy year for you? That is your deciiosn. Happy New Year, and I wish you all a safe, prosperious and healthy 2016! Rene Ng, DOM, AP, L.Ac, is a board-certified, licensed Acupuncture Physician and Chinese Herbalist. In 2014, he was voted Sarasota’s “Favorite Acupuncture Physician” for a second year in a row, and was also the area’s “Favorite Anti-Aging Practitioner.” For more information, call 941-7735156 or email 

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Implement R3: Recover, Rest and Relaxation Our bodies are like well-oiled machines, constantly in use and motion. However, if we do not slow down and let this machine rest and recover, it will eventually break down. Regular, deep sleep is essential to physical recovery from exposure to daily turmoils. Set up a schedule that will allow you a couple of hours each night to unwind, refrain from electronics and other optic nerve-stimulating devices, slow your brain down, allow food to fully digest before you sleep, and to let your body slow down. Meditation, hot bath soaks, calming teas, and essential oils go a long way towards achieving this.

Practice Self-Defense There is no doubt that today’s world has become turbulent, violent and hate-filled. Breaking news reports on tragic events send chills down our spines or incite angst, disgust, frustration and sadness within us. These emotions cause stress which, if not halted, can cause health issues. One outlet is to participate in some form of self-defense class that equips you with skills and tools to protect yourself

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 1, 2016 HAPPY-HEALTHY NEW YEAR! 2nd Annual New Year’s Clearing and Attracting Your Heart’s Desires Ceremony – 3-6pm. Those who participated in last year’s ceremony experienced magical and powerful shifts in their lives, created miracles and even attracted great lovers. Bring for the Love Altar fruit & flowers, for aura clearing 3 color candles, incense/sage, three raw eggs and your crystals to be activated. BYO cushion or yoga mat. Sliding Scale Love Offering $20-$30. Private home. RSVP for location 516287-0242. $10 Community Channel Session – 4-5:30pm. Channeled entities/guides answer questions. Universal topics, purpose of life, manifestation. High energy lifts mental, emotional spiritual bodies. Arlington Park area, Central Sarasota. Reservations Required. 941-374-3492. Live from Downtown Sarasota, It’s Friday Night! – 6-9pm. Live street performances with local entertainers and performing arts groups. Rotating locations each week. 1st Friday: Main Street at Five Points Park &Palm Ave. 2nd Friday: Burns Square. 3rd Friday: Towles Court. 4th Friday: Rosemary District & Historic Downtown. Info Lakshmi Ceremony and Mantra for Prosperity – 7pm. Start your New Year of 2016 with a special ceremony and invocation to Lakshmi, the Hindi Goddess of prosperity, generosity and charm. We will tap into her benevolent energy through her special Mantra, with Rev Sharon Elizabeth James. Love offering. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdw, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333,

SATURDAY, JANUARY 2 The Sarasota Farmers Market – 7am-1pm. Rain or shine. Browse 5,000 sq ft of locally grown produce, plants, prepared foods and artisans, and make purchases from more than 55 vendors. 1592 Main St, from Lemon Ave to Selby Five Points Park, Downtown Sarasota. The Venice Farmers Market – 7am-1pm. Every Saturday morning, local farmers, fisherman, craftsmen, bakers, artists and others gather in the heart of historic downtown for a weekly celebration of the best of Venice were you can get fresh seasonal Florida fruits and vegetables direct from local farms. You can’t find any fresher shrimp or seafood. There’s incredible tasty homemade baked goods, trinkets, crafts, soaps, flowers, plants, locally roasted coffee, and more. Tampa Ave between Nokomis & Nassau. 941-929-5304. Creating Scared Space Workshop – 11am-3pm. Discover tools for creating and maintaining sacred space with local artist and energy practitioner Maggie Davenport. Create your own altar piece


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to take home, string and work with prayer beads, experience a Tibetan bowl tea circle and meditation, receive a personalized power symbol created just for you, and a 12-month journal of inspiration. $175/includes all supplies, lunch and choice of gift certificate for 1 hr Energy Work session or a custom altar painting by Maggie. Whole Person Healing Center, 1435 S Osprey Ave, Ste 200, Sarasota. 941-400-8757. Kids Quests – 1pm. Every Saturday in Jan. 45-minute sessions facilitated by a museum educator, featuring conversations and a game surrounding one or two featured objects in The Ringling’s collection. Although Kids Quests always meet at the Visitors Pavilion, they explore a different location at The Ringling each week. $2/per child, also gives the family access to the featured venue for the rest of the day. The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota. 941-359-5700. kids-quest. Free Lunchtime Talk – 2-4pm. Five Petal is hosting a lunchtime talk on their Purification plan and how to set healthy habits. Organic snacks served. Free cookbook with Plan Purchase. 830 Central Ave, Sarasota. 941-315-6858. Casey Key: Nokomis Beach Drum Circle – 6pm. One of Casey Key’s most unique and celebrated events. On any given Saturday and Wednesday evening, one will encounter the rhythmic beats, amateur belly dancing, children playing, and the most amazing sunsets anywhere. Nokomis Public Beach, 201 South Casey Key Rd, Nokomis. Glittering Grandeur: Spectacles Under the Big Top Exhibition – (through Feb 29). In the late 19th / early 20th centuries, show owners including PT Barnum and the Ringlings recognized that they had the ability to increase attendance by including a different kind of spectacle in their traveling shows. Circuses would frequently open with a large scale theatrical performance that included hundreds of performers engaged in scenes of battle and festivals of dance and song. These “spec” displays were created on such a grand scale that they frequently rated several different poster designs each season. See the illustrated extravagance of the spec in print. $5-$25. The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota. 941359-5700.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 3 Spiritual White Stone Ceremony – 9am or 10:30am. Confirm your commitment to soul growth and empowerment. Leave limitations behind. All are welcome. The Sanctuary, Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd (between Beneva &  Swift), Sarasota. 941-955-3301. Open Heart Divine Healing Service – 12:15pm. First Sunday of each month. Through the gathering of the Faithful, experience and co-create the Anchoring of Powerful Divine Healing energies within the Sacred Circle. Expect Miracles! Rev Sharon Elizabeth James. Love offering. The Cosmic Cen-

ter of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdw, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333, New Year’s Romance on the Piano – 4-5:30pm. Celebrate New Year’s beginning with soulful Classical Music. World-acclaimed piano virtuoso Eleonora Lvov, winner of many prestigious competitions, popular recording artist and teacher, plays romantic works by Chopin, Debussy, Ravel and Gershwin. Donation. Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St W, Bradenton. Call 941358-0235. Sunday with Shari Morningstar & Regis Moreira – 6:30pm. For a relaxing evening in a romantic and cozy ambience, join singer Shari Morningstar and Regis Moreira every Sunday and enjoy hits from Ella to Jobim, Streisand to Sinatra. Amore by Andrea, 555 Bay Isles Pkwy, Longboat Key. Reservations 941-383-1111. Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert – 7pm. Celebrate with the ageless beauty of uplifting Viennese music at Sarasota’s 20th annual New Year’s Concert. Strauss waltzes and sweeping melodies from operettas including Die Fledermaus and Merry Widow will be performed by hand-picked European singers and full orchestra. Beautifully costumed ballet and ballroom dancers present romantic vignettes, whisking you off to a place of nostalgia and pleasure at the threshold of 2016. Fall in love with the Blue Danube Waltz for the first time or all over again. Make Salute to Vienna your New Year’s tradition! Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. Information, 941-953-3368,

MONDAY, JANUARY 4 Dinner with the Doc – 6:30-7:30pm. Join Dr Dower for a free dinner and listen as he explains the steps to having your best, healthiest year ever! Beckham’s on the Trail, 6727 Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. Reservations 941-924-1227. Powerful Therapy To Health and Wholeness – A registered nurse since 2004, intuitive Ralph Serrano’s true healing power comes from his ability to communicate with Spirit Guides, in helping people find their true illness and then helping them through the process of Biomagnetic Pair Therapy, a new revolutionary, scientific and therapeutic approach to healing that differs from Traditional Medicine, Homeopathy, Herbs and Naturism. This is a therapy free of side effects, compatible with traditional or alternative practices. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdw, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. To schedule an appointment call 941-371-9333.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 5 Meditation & Healing Service – 7pm. Come relax and benefit from a guided meditation, hands-on healing, and mental healing for those named at the service by the attendees. Many good reports have been received about this once a month 45-minute service conducted by Rev Yvonne Graham. Love Offering. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 2044 Bispham Rd, Sarasota. 941-266-8435.

savethedate WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6 Enhancing Our Spiritual Life – 8:30am4pm. The Circle of Spiritual Growth presents a one-day women’s retreat, including workshops, energy healing, message, lunch and guest speaker Reverend Donna Loflin. $30/by Jan 2; $35/after. Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 790 Tamiami Trl, Venice. 603296-7417.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 7 EFT with Sabina – 6:30-7:30pm. Come join Sabina to learn the Emotional Freedom Technique. Release negative emotions and create physical, mental and spiritual health. Free. 2226 Gulf Gate Dr, Sarasota. 941-924-1227. Spiritual Wisdom on Life after Death – 6:307:30 pm. We will be exploring heaven, near-death experiences, reincarnation, and the truth about the afterlife based on the book Spiritual Wisdom on Life after Death which will be given as a gift to all attendees. Free, Jacaranda Library, 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd, Venice, 941-358-0325, Meetup. com/EckankarInSarasota. Sarasota Orchestra Presents Winter Dreams – 8pm. Jan 7-10. Dunayevsky The Children of Captain Grant Overture; Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3; Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 1 (Winter Dreams). Fireworks result when three Russian musical geniuses are brought together in this unique program. Tchaikovsky’s lush first symphony proves his brilliance as a master melodist. Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 was made more famous in the movie Shine and is renowned as one of the most difficult to perform in the piano repertoire. Estonian pianist Mihkel Poll is garnering international accolades. The concert opens with Dunayevsky’s Overture. Tickets $30-$86. Neel, State College of Florida, 5840 26th St W, Bradenton. Info, 941-953-3434,

FRIDAY, JANUARY 8 Women’s New Moon Meditation & 10th Anniversary – 6:30pm. Doors close 7pm. Begun in 2006 with 8 women, now numbering over 500, celebrating with a slide show of the 10 years, introduction of the original 8 members, and a meditation led by Patricia Cockerill called “Honoring the Goddess”, summoning the Divine Feminine across all religions & practices and acknowledging the goddess in each woman present. Circle meets on New and Full Moons. $10 Donation. Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd, Sarasota. Info, Jo Mooy 941-3551414, Beyond Criminal Art Opening – 7pm. Featuring the work of Bruce Jackson, SUNY Distinguished Professor & James Agee Professor of American Culture at the University of Buffalo. Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Ct, Sarasota. 941-545-5635,, Love Circles: Love, Heal & Live – 7pm. We create a sacred space for profound emotional healing through experiencing the miracles of love. Be in touch with your true self and heal in all aspects of your life: mentally, emotionally, spiritually, sexu-

ally, physically and financially. Led by Lucia Gabriela, Love Priestess-Coach, Healer & Alchemist. BYO cushion or yoga mat. Love Offering $15. D-Luxe Boutique, 1853 Fruitville Rd, Downtown Historic Village, Sarasota. Details 516-287-0242.

ECK Worship Service – 10-11am. This month: Animals Are Soul Too. Do you feel close to your pets or other animals? Come and learn why that happens. Free, AmericInn, 5931 Fruitville Rd (W of I-75), Sarasota, 941-358-0325, EckankarInSarasota.

Friday Night Concert-Patchouli – 7-9pm. Visit Downtown Venice for the Free Friday Night Concert series at the Gazebo in Centennial Park. 200 W Venice Ave. Venice

New Year, New You! – 10am-4pm. A day of creating change through yoga, nutrition, cooking demo, menu planning, six stages of change, tools for change. $75/by Jan 6; $85/at door. Radiant Soul Yoga & Wellness, 3512 N Lockwood Ridge, Sarasota. Reservations, Patty 941-380-1206.

Celebrate the New Year with Your Beloved – 7pm-Sun 2pm. Jan 8-10. Couples vacation retreat & Tantra Workshop. Join Richard & Diana Daffner, authors of Tantric Sex for Busy Couples, for a romantic beach getaway. Bring greater joy, intimacy and passion to your relationship. Connect with your beloved on a soul level. $695/couple. Siesta Key Beach, Sarasota. More info, other dates, brochure, 941-349-6804,

SATURDAY, JANUARY 9 Coquina Beach Winterfest – 10am-4:30pm. Jan 9-10. Featuring arts and crafts. Gulf of Mexico Dr, Bradenton Beach. Community HU Song – 11am-noon. Come experience for yourself how your days can be enhanced by singing the word ‘HU’ from your heart to God, for 20 minutes. You can do this exercise at any time. It is for everyone of any background or religious belief. Light refreshments follow. Free, Jacaranda Library, 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd, Venice, 941-358-0325, CMF Psychic Fair – 11am-4pm. Our gifted workers provide 15 minute sessions of: Private Readings, Crystals Readings, Auto Writing Readings, Numerology and Handwriting Analysis- your choice for just $20 each. Aura Photography using digital equipment and providing printout of the image plus a written interpretation $25. Come relax, enjoy the peaceful environment, fellowship, spiritual energy and benefit from the services offered. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 2044 Bispham Rd, Sarasota. 941-266-8435. Learn Palmistry with Myrna Lou, Master Palmist – Noon-2pm. Learn to read your own hand so you can read others. Easy to digest material. Myrna Lou is an award winning author. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdw, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333, Revealing Your True Self, Intro to Yoga Nidra Workshop – Noon-2pm. We experience ourselves as our values, goals, dreams and achievements we wear as a mask. Our true self is buried beneath our self-image. Our personality, the person we identify with occupies our attention, distorts our perception, and obstructs us from knowing the limitless Self within. Yoga Nidra meditation is a process of unveiling this Self by disengaging the mind from its constant chatter and emotional entanglement. It is a process of moving from the periphery of daily distraction to the center of your being. Space is limited. Free. Journey Into Complete Wellbeing Yoga & Meditation Studio, 265 E Marion Ave, Ste 117C, Punta Gorda. Register 772-485-0605.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 10 Tarot and Qabalah Discussion Group – 2-4pm. Group leader Elinor Greenburg, PhD. Free. Pixie Dust Metaphysical Boutique, 1476 Main St, Sarasota. 941-366-6325.

Circus Ring of Fame – 1-3:30pm. Event recognizes persons who have made a significant contribution to the circus. St Armands Circle Park. 941388-1554.

MONDAY, JANUARY 11 Awakening to a Life of Joy – 6-8pm. This 10-week course takes you on a profound and safe journey of self-discovery in order to clear the way to living a more peaceful, loving and joyful life. $200 + $15 Materials/2.0 college credits. Angel Ministries College, 2269 S Tamiami Trl, Venice. Rev Patricia Charnley, 941-492-4995. Karma is for Real – 7-9pm. Are you in the midst of a transformation? Are you wishing for a transformation for the New Year? Viewing life’s changes from the perspective of Karma provides comforting assurance that you are on the right track for your purpose in life.  Learn to see your transformational, and sometimes traumatic, experiences from a Karmic perspective as a natural part of your life progression. With Shanna Spalding St. Clair. $10. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota. 941-544-5874,,

TUESDAY, JANUARY 12 Have You Had a Spiritual Experience? – 6-7 pm. Come share and/or learn how to have spiritual experiences such as coincidences, guidance from departed ones or angels, dreams, past lives, soul travel. These topics come from the Spiritual Experiences Guidebook which will be given as a gift to attendees. Free, Gulf Gate Library, 7112 Curtiss Ave, Sarasota, 941-358-0325, Mind & Energy – 6:30-8:30pm. This is the second course in a series of three in preparation for Practical Mysticism and Mediumship. It is designed to enable the student to understand the power of the mind and learn to use it to manifest a higher understanding of our true spiritual nature, and so much more! $200/2.0 college credits. Angel Ministries College, 2269 S Tamiami Trl, Venice. Rev Patricia Charnley, 941-492-4995. Learn to Love What Arises in Your Life! – 6:45pm. Also Jan 19 & 26. Practical steps to spiritual fulfillment. Unleash your potential! “Whatever arises, love that” are words to really live by, facilitated by Reverend Elizabeth Thompson, inspirational speaker. $10. Fellowship Hall, Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd (between Beneva & Swift), Sarasota. 941-955-3301. Astrology Discussions – 7-9pm. Catherine Rosenbaum will be your personalized guide to assist you in better understanding yourself and others using an astrology chart within the framework of “Human

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Design” concepts. $25. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. RSVP 941361-3006, Beginner’s Guide to Astrology – 7-9pm. Denise Clair makes astrology fun and easy to understand. Find out what all those signs and symbols mean. Make life easier with daily basic practical tips. Learn to read your own birth chart. $10 per class. Optional 2016 astrology planners available $8 or $14. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadow, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-3719333,

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13 Sarasota Orchestra Presents Crazy for Classics – 5:30-6:30pm Jan 13 & 15. 7:30-8:45pm Jan 14. 8-9:45pm Jan 16. We’re all crazy for great, memorable music. In this survey of all-time favorites, we share wonderful music you know and love, from Flight of the Bumblebee to Sleeping Beauty, and from Oklahoma to Blue Danube and Swan Lake. Featuring Bharat Chandra, principal clarinet, performing Mozart. Tickets $36-$79. Holley Hall, 709 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 941-953-3434. Moving Medicine/Conscious Body – 7:30-9pm. Jan 13 & 27. Feb 10 & 24. A 4-week session exploring a different modality into improvisational movement. You will be guided to sense your body and to express your truth. $48/4-week session; $15/drop in. Radiant Soul Yoga & Wellness, 3512 N Lockwood Ridge, Sarasota. RSVP by Jan 5, or

THURSDAY, JANUARY 14 The Open Center presents: The Best of East & West Spirituality – 1-2:30pm. Starts Jan 14, meets every other Thurs. Bob Waxman PhD presents fascinating, uplifting & relevant new topics at each class. $10. Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd. 941-724-5151. $10 at the door. Mindfulness, Food and Body Image Workshop – 6-7:30pm. Jan 14-Feb 18. Six Thursdays, each class includes mindfulness meditation instruction and practice related specifically to food and body image. Discussion, questions, and special topics such as pleasant and unpleasant eating experiences, family history, how you sabotage yourself and how to nurture yourself around food and body image. Instructor Lily Myers is a licensed mental health counselor and mindfulness meditation teacher with over 25 years’ experience. She trained with Dr. Jon KabatZinn, founder Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program in 1989, received advanced teacher training at the Center for Mindfulness in 2001 and has a private practice in mindfulness-based psychotherapy in Sarasota. Pre-registration required; class limited to 12. $150. Sarasota Mindfulness Institute, 1530 Dolphin St, Studio 6, Sarasota. Info & Registration 603-924-2216. mindful-eating.html. Tom Neilson Sierra Club Benefit – 7pm. People for a New Society has proudly nominated Tom Neilson, EdD for the 2015 Nelson Mandela Award. Tom’s work has spanned decades and continents, sharing comprehensive and sobering interpretations of sociology and history with an easily digestible and entertaining format designed to inform and inspire Peace. $10/Advance, $15/ Door. Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Ct, Sarasota. 941-545-5635,,


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Raw Food Lifestyle: Weight Loss, Energy & Health – 7-8pm. Start the New Year living your healthiest life with tips from Elysian Fields’ resident raw food expert Angela Valentine! $10. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. RSVP 941-361-3006, Manatee County Fair – Jan 1-24. Live music, a midway and exhibits. Fairgrounds, Palmetto. 941722-1639.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 15 Ringling College Presents Amer Kobaslija: A 10-Year Survey – 4:30-7pm Opening Reception. On display Jan 15-Feb 20. A selection of over two dozen large and small-scale paintings, curated by Ringling College Galleries Chief Curator Mark Ormond, the exhibition will include views of Kesennuma, Japan where the tsunami came ashore in 2011, paintings of the artist’s studio, Balthus’ studio and Switzerland, miniature paintings, and Florida landscapes. Kobaslija’s works have been reviewed by The New York Times, Art in America, ArtNews, New York Magazine and The San Francisco Chronicle. Willis Smith Gallery, Academic Center, 2363 Old Bradenton Rd, Sarasota. Gong Meditation – 6-7pm. A lovely way of ending your week with beautiful gong music and relaxing meditation. Hannah & Ed share these gifts of sound for you to enjoy! $15. Radiant Soul Yoga & Wellness, 3512 N Lockwood Ridge, Sarasota. Patty 941380-1206. Psychology of the Chakras Workshop – 6:309pm. Dr Marie Bailey, RYT-500, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, spent many years in her first career as a psychologist. She discovered and became intrigued with Yoga Therapy in 2007 while still a practicing psychologist. There are parallels between traditional psychology and the yogic perspective. However, yogic perspectives were arrived upon 5000 years before the advent of modern psychology! Yogic philosophy offers an interesting perspective on the development of the personality that is built upon the rich structure of the chakras. This fascinating workshop will demonstrate the interplay between the foundational development of the Muladhara (first) chakra, the ego, and its influence on the entire chakra system. $45. Journey Into Complete Wellbeing Yoga & Meditation Studio, 265 E Marion Ave, Ste 117C, Punta Gorda. Register, 772485-0605. Meditation & Spirit Circle – 7-8:30pm. Learn how to prepare for meditation. Experience a guided meditation. Participate in a Spirit Circle, and so much more! $10. Angel Ministries, 2269 S Tamiami Trl, Venice. Rev Patricia Charnley, 941492-4995.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 16 Intro to Yoga Therapy Weekend with Dr Marie Bailey – Jan 16: 9:30-11:30am. 1-3pm. 4:306:30pm. Jan 17: 9:30-11:30am. 1-3pm. Yoga Therapy is a Journey into Prana (life force) as a medium for healing. Incomplete emotions and experiences can manifest as “holding patterns” in the body, which can result in desensitization, chronic tension, and pain. This informative weekend will explore the Yogic perspective on energy and the development of energy blocks, as well as their manifestation in the body. Group Yoga Therapy sessions gently guide participants to experience the

limbs of Yoga Therapy. Deepen your practice and join us for this informative introduction to Amrit Yoga Therapy. Space is limited. Journey Into Complete Wellbeing Yoga & Meditation Studio, 265 E Marion Ave, Ste 117C, Punta Gorda. Info & Registration, 772-485-0605. Sacred Sexuality Workshops/Playshops – 10am1pm. Reawakening Sensuality - Exploring Sexual Energy. Led by Lucia Gabriela, Love PriestessCoach, Healer & Alchemist and Jacob Jones, Love Yoga Instructor and Healer. BYO cushion or yoga mat. Love Offering $40/solo, $70/couple. Private home. RSVP for location 516-287-0242. Basic IET Certification – 10am-4pm. In the Basic IET class you will be attuned to the energy ray activating the 1st and 2nd DNA pairs that empower you. You will learn to conduct the 5-minute empowerment self-balancing and clearing session, an absentee IET session, increase your ability to be an energy intuitive and “read” energy, and so much more. $180/0.5 college credit. Angel Ministries College, 2269 S Tamiami Trl, Venice. Rev Patricia Charnley, 941-492-4995. Intuitive Arts Fair – 10:30am-5pm. Readers include Elizabetta, Skye, Margo, Catherine & Jason. No appointments made by phone. First come, first served. 30mins/$35. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. RSVP 941-3613006, Reiki I Certification – Noon-4pm. Receive Reiki Attunement. Experience guided meditation & meet your Reiki Guides. Learn hand positions to treat yourself & others, including your pets. Prepare for the 21-day Reiki Self-Healing. $75 + $15 manual/0.5 college credit. Angel Ministries College, 2269 S Tamiami Trl, Venice. Rev Patricia Charnley, 941-492-4995. Windjammers Annual Concert – 2-3pm. An international organization dedicated to the preservation and performance of circus music, these musicians play some of the greatest hits from the golden age of the American Circus. This family-friendly concert is guaranteed to make you smile and tap your toes! Free with Museum Admission. Museum of Art Courtyard. 941-359-5700. Ringling. org/events/windjammers-concert. Sacred Sexuality Workshops/Playshops – 2-5pm. Reawakening Sensuality - Couples Reconnecting through Divine Touch. Led by Lucia Gabriela, Love Priestess-Coach, Healer & Alchemist and Jacob Jones, Love Yoga Instructor and Healer. BYO cushion or yoga mat. Love Offering $40/ solo, $70/couple. Private home. RSVP for location 516-287-0242. Red Tent to Empower and Honor our Goddesses (Women’s Circle) – 7pm. Honoring our Divine Feminine, a sacred circle where women gather to honor and appreciate their body, sensuality, and sexuality; claim the wisdom of their sacred womb and heart; awaken their inner fire and become a full expression of their Divine Sensuality. Fall in love with yourself and become a magnet for true love. Led by Lucia Gabriela, Love Priestess-Coach, Healer & Alchemist. Dress Code: Red. BYO cushion or yoga mat. Sliding Scale Love Offering $20$30. Private home. RSVP for location 516-2870242.

Sound Immersion with the Sound Sisters and Crystal Intentions – 7-8pm. Enjoy the healing sounds of the crystal and Tibetan bowls as they blend with the sacred sound of the gongs. This event is a fund raiser for Rising Tide. Suggested donation $15 or as affordable. Doors open 6:30pm. Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd, Sarasota. Contact Joy Yackley 941-812-8695.




Introduction to Tarot – 1-2pm. 3-pt series, continues Jan 24 & 31. Michael Newton Brown is teaching. $15/class. Pixie Dust Metaphysical Boutique, 1476 Main St, Sarasota. 941-366-6325.

Community HU Song – 10-11am. Come experience for yourself how your days can be enhanced by singing the word ‘HU’ from your heart to God, for 20 minutes. You can do this exercise at any time. It is for everyone of any background or religious belief. Light refreshments follow. Free, AmericInn, 5931 Fruitville Rd (W of I-75), Sarasota, 941-358-0325, Laughter Workshop – 1-2:30pm. Come for an afternoon of joy and laughter! Become one with a vibration of bliss through a unique and creative fun-filled class. You will leave rejuvenated, stress free and with tools to engage laughter, everywhere you are. Joy and Laughter: Decreases the negative effects of stress, helps breakthrough subconscious inhibitions, boosts the immune system, inspires creativity, enhances communication and self-esteem. With Josie Melcher, Certified International Laugh Teacher. $20. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota. 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman. com, Learn Energetic Healing with Reiki 1 – 1-5pm. In this fun and powerful one-day class, learn Reiki healing along with other advanced techniques. Anyone with a compassionate heart and a commitment to learn can become a practitioner of energy healing. Workshop includes: Reiki 1 Certification and Attunement, Aura Clearing, Hand Positions, SelfTreatment, Healing Others, Body Scanning, Develop your Practice, Reiki in Hospitals. Enable yourself to fully claim the healing power within you. Class size is limited; pre-registration required. $80 plus $18 manual. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota. 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman. com, Roy Eugene Davis – 2pm. Paramahansa Yogananda disciple will share lessons and meditation techniques. All are welcome. Love Offering. The Sanctuary, Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd (between Beneva & Swift), Sarasota. Please call to reserve your spot, 941-955-3301. Grande Piano: Chopin & Friends – 4-5:30pm. Experience the romance, poetry and spirituality of great piano music played by the ardently passionate, world-renowned concert virtuoso Eleonora Lvov. $15. Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. 941-358-0235. Sunday in the Park – Outside, Plein Air Painters local chapter Light Chasers with paintings for sale off the easel. Inside, local musicians led by Sal Garcia for your listening and dancing pleasure. Nibbles and beverages included. $20/per person; $15/ members. Pioneer Park, 1260 12th St, Sarasota. Reservations required, 941-364-9076,

John of God, Crystal Light Bed Session – Call or email to book your session with Michele Denise, authorized John of God guide. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdw, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 828-423-1482.

Qi Gong – 7-8pm. Qi Gong opens pathways in the body to circulate and stimulate the body’s internal processes to allow for the smooth flow of Qi (energy), which can increase strength and produce vitality. $20. Angel Ministries, 2269 S Tamiami Trl, Venice. Dr Bill Phil Philpot, DOM, AP, LMT 941587-1288. John of God, Crystal Light Bed Session – Call or email to book your session with Michele Denise, authorized John of God guide. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdw, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 828-423-1482.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20 Open House – 9am-6pm. Come meet Dr Patrick Dower, DC. Enjoy healthy snacks while learning what our wellness office has to offer you and your family. Free. 2226 Gulf Gate Dr, Sarasota. 941924-1227. Master Share for Reiki III – 7-9pm. Masters of all lineages come together to share, expand, enhance and brush up on their Reiki. Wear comfortable clothes. $5 Suggested Donation. Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd, Sarasota. Rev Zan Benham, 941-922-7839. 42nd Street – 8pm. Jan 20-21. The quintessential backstage musical comedy classic 42nd Street is the song-and-dance fable of Broadway with an American Dream story and includes familiar songs such as: We’re in the Money, Lullaby of Broadway, Shuffle Off to Buffalo, and the title song. Directed by Mark Bramble and choreographed by Randy Skinner, the team who staged the 2001 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Revival. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. Info, 941-953-3368,

THURSDAY, JANUARY 21 Wordier Than Thou Storytellers Open Mic – 6:30pm doors open. 7pm readings begin. Featured readers will kick off the night, followed by open mic slots. Open mic readers get 10 minutes and will be timed. We encourage all readers to stay to the end and support everyone who signs up to share their work. Open mic format focuses on storytelling and fiction (no poetry or music). Come share your finest prose, or if you’re just in the mood for listening, catch some tales from the area’s wordsmiths. $5. Fogartyville Community Media & Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Ct, Sarasota. 941-545-5635. Disney’s The Little Mermaid Musical – 7pm. Jan 21-23. Presented by the Out-of-Door Academy Middle School. Audiences have been falling in love with the little mermaid since Hans Christian Andersen first set her down on paper newly two centuries ago. In 1989, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, a sparkling example of musical storytelling

on film, inaugurated a renaissance in Disney animation. Nearly two decades later, the stage production of The Little Mermaid opened at the LuntFontanne Theatre on January 10, 2008. We are pleased to present it to the community. Not only will adults of a certain age remember the animated feature and the amazing score, young people will look to it because it is a wonderful reminder of the perils of wish fulfillment and powers of love. Outof-Door Academy, 5950 Deer Dr, Sarasota. Information, 941-554-5958, Interiorology: Mind, Body & Spirit – 7-9pm. Facilitator Laurel James. Awaken the possibilities, positive aspects, and expressions of your True Self within your home. $20. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. RSVP 941361-3006,

FRIDAY, JANUARY 22 MAX T3 – 7:30am. MAXT3 workout for all ages and fitness levels. Transform your life with just 12 minutes a day. Scientifically proven to be better than classic cardio! 2226 Gulf Gate Dr, Sarasota. 941-924-1227. Sarasota Native American Indian Festival – Fri 9am-5pm. Sat 10am-6pm. Sun 10am-5pm. Jan 2224. Experience authentic Native American culture and artistry with handmade, one-of-a-kind fine arts and crafts, paintings, pottery, jewelry, sculpture, bead work and leather work, along with Native American food. Native American drumming, singing and various styles of music and dance throughout the weekend. Festival continues to be a tribute to the extraordinary life of artist Rex A Begaye, its founder. $8/adult, $3/ages 6-12, Free 5 and under. Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota. Info, 941-928-7892,, Tarot with a Twist and/or Psychic Numerology – 10:30am-5:30pm. Guest reader Joanne Leo will assist you in gaining clarity in your life. Standard reader rates apply. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. RSVP 941-3613006, Love Crystal Activation – 5:30pm. Every 4th Friday. Since ancient times, magical intentions have been infused into crystals with specific goals for one’s self or others. Lucia Gabriela has been infusing and activating crystals with love since childhood, experiencing magic at a young age. While creating sacred space for healing, she shares with her private clients powerful crystal activations through sacred love ceremonies composed of many moon, sun, water, ether, fire, air & earth rituals, guided meditation, toning, sound healing, palo santo & cacao clearings, and Love Reiki energy. Bring your crystals and/or buy them at the store. Love Offering $10. Crystal Cave, 1899 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. RSVP 516-287-0242. Women’s Full Moon Meditation with Patricia Walsh: Manifesting Your Potential – 6:30pm. Doors close 7pm. Drawing on her work in evolutionary astrology, Patricia uses guided visualization and the Full Moon in Leo to help the women find the key to unlocking their unlimited potential. Circle meets on New and Full Moons. $10 Donation. Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd, Sarasota. Info, Jo Mooy 941-355-1414,

natural awakenings

January 2016


Love Circles: Love, Heal & Live – 7pm. Reinvented, refreshed, dynamic, interactive, energizing & fun! Powerful circles designed to gather our community in the spirit of love and mutual support. Here we create a sacred space for profound emotional healing through experiencing the miracles of love. Be in touch with your true self and heal in all aspects of your life: mentally, emotionally, spiritually, sexually, physically and financially. Led by Lucia Gabriela, Love Priestess-Coach, Healer & Alchemist. BYO cushion or yoga mat. Love Offering $15. Elixir Tea House. 1926 Hillview St, Sarasota. Details 516-2870242. Séance – 7-9pm. Do you want to hear from a departed loved one? Invite them to meet you here at Angel Ministries. Tell Spirit the date, time, and address. $25 Paid Pre-registration required. Limited Seating. Angel Ministries, 2269 S Tamiami Trl, Venice. Rev Patricia Charnley, 941-492-4995. RevPat@,

SATURDAY, JANUARY 23 Soul Proof I: Life Experience – 10am-5pm. Learn powerful techniques and insights to help you increasingly know and show that you have everything you need to handle all of life’s changes and challenges with style. Deepen your faith and knowledge that you are an integral part of Source Energy now and forevermore. Experience life as the totally safe and magnificent adventure that it is, and move toward the greatest life of your dreams. With Mark Pitstick. $60. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota. 941-544-5874,, Intuitive Faire Readings and More – 11am4pm. A monthly event with Intuitive and Mediumistic Readings, Spirit Artist, Palmistry, Astrology and Numerology Reports. Something for everyone. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdw, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941371-9333, Guides, Masters and Angels – 3-6pm. Join Rev John White from Lily Dale, NY and learn how to get to know your guides, channeling your spiritual guides and angels, trance mediumship and how to develop it, and so much more! $40. Angel Ministries, 2269 S Tamiami Trl, Venice. Rev Patricia Charnley, 941-492-4995.,

SUNDAY, JANUARY 24 Ashtanga Yoga Workshop – 1-3:30pm. Senior Ashtanga Yoga teacher Amy Gordon visits Sarasota to lead an Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series plus intro of some second series poses. Quad and hip strengthening poses will also be practiced to allow more ease into this intermediate series, and core work will prepare for backbending. Class will end with guided relaxation, pranayama, Reiki and meditation. $40. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. Info & Registration, 941-952-5280, Heal and Transform Your Suffering – 1-5pm. Are you dealing with tough changes and challenges? Simple but powerful solutions exist to help you have a breakthrough instead of a breakdown. This workshop is for those: Grieving a death, struggling with the process of dying or a suicide, struggling with difficulties: relationships, divorce, physical/ mental illness or disability, financial loss, broken dreams, addictions, wrestling with old religious teachings, etc. Are you ready to find solutions and


Sarasota/Manatee Edition

opportunities? Bring pillow, mat, blanket. With Mark Pitstick. $45. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota. 941-544-5874,,

ed meditation and creative activity. With Brenda Reading. $20. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota. 941-544-5874,,

Divitarot Readers of Sarasota – 2-4pm. This group will be focused on learning the tarot, developing your intuitive skills and ultimately reaching a point where you feel comfortable reading for yourself as well as others. Tarot is steeped in history which we review. The tarot will be our focus, however other oracle decks will eventually be introduced. This group will meet again on Sunday, February 21, and then every two weeks. With Bridget Fortune Burns, PhD. $10. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota. 941-544-5874, Light@,


Spiritual Healing Skills Workshop – 3-4:30pm. This 4-part workshop, Jan 24 & 31, Feb 7 & 14, by Eileen Courtney, provides knowledge of how the healing process works, and through exercises provides tools to develop the skills to conduct effective hands-on healings. This workshop imparts the knowledge and skills beneficial for healing loved ones, friends and self. $15 donation is requested for each part, or $50 for full course registration when paid by Jan 24. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 2044 Bispham Rd, Sarasota. Reservations 941-266-8435. A Reiki Share – 6-7pm. For healing practitioners to participate in giving and receiving Reiki within an atmosphere of friendship and love. Benefit from combined wisdom and skill. Align with your Spirit, feel more centered, release fear and stress, and experience connection. For anyone who is interested in finding wellbeing and creating harmonious changes in their life through personal healing, transformation, and awakening. All are welcome to come and receive a healing. Free. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota. 941-544-5874,, Celebration Sunday – 7-8:20pm. Come together each month in community and joy. Celebrate, be strengthened, be encouraged, and seek truth while continuing to learn and grow. Interesting, inspirational, and informative speakers help stimulate thinking and introduce us to new ideas and knowledge of the world around us. Mediumship Message Demonstration (contact with those in the afterlife), Meditation, Music, Fellowship. Hosted by Shanna Spalding St. Clair. Come early for the Reiki Share at 6pm if you are interested. Free. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota. 941544-5874,,

THURSDAY, JANUARY 28 Advanced Mediumship Development – 7-8:30pm. Thursdays: Jan 28, Feb 4, 11, 18, 25. This training is for students who have learned about, and have connected with, their spirit guide or those in spirit, and who understand the basics on how to give an evidential mediumship reading. The purpose of the series is to educate and mentor participants into a higher level of psychic mediumship. With Victoria Ackerman, $15. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota. 941-544-5874,, Reconnect with Your Inner You! – 7-9:30pm. We tend to “take care” of the rest of the world while our “true selves” get attended to last, if at all! We will reconnect with our sacred Inner hopes and dreams and put them into motion. Relaxing guid-

Couples Weekend Getaway & Workshop – 7pm-Sun 2pm. Jan 29-31. Join Richard & Diana Daffner, authors of Tantric Sex for Busy Couples, for a romantic beach getaway. Bring greater joy, intimacy and passion to your relationship. Celebrate your love. Connect with your beloved on a soul level. $695/couple. Siesta Key Beach. More info, other dates & locations, brochure, 941-3496804,

THURSDAY, JANUARY 30 Moving from Your Core – 9:30am-5pm. Create Dynamic Balance. Learn to move from and through your pelvis and spine. Learn to maintain your balance with counter balance and reversibility. $120 (less with early registration). Ionie’s, 1241 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. 941-360-2248. Sacred Sexuality Workshops/Playshops – 10am1pm. Reawakening Sensuality - Awakening Your Divine Sensual Feminine and Masculine. Led by Lucia Gabriela, Love Priestess-Coach, Healer & Alchemist and Jacob Jones, Love Yoga Instructor and Healer. BYO cushion or yoga mat. Love Offering $40/solo, $70/couple. Private residence. RSVP for location 516-287-0242. Create Your Best Year Ever! – 11am-1pm. Come join Dr Dower and create your best year ever! Goal setting, making the perfect plan and strategies for successful implementation. Unity Church, 3023 Proctor Rd, Sarasota. RSVP 941-924-1227. New Reiki I Attunement and Certification Class – 11:30am-5:30pm. The 1st of 4 classes for a Reiki III Master Healer Certification into the Usui School of Reiki with Rev Zan Benham. Reiki is an ancient form of hands-on energy healing dating back to the India-Nepal border around 620 BC. $122. Info, The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadow, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333. Understanding Near Death, Out Of Body & Spiritual Experiences – 1-3pm. If you had a Near Death Experience (NDE), Out of Body Experience (OBE), have undergone Spiritual Experiences or are simply curious to what’s on the Other Side, this workshop is for you. Francisco Valentín will take you on a spiritual journey as he helps you find answers. Learn how to make sense of it all, and learn answers to all those questions you have kept buried for so long. $20. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota. 941-544-5874,, Sound: The Sacred Language and Healing – 1-6pm. Learn how sound can be utilized to facilitate healing on many levels. We will expound on the connections between sacred sound, sacred sequence, and sacred geometry, and show how all of these elements are brought together, with the use of the Lambdoma Keyboard. Music, art, color, math, ratios, light and frequencies are all connected in a tri-fold way. Learn how to find and use your own specific keynote and frequency. With Barbara Hero. $35. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota. 941-544-5874,,

Sacred Sexuality Workshops/Playshops – 2-5pm. Reawakening Sensuality – Couples, How to Heal and Go from Conflict to Blissful LoveMaking in less than 24 hours. Led by Lucia Gabriela, Love Priestess-Coach, Healer & Alchemist and Jacob Jones, Love Yoga Instructor and Healer. BYO cushion or yoga mat. Love Offering $40/ solo, $70/couple. Private residence. RSVP for location 516-287-0242. Blue Tent to Embrace and Honor our Men (Men Circle) – 7pm. A sacred circle where men gather to open their hearts, share their truth, and step into their power. Here men experience honor, respect, acceptance, appreciation, gratitude & unconditional love for who they are. Rediscover your inner fire; embody what your heart desires; gain clarity in your life; claim, attract, and manifest true love into your life. Led by Lucia Gabriela, Love Priestess-Coach, Healer & Alchemist and Jacob Jones, Love Yoga Instructor and Healer. BYO cushion or yoga mat. Dress Code: Blue. Sliding Scale Love Offering $20-$30. Private home. RSVP for location 516-287-0242. Inspirational Cinema: E-Motion – 7-9pm. 5 stars on Amazon! World experts share their wisdom to light a new pathway for humanity, with Dr Bruce Lipton. Discussion with Bob Waxman, PhD. $7 at the door. Sponsored by The Open Center & Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd. Call 941-724-5151.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 31 Reiki 1 – 3-8pm. Taught by William J Brown, LMT. Pixie Dust Metaphysical Boutique, 1476 Main St, Sarasota. 941-366-6325. Sarasota Orchestra Presents Mozart Fest 2 – 4pm. Adored by oboists and audiences alike, Mozart’s moving Oboe Quartet has endured for 200 years partly because of its humorous finale. The Clarinet Quintet was written during the hardest year of Mozart’s life, when his finances and health were at their lowest. This suffering is embedded into the soul of this work; nevertheless, the characteristic joy of Mozart’s music has the final word. Tickets $32-$42. Holley Hall, 709 N Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. Info, 941-953-3434, SarasotaOrchestra. org/chamber/mozart-fest-1. Channeling John – 4-5:30pm. Participate in an amazing dialogue with a non-physical Energetic Being, channeled by Marianne Chapel. Sessions are reflections and affirmations on the purpose of life and beyond. Conversations are always comfortable, two-way, in plain English. It is a warm, highly spiritual experience and a connection that can be felt physically by many on an uplifting energy level. The sessions explain the truth about our existence and lifts the veil for the world to evolve into a higher consciousness. $10. Location provided with reservation confirmation. Marianne 941374-3492. Manifesting your Dreams in 2016 – 6-8pm. This fun and interactive class with Margo Park will help you discover tips and tools for manifesting your best year yet! $25. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. RSVP 941-361

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1 Journey Circle: Psychic Development – 7:30-

9pm. Open to all those who seek a base knowledge of the spirit world. Grow in understanding of the different gifts through entertaining exercises and interaction. Be encouraged in a safe environment. As the group bonds you will relax and open up to deeper understanding and skill. Some gifts and definitions we will explore: Laws of Attraction, Energy, Telepathy, Remote Viewing, and Psychometry. Initial circle to meet 6 weeks. With Alison Almy. $10. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota. 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman. com,

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5 Mark Anthony The Psychic Lawyer – 7-9pm. Combining his gift of Evidential Mediumship with his knowledge of near-death experience studies, theology and his unique sense of humor, Mark Anthony will demonstrate how making contact with a loved one in spirit is an important therapeutic step in healing. He will also make connections for audience members with loved ones on the Other Side. Mark is a fourth-generation psychic medium, Oxford educated attorney licensed to practice law and bestselling author with nationwide TV appearances. $40. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota. 941-544-5874,, William Henry Returns to Sarasota – Feb 5-7. For over 20 years William Henry has been a trusted voice on human transformation and ascension. He’s authored 18 books, stars on the hit History Channel show Ancient Aliens and hosts Arcanum on Gaiam TV. He is a seasoned presenter and communicator. In the past year he has shared the stage with some of the greatest teachers in the higher consciousness arena, including Gregg Braden, Graham Hancock, Lynn McTaggart, Drs. JJ and Desiree Hurtak, and Dr Eben Alexander. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdw, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333,

planahead SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6 The Open Center Presents: Dealing with Negative/Difficult People – 1-2:45pm. With Diane Lang, MA, Prof Monclair Univ. Many people push our buttons and drain our energy. Learn effective techniques with proven results. $10 at the door. Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd. 941-724-5151.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6 Meditative Rituals & Creating your own Spiritual Toolbox – 1-2:30pm. Have you ever wondered how you can enhance your personal or professional meditative spaces when preparing for a meditative activity? Unsure as to what to do with sage and a turkey feather to smudge?  While studying Reiki, Shamanic Journeying, Drumming, Intuition, Power Animal, Elemental and Nature Energy, I have learned how to incorporate rituals that enhance my meditative practice. Creating a Spiritual Toolbox includes putting together items that will help to create this atmosphere. $25. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota. 941-544-5874, Light@, Drum Class – 2:30-4pm. Experience the healing, power, and magic of drumming. The ancient art of drumming has been used in many cultures for sa-

cred ceremonies, healing, rites of passage, to empower the human spirit. Often primary drummers were women, and the music of drumming creates a connection to the divine. No previous musical background or training needed. Bring your drum or use ours. An afternoon of energizing rhythm and fun with Lin Maloney. $20. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota. 941-544-5874, Light@,

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12 Valentine Celebration/Getaway Weekend & Tantra Workshop – 7pm-Sun 2pm. Feb 12-14. Join Richard & Diana Daffner, authors of Tantric Sex for Busy Couples, for a romantic beach getaway. Bring greater joy, intimacy and passion to your relationship. Celebrate your love. Connect with your beloved on a soul level. $695/couple. Siesta Key Beach, Sarasota. More info, other dates & locations, brochure, 941349-6804,

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13 True Love Never Dies – 8-9:30pm. Have you ever seen a medium work live? Do you yearn to hear from a family member who has passed? Wish to communicate with Spirit yourself? During this amazing evening you’ll meet one of the country’s top psychic mediums, Victoria Ackerman, and others who will not only deliver live readings and messages for many audience members, but will show you how to discover your innate intuitive abilities. Tickets on sale now, limited seating. $20. The Players Theatre, 838 N Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. 941-544-5874,,

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16 Community Book Study: Aging as a Spiritual Practice – 6:30pm. A contemplative guide to growing older. Buddhist meditation teacher, Lewis Richmond, helps us understand how aging can bring new possibilities and a depth of gratitude that profoundly affects us. Whether you are enjoying growing old, hating it or in denial, this study is for you. All beliefs and “unbeliefs” welcome. Faith United Church of Christ, 4850 SR 64 E, Bradenton. 941-746-8890,

planahead SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20 The Open Center Presents: Swami Ishtananda from The Vedanta Center St Pete – 1-2:30pm. The Philosophy of Non-Dualism: Authentic wisdom teachings about the basis of the spiritual and material worlds. $10 at the door. Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd. Call 941-724-5151.

TUESDAY, MAY 31 American Holistic Nurses Association Annual Conference – May 31-June 5. “Interconnectedness: The Soul of Holistic Nursing.” Attendees will learn about holistic nursing practice, education and research from various types of healthcare and nursing experts. Registration opens January 2016 with discounted Early Bird rates before February 15. Hyatt Regency Coconut Point, Bonita Springs. Info & Registration, 800-278-2462,

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sunday Beach Yoga for Everybody – 8:30-9:30am. Relax, breathe, stretch & greet the beautiful morning on beautiful Englewood Beach (N end). Loving Light Yoga, 3455 S Access Rd, Englewood. 941-473-0135,, Community Book Study: Aging as a Spiritual Practice – 9am. A contemplative guide to growing older. Buddhist meditation teacher, Lewis Richmond, helps us understand how aging can bring new possibilities and a depth of gratitude that profoundly affects us. Whether you are enjoying growing old, hating it or in denial, this study is for you. All beliefs and “unbeliefs” welcome. Faith United Church of Christ, 4850 SR 64 E, Bradenton. 941-746-8890,  Meet & Greet: Learn With Other Like-Minded Souls – 9-10am. Enrichment spiritual classes for adults. Free. Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd (between Beneva & Swift), Sarasota. 941-9553301, One from the Heart Healing Sessions – 9:3010:15am. Center of Spiritual Awareness healing practitioners offer 15-min sessions to bring a state of wholeness to body, mind, and spirit. Free. Fruitville Rd (Knights of Columbus Bldg), 941-926-7828. Amrit Level 1 Yoga – 9:30-10:15am. Students are guided through Level 1 Amrit Yoga posture sequence into a deeper experience of integration. You will be guided into proper alignment for your body type through energetic extensions and pressure points. Working with the first and second half of the posture brings the nervous system into balance and body into homeostasis. Intentionally repeating this sequence is similar to chanting a mantra repeatedly, focusing the mind so that the body can relax fully. All levels of students welcome. $15/1, $125/10, $57/unlimited-1x offer/new students only. Journey Into Complete Wellbeing Yoga & Meditation Studio, 265 E Marion Ave, Ste 117C, Punta Gorda. 772485-0605. Hatha Yoga with Jamie Coffey – 10-11:30am. A creative blend of yoga styles based on the teacher’s background. The class helps to build strength and increase flexibility. $14, $50/5, Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota, 941-952-5280, Mixed Levels Yoga with Cindy – 10-11:30am. Alignment-based yoga suitable for anyone with previous yoga experience. Learn standing poses, twists, back bends, seated bends & inversions at your own pace. More options given for beginning or advanced students. $16; $78/6. Garden of the Heart Yoga, 2888 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, 941341-9781, Bridge Street Market – 10am-3pm. Open-air market. Live music every week. Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island. A Cosmic New Thought Service – 10:30-11:30am.


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A metaphysical universal service with music, talk, meditation and chants, to educate & expand our understanding and concepts to clarify and empower our connection with Infinite Spirit, Divine Source. Free energy healings at 10am. Love offering. The Cosmic Center, 5041 Ringwood Meadow, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. Rev Zan Benham 941-922-7839,, FUNday at Unity of Sarasota – 10:30-11:30am. Spiritual Seekers, all are welcome to join us each Sunday for a wonderful, uplifting service. Free. Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd (between Beneva & Swift), Sarasota. 941-955-3301, Kai Dance Fitness – 10:30-11:30am. Blending authentic movement with fun, easy to learn choreographed steps designed to stimulate cardio, joy, fitness and more. It’s done barefoot to amazing music with fun people. $15/drop in; $100/7 classes; $100/1 month unlimited. Soul Studios, 3303 Bahia Vista, Sarasota. 941-928-8866. Sunday Worship Service – 10:30-11:30am. Start your week refreshed. Join CMF for a morning of inspiration, spiritual healing, inspirational talk, special music and spirit messages from guides and loved ones. Love Offering. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 2044 Bispham Rd, Sarasota. 941266-8435, Sunday AM Service – 10:30am-Noon. Join us for a free chair healing, singing, inspiring spiritual church messages and, after service, messages from Spirit with our Psychic/Mediums. Love Offering Welcome. Angel Ministries, 2269 S Tamiami Trl, Venice. Rev Patricia Charnley, 941-492-4995, revpat@, Aerial Yoga – 11:30am-12:45pm. With Mandy. All levels. Begins with basic mat work & progresses to using a soft fabric yoga inversion swing. $15; $12/senior/student. 6260 N Lockwood Ridge Rd, Sarasota. 941-359-9642. Cosmic In-Service – 12:15-1:30pm. Gathering of Lightworkers. A call to Planetary World Servers to anchor Light and work with our family of light to bridge Heaven and Earth. Love Offering. The Cosmic Center, 5041 Ringwood Meadow, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. Rev Sharon Elizabeth James, 941-3719333, Sunday PM Service – 6:30-8pm. Join us for a free chair healing, singing, inspiring spiritual church messages and, after service, messages from Spirit with our Psychic/Mediums. Love Offering Welcome. Angel Ministries, 2269 S Tamiami Trl, Venice. Rev Patricia Charnley, 941-492-4995, revpat@,

monday Beach Yoga for Everybody – 8:30-9:30am. Relax, breathe, stretch & greet the beautiful morning on beautiful Englewood Beach (N end). Loving Light Yoga, 3455 S Access Rd, Englewood, 941-473-0135,

Restorative Yoga – 8:30-9:45am. $10. Sarasota Mindfulness Institute, 1530 Dolphin St, Studio 6, Burns Ct, Sarasota. No Nonsense Nutrition – 9-10am. With Eve Prang Plews, LNC, IFMCP. WSLR 96FM, Mind, Body & Stretch Exercise Class – 9-10:15am. Class starts Jan 11. Relax your mind, tone & strengthen your body, and gain flexibility while you stretch it all out. Combine strength & toning exercises, abdominal work and full body stretching to help improve balance, strength, core stability, coordination and flexibility. We will end the class with simple stress reduction and relaxation techniques to send you on your way. Modifications will be provided for all fitness levels. 4 classes/$54 or $15 per class. The Cosmic Center, 5041 Ringwood Meadow, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. Registration required. 631-944-0505. TrainingWithDee@gmail. com. Hatha Yoga with Stephanie Cole – 9:3010:45am. A creative blend of yoga styles based on the teacher’s background. The class helps to build strength and increase flexibility. $14, $50/5, Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota, 941952-5280, Alternative Health – 10-11am. Alt Mondays. With Eve Prang Plews, LNC, IFMCP. WMNF 88SFM. Call-in line 813-239-9663, Amrit Yoga Therapeutics – 10-11:30am. Over time, patterns of thinking and feeling are energetically and physically held in the body. Left unsolved, they can manifest as tension, agitation, health imbalances and other problems. Through this understanding and the use of yoga postures to free prana, the body mind complex can begin to heal and integrate itself. The focus of this class is learning to relax with forms of energy one would normally resist and recognizing that even the most intense, uncomfortable sensations lead back to stillness and calm. All levels of students welcome. $15/1, $125/10, special $57/unlimited-1x offer/ new students only. Journey Into Complete Wellbeing Yoga & Meditation Studio, 265 E Marion Ave, Ste 117C, Punta Gorda. 772-485-0605. Total Body Fitness Workout – 11am-noon. Class starts Jan 11. An energetic workout that includes strength training, cardio, core and abdominal exercises in one workout. We will work your entire body utilizing body resistance and free weights and end the workout with stretches for flexibility. Tone your muscles and burn calories. Modifications will be provided for all fitness levels. 4 classes/$49 or $15 per class. Bee Ridge Park Recreation Room, 4430 S Lockwood Ridge Rd, Sarasota. Registration required. 631-944-0505. TrainingWithDee@ Ashtanga Yoga with Liana Bryant – 11:15am12:45pm. Ashtanga Yoga is a physically demanding practice synchronizing breath with movement through a set series of progressive postures to build strength, flexibility, and stamina. $14, $50/5, Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota, 941952-5280,, Slow Flow Kripalu Yoga with Angelena Craig – 4-5:15pm. A gentle yet energetic approach to traditional yoga, suitable for beginners or the more advanced. First time student special $15/ first

class, second one is free; $55/5 class packages. Circusoul Yoga Studio, 4141 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. 941-822-9620, Qigong Drop-in – 5-5:45pm. $10. Sarasota Mindfulness Institute, 1530 Dolphin St, Studio 6, Burns Ct, Sarasota. Transitions Support Group – 5-6:30pm. A support group that helps cope with the reality of traumatic changes. Discover resources & chart strategies to achieve priority goals. Six sessions are recommended. Free. Transition Church, 2215 Sunset Dr, Ste E1, Bradenton. 941-739-7103. RevDCT@ Restorative Kai Class – 5:30-6:30pm. Dance based movement class designed to create more movement ease, relaxation, focus, and comfort in the body and mind. It’s done barefoot and a great class for those with movement inhibitions or those just getting back into movement. $15/drop in; $100/7 classes; $100/1 month unlimited. Soul Studios, 3303 Bahia Vista, Sarasota. 941-928-8866. Mixed Levels Yoga with Randall – 5:30-7pm. This alignment-based yoga class is geared toward students who have been practicing yoga for at least 6 months. Inversion options will be taught in this class to prepare you for headstands, handstands, and shoulderstands. Dropins welcome. $16; $78/6. Garden of the Heart Yoga, 2888 Ringling Blvd, 941-341-9781. Feldenkrais with Bonnie K – 5:45-6:45pm. Ongoing Awareness Through Movement® lessons. Improve posture, body/mind connection, self-reliance. $15/class; $50/4 classes, Ionie’s, 1241 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. Silent Sitting Meditation – 6-6:45pm. By donation. Sarasota Mindfulness Institute, 1530 Dolphin St, Studio 6, Burns Ct, Sarasota. The Amrit Method of Yoga Nidra – 6-7pm. Experience a guided meditation technique with the power to take you to the innermost, deepest levels of relaxation where your whole body and being is permeated by peace of mind and profound stillness. Yoga Nidra takes you beyond the ordinary state of mind where the deepest level of healing and rejuvenation take place effortlessly. $15/1, $125/10, special $57/unlimited-1x offer/new students only. Journey Into Complete Wellbeing Yoga & Meditation Studio, 265 E Marion Ave, Ste 117C, Punta Gorda. 772-485-0605. Evening Yoga Flow – 6-7:15pm. Join Lata in this evening slow flow vinyasa practice. Bring your focus to releasing stress and tension in the body and mind while opening the heart and freeing the spirit, slowing down from your busy day as we link breath and movement with grounding asana sequencing and longer held forward bends to relax and re-new. Loving Light Yoga, 3455 S Access Rd, Englewood. 941-473-0135,, Yin Yoga – 6-7:30pm. A very slow moving practice to open the body by holding the poses. Great for the end of the day to relieve stress, to release chi energy after sitting all day, to connect and quiet the mind. We use props to create support while holding the poses. $15/drop in or class card pricing applies. Radiant Soul Yoga & Wellness, 3512 N

Lockwood Ridge, Sarasota. Patty 941-380-1206. Booty Beat! – 6:40pm & Friday 9:15am. Experience the fabulous feeling that dancing gives you, while reaping the benefits of strength and cardio. This fabulous and super fun dance fitness class allows you to let loose and condition the entire body inside out! $10, Packages available, Fly Dance Fitness, 999 Cattleman Rd, Sarasota. 941-400-0020. Forgiveness Support Group – 7-8:30pm. Forgiveness in Aramaic is to cancel, untie or let loose. It’s a tool for changing a reality in the mind. This is one of the core messages of Why is this Happening to Me Again? $10. Unity Church of Sarasota. 941776-7465, Sai Maa Satsang & Blessing – 7-8:30pm. 1st Monday. A spiritual gathering, meditation & blessing to strengthen connection to self, truth & healing. Uses Sai Maa teachings & transformational healing. Free. Central Sarasota location. 941-4877077, Anchoring the Light Meditation – 7:458:45pm. Rev Sharon-Elizabeth James channels anchoring the light meditation. Serving the Ascension of our planet with the Ascended Realms as Anchors of Light. Every Monday since 2007. Love Offering. The Cosmic Center, 5041 Ringwood Mdw, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333, Chakra Clearing & Alignment – Spiritual guidance from Rev Duffy Rutledge using the Crystal Bed from John of God. $25. Call for appointments. 941-926-7828. Yoga Classes – Mon, Tues, Wed. A variety of styles. Ionie Body Mind Retreat/Raw Food Café, 1241 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. Info 941-955-4599,

tuesday Self Love Yoga – 8:15am Tuesday & Thursday. Led by Love Yoga Instructor Jake Jones. Bring yoga mat or cushion. Love Exchange $10-$20. Southgate Circle Park on Tuttle, park at 3205 Southgate Circle. Text 516-287-0242 for rainy day location. Info Beach Yoga for Everybody – 8:30-9:30am. Relax, breathe, stretch & greet the beautiful morning on beautiful Englewood Beach (N end). Loving Light Yoga, 3455 S Access Rd, Englewood. 941-473-0135,, WSLR Peace & Justice Show – 9-10am. Tune in to 96.5 on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesdays of the month for The Peace and Justice Report. Submit any event announcements for the show to Dance N Tone – 9:30-10:30am. A work out for your mind and body! One hour of low impact exercise and fun in an air-conditioned gym. Optional 1/2 hour of floor work afterwards. $5. Faith Church (corner of Beneva and 12th St), Sarasota. Info, Gail 941-586-3464. Hatha Yoga with Stephanie Cole – 10-11:15am. A creative blend of styles that builds strength and increases flexibility.  $14; $50/5. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota, 941-952-5280,

classifieds Fee for classifieds is $1 per word per month (20 word minimum). To place listing, submit online at Or call 941-564-0885 ext. 306 for more information. Deadline is the 12th of the month.

EMPLOYMENT HIRING LMT FOR HIGH VOLUME CORPORATE MASSAGE in Sarasota area. Professional, non-smoking environment. Deep Tissue or Neuromuscular experience preferred. Competitive hourly pay. Contact Human Resources: 941-875-2723.

SERVICES ENLIGHTENED ELDERCARE. Enriching life for baby boomers and their families. At home expressive arts coaching. Holistic eldercare planning. Fee negotiable. 941-549-1317. 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. Hot Vinyasa Yoga – 11am-12:15pm. Combines upbeat music, interesting transitions, & fulfilling vinyasas to begin the week. Betsy is experienced & continues to grow & evolve this beautiful practice. $15, Class cards available. 6260 N Lockwood Ridge Rd, Sarasota. 941-359-9642. Chair Yoga – Noon-1pm. Tues & Thurs. With Carol. Perfect for those that struggle with flexibility or balance demands of a traditional yoga class. Benefits of asana, pranayama, & short meditation. $15, $12/Senior. Reflex Arts, 6260 N Lockwood Ridge Rd, Sarasota. 941-359-9642. Automatic Writing Class – 5:30-6:45pm. Melissa Parks helps students connect to loved ones and guides. $15. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdw, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941371-9333, Advanced Practice – 5:30-7:15pm. Tuesday nights are a teacher-led practice where strong yogis can come to learn advanced sequences and poses. Knowledge of alignment is expected. Led by Jaye Martin or Cheryl Chaffee alternate weeks. Advanced students from other styles are welcome. $15; $88/8. Garden of the Heart Yoga, 2888 Ringling Blvd, 941-341-9781. The Essentials Yoga Class – 5:45-7pm. An active class appropriate for most levels, focusing on essential yoga postures to improve one’s skeletal alignment, balance, flexibility & strength. Learn to release stress & enhance breathing. $14; $80/8. Yoga Arts, Bradenton. 941-747-9397. Yoga Nidra and Sound Healing – 6-7pm. First Tuesday monthly. A time to relax, restore and renew. A deep guided meditation that will take you into the deepest levels of relaxation. Through the use of guided imagery, breath awareness and the healing sounds of the Crystal Bowls, Yoga Nidra will help to alleviate not only muscular tensions, but also mental & emotional stress, healing the

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body, mind & spirit, bringing you into balance, harmony and peace. Open to all ages. Bring your favorite blanket and pillow. $18. Loving Light Yoga, 3455 S Access Rd, Englewood. Must Preregister, 941-473-0135,, Yin/Restorative and Sound Healing – 6-7:15pm. A gentle yin practice with the crystal healing bowls. Relax and surrender into sensations and unlock deep rooted tensions in the body, quite the busy mind as you allow every cell of your bod y to be bathed in sound healing and vibration. A Spiritual Uplift for body, mind and soul! Englewood Yoga Center/Loving Light Yoga. Must pre-register, 941-473-0135, Community Book Study: Aging as a Spiritual Practice – 6:30pm. Beginning Feb 16. A contemplative guide to growing older. Buddhist meditation teacher, Lewis Richmond, helps us understand how aging can bring new possibilities and a depth of gratitude that profoundly affects us. Whether you are enjoying growing old, hating it or in denial, this study is for you. All beliefs and “unbeliefs” welcome. Faith United Church of Christ, 4850 SR 64 E, Bradenton. 941-746-8890,  Iyengar Yoga with Deborah Di Carlo – 6:308pm. Iyengar Yoga is characterized by an emphasis on precision of alignment in the yoga postures, the use of props to help students of all ability levels achieve correct alignment, and an understanding of the therapeutic potential of yoga. $14, $50/5, Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota, 941-952-5280, Intro to Buddhist Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Intro to meditation (6 varieties) from an authentic Tibetan Buddhist perspective, along with chats about Buddhist philosophy. $45/6 classes. Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Rd. 941-552-8466. Zen Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Tues & Thurs. Led by spiritual director, Rev Daito Zenei Thompson. Consists of two 20-min meditations, separated by a 5-min walking meditation. Ends with tea & conversation. Free. Sarasota Zen Center, 3947 Clark Rd, Ste A, Sarasota. 941-451-6988. Beginner’s Guide to Astrology – 7-9pm. Beginning Jan 12. Denise Clair makes astrology fun and easy to understand. Find out what all those signs and symbols mean. Make life easier with daily basic practical tips. Learn to read your own birth chart. $10 per class. Optional 2016 astrology planners available $8 or $14. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadow, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333,

wednesday Early Morning Yoga with Jaye – 6-7:30am. Alignment-based yoga class geared toward students who have been practicing yoga for at least 6 months. Greet the day with yoga. $16; $78/6. Garden of the Heart Yoga, 2888 Ringling Blvd, 941341-9781. Self Love Yoga – 8:30am. Led by Love Yoga Instructor Jake Jones. BYO cushion or yoga mat. Sliding Scale Love Offering $10-$20. Southgate Circle Park on Tuttle (park at 3205 Southgate Cir


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& look for Self Love Yoga banners), Sarasota. Call 516-287-0242, Details Beach Yoga for Everybody – 8:30-9:30am. Relax, breathe, stretch & greet the beautiful morning on beautiful Englewood Beach (N end). Loving Light Yoga, 3455 S Access Rd, Englewood, 941-4730135,, Morning Motivation Outdoor Flexibility Workout – 8:30-9:30am. Class starts Jan 6. Awaken your body, mind & spirit and be motivated for the day! Start your morning off with a little movement, nature and inspiration to get your mind and body motivated for the day ahead. This outdoor class will allow us to take in the nature and beauty around us while we combine stretching, breath work and exercises that will energize the body. 4 classes/$40 or $12 per class. Colonial Oaks Park Recreation Center, Main Deck, 5300 Colonial Oaks Blvd, Sarasota. Registration required. 631-944-0505. Chair Yoga in Salt Room – 9:30-10:30am. Experience the health benefits of gentle yoga combined with the health benefits of working with the breath during dry salt therapy. $20; Pkgs available; Sr discount; 1st time Free. Fusion Therapy, 7069 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. 941-921-7900, Kai Dance Fitness – 9:30-10:30am. Blending authentic movement with fun, easy to learn choreographed steps designed to stimulate cardio, joy, fitness and more. It’s done barefoot to amazing music with fun people. $15/drop in; $100/7 classes; $100/1 month unlimited. Soul Studios, 3303 Bahia Vista, Sarasota. 941-928-8866. Mind, Body & Stretch Exercise Class – 1011:15am. Class starts Jan 6. Relax your mind, tone and strengthen your body, and gain flexibility while you stretch it all out. Combine strength & toning exercises, abdominal work and full body stretching to help improve balance, strength, core stability, coordination and flexibility.  We will end the class with simple stress reduction and relaxation techniques to send you on your way. Modifications will be provided for all fitness levels. 4 classes/$54 or $15 per class. Colonial Oaks Park Recreation Center, Room B, 5300 Colonial Oaks Blvd, Sarasota. Registration required. 631-944-0505. TrainingWithDee@gmail. com. Restorative/Therapeutic Yoga – 10-11:15am. This class combines therapeutic movement & restorative postures. Suited for people unable to practice yoga in its more active form. Movements are gentle & well-supported. $14; $80/8. Yoga Arts, Bradenton. 941-747-9397. Five Points Park Farmers Market – 10am-2pm. Omega Cure bottles, vials, cookies and chocolates available. Stop by, say hi, and try a sample. First St & N Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, Feldenkrais with Bonnie K – 10:45-11:45am. Awareness Through Movement® classes improve posture, balance, and body awareness. 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/class; $50/4 classes, Ionie’s, 1241 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, 941-587-4535,

Practicing Mastery – 11am-12:15pm. Starting Jan 13. Kathryn Hynde, BA in psychology and communication and MA in parapsychic science facilitates a forum for practicing mastery based on the principle that where two or more are gathered the energy is amplified. We gather with the intention of helping each other with whatever our spiritual path is bringing us. We will ask for deepening connection with Higher Self. Love offering. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdw, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333, Core Tone-Up – 11:15am-12:30pm. A therapeutic flow of yoga and Pilates taught by a certified teacher in both. Beg-Int levels. Develop strong posture, healthy spine & joints, pelvic stability, balance, respiration, and all of yoga’s other benefits. $15; $10/10. Alive with Yoga, 7512 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, 941-302-1004, Vinyasa Yoga with Stephanie Cole – 11:30am12:45pm. A vigorous style of yoga, which links breath and movement through a heat-building sequence. $14, $50/5. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. 941-952-5280, Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga – 3pm. A gentle yoga class on stand up paddleboards in a beautiful lagoon. Great for beginners. $35/includes board rental. 190 Taft Dr, Lido Key, Sarasota. Info & sign-up, 941-952-8245,, Free Yoga for Veterans/Military – 3:30-4:30pm. Veterans, military personnel and their family members can attend a free weekly yoga class designed for vets with PTSD, TBI and other combat injuries. Free, Garden of the Heart Yoga, 2888 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, 941-341-9781, 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,, Tea with the Goddesses – 4:30-6:30pm. The Goddess Love Circle of Sarasota meet-up with other amazing Goddesses. Relax, chat, share wisdom, receive support from others and hold space for mind, body, heart and soul healing. Elixir Tea Shop, 1926 Hillview St, Sarasota, Text RSVP 516-287-0242. Sunlight Yoga – 5:45-7pm. With Debbie Downing. Gentle flowing hatha yoga. Range of motion, balance, breath awareness, asanas, relaxation. Mixed level. The Power of One, 238 W Tampa Ave, Venice Centre Mall/KMI Bldg, Ste 250, 941468-0403, Intro to Hoop Dance Class – 6-7pm. Learn the basics of the art of Hoop Dance in this 4-week series that begins each month. Have fun, dance, meet new friends and burn calories. $40/month series. Prana Yoga Studio, 3840 S Osprey Ave, Sarasota. Bonnie Brown 941-404-8114. Kundalini Yoga with Erinn Earth – 6-7pm. Outdoor class for fresh air intake. Lots of breathing while stretching. Techniques for kundalini manipulation for subtle body transformation. Meditation indoors at end of class. Lesson from Sutras or Gita. $10; $40/5, Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd, Sarasota, 941284-9563,

Register for Qigong Series – 6-7pm. Feb 3-Mar 30. $80/8 classes. Sitting meditation with instruction & discussion of reading, Donation. Sarasota Mindfulness Institute, 1530 Dolphin St, Studio 6, Burns Ct, Sarasota. All Levels Flow Yoga – 6-7:15pm. With Ginny. Healing yoga class, afterwards, take a walk through gardens, visit the chickens & relax. $15; $12/Senior/Student. Heartwood Retreat Center. 941-359-9642. Pregnancy Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Experience the benefits of pregnancy yoga for improved posture, strength, flexibility, endurance, breathing & relaxation. Appropriate for all levels. $15; $50/5. Prana Yoga, 3840 S Osprey Ave, Sarasota. 941-312-1898. LeBarre – 6:40pm & Tues 9:15am. Taking the hottest trend in dance-inspired conditioning, people LeLove LeBarre! Combines balance, agility, resistance, recovery and eloquence into a challenging full body workout. Unlike any barre class you’ve seen! All levels welcome. $10; Packages available. Fly Dance Fitness, 999 Cattleman Rd, Sarasota, 941-400-0020, Chair Yoga in Salt Room – 7-8pm. Experience the health benefits of gentle yoga, combined with the health benefits of working with the breath during dry salt therapy. $20; Packages available; Sr discount. Fusion Therapy, 7069 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. 941-921-7900. Numerology Classes – 7-8:30pm. Learn to manage your life with numerology, with Kathy Skeen. $30. Rejuvenations Center, 2610 Bee Ridge Rd, Sarasota. 941-554-8657. Helping Parents Heal – 7-9pm. 2nd Weds monthly. Providing support and resources for parents who have experienced the death of a child. Spiritual group, discuss after death communications, dreams, visits. $5 Love Donation. Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd, Sarasota. Mark 740-7019793, Bob 585-857-2719. Sarasota Contact Improv Jam – 7-9pm. 2nd & 4th Weds. Contact improv dance class. Love offering. Ionie Body Mind Retreat/Raw Food Café, 1241 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. 941-320-8144. The Keys of Enoch Study Group – 7-9pm. 1st and 3rd Weds. Known also as The Book of Knowledge, this is the study of the “code-book” or blueprint for spiritual consciousness with the reality of Divine Intelligence. Written by Dr J J Hurtak. Facilitated by Kim Converse. $7. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdw, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333, Midweek Prayer and Meditation Service – 7:208:30pm. Midweek relaxing respite which includes meditation, affirmative prayer, music, candle lighting, and silence. Free. Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd (between Beneva & Swift), Sarasota. 941-955-3301, Restorative Yoga & Meditation – 7:30-8:45pm. All levels welcome. Focuses on postures that relax the body & allow the mind to rest. Guided meditation & Reiki healing make this a great place to find rejuvenation. $15; Class cards available. 6260 N Lockwood Ridge Rd, Sarasota. 941-359-9642.


come. Angel Ministries, 2269 S Tamiami Trl, Venice. Rev Patricia Charnley, 941-492-4995, revpat@,

Qigong – 8:15-9:15am, $10; Mixed Levels Yoga, 10:30-11:30am, $10. Sarasota Mindfulness Institute, 1530 Dolphin St, Studio 6, Burns Ct, Sarasota.

Pet Grief Support Group – 7pm. 3rd Thursday. For understanding, support & sharing pictures & stories of your special friend. Love offering. Unity of Sarasota. 941-955-3301.

Beach Yoga for Everybody – 8:30-9:30am. Relax, breathe, stretch & greet the beautiful morning on beautiful Englewood Beach (N end). Loving Light Yoga, 3455 S Access Rd, Englewood. 941-473-0135,,

Mediumship Training: Connecting with the Spirit World – 7-8:30pm. Do you have psychic abilities or see and sense spirits? If you would like to learn how to develop your mediumship ability, this class is a perfect place to get started. Victoria Ackerman teaches you how to unlock your abilities and provides the key for learning. $10 per class. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave, Sarasota. 941-544-5874,,

Hatha Yoga – 9-10am. For a Life in Balance. A gentle, transforming practice with Pauline Dimitri. $10. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdw, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-3719333, Englewood Farmers Market – 9am-2pm. Omega Cure bottles, vials, cookies and chocolates available. Stop by, say hi, and try a sample. Historic Dearborn St, Sarasota, Mom + Baby Yoga with Liana – 10-10:45am. In this playful practice, moms rebuild core strength and relieve neck and shoulder tension while bonding with their little ones, and create lasting relationships with other moms. $14; $50/5, Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota, 941-9525280, Ashtanga Yoga with Liana Bryant – 11:15am12:30pm. Ashtanga Yoga is a physically demanding practice synchronizing breath with movement through a set series of progressive postures to build strength, flexibility and stamina. $14; $50/5, Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota, 941952-5280, Tai Chi as a Spiritual Practice – 2-3pm. Join master teacher and author Caroline Demoise and  experience the wonderful benefits of the meditative practice of tai chi that helps retain health with vitality while creating relaxation. All ages welcome. $10; $40/5. Fellowship Hall, Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd (between Beneva & Swift), Sarasota. 941-955-3301. Amrit Yoga Therapeutics – 6-7:30pm. Over time, patterns of thinking and feeling are energetically and physically held in the body. Left unsolved, they can manifest as tension, agitation, health imbalances and other problems. Through the use of yoga postures to free prana, the body mind complex can begin to heal and integrate itself. The focus of this class is learning to relax with forms of energy one would normally resist and recognizing that even the most intense, uncomfortable sensations lead back to stillness and calm. All levels of students welcome. $15/1, $125/10, special $57/ unlimited-1x offer/new students only. Journey Into Complete Wellbeing Yoga & Meditation Studio, 265 E Marion Ave, Ste 117C, Punta Gorda. 772485-0605. Vinyasa Yoga with Ildi Bercak – 6:30-7:45pm. A vigorous style of yoga, which links breath and movement through a heat-building sequence. $14, $50/5. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. 941-952-5280, Healing & Messages – 6:30-8pm. Join us for a free chair healing, singing, inspiring spiritual messages with our Psychic/Mediums. Love Offering Wel-

Spiritual Evolution: The Law of Attraction 2 – 7-9pm. (No class on Jan 7 & 14.) A new, advanced ongoing class, open to anyone who has ever taken a Law of Attraction or an Ask and It is Given class and studied its principles and tools. This class is an expanded work in progress of finding ways to frequently bask in the flow of Source. With Rev Zan, or $10. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadow, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-3719333.

friday Sarasota Farmers Market – 7am-1pm. Come early for good parking & pick of the best produce & products from the market’s 70+ vendors. Downtown Sarasota, intersection of Lemon & Main St, 941-225-9256. Beach Yoga for Everybody – 8:30-9:30am. Relax, breathe, stretch & greet the beautiful morning on beautiful Englewood Beach (N end). Loving Light Yoga, 3455 S Access Rd, Englewood, 941-473-0135,, Kundalini Yoga with Dev Atma – 8:30-9:45am. Classes includes gentle warm ups, a yoga set of postures, movements, breathing techniques, and relaxation, followed by meditation utilizing mantra, breath, and often times the healing vibration of the Gong. $14; $50/5. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. 941-952-5280. Yoga Basics – 8:30-9:45am, $10; Meditation with instruction & discussion, Noon-1pm, Donation. Zentangle, 1:15-2:30pm Jan 8 & 15, $12. Sarasota Mindfulness Institute, 1530 Dolphin St, Studio 6, Burns Ct, Sarasota. RSVP for Zentangle: Downtown Bradenton Farmers’ Market – 9am2pm. Each Sat, the market 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 are welcome. 941-744-7484. Essentials for Healthy Backs – 9:15-10:30am. Therapeutic Yoga emphasizing alignment, core, breath, and specific poses to relieve common back conditions. $15; $10/10. Alive with Yoga, 7512 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. Paula Morris, 941-923-5621,,

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Chair Yoga in Salt Room – 9:30-10:30am. Experience the health benefits of gentle yoga combined with the health benefits of working with the breath during dry salt therapy. $20; Pkgs available; Sr discount; 1st time Free. Fusion Therapy, 7069 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. 941-921-7900, Amrit Gentle Yoga Class – 10-11am. This gentle Amrit Yoga practice is designed to guide you into deeper levels of body awareness. Through breath you learn to release limitations felt in your body and keep the mind present in the experience. You will be guided into your body’s energetic extensions and press points present within each posture. By working with press points and extensions the body naturally is held into the pose without force or strain, allowing you to find your full expression in the posture, opening the energy channels in your body to release trapped energy and tensions, effortlessly bringing you back into harmony. $15/1, $125/10, special $57/unlimited-1x offer/ new students only. Journey Into Complete Wellbeing Yoga & Meditation Studio, 265 E Marion Ave, Ste 117C, Punta Gorda. 772-485-0605. Flow Yoga – 10-11:15am. Sun Salutations to warm the body & move into a series of standing poses. Practice balance, core stability & breathe awareness. $15, $88/8. Prana Yoga. 941-735-0344. Hatha Yoga with Stephanie Cole – 10-11:15am. A creative blend of yoga styles based on the teacher’s background. The class helps to build strength and increase flexibility. $14, $50/5, Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota, 941-9525280,



January 17



ROY EUGENE DAVIS a direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda

All Welcome


2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Unity of Sarasota 3023 Proctor Road


Center for Spiritual Awareness

Invite Your Spiritual Friends

Sarasota/Manatee Edition

Book Study & Discussion – 10am-Noon. An ongoing book study group encouraging discussion & group interaction. $10. Unity of Sarasota. 941-9553301. Shake Your Soul – 10:15-11:30am. Linda Joffe guides you through fun, easy movement that relaxes your nervous system, energizes your body, awakens your soul through dance and world music. This practice is for anyone who enjoys movement, music, blissful energy. $15/drop in or class card pricing applies. Radiant Soul Yoga & Wellness, 3512 N Lockwood Ridge, Sarasota. Patty 941-3801206. Total Body Fitness Workout – 10:30-11:30am. Class starts Jan 8. An energetic workout that includes strength training, cardio, core and abdominal exercises in one workout. We will work your entire body utilizing body resistance and free weights and end the workout with stretches for flexibility. Tone your muscles and burn calories. Modifications will be provided for all fitness levels. 4 classes/$49 or $15 per class. Synergy Fitness, 4289 Clark Rd, Sarasota. Registration required. 631-944-0505. Mindfulness and More – 1-2:30pm. Alive With Yoga, 7513 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. Charlie Bradt 941-922-5205. Beach Sound Healing Meditation – 4-5:15pm. Experience the power of pure tone of crystal singing bowls. Bring a blanket, pillow and a second blanket if the weather is cold. Bring hot tea! Let sound heal and relax you! 60 minutes silent meditation. Free, Donations appreciated. Siesta Beach, near volleyball court facing red guard tower. 718791-3797. Amrit Yoga Nidra Class – 6-7pm. The Amrit Method of Yoga Nidra is a guided meditation technique, accessible to everyone. It has the power to take you to the innermost, deepest levels of relaxation where your whole body and being is permeated by peace of mind and profound stillness. Yoga Nidra takes you beyond the ordinary state of mind where the deepest level of healing and rejuvenation take place effortlessly. $15/1, $125/10, special $57/unlimited-1x offer/new students only. Journey Into Complete Wellbeing Yoga & Meditation Studio, 265 E Marion Ave, Ste 117C, Punta Gorda. 772-485-0605. Reiki Share – 7-9pm. 2nd Friday. Interested in practicing, receiving or just want to learn more about Reiki? Come and participate in group healing, with guided meditation beginning the evening, followed by Reiki transference. Massage tables are set up and everyone takes turns giving and receiving Reiki, sharing their month’s experiences and discussing the art of healing to enhance their gifts. Donation/Goes to a different charity each month. ReFlex Arts, Heartwood Retreat Center, 6260 N Lockwood Ridge Rd, Sarasota. 941-359-9642,, Chronic Illness Support Group – 7-9pm. 4th Friday. For women living with chronic illnesses in Sarasota. Free. Lido Key, Sarasota. 802-373-8779,

saturday Sarasota Farmers Market – 7am-1pm. Omega Cure bottles, vials, cookies and chocolates avail-

able. Stop by, say hi, and try a sample. Main St & Lemon Ave, 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. Beach Yoga for Everybody – 8:30-9:30am. Relax, breathe, stretch & greet the beautiful morning on beautiful Englewood Beach (N end). Loving Light Yoga, 3455 S Access Rd, Englewood, 941473-0135,, Kids and Family Programs – Tai Chi/Qigong, 9-9:45am, $10. Laughter Yoga, 10-10:30am, Donation. MindTime Kids, 10:45-11:45am, $10. Sarasota Mindfulness Institute, 1530 Dolphin St, Studio 6, Burns Ct, Sarasota. SarasotaMindfulness. org. Align and Flow Yoga with Jen Maecker – 9-10:15am. A vigorous style of yoga, which links breath and movement through a heat-building sequence, with an extra focus on alignment. $14, $50/5. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. 941-952-5280, Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga – 10am. A gentle yoga class on stand up paddleboards in a beautiful lagoon. Great for beginners. $35/includes board rental. 190 Taft Dr, Lido Key, Sarasota. Info & sign-up, 941-952-8245,, Learning How to Connect with Your Dearly Departed – 10-11am. 1st and 4th Sat. Meet with others who share a special bond in the loss of a loved one & learn the unique perspective of what happens to them when they pass by noted Mediums Revs Mary Linn and Thomas Clarke. Love Offering. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdw, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941371-9333, 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 S Tamiami Trl, Venice. Rev Patricia Charnley, 941-492-4995,, Wild Ginger Apothecary – 10am-6pm. Now open in Gulf Gate, featuring non-toxic and eco-friendly health + beauty items for the entire family. 6557 Superior Ave, Sarasota. 941-312-5630., Kundalini Yoga with Erinn Earth – 10:3011:45am. Outdoor class for fresh air intake. Lots of breathing while stretching. Techniques for kundalini manipulation for subtle body transformation. Meditation indoors at end of class. Lesson from Sutras or Gita. $10; $40/5, Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd, Sarasota. 941-284-9563, Iyengar Yoga with Deborah Di Carlo – 11am12:30pm. Iyengar Yoga is characterized by an emphasis on precision of alignment in the yoga postures, the use of props to help students of all ability levels achieve correct alignment, and an understanding of the therapeutic potential of yoga. $14, $50/5, Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. 941-952-5280,

communityresourceguide Connecting you to the leaders in natural health care and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide email to request our media kit. ACUPUNCTURE/ CHINESE MEDICINE CARYN L. YOUNG, DOM, AP, OTR

Board Certified Acupuncture Physician The Integrated Path, P.A. 3148 Southgate Ci, Sarasota 941-924-8833

The Integrated Path to Health and Wellness for the whole family utilizing Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Bio-Meridian Computerized Scanning, Bio-Cleanse Detoxification, Energetic Medicine, Clinical Nutrition.


373 Braden Ave, Sarasota 941-888-4246 • Classes and Events: enriching and educational experiences for your personal transformation. Interact with like-minded individuals and learn from industry experts. Meditation, Energy Healing, Psychic Skills. Beginner to expert – all are welcome.

Combining integrative technology and techniques to bring you Dynamic results see Acupuncture, NES, Zyto, Homeopathy, Scalar


Anna L. Baker, D.O.M. Nationally Board Certified Acupuncture Physician 941-924-2723

Unique muscle-tightening acupuncture facelift and necklift done with 12 hair-thin needles, none of which are on the face. Results documented photographically. Only one maintenance treatment needed every 18 months. Free consultation includes facial analysis. Monthly seminars, call for schedule.


Bob Waxman, Ph.D. Author & Educator 3023 Proctor Rd. at Unity of Sarasota 941-724-5151 • (see 2014 Events)

Come and enjoy uplifting classes, events and films that explore spirituality, wellness & personal growth. Expand your mind and nourish your spirit! Many events by donation. Newcomers welcome! Also, seeking teachers with experience & credentials.


Alain Menard • Allaesia Menard 7733 Holiday Ave. • Sarasota, Fl 34231 941-922-7744

Cleansing for digestive disorders. Licensed 42 years. Developed gentle technique. Foot bath and ear candling.



Anne Luther, DVM 3646 Birky St., Sarasota 34232

Dr. Anne Luther has over 25 years experience in conventional medicine and alternative therapies such as acupuncture and homeopathy. “We treat your pet like our own!”

DR. PAULA KOGER BSN.MA AP OMD Home office in Sarasota, Florida call 941 539 4232



Alina Piccone & Robert Ridpath, ICA 813-644-9104 •

Young Living is the world leader in therapeutic essential oils. Contact us for details about hosting your own workshop or to attend an upcoming class!


Eva Macaluso, MA, LMHC, BCC 941-363-1039

Holistic treatment approaches integrating Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Energy Psychology and Mindfulness. Working with the mind and body to alleviate symptoms and learn new ways of approaching life with a greater sense of calmness and less anxiety.


22 yrs. full service chiropractic care, free wellness workshops monthly, and wellness resources including supplements. We facilitate your body’s innate ability to achieve outrageous health without the use of drugs for a lifetime. Accepting only ages between 0 to 110. 


2135 Siesta Drive, Sarasota 941-366-8113

Bright Life, an award winning boutique specializing in innovative products that accelerate personal growth and transformation. Offering includes energy based healing products which utilize color, sound, fragrance, and the signatures of flowers, crystals & gemstones, monthly workshops, Aura-Soma & Classical Feng Shui consultations & training. Tue & Wed 10am-6pm, Thur & Fri (by appointment), Sat 10am-4pm, closed Sun & Mon.


1273 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 941-361-3006

Books and gifts for conscious living. Award-winning store! Jewelry, incense, clothing, candles, greeting cards and more. Private readings daily. Classes and events. M-Sat 10-6, Sun 12-5.

MAINSTAY CHIROPRACTIC Drs. Jill and Beau Smith 717 Honore Avenue, Sarasota (941) 342-1291 Email:

Mainstay Chiropractic offers the latest 21st century chiropractic techniques and diagnostic approaches. See how contemporary neurologically based chiropractic care can help you and your specific health problem. Immediate openings. Since Drs. Smith are new in town and in the process of establishing their practice, you can probably be seen the same day you call. Call now to begin the healing process!

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ADVANCED CRANIOSACRAL WHOLE BODY THERAPY Terry Grywinksi, LMT MA6049 San Marco 205D, 1188 N Tamiami Tr, Sarasota • 941-755-3437

Gifted healer Terry Grywinski with 19 years experience and advanced craniosacral training provides rapid relief from injury, pain, and muscle restrictions. Great success with auto/ sports injury, sciatic, neck and back pain, TMJ, migraines.



1899B Fruitville Rd., Sarasota 941-346-6203


Kathy Keh, Classical Feng Shui Consultant 2135 Siesta Drive, Sarasota 941-366-8113

Kathy Keh is a Classical Feng Shui Consultant who specializes in commercial and residential properties, existing and new construction. She also offers Advanced Feng Shui Consultation Certification Training on behalf of the Wu Ji Academy, Europe’s premier teaching institution for Classical Feng Shui Consultants formally recognized by the Chinese Institute of Classical Feng Shui in Beijing, China.


Sellers of stones, crystals, mineral specimens, fossils, jewelry, books, gifts, etc. Susan has over 25 years experience working with crystals and stones.

Steve Kodad, CFSP, CFSRE 941-720-4480

Transform any environment into one that encourages success, good health, and great peace. Visit for information on evaluations, seminars, and training in SW Florida.


Integrative Dentistry. Hollistic and Biological Dentist. Ceramic Dental Implants. Carlo Litano 2415 University Parkway #215, Sarasota 941-893-5968

Similar to holistic dentistry, we take into account a person’s entire state of health. We routinely have patients who are interested in having their dental restorations be the most biologically compatible. We provide ceramic dental implants.


Enjoy the best of Asian health culture Care for feet - health control center 2312 Gulf Gate Dr, Sarasota 941-203-5289

Feeling exhausted and stressed? Enjoy the Finest authentic and professional care for your feet and body. Call 941203-5289 for an appointment. All major credit cards accepted

127 N Garden Ave. Clearwater, FL 727-446-6747


Classes, Individual Lessons and Workshops. Bonnie Kissam, M.A. At Ionie’s, 1241 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota 941-360-2248

Movement with attention is the Feldenkrais Method®’s approach to improve posture and create more harmonious, efficient ways of moving. Through heightened awareness to the flow of movement, clients optimize their musical, athletic or natural everyday movements, and improve abilities after an injury, illness or trauma. Benefits go beyond the physical. Visit:


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Phillip &Tamayo Shope LMTs 2975 Bee Ridge Rd, A-#5, Sarasota MA66926 &MA59620 & MM28165 941-400-8291


Jaime Gonzalez DVM, CVA, is coowner of this specialty practice. He is a holistic care expert and his approach to veterinary care combines 22 years of conventional, emergency medicine and alternative modalities.



Save your teeth with safe natural holistic dentistry. We offer general dental services such as cleanings, checkups and emergencies. Safe appropriate amalgam removal. Metal-free crowns, bridges and dentures.Non-surgical gum treatment. Holistic extractions.



6050 Longwood Run Blvd, Sarasota 941-212-9166

The beauty of the Rhythmic Gymnastics is coming to the area! A sport that blends the strength of gymnastics, the grace of ballet and the creativity of dance, combined with the use of Ribbons, balls, ropes and clubs. Available for Girls all ages Opens August 18 at Longwood Community Center Classes coached from former Olympic level gymnast for Artistic Gymnastics and former College Champion of Rhythmic Gymnastics Rossy Mihaylova.


727 Commerce Dr, Venice, FL 34242 866-840-4811

Wellpride Omega-3 fish oil (EPADHA) for horses. Immune System • Respiratory Protection • Greater Endurance • Joint Flexibility • Better Fertility • Muscle Recovery • Hoof Integrity • Stomach Protection • Coat Sheen.


An-Tech Research Laboratory 941 266-4402

Are you losing your hair? Do you have an itchy scalp? Does your hair look dull and unhealthy? We solve your hair and scalp problems naturally. Please call for a free consultation.


727 Commerce Dr, Venice, FL 34242 866-840-4811

Omega Cure® – Ultra-fresh, pure omega-3 cod liver oil. The result is impressive: our customers tell us they experience lowered triglyceride levels and relieved joint pains.



My mission is to empower people to live their best lifehealth through healing methods, tapping, energy work, Rieki, Chakra Balancing, Vision boards, releasing fear, meditation new thought action plan and much more. Most sessions are conducted via Skype, at home sessions are available also. Certified Rieki Practitioner(CRP), Certified Kinesiology Practitioner(CKP) and Ordained Minister, Law of Attraction Educator.


Michelle Giambra, Certified Practitioner at Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave 941-228-2972

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



2320 Gulf Gate Drive, Sarasota and 4057 Cattlemen Rd, Sarasota (inside LA Fitness) (941) 923-8640

At CROP, we hand craft our juices daily by using the highest ORGANIC JUICE BAR & CAFE quality organic vegetables, mix the appropriate amounts of organic fruits for a burst of flavor, and package our juice in glass to ensure the freshest, highest quality juice available anywhere. We invite you to try a CROP juice today and compare the ingredients on our label to any other juice on the market.  You will then understand why we believe no other juice even comes close.


941-953-3700 2650 Bahia Vista St, Suite 309, Sarasota

Treat yourself to a full body massage. We have the BEST DEAL in town. Introductory Special. $35 1hr/massage. Limit one per customer. MM30266 Call to schedule your massage today 941-953-3700.



Will meet or beat all competitor pricing. MA 0025928 SARASOTA 1219New East Ave, Suite Special 202, Sarasota Client MINDFULNESS INSTITUTE 941-724-99923 Massages for $100 (regular price $65-75) each 1530 Dolphin St, Studio 6, Customized massage to fit your • Customized Massage to Fit Your Needs Burns Court, Sarasota needs. Specializing in sports • Specializing in Sports Massage massage. Available evenings &

Classes and workshops in meditation and mindful • Medical Insurance Accepted movement. Practice with others in a weekly class 941-724-9992 Licensed Massage or meditation group. Therapist MA 0025928 1219 East Ave, Suite 202, Sarasota, FL 34239 Help Sarasota become a happier, healthier place. TONYA LAUGHLIN, LMT Our studio is also available for rent MA39216 • Works onNew all levels of special athletics-to weekends. client 3 alleviate pain and prevent injury massages for $100.

Sarasota Office & House Calls 970-389-4019

Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork, Craniosacral Therapy, Crystal Therapy. With over 20 years of education and experience in holistic living, the delicate dynamics of the human anatomy are understood and applied in your personalized session.


Clara Diaz 2726 Tamiami Trl, Unit C, Port Charlotte 941-249-8160 •

Clara Diaz, the heart and soul behind C’s Medi Spa, is a Licensed Paramedical Aesthetician with a passion for helping others. Specializing in Fractional RadioFrequency, Micro-Needling, Facial Treatments, Massages, Chakra Balancing Massage, Slimming Cavitation, Waxing, and Eyebrow Tinting. MM32214.


801 S Tamiami Trail, Nokomis, FL 941-412-4334

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.


Valerie Clows 713 Honore Ave, Sarasota, 941-378-4367 5770 Ranch Lake Blvd, East Bradenton, 753-7297 •

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.

Bonded & Insured

Best Green Cleaning Service 2010, 2011, 2013

Home Cleaning • Office Cleaning • Carpet Cleaning Green Fact: Within 26 seconds after exposure to chemicals such as traditional cleaning products , traces of these chemicals can be found in every organ in the body. The area’s first and most trusted green cleaning company 100% NonToxic — don’t be fooled by pretenders

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LICENSED NUTRITION COUNSELOR Eve Prang Plews, LIC NC333 Full Spectrum Health, Inc. 2106 Bispham Road Sarasota, FL 941-952-1200 • M-Fri 9-5, Sat10-2

HOLISTIC HEALTH CLINIC & STORE. Superior Supplements by Xymogen and more. Professional Grade Homeopathics by Newton. Essential Oils by Oil Lady and Wind River Organic Skin Care by Éminence.


1955 Northgate Blvd, Sarasota (941) 877-1381

Local, family owned furniture store specializing in Savvy Rest natural, organic latex mattresses and bedding. Providing a pure, safe sleeping environment for better health and better sleep.


Ashley Light, Independent Consultant (941)536-8051


415 S. Pineapple Ave Sarasota, FL 34236 941-554-4292,

Starflower Organic Spathecary offers an extensive line of superfoods and herbal medicinals with disease protocols. We offer a Holistic Wellness consultation for detoxification, which is a comprehensive multi-organ, totalbody cleansing and natural detoxification program. It includes reducing toxin intake, enhancing toxin elimination, and using specific detoxification herbs and other supportive dietary supplements to strengthen and promote optimum function of the organs. Mon- Fri, 10-5pm Sat 11-4

Offering skincare, makeup, cleaning products, pet products, kid products, baby products, and personal care items. All 100% toxin-free made with 100% certified organic essential oils and botanicals. Shop, host, join us!

PEST CONTROL GOOD NEWS PEST SOLUTIONS Dean Burnside, President Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice 941-371-1311

Go Green Plus 3 • Pest Control, Termite Control • Rodent Proofing and Trapping • Bat and Bird Exclusion • Mosquito and Mole Suppression • Bed Bug Control • Residential and Commercial.


1882 Stickney Point Rd, Sarasota 941-929-0884

Offering the largest selection of all major supplement brands and natural products in the Sarasota area at discount prices. Special orders are our pleasure.


Valerie Clows 5411 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, 941-378-4367 5770 Ranch Lake Blvd. East Bradenton, 753-7297

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.


1071 S Tuttle Ave. Ste 2, Sarasota, FL 941-955-5533

A fully equipped movement center utilizing Pilates, GYROTONIC® & GYROKINESIS® Methods in small group classes, duets or one on one training.


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Contacts Guides, Angels, Loved Ones, Past Lives. Cord Removal, Healing with Sound & Color. Chakra Balancing. Home or Office Clearing. Clinical Hypnosis for Habit Change. Psychic Parties!


2164 Gulf Gate Drive, Sarasota

Veg & Grill offers Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Vegetarian, vegan & gluten free menu available. Check out our website for sample of our menu- take out available.


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.


415 S, Pineapple Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236 941-554-4292

Starflower Organic Skincare is one of the leading holistic skin care manufacturers in the U.S.A, offering a complete line of certified organically grown, food grade ingredients and essential oils. Spathecary services include Organic Facials, Structural Alignment Massage, Reflexology and Nutritional and Holistic Detoxification counseling.


415 S. Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236 941-554-4292 •

Fresh, food-grade, organic skin care made in small batches, including medicinal - grade essential oils. We specialize in anti-aging for mature skin, rosacea, and acne. Visit our boutique and Spathecary Mon - Fri 105pm and Sat 11-4pm


Wise and loving teachers/nonphysical entities identify core issues. Highly spiritual experience. Empowering guidance resolves issues. Increase awareness, remove blocks, and reduce fear. Energetic healing.


5041 Ringwood Meadow, G2, Sarasota 941-371-9333

Embracing the New Paradigms of our Awakening Consciousness. A place of Knowledge,Wisdom, Healing and Comfort. Please visit our website at for more information.



Dr. Michael House, AP/O.M.D. 941-953-3700 2650 Bahia Vista St Suite 309, Sarasota


Eckankar gives practical ways for people to have real spiritual experiences—even the ultimate experience of God—in this very lifetime. You can Explore Eckankar at, call 941-358-0325 or on Facebook:  EckankarInSarasota.


5102 Swift Rd, Sarasota Universal Worship: Sunday 10:30am

Interfaith and interspiritual classes, seminars, retreats and worship/service. Core offerings are rooted in the teachings of Universal Sufism. Founder: Shahabuddin David Less,Senior Teacher-Sufi Order International.


Rev. Elizabeth Thompson 3023 Proctor Rd, Sarasota 941-955-3301

Unity is an extremely positive approach to life, seeking to accept the good in people and all of life. God is seen as having many attributes, but most important that God is LOVE.


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3646 Birky Street, Sarasota 941-954-4771


Dr. Anne Luther has over 25 years experience in conventional medicine and alternative therapies such as acupuncture and homeopathy. “We treat your pet like our own!”

health & wellness plus: dance power FEBRUARY


plus: dental health MARCH


Explore Eckankar at, call 941-358-0325 or on Facebook: EckankarInSarasota

ReFLEX offers it all: from chair yoga to aerial yoga, from ballet to Zumba, from meditation & journaling classes to massage services! Honor your mind, body & spirit today. All ages and skill levels welcome.

New Year, New You!! 30-Day Weight Loss Program! Package includes: One Hour Consultation with Dr. House, Body Assessment (Fat, Bone, Muscle, Water), 8 Weight Loss shots, and Infrared Sauna! Call today for FREE consultation! 941-9533700.


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Alignment-based hatha yoga for all ages and abilities. Classes are taught progressively, building from one week to the next each month, so you can access more poses with ease, according you your level. Gentle Yoga, Meditation, Vinyasa, Mixed Levels, Kirtan, Restorative Yoga, Chair Yoga, Workshops, and Teacher Training. Open 7 days a week. Drop-ins welcome.


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